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Independence Weekend Briefing: Flagler County Rotary’s Leadership, Fireworks, Pier Ribbon Cutting, Renner Up

| June 30, 2017

The Flagler County Rotary Club Thursday evening held its installation banquet as now Past-President Jim Troiano's tenure came to an end, and that of Tracy Loftus, center, began. Cindy Kiel Evans is president-elect. The Rotary provided $12,000 in scholarships under Troiano's tenure, and is putting renewed emphasis on membership and fund-raising this year, as with a gala that will precede the annual opening of its popular Fantasy Lights at Town Center's Central Park in the run-up to Christmas and New Year's. Troiano, who had been part of former Sheriff Jim Manfre's administration, is now the intergovernmental coordinator for the St. Johns River Water Management District, which includes Flagler County. Loftus is with Tom Gibbs Chevrolet, and Kiel Evans is with State Farms. (© FlaglerLive)

The Flagler County Rotary Club Thursday evening held its installation banquet as now Past-President Jim Troiano’s tenure came to an end, and that of Tracy Loftus, center, began. Cindy Kiel Evans is president-elect. The Rotary provided $12,000 in scholarships under Troiano’s tenure, and is putting renewed emphasis on membership and fund-raising this year, as with a gala that will precede the annual opening of its popular Fantasy Lights at Town Center’s Central Park in the run-up to Christmas and New Year’s. Troiano, who had been part of former Sheriff Jim Manfre’s administration, is now the intergovernmental coordinator for the St. Johns River Water Management District, which includes Flagler County. Loftus is with Tom Gibbs Chevrolet, and Kiel Evans is with State Farms. (© FlaglerLive)

Weekend: Partly cloudy, rising chances of thunderstorms as each day progresses, high in the lower 90s throughout, lows in the 70s. Details here.
Drought Index is at 29.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
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“Falsehoods that glare and dazzle are sloped toward us, reflecting full in our faces even the light of the sun. Wait till sunset, or go round them, and the falsity will be apparent.”

–Henry David Thoreau, from his Journals, Feb. 11, 1840..

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In Flagler and Palm Coast:

Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Many can be heard or seen live through each agency’s website.

The Sheriff’s daily incident reports and jail bookings are posted here.

Publishing Note: The Daily Briefing will not publish on Monday and Tuesday. Be sure to do like us and at most only pretend to work on Monday. Happy Independence Day Weekend.

 

wnzfFree For All Fridays on WNZF: Host David Ayres welcomes Flagler Beach City Manager Larry Newsom and Police Chief Matt Doughney, who’ll speak about the city’s traditional Independence Day events (parade, fireworks, traffic), John Roche of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies will talk about the Zika virus, and the show will begin with a commentary by FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam on President Trump’s swinish tweets.

Friday: The Flagler County School Board meets at 9 a.m. to close out the books on fiscal year 2016-17. The meeting is a formality. At the Government Services Building, Bunnell.

Friday: Florida’s House GOP elects the new Speaker of the House, with Palm Coast’s Paul Renner one of four candidates, and a possible front-runner. The three other candidates are Rep. Jamie Grant of Tampa, Rep. Byron Donalds of Naples and Rep. Erin Grall of Vero Beach.

Saturday: Flagler Beach government celebrates the reopening of the Flagler Beach Pier, after an eight-month repair quarantine because of damage from Hurricane Matthew, with a ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m. at the pier.

Saturday, Sunday: Flagler County and Flagler Beach first responders and officials will hand out disaster preparedness guides Residents can pick up a guide at Publix supermarkets in Flagler Beach, the Hammock, and Palm Coast at the Island Walk location only, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The 24-page guide is a tool for preparation, and has an abundance of information that is always useful – regardless of the season – such as the difference between a weather watch and a weather warning. A watch is issued when hazardous weather conditions are possible, and a warning is issued when hazardous weather has already been detected or is imminent.

Monday: 9 p.m. Fireworks for Independence Day at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. Pack your picnic basket, bring your blanket and chairs to watch the colorful display beginning at 9 p.m. Pre-fireworks activities will begin at 5 p.m. More info: 386-986-2323.

Independence Day: By the Dawn’s Early Light Independence Day Ceremony, 8 a.m. at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy., Palm Coast. Join your fellow community members in paying tribute to the nation on its birthday.

And on the eighth day God lit up the pier. (FlaglerLive)Independence Day Parade in Flagler Beach at 10 a.m., fireworks off the Pier at 9 p.m. Complete details here. For free parking help, go here.

Independence Day: Choral Arts Society Presents “Celebrate America!” a concert of Americana and Patriotic music with many of your favorites. There is no admission charge, but tax-free donations are accepted to assist in providing scholarships to local college-bound students. 1 p.m. at St Thomas Episcopal Church, 5400 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast.

Announcements:

 Summer Time ‘Cupcake Citation’ Program in Bunnell, from July 3rd through August 7

 The Bunnell Police Department has teamed up with a local Bunnell business owner, Theresa Tazwell, owner of Cupcake Café, to seek out all good kids in our neighborhoods.  Our Officers will issue a Cupcake Citation good for one free cupcake to all kids observed doing the right thing.  The “Recipe for a Citation” is detailed on the citation:

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Honest
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Grateful
  • Be Kind

This program gets the Officers out of their vehicles and encourages the following:

  • Promotes a positive one-on-one experience with a police officer.
  • The kids see officers as friends and mentors.
  • Help build bridges of trust, understanding and civic responsibility.
  • And is an investment in our community.

The Bunnell Police Department advocates “Building community relationships through integrity, trust and communication” and the Cup Cake Citation initiative will help build relationships in a positive setting.

New Voting Precincts and Precinct Boundaries in Flagler-Palm Coast

From Elections Supervisor Kaiti Lenhart: In preparation for upcoming election cycles, new precinct boundaries have been approved to accommodate areas of growth in the county. Several voting locations have been impacted. Proposed changes to Flagler County precinct boundaries were presented to the Board of County Commissioners during their public workshop held on May 15, 2017. Two additional precincts were created and the boundaries of several other precincts were adjusted to shift voters from very heavily populated areas. The proposed changes were adopted during the regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on June 19, 2017. Affected voters can expect to receive a new Voter Information Card by the end of July 2017. For more information, please call (386) 313-4170. View the new precinct map and related information.

In Florida and in State Government:

Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel. Most legislative proceedings can be followed through the Senate or House websites.

Friday is the final day that state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater will serve in his Cabinet post. Atwater announced his resignation earlier in the year to become a vice president at Florida Atlantic University.

Saturday: The state’s new budget takes effect: The 2017-2018 fiscal year begins July 1, with a new budget and dozens of new laws taking effect.

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:

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July 19: Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp, 9 to 1 p.m. at South 6th Street on the Beach in Flagler Beach.
July 19: The Flagler Beach Charter Review Commission meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
July 19: Dive-in Movies, 8 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. Just bring your swimsuit and enjoy the show! Dive-in movie nights at the Palm Coast Aquatics Center provides a unique outdoor movie viewing experience for the entire family. Be sure to grab your favorite snack, sit back and enjoy the show! Food and snacks will be available for purchase. This month features “Incredibles 2” (PG). More info: 386-986-4741 and www.palmcoastgov.com/movies.
July 20: Flagler Pier Fishing Tournament, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Flagler Beach Fishing Pier. For any questions, please contact the Pier bait shop at 386-517-2436.
July 20: Youth Fishing Derby, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 150 Waterfront Park Road, Palm Coast. Come out to Waterfront Park for a day of family fun, food, and catch-and-release fishing. Youth will be eligible for various prizes based on different categories such as longest fish, heaviest fish, most fish, smallest fish and others. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Any adult actively assisting a youth must have a fishing license. For ages 15 and under. Free and registration is encouraged but not required at www.parksandrec.fun/events. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 20: Meet with your local Fire Rescue personnel, while you tour your community’s Fire Station and equipment, at Flagler County Fire Station 92 at the county airport, 130 Airport Rd., Palm Coast, from 9 a.m. to noon. Additionally, personnel from Florida Forest Service and Flagler County Emergency Management will be available to explain and assist residents in signing up for the ALERTFlagler emergency notifications, and Special Needs Sheltering programs. For more information please contact Chief Fire Marshall (386) 313-4258
July 20-21: Jr. Lifeguard Camp, 8 a.m-12p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. The Junior Lifeguard Camp offers step-by-step lifeguarding skill development. Learn water safety, lifeguard rescues, and First Aid CPR/AED in a weekend camp. Class attendees will receive a CPR mask, Red Cross whistle and T-shirt. For ages 11-15 years. $70/session. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 20-21: "Sleeping Beauty," at the Daytona Playhouse, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., Adults $13, Seniors 55 and up, $18, Youths 18 and under $7. Address: 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, or see directions here. Buy tickets online here. Box office: 386-255-2431.
July 22: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club meets at 4:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 8696 47 N. Old Kings Road. From 4:30 - 6 p.m. the time is used for buying, selling and trading stamps and coins. The club meeting starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30. There is a live auction of stamps and coins at the end of the meeting. The club is open for members, the general public, and all who are interested in stamp and coin collecting and investing. Free stamps and coin evaluations at all our meetings. The club is the only non-profit Stamp and Coin Club in Flagler County. For more information please visit the club's web site.
July 22: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.
July 23: Flagler County is hosting a ceremonial signing of its beach renourishment agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers at 2 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Government Services Building. Commission Chair Donald O’Brien and Jacksonville District Commander Colonel Andrew Kelly will make a few opening comments about the 2.6 mile 10-foot dune and beach profile extension in Flagler Beach. They, along with County Attorney Al Hadeed, will sign four copies of the final agreement. The 50-year, $100 million project is largely unfunded but will depend on Flagler County to secure half the money. The federal government would assume the other half. It applies to only 2.6 miles of beach in Flagler Beach. See: "Flagler About To Sign 50-Year, $100 Million Deal to Rebuild 2.6 Miles of Dunes in Flagler Beach. It Has Only a Fraction of the Money."
July 23: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway. The task force will meet the fourth Tuesday of every month at the library through November.
July 24: A meeting of Facing Grief Together, formerly known as Compassionate Friends, is scheduled at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Facing Grief Together, a nonprofit self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. The meeting is open to all parents, grandparents, and siblings over age 18 who has suffered the loss of a child of any age. For more information, call John Brady at 610-428-3139. To learn more about Facing Grief Together, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
July 25: common ground breakfastCarolyn Gosselin, Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, is the featured speaker at the Flagler Chamber's Common Ground breakfast, 8 a.m. at the Palm Coast Hilton Garden Inn, 50 Town Court. Registration is required by July 19. Members can preregister for $25, Guests and future members can attend for $35. No walk-ups.
July 27: Tour de Palm Coast: Ride along the scenic route of St. Joe Walkway on this free tour. The tour will begin leaving promptly at 8 a.m. from the Palm Coast Community Center. Riders are encouraged to bring water, and all riders must wear a helmet.
July 27: First Aid and CPR/AED, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. This class is a seven-hour course (one hour for lunch) designed to meet OSHA regulations and teach administering CPR to children and adults, using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), using a mask or barrier device, assisting with bleeding, broken bones. $50/person with registration required by 9 a.m. June 27. Register at www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2300 and cprcertification@palmcoastgov.com.
July 27: The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and the Palm Coast Area Council invites you to a small business development workshop. With Thaddeus Hammond, Economic Development Director of the SBA North Florida District, a leading expert in developing small businesses as guest speaker. 5 to 7 p.m., The Windsor of Palm Coast, 50 Town Ct, Palm Coast. Chamber Member: $15 per person, Guest and Future Chamber Member: $25 per person. Contact Melinda Rivera at 386-437-0106 or send her an email at melinda@flaglerchamber.org.
July 29-Aug. 2: Monday-Friday, July 29-Aug. 2, 8 a.m-5 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. Love art? Come enjoy a week where you can let your creative side take flight. Campers will spend their days creating, drawing, sketching, painting and more! Of course, we’ll go to the pool and play some games, too. Lunch is provided at no extra charge by the Flagler County School District. For grades 6-8 (grade just completed). $80/entire week. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 29: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.
July 31: james mcdevittAn evidentiary hearing twice postponed is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the case of James McDevitt, who is serving a 40-year prison sentence in the 2015 rape of a woman in Flagler Beach, has been postponed to July 31. McDevitt pleaded guilty to the rape charge, but is now claiming ineffective counsel by two successive lawyers and is seeking to have the conviction and sentence vacated. The hearing is before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Perkins has reserved one hour for the hearing. The hearing had originally been scheduled for early April. McDevitt's lawyer asked for it to be rescheduled because of an emergency family issue (regarding the lawyer's family). It was again postponed to May 17. McDevitt has been at the Flagler County jail since April 4, awaiting the proceeding. He is normally incarcerated at Taylor prison in Perry, in Florida's Big Bend area. See details here.

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