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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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Today’s jail bookings.

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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..



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.


 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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May 23: The Flagler Chamber's Common Ground Breakfast features a 2019 Legislative Update with Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Dr., Palm Coast, Checkin begins at 7:30, breakfast starts promptly at 8.
May 23: Flagler Lifeline, a volunteer committee and Flagler Cares affiliate established to broaden conversation and awareness of suicide, will host a public town hall event at 6 p.m.  at the Flagler County Association of Realtors building, 4101 East Moody Blvd. in Bunnell. The Town Hall will feature presentations by mental health experts, suicide survivors and others who have been touched by suicide, and will be facilitated by Colleen Conklin, the long-time school board member and one of Flagler Lifeline’s founders. For the past several years Conklin has hosted periodic events, including electronic town halls, to bring awareness to bullying and suicide prevention. The May 23 town hall, like Flagler Lifeline's emergence, is partly a result of Flagler County's place in 2017 as the county with the leading suicide rate in the state, proportional to its population. See the background story here.
May 23: The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 South Second Street. Commissioners will consider making the city a member of the American Flood Coalition.
May 23: The Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. An agenda had not been posted online as of May 18.
May 23: The Wadsworth Elementary School Advisory Council and PTO meet at 6 p.m. in the school’s media center.
May 23: Palm Coast Artist and 2011 Flagler County Artist of the Year Weldon Ryan hosts a meet and great at the Bronze Kingdom African Art Gallery, 3201 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wine and cheese, 15 percent off on all of Weldon's works.
May 23-26: "Southern Fried Funeral," a play at the Daytona Playhouse, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Adults $20, Seniors 55 and up, $18, Youths 18 and under $8. Address: 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, or see directions here. Buy tickets online here. Box office: 386-255-2431.
May 24: Flagler County Emergency Management chief Jonathan Lord hosts a media roundtable at noon on the upcoming hurricane season, at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg. 3 (behind the Government Services Building), Bunnell.
May 24: Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 2 p.m. for a walk through our historical gardens. Learn about the history of our park while exploring the beauty of the formal gardens, with an emphasis on butterflies. The walk is approximately 1 hour. Please bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet in the garden parking lot. Garden walk included with park entry. No registration required.
May 25: Pool Safety Day at Palm Coast's Freeda Zamba pool, 339 Parkview Drive, open to all ages, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is designed to teach the importance and seriousness of safety, but while having fun and participating in activities that children will remember. Florida is one of two states that lead the nation with at least 21 fatal child drownings last summer, according to a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and USA Swimming Foundation. About ten people die every day from unintentional drowning and of these, two will be children age 14 or younger, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fee is $1 for seniors and youth age 17 and under. It is $2 for adults.
May 27: Memorial Day, 8 a.m. start time at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy. The City of Palm Coast welcomes the community to share a meaningful Memorial Day tribute to those who have lost their lives while serving their country. U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, who represents District 6, will speak. Rain Location: Fire Station 21 at 9 Corporate Drive Free and no registration required. More info: 386-986-2300.
May 28: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. in the first-floor conference room at the Government Services Building
May 29: The Blue Power 2020 forum, hosted by Mike Cocchiola, who heads the Flagler County Democratic Party, meets at 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D, all welcome. The weekly forum is intended to discuss local, state and national issues and to develop action plans to influence policy.
May 30: Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School hold graduation ceremonies at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Matanzas High School’s ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and Flagler Palm Coast High School’s starts at 7. Doors to the Ocean Center open one hour before the start of each ceremony. The student procession begins approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Tickets for the ceremonies are free. However, both schools have a 10-ticket limit per student. There may be opportunities for additional tickets. Students will be notified and information is located on each school’s website. Parking passes are also available for pre-purchase. Parking is $5. security measures instituted last year will be in place this year. Please take note and be prepared before you head to the Ocean Center. There will be security checks before ticket holders are allowed entry into the ceremony. Watch livestreams of the ceremonies: Matanzas here, and FPC here.
May 31-June 1, 2 and 8: American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class – May 31-June 2 and June 8, Friday 5-6:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course provides entry-level knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. For ages 15 and up. Cost is $200 (includes CPR mask and certification fee). Registration required at More info: 386-986-4741.
June 1: The Palm Coast Arts Foundation hosts its First Saturday Creative Bazaar, an arts and crafts flea market. at 1500 Central Avenue in Town center. Arts foundation members and other vendors will have booths of goods for sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 1: 2nd Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Golf Benefit for Homeless Animals: Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a local group of business professionals coming together to raise money for the Halifax Humane Society. Join us for 18-holes of premiere golf at the legendary LPGA International Golf Club. Shot gun start at 8 a.m. Registration at 7. 1000 Champions Drive Daytona Beach. To download entry form, visit and then scroll down to the golf outing listing. Hole Sponsorship $100. Single Player $125. Lunch Provided. For more information contact Gus Schutt (386) 233-5302.
June 4: Daytona Tortugas Youth Baseball Clinic, 8:30 a.m-12 p.m. at Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. The Daytona Tortugas will be teaching kids, ages 7-13, skills to improve their ball game in this coed baseball clinic. Grab your glove and bat and learn from the pros! Participants will receive a free ticket to a Daytona Tortugas game. $37/person. Registration required at More info: 386-986-2323.
June 4: The Hammock Community Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Hammock Community Center on MalaCompra Road, with County Attorney Al Hadeed as speaker, who will present a History of the Hammock Part II.
June 5: palm coast democratic clubThe Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D. Come and join other progressive Democrats to discuss local, state and national issues, and propose actions to influence elected leaders. The Forum is open and informal and all opinions and ideas are welcomed. This is your opportunity to meet and lend your voice and knowledge to people who share your values. For more information, contact Mike Cocchiola, The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.
For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
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