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Wednesday Briefing: Phillip Haire Pre-Trial, Thoreau at 200, President’s Service Awards to COPs, Blood Donations

| July 12, 2017

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Henry David Thoreau was born 200 years ago today.

Today: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s inland…in the upper 80s coast. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Heat index readings 98 to 102. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 42.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: magna precaria, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

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henry david thoreau quotes“”The mass never comes up to the standard of its best member, but on the contrary degrades itself to a level with the lowest. As the reformers say, it is a levelling down, not up. Hence the mass is only another name for the mob.”

–Henry David Thoreau, from his Journals, March 14, 1838. Today marks Thoreau’s 200th birth anniversary.

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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.

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Phillip J. Haire.

In Court: Phillip J. Haire, the Palm Coast resident of London Drive accusing of shooting at a sheriff’s deputy and at his parents in early May, is scheduled for a pre-trial before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at 1:30 p.m. at the Flagler County Courthouse.

In Court: Circuit Judge R. Lee Smith holds juvenile pre-trials, parental termination and juvenile dependency hearings starting at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 403 at the Flagler County courthouse.

The Public Safety Coordinating Council meeting scheduled for 8:45 at the Emergency Operations Center in Bunnell has been cancelled..

creature of the black lagoonCreature of the Black Lagoon, a special movie presentation at 1 p.m. to mark the Flagler County Centennial, at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy, NW Palm Coast. Originally presented in 3-D, this movie follows a group of fossil-hunting scientists in the depths of the Amazonian jungle where a prehistoric amphibious beast lurks in its watery lair. They try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study, but the creature escapes carrying off the lone female scientist back to its lair. NOTE: Marineland of Florida was one of several locations used for the making of this film.

Flagler Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 1 p.m. United Methodist Church, 1520 S. Daytona Avenue, Flagler Beach. Jacqueline Jones, a speech therapist with Brooks Rehabilitation in St. Augustine, will be the presenter. Jones is certified in LSVT LOUD, a specialized program for speech-related problems associated with Parkinson’s disease.

President’s Volunteer Service Award: Sheriff Rick Staly, on behalf of the President of the United States, will be presenting the President’s Volunteer Service Award to 64 Flagler County Sheriff’s Citizens Observer Patrol (C.O.P.) volunteers at 2 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Operations Center, 901 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. To assist in serving the community, the Sheriff’s Office relies on volunteers. The C.O.P. program volunteers donated 31,845 hours of service to the community and investigated 729 minor traffic crashes in 2016. Based on the “Independent Sector” report, the value of their services was $7,527,938.00 in 2016.

The Palm Coast Leisure Services Advisory Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. It will discuss capital projects, including Holland Park and the Community Center, and will discuss a citizens’ survey.

Cultural grants workshop: Palm Coast government holds a workshop at 7 p.m. to provide information to representatives of organizations wishing to apply for this year’s Cultural Arts Financial Assistance Matching Grant program. The workshop will be held at Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave., and it is open to the public. The matching grant program is open to Palm Coast-based non-profit organizations. The grants must be used to fund cultural arts programs and/or events that are conducted within the City of Palm Coast. The workshop focuses on on the grant submittal process and timeline; completion of the grant application and the required information/documentation; the event and organization budget form; and provide general information about grant writing and grant funders. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 386-986-2323.

Announcements:

Blood Donations

Flagler County Fire Station 92 – located at the Flagler Executive Airport, 130 Airport Road – will host the first of five blood drives within the county from noon to 5 p.m. July 17. Additional blood drives will be held at the following locations: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19 at the City of Bunnell, 201 W. Moody Boulevard; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 20 at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Operations Center, 901 E. Moody Boulevard; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 at Palm Coast Fire Department Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Parkway; and, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 24 at the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Building 3. “We are pleased to be part of this event,” said Flagler County Fire Chief Don Petito. “Our firefighter-paramedics know what a crucial part of saving lives these blood drives are.” Blood is the only non-manufactured life-sustaining product. It cannot be reproduced. “A few of you may be familiar with our ‘Guns and Hoses’ competitive blood drive,” said Danielle Summa, the Volusia/Flagler OneBlood account representative. “We decided to change it up and make it a community event, now being called ‘Be a Hero.’” Those who donate blood will receive a T-shirt and a wellness check-up that includes blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count, and cholesterol screening. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can be made online at www.oneblooddonor.org.

Colorado Bridge in Palm Coast Closed for reconstruction through mid- to late-September

The Colorado Bridge, on Colorado Drive between Crandell Court and Crampton Court in Palm Coast, will be remain closed through mid- to late-September as reconstruction of the bridge continues. This project is part of the City of Palm Coast’s bridge rehabilitation program. Detours are being provided. Those east of the bridge are using Colechester Lane, and those west of the bridge are using Colorado Drive to access Palm Harbor Parkway. The City of Palm Coast appreciates the continued patience of residents and motorists during this important bridge reconstruction project. For more information, call Customer Service at 386-986-2360.

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.

The state Economic Estimating Conference is slated to discuss a national economic forecast. (9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

Parole: The Florida Commission on Offender Review will meet and discuss numerous parole cases related to crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980s. (9 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold a news conference related to programs that seek to encourage the “recruitment, retention and reactivation” of hunters and people who fish. (3:30 p.m., Orlando Convention Center, press conference room W231A, 9800 International Dr., Orlando.)

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

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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: Flagler Beach Land Development Code Update Planning and Architectural Review Board Workshop #1, 5 p.m. at Flagler Beach City Hall's commission room. This public workshop is hosted by the team representing Kimley-Horn, the consultant firm retained by the City to oversee the much anticipated update of the Land Development Regulations. This closed meeting is solely for the benefit of the Board. Take advantage of this opportunity to voice your concerns, your ideas on matters you would like to see changed, addressed and/or incorporated into this document that regulates all aspects of development, including zoning, rezoning, permitted uses, signs, site development, land use and similar regulations. Mark W. Shelton, AICP Project Manager, will facilitate. For more information, contact Larry Torino at ltorino@cityofflaglerbeach.com or (386) 517-2000 Ext. 230.
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: Palm Coast Animal Control holds a special hearing at City Hall in Town Center, 10 a.m. in the case of City of Palm Coast vs. Norberto A. Morales-Fabery, 5 Whittier Lane, the Owner’s Appeal of the City of Palm Coast’s Initial Determination of Findings Sufficient to Classify a Dangerous Dog Marley, a Four Year Old Yellow Labrador Retriever, and Impose Penalties.
July 24: A Selection Committee meets to review proposals submitted in response to the county's RSQ# 19-054P, Tourism and Marketing Research Firm. Location: Government Services Building, Financial Services Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg 2, Bunnell, 1 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.
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 25: A Selection Committee meets to review proposals submitted in response to RSQ# 19-042Q, Professional Architectural & Engineering Services for a $12 to $15 million Sheriff's Administration and Operations Complex next to the public library on Palm Coast Parkway. Location: Government Services Building, Financial Services Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg 2, Bunnell, 2 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.
July 25: The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 South Second Street. Commissioners will hear a request from Moose Brown to co-sponsorship of an event, “Surfers for Autism.” They will discuss their 2020 legislative priorities. And they will consider approving, on first reading, an anti-panhandling ordinance prohibiting “Aggressive Panhandling.” Commissioners will also discuss a new proposed agreement with Flagler County government controlling uses at the Moody-Wickline Senior Services Center on South Daytona Avenue.
July 25: The Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The committee will discuss climate change.
July 25: Meet and greet Flagler Palm Coast High School Principal Tom Russell at the high school library from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All welcome.
July 26: The Scenic A1A PRIDE Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Rd. off A1A. The committee will discuss Hammock Harbor and an A1A vet clinic.
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: Mark Alan, Comedian-Magician, performs for all children in grades 6-12 at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway, with funny, interactive magic, comedy, mentalism, and hilarious escapes. Come close out the summer with a great show. 2 p.m.
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 28: Summer Sing: The Bach Festival Society’s “Summer Sing” gives community members a taste of the Bach Festival Choir experience by providing an opportunity to create great music. The event is open to all who love to sing, regardless of experience or skill level. There is no cost to participate. Please reserve your seat for this free vent at Eventbrite.com. 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Tiedtke Concert Hall, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park.
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.
Aug. 1: The Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission’s Customer Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the second floor at LYNX Central Station, 455 N. Garland Ave., Orlando. This meeting site is conveniently located near the SunRail LYNX Central Station platforms. Please check SunRail arrival and departure times at www.sunrail.com.
Aug. 2: Michael Wilson with his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Regina Nunnally, this afternoon in court. (© FlaglerLive)Michael Wilson is scheduled to be sentenced on an attempted battery and grand theft charge before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins at 2:30 p.m. at the Flagler County courthouse, Courtroom 401. A jury in June acquitted Wilson of an attempted murder charge stemming from his alleged attempt to electrocute her at the couple's W-Section home in Palm Coast around Christmas 2017. See the story: "Michael Wilson Acquitted of Attempted Murder of His Pregnant Wife, Jury Convicts on Lesser Charges."
Aug. 2: greenwood cemeteryCoffee Series, 9-10 a.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. This month’s topic: “The Benefits of Pre-Planning Funeral Arrangements” with Nina Guiglotto, family service counselor. The event is free, but pre-registration is required (while space available) by 9 a.m. July 31: www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2323.
Aug. 2: Summer Art Exhibition and Show, 5-7 p.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. Enjoy an art-filled evening featuring multi-generational art created by those who have attended our A.R.T. programs from toddlers all the way through seniors. Come embrace this art movement in our community. Free and registration not required. More info: 386-986-2323 or www.parksandrec.fun/events.
Aug. 2: First Friday Garden and Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 10am 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.
Aug. 2: 2019 Summer Series: Nightrain - Tribute To Guns & Roses, at the Daytona Bandshell, 70 Boardwalk, Daytona Beach, 7:15 p.m.
Aug. 3: 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.
Aug. 5: A ribbon-cutting is scheduled at 5 p.m. at the revamped Flagler Auditorium, 5500 East Hwy 100, Palm Coast, call 386-437-7547.
Aug. 7-9: Pre-planning days for Flagler County school district teachers.
Aug. 10: Second Saturday Plant Sale, join the Friends of Washington Oaks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greenhouse area. With Master Gardeners on hand, you are sure to get the personal attention and advice you are looking for. Specializing in Florida friendly and natives, with some unique and hard to find plants for your home and yard. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd.
Aug. 9: Discover Trip to Jacksonville Museum of Science & History, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. to and from Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE to Jacksonville Museum of Science & History. Cost is $50. Lunch at Murray Bro. Caddyshack is NOT included in the ticket price. Pre-registration is required by Aug. 1 at www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2323.
Aug. 9: Movies in the Park, 8:30 p.m. in Central Park at Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. Families will enjoy a family friendly movie on the park’s giant outdoor movie screen. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and snacks and invite your friends and neighbors to join you at this free, monthly family activity offered by Palm Coast Parks & Recreation and Flagler Schools. This month features “A Wrinkle in Time” (PG). More info: 386-986-2323 and www.palmcoastgov.com/movies.
Aug. 10: 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. Registration required by 9 a.m. Aug. 8 at www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2300 and cprcertification@palmcoastgov.com.
Aug. 12: First day of school for students in Flagler County schools.
Aug. 12: The Flagler Cares Coalition meets at 3 p.m. at AdventHealth Palm Coast.

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