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Weekend Briefing: Dawsey Speaks to Drug Court, Kids Fishing Clinic, Movie in the Park, Selfies Psycho

| July 14, 2017

Jeff Dawsey, the Palm Coast Observer columnista nd reporter, is the featured speaker at 28th Drug Court Graduation Friday at 3 p.m. at the Flagler County Courthouse. See below. (Facebook)

Jeff Dawsey, the former Palm Coast Observer columnist and reporter, is the featured speaker at 28th Drug Court Graduation Friday at 3 p.m. at the Flagler County Courthouse. See below. (Facebook)

Weekend: Partly cloudy throughout, highs in the lower 90s, lows in the mid-70s. Details here.
Drought Index is at 78.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
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Today’s jail bookings.

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twilight of the bombs richard rhodes“Everyone has his own marker of when the Cold War ended. For Tom Graham it was the signing of the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty in 1990, reducing the forces of NATO and the Warsaw Pact so that neither side could sustain an offensive war. For some of the Los Alamos and Livermore scientists who traveled to Russia to meet their long-hidden counterparts it was entering the gates of secret cities that had been black boxes for forty years. For millions around the world who watched the events on television it was the opening of the Berlin Wall, East Germans crowding through narrow checkpoints into West Berlin like prisoners released from their cells by a siege. The breakdown of the Soviet Union and its re-formation into a swarm of new states ended the long, ill-considered, profoundly dangerous nuclear-arms race between two nations that shared no common borders and ought to have found less hazardous ways to compete. Fortunately or unfortunately, the end of the Cold War also cast loose a crowd of client nations from the security of their alliances with the superpowers. Some would relinquish their nuclear ambitions across the next decade; some would renew them. And even as moderates moved to restrain nuclear arsenals further, the ideologues and warhorses of the Cold War cast about for new enemies to justify continuing the politics of threat inflation into the new age.”

–Richard Rhodes, from “The Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons.”



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.

jeff dawseyFriday: The Flagler County court system holds its 28th Drug Court Graduation, with featured speaker Jeff Dawsey, the Palm Coast Observer sports writer and columnist ending his career in journalism on July 18 to be an English teacher at First Baptist Christian Academy. He is the youth pastor at First Baptist Church. Dawsey has previously spoken about his previous life of dependence on drugs dealing. At 3 p.m. at the Flagler County courthouse, Courtroom 101.

Friday: Movie in the Park, 8:45 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. Closed captioning is provided. This month’s feature: Secret Life of Pets (PG). 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.

flagler sports fishing club logoSaturday: The Flagler Sportfishing Club is sponsoring the 8th Annual Kids Fishing Clinic, along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. At Bings Landing, 5862 N. Ocean Shore Blvd., Palm Coast, from 9 a.m. to noon. This is open to kids ages 5-15. There is a larger turnout each year. Children and teens will go through different “stations” and learn things such as: knot tying, cast net throwing, casting, proper fish handling, and so on. After completing all stations, fishing rods and reels will be given out to the first 200 kids. There is no cost, but each participant is asked to bring one non-perishable food item to go to the Food Pantry in Bunnell. Contact: Capt. Mike Vickers at (386) 569-9674 OR

Saturday-Sunday: Second Annual North Florida Open Chess Tournament, with three sections for the two-day tournament: Open, Under-1500, Under-900. Prizes: $2,000 (60% guaranteed) b/o 60 (paid entries). Trophies to all section winners. Scholastic section: trophies to top 3. Unrated player payout limited to section winner prizes in top 2 sections and $50 in U900 section. At the Jacksonville Ramada Inn, 9150 Baymeadows Road. Online registration for the chess tournament here.

Saturday: Santa Hogs The Road Again Annual Poker Run, a fund-raiser for Christmas Come True: Registration at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd., Palm Coast with five stops ending at the Beach Front Grille, 2444 S. Oceanshore Blvd, Flagler Beach, starting at 9 a.m., ending at 3 p.m. Christmas Come True has put a twist on the usual Poker Run to include a “Who Dun It” Kidnapping of Santa. Best five out of six cards with a clue at each stop. Travel the back roads of Flagler Conty and beyond while enjoying the games of the day. Complimentary breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn. Kickstands up at 10 a.m. $20.00 per person, 4 wheel vehicles welcomed. Call Nadine King (386) 302-1290 or Christopher Hall (386) 931-2650.


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

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.

Physicians on medical pot: A joint committee of the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine will hold a conference call related to a new medical-marijuana law. The law will carry out a November constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical cannabis. (Friday, 10 a.m. Call-in number: 1-888-670-3525. Code: 1255287056).

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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