Today: Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs around 90 inland…in the mid 80s coast. West winds 5 mph shifting to the east in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60 percent. Heat index readings 101 to 105. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 5 mph shifting to the southwest after midnight. Details here.
Drought Index is at 165.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: rizzared, adj..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.
Today’s Briefing: Quick Links
- First Light
- In Flagler and Palm Coast
- Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Crime Reports
- In State Government
- In Coming Days in Flagler, Palm Coast and Beyond
- The Day’s Best Reads
- Fact-Checking the Knaves
- Palm Coast Construction and Development
- Local Road and Interstate Construction
- Cultural Coda
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.
The Palm Coast City Council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council is expected to set its proposed maximum property tax rate for next year–a rate that may come down in coming weeks, as the council works on its budget, but that may not be set higher than what the council decides today, once it is locked in place and voted on in September. Council members are expected to vote on a proposal by Sheriff Rick Staly to add five deputies to the city’s policing ranks, primarily to form a traffic enforcement unit. The addition would push the city’s policing costs to $3.3 million annually. The council may possibly discuss the future of City Manager Jim Landon in light of disclosures Friday that he has lost the confidence of four of the five council members.
The Flagler County Supervisor of Elections hosts a mock election and open house to celebrate the office’s new voting system, with tours of the elections office and voting hours set between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. You’ll be able to vote through new voting equipment recently bought and installed. Voters may cast ballots about their favorite county or municipal parks, their favorite events, their favorite potato preparation, and so on. The full ballot is available here. A colorful, detailed invitation is here.
The Flagler County School Board meets for a workshop at 1 p.m. in Training Rom 3B on the third floor of the Government Services Building in Bunnell, and for its action meeting at 6 p.m. in board chambers downstairs at the GSB.
Join local author Bill Ryan to learn about historic and interesting county sites on a bus trip sponsored by the Flagler County Historical Society. The adventure begins at the Holden House, 204 East Moody Boulevard in Bunnell at 10 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person which does not include lunch at the Bull Creek Fish Camp. To make reservations please call 386-439-5003.
Food Truck Tuesdays & BMX Event, 5-8 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave, Palm Coast. Purchase and enjoy delicious cuisine available from food trucks situated along Park Street next to Central Park. Two performances and meet-n-greet with the BMX Trick Stars. This month’s beneficiary is the Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Scholarship Program.
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.
School funding for construction: The Revenue Estimating Conference will discuss bond rates in the Public Education Capital Outlay, or PECO, program. (8:30 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
Education lawsuit: The 1st District Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear arguments in a long-running fight about whether Florida is providing an adequate public-education system. The case, spearheaded by the groups Citizens for Strong Schools, Inc., and Fund Education Now, is rooted in a 1998 constitutional amendment that says it is a “paramount duty of the state to make adequate provision for the education of all children residing within its borders.” The lawsuit alleged that the state failed to comply with the constitutional amendment, which also says adequate provision will be made for a “uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system” of public schools. A Leon County circuit judge last year rejected the lawsuit, prompting the appeal. (9 a.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., Tallahassee.)
Candidates for two seats on the Florida Public Service Commission face a 5 p.m. Tuesday application deadline. The terms of PSC members Ronald Brise and Art Graham will expire in January, though both have indicated they will seek reappointment.
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A return to blood-and-soil nationalism—as seen with the unification of Germany—is occurring around the world. Why? https://t.co/IguExvqHi6
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) July 17, 2017
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) July 17, 2017
What if Emmanuel Macron actually likes Donald Trump? https://t.co/fthWlXrygD
— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) July 17, 2017
A profoundly human story of the impacts of the historic events of the past century in Palestine https://t.co/1Idmeemnbb
— Electronic Intifada (@intifada) July 17, 2017
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) July 17, 2017
The following is an update of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through July 14 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):
Mark Knopfler on Guitars
From Open Culture: “American guitar came of age in the fifties, with the blues, folk, country, and jazz playing of Mississippi John Hurt, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Wes Montgomery, Les Paul, and so many other incredible players who perfected the sound of Americana before it became inseparable from nostalgia and revivalism. Though it has usually been Chuck Berry who gets—or who took—most of the credit for rock and roll, and who is often enough named as a favorite influence of so many UK guitar heroes, one star British player who made his name a few years later always stuck fast to rock and roll’s deepest roots. We can hear all of those golden age players—Hurt, Tharpe, Travis, Atkins, Montgomery, Paul—in Mark Knopfler’s fingers, in some of the unlikeliest hits of the 80s, songs long on style and flashy solos, but also unquestionably rooted in roots music.” See below and read more.
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- Chopin: 24 Etudes for Piano Op.10 , Op 25, Lukas Genjušas, Piano
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- Arthur Rubinstein Performs Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 22
- Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, Reformation: Jérémie Rhorer Conducts the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
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- Eudora Welty Reads “A Worn Path”
- Francis Poulenc at the piano
- Antonin Dvořák: Romance for Violin and Orchestra performed by Tanja Sonc
- Joseph Haydn’s Symphony Nr. 66 in F major, Herbert Blomstedt, cond.
- Sarah Chang Plays Elgar’s Damn Romantic Salut d’amour, Op. 12
- Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Iván Fischer, cond.
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- Händel: Keyboard Suite HWV 428, Daria van den Bercken, piano
- Haydn: Piano Trio No. 39 in G major Hob. XV/25
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