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Tuesday Briefing: Accused Murderers’ Pre-Trial, Charter Review, Medical Pot in Palm Coast

| August 8, 2017

Bobby Earl Gore and Dorothy Singer, he accused of murdering his son, she of murdering her husband, have their first pre-trial before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig this morning. See below.

Bobby Earl Gore and Dorothy Singer, he accused of murdering his son, she of murdering her husband, have their first pre-trial before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig this morning. See below.

Today: Partly cloudy with slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then mostly cloudy with chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s inland…around 90 coast. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Heat index readings 99 to 103. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy with slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. Details here.
Drought Index is at 101.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: profluence, n..
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Today’s jail bookings.

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President Trump addressing Congress Tuesday, with Vice President Mike Pence behind him.“White resentment put Donald Trump in the White House. And there is every indication that it will keep him there, especially as he continues to transform that seething, irrational fear about an increasingly diverse America into policies that feed his supporters’ worst racial anxieties. If there is one consistent thread through Mr. Trump’s political career, it is his overt connection to white resentment and white nationalism. Mr. Trump’s fixation on Barack Obama’s birth certificate gave him the white nationalist street cred that no other Republican candidate could match, and that credibility has sustained him in office — no amount of scandal or evidence of incompetence will undermine his followers’ belief that he, and he alone, could Make America White Again.”

–Carol Anderson, from “The Policies of White Resentment,” The New York Times, Aug. 5.

Previously:

Nixon’s weak men | Calvin Coolidge | Secession of the successful | Gaming video | Stephen King in disbelief | Renner’s Politics | McCain’s No | Kinsley’s old age | Weird Carlin | McCarthy’s Blivet | Frost on the Novel Justice’s Double-standards | Conklin’s Gab | Nuance | No Americans in America | Cold War’s end | Heresies | Mass and mob | Thoreau’s prose | Thoreau on fear | Liberal Democracy’s Retreat Doomsday planning | Cormac McCarthy | Thoreau’s Falsehoods | Caligula | Doctors speak out | Martin Eden | Mass murder | Cyril Connolly | Power | American War | Exit West | Vidal v. Buckley | Rabi’s A-Bomb | Freud’s Discontented | Reagan’s Day After | Earth’s fate | Muhammad Ali on Muslims | Coexistence | Elias Canetti | RFK | Anderson Cooper | Refugees | Resisting

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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.

The Flagler County Affordable Housing Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. in the Financial Services Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, Third Floor, Bunnell.

In Court: Bobby Earl Gore, the 74-year-old Flagler Beach man accused of shooting his son at point blank range during an argument on April 30, and Dorothy Singer, the 52-year-old accused of shooting her husband, Charles Singer, and burying him in the couple’s west-Flagler backyard, are scheduled for pre-trial hearings before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse, at 8:45 a.m. Gore and Singer both were indicted by a grand jury on first-degree murder charges. Gore is represented by a public defender. Singer is represented by Junior Barrett.

The Flagler Beach City Commission Holds a budget workshop at 10 a.m. At City Hall. The workshop is expected to last several hours.

The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. A very busy agenda: Council members are expected to discuss the charter review process, including how to involve the public, and to discuss the city’s guidelines on park memorials, with a memorial to the USS Liberty, the U.S. ship bombed by the Israeli military during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, at the center of the discussion. The Israeli attack killed 34 Americans on the ship. Council members are also expected to get a presentation on how to attract high-tech companies to Palm Coast, as well as on medical pot and dispensaries within city limits.

Artist’s panel at 6 p.m. ahead of the closing reception for “Work,” the art show sponsored by the Gargiulo Art Foundation, at the Flagler County Art League, at City Walk 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite 207C, Palm Coast. Seven professional artists are featured in the show, and you’ll get to meet and hear them at the panel discussion: Photographer Charlie Badalati, Fabric Artist Carol Baker and painters, Tom Gargiulo, Diana Gilson, Betty Jo Sansbury, JJ Graham and Petra Iston. There will be a closing ceremony from 7 to 8 p.m. with audience participation. All events are open to the public and are free of charge. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. 1 p.m. Saturdays. All proceeds benefit the Flagler County Art League and the Guargiulo Art Foundation’s Art in Public Places program. For more information call the Gargiulo Art Foundation at 386/446-0617 or visit flaglercountyartleague.org.

The Flagler County Planning and Development Board meets at 6 p.m. in Board Chambers at the Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, first floor, Bunnell.

In Flagler County Schools: Pre Planning Day for teachers, and Meet the Teachers Day at noon at Belle Terre Elementary.

Blood donations on the Big Red Bus:

  • Tuesday at Matanzas High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday at Florida Hospital Flagler from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday at Fantastic Sams, 5200 East State Road 100, Unit 103B (Target Shopping Center), from 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday at Winn Dixie off Palm Coast Parkway, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For a full list of dates and locations for the bus, go here.

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board is scheduled to meet after holding committee meetings. Committee meetings start at 9 a.m., followed by board meeting, district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka.

Announcements:

Flagler County building inspectors to keep earlier hours: Beginning Aug. 7, Flagler County building inspectors will keep earlier hours that align with those worked by contractors. The new hours will be from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for building inspectors who work in the field. Other team members who work in the Central Permitting Department will maintain 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours. “This should expedite the process,” said Mark Boice, Flagler County’s chief building inspector. “Contractors and sub-contractors tend to work from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. because of Florida’s heat. This will make it easier for us to meet with them.” Questions should be directed to 386-313-4003.

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.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is expected to be among the speakers during the Florida Chamber Foundation’s “Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit.” Other speakers are expected to include Cissy Proctor, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; state Rep. Sam Killebrew, R-Winter Haven; and Bobby Carbonell, executive director of Veterans Florida. (8 a.m., Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, 6677 Sea Harbor Dr., Orlando.)

The state Elections Canvassing Commission will meet to certify the results in special primary elections July 25 in Senate District 40 and House District 116. Republican Jose Felix Diaz and Democrat Annette Taddeo won their primaries in the Miami-Dade County Senate district, while Republican Daniel Perez won a GOP primary in the House district. (9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

Opioids: Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, will host a roundtable discussion in Palm Beach County about the opioid crisis. Other participants are expected to include Sen. Kevin Rader, D-Delray Beach. (9:30 a.m., Palm Beach State College, Room PSD 108, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth.)

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

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July 17: The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell. The committee hears a land use amendment for The Gardens, the planned development straddling John Anderson Highway that would bring 3,966 homes and apartment units to the area over a generation. The proposal is generating controversy. See the developer's perspective here, and the account of a town meeting on the development here.
July 17: The Tourist Development Council meets at 10 a.m. in board chambers at Government Services Building, Bunnell.
July 17: The Palm Coast Planning and Land Development Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center.
July 17: The Flagler Beach Economic Development Task Force meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
July 18: 2019 Beach Bash on the Pier, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Flagler Beach Fishing Pier. Join the Flagler County Chamber and the Flagler Beach Area Council for the 6th Annual Beach Bash on the Pier (formerly known as Peers on the Pier)! This awesome summertime event will offer food, fun, door prize drawings, an amazing view, beach vibe music provided by Surf 97.3FM and great company on the historic Flagler Beach pier. Guests will be given passports to visit all vendors on the pier and are encouraged to learn more about the local businesses that set up shop to showcase the services they offer. Guests turn in their completed passports for prize drawings that will occur.
July 18: the inspired micThe Inspired Mic, Palm Coast’s most daring and unpredictable open mic event, is scheduled for its monthly edition at its new venue at the Hidden Treasures Restaurant, 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach. Each month some of the most creative, innovative performances a person could ever hope to experience take place at The Inspired Mic. 14 presenters each month pull out slices of talent and genius to entertain the audience. Each presenter gets 7 minutes to present on a very eclectic blend of their genius. Hidden Treasures Restaurant, 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach (under the bridge). Doors open at 6 p.m. and presenters begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 advance, available at theinspiredmicus.com, or $15 at the door. The ticket includes one drink and entry into a drawing with a prize of $25 cash or a $50 gift certificate to The Hidden Treasures.
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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