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Wednesday Briefing: Fire Police Heroes, Charter Review, Walk To School Day, Einstein’s Socialism

| October 4, 2017

From Palm Coast Volunteer Fire and Rescue: 'The Palm Coast Fire Police were recently honored by the Flagler County Sheriff's Office & Sheriff Rick Staly. The Palm Coast Fire Police assist with traffic control at motor vehicle crashes, fire scenes and emergency incidents. This selfless group of volunteers respond to over a thousand calls for service a year. We appreciate their commitment and dedication.' From left, Fire Chief Michael Beadle, Lt. Rick Stevens, Vinny DeVita, Robert Hudak, Jack Ogden, Felix Lucas Ramos, Captain Steve Garnes, and Sheriff Rick Staly. (Facebook)

From Palm Coast Volunteer Fire and Rescue: ‘The Palm Coast Fire Police were recently honored by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office & Sheriff Rick Staly. The Palm Coast Fire Police assist with traffic control at motor vehicle crashes, fire scenes and emergency incidents. This selfless group of volunteers respond to over a thousand calls for service a year. We appreciate their commitment and dedication.’ From left, Fire Chief Michael Beadle, Lt. Rick Stevens, Vinny DeVita, Robert Hudak, Jack Ogden, Felix Lucas Ramos, Captain Steve Garnes, and Sheriff Rick Staly. (Facebook)

Today: Breezy. Partly cloudy with chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 70s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Details here.
Today’s document from the National Archives and the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Drought Index 25.
The OED’s Word of the Day: pingle, n.1.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


einstein socialism“The crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career. ¶ I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals.”

–Albert Einstein, from “Why Socialism?” in Monthly Review, May 1949.

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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.

Today is Rymfire Elementary Walk To School Day: be on the lookout, be careful. Rymfire is at 1425 Rymfire Dr, Palm Coast.

The Palm Coast Code Enforcement Board meets at 10 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center.

Old Kings Elementary School Advisory Council meeting at 4 p.m., school’s media center. PTO meeting to follow.

palm coast city logoThe second of four public workshops on a review of the Palm Coast City Charter is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Indian Trails Middle School cafeteria, 5505 Belle Terre Parkway . The workshop is open to the public, and public input will be sought, but only to a limited extent.

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times: See the costumes of Award-winning TV series Downton Abbey. Displayed inside the Grand Ballroom Gallery, The Lightner Museum will hold an exquisite exhibition of 36 costumes and accessories, some of which are being restored and seen for the very first time as part of the exhibition. For more information, call 904-824-2874 or visit http://lightnermuseum.org. Location: 75 King Street, St. Augustine. Complement your visit to ​Dressing Downton with an elegant afternoon English tea and a screening of the film Gosford Park, a British mystery about the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at an English country home in 1932 as they investigate a murder. For more information, call 904-679-5736 or visit www.historiccoastculture.com/event/afternoon-tea-film-corazon. Location: 36 Granada Street, St. Augustine. Opens today, through January 7.

Announcements:

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.

STATE CONTRACTING DISCUSSED: The state Office of Supplier Diversity will host an event to help small-business owners better understand and seek state and local government contracts. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, Building 3, 2727 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)

JUSTICES WEIGH MIAMI-DADE, VOLUSIA DEATH CASES: The Florida Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in three cases, including appeals in death-penalty cases from Miami-Dade and Volusia counties. The Miami-Dade appeal was filed on behalf of Rafael Andres, who was sentenced to death in the 2005 murder of Ivette Farinas. The Volusia appeal was filed on behalf of James Guzman, who was sentenced to death in the 1991 murder of David Colvin. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

CONSTITUTION PANELS MEET: Three committees of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission are scheduled to meet. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Ethics and Elections Committee, 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol. Also, 10 a.m., Legislative Committee, 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol. Also, 2 p.m., Executive Committee, 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

PAROLE ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Florida Commission on Offender Review is scheduled to meet and discuss numerous parole cases related to crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980s. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 4070 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

`BAKER ACT’ FOR MINORS AT ISSUE: The Task Force on Involuntary Examination of Minors will discuss issues related to the use of the state’s Baker Act for minors. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., Department of Children and Families, 1317 Winewood Blvd., Building 6, Tallahassee. Call-in number: 1-888-670-3525. Code: 9592874884)

NEW ATTORNEYS SWORN IN: The Florida Supreme Court will hold a ceremony to swear in new attorneys. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga is expected to administer the oath. (Wednesday, 2:30 p.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

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

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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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