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Monday Briefing: Magritte in Bunnell, Heat Index Up to 102, How Dan Davis Is Doing, Dutton’s DUI Blood Test

| October 9, 2017

Magritte in Bunnell: top, a house on Railroad Street. Bottom, Magritte's 'Empire of Light,' from 1898. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Magritte in Bunnell: top, a house on Railroad Street. Bottom, Magritte’s ‘Empire of Light,’ from 1898. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Back to torridness: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s inland… In the upper 80s coast. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Heat index readings 98 to 102. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. 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 67.
The OED’s Word of the Day: overslop, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

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stephen colbert truthiness“Now I’m sure some of the “word police,” the “wordinistas” over at Webster’s, are gonna say, “Hey, [truthiness] that’s not a word!” Well, anybody who knows me knows that I’m no fan of dictionaries or reference books. They’re elitist. Constantly telling us what is or isn’t true. Or what did or didn’t happen. Who’s Britannica to tell me the Panama Canal was finished in 1914? If I wanna say it happened in 1941, that’s my right. I don’t trust books—they’re all fact, no heart….Face it, folks, we are a divided nation…divided between those who think with their head and those who know with their heart….Because that’s where the truth comes from, ladies and gentlemen—the gut.”

–Stephen Colbert, from “The Colbert Report,” Oct. 17, 2005.

Previously:

Xenophobia | Conan on Vegas | Einstein’s Socialism | Trump’s Puerto Rico | Substitute | Hemingway’s coward | Costas on flag-worship | Superstition | Puerto Rico | Alt-right | King on Trump | Ground Zero | Parkman’s hurricane | Walter Lippmann on unions | Teflon Reagan | Millicent Fenwick | Rushdie on an immigrant | Gilgamesh | Birch Bayh on politicians | Uncomfortable books | Are there Nazis? | Bigotry in Niceville, Fla. | Steinbeck on Florida | Bellow | Reagan’s government fallacies | Wedding bells | Right-wing terrorism | McCain’s Watergate | Point of no return | Unseemly soccer | Make America White Again | 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

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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.

School Conference Week at all Flagler County elementary schools, all week.

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Tyler Dutton.

In Court: Tyler Dutton, who faces a drunk-driving manslaughter charge in the death of 25-year-old Jordan Marie Rineer a year ago on U.S. 1, argues a motion at 2 p.m. in court to have an independent blood test. Before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig, Courtroom 401, Flagler County courthouse.

The Flagler County Commission meets at 9 a.m. at board chambers in the Government Services Building, Bunnell, to extend the tax rolls to allow the Property Appraiser and Tax Collector to proceed to mail out the tax notices in a timely manner.

The Bunnell City Commission meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 201 West Moody Boulevard. the commission is expected to discuss the job performance of City Manager Dan Davis.

Women’s Self-Defense: Three-week class on consecutive Mondays, Oct. 9, 16, and 23, 6-8 p.m. at Palm Coast City Hall, Community Wing, 160 Lake Ave., Palm Coast. Women, ages 12+, learn effective methods to ward off attackers from Sgt. Michael Lutz of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Become more aware of your surroundings and the methods to protect yourself. Classes are free, but pre-registration is required by 6 p.m. Oct. 7 (while space available) at www.palmcoastgov.com/register. Participants must attend all three classes. More info: 386-986-2323.

florida fish and wildlife conservation commission logoOct. 9: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting several goliath grouper public workshops throughout the state starting July 31 to gather input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters. Fifteen workshops were scheduled between July and September, with the one closest to Flagler today in Jacksonville, from 5 to 8 p.m., Pablo Creek Regional Library, 13295 Beach Blvd. If you can’t attend, you may comment online here. More details on the workshops here.

Announcements:

Posted on Facebook, Saturday morning, Oct. 7 (from John Kerr): “LAST NIGHT, EARLY THIS MORNING, some person shot and killed a young doe/deer in the Cimmeron area. It died on a neighbors lawn. The bullet went entirely thru the chest, clipped the lungs, and resulted in a slow and probably painful bleed out, Graphic? Yes, hunters are taught to follow, find, and harvest what they shoot. If you can’t, then you don’t shoot. (not sure if its even season yet). I hope its not a disgruntled homeowner, and that the deer ran all the way from the swamps north of Cimmeron. If the shooter is a neighbor, I hope the stray round didn’t hit a another neighbor. More thoughts, but I’ll bite my tongue.”

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.

SENATE WADES INTO BEACH, ST. JOHNS PROJECTS: The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee will take up a bill (SB 174), filed by Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, that would set aside at least $50 million a year to help address issues such as beach erosion. The committee also is expected to take up a bill (SB 204), filed by Environmental Preservation and Conservation Chairman Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, that would lead to the state spending at least $75 million a year on springs projects and $50 million annually on projects related to the restoration of the St. Johns River and its tributaries or the Keystone Heights Lake Region. (Monday, 1 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AT ISSUE: The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee will consider a proposal (SB 96), filed by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, that would require schools to teach about the dangers and signs of human trafficking. The instruction would be part of health-education courses. (Monday, 3:30 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

HURRICANE IRMA DISCUSSSED: The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will host a panel discussion about Hurricane Irma and the “consequences and responses in Florida.” (Monday, 3:30 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SENATORS CONSIDER POLICE SEARCHES: The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will consider a bill (SB 262), filed by Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, that would bar law-enforcement officers from searching people or property without first informing the people that they have a right to decline the search requests. (Monday, 3:30 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

HIGHER ED PLAN POISED FOR SENATE ACTION: The Senate Education Committee will consider a higher-education bill (SB 4) that, in part, would require universities to develop “block” tuition plans and would make permanent expansions in Bright Futures scholarships and need-based aid programs. The bill, sponsored by Higher Education Appropriations Chairman Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, is a priority of Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. (Monday, 3:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

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

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July 17: The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center to discuss the city's general fund budget for next year. As always, City Manager Jim Landon's administration has not posted the proposed budget on the city's website for public perusal prior to the meeting, as other local governments always do. The council also meets in a regular session.
July 17: Quarterly Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Working Group Meeting, 10 a.m., FPL Flagler Service Center, 5910 E. Highway 100, Palm Coast. Topics to be covered include: Final approval of the HMGP project list for Irma projects, Community Rating System (CRS) updates and next steps, Upcoming funding programs, Ongoing project updates, General mitigation updates. Free and open to the public.
July 17: The Flagler County School Board meets in workshop at 1 p.m. on the third floor of the Government Services Building, then in a meeting at 6 p.m. in board chambers at the GSB. At the workshop, board members will hear a presentation on the year's school grades (the district rated a B), and will discuss the effects of the new so-called "hope" scholarship voucher program on the district. At the evening meeting, board members are expected to approve advertising next year's school property tax rate.
July 17: Flagler County Historic Bus Tour, 9:30 a.m. starting from Holden House Museum in Bunnell, 204 East Moody Blvd. Discover the many historic and interesting sites in Flagler County on this one hundred mile bus tour led by local historian Bill Ryan. Relax and cool off on a comfortable air conditioned bus while uncovering the hidden history of Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches. Tours will depart promptly at 10 a.m., include a lunch stop at the historic Bull Creek Fish Camp restaurant (lunch not included in tour price) and normally return to Holden House at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tours begin at Holden House Museum in Bunnell. There is ample parking here on West Side lot of Holden House Museum. West side is towards US1. Please park on the west side of Holden House. You should arrive in the parking lot between 9:30 for check-in. There is a briefing at the History Annex (Behind Holden House) The tour will depart promptly at 10:00 in an air conditioned Flagler Transport bus. Tours will depart promptly at 10 a.m. and include a lunch stop at the historic Bull Creek Fish Camp restaurant (lunch not included in tour price) and normally return to Holden House approximately 2:30 p.m. Tours are normally scheduled once each month, and are subject to availability. There is a fee of $20.00 per person. Planned comfort stops are scheduled. These tours are becoming very popular and reservations are required. Please call 386-439-5003 to make reservations.
July 17: Food Truck Tuesday 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. Join us to celebrate Parks & Recreation Month! This month featuring BMX Trickstars back for a second year. More info: www.palmcoast.gov.com/foodtruck or call 386-986-2323.
July 18: Collective Bargaining Contract Negotiations between Flagler County Professional Firefighters Association, the firefighters' union, and Flagler County government, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in the Administration Conference Room, third floor, Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd.
July 18: The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
July 18: The Tourist Development Council meets at 10 a.m. in board chambers at Government Services Building, Bunnell.
July 18: The Palm Coast Planning Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center.
July 18: The Sons of the American Revolution, Flagler Chapter, present the 2018 EMS Medal & Certificate to Palm Coast Firefighter/EMT Travis Greco at 10 a.m. at Palm Coast Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy.
July 18: The Flagler Beach Economic Development Task Force meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall.
July 19: The Inspired Mic, Palm Coast’s most daring and unpredictable open mic event, is scheduled for its monthly edition at The New Europa, European Village. 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. The New Europa at European Village, 101 Palm Harbor Parkway, Unit 101, Palm Coast. Doors open at 6 p.m. and presenters begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.50 advance, available at theinspiredmicus.com, or $15 at the door. Tickets include one drink (beer, wine, soda, tea, water).
July 19: the Flagler County Chamber and its Flagler Beach Area Council host the annual Beach Bash on the Pier (formerly known as Peers on the Pier) with local food, fun, drinks and live music. “Beach Bash on the Pier,” a Flagler Beach Block Party, is open to all members of the community and beyond. The event is scheduled from 5:30- 7 p.m., rain or shine. Participating chamber members will set up shop on the pier that evening to showcase their goods and services to locals and visitors, while offering giveaways and specials for guests. Your $10 entry fee will get you get you two drink tickets and appetizers while supplies last, plus a great crowd, raffles, 50/50 and the Pot o' Gold drawing at 6:45 p.m.
July 20: Lunch N’ Lecture Series 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. This month: “Hurricane Preparedness” with the Palm Coast Fire Department. The lecture and lunch are free, but pre-registration is required (while space available) by 11 a.m. July 18: www.palmcoastgov.com/register. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 20: Dive-In Movies 8 p.m. gates open and 8:30 p.m. movie at Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. Families and friends share fun watching a movie on the giant outdoor movie screen, while floating around in the pool. July’s flick is Spider-Man: Homecoming. Admission is $2 adults/$1 children. More info: 386-986-4741.
July 21: Tour de Palm Coast, leaving at 8 a.m. from Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. The “Tour” will take riders along the scenic route of St. Joe Walkway and back. No registration required. Please bring water and wear a helmet. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 21: Parks & Rec Open House 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy, NE. Enjoy a jam-packed day filled with fun for the whole family. Activities include Zumba classes, self-defense classes, group crafts, games, raffles and so much more! There is no registration for this event. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 23: Election Candidates' Hobnob hosted by the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce from 6 to 8 p.m. Free to the public. At the Palm Coast Community Center. The Flagler Hob Nob will be similar to an old fashioned political rally with an expectation of at least 400 guests attending. The purpose of Hob Nob is to give Chamber members and local residents an opportunity to meet with candidates and representatives from their campaigns on a one-to-one basis. The Chamber will invite all candidates appearing on the 2018 ballots to rent tabletop space for $150. Candidates will be assigned tables on a first come first served basis. Proceeds will support Chamber voter education and government affairs initiatives, including the organization’s 2019 Flagler Volusia Public Leadership Institute (FVPLI).
July 23: 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 http://www.stampandcoinclub.com.
July 25: A meeting of the 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. The Compassionate Friends, 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 The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
July 27: Florida Hospital Flagler Health Screening Event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy, NE. Florida Hospital Flagler, our official Health & Wellness event partner, is offering a FREE health screening event in support of July is Parks and Recreation Month. Services will include, pulse, blood pressure, height/weight, BMI, etc. There is no registration for this event. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 27-29: The Flagler Playhouse features The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition, a production of its summer-camp students, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday bat 2 p.m. (two shows on Saturday). The Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Call the box office at 386-586-0773 or visit the website for tickets here.
July 30: dante mobleyCircuit Judge Terence Perkins sentences Dante Mobley, a sex offender found guilty of statutory rape and sentenced in 2014 to five years in prison followed by 10 years' sex-offender probation. He served his sentence, with credit for time served and 15 percent early release for good behavior, but was re-arrested on April 12 on a probation violation. Mobley, 35, a resident of 611 South Bacher Street in Bunnell, generated a series of violations, including losing his $900 court-issued tracking bracelet, a failure to report, and living within 1,000 feet of a place where children gather. Mobley has been at the county jail since his re-arrest. The sentencing is at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401.
July 30: Today at 4:30 p.m. is the deadline if you intend to change political party ahead of the primary election on Aug. 28.
Aug. 3: Flagler County Drug Court's steering and advisory committee meets at 9 a.m. in courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse.
Aug. 3: First Friday Garden Walk at Washington Oaks Garden State Park at 10 a.m. Join a Ranger on the first Friday of the month at 10 a.m. for a walk through our historical gardens. Learn about the history of our park while exploring the beauty of the formal gardens. 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. Call 386-446-6783 for more information.
Aug. 8-9: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety CommissionThe Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meets at 8:30 a.m. for the first of two days in the fourth of seven sets of two-day meetings, with such meetings scheduled every month through November. he Florida Channel will be broadcasting the meeting and will be streaming it live here. You may submit your public comments here.
Aug. 10: The Flagler County Canvassing Board meets at 10 a.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office, Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Boulevard, Building 2, Suite 101. The agenda: Logic and Accuracy Testing of the Voting Equipment.
Aug. 10: Movies in the Park, 8 p.m. in Central Park at Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. Families will enjoy “Beauty and the Beast” 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. More info: 386-986-2323 and www.palmcoastgov.com/movies.
Aug. 11: Motown Magic is the featured act at the free Midtown Motown Concert series at Cypress Park at the Midtown Cultural & Educational Center in Daytona Beach from 7 to 9 p.m., with Cypress Pool open for free swimming until 9 p.m. during the concert, at 981 George West Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach. Parking is available at Cypress Park.

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Updates of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast usually run here, along with a link to the city’s Week in Review. But the Week in Review, under the guise of being modernized, has become flashier and power-point like while becoming less substantive and dumbed down. We may or may not link to it in future.

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