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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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Aug. 16: GTM's 20th Anniversary Celebration, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Princess Place Preserve, 2500 Princess Place Rd., Palm Coast, and GTM Research Reserve Visitor Center, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. The celebration will begin with a boat tour from Usina boat ramp in Ponte Vedra Beach ending at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, highlighting several GTM projects along the Guana and Tolomato rivers. After lunch at Princess Place, education and the coastal training program staff will give an overview of plankton samples collected from Pellicer Creek and a visit through the estuary with virtual reality headsets. Afterwards, the research staff will guide you through sediment elevations (SET) sites located in Pellicer Creek Aquatic Preserve. Next, practice using SET techniques in a culinary treat. The event will conclude with a reception and other activities at GTM Research Reserve Visitor Center in Ponte Vedra Beach. To confirm attendance, email Patrician Price at patrician.d.price@FloridaDEP.gov or call 904-823-4506.
Aug. 16: The Flagler school district's Earl Johnson, a senior administrator, throws the first pitch at a Daytona Tortugas baseball game at 7 p.m.
Aug. 17: Bimonthly cleanup of Belle Terre Parkway, from the public library to Banton Lane. If you want to help, please meet in the library parking lot by 7 a.m. -- the side of the parking lot facing Belle Terre. All supplies provided. Wear appropriate clothing (flip flops and open sandals are not a good idea) sun screen, bug spray, a hat -- other clothes are a good idea too. Bagels and coffee afterward at host's house.
Aug. 17: Flagler Pier Fishing Tournament, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. For any questions, please contact the Pier bait shop at 386-517-2436.
Aug. 17: flagler playhouse logoThe first ever evening of Improv fun and games at the Flagler Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. The host for the evening will be Teresa Harris. You may know her as a Playhouse newcomer (The Glass Menagerie, It's a Wonderful Life), but you may not know that Teresa (along with husband Milt) are the founders of The Attention Deficient Players, an almost famous improv troupe from Atlanta. (OK, it was outside the perimeter (OTP), but it was a big deal.) The style of improv for this initial foray will be totally made up by the audience. Guests can choose to participate (by putting their name in a hat) or just sit back and enjoy. Teams will be brought up at random and given suggestions from the audience. Sketches will include favorites from TV such as; Scenes from a Hat, Worlds Worst, Questions Only, Sound Effects, plus a few that Teresa makes up - remember it's IMPROV! The show is in the New Lounge.
Since this show may contain adult comedy, guests must be at least 16 years old. Admission is $5. Cash only or credit cards online. For more info, contact Milt Harris,vicepresident@flaglerplayhouse.com
Aug. 19: The East Flagler Mosquito Control District board meets at 10 a.m. at the district’s offices, 10 Airport Executive Drive (off Belle Terre Boulevard), Palm Coast.
Aug. 20: Palm Coast government hosts a "stakeholder" meeting at the Palm Coast Community Center from 4 to 7 p.m. "to receive input from these stakeholders regarding their business dealings with the City of Palm Coast’s Community Development Department," according to the Homebuilders Association's website. The city is calling it an "open forum." A city spokesperson said the homebuilders are "not co-hosting anything and they shouldn’t have used our logo on their materials without our permission" (see the homebuilders' notice to the right, and the city's informational card here). "They are very much invited as part of the general public," the spokesman said, describing the invitation to the public as an effort to get "feedback from the community regarding our approach to building and development related permitting, process, and customer service. The guidance you provide will help chart a path forward and lead to new innovative approaches to move these divisions forward as a partner and resource for the community. Our primary objective is to listen to you, not for you to hear us." The city will host a related "development forum" on Sept. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. Those unable to attend may contribute their comments by email to planningdivision@palmcoastgov.com or by calling 386-986-3736. (An initial notice in this space, updated on August 10, incorrectly noted that the city had not posted the event on its website. It had done so by Aug. 8.)
Aug. 20: Palm Coast government hosts the second of two informational meetings on its enhanced stormwater management program from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. City staff will share details about the Master Plan now under way, explain the new approach being taken, and discuss immediate priorities for improving the drainage system. Fire Chief Jerry Forte will also briefly highlight hurricane preparedness efforts by the City and share some helpful take-away tips. Refreshments will be provided. The enhanced, comprehensive stormwater management plan to improve the drainage system city-wide launched this past spring, and projects will be ongoing for several years. The plan will address drainage issues resulting from an aging infrastructure and years of growth. The Master Plan takes a big-picture look at the swales, ditches, canals, water control structures, pipes, and drainage basins and how they work together to protect homes and businesses from flooding. New solutions will focus more on the ditches and freshwater canals and will have a greater long-term impact on improving the drainage system across Palm Coast. Attendees may enjoy Food Truck Tuesday in Town Center. Stormwater experts who will be on hand for questions, Customer Service technicians will be available to assist in providing updates to previously made swale requests and educate the public on Palm Coast Connect, the City’s new citizen engagement tool. You can report concerns or access the growing Information Center - or you can register and track the progress of how your concern is handled. Palm Coast Connect is online at www.palmcoastconnect.com - and the free app is now available in both the Apple and Google Play App Stores.
Aug. 20: Food Truck Tuesdays, 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. Free entertainment is also provided. Proceeds from each Food Truck Tuesday benefit a local organization whose work supports children and families. This month’s beneficiary: Palm Coast Arts Foundation. More info: www.palmcoast.gov.com/foodtruck or call 386-986-2323.
Aug. 21: The Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 N. US HWY 1, Palm Coast (just north of Whiteview Parkway). 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, palmcoastdemocraticclub@gmail.com. The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.


Aug. 22: The Flagler Tiger Bay Club invites the community to a wine tasting event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center. The annual event, open to the public, is an opportunity for club members and guests to mingle while sampling private label Flagler Tiger Bay Club wines, enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by Hammock Wine & Cheese and entertainment provided by the Flagler Youth Orchestra. The evening will include a meet and greet with the newly elected board of directors for current and prospective club members, while unveiling the club’s future speakers, and the launch of the Flagler Tiger Bay Club Young Tiger Program in conjunction with Flagler Schools, according to Greg Davis, president of the Flagler Tiger Bay Club. “Flagler Tiger Bay Club has earned a reputation for bringing in top speakers, the likes seldom seen in Flagler County, while presenting and discussing engaging subjects that impact our lives nationally, statewide and locally,” Davis said. “People come together of different political persuasions and engage in civil, thoughtful discussions during our meetings." Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway. Tickets: General Admission, $20. Registration closes August 19. Flagler Tiger Bay Club Private Label Wine Pre-Orders and Tickets at www.flaglertigerbayclub.com
Aug. 22: gary bowles homophobic serial killerThe execution of Gary Ray Bowles is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke. Bowles murdered six people in 1994. He is serving life sentences in the murders of John Roberts in Daytona Beach and Albert Morris in Nassau County, and is being killed for the murder of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville. See the background story here.
Aug. 23: Friends of Music Celebration: Stetson University's 2019-2020 Season Premiere Concert, Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
Aug. 23: Rick Shaefer water crossing"Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy" Exhibit, with an opening, free reception from 6-8 p.m. at Stetson University's Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center, 139 E Michigan Ave, DeLand. In 2018, the number of people who had been forcibly coerced to leave their home and country as a result of persecution, violence or human rights violations worldwide reached 70.8 million, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The number of people displaced increased by 2.3 million people from the previous year, a record high. Artist Rick Shaefer's reaction to the international refugee crisis is featured in his large-scale, charcoal triptych drawings that portray people of ancient times fleeing by land or water and experiencing the conflicts at borders in three thematic, panel scenes. Stetson University's Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center will display 20 of Shaefer's charcoal-and-pencil drawings in "Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy" exhibit, Aug. 16-Oct. 14, with an opening-night reception on Aug. 23.Exhibits at the Hand Art Center are free and open to the public.
Aug. 26: 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.
Aug. 27: 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.
Aug. 28: palm coast democratic clubThe Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 N. US HWY 1, Palm Coast (just north of Whiteview Parkway). 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, palmcoastdemocraticclub@gmail.com. The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.
Aug. 28: 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.
Aug. 28: Faculty Recital: Kathy Thomas, French horn with Sovereign Brass Union. This 12-piece brass ensemble will be a treat to your ears: Gabrieli, Strauss, Bach and more. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. Free.
Aug. 29: Economic development: the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce hosts a Common Ground breakfast focusing on the county's economic development efforts, with three speakers: County Administrator Jerry Cameron, Tourism Executive Director Amy Lukasik, and Economic Development Executive Director Helga van Eckert. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., breakfast at 8, the event lasts through about 9:15 a.m. Hilton Garden Inn Palm Coast, 55 Town Center Blvd. Palm CoastMembers can preregister for $25, non-members for $35. Contact Melinda Rivera, 386-206-0952 or by Email, melinda@flaglerchamber.org
Aug. 30: Florida Health Care Plans Brunch Club, 9-10:30 a.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. Florida Health Care Plans presents their Blues Brunch Club as well as helpful information on topics that might affect you. Bring your favorite board game or play one provided by FHCP while enjoying brunch! Free, but registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/seniors. More info: 386-986-2323.

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