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Tuesday Briefing: Development Worries at Matanzas Shores, Palm Coast Data’s Pink Army, NRA’s Guns, FPC Chorus

| October 10, 2017

Palm Coast Data is co-sponsoring the Pink Army's 5K event with Florida Hospital Flagler this coming Sunday in Town Center. Above, Palm Coast Data's team. (Palm Coast Data)

Palm Coast Data is co-sponsoring the Pink Army’s 5K event with Florida Hospital Flagler this coming Sunday in Town Center. Above, Palm Coast Data’s team of 37. The company will also be hosting a hospitality tent during the event. (Palm Coast Data)

Today: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. East 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.
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The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

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nicholson baker“The feeling that you are stupider than you were is what finally interests you in the really complex subjects of life: in change, in experience, in the ways other people have adjusted to disappointment and narrowed ability. You realize that you are no prodigy, your shoulders relax, and you begin to look around you, seeing local color unrivaled by blue glows of algebra and abstraction.”

–Nicholson Baker, from “The Messazine” (1986).

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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.

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.

palm coast city logoThe Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council is discussing an $888,000 contract for stormwater drainage improvements, and approving changes to its contract with one of the city’s labor unions.

Vacation rentals: The Senate Community Affairs Committee will hold a workshop about regulation of vacation rental properties, reopening the possibility of rolling back local regulation of the industry that Flagler County government spearheaded in 2014. (10 a.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

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. The board hears a series of related, controversial development proposals for the Matanzas Shores area, that local residents largely oppose.

st johns river water management district logoThe St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board is scheduled to meet after holding committee meetings. (Committees start at 9:30 a.m., Winter Springs Commission chamber, 1126 East State Road 434, Winter Springs.)

A meeting of the Flagler Sheriff’s Domestic Violence task force is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Sheriff’s Office, 901 E. Moody Blvd. Bunnell. At the last meeting each committee spokesperson gave a presentation of the draft report from their respective committees. Finalized drafts are expected at this meeting.

gunsGuns and the NRA: If you think prayers are not enough, join your fellow Resistors to write postcards to Senators and members of Congress to demand better gun control legislation in the face of renewed NRA opposition to sane policies. The event is organized by Indivisible Flagler: “We have plenty of postcards and stamps so just bring yourself and lunch if you don’t want to purchase lunch there. Coffee, lattes and more. Come and resist with us. We are victims of inaction. This is a political choice we make.” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fair Trade Cafe, 160 Cypress Pt Pkwy, Bldg D, Unit 102, Palm Coast.

The Flagler Palm Coast High School Chorus Solo Ensemble holds its recital at the Flagler Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Buddy Taylor Middle School hosts its fall concert at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Dwight PitcaithleyStetson University hosts esteemed Woodrow Wilson Fellow Dwight Pitcaithley in a presentation of “The National Park Service after 100 Years: A Historian’s Reflections on Mission, Challenges, and Opportunities.” The free event is open to the public at 7 p.m. in the Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center, 529 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, Florida, 32723. Pitcaithley’s presentation will highlight the challenges and changes in the National Park Service over more than a century, including the park’s role as an educational institution and federal policies that affect its work. Pitcaithley has published numerous articles and book chapters pertaining to public memory, the role of historic sites in public education and the public interpretation of the causes of the Civil War.

Announcements:

None.

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.

TADDEO SWORN IN: Democrat Annette Taddeo, who won a Sept. 26 special election in a Miami-Dade County Senate district, will be sworn in. Taddeo defeated Republican Jose Felix Diaz in Senate District 40, which was vacated when former Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, resigned in April. (9 a.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)

WORKERS’ COMP CONSIDERED: The House Commerce Committee will receive an update on the workers’ compensation insurance system. (9:30 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

U.S. CAPITOL STATUE DISCUSSED: The House Government Accountability Committee will consider a proposal (HB 139), filed by Rep. Patrick Henry, D-Daytona Beach, and Rep. Tom Leek, R-Ormond Beach, that would replace a likeness of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith at the U.S. Capitol with a statue of civil-rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune. Each state is allowed two representatives at the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol, with Florida long represented by Smith and John Gorrie, widely considered the father of air conditioning. State lawmakers in 2016 voted to replace the statue of Smith but have not decided on who should represent Florida. (9:30 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PANEL PROBES BAEZ RESIDENCY: The House Select Subcommittee on Member Conduct will delve into allegations that Rep. Daisy Baez, D-Coral Gables, has lived outside her district. (9:30 a.m., 216 Capitol, the Capitol.)

DIRECT PRIMARY CARE DEBATED: The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will consider a bill (SB 80), filed by Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, that would clear the way for doctors and patients to enter into “direct primary care” agreements. Under direct primary-care agreements, patients would make regular payments to physicians to cover routine care, cutting out the role of insurers. The bill would make clear that the agreements are not insurance and are not subject to regulation under insurance laws. (10 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

STATE WORKER INSURANCE DISCUSSED: The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee will receive a presentation from Tami Fillyaw, director of state group insurance, about employee health insurance. (10 a.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

OPIOID ADDICTION AT ISSUE: The Senate Health Policy Committee will hold a workshop about opioid addiction. (10 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

DEMOCRATS RELEASE HURRICANE PLAN: House and Senate Democrats will hold a news conference to discuss a package of proposals dealing with hurricane preparation and recovery from Hurricane Irma. (Noon, fourth floor, the Capitol.)

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT ON AGENDA: The House Education Committee will receive an update from the Department of Education about implementation of rules and policies related to school improvement. (12:30 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

MEDICAID MANAGED CARE CONSIDERED: The House Health & Human Services Committee will receive an update from the Agency for Health Care Administration about contracting for health plans in the Medicaid managed-care program. (12:30 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PANEL HEARS ABOUT JUVENILE JUSTICE: The House Judiciary Committee will receive an update about juvenile-justice reform. (12:30 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

UTILITIES DISCUSS HURRICANE IRMA: The Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee will hear a presentation from electric utilities about Hurricane Irma. (2 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

RESIGN TO RUN DEBATED: The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will take up a bill (SB 186), filed by Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, that would require state and local officeholders to resign if they qualify to run for federal offices. (2 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

RED LIGHT CAMERA REPEAL WEIGHED: The House Appropriations Committee will take up a bill (HB 6001), filed by Rep. Bryan Avila, R-Hialeah, and Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, that would repeal state laws allowing local governments to use red-light cameras in traffic enforcement. (3 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

LOCAL GOVERNMENT DISCLOSURE TARGETED: The House Ways & Means Committee will take up a proposal (HB 7), filed by Rep. Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland, that would place more disclosure requirements on local governments about economic-development incentives and tax increases. (3 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

SPECIAL ELECTIONS IN HD 44, HD 58: A special general election will be held in Orange County’s House District 44 and a special Republican primary election will be held in Hillsborough County’s House District 58. Former Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, R-Orlando, left the District 44 seat this spring after being appointed as a judge on the 5th District Court of Appeal. The candidates in the special general election are Republican Bobby Olszewski and Democrat Eddy Dominguez. Former Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City, resigned from the District 58 seat because of health issues. Republicans Yvonne Fry and Lawrence McClure are battling in the GOP primary, with the winner advancing to a Dec. 19 special general election.

TADDEO, PEREZ VICTORIES CERTIFIED: The state Elections Canvassing Commission will certify the results of Sept. 26 elections in which Democrat Annette Taddeo was elected in Miami-Dade County’s Senate District 40 and Republican Daniel Perez was elected in Miami-Dade’s House District 116. (9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

HISPANIC CHAMBER BACKS PUERTO RICAN EVACUEES: The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will hold a news conference to discuss the need for the state to welcome evacuees from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Participants in the news conference are expected to include Rep. Rene Plasencia, R-Orlando. (10 a.m., fourth floor, the Capitol.)

PUTNAM SERVES LUNCH: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam will help serve lunch at a Broward County school to mark National School Lunch Week and to discuss support available to students who evacuated from Puerto Rico. (10:30 a.m., Discovery Elementary School, 8800 N.W. 54th Court, Sunrise.)

JACKSONVILLE COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET: The Florida State College at Jacksonville Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet. (1 p.m., Florida State College at Jacksonville, North Campus, 4501 Capper Road, Jacksonville.)

OUTPATIENT CARE AT ISSUE: The Agency for Health Care Administration is scheduled to hold a workshop about outpatient hospital services. (2 p.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS DUE: State candidates, political committees and parties face a Tuesday deadline for filing reports showing finance activity through Sept. 30.

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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