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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.
Drought Index16
The OED’s Word of the Day: rongorongo, n..
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).



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.



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 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, 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
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 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 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,, 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
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 More info: 386-986-2300 and
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
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 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,, 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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