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Wednesday Briefing: Kelsey Banks, Survivor, SBA Disaster Loan Assistance, Ending Fireworks Ban

| October 11, 2017

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In late September, Kelsey Banks was given her own day at Belle Terre Elementary School. The 4th grader was surprised by principal Terence Culver, Superintendent James Tager and School Board Chairman Trevor Tucker the morning of Se[pt. 29, which was tied to a proclamation announcing September 29, 2017 as “Kelsey Banks’ Day.” Culver praised the 9 year old for her fight in overcoming cancer and celebrating 5 years as cancer free. Kelsey’s brother, Charles presented her with yellow roses. Kelsey’s mother Kerri says “this is a day we’ve been longing to reach since 2010.” Kelsey was diagnosed with pre-B cell acute lymphocytic leukemia when she was just 22 months old. She was in treatment until September 13, 2012, or as Kerri says “until Kelsey was four years, one month and two days old.” Board Chair Tucker praised Kelsey for her fight. He actually coached her on the soccer field. “She’s quiet and unassuming off the field, but I learned you don’t underestimate her once she gets in the game.” (Flagler Schools)

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elmore leonard“The way it is here, this town, it goes out in all directions all kinds of shit happening. You know what I mean? Like there’s no special look to the place. Brooklyn, you got streets of houses are all exactly the same. Or Brooklyn in general, you know, has a bummed-out look, it’s old, it’s dirty …. Miami a look you think of stucco, right? Or high-rises on the beacch. Here, wherever you look it’s something different. There homes’ll knock your eyes out, but there’s a lot of cheap shit, too. You know what I mean? Like Times Square. I think the movie business is the same way. There aren’t any rules-you know, anybody saying this’s how you have to do it. What’re movies about? They’re all different, except the ones that’re just like other movies that made money. You know what I’m saying? The movie business, you can do any fuckin thing you want ’cause there’s nobody in charge.”

–Elmore Leonard, from “Get Shorty” (1990).



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 Public Safety Coordinating Council meets at 8:45 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center in Bunnell.

SBA Individual Disaster Loan Assistance: Representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA) invite the residents and property owners to attend an Open House on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 between the hours of 9:30 A.M until 4:30 P.M. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall in Flagler Beach, 105 South 2nd Street. This Open House is an effort to assist residents and property owners to apply for individual disaster low interest loans. The SBA representatives will guide those who attend through the application process. If you plan to attend, please make sure that you have registered with FEMA prior to Wednesday. That is a necessary first step. Bring your bank’s routing number and, if possible, your insurance and other relevant papers. Laptops will be available on site, for you to register and apply for the low interest rate loans.

The Fate of the Earth at 30: Elizabeth Kolbert, author of “The Sixth Extinction,” is the featured speaker at the Jonathan Schell Memorial Lecture Series, and will deliver a lecture, “On The Fate Of The Earth,” commemorating the 25-year anniversary of the publication of Schell’s book by that name, on the consequences of nuclear war. Presented by The New School, at the 12th Street Auditorium, New York City. Watch a live stream of Kolbert’s lecture here starting at 7 p.m. Watch the previous lecture in the series, by Bill McKibben, here.

Ribbon Cutting: Grand Opening of Chambery Family Funeral Home, 14 Palm Harbor Village Way, Palm Coast, 4 to 6 p.m. The ribbon-cutting is at 5 p.m.


Food Assistance, Oct. 11-15: The Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will implement the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program in Flagler and St. Johns counties to assist individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Irma from October 11- October 15. To qualify for the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance program, applicants must have lived or worked in one of the counties declared for FEMA Individual Assistance on September 5, and not be receiving food assistance through the regular Food Assistance Program. Additionally, eligible individuals and families must have suffered a disaster-related loss, such as damage to their homes or self-employment property, loss of food, reduction or loss of income, or have incurred other disaster related expenses. DCF will provide or mail Electronic Benefits Transfer cards to eligible individuals and families to use at authorized USDA food retailers. The program counts only income and expenses from September 5 through October 4, 2017. Individuals are encouraged to fill out the initial application for assistance online no later than the day before visiting the Food for Florida site. The application is available on the Food for Florida website, The Food for Florida disaster food assistance program for Flagler and St. Johns counties will take place: AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE FAIRGROUNDS, 5840 STATE ROAD 207, ELKTON OPEN 8 AM- 7 PM.

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.

SLAVERY MEMORIAL DISCUSSED: The House Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee is slated to take up a bill (HB 67), filed by Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, that would establish a slavery memorial at the state Capitol. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PANEL HEARS EDUCATION BUDGET REQUESTS: The House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee will hear presentations about 2018-2019 budget requests by the Department of Education and the Office of Early Learning. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

TOURISM MARKETING ON THE TABLE: The House Tourism & Gaming Control Subcommittee will receive updates on issues related to tourism marketing. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

CHAMBER REPORT PRESENTED: The House Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee will receive a presentation on the Florida Chamber Foundation’s “Florida Jobs 2030” report. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

MENTAL HEALTH ON THE AGENDA: The House Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee will receive updates about the implementation of mental-health and substance-abuse legislation passed during the 2016 and 2017 sessions. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

WATER NEEDS DISCUSSED: The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee will receive presentations about water infrastructure needs. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

`JOB GROWTH GRANT FUND’ CONSIDERED: The Senate Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee will receive a presentation from the Department of Economic Opportunity about the state’s new Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

PANEL HEARS ABOUT ELECTRICITY RESTORATION: The House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee will receive a presentation about storm restoration efforts by electric utilities. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

MEDICAL MARIJUANA ON THE MENU: The House Health Quality Subcommittee will receive updates about a new law carrying out a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. Speakers are expected to include Christian Bax, director of the Office of Medical Marijuana Use at the Florida Department of Health. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

AUTISM AWARENESS AT ISSUE: The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will receive an update about a new law aimed at autism-awareness training for law-enforcement officers. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

NURSING HOME GENERATORS ON AGENDA: The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee will receive an update about emergency rules aimed at requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators that can run air conditioning systems when electricity is knocked out. (Wednesday, 2 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

LAWMAKERS LOOK AT ENDING FIREWORKS BAN: The Senate Regulated Industries Committee will take up a bill (SB 198), filed by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, that would end a decades-old prohibition on fireworks sales. Many people have gotten around the ban by using loopholes that allow the purchase of fireworks for such things as frightening birds for agriculture-related purposes. (Wednesday, 2 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

AGRICULTURE DAMAGE DISCUSSED: The House Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee will receive a presentation from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services about storm-related damage in the agriculture industry. (Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAW REVIEWED: The House Careers & Competition Subcommittee will receive updates about a series of laws passed this year, including a major economic-development law passed during a June special session. (Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

LOW INCOME POOL AT ISSUE: The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee will receive an update about the Low Income Pool, which provides additional money to hospitals and other health providers that care for large numbers of poor and uninsured people. (Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

SCHOOL CHOICE CONSIDERED: The House PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee will receive an update from the Department of Education about the implementation of rules and policy related to school choice. (Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CABINET AIDES MEET: Aides to Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis will discuss issues in advance of an Oct. 17 Cabinet meeting. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

`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, 9 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Office, 2500 West Colonial Dr., Orlando.)

PAROLE ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Florida Commission on Offender Review is scheduled to meet in Manatee County and discuss numerous parole cases related to crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980s. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Manatee County Sheriff’s Office District III Location, 616 67th St. Circle East, Bradenton.)

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

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June 19: The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 19: The Tourist Development Council meets at 10 a.m. in board chambers at Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 19: The Flagler County Contractor Review Board meets at 5 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 19: Rhonda Harvey, Chief Operating Officer for SMA Healthcare, is the speaker at the Flagler Tiger Bay Club meeting starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Hammock Dunes Club in Palm Coast. Harvey will discuss navigating the landscape of behavioral healthcare, addiction and recovery and suicide prevention. Under her direction, SMA served over 26,000 clients in 2018 at fourteen locations in the four county area. $40 for non-members.
June 19: The Flagler Chamber of Commerce and Flagler Beach businesses meet to address short and long-term concerns and solutions to the A1A construction project at 8 a.m at the city commission room, 105 South 2nd Street.
June 19: The Flagler Beach Economic Development Task Force meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
June 19: Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins hosts a Community Outreach Meeting at 6 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 N US Hwy 1, Palm Coast.
June 20: 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.
June 21: Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp, South 6th Street on the beach, Flagler Beach, starting at 9 a.m.
June 21: Senior Summer Celebration Cookout (Senior Special Event), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. Celebrate the first day of summer with a cookout at the Community Center. Hot dogs, hamburgers and fixings will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a side dish. Sign up at the front desk with the dish you are bringing. $5/person with pre-registration required at More info: 386-986-2323.
June 21: 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 “Hotel Transylvania 3” (PG). $1/seniors & youth and $2/adults. More info: 386-986-4741 and
June 22: New works by JJ Graham fill the gallery walls for the gallery's monthly event. Celebrate with us during JJ’s birthday month. A gourmet taco bar and drinks are included with the purchase of admission. Our live musical guest is Jake Cox. 6 p.m., 802 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Admission: $15. Parking: Overflow parking is across the street at the sheriff's operations office.
June 22: Watson Realty Corp. hosts its annual summer kick-off and family fun day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1410 Palm Coast Parkway, with firefighters, sheriff's deputies offering safety tips, games, food and music.
June 23: Bow Wow Bingo to benefit the Flagler Humane Society, $25 cost includes a fish fry, 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 53 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast.
June 24-27: Golf Summer Camp – Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m-1 p.m. at Palm Harbor Golf Club, 20 Palm Harbor Drive, Palm Coast. Learn the game of golf during these fun-filled days of short game, full swing, putting, golf etiquette, sportsmanship, and friendly competition. Open to all skill levels. Lunch, snacks, & drinks included. For ages 6-16 years. $150/week. Deadline to register is June 17. Registration required at More info: 386-986-2323.
June 24-27: Tennis Summer Camp (Session 2) – Monday-Friday, 9 a.m-4pm. at Belle Terre Park, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. Tennis and so much more! Please come with athletic clothes and shoes, swimsuit (for the pool), water bottle, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and drinks. For ages 6-13 years. $175/week. Registration required at More info: 386-986-2323.
June 24: 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.
June 24: 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.
June 25: 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.
June 26: 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
June 29: 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
June 29-20: 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 1: 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 3: Fireworks in the Park: Kick off your Independence Day celebration one day early July 3. Pack your picnic basket and bring your blanket and chairs to watch the free colorful display at Central Park at Town Center, 975 Central Ave, beginning at 9 p.m. Entertainment and food vendors will begin at 6 p.m. A patriotic ceremony starts at 7 p.m.
July 5: First Friday Garden and Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 10am for a walk through our historical gardens. Learn about the history of our park while exploring the beauty of the formal gardens, with an emphasis on butterflies. 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. No registration required.
July 5-7: midsummer madness"A Midsummer Night's Madness," a summer workshop production at Palm Coast's City Repertory Theatre. Tickets are $15, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Book here.

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2 Responses for “Wednesday Briefing: Kelsey Banks, Survivor, SBA Disaster Loan Assistance, Ending Fireworks Ban”

  1. Paula says:

    We need stricter fireworks laws, not weaker ones. People danger, fire danger, traumatizes our pets.

    Senator Steube should not be in office. He does not represent the wishes of his constituents – in Sarasota or the rest of the state.

  2. Pogo says:

    @ Pierre Tristam

    Thanks for boosting The Florida Project in your Tweets – some of us actually read your site – and tune in to NPR too. And NPR – not just in the car. From NPR:

    ‘Florida Project’ Turns A Decrepit Corner Of Orlando Into A Cinematic Playground

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