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Thursday Briefing: Irma’s Mountain of Loss, Science Matters, A Community Garden in Flagler Beach, Flagpoles

| October 12, 2017

At Flagler Beach's sanitation facility, a mound about 10 to 12 feet high has risen, a mass of residents' appliances ruined by Hurricane Irma flooding. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

A mountain of loss: At Flagler Beach’s sanitation facility, a mound about 10 to 12 feet high has risen, a mass of residents’ appliances ruined by Hurricane Irma flooding. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. Northeast 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 Index130
The OED’s Word of the Day: pauciloquent, adj..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


fantasyland kurt andersen“Joseph Smith was a quintessentially American figure. Whether he was a heartfelt believer in his delusions or among the greatest confidence men ever, his extreme audacity—his mind-boggling balls—is the American character ad absurdum. America was created by people resistant to reality checks and convinced they had special access to the truth, a place founded to enact grand fantasies. No Joseph Smiths emerged elsewhere in the modern world. And if they had, where else would so many responsible people instantly abandon their previous beliefs and lives and risk everything on the say-so of such a man making such claims?”

–Kurt Andersen, from “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” (2017).

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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 Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Commissioners will hear a request to provide city property for a community garden, and are expected to approve, on first reading, an ordinance opening the mainland portion of Flagler Beach, along its commercial strip, to medical marijuana dispensaries, but not beachside.

Science Matters (especially now): A bimonthly after school program for children ages 6 and older who like books and science. Have fun while learning-use the scientific method and hands on experiments to learn about the science behind children’s stories and the world around us. Limited to the first 24 children. Sign up begins 30 minutes before the program. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW.

Evenings at Whitney: David Nolan, regional historian, is the guest speaker for this Evenings at Whitney lecture. The talk title is “Adventures in History.”Lectures and parking are free and registration or reservations are not necessary. The event is at 7 p.m. at Center for Marine Studies, Lohman Auditorium, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine, Florida. For further details, call (904) 461-4000.

Cigar Tasting Event at the Humidor, European Village, Palm Coast, featuring La Aurora and Nestor Miranda Cigars. Willy from Miami Cigar & Co will join us to tell us about each cigar and socialize with the participants. You can drop by anytime between 5 pm and 8:30 pm on Thursday, October 12th to participate. No admission fee for Humidor members. For public, a $10 admission fee will get you in, plus a complimentary cigar, plus we’ll give you a $10 Gift Card for your next purchase. 386.445.2221.

Announcements:

veterans wall supervisor's officeFrom the Flagler County Supervisor of Elections to Veterans:

“Calling all Flagler County service members, active duty or retired: We need your photo to fill this Veteran’s Wall in time for Veteran’s Day! Help us honor veterans of Flagler County by covering this Veteran’s Wall with photos. Only one month until Veteran’s Day on November 11, 2017.” – Kaiti Lenhart, Flagler County Supervisor of Elections

Veteran’s Day is a month away and we hope to Cover The Wall at the Supervisor’s office in honor of Flagler County veterans. Any registered voter in Flagler County who has served in the US Armed Forces may provide a service photo for display on the Veteran’s Wall in the Elections Office lobby. The following information will accompany the photo:

Service Member Name
Dates of Service
Branch of Service

We need your photo to fill this wall by November 11, 2017. Contact the Elections Office for more information at (386) 313-4170 or visit www.FlaglerElections.com

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, myflfamilies.com/fff. 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.

CORAL REEF PROTECTION SOUGHT: The House Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 53), filed by Rep. Kristin Jacobs, D-Coconut Creek, that would create the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area. (Thursday, 8 a.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

SCHOOL GRADES TALLIED: The House PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee will receive updates from the Department of Education about issues such as 2016-2017 school grades and “schools of hope” grants. (Thursday, 8 a.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

JUSTICE PANEL WEIGHS BUDGET REQUESTS: The House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee is expected to hear presentations about budget priorities from a series of agencies, including the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. (Thursday, 8:30 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PUTNAM SPEAKS TO SENATE COMMITTEE: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam will speak to the Senate Agriculture Committee, which also will host a panel discussion about the impacts of Hurricane Irma on the agriculture industry. (Thursday, 10 a.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

HOUSE INVESTIGATIONS DISCUSSED: The House Public Integrity & Ethics Committee will receive an update on House investigations. (Thursday, 10:30 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

IRMA BUDGET IMPACT EYED: The Senate Appropriations Committee will take up a series of issues, including looking at the impact of Hurricane Irma on the state’s current budget and the upcoming 2018-2019 budget. (Thursday, 1 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

JUDGE HEARS AIR CONDITIONING RULES CHALLENGE: Administrative Law Judge G.W. Chisenhall is scheduled to start a two-day hearing in a challenge to emergency rules by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration that would require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to install generators within 60 days to power air-conditioning systems. Industry groups LeadingAge Florida, the Florida Assisted Living Association and Florida Argentum challenged the rules, which were issued after the deaths of Broward County nursing-home residents following Hurricane Irma. (Thursday, 9 a.m., DeSoto Building, 1230 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee.)

SUPREME COURT RELEASES OPINIONS: The Florida Supreme Court is expected to release weekly opinions. (Thursday, 11 a.m.)

NELSON, BITTEL IN JACKSON COUNTY: U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel are expected to take part in the Jackson County Democratic Party Blues & Boots BBQ and Dance. Also expected to attend are gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham and Chris King. (Thursday, 6 p.m., National Guard Armory, 3645 U.S. 90 West, Marianna.)

COULTER SPEAKS AT WALTON GOP EVENT: Political commentator and author Ann Coulter will speak during the Walton County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner. (Thursday, 7 p.m. Central time, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, 4000 Sandestin Blvd. South, Miramar Beach.)

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

To • include your event in this section, please email the details, including date, time, a brief description of the event, contact information, and, if you wish, an image, to editor@flaglerlive.com.


Feb. 26: The African-American Entrepreneurs Club hosts a networking event to celebrate Black History Month at the African-American Cultural Society in Palm Coast, 4422 North U.S. Highway 1, with guest speaker JaWanda Dove speaking on "Defying the Odds," and music. The event is free and open to all. See the flier here.
Feb. 26: The McCartney Years at Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this performance are available online at flaglerauditorium.org or by calling the Box Office at 386-437-7547.
Feb. 26: Daytona State College’s Student Paralegal Association (SPA) will host local attorney Greg Snell at 12:30 p.m., to enrich students’ professional development and benefit from the expertise of a highly successful law practice. The SPA meeting, open to the public, will be held on DSC’s Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., in Nunamann Hall, room 411. Speaking on the importance of soft skills, communication, teamwork and networking for paralegal professionals, Snell also will offer advice for job hunting, career preservation and advancement. Contact Senior Professor and Assistant Chair of DSC’s Paralegal Studies program Linda Cupick at (386) 506-3511, or Linda.Cupick@DaytonaState.edu.
Feb. 27: naacpThe Flagler County Branch of the NAACP conducts its 2018 "Get Out To Vote" Campaign at the branch's general membership meeting at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast, at 6 p.m. All welcome. The kick-off is presented with the following partner organizations: Indivisible, Sierra Club, League of Women Voters, ACLU, and the Democratic Caucus.
Each group will present its efforts to tell our citizens of its programs, information, and efforts in support of voter registration and getting out the vote. This is only the beginning of the NAACP's plans for this election year. There will be future events involving other group partners. For further information, call the Flagler County Branch at 386-446-7822.
Feb. 27: Entrepreneur Night at Hammock Wine & Cheese, 5:30 p.m., 5368 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast. Join fellow Flagler, Volusia and St. John’s County startups, business people, investors and those folks who stand behind entrepreneurs in one way or another. This is a call to established and aspiring entrepreneurs alike. At the event, you will enjoy free appetizers along with a cash bar. As always, you can expect to make many new connections and have meaningful conversations with Entrepreneurs, Investors, and folks who provide support and services to entrepreneurs. RSVP here.
Feb. 27: willie nelsonWillie Nelson & Family with guest Los Lonely Boys, at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine. Tickets: $39.50 to $99.50. Book here. 7:30 p.m. With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In the last five years alone he delivered 10 new album releases, released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, headlined the last three years of the on-going Luck Reunion food and music festival at his ranch in Luck, TX during SXSW, announced the launch of his cannabis company Willie’s Reserve, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
Feb. 28: The River To Sea Transportation Planning Board, also known as the TPO, a collection of Flagler and Volusia County transportation and government officials who plan for future transportation needs in the region, meets at 9 a.m. in the TPO Conference Room, 2570 West International Speedway Boulevard, Suite 100, Daytona Beach.
Feb. 28: 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 will begin at 5:30 p.m. Please note the later starting time. 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.

March

March 1: Flagler Audubon Society meets at 6:30 p.m. with a Chapter activity update and social session. Formal program begins at 7 p.m. in meeting rooms A & B at Florida Hospital Flagler on SR 100 just west of I-95.
March 1: The Florida Agricultural Museum's Farm Swap and Music Jam, which will take place every Thursday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with farm fresh fruits and veggie arts, crafts, ready to eat stuff an d local musicians. Vendors sign up here: https://form.jotform.com/80118789107966
March 1: sunrailThe Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission’s Customer Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the second floor at LYNX Central Station, 455 N. Garland Ave., Orlando. This meeting site is conveniently located near the SunRail LYNX Central Station platforms. Please check SunRail arrival and departure times at www.sunrail.com. Public participation is solicited. Contact 386-943-5367, or via email at jennifer.smith2@dot.state.fl.us.
March 2: matt doughney doughnutsFlagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney holds another edition of his Doughnuts with Doughney at the Flagler Beach 7-Eleven at 408 South Oceanshore Boulevard, or A1A, from 3 to 5 p.m. (just ahead of First Fridays). “We’ve got two major events, Bike Week and Spring Break, that will occur during the same week in March and we’d like to hear about any concerns that our citizens may have in advance of these events,” Doughney said. “Our local 7-11 owner, Mr. Eric Cooley, helped create the 'Doughnut' event concept and working with him is a pleasure." Cooley happens to soon become Doughney's boss, as he will be seated as a city commissioner later in March.
March 2-4:the nerd Larry Shue's "The Nerd" is staged at the Flagler Playhouse, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Set in Terra Haute, Indiana in 1979, The Nerd centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by the man who saved his life in Vietnam, but whom he has never met. The guest turns out to be an extremely inept and hopelessly stupid nerd who turns our hero’s life upside down, and then outstays his welcome beyond endurance. The twist at the end caps this wonderfully outrageous comedy. Book online at FlaglerPlayhouse.com or call the box office at 386-586-0773.
March 2: artist dara dodson ocean art galleryArtist Dara Dodson Opening at Ocean Art Gallery, 206 Moody Blvd. (SR100) in downtown Flagler Beach, across the street from the city’s First Friday “Music in the Park.” Kicking off an exhibit that will run through March 31, guests first will be treated to large palm trees observed from below in a collection Dodson calls “Looking Up.” Accompanying the palms will be Dodson’s poured acrylic paintings of the ocean, all of which are offset by classic white frames. Everyone is invited to the art opening. Jim Hain, head of the Marineland Right Whale Project, will play alto and bass flute for the enjoyment of guests during the Reception.
March 2: 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.
March 2: Flagler County Elections Supervisor Kaiti Lenhart, born in 1981, is 37.
March 3: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club holds it 14th annual stamp and coin show at the Elk's Lodge #2709 in Palm Coast from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This show is open to the public and everyone interested in stamps and coins. There will be many dealers, and members, to give free evaluation of your collections. Come early and bring your friends. There will be a Chinese Auction during the show. Door prizes will be called every 30 minutes between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.Free stamp area for the young and young at heart. Free parking and admission. Visit the web site at http://stampandcoinclub.com or mail us at stampandcoin@hotmail.com
March. 3: The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in concert at at 7:30 p.m. Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine, opposite the Lightner Museum. $40 per ticket. This is part of the Winter Orchestral Series. The National Symphony of Cuba has been instrumental in introducing Latin American music to the international classical music community, in addition to covering a vast symphonic and chamber repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. International tours have taken the orchestra to Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru and Argentina. More than 100 guest conductors have led, and many acclaimed international soloists have performed with the orchestra. Book tickets online here, or Call (904) 797-2800 for tickets or contact us by e-mail at EMMAinfo@bellsouth.net.
March 4: The Sheltering Tree, Flagler County’s only cold weather shelter, holds its second annual fundraiser. The “Have a Heart for the Homeless” dinner and dance will raise money for the shelter assisting new, near, or chronically homeless. Tickets to the event, to be held at Elks Lodge #2709 off Old Kings Road in Palm Coast, are $35 each. For reservations call the Shelter at 386-437-3258 extension 105, or email flaglershelteringtree@yahoo.com. Tickets are also available at Aimee’s Hallmark Shop at Palm Harbor Shopping Village in Palm Coast. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a sit-down dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Music and entertainment will be provided by Palm Coast headline entertainers Debbie Owen and Tony T. Raffles and door prizes include a three-day, two-night Ocean View suite package at The Hammock Beach Resort. The prize was donated by the Resort. Fine jewelry from Greg Lynn Jewelers will also be raffled off. See details here.
March 4: Paige Dashner Long conducts Handel's Messiah in two performances in Palm Coast. (© FlaglerLive)The Chamber Players of Palm Coast, under the direction of Paige Dashner Long, will present a beautiful chamber music concert at Palm Coast United Methodist Church, performing works by Tartini, Handel, Tchaikovsky and Haydn. Members from the Flagler Youth Orchestra's advanced ensemble will open the concert with one selection and will also join the Chamber Players of Palm Coast to play Tchaikovsky's Waltz from Serenade for Strings. The concert features violinists Sue Cryan as concertmaster, Dorothy Barrett, El Gervasio, Martha Delaney-Hotz, Chris Romaine and Zoriy Zinger; violists Penny Crouch, Karen Hacker and Jack Jeffe; cellos Brittany Maroney and Sandy Pearson; flutes Wendy Gill and Paige Long, also playing harpsichord. The concert is free and open to all. Please invite family and friends to this wonderful concert, as well as forward this email to those who may be interested. Palm Coast United Methodist Church is located at 5200 Belle Terre Parkway. For more details, call 386-445-1600.
March 4: Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI’s art crimes division, will return for an encore in Palm Coast, following his popular appearance in 2015, to talk about recovering stolen art and cultural artifacts during his program “More Undercover Adventures with Robert Wittman” at 3 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium as part of the Flagler County Art League's 40th anniversary celebration. Flagler County Art League is hosting a VIP “meet and greet” reception at 1:30 p.m., prior to Wittman’s presentation at 3 p.m. VIP tickets are $65 each. General admission tickets are $22. Group sales (10 or more) $18 each. Call the Flagler Auditorium box office at 386-437-7547 or 866-353-4537 or purchase online at www.FlaglerAuditorium.org.
March. 4: Tim Ripley performs at 1 p.m. as part of Washington Oaks Garden State Park's Music in the Garden. Call 446-6783 for more information. $10 suggested donation. Beer, wine, appetizers. Park entry is $5 per vehicle.

For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
To • include your event in this section, please email the details, including date, time, a brief description of the event, contact information, and, if you wish, an image, to editor@flaglerlive.com.





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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

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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