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Wednesday Briefing: Paul Dykes, Economic Opportunity, Cypres Knoll Re-Dedication, Run, Rymfire Run

| October 25, 2017

Rymfire Elementary students were joined by faculty and family members Tuesday for their Morning Mile, an initiative of Florida Hospital Flagler that encourages children to start each day in an active way while enjoying fun, music, and friends. In partnership with the American Diabetes Association, the Morning Mile®program is designed to get kids active, fit and poised to carry good exercise habits into adulthood. (Jason Wheeler/Flagler Schools)

Rymfire Elementary students were joined by faculty and family members Tuesday for their Morning Mile, an initiative of Florida Hospital Flagler that encourages children to start each day in an active way while enjoying fun, music, and friends. In partnership with the American Diabetes Association, the Morning Mile program is designed to get kids active, fit and poised to carry good exercise habits into adulthood. (Jason Wheeler/Flagler Schools)

Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 40s inland…in the lower 50s coast. Northwest 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 Index19
The OED’s Word of the Day: showd, v..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


chief justice john marshall“Powerful and ingenious minds, taking as postulates that the powers expressly granted to the government of the Union are to be contracted by construction into the narrowest possible compass and that the original powers of the States are retained if any possible construction will retain them may, by a course of well digested but refined and metaphysical reasoning founded on these premises, explain away the Constitution of our country and leave it a magnificent structure indeed to look at, but totally unfit for use. They may so entangle and perplex the understanding as to obscure principles which were before thought quite plain, and induce doubts where, if the mind were to pursue its own course, none would be perceived. In such a case, it is peculiarly necessary to recur to safe and fundamental principles to sustain those principles, and when sustained, to make them the tests of the arguments to be examined.”

–Chief Justice John Marshall, from Gibbons v. Ogden.

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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.

In Court: Circuit Judge Dennis Craig holds a hearing at 9:00 a.m. in the case of Paul Dykes, the man accused of dozens of counts of child-sex crimes, including rape and child-porn production, transmission and possession. The hearing is a motion to suppress certain statements Dykes made during his arrest in 2015, brought forth by his public defender, Bill Bookhammer. Dykes goes on trial on some of the charges, including rape, on Nov. 13. See the background story.

The Flagler County Economic Opportunity Advisory Council meets at 9 a.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.

The Flagler County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meets at 10 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, Bunnell.

Navy Bombing in the Ocala National Forest: Navy training schedules indicate that inert and live bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest this week. Bombings at times can be heard in Flagler-Palm Coast. The bombings are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Inert, 2:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Inert and Live.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Inert, 2:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Inert and Live.
Thursday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Inert and Live.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Inert and Live.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Inert and Live.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Inert and Live.
During bombing periods wildlife may be temporarily displaced. Use extra caution when driving through the Ocala National forest and surrounding areas. Secure any items around your residence that could attract wildlife. Always be mindful of larger animals including black bears and practice bearwise <http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/bear/wise/neighborhood/> measures. The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Fla. For additional information, call (904) 542-5588.

Rymfire Elementary School Unity Day: Wear orange.

Cypress Knoll Golf & Country Club Re-dedication, Cypress Knoll Golf & Country Club, 53 Easthampton Blvd., Palm Coast, 4 p.m.

Announcements:

Humanitarian of the Year Nominations Sought: There are many Flagler County citizens who go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the needs of our community. This year, Abundant Life Ministries-Hope House will present the 2nd Annual Humanitarian and we are seeking nominees from within our county. The deadline for submissions is November 10th, please complete this nomination form and e-mail it to administrator@almhhi.org or mail: Abundant Life Ministries-Hope House, Inc., P.O. Box 354925, Palm Coast, FL 32135. The award is sponsored by: Abundant Life Ministries-Hope House Inc., Inspiration of Hope Community Resources, and Community Partnership for Children (Flagler). This award will be presented during the “A Christmas to Remember” celebration for children in foster care and other children under the dependency court system. The event will be held December 16, 2017, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Flagler County Fairgrounds.

What Should the Humanitarian Look Like: A humanitarian endeavors to improve human conditions and quality of life through selfless service, while supporting and contributing to the basic human dignity of those in need. This award will recognize a local individual who has distinguished themselves through humanitarian activities in Flagler County. The Humanitarian should exhibit various characteristics that set themselves above what may be characterized as ordinary. These characteristics may include many hours of service without expectation of remuneration; services provided equally, impartially and neutrally; Service that embraces a common moral compass such as integrity, justice, honesty, responsibility, compassion and dedication; Embraces human diversity; and serves to improve the lives of those in need.

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.

COLLEGE SYSTEM FUNDING CONSIDERED: The House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee will receive presentations on the funding formula and performance funding in the Florida College System. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

PHARMACY NETWORKS ON THE TABLE: The House Health Innovation Subcommittee will receive a presentation from the Agency for Health Care Administration about Medicaid pharmacy networks. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CORRECTIONS BUDGET ON AGENDA: The House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will receive presentations on budget requests and potential reductions from a series of agencies, including the Department of Corrections. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

SCHOOL DISTRICT FINANCES EXAMINED: The House PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee will hold a panel discussion about school-district financial accountability. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

INVASIVE SPECIES TARGETED: The House Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 145), filed by Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, that would create a pilot program to try to combat invasive species such as Burmese pythons, tegu lizards and lionfish. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PANEL LOOKS AT TRAUMA SYSTEM: The House Health Quality Subcommittee will receive a presentation from the Department of Health about the trauma-care system. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PETROLEUM TANK CLEANUP AT ISSUE: The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee will receive an update on the state’s petroleum-tank cleanup program. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

BEACH FUNDING CONSIDERED: The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a bill (SB 174), filed by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, that would set aside at least $50 million a year to help address issues such as beach erosion. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

BILL ADDRESSES INFANT’S DEATH: The House Civil Justice & Claims Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 6501), filed by Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, that calls for the state to pay $2.4 million to the parents of infant Nicholas Patnode, who died of bacterial meningitis after a mistake at a Martin County Health Department clinic. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION ON AGENDA: The House Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee will receive a presentation from the Department of State about the new online voter-registration system. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

UNDERGROUND UTILITIES DISCUSSED: The Senate General Government Appropriations Subcommittee will take up issues related to underground utilities. (Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

BUDGET PANEL LOOKS AT OPIOIDS: The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee will discuss funding issues related to the opioid epidemic. (Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SLAVERY MEMORIAL ON AGENDA: The House Government Operations & Technology Appropriation Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 67), filed by Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, and Rep. Larry Lee Jr., D-Port St. Lucie, that would lead to the creation of a slavery memorial at the Florida Capitol. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE AT ISSUE: The House PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee will hold a panel discussion about issues related to school discipline. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CITRUS ISSUES ON MENU: The Florida Citrus Commission will meet. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Florida Department of Citrus, 605 East Main St., Bartow.)

CAREERSOURCE BOARD MEETS: The CareerSource Florida Board of Directors will meet. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, 1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando.)

PAROLE ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Florida Commission on Offender Review is scheduled to meet and discuss numerous parole cases related to crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980s. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

DUKE ENERGY SETTLEMENT CONSIDERED: The Florida Public Service Commission will take up a Duke Energy Florida settlement agreement that would address a series of major issues. In part, it would eliminate the possibility that Duke would build nuclear reactors in Levy County. It also would boost solar-energy projects and help set base electricity rates for the coming years. (Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM DISCUSSED: The organization Right on Crime will host a reception about “conservatives and criminal justice reform in Florida.” (Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., Governors Club, 202 South Adams St., Tallahassee.)

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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

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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 www.palmcoastgov.com/movies.
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 www.parksandrec.fun/events. 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 www.parksandrec.fun/camps. 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, www.nar-anon.org, 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 www.compassionatefriends.org.
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 www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2300 and cprcertification@palmcoastgov.com.
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 melinda@flaglerchamber.org.
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 www.parksandrec.fun/camps. 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, www.nar-anon.org, 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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