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| 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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May 23: The Flagler Chamber's Common Ground Breakfast features a 2019 Legislative Update with Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Dr., Palm Coast, Checkin begins at 7:30, breakfast starts promptly at 8.
May 23: Flagler Lifeline, a volunteer committee and Flagler Cares affiliate established to broaden conversation and awareness of suicide, will host a public town hall event at 6 p.m.  at the Flagler County Association of Realtors building, 4101 East Moody Blvd. in Bunnell. The Town Hall will feature presentations by mental health experts, suicide survivors and others who have been touched by suicide, and will be facilitated by Colleen Conklin, the long-time school board member and one of Flagler Lifeline’s founders. For the past several years Conklin has hosted periodic events, including electronic town halls, to bring awareness to bullying and suicide prevention. The May 23 town hall, like Flagler Lifeline's emergence, is partly a result of Flagler County's place in 2017 as the county with the leading suicide rate in the state, proportional to its population. See the background story here.
May 23: The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 South Second Street. Commissioners will consider making the city a member of the American Flood Coalition.
May 23: The Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. An agenda had not been posted online as of May 18.
May 23: The Wadsworth Elementary School Advisory Council and PTO meet at 6 p.m. in the school’s media center.
May 23: Palm Coast Artist and 2011 Flagler County Artist of the Year Weldon Ryan hosts a meet and great at the Bronze Kingdom African Art Gallery, 3201 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wine and cheese, 15 percent off on all of Weldon's works.
May 23-26: "Southern Fried Funeral," a play at the Daytona Playhouse, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Adults $20, Seniors 55 and up, $18, Youths 18 and under $8. Address: 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, or see directions here. Buy tickets online here. Box office: 386-255-2431.
May 24: Flagler County Emergency Management chief Jonathan Lord hosts a media roundtable at noon on the upcoming hurricane season, at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg. 3 (behind the Government Services Building), Bunnell.
May 24: Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 2 p.m. 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.
May 25: Pool Safety Day at Palm Coast's Freeda Zamba pool, 339 Parkview Drive, open to all ages, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is designed to teach the importance and seriousness of safety, but while having fun and participating in activities that children will remember. Florida is one of two states that lead the nation with at least 21 fatal child drownings last summer, according to a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and USA Swimming Foundation. About ten people die every day from unintentional drowning and of these, two will be children age 14 or younger, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fee is $1 for seniors and youth age 17 and under. It is $2 for adults.
May 27: Memorial Day, 8 a.m. start time at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy. The City of Palm Coast welcomes the community to share a meaningful Memorial Day tribute to those who have lost their lives while serving their country. U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, who represents District 6, will speak. Rain Location: Fire Station 21 at 9 Corporate Drive Free and no registration required. More info: 386-986-2300.
May 28: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. in the first-floor conference room at the Government Services Building
May 29: The Blue Power 2020 forum, hosted by Mike Cocchiola, who heads the Flagler County Democratic Party, meets at 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D, all welcome. The weekly forum is intended to discuss local, state and national issues and to develop action plans to influence policy.
May 30: Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School hold graduation ceremonies at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Matanzas High School’s ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and Flagler Palm Coast High School’s starts at 7. Doors to the Ocean Center open one hour before the start of each ceremony. The student procession begins approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Tickets for the ceremonies are free. However, both schools have a 10-ticket limit per student. There may be opportunities for additional tickets. Students will be notified and information is located on each school’s website. Parking passes are also available for pre-purchase. Parking is $5. security measures instituted last year will be in place this year. Please take note and be prepared before you head to the Ocean Center. There will be security checks before ticket holders are allowed entry into the ceremony. Watch livestreams of the ceremonies: Matanzas here, and FPC here.
May 31-June 1, 2 and 8: American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class – May 31-June 2 and June 8, Friday 5-6:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course provides entry-level knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. For ages 15 and up. Cost is $200 (includes CPR mask and certification fee). Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/aquatics. More info: 386-986-4741.
June 1: The Palm Coast Arts Foundation hosts its First Saturday Creative Bazaar, an arts and crafts flea market. at 1500 Central Avenue in Town center. Arts foundation members and other vendors will have booths of goods for sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 1: 2nd Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Golf Benefit for Homeless Animals: Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a local group of business professionals coming together to raise money for the Halifax Humane Society. Join us for 18-holes of premiere golf at the legendary LPGA International Golf Club. Shot gun start at 8 a.m. Registration at 7. 1000 Champions Drive Daytona Beach. To download entry form, visit https://www.halifaxhumanesociety.org/events/index and then scroll down to the golf outing listing. Hole Sponsorship $100. Single Player $125. Lunch Provided. For more information contact Gus Schutt (386) 233-5302.
June 4: Daytona Tortugas Youth Baseball Clinic, 8:30 a.m-12 p.m. at Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. The Daytona Tortugas will be teaching kids, ages 7-13, skills to improve their ball game in this coed baseball clinic. Grab your glove and bat and learn from the pros! Participants will receive a free ticket to a Daytona Tortugas game. $37/person. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 4: The Hammock Community Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Hammock Community Center on MalaCompra Road, with County Attorney Al Hadeed as speaker, who will present a History of the Hammock Part II.
June 5: palm coast democratic clubThe Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D. Come and join other progressive Democrats to discuss local, state and national issues, and propose actions to influence elected leaders. The Forum is open and informal and all opinions and ideas are welcomed. This is your opportunity to meet and lend your voice and knowledge to people who share your values. For more information, contact Mike Cocchiola, palmcoastdemocraticclub@gmail.com. The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.
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