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| November 7, 2017

November boys: Flagler County Commissioner Donald O'Brien turns 58 today, former commissioner Alan Petersen turns 79 on Sunday. (© FlaglerLive)

November boys: Flagler County Commissioner Donald O’Brien, left, turns 58 today, former commissioner Alan Petersen turns 79 on Sunday. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Highs in the lower 80s. North winds 5 mph shifting to the northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Southeast winds 5 mph shifting to the southwest after midnight. Details here.
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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.



The Palm Coast City Council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall at Town Center. The council is expected to take up, on first reading, a rezoning ordinance for a 23-acre site near Kings Pointe, on Old Kings Road and State Road 100, to make it usable for apartments or town houses. The rezoning drew some public opposition at a planning board meeting last month, but the planning board approved the rezoning unanimously. See the background story here. The council is also expected to approve $30,000 in coltural arts grants to be divided between 11 organizations. See the background story here.

The Flagler County School Board meets behind closed doors at 1:30 p.m. to discuss strategy in coming collective bargaining sessions with employee unions (such closed door meetings are permissible by law), and in a public workshop at 3 p.m. in training room 3 on the third floor of the Government Services Building, Bunnell. The board will discuss awarding a contract to the lowest bidder, General Mechanical Corp., to build new restrooms and new offices for the Flagler Auditorium, for $1,224,636.

Blood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week:

  • Monday, Nov. 6: Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7: Flagler Animal Hospital, 130 Old Kings Road, Flagler Beach, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8: Department of Health and Flagler Health & Rehabilitation, 301 Doctor Carter Boulevard Bunnell, 11:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 10: Chick fil A, 1000 Palm Coast Parkway NW, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 11: Winn Dixie, 1260 Palm Coast Parkway, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 12: Winn Dixie at Flagler Plaza on State Road 100, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Announcements:

Rotary Requests Volunteer Bands For Fantasy Lights: The Fantasy Lights event at Palm Coast’s Central Park put on by the Rotary Club of Flagler County is looking for bands to entertain in the evening. Fantasy Lights runs the entire month of December and is a popular event with families who come to see the lights display, snow and Santa. Church bands and choirs, school groups and individuals and others are invited to sign up and sing seasonal music for the holidays. Sound equipment is available but groups can also bring their own sound equipment. To sign up, contact music coordinator Carl Laundrie at claundrie@yahoo.com or a member of the Rotary Club of Flagler County with your contact information.

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.

HOUSE TAKES AIM AT `SANCTUARY’ CITIES: The House Judiciary Committee will consider a proposal (HB 9), filed by Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yalaha, that seeks to crack down on “sanctuary” cities, an issue that involves whether local governments cooperate with federal officials in enforcing immigration laws. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PRIOR AUTHORIZATION TARGETED: The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will take up a bill (SB 98), filed by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, that would place restrictions on the health-insurance practice of “prior authorization.” (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES EYED: The Senate Community Affairs Committee will take up a bill (SB 432), filed by Chairman Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, that deals with community redevelopment agencies and will receive presentations about the agencies from the auditor general and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

CRACKER CATTLE TOUTED: The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee will consider a bill (SB 404), filed by Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, that would designate Florida cracker cattle as the “official Florida heritage cattle breed.” (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

`PIP’ REPEAL CONSIDERED: The House Commerce Committee will consider a bill (HB 19), filed by Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach, that would repeal the state’s no-fault auto insurance system. Under the system, motorists are required to carry personal-injury protection, or PIP, coverage to help pay medical bills after accidents. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., 212 Knott Building the Capitol.)

SLAVERY MEMORIAL ON AGENDA: The House Government Accountability Committee 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. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

LONGER LOBBYING BAN WEIGHED: The House Public Integrity & Ethics Committee will consider a proposal (HB 5), filed by Chairman Larry Metz, R-Yalaha, that would bar lawmakers and statewide elected officials from lobbying the Legislature or state agencies for six years after they leave office. Under current law, lawmakers are barred from lobbying the Legislature for two years after leaving office, while statewide elected officials cannot lobby their former agencies for two years. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

`COURTHOUSE CARRY’ BILL CONSIDERED: The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up a proposal (SB 134), filed by Chairman Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to store firearms with security officers at courthouses. Currently, license-holders are barred from bringing firearms into courthouses. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

BALLOT MEASURE ON TAXES, FEES PROPOSED: The House Ways & Means Committee will consider a proposed constitutional amendment (PCB WMC 18-01) that would make it harder to raise state taxes and fees. Under the proposal, which could go on the November 2018 ballot, two-thirds of the House and two-thirds of the Senate would have to approve any new or increased taxes or fees. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CABINET MEETS: Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will meet. They are expected to consider a lawsuit against Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. over losses to the state pension fund. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

UTILITY ISSUES ON AGENDA: The Florida Public Service Commission will take up a series of utility issues. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, 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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Nov. 22: A meeting of the Compassionate Friends will be held at the new location, the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting, always the fourth Wednesday of the month, begins at 4:30 p.m. Please note the early 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.
Nov. 25: The Ocean Center in Daytona Beach hosts the seventh annual Light up Volusia from 5 to 9 p.m. on the east plaza of the convention center. The public is invited to kick off the holiday season with this free fun-filled holiday event. Highlights of the event include the lighting of a 50-foot holiday tree at 7:15 p.m., the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, holiday refreshments, children’s activities, entertainment, holiday showcases and a gingerbread house competition. Entertainment at the event includes the Beu Sisters, Crescendo Amelia, stilt walkers, the Grinch, face painters, balloon artists and more.
Nov. 25-26: 52nd Annual Art & Craft Festival: The St. Augustine Art Association presents its outdoor art fair that has become a Thanksgiving weekend tradition - welcoming visitors, art collectors and holiday shoppers for decades. The festival features painting, pottery, jewelry, glassware, sculptures, fiber art, photography, mixed media and fine hand crafted creations from more than 150 artists. Location: Francis Field, 29 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 824-2310 or visit www.staugustineartfestival.com.
Nov. 29: A pre-trial hearing is scheduled in the case of Phillip Haire Jr., who is accused of attempted murder in a shooting incident in the direction of his parents and a sheriff's sergeant. 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401 before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig.
Nov. 29: maria howell molestation chargesMaria Howell, the 20-year-old Palm Coast woman accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, is scheduled for a plea and sentencing before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Craig on Oct. 31 rejected a plea deal that would have allowed Howell to avoid prison time, telling the defense and prosecution to return with "some" prison time.
Dec. 1: david snelgroveA hearing is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401 before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig on two new issues relating to the scheduled re-sentencing of convicted double-murderer David Snelgrove, who killed Glyn Fowler, 84, and his wife, Vivian, 79, on Bannbury Lane in Palm Coast in late June 2000. The Supreme Court has ordered Snelgrove-re-sentenced because twice before, non-unanimous juries recommended that he be killed. That was deemed unconstitutional. Juries must now be unanimous. Before getting to that stage, a hearing must determine a) whether Craig has a conflict of interest as a sitting judge, since he was working in the State Attorney's office at the time Snelgrove was originally prosecuted (though not in the homicide division), and b) whether Snelgrove should have an evidentiary hearing about his mental capacities to be even eligible for the death penalty. The hearing will decide whether that evidentiary hearing is due. Snelgrove is expected to be present. At the Flagler County courthouse.
Dec. 1: First Friday Art Walk in St. Augustine: From 5 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
Dec. 5: AARP Driver Safety Program, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Frieda Zamba Pool Classroom, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. The nation's first and largest classroom course for motorists ages 50 and older. This one-day course identifies ways that older drivers can compensate for the physical changes that occur as they age and helps older drivers update their driving knowledge and skills. Fees are $20/session ($15/session for AARP members). To register, contact AARP representative Karen Zimmerman at 386-585-4116.
Dec. 7: Critic’s Choice Dinner Club, 5:30 p.m. This monthly club visits a new restaurant, chosen by the group, to spend time with friends enjoying a casual dinner while rating food and service. New members welcome. This month’s location is Bayne's Barbeque, 301 Moody Blvd, Flagler Beach. Food and transportation are the participant’s responsibility. Pre-register by 5 p.m. Sept. 5: www.palmcoastgov.com/register. More info: 386-986-2323.
Bobby Earl Gore arriving in court this morning. (© FlaglerLive)Dec. 11: Bobby Earl Gore, who pleaded guilty on Oct. 10 to murdering his son at their Flagler Beach home on April 30, 2017, is sentenced by Circuit Judge Dennis Craig at the Flagler County courthouse, Courtroom 401, at 9 a.m. Gore, 74, in a plea deal, pleaded no contest to manslaughter, a first degree felony, and faces eight to 15 years in prison.
Dec. 16: Abundant Life Ministries-Hope House's Humanitarian of the Year is announced. The award will be presented during the “Christmas to Remember” celebration for children in foster care and other children under the dependency court system. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Flagler County Fairgrounds, 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell.
Dec. 16:
Last year's holiday boat parade in Palm Coast drew a record 33 vessels.

Last year's holiday boat parade in Palm Coast drew a record 33 vessels.

Now in its 34th year, the Palm Coast Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled for Dec. 16 at at 6 p.m., departing from the Cimmaron Basin. The parade will be escorted by boats from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Tow Boat U.S., the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Palm Coast Auxiliary of the U.S. Coast Guard. Mayor Milissa Holland will serve as Grand Marshall. Details and registration form here.
Dec. 27: A meeting of the Compassionate Friends is held at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting, always the fourth Wednesday of the month, begins at 4:30 p.m. Please note the early 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.
Jan. 5: First Friday Art Walk in St. Augustine: From 5 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
Jan. 6: Chart-topping comedian Ron White comes to The Peabody at 7:30 p.m., where guests can expect an all new standup comedy show intended for mature audiences. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. They call him “Tater Salad.” Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but now as a chart-topping Grammy-nominated comedian and a feature film actor, Ron White has established himself as a star in his own right. Tickets ($65 and $45 plus applicable charges) will go on sale to the general public at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at PeabodyDaytona.com, 800-982-ARTS or The Peabody box office. For mature audiences.
Jan. 7: Florida Chamber Music Concerts. Join the Florida Chamber Music Project for a remarkable fifth season of the finest chamber music at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. General Admission Seating, $25 a ticket. Contact: 904/209-0399. Time of the concert: 3 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. Today's concert program: Boccherini’s Quartet “Opus 58”, No. 4 G245 in B minor, Puccini’s “Crisantemi”, Nino Rota’s String Quartet and Wolf’s Italian Serenade.
Jan. 19: The Flagler Youth Orchestra's Harmony Chamber Orchestra, the top ensemble, performs at Salvo Art House at 6 p.m., at 802 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell.
Jan. 22: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club holds it monthly meeting. Doors open at 4:30 pm. From 4:30 - 6 pm this time is used for buying, selling and trading stamps and coins. Meeting starts at 6 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. 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 FCS&CC is the only non-profit Stamp and Coin Club, Inc., in Flagler County. Come join us for a fun filled evening. For more information please visit the club's web site http://www.stampandcoinclub.com.
Jan. 24: A meeting of the Compassionate Friends is held at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting, always the fourth Wednesday of the month, begins at 4:30 p.m. Please note the early 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.
Feb. 12: The Flagler Youth Orchestra's five ensembles are all in concert at the Flagler Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for those 18 and older. Younger people pay $1. $1 of each adult ticket goes toward the auditorium's Arts in Education fund.
April 8: Florida Chamber Music Concerts. Join the Florida Chamber Music Project for a remarkable fifth season of the finest chamber music at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. General Admission Seating, $25 a ticket. Contact: 904/209-0399. Time of the concert: 3 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. Today's concert program: Schubert’s String Trio in B flat, D. 471 and Quintet for Piano and Strings in A, D. 667 “The Trout” with guest artists Hyunsoon Whang, piano and Jason Lindsay, double bass.
May 2: The Flagler Youth Orchestra's five ensembles are all in concert at the Flagler Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for those 18 and older. Younger people pay $1. $1 of each adult ticket goes toward the auditorium's Arts in Education fund.
May 6: Florida Chamber Music Concerts. Join the Florida Chamber Music Project for a remarkable fifth season of the finest chamber music at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. General Admission Seating, $25 a ticket. Contact: 904/209-0399. Time of the concert: 3 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. Today's concert program: Mozart’s String Quartet in A Major, K. 464 and Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, “From My Life.”
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