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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)

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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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Dec. 11: Wetlands restoration: The St. Johns River Water Management District Board meets starting at 9 a.m. with a Finance, Audit and Administration Committee, then at 11 a.m. with the full board, which will hear an update on the controversial wetlands restoration project planned for the area along the Intracoastal Waterway near Flagler Beach, with possible action on the item. See FlaglerLive's previous coverage here, here and here.
Dec. 12: dinner with santa at fpcDinner with Santa at Flagler Palm Coast High School: Now in its 10th year, and for just $3 per person, you can enjoy a pasta dinner with salad and dessert, there'll be a holiday craft station for children, and photo opportunities with Santa, Elsa and Anna. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the FPC cafeteria, 5500 East Highway 100, Palm Coast. All proceeds go to FPC students whose families are in need. Click on the poster to see it larger.
Dec. 13: Evening at the Whitney Lecture Series: Ruth Francis-Floyd, director of the University of Florida Aquatic Animal Health Program, will be the guest speaker for the final talk in the fall Evenings at Whitney lecture series. Her talk is titled “Ecosystem Challenges in Florida: The Diadema Story (a case study…).” 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.
Dec. 14-16: Christmas Classic Radio Show: "It's a Wonderful Life," Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., at The Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Call the box office at 386-586-0773 or visit the website for tickets here. The Christmas Classic Radio Show, It's a Wonderful Life reworks the classic holiday film starring Jimmy Stewart and is set in a 1940s radio studio with a cast of five actors playing multiple roles and creating sound effects. They tell George Bailey's story of redemption, renewal and rejuvenation. This show is NOT part of our regular subscription season. Tickets for this show are $25.
Dec. 15: Grieving through the holidays: Vitas Healthcare and Calvary Christian Center in vite you to reconnect with the holiday spirit in a supportive workshop, offering creative ways to honor memories and rediscover your resilience during this time of year. All sessions are free, open to the public, and held at the International House of Pancakes, in a private dining area, 212 Palm Coast Parkway, 1030 a.m. to noon. Contact Chaplain Carmen at 386/843-8794.
Dec. 15: The Hammock Community Association hosts a holiday party from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Road, in the Hammock. Live entertainment. $5 per person. Bring pot luck finger food. Bring your own drinks. We'll have coffee and some soda. $100 raffle tickets being sold. Each $100 ticket gives you a 6 in 200 chance to win a big money prize; Call Marge Rooyakkers at (386) 246-3767 or email petmom877@gmail.com. The drawing will be held at 6:30 pm on Saturday Dec 8 at the original Hammock Wine and Cheese on A1A. You don't need to attend to win, but door prizes will be given only to attendees. Prizes Include:
Six cash prizes totaling $8250 if all tickets are sold.
Dec. 15: Free Cup of Tea and Social Saturday: Stop by A Scent to Remember to enjoy a free cup of loose leaf tea by Flagler Tea Company, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A different tea is featured each week. If you want to try something different, you can ask for a cup to brew the tea of your liking. 208B. S. Central Ave., Flagler Beach. 386-631-3692, oils@ascenttoremember.net
Dec. 15: The Palm Coast Annual Holiday Boat Parade, hosted by the Palm Coast Yacht Club, holds its 36th edition at 6 p.m., departing from the Cimmaron Basin south on the Intracoastal Waterway, turning at the Grand Haven gazebo back to the Club House Waterway. The Parade will be escorted by boats from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Tow Boat US, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Palm Coast Auxiliary of the U.S. Coast Guard. Mayor Milissa Holland will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshall. Hundreds of spectators are expected to line the ICW cheering the boats on. Last year's parade drew some 40 boats, a record. For registration forms, boat captains are urged to contact Parade Captain Robert Ulis at 386-283-5166 or theulises@att.net. Forms are also available at the Palm Coast Yacht Club website at www.palmcoastyachtclub.com. Boats must be decorated and registered to participate. There are no entry fees. Membership in the Palm Coast Yacht Club is not required.
Dec. 17: A week-long trial is scheduled before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in the case of Michael Bowling, the 47-year-old Palm Coast man facing charges of molestation of 15-year-old girl during a sleep-over at her Bowling's daughter's house. Bowling also faces rape charges involving his own daughter. That trial would take place next year. Jury selection begins Monday at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. See the background story here.
Dec. 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 theinspiredmicus.com, 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.
Dec. 20: A celebration of the life of the late artist Richard Schreiner, who died in 2012, and his wife Arlene, who died this year, is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. at Salvo Art Project, 802 E Moody Blvd, Bunnell, with paintings never-before seen, Schriner's sketchbooks, his dissertation and other artifacts, food, music and stories. All invited.
Dec. 22: Free Cup of Tea and Social Saturday: Stop by A Scent to Remember to enjoy a free cup of loose leaf tea by Flagler Tea Company, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A different tea is featured each week. If you want to try something different, you can ask for a cup to brew the tea of your liking. 208B. S. Central Ave., Flagler Beach. 386-631-3692, oils@ascenttoremember.net





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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. Here’s a summary of the latest developments as of Oct. 6

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