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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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Feb. 21: The Flagler County Commission holds a special meeting to discuss what has turned into a controversial contract for a software upgrade for the administration's bookkeeping and other back-end operations involving various aspects of county government, including other constitutional officers. The county administration and the clerk of court had disagreements about the way the software would be implemented. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg. 3 (behind the Government Services Building), Bunnell.
Feb. 21: The Flagler County Commission holds a special meeting to discuss the fate of the Sheriff's Operations Center, at 1 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg. 3 (behind the Government Services Building), Bunnell.
Feb. 21: Belle Terre Elementary hosts its third annual African-American Read-In from 9 to 11 a.m., with dozens of community members turning out to read works by African-American authors to every class in the school, as part of African-American History Month. Last year, 90 people did so. Volunteers are sought: anyone willing to participate should contact LaToya Lockhart at lockhartl@flaglerschools.com or Priscilla Campbell at Campbell@flaglerschools.com by Feb. 12. If you are unable to participate, consider making a monetary donation.
Feb. 21: The Flagler Tiger Bay Club hosts a free and open-to-the-public school safety panel at 7 p.m. featuring Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly, Superintendent Jim Tager, Earl Johnson, Executive Director Leadership Development for Flagler County Schools, and Randy Stroud, Director, Domestic and Homeland Security for the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Space is limited and advance registration is required on The Flagler Tiger Bay website at www.FlaglerTigerBayClub.com. The event will be held at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. The panel discussion includes risk assessments, mitigation, preventative measures and deterrence, security, response, recovery, and community healing with regards to school safety. The panel will also cover how Flagler County is positioned, what plans and programs Flagler County has in place, what have been some of the results, and what local concerns are.
Feb. 21: The Wadsworth Elementary School Advisory Council and PTO meet at 6 p.m. in the school’s media center.
Feb. 21: 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.
Feb. 21: "Stayin' Alive" at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21: Science Café at Stetson's Gillespie Museum: Calcite in Florida/Three Florida Geologists, 7-8:30 p.m. Join three of the state’s renowned geologists to discuss Florida calcite and the geological processes, which have created our most common and most beautiful mineral. Tom Scott, Emeritus Geologist and Harley Means, the Assistant State Geologist, both of the Florida Geological Survey, will be joined by Sam Upchurch, Department of Geology, University of South Florida, to discuss their digs, finds and decades of research. All events at the Gillespie Museum are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Stetson University Gillespie Museum, 234 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand. Contact Director Karen Cole, 386-822-7330.
Feb. 21-24: City Repertory Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of "Taming of the Shrew," under the big top tent at the Palm Coast Arts Foundation, 1500 Central Avenue (Town Center). Last year's performances of Macbeth sold out, so get your tickets early: Opening night reception on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m., $60 for the general public, $50 for Palm Coast Arts Foundation members. Feb. 22 and 23, performances are at 7 p.m., $30 for the general public, $25 for foundation members, $10 for students. Feb. 24 performance at 2 p.m. Call 386/225-4394. Or buy tickets online here.
Feb. 21-24: On Stage: "[title of show]" with Music by Jeff Bowen and Book by Hunter Bell, at Stetson's Second Stage Theatre, 600 North Woodland Boulevard, DeLand. Call 386/822-7266. Jeff and Hunter, two self-confessed nobodies in New York, make a pact: They will write an original musical and submit it to a festival. The only catch? The deadline is in three weeks! No worries though. They’ll just write a musical about writing a musical. Frequently hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and thoroughly inspiring, [title of show] is a love story celebrating individuality and creativity. All shows 8 pm except for Sunday at 3 p.m.
Feb. 21-May 3: stetson gillespie museumFlorida Calcite: Rare Specimens of a Common Mineral, at Stetson's Gillespie Museum: This exhibit, from the personal collection of Tom Scott, Ph.D., Emeritus Geologist, Florida Geological Survey, provides a unique opportunity to view uncommon specimens of our state’s unofficial mineral, calcite. Scott has collected from quarries, underwater caves and limestone seams during his four decades as a professional geologist. From cave pearls to crystal-filled fossils, these natural formations offer a rare perspective on the state’s geologic history. All events at the Gillespie Museum are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Stetson University Gillespie Museum 234 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand. Contact Director Karen Cole, 386-822-7330.
Feb. 22: The Scenic A1A PRIDE Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Rd. off A1A.
Feb. 22: The Daytona Beach Symphony Society presents the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with Jeremy Denk, Conductor and Piano, at the Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach. Call 386/671-3462 or book tickets here. Prices $51 to $82. 7 p.m.
Feb. 22: Stetson University Symphonic Band, Douglas Phillips, conductor. The Stetson University Symphonic Band has established a committed tradition of performance excellence and shares the mission of Stetson University through transformative concert experiences presenting inspiring, engaging and exciting performances. Please join the Stetson Symphonic Band for a Friday evening of great musical variety. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and students and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.
Feb. 22, 23, 24: "A Bad Year For Tomatoes," at the Daytona Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The very funny misfortunes of a famous television actress who seeks to “get away from it all” in a small New England town without much luck given her noisy, omnipresent neighbors. A delightful light-hearted comedy. Directed by Larrie Tiffany. Daytona Playhouse, 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach. Tickets are $20. Book here.
Feb. 23: Yoga on the Beach from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Old SDalt Park, 200 16th Road in the Hammock. Call 904/514-3598. Every Saturday.
Feb. 23: Flagship/Career and Technical Education Showcase at the Buddy Taylor/Wadsworth Elementary cafeteria starting at 10 a.m.
Feb. 23: First Aid & CPR/AED 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Palm Coast Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy. 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 pre-registration required by 9 a.m. Feb. 21. Sign up at www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: cprcertification@palmcoastgov.com or 386-986-2300.
Feb. 24: AdventHealth Palm Coast Foundation’s 10th Annual Moonlit Gala, a black-tie event to benefit AdventHealth Palm Coast’s Freytag Children’s Rehabilitation Center for pediatric rehabilitation, as well as diabetes education and other community programs. The day starts with golf at Grand Haven Golf Club, 500 Riverfront Dr., then the gala starting at 5 p.m. at Hammock Beach Resort, 200 Ocean Crest Dr., Palm Coast.
Feb. 24: Great Pianists at Stetson series: Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear this world-renowned artist perform live at Stetson! His program includes works by Scriabin, Scarlatti, Debussy and Mozart. Ignat Aleksandrovich Solzhenitsyn is a Russian-American conductor and pianist. He is the conductor laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the principal guest conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. http://ignatsolzhenitsyn.com 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950.
Feb. 24: “Southside Johnny and the Ashbury Jukes” at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25: florence fruehanFlorence Fruehan, the former Palm Coast physician who surrendered his license following a Department of Health investigation into alleged sexual improprieties with patients, is scheduled for arraignment before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins on two counts of felony battery on persons over 65, mirroring similar claims Fruehan faced during the health department investigation. Fruehan has waived his right to attend all pre-trial conferences. Arraignment is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. See background stories here, here and here. (2018CF001067 and 2018CF001066)
Feb. 25: 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.
Feb. 26: A case-management hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse in the civil case of the family of the late Zuheili Rosado--who was gunned down at a Mobil station on State Road 100 in 2013--who is suing the station's owner, claiming that he was aware that Rosado had her life threatened a week before the shooting but did not move her off the night shift, when she worked alone. The civil suit was filed in 2013. (Case 2013CA000632)
Feb. 26: Stetson University Concert Band Douglas Phillips, conductor. Please join the newly established Stetson University Concert Band for a Tuesday evening concert filled with great band music. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and students and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.
Feb. 26: The Daytona State College Foundation’s Wisdom in Senior Education (WISE) program: Advanced Technology College (ATC), 1770 Technology Blvd, Daytona Beach, Multipurpose Room (Rm. 109). My Story: Holocaust Survival. Bea Schemer will tell her story from her birth in Bavaria, Germany and living under the Nazi regime through her family’s escape to South America and finally to the U.S. The Foundation created the WISE program to provide continuing education and cultural enrichment activities to senior members of the community. WISE is open to anyone age 50 or older, for $30 for an individual or $50 per couple per year. Find a complete list of spring presenters at DaytonaState.edu/wise. For more information, contact Suzette Cameron (386) 506-4506, or Suzette.Cameron@DaytonaState.edu.
Feb. 27: The Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the Fair Trade Cafe at Palm Coast's City Marketplace, 160 Cypress Point Pkwy. 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.
Feb. 27: 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 begins at 5:30 p.m. 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. 27: Stetson Jazz Ensemble, Patrick Hennessey, director. You can’t beat an evening of great jazz in the charming Athens Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and students and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.
Feb. 28: anthonyt armstrongBethune Cookman University is hosting an opening reception for “Patriot,” an art show featuring the paintings of native son Anthony Armstrong at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center / Visual Art Gallery. The show debuts selected paintings from his “Patriot Series.” These 40 works, two years in the making, are a symbolic testament to the continuous struggle of African Americans to shape a greater nation. The show has been on display since Jan. 14 and will run through March 31, 2019 with the reception on February 28 from 6 to 8 pm in the Visual Arts Gallery, at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center, 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd, Daytona Beach. Admission is free. The Visual Arts Gallery at Bethune Cookman University is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Funding for this gallery space comes, in part, from the County of Volusia ECHO Grants in Aid Program. For more information on this art exhibit or the gallery, please call (386) 481‐2774.


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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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