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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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June 19: The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 19: The Tourist Development Council meets at 10 a.m. in board chambers at Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 19: The Flagler County Contractor Review Board meets at 5 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 19: Rhonda Harvey, Chief Operating Officer for SMA Healthcare, is the speaker at the Flagler Tiger Bay Club meeting starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Hammock Dunes Club in Palm Coast. Harvey will discuss navigating the landscape of behavioral healthcare, addiction and recovery and suicide prevention. Under her direction, SMA served over 26,000 clients in 2018 at fourteen locations in the four county area. $40 for non-members.
June 19: The Flagler Chamber of Commerce and Flagler Beach businesses meet to address short and long-term concerns and solutions to the A1A construction project at 8 a.m at the city commission room, 105 South 2nd Street.
June 19: The Flagler Beach Economic Development Task Force meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
June 19: Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins hosts a Community Outreach Meeting at 6 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 N US Hwy 1, Palm Coast.
June 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.
June 21: Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp, South 6th Street on the beach, Flagler Beach, starting at 9 a.m.
June 21: Senior Summer Celebration Cookout (Senior Special Event), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. Celebrate the first day of summer with a cookout at the Community Center. Hot dogs, hamburgers and fixings will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a side dish. Sign up at the front desk with the dish you are bringing. $5/person with pre-registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/seniors. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 21: 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 “Hotel Transylvania 3” (PG). $1/seniors & youth and $2/adults. More info: 386-986-4741 and www.palmcoastgov.com/movies.
June 22: New works by JJ Graham fill the gallery walls for the gallery's monthly event. Celebrate with us during JJ’s birthday month. A gourmet taco bar and drinks are included with the purchase of admission. Our live musical guest is Jake Cox. 6 p.m., 802 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Admission: $15. Parking: Overflow parking is across the street at the sheriff's operations office.
June 22: Watson Realty Corp. hosts its annual summer kick-off and family fun day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1410 Palm Coast Parkway, with firefighters, sheriff's deputies offering safety tips, games, food and music.
June 23: Bow Wow Bingo to benefit the Flagler Humane Society, $25 cost includes a fish fry, 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 53 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast.
June 24-27: Golf Summer Camp – Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m-1 p.m. at Palm Harbor Golf Club, 20 Palm Harbor Drive, Palm Coast. Learn the game of golf during these fun-filled days of short game, full swing, putting, golf etiquette, sportsmanship, and friendly competition. Open to all skill levels. Lunch, snacks, & drinks included. For ages 6-16 years. $150/week. Deadline to register is June 17. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 24-27: Tennis Summer Camp (Session 2) – Monday-Friday, 9 a.m-4pm. at Belle Terre Park, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. Tennis and so much more! Please come with athletic clothes and shoes, swimsuit (for the pool), water bottle, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and drinks. For ages 6-13 years. $175/week. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 24: 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.
June 24: 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.
June 25: 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.
June 26: 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.
June 29: 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.
June 29-20: 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 1: 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 3: Fireworks in the Park: Kick off your Independence Day celebration one day early July 3. Pack your picnic basket and bring your blanket and chairs to watch the free colorful display at Central Park at Town Center, 975 Central Ave, beginning at 9 p.m. Entertainment and food vendors will begin at 6 p.m. A patriotic ceremony starts at 7 p.m.
July 5: First Friday Garden and Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 10am 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.
July 5-7: midsummer madness"A Midsummer Night's Madness," a summer workshop production at Palm Coast's City Repertory Theatre. Tickets are $15, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Book here.


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