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Wednesday Briefing: Chief Bovino Goes FBI, Giving Store Luncheon, Public Safety Council, Property Taxes

| November 8, 2017

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office today announced that Division Chief Paul Bovino of the Community Policing Division, will attend the 271st session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.., in January 2018. Less than 1 percent of all law enforcement officers receive the invitation to this prestigious academy during their career. 'This is a great honor for Chief Bovino and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office,' Sheriff Rick Staly said. 'This type of training will continue to improve Flagler County and the leadership at the Sheriff’s office.' Bovino started his career in law enforcement with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office in 1996 as a Deputy Sheriff. While working at the Sheriff’s Office, Chief Bovino has been dedicated to providing true leadership to those under his command. (© FlaglerLive)

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office today announced that Division Chief Paul Bovino, Community Policing Division, will attend the 271st session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.., in January 2018. Less than 1 percent of all law enforcement officers receive the invitation to this prestigious academy during their career. ‘This is a great honor for Chief Bovino and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office,’ Sheriff Rick Staly said. ‘This type of training will continue to improve Flagler County and the leadership at the Sheriff’s office.’ Chief Bovino started his career in law enforcement with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office in 1996 as a Deputy Sheriff. While working at the Sheriff’s Office, Chief Bovino has been dedicated to providing true leadership to those under his command. (© FlaglerLive)

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Today’s jail bookings.

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“The ritual of mass shootings must include instant questions about the killer’s precise motive, as if his horrific deed can be truly fathomed. The most pertinent answer to that question in Texas as elsewhere is the killer did it because he could — he could get the firepower, a viciously effective Ruger assault rifle, and register his grievance as something supreme in his mind by applying destructive force upon the innocent.”

–From a Nov. 6 New York Times editorial, “Mass Shootings Don’t Have to Be Inevitable.”



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 Public Safety Coordinating Council meets at 8:45 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center in Bunnell.

The Palm Coast Leisure Services Advisory Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center.

The Bunnell Code Enforcement Board meets at 7 p.m. at 201 W. Moody Blvd., Chambers Meeting Room in Bunnell.

Flagler Volunteer Services host the Giving Store Luncheon: We hope that you will join us in supporting the wonderful “Giving Store” by attending a fun luncheon. Last year over 478 Flagler County children were able to shop at our “Giving Store” and choose presents for their family members. If not for this opportunity these children would not get to experience “The Joy of Giving.” Proceeds from our semi-annual rummage sales and this luncheon help to support and fund “The Giving Store.” Tickets are $25.00 Per Person and are available by calling the office at (386) 597-2950. Bring a new, unwrapped gift for “The Giving Store” and exchange it for a raffle ticket for a Fabulous Prize!
Door Prizes & 50/50 Raffle.

The Rymfire Elementary PTO Meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the school’s media center.

Presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with Stetson University, the Florida Humanities Speaker Series continues with “The Rivers Run To It,” featuring Jack Davis, Ph.D. Part of a series of four engaging talks on various aspects of Florida’s environmental history this event will address the historic and present cultural connections between Florida’s rivers and the sea. 7 p.m. in the Lynn Business Center, Rinker Auditorium, 345 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, Florida, 32723. This event is free and open to the public. Drawing from his recently published book, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, Davis will focus on the relationship between Florida’s rivers and the coast as they relate to human exploration and expansion through Florida. Davis is an award-winning author and editor of seven books on environmental history, and a professor of environmental history and sustainable studies at the University of Florida. His book, An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century, won the gold medal in nonfiction from the Florida book awards.

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

  • 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.


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 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.

OPIOID EPIDEMIC DISCUSSED: The House Health Quality Subcommittee will receive a briefing on the opioid crisis and a presentation about drug overdose deaths. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PROPERTY TAX INCREASES AT ISSUE: The House Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 317), filed by Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, that would make it harder to raise local property taxes. In part, the bill would require approval of 60 percent of the local governing body to raise municipal millage rates. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PETROLEUM TANKS PONDERED: The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee will receive an update from the Department of Environmental Protection about the state’s petroleum-tank cleanup program. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CHILD MARRIAGES TARGETED: The House Civil Justice & Claims Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 335), filed by Rep. Jeanette Nunez, R-Miami, and Rep. Frank White, R-Pensacola, that would prevent marriage licenses from being issued to anyone under age 18. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

OPIOIDS, CHILD WELFARE DISCUSSED: The House Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee will receive a presentation by the Department of Children and Families about the opioid crisis and the child-welfare system. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

EARLY LEARNING ENROLLMENT EYED: The House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee will receive an update from the Office of Early Learning about the impact of Hurricane Maria on enrollment in the school-readiness and voluntary pre-kindergarten programs. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

`HOPE SCHOLARSHIP’ PROGRAM GETS AIRING: The House PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 1), filed by Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Naples, that would create the “Hope Scholarship” program. Under the program, students who are bullied or are involved in violence at schools would be able to transfer to other public schools or to get scholarships to attend private schools. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES REVVED UP: The House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 353), filed by Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, that would make a series of changes to laws dealing with autonomous vehicles. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

BP SETTLEMENT MONEY AT ISSUE: Triumph Gulf Coast, which is helping administer BP settlement money from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will meet in Wakulla County. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., Wakulla County Community Center, 318 Shadeville Highway, Crawfordville.)

UNIVERSITY SYSTEM PANEL MEETS: The Strategic Planning Committee of the state university system’s Board of Governors will meet and discuss issues related to strategic plans for the University of West Florida, the University of Central Florida, Florida A&M University and Florida State University. (Wednesday, 3:45 p.m., University of Central Florida, Orlando.)

HANNON SCHEDULED TO BE EXECUTED: Patrick Hannon, who was sentenced to death in the 1991 murders of two men in Hillsborough County, is scheduled to be executed. Hannon was convicted of killing Brandon Snider and Robert Carter. Hannon and two other men went to the apartment where Snider and Carter lived on Jan. 10, 1991. After one of the other men attacked and stabbed Snider, Hannon was accused of cutting Snider’s throat. Hannon was then accused of fatally shooting Carter, who had tried to hide under a bed. (Wednesday, 6 p.m., Florida State Prison, Raiford.)


—-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 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 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 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, The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.
For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
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2 Responses for “Wednesday Briefing: Chief Bovino Goes FBI, Giving Store Luncheon, Public Safety Council, Property Taxes”

  1. Tired says:

    Congratulations Bovino! We’re blessed to have you among our protectors in Flagler County!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I hope the FBI makes him take a course on ethics, so he can come back and teach the jailers that it is unethical to have sex with inmates. Four cases of this that we know about this year, I mean REALLY!

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