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Thursday Briefing: Flagler Beach’s Troubled Golf Club, Sailing Central Park, Evening at Whitney, Nabokov’s Trains

| November 9, 2017

An elaborate sand castle spotted in Flagler Beach, near the Winery. (© FlaglerLive)

An elaborate sand castle spotted in Flagler Beach, near the Winery. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers in the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. West winds 5 mph shifting to the north in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Today’s document from the National Archives and the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
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Today’s jail bookings.

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“The door of the compartment was open and I could see the corridor window, where the wires — six thin black wires — were doing their best to slant up, to ascend skywards, despite the lightning blows dealt them by one telegraph pole after another; but just as all six, in a triumphant swoop of pathetic elation, were about to reach the top of the window, a particularly vicious blow would bring them down, as low as they had ever been, and they would have to start all over again.”

–Vladimir Nabokov, from “Speak, Memory” (1951). [Click on the image or the link to buy the book]

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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.



In Court: Bill Bookhammer, the defense attorney for Paul Dykes, argues a motion to suppress evidence gathered as a result of a search warrant before Senior Judge Joseph Will in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Dykes of Palm Coast goes on trail later this month on numerous counts of child-sex crimes, including rape. Postponed to Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. before Judge J. David Walsh.

The Flagler Beach City Commission meets in a special workshop at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall to discuss issues and disagreements between the city and the managers of the city-owned but leased Ocean Palm Golf Club at the south end of town. The city has agreed to compensate the managers for some of the lost business due to city drainage construction on the golf course. But the city is not wanting to subsidize the managers for the months of September or October, because of hurricane-related closures and the managers’ subsequent decision not to reopen the course as more construction disrupted the grounds. The two sides are hoping to reach an understanding at today’s workshop. For background, see the story: “Flagler Beach’s Golf Course Closed Again, Its Fate Uncertain, As Dispute With City Leads To Impasse.”

The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Commissioners are expected to discuss and possibly approve an agreement with county government clarifying who is in charge of certain beach management initiatives. The agenda is available here.

Orlando lawyer John Morgan, a possible Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, is scheduled to speak to the Tiger Bay Club of Volusia County, 11:45 a.m., LPGA Clubhouse, 1000 Champions Dr., Daytona Beach.

The newly-formed Palm Coast Model Yacht Club meets at Palm Coast’s Central Park pond in Town Center at 2 p.m. to race its sailing boats, which vary in length from 3 to 5 feet. The club meets every Thursday at 2 p,m. at the pond, welcomes new members–there are no dues–or spectators, who can have a go at piloting the sail boats as well. To join or for further inquiries, contact Otto Pope at 248/444-0115, or by email at opope32@yahoo.com.

Evenings at Whitney: The Ever Evolving Menace of Mosquitoes: Emerging Pathogens and New Technological Control Strategies. The guest speaker is Paul Linser, professor of anatomy and cell biology, neuroscience, microbiology and cell science, entomology, and biology at Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. 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.

Stetson University Host a Prospects for Democracy in Cuba Forum, 6 p.m. in the Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center, 529 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, Florida, 32723. The event is free and open to the public. Expert panelists will include Richard Feinberg, Ph.D., professor of International Political Economy in the School of Global Policy & Strategy at the University of California, San Diego; Angel de Fana, a former Cuban political prisoner; and a special guest from Cuba to be announced at a later date. Relations between the U.S. and Cuba have changed dramatically in recent years. Former President Obama re-established ties with Cuba, easing restrictions on travel and trade, but the Trump administration has suggested a tightening of restrictions and this week the United States voted against a U.N. resolution condemning America’s economic embargo against Cuba. While the future of relations remains uncertain, Stetson University is preparing to host their second Cuba Forum featuring an engaging debate on the “Prospects for Democracy in Cuba.”

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

  • 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.

HURRICANE PANEL EYES HEALTH FACILITIES: The House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness will receive presentations about health-care facilities and health professionals. (Thursday, 10:30 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CITY AUDITS REQUESTED: The Joint Legislative Auditing Committee will consider a request by Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, for an audit of the city of Palm Bay and a request by Sen. Doug Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze, for an audit of the city of Gulf Breeze. (Thursday, 3:45 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETS: The state university system’s Board of Governors will meet after holding a series of committee meetings. Issues will include a request from Florida A&M University for a waiver from a requirement to undertake a search process for a new president. If the request is granted, it could help clear the way for interim President Larry Robinson to be appointed to the job on a permanent basis. (Thursday, committees start meeting at 8:30 a.m., with full board scheduled at 3 p.m. or upon completion of the committee meetings, University of Central Florida, Orlando.)

SUPREME COURT RELEASES OPINIONS: The Florida Supreme Court is expected to release weekly opinions. (Thursday, 11 a.m.)

 

—-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. 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 a girl in his charge, starting when she was 8 and going on for several years. 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

For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
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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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