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Monday Briefing: Paul Dykes Trial, Staly-McDonald-Hansen Town Hall, Emergency Radios, Fantastique

| November 13, 2017

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Past Rotary President John Skripko with veteran Al Blanks at a Rotary Veterans Day event last week at Hammock Beach Resort. Banks, 96, retired from the Navy after 34 years as a Captain. He fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Skripk, a financial adviser, served in the Marine Corps from 1991 to 1999. (© FlaglerLive)

Monday: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 70s. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 60s. 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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“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

–Lyndon Johnson, cited in “White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America,” by Nancy Isenberg (2016) [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: Paul Dykes, the man accused of dozens of counts of child-sex crimes, including rape and child-porn production, transmission and possession, goes on trial on some of the charges, including child rape, with jury selections set for today before Circuit Judge J. David Walsh starting at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Dykes was arrested in 2015. He is defended by public defender Bill Bookhammer. Jury selection will be preceded by a motion to suppress certain evidence. See the background story.

Town Hall: County Commissioner Greg Hansen, School Board member Janet McDonald and Sheriff Rick Staly appear jointly at a town hall meeting at Buddy Taylor Middle School, 5:30 p.m.

The Flagler County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Building 3, Bunnell.

The Flagler County Commission meets in workshop at the Emergency Operations Center, 3 p.m. Commissioners are discussing the next phase of required upgrades to the county’s emergency communications system, on which the cities depend as well.

The Flagler County Library Board of Trustees meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Flagler County Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW, Palm Coast.

The Bunnell City Commission meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 201 West Moody Boulevard. Commissioners are expected to approve a memorandum of understanding with Flagler Cares, the social service coordinating council and hear an update from City Manager Dan Davis on flooding issues. See the full agenda here.

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

  • Monday, Nov. 13: McDonald’s at 5190 State Road 100, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 13: Plantation Bay Golf and Country Club, 200 Plantation Bay Drive, Ormond Beach, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15: The Windsor Assisted Living, 50 Town Court, Palm Coast, from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 17: Publix at 800 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, from noon to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 18, Publix at Palm Harbor-Island Walk, Palm Coast, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 19, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 156 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast, from 9 a.m. to 1 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.

BEACHES, HOUSING CONSIDERED: The House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness will take up a series of issues, including presentations and discussions related to beaches and housing. (Monday, 3 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CHILD MARRIAGES AT ISSUE: The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee will consider a proposal (SB 140), filed by Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, that would ban the issuance of marriage licenses to people under age 18. (Monday, 4 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS `HOLIDAY’ DISCUSSED: The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will take up a bill (SB 620), filed by Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, that would allow shoppers to buy disaster-preparedness supplies in early June without paying sales taxes. (Monday, 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES DEBATED: The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will consider a proposal (SB 602), filed by Chairman Randolph Bracy, D-Orlando, that would give judges some discretion in departing from mandatory-minimum prison sentences in drug-trafficking cases. (Monday, 4 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SENATE WEIGHS REVAMPING STATE COLLEGES: The Senate Education Committee will take up a bill (SB 540), filed by Chairwoman Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, that would make a series of changes in the state college system, including creation of a board to oversee the 28 state and community colleges. (Monday, 4 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

CHILD ABUSE DEATHS DISCUSSED: The State Child Abuse Death Review Committee, which seeks to reduce the number of child-abuse deaths in Florida, will meet. (Monday, 9 a.m., Embassy Suites USF, 3705 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa.)

CHILDREN AND YOUTH CABINET MEETS: The Florida Children and Youth Cabinet is scheduled to meet. (Monday, 1:30 p.m., Florida Supreme Court, Judicial Meeting Room, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS DUE: State political candidates and committees face a Monday deadline for filing reports showing campaign-finance activity through Oct. 31.

 

—-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 www.parksandrec.fun/aquatics. 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 https://www.halifaxhumanesociety.org/events/index 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 www.parksandrec.fun/camps. 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, palmcoastdemocraticclub@gmail.com. The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.
For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
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3 Responses for “Monday Briefing: Paul Dykes Trial, Staly-McDonald-Hansen Town Hall, Emergency Radios, Fantastique”

  1. Pogo says:

    @Just like Scott – DeSantis style Republicans

    “…Whitefish Energy Holdings only had two employees when it was awarded a $300 million contract to restore electricity to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. To meet the shortfall, Whitefish hired contractors from Florida at rates varying from $42 per hour to $100 per hour with an average hourly rate of $63.

    However, the company’s “shocking” contract allowed it to bill PREPA $319 per worker per hour…”

    Whitefish Energy charged Puerto Rico $319 per hour for linemen — then paid them $63 per hour: report

    David Ferguson
    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/whitefish-energy-charged-puerto-rico-319-per-hour-for-linemen-then-paid-them-63-per-hour-report/

    Republicans preying.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How is it that Puerto Rico is just under 20 Billion dollars in the Red? Why was the old power company allowed to let the grid get in such poor condition even before the storms hit them? There SEEMS to be a mentality of “Lets get all we can from our rich Uncle Sam”, he’ll pay for everything. The San Juan Mayor Crus wanted everything wrapped with golden string and hand delivered door to door to her constituents. The powers that be in Puerto Rico need to be asked some serious questions regarding their finances. These questions need to be answered before we EVER seriously consider letting them become a state, which is their hearts desire.

  3. Layla says:

    Republicans investigating, Pogo. This contract was awarded by the Puerto Rican government.

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