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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.
Drought Index147
The OED’s Word of the Day: footery, adj..
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Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


“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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Dec. 10: The Flagler County Land Acquisition Committee meets at 3:30 p.m. in the First Floor Conference Room at the government Services Building, 1769 E Moody Blvd., Bldg 2, Bunnell. No agenda was posted online.
Dec. 11: Wetlands restoration: The St. Johns River Water Management District Board meets starting at 9 a.m. with a Finance, Audit and Administration Committee, then at 11 a.m. with the full board, which will hear an update on the controversial wetlands restoration project planned for the area along the Intracoastal Waterway near Flagler Beach, with possible action on the item. See FlaglerLive's previous coverage here, here and here.
Dec. 12: dinner with santa at fpcDinner with Santa at Flagler Palm Coast High School: Now in its 10th year, and for just $3 per person, you can enjoy a pasta dinner with salad and dessert, there'll be a holiday craft station for children, and photo opportunities with Santa, Elsa and Anna. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the FPC cafeteria, 5500 East Highway 100, Palm Coast. All proceeds go to FPC students whose families are in need. Click on the poster to see it larger.
Dec. 13: Evening at the Whitney Lecture Series: Ruth Francis-Floyd, director of the University of Florida Aquatic Animal Health Program, will be the guest speaker for the final talk in the fall Evenings at Whitney lecture series. Her talk is titled “Ecosystem Challenges in Florida: The Diadema Story (a case study…).” 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.
Dec. 14-16: Christmas Classic Radio Show: "It's a Wonderful Life," Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., at The Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Call the box office at 386-586-0773 or visit the website for tickets here. The Christmas Classic Radio Show, It's a Wonderful Life reworks the classic holiday film starring Jimmy Stewart and is set in a 1940s radio studio with a cast of five actors playing multiple roles and creating sound effects. They tell George Bailey's story of redemption, renewal and rejuvenation. This show is NOT part of our regular subscription season. Tickets for this show are $25.
Dec. 15: Grieving through the holidays: Vitas Healthcare and Calvary Christian Center in vite you to reconnect with the holiday spirit in a supportive workshop, offering creative ways to honor memories and rediscover your resilience during this time of year. All sessions are free, open to the public, and held at the International House of Pancakes, in a private dining area, 212 Palm Coast Parkway, 1030 a.m. to noon. Contact Chaplain Carmen at 386/843-8794.
Dec. 15: The Hammock Community Association hosts a holiday party from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Road, in the Hammock. Live entertainment. $5 per person. Bring pot luck finger food. Bring your own drinks. We'll have coffee and some soda. $100 raffle tickets being sold. Each $100 ticket gives you a 6 in 200 chance to win a big money prize; Call Marge Rooyakkers at (386) 246-3767 or email petmom877@gmail.com. The drawing will be held at 6:30 pm on Saturday Dec 8 at the original Hammock Wine and Cheese on A1A. You don't need to attend to win, but door prizes will be given only to attendees. Prizes Include:
Six cash prizes totaling $8250 if all tickets are sold.
Dec. 15: 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
Dec. 15: The Palm Coast Annual Holiday Boat Parade, hosted by the Palm Coast Yacht Club, holds its 36th edition at 6 p.m., departing from the Cimmaron Basin south on the Intracoastal Waterway, turning at the Grand Haven gazebo back to the Club House Waterway. The Parade will be escorted by boats from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Tow Boat US, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Palm Coast Auxiliary of the U.S. Coast Guard. Mayor Milissa Holland will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshall. Hundreds of spectators are expected to line the ICW cheering the boats on. Last year's parade drew some 40 boats, a record. For registration forms, boat captains are urged to contact Parade Captain Robert Ulis at 386-283-5166 or theulises@att.net. Forms are also available at the Palm Coast Yacht Club website at www.palmcoastyachtclub.com. Boats must be decorated and registered to participate. There are no entry fees. Membership in the Palm Coast Yacht Club is not required.
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 his own daughter. 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





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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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The Sublime Valses Poéticos by Enrique Granados, Performed By Albert Flotats

Complete Performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique: Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre National de France

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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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