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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.

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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:


To • include your event in this section, please email the details, including date, time, a brief description of the event, contact information, and, if you wish, an image, to editor@flaglerlive.com.


Nov. 22: A meeting of the Compassionate Friends will be held at the new location, the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting, always the fourth Wednesday of the month, begins at 4:30 p.m. Please note the early starting time. The Compassionate Friends, 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 The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
Nov. 25: The Ocean Center in Daytona Beach hosts the seventh annual Light up Volusia from 5 to 9 p.m. on the east plaza of the convention center. The public is invited to kick off the holiday season with this free fun-filled holiday event. Highlights of the event include the lighting of a 50-foot holiday tree at 7:15 p.m., the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, holiday refreshments, children’s activities, entertainment, holiday showcases and a gingerbread house competition. Entertainment at the event includes the Beu Sisters, Crescendo Amelia, stilt walkers, the Grinch, face painters, balloon artists and more.
Nov. 25-26: 52nd Annual Art & Craft Festival: The St. Augustine Art Association presents its outdoor art fair that has become a Thanksgiving weekend tradition - welcoming visitors, art collectors and holiday shoppers for decades. The festival features painting, pottery, jewelry, glassware, sculptures, fiber art, photography, mixed media and fine hand crafted creations from more than 150 artists. Location: Francis Field, 29 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 824-2310 or visit www.staugustineartfestival.com.
Nov. 29: A pre-trial hearing is scheduled in the case of Phillip Haire Jr., who is accused of attempted murder in a shooting incident in the direction of his parents and a sheriff's sergeant. 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401 before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig.
Nov. 29: maria howell molestation chargesMaria Howell, the 20-year-old Palm Coast woman accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, is scheduled for a plea and sentencing before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Craig on Oct. 31 rejected a plea deal that would have allowed Howell to avoid prison time, telling the defense and prosecution to return with "some" prison time.
Dec. 1: david snelgroveA hearing is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401 before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig on two new issues relating to the scheduled re-sentencing of convicted double-murderer David Snelgrove, who killed Glyn Fowler, 84, and his wife, Vivian, 79, on Bannbury Lane in Palm Coast in late June 2000. The Supreme Court has ordered Snelgrove-re-sentenced because twice before, non-unanimous juries recommended that he be killed. That was deemed unconstitutional. Juries must now be unanimous. Before getting to that stage, a hearing must determine a) whether Craig has a conflict of interest as a sitting judge, since he was working in the State Attorney's office at the time Snelgrove was originally prosecuted (though not in the homicide division), and b) whether Snelgrove should have an evidentiary hearing about his mental capacities to be even eligible for the death penalty. The hearing will decide whether that evidentiary hearing is due. Snelgrove is expected to be present. At the Flagler County courthouse.
Dec. 1: First Friday Art Walk in St. Augustine: From 5 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
Dec. 5: AARP Driver Safety Program, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Frieda Zamba Pool Classroom, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. The nation's first and largest classroom course for motorists ages 50 and older. This one-day course identifies ways that older drivers can compensate for the physical changes that occur as they age and helps older drivers update their driving knowledge and skills. Fees are $20/session ($15/session for AARP members). To register, contact AARP representative Karen Zimmerman at 386-585-4116.
Dec. 7: Critic’s Choice Dinner Club, 5:30 p.m. This monthly club visits a new restaurant, chosen by the group, to spend time with friends enjoying a casual dinner while rating food and service. New members welcome. This month’s location is Bayne's Barbeque, 301 Moody Blvd, Flagler Beach. Food and transportation are the participant’s responsibility. Pre-register by 5 p.m. Sept. 5: www.palmcoastgov.com/register. More info: 386-986-2323.
Bobby Earl Gore arriving in court this morning. (© FlaglerLive)Dec. 11: Bobby Earl Gore, who pleaded guilty on Oct. 10 to murdering his son at their Flagler Beach home on April 30, 2017, is sentenced by Circuit Judge Dennis Craig at the Flagler County courthouse, Courtroom 401, at 9 a.m. Gore, 74, in a plea deal, pleaded no contest to manslaughter, a first degree felony, and faces eight to 15 years in prison.
Dec. 16: Abundant Life Ministries-Hope House's Humanitarian of the Year is announced. The award will be presented during the “Christmas to Remember” celebration for children in foster care and other children under the dependency court system. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Flagler County Fairgrounds, 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell.
Dec. 16:
Last year's holiday boat parade in Palm Coast drew a record 33 vessels.

Last year's holiday boat parade in Palm Coast drew a record 33 vessels.

Now in its 34th year, the Palm Coast Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled for Dec. 16 at at 6 p.m., departing from the Cimmaron Basin. The parade will be escorted by boats from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Tow Boat U.S., the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Palm Coast Auxiliary of the U.S. Coast Guard. Mayor Milissa Holland will serve as Grand Marshall. Details and registration form here.
Dec. 27: A meeting of the Compassionate Friends is held at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting, always the fourth Wednesday of the month, begins at 4:30 p.m. Please note the early starting time. The Compassionate Friends, 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 The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
Jan. 5: First Friday Art Walk in St. Augustine: From 5 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
Jan. 6: Chart-topping comedian Ron White comes to The Peabody at 7:30 p.m., where guests can expect an all new standup comedy show intended for mature audiences. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. They call him “Tater Salad.” Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but now as a chart-topping Grammy-nominated comedian and a feature film actor, Ron White has established himself as a star in his own right. Tickets ($65 and $45 plus applicable charges) will go on sale to the general public at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at PeabodyDaytona.com, 800-982-ARTS or The Peabody box office. For mature audiences.
Jan. 7: Florida Chamber Music Concerts. Join the Florida Chamber Music Project for a remarkable fifth season of the finest chamber music at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. General Admission Seating, $25 a ticket. Contact: 904/209-0399. Time of the concert: 3 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. Today's concert program: Boccherini’s Quartet “Opus 58”, No. 4 G245 in B minor, Puccini’s “Crisantemi”, Nino Rota’s String Quartet and Wolf’s Italian Serenade.
Jan. 19: The Flagler Youth Orchestra's Harmony Chamber Orchestra, the top ensemble, performs at Salvo Art House at 6 p.m., at 802 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell.
Jan. 22: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club holds it monthly meeting. Doors open at 4:30 pm. From 4:30 - 6 pm this time is used for buying, selling and trading stamps and coins. Meeting starts at 6 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. 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 FCS&CC is the only non-profit Stamp and Coin Club, Inc., in Flagler County. Come join us for a fun filled evening. For more information please visit the club's web site http://www.stampandcoinclub.com.
Jan. 24: A meeting of the Compassionate Friends is held at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting, always the fourth Wednesday of the month, begins at 4:30 p.m. Please note the early starting time. The Compassionate Friends, 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 The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
Feb. 12: The Flagler Youth Orchestra's five ensembles are all in concert at the Flagler Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for those 18 and older. Younger people pay $1. $1 of each adult ticket goes toward the auditorium's Arts in Education fund.
April 8: Florida Chamber Music Concerts. Join the Florida Chamber Music Project for a remarkable fifth season of the finest chamber music at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. General Admission Seating, $25 a ticket. Contact: 904/209-0399. Time of the concert: 3 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. Today's concert program: Schubert’s String Trio in B flat, D. 471 and Quintet for Piano and Strings in A, D. 667 “The Trout” with guest artists Hyunsoon Whang, piano and Jason Lindsay, double bass.
May 2: The Flagler Youth Orchestra's five ensembles are all in concert at the Flagler Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for those 18 and older. Younger people pay $1. $1 of each adult ticket goes toward the auditorium's Arts in Education fund.
May 6: Florida Chamber Music Concerts. Join the Florida Chamber Music Project for a remarkable fifth season of the finest chamber music at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. General Admission Seating, $25 a ticket. Contact: 904/209-0399. Time of the concert: 3 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. Today's concert program: Mozart’s String Quartet in A Major, K. 464 and Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, “From My Life.”
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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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