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Monday Briefing: Waste Pro Problems, Canvassing Board, Cell Towers, Paul Dykes Trial, WNZF Open House

| December 4, 2017

Paul Dykes goes on trial today on nearly two dozen counts of child-sex crimes. (© FlaglerLive)

Paul Dykes goes on trial today on nearly two dozen counts of child-sex crimes. (© FlaglerLive)

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“If Americans have so little sense of nuances, it isn’t that they’re so incapable of grasping them–after all american reality itself is sufficiently nuanced–but that they would be troubled by them. To accept nuances is to accept ambiguity of judgment, argument, hesitation: complexity compels reflection. They want to lead their lives by geometry, not by wisdom: Geometry is taught, whereas wisdom is discovered, and only the first offers the refreshing certainties that a conscientious person needs. So they choose to believe in a geometric world where every right angle is set against another, like their buildings and their streets.”

–Simone de Beauvoir, from “America Day By Day” (1954, transl. 1999). [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: The trial of Paul Dykes, expected to take two to four days, begins with jury selection starting at 9 a.m. before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Dykes, 20, a Palm Coast resident, will face 23 counts of child-sex crimes, including a count of rape involving a 1 year old. He faces 36 counts in all, but the prosecution and his defense lawyers agreed to try him on two further counts–including one involving the alleged rape of his own child–after the December trial, and possibly not have to try him on the remaining counts, depending on the outcome of the first two trials.

The Flagler County Veterans Advisory Council meets at 4 p.m. in the First Floor Conference room of the Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell.

The Flagler County Commission holds a pair of meetings, the first its regularly scheduled meeting, at 9 a.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell. Commissioners are expected to reorganize their own committee assignments and make appointments to the county’s advisory planning board. Commissioners are also expected to approve, after a public hearing, the siting of a series of telecommunication towers that will form the new backbone of the county’s emergency communications infrastructure. The full agenda and background materials for that meeting here. Then at 1 p.m. commissioners will meet in workshop to discuss problems with Waste Pro’s service (the garbage hauler that’s been having issues in Palm Coast and Flagler County), hear a briefing on the county canvassing board as the commission must pick its representative there, and a few housekeeping items.

WNZF and Flagler Broadcasting host a Christmas open house at 4 p.m. at the radio station’s studios, 2405 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell. There’ll be a live broadcast, live entertainment, prizes, beer and wine.

Buddy Holly Story: On the back of incredibly successful Tours in 2015 in 2016, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story – the show that inspired a generation of multi-million selling juke-box musicals including Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Million Dollar Quartet, and We Will Rock You – is back at the Flagler Auditorium for a 7:30 p.m. show. Adult $49.95, Youth $39.95. Box Office: 386-437-7547 or Toll Free: 1-866-352-4537.

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

  • Monday: Daytona State College’s Palm Coast Campus, 3000 East Palm Coast Parkway, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Daytona State College’s Palm Coast Campus, 3000 East Palm Coast Parkway, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Florida Hospital Flagler’s Parkway Medical Plaza, 120 Cypress Edge Drive, Palm Coast, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday: Lowe’s, 315 Cypress Edge Drive, Palm Coast, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Epic Theaters, 1185 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, from noon to 6 p.m.

Ongoing: the 12th Annual Fantasy Lights Festival at Central Park in Palm Coast’s Town Center, hosted by the Rotary Club of Flagler County: 6:30-9 p.m. each night. Fantasy Lights is a free, self-guided walking tour around Central Park with 40 large animated light displays, festive live and broadcast holiday music, holiday snacks and beverages. A favorite for the kids is Santa’s Village with a collection of elf houses festively painted and nestled among the lights, warm fire to roast marshmallows or create s’mores, and encircling the village is Santa’s Merry Train Ride.

Announcements:

None.

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 RECOMMENDATIONS DISCUSSED: The House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness will discuss possible recommendations for responding to Hurricane Irma and preparing for future storms. (Monday, 3 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

VETERANS’ CARE AT ISSUE: The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee will consider a bill (SB 326), filed by Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, that would set up a program to help military veterans and their families get mental-health and substance-abuse services. (Monday, 4 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

TAX HOLIDAY TOUTED: The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will take up a proposal (SB 686), filed by Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, that calls for holding a back-to-school sales tax “holiday.” The proposal would allow shoppers to avoid paying sales taxes for 10 days in late July and early August on clothes and shoes costing up to $100 per item, school supplies that cost $15 or less, and personal computers and related accessories priced at $1,000 or less. (Monday, 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

FELONY CHARGES TARGETED: The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will consider a bill (SB 482), filed by Chairman Randolph Bracy, R-Orlando, that would eliminate felony charges for motorists who are convicted a third or subsequent time of driving while their licenses are suspended, canceled or revoked. (Monday, 4 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AT ISSUE: The Senate Education Committee will consider a proposal (SB 96), filed by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, that would require schools to teach about the dangers and signs of human trafficking. The instruction would be part of health-education courses. (Monday, 4 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

OPIOID EPIDEMIC AT ISSUE: Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, and Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, are expected to take part in a “community discussion” about the opioid epidemic. (Monday, 5:30 p.m., LeRoy Collins Public Library, 200 West Park Ave., Tallahassee.)

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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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.
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2 Responses for “Monday Briefing: Waste Pro Problems, Canvassing Board, Cell Towers, Paul Dykes Trial, WNZF Open House”

  1. Pogo says:

    FELONY CHARGES TARGETED: The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will consider a bill (SB 482), filed by Chairman Randolph Bracy, R-Orlando, that would eliminate felony charges for motorists who are convicted a third or subsequent time of driving while their licenses are suspended, canceled or revoked. (Monday, 4 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

    Is there a Republican named Randolph Bracy in the Florida Senate? I admit it’s easy to mistake a man who crusades for the death penalty – and forgiveness of habitual offenders – for a Republican, but the only Randolph Bracy listed in the Florida Senate is listed as a Democrat.

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