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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

 

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:

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July 19: Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp, 9 to 1 p.m. at South 6th Street on the Beach in Flagler Beach.
July 19: The Flagler Beach Charter Review Commission meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
July 19: Dive-in Movies, 8 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. Just bring your swimsuit and enjoy the show! Dive-in movie nights at the Palm Coast Aquatics Center provides a unique outdoor movie viewing experience for the entire family. Be sure to grab your favorite snack, sit back and enjoy the show! Food and snacks will be available for purchase. This month features “Incredibles 2” (PG). More info: 386-986-4741 and www.palmcoastgov.com/movies.
July 20: Flagler Pier Fishing Tournament, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Flagler Beach Fishing Pier. For any questions, please contact the Pier bait shop at 386-517-2436.
July 20: Youth Fishing Derby, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 150 Waterfront Park Road, Palm Coast. Come out to Waterfront Park for a day of family fun, food, and catch-and-release fishing. Youth will be eligible for various prizes based on different categories such as longest fish, heaviest fish, most fish, smallest fish and others. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Any adult actively assisting a youth must have a fishing license. For ages 15 and under. Free and registration is encouraged but not required at www.parksandrec.fun/events. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 20: Meet with your local Fire Rescue personnel, while you tour your community’s Fire Station and equipment, at Flagler County Fire Station 92 at the county airport, 130 Airport Rd., Palm Coast, from 9 a.m. to noon. Additionally, personnel from Florida Forest Service and Flagler County Emergency Management will be available to explain and assist residents in signing up for the ALERTFlagler emergency notifications, and Special Needs Sheltering programs. For more information please contact Chief Fire Marshall (386) 313-4258
July 20-21: Jr. Lifeguard Camp, 8 a.m-12p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. The Junior Lifeguard Camp offers step-by-step lifeguarding skill development. Learn water safety, lifeguard rescues, and First Aid CPR/AED in a weekend camp. Class attendees will receive a CPR mask, Red Cross whistle and T-shirt. For ages 11-15 years. $70/session. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 20-21: "Sleeping Beauty," at the Daytona Playhouse, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., Adults $13, Seniors 55 and up, $18, Youths 18 and under $7. Address: 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, or see directions here. Buy tickets online here. Box office: 386-255-2431.
July 22: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club meets at 4:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 8696 47 N. Old Kings Road. From 4:30 - 6 p.m. the time is used for buying, selling and trading stamps and coins. The club meeting starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30. 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. The club is the only non-profit Stamp and Coin Club in Flagler County. For more information please visit the club's web site.
July 22: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.
July 23: Flagler County is hosting a ceremonial signing of its beach renourishment agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers at 2 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Government Services Building. Commission Chair Donald O’Brien and Jacksonville District Commander Colonel Andrew Kelly will make a few opening comments about the 2.6 mile 10-foot dune and beach profile extension in Flagler Beach. They, along with County Attorney Al Hadeed, will sign four copies of the final agreement. The 50-year, $100 million project is largely unfunded but will depend on Flagler County to secure half the money. The federal government would assume the other half. It applies to only 2.6 miles of beach in Flagler Beach. See: "Flagler About To Sign 50-Year, $100 Million Deal to Rebuild 2.6 Miles of Dunes in Flagler Beach. It Has Only a Fraction of the Money."
July 23: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway. The task force will meet the fourth Tuesday of every month at the library through November.
July 24: A meeting of Facing Grief Together, formerly known as Compassionate Friends, is scheduled at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Facing Grief Together, 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 Facing Grief Together, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
July 25: common ground breakfastCarolyn Gosselin, Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, is the featured speaker at the Flagler Chamber's Common Ground breakfast, 8 a.m. at the Palm Coast Hilton Garden Inn, 50 Town Court. Registration is required by July 19. Members can preregister for $25, Guests and future members can attend for $35. No walk-ups.
July 27: Tour de Palm Coast: Ride along the scenic route of St. Joe Walkway on this free tour. The tour will begin leaving promptly at 8 a.m. from the Palm Coast Community Center. Riders are encouraged to bring water, and all riders must wear a helmet.
July 27: First Aid and CPR/AED, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. This class is a seven-hour course (one hour for lunch) designed to meet OSHA regulations and teach administering CPR to children and adults, using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), using a mask or barrier device, assisting with bleeding, broken bones. $50/person with registration required by 9 a.m. June 27. Register at www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2300 and cprcertification@palmcoastgov.com.
July 27: The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and the Palm Coast Area Council invites you to a small business development workshop. With Thaddeus Hammond, Economic Development Director of the SBA North Florida District, a leading expert in developing small businesses as guest speaker. 5 to 7 p.m., The Windsor of Palm Coast, 50 Town Ct, Palm Coast. Chamber Member: $15 per person, Guest and Future Chamber Member: $25 per person. Contact Melinda Rivera at 386-437-0106 or send her an email at melinda@flaglerchamber.org.
July 29-Aug. 2: Monday-Friday, July 29-Aug. 2, 8 a.m-5 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. Love art? Come enjoy a week where you can let your creative side take flight. Campers will spend their days creating, drawing, sketching, painting and more! Of course, we’ll go to the pool and play some games, too. Lunch is provided at no extra charge by the Flagler County School District. For grades 6-8 (grade just completed). $80/entire week. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 29: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.
July 31: james mcdevittAn evidentiary hearing twice postponed is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the case of James McDevitt, who is serving a 40-year prison sentence in the 2015 rape of a woman in Flagler Beach, has been postponed to July 31. McDevitt pleaded guilty to the rape charge, but is now claiming ineffective counsel by two successive lawyers and is seeking to have the conviction and sentence vacated. The hearing is before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Perkins has reserved one hour for the hearing. The hearing had originally been scheduled for early April. McDevitt's lawyer asked for it to be rescheduled because of an emergency family issue (regarding the lawyer's family). It was again postponed to May 17. McDevitt has been at the Flagler County jail since April 4, awaiting the proceeding. He is normally incarcerated at Taylor prison in Perry, in Florida's Big Bend area. See details here.

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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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