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Tuesday Briefing: Matanzas Steel Drums Concert, Guns in Courthouses, Civil Liberties, The Great Fazil Say

| December 5, 2017

Matanzas High School's famous Blue Steel band performs at the Auditorium tonight. (Facebook)

Matanzas High School’s famous Blue Steel band performs at the Auditorium tonight. (Facebook)

Today: Patchy dense fog in the morning. Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs around 80. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 5 mph. 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 Index66
The OED’s Word of the Day: ‘Arriet, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


the price of liberty

“Civil liberty lost ground in the cold war. Some has been painfully regained; but it is unlikely that we shall ever return completely to the liberties of the past. And if ideological war ever again seems essential to the defense of the state, there will doubtless be a recurrence of the excesses of the 1950s, no matter what the Constitution may say.”

–From “The Price of Liberty: Perspectives on Civil Liberties by Members of the ACLU” (1968). [Click on the image or the link to buy the book]

Previously:

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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 days, begins with opening arguments at 9 a.m., after day-long jury selection Monday led to the impaneling of a jury of six women and one man, one of them an alternate. Before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Dykes, 21, a Palm Coast resident, will face 24 counts of child-sex crimes, including a count of rape involving a 1 year old. He faces 38 counts in all. He is being tried on two dozen counts in this trial, with further trials possible.

The Palm Coast City Council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The agenda is dominated by land-use matters.

The Flagler Beach Planning and Architecture Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at Flagler Beach City Hall.

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.

Blue Steel: The Matanzas High School Steel Drums band is in concert at the Flagler Auditorium at 7 p.m.

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

  • 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.

AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS DEBATED: The Senate Health Policy Committee will consider a bill (SB 250), filed by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, that would allow patients to stay up to 24 hours in ambulatory-surgical centers. Under current law, patients cannot stay overnight at the facilities. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

SLAVERY MEMORIAL PROPOSED: The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee will consider a proposal (SB 286), filed by Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, that would lead to the creation of a slavery memorial at the Capitol. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

UNDERGROUND POWER LINES AT ISSUE: The Senate Community Affairs Committee will take up a bill (SB 494), filed by Chairman Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, that would make clear the Florida Public Service Commission has “exclusive jurisdiction” to decide whether underground transmission lines are required for power-plant projects. The proposal stems, at least in part, from a 2016 decision by the 3rd District Court of Appeal in a dispute between Florida Power & Light and local governments about transmission-line issues in Miami-Dade County. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

LABOR UNIONS TARGETED: The House Government Accountability Committee will consider a proposal (HB 25), filed by Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, that would make changes in the certification of public labor unions and increase the information unions are required to submit each year. (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CERTIFICATES OF NEED EYED: The House Health & Human Services Committee will take up a bill (HB 27), filed by Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, that would eliminate the “certificate of need” regulatory process for hospitals. Under current law, hospitals are required to receive certificates of need before they can build facilities. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

`COURTHOUSE CARRY’ BILL CONSIDERED: The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up a proposal (SB 134), filed by Chairman Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to store firearms with security officers at courthouses. Currently, license-holders are barred from bringing firearms into courthouses. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SCOTT BUDGET DISCUSSED: The House Appropriations Committee will receive a presentation about Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed $87.4 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

FLORIDA POPULATION ANALYZED: The Demographic Estimating Conference will analyze Florida population numbers. (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

 

—-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.


Dec. 14: The Inspired Mic, Palm Coast’s most daring and unpredictable open mic event, is scheduled for its monthly edition at The New Europa, European Village. 101 Palm Harbor Parkway, Unit 101, Palm Coast. Doors open at 6 p.m. and presenters begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.50 advance, available at theinspiredmicus.com, or $15 at the door. Tickets include one drink (beer, wine, soda, tea, water).
Dec. 14: The newly-formed Palm Coast Model Yacht Club meets at Palm Coast's Central Park pond in Town Center at 2 p.m. to race its sailing boats, which vary in length from 3 to 5 feet. The club meets every Thursday at 2 p.m. at the pond, welcomes new members--there are no dues--or spectators, who can have a go at piloting the sail boats as well. To join or for further inquiries, contact Otto Pope at 248/444-0115, or by email at opope32@yahoo.com.
Dec. 15: The 10th Annual Christmas with a Deputy is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Chiumento Dwyer Hertel Grant law firm in Town Center. That's when Flagler County’s poorer children are paired with a cop, handed a $150 gift card, and set loose at Target to buy their Christmas presents, with a deputy tagging along. The children get to ride to Target in a cop car, all lights ablaze.
Dec. 15-17: The Jacksonville Symphony presents Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet, four performances, under the direction of Deanna Tham. Tickets and times here.
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: palm coast soccerTryouts for the 2018 Season for Palm Coast Soccer are held at Holland Park in Palm Coast from 10 a.m. to noon. Palm Coast Soccer is a recreational tournament club for players ages 10 to 18. The organization is looking for players to fill its teams for the upcoming 2018 Season, which runs from January through August. Contact info@palmcoastsoccer.com or visit the website at palcoastsoccer.com.
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. 16-17: The Jacksonville Symphony presents Handel's Messiah, two performances only, under the direction of Nathan Aspinall, with the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, Emily Birsan, soprano, Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano, Jason Ferrante, tenor, and Craig Irvin, baritone. Tickets and times here.
Dec. 17-18: The Saint Augustine Ballet presents its ninth annual production of the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. For more information, call (855) 222-2849 or visit www.saintaugustineballet.com.
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.
Dec. 31: The Jacksonville Symphony presents its New Year's Eve Orchestral Lunacy concert, with a performance at 9 p.m. and an after-party, with Timothy Hankewich, Guest Conductor, and Tomáš Kubínek, Guest Performer, a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian, and all-around charmer who gives audiences an utterly joyous experience they’ll remember for a lifetime. With appearances in over 30 countries and a professional career spanning 3 decades, Mr. Kubínek has won the hearts of thousands in theaters, opera houses, television specials, on Broadway, and at international festivals of culture. Transcending categorization, his work leaves audiences clutching their sides with laughter and breathless. Standard Admission $30.00, Standard with Reserved Seating $50.00, Premium with VIP Lounge and Food Stations $100.00, not including after-party tickets. Tickets here.
Dec. 31: Beach Blast Off in Celebration of New Year’s Eve: visitors will experience live music, food and drink, and brilliant fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean. The Kids’ Zone features face painting, rides, and rock climbing wall. Food vendors, a beer and wine tent, champagne and live stream of Times Square festivities will add to the fun. Location: St. Augustine Beach Pier. For more information, call (904) 669-5670 or visit www.sabevents.com/beach-blast-off.
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. 9: A pre-trial is scheduled at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse in the case of Dorothy Singer, who is accused of murdering her husband at their west-Flagler home last spring. A pre-trial is also scheduled in the case of Bruce Haughton, accused of negligent manslaughter in the suicide of Katherine Goddard in July. The suicide was intended to be a double suicide. And a pre-trial is scheduled in the case of Paul Dykes, who was found guilty on 24 counts of child-sex crimes, including rape, on Dec. 6, but who still faces 13 additional counts. Prosecutors and the defense are to decide how to proceed or whether to resolve those remaining counts without going to trial. The hearings are before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig.
Bobby Earl Gore arriving in court this morning. (© FlaglerLive)Jan. 19: Bobby Earl Gore, who pleaded guilty on Oct. 10 to murdering his son at their Flagler Beach home on April 30, 2017, is scheduled to be sentenced by Circuit Judge Dennis Craig at the Flagler County courthouse, Courtroom 401, at 1:30 p.m. Gore, 74, in a plea deal, pleaded no contest to manslaughter, a first degree felony, and faces eight to 15 years in prison. He was originally scheduled to be sentenced in December. His attorney, Ray Warren, filed for a continuance to January in light of potentially mitigating factors that will be argued at Gore's hearing.
Jan. 19: The Gainesville Orchestra in performance at 7:30 p.m. at Flagler College - Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine. Enjoy a night filled with classic music and pieces such as “Beloved Classic Melodies for a Winter’s Night” and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony.For more information, call (904) 797-2800 or visit http://www.emmaconcerts.com/
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.
Jan. 27: The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in concert at 7:30 p.m. at Flagler College's Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine. The orchestra has performed alongside many well-known conductors and soloists such as Triin Ruubel who has won several prizes in international competitions. Tickets are $40 for adults and $5 for children and students with a valid ID. For more information, call (904) 797-2800 or visit http://www.emmaconcerts.com/event/estonian-national-symphony-orchestra/
Jan. 30: Paul Dykes, who was found guilty on Dec. 6 on 24 counts of child-sex related crimes, including rape, is sentenced at 9 a.m. before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Dykes, 21, faces life in prison without possibility of release.
Jan. 30: George Wood, 31, the Palm Coast man found guilty in a December trial of escape and other charges, is sentenced at 1:30 p.m. before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Though Wood's worst charge was a second-degree felony exposing him to 15 years in prison, he is a felon convicted 11 times over, exposing him to double that number of years in prison. See the background story here.
Feb. 2: Paul Miller, now, 70, who is serving a life sentence in the murder of his neighbor, Dana Mulhall, in Flagler Beach in 2012, returns to court to argue a motion that he got ineffective counsel. Miller is hoping to reduce or overturn his sentence. At 1:30 p.m. before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. The hearing had been scheduled for Dec. 1, but an email snafu required the hearing to be postponed, even though Miller had been transferred from state prison back to the Flagler County jail.
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.
Feb. 13: A pre-trial iss scheduled in the case of Nathaniel Shimmel, the 22-year-old Palm Coast man facing a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing-death of his mother in August 2017. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse.
April 2: A trial is scheduled in the case of Kimberle Weeks, who faces five third-degree felony counts of illegally recording or disclosing phone conversations (down from 12 counts). Weeks was charged in early 2015, shortly after she resigned as Flagler County's supervisor of elections.
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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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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