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Wednesday Briefing: Paul Dykes Trial Day 3, Sheriff’s Christmas Wish, Drone Restrictions, Mandela

| December 6, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly ran into Santa at WNZF's Christmas party Monday evening, and thanked Santa for granting his wife's wish--that Staly win the sheriff's race so he'd have reasons to leave the house. Santa in this case was Palm Coast Little League's president, Patrick Johnan. (David Ayres)

Sheriff Rick Staly ran into Santa at WNZF’s Christmas party Monday evening, and thanked Santa for granting his wife’s wish–that Staly win the sheriff’s race so he’d have reasons to leave the house. Santa in this case was Palm Coast Little League’s president, Patrick Johnan. WNZF’s open house drew a couple of hundred people. (David Ayres)

Today: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 50s. West winds around 5 mph shifting to the north after midnight. 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.
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Today’s jail bookings.

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“As Congress observed when debating the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ‘discrimination is not simply dollars and cents, hamburgers and movies; it is the humiliation, frustration, and embarrassment that a person must surely feel when he is told that he is unacceptable as a member of the public. Allowing businesses to turn away L.G.B.T. people, even if limited to the wedding context, would put the government’s imprimatur on discrimination. Now the Supreme Court must decide whether to turn back time or to continue our nation’s progress toward recognizing the humanity of L.G.B.T. people.”

–Ria Tabacco Mar, from a Dec. 5, New York Times column, “The Colorado Cake Case Is as Easy as Pie.”

Previously:

Civil liberties | Nuance in America | Careless supremacy | Orange sentence | Ephemeral present | E.O. Wilson on atheism | Ponce de Leon | Bill Kristol’s liberalism | Life’s evening | Male friendships | Solzhenitsyn’s power | Voltaire on tolerance | McMurtry on Hemingway | Under arrest | LBJ’s white trash | Lewd plant names | Nabokov’s trains | Mass shootings | Schubert | Carbon atoms | Moynihan on liberals | Ruzickova on Bach | Mexican Fiestas | Epitaphs | Einstein’s Bach | Updike’s Lebanese | Age of Religion | States’ Rights | Bette Davis | Cleaning toilets | Mistakes and leadership | Kind leadership | Tough Hadeed | Two-Minute Hate | Joseph Smith | Get Shorty | No prodigy | Truthiness | Xenophobia | Conan on Vegas | Einstein’s Socialism | Trump’s Puerto Rico | Substitute |

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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, continues at 9 a.m., after day-long jury selection Monday and the prosecution’s case on Tuesday. 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 Code Enforcement Board meets at 10 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center.

The Old Kings Elementary School Advisory Council and PTO meet at 4 and 5 p.m. at the school’s media center. The school board member assigned as liaison to that meeting is Colleen Conklin.

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

  • 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.

DRONE RESTRICTIONS CONSIDERED: The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 471), filed by Rep. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, that would ban flying drones over prisons and jails. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

VISIT FLORIDA MAKES PRESENTATION: The House Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee will receive a presentation from Visit Florida about the agency’s operating budget. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PANEL GETS UPDATE ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The House Health Quality Subcommittee will receive a presentation from Christian Bax, director of the state Office of Medical Marijuana Use, about implementation of a medical-marijuana law passed in June. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

VETERANS HEALTH PROGRAM PROPOSED: The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space and Domestic Security Committee will take up a proposal (SB 440), filed by Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, that would allow veterans to receive services through the state Medicaid managed-care system as an alternative to the federal Veterans Health Administration system. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS DISCUSSED: The House Pre-K-12 Innovation Subcommittee will hold a panel discussion about oversight and monitoring in scholarship programs. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AT ISSUE: The House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee will hold a workshop on bicycle and pedestrian safety. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUDGET CONSIDERED: The House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee will receive a presentation on Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed 2018-2019 budget. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

ONLINE THREATS ADDRESSED: The House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 165), filed by Rep. Stan McClain, R-Belleview, that would seek to prevent people from making online threats to kill or injure other people. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

UNDERGROUND POWER LINES ON AGENDA: The House Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 405), filed by Rep. Jayer Williamson, R-Pace, and Rep. Bobby Payne, R-Palatka, that would make clear the Florida Public Service Commission has “exclusive jurisdiction” to decide whether underground transmission lines are required for power-plant projects. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

ALLIGATOR MANAGEMENT AT ISSUE: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will take up a series of issues, including issues related to alligator management. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 N.W. 97th Blvd., Gainesville.)

ST. LUCIE JUDGE REPRIMANDED: The Florida Supreme Court will take up five issues, including a public reprimand of St. Lucie County Judge Philip Yacucci, who is being disciplined because of his conduct in a long-running battle with a local attorney. The discipline stems from Yacucci’s actions involving attorney Stephen Smith. In ordering the reprimand and a 30-day suspension for Yacucci, the Supreme Court said his “longstanding combative relationship with Smith created legitimate fears of partiality and bias on the part of several litigants before his court.” (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

CABINET AIDES MEET: Aides to Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis will meet in preparation for a Dec. 13 state Cabinet meeting. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

PAROLE ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Florida Commission on Offender Review is scheduled to meet and discuss numerous parole cases related to crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980s. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

THRASHER GIVES `STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY’ ADDRESS: Florida State University President John Thrasher will offer his “State of the University” address during a meeting of the Faculty Senate. (Wednesday, 3:35 p.m., Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center, 555 West Pensacola St., 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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June 19: The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 19: The Tourist Development Council meets at 10 a.m. in board chambers at Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 19: The Flagler County Contractor Review Board meets at 5 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 19: Rhonda Harvey, Chief Operating Officer for SMA Healthcare, is the speaker at the Flagler Tiger Bay Club meeting starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Hammock Dunes Club in Palm Coast. Harvey will discuss navigating the landscape of behavioral healthcare, addiction and recovery and suicide prevention. Under her direction, SMA served over 26,000 clients in 2018 at fourteen locations in the four county area. $40 for non-members.
June 19: The Flagler Chamber of Commerce and Flagler Beach businesses meet to address short and long-term concerns and solutions to the A1A construction project at 8 a.m at the city commission room, 105 South 2nd Street.
June 19: The Flagler Beach Economic Development Task Force meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
June 19: Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins hosts a Community Outreach Meeting at 6 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 N US Hwy 1, Palm Coast.
June 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.
June 21: Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp, South 6th Street on the beach, Flagler Beach, starting at 9 a.m.
June 21: Senior Summer Celebration Cookout (Senior Special Event), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. Celebrate the first day of summer with a cookout at the Community Center. Hot dogs, hamburgers and fixings will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a side dish. Sign up at the front desk with the dish you are bringing. $5/person with pre-registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/seniors. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 21: 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 “Hotel Transylvania 3” (PG). $1/seniors & youth and $2/adults. More info: 386-986-4741 and www.palmcoastgov.com/movies.
June 22: New works by JJ Graham fill the gallery walls for the gallery's monthly event. Celebrate with us during JJ’s birthday month. A gourmet taco bar and drinks are included with the purchase of admission. Our live musical guest is Jake Cox. 6 p.m., 802 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Admission: $15. Parking: Overflow parking is across the street at the sheriff's operations office.
June 22: Watson Realty Corp. hosts its annual summer kick-off and family fun day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1410 Palm Coast Parkway, with firefighters, sheriff's deputies offering safety tips, games, food and music.
June 23: Bow Wow Bingo to benefit the Flagler Humane Society, $25 cost includes a fish fry, 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 53 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast.
June 24-27: Golf Summer Camp – Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m-1 p.m. at Palm Harbor Golf Club, 20 Palm Harbor Drive, Palm Coast. Learn the game of golf during these fun-filled days of short game, full swing, putting, golf etiquette, sportsmanship, and friendly competition. Open to all skill levels. Lunch, snacks, & drinks included. For ages 6-16 years. $150/week. Deadline to register is June 17. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 24-27: Tennis Summer Camp (Session 2) – Monday-Friday, 9 a.m-4pm. at Belle Terre Park, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. Tennis and so much more! Please come with athletic clothes and shoes, swimsuit (for the pool), water bottle, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and drinks. For ages 6-13 years. $175/week. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 24: 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.
June 24: 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.
June 25: 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.
June 26: 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.
June 29: 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.
June 29-20: 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 1: 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 3: Fireworks in the Park: Kick off your Independence Day celebration one day early July 3. Pack your picnic basket and bring your blanket and chairs to watch the free colorful display at Central Park at Town Center, 975 Central Ave, beginning at 9 p.m. Entertainment and food vendors will begin at 6 p.m. A patriotic ceremony starts at 7 p.m.
July 5: First Friday Garden and Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 10am 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.
July 5-7: midsummer madness"A Midsummer Night's Madness," a summer workshop production at Palm Coast's City Repertory Theatre. Tickets are $15, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Book here.


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