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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.
Drought Index74
The OED’s Word of the Day: Peter Principle, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


“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:


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 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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