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Tuesday Briefing: Dorothy Singer In Court, Manager Search, Wireless Palm Coast, Session 2018

| January 9, 2018

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“Wealth is necessary to great art, but wealth is disgraceful and art is unpleasant when they flourish at the expense of widespread poverty and debasing superstition; for the beautiful cannot long be divorced from the good. An aristocracy could be a beneficent repository and vehicle of manners, standards, and tastes if means could be found to keep it open to fresh talent, and to prevent it from being an agent of class privilege and vain luxury. Democracies too can accumulate wealth and dignify it with the nourishment of knowledge, letters, charity, and art; their problems lie in the hostility of immature freedom to order and discipline, the tardy development of taste in young societies, and the tendency of unmoored ability to waste itself in bizarre experiments that mistake originality for genius and novelty for beauty.”

–Will Durant, from “The Age of Louis XIV” (1963). [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: 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.

The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. It will discuss hiring an executive search firm in its search for a new city manager, based on information prepared by the existing city manager and his staff. It will also discuss a series of wireless-related issues as they apply to the city’s land codes.

The Flagler County Affordable Housing Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. in the Financial Services Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, Third Floor, Bunnell.

The Flagler County Planning and Development Board meets at 6 p.m. in Board Chambers at the Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, first floor, Bunnell. The board will consider an application for a special exception for a restaurant at 5047 North Oceanshore Boulevard in the Hammock, south of Magnolia Road, on a 25,000 square foot parcel. The restaurant would accommodate take-out but no drive-thru.

The Flagler County School Board meets in workshop at 3 p.m. in the training room on the third floor of the Government Services Building in Bunnell, at 3 p.m. Board members will discuss ratification of the latest contract with its teachers union, among other items.

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board will meet after holding committee meetings. Committees start at 10 a.m., followed by board meeting at 11 a.m., district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka.

big red bus scheduleBlood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week:

  • Tuesday: Coldwell Bankers, 211 St. Joe Plaza, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Matanzas High School, 3535 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, 8 a.m to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Panera Bread, 5880 State Road 100, Palm Coast, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: Chick fil A, 1000 Palm Coast Parkway NW, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Announcements:

Flagler Beach attorney Scott Spradley shot the following video Saturday, using his drone, of the recent sand accumulations south of the Flagler Beach Pier:

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.

SENATE GOES INTO SESSION: The Senate will convene to start the 2018 legislative session. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)

HOUSE CONVENES FOR 2018 SESSION: The House will convene to start the 2018 legislative session. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)

SCOTT GIVES STATE OF THE STATE: Gov. Rick Scott will give his annual State of the State address during a joint session of the House and Senate. The address is the traditional kickoff for the 60-day legislative session. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING TARGETED: The House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee will consider a bill (HB 33), filed by Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, and Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, that would make texting while driving a “primary” traffic offense. Currently, texting while driving is a “secondary” offense, meaning motorists can only be cited if they are pulled over for other reasons. But if it is a primary offense, police would be able to stop motorists for texting behind the wheel. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AT ISSUE: The House Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee will take up a proposal (HB 553), filed by Rep. Jake Raburn, R-Lithia, that would address a number of issues under the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

VOICE MAILS IN THE CROSSHAIRS: The House Careers & Competition Subcommittee will consider a bill (HB 315), filed by Rep. Loranne Ausley, D-Tallahassee, that would add voice-mail messages to a law that bars telephone solicitors from calling people who have previously said they do not want to be contacted. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

STATE TRAVEL UNDER MICROSCOPE: The House Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee will receive a presentation from the Department of Management Services about a statewide travel-management system. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PRO BONO HEATH CARE ENCOURAGED: The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 313) filed by Rep. Michael Grant, R-Port Charlotte, that would offer incentives for physicians to provide free care to low-income people. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

HOME SCHOOLING DISCUSSSED: The House PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 731), filed by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, that would revamp state laws about home schooling. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

INVASIVE SPECIES TARGETED: The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee will take up a bill (SB 168), filed by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, that would create a pilot program to try to help eradicate pythons and other invasive species, such as tegu lizards and lionfish. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE AT ISSUE: The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee will receive a presentation on bills passed in 2016 and 2017 that made reforms to the state’s mental-health and substance-abuse treatment systems and addressed what are known as “sober homes.” (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

BABY CHANGING TAX CREDIT CONSIDERED: The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will consider a proposal (SB 236), filed by Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, that would allow restaurants to receive tax credits of as much as $300 for installing baby-changing tables. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

DEATH PENALTY SENTENCING DEBATED: The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will take up a bill that would extend the retroactivity of a Florida Supreme Court ruling that requires jury unanimity before inmates can be sentenced to death. The Supreme Court said the requirements are retroactive to cases since 2002. The bill (SB 870), filed by committee Chairman Randolph Bracy, D-Orlando, would also apply the requirements to earlier cases. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

HOUSE TACKLES TAXES AND FEES: The House Appropriations Committee will consider a proposed constitutional amendment (HJR 7001) that would require support from two-thirds of the House and the Senate for tax or fee increases and for the imposition of any new tax or fee. The proposed constitutional amendment could go on the November ballot. (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

LOCAL TOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TARGETED: The House Ways and Means Committee will take up a bill (HB 3), filed by Rep. Michael Grant, R-Port Charlotte, that would place a series of requirements on local tourism- and economic-development agencies. (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PECO PROGRAM AT ISSUE: The Revenue Estimating Conference will consider bond rates in the Public Education Capital Outlay program, which helps pay for school building projects. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

SCOTT, PUTNAM, PATRONIS AT CHAMBER EVENT: Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis are slated to be among the speakers during a Florida Chamber Foundation “Economic Outlook Summit.” (Tuesday, event starts at 10 a.m., Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center, 555 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee.)

UTILITY ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Florida Public Service Commission will take up a series of telecommunications and electric-utility issues. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

NATIONAL ECONOMY ANALYZED: The Economic Estimating Conference will look at national economic issues. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.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:

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April 27: The Scenic A1A PRIDE Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Rd. off A1A. Committee chairman Dennis Clark is expected to discuss targeting commercial growth in the Hammock.
April 27-28: flagler sports fishing club logo22nd Annual Spring Classic Fishing Tournament, benefiting the Palm Coast chapter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). The Captains Meeting is on Friday at 7 p.m. with registration and a silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a mandatory Captain's meeting at 7 p.m. at the Beach Front Grille, 2444 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach. The Fishing Tournament is Saturday, Checkout 7 to 8 a.m. at Bing's Landing, Under the SR 100 Bridge, High Bridge, or Dunlawton Ramp. Weigh-in Location: Hidden Treasures under 100 Bridge. Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Contact Person: Chuck Radloff- (386) 569-1584. Cost is $60 for non-members ($65 after April 4/25) and $55 for member's ($60 after 4/25). Click here for the detailed flier or contact us for more info, or visit the website.
April 27-29: "South Pacific," the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, is in its final weekend at the Flagler Playhouse featuring many of the duo's most memorable songs such as Bali Ha’I, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair, There is Nothing Like A Dame, I’m In Love With a Wonderful Guy, and Some Enchanted Evening. The musical tells of two heartwarming love stories set on an island paradise during World War II, and threatened by prejudice and war. Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. The Flagler Playhouse is at 301 East Moody Blvd, Bunnell. Book online here.
April 27: Stetson University Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Hose, conductor, 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, with a Pre-concert talk by Daniil Zavlunov, musicologist, 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Tinsley Room in Presser Hall. $10 adult, $5 youth and student, no charge for 12 and younger. Tickets available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.
April 28: A1A Cleanup: Please pickup your vest, bags, and gloves and assignments at the North pavilion at Bings Landing starting at 7:30 a.m. Please drop off filled bags at the N/E corner of 16th Road and A1A. When finished, please return your vest and join us for refreshments at the North pavilion. Thanks for your help. Contact Barbara and John Harper: 386/447-5805.
April 28: motown revue“Motown, the Revue,” 3 p.m. at First Church of Palm Coast (91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast). The show will feature the sounds of Motown in a live music/dinner theater, showcasing Nathaniel Shropshire III, Drickus Horne, Francesca Scott, Jessica Rogers and LaTasha Platt. The Gospel/Jazz Cafe artists will build the chart-dominated performance. Tickets at $30 per person. Call 386/446-5759 to buy them.
April 28: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: The front lobby of the Flagler Beach Police Department will be open on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in support of “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day”. The Police Department is located at 204 South Flagler Avenue, one (1) block south of SR100 on the east side of the Moody/SR100 Bridge. This one day event will provide residents and/or visitors with a no cost, anonymous collection of unwanted and/or expired medicines and this initiative is a collaboration between your local Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This one day event supplements ongoing efforts to safely collect and dispose of prescription medications with the city's Drug Collection Unit. If you have any questions about National “Prescription Drug Take Back Day”, please feel free to contact Chief Doughney at (386) 517-2024.
April 28: Menopause, the Musical: This hilarious musical parody staged to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years. 7:40 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium, 5500 East Hwy 100, Palm Coast, call 386-437-7547. Tickets are $46.95.
April 28: 8th Annual Mutt Strutt: Race to the beach to enjoy the only day of the year that dogs are allowed on Daytona Beach's sands. This special occasion is only available to those who join Halifax Humane Society at the 8th Annual Mutt Strutt 5K at 9 a.m., with registration at 8 at the Daytona Beach Bandshell & Beach Area. Leashed and well-behaved dogs are also welcome to join the 5K fun run/walk! The entry fee for the 5K is only $5 (pre-registered, $10 on-site), but participants are encouraged to create or join a walk team to raise donations for the HHS animals. Pre-registered participants at $25/person will receive a complimentary drink ticket, a raffle ticket, and 8th Annual Mutt Strutt T-Shirt. ($30 on-site). All proceeds from the event benefit the animals of Halifax Humane Society. For more information, please contact Jennifer Horton at (386) 274-4703 ext. 328.
April 29: The 22nd Annual Taste of St. Augustine Festival: This event has grown to be the city’s premiere outdoor food festival, featuring exciting “tastes” from over 20 of St. Augustine’s famous restaurants. A live music festival all day, special children's area and a culinary marketplace add to the fun and excitement. Location: St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine, 32080. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ATasteOfStAugustine or https://www.visitstaugustine.com/event/taste-st-augustine.
May 1: WNZF marks its 10th anniversary with a celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. at the radio station, 2405 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell, with free prizes, live music, a live broadcast and food catered by the Matanzas High School culinary arts students. RSVP to maryadams@flaglerbroadcasting.com.
May 1: flagler sports fishing club logoFlagler Sportfishing Club Monthly Member Meeting: Just in time for the club's members-only surf tournament, Noel Kuhn, a Florida Pro, will be the guest speaker for the May monthly meeting. Noel is the founding member of Florida Surfcasters Club and has been surf fishing for 40 years. In addition, he is a tournament winner and a native of Jacksonville. He is also a guide for groups, families, and individuals. The quick tips speaker will be club member Ron Gorney, talking about how to catch a blue fish. Quick Tips begins at 7 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7:30 at the VFW on Old Kings Rd. in Palm Coast. See the flier here.
May 2: The window for bids closes at 2 p.m. for the sale of the Flagler County School Board's 1 Corporate Drive land off Palm Coast Parkway, as surplus property. See the legal ad here. The board has previously sought to sell the land, but without success.
May 2: flagler youth orchestra concertThe Flagler Youth Orchestra's five ensembles are all in concert at the Flagler Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for those 18 and older. Younger people pay $3. $1 of each adult ticket goes toward the auditorium's Arts in Education fund. Keep in mind, the Youth Orchestra has not increased the ticket prices. Rather, the Auditorium now charges a steep "ticketing fee" that has resulted in the higher prices. That fee does not benefit the orchestra. Buy tickets online easily here.
May 3: Farm Swap & Music Jam at the Florida Agricultural Museum: Fresh local produce, arts and crafts, soaps and oils, homemade gifts, and unique finds, Local Folk Music Jam, bring your instruments and play along. Every Thursday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Florida Agricultural Museum parking lot 7900 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast. Call 386-446-7630.
May 3: Jerry Seinfeld is at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts's Moran Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $38. 300 West Water Street, Jacksonville, book here.
May 4: First Friday Garden Walk at Washington Oaks Garden State Park at 10 a.m. Join a Ranger on the first Friday of the month at 10 a.m. for a walk through our historical gardens. Learn about the history of our park while exploring the beauty of the formal gardens. 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. Call 386-446-6783 for more information.
May 4-6: Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, 102 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL (Amelia Island). The Shrimp Festival will have over 400 booths of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, sponsors, food booths, and other vendors on display. Artistic disciplines include ceramics, jewelry, photography, metal works, woodworking, paintings and more. While the festival's waterfront activities and Kid's Fun Zone open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018, the arts and craft booths will be open on Saturday, May 5th, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
May 4-13: St. Augustine's Romanza Festivale of the Arts: An extraordinary celebration of arts and culture, the Festivale showcases St. Augustine’s music, dance, theater, art, cuisine, heritage and romance. Featured are concerts, street fairs, the Romanza Parade, plays, re-enactments, lectures, workshops, tours, exquisite dining opportunities and much more. Location: Downtown St. Augustine, 32084. For more information, visit www.visitsaintaugustine.com/topics/romanza.
May 5:Moonrise Brewry at European Village is open, busy and frothy, though not yet serving its very own beer: the license is on its way. (c FlaglerLive) Moonrise Brewing Company at Palm Coast's European Village marks its grand opening at noon with its own new beers, complementary BBQ from noon to 3 p.m., live music all day, and other festivities.
May 5: The annual Arbor Day Celebration is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. Admission and all activities and entertainment are free; refreshments and products from vendors will be available for purchase. Details are at www.palmcoastgov.com/ArborDay. Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and tree care. “Feed a Mouth, Get a Tree, Grow a Community!” is Palm Coast’s theme. Attendees can exchange canned food or pet food items for a free three-gallon native hardwood tree. Come early for the tree – one tree per household, while quantities last. Master Certified Arborist Danny Lippi of Advanced Tree Care in St. Augustine will be in the Tree Tent from 9 a.m. to noon offering free guidance on proper pruning, placement, planting and root shaving techniques. The Native Butterfly Release will be at 11 a.m. at center stage. Create pinecone bird feeders, paint wood snakes and rocks, and plant seeds for butterfly-attracting plants at the large children’s activity tent. There'll be plenty of other activities. Back by popular demand is the free paper-shredding service, so bring your old documents for professional shredding! Plan to take advantage of this hands-free, uncomplicated process as totes will be wheeled to your car to help unload your paper and bring it to a chute that dumps all of it into a shredder.
May 5-6: Fund-raising yard sale to benefit Community Cats of Palm Coast, at 17 Fernham Lane. Donations can be dropped off there anytime or contact 386-237-7690 and we can arrange a pickup. Anything but heavy furniture.
May 5: The Gridiron Cooking Challenge at EverBank Field in jacksonville, an event free and open to the public, features among other contestants Bunnell Elementary School's Chris Boykin, 11, Kameran Gordon, 12, Kaleb Perdue, 12, and Carlos Almeida, 12 (all are sixth graders). You can reserve your tickets here. The Dairy Council of Florida works with schools, health professionals, social service agencies and others to educate Floridians on the health benefits of milk and other nutrient-rich dairy foods. Dairy Council of Florida programs are funded by Florida Dairy Farmers, which represents more than 120 dairy farming families throughout the state. For more information, call 800-516-4443 or visit www.floridamilk.com.
May 6: The Rotary Club of Flagler Beach hosts the 15th Annual Cycle Flagler Ride for Rotary charity. The event supports Rotary's local and international projects. The start – or ‘kickstands up’, as well as the post-event festivities and food, will take place at the Flagler Executive Airport. The Airport is located at 201 Airport Rd, Palm Coast. Kick off is at 8 a.m. (with an optional 7 a.m. start for Century riders) at the Flagler Executive Airport and will offer a variety of ride distances ranging from 25 to 100 miles through some of the area's most scenic roads. Registration and sponsorship opportunities for both events are available at flaglerbeachrotary.org. Day before packet pickup is May 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Flagler County Executive Airport.
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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