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

| January 9, 2018

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Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Chance of showers in the morning, then chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 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.
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Today’s jail bookings.

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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.]



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.


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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July 20: Lunch N’ Lecture Series 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. This month: “Hurricane Preparedness” with the Palm Coast Fire Department. The lecture and lunch are free, but pre-registration is required (while space available) by 11 a.m. July 18: More info: 386-986-2323.
July 20: Dive-In Movies 8 p.m. gates open and 8:30 p.m. movie at Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. Families and friends share fun watching a movie on the giant outdoor movie screen, while floating around in the pool. July’s flick is Spider-Man: Homecoming. Admission is $2 adults/$1 children. More info: 386-986-4741.
July 21: Tour de Palm Coast, leaving at 8 a.m. from Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. The “Tour” will take riders along the scenic route of St. Joe Walkway and back. No registration required. Please bring water and wear a helmet. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 21: Parks & Rec Open House 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy, NE. Enjoy a jam-packed day filled with fun for the whole family. Activities include Zumba classes, self-defense classes, group crafts, games, raffles and so much more! There is no registration for this event. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 23: Matthew Nesbitt, 44, of Palm Coast's P Section, goes on trial on eight charges, including three charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and a charge of offense against a police dog, starting with jury selection, before Judge Terence Perkins in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse, 9 a.m. (Case 2017CF001004)
July 23: Election Candidates' Hobnob hosted by the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce from 6 to 8 p.m. Free to the public. At the Palm Coast Community Center. The Flagler Hob Nob will be similar to an old fashioned political rally with an expectation of at least 400 guests attending. The purpose of Hob Nob is to give Chamber members and local residents an opportunity to meet with candidates and representatives from their campaigns on a one-to-one basis. The Chamber will invite all candidates appearing on the 2018 ballots to rent tabletop space for $150. Candidates will be assigned tables on a first come first served basis. Proceeds will support Chamber voter education and government affairs initiatives, including the organization’s 2019 Flagler Volusia Public Leadership Institute (FVPLI).
July 23: 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 25: A meeting of the 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. 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
July 27: Florida Hospital Flagler Health Screening Event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy, NE. Florida Hospital Flagler, our official Health & Wellness event partner, is offering a FREE health screening event in support of July is Parks and Recreation Month. Services will include, pulse, blood pressure, height/weight, BMI, etc. There is no registration for this event. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 27-29: The Flagler Playhouse features The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition, a production of its summer-camp students, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday bat 2 p.m. (two shows on Saturday). The Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Call the box office at 386-586-0773 or visit the website for tickets here.
July 30: dante mobleyCircuit Judge Terence Perkins sentences Dante Mobley, a sex offender found guilty of statutory rape and sentenced in 2014 to five years in prison followed by 10 years' sex-offender probation. He served his sentence, with credit for time served and 15 percent early release for good behavior, but was re-arrested on April 12 on a probation violation. Mobley, 35, a resident of 611 South Bacher Street in Bunnell, generated a series of violations, including losing his $900 court-issued tracking bracelet, a failure to report, and living within 1,000 feet of a place where children gather. Mobley has been at the county jail since his re-arrest. The sentencing is at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401.
July 30: Today at 4:30 p.m. is the deadline if you intend to change political party ahead of the primary election on Aug. 28.
Aug. 3: Flagler County Drug Court's steering and advisory committee meets at 9 a.m. in courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse.
Aug. 3: 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.
Aug. 8-9: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety CommissionThe Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meets at 8:30 a.m. for the first of two days in the fourth of seven sets of two-day meetings, with such meetings scheduled every month through November. he Florida Channel will be broadcasting the meeting and will be streaming it live here. You may submit your public comments here.
Aug. 10: The Flagler County Canvassing Board meets at 10 a.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office, Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Boulevard, Building 2, Suite 101. The agenda: Logic and Accuracy Testing of the Voting Equipment.
Aug. 10: Movies in the Park, 8 p.m. in Central Park at Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. Families will enjoy “Beauty and the Beast” on the park’s giant outdoor movie screen. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and snacks and invite your friends and neighbors to join you at this free, monthly family activity offered by Palm Coast Parks & Recreation and Flagler Schools. More info: 386-986-2323 and
Aug. 11: Motown Magic is the featured act at the free Midtown Motown Concert series at Cypress Park at the Midtown Cultural & Educational Center in Daytona Beach from 7 to 9 p.m., with Cypress Pool open for free swimming until 9 p.m. during the concert, at 981 George West Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach. Parking is available at Cypress Park.
>♦ Aug. 11: joseph colonJoseph Colon, the 34-year-old man facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of Palm Coast resident Savannah DeAngelis, 23, is scheduled for a 9 a.m. pre-trial before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. DeAngelis overdosed on drugs Colon is accused to have supplied her shortly before her death.
Aug. 15: The Flagler County Canvassing Board meets at 10 a.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office, Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Boulevard, Building 2, Suite 101. The agenda: Canvass of Vote-By-Mail Ballots.
Aug. 17: Sen. John Cronyn, the Texas Republican, is the featured speaker at Flagler County Republicans' Lincoln Day Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Hammock Beach Resort. Tickets are $100 until July 11, then $175 per person.

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