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| January 17, 2018

Florida Hospital Flagler's John Subers, center, in the pink shirt, presenting the $14,448 check raised by this year's Pink Army run for breast cancer awareness and treatment locally. The presentation was before the Palm Coast City Council this morning. (Palm Coast)

Florida Hospital Flagler’s John Subers, center, in the pink shirt, presenting the $14,448 check raised by this year’s Pink Army run for breast cancer awareness and treatment locally. (Last year’s check was $9,554.) The presentation was before the Palm Coast City Council this morning. (Palm Coast)

Today: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Colder. Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 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 Index5
The OED’s Word of the Day: biggity, adj. (and adv.).
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


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“Yes, in just a matter of months I’ll depart old age to enter deep old age — easing ever deeper daily into the redoubtable Valley of the Shadow. Right now it is astonishing to find myself still here at the end of each day. Getting into bed at night I smile and think, “I lived another day.” And then it’s astonishing again to awaken eight hours later and to see that it is morning of the next day and that I continue to be here. “I survived another night,” which thought causes me to smile once more. I go to sleep smiling and I wake up smiling. I’m very pleased that I’m still alive. Moreover, when this happens, as it has, week after week and month after month since I began drawing Social Security, it produces the illusion that this thing is just never going to end, though of course I know that it can stop on a dime. It’s something like playing a game, day in and day out, a high-stakes game that for now, even against the odds, I just keep winning. We will see how long my luck holds out.”

–Philip Roth, in a Jan. 16 interview with The New York Times.

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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.

The Flagler Beach Economic Development Task Force meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall.

The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.

The Tourist Development Council, meeting, scheduled for today, is once again cancelled, as it has been most months recently.

The Flagler County Contractor Review Board meets at 5 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.

The Palm Coast Planning Board meets at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The board will look at the city’s floodplain ordinance.

Correction: The annual Flagler School District Spelling Bee, originally listed here as being tonight, is actually scheduled for Thursday evening at Wadsworth Elementary. 

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).

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

  • Wednesday: Flagler County Schools Transportation Department, 5400 State Road 100, Palm Coast, from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Saturday: Cupcake Cafe, 604 East Moody Boulevard, #8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: Flagler Home and Lifestyle Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Announcements:

Flagler Playhouse Auditions for “South Pacific” to be held on Sunday, January 28 and Monday, January 29, at 6 p.m. at the playhouse. Performances are April 13 through April 29. Audition Requirements: Ages 16 and up, except where specifically noted below. All Roles are open. All ethnicities are urged to audition. Requirements:
Prepare a song from musical theatre – 24-32 bars is OK. Preferably sung to accompaniment on a CD or iPhone. Everyone should come dressed to move; there will be a dance audition. Leads and featured players will be asked to read from the script.
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
Ensign Nellie Forbush – Mezzo (a-d) – a feisty but somewhat naive nurse from Arkansas. A bit of a tomboy with an optimistic outlook.
Emile de Becque – Baritone (a-e’) – a mature, sophisticated, wealthy French planter.
Lt. Joseph Cable, USMC – Tenor (d-g) – a handsome and intelligent Lieutenant with a bright future.
Luther Billis – Baritone (G-g) – a lovable character who provides much needed comic relief! Lacks respect for authority.
Bloody Mary – any ethnicity actress is needed to play this role – Mezzo – (g-f) – a shrewd merchant native of the island.
Liat – Bloody Mary’s beautiful daughter – any ethnicity actress required (age 15-19). Spoken role. She steals the heart of Joe Cable.
Ngana – mezzo – de Becque’s young daughter – age 8-14 – Mixed ethnicity
Jerome – mezzo – de Becque’s young son – age 8-14. Mixed ethnicity
Henri – deBeque’s servant – Asian Pacific Islander (male or female) – spoken.
Capt. George Brackett, USN – Commanding Officer.
Cmdr. William Harbison, USN – Brackett’s right hand.

South Pacific requires a strong and vibrant ensemble of singers, dancers and actors. There are many supporting roles which will be cast from the ensemble.
Nurses – female teens and adults.
Sailors – male teens and adults.
“Stewpot” George Watts – baritone – Carpenter’s Mate, second class.
“Professor” – A sailor and Luther’s co-hort.
Lt. Buzz Adams, a pilot.
Bob McCaffrey, radio operator.
Ensign Dinah Murphy, a nurse and Nellie’s best friend.
Ensign Janet MacGregor, a nurse.
Officers

For further information, please email us at info@flaglerplayhouse.com, or call 386-313-5876. We’d love to hear from you! Yes, you can do this!

It's a wonder it stayed standing, or maybe not: the Flagler Beach Pier is more resilient than we know, and Saturday residents came out in force to Cheer at the Pier and celebrate the Flagler Centennial, the first time the pier has been open to so many people since it had to close after being damaged by Hurricane Matthew. Its eastern end is still off limits: it's not even there, and it won't be for a long time yet, but pier repairs are progressing, and the structure should fully functional by the end of May. (c FlaglerLive)

The 2016 Cheer at the Pier was a success. (c FlaglerLive)

Attention Local Businesses: Participate at Cheer at the Pier: The Flagler Beach Museum’s annual celebration will take place on Saturday, April 14th from 2 to 5 p.m. on the Flagler Beach Pier. Attendees will enjoy “Sips and Samples” provided by local restaurants. Live entertainment (to be announced) will perform throughout the afternoon. Tickets will be available soon, please check the museum’s website for updates. Participating restaurants and business partners have the potential to reach over 500 potential clients. For information about participating, sponsoring, or attending, call Denise Collins, event coordinator, at (386) 283-0530 or Teri Pruden, Director at (386) 439-6262 or email: museumdenise@outlook.com

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.

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETS: The State Board of Education is slated to meet at the Capitol. Among the issues will be a proposed rule for the new “schools of hope” program, which is expected to lead to the creation of charter schools near low-performing traditional public schools. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

CITRUS COMMISSION MEETS: The Florida Citrus Commission will meet in Polk County. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Florida Department of Citrus, 605 East Main St., Bartow.)

KIDCARE PROGRAM CONSIDERED: The Social Services Estimating Conference will analyze expenditures in the KidCare subsidized health-insurance program. (Wednesday, 9:15 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

REGULATORS LOOK AT NEED FOR FPL PLANT: The state Public Service Commission will hold a hearing about a plan by Florida Power & Light to build a new power plant in Broward County. The commission will decide whether to approve a “determination of need” for the plant. (Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, 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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May 23: The Flagler County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meets at 10 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, Bunnell.
May 23: The Sea Colony Homeowners Association Board presents a talk on dune protection: History and Future Challenges, 7 p.m. at the Sea Colony Clubhouse. Steve Davis and David Eckert have been looking at some of the challenges facing our coastline in recent times and what's ahead. Davis, by trade, is an architect and has helped organize the sea wall group in the Painter's Hill area. Eckert is a retired chemical engineer and spearheaded the Hammock Dunes HOA FEMA protective dunes project post Hurricane Matthew. [NOTE: The event is at capacity as of May 15.]
May 23: Corporate 1: 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 23: 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 www.compassionatefriends.org.
May 24: An early-release day for students in Flagler County schools.
May 24: The Flagler County Economic Opportunity Advisory Council meets at 9 a.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell. Ralph Santore, of Santore and Sons, the fireworks company, will be speaking, as will several officials from Florida Hospital Flagler, including Kathy Gover, Chief Nursing Officer. Michael Sznapstajler of the Cobb Cole lawfirm will give an update on Brownfields.
May 24: Palm Coast's Beautification Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The committee will discuss landscaping projects on Whiteview and Palm Harbor parkway medians.
May 24: The Flagler County Youth Center is sponsoring the twelfth annual “Spotlight on Flagler Youth” Variety Show at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium. The event will crown Flagler County’s Youth Entertainer of the Year in the Senior Division, 9th -12th Grade, Junior Division 6th -8th Grade, and Elementary Division for K-5th grades. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and youths, and $3 for students. Additional information, call Cheryl Massaro, Director Flagler County Youth Center, at 386/437-7540, extension 5101.
May 24: Celebrate Pastels with Jan Jackson, a free program at the Flagler County Art League, open to all. You will learn about why the impressionists were so fond of this tactile medium and how it has evolved as a fine arts medium. We're not talking "chalk" here but rather about a beautiful, rich art medium that may have escaped your notice, but will be on your radar screen after this. Jan Jackson is a professional Southwest artist, now residing in Palm Coast. For several years she owned Dreamscapes Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She continues to show her work at galleries in New Mexico. Jan holds degrees in fine Art and Art History and a Masters Degree in Education. Join us for some refreshments and conversation at 6:30.at the league's galleries, City Marketplace, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast. Call 386-986-4668 for information.
May 24: The Flagler County Economic Development Department and Flagler County government host a ground-breaking on a 40,000 square-foot "spec" building to be built by Beutlich Development at that company's expense, with hops of finding one or more companies to fill the space. Beutlich got a $90,000 taxpayer subsidy through the county for the project. The groundbreaking is at 2 p.m. at 7 Otis Stone Hunter Roiad in Bunnell. See: "Flagler Awards $90,000 Subsidy to Company, Secret For Now, to Construct “Spec” Building."
May 24: flagler beach city commission logoThe Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. See the full agenda and background materials here. Flagler Beach Police Detective Williams, after 23 years with the department, is sworn-out as she goes into retirement. Commissioners will approve a revised evaluation form for their attorney and manager. They are expected to approve a site plan for a new motel parking lot at 1204 South Ocean Shore Boulevard, and discuss the future of the Montessori school at 800 South Daytona Avenue. Commissioners are also expected to approve, on second reading, an ordinance establishing the customary use of beaches by the public in front of private properties.
May 25: Last day of school in the Flagler County district, and an early-release day.
May 25: The Scenic A1A Pride Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Road. Committee chairman Dennis Clark will discuss targeting commercial growth in the Hammock, and the committee will review membership goals, local projects and committee reports. The public is welcome. For information call 386-225-8812 or email ScenicA1A@gmail.com.
May 25-27: American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class to achieve certification as a lifeguard or to become a swim instructor at Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool at 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. The Lifeguard Certification Class on Friday is from 4-8 p.m., and the Saturday and Sunday classes from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The purpose is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Participants must be age 15 or older. The $300 fee includes books, CPR mask and certification fee. Class size is limited, so register early at www.palmcoastgov.com/register. For more information, call Frieda Zamba Pool at 386-986-4741.
May 26: Luncheon at the Holden House, hosted by the Flagler County Historical Society, starting at noon, 204 E Moody Blvd, Bunnell, with a history tralk at 1 p.m. and museum and annex tours at 1:30 to 2 p.m. Sisco Deen, the historian and genealogist, with speak on the history of Bunnell, and historian Bill Ryan will speak on the Flagler area's plantation system in the 17th through the 19th centuries. RSVP to Randy Jaye so the organizers can know how much food and drinks to buy: Call or Text: 407-497-5755, or Email: randyjaye@gmail.com.
May 26: Join the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra as we celebrate Memorial Day and honor those in the U.S. military who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedom. Hear your favorite patriotic songs from the Star-Spangled Banner to themes of great branches of our military. It promises to be one of the most inspiring events of the season. Nathan Aspinall, Associate Conductor. 8 p.m., at Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water Street, Suite 200, Jacksonville. Ticket Office: 904-354-5547, or go here for tickets online, and check out the Jacksonville Symphony's 2018-19 guide.
May 28: Memorial Day: government offices, schools and banks are closed.
May 28: Memorial Day Ceremony, 8 a.m. at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy., Palm Coast, a tribute to those who have lost their lives while serving their country. Rain location: Fire Station 21, 9 Corporate Drive, Palm Coast. More info: 386-986-2300.
May 29: Graduation ceremonies for Matanzas and Flagler Palm Coast High Schools at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. Matanzas is at 3 p.m., FPC at 7 p.m.
May 31:
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Jim Tager. (Flagler Chamber)

Common Ground Breakfast hosted by the Flagler Chamber of Commerce focuses on education in Flagler, with panelists Jim Tager, the school superintendent, Tom LoBasso, President of Daytona State College, and Renee Stauffacher, Director of Flagler Technical Institute, starting with registration at 7:30 and breakfast at 8 a.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd
Palm Coast. Members can preregister for $25, Guests & future members can attend for $35. The chamber is no longer accepting walkups. To pre-register, send an email to Heather Edwards at the chamber, at heather@flaglerchamber.org.
May 31: Flagler County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin and School Board member Andy Dance, both of whom are running for re-election, hold a town hall meeting at Hidden Trails Community Center, 6108 Mahogany Blvd. in Daytona North, also known as the Mondex, at 6 p.m.
June 1: william-schwarzWilliam G. Schwarz, the 54-year-old man facing two DUI manslaughter charges in the death of Kathleen J. Boos, 66, and her brother-in-law Carl Boos, 67, in march 2016, is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Schwarz agreed to a plea at the 11th hour on April 16, just before his trial was set to begin.
June 1: Flagler Volunteer Services hosts a Hurricane Preparedness Breakfast and Information Fair at 8 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd, Palm Coast, with speakers from a variety of different State and Local Agencies sharing information on being prepared as well as a panel discussion. Tickets are $20 including breakfast and disaster preparedness bag. Call the office to get your tickets: 386-597-2950 or email flaglervolunteer@cfl.rr.com. Email at judyfvs@cfl.rr.com.
June 1: 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.
June 4: The Flagler County Commission holds a budget workshops in preparation for the 2018-19 budget, 1 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Building 3, Bunnell.
June 5: Chess on the Porch (and backgammon, if you insist): The Humidor at European Village hosts an open chess evening starting at 6 p.m. Anyone and everyone welcome. Bring your chessboard if you have one. Last month a 14 year old went undefeated. Come teach him a lesson. Great beer and wine, plus cigars. 101 Palm Harbor Pkwy, Palm Coast.
June 6: Emergency responders and PTSD: Nearly two years since the Pulse tragedy, 90.7 WMFE, ProPublica and the Orlando Public Library are hosting an event examining the impact of PTSD in the community. The event, held at the library’s Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center, will dive into the way PTSD affects first responders and their families, as well as how the city’s police and fire departments handle the disorder in their ranks and whether Florida’s new bill providing disability benefits for impacted first responders goes far enough to remedy the immense needs. 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando.

For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
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