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Tuesday Briefing: Special Commission Meeting, Vacation Rentals, Paul Dykes Sentencing

| January 30, 2018

Palm Coast reports that frigid temperatures did not deter the Wadsworth Elementary School 5th graders’ participation in this week’s C.H.I.R.P. events at Linear Park. The students learned about protecting our waterways and about how to help protect the various sea creatures from pollutants. (Palm Coast)

Palm Coast reports that frigid temperatures did not deter the Wadsworth Elementary School 5th graders’ participation in this week’s C.H.I.R.P. events at Linear Park. The students learned about protecting our waterways and about how to help protect the various sea creatures from pollutants. (Palm Coast)

Today: Mostly cloudy. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall in the morning. Highs in the upper 60s inland…in the mid 60s coast. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent. Tonight: Much colder. Partly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Lows in the lower 40s. 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 Index34
The OED’s Word of the Day: moodscape, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

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“Nature, as conceived by all but a small minority of Europeans in the seventeenth century, was the product or battleground of supernatural beings benevolent or malevolent, inhabiting human bodies as souls, or dwelling in trees, woods, rivers, and winds as animating spirits, or entering organisms as angels or demons, or roaming the air as mischievous elves. None of these spirits was subject to inviolable or calculable law; any of them could intervene miraculously in the operations of stones or stars, animals or men; and events not visibly due to the natural or regular behavior of bodies or minds were attributed to such supernatural powers taking a mysterious part, portentous or prophetic, in the affairs of the world. All natural objects, all planets and their denizens, all constellations and galaxies, were helpless islands in a supernatural sea.”

–Will Durant, from “The Age of Louis XIV” (1962)

Previously:

Imperfect mother | One’s stupidity | Third World | Tramps’ necessity | Stock market folly | Sunrise on America | Migrants through time | Mother tongues | Roth on age | Baudrillard’s reality | Madame de Sévigné’s fever | Public opinion | Wealth and art | Pascal’s world | Wheelies | Knausgaard on writing | Bach’s grace | Suffragette fury | Donna Tartt | Regrettable intercourse | Glory’s obscenity | Atheism v. Bach | Describing music | Dostoevsky’s truth | Clemenceau on artists | Henry Cabot Lodge | John Lennon | Homesteaders | Cakes and discrimination | 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

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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.

Paul Dykes with his attorney, Bill Bookhammer, at the end of today's hearing. (© FlaglerLive)

Paul Dykes with his attorney, Bill Bookhammer. (© FlaglerLive)

In Court: Paul Dykes Sentencing: 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, and has yet to face additional trials, possibly, on numerous charges, though defense and prosecution may reach a settlement ahead of time. 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. He was also found guilty last week of escape, and is to be sentenced on that finding on Feb. 8. See the background story here.

palm coast city logoThe Palm Coast City Council holds a special meeting at 9 a.m. at City Hall to approve an amendment to a contract for the sale of city property in Town Center, specifically, the corner property at Bulldog Drive and State Road 100, where a projected Wawa is to be located, among other businesses. The council then meets in workshop. The council will discuss its end-of-year report and strategic plan timeline, parks and recreation impact fees, the search for a new manager–the council is spending a few months on finding a search firm to conduct the search before it takes on the results of that search itself to narrow down its search options–and will discuss the first lease for a new cell tower under a novel arrangement the council just approved to fast-track just such leases. That tower would be on Corporate Drive.

Vacation rentals: The Senate Community Affairs Committee is expected to consider a proposal that would combine two bills (SB 1400 and SB 1640) that deal with the regulation of vacation rental properties. Those bills are filed by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, and Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, respectively. 10 a.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.

The Flagler County Commission holds a special meeting to ratify an emergency order waiving rules and protocols for procurement services related to the installation of an emergency protective berm and a seawall in the Painters Hill area, at 1 p.m. at the Government Services Building in Bunnell. See the full background here.

entrepreneur night logoThe First Entrepreneur Night of 2018 is at a brand new venue in Palm Coast: Moonrise Brewing Company, at European Village, at 5:30 p.m. Expect complimentary appetizers, cash-bar, hundreds of people to meet, and free admission. Small-business owners, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs all welcome. Entrepreneur Night is a grassroots event for and by entrepreneurs, presented by Office Divvy of Palm Coast.

Florida Humanities Speaker Series at Stetson University: Presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with Stetson University, the Florida Humanities Speaker Series continues with “Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment,” featuring Peggy Macdonald, Ph.D., executive director, Matheson History Museum in Gainesville, Florida. Part of a series of four engaging talks on various aspects of Florida’s environmental history this event will provide audiences with an inspirational message about the power a small group of committed citizens can have to defend Florida’s environment. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center, 529 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, Florida, 32723. This event is free and open to the public. A native Floridian, Macdonald has taught history at Stetson University, Florida Polytechnic University, Indian River State College and the University of Florida. Her recent book, Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment, won Honorable Mention in Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award contest in Women’s Studies. She writes articles on local history for Gainesville Magazine, Our Town Magazine, Senior Times Magazine and Examiner.com.

An F/A-18C Super Hornet like the ones used in bombing runs on a range in the Ocala National Forest. (Shawn J. Stewart/US Navy)

An F/A-18C Super Hornet like the ones used in bombing runs on a range in the Ocala National Forest. Click on the image for larger view. (Shawn J. Stewart/US Navy)

Live and inert Navy bombing training this week: Navy training schedules indicate that live and inert bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest. When the winds blow this way, windows may rattle. Bombing is scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Live
  • Tuesday: 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Inert
  • Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Live
  • Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Inert
  • Thursday: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.- Inert

During bombing periods wildlife may be temporarily displaced. Use extra caution when driving through the Ocala National forest and surrounding areas. Secure any items around your residence that could attract wildlife. Always be mindful of larger animals including black bears and practice bearwise measures.
The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville.

The Ultimate tribute to Elvis, at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., a multi-media and live musical journey across Elvis’ life. His iconic style, embraced by many of today’s artists, continues to intrigue audiences of all generations. Featuring finalists from the annual international Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, audiences “Can’t Help Falling In Love”® with this phenomenal theatrical concert experience. Adult $49.95, Youth $39.95. Call the box office at 386.437.7547.

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

  • Tuesday: Moe’s Southwest Grill, Island Walk Shopping Center, 250 Palm Coast Parkway NE, from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Banfield Pet Hospital, 5270 State Road 100, Palm Coast, 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Fantastic Sams, Target Shopping Center, 5200 State Road 100 Suite 103B, Palm Coast, 110 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday: CVS Pharmacy 1 Old Kings Road South, Palm Coast, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Palm Coast Farmer’s Market at European Village, 101 Palm Harbor Parkway, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Announcements:

flagler chamber of commerceLeadership Flagler Class 25: Application Deadline is Wednesday at 5 p.m.: Leadership Flagler, a program of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, develops leaders to maximize their ability and desire to become involved and help Flagler County thrive. The three-month program focuses on several aspects of the community including: business, government, health & human services, art & culture, agriculture and growth management. Through education and networking, Leadership Flagler provides tools and experiences necessary to the development of well-rounded community leaders. $385 for members, $535 for non-members. Contact the Chamber’s Heather Edwards by email here. See the application here.

Prescribed Burn in Putnam County: The Florida Highway Patrol continues to monitor a controlled burn in the area of SR 19 near CR 310 in Putnam County. Motorists are encouraged to use caution when traveling in these areas. Visibility may deteriorate quickly due to smoke/fog type conditions, especially during the night time and early morning hours. Motorists are reminded to reduce their speed as necessary to avoid a collision and utilize their low beam headlights in order to adapt to changing weather conditions.

Bunnell Street Paving: Bunnell will be resurfacing a few streets during the hours of 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM beginning Monday, February 5, 2018 through Saturday, February 10, 2018 (weather permitting). The following streets will be impacted by paving crews:

N. Chapel St (from E. Woodland St. to E. Howe St.)
N. Orange St (from E. Howe St to E. Moody Blvd.)
N. Lemon St. (from Howe St. to E. Moody Blvd.)
N. Fig St. (from Howe St. to E. Moody Blvd.)
N. Peach St. (from E. Lambert St. to E. Moody Blvd.)
E. Woodland St. from US 1 to SR 100 W

Access to the roads being worked on will be limited during the vendor’s regular working hours of 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Residents along scheduled streets are asked; to ensure no vehicles, boats, trailers, etc. are left in the roadway during these hours. Prior to the resurfacing, please refrain from placing debris in the roadway for City pickup. Also make sure your sprinklers are turned off from 2:00 am to 7:00 pm. The day after the road is surfaced, these items can return to normal. Questions about this project or the schedule should be directed to the City of Bunnell Public Works Department at 386-437-7515.

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.

FREE EXPRESSION BILL GETS HEARD: The House Civil Justice & Claims Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 909), filed by Rep. Bob Rommel, R-Naples, and Rep. Chuck Clemons, R-Newberry, that is dubbed the “Campus Free Expression Act.” In part, it would bar state universities and colleges from restricting activities such as guest speakers to particular areas of campus and designating free-speech zones. (Tuesday, 8 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

‘HOPE SCHOLARSHIP’ PROGRAM DEBATED: The House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 1), filed by Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Naples, that would create the “Hope Scholarship” program, which would offer voucher-like scholarships to students who have been bullied or suffered other abuses in public schools. The students could use the scholarships to attend private schools. (Tuesday, 8 a.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

(Bill Taroli)

‘HEALTHY MARRIAGE’ GUIDE PROPOSED: The House Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee and the Senate Judiciary Committee will take proposals (HB 1323 and SB 1580), filed by Rep. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, and Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, that would lead to the creation of a “Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage.” (Tuesday, House subcommittee, 8:30 a.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, Senate committee, 2 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

FIRST RESPONDERS PTSD ADDRESSED: The House Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 227), filed by Rep. Matt Willhite, D-Wellington, and Rep. Rene Plasencia, R-Orlando, that would help provide workers’ compensation benefits to first responders who suffer from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PANEL ROLLS OUT GAMBLING BILL: The House Tourism & Gaming Control Subcommittee will discuss a proposal (PCB TGC 18-01) that deals with a wide range of gambling issues, including a new gambling agreement, known as a compact, with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

NURSING HOME EMERGENCY POWER CONSIDERED: The Senate Health Policy Committee will consider a proposal (SB 1874), filed by Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, that would require the Agency for Health Care Administration to have rules about emergency power supplies for nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. The proposal comes after the deaths of residents of a Broward County nursing home that lost its air-conditioning system in Hurricane Irma. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

CONDO SPRINKLERS DEBATED: The House Careers & Competition Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 1061), filed by Rep. George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale, that would revise requirements for fire-sprinkler systems in condominium buildings. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

WORK REQUIREMENTS ON TABLE: The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 751), filed by Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, that would increase penalties for beneficiaries who do not comply with work requirements in the Temporary Cash Assistance program. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

DRIVER LICENSE SUSPENSIONS ADDRESSED: The House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 1095), filed by Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, that would make a series of changes related to driver-license suspensions and revocations. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

SCHOOL BOARD TERM LIMITS EYED: The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will take up a proposed constitutional amendment (SJR 194), filed by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, that would impose term limits on county school boards. Members of the boards would be limited to two four-year terms. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

RECORDS EXPUNCTION PROPOSED: The House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 1065), filed by Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, that would expand eligibility for court-ordered expunction of records for people who have been found not guilty of crimes. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

SPECIAL PRIMARY ELECTION HELD: A Democratic primary election will be held in Palm Beach County’s Senate District 31, which former Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, vacated after disclosures about an extramarital affair. Democrats Lori Berman and Arthur Morrison are running in the primary, with the winner facing Republican Tami Donnally in an April 10 special general election.

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:

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Aug. 16: GTM's 20th Anniversary Celebration, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Princess Place Preserve, 2500 Princess Place Rd., Palm Coast, and GTM Research Reserve Visitor Center, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. The celebration will begin with a boat tour from Usina boat ramp in Ponte Vedra Beach ending at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, highlighting several GTM projects along the Guana and Tolomato rivers. After lunch at Princess Place, education and the coastal training program staff will give an overview of plankton samples collected from Pellicer Creek and a visit through the estuary with virtual reality headsets. Afterwards, the research staff will guide you through sediment elevations (SET) sites located in Pellicer Creek Aquatic Preserve. Next, practice using SET techniques in a culinary treat. The event will conclude with a reception and other activities at GTM Research Reserve Visitor Center in Ponte Vedra Beach. To confirm attendance, email Patrician Price at patrician.d.price@FloridaDEP.gov or call 904-823-4506.
Aug. 16: The Flagler school district's Earl Johnson, a senior administrator, throws the first pitch at a Daytona Tortugas baseball game at 7 p.m.
Aug. 17: Bimonthly cleanup of Belle Terre Parkway, from the public library to Banton Lane. If you want to help, please meet in the library parking lot by 7 a.m. -- the side of the parking lot facing Belle Terre. All supplies provided. Wear appropriate clothing (flip flops and open sandals are not a good idea) sun screen, bug spray, a hat -- other clothes are a good idea too. Bagels and coffee afterward at host's house.
Aug. 17: Flagler Pier Fishing Tournament, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. For any questions, please contact the Pier bait shop at 386-517-2436.
Aug. 17: flagler playhouse logoThe first ever evening of Improv fun and games at the Flagler Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. The host for the evening will be Teresa Harris. You may know her as a Playhouse newcomer (The Glass Menagerie, It's a Wonderful Life), but you may not know that Teresa (along with husband Milt) are the founders of The Attention Deficient Players, an almost famous improv troupe from Atlanta. (OK, it was outside the perimeter (OTP), but it was a big deal.) The style of improv for this initial foray will be totally made up by the audience. Guests can choose to participate (by putting their name in a hat) or just sit back and enjoy. Teams will be brought up at random and given suggestions from the audience. Sketches will include favorites from TV such as; Scenes from a Hat, Worlds Worst, Questions Only, Sound Effects, plus a few that Teresa makes up - remember it's IMPROV! The show is in the New Lounge.
Since this show may contain adult comedy, guests must be at least 16 years old. Admission is $5. Cash only or credit cards online. For more info, contact Milt Harris,vicepresident@flaglerplayhouse.com
Aug. 19: The East Flagler Mosquito Control District board meets at 10 a.m. at the district’s offices, 10 Airport Executive Drive (off Belle Terre Boulevard), Palm Coast.
Aug. 20: Palm Coast government hosts a "stakeholder" meeting at the Palm Coast Community Center from 4 to 7 p.m. "to receive input from these stakeholders regarding their business dealings with the City of Palm Coast’s Community Development Department," according to the Homebuilders Association's website. The city is calling it an "open forum." A city spokesperson said the homebuilders are "not co-hosting anything and they shouldn’t have used our logo on their materials without our permission" (see the homebuilders' notice to the right, and the city's informational card here). "They are very much invited as part of the general public," the spokesman said, describing the invitation to the public as an effort to get "feedback from the community regarding our approach to building and development related permitting, process, and customer service. The guidance you provide will help chart a path forward and lead to new innovative approaches to move these divisions forward as a partner and resource for the community. Our primary objective is to listen to you, not for you to hear us." The city will host a related "development forum" on Sept. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. Those unable to attend may contribute their comments by email to planningdivision@palmcoastgov.com or by calling 386-986-3736. (An initial notice in this space, updated on August 10, incorrectly noted that the city had not posted the event on its website. It had done so by Aug. 8.)
Aug. 20: Palm Coast government hosts the second of two informational meetings on its enhanced stormwater management program from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. City staff will share details about the Master Plan now under way, explain the new approach being taken, and discuss immediate priorities for improving the drainage system. Fire Chief Jerry Forte will also briefly highlight hurricane preparedness efforts by the City and share some helpful take-away tips. Refreshments will be provided. The enhanced, comprehensive stormwater management plan to improve the drainage system city-wide launched this past spring, and projects will be ongoing for several years. The plan will address drainage issues resulting from an aging infrastructure and years of growth. The Master Plan takes a big-picture look at the swales, ditches, canals, water control structures, pipes, and drainage basins and how they work together to protect homes and businesses from flooding. New solutions will focus more on the ditches and freshwater canals and will have a greater long-term impact on improving the drainage system across Palm Coast. Attendees may enjoy Food Truck Tuesday in Town Center. Stormwater experts who will be on hand for questions, Customer Service technicians will be available to assist in providing updates to previously made swale requests and educate the public on Palm Coast Connect, the City’s new citizen engagement tool. You can report concerns or access the growing Information Center - or you can register and track the progress of how your concern is handled. Palm Coast Connect is online at www.palmcoastconnect.com - and the free app is now available in both the Apple and Google Play App Stores.
Aug. 20: Food Truck Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave, Palm Coast. Purchase and enjoy delicious cuisine available from food trucks situated along Park Street next to Central Park. Free entertainment is also provided. Proceeds from each Food Truck Tuesday benefit a local organization whose work supports children and families. This month’s beneficiary: Palm Coast Arts Foundation. More info: www.palmcoast.gov.com/foodtruck or call 386-986-2323.
Aug. 21: The Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 N. US HWY 1, Palm Coast (just north of Whiteview Parkway). Come and join other progressive Democrats to discuss local, state and national issues, and propose actions to influence elected leaders. The Forum is open and informal and all opinions and ideas are welcomed. This is your opportunity to meet and lend your voice and knowledge to people who share your values. For more information, contact Mike Cocchiola, palmcoastdemocraticclub@gmail.com. The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.


Aug. 22: The Flagler Tiger Bay Club invites the community to a wine tasting event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center. The annual event, open to the public, is an opportunity for club members and guests to mingle while sampling private label Flagler Tiger Bay Club wines, enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by Hammock Wine & Cheese and entertainment provided by the Flagler Youth Orchestra. The evening will include a meet and greet with the newly elected board of directors for current and prospective club members, while unveiling the club’s future speakers, and the launch of the Flagler Tiger Bay Club Young Tiger Program in conjunction with Flagler Schools, according to Greg Davis, president of the Flagler Tiger Bay Club. “Flagler Tiger Bay Club has earned a reputation for bringing in top speakers, the likes seldom seen in Flagler County, while presenting and discussing engaging subjects that impact our lives nationally, statewide and locally,” Davis said. “People come together of different political persuasions and engage in civil, thoughtful discussions during our meetings." Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway. Tickets: General Admission, $20. Registration closes August 19. Flagler Tiger Bay Club Private Label Wine Pre-Orders and Tickets at www.flaglertigerbayclub.com
Aug. 22: gary bowles homophobic serial killerThe execution of Gary Ray Bowles is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke. Bowles murdered six people in 1994. He is serving life sentences in the murders of John Roberts in Daytona Beach and Albert Morris in Nassau County, and is being killed for the murder of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville. See the background story here.
Aug. 23: Friends of Music Celebration: Stetson University's 2019-2020 Season Premiere Concert, Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
Aug. 23: Rick Shaefer water crossing"Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy" Exhibit, with an opening, free reception from 6-8 p.m. at Stetson University's Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center, 139 E Michigan Ave, DeLand. In 2018, the number of people who had been forcibly coerced to leave their home and country as a result of persecution, violence or human rights violations worldwide reached 70.8 million, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The number of people displaced increased by 2.3 million people from the previous year, a record high. Artist Rick Shaefer's reaction to the international refugee crisis is featured in his large-scale, charcoal triptych drawings that portray people of ancient times fleeing by land or water and experiencing the conflicts at borders in three thematic, panel scenes. Stetson University's Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center will display 20 of Shaefer's charcoal-and-pencil drawings in "Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy" exhibit, Aug. 16-Oct. 14, with an opening-night reception on Aug. 23.Exhibits at the Hand Art Center are free and open to the public.
Aug. 26: 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.
Aug. 27: 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.
Aug. 28: palm coast democratic clubThe Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 N. US HWY 1, Palm Coast (just north of Whiteview Parkway). Come and join other progressive Democrats to discuss local, state and national issues, and propose actions to influence elected leaders. The Forum is open and informal and all opinions and ideas are welcomed. This is your opportunity to meet and lend your voice and knowledge to people who share your values. For more information, contact Mike Cocchiola, palmcoastdemocraticclub@gmail.com. The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.
Aug. 28: 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.
Aug. 28: Faculty Recital: Kathy Thomas, French horn with Sovereign Brass Union. This 12-piece brass ensemble will be a treat to your ears: Gabrieli, Strauss, Bach and more. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. Free.
Aug. 29: Economic development: the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce hosts a Common Ground breakfast focusing on the county's economic development efforts, with three speakers: County Administrator Jerry Cameron, Tourism Executive Director Amy Lukasik, and Economic Development Executive Director Helga van Eckert. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., breakfast at 8, the event lasts through about 9:15 a.m. Hilton Garden Inn Palm Coast, 55 Town Center Blvd. Palm CoastMembers can preregister for $25, non-members for $35. Contact Melinda Rivera, 386-206-0952 or by Email, melinda@flaglerchamber.org
Aug. 30: Florida Health Care Plans Brunch Club, 9-10:30 a.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. Florida Health Care Plans presents their Blues Brunch Club as well as helpful information on topics that might affect you. Bring your favorite board game or play one provided by FHCP while enjoying brunch! Free, but registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/seniors. More info: 386-986-2323.

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    In Florida and in State Government (God’s taxes at work – a religious hypocrite’s work is never done):

    ‘HEALTHY MARRIAGE’ GUIDE PROPOSED: The House Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee and the Senate Judiciary Committee will take proposals (HB 1323 and SB 1580), filed by Rep. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, and Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, that would lead to the creation of a “Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage.” (Tuesday, House subcommittee, 8:30 a.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, Senate committee, 2 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

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