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Thursday Briefing: Flagler Beach Library Reopening, George Wood Sentencing, Dr. Carter Wing, Vacation Rentals

| February 8, 2018

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Last week Sheriff Rick Staly recognized Dr. Morris Carter for more than 40 years of honorable and dedicated service to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and the inmates housed at the Flagler County jail, or, in the sheriff’s preferred description, the “Green Roof Inn.” Dr. Carter was presented with a plaque to commemorate his retirement, and an additional certificate of appreciation appointing him the Flagler County Detention Facility Medical Director Emeritus. The sheriff then concluded the presentation with an announcement that as of last week the Jail Medical Wing would be re-named the Dr. Morris Carter Medical Wing. ‘Dr. Morris Carter was the Jail Medical Director for over 40 years. That is half a lifetime,’ Staly said. ‘He has brought us to where we are today and has really molded the jail’s approach to medical care. Re-Naming the medical wing after him just feels right.’ In addition to serving as a doctor at the Flagler County jail for more than 40 years and medical director for Flagler County Health Department for many years, Dr. Carter has treated generations of Flagler County residents. ‘The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office thanks him for all he has done for our Sheriff’s Office and the community,’ the agency wrote in a release. (FCSO)

Today: Cooler. Areas of fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 60s inland…in the mid 60s coast. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. 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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The OED’s Word of the Day: duff, adj..
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Today’s jail bookings.

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“Public opinion can be a prairie fire. It eats up everything that opposes it; and there is the grandeur as well as the grave disadvantages of a natural catastrophe in that national unity.”

–G.K. Chesterton, from “What I Saw In America” (1922)

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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.

A grand re-reopening is scheduled for the Flagler Beach Public Library at 3 p.m., its first re-opening since it was severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew, and again by Hurricane Irma. The library is at 315 7th St S, Flagler Beach.

George Wood III of Palm Coast, 31, is sentenced following two guilty verdicts, in December and January, for escape, possessing a firearm as a felon, criminal mischief and other charges. Wood has accumulated a dozen felonies over his adult life, potentially exposing him to far more than 15 years in prison when Circuit Judge Dennis Craig sentences him at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse. See the background story here. He faces yet one more trial on an armed burglary charge, set for later this year, assuming the prosecution and the defense don’t reach a plea.

Sen. Travis Hutson, who represents Flagler County, chaired a committee hearing on a controversial vacation-rental proposal today, and voted against the measure, though it passed, 7-3. (Florida Chanlle)Vacation Rentals: The Florida Senate Regulated Industries Committee, chaired by Sen. Travis Huston, who represents Flagler County, takes up a vacation-rental bill that would pre-empt all regulations of vacation rentals to the state, eliminating local government’s regulatory role–a bill Flagler County government and Flagler Beach government oppose. The committee hearing is the second of three. Last week the Senate Community Affairs Committee approved the bill. Hutson’s committee hearing is at 12:30 p.m. Toni Jennings Committee Room, 110 Senate Office Building, and available on video here.

The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. A new police officer will be sworn in (Kayla Scott). Colleen Conklin, Flagler County school Board Member, Lynette Shott, Community Engagement Executive Director, and Carrie Baird of Flagler Cares will conclude their series of presentations to local government boards on mental health. The commission will also consider a request for a Special Exception Application to convert a single family residence and property into a private school. The property is on a Single Family Residential Zoning District at 1011 S. Daytona Avenue, Flagler Beach.

The Indian Trails Middle School Advisory Council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s media center.

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 bombing: Navy training schedules indicate that live and inert bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest, which may rattle windows in Palm Coast and Flagler County. The schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday: from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live and Inert
  • Friday: from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live and Inert
  • Saturday: from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live and Inert
  • Sunday: from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live and 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, Fla.

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

  • Friday: Chick-Fil-A, 1000 Palm Coast Parkway, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: Epic Theaters, Palm Coast, 1185 Central Ave., noon to 6 p.m.

Announcements:

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.

HOUSE HOLDS FLOOR SESSION: The House is scheduled to hold a floor session. (Thursday, 1:30 p.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)

SENATE HOLDS FLOOR SESSION: The Senate is scheduled to hold a floor session. (Thursday, 3 p.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)

FISHERY ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider a series of issues, including the 2018 Gulf red snapper season and a rule about harvesting bay scallops. (Thursday, 8:30 a.m., Florida Public Safety Institute Conference Center, 85 Academy Dr., Havana.)

CABINET HITS THE ROAD: Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will meet in Hillsborough County. (Thursday, 9 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, Bob Thomas Equestrian Center Pavilion, 4800 U.S. 301 North, Tampa.)

SUPREME COURT RELEASES OPINIONS: The Florida Supreme Court is expected to release its weekly opinions. (Thursday, 11 a.m.)

CONSTITUTION PANEL DISCUSSED IN VOLUSIA: Will Spicola, general counsel of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, is slated to speak to the Tiger Bay Club of Volusia County. (Thursday, 11:45 a.m., LPGA Clubhouse, 1000 Champions Dr., Daytona Beach.)

 

—-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.

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