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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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–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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July 15: The Flagler County Commission meets at 5 p.m. at the Government Services Building. Commissioners are expected to decide whether and how to require Clerk of Court Tom Bexley to make 5,000 additional square feet of space available to the sheriff at the courthouse, following on a commission vote to that effect in May, and a July 3 letter from the administration, prompted by a commissioner, specifying the amount of space and a deadline of July 31. Commissioners are also expected to make another decision in the land-use change regarding the Beachwalk development in the Hammock, which has secured most of its regulatory allowances so far. Hammock residents oppose the density of the development along Jungle Hut Road.
July 15: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.
July 15: Alateen, part of Al-Anon Family Groups, is for teens bothered by someone else’s drinking. The group meets at 8 p.m. every Monday at Advent Health, 60 Memorial Medical Parkway, Palm Coast, at the south entrance, in meeting room “D”. Al-Anon meets same time. For more information about Alateen or Al-Anon, call toll free 1-888-4AL-ANON, or visit www.al-anon.org.
July 16: The Palm Coast City Council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council will get a presentation from Sheriff's Chief Mark Strobridge, on behalf of Sheriff Rick Staly, who is asking the city to fund an additional six deputies. The city added five deputies in 2017 to its contract with the sheriff. Council members have so far been uninterested in adding more deputies this year. The council will also consider approval of a land use change to accommodate AdventHealth's planned emergency room for the Matanzas Woods Parkway area, and will consider adopting next year's proposed (and tentative) tax rate.
July 16: The Flagler County Economic Opportunity Advisory Council meets at 9 a.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell. Robin King, President, CareerSource Flagler Volusia, is presenting.
July 16: The The Flagler County School Board meets in workshop at 1 p.m. in training room 3 on the third floor of the Government Services Building, Bunnell, and at 6 p.m. in a meeting in board chambers at the GSB. At the workshop, board members are expected to have a discussion about how to proceed over the next few months to replace Superintendent Jim Tager, who has announced his retirement next June.
July 16 : Flagler Beach's Beach Management Plan Ad-Hoc Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall.
July 16: Food Truck Tuesday, 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: Parks & Recreation Scholarships. More info: www.palmcoast.gov.com/foodtruck or call 386-986-2323.
July 17: The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell. The committee hears a land use amendment for The Gardens, the planned development straddling John Anderson Highway that would bring 3,966 homes and apartment units to the area over a generation. The proposal is generating controversy. See the developer's perspective here, and the account of a town meeting on the development here.
July 17: The Tourist Development Council meets at 10 a.m. in board chambers at Government Services Building, Bunnell.
July 17: The Palm Coast Planning and Land Development Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center.
July 17: The Flagler Beach Economic Development Task Force meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
July 18: 2019 Beach Bash on the Pier, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Flagler Beach Fishing Pier. Join the Flagler County Chamber and the Flagler Beach Area Council for the 6th Annual Beach Bash on the Pier (formerly known as Peers on the Pier)! This awesome summertime event will offer food, fun, door prize drawings, an amazing view, beach vibe music provided by Surf 97.3FM and great company on the historic Flagler Beach pier. Guests will be given passports to visit all vendors on the pier and are encouraged to learn more about the local businesses that set up shop to showcase the services they offer. Guests turn in their completed passports for prize drawings that will occur.
July 18: the inspired micThe Inspired Mic, Palm Coast’s most daring and unpredictable open mic event, is scheduled for its monthly edition at its new venue at the Hidden Treasures Restaurant, 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach. Each month some of the most creative, innovative performances a person could ever hope to experience take place at The Inspired Mic. 14 presenters each month pull out slices of talent and genius to entertain the audience. Each presenter gets 7 minutes to present on a very eclectic blend of their genius. Hidden Treasures Restaurant, 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach (under the bridge). Doors open at 6 p.m. and presenters begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 advance, available at theinspiredmicus.com, or $15 at the door. The ticket includes one drink and entry into a drawing with a prize of $25 cash or a $50 gift certificate to The Hidden Treasures.
July 19: Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp, 9 to 1 p.m. at South 6th Street on the Beach in Flagler Beach.
July 19: The Flagler Beach Charter Review Commission meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
July 19: Dive-in Movies, 8 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. Just bring your swimsuit and enjoy the show! Dive-in movie nights at the Palm Coast Aquatics Center provides a unique outdoor movie viewing experience for the entire family. Be sure to grab your favorite snack, sit back and enjoy the show! Food and snacks will be available for purchase. This month features “Incredibles 2” (PG). More info: 386-986-4741 and www.palmcoastgov.com/movies.
July 20: Flagler Pier Fishing Tournament, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Flagler Beach Fishing Pier. For any questions, please contact the Pier bait shop at 386-517-2436.
July 20: Youth Fishing Derby, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 150 Waterfront Park Road, Palm Coast. Come out to Waterfront Park for a day of family fun, food, and catch-and-release fishing. Youth will be eligible for various prizes based on different categories such as longest fish, heaviest fish, most fish, smallest fish and others. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Any adult actively assisting a youth must have a fishing license. For ages 15 and under. Free and registration is encouraged but not required at www.parksandrec.fun/events. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 20: Meet with your local Fire Rescue personnel, while you tour your community’s Fire Station and equipment, at Flagler County Fire Station 92 at the county airport, 130 Airport Rd., Palm Coast, from 9 a.m. to noon. Additionally, personnel from Florida Forest Service and Flagler County Emergency Management will be available to explain and assist residents in signing up for the ALERTFlagler emergency notifications, and Special Needs Sheltering programs. For more information please contact Chief Fire Marshall (386) 313-4258
July 20-21: Jr. Lifeguard Camp, 8 a.m-12p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. The Junior Lifeguard Camp offers step-by-step lifeguarding skill development. Learn water safety, lifeguard rescues, and First Aid CPR/AED in a weekend camp. Class attendees will receive a CPR mask, Red Cross whistle and T-shirt. For ages 11-15 years. $70/session. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 20-21: "Sleeping Beauty," at the Daytona Playhouse, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., Adults $13, Seniors 55 and up, $18, Youths 18 and under $7. Address: 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, or see directions here. Buy tickets online here. Box office: 386-255-2431.
July 22: 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 22: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.
July 23: Flagler County is hosting a ceremonial signing of its beach renourishment agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers at 2 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Government Services Building. Commission Chair Donald O’Brien and Jacksonville District Commander Colonel Andrew Kelly will make a few opening comments about the 2.6 mile 10-foot dune and beach profile extension in Flagler Beach. They, along with County Attorney Al Hadeed, will sign four copies of the final agreement. The 50-year, $100 million project is largely unfunded but will depend on Flagler County to secure half the money. The federal government would assume the other half. It applies to only 2.6 miles of beach in Flagler Beach. See: "Flagler About To Sign 50-Year, $100 Million Deal to Rebuild 2.6 Miles of Dunes in Flagler Beach. It Has Only a Fraction of the Money."
July 23: 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.
July 24: 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.
July 25: common ground breakfastCarolyn Gosselin, Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, is the featured speaker at the Flagler Chamber's Common Ground breakfast, 8 a.m. at the Palm Coast Hilton Garden Inn, 50 Town Court. Registration is required by July 19. Members can preregister for $25, Guests and future members can attend for $35. No walk-ups.
July 27: Tour de Palm Coast: Ride along the scenic route of St. Joe Walkway on this free tour. The tour will begin leaving promptly at 8 a.m. from the Palm Coast Community Center. Riders are encouraged to bring water, and all riders must wear a helmet.
July 27: First Aid and CPR/AED, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. This class is a seven-hour course (one hour for lunch) designed to meet OSHA regulations and teach administering CPR to children and adults, using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), using a mask or barrier device, assisting with bleeding, broken bones. $50/person with registration required by 9 a.m. June 27. Register at www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2300 and cprcertification@palmcoastgov.com.
July 27: The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and the Palm Coast Area Council invites you to a small business development workshop. With Thaddeus Hammond, Economic Development Director of the SBA North Florida District, a leading expert in developing small businesses as guest speaker. 5 to 7 p.m., The Windsor of Palm Coast, 50 Town Ct, Palm Coast. Chamber Member: $15 per person, Guest and Future Chamber Member: $25 per person. Contact Melinda Rivera at 386-437-0106 or send her an email at melinda@flaglerchamber.org.
July 29-Aug. 2: Monday-Friday, July 29-Aug. 2, 8 a.m-5 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. Love art? Come enjoy a week where you can let your creative side take flight. Campers will spend their days creating, drawing, sketching, painting and more! Of course, we’ll go to the pool and play some games, too. Lunch is provided at no extra charge by the Flagler County School District. For grades 6-8 (grade just completed). $80/entire week. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 29: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.
July 31: james mcdevittAn evidentiary hearing twice postponed is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the case of James McDevitt, who is serving a 40-year prison sentence in the 2015 rape of a woman in Flagler Beach, has been postponed to July 31. McDevitt pleaded guilty to the rape charge, but is now claiming ineffective counsel by two successive lawyers and is seeking to have the conviction and sentence vacated. The hearing is before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Perkins has reserved one hour for the hearing. The hearing had originally been scheduled for early April. McDevitt's lawyer asked for it to be rescheduled because of an emergency family issue (regarding the lawyer's family). It was again postponed to May 17. McDevitt has been at the Flagler County jail since April 4, awaiting the proceeding. He is normally incarcerated at Taylor prison in Perry, in Florida's Big Bend area. See details here.





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