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Wednesday Briefing: Mass Marriage On Courthouse Steps, Linda Cole’s Valentine, Lincoln on Foreigners

| February 14, 2018

Singer-Performer Linda Cole brings back her magic Valentine's show to the Flagler County Public Library today. See below for details.

Singer-Performer Linda Cole brings back her magic Valentine’s show to the Flagler County Public Library today. See below for details.

Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 70s inland…in the upper 60s coast. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight:Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Northwest winds 5 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 Index64
The OED’s Word of the Day: good tide, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“In regard to the Germans and foreigners, I esteem them no better than other people, nor any worse. It is not my nature,
when I see a people borne down by the weight of their shackles–the oppression of tyranny–to make their life more bitter by heaping upon them greater burdens; but rather would I do all in my power to raise the yoke, than to add anything that would tend to crush them. Inasmuch as our country is extensive and new, and the countries of Europe are densely populated, if there are any abroad who desire to make this the land of their adoption, it is not in my heart to throw aught in their way, to prevent them from coming to the United States.”

–Abraham Lincoln, in an address to German in Cincinnati, Feb. 12, 1861, from “Speeches and Writings 1859-1865,” Library of America (1989).



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 Public Safety Coordinating Council meets at 8:45 a.m. in the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Building 3, Bunnell.

In Court: Jonathan Canales, 30, accused of shooting his wife in the neck in their Mondex home and denying her medical attention in 2014, is scheduled for a pre-trial on an aggravated battery with a firearm charge (downgraded from attempted murder) before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse at 1:30 p.m. The case has long been delayed as Canales had previously been determined to be incompetent to stand trial. (Continued to March 7.)

Mass Valentine’s Day Wedding: Flagler County Clerk of Court Tom Bexley officiates at a mass wedding, coinciding with Valentine’s Day, on the steps of the Flagler County Courthouse in Bunnell. Thirteen couples have registered to be married and four couples have registered to have their vows renewed, including Bexley’s parents. Bexley intends to make the annual Valentine’s Day marriages a new local tradition. “There’s a number of other state offices in Florida that do that, it’s good for public relations, it teaches people a little but about what we do,” Bexley said. “It feels good. It’s a good community service thing.” See the background story here. For more information, contact the Recording Department, 386-313-4360, Kim C. Hammond Justice Center, 1769 East Moody Boulevard, Building 1, Bunnell, Florida. Details are also available at

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

Linda Cole performs her musical magic and entertain with Valentine’s Day trivia. Rumor has it she may even enhance her program with “someone” playing the saxophone, 2 p.m. in the Doug Cisney Room of the Flagler County Public Library, it’s free. The library is at 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast. Contact Terry Jones, President of the Friends of the Library, 386-446-7605.

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:

  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Inert
  • Wednesday: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Inert
  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Inert
  • Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live/Inert
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live/Inert
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live/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.

Note: today is the Flagler Class 25 Application Deadline at the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce. $385 for members, $535 for non-members. Call the Chamber at 386-437-0106.

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

  • Thursday: Hammock Beach Resort, 200 Ocean Crest Drive, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Metro Diner, Island Walk, 250 Palm Coast Parkway, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: Publix at 800 Belle Terre Parkway, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: Publix at 4950 Belle Terre Parkway, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Publix at Palm Harbor, 250 Palm Coast Parkway, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jail Bookings and Last 24 Hours' Incidents in Flagler, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Bunnell

flagler beach bunnell palm coast sheriff's police reports
Jail Bookings, June 21-24
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, June 23
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, June 23
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, June 23
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, June 23
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, June 23
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, June 23
Previous and archived reports
Sources: Flagler County Sheriff's Office, Flagler Beach Police Department, Bunnell Police Department. This is Flagler County's only comprehensive, one-stop compilation of all local law enforcement's daily day and night shift commanders' reports.



Bob Alex. (PCAF)

Bob Alex. (PCAF)

The Palm Coast Arts Foundation welcomes two new trustees: Robert Alex and Anthony Morales. Alex, elected to the position of Vice President, was an active member of the Palm Coast Arts Foundation during their formative years. He’s been very active in the community, having run for Flagler County Commissioner, served on the County Economic Opportunity Advisory Council, been a member of the Flagler County Agricultural Business Retention & Expansion Program, and Ambassador Member of the Board of Directors for Angel Flight Southeast. He brings to PCAF a broad business experience which includes facilities procurement, design, and build-out for a national corporation; Founder & CEO of a manufacturing company, marketing and product development; graphic arts and set-design for NBC-TV; Vice President of Franchising, and Branding for a fast food chain; and managing partner of a well-known New Jersey discoteque. “We are thrilled to have Bob return to PCAF,” Sam Perkovich, president of the foundation’s board, said, “and with his history of the organization and his involvement in the community, I understand why he is admired by so many. His wisdom and experience will provide a great asset as we move forward on our cultural arts complex here in Town Center.” Also elected to the Board of Trustees is Anthony Morales, a native of Palm Coast and a graduate of the University of Florida. He is employed by Brown & Brown Insurance as a Commercial Insurance Advisor and comes to PCAF with experience with music festivals.

In Florida and in State Government:

Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel. Most legislative proceedings can be followed through the Senate or House websites.

SENATE WEIGHS NEEDLE EXCHANGES, GUN BILL: The Senate could approve a bill (SB 800), filed by Minority Leader Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, that would expand a pilot needle-and-syringe exchange program to try to prevent the spread of diseases such as HIV. Also, the Senate could vote on a bill (SB 1048), filed by Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, that would help clear the way for people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns at churches. People cannot currently carry guns at churches if schools are on the grounds. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)

UNDERAGE MARRIAGES AT ISSUE: The House will consider numerous issues during a floor session, including bills (HB 335 and SB 140) that seek to ban or limit the ability of minors to get married in Florida. Among other issues, the House is scheduled to take up a bill (HB 585), filed by Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, that would expand the allowed uses of tourist-development taxes to include infrastructure projects. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)

FRACKING BAN CONSIDERED: The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (SB 462), filed by Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, that would ban the oil- and gas-drilling technique known as fracking. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

WIDE-RANGING EDUCATION BILL ON TABLE: The Senate Pre-K-12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (SB 1434), filed by Chairwoman Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, that deals with a wide range of issues, including mental-health services in schools, school turnaround efforts and the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY PROPOSED: The Senate Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (SB 1200), filed by Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, that would create the Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority, which would address issues such as autonomous vehicles. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

TRAUMA REVAMP AT ISSUE: The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (SB 1876), filed by Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, that would revamp the state’s process for approving trauma centers. The proposal comes after years of legal battles involving hospitals and the Department of Health about new trauma centers. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

HBCU SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM PROPOSED: The Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (SB 1526), filed by Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, that would create the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Matching Endowment Scholarship Program. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

LOBBYIST DISCLOSURES DUE: State lobbyists face a Wednesday deadline for filing reports detailing their compensation during the fourth quarter of 2017.


—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


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

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June 25: The Palm Coast City Commission meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall. The workshop is focused on the city's 2019-20 budget, with a discussion on taxes.
June 25: Flagler County's housing division presents a Renter's Rights Workshop at 5:30 p.m. at the Government Services Building 2, Room 3 (3rd Floor), 1769 East Moody Blvd, Bunnell. Learn about Landlord-Tenant and Fair Housing laws. Attorneys from Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida will present Rights and Responsibilities as a Renter at this free, educational event. The workshop will not include individual legal consultations. For additional information contact Flagler County SHIP Housing Administrator Ralston Reodica:, (386) 313-4037 extension 5. The workshop is open to all at no charge.
June 25: 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.
June 26: Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins hosts a "business town hall" meeting for Flagler Beach businesses to, in his words, "unify businesses to have a strong voice" and "combine marketing efforts." The meeting is at 3 p.m. at Key West Eats, 1112 South Oceanshore Boulevard, Flagler Beach.
June 26: 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
June 27: The Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The committee will discuss climat change and sea level rise.
June 27: The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 South Second Street. The commission will get the annual update from the Flagler County Health Department's Gretchen Smith, and will consider a resolution providing for a temporary limited exception to the prohibition against signs being placed within public rights of way within designated areas of the city uniquely impacted by the SR A1A project. The commission will also discuss amendments to its murals ordinance, and an ordinance increasing Municipal Business Tax rates by not more than five percent.
June 27: pabloAnother unveiling of the latest turtle sculpture to be added to the Turtle Trail: "PABLO" has been a work in progress this school year by the Flagler Palm Coast High School art club in collaboration with students from Old Kings Elementary School, the Marine Sciences flagship school for Flagler County. It will be unveiled at 1 p.m. at Old Kings Elementary School, 301 Old Kings Road South. Pablo's sponsor is Palm Coast Arts Foundation Trustee G. Lindsey Florence.
June 28: The Scenic A1A PRIDE Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Rd. off A1A. See the full agenda here.
June 28: The Flagler County School Board meets in a special session to financially close out the year at 9 a.m. at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 28: Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp, starting at 9 a.m., South 6th Street on the Beach.
June 28: "Opry Reunion" debuts. This family style variety show features cast members of Daytona Opry, Downtown Opry and a few new entertainers. Linda Cole, Firecrackers, Michael Leone (Elvis), Eddie Davis, Kaitlyn Kent and Michele Marie will return. Each show will also feature a special guest or two. Bring your family to this high energy variety show, similar to the shows in Branson and Myrtle Beach. This show features classic standards from Gospel, Country, R&B, Motown & much more. Opry Reunion is at Oceanside Inn 1909 South Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach Shores. Showtime is 8 PM and doors open at 7:30 PM. Reserved tickets are $20. A VIP table (comfortably seats 8) is $150. Call (386) 307-0922 for ticket information.
June 29: 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 More info: 386-986-2300 and
June 29-20: 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 More info: 386-986-2323.
June 29: trish vevera"Transitions: The Art of Trish Vevera, Past and Present," opens at Berkshire Hathaway with a free reception at 6 p.m. The show is curated by Paul Beaulieu and Thomas Anastasio. At 101 Palm Coast Parkway, European Village. Vevera is the reigning Flagler County Artist of the Year.
July 1: 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,, or call (800) 477-6291.
July 2: The Flagler Beach Planning and Architecture (or PAR) Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St. The board will consider a new ordinance relating to the protection of gopher tortoises, with new regulations applicable during development activities.
July 3: Fireworks in the Park: Kick off your Independence Day celebration one day early July 3. Pack your picnic basket and bring your blanket and chairs to watch the free colorful display at Central Park at Town Center, 975 Central Ave, beginning at 9 p.m. Entertainment and food vendors will begin at 6 p.m. A patriotic ceremony starts at 7 p.m.
July 5: First Friday Garden and Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 10am for a walk through our historical gardens. Learn about the history of our park while exploring the beauty of the formal gardens, with an emphasis on butterflies. 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. No registration required.
July 5-7: midsummer madness"A Midsummer Night's Madness," a summer workshop production at Palm Coast's City Repertory Theatre. Tickets are $15, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Book here.
July 6: The Palm Coast Arts Foundation hosts its First Saturday Creative Bazaar, an arts and crafts flea market. at 1500 Central Avenue in Town center. Arts foundation members and other vendors will have booths of goods for sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
July 6: World Cup Finals Watch Party: The women's soccer World Cup is here again. Join fellow residents at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, as they watch the finals match to see which country is crowned the best in the world July 7. There will be snacks, giveaways and activities for kids. The event costs $1 per person. The final's kickoff is 11 a.m.
July 8: 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,, or call (800) 477-6291.

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1 Response for “Wednesday Briefing: Mass Marriage On Courthouse Steps, Linda Cole’s Valentine, Lincoln on Foreigners”

  1. Pogo says:

    @Don’t forget to cross yer fingers when y’all turn em in – they is being audited

    In Florida and in State Government:

    LOBBYIST DISCLOSURES DUE: State lobbyists face a Wednesday deadline for filing reports detailing their compensation during the fourth quarter of 2017.

    Aw shucks fellers – I was only kiddin about them ol’ auditors – but you shoulda seen the look on your’n faces. Calm down now and go put on some clean drawers.

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