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Tuesday Briefing: Hurricane Problem-Solvers, Matanzas Flagship, Revision Commission, Trump’s Russian-Style Propaganda

| February 20, 2018

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Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey on Feb. 12 met with Future Problem Solvers at Indian Trails Middle School about what they could do to help ensure the safety and well-being of residents. ‘I am always happy to meet with students who are interested in learning about government and how they can make things here better for everyone,’ Coffey said. ‘These are our future leaders.’ The seventh-grade students, under the guidance of teacher Jennifer Colindres, have brought some financial relief through fundraising efforts to some of those who suffered from the ravages of Hurricane Irma. Future Problem Solvers set out to find solutions to issues within their own communities. This group of students was interested in how Flagler County communicates with its residents, and how they could get involved. Coffey provided the group with Disaster Preparedness Guides. He taught them how to determine if they live in an evacuation zone and which one, and, he spoke of the importance of having individual family plans. (Flagler County)

Today: Partly cloudy. Widespread dense fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
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Today’s jail bookings.

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“For nearly thirty years, your principal Ministers have destroyed and reversed all the ancient customs of the state in order to raise your authority to its highest level. They no longer speak of France and its constitution; they only speak of the King and of his royal pleasure. They have pushed your revenues and your expenses to unprecedented heights. They have raised you up to the sky in order, they say, to outshine the grandeur of all your predecessors. They have impoverished the whole of France with the introduction of monstrous luxuries of court. Your ministers have been harsh, haughty, unjust, and violent. They have recognized no other rule but to threaten, to crush, and to destroy all who resist them. They have rendered your name odious, and the whole French nation intolerable to all our neighbors. They have caused almost twenty years of bloody wars.”

–From Fénélon’s “Letter to Louis XIV” (about 1694).

Previously:

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In Flagler and Palm Coast:

Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Many can be heard or seen live through each agency’s website.

The Sheriff’s daily incident reports and jail bookings are posted here.

The Palm Coast City Council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council will field a relatively routine agenda, available here.

flagler county schoolsThe 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, then at 6 p.m. for a decision meeting, in board chambers of the GSB. At the workshop, board members will hear about a new, criminal justice flaglship program at Matanzas High School.

Open Lecture: World War I, The Aftermath: Dr. Nancy Duke: The aftermath of World War I saw drastic political, cultural, economic and social changes across Europe, Asia, Africa, the U.S. and more. Twenty years later, the world would be shaken by an even greater war that many attribute to the fallout of the Great Conflict. Many world events during the remainder of the 20th century, including many current events, are a direct result of the war. Four great empires collapsed, the Bolshevik Revolution, the Holocaust and the explosive Middle East crisis. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Daytona State College’s Advanced Technology College’s multi-purpose room, 1770 Technology Blvd., Daytona Beach (located ½-mile north of LPGA Blvd. off Williamson Blvd.) The free event is part of Daytona State College Foundation’s Wisdom in Senior Education (WISE) program.

constitution revision commissionThe Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) invites all interested Floridians to participate in a public hearing at the University of North Florida’s Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, from 1 to 7 p.m. This will be the third public hearing held on the CRC’s 2018 “Road to the Ballot” public hearing tour, and the closest to Flagler County and Palm Coast residents. Public hearings are free events open to all Floridians who would like to attend. No tickets or RSVPs are required. Free public parking is provided in Lot 16 adjacent to the University Center. See a parking map here. Those planning to attend the public hearing are respectfully requested to observe the CRC Public Hearing Participation Guidelines.

The Bunnell Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 201 West Moody Boulevard. Board members will discuss the difference between variances and special exceptions, and will consider a Request for Site Plan approval for Dumett Enterprises for a project to be located at 3330 Steel Rail Drive, among other items. The agenda is here.

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:

  • Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Inert
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Inert
  • Wednesday: 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m., Inert
  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 1 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, 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:

  • Wednesday: Carrabba’s, 160 Cypress Edge Drive, Palm Coast, from 3 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Tom Gibbs Chevrolet, 5850 East Hway 100, palm Coast, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: CVS Pharmacy, 1 Old Kings Road, at Palm Coast Parkway, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: Epic Theaters, Town Center, Palm Coast, from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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

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Jail Bookings, May 2-3
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, May 2
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, May 2
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, May 2
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, May 2
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, May 2
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, May 2
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.

 

Announcements:

Flagler Beach city crews have done an amazing job repairing more Beach Access Points last week. Here’s an updated list of available access points:

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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.

TAX HIKES TARGETED: The Senate Finance and Tax Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposed constitutional amendment (HJR 7001) that would make it harder to raise taxes. The proposal, which passed the House last month, would require approval from two-thirds of each legislative chamber to raise taxes or fees. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

BAKER ACT AT ISSUE: The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee will take up a bill (SB 270), filed by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, that would make a series of changes related to involuntary commitment under the Baker Act for minors age 14 or younger. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

PUBLIC RECORDS EXEMPTION DEBATED: The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will consider a proposal (SB 1178), filed by Chairman Randolph Bracy, D-Orlando, that would expand a public-records exemption to prevent the release of photos, videos or audio recordings that depict the killing of people. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SENATE WEIGHS HOUSE EDUCATION PLAN: The Senate Education Committee will take up a wide-ranging education bill (HB 7055) that is a top priority off House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes. The proposal, which passed the House this month, includes dozens of issues, including creation of “hope scholarships” for students who have been bullied in public schools. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

BETHUNE STATUE CONSIDERED; The House will take up numerous issues during a floor session, including a proposal (HB 139 and SB 472) that seeks to place a statue of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune in the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol. The statue of Bethune would replace a likeness of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, who has represented Florida for decades in the National Statuary Hall. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)

CONFIRMATION HEARINGS HELD: The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will hold confirmation hearings for dozens of gubernatorial appointees, including members of the Florida Public Service Commission and the state university system’s Board of Governors. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

‘FREE SPEECH ZONES’ AT ISSUE: The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a proposal (SB 1234), filed by Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, that includes banning “free speech zones” at state universities and college. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SPECIAL ELECTIONS IN CENTRAL, SOUTH FLORIDA: Special primary elections will be held in state House District 39 in Polk and Osceola counties and House District 114 in Miami-Dade County. Republicans Jennifer Spath and Josie Tomkow are running in a primary in District 39, which became vacant with the resignation of former Rep. Neil Combee, R-Auburndale. Republicans Jose Pazos and Andrew Vargas are running in a primary in District 114, which was vacated by former Rep. Daisy Baez, D-Coral Gables. The winners of the GOP primaries will move on to May 1 special general elections.

 

—-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 28: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway. (note the venue change: it had previously been scheduled at the Government Services Building). The task force will meet the fourth Tuesday of every month at the library through November.
May 29: The Blue Power 2020 forum, hosted by Mike Cocchiola, who heads the Flagler County Democratic Party, meets at 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D, all welcome. The weekly forum is intended to discuss local, state and national issues and to develop action plans to influence policy.
May 30: Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School hold graduation ceremonies at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Matanzas High School’s ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and Flagler Palm Coast High School’s starts at 7. Doors to the Ocean Center open one hour before the start of each ceremony. The student procession begins approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Tickets for the ceremonies are free. However, both schools have a 10-ticket limit per student. There may be opportunities for additional tickets. Students will be notified and information is located on each school’s website. Parking passes are also available for pre-purchase. Parking is $5. security measures instituted last year will be in place this year. Please take note and be prepared before you head to the Ocean Center. There will be security checks before ticket holders are allowed entry into the ceremony. Watch livestreams of the ceremonies: Matanzas here, and FPC here.
May 31-June 1, 2 and 8: American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class – May 31-June 2 and June 8, Friday 5-6:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course provides entry-level 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. For ages 15 and up. Cost is $200 (includes CPR mask and certification fee). Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/aquatics. More info: 386-986-4741.
June 1: 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.
June 1: 2nd Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Golf Benefit for Homeless Animals: Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a local group of business professionals coming together to raise money for the Halifax Humane Society. Join us for 18-holes of premiere golf at the legendary LPGA International Golf Club. Shot gun start at 8 a.m. Registration at 7. 1000 Champions Drive Daytona Beach. To download entry form, visit https://www.halifaxhumanesociety.org/events/index and then scroll down to the golf outing listing. Hole Sponsorship $100. Single Player $125. Lunch Provided. For more information contact Gus Schutt (386) 233-5302.
June 4: Daytona Tortugas Youth Baseball Clinic, 8:30 a.m-12 p.m. at Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. The Daytona Tortugas will be teaching kids, ages 7-13, skills to improve their ball game in this coed baseball clinic. Grab your glove and bat and learn from the pros! Participants will receive a free ticket to a Daytona Tortugas game. $37/person. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 4: The Hammock Community Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Hammock Community Center on MalaCompra Road, with County Attorney Al Hadeed as speaker, who will present a History of the Hammock Part II.
June 5: palm coast democratic clubThe Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D. 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.
June 7: Coffee Series: 9-10 a.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. This month’s topic: “The History and Development of Palm Coast” with Elaine Studnicki of the Palm Coast Historical Society. The event is free, but registration is required (while space available) by 9 a.m. June 5: www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 7: Daytona State College holds another session in its strategic planning process for 2020-2023 and wants your ideas and insights about initiatives the college might pursue during that timeframe. The session is from 9 to 10 a.m. at DSC's Hosseini Center, in the ballroom, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach. Interactive focus groups are scheduled on each campus, starting at the end of April and ending the second week of June. Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend and participate. Plan to attend and share your vision for DSC’s future. To participate, bring your mobile device (cell phone, tablet, etc.). For more information, contact Dr. Karla Moore, (386) 506-3650, Karla.Moore@DaytonaState.edu; or John Brady, (386) 506-3837, John.Brady@DaytonaState.edu.
June 8: The 2019 Flagler County Republican Club's annual barbecue is scheduled from 4 to 9 p.m. at Caldwell Dairy Barn at the Florida Agricultural Museum, 7900 Old Kings Road, $20 per ticket, $35 for couples, with a live auction. Be sure to get your cookbook out and slip on your apron if you're taking part in the 3rd Annual Blue Ribbon Cake & Pie Contest. One of the most anticipated competitions of the year, bakers tempt celebrity judges with their skill and guests get to enjoy sampling the entries! Enjoy tours of the museum's grounds and historic buildings from 4-6 pm, followed by food, music and live auctions in the evening.
June 10-14: Tennis Summer Camp (Session 1) – Monday-Friday, 9 a.m-4pm. at Belle Terre Park, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. Tennis and so much more! Please come with athletic clothes and shoes, swimsuit (for the pool), water bottle, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and drinks. For ages 6-13 years. $175/week. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2550.
June 10: Daytona State College holds another session in its strategic planning process for 2020-2023 and wants your ideas and insights about initiatives the college might pursue during that timeframe. The session, the only one in Flagler, is from 9 to 11 a.m. at DSC's Student Center Building on the Palm Coast campus, Room 106. Interactive focus groups are scheduled on each campus, starting at the end of April and ending the second week of June. Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend and participate. Plan to attend and share your vision for DSC’s future. To participate, bring your mobile device (cell phone, tablet, etc.). For more information, contact Dr. Karla Moore, (386) 506-3650, Karla.Moore@DaytonaState.edu; or John Brady, (386) 506-3837, John.Brady@DaytonaState.edu.




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