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Thursday Briefing: Eric Cooley Takes Office, Flagler Playhouse’s “Nerd,” Matanzas Stands With Parkland, Flood Risks

| March 8, 2018

'It's a solid day when some of the greatest students of all time attend the board workshop,' Superintendent Jim Tager tweeted on Tuesday after Matanzas High students Alicia Bermudez and Kelsey Sweeney joined the school board to hold up a banner their school had prepared for the students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland.

‘It’s a solid day when some of the greatest students of all time attend the board workshop,’ Superintendent Jim Tager tweeted on Tuesday after Matanzas High students Alicia Bermudez and Kelsey Sweeney joined the school board to hold up a banner their school had prepared for the students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland.

Today: Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 40. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
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Today’s jail bookings.

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“In Orange County, California, the home of John Wayne Airport, the first two children to be born this millennium were Cambodian-American and Mexican-American.”

–From John Micklethwait’S and Adrian Wooldridge’s “The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America” (2005)

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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.

School safety: Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager, School Board Chairman Trevor Tucker, Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly and other officials hold a joint press briefing at 11 a.m in front of Buddy Taylor Middle School, 4500 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, to discuss updated security measures and proposed changes following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Eric Cooley's sights have been set on the city commission for a while. (© FlaglerLive)

Eric Cooley. (© FlaglerLive)

The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall for a reorganization meeting, swearing in new member, Eric Cooley, the owner of the 7-Eleven on A1A, who was elected without opposition last year when he was the only candidate to file to replace Joy McGrew, who opted not to run again. The commission then meets again at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Commissioners will consider any necessary action regarding a request for a possible lease extension for the lease agreement between the Montessori School and the city. The city is planning to renovate and occupy the school this summer with its building department, engineering services and other offices. Commissioners will also formalize an agreement between the city and the state Department of Transportation for the reconstruction of State Road A1A’s south portion, which was damaged by Hurricane Matthew, and the relocation of utilities during construction.

the nerd Larry Shue’s “The Nerd” is staged at the Flagler Playhouse, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Set in Terra Haute, Indiana in 1979, The Nerd centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by the man who saved his life in Vietnam, but whom he has never met. The guest turns out to be an extremely inept and hopelessly stupid nerd who turns our hero’s life upside down, and then outstays his welcome beyond endurance. The twist at the end caps this wonderfully outrageous comedy. Book online at FlaglerPlayhouse.com or call the box office at 386-586-0773.

The Florida Agricultural Museum‘s Farm Swap and Music Jam, which will take place every Thursday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with farm fresh fruits and veggie arts, crafts, ready to eat stuff an d local musicians. Vendors sign up here: https://form.jotform.com/80118789107966

Settlers of the Spanish Frontier: Canary Islanders in Colonial Florida: Diana Reigelsperger, professor of history at Seminole State College, will be giving a fascinating and informative program on the unique history of 18th century Canary Island colonialism in Florida Reigelsperger’s talk will explore the motivations of the settlers, the agency of their arrival, and how their presence impacted their new home. Light refreshments will be served. At the Historic Pool Area (Café’ Alcazar) of the Lightner Museum, 75 King St, St. Augustine, accessed by side entrances located off Grenada and Cordova Streets. Doors open at 6 p.m. for refreshments and seating; the lecture begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Seating is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Be sure to purchase your tickets early. Tickets are $10 for General Admission, free to museum members and Flagler College students. Visit www.lightnermuseum.org/speaker-series for more information. This event is part of the Florida Humanities Speakers Series, sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council.

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

  • Thursday: Matanzas High School, 3535 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday: Dunkin Donuts, 1310 Palm Coast Parkway, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: Dukin Donuts, 5 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: Palm Coast Seafood Festival, Central Park at Town Center, 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday: Palm Coast Seafood Festival, Central Park at Town Center, 2 to 7 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 25-26
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, June 25
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, June 25
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, June 25
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, June 25
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, June 25
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, June 25
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:

City of Palm Coast’s Find Your Florida 2018 Photo Contest begins: The City of Palm Coast will hold the Find Your Florida 2018 Photography Contest now through May 31. Prizes will be awarded, and photographs submitted for the contest will be used by the City for marketing, promotional and public relations purposes. The theme of the contest is “Find Your Florida in Palm Coast.” Winning photos will illustrate what makes Palm Coast special. Examples of what the City is looking for include: family fun at our festivals, sports activities, cultural clubs and organizations, and on our parks and trails; active lifestyle such as walking/running/bicycling, sports, swimming, fishing and boating; and nature such as beautiful landscapes, birds and other wildlife, and waterways. The City wants to share what’s special about Palm Coast. First, second and third place will be awarded, plus special awards for a new people-focused category, “Palm Coasters” and for the Best Photo taken by a youth age 17 and younger. For the first time, a concurrent photo contest on Instagram will be held, and prizes will be awarded for the best Instagram photos, too. To enter via Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag “PCpics2018” and include the photo location (where in Palm Coast?) in the caption. Gift certificates to local businesses will be awarded in the following amounts: First Prize, $200; Second Prize, $100; Third Prize, $50; Instagram winner, $100; “Palm Coasters” winner, $50; and Youth winner, $50. Gift certificates will be offered to a variety of businesses, and winners will be able to select from the list. In addition, honorable mentions will be awarded as determined by the judges. Winning photographs will be displayed on the City’s website, and winning photographers will be recognized at a meeting of the Palm Coast City Council. Photographers may submit up to 20 entries. It is free to enter. Entries must be submitted no later than midnight May 31, 2018. Photographs submitted for the contest must be taken in the City of Palm Coast. The photographs will be used by the City for marketing, promotional and public relations purposes such as publications, videos and websites, and at City facilities, to promote the City of Palm Coast. All submissions become part of the public domain. For complete guidelines and an online entry form, visit www.palmcoastgov.com/photocontest. For more information, contact Cindi Lane, Palm Coast communications & marketing manager, at 386-986-3708 or clane@palmcoastgov.com.

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 HOLDS FLOOR SESSION: The Senate is scheduled to hold a floor session. (Thursday, 10 a.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)

HOUSE HOLDS FLOOR SESSION: The House is scheduled to hold a floor session. (Thursday, 10:30 a.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)

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

 

—-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 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 www.compassionatefriends.org.
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 www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2300 and cprcertification@palmcoastgov.com.
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 www.parksandrec.fun/camps. 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, www.nar-anon.org, 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, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.


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