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Tuesday Briefing: Marion Hammer’s NRA, Palm Coast “Progress Report,” Free Army Field Band Concert

| March 13, 2018

Looking for prey, and photographed by Flagler Beach City Commission Chairman Rick Belhumeur last week, who noted: 'He can be found there daily for hours on end.'

Looking for prey, and photographed by Flagler Beach City Commission Chairman Rick Belhumeur last week, who noted: ‘He can be found there daily for hours on end.’ (© FlaglerLive)

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Today’s jail bookings.

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“The sponsor of the bill was Matt Gaetz, at the time a twenty-eight-year-old Republican state representative. ‘That’s the sequence of how each piece is done,” Representative Dennis Baxley, a close ally of Hammer, told me. On bills that he sponsors, he said, “she works on it with the analyst. Then I look it over and file it. I’m not picky on the details.’ (Gaetz acknowledges that Hammer was a ‘significant contributor’ to his bill but denies that she oversaw its drafting.) Hammer is not an elected official, but she can create policy, see it through to passage, and use government resources to achieve her aims. These days, Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature almost never allows any bill that appears to hinder gun owners to come up for a vote. According to Mac Stipanovich, a longtime Florida Republican strategist and lobbyist, Hammer is ‘in a class by herself. When you approach a certain level, where the legislator is basically a fig leaf, well, that’s not the rule.’”

–From Mike Spies’s “The NRA Lobbyist Behind Florida’s Pro-Gun Policies,’ a profile of Marion Hammer, in the March 5, 2018 New Yorker.

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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.

It’s spring break all week, and it shows: schools are all closed, so is criminal court, as it looks like Flagler’s felony judge is taking the week off.

palm coast city logoThe Palm Coast City Council is in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall at Town Center. The council will hear a “progress report” from the administration, with little else of note on the agenda.

Free Army Field Band Concert at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Limit of two tickets per person, tickets to be released Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. First come, first served. Tickets must be picked up at the Flagler Auditorium Box Office. No phone orders please.

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board will meet after holding committee meetings. Committee meetings start at 9:30 a.m., with full board at 11 a.m., district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka.

The National Guard Bureau is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement as required by the National Environmental Policy Act to evaluate the potential environmental consequences from the proposed beddown of 18 F-35A aircraft at two of five alternative locations. The alternative locations include Jacksonville, though The Secretary of the Air Force has identified Truax Field, Wisconsin, and Dannelly Field, Alabama, as the two preferred alternatives, pending the results of the statement. The National Guard holds a public meeting where the public can learn about the proposal, talk to guard representatives, and provide written comments, concerns, or input regarding the proposal. The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel, Jacksonville Airport, Aviation Ballroom, 2101 Dixie Clipper Drive in Jacksonville 5 to 8 p.m.

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

  • Tuesday: Epic Theater, Town Center, Palm Coast, from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: H&R Block, 2400 East Moody Boulevard (SR100), Bunnell, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday: CVS Pharmacy at 2301 West Moody Boulevard (SR100), Flagler Beach, from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: Bealls at 1210 Palm Coast Parkway, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 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 18-19
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, June 18
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, June 18
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, June 18
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, June 18
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, June 18
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, June 18
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 government needs volunteer residents to serve on various boards and committees. Applications must be obtained from City Hall, 105 south second street, Flagler Beach, or on the city web site: www.Cityofflaglerbeach.Com. Here are the openings:

Economic Development Task Force – 1 Vacancy for a Citizen
This Committee is scheduled to meet monthly

Investment Committee – 1 Vacancy for an Attorney
This Committee is scheduled to meet quarterly.

Personnel Advisory Review Board – 1 Vacancy
This Committee rarely meets but is required by our Code of Ordinance in the event an employee has a grievance and wishes to appeal disciplinary action.

Additional information, contact City Clerk Penny Overstreet, (386)-517-2000 EXT 233

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.

ELECTIONS COMMISSION MEETS: The Florida Elections Commission is expected to take up numerous cases from across the state. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Florida State University, Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center, 555 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee.)

CONSTITUTION PANEL HOLDS HEARING: The Florida Constitution Revision Commission, which will put proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot, will hold a public hearing in Pinellas County. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., University of South Florida St. Petersburg, University Student Center, 200 Sixth Ave. South, St. Petersburg.)

LEWANDOWSKI, BOSSIE IN PALM BEACH: Corey Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, and David Bossie, a former deputy campaign manager, will appear at a Palm Beach Republican Club lecture and book-signing event. (Tuesday, 6:15 p.m., The Colony Hotel Pavilion, 155 Hammon Ave., Palm 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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June 24-26: Education and Social Justice Conference: a three-day multi-disciplinary conference hosted by Bethune-Cookman University focusing on judicial sentencing disparities, wealth disparities, school safety, ethics, media representation and other topics. Florida Times Union reporters Benjamin Conarck and Topher Sanders, whose award-winning investigative series “Walking While Black” found pedestrian enforcement in Jacksonville and throughout Florida to be racially disproportionate, are among those slated to present. The reporters found those ticketed, and chronicled the impact on their driver’s licenses, credit rating, and their day-to-day ability to work and raise families notorious for its lack of adequate pedestrian infrastructure. A judges and lawyers track will critique a recent sentencing disparities study brought to the forefront by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The conference will also feature panel discussions and dialogue focused on restorative justice, pre-arrest diversion and treatment for Florida juveniles and adults, ways to increase family engagement through parental involvement, educational access for students with disabilities, human trafficking and more. Individual registration is $100, including meals. More details here.
June 25: Indivisible Flagler hosts a potluck from noon to 4 p.m. at the home of Pat Ferraro, 208 John Anderson Highway, Flagler Beach. Pulled pork will be provided as the main dish. Please bring your favorite salad, casserole or dessert to share. Lemonade and Iced Tea, paper products and utensils will also be provided. You can bring an alcoholic beverage if you’d like something a bit stronger. Please RSVP with your dish by June 25 to Pat Ferraro pferraro33@gmail.com or Eva Marie Chavis evamariechavis@gmail.com.
June 26: The NAACP hosts a candidate forum featuring political candidates for the 6th District House of Representatives, Flagler County Commission, Flagler School Board and Palm Coast City Council, from 6 until 8 P.M., at the African American Cultural Center, 4422 North U.S. Highway 1, Palm Coast. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask candidates specific questions. Please email Barbara Goss, barbara9289@bellsouth.net, or telephone 386-446-4644 for additional information.
June 26: Daytona Tortugas Youth Baseball Clinic 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Parkway, 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 with pre-registration required at www.palmcoastgov.com/register. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 27: stewart marchmann act logo smaThe Stewart Marchman-Act Foundation hosts its 20th Annual Dinner Celebration and Auction, honoring Rusty Wallace, NASCAR Champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee, and features guest speaker David A. Siegel, Founder, President and CEO of Westgate Resorts. At the Daytona 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway starting at 6 p.m. with a social hour followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. This year’s theme is “All About the 20’s: Celebrating the SMA Foundation’s 20th Anniversary”. Live 20s-era jazz music will be performed from 6-7pm by local musicians, Daniel “Saxman” Fuqua and J. Muzic Carson. David Siegel will address the Opioid Crisis in our communities and nation. Sponsorship opportunities are available, starting at $1,500. Individual seats $200. For more information about the event, please contact Cyndi Hines at 386-254-1136, or email chines@smabehavioral.org.
June 28: The Future of Water, a Common Ground breakfast hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, with special guest Dr. Jennifer Mitchell with the St Johns Water Management District, 8 a.m. Hilton Garden Inn Palm Coast, 55 Town Center Blvd., Palm Coast. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Members can preregister for $25 Guests & future members can attend for $35.
June 28: 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.
June 29: At 7 p.m., the 2018 Bandshell Live Summer Concert Series plays in Daytona Beach with the ZZ Top tribute band “Trezz Hombres” and will continue every Friday night through September 28! And, opening for Trezz Hombres is Matt McKeown. The Bandshell Live Summer Concert Series, in its 10th year, takes place on Friday nights at the World’s Most Famous Beach’s historic amphitheater located in Oceanfront Park on the North end of the Boardwalk amusement area and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean at 250 N. Atlantic Avenue. Tickets for each Friday night are just $3 for General Admission and $10 for VIP tickets, (which include a chair), plus applicable fees. Children under 10 are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance for the season at Ticketmaster.com, onsite at the Peabody Box Office or at the Bandshell on show nights.
June 29-July 1: 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.
June 30: Saturday Night Films at Marineland Dolphin Adventure: As part of our "80 Years of Animal Love and Care" celebration every Saturday night in June, we'll be showing outdoor movies filmed at Marineland. Tonight at 8 p.m.: "Creature from the Black Lagoon." Marineland Dolphin Adventure 9600 Oceanshore Blvd. St. Augustine. Cost: $35 for adults, $15 for children.
July 3: Fireworks in the Park, 9 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. Kick off your Independence Day celebration at the Palm Coast “Fireworks in the Park.” Pack your picnic basket, bring your blanket and chairs to watch the colorful display beginning at 9 p.m. Pre-fireworks activities will begin at 5 p.m. More info: 386-986-2323 or www.palmcoastgov.com.
July 4: By the Dawn’s Early Light Independence Day Ceremony, 8 a.m. at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy., Palm Coast. Join your fellow community members in paying tribute to the nation.
July 4: The Choral Arts Society marks July 4 with a concert at 1 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5400 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast. For more information contact Betty Christian at betty@inthecreek.com or call 407/474-1437. See the website at http://www.casfl.org.
July 6: 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.
July 7: Summer Softball Classic, 9 a.m.-noon at Holland Park, 18 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast. Put your batting skills to the test. This is a slow-pitch, one-day tournament where each team is guaranteed four games. Sign up with your team to win the Classic. Compete for the title of champions and a $50 voucher for next year’s season. The fee to play is $180/team. Pre-registration required by July 5 at 10 p.m. at www.palmcoastgov.com/register. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 7: tour de franceThe 105th Tour de France, the year's most prestigious and grueling cycling race, begins its 2,000-mile, 21 stages with a 201-km stage from rustic Noirmoutier-en-l'Île to Fontenay-le-Comte, a coastal stage with superb views. Details here.
July 10-11: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety CommissionThe Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meets at 8:30 a.m. for the first of two days in the third of seven sets of two-day meetings, with such meetings scheduled every month through November. he Florida Channel will be broadcasting the meeting and will be streaming it live here. You may submit your public comments here.
July 11: “Healing with Foods” with Susan Cohen, natural foods cooking instructor, is this month's presenter at the Coffee Series 9-10 a.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy NE. Lecture and coffee are free, but pre-registration is required (while space available) by 9 a.m. July 9: www.palmcoastgov.com/register. More info: 386-986-2323.

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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

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Cultural Coda

Andras Schiff Plays Bach’s Complete Well Tempered Clavier, Book One

As March is Johann Sebastian Bach Month, or ought to be (he was born the first day of spring in 1685), we’re celebrating the great German composer all months with videos about him, his music and his life.

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