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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 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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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.

Previously:

Mencken’s man | New millennials | School marshal euphemism | Confusion | Brahms on Schubert | Siblings | The past | Lack of money | Supreme oracle | Orientalism | Original but foolish | Billy Graham’s anti-intellectualism | Severgnini’s America | Louis XIV’s vainglory | Unknown Kerouac | Swearing | Galileo’s heresy | Lincoln on Foreigners | Spinoza’s science | Hartley’s real change | Chesterton on public opinion | Music saves lives | Knausgaard’s Autumn | Dworkin’s intercourse | Religion’s subversiveness | Malcolm X | Dead bodies | 17th Century Nature | Imperfect mother | One’s stupidity | Third World | Tramps’ necessity | Stock market folly | Sunrise on America | Migrants through time | Mother tongues | Roth on age | Baudrillard’s reality | Madame de Sévigné’s fever | Public opinion | Wealth and art | Pascal’s world | Wheelies

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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, December 14-17
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, December 16
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, December 16
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, December 16
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, December 16
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, December 16
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, December 16
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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Dec. 17: A week-long trial is scheduled before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in the case of Michael Bowling, the 47-year-old Palm Coast man facing charges of molestation of 15-year-old girl during a sleep-over at her Bowling's daughter's house. Bowling also faces rape charges involving a girl in his charge, starting when she was 8 and going on for several years. That trial would take place next year. Jury selection begins Monday at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. See the background story here.
Dec. 17: The Flagler County Commission meets in workshop at 1 p.m. to talk about adding drones to its arsenal, for public safety and other uses, as well as to talk about wildfire mitigation. See the background material here. The commission meets again at 5 p.m., when commissioners are expected to approve a partnership resolution with One Ocean One Health, an initiative of marineland Dolphin Adventure.
Dec. 17: Bunnell Elementary PTO meeting, 5 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
: The Flagler Palm Coast High School Advisory Council meets at 6 p.m. at the school.
Dec. 18: The Flagler County NAACP holds a press conference for Flagler Palm Coast High School Teacher Kimberley Lee who was the victim of an alleged assault and possible hate crime by two teenage students. The press conference takes place in front of the Flagler County Courthouse, 1769 E Moody Blvd, Building #1, Bunnell, at 12:05 pm.
Dec. 18: The Emergency Management staff is holding its multi-jurisdictional quarterly Local Mitigation Strategy public meeting to discuss grant funding, ongoing project progress and updates to Community Rating System program implementation efforts. Anybody interested in attending the meeting or wishing to learn more about
mitigation is encouraged to attend or contact the county’s mitigation planner. Flagler County EOC - Training Room A
1769 E Moody Blvd, Bldg 3, Bunnell, 1 p.m.
Dec. 18: The Flagler County School Board meets in workshop at 1 p.m. in Training Room 3B on the third floor of the Government Services Building, Bunnell, and again at 6 p.m. for a regular meeting, in board chambers at the GSB. At the workshop, board members will hear an update on construction of bathrooms at the Auditorium, and discuss advertising policy changes. At the regular meeting, the board will spotlight its Teachers of the Year, Employees of the Year, Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year.
Dec. 18: The Palm Coast City Council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center.
Dec. 18: Flagler Beach's Beach Management Plan Ad-Hoc Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 105 South 2nd Street.
Dec. 18: Matanzas High School Winter Concert, Pirate Theater at 5 p.m.
Dec. 19: The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
Dec. 19: The Tourist Development Council's 10 a.m. is cancelled.
Dec. 19: The Flagler County Contractor Review Board meets at 5 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
Dec. 19: The Palm Coast Planning Board meets at 3 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center.
Dec. 19: The Flagler Beach Economic Development Task Force meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
Dec. 20: The Bunnell City Commission meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 201 West Moody Boulevard, City Commission Chambers - Building 3.
Dec. 20: Flagler Palm Coast High School holds its International Baccalaureate diploma ceremony for the Class of 2018 at 6 p.m. in the school's Bistro.
Dec. 20: 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.
Dec. 21: Teacher workday in Flagler County schools, winter break begins for students. School resumes on Monday, Jan. 7.
Dec. 21: Christmas Party with Santa at the Palm Coast Community Center, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE. A new holiday party for residents will begin this season for guests to share a favorite cookie recipe and a fun visit with friends. Refreshments will be served and fees are $5/person.
Dec. 21: Winter Solstice Sunrise Celebration at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Beachside, 7 a.m.
Dec. 22: 5K run/walk and block party with local businesses in Flagler Beach, and entertainment from South 2nd Avenue to Daytona Avenue and 5K route. 4 to 9 p.m.
Dec. 22: Free Cup of Tea and Social Saturday: Stop by A Scent to Remember to enjoy a free cup of loose leaf tea by Flagler Tea Company, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A different tea is featured each week. If you want to try something different, you can ask for a cup to brew the tea of your liking. 208B. S. Central Ave., Flagler Beach. 386-631-3692, oils@ascenttoremember.net
Dec. 26 : 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.
Dec. 29: A celebration of the life of the late artist Richard Schreiner, who died in 2012, and his wife Arlene, who died this year, is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. at Salvo Art Project, 802 E Moody Blvd, Bunnell, with paintings never-before seen, Schriner's sketchbooks, his dissertation and other artifacts, food, music and stories. All invited.
Dec. 29: The African American Cultural Society is hosting Kwanzaa 2018 from 2 to 6 p.m., at The Cultural Center, 4422 N. US Highway 1, (386) 447-7030. This annual free public festivity of vendors, food and entertainment is partly supported by a cultural arts grant from the City of Palm Coast. Kwanzaa is a celebration of the Nguso Saba, the seven principles for enhancement of family, community and culture. Contact Brenda Andrews for details.

For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
To • include your event in this section, please email the details, including date, time, a brief description of the event, contact information, and, if you wish, an image, please use this form.


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Keep Up with Donald Trump’s attacks on the press through the ACLU’s running tab here.

Keep Up with mass shootings in a running database here.

Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of March 9, 2018, with a link to the full week in review here.

Road and Interstate Construction:


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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