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Tuesday Briefing: Michael Cummings in Court, Community Traffic Safety Team, Picking Nobile’s Successor

| May 8, 2018

Sheriff on Monday announced the naming of the county jail the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. Hall was killed in the line of duty in 2927.

Sheriff on Monday announced the naming of the county jail the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. Hall was killed in the line of duty in 1927.

Today:: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s inland…in the lower 80s coast. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 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 Index: 148
The OED’s Word of the Day: eyethirl, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“There are moments in the lives of most men, when the doors of their souls are open, and unconsciously to themselves, their true characters may be read by the observant eye. It was at such an instant when I caught a glimpse of the real nature of this man, which all subsequent developments proved true. I was standing in the crowd by the side of Mrs. Thomas J. Dorsey, when Mr. Lincoln touched Mr. Johnson and pointed me out to him. The first expression which came to his face, and which I think was the true index of his heart, was one of bitter contempt and aversion. Seeing that I had observed him, he tried to assume a more friendly appearance, but it was too late; it is useless to close the door when all within had been seen. His first glance was the frown of the man; the second was the bland and sickly smile of the demagogue. I turned to Mrs. Dorsey and said, “Whatever Andrew Johnson may be, he is no friend of our race.”

–Frederick Douglass, from the Autobiography

Previously:

Kaepernick | Dictators | Social dislocation | Stupidity and smugness | The Enormous Radio | Illness as aberration | Lord Farquaad’s compensations | Parkman’s Mountains | Millennial job interview | Ideality of art | Man’s contradictions | Lure of coercion | Clarissa | Conversations with women | Jackie Robinson’s anthem | Ephemeral happiness | Mann’s Irony | Shaw’s Theater | Reason | Kiss of death | Brennan to Trump’s narcissism | No idiot presidents | California’s Serengetti | Working class fallacies | Art defies death | Why children observe | Friendly supremacists | Bush’s reading list | Albert Murray’s century | Egotism’s obstacles | To become a human being | Case Against Sugar | Ralph Peters on Fox | Sex and happiness | Demoralizing abortion | Vietnam kill ratio | Brandeis on speculation

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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.

In Court: Michael Cummings, the Palm Coast resident of Point Pleasant Drive facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of his ex-wife at their Point Pleasant home in January, is scheduled for a pre-trial at 8:45 a.m. before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. He’s currently being held at the Flagler County jail without bond. (Case #2018CF000058, jail log.)

The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council will discuss how to go about replacing Steve Nobile, the councilman resigning this month.

The Flagler County Planning and Development Board meets at 6 p.m. in Board Chambers at the Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, first floor, Bunnell.

Flagler’s Community Traffic Safety Team meets at 9 a.m. at Flagler Technical Institute, 5400 E. Hwy 100, just west of Flagler Palm Coast High School. The meeting is open to all who have a concern with road safety. The May meeting features a presentation by Karissa Moffett, Safe Routes to School Coordinator from the Health Planning Council. Karissa will give a 15-minute presentation on how to make Flagler County safe, convenient and fun for children and families to walk and bike to school. Join us to learn about the Safe Routes to School program, resources and special events available to Flagler Schools and the community (Program funded by Florida Department of Transportation). Also featured: Joe Steward, District 5 FDOT CTST Coordinator, as he provides updates on the latest traffic safety data for our community. He may even have an update on the three roundabouts planned for Flagler County. (See: “Roundabout Construction at US1 and Old Dixie Will Start In a Few Months Despite Opposition.”)

Bunnell Elementary hosts a poetry slam in the school’s media center at 5:30 p.m.

The Matanzas High School Advisory Council meets at 6 p.m. in the school’s Learning Commons.

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

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

  • Tuesday: Palm Coast Bowling Lanes, 11 Old Kings Road, 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Friday: Chick Fil A, 1000 Palm Coast Parkway, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: Bealls, 1210 Palm Coast Parkway, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: Epic Theatres, Palm Coast’s Town Center, 11 a.m. 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, 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:

Free Skywarn Storm Spotter class May 9: Flagler County Emergency Services and the National Weather Service will host a free Skywarn Storm Spotter class on Wednesday, May 9, at the Emergency Operations Center. Cindy Elsenheimer, meteorologist and senior forecaster with the National Weather Service, will teach the class. It will cover everything from cloud formations to thunderstorm development to visual predictions. Those who participate in the class – which begins at 6 p.m. May 9 – are eligible to become volunteer storm spotters and assist Emergency Services and the National Weather Service by reporting potentially hazardous weather events.
While warnings for thunderstorms are only issued for hail and high winds, lightning is part of all storms and is the cause of more deaths in the United States than tornadoes and hurricanes, according to the National Weather Service. Additionally, Flagler County is located within the gap of the nearest Doppler radar towers. “More than 2,000 residents have received this training in the past 23 years,” said Emergency Management Technician Bob Pickering, who has organized all 51 classes since the’ve been held at EOC starting in the 1990s. Registration is required, and can be done by calling Pickering at 386-313-4250, or by email at bpickering@flaglercounty.org.

Flagler County Veterans Services Office closed May 7-11 to allow the team to attend annual training. The training, which is conducted by the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, is required for re-certification as an accredited representative who is recognized by the U.S. of Veterans Affairs to assist veterans and their families with their interactions before the VA. “Veterans who need assistance should try to make arrangements to meet with us this week, or when our offices reopen on May 14,” said Veterans Services Officer David Lydon. Representatives are trained to help veterans understand and apply for any VA benefits they may be entitled to including: compensation, education, vocational rehabilitation and employment, home loans, life insurance, pension, health care, and burial benefits. Flagler County Veterans Services Office is a professional resource offered to all members of the armed forces of the United States – former, present, and future – including those with disabilities, whether service connected or not.

The Online auction to benefit the G.W. Carver Center in Bunnell is now open. Art Work, Local Experiences, Restaurant Gift Cards, Baskets, FCYC Summer Camp Registration & Trip Specials, Window Cleaning, Kayaking Tour, Furniture, World Wide Time Share, Camping Rentals, and the list goes on and on. The purpose of the auction is to raise money to go back into the development of the Carver Center. The Flagler County School Board and Flagler County Government have both owned and managed the facility over the years. Due to budgetary constraints it appeared it would be necessary to close the facility in 2010. A coalition was born to save the Gym and restore it as a community center. Our foundation was created to serve this facility with grant funding and equipment/supply needs. In order to participate in this auction you must register for a bidder account here. On the last day of the auction if a bidder submits a bid in the last 3 minutes before auction closes that item will extend for another 3 minutes and that process will repeat for up to a half hour the official close. Go bid here. If you have any questions please contact us via email at auction@carverfoundation.org

Summer Camps:

ag museum campsAt the Florida Agricultural Museum: Our two new Fantastic Summer Camp Programs with Cathy Tallacksen, Instructor. Pioneer Life Ways, and Native American Traditions. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, four sessions available, $200 per week. Sibling discount, $175. Hurry and sign your child up HERE: https://form.jotform.com/80727305907964 and click here to see the full poster.

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 CREDIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM DISCUSSED: The Florida Department of Revenue will hold meetings about a new sales-tax credit scholarship program passed by lawmakers during this year’s legislative session and the “hope scholarship” program. The programs are part of an effort by lawmakers to expand school choice. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., and 1 p.m., Capital Circle Office Complex, Building 1, 2450 Shumard Oak Blvd, Tallahassee.)

SUPREME COURT WEIGHS PATERNITY CASE: The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in four cases, including a dispute about whether a biological father should be able to establish legal paternity of a child. The mother of the child was married to another man, and the Broward County case involves legal questions about establishing paternity in such situations. (Tuesday, 9 a.m. Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

PSC CONSIDERS NEW POWER PLANTS: The Florida Public Service Commission will decide whether to give key approvals to two proposed power plants that would generate electricity for customers of electric cooperatives across the state. The commission will consider approving what are known as “determinations of need” for the proposed plants in Putnam and Pasco counties. Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc., which supplies wholesale electricity to cooperatives, wants to build a plant in Putnam County and is jointly seeking approval with Shady Hills Energy Center, LLC for a plant in Pasco County. Seminole Electric contends that the projects are the most cost-effective way to meet the future energy needs of customers of cooperatives. But the projects have drawn opposition from Quantum Pasco Power, L.P., which owns an already-existing plant in Pasco County. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

RESERVOIR SITE VISITED: The South Florida Water Management District will host a site visit for the construction industry of a major reservoir project in Hendry County that is part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. The project, known as the C-43 Reservoir, is planned to hold water from the Caloosahatchee River. A contract is expected to be awarded in early 2019. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 3338 Congen Road, LaBelle.)

TECO SOLAR PROJECTS ON TABLE: The Florida Public Service Commission will hold a hearing about a proposal by Tampa Electric Co. to increase base electric rates to pay for two solar-energy projects in Polk and Hillsborough counties. Such increases for solar projects were contemplated in a rate agreement that the Public Service Commission approved last year. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

CRAB FISHERIES AT ISSUE: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold one in a series of public workshops about issues related to stone-crab and blue-crab fisheries. The agency is considering a requirement that crab traps be affixed with an FWC-issued tag number. (Tuesday, 6 p.m., Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 Eighth Ave. S.E., St. Petersburg.)

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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

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May 23: The Flagler Chamber's Common Ground Breakfast features a 2019 Legislative Update with Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Dr., Palm Coast, Checkin begins at 7:30, breakfast starts promptly at 8.
May 23: Flagler Lifeline, a volunteer committee and Flagler Cares affiliate established to broaden conversation and awareness of suicide, will host a public town hall event at 6 p.m.  at the Flagler County Association of Realtors building, 4101 East Moody Blvd. in Bunnell. The Town Hall will feature presentations by mental health experts, suicide survivors and others who have been touched by suicide, and will be facilitated by Colleen Conklin, the long-time school board member and one of Flagler Lifeline’s founders. For the past several years Conklin has hosted periodic events, including electronic town halls, to bring awareness to bullying and suicide prevention. The May 23 town hall, like Flagler Lifeline's emergence, is partly a result of Flagler County's place in 2017 as the county with the leading suicide rate in the state, proportional to its population. See the background story here.
May 23: The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 South Second Street. Commissioners will consider making the city a member of the American Flood Coalition.
May 23: The Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. An agenda had not been posted online as of May 18.
May 23: The Wadsworth Elementary School Advisory Council and PTO meet at 6 p.m. in the school’s media center.
May 23: Palm Coast Artist and 2011 Flagler County Artist of the Year Weldon Ryan hosts a meet and great at the Bronze Kingdom African Art Gallery, 3201 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wine and cheese, 15 percent off on all of Weldon's works.
May 23-26: "Southern Fried Funeral," a play at the Daytona Playhouse, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Adults $20, Seniors 55 and up, $18, Youths 18 and under $8. Address: 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, or see directions here. Buy tickets online here. Box office: 386-255-2431.
May 24: Flagler County Emergency Management chief Jonathan Lord hosts a media roundtable at noon on the upcoming hurricane season, at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg. 3 (behind the Government Services Building), Bunnell.
May 24: Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 2 p.m. 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.
May 25: Pool Safety Day at Palm Coast's Freeda Zamba pool, 339 Parkview Drive, open to all ages, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is designed to teach the importance and seriousness of safety, but while having fun and participating in activities that children will remember. Florida is one of two states that lead the nation with at least 21 fatal child drownings last summer, according to a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and USA Swimming Foundation. About ten people die every day from unintentional drowning and of these, two will be children age 14 or younger, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fee is $1 for seniors and youth age 17 and under. It is $2 for adults.
May 27: Memorial Day, 8 a.m. start time at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy. The City of Palm Coast welcomes the community to share a meaningful Memorial Day tribute to those who have lost their lives while serving their country. U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, who represents District 6, will speak. Rain Location: Fire Station 21 at 9 Corporate Drive Free and no registration required. More info: 386-986-2300.
May 28: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. in the first-floor conference room at the Government Services Building
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.
For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of May 4, 2018, with a link to the full week in review here.

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