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Thursday Briefing: ‘Smog of the Sea,’ Democrats’ Open House, GOP Congressionals’ Forum

| June 7, 2018

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‘The Smog of the Sea,’ a documentary, chronicles a one-week journey of citizen scientists examining the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans. The film is screened for free today at Daytona State’s Palm Coast campus. See details below.

Today: Partly cloudy with chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the east in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows around 70. Southwest 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: 57
The OED’s Word of the Day: quot homines tot sententiae, phr..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

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“And, to be sure, this Court has held same-sex marriage a matter of constitutional right and various States have enacted laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. But it is also true that no bureaucratic judgment condemning a sincerely held religious belief as “irrational” or “offensive” will ever survive strict scrutiny under the First Amendment. In this country, the place of secular officials isn’t to sit in judgment of religious beliefs, but only to protect their free exercise. Just as it is the “proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence” that we protect speech that we hate, it must be the proudest boast of our free exercise jurisprudence that we protect religious beliefs that we find offensive.”

–Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in gay wedding cake decision concurrence, June 4, 2018.

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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.

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 Chairman’s Club at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise, Fla. See the full agenda here. It is the second of seven sets of two-day meetings, with such meetings scheduled every month through November. The Florida Channel will be broadcasting the meeting and will be streaming it live here. You may submit your public comments here.



Flagler County Democrats host an open house at their headquarters at 2 Office Park Drive in Palm Coast from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Come by, say hello, and find out more about what Flagler County Democrats are doing to move Flagler forward together.

“The Smog of the Sea” Film Screening and Panel Discussion: In honor of World Oceans Day, the free film screening and panel discussion is about plastics and plastic pollution. A panel discussion will follow the 30 minute film. Panelists include Dr. Maia McGuire (UF/IAS Extension/Florida Microplastic Awareness Project), Jackie Nunez (Republic Services), Dr. Todd Osborne (UF/Whitney Lab) and Dr. Ed McGinley (Flagler College). Noon, at the Daytona State College Flagler Palm Coast Campus, Building 3, RM 105 (3000 Palm Coast Parkway Southeast, Palm Coast, FL 32137).

Flagler Republican Forum Series: Meet the Candidates for U.S. Congress at the Pasta & Politics Event at Pine Lakes Golf Club. Hosted by the Flagler County Young Republicans. Dinner Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 5 p.m.

Critics Choice Dinner: Join fellow Critics Choice members for dinner at Funky Pelican in Flagler Beach at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and/or transportation is the participant’s responsibility and pre-registration is required at www.palmcoastgov.com/register.

Final Day of the Sales Tax Holiday on hurricane supplies: The tax break started June 1. Floridians are able to buy a wide range of supplies during the period without paying sales taxes. Examples include portable self-powered light sources that cost $20 or less; portable self-powered radios, two-way radios, or weather band radios that cost $50 or less; tarps or other waterproof sheeting the cost $50 or less; ground anchor systems or tie-down kits that cost $50 or less; gas or diesel fuel tanks that cost $25 or less; packages of batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, that cost $30 or less; coolers that cost $30 or less; portable generators that cost $750 or less; and reusable ice that costs $10 or less.

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

  • Thursday: Hammock Beach Resort, 200 Ocean Crest Drive, Palm Coast, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday: Zaxby’s, 180 Cypress Edge Drive, Palm Coast, from noon to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Aldi, 5095 State Road 100, Palm Coast, from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Friday: Fitness One, 250 Old Kings Road South, Flagler Beach, from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Friday: Epic Theaters, 1185 Central Ave., Palm Coast, from 2 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: Epic Theaters, 1185 Central Ave., Palm Coast, from 1 to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday: St. Mark y the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Parkway, 8 a.m. to 1 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 5-6
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, June 5
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, June 5
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, June 5
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, June 5
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, June 5
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, June 5
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:

June 4 through Aug. 3 – Fun in the Sun Summer Camp – Monday-Friday, Palm Coast Parks & Recreation weekly camps from June 4 through Aug. 3, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, with late pick-up available for additional fee. Fun-filled, themed activities such as arts and crafts, stories, recreational games, nature hikes, swimming and special guest presentations are planned for this camp for students in grades K-8 (grade just completed). Campers are eligible for the free lunch program provided by Flagler Schools. Optional field trips for additional fee. Students can be registered for one or multiple weeks. $80/week. Register at www.palmcoastgov.com/register. More info: 386-986-2323.

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.

DOUGLAS PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION MEETS: The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which was created this year as part of a school-safety law, will meet in Broward County. Among the topics will be school discipline and diversion programs. Lawmakers formed the commission after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people. (Thursday, 8:30 a.m., BB&T Center, Chairman’s Club, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise.)

FACEBOOK FRIENDS ON DOCKET: The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in three cases, including a dispute about whether a circuit judge should be disqualified from a case because she was a Facebook friend of an attorney representing one of the parties. The Herssein Law Group took the issue to the Supreme Court after the 3rd District Court of Appeal rejected a request to disqualify Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko. The dispute stems from a lawsuit that the firm filed against a former client, United Services Automobile Association, for alleged breach of contract and fraud. As part of the case, the law firm accused a company official of witness tampering, and USAA hired Israel Reyes, a former judge, to represent the official. The Herssein firm sought to disqualify Butchko because she was a Facebook friend of Reyes. The firm raised concerns about receiving a fair and impartial trial, but Butchko declined to recuse herself. (Thursday, 9 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

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

GINGRICH SPEAKS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY: Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich will speak and sign copies of his book, “Trump’s America,” during a Palm Beach Republican Club luncheon event. (Thursday, 12:30 p.m., The Colony Hotel, 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 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.
June 21: Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp, South 6th Street on the beach, Flagler Beach, starting at 9 a.m.
June 21: Senior Summer Celebration Cookout (Senior Special Event), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. Celebrate the first day of summer with a cookout at the Community Center. Hot dogs, hamburgers and fixings will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a side dish. Sign up at the front desk with the dish you are bringing. $5/person with pre-registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/seniors. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 21: Dive-in Movies, 8 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. Just bring your swimsuit and enjoy the show! Dive-in movie nights at the Palm Coast Aquatics Center provides a unique outdoor movie viewing experience for the entire family. Be sure to grab your favorite snack, sit back and enjoy the show! Food and snacks will be available for purchase. This month features “Hotel Transylvania 3” (PG). $1/seniors & youth and $2/adults. More info: 386-986-4741 and www.palmcoastgov.com/movies.
June 22: New works by JJ Graham fill the gallery walls for the gallery's monthly event. Celebrate with us during JJ’s birthday month. A gourmet taco bar and drinks are included with the purchase of admission. Our live musical guest is Jake Cox. 6 p.m., 802 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Admission: $15. Parking: Overflow parking is across the street at the sheriff's operations office.
June 22: Watson Realty Corp. hosts its annual summer kick-off and family fun day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1410 Palm Coast Parkway, with firefighters, sheriff's deputies offering safety tips, games, food and music.
June 23: Bow Wow Bingo to benefit the Flagler Humane Society, $25 cost includes a fish fry, 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 53 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast.
June 24-27: Golf Summer Camp – Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m-1 p.m. at Palm Harbor Golf Club, 20 Palm Harbor Drive, Palm Coast. Learn the game of golf during these fun-filled days of short game, full swing, putting, golf etiquette, sportsmanship, and friendly competition. Open to all skill levels. Lunch, snacks, & drinks included. For ages 6-16 years. $150/week. Deadline to register is June 17. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 24-27: Tennis Summer Camp (Session 2) – 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: 386-986-2323.
June 24: 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.
June 24: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club meets at 4:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 8696 47 N. Old Kings Road. From 4:30 - 6 p.m. the time is used for buying, selling and trading stamps and coins. The club meeting starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30. There is a live auction of stamps and coins at the end of the meeting. The club is open for members, the general public, and all who are interested in stamp and coin collecting and investing. Free stamps and coin evaluations at all our meetings. The club is the only non-profit Stamp and Coin Club in Flagler County. For more information please visit the club's web site.
June 25: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway. The task force will meet the fourth Tuesday of every month at the library through November.
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 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.
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 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.


For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
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Cats and Dogs Looking For Homes

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Cats and Dogs Looking for Homes is provided as a service to Community Cats of Palm Coast and the Flagler Humane Society. Should you have a lost pet and would like it noticed here, please contact us at editor@flaglerlive.com.

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

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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of June 3, 2018, with a link to the full week in review here.

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