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Monday Briefing: Suicide Prevention Day, Women’s Self-Defense, Bunnell Manager, Mideast Primer

| September 10, 2018

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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Last year, Flagler County had the highest rate of suicides, per 100,000 people, among Florida’s 67 counties.

Today: Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 90. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. 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: 126
The OED’s Word of the Day: ogham, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“When you have the muzzle of a high-powered rifle in your mouth, there are many things to consider other than your despair.”

–From Anthony Swofford’s “Jarhead (2003).

Previously:

 

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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.

The Flagler County Land Acquisition Committee meets at 3:30 p.m. in the First Floor Conference Room at the government Services Building, 1769 E Moody Blvd., Bldg 2, Bunnell.

The Flagler County Library Board of Trustees meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Flagler County Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW, Palm Coast.

bunnell logoThe Bunnell City Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. in the first of two public hearings to adopt its 2018-19 budget and taxes, and meets in regular session immediately afterward, when commissioners will discuss contract negotiations with Alvin Jackson, the prospective city manager, at City Hall, 201 West Moody Boulevard, Bunnell.

World Suicide Prevention Day, an especially notable day for Flagler, which in 2017 had the highest number of suicides in its history (31) and the highest rate of suicides of any county in Florida. See: “Grim Flagler Milestone in 2017: Most Suicides In County’s History, Highest Rate in Florida.”



The Flagler County Veterans Advisory Council meets at 4 p.m. in the First Floor Conference room of the Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. The board will discuss the Masonic Cemetery off of Old Kings Road and suicide prevention.

Women’s Self Defense, 6-8 p.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. Sgt. Michael Lutz from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will teach you skills that will make you more aware of your surroundings as well as methods to protect yourself and safety tips to implement right away. Participants must attend all three classes on Sept. 10, 17 and 24. Free but please pre-register by 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2323.

embry riddleFree Embry–Riddle Speaker Series, 7 p.m. at the L. Gale Lemerand Auditorium, 739 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach. Ret. Brigadier Gen. Ernest Audino Presents “The Middle East: A General’s View.” Retired Brigadier General Ernest Audino will join Speaker Series moderator Marc Bernier to provide an overview of the security situations in Syria and Iraq based upon personal insights from his own experiences. Audino will examine the allied efforts to destroy the Islamic State, the ongoing struggle of the Iraqi Kurds to achieve independence and the great power discord in the Middle East region. Audino is a Senior Military Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research. He is also the only U.S. general to have served in Iraq as a combat advisor embedded in a Kurdish Peshmerga unit. Q&A following the talk.

Through Sept. 23: The Palm Coast Senior Games. This year’s sanctioned events include archery, horseshoes, pickleball, tennis, golf and tai chi (new). The non-sanctioned events include ballroom dancing and a lot of new areas, such as sailboat racing, cornhole, bridge and cribbage. Men and women compete against other athletes and participants of the same gender and age group. Registration is $15 and includes a T-shirt and participation in one sport; participation in each additional sport event is $15. Competition is offered in 11 different age categories for sanctioned events and 3 different age categories for non-sanctioned events. To see the schedule and learn more, visit www.palmcoastgov.com/seniorgames. Registration can be accessed from the Senior Games website or directly at www.parksandrec.fun/seniors. Athletes may also register in person at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE.

big red bus scheduleBlood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week (schedule your donation by going to the website and entering a Palm Coast zip code, then locating one of the venues below):

  • Monday: Daytona State College, Palm Coast campus, 3000 Palm Coast Parkway, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Daytona State College, Palm Coast campus, 3000 Palm Coast Parkway, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: CVS Pharmacy, 1 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, 2 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Bunnell City Hall, 201 West Moody Boulevard, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday: Aldi, 5095 State Road 100, 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: Chick Fil A, 1000 Palm Coast Parkway, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Santa Maria del Mar Church, 915 North Central Avenue, Flagler Beach, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: Flagler Humane Society, 1 Shelter Drive, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 4 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, July 8-9
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, July 8
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, July 8
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, July 8
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, July 8
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, July 8
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, July 8
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:

Shea Drury of Waste Pro’s Palm Coast Division

Shea Drury of Waste Pro’s Palm Coast Division.

Flagler-Palm Coast’s WastePro Division Has a New Manager: Waste Pro has announced Shea Drury of Waste Pro’s Palm Coast Division assumed the role of Division Manager on September 1. Drury, a fourth-generation garbage man, joined Waste Pro in 2014 as part of the company’s Management Development Program. Through the program, he’s been immersed in all facets of the waste and recycling industry. While working on the back of a truck in Orlando, Drury obtained a Class A CDL license. He also spent time in Palm Coast and Jacksonville where he underwent hands-on learning rotations as a driver, as well as roles in supervision, operations, and sales. In 2016, Drury was selected to be a member of Waste Pro’s inaugural Leadership Initiative, a mentorship program designed to develop a vibrant second generation of young leaders. As Division Manager of the Palm Coast Division, Drury will be responsible for overseeing 56 employees who service more than 40,000 residential customers and more than 1,500 commercial customers in Palm Coast and Flagler County. “I’m looking to continue to build a strong relationship with the community and show Palm Coast we’re not only a garbage company, but a company that cares about our people,” Drury said.

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.

MEDICAID CONTRACT CHALLENGES CONTINUE: Administrative Law Judge John D.C. Newton will resume hearing arguments in challenges to contracting decisions by the state Agency for Health Care Administration. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the South Florida Community Care Network filed challenges after their health plans were denied Medicaid managed-care contracts. (Monday, 10:30 a.m., DeSoto Building, 1230 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee.)

STEWART, SHERIFF TOUT ‘LIFESAVER’ PROGRAM: State Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings will hold a news conference to announce the launch of “Project Lifesaver,” a search-and-rescue program for people who have cognitive disorders and could be prone to wandering or getting lost. (Monday, 11 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Office Central Operations Mel Martinez Auditorium, 2500 West Colonial Dr., Orlando.)

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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

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July 19: Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp, 9 to 1 p.m. at South 6th Street on the Beach in Flagler Beach.
July 19: The Flagler Beach Charter Review Commission meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
July 19: 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 “Incredibles 2” (PG). More info: 386-986-4741 and www.palmcoastgov.com/movies.
July 20: Flagler Pier Fishing Tournament, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Flagler Beach Fishing Pier. For any questions, please contact the Pier bait shop at 386-517-2436.
July 20: Youth Fishing Derby, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 150 Waterfront Park Road, Palm Coast. Come out to Waterfront Park for a day of family fun, food, and catch-and-release fishing. Youth will be eligible for various prizes based on different categories such as longest fish, heaviest fish, most fish, smallest fish and others. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Any adult actively assisting a youth must have a fishing license. For ages 15 and under. Free and registration is encouraged but not required at www.parksandrec.fun/events. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 20: Meet with your local Fire Rescue personnel, while you tour your community’s Fire Station and equipment, at Flagler County Fire Station 92 at the county airport, 130 Airport Rd., Palm Coast, from 9 a.m. to noon. Additionally, personnel from Florida Forest Service and Flagler County Emergency Management will be available to explain and assist residents in signing up for the ALERTFlagler emergency notifications, and Special Needs Sheltering programs. For more information please contact Chief Fire Marshall (386) 313-4258
July 20-21: 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 20-21: "Sleeping Beauty," at the Daytona Playhouse, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., Adults $13, Seniors 55 and up, $18, Youths 18 and under $7. Address: 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, or see directions here. Buy tickets online here. Box office: 386-255-2431.
July 22: 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.
July 22: 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 23: Flagler County is hosting a ceremonial signing of its beach renourishment agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers at 2 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Government Services Building. Commission Chair Donald O’Brien and Jacksonville District Commander Colonel Andrew Kelly will make a few opening comments about the 2.6 mile 10-foot dune and beach profile extension in Flagler Beach. They, along with County Attorney Al Hadeed, will sign four copies of the final agreement. The 50-year, $100 million project is largely unfunded but will depend on Flagler County to secure half the money. The federal government would assume the other half. It applies to only 2.6 miles of beach in Flagler Beach. See: "Flagler About To Sign 50-Year, $100 Million Deal to Rebuild 2.6 Miles of Dunes in Flagler Beach. It Has Only a Fraction of the Money."
July 23: 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.
July 24: 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.
July 25: common ground breakfastCarolyn Gosselin, Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, is the featured speaker at the Flagler Chamber's Common Ground breakfast, 8 a.m. at the Palm Coast Hilton Garden Inn, 50 Town Court. Registration is required by July 19. Members can preregister for $25, Guests and future members can attend for $35. No walk-ups.
July 27: Tour de Palm Coast: Ride along the scenic route of St. Joe Walkway on this free tour. The tour will begin leaving promptly at 8 a.m. from the Palm Coast Community Center. Riders are encouraged to bring water, and all riders must wear a helmet.
July 27: 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.
July 27: The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and the Palm Coast Area Council invites you to a small business development workshop. With Thaddeus Hammond, Economic Development Director of the SBA North Florida District, a leading expert in developing small businesses as guest speaker. 5 to 7 p.m., The Windsor of Palm Coast, 50 Town Ct, Palm Coast. Chamber Member: $15 per person, Guest and Future Chamber Member: $25 per person. Contact Melinda Rivera at 386-437-0106 or send her an email at melinda@flaglerchamber.org.
July 29-Aug. 2: Monday-Friday, July 29-Aug. 2, 8 a.m-5 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. Love art? Come enjoy a week where you can let your creative side take flight. Campers will spend their days creating, drawing, sketching, painting and more! Of course, we’ll go to the pool and play some games, too. Lunch is provided at no extra charge by the Flagler County School District. For grades 6-8 (grade just completed). $80/entire week. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 29: 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 31: james mcdevittAn evidentiary hearing twice postponed is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the case of James McDevitt, who is serving a 40-year prison sentence in the 2015 rape of a woman in Flagler Beach, has been postponed to July 31. McDevitt pleaded guilty to the rape charge, but is now claiming ineffective counsel by two successive lawyers and is seeking to have the conviction and sentence vacated. The hearing is before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Perkins has reserved one hour for the hearing. The hearing had originally been scheduled for early April. McDevitt's lawyer asked for it to be rescheduled because of an emergency family issue (regarding the lawyer's family). It was again postponed to May 17. McDevitt has been at the Flagler County jail since April 4, awaiting the proceeding. He is normally incarcerated at Taylor prison in Perry, in Florida's Big Bend area. See details here.

For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
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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 Aug. 31, 2018, with a link to the full week in review here.

https://flaglerlive.com/wp-content/uploads/week-in-review-aug-31-20181.pdf

Road and Interstate Construction:

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