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Thursday Briefing: Common Ground, Staly Subpoena, Drug Court Graduation, Beadle to Forte, NAACP

| September 27, 2018

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Dawn and Tony Butrym of Ormond Beach were the first two volunteers to register Monday in the vast, sheriff-led volunteer search of Ricky Wheeler, the 17-year-old boy who’d disappeared on Sept. 21. Tony found Ricky’s clothes, Dawn found his shoes. They appeared at a news conference with Chief Paul Bovino and others at the Sheriff’s Office Wednesday afternoon, recapping the search and rescue. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. South 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: 336
The OED’s Word of the Day: lorem ipsum, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“Many conservatives came to regard railroads as the preeminent instrument of an erotic force that would, unless stringent measures wered taken, destroy the French family and substitute for France itself a mongrel pornocracy governed by queens all in the image of Manet’s Olympia. “The railroads, exercising a bizarre influence on the intellectual as well as the economic state of society, pour into Paris every day a mobile but tightly packed mass of bustling provincials whose literary culture is, to say the least, slapdash and vagrant.”

–J.J. Weiss, cited in Frederick Brown’s “Zola” (1995).

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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: a hearing is scheduled before County Judge Melissa Moore Stens in the case of Eric Cooley, the Flagler Beach commissioner facing a misdemeanor battery charge. The hearing is on the defense’s motion for a gag order on Sheriff Rick Staly, whose statements about the case the defense claims are prejudicial to Cooley. See the background story here. The hearing is at 3 p.m. in Courtroom 404 at the Flagler County courthouse. (Case 201818MM867.)

Common Ground Breakfast: Join the Flagler Chamber at the Hilton Garden Inn with guests Dr. Ron Jimenez, Florida Hospital Flagler CEO, Dr. Dean Abtahi, Interventional Cardiologist, and Dr. Issam Nasr, Gastroenterologist, who will discuss Florida Hospital Flagler’s current and future state, strategies to meet the needs of the community, cardiac and gastroenterology common diseases, screening and treatment options. 55 Town Center Dr., Palm Coast, check-in at 7:30 a.m., breakfast and talk at 8 a.m. Registration required by Sept. 21. Members may preregister for $25. Guests & future members may attend for $35. Contact Heather Edwards by email here.

Flagler County Drug Court holds its 32nd graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Flagler County courthouse, Courtroom 401, on the fourth floor. The keynote speaker is Sheriff Rick Staly.

mike beadle palm coast fire and ambulance servicesLongtime Palm Coast Fire Chief Michael C. Beadle retires and Deputy Chief Jerry Forte becomes the city’s fire chief at a Transfer of Command ceremony set for 2 p.m. at Palm Coast Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy. Parking will be limited, so please carpool if possible. The ceremony promises the pomp and circumstance fitting of the fire service tradition. The Palm Coast Fire Department Honor Guard will present colors and several formal presentations will be made before Chief Forte is sworn in. Both Beadle and Forte will speak.

The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5 p.m. for its second and final budget hearing to set next year’s tax rates and city budget, and at 5:30 p.m. for a regular meeting, at City Hall.

Palm Coast’s Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center.

School Board member Andy Dance and County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin hold a 6 p.m. town hall meeting at Hidden Trails Community Center in western Flagler.

The Flagler County NAACP convenes at 6 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast. A Nominating Committee will be selected to put together a slate of candidates for the election of officers and at-large members of the Executive Committee. All members with current membership – as of April 1, 2018 – may be nominated for office. And, because the meeting is important, the membership is urged to attend. For further details, call the NAACP at 386-446-7822.

The Flagler Playhouse launches its new season with Sweeney Todd, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. in the second of three show weekends. One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. The Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Call the box office at 386-586-0773 or visit the website for tickets here.

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):

  • Friday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: Sea My Home Realty, 4750 East Moody Blvd. (SR100), 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: Epic Theaters, 1185 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, 1 to 6 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:

Flagler County Public Library Director Holly Albanese posted these images of the ongoing displays at the library, commemorating Banned Book Week:

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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.

CHAMBER CONTINUES ‘FUTURE OF FLORIDA’ EVENT: The Florida Chamber Foundation will continue its “2018 Future of Florida Forum.” Speakers on Thursday are expected to include Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis; Matt Caldwell, the Republican candidate for state agriculture commissioner; state Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay; state Rep. Bob Rommel, R-Naples; and Cissy Proctor, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. (Thursday, general session starts at 8 a.m., Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, 1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando.)

FWC CONSIDERS SHRIMP AND TRAP RULES: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will continue a two-day meeting and take up issues such as rules for invasive fish and wildlife and a rule dealing with trap fisheries — stone crab, blue crab, and spiny lobster. Also, it will consider a rule that would exclude live food shrimp from seafood icing requirements. Currently, food shrimp is required to be iced to maintain proper safety. (Thursday, 8:30 a.m. Florida Public Safety Institute Conference Center, 85 Academy Dr., Havana.)

CITRUS GRANT APPLICATIONS DISCUSSED: The state Division of Emergency Management will hold a workshop about the process for citrus growers to apply for federal aid stemming from damage sustained by the industry in Hurricane Irma. (Thursday, 9 a.m., Citrus Research and Education Center, 700 Experiment Station Road, Lake Alfred. Also, 2 p.m., Bert Harris Agricultural Center, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring.)

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

MEDICAID DISENROLLMENT DISCUSSED: The Agency for Health Care Administration will hold a meeting about a proposed rule change clarifying “good cause” reasons for Medicaid beneficiaries to request changes in managed-care plans. (Thursday, 3:30 p.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Dr., Building 3, Tallahassee.)

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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 Sept. 14, 2018, with a link to the full week in review here.

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