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Tuesday Briefing: Wetlands Restoration Reckoning, Palm Coast Survey, Starlight Video, MHS Concert

| December 11, 2018

 Oceans Fence and Railing, above, won Best Float in Saturday's Starlight Parade through Palm Coast's Town Center, Lowe's won Best of Parade, FPC won Best Marching Unit, Innovative Dance Company won Best Decorative Vehicle, and Matanzas won Best School Pride. See the full video under Announcements below.

Oceans Fence and Railing, above, won Best Float in Saturday’s Starlight Parade through Palm Coast’s Town Center, Lowe’s won Best of Parade, FPC won Best Marching Unit, Innovative Dance Company won Best Decorative Vehicle, and Matanzas won Best School Pride. See the full video under Announcements below.

Today: Cooler. Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 5 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: 119
The OED’s Word of the day: ruvid, adj.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

 

“Getting straight A’s requires conformity. Having an influential career demands originality. In a study of students who graduated at the top of their class, the education researcher Karen Arnold found that although they usually had successful careers, they rarely reached the upper echelons. “Valedictorians aren’t likely to be the future’s visionaries,” Dr. Arnold explained. “They typically settle into the system instead of shaking it up.”

–From Adam Grant’s “What Straight-A Students Get Wrong,” The New York Times, Dec. 8, 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.



The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. With its two new board members on board, the council will discuss an update on its 2019 priorities and hear a presentation on the 2018 citizen’s survey, among other items.

Wetlands restoration: The St. Johns River Water Management District Board meets starting at 9 a.m. with a Finance, Audit and Administration Committee, then at 11 a.m. with the full board, which will hear an update on the controversial wetlands restoration project planned for the area along the Intracoastal Waterway near Flagler Beach, with possible action on the item. See FlaglerLive’s previous coverage here, here and here.

The Value Adjustment Board holds a hearing at 10 a.m., Government Services Complex, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg, 2. Third Floor, Room 3B, Bunnell.

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. The board will discuss membership rules relating to the planning board.

Town Hall meeting: Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins, Bunnell Mayor Catherine Robinson and and Bunnell City Manager Alvin Jackson host a community meeting at the Versie Lee Mitchell Community Center, 405 E. Drain St., Bunnell, at 6 p.m.

Matanzas High School hosts its winter concert at Pirates Theater at 7 p.m., 3535 Pirate Nation Way, Palm Coast.

Rotary Club Annual Fantasy Lights Festival in Palm Coast’s Town Center’s Central Park, through New Year, every evening until 9 p.m. Free admission, with recommended donation to the Rotary Club, which makes the lights possible.

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):

  • Wednesday: Banfield Pet Hospital, Target Shopping Center, 5270, East Highway 100, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Flagler Department of Health, 301 Dr. Carter Boulevard, Bunnell, 2 to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Starbucks in Target, Target shopping center, 5270, East Highway 100, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, 3100 South Oceanshore Boulevard, Flagler Beach, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday: Chick Fil A, 1000 Palm Coast Parkway, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday: Advance America Palm Coast, 800 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday: Starbucks, Island Walk, 250 Palm Coast Parkway, 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:

Watch Saturday’s Starlight Parade Through Town Center

On the video, you will see this year’s outstanding entries as they make their way through Town Center, with the wonderful Fantasy Lights in Central Park as the backdrop. The Starlight Parade was hosted by Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle and his wife, DeeDee, and this year’s Grand Marshal leading the parade was Bill Butler, recently retired City of Palm Coast Landscape Architect, who is responsible for the landscaping that makes Palm Coast so beautiful and is also one of the Rotary Club of Flagler County’s founders of the annual Fantasy Lights.

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.

LEGISLATIVE ETHICS ON AGENDA: The House will hold a meeting for its members on ethics in the Legislature. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

BUDGET, RULES, BILL DRAFTING DISCUSSED: The House will hold orientation-type meetings that will include an introduction to the state budget, an introduction to House rules and an introduction to bill drafting. (Tuesday, 10:15 a.m., budget meeting, Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, 10:15 a.m., rules meeting, 306 House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, 10:15 a.m., drafting meeting, 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

MEDICAID, PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND OFFICE ACCOUNTS AT ISSUE: The House will hold orientation-type meetings about the Medicaid program and governance and performance in the pre-K through 12th grade system. It also will hold a meeting for House members to better understand their office accounts. (Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Medicaid meeting, Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, pre-k through 12th grade meeting, 11:30 a.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, 11:30 a.m., office accounts meeting, Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

FINDING BALANCE AND PRESENTING BILLS DISCUSSED: The House will hold a meeting for members about balancing family, work and service. Also, it will hold a meeting about presenting bills and a meeting titled, “Things I Wished Someone Told Me When I Started.” (Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., balancing meeting, members dining hall, the Capitol. Also, 12:30 p.m., presenting bills meeting, Room 333, the Capitol. Also, 12:30 p.m., “Things I Wished Someone Told Me When I Started,” House Majority Office conference room, third floor, the Capitol.)

HIGHER ED, ETHICS AND LEAGIS AT ISSUE: The House will hold orientation-type meetings about the higher-education system, ethics and the LEAGIS legislative computer system. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., higher education, 306 House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, 1:30 p.m., ethics meeting, Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, 1:30 p.m., LEAGIS meeting, Room 333, the Capitol.)

SENATORS GET ETHICS TRAINING: Jeremiah Hawkes, the Senate general counsel, will make a presentation to senators about ethics issues. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

RESPECT, APPROPRIATIONS PROJECTS ON TABLE: The House will hold meetings for its members about respect in the workplace and filing appropriations project bills. (Tuesday, 2:30 p.m., respect meeting, Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, 2:30 p.m., appropriations project bills, 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

HUKILL HONORED: The Senate will hold a memorial service for Sen. Dorothy Hukill, a Port Orange Republican who died Oct. 2 after a recurrence of cervical cancer. Hukill, who was 72, represented Senate District 14, which is made up of southern Volusia and northern Brevard counties. Hukill was first elected to the House in 2004 and was elected to the Senate in 2012. New Smyrna Beach Republican Tom Wright won the Nov. 6 election to succeed Hukill in Senate District 14. (Tuesday, 3:30 p.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)

BUDGET, RULES, BILL DRAFTING DISCUSSED: The House will hold meetings for its members about “advanced” budget training, “advanced” rules training and “advanced” bill drafting. (Tuesday, 3:30 p.m., budget training, Reed Hall, House Office Building the Capitol. Also, 3:30 p.m., rules training, 404 House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, 3:30 p.m., bill drafting, 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PROPERTY TAXES ON TABLE: The Revenue Estimating Conference will analyze ad valorem, or property, taxes. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

PSC TAKES UP UTILITY ISSUES: The Florida Public Service Commission will take up a series of utility issues, including a continuing dispute between Florida Power & Light and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy about FPL’s recovery of costs related to an environmental clean-up project in Miami-Dade County. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy objects to FPL passing along costs to customers for the project, which involves addressing a saltwater plume that moved from the utility’s Turkey Point complex into nearby groundwater. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

CITRUS FORECAST ISSUED: The U.S. Department of Agriculture will release its monthly forecast for Florida’s 2018-2019 citrus growing season. (Tuesday, noon.)

 

—-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.

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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

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