Today: Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy in the morning, then partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 5 mph shifting to the southeast in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers in the evening. Lows in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 5 mph shifting to the southwest after midnight. See the latest National Weather Service-Jacksonville Briefing here.
Today’s document from the National Archives and the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Today’s National Commemorations.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Drought Index: 126
Global Warming: The daily carbon count.
A.Word.A.Day from Wordsmith.org. Today’s word: faute de mieux.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.
Today’s Briefing: Quick Links
- First Light
- In Flagler and Palm Coast
- Flagler Jail Bookings and Last 24 Hours of Incident Reports
- In State Government
- Statista’s Chart of the Day
- In Coming Days in Flagler, Palm Coast and Beyond
- Fact-Checking the Knaves
- Palm Coast Construction and Development
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.
In Court: A day after a jury commuted what had been death sentences for David Snelgrove to life in prison in his third and last sentencing hearing, required because of a change in law regarding the unanimous way juries must reach sentencing recommendations, Cornelius Baker, 33, of Bunnell, appears for a pre-trial before Circuit Court Judge Margaret Hudson for the same reason: he was convicted of murder and kidnapping in 2009. His second sentencing-phase trial is scheduled for February, with pre-trial hearings scheduled first, at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 101.
The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, Bunnell, FL. See the agendas here.
The Flagler County Tourist Development Council meets at 9 a.m. at the Government Services Building, 1769 E Moody Blvd., Bunnell.
The Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at 2 Office Park Dr., Suite D, Palm Coast (directly across PC Pkwy (West) from the community center. 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, [email protected] The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday. Republicans, Independents and Whigs welcome.
Paws to Read at the Flagler County Public Library 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast, in the Children’s Department. The Flagler County Public Library in partnership with the Flagler Humane Society offer the opportunity for kids ages 4-8 to read to a real dog. Every Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. First Come – First Serve. Contact: Alyssa Gilbert or Theresa Ten Eyck at 386-446-6763 or email: [email protected]
The Flagler County Contractor Review Board meets at 5 p.m. at the Government Services Building, 1769 E Moody Blvd., Bunnell.
The Palm Coast Planning and Land Development Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, City Hall, 160 Lake Avenue. The planning board is responsible for recommending land development regulations to the city council. See the agendas here.
Navy Bombing in the Ocala National Forest: Navy training schedules indicate that inert and live bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest this week. Bombings at times can be heard in Flagler-Palm Coast. The bombings are scheduled as follows:
Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – LIVE/Inert
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – LIVE/Inert
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – LIVE/Inert
During bombing periods wildlife may be temporarily displaced. Use extra caution when driving through the Ocala National forest and surrounding areas. Secure any items around your residence that could attract wildlife. Always be mindful of larger animals including black bears and practice bearwise measures. The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Fla. For additional information, call (904) 542-5588.
Blood 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: AdventHealth Palm Coast, 60 Memorial Medical Parkway, Palm Coast, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Friday: Dunkin Donuts, 1310 Palm Coast Parkway, noon to 6 p.m.
- Saturday: Dunkin Donuts, 5 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunday: Santa Maria del Mar Church, 915 North Central Avenue, Flagler Beach, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Sunday: Dunkin Donuts, 5 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Jail Bookings and Last 24 Hours' Incidents in Flagler, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Bunnell
|Jail Bookings, June 19-22
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, June 21
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, June 21
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, June 21
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, June 21
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, June 21
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, June 21
SUNSCREEN BANS TARGETED: The Senate Rules Committee will consider a bill (SB 172), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, that would block local regulation of over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics, including sunscreen. The bill stems from a decision by Key West to ban types of sunscreen containing certain chemicals that could damage coral reefs. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
PARENTAL CONSENT DEBATED: The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up a proposal (SB 404), filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, that would require parental consent before minors can have abortions. The proposal would be more restrictive than current law, which requires parents to be notified before minors have abortions. (Wednesday, 10:15 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
‘STATE OF THE TAXPAYER’ DINNER HELD: Florida TaxWatch will hold its annual “State of the Taxpayer” dinner, with speakers expected to include Attorney General Ashley Moody, state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, Department of Children and Families Secretary Chad Poppell and Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Ken Lawson. TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic Calabro will hold a media availability before the dinner. (Wednesday, media availability at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., Hotel Duval, 415 North Monroe St., Tallahassee.)
CITRUS ISSUES ON MENU: The Florida Citrus Commission is scheduled to meet. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Florida Department of Citrus, 605 East Main St., Bartow.)
–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
Climate Change a Key Factor in Decision-Making for 2020 “The EIB Climate Survey, released Tuesday, asked a total of 30,000 people from 28 European Union countries, along with the United States and China, questions surrounding how climate change will affect their decision-making. Questions ranged from whether people will take more trains instead of planes, use fewer products wrapped in plastic or participate in more protests and marches for climate change in 2020.”
Through April 4, Palm Coast Mayor’s 90/90 Challenge: Get outdoors and get active – join us for the Mayor’s 90/90 Challenge! The challenge is to move at least a mile a day for the 90 days from Jan. 6 to April 4. You can choose your own form of exercise. Log in to Palm Coast Connect and record your progress throughout the month. Everyone who completes the Challenge will receive a prize. Share your progress along the way on social media using #Mayors9090 and #ConnectToFitness. More info: www.palmcoastconnect.com and 386-986-2323.
St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier New Hours: The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier is temporarily adjusting business hours due to the ongoing pier reconstruction project. Beginning Monday, January 13, the gift shop will be opened 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. For more information regarding the pier gift shop, please contact 904.209.0326.
The Live Calendar is Flagler County’s and Palm Coast’s most complete, detailed and searchable community calendar of events, including culture, the performing arts, theater, government, the courts and justice system and a lot more. If you’re not listed here, you’re not getting the visibility you deserve. To include your event, please fill out this form. Any other issues, email the editor.
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.
Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of Dec. 16 2019:
See the full Week in Review here.