Today: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Lowest wind chill readings 21 to 26 in the morning. Tonight: Warmer. Mostly cloudy with chance of showers in the evening, then partly cloudy with slight chance of showers after midnight. Near steady temperature around 50. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the evening. Chance of rain 40 percent.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: 162
Global Warming: The daily carbon count.
A.Word.A.Day from Wordsmith.org. Today’s word: errant.
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.
The Flagler County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meets at 10 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room, Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Building 2, Bunnell. See all agendas here.
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]
Plantation Bay Water Utility Town Hall, 5 p.m. at Club de Bonmont, 100 Plantation Bay Dr, Ormond Beach: This meeting is promoted as a means for Flagler County to publicly address changes they have decided to implement at our water utility. Residents still expecting a new filtration plant by next summer are urged to attend.
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.
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: Palm Coast Data Building 3, 2 Commerce Boulevard, Palm Coast, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
- Wednesday: Palm Coast Data Building 1, 11 Commerce Boulevard, Palm Coast, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: Flagler Department of Health, 301 Dr. Carter Boulevard, Bunnell, 2 to 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Thursday: Trades of Hope, 4601 East Moody Boulevard, K6, Bunnell, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Friday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday: Flagler Home and Lifestyle Show, FPC, 5500 East Highway 100, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Saturday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday: Flagler Home and Lifestyle Show, FPC, 5500 East Highway 100, 10 a.m. to 4 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 BAN BILL TEED UP: The Senate will hold a floor session and take up a bill (SB 172), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, that would block local regulation of over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics. The bill focuses on a decision by Key West to ban the sale of types of sunscreen containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. Those chemicals have drawn concerns about damaging coral reefs, though Bradley argues that Key West and other communities looking at similar sunscreen rules were “fooled by junk science.” He also has contended that sunscreen needs to be available to help prevent skin cancer. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)
CONSTITUTION PANEL REPEAL SOUGHT: The House will hold a floor session and consider a proposal (HJR 301), filed by Rep. Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna, and Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Howey-in-the-Hills, that seeks to abolish the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. Set up by voters as part of the 1968 Florida Constitution, the 37-member commission meets every 20 years and has unique power to place proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot. Most of its members are appointed by the governor and legislative leaders. All seven amendments it placed on the 2018 ballot were approved by voters. But it drew criticism, in part, because it tied together unrelated issues in single ballot measures, such as linking a ban on offshore oil drilling with a ban on vaping in workplaces. Also, it drew criticism for wading into policy issues that are usually determined by the Legislature. (Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)
HOLOCAUST EDUCATION AT ISSUE: The Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Task Force on Holocaust Education will meet. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Florida Department of Education, 325 West Gaines St., Tallahassee.)
TOURISM INDUSTRY PROMOTED: The Partnership for Florida Tourism will hold a “Florida Tourism Day” program, followed by a rally at the Capitol. (Wednesday, program at 9 a.m., Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee. Rally at 1 p.m., plaza level, the Capitol.)
INMATE MASONRY COMPETITION HELD: The Florida Department of Corrections will hold the Statewide Masonry Competition, which will bring together seven teams from correctional institutions to show their masonry skills. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Baker Correctional Institution, 20706 U.S. 90 West, Sanderson.)
–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
U.S. Presidential Partisan Divide Hits Record High: “With an 89 percent approval rating from Republicans and 7 percent approval rating from Democrats, President Trump has set a new high for partisan divide in 2019 with an 82-point gap between Republican and Democrat approval, according to Gallup. The new record in polarization beats Trump’s 2018 partisan approval gap by three points, with other scores from former President Obama’s 2012 and 2016 years and George W. Bush in 2004 rounding out the top five.”
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.
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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.
Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of Dec. 16 2019:
See the full Week in Review here.