Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph, lows in the 40s. 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: 175
Global Warming: The daily carbon count.
A.Word.A.Day from Wordsmith.org. Today’s word: bibliophilia.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.
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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 Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council will discuss developing a process for issuing trespass warnings on public property, such as at City Hall. A city memo on the item states: “Over the past decade, there have been times the City has trespassed citizens from certain City facilities for public safety and welfare. The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, as allowed by state law, has issued “trespass warnings” to individuals on City of Palm Coast owned property who are warned that if they return to the property, they will be arrested for trespass. Such trespass warnings are given to individuals who were acting in violation of City ordinances or Florida state statutes. The practice has not been formally memorialized within the City Code previously.” The council will also discuss regulating vaping devices. The full agenda and background materials are here.
The Flagler Palm Coast High School Jazz Band Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium, 5500 State Road 100, Palm Coast.
Emergency road closure at 44 Boulder Rock Drive: The City of Palm Coast Utility Department will be conducting an emergency sewer main repair in front of 44 Boulder Rock Dr, beginning on 1/27/2020. The road will be closed at that location and will be impassable. We are aiming to have the road paved and open for traffic by Jan. 30. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Eric Serrano at 386-986-2372.
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):
- Tuesday: Moe’s Southwest Grill, 250 Palm Coast Parkway (Island Walk), noon to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday: Epic Theaters, 1185 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, 1 to 6
- Saturday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 10 a.m. to 6 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
ARMED LOCAL OFFICIALS CONSIDERED: The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 183), filed by Rep. Mel Ponder, R-Destin, that would allow local elected officials to bring guns to government meetings. The bill would create an exemption to a law that prohibits people from having guns at government meetings. (Tuesday, 8 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)
JUVENILE CRIMINAL RECORDS ON AGENDAS: The Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Subcommittee and the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will take up bills (SB 700 and HB 615), filed by Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, Rep. Clovis Watson, D-Alachua, and Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Howey-in-the-Hills, that would allow juveniles to have their criminal records expunged for any offenses if they complete diversion programs. (Tuesday, Senate subcommittee at 8:30 a.m., 37 Senate Office Building. House subcommittee at 4:30 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)
DRONE USE ON AGENDA: The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 659), filed by Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville, that would allow employees of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Forest Service to use aerial drones in managing and eradicating invasive plans and species. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)
LICENSE PLATE PROPOSALS AT ISSUE: The House Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 1135), filed by Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, that would make a series of changes related to license plates, including creating new specialty plates. That includes creating Auburn University and University of Georgia specialty plates. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)
WINE, DISTILLERY REGULATIONS CONSIDERED: The House Business & Professions Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 1165), filed by Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, that would revamp regulations related to wine containers and craft distilleries. (Tuesday, noon, 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
NALOXONE IN SCHOOLS AT ISSUE: The Senate Health Policy will consider a bill (SB 120), filed by Sen. Jason Pizzo, D-North Miami Beach, that would authorize public schools to purchase the drug naloxone, which is used to reverse opioid overdoses. The bill also would allow trained employees to administer the drug to students who overdose. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
DECLAWING CATS TARGETED: The Senate Agriculture Committee will consider a bill (SB 48), filed by Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, that would seek to prevent declawing of cats “unless the procedure is necessary for a therapeutic purpose.” (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGIES DISCUSSED: The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will receive a presentation about policy considerations related to emerging facial-recognition technologies. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
WRONGFUL CONVICTION ON TABLE: The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a claim bill (SB 28), filed by Minority Leader Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, that would compensate 76-year-old Clifford Williams, who was imprisoned for 43 years for a murder he did not commit. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
GENETIC INFORMATION DEBATED: The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will take up a bill (SB 1564), filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, that would prevent insurers from using customers’ genetic information to make policy decisions about life insurance, long-term care insurance and disability insurance. The measure is the Senate version of a House bill (HB 1189) that is a priority of incoming House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor. Federal law already prevents health insurers from using genetic information in underwriting policies and in setting premiums. But the prohibition doesn’t apply to life insurance or long-term care coverage. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
‘HEALTHY MARRIAGE’ GUIDE PROPOSED: The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee will consider a proposal (SB 682), filed by Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, that seeks to create a “Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage,” which would be posted on court clerks’ websites and possibly distributed as printed copies to marriage-license applicants. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
AMENDMENT 4 ARGUMENTS HEARD: The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a legal battle about how the state is carrying out a 2018 constitutional amendment aimed at restoring voting rights to felons who have completed terms of their sentences. The Legislature last year passed a bill that required felons to pay “legal financial obligations,” such as restitution, fines and fees, to be eligible to have voting rights restored. That spurred civil-rights and voting-rights groups to file a federal lawsuit, arguing in part that linking voting rights and financial obligations amounts to an unconstitutional “poll tax.” U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in October ruled that Florida cannot deny the right to vote to felons who have served their sentences and are “genuinely unable” to pay legal financial obligations. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration appealed. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building, 56 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta.)
–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
Social Classes More Fixed in World’s Largest Countries: “In the annual Global Social Mobility Index created by the WEF, countries like the U.K., U.S., China and India held less-than-stellar scores in fostering economic environments for citizens to experience growth and prosperity. Scandinavian countries like Denmark, Norway and Finland were at the top of the index.”
Flagler Palm Coast High School’s Cheerleaders are hosting a Cheer Clinic for those who want to learn to cheer, jump, do stunts and dances, from 9 a.m. to noon, February 15, at the FPC 800 Gym in back of the school, by the FTI entrance off State Road 100. It’s for ages 5-17, with a performance for parents and guardians at noon. Registration is $25 per participant with pre-registration, or $30 for walk-ins. You can register easily online here and contact [email protected] with any questions. Wear shorts, t-shirts and athletic shoes.
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.
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Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of Dec. 16 2019:
See the full Week in Review here.