Weekend: Sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds 5 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. South winds 5 mph.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: 187
Global Warming: The daily carbon count.
A.Word.A.Day from Wordsmith.org. Today’s word: bibliophage.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.
Today’s Briefing: Quick Links
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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 Flagler County Commission meets at 9 a.m. at the Government Services Building, 1769 E Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Commissioners will consider appointing Trish Giaccone of the Family Life Center and Nealon Joseph to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee for four-year terms. It will consider approving hiring an architectural firm for the design of the sheriff’s district office in Palm Coast, along with holding discussions about the considerable project. And it will consider pulling $339,000 out of reserves to pay for the implementation of a software system. See the agendas and background materials for meetings here, and watch or listen to meetings here.
In Court: Cornelius Baker Death-Penalty Phase pre-trial, 11 a.m. in Courtroom 101, before Circuit Judge Margaret Hudson, at the Flagler County courthouse. Baker, 33, was convicted by a jury in 2008 for the 2007 murder of Elizabeth Uptagrafft in the Mondex woods. A jury recommended he be put to death in a 9-3 vote. Because the vote was not unanimous, a change in law in 2016, requiring a unanimous recommendation, led to a Florida Supreme Court decision remanding the Baker case for a new penalty-phase jury trial.
The Flagler County Commission meets in workshop at 1 p.m. at the Government Services Building, 1769 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell to talk about noise concerns by residents around the Flagler County airport.
Women’s Self-Defense, Mondays, Feb. 3, 10 and 17, 6-8 p.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. Learn effective methods to ward off attackers in this three-day class. Commander Michael Lutz from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will teach you skills that will make you more aware of your surroundings as well as methods to protect yourself and safety tips to implement right away. Participants must attend all three classes. For ages 13 years and up. Free with registration required by 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2323.
Palm Coast Alateen Sereniteen and Al-Anon meetings: Alateen, part of Al-Anon Family Groups, is for teens bothered by someone else’s drinking. The group meets at 8 p.m. every Monday at Advent Health, 60 Memorial Medical Parkway, Palm Coast, at the south entrance, in meeting room D. Al-Anon meets at the same time. For more information about Alateen or Al-Anon, call toll free 1-888-4AL-ANON, or visit www.al-anon.org. Note: All Aalteen meetings are only open to teenagers who have been affected by another person’s drinking. For AA and NA meetings in Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell, go here.
Palm Coast Open, a USTA Pro Circuit Event, at the Palm Coast Tennis Center, 1290 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Palm Coast Open consists of 32-Main Draw Singles, 16-Main Draw Doubles. Total prize amount of $25,000. The entire event will be free to spectate.
Singles Qualifying: Feb. 3-4
Singles Main Draw: Feb. 4-9
Doubles Matches: Feb. 4-8
Doubles Semi-Finals: Friday, Feb. 7
Singles Semi Finals: Saturday, Feb. 8 starting at 11am
Doubles Finals: Saturday, Feb. 8
Singles Finals Matches: Sunday, Feb. 9 starting at 11am
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):
- Monday: Florida Health Care Plans, 145 City Place, Palm Coast, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Wednesday: Flagler Technical Institute, 5400 State Road 100 East, Palm Coast, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Wednesday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Thursday: Publix at Halifax Plantation Village, 3750 Roscommon Drive, Ormond Beach, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Saturday: Publix Palm Harbor, 250 Palm Coast Parkway NE, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday: Publix at 800 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 4600 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 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
IMPACT FEES TARGETED: The House Ways & Means Committee will take up a bill (HB 637), filed by Rep. Nick DiCeglie, R-Indian Rocks Beach, that would place additional restrictions on local governments that collect impact fees. (Monday, noon, Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)
DETENTION OFFICERS COULD GET BOOST: The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee will take up numerous bills, including a proposal (SB 1146), filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that would add juvenile detention officers and juvenile justice detention supervisors to the special-risk class of the Florida Retirement System. Members of the special-risk class receive enhanced benefits. (Monday, 1:30 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
SMOKING, VAPING TARGETED: The Senate Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee will consider a proposal (SB 810), filed by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, that would tighten tobacco and vaping regulations, as smoking, chewing tobacco and using electronic cigarettes would be off limits for anyone under age 21. (Monday, 1:30 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
AMUSEMENT RIDES ON AGENDA: The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 1275), filed by Rep. Sharon Pritchett, D-Miami Gardens, that would revamp a series of regulations about amusement rides. (Monday, 3 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)
CONCEALED WEAPONS ON TABLE: The House Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 183), filed by Rep. Mel Ponder, R-Destin, that would allow local elected officials to carry concealed weapons to their public meetings. (Monday, 3 p.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)
ELECTRIC BIKE REGULATIONS CONSIDERED: The House Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 971), filed by Rep. Michael Grant, R-Port Charlotte, that would create a regulatory framework for electric bicycles. (Monday, 3 p.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)
SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY LIMIT EYED: The Senate Community Affairs Committee will take up a bill (SB 1302), filed by Chairwoman Anitere Flores, R-Miami, that would increase the potential liability of government agencies in lawsuits. The state’s sovereign immunity laws limit the amounts of money government agencies can be forced to pay, and the bill would increase a limit from $300,000 to $500,000. (Monday, 4 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
BEARS ON AGENDA: The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee will take up a bill (SB 688), filed by Sen. Tom Wright, R-New Smyrna Beach, that would increase penalties for people who kill bears or possess freshly killed bears during closed seasons. (Monday, 4 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
SCHOOL BOARD TERM LIMITS DEBATED: The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will consider a proposal (SJR 1216), filed by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, that seeks to impose term limits on school-board members across the state. (Monday, 4 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
SCHOOL SAFETY AT ISSUE: The Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee will take up a bill (SB 7040), filed by Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, that would seek to bolster security measures at public schools. The measure includes recommendations from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission and a state grand jury. (Monday, 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
Tight Race in Iowa “Five new major polls on the Democratic presidential primary race in Iowa were released this last week, with three putting Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on top and two showing former Vice President Joe Biden as the favorite in the Hawkeye State.”
Flagler Beach Citizens’ Academy: Eight consecutive Wednesdays beginning on March 4, 2020, running through April 22, 2020, from 2:00—5:00 PM. Learn all there is to know about the history of your city, how your government works and is financed, and the responsibilities of staff and elected officials. Tour your city’s recreational, first responder, library, and public works facilities. Discover plans for the city’s future and opportunities for resident involvement. These sessions are open to anyone residing within the City of Flagler Beach. There will be a limit of 20 participants. Registration applications are available at City Hall, Building Department, Library, Police Department, Fire Department and on our City’s website (www.cityofflaglerbeach.com). All applications must be received by February 21, 2020.
Jane Mealy, Commissioner
City of Flagler Beach
PO Box 70
Flagler Beach, FL 32136
You will then receive a detailed schedule of the sessions and where each will be held. If you have any questions, contact Jane Mealy at: 439-4811 or
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.
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: