Today: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 5 to 10 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: 191
Global Warming: The daily carbon count.
A.Word.A.Day from Wordsmith.org. Today’s word: titular.
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 Public Safety Coordinating Council, which gathers law enforcement, judicial, social service and government agencies, meets at 8:45 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center in Bunnell. But the regularity of its meetings is fitful. See agendas, when they’re posted (also a rarity), here.
The Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. Highway 1, Palm Coast (just north of Whiteview Parkway). 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.
Swales: Flagler Beach city officials, including commissioners, meet at 4 p.m. in the Commission Room at 105 S. 2nd. St. to hear and address public concerns about the city’s $500,000 swale project at the south end of town. See background here: “Flagler Beach Residents’ Anger Over Swale Dig Triggers a City Meeting, But Project Was No Secret.”
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]
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:
Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 9:30 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):
- Sunday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 9 a.m. to 7 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
WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE CELEBRATED: Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, will host an event titled “Keep Roaring On: 1920-2020” to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. Other participants in the event are expected to include Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried; Sen. Lori Berman, D-Lantana; Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation; Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa; Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers; Rep. Fentrice Driskell, D-Tampa; and Rep. Dotie Joseph, D-North Miami. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., 22nd floor, the Capitol.)
MAYORS TALK SESSION ISSUES: The Florida League of Mayors will hold a news conference to discuss legislative issues such as water quality and short-term vacation rentals. Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, is slated to take part. (Wednesday, 8:15 a.m., fourth floor, the Capitol.)
EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT BACKED: Rep. Fentrice Driskell, D-Tampa, Rep. Dotie Joseph, D-North Miami, and Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, are expected to take part in a news conference calling for Florida to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. (Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., fourth floor, the Capitol.)
SUICIDE DETERRENCE SOUGHT: The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs and Space Committee will consider a bill (SB 1586), filed by Sen. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, that would create the First Responders Suicide Deterrence Task Force. The task force would develop training programs and materials to help first responders cope with issues such as work-related stress. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
SMOKING IN PARKS TARGETED: The Senate Rules Committee will take up a proposal (SB 630), filed by Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Rockledge, that would allow cities and counties to regulate smoking in public parks they own. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETS: The State Board of Education will take up a series of issues, including receiving a legislative update and considering new academic standards dubbed the Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking, or B.E.S.T., standards. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Turlington Building, 325 West Gaines St., Tallahassee.)
THRASHER, FSU COACH SPEAK AT RALLY: Florida State University President John Thrasher and new football coach Mike Norvell will speak during a pep rally that is part of FSU Day at the Capitol. (Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., Capitol courtyard.)
–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
Identity Still Important for American Voters: “The survey asked over 1,000 U.S. adults living in all 50 states how certain characteristics affect how they choose a presidential candidate. Over 90 percent of all respondents said they would vote for a candidate who was black, a woman, Catholic, Hispanic or Jewish. However, less than 70 percent of all respondents said they would vote for a Muslim, atheist or socialist candidate if given a choice.”
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:
See the full Week in Review here.