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Monday Briefing: Pink Army Flag-Raising, Legislative Priorities, Slavery Myths, Enrique Granados

| October 5, 2015

It's Pink Army flag-raising time, this morning at 8:15  in front of the Government Services Building. Commissioner Barbara Revels raised the flag last year. (© FlaglerLive)

It’s Pink Army flag-raising time, this morning at 8:15 in front of the Government Services Building. Commissioner Barbara Revels raised the flag last year. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: high of 80, low in the mid-60s. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is low. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 144.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: étourdi, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

In Flagler and Palm Coast:

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.

Pink Army Flag-Raising: At the Government Services Building, 8:15 a.m. The ceremony kicks off several weeks of events and fund-raisers aimed at battling breast cancer.

flagler county commission government logoFlagler County Commission meeting, 9 a.m.: The commission is expected to approve an agreement with Flagler Beach and Sea Ray Boats that put to rest Flagler Beach’s challenge of a land-rule decision by the county commission that approved the building of a Sea Ray parking lot. The commission is also expected to approve the county’s 2016 legislative priorities, and approve seven grants of between $2,500 and $10,000, and five grants of $1,500 each for cultural and sports events recommended by the Tourist Development Council.

Local News Recap:

In Plantation Bay, 1,600 Customers Are Stuck Between Cruddy Water and Cruddier Bills: Plantation Bay’s 1,600 customers can live with a crappy sewer system. It fits the bill. But they’re having a hard time drinking what has all the literal appearances crappy water: brownish and unappetizing. It may cost upwards of $4 million to fix.

Right-to-die group forms in Palm Coast: “Deborah Susswein wants terminally ill Floridians to have the option of ending their own life with a doctor’s help,” the News-Journal reports. “The Palm Coast resident started a local chapter of a national group called Compassion & Choices. The group advocates for a law that would allow doctors to write lethal prescriptions for mentally competent patients with less than six months to live.” (Paywall-protected.)

In State Government:

Note: Most proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel.

House Democrats on Citizens Insurance: Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg, and Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, will hold a news conference to discuss the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. (12:30 p.m.)

florida capitol special session legislature 2015Tax holiday: The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will consider a proposal (SB 198), filed by Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, that calls for holding a 10-day “sales-tax holiday” in August 2016. As in past years, shoppers would be able to buy clothes, backpacks, school supplies and other items without paying sales taxes during the period. (4 p.m.)

Prisons: The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will hear a presentation from Corrections Secretary Julie Jones about the state prison system, which has been under heavy scrutiny because of issues such as inmate abuse and alleged cover-ups. Also, the committee will consider a proposal (SPB 7006) that includes creating a third-degree felony charge for prison workers who harm inmates by taking actions such as withholding food, water or medical services. (4 p.m.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

In Coming Days in Palm Coast and Flagler:

Click on the links for more details:

  • Oct. 6: The Flagler County School Board holds a town hall meeting at the Government Services Building.
  • Oct. 6: Palm Coast Wood Carvers plan ‘Open House and Art Show,’ an Open House to showcase their work from 5-7 p.m. in Room 109 of the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE.
  • USA Today’s Alan Gomez to discuss immigration and its role in 2016 presidential election at Flagler College Forum: USA Today immigration reporter Alan Gomez will discuss recent attempts to change the nation’s immigration laws, why they failed and how immigration has become a central issue in the 2016 presidential debate at the Flagler College Forum on Oct. 6. His presentation, titled “Immigration in the 2016 Elections and Beyond,” takes place at 7 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium and is part of the Forum on Government and Public Policy’s “Road to the White House” theme leading up to next year’s presidential election.
  • Oct. 10: The Women’s Missionary Society of First Church has scheduled the monthly food giveaway for Oct. 10, 1-3 p.m., at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast. For more information, call Jeroline D. McCarthy, 386-446-5759.
  • Oct. 10: Saturday Evening with the Artists at the Flagler County Art League: This is the League’s signature event, an open-themed art show where Flagler artists show off their best work, their newest work, their most recent forays into other mediums or their latest artistic exuberances. The exhibit’s popularity has a traditionally high rate of artist participation and creativity. Judge for the show is artist/sculptor Harry Messersmith. City Marketplace, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite 207C, Palm Coast. 386-986-4668.
  • Oct. 11: Pink Army 5k Run/Walk for Breast Cancer, 7:45 am at Florida Hospital Flagler. Gather your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors and run or walk in honor of those who have battled and continue their battle against breast cancer. Proceeds from the Pink Army Run/Walk go to the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation to educate and support women of Flagler County.
  • Oct. 14: The Bulow Park Historic Alliance meets at 6 p.m. in the Recreation Hall of the Tomoka State Park. Plans for the October 30 Candlelight Trail Walk and other events will be discussed. For information call 386-437-5338.
  • Oct. 17: The Bulow Parks Historic Alliance’s monthly Trail Maintenance Day, to prepare for the October 30 Candlelight Trail Walk. Workers are asked to meet at the Trail head at 9 a.m. wearing gloves, hats, appropriate clothing and carrying bug spray. Water will be provided.For information call 386-437-5338.


Police, Fire and Emergency Notes:

Bryan E. Atchison, 35, of Palatka, is killed in a car wreck in Putnam County: The Florida Highway Patrol reports that a Saturn Vue, driven by Traci L. Clark, 38, was traveling southbound on Browns Landing Road. For unknown reasons, Clark failed to stop at the boat ramp and traveled into the water and became completely submerged. The driver was able to exit the vehicle, however the passenger was found within the vehicle upon recovery and was pronounced deceased on scene. The wreck took place at 3:25 a.m. Oct. 4.

PR Releases:

None today.

In the Press, In the News:

Fact-Checking the Knaves:

Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

The following is an update of ongoing construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through Oct. 2:

Palm Coast Parkway Six-Laning is 94 percent done: Contractor has placed the new 6″ reuse main into service and has prepared the old line to grout filled. Work in median continues and landscape along project continues.

Holland Park, 33 percent done: The old sewer system has been removed. Dewatering of wetland area continues. 75% of roadway thru wetland has been excavated and is being backfilled. Extended water line around pavilion 3.

Palm Coast City Hall at Town Center, 94 percent done: Contractor has placed concrete around valve collars and identifying tabs. Wire testing has been completed. Carpet and Tile in (Phase 1) of the project is 95% complete. Furniture installation in Phase 1 first floor 80% complete.

County’s I-95 Interchange Matanzas Woods Reclaim Water, 76 percent done: Retention ponds are being excavated and fill continues for
the ramps.

Palm Harbor Parkway Roadway Extension, 26 percent done: De-mucking continues thru wet areas for new roadway.

North Old Kings Road Extension to Matanzas Woods Parkway: City did not update.

Island Walk Shopping Center Phase 1, 93 percent done: Water mains behind the Island Doctor and Bealls have been chlorinated for 2nd day bacteriological samples.

Old Kings Road Force Main – Master Pump Station, 33 percent done:: All but 1 directional drill has been installed and 9,000 ft. of direct bury pipe has been installed.

Grand Haven Sales Center on Colbert Lane, 36 percent done: Site stormwater has been installed and a construction trailer is on site.

Road and Interstate Construction:

road-constructionPalm Coast:

Flagler County Road 302 is Closed to all but local traffic as repaving began on June 7 and the roadway will be closed to all but local traffic. Others will be required to detour around County Road 302 using State Road 100. The roadway will be closed for 90 days, or until early September.

Volusia: I-4 Widening from SR 44 to east of I-95, Monday and Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Eastbound/Westbound shoulder closing. Sunday through Thursday, Eastbound and Westbound lane closures as needed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday, 9:00 p.m. – 5:30 a.m. EB road closure between Canal St./SR 44 and I-95 with detour at US 92 exit ramp.Motorists should be aware of traffic shifts near Canal St./SR 44.

Comment of the Day (From the Comment Section):

Cultural Coda:

Enrique Granados (1867-1916): Poetic Waltzes, performed by Albert Flotats Crispi at the piano


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