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| October 8, 2015

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Almost there: Palm Coast’s $10 million City Hall is nearly finished. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: high in mid-80s, low in lower 70s. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is low. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 173.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: discerptor, 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.

The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. for a mostly routine agenda. Agenda and background here.

Palm Coast’s Utility Standards Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Utility Office, 2 Utility Drive, Palm Coast.

The Flagler County Airport Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m. on the third floor of the Airport Corporate Center, 120 Airport Road
in Palm Coast.

Flagler Palm Coast High School Chorus Solo Ensemble Recital, 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium.

Local News Recap:

Kymora Christian, 7, Killed After Being Struck By Vehicle at White Star Drive Bus Stop: Kymora was waiting for the school bus when the incident took place, and was said to have been crossing the street when Melissa Meeth, 36, a W-Section resident, struck her with her Lincoln Navigator. The young girl died at the scene but was pronounced at the hospital.

A Year Later, a Memorial to Deputy Delarosby Flickers Steps From Where He Took His Life: About two dozen candles flickered in the humid air Tuesday evening at Heroes Park in Palm Coast as the friends, family and colleagues of fallen Flagler County sheriff’s deputy Joe Delarosby formed a semi-circle around the law enforcement memorial’s black granite. They spoke a few words in the deputy’s memory, said two prayers, and sang “Amazing Grace” a few steps from the tree where he had taken his life.

Joseph F. Bova II, accused of gas station murder, expected to stand trial in January: Bova faces a first-degree murder charge for the Feb. 21, 2013 execution-type shooting of Zuheily Roman Rosado, 32, a single mother of six. “During a court appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center, Bova’s attorney, Raymond Warren, said he anticipates having all of the 19 witness depositions completed by mid-November, but he would probably still need more time afterward to prepare his case,” the News-Journal’s Tony Holt reports.

Belle Terre Swim Club Pulled From Brink as School Board Turns to Community Group: A club advisory group convinced Superintendent Jacob Oliva that they can take over the club in partnership with the district, take care of memberships and marketing, and even provide volunteers to defray the cost of running day to day operations. Oliva went for it, and recommended that the school board does so as well. It did.

Owners of Dog the County Declared Dangerous for Attacking Child Appeal to County Court: The appeal was accompanied by a motion raising questions about the procedure that led the matter to fall in the lap of the county commission, then county court.

Armed Robbery at Flagler Beach Publix: Police Seeking Help Looking For Middle-Age Suspect: Flagler Beach police are seeking the public’s help in locating an armed robber who showed his gun to a young employee during the lunch hour Monday and got away with “a large sum of cash” from the Publix store in Flagler Beach, according to police.

Proposed Florida Law Would Tell Employers to Butt Out of Employees’ Social Media Accounts: The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee voted 5-1 to support the measure (SB 186) by Lake Worth Democrat Jeff Clemens. The measure, which is filed for the 2016 legislative session, would prohibit employers from requesting access to private social media accounts.

In State Government:

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

Child welfare: The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee will receive reports about child welfare and review a proposed child-welfare bill. Among the speakers will be Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll. (9 a.m.)

Confederate flag on seal: The Senate Rules Committee will begin considering whether to keep the Confederate flag on the Senate’s official seal. Under Senate rules, the seal includes “a fan of the five flags which have flown over Florida” — those of the United States, Confederate States of America, France, Great Britain and Spain. But Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, requested in June that the committee consider whether the seal should be changed. (9 a.m.)

Boaters vs. landowners: The House State Affairs Committee will hold a workshop about issues related to conflicts between landowners and boaters. Such conflicts can arise when boaters anchor near landowners’ property. (9 a.m.)

The Florida Supreme Court issues opinions at 11 a.m. and hears arguments in three criminal cases, including a death-penalty appeal by Justin McMillian, who was convicted in Duval County of a fatal shooting in 2009. (9 a.m.)

Constitution Revision Commission: The University of Florida will host two panel discussions looking ahead to the 2017 Constitution Revision Commission. Discussions will be led by former state House Speaker Jon Mills and former U.S. Sen. and Gov. Bob Graham. The event’s sponsors include the university’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service. (4 p.m., University of Florida Levin College of Law, Holland Hall, Gainesville.)

–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. 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. 12: The City of Bunnell will be having a brief, dignified retirement ceremony for 90 American Flags collected in their flag disposal boxes this past summer. Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony in the back yard of the City Public Works Facility at 301 Tolman Street in Bunnell. The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. and will include a brief reading of the proper way to retire a flag, reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag by attendees, followed by a controlled burn of 90 properly folded retired flags.
  • 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.
  • Oct. 21: Sea Turtle Hospital Grand Opening at Whitney Laboratory 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd, St. Augustine, 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.


PR Releases:

See Flagler County government’s latest newsletter here.

The City of Bunnell will be having a brief, dignified retirement ceremony for 90 American Flags collected in their flag disposal boxes this past summer. Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony to be held Monday, October, 12th, 2015, in the back yard of the City Public Works Facility at 301 Tolman Street in Bunnell. The ceremony will start at 10:00 AM and will include a brief reading of the proper way to retire a flag, reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag by attendees, followed by a controlled burn of 90 properly folded retired flags.

In the Press, In the News:

Svetlana Alexievich Wins Nobel Prize in Literature: “Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarussian journalist and prose writer, won the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time,” the Swedish Academy announced. Ms. Alexievich, 67, is the 14th woman to win the literature prize. Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, said she had created “a history of emotions — a history of the soul, if you wish.” Ms. Alexievich’s works often blend literature and journalism. She is best known for giving voice to women and men who lived through World War II, the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan that lasted from 1979 to 1989, and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. “She’s devised a new kind of literary genre,” Ms. Danius said, adding, “It’s a true achievement not only in material but also in form.” Perhaps her most acclaimed book is “War’s Unwomanly Face” (1988), based on interviews with hundreds of women who took part in the Second World War. The book is the first in a grand cycle, “Voices of Utopia,” that depicted life in the Soviet Union from the point of view of ordinary citizens.” From The Times.

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):

Anita, in “Kymora Christian, 7, Killed After Being Struck By Vehicle at White Star Drive Bus Stop: “Though it’s small comfort, I’m crying with the mother grieving for her little girl tonight. I also weep for the distraught driver whose car hit her. Clearly it was an accident, and one the woman driving the vehicle would gladly take back if she could from the sound of the 911 call. I’ve seen parents sitting in their cars, waiting for the school bus while their kids stood in the street or on the grass because we lack sidewalks, and have thought that one visible adult standing near the little ones would serve to alert a driver to be on the lookout for smaller children. Perhaps that parent could physically prevent a kid from darting out into the street without looking as they sometimes do. Please don’t mistake this for a condemnation of any kind or anyone; it is merely a suggestion, but one that might save a life.” Reply to Anita here.

Cultural Coda:

Federico Mompou (1893-1987), Prelude from Suite Compostelana


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