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FlaglerLive | October 19, 2015
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Today’s fire danger is low. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 297.
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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 5 p.m. The commission will consider (and likely approve) formalizing the incorporation of the Tourist Development Council‘s administrative office into county government. The office was previously under the aegis of the Chamber of Commerce. The county is doing so even though Matt Dunn, who heads the tourism office, also runs his own sports management agency, conducting much of the same business he has for the chamber and would be conducting for the county. The commission is expected to approve a $1.172 million appropriation for so-called “mitigation credits.” The money buys wetland “credits” to offset the wetlands that will be demolished at the Flagler County Airport when Runway 11-29 is extended. The commission will also recognize Russell Reinke, the long-time chairman of the county’s planning board, whom commissioners essentially fired when they replaced him with Art Barr last month, after Reinke had taken several positions that conflicted with commissioners’ votes. The recognition is designed to paper over the dismissal.
In Court: Circuit Judge J. David Walsh holds trial for three suspects, including Roodlyn Mompremier, who had previously faced a charge of conspiracy to commit murder. The charge has been reduced to aggravated battery.
Matanzas High School Steel Band concert at Matanzas’s Pirates Theater, 6 p.m.
Today starts Flagler Palm Coast High School Homecoming Week.
Palm Coast Warily Explores Buying $1 Million Yacht Club for Nature and Senior Center: Palm Coast government is exploring turning the de-facto but exclusive senior center known as the Palm Coast Yacht Club into an actual, public senior center (the city’s first) in conjunction with a nature center. The dual use is compelled, if not made natural, by the location of the serene Long Creek nature preserve next door–and a state requirement for a nature center that Palm Coast must build. It’ll be costly. The Yacht Club’s asking price is $975,000. It may also save the city money, depending on the approach. If the city were to build its own nature center, it could cost $2 million.
Two organizations make their case to take over the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club ahead of Tuesday’s meeting of the Flagler County School Board, when the board is expected to make a decision on the club. The Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Advisory Club Committee makes its case here. Professional Pathways,a soccer academy, makes its case here.
Unemployment Falls to 6% in Flagler and to Lowest Level in 7 Years in Florida: Flagler County’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in September, from 6.4 percent the previous month, again setting a most-improved mark since the recession as the number of people with jobs in the county grew by more than 300. Employment in the county now stands at 40,445.
Superintendent Apologizes Over Gender-Neutral 8th Grader Sanctioned for Wearing a Dress: Leon County School Superintendent Jackie Pons was formally apologizing for the way the school–and particularly Principal Scott Hansen–handled the issue, but was largely prompted to do so by a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida on Friday.
Fish and Wildlife Escorts 2 Teens Out of Seminole Woods Area Over Illegal Hunting: Officers searched the woods with weapons drawn for hunters yesterday evening between Seward Trail East and Sea Breeze Trail in Palm Coast. Twenty minutes later two teen hunters were found and issued a warning for hunting on private property. They had a hunting permit, otherwise they’d have faced stiffer punishment.
Note: Most proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel.
The House and Senate will start a special legislative session to redraw Senate districts. The session stems from a long-running legal fight about whether the Legislature in 2012 violated the anti-gerrymandering “Fair Districts” standards when drawing districts. (noon)
The House Select Committee on Redistricting and the Senate Reapportionment Committee will hold a joint meeting to begin work on redrawing Senate districts. (2 p.m.)
The state Public Service Commission will consider how much money Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy Florida should collect from customers for nuclear-power projects. (Noon)
Medical marijuana: The Financial Impact Estimating Conference will discuss a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana. (12:30 p.m.)
–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
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- Starting Oct. 16: 14th Annual October Scare Haunted House to benefit Flagler Habitat, October 16, 17, 18 October 23, 24, 25 and 29, 30 – Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday & Friday, Saturday evenings, 6 to 9 p.m., Atlantis Industrial and Business Park, UNIT 80, 2323 N. State Street, Bunnell.
- 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.
- Oct. 27: NAACP meeting, Jim Troiano of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will make a presentation on body cameras. Health Chairman Orjanette Bryant shared that Director Terri Belletto will discuss matters concerning the Flagler County Free Clinic. A question and answer session will follow each presentation. For further details, contact the NAACP at 386-446-7822. 6 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.
- Oct. 30: Come join the Halloween fun at the Friday, October 30, Candlelight Trail Walk at Bulow Plantation Ruins, 3501 Old King’s Road, Flagler Beach. The event is sponsored by the Bulow Parks Historic Alliance. It begins at 5 p.m. and features children’s games, a costume contest, living history re-enactors and lots of family fun. $5 donation per vehicle. For information call 386-437-5338.
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It’s a ‘Carnival of Carnage’ at Palm Coast Fire’s Hall of Terror, Oct. 29-31: Be prepared to witness the whimsical, the outlandish, the macabre at the City of Palm Coast’s 14th annual Hall of Terror – The Carnival of Carnage – put on by the Palm Coast Fire Department. For the first time ever, the Hall of Terror will be held on three straight nights, Oct. 29-31. Admission is free. Doors creak open at Fire Station 21, 9 Corporate Drive, Palm Coast, from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30; and 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Opening night will be suitable for most children ages 8 and older, but the Friday and Saturday events are recommended for ages 10 and older. No young children, please. Come one and come all. This will be like no other carnival you’ve seen before. The Carnival of Carnage will amaze, delight & terrify you. Volunteer characters, many of whom are firefighters and other City employees, provide the chills and thrills. Step right up and get your ticket to view the 8th Wonder of the World – The Scariest Fire Station in Palm Coast…but only if you dare! For more information, call the Fire Department at 386-986-2300.
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The following is an update of ongoing construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through Oct. 14:
Palm Coast Parkway Six-Laning is 95 percent done: Work in median continues and landscape along project continues. Traffic Signal loop installation continues.
Holland Park, 35 percent done: Dewatering of wetland area continues. 92% of roadway thru wetland has been excavated and is being backfilled. Installation of storm structures and piping continues under roadway thru former wetland. Electrical trenching and conduit installation continues.
Palm Coast City Hall at Town Center, 99 percent done: Project is substantially completed.
Old Kings Road Force Main, 40 percent done: Connections of the directional and direct bury pipe continues.
County’s I-95 Interchange Matanzas Woods Reclaim Water, 76 percent done: 16″ direct bury pipe has been staged for installation on the west side of the northwest ramp.
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, 95 percent done: Last 1500 gallon Grease Interceptor was installed. The Utility Final was completed for Publix 10-13-15.
Beethoven String Quartet Op.59 No.1, “Razumovsky,” with Matthew Vera (violin), Michael Rau (violin), David Mason (viola) and Marza Wilks (cello)