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Thursday Briefing: Flagler Home Sales Tepid but Prices Rise, Alcohol v. Pot, Millennials’ Bores

| October 22, 2015

Still selling calmly, but at higher prices. See the Flagler home sales report below. (Ashley)

Still selling calmly, but at higher prices. See the Flagler home sales report below. (Ashley)

Today: high in low 80s, low in upper-60s. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is low. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 336.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: dog-and-pony show, 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. at Flagler Beach City Hall.

Some Flagler County commissioners may be attending the Florida Association of Counties Advanced County Commissioner Education Program at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville.

The Matanzas High School Chorus is in concert at Pirate Theatre, Matanzas High School, 6 p.m.

Think Flagler First Luncheon: Jerry Parrish Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation, will talk about Flagler County’s anticipated population growth and the important role local businesses will play in creating jobs to keep pace with this expansion at the Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast, 11:45 a.m.

Local News Recap:

Flagler Home and condo sales in September: The Flagler County Association of Realtors reports 201 sales of homes closing in September, the lowest level since February, when 166 sales closed, and one sale better than in September 2014. Almost half the sales were for cash. The median sale price was $185,000, a considerable improvement over the same period last year when the price was $145,500. The average sale price, which is not as accurate an indication of trends, was $219,494, also improved over last year. There were 1,022 active listings on the market, representing a supply of 4.8 months, down from six months a year ago. In condos, 46 sales closed, compared to 26 last year, 28 of them in cash, at a median price of $151,500, a big improvement over last year’s $108,000. Condos were on the market for an average of 63 days. There are 309 active listings, with an 8.7 months’ supply. See the full report for homes here. See the condo sales report here.

Spartan Race Returns, but Not to Princess Place: The extreme-sport race, rejected after a public outcry objected to its running at Princess Place, will instead run at the privately owned Florida Cracker Ranch off of County Road 200 in southern Flagler County, the News-Journal reports. (Story paywall-protected.)

Palm Coast’s Years in Sinai End as It Moves Into Long-Sought City Hall in Town Center: Come Friday afternoon employees will shut down at the 20,000 square feet City Marketplace offices, the cramped quarters Palm Coast government contended with since 2008, and Monday morning at 8, without skipping a beat, offices will open at City Hall, which can finally be referred to with capital letters.

Voodoo Man Found Not Guilty in Machete Attack But Still Faces Murder Conspiracy Charge: Mompremier, 31, had allegedly attacked his girlfriend’s brother, Steeve Leveille, in July of 2013, leaving a gash behind Leveille’s left ear, a disabled tendon in the thumb of his left hand and a large cut between his ring and pinky finger.

Fully-Loaded Moving Truck Overturns on State Road 100 at I-95 Exit, Driver Injured: A fully-loaded truck owned by Flagler Moving and Storage overturned on State Road 100 just after 11 a.m. Oct. 21, with three men on board. The driver sustained injuries to his head, shoulder and arm as the driver’s side window shattered and the truck scraped the pavement, scraping the driver with it. But he was treated at the scene and not hospitalized.

In State Government:

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

The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee will take up a wide-ranging bill aimed at making changes in the state’s child-welfare system. (12:30 p.m.)

The Enterprise Florida Board of Directors will meet after holding committee meetings Wednesday. (8:30 a.m., Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, 9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd., Orlando.)

The Florida Supreme Court releases its weekly opinions at 11 a.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:

  • 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. 26: French Boys Choir at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 7 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.
  • Nov. 6: San Diego Artist Kari Powell is November’s Featured Artist at Ocean Art Gallery in Flagler Beach for the month of November, starting with a Nov. 6 reception from 6 to 9 p.m.


PR Releases:

Click on the link for more details.

San Diego Artist Kari Powell is November’s Featured Artist at Ocean Art Gallery
Golden Lion’s Key Lime Tarter Sauce Proceeds Buy 7,000 lbs of Food for Second Harvest Food Bank
French Boys Choir at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church on Oct. 26
Fall is the perfect time to enjoy District conservation lands
Palm Coast Utility Billing Switches to Paymentus
Florida Forest Service Sends Crews to Battle Texas Wildfire

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. 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.

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Beethoven String Quartet Op.59 No.1, “Razumovsky,” with Matthew Vera (violin), Michael Rau (violin), David Mason (viola) and Marza Wilks (cello)


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