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Tuesday Briefing: NAACP Discusses Cop Body Cameras, Whitman Labs’ Sea Turtle Hospital, Trump’s Lead

| October 27, 2015

A Flagler County Sheriff's deputy's body cam. The NAACP hears about the sheriff's Office's body cam program at a meeting tonight. See below. (c FlaglerLive)

A Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy’s body cam. The NAACP hears about the sheriff’s Office’s body cam program at a meeting tonight. See below. (c FlaglerLive)

Today: high in low 80s, low in low-70s. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 375.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: melch, adj..
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 Palm Coast City Council meets at 9 a.m. in workshop for the last time away from its new city hall–but it does so at the Palm Coast Community Center, not at its old City Market Place offices, which are now closed. The council will hear a presentation from the Flagler County Association of Realtors, and will approve a loan agreement that will enable the city to build a $30 million wastewater plant. The agenda is here.

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.

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board is scheduled to hold a workshop about issues such as strategic planning. (10 a.m., district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka.)

Local News Recap:

A Syrian Family Just Landed in Palm Coast Starts Life Over From “Less Than Zero”: The Samans moved to Palm Coast on Aug. 1. They moved here from Port Orange, where they’d lived for a couple of years. They’re not refugees and don’t like to be considered as such. The government is granting them an extended stay, pending the application for a Green Card, because of the situation back home. But they represent a broader part of the Syrian crisis and the diaspora it has created. The war in Syria has driven more than 4.1 million Syrians into neighboring countries out of a total population of more than 22 million, according to the Congressional Research Service’s latest report. Many are classified as refugees. Some are not, but are stateless nevertheless: they cannot go home.

Long Creek Preserve: For Palm Coast, a Chance to Restore a Vast, Lucrative History: County Attorney Al Hadeed last week explained why the Long Creek Preserve in Palm Coast is such an important asset–to the county’s history, but also to its ecological identity and its relationship with its own history going forward: Few Palm Coast residents know the role the area of the preserve played in 18th and 19th century America. Few are capitalizing on the history.

Whitney Lab opens Sea Turtle Hospital to meet regional demand for rehab centers: “The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory opened its doors — or rather its four 1,100-gallon tanks — on Saturday,” the Record reports. “Catherine Eastman, sea turtle program coordinator at Whitney Lab, said its main focus will be on treating fibropapillomatosis, a disease process commonly — and increasingly — impacting sea turtles found in this region….The nearest sea turtle rehabilitation centers were in Volusia County, about an hour south of St. Augustine, and Jekyll Island, Georgia, about two hours north.” (Story paywall-protected.)

Flagler Auditorium Launching 24th Season With Disco-Fever Gala at Halifax Plantation Nov. 7: The gala, starting at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m., will feature delicious food, dancing, and performances by local artists and arts students. Guests are encouraged to dress according to the theme. There will be door prizes. All funds will go towards the Flagler Auditorium’s Arts in Education initiatives.

Buddy Taylor Middle School Astronaut team blasting off for state finals: The five-student team competing at the Florida Student Astronaut Challenge in February 2016 is made up of Allyson Imperio, Ryan Little, Serena Daley, Rayann Raymond and Junior Zemliansky. “The team is the first composed of middle school age students to participate in the competition. In previous years it has only been offered to 9th through 12th grade students,” the Observer reports.

In State Government:

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

The Senate Democratic Caucus is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m.

Redistricting: The Senate is expected to take up a plan (SJR 2-C) that would redraw the state’s Senate districts. (Noon)

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will consider a series of land-related issues, including a purchase that is part of a state effort to provide additional buffer areas around military bases. The purchase involves land near Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville. (9 a.m.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

In Coming Days in Palm Coast and Flagler:

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PR Releases:

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Kumon Math and Reading Center Celebrates Five Years in Flagler County
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

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:

The intersection of Old Kings Road and Matanzas Woods Parkway will be closed for reconstruction beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and continuing through the weekend until 3 a.m. Monday morning, Nov. 2. The intersection will be closed to traffic during that entire time. Variable message signs will be used to alert the traveling public of the closure. For more information, contact Palm Coast Customer Service at 386-986-2360.

Cultural Coda:

Dvořák’s American Quartet, performed by the Prazak Quartet



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