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Tuesday Briefing: World AIDS Day, Demolishing an ITT Icon, Palm Coast’s Video Awards

| December 1, 2015

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Be safe, be aware, don’t spread ignorance: World Aids Day is today. See below. (@aerial_m)

Today: partly cloudy, high in lower 80s, low in mid-60s. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 343.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
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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.

Palm Coast Animal Control Hearing, 1 p.m. at City Hall. The agenda is here.

The Flagler County School Board meets for a business meeting at 5 p.m. (as opposed to the usual 6 p.m.) in board chambers of the Government Services Building. The board is expected to approve the renewal for two years of a contract with Synovia Solutions GPS Bus Tracking System, which includes extended real time engine monitoring, time and attendance monitoring of bus drivers and aides, improved GPS mapping and incident reporting. The renewal is for $30,480 per year. The board will also approve advertising for bids to bulldoze the Corporate Plaza building off Palm Coast Parkway. It used to be ITT’s iconic corporate center as Palm Coast was born.

The Palm Coast City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting begins with a presentation on four video awards the city’s video production team, headed by Tom Hanson, received for videos about public safety, recreation and economic development. The council is expected to approve a 120-day moratorium on bottle club operations in the city as the administration develops a more restrictive policy on such clubs.

Flagler Beach’s Planning and Architecture Review Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at Flagler Beach City Hall.

belle terre swim and racquet club fund-raiserUpcoming: On Dec. 5, You’re all invited to a Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club open house and fund-raiser: Come by and enjoy the pool, the sauna, the weight room, live music, a bake sale, plenty of games and fun for the whole family. It’s free admission. The event is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. The Flagler County School Board granted the Swim and Racquet Club an extension to make good on the promise of a new batch of membership to ensure that the venerable club stays open in months and years ahead. But the club needs your support, as the school board is set to reevaluate how the membership drive is going as early as January. This fund-raiser and open house is intended to show the community how much there is at the club, and how inexpensive the memberships are. Admission to the Dec. 5 open house is free.

Is Flagler is headed in the right direction? The Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you: “Please take the Chamber’s Economic Development survey and share the link with family, friends and colleagues. It’s important for everyone who lives and works here to weigh in on this important topic,” the Chamber says. “You might even win a prize for your effort. We are trying to get 1,000 responses before the end of the year. Click here to access the survey.

Local News Recap:

Trump Campaign Bus Rolls Into Palm Coast, Transformed as Donald Anti-Matter: A group of artists working on behalf of a Philadelphia artist named t.Rutt bought the former Trump campaign bus in Iowa and transformed it into a mobile protest of the presidential candidate. The bus will be part of an art installation at Art Basel in Miami starting Wednesday.

Bunnell City Manager’s Job Draws 3 Internal Applicants; Interviews Set Wednesday: The Bunnell city manager’s job that unexpectedly opened last month when Larry Williams announced his resignation has drawn three internal applicants: Deputy City Clerk Dan Davis, Finance Director Stella Gurnee, and City Engineer Ferdinand Tiblier. The three will be interviewed in one-hour increments during a special, open meeting of the Bunnell City Commission Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m.

Proposal Would Force Cities, Including Bunnell and Flagler Beach, to Move Elections to November: Florida’s municipalities intend to fight a proposal now before state lawmakers that would take away their ability to set local election dates and could extend the terms of some current elected officials. State lawmakers on Thursday will look at a proposal that seeks to improve local voter turnout by requiring every city, town and village to line up their elections the same day each year.

Man Charged With Aggravated Assault in Confrontation With Ex-City Commissioner: Jimmy Flynt, the former Bunnell city commissioner, intervened in what looked like a brewing fight on the grounds of Bunnell’s First United Methodist Church. Joshua Meyers, a 26-year-old resident of 1762 Mahogany Boulevard in Daytona North, is accused of brandishing a knife at him.

In State Government:

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

Citrus disease: The Senate Agriculture Committee will get an update about “citrus greening,” a disease causing widespread damage to Florida’s citrus industry. (10 a.m.)

The House Finance & Tax Committee will discuss Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to cut $1 billion in taxes. (Noon.)

County sales taxes: The Senate Community Affairs Committee will consider a proposal (SB 346), filed by Sen. Thad Altman, R-Rockledge, that would allow counties to increase sales taxes to help pay for waterway dredging projects. (1 p.m.)

Public corruption: The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee will take up a bill (SB 582), filed by Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, that would take a series of steps to strengthen public-corruption laws. (1 p.m.)

Medical tourism: The Senate Health Policy Committee will consider a proposal (SB 178), filed by Chairman Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, that would create a program to market Florida as a “health care destination” — a concept known as medical tourism. Also, the bill could help clear the way for what are known as “direct primary care” agreements between doctors and patients. Such agreements involve patients paying monthly fees to doctors and then being able to get routine primary care without additional costs. (1 p.m.)

Rape kit testing: The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 179), filed by Rep. Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach, that could help speed up testing of DNA evidence in new sexual-assault cases and also address a large backlog of unanalyzed rape kits. (3:30 p.m.)

Cohabitation ban: The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up a bill (SB 498), filed by Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, that would repeal a longstanding law designed to bar men and women from living together if they are not married. (4 p.m.)

FPL Plant: The Florida Public Service Commission will hold a hearing on what is known as a “determination of need” for a proposed Florida Power & Light plant in Okeechobee County. (9:30 a.m.)

The Demographic Estimating Conference will analyze the state’s population. (3:15 p.m.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

In Coming Days in Palm Coast and Flagler:

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  • Dec. 3: Leadership Flagler Graduation and Eggs & Issues Breakfast: Join the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce in celebrating its 23rd year of Leadership Flagler Graduates. This special Eggs & Issues networking breakfast will honor the Chamber’s largest leadership class and welcome back program alumni. Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast, 8 a.m.
  • Dec. 1: ERAU’s Honors Series welcomes Dr. Bruce Jakosky, presenting Water, Climate, and the Potential for Life on Mars.
  • Dec. 4: The upper orchestra of the Flagler Youth Orchestra will perform at 6 p.m. in an arts collaboration with Salvo Art Project, the Bunnell gallery at 313 Old Brick Road, next to Nature Scapes, $10 for adults, children get in free. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. JJ Graham, gallery owner, will be raffling off a painting.
  • Dec. 4 and 5: Blowout book sale at the Flagler County Public Library in Palm Coast, all books in the Friends book shop will be priced at 25 cents. The sale will be held during normal business hours: Friday, 9 to 6 and Saturday 9 to 5. Shop for yourself or, stock up for your holiday gift giving. 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW. Call 446-6705 with any questions.
  • Dec. 5: Flagler Beach Christmas Parade, starting at 1 p.m. down A1A. Click to get an entry form.
  • Dec. 6: Bulow Parks Historic Alliance will have a Trail Maintenance Day to prepare for the Saturday, December 12, Bulow Woods Trail Race. Workers are asked to meet at the trailhead on the Beach Road at 9 a.m. For further information call 386-437-5338.
  • Dec. 9: The Flagler Youth Orchestra is in concert at the Flagler Auditorium at 7 p.m. $6 for adults, children younger than 18 get in free.
  • Dec. 16: The Bulow Parks Historic Alliance members and friends will meet at 6 p.m. in the Annex of the Flagler County Historical Society, 204 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell. For information call 386-437-5338.
  • Dec. 19 and 20: Performance of Handel’s Messiah at First Church of Palm Coast, 91 Old Kings Road North, 4 p.m. each day: The Edward Waters Alumni Choir, along with the First Church Choir, will give performances of the oratorio, and feature Nathaniel Shropshire, III, bass; Francesca Scott, alto; Irma Marria Adams, soprano; and Drickus Horne, tenor. Tickets are $20 per person. To order call the church at 386-446-5759.

PR Releases:

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In the Press, In the News:

World Aids Day 2015:

A Centers for Disease Control Briefing:

The Time to Act Is Now

December 1 is World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people to work actively and collaboratively with partners around the world to raise awareness about HIV and help us move closer to the goal of an AIDS-free generation. This year’s theme, “The Time to Act Is Now,” calls us to act with urgency to implement the latest high-impact, evidence-based HIV prevention strategies.

Our Global Response

An estimated 36.9 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. As a science-based public health and disease prevention agency, CDC provides support that helps more than 60 countries strengthen their national HIV/AIDS programs and build sustainable public health systems. CDC conducts these activities through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) , the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease.

Recent scientific breakthroughs now point the way to achieving an AIDS-free generation, a goal championed by President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address. CDC, through PEPFAR, is working to achieve that inspiring goal through proven science, smart investments, and shared responsibility with partner countries.

Global efforts have resulted in approximately 13.5 million persons in low-income and middle-income countries receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV infection in 2014, an increase from 2013. Globally, more than 15 million people are on ART.

New HIV infections have fallen 35 percent since 2000, with 66 percent of the 2 million new HIV infections occurring in sub-Saharan African countries, where women account for more than half the total number of those living with HIV.

CDC’s global HIV/AIDS activities are grounded in science and are critical to saving lives and preventing new infections. Core activities focus on:

  • Providing proven combination prevention interventions, including prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, antiretroviral treatment, and voluntary medical male circumcision.
  • Reaching orphans and vulnerable children, as well as other neglected and hard-to-reach populations.
  • Building and enhancing health systems, including sustainable human resources for health (e.g., health care workers) and accurate, reliable laboratory systems.

CDC’s innovative programs are helping countries collect and use more detailed data to target HIV treatment services to where they are needed most and to reduce the cost of delivering services. These activities also support greater accountability and transparency in the use of U.S. government funds. CDC works with key partners such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria —to which the United States is the largest contributor—to ensure complementary programming for maximum impact of investments.

CDC has contributed to saving millions of lives through PEPFAR. Across the globe, AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 42 percent since the peak in 2004. The increased life expectancies of people in their most productive years have helped build more secure families and bolstered fragile nations devastated by the HIV epidemic. New pediatric HIV infections have dropped by 58 percent since 2000. Worldwide, 220,000 children became newly infected with HIV in 2014, down from 520,000 in 2000. This significant achievement is due largely to evidence-based programming to prevent mother-to-child transmission. Still, millions of people around the globe are waiting for access to lifesaving antiretroviral drugs.

The United States has made an unwavering commitment to work with partner governments and other stakeholders to turn the tide on HIV/AIDS. The goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation worldwide is a shared responsibility, with partner countries in the central role.

Our Domestic Response

Around 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States, and 1 in 8 don’t know it. The number of new HIV diagnoses has remained fairly stable in recent years.

More tools than ever are available to prevent HIV, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for people who are at very high risk for getting HIV. Taking PrEP medicine daily can reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it can reduce the risk by more than 70%. The latest edition of Vital Signs, released on November 24, 2015, provides more information on populations who could benefit from PrEP. According to the report, many people in the United States, especially many gay and bisexual men and injection drug users, are at high risk for HIV and could benefit from PrEP.

This year, the White House updated the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to 2020. On World AIDS Day, it will release a federal action plan to implement the strategy. CDC supports the strategy’s vision of a nation where new HIV infections are rare. CDC’s HIV prevention efforts in the United States target the populations most at risk and include:

  • Providing funding and technical assistance for health departments.
  • Conducting surveillance and behavioral research.
  • Developing guidelines for HIV treatment, surveillance, and laboratory procedures.
  • Evaluating programs.
  • Conducting outreach and communication campaigns through the Act Against AIDS initiative, including the campaign Let’s Stop HIV Together, which fights stigma and seeks to ensure that all Americans know the facts about HIV. Let’s Stop HIV Together includes many personal stories about living with HIV.
  • Providing training in HIV prevention and treatment.

Also, CDC, along with other agencies and organizations, will convene the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference, December 6-9, 2015. This conference will facilitate collaboration among scientists, health care providers, community workers, and others who are working to stop the spread of HIV in the United States.

CDC continues to work with our many partners to bring the best available prevention and treatment tools to the communities that need them most, at home and around the world. On this World AIDS Day, we are pleased to join our partners to take unified action to prevent the spread of HIV.


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 Nov. 5:

Palm Coast Parkway Six-Laning is 97 percent done: (Not updated this week.)

Holland Park, 37 percent done: Perimeter sidewalk continues to be formed and poured. The new 8″ water main was installed across Florida Park Drive and the water tap was made. Electrical trenching and conduit installation continues. 8″ water main and 2 hydrants being re-installed per plan. New irrigation system installation continues.

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, 32 percent done: The City Fiber Optic cable was removed to allow the demucking to continue north on Forest Grove. The Fiber Optic cable will be replaced when the new force main is installed. Installation of stormwater pipe continues.

Colechester Bridge, 90 percent done: Bridge Deck has been paved and striped and has been reopened. Pedestrian railings are installed, demolition of slope pavement continues. Directional bore of water main almost complete.

North Old Kings Road Extension to Matanzas Woods Parkway, 19 percent done: Asphalt was installed on the new section of roadway adjacent to the old roadway at the intersection of Old Kings Road and Forest Grove.

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 50 percent done:: Contractor is working on Force main at the entrance north of spray field.

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Louis Spohr (1784-1859): Concerto for quartet & orchestra, Performed by the Filarmonica quartet and the Novosibirsk Philharmonic

The performance is a bit problematic, but Spohr is not:


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