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Monday Briefing: Hobby Lobby’s Island Walk Plans, Protecting Realtors, Bunnell Contends With Election Dates

| February 22, 2016

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On Feb. 16, Palm Coast government administration issued a development order for Hobby Lobby’s planned façade renovations of the former Publix building in Island Walk, including façade changes affecting all four sides of the
building. The proposed changes will bring the building into conformity with the architectural theme established for the
shopping center, and includes use of colors, design and materials similar to or compatible with the surrounding center.

Today: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 5 mph shifting to the southeast in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows around 60. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 32.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: paradoxography, 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.

Starting Tuesday, The Navy will conduct live training bombing runs at the Pinecastle Range Complex, the bombing range in the Ocala National Forest. Bombing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 23-25. The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Fla. For additional information, call (904) 542-5588.

The Bunnell City Commission meets at 7 p.m. Commissioners will discuss House Bill 7059, which would force Bunnell and Flagler Beach to change their election schedules. Last week HB 7059 passed the House. This bill preempts the authority of cities to set the date for city elections. This bill will require all municipal elections within a county to be held on the same date as the general election in even numbered years, or on a like date in odd numbered years, or both as determined by the Supervisor of Elections. If passed, March 2017 City of Bunnell election would move to November 2017.

Full-moon beach stroll at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreational Area (3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach). Join a Ranger for this fun, informative full moon beach hike. All ages welcome. minors must be accompanied by an adult. Hike leaves from the beachside pavilion. Learn about the effects of the moon on the tidal ecosystem. Please bring water and dress for the weather. RSVP is required. Park entrance fee is $5.00 per carload of 2-8 people; one person is $4.00; bicyclist or pedestrian is $2.

Local News Recap:

Updated jail bookings and day and night shift incident summary reports are available here.

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Aveo’s Christian Nielsen celebrating in 2013. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Promising 300 Jobs 3 Years Ago, Aveo Bails on Airport Lease But Pledges to Remain in Flagler: The groundbreaking featured innumerable local government officials standing next to Aveo CEO Christian Nielsen, who promised 300 jobs. But Aveo will not build at the airport after all.

Upset By Cheesy Garlic Knots and “Disrespect,” Quartet Trashes Palm Coast Pizza: Vincent Conti, 23, Shawn Cody, 32, and Hareem Jones, 26, and Jessica Conti, 25, ended up in jail after Jessica got upset that her garlic knots had cheese on them, and she and her friends allegedly ransacked the restaurant’s kitchen.

The Good Life: At Salvo Gallery, One Collector’s Gems Frame Wealth of Flagler’s Arts: “5 Years – A Collector’s Retrospective” at Salvo Art Project in Bunnell showcases some 30 pieces by local artists, all acquired by Chris Goodfellow in the past five years. The show’s attraction has as much to do with the inherent value of individual artists’ works as with the unusual glance into a collector’s sensibilities.

Buy This Art: Ocean Art Gallery’s Laws of Shopper Attraction, at the Point of a Spear: The gallery, which he moved in January from State Road A1A to 206 Moody Blvd. a few blocks away, is the ninth business Frank Gromling has founded and operated, “and all except two have been successful,” he says matter-of-factly. “I’m not a painter, I’m not an artist. I always call myself a business artist.”

The End of Jeb: After another lackluster finish Saturday in the South Carolina Republican primary, Bush announced he was halting his presidential campaign. Bush made the televised announcement with his wife, Columba, at his side.

In State Government:

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

Elevator safety: The House Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 1289), filed by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, that would place additional safety requirements on new elevators in private residences. The bill is named the “Maxwell Erik ‘Max’ Grablin Act,” after a boy who was crushed to death by an elevator in his home. (1 p.m.)

Gas pump printers: The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will take up a bill (SB 1148), filed by Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, that would require self-service gas pumps to have printers that are in “good working order” and capable of producing receipts. (2 p.m.)

Extra Protection for Real Estate agents: The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will consider a proposal (SB 214), filed by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, that would increase criminal penalties for people who commit assault, battery or sexual battery on real-estate agents. (2 p.m.)

Driver’s licenses: The House Appropriations Committee will take up a bill (HB 207), sponsored by Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, and Majority Leader Dana Young, R-Tampa, that would make a series of changes in laws about driver-license suspensions. (3 p.m.)

Voter-registration records: The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee will take up a series of public-records bills, including a measure (SB 702), filed by Sen. Thad Altman, R-Rockledge, that would create a public-records exemption for 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds who pre-register to vote. The information would become available when they turn 18. (4 p.m.)

Declaration of war sought: The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space and Domestic Security Committee will consider a memorial to Congress (SM 1710), sponsored by Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, that urges the declaration of war against terrorist groups al-Qaida and the Islamic State. (4 p.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:

  • Feb. 23: Entrepreneur Night, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the New Europa at European Village, Palm Coast. Over 150 attendees spanning the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and in all phases of entrepreneurial stages are going to be there. No admission fee. Expect complimentary appetizers, meet new people, and connect others you may have already met. RSVP here.
  • Feb. 29: Flagler Youth Orchestra’s Strings Around the World Concert, 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium. Adult tickets, $6 and children 17 and under are $1. Visit the website.
  • March 2: Grand opening of the Florida Hospital Centra Care urgent care facility, a 5,000 sq. ft. operation at 1270 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, with on-site labs and other immediate healthcare services such as X-rays, EKG, stitches, physicals, blood pressure testing, immunizations, and more. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tours and light lunch.
  • March 30-April 2: Florida Future Problem Solvers State Competition, to be attended by four to five Flagler County schools, at Doubletree Orlando Seaworld, 10100 International Drive, Orlando.
  • March 5: Christian Women’s Conference: “Unexpected Detours,” Featuring Carol Kent, an inspiring Christian speaker and best-selling author. First Baptist Church of Bunnell, 2301 Commerce Parkway, Bunnell. $25 to attend. Price includes lunch. Contact Marge Ankrom for information, 386-931-2784
  • April 2: Cheer at the Pier, a fund-raiser for the Flagler Beach Historical Museum, from 3 to 6 p.m. Call Virginia Giaramita for information at 386/299-8892.
  • April 15: The Florida Ethics Commission will take up an administrative law judge’s recommendation in the ethics case against Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre. 9 a.m.

PR Releases:

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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 Feb. 17:

Seminole Woods Multi Use Path design, 75 percent done: Survey continues, shot horizontal and vertical features for path design.

Holland Park, 54 percent done: Grading and installation of sidewalks continues. Restroom block cells poured and trusses installed. Installation of street and pathway light poles and fixtures.

County’s I-95 Interchange Matanzas Woods Reclaim Water, 83 percent done: Approximately 1,600 ft. of 16″ HDPE piping was air tested February 11, 2016. On February 12, 2016 the 16″ HDPE reuse main was installed under the southbound ramp.

Palm Harbor Parkway Roadway Extension, 50 percent done: Work continues on the stormwater structure at the intersection of Palm Harbor Parkway and Forest Grove.

Colechester Bridge, 94 percent done: Sea walls have been completed and forming of the western abutment 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. (Not in the Dec. 4 update.)

Old Kings Road Force Main 96 percent done:: February 11, 2016 night work with lane closure and tank trucking for the south end force main tie-in to the 12″ pipe from the South and the 12″ pipe from Town Center. The new
16″ force main and the 8″ old main were connected to the old Pump Station north of Lehigh Canal.

Island Walk Shopping Center Phase 2, 26 percent done: February 15, 2016 a 10″ core was made into the existing manhole for the sewer lateral for the 2 lots facing Palm Coast Parkway.

Road and Interstate Construction:

Forest Grove Drive connection to Palm Harbor Parkway to be closed starting Dec. 18: Effective Friday, Dec. 18, the City of Palm Coast will be closing the Forest Grove Drive connection to Palm Harbor Parkway. This road closure is required as part of construction operations for the Palm Harbor Parkway extension, which is currently under construction. Palm Harbor is being realigned and extended to connect directly with Matanzas Woods Parkway where it intersects with Old Kings Road. Message boards will be placed to advise motorists and other travelers of the upcoming change, and a public meeting has already been held for residents living in that area. Both the Palm Harbor extension and a separate extension of Old Kings Road are being built in preparation for the new Interstate 95 interchange to open next June at Matanzas Woods Parkway. As part of the projects, traffic patterns around Matanzas High School will be changing. One goal is to turn Forest Grove Drive back into a residential street as it was originally intended to be. The upcoming road closure of the Forest Grove Drive connection to Palm Harbor Parkway is part of that project. Forest Grove will be turned into a cul de sac on that end. Once the separate Old Kings Road extension is completed, in June 2016, the Forest Grove Drive access to the high school will be closed because it will no longer be needed. Instead, motorists and other travelers will get to Matanzas High School via the new signalized intersection at Matanzas Woods, Palm Harbor and Old Kings. For more information, please contact Palm Coast Communications Manager Cindi Lane at 386-986-3708 or

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Wynton Marsalis Performs Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto

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1 Response for “Monday Briefing: Hobby Lobby’s Island Walk Plans, Protecting Realtors, Bunnell Contends With Election Dates”

  1. Kevin says:

    US has a record-breaking year for solar power in 2015, in fact, 29.5% of all new electric generation was attributable to solar power surpassing natural gas.
    Too bad the “Sunshine State” is controlled by the big power lobbyists who buy influence and prevent Florida from joining the pro-consumer, pro-environment solar revolution.

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