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Tuesday Briefing: Working-Group Pot, Food Truck Postponed, School Lunch Cost, Brown v. Board of Ed at 62

| May 17, 2016

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62 years ago today, the United States Supreme Court voted 9-0 to declare school segregation unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, a case argued by future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Chief Justice Earl Warren, through whose skills a reluctant and bare-majority court turned into a unanimous verdict, wrote in the margin of his decision: ‘To separate [Negro children] from others of their age solely because of their color puts the mark of inferiority not only on their status in the community but upon their little hearts and minds in a fashion that is unlikely ever to be undone.’ Above, Mrs. Nettie Hunt, sitting on steps of Supreme Court, holding newspaper, explaining to her daughter Nikie the meaning of the Supreme Court’s decision banning school segregation. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Today: Cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s inland, in the lower 80s coast. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening then partly cloudy with chance of showers after midnight. Lows around 70. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 292.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: waybread, n.2.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“I faced the South with dread. Here, I knew, were pain and confusion and all the manic results of bewilderment and fear. And the South being a limb of the nation, its pain spreads out to all America.”

–Steinbeck, from “Travels With Charley” (1962).

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 County School Board meets in workshop at 9 a.m. to discuss the district’s strategic plan, consider raising school lunch prices by 25 cents, and consider a new fee schedule at Flagler Technical Institute. The board then meets in regular session at 10 a.m. The board typically holds its early May meeting in the morning rather than the evening because board members’ evening hours are busy with end-of-school events.

palm coast city logoThe Palm Coast City Council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council is expected to approve amendments to the European Village master plan, accept the city’s annual financial audit, approve $100,000 in improvements at fire Station 22, and the first step in the construction of new bathrooms for public use at the Indian Trails Sports Complex and in Town Center.

Pot and civil citations: A working group of the Public Safety Coordinating Council meets in workshop at 1 p.m. to work on a proposed ordinance that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot in Flagler County. The workshop is at the Emergency Operations Center in the Government Services complex, behind the Government Services Building. It is open to the public.

Matanzas High School’s Band Concert, at Pirate Theater, 7 p.m.

Food Truck Tuesday in Central Park in Palm Coast, originally scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m., has been postponed to May 24 due to forecast for rainy weather. On that day, proceeds will go to Flagler Sheriff’s PAL, and PAL will provide fun entertainment for the whole family. DJ Vern will host the entertainment, which will include Flagler County Sheriff’s Office activities including K-9 and Motorcycle Unit demonstrations, the Mobile Command Unit, the SWAT truck, Mounted Posse, children’s fingerprinting, and the Bicycle Unit.

Local News Recap:

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

Separate But Equal: Palm Coast Sidesteps Transgender Bathroom Bind With Private Facilities: The city did not build-in private bathrooms with transgender persons in mind, but has come to see such facilities, at least in the city manager’s perspective, as providing at least a means of getting around the issue of providing facilities for all.

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Library Director Holly Albanese had strong disagreements with County Administrator Craig Coffey over the location of a proposed new library anywhere but in Bunnell. Both made their pitches for the new branch this afternoon during a county commission workshop. (c FlaglerLive)

A Director’s Impassioned Plea for “Have-Nots” Wins Out: New Library Would Rise in Bunnell, Not Palm Coast: It’s rare that a county administration director so publicly and adamantly disagrees with her boss. But independent streaks among librarians is not unusual: it’s what makes them librarians.

Ormond Beach’s Robert Harris, 18, Killed in Train Collision on a Trestle Off U.S. 1: Harris worked at the River Grille and had just finished his shift that evening. He had been on a railroad trestle when the train surprised him.

Volusia, Flagler rape-kit backlog gone: “Earlier this year, the Daytona Beach Police Department had 140 unsubmitted kits, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office had 15 and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office had 199,” the News-Journal reports. (Story paywall-protected.)

Brittany Pitt, 26, Is 6th Person Killed on Flagler Roads in a Week, 2nd in Motorcycle Wreck: Saturday morning’s incident represents the 10th fatality on Flagler roads this year, and the fifth in a week.

Live Briefs:

In Florida and in State Government:

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

School enrollment: The Education Estimating Conference will hold was is known as an “impact” conference to discuss public-school enrollment data. (9 a.m.)

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Cattle grazing: House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, state Rep. Tom Goodson, R-Titusville, and staff members of the St. Johns River Water Management District are scheduled to hold a workshop to discuss cattle grazing on district lands. (10 am., UF/IFAS Brevard County Extension, 3695 Lake Dr., Cocoa.)

Gambling: The Financial Impact Estimating Conference will take up a proposed constitutional amendment known as “Voter Control of Gambling in Florida.” (1 p.m.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

In Coming Days in Palm Coast and Flagler:

Landon unplugged. (© FlaglerLive)

Landon unplugged. (© FlaglerLive)

May 18: Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon is the guest speaker at the free Lunch N’ Lecture at the Palm Coast Community Center, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The presentation, “Preparing for the Future, Improving our Past,” will include plenty of time for questions, so take the time to pre-register by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 386-986-2323. Attendance includes a free lunch, if you reserve in advance. (space is limited).
May 18: The Kiwanis Club of Flagler County and the Florida Kiwanis Foundation host a reception at 5 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn to honor the club’s first recipient of the Maria Mychaniuk Scholarship, an annual award of $4,000 per year for four years, along with the Key Club Scholarship Recipient.
May 18: The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s third major and final concert of the season is at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium. All 350-some students in all-level orchestras will perform, with a surprise soloist or two along the way. Buy your tickets here or by calling the auditorium box office at 386/437-7547 or 866/352-4537.
May 19: The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office hosts the annual ceremony commemorating fallen law enforcement officers at 10 a.m. This year’s ceremony will be the first held at the sheriff’s office’s new operations center, 901 E Moody Blvd, Bunnell.
May 19: Candidate forum featuring candidates for the Flagler County Commission, the school board, Palm Coast mayor and council, hosted by the United Public Employees of Flagler, a coalition of the county’s six public sector unions, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast, 5:30 p.m. It’s free and open to all.
May 28-29: Flagler Palm Coast High School Class of 1996’s 20-Year Reunion. The event combines a fundraising event for the Josh Crews Writing Project through the Education Foundation and two events, one for the graduates and a family picnic. A dinner for alumni and guests at Oceanside Country Club is planned for Saturday and a family picnic is planned for Sunday at Herschel King Park. Graduates are asked to provide gift certificates, goods and products or a donation to be part of a silent auction towards the Writing Project and to register for the celebrations. For more information go to or call Magda at 386-986-9300 or Carl Laundrie III at 386/237-4845.
May 30: Flagler County hosts a Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m., in front of the Government Services Building at 1769 East Moody Blvd., Bunnell. The ceremony features Army Major Thomas K. Hall, the Senior Army Instructor and Rifle Team Coach at Matanzas High School. Major Hall served as the Secretary of the General Staff for the Assistant Commandant of the US Army Command and General Staff College. He was a Battery Commander in the 1st Battalion 77th Field Artillery which was in direct support of the 194th Armor Brigade.
June 1: Flagler County Emergency Management makes a presentation at the inaugural “Hurricane Preparedness Breakfast” being hosted by Flagler Volunteer Services. The breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. June 1 at the Hilton Garden Inn.
June 2: The Flagler County Young Republicans Club host a forum featuring the six Republican candidates running for sheriff in the Aug. 30 primary. The forum is at the Hilton garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd., Palm Coast, at 6 p.m. It features Don Fleming, John Lamb, Jerry O’Gara, Rick Staly, Mark Whisenant and Christopher Yates.
flagler county democratic executive committeeJune 4: Flagler County’s Democratic Executive Committee holds a potluck picnic at Hershel King Park at 1000 Grady Prather Jr. Cove in Palm Coast starting at noon, with honorary guest James Canfield, first mayor of Palm Coast. Plenty of children’s activities, a dunk tank, ice cream truck, and a chance to meet Democratic candidates. Free admission includes hot dogs, baked beans and coleslaw.
June 7: A 1:30 p.m. hearing is scheduled in the case of Anna Pehota, accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband on Sept. 23, 2015, in the Hammock. Her trial was scheduled for April 18, but her attorney, Ray Warren, was granted a delay so he could explore Pehota’s memory issues, which could play a deciding role in the handling of her case. The results of that inquiry are to be the subject of this hearing.
June 8: The Public Safety Coordinating Council meets at 8:45 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center in the Government Services complex, behind the Government Services Building.
June 14: Dr. Bill Mefford, Faith Outreach Specialist for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, leads a discussion entitled “Religion and Partisan Politics Don’t Mix,” hosted by the All Flagler Democratic Club at 7 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 US 1 North, Palm Coast. Call 386-447-7030 for best directions. This program is free, open to the public, all are welcome, no advance arrangements are necessary.
June 16: The fourth annual commemoration of the largest mass arrest of Rabbis in U.S. History, an event that took place in St. Augustine on June 18, 1964, will be held on Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. in the Gamache-Koger Theater in the Ringhaver Student Center at 48 Sevilla Street in St. Augustine on the campus of Flagler College. The 90-minute event will include the reading of the letter written by the Rabbis in the Flagler County Jail and a video of the forum held with the surviving rabbis who gathered in St. Augustine in June, 2014. This event is free, all are welcome, no advance arrangements are necessary. Call (904) 819-6365 for best directions.
July 20: The Flagler League of Cities, a gathering of the county’s mayors, meets at noon at Flagler Beach City Hall.

The Day’s Best Reads:


Fact-Checking the Knaves:

Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

The following is an update of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through May 11:

Summer Camps:

Florida Agricultural Museum Summer Camps: Become a junior farmer at the Florida Agricultural Museum this summer! Junior farmers will learn about farm life, forestry, and Florida history. Participate in arts & crafts, farm animal care, Florida fauna/flora education, fun and games. Sessions are all 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $175 per session and are as follows:
1st) June 7-9
2nd) June 14-16
3rd) June 21-23
4th) June 28-30
5th) July 5-7
6th) July 12-14

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Happy Birthday Ray Charles: Georgia On My Mind

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