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Thursday Briefing: Fallen Officers Memorial, Biggest Candidate Forum Yet, Flagler Beach Montessori Lease

| May 19, 2016

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The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office’s Calvin Grant at a ceremony for fallen law enforcement officers three years ago, the last time the ceremony was held at the old sheriff’s operations center. Today’s ceremony is at the new headquarters off Moody Boulevard. See below. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Partly cloudy in the morning…then mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs around 90. South winds 5 mph shifting to the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 5 mph. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 152.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
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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.

In Court: Circuit Court Judge Matthew Foxman holds drug court, hearing two dozen cases, at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 401.

The Flagler County Commission holds a budget workshop focusing on the county’s general budget, which includes most public services such as the fire department, Flagler County Fire Flight (the emergency helicopter), public works, elderly services and numerous other services. 9 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center.

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. For additional information on National Police Week, please visit Additional information regarding law enforcement officers that have been killed in the line-of-duty can be found by visiting the Officer Down Memorial page at

flagler beach city commission logoThe Flagler Beach City Commission holds a special meeting at 1 p.m. at City Hall to review the terms of a lease for the city-owned building that houses the Flagler Beach Montessori school. The city is not renewing the lease, but re-writing it. Scheduling the meeting at 1 p.m. may have ensured that children at the school are not trooped out to the commission, as they were last month, when they pleaded with the commission not to take away the garden the school had improperly set up in the middle of Wickline Park.

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.

The Indian Trails Middle School Band Concert is at 7 p.m. at Pirate Theater, Matanzas High School.

The Belle Terre Elementary School Choral Concert is at 7 p.m. at the school’s cafeteria.

Local News Recap:

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

In Victory for Flagler Beach, Dreaded and Un-Scenic A1A Signs Will Not Spear the City: The signs, fruit of a $230,000 grant that never got its proper public hearings in the county or the city, have been going up elsewhere along A1A in Flagler County this week. But after an intense campaign by city commissioners that reflected almost unanimous public outrage against the signs, and the personal intervention of the state Department of Transportation’s secretary, the A1A Scenic and Historical Byway group putting up the signs was barred from planting them in Beverly Beach and Flagler Beach.

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eniors Mayoree Tan, left, and Josephine Brown of Matanzas High School. (c FlaglerLive)

Kiwanis Scholarship Recipients: A Student Inspired by the Free Clinic, Another By Legal Aid for the Voiceless: Students, we too easily assume, look to others for inspiration as they make their way to graduation and greater goals. But the best of students have a way of turning the tables and themselves becoming the inspiration. Seniors Mayoree Tan and Josephine Brown of Matanzas High School did so convincingly when they won over the Kiwanis Club of Flagler County as this year’s recipients of two major scholarships, one of them totaling $16,000 over four years.

TDC Favors Beverly Beach’s $32,000 Walkover Renovations, But Not Before Unusual Grilling: The questioning was another example of many recent such examples of the TDC’s more heavy-handed approach regarding local projects, organizations and governments as opposed to its less rigorous or accountable approach when the applicant is an out-of-town organization, including for-profit organizations. That disparity is becoming more pronounced, in policy and spending, since county government overtook the tourism bureau from the chamber of commerce last year.

Deaf Hammock Man Accused of Exposing Himself to 8-Year-Old Girl: Mark Hall, a 60-year-old resident of Shady Lane in Palm Coast, was at the Flagler County on an accusation that he exposed himself to an 8-year-old home-schooled girl Saturday. He is charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition to a victim under 16, a second-degree felony. If convicted of the charge, Hall, who is deaf, could face up to 15 years in prison and be required to register as a sexual offender.

Flagler students divided over transgender bathroom rule: Students at Flagler County Schools are weighing in on the Obama administration’s guidelines on which bathrooms transgender students should use, News 13 reports.

FPL Bills Customers for Unbuilt Nuclear Plants But Wants Out of Justifying Need: ttorneys for consumers, the city of Miami and business and environmental groups are fighting Florida Power & Light’s request for a waiver from filing an annual analysis about the feasibility of adding two nuclear reactors in South Florida.

Flagler’s Pot De-Criminalization Proposal Wilts, But Narrower Version Still Possible: A powerful work group gathering many of the county’s top government and law enforcement authorities or their representatives on Tuesday had more questions and doubts about than endorsements for a proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot.

Live Briefs:

In Florida and in State Government:

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

The Florida Supreme Court is expected to release its weekly opinions at 11 a.m.. (Thursday, 11 a.m.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

In Coming Days in Palm Coast and Flagler:

May 21: The University Women of Flagler present $17,000 in scholarships to be the best and brightest of the local women and girls from Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School. Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast, 11 a.m.
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.

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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

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1 Response for “Thursday Briefing: Fallen Officers Memorial, Biggest Candidate Forum Yet, Flagler Beach Montessori Lease”

  1. NortonSmitty says:

    So where is the photo of the Publix executives scamming us? $3.79/lb. for Garlic? A weed?

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