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| June 13, 2016

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We love you Orlando.

Today: Mostly sunny in the morning…then partly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 90s inland…in the lower 90s coast. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the east in the afternoon. Heat index readings 103 to 107. Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 5 mph. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 114.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: pungle, v..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

martin amis orlando“”Let us make the position clear. We can begin by saying, not only that we respect Muhammad, but that no serious person could fail to respect Muhammad–a unique and luminous historical being. He remains a titanic figure, and, for Muslims, all-answering: a revolutionary, a warrior, and a sovereign, a Christ and Caesar, ‘with Koran in one hand,’ as Bagehot imagined him, ‘and a sword in the other.’ Judged by the continuities he was able to set in motion, Muhammad has strong claims to being the most extraordinary man who ever lived. And always a man, as he always maintained, and not a god. Naturally we respect Muhammad. But we do not respect Muhammad Atta.”

–Martin Amis, from “The Second Plane” (2008).

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: Michael Allen Phillips, accused of armed robbery in 2015, is sentenced by Circuit Judge Matthew Foxman at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401. Joseph Westervelt, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, is sentenced at 10 a.m.

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board holds a workshop and discuss issues such as development of a tentative 2016-2017 budget. (2 p.m., district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka.)

bunnell logoThe Bunnell City Commission holds a 6 p.m. workshop on proposed changes to its facilities rental and special events policies. The regular meeting of the commission is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Plantation Bay Utility Customers Community meeting originally scheduled for today has been rescheduled to July 25 at 6 p.m. at Club de Bonmont, 300 Plantation Bay Drive, Ormond Beach.

The Flagler County Land Acquisition Committee meeting scheduled for this afternoon was cancelled.

Local News Recap:

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

50 People Killed, 53 Wounded at Orlando Gay Club in Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History: In the deadliest mass shooting in memory–and the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil since 9/11–, 50 people have been killed, 53 wounded by a lone gunman at Pulse Orlando, a gay nightclub on South Orange Avenue, starting at 2 o’clock this morning. Orlando has declared a state of emergency.

Motorcyclist Seth Sistrunk Killed at Treacherous Intersection of SR100 and CR305: Motorcyclist Seth Howard Sistrunk of East Palatka was killed Saturday afternoon (June 11) by a pick-up truck as the motorcyclist was attempting to pass the truck in a no-passing zone on State Road 100. The wreck took place just after 2 p.m.

Motorcyclist Critical After Wreck Severs Leg in 3-Vehicle Collision at US1 South of Old Kings Road: Motorcyclist Eddie Davis Jr., 50, was in critical condition after his leg was severed in a wreck involving two motorcycle and a car on U.S. 1 just south of Old Kings Road late Saturday night.

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Taxable values have improved again in 2016, not as much as in 2015, but better than the pre-recession average. (© FlaglerLive)

Taxable Values Improve Less Than in 2015, But Still More Strongly Than in Pre-Recession Years: The decrease is especially pronounced in Palm Coast. Last year taxable values rose 5.6 percent there. This year? Just 3.88 percent, based on June 1 estimates by the Flagler County Property Appraiser. And just 1.8 percent of the increase is due to new construction. Flagler County last year saw a healthy increase of 6.75 percent. This year’s increase is estimated at just past 5 percent, with 2 percent due to new construction.

Young Mother Pulls a Gun on Intruder on Seward Trail and Helps Lead to His Arrest: Marco DeJesus allegedly attempted a home-invasion burglary in mid-afternoon Thursday in Palm Coast. He did not figure on the homeowner–a young mother–pulling a gun on him, chasing him off and getting pictures of his vehicle and tag. Not 100 minutes later, he was stopped and arrested in Daytona Beach.

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Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Dunkin Donuts on Palm Coast Parkway Demolished By Flames During Roof Repairs Glen Garman, the franchise co-owner and a Palm Coast resident, pledged to reopen the restaurant as soon as humanly possible.

In Florida and in State Government:

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

Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, is expected to discuss the 2016 legislative session during a Beaches Business Association luncheon. (Noon, Jacksonville Beach Golf Club, 605 Penman Road South, Jacksonville Beach.)

The Palm Beach Republican Club hosts a debate for GOP candidates in Congressional District 18. Expected to participate are candidates Carl Domino, Rick Kozell, Mark Freeman, Brian Mast and Rebecca Negron. (6:15 p.m., Abacoa Country Club, 105 Barbados Dr., Jupiter.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:

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 Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) invites the public to attend the free lecture series, “Afternoon Insight: Pollinators,” from 3 to 4 p.m. at the GTM Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Space is limited, reservations for the free event are required and may be made online here. Registration includes admittance to the exhibit hall prior to the lecture. For more information, call 904-823-4500.
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.
June 22: The Coastal Florida Benevolent Police Association hosts a candidate forum featuring all nine candidates for Flagler County sheriff, at the Portuguese-American Club, 1200 Palm Harbor Pkwy in Palm Coast. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the forum begins at 7 p.m. All welcome.
joseph-bova-murder-trialJuly 5: A pre-trial is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. before Circuit Judge Matthew Foxman in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse in the case of Joseph Bova II, the man accused of first-degree murder in the killing of Zuheily Roman Rosado in an execution-style shooting at the Mobil Mart on State Road 100 in Palm Coast in February 2013. Pre-trail hearings have been frequently continued, however. Bova has been held without bond at the Flagler County jail since May 11, 2015, when he returned from a state psychiatric hospital.
July 18: The trial of Anna Pehota, 77, who faces a second-degree murder charge over the alleged killing of her husband in the Hammock in September 2015, is scheduled to begin with jury selection.
July 25: The Plantation Bay Utility Customers Community meets at 6 p.m. at Club de Bonmont, 300 Plantation Bay Drive, Ormond Beach.
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:

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, Orchestre de Paris, Chen Reiss, Matthias Coerne

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