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Monday Briefing: 700 at Massacre Vigil, Flagler’s Constitutional Budgets, More Newspaper Graveyards, Trump Profiling

| June 20, 2016

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Friday night’s vigil in memory of the victims of the Orlando massacre. See another image below. Click on the image for larger view. (© Morgan Sharman for FlaglerLive)

Weekend: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers in the morning. Highs in the mid 80s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 72.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: prosily, adv..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“Knowing the past is a way to be liberated from it.” (“Connaître le passé est une manière de s’en libérer.”)

–Raymond Aron, from the Encyclopédie française

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.

flagler county commission government logoThe Flagler County Commission meets at 9 a.m. for another in its series of 2016-17 budget workshops. Today’s meeting focuses on the budget of constitutional officers, the tourism tax, the transportation impact fee, capital funds, debt and the gas tax, among other items. 9 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center in Bunnell. The commission meets in regular session at 5 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, with a recognition of Kent Ryan, Dean Daytona State College’s Palm Coast campus dean for many years. Ryan is retiring.

National Park Service Volunteer Fair, from 5 to 7 p.m. in front of Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine. Meet experienced VIPs (Volunteers-In- Parks) from both sites, chat with them about what they do and why they love it, and get information on how you can Find Your Park and get involved. For more information about the parks, or to download our VIP Handbook, visit and

Moon Rise at the Beach: at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreational Area, 8:15 p.m. You will learn fun and interesting facts about the moon and its effects on the tidal ecosystem. We will leave from the beachside day use pavilion, using the boardwalk located behind the pavilion. We’ll stroll the beach and wait for the moon to appear. If you prefer, you can view the moon from the overlook. Bring a camera for beautiful photo opportunities! All ages are welcome; minors must be accompanied by an adult. This event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. Registration is required, at Program is free with park admission.

Local News Recap:

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


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

A Flagler Beach Vigil for Massacre Victims, Flickering Grief of LGBT Community: Two Palm Coast residents who once found refuge and freedom at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando organized a candlelight vigil and fundraiser in Flagler Beach Friday for the victims of last week’s massacre at the club, which resulted in the murder of 49 and injuries to 53. Pulse was among the more popular and accessible nightclub for gay, lesbian and transgender people in central and north-central Florida, and for Palm Coast and Flagler County residents—who have nothing like such a club in the county—a favored nightlife destination.

Reporting on the vigil, the Observer’s Jonathan Simmons wrote: “The crowd of about 700 watched a lone figure climb to the top of a fire truck ladder hoisted high above Oceanshore Boulevard across from the pier, high above the roofs of the tallest buildings, then cheered as she strung a gay pride flag to a cable hanging from its apex. The American flag followed. […] For a few hours June 17, Flagler Beach was a place for LGBT people and those who care about them and about the Pulse victims to gather among friends and mourn — a safe haven in a world that felt more dangerous than ever since the June 12 shooting, attendees said.”

3 Hurt, 2 Critical: Van Dives Into Pond After Striking Matanzas Woods Exit Sign and Tree: Two people were critically injured and a third had minor injuries after the van they had been traveling in all night on I-95 south struck the Matanzas Woods Parkway exit sign, kept going in a straight line, traced in the soggy grass, struck and uprooted a palm tree of considerable size, then dove into the retention pond. The van was only partly submerged as it came to rest on its flank, on the passenger side, facing north–the opposite direction it had been traveling.

At Salvo Gallery, JJ Graham’s Burst of 50 “Builder Paintings” Brush Art For Growth’s Sake: The purpose of the Builder paintings and acrylic drawings “is to build this place out,” Graham says. Salvo, which is ensconced within the Nature Scapes Landscape & Garden Center, recently completed installation of air conditioning, and now Graham and Iston are on to the next phase: completing construction of additional artist studios in the loft-like upstairs of the quasi-second story of the building.

Florida’s Largest Summer Lacrosse Tournament – Open, Free to Public June 18-19: GoToby reports: “The Father’s Day tournament draws more than 8000 visitors to Flagler County, and provides one of its most impactful increases in visitor spending tied to a single event. Further, both Volusia and St. Johns counties see measurable economic gains.”

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Truck driver Davin Taylor, taking pictures of the first major crash of his driving career in 13 years, felt the collision and saw it in his rear-view mirror. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Woman Survives Crashing Under Trailer at 70 MPH and Getting Dragged 1/4 Mile on I-95: For a reason that hasn’t been determined, the FHP investigator said, the woman lost control of the Elantra, sending it onto the guardrail. The collision caused the car to bounce back into traffic–right against, and under, a tractor trailer. The Elentra ended up partly catapulting through the trailer’s midsection and smashing against its rear wheels, with the top of the car sheared off. The Elantra’s front actually traveled far enough to jut out of the other side of the truck.

Yes, Palm Coast Wanted to Boot County EMS Crews Out of Station 22, But That Fire Is Out For Now: A look at the record provides a clearer perspective on how the issue emerged, and how the city’s tone, not the county’s, determined the course of this latest of many conflicts undermining the cohesion of city-county relations.

In Florida and in State Government:

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

The formal qualifying period for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and legislative races will start at noon Monday.

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

June 21: The Public Safety Coordinating Council’s subcommittee working on a proposal to decriminalize pot in certain circumstances meets at 10 a.m. in the 1st Floor Conference Room at the Government Services Building.
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.
uk eu brexitJune 23: Brexit: Britain holds a referendum on whether to remain in or leave the European Union. It is the country’s most important vote in at least half a century. The Times explains “Brexit” this way: “A portmanteau of the words “Britain” and “exit,” it is the nickname for a British exit of the European Union after the June 23 referendum asking voters: ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?'” Read a briefing on Brexit here, and The Economist’s recommendation against exit here.
July 3: Independence Day fireworks at 9 p.m. in Palm Coast’s Town Center, with pre-fireworks activities by the Flagler Education Foundation beginning at 5 p.m.
July 4: Palm Coast marks Independence Day with a ceremony at heroes Park on Palm Coast Parkway at 8 a.m.
July 4: Flagler Beach marks Independence Day with its traditional parade at 10 a.m., whose theme this year is “Land of the Free” (though it may more accurately be termed Land of Candidates: expect the parade to be significantly more populous, as the year’s many innumerable political races is expected to bring out schools of candidates.) The parade entry form is accessible here. Flagler Beach will host its traditional day-long celebration of Independence Day, leading up to fireworks by the pier at 9 p.m.
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.
carlos beruffJuly 7: U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff, a Republican running for Marco Rubion’s seat, is be the guest speaker at the Flagler County Young Republicans Club meeting, which is open to the public. 7 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast. Beruff, 58, is a Manatee County developer and major contributor to more than 100 political candidates since 2002, including a few Democrats, according to the Miami Herald.
July 8-9: Book Blowout: The Friends of the Library of Flagler County are holding a discounted book sale. The public is invited to attend and take advantage of these bargains. The sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. All books are 25 cents each – these two days only. No limit. Books will be continually replenished. Sale will be held at the Friends Book Shop, Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW. For questions, call 386/446-6763.
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.

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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 June 15 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

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