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Tuesday Briefing: NAACP Town Hall on Violence, Palm Coast’s Property Tax, School Budget, Syd Schanberg

| July 12, 2016

Faith Ringgold's 'American People Series #20: Die' (1967). The NAACP is hosting a town hall on violence this evening at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, at 6:30 p.m. See below.

Faith Ringgold’s ‘American People Series #20: Die’ (1967). The NAACP is hosting a town hall on violence this evening at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, at 6:30 p.m. See below.

Today: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 90s inland… Around 90 coast. South winds 5 mph shifting to the east in the afternoon. Heat index readings 101 to 105. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 298.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: agon, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“What the terrible events of Dallas should remind us of is the need to see the uniform and the person inside it at once, to recognize and learn from our complexities. We call the police the thin blue line. Let it not be a line that divides us.”

–Eric L. Adams, a former captain in the New York City Police Department and the Brooklyn borough president, in a column, “The Thin Blue Line Between Us.”

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.

palm coast city logoThe Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council will decide on a maximum property tax rate for 2017, higher than which it may not go once it actually sets the tax rate in September. The council will also consider its 2017 legislative priorities–which do not include a statewide de-criminalization of small amounts of pot possession, contrary to some council members saying they’d favor that approach rather than a county-based approach.

The Flagler County School Board meets in workshop to discuss its 2016-17 budget, in Training Room 3 at the Government Services Building, third floor, 9 a.m.

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board meets after holding committee meetings. The board is expected to discuss issues such as a 2016-2017 tentative budget. (Committee meetings start at 9 a.m., followed by full board, district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka.)

NAACP Town Hall on violence: NAACP branch president Linda Sharpe-Matthews is a former New York city police officer and emphasizes that the meeting is not anti-police. FCSO is taking part in the event which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Mt. Cavalry Baptist Church at 75 Pine Lakes Path in Palm Coast. Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre is expected to attend.

Local News Recap:

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

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Palm Coast City Council member Steven Nobile, right, and Bill McGuire, dismembered a county proposal to issue civil citations instead of conduct arrests for pot possession. (© FlaglerLive)

Proposal to De-Criminalize Pot Possession Again Teetering as Flagler Council Nears Verdict: Flagler County’s attempt to adopt a civil citation program that would decriminalize the first-time possession in small amounts has approximated the highs and lows of a roller-coaster, if not of a person experiencing the highs and lows of drug use.

Mystery Woman Killed, 2 Palm Coast Residents Injured in Motorcycle Collision On US1: A woman on foot was killed in a collision with a motorcycle on U.S. 1 in Bunnell, near the entrance to the Atlantis center–across from the Church on the Rock–Sunday morning. Authorities have been unable to identify her: she had no identification on her, and the Rapid-ID system used in an attempt to find her identity was negative.

Kaiti Lenhart, Flagler County Supervisor Of Elections Candidate: The Live Interview: In this race, the vote on Aug. 30 is not a primary: it is, in fact, the deciding election, because no Democrats or independents are running. Whoever wins on Aug. 30, even if by less than 50 percent, will be the Supervisor for the next four years. Because it is the deciding election, all registered voters, regardless of affiliation, may cast a vote in this contest on Aug. 30 (or in early voting).

Chris Sousa, 21, Matanzas Graduate and Driven Entrepreneur, Struck and Killed by Car in Ormond Beach: Chris Sousa, a Palm Coast resident of Island Estates and a 2013 graduate of Matanzas High School, was killed early this morning when a vehicle struck him in Ormond Beach.

Latest Florida Newspaper Layoffs Claim Lloyd Dunkelberger of Tallahassee and Recount Fame: Reporters will be replaced, if at all, by younger, cheaper bodies who have not necessarily been taught the difference between putting bylines on news releases and honest reporting.

In Florida and in State Government:

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

Adam Putnam addresses sheriffs: The Florida Sheriffs Association will continue its annual conference, with speakers expected to include Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. The association also will hold an evening banquet. (Events start at 7:30 a.m., Putnam scheduled to speak at noon, Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Dr., Orlando.)

Kosher foods in prison: The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a long-running battle about offering kosher food to religiously observant inmates in Florida prisons. The U.S. Department of Justice has sought to force the Florida Department of Corrections to offer kosher food. (9 a.m., Federal Justice Building, 99 N.E. Fourth St., Miami.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

July 14: The Flagler County Democrats host a candidate forum featuring all mayoral and Palm Coast City Council candidates , from 6 to 8 p.m. at the African-American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1 in Palm Coast. The event is free and open to all. For additional information, call 386/283-4883.
July 16: North Florida Open Chess Championship, $1,000 total purse. Ramada Inn I-95 & 9150 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville. Three Sections: Open, U1550 and U900. Prizes: $1000 (60% guaranteed) b/o 35 (paid entries). Cash prizes for best players U2000, U1800 & U1200. 5SS (5 rounds of games) 1st Round G/45;d5 all other rounds are G/55min + d5sec. $45 Walk-up Registration $35 Online price. Players in grades K-12 $25. Register here. Details here. The tournament director for this event will be our own Steve Lampkin.
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 22: The latest pre-trial hearing in the case of Florida v. Kimberle Weeks is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. before Circuit Judge Margaret Hudson in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse. Weeks now faces nine third-degree felony counts, down from 12, stemming from allegations that she illegally recorded various individuals in her capacity as supervisor of elections and in her private life. Weeks resigned that post in January 2015.
July 23: The annual Back to School Jam, where families can get $5 backpacks, find their bus routes and location, help with access to the district’s computerized records-keeping system, meet with innumerable coordinators and directors of after-school activities and programs and a lot more, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Flagler Palm Coast High School, in the gym.
July 23: Midnight fishing on the Flagler Beach pier, from midnight Saturday to 6 a.m. $6 per person. Register at the pier.
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.
July 30: Solar Plunge to benefit the Flagler Beach National Flight Academy Scholarship. Registration will be $10 per person and includes a t-shirt and goody bag. Late registration will be from 7:30- 8:30 a.m. in Veterans Park followed by The Plunge at 8:45 a.m. After the Plunge enjoy music in the park and light refreshments.

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

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Cremaine Booker Performs Barber’s Adagio for Strings, By Himself in a Four-Cello Arrangement

Cremaine Booker, who calls himself The Cello Guy, wrote on his Facebook page: “With all the recent stuff that has happened in society, it has really taken a toll on me mentally/emotionally. My heart is hurting and there’s nothing I can really say. So since music is the thing I know best I figured I’d just play. Here’s a bit of Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber.” The video has been viewed 1.5 million times on Facebook as of July 10.

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