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Tuesday Briefing: Vote Early, Zika Update, Bunker Budgeting, Food Truck Tuesday, Lies and Trump

| August 16, 2016


The Palm Coast City Council goes deeper in the red to fix bunkers at the Palm Harbor Golf Club. (John Haslam)

Today: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning…then slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s inland…in the upper 80s coast. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent. Heat index readings 102 to 106.
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 348.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: paraffle, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“Fateful moments tend to evoke grandeur of speech, especially in French.”

–Barbara Tuchman, “The Guns of August” (1962)


2016 Election Interviews

Supervisor of Elections

Kaiti Lenhart
Kimble Medley
Abra Seay


Jim Manfre (D)
Don Fleming (R)
Larry Jones (D)
John Lamb (R)
Jerry O'Gara(R)
Rick Staly (R)
Mark Whisenant (R)
Chris Yates (R)
Thomas Dougherty (I)

Palm Coast City Council

Robert Cuff (Dist. 1)
Troy DuBose (Dist. 1)
Sims Jones (Dist. 1)
Art McGovern Jr. (Dist. 1)
Nick Klufas (Dist. 3)
Anita Moeder (Dist. 3)
Pam Richardson (Dist. 3)
John Brady (Mayor)
Milissa Holland (Mayor)
Dennis McDonald (Mayor)
Ron Radford (Mayor)

Flagler School Board

Colleen Conklin (Dist. 3)
Jason Sands (Dist. 3)
Paul Anderson (Dist. 5)
Maria Barbosa (Dist. 5)
Sharon Demers (Dist. 5)
Myra Middleton-Valentine (Dist. 5)

Flagler County Commission

Charlie Ericksen (Dist. 1)
Ken Mazzie (Dist. 1)
Daniel Potter (Dist. 1)
Jason France (Dist. 3)
Dave Sullivan (Dist. 3)
Denise Calderwood (Dis. 5)
Donald O'Brien (Dist. 5)

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.

Ongoing Early Voting in Flagler County for a slew of local, state and federal offices leading up to the Aug. 30 primary. Early voting is mandated from Aug. 20 through Aug. 27, but county supervisors of election have the discretion to begin sooner. Flagler’s is among 24 counties choosing to do so. Though it is a primary, numerous races appear on the ballot in which all registered voters are eligible to cast a ballot, regardless of party affiliation, including for Palm Coast City Council (if you’re a Palm Coast resident), for judges, for school board and for Supervisor of Elections. Early voting hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day through Saturday, August 27, at the following locations:

1. Flagler County Public Library
At the corner of Belle Terre and Palm Coast Parkway.
2500 Palm Coast Parkway N.W. Palm Coast
View this location on a map

2. Palm Coast Community Center
At the corner of Clubhouse Drive and Palm Coast Parkway.
305 Palm Coast Parkway NE Palm Coast
View this location on a map

3. Supervisor of Elections Office
Located in the Government Services Building.
1769 E. Moody Boulevard, Building 2, Suite 101 Bunnell
View this location on a map

All the information you need is at the Supervisor of Elections’ website.

Tuesday through Thursday: Navy training schedules indicate live bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex in the Ocala National Forest Aug. 15 through Aug. 18, using live ordinance, each afternoon starting at 1:30 p.m. until either 3:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Air Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville. For additional information, call (904) 542-2415/5588.

The Flagler County School Board holds three meetings today. The first is at 2 p.m., it’s closed to the public, enabling the board to talk strategy in its negotiations with one of its unions. The board meets in open session for a workshop at 4:30 p.m. to discuss its legislative platform and “properties held by the district.” The board meets at 6 p.m. for a regularly scheduled meeting, where it will approve the school year’s bus routes.

The Palm Coast City Council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. It will hear a Zika virus update from Flagler County Health Department Administrator. It will also ratify the city’s contracts with its firefighter and utility an d public works unions. The council is also expected to approve a $215,000 repair contract to fix sand bunkers at the Palm Harbor Golf Club.

The Flagler County Centennial Committee meets at 1:30 p.m., 3rd Floor Financial Services Conference Room, Government Services Building.

Free computer distribution at Old Kings Elementary School, grades 4-6, 4 p.m.

Food Truck Tuesday in Palm Coast’s Central Park, from 5 to 8 p.m. Today’s Food Truck benefits the Palm Coast Arts Foundation.

Local News Recap:

Updated jail bookings and day and night shift incident summary reports are available here. palm coast flagler florida newsWoman Faces List of Charges, Including DUI, After Fleeing Cops, Crashing on I-95 and Attempting Escape palm coast flagler florida newsWoman Dies From Gunshot in Apparent Suicide on Palm Coast’s Llanes Place, 3rd in 4 Days

news-journalDeBary mayor Clint Johnson wants removal hearing in larger venue

news-journalPalm Coast council candidates share similarities palm coast flagler florida newsState Revenue Cut By $132 Million This Year, and By $135 Million the Next

news-journalVolusia-Flagler judge candidates unusually critical in race for 7th Circuit seats palm coast flagler florida newsChamber Poll: Flagler’s Trump Country; Cuff, Lenhart, Holland, O’Brien and Conklin Win Big

In Florida and in State Government:

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

Workers’ Comp: The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation will hold a hearing on a proposal to raise workers’ compensation insurance rates by 19.6 percent. The proposal, filed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, stems largely from a Florida Supreme Court ruling that overturned limits on attorneys’ fees in workers’ compensation cases. (9 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

The Florida Elections Commission is scheduled to start a two-day meeting. (9 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

The University of West Florida Presidential Search Committee will meet to discuss the search for a replacement to outgoing President Judith Bense. (Tuesday, 9 a.m. Central time, UWF Conference Center, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

Aug. 19: The latest pre-trial hearing in the case of Florida v. Kimberle Weeks, continued from July 22, is scheduled for 3 p.m. before Circuit Judge Margaret Hudson in Courtroom 402 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.
Aug. 25: First of two town hall meeting giving the public a chance to weigh in on the Flagler County school district’s strategic plan, the school district’s goals for the next five years, which the district’s Strategic Plan Steering Committee has been working on for the past few months. 5:30 to 7 p.m., Third Floor main conference or training room 3, Government Services Building, Bunnell.
fyo-open-house-fliveSept. 7: The Flagler Youth Orchestra holds its open house for all new or prospective students who’d like to join the county’s largest (and free) music program. The open house is at the Indian Trails Middle School cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. Any Flagler student, including homes chooled students, in grades 3-12, are eligible to enroll (must be 8 years old by Sept. 1, 2016.) Students may elect to play violin, viola, cello or doublebass. One-hour classes are held at Indian Trails Middle School Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3 to 6 p.m., with students enrolled in the hour block appropriate to their skill level and schedule. The first class for first-time students is Sept. 19. (Auditions for returning students start on Aug. 22, the first class for returning students is Aug. 31.)
Sept. 8: Second of two town hall meeting giving the public a chance to weigh in on the Flagler County school district’s strategic plan, the school district’s goals for the next five years, which the district’s Strategic Plan Steering Committee has been working on for the past few months. 5:30 to 7 p.m., Third Floor main conference or training room 3, Government Services Building, Bunnell.
Sept. 10: African Art: Ancient Egypt to the Contemporary World, a pair of presentations by Bertrand Green, former chairman of African American studies at Lehman College, City University of New York. The first session is from 10 a.m. to noon, the second session from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast. $20 for PCAF members, $25 for general admission. Call 386/225-4394 or email to reserve your seat.

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

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Sunflowers: Wynton Marsalis Septet at Jazz in Marciac 2010

Previous Codas:

1 Response for “Tuesday Briefing: Vote Early, Zika Update, Bunker Budgeting, Food Truck Tuesday, Lies and Trump”

  1. Anita Moeder says:

    Enjoying a replay of Wynton Marsalis Sunflowers then to Bachs Goldberg Variations. Cod as makes for a very fine playlist!

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