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Thursday Briefing: Hermine Visits, Pot Forum, Marineland Acres Special Taxing District, Corporal Punishment

| September 1, 2016

Tropiocal Storm Hermine's path, as of Wednesday evening, well north of Flagler County. See details here. (NOAA)

Tropiocal Storm Hermine’s path, as of Wednesday evening, well north of Flagler County. See details here. (NOAA)

Today: Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent. Tonight: Tropical storm conditions possible. Cloudy with chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 50 percent. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 383.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: feckful, adj..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


solzhenitsyn“As he left the room it seemed to him that he was walking between two eternities, on one side a list of the living, with its inevitable crossings-out, on the other – eternal exile. Eternal as the stars, as the galaxies.”

–From Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s “Cancer Ward” (1966)

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.

School’s open: Tropical Storm Hermine is churning to the west and north, but Flagler County schools are open today. However, after-school activities have been cancelled, including athletic events.

Common Ground Breakfast with Florida Hospital Flagler: “Health Care in Flagler County: A View from the Top.” Some of Florida Hospital Flagler’s top leaders, including CEO Ron Jimenez, will speak about the state of healthcare locally and nationally and share insight about the hospital’s operations and impact on the local economy. 8 a.m., Grand Haven Golf Club, 500 Riverfront Dr, Palm Coast.

Drug Court: Circuit Judge Matthew Foxman holds Drug Court at 10 a.m., Courtroom 401, Flagler County Courthouse.

North Malacompra and Marineland Special Taxing District: The Flagler County administration hosts an informational meeting for residents on the drainage district, the taxing structure that would be financing it, and other questions. 6 p.m., Hammock Community Center, 79 Malacompra Road.

To pot or not: The Flagler County Young Republicans host a forum on Amendment 2, the proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, which appears on the Nov. 8 election ballot. Representatives from United for Care, the sponsor of the amendment, and Vote NO on 2, will offer presentations, to be followed by an open question and answer period. All welcome. Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast, 7 p.m.

Local Media Recap:

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

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In Florida and in State Government:

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

Expert witnesses: The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in three cases, including a battle about whether to reject a controversial 2013 law that tightened a standard for expert witnesses who testify in the state’s courtrooms. The Florida Bar Board of Governors and a key Bar committee recommended that justices reject the so-called “Daubert” standard, which has been heavily supported by business groups. (9 a.m.)

The University of Florida Board of Trustees will hold committee meetings, a board meeting and a board retreat. (Committee meetings start at 10:15 a.m., followed by the board meeting and retreat, Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, 10625 N.E. Waldo Road, Gainesville.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

Sept. 3: Plein air artist William Lurcott, a Flagler Beach resident, is featured at Ocean Art Gallery in Flagler Beach from 6 to 8 pm during the opening reception of his month-long show “A Landscape Perspective.” The public is invited to this free event. During the reception, the artist will meet with guests and explain his artistic techniques. Light refreshments and live music will be available. The gallery is at 206 Moody Blvd., Flagler Beach.
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: Meeting of the Flagler school district’s Strategic Plan Steering Committee, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Third Floor main conference or training room 3, Government Services Building, Bunnell. Open to the public.
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 pcaf@cfl.rr.com to reserve your seat.
Sept. 17-18: Staged Reading of Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two,” at the Flagler Auditorium’s Black Box Theatre, directed by Bruce Heighley, a volunteer production to benefit the auditorium’s the Arts in Education Scholarship Fund and Temple Beth Shalom. Performance times are 7 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2 p.m. on Sept. 18. Tickets: $29 for adults, $18 for students. Call the Flagler Auditorium, 437-7547, for tickets, or go to flaglerauditorium.org.
stamp-coin-clubSept. 26: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club meets at 6 p.m. at the VFW Post 8696, 47 N. Old Kings Road, Palm Coast. The public is welcome.
Feb. 6: The great violinist Itzhak Perlman opens the 2017 season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival with a 7:30 p.m. performance at First Baptist Church, 1600 South 8th Street in Fernandina Beach. Tickets here.

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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 August 26 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Brasil Guitar Duo: João Luiz e Douglas Lora

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