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Tuesday Briefing: Councilman Robert Cuff, School Taxes, FPC Sports, Trump’s Immigrants, Su Meng’s Guitar

| September 6, 2016

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Robert Cuff will become a Palm Coast City Councilman a few weeks early this evening. See below. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 80s inland…in the mid 80s coast. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the lower 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 119.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
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Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

roger cohen“The intonation of that ‘Sir’ will be familiar to many of you, a tone peculiar to American airline companies, one in which resentment, superiority, fear, contempt and impatience are coiled into a venomous parody of politeness — a three-letter expletive really — that stands the notion of service on its head and tells the whole dismal story of U.S. carriers in recent years.”

–Roget Cohen in a New York Times column, April 15, 2009.

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 Centennial Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in the third-floor financial services conference room, Government Services Building, Bunnell.

The Flagler County School Board holds its final public hearing to set next year’s school property taxes, 5:15 p.m. at board chambers, Government Services Building.

The Flagler County School Board holds a workshop at 4:30 p.m. and a meeting at 6 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building. At the 4:30 p.m. workshop, Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon will give a presentation on the bathrooms the city will build at the Indian Trails Sports Complex, where the school board will be expected to assume the cost of utilities and water. The board will also consider a five-year work plan. At the 6 o’clock meeting, Flagler Auditorium Director Lisa McDevitt will speak about Arts in Education Week. The board will accept a donation from the now-defunct Ronald Reagan Republican Assemblies to the district’s ROTC program. The board will also discuss its legislative priorities for next year.

The Flagler Beach Planning and Architecture Review Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall to discuss rezoning two city-owned properties to residential prior to putting them on the market. Also on the agenda is a review of a proposed mixed use building on A1A at 5th street.

The Palm Coast City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council is expected to appoint Robert Cuff to the District 1 council seat. Cuff was decisively elected to the seat in last week’s primary. He would normally have to wait until November to be sworn in. But since council member Bill McGuire resigned that seat last month and the council is required to appoint a replacement, it will appoint Cuff, essentially moving up his swearing in by a few weeks (though he will be sworn in again, to his full four-year term, in November).

High School Sports: Flagler Palm Coast High School teams are in action much of the afternoon: The bowling team takes on Spruce Creek at 5:15 p.m. at Palm Coast Lanes, the swimming team meets Father Lopez’s team at the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club pool at 4 p.m., and the girls’ volleyball team meets Palm Bay at FPC at 5 p.m. Also, Matanzas’s girls volleyball team meets Menendez High School at Matanzas at 5:30 p.m.

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In Florida and in State Government:

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

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

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 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
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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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):

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Su Meng: Paganini’s Caprice no 24 on Guitar

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