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Monday Briefing: A Taxing District for Malacompra Basin, A Tax Hearing for Bunnell, Live Bombing, Salamander Update

| September 12, 2016

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It was a grid of bikers at Rue and Ziffra’s annual 9/11 Memorial Ride and Ceremony Sunday, in front of the Flagler County Courthouse. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Drought Index is at 215.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: Homo economicus, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

jules verne capitaine hatteras nadarFor a thoughtful, dreamy mind, for a philosopher, there is hardly anything more touching than the departure of a ship; the imagination is ready to follow her in her struggles with the waves, her contests with the winds, in her perilous course, which does not always end in port; and if only there is something unusual about her, the ship appears like something fantastic, even to the least imaginative minds.

–Jules Verne, from “The Adventures of Captain Hatteras” (1864)

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 Restaurant Week continues. See the website.

In Court: Flagler County Ciecuit Judge Matthew Foxman hears pleas in several cases at 9 a.m., and holds felony arraignments at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse.

The Flagler County Commission holds a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. to adopt a special taxing district for the 2016-2017 fiscal year and annually after that for drainage improvements and maintenance in the North MalaCompra Drainage Basin District and the Marineland Acres Drainage Basin District. The first year’s tax, or assessment, would be $30 per lot, with subsequent years’ costs potentially higher, but capped at a maximum of $75 per lot. The meeting, where the public will get a chance to address the county commission, is to be held in board chambers at the Government Services Building in Bunnell. The county’s background on the proposal is accessible here.

The Bunnell City Commission holds the first of two public hearings at 6:30 p.m. at Bunnell City Hall to set its tax rate for 2017. Although the rate of $7.45 per $1,000 in taxable value will remain the same as the current rate, it represents a 3.17 percent tax increase, because it is 3.17 percent above the rolled-back rate. The hearing will be followed by the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m.

The Flagler County Public Library Board of Trustees meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Doug Cisney Room at the main public library on Palm Coast Parkway. The board will discuss a policy on parking lot activities, among other discussions.

The Garden Club at Palm Coast holds its monthly meeting at the Flagler County Extension Service, 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell, with sign-in beginning at 12:30 p.m. Joan Kramer, Master Beekeeper, will talk “all about bees.” There will be a raffle for a floral design, plant sale, door prizes as well as light refreshments. Visitors are welcome. For more information call Janet at 603/306-6363.

Navy training schedules indicate that live bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest on Sept. 12 through 15 starting at 9:15 a.m. each day, with live bombing, and ending between 4 and 6:15 p.m. Expect some rattling. The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Fla. For additional information, call (904) 542-5588.

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.

Minimum wage rally: Workers, clergy members and community leaders will hold a rally and a news conference to support issues such as a $15 minimum wage in Florida and union rights. (Rally at 11:30 a.m., news conference at noon, the Capitol, Tallahassee.)

Susan MacManus, a political-science professor at the University of South Florida, will speak to the Economic Club of Tampa. (Noon, Jackson’s Bistro, 601 South Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa.)

The Joint Legislative Budget Commission, which is made up of House and Senate members, will take up a long-range financial outlook for the state. (1:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

REPORTS DUE FOR 2018, 2020 CANDIDATES: State political candidates who have opened campaign accounts for the 2018 or 2020 elections face a Monday deadline for filing reports showing finance activity through Aug. 31.

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

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 Sept. 9 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

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