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Thursday Briefing: County Property Taxes, School Open Houses, Trump’s Hissy Fits, Filming Private Ryan

| September 15, 2016

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At least they’re working: putting down a concrete pad at Holland Park. (Palm Coast)

Today: Partly cloudy with slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning…then mostly cloudy with chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening…then partly cloudy with slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Details here.
Drought Index is at 177.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: ommatophore, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


“Yup, the whole birther movement was racist. That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim. As I have said before, ‘What if he was?’ Muslims are born as Americans everyday.”

–Colin Powell, from an email recently hacked.


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, as do the county’s Senior Games. See the website. It is also Arts in Education Week.

The Flagler County Commission holds the first of two public hearings to set the property tax rate for next year. The rate equates to a 6.63 percent increase over the current rate. 5:30 p.m. at board chambers, Government Services Building, Bunnell.

School Open Houses: 5:30 p.m. at Old Kings Elementary, 6 p.m. at Indian Trails Middle and Bunnell Elementary.

Sports: FPC meets DeLand High in JV football at FPC, 6 p.m., Matanzas meets Seabreze in JV football at Pirate Stadium, 6 p.m. Also, MHS vs. St. Augustine in Girls Varsity Volleyball, at Matanzas, 6:30 p.m.

Flagler Democrats Happy Hour: Come hang out with your fellow Democrats at Cue Note Billiard Room to celebrate the hard work we’ve put in for the primary election and to kick off our efforts to get Democrats elected on Nov. 8. A donation of $10 includes one free drink (well, wine or beer) and hors d’oeuvres. Please RSVP at 386-283-4883.6 p.m., City Marketplace, 160 Cypress Point Pkwy, Palm Coast.

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In Florida and in State Government:

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

The Florida Association of Health Plans will hold its annual conference, which will include a panel discussion by state lawmakers. The lawmakers are expected to include Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach; Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island; Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton; Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah; Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park; and Rep. John Wood, R-Winter Haven. Also, Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier is expected to discuss the Florida insurance marketplace. (Sessions start at 8:30 a.m., with legislative panel at 11 a.m. and Altmaier at 2 p.m., JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, 4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando.)

Cissy Proctor, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, is expected to be the luncheon speaker at a Florida Association of Counties Policy Committee Conference. (Events start at 8:30 a.m., with luncheon at noon, Hutchinson Island Marriott, 555 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart.)

The Consumer Services Committee of the Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Board of Governors is scheduled to hold a conference call and will receive an update about Hurricane Hermine. (Thursday 10 a.m. Call-in number: 1-866-361-7525. Code: 6487811621#)

The Florida Supreme Court is expected to release its regular weekly opinions at 11 a.m.

Florida Forever: The state Acquisition and Restoration Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Florida Forever land-conservation projects. (Thursday, 6 p.m., Highlands County Commission, 505 South Commerce Ave., Sebring.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

Sept. 17: Salvo Art Gallery at Nature Scapes marks a new show featuring artist Peter Cerreta, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. $10 cover charge. 313 Old Brick Road, Bunnell.
Sept. 17: ZinkZank Art Gallery opens a new show, “Mutable: Temporality and the Fickle Nature of Art Making,” with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery at Marvin’s Garden, 4601 E. Moody Blvd Ste K-11, Bunnell.
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.
Sept. 27: Palm Coast will dedicate Frank meeker Field in memory of the late county commissioner and city councilman, at 6 p.m. on Field 3 at Indian Trails Sports Complex. The city will also dedicate a tree in Meeker’s memory on Oct. 4 in Central Park.
Nov. 5-6: Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Contest and Food Festival in Flagler Beach.
Nov. 8: Flagler Fun Coast Bed Race, with Nov. 9 as rain date, In Flagler Beach.
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.

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

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Saving Private Ryan: How Steven Spielberg Constructs a Battle Scene

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