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Thursday Briefing: Last of the Tax Hearings, Zika Pow-Wow, FPC v. University High, Banning Malcolm X

| September 29, 2016

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It’s Banned Books Week: Malcolm X has been no stranger to book bans. (Wikimedia Commons)

Today: Partly cloudy with chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning…then mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 219.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: pozzy, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

barack obama al smith dinner 2008“Here’s another revelation. John McCain is onto something. There was a point in my life when I started palling around with a pretty ugly crowd. I’ve got to be honest. These guys were serious deadbeats. They were low-lifes, they were unrepentant. No good punks. That’s right. I’ve been a member of the United States Senate.”

–Barack Obama at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Oct. 16, 2008.

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.

Today through Sept. 30, traffic-ticket and other court collection-fee amnesty: Residents can pay their court debts with a 40 percent discount on what fees they may owe to collection agencies. Click on the link for details.

It’s Banned Books Week. To mark the occasion, the Flagler County Public Library features a documentary about the broadcaster Edward R. Murrow at 1:30 p.m. at the library’s main meeting room, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW.

The Flagler County Department of Health heads a countywide meeting of local government representatives to discuss the county’s response to the Zika virus, now that Flagler County has been added to the list of 35 Florida counties with reported cases. Flagler’s cases, as in all but one zone in Miami, were travel-related cases, meaning that people contracted the virus elsewhere before returning to Flagler. The meeting is at 2 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, behind the Government Services Building in Bunnell.

The Flagler County Commission holds its second and last public hearing to set next year’s property tax rate, wrapping up a budgeting season that included similar hearings by every local government. 5:30 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building.

High School Sports: at 3:45 p.m. Matanzas meets Pine Ridge in bowling at Palm Coast Lanes; at 4 p.m., Matanzas meets Creekside in Varsity Golf at Pine Lakes Golf Course. At 5 p.m. FPC meets University High School in Girls JV Volleyball at FPC; the varsity game is at 6 p.m. Also at 6 p.m., Matanzas meets New Smyrna Beach in junior varsity football at Pirate Stadium.

charlie brownFriday, Saturday, Sunday: City Repertory Theatre extends a welcoming hand to all veterans and active duty personnel in the area: The theater at City Marketplace invites you to see the Broadway musical, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, with your family, for the reduced fee of $15, or $10 off the regular price for an adult ticket; bring one child (age 8 or older please) for only $5. One child per adult ticket. There are three performances left Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 pm. Call 386-585-9415 to reserve your tickets. Its a fabulous family show. See the prview here.

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In Florida and in State Government:

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

The Florida Chamber Foundation will continue its “Future of Florida Forum,” with speakers expected to include Gov. Rick Scott, state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Attorney General Pam Bondi. (Events start at 8 a.m., Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando.)

The Enterprise Florida Board of Directors is scheduled to meet. (9:30 a.m., Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando.)

The Florida Communities Trust Governing Board is scheduled to meet and discuss the program, which helps local communities protect natural resources and preserve working waterfronts. (10 a.m., Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Douglas Building, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., Tallahassee.)

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

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

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Oct. 1: Fund-raising golf tournament at Palm Harbor Golf Club to benefit the Flagler Palm Coast High School Lady Bulldogs Basketball team. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., requested donation is $75 per player, the fee includes green and cart fees, range balls, goodie bag, awards, door prizes, continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, call Ralph Lightfoot at 386-864-1510 or Vicki DiMaria at 386-597-3219.
Oct. 3: Florida Hospital Flagler and the Flagler County Commission raise the Pink Army Flag in a morning ceremony in front of the Government Services Building at 8:15 a.m. The annual ceremony kicks off the fund-raising and awareness month focused on breast cancer.
Oct. 5: The Flagler County Republican Club will host National Committeeman Peter Feaman, who represents Florida, along with Republican candidates who made it through the August 2016 primary. Feaman will discuss the role of committee members in relation to the local, state and national effort and provide updates on 2016 Presidential election. The final meeting before the November 8th general election will provide an opportunity to meet and greet local candidates in attendance. Open to registered Republicans, club members and their guests. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. Palm Coast Community Center.
Oct. 8: Join the Friends of the Library for The People’s Choice, a musical celebration of U.S. Presidential Elections since 1788, presented by the Island Duet. This musical journey will leave you with a smile on your face and proud to be American. Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Light refreshments will be served. Starting at 2 p.m. For questions, call 386/446-6763.
florida agricultural museum civil war reenactments pellicer creekOct. 8-9: The Florida Agricultural Museum will host the seventh annual Pellicer Creek Raid on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program will involve a number of living history groups from around the southeastern United States. Approximately 150 infantry, artillery, and cavalry troops will be demonstrating military life in Florida circa 1864. Parades will take place at noon and battles at 1 p.m. on both days of the event. During the rest of the program, the re-enactors’ historic camps will be open to the public. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, please contact the Florida Agricultural Museum at (386) 446-7630 or The museum is located at 7900 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
Oct. 21: Florida’s and Flagler’s September unemployment num,bers are released at 10 a.m.
Nov. 5-6: Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Contest and Food Festival in Flagler Beach.
Nov. 5: Flagler Fun Coast Bed Race, with Nov. 6 as rain date, In Flagler Beach.
Nov. 29: A hearing is scheduled before Circuit Judge Scott DuPont in the case of Dunn v. Flagler County Schools, the case involving an allegation that two children were bullied and one of them was sexually assaulted by other children at a voluntary pre-kindergarten at Old Kings Elementary school in 2015. See the background story here. 1:45 p.m., Courtroom 402, Flagler County Courthouse.
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 Sept. 9 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

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Bach and Vivaldi: Concertos for flute and strings, Anna Fusek & Capella Anna

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