Today: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 80s inland…around 80 coast. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the southeast in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 377.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.
Today’s Briefing: Quick Links
- First Light
- In Flagler and Palm Coast
- Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Crime Reports
- In State Government
- In Coming Days in Flagler, Palm Coast and Beyond
- The Day’s Best Reads
- Fact-Checking the Knaves
- Palm Coast Construction and Development
- Local Road and Interstate Construction
- Cultural Coda
“All the disorder is controlled disorder punctuated with intervals to sell automobiles. TV doing what it does best: the triumph of trivialization over tragedy. The Triumph of the Surface, with Barbara Walters.”
–Philip Roth, from The Dying Animal
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.
The Sheriff’s daily incident reports and jail bookings are posted here.
Keep in mind: March is Women’s History Month.
Short-term vacation rentals: The bill proposing to scale back local vacation-rental regulation goes before the House Careers and Competition sub-committee at 8 a.m. Rep. Paul Renner, who represents Flagler, is expected to oppose the bill. County Attorney Al Hadeed and County Commissioner Don O’Brien are expected to address the committee. See: “At Vacation-Rental Town Hall, Renner Hears Unanimity Against Impairing Local Control.”
The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council will review a proposal from a company called Morningstar to provide consultant services necessary to transition the Palm Harbor Golf Course from a third party managed facility to a city managed facility, but also using vendors to provide the certain services. That would mean the end of KemperSports at the city’s golf course. The council will also review an amended ordinance regarding dangerous dogs and animal control issues–and a “wind-down agreement” with American Traffic Solutions, ending the city’s 10-year relationship with the red-light camera contractor: though the agreement was scheduled to end at the end of Septrember, the city and ATS are planning to end that relationship this month.
The Flagler County Centennial Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, Executive Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Building 3, Bunnell
The Flagler County School Board’s Community Advisory Committee, appointed to advise the board in its superintendent search, meets at 6 p.m. in Training Room #3, third floor, Government Services Building, Bunnell.
Media in Flagler-Palm Coast: The Flagler Forum, the discussion group organized by Ed Fuller, hosts a panel discussion featuring Flagler County’s local media, including Palm Coast Observer Editor Brian McMillan, Flagler Broadcasting-WNZF General Manager David Ayres, Daytona Beach news-Journal Editor Pat Rice, and FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast, at 6:30 p.m.
Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s Annual Picnics and Pops Concert With the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, at Town Center: Tickets for the 10th Anniversary event, on May 7 at 6:30 p.m., are $40 for members of the foundation, $45 for the general public, through March 15. After March 15, tickets are $45 and $50, and a table of 10 goes for $450 for members, $500 for the general public. For tickets go to www.palmcoastartsfoundation.com or call 386-225-4394. See a full flier for the event here.
In Florida and in State Government:
Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel. Most legislative proceedings can be followed through the Senate or House websites.
Rail: The House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 269), filed by Rep. MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta, and Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach, that would give regulatory duties to the Department of Transportation over high-speed passenger rail and add safety requirements. (8 a.m.)
Budget: The House Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee, the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, the House Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee and the House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee will receive 2017-2018 budget proposals from their chairmen. (Government Operations & Technology, 8 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, Health Care, 8 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, Agriculture & Natural Resources, noon, Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, Transportation & Tourism, noon, Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, PreK-12, 3:30 p.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)
School recess: The House PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 67), filed by Rep. Rene Plasencia, R-Orlando, and Rep. Bob Cortes, R-Altamonte Springs, that would require elementary schools to provide at least 20 minutes of unstructured recess time each school day. (8:30 a.m.)
Crimes against hospital workers: The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will take up a proposal (HB 1207), filed by Rep. Daisy Baez, D-Coral Gables, that would increase criminal penalties for people who commit assault or battery on doctors, nurses or other hospital workers. (Noon.)
Medical pot: The House Health Quality Subcommittee will take up a plan (HB 1397), filed by Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, that would carry out a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in Florida. (Noon.)
Public advocate: The Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee will consider a series of bills, including a proposal (SB 1146), filed by Sen. Doug Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze, that would allow the state Office of Public Counsel to represent some customers of municipal utilities in rate cases. The Office of Public Counsel primarily represents consumers in cases before the Florida Public Service Commission, which does not regulate municipal utility rates. (3 p.m.)
Rideshare: The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a proposal (SB 340), filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that would create statewide regulations for ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. (3 p.m.)
Search secrecy: The House Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee will take up a series of public-records bills, including a measure (HB 351), filed by Rep. Bob Rommel, R-Naples, that would shield from disclosure information about applicants to become presidents, provosts or deans at Florida universities or state colleges. (3:30 p.m.)
–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:
♦ March 30: The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce’s Common Ground Breakfast at 8 a.m. at Grand Haven Country Club features a panel including Palm Coast Observer Editor Brian McMillan, Flagler Broadcasting-WNZF General Manager David Ayres, Daytona Beach news-Journal Editor Pat Rice, and FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam.
♦ March 30: Flagler County schools’ summer camps and activities expo, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Buddy Taylor Middle School-Wadsworth Elementary cafeteria.
♦ March 30: 2016 Artist of the Year Judi Wormek presents a demonstration of her work at 6 p.m. at Ocean Art Gallery, 206 Moody Boulevard (State Road 100) in Flagler Beach.
♦ April 1: Stetson University is hosting an open forum discussion with St. Petersburg immigration attorney Arturo R. Rios on recent changes in immigration actions and law including the expansion of enforcement capabilities. This forum is free and open to the public. The forum is scheduled for April 1 at 1 p.m. at the Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center, 529 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. Details here.
♦ April 4: The American Association of University Women (AAUW)’s Flagler branch has a wine and cheese social at the Hammock Cheese shop, 5368 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, starting at 4 p.m.
♦ April 6: Palm Coast Democratic Club meeting, 7 p.m. at the African American Cultural Center, US1 in Palm Coast.
♦ April 6: Tom Gargiulo will present a Gallery Walk and a Q&A on the works of 2016 Artist of the Year Judi Wormeck, at 6 p.m. at Ocean Art Gallery, 206 Moody Boulevard (State Road 100) in Flagler Beach.
♦ April 26: Anyone whose child has died is invited to an informal meeting to consider eventually establishing a local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a nonprofit self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. There are some 650 such chapters across the country. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Florida Hospital Flagler in classrooms A&B. for more information, call John Brady at 610/428-3139. To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org. The meeting is open to all parents, grandparents, and siblings over age 18 who has suffered the loss of a child of any age.
♦ April 29: The People’s Climate Movement March, in conjunction with a march scheduled in Washington, D.C., will march locally, meeting at Wadsworth Park at 10 am and marching over the bridge to Veteran’s Park in Flagler Beach, where there we will a rally and speakers sharing a wide variety of issues and information on how to get involved.
♦ May 16: The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission holds a hearing the the case of Circuit Judge Scott DuPont, who faces several charges of misconduct during his 2016 re-election election campaign. He has admitted wrongdoing. The 9 a.m. hearing is taking place in courtroom 406-7 at the Duval County Courthouse, 501 W. Adams Street, Jacksonville, before a six-member panel: Eugene Pettis, Steven P. DeLuca, Robert Morris, Michele Cummings, Harry Duncanson (a lay member of the commission) and Jerome S. Osteryoung.
Neil Gorsuch's predilection for employers over employees is such that it yielded an opinion of almost Gothic cruelty https://t.co/serqELdlVS pic.twitter.com/ExahGZVpSQ
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) March 27, 2017
A powerful dystopian novel set in a future US where partisan divides have escalated into full-on civil war
My review https://t.co/Jk8VFB0PNZ
— Michiko Kakutani (@michikokakutani) March 27, 2017
Why Russian protests are making the Kremlin rethink 2018 presidential elections https://t.co/qo3GbslgRW pic.twitter.com/p9Ba0VU1pS
— The Christian Science Monitor (@csmonitor) March 28, 2017
Ending Whatsapp encryption to 'stop' terrorism would actually make people less safe https://t.co/XYO7KSdyM4 pic.twitter.com/Nawf96T4Zg
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) March 28, 2017
15% of U.S. adults say men shouldn’t be able to take paternity leave at all, paid or unpaid. https://t.co/HMnmuqnW0C pic.twitter.com/keRPZlnFlO
— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) March 28, 2017
Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports
The following is an update of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through Feb. 24 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):
Click to access development-february-22-2017.pdf
Road and Interstate Construction:
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- Cinema Paradiso: The Main Theme
- Duke Ellington’s Take the A Train
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- Alessandro Marcello’s Oboe Concerto
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- Johannes Ockeghem: Ave Maria
- Cimarosa’s Oboe Concerto, François Leleux and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
- Eubie Blake in Berlin, 1972, Plays Charleston Rag
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Like a dog with a bone. That unpopular golf course will not succeed no matter how much tax payer money is wasted.
With the city running the golf course it will be worse than with Kemper.
At least the management company has a good customer service policy.
It was a loser from the start and always will be not matter what the Town Manager sold to the council and citizens. Most knew nothing then or now about golf course development and management.
The town council is more interested with being able to say, “Oh look at us, we have a golf course and a tennis court.”