Today:: Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 90s. Northwest winds 5 mph shifting to the northeast in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 mph shifting to the southwest after midnight. Details here.
Today’s document from the National Archives and the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Drought Index: 68
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“I put my life on the line for this country. To me, not voting is not right; it led to a lot of frustration, a lot of anger. My son’s in Iraq. In the army just like I was. My oldest son, he fought in the first Persian Gulf conflict. He was in the Marines. This is my baby son over there right now. But I’m not able to vote. They say I owe $ 900 in fines. To me, that’s a poll tax. You’ve got to pay to vote. It’s “restitution,” they say. I came off parole on October 13, 1999, but I’m still not allowed to vote. Last time I voted was in ’88. Bush versus Dukakis. Bush won. I voted for Dukakis. If it was up to me, I’d vote his son out this time too. I know a lot of friends got the same cases like I got, not able to vote. A lot of guys doing the same things like I was doing. Just marijuana. They treat marijuana in Alabama like you committed treason or something. I was on the 1965 voting rights march from Selma. I was fifteen years old. At eighteen, I was in Vietnam fighting for my country. And now? Unemployed and they won’t allow me to vote. 56″”
–From Sasha Abramsky’s “Conned: How Millions Went To Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to the White House” (2006).
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.
Flagler County’s Community Traffic Safety Team meets at 9 a.m. at Flagler Technical Institute, 5400 E. Hwy 100, just west of Flagler Palm Coast High School. Two weeks ago, School Board member Andy Dance, Karissa Moffett from Safe Routes to School, Wadsworth Elementary Principal Anna Crawford and others walked the one mile sidewalk along Parkview Drive to make sure it is ready for students at the start of school. Moffett will present the finding in a PowerPoint Presentation. Joe Steward, the FDOT District 5 CTST program coordinator, will also speak.
The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall. The council will discuss an amendment to its contract for policing services with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, though the amendment doesn’t change anything: it merely formalized a different way the city will pay for a school resource officer. The council will also discuss approving $150,000 for sod and irrigation improvements at the Indian Trails Sports Complex, and a master service contract with Elite Marine Construction for seawall construction projects.
The Flagler County School Board meets in workshop at 3 p.m. in Training Room 3 on the third floor of the Government Services Building, Bunnell. The board will discuss the safety and sanitation of district facilities, among other matters.
The Flagler County Planning and Development Board meets at 6 p.m. in Board Chambers at the Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, first floor, Bunnell.
The Flagler Beach Planning and Architecture Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
African American Entrepreneurs Association: A signing ceremony for the Strategic Alliance Memorandum two-year agreement between the African American Entrepreneurs Association and the United States Small Business Administration is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, Inc, 4422 N. US HWY 1, Palm Coast. The two signers formalize their relationship to promote economic development in the African American and minority communities in the area of entrepreneurship.
The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board will meet after holding committee meetings and will consider issues such as a tentative 2018-2019 budget and a tentative millage rate. Committee start at 10 a.m., with full board at 11 a.m., district headquarters, 4049 Reid St. Palatka.
Tuesday, Wednesday: The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meets at 8:30 a.m. for the first of two days in the third of seven sets of two-day meetings, with such meetings scheduled every month through November. he Florida Channel will be broadcasting the meeting and will be streaming it live here. You may submit your public comments here.
World Cup Semifinals:
- Tuesday: France v. Belgium, 2 p.m., Fox.
- Wednesday: Croatia v. England, 2 p.m., Fox.
See the full schedule here.
Blood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week:
- Tuesday: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 4600 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Tuesday: Fitness One, 250 Old Kings Road South, Palm Coast, 1 to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday: The Windsor assisted living facility, 50 Town Court, Palm Coast, 1 to 6 p.m.
- Thursday: Sheriff’s Operations Center, 901 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Saturday: Chick Fil A, 1000 Palm Coast Parkway, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday: Starbucks, 250 Palm Coast Parkway, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jail Bookings and Last 24 Hours' Incidents in Flagler, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Bunnell
|Jail Bookings, June 19-22
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, June 21
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, June 21
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, June 21
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, June 21
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, June 21
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, June 21
Flagler firefighter deploys to Oklahoma: Flagler County Firefighter Ronald Titus drove across the country on Independence Day to help fight wildfires in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. “It was short notice this time,” Titus, 33, said on Tuesday shortly after getting word of deployment. “I have to leave about 4 a.m. (on the Fourth of July).” Titus traveled with a crew of at least 20 from the Florida Forest Service and other agencies. It is his sixth consecutive deployment. “Firefighters continually train to be ready for these situations,” Flagler County Fire Rescue Chief Don Petito said. “Ronald Titus is very motivated, and enjoys being part of these specialized teams.” Deployments are typically 17 to 21 days. Flagler County hired Titus in January 2011. “He exemplifies the dedication of our firefighters,” County Administrator Craig Coffey said. “They serve are committed to helping people regardless of where they live.”
Jeanette Loftus has assumed the volunteer role of District Governor for Rotary International’s District 6970 for 2018-19.: Rotary District 6970 is located in Northeast Florida and is one of 541 Districts around the world with 63 Rotary Clubs, serving over 3300 Rotarians. The Rotary Club of Flagler County is in District 6970. Jeanette joined the Rotary Club of Flagler County in 2004, after relocating with her family from Forked River, NJ, where she began serving Rotary in 1997. Jeanette was Club President in 2009-10 and has served District 6970 in a variety of positions including District Secretary, District Trainer and has participated on a variety of District committees. In January 2017, Jeanette traveled to India and had a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in a National Immunization Day to immunize the children of a small village outside of New Delhi against Polio. Rotary began the initiative to eradicate Polio in 1985, and has since partnered with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and many countries throughout the world. Polio remains endemic in three countries; Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. Jeanette’s husband Tracy is also a Rotarian and immediate past-president of the Rotary Club of Flagler County. To learn more about Rotary, please visit Rotary.org, or flaglerrotary.org.
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.
ETHICS PANEL DISCUSSES LEGISLATIVE ISSUES: The Legislative Committee of the Florida Commission on Ethics is expected to discuss the commission’s legislative recommendations. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., 325 John Knox Road, Tallahassee.)
A1A IMPROVEMENTS DISCUSSED: Sidewalk, signage, signal and drainage improvements along a portion of Florida A1A in Indian River County will be the topic of an open house hosted by the Florida Department of Transportation. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Indian River Shores Council Chamber, 6001 North State Road A1A, Indian River Shores.)
PSC COULD DIAL UP NEW AREA CODE: The Florida Public Service Commission will take up a series of issues, including a proposal for a new area code — 689 — in parts of Central Florida. The commission is considering the issue because of a projection that the region will run out of available numbers in the 407 area code, which serves Orange, Osceola, Seminole and parts of Lake and Volusia counties. Also, the commission will consider a proposed settlement agreement stemming from Florida Power & Light’s costs in restoring power after Hurricane Matthew in 2016. FPL and the state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, reached the proposed settlement, which would result in a $27.7 million refund to customers. The refund is tied to money that FPL collected from customers after Matthew caused damage along the East Coast in October 2016. Utilities are typically allowed to recoup costs of restoring power and rebuilding systems after hurricanes and to replenish storm reserves. But they also have to return to the Public Service Commission to justify the amounts recovered from customers. FPL collected $322.45 million through the charge, with about $6 million listed in the settlement agreement as “over-recovery” of costs. The remainder of the refund, $21.7 million, is due to an accounting adjustment on the restoration costs. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS CONSIDERED: The Florida Public Service Commission will hold an internal-affairs meeting to discuss a draft report about hurricane preparedness and restoration efforts of electric utilities. Also, the commission will review an annual report about competition and trends in the telecommunications industry. (Tuesday, immediately following the 9:30 a.m. commission meeting, Gerald L. Gunter Building, 2540 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee.)
TANF PROGRAM ON TABLE: The Social Services Estimating Conference will discuss caseloads and expenditures in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, program. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports
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