Today:: Partly cloudy. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 5 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. 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: 55
The OED’s Word of the day: dunaker, n.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.
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“What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.”
–From Ecclesiastes, I:15 (New American Standard Bible translation).
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.
The Palm Coast City Council is in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. Council members will discuss expanding the city’s broadband system, called Fibernet, and they will discuss the management of reservation requests at the city’s sports fields.
The Flagler County School Board is in workshop at 3 p.m. on the third floor of the Government Services Building, Bunnell, in room 3B. Board members will discuss National Mentoring Month, a contract to replace the bus garage roof, for $434,508.67, and various policy changes, including a new policy on religious expression in schools.
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 Rymfire Elementary School Advisory Council meets at 5:30 p.m. at the school’s media center.
The Matanzas High School Advisory Council meets at 5 p.m. at the school.
Flagler Sportfishing Club Monthly Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m., 47 Old Kings Rd N, Palm Coast. Learn from Big Boys Play Toys how to maintain your boat and trailer annually and every day. Everyday tips to save huge repair bills later on. Also, Chili Cook-off happens this Month so bring your best Chili in a Crock Pot with a ladle and win a big prize. Quick Tips: Flood Tide Fishing by Capt. Jim Britton. For more information Contact: Jeff Rafter [email protected]
Blood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week (schedule your donation by going to the website and entering a Palm Coast zip code, then locating one of the venues below):
- Tuesday: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 4600 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: Palm Coast Data Building 3, 2 Commerce Boulevard, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m.
- Wednesday: Rue & Ziffra, 4879 Palm Coast Parkway, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Sunday: Bealls, 1210 Palm Coast Parkway, 11 a.m. to 5 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
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.
HOUSE MEMBERS GET FINANCIAL PICTURE: The House Appropriations Committee will receive a presentation about an annual report known as the Long Range Financial Outlook, which details issues such as projected revenues and expenses in the coming years. Amy Baker, coordinator of the Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research, made a similar presentation Dec. 12 to the Senate Appropriations Committee and warned that the state budget for 2019-2020 could be affected by expenses related to Hurricane Michael. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
SCHOOL SAFETY DISCUSSED: The Senate Education Committee will receive an update on school safety and security issues. (Tuesday, 2:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
VEGETABLE GARDENS GET BACKING: The Senate Community Affairs Committee will take up a bill (SB 82), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, that would largely bar local regulations on vegetable gardens on residential property. The bill stems from a legal dispute between homeowners Hermine Ricketts and Laurence Carroll and the Village of Miami Shores over an ordinance that banned front-yard vegetable gardens. The couple had maintained a front-yard garden for nearly two decades but uprooted their vegetables when faced with the possibility of fines. They challenged the constitutionality of the ordinance but lost in court. (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
PRAYER BREAKFAST HELD: A prayer breakfast will be held at Florida A&M University as part of the inauguration events for Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis. Joining DeSantis will be Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nunez. (Tuesday, 8 a.m., Florida A&M University, 1601 South Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tallahassee.)
DESANTIS SWORN IN: The swearing-in ceremony for Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, Lt. Gov-elect Jeanette Nunez and Cabinet members Jimmy Patronis, Ashley Moody and Nikki Fried will be held. DeSantis, a former Republican congressman, defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum in the Nov. 6 election, while Patronis held on to his state chief financial officer post and Moody and Fried were elected attorney general and agriculture commissioner, respectively. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., steps of the Old Capitol.)
DESANTIS ADDRESS LAWMAKERS, CABINET MEMBERS: New Gov. Ron DeSantis will address legislative leaders and Cabinet members during a luncheon event after being formally sworn into office. Participants in the event will include Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nunez; Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton; and House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., fourth floor, the Capitol.)
INAUGURATION CELEBRATED: An inaugural ball will be held to celebrate Republican Ron DeSantis taking office as governor and Jeanette Nunez taking office as lieutenant governor. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee.)
MARIJUANA SMOKING CASE HEARD: A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in a legal battle about whether a ban on smoking medical marijuana violates a 2016 constitutional amendment. The case stems from a 2017 state law that was designed to carry out a voter-approved 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. The 2017 law included a ban on smoking marijuana, which drew a challenge from plaintiffs including the group People United for Medical Marijuana and two patients. Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers ruled in May that the smoking ban violated the constitutional amendment. But supporters of the ban have argued that smoking poses health risks for patients, who can use medical marijuana in other forms to treat their conditions. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., Tallahassee.)
HEARING HELD IN OIL DRILLING DISPUTE: A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in a dispute about whether the Florida Department of Environmental Protection should allow a Broward County landowner to drill an exploratory oil well in the Everglades. An administrative law judge recommended in 2017 that Kanter Real Estate LLC, a major landowner in western Broward County, should be allowed to drill an exploratory well. But under administrative law, the recommendation went back to the Department of Environmental Protection for final action. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein issued a final order denying the drilling permit, saying the lands involved are “in the environmentally sensitive Everglades” and that the department had not issued such an exploratory permit in the Everglades since 1967. Kanter then took the dispute to the Tallahassee-based appeals court. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., Tallahassee.)
COURT TAKES UP LIFE INSURANCE CASE: A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in a case stemming from a 2016 law that, in part, placed new requirements on life-insurance companies to try to determine if policyholders had died and to contact beneficiaries. The law was designed to spur insurers to pay benefits or to turn over unclaimed money to the state. State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and the Florida Department of Financial Services took the case to the appeals court after a Leon County circuit judge ruled that part of the law requiring insurers to apply the changes retroactively to policies dating back as far as 1992 violated the companies’ constitutional due-process rights. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., Tallahassee.)
—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports
Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of Dec. 7, 2018, with a link to the full week in review here.
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Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A major, D.667 (“Trout”)
- Charpentier: Messe de Minuit pour Noel (Midnight Mass for Christmas)
- Mozart – Violin Concerto No.3, Hillary Hahn
- Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, Ivan Klansky, piano
- Victor Herbert’s Irish Rhapsody
- Malcolm Arnold: Serenade for Guitar and Strings
- Claude Bolling – Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Piano Trio: Gracieuse (Carlo Pari)
- Aldo Ciccolini Performs Brahms’s Intermezzo n.2 op.118
- Erik Bosgraaf in performance at Wilton’s Music Hall
- Erik Bosgraaf & the Stradivarius of the recorder
- Medtner : Sonata for Piano in A Minor Op. 38 n°1 “Reminiscenza” (Evgeny Svetlanov)
- Ferdinand Ries: Quartet in D minor
- Rossini: Sonata Nr. 1 in G Major
- Copland’s 3rd Symphony
- Zdenek Fibich: Poem Op. 41, No.4 from “At Twilight”
- Kuhlau: Sonatine No.1 in C Major, Op. 20
- Beethoven 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli Op 120, Gavin Arturo Gamboa, piano
- Philip Glass: American Four Seasons with violinist Robert McDuffie
- Elgar’s “Nimrod”: Daniel Barenboim with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1997
- Valentina Lisitsa plays Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
- Ravel : Piano Concerto in G major (Martha Argerich : Orchestre national de France)
- Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 D.959 / Paul Badura-Skoda (1993)
- Antonio Vivaldi’s “Vedro con mio diletto” from Il Giustino by Jakub Józef Orliński
- Bill Evans Trio: Some Day My Prince Will Come (1965)
@In Florida and in State Government:
“…COURT TAKES UP LIFE INSURANCE CASE: A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in a case stemming from a 2016 law that, in part, placed new requirements on life-insurance companies to try to determine if policyholders had died and to contact beneficiaries. The law was designed to spur insurers to pay benefits or to turn over unclaimed money to the state. State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and the Florida Department of Financial Services took the case to the appeals court after a Leon County circuit judge ruled that part of the law requiring insurers to apply the changes retroactively to policies dating back as far as 1992 violated the companies’ constitutional due-process rights. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., Tallahassee.)”
Well there ya go – the dad-blame gubberment – is always meddling in a bidnessman’s bidness. But it do suggest a few obvious questions: What do them poor little old insurance companies do when the premium payments stop coming in? Is it the insurance company’s fault if the dead are too lazy to complain?