Today: Sunny. Highs around 70. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. See the latest National Weather Service-Jacksonville Briefing here.
Today’s document from the National Archives and the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Today’s National Commemorations.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Drought Index: 71
Global Warming: The daily carbon count.
A.Word.A.Day from Wordsmith.org. Today’s word: ombrifuge.
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Today’s jail bookings.
Today’s Briefing: Quick Links
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- Palm Coast Construction and Development
“Smoking hash was a stigma, if you did you were on the outside, you were no longer a decent person, you were on the way to becoming a junkie. In any case that was how it was in Kristiansand. And the idea of it being the beginning of a road that would lead me to a life as a junkie was incredibly appealing and filled life with destiny and meaning. Being a junkie, just living for drugs, renouncing everything else, for me that was the worst of the worst. Junkies had abandoned their humanity, they were a kind of devil, it was terrible, terrible, the worst, hell. I laughed at those who associated hash with heroin, it was propaganda, nothing else, smoking hash was a bid for freedom for me, but although hash was completely harmless, it was in the same category as harmful drugs, in a way, smoking it made me a drug addict, and what an immense and exhilarating thought that was.”
–From Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “My Struggle, Book 4” (2009).
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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.
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In Court: Jury selection continues for a second day in the ongoing case of convicted murderer David Snelgrove. The Supreme Court ordered a new sentencing phase for Snelgrove, who was on death row. He was sentenced to death for the murders of Glyn Fowler, 84, and his wife, Vivian, 79, on Bannbury Lane in Palm Coast in late June 2000. The sentencing phase begins with jury selection, which may take all week, as lawyers must find 12 jurors and two alternates willing to potentially impose the death penalty. Before Circuit Judge Kathryn Weston, starting at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 101 at the Flagler County Courthouse. The background:
- 20 Years After Double Murder in Palm Coast, David Snelgrove Faces Death Penalty Trial for 3rd Time
- On and Off Death Row for 17 Years, Palm Coast Double-Murderer David Snelgrove Loses One More Motion
- For David Snelgrove, Sentenced in Palm Coast Double-Murder in 2000, Execution Again In Question
- In Latest Complication, Judge Craig Recuses Himself From David Snelgrove Death Row Case
- Supreme Court Orders New Sentencing of Palm Coast Double-Murderer on Death Row
- 15 Years After Palm Coast Double Murder, David Snelgrove Is Back in Court, Contesting Death Sentence
The Flagler County School Board meets for an agenda workshop at 3 p.m. Training Room 3, 3rd floor, Government Services Building, 1769 E Moody Blvd., Bunnell. The meeting is an information workshop only. The agenda workshop focuses on items the board will take action on at its next regular meeting. The board will discuss a new suicide prevention policy, which you can read here.
The Palm Coast City Council meets at City Hall in Town Center. The council will get a series of presentations, including an update on cell towers in the city and on the 2020 census. The city will also proclaim its 20th anniversary and the council is expected to approve an electric-vehicle charging station at City Hall.
Flagler Beach’s Planning and Architectural Review (PAR) Board meets at City Hall at 5:30 p.m., 105 S 2nd St Flagler Beach.
Chess on the Porch (and backgammon): The Humidor at European Village hosts an open chess evening starting at 6 p.m. Anyone and everyone welcome. Bring your chessboard if you have one. Great beer and wine, plus cigars. 101 Palm Harbor Pkwy, Palm Coast. Call 386.445.2221.
Learn the Basics of Your Computer, 10 a.m.-noon at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. Want to learn more about your computer? These classes teach you basic care of your computer, different programs you might have to use, and internet security. Free but registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/seniors. More info: 386-986-2323.
The Flagler County Homeless & Housing Taskforce, a part of FlaglerCares, meets from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast.
Through April 4, Palm Coast Mayor’s 90/90 Challenge: Get outdoors and get active – join us for the Mayor’s 90/90 Challenge! The challenge is to move at least a mile a day for the 90 days from Jan. 6 to April 4. You can choose your own form of exercise. Log in to Palm Coast Connect and record your progress throughout the month. Everyone who completes the Challenge will receive a prize. Share your progress along the way on social media using #Mayors9090 and #ConnectToFitness. More info: www.palmcoastconnect.com and 386-986-2323.
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):
- Monday: Banfield Pet Hospital, 5270 State Road 100 (Target Shopping center), Palm Coast, 9 a.m. to noon.
- Tuesday: Windsor of Palm Coast, 50 Town Court, 1 to 6 p.m.
- Saturday: Chick Fil A, 1000 Palm Coast Parkway, 10 a.m. to 5 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.
CLIMATE RESILIENCE AT ISSUE: The Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition will start a two-day “Resilience Leadership Summit” to discuss planning for the effects of climate change. Speakers are expected to include U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., state Chief Resilience Officer Julia Nesheiwat, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Hilton Carillon Park Hotel, 950 Lake Carillon Dr., St. Petersburg.)
ARTS PROGRAMS SUPPORTED: Sen. Daryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, and Rep. Ben Diamond, D-St. Petersburg, will hold a news conference to announce legislation designed to promote arts education in Florida. They also will support funding for matching-grant programs through the state Division of Cultural Affairs. (Tuesday, 9:15 a.m., The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg.)
–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
Australia is Warming Faster than Global Average: All-consuming wildfires have brought devastation upon Australian communities and shocked the world. As of January 6, it is estimated that between 12 and 14 million acres have been burned in the country. The fires claimed the lives of at least 20 people. Almost half a million animals are thought to have perished and more than a thousand houses also fell victim to the flames.
The Live Calendar is Flagler County’s and Palm Coast’s most complete, detailed and searchable community calendar of events, including culture, the performing arts, theater, government, the courts and justice system and a lot more. If you’re not listed here, you’re not getting the visibility you deserve. To include your event, please fill out this form. Any other issues, email the editor.
Keep Up with Donald Trump’s attacks on the press through the ACLU’s running tab here.
Keep Up with mass shootings in a running database here.
Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports
Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of Dec. 16 2019:
Click to access development.pdf
See the full Week in Review here.
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