Today: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 5 mph shifting to the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight. Lows around 60. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. 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: 231
Global Warming: The daily carbon count.
A.Word.A.Day from Wordsmith.org. Today’s word: scroop.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.
Today’s Briefing: Quick Links
- First Light
- In Flagler and Palm Coast
- Flagler Jail Bookings and Last 24 Hours of Incident Reports
- In State Government
- Statista’s Chart of the Day
- In Coming Days in Flagler, Palm Coast and Beyond
- Fact-Checking the Knaves
- Palm Coast Construction and Development
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.
In Court: Tonda Royal, 53, who is accused of unlawful sex with a 16-year-old girl in Bunnell in 2018, is in the third day of his trial before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse.
The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, Bunnell, FL. See the agendas here.
The Flagler County Tourist Development Council meets at 9 a.m. at the Government Services Building, 1769 E Moody Blvd., Bunnell.
Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Constance Berry Newman is the Flagler Tiger Bay Club’s luncheon speaker at Hammock Dunes Club, 30 Avenue Royale, Palm Coast, at 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required. President’s guest and non-members, $40. Newman has a long and distinguished career of public service including various roles with the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Newman was appointed by President Richard Nixon in 1971 to serve as director of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), and in 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed her as director of the Office of Personnel Management. In 2001 Ms. Newman was sworn in as an Assistant Administrator for Africa of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and in 2004 appointed Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Newman will share her insights regarding Africa’s impact on the global economy during the Flagler Tiger Bay Club’s February meeting, with a question and answer session to follow for members. Reservation required for members and guests.
The Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. Highway 1, Palm Coast (just north of Whiteview Parkway). Come and join other progressive Democrats to discuss local, state and national issues, and propose actions to influence elected leaders. At today’s meeting, according to its leader, the Flagler County Democratic Party is sponsoring a program to teach our members and friends how to defuse a threatening situation and avoid conflict with aggressive Trumpers. “We will learn how to keep our own tempers in check while calming down provocateurs and gracefully moving away from overt aggression. It’s called ‘peacekeeping,’” states Mike Cocchiola. “John Brady, a trained professional in conflict management, will lead the discussion and offer insights on how to respond to aggression. I am hoping that all groups in Flagler County who are working to defeat Trump will have representatives there. We must all learn and adapt. We must ensure all who publicly represent our Flagler Dems and progressives act like the adults in the room. Present issues, not conflict. That is guaranteed to get us supporters and voters.” The Forum is open and informal and all opinions and ideas are welcomed. This is your opportunity to meet and lend your voice and knowledge to people who share your values. For more information, contact Mike Cocchiola, [email protected]. The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday. Republicans, Independents and Whigs welcome.
The Flagler Woman’s Club invites you to come and play Bridge (Progressive and Non-Progressive) or other games on Wednesday, February 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1524 S Central Ave., Flagler Beach. Please be sure to call Jane at 386/338-3669 to reserve your spot.
Paws to Read at the Flagler County Public Library 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast, in the Children’s Department. The Flagler County Public Library in partnership with the Flagler Humane Society offer the opportunity for kids ages 4-8 to read to a real dog. Every Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. First Come – First Serve. Contact: Alyssa Gilbert or Theresa Ten Eyck at 386-446-6763 or email: [email protected].
The Flagler County Contractor Review Board meets at 5 p.m. at the Government Services Building, 1769 E Moody Blvd., Bunnell.
The Palm Coast Planning and Land Development Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, City Hall, 160 Lake Avenue. The planning board is responsible for recommending land development regulations to the city council. See the agendas here.
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):
- Wednesday: AdventHealth Palm Coast, 60 Memorial Medical Parkway, Palm Coast, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Thursday: Chick Fil A, 1000 Palm Coast Parkway, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday: Florida Health Care Plans, 309 Palm Coast Parkway NE, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Friday: Lowe’s, 315 Cypress Edge Drive, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday: Lowe’s, 315 Cypress Edge Drive, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday: Metro Diner, Island Walk, 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
GRADING SYSTEM CHANGE SOUGHT: The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs and Space Committee will take up a bill (SB 662), filed by Chairman Tom Wright, R-New Smyrna Beach, that would tweak the grading system for high schools. The change would factor in scores on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a test used to determine qualification for enlistment in the U.S. Armed Forces. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
GENETIC INFORMATION DEBATED: The Senate Rules Committee will consider a proposal (SB 1564), filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, that would prevent insurers from using customers’ genetic information to make policy decisions about life insurance and long-term care insurance. Federal law already prevents health insurers from using genetic information in underwriting policies and in setting premiums. But the prohibition doesn’t apply to life insurance and long-term care coverage. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
PARENTAL CONSENT TEED UP IN HOUSE: The House will take up numerous issues during a floor session, including a controversial proposal (HB 265), sponsored by Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach, that would require parental consent before minors could have abortions. The Senate has passed its version of the bill (SB 404). Among other bills expected to be considered during the floor session are measures that would prevent local occupational licensing (HB 3) and seek to impose eight-year term limits on county school board members (HJR 157). (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)
ATHLETE HEAT STROKES AT ISSUE: The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee will consider a proposal (SB 1696), filed by Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, that would require the Florida High School Athletic Association to take a series of steps to try to prevent heat strokes involving high-school athletes. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
PETITION SIGNATURES EYED: The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up a proposed constitutional amendment (SPB 7062) that would increase a petition-signature requirement, making it harder for citizens’ initiatives to reach the ballot. Under current law, political committees must meet a statewide signature threshold and meet thresholds in half of the state’s congressional districts. Under the proposal, they would have to meet signature thresholds in each congressional district. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
SENATE HOLDS FLOOR SESSION: The Senate is scheduled to hold a floor session. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)
FISH AND RED TIDE AT ISSUE: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will open a two-day meeting that will include updating plans about managing snook, red drum and seatrout in Southwest Florida waters impacted by red tide from November 2017 to February 2019. The commission will also look at regulatory changes for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and a rule change to manage the harvesting of gulf red snapper by private recreational anglers in federal waters. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee.)
CONGRESSWOMAN AT NATURALIZATION CEREMONY: U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., will speak at a naturalization ceremony. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Kendall Field Office, 14675 S.W. 120th St., Miami.)
–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
China’s Rise to Manufacturing Dominance: “As the following chart shows, China’s share of global manufacturing output climbed from 8.7 percent in 2004 to 28.4 percent in 2018. That’s according to the United Nations Statistics Division, which reports that the U.S. share of global manufacturing value added declined from 22.3 percent to 16.6 percent over the same period.”
Flagler Beach Citizens’ Academy: Eight consecutive Wednesdays beginning on March 4, 2020, running through April 22, 2020, from 2:00—5:00 PM. Learn all there is to know about the history of your city, how your government works and is financed, and the responsibilities of staff and elected officials. Tour your city’s recreational, first responder, library, and public works facilities. Discover plans for the city’s future and opportunities for resident involvement. These sessions are open to anyone residing within the City of Flagler Beach. There will be a limit of 20 participants. Registration applications are available at City Hall, Building Department, Library, Police Department, Fire Department and on our City’s website (www.cityofflaglerbeach.com). All applications must be received by February 21, 2020.
Jane Mealy, Commissioner
City of Flagler Beach
PO Box 70
Flagler Beach, FL 32136
You will then receive a detailed schedule of the sessions and where each will be held. If you have any questions, contact Jane Mealy at: 439-4811 or
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.
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.
Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of Dec. 16 2019: