Today at a glance: Bedraggled and jittery though it is, Palm Coast government–what’s left of it–this morning at 8 hosts its traditional Memorial Day ceremony at Heroes Park. Its mayor having resigned and its acting mayor in Europe, the day’s speech falls on Council member Nick Klufas. U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, fresh from voting against establishing a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, will also speak, likely in the presence of one or two elected officials who took part in the demonstrations in D.C. that day. The county hosts its ceremony at 10 a.m. in front of the Government Services Building. In Tallahassee, more than 200 Black servicemen and servicewomen interred at the Greenwood Cemetery will be honored in a Memorial Day observance led by U.S. Rep. Al Lawson. All state and local government offices are closed, as are schools, on observance of the holiday. Florida’s sales tax “holiday” for hurricane supplies is ongoing, through June 6. If you’re planning to grill, It’ll be partly cloudy in Palm Coast with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and highs in the mid 80s, with winds 10 to 15 mph. It’ll be a few degrees cooler in Flagler Beach, but with double the chance of showers, mainly after 5 p.m., and breezier, with gusts of up to 28 mph. Pointless tidbit: The Pont Neuf (the New Bridge), one of Paris’ most elegant bridges and its oldest, got its first stone–King Henry III lifted it in place–in 1578.
The Live Calendar is a compendium of local and regional political, civic and cultural events. It was suspended in March 2020 as was the Daily Briefing, as the Covid pandemic upended everyone’s schedules. We’re happy to be bringing both back, in altered forms. The Live Calendar had a serious case of covid: it’s much skinnier, less populated and still recovering, the previous calendar having been scrapped altogether. It’s slowly being rebuilt as local events ramp back up, with one significant change: now you can input your own calendar events directly onto the site as you wish them to appear (pending approval of course). To include your event in the Live Calendar, please fill out this form.
Flagler County School Board Workshop: Agenda Items
Flagler Beach Planning and Architectural Review Board
Palm Coast City Council Meeting
Bunnell Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board
Palm Coast Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Separation Chat: Open Discussion
The Circle of Light A Course in Miracles Study Group
Weekly Chess Club for Teens, Ages 9-18, at the Flagler County Public Library
Flagler County Republican Club Meeting
For the full calendar, go here.
“Many conservatives came to regard railroads as the preeminent instrument of an erotic force that would, unless stringent measures were taken, destroy the French family and substitute for France itself a mongrel pornocracy governed by queens all in the image of Manet’s Olympia. “The railroads, exercising a bizarre influence on the intellectual as well as the economic state of society, pour into Paris every day a mobile but tightly packed mass of bustling provincials whose literary culture is, to say the least, slapdash and vagrant,” wrote J.J. Weiss in Theater and Manners, referring to the exodus from rural France that saw Paris’s population treble between 1830 and 1880.”
–From Frederick Brown’s “Zola: A Life” (1995).
Groovy Tennyson | Overwork | There is a God | On Lincoln | Killing the planet | A Vietcong infantryman | Property v. minorities | Originalism | Liberty v. fatality | Blanche Gardin | Poe’s old age | Whose Christian tradition? | The real socialists | Roberto Bolaño | WSJ v. China | GOP radicals | Evolution accidents | Xenophobia is us | Washington | Birches | Mindcraft | Disillusion | Husband and wife | Marriage Survivor | Sir’s rudeness | Missing information | Executions | Something to live for | Worrying about Jesus | Norilsk
Ovation, for the return of the (and improved) briefing. All that’s lacking from a total restoration is a cat and a coda.
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
— Marie Curie