Today in the eyes of the editorial staff: The three members East Flagler Mosquito Control District Council would normally meet at 10 a.m. at District Headquarters, 210 Airport Executive Drive today, but that meeting was postponed to September 27 at 6 p.m., coupled with a meeting to adopt the budget and tax rate at 5 p.m. time. (District mosquito taxes are expected to increase by 14 percent.) Flagler County Commission is holding three meetings today. The first, at 9 a.m., is a formality to postpone what was to be a public hearing on the schedule proposed by the school district of new impact fees. The county commission, hearing almost exclusively from builders and real estate agents, unexpectedly turned hostile to the school board’s proposal last week when school officials presented the new schedule to the commission. The commission must approve the schedule if only because the county collects the revenue before passing it on to the district. The workshop and subsequent hearings should have been a mere formality. The commission instead decided to act as the judge and jury of the district’s impact fees, although no government does the same when the county chooses to increase its impact fees, as the county commission is considering. to do. This is all the result of a new state law that requires local governments to exercise “extraordinary circumstances” when increasing impact fees by more than 50%. The district is doing so because a former school board recklessly increased its impact fees too little in 2005, and hasn’t touched them since. The district is in a bit of a catch-22 situation, with no record of an increase in the student population that would argue for a doubling of the impact fee, except for projections that anticipate this increase. So the builders aren’t without some pretty strong arguments, but it’s a separate county playing divinity issue. Checks and balances are a great idea, but not when they’re one-sided. It comes down to more behind-the-scenes negotiations and a workshop on October 18 at 2 p.m. on impact fees, with a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. on November 2. It also means that the district’s hope of having the new impact fees kick off on January 1 will not be met, as the law requires a 90-day lag between the last public hearing and the first imposition of costs. See: “School District’s Demand to Double Impact Fee Turns into Hostile Inquisition by County Commission and Builders” and “In ‘Huge Deal,’ Flagler School Board Votes For double impact fees on new construction, the first increase in 16 years. This quick workshop will be followed by a committee meeting at 10 am, during which the clerk of the court will request additional funds. Commissioners will be invited to re-appoint Mark Langello, a builder, to the county planning board for a three-year term. And the commissioner will be asked to approve a $ 16 million credit for Phase 2 of construction of the new headquarters of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office in Bunnell. This is in addition to the $ 2.9 million the commission approved in June. In the public hearing segment of the meeting, Commissioners will be asked to approve the installation of a 155-acre solar panel farm north of East End Road and east of Yelvington Road in the far northwest of Flagler County. At 5 p.m., the committee will reconvene for the second and final public hearing on the adoption of its property tax and budget for the coming year. Closure of the Royal Palms promenade: Royal Palms Parkway from Belle Terre Parkway to Rickenbacker Drive will continue to be closed – and likely will be for a few weeks – after a contractor reported a storm water pipe collapsed while carrying out the maintenance on September 16. The collapse of the pipe has created dangerous driving conditions and emergency structural repair is required on this part of Royal Palms Parkway. Eastbound traffic from US-1 will be diverted to Rickenbacker Drive to reach Belle Terre Parkway.
Calendar and information on Covid tests and vaccinations from the Ministry of Health until September 25:
Priority will be given to all students, faculty and school staff in public or private schools in Flagler County, followed by the general public, who must make an appointment for testing by calling 386-437-7350 ext. 0.
Monday September 20 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Tuesday September 21 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Wednesday September 22 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Thursday September 23 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Friday September 24 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Saturday September 25 CLOSED
Sunday September 26 CLOSED
Please consider the following when testing with DOH-Flagler.
* Testing should take place at least 3-5 days after exposure. Testing earlier than this can result in false negatives.
* This is NOT a drive-thru test site. You will park and enter the cattle hall where the tests take place.
* Wear a mask inside the test facility. If your test is positive, you may be asked to leave the facility and wait for the rest of your group outside to avoid transmission.
* DOH staff continue to work extended hours to follow up on contact tracing and case investigation. We appreciate your continued patience. The DOH may take a long time to reach those who test positive for COVID-19. Take the initiative to self-isolate for at least ten days and encourage close contacts to watch for symptoms.
* If you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you may not hear from the health service if resources are not available.
* If you have been vaccinated (two weeks after your last dose) you will not need to quarantine if you do not have symptoms.
* If you have symptoms, get tested as soon as possible.
* Students must self-quarantine at least four days after the exhibition date.
Monoclonal antibody treatments are now available in Flagler County at the Palm Coast campus of Daytona State College. Monoclonal antibody (MAB) treatments for COVID-19 can prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and death in people at high risk. People 12 years and older who are at high risk, who have contracted or have been exposed to COVID-19, are eligible for this treatment. Treatment is free.
Immunizations continue to be offered at 301 Dr. Carter Blvd on Mondays from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Dates are preferred; Walk-ins are welcome. The health service is awaiting instructions for the administration of booster doses. CVS, Walgreens, Publix, and Walmart offer boosters for people who are immunocompromised.
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“The central point of Mann’s argument in” Wartime Thoughts “and” Reflections “is a distinction between” civilization “and” culture. ” The terms are often used interchangeably, but Mann insists that they “are not just the same, they are opposite.” Civilization “implies reason, enlightenment, moderation, moral education, skepticism”, while culture represents “the sublimation of the demonic”. As such, he “belongs entirely to the other side … a deeper, darker, passionate world.” Every nation has a distinct culture, but not all nations are civilized. Culture tends to enhance its particular local character; civilization seeks to make itself universal.
–Christopher Beha, from “Thomas Mann on the Artist vs. the State ”in The New York Times Book Review, September 17 (online), 19 (in print), 2021.
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