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Weekend Briefing: Cracker Day at Fairgrounds, Flagler Reads Together Finale, Voter Registration, Humane Society Dinner

| March 30, 2018

It's the 63rd Annual Cracker Day at the Flagler County Fairgrounds Saturday. See below for details. (Ken Cowell)

It’s the 63rd Annual Cracker Day at the Flagler County Fairgrounds Saturday. See below for details. (Ken Cowell)

Weekend: Friday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent. Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the upper 50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Saturday and Sunday, Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Night lows in the upper 50s. 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 Index217
The OED’s Word of the Day: pellar, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“But white supremacists will be white supremacists, it seems, some without ever actually becoming aware of it. But they are. These ‘friendly’ ones are the benevolent white supremacists, who are forever forgiving Negroes for something. As a matter of fact many are all too eager to forgive all sorts of sins that Negores were never guilty of in the first place. And there are, to be sure, those doubly innocent U.S. Negores who actually accept such totally irrelevant forgiveness–and then go around fuming about the crocodilia they put up with from white folks.”

–Albert Murray, from “The Omni-Americans” (1970) in “Collected Essays and Memoirs,” the Library of American Edition (2016).


Bush’s reading list | Albert Murray’s century | Egotism’s obstacles | To become a human being | Case Against Sugar | Ralph Peters on Fox | Sex and happiness | Demoralizing abortion | Vietnam kill ratio | Brandeis on speculation | Tapper on journalism | Projections | Marion Hammer | Mencken’s man | New millennials | School marshal euphemism | Confusion | Brahms on Schubert | Siblings | The past | Lack of money | Supreme oracle | Orientalism | Original but foolish | Billy Graham’s anti-intellectualism | Severgnini’s America | Louis XIV’s vainglory | Unknown Kerouac | Swearing | Galileo’s heresy | Lincoln on Foreigners | Spinoza’s science | Hartley’s real change | Chesterton on public opinion | Music saves lives | Knausgaard’s Autumn | Dworkin’s intercourse | Religion’s subversiveness | Malcolm X | Dead bodies | 17th Century Nature | Imperfect mother | One’s stupidity | Third World | Tramps’ necessity | Stock market folly | Sunrise on America | Migrants through time | Mother tongues | Roth on age |


In Flagler and Palm Coast:

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.

Government offices are closed for Good Friday. Flagler schools are closed for students, though it’s a professional learning day for teachers.

wnzfFree For All Fridays on WNZF: Host David Ayres welcomes Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland and Palm Coast Observer Publisher John Walsh, who will defend the city’s and the newspaper’s “partnership” in presenting Holland’s $40-a-plate State of the City address at the new community center next week, along with Sen. Travis Hutson, starting with a commentary by FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam.

Morris (Josh Fagundes, top) gets into a scuffle with his brother, Zach (Nico Hicks), in the City Repertory Theatre production of Athol Fugard’s 'Blood Knot,' opening Friday in Palm Coast. (© FlaglerLive)

Morris (Josh Fagundes, top) gets into a scuffle with his brother, Zach (Nico Hicks), in the City Repertory Theatre production of Athol Fugard’s ‘Blood Knot,’ opening Friday in Palm Coast. (© FlaglerLive)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: City Repertory Theatre’s production of “Blood Knot,” the Athol Fugard play, directed by John Sbordone. “Blood Knot” tells the story of two South African brothers in the early 1960s–– the dark-skinned Zach and the light-skinned Morris, who has returned to live with his sibling after years of passing as white. 7:30 p.m. March 30-31, and 2 p.m. and April 1. Performances will be at CRT’s venue in City Market Place at 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite B207, Palm Coast. Tickets are $20 adults and $15 students. For more information or tickets, call the CRT box office at 386-585-9415 or or easily book tickets online here.

Saturday: Flagler Reads Together holds its final event of the month featuring Tom Schmidt, a history professor at Florida State College in Jacksonville. He and his wife recently toured two battlefields of World War I in France, including the Somme and Verdun. He has taken some beautiful and touching pictures of the battlefields and will be presenting them along with some background history of the area and battles. 2 p.m. in the Doug Cisney Reading Room at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy. Flagler Reads Together is an annual event that celebrates reading through a single book read in common by participants. This year’s book is “The Alice Network,” by Kate Quinn, the story of women spies during the two world wars.

Saturday: Cracker Day at the Flagler County Fair, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, with Bull Riding, steer riding, steer saddling, sack races, jackpot barrel racing, chute doggin, ribbon ropin, chicken chase, pig chase, boot race and the South’s best BBQ beef lunch included in the price of admission, served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Flagler County Fairgrounds 150 Sawgrass Road Bunnell. Visit the website.

Saturday: Neighbor 2 Neighbor 5k Walk, 9:30 a.m., Central Park in Town Center.

Saturday: Voter Registration Training hosted by Indivisble Flagler, 10 a.m. at SunTrust Bank, 1 Florida Park Drive, Mezzanine Conference Room. Voter registration training, vote by mail training, canvassing and phone-banking training. Please only RSVP here if you are sure you can make it, there is a limited number of spots. The training will take place in the mezzanine conference room on the East side of the building. Follow the signs. Lunch will be provided. Please reserve your space NOW, so we can order lunch and have materials ready. Join the team and make a difference.

flagler humane societyFlagler Humane Society hosts a Spay-Ghetti dinner with dancing, a silent auction and a raffle starting at 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 53 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, tickets are $35. It’s a fund-raiser. Buy tickets here.

Saturday: Easter Egg Hunt at Flagler Beach’s Veterans Park, 8:30 a.m.

Saturday: Egg’Stravaganza 10 a.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. A community egg hunt for children through age 10. Fun includes magic shows, balloon art, carnival games, face-painting, trackless train, refreshments and pictures with the Easter Bunny. More info: 386-986-2323.

Saturday: Right Whales: Ocean Art Gallery owner and volunteer with the Marineland Right Whale Project Frank Gromling hosts a talk about North Atlantic Right Whales at Gamble Rogers State Park in Flagler Beach, 1 p.m.

Rick de Yampert, FlaglerLive’s arts and culture writer,
will perform on sitar, Native American flutes and Moyo drum (a type of steel tongue drum) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday March 31, 2018, at Zen Bistro, 223 Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach. de Yampert describes his original music as a mix of East-West fusion and Buddha lounge. He also performs his arrangements of the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood,” “Within You Without You” and a mash-up of “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Rain,” as well as Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” He’ll be performing in the courtyard of Zen Bistro, a Thai restaurant. There’s no cover. Information: Zen Bistro at 386-248-0453 or Rick at 386-334-2752.

Sunday: The Jersey Boys, 7 p.m. Tickets are $165 to $495. At the Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach. Call 386/671-3462 or book tickets here.

big red bus scheduleBlood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week:

  • Saturday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jail Bookings and Last 24 Hours' Incidents in Flagler, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Bunnell

flagler beach bunnell palm coast sheriff's police reports
Jail Bookings, May 2-3
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, May 2
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, May 2
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, May 2
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, May 2
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, May 2
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, May 2
Previous and archived reports
Sources: Flagler County Sheriff's Office, Flagler Beach Police Department, Bunnell Police Department. This is Flagler County's only comprehensive, one-stop compilation of all local law enforcement's daily day and night shift commanders' reports.



Sheriff Staly Makes “Arrests” To Benefit Cancer Research: As he did last year, Sheriff Rick Staly went around the community Friday, “arresting” prominent individuals and (willingly ) forcing them to be bailed out, with the money getting donated to cancer research. Numerous warrants were read for charges including Jorge Gutierrez’s for showing too much enthusiasm and passion on Monday mornings. The Chamber of Commerce’s Jimmy Millhollin was charged with celebrating Chamber Chair Emeritus too much. Buddy Taylor Middle School Principal John Fanelli was charged with chasing down students in the hallway to see if they have good grades. Becky Pourchot was charged with spreading glitter without a permit and assaulting people with hugs. And Suzanne Johnston, the tax collector, was charged with being overly competitive and bringing gifts to neighbors without a permit. Once the warrant was read, Staly would make the “arrest” and then bring the “arrestee” before a “judge” (aka Palm Coast Councilman Bob Cuff, an overly generous attorney who has yet to read his city manager the riot act) where “bail” was set. Then, the arrestee would have the opportunity to secure “bail” in the form of pledges to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event to be held on April 20 at Palm Coast’s Central Park at Town Center. “This is a great event to raise money for a disease that has touched every family in one way or another,” Sheriff Staly said. “Thanks to everyone who participated and made this event a success.” The donations raised from the Jail’n Bail will help the ACS provide support for people affected with cancer, as well as fund research to help protect future generations. For more information on how you can help in the fight against cancer visit A video of the Jail ‘n Bail event is below:

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.



—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:

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May 23: The Flagler Chamber's Common Ground Breakfast features a 2019 Legislative Update with Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Dr., Palm Coast, Checkin begins at 7:30, breakfast starts promptly at 8.
May 23: Flagler Lifeline, a volunteer committee and Flagler Cares affiliate established to broaden conversation and awareness of suicide, will host a public town hall event at 6 p.m.  at the Flagler County Association of Realtors building, 4101 East Moody Blvd. in Bunnell. The Town Hall will feature presentations by mental health experts, suicide survivors and others who have been touched by suicide, and will be facilitated by Colleen Conklin, the long-time school board member and one of Flagler Lifeline’s founders. For the past several years Conklin has hosted periodic events, including electronic town halls, to bring awareness to bullying and suicide prevention. The May 23 town hall, like Flagler Lifeline's emergence, is partly a result of Flagler County's place in 2017 as the county with the leading suicide rate in the state, proportional to its population. See the background story here.
May 23: The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 South Second Street. Commissioners will consider making the city a member of the American Flood Coalition.
May 23: The Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. An agenda had not been posted online as of May 18.
May 23: The Wadsworth Elementary School Advisory Council and PTO meet at 6 p.m. in the school’s media center.
May 23: Palm Coast Artist and 2011 Flagler County Artist of the Year Weldon Ryan hosts a meet and great at the Bronze Kingdom African Art Gallery, 3201 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wine and cheese, 15 percent off on all of Weldon's works.
May 23-26: "Southern Fried Funeral," a play at the Daytona Playhouse, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Adults $20, Seniors 55 and up, $18, Youths 18 and under $8. Address: 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, or see directions here. Buy tickets online here. Box office: 386-255-2431.
May 24: Flagler County Emergency Management chief Jonathan Lord hosts a media roundtable at noon on the upcoming hurricane season, at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg. 3 (behind the Government Services Building), Bunnell.
May 24: Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 2 p.m. for a walk through our historical gardens. Learn about the history of our park while exploring the beauty of the formal gardens, with an emphasis on butterflies. The walk is approximately 1 hour. Please bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet in the garden parking lot. Garden walk included with park entry. No registration required.
May 25: Pool Safety Day at Palm Coast's Freeda Zamba pool, 339 Parkview Drive, open to all ages, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is designed to teach the importance and seriousness of safety, but while having fun and participating in activities that children will remember. Florida is one of two states that lead the nation with at least 21 fatal child drownings last summer, according to a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and USA Swimming Foundation. About ten people die every day from unintentional drowning and of these, two will be children age 14 or younger, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fee is $1 for seniors and youth age 17 and under. It is $2 for adults.
May 27: Memorial Day, 8 a.m. start time at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy. The City of Palm Coast welcomes the community to share a meaningful Memorial Day tribute to those who have lost their lives while serving their country. U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, who represents District 6, will speak. Rain Location: Fire Station 21 at 9 Corporate Drive Free and no registration required. More info: 386-986-2300.
May 28: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. in the first-floor conference room at the Government Services Building
May 29: The Blue Power 2020 forum, hosted by Mike Cocchiola, who heads the Flagler County Democratic Party, meets at 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D, all welcome. The weekly forum is intended to discuss local, state and national issues and to develop action plans to influence policy.
May 30: Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School hold graduation ceremonies at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Matanzas High School’s ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and Flagler Palm Coast High School’s starts at 7. Doors to the Ocean Center open one hour before the start of each ceremony. The student procession begins approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Tickets for the ceremonies are free. However, both schools have a 10-ticket limit per student. There may be opportunities for additional tickets. Students will be notified and information is located on each school’s website. Parking passes are also available for pre-purchase. Parking is $5. security measures instituted last year will be in place this year. Please take note and be prepared before you head to the Ocean Center. There will be security checks before ticket holders are allowed entry into the ceremony. Watch livestreams of the ceremonies: Matanzas here, and FPC here.
May 31-June 1, 2 and 8: American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class – May 31-June 2 and June 8, Friday 5-6:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course provides entry-level knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. For ages 15 and up. Cost is $200 (includes CPR mask and certification fee). Registration required at More info: 386-986-4741.
June 1: The Palm Coast Arts Foundation hosts its First Saturday Creative Bazaar, an arts and crafts flea market. at 1500 Central Avenue in Town center. Arts foundation members and other vendors will have booths of goods for sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 1: 2nd Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Golf Benefit for Homeless Animals: Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a local group of business professionals coming together to raise money for the Halifax Humane Society. Join us for 18-holes of premiere golf at the legendary LPGA International Golf Club. Shot gun start at 8 a.m. Registration at 7. 1000 Champions Drive Daytona Beach. To download entry form, visit and then scroll down to the golf outing listing. Hole Sponsorship $100. Single Player $125. Lunch Provided. For more information contact Gus Schutt (386) 233-5302.
June 4: Daytona Tortugas Youth Baseball Clinic, 8:30 a.m-12 p.m. at Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. The Daytona Tortugas will be teaching kids, ages 7-13, skills to improve their ball game in this coed baseball clinic. Grab your glove and bat and learn from the pros! Participants will receive a free ticket to a Daytona Tortugas game. $37/person. Registration required at More info: 386-986-2323.
June 4: The Hammock Community Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Hammock Community Center on MalaCompra Road, with County Attorney Al Hadeed as speaker, who will present a History of the Hammock Part II.
June 5: palm coast democratic clubThe Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D. Come and join other progressive Democrats to discuss local, state and national issues, and propose actions to influence elected leaders. 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, The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.
For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
To • include your event in this section, please email the details, including date, time, a brief description of the event, contact information, and, if you wish, an image, please use this form.

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Editor’s Tweets

Keep Up with Donald Trump’s attacks on the press through the ACLU’s running tab here.

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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of March 23, 2018, with a link to the full week in review here.

Road and Interstate Construction:

Motorists are advised of nighttime ramp closures with detours next week at two locations along Interstate 4 (I-4) and Interstate 95 (I-95) in Volusia County. The entrance ramp from State Road (S.R.) 472 westbound to I-4 eastbound, in the Orange City area, will close for two nights early next week. Drivers will be directed to travel I-4 westbound to Saxon Boulevard toward Deltona to access I-4 eastbound. Also, a nighttime single outside lane closure will occur during two nights, toward the end of the week, along westbound I-4 west of Dirksen Drive. Entrance and exit ramps at I-95 and LPGA Boulevard will close one-at-a-time, on multiple nights, during the upcoming week. Drivers will be directed as follows:

I-95 northbound on ramp from eastbound LPGA Boulevard: Continue east on LPGA Boulevard to Technology Drive to Cornerstone Boulevard to Williamson Boulevard to LPGA Boulevard back to I-95.
I-95 southbound on ramp from westbound LPGA Boulevard: Continue west on LPGA Boulevard to Tomoka Farms Road to Bellevue Avenue to Williamson Boulevard, to S.R. 400/Beville Road and back to I-95 south.
I-95 southbound off ramp to LPGA Boulevard: Continue south on I-95 to U.S. 92 to Tomoka Farms Road back to LPGA Boulevard.

The closures are necessary to construct lighting foundations as part of two Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) projects to install new lighting along I-4 and I-95.

Cultural Coda

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, the Herreweghe Interpretation

As March is Johann Sebastian Bach Month, or ought to be (he was born the first day of spring in 1685), we’re celebrating the great German composer all months with videos about him, his music and his life.

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