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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).

Previously:

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 |

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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.

Saturday:
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, July 8-9
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, July 8
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, July 8
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, July 8
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, July 8
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, July 8
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, July 8
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.

 

Announcements:

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 www.cancer.org. 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.

None.

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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

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July 17: The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell. The committee hears a land use amendment for The Gardens, the planned development straddling John Anderson Highway that would bring 3,966 homes and apartment units to the area over a generation. The proposal is generating controversy. See the developer's perspective here, and the account of a town meeting on the development here.
July 17: The Tourist Development Council meets at 10 a.m. in board chambers at Government Services Building, Bunnell.
July 17: The Palm Coast Planning and Land Development Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center.
July 17: The Flagler Beach Economic Development Task Force meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
July 18: 2019 Beach Bash on the Pier, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Flagler Beach Fishing Pier. Join the Flagler County Chamber and the Flagler Beach Area Council for the 6th Annual Beach Bash on the Pier (formerly known as Peers on the Pier)! This awesome summertime event will offer food, fun, door prize drawings, an amazing view, beach vibe music provided by Surf 97.3FM and great company on the historic Flagler Beach pier. Guests will be given passports to visit all vendors on the pier and are encouraged to learn more about the local businesses that set up shop to showcase the services they offer. Guests turn in their completed passports for prize drawings that will occur.
July 18: the inspired micThe Inspired Mic, Palm Coast’s most daring and unpredictable open mic event, is scheduled for its monthly edition at its new venue at the Hidden Treasures Restaurant, 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach. Each month some of the most creative, innovative performances a person could ever hope to experience take place at The Inspired Mic. 14 presenters each month pull out slices of talent and genius to entertain the audience. Each presenter gets 7 minutes to present on a very eclectic blend of their genius. Hidden Treasures Restaurant, 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach (under the bridge). Doors open at 6 p.m. and presenters begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 advance, available at theinspiredmicus.com, or $15 at the door. The ticket includes one drink and entry into a drawing with a prize of $25 cash or a $50 gift certificate to The Hidden Treasures.
July 19: Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp, 9 to 1 p.m. at South 6th Street on the Beach in Flagler Beach.
July 19: The Flagler Beach Charter Review Commission meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
July 19: Dive-in Movies, 8 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. Just bring your swimsuit and enjoy the show! Dive-in movie nights at the Palm Coast Aquatics Center provides a unique outdoor movie viewing experience for the entire family. Be sure to grab your favorite snack, sit back and enjoy the show! Food and snacks will be available for purchase. This month features “Incredibles 2” (PG). More info: 386-986-4741 and www.palmcoastgov.com/movies.
July 20: Flagler Pier Fishing Tournament, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Flagler Beach Fishing Pier. For any questions, please contact the Pier bait shop at 386-517-2436.
July 20: Youth Fishing Derby, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 150 Waterfront Park Road, Palm Coast. Come out to Waterfront Park for a day of family fun, food, and catch-and-release fishing. Youth will be eligible for various prizes based on different categories such as longest fish, heaviest fish, most fish, smallest fish and others. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Any adult actively assisting a youth must have a fishing license. For ages 15 and under. Free and registration is encouraged but not required at www.parksandrec.fun/events. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 20: Meet with your local Fire Rescue personnel, while you tour your community’s Fire Station and equipment, at Flagler County Fire Station 92 at the county airport, 130 Airport Rd., Palm Coast, from 9 a.m. to noon. Additionally, personnel from Florida Forest Service and Flagler County Emergency Management will be available to explain and assist residents in signing up for the ALERTFlagler emergency notifications, and Special Needs Sheltering programs. For more information please contact Chief Fire Marshall (386) 313-4258
July 20-21: Jr. Lifeguard Camp, 8 a.m-12p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. The Junior Lifeguard Camp offers step-by-step lifeguarding skill development. Learn water safety, lifeguard rescues, and First Aid CPR/AED in a weekend camp. Class attendees will receive a CPR mask, Red Cross whistle and T-shirt. For ages 11-15 years. $70/session. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 20-21: "Sleeping Beauty," at the Daytona Playhouse, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., Adults $13, Seniors 55 and up, $18, Youths 18 and under $7. Address: 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, or see directions here. Buy tickets online here. Box office: 386-255-2431.
July 22: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club meets at 4:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 8696 47 N. Old Kings Road. From 4:30 - 6 p.m. the time is used for buying, selling and trading stamps and coins. The club meeting starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30. There is a live auction of stamps and coins at the end of the meeting. The club is open for members, the general public, and all who are interested in stamp and coin collecting and investing. Free stamps and coin evaluations at all our meetings. The club is the only non-profit Stamp and Coin Club in Flagler County. For more information please visit the club's web site.
July 22: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.
July 23: Flagler County is hosting a ceremonial signing of its beach renourishment agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers at 2 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Government Services Building. Commission Chair Donald O’Brien and Jacksonville District Commander Colonel Andrew Kelly will make a few opening comments about the 2.6 mile 10-foot dune and beach profile extension in Flagler Beach. They, along with County Attorney Al Hadeed, will sign four copies of the final agreement. The 50-year, $100 million project is largely unfunded but will depend on Flagler County to secure half the money. The federal government would assume the other half. It applies to only 2.6 miles of beach in Flagler Beach. See: "Flagler About To Sign 50-Year, $100 Million Deal to Rebuild 2.6 Miles of Dunes in Flagler Beach. It Has Only a Fraction of the Money."
July 23: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway. The task force will meet the fourth Tuesday of every month at the library through November.
July 24: A meeting of Facing Grief Together, formerly known as Compassionate Friends, is scheduled at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Facing Grief Together, a nonprofit self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. The meeting is open to all parents, grandparents, and siblings over age 18 who has suffered the loss of a child of any age. For more information, call John Brady at 610-428-3139. To learn more about Facing Grief Together, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
July 25: common ground breakfastCarolyn Gosselin, Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, is the featured speaker at the Flagler Chamber's Common Ground breakfast, 8 a.m. at the Palm Coast Hilton Garden Inn, 50 Town Court. Registration is required by July 19. Members can preregister for $25, Guests and future members can attend for $35. No walk-ups.
July 27: Tour de Palm Coast: Ride along the scenic route of St. Joe Walkway on this free tour. The tour will begin leaving promptly at 8 a.m. from the Palm Coast Community Center. Riders are encouraged to bring water, and all riders must wear a helmet.
July 27: First Aid and CPR/AED, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. This class is a seven-hour course (one hour for lunch) designed to meet OSHA regulations and teach administering CPR to children and adults, using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), using a mask or barrier device, assisting with bleeding, broken bones. $50/person with registration required by 9 a.m. June 27. Register at www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2300 and cprcertification@palmcoastgov.com.
July 27: The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and the Palm Coast Area Council invites you to a small business development workshop. With Thaddeus Hammond, Economic Development Director of the SBA North Florida District, a leading expert in developing small businesses as guest speaker. 5 to 7 p.m., The Windsor of Palm Coast, 50 Town Ct, Palm Coast. Chamber Member: $15 per person, Guest and Future Chamber Member: $25 per person. Contact Melinda Rivera at 386-437-0106 or send her an email at melinda@flaglerchamber.org.
July 29-Aug. 2: Monday-Friday, July 29-Aug. 2, 8 a.m-5 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. Love art? Come enjoy a week where you can let your creative side take flight. Campers will spend their days creating, drawing, sketching, painting and more! Of course, we’ll go to the pool and play some games, too. Lunch is provided at no extra charge by the Flagler County School District. For grades 6-8 (grade just completed). $80/entire week. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 29: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.
July 31: james mcdevittAn evidentiary hearing twice postponed is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the case of James McDevitt, who is serving a 40-year prison sentence in the 2015 rape of a woman in Flagler Beach, has been postponed to July 31. McDevitt pleaded guilty to the rape charge, but is now claiming ineffective counsel by two successive lawyers and is seeking to have the conviction and sentence vacated. The hearing is before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Perkins has reserved one hour for the hearing. The hearing had originally been scheduled for early April. McDevitt's lawyer asked for it to be rescheduled because of an emergency family issue (regarding the lawyer's family). It was again postponed to May 17. McDevitt has been at the Flagler County jail since April 4, awaiting the proceeding. He is normally incarcerated at Taylor prison in Perry, in Florida's Big Bend area. See details 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.

https://flaglerlive.com/wp-content/uploads/week-in-review-march-23-20181.pdf

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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