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Thursday Briefing: Dorothy Singer Trial, Palm Coast Ironies, Inspired Mic at Europa, Lifeguard Challenge

| May 17, 2018

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As ironic as it gets. This billboard recently went up on A1A in the Hammock and caught the attention of Dennis Clark, who heads the Scenic A1A Committee. ‘We appreciate that Palm Coast is named Tree City USA for the 13th year in a row, but there are a few ironies with this billboard,’ Clark wrote: This billboard is on our National Scenic Byway, A1A just south of Shady Lane – in the Hammock, not in Palm Coast, and facing in the opposite direction from Palm Coast. There are no trees shown on the billboard graphic. The graphic is reminiscent of south Florida with Flamingos and Hibiscus. Only one Flamingo was reported in this area according to E-Bird – [in September] 2004 at Matanzas Inlet as a presumed storm-driven vagrant. Palm Coast has very few billboards to block their trees, so they had to use ours. The fortunate thing is that the Gun Show graphics, that have been up for a year, were replaced by this one.’ The billboard, as it makes clear in its ‘paid for by Lamar’ signature, is a product of Lamar, which controls the billboard, and was not commissioned or approved by the city. Mayor Milissa Holland said she knew nothing about it until the chairman of the county commission informed her about it. (Debbie and Dennis Clark)

Today:: Partly cloudy with chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then mostly cloudy with showers likely and chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then slight chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. 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 Index: 47
The OED’s Word of the Day: potpanion, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“”You can’t just be talented. You have to be terribly smart and energetic and ruthless… Don’t just show up. Transform the work, yourself, and everybody around you. Be needed. Be interesting. Be something no one else can be — and consistently.””

–Katharine Hepburn.

Previously:

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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.

A mugshot of Dorothy Singer the Sheriff's Office printed out from the St. Johns County Sheriff's jail, as it was propped up on a chair during today's news conference. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)In Court: Opening arguments at 9 a.m. in the first-degree murder trial of Dorothy Singer, accused of shooting her husband five times and burying him in the family’s backyard at its west-Flagler home in 2017. Singer is present, after refusing to appear in pre-trials. Her lawyer had made a motion to have Circuit Judge Dennis Craig disqualified, arguing that Craig has made statements prejudicial to the defense in pre-trials. Craig denied it Monday. In Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. See: “Defense Calls For Judge Craig To Be Disqualified From Dorothy Singer Murder Trial Following String of Startling Statements.” [Case 2017 CF 000431]

Thursday-Saturday: The 2018 Coquina Cup Lifeguard Challenge, including lifeguard, swimming and other competitions, is scheduled over the next three days from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day between South 4th and South 6th Street in Flagler Beach.

Farm Swap & Music Jam at the Florida Agricultural Museum: Fresh local produce, arts and crafts, soaps and oils, homemade gifts, and unique finds, Local Folk Music Jam, bring your instruments and play along. Every Thursday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Florida Agricultural Museum parking lot 7900 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast. Call 386-446-7630.

The Flagler County Art League hosts its annual picnic (weather permitting) at Hershel King Park off Colbert Lane, from 4 p.m. on. Bring a dish to share, and $5 per person for soft drinks and barbecue. RSVP at 386/986-4668.

The Inspired Mic, Palm Coast’s most daring and unpredictable open mic event, is scheduled for its monthly edition at The New Europa, European Village. 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. The New Europa at European Village, 101 Palm Harbor Parkway, Unit 101, Palm Coast. Doors open at 6 p.m. and presenters begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.50 advance, available at theinspiredmicus.com, or $15 at the door. Tickets include one drink (beer, wine, soda, tea, water), and entry into a drawing with a prize of $50 cash or a $75 gift certificate to The New Europa. The April event was a sell out so please purchase your tickets in advance.

Wadsworth Elementary’s School Advisory Council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s media center.

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

  • Wednesday: The Windsor Assisted Living, 50 Town Court, palm Coast, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: At the Island Festival on the grounds of the Palm Coast Arts Foundation, 1185 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, from noon to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Palm Coast United Methodist Church, 5200 Belle Terre Parkway, 9 a.m. to 1 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 14-15
Sheriff’s night shift incident reports, May 14
Sheriff’s day shift incident reports, May 14
Flagler Beach’s night shift incident reports, May 14
Flagler Beach’s day shift incident reports, May 14
Bunnell police’s night shift incident reports, May 14
Bunnell police’s day shift incident reports, May 14
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:

Ferry Service Resumes at Fort Matanzas: The National Park Service is pleased to announce that our ferry to Fort Matanzas National Monument will officially resume service on May 14th at 9:30am. For the last two years our ferry service and dock system at Fort Matanzas were severely damaged, first by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, and again in September 2017 by Hurricane Irma. Repairs to both ferry boats and dock system have recently been completed, inspected, and service to the fort is resuming. We appreciate the patience and good will we received from our visitors who often travel great distances to visit St. Augustine and Fort Matanzas National Monument. We look forward to your next visit with us.

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.

STATE WORKERS HONORED: Florida TaxWatch will host the Prudential Productivity Awards program, which honors state workers who reduce government costs and improve services. (Thursday, 10 a.m., Florida TaxWatch, 106 North Bronough St., Tallahassee.)

SUPREME COURT RELEASES OPINIONS: The Florida Supreme Court is scheduled to release its weekly opinions. (Thursday, 11 a.m.)

HUKILL HONORS MOTOR OFFICERS: Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, will take part in the annual “Motor Officer of the Year” ceremony in Volusia County. (Thursday, 6 p.m., Duff’s Original Buffet, 2667 North Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.)

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

Cats and Dogs Looking For Homes

The following is provided as a service to Community Cats of Palm Coast and the Flagler Humane Society. Should you have a lost pet and would like it noticed here, please contact us at editor@flaglerlive.com.
Cats and Dogs Looking for Homes is provided as a service to Community Cats of Palm Coast and the Flagler Humane Society. Should you have a lost pet and would like it noticed here, please contact us at editor@flaglerlive.com.

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

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May 24: An early-release day for students in Flagler County schools.
May 24: The Flagler County Economic Opportunity Advisory Council meets at 9 a.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell. Ralph Santore, of Santore and Sons, the fireworks company, will be speaking, as will several officials from Florida Hospital Flagler, including Kathy Gover, Chief Nursing Officer. Michael Sznapstajler of the Cobb Cole lawfirm will give an update on Brownfields.
May 24: Palm Coast's Beautification Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The committee will discuss landscaping projects on Whiteview and Palm Harbor parkway medians.
May 24: The Flagler County Youth Center is sponsoring the twelfth annual “Spotlight on Flagler Youth” Variety Show at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium. The event will crown Flagler County’s Youth Entertainer of the Year in the Senior Division, 9th -12th Grade, Junior Division 6th -8th Grade, and Elementary Division for K-5th grades. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and youths, and $3 for students. Additional information, call Cheryl Massaro, Director Flagler County Youth Center, at 386/437-7540, extension 5101.
May 24: Celebrate Pastels with Jan Jackson, a free program at the Flagler County Art League, open to all. You will learn about why the impressionists were so fond of this tactile medium and how it has evolved as a fine arts medium. We're not talking "chalk" here but rather about a beautiful, rich art medium that may have escaped your notice, but will be on your radar screen after this. Jan Jackson is a professional Southwest artist, now residing in Palm Coast. For several years she owned Dreamscapes Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She continues to show her work at galleries in New Mexico. Jan holds degrees in fine Art and Art History and a Masters Degree in Education. Join us for some refreshments and conversation at 6:30.at the league's galleries, City Marketplace, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast. Call 386-986-4668 for information.
May 24: The Flagler County Economic Development Department and Flagler County government host a ground-breaking on a 40,000 square-foot "spec" building to be built by Beutlich Development at that company's expense, with hops of finding one or more companies to fill the space. Beutlich got a $90,000 taxpayer subsidy through the county for the project. The groundbreaking is at 2 p.m. at 7 Otis Stone Hunter Roiad in Bunnell. See: "Flagler Awards $90,000 Subsidy to Company, Secret For Now, to Construct “Spec” Building."
May 24: flagler beach city commission logoThe Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. See the full agenda and background materials here. Flagler Beach Police Detective Williams, after 23 years with the department, is sworn-out as she goes into retirement. Commissioners will approve a revised evaluation form for their attorney and manager. They are expected to approve a site plan for a new motel parking lot at 1204 South Ocean Shore Boulevard, and discuss the future of the Montessori school at 800 South Daytona Avenue. Commissioners are also expected to approve, on second reading, an ordinance establishing the customary use of beaches by the public in front of private properties.
May 25: Last day of school in the Flagler County district, and an early-release day.
May 25: The Scenic A1A Pride Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Road. Committee chairman Dennis Clark will discuss targeting commercial growth in the Hammock, and the committee will review membership goals, local projects and committee reports. The public is welcome. For information call 386-225-8812 or email ScenicA1A@gmail.com.
May 25-27: American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class to achieve certification as a lifeguard or to become a swim instructor at Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool at 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. The Lifeguard Certification Class on Friday is from 4-8 p.m., and the Saturday and Sunday classes from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The purpose is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the 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. Participants must be age 15 or older. The $300 fee includes books, CPR mask and certification fee. Class size is limited, so register early at www.palmcoastgov.com/register. For more information, call Frieda Zamba Pool at 386-986-4741.
May 26: Luncheon at the Holden House, hosted by the Flagler County Historical Society, starting at noon, 204 E Moody Blvd, Bunnell, with a history tralk at 1 p.m. and museum and annex tours at 1:30 to 2 p.m. Sisco Deen, the historian and genealogist, with speak on the history of Bunnell, and historian Bill Ryan will speak on the Flagler area's plantation system in the 17th through the 19th centuries. RSVP to Randy Jaye so the organizers can know how much food and drinks to buy: Call or Text: 407-497-5755, or Email: randyjaye@gmail.com.
May 26: Join the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra as we celebrate Memorial Day and honor those in the U.S. military who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedom. Hear your favorite patriotic songs from the Star-Spangled Banner to themes of great branches of our military. It promises to be one of the most inspiring events of the season. Nathan Aspinall, Associate Conductor. 8 p.m., at Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water Street, Suite 200, Jacksonville. Ticket Office: 904-354-5547, or go here for tickets online, and check out the Jacksonville Symphony's 2018-19 guide.
May 28: Memorial Day: government offices, schools and banks are closed.
May 28: Memorial Day Ceremony, 8 a.m. at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy., Palm Coast, a tribute to those who have lost their lives while serving their country. Rain location: Fire Station 21, 9 Corporate Drive, Palm Coast. More info: 386-986-2300.
May 29: Graduation ceremonies for Matanzas and Flagler Palm Coast High Schools at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. Matanzas is at 3 p.m., FPC at 7 p.m.
May 31:
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Jim Tager. (Flagler Chamber)

Common Ground Breakfast hosted by the Flagler Chamber of Commerce focuses on education in Flagler, with panelists Jim Tager, the school superintendent, Tom LoBasso, President of Daytona State College, and Renee Stauffacher, Director of Flagler Technical Institute, starting with registration at 7:30 and breakfast at 8 a.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd
Palm Coast. Members can preregister for $25, Guests & future members can attend for $35. The chamber is no longer accepting walkups. To pre-register, send an email to Heather Edwards at the chamber, at heather@flaglerchamber.org.
May 31: Flagler County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin and School Board member Andy Dance, both of whom are running for re-election, hold a town hall meeting at Hidden Trails Community Center, 6108 Mahogany Blvd. in Daytona North, also known as the Mondex, at 6 p.m.
June 1: william-schwarzWilliam G. Schwarz, the 54-year-old man facing two DUI manslaughter charges in the death of Kathleen J. Boos, 66, and her brother-in-law Carl Boos, 67, in march 2016, is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Schwarz agreed to a plea at the 11th hour on April 16, just before his trial was set to begin.
June 1: Flagler Volunteer Services hosts a Hurricane Preparedness Breakfast and Information Fair at 8 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd, Palm Coast, with speakers from a variety of different State and Local Agencies sharing information on being prepared as well as a panel discussion. Tickets are $20 including breakfast and disaster preparedness bag. Call the office to get your tickets: 386-597-2950 or email flaglervolunteer@cfl.rr.com. Email at judyfvs@cfl.rr.com.
June 1: First Friday Garden Walk at Washington Oaks Garden State Park at 10 a.m. Join a Ranger on the first Friday of the month at 10 a.m. for a walk through our historical gardens. Learn about the history of our park while exploring the beauty of the formal gardens. 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. Call 386-446-6783 for more information.
June 4: The Flagler County Commission holds a budget workshops in preparation for the 2018-19 budget, 1 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Building 3, Bunnell.
June 5: Chess on the Porch (and backgammon, if you insist): The Humidor at European Village hosts an open chess evening starting at 6 p.m. Anyone and everyone welcome. Bring your chessboard if you have one. Last month a 14 year old went undefeated. Come teach him a lesson. Great beer and wine, plus cigars. 101 Palm Harbor Pkwy, Palm Coast.
June 6: Emergency responders and PTSD: Nearly two years since the Pulse tragedy, 90.7 WMFE, ProPublica and the Orlando Public Library are hosting an event examining the impact of PTSD in the community. The event, held at the library’s Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center, will dive into the way PTSD affects first responders and their families, as well as how the city’s police and fire departments handle the disorder in their ranks and whether Florida’s new bill providing disability benefits for impacted first responders goes far enough to remedy the immense needs. 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando.

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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of May 10, 2018, with a link to the full week in review here.

Road and Interstate Construction:


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