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Weekend Briefing: Weeks Sentencing, Singer Verdict, Salvo Comedy, Island Festival, “49 Pulses,” Free Clinic

| May 18, 2018

The 2018 Coquina Cup Lifeguard Challenge continues Friday and Saturday in Flagler Beach. See below. (© FlaglerLive)

The 2018 Coquina Cup Lifeguard Challenge continues Friday and Saturday in Flagler Beach. See below. (© FlaglerLive)

Weekend:: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent. Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Sunday: Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain 70 percent. Sunday night: Mostly cloudy with chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. 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: 1
The OED’s Word of the Day: hellbender, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“She has a great attraction for simple people who are puzzled by organized society, who object to paying taxes, who dislike the welfare state, who feel guilt at the thought of the suffering of others but who would like to harden their hearts. For them, she has an enticing prescription: altruism is the root of all evil, self-interest is the only good, and if you’re dumb or incompetent that’s your lookout.”

–Gore Vidal on Ayn Rand, in “Rocking the Boat.”



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)Friday In Court: the last day of 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. The jury is expected to start deliberating sometime by midday or early afternoon. 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]

A jury found Kimberle Weeks guilty on felony counts today, ending a four-day trial in a three-year case. But the defense will appeal. (c FlaglerLive)Friday in Court: Former Flagler Elections Supervisor Kimberle Weeks, whom a jury in April found guilty on seven felony counts of illegally recording public officials without their consent, is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. before Circuit Judge Margaret Hudson in Courtroom 402 at the Flagler County Courthouse.

Free For All Fridays: Host David Ayres welcomes former Sheriff Jim Manfre and former sheriff candidate, and current Palm Coast Council candidate, Jack Howell, starting a little after 9 a.m. with a commentary by FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam on the latest Israeli war crimes in Gaza, which you can hear here.

Friday-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.

Friday: Lunch N’ Lecture Series, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy NE. This month: “Bulletproof Your Nutrition” with Dr. Sean Gimbert. This Palm Coast Parks & Recreation lecture and lunch are free, but pre-registration is required (while space available) by 11 a.m. May 16: More info: 386-986-2323. The event is sponsored by Florida Hospital Flagler.

Friday: Salvo ArtHouse at the corner of Moody Blvd. and Peach St. in Bunnell hosts its first Comedy Show headlined by a nationally recognized comedian, Paul Jensen, with an opening performance by Matthew Elliott. Doors open for studio visits at 7 p.m. The show is at 8:30 p.m. in the back parking. Tickets: $10. 802 E. Moody Blvd. (386) 871-9546.

Friday and Sunday: Choral Arts Society Music From The Stage Concert: the society celebrates its 20th anniversary with many favorite stage tunes. There is no admission charge, but tax-free donations are accepted to assist in providing scholarships to local college-bound students. St Thomas Episcopal Church, 5400 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Call 407/474-1437 or see the website at

Friday: Tito Piuente Jr. in concert at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him – imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. He dances is celebration, throws his head back in pure joy and lights up the room with that oh-so-familiar smile. The younger Puente is determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father. Tickets: $46.95.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs American Landscapes, an all-American program from the much-lauded German-based American conductor Kazem Abdullah. Duke Ellington’s Three Black Kings, which he called a “ballet for orchestra,” opens a program spanning a broad range of our own music, from Barber’s familiar Adagio for Strings to Liebermann’s new Cello Concerto, co-commissioned by the Jacksonville Symphony. 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.

Friday: The Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation hosts the third Annual Who is Jay? Mental Health Symposium at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach on Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium, titled High Impact: Exploring the Impact of Mental Illness on our Communities and the Positive Impact Individuals Can Have on the Issues, is open to the community. Held in May as part of National Mental Health Month activities, the symposium is designed to bring awareness, education, and inspiration. The keynote speaker is Mike Veny, one of America’s leading mental health speakers, and 2017 PM360’s ELITE Award winner for his work with Transforming Stigma and Health Central. The cost to attend is $45 if registered and paid on or before April 29 ($55 after). Students are $25, and NAMI members can attend for free. The registration fee includes the full day of speakers and presentations, parking at the Ocean Center, lunch and refreshments. For professionals, they can also earn up to four CEU’s. To register, please visit and click on the registration link. 101 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach.

Saturday: Flagler Free Clinic Fund-Raiser: Casino Night at Halifax Plantation Golf Club, 3400 Clubhouse Drive, Ormond Beach, $75 per person includes $150 in chips, food stations, cash bar, raffle drawings and more. Come support Flagler’s lifeline for its neediest population.

Saturday: Foreign Lands: A new show featuring the works of Diana Gilson, opening at the Berkshire Hathaway Gallery at European Village, 101 Palm Coast Parkway #145 Palm Coast, 5 to 7 p.m. Curated by Paul H. Beaulieu and Thomas Anastasio. Diana Gilson is the 2017 Flagler County Artist of the Year.

island festivalSaturday: Island Festival, Palm Coast, a celebration of Caribbean culture: FlyGame Music invites you to be a part of the biggest Island Festival to hit Palm Coast, on the grounds of the Palm Coast Arts Foundation, at the Palm Coast Arts Foundation, 1500 Central Ave, Palm Coast, from noon to 8 p.m. Come experience the Caribbean Islands up close. We’ll have some of the best food from Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and so many more exotic places. Let the biggest steel drum band in Florida Matanzas Blue Steel serenade you with a smooth Island sound. We are also partnering with the local health department to bring awareness of public health issues affecting Caribbeans locally and overseas. A portion of the proceeds will go to the African American Caribbean Heritage Organization, the Palm Coast Arts Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. For more information call 386-643-4667 or visit

Saturday: Old Kings Elementary students hold a Fish and Release fundraiser Bull Creek Fish Camp at 9:30 a.m.

european village concertSunday: Palm Coast Community Band Spring Concert: Palm Coast Community Band will be performing their spring concert at European Village at 2 p.m. This is a free event during the weekly Farmer’s Market. The Palm Coast Community Band is a group of about thirty musicians who meet once a week to share the joy of making music. Ages range from teen to octogenarian. If you can read music and play an instrument, we would love to have you join us. All are welcome. There are no auditions. Visit us Thursday evenings between 7:00 and 9:00 PM in the band room of Flagler Palm Coast High School. For more information about the concert, please contact

49 pulses massacre orlandoSunday: New Church Family will host the Volusia-Flagler’s area’s first screening of “49 Pulses,” a 2017 documentary about the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. The film will be shown at noon in the church’s main hall at 3520 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach (US 92 west of the I-4 ramps). Free admission. Produced and directed by Charlie Minn, the movie uses police cam footage plus interviews with 17 people to revisit the mass shooting of June 2016. The massacre claimed 49 lives as well as the life of the shooter, Omar Mateen, and wounded 58 others. Minn has produced other true-crime films and formerly was on the staff of the “America’s Most Wanted” TV series. His Pulse film focuses on the victims, and the three-hour delay in rescuing most of them. It does not delve into the background or possible motives of Mateen.

Sunday: 12th annual fundraiser picnic and golf tournament for Foundation Antonio Amaral, 1340 Palm Harbor Pkwy. Palm Coast. It’s a Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament and Picnic. $90 to golf and attend the picnic, $40 for Picnic only. Under 16-Free
Food, drink, entertainment, games, water slides. Contact Natalie Cerdeira,, or call 386/445-9393.

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

  • 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 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.



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.

INTERVIEWS OF ABUSED CHILDREN AT ISSUE: The Forensic Interview Protocol Task Force, which works on issues related to forensic interviews of children suspected of having suffered abuse, will meet in Orange County. (Friday, 9 a.m., Embassy Suites Orlando, 8978 International Dr., Orlando.)

UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS RELEASED: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is slated to release April unemployment figures. (Friday, 10 a.m.)

CAIN SPEAKS AT GOP DINNER: Political commentator and 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain will speak during the Orange County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner. (Friday, social hour at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:45 p.m., Disney’s Contemporary Resort, 4600 North World Dr., Lake Buena Vista.)

GOP CANDIDATES IN BROWARD: Gubernatorial candidates Adam Putnam and, Ron DeSantis are expected to be among the speakers during the Broward County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner. (Friday, 7 p.m., Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, 1881 S.E. 17th St., Fort Lauderdale.)

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES AT THE VILLAGES: The Villages Democratic Club will hold a forum for gubernatorial candidates, with at least three candidates expected to attend. The club’s website said candidates Chris King, Philip Levine and Andrew Gillum are expected to take part. (Saturday, 10 a.m., Savannah Center, 1575 Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages.)

SCOTT SPEAKS TO HILLSBOROUGH GOP: Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for U.S. Senate, will speak during the Hillsborough County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner. (Saturday, reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, 4121 North 50th St., Tampa.)


—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


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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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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.

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