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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.

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“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, 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.



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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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
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 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 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,, 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
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 More info: 386-986-2300 and
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
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 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,, 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.

For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
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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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