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Weekend Briefing: Creekside Festival, Pan-Am Dance, First Friday, Drug Court Fall Ride, Linda Cole

| October 5, 2018

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County Commissioner Nate MCLaughlin is among the ‘Community Stars’ the Palm Coast Rotary Club is celebrating at a Saturday commemoration of the service organization’s 30th anniversary in the city. See below for details. (© FlaglerLive)

Weekend: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 80s. Light winds. 20 percent chance of precipitation Saturday, slight chance of thunderstorms Sunday. Lows in the 70s. 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: 320
The OED’s Word of the Day: belvedere, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

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“Now I’ve gone on to win many Best Breasts trophies. And every time I accept one of those, I thank [plastic surgeon Charles Gruenwald] by name. Best twenty-two hundred dollars I ever spent. I also named my breasts because I love them so much. Thunder and Lightning. I’ve had the same implants since 1999—they’re almost old enough to drink.”

–Stormy Daniels, from “Full Disclosure” (2018).



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.

Friday, In Court: a hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. before County Judge Melissa Moore Stens in the case of Flagler Beach Commissioner Eric Cooley, who faces a misdemeanor battery charge. The hearing today is pursuant to a motion by Cooley’s attorney that the speedy-trial clock has run out in the case. The prosecution has two choices: either drop the charge or agree to a trial within a matter of days. Those options are on the table at the hearing in Courtroom 404 at the Flagler County Courthouse.

Free For All Fridays on WNZF: Host David Ayres welcomes Florida Hospital Flagler’s John Subers and Flagler County Economic Development Director Helga van Eckert to talk about the Pink Army, the breast-cancer awareness fund-raising 5K, Trish Giaccone of the Family Life Center, Jessica Long of the Sea Turtle Hospital, all starting a little after 9 a.m. with a commentary by FlaglerLive Editor on the Brett Kavanaugh follies.

Friday: The League of Women Voters offers a free, non-partisan presentation explaining the dozen proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot in the Nov. 8 election from noon to 1 p.m. at the main branch of the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway. This year’s ballot includes several constitutional amendment proposals which could have a significant, long term impact on all Floridians. The proposed amendments are complicated and voters are urged to learn more about them prior to casting their ballot. For additional election information visit

guided kayak toursFriday: Friends of Gamble Rogers Guided Kayak Tour at from 10 a.m. to noon at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area At Flagler Beach, 3100 South Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach. Register now for our two-hour guided kayak tour exploring the salt marsh. Space is limited and payment by cash or check is needed in advance to secure your reservation. Register at the Ranger Station in person or by calling (386) 517-2086. Learn about the importance of this dynamic ecosystem while paddling peacefully in one of the park’s kayaks. All levels of experience are welcome. Participant’s will receive a brief demonstration on: safety, gear requirements and basic kayaking techniques. Bring bug repellent, water and dress appropriately for the weather. Kids in double kayaks must be at least 12 years old. Kids in single kayaks must be at least 16 years old. The cost of the tour is $35 per person and includes the rental of a single kayak, tandem kayak or canoe. It will be $10 if you bring your own kayak. Park admission for the day is not included. For more information, please call the Ranger Station at (386) 517-2086.

Friday: First Friday Garden and Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 10am 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.

First Friday at Flagler Beach’s Veterans Park, with vendors, games, food, music and other delights, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: The Flagler Playhouse launches its new season with Sweeney Todd, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. in the last of three show weekends. One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. The Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Call the box office at 386-586-0773 or visit the website for tickets here.

Friday: Coffee Series sponsored by Florida Hospital Flagler, 9 a.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. This month: “Elder Nutrition and Food Safety, MyPlate for Older Adults” with Margaret Cruz. The coffee and lecture are free, but pre-registration is required (while space available) by 11 a.m. Oct. 3: More info: 386-986-2323.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 7th Annual Maze Days at Cowart Ranch and Farms, 8185 W. Highway 100 Bunnell, with a corn maze, barrel train, farm animals, a country store, a pumpkin patch and pony rides, $10 admission, children 3 and under free.

creekside 2018Saturday, Sunday: The 14th Annual Creekside Festival at Princess Place Preserve, a traditional event hosted by the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and Affiliates and featuring a variety of family-friendly activities, including live bluegrass music both days on the main stage, a second stage featuring Gamble Rogers Folks Festival musicians and local musicians (near the Kids Zone), Art and Craft vendors, a juried art show, food trucks, a Kids Zone, pony rides and a petting zoo, and Princess Lodge tours. Outdoor enthusiasts can also explore nearby hiking trails, bring a kayak, or fish in the salt marshes along the Matanzas River and Pellicer Creek. History buffs will appreciate tours of the Princess Lodge, the first in-ground swimming pool and a beautiful stable. 2500 Princess Place Rd, Palm Coast, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 per carload per day. Part of the proceeds are donated to county government for its preservation fund. Vendors, click here for an application

fall ride for recoverySaturday: Fall Ride for Recovery: A motorcycle ride and fund-raiser for the Flagler County Drug Court Foundation, registration at 8:30 a.m., kickstands up 9:30 a.m. Start at Fair Trade Cafe 160 Cypress Point Parkway in Palm Coast, ends at Hershel King Park with BBQ, music, games and more. This is a Sheriff-Escorted Ride. Proceeds go to help participants in the Flagler County Adult Drug Court. Contact Michael Feldbauer 401-864-6997 or

Saturday: The Hispanic American Club of Palm Coast hosts its annual Pan-American Dance with a traditional Spanish dinner, music and cultural dances starting at 6 p.m., with a flag of nations parade at 6:30 p.m., 5 Commercial Court, Palm Coast, $25 for members, $30 for guests. Contact Elizabeth Ortiz at 386/259-0616.

Saturday: The Palm Coast Rotary Club celebrates its 30th anniversary with a “Celebrating Our Community Stars” event at 6 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, where several community members will be recognized as “stars,” including Brandi Fowle, Tom Grimes, Bebe Kelly, Mary Louk, Nate McLaughlin, Kate Sturman, Robert Tarczewski, Anthony Wild, Women United Flagler, and Austin Yelvington. The event will be catered by World Plate and emceed by Eddie Herrera, CEO of Alliance Financial Partners. All nominees and their nominators will be recognized in the event program.

almost home haaseSaturday: Acrylic artist Fred Haase is the first artist featured at the new home of Ocean Art Gallery in Ormond Beach. His one-person show “The Magic of Color” has an opening Reception from 5 to 8 p.m., and the show runs through October 31. After nearly six years in Flagler Beach, the gallery moved to 197 E Granada Blvd, Granada Plaza, in early June. Haase is the first artist to have a one-person show at the new gallery. He has shown his paintings at the Gromlings’ galleries since he moved to the area in 2011. Haase’s colorful paintings of marine life, birds, and boats on canvas reach out to the viewer to create a variety of emotional responses. Brilliant colors add energy and depth to a variety of subjects, including dolphins, sharks, herons, sailboats, and more His early influence by Toulouse-Lautrec, Warhol, and Neiman is evident in his fanciful and colorful paintings.

Saturday: KIX Country Fest: KIX Country brings Country Fest back to Boggin Bunnell for all-day JAM-PACKED music, mud and family fun! This year Kentucky Headhunters is headlining with Kaleb Lee. Spectacular fireworks spectacular is the big finale at the end of the night. Tito’s specials and Budweiser served all day long. Mud Boggin begins at 10 a.m., followed by live music. Free Ticket locations will be announced on-air so tune in and get your tickets FREE at select local merchants. Boggin Bunnell, 7450 W SR 100, Bunnell, 10 a.m to 10 p.m.

Sunday: Singer-Performer Linda Cole brings back her magic Valentine's show to the Flagler County Public Library today. See below for details.The Jazz Sunday Rendezvous with singer Linda Cole, 12:30 p.m. at Cue Note Billiard Room, 169 Cypress Pointe Pkwy, Ste C114, Palm Coast, $5 cover charge. Full bar and select lunch menu. The Jazz Sunday Rendezvous is every Sunday except the last Sunday of every month. Contact Linda Cole by email,

Through Oct. 6: If you know any homeowner that still has unmet housing needs from Hurricane Irma and would like to apply to for disaster recovery assistance, there will be a Mobile Intake Bus at the Flagler Beach Library, 315 S 7th St., through Saturday October 6, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Inquiries may be directed to (844) 833-1010. Grant details here.

Through Oct. 6: Homecoming Week at Bethune Cookman University.

Palm Coast Road Closure through Oct. 15: The City of Palm Coast plans to temporarily close a section of Wellington Drive – from Village Circle (the Wellington/Village intersection farthest from Pine Lakes Parkway) to Lago Vista Place – beginning Monday, Oct. 1, and continuing through Oct. 15. This temporary road closure is necessitated by a City project to upgrade a utility pump station. This temporary road closure will be 24 hours a day during the project. Detours will be in place to help neighborhood residents and other motorists reach their destinations. For more information, call Customer Service at 386-986-2360.

big red bus scheduleBlood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week (schedule your donation by going to the website and entering a Palm Coast zip code, then locating one of the venues below):

  • Thursday: VFW Post 8696, 47 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday: Advance America Palm Coast, 800 Belle Terre Parkway Suite 212, 2 to 7 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.



Time to sign up for City of Palm Coast Starlight Holiday Parade: Palm Coast – Organizations and businesses that want to participate in the City of Palm Coast’s 2018 Starlight Holiday Parade in December should sign up now! The deadline for parade entries is Nov. 28. Participants may register online at Or print out the parade entry form and return it as directed on the form. The Starlight Holiday Parade will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Central Park in Town Center – featuring colorful lighted floats, talented marching bands, and prizes for the top entries. All participants are encouraged to add lighted holiday displays to their floats. The route will begin at the Round-About on Central Avenue (east of Market Avenue) and head east; turning north onto Park Street, east onto Lake Avenue, and south on City Place; then continuing south on Bulldog Drive. Parade entry is free. The judging categories will be: Best of Parade, Best Marching Unit, Best Float and Best Decorated Vehicle. Prior to the Starlight Holiday Parade, the City of Palm Coast’s Parks & Recreation Department will host a fun-filled afternoon at Central Park starting at 4 p.m. Visitors will enjoy live entertainment and performances; arrival of Santa and visits with Santa, food and beverages. Santa will visit with children until 6 p.m., and families will be able to take their own photos. For more information, contact Palm Coast Parks & Recreation at 386-986-2323.

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 COLLEGE PRESIDENTS GATHER: The Florida College System Council of Presidents is scheduled to meet in Palm Beach County. (Friday, 8:30 a.m., Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens Campus, 3160 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens.)

WATER ISSUES FOCUS OF FORUM: Associated Industries of Florida is slated to continue a two-day “Florida Water Forum” in Osceola County. Speakers are expected to include Rep. Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula; Rep. Kristin Jacobs, D-Coconut Creek; and Rep. MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta. (Friday, 8:30 a.m., Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee.)

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS DUE: State political candidates and committees face a Friday deadline for filing reports showing finance activity through Sept. 28.

LAWMAKERS SPEAK AT MEDICAL MARIJUANA CONFERENCE: Democratic Congressmen Charlie Crist and Darren Soto and state Sen. Jeff Brandes, D-St. Petersburg, are slated to speak at a medical-marijuana conference hosted by the advocacy organization Empowering Wellness. (Saturday, 2 p.m., Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Dr., St. Petersburg.)

BLOOMBERG SPEAKS AT PALM BEACH DEMOCRATS EVENT: Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is slated to speak during the Palm Beach County Democratic Party’s annual Truman Kennedy Johnson Dinner. (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Marriott Hotel, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.)


—-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 28: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway. (note the venue change: it had previously been scheduled at the Government Services Building). The task force will meet the fourth Tuesday of every month at the library through November.
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.
June 7: Coffee Series: 9-10 a.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. This month’s topic: “The History and Development of Palm Coast” with Elaine Studnicki of the Palm Coast Historical Society. The event is free, but registration is required (while space available) by 9 a.m. June 5: More info: 386-986-2323.
June 7: Daytona State College holds another session in its strategic planning process for 2020-2023 and wants your ideas and insights about initiatives the college might pursue during that timeframe. The session is from 9 to 10 a.m. at DSC's Hosseini Center, in the ballroom, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach. Interactive focus groups are scheduled on each campus, starting at the end of April and ending the second week of June. Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend and participate. Plan to attend and share your vision for DSC’s future. To participate, bring your mobile device (cell phone, tablet, etc.). For more information, contact Dr. Karla Moore, (386) 506-3650,; or John Brady, (386) 506-3837,
June 8: The 2019 Flagler County Republican Club's annual barbecue is scheduled from 4 to 9 p.m. at Caldwell Dairy Barn at the Florida Agricultural Museum, 7900 Old Kings Road, $20 per ticket, $35 for couples, with a live auction. Be sure to get your cookbook out and slip on your apron if you're taking part in the 3rd Annual Blue Ribbon Cake & Pie Contest. One of the most anticipated competitions of the year, bakers tempt celebrity judges with their skill and guests get to enjoy sampling the entries! Enjoy tours of the museum's grounds and historic buildings from 4-6 pm, followed by food, music and live auctions in the evening.
June 10-14: Tennis Summer Camp (Session 1) – Monday-Friday, 9 a.m-4pm. at Belle Terre Park, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. Tennis and so much more! Please come with athletic clothes and shoes, swimsuit (for the pool), water bottle, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and drinks. For ages 6-13 years. $175/week. Registration required at More info: 386-986-2550.
June 10: Daytona State College holds another session in its strategic planning process for 2020-2023 and wants your ideas and insights about initiatives the college might pursue during that timeframe. The session, the only one in Flagler, is from 9 to 11 a.m. at DSC's Student Center Building on the Palm Coast campus, Room 106. Interactive focus groups are scheduled on each campus, starting at the end of April and ending the second week of June. Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend and participate. Plan to attend and share your vision for DSC’s future. To participate, bring your mobile device (cell phone, tablet, etc.). For more information, contact Dr. Karla Moore, (386) 506-3650,; or John Brady, (386) 506-3837,

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