Weekend: Mostly sunny and warmer, in the 70s Friday, in the 80s Saturday and Sunday, getting a bit cloudier Sunday, lows in the 50s Friday, in the 60s Saturday and Sunday nights. 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: 166
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: Mirandizeplay.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.
Today’s Briefing: Quick Links
- First Light
- In Flagler and Palm Coast
- Flagler Jail Bookings and Last 24 Hours of Incident Reports
- Flagler Beach A1A Construction Updates
- US 1-Old Dixie Highway Roundabout Construction Updates
- In State Government
- In Coming Days in Flagler, Palm Coast and Beyond
- Fact-Checking the Knaves
- Palm Coast Construction and Development
- Cultural Coda
“Every war is ironic because every war is worse than expected. Every war constitutes an irony of situation because its means are so melodramaticallly disproportionate to its presumed ends.”
—Paul Fussell, “The Great War and Modern Memory” (1975).
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.
Free For All Fridays: Hosts David Ayres and Brian McMillan welcome Rep. Paul Renner for a legislative update, Flagler Beach Fire Department Capt. Steve Cox, and Sheriff Rick Staly, starting a little after 9 a.m. with a commentary by FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam.
Friday, in Court: Thomas Binkley, 62, formerly of Bunnell, is sentenced at 9 a.m. by Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. A jury in late January found Binkley guilty on two counts of molesting girls ages 6 and 8 when he was living under their parents’ roof. He faces what would amount to a life prison sentence.
Friday: The Palm Coast City Council meets in special session as part of its city manager search, 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The meeting will feature lengthy presentations by each of the four candidates in turn, and questions from the council.
Friday: The Bunnell Canvassing Board meets at 2 p.m. to evaluate a provisional ballot in the race for city commission pitting Jan Reeger against Daisy Henry. Reeger is ahead by two votes. If the provisional ballot goes to Henry and orders a machine recount in the City Commissioner Special Election and/or any other race before 2:30 p.m. the Flagler County Canvassing Board will meet at 3 p.m. to conduct the recount at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 1769 E. Moody Boulevard, Building 2, Suite 101 in Bunnell. The recount will be open to the public. Candidates, representatives, committees of the current election as well as the public are encouraged to attend and observe.
Friday: Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural & Educational Center in Daytona Beach is hosting “Encode,” an art exhibition dedicated to Woman’s Month. This art show features the art of Palm Coast’s Richlin Burnett-Ryan. Her works are a collection of colorful mixed media expressionist paintings of her heroes and sheroes depicted on board and canvas. Displayed will be 35 to 40 works full of energy. “I hope these images engage dialog and inspire the young people that walk through the halls of the YSG daily,” Says Burnett-Ryan, who also curated the show. The show is from March 8th to May 10 with the reception on March 8th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the YSG, 1000 Vine Street, Daytona Beach. There is no cost for admission to this venue. Contact (386)671-5780.
Friday: Movies in the Park: “Despicable Me,” at 7:45 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center. The movie begins at dusk and admission is free. A different family feature is shown on the big screen in the stage area at the main entrance to the park. We remind all movie goers to bring blankets, chairs, picnic baskets, bug spray and make plans to come early with your family, friends and neighbors.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie,” at the Flagler Playhouse. “The Glass Menagerie” is a memory play, its action drawn from the memories of the narrator, Tom Wingfield. The play is set in St. Louis in 1937. He is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and his sister, Laura. Mr. Wingfield, Tom and Laura’s father, ran off years ago and, except for one postcard, has not been heard from since. The play is strongly autobiographical. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. The Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Call the box office at 386-586-0773 or visit the website for tickets here.
Friday: “Legends in Concert,” 7:30 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium, 5500 East Hwy 100, Palm Coast, call 386-437-7547.
Saturday: Yoga on the Beach from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Old Salt Park, 200 16th Road in the Hammock. Call 904/514-3598. Every Saturday.
Saturday: What Do Our State Representatives Do In Tallahassee, Anyway? All are welcome to learn how to follow your representatives and the Florida Legislature… online. Myra Smith, Legislative Liaison for the Democratic Women’s Club of Flagler County, will demonstrate how to navigate the Florida Senate and House websites at the group’s monthly meeting. The Meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. and the speaker at 10 a.m. Location is Fair Trade Café, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Building D, Unit 103, Palm Coast.
Saturday: AAUW Flagler Celebrates Women’s History Month, 11 a.m. at Pine Lakes Golf CLub, 400 Pine Lakes Pkwy, Palm Coast. The meeting is with with Robert Sprouse and future historians from the Flagler Institute of Integrated Investigations, i3 Academy at Flagler Palm Coast High School for its monthly General Meeting, in the main dining room of Pine Lakes Golf Club. The i3 Academy empowers students by providing for ownership of learning with an untethered learning atmosphere. Mr. Sprouse and his World History class have unleashed their investigative experience and collaborative efforts to capture personal accounts of the Women’s Rights Movement. To date, 30 women from across Florida have provided humbling interviews. Once complete, this three-year project, including audio, will be archived at the State Library and Archives in Tallahassee. Lunch is available for $17 per person. For reservations and menu options, please contact Sally Smeaton by email: [email protected] by March 6, 2019.
Saturday: Palm Coast Historical Society Speaker Series: Patrick Smith Jr. presents “Florida Is A Land Remembered” at 10 a.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. Smith is a professional media producer who will show video records of his father Patrick Smith who wrote “A Land Remembered” to tell the story of how the author researched his subject for over two years before he could write his now famous book. This FREE program is made available through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. Light refreshments served at 9:30 am. All are welcome.
Sunday: Captain’s BBQ Bing’s Landing Protest: Opponents of the proposed expansion of Captain’s BBQ at Bing’s Landing, the county park, again hold their Sunday protest outside of Bing’s from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lead-up to a fund-raiser at the Hammock Community Center on March 26.
COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT ON HEALTH ISSUES (closes March 15): Flagler county residents are being asked to speak up and voice their opinion on a variety of health-related topics through an online survey. The input from the community will be used to create health improvement plans to address community concerns and improve quality of life. The survey is online here countyhealthsurvey.com and is available in English and Spanish. Results of the survey provide the foundation of Community Health Needs Assessments, which are a collection of data used to inform communities and develop goals to improve health outcomes. Once the assessments are complete, they will be used to create three-year Community Health Improvement Plans for both Volusia and Flagler counties. The assessments are being conducted in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health in Flagler and Volusia counties, Flagler Cares, local hospitals and Volusia and Flagler county government. Residents, employers and community partners are encouraged to share this link and ask others to take the survey as well. The survey will close February 28, 2019. Please take the survey here.
Blood 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):
- Sunday: Two Camino Office Complex, Hammock Dunes, 85 Avenue de la Mer, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday: Epic Theaters, 1185 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, 1 to 6 p.m.
Jail Bookings and Last 24 Hours' Incidents in Flagler, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Bunnell
|Jail Bookings, June 19-22
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, June 21
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, June 21
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, June 21
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, June 21
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, June 21
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, June 21
Flagler Beach Is Open For Business: A1A Construction Update:
FlaglerLive is providing weekly updates to year-long construction on and near State Road A1A in Flagler Beach as the Florida Department of Transportation rebuilds a 1.5-mile segment from South 9th Street to South 22nd Street, and builds a sea wall at the north end of town. These updates are provided through DOT or local officials. If you have any relevant information or images, you’re welcome to email them to the editor here.
Segment 2: South 22nd to South 9th Street: A significant detour on State Road (S.R.) A1A in Flagler Beach is set to start Tuesday, Feb 26, as construction continues on a project to protect the road from erosion and future storm events. The work is part of a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) project to construct improvements along three sections of S.R. A1A in Flagler County. A temporary traffic repair has been in place since the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in late 2016.
- Southbound traffic on S.R. A1A will be detoured onto a local road, South Central Avenue, between South 7th Street and South 23rd Street.
- Northbound traffic will remain on S.R. A1A.
- The detour will be in place throughout the reconstruction.
- Access to all businesses and homes will be maintained.
- Access will also be available using side streets.
- For those with driveways only on S.R. A1A, access will be available from northbound S.R. A1A.
Since this is a popular destination for tourists and visitors, drivers are asked to obey the posted speed limits on both S.R. A1A and Central Avenue, and to be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists in the area. Due to safety concerns, bicyclists and foot traffic are urged to stay in designated, safe areas throughout the project.
Segment 3: North 18th Street to Osprey Drive: The contractor continues to bring in sand and prepare for installation of the new buried seawall. Residents may have noticed the contractor installing forms near North 18th Street. This is not the seawall itself. These forms will be used to guide the drill and form the new concrete shafts of the wall. These shafts will be about 36 feet deep. The contractor is expected to move its drilling equipment onto the work site this week. This movement is likely to require short stoppages of traffic using flagging operations along A1A.
The contractor will continue to remove dune walkovers as needed to accommodate construction of the buried seawall. The affected dune walkovers include both public and private walkovers between North 18th Street and Osprey Drive. By contract, all affected dune walkovers will be reconstructed once work is complete to their pre-construction condition. The contractor is carefully removing and storing separately the existing materials for each walkover. Photographs also are being taken to document existing conditions and will be used to assist with reconstruction.
Please note that the walkovers must remain closed during construction for safety reasons.
The project team has announced that reconstruction of the walkovers is tentatively scheduled to begin in fall 2019. This timeframe is based on the current work schedule. Please note the schedule may be affected by weather or unforeseen circumstances.
The contractor has 300 days to complete the work.
Caution! Flagler Beach police and and Sherriff’s deputies are actively monitoring speed and writing tickets. “I got a warning on north section of A1A before construction actually began so I keep to the 25 limit, but still getting tailgated by cars wanting to go faster,” a reader tells us.
- In Flagler Beach, A1A Shops and Restaurants Hope Their ‘Open For Business’ Signs Are Louder Than Road Construction
- $22.4 Million A1A Rebuilding and Sea Wall Construction in Flagler Beach Starts in January
- A New, Not Much Improved A1A in Flagler Beach: Median, 30MPH, Drainage, But No Added Protection
- Council Endorses Raising Flagler’s Tourism Tax to 5% to Pay For Beach Repairs
- FDOT’s Regional Construction Page
U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Highway Roundabout Construction Updates:
FlaglerLive is providing weekly updates to the planned 15-month, $4.1 million construction of a roundabout at U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Highway. The project started in late January and is scheduled for completion by spring 2020.
The Florida Department of Transportation will be closing Old Dixie Highway and C.R. 325 at U.S. 1 on Monday night, March 4, from about 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The closure is needed to allow the contractor to make improvements to the crossover at the temporary intersection. U.S. 1 will remain open in both directions.
More details here.
- Roundabout Construction on US1 and Old Dixie Begins: Be Prepared For Traffic Shifts and Single Lanes
- Roundabout Construction at U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Begins in Weeks; Expect Detours
- Strident Opposition to Roundabout at US1 and Old Dixie Even As Another Crash Results In Critical Injury
- FDOT’s Project Page
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.
ETHICS COMMISSION MEETS: The Florida Commission on Ethics will meet. (Friday, 8:30 a.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., Tallahassee.)
PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM ANALYZED: The Early Learning Programs Estimating Conference will consider the voluntary pre-kindergarten program. (Friday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
CITRUS FORECAST UPDATED: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is scheduled to release an updated forecast for Florida’s citrus-growing season. (Friday, noon.)
—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports
Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of March 1, 2019, with a link to the full week in review here.
Click to access week-in-review-march-1-2019-developments.pdf
Norbert Burgmüller: Duo for clarinet and piano, op. 15
- Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K.201, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
- Nina Simone: Good Bait
- Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody
- FPC Jazz Band, 2019 District MPA, Love is Here to Stay
- Johann Sebastian Bach: Triosonata in C Minor BWV 526, Katja Sager, organ
- J.S. Bach: Trio Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 525, Doug Marshall, Organ
- Willie Nelson and His Sons Discuss Growing up on Tour and Performing as a Family
- Sulkhan Tsintsadze: Miniatures for String Quartet
- Joseph Marx: Trio-Phantasie (1914)
- George Antheil: Violin Sonata Nr. 2
- Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Op. 20
- Vaughan Williams: Rhosymedre (US Marine Band)
- Maurice Ravel: La Valse
- George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Maja Babyszka, piano
- Abel Carlevaro: Tamboriles
- Leonora Spangenberger (13) plays Heitor Villa Lobos’s Etude No 9
- Michel Sardou: Le France
- Smetana: Má Vlast / Kubelík Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
- Leontyne Price: the Interview
- Florence Price’s Fantaisie Negre, Performed by Elijah Stevens
- Jean Sibelius, Tapiola: Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, Orchestra of the Slovak Philharmony
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Edward “Butch” O’Hare. Butch was a fighter pilot who received the Medal of Honor for actions during World War II.
Butch was born in St. Louis in March 1914. He attended the Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois, a small suburb of St. Louis, as a teenager. He graduated from there in 1932 and went on to attend the Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1937.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Butch was called into active duty. In his early active years with the Navy, Butch served aboard the USS New Mexico, Saratoga, Enterprise, and Lexington. After attending flight school in Sarasota, Florida, he was assigned to fly off aircraft carriers with Fighter Squadron Three.
On February 20, 1942, Butch and his wingman were the only aircraft based on the USS Lexington in the air when Japanese bombers were spotted coming in for an attack on the aircraft carrier. His wingman’s gun jammed during the fight, leaving Butch alone to fend off the attack. Butch was credited with shooting down five enemy aircraft alone in the air, with the remaining planes being fought off by the ships gunners. Despite the long odds, Butch’s plane was only hit once and no bombs ever hit the Lexington. For shooting down the five planes, Butch was considered a flying ace. He was promoted to lieutenant commander and received the Medal of Honor from President Roosevelt.
Later in the fall of 1943, Butch received further distinctions for his combat skills. He was given the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions in battles at Marcus Island and Wake Island. He was also given command of three flight groups on the USS Enterprise.
In November 1943, Butch and his squadron were called into action for a dangerous night mission. He was shot down by a Japanese fighter and his plane and body were never found. He was declared “Killed in Action” a year later. His mother was presented the Navy Cross and Purple Heart in his honor.
In 1949, a campaign lead by the Chicago Tribune changed the name of the city’s airport, Orchard Field, to O’Hare Field in honor of Butch. Today it remains known as Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world where millions travel through each year.
We honor his service.