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Wednesday Briefing: A 96-Unit Apartment Complex, Ernest Audino on Kurds at Tiger Bay, Frieda Zamba Nrear-Name Change, Gillum

| March 20, 2019

During the AdventHealth Hospice Care volunteer appreciation luncheon event at the Hammock Dunes Club in Palm Coast, volunteers were recognized for their service. Pictured here from left to right are the volunteers honored for five years of service to AdventHealth Hospice Care: Lynn Hecklinger, Karen Muir, Laura Fleischer, Elaine Little, Danita Sobeck, Rich Haas, Gerry LaPore, Liz Tallarico, Lee Anderson, and Jill Couch. Not pictured: Dorothy Armes, Dee Henson Governor, Nan Resta, Joyce Saunders, and Anita Sharpee.

During the AdventHealth Hospice Care volunteer appreciation luncheon event at the Hammock Dunes Club in Palm Coast, volunteers were recognized for their service. Pictured here from left to right are the volunteers honored for five years of service to AdventHealth Hospice Care: Lynn Hecklinger, Karen Muir, Laura Fleischer, Elaine Little, Danita Sobeck, Rich Haas, Gerry LaPore, Liz Tallarico, Lee Anderson, and Jill Couch. Not pictured: Dorothy Armes, Dee Henson Governor, Nan Resta, Joyce Saunders, and Anita Sharpee.

Today: Partly cloudy. Highs around 70. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows around 50. North winds 5 to 10 mph. 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: 241
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: orthography.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“I do not know how to show benevolence to my enemies. Weakness has never led anywhere. One can only govern with strength.”

–Napoleon Bonaparte, cited in Adam Zamoyski’s “Napoleon: A Life” (2019).
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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.



The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.

The Tourist Development Council meets at 10 a.m. in board chambers at Government Services Building, Bunnell.

The Flagler County Contractor Review Board meets at 5 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.

The Palm Coast Planning Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The board will consider an application for a 96-unit apartment complex 1 mile east of Belle Terre Parkway and half a mile north of White View Parkway, on an 8-acre site south of Pritchard Drive and east of President Lane.

The Flagler Beach Economic Development Task Force meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.

Tiger Bay Club Lunch featuring General Ernest Ernie Audino, Congressional District director for Rep. Michael Waltz, 11:30 a.m. at Channel Side 1 Yacht Club Drive, Palm Coast. Guests, $40. Audino is a Senior Military Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and a Senior Fellow at Soran University in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He is the only US general officer to have previously served a full year as a combat advisor embedded inside a Kurdish peshmerga brigade in Iraq. Currently completing a book on his experiences, General Audino is sharing his insights on the remarkable Kurdish story of triumph over atrocity, endurance under chemical weapons and freedom after genocide. As a frequent contributor to the Washington Times and other national and international media outlets, General Audino provides commentary and analysis on national security, foreign policy, strategy, leadership and the Middle East.

All are welcome at the Democratic Women’s Club of Flagler County will gather for a Spring Social to welcome new members, 6 to 8 p.m. at Moonrise Brewing Co., 101 Palm Harbor Parkway in European Village. No host beverages, no charge, just fun and fellowship.

Craig Flagler Palms Funeral Home hosts a “Your Life & Your Legacy Planning” at 9:30 a.m. Guests are invited to enjoy breakfast with event co-host, Attorney/Estate Planner Andrew Grant. RSVP’s are requested and attendees are asked to call Lisa at 386-439-5400. 511 Old Kings Road, South, Flagler Beach.

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):

  • Wednesday: MPower Fitness, Atlantic Fitness, 160 Cypress Point parkway (City Marketplace), 8:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Wednesday: Epic Theaters, 1185 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday: Sandvik Kanthal Palm Coast, 1 Commerce Boulevard, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Coastal Cloud, One Hammock Beach Parkway, Palm Coast, 2 to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 10 a.m. to 6:30 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, April 12-15
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, April 14
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, April 14
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, April 14
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, April 14
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, April 14
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, April 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.

 

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 Street to South 9th Street):

The contractor has begun installing the new water main along the west side of S.R. A1A. The work began at the south end of the project and is moving north. Sidewalk has been removed to accommodate the water main installation. Temporary pedestrian walkways have been created, and pedestrians are asked to use the walkways for safety.

Construction activities will continue during daylight hours Monday through Saturday. Please obey the posted speed limit through the work area and detour, and be alert to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Segment 3 (North 18th Street to Osprey Drive) Project Update:

The contractor has drilled and set reinforcing fiberglass cages in more than two dozen shafts to create the buried seawall. Work is continuing northward to clear and place additional sand within the project corridor.

Construction activities will continue during daylight hours Monday through Saturday. The contractor is requesting that spectators stay off the shoulders and out of the work zone for safety. Drivers need to obey the 25-mph speed limit and there is no parking on the shoulder.

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. 

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The proposed roundabout at the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 is intended to drastically reduce the number of severe crashes at one of the county's most dangerous intersections. Two other such roundabouts are proposed for other dangerous intersections in Flagler. Click on the image for larger view. (DOT)

The proposed roundabout at the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 is intended to drastically reduce the number of severe crashes at one of the county’s most dangerous intersections. Two other such roundabouts are proposed for other dangerous intersections in Flagler. Click on the image for larger view.
(DOT)

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.

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Announcements:

Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool is now Palm Coast Aquatics Center? Not quite: The City pool facility is now called the Palm Coast Aquatics Center. Just to clarify, the pool itself will retain its dedicated name of Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool. Since the facility is much more than a pool – with fitness classes, special events, classroom for rentals and more aquatics programming than ever – it was important to find an overall facility name that better captured what is offered there. The new name more closely matches other Parks & Recreation facilities: Palm Coast Community Center, Palm Coast Tennis Center, and Palm Harbor Golf Club. “As we continue to offer more activities and training outside of the pool, we are more than just a swimming pool,” said James Hirst, Aquatics Supervisor of Parks & Recreation. “Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool is not going away; rather, it is becoming part of the overall Palm Coast Aquatics Center and everything it encompasses.” The Palm Coast Aquatics Center will open for the season on Monday, April 1, and registration is now open for Aqua Zumba, Water Aerobics, a new class called Fitness on the Water, swim lessons and much more. The municipal pool, which is heated, will introduce new hours this year. It will be open 8 a.m. to noon and then 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday from April 1 through Memorial Day Weekend, when it will be open seven days a week for the summer. For a complete list of pool hours and fees, please visit www.palmcoastgov.com/pool. The Palm Coast Aquatics Center is located at 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. At the pool, there are three pavilions on the pool deck currently available for reservation, and the entire facility can be rented for birthday parties and other after-hours events. More information can be found at www.palmcoastgov.com/pool. Daily admission is $4 for adults; $3 for seniors (65 and older) and youth (ages 2-17); and free for children under 2. Monthly, seasonal and quarterly passes are available for families, limited families (two people in the same household) and individuals. The full schedule of activities, including swim lessons, for both spring and summer seasons can be found at www.parksandrec.fun/aquatics. For more information, call the pool at 386-986-4741. The Parks & Recreation Activity Guide is available online at www.palmcoastgov.com/recreation.

Flagler Executive Airport wins regional FAA Safety Award: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Southern Region Airports Division has named Flagler Executive Airport the winner of the 2018 General Aviation Airport Safety Award. The award recognizes Flagler Executive Airport specifically for the Runway 11-29 Relocation and Extension Project, an accomplishment the FAA Airports Division selection committee felt clearly and significantly enhanced airport safety. “This was the single largest project undertaken since the airport was originally constructed in 1942,” said Airport Director Roy Sieger. “This special recognition is quite an honor as the FAA Southern Region Airports Division oversees airport development, certification and safety for all of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Puerto Rica and the U.S. Virgin Islands.” The Runway 11-29 Project began in February 2017 and closed in January of 2018, relocating the runway 400 feet to the south, 800 feet to the east, and lengthening it by 501 feet to the east. These changes increased the size of runway safety areas, increased the separation between the runway and parallel taxiway, and improved safety grading and intersection safety.

Residents reminded Rebuild Florida deadline is March 29: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reminds residents the application deadline, March 29, for its “Rebuild Florida” is fast approaching. To date, 214 Flagler County residents have registered for assistance. The department established the program in September 2018 to provide $616 million to help families repair or rebuild homes significantly damaged by Hurricane Irma – including communities within Flagler County. “I understand the registration process only takes between 15 and 30 minutes, so it is worthwhile to take the time to do it,” said Emergency Management Chief Jonathan Lord. “We want to encourage everyone who is looking for assistance throughout Flagler County to review the requirements and apply.” The funds are available through the Department of Economic Opportunity’s Rebuild Florida initiative, which will “repair and rebuild homes for low-income families, construct additional affordable housing units, assist businesses in disaster recovery and update local infrastructure to better withstand future storms.” Rebuild Florida is a partnership of DEO and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Though restrictive, some money will be made available to mobile and manufactured homes less than 5 years old and with repair costs up to $5,000. Replacement mobile homes may be made available to those not meeting the initial criteria. For more information, go to www.rebuildflorida.gov, or call 844-833-1010. Eligible Florida residents now have until March 29 to register for the Rebuild Florida Housing Repair and Replacement Program.

Flagler Executive Airport will receive a plaque from the FAA commemorating this award during the 2019 Southern Region Airports Conference, which takes place in Atlanta, GA in April.

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.

BRIGHT FUTURES AT ISSUE: The Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (SB 190), filed by Chairwoman Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, that includes make eligibility changes for the Bright Futures scholarship program. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE ADDRESSED: The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (SB 860), filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, that would make changes involving the state Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee. In part, the committee would be required to make an annual report to the governor and Legislature and would make recommendations for updating the Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

IMPACT FEES AT ISSUE: The Senate Finance and Tax Committee will consider a proposal (SB 144), filed by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, that would place additional restrictions on local impact fees. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

RED TIDE TARGETED: The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee will consider a bill (SB 1552), filed by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, that would create the Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative to help prevent and control future red-tide outbreaks. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

CONSITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS AT ISSUE: The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will take up a proposal (SJR 232), filed by Chairman Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, that would make it harder to pass constitutional amendments. Under the proposal, two-thirds of voters would have to approve amendments, up from the current 60 percent. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

SCHOOL SAFETY DISCUSSED: The Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee will take up a school-safety bill that includes allowing trained classroom teachers to carry guns as school “guardians.” The bill (SPB 7030) is a follow-up to a safety law the Legislature passed last year after the mass shooting at Broward County’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people. The law included creating the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which allowed guardians — school personnel whose primary job duties are outside the classroom — to be armed. A commission also created by the law released a report in early January that recommended allowing teachers to be armed. The Senate bill would carry out that recommendation, which has drawn controversy. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

INCARCERATED WOMEN DISCUSSED: The group Dignity Florida will host a news conference to discuss efforts aimed at helping women and girls who are incarcerated in the state. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., fourth floor, the Capitol.)

GILLUM HOLDS EVENT IN MIAMI-DADE: Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is expected to make an announcement during an event in South Florida. (Wednesday, doors open at 5 p.m., Florida Memorial University, Smith Conference Center, 15800 N.W. 42nd Ave., Miami Gardens.)

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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

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April 25: The Flagler Chamber hosts a Common Ground Breakfast featuring journalism and media, with panelists David Ayres of WNZF/Flagler Broadcasting, Brian McMillan of the Palm Coast Observer, Pierre Tristam of FlaglerLive, and a representative, yet to be named, from the News-Journal. Check in at 7:30 a.m., event at 8 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn Palm Coast, 55 Town Center Dr. Members can preregister for $25, Guests & future members can attend for $35. Walk-ups are no longer accepted. To book a seat, contact Heather Edwards at the Chamber, heather@flaglerchamber.org.
April 25: The Flagler Beach city Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The Tourism Development Council's Amy Lukasik will update the commission on the latest at the tourism bureau, whose director, Matt Dunn, was recently suspended. Commissioners will also discuss a draft of an amendment to the city's mural ordinance. They will also consider allowing a waiver to residents of damaged properties to live in their RV while their property is being repaired. Commissioners will consider a special exception to allow the building of the First Baptist Church of Flagler Beach at 414 Beach Village Drive.
April 25: The Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center.
April 25: The Wadsworth Elementary School Advisory Council and PTO meet at 6 p.m. in the school’s media center.
April 26: The mobile office and staffers from the office of Sen. Marcio Rubio will be at the George Wickline Senior Center in Flagler Beach, 800 S Daytona Ave., from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Meet your local staff and learn about the services Senator Rubio’s Office can offer his constituents, including in areas such as: Immigration, Military/VA, Medicare, Social Security, IRS/Banking, and Legislative Issues. For more information, call the North Florida Regional Office (904)-354-4300.
April 26: Flagler Palm Coast High School's Starlet Showcase, 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium. Adults, $10, students, $8.
April 26:minhall art Community art show: Some 100 pieces of locally-created art go on display at the spring Art Exhibition and Show at the Palm Coast Community Center at 5 p.m. The art was created by local children, adults and seniors who have participated in A.R.T programs at the Palm Coast Community Center or by students within the Flagler County School District. Among some of the artists, is 8-year-old Lyra Minhall. She has created several pieces of art as part of the Home School Enrichment Block, a program offered this April for the first time ever. Each Tuesday, children create artwork inspired by the greats, participate in physical recreation, and delve into the fun world of STEM, assisted by Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Robots. In addition to the show, there will be other forms of art celebrated at the event including performances featuring comedy, singing and dancing. A recital from the Beginning Ballet toddler program will kick-off the event at 5:30 p.m. on the patio. There will also be an improv performance from a local comedian. And, the Flagler Schools Elementary Honor Choir will perform several songs on the patio at about 6:45 p.m.
April 26 and 28: The Community Chorus of Palm Coast's “Celestial Voices” concerts featuring the premiere of their first commissioned choral composition, “Cosmos,” are Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 at 4 p.m. Both performances are held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 156 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast. “Cosmos” is based on a greeting card created by local artist Sharon Gudenberg, with her lyrics set to music by renowned composer Dr. Stan Pethel. This contemporary piece features piano and flute accompaniment which provides a truly ethereal experience for both the singers and the audience. Due to seating constraints, complimentary tickets are required. Please visit www.communitychorusofpalmcoast.com for more information on getting tickets prior to the performances. Only a few tickets may be available at the door, which will be distributed on a first-come/first-served basis.
April 26-27: Flagler Sportfishing Club hosts its 23rd Annual Spring Classic Tournament. Over 120 anglers will be vying for over $8,000 in cash prizes and merchandise to catch Redfish, Trout and Flounder. Proceeds from the Annual Tournament benefit the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 86. The event kicks off on Friday with a silent auction and registration opening at 5:30 p.m. at Beach Front Grille, at 2444 S. Ocean Shore Blvd., in Flagler Beach. There is a mandatory captain’s meeting that night at 7 p.m. The weigh-in will be held at Hidden Treasure, 820 Moody Lane in Flagler Beach on April 27, 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
April 26-28: The Flagler Playhouse presents "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," at the The Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Call the box office at 386-586-0773 or visit the website for tickets here. Based on the true story of a legendary Texas brothel. Protected by a friendly sheriff and frequented by politicians, football teams and other locals, the “Chicken Ranch” thrived in the small town of Gilbert, Texas. Girls came from all over to work at the ranch and make some extra cash. However, a crusading do-gooder Houston radio commentator and his conservative audience expose the Chicken Ranch, forcing it to shut its doors forever. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students under 21 with ID. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
April 26: Stetson University Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Hose, conductor. Mozart’s late concert aria “Per questa bella mano” written in March 1791 brings two faculty bass professors to the stage of Lee Chapel. Chadley Ballantyne sings the part written for Franz Gerl, the first Sarastro in “Die Zauberflöte” and Michael Hill plays the virtuoso solo string bass part. The program opens with Wagner’s stirring Overture to “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” an opera set in the beautiful medieval town in central Germany and closes with Shostakovich’s fifth Symphony, composed in 1937 and seen by some as an autobiographical work. The composer described its theme as “the making of a man.” Having come under criticism of his fourth symphony, which in Stalin’s Soviet Union could be a death sentence, he described it as a step forward in his symphonic development and the powerful last movement as an answer to questions posed by the first three movements. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. 386-822-8950. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and students and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.
April 27: The Law Enforcement Torch Run is at 8:30 a.m. at the Island Walk Shopping Center in Palm Coast. The torch run is a controlled run with local law enforcement designed to raise money for the Special Olympics. On-site registration is $15 for a cotton t-shirt or $20 for a dry-fit shirt. The event is sponsored by the sheriff's office, Flagler Beach and Bunnell police.
April 27: A celebration of life for Curtis Israel Gray and funeral service are scheduled for 10 a.m. and noon at Parkview Baptist Church, 5435 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast. The requested attire is white and gold. Gray, 18, a student at Flagler Palm Coast High School, was gunned down on April 13 in Palm Coast. His alleged assailant was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
April 27: The 2019 Housing Fair – hosted by Flagler County, the City of Palm Coast, Flagler County Association of Realtors, and the Mid-Florida Housing Partnership – will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the Flagler County Association of Realtors building, 4101 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. The fair happens annually during Fair Housing Month. The Fair Housing Act was approved more than 50 years ago. The public is invited to attend a free housing fair and financial wellness clinic to learn about various programs available for down payment assistance, owner-occupied rehabilitation, mortgage products, strategies to avoid foreclosure, and to learn about the Fair Housing Act and individual rights and responsibilities. Potential homebuyers can learn about the home buying process, evaluate their mortgage readiness and learn about new mortgage loan products. Information will be presented to homeowners about refinance opportunities, owner-occupied rehab programs and foreclosure avoidance strategies. Credit counseling will be provided by HUD Housing Counselors. Everyone is invited to get a free credit report, compliments of Fifth-Third Bank and Homebridge financial services. Additionally, representatives from Palm Coast, Flagler County, the Flagler County Association of Realtors, area mortgage lenders and other housing professionals will provide information and answer questions. For additional information, please contact Lydia Gregg at the Mid-Florida Housing Partnership at 386-274-4441, extension 304, or at lgregg@bellsouth.net.
April 27: earth day washington squareThe Friends of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is hosting an Earth Day celebration and festival at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 N Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by enjoying nature. Experience beautiful gardens, live music, and children's performances at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Environmentally oriented exhibitors will be on hand as well as various vendors. The extensive park plant bench will be selling a wide variety of Florida friendly plants for you to plant in your garden. Several nature programs will help inform you about Florida fauna including a presentation on how to use native plants in your garden. A kids section with live animals will be featured. Local musicians Remedy Tree and Sam Pacetti will perform, as well as Flagler County school singers and dancers. Refreshments will be available. Park admission fees apply. Fees are as follows: $5 per carload. Click on the image to the right to see the larger poster.
April 27: The Palm Coast Fire Department hosts Touch-a-Truck, a free community event at Wadsworth Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27. The event will take place in the parking lot at the school, 4550 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast, immediately following the Wadsworth Elementary Panther 5K. The theme of the event is: See, Touch, Explore and Honk. There will be a static display of emergency vehicles, construction trucks and more. Participating partners include: the Palm Coast Fire Department, Flagler County Fire Rescue, Florida Forestry Service, Bunnell District, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol Palm Coast Public Works, Cline Construction, Rogers Towing, and others.
April 27-28: Community Cats of Palm Coast holds its annual spring yard sale. Donations are needed, and can be dropped off at any time without prior arrangement at the yard sale site, 17 Fernham Lane in Palm Coast, just off Florida Park Drive. Items can be left safely on the cement porch. Or for a pickup, email us or call/text 386-237-7690. Anything but heavy furniture. The yard sale is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
April 27: Freedom Fund Banquet: The Flagler County NAACP will embrace a rich tradition, hosting a Freedom Fund Banquet, April 27, 5 to 10 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U. S. 1 North, Palm Coast. The Freedom Fund initiative achieves the strategic focus of fighting modern-day slavery. The banquet will be replete with a keynote speaker, live band, cash bar, and dinner. Former Florida House Representative Sean Shaw will be the keynote speaker. Attorney Shaw was the Democratic nominee for the 2018 Florida Attorney General election. The ticket price is $75 per person. To add your name to the waiting list for tickets, call Chair Marian Howell at 386-283-4311; Blanche Valentine, 386-302-3638, or the NAACP office, 386-446-7822.
April 27: Stetson Percussion Ensemble, Dan Johnson, director. This semester's percussion concert features chamber ensemble pieces comprised exclusively of duets, trios and quartets. The program contains mostly new compositions with a wide variety of instrumentation and intensity. 3 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950.
April 27: Stetson University Concert Band, Douglas Phillips, conductor. Please join us for another evening of musical variety as the newly established Concert Band presents its final performance this academic year. The concert includes well known works by Anton Bruckner, Edwin Franko Goldman, Robert Jager and William Latham as well as a few surprises. The performance concludes with David Maslanka’s short symphony for wind band, “Give Us This Day.” 7:30 p.m., Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. 386-822-8950. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and students and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.
April 28: curtis grayA community memorial service for Curtis Israel Gray is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Palm Coast's Central Park in Town Center Gray, 18, a student at Flagler Palm Coast High School, was gunned down on April 13 in Palm Coast. His alleged assailant was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
April 28: aclu florida logoThe ACLU's Volusia/Flagler Chapter's 2019 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner will honor recipients of the Bob Stevenson Award for Outstanding Service: Kaiti Lenhart, Flagler County Supervisor of Elections and Lisa Lewis, Volusia County Supervisor of Election, for their work helping returning citizens register to vote after Voting Restoration Amendment 4 went into effect in Florida. Micah Kubic, ACLU of Florida Executive Director, will speak on how you can get involved with the ACLU in our local community. Reception at 6 p.m., dinner and awards at 6:45 p.m., Halifax River Yacht Club, 331 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
April 28: Oh. . .That Little Black Dress Fundraising Event: The GAL7 Foundation, Inc. invites you to grab that Little Black Dress and join us as we mix and mingle for a great cause. Watch your Little Black Dress transformed with accessories from Chez Jacqueline, participate in silent auctions, raffles and enjoy the wine bar and champagne raffle. We will also have vendor tables with make-up, nail art, a hair stylist and much more. Join us for an evening of fun! The GAL7 Foundation is a non-profit organization which exists to meet the needs (basic, emergency and enrichment/inclusion) of children in foster care in Florida's Judicial Circuit Court Seven. This includes Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia Counties. The benefit will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Atlantic Ballroom at Hammock Beach Resort, 200 Ocean Crest Dr. Palm Coast. Tickets are $50 and include free valet parking, a chance to win 5 elegant door prizes and a buffet of heavy Hors d'oeuvres. Get your tickets here.
April 28: Stetson Brass Ensembles. The Brass Ensemble, directed by David Schmidt, performs Introduction to Act III of “Die Meistersinger” by Richard Wagner and “Ecce Sacerdos Magnus” by Anton Bruckner. The Horn Ensemble, directed by Kathy Thomas, presents Steven Mahpar’s arrangement of “Shenandoah.” The Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, directed by Ryan Sorenson, plays an arrangement from “The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini. The Trombone Ensemble, directed by David Schmidt, features 2003 Stetson alumnus, Jason Robins on several selections for solo trombone and trombone ensemble. Robins serves as the second trombonist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Tom Macklin, also performs several works during the performance. 3 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950.
April 29: FYOFlagler Youth Orchestra's year-end Take a Bow Concert, 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium, 5500 East Hwy 100, Palm Coast, call 386-437-7547. The Flagler Youth Orchestra performs its final concert of the 2018-19 season on Monday, April 29th, at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium in Palm Coast. Conductor Sue Cryan and fellow teachers of the FYO will lead five orchestras with 375 string musicians — a cross-section of public, private and homeschooled students. The program includes music by Mozart, Freddie Mercury and much more. Adult tickets are $8 with $1 from each ticket going to the Auditorium’s Arts in Education Fund, and children 17 and under are $3. The orchestra’s proceeds help underwrite instrument scholarships and repairs, teaching staff and concert productions. The Flagler Youth Orchestra is made possible by the Flagler County School District, with the support of the Friends of the Youth Orchestra, whose sole mission is to provide free music education after school to all Flagler children with a desire to play an instrument. Book here.
April 30: Michael Bowling looking from behind his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Bill Bookhammer, immediately after he was sentenced to 20 years in prison this morning in Circuit Court. (© FlaglerLive)A hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins, in Courtroom 401, in the case of Joseph Bova II, the man accused of murdering store clerk Zuheili Rosado in 2013 at the Mobil convenience store on State Road 100 in February 2013. Bova has been at a psychiatric facility for treatment, judged incompetent to stand trial. In February 2019, the administrator of the facility notified the court that Bova "no longer meets the criteria for continued commitment," suggesting he is ready for trial.
April 30: Docket sounding, the last step before trial (when a trial is scheduled) is set for 1:30 p.m. before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in the case of Michael Craig Bowling, the 48-year-old man sentenced in mid-April to 20 years in prison for molesting a girl, and now facing another trial, this time on rape and molestation charges. His victim was his then-step-daughter.
April 30: Daytona State College holds the first two of its strategic planning process for 2020-2023 and wants your ideas and insights about initiatives the college might pursue during that timeframe. The first session is from 10 a.m. to noon at the News Journal Center, 221 N Beach St, Daytona Beach, Room 130. The second session is at 2:30 p.m. at the college's Advanced Technology Center, 1770 Technology 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. Prior to the sessions, the DSC District Board of Trustees will share its own vision for the college during a board retreat scheduled April 26. 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, Karla.Moore@DaytonaState.edu; or John Brady, (386) 506-3837, John.Brady@DaytonaState.edu.
May 1: flagler bar associationFree legal clinics: The Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller in partnership with the Flagler County Bar Association presents a three-part series of legal clinics free of charge. Come out and speak to attorneys who are experts in their respective field of law for free. These clinics will be held at the Flagler County courthouse in the 1st floor jury assembly room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd. building #1, Bunnell, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Today’s class: Family law. See the flyer here.
May 1: 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 1: The Flagler County Republican Club welcomes Bill Dudley as speaker. He is Chairman of the Veteran's Council of St. Johns County. Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast. Doors Open to the Public at 5:30 pm.
May 1: Daytona State College holds the third 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 11 a.m. at DSC's L. Gale Lemerand Student Center, Rm. 119, 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, Karla.Moore@DaytonaState.edu; or John Brady, (386) 506-3837, John.Brady@DaytonaState.edu.
May 2: The Palm Coast Democratic Club meets at 6:30 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 N. US HWY 1, Palm Coast (just north of Whiteview Parkway), with speaker Ernie Gallo, president of the USS Liberty Veterans Association. He will speak about his efforts to raise awareness of the attack on the USS Liberty by Israeli forces on June 8, 1967 during the Six-Day War, and his efforts to memorialize it. Also, an important item of business on will be your vote to approve a change to club Bylaws to officially reflect the name change from All Flagler Democratic Club to Palm Coast Democratic Club. Please mark your calendar and join us.
May 2-5: The Flagler Playhouse presents "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," at the The Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Call the box office at 386-586-0773 or visit the website for tickets here. Based on the true story of a legendary Texas brothel. Protected by a friendly sheriff and frequented by politicians, football teams and other locals, the “Chicken Ranch” thrived in the small town of Gilbert, Texas. Girls came from all over to work at the ranch and make some extra cash. However, a crusading do-gooder Houston radio commentator and his conservative audience expose the Chicken Ranch, forcing it to shut its doors forever. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students under 21 with ID. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
May 3: Coffee Series, 9-10 a.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. This month’s topic: “Travel Tips for Seniors” with Josephine L’Heureux of Travel Leaders. The event is free, but pre-registration is required (while space available) by 9 a.m. May 1: www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2323.
May 3: The African-American Cultural Society inaugurates its Culture Club, a new first-Friday tradition with drinks, food and live music. Come chill at AACS, a Smooth Groove Matinee, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., 4422 US Hwy 1, North, Palm Coast, (GPS user's insert Bunnell instead of Palm Coast). Call 386-447-7030. Admission $10 at door.
May 3: First Friday in Flagler Beach with live music, food and vendors, starting after 5 p.m.
May 3-5: Second annual Palm Coast Songwriters' Festival showcasing more than 12 artists/songwriters at two outdoor venues – Daytona State College Palm Coast Amphitheater May 3-4, and the Palm Coast Arts Foundation stage May 5, for a weekend of melody and music. The Daytona State College Palm Coast Amphitheater is at 3000 Palm Coast Parkway SE, Palm Coast. The Palm Coast Arts Foundation stage is located at 1500 Central Avenue, Palm Coast. Unlike other musical festivals where audience members listen to song after song from a full band, the Palm Coast Songwriters Festival provides a unique, more intimate experience between the artist and the listener as the songwriters will often share the meaning behind their lyrics. This 3-day event allows the audience to go ‘behind the curtain’ and see the faces, listen to the voices and hear the stories behind some of the most popular songs of yesteryear and playing on the radio today. Early bird ticket pricing is available through Feb. 8 and start at $8. Single day, and three-day ticket options are available, including a three-day VIP Gold package that includes dinner Friday evening and an after-show meet and greet with the writers. Sponsorships are also available. For more information, visit www.PalmCoastSongwritersFestival.com
May 4: Arbor Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave, Palm Coast. Help celebrate Palm Coast’s love of trees with tree give-away (in exchange for food/pet food donation), butterfly release and tent, free paper shredding service, entertainment, drone demonstration, “green” vendors, petting zoo, free bird walks, Birds of Prey show and fun activities for all ages. Free and registration not required. More info: www.palmcoastgov.com/arborday.
May 4: heroes ride rue and ziffraThe law firm of Rue & Ziffra will host the inaugural Heroes Ride, a free-of-charge, police-escorted motorcycle charity ride May 4, 2019 to honor first responders and military personnel. The public is warmly invited to attend the event, and all — bikers and non-bikers alike — are welcome. The day of jam-packed activities begins at 9:30 a.m., with a welcome ceremony at the Flagler County Government Services Building located at 1769 E. Moody Blvd., in Bunnell, Fla. Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly and other community leaders will offer brief welcoming remarks. Motorcycle engines fire up at 10:15 a.m., from the same location, run through the scenic Flagler and Volusia counties for a total of 31 enjoyable miles, and end at the entertaining OB’s Restaurant and Lounge in Deland, Fla., at 1750 N. Woodland Blvd. The ride ends, and the party kicks into high gear with live entertainment, a live broadcast by 95.7 the HOG, special appearances by area police and fire personnel and a $5 barbecue lunch. Proceeds from the lunch will be donated to two local charities that support veterans and first responders: Combat Vets and Paws of War of Florida. The party includes a hero-worthy ceremony filled with tear-jerking, heartstring-pulling presentations of good and giving to service members in the community. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood will offer commentary. The Deltona Fire Department will be on site. A Fallen Comrade Table ceremony will take place to honor all the heroes who have died in service. See the website here.
May 4: hidden trails community arts and craftHidden Trails Community Arts and Craft Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will the the first annual Arts & Crafts event to get people out and to utilize our Amazing Hidden Trails Flagler County Park, fill it with beautiful things, support small business, and have opportunity for those who share treasures and to gain from it, as well as those who take them home. We will have live music, art of every genre, crafts of every kind, vendors who have small business to encourage prosperity, food, ice cream etc. Everything you will need there to have a wonderful day, make new friends, listen to great music, eat delicious food, get your picture in the photo booth, raffles,family fun, and so much more. Bring your Mom for a Mothers Day outing, or buy her something beautiful and unique. Select a piece of art, jewelry, etc. for yourself or someone special. If you are an Artist, Crafter, or Vendor, please sign up, and meet us there.




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