Today: Breezy, cooler. Cloudy with chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then partly cloudy with chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s. North winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Tonight: Breezy. Partly cloudy. Chance of showers in the evening, then slight chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. North winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
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: 362
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: decoct.
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
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 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meets at 10 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, Bunnell.
Postponed: A final hearing was scheduled before a judge of workers compensation claims in the more than two dozen cases of Flagler County Sheriff’s employees’ claims related to what they believe to be the sick building, or Sheriff’s Operations Center, evacuated last June. The 10 a.m. hearing was to have been before Judge Wilbur Anderson at the Daytona Beach Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims, 444 Seabreeze Boulevard, Suite 450, Daytona Beach. A new date has not been set, but must take place before July 31. See details here.
Flagler Reads Together: Join us for a book discussion of the Flagler Reads Together book “The Eagle has landed: the story of Apollo 11” by Jeffrey K. Smith. This remarkable book chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of America’s quest to land on the Moon. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library as part of Flagler Reads Together. 3 p.m., at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast. Details here.
The Flagler Humane Society hosts a happy hour fundraiser at Uncaged on Oceanshore, 3468 Oceanshore Blvd, Flagler Beach, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available here.
A meeting of the 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. The Compassionate Friends, 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 The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
The L. Gale Lemerand Entrepreneurial Speaker Series kicks-off a busy day of activities on Daytona State College’s Daytona Beach Campus, followed by the annual spring job fair where more than 100 businesses from a variety of industries will be on hand seeking to fill vacancies. The event starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. in the Mori Hosseini Center (bldg.. 1200) on the college’s Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Presented in partnership with the Small Business Development Center, the featured speaker for the spring presentation is Charles Clark, a world-class athlete, international keynote speaker, writer, success coach, business consultant and entrepreneur, and CEO of the business consulting firm Charles Clark International. Clarks’ expertise in leadership, passion, grit, and psychology has allowed him to effectively deliver speeches and trainings to an extensive range of organizations. He has provided over 500 event presentations over nine years for companies including Frontier Communications Corporation, Dicks Sporting Goods, Nike, iHeart Radio, Raymond James Financial, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and NCAA college sports teams. “The event is free and open to the public, plus we’re expecting large delegations from both Volusia and Flagler county high schools,” states Jim Deering, director of the SBDC. “Charles’ presentation combined with scholarship awards should make for a stimulating morning.” For more information about the speaker series, call or email (386) 506-4723, [email protected]
The spring job fair at Daytona State College is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the L. Gale Lemerand Center (bldg.. 310) also on the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Admission is free; all are welcome. Participating employers include Boston Whaler, Centra Care, Daytona Beverages, DME Delivers, Florida Health Care Plans, Florida Veterans Nursing Home, Gary Yeomans Honda, Halifax Health, Heartland Dental, Hilton Garden Inn Ocean, International Speedway Corporation, J&P Cycles, James Moore & Co., Massey Services, Inc., National Broadband, SMA Healthcare, Synergy Billing, Teledyne Oil & Gas, Total Quality Logistics, US Foods, Volusia County Schools, Votran and Walgreens. Prior to the job fair, current DSC students and alumni are welcome to visit the college’s Career Services Department for assistance with resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and other free services. For additional information regarding the job fair or DSC’s Career Services, contact [email protected], (386) 506-3379.
Concert: The Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series presents Hagihara Violin & Piano Duo, 7:30 p.m. at UNF’s Fine Arts Center, Building 45, Room 1200.
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):
- Wednesday: Moe’s Grill, 250 Palm Coast Parkway, noon to 6 p.m.
- Saturday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday: Santa Maria del Mar Church, 915 North Central Avenue, Flagler Beach, 9 a.m. to 1 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
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.
Last Updated: March 25
Segment 2 (South 22nd Street to South 9th Street):
The contractor continues installing a 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. The contractor is expected to be installing new pipe between South 19th Street and South 18th Street over the next two weeks. Farther south, the contractor will be preparing to pour concrete for the new sidewalk.
Pedestrians are asked to stay within the temporary pedestrian walkways for safety. Residents and visitors also are reminded that all of the dune walkovers are closed, and removing any signage or barricades to access a walkover is unsafe and unlawful.
Segment 3 (North 18th Street to Osprey Drive) Project Update:
The contractor has completed more than 200 of the approximately 1,800 piles that need to be drilled to create the secant wall.
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 remember that parking is not allowed 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.
- 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
I-95 Construction, Repaving: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., single lane closures on NB I-95 from north of Palm Coast Parkway to the St. Johns County line. Monday – Friday, 9 p.m. – 7 a.m., double lane closures on NB I-95 from north of Palm Coast Parkway to the St. Johns County line.
See this week’s full Interstate Construction Report for Flagler, Volusia and St. Johns here.
Flagler County Art League’s 8th Annual Poetry Competition: All poets are invited to participate in the 2019 Flagler County Art League National Poetry Month Competition, to run concurrently with our April Art Show. The competition will have an open theme. There will be a $25 prize for the first -place poem, a $15 prize for second place, and a $10 prize for third place. Entry fee is $3 for one poem, $5 for two. Winners are announced and can read their entries during our show opening, April 13, 6-8 p.m. Register here. The judge is Benjamin K. Atkinson, PhD, prestigious poet active in Ancient City Poets of St. Augustine and other northeastern Florida venues.
2 Flagler Emergency Planners graduate FEPA Intermediate Academy: Two Flagler County Emergency Management Planners – Lea Tardanico and Nealon Joseph – recently graduated from the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA) Intermediate Academy. “The commitment of Nealon and Lea to expand their horizons for the betterment of Flagler County increases the pride that I already have for our amazing emergency management team,” said Emergency Management Chief Jonathan Lord, noting that volunteers and several community partners round out the team along with county and municipal staff. “I am also grateful for the efforts put forth by the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association to better prepare Florida’s emergency managers for the future.” Tardanico and Joseph – Flagler County’s newest emergency managers – spent a week in mid-March the Florida National Guard Camp Blanding Joint Training Center with other like-minded professionals from across the state to dive deeper into practical applications and principals of Emergency Management. The course included more than 60 hours of classroom instruction endured in 12- to 14-hour days to simulate real life emergency deployment and response. “I came away even more motivated to continue my path in emergency management,” Tardanico said. “There is still so much to learn, and it is wonderful to get information directly from the subject area experts.” Joseph added that nothing tops an opportunity to learn from others’ experiences. “It really illustrated that there can be a disconnect between what is happening in the field and the operations center,” Joseph said. “It is critical to follow the plans and the planning process to prevent creating a communications gap between the two.” The Intermediate Academy course training counts toward the completion of the FEMA Advanced Professional Series certification for Joseph and Tardanico.
STONE, MOODY, MOSKOWITZ AT COUNTIES EVENT: Rep. Charlie Stone, R-Ocala, Attorney General Ashley Moody and state Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz are expected to be among the speakers during the Florida Association of Counties legislative day. Speakers are also expected to include Jamal Sowell, chief executive of Enterprise Florida. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., Challenger Learning Center, 200 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)
SENATE EYES BALLOT PROPOSALS: The Senate will hold a floor session and could approve a measure (SJR 74), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, that seeks to prevent the Florida Constitution Revision Commission from “bundling” multiple issues into single constitutional amendments. The commission drew controversy last year when it put seven proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot, some of which included seemingly unrelated issues. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)
EVERGLADES FOUNDATION CHIEF SPEAKS: Erik Eikenberg, chief executive officer of the Everglades Foundation, is scheduled to speak to the Republican Club of the Palm Beaches. (Wednesday, noon, Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center-Palm Beach Airport, 1301 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach.)
RED MASS HELD: The Catholic Bishops of Florida will hold the annual Red Mass, a service that often is attended by lawmakers and other state leaders. (Wednesday, 6 p.m., Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More, 900 West Tennessee St., Tallahassee.)
—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
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- J.S. Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D minor BWV 1043: Oistrakh and Menuhin
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- Jacques Loussier Trio Plays Bach
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- 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
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- Sulkhan Tsintsadze: Miniatures for String Quartet
- Joseph Marx: Trio-Phantasie (1914)
- George Antheil: Violin Sonata Nr. 2