Today: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. East winds 5 mph shifting to the north after midnight.
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: 214
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: regale.
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.
In court: Nathaniel Shimmel, who is accused of murdering his mother at a W-Section home in Palm Coast in August 2017, is scheduled for a pre-trial before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in Courtroom 401 at 8:30 a.m. at the Flagler County courthouse. (2017CF000761)
Flagler’s Community Traffic Safety Team meets for the last time this school year at 9 a.m. at Flagler Technical Institute, 5400 E. Hwy 100, just west of Flagler Palm Coast High School. The meeting is open to all who have a concern with road safety.
The Flagler County School Board holds a “retreat” type workshop at the Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast, starting at 9 a.m. The board will discuss numerous planning issues such as alternative schooling, the configuration of schools and instructional time, the restoration of planning within the school day for middle and high school teachers, and set goals and wishes for the future. The meeting is open to the public. See the agenda here.
The Palm Coast City Council‘s workshop scheduled for 9 today was cancelled. The scheduled presentations related to the Florida Park Drive Corridor Study and to updates to the Innovation District and Innovation Kick Start Program have been rescheduled to the May 28 Council Workshop. The other agenda items scheduled for May 14 have been rescheduled to the May 21 Council Business Meeting.
The Flagler County Affordable Housing Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. in the Financial Services Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, Third Floor, Bunnell.
The Flagler County Planning and Development Board meets at 6 p.m. in Board Chambers at the Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, first floor, Bunnell.
The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board meets in Brevard County after holding committee meetings. Committees start at 10 a.m., with full board at 11 a.m., Canaveral Port Authority, 445 Challenger Road, Cape Canaveral.
Leadership Flagler Class 26 Graduation Dinner, 6 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Palm Coast, 55 Town Center Blvd., with guest speaker Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast. Leadership Flagler is one of nearly 700 national programs devoted to shaping high-profile community leaders. The three-month program seeks to deepen an understanding of Flagler County, its issues and opportunities, and encourages participants to take active roles as stewards of and advocates for positive change.
“Kinky Boots,” the musical, 7:30 p.m. at the Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach. Call 386/671-3462 or book tickets 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):
- Tuesday: 7-Eleven, 2560 East State Road 100, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Tuesday: Epic Theaters, 1185 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, 1 to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday: The Windsor Assisted Living, 50 Town Court, Palm Coast, 1 to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday: Aldi, 5095 State Road 100, Palm Coast, 2:15 to 5:15 p.m.
- Thursday: Publix Belle Terre, 4950 Belle Terre Parkway, 11 a.m. to 5 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
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: May 13
Segment 2 (South 22nd Street to South 9th Street):
- New Sidewalk: 1,500 square feet installed.
- New Watermain: 3,210 linear feet of 12-inch pipe installed, plus 19 gate valves and 5 fire hydrants. The contractor also began moving customers to the new water line this week.
- New Gravity Sewer: 7 sanitary sewer structures and 788 linear feet of 8-inch sanitary sewer line installed. This work is complete.
- French Drain System: 18 new drainage structures, 911 feet of a planned total of 2,081 feet of 30-inch pipe installed, and 765 feet of 36-inch pipe placed. All of the 36-inch pipe is now installed. The work also calls for installation of 4,566 feet of 42-inch pipe.
Segment 3 (North 18th Street to Osprey Drive) Project Update:
- New Sand: This work is about 98 percent complete. This week, the contractor has begun moving the sand over the top of the wall and creating the final slope of the dune. Later in the project, vegetation will be planted on the dune.
- Guide Wall Installation: Work has been completed to just north of Marine Drive. Installation will continue to just south of Osprey Drive.
- Secant Wall: Nearly 1,200 of the needed 1,847 auger cast piles have been installed along more than 2,400 linear feet.
Concrete Cap: More than 300 cubic yards of concrete poured to complete nearly 1,600 linear feet of the wall.A short presentation on how the wall is constructed has been added to our project webpage and can be seen below:
Recently, DOT received a few questions from residents that DOT wants to answer:
1. Why do some properties have the black silt fencing and others do not?
The silt fencing is an erosion control requirement to prevent dirt and debris from leaving our work area and being deposited into waterways or onto private property. In some areas, the property to the west of our work area slopes up away from the work area, so erosion control is not required.
Residents and property owners can get a general idea of where the department’s right of way ends by looking at the placement of the power poles, as well as stakes that have been placed along the project. In some areas, the back edge of the new sidewalk will be slightly farther to the west. For the most part, the back of the new sidewalk will be very close to, or right at, the right of way line.
This project calls for all of the work to be performed within the Florida Department of Transportation right of way. If, however, the work disturbs or damages private property outside of the right of way, the contractor is responsible to make repairs once the work is finished.
Please note that all restoration of conditions within the department’s right of way, including landscaping, hardscaping and driveways, is dictated by the construction plans and existing permits.
3. When will the sidewalk be replaced?
The contractor has begun installing the new sidewalk to the south of 19th Street. As the new water main is installed, there are several types of testing that need to be performed on the new line, and the work needs to be accepted by the City of Flagler Beach before the new sidewalk can be placed. The water main installation is expected to continue for the next several months.
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.
Caution! Flagler Beach police and and Sheriff’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.
ELECTIONS COMMISSION MEETS: The Florida Elections Commission will meet. Along with taking up cases from across the state, it will receive a legislative update. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
WATER QUALITY AT ISSUE: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will hold a meeting about a triennial review of state water-quality standards as required by the Federal Clean Water Act. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Bob Martinez Center, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee.)
HURRICANE HIKE CONSIDERED: The Florida Public Service Commission will take up a series of issues, including a proposal that would lead to Gulf Power collecting extra money from customers to pay costs stemming from Hurricane Michael. The Pensacola-based utility is seeking to pass along $342 million in storm-related costs to customers. For residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month, that would mean an increase of $8 on their bills, starting in July, according to the commission staff recommendation. Gulf would collect the extra charges for about five years. Parts of Gulf’s Northwest Florida service area sustained massive damage in the Oct. 10 hurricane, which made landfall in Mexico Beach and barreled north into Georgia. The regulatory commission has signed off on such proposals from utilities after past storms. Also, Gulf operates under a 2017 rate settlement that anticipated the utility would be allowed to recover such costs if a major storm occurred. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)
—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
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And be sure to check out the latest performances at the Netherlands Bach Society.
- Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1, Hélène Grimaud, Piano
- Thelonious Monk: “Don’t Blame Me”
- Art Tatum plays Dvorak
- Mendelssohn: Symphony Nr. 1, Nathalie Stutzmann, cond.
- Felix Draeseke – Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello and horn in B-flat op 48: Finale
- Schubert’s Symphony Nr. 8, Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
- Glenn Gould Plays Mozart, Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major K. 333
- Buxtehude By The Netherlands Bach Society
- Yo-Yo Ma at the Mexican Border
- Wynton Marsalis: Jazz in Marciac 2009
- Daniel Barenboim: Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, The Bavarian Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons
- Maria-Magdalena Kaczor plays J.S.Bach, Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major BWV 564
- Oscar Peterson Piano Lesson
- Keith Jarrett Trio: Georgia On My Mind (Poland 1985)
- Symphony N°25 KV 183 W A Mozart Mozarteum Salzbourg Orchestra
- Elgar, Introduction and Allegro: A Far Cry
- Louis Spohr: Concerto for Quartet and Orchestra
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Symphony in C major
- J.S. Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D minor BWV 1043: Oistrakh and Menuhin