Weekend: Partly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 90s. Northwest winds around 5 mph. Heat index readings 101 to 105. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the mid 70s. West winds around 5 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: 196
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: higgledy-piggledy.
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.
County meetings cancelled: A budget workshop and a regular meeting of the Flagler County Commission scheduled for today were cancelled.
The Gardens Development: Attorneys with Cobb Cole, the Daytona Beach law firm that represents the developers of The Gardens along John Anderson Highway, are hosting a neighborhood meeting to discussed the planned mixed-use development on Monday, July 1, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Boulevard in Palm Coast. The development projects 3,966 units, combining single-family homes with apartments and commercial space, to be developed over the next couple of decades. See: “The Gardens Project Off John Anderson Highway: The View From the Developers’ Perspective.”
Health and Wellness Fair, 6 to 8 p.m., at Station 16, the Airport Fire House, 3935 Old Dixie Hwy., Ormond Beach: Flagler County Fire Rescue, in partnership with Flagler County Social Services, Florida Health in Flagler County, and Flagler County Emergency Management will be available to share information on a variety of community services. For more information please contact Community Paramedic Caryn Prather, 386-507-3415.
Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.
Flagler Beach Pier Closure: In order to properly secure (and then remove) the fireworks for July 4th, the City Pier will be closed Tuesday, July 2 at 11:59 p.m. and will remain closed until 6 a.m. on Friday, July 5. During the temporary closure, access to the Pier will be restricted to authorized personnel only. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during the holiday Pier closure. The fireworks presentation on July 4th will begin promptly at 9 p.m. The show will last approximately 20-25 minutes.
New laws galore: More than 100 new laws take effect Monday, including many of the highest-profile issues of the 2019 legislative session. They include laws that will add a new school-vouchers program, seek to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, crack down on so-called sanctuary cities, revamp the controversial insurance practice known as assignment of benefits and set the stage for building or expanding three toll roads.
Florida budget takes effect: The state’s 2019-2020 fiscal year will start Monday with a record $90.98 billion budget. The spending plan includes a $242-per-student increase in funding for public schools. Lawmakers also funneled $685 million to the Everglades and other water projects, a top priority of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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):
- Monday: AT&T Store, 5180 State Road 100, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Monday: 7-Eleven, 2560 State Road 100, Flagler Beach, 3 to 6 p.m.
- Tuesday: Epic Theaters, 1185 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, 1 to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 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: July 1
Now that turtle nesting season has started in the Flagler Beach area, local Turtle Patrol volunteers are checking the beach within the project limits every day to locate any new nests. In Segment 3, north of North 18th Street, work cannot begin until the beach is checked. If a nest is discovered, the nest will be marked, and work will not be allowed within 10 feet of the nest, as specified in the environmental permits issued for this project.
The Turtle Patrol also is monitoring the beach in the project limits of Segment 1, from South 25th Street to South 22nd Street, where plans call for dune revetment involving additional sand and plants.
July 4 Holiday Work Break:
The contractor will not be working on any of the three segments from July 4 through July 7. Work will resume on Monday, July 8, and will occur six days a week.
Segment 1 South 25th Street to South 22nd Street):
The contractor has placed most of the plants in this section. No planting is scheduled to occur over the next two weeks.
Segment 2 (South 22nd Street to South 9th Street):
Work next week will take place Monday – Wednesday and will include removal of the old water main between South 13th Street and South 20th Street. French drain construction is expected over the next few weeks near South 10th Street, and between South 15th and South 16 streets.
Sidewalk installation is expected between South 14th and South 16th streets, with grading for new sidewalk occurring between South 16th and South 17th streets.
The contractor is also preparing to place lime rock base on the southern end of the project.
Segment 3 (North 18th Street to Osprey Drive) Project Update:
The contractor continues to drill piles for the secant wall, and form and pour the concrete cap over the wall. Drilling is expected to be finished within the next two weeks, with cap construction finishing a few weeks later. Crews also continue to place sand over the new wall and form the dunes.
- 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.
I-95 Project in Daytona Beach One Step Closer to Final Interchange Layout: Motorists traveling on southbound Interstate 95 (I-95) exiting to U.S. 92 (International Speedway Boulevard), westbound Interstate 4 (I-4), and eastbound State Road (S.R.) 400 (Beville Road) will do so at a new location, sooner than they usually would exit I-95, starting the morning of Friday, June 28. A new ramp system called a collector-distributor road, which is separated from and parallel to southbound I-95, will open, servicing three exit ramps: 260 A, B, and C. The collector-distributor road will service drivers that want to exit from southbound I-95 to U.S. 92 (International Speedway Boulevard), westbound I-4, and eastbound S.R. 400 (Beville Road). The exit numbers 260A/B/C for U.S. 92, I-4, and S.R. 400 will not change. Electronic message boards and other signs will be placed to alert drivers to the new traffic pattern. Drivers who miss the exit will need to travel to S.R. 421 (Taylor Road) and return on northbound I-95. To make the traffic switch to the new collector-distributor road detours will need to take place overnight from 10 p.m. Thursday, June 27, to 6 a.m. Friday, June 28, requiring southbound I-95 to be closed between LPGA Boulevard and I-4. This includes the southbound I-95 on ramps from both directions of U.S. 92 (International Speedway Boulevard). During the closure, the posted detours will be:
- Traffic from southbound I-95
- Motorists will take Exit 265 for LPGA Boulevard and go east where they turn right onto southbound Williamson Boulevard to S.R. 400 (Beville Road) to access southbound I-95 and westbound I-4.
- Traffic from eastbound and westbound U.S. 92 (International Speedway Boulevard)
- Motorists will be directed to take southbound Williamson Boulevard to S.R. 400 (Beville Road) to access southbound I-95.
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES DUE: State and local officials face a Monday deadline for filing financial-disclosure forms with the Florida Commission on Ethics. Officials, however, receive a grace period until Sept. 1, when fines begin if they have not filed the forms.
BLUE-GREEN ALGAE TARGETED: The state’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force will meet in Lee County and is expected to review the Lake Okeechobee Basin Management Action Plan and discuss ways to combat toxic algae outbreaks. (Monday, 9 a.m., Lee County School Board, 2855 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.)
CASTOR CRITICIZES HEALTH PLANS: U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., will hold a media availability to criticize health plans that don’t provide adequate coverage when customers have medical needs — what she describes as “junk” plans. (10 a.m., in front of Health Insurance Innovations, 15438 North Florida Ave., Tampa.)
VIRTUAL SCHOOL BOARD HOLDS CALL: The Florida Virtual School Board of Trustees will hold a conference call. (Monday, 11 a.m. Call-in number: 1-888-378-4398. Code: 936994.)
LEGISLATIVE SESSION DISCUSSED: The Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida will host a legislative-update event featuring Ana Ceballos of The News Service of Florida, Matt Dixon of Politico Florida, Jason Garcia of Florida Trend and Peter Schorsch of Florida Politics. (Monday, 5:30 p.m., Citrus Club, 255 South Orange Avenue, #1800, Orlando.)
—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
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Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of June 28, 2019, with a link to the full week in review here.
Marin Marais: Le Labyrinthe (the Labyrinth); Cassandra Luckhardt, viola da gamba
And be sure to check out the latest performances at the Netherlands Bach Society.
- The Evolution of Music
- Christopher Atzinger Performs John Knowles Paine’s Romance, Op. 39
- Alfredo Keil’s Bohémiens, op. 12, n.º 12, Tomohiro Hatta, piano
- Rudolf Serkin Performs Chopin Preludes in Tokyo, 1979
- Sibelius’s Violin Concerto Op. 47, Performed by Hilary Hahn
- Sonia Rubinsky plays Villa-Lobos
- Mozart: String Quartet No.15 K.421, Emerson String Quartet
- Brahms：Cello Sonata No.1, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax
- Albert Roussel: Symphony No. 3 in G minor, op. 42
- Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Andreas Staier, harpsichord
- Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 39 in G major Hob. XV/25 (“Gypsy”)
- John Williams scoring “Saving Private Ryan”
- Scriabin: Sonata Nr. 2, Evgeny Kissin, Piano
- Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622 (Arngunnur Árnadóttir, clarinet)
- Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.5 (Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest)
- Bach: The Cello Suites, Performed by Marc Coppey
- Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1, Hélène Grimaud, Piano
- Thelonious Monk: “Don’t Blame Me”