Thursday Briefing: Grand Landings’ Problem With Blacks, Romeo and Juliet at Flagler Auditorium, Rubio’s Surge
FlaglerLive | January 7, 2016
Today: high around 70, lows in upper 50s. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 371.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
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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.
Matanzas High School Final Piano Recital at Matanzas’s Pirate Theater, 6 p.m.
Romeo & Juliet, Performed by The State Ballet Theatre of Russia, at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Founded by legendary dancer and former principal dancer of The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia – now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin – presents the most passionate romantic tragedy every told. This full-scale production is choreographed by Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Choreographer Michael Lavrovsky, and based on William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of tragic love. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents 55 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this celebration of true love onto our stage and into our hearts.
Former Miss America’s son is profiled in Palm Coast subdivision: Marjorie Vincent-Tripp, crowned Miss America from Illinois in 1991 and now a resident of Grand Landings, wrote an arresting column for the Palm Coast Observer that starts: “This is particularly for the resident of Grand Landings subdivision who called the Sheriff’s Office on a recent morning to report a black male walking in the neighborhood who looked like he didn’t belong there. That black male happens to be my son. Let me tell you about him and his family background.” And, she notes with irony, “when you saw him walking down the street, he was reading a book by Frederick Douglass.” Read the full column here.
Belle Terre Swim Club 161 Members Short of Goal as Drop-Dead Decision Time Nears: As of Dec. 31, some 239 members have been recruited, up from about 130 last October. That’s still short 161. Last year’s losses at the club totaled $141,000. Patty Wormeck, the district’s finance director, said that based on current membership number, the reduced hours and the staff cuts, the loss over the year would add up to $54,000. But that’s assuming there would be no additional memberships.
The Palm Coast Fraternal Order of Police Furthers a Lie in a Protest at Epic Theaters: The FOP’s protest was triggered by false claims that filmmaker Quentin Tarantino had called cops “murderers.” The lie didn’t stop FOP organizers from going ahead with their plans or standing by their protest even when shown Tarantino’s actual words.
Ex-Flagler deputy Daniel Ruddell’s robbery trial moved to Volusia: Daniel Ruddell, the ex-deputy who last February won a wage dispute with Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre, was arrested in St. Johns County in late November after an alleged robbery in Daytona Beach and a pursuit through Volusia and Flagler counties that ended in a wreck on I-95. The News-Journal reports Ruddell will face all his charges–from St. Johns, Flagler and Volusia–in Volusia County. “To make it easier, (the prosecution) will be held in Volusia. It’s essentially all the same episode,” Spencer Hathaway, a spokesman for the state attorney’s office, told the News-Journal. “He will be transferred to the Volusia County Branch jail, where he will be housed.” (Story paywall-protected.)
Note: Most proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel.
The Florida Gaming Congress will be held in Orlando, with discussion about a wide range of issues affecting the state’s gambling industry. Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, is expected to be among the speakers. (8:30 a.m., Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando.)
The Florida Supreme Court is scheduled to release its weekly opinions. (11 a.m.)
Death Row inmate Oscar Bolin is scheduled to be executed for the December 1986 murder of Terri Lynn Matthews, whose body was discovered by the side of a road in rural Pasco County. (6 p.m., Florida State Prison, near Starke.)
Election kickoff: Several state lawmakers and legislative candidates are expected to take part in an election-year kickoff event hosted by the Sarasota Republican Club and the Republican Party of Sarasota County. Attendees are expected to include Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice; Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton; Rep. Ray Pilon, R-Sarasota; Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota; Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice; Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton; Senate candidates Doug Holder and Nora Patterson; and House candidate Joe Gruters. (6 p.m., Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.)
–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
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- Jan. 8: Celebrate the Flagler County Public Library’s 16th birthday at 2 p.m. Music will be provided by well know musician and resident of Flagler Beach, Capt’n Nick. Dancing encouraged. Cake will be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Any questions, call 386-446-6763.
- Jan. 9: Palm Coast’s Christmas Tree Recycling Event.
- Jan. 13: Mayor Jon Netts will be the featured speaker at the Indian Trails II Neighborhood Watch meeting at the Flagler County Public Library, 6 p.m.
- Jan. 30: The City of Palm Coast’s Town Center Park will host the Color Vibe 5K – the first-ever “colorful” walk-run in Palm Coast. The Palm Coast Color Vibe 5K will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave.
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The following is an update of ongoing construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through Dec. 15:
Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, 1 percent done: Located at 5625 North US Highway 1, the school received a Development Order for a new 13,794 sq. ft. early learning center to be located on the south side of their 8.6-acre site. The architecture of the new one-story building will be very similar to the existing church and school facilities that are located just north of the proposed new building.
Holland Park, 48 percent done: Grading and installation of perimeter sidewalk continues. Electrical conduits being installed to new restroom. Restroom plot has been cleared and graded. Water service has been installed at restroom site. Surveying for basketball court and roadway has begun..
County’s I-95 Interchange Matanzas Woods Reclaim Water, 76 percent done: Retention ponds are being excavated and fill continues for the ramps. (Not in the Dec. 15 update.)
Palm Harbor Parkway Roadway Extension, 38 percent done: The headwall for the double barrel stormwater pipe has been installed and tied in. The water main and reuse main have been extended towards Forest Grove Drive waiting on the
closure of the road next week to make the road crossing.
Colechester Bridge, 93 percent done: Seawall has been completed on the east side, slope pavement has begun.
North Old Kings Road Extension to Matanzas Woods Parkway, 19 percent done: Asphalt was installed on the new section of roadway adjacent to the old roadway at the intersection of Old Kings Road and Forest Grove. (Not in the Dec. 4 update.)
Old Kings Road Force Main 83 percent done:: Contractor has completed the Force main up to the pig launch points and restored the site and trail. The area for the pig flush was completed and flushing has started. (Not in the Dec. 15 update.)
Forest Grove Drive connection to Palm Harbor Parkway to be closed starting Dec. 18: Effective Friday, Dec. 18, the City of Palm Coast will be closing the Forest Grove Drive connection to Palm Harbor Parkway. This road closure is required as part of construction operations for the Palm Harbor Parkway extension, which is currently under construction. Palm Harbor is being realigned and extended to connect directly with Matanzas Woods Parkway where it intersects with Old Kings Road. Message boards will be placed to advise motorists and other travelers of the upcoming change, and a public meeting has already been held for residents living in that area. Both the Palm Harbor extension and a separate extension of Old Kings Road are being built in preparation for the new Interstate 95 interchange to open next June at Matanzas Woods Parkway. As part of the projects, traffic patterns around Matanzas High School will be changing. One goal is to turn Forest Grove Drive back into a residential street as it was originally intended to be. The upcoming road closure of the Forest Grove Drive connection to Palm Harbor Parkway is part of that project. Forest Grove will be turned into a cul de sac on that end. Once the separate Old Kings Road extension is completed, in June 2016, the Forest Grove Drive access to the high school will be closed because it will no longer be needed. Instead, motorists and other travelers will get to Matanzas High School via the new signalized intersection at Matanzas Woods, Palm Harbor and Old Kings. For more information, please contact Palm Coast Communications Manager Cindi Lane at 386-986-3708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, performed by Martha Argerich at the piano, under the direction of Riccardo Chailly
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- Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C Minor, BWV 1060
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- Bach’s Harpsichord Works on Historical Instruments
- Mstistalv Rostropovich Performs the Complete Bach Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012
- The Six Brandenburgs Performed by the Munich Bach Orchestra, Conducted by Karl Richter
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