Today:: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. North winds 5 mph shifting to the east in the afternoon. Tonight: Clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. Southeast winds 5 mph in the evening becoming light. Details here.
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: 19
The OED’s Word of the day: rat fink, n. and adj.
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
“The mother-haunted son within me knows she is right. After all, he asks, what is a newspaperman? A peeper, an invader of privacy, a scandal peddler, a mischief-maker, a busybody, a man content to wear out his hams sitting in marble corridors waiting for important people to lie to him, a comic-strip intellectual, a human pomposity dilating on his constitutional duty, a drum thumper on a demagogue’s bandwagon, a member of the claque for this week’s fashion, part of next week’s goon squad that will destroy it.”
–From Russell Baker’s “The Good Times” (1989).
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.
Palm Coast Animal Control hearing at City Hall in Town Center, 10 a.m.
The Palm Coast City Council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council will hold a badge pinning ceremony for recently hired or promoted firefighters: Bradd Clark-Deputy Chief, Kyle Berryhill-Battalion Chief, Andrew Woolwine-Captain, Michael LaGreca- Driver Engineer, Katelynn Douglas- Firefighter/EMT, Joshua Meeker-Firefighter/EMT. The council is expected to approve the next, $250,000 phase of a traffic signal optimization plan that includes linking all traffic cameras at intersections to the sheriff’s office. The video will be kept for 90 days.
The Flagler County School Board meets in workshop at 3 p.m. in Room 3 on the third floor of the Government Services Building in Bunnell. Board members will discuss putting out to bid architectural services for $125,000, and will, discuss adoption of math textbooks and materials for all grades.
The Flagler Beach Planning and Architecture (or PAR) Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
The Rymfire Elementary School Advisory Council meets at 5:30 p.m. at the school’s media center.
Matanzas High School’s Percussion Class holds a concert in the Solo Bistro at the school, 7 p.m.
DSC Job Fair: Employers from a variety of industries will be on hand seeking to fill positions as Daytona State College’s DeLand Campus hosts a spring job fair. Set for 9 a.m. to noon at the DeLand Campus, 1155 County Road 4139. Participating employers include Centra Care, Daytona Beverages, Halifax Health, Heartland Dental, J&P Cycles, National Broadband, Senior Helpers, Sherwin-Williams, Spherion Staffing, Sykes, US Foods, VITAS Healthcare, Volusia County Schools, Waffle House, Walgreens and others representing a range of industries. The job fair is free and open to the public; all are welcome. Additional job fairs are slated through spring: March 8 on DSC’s Flagler/Palm Coast Campus, March 27 on the Daytona Beach Campus and one dedicated to health careers on May 1 also on the Daytona Beach Campus. For additional information regarding the upcoming job fairs or DSC’s Career Services, contact Dean Howe, (386) 506-3379 or [email protected]
The Hammock Community Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Rd., with guest speaker Gary Inks of Marineland Dolphin Adventure, who’ll speak of new plans for the attraction and of tourism.
The Flagler Sportsfishing Club holds its monthly meeting starting with quick tips at 7 p.m., a general club meeting at 7:30 p.m. and a panel discussion at 8 p.m. at the VFW Club, 47 Old Kings Rd N Palm Coast. All are welcome. Also where to go find the latest information on the club’s activities. The night will introduce a few key sponsors that support the club and its members. The night is also Swap and Shop Night so bring any fishing equipment that you want to sell.
The Daytona State College Foundation’s Wisdom in Senior Education (WISE) program: Advanced Technology College (ATC), 1770 Technology Blvd, Daytona Beach, Multipurpose Room (Rm. 109). Florida History Through the Amazing Illustrations of Harper’s Weekly. James Zacharias is the senior curator of education and curator of history at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Once the most popular newspaper in America from 1855-1910, Harper’s gave birth to modern journalism. Using amazing illustrations carved from wood and new technology, Harper’s Illustrated Weekly could visually document moments in American and Florida history with great ease. A blend of art technology and history, the presentation takes you on a visual journey through the state during the Civil War and Florida’s Gilded Age. The art is exquisite and the stories amazing. The Foundation created the WISE program to provide continuing education and cultural enrichment activities to senior members of the community. WISE is open to anyone age 50 or older, for $30 for an individual or $50 per couple per year. Find a complete list of spring presenters at DaytonaState.edu/wise. For more information, contact Suzette Cameron (386) 506-4506, or [email protected]
PULSE: A Musical Celebration of Those Who Lived and Are Living Their True Lives, a Stetson Alumni Recital: Shawn Copeland (’99), clarinet, Kayla Liechty Paulk (’90), clarinet. 7:30 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. The concert will premiere “PULSE,” a sonata for clarinet and piano, written by Stetson alumnus Carlos Velez along with other works, which are significant to the theme of the recital, such as, Velez’s “Prism Suite” for solo clarinet, Leonard Bernstein’s “Sonata for Clarinet Piano” and David Maslanka’s meditative and commemorative “Eternal Garden: Four Songs for Clarinet and Piano.” “PULSE” is a musical celebration of Orlando’s LGBTQ community and a musical depiction of a night spent in three clubs within one nightclub in Orlando. This piece is not an in memoriam for these tragic deaths; rather, it is a celebration of the lives of these individuals, and an expression of their courage for simply being themselves at a time when situations like this are often treated with hate and violence.
COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT ON HEALTH ISSUES: Flagler county residents are being asked to speak up and voice their opinion on a variety of health-related topics through an online survey. The input from the community will be used to create health improvement plans to address community concerns and improve quality of life. The survey is online here countyhealthsurvey.com and is available in English and Spanish. Results of the survey provide the foundation of Community Health Needs Assessments, which are a collection of data used to inform communities and develop goals to improve health outcomes. Once the assessments are complete, they will be used to create three-year Community Health Improvement Plans for both Volusia and Flagler counties. The assessments are being conducted in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health in Flagler and Volusia counties, Flagler Cares, local hospitals and Volusia and Flagler county government. Residents, employers and community partners are encouraged to share this link and ask others to take the survey as well. The survey will close February 28, 2019. Please take the survey here.
Navy Bombing in the Ocala National Forest: Navy training schedules indicate that inert and live bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest this week. Bombings at times can be heard in Flagler-Palm Coast. The bombings are scheduled as follows:
Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live/Inert
Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live/Inert
Thursday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live/Inert
Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live/Inert
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live/Inert
Sunday: 5-11 p.m. – Live/Inert
During bombing periods wildlife may be temporarily displaced. Use extra caution when driving through the Ocala National forest and surrounding areas. Secure any items around your residence that could attract wildlife. Always be mindful of larger animals including black bears and practice bearwise
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: Post Office, 2 Pine Cone Drive, Palm Coast, 2 to 5 p.m.
- Thursday: Banfield Pet Hospital, 5270 State Road 100 (Target ShoppinG center), Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Thursday: Woody’s BBQ, 99 Flagler Plaza Drive, Palm Coast, 3 to 6 p.m.
- Sunday: Trinity Presbyterean Church, 156 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Sunday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 1:30 to 3:30 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
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.
February 4 Update: Construction is scheduled to begin this week week on Segments 2 and 3 of the S.R. A1A project. Work on Segment 2, from S. 22nd Street to S. 9th Street will include removal of the existing low-profile barrier wall, and construction of the temporary lime rock base on the east side of the roadway to prepare for placement of temporary asphalt. This work will require single lane closures with flagging operations during the day. Work is expected to progress from south to north. Both northbound and southbound traffic will remain on S.R. A1A. The southbound S.R. A1A detour is expected to begin in late February.
Work on Segment 3, from N. 18th Street to Osprey Drive will include removing two existing beach walkovers near N.18th Street and one walkover in front of Oceanside Condominiums as noted in the plans. Work also will include importing and placing sand in preparation for installing the auger cast pilings. Traffic will be shifted slightly to the west on S.R. A1A to accommodate the work. Drivers can expect a single lane closure with flagging operations when traffic is shifted.
The contractor has 300 days to complete the work.
- 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.
This week southbound U.S. 1 will be reduced to one lane and be shifted slightly west onto new pavement. Southbound U.S. 1 traffic heading to Old Dixie Highway will be directed to stay on southbound U.S. 1 and make a U-turn to return to Old Dixie Highway using northbound U.S. 1. Old Dixie Highway drivers heading to southbound U.S. 1 will have to turn onto northbound U.S. 1 and make a U-turn to access southbound U.S. 1. Later this week, northbound U.S. 1 will be reduced to one lane and shifted west onto the existing southbound side of the roadway. Once this shift is made, U.S. 1 will have one lane in each direction through the project area. The speed limit will be reduced along U.S. 1 through the construction zone, and drivers are asked to be alert and use caution when traveling through the work area.
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
Scholarship Applicants Wanted: The Flagler Woman’s Club will award multiple $2000 scholarships to male and female graduating seniors in all areas of study including Theatre, Art, Music, and Trade Schools. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen; a resident of Flagler County for a minimum of one year; have a financial need and qualify for acceptance to a college or a trade school. Printed applications are now available at the Flagler Palm Coast and Matanzas High Schools’ Guidance Departments; the Flagler County Library in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beach Library. The application is also available on our Face Book page at The Flagler Woman’s Club. The application deadline is February 8, 2019. For more information call Kay Johnson at (386)439-3960 or (386)405-8518.
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.
COALITION FOR CHILDREN HOLDS KICKOFF: Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, is expected to take part in a kickoff breakfast for the Florida Coalition of Children’s annual rally at the Capitol. The rally is a two-day event. (Tuesday, 8 a.m., 22nd floor, the Capitol.)
FINANCIAL LITERACY SOUGHT: The Senate Education Committee will take up a bill (SB 114), filed by Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, that would require students entering ninth grade beginning in the 2019-2020 school year to earn one-half credit in personal financial literacy and money management. The bill is dubbed the “Dorothy L. Hukill Financial Literacy Act,” after the late Sen. Dorothy Hukill, a Port Orange Republican who long pushed for teaching financial literacy in schools. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
SENATORS MOVE FORWARD WITH VAPING BAN: The Senate Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee will take up a proposal (SPB 7012) that would carry out a voter-approved constitutional amendment that bans vaping in indoor workplaces. The bill largely mirrors a longstanding ban on smoking tobacco in indoor workplaces. But in one key difference, it would allow city or county ordinances that would place more-restrictive regulations on vaping. Under state law, only the state can regulate smoking tobacco. The Senate bill also would add vaping to a state law that bars people under age 18 from smoking tobacco within 1,000 feet of schools. Voters approved the constitutional amendment in the Nov. 6 election. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ON TABLE: The House Education Committee will take up issues related to career and technical education, including a presentation by the Foundation for Excellence in Education about the impact of industry credentials. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)
IMPACT FEES EYED: The Senate Community Affairs Committee will consider a proposal (SB 144), filed by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, that would place additional restrictions on the use of impact fees by local governments. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
‘BUNDLED’ BALLOT MEASURES TARGETED: The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will take up a proposal (SJR 74), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, that would impose a single-subject requirement on measures placed on the ballot in the future by the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. The issue drew attention last year after the Constitution Revision Commission bundled seemingly unrelated issues into single proposed constitutional amendments. As an example, one amendment that was approved by voters Nov. 6 combined a ban on offshore oil drilling with a ban on vaping in workplaces. The Constitution Revision Commission, a 37-member panel that meets every 20 years, has unique powers to place measures on the ballot. The commission will not meet again until 2037 in advance of placing measures on the 2038 ballot. If approved by the Legislature, Bradley’s single-subject proposal could go before voters in 2020 and, if passed, would apply to the 2037-2038 Constitution Revision Commission. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
DISTRACTED DRIVING DISCUSSED: The Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee will hold a workshop and panel discussion on distracted driving. The discussion is expected to include representatives of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Florida Sheriffs Association. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
UTILITY TAX ISSUES ON TABLE: The Florida Public Service Commission will hold a regular commission meeting, followed by a hearing on the impacts of the 2017 federal tax overhaul on Florida Power & Light. During the regular meeting, the commission also will consider the tax overhaul’s impacts on Florida Public Utilities Co. The tax overhaul, in part, cut corporate income-tax rates from 35 percent to 21 percent, and the state’s utilities are expected to pass along savings to customers. (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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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports
Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of Jan. 31, 2019, with a link to the full week in review here.
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Vaughan Williams: Rhosymedre (US Marine Band)
- Maurice Ravel: La Valse
- George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Maja Babyszka, piano
- Abel Carlevaro: Tamboriles
- Leonora Spangenberger (13) plays Heitor Villa Lobos’s Etude No 9
- Michel Sardou: Le France
- Smetana: Má Vlast / Kubelík Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
- Leontyne Price: the Interview
- Florence Price’s Fantaisie Negre, Performed by Elijah Stevens
- Jean Sibelius, Tapiola: Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, Orchestra of the Slovak Philharmony
- Ciaccona in E flat major by Silvius Leopold Weiss, performed by Nigel North
- Brahms’s Requiem
- Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A major, D.667 (“Trout”)
- Charpentier: Messe de Minuit pour Noel (Midnight Mass for Christmas)
- Mozart – Violin Concerto No.3, Hillary Hahn
- Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, Ivan Klansky, piano
- Victor Herbert’s Irish Rhapsody
- Malcolm Arnold: Serenade for Guitar and Strings
- Claude Bolling – Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Piano Trio: Gracieuse (Carlo Pari)
- Aldo Ciccolini Performs Brahms’s Intermezzo n.2 op.118
- Erik Bosgraaf in performance at Wilton’s Music Hall
- Erik Bosgraaf & the Stradivarius of the recorder
- Medtner : Sonata for Piano in A Minor Op. 38 n°1 “Reminiscenza” (Evgeny Svetlanov)
- Ferdinand Ries: Quartet in D minor
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