Weekend:: Mostly cloudy Friday morning, turning to partly cloudy for the rest of the weekend, highs in the upper 70s to low 80s, lows in the upper 50s to low 60s. 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: 177
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: billion.
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.
Friday: Business officers from a variety of industries will be on hand seeking to fill positions on Friday, March 1, and again on Wednesday, March 27, when Daytona State College’s Flagler/Palm Coast and Daytona Beach campuses host spring job fairs. The March 1 job fair at Flagler/Palm Coast Campus, 3000 Palm Coast Pkwy. SE, is slated from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Employers include Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast Data, Flagler County Sheriff’s Department, City of Palm Coast, Flagler Hospital of St. Augustine, J&P Cycles, Visiting Angels and Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, to name just a few. The March 27 job fair is set for 9 a.m. to noon at the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Participating employers include Concierge Care, Florida Health Care Plans, Halifax Health, Pall Corporation, Sherwin-Williams, U.S. Foods, Sykes, Walgreens and others representing a range of industries. Current DSC students and alumni are welcome to visit the college’s Career Services Department prior to the job fairs for assistance with resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and other free services. For additional information regarding the job fairs or DSC’s Career Services, contact [email protected], (386) 506-3379.
Friday: Staff members for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will hold “mobile” office hours, noon, Flagler First, Flagler County Fairgrounds, 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: “A Bad Year For Tomatoes,” at the Daytona Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The very funny misfortunes of a famous television actress who seeks to “get away from it all” in a small New England town without much luck given her noisy, omnipresent neighbors. A delightful light-hearted comedy. Directed by Larrie Tiffany. Daytona Playhouse, 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach. Tickets are $20. Book here.
Saturday: The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s top ensemble, the Harmony Chamber Orchestra, performs a concert to benefit the FYO at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Bunnell, 2301 Commerce Parkway. The concert is free but generous donations are strongly recommended. The orchestra will feature the FYO’s top-30 most advanced performers, who will play 15 works and a total of 21 movements, including pieces by Mozart, Handel, Purcell, pieces from “West Side Story” and “La La Land,” and a lot more. See the background story here.
Saturday: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club hosts its 15th annual show at the Elk’s Lodge #2709, 53 Old Kings Road, N., in Palm Coast. The show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stamp and Coin show will have dealers from though out Florida and will include a raffle for gold and silver coins. The drawing will be held at 2 p.m. and you do not need to be present to win. A Chinese Auction will be held at the end of the raffle drawing. The public is invited. Free parking. The dealers will give free evaluations of your stamp and coin collections, silver and gold coins. Door prizes every 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information contact the President at stampand[email protected] or visit web at http://www.stampandcoinclub.com
Saturday: Yoga on the Beach from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Old Salt Park, 200 16th Road in the Hammock. Call 904/514-3598. Every Saturday.
Saturday: Bullying Prevention March: A march is scheduled starting at 11:30 a.m. at Madison Green Apartments to Flagler Palm Coast High School in memory of Shauntiana Stafford, the FPC student who took her life in January.
Saturday: “Transforming Boys to Christian Men”: Boyz-2-Men Conference, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 75 Pine Lakes Parkway South, Palm Coast, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The purpose of this event is to guide boys through the process of becoming young men. The facilitators for this event will be the first overall pick in the 1966 NBA draft, all-American and all-star basketball player, Cazzie Russell. Cazzie Russel will also be the guest speaker for Mount Calvary’s Sunday morning service at 11:00 AM on March 3, 2019. The second facilitator will be, drug addict, turned award winning author, speaker, and college professor, Terrance Coffie. We are requesting that all participants call the church office at 386-447-5719 to register. A light breakfast, lunch and a gift will be provided for all participants. The event is free. See the flier here.
Saturday: A reception marks the opening of a show of sculptures by artists Joan Baliker and Paul Baliker at the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fortune Group Property Gallery at European Village, starting at 6 p.m. 101 Palm Coast Parkway. The exhibit is curated by Paul Beaulieu and Thomas Anastasio.
Saturday: The Rotary Club of Palm Coast is launching a new fun event “Martini Madness” starting at 7 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center. The event will feature a variety of tastings from local restaurants, specialty food retailers, caterers and food service providers. A Signature Martini Bar will be hosted by Fun Coast Bartending and beer and wine will also be available. The 21+ black-tie optional event will also include dancing to live music from Traces of Gold, silent auction, bottle toss and raffles. The Rotary Club of Palm Coast anticipates this new event will become the club’s largest annual fundraiser, with 100% of the proceeds supporting the club’s many local service projects and other emerging opportunities and community needs including college scholarships, leadership awards, college Scholarship, Christmas Come True and Bikers Against Child Abuse, among others. Tickets are $50 per person via Eventbrite or by contacting the club directly at [email protected]. A limited number of reserved tables for eight are available for $350 by contacting the club directly. The club is actively seeking event sponsors, food and beverage purveyors and auction donations. More information is available on the event Facebook page. Event Chair: Debbie Ronson [email protected] 386.585.0506 For more information about the club, visit the club’s website at www.palmcoastrotary.org, Facebook Page, or contact President Kim Carney at 386.846.5493.
Sunday: Opponents of an expansion of Captain’s BBQ at Bing’s Landing hold another of their regular Sunday protests outside of Bing’s Landing, the county park, on State Road A1A in the Hammock, starting at 2 p.m.
Sunday: Hair Cuts From the Heart: Reflections Salon, 25 Pine Cone Drive, Palm Coast, Suite 3A, is doing a fund-raiser for Faith Shaw, the 17-year-old Palm Coast girl diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was less than a year old and who in January had a double-lung transplant. The salon is offering free haircuts with recommended donations of $15 and up, from 10 to 2 p.m. All funds will go to Faith’s health care needs. See her GoFundMe page here.
Sunday: “The Choir of Man,” at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour! Known across the globe as “the ultimate feel-good show,” The Choir of Man offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy! It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you’ll ever see! CHEERS!
Adult $44.90 Student $40.90
COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT ON HEALTH ISSUES (closes March 15): 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.
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: Government Services Building, Bunnell, 1 to 4 p.m.
- Wednesday: Flagler Palm Coast High School, 5500 State Road 100, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Thursday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Friday: Advance America, 800 Belle Terre Parkway, Suite 212, Palm Coast, 2 to 7 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.
Segment 2: South 22nd to South 9th Street: A significant detour on State Road (S.R.) A1A in Flagler Beach is set to start Tuesday, Feb 26, as construction continues on a project to protect the road from erosion and future storm events. The work is part of a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) project to construct improvements along three sections of S.R. A1A in Flagler County. A temporary traffic repair has been in place since the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in late 2016.
- Southbound traffic on S.R. A1A will be detoured onto a local road, South Central Avenue, between South 7th Street and South 23rd Street.
- Northbound traffic will remain on S.R. A1A.
- The detour will be in place throughout the reconstruction.
- Access to all businesses and homes will be maintained.
- Access will also be available using side streets.
- For those with driveways only on S.R. A1A, access will be available from northbound S.R. A1A.
Since this is a popular destination for tourists and visitors, drivers are asked to obey the posted speed limits on both S.R. A1A and Central Avenue, and to be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists in the area. Due to safety concerns, bicyclists and foot traffic are urged to stay in designated, safe areas throughout the project.
Segment 3: North 18th Street to Osprey Drive: The contractor continues to bring in sand and prepare for installation of the new buried seawall. Residents may have noticed the contractor installing forms near North 18th Street. This is not the seawall itself. These forms will be used to guide the drill and form the new concrete shafts of the wall. These shafts will be about 36 feet deep. The contractor is expected to move its drilling equipment onto the work site this week. This movement is likely to require short stoppages of traffic using flagging operations along A1A.
The contractor will continue to remove dune walkovers as needed to accommodate construction of the buried seawall. The affected dune walkovers include both public and private walkovers between North 18th Street and Osprey Drive. By contract, all affected dune walkovers will be reconstructed once work is complete to their pre-construction condition. The contractor is carefully removing and storing separately the existing materials for each walkover. Photographs also are being taken to document existing conditions and will be used to assist with reconstruction.
Please note that the walkovers must remain closed during construction for safety reasons.
The project team has announced that reconstruction of the walkovers is tentatively scheduled to begin in fall 2019. This timeframe is based on the current work schedule. Please note the schedule may be affected by weather or unforeseen circumstances.
The contractor has 300 days to complete the work.
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.
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
Engineering Department hosts MalaCompra Basin project update with residents: Flagler County’s Engineering Department will host a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 at the Hammock Community Center to provide an update on the MalaCompra Basin Water Quality Enhancement project. Mailed invitations will be sent to property owners who are directly impacted by the project – Marineland Acres, Rollins Dunes, and Seascape. “We want to keep residents informed about the status of the project,” said County Engineer Faith Alkhatib. “As always, we will do our best to minimize the impact on the daily life of our residents while we move forward with this health and safety project.” The project will accomplish two goals: ease flooding on the northern barrier island; and, prevent untreated stormwater and septic tank leachate from making its way into the Intracoastal and ultimately places like Pellicer Creek headwaters – a pristine estuarine system. Presently, construction for the system outfall improvements is underway. The stormwater treatment facility construction off Bay Drive will begin within the next couple of months. Design work is about 60 percent complete for the side street collection laterals. The construction for that $6 million portion of the project is almost fully funded through a Florida Department of Transportation grant for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Also assisting, the St. Johns River Water Management District in 2016 awarded Flagler County a $500,000 grant as a Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) cost-share program project. The District decades ago placed the project in its Northern Coastal Basin Surface Water Improvement Management (SWIM) plan. The Flagler County Board of County Commissioners tracked the problems for many years, and in 2010 agreed to make the project a top legislative priority. The County has spent more than $6 million combined on the design and permitting – through the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as the acquisition of property for the holding pond and outfall easements. Hammock Community Center is located at 79 MalaCompra Road.
RAIL PROJECT BONDS AT ISSUE: The Florida Development of Finance Corp. will hold a public hearing about the issuance of bonds for the Brightline rail system, which is planned to link Miami and Orlando. (Friday, 9 a.m., Residence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol, 600 West Gaines St., Tallahassee.)
PERDUE AT ‘COMMODITY CLASSIC’ EVENT: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is expected to appear at the 2019 Commodity Classic, billed as “America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience.” Perdue is slated to discuss international trade, farm bill implementation, rural development and the role of agriculture in America’s food security and economic health. (Friday, 9 a.m., Orange County Convention Center. 9800 International Dr., Orlando.)
COMMUNICATIONS TAX CONSIDERED: The Revenue Estimating Conference will take up issues related to gross receipts and the communications services tax. (Friday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
EMPLOYEES’ HEALTH INSURANCE AT ISSUE: The Self-Insurance Estimating Conference will analyze issues in the state employees’ health-insurance program. (Friday, 1:30 p.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
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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
- Willie Nelson and His Sons Discuss Growing up on Tour and Performing as a Family
- Sulkhan Tsintsadze: Miniatures for String Quartet
- Joseph Marx: Trio-Phantasie (1914)
- George Antheil: Violin Sonata Nr. 2
- Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Op. 20
- 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