Weekend: Mostly sunny throughout, highs in the 70s, lows in the 40s Friday, the 50s Saturday and Sunday.
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: 234
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: hamartiaplay.
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
“Westerners always learned the hard way in Indochina; respect for the enemy always came when it was too late.””
–From David Halberstam’s “The Best and the Brightest” (1973).
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.
Teacher work day in Flagler county schools. No school for students.
Free For All Fridays: Hosts David Ayres and Brian McMillan welcome Rep. Paull Renner with a legislative update, county tourism director Matt Dunn, Flagler Beach City Manager Larry Newsom, and the local Boy Scouts, starting a little after 9 a.m. with a commentary on the fad against not naming mass killers, by FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam.
Economic Development Town Hall: The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce hosts a business town hall at 9 a.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy., to discuss fiber and other infrastructure needs that can ensure our local businesses success. Expected participants include Helga van Eckert, the director of Flagler County’s economic development department, city officials from Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell, and County Commissioner Joe Mullins, among others. The event is Free and open to the public, though RSVPs are highly encouraged, to Heather Edwards at the Chamber, who can be reached by email here.
Friday: The Scenic A1A PRIDE Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Rd. off A1A.
Friday: Stetson University Opera Theatre and Orchestra Contemporary One-Act Operas, featuring L’enfant et les sortilèges by Maurice Ravel, Russell Franks, director, Anthony Hose, conductor. 7:30 p.m., DeLand High School Theater Center, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and students and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie,” at the Flagler Playhouse. “The Glass Menagerie” is a memory play, its action drawn from the memories of the narrator, Tom Wingfield. The play is set in St. Louis in 1937. He is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and his sister, Laura. Mr. Wingfield, Tom and Laura’s father, ran off years ago and, except for one postcard, has not been heard from since. The play is strongly autobiographical. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. The Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Call the box office at 386-586-0773 or visit the website for tickets here.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: The St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival celebrates its 38th year with a return to Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine. A St. Augustine tradition since 1981, the Seafood Festival is the largest, oldest and most family-oriented festival in the Ancient City. With more than 20,000 people expected to attend, the Festival is a cornerstone of the St. Augustine Lions fundraising mission to help those in need. Francis Field is located at 25 W. Castillo Drive in downtown St. Augustine. Festival hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 22; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 23; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24. The Arts & Crafts village closes at sundown. Admission is $5 for adults; children under 15 are free. Active duty military with ID are also free. Food prices are not included with admission. On Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, free parking with a shuttle to the Seafood Festival will be available. Parking and shuttle are based at the St. Johns County Health Department, located at 200 San Sebastian View, and at the north San Marco lot at 301 San Marco Ave. Shuttles will pick up and drop off visitors at these two locations during Festival hours on Saturday and Sunday only. Look for “shuttle” signs directing you to these locations. More information on the parking and shuttle are on the website.
Saturday: Flagler County Fire Rescue Station 16 – Halifax/Plantation Bay Open House, at 3935 Old Dixie Hwy, Ormond Beach, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet with your local Fire Rescue personnel and tour Fire Station #16. Additionally, Flagler County Emergency Management will be available to assist residents in signing up for the ALERTFlagler emergency notifications, and Special Needs Sheltering programs.
Saturday: The University of Florida Flagler County Extension holds its annual Spring Open House and Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Flagler County Extension Office, 150 Sawgrass Rd., Bunnell. There will be Demonstration Garden Talks and Tours on Florida-Friendly Landscaping; Maia’s Homemade Reusable Bee’s Wax Wrappers; Raised Bed Gardens, Self-Watering Planters and Vertical Towers; and Palm Basics. Master Gardeners will be offering Plant Clinics and giving free advice on lawn and garden issues. The public is encouraged to bring in samples or pictures of sick plants or unknown insects. Gently used garden tools and plants will be on sale. The event is open to the public and parking is free. For more information contact 386-437-7464 or [email protected]
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: The George Washington Carver Foundation’s annual Motown Madness evening, a fund-raiser for the Carver Gym in Bunnell, starts at 6 p.m., featuring the band Traces of Gold, dinner and moire for $50 per person. The Carver Center is a recreational facility that also offers tutoring, after school study, internet access and also serves the community with GED classes, employment counseling and other services. It supports the Road to Success program, the AIM summer camp and numerous athletic tournaments. For tickets, email [email protected] or call Jordan Butler at 386/437-7540, extension 3159.
Saturday NCAA Clinic: Children and teens ages 6-16 are invited to participate in a free NCCAA Youth Sports Clinic from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Youth will choose a clinic from one of the five sports offered, learning new skills and practicing the sport. Instruction will be provided by National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) collegiate athletes and their professional coaches. Check-in will be at 9 a.m., with the sports clinics beginning at 9:30 a.m. The golf sports clinic will be held at the City of Palm Coast’s Palm Harbor Golf Club, 20 Palm Harbor Drive, and all other sports at Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Pkwy. The free sports clinic is being offered by Palm Coast Parks & Recreation. Space is limited and spots are filling fast. Advance registration is required at www.parksandrec.fun/events. On-site registration will be available on March 23 only if space is still available. For more information, call Parks & Recreation at 386-986-2323.
Saturday: 2nd Annual Strawberry Fest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Park in Palm Coast’s Town Center. Family Fun & Festivities, Delicious Food, Plant City Strawberries, Art & Crafts, Free Bounce Houses, Strawberry Shortcake, Live Entertainment, Classic Cars, Free Rock Painting, Strawberry Fudge, Pie Eating Contest,Pony Rides, Strawberry Wine Slush Mixes, Face Painting, Free Hula Hoop Contest, Strawberry Ice Cream, Free Petting Zoo, Berry Cute Baby Contest, Free Sack Races, Train Rides, Free Bean Bag Toss, Yummy Treats & Much More! Admission $6, Kids 2 & Under Free $1 OFF ADMISSION! Visit our website for coupon or bring a canned good for discount. Benefits Grace Community Food Pantry.
Saturday: Salvo Art Project hosts its monthly open house at 6 p.m. with Paul Beaulieu’s Paintings, as well as the works of his students, featured in the Schreiner Memorial Room. “We will also be spotlighting the work of our studio artist Andy Sovia in the classroom. All studios will be open to guests,” JJ Graham says. Admission is $10 to help cover food, beverages, and live entertainment in the back parking lot. Overflow parking alongside Peach Street and across Moody Blvd. Feel free to be fancy or casual. 802 East Moody Blvd. Bunnell.
Sunday: Stetson University Opera Theatre and Orchestra Contemporary One-Act Operas, featuring L’enfant et les sortilèges by Maurice Ravel, Russell Franks, director, Anthony Hose, conductor. 3 p.m., DeLand High School Theater Center, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and students and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.
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):
- Friday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 10 a.m. to 6:30 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.
Segment 2 (South 22nd Street to South 9th Street):
The contractor has begun installing the new water main along the west side of S.R. A1A. The work began at the south end of the project and is moving north. Sidewalk has been removed to accommodate the water main installation. Temporary pedestrian walkways have been created, and pedestrians are asked to use the walkways for safety.
Construction activities will continue during daylight hours Monday through Saturday. Please obey the posted speed limit through the work area and detour, and be alert to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Segment 3 (North 18th Street to Osprey Drive) Project Update:
The contractor has drilled and set reinforcing fiberglass cages in more than two dozen shafts to create the buried seawall. Work is continuing northward to clear and place additional sand within the project corridor.
Construction activities will continue during daylight hours Monday through Saturday. The contractor is requesting that spectators stay off the shoulders and out of the work zone for safety. Drivers need to obey the 25-mph speed limit and there is no parking on the shoulder.
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.
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
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.
UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS RELEASED: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is scheduled to release February unemployment figures. (Friday, 10 a.m.)
GRAHAM SPEAKS AT PALM BEACH GOP EVENT: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will speak at the Republican Party of Palm Beach County’s Lincoln Day dinner. Also expected to take part are former Attorney General Pam Bondi and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla. (Friday, 6:30 p.m., Mar-A-Lago Club, Palm Beach.)
—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:
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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports
Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of March 1, 2019, with a link to the full week in review here.
Click to access week-in-review-march-15-2019-developments.pdf
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