Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 60s.
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: 193
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: putsch.
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.
Flagler Youth Orchestra’s year-end Take a Bow Concert, 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium, 5500 East Hwy 100, Palm Coast, call 386-437-7547. The Flagler Youth Orchestra performs its final concert of the 2018-19 season on Monday, April 29th, at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium in Palm Coast. Conductor Sue Cryan and fellow teachers of the FYO will lead five orchestras with 375 string musicians — a cross-section of public, private and homeschooled students. The program includes music by Mozart, Freddie Mercury and much more. Adult tickets are $8 with $1 from each ticket going to the Auditorium’s Arts in Education Fund, and children 17 and under are $3. The orchestra’s proceeds help underwrite instrument scholarships and repairs, teaching staff and concert productions. The Flagler Youth Orchestra is made possible by the Flagler County School District, with the support of the Friends of the Youth Orchestra, whose sole mission is to provide free music education after school to all Flagler children with a desire to play an instrument. Book 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: Flagler County Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell, 1-3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday: Gamble Rogers State Recreational Area, 3100 South Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: Fantastic Sam’s, 5200 State Road 100 (Target shopping center), Palm Coast, 2:45 to 6 p.m.
- Thursday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Friday: Fitness One, 250 Old Kings Road South, Flagler Beach, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Friday: Advance America Palm Coast, 800 Belle Terre Parkway, Suite 212, Palm Coast, 2 to 5 p.m.
- Friday: First Friday in Flagler Beach, Veterans Park, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Jail Bookings and Last 24 Hours' Incidents in Flagler, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Bunnell
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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: April 29
Segment 2 (South 22nd Street to South 9th Street):
Installation of a new water main, as well as a new sewer line, is in progress between South 19th Street and South 18th Street. This work is expected to continue over the next few weeks. South of South 19th Street, installation of the French drain system is continuing.
This type of drainage system will collect stormwater into large gravel-filled, underground vaults set into what will be a new raised median. The vaults will be able to store water during heavy rains, which will improve the flooding that occurs to prevent erosion and undermining of the roadway. The water collected will percolate through the vaults into the aquifer. The roadway will be reconstructed at the appropriate slope to collect water at the median.
Pedestrian walkways are open. Pedestrians and bicyclists are asked to be alert to construction equipment and use caution. On South Central Avenue, the project team has applied reflective tape to stop signs to help increase visibility of the signs, and additional enforcement will be conducted by the Florida Highway Patrol.
Segment 3 (North 18th Street to Osprey Drive) Project Update:
Residents can now see all phases of the secant wall process on this segment. At the very north end, the contractor is almost finished bringing in sand and preparing the dune for the drilling process. On the very south end, the concrete cap of the wall has been poured. In the middle of the project, workers are drilling the concrete piles and setting the fiberglass cages.
Once the wall is constructed and the cap has been poured throughout the length of the project, the contractor will shape the dune to the specified slope, place sand on top of the wall, and plant new vegetation.
A short presentation on how the wall is constructed has been added to our project webpage and can be seen below:
Recently, DOT received a few questions from residents that DOT wants to answer:
1. Why do some properties have the black silt fencing and others do not?
The silt fencing is an erosion control requirement to prevent dirt and debris from leaving our work area and being deposited into waterways or onto private property. In some areas, the property to the west of our work area slopes up away from the work area, so erosion control is not required.
Residents and property owners can get a general idea of where the department’s right of way ends by looking at the placement of the power poles, as well as stakes that have been placed along the project. In some areas, the back edge of the new sidewalk will be slightly farther to the west. For the most part, the back of the new sidewalk will be very close to, or right at, the right of way line.
This project calls for all of the work to be performed within the Florida Department of Transportation right of way. If, however, the work disturbs or damages private property outside of the right of way, the contractor is responsible to make repairs once the work is finished.
Please note that all restoration of conditions within the department’s right of way, including landscaping, hardscaping and driveways, is dictated by the construction plans and existing permits.
3. When will the sidewalk be replaced?
The contractor has begun installing the new sidewalk to the south of 19th Street. As the new water main is installed, there are several types of testing that need to be performed on the new line, and the work needs to be accepted by the City of Flagler Beach before the new sidewalk can be placed. The water main installation is expected to continue for the next several months.
Pedestrians are asked to stay within the temporary pedestrian walkways for safety. Residents and visitors also are reminded that all of the dune walkovers are closed, and removing any signage or barricades to access a walkover is unsafe and unlawful.
Caution! Flagler Beach police and and Sheriff’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
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.
Bunnell’s State of the City: On Monday, April 22, Mayor Catherine D. Robinson provided the annual State of the City. Citizens were invited to share a light meal, which was purchased from a local restaurant, with the City Commission and City staff prior to the start of the meeting. Before even getting into the actual State of the City address, the City swore in two new Bunnell Police Officers- Officer Jake Sanders and Officer William Roberts. In 2018, the City of Bunnell experienced a wide variety of challenges. It continued to deal with the after effects of both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Michael which occurred in 2016 and 2017, but within 12 months of each other. It went through the difficult and heartbreaking decision to transfer its Volunteer Fire Department to the County. For almost six months, the City was under leadership of an Acting City Manager. Commission John Sowell vacated his seat that he won in 2017, leaving a seat open and requiring the need to set a Special Election to fill the vacancy. No matter the challenge though, the City and Staff carried on and continued to provide superior services and customer service to its citizens, businesses and stakeholders. One of the opening slides provided a quote by Jonathan Lockwood Huie- “Winners Dream Big Dreams.” Over the last year, and particularly in the last quarter of 2018, the City certainly started dreaming big. Even more so, it took great steps to act on those dreams. The City went after and was awarded several grants to improve its infrastructure. Throughout 2018, it managed $2,092,593.10 in grants and federal aid dollars. In October, the Commission hired Dr. Alvin Jackson, a dynamic leader with endless energy, ideas, and ways to make Bunnell “The Best ‘Little’ City in the Nation.” The City hosted, co-sponsored and participated in several events through the year, even facing the difficult task of rescheduling on a day’s notice its biggest event Christmas In Bunnell due to several days of severe storms. It also held its first ever Commission Advance which shared bountiful information about the City to all who attended and allowed the Commission to set their Strategic Objectives for the coming years. Throughout the presentation it was clear. The Commission is prepared to implement the plans crafted by Bunnell for Bunnell, so we can keep dreaming big and moving forward.
City of Palm Coast earns state award for procurement practices: The City of Palm Coast Budget & Procurement Office has been awarded the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO) Award of Excellence in Public Procurement for 2019. The City is one of only 18 agencies in the state to earn the award, and this is Palm Coast’s first time to receive it. Budget & Procurement, which is part of the Finance Department, is responsible for overseeing a decentralized purchasing process that ensures competitive bidding in accordance with the City’s purchasing policy, state statute and best practices. In coordination with all City departments, staff manages all formal solicitations, prepares and executes contracts, and oversees the vendor registration process. The City was judged on innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement function, which are also best practices in the profession. Process improvement is also a consideration. The Budget & Procurement Office has made a number of changes to improve efficiency and customer service both internally and externally over the past few years. The changes, which include transitioning to a fully electronic bidding system and an electronic contracting process, both significantly improved the turn-around time for the City’s contracts and purchase orders. By improving the processes, it also made it possible to maintain the same staffing levels even as the City and demand for procurement services has grown. Greater efficiency saves tax dollars. “I am extremely proud of my team,” said Lina Williams, Budget & Procurement Manager at the City of Palm Coast. “I believe this recognition shows that everyone’s hard work in streamlining and improving the procurement processes for the City has paid off. Information about doing business with the City of Palm Coast is available at: https://www.palmcoastgov.com/government/purchasing.
‘TOBACCO 21’ WEIGHED IN SENATE: The Senate will take up numerous issues during a floor session, including a proposal (SB 1618), sponsored by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, that would raise from 18 to 21 the legal age for smoking tobacco and vaping — an issue that has become known as “Tobacco 21.” Among other scheduled issues is a bill (SB 1164), filed by Sen. George Gainer, R-Panama City, that would waive out-of-state fees at Northwest Florida colleges that saw enrollment drops after Hurricane Michael. The move could help attract out-of-state students to the colleges. (Monday, 10 a.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)
SCHOOL VOUCHERS ON AGENDA: The House will hold a floor session, with the agenda including a major education bill (SB 7070) that includes expanding school-choice programs. The bill, which passed the Senate on Thursday, includes creating a new vouchers program known as the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program. The bill also includes issues such as making changes to the controversial Best and Brightest teacher-bonus program. (Monday, 10:30 a.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)
BP MONEY EYED: Board members of the non-profit Triumph Gulf Coast will review recommendations to provide grants of $2.65 million for property-tax assistance to Gulf County and $6.67 million for property-tax assistance to Bay County, as the counties continue to struggle to recover from Hurricane Michael. Created by the Legislature, Triumph Gulf Coast oversees three-quarters of the $2 billion the state will get over the next 12 years through the BP settlement from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. In February, the board agreed to create a $15 million Triumph Gulf Coast Hurricane Michael Recovery Fund, which will be available for bridge loans, property-tax assistance and other relief for local governments in Bay, Franklin, Gulf and Wakulla counties. At the time, board members said the BP settlement money they oversee isn’t a replacement for anticipated state and federal assistance for the storm, which devastated parts of Northwest Florida more than six months ago. (Monday, 9:30 a.m. Central time, Okaloosa County Commission chamber, Shalimar Courthouse annex, 1250 North Eglin Parkway, Shalimar.)
FALLEN LAW OFFICERS HONORED: The Florida Sheriff’s Association will hold an annual ceremony to honor law-enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. The event will honor seven officers who died in 2018: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kevin James Stanton; Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Noel Ramirez Jr.; Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Taylor F. Lindsey; Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Deputy William J. Gentry; Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Officer Lance C. Whitaker; Clay County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Benjamin LeMont Zirbel; and Miami-Dade Police Department Officer Jermaine Brown. Also, the event will honor Flagler County Sheriff Homer W. Brooks, who died in 1965. Attorney General Ashley Moody is slated to speak during the event. (Monday, 1:30 p.m., Florida Sheriffs Association, 2617 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)
—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
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Felix Draeseke – Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello and horn in B-flat op 48: Finale
And be sure to check out the latest performances at the Netherlands Bach Society.
- Schubert’s Symphony Nr. 8, Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
- Glenn Gould Plays Mozart, Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major K. 333
- Buxtehude By The Netherlands Bach Society
- Yo-Yo Ma at the Mexican Border
- Wynton Marsalis: Jazz in Marciac 2009
- Daniel Barenboim: Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, The Bavarian Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons
- Maria-Magdalena Kaczor plays J.S.Bach, Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major BWV 564
- Oscar Peterson Piano Lesson
- Keith Jarrett Trio: Georgia On My Mind (Poland 1985)
- Symphony N°25 KV 183 W A Mozart Mozarteum Salzbourg Orchestra
- Elgar, Introduction and Allegro: A Far Cry
- Louis Spohr: Concerto for Quartet and Orchestra
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Symphony in C major
- J.S. Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D minor BWV 1043: Oistrakh and Menuhin