Today: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning, then slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. West winds around 5 mph shifting to the east 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent. Tonight: Mostly clear with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. 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: 268
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: hypermnesia.
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.
It’s teacher and school staff appreciation week.
Street Closure in Palm Coast through May 10: The Palm Coast Utility Department will be making a sewer main repair in front of 7 Pepperdine Drive – which is near the intersection of Parkview Drive. The road will be closed at that location for at least a week. The City hopes to reopen the road May 10. A detour will be in place, using the other entrance to Pepperdine from Parkview. This will not affect access to houses, but motorists will need to take a detour. For more information, call Customer Service at 386-986-2360.
Street Closure in Bunnell: The City of Bunnell Infrastructure Department will be temporarily closing East Woodland Avenue from State Road 100 to North Anderson Street. The closure will take place at 7 a.m. Monday through Wednesday. Traffic will be detoured around the closure by way of East Magnolia Street. City crews will be replacing a stormwater culvert that passes under East Woodland Avenue to improve drainage in the area.
Dunes Project: Flagler County government hosts a public reception to recognize the efforts of its contractors and staff who worked on the 11.4-mile dunes restoration project at 8:30 a.m., immediately before the regular meeting of the county commission, in the Commission Chambers of the Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Boulevard, Bunnell. Light refreshments will be served. The unique, in-house 11.4 mile project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. It was initially estimated at $28.3 million, but the actual costs rounded up to about $18 million.
The Flagler County Commission meets at 9 a.m. at the Government Services Building, Bunnell. The commission will not consider issues related to the construction site of Captain’s BBQ at Bing’s Landing, as previously scheduled. See the details here. But commissioners will hear a report on the dismissal of an administrative appeal related to the issue.
Commissioners will get a website update from Innovation Director Jarrod Shupe. They’ll consider the reappointment of Anne Wilson to the Land Acquisition Committee for a three-year term and AdventHealth Palm Coast CEO Ron Jimenez as the Life Sciences representative to the Economic Opportunity Advisory Council for a three-year term.
The Flagler County Commission holds the first in a series of budget workshops, at 1 p.m. at Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg. 3 (behind the Government Services Building), Bunnell.
Community Health Fair: Flagler County Fire Rescue and the City of Bunnell, in partnership with Flagler County Social Services, Florida Health and Emergency Management, will be available to share information on a variety of community services. Additionally, we will be providing at no cost: Flu Shots, Diabetics Screenings, registration for ALERTFlagler and registration for Special Needs Sheltering at Old Bunnell City Hall, 200 S. Church Street, Bunnell, from 6 to 8 p.m.
ACLU meeting: Join the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the ACLU for its monthly meeting at Red Lobster, 2625 W International Speedway Boulevard. Dinner at 6 p.m., meeting at 7.
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):
- Tuesday: Epic Theaters, 1185 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, 1 to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday: Palm Coast Data Building 3, 2 Commerce Boulevard, Palm Coast, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
- Wednesday: Palm Coast Data Building 1, 11 Commerce Boulevard, Palm Coast, 12:30 to 3 p.m.
- Saturday: Bealls Outlet, 9 Old Kings Road, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday: St. Mark’s By the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Parkway, 8 a.m. to 1 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.
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.
Palm Coast Fire Chief Jerry Forte speaks at statewide Fire conference: Palm Coast Fire Chief Jerry Forte was a keynote speaker at the 2019 Florida Fire Instructor Conference on Thursday, presenting on “Empowering Employees.” The conference was hosted by the Florida State Fire College in Ocala. Chief Forte’s conference presentation focused on the importance of empowering employees to make the organization successful. Since becoming Chief, he has implemented a number of changes, challenging employees to be part of the department’s leadership by utilizing team concepts. He empowers firefighters to take ownership of department’s structure and allows them to create solutions for organizational challenges. Chief Forte believes in creating a climate that allows employees to reach their full potential. “We need to find subject matter experts, give them the ability to assemble like people for a team, try something new and unconventional, and challenge them to step up without the fear of discipline from failure,” Chief Forte said. The Florida Fire Instructor Conference brings together leaders within the fire service from across the state. Attendees took part in a two-day conference in which they learned about various topics to enrich their departments and training centers. Florida State Fire College is operated by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, which approves Florida’s firefighter training curricula, provides training to Florida’s emergency services providers and certifies Florida fire service members to ensure they meet industry-based standards. Forte became Palm Coast’s Fire Chief last September after serving as Deputy Chief for nine years. He started as a Palm Coast volunteer firefighter in 1990, becoming a career member as a firefighter/EMT in 1992 and then rising through the ranks.
Flagler County’s High Schools Highly Rated by National Publication: The latest US News & World Report ranking of US High Schools is out, and both Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School are in the top 1/3rd of all public high schools ranked this year. Matanzas High School came in 4,518 in the national rankings and 215th in state rankings. Flagler Palm Coast High School is 5,055 in the national rankings and 235th among Florida high schools. In all, more than 23,000 public high schools were evaluated and 17,245 were ranked. “I think everyone at both schools, to include students, teachers, staff, and administrators should be proud of where they stand on a state and national level,” says Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager. “I also thank our parents and other significant adults who continually challenge our students to seek more advanced and demanding classes. I believe our students are seeing they can both do this work, and succeed at doing it.” The popular ranking system received an overhaul for this year’s edition, eliminating the traditional “gold, silver, and bronze” designations. More schools were evaluated and the methodology used was revamped. For that reason, the publication warns against comparing the 2019 rankings with previous years. If you’d like additional details, see this for an explanation.
CONGRESSIONAL PANEL EYES VOTING RIGHTS: The Subcommittee on Elections of the U.S. House Committee on House Administration will hold a field hearing in Broward County about voting rights and election administration in Florida. (Monday, 10 a.m., Broward County Governmental Center, 115 South Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale.)
WATER QUALITY AT ISSUE: The state Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration will hold a workshop about “total maximum daily loads” — a water-quality standard — for impaired waters in the Middle St. Johns Basin. (Monday, 2:30 p.m., St. Johns River Water Management District, Maitland office, 601 South Lake Destiny Road, Suite 200, Maitland.)
—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
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Thelonious Monk: “Don’t Blame Me”
And be sure to check out the latest performances at the Netherlands Bach Society.
- Art Tatum plays Dvorak
- Mendelssohn: Symphony Nr. 1, Nathalie Stutzmann, cond.
- Felix Draeseke – Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello and horn in B-flat op 48: Finale
- 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