Today: Partly cloudy with chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent. Heat index readings 101 to 105. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
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: 64
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: metathesis.
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
“God, how much more profitable it would be if the Thinker could learn from the Drunk!”
–Franz Kafka, from “Description of a Struggle,” in “The Complete Stories.”
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.
Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., via telephone conference (phone number 605-472-5673, code 137130; interested in person attendees may sit in on the call at Wright & Casey, P.A., 340 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169), the Seventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission will convene for the purpose of discussing a letter dated July 2, 2019, received from Joe Jacquot, General Counsel, announcing a new judicial vacancy in the Flagler County Court, Seventh Judicial Circuit, created by House Bill 5011 during the 2019 Legislature, effective July 1, 2019. Said letter requests that the Seventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission convene for purpose of selecting and submitting to the Governor the names of highly qualified individuals for consideration and appointment to the Flagler County Court, Seventh Circuit. The Commission has until Friday, August 30, 2019 to complete its work.
The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at City Hall in Town Center at 9 a.m. The council will discuss its general fund budget and set a preliminary property tax rate for next year. It will also get an update on council priorities.
The The Flagler County School Board meets in workshop at 3 p.m. in training room 3 on the third floor of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
The Flagler County Affordable Housing Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. in the Financial Services Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, Third Floor, Bunnell.
The Flagler County Planning and Development Board meets at 6 p.m. in Board Chambers at the Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, first floor, Bunnell.
The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board will meet after holding committee meetings. (Committees start at 10:15 a.m., with full board estimated to start at 11 a.m., district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka.)
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:
Thursday: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. – LIVE/Inert
Friday: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. – LIVE/Inert
Saturday: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. – LIVE/Inert
Sunday: 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.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):
- Tuesday: Bealls, 1210 Palm Coast Parkway, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: The Windsor, 50 Town Court, Palm Coast, 1 to 6 p.m.
- Friday: Starbucks in the Target shopping Center, State Road 100, Palm Coast, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday: Starbucks at 250 Palm Coast Parkway, Island Walk, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday: Starbucks at 250 Palm Coast Parkway, Island Walk, 10 a.m. to 4 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.
Last Updated: July 1
Now that turtle nesting season has started in the Flagler Beach area, local Turtle Patrol volunteers are checking the beach within the project limits every day to locate any new nests. In Segment 3, north of North 18th Street, work cannot begin until the beach is checked. If a nest is discovered, the nest will be marked, and work will not be allowed within 10 feet of the nest, as specified in the environmental permits issued for this project.
The Turtle Patrol also is monitoring the beach in the project limits of Segment 1, from South 25th Street to South 22nd Street, where plans call for dune revetment involving additional sand and plants.
July 4 Holiday Work Break:
The contractor will not be working on any of the three segments from July 4 through July 7. Work will resume on Monday, July 8, and will occur six days a week.
Segment 1 South 25th Street to South 22nd Street):
The contractor has placed most of the plants in this section. No planting is scheduled to occur over the next two weeks.
Segment 2 (South 22nd Street to South 9th Street):
Work next week will take place Monday – Wednesday and will include removal of the old water main between South 13th Street and South 20th Street. French drain construction is expected over the next few weeks near South 10th Street, and between South 15th and South 16 streets.
Sidewalk installation is expected between South 14th and South 16th streets, with grading for new sidewalk occurring between South 16th and South 17th streets.
The contractor is also preparing to place lime rock base on the southern end of the project.
Segment 3 (North 18th Street to Osprey Drive) Project Update:
The contractor continues to drill piles for the secant wall, and form and pour the concrete cap over the wall. Drilling is expected to be finished within the next two weeks, with cap construction finishing a few weeks later. Crews also continue to place sand over the new wall and form the dunes.
- 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.
July 4 Parade in Flagler Beach: The winners: Cindy Dalecki reports:
Best of Parade – Surfside Estates Community (they had one float, one truck and 13 golf carts, each decorated and representing the 13 original colonies).
1st Place Judge’s Choice – Salty Church
2nd Place Judge’s Choice – Charles Umpenhour Inc.
3rd Place Judge’s Choice – Rotary Club of Flagler Beach
1st Place Marching Unit – Boy Scout Troop 281, Cub Scout Pack 281
2nd Place Marching Unit – Scouts, B.S.A. Troop 472 of Flagler Beach
3rd Place Marching Unit – Flagler County Schools
1st Place Best Theme – USS Florida Base of United States Submarine
2nd Place Best Theme – Florida Pirate Alliance
2nd Place Best Theme – Pirate Crew of the Dark Lady with Mermaide
1st Place Talent – THE NED
2nd Place Talent – Studio Z Fitness
3rd Place Talent – Phun Coast Parrot Head Club
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.
ABORTION REPORTING AT ISSUE: The Agency for Health Care Administration will hold a meeting about a rule for clinic incident reports related to second-trimester abortions. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Dr., Building 3, Tallahassee.)
STORM HARDENING PLANS CONSIDERED: The Florida Public Service Commission will take up a series of issues, including approval of storm-hardening plans for Florida Power & Light, Tampa Electric Co., Duke Energy Florida, Gulf Power Co. and Florida Public Utilities Co. Utilities develop the plans to help their electrical systems better withstand hurricanes and other storms. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)
FPL IRMA COSTS AT ISSUE: The Florida Public Service Commission will hold a hearing to consider Florida Power & Light’s costs in restoring power after Hurricane Irma in 2017. FPL and the state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, reached a settlement last month on about $1.3 billion in Irma-related costs — and a process to better track expenses during future storms. Utilities typically are allowed to recoup storm-restoration costs from customers through tacking on extra charges to monthly electric bills. But utilities also have to go before the Public Service Commission to justify the details of the costs. FPL says it spent $1.375 billion to restore electricity after Hurricane Irma blew through the state. But in filings as recent as late May, the Office of Public Counsel, the Florida Industrial Power Users Group and the Florida Retail Federation questioned hundreds of millions of dollars in costs. The settlement, which was joined last month by the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, would resolve the cost issues if it is approved by the Public Service Commission. Earlier, FPL decided to use savings from a 2017 federal tax overhaul to cover the Irma restoration costs, rather than adding charges to customers’ monthly bills. (Tuesday, hearing will follow a 9:30 a.m. regular Public Service Commission meeting, an internal affairs meeting and a Duke Energy Florida solar-project hearing, 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 June 28, 2019, with a link to the full week in review here.
Click to access week-in-review-june-28-2019-development.pdf
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- Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic 1974
- Marin Marais: Le Labyrinthe (the Labyrinth); Cassandra Luckhardt, viola da gamba
- The Evolution of Music
- Christopher Atzinger Performs John Knowles Paine’s Romance, Op. 39
- Alfredo Keil’s Bohémiens, op. 12, n.º 12, Tomohiro Hatta, piano
- Rudolf Serkin Performs Chopin Preludes in Tokyo, 1979
- Sibelius’s Violin Concerto Op. 47, Performed by Hilary Hahn
- Sonia Rubinsky plays Villa-Lobos
- Mozart: String Quartet No.15 K.421, Emerson String Quartet
- Brahms：Cello Sonata No.1, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax
- Albert Roussel: Symphony No. 3 in G minor, op. 42
- Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Andreas Staier, harpsichord
- Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 39 in G major Hob. XV/25 (“Gypsy”)
- John Williams scoring “Saving Private Ryan”
- Scriabin: Sonata Nr. 2, Evgeny Kissin, Piano
- Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622 (Arngunnur Árnadóttir, clarinet)
- Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.5 (Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest)
- Bach: The Cello Suites, Performed by Marc Coppey
- Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1, Hélène Grimaud, Piano
- Thelonious Monk: “Don’t Blame Me”
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