Today: Partly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 90s. South winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the southeast in the afternoon. Heat index readings 103 to 107. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 5 mph.
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: 116
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: nosegay.
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
“Of great import is the definition of a courthouse. What is a courthouse? It is not just space. Although space is a component of it, it is far more than that. Many things happen at the courthouse. The courthouse is a place where grief and joy are experienced. A place where fear reigns high and jeopardy is at the door. A place where wondering what’s going to happen becomes the paramount thought. It is a place where law abiding citizens settle their disputes in an orderly fashion. A place where children are born into families through adoptions. A place where the guilty lose their freedom, but the innocent are set free; and in some occasions where the worst of us lose the right to live among us. In sum, the courthouse is an institution widely known in the community for its specific purpose. A place of judgment. “
–Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano, who is also Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit, in a July 12 letter to Flagler County Commission Chairman Donald O’Brien.
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.
The Palm Coast City Council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council will get a presentation from Sheriff’s Chief Mark Strobridge, on behalf of Sheriff Rick Staly, who is asking the city to fund an additional six deputies. The city added five deputies in 2017 to its contract with the sheriff. Council members have so far been uninterested in adding more deputies this year. The council will also consider approval of a land use change to accommodate AdventHealth’s planned emergency room for the Matanzas Woods Parkway area, and will consider adopting next year’s proposed (and tentative) tax rate.
The Flagler County Economic Opportunity Advisory Council meets at 9 a.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell. Robin King, President, CareerSource Flagler Volusia, is presenting.
The The Flagler County School Board meets in workshop at 1 p.m. in training room 3 on the third floor of the Government Services Building, Bunnell, and at 6 p.m. in a meeting in board chambers at the GSB. At the workshop, board members are expected to have a discussion about how to proceed over the next few months to replace Superintendent Jim Tager, who has announced his retirement next June.
Flagler Beach’s Beach Management Plan Ad-Hoc Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall.
Food Truck Tuesday, 5-8 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave, Palm Coast. Purchase and enjoy delicious cuisine available from food trucks situated along Park Street next to Central Park. Free entertainment is also provided. Proceeds from each Food Truck Tuesday benefit a local organization whose work supports children and families. This month’s beneficiary: Parks & Recreation Scholarships. More info: www.palmcoast.gov.com/foodtruck or call 386-986-2323.
Road Closure at U.S. 1 near White Eagle this week: Road closures are in effect to accommodate construction of the roundabout. Closures are as follows:
• Drivers heading to northbound U.S. 1 will turn left onto Seminole Woods Boulevard to U.S. 1.
• Drivers heading to southbound U.S. 1 will turn right onto Seminole Woods Boulevard, and right onto State Road (S.R.) 100 to take southbound I-95 to U.S. 1 (Exit 273).
Old Dixie Highway:
• Traffic heading to southbound U.S. 1 will take Interstate 95 (I-95) south to Exit 273 for U.S. 1.
• Old Dixie Highway traffic heading to northbound U.S. 1 can take I-95 north to S.R. 100 (Exit 284) and travel east to southbound Seminole Woods Boulevard to U.S. 1. More details here.
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:
Tuesday – 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. – LIVE/Inert
Wednesday – 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Inert
8 p.m. to 1 a.m. – LIVE/Inert
Thursday – 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. – Inert
2 p.m. to 1 a.m. – LIVE/Inert
Friday – 1 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – LIVE/Inert
Saturday – 7:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – LIVE/Inert
Sunday – 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.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 <http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/bear/wise/neighborhood/> measures. The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Fla. For additional information, call (904) 542-5588.
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: 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.
IMPORTANT: Safety in the Work Zone: Drivers are reminded to obey all posted speed limits, and to be alert to vehicles turning onto northbound S.R. A1A from side streets or businesses. Pedestrians and bicyclists are asked to remain aware as construction activities continue and designated pathways are moved. Please use extra caution walking, bicycling or driving through the area. Remember, safety is everyone’s responsibility.
Last Updated: July 15
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.
Segment 1 South 25th Street to South 22nd Street):
The contractor this week also finished all work on Segment 1 with installation of the final plants.
Segment 2 (South 22nd Street to South 9th Street):
Crews are removing the old water main between South 13th Street and South 17th Street. French drain construction continues between South 18th and South 15th streets.
Sidewalk installation is expected between South 16th and South 17th streets. Roadway construction is underway south of South 18th Street.
Segment 3 (North 18th Street to Osprey Drive) Project Update:
The contractor reached a major milestone this week, finishing the installation of more than 1,800 concrete piles that will form the buried secant wall.
Crews are continuing to place the concrete cap on the piles, place sand on top of the cap and install plants. The contractor expects to finish the wall cap in about three weeks.
Excavation of the drainage swale between the roadway and dune also has begun.
- 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.
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.
AUTOMATED VEHICLES AT ISSUE: Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, will speak as part of a multi-day Automated Vehicles Symposium in Central Florida. (Tuesday, symposium plenary session starts at 8 a.m., with Brandes scheduled to speak at 8:15 a.m., Orlando World Center Marriott, 8701 World Center Dr., Orlando.)
HOUSE ROLE IN POT CASE HEARD: A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal will hear arguments about the Florida House’s attempt to intervene in a high-stakes case about medical marijuana. The House is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Tampa-based firm Florigrown, which argues that a 2017 law violates a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson last year rejected the House’s intervention request. Dodson also issued a temporary injunction in the underlying lawsuit and ordered the state Department of Health to register Florigrown and other medical-marijuana firms to do business in the state. A panel of the appeals court upheld key parts of Dodson’s injunction ruling. The Legislature passed the 2017 law to carry out the constitutional amendment, which was approved by voters in November 2016. But the law has faced a series of legal challenges because it includes restrictions on issues such as the number of medical-marijuana firms that can be approved to operate. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., Tallahassee.)
EARLY LEARNING AT ISSUE: The state Early Learning Advisory Council will meet in Hillsborough County. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 North Tampa St., Tampa.)
CONSERVATION FUNDING DEBATED: A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in a long-running battle about whether state lawmakers properly carried out a 2014 constitutional amendment that required spending on land and water conservation. Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson last year ruled that lawmakers had failed to properly comply with the voter-approved constitutional amendment, which required using money from a real-estate tax to bolster land and water conservation. Environmental groups contended that lawmakers improperly diverted portions of the money to other expenses. Attorneys for the House and Senate appealed, arguing, in part, that Dodson’s ruling would infringe on the Legislature’s authority to set spending priorities. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., 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
Corelli: Concerto in D Major Op. 6 No. 4, complete. Voices of Music; original instruments
And be sure to check out the latest performances at the Netherlands Bach Society.
- Ana Vidovic: “La Catedral,” by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
- J. S. Bach’s Organ Concerto After Johann Ernst, BWV 592
- Spohr String Quartet Op. 82. no. 2 First Movement: Allegro
- 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
The Realist says
Palm Coast doesn’t need to spend any more money on deputies. We are spending millions already on top of our excessive county taxes. If the Sheriff believes we need more deputies he needs to go get them from the county commission so that all county residents can share the costs.