Today: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs around 90. Southwest winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. Southwest winds around 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: 98
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: passim.
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
- 2019 Hurricane Preparedness Guide
- Flagler Beach A1A 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
“’Biography’ meant a book about someone’s life. Only, for me, it was to become a kind of pursuit, a tracking of the physical trail of someone’s path through the past, a following of footsteps. You would never catch them; no, you would never quite catch them. But maybe, if you were lucky, you might write about the pursuit of that fleeting figure in such a way as to bring it alive in the present.”
–Richard Holmes, from “Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer.”
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 Schools: Teachers are in professional learning and pre-planning days all week, before next week’s first day of school for students on Aug. 13.
The Flagler County School Board meets in special session at 2 p.m. to discuss its search for a new superintendent. The board meets again in workshop at 3 p.m. Both meetings are in training room 3 on the third floor of the Government Services Building, Bunnell. At the workshop, board members will discuss renewing a $40,000 contract employing Winnie Oden, the former principal, as the district’s safety consultant.
The Flagler Sportsfishing Club holds its monthly meeting starting with quick tips at 7 p.m., a general club meeting at 7:30 p.m. and a panel discussion at 8 p.m. at the VFW Club, 47 Old Kings Rd N Palm Coast. All are welcome. The focus this month: Kayak Fishing. Will Neimann of St. Augustine Paddle Sports will teach the Club fishing techniques to successfully catch fish in a kayak, in preparation of the Clubs Free Kayak Tournament on August 24.
The Palm Coast City Council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. Council members are expected to end the city’s leisure services committee, which hasn’t met all year.
Sales tax holiday: A sales-tax “holiday” for back-to-school shoppers will end at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. During the period, which started Friday, shoppers are able to avoid paying sales taxes on clothes and shoes costing $60 or less, school supplies costing $15 or less and personal computers and accessories costing $1,000 or less.
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: AdventHealth Palm Coast, 60 Memorial Medical Parkway, Palm Coast, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Thursday: Flagler Palm Coast High School, 5500 East Highway 100, Palm Coast, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Thursday: Matanzas High School, 3535 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Friday: Badcock Furniture, 2501 Old Moody Boulevard (State Road 100), Flagler Beach, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 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
Download your 2019 Hurricane Preparedness Guide here, or see below:
Sign-up for our ALERTFlagler emergency notification system at www.FlaglerCounty.org/ALERTFlagler.
Click to access 2019-Hurricane-Preparedness-Guide.pdf
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 29
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):
Work is completed on Segment 1 from South 25th Street to South 23rd Street.
Segment 2 (South 22nd Street to South 9th Street):
The contractor has brought in a second crew to work on installing the new French drain system and expects to have the drain completed within a month. The contractor has finished installing the new water main and is finishing up the required testing and certification for transferring service to the new line. On the southern end of the segment, the contractor has been constructing the curb that will form the center median, and is building the foundation for the new southbound lanes. Sidewalk installation is nearly complete. Remaining sections will be poured once utility work is complete.
Segment 3 (North 18th Street to Osprey Drive) Project Update:
Wall construction is expected to finish late this week or early next week as crews pour the final concrete for the cap. The contractor continues to place some additional sand over the wall, form the dune and install plants. According to the local Turtle Patrol volunteers, there are about 80 turtle nests on the north side of Flagler Beach. Some of the nests fall within the project and require the contractor to work around those areas until the nests hatch.
See this week’s full Interstate Construction Report for Flagler, Volusia and St. Johns here.
Flagler County receives ‘Distinguished Budget Presentation Award’: Flagler County is being praised for the 10th consecutive year for its annual budget presentation by the Government Finance Officers Association–on the very week when it lost its Finance Director, Lorie Bailey-Brown, who’s taken a job elsewhere. Flagler County’s 2018-2019 fiscal year budget was rated in four categories: as a policy document, as a financial plan; as an operations guide; and, as a communications device. “This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by your organization,” said Michele Mark Levine, in a correspondence with County Administration. Bailey-Brown has worked on award-winning budgets for the county going back to the first budget that received the award – the 2009-2010 budget under Tom Klinker, the former director of the department. She and her staff – Kelly Freshcorn, Brian Eichinger, and Lauren Shank, budget analysts, as well as Lacy Martin, administrative assistant – are in the midst of pulling together the 2019-2020 budget. “There is some very detailed information the GFOA asks for, and they are looking for a document that stands out above the rest,” County Administrator Jerry Cameron said. A news release issued by the GFOA states: “Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.”
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.
RUBIO TAKES PART IN BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who chairs the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, will take part in a “Women in Small Business Roundtable” discussion with the National Women’s Business Council. The discussion will focus on female entrepreneurship in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, University Student Center, 140 Seventh Ave. South, St. Petersburg.)
MADDOX CHANGES PLEA: Former Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox, a onetime chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, will appear before U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle to change his plea in a 44-count indictment on corruption-related charges. Maddox’s longtime aide, Paige Carter-Smith, who was also indicted, is also expected to change her plea. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., U.S. Courthouse, 111 North Adams St., Tallahassee.)
ST. JOHNS BIKE TRAIL EYED: The Florida Department of Transportation will hold an open house on plans for a 1.2-mile stretch of a multi-use trail in New Smyrna Beach that is part of the St. Johns River to the Sea Loop Trail. (Tuesday, 5 p.m., Brannon Center, 105 South Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach.)
—-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 Aug. 2, 2019, with a link to the full week in review here.
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Hélène Grimaud, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Paavo Järvi and the Frankfort Symphony
And be sure to check out the latest performances at the Netherlands Bach Society.
- Hélène Grimaud Plays Busoni’s Transcription of Bach’s Chaconne in D minor BWV 1004
- Baldassare Galuppi’s Sonata Nr. 5 in C major, Vadim Chaimovich
- Corelli: Concerto in D Major Op. 6 No. 4, complete. Voices of Music; original instruments
- 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
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