Thursday Briefing: Inspired Mic, Drug Court Graduation, Lola the Hound Dog, Workshop on Lending

16-05-2019 00:05

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Local group Quilters by the Sea Ormond Beach donated 12 handmade quilts to comfort children in AdventHealth Palm Coast’s emergency department. Each quarter, the Quilters by the Sea selects different community organizations to donation their quilts to. “I know firsthand how much love and time goes into making each of these quilts,” said Dr. Stephen Coltharp, emergency medicine physician at AdventHealth Palm Coast. Coltharp’s mother-in-law is a member of Quilters by the Sea. “The children that come through our ER will truly appreciate these and will find comfort in them.”

Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 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: 153
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: glitch.
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
  • Announcements
  • In State Government
  • In Coming Days in Flagler, Palm Coast and Beyond
  • Fact-Checking the Knaves
  • Palm Coast Construction and Development
  • Cultural Coda

“It is true that many women are unmarried and not affected by any of the duties, complications, and incapacities arising out of the married state, but these are exceptions to the general rule. The paramount destiny and mission of woman are to fulfill the noble and benign offices of wife and mother. This is the law of the Creator. And the rules of civil society must be adapted to the general constitution of things, and cannot be based upon exceptional cases.”

–From an 8-1 U.S. Supreme Court decision denying a woman’s right to be a lawyer (1873).



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In Flagler and Palm Coast:

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.

Palm Coast Animal Control holds a special hearing at 10 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center in the case of Lola the hound dog, of 13 Selene Place in Palm Coast, regarding a dangerous dog determination.

Flagler County Drug Court holds its 35th Drug Court Graduation at 10 a.m. at the Flagler County courthouse, courtroom 401 on the fourth floor, Circuit Judge Terence Perkins presiding. Kim Young, owner of Break the Cycle, is the keynote speaker. Break the Cycle provides drug and alcohol outpatient services in Volusia and Flagler Counties and is an integral part of Drug Court’s recovery program.

African American Entrepreneur Workshop: Valerie Green, an economic development lender, is the featured speaker at a free workshop sponsored by the African American Entrepreneur Association at Realty Exchange, 300 Palm Coast Parkway, 5:30 p.m. New or existing for-profit business needing a minimum of $50,000 to @250,000 in business capital, come and see which loan programs can help your business expenses such as business expansion, business acquisitions, machinery and equipment purchases, existing business debt refinancing and working capital.

The Buddy Taylor Middle School Advisory Council meets at 5 p.m. at the school’s media center.

The Daytona State College Board of Trustees is scheduled to hold a retreat, a workshop and a board meeting. Retreat at 9 a.m., workshop at 1 p.m. and meeting at 2 p.m., Daytona State College, 1200 West International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.

the inspired micThe Inspired Mic, Palm Coast’s most daring and unpredictable open mic event, is scheduled for its monthly edition at its new venue at the Hidden Treasures Restaurant, 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach. Each month some of the most creative, innovative performances a person could ever hope to experience take place at The Inspired Mic. 14 presenters each month pull out slices of talent and genius to entertain the audience. Each presenter gets 7 minutes to present on a very eclectic blend of their genius. Hidden Treasures Restaurant, 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach (under the bridge). Doors open at 6 p.m. and presenters begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 advance, available at, or $15 at the door. The ticket includes one drink and entry into a drawing with a prize of $25 cash or a $50 gift certificate to The Hidden Treasures.

big red bus scheduleBlood 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):

  • Thursday: Publix Belle Terre, 4950 Belle Terre Parkway, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Epic Theaters, 1185 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, 1 to 6 p.m.

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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: May 13

Segment 2 (South 22nd Street to South 9th Street):

  • New Sidewalk: 1,500 square feet installed.
  • New Watermain: 3,210 linear feet of 12-inch pipe installed, plus 19 gate valves and 5 fire hydrants. The contractor also began moving customers to the new water line this week.
  • New Gravity Sewer: 7 sanitary sewer structures and 788 linear feet of 8-inch sanitary sewer line installed. This work is complete.
  • French Drain System: 18 new drainage structures, 911 feet of a planned total of 2,081 feet of 30-inch pipe installed, and 765 feet of 36-inch pipe placed. All of the 36-inch pipe is now installed. The work also calls for installation of 4,566 feet of 42-inch pipe.

Segment 3 (North 18th Street to Osprey Drive) Project Update:

  • New Sand: This work is about 98 percent complete. This week, the contractor has begun moving the sand over the top of the wall and creating the final slope of the dune. Later in the project, vegetation will be planted on the dune.
  • Guide Wall Installation: Work has been completed to just north of Marine Drive. Installation will continue to just south of Osprey Drive.
  • Secant Wall: Nearly 1,200 of the needed 1,847 auger cast piles have been installed along more than 2,400 linear feet.
    Concrete Cap: More than 300 cubic yards of concrete poured to complete nearly 1,600 linear feet of the wall.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.

construction a1a2. Will the contractor repair areas on my side of the sidewalk that have been disturbed?

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. 

See Also:

  • 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

The proposed roundabout at the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 is intended to drastically reduce the number of severe crashes at one of the county's most dangerous intersections. Two other such roundabouts are proposed for other dangerous intersections in Flagler. Click on the image for larger view. (DOT)

The proposed roundabout at the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 is intended to drastically reduce the number of severe crashes at one of the county’s most dangerous intersections. Two other such roundabouts are proposed for other dangerous intersections in Flagler. Click on the image for larger view.

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.

See Also:

  • 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: i-95 constructionMonday – 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.

Announcements/Press Releases:


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.

SUPREME COURT RELEASES OPINIONS: The Florida Supreme Court is scheduled to release its weekly opinions. (Thursday, 11 a.m.)

SPECIAL ELECTION FINANCE REPORTS: Campaign finance reports are due Thursday in special elections in House District 7 and House District 38. Port St. Joe Republican Jason Shoaf and Tallahassee Democrat Ryan Terrell are running in the June 18 special election in District 7, which former Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, left to become secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Dade City Republican Randy Maggard and Wesley Chapel Democrat Kelly Smith are running in District 38, which former Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, left to become executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The reports will show finance activity through May 9.


—-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 May 3, 2019, with a link to the full week in review here.

Cultural Coda

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.5 (Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest)

And be sure to check out the latest performances at the Netherlands Bach Society.

Previous Codas:

  • Bach: The Cello Suites, Performed by Marc Coppey
  • Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1, Hélène Grimaud, Piano
  • Thelonious Monk: “Don’t Blame Me”
  • 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