The Voice of the Gem City

June 21, 2019

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

Flagler County firefighters turned out Thursday afternoon as a burning 40-foot trawler pulled into Moody Boat Ramp near Flagler Beach bridge. The trawler, that’s name has not been released pending notification of owners, reportedly pulled in after the fire was spotted in the stern. Firefighters got the fire under control but damage was extensive. No one was injured and the pilot who was bringing the boat from DeLand to Jacksonville was able to get off after swinging near land. The boat reportedly was resting on the bottom and it will be up to the owner who just bought it to clear it away, say officials.

Law enforcement officials in Putnam and St. Johns counties are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating suspects in several cases. Palatka Police Department is seeking information on a suspect in burglaries at Laibl’s Tire and Enterprise Car Rental in the 500 blocks of Reid Street last Sunday. The individual is described as a young white male with longer blond hair and wearing a gray t-shirt and jeans. Some cars were broken into. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information in two cases with photos available of the suspects online. A young couple is sought after a check stolen from a local church was cashed at an ATM in Orlando. Multiple checks were taken from the church April 26. In a second case a young woman is sought after surveillance video at the Bank of America on Moncrief Road in Jacksonville showed her using stolen credit cards from vehicle burglaries in Ponte Vedra on May 17. She has a teardrop tattoo on her right check an unknown neck tattoo and paw print tattoos on her chest.

Animal activists are scheduled in St. Augustine today to protest the use of carriage horses. It’s an ongoing issue with one group making its 15th annual appearance. City officials several years ago put in various additional safeguards including requiring horses be taken off the streets when temperatures reach 95 degrees.

Two food giveaways this Saturday. In Hastings various organizations are sponsoring the event at W.E. Harris Center from 10 a.m. to noon. In Palatka it’s the First Community Outreach Rally at Booker Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Florida School of the Arts has been named to the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It’s taken five years of preparation to get the school accepted to the prestigious list which includes more than 300 art and design colleges in the U.S. considered exemplary. FloArts is located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College.

Today is the first day of summer and you’ll find plenty to do this weekend.

Flagler County offers Dive-in Movies at Palm Coast Aquatics Center at 8 p.m. tonight. Bring your swimsuit and enjoy Hotel Transylvania 3. Today, Saturday and Sunday Carrie the Musical is at the Flagler Playhouse produced by the Spotlight Performers.

St. Johns County offers the annual St. Augustine Music Festival at the Cathedral Basilica with concerts tonight, Saturday and Sunday as well as next weekend. The free classical music event is now in its 13th year. On Saturday it’s the Crescent Beach Challenge, a family-friendly event offering 1K and 5K races as well as several ocean events at Marineland. Sign-up is tonight at Genung’s Fish Camp at Crescent Beach. Tonight through June 29 The Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine presents Smoke on the Mountains including bluegrass tunes and hymns in a play set in the Smoky Mountains in 1938.

In Putnam County the Purple Plum Playhouse offers A Night of Modern Fairy Tales Saturday at 7 p.m. at Howe Memorial United Methodist Church in Crescent City. Admission is free. Woman’s Club of Palatka holds fund-raisers this Saturday to help raise money to raise up a new roof for the clubhouse. From 6-8 p.m. you can pick up pork butts at the clubhouse on South 13th Street. Order ahead by going to GFWCPalatka.com. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., enjoy barbecue and a country rock concert with The Rio Grande Band.

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