The Voice of the Gem City

News April 14, 2022

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

Today is Maundy Thursday in the Christian world as Easter weekend begins. Some charges are holding services including the liturgy of foot-washing and the stripping of the altar. The Maundy Thursday name comes from the mandatum (commandment) by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper to love one another. Good Friday services are scheduled in churches around the three-county area. 

Schools in Flagler, St. Johns and Putnam counties will be closed for

Good Friday. St. Johns County students and teachers also will be out on Monday.

Expect a number of government offices in the tri-county area to be closed for Good Friday also. Garbage pick-up in several municipalities including Palatka also is cancelled.

Palm Coast Mayor David Alfin recently proposed upping council members salaries from $9,600 to $44,700 a year. As mayor he would get several thousand more on top of the $44,700. The council voted for the increase but apparently enough push back is coming from residents that Alfin is talking negotiating a smaller increase. The latest proposal would still be a 275 percent increase. Also not popular was his explanation for why the increase was needed — he sees it as a way to get better candidates.

Palatka City Commission meets at 6 p.m. tonight. Among items on the agenda the Blue Crab Festival Entertainment Agreement with RQ Music LLC out of St. Augustine to run the Blue Crab Festival Memorial Day Weekend. Final cost is not to exceed $145,000. Commissioners earlier raised concerns about the city paying for liquor, a $15,000 portion of the original budget. Also on the agenda, city staff is looking for direction and priorities regarding repaving streets within the city.

St. Augustine offers some fun things to do tonight. Lightner Museum in St. Augustine holds the 2022 Springtime Makers Market from 5-8 p.m. Among those taking part former St. Augustine Historical Society Research Library’s Debbie Willis. She’s started up a small business, Debber Do Designs, and will be among more than two dozen artisans and small businesses taking part in the free shopping event in the historic pool area of the museum. Also in the downtown area will be the dressed-to-the-nines Glorious Victorians who will be strolling around the downtown area at 5 p.m. going from Aviles Street to Casa Monica and Flagler College before finishing up at the Lightner Museum. They’re even bringing their own camera people as St. Augustine Camera Club joins to take pictures. 

S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue presents A Cause For Paws tonight from 6-9 p.m. at the Tringali Barn, 7310 U.S. 1 outside of St. Augustine. The fundraiser helps save animals from euthanasia. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 914-420-5769 or 904-806-2166 or pick up tickets at SAFE Pet Rescue Store in St. Augustine. If you can’t attend, donations can be made to the organization with serves Putnam and St. Johns counties and has found homes for thousands of animals. 

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