The Voice of the Gem City

News April 25, 2022

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

An 11-year-old in Putnam County is in critical condition after an early morning accident Sunday in a golf cart, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The youth along with three others was on Lake Como Road in Pomona Park when the 17-year-old driver went off the roadway. He over-corrected to get back on the road and the cart went back off the road and overturned. The 11-year-old, who was the front seat passenger, was wearing a seatbelt  but was partially ejected and pinned under the cart, said FHP. Neither of the other passengers, ages 12 and 13, nor the driver were wearing seat belts and were ejected from the cart. They had minor injuries.

In Hastings, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office continues investigating a shooting incident Sunday that left three individuals with non-life threatening injuries. The Sheriff’s Office said there was no threat to the public but did not release details including where the shootings occurred. The three victims were taken to local hospitals. According to the Sheriff’s Office all individuals involved have been identified and one report said shooters have been taken into custody.

A 60-year-old St. Augustine man died Friday in a single-car crash in Flagler County, according to Florida Highway Patrol. The man was driving south in an SUV on U.S. 1 just north of Matanzas Woods Parkway around 2:45 p.m. when he failed to make the curve. The SUV crossed into the northbound lanes and struck the concrete barrier wall on the east side of the road, killing the driver. The crash is under investigation.

Brownfields are back on the agenda for Palatka City Commission this Thursday. Earlier an attempt was made to declare the entire city a brownfield, a move that would have required people to opt out if they didn’t want the designation. That led to an outcry of protest and a full city hall. This time only the potential developers of the former Wilson Cypress and Florida Furniture businesses on River Street are seeking the designation. The brownfield designation is required in order to get government funding to clean land that has been harmed by industrial and chemical wastes. The properties are part of what’s being called Cypress Cove, a massive development that reportedly will include a hotel, luxury RV parking, an amphitheater and marina and affordable housing next to the South Historic District. Developers are going to the Palatka Planning Board next week seeking to drop zoning in the area from the highest residential designation to one that allows for multiple units.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office raided a house in Bunnell last Thursday seizing multiple drugs including heroine, fentanyl, oxycodone pills, hydromorphone and crack cocaine. Primary suspect is Twain Slater, 30, who has several arrests on drug charges in a criminal history in Flagler dating back to 2010. Sheriff Rick Staly noted “In just one backpack there was enough fentanyl to kill 32,000 people, which is more than a third of the City of Palm Coast.” In all more than 62 grams of fentanyl was recovered at the house on South Seventh Street, according to the Sheriff’s Office.  

St. Johns County Commissioners hold a public workshop Tuesday morning to talk about growth management and address infrastructure needs. The morning meeting is open to the public and begins at 9 a.m. in the county auditorium.

In Interlachen today the Historical Society of Interlachen presents Trains Of Interlachen, a look at the impact trains had on the town that boomed in 1881 with hotels and agriculture. Guest speaker is Howard Blasczyk of the Palatka Railroad Preservation Society. The meeting at 4 p.m. at Interlachen Hall on Atlantic Avenue is open to the public and children are welcome.

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