The Voice of the Gem City

News June 10, 2022

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

Heavy beams are being put in place for a pedestrian bridge construction project on State Road 100, and Flagler County officials are warning people to expect some traffic delays. The $9.48 million pedestrian bridge construction project is east of Interstate 95 and Old Kings Road and before the Flagler Beach bridge. The 1.6 mile paved shared use path will cross the Graham Swamp Conservation Area just south of 100.

Allen Nease High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps has been named the 2021-22 Most Outstanding Unit in the Nation by the Naval Service Training Command. Last year the program in St. Johns County was ranked second best in the nation. This year they are tops out of more than 600 NJROTC programs in the nation.

Putnam County Zoning Board of Adjustment will have to rehear a request for a permit to dump treated human sewage on property in South Putnam County after a judge ruled in favor of the landowner’s appeal of the board’s rejection. The land in the Lake Como area of south Putnam County sparked an organized effort by residents protesting waste coming into the county and signs saying Don’t Dump on Putnam remain in place around the county. Larry Downes of Jennigirl LLC made the request to put the treated sewage on land he owns in South Putnam. A date for the re-hearing has not been set.

A 45-year-old Palm Coast woman died Wednesday evening in a crash at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Whiteview Parkway in Flagler County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The woman was headed south on 1 in a Jeep SUV when she stopped at a red light and then turned left onto Whiteview. She violated the right-of-way of a Ford pick-up headed north on U.S. 1 and the truck hit the passenger side of the Jeep, FHP determined. The Jeep driver was treated at the scene and then taken to AdventHealth Palm Coast where she died. The three occupants of the pickup, which included the driver, a 44-year-old woman, 13-year-old girl and 25-year-old man, all from Palm Coast, had minor injuries. 

A benefit yard sale for Recovery Point in Palatka is going on today and Saturday. The sale is at Life Church Palatka, 2701 Reid St.

Living history interpreters will bring the Spanish Colonial period of St. Augustine to St. George Street Saturday during the monthly history event. Historic Florida Militia interpreters will be on hand at the Spanish Bakery at 5:30 p.m. to answer questions. The free event is made possible with support from the St. Johns Cultural Council.

Grammy winning singer and musician Cheryl Crow and renowned Americana singer-songwriter Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m. Waxahatchee, Katie Crutchfield is appearing also.

The Old School Kingfish Shootout is attracting anglers of all ages today through Sunday to St. Augustine. With a mission to “make kingfishing great again,” the Shootout is held yearly at Vilano Beach Pier. Captain’s meeting is tonight with the tournament Saturday and Sunday. Overall winner will take home a boat, engine and trailer valued at $95,000. 

Putnam County Recreation says it’s time to take the plunge at the Putnam Aquatics Center on Westover Drive in Palatka. The community swim is open to the public from 1-4:50 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $2 per person.

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