The Voice of the Gem City

LOCAL NEWS 9 20 2022

Originally Ann Dyke planned to close her St. Augustine Kings Head British Pub for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. Instead she opened up the British-themed pub Monday around 5:30 a.m. giving people a place to gather for the ceremony watched by millions around the world. The pub on U.S. 1 North of St. Augustine is a bit of old England as patrons know. When the death of Queen Elizabeth was announced a number of area residence headed for the pub and Monday they were there again. Dyke was born and raised in England.

Palatka’s Historic Preservation Board meets today at 5 p.m. at City Hall to hear a request by the City of Palatka to change the zoning of Hammock Hall, a city-owned building up for sale, to commercial. A number of residents in the city’s South Historic District have voiced opposition to the city’s plan to rezone the building on Kirby Street. A commercial rezoning would allow businesses and multi-family dwellings in what is currently a single-family residential area. When city commissioners originally decided to sell the building and three lots they received only one bid. They then decided to rezone the property and originally intended to take it to the Palatka Planning Board. Then they found out it would have to go before the Historic Preservation Board first and today’s special meeting was called. Last week residents of the area were finally invited by the city to a meeting to discuss what they wanted to see. Three commissioners — Mayor Terrill Hill and Commissioners Willie Jones and Justin Campbell — were at the meeting, making no comments but listening to proposals none of which included a change to commercial.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) puts a 33-year-old Georgia man in handcuffs after
he was found asleep in a truck with enough fentanyl to potentially kill the entire populations of Flagler and
Putnam counties.
James Wilson Duke – a resident of Kennesaw, GA – is held on $508,000 bond at the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate
Detention Facility following his arrest just after 4:00 a.m. Sunday (September 18, 2022) at the Mobil gas station
on 6020 East State Road 100 in Palm Coast.
James Wilson Duke (Flagler County Jail mugshot) Fentanyl found in truck Duke was sleeping in
A deputy responding to an alarm at the closed gas station found Duke sleeping in a black Ford Ranger parked
behind the building. When the deputy woke Duke up, he told the deputy he had permission to be there but
couldn’t give the deputy the name or contact information of the person who gave him permission. He also gave
the deputy several different names when he was asked to identify himself

A large crowd showed up at the Pomona park town hall meeting last week to voice their objections to rumors that a pubic fishing pier would be built on Lake Broward. There were three suggestions… a pier could be built along the existing no fishing pier, a pier could be built at the end of Middleton Road or the existing pier could be extended an additional 50 feet into the lake. A public boat ramp was also mentioned but Mayor Joe Svingala said that would not happen. The discussion continues about additional fishing access.  The meeting was to gather information on what to do. 

The Flagler County Pro Rodeo will be starting this Fridsy night for three days at the Flagler County Fairgrounds in Bunnell.  The rodeo will be from 7 to 10pm

Consider Yourself at home as the Flagler Playhouse is bringing the musical Oliver to the stage starting Thursday and running until October 9th.  The musical is based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. Showtime is 7 to 9:30pm.

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