by Nancy E. Spraker
Wave to the cameras as you cruise the ICW in Flagler County, Florida. Twelve webcams are in place from Marineland at mile 796 to beyond the Flagler Beach Bridge at mile 810.6. Live unrecorded video with tide information as well as water and air temperatures streams continuously for mariners who want to check local conditions. Incidental use may catch speeders who create unwarranted wakes that damage property and disturb manatees. Free Wi-Fi is also available in the area. View online at palmcoastandtheflaglerbeaches.com.
The town of Oriental wants to share jurisdiction over waters surrounding the village with the county, state, U.S. Coast Guard, and North Carolina wildlife officers. The area would include waterways 200 feet from its shoreline including the town harbor and its two town docks. Oriental also wants to add a mooring field. The town’s plan—based on one in Carolina Beach—would alleviate congestion and anchor dragging for transients in the area.
Festival season in full swing
In Charleston, South Carolina, the internationally recognized Spoleto Festival USA takes place May 23-June 8. Jazz, dance, theater, chamber music, and opera fill historic locales within the city. spoletousa.org
In Beaufort, South Carolina, the Gullah Festival takes place May 23-25. Gullah culture derived from West African and American experiences is shared through educational presentations, workshops, fine arts, music, and food. gullahfestival.org
Palatka, Florida, hosts the Blue Crab Festival May 23-26. The annual event includes a seafood cook-off, live music, carnival rides, and arts and crafts along the town’s waterfront. A parade and ceremony conclude festivities on Memorial Day. Admission and parking are free. bluecrabfestival.com