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Message From The Mayor

Mayor Milissa Holland

December 2014

It's been a long time coming! Fifteen years ago, in December of 1999, 32,700 residents voted to incorporate Palm Coast as a Florida municipality. In 2000, we elected our first Mayor, four-member City Council and hired our first City Manager. Ever since then, Palm Coast government officials have been working to improve and enhance the quality of life for residents, providing a solid long-term vision for a growing community. Our leaders purchased environmentally-sensitive land to protect and preserve it for future generations; they constructed two new water plants to provide high quality water; they built five fire stations to keep our community safe and they developed multiple parks and trails to promote a healthy, active lifestyle. They designated land for a Town Center, earmarked to become the heart of our City. And along the way, our community continued to touch each other's lives by remembering what is most important for our future together: integrity, diversity and harmony.

On Oct. 29th, we commemorated the groundbreaking for Palm Coast's City Hall in Town Center. I am reminded of the numerous temporary quarters we've occupied to get to this moment. We first opened for business in two small rooms at the community center. Next we moved to still insufficient space at ITT headquarters at One Corporate Drive and then progressed to the former public library at the Palm Harbor Shopping Center. And our offices just kept moving -- next to the former Wittemann Company warehouse on Commerce Boulevard and then to the City Marketplace retail plaza. None of these locations met the needs of a newly incorporated city government. None gave the City of Palm Coast a genuine heart and home.

Our very first City Hall in Town Center will become a gathering place for residents and future generations. This handsome structure will be a one-stop shop for everything city-related.

City Hall will also stand out as an outstanding example of green building, being LEED certified by the US Green Building Council as environmentally sustainable and energy efficient. Most of us have moved to Palm Coast from somewhere else across the globe. We brought different experiences with us, but it is at 160 Lake Avenue in Town Center that we will join together with pride and respect to make our future even brighter. It is my earnest conviction that Palm Coast's City Hall will become a hub of energy where our citizens can interact with their government and where expanded commercial and social activities will be stimulated.

City growth requires investment and expansion. Investment in this City Hall will create and enhance opportunities to bring quality business and jobs to Town Center and other city locations. Our home here in Central Park will be one of the first locations in an expanding development to make this downtown area an inviting place to live, work and play.

It's been a long and arduous road and it took a great deal of hard work and dedication to bring this project together for our community. We're finally on our way and I look forward to being part of Palm Coast getting started on our future.

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