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Message From The Mayor
This November, you will have the opportunity to elect two citizens to serve on the Palm Coast City Council. These two individuals will join the other three elected officials in leadership roles for (at least) the next four years. As you make your selections, you might want to consider, "What exactly does it mean to be a leader"?
Perhaps the most significant characteristic of a leader is someone who has a vision with goals and objectives for our community. Remember the old cliché, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take your there."
Since April 6, 2004, Palm Coast been guided by a Comprehensive Plan that expresses our vision and goals. The Plan does not talk about 'what is', but rather 'what should be'. It was adopted following an eighteen month series of community town meetings jam-packed with Palm Coast residents and City staff.
They discussed and debated goals and policies to:
- Protect vital resources
- Enhance community character
- Preserve and enhance the natural environment
- Identify needed services and revenues based on projected population and employment growth
- Meet community expectations and needs
When Palm Coast residents voted on their final determination and the Comprehensive Plan was created, the final document focused on these elements for City growth and development:
- Future Use of Land
- Recreation & Parks
- Coastal Conservation Management
- Intergovernmental Coordination
- Capital Improvements
- Public School Facilities
Comprehensive plans are not set in stone. Periodically, we need to review them to determine what makes sense or what needs to be amended. Consistently addressing our City's needs assures that our Plan is not merely a dream, but an actual work in progress. As Palm Coast continues to grow, our elected leaders must align our Comprehensive Plan with the high quality of life that continues to draw new residents to our City and meets the expectations of both longtime residents and newcomers.