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Message From The Mayor
August 2016It's time for me to start cleaning out my desk at City Hall. The close of my Mayoral term makes me both sad and happy, humbled and proud, exhilarated and tired. Right at this moment, I am nostalgic.
My wife, Priscilla and I moved to Palm Coast from New Jersey in 1992, searching for a city with four characteristics: serene, clean, green, and marine (we love boating). We couldn't have found a more ideal place. As we settled into our new community, the movement toward Palm Coast's incorporation as a new City fascinated me. I began attending meetings, both pro and con and when Palm Coast residents overwhelmingly voted to incorporate I was chosen to serve on the City's first Code Board. A year later I was elected as Council Member from District #2, as Mayor in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.
Palm Coast has accomplished so much over these past sixteen years. A Mayor alone cannot carry out the business of an entire community. So everything has definitely not been about me. My elected teammates have worked by my side: former Mayor James Canfield, Council Members Jerry Full, Ralph Carter, Jim Holland, Bill Venne, Holsey Moorman, Frank Meeker, Mary DiStefano, Alan Peterson, Bill Lewis, Dave Ferguson, Bill McGuire, Jason DeLorenzo, Heidi Shipley, Steve Nobile all have led Palm Coast in establishing these astounding accomplishments:
- Elevated Palm Coast as a State environmental leader, receiving so many prestigious awards at all levels from many commissions, coalitions and organizations.
- Expanded recreational opportunities with the construction of Waterfront Park, Ralph Carter Park, a new clay court Tennis Center, Long Creek Nature Preserve, as well as the renovation of the Palm Harbor Golf Club, Indian Trail Sports Complex, Belle Terre Park, Seminole Woods Park and Central Park in Town Center.
- Built four new fire stations, one new water treatment plant and began construction of a second wastewater treatment plant.
- Developed sports tourism as a prominent economic draw to our City.
- Constructed over 125+ miles of new biking/hiking trails to connect neighborhoods to businesses and schools.
- Built the City's first City Hall.
- Expanded roadways, such as 6-laning Palm Coast Pkwy and Belle Terre Pkwy and extended Palm Harbor Pkwy to the new Old Kings Rd and I-95/Matanzas Woods Pkwy Interchange.
- Addressed a sluggish economy by establishing a Prosperity 2021 plan to enhance neighborhoods and homes, encourage new local businesses to open here and create the Business Assistance Center to offer free personalized business consulting services.
- Emphasized green programs such as recycling and an innovative, one-of-a-kind Doorstep Household Hazardous Waste program with incentives for the community to participate.
- Adopted the City's first Green Development Incentive Ordinance to offer incentives to builders who adopt energy efficient practices and the City's first Unified Land Development Code setting forth requirements and procedures to govern land usage.
- Rehabbed 25 miles of swales and resurfaced 50 miles of roads each year.
- Opened its existing fiber network for local business use, increasing Palm Coast's access to advance broadband telecommunication services and affordable Internet access.
It's been a great sixteen years. There's more reminiscing to come in our next newsletter, distributed in October/November.