Message From The Mayor
Now that Palm Coast has become a sports tournament destination, there's a scent of energy and excitement in the air that is fueled when athletes, their families and spectators get together for competition. And it's not simply about the fun and games. It's not just kicking the winning soccer or lacrosse goal, sticking that final gymnastics routine or shooting an eagle on the fourth hole at the Palm Harbor course. There is something more tangible for our City and its residents.
When I travel out of this area, I now often hear, "You're from Palm Coast??" instead of "Where is Palm Coast?" Sports has put our community on the map because of the amenities we offer for our visitors. The beauty and peace of our natural environment keeps us in their hearts and our attention to tournament details keeps us in their minds. The cleanliness and security of our venues and fields, the sincere commitment we make to our partnerships make people want to return for another visit.
Sporting events score points for our economy, giving us widespread exposure that makes a positive impact on our fiscal future. Hundreds of athletes, team officials and families arrive here for their pre, during and post activities. They stay overnight at our hotels, enjoy eating at our restaurants, purchase merchandise in our shops. These revenues help our community to create new jobs, upgrade infrastructure and open new businesses. Some of these folks might even consider moving here permanently, bringing us their families and perhaps their companies.
This whole cycle helps build an identity and recognition for Palm Coast, grabbing hold of the best of our resources and spreading it around for all of us to absorb. It creates more hubbub in our neighborhoods, more interaction between residents, more visitors from unique places, more gratification for our community. This year, we attracted several new events to our annual lineup. Junior golfers, adult flag football players and soccer stars from as far away as West Ham, England have experienced our fair City. Thanks in part to the efforts of Vice Mayor Bill McGuire, 2013 was the first year we joined Ormond Beach for their Annual Senior Games, challenging our residents to compete in archery, ballroom dancing and horseshoes.
Winning goes far beyond just athletes when Palm Coast hosts sporting events. Our City is acquiring a legacy as a tournament destination, one that will impact growth, unity and pride for future generations of residents. Let the games continue.