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Message From The Mayor

Mayor Milissa Holland

February 2018

Wait until you see your brand new Community Center!

The Grand Reopening of the Palm Coast Community Center will be held this spring when we'll have an official ceremony, refreshments and tours. At the very heart of our community, this Center will serve as our new focal point of recreation and social activities, a place we can all feel proud to gather.

The beautifully renovated and expanded Community Center will be three times its original size, offering a variety of leisure activities, recreation programs and spaces for special events and rentals. The facility is 21,000 square feet, providing five meeting/program room options, two kitchens, a beautiful new playground, outdoor trailhead and basketball court. Parking spaces will double.

The Community Center project was funded with sales tax revenue, and we are paying for it in full with no need for a loan. It affirms one of my favorite messages as Mayor: Shop Local! Every time we all do our shopping at restaurants, stores, and gas stations located in Palm Coast, revenue comes back to us for important capital projects. Thanks to all of you, our "new" Community Center is truly a reality!

Speaking of capital projects, the City Council updates our Capital Improvement Plan every year, aligning our community's needs by prioritizing construction projects and infrastructure improvements. In addition to sale tax revenue, funding comes from grants, impact fees, service charges and property taxes. The CIP is our guide for upgrading roads, parks, stormwater and Utility systems.

Some of this year's projects include:

Wastewater Treatment Plant #2: The new sewer plant west of US1 will use the latest technology, adding 2 million gallons per day of additional wastewater treatment capacity for our City. This is needed to accommodate our growth. The plant begins operating soon with a grand opening in Spring.

Street Lights: We're developing a new master plan for the City's continuous street lighting program, with the top priorities for this year being Lakeview Boulevard and Belle Terre Parkway from Palm Coast Pkwy to SR100.

New Pathways: In the Seminole Woods area, a pathway along Sesame Blvd. will be started this year. In north Palm Coast, construction will begin in late summer on the Lakeview Blvd. path.

Weir Replacement Projects: Three aging water control structures located in freshwater canals along Sentinel Trail, September Place and Belle Terre Pkwy are being replaced and will soon function soundly, controlling the level of water in the freshwater canals located nearby.

Holland Park Phase 2: Construction will start this summer on the new splash park and additional playground equipment. Phase 2 also includes a covering for the Bocce court, new handball and pickleball courts, exercise/fitness stations, lighting, a new maintenance building and upgrade to Pavilion #3 restrooms. The Park will remain open during the additions.

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