Palm Coast - Newly elected City of Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland was sworn in Tuesday, along with new Council Members Robert G. Cuff (District 1) and Nick Klufas (District 3). All three were elected to four-year terms.
Also Tuesday, Council Member Steven Nobile (District 4) was elected Vice Mayor. The City Council selects a new Vice Mayor each November.
Milissa Holland, Mayor
Milissa Holland is just the third Mayor in Palm Coast's history and the first woman Mayor. Her father, the late James Holland, was a member of the inaugural Palm Coast City Council. Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Holland moved to Palm Coast with her family in 1987 when she was a teenager. She has lived and worked here her entire adult life and has three adult children.
Holland served six years as a Flagler County Commissioner, from 2006 to 2012, and was the first woman County Commissioner. She was selected as Chair in 2008, and the County adopted its Strategic Plan during her term as Chair. She was a member of the Flagler County Future Committee to re-write the County's Comprehensive Plan and was the County's representative to numerous local and regional agencies.
Holland is on the Board of Directors of the prestigious organization 1000 Friends of Florida, which promotes healthy urban and natural places by wise management of growth change. She also founded the James F. Holland Foundation, named for her father, which raises money and initiates programs that benefit the children and youth of Flagler County through the formation of partnerships with local, state and national agencies and organizations. She spearheaded the annual "Feed Flagler" initiative that provides free Thanksgiving dinners for thousands of residents each year, and is a member of the Palm Coast Elks Lodge 2709.
Robert Cuff, District 1
Robert Cuff has already served in the District 1 seat for a little over two months after being appointed to fill a short vacancy on the Council. Cuff and his family have lived in Palm Coast since 1983. Cuff is a practicing attorney with 40 years of experience in real estate, land use, business development and estate planning. He served as a member of the City's Planning and Land Development Review Board from 2009 to September 2016, helping oversee major commercial and residential developments in Palm Coast.
Cuff began his legal career as a municipal attorney and prosecutor for the cities of Hollywood and Hallandale in Broward County, Florida. He and his wife, Toni, moved to Palm Coast when he accepted a position in the legal department of ITT Community Development Corporation, serving as its general counsel during the company's last several years of operations in Palm Coast. After ITT closed its onsite operations in 2000, Cuff became a shareholder with the firm of Rogers, Towers, P.A. In 2010, he opened his own office in Palm Coast and continues to represent clients in the areas of real estate, business formation, land use, estate planning and probate.
Cuff is active in the community through organizations including Rotary Club of Flagler County, Flagler Education Foundation (past president), Flagler Humane Society, Flagler Senior Services, the Flagler Bar Association (past president), Flagler County Drug Court Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America Golden Eagle Dinners and Flagler Habitat for Humanity.
Nick Klufas, District 3
Nick Klufas was born in Eldred, New York, and spent the first 16 years of his life in Sullivan County, two hours north of New York City. In 2006, as a teenager, he moved with his family to Palm Coast. His wife, Kayla, was born and raised in Palm Coast. His parents, Andrew and Barbara Klufas, and in-laws, Russell and Cindy Bryant, also reside in Palm Coast.
At age 28, Klufas is the youngest-ever member of the Palm Coast City Council. He is a Senior Development Engineer at ACI, a real estate appraisal software company located in Palm Coast's Town Center. ACI is owned by First American Financial, which is a Fortune 500 company and a Forbes-rated Top 100 company to work for. He began programming at age 13 on a Commodore 64. Today he is proficient in several programming languages.
He is a member of the Flagler Runners Group and participates in the majority of Palm Coast's charitable 5K/10K/15K runs. He is involved with youth athletic leagues and is a proponent of summer technology programs that empower our youth.
For more information, contact Cindi Lane, communications and marketing manager, at 386-986-3708 or email@example.com.