Eighteen Palm Coast residents graduated this month from the Palm Coast Citizen's Academy, a comprehensive program designed to educate interested residents about the operation and workings of their City government.


The graduating class - the 43rd in the program's history - spent five weeks learning about City departments and visiting City Hall, main Fire Station 25, and Water Treatment Plant No. 3. The class also attended a Palm Coast City Council meeting together.


City Manager Jim Landon kicked off the Citizen's Academy with an opening session titled, "Governing the City," providing background on Palm Coast's incorporation, City Charter, the Council-Manager form of government, and overall information about the City.


Participants in the Citizen's Academy received an overview on every City department and met City Council members, department directors and many other City employees. Mayor Milissa Holland did a presentation on development projects - both public and private - currently under way in Palm Coast.


This session's graduates were Alan Capshaw, Bert Cordwell, Peggy Cordwell, Mark Ellison, Mary Erickson, Sharon Erickson, Vern Erickson, Mark Leo, Terri Maga, Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky, Cherrie Retamozzo, Don Tardif, Joan Tardif, Constance Wolfson, Sidney Wykretowicz, Stan Wykretowicz, and Stan Wykretowicz.


The Citizen's Academy meets once a week, usually on Monday evenings, for five straight weeks. The course is free and registration is limited to approximately 30 Palm Coast citizens per session. The academy is held three times a year.


For more information, contact Cindi Lane, Palm Coast Communications & Marketing Manager, at 386-986-3708 or clane@palmcoastgov.com.