Palm Coast - Twenty-seven 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 working of their City government. 
The graduating class - the 46th in the program's history - spent five weeks learning about City departments and visiting City Hall, the Community Center, main Fire Station 25, Water Treatment Plant No. 3 and Wastewater Treatment Plant 2. The class also attended a Palm Coast City Council meeting together.
The session's graduates included Ana Marie Alvarado, Rusty Arnett, Valerie Arnett, Pamela Ball, Randy Brasfield, Carole Brasfield, Joseph Cinesi, Debbi Driscoll, Kathleen Fuss, Judy Gilstrap, Barbara Hall, Mark Hall, Richard Hatkewicz, Greg Igel, Deborah Johnson, Linda Mann, Debra Marinco, Anthony Marinco, John Palmatier III, Nikki Rodriguez, Scott Tucker, Sarah Vitale, Nicholas Vitale, Joyce Walters, Tanya Weirick, Angela Yacuzzi and Vincent Yacuzzi.
The Citizen's Academy kicked off in May with 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.
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 about 30 Palm Coast citizens per session.
Registration for the final session of the year is now open. Go to to register.
For residents whose schedules don't allow for the in-person Citizen's Academy, the City also offers a Virtual Citizen's Academy. Visit The Virtual Citizen's Academy includes an overview of the City government and separate modules on each of the City's departments.
For more information, visit