Palm Coast - Public Works Facilities Supervisor Fred Vitagliano is retiring today after serving the citizens of the City of Palm Coast for nearly 16 years.

"I have enjoyed my time with the City of Palm Coast and am grateful for all the opportunities and support provided to me throughout," said Fred Vitagliano. "While I will miss my colleagues and coworkers, I am very much looking forward to the next chapter in my life."

Vitagliano is moving to another state and will become a grandfather this year! His story with the city reflects how hard work and dedication led to a rewarding career in helping to make the city a beautiful place to live and play.

His first day on the job was March 28, 2005. He started out as a grounds maintenance employee working on parks, such as the Indian Trails Sports Complex. From there, he was promoted to Equipment Operator I and Equipment Operator II with duties that included laying asphalt and concrete, and operating various pieces of heavy equipment.

Following these positions, he moved up the ranks once again to Equipment Operator III, handling irrigation, turf, baseball field maintenance and field setup for multiple types of sports as well as the more than 30 tournaments that were hosted at city fields each year. During this time, he also oversaw the installation of several irrigation systems at the Indian Trails Middle School fields and on a portion of the Belle Terre Parkway medians.

As he proved his abilities, Vitagliano was once again promoted to Public Works Supervisor responsible for the planning, presentation and execution of parks and streets budgets and staff evaluations. He also supervised the day-to-day maintenance, events, minor construction, and repairs of park amenities, playground equipment and aquatics facilities. His position was reclassified to Facilities Supervisor where he was additionally responsible for the planning, presentation and execution of facilities budgets and managing work at facilities like fire stations, stormwater buildings, city hall, the community center and others.

"Fred has excelled in every position he has taken on in his time with the City of Palm Coast," said Public Works Director Matt Mancill. "He is the go-to source for staff from all departments and is always willing to provide sound advice and guidance. In my time here I watched Fred build the Facilities Maintenance division from the ground up to ensure the greatest condition and lifecycle of our infrastructure. His lasting impact is immeasurable and something he and his family should be immensely proud of."