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Town Center Developer Palm Coast Holdings Will Close By March and Sell Assets

| February 1, 2017

The decision was made recently and unexpectedly by Palm Coast Holding’s parent company, Allete Properties of Duluth, Minn. Seven employees will be affected.

Going Gray: Can Our Car-Centric Towns Adjust to Aging Baby Boomers?

| January 15, 2017

The millions of boomers who will grow old in Palm Coast-like exurbs will put pressure on local governments to spend more on everything from transportation to senior services.

Palm Coast’s New Founders:
Heidi Shipley On Safety, Seniors and Youths

| January 11, 2017

From the eyes and ears of neighborhood watch groups to programs for youths and the elderly, Palm Coast City Council member Heidi Shipley envisions the best the city has to offer in the third of five articles on the future by council members.

Palm Coast Community Center’s $7.8 Million Renovation, After Postponement, Will Cost Double Initial Estimate

| January 10, 2017

City Manager Jim Landon had first estimated a “$3 to $4 million” renovation cost, but then delayed it to build an addition to City Hall, ostensibly to save money. Community Center costs have now more than erased those savings, Council member Steven Nobile says.

Palm Coast’s New Founders:
Milissa Holland On the Continuity of Change

| January 9, 2017

In the first of five articles by each member of the Palm Coast City Council, Mayor Milissa Holland imagines the city four years from now, seeing a more developed and vibrant but equally serene city to live in.

Palm Coast Approves New Gated Community for L-Section by Grand Haven Developer

| December 8, 2016

Traffic concerns aside, Matanzas Woods residents spoke enthusiastically about a project they see as helping reverse the fortunes of a neighborhood long weighed down by the troubled but unrelated golf course not far off.

Palm Coast Moves to Foreclose on Fallow Matanzas Woods Golf Course as Fines Mount

| December 7, 2016

The filing follows a March filing by the golf course owners to enjoin the city against enforcing what the owners call “vague, unspecified and inapplicable ordinances.”

Wawa Might Anchor Long-Sought Redevelopment Plan at Bulldog Drive, But Uncertainties Abound

| November 30, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council is set to sell to a developer corner lots at Bulldog and SR100 for almost $600,000 less than it paid for them, as an incentive and linchpin for the redevelopment of the Bulldog Drive entrance.

Dunkin’ Donuts on Palm Coast Parkway Will Reopen Early Next Year

| November 4, 2016

The Dunkin’ Donuts that burned on June 9 at 1310 Palm Coast Parkway is expected to reopen in February or March, occupying the same 3,667 square foot space and combining Dunkin’ Donuts with Baskin Robbins ice cream.

Responsibly Raised: Chipotle Mexican Grill Seeks Site Next to Panera in Palm Coast

| October 18, 2016

Chipotle Mexican Grill’s restaurant would go up on State Road 100 in Palm Coast as the company continues to expand after weathering a severe blow from a rash of food poisonings contracted at its restaurants in the West and Midwest last year.

Sod It: Palm Coast Manager Threatens to Fire Holland Park Contractor Over “Vacation” Delays

| October 18, 2016

After Holland Park’s reopening was further delayed four weeks by the hurricane, the contractor, when asked about paying subcontractor, sent notice that it was on vacation.

Flagler Pleads With FEMA For Emergency Declaration to Help Homeowners; Politics and Data Help

| October 13, 2016

Flagler’s FEMA declaration applied to government, not to homeowners’ losses. That second declaration is still pending, and it’s not a given as FEMA evaluators continue to scour the county to assess damages.

Flagler Damages to Homes and Businesses Estimated at $73 Million; 11 Homes Destroyed, 500 Damaged; Utilities Grinding to Normal

| October 11, 2016

The price tag is very likely to exceed $100 million when damage to government infrastructure is eventually included. yet the sum total of the damage is far below what was feared from a direct hit of Hurricane Matthew.

No More Hairpin Curve as Old Kings Road Extension Around Matanzas High Opens, Last of Big Projects

| June 27, 2016

The extension’s opening marks the last of a series of major road projects intended to improve traffic flow around Palm Coast, and in this case in particular around Matanzas High School.

European Village Reborn: Palm Coast’s Poster-Child of Housing Bust Thrives Again

| June 13, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council approved a rezoning that enables European Village to be more autonomous and more clearly advertise itself as the 14-year-old development seeks to solidify its new hold on business and residential activity.

Palm Coast Hints at Again Increasing Monthly Stormwater Fee As It Projects Fund Deficits

| June 8, 2016

By some of its calculations, Palm Coast is projecting deficits of $1 million a year despite increasing the storwater fee 46 percent four years ago, though it has room to manage the deficit by reducing capital expenses.

Holland Park Renovation Advancing But Not Making Up Time

| May 31, 2016

The city has started invoking the liquidated damages provision of the contract against Tumbleson White Construction Inc. of Gainesville. “We are trying to hit them in the pocketbook at this point,” the city manager said.

Intersection at Old Kings Road and Town Center Blvd. Will Finally Get a Traffic Light

| May 31, 2016

The $154,000 project will include some new landscaping and will also result in the closure of the makeshift parking area for people who use the Lehigh Trail. The zone must be closed to make the new arrangement safer.

Neighbor Dispute Over Bird Nesting in Palm Coast’s C-Section Escalates Into Lawsuit

| May 25, 2016

Bryan Streetman’s neighbors on Collingwood Lane accuse him of disturbing the neighborhood’s peace and privacy by busing a drone, laser lights and screeching noises to scare off Purple Martin birds as they nest.

City Will Spend $100,000 to Renovate Fire Station 22, Its Oldest, on Palm Coast Parkway

| May 10, 2016

The city considered demolishing and rebuilding the station in the past, or closing and moving it, but for it says renovation is the best option, keeping open the possibility of a new station on Colbert Lane in the future.

Construction on Florida Hospital Flagler’s $15 Million Expansion Advances

| May 10, 2016

Construction continues to progress on Florida Hospital Flagler’s $15 million expansion project to add 32 new beds on the second and third floors over the hospital’s emergency department.

Jacksonville Symphony Plays to Palm Coast Arts Foundation Overture, 12 Years in Making

| May 1, 2016

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra played to close to 1,200 people Sunday evening at the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s new home in Town Center, an audience as rich in stories as the music.

For Triumphant Palm Coast Arts Foundation, A Symphonic Homecoming in the Key of Bold

| April 28, 2016

It’ll be the end of a triumphal journey for the Palm Coast Arts Foundation when the Jacksonville Symphony performs its pops concert Sunday before a record crowd of 1,200 in Town Center.

In Palm Coast’s Expensive Hunt for New Retailers, a Few Leads, But Only Low Wages

| April 26, 2016

Last July Palm Coast government signed a $135,000, contract with marketing company to recruit retailers. Nine months later, a couple of low-wage retailers are possible, and a half dozen more are long-term possibilities, but nothing more firm than that.

Gate Gas and Aldi Grocery Will Rise at Corner of SR100 and Belle Terre, Ending Political Signs

| April 19, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council approved a redrawing of the property into six lots, three of which are under contract, with two projected for non-fast-food restaurants in the future.

Council Will Approve “Kind of Dumb Looking” 150-ft Cell Tower on Palm Coast Parkway

| March 29, 2016

The tower, camouflaged as a tree, will go up on city land near the public library and will accommodate four cell carriers, among them AT&T, whose service in many parts of Palm Coast has been dismal.

Palm Coast Will Refinance $41 Million Utility Loan for Big Savings, But Don’t Expect Lower Rates

| March 28, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council is holding a special meeting Tuesday morning, when it is expected to sign off on the deal. The nearly $600,000 in annual savings will not, however, lower utility rates.

District and Palm Coast Will Redesign Some Bus Stops in 1st Step To Counter Crashes Involving Children

| March 3, 2016

Some of the county’s 600 bus stops will be redesigned to include a $1,200 “pad” where students should wait for buses, while an education campaign will target students in elementary and middle schools.

Palm Coast’s $9 Million Scam at Taxpayers’ Expense

| January 15, 2016

Since 2008, Palm Coast government has wasted over $9 million in taxpayer money to subsidize its privately run, money-losing golf and tennis operations, which serve a small group of people. It’s been a colossal scam perpetrated on taxpayers.

What It Takes to Get New Retailers to Palm Coast: Behind a $135,000 Matchmaking Deal

| November 20, 2015

Palm Coast signed a three-year, $135,000 contract with Texas-based Buxton, a retail recruiter, in hopes of filling storefronts and empty commercial lots. The approach has its mix of skeptics and cheerleaders.

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