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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 Years in Sinai End as It Moves Into Long-Sought City Hall in Town Center

| October 21, 2015

Sixteen years after the city was born, Palm Coast moved into its own roomy, $9.1 million, 40,000-square-foot City Hall at Town Center this week, with a grand opening set for Nov. 3.

City Hall Rising: Walls Go Up at Palm Coast’s Future Home

| February 24, 2015

Walls built in place went up Tuesday morning on the site of the future Palm Coast City Hall in Town Center, marking a significant visual advance in the nearly $10 million project as it moves toward completion by fall.

Projecting $1 Million Saving, Palm Coast Will Build $2.5 Million City Hall Addition Now Instead of 2019

| December 9, 2014

The total Palm Coast City Hall cost rose to $9 million as the council agreed to build an 8,000 square foot addition as part of a broader construction plan that would net the city savings over five years.

“Epic Moment in Palm Coast’s History” as New City Hall Breaks Ground at Town Center

| October 30, 2014

Mayor Jon Netts celebrated the occasion in words that richly threaded Palm Coast’s nomadic years to Wednesday’s moment, turning symbolism into masonry as he spoke of the building representing unity, diversity and energy.

Gouged, Palm Coast Calls City Market Place Lease Demands “Unacceptable” and Looks Elsewhere

| May 27, 2014

City Market Place owner John Bills is asking for a 57 percent increase in rent from Palm Coast government, whose offices have been renting 22,000 square feet at City Market Place for five years. The city needs one more year before moving to City Hall in Town Center. It’s now shopping for other spaces for that year.

Palm Coast Calls on Local Contractors to Apply For City Hall Project

| May 5, 2014

The Vendor Roundtables will be held Tuesday, May 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, July 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Flagler-Palm Coast Campus of Daytona State College. Contractors will be given information on the scope of work for the new City Hall and the anticipated schedule of bidding and construction.

First Look at Palm Coast’s New City Hall Revives Old Questions About Cost and Taxes

| March 12, 2014

The Palm Coast City Hall plan drew pointed questions about security measures and cost controls as the city administration continued to pledge through accounting sophistry that taxes will not be raised or that property tax dollars will not be used for the project.

Palm Coast Unveils Design for a Spruced Up Community Center, With Premium on Visibility

| December 10, 2013

The Palm Coast Community Center on Clubhouse Drive and Palm Coast Parkway would potentially more than triple its current 5,800 square feet (to close to 20,000 square feet), and accommodate up to 200 people, starting with a $430,000 design in 2014 and first-phase construction in 2015.

Palm Coast Council Votes 5-0 For New City Hall in Town Center, With Move-In by End of 2015

| November 19, 2013

In the face of intense opposition, but also just as intense support, the Palm Coast City Council Tuesday said Yes to a new city hall. The 5-0 vote followed three hours of presentations, public comment and discussion before an overflow crowd at the Palm Coast Community Center, the largest crowd to turn up for any issue in recent memory.

The Time Will Come For a New Palm Coast City Hall. This Isn’t It.

| November 18, 2013

Landon and the council want their $9 million city hall the way petulant children want a new toy. But there’s a lot more arrogance than prudence in the city’s approach. So it’s pretty simple. If the city is convinced that this is a good thing for itself and for residents, just ask residents what they think. That’s a yes or no question all of us would welcome.

Palm Coast Again Pitches New City Hall, No Referendum, as Chamber Orchestrates Support

| November 12, 2013

Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon on Tuesday choreographed a presentation focused on a $9 million city hall in Town Center he said can be built mostly with existing dollars–and without a referendum–as the Flagler Chamber of Commerce and the Palm Coast Observer worked on a letter-writing campaign to sway council members, who may vote on the plan next week.

Palm Coast Council Again Warms to City Hall Scheme That Would Snub Voter Permission

| July 31, 2013

City Manager Jim Landon is proposing a refurbished $6.8 million plan that would use general fund dollars to build a new city hall without raising taxes, even though $5.8 million of that–a repayment from the Town Center taxing district–could be used to lower property taxes or build other capital projects with broader public uses. Residents had roundly rejected a similar plan in 2010 and 2011, when the building would have cost $10 million.

Edifice Complex: Palm Coast Council Should Forget About Gang of Six’s Geezer Gimmick

| July 12, 2013

The Gang of Six–the former Palm Coast City Council members wanting to build a new city hall–are showing their age with the outdated nature of their idea, argues Merrill Shapiro. The council should forget their proposal and focus on the challenges of a rapidly changing city and society.

Palm Coast Council Sniffs at Gang of Six Push for New City Hall, Opting for Rental Analysis

| July 9, 2013

At least three council members are opposed to a new city hall, citing timing and the absence of a referendum, and in one case ridiculing a proposal put forth by aged and former council members pushing for a new building. But council members want clearer numbers about their options as the city’s three-year lease on its City Market Place digs nears expiration in November 2014.

It’s Back: Gang of Six Ex-Council Members Want Palm Coast to Build a New City Hall

| July 3, 2013

Ex-Mayor Jim Canfield leads the group of ex-council members asking the Palm Coast City Council to appoint a commission to study the financing and building of a new city hall. Despite warnings of the consequences from one of its own, the council agreed to take up the matter next week.

Signing For 3 More Years at City Market Place, Palm Coast Explores New City Hall Options

| April 24, 2012

Palm Coast city government’s new lease at City Market Place is considerably cheaper than the $20,000 a month it’s been paying since 2008, but council members are now talking about a lease-purchase deal for a new city hall at Town Center.

Palm Coast Council Shocked, Shocked To Hear It Ever Had $10 Million for City Hall

| August 3, 2011

The Palm Coast city administration now says that it never had $10 million to build a city hall. The copious record on the matter says otherwise, raising questions about the city’s numbers and verbal shell games.

As Mayor Netts Gives Up On New City Hall in Near Future, Tea Party Wants a Referendum

| June 20, 2011

Palm Coast’s proposed $10 million city hall appears dead for now. Should it rise again, it would be financed by bonds, not cash, and would have to be approved in a referendum, Mayor Jon Netts says in a significant shift, disarming opponents.

For Palm Coast, Community Centers Are “Pie in the Sky” But City Hall Hovers Closer

| March 29, 2011

The city council says there’s no money for ambitious, long-range plans for community centers it discussed on Tuesday, although at previous meetings it never disputed the availability of $10 million for a new city hall.

Landon and Council Say Palm Coast City Hall Is Not a Done Deal. Plans Say Otherwise.

| February 8, 2011

City Manager Jim Landon says he’s “not convinced the community is ready for it,” but he’s sticking by a timeline that would have city hall construction beginning in summer and occupancy in late 2012.

Done Deal: City Picks Architecture Firm, Advertises Construction For New City Hall

| February 3, 2011

City council members, including Mayor Netts, insist that until they have a signed contract, nothing is a go. Netts is still waiting for hard data from City Manager Jim Landon justifying the new building.

City Council in Dog House Over Holland Park

| January 19, 2011

Though it has $10 million to build a city hall, Palm Coast claims poverty when it comes to improving Holland Park, the city’s busiest. Residents aren’t happy.

Dog-and-Pony Powerpoints: Landon’s Stage-Managed Shows for a New Palm Coast City Hall

| November 4, 2010

City Manager Jim Landon says the $10 million city hall project is different than the plan 82 percent of voters rejected in 2005. He’s right: residents won’t be allowed to vote this time, even though economic conditions are far worse.

Palm Coast Goals: No Tax Hike, 8-10% Cuts, 10-15 Jobs Gone; City Hall Plans Unscathed

| July 23, 2010

The Palm Coast City Council wants to keep property taxes the same, compensating for revenue with fees, fines, loans and reserves, and still build a new city hall.

Palm Coast’s Two Best Arguments
For a New City Hall: Take the Tour

| July 6, 2010

This much isn’t too controversial about a new Palm Coast city hall: the current digs are ugly, cramped and unbecoming. And government spending is needed to create jobs.

Revenue Crunch Not Yet Sobering
Palm Coast City Council’s Ambitions

| May 24, 2010

Palm Coast’s flush years are over, yet City Manager Jim Landon and the council are still high on a new city hall and a water desalination plant.

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