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When Palm Coast bought the Palm Harbor Golf Course in 2008, one important element was missing: The driving range. 

"This is probably the city’s best holiday gift that I can remember in a very long time. ... Not only is it a good deal, it is about as near and dear to us as anything could be."

 

— DAVID ALFIN, Palm Coast mayor

The course's former owner, Centex Destination Properties, had retained that portion of the property and was proposing to build homes on it. 

That would have degraded the functionality of the range. But a new owner, JDI Palm Coast LLC, bought the land from Centex in 2016, and has now agreed to donate it to the city of Palm Coast, protecting the driving range.

"This is probably the city’s best holiday gift that I can remember in a very long time," Mayor David Alfin said at a Dec. 7 City Council meeting shortly before the council voted unanimously to accept the donation.

h6">>Fire Department adds equipment to protect staff from particulate-related cancers

Palm Coast's fire fighters will have a new way to help keep themselves safe on the job: The city is buying a device to remove potentially cancer-causing particulate material from firefighters' bunker gear. 

The device is called an extractor and functions much like an advanced washing machine. 

"It takes particulates ... created from combustion from house fires and vehicle fires, and then extracts it out," Fire Chief Jerry Forte said. "We wash the bunker gear, and once it's decontaminated it is dried .... and then put back on the truck. This is a major component of our initiative for cancer awareness and cancer reduction in the fire service. ... It keeps all of the particulates out of the cab when the firefighters are driving to calls."

The extractor will cost up to $7,499, and the city is using a Cancer Decontamination Grant to pay for 75% of the cost. The rest will come from the Fire Department's 2022 operating budget.

The city has extractors at Station 25 and Station 24. With this new one that will be added at Station 21, the city will have an extractor within 5 miles of any fire station, Forte said. The city hopes to have extractors at every fire station within five years. 

Alfin said that 52,463 rounds of golf  were played at the Palm Harbor Harbor Golf Course last year — a course record — and that the course is on track to surpass that number this year. In the 2021 fiscal year, he added, the course brought in $1,404,882 of revenue. 

"That's a significant number for a revenue-producing amenity," Alfin said. "We just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Palm Harbor Golf Course, which make it significantly older than the incorporated city of Palm Coast. So not only is it a good deal, it is about as near and dear to us as anything could be."

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City approves annexation of parcel off U.S. 1

The Palm Coast City Council voted 5-0 at its Dec. 7 meeting to annex into the city a 30-acre parcel of land off U.S. 1 at the western terminus of Whiteview Parkway.

The land, owned by the WAM Group Inc., was in the city of Palm Coast's Utility Service Area — property that was not in city boundaries and would need to be annexed into the city in order to access city utility services. 

The owner requested the annexation. 

Palm Coast to use grant to support car restoration supply company 

Palm Coast will use a Recapture Enhanced Value Grant to support a car restoration supply company that is moving to a 70,000-square-foot building at 2 Commerce Parkway. 

Under the terms of the grant, the city will give the company, called Ground Up Inc., what amounts to a 75% tax break for five years if it meets predetermined benchmarks, including creating and maintaining 35 jobs at the Palm Coast location. 

City Councilman Eddie Branquinho said he'd met repeatedly with the course's owners and had lost many night of sleep over the property's future. 

"This golf course basically is useless without that driving range. ... We had an expert come here, coming up with ideas just in case we couldn't get that range," Branquinho said. Now that the city will acquire the range, he said, "My heart is full of joy, and I think this is going to be some Christmas present to the city." 

The Palm Harbor course was Palm Coast's first, designed by Bill Amick for ITT Corporation and opened in 1973, decades before Palm Coast's incorporation as a city. 

It was the the home course of Hall of Fame golfer Nancy Lopez. Centex bought it in 2005 and approached Nicklaus Design about reconstructing the course, but abandoned those plans and closed the course during the economic downturn. 

The city bought about 144 acres of the 160-acre course in 2008, leaving Centex with the 16 acres that included the driving range and leading to years of back and forth between the city and Centex, and later JDI, over the property's future. 

The city renovated the course and reopened it in 2009. Then JDI bought the land that includes the driving range in 2016. The city has been working with them since, and, this year, JDI decided to donate the remainder of the property to the city for federal tax relief. 

Alfin noted that city staff, and particularly Palm Coast Chief Development Officer Jason DeLorenzo, have been working on trying to protect the driving range for years.

"Projects like this are in fact going on behind the scenes — there is a machine running all the time, and this is the kind of thing that our city staff is able to bring to conclusion, cross the finish line, to the benefit of all of us in the city," Alfin said. 

 

 

Source : https://www.palmcoastobserver.com/article/palm-coast-acquires-driving-range-property-for-palm-harbor-golf-course

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