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    For the Palm Coast YMCA, there aren't enough days in the month, nor hours in the day to provide time for all its activities. The YMCA has a variety of programs for the area residents from oil painting to weight lifting.
    A typical Monday morning at the YMCA begins at nine when the three and four year olds arrive for preschool classes. In another section of the YMCA building Jarly Jackson, a 70 year old former acrobat, is teaching exercise class. After a lunch break, it is "children's fun time." During this time there are also weight lifting classes in the next room taught by Tim Shanahan.
    From 4-5 p.m. there is after school play hour for the school age children.
    After dinner activities begin again with square dancing at 6:30. The evening ends with a youth rap session from 7:30 until 9 for the teenagers, and German lessons taught in the next room by Anne Russell.
    All day people are in and out of the YMCA building, coming also to watch television, play billiards or ping pong. Also, many organizations hold their meetings in the large multi-purpose room of the Y. In other words, the YMCA has been going non-stop since its doors opened on December 11th.
    The YMCA has various special events planned for the future. One event will be a disco dance for teenagers. Plans are also underway for a spring softball team.
    There are currently 352 YMCA members and the number is growing. Family memberships are $50. a year, husband and wife memberships $40 a year, single adult memberships are $25. yearly, and youth memberships are $10. Membership at the Y entitles the member the use of the facilities as well as free participation in the many classes and activities held there. Non-member must pay a fee.
    This marks the first time in the Y::MCA's more than 130 years of operation that it has opened a Y:MCA in a developing community. According to Dr. Robert Harlan, Executive Director of the National Board of the YMCA, it is customary to open a Y in an already developed community of about 50,000 but "so far the experiment appears to be a big success."
    The beautiful YMCA building and the grounds on Palm Coast Parkway were donated by the ITT Community Development Corporation, which is also underwriting the expenses of the Y: for the next several years.
    So if you're looking for something to do, stop by the YM:CA and discover the many interesting programs it has to offer. You can see for yourself why it's a big success.

    Excerpt from: 'The Palm Coaster', published by the Corporate Communications Department of ITT Community Development Corporation for Palm Coast property owners, purchasers and homeowners, as well as their families and friends. Vol 7, Number 2, Summer 1978, p. 8.

    The City of Palm Coast Historical Society, since it is part of the City of Palm Coast, should pursue an Official State of Florida Historic MARKER for this building / public recreational acreage.
    This would give Palm Coast a '...sense of being...' and a '...sense of Identity...'. Perhaps at the same time the City of Palm Coast Historical Society should pursue another Official State of Florida Historic Heritage MARKER for the adjacent ' Emergency Services Building ' for our Community Protectors. Sadly, in April 2017 we asked him to pursue these but to no avail.

    This is what we in Palm Coasts' first Neighborhood , the Levitt & I.T.T. Showcase Golf Course Neighborhood , pursued and acquired:

    If you want to read about the Origins of this Public Recreational Building and Acreage:

    We have been networking with ' The Smithsonian ' per their request from the Chair of The Smithsonian. We have periodically sent packets to The Smithsonian for the Levitt Palm Coast Collection there.

    We hope our efforts give the newer Palm Coasters a great ' Sense of Place ' and a ' Sense of Idenity '.

    Thank You.

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    Orlando Sentinel
    'Tis a Privilege to Live in Central Florida

    Preservers Applaud Palm Coast
    By Peggy Poor
    Sentinel Staff
    Dramatically changing the damaged image of usually damned developers, ITT Levitt Corp., now building Palm Coast, the country's largest housing project in Flagler County, is winning kudos instead of kicks from conservationists.
    More than that, with long-range environmental planning and careful study by staff
    ecologists, the mammoth venture may not only set an example for future would be despoilers but come up with some urgently sought answers to pollution problems.
    ------------------>For Example, ITT Levitt scientists are investigating why St. Johns and Flagler County shellfish harvests had to be prohibited because of contaminated waters. The hope s to reverse conditions that required the ban, if possible.
    Preliminary findings indicate sewage dumped principal culprit, according to Dr. Stanley Dea, the firm's chief ecologist.
    Therefore, in order not to aggravate the situation, ITT Levitt is making a detailed engineering analysis of sewage disposal possibilities to come up with designs new for Florida, and cheaper, Dr. Dea said.
    Because Florida's flat terrain and high ground water level have made gravity systems costly, developers have tended to use septic tanks. But septic systems have become a serious factor in the pollution picture.
    America's biggest conglomerate, therefore, is exploring feasibility of pressure and vacuum systems which may be tried for the first time in the Florida venture.<--------------------------------
    Meanwhile, in the first section now under construction, 20,000 acres of the total of 100,000, sewage will get secondary treatment, prior to storage in a polishing lagoon, providing tertiary treatment. Effluent thus purified but still nutrient rich will be used to irrigate an 18 Hole golf course.
    Sewage Studies
    This recycling, by an adaptation of nature's own system, is a relatively new concept in sewage disposal developed at Pennsylvania State University and now in use in several California communities and in one near Tallahassee.
    Much of the pollution and "murder of streams, and lakes, such as Apopka, is the result of eutrophication or over-enrichment by nutrients, which are not removed by treatment plants.
    As most plants discharge into some body of water, pollution results. If , however, the treated effluent is sprayed on vegetation, as was demonstrated at Penn State and is planned for Palm Coast, it irrigates and fertilizes crops and even raises the ground water table. The vegetation absorbs the nutrients that would eventually destroy streams, lakes, and estuaries.
    Using Willows
    Palm Coast ecologists plan to plant Florida vegetation and particularly high absorption qualities, such as willows.
    Engineers have devised a mechanical apparatus which can fit in a residential size and style building, so the neighborhood view will not be spoiled by an unsightly treatment plant. A chemical has been developed that eradicates the odor, according to Dick Beidl, Palm Coast public affairs officer.
    The University of Florida's famed coastal engineering department, whose $1 million facilities are now considered unexcelled in the United States, is advising how best to lay out the system of canals for waterfront property so that tidal action will keep them flushed clean, Beidl said.
    A brief flurry of local fears that the big dredge churning inland from the Intracoastal Waterway channel to scoop out a yacht basin would increase turbidity in the estuaries has been set at rest.
    Dike Employed
    Although the dredge is operating in a man made cut not subject to provisions of the Randall Act, ITT Levitt will still 'plug' the opening into the Intracoastal with a dike until its earth stirring digging is completed and settled.
    "It's the cleanest operation I've seen. No problems", said Larry Shanks, of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission at Vero Beach, who inspected the site last week.
    The Operation is pumping the material removed by a 1 1/4 mile pipe line that crosses the waterway and runs under highway A1A.
    With a 1100 horsepower booster pump the excavated sand is being hoisted up and down over this uneven course to fill a depression just behind the sand dunes which rim the ocean shore.
    The hole will be filled to a height of about 20 feet above sea-level about even with the dunes; and this will be the site of a motel, probably to be operated by Sheraton, another ITT subsidiary.
    Dunes Retained
    Shands had nothing but praise also for this beachfront plan which contemplates leaving the natural dunes as a stabilizer against erosion.
    Palm Coast experts are also studying the whys and wherefores of erosion and exploring preventative treatment, according to Dea.
    Palm Coast has also handed its brain trust the choking problem of weed eradication, he said.
    At the display site, where six model homes and four story office building with viewing tower are under construction, bulldozers wove an intricate path around trees marked for salvation instead of knocking everything down.
    This more costly method has won approval of forestry officials, and Palm Coast expects it to pay off in long-run appeal of attractive landscaping to prospective purchasers.
    Space Advantage
    In the master land use plan, thousands of acres will be preserved in the natural state, Dea said.
    Additionally, there will be parks and artificial ribbon lakes, Studies are being made to ascertain optimum factors for maintaining maximum sport fish populations in these.
    Palm Coast's planning advantage, Beidl said, lies in having control of the entire 100,000 acres. To get this vast land area in focus, it can be compared with the area of all five boroughs of Greater New York City, for example, which cover only about half that territory, or with the city of Detroit which spreads over about 88,000 acres.
    Projection is for an ultimate population here of only about 750,000 as compared with New York's 11.5 million and Detroit's four million.
    An area comparison closer to home is with the Disney's 27,000 acres.
    Strict Zoning
    The assure adherence to this careful planning. Dr. Dea said is a model zoning and building code is being formulates, which will not merely meet, but 'exceed' in stringency all federal state, and local regulations, including those necessary to control air, water, solid waste, radiation, noise, and vibration pollution.
    This will cover not just major regulations affecting industries which might be attracted to the area, but also folksy questions such as when and even whether residences may have trash incinerators in their back yards.
    Even one possible future doubt raised apparently will be resolved in favor of conservation, according to Harold 'Burrows, and engineer on the project.
    Line Questioned
    Question arose at a recent country commissioners meeting about a bulkhead line
    for Longs Creek, which branching off the Matanzas River, meanders through the tract a few miles north of the first 'Five Year Plan' development now under construction.
    some 3,000 to 9,000 on the creek, are submerged public lands under control of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund.
    Burrows conceded that prior to recent legislative action, this would have been 'prime development property'.But under present law 'we will sit down with the Department of Natural Resources and do what they tell us we can."
    AD 2531
    There really should be Official State of Florida Historic MARKERS for this including , with what is going on in Austin, Texas for our Community Protectors , and also James Gardner, Third I.T.T. Community Development Corporation President, etc.
    James Gardner Sr. was with I.T.T. Community Development Corporation from 1978 until late 1999 / early 2000's and at the Helm for the Community Development for Palm Coast.
    We hope this advertising promotion gives the newer Palm Coasters a '...sense of place...' and a ' ...sense of identity...' for the Palm Coast Project.
    Thank You.

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    Some historic perspective about Palm Coasts' origins and development:

    After Recession, Itt Expects Palm Coast To Blossom
    August 19, 1991|By Gene Yasuda Of The Sentinel Staff
    Ten years ago, when Ken Davidson Jr. moved to Palm Coast and tinkered with the idea of opening an automobile repair shop, he doubted that the rural community could supply him with customers.
    ''When I say there was nothing here, I mean there was nothing here,'' said Davidson, who recalls driving 30 miles south to Daytona Beach just to buy groceries.
    But seemingly overnight, 42,000 acres of rural plain on Florida's East Coast has metamorphosed into a nucleus of a city. Palm Coast's population has nearly doubled to 18,500 since 1986, helping Flagler County grow more quickly than any other county in the United States during the past decade.
    ''This place has just taken off,'' said Davidson, who has watched his monthly sales hit $85,000 - a twelve-fold surge since 1985.
    In reality, the creation of Palm Coast has been a 22-year endeavor, an uncommon project forged by the executives of a giant conglomerate - International Telephone and Telegraph - and state and county leaders.
    Yet the recent recession has kept people and industry from moving to Palm Coast, spurring business leaders and analysts to speculate whether the project will ever fulfill ITT executives' grand expectations.
    ''It's growing, and it's getting better. But from ITT's perspective Palm Coast really has a way to go before it will ever be meaningful to them. . . . They may not want to wait that long,'' said Jack Kelly, vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co., a New York investment firm. Kelly specializes in following diversified companies such as ITT.
    ''The issue here isn't whether it'll be profitable. It's how much they'll make on it and whether it'll become a major component of their business,'' he said. ''I don't think it will.''
    ITT's strategy of constructing a ''model'' city has intrigued urban planners searching for a solution to overcrowding and gridlock. By laying roads, building parks and putting in water and sewer lines and other facilities to accommodate a population of 200,000 before the arrival of Palm Coast's first residents, project planners expect to avoid urban nightmares.
    In theory, by dominating virtually every development aspect of the community - nearly twice the size of Walt Disney World's holdings in Central Florida - ITT should be able to rake in a king's ransom.
    But in reality, the difficulty of nurturing such a long-term project and the pressures of U.S. corporate strategy, which demand immediate gains, make ITT's attempt to build a city a high-stakes gamble.
    ''There is a potential for significant return to ITT, but there's no guarantee,'' said Gary Walters, the planning director at ITT Community Development Corp., the wholly owned subsidiary that oversees Palm Coast development.
    Twice as many workers
    At first glance, the mix of industrial, retail and residential projects, tucked away among sculpted golf courses and parks, gives the impression that Palm Coast will fulfill its makers' vision. Today nearly 8,000 people work in Flagler County.Two-thirds of Flagler's population of 28,700 lives in Palm Coast. That employment figure has doubled since 1980.
    Palm Coast's main thoroughfare is now dotted with shopping centers, plus its very own Publix supermarket. A just-opened Cracker Barrel restaurant bustles with young families, belying the reputation of the development as a retirement community. In fact, school enrollment in Flagler County has soared to 4,023, up 48 percent from 2,725 in 1986.
    Analysts speculate that ITT has poured $400 million into Palm Coast during the past 12 years - perhaps as much as $1 billion during the project's life span - to transform Palm Coast into a fledgling community. Yet the project is years, if not decades, away from showing a return on the New York-based conglomerate's investments.
    And during the years, the company has endured costly bureaucratic hassles negotiating with - and, at times, combatting - state regulatory agencies and environmental groups.
    During the late 1980s, a period ITT officials describe as the time ''Palm Coast really began to take off,'' ITT-CDC posted healthy profits as it lured businesses, from boat manufacturers to electronic companies, to its industrial parks.
    ''But we're nowhere near recouping our investment,'' said Jim Gardner, president of ITT-CDC.
    Although most of their obstacles seem behind them, ITT officials say they can hardly afford to sit back and expect money to roll in.
    The company's strategy works like this: Sell Palm Coast property to industry. Sell residential lots to the new businesses' employees and then build homes for them. Hold conferences at the Sheraton Hotel, a part of ITT's hospitality subsidiary. Sell memberships to use golf courses and tennis courts operated by SunSport Recreation Inc. - an ITT-CDC subsidiary that manages recreational facilities at Palm Coast.
    But creating a community from scratch is complicated, and being its omnipresent builder attracts problems, said Walters, the project's planning director.
    Too many frogs
    Palm Coast is still an unincorporated area of Flagler County and lacks a municipal government. As a result, residents often turn to ITT-CDC to solve the growing community's problems.
    The developer has donated land to the county for schools and parks and has absorbed the cost of maintaining Palm Coast's landscape. And whether it's at fault or not, the company is often the target of residents' gripes
    ''I had a lady call and complain that there were too many frogs in her pond, and she wanted ITT to do something about it,'' said Dorothy Zierk, a secretary for ITT's vice president of community relations.
    Furthermore, economic downturns such as the recent recession are extending the time ITT executives must wait before they can recoup their investment.
    ''The Northeast, as you know, has been hit terribly by the recession, and that's a real concern for us,'' said Gardner, ITT-CDC's president. The bulk of the developer's industrial and residential recruiting is directed toward the Northeast.
    ''Companies don't want to make any moves during uncertain economic times,'' Gardner said.
    Point of no return
    During 1990 and through the first seven months of this year, ITT-CDC has been unable to recruit a major employer to Palm Coast.
    Between 1986 and 1988, ITT-CDC sales of industrial land increased 37 percent, from 636,000 square feet to 872,000 square feet. But since 1988, sale of such space has increased 9 percent.
    Flagler County residential construction sales also have fallen, from $70.9 million in 1989 to $56.4 million in 1990.
    ''As far as the resident goes,'' Gardner added, ''they can't move down here because they can't sell their homes up there.''
    Nevertheless, ITT executives say Palm Coast's climate, abundant infrastructure and immediate access to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Florida East Coast Railway and the Flagler County Airport will attract businesses and residents as soon as the economy begins its recovery.
    And ITT executives say that even if the recovery is slow in coming they have invested too much in Palm Coast to walk away.
    ''We've gone beyond the point of no return,'' Walters said.
    But ITT-CDC's steadfastness is more attributable to executives' belief that Palm Coast will make money - if not today, then tomorrow.
    ITT does not disclose its subsidiaries' earnings, but records from Flagler County's assessor's office illustrate that the value of Palm Coast property has increased under ITT-CDC's management.
    In 1981 the assessed value of Palm Coast property sold until then by ITT was $278 million. Today total ITT property sold is worth $1.1 billion. And the conglomerate still owns undeveloped property valued at $305.2 million.
    Affordable homes wanted
    Flagler County officials and business leaders remain confident in Palm Coast's economic viability but say the affluent development lacks a major element needed to attract industry: affordable housing.
    ''If we're going to get companies to relocate here, we need to provide housing for their employees,'' said Al Jones, Flagler County commissioner. ''So far, we haven't been able to accommodate that need.''
    The county and the business community are discussing ways to build homes priced near $50,000.
    ITT officials say Palm Coast offers a variety of housing projects, ranging in price from $60,000 homes to $800,000 beachfront properties, with an average home selling for $100,000.
    Local business leaders say, however, that they are confident that ITT will make its development project successful.
    ''All the major arteries have already been put in place (by ITT-CDC). So you don't have to worry about traffic problems,'' said Jeff Skuda, general manager of Sea Ray Boats Inc., a major boat manufacturer and one of Palm Coast's first industrial tenants.
    ''They've plodded along and have put together an impressive project,'' Skuda said. ''In my opinion ITT could pull out of Palm Coast now, and it'll still keep growing on its own.''
    James Gardner Sr. was the third Father of Palm Coast being employed by I.T.T. Community Development Corporation from 1978 until his retirement in 2000.
    Regarding driving to Daytona / Ormond for milk , bread, cheese - I / my family enjoyed this because it was a small price to pay . Why, because we knew we were returning to Levitt & I.T.T. Palm Coast a true Paradise, made given by Dr. J. Norman Young, first Father of Palm Coast, then Alan Smolen, Second Father of Palm Coast and most especially James Gardner - third Father of Palm Coast. Their combined efforts for decades gave us Paradise. For instance, free sprinkler and hoses because for a while the Water was FREE, Free eats typically weekly, FREE Golf , for me/us for Ten Years of Free Golf , great oceanside Beach Club, Great Sheratons, etc.
    I still have my Membership Card for the Palm Coast Golf Club, later known as our cherished and beloved Amenity - the Palm Harbor Golf Club. Presently, documents have started to flow to the State of Florida Historic Preservation Offices for Historic Status for our Golf Club. It has been assigned the number FL 000931. FL stands for ' Flagler County' and the number assigned 009331 is the numerical sequence assigned by the State of Florida Historic Preservation Offices. Also, they assigned THREE Specialist to help with the Historic Status. For me, it is very joyful because I saw the front nine and then the back nine being built...and hopefully soon...I will see it achieve Historic Status , hopefully Grants coming, Hopefully also mention within the State of Florida Historic Golf Trails.
    What a joyous day that will be for me.
    I hope this information help give Palm Coasters a sense of Identity and a sense of place for you.
    Thank you very much for listening.
    Thank You.

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    RE: Flagler Beach Location

    Hi - I wanted to locate the Archives of I.T.T. Community Development Corporation. It appears that the address / mailing address is 1 Corporate Drive, Flagler Beach, FL 32151

    Does anyone know where 1 Corporate Drive is in Flagler Beach ? Thank you very much.


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    Digital Law Review – Boston College – 1972 – Father of Palm Coast, Dr. J. Norman Young – ‘ An approach to a New City: Palm Coast ‘.

    Merv Griffin Show and The Palm Coast Project:

    Palm Coasts’ first PARK: . We really miss Palm Coasts' first public PARK which was '...lost, sold, and transformed ...'...when that public acreage was re-configuered to make way for private condos.

    Palm Coasts’ yearly Updates on the State of Palm Coast freely snail-mailed to us :

    Palm Coast Golf Club and Del Mar Model, The De Bary Model, Palm Coast : Historic MARKER Database :

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