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City of Palm Coast to Annex Flagler County Government Administration Complex

Jealousy of Flagler's opulent administrative and judicial campus is thought to have sparked Jim Landon's bold strategy for a new city hall.

By Toby Tobin
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Flagler County Administrative BuildingPalm Coast, FL – April 1, 2012 – According to a source with intimate knowledge of workings of the city's government, the City of Palm Coast has initiated a move to annex the Flagler County Government Administration Complex on SR100. Once the annexation is completed, the city plans to gain title through eminent domain. The plan includes a physical move of the administration building to Town Center where it will serve as Palm Coast's new city hall. Jealousy of Flagler's opulent administrative and judicial campus is thought to have sparked City Manager Jim Landon's bold strategy.
GoToby.com's source insists on anonymity because the person is not authorized to discuss the workings of city government with residents of the city.
According to Landon, the estimated $10 million cost of the move will not affect property taxes. "We will be using money that the city already has," he says.
Flagler County Commissioner George HannsNaturally upset with the city's apparent bullying tactics, the Flagler Board of County Commissioners tasked Commissioner George Hanns to go toe-to-toe with Landon over the issue. However, after taking one look around, Landon left the meeting thinking that Hanns was not there.
Bulldog Drive will be widened to accommodate the building's size during the move. Landon says the requirement offers the city a long awaited opportunity to enhance the gateway into Town Center. According to Landon, the Bulldog Drive upgrade will be funded with anticipated profits from the city's golf course and tennis complex.
Palm Coast Councilman Bill LewisCity Councilman Bill Lewis feels that the city's plan does not go far enough. He thinks the Flagler County Airport should be annexed and titled to the city too. Lewis is miffed that he was excluded from the VIP tent at the airport's recent Wings Over Flagler air show. A News Journal article quotes Lewis as saying, "I was really surprised that Palm Coast, the big gorilla, was snubbed over the weekend at the air show. We weren’t even invited" (Actually, everyone was invited, as long as they bought a ticket.) Gorillas shouldn't have to buy tickets. Lewis wants to teach the county a lesson. He is already planning his next year's sky diving entrance to the event. The show organizer, Bill Mills, has volunteered to pack the councilman's chute?
Palm Coast Mayor Jon NettsAt a recent City Council workshop, Mayor Jon Netts, suggested an amendment to the city's impact fee ordinance to include a Bureaucracy Impact Fee. The city already has school, recreation and parks, fire and rescue system, and transportation impact fees. Impact fees are assessed against builders and new businesses to cover the cost of providing added public services necessitated by additional growth. Netts argued that government also grows as new homes and businesses are built and deserves its own impact fee.
If you've read this far without becoming suspicious, I've got some great building lots in Flagler Estates (northwest corner of the county) to sell you. 168 lots were sold in the past six years for over $15,000; two for over $50,000 even though the lots are unbuildable. They're assessed for $300 each. I hope you enjoy April Fools' Day as much as I do.
Now that you're in on the joke, feel free to pass the story on to your friends.
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reader comments
Love the Humor...but you know what they say.
Posted by Kimberly Mills
Apr 23, 2012, 3:13 pm
The truth is often said in jest so behave. My husband doesn't know how to pack parachutes!

Let's hope next year the event is bigger and better :) Kimberly
Good job!
Posted by Bill
Apr 02, 2012, 7:59 am
You might get a couple of grouches complaining to you. Ignore them. It was good clean fun and the Lord knows we need more humor amongst our politicians and voters alike.
Great spoof
Posted by Bill
Apr 01, 2012, 10:18 pm
I was amazed at the headline but saw the date and so was suspicious. But....it seems like something the city really would like to do. Great spoof!
Apr 01, 2012, 3:24 pm
Posted by Reader
Apr 01, 2012, 11:46 am
Toby, great April Fools joke, actually read the title and thought "not in this lifetime" this is April Fools joke, County would disband before giving up their Taj Mahal (sp). Good thought though, its certainly big enough for everyone.
Wha ?
Posted by Barbara
Apr 01, 2012, 10:48 am
Toby, you are too funny. I was a fair distance through the article & wondering how on earth are they going to transport the buildings? ... let alone widening Bulldog... when it finally started to dawn on me ... this can't be true. Got me! However, in my defense I had not had my morning coffee.
Economic Development Team story
Posted by Carl
Apr 01, 2012, 9:20 am
Hoo Ha - Pleeeeeaaseee ! Don't we remember this from last year... What a hoot..

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Don "Toby" Tobin is a licensed real estate professional affiliated with Grand Living Realty. Toby is a member of the Flagler County Association of Realtors®, the Florida Association of Realtors, Enterprise Flagler, Flagler Home Builders Association, and the National Association of Realtors.

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