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Watchtower Buys Former FAA Training Facility in Palm Coast for $7,025,000

The facility was owned by Embry Riddle and had been leased to the FAA. Watchtower plans to use the facility in much the same manner as did the FAA.

By Toby Tobin
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Palm Coast, FL – June 30, 2014Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, an entity of Jehovah’s Witnesses, purchased the former FAA training facility in Palm Coast from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University for $7,025,000. The sale closed last Friday. Tom Tallaksen, of Watson Realty’s Palm Coast office, represented the buyer. Claude Gardner, of Prudential Commercial Real Estate in Daytona Beach, represented the seller.

The facility is at 4500 SE Palm Coast Pkwy, between the eastbound and westbound lanes, just west of the Toll Bridge. The 13.45acre property has a 53,504 square foot administrative building and two 44,704 square foot dormitories, each with 100 rooms. The Flagler County Property Appraiser‘s assessed value is $8,891,305. For years, the property was leased from Embry Riddle by the FAA as a training facility. That lease expired at the end of 2012 when the FAA relocated their training mission and was not renewed.

“The people from Watchtower were great to work with. They are a quality organization,” said Rodney Cruise, V.P. for Administration at Embry Riddle. “As the seller, we wanted to make sure any buyer would continue to provide Palm Coast with the same level of economic activity as the FAA had and that they would maintain the beauty of the location. We could not be more pleased with the outcome.”

Watchtower plans to use the site as a training facility in much the same manner as did the FAA. No major renovations are planned or needed. “Embry Riddle had been a good steward of the property. Everything had been maintained at a high level,” said Tallaksen.

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Tax exept JW's help the economy?
Posted by Mrawww
Dec 07, 2015, 7:23 am
How is a tax exempt group of poor (the lowest medium income of all religions) volunteers going to help the economy of this area?
a better sourronnding
Posted by A.C.Reynolds
Oct 03, 2015, 10:48 am
since the organization of Jehovahs witness moved in the area has become a meaningful. It has the improved the value of property. You should be thankful for such pleasant neighbors who are peaceful and very pleasant to be around. Have a good day and may Jehovah keep your places of consealment safe.
Hidden from Jehovah's Witnesses
Posted by Hampton
Sep 28, 2015, 7:37 am
www.youtube.com/jasonzelda has a free multipart series about the Jehovah's witnesses, very compelling. I hear part 8 will be coming out soon, looking forward to it. Well researched and shows so many things that are Hidden from Jehovah's witnesses.
If you Long for Something Better
Posted by Ebony
Feb 06, 2015, 10:08 am
All my life I searched to be close to Jesus even as a little girl. When my mother would not go to church I went by myself. As I grew older I use to say about the witnesses those people are crazy. But here I am today one of them. Why? Because I researched for myself whether or not the things they were teaching me was the truth. I did not want to be in a Waco TX situation or a Jim Jones (CULT). Also, as a single mother I loved and wanted to protect my babies. We as people are lazy. In a since instead of searching out things we rather believe what others say. We must as individuals for ourselves seek out whether we are worshiping the Almighty God the way he wants us to. Yes, his name is Jehovah. His son Jesus Christ. Do it for yourselves open your hearts and minds.
There is no truth in the "truth"
Posted by Heather MC
Jan 03, 2015, 12:45 pm
The JW society has been lying to it's members since it was first made up in the mind of Pastor Charles Taze Russell.

The religion began on a false prophecy that jesus took power invisible in 1874 and was going to return to earth 40 years later in 1914. He was lying then, and the organization continues to lie today. They made Drastic revisions to their false 144,000 prophecy in 2004 when it became clear the generation of 1914 Was ALL DEAD.

The babble saus to beware of false prophets, and yet the JDub organization is the biggest bunch of false prophets that have ever existed.

Fine, you are not a cult, but you are anything but "the truth"
Some things to consider befor forming an opinion.
Posted by David
Dec 21, 2014, 7:43 pm
When reading or reviewing negative statements about Jehovah's Witnesses, please keep in mind these three facts about the source of such statements.
#1 It comes from people who have never been witnesses and therefor do know know the beliefs of JW's. Ether they are repeating falsehoods and or gossip they have heard or read or they have personally been offended for some reason or have a political agenda.
#2 It comes from ones who were once Jehovah's Witnesses and due to a repeated habit of immorality or uncleanness had to be fellowshipped from the congregation and still harbor ill will.
#3 It comes from ones who were once associated in some manner with Jehovah's Witnesses but became inactive and began to align themselves and thoughts with persons of the above two conditions.

Please feel free to attend the public meetings of Jehovah's Witnesses and find out for your self.
Defining Cult
Posted by James Perez
Nov 06, 2014, 7:06 am
The only difference between a religion and a cult is the ease in which one may exit the organization, should they choose to. Everything else from emotional manipulation to sectarian arrogance is exactly the same.

So, feel free to visit your local kingdom hall and see for yourself. While you're there, ask an elder about the details of disfellowshipping.
so sadly mistaken
Posted by Ruth smith
Aug 14, 2014, 2:53 pm
I have been associated with this organization for 57 years and I have never seen anything dishonest about them. They are an organization of truth. With the world in such condition as. it is as a result of so much dishonesty, I would think people would appreciate those who are honest and above board. The Bible is the answer to all mankinds problems. Our literature helps people to understand the Bible.it is Gods book and He lovingly have it to us so we could find answers to our problems.please read. Learn for yourselves what the truth is. Truly this is the only answer. Examine our website JW.Org. Thankyou
Have Tried All Other Religions
Posted by Rosemarie Lawhorn
Aug 05, 2014, 8:00 am
To Amy Mason,
Please look up the definition of a cult before you accuse us as being one. We have nothing to hide, we invite others to check us out. We don't expect memberships in our place of worship. You have closed your mind and have been blinded. Your not searching for the truth, therefore, will not find the truth. As a JW, I have investigated. I have also investigated the Bible.
Mockery and Cult
Posted by Profit
Jul 29, 2014, 4:44 pm
The Jehovah Witness's do not believe in the Trinity "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" the Son meaning "JESUS THE SON OF GOD"and therefore are a false religion and will have to answer to GOD for the way they change the Bible through false translations and changing GODS Word. They are all false profits who work for Satan ...and yes if they are training they will be practicing on all of the area harassing people. Just ignore them as they are so brain washed they are like robots and only so call witness what they have been programmed to do!!! Best thing to do is pray to our Father in heaven for these mislead sheep of the devil and his demons.
Peace and contentment
Posted by Carol
Jul 23, 2014, 8:58 pm
What ever the buildings and grounds are used for it will be for the betterment of the community and the entire world of mankind. MONEY WILL BE BROUGHT INTO THE COMMUNITY AND SUPPLIES WILL BE PURCHASED AND DELIVERED. FUEL WILL BE PURCHASED,ELECTRICITY WILL BE USED JOBS WILL BE CREATED . The cleaning of the facility and grounds will all be done by volunteers who willingly give of their time. Funding all came from voluntary donations as well as the maintenance of the facility will be from voluntary donations and those of us that do so consider it a joy to do so. All of the materials for that work have to be purchased, more revenue for the community.

Nothing but good can come from this purchase and may-be the real estate company and sales person will generously donate some of their large commissions from the sale to the betterment of the community also, to say nothing of the income tax that had to be paid to the Internal Revenue from the sale, there by benefiting the USA.
Powerful Organization
Posted by shawn
Jul 20, 2014, 8:04 am
We are a powerful organized group. This is just one of thousands of properties worldwide.
Ive been associated with them for over 40 years. Have not seen any misconduct as a group. Certainly is better than what any other religion has to offer. People fear what they don't know. So why not talk to them next time you see them, get the answers directly.
some people
Posted by A.C.Reynolds
Jul 17, 2014, 4:43 pm
there are some people that just want to be bad mouthing an organization. there are some such as banjo. J.W struggle. Amy mason. and Barry. they say we are cult far from the truth.one said he work at headquarters I do not think so. And Barry you would not have any better people.and our organization does not solicit. and if you do not want us to talk to you when come to your door just say so we do not get mad. may Jehovah God bless all of you.
Will Palm Coast be their Training Ground?
Posted by Barry
Jul 16, 2014, 3:43 pm
With space for 200 "trainees" at all times, does this mean that there will constantly be 200 "door-to-door" sales people running all over the place in Palm Coast? Will there be any controls or restrictions over their activities in the area? Will the police remove them from areas where solicitations are prohibited or will they be exempt from that?

I don't why anybody would think this is a good thing for Palm Coast. Wouldn't a non-exempt taxpayer who might generate economic activity for our area be a much better resident?
some people don/t understand
Posted by A.C. Reynolds
Jul 14, 2014, 5:01 pm
Some people do not understand what the truth is. There eyes and hearts are blinded by a veil over their eyes and they mostly do not know what the truth is. Just visit one of our kingdom halls and see what Jehovah witness are like .If you have any knowledge at all you will see that we have the truth.
If the is not the true religion
Posted by Dave
Jul 14, 2014, 6:48 am
I quote Peter," Lord whom shall we go away to".
I've come from Christendoms religions, and I can say with full knowledge of what else is out there. If Jehovah's Witnesses do not have the truth, than the bible is a book of man and there is no God.
Posted by Amy Mason
Jul 13, 2014, 6:16 pm
Please investigate what you are involved in. This is a cult.
Earthling Man
Posted by Albert Lombardo
Jul 13, 2014, 6:16 pm
Greetings, did you know that after Adam salvation only went to the Jews. Isaiah 43:10. Then later the true God Jehovah caused a visible miracle to happen for the whole world to see,Gentiles get saved.Note..

14 Sym′e·on has related thoroughly how God for the first time turned his attention to the nations to take out of them a people for his name.

15 And with this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,.....Surely you agree with the Prophets rather than Satan's apostates?
Training for...
Posted by Tom
Jul 11, 2014, 7:40 am
Training volunteers for what purpose.....the same as the almost 8 million other imperfect JWs. To live lives that reflect Bible principles and share the truth of God's promises with others, bringing comfort and hope to them, as Jesus did.
The word Christ ian means just that. The purchase of the property for this purpose is admirable. The surrounding community will be pleased with their new, peaceful neighbors.
I worked for Watchtower in Brooklyn
Posted by JWStruggle
Jul 09, 2014, 11:34 am
For several years I was assigned to work at their works headquarters and I can tell you this organization is anything but peaceful and benign. It is a corporation with only one goal: make money and maintain control of its cult members that give them their money and their slave labor.

Thousands die every year because of this damaging group. Google it people and wake up!
Can't StopJAH
Posted by Dogg
Jul 09, 2014, 9:25 am
as the Congregation of JAH on earth continues to grow & move along w/JAH's powerful backing, in line with the Celestial Chariot (visioned in Ezekiel), more & more is taking place that may surprise JW's & the world in general. so - WE CHEER & PRAISE ALMIGHTY GOD FOR ALL HE DOES & ALLOWING US TO HAVE SOME SMALL PART IN GLORIFYING HIS NAME!!

let the babbling critics, ridiculers, complainers & whiners & apostates scream, 'Foul!' all they want; WHO CARES-?!?!? LOLOLOL like Satan, they always try to find fault & then accuse relentlessly-! SO WHAT-?!?! Jehovah's Witnesses CANNOT be stopped because our GOD CANNOT be stopped, and even Satan knows that. but like the psychotic, prideful, maniac on Death-row that he is, he influences the world opposed to JAH to do the same. WHATEVER!! LOLOLOLOLOL
I used to work for the WT building office for over
Posted by JWInsider
Jul 08, 2014, 12:16 pm
there's a lot that goes on behind the scenes that the average JW doesn't know. all they know is what is displayed on the highly sanitized jw.org website. but, it's no different that the government or any other large organization, religious, political or otherwise. who wants their dirty laundry aired for the public to criticize. JWs are not perfect, nothing on earth is. let them be.
Posted by Grace
Jul 08, 2014, 2:06 am
To find out anything you want to know about Jehovah's Witnesses, a.k.a. your friendly neighbors, simply visit JW.org or stop by your local Kingdom Hall. There are NEVER any collections taken and visitors are welcome.

Most people are surprised to know that the entire organization is funded by voluntary (mostly anonymous)donations.
Banjo plays wrong tune
Posted by Frank
Jul 06, 2014, 10:21 am
Sounds like banjo is a bit jealous. Look up Jwitness for the real scoop on the net
CEO Jehovah
Posted by Banjo
Jul 05, 2014, 8:22 am
Jehovah gets into business deep! It should be an entrepeneur god!
Maybe associated to some syndicate or some industrial confederation...

By Banjo

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