The class will present the
By Olivia Denino
The city of Palm Coast and i3's College and Career Readiness class at Flagler Palm Coast High School have teamed up to innovate at Town Center.
The class, taught by Michael Rinyu, has teams set up to create business proposals that will be presented to the city on Dec. 16. The winning team, to be announced the following day on Dec. 17, will earn $1,000 per teammate. In preparation, the students have gone on field trips to be inspired by other innovative districts including Lake Nona, downtown DeLand, and the Milk District. Here are the groups, with their proposal ideas:
Team: Kayla Collazo and Angelita Forster
Henry’s Coffee will be a coffee shop including a life-sized steam train in remembrance of Henry Flagler. “We want it to not only be accessible for disabled people, but we want it to be beyond accessible so they notice the wide doors, the easy room access to move around people in wheelchairs," Forster said.
Team: Joseph Watson
A facility with a large room for big crowds and events would also include smaller rooms for private events and offices for meetings.
Team: Bryce Headrick and Arwen Werteen
A bakery on the first floor, an art studio on the second story. The artists would hopefully be able to create murals to be put around town to help beautify Palm Coast.
Coastal Innovation Center
Team: Chloe Mauri, Kiersten Demers, Hayden Clark, Mya Emerson and Shianna Abbott
This innovation center would be for education and the furthering of careers, with classrooms and collaborative conference rooms. The center would be "ultra modern."
Team: Anna Kent, Nicholas Santiago and Jan Vicens
Neotopia will include a mini golf course and go-karting, including go karts for those with disabilities. “People with disabilities normally couldn’t be able to ride go-karts, but this go-kart will allow them to," Vicens said. The whole place will be glow in the dark for the neon vibes. The point of this business would be to provide more activities in Palm Coast. "A lot of people complain about how there is not much to do here,” Santiago said.
A&J Laser Tag
Team: Andrew Dobbins and Jacob Draugelat
Something to do for young people, serving classic bowling-alley-type food.
The Ethereal Gardens
Team: Hannah Auletti and Shayleigh Smith
Auletti said it will be “kind of like a cafe, but we also have a garden/library area, and we are going to have garden boxes that you can rent out.” There will also be a farmers market. Smith said the library would be a "take one, bring it back" setup. They hope to have the majority of their supplies bought from local farms and businesses.
Olivia Denino is part of Michael Rinyu's journalism class at i3.