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NEWS BRIEFS: New Palm Coast City Hall to open Monday, Oct. 26

Also in news briefs: Flagler County same-day bus service trial underway

New Palm Coast City Hall to open Monday, Oct. 26 

The following is a news release from the city of Palm Coast communications office: 

The city of Palm Coast's new City Hall at 160 Lake Ave., next to Central Park and the City Centre office building in Town Center, will open for business at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26. 

Everyone is invited to a City Hall Grand Opening celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The city’s final day of operation at City Offices in the City Marketplace shopping center, 160 Cypress Point Pkwy. Suite B-106, will be Friday, Oct. 23. City Offices will close for good at 5 p.m. Oct. 23.

There will be no disruption of service to the public during the move.

The new Palm Coast City Hall will be a full-service facility for the public, with Customer Service for paying utility bills and managing utility service, permitting, zoning, code enforcement, business tax receipts and the Business Assistance Center all located on the first floor. Residents will also still have the option to pay their utility bills and manage their utility service at the Utility Department at 2 Utility Drive, Palm Coast.

Tours of the new City Hall will be offered at 4-8 p.m. Oct. 26, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 5:15 p.m. The Palm Coast City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Wing section of the new City Hall.

Flagler County same-day bus service trial underway

The following is a news release from the Flagler County communications office: 

Flagler County is adding limited same-day bus service to better accommodate those who use the paratransit system.

“There are times when it is not possible to plan a day ahead to schedule a needed ride through Flagler County Public Transportation,” Transportation Manager Ted Brand said. “We are happy to launch this new same-day bus services and if it is well-used, we will continue to offer the program.”

Same-day service will be provided between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and between 5 and 6 p.m. Mondaythrough Friday. Reservations are taken between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“If someone wants a ride at 10 a.m., they will have to call promptly at 9 a.m.,” Brand said. “Reservations have to be made no later than 2 p.m. for those slots between 5 and 6 p.m.” 

Enrollment is open to all Flagler County residents who qualify to use the county’s transportation service. Priority is given to those who are disabled, or elderly or transportation disadvantaged. 

Applications can take up to 10 days to process, and are available online.

There are no fixed routes, which means Flagler County Public Transportation will takes riders directly to their destinations. Wheelchair lift equipped vehicles are available. 

Costs are $2 per ride, one way, within Flagler County.

Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 386-313-4100.

City of Palm Coast switches to new utility billing system, adds online applications

The following is a news release from the city of Palm Coast communications office:

The Palm Coast Utility Department has switched to a new utility billing system that gives customers many convenient and flexible ways to access and pay their utility bills.

The city has contracted with Paymentus, a full-service payment provider, to handle utility billing for Palm Coast. The new system went live Oct. 7.

All customers who had paid their utility bills through automatic payments online or one-time payments online were notified so they could set up accounts in the new system.

For security reasons, the account information customers previously provided for payment purposes could not be transferred to the new system. Customers who want to pay online must create a new user ID and password in the new system, and re-enter payment information.

Customers can also choose from many other payment options: by check, over the phone, in person, or through their bank's bill-pay system.

“The new Utility Billing System offers some exciting new features that we believe will improve customer service,” Palm Coast Customer Service Manager Cynthia Schweers said. “Customers will now have more mobile options and be able to get real-time account updates.”

At the same time as the switch to the new utility billing system, the city also established a new online application option for utility service. The application gives residents, property managers and businesses a convenient way to submit applications for new service with the Palm Coast Utility Department.

New customers can now submit all information through the website, saving time and eliminating the need for visit city offices to establish service. The new application is at

For more information or assistance with utility service or billing, please call Customer Service at 386-986-2360.

Bring batteries, paint, weed killer to Solid Waste Facility

The following is a news release from the Flagler County communications office: 

Business has been brisk at the Flagler County Solid Waste Facility for the past two years.

“The word is really getting out,” said Larry Williamson, who runs the site along with Kirk Vanschaick, a hazardous household waste technician. “We’ve already collected more than 20,000 pounds of electronic waste this year, and that’s not even including batteries.”

The facility accepts used motor oil, antifreeze, lead-acid and rechargeable batteries, paints, weed killers, thinners and solvents, pool chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, gasoline and tires. It is also a recycle drop-off center, though recyclables are collected curbside.

In past years, more than 2,500 gallons of used oil was collected, as well as four 55-gallon barrels of coolant and two 55-gallon barrels of oil filters. Additionally, some 42,605 pounds of recovered paints, solvents, pesticides and mercury-containing devices like compact florescent light bulbs. If drop-off rates stay on course, 2015 will be a record-breaker.

“Participation has been great,” Williamson said. “More and more people are aware we are here.”

The number of propane tanks brought to the facility has increased eightfold.

“Everyone got worried about having them laying around after the explosion at Blue Rhino (Eustis),” Williamson said. “I have about 300 of them stockpiled right now.”

The household hazardous waste collection center is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondaythrough Friday at the closed landfill located at 1700 S. Old Kings Road, Flagler Beach. For more information, call 386-517-2075.          

Deadline to enter city's Starlight Holiday Parade & Event is Nov. 9

The following is a news release from the city of Palm Coast communications office: 

Organizations and businesses that want to participate in the City of Palm Coast’s 2015 Starlight Holiday Parade & Event in December should sign up now: The deadline for entries is Monday, Nov. 9.

Participants may register online at, or print out the parade entry form and return it as directed on the form.

The Starlight Holiday Parade will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Central Park in Town Center, featuring colorful lighted floats, talented marching bands, and prizes for the top entries. All participants are encouraged to add lighted holiday displays to their floats.

The route will begin at the roundabout on Central Avenue (east of Market Avenue) and head east, turning north onto Park Street, east onto Lake Avenue, and south on City Place, then continuing south on Bulldog Drive.

Parade entry is free. The judging categories will be: Best of Parade, Best Marching Unit, Best Float, Best Decorated Vehicle and Best Banner.

The city of Palm Coast's Parks & Recreation Department will host a fun-filled afternoon at Central Park starting at 4 p.m., before the parade. There will be live entertainment and performances, the arrival of Santa and pictures with Santa, and food and beverages. Santa will visit with children until 6 p.m., and a photographer will be available for photos.

For more information, contact city of Palm Coast Recreation Superintendent Roxy Gonzalez at 386-986-2341.




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