The university would like to build a health education complex in Palm Coast.
Palm Coast is rallying local leaders behind a proposal to build a University of North Florida health education complex in Palm Coast’s Town Center.
“There is a real opportunity in front of us as a community that would bring a point of transformation to our town, our innovation district,” Mayor Milissa Holland said at a Nov. 5 City Council meeting. “This should be a moment of pride that we all celebrate, because at the end of the day it will truly be transformative.”
“This is probably, if we’re able to accomplish this, the biggest thing to happen to Flagler County since ITT.”
—JERRY CAMERON, Flagler County administrator
Councilman Bob Cuff agreed. “One of the most significant things, I think, that happened in Flagler County many years ago was Palm Coast’s relationship with Daytona State College, and having them establish a campus here,” he said. “To me, this is a very exciting add-on. … We want not just our Town Center of the city of Palm Coast, but Flagler County overall to really attract new professionals, but also keep the ones we grow here. … This type of project, I think, is absolutely essential.”
The council unanimously approved a resolution supporting the UNF proposal, known as “UNF MedNex.”
The Flagler County Commission during its Nov. 4 meeting also unanimously approved a resolution of support for adding the proposal to the county’s legislative priorities.
“It would be a tremendous boon to this community if we were able to actually get that, and it would have a long-reaching effect on our progress and viability,” County Administrator Jerry Cameron told commissioners at the meeting.
County Commission Chairman Donald O’Brien said UNF would be seeking more than $16 million for the proposal through the state Legislature.
“The fact that we’re all together on the same page and requesting this of our legislators would give more weight to the request,” he said.