Shapiro said he advocates for fiscal responsibility.
Zack Shapiro, a Palm Coast resident for the past four years, is a health and wellness coach and is on the ballot as a candidate for Palm Coast City Council, District 3. The incumbent, Nick Klufas, is also running, as is Cornelia Downing Manfre.
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Shapiro said his priorities on the City Council would be to put the “decision-making back in the hands of the people,” to have better fiscal responsibility and to make the city more friendly to businesses.
He said residents are concerned about potential development in the L-section, and he wants to address their concerns.
He opposed the city spending $2 million to renovate Holland Park, particularly when there is another park close by, the Palm Coast Community Center.
“There’s other city responsibilities that need funding,” he said.
Palm Coast is not friendly to businesses when it outlaws work trucks in driveways, he said.
Shapiro acknowledged that he was arrested in 2011 on felony charges — principle to armed robbery and principle to false imprisonment — after he gave a ride to a man who later was arrested for armed robbery and false imprisonment. Shapiro also was put on probation for possession of drug paraphernalia. In an Aug. 3 phone interview with the Palm Coast Observer, Shapiro said he had been hired as a taxi service to give the ride to Simonds, and that he had nothing to do with the subsequent crimes. The state of Florida decided not to prosecute any of the three charges.