Also in Business Observer: Tuscan Gardens, Flagler Broadcasting, Town Center Publix, 7-Eleven, McDonald's, CenterState Bank.
Florida Family Dentistry, which started in Palm Coast when just 1,500 people lived here, is celebrating 40 years in business.
Dr. Greg Johnston grew up in Erie, PA where he decided he wanted to be a dentist at the age of 11. After schooling and the military, he opened his office in September 1976 at 27 Florida Park Drive.
Johnston is married to Peggy Walsh Johnston, who moved to Palm Coast with her parents in 1973 as one of the earliest settling families. Peggy started her dental career as a dental assistant and ultimately earned her doctorate.
In about 2007, Dr. Travis Ray became a full partner in the company, and the office moved to 4 Old Kings Road N., in what is now the Island Walk shopping center, where the practice currently resides.
In 2013, the growing practice welcomed the nephew of Greg and Peggy, Dr. Jordan Johnston after he graduated from The University Of Florida College Of Dentistry, continuing the family tradition. Jordan Johnston had been a patient of Greg and Peggy’s since he was a little boy.
This year as they get ready to celebrate 40 years in the Palm Coast community, the Johnstons added two new dentists: Dr. Selycette Hamne and Dr. Taylor Spader.
Florida Family Dentistry has two locations: 4A Old Kings Road, N., Palm Coast, 445-1234; 555 W. Granada Blvd., Suite 9, Ormond Beach, 672-1234.
Development order issued for Tuscan Gardens
A 71.54-acre site located at the southwest corner where Blare Drive intersects with Colbert Lane, was approved for a development order by the Palm Coast City Council on Sept. 20.
The contracted purchaser of the site and developer is Tuscan Gardens Group LLC, with corporate offices in Orlando. Tuscan Gardens Group intends to develop a luxury senior living facility with 120 independent living units, 56 beds for memory care patients, 110 beds for assisted living patients. Construction is expected to start in approximately one month.
Berkshire Hathaway enters world of art at European Village
A local real estate office has created a new space for displaying art. Victoria Mounteer, broker/owner of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services FGP in European Village will be hosting the office’s first art show, featuring Tom Anastasio, Paul Beaulieu and Art LaMay from Oct. 2 to Dec. 31.
All three artists have achieved world renown, honors and awards and continue to exhibit in galleries along the East Coast. Residents can view the art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Berkshire Hathaway Call 446-2900.
Sabal Palms senior living facility breaks ground
Protea Capital Partners and North Star Senior Living have begun construction Palm Coast’s newest senior community, Sabal Palms, located located on Palm Harbor Parkway, southeast of Matanzas High School.
Sabal Palms will be developed on 18 acres and will offer services for those who require assistance with daily living and for those suffering from dementia. It will consist of 82 rooms housing 100 residents in a 65,000-square-foot building, including an Alzheimer’s unit. Amenities include a movie theater and walking trails.
Flagler radio stations continue to grow
Mary Adams has been hired as the new community relations director for Flagler Broadcasting’s five radio stations, according to a press release from the company.
"With so many charities, nonprofits and causes asking us for help, it was time to create this new position," said Vice President and General Manager David Ayres.
Adams will work directly with the community to get local charity events the airtime needed.
"If it wasn't for Crag Flagler Palms Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, prime time announcements would not be possible on our radio stations," Adams said. “Basically they pick up the tab for the airtime to help our local charities and have been doing that for several years.”
Since 2008, Flagler Broadcasting has grown from one station, WNZF News Radio, to five radio stations today with over 90,000 listeners from St. Augustine to Daytona Beach. Community announcements can be emailed to [email protected].
Town Center Publix to turn 10 years old
The Publix at 800 Belle Terre Parkway, in Town Center, has applied for a permit for $800,000 of alterations, as it approaches Dec. 6, which would mark 10 years since it opened.
Caryn Pryor has been the manager for the full 10 years, and she said the most noticeable thing for customers would be colors and “redoing the outside” and possibly the pharmacy.
7-Eleven issued permit for convenience store and canopy
Among commercial permits issued by the city of Palm Coast last week was one for $275,000 for 7-Eleven’s convenience store and canopy. Construction is underway at 2560 State Road 100, just in front of the Beach Village Apartments.
Also issued this week were two other commercial permits: $20,000 for interior alterations at Create Your Taste, 4851 Belle Terre Parkway; and $3,000 for interior alterations for Oaza Hops and Hookahs Luxury Lounge, at 1000 Palm Coast Park Way Units 101-104.
Off Da Top Salon was given an occupancy permit at 1755 Palm Harbor Parkway, Unit A.
McDonald’s to get double drive-thru
The McDonald’s at 6030 E. State Road 100, between Interstate 95 and Old Kings Road, was issued a development order on Sept. 27. The site plan was modified to transform the drive-thru from a single lane to side-by-side ordering points. The original site plan was approved by Flagler County and constructed prior to the city of Palm Coast being incorporated.
Garry Lubi joins CenterState Bank
CenterState Bank has appointed Garry Lubi as senior vice president of commercial banking in Flagler County.
Lubi is a 40-year banking veteran most recently with Ameris Bank (formerly Prosperity Bank). Lubi’s community involvement is extensive, including serving as president of the Flagler County Education Foundation, serving on the Daytona State College Board of Trustees and as past chairman and board member with the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce.
Kendall Caputo: influential real estate agent
Kendall Caputo, Broker and Owner of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Synergy was recognized as being among the 100 most influential real estate agents in Florida at a recent event at the Gaylord Palms. Caputo also spoke to gathering of approximately 1,000 top Realtors at the event.
Grand Landings Phases 2 and 3 near completion
The housing development Grand Landings is 85% done with its Phase 2 and Phase 3, according to the latest report from the city of Palm Coast. Other progress was reported as follows:
Super Wash (Cypress Point Parkway) is 32% complete.
Race Trac (Seminole Woods Parkway and State Road 100) is 35% complete.
Chase Bank (in Island Walk) is 40% complete.
New Palm Coast Commercial Businesses
· Palm Coast Pizza: 1755 Palm Harbor Parkway, restaurant
· Art Among the Flowers: 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite C103, a florist and art studio that also received its occupancy permit.