What is paradise? Before 1969, land that would eventually become the City of Palm Coast was considered by some as nothing more than a “big pine-covered swamp.” But when the corporate eyes of ITT/Levitt and Sons looked upon the virtually uninhabited land, they saw 22,000 acres of golf courses, marinas, oceanfront motels, scenic drives, and house lots awaiting the arrival of sun-seeking “pioneers.” Marketing strategies targeting urban residents in the North and Midwest offered slices of land cut out of miles of forest, and soon a 500-mile infrastructure of roads, utilities, and sewer lines bound Palm Coast to a future that included becoming the largest planned unit development in Florida history.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
|Series:||Images of America Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Perhaps some considered it paradise when life was so secluded that it took a 13-mile drive to buy a quart of milk; perhaps othersfound “the perfect place to live” when errands were shortened by a new shopping center in 1979. Now comprising about two-thirds of Flagler County’s population, Palm Coast continues to attract residents and visitors alike. With a fascinating collection of photographs and illustrations, Arthur E. Dycke, co-city historian, a director of the City of Palm Coast Historical Society, and an adjunct faculty member at Daytona Beach Community College, presents this whirlwind history of a wilderness turned paradise.