One nice thing about living in a relative young city is that you don’t have to look too far back for history. Google Earth has satellite images of Palm Coast going back to 1995.
PALM COAST, FL – January 3, 2016 – One advantage of living in a young city is that you don’t have to look too far back for history. I remember when my daughter signed up for a history class. I’ve always loved history so I asked her, “What period of time does the course cover?” She replied, “From the end of the Second World War to the present.” I told her, “If you have any questions, call me. I’ve been here the whole time.”
Palm Coast became a city in December 1999 with a population of 18,556. Today, it is estimated that the city’s population exceeds 80,000. With the help of Google Earth, lets step back to 1995 and follow progress over 20 years. Granted, ITT’s master-planned community was conceived in 1969, but Google Earth was not yet available.
Notice that Colbert Lane ends at the present Grand Haven main entrance.
Look closely. What don’t you see?
- Grand Haven
- The Conservatory
- Matanzas High School
- European Village
- Canopy Walk
- Palm Coast Plantation
- Cobblestone Village
- Town Center
- The Creek golf course
- Ocean Hammock and Hammock Beach
- Albertson’s (now Publix on Belle Terre)
- Florida Hospital Flagler
- ABC Liquor
- Bed Bath & Beyond
Now examine the following pictures for changes over time.
Colbert Lane is extended all the way to SR 100. Grand Haven is taking shape. Still no Conservatory or Creek golf courses. Yacht Harbor Village has not been started.
The Creek Course is done. The Conservatory is under development. So too is Palm Coast Plantation. Ocean Hammock and Hammock Beach are underway. Work at Town Center is underway along with Florida Hospital Flagler. This view shows evidence of Palm Coast Park being developed on both sides of Rt 1 north of Palm Coast Pkwy.
And you still can't find Bed Bath & Beyond or Costco. Maybe next year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR