The Beginnings of Palm Coast :
Doctor J. Norman Young Parkway / Young Parkway is the first and real name of Palm Harbor Parkway
Heidi Recreation was the name of the group that took care of our Recreational Areas of ITT Levitt, then, upon Dr. J.
Norman Youngs departure it became Sunsport Recreation. ( Heidi was one of Dr. J's. daughters name).
|Doctor J. Norman Young
|Dr. J. Norman Young, President - ITT Community Development Corporation
|Note our One of a Kind Welcome Center 64 Ft Tower
|' Development Toured by Helicopter...'
Another Advertising Promotion from ITT Levitt showing Dr. J. Norman Young. The Florida Times Union Article reads:
Palm Coast Project under way in Flagler
by Roy Mills
Daytona Beach, Initial Phase constrution of the ITT Levitt Development Corps multimillion dollar Palm Coast, project
in Flagler County will include a variety of homes, an Oceanfront Motel,
a series of canals, lakes, parks, marinas and a golf course.
The canals are under construction. The Motel and first of the homes will be
completed by the mid summer next year.
the initial phase of 20,000 acres of the total of 106,000 acres will involve
approximately 2 billion with a potential population of 750,000.
These facts were disclsed by Dr. Norman Young, president and chief executive officer of the corporation at a luncheon
and press conference in the Daytona Plaza Motel here Tuesday....Palm Coast borders on six miles
of the Atlantic Ocean and on several miles on the Intracoastal. Young said the development is believed to be on of the few
land parcels in Florida with access to three arterial highways, State Road A1A, U.S. Highway 1 and Interstate 95
Dr. J. Norman Young, President
The ITT Levitt Development Corporation, creator of Palm Coast, one of the new totally-planned communities in Florida,
wishes to invite you and your wife to attend a special preview dinner party.
The ITT Levitt Development Corporation is offering homesites for vacation, retirement or long-term investment purposes
at Palm Coast, Florida, and we have asked a select group of successful people, like yourself, to have dinner with us to learn
about our plans.
It isn't possible to tell you all there is to know about PALM COAST in a letter; therefore, I have taken the liberty
of enclosing a few colorful pamphlets which tell you about our program and the wide variety of activities that you will be
able to enjoy as a homesite owner. Your opinions are valuable to us, so when you come to our dinner party please tell
us what you think of our long-range plans. In this way we'll be able to reflect your ideas and build the kind of community
you'd like to live in.
As our dinner guest, you and your wife will enjoy a delicious full-course meal. You will also receive our lnad sales
presentation and we will show you our new, full-color film entitled "Palm Coast -- A Better Place, A Better Life, A Better
Naturally, there is no cost or obligation on your part. However, attendance at this function is limited by the size of
the dining room facilities, so we urge you to return the enclosed reply card immediately.
As our guests, you will enjoy special preview information that can help you improve your own future in many ways. We
urge you to complete and mail the enclosed reply card to us today...You'll be glad you did.
Dr. J. Norman Young
A SUBSIDIARY OF LEVITT AND SONS, INCORPORATED/ A WORLDWIDE SERVICE OF ITT
|Palm Coasts' first Pledged Amenities
|Pledged Amenities: Golf Course Clubhouse, Public Yacht Club on Clubhouse Dr, 5 Miles of P.C. Beach
|Palm Coast Offers you:
|Investment, Second Home, Vacations, Long Weekends, or Retirement
Palm Coast offers you:
A Better place, a better life, a better way.
An exellent location for a second home. A place for vacations, long weekends or year round living...a place to retire
from big city noise, smog and high taxes--yet only hours away by jet.
Palm Coast is a place where the sun came one summer and
decided to stay all year. You will always enjoy the weather at Palm Coast.....
...we like to say we have three seasons...Spring, Summer, and an early Fall, all Winter.
We will offer waterfront lots and inland lots. A beautiful rolling golf course and tennis courts are scheduled for completion
by 1971. A Marina and modern golf club house are scheduled for completion in 1972. Palm Coast will offer you all
you'd want for an active well-rounded life.
You don't have to build immediately.
You can buy a lot now and build later. Many people will hold their properties for five, ten or fifteen years before building,
selling or trading.
Palm Coast will be the kind of place you'd want for you and your family...
a fun in the sun community..a place where the gold is in the winter sun.
|Pledged Marina & Yacht Club for Palm Harbor 1-19
|Advertising for the Pledged Amenities and Features for Palm Harbor, Section 1-19.
|Palm Coast Public Yacht Club Pledged Amenity
|Yacht Club, Tennis Club, Swim Club and ther Features for Palm Harbor, Section 1-19.
|Part of the Pledged Marina / Marina Complex Today
|This is a part of the Pledged Marina/Marina Complex and Features as it exists Today.
Above is a jpeg of part of one of the 'Recreational Areas' for Palm Coast. this being the Marina
/ Marina Complex with features Pledged Amenities to us for Palm Harbor, Sections 1-19, as it is Today. Some Features
of the Pledged Amenity are Intracoastal Pavilions for public Parties, fishing, Introspection and Marine Life Viewing,
Intracoastal Dock for Fishing, public Bicycle Trails, Public Boat Ramp, etc.
|The Marina/Marina Complex/Resort Pledged Amenity
|This was the Marina/ Marina Complex/ Resort Pledged Amenity with Features -NO TRESPASSING sign now
|Another Feature of our Marina Pledged Amenity.
|Intracoastal Pavilion - a feature we once had - NO TRESPASSING SIGNS there now.
|Marina Pledge Amenity and Features for us
|Ancient Trees were hacked down, buildings demolished of this Pledged Amenity for us.
|One of the Four Golf Course Pledged for Palm Coast
|Palm Harbor, Pine Lakes, Cypress Knoll, Matanzas Pledged Semi Private Golf Courses for Palm Coast.
Initially , four NAMED and Pledged Public/Semi Private ' Recreational Areas' of Golf Courses for Palm Coast.
The Pledged Amenities of **'Recreational Areas' of Public/Semi Private Golf Courses are Palm Coast Golf
Course, a.k.a Palm Harbor Golf Course, Pine Lakes Golf Course, Cypress Knoll Golf Course, and our beloved Matanzas
** per the Federal Trade Commissions' 'Consent Agreement' for International Telephone and Telegraph ., et.
|Our Cherished & Historic Golf Course ' 19th Hole'
|Championship Nancy Lopez Designed Golf Course Pledged Amenity with Pledged C.B.Stucco Clubhouse/Bar.
|Palm Coast Golf Club a.k.a. Palm Harbor Golf Club
|Pledged Golf Course, Clubhouse with Bar/Restaurant/Proshop, 'Boat to Golf Dock', pledged features .
|Pledged Amenity C.B.Stucco Clubhouse/ProShoppe/Bar
|An early Polaroid taken from the required Official Guided Tour of the Pledged Clubhouse and Features
|Palm Coasts' Welcome Center 64 Foot High Tower
|Everyone came to Palm Coast to see our one-of-a-kind Welcome Center Tower
|Palm Coasts' Formal Gardens and 2 Waterfalls
|These Gardens/Waterfalls were used for Weddings & Graduation Pictures, B-B-Ques, Spring Festivals
|The Palm Coast Beach Club we were pledged by ITT
|The Palm Coast 132 Room Oceanside Beach Motel were were pledged by ITT. Symposiums were held here.
|The Palm Coast Beach 132 Room Oceanside Motel .
|This is the Palm Coast Beach Motel & entrance to the 132 room Palm Coast Beachside Motel pledged us
|Beach Sheraton we were pledged for all Palm Coast
|Sheraton Palm Coast Beach Resort we we Pledged for all of Palm Coast - We once had Symposiums there.
|Pledged Sheraton Palm Coast Beachside Motel
|Another View of our Pledged Amenitiy for all of Palm Coast
We speculate tens of thousands of people would take the 'Boat Water Taxis' from the Welcome Center Tower over to the
'Bon Terra Boat Landing' - then a Van from the Palm Coast Beach Club would pick everyone up and bring them to the Oceanside
Beach Club and Oceanfront Sheraton - The Views of the 5 FIVE Miles of Palm Coasts' Beaches was outstanding
from a Beachfront Pavilion located there.
National and International Symposiums were held there, some in attrendance were William Buckley, Gloria Steinem, Truman
Capote, etc. -
The Restaurants there were Palm Coast Beach and Ocean View -
|'Our Beaches are Covered with Shells, not People'
|Advertising for our 5 Miles of Palm Coast Beaches- Oceanfront Sheraton, Oceanfront off A1A.
Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal AREA Section 'C', August 17, 1975. Titled: The Palm Coast Predicament, Subtitle: Charges
of Corruption, Huge Lawsuits, A Probe of Criminal Actions, Hit ITT Development.
|Garfield was the Mascot and always lead PARADES !
|The Palm Coaster, Spring 1987 p.1, c1978 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.
|'...but most of all we speak for Man..'
|Palm Coasat will have a city more satisfactory in the ecological sense than ever before anywhere.
It is self-evident that our earth is finite and that our population is growing. In ever increasing numbers, man must
be sheltered, and the shelter, of course, must cover land. Transportation media to and from the shelter must cover land. Shops
and service facilities must cover land. Who will say that land should not be cleared for at least these purposes, assuming
an increase in population?
Proceeding from this starting point, we quickly arrive at the most sensitive area of environmental turmoil: making certain
that when man clears and improves land, he simultaneously maximizes environmental integrity and maintains ecosystem continuity.
thus being the challenges to us at Palm Coast. In our deliveration on the environment and ecosystems, as will be seen, much
consideration has been given to both plant and animal life. Every attempt has been and shall be made to assure maintenance
of al parameters of life cycles. Literature, both scientific and lay, is full of differing criteria with regard to protection
for various plants and animals. In all candor, there is no way that all the sincere voices can be satisfied.
At Palm Coast, the preponderance of voices will have a city more satisfactory in the ecological sense than ever before
anywhere. Neither perfection nor utopia will result...only the best that our talents, time, energies and resources can produce.
At Palm Coast, given the fact of biological synergism, we do speak for plant life...and we do speak for animal...but most
of all we speak for man.
Dr. J. Norman Young
|..but will grow inaccordance with a pre-plan..
|'. thrity miles long, ten miles wide, covering approximately 150 sq. miles, six miles of Ocean front
What follows is of necessity an all too brief discussioni of an approach to a new city. The brevity is unfortunate considering
the scores of thousands of words appearing in out technical studies. It is our hope that the reader will gain at least a few
insights into our thinking, our philogophy, our science. We only ask him to keep in mind the alternative to what we are doing
with our land. It, as is certain with land ownership, our land has been sold to independent subdividers, each of whom built
a fifty unit subdivision ( moe than the average builder in the U.S.) there would arise at the very least 5,000 different subdivisions--
unplanned, unintegrated, uncoordinated, and without all our controls. Such an eventuality would clearly
be unacceptable ...typical of the American tragic city-building past. There is another alternative, to be
sure. Do not build at all; but then how would the necessity of shelter be provided for the expanding population? In a book
published recently, Housing Crisis, U.S.A. 1 ) P. Fried estimates that in a ten year period in the United States
in order to replace inadequate housing and build the new housing needed by our expanding population, some thirty-one million
new units are required. We estimate that less than two-thirds of that requirement will indeed be built. Worse. What happens
later? Do we not build at all? One might as well prepare a dirge for America's funeral.
Palm Coast will be neither a "sudden city' nor an 'instant' one but will
grow in accordance with a pre-planned program, no matter whether it flourishes twenty,
thirty, or forty years from now. Palm Coast is a strip of land thirty miles long at its longest, ten miles wide
at its widest, covering approximately 160 square miles. It is a fact that under the controls we will institute, despite its
being larger in extent than Detroit or Philadelphia, it will have a density of say, Beverly Hills, California. But more on
this later. Palm Coast has about six miles of ocean front, approximately twenty miles
on the Intracoastal Waterway, and will have significant man made water areas. Again, these will be reviewed in the main body
of the text.
Now to a brief description of the terrain. Like other areas along the east coast of Florida, the property was formed
primarily by sand dunes that have been build up by the interaction of winds, waves, tidal cycles, and ocean currents. This
continued accretion of land as a repetitive process has caused the creation of lagoons between the new dune and the existing
land mass. It is from these lagoon that the present salt water lagoons and marshlands evolved.
|'...enhancing the balance or nature..'
|'..in the planning and development of a future city for 750,000 people. '
The humps and hollows formed by the repetition of this process have been smoothed over the centuries by erosion and deposition.
The resultant ridges and depressed areas are the primary topographic features of this site, with the ridges generall supporting
a xerophyric plant community and the depressions supporting a "Wet" plant community.
The types of vegetation on the site, include several ecological plant zones. The MARSH zone contains primarily grasses
which are salt-tolerant due to tidal fluctuations and includes salt marsh grass. Along the MARSH EDGE can be found cabbage
palms, southern red cedars, yaupaan, and mangrove. The BEACH SCRUB and BEACH HARDWOOD zones are further inland and contain
live oak, hickory, southern magnolia, and sweet gum. The significant aspect of these zones is the defensive line of trees
protecting the entire area. The UPLAND DEPRESSION zone is between two ridges or within stream courses, and the marginal areas
of these stream courses form the BOTTOMLAND and HARDWOOD zones. These area contain ash, sweet bay and water oak, mainly in
the former zone, and live oak and cabbage palm in the latter. the CYPRESS classification is not really a zone but a
series of irregularly occurring depressions with magnificent cypress trees as the dominant species. The UPLAND HARDWOOD zone
contains both natural pine vegatation and ocmmercial pine plantation.
The eleveation on the site varies from sea level to forty feet above sea level. The slope of the land is toward the sea
but because of the ridge lines, the natural drainage moves in a north south direction until it reaches a natural outlet to
the sea. Because of this circuitous route, drainage is naturally slow and remains on the land percolating downward through
the sand and shell deposits recharging the groundwater table below. Given this piece of land we proceed to technical management
of our environment and ecology.
Bio-Physical Environment and Pollution Control
Issues of environment and ecology have captured the interest of government, industry, and most importantly, the public.
Mirroring this concern for environmental quality, Palm Coast has committed major efforts toward preserving or enhancing the
balance of nature in the planning and development of a future city for 750,000 . people. The
issue at hand can be simply stated: is it possible to have environment and development as complementary, parrallel objectives,
or are theymutually antagonistic to each other?
While many have emplasized the worst effects of urban or suburban land development, and certainly the effects are there,
the point is that multiple land uses can be compatible and often are. It is the excess, promoted by undue
short-term profits, which needs curbing. Aldo Leopold, one of our greatest ecologists, summed it up well:
"A land ethic of course cannot prevent the alteration, management, and use of these resources, (water, plants, wildlife, etc.)
but it does affirm their right to continued existence, and, at least in spots, in a natural state." 2 Ecologists
have long known that nature and change go together spontaneously even in the absence of man. However, rapid and massive changes,
resulting from poorly thought out tampering and natural ecosystems, have altered the course of nature in dramatic ecological
shifts that can be seen everywhere. Contrasting such transformations, men such as Leopold call for controlled, rational change
of natural resource usage, where decision making balances economics with total environmental quality.
Ecology is defined as the study of the complex inter relationships between all living organisms--including man--and their
living and non living surroundings. Myriad actions and interactions take place continuously as man, plants, and animals respond
to variations in their surroundings and to each other. All these interactions form long chains of reactions that are necessary
for the maintenance of life as we know it on the earth. In this interdependent web of life, small changes are likely to be
felt and compensated for eventually throughout the system.
The ideal basis for decision making in managing the ecology would be a clear image of the over all structure and function
of nature as a system of component parts. Then planners and managers could see the strands in the web of environmental systems,
"weight the tradeoffs of potential environmental harm against the benefits of construction, look at alternatives, and incorporate
environmental safeguards into the basic design of new developments" 3 The safeguards, usually in the forms of
technology, should provide that factor of safety whereby materials cannot accululate where they are not wanted. The overburdened
natural processes by man, or sometimes nature, must be anticipated in advance. In general, natural systems are "closed', meaning
that materials are transformed into vegetation , vegetation into animal life, and the latter returned to the air and soil
to be recycled again and again. Waste, on the other hand, is a result of man's activities--e.g.open
|'...and solutions thereto have been proposed in a "First Generation" effort ....new form of city.'
sewers and dumps--which tend to develop into 'open' systems. Conscious effort must now be made toward closed systems
that harmonize with natural processes. Infinite natural assimilative capacity cannot be assumed any longer. Wherever and whenever
possible, resources that have been turned into 'waste' should be recycled into the ecosystem and be reused, either by present
or future generations. For example, tidal action, nutrients, plant species, and shellfish are one such seashore ecosystem.
It is fashionable to speak of systems analysis as an almost magical route to the solution of many problems, and indeed
it is a powerful and necessary tool. One must recognize, however, that the environmental system is made up of a bewildering
number of subsystems that often are only distantly interdependent. Therefore, the status of existing technology does not allow
precise definition of the paths of energy and materials passing back and forth between organisms and environment.
In the order of priorities, therefore, it has been incumbent upon environmentalists to control first those critical factors
that lead to unfavorable alteration of surroundings, wholly or largely as a byproduct of man's actions. In the
Palm Coast Project, major consideration has been given not only to preventing impairment of the air-water-land
resource for beneficial human uses, but also to enhancing their properties as well. It has been management's philosophy and
objective to provide the public with property in a quality environment, supported by highest-calibre engineering
and design capability. To that end, many significant studies and action programs initiated at the inception of the
project have been carried out to establish the feasibility of environment controls on development. The first task
is to foresee a potential problem, then study the alternatives, and then establish a control. The below problems have been
studies, and solutions thereto have been proposed in a 'first generation' effort toward this new form
A. Waterwater Treatment and Disposal
Study: A thorough analysis was made of Florida regulations and policies concerning wastewater treatment and discharge
of treated effluent into surface water bodies ( rivers, streams, lakes, etc.) as well as into marine water bodies. Results
of this study recommended 95% biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) reduction in secondary wastewater treatment and disposal by
one of the fol-
| no septic tanks in the Canal Sections
lowing methods: (1) percolation, (2) spray irrigation, (3) evapo-transpiration ponds, (4) chemical treatment and
mixed media filtration, or (5) drainage wells.
Solution: Based upon these considerations, a tertiary quality central treatment plant has been designed and constructed
using the percolation or recharge method for disosal. three beneficial environmental effects of this practice will be (1)
to eliminate discharge into surface bodies and therby prevent eutrophication. (2) to recharge the saline water table and form
a fresh water baarier to reduce salt water intrusion, and (3) to recycle waste effluent in order to form a reservoir of non-brackish
water which will be a potential water supply source for future needs. In all canal areas now being sold there will be no septic
tanks from which effluent seepage could potentially cause sutrophication in canals. A centralized sewer system is now being
built to conduct wastes to the treatment plant.
B. Improved Wastewater Collection
Studies: Flat topography and high ground water tables necessitate higher construction costs for conventional gravity
sewers and pumping stations. Very recent technology indicates that two alternate systems may be economically competitive,
namely vacuum and pressure systems.
Two major analyses have been completed of an existing vacuum sewerage collection system installed and operational in
a Virginia Project. A detailed study of the equipment, controls, and materials show that they
are of a type whose reliability, length of service, and maintenance requirements are well established. Reserach, conferences
with manufacturers, and independent calculations and studies of construction procedures confirm the expectation of satisfactory
performance of alll elements of the system. The resulting diagrmas, bibliography, and cost studies, establish data for consideration
of this system on the Florida site.
Studies similar to those for the vacuum system are currently in progress for pressure systems. These studies will be
comparatively evaluated against gravity systems in order to determine technical capital-cose, and operating-cost feasibility.
C. Wastes from Watercraft
Study: A state of the are study was performed to determine the characteristice of sanitary wastes from watercraft,
methods available, and required treatment facilities. It was concluded that pollution cased by boats has been only recently
recognized as an important wastewater source in marine waters and that the most effective control device available to date
is the holding tank. On shore disposal facilities at Marinas are necessary for boat owner pump out service.
Solutions: Legal studies are now being instituted to determine methods of regulation of the following: (1)
prohibiting discharges of all wastes from watercraft ( requirement for boat owners to install holding tanks will be sought
in regulations of the drainage district); (2) wastes from holding tanks must be disposed of through on shore disposal facilities;
pumping storage, and disposal facilities will be constructed on shore to delilver waste to the central treatment plant; (3)
all other types of wastes such as litter, garage, oil, chemicals, etc. from watercrafts.
D. Pollutants in Drainage and Stormwater Runoff
Studies: Studies were conducted to determine the characteristics of fertilizers (e.g. phosphates, nitrates) that contribute
least to nutrient runoff into surface water bodies. The ultimate goal is to prevent eutrophication. Specific products were
recommended which are capable of releasing nutrients at a controlled rate; these were preferred over the water soluble types,
which release nutrients at a very rapid rate on water contact. All available data were gathered to determine the extent and
degree of pollutant concerntrations found in stormwater runoff from urban areas. Data indicate that runoff contains significant
concentration of BOD , suspended solids, nutrients, and dissolved solids.
Soil erosion control technology was reviewed with regard to minimizing the effects of sediment runoof during construction
when natural vegetative covers are removed and soil is exposed to water impact and scour energy. Alternative methods and/or
practices are: (1) minimization of length of exposure time for unprotected grades areas, (2) soil treatment, seeding
and mulching, or mulching alone, (3) interceptor dikes, (4) diversion dikes, (5) sediment traps. It was recommended that ll
of the methods studies should be applied to Palm Coast and incorporated wherever possible in design aof the drainage system
in order to retard water movement as much as possible.
Solutions: whereas conventional techniques have aimed at rapid movement and disposal of rainwater from a given
site, the present
thinking is to slow the water down by use of shallow swales and ribbon lakes. This has two important ecological implications.
First, detention of water allows it to be recycled into a natural cycle and allows for recharge into water table. Secondly,
silt and pollutants are settled, filtered out, or absorbed by the upper earth crust and not allowed to run off the land into
surface water bodies. Instead of an intricate chain of gutters, pipe drains, and storm inlets, a complex system of channels,
sloping hollows, and canals will be designed to simulate natural streams. Creation of ribbon lakes within greenbelts is intended
to provide a multiple use function for recreation, flood control, and wildlife and fish habitats and achieve maximum recharge
in line with long term enlightened practices in water conservation. In fact, explorations are under way with regard to stocking
these lakes with fish, thereby enhancing the bioproductivity of these waters. An engineering manual covering all phases of
drainage design was developed to standardize the design of the Palm Coast storm drainage system.
Exposed or disturbed soil in the waterfront areas willl be seeded as soon as possible after onset of development in order
to minimize wilt and sediment runoff into the canals. Rapid release fertilizers ( total water soluble) are being prohibited
in the covenants and restrictions in order to prevent or minimize nutrient runoff int the canals. Hydraulic drop devices
will be installed in the drainage system which will create maximum turbulence in storm water in order to enhance dissolved
E. Canal Design for Maximum Water Quality.
Study: The University of Florida conducted a major study involving the creation of a mathematical model and the
gathering of data on existing conditions of water courses in the vicinity of the Project. These data recommended
steps to be taken to insure maximum flushing characteristics and maintenance of existing water quality by natural circulation
of water through the canal system. To achieve the goal of better flushing, the canals should be built as a single loop system.
Half-lives in the single loop design were found to be very favorable in comparison to other estuaries. The study also projected
the maximum tidal water levels that can be expected to occur in the waterfront areas, so that the community can be planned
to prevent flooding.
Solution: Findings of the University of Florida are now
being utilized in the layout, spacing, and geometry of the dredged canal systems and in establishing minimum homesite
elevations. (2) Shallow canal depths of eight feet were selected in order to maximize turbulence and eliminate the possibility
of stratification. Therefore, dissolved oxygen levels are maintained throughout the entire depth.
F. Operation, and Maintenance of Canals to Perpetuate Water Quality and Aesthetics.
Sutdies: Water quality criteria for tidal canals are classified by the State of Florida according to use. They
fall into Class III standards for recreation and for propagation and management of fish and wildlife. The criteria governing
these waters may be summarized as follows: modern treatment technology required for all discharges into canals:
pH range of 6.0-8.5, minimum dissolved oxyten of 4.0 mg/l; coliform bacteria not to exceed 1,000 per 100 ml as a monthly average;
no substances toxic to humans, animals or aquatic life; no substances causing deleterious effects or nuisance conditions;
turbidity less than 50 Jackson unite above background; and no damage to aquatic life, vegetation, or water use caused by temperature
An inventory of pollutant sources into the canals was made. Since the entire water front area will be certainly sewered
, there will be no domestic or industrial waste inputs. Discharges and effluents from boats will be negigible . As discussed
earlier under Section D, drainage and storm water runoff is the only important source of potential pollution. However, design
of the drainage system has called for maximum water retention on the land, where major fractions of the pollutants will be
filtered out and/or absorbed by the soil vegetation complex. Rainfall records have been studied to accurately determine what
will be the runoff volumes and their relative distribution throughout the year. Likewise, the amount of fresh water flow into
the canals has been calculated. Pollutants loading rates were projected, based upon studies which have investigated storm
water quality of urban runoff. Since these published loading factors are developed from areas aimed at rapid movement and
disposal of rain water from a given site, they can be substantially lowered for Palm Coast becaue of our
drastically different approach in drainage philosophy. Both in terms of volumetric and concentration discharge, the study
showed that loading
rates are favorably low for biochemical oxygen demand, nitrogen, phosphates, and solids.
Solution: Regulatory laws will be sought in order to (1) maintain dissolved oxygen levels at pre-determined
values by combinations of natural and mechanical means; (2) maintain canal banks; (3) remove water surface debris, trash,
oiil, etc.; (4) maintain tributary area drainage system; and (5) maintain all drainage works,. Responsive and corrective action
in relation to established water quality criteria will be taken.
G. Sampling and Monotiring of Canal Water quality
Solutions: Representative sampling points will be established throughout the entire system. Also established will
be a periodic sampling schedule as follows, based upon degree of resident occupancy:
Occupancy : 1-25, Sampling once every four Months, 26-50 Composite sampling once every two months, 51-75 Composite
sampling once every month, 76-100 Continuous sampling, recorded.
Installation will be made of a permanent recording, remove-sensing, water-quality monitoring system at 75 % occupancy.
H. Preservation of Tidal Wetlands
Study: Preliminary site analysis data showed that approximately 4,000 acres of project property are tidal wetlands,
which comprise areas of great biological diversity and productivity. These areas produce a wide variety of living organisms,
from microscopic species to fish and shellfish, birds, and mammals. Many species spend their entire life cycles in tidal wetlands,
whereas others spend portions of their cycles there. Abundant species of plant growth, which form the base for all animal
life, are also evident.
Solution: NO building, construction, or development will occur on tidal wetlands.
1. Preservation of Intracoastal Waterway Water Quality.
Study: Available engineering studies, reports, and other records were gathered on the Intracoastal Waterway in
the vicinity of Palm Coast , relating to construction problems, erosion, and maintenance-
dredging required within the waterway. Also, conditions of the waterway withing the Project tract, information
on spoil easements and data relative to flood elevation were documented in the report.
Solution: Earth plugs are used to prevent intrusion of sediment into the Waterway while canal construction
is in progress. After turbidity levels in the canals subside to low background levels, the plugs are removed, leaving no adverse
effects upon the water quality.
J. Solid Waste Disposal
Study: Solid waste disposal has become extremely important on a national scale and ranks as a forthcoming major
crisis for our country. The projected polulation of 750,000 residents will generate
approximately 1800 tone per day from waste treatment plants, residences, commercial and industrial establishments, institutions,
and construction. Alternative methods for disposal are: (1) incineration, (2) sanitary landfill, (3) composting,
and (4) recycling. Close supervision of the operation is needed for successful implementation of solid waste collection, handling,
Solution: Palm Coast will attempt to establish for control of solid waste collection, handling, and disposal a
franchise whereby strict operational control can be maintained. Of the alternatives available, recycling is the
most favorable approach, and plans are being developed to encourage residents to segregate solid waste into glass, metal,
paper, plastic, and rubbish components. Industries than can create products for reuse from these components will be
encouraged to locate in Palm Coast , providing their design meets our criteria.
K. Maintenance of General Environmental Quality
Study: A study was made to summarize all existing rules and regulations in Florida dealing with air pollution,
water pollution, solid waste disposal, radiation, noise, and vibration. The study then analyzed the feasibility
of establishing legal requirements for standards of performance that would assure protection of man and his environment. For
the most part, these formal regulations and requirements when adopted would be more rigid than the existing legal criteria.
Solution: Results and recommendation from the study will be incorporated as a model environmental performance code.
L. Beach and Sand Dune Preservation
Studies: Historical records of the tide information regarding hurricanes and northeast storms were accumulated.
Historiclal Beach dynamics were summarized, isolating the littoral drift, which apparently is to the south during most of
the year and to the north during the summer. These data indicate that at Matanzas Inlet there is considerable drift into the
waterway. Accompanying this report are the records on what happened at St Augustine Beach and Crescent Beach during
the Hurricane Dora, along with storm winds and swell diagrams obtained from the Corps of Engineers.
Solutions. Minimum building elevations were set based on the data obtained. Aerial
photogrpahs taken in 1943 were compared with current photographs to determine the amount of beach erosion in this area.
Dr. Per Bruun of the Technical University of Norway , at Trondheim, was retained to coordinate this data and to make recommendations
for construction in beachfront areas. Efforts will be made to preserve and protect existing sand dunes.
Indiscriminate construction will be precluded by setting all structures back at prescribed limits.
Recreational activities on the dunes will be monitored to insure that vegetaive systems are preserved.
M. Tree Preservation
Sugdies: Vegatation on the site was mapped and categorized into nine ecological plant zones: march, Marsh
Edge, Beach Scrub, Beach Hardwood, Upland Depressions, Bottom land Hardwood, Sypress, Upland Hardwood, and Pinelands. The
two basic determinants for the function of the various associations are elevation ( as related to drainage) and edaphic conditions.
Solution: Palm Coast has been planned to save as much of the existing wooded areas as possible. Road grades
have been set to reduce the amount of grading and clearing required. Roads are staked out and specimen trees are tagged fro
saving before any clearing work begins. Commitment has been made to save a minimum of 50 trees per acre. Where
trees must be removed, or where they unavoidably die in place, replanting will begin as soon as possible. A graduate
professional forester who is a member of the staff will manage this program.
N. Species Preservation
Studies Plans are underway to conduct a detailed study of the nature and number of existing flora and fauna in
Coast. The study will investigate such ecological parameters as ecological succession, diversity index, limiting growth
factors, patterns of movement, etc. Of importance also will be the evaluation of methods and techniques to enhance natural
properties of the land for those species which are most ideally suited for the environment of wildlife preserves, refuges,
and botanical gardens to be established in the Project.
O Preservation of Natural Areas
Studies: A master plan was developed to determine the open space requirements , and all other land use requirement,
of the population that will ultimately live in Palm Coast. A species study is presently underway so that the open speaces
requirements of indiginous flora and fauna may be met ( See Section N avobe).
Solution. The establishment of over 15,000 acres of open space within the development which
will meet the needs of all species living, or projected to live, within the planning area. The preservation of large
tracts of open area in their natural state will be assured in order to retain the existing features which now dominate in
P. Air Pollution Control
Solutions: On a national basis, transportation is the greatest source of air pollution -- especially the gasoline
powered motor vehicle, which emits major portions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides. Fuesl combustion
in the stationary sources is another lesser but still important source of sulphur oxides, particulates, and nitrogen oxides.
Industrial processing accounts for high loadings of carbon monoxide, particulates, and sulphur oxides. At Palm Coast,
the fuel combustion and industrial source components will be negligible, due to stringent control based on pre-planning.
The mechanism for accomplishing this will be discussed lated in the Industrial Pollution Control Section.
It is therefore obviousl that transportation, especially in the form of the automobile, will be the major potential air
pollution source for which controls will be needed. Hoever, rapid technological advances by automobile manufacturers
have made exhaust emission control achieveable in the foreseeable future. Our contribution to control of transportation
pollution is to plan for modes of living which substantially reduce automobile use. This concept features plannin which
emplasized bicycle paths, walking distance to shop-
ping centers, boating to shopping, and the use of electric
minibuses. And, of course, low density in land use takes advantage of the air's vast dilutive and natural assimilative capacity.
Water Supply Studies
Studies covering the water supply potential for Palm Coast development have been going on continuously since the inception
of this development. At that time, the consulting ground water geology firm of Leggette, Brashears &
Graham examined the area and researched all existing data to dtermine the ground water potential. They have reported
that the water supply for the area will come from three sources. The first is a water deposit that lies within our property
boundaries and would be adquate to supply water for the initial phases of our project. The second source of water also lying
within the boundaries of the property would be utilized once the potential of the first supply was reached. Studies also showed
that the Floridian Aquifer, which lies to the west of our property, would be adequate from a quantitative and qualitative
standpoint to supply the 50-60 million gallons a day needed to meet the demands of our ultimate population. The investigation
of these areas of water supply involved an exhaustive search of all existing data available in government records as well
as a sampling of production wells in the area. Actual drilling of wells was made in areas of high potential so that quantitative
and qualitative tests could be made in the proposed area of water supply.
Since these preliinary investigations were made, more detailed studies have borne out the exisence of our initial water
supply. Investigative studies and drilling programs are presently underway to finalize the quantity of water that exists in
our intermediate source of supply. In addition , more detailed investigations of inland tracts, where hydrogeologic conditions
indicate most of the eventual supply will have to be obtained, are now underway in order to locate exactly the water source
required for our ultimate population.
Additional studies were also made to determine if there would be any adverse effect by canal construction on the fresh
water supply existing in the area. The tests consisted of drilling wells in the shallow sands from the tidal lowlands to a
point several miles inland , and they were done to determine the water quality in this area. The tests clearly demonstrated
that the ground water in the area planned for waterfront developent was, in its natural state,
too contaminated with brackish water to serve as a potable water supply. The construction of the canals has not degraded
any fresh water resources nor should it result in salt water intrusion into the potable water supply in the shallow sands.
A Note on Industrial Pollution Control
Industrial pollution, in a few words, takes three major forms--air pollution, water pollution, and thermal pollution. Air
pollution is represented generally by sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, and particulates entering the
atmosphere; water pollution and thermal pollution occur when industrial effluent is discharged into water courses. Our view
on solution is elementary; pre-approve acceptable emissions before allowing use of land. In fact we are leaning toward a land
lease-only concept so that pollution control violators can be punished with lease termination. This form of control does not
exist, to our kowledge, in any city. As a corollary, open buffer zones and greenery zones to prevent noise and optical pollution
can be managed in the same manner. There may be no better way to control industrial and commercially caused pollution in perpetuity
that to own the land in perpetuity.
Without hesitation, it is acknowledged that portions of the Palm Coast cnvironment will change as development progresses.
Indeed, changes are inevitable in light of present economic, social, and material necessities required by our population.
However, rational committment has been made to utilize the most current and advanced technology available in order to provide
for the public a development which incorporates major environmental concern through every aspect of community development.
People are tempted to ask what is to be gained by investing huge sums in environmental control. The answer must be better
health, aesthetically pleasing surroundings, lower economic costs, and the preserved natural systems. It is true that the
relationship between human health and specific concentrations of specific pollutants are often tenuous and that these relationships
must be studied at a fundamental level. It is equally true, however, that as our population increases and continues to inject
wastes into the ecosystem, our ability to contaminate the environment will rise in like measure. Positive efffects of health
in this growth pattern cannot preoceed without environmental controls.
Ecological damage as related to man's perceptions and aspira-
.tions cannot be measured. Yet citizens of existing communities are seeking better environments--in fact, they are unvilling
to allow ignorance and decay to proceed unchecked. Beyond noise, funes, and foul water, there is widespread demand for aesthetically
pleasing surroundings. Offensive odors and sounds will become less and less acceptable parts of the larger community of life.
Yes, optical pollution will be minimized. This form of pollution has less to do with soot getting in your eyes, as it does
in industrial areas, than to the aesthetic beauty of the community; the eyes sees the natural loveliness, sees variation in
plants, in greens, in flowers, in trees, Also diversity in the numbers and types of homes that may be seen, all within strict
low density criteria, and with a variation in profile to avoid monotony.
The Matter of Architectural Standards
At Palm Coast there are strict covenants and restrictions with regard to residenses. These include strictures with regard
to setbacks, lot size, building size, peripheral structores, fences and hedges, and signs. In addition to abiding by thee
there will be less disharmony in optical output than would otherwise be the case.
One could dwell in great depth on the criteria of architectural approval. Who should be the judge? This is a matter for
internal company taste standards and aesthetic sensitivity.
Going to experts on the outside is clearly impossible because the experts disagree with each other. One thinks of some
differences between Ada Louise Huxtable of The New York Times and the now well publicized Venturis. in any case, Palm Coast
houses will neither be as costly as Miss Huxtable might demand nor will they be related to the neonjunglephilia apparently
espoused by the kitsch-cathected Venturis.
In addition to health and aesthetics, the money spent to manage the environment buys cleaner laundry in the backyard, longer
life for the pain on houses, and less corrosion and btions cannot be measured. Yet citizens of existing communities are seeking
better environments--in fact, they are unwilling to allow ignorance and decay to proceed unchecked. Beyond noise, fumes, and
foul water, there is widespread demand for aesthetically pleasing surroundings. Offensive odors and sounds will become less
and less acceptable parts of the larger community of life.
Yes, optical pollution will be minimized. This form of pollution has less to do with soot getting in your eyes, as it does
in industrial areas, than to the aesthetic beauty of the community, the eye sees the natural loveliness, sees variation in
plants, in greens, in flowers, in trees. Also diversity in the numbers and types of homes that may be seen, all within strct
low density criteria, and with a variation in profile to avoid monotonyreakdown of electrical and other equipment. It buys
cleaner lakes and rivers for recreation. it buys, relief from annoyance; a speck of ash in one's eye, unpleasant odors, yellowed
foilage in the springtime. Inshort, the massive economic costs of pollution can be diminished given sufficient planning and
Natural plant and animal communities form indispensable links
in man's ability to survive. In addition, they satisfy his yearnings for beauty and recreation. But beyond this, nature
in itself has a right to coexist with man--not just because it has utilitarian value to man, but because it is a Created integrity
with inherent glory greater than that attributed to it by man. This concept is beautifully expressed by Calvin:
Because the glory of (God's) power and wisdom is more refulgent in the firmament, it is frequently designated as his palace...Wherever
you turn your eyes, there is no potion of the world, however minute, that does not exhibit at least some sparks of beauty;
while it is impossible to contemplate the vast and beautiful fabric (environment) as it extends around, without being overwhelmed
by the immense weight of glory.4
In perspective, long-range environmental protection must consider the totality of the complex interactions of natural processes.
Cities of the past and present solved their environmental problems in an ad-hoc fashion, one at a time, neglecting the strong,
lasting interactions between the component parts of the problem. Figure a.
(Environmental circle showing many kinds of pollution and the effect on the total environment.)
shows in a very limited way how one environmental problem can lead to or cause another problem in a different but related
sphere of influence. This is true whether one traverses radially or concentrically on the chart. Superimpose on this two dimensional
scheme a third plane of flora-fauna and the complexity increases geometrically. Perhaps that is why lasting solutions to existing
ills have been prohibitively expensive or virtually imossible. Prevention, therefore, appears to be the only viable approach.
Solutions to the effects of man's actions must be ascertained in the planning stage and must be given priority in the decision-making
At Palm Coast we persist in a design that is almost a fiat: 2.7 dwelling unite per acre. Thus, as was earlier stated, we
will have a city larger than Detroit or Philadelphia, with the density of , sa, a Beverly Hislls, California, rather thatn
the malignant densities characteristic of the asphalt and concrete hungle. Why? Because ultra high density is cancerous. We
are sure that many will quarrel with this statement, citing locales here and there where satisfaction exists in spite of ostensible
crowding. Mabye it is as Deeevy points out, 'the mass of man, although increasingly affected with mental discomfort, do not
see themselves as overcrowded.' It is better to state that we deal with probability of sociopathic behavior. ( It is similar
to the tnedentious arguments about the facts of cigarette smoking induced cancer--there is always that irritation 'Oh, my
Uncle Louie has been smoking for ninety years and is as healthy as a horse.") In any case, the preponderance of psychological
, statistical, research and lay observations leaves us with the same funereal conclusion' crowding is an excrescense that
society can ill-afford.
The psychological results of density--how does one begin analyzing them? The senior author is now engaged in a monograph
on the subject. ( Stochastic Processes and Density-Induced Deviant Behavior), and therefore is aware that the subject is broad
and that he can present in this medium only a few of the references. It has been in the literature a long. time. For example,
shall we begin the disquisition with Sir R. W. Rawson's 1839 (circa) seminal paper6 published by the Journal of the Statistical
Society of London? Or, jump about a century to R.D. McKenzies' "The ecological Approach to the Study of the Human Community"
7 published in 1925 , which formed the basis of the Elliott and Merrill chapter
called "Ecological Aspects of Community Disorganization" (1941). 8 In that span of a hundred years, the observations consistently
led to what is still a fundamental inference--that there is correlation between socially undesirable behavior and urban concentration.
This "ancient history' has much to recomment it, for these authors' tocsins about the intensity of compression in the city
served as prolegomena to recent much quoted experiments on the same eubject.
First, we take the physiological side. We have Dr. Hans Delye's 9 pioneer findings on the stress of crowding leading to
endocrine system changes and enlargement of the adrenal glands. The findings of Ratcliffe and Snyder 11 are pertinent, too,
inasmuch as in their mamalian studies they discovered that stress from overcrowding could subject the individual to high blood
pressure and heart and circulatory diseases. No doube the symptoms on both studies are related. In any case, the organic sequelae
of crowding have a firm experimental base. Of course, under not so controlled conditions, observations are made by physicians
in vivo , where they readily connect physical breakdown with urban -complex pressures.
If crowding pressures are pathogonomonic in the physiological sense, what are they in the psychological or, better said,
psycholocial sense? Here again lay observations are buttressed by science. For those of us who grew up in slums, there were
always to many people in the hallway; to many people in tenement apartment, too many people bumping each other running down
the steps; too many people in the sidewalks, jostling each other, even crossing the street; too many children playing ball
in the gutter; playgrounds so crowded...that your team might wait hours to play. Or worse. Four overlapping baseball diamonds,
with outfielders from each running into each other. a world of fighting for turf! A world of open air shut-ins! When we were
later schooled in the well-known psychological theories of frustration-aggression and frustration-regression, 11 we learned
only what we knew already; that if you frustrate the expansion of a person's space world, it will lead either to a form of
attack behavior or to patterns appropriate to infantile character. Under attack behavior we often noticed family fights, gang
wars, irrational arguments in retail stores, overt purposeful subway harassment , taxi harangues, etc. Infantile behavior
was worse, if at times less identifiable: start insulation, unintelligible silences, easy crying, furtive hiding, almost catatonic
responses. A world of the depersonalized. Lonely crowds.
But enough of lay reports. The breakdown in social organization attendant upon crowds has been reported in scholarly/scientific
books and journals. Calhoun uses a term, "behavioral sink," 12 in describig results of crowding beyond a certain density.
The disruption of social functions by crowding, he finds, goes beyond disorganization to collapse. Hall reports that the development
of the behavioral sink in the city may be unmanageable to the point where it is beyond the law enforcement agencies. 13 Ardrey's
work, 14 centering on the general term territorial imperative, is perhaps the best encapsulated version of the behavioral
realities of the effect of personalized space and the lack of it. His explanations of stress all lead to the valid conclusion
that the fact of too many people crowded into too smalll a space is a precursor of pathology. A most disconcerting note is
sounded by Eyre 15 of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, who prognosticates "swarming' as the pathological
end point of crowding.
Back to the practical standpoint. The more people you have per acre, the more cars you have per acre. Hence you have auto
density and its attendant eveils. Then you have more buses per acre...more transportation glut per acre. Yes, and the more
information overload ( in the behavioral sense ) per acre. Add other congestive actions per acre, which you much multiply
by the same constand, and you have a statistical morass not unlike the major cities of today.
It is unnerving for those of us seriously concerned about environment to realize that, tomorrow, if every form of pollution
were terminated in the big cities--no more air pollution, or water pollution--the cities would still be unhappy places in
which to live. As long as high densities persist, cities will remain factories spewing out psycholocial pollution, complete
with their own types of congestive particulates and ash: tension, delinquency, crime, alienation, aggression, despair.
Modality of Communit Growth
If one were to start a truly new city--not a bedroom community--he would have two major choices. The first would be to
contact major industries and to have several agree to locate in his area., motivated by the physical , economic and political
attributes of that area. In this way, the nuclear community would have as its base
the employees of the industries who could generate on a one-to-one basis commercial and service personnel, e.g., storekeepers,
gas station attendants, supermarket clerks, and the like. Thus one would have a second group of occupants for land/residences.
One of the authors, prior to his present affiliation, had experience seeking such industry cooperation in developing a
new city far from any major urban concentration. A survey was made of a number of major corporations, and the results suggested
that they make the pioneer move to such locations because of the serious trouble afflicting existing cities. Not one corporation
( and it is estimate that at least six are required to 'nucleate' a new city) found it practical -- even in the period of
good economy at the time--to support the idea, nor did any accept any one of the half dozen sites suggested all over the country.
Among the many issues, costs of relocation and difficulties convincing the employees to move were at the forefront.
The second method is one in which we are involved. Initially, it is done through selling homesites for phased ownership
and occupacy. Because we are in Florida, our first occupants will fall into the vacation / retirement category. These will
then be followed by the commercial butcher-baker-candlestick maker service personnel mentioned before. This , in turn, will
generate a labor force worthy of industrial attention. At Palm Coast, given that labor force, the motivation for industry
will be strong because of the transportation benefits. Two major highways, I-95 and Route 1 go through Palm Coast for about
20 miles each. The Florida East Coast Railroad has facilities nearby. The climate and atmosphere in terms of employees' desires
are excellent--particularly considering availability of recreational and cultural facilities.
Our rigid controls of industry, in the pollutant - generation sense, may inhibit its entry. This is not a negative. Our
ability to pick and choose is beneficial. Remember, there is no exigency associated with our acquiring industry. Thus we shall
have the right industries arriving without our sacrificing our rigorous standards.
Planning a City
Given the mode of growth, we confront the unhappy fact that even if engineering controls are ideal to the point where physical
pollution is zeroed out, the community might still become the quintessence of social gargage heaps, amorphous in structure,
malignant to the personality, monotonous in living rhythms, dehumanized to the edge of anonymity, and unarticulated to
the point of disharmony. Those whoe have read The Death and Life of Great American Cities 16 by Jane Jacobs, saw chronicled
in this already classic treatise some of the most monumental errors conceivable from city to city, from suburb to suburt.
It is easy to say we are cognizant of the problem and even that we know how awesome it is. But candoe forces us to admit
the pervisity of the dilemma. This should not be surprising, because planning may be one of the most stubborn problems the
world faces. One knows from the start that all the problems cannot be solved, because the state of the art is not optimal...nor
will it ever be. Picture this: No Community approaching 100,000 acres has ever been both predesigned
and come to fruition. So, if nobody has planned anything of this scope, who can do it? We at Palm Coast , however, start by
asking the question a different way--how are we to do it? As a minute prologue, allow us a couple of quick, simple examples.
Many communities make much of the fact that they have parks--nice green parks with quaint wooden benches in bucolic settings.
There is even a tendency to automatically equate parks with proper planning. But if there is one thing that research shows
, it is a park alone means nothing. It is where the park is situated --how it is related to the dynamics of the community--that
is significant. This is whyin so many cities a park in one area is haven for the flowering of the human spirit, and a park
in another area is a hot house for delinquency. So, it is clear that the issue is the context of what we offer, rather than
merely what we offer.
Suprise at the paradoxes in planning is not new. Many experts have pointed out that new buildings do not prevent slums,
just as old buildings do not cause them. In planning, thousands of items, big and small, are critical. In a major community,
little issues are no longer little, but are magnified; the size and arrangement of the blocks, the pattern of traffic, the
solution to lighting problems, the placement of shps, the development of recreation areas, the provisions for parking areas
and facilities, the location of churches, and the establishment of footbridges and vehicle bridges. What we are saying is
that planning, like any other essentially vital social science, is not something readily accomplished by
shooting the breeze over the hot stove, belaboring the obvious. It is not the bailiwick of pat answers and does not take
easy refuge under the umbrella called common sense. Nor should planning be the exclusive turf of the ivory tower theorist.
There are more planning theories than there are political parties in France. We have the homogeneous low density horizontal
Garden City concept. going back to 1898, which Lewis Mumford and his group popularized thrity years later. There is Le Corbusier's
vertical city where huge skyscrapers were venerated by his disciples as opposed to low buildings. Even today, we read major
articles about the newest apocalyptic city--the Arcology of Soleri, where rhaposidies are written to entire cities. Build
here in the shape of a two mile wide hexahedron, there in the shape of a 300 story cube. Which theory, if any, is correct?
No one can really say. Whic is even practical?
Even if there were a time tested concept as to how a city should be planned there still would be no true "cookie cutter"
for building a city. Each city and each local environment is different. There are different local and state government regulations,
varying demand rates, occupancy projections, demographic characteristics, different local building philosophies, variations
in cash flow and profit generation which lead neigher to easy answers nor standardization. When to these are added the incisive
aspects of site analysis, such as the physiographic and hydrogeological features, together with maintaining ecological integrity
and taking into account in digenous historical settings, one knows unequivocally that the use of any "handy-dandy'" cooke
cutter" would be chimerical at best.
To us planning is a pragmatic combination of researches into what has worked successfully in other communities. ( Someone
once said that cities are enormous laboratories of trial and error. This is true. The trick is to profit from previous errore.)
Planning, too, is observing the progress of your own program, and, as needed, making corrective and essential on the spot
reevaluations as it grows from development size to community size, and from community size to city size. Planning is reacting
with intelligence to consumer demand typologies. It is taking advantage of related disciplines and findings in psychology
and sociology. Add to this the assistance of those steeped in planning experience, who have faced the manifold
headaches associated with this challenge and have developed solutions, people who have learned in the pressure cooker of
How have we proceeded? presently, having reveiwed submissions from a variety of leading planning firms, we selected Reynolds,
Smith and Hills of Jacksonville, Florida. This was because they not only have the requisite direct experience to participate
with us, but their knowledge of Florida and the dynamics of its populace is unique.
Working closely with us in exhaustive studies of Palm Coast's requirements, they have generated a program of planning guidelines.
Here are a random few. As may be seen some relect material already discussed.
1. provide choises for residents in a diversity of living environments. Example: offer recreational choices to residents,
such as water sports, hunting, residential environments, such as homesites by the water, by the golf course, by the meadow,
bucolic enclaves; single and multifamily housing; work and shopping choices; etc.
2. Coordinate project programs for orderly development. Example: reserve sufficient land for future potential land uses,
such as commercial, recreational, and industrial, to satisfy projected demand of the residents.
3. Recognize interconnected transport systems as site organization dlements. Example: utilize existing and new transportation
systems to direct the orderly growth of future land uses.
4. Develop open space systems as site organization elements. Example: significant land features, drainageways, water bodies,
other natural elements can be used as a major framework for development areas.
5. Utilize terrain features as an aspect of physical form. Example: reflect the linear image of coastal dunes and intricate
mosaic of marshland waterways in development patterns of specific areas.
6. Program management of resources. Example: designate breeding areas for wildlife and indicate botanical and forest reserves.
7. Formulate policies for implementing the comprehensive plan. Example: utilize land use controls, developoment stanards,
and existing legal codes and agencies ( air and water pollution
controls, etc.) to insure a quality environment for future populations.
8. Identify values of social significance to the regional character. Example: research historic expeditions through the
site and incorporate their routes into community open space and transportation corridors. Preserve and identify historic sites.
9. Insure visual quality through the incorporation of design criteria. Example: limit the clearing of on site vegation
to construction areas. Set up machinery for aesthetic approcal of structures.
10. Develop and project the image of a totally viable community. Example: establish standards for the incorporation of
religious, social, and service activities.
Opinions of the Press and Local Citizenry
In any massive undertaking, the expicit and implicit support of the local citizenry is important. We want the local community
to know that we represent growth and development in the most positive sense. While it is pleasing to report that our findings
indicate excellent acceptance, it is perhaps better to report on an independent survey conducted by the press. A sotry carried
by the Associated Press ( April 26, 1971 ) headlines: "Natifes, land developer have mutual admiration--frendship blossoms."
Quoting reactions of local residents: "These people convinced me they are interested in total environment." "It's fascinating
the way they are going about their development." " A great asset." In another case; a donservationist queried some of the
local authorities. One County official stated:
...based on my 12 years experience in conservation, much of which was spent in administrative capacities with the Florida
Department of Natural Resources...I feel we are indeed fortunate that Palm Coast officials have taken so many steps to protect
Those of the press who have been exposed to Palm Coast have responded for the most part favorably. Peggy Poor, a renowned
conservation writer, wrote for the Orlando Sentinel ( June 28, 1970):
Preservers Applaud Palm Coast...Palm Coast, the country's largest housing project , in Flagler County, is winning kudos
instead of kicks
from conservationists. More than that, with long-range environmental planning and careful study by staff ecologists, the
mammoth venture may not ony set an example for future would-be despoilers
but come up with some urgently sought answers to pollution problems.
The Christian Science Monitor ( June 18, 1971) stated:
Water oaks, live oaks, and palm stretch along both sides of the main access road to the property. In fact, trees have to
be one of the most visible items on the property. In many housing developments from one coast to the other, many sturdy old
sentinels have fallen victim to the bulldozer approach to land development.
There have been many other positive reports. But while the community and media response to what we have been doing has
been gratifying , reality does dictage that because of the diversity of tastes and desires, we shall receive our share of
barbs. How else will it be if one does not provide Utopia/
Having reveiwed the technical and philosophical bases of Palm Coast, we do not feel an extended epilogue is necessary.
We do not believe that the Palm Coast approach is the only way to program a major new cit in America. That there are other
solutions to the new city/population enigmas is probably. But we know of no other that we can implement. We believe we have
anticipated to date as much as the state of the city building art permits. Tomorrow, if we learn more we shall then anticipate
more. Recently, the National Wildlife Federation issued a circular in which parallels to our own orientation are evidenced,
including aspects of control of industrial pollution, recycling, and encouragement of private landowners to preserve wildlife
habitats. There are two other recommendations which correspond exactly to ours, but for the fact they involve matched federal
funds for sewage lant construction and tax benefits for industry to move to the countryside. Palm Coast, as presently constituted,
does not need these extrinsic dollar benefit subsidies in order to accomplish the same objectives. Indeed, many have spoken
of massive infusion , not economic deficit with its requisite subsidy. Today, a person can come to Palm Coast and for $ 17,000
can buy a house on a $ 3,400 homesite with immense
availability of recreational and cultural facilities, a decent climate, and the knowledge that both phaysical and psychosocial
pollution are being attacked and minimized through our efforts. This is what we are able to offer--with no massive infusion
of federal funds.