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New Stories and Photos from Coffee with the Chair and Christian Business Forum

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What’s Happening in St Lucie County This Week

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Boy’s & Girl’s Club of St Lucie County Day for Kids

PORT ST LUCIE – The Boy’s & Girl’s Club of St Lucie County hosted Day for Kids at Charles E. Ray park in Port St Lucie. A big thumbs up and special thanks to the presenting sponsor Casino Miami for a successful Day for Kids event! Hundreds of kids had a an awesome fun filled day.

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St LUCIE COUNTY SCHOOLS OPEN MONDAY AND STUDENT ASSIGNMENT STANDS READY TO SERVE

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St. Lucie County Hurricane Irma Update Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 1p.m.

 

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – As St. Lucie County cleans up and returns to normalcy after Hurricane Irma, the county’s Emergency Management officials want to thank residents and businesses for their patience and cooperation.

Power Outages / Utilities

  • As of noon, there are roughly, 76,000 customers in St. Lucie County without power. FP&L and FPUA are reporting that they have restored more than 55,000 customers and are diligently working to restore the remaining outages.  However, they are unable to provide a specific timeframe for power restoration. Florida, Power & Light customers can track outages at www.fpl.com/storm; to report outages call 1-800-4OUTAGE (800-468-8243). FPUA customers can track outages atwww.FPUA.com; to report outages call 772-466-7703.
  • St. Lucie County Utilities customers in the Lakewood Park Sampson Subdivision are without water due to a loss of power at the plant and will be under a precautionary boil water notice for 48 hours once water is restored. This impacts 70 homes inside Deland Avenue to Donion Road from Fort Pierce Boulevard to Roland Court.
  • All utilities are asking residents, especially those in Lakewood Park, to conserve water to help ease the strain on the septic/drainage systems.

Damage Reports

St. Lucie County residents can now report storm damage and flooding to their homes and businesses using the My St. Lucie Mobile App. Because of the flooded roads, assessment crews are having difficulty checking on damages inside neighborhoods and homes, so your cooperation is appreciated. Within the app, simply select the “Storm Damage” request type or access it on the website: www.stlucieco.gov/mystlucie.

The My St. Lucie app allows residents to easily submit requests for services; ask questions or request public records. Directly through the app, residents can take a photograph of a problem area such as a pothole or flooded street and send that image and location to St. Lucie County to be properly routed to the correct department for processing. After submitting requests, residents can use the mobile app to track the status of their request.

My St. Lucie App 

  • Apple phones can download the app here; Android phones can download the app here. Or just search “St Lucie County” in the app stores.
  • The web-based version can be found at www.stlucieco.gov/mystlucie.

Business Damage Reports

  • St. Lucie County local businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma are asked to complete the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center “Hurricane Irma Survey.” This survey will assist local and state governments in learning the impacts to our business community and expedite resources available to you and your employees to get your business back up and running and your employees back to work. Click here to access the survey:  http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda.
  • St. Lucie West Career Center, 584 NW University Blvd.-Suite 300 in Port St. Lucie, will open Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 8 a.m. The staff will be able to assist St. Lucie County residents who might need assistance with Emergency Unemployment or other services offered by the Career Center including job placement.

Cleanup/Recovery

  • St. Lucie County’s landfill, located at 6120 Glades Cutoff Road in Fort Pierce, has returned to normal business hours.
  • Waste Pro has begun normal garbage and recycling pickup with the exception of those residents on Indian River Drive. Due to the closure of Indian River Drive from Walton Road to the county line, Waste Pro will place a 20-yard dumpster at the corner of Indian River Drive and Walton Road Tuesday morning. Residents along the closed section of the road may bring their refuse to this location and place it into the dumpster until the street is open and normal collection service returns.
  • When hiring someone to handle home repairs, remember to only use licensed contractors and be aware of scammers or predators that may be in our neighborhoods looking for an easy opportunity. For a list of licensed contractors check your city or county website or with the Treasure Coast Builders Association for a list of reputable and licensed contractors.
  • Residents cleaning up vegetative debris are asked to stack debris in their yard and not the road. Also, do not stack debris near/in front of fire hydrants or utility poles.  Be sure to separate yard/vegetative debris from household waste and refuse. Do not put yard/vegetative debris in bags – just stack it in an orderly pile.
  • Businesses and homeowners are also reminded to use caution when running generators – keep them in well ventilated areas and wait for cooling until refueling.
  • The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County urges residents to avoid walking or playing in flood waters to avoid illness from bacteria or electrocution.
  • Be sure to “tip-and-toss” standing water to prevent the breeding of mosquitos.

Volunteers

St. Lucie County’s Community Services Department has started mobilizing volunteers to assist with the cleanup of Hurricane Irma. If residents are willing and able to volunteer, visit the United Way of St. Lucie at www.unitedwayslc.org or Volunteer St. Lucie at https://stluciecounty.formstack.com/forms/hurricane_irma.

Donations

  • Mustard Seed, 3130 S US 1 in Fort Pierce, is accepting donations to help with Hurricane Irma efforts. Donations can be delivered to Mustard Seed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Supplies that are needed include:

o   Diapers (all sizes)

o   Wipes

o   Water

o   Cleaning supplies

o   Buckets

o   Baby food/formula

  • The United Way of St. Lucie County is accepting monetary donations to help with Hurricane Irma relief efforts.  At this time donations can be made atwww.unitedwayslc.org. For further information, call 772-464-5300.

Government Closures

  • St. Lucie County government offices, libraries and facilities, Property Appraiser and Sheriff’s Office, will return to normal business hours on Wednesday, Sept. 13. This includes attractions such as the Regional History Center, St. Lucie County Aquarium and the Oxbow Eco-Center.
  • St. Lucie County Public Schools, as well as John Carroll High School and St. Anastasia Catholic School, will also be closed Wednesday, Sept. 13.
  • St. Lucie County Tax Collector, which includes driver’s licenses, will close both the Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie locations on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Access to the Island

  • Access has been granted to both North and South Hutchinson Island for both residents and non-residents. Heavy winds and rough surfs will continue throughout the week and beaches will be unguarded as Ocean Rescue staff demobilize the special needs shelter, so residents are urged to use extreme caution along the coastline.

Shelters

  • All of St. Lucie County’s general population shelters and the pet-friendly shelter have been deactivated and those residents have been released. The county’s Special Needs Shelter at the Fenn Center is still in the process of being demobilized as of 8 a.m. today, 196 special needs residents were still being sheltered while 17 residents were seeking refuge at the Percy Peek Gym, 2902 Avenue D in Fort Pierce.

Information Lines

  • St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center remains at a Level 1 (full) activation. St. Lucie County’s Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), is open until 8 p.m. today. Residents are urged to call the HELP Line to report flooding and road closures, instead of 9-1-1 – unless there is an emergency.
  • St. Lucie County’s final press conference for Hurricane Irma from the Emergency Operations Center will take place at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 12 and will be streamed live to the county’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stluciegov.

For more information about the St. Lucie County’s recovery efforts visit: www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane or on social media @StLucieGov.

City of Port St. Lucie Advisory on Hurricane Irma # 15

What: City of Port St. Lucie Update #15

When: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 2 p.m.

Where: City of Port St. Lucie City Hall, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd

Why: Port St. Lucie is committed to ensuring the safety of citizens, and we’re asking residents to work with us. The City is focused on recovery efforts and is working closely with St. Lucie County officials and community partners and will provide status updates as necessary.

As of noon Tuesday, the City of Port St. Lucie has these important updates:

All City streets are open and all traffic signals are operational.
According to Florida Power and Light, 54,540 customers in St. Lucie County are without power as of noon today.
The City of Port St. Lucie received between 8 to 9 inches of rain during Hurricane Irma. However, there is no longer any street flooding in the City.
The Port St. Lucie City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday evening, and approved extending the City’s Emergency Declaration until September 20, 2017. The City Council rescheduled its budget hearings for Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.
The Port St. Lucie Building Department is open today for all its normal operations.
Waste Pro will resume regularly scheduled household garbage and recycling pickup starting Tuesday, September 12.
Please be patient as trash volumes will be heavier due to Hurricane Irma.
Residents needing to contact Waste Pro should call 595-9390.

Port St. Lucie Utility Systems has established emergency water supply depots to provide water to residents who do not have access to water at their homes due to power outages at the following locations:
Please bring your own containers, as these depots are self-serve stations and open 24 hours.
Shell gas station at Tulip Blvd. /Darwin Blvd.
Parkway Elementary School at Selvitz Rd. /Manville Dr.
Publix at Prima Vista Crossings at U.S. 1 /Prima Vista Blvd.
Zapatas on U.S. 1 near Kitterman Rd.

The Port St. Lucie Utility Systems Customer Service Office at City Hall is open and back to regular business hours; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents can use the City’s free app, AccessPSL, found at Android and Apple Store, to report debris in roads.
The Neighborhood Services Department will be keeping a list of anyone wishing to volunteer after the storm event.
Volunteers will be matched with the needs of the community to the extent resources are available.
Please send an e-mail to nsd@cityofpsl.com for more information.
The city has a webpage at http://www.cityofpsl.com/irma where information for residents will be updated frequently. The City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/cityofpsl/ and the City’s Twitter page, https://twitter.com/CityPortStLucie also will have up-to-the-minute information.
The Port St. Lucie Civic Center recreation and café facilities open Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 6 a.m. The Civic Center fountain opened today, and will be open daily until dusk.

Parks and Recreation Facilities Update:
OPEN Facilities:
Apache Park, 1449 SW Apache Avenue
C-24 Canal Park, 500 SE Oakridge Drive
PSL Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd.
PSL Community Fitness & Wellness Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd.
Deacon Street Transit Station, 395 PV SE Deacon Avenue
Doat Street Park, 425 SE Doat Street
Loyalty Park, 2810 SE Morningside Blvd
Mary Ann Cernuto Park, 2600 SE Grand Drive
McChesney Park, 1585 SW Cashmere Blvd.
Midport Lake, 2010 SE Veterans Memorial Parkway
Milner Tot Lot, 5160 NW Milner
O.L. Peacock, Sr. Park, 1950 SW Dreyfus Blvd.
Ravenswood Racquetball Courts, 400 SW Ravenswood Lane
Swan Park, 700 SW Carmelite Street
Tom Hooper Family Park, 2340 SE Rivergate Parkway
Treasure Coast Model Railroad Club, 273 SW Becker Road
Whitmore Park, 474 SE Whitmore Drive
Wilderness Park, 2701 SE Westmoreland Blvd.
Winterlakes Park, 5234 NW Jannebo Street
Turtle Run Park, 1945 SW Cameo Blvd.
*Lyngate Park and Dog Park, 1301 SE Lyngate Drive
River Place Park, 690 NW Bayou Country Road
*Sportsman’s Park, 201 NW Prima Vista Blvd.
Robert E. Minsky Gymnasium, 750 SW Darwin Blvd.

*Parks are open to the public, however, not all amenities may be available until crews address needed maintenance.

Facilities that remain CLOSED AS OF 09-12-17 AT NOON today:

Botanical Gardens, 2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd.
Charles Ray Park, 5626 NW Manville Drive
Fred Cook Park, 400 SE Glenwood Avenue
Girl Scout Friendship Park, 315 NW Heather Street
Gulf Stream Park, 210 NE Ardsley Drive
Harborview Park, 624 SE Harborview Drive
Ian T. Zook Park, 5600 NW Manville Drive
Jaycee Park, 1301 SW Bayshore Blvd.
Jessica Clinton Park, 3200 SE Southbend Blvd.
Kiwanis Park, 1320 SE Floresta Drive
Mariposa Cane Slough Preserve, 2280 SE Mariposa Avenue
Oak Hammock Park, 1872 SW Villanova Road
Parks Yard, 1901 SW Hampshire Lane
PSL Elks Lodge #2658 Friendship Park, 2264 SE West Blackwell Drive
Rotary Park, 2101 SE Tiffany Avenue
Sandhill Crane Park, 2355 SE Scenic Drive
Sandpiper Bay Park, 1870 SE Morningside Blvd.
Saints at PSL Golf Course, 2601 SE Morningside Blvd.
Sportsman’s Park West, 220 NW Irving Street
Turtle Run Park, 1945 SW Cameo Blvd.
Veteran’s Memorial Park, 2100 SE Veteran’s Memorial Parkway
Veterans Park @ Rivergate, 2200 SE Veteran’s Memorial Parkway
Whispering Pines Park, 800 SW Darwin Blvd.
Woodstork Trail, 1957 SE Hillmoor Drive

Please Note: While Whispering Pines Park remains closed to the public due to storm debris, Minsky Gym will be open to the public today, Tuesday, September 12, 2017, for Open Gym from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Gym is available for youth for $.70/child and for adults for $1.30/person.

Please check the City’s website for the latest information, closures, cancellations and helpful links: http://www.CityofPSL/irma

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City of Port St. Lucie Advisory on Hurricane Irma # 14

What: City of Port St. Lucie Update #14

When: Monday, September 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Where: City of Port St. Lucie City Hall, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd

Why: Port St. Lucie is committed to ensuring the safety of citizens, and we’re asking residents to work with us. The City is focused on recovery efforts and is working closely with St. Lucie County officials and community partners and will provide status updates as necessary.

As of 7:00p.m. Monday, the City of Port St. Lucie has these important updates:

All City streets are open and all traffic signals are operational.
Public Works Traffic Operations crew will begin to reinstall the signal heads to span wire intersections starting on Tuesday morning.
Waste Pro will resume regularly scheduled household garbage and recycling pickup starting Tuesday, September 12.
Residents are asked to be patient as pickup times may vary due to higher volumes.
Port St. Lucie Utility Systems has established emergency water supply depots to provide water to residents who do not have access to water at their homes due to power outages at the following locations:
Please bring your own containers, as these depots are self-serve stations and open 24 hours.
Shell gas station at Tulip Blvd. /Darwin Blvd.
Parkway Elementary School at Selvitz Rd. /Manville Dr.
Publix at Prima Vista Crossings at U.S. 1 /Prima Vista Blvd.
Zapatas on U.S. 1 near Kitterman Rd.
The following City parks will open to the public during normal operating hours on Tuesday, September 12, 2017:
Apache Park
C-24 Canal Park
Community Center
Deacon Street Transit Station
Doat Street Park
Loyalty Park
Lyngate Park & Dog Park
Mary Ann Cernuto Park
McChesney Park
Midport Lake
Milner Tot Lot
O.L. Peacock, Sr. Park
Ravenswood/Racquetball Courts
Swan Park
Tom Hooper Family Park
Treasure Coast Model Railroad Club
Whitmore Park
Wilderness Park
Winterlakes Park

Residents can use the City’s free app, AccessPSL, found at Android and Apple Store, to report road blockages, street flooding, and missing signs.
The Neighborhood Services Department will be keeping a list of anyone wishing to volunteer after the storm event.
Volunteers will be matched with the needs of the community to the extent resources are available.
Please send an e-mail to nsd@cityofpsl.com for more information.
The city has a webpage at http://www.cityofpsl.com/irma where information for residents will be updated frequently. The City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/cityofpsl/ and the City’s Twitter page, https://twitter.com/CityPortStLucie also will have up-to-the-minute information.

Please check the City’s website for the latest information, closures, cancellations and helpful links: http://www.CityofPSL/irma

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St. Lucie County Hurricane Irma Update Monday, Sept. 11 at 6p.m.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Even though Hurricane Irma has moved out of Florida, St. Lucie County remains under a tropical storm warning until further notice and a flood watch until 8 p.m. St. Lucie County Emergency Management officials warn residents that additional flooding may occur as stormwater moves east through canals, creeks and ditches.
Power Outages / Utilities
· As of 6 p.m. there are roughly 109,000 customers without power in St. Lucie County. Florida, Power & Light customers can track outages at http://www.fpl.com/storm ; to report outages call 1-800-4OUTAGE (800-468-8243). FPUA customers can track outages at   http://www.FPUA.com ; to report outages call 772-466-7703.
· St. Lucie County Utilities customers in the Lakewood Park Sampson Subdivision are without water due to a loss of power at the plant and will be under a precautionary boil water notice for 48 hours once water is restored. This impacts 70 homes inside Deland Avenue to Donion Road from Fort Pierce Boulevard to Roland Court.
· All utilities are asking residents to conserve water to help ease the strain on the septic/drainage systems
Cleanup/Recovery
· St. Lucie County’s landfill will open Tuesday, Sept. 12 for normal business hours. Solid Waste staff should report to work, even though county offices are closed.
· Waste Pro will begin normal garbage and recycling pickup on Tuesday, Sept. 12 with the exception of those residents on Indian River Drive. Due to the closure of Indian River Drive from Walton Road to the county line, Waste Pro will place a 20-yard dumpster at the corner of Indian River Drive and Walton Road Tuesday morning. Residents along the closed section of the road may bring their refuse to this location and place it into the dumpster until the street is open and normal collection service returns.
· When hiring someone to handle home repairs, remember to only use licensed contractors and be aware of scammers or predators that may be in our neighborhoods looking for an easy opportunity. For a list of licensed contractors check your city or county website or with the Treasure Coast Builders Association for a list of reputable and licensed contractors.
· Residents cleaning up vegetative debris are asked to stack debris in their yard and not the road. Also, do not stack debris near/in front of fire hydrants or utility poles. Be sure to separate yard/vegetative debris from household waste and refuse. Do not put yard/vegetative debris in bags – just stack it in an orderly pile.
· Businesses and homeowners are also reminded to use caution when running generators – keep them in well ventilated areas and wait for cooling until refueling.
· The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County urges residents to avoid walking or playing in flood waters to avoid illness from bacteria or electrocution.
· Be sure to “tip-and-toss” standing water to prevent the breeding of mosquitos.
Damage Reports
St. Lucie County residents can now report storm damage to their homes and businesses using the My St. Lucie Mobile App. Within the app simply select the “Storm Damage” request type or access it on the website: www.stlucieco.gov/mystlucie.
The My St. Lucie app allows residents to easily submit requests for services; ask questions or request public records. Directly through the app, residents can take a photograph of a problem area such as a pothole or flooded street and send that image and location to St. Lucie County to be properly routed to the correct department for processing. After submitting requests, residents can use the mobile app to track the status of their request.
My St. Lucie App
· Apple phones can download the app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/st.-lucie-county-fl/id1180704568?mt=8 ; Android phones can download the app here. Or just search “St Lucie County” in the app stores.
· The web-based version can be found at http://www.stlucieco.gov/mystlucie
Information Lines
St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center remains at a Level 1 (full) activation. St. Lucie County’s Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), is open until 8 p.m. today. Residents are urged to call the HELP Line to report flooding and road closures, instead of 9-1-1 – unless there is an emergency. The HELP line will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
St. Lucie County’s final press conference for Hurricane Irma from the Emergency Operations Center will take place at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 12 and will be streamed live to the county’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stluciegov
Volunteers
St. Lucie County’s Community Services Department has started mobilizing volunteers to assist with the cleanup of Hurricane Irma. If residents are willing and able to volunteer, visit the United Way of St. Lucie at http://www.unitedwayslc.org or Volunteer St. Lucie at https://stluciecounty.formstack.com/forms/hurricane_irma .
Government Closures
· St. Lucie County government offices and facilities, including the Clerk of Courts, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, Sheriff’s Office; Supervisor of Elections and the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County, will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 12. This closure includes the skate park, Lawnwood Stadium, St. Lucie County libraries, preserves and attractions such as the Regional History Center, St. Lucie County Aquarium and the Oxbow Eco-Center.
· St. Lucie County Landfill will return to normal operations on Tuesdays, Sept. 12. Solid Waste staff should report to duty for regular hour or check with their supervisor
· St. Lucie County Public Schools, as well as John Carroll High School and St. Anastasia Catholic School, will also be closed through Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Shelters
· All of St. Lucie County’s general population shelters and the pet-friendly shelter have been deactivated and those residents been released. The county’s Special Needs Shelter at the Fenn Center is still in the process of being demobilized.
· Those residents that have been displaced because of Hurricane Irma are being sheltered at the Percy Peek Gym, 2902 Avenue D in Fort Pierce, thanks to assistance from the American Red Cross, the City of Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County.
Evacuations
· Evacuations have been lifted for residents on North and South Hutchinson Island. However, access to the islands is being restricted to only residents and business owners. Heavy winds and rough surfs will continue throughout the week and beaches will be unguarded as Ocean Rescue staff demobilize the special needs shelter, so those living on the beaches are urged to use extreme caution along the coastline.
For more information about the St. Lucie County’s recovery efforts visit: http://www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane or on social media @StLucieGov.

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St. Lucie County Hurricane Irma Update Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1p.m.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Hurricane Irma continues to drench St. Lucie County with heavy rains and winds. As of noon, gusts are reaching up in to the 50-mph range and as much as 14 inches of rain has fallen in some parts of the county since yesterday. Because of the amount of rain and power outages, utility customers are being asked to conserve water and limit the number of flushes to prevent any problems with an overload of the sewage systems.
Power Outages
Florida, Power & Light is reporting 11,190 outages in St. Lucie County (9 percent of customers), while Fort Pierce Utilities Authority is reporting about 408 (1 percent of customers) in the city as of noon Sunday. FPL customers can track outages at http://www.fpl.com/storm ; to report outages call 1-800-4OUTAGE (800-468-8343). FPUA customers can track outages at http://www.FPUA.com ; to report outages call 772-466-7703.
Traffic Updates
Indian River Drive is closed from Citrus Bridge to Savannah Road in Fort Pierce. Access to Hutchinson Island (both North and South) has been closed to everyone. Residents will still be able to leave the island – in the event of an emergency, but will not be allowed re-entry until the storm passed. Brocksmith Road South in Fort Pierce has been closed due to a washout.
Crews from the county and cities have been out clearing drainage basins as much as possible; however, since the winds have picked up (around noon) Public Works crews have been pulled off the roads. All residents are urged to stay off the roads throughout the day as many roads are flooded or have standing water. Additionally, traffic signals are starting to lose power. Road conditions will be updated throughout the day and posted to http://www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane , as well as being shared on social media.
Information Lines
St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center is at a Level 1 (full) activation. Hurricane Irma press conferences/updates from St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center will take place at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. daily and will be streamed live to the county’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stluciegov
St. Lucie County’s Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), is open and will remain open until further notice. Residents are urged to call the HELP Line to report flooding and road closure, instead of 9-1-1 – unless residents are in immediate danger from flooding.
Residents are also reminded to sign up for e-notifications Alert St. Lucie – http://www.stlucieco.gov/alert . Several messages were sent out by the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management to mobile devices this morning that were not part of Alert St. Lucie.
Shelters
As of noon on Sunday, Sept. 10, there were 2,338 people and 64 pets at the county’s shelters, which less is than 50 percent of the capacity. There are reports that residents from the west coast of Florida are starting to take shelter in local facilities – exact numbers are still be calculated.
The general population shelters that are open include:
· Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce – At capacity as of 11 a.m. Saturday.
· Bayshore Elementary, 1661 SW Bayshore Blvd., Port St Lucie
· Chester A Moore Elementary, 827 N 29th Street, Fort Pierce
· Floresta Elementary, 1501 SE Floresta Drive, Port St Lucie
· Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Road, Fort Pierce
· Morningside Elementary, 2300 SE Gowin Drive, Port St Lucie
· Oak Hammock Elementary, 1251 SW California Blvd., Port St Lucie
· Parkway Elementary School, 7000 NW Selvitz Road, Port St Lucie
· Samuel S. Gaines Academy, 2250 S Jenkins Road, Fort Pierce
· Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. Port St. Lucie
· Westgate K-8 School, 1050 NE Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie
· Westwood High School, 1801 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, which serves as a pet-friendly shelter. Residents need to bring crates that can comfortably accommodate their pets, as well as food, water, and litter. Owners are required to show proof of current rabies vaccinations and licenses for their pets. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken on a first-come, first serve basis.
Residents are reminded that shelters are places of last resort. Those planning to stay at a shelter should bring food, water, blankets, pillows, and medications.
Medical Special Needs Shelter
St. Lucie County opened the Special Needs Shelter Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., which is located at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.
Supplies needed for the Medical Special Needs Shelter:
· Pillows
· Linens
· Blanket
· Change of clothes (3 to 5 days)
· Medications (in prescription bottles) and Lists of Medications)
· Wound Care Supplies
· Towels/ Washcloth
· Wheelchair/ Walker
· Personal Hygiene Items (soap, toothbrush, adult diapers, etc.)
· Special Dietary Needs (Special Diets CANNOT be accommodated in a shelter)
As of noon on Sunday, Sept. 10, there were 409 special needs patients and 110 caregivers admitted into the special needs shelter.
Evacuations
Mandatory evacuations have been lifted for residents on North and South Hutchinson Island, in low-lying areas and those living in manufactured homes. However, a voluntary evacuation still remains in effect for those residents. Additionally, all residents are asked to stay off the roads, while this storm impacts our area. Furthermore, residents are reminded that this storm will produce strong surf and rip currents, so people should stay off the beaches and out of the waterways.
Government Closures
· St. Lucie County government offices and facilities, including the Clerk of Courts, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, Sheriff’s Office and Supervisor of Elections, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 11. This closure includes the skate park, Lawnwood Stadium, St. Lucie County libraries, preserves and attractions such as the Regional History Center, St. Lucie County Aquarium and the Oxbow Eco-Center. St. Lucie County Public Schools, as well as John Carroll High School and St. Anastasia Catholic School, will also be closed through Tuesday, Sept. 12.
St. Lucie County Commissioners approved a local State of Emergency Declaration Tuesday evening; while Florida Gov. Scott issued a statewide declaration on Monday.
For more information about the St. Lucie County’s preparations and precautionary measures visit: http://www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane or on social media @StLucieGov.

City of Port St. Lucie Advisory on Hurricane Irma # 11

What: City of Port St. Lucie Update #11

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017, 9 a.m.

Where: City of Port St. Lucie City Hall, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd

Why: Port St. Lucie is committed to ensuring the safety of citizens, and we’re asking residents to prepare with us. The City’s emergency operations team continues to prepare for Hurricane Irma landfall and impact. The City continues to work closely with St. Lucie County officials and community partners and will provide status updates as necessary.

As of 9:00a.m. Sunday, the City of Port St. Lucie has these important updates:

Hurricane Irma (Category 4) is forecast to make landfall in the Florida Keys and Southwest Florida, and its path north is expected to have a severe impact on St. Lucie County.
Residents are at risk of Irma’s threats, such as storm surge, high winds, large rain amounts, flooding, tornadic activity, and flying debris.
The National Weather Service is telling Port St. Lucie residents to expect flooding rain which includes peak rainfall amounts of 6 to 10 inches with isolated areas of 15 inches.
Port St. Lucie Police are asking residents to remain indoors and off the roadways. There have been reports of localized flooding and some trees down in the City.
Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in some areas of St. Lucie County, it is recommended that residents avoid driving unless it is absolutely necessary.
As of 9 a.m., 8,320 St. Lucie County residents are out of power, according to Florida Power and Light. Residents are encouraged to check www.fplmaps.com to report an outage and see where outages are in the county.
As of Sunday morning, there are just over 2,300 people currently in St. Lucie County shelters. Full-capacity is 5,700.
City Hall will be closed to normal business on Monday, September 11, 2017 to enable staff resources to concentrate on post-event evaluation and clean-up operations.

Reminder: The Special Port St. Lucie City Council meeting – the budget hearing – that was scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, is CANCELED. This meeting is tentatively rescheduled to Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. The Regular City Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 will still be held.
The Neighborhood Services Department will be keeping a list of anyone wishing to volunteer after the storm event. Volunteers will be matched with the needs of the community to the extent resources are available. Please send an e-mail to nsd@cityofpsl.com for more information.
If residents have specific hurricane-related questions regarding Port St. Lucie, they can call 772-871-7315. The City’s information hotline, 772-873-6397 also is activated. The city has set up a webpage at http://www.cityofpsl.com/irma where information for residents will be updated frequently. The City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/cityofpsl/ and the City’s Twitter page, https://twitter.com/CityPortStLucie also will have up-to-the-minute information.

Please check the City’s website for the latest information, closures, cancellations and helpful links: http://www.CityofPSL/Irma

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St. Lucie County Hurricane Irma Update Sunday, Sept. 10 at 8 a.m.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Hurricane Irma’s outer bands began impacting St. Lucie County early this morning with heavy rains and gusty winds with tops speeds of 44 mph along the coastline. Roads, particularly in the Fort Pierce area, are starting to flood. Residents are reminded to stay home and off the roads.
Power Outages
Florida, Power & Light is reporting 720 outages in St. Lucie County, while Fort Pierce Utilities Authority is reporting about 100 in the city as of 8 a.m. Sunday. FPL customers can track outages at http://www.fpl.com/storm ; to report outages call 1-800-4OUTAGE (800-468-8343). FPUA customers can track outages at http://www.FPUA.com ; to report outages call 772-466-7703.
Roads
Public Safety officials will close the bridges to the Hutchinson Island (both North and South) starting at noon today, until further notice. If residents want to get off the island and go to a shelter – now is the time to do so. Residents are urged to stay off the roads throughout the day as roads are starting to flood and traffic signals are starting to lose power. This information will be updated throughout the day and posted to www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane, as well as being shared on social media.
Information Lines
St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center is at a Level 1 (full) activation. Hurricane Irma press conferences/updates from St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center will take place at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. daily and will be streamed live on the county’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stluciegov
St. Lucie County’s Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), is open and will remain open until further notice. Residents are urged to call the HELP Line to report flooding and road closure, instead of 9-1-1 – unless residents are in immediate danger from flooding.
Residents are also reminded to sign up for e-notifications Alert St. Lucie – http://www.stlucieco.gov/alert. Several messages were sent out by the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management to mobile devices this morning that are not part of Alert St. Lucie.
Shelters
As of 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, there were 2,305 people and 64 pets at the county’s shelters, which less is than 50 percent of the capacity. There are reports that residents from the west coast of Florida are starting to take shelter in local facilities – exact numbers are still be calculated.
The general population shelters that are open include:
· Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce – At capacity as of 11 a.m. Saturday.
· Bayshore Elementary, 1661 SW Bayshore Blvd., Port St Lucie
· Chester A Moore Elementary, 827 N 29th Street, Fort Pierce
· Floresta Elementary, 1501 SE Floresta Drive, Port St Lucie
· Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Road, Fort Pierce
· Morningside Elementary, 2300 SE Gowin Drive, Port St Lucie
· Oak Hammock Elementary, 1251 SW California Blvd., Port St Lucie
· Parkway Elementary School, 7000 NW Selvitz Road, Port St Lucie
· Samuel S. Gaines Academy, 2250 S Jenkins Road, Fort Pierce
· Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. Port St. Lucie
· Westgate K-8 School, 1050 NE Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie
· Westwood High School, 1801 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, which serves as a pet-friendly shelter. Residents need to bring crates that can comfortably accommodate their pets, as well as food, water and litter. Owners are required to show proof of current rabies vaccinations and licenses for their pets. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Residents are reminded that shelters are places of last resort. Those planning to stay at a shelter should bring food, water, blankets, pillows and medications.
Medical Special Needs Shelter
St. Lucie County opened the Special Needs Shelter Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., which is located at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.
Supplies needed for the Medical Special Needs Shelter:
· Pillows
· Linens
· Blanket
· Change of clothes (3 to 5 days)
· Medications (in prescription bottles) and Lists of Medications)
· Wound Care Supplies
· Towels/ Washcloth
· Wheelchair/ Walker
· Personal Hygiene Items (soap, toothbrush, adult diapers, etc.)
· Special Dietary Needs (Special Diets CANNOT be accommodated in a shelter)
As of 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, there were 365 special needs patients and 110 caregivers admitted into the special needs shelter.
Evacuations
Mandatory evacuations have been lifted for residents on North and South Hutchinson Island, in low-lying areas and those living in manufactured homes. However, a voluntary evacuation still remains in effect for those residents. Additionally, all residents are asked to stay off the roads, while this storm impacts our area. Furthermore, residents are reminded that this storm will produce strong surf and rip currents, so people should stay off the beaches and out of the waterways.
Government Closures
· St. Lucie County government offices and facilities, including the Clerk of Courts, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, Sheriff’s Office and Supervisor of Elections, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 11. This closure includes the skate park, Lawnwood Stadium, St. Lucie County libraries, preserves and attractions such as the Regional History Center, St. Lucie County Aquarium and the Oxbow Eco-Center. St. Lucie County Public Schools, as well as John Carroll High School and St. Anastasia Catholic School, will also be closed Monday, Sept. 11.
St. Lucie County Commissioners approved a local State of Emergency Declaration Tuesday evening; while Florida Gov. Scott issued a statewide declaration on Monday.
For more information about the St. Lucie County’s preparations and precautionary measures visit: http://www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane or on social media @StLucieGov.

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St. Lucie County Hurricane Irma Update Saturday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Hurricane Irma continues to track west; however, officials are still projecting tropical-storm force winds to impact St. Lucie County early Sunday morning into the early hours of Monday, Sept. 11.
Evacuations
Mandatory evacuations have been lifted for residents on North and South Hutchinson Island, in low-laying areas and those living in manufactured homes. However, a voluntary evacuation still remains in effect for those residents. Additionally, all residents are asked to stay off the roads, while this storm impacts our area. Furthermore, residents are reminded that this storm will produce strong surf and rip currents, so people should stay off the beaches and out of the waterways.
Shelters
As of 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, there were roughly 2,096 residents and 40 pets at the county’s shelters that opened yesterday, which less than 50 percent of the capacity. There are reports that residents from the west coast of Florida are starting take shelter in local facilities.
The general population shelters that are open include:
· Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce – At capacity as of 11 a.m. today.
· Bayshore Elementary, 1661 SW Bayshore Blvd., Port St Lucie
· Chester A Moore Elementary, 827 N 29th Street, Fort Pierce
· Floresta Elementary, 1501 SE Floresta Drive, Port St Lucie
· Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Road, Fort Pierce
· Morningside Elementary, 2300 SE Gowin Drive, Port St Lucie
· Oak Hammock Elementary, 1251 SW California Blvd., Port St Lucie
· Parkway Elementary School, 7000 NW Selvitz Road, Port St Lucie
· Samuel S. Gaines Academy, 2250 S Jenkins Road, Fort Pierce
· Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. Port St. Lucie
· Westgate K-8 School, 1050 NE Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie
· Westwood High School, 1801 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, which serves as a pet-friendly shelter. Residents need to bring crates that can comfortably accommodate their pets, as well as food, water and litter. Owners are required to show proof of current rabies vaccinations and licenses for their pets. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Residents are reminded that shelters are places of last resort. Those planning to stay at a shelter should bring food, water, blankets, pillows and medications.
Medical Special Needs Shelter
St. Lucie County opened the Special Needs Shelter Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., which is located at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.
Supplies needed for the Medical Special Needs Shelter:
· Pillows
· Linens
· Blanket
· Change of clothes (3 to 5 days)
· Medications (in prescription bottles) and Lists of Medications)
· Wound Care Supplies
· Towels/ Washcloth
· Wheelchair/ Walker
· Personal Hygiene Items (soap, toothbrush, adult diapers, etc.)
· Special Dietary Needs (Special Diets CANNOT be accommodated in a shelter)
As of 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, there were 365 special needs patients and 110 caregivers admitted into the special needs shelter.
Government Closures
· St. Lucie County government offices and facilities, including the Clerk of Courts, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, Sheriff’s Office and Supervisor of Elections, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 11. This closure includes the skate park, Lawnwood Stadium, St. Lucie County libraries, preserves and attractions such as the Regional History Center, St. Lucie County Aquarium and the Oxbow Eco-Center. St. Lucie County Public Schools, as well as John Carroll High School and St. Anastasia Catholic School, will also be closed Monday, Sept. 11.
Updates
St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center is at a Level 1 (full) activation. Hurricane Irma press conferences/updates from St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center will take place at 8 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. daily and will be streamed live to the county’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stluciegov
St. Lucie County’s Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), is open today until 8 p.m. and reopen Sunday, Sept. 10 at 7 a.m. until further notice.
St. Lucie County Commissioners approved a local State of Emergency Declaration Tuesday evening; while Florida Gov. Scott issued a statewide declaration on Monday.
For more information about the St. Lucie County’s preparations and precautionary measures visit: http://www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane or on social media @StLucieGov.

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City of Port St. Lucie Advisory on Hurricane Irma # 10

What: City of Port St. Lucie Update #10

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 12:30 p.m.

Where: City of Port St. Lucie City Hall, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd

Why: Port St. Lucie is committed to ensuring the safety of citizens, and we’re asking residents to prepare with us. The City’s emergency operations team continues to prepare for Hurricane Irma landfall and impact. The City continues to work closely with St. Lucie County officials and community partners and will provide status updates as necessary.

As of 12:30 pm Saturday, the City of Port St. Lucie has these important updates:

City Hall will be closed to normal business on Monday, September 11, 2017 to enable staff resources to concentrate on post-event evaluation and clean-up operations.

Reminder: The Special Port St. Lucie City Council meeting – the budget hearing – that was scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, is CANCELED. This meeting is tentatively rescheduled to Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. The Regular City Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 will still be held.

Please be aware that Utility Systems will not be dispatching field crews when wind speeds have exceeded 39 miles per hour. The safety of our staff is our number one priority. Our employees will weather the storm and return to the field as soon as it is safe to do so. We appreciate your understanding.

Trash pickup has been suspended through Monday. Trash services will resume when the St. Lucie County landfill reopens.

Code Compliance staff along with the Police Department will be sweeping the City advising citizens, who still have debris out by the roadway, to remove and secure it until the event has passed to help protect life and property.

The Neighborhood Services Department will be keeping a list of anyone wishing to volunteer after the storm event. Volunteers will be matched with the needs of the community to the extent resources are available. Please send an e-mail to nsd@cityofpsl.com for more information.

The City would like to remind residents:

Please continue to minimize your water usage, as we are expecting a lot of rain during this storm, which will affect the low-pressure wastewater and gravity systems. We also recommend conserving water during a power outage, not because there will be a water shortage, but because water going down the drain or toilet will quickly fill up your sewer system. Without power, the system will not be able to pump the water down.

All properties (residential and commercial) must not have open storage where projectiles can cause property damage and other safety concerns.

Customers may call (772) 873-6400 with any questions or concerns about their water service. They may also make a payment through our automated phone system or online at utility.cityofpsl.com.

If residents have specific hurricane-related questions regarding Port St. Lucie, they can call 772-871-7315. The City’s information hotline, 772-873-6397 also is activated. The city has set up a webpage at http://www.cityofpsl.com/irma where information for residents will be updated frequently. The City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/cityofpsl/ and the City’s Twitter page, https://twitter.com/CityPortStLucie also will have up-to-the-minute information.

Please check the City’s website for the latest information, closures, cancellations and helpful links: http://www.CityofPSL/Irma

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St. Lucie County Hurricane Irma Update Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8 a.m.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Hurricane Irma continues to track west; however, officials are still projecting tropical-storm force winds to impact St. Lucie County this evening into and throughout the day Sunday.

Evacuations
Mandatory evacuations have been lifted for residents on North and South Hutchinson Island, in low-lying areas and those living in manufactured homes. However, a voluntary evacuation still remains in effect for those residents. Additionally, all residents are asked to stay off the roads, while this storm impacts our area. Furthermore, residents are reminded that this storm will produce strong surf and rip currents, so people should stay off the beaches and out of the waterways.

Shelters
As of 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, there were roughly 800 residents and 24 pets at the county’s shelters that opened yesterday, which less than 50 percent of the capacity for the shelters that opened yesterday. If additional shelters are needed, those previously announced are on standby.
Four general population shelters that opened yesterday include:
· Westwood High School, 1801 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, which serves as a pet-friendly shelter. Residents need to bring crates that can comfortably accommodate their pets, as well as food, water, and litter. Owners are required to show proof of current rabies vaccinations and licenses for their pets. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
· Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. Port St. Lucie
· Westgate K-8 School, 1050 NE Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie
· Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce
Residents are reminded that shelters are places of last resort. Those planning to stay at a shelter should bring food, water, blankets, pillows, and medications.
Additional shelters opening today, include:
· Bayshore Elementary, 1661 SW Bayshore Blvd, Port St Lucie
· Chester A Moore Elementary, 827 N 29th Street, Fort Pierce
· Floresta Elementary, 1501 SE Floresta Drive, Port St Lucie
· Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Road, Fort Pierce
· Morningside Elementary, 2300 SE Gowin Dr, Port St Lucie
· Oak Hammock Elementary, 1251 SW California Blvd, Port St Lucie
· Parkway Elementary School, 7000 NW Selvitz Rd, Port St Lucie
· Samuel S. Gaines Academy, 2250 S Jenkins Rd, Fort Pierce

Shelter Transportation
· Residents seeking transportation to the General Population Shelters can call 772-204-RIDE (7433) on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Medical Special Needs Shelter
St. Lucie County opened the Special Needs Shelter Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., which is located at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.
Supplies needed for the Medical Special Needs Shelter:
· Pillows
· Linens
· Blanket
· Change of clothes (3 to 5 days)
· Medications (in prescription bottles) and Lists of Medications)
· Wound Care Supplies
· Towels/ Washcloth
· Wheelchair/ Walker
· Personal Hygiene Items (soap, toothbrush, adult diapers, etc.)
· Special Dietary Needs (Special Diets CANNOT be accommodated in a shelter)
As of 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, there were 225 special needs patients and 118 caregivers admitted into the special needs shelter.

Government Closures
· St. Lucie County government offices and facilities, including the Clerk of Courts, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, Sheriff’s Office and Supervisor of Elections, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 11. This closure includes the skate park, Lawnwood Stadium, St. Lucie County libraries, preserves and attractions such as the Regional History Center, St. Lucie County Aquarium and the Oxbow Eco-Center. St. Lucie County Public Schools, as well as John Carroll High School and St. Anastasia Catholic School, will also be closed Monday, Sept. 11.

Updates
St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center is at a Level 1 (full) activation. The next press conference/update is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9 at 12:15 p.m. from the Emergency Operations Center. It will be streamed live to St. Lucie County’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stluciegov
St. Lucie County’s Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), is open today until further notice.
St. Lucie County Commissioners approved a local State of Emergency Declaration Tuesday evening; while Florida Gov. Scott issued a statewide declaration on Monday.
For more information about the St. Lucie County’s preparations and precautionary measures visit: http://www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane or on social media @StLucieGov.

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St. Lucie County Hurricane Irma Update Friday, Sept. 8

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Even though the track of Hurricane Irma has shifted, St. Lucie County’s Emergency Management Division continues to urge residents to take precautions for the impact of a major hurricane. The Treasure Coast can expect to experience tropical force storm winds by Saturday night/early Sunday.
Evacuations
Mandatory evacuations were issued for residents on North & South Hutchinson Island, in low-lying areas and those living in mobile homes, starting Friday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. Residents will be allowed on and off the islands until tropical storm force winds impact our area. Once the winds get to tropical storm force levels, the bridges will be closed to everyone except first responders.
Shelter Transportation
· Residents seeking transportation to the General Population Shelters can call 772-204-RIDE (7433) on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Shelters
Medical Special Needs Shelter
St. Lucie County opened the Special Needs Shelter Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., which is located at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.
Supplies needed for the Medical Special Needs Shelter:
· Pillows
· Linens
· Blanket
· Change of clothes ((3 to 5 days)
· Medications (in prescription bottles) and Lists of Medications
· Wound Care Supplies
· Towels/ Washcloth
· Wheelchair/ Walker
· Personal Hygiene Items (soap, toothbrush, adult diapers, etc.)
· Special Dietary Needs (Special Diets CANNOT be accommodated in a shelter)
As of 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8: 189 special needs patients and 99 care givers have been admitted into the special needs shelter.
Four general population shelters opened Friday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. including:
· Westwood High School, 1801 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, which will also serve as a pet-friendly shelter. Residents need to bring crates that can comfortably accommodate their pets, as well as food, water and litter. Owners are required to show proof of current rabies vaccinations and licenses for their pets. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
· Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. Port St. Lucie
· Westgate K-8 School, 1050 NE Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie
· Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce
As of 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, roughly 500 residents have checked in to the four general population shelters.
The rest of the general population shelters will open on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m.:
· Bayshore Elementary, 1661 SW Bayshore Blvd, Port St Lucie
· Chester A Moore Elementary, 827 N 29th Street, Fort Pierce
· Floresta Elementary, 1501 SE Floresta Drive, Port St Lucie
· Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Road, Fort Pierce
· Morningside Elementary, 2300 SE Gowin Dr, Port St Lucie
· Oak Hammock Elementary, 1251 SW California Blvd, Port St Lucie
· Parkway Elementary School, 7000 NW Selvitz Rd, Port St Lucie
· Samuel S. Gaines Academy, 2250 S Jenkins Rd, Fort Pierce
Residents are reminded that shelters are places of last resort. Those planning to stay at a shelter should bring food, water, blankets, pillows, and medications.
Updates
St. Lucie County will go to a Level 1 (full) activation or Friday, Sept. 8 at 8 a.m. until the storm passes. The next press conference/update is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8 a.m. from the Emergency Operations Center. It will be streamed live to St. Lucie County’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stluciegov.
St. Lucie County’s Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), are currently open until 8 p.m. and re-open starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.
St. Lucie County Commissioners approved a local State of Emergency Declaration Tuesday evening; while Florida Gov. Scott issued a statewide declaration on Monday.
For more information about the St. Lucie County’s preparations and precautionary measures visit: http://www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane or on social media @StLucieGov.

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City of Port St. Lucie Advisory on Hurricane Irma #8

What: City of Port St. Lucie Update #8

When: Friday, September 8, 2017, noon

Where: City of Port St. Lucie City Hall, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd

Why: Port St. Lucie is committed to ensuring the safety of citizens, and we’re asking residents to prepare with us. The City’s emergency operations team continues to prepare for Hurricane Irma landfall and impact. The City continues to work closely with St. Lucie County officials and community partners and will provide status updates as necessary.

As of noon Friday, the City of Port St. Lucie has these important updates:

The Special Port St. Lucie City Council meeting – the budget hearing – that was scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, is CANCELED. This meeting is tentatively rescheduled to Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. The Regular City Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 will still be held.

If residents have specific hurricane-related questions regarding Port St. Lucie, they can call 772-871-5225. The City’s information hotline, 772-873-6397 also is activated. The city has set up a webpage at http://www.cityofpsl.com/irma where information for residents will be updated frequently. The City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/cityofpsl/ and the City’s Twitter page, https://twitter.com/CityPortStLucie also will have up-to-the-minute information.

Waste Pro and the City have two waste trucks staged where residents can drop off existing yardwaste or trash. The trucks will be located at McChesney Park, 1585 SW Cashmere Blvd and Lyngate Park, 1301 SE Lyngate Dr. and will be available until 4 p.m. today. Please note that hazardous waste will not be accepted. There will be no waste collection after today, Friday, Sept. 8, until after the storm passes. About 30 City of Port St. Lucie employees are out assisting Waste Pro today in collecting the large amount of waste that has been put out on curbs. Waste Pro employees have been working from 6 a.m. until midnight every day this week.

St. Lucie County will open the special needs shelter on Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., which is located at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce. Residents planning to use the special needs shelter must pre-register at http://www.stlucieco.gov/eoc.
Port St. Lucie shelters are highlighted, all others are outside the City. The schedule for openings has been revised: Four general population shelters will open Friday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. including:
Westwood High School, 1801 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, which will also serve as a pet-friendly shelter. Residents need to bring crates for their pets, as well as food, water and litter. All pets must have up-to-date vaccinations. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. Port St. Lucie.
Westgate K-8 School, 1050 NE Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie.
Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce.
The rest of the general population shelters will open on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m.:

Chester A Moore Elementary, 827 N 29th Street, Fort Pierce
Floresta Elementary, 1501 SE Floresta Drive, Port St Lucie
Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Road, Fort Pierce.
Morningside Elementary, 2300 SE Gowin Dr, Port St Lucie.
Oak Hammock Elementary, 1251 SW California Blvd, Port St Lucie.
Parkway Elementary School, 7000 NW Selvitz Rd, Port St Lucie.
Samuel S. Gaines Academy, 2250 S Jenkins Rd, Fort Pierce.
Residents are reminded that shelters are places of last resort. Those planning to stay at a shelter should bring food, water, blankets, pillows, and medications.

SIGNAGE REMOVAL NOTICE: All temporary signs that are not permanently installed can cause a safety hazard by becoming airborne projectiles. This includes all special events signs, political signs, real estate signs, etc. Upon notification of a tropical storm (or hurricane watch), the City will require that all such signs be removed. All signs must be fully removed when the official designation of ‘watch’ becomes a warning.
The City staff will begin pulling signs and discarding them once we are moved from a watch to a warning by the National Hurricane Center. You may replace your signs once the threat passes and our county is no longer in a designated watch or warning.
Some examples of temporary signs include:
Garage sale
Political
Special Events
Real Estate (For Sale/Rent)
A-Frame

The City distributed all its sandbags yesterday morning to residents. No more sandbags are available.
The City’s contractors on the Crosstown Parkway Extension Project has removed barricades around the project site. This is standard practice on road construction projects threatened by tropical weather, as they could be blown away, be damaged or create hazards to motorists or homeowners in the area. The City is asking the public to please continue to avoid the construction zone, even though barriers are not up. Residents and those using the intersection are asked to use extreme caution as it remains a dangerous construction site.
Please check the City’s website for the latest information, closures, cancellations and helpful links: http://www.CityofPSL/Irma

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St. Lucie County Hurricane Irma Update Thursday, Sept. 7

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie County’s Emergency Management Division continues to monitor the track of Hurricane Irma – a severe storm that is expected to impact the Treasure Coast starting in the evening on Saturday, Sept. 9. Residents are strongly urged to continue to finalize their plans.

Evacuations

Mandatory evacuations will be issued for residents on North & South Hutchinson Island, in low-lying areas and those living in manufactured homes, starting Friday at 3 p.m. Once residents leave those areas, they will not be allowed re-entry until the storm passes and public safety officials have cleared the roads. For a map of shelters and evacuations routes visit: www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane.

Shelters

St. Lucie County will open the special needs shelter on Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., which is located at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.  Residents planning to use the special needs shelter must pre-register at www.stlucieco.gov/eoc.

The schedule for openings has been revised: Four general population shelters will open Friday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. including:

  • Westwood High School, 1801 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, which will also serve as a pet-friendly shelter. Residents need to bring crates for their pets, as well as food, water and litter. All pets must have up-to-date vaccinations. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken on a first-come, first serve basis.
  • Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. Port St. Lucie.
  • Westgate K-8 School, 1050 NE Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie.
  • Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce.

The rest of the general population shelters will open on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m.:

  • Chester A Moore Elementary, 827 N 29th Street, Fort Pierce
  • Floresta Elementary, 1501 SE Floresta Drive, Port St Lucie
  • Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Road, Fort Pierce.
  • Morningside Elementary, 2300 SE Gowin Dr, Port St Lucie.
  • Oak Hammock Elementary, 1251 SW California Blvd, Port St Lucie.
  • Parkway Elementary School, 7000 NW Selvitz Rd, Port St Lucie.
  • Samuel S. Gaines Academy, 2250 S Jenkins Rd, Fort Pierce.

Residents are reminded that shelters are places of last resort. Those planning to stay at a shelter should bring food, water, blankets, pillows, and medications.

Transit

The Treasure Coast Connector fixed route service will run a regular service on Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8 – unless winds require that the vehicles must be taken off the road.  At this time, service is not expected to be available Saturday, Sept. 9.  With regard to demand/response, regular service has been canceled for Friday and trips for dialysis will only be provided on those days and will be available for special needs transport as directed.

Garbage

Garbage collection will continue through Friday, Sept. 8, but residents and businesses are asked to no longer put out yard debris and tree limbs to prevent these materials from becoming projectiles and blocking drains.

Government Closures

St. Lucie County government offices and facilities, include the Clerk of Courts, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, Sheriff’s Office and Supervisor of Elections, will be closed on Friday, Sept. 8. This closure includes the skate park, Lawnwood Stadium, St. Lucie County libraries, preserves and attractions such as the Regional History Center, St. Lucie County Aquarium and the Oxbow Eco-Center. St. Lucie County Public Schools, as well as John Carroll High School and St. Anastasia Catholic School, will be closed Friday, Sept. 8. Indian River State College will be closed Thursday, Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 10. IRSC will remain open through the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 6. The 19th Judicial Court and the St. Lucie County Clerk of the Court will be closed Monday, Sept. 11. The Board of County Commissioners informal meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12 and a joint meeting with Indian River and Martin Counties will most likely be rescheduled.

Updates

St. Lucie County will go to a Level 1 (full) activation or Friday, Sept. 8 at 8 a.m. until the storm passes. Once the EOC is fully activated, updates will be provided on WQCS 88.9 FM and on the county’s Facebook pages at 8 a.m.noon and 5 p.m.  St. Lucie County’s Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.

St. Lucie County Commissioners approved a local State of Emergency Declaration Tuesday evening; while Florida Gov. Scott issued a statewide declaration on Monday.

For more information about the St. Lucie County’s preparations and precautionary measures visit: www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane or on social media @StLucieGov.

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City of Fort Pierce Hurricane Irma Advisory #4

Hurricane Irma Advisory #4

September 7, 2017, 5:30 PM

Contact: Shyanne Helms, 772.467.3034

The City of Fort Pierce continues to closely monitor Hurricane Irma and is exhausting all efforts to ensure that our city is ready for potential impacts, we urge residents to do the same.

As of Thursday at 5:30 PM, here is the latest information:

Evacuations:  

Mandatory evacuations of both North and South Hutchinson Island, low-lying areas and mobile homes will begin Friday at 3 pm.

Shelters:  

St. Lucie County will open the special needs shelter on Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., which is located at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.  Residents planning to use the special needs shelter must pre-register at www.stlucieco.gov/eoc

The following four general population shelters will open on Friday at 3:00 PM:

  • Westwood High School, 1801 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, which will also serve as a pet-friendly shelter. Residents need to bring crates for their pets, as well as food, water, and litter. All pets must have up-to-date vaccinations. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken on a first-come, first serve basis.
  • Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce.
  • Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. Port St. Lucie.
  • Westgate K-8 School, 1050 NE Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie.

Additional shelters will open on Saturday.

Gas:

The Governor recommends that residents download the “GasBuddy” app on their cell phone to locate fuel at gas stations in their area. http://www.gasbuddy.com

We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

 

City of Port St. Lucie Advisory on Hurricane Irma #7

What:                    City of Port St. Lucie Update #7

When:                   Thursday, September 7, 2017

Where:                  City of Port St. Lucie City Hall, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd

Why:                      Port St. Lucie is committed to ensuring the safety of citizens, and we’re asking residents to prepare with us.  The City’s emergency operations team continues to prepare for Hurricane Irma landfall and impact.  The City continues to work closely with St. Lucie County officials and community partners and will provide status updates as necessary.

As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the City of Port St. Lucie has these important updates:

  • Residents who require assistance with transportation to a shelter can register to receive a ride to a general population shelter by calling 772-462-8100 or by visiting the website:  http://specialneedsonline.stlucieco.gov/
  • Crosstown Parkway Extension Project:
    • All signage and barricades will be removed at both locations which include Crosstown Parkway/Sandia Drive and Crosstown Parkway/Floresta Drive.  Residents and those using the intersection are asked to use extreme caution as it remains a dangerous construction site.
    • Cranes at the construction site will be lowered.
  • Waste Pro will not be able to pick up on Saturday, September 8; residents can check the City’s website for the latest updates:
    • Trash at the following zones:
      • Zone 2 – Verano / PGA
      • Zone 5 – Crosstown / Airoso
      • Zone 6 – Torino / St Lucie North / St. James
      • Zone 7 – Lake Charles / Lake Forest / Heatherwood
    • Yard waste at the following zones:
      • Zone 1- Tradition / Gatlin / Rosser
      • Zone 2- PGA / Verano
      • Zone 7- Tradition
    • Recycling at the following zone:
      • Zone 6- Country Club Estates

 

Please check the City’s website for the latest information and helpful links:  http://www.CityofPSL/Irma

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St. Lucie County Hurricane Irma Update Wednesday, Sept. 6

ST LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie County’s Emergency Management Division continues to monitor the track of Hurricane Irma – a severe storm that is expected to impact the Treasure Coast this weekend. Residents are strongly urged to continue to make their final plans ahead of the storm.

Government Closures

St. Lucie County government offices and facilities, include the Clerk of Courts, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, Sheriff’s Office and Supervisor of Elections, will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8. This closure includes the skate park, Lawnwood Stadium, St. Lucie County libraries, preserves and attractions such as the Regional History Center, St. Lucie County Aquarium and the Oxbow Eco-Center. St. Lucie County Public Schools, as well as John Carroll High School and St. Anastasia Catholic School, will be closed Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8. Indian River State College will be closed Thursday, Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 10. IRSC will remain open through the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 6

Evacuations

Voluntary evacuations have been issued for residents who already have plans to leave the area to avoid potential traffic and fuel issues, especially those living in mobile homes, low-laying areas and along the barrier island.

Shelters

St. Lucie County will open the special needs shelter on Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., which is located at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.  Residents planning to use the special needs shelter must pre-register at www.stlucieco.gov/eoc.

Eight general population shelters will open on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m.:

  • Westwood High School, 1801 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, which will also serve as a pet-friendly shelter. Residents need to bring crates for their pets, as well as food, water and litter. All pets must have up-to-date vaccinations. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce.
  • Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. Port St. Lucie.
  • Westgate K-8 School, 1050 NE Cashere Blvd., Port St. Lucie.
  • Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Road, Fort Pierce.
  • Oak Hammock Elementary, 1251 SW California Blvd, Port St Lucie.
  • Samuel S. Gaines Academy, 2250 S Jenkins Rd, Fort Pierce.
  • Parkway Elementary School, 7000 NW Selvitz Rd, Port St Lucie.

Residents are reminded that shelters are places of last resort. Those planning to stay at a shelter should bring food, water, blankets, pillows and medications.

Transit

The Treasure Coast Connector fixed route service will run a regular service on Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8 – unless winds require that the vehicles must be taken off the road.  At this time, service is not expected to be available Saturday, Sept. 9.  With regard to demand/response, regular service has been canceled for Thursday and Friday and trips for dialysis will only be provided on those days and will be available for special needs transport as directed.

Garbage

Garbage collection will continue through the week, but residents and businesses are asked to no longer put out yard debris and tree limbs to prevent these materials from becoming projectiles and blocking drains.

Updates

St. Lucie County will go to a Level 2 (partial) activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Thursday, with a Level 1 (full) activation on Friday or Saturday. Once the EOC is fully activated, updates will be provided on WQCS 88.9 FM and on the county’s Facebook pages at 8 a.m.noon and 5 p.m.  St. Lucie County’s Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), is open.

St. Lucie County Commissioners approved a local State of Emergency Declaration Tuesday evening; while Florida Gov. Scott issued a statewide declaration on Monday.

For more information about the St. Lucie County’s preparations and precautionary measures visit: www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane or on social media @StLucieGov.

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FORT PIERCE – Effective Friday, Sept. 1, the Treasure Coast Connector will begin offering free public transportation trips within St. Lucie County as part of a two-year pilot, thanks to a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.
A new study by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recently revealed that 87 percent of public transit trips directly impact the economy by connecting people to employers needing workers, educational opportunities and to retail and entertainment ventures. In St. Lucie County, the public transportation system provided nearly 500,000 annual trips, impacts land use and development patterns, generates jobs, enables economic growth and supports public policies regarding energy use, air quality, and carbon emissions.
Because of the success of St. Lucie County’s award-winning Students Ride Free program, officials successfully obtained a grant to help cover the transportation costs for the next two years, allowing anyone to ride the Treasure Coast Connector fixed route buses for free for the next two years.
To learn more about public transportation services in St. Lucie County, visit us at http://SLCRide.org. Riders can also download the smart phone app Route Shout to obtain bus stop and route information, map your trip, save your favorites and track the current location of buses and access real time information.

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Digital Preliminary Flood Maps for St. Lucie County Ready for Public Viewing, Public Workshop Slated for Sept. 13 at Fenn Center

FORT PIERCE – Newly revised draft preliminary digital flood insurance rate maps for coastal areas of St. Lucie County will be available for residents to review on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave.
Flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding. When updated maps become effective, they help determine flood insurance and building requirements. St. Lucie County residents can check the changes to the maps at http://gis.stlucieco.gov/floodupdate.
Residents and property owners will have the opportunity to see the preliminary coastal maps, learn about their risk of flooding and ask questions about what the new maps will mean for their property. Residents can meet one-on-one with specialists to discuss flood insurance, engineering, building permits and more. Home and business owners, renters, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, surveyors and insurance agents are encouraged to attend.
The new preliminary coastal maps were developed through a partnership between the communities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They are based on updated modeling data and show coastal flood hazards more accurately than older maps. The goal is to inform property owners and the community of their flood risks. Over time, flood risks change due to construction and development, environmental changes, watershed conditions and other factors. Flood maps are updated periodically to reflect these changes.
By law, federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance on buildings that are located in areas at high risk of flooding. Standard homeowners, business owners, and renters’ insurance policies typically don’t cover flood damage, so flood insurance is an important consideration for everyone. Flood insurance policies can be purchased from any state-licensed property and casualty insurance agent. Call the National Flood Insurance Program’s Help Center at 800-427-4661 for more information.
If an individual should need any reasonable accommodations, please contact the Fenn Center staff at 772-462-1521 to make arrangements not later than three days prior to the open house.

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The City of Port St. Lucie Ranks Among the Top 10 Safest Cities in the U.S.

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – Two separate national reports have placed the City of Port St. Lucie among the top 10 safest cities in the nation. These rankings come just weeks after law enforcement statistics showed Port St. Lucie continues to be the safest large City in Florida.

Port St. Lucie was the eighth safest City in the United States in a recent report by Niche, a company that researches, analyzes and collects reviews on cities throughout the nation. Niche researchers analyzed public crime data from various sources, including the U.S. Census and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It also considered more than 100 million reviews from users, who rated how safe they feel in their cities. Port St. Lucie was one of two Florida cities in Niche’s top 10 list, where Naperville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, earned the top spot. Cape Coral, Florida was ranked at No. 10.

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In a separate report by SafeHomeBlog, Port St. Lucie was ranked as the ninth safest city in the nation. Port St. Lucie was the only Florida City to earn a spot in that top ten list, with Virginia Beach, Virginia taking the top spot. The SafeHomeBlog’s analysists reviewed the latest crime data provided by law enforcement agencies, along with population data. They used a statistical method to measure crime rates for U.S. cities with a population of greater than 100,000.

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Earlier this summer, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s 2016 Uniform Crime Report showed the City of Port St. Lucie experienced the lowest number of crimes last year among all of Florida’s cities with a population of more than 100,000. This marked the seventh year in a row that the City had the lowest crime rate of all Florida’s large cities.

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2017 Proposed Property Taxes/ TRIM Notices Mailed

ST LUCIE COUNTY – The Saint Lucie County Property Appraiser’s Office has mailed 2017 Proposed Property Tax (TRIM) Notices. The TRIM Notice includes the value of your property as of January 1, 2017, and a list of any applicable exemptions applied to the property. It also contains a property tax estimate based upon the proposed millage rate of each taxing authority.

Contact information and scheduled budget hearings for each taxing authority are listed on the TRIM Notice. The deadline to file a formal appeal with the Value Adjustment Board is September 12, 2017.

“It is our commitment to ensure you receive the benefits for which you are entitled. We encourage customers to contact our office if they have any questions or concerns. It is our pleasure to serve you, and we look forward to doing so” remarked Saint Lucie County Property Appraiser, Michelle Franklin.

The Property Appraiser’s Office will offer extended hours for your convenience. Both the Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie locations will be open on Saturday, September 9 from 9-1. On Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12 the two offices will be open from 8-7.

The Saint Lucie County Property Appraiser’s Office is open 8-5, Monday-Friday with two convenient locations- 2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, Room 107 and 1664 SE Walton Road, Port Saint Lucie, Suite 219. For more information, visit http://www.paslc.org or call 772-462-1000 to speak to a professional.

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Port St. Lucie first day of school starts today!  For the complete calendar for the 2017-2018 school go to “Education” section.

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Academic Growth Continues to Climb in St. Lucie Public Schools

The Department of Education released a battery of scores today that reflects good news and supports St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) continued positive student achievement trends. Overall, the District continued its climb in ELA, math, and science.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent attributes the growth to the individualized support students receive from their teachers, support staff, and school leaders. “Our teachers and administrators are dedicated and have a focus on learning for all students. I appreciate their work as a strong collaborative team; it spurs our success,” stated Gent.

The District’s scores are good news for academic achievement on multiple fronts with the following highlights:

ELA grades 3-10 – 3% increase (46 to 49 percent)
ELA grades 3 – 5 – 4% increase (44 to 48 percent)
ELA grades 9-10 – 3% increase (47 to 50 percent)
Math grades 3-8 – 2% increase (50 to 52 percent)
Math grades 3-5 – 3% increase (49 to 52 percent)
Math grades 6-8 – 2% increase (50 to 52 percent)

Also noteworthy are the double-digit increases in the percent of students scoring satisfactory on this year’s Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry EOCs. SLPS increased 26%, 18%, and 20% respectively. This is a marked improvement over the State’s average performance in this area. Likewise, the District out-performed the State in overall points gained in proficiency for Grades 3 – 10 ELA.

This information comes on the heels of the recent release of the third grade ELA data. SLPS trends were up in this area as well with a three percentage point increase over last year’s District score.

 

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For the Third Year in a Row Agreement Is Reached with St. Lucie Public Schools and Classroom Teachers Association/Classified Unit Partners Prior to the Start of School

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – For the third year in a row, prior to the start of school, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) reached a positive agreement with its Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) and Classified Unit (CU) partners on Monday, July 31, despite challenging financial constraints from the State. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “This is a testament to what true collaboration can produce. I congratulate our bargaining teams and our School Board for having the spirit of trust and good will to work together for the benefit of our employees to reach an agreement before we mark the beginning of another school year.” CTA/CU President Vicki Rodriguez said, “We are pleased to bring our members an agreement prior to the start of the school year. We appreciate our District’s willingness to commit to making employee salaries a priority, despite the legislature’s challenging budget.”

The package includes an average increase of 2.14% for both CTA and CU employees and represents a commitment by the District to increase compensation beyond the 1.49% increase in State funds received this year. Teachers will see a raise of $1,000 for those on the grandfathered salary schedule and those on the pay-for-performance salary schedule rated “Effective.”

Non-instructional employees (CU bargaining unit) will each receive a step increase. In addition, each step in the salary schedule will be increased by $70. A 23rd step will also be added to all CU salary schedules providing raises to those currently on the top step.

In addition to the 2.14% salary increase, the package also includes the continued Board contribution of $750 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in high-deductible H.S.A. eligible plans and a contribution of $6,010 to insurance premiums.

After the November FTE count, the District and the CTA/CU agreed to return to negotiations and increase employee compensation further if funds are available.

About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools is a B-rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest rated School District on the Treasure Coast. The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Port St. Lucie has the lowest crime rate
for all Florida’s large cities for seventh year in a row

Among all Florida cities with a population of more than 100,000, Port St. Lucie experienced the lowest number of crimes in 2016, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s 2016 Uniform Crime Report.

In 2010, the population of Port St. Lucie was 164,716. The City has experienced a 12.4 percent increase in population between 2010 and 2016 with a population of 185,132 in 2016. Even with this population increase, Port St. Lucie had an overall crime reduction of 47 percent during the past five years. Just this last year, crime dropped in Port St. Lucie by 1 percent.

“The crime rate, the number of crimes adjusted by the population, continues this year as an all time low for the City of Port St. Lucie,” said Port St. Lucie Police Chief John Bolduc. “We have the lowest crime rate for any city with a population over 100,000 in the State of Florida for the seventh consecutive year.”

Chief Bolduc attributes thelowest crime rate in 13 years to the close working relationship and cooperation between the police and the residents of the City of Port St. Lucie, the use of evidence-based crime reduction strategies, and the relentless follow up of reported crimes The crime clearance rate in Port St. Lucie is 42.1 percent while the statewide average is 25.8 percent.

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Port St. Lucie property owners name their neighborhood “Canal Pointe”

PORT ST. LUCIE – The first neighborhood to get its own name through the City’s new Neighborhood Improvement and Community Engagement (NICE) program will be called “Canal Pointe.”

The City worked with property owners in the community that is east of Florida’s Turnpike, south of Port St. Lucie Boulevard, west of the St. Lucie River and North of the C-24 Canal to come up with an official name for the neighborhood. The name was announced during a public information meeting at City Hall on Tuesday night following a vote by property owners.

This community is a pilot project for the NICE program, which will focus on physical improvements, creating identities and engaging residents in targeted neighborhoods throughout the City. These improvements include enhanced gateway features such as entry signs, landscaping, decorative street sign poles, as well as other amenities that enhance and upgrade the neighborhood. The City also will create a logo for the community to be used on signs. These amenities will be paid for with money the City receives when residents recycle.

“The City of Port St. Lucie is beyond excited to have successfully kick started its N.I.C.E. program with a brand-new name for a wonderful community. Canal Pointe elicits a positive mental image for the community formerly referred to as Section 18,” said Carmen Capezzuto, the City’s Neighborhood Services Director. “The residents of Canal Pointe have a lot to be enthusiastic about as we target improvements that will help their neighborhood prosper.”

The Canal Pointe community, which had tentatively been called “Oakridge” because Oakridge Blvd. makes up its southern border, is the first of several where residents will help choose an official name. Staff next will work with residents in Canal Pointe who expressed interest in creating a Civic Association. The City expects to have most of the short-term projects completed in the fall. The City desires to engage in long-term planning with its civic associations to be able to more easily communicate to a larger audience.

Residents throughout the City are encouraged to visit http://www.cityofpsl.com/nice. This webpage is created to show each neighborhood and keep residents continually updated and informed on activities taking place in each community.

The next neighborhood to be named is a community tentatively being called “Edinburgh Park.” That community is north of the Martin County line, south of Parr Drive, east of Interstate 95 and west of Port St. Lucie Boulevard. NICE staff have scheduled a community meeting for this neighborhood for Aug. 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Going forward, the NICE program will follow this plan when working in each community:

· Each area will have a two-week window to submit name suggestions via an online survey.
· Each area will have a public information meeting and City staff will bring all the names submitted to the meeting. At the meeting, attendees will work with City staff to cut the names down to the top five.
· The five short-listed names will be placed on a ballot and mailed to property owners to vote for one name.

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DEP Southeast District Presents
First Superior Excellence Distinction (S.E.D.) Award
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In photo L to R: Jennifer Smith, DEP Southeast District director; Nick Drazic, general manager of Triumph Aerospace Structures – Stuart; and Dana Blackburn, Triumph Environmental, Safety and Health.

WEST PALM BEACH — Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Southeast District recognized Triumph Aerospace Structures in Stuart for outstanding environmental stewardship and its exemplary commitment to implementing environmental management policies.

“On behalf of DEP and the State of Florida, I am thrilled to recognize Triumph Aerospace Structures for their environmental stewardship. They have demonstrated significant and measurable achievements that provide a direct benefit to the environment,” said Jennifer Smith, director of DEP’s Southeast District. “Triumph actively promotes environmentally responsible practices, which in turn helps us to better accomplish our goal of protecting Florida’s natural resources.”

Representatives from Triumph Aerospace Structures were on hand to accept the award. “Triumph’s Stuart location is honored that this award acknowledges our unwavering dedication to environmental safety, which includes assigning a senior level manager to spearhead all environmental activities each month,” said Nick Drazic, general manager of Triumph Aerospace Structures – Stuart. “Dana Blackburn from Triumph Environmental, Safety and Health has been instrumental in getting management and employees involved to maintain our high level of environmental stewardship, and we are proud that our collective efforts have been noticed by the Florida DEP.”

The award was presented during the district’s annual open house aimed at growing the community’s awareness of the agency’s mission, increasing communication and developing collaborative relationships with the community. Southeast District staff enjoyed welcoming customers and stakeholders throughout the region to the open house. Over 150 people attended representing local government, industry, utilities and more. Guests were invited to meet the district’s staff and Director Jennifer Smith. Permitting and compliance experts from each of the district’s regulatory programs – waste, air, water and environmental resources – were on hand to answer questions and provide information about their respective programs.

Triumph Aerospace Structures is the first organization to be recognized under the Southeast District’s new Superior Excellence Distinction Award Program. The program was developed to support DEP’s vision of creating strong community partnerships, safeguarding Florida’s natural resources and enhancing its ecosystems.

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School Grades Spike and the District Grade Increases

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Twenty-one schools, more than half of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS), saw an increase in school grades and the District grade jumped to a B — the second highest District on the Treasure Coast in total points earned according to reports released by the Florida Department of Education. “The data continues telling a positive story about the academic growth taking place in our classrooms across the District,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “Our teachers, our administrators, our support staff, our bus drivers — everyone, absolutely everyone is putting forth the effort to support our children to make a positive difference in their lives.”

The school grades reflect the upward state assessment trends, student learning gains, and climbing graduation rates for SLPS. C.A. Moore Elementary and Mariposa Elementary both shot up two letter grades, and no school is rated as a failing school. Fairlawn Elementary, Lincoln Park Academy, West Gate K-8, and Mosaic Upper School received an A with seventeen schools identified in the report as B-rated. Area high schools continue their climb as well with three high schools growing from C’s to B’s (Port St. Lucie High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, and Treasure Coast High School).

“We celebrate these successes, but by no means have we plateaued. We have high expectations for all students, and we will continue supporting them to be their very best.” Gent added that principals are working with their school teams to provide for the individual needs of students and maximize collaborative planning opportunities for teachers.”
For more information about school grades, visit http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/

About St. Lucie Public Schools
The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed. For more information visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

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The City of Port St. Lucie Seeks Residents’ Input on Westmoreland Road Closure

PORT ST. LUCIE – The City wants to hear from residents about a Public Works project that may affect their daily commutes.

Staff from the City’s Public Works Department have determined that drainage culverts crossing Westmoreland Boulevard and Santa Anita Street need to be replaced. The City’s contractor for this project has presented two options to safely and successfully complete the construction required. One option requires a full closure, and the other option would take longer but would not require a full closure. The City has set up a survey for residents to give feedback on the option they prefer.

Construction is anticipated to begin early August and will be limited to Westmoreland Blvd between SE San Jeronimo Road and SE Pine Valley Street.

Option one: Daily Lane Closures
Cost: Approximately $146,000
Duration: Three weeks

Details: Daily lane closures will consist of a three-man flagging operation and construction of temporary pavement to maintain traffic on Westmoreland Blvd. The roadway will stay open for the duration of the construction activities.

The installation and removal of temporary pavement and construction activities would take place adjacent to traffic. No detour would be required. However, motorists could experience delays as traffic will be reduced to a single lane.

Daily lane closures is the costlier option – about $30,000 more than a full road closure – and is more time consuming.

Option two: Full Road Closure
Cost: Approximately $113,000
Duration: One week

Details: Option two would be a full road closure and would detour traffic to Port St. Lucie Boulevard via Morningside Boulevard and SE Gowin Drive. This option would take approximately one week to complete.

A full road closure will cost less and is less time consuming, with no need to construct and remove temporary pavement. It also allows for a safer construction operation – as there would be no traffic entering the construction site.

With a full road closure, it is anticipated that all construction will be completed before the first day of school.

Residents can cast their votes at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MBQCWWY. The survey will close July 5, 2017.

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Mayor Oravec and City of Port St. Lucie Recognized with City Livability Award U.S. Conference of Mayors Announces 2017 City Livability Award Winners at 85th Annual Meeting

PORT ST. LUCIE – Mayor Gregory J. Oravec received national recognition this weekend for Port St. Lucie’s efforts to confront issues on race relations, unity, inclusion – and to enhance our promise to be a City for all people.

Mayor Oravec received an Outstanding Achievement Large City 2017 Livability Award in support of the Forum on Race Relations & Inclusion at the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s 85th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach on Saturday, June 24.

The award recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America’s cities, focusing on the leadership, creativity, and innovation demonstrated by mayors. This year’s winning cities were selected by former mayors from a pool of more than 150 applicants.

“Our City Livability Awards Program gives us the chance to express our pride in cities’ mayoral leadership in making urban areas cleaner, safer, and more livable,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the Conference of Mayors. “We are grateful to Waste Management for its many years of support for the City Livability Awards Program, and for the opportunity to showcase the innovation and commitment of mayors and city governments across the country.”

The Port St. Lucie City Council agreed to move forward with the Forum on Race Relations & Inclusion in response to acts of violence in the United States stemming from racial tension, terrorism, hate and a lack of understanding. The Forum was an opportunity for the public to engage in honest dialogue, express ideas and learn about others. The Forum’s mission is to bring the people of Port St. Lucie together to listen, share concerns, learn, plan and act and report progress on maintaining and enhancing the City’s promise of being a City for all people.

“Since our founding fathers declared independence, our citizens’ safety and prosperity have been the primary mission of American governments at all levels, including cities. Here in the City of Port St. Lucie, we have much to be proud of in fulfilling this mission. We are the safest large City in Florida and a growing City for all people, not just in words but in statistical facts,” Oravec said. “However, if we are to maintain and enhance these high standards, we can never take our success for granted. We must be prepared to proactively address the great challenges of our day, and one of the largest challenges currently facing us and the world is hate-based violence. The Forum on Race Relations & Inclusion was an important waypoint in our effort to confront hate and to maintain and enhance the unity of our community.”

This year, the City will build off of the Forum by conducting additional “bridging the gap” training and reviewing our internal administrative policies as we strive for continuous improvement.

This is the 38th year in which cities have competed for the Livability Award, which is sponsored by the Conference of Mayors and Waste Management, Inc., the nation’s largest environmental solution provider.
Alex Gonzalez, Waste Management’s Florida Area Public Affairs Director, presented the City Livability awards during the annual luncheon in Miami Beach.

“Through the City Livability Awards, Waste Management is immensely proud to honor US Mayors who are committed to strengthening our communities and enhancing the lives of their residents across the nation,” said Susan Moulton, Waste Management’s Senior Corporate Director of Public Sector Solutions. “For more than 28 years, Waste Management has sponsored the Awards, because the work these Mayors do to keep our communities safe, healthy, and vibrant aligns directly with our commitment to community vitality by providing innovative, safe and sustainable recycling and waste services.”

In addition to the two top awards, Outstanding Achievement Awards were given to five cities with populations of 100,000 or more: Irvine (CA), Gresham (OR), Phoenix (AZ), Pembroke Pines (FL), Port St. Lucie (FL) — and five cities with populations of less than 100,000 — Aguadilla (PR), Doral (FL), Dubuque (IA), East Orange (NJ) and Greenville (MS).

Honorable Mention citations for cities with populations of 100,000 or more went to: Allentown (PA), Bridgeport (CT), Las Vegas (NV), and Plano (TX). Citations for cities with populations of less than 100,000 went to Bethlehem (PA), Carmel (IN), Johns Creek (GA), and Orland Park (IL).

“We are grateful for the USCM’s partnership and recognition and Waste Management’s sponsorship of the Livability Awards Program,” Oravec said. “I am proud of our community, City Council and staff members for making our first Forum a great success.”

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Dyer Difference Award Reaches the Summit

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Indian River County – Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast board member Denise Jiruska accepts the May Dyer Difference Award for Indian River County from Will and Tatiana Dyer of Dyer Automotive Group.

Once a year, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals from throughout the Treasure Coast gather to network, learn, dialogue, and connect at the Treasure Coast Business Summit. This year, the entire event has a new look, new feel, and new management, so it seems the perfect time and place for the Dyer Automotive Group to celebrate the May Dyer Difference Awards for both Indian River and St. Lucie Counties.
Since relocating to the area in 2008, each month, members of the Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce staff and others at Dyer Chevrolet in Vero Beach meet to review the applications which have been submitted. They select one non-profit organization to receive that month’s recognition and $3,000 award each in St. Lucie and Indian River Counties. For the Dyer family and the members of the Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce staff, it’s all about helping to make a positive difference in the community. For the recipients, it’s an acknowledgement of their tireless efforts to do the same and a much-needed financial boost to help further their missions. This month, it’s also a chance for the entire Treasure Coast to celebrate the very special May recipients, The Aaron Project and Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast at the Treasure Coast Business Summit.
Vickie Penly has been involved with Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast (SETC) in Vero Beach for many years as a volunteer. A therapeutic riding organization which provides horsemanship instruction to children and adults with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, the organization provides more than 1,200 lessons per year to groups and individuals of all ages. Multiple studies have shown tremendous physical improvements and psychological benefits after equine-assisted therapy including muscle functionality, postural control and motor function. Psychologically, therapeutic riding has also been associated with assisting individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, self-esteem and social issues.
Aaron Beauchamp was only nine years old when he was killed in a school bus crash in St. Lucie County in 2012. His parents, Lillian and Simon, created The Aaron Project in memory of their son with a mission to help honor their son and recognize others for the things he loved, including arts, athletics, academics, and giving to others. Since its inception in 2013, The Aaron Project has awarded over $80,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors, helped to provide classroom grants for teachers and art projects, and distributed The Golden Cleat Award, customized soccer cleats with Aaron Beauchamp’s initials on them, to high school athletes throughout St. Lucie County.
While the Dyer Automotive Group typically distributes the monthly Dyer Difference Awards and accompanying checks at their Indian River and St. Lucie County Locations, the occasion of this year’s Treasure Coast Business Summit provided a wonderful opportunity to give the entire community a chance to publicly acknowledge and celebrate two terrific non-profit organizations in our midst. If you’d like to nominate a non-profit organization for the monthly Dyer Difference Award, please visit www.dyerdifference.org or find Dyer Difference on Facebook to locate the appropriate county’s application.

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Dyer Difference Award Reaches the Summit

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St. Lucie County – The May Dyer Difference Award for St. Lucie County recognized The Aaron Project, in memory of Aaron Beauchamp. Presenting Aaron’s parents Simon and Lilli Beauchamp with the award are Dyer Chevrolet’s Jonathan Hardie, Will Dyer, Simon Beauchamp, Lilli Beauchamp, Tatiana Dyer, Jonathan Holmes

Once a year, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals from throughout the Treasure Coast gather to network, learn, dialogue, and connect at the Treasure Coast Business Summit. This year, the entire event has a new look, new feel, and new management, so it seems the perfect time and place for the Dyer Automotive Group to celebrate the May Dyer Difference Awards for both Indian River and St. Lucie Counties.
Since relocating to the area in 2008, each month, members of the Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce staff and others at Dyer Chevrolet in Vero Beach meet to review the applications which have been submitted. They select one non-profit organization to receive that month’s recognition and $3,000 award each in St. Lucie and Indian River Counties. For the Dyer family and the members of the Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce staff, it’s all about helping to make a positive difference in the community. For the recipients, it’s an acknowledgement of their tireless efforts to do the same and a much-needed financial boost to help further their missions. This month, it’s also a chance for the entire Treasure Coast to celebrate the very special May recipients, The Aaron Project and Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast at the Treasure Coast Business Summit.
Vickie Penly has been involved with Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast (SETC) in Vero Beach for many years as a volunteer. A therapeutic riding organization which provides horsemanship instruction to children and adults with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, the organization provides more than 1,200 lessons per year to groups and individuals of all ages. Multiple studies have shown tremendous physical improvements and psychological benefits after equine-assisted therapy including muscle functionality, postural control and motor function. Psychologically, therapeutic riding has also been associated with assisting individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, self-esteem and social issues.
Aaron Beauchamp was only nine years old when he was killed in a school bus crash in St. Lucie County in 2012. His parents, Lillian and Simon, created The Aaron Project in memory of their son with a mission to help honor their son and recognize others for the things he loved, including arts, athletics, academics, and giving to others. Since its inception in 2013, The Aaron Project has awarded over $80,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors, helped to provide classroom grants for teachers and art projects, and distributed The Golden Cleat Award, customized soccer cleats with Aaron Beauchamp’s initials on them, to high school athletes throughout St. Lucie County.
While the Dyer Automotive Group typically distributes the monthly Dyer Difference Awards and accompanying checks at their Indian River and St. Lucie County Locations, the occasion of this year’s Treasure Coast Business Summit provided a wonderful opportunity to give the entire community a chance to publicly acknowledge and celebrate two terrific non-profit organizations in our midst. If you’d like to nominate a non-profit organization for the monthly Dyer Difference Award, please visit www.dyerdifference.org or find Dyer Difference on Facebook to locate the appropriate county’s application.

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  Coffee With Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec and the

St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce

Port St. Lucie – Coffee With the Mayor is an informative update from Port St. Lucie’s Mayor Greg Oravec. The mayor joined St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Terissa Aronson to talk about the latest happenings in the City of Port St. Lucie. The event is held the second Friday of every month, is free, open to both Chamber of Commerce members and non-members. Sponsorship opportunities are televised on PSLTV channel 20 on Comcast and channel 99 on U-Verse. Thank you to Treasure Coast Healthcare System for sponsoring this event.

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Coffee With Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec and

the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce

Port St. Lucie – At Coffee With the Mayor Florida Community Health Center’s Stephanie Beach was awarded the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County’s Community Impact Award. The award was presented by CSCSLC Executive Director Sean Boyle and St Lucie County Chamber President/CEO Terissa Aronson.

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Sunshine Kitchen Farm to Fork Fresh Market Development to Begin Soon

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St. Lucie –St. Lucie County is actively sowing the seeds of the future by creating a Research, Education and Development Park (Research Park) in Fort Pierce, Florida, currently comprised of 356 acres with future additions bringing the total acreage to over 1,650 acres.

In 2005, the St. Lucie Board of County Commissioners and the University of Florida collectively created this agriculturally and bio-technologically focused Research Park on Florida’s east coast. Through the cooperative efforts of the School Board of St. Lucie County and the University of Florida, plans are advancing for the inclusion of the additional property.

Construction will begin soon on the Sunshine Kitchen. The Sunshine Kitchen is planned to create a professionally equipped, commercial kitchen and research lab designed to help entrepreneurs in the development of commercially viable food ventures.

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Powerful Mental Health Film Screening at Sunrise Theatre

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Fort Pierce, FL -The award winning mental health film ‘No Letting Go’ based on the true life story of producer Randi Silverman was shown as a free, community mental health event Saturday at the historic Sunrise Theatre in downtown Fort Pierce. The film, whose licensing and viewing rites are currently with Suncoast Mental Health Center, was able to be shown for free to the public with the help of sponsors Stewart Materials and Martin Health System and volunteers. Community resources were available to all who came from Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Services Council, Suncoast and information related to the upcoming Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival.

The film is based on the true life story of Randi Silverman whose son Tim was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. It chronicles the challenges the young man faced over the course of being diagnosed from a young age to young adulthood. Mental health is viewed through the lens of the parents, siblings, classmates, and peers as Tim struggles to share his symptoms with those closest to him. Rated PG, ‘No Letting Go’ is a powerful film that will shed light on this important community health issue.

“When we saw this film at last year’s Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival, we knew that we had to share it. There should be no suffering in silence following this film. We are here to help individuals who may struggle with not only bi-polar disorder, but the broad range of illnesses that affect the mind.” said Debra Scuderi who is Acting CEO at Suncoast. Suncoast’s mission includes a holistic approach to mental health care including the family, teachers, and therapists and case managers when necessary to address mental and behavioral concerns at a young age allowing for a happy, productive, mentally well life. By offering education and awareness events to the community, Suncoast is working to break down stigma surrounding mental illnesses, while raising public knowledge of current trends.

The film is available for use at clubhouses, churches or any other venue that would like to share it with their community. If you are interested in seeing the film, please contact Deb Pizzimenti, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Suncoast Mental Health Center for more details.

Suncoast Mental Health Center is a 501(c)(3) organization serving the behavioral and mental health needs of residents of Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties since 1998. Suncoast is accredited by the Joint Commission. For more information, contact Deb Pizzimenti at Suncoast (772) 291-3210, dpizzimenti@smhcinc.org.

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Fertilizer Restricted Season Begins June 1st and is in Effect Until September 30th

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Fertilizer in storm water runoff can cause excessive nutrients to enter waterways in the City, this can lead to algae growth in our waterways including the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.
If you plan to fertilize your lawn, here’s is a brief summary of what you need to know:

Restricted Season—No fertilizer containing nitrogen and/or phosphorus (phosphate) shall be applied to turf or landscape plants from June 1 to September 30 each year.
Weather Watch—No application of fertilizer shall be made when a flood, tropical storm or hurricane watch or warning is forecast, or more than 2 inches of rain is expected.
Nitrogen Application – During the non-restricted season October 1 to May 31, nitrogen fertilizer must contain at least 50% slow release nitrogen.
Phosphorus Application—No fertilizer containing phosphorus (phosphate) shall be applied anytime during the year, unless a soil test showing a deficiency is taken. Contact UF-IFAS extension office for further information on testing at (772) 462-1660.
Fertilizer-Free Zone—Do not apply fertilizer within 10 feet from the top of bank of any water surface, wetland, or landward edge of a seawall.
Storm water Run Off—Keep fertilizer off hard surfaces, and out of ditches, conveyances or water bodies. If spilled, clean up immediately. Keep grass clippings and landscape debris from being deposited into storm drains, ditches, surface waters, and roadways to reduce runoff pollution.
Enforcement—Violations of this ordinance and its requirements can result in monetary fines
Residents are encouraged to make their landscape a Florida-friendly Landscape. Do your part to create a more sustainable Florida! Down load a copy of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook. For more information go to http://www.cityofpsl.com/public-works/fertilizer.html

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St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce and Geico Treasure Coast Present the 21st Annual Fishing Frenzy

Ft. Pierce -The St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce held their annual Fishing Frenzy at the Fort Pierce marina. 115 boats set off in pursuit of the largest dolphin, which was worth $10,000. This dolphin was just over 57 pounds.

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City of Port St. Lucie Among Best in the Nation for Starting a Business and Housing Market Profits

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PORT ST. LUCIE – The City of Port St. Lucie is among the top big cities in the nation to start a new business, and it also had one of the most profitable housing markets so far this year, according to recently published studies.
Personal finance outlet WalletHub.com this week named Port St. Lucie as 2017’s 14th Best Large City to Start a Business. WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across 18 key indicators of startup viability. Those metrics included five-year business-survival rate, office space affordability, availability of human capital, industry variety and financing accessibility.
WalletHub ranked Oklahoma City as the top big City to start a business. Port St. Lucie, at number 14, ranked higher than Orlando, which was ranked 19 and was the only other Florida city in the top 20.
The full study can be found at: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-to-start-a-business/2281/ .
In a separate study, the financial website credit.com last week featured Port St. Lucie in a report on the 20 most profitable housing markets in the U.S. this year. Port St. Lucie ranked 20th in the nation on this list that analyzed cities with the highest percent return on the previous purchase price.
Port St. Lucie was the only Florida city on credit.com’s list, which ranked San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa
Clara, California as having the most profitable housing market so far this year. According to the study, Port St. Lucie’s housing market had an average 30 percent return on investment with an average price gain of $53,000 in the first quarter of 2017.
This entire report can be found at: http://blog.credit.com/2017/04/the-20-most-profitable-housingmarkets-this-year-171991/ .

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Not Just A Routine Traffic Stop!

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Port St. Lucie – You know that feeling in your stomach when you see those lights flashing behind you when a cop is pulling you over? Yup! That’s the one!

Today on U.S. Federal Highway I in Port St Lucie, I had that happen to me, I had that feeling in my stomach and I wasn’t even driving! Coming back from the Fort Pierce Women’s Club driving home. The officer pulled my friend over.

She knew right away what the problem was,she had just purchased her new license plate the day before but had not put it on because she did not have a screwdriver!

The officer came over to her window and ask for her license, insurance, etc., which she gave him. She asked him if she was being pulled over because the plate was out-of-date (yesterday). The officer replied, “yes.” She told him that the plate was in the car and he asked her to show it to him, which she did.

He then went back to his cruiser and came back with a screwdriver started putting her new license plate on her car. That was too cool! I own Out2News a local online newspaper in St. Lucie County so I thought this is way too cool for this officer to do this, so I asked him if I could take a photo. I took the photo of the “Good Samitarian” act of kindness the Port St.Lucie officers’ name is B. Cuevas. There were four of us in the car before everything was done we were all out of the car thanking the officer and his back up officer B. Saliba, for doing such a good deed. So, you see don’t always need to think that you are getting pulled over and it’s going to be a awful experience, sometimes it’s just too cool.

Thank you once again to the Port St. Lucie Police Department for the kindness and thoughtfulness to four crazy ladies on a Friday afternoon!

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