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Awards & Recognition by Department

Building Department

Communications Department

  • 2018 Dot Com Awards
    • Platinum Award for The City Manager's Annual Report
    • Gold Award for City of Port St. Lucie's Government Website
    • Gold Award for City of Port St. Lucie's Facebook Page
  • 2018 Videographer Awards:
  • 2018 FPRA Treasure Coast Communications Awards:
  • Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA): Image Award for the City Manager's 2017 Annual Report: A Year In Review
  • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Sunshine District 2017 Radiance Award of Commendation: Hurricane Matthew Emergency Operations
  • 2017 Hermes Creative Awards Honorable Mention: Special Event Category for Forum on Race Relations & Inclusion
  • 2017 Gold Hermes Creative Awards: Crisis Communication for Hurricane Matthew
  • 2017 Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA): Judges' Award for the Crosstown Parkway Extension Project Video News Release
  • 2017 City Livability's Community Engagement Award: Forum on Race Relations & Inclusion
  • 2016 Gold Coast PR Council's Bernays Award: Best Crisis Communications for Hurricane Matthew Emergency Operations

Finance Department

  • G.F.O.A. (Government Finance Officers Association) “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” 
    • The City of Port St. Lucie Finance Department received the “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” for the September 30, 2014, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) from the GFOA. The City has received this prestigious award for 23 consecutive years. There are more than 400 municipalities in the State of Florida and the City is one of only 170 to have received this Award.

Human Resources Department

  • Florida Department of Health: Healthy Weight Community Champion
    • The City's Human Resources Department was recognized by the Florida Department of Health as a Healthy Weight Community Champion (2016 & 2017).
  • Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance: Gold Level Award
    • In April 2017, the Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance presented a Gold Level Award to the City for its commitment and dedication to employees’ health and wellness. 

Neighborhood Services Department

  • Route Fifty 2017 Navigator Awards Finalist for City University

Office of Management and Budget

  • G.F.O.A. (Government Finance Officers Association) “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award”
    • The City of Port St. Lucie Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has received the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” by the GFOA. The City has earned this annual award for 29 consecutive years.

Parks & Recreation Department

  • 2015 TC Palm Reader’s Choice Award – Best Dog Park – Lyngate Dog Park
  • 2014 TC Palm Reader’s Choice Award – Best Dog Park – Lyngate Dog Park
  • 2014 Macaroni Kid Port St. Lucie Gold Daisy Award – Family-Friendly Festival or Event – 2014 Freedomfest
  • 2014 Macaroni Kid Port St. Lucie Gold Daisy Award – Place for Outdoor Fun – Port St. Lucie Civic Center Fountain
  • 2014 Hometown News Reader’s Choice Award – Best Public Golf Course-Saints at Port St. Lucie Golf Course
  • 2013 Florida Recreation & Park Association Media Excellence Award (renamed Public Relations in 2014) – Electronic – Other – P & R E-newsletter
  • 2013 Hometown News Reader’s Choice Award – Best Public Golf Course-Saints at Port St. Lucie Golf Course
  • 2013 Hometown News Reader’s Choice Award – Best Public Golf Course-Saints at Port St. Lucie Golf Course
  • 2012 Hometown News Reader’s Choice Award – Best Public Golf Course-Saints at Port St. Lucie Golf Course
  • 2012 Florida Recreation & Park Association Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Volunteer Program
  • 2003 Florida Recreation & Park Association Agency Excellence Award

Police Department

  • 2017 Police Department Volunteer Program
    • The Port St. Lucie Police Department’s Volunteer Program was honored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Pennsylvania, as being a leader in the Law Enforcement Community for our exceptional Volunteer Program. The IACP/BodyWorn Leadership in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs Award recognizes volunteer programs that demonstrate innovative, effective practices for augmenting sworn or civilian staff and/or improving service delivery to their communities.  The goal of the award is to recognize the value that volunteers provide to state and local law enforcement and to institutionalize the theories and practices of the national Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program.
  • C.F.A. (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies)
    • In 1997, the agency was awarded state accredited status through C.F.A. Since then the department has been re-accredited an additional 6 times with the most recent award being received in 2016 for “Excelsior” status (meaning highest level of achievement in Florida Accreditation a Criminal Justice Agency can receive).
  • C.A.L.E.A. (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.)
    • In 1991, the Port St. Lucie Police Department was the 193rd law enforcement agency in the United States, and the first in St. Lucie County, to become nationally accredited through C.A.L.E.A. The agency has successfully been awarded re-accreditation 7 times with the most recent award being received in 2016 for “Advanced Meritorious Accreditation” (accredited for 16 consecutive years).

Procurement Management Department

  • Florida Association of Public Purchasing Officers Award for Excellence in Public Procurement (2004-2018)
  • Florida Association of Public Purchasing Officers Best Practices in Public Procurement Award (2008 and Honorable Mention, 2009, 2010 and 2013)
  • Florida Association of Public Purchasing Officers Outstanding Purchasing Award (2000)
  • National Institute of Government Purchasing Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award, OA4 (2003–2018)
  • National Purchasing Institute Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award (2003-2016)
  • Universal Public Procurement Certification Award—Sterling (2010–2017)
  • National Institute of Government Purchasing Innovations in Public Procurement Award (2010)

Public Works Department

  • A.P.W.A. (American Public Works Association) Fourth Consecutive Re-Accreditation
    • Public Works Department was awarded the fourth re-accreditation by the American Public Works Association (APWA) in April, 2018.  Four of the Department’s model practices were selected to be shared with others APWA members across the county.  In 2001, the City of Port St Lucie Public Works Department was the first agency in the state and the 7th in the nation to be accredited APWA. 

Utility Systems Department

  • Water Fluoridation Quality Award (2007, 2017)
    • In June, 2017, the City of Port. St. Lucie Utility Systems Departments Prineville and James E. Anderson Water Treatment Facility recognized for their "consistent and professional adjustment of the fluoride content to the optimum level for oral health for 12 consistent months".
  • F.S.A.W.W.A. (Florida Section Region VIII of the American Water Works Association) “Best tasting water”
    • In February, 2013, the City of Port St. Lucie Utility Systems Departments Prineville Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant was named “Best tasting water” by the FSAWWA.
  • S.E.D.A. (Southeast Desalting Association) “2014 Outstanding Membrane Plant”
    • In June, 2014, the City of Port St. Lucie Utility Systems Departments James E. Anderson Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant was named the “2014 Outstanding Membrane Plant” by SEDA, an affiliate of the American Desalting Association.
  • National Association of Governmental Communicators “Award of Excellence”
    • In July, 2014, the City of Port St. Lucie Utility Systems and Communications Departments jointly accepted an “Award of Excellence” from the National Association of Governmental Communicators for an educational video produced about the potential damage caused to sewer utility systems by flushing “flushable wipes”
  • F.S.A.W.W.A. (Florida Section Region VIII of the American Water Works Association) “Runner-up best tasting water”
    • In March, 2015, the City of Port St. Lucie Utility Systems Departments’ James E. Anderson Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant was named “Runner-up best tasting water” by the FSAWWA.