The Port St. Lucie Council agreed to move forward with this event last year in response to acts of violence in the United States stemming from racial tension, terrorism, hate and a lack of understanding.
In November 2016, a daylong event was held at the Civic Center with a variety of breakout sessions on topics including, race and ethnicity, fair and impartial policing and LGBTQ+. The session on bridging the gap between the community and police was one of the best attended, and residents expressed interest in continuing this discussion.
The City of Port St. Lucie and Mayor Gregory Oravec recently received an Outstanding Achievement Large City 2017 Livability Award at the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s 85th Annual Meeting in support of the Forum on Race Relations & Inclusion. The Forum also has been recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Hermes Creative Awards and an award of commendation from the Public Relations Society of America, Sunshine District.
The Forum's mission is to bring the people of Port St. Lucie together to listen, share concerns, learn, plan, act and report on progress in maintaining and enhancing our promise of being a City for ALL ages.
The City of Port St. Lucie invites you to register for 2017 workshops:
- GAAP: "Gaining Appreciation by Adjusting Perspectives"
Participation is limited to 30 registrants for each session. Audience space is available for parents and others who wish to observe but not participate.
GAAP Adult Session: Thursday, October 19, 2017; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
LGBTQ+: Tuesday, November 14, 2017; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Port St. Lucie Civic Center
9221 S.E. Civic Center Place
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
Register for the LGBTQ+ Workshop Below
"I attended last year and would have definitely joined in again this year if I didn't have a previous commitment. Kudos to all organizers involved and for adding the teens' day. Thanks to the city, the officers giving their time, and everyone taking part in this important community conversation." - Tricia G.
“I began my term as President of the Treasure Coast Chapter ACLU on June 12, 2016, and since that time I have reviewed complaints going back to February 2016 through September 2016. In my review thus far, I have not come across any complaints alleging violation of civil liberties that involve the Port Saint Lucie police department. With that being said, I would like to applaud you, Chief Bolduc and the Port Saint Lucie police department for your ongoing efforts to serve and treat all people fairly regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin or religion.” - Beverly Gary Hamilton, Esquire
View the 2016 Forum on Race Relations & Inclusion Webpage