Port St. Lucie's Vice Mayor Shannon Martin has served as the District 3 representative since 2010. She is proud to stand up for the residents of Port St. Lucie and believes the City has much to celebrate.
Shannon is an advocate for small businesses and works to help PSL maintain a business-friendly environment, in order to improve the City’s tax base and attract new employment opportunities.
A few of her top priorities while serving as Vice Mayor include: Supporting the construction of the Crosstown Parkway Extension Project and keeping this crucial project on its set timeline; Working on the City’s sidewalk master plan to improve pedestrian access and safety in PSL; and Giving the City’s teens and youth new ways to stay busy and have fun by providing alternative recreational facilities.
Since being elected to the position, she has been working on various important boards and committees to make sure that the future of Port St. Lucie remains promising for residents and businesses.
The Vice Mayor is a strong supporter of vocational and technical training. She believes the City should foster new opportunities for this type specialized learning as an alternative to a traditional college education. She hopes to help accomplish this as a member of the Economic Development Council’s Workforce Readiness Task Force. The task force is developing a strategic plan to address issues raised in Treasure Coast Skills Gap Study, which was launched in Fall 2016 to identify talent gaps in the manufacturing, healthcare, and skilled trades sectors in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties.
As a member of the St. Lucie County Fire District’s seven-member board of directors, Shannon works to ensure that top-quality public safety services are provided by the district’s 370 firefighters and 52 general employees. She is past chairwoman of this important board.
Shannon also serves on the St. Lucie Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), where she works with other St. Lucie County elected leaders to ensure that future road connectivity and public transportation services will be adequate to serve the growing population.
Shannon is a strong supporter of the police department’s efforts to keep the city’s crime rate low and maintaining our safe city status. She understands the importance of providing recreational opportunities for young people to help keep them out of trouble.
For this reason, she continues her efforts to bring a modern, top-quality skateboard park to Port St. Lucie, and is also looking at establishing alternate recreational facilities, such as a BMX bicycling facility. Additionally, to further her advocacy for the City’s youth, Shannon serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys Girls Club of St. Lucie County.
To help local businesses, Shannon initiated a program on PSL-TV20, Spotlight on Small Business, which showcases the city’s business climate and introduces residents to local businesses.
Shannon says she is honored to serve as a Port St. Lucie City Council member, and she has loved Port St. Lucie since moving here in 2006 with her husband, son and daughter. She is a paralegal by profession, and her husband Aaron is a city police officer.