Water quality, economic development top Port St. Lucie’s legislative agenda
PORT ST. LUCIE – As the annual session of the Florida Legislature begins this week, Port St. Lucie leaders are ready to advocate for projects that will improve water quality, economic development and waterfront recreation in the City.
“The Port St. Lucie City Council is asking our legislative delegation to partner with the City to ensure our citizens’ needs are represented and our City Council’s priorities are achieved,” Port St. Lucie City Manager Russ Blackburn said.
Earlier this year, the Port St. Lucie City Council approved its top legislative priorities for 2019. The City’s elected officials and staff are prepared to work with the City’s lawmakers in Tallahassee during their session to advocate for funding for these projects:
McCarty Ranch Extension Water Quality Project
This project will minimize the fresh water and nutrient discharges into the C-23 Canal, and then, into the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. When the entire project is complete, it will take 1,871 acres of fallow citrus grove and a 730-acre water impoundment located at McCarty Ranch Preserve and convert them and convert it into a shallow water quality and treatment facility. Every year, this project will result in a 21 percent reduction in excess freshwater discharge from the C-23 Canal into the river.
Economic Development, Southern Grove Jobs Corridor
The City of Port St Lucie is requesting funding assistance for a roadway improvement project in the Tradition Center for Commerce. The proposed roadway, Hegener Drive extension, will include drainage, utility service and electrical improvements that will serve 133+ acres and provide direct access to an additional 108+ acres of vacant land. The infrastructure improvements can accommodate an estimated 1.6 million square feet of commercial development, generate over 2,473 new jobs, and promote economic development in the City of Port St Lucie’s jobs corridor.
Riverwalk Extension Project
This project will expand residents’, visitors’ and tourists’ access to the St. Lucie River for recreation and enjoyment. It will contribute to the creation of a riverfront destination in Port St. Lucie that will attract tourism along with investment in the City’s Riverwalk area. This project extends an existing boardwalk an additional 2,200 linear feet, connecting 43 acres of publicly owned waterfront land to the south.
To read more details about each of these projects and the City’s additional requests this legislative session, please visit: www.cityofpsl.com/legislative.