City of PSL Advisory #15 on COVID-19
PORT ST. LUCIE – The City continues to adapt to the evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 virus. As of 3 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2020, the City of Port St. Lucie had these updates:
City Manager’s Weekly Video Update: Port St. Lucie City Manager Russ Blackburn’s latest weekly video update is now available to watch here.
Parks & Recreation: Starting April 17, 2020, at 8 a.m. boat ramps in Port St. Lucie will open to responsible recreational boaters. The City’s Parks & Recreation staff members are working to remove the concrete barriers to allow access to the boat ramps which have been closed for three weeks.
Law enforcement will be visible on the waterways reminding boaters to adhere to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Social Distancing Guidelines. Port St. Lucie Police Department’s Marine Patrol will have a presence near launching sites, St. Lucie County and Martin County’s Sheriff's Office will maintain a presence at local sandbars, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be enforcing boating and waterway laws.
The initial closure of the boat ramps occurred to reduce gatherings of more than ten people and in an effort to slow the spread of Covid 19. Some instances of large groups gathering at boat ramps were reported to parks staff. For the health and safety of our residents, City administration made the decision to close boat ramps along with all other activities that could not comply with the CDC guidelines.
The City of Port St. Lucie reminds residents as they charter the waters to practice social distancing. Here are a few recommendations:
- Limit the number of people aboard to those family members you share your home with.
- Keep your distance from other groups.
- Maintain a safe distance from others when doing things like loading up at the dock or fueling the boat.
- After doing anything that requires touching an item someone else may have touched, like a fuel pump, disinfect by washing your hands or using a hand sanitizer as soon as possible.
The City wants to remind boaters of Florida’s Executive Order No.20-09, directed by the Florida Fish and Wildfire Conservation Commission. Under the executive order all recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart and there can’t be more than 10 people on board.
Please enjoy all the beauty that Port St. Lucie has to offer but enjoy it while boating responsibly. The City’s Parks continue to be open for walking, running, individual activities and uses of no more than 10 people following distance separation guidelines. City staff have posted notices at all City boat ramps reminding boaters to practice social distancing. During these uncertain times, social distancing is the best way to stay safe.
- City Boat Ramp Locations:
- C-24 Canal Park: 500 SE Oakridge Drive
- C-24 Canal Boat Ramp at Oak Hammock Park: 1982 SW Villanova Road
- Veterans Park at Rivergate: 2200 SE Veterans Memorial Parkway
Waste Pro Reminder: All Waste Pro services are operational. Please have all waste out for pickup no later than 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day. For your convenience, waste may be set out the night before your collection day. If customers experience a delay in collection, please contact our Waste Pro Liaison at (772) 873-6317. Customers may also text questions or concerns for trash pickup to (772) 202-5150.
Building Department Update: The City of Port St. Lucie Building Department will be waiving the fee for “same-day” inspection requests. The goal of this and other initiatives is to assist our stakeholders retain their respective workforce and promote continuous construction activity throughout the city.
Building inspectors now begin their workday at 7 a.m. These earlier morning inspections may make it easier to schedule concrete and other activities necessary for continued construction. The earlier start times will also make more “after hours” inspections possible.
Port St. Lucie Police: If you need to call 911, please tell the dispatcher if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, respiratory issues or have a fever. This information is vital to help protect our first responders.
Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful: Reminder that the Caring Community Clean Up Day that was scheduled for Saturday, April 18, has been cancelled.
Failing to properly dispose of personal protective equipment (PPE) will hurt the environment and could spread COVID-19. KPSLB is asking for all Port St. Lucie community members to properly dispose of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE), including used sanitizing wipes, masks, and plastic gloves. These belong in the trash, not on the ground.
If a store provides wipes to clean off a cart, it likely has a trash receptacle nearby. If consumers are carrying their own wipes or gloves, make sure to properly dispose of used gloves, wipes, and masks in a trash receptacle at the store or have a bag inside your vehicle to place the items in to dispose of at home.
Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful is discouraging people from picking up wipes or gloves they see littered with their hands, but to use a litter grabber, because they could be contaminated.
Utility Systems: Port St. Lucie Utility Systems field staff, including those who work in the Laboratory & Compliance Division and those in the Wastewater Collection and Water Distribution Divisions, wear City-issued uniforms and badges and drive City vehicles. Utility Systems employees do not typically enter homes. Residents do not typically have to be present while Utility-related work is being conducted. Anyone claiming to work for Port St. Lucie Utility Systems who is not wearing a City-issued uniform or badge, and not driving a City vehicle, is misrepresenting themselves.
Residents are encouraged to download the 1PSL app to stay connected with Port St. Lucie’s City Hall – no matter the time or day. Citizens can use the 1PSL mobile app to request services, pay their utility bill, ask questions, and learn about City news and updates. The new 1PSL mobile app is free on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Those who prefer to use the telephone can call 772-871-1775 (1PSL) at any time of the day and reach a 1PSL navigator who can assist with questions or requests. For those who prefer to use their computer, the 1PSL web portal can be accessed at www.cityofpsl.com/1PSL.
Social Media and Website:
The City’s COVID-19 webpage https://www.cityofpsl.com/covid19 is accessible with all relevant information. The City’s Facebook page @CityofPSL and the City’s Twitter page, @CityPortStLucie and NextDoor App page also will have up-to-the-minute information.