City of PSL Advisory #21 on COVID-19
PORT ST. LUCIE – The City continues to adapt to the evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 virus. As of 2 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2020, the City of Port St. Lucie had these updates:
COVID-19 Testing Event: St. Lucie County’s Public Safety, in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County, City of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Port St. Lucie Police Department, St. Lucie County Fire District and volunteers from Christ Fellowship Church, will offer free drive-through COVID-19 testing at Clover Park, 31 Piazza Drive in Port St. Lucie, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 1 to 5. Testing will take place weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, testing will be rescheduled. Anyone over the age of 18 who wishes to be tested is encouraged to visit the site. No appointment is needed, and testing is offered regardless of symptoms. More details can be found here.
Playgrounds: Starting Monday, June 1, 2020, the City of Port St. Lucie is removing the barriers to the 20 playgrounds located inside City parks. The Community Center playground will remain closed. The City understands that recreation is a good way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active, and safely connect with others. While playgrounds can offer health benefits, it is important that everyone follows the steps below to protect our community from COVID-19:
- All playgrounds have limited access to 10 people or fewer
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others (“social distancing”)
- If one playground is crowded, explore a new playground; there are 20 in the City
- Continue to follow good hygiene practices and have kids avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth
Before opening on June 1, 2020, all City playground structures will be cleaned and disinfected. Once re-opened, all playground structures will be cleaned and disinfected once per week. If staff encounters larger than normal usage during the week, city employees will provide an additional cleaning service and disinfect to the playground for added protection.
The City does not recommend that parents bring household cleaning supplies to clean or disinfect the playgrounds, as we would not want to inadvertently expose others to potentially unapproved chemicals or potential subsequent damage to City equipment.
Manned Facilities: Hours are 8 a.m. to sunset daily
- Jessica Clinton Park, 3200 SE Southbend Blvd.
- Lyngate Park, 1301 SE Lyngate Drive
- McChesney Park, 1585 SW Cashmere Blvd.
- Sandhill Crane Park, 2355 SE Scenic Park Drive
- Sportsman’s Park, 201 NW Prima Vista Drive
- Whispering Pines Park, 800 SW Darwin Blvd.
Un-Manned Facilities: Hours are 8 a.m. to sunset daily
- Charles E. Ray Park, 5626 NW Manville Drive
- Fred Cook Park, 400 SE Glenwood Avenue
- Girl Scout Friendship Park, 315 NW Heather Street
- Jaycee Park, 1301 SW Bayshore Blvd.
- Kiwanis Park, 1320 SE Floresta Drive
- Milner Tot Lot, 5160 NW Milner Drive
- Oak Hammock Park, 2983 SW Villanova Road
- PSL Elks Lodge Friendship Park, 2264 SE West Blackwell Drive
- River Place Park, 690 NW Bayou Country Lane
- Rotary Park, 2101 SE Tiffany Avenue
- Swan Park, 700 SW Carmelite Street
- Turtle Run Park, 1945 SW Cameo Blvd.
- Whitmore Park, 474 SE Whitmore Drive
- Woodland Trails Park, 1485 SW Calmar Avenue
New Facebook Live Session: Join us for a live Q&A session on the City of Port St. Lucie's Facebook page with State Senator Gayle Harrell, Port St. Lucie Mayor Gregory J. Oravec and Port St. Lucie City Manager Russ Blackburn. This will take place at: www.facebook.com/cityofpsl. They will be on hand at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, to answer your questions about the local and state response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this live event, please post your questions in the comments. This will also be aired live at www.cityofpsl.com/tv and on channel 20 on Comcast and Blue Stream Fiber and channel 99 on U-Verse.
City Lobbies: The lobbies of City Hall Building A and the Port St. Lucie Police Department, at 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd, re-opened to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff will see citizens and customers by appointment only. The lobby of Building B (Building, Public Works and Planning & Zoning Departments) did not re-open this week. Those visiting City Hall are asked to keep in mind:
- The side entrances to Building A will remain closed to public access until further notice. Please use the main entrance.
- Arriving visitors may ask questions and/or request an appointment as all meetings will be by appointment only at this time.
- The main entrance of the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center will remain closed to the public through the duration of all summer camp programs. Approved Parks & Recreation programming may use the designated entrances.
- Customers and citizens are encouraged to continue to use online and remote access to City services whenever possible.
- Visitors are asked to observe CDC guidelines and social distancing and are requested to wear a mask or facial covering when entering City Hall.
- Anyone entering City Hall may have their temperature taken via a thermal scanner. Those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, should please refrain from entering the building.
Call from City Hall: The City of Port St. Lucie recognizes that COVID-19 is not only threatening our physical health, but also our emotional and mental well-being. The City has launched a new initiative that aims to help residents feeling the strain of self-isolation with a friendly call from City Hall. A nomination form is available on the City’s website, www.cityofpsl.com/callfromcityhall, which asks residents to nominate an individual to receive a call from the Mayor or City Council member. The form asks for contact information for the individual being nominated, as well as how long they have been a resident of the City and if they have any special occasions coming up, like a birthday or anniversary. A special notes section is included where the nominator can include a special note about the person that the Council Members could incorporate into the conversation. Once the form is filled out, one of the five Council Members will reach out to the nominee within seven days. If you or someone you know needs a little reminder that they are not alone – please fill out the form to receive a friendly call from City Hall.
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 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.