On July 28, 2014, the City Council approved the addition of Section 43, Vacant Lots (Unimproved Real Property Nuisance), for the purpose of abating the public nuisances defined in that chapter. The owner of any unimproved property located within the City of Port St. Lucie who creates, suffers, or permits encroachment upon a developed lot shall be responsible for abating the nuisance and, if the owner fails to abate the nuisance in accordance with the notice given pursuant to this chapter, the City may abate the nuisance and the City shall be reimbursed for the costs associated with the abatement pursuant to the provisions of this chapter for the recovery of those costs.
The City shall have the authority to and shall take steps to ensure the abatement of public nuisances in the most aggressive manner provided by the City's Code of Ordinances and state law. The abatement of such nuisances protects the public health, safety and welfare, enhances the value of the property, involves the furnishing of vital municipal services, and specifically benefits the property on which the nuisance is abated. The cost of any abatement, including administrative fees and costs, shall constitute a special assessment upon the benefited property.