Last year, U.S. News & World Report named Port St. Lucie in the top 25 safest places to live, best place to move to, best place to retire, most desirable place to live, best place to live near a beach. Our city made it to more than 30 national lists last year, too. The good news just keeps coming for Port St. Lucie, and part of the reason is that members of the City Council work together to help build partnerships, create opportunities, and keep Port St. Lucie growing responsibly and wisely. We’re on a roll, and with your help, I’d like to keep the good news coming for you and your family and for Port St. Lucie, too. I’d like to officially share the news that I’ve filed the paperwork to run for re-election as your representative, advocate, and voice on the Port St. Lucie City Council.
For three years in a row, we’ve lowered millage for Port St. Lucie residents, and we’ve reduced the city’s debt by more than $300 million dollars. That means more money in your pocket and a better city, too. We completed the Crosstown Parkway project, and we’re constantly working on road traffic improvements throughout the city. We’re adding more medians and sidewalks, landscaping and bike lanes to help keep you and your children safe and happy, whether you’re commuting to work or out for a family bike ride on the weekend. We’ve got our feet firmly planted on the ground, but our eyes are on a vision of the future to keep what is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country one of the safest and most desirable places to live and work, too.
Since I’ve been a part of your city council, we’ve worked hard to draw in major companies and businesses to the area to help ensure that you’ll have plenty of options for both career and recreation. Companies like Oculus, Tamco and Accel International, VGTI’s takeover by Vaxine, as well as the expansion of Cleveland Clinic are coming to our area because it’s such a great place to be, and when they join the family, that means more hotels, restaurants, and retail outlets for you and your family, too. Last year alone, 8,344 businesses operated in Port St. Lucie, and that’s not by accident; it’s because you and I both work hard to grow responsibly and make this area attractive and successful. As we move forward with our evolution from a bedroom community to a vibrant and thriving city, I want to represent you and keep you in the loop because we are in this together. Port St. Lucie is working through a ten year master plan which is reviewed, updated, and revised annually, and with careful attention, I believe we’ll be able to continue to decrease millage and still continue to provide exceptional services in an economically feasible and responsible way.
Since being elected, I have worked hard to ensure that the newer areas of the community are as attractive as the more mature areas. That means I’ve put a lot of energy and resources into parks and recreation, including the beautiful Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, updates and redesigns of existing parks, and helping to make sure that the Port St. Lucie Civic Center is always a happening place to be, with events and activities for all ages. We’ve found a way to bring in more than $1 million dollars through naming rights for the Civic Center, and we’ve helped revive events like the wonderful I Love Lucie event and the exciting campground and recreation area at McCarty Ranch, which also helps to keep the water supply for over a half million people clean and safe. I got to help revive and revitalize River Nights, a seasonal event held from October to April that used to be held at Rivergate Park. The event is now held in the Westmoreland tract by the banyan tree, and it has gotten bigger and more exciting each month we hold it.
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