determine which of the more than 180 largest U.S. cities is
home to the happiest people in America. In category groups
of emotional/physical well being, income/employment, and
community/environment, the city ranks 11th in community/
environment, meaning most residents love where they live.
Of Florida communities, only Cape Coral ranks higher than
Port St. Lucie.
Crosstown Parkway Extension wins National Best Highway/
Bridge 2020 Award — After winning the Engineering
News-Record’s southeast division best highway/bridge 2020
award, the Crosstown Parkway extension and bridge won the
weekly magazine’s national award. Award winners represent
the pinnacle of design and construction achievement in their
respective categories from across the U.S. Projects were completed
between May 2019 and May 2020.
City Animal Control Division awarded FACA Outstanding
Agency of the Year — Port St. Lucie Animal Control
Division won the Florida Animal Control Association FACA
Outstanding Agency of the Year Award. It was honored for its:
• Expanded public outreach during the pandemic through
use of social media
• Strengthened relationship with the Humane Society of St.
• Developed additional community partnerships with local
veterinarians, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations
• Refined the Trap Neuter Vaccinate and Return program
which resulted in reduction of cat impounds by nearly 90%
• Increased return to owner percentage from 53% to more
than 70%, resulting in fewer animals being taken to the humane
CITY OF PORT ST. LUCIE
Port St. Lucie is a Tree City U.S.A. The city botanical gardens plants a tree
each year in honor of that designation.
tics in America, moving up four spots from 2020, according to
the Milken Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute.
The institute used several criteria including job and wage
growth performance, broadband accessibility, and housing
53rd Happiest City in America — Financial site WalletHub
drew upon the findings of positive-psychology research to
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