Pattie Durham, Gaettane A. Paul
Susan Burgess, Rachel Cuccurullo,
Ellen Gillette, Mary Ann Koenig
Rob Downey, Ellen Gillette,
Port St. Lucie
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project bright future
The months ahead — January, February and March — are what we usually call peak
season on the Treasure Coast as tourists and part-time residents flock to our sunny
climes. But because of the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions placed on travel —
both governmental and self-imposed — this season will be remarkably different. The latest
figures for the last quarter of 2020 weren’t available as we went to press, but Visit Florida
statistics from the third quarter showed that tourism was down 32 percent from the same
time the previous year.
So, as with the rest of the past nine months, we are in for a bumpy ride the final three
months as we approach the one-year milestone of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Some things may be out of our control and may dampen the collective spirit at a time usually
observed as celebratory. But there are things we can prepare for and we can imagine
ways to improve Port St. Lucie for the future.
The efforts to create a defined downtown Page 8 are a cause for celebration. Though
Port St. Lucie was developed as a residential bedroom community, there’s no reason the
city shouldn’t have a defined downtown. One of the prime spots would be the area around
the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center.
Another effort at improvement that will have long-range consequences for Port St.
Lucie’s livability is the city council’s recent action Page 16 to create a riverfront entertainment
and recreation district along the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. As Councilwoman
Jolien Caraballo told our writer Susan Burgess, “With the Port District we’re putting the
Port in Port St. Lucie.’’
The promise of a bright future can get us through the hard times, and fortunately for Port
St. Lucie we have these two colossal endeavors to look forward to.
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The city recently created The Port District, which will feature enhanced entertainment and recreation areas along
the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.