Port St. Lucie, Florida
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Port St. Lucie, Florida
|City of Port St. Lucie|
PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie
A City for All Ages
U.S. Census Map
|• Mayor||Greg Oravec|
|• City||120.82 sq mi (312.93 km2)|
|• Land||119.21 sq mi (308.76 km2)|
|• Water||1.61 sq mi (4.17 km2)|
|Elevation||16 ft (5 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||US: 112th|
|• Density||1,693.17/sq mi (653.74/km2)|
|• Urban||376,047 (US: 101st)|
|• Metro||438,095 (US: 116th)|
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0308089|
Port St. Lucie is a city in St. Lucie County, Florida, United States. It is the most populous municipality in the county with a population of 164,603 at the 2010 census due to its rapid growth during the 2000s. It is located 125 miles (201 km) southeast of Orlando and 113 miles (182 km) north of Miami. In 2019, the United States Census Bureau estimated the city's population at 201,846. The Port St. Lucie Metropolitan Area includes the counties of St. Lucie and Martin and as of 2016 had an estimated population of 465,208. Port St. Lucie is also contained within the Miami - Fort Lauderdale - Port St. Lucie Combined Statistical Area with an estimated population of 6,832,588.
The name "St. Lucie" is originally derived from the name of a settlement near Jupiter Inlet which was founded on St. Lucia's day in 1566. Due to numerous errors, the name later came to be associated with the present day town of St. Lucie Village, Florida, north of present day Port St. Lucie. After "La Florida" and "St. Augustine," it is the oldest place name in the United States. In the early 1890s, an early pioneer settlement named Spruce Bluff was located along the St. Lucie River, which consisted of a community of several families with a school, post office, pineapple plantation, and sawmill. Currently, the land the settlement was located on is part of the Spruce Bluff Preserve. Along with an old cemetery near the old settlement, the preserve also contains a hiking area, canoe access, observation areas, and a prehistoric Ais Indian mound located on the southern end of the preserve.
In the 1950s, the land that would eventually become Port St. Lucie was a largely uninhabited tract of land south of White City, composed of a fishing camp (Burt Pruitt's Fishin' Farm) along the St. Lucie River, a few farms and businesses near U.S. 1. In 1958, with a budget of $5, the General Development Corporation (GDC) purchased the River Park development and 40,000 acres (160 km2) along the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. In 1959, the GDC opened its first bridge over the St. Lucie River, allowing for direct automobile access to Port St. Lucie.
By February 25, 1961 there were 250 homes in the new city. GDC requested the state legislature to incorporate 70 miles (110 km), along with the River Park settlement, into the City of Port St. Lucie. River Park did not incorporate into the city at the request of its residents. Port St. Lucie became a city on April 27, 1961 with the passage of House Bill No. 953, proposed by State Representative Rupert Smith and approved by Florida Governor C. Farris Bryant.
In the early 1990s, Core Communities (CC), acquired and began planning what would become St. Lucie West. Originally, St. Lucie West was to have contained about 14,000 homes over a 20-year period on 7 square miles (18 km2). But after realizing the community's strategic position, they began developing it into more than just a residential area. CC began building business sectors and places of entertainment and leisure. That resulted in 7,000 jobs being brought to the small town, helping it into its boom during most of the early 2000s.
In 2006, CC started development of its newest community, Tradition. The community, which sits west of the Interstate 95 interchange with Gatlin Blvd., was a large cattle ranch before CC began to develop it. There they built around 13,000,000 square feet (1,200,000 m2) of commercial area, and room for over 18,000 residences. According to CC's website, Tradition is the largest fully entitled residential development area from the tip of Interstate 95 to the Canada–U.S. border. It is modeled after a 1950s-era town. According to its website, Tradition Square, the town center of the community, holds festivities year-round. It was also chosen as the site of HGTV's Green Home 2009, and one of America's best 100 communities.
In 2007, the housing market began to collapse and unemployment started to rise. As of February 2009, unemployment was at 10½ percent and in 2008, nearly 11,000 homes went into foreclosure. This prompted the county government to consider declaring itself a disaster area. Doing so would have given county administrators access to $17 million in county emergency reserve funds. That money, combined with a transportation fund and other accounts, would give St. Lucie $20 – $30 million to spend on building projects: research parks, highways and other infrastructure improvements.
In 2008, Tradition and Core Communities welcomed the Florida Center of Innovation (later renamed Tradition Center for Innovation), a 150-acre privately-owned research park dedicated to drug discovery, immunology and medical devices, and healthcare. TCI initially composed of Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, Oregon Health and Science University’s Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI), Martin Health System Hospital (Tradition Medical Center), and Mann Research Center. In 2015, VGTI shut down their TCI facility, and Mann Research Center soon followed. As of 2019, only Torrey Pines and Tradition Medical Center remain in TCI.
In 2017, TAMCO, a subsidiary of City Electric Supply, a family-owned electrical wholesale business, created plans with the Port St. Lucie City Council to construct a $38 million, 400,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution center located in the Tradition Commerce Park. Construction of the TAMCO facility began in 2018 and was completed in late 2019.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Port St. Lucie Demographics|
|2010 Census||Port St. Lucie||St. Lucie County||Florida|
|Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010||+85.4%||+44.2%||+17.6%|
|Population density||1,444.5/sq mi||485.7/sq mi||350.6/sq mi|
|White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic)||74.3%||71.8%||75.0%|
|(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian)||61.6%||61.2%||57.9%|
|Black or African-American||16.3%||19.1%||16.0%|
|Hispanic or Latino (of any race)||18.4%||16.6%||22.5%|
|Native American or Native Alaskan||0.4%||0.4%||0.4%|
|Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian||0.1%||0.1%||0.1%|
|Two or more races (Multiracial)||3.0%||2.6%||2.5%|
|Some Other Race||3.9%||4.4%||3.6%|
As of 2000, 31.6% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. Of all households 18.2% were made up of individuals, and 8.9% had someone living alone who was aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.94. As of the 2010 census the population was 61.6% non-Hispanic white, 15.6% non-Hispanic black, 0.8% Hispanic black, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian Indian, 1.5% other Asian, 0.1% Pacific Island, 0.4% non-Hispanics reporting some other race alone, 3.0% from two or more races, and 17.6% non-black Hispanics.
In 2000, the city's population was spread out, with 24.3% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.
In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $40,509, and the median income for a family was $44,162. Males had a median income of $18,730 versus $16,702 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,059. About 15.7% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.1% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2000, 88.05% of residents spoke English as their first language, while 6.59% spoke Spanish, 1.34% spoke Italian, 1.00% spoke French, 0.60% spoke German, and 0.50% spoke Haitian Creole as their mother tongue. In total, 11.94% of the total population spoke languages other than English.
Beginning in late 2019, Port St. Lucie began naming different neighborhoods throughout the city. As of 2020, there are 32 neighborhoods in Port St. Lucie:
- Bayshore Business District
- Bayshore Heights
- Becker Ridge
- Canal Pointe
- Cashmere Cove
- Crane Landing
- Fairgreen Crossing
- Floresta Gardens
- Floresta Pointe
- Gatlin Pines
- Hidden Oaks
- Newport Isles
- Northport Village
- Oak Hammock
- Paar Estates
- Palm Trails
- Rosser Reserve
- Sandhill Crossing
- Sandpiper Bay
- Sawgrass Lakes
- Southbend Lakes
- St. Lucie North
- St. Lucie West
- Swan Park
- Tulip Park
- Whispering Pines
- Woodland Trails
Port St. Lucie is located in the broad transition zone between a humid subtropical climate (Cfa), which dominates Central Florida, and within the northern extent of the tropical climate typical of South Florida. Summers are usually hot, with high temperatures averaging in the low 90s. Winters are usually mild to warm, with average high temperatures in the 70s. The average yearly precipitation is around 53.5 in.
Port St. Lucie was hit directly by Hurricane Frances (as a Category 2 hurricane) on September 4, 2004, and by Hurricane Jeanne (as a Category 3 hurricane) on September 26, 2004. On October 24, 2005 Port St. Lucie was hit directly by Hurricane Wilma (as a Category 3 hurricane).
|Climate data for Port Saint Lucie, Florida|
|Record high °F (°C)||89
|Average high °F (°C)||73
|Average low °F (°C)||51
|Record low °F (°C)||23
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||2.7
|Source: Weather Channel|
Port St. Lucie is served by the St. Lucie Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). The TPO is a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), a federally mandated and federally funded transportation policy-making organization responsible for transportation planning, programming, and financing of State and Federal Transportation Funds for the City of Port St. Lucie. The TPO is governed by a TPO Board, which is composed of elected officials, representatives from the St. Lucie County School Board, and representatives from Community Transit, a division of The Council on Aging of St. Lucie, Inc.
The original bus system started out as a demand response service bus in the 1990s, it only served St. Lucie County. Soon it expanded to a fixed route system, going to predetermined locations along a route. On June 3, 2002, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) approved funding, expanding the bus service to Martin County, and became the Treasure Coast Connector.
Florida's Turnpike (State Road 91) is the only toll road in St. Lucie County, which is the northernmost place where the Turnpike and Interstate 95 run close to each other. The Turnpike has 2 exits within Port St. Lucie's city limits: Exit 142 (Port St. Lucie Boulevard (SR 716)) and exit 138 (Becker Road). For all of its route through Port St. Lucie, the Turnpike is east of I-95. The Turnpike is 4 lanes wide (2 in each direction), and provides access to Orlando to the north, and Miami to the southeast. The Port St. Lucie/Ft. Pierce Service Plaza is also located in Port St. Lucie.
Interstate 95 (State Road 9) is in the western portion of the city. It is 6 lanes wide (3 in each direction), and provides access to Jacksonville to the north, and Miami to the south. Exits within PSL's city limits are exit 126 (CR 712/Midway Road), exit 121 (St. Lucie West Blvd.), exit 120 (Crosstown Parkway), exit 118 (Gatlin Blvd./Tradition Pkwy.), and exit 114 (Becker Rd.).
Port St. Lucie is responsible for maintaining approximately 912.5 miles (1,468.5 km) of roadway within its city limits.
U.S. 1 (State Road 5) - Running the entire length of the state, its route through the city extends from the Martin/St. Lucie County line to the south to Midway Road at the northern limits of the city. This stretch of US 1 contains mostly strip malls and shopping centers. On the southeast corner of US 1's intersection with Walton Road/Veterans Memorial Blvd., is the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center, which was once envisioned as the center of the city's 'downtown'. As of today, the area around the Event Center remains mostly undeveloped.
Crosstown Parkway - Completed in October 2019, Crosstown Parkway is an east/west roadway connecting Interstate 95 (State Road 9) with U.S. 1 (State Road 5). Along with being a much-needed high-capacity third crossing of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River (Port St. Lucie Blvd. to the south, and Prima Vista Blvd. to the north being the other two), it is also the location of Florida's first superstreet intersection — also known as a "restricted-crossing U-turn intersection" — at Crosstown Parkway and Floresta Drive.
SR 716 - The state road portion of Port St. Lucie Boulevard (commonly shortened to PSL Blvd.) connects US 1 with Florida's Turnpike.
Prima Vista Boulevard/St. Lucie West Boulevard
Gatlin Boulevard/Tradition Parkway
The Florida East Coast Railway mainline passes through the extreme eastern parts of the city. FEC's K Branch passes through the northwestern part of the city. Both rail lines only pass through the city; no services are provided by the FEC inside Port St. Lucie's city limits.
Port St. Lucie is the spring training home to the New York Mets, as well as two minor league teams: the St. Lucie Mets, a Low-A team affiliated with the Low-A Southeast league, and the Gulf Coast League Mets, a Rookie-level team affiliated with the Gulf Coast League. All three play at Clover Park.
The PGA Village golf complex includes 54 holes of golf as well as a learning center and a historical center. The city also hosted the Ginn sur Mer Classic at Tesoro, the city's first ever PGA Tour event, in 2007.
The city also has two soccer clubs, Mako Soccer Club and Port St. Lucie Soccer Club, that field both competitive and recreational teams at several age levels. The Treasure Coast Tritons soccer team also play in the city at the South County Stadium, starting in the 2019 season.
Port St. Lucie is the home of the 2009 & 2011 National Champions in Pop Warner football. The 2009 Jr. Midget team went 16 - 0 en route to winning the Pop Warner National Championship at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. The 2011 Jr. Peewee team went 17 - 0 in winning the National Championship.
Port St. Lucie is served by St. Lucie County Public Schools, which is a school district which serves the rest of St. Lucie County.
- Bayshore Elementary
- Floresta Elementary
- Mariposa Elementary
- Morningside Elementary
- Rivers Edge Elementary
- Village Green Environmental Studies School
- Windmill Point Elementary
- Allapattah Flats
- Manatee K-8
- Northport K-8
- Oak Hammock K-8
- Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition
- St. Lucie West K-8
- West Gate K-8
Colleges and Universities
- Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition
- Renaissance Charter School at Tradition
- Renaissance Charter School of St. Lucie
- Somerset Academy St. Lucie
- Somerset College Preparatory Academy
- Mayor Gregory J. Oravec
- Vice Mayor Shannon Martin-District 3
- Councilwoman Stephanie Morgan-District 1
- Councilman David Pickett-District 2
- Councilwoman Jolien Caraballo-District 4
- Russ Blackburn
- Rick Ankiel, professional baseball player
- Mario Bencastro, Salvadorian novelist
- Michael Brantley, professional baseball player
- Donald De La Haye, professional football player and YouTube personality
- Ace Hood, hip hop artist
- Larry Sanders (basketball), professional basketball player
- Fabrizio Scaccia, professional football player
- Gillian Robertson, UFC fighter
- Din Thomas, UFC fighter
- Albert Wilson (American football), professional football player
- Mickey Wright, LPGA Hall of Fame
In popular culture
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- Kenyon, Maureen. "Port St. Lucie, Florida: 10 things you might not know about Florida's eighth biggest city". TCPalm. Treasure Coast Newspapers. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
- Erazo, Christin. "Port St. Lucie gets a sister". TCPalm. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
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