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Local Government Updates for St. Lucie County

STATE WIDE

On Monday, May 18th, Governor DeSantis released Full Phase 1:  Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery.  The order brings all Florida counties into Full Phase 1 of the state recovery plan and allows:

  • Restaurants & Food Establishments:  May increase indoor capacity to 50% with proper social distancing.  Outdoor seating encouraged.
  • Retail:  May operate up to 50% capacity indoors
  • Museums & Libraries:  May operate up to 50% capacity if permitted by local governments
  • Gyms & Fitness Centers:  May operate up to 50% capacity.  Self-sanitize machines & surfaces after use
  • Amusement Parks:  May submit re-opening plan to the State
  • Professional Sports Venues:  Professional sports teams are welcome in Florida.  Professional sports venues may open & operate for games, events & training.
  • Vacation Rentals: Counties may seek approval to operate vacation rentals by submitting request & safety plan to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
  • Barber Shops & Salons:  Effective May 11th, may operate while adhering to safety protocols.
  • Schools:  Students continue with distance learning

Florida Department of Health -  latest updates on coronavirus (COVD-19)


Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a supplemental benefit for households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. Families who are eligible for the free and reduced-price school meals program under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to receive P-EBT. P-EBT benefits will be issued automatically during the month of June. More information on the P-EBT program can be found here.


ST. LUCIE COUNTY

St. Lucie County Parks & Special Facilities Open with Restrictions

St. Lucie County’s Parks & Recreation Department will begin to reopen parks and special facilities with limitations following state and federal recommendations regarding COVID-19, starting Thursday, May 7.  For details click here.


Beach Restrictions Lifted May 7

St. Lucie County has lifted restrictions for its 21 miles of public beaches including allowing coolers, sunbathing and chairs. However, beachgoers are advised to continue practicing social distancing, limiting groups to less than 10 people and maintaining a six-foot distance between others outside their immediate family. For updated daily beach conditions, please call the St. Lucie County Beach Conditions Hotline at 772-462-1421 after 10:30 a.m.

St. Lucie County’s Marine Safety Division encourages all residents and visitors to swim at lifeguarded beaches. Pepper Park Beach, 3302 North A1A, North Hutchinson Island, and Waveland Beach, 10350 South Ocean Drive, South Hutchinson Island, have lifeguards on duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. St. Lucie County’s Marine Safety provides coverage at South Beach Park, 800 South Ocean Drive, on Saturdays and Sundays. 


The Economic Development Council has established a new COVID-19 Virtual Business Recovery Center (VBRC). EDC President Pete Tesch has announced the appointment of Bill West as Executive Director. The VBRC will work in partnership with the Small Business Development Center to provide regional businesses with recovery resources, guidance, programming and consulting support. Click here for more information.


The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC of SLC) is an excellent source of information to help businesses navigate new financial assistance for employers and their employees.

Click Here for the EDC of SLC COVID-19 Business Assistance Web Portal for updated information on programs and services to assist your business and employees.   

Click Here to subscribe to the daily email updates from EDC of SLC.


The Economic Development Council has established a new COVID-19 Virtual Business Recovery Center (VBRC). EDC President Pete Tesch has announced the appointment of Bill West as Executive Director. The VBRC will work in partnership with the Small Business Development Center to provide regional businesses with recovery resources, guidance, programming and consulting support. Click here for more information.


 St. Lucie County Government website and St Lucie County's Facebook page


‚ÄčClick here for Cleveland Clinic updates and testing info 

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health is performing drive-through testing at Martin North Hospital and Tradition Hospital for COVID-19 by appointment only.

Anyone over the age of 16 who has a fever and respiratory illness (such as cough, runny nose, sneezing) or any patient with a fever and gastrointestinal illness (such as diarrhea, vomiting) is eligible for testing. 

To receive an appointment, individuals who believe they may have symptoms of COVID-19 must first call a nurse triage hotline at 772.419.3360, between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday - Friday and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday - Sunday. 

Individuals who receive testing will be asked to self-quarantine until the results are received.

Directions and Hours for Testing Locations:

Martin North Hospital
200 SE Hospital Ave.
Stuart, Florida 34994

Testing Hours:
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Tradition Hospital
10000 SW Innovation Way
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987

Testing Hours:
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday



Emergency Information – 211 – St. Lucie County

24/7 Help Hotline: 211


St. Lucie County Emergency Operations Center(772) 465-5770


St. Lucie County School District info and resources


City of Port St. Lucie

City of Port St.Lucie website and City of Port St. Lucie Facebook page 


Keep in touch with the City of Port St. Lucie's Mayor through social media on City of PSL Mayor Greg Oravec's Facebook page


Port St. Lucie business owners can seek guidance and resources through the City of Port St. Lucie’s Business Navigator, Elijah Wooten, MBA. Visit the City of Port St. Lucie’s Financial & Business Resources during COVID-19 page here, or contact Elijah directly through email or by phone: 772-873-6374.


What’s Open for Business in Port St. Lucie. The City of Port St. Lucie values the products and services offered by businesses to its residents. During the COVID-19 national disaster, many businesses have temporarily closed or have limited operations. The City wants to assist in promoting businesses that are open, so residents can patronize those companies.  Click here for the most recent list, which is updated weekly.  When you get to the webpage, please scroll down to "Business Resources".


If you are open for business, please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey from the City.  Click here to take the Open For Business Survey.


Wellness Wednesday Newsletter

With Employee Wellness in mind, The Human Resources Department for the City of Port St. Lucie has created Wellness Wednesdays, a short, weekly newsletter including a featured article highlighting a topic of local interest, a Tasty Recipe and a Mindful Video.

The first edition included an article from the St. Lucie County Health Department titled “Support your Health with Nutrition,” a recipe for Roasted Veggie Flatbread, and a video on how to meditate.

This information was pulled from the City of Port St. Lucie's City Manager Bi-Weekly Report. To subscribe, click here.


City of Fort Pierce

City of Ft. Pierce website and City of Ft. Pierce Facebook Page


The City of Fort Pierce has launched a Disaster and Recovery Grant Program for residents and businesses. The grant program will open on Monday, May 4th. The grant program includes the following: 

  • Mortgage and Rental Assistance: provides a one-time payment equal to two months rent (not to exceed $3,000) and applicants must meet SHIP income guidelines
  • Small Business CDBG Emergency Relief Grant: provides a one-time payment (not to exceed $3,000) to assist small businesses (25 or fewer employees) with short term working capital
  • Small Business Relief Grant: provides a one-time payment (up to $7,500) to assist small businesses (26 to 100 employees) with short term working capital 

Click here for more information. 

 

Disclaimer: Please note, we have created this website as a community resource for St. Lucie County and to the best of our ability have tried to provide content that is true and accurate. These are challenging times and information is changing constantly. We give no assurance or warranty regarding the accuracy, timeliness, or applicability of any of the contents.