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September 5, 2017 8:52 AM

Hurricane Irma Updates

The City of Fort Pierce is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma and is urging residents to make preparations for the impacts to our area.

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Latest Update:

September 15, 2017 11:24 AM

St. Lucie Public Schools looks forward to welcoming all students and staff back to school on Monday, September 18th. SLPS will resume normal operations which includes transportation as well as before- and after-school programs and activities.

Prior Updates

September 14, 2017 11:19 AM

FEMA Assistance
Residents Contact FEMA Directly
1-800-621-3362
Fort Pierce – St. Lucie County’s 911 Call Center has received several calls from residents seeking financial assistance and/or reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) relating to costs associated with Hurricane Irma.
Residents seeking FEMA assistance should contact the federal agency directly; as local governments are not involved in the reimbursement/claims process for individuals or businesses. To see if you qualify for FEMA assistance for Hurricane Irma, please visit:
https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma or call 800-621-3362
Additionally, if residents plan to hire anyone to repair home damage; replace fences or make other repairs as a result of Hurricane Irma, be sure to employ a licensed and insured contractor and obtain building permits as required.
You can verify if a contractor is State Certified through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation by Searching at www.myfloridalicense.com. To find out if a contractor is locally licensed through the City of Fort Pierce, contact the City Clerk’s office at (772) 467-3065 or the Building Department at (772) 467-3718.

September 13, 2017 10:15 AM

Rescheduled Meetings-
The King Plant Redevelopment Pre-Qualification Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 13 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 3:00 PM.
Budget Hearing – 1st Reading of Ordinance has been rescheduled to Monday, 9/18/17 at 6:30 PM, a regular meeting
Special FPRA Meeting - Budget Hearing has been rescheduled to Monday, 9/18/17 at 5:45 PM
Budget Hearing – 2nd Reading of Ordinance has been rescheduled to Monday, 9/25/17 at 5:05 PM, a special meeting

September 13, 2017 10:14 AM

In the aftermath of disasters in which large numbers of buildings are damaged, there are likely to be opportunists posing as legitimate contractors willing to assist you in making needed repairs. The best way to avoid these unscrupulous or illegal operators is to ask for proof of both a current state contractor’s license and a certificate of worker’s compensation insurance.
For a list of licensed General Contractors in Fort Pierce, visit the link below:

City of Fort Pierce General Contractors
September 13, 2017 10:12 AM

IRSC - Due to the severity of Hurricane Irma's continuing issues for our students, faculty and staff, Indian River State College has made the decision to delay re-opening until Monday, September 18th. All employees who are able to return to the College are encouraged to do so to assess and secure their areas so that IRSC is ready to begin the Fall semester once again on Monday Morning.

Thank you for your understanding of this decision, and please continue to be safe as you travel back to the area and care of your families and homes.

IRSC
September 12, 2017 3:22 PM

PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Schools and District Offices will remain closed on Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15, 2017.

Afterschool and athletic activities are also suspended.

Please stay tuned to social media outlets, our local media partners, the District’s web page, and School Messenger for updates about a date certain for St. Lucie Public Schools to open.

SLPS Facebook
September 12, 2017 2:28 PM

Sabal Chase, Bent Creek & Lakes at Savannah’s:
Fort Pierce Police Department will be alternating between the Sabal Chase, Bent Creek and Lake’s at Savannah’s communities throughout the day today. Residents needing a ride out should flag down FPPD.

September 12, 2017 2:26 PM

TRASH: Trash collection will resume normal service on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Normal household garbage and recycling collection will take place on the resident’s next scheduled day. Residents with yard waste and storm debris should separate material in two piles along the right of way, not in the road. Please take care not to block access to fire hydrants and utility boxes. Avoid placing debris under low hanging wires.

September 12, 2017 2:25 PM

SHELTERS: All of St. Lucie County’s general population shelters and the pet-friendly shelter have been deactivated and those residents been released. The county’s Special Needs Shelter at the Fenn Center is still in the process of being demobilized. Those residents that have been displaced because of Hurricane Irma are being sent to the emergency shelter at the Percy Peek Gym, 2902 Avenue D in Fort Pierce, thanks to assistance from the American Red Cross, the City of Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County.

September 11, 2017 9:59 AM

Flooding is a major issue for Fort Pierce and residents are urged to stay off the roads for their safety. The depth of the water is unclear on many roads as well as what could be in the water including downed power lines. St. Lucie County will deliver the "all clear" once it is safe for residents to venture out. Here's a list of road closures provided by St. Lucie County: http://stlucieco.gov/home/showdocument?id=5988

September 11, 2017 9:59 AM

FPUA: Fort Pierce Utilities Authority has doubled their restoration and vegetation management crews so that service can be restored as quickly as possible. The FPUA Outage Tracker can be found at www.fpua.com

September 11, 2017 9:58 AM

BRIDGES:
At this time, only residents and business owners of South Hutchinson Island are allowed to cross South Bridge.

North Bridge is currently inaccessible due to downed power lines.

September 10, 2017 12:23 PM

ST LUCIE SCHOOLS: Schools and District Offices will remain closed on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

We will continue to share updates as they are available.
Please continue to depend on the SLPS web page, social media outlets, School Messenger, and our local media partners for information about public safety and resources.

Las escuelas y oficina central de St. Lucie permanecerán cerradas el martes 12 de septiembre del 2017.

Seguiremos compartiendo la más reciente información a medida en que esté disponible.

Por favor utilice nuestra página de internet, páginas sociales, mensaje telefónico y la prensa local para mas información sobre seguridad pública y recursos disponibles.

September 10, 2017 11:23 AM

Please do not venture out. Fort Pierce is experiencing heavy flooding and many roads are closed.

September 10, 2017 11:05 AM

If you plan on evacuating from Hutchinson Island, NOW is the time. Both North and South Causeway bridges to Hutchinson Island will close at 12 p.m. to all traffic, including residents.

September 10, 2017 8:25 AM

St. Lucie County Road Conditions as of 6am. Several roads are flooded, please do not drive.

Road Conditions
September 9, 2017 10:56 AM

GARBAGE: Garbage collection has been suspended until after the storm. Residents are reminded to secure their trash and recycling carts before the storm as well as any other debris that can become projectiles in wind events.

September 9, 2017 10:49 AM

SOUTH BRIDGE: South Bridge will remain open only to Hutchinson Island residents and business-owners with proof of residency or ownership. While residents and business owners with identification may be allowed on to the Island at this time, South Bridge will be closed once conditions are deemed too dangerous to safely cross. Anyone still on the Island after the bridge closes does so at the risk of being shut off from emergency services until the bridge is reopened.

September 9, 2017 10:47 AM

EVACUATION: Given the current track, evacuation orders have been modified for residents on North and South Hutchinson Island, in low-laying areas and those living in manufactured homes. There is now a voluntary evacuation order in effect for those residents. City officials are urging residents to heed the evacuation orders since the forecast track is ever-changing and uncertain. Visit the link below for an evacuation zone map.

Evacuation Map
September 8, 2017 1:30 PM

SCHOOL CLOSURES: St. Lucie Public Schools and District Offices will remain closed on Monday, September 11, 2017. Many schools are serving a vital role as shelters for displaced residents. Please continue to depend on the SLPS web page, social media outlets, School Messenger, and our local media partners for updates.

September 8, 2017 1:28 PM

SECURE GARBAGE CARTS: Residents are reminded to secure their trash and recycling carts before the storm. They can become projectiles in wind events.

September 8, 2017 1:27 PM

SOUTH BRIDGE CLOSURE: South Bridge will remain open to Hutchinson Island residents and business-owners until conditions deteriorate. The City of Fort Pierce cannot speculate exactly when that closure will occur. City officials are urging residents to heed the mandatory evacuation beginning today at 3:00 PM for the barrier islands, low-lying areas and manufactured homes.
To determine if you are located in an evacuation zone, please visit link below:

Evacuation Zones
September 8, 2017 8:39 AM

PARKING GARAGE: We have received several questions about parking in the City of Fort Pierce parking garage during the storm. The garage is open 24/7 and parking is at your own risk.. Please note: The parking garage is filling up.

September 8, 2017 8:39 AM

GARBAGE: Garbage collection will continue through today, Friday, Sept. 8. Now is not the time to do major yard work and we are asking residents to please refrain from cutting down whole trees or doing major projects until the storm passes. Residents should not place any debris at the curb now that a Hurricane Watch has been issued.

September 8, 2017 8:38 AM

EVACUATIONS:
Mandatory evacuations will be issued for residents on North & South Hutchinson Island, in low-laying areas and those living in manufactured homes, starting today at 3 p.m. Once residents leave those areas, they will not be allowed re-entry until the storm passes and public safety official have cleared the roads. For a maps of shelters and evacuations routes visit: www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane .
Mayor Linda Hudson urges residents to heed the evacuation warnings, watch the video here:

Message from Mayor Hudson Regarding Evacuations
September 7, 2017 5:44 PM

Hurricane Irma Advisory #4
September 7, 2017, 5:30 PM
Contact: Shyanne Helms, 772.467.3034

The City of Fort Pierce continues to closely monitor Hurricane Irma and is exhausting all efforts to ensure that our city is ready for potential impacts, we urge residents to do the same.

As of Thursday at 5:30 PM, here is the latest information:
Evacuations:
Mandatory evacuations of both North and South Hutchinson Island, low-lying areas and mobile homes will begin Friday at 3 pm.

Shelters:
St. Lucie County will open the special needs shelter on Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., which is located at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce. Residents planning to use the special needs shelter must pre-register at www.stlucieco.gov/eoc
The following four general population shelters will open on Friday at 3:00 PM:
Westwood High School, 1801 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, which will also serve as a pet-friendly shelter. Residents need to bring crates for their pets, as well as food, water and litter. All pets must have up-to-date vaccinations. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce.
Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. Port St. Lucie.
Westgate K-8 School, 1050 NE Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie.
Additional shelters will open on Saturday.

Gas shortage:
The Governor recommends that residents download the "GasBuddy" app on their cell phone to locate fuel at gas stations in their area. (www.gasbuddy.com).

September 7, 2017 5:06 PM

Watch the video below for helpful hurricane tips from Fort Pierce Utilities Authority:

FPUA Hurricane Tips
September 7, 2017 9:52 AM

Hurricane Irma Advisory #3
September 7, 2017, 9:30 AM
Contact: Shyanne Helms, 772.467.3034

The City of Fort Pierce continues to closely monitor Hurricane Irma and is exhausting all efforts to ensure that our city is ready for potential impacts, we urge residents to do the same.

As of Thursday morning at 9:30 am, here is the latest information:

Barrier Island Re-Entry Program: With all county offices closed today, the last chance for residents to get a barrier island re-entry placard is from 9 am to noon today at the Fire Station #8 on SOUTH HUTCHINSON ISLAND near Jensen Beach, 7583 S. Ocean Drive (A1A). To receive this placard, each resident must produce two forms of proof that they reside on the barrier island such as a utility bill with a local address along with a local driver’s license. One placard is issued for each household.

Shelters: St. Lucie County will open the special needs shelter on Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., which is located at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce. Residents planning to use the special needs shelter must pre-register at www.stlucieco.gov/eoc
Eight general population shelters will open on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m.:

· Residents are reminded that shelters are places of last resort. Those planning to stay at a shelter should bring food, water, blankets, pillows and medications.
Evacuations: There are no mandatory evacuations at this time. However voluntary evacuations are encouraged, especially for mobile homes, low-laying areas and the barrier islands.

Communication: The City of Fort Pierce is working closely with St. Lucie County Public Safety and community partners to provide residents with updated information as it becomes available. Residents are encouraged to keep their phones charged and stay tuned to advisories on the City of Fort Pierce website, city social media pages and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27.
· There is an “Emergency Alert” feed dedicated to sharing information regarding Hurricane Irma on the city’s website: http://cityoffortpierce.com/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=Hurricane-Irma-Updates-17
· Residents should stay alert to forecast changes by reliable sources and have hurricane plans in place.
· Mayor Linda Hudson shares information about the importance of communication during Hurricane Irma: https://youtu.be/6lWb9tRP_6c. Be there for your neighbors, we’re all in this together.
· St. Lucie County's Information Hotlines are open if you have questions about Hurricane Irma - 772-460-HELP (4357). There website also has the most current information provided by the Emergency Operations Center: http://stlucieco.gov/departments-services/a-z/public-safety/hurricane-irma
· A press conference was held at the EOC on Wednesday, 9/6 at 5:00 PM: http://bit.ly/2gPvr25

Solid Waste: Now is not the time to do major yard work and we are asking residents to please refrain from cutting down whole trees or doing major projects until the storm passes. Residents should not place any debris at the curb after a Hurricane Watch or Warning is issued.
· Trash Collection will remain as regularly scheduled on Thursday and Friday.
· Residents should secure their garbage and recycling carts before the storm.

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority: This storm is capable of causing widespread power outages and property damage. At this time, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority continues to prepare for the upcoming storm, securing buildings, vehicles and property. FPUA Customer Service lobby will be open until 5 pm on Thursday, September 7th. All FPUA offices will be closed on Friday, September 8th. As information changes, updates will be available on FPUA’s website at www.FPUA.com
· Create a hurricane survival kit that includes: first aid supplies; water (at least one gallon/person/day); batteries; flashlights; battery powered radio; manual can opener; prescriptions; baby food and diapers; pet food; canned foods; cash; tarps; rope; bleach; trash bags; charcoal or gas grill with plenty of fuel; wooden kitchen matches; and a portable cooler. Don’t forget a hard-wire, corded phone; cordless phones will not work during a power outage.
· Following a power outage, unplug all your large appliances and electronics to prevent power surges when electricity is restored, which can often damage equipment and create fire hazards.
· Remember the “three don’ts” when using generators: DON’T run a generator in the house; DON’T run a generator in the garage; and, DON’T plug the generator directly into your home’s main electrical system. The first two can lead to asphyxiation and the third can send an electrical charge back into the power grid, posing an electrocution hazard to utility workers. DO run the generator outside in a well ventilated area and DO plug individual appliances directly into the generator.
· If your home is flooded, turn off your electrical power until a professional inspects it thoroughly.
· If you smell gas evacuate immediately and call FPUA’s emergency phone number at 772-466-7703.
· NEVER use a grill, gas or charcoal, inside your home. Only use outdoors in a well ventilated area.
· Make sure you have current identification. You might have to pass through identification check points before being allowed access to your home or neighborhood.
· After the storm, check to see if your home’s weatherhead is damaged – it is located above the electric meter where the wires come out of the pipe. Utility workers cannot reconnect service if this piece of equipment – which is the homeowner’s responsibility – is damaged. If your weatherhead needs repair, please contact a licensed electrician.
· FPUA often cannot respond to individual customers with special needs during or immediately after a storm. When warned of an incoming storm, have a plan in place for evacuating people with special needs.
· Capture water in your water heater by turning off power to the unit and closing the water valves. If you lose water pressure, you will have about 40 gallons of fresh water stored in the tank. Store additional water in your bathtub and fill the washing machine with water. This water supply can be used for cleaning or to operate your toilets.
· Clear your patio and yard of lawn furniture, toys, potted plants, and other debris that can blow around in high winds, causing damage or injury. Bring these items indoors or place them in a garage. Never
· Prior to the storm, identify the places around your home where you can shut off your gas, water and electricity. In an emergency, you might need to turn them off quickly.
· If you lose water service or experience a drop in water pressure during or after the storm, boil all tap water used for drinking or cooking for the next 48 hours (or use bottled water).
· Report broken sewer or water lines to FPUA’s emergency numbers – 772-466-7703.
· Don’t touch loose or dangling wires. Call FPUA’s emergency number, 772-466-7703 to report damage to utility lines or poles.

Transit: The Treasure Coast Connector fixed route service will run a regular service on Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8 – unless winds require that the vehicles to be taken off the road. At this time, service is not expected to be available Saturday, Sept. 9. With regard to demand/response, regular service has been canceled for Thursday and Friday and trips for dialysis will only be provided on those days and will be available for special needs transport as directed.

EOC: The EOC will go to Level 2 Activation (partial activation) Thursday morning, and Level 1 Activation (full activation) Friday morning.

Fort Pierce City Marina: The Fort Pierce City Marina is advising tenants to relocate their vessels. Fort Pierce City Marina may disconnect electricity and water supply as deemed necessary prior to the storm. Questions related to the marina can be directed to 772-464-1245 or the evening phone 772-979-4019.

Inspections: The City of Fort Pierce will be suspending regular inspections until after the storm passes.

City Hall is closed to the public today and tomorrow.

We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

September 7, 2017 7:59 AM

Shelter Update: St. Lucie County will open the special needs shelter on Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., which is located at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce. Residents planning to use the special needs shelter must pre-register at www.stlucieco.gov/eoc.

Eight general population shelters will open on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m.:

Westwood High School, 1801 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, which will also serve as a pet-friendly shelter. Residents need to bring crates for their pets, as well as food, water and litter. All pets must have up-to-date vaccinations. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce.
Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. Port St. Lucie.
Westgate K-8 School, 1050 NE Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie.
Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Road, Fort Pierce,
Oak Hammock Elementary, 1251 SW California Blvd, Port St Lucie.
Samuel S. Gaines Academy, 2250 S Jenkins Rd, Fort Pierce.
Parkway Elementary School, 7000 NW Selvitz Rd, Port St Lucie.
Residents are reminded that shelters are places of last resort. Those planning to stay at a shelter should bring food, water, blankets, pillows and medications.

St Lucie County Website
September 6, 2017 5:10 PM

Meeting/Event Cancellations:
· City Hall will be closed to the public on Thursday, 9/7 and Friday, 9/8.
· The September 11th Memorial scheduled for Monday, 9/11 at 10am has been cancelled.
· The Conference Agenda meeting scheduled for Monday, 9/11 is rescheduled for Thursday, September 21st at 9:00 AM.
· The Budget Hearing scheduled for Monday, 9/11 is being rescheduled.
· The FPRA Budget Hearing meeting scheduled for Monday, 9/11 is being rescheduled.

Solid Waste Collection on Thursday and Friday:
· Trash Collection will remain as regularly scheduled on Thursday and Friday.
· The City of Fort Pierce is exhausting all efforts to remove all debris from city right of ways. For example, there are six grapple trucks running today that were not regularly scheduled.
· Solid Waste has added 3 additional sanitation trucks per day until wind conditions force us to stop. There are usually only 4 trucks running total on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Additional Info on Solid Waste and Storm Prep Information:
You can never be too prepared for a hurricane of any size. Our employees are working around the clock to ensure that our residents are safe and that the streets are cleared of debris. Stormwater maintenance will be continuous until wind conditions force trucks to stop.
Now is not the time to do major yard work and we are asking residents to please refrain from cutting down whole trees or doing major projects until the storm passes. Residents should not place any debris at the curb after a Hurricane Watch or Warning is issued.
The City of Fort Pierce is working with the St. Lucie County Emergency Operations Center to monitor the storm’s potential path. We need the help of every resident for the efficient removal of debris leading up to and after the storm.
Residents are also urged to secure their garbage and recycling carts before the storm.

Communication:
· Residents are encouraged to keep their phones charged and stay tuned to advisories on the City of Fort Pierce website, city social media pages and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. There is an “Emergency Alert” feed dedicated to sharing information regarding Hurricane Irma on the city’s website: http://cityoffortpierce.com/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=Hurricane-Irma-Updates-17
· Residents should stay alert to forecast changes by reliable sources and have hurricane plans in place.
Here’s a message from Mayor Linda Hudson regarding Hurricane Irma: https://youtu.be/6lWb9tRP_6c

St. Lucie County:
St. Lucie County's Information Hotlines are open if you have questions about Hurricane Irma - 772-460-HELP (4357)
St. Lucie County Public Safety officials will provide a live update at 5 p.m. from the Emergency Operations Center on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StLucieGOV?_rdr
St. Lucie County offices, libraries and facilities will be closed Thursday, Sept. 7, Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9.

Shelters:
St. Lucie County EOC has shelters available, we will distribute the specifics once we receive that information. Here’s the map of Emergency Shelters and Evacuation Routes: http://www.stlucieco.gov/home/showdocument?id=5549
Residents will special needs must pre-register, here: http://bit.ly/2j166Dg

Fort Pierce City Marina:
The Fort Pierce City Marina is advising tenants to relocate their vessels. Fort Pierce City Marina may disconnect electricity and water supply as deemed necessary prior to the storm. Questions related to the marina can be directed to 772-464-1245 or the evening phone 772-979-4019.

St. Lucie Public Schools:
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) will be closed on Thursday, September 7th and Friday, September 8th. All after-school activities and athletic events with the exception of Boys and Girls Clubs and 21st Century are cancelled on Wednesday, September 6th. Students in these two afterschool programs must be picked up by 5:30 pm. Please monitor postings as SLPS will continue to publish updates via our web page, social media outlets, and School Messenger to help you stay informed about local conditions and plans for school operations.

Tolls Suspended:
Governor Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to suspend tolls across the entire State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma. By suspending all tolls, Floridians and visitors will more easily be able to prepare for any potential storm impacts, access important hurricane supplies, and quickly and safely evacuate when necessary. Governor Scott said, “In preparation for the potential impacts of Hurricane Irma, I have directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend all tolls across the State of Florida to keep traffic flowing. They will be suspended for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida. Ensuring the safety of Florida families and visitors is our top priority and suspending tolls statewide will help people quickly evacuate and make it easier for all Floridians to access important hurricane supplies to ensure they are fully prepared. FDOT has been in constant contact with local districts and stands ready to provide traffic assistance alongside the Florida Highway Patrol and their law enforcement partners. We are continuing to closely monitor the developments of Hurricane Irma and will continue to take aggressive action to keep our state safe.”

19th Judicial Circuit Courts:
Due to the threat of Hurricane Irma, Chief Judge Metzger has closed the 19th Judicial Circuit Courts on Thursday, September 7th and Friday September 8th. Please check their website: www.circuit19.org, our emergency telephone line: 772-742-9229, FB page and Twitter account for updates.

Comcast Opens Xfinity Wifi Service across Florida to Aid Residents and Emergency Personnel:
To help residents and emergency personnel stay connected if Hurricane Irma makes its anticipated landfall in Florida, Comcast is opening its more than 137,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout the state to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers, for free. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, please visit Xfinity.com/wifi.

TCPalm:
To provide our community with important public-safety information about Hurricane Irma, TCPalm has temporarily suspended its paywall.
Readers can access an unlimited number of stories on our site, regardless of subscription status.
For updated information about this storm, go to TCPalm's Hurricane Irma page: http://www.tcpalm.com/weather/hurricanes/

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority:
Fort Pierce Utilities Authority will be closed to the public on Friday, August 8, 2017.

Inspections:
The City of Fort Pierce will not be conducting any regular inspections on Thursday, August 7 nor Friday, August 8.

We will continue to provide information as it becomes available.

September 6, 2017 2:22 PM

St. Lucie County's Information Hotlines are open if you have questions about Hurricane Irma - 772-460-HELP (4357)

September 6, 2017 1:31 PM

Here's a message from our Mayor Linda Hudson regarding Hurricane Irma.

Video
September 6, 2017 1:16 PM

Solid Waste Collection on Thursday and Friday:
Trash Collection will remain as regularly scheduled on Thursday and Friday.
The City of Fort Pierce is exhausting all efforts to remove all debris from city right of ways.

September 6, 2017 12:08 PM

COMCAST OPENS FREE XFINITY WIFI SERVICE ACROSS FLORIDA TO AID RESIDENTS, EMERGENCY PERSONNEL

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – September 6, 2017 - To help residents and emergency personnel stay connected if Hurricane Irma makes its anticipated landfall in Florida, Comcast is opening its more than 137,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout the state to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers, for free.

For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, please visit Xfinity.com/wifi.

Once in range of a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Xfinity internet customers can sign in with their usernames and passwords and they will be automatically connected to Xfinity WiFi hotspots in the future.

Non-Xfinity internet subscribers should visit the “Not an Xfinity Internet Customer” section on the sign-in page to get started. Non-customers will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every 2 hours through September 15, 2017.

“We know it’s critically important for everyone to have a means of communication at their disposal before, during and after a storm with the potential impact of Hurricane Irma,” said Amy Smith, senior vice president for Comcast’s Florida Region. “By activating our WiFi hotspot network across the state now before the storm, we increase the chance that more people can stay connected. It’s something we’re proud to do for our communities and our state at a time when we all need to support each other.”


Xfinity
September 6, 2017 9:32 AM

The September 11th CeeCee Ross Lyles Memorial scheduled for Monday, September 11 at 10:00 AM at the River Walk Center has been cancelled due to the Hurricane Irma.

September 5, 2017 5:38 PM

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) will be closed on Thursday, September 7th and Friday, September 8th.
All after-school activities and athletic events with the exception of Boys and Girls Clubs and 21st Century are cancelled on Wednesday, September 6th. Students in these two afterschool programs must be picked up by 5:30 pm.
Please monitor postings as SLPS will continue to publish updates via our web page, social media outlets, and School Messenger to help you stay informed about local conditions and plans for school operations.

SLPS Facebook
September 5, 2017 5:37 PM

Today, Governor Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to suspend tolls across the entire State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma. By suspending all tolls, Floridians and visitors will more easily be able to prepare for any potential storm impacts, access important hurricane supplies, and quickly and safely evacuate when necessary.

Governor Scott said, “In preparation for the potential impacts of Hurricane Irma, I have directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend all tolls across the State of Florida to keep traffic flowing. They will be suspended for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida. Ensuring the safety of Florida families and visitors is our top priority and suspending tolls statewide will help people quickly evacuate and make it easier for all Floridians to access important hurricane supplies to ensure they are fully prepared. FDOT has been in constant contact with local districts and stands ready to provide traffic assistance alongside the Florida Highway Patrol and their law enforcement partners. We are continuing to closely monitor the developments of Hurricane Irma and will continue to take aggressive action to keep our state safe.”

State of Florida
September 5, 2017 5:30 PM

The City of Fort Pierce is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma and is encouraging residents to make preparations in the event that this major hurricane impacts our area. Residents should stay alert to forecast changes by reliable sources and have hurricane plans in place.

The City has initiated storm preparation activities including removing debris from streets and ensuring that stormwater infrastructure is free from obstructions. The Fort Pierce Utilities Authority is securing all vital equipment and working with Florida Municipal Electric Association to activate its Mutual Aid Network if additional resources are required after the weather has passed.

We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website at www.cityoffortpierce.com, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents are also urged to sign up for St. Lucie County's Alert St. Lucie program to get emergency notifications sent directly to their phone, email or text: www.stlucieco.gov/Alert

While no decisions have been made regarding shelters in our area, residents with special needs must pre-register. For details, visit St. Lucie County’s website at: http://bit.ly/2j166Dg

The track and impact of Hurricane Irma will become clearer over the next few days. Residents and businesses should use this time to prepare. If you do not have an emergency plan, visit: http://floridadisaster.org/getaplan/

Fort Pierce City Hall will be closed to the public on Thursday, September 7 and Friday, September 8. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

September 5, 2017 8:55 AM

The latest update from the National Weather Service as of 8:00AM this morning has Hurricane Irma stregthening and continuing its projected forecast. Please continue to monitor this storm. Review your hurricane checklist and update any supplies necessary. The City of Fort Pierce will continue to provide updates. For additional information visit the National Hurricane Center website at the link below.

National Hurricane Center