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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.
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.
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
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.