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PORT OF FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA
July 22, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Second Public Work Session Port of Fort Pierce Master Underway July 29 & 31
“In what ways might the Port of Fort Pierce evolve to meet community economic and social opportunities?” This is the central question posed by St. Lucie County and its consultants’ Atkins and Moffatt & Nichol as it embarks on the update of the Ports Master Plan.
The Port of Fort Pierce is one of Florida’s 14 deepwater seaports. Initially created as a maritime freight and logistics center for the movement of agricultural products and other cargos from the Treasure Coast, today’s Port of Fort Pierce functions as a hybrid of working waterfront elements and community infrastructure. It is unlike most of the more traditional cargo and cruise dominant seaports in Florida.
Every five years, Florida Seaports are required to update their long-range master plan to identify, guide, and coordinate port development and ensure alignment with local comprehensive planning. This master plan update—along with ongoing investment in the new Derecktor Shipyard—marks an important milestone for the Port and its working waterfront. The Port of Fort Pierce is poised for a renaissance that holds potential to grow new economic and other beneficial impacts for the residents of St. Lucie County and the surrounding region. Charting a roadmap forward for the Port to achieve these ends is critical.
Plan update commenced in May and will continue throughout the summer, with draft and final plans readied in September. The effort includes two public engagement opportunities, the first of which occurred June 25 through July 12, and the second outreach session will occur from July 24 to Aug. 9. While the first grouping of public outreach focused on County residents’ desire for their Port, this second series of outreach events will encourage the community to weigh in on several preliminary future visions of the Port. Through the project website — www.planportFP.com — community members can learn more about the project, participate in a survey on the mission and core tenets, review initial draft concepts, and sign-up for project email blasts.
Due to continued health and safety issues arising from COVID-19, in-person community meetups have been replaced with online livestreaming events scheduled for Thursday, July 29and Friday, July 31.
During these virtual sessions, participants will learn more about the project, review the initial draft concepts in further detail, and ask questions of the consultant team. The established times for these sessions are as follows:
Each event will provide background materials and be logged on the website for community viewing at a later date, along with all other prepared Master Planning materials. Links to log into these events will be provided directly on the project website — www.planportFP.com — and St. Lucie County social media channels.
Two drop-in poster locations are available to view the posters and complete the survey in person at Treasure Coast International Airport and Business Park, 3000 Curtis King Bvld., Fort Pierce (gallery location inside main terminal door) and St. Lucie County Administration Complex, 2300 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce (gallery located outside, west entrance/25th street). The locations will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with posters exhibited until Friday, July 31. County staff will be available to answer questions in person at the Downtown Farmer’s Market Tabling on Saturday, July 25 and Saturday, Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon.
For more information on the Port of Fort Pierce Master Plan, please go to www.planportFP.com.