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July 30, 2020 5:28 PM

COVID-19 Update #22
City of Fort Pierce
July 30, 2020, 5:00 PM
772-467-3000
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

FREE DRIVE-THRU FOOD DISTRIBUTION
The City of Fort Pierce will host a free drive-thru food distribution event in partnership with St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, tomorrow, July 31 at 10AM at Ilous Ellis Park (1211 Avenue M).

ST LUCIE COUNTY GRANT PROGRAM
With the goal of providing some economic relief to smaller businesses that were hardest hit in St. Lucie County due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Lucie County Economic Development Council (EDC) is spearheading a new program that offers grants to local businesses. Businesses with up to 3 employees will be eligible for grants up to $5,000 and businesses with 4 to 10 employees will be eligible for grants up to $7,500. The application process will launch on Monday, August 3.

The grants, which do not have to be repaid, will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying businesses with 10 or fewer employees and total revenue of less than $1 million. Grants may be used to cover expenses during a forced closure and incurred to safely reopen. Grant funds will not be approved to replace lost revenue. Funding is available to businesses economically injured due to the pandemic and businesses mandated to close or curtail operations due to COVID-19. They include small businesses in hardest hit industries such as hospitality, retail, entertainment, food and beverage, and personal services.

The application process will be conducted in phases, with priority given to businesses that did not receive any funding through other federal, state or local programs related to COVID-19. Other eligibility requirements also apply and should be reviewed carefully before spending time submitting an application. Grant funds can be used to cover mortgage, rent, utilities, reopening costs and new operational expenses needed to ensure safety measures are in place.

“We anticipate high demand for these grants and encourage all eligible small businesses to apply. We’ve made the process as simple as possible, with a web portal www.recoverstlucie.org that contains guidelines and eligibility requirements, as well as a checklist of documents needed before completing the online application,” said Cathy Townsend, Chair of the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners and Chair of the St. Lucie County Tourist Development Council. “I encourage everyone to make sure they continue to be safe and healthy.”

If all necessary documentation is pulled together in advance it can take as little as 30 minutes to complete the application. Incomplete or inaccurate information could lead to a delay in processing or denial.

Assistance will be available to help business owners complete the application. A webinar hosted by the EDC’s Virtual Business Recovery Center on Friday, July 31 at 9:00 a.m. will also help educate business owners on the application process. Click here to register for the webinar: https://fit.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kfuivrTwjHNcxheBhai7-FUz7xkysSsRV

St. Lucie County received $13.8 million from the State of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These funds are being used to assist residents as well as businesses, with about $4 million allocated specifically for small business assistance grants. The application process is being administered by St. Lucie County in partnership with the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.

For more detailed small business assistance grant information, including eligibility requirements and the online application, go to www.recoverstlucie.org or call 772.336.6285.

CITY OF FORT PIERCE GRANTS UPDATE
On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, the Fort Pierce City Commission approved the COVID-19 Recovery Assistance Plan which included a series of grants supporting residents, businesses, and community-based efforts. The grants aimed to provide immediate assistance to residents and businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The City's goal was to help offset the loss of income or revenue during this pandemic. For residents, the City of Fort Pierce offered mortgage and rental assistance of 2 months’ rent/mortgage up to $3,000. For businesses, the City offered two small business relief grants. Businesses with 25 employees or less were eligible for a one-time grant of $3,000 and businesses with 26 to 100 employees were eligible for a one-time grant for $7,500. The program officially launched on Monday, May 4, 2020 and at the close of business Wednesday, May 6, 2020, received over 1,400 prescreening/ applications. The City closed the prescreening and application process on Friday, May 8, at noon to process the applications that were received. The City of Fort Pierce approved 36 recipients for mortgage and rental assistance totaling $62,687.96 and 36 recipients for small businesses totaling $108,000.00, overall providing $170,687.96 in assistance through the COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Grant Program.

FACIAL COVERINGS
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners passed Ordinance N. 2020-021 requiring everyone to wear a facial covering when social distancing isn’t possible both for indoor and outdoor settings. Face coverings, which cover both the nose and mouth, must be worn by all individuals at indoor or outdoor public places and businesses including retails stores, offices and restaurants. Those dining, both indoor or outdoor, do not have to wear facial coverings while consuming food or beverages. Subject to certain exemptions. For more information, please visit: www.stlucieco.gov/covid-19

SCHOOL SUPPLIES
As families prepare for the opening of school on August 24 and the cancellation of many programs that offered free school supplies, the City of Fort Pierce plans to step in and fill the gap by planning a free Back to School supplies distribution on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at the Percy Peek Gymnasium. The goal is to distribute 1,000 preassembled pandemic-readiness backpacks complete with 3 disposable masks, hand sanitizer and a 20-piece school supply kit. More information to come.

FORT PIERCE UTILITIES
At the July 21, 2020, meeting, the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) Board voted to extend the suspension of disconnects for non-payment until September 5th, 2020. This extension will allow FPUA customers additional time to set up payment plans or seek assistance to avoid interruption of their utility service. “We agree with the Board’s decision to give customers additional time to bring their accounts current, take advantage of FPUA payment plans, or seek funding assistance,” said John Tompeck, Director of Utilities. For more information, please visit: https://fpua.com/Home/Communications/News.aspx?NewsId=181

GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS
For a complete list of executive orders issued by Governor DeSantis regarding COVID-19, please visit: https://www.flgov.com/2020-executive-orders/.

CITY HALL ACCESS
City Hall is currently open to the public by appointment only. In addition, temperature checks will be implemented and mandated for all employees, visitors, contractors, and delivery personnel that attempt to enter City Hall.

CITY FACILITY PUBLIC ACCESS
• City Hall – Open by appointment only. Call (772) 467-3000.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Open by appointment only. Call (772) 467-6800.
• Sunrise Theatre – Open and practicing social distancing.
• City Marina – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Beaches – Open.
• Parks – Open.
• Boat Ramps – Open.

HELPFUL CONTACTS
St. Lucie County Public Information:
https://www.stlucieco.gov/
https://recoverstlucie.org/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/

COMMUNICATIONS
Citizens may subscribe to receive email and text messaged updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website. Visit https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information for updated information and community resources regarding COVID-19.

Prior Updates

July 1, 2020 6:44 PM

COVID-19 Update #21
City of Fort Pierce
July 1, 2020, 6:30 PM
772-467-3000
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

BEACHES & BOAT RAMPS
In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, St. Lucie County will be closing all public beach accesses on North and South Hutchinson Island Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5. This closure includes all of the beach parking lots in the unincorporated area as well as the City Limits of Fort Pierce. Additionally, the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park and Avalon Beach will be closing for the holiday weekend. The City of Fort Pierce beaches and their associated parks including South Causeway Park and Jaycee Park will be closed from 7AM on Friday, July 3 until 7AM on Tuesday, July 7. All city and county boat ramps remain open.

FACIAL COVERINGS
The primary focus for the City of Fort Pierce is to provide a safe environment for all citizens. We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely, and we are working with our community partners, such as the Florida Department of Health of St. Lucie County, to ensure that the most current information is being effectively communicated. Furthermore, we are following the guidelines of the CDC, and are strongly urging visitors of any city facility and our employees to wear a facemask and practice social distancing in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

CITY HALL ACCESS
City Hall is currently open to the public by appointment only. In addition, temperature checks will be implemented and mandated for all employees, visitors, contractors, and delivery personnel that attempt to enter City Hall.

CITY FACILITY PUBLIC ACCESS
• City Hall – Open by appointment only. Call (772) 467-3000.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Open by appointment only. Call (772) 467-6800.
• Sunrise Theatre – Open and practicing social distancing.
• City Marina – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Beaches – Closed.
• Parks – Open with the exception of South Causeway and Jaycee Parks 7/3-7/7.
• Boat Ramps – Open.

HELPFUL CONTACTS
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
https://www.stlucieco.gov/
https://recoverstlucie.org/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/

Florida Community Health Centers / Fort Pierce
Drive-Thru Testing
772-461-1402
https://www.fchcinc.org/

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
Tent Testing
772-419-3360
https://www.martinhealth.org/

COMMUNICATIONS
Citizens may subscribe to receive email and text messaged updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website. Visit https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information for updated information and community resources regarding COVID-19.

June 25, 2020 11:09 AM

COVID-19 Update #20
City of Fort Pierce
June 25, 2020, 10:45 AM
772-467-3000
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS DISPLAY
In an effort to take preventative measures against COVID-19 by avoiding large gatherings, this year's July 4th fireworks display has been postponed until further notice. The City is working with Main Street Fort Pierce to host the event at a later date, prospectively Labor Day Weekend. The City of Fort Pierce shall continue to adhere to CDC, state and federal guidelines in order to reopen our community in a safe and calculated manner.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION
The City of Fort Pierce will host Operation Dinner Table, a free drive-thru food assistance event, this Saturday, June 27 from 9:00am to noon at Percy Peek Gymnasium, 2902 Avenue D. Operation Dinner Table was created to help those in need who have been impacted by COVID-19. For more information, call 772-465-4170

CITY HALL ACCESS
City Hall is currently open to the public by appointment only. In addition, temperature checks will be implemented and mandated for all employees, visitors, contractors, and delivery personnel that attempt to enter City Hall beginning Friday, June 26. Access to City Hall will only be allowed through the east doors adjacent to the lobby.

FACIAL COVERINGS
The primary focus of the City of Fort Pierce is to provide a safe environment for all citizens. We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely, and we are working with our community partners, such as the Florida Department of Health of St. Lucie County, to ensure that the most current information is being effectively communicated. Furthermore, we are following the guidelines of the CDC, and are strongly urging visitors of any city facility and our employees to wear a facemask and practice social distancing in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

DEVELOPMENT FEES REDUCTION
In an effort to support the private sector development and business communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Fort Pierce has temporarily modified the planning department development fees through November 30, 2020. The adjustment includes suspending the Pre-Application meeting, Sign Permit, and Sidewalk Café Permit application fees and reducing the application fee for non-residential site plans for projects 4,001 square feet and larger and residential site plans with 21 or more units.

VIRTUAL BUSINESS RECOVERY CENTER
The St. Lucie County Economic Development Council Virtual Business Recovery Center is a FREE service to assist business owners economically impacted by COVID-19. Working in partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College, the SBDC assists entrepreneurs in every stage of the business life cycle by providing the professional expertise, tools, and information necessary to make sound business decisions in a complex and ever-changing marketplace. If you need business assistance, please call 772-336-6258 or visit: https://youredc.com/vbrc

CITY FACILITY PUBLIC ACCESS
• City Hall – Open by appointment only. Call (772) 467-3000.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Open by appointment only. Call (772) 467-6800.
• Sunrise Theatre – Open and practicing social distancing.
• City Marina – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Beaches – Open.
• Parks – Open.
• Boat Ramps – Open.

HELPFUL CONTACTS
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
https://www.stlucieco.gov/
https://recoverstlucie.org/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/

Florida Community Health Centers / Fort Pierce
Drive-Thru Testing
772-461-1402
https://www.fchcinc.org/

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
Tent Testing
772-419-3360
https://www.martinhealth.org/

COMMUNICATIONS
Citizens may subscribe to receive email and text messaged updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website. Visit https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information for updated information and community resources regarding COVID-19.

COVID Information
June 4, 2020 5:18 PM

COVID-19 Update #19
City of Fort Pierce
June 4, 2020, 5:00 PM
772-467-3000
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

FREE TESTING
The City of Fort Pierce will be offering free COVID-19 swab and antibody testing on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 12PM to 4PM at Ilous Ellis Park (1211 Avenue M, Fort Pierce). No appointment is necessary. For more information, please call 888-519-9192.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
In an effort to allow projects and city business to move forward, the Fort Pierce City Commission approved resolution 20-R26 to allow legislative public hearings to resume on June 15, 2020 and quasi-judicial hearings on July 6, 2020.

SPECIAL EVENTS AND FACILITY RENTALS
As we navigate the phased approach to reopening set forth by the Governor, all special event permits and facility reservations remain on hold until further notice. Special events and facility rentals are expected to be discussed at the Fort Pierce City Commission Conference Agenda Meeting on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 9AM in the Commission Chambers at City Hall. The City of Fort Pierce shall continue to adhere to CDC, state and federal guidance in order to reopen our community in a safe and calculated manner.

PHASE 2 REOPENING
Governor Ron DeSantis has issued Phase 2 of Florida’s Recovery Plan which will take effect on June 5. To view the order, please visit: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-139.pdf

ST LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUMMER MEALS
The St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Department will continue to serve free meals at the following school sites to children from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 9, 2020 - July 31, 2020. The multi-day meal packages include breakfast and lunch. On Tuesdays, the meal packages contain 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. On Thursdays, the meal packages contains 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches. For a list of meal sites, visit: https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/blog/free-meals-for-children/.

VIRTUAL BUSINESS RECOVERY CENTER
The St. Lucie County Economic Development Council Virtual Business Recovery Center is a FREE service to assist business owners economically impacted by COVID-19. Working in partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College, the SBDC assists entrepreneurs in every stage of the business life cycle by providing the professional expertise, tools, and information necessary to make sound business decisions in a complex and ever-changing marketplace. If you need business assistance, please call 772-336-6258 or visit: https://youredc.com/vbrc


CITY FACILITY PUBLIC ACCESS
• City Hall – Open by appointment only. Call (772) 467-3000.
• Sunrise Theatre – Will reopen on June 13, 2020 with Black Box venue programming.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Open by appointment only. Call (772) 467-6800.
• City Marina – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Beaches – Open.
• Parks – Open.
• Boat Ramps – Open.

HELPFUL CONTACTS
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
https://www.stlucieco.gov/
https://recoverstlucie.org/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/

Florida Community Health Centers / Fort Pierce
Drive-Thru Testing
772-461-1402
https://www.fchcinc.org/

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
Tent Testing
772-419-3360
https://www.martinhealth.org/

COMMUNICATIONS
Citizens may subscribe to receive email and text messaged updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website. Visit https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information for updated information and community resources regarding COVID-19.

May 21, 2020 5:43 PM

COVID-19 Update #18
City of Fort Pierce
May 21, 2020, 5:30 PM
772-465-3170
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

SOUTH CAUSEWAY AND JAYCEE PARKS CLOSED THIS WEEKEND
In an effort to promote proper social distancing and reduce mass gathering, Jaycee Park and South Causeway Park will be closed to the public beginning Friday, May 22 at 7am until Tuesday, May 26 at 12pm. The decision was made at the May 18th Fort Pierce City Commission meeting to best comply with the Governor’s orders and CDC guidelines. With the holiday weekend ahead, the City of Fort Pierce anticipates large crowds on the waterfront and is taking precautions to protect our community. The boat ramp at Jaycee Park will remain open during the park closure. All other City of Fort Pierce parks remain open.

POP-UP MOBILE PANTRY
The City of Fort Pierce and the Treasure Coast Food Bank will be hosting a drive-thru Pop-Up Mobile Pantry Friday, 5/22 at 10AM in Fort Pierce at the Percy Peek Gym (2902 Avenue D). If you need a little extra help with groceries, stop by the drive-thru pantry.

PEDESTRIANIZING SECOND STREET
The City is launching a pilot street closure this weekend. Second Street between Marina Way and Orange Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, May 22 until Monday, May 25. The intent of this closure is to create additional pedestrian space and to help businesses expand capacity, not to create a gathering or social space. Future zones will be considered based on this pilot.

PARKLET PROGRAM
The City’s parklet program begins next week where businesses will be allowed to utilize the on-street parking spaces in front of their establishment for additional seating or shopping space. There is no fee for this program. Businesses in participating should email shelms@cityoffortpierce.com for more information.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
City of Fort Pierce Board and Committee meetings shall resume as necessary. All meetings will take place in the Commission Chambers for proper social distancing and teleconferencing capabilities. For a list of Board and Committee meetings, visit: http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/223/Agendas-Minutes

GRANTS
COVID-19 Household and Business grant applications are currently being reviewed. Representatives from the Grants Administration Division are following up with applicants to ensure all required documentation is provided and applications are complete. Applicants will be contacted via email with their next steps.

CITY FACILITY PUBLIC ACCESS
• City Hall – Closed to the public with appointment only access for Building Department.
• Sunrise Theatre – Closed to the public.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Closed to the public.
• City Marina – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Beaches – Open.
• Parks - Open, except for South Causeway and Jaycee Park (5/22-5/26).
• Boat Ramps – Open.

HELPFUL CONTACTS
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
https://www.stlucieco.gov/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/

Florida Community Health Centers / Fort Pierce
Drive-Thru Testing
772-461-1402
https://www.fchcinc.org/

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
Tent Testing
772-419-3360
https://www.martinhealth.org/

COMMUNICATIONS
Citizens may subscribe to receive email and text messaged updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website. Visit https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information for updated information and community resources regarding COVID-19.

May 14, 2020 5:54 PM

𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-𝟏𝟗 𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 #𝟏𝟕
City of Fort Pierce
May 14, 2020, 5:45 PM
Website: https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

𝐓𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆
The City of Fort Pierce, in partnership with Dynix Diagnostix, the Department of Health St. Lucie, Indian River State College and Allegany Franciscan Ministries offered free COVID-19 testing this week at Ilous Ellis Park. Due to such strong participation throughout the week, only pre-scheduled appointments for antibody testing will be conducted tomorrow. No additional swab tests are available.

𝐂𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐈𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐌𝐄𝐄𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆
The City Commission will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, May 18 at 6:30 PM. The public may attend the meeting in person or submit comments in writing, including your name and address, to: cityclerk@cityoffortpierce.com no later than noon on Monday. All meetings are broadcast live on TV Channel 27 and streamed online at: www.cityoffortpierce.com. Public hearings are currently not taking place.

𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐈𝐓𝐓𝐄𝐄 𝐌𝐄𝐄𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆𝐒
City of Fort Pierce Board and Committee meetings may resume as necessary. All meetings will take place in the Commission Chambers for proper social distancing and video conferencing capabilities. For a list of Board and Committee meetings, visit: http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/223/Agendas-Minutes

𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐓𝐒
COVID-19 Household and Business grant applications are being reviewed as quickly as possible. Representatives from the Grants Administration Division are currently following up with applicants to ensure all required documentation is provided and applications are complete. Applicants will be contacted via email with their next steps.

𝐂𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐈𝐋𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐏𝐔𝐁𝐋𝐈𝐂 𝐀𝐂𝐂𝐄𝐒𝐒
The City of Fort Pierce is developing a phased reopening plan of city facilities over the next 2 months.
• City Hall – Closed to the public with appointment only access for Building Department.
• Sunrise Theatre – Closed to the public.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Closed to the public.
• City Marina – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Beaches – Open.
• Parks - Open, including South Causeway and Jaycee Park.
• Boat Ramps – Open.

𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐏𝐅𝐔𝐋 𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐓𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐒
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
https://www.stlucieco.gov/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/

Florida Community Health Centers / Fort Pierce
Drive-Thru Testing
772-461-1402
https://www.fchcinc.org/

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
Tent Testing
772-419-3360
https://www.martinhealth.org/

𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐔𝐍𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒
Citizens may subscribe to receive email and text messaged updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website. Visit https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information for updated information and community resources regarding COVID-19.

May 12, 2020 2:10 PM

City of Fort Pierce Offers Free COVID-19 Testing with No Appointment Necessary

In an effort to expand testing and increase availability for the community, the City of Fort Pierce is offering free COVID-19 testing without the need for an appointment. Dynix Diagnostix will provide PCR swab testing to the general public on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15 from 9AM-5PM and antibody testing to the general public on Friday, May 15 from 12PM-4PM on a first-come, first-served basis until all of the tests have been given.

The testing site is located at Ilous Ellis Park, 1211 Avenue M, Fort Pierce, FL 34950. When arriving for testing, patients should travel U.S. Highway 1 to access Avenue O. Drive approximately .3 miles west and the site will be on the left. If the individual is getting an antibody test, which involves drawing blood, they will be instructed to enter lane “A.” and for individuals undergoing the nasal swab, the will enter lane “S.” Patients getting nasal swabs must remain in their vehicles. Patients getting the antibody must get out of their vehicle to have their blood drawn by a phlebotomist.

The City of Fort Pierce is proud to be able to provide this service in partnership with Dynix Diagnostix, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, the Florida Department of Health, Indian River State College and other community partners through CARES Act Funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For additional information about testing, please call 888-519-9192.

COVID-19 Information
May 8, 2020 8:59 AM

City of Fort Pierce Extending Pre-Screening Period for Free COVID-19 Testing

The City of Fort Pierce is extending the prescreening period for COVID-19 testing until all appointments have been filled. There are approximately 600 appointments available to individuals wanting to know if they have had Coronavirus or are currently infected with COVID-19. To complete prescreening call 888-519-9192, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily or go online anytime to https://portal.dynixdiagnostix.com/landing/FPCOVID

The testing site is located at Ilous Ellis Park, 1211 Avenue M, Fort Pierce, FL 34950. When arriving for an appointment, patients should travel U.S. Highway 1 to access Avenue O. Drive approximately .3 miles west and the site will be on the left. If the individual is getting an antibody test, which involves drawing blood, they will be instructed to enter lane “A.” and for individuals undergoing the nasal swab, the will enter lane “S.” Patients getting nasal swabs must remain in their vehicles. Patients getting the antibody must get out of their vehicle to have their blood drawn by a phlebotomist.

The City of Fort Pierce is proud to be able to provide this service in partnership with Dynix Diagnostix, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, the Florida Department of Health, Indian River State College and other community partners through CARES Act Funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Pre-Screening Link
May 7, 2020 5:32 PM

COVID-19 Update #16
City of Fort Pierce
May 7, 2020, 5:30 PM
Website: https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

COVID-19 RECOVERY GRANT PROGRAM
The COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program has been extraordinarily successful in that as of close of business Wednesday, May 6, 2020 over 1,400 businesses and residents were pre-screened for program participation. Due to this strong level of participation, the pre-screening process will end Friday, May 8, 2020 at 12 Noon. City of Fort Pierce staff will then be contacting applicants and potential applicants to assist with collecting the required documentation. For more information on the grant program, please visit: https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/858/COVID-19-Disaster-Recovery-Grant-Program

TESTING
The City of Fort Pierce, in partnership with Dynix Diagnostix, the Department of Health St. Lucie and Indian River State College, is offering a FREE drive-thru COVID-19 testing on May 11 through May 15 at Ilous Ellis Park, 1211 Avenue M. The testing is by appointment ONLY and pre-screening is required. Two tests are offered: COVID-19 nasal swab or the antibody test. To complete prescreening, please call 888-519-9192 and press 1 for testing, 9:00AM to 5:00PM today and Friday or go online anytime at https://portal.dynixdiagnostix.com/landing/FPCOVID

PARKS AND BEACHES
The City of Fort Pierce is pleased to announce that in addition to all other city parks, South Causeway Park and Jaycee Park are now fully open for the enjoyment of the public. For the safety of our residents and visitors, the parks and beaches are being monitored by City staff to ensure that social distancing guidelines and normal day-to-day regulations are being followed including parking regulations. For more information, please visit: https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=484

CITY FACILITY PUBLIC ACCESS
• City Hall – Closed to the public with appointment only access for Building Department.
• Sunrise Theatre – Closed to the public, including the box office.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Closed to the public.
• City Marina – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Beaches – Open.
• Parks - Open, including South Causeway and Jaycee Park.
• Boat Ramps – Open.

HELPFUL CONTACTS
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
https://www.stlucieco.gov/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/

Florida Community Health Centers / Fort Pierce
Drive-Thru Testing
772-461-1402
https://www.fchcinc.org/

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
Tent Testing
772-419-3360
https://www.martinhealth.org/

COMMUNICATIONS
Citizens may subscribe to receive email and text messaged updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website. Visit https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information for updated information and community resources regarding COVID-19.

May 4, 2020 6:20 PM

𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐏𝐢𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐃𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐞-𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐮 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-𝟏𝟗 𝐓𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟏𝟏-𝟏𝟓

The City of Fort Pierce has created a partnership with Dynix Diagnostix, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, the Florida Department of Health, Indian River State College and other community partners to identify residents who are currently infected with COVID-19 or who have been previously infected by the novel virus. Free drive-thru testing will take place by appointment only on May 11 through May 15 at Ilous Ellis Park (1211 Avenue M, Fort Pierce, FL 34950). A total of 1,200 individuals will be tested for COVID-19 or the presence of antibodies over the 5-day period.

Residents interested in being tested must complete the pre-screening survey at the following link: https://portal.dynixdiagnostix.com/landing/FPCOVID. If internet access is unavailable, please call 888-519-9192 and press 1 for testing. The call center will be open Tuesday May, 5 through Friday, May 8 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The City of Fort Pierce is proud to be able to provide this service through CARES Act Funding from the US Department of Housing and Development.

Pre-Screening Survey
May 4, 2020 10:16 AM

St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Department will continue to serve free meals to children in St. Lucie County from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. The multi-day meal packages include breakfast and lunch. On Tuesdays, the meal package contains 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. On Thursdays, the meal package contains 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.

North County
C.A. Moore, 827 N 29th Street, Ft. Pierce Fl, 34947
Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy, 1801 Panther Lane, Ft. Pierce Fl, 34947
Francis K. Sweet Elementary, 1400 Avenue Q, Ft. Pierce Fl, 34950
Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Road, Ft. Pierce Fl, 34951
St. Lucie Elementary, 2020 South 13th Street, Ft. Pierce Fl, 34950
Weatherbee Elementary, 800 E. Weatherbee Road, Ft. Pierce Fl, 34982

East County
Morningside Elementary, 2300 SE Gowin Drive, Port St. Lucie Fl, 34952
Northport K8, 250 NW Floresta Drive, Port St. Lucie Fl, 34983

West County
Bayshore Elementary, 1661 Bayshore Blvd, Port St. Lucie Fl, 34984
Manatee K8, 1450 SW Heatherwood Blvd, Port St. Lucie Fl, 34986
Oak Hammock K8, 1451 SW California Blvd, Port St. Lucie Fl, 34953
West Gate K8, 1050 NW Cashmere Blvd, Port St. Lucie Fl, 34986
Windmill Point Elementary, 700 SW Darwin Blvd, Port St. Lucie Fl, 34953


Staff will be on-site to prepare and distribute breakfasts and lunches, which will be bagged and handed out to families in the bus loop. Parents and guardians can drive, bike, or walk to these locations. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal, but parents must provide one of the following forms of identification for children who are not present at a serving site:
• School ID (any school - MCSD-operated school, charter or private)
• Birth certificate/passport/religious record
• Library Card
• Progress Report/Report Card
• Daycare record

St. Lucie Public Schools
April 30, 2020 5:28 PM

COVID-19 RECOVERY GRANT PROGRAM
On Tuesday, April 28, the Fort Pierce City Commission approved the COVID-19 Recovery Assistance Plan which includes a series of grants supporting residents, businesses, and community-based efforts. The grants are aimed to provide immediate funds to residents and businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The City's goal is to help offset the loss of income or revenue during this pandemic.

For residents, the City of Fort Pierce is offering Mortgage and Lease Assistance Grants of 2 months’ rent not to exceed $3,000. Applicants must be able to evidence loss of income due to COVID-19 and meet income guidelines.

For businesses, the City is offering two Small Business Relief Grants. Businesses with 25 employees or less who experienced a loss of revenue due to COVID-19 may apply for a one-time grant of $3,000. Businesses with 26 to 100 employees may be eligible for $7,500.

Pre-screening and applications will be available beginning on Monday, May 4. For a complete list of eligibility requirements and permitted uses, visit the link below. If you do not have access to the internet, please call (772) 467-3161 for further assistance.

SPECIAL EVENTS
All special events are canceled including shows at the Sunrise Theatre and private events at city facilities through May 31, 2020.

CITY FACILITY PUBLIC ACCESS
• City Hall – Closed to the public with appointment only access for Building Department.
• Sunrise Theatre – Closed to the public, including the box office.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Closed to the public.
• City Marina – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Beaches – Open for physical recreation including walking, jogging, fishing, surfing, swimming, snorkeling, collecting seashells, kayaking, paddle boarding or other activity provided that social distancing requirements are maintained.
• Parks - Open, including South Causeway and Jaycee Park.
• Boat Ramps – Open.

CITY COMMISSION MEETING
The City Commission will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, May 4 at 6:30 PM. The public may attend the meeting in person or submit comments in writing, including your name and address, to: cityclerk@cityoffortpierce.com no later than noon on Monday. All meetings are broadcast live on TV Channel 27 and streamed online at: www.cityoffortpierce.com.

HELPFUL CONTACTS
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
https://www.stlucieco.gov/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/

Florida Community Health Centers / Fort Pierce
Drive-Thru Testing
772-461-1402
https://www.fchcinc.org/

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
Tent Testing
772-419-3360
https://www.martinhealth.org/

COMMUNICATIONS
Citizens may subscribe to receive email and text messaged updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website. Visit https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information for updated information and community resources regarding COVID-19.

GRANT INFORMATION
April 30, 2020 9:34 AM

FAQs FOR EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-112 . Answers to frequently asked questions about Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112, Phase 1. Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan For Florida’s Recovery Post COVID-19 Emergency can be found at the following link:

FAQs
April 29, 2020 6:54 PM

City of Fort Pierce Launches COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Grant Program to Assist Residents and Businesses
FORT PIERCE, FL – On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 the Fort Pierce City Commission approved the COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Grant Program aimed to provide immediate funds to residents and businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The City's goal is to help offset the loss of income and/or revenue during this global pandemic.
Households:
• COVID-19 Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program
o The COVID-19 Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program is created to assist eligible City of Fort Pierce households with temporary mortgage and rental assistance in order to avoid displacement due to loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19. The assistance is limited to a one-time payment equal to a maximum of 2 months’ rent, not to exceed $3,000.00. Applicants must be able to evidence loss of income due to COVID-19.
o Applicants must meet SHIP income guidelines, for more information visit the Florida Housing website: https://bit.ly/3bOOHEL
Businesses:
• Small Business CDBG Emergency Relief Grants (under 25 employees)
o The Small Business CDBG Emergency Relief Program is created to assist small businesses (under 25 employees) with short term working capital assistance to enable the viability of the business and the retention of jobs during the closure or severe interruption of business related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing. The assistance is limited to a one-time payment, not to exceed $3,000.00. Applicants must be able to evidence loss of income due to COVID- 19 and have applied for federal assistance.
• Small Business COVID 19 Relief Grant (26-100 employees)
o The Small Business COVID 19 Relief Grant Program is created to assist eligible City of Fort Pierce small business (26-100 employees) with short term working capital assistance to enable the viability of the business and the retention of jobs during the closure or severe interruption of business related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing. The assistance is limited to a one-time payment, not to exceed $7,500.00. Applicants must be able to evidence loss of income due to COVID-19 and have not received federal assistance.
Prescreening and applications will be available on Monday, May 4, 2020 and continue until funds are exhausted. Each completed application will be reviewed and evaluated based on the eligibility requirements. Funds will be dispersed on a first-come, first-qualified basis.
Prior to submitting an application, applicants must review the program description, requirements for eligibility, eligible uses of funds and reporting requirements, and all other information on the COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Grant Program webpage (http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/858/6715/COVID-19-Disaster-Recovery-Grant-Program).
For more information and full eligibility details, visit http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/858/6715/COVID-19-Disaster-Recovery-Grant-Program. If you do not have access to the internet, please call (772) 467-3161 for further assistance.

Grant Program Webpage
April 23, 2020 5:33 PM

COVID-19 Update #14
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: 772.465.4170
April 23, 2020, 5:30 PM
Website: https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

City of Fort Pierce Commission to Hold Special Meeting on Tuesday, April 28

The City of Fort Pierce is developing a citywide COVID-19 recovery plan to help rebuild our economy with the well-being of Fort Pierce residents and businesses at the forefront. The recovery plan will be presented at a special City Commission Meeting on Tuesday, April 28 at 2pm, followed by a Fort Pierce Redevelopment Agency Board Meeting at 4pm. If approved, the plan will include a series of grants supporting businesses, residents and community-based efforts. The public may attend the meetings in person at Fort Pierce City Hall (100 North US Hwy 1, Fort Pierce, FL) or provide comments in writing, including your name and address, to: cityclerk@cityoffortpierce.com no later than noon on Tuesday. All meetings are broadcast live on TV Channel 27 and streamed online at: www.cityoffortpierce.com.

“The City of Fort Pierce is optimistically looking ahead to the recovery phase, even though we remain focused on following the Governor’s Safer-At-Home order and CDC guidelines,” said Mayor Linda Hudson. “We are grateful for all the people who are working for us while we continue to be Safer At Home. We remain vigilant and hopeful.”

HELPFUL CONTACTS
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
https://www.stlucieco.gov/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/

Florida Community Health Centers / Fort Pierce
Drive-Thru Testing
772-461-1402
https://www.fchcinc.org/

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
Tent Testing
772-419-3360
https://www.martinhealth.org/

COMMUNICATIONS
Citizens may subscribe to receive email and text messaged updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website. Visit https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information for updated information and community resources regarding COVID-19.

April 16, 2020 5:12 PM

COVID-19 Update #13
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: 772.465.4170
April 16, 2020, 5:00 PM
Website: https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

ESSENTIAL SERVICES
The City of Fort Pierce understands the significant impact the Coronavirus pandemic has caused our community. The City is responding with the same high-quality level of service that our residents expect. The City of Fort Pierce continues to conduct
business and provide all essential services to the public, including police, utilities, public works, and animal control services.

CITY COMMISSION MEETING
The City Commission will hold its regular meeting on April 20, 2020. Any interested party may attend the City Commission meeting in person or submit comments in writing to the City Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. All meetings are broadcast live on Comcast Cable TV Channel 27 or streamed live online at www.cityoffortpierce.com.

Comments should be submitted via email to cityclerk@cityoffortpierce.com; comments must include your name and address to be read into the record. The City Clerk will read all comments on agenda items submitted by the deadline during the early portion of the meeting. General public comments will be read during the later portion of the meeting as indicated. Please note that the decorum policy applies to both written and oral comments and all comments shall be limited to 3 minutes as read by the City Clerk.

VACATION RENTALS
Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-103 extending his suspension of vacations rentals until April 30. https://www.flgov.com/2020-executive-orders/

CITY FACILITY PUBLIC ACCESS
• City Hall – Closed to the public with appointment only access for Building Department.
• Sunrise Theatre – Closed to the public, including the box office.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Closed to the public.
• City Marina – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Beaches – Closed.
• Parks - Open, with the exception of South Causeway and Jaycee Park.
• Boat Ramps – Open.

HELPFUL CONTACTS
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
https://www.stlucieco.gov/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/

Florida Community Health Centers / Fort Pierce
Drive-Thru Testing
772-461-1402
https://www.fchcinc.org/

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
Tent Testing
772-419-3360
https://www.martinhealth.org/

COMMUNICATIONS
Citizens may subscribe to receive email and text messaged updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website. Visit https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information for updated information and community resources regarding COVID-19.

COVID-19 Information Center
April 15, 2020 8:26 AM

The Florida Small Business Development Center has prepared a small business loan guide to help navigate the various provisions in each of the available loan programs.

Small Business Loan Guide
April 9, 2020 5:23 PM

COVID-19 Update #12
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: 772.465.4170
April 9, 2020, 5:00 PM
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

As we head into the Easter weekend, it is important that we all continue to take steps to protect our community. Now is not the time to ease up on social distancing, the mitigation measures in place or the Safer At Home order. We must continue to be good neighbors and work toward the goal of flattening the curve. While this is a typically a time for families and friends to gather, we must maintain social distancing and seek alternative ways to celebrate together, physically apart. These alternatives might include live streaming worship services, virtual Easter egg hunts or video conferencing with family and friends.

Residents can still enjoy our beautiful weather but as a reminder, Fort Pierce beaches are closed, as well as Jaycee and South Causeway Parks. Please avoid gathering in large groups.

“We all have a role to play to protect our families, neighbors, friends and ourselves,” said Mayor Linda Hudson. “Remember the Safer At Home Order is temporary. The sooner we stop the spread, the sooner we can return to normal. We must be vigilant, but hopeful.“

CDC RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING FACE COVERINGS
CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spread, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regarding appropriate public health measures continues to develop.

CITY FACILITY PUBLIC ACCESS
• City Hall – Closed to the public with appointment only access for Building Department.
• Sunrise Theatre – Closed to the public, including the box office.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Closed to the public.
• City Marina – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Beaches – Closed.
• Parks - Open, with the exception of South Causeway and Jaycee Park.
• Boat Ramps – Open.
HELPFUL CONTACTS
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
https://www.stlucieco.gov/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/

COMMUNICATIONS
Citizens may subscribe to receive email and text messaged updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website: www.cityoffortpierce.com. Archived updates are also available on the city’s website.

CDC Recommendations
April 8, 2020 4:19 PM

Florida Department of Health Updates New COVID-19 Cases, Announces Thirteen Deaths Related to COVID-19, Morning Update
~15,003 positive cases in Florida residents and 453 positive cases in non-Florida residents~

To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, the Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated twice daily. We also encourage all Floridians to take the COVID-19 Community Action Survey by visiting www.StrongerThanC19.com.

Today, as of 11 a.m., there are 15,456 total** Florida cases.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 11 percent. Of the 12,590 tests performed on April 7, there were 1,243 positive results, or 10 percent.

Thirteen people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Dade, Highlands, Monroe and Palm Beach counties.

New Florida cases include:
• 709 additional positive COVID-19 cases (701 Florida residents and 8 non-Florida residents) reported to the Florida Department of Health.
• There are currently 15,003 positive cases in Florida residents and 453 positive cases in non-Florida residents.
Florida recently partnered with private laboratories around the state to expand COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity. This partnership will increase the number of tests conducted each day and ensure Floridians receive the critical health information they need in a timely manner.
Expansion to private laboratories changes the COVID-19 testing landscape in Florida. Private laboratories are running tests as they receive swab samples from practitioners. Testing and reporting times vary among commercial and DOH laboratories. Demographic information may be updated during investigations. These twice daily reports reflect the state’s efforts to accurately and transparently share information.
More information on a case-by-case basis can also be found at the link below:

Coronavirus: summary of persons being monitored, persons under investigation, and cases
April 7, 2020 3:31 PM

COVID-19 Update #11
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: 772.465.4170
April 7, 2020, 3:30 PM
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

City of Fort Pierce officials continue to urge residents and visitors to abide by social distancing guidelines and preventative measures set forth by the CDC during this critical time: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.

CITY OF FORT PIERCE PUBLIC HEARINGS
At this time, all formal City Commission Meetings are scheduled to take place; however, public hearings will not be held until the city’s local emergency declaration and the Governor’s Safer-at-Home Order have expired. The City of Fort Pierce values public input and wants to give the community the opportunity to attend the meetings in-person once the emergency order is lifted.

GOVERNOR’S STATEWIDE SAFER-AT-HOME EXECUTIVE ORDER
Answers to frequently asked questions about Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-91 can be found at the following link: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/covid19/Exec%20Order%2020-91%20FAQs.pdf

ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Department will continue to serve free meals to children in St. Lucie County from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The multi-day meal packages include breakfast and lunch. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the meal packages contain 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. On Fridays, the meal package contains 1 breakfast and 1 lunch. Special Announcement: This week, meal service will be on Monday/Wednesday/Thursday due to the school holiday on Friday, April 10.

Locations: C.A. Moore, Forest Grove Middle School, Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy, Francis K. Sweet Elementary, Lakewood Park Elementary, St. Lucie Elementary, Weatherbee Elementary, Morningside Elementary,
Northport K8, Bayshore Elementary, Manatee K8, Oak Hammock K8, West Gate K8, Windmill Point Elementary.

STRONGER THAN COVID-19 SURVEY
Take the 2-minute survey at https://strongerthanc19.com/start to assist the Department of Health identify and predict trends of the COVID-19 virus.

TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK
The Treasure Coast Food Bank will be distributing emergency food to St. Lucie County residents through a drive-thru mobile pantry on Friday, 4/10 at Lawnwood Stadium. For details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2789752184426124/

CITY FACILITY PUBLIC ACCESS
• City Hall – Closed to the public with appointment only access for Building Department.
• Sunrise Theatre – Closed to the public, including the box office.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Closed to the public.
• City Marina – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Beaches – Closed.
• Parks - Open, with the exception of South Causeway and Jaycee Park.
• Boat Ramps – Open.
HELPFUL CONTACTS
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
https://www.stlucieco.gov/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/

COMMUNICATION
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents may subscribe to receive updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website: www.cityoffortpierce.com. Archived updates are also available on the city’s website.

April 6, 2020 10:30 AM

Answers to frequently asked questions relating to Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-91 are available at the following link:

Executive Order 20-91 FAQs
April 2, 2020 4:56 PM

COVID-19 Update #10
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: 772.465.4170
April 2, 2020, 5:00 PM
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

City of Fort Pierce officials continue to urge residents and visitors to abide by social distancing guidelines and preventative measures set forth by the CDC during this critical time: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.

GOVERNOR’S STATEWIDE SAFER-AT-HOME EXECUTIVE ORDER
On April 1st, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-91 entitled Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency. The Executive Order, which directs Floridians to stay at home for the next 30 days unless seeking or carrying out essential services, will be effective at 12:01 am on April 3rd, 2020. This Order will expire on April 30th, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order.

During this time period, senior citizens and individuals with significant underlying medical conditions (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. All Floridians shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.

A complete listing of essential services as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce is available here: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

Essential services also include businesses and activities as designated by Executive Order 20-89 and its attachment, which consists of Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Order 07-20 and its amendments: http://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/emergency-orders.page

Under the Executive Order, all medical facilities will remain open. Other businesses that are considered essential and may remain OPEN include:

• architectural, engineering and landscape services
• assisted living facilities (ALFs), nursing homes, adult day care centers and senior residential facilities
• banks
• business that interact with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means
• business operating at any airport, seaport or other government facility
• childcare facilities, but limiting to a maximum of 10 children and teachers in any one group
• construction sites currently in operation, regardless of building type
• convenience stores
• factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants and other industrial sites
• food cultivation, including farming, livestock and fishing
• gas stations
• grocery stores
• hardware stores
• home-based care for seniors, adults or children
• landscaping and pool services
• laundromats
• logistics providers
• mail and shipping services
• natural and propane gas providers
• newspapers, TV, radio and media services
• pet supply stores
• pharmacies
• professional services, such as legal and accounting services
• restaurant kitchens, for pick-up and delivery only
• services providing food, shelter, social services and other necessities for the economically disadvantaged
• taxis and private transportation providers
• telecommunications providers
• waste management service, including collection and disposal

Executive Order 20-91 will help ensure the safety and well-being of all Floridians, particularly those most at risk of contracting COVID-19, by defining acceptable essential activities. For the purposes of the Order, essential activities include:

• attending religious services conducted in places of worship
• participating in recreational activities that comply with social distancing guidelines such as walking, biking, running, or swimming
• taking care of pets
• caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend

Social gatherings in public spaces are not essential activities and should be discontinued. Groups of people greater than ten shall not be permitted to congregate in public spaces. Furthermore, all citizens shall continue to observe social distancing and prevention guidelines as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health.

Additional information regarding essential and non-essential businesses and activities is available at the Division of Emergency Management’s website at www.floridadisaster.org and at the Florida Department of Health’s website at www.floridahealth.gov.

CITY FACILITY PUBLIC ACCESS
• City Hall – Closed to the public with appointment only access for Building Department.
• Sunrise Theatre – Closed to the public, including the box office.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Closed to the public.
• City Marina –Open to existing tenants, no new reservations.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing
• Beaches – Closed.
• Parks - Open, with the exception of South Causeway and Jaycee Park
• Boat Ramps – Open.

HELPFUL CONTACTS
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
https://www.stlucieco.gov/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/


COMMUNICATION
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents may subscribe to receive updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website: www.cityoffortpierce.com. Archived updates are also available on the city’s website.

April 2, 2020 7:12 AM

Governor DeSantis ordered a “Safer-At-Home Order” for the State of Florida effective April 3 at 12:01 am to expire on April 30, 2020. This order is in conjunction with the St. Lucie County order issued on Tuesday, March 31.

What does this order mean for your business and employees? Are you identified as an essential business?

Please find below an easy to follow summary from the Governors Executive Order 20-89 to determine if you are identified as an essential business:

1. You are an identified sector and provider in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce List (CISA): https://www.cisa.gov/critical-infrastructure-sectors

2. Your business activity is designated by the Governors Executive Order 20-89 as detailed in the Miami Dade County Emergency Order 07-20.

Please click the link for a list of “essential retail and commercial businesses, which may remain open” pursuant to the Governor's Order: https://www.miamidade.gov/…/coronavirus-emergency-order-07-…

The below amendments are revisions to the “essential retail and commerical businesses” list with additions and language revision updates: (for review, if you are not listed on the above list)

-Amendment No. 1 to Emergency Order 07-20:
https://www.miamidade.gov/…/coronavirus-emergency-order-07-…

-Amendment No. 2 to Emergency Order 07-20:
https://www.miamidade.gov/…/coronavirus-emergency-order-07-…

-Amendment No. 3 to Emergency Order 07-20:
https://www.miamidade.gov/…/emergency-order-07-20-amendment…

3. Additional essential businesses designated to remain open in the order include work at home; business services identified as per the Division of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health; and businesses and organizations to provide delivery, carry-out and curbside services placed online or via telephone.

If you have any questions relating to this order and/or to determine if you are designated an “essential business” for continued operations during the Governors Safer-At-Home order, please contact the EDC at 772.336.6250.

EDC COVID-19 Resource Page
April 1, 2020 4:11 PM

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide safer-at-home order for the next 30 days. For more information, click the link below:

Safer-at-Home Executive Order 20-91
April 1, 2020 9:20 AM

St. Lucie Medical Reserve Corps Seeks Volunteers

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie County is looking to build a reserve of qualified medical professionals to deal with an increase in COVID-19 cases if the need arises. The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County operates a Medical Reserve Corp that can be activated in emergencies such as the pandemic that is impacting Florida and the rest of the world.
Any licensed healthcare professional who is willing to volunteer in the event there is a need for additional doctors, nurses, EMTs and other healthcare experts are encouraged to register at https://www.flhealthresponse.com/mrcvolunteer. Under Florida Statue 110 law, sovereign immunity is provided to volunteers. State Statue 768.28 is the Sovereign Immunity Law and 768.1355 is the Volunteer Protection Act which allows licensed professionals to volunteer, and have their licenses protected. Every medical professional that registers will be vetted by the Florida Department of Health before being activated.
For additional information and updates relating to St. Lucie County, please visit: www.stlucieco.gov/covid-19 or call the Public Information Lines at 772-460-HELP (4357) between Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

St. Lucie County COVID-19 Updates
March 31, 2020 5:47 PM

COVID-19 Update #9
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: 772.465.4170
March 31, 2020, 5:30 PM
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

City of Fort Pierce officials continue to urge residents and visitors to abide by social distancing guidelines and preventative measures set forth by the CDC during this critical time: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY’S SAFER AT HOME ORDER
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Fort Pierce reminds residents that they are safer at home. To further this effort, St. Lucie County Administrator Howard Tipton executed a Safer at Home Order today, which:
• Encourages citizens to stay at home as much as possible during the continued COVID-19 crisis and allows travel outside the home to essential activities (e.g. grocery shopping, outdoor activities, doctor and pharmacy visits, and providing essential structure and utility services)
• Allows non-essential activities, so long as social distancing and other CDC Public Health Mitigation Strategies requirements are followed
• Is less restrictive than total lockdowns or shelter-in-place regulations, which prohibit movement outside of the home or a particular location until further notice

To view the Safer at Home Order, visit: http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/DocumentCenter/View/7721/SLC-Safer-At-Home-Order-3-31-20.

SPECIAL EVENTS
As of today, all City of Fort Pierce special event permits are canceled through April 30. In addition, all shows and rentals at the Sunrise Theatre are also canceled or postponed through April 30.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
Temporary Use of Right-of-Way for Businesses
To assist local businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19, the City of Fort Pierce will allow temporary use of the right-of-way as a short-term pick up or drop-off zone. Restaurants that have transitioned to takeout and delivery only will be allowed to utilize the right-of-way for takeout pickup and delivery. These zones will be restricted to 10-minute parking to increase convenience for the quick pickup and delivery and provide adequate room for social distancing of six feet or more. Businesses that would like to apply for this free, temporary permit can do so online at: https://cityoffortpierce.com/163/Permits.

St. Lucie Economic Development Council Web Portal
In an effort to keep businesses informed with the most current information available to assist your business and employees during this challenging time, the St. Lucie Economic Development Council established a COVID-19 Business Assistance Resource Web Portal. This tool was developed to provide all federal, state and local resources in one place. The web portal can be viewed on the EDC website at www.youredc.com.

Small Business Administration
Visit the Small Business Administration website at www.sba.gov for a host of small business guidance and resources including: Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance, SBA Debt Relief, SBA Express Bridge Loans, Guidance for Businesses and Employers and more.

SCHOOLS
St. Lucie Public Schools campuses remain closed through May 1, 2020. All state assessments have been canceled for this school year.
St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Department will serve free meals to children in St. Lucie County from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday – Friday. Click here for a list of locations: https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/blog/free-meals-for-children-starting-on-march-23rd/.

SLC PUBLIC INFORMATION HOTLINE
St. Lucie County’s Emergency Management staff is expanding the hours of operations for the Public Information Hotline to help residents answer general questions about local government efforts relating to COVID-19. That number is 772-460-HELP (4357). The Public Information Lines will be operational Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CITY OPERATIONS
City Hall remains closed to the public until further notice. Essential services like police, solid waste and utilities are not impacted. City of Fort Pierce staff continue to serve the public during this closure via phone, email and online services. The building department is open to by appointment only, please call: 772-467-3199. For a full staff directory, visit: http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/Directory.aspx?DID=5.

OUTDOOR RECREATION
Residents may engage in outdoor activity and recreation in wide-open areas not otherwise closed to the public, while maintaining social distancing.
• All City of Fort Pierce beaches are closed, including South Causeway Park and Jaycee Park. All other city parks remain open at this time
• The boat ramps at Jaycee Park and Fisherman’s Wharf are open
• The Indian Hills Golf Course is open

COMMUNICATION
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents may subscribe to receive updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website: www.cityoffortpierce.com. Archived updates are also available on the city’s website.

Safer at Home Order
March 31, 2020 12:54 PM

Florida Department of Health Updates New COVID-19 Cases, Announces Six New Deaths Related to COVID-19, Morning Update

~6,096 positive cases in Florida residents and 242 positive cases in non-Florida residents~

TALLAHASSEE — To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, The Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated twice daily. Today, as of 11 a.m., there are 6,338 total** Florida cases.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 10 percent. Of the 7,474 tests performed on March 30, there were 1,006 positive results, or 13 percent.
Six people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Dade, Hillsborough, Palm Beach and Polk counties.
New Florida cases include:
• 634 additional positive COVID-19 cases (607 Florida residents and 27 non-Florida residents) reported to the Florida Department of Health.
• There are currently 6,096 positive cases in Florida residents and 242 positive cases in non-Florida residents.
Florida recently partnered with private laboratories around the state to expand COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity. This partnership will increase the number of tests conducted each day and ensure Floridians receive the critical health information they need in a timely manner.
Expansion to private laboratories changes the COVID-19 testing landscape in Florida. Private laboratories are running tests as they receive swab samples from practitioners. Testing and reporting times vary among commercial and DOH laboratories. Demographic information may be updated during investigations. These twice daily reports reflect the state’s efforts to accurately and transparently share information.
More information on a case-by-case basis can also be found at the link below:

Coronavirus: summary of persons being monitored, persons under investigation, and cases
March 30, 2020 7:07 PM

Today, March 30, 2020 the Florida Department of Education announced that all school campuses will remain closed through May 1, 2020.

St. Lucie Public Schools
March 30, 2020 4:06 PM

COVID-19 Update #8
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: 772.465.4170
March 30, 2020, 4:00 PM
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

City of Fort Pierce officials continue to urge residents and visitors to abide by social distancing guidelines and preventative measures set forth by the CDC during this critical time: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.

SLC PUBLIC INFORMATION HOTLINE
St. Lucie County’s Emergency Management staff is expanding the hours of operations for the Public Information Hotline to help residents answer general questions about local government efforts relating to COVID-19. That number is 772-460-HELP (4357). The Public Information Lines will be operational Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

VACATION RENTALS
Executive Order 20-87 orders all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of the order. If you believe any licensee is operating contrary to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-87, please report the information, here: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/eo-complaints/.

RECREATIONAL BOATING RESTRICTIONS
FWC Executive Order 20-09 has been enacted to reflect direction from Governor DeSantis, the DOH and the CDC. Effective immediately, all recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart. Each recreational vessel must not have more than 10 people on board. Full details and additional proactive measures the FWC is implementing: https://bit.ly/2WGUKX8.

OUTDOOR RECREATION
Residents may engage in outdoor activity and recreation in wide-open areas not otherwise closed to the public, while maintaining social distancing.
• All City of Fort Pierce beaches are closed, including South Causeway Park and Jaycee Park. All other city parks remain open at this time.
• The boat ramps at Jaycee Park and Fisherman’s Wharf are open.
• The Indian Hills Golf Course is open.

CITY OPERATIONS
City Hall remains closed to the public until further notice. Essential services like police, solid waste and utilities are not impacted. City of Fort Pierce staff continue to serve the public during this closure via phone, email and online services. The building department is open to by appointment only, please call: 772-467-3199. For a full staff directory, visit: http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/Directory.aspx?DID=5.

COMMUNICATION
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents may subscribe to receive updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website: www.cityoffortpierce.com. Archived updates are also available on the city’s website.

March 30, 2020 10:54 AM

St. Lucie County’s Emergency Management staff is expanding the hours of operations for the Public Information Hotline to help residents answer general questions about local government efforts relating to COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus). That number is 772-460-HELP (4357).
The Public Information Lines will be operational Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, federal and state health officials are recommending that residents avoid unnecessary travel, practice proper hand washing techniques and limit gathering of 10 or more. If you are sick or have a compromised immune system, it is recommended that you stay home and avoid public places. If you are sick, please contact your primary health care professional.

March 27, 2020 4:18 PM

COVID-19 Update #7
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: Shyanne Helms, 772.465.4170
March 27, 2020, 4:00 PM
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

There are reported cases of COVID-19 in St. Lucie County. As we head into the weekend, City of Fort Pierce officials urge residents and visitors to abide by social distancing guidelines and preventative measures set forth by the CDC during this critical time: https://www.cdc.gov/coron…/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.

CITY OPERATIONS
The Fort Pierce City Commission held a special meeting this morning to discuss COVID-19. The video recording can be viewed online, here: https://fortpiercefl.new.swagit.com/videos/44931. City Hall remains closed to the public until further notice. Essential services like police, solid waste and utilities are not impacted. City of Fort Pierce staff continue to serve the public during this closure via phone, email and online services. For a full staff directory, visit: http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/Directory.aspx?DID=5.
• The Building Department will remain open by appointment only for paper permit submittals. To make an appointment to meet with the building department, please call: 772-467-3199. In-person interior inspections for occupied or recently occupied residences will no longer be conducted. For more information, visit: http://cityoffortpierce.com/131/Building-Department.
• The Planning Department is implementing a temporary change in policy, allowing all applications to be submitted electronically. For more information, please call 772-467-3737 or visit: https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/183/Planning.

OUTDOOR RECREATION
Residents may engage in outdoor activity and recreation in wide-open areas not otherwise closed to the public, while maintaining social distancing.
• All City of Fort Pierce beaches are closed, including South Causeway Park and Jaycee Park. All other city parks remain open at this time.
• The boat ramps at Jaycee Park and Fisherman’s Wharf are open.
• The Indian Hills Golf Course is open.

COMMUNICATION
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents may subscribe to receive updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website: www.cityoffortpierce.com. Archived updates are also available on the city’s website.

March 26, 2020 9:13 AM

Has your small business been economically impacted by COVID-19? The state has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program to provide short-term, interest-free loans to help businesses bridge the gap from the time of impact until long-term resources are available. Florida SBDC Network will be hosting a Facebook Live event today to address FAQs and answer questions in real-time at the link below:

Florida SBDC Network Facebbok
March 24, 2020 5:02 PM

COVID-19 Update #6
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: Shyanne Helms, 772.467.3034
March 24, 2020, 5:00 PM
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

CITY PARKS AND BEACHES
All City of Fort Pierce beaches are closed, including South Causeway Park and Jaycee Park. All other city parks remain open; however, the City of Fort Pierce urges residents and visitors to follow social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC.

BOAT RAMPS
The boat ramps at Jaycee Park and Fisherman’s Wharf are open until further notice.

CITY HALL
Fort Pierce City Hall is currently closed to the public. Essential services like police, solid waste, and utilities are not impacted by this closure. Many departments are expanding their online and phone services. Visit the city’s website for a staff directory: http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/Directory.aspx?DID=5

Building Department:
The Building Department will remain open by appointment only for paper permit submittals. To make an appointment to meet with the building department, please call: 772-467-3199. In-person interior inspections for occupied or recently occupied residences will no longer be conducted. For more information, visit: http://cityoffortpierce.com/131/Building-Department.

Planning Department:
The Planning Department is implementing a temporary change in policy, allowing all applications to be submitted electronically. Applications can be submitted via email or regular mail. Submittal documents must be submitted as a PDF and can be emailed to planning_dl@cityoffortpierce.com or submitted on a CD or USB Drive via mail to 100 N. US Highway 1, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950, attention: Planning Department. If applications cannot be submitted electronically, please call 772-467-3737 so that other arrangements can be made.

Indian Hills Golf Course:
The Indian Hills Golf Course remains open and is implementing precautionary safety and sanitary measures.

COMMUNICATION
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents may subscribe to receive updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website: www.cityoffortpierce.com. Archived updates are also available on the city’s website.

March 23, 2020 4:44 PM

COVID-19 Update #5
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: Shyanne Helms, 772.467.3034
March 23, 2020, 4:00 PM
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

CITY PARKS AND BEACHES
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all City of Fort Pierce beaches are closed effective Monday, March 23, this includes South Causeway Park and Jaycee Park.

St. Lucie County beach accesses and all Florida State Parks are also closed.

BOAT RAMPS
The boat ramps at Jaycee Park and Fisherman’s Wharf will remain open until further notice.

SPECIAL EVENTS
All special events in the City of Fort Pierce are canceled until further notice.

FL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
The City of Fort Pierce urges all residents and visitors to practice social distancing and all other preventative measures provided by the Florida Department of Health and CDC. For more information, please visit: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/prevention.

CITY HALL
Fort Pierce City Hall is currently closed to the public. Essential services like police, solid waste, and utilities will not be impacted by this closure.

The Building Department remains open by appointment only for paper permit submittals. To make an appointment to meet with the building department, please call: 772-467-3199. For more information, visit: http://cityoffortpierce.com/131/Building-Department.

COMMUNICATION
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents may subscribe to receive updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website: www.cityoffortpierce.com. Archived updates are also available on the city’s website.

March 21, 2020 4:45 PM

Click the link below for today's press briefing by St. Lucie County.

Reminder: Keep your distance. While Fort Pierce beaches and parks remain open to the public, law enforcement officers will be patrolling to ensure everyone is practicing safe distancing recommendations.

March 21 Press Conference
March 20, 2020 4:49 PM

COVID-19 Update #4
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: Shyanne Helms, 772.467.3034
March 20, 2020, 4:30 PM
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

CITY HALL
The City of Fort Pierce is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our community. In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Fort Pierce City Hall will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 23 until further notice.

The Building Department will remain open by appointment only for paper permit submittals. To make an appointment to meet with the building department, please call: 772-467-3199. For more information, visit: http://cityoffortpierce.com/131/Building-Department.

Essential services like police, solid waste, and utilities will not be impacted by this closure.

BUSINESSES
We know many businesses have been affected by this crisis — rest assured that we are working with our community partners to identify additional resources to assist businesses during these uncertain times.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) activated the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) for the State of Florida. This program provides low-interest loans for profit and non-profit businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. The program provides loans up to $2 million with an interest rate cap of 3.75% (2.75% for non-profits) and up to 30 year term. For more information and application information on the EIDL program, please visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/EIDLLoans.

Additionally, the Internal Revenue Service via Notice 2020-17 has delayed 2019 tax payments from April 15 to July 15, 2020. For more information on the IRS and Treasure guidance, please visit https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Small Business Bridge Loan Program is continuing to accept applications until May 8th. This short-term loan program offers up to $50,000 at 0% interest for 12 months. For program information please visit www.floridadisasterloan.org.

BARS, NIGHTCLUBS, RESTAURANTS AND FITNESS CENTERS
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced new restrictions across Florida to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-71, temporarily suspending all dining in and consumption of alcohol at restaurants in the state of Florida. Restaurant's kitchens will still be allowed to operate for the purposes of delivery or take-out business only. Governor DeSantis also ordered gymnasiums and fitness centers to close. Visit: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/emergency/


ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services will be serving meals for students in our community from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Monday-Friday at the following expanded sites starting on Monday, March 23.
"Grab and Go" meals include breakfast and lunch.

• Dan McCarty Middle School
• Forest Grove Middle School
• Francis K. Sweet Elementary
• Lakewood Park Elementary
• Weatherbee Elementary
• Westwood Academy
• White City Elementary
• Morningside Elementary
• Northport K8
• Port St. Lucie High School
• Rivers Edge Elementary
• Bayshore Elementary
• Manatee K8
• Oak Hammock K8
• West Gate K8
• Windmill Point Elementary

For more information, visit: https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/coronavirus-updates/

COMMUNICATION
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents may subscribe to receive updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website: www.cityoffortpierce.com. Archived updates are also available on the city’s website.

March 19, 2020 1:37 PM

The Small Business Administration (SBA) activated the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) for the State of Florida. This program provides low-interest loans for profit and non-profit businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. The program provides loans up to $2 million with an interest rate cap of 3.75% (2.75% for non-profits) and up to 30 year term. For more information and application information on the EIDL program, please visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/EIDLLoans.

Additionally, the Internal Revenue Service via Notice 2020-17 has delayed 2019 tax payments from April 15 to July 15, 2020. For more information on the IRS and Treasure guidance, please visit https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Small Business Bridge Loan Program is continuing to accept applications until May 8th. This short-term loan program offers up to $50,000 at 0% interest for 12 months. For program information please visit www.floridadisasterloan.org. You can apply for the loan online, or can print the application (print application) and email to Tom Kindred, SBDC Regional Director at tkindred@irsc.edu.

SBA Disaster Loan
March 18, 2020 4:22 PM

COVID-19 Update #3
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: Shyanne Helms, 772.467.3034
March 18, 2020, 4:15 PM

Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce


CITY SERVICES
All City buildings are closed to the public with the exception of City Hall, Fort Pierce City Marina (open to existing tenants) and Indian Hills Golf Course. City Hall is open with limited access to the public. During this unpredictable time, citizens should expect delays at City Hall and instead are encouraged to take advantage of our online services, email and phone resources. For a staff directory, visit: www.cityoffortpierce.com/directory. Essential services like police, public works and solid waste collection are not impacted by these changes.


PARKS
City parks are open; however, residents and visitors should abide by the social distancing recommendations set forth by the Governor by limiting their gatherings to no more than 10 persons.


BUILDING DEPARTMENT
E-mail building permit submittal has been expanded. For a list of building permits and documents that can be submitted electronically, visit: www.cityoffortpierce.com/131/Building-Department


BUSINESSES
To keep you informed with the most current information available to assist your business and employees during this challenging time, the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County established a COVID-19 Business Assistance Resource Web Portal. This tool was developed to have all federal, state and local resources at your fingertips.

The web portal can be viewed online at www.youredc.com. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, the EDC will be monitoring all available resources and will share updated information as it becomes available on the web portal.

Businesses impacted by COVID-19 are also encouraged to visit www.SBA.gov for additional information regarding guidance and disaster loan programs.


SLC PUBLIC INFORMATION HOTLINE
St. Lucie County’s Emergency Management staff has opened the Public Information Hotline to help residents answer general questions about local government efforts relating to COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus. That number is 772-460-HELP (4357).

St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center is at partial Level 2 activation. The Public Information Lines will be operational weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


SCHOOLS
The Florida Department of Education has announced that students will not return until April 15th.

All state assessments have been canceled for this school year. Online Instruction for students in St. Lucie Public Schools will begin on March 30th. More detailed Information will be shared in the coming days.


COMMUNICATION
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents may subscribe to receive updates via email or text message through the “COVID-19 Information alert center” on the city’s website at www.cityoffortpierce.com.

March 18, 2020 11:46 AM

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE RESOURCE WEB PORTAL
In an effort to keep you informed with the most current information available to assist your business and employees during this challenging time, the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County established a COVID-19 Business Assistance Resource Web Portal. This tool was developed to have all federal, state and local resources at your fingertips.

The web portal can be viewed here: https://youredc.com/grow_your_business/wr. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, the EDC be monitoring all available resources and share updated information as it becomes available on the web portal.

COVID-19 Business Assistance Resource Web Portal
March 18, 2020 11:31 AM

PUBLIC INFORMATION HOTLINE
St. Lucie County’s Emergency Management staff has opened the Public Information Hotline to help residents answer general questions about local government efforts relating to COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus. That number is 772-460-HELP (4357).

St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center is at partial Level 2 activation. The Public Information Lines will be operational weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, federal and state health officials are recommending that residents limit gathering of 10 or more. If you are sick or have a compromised immune system, it is recommended that you stay home and avoid public places. If you are sick, please contact your primary health care professional.

For additional information and updates relating to St. Lucie County, please visit the link below.

St. Lucie County COVID-19 Updates
March 18, 2020 11:28 AM

ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO REMAIN CLOSED
The Florida Department of Education has announced that students will not return until April 15th.

All state assessments have been canceled for this school year.

Online Instruction for students in St. Lucie Public Schools will begin on March 30th. More detailed information will be shared in the coming days.

St. Lucie Public Schools Website
March 17, 2020 4:47 PM

COVID-19 Update #2
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: Shyanne Helms, 772.467.3034
March 17, 2020, 4:30 PM
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

The City of Fort Pierce is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our citizens and visitors. In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Fort Pierce is taking proactive steps to follow federal, state and local officials' recommendations. The City of Fort Pierce declared a State of Local Emergency in order to properly prepare for, and respond to, the spread of COVID-19. These measures will not impact critical services such as utilities, police, waste and recycling collection, however, some city functions may be modified.

The following operational changes will take effect on Wednesday, March 18 until further notice:

• City Hall will remain open with limited access to the public; however, all other city buildings will be closed to the public. During this unpredictable time, citizens are encouraged to take advantage of our online services, email and phone resources. For a staff directory, visit: http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/Directory.aspx

• All Board and Committee meetings are canceled with the exception of the City Commission. To view a list of canceled meetings, visit: http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/223/Agendas-Minutes

• City parks and the Indian Hills Golf Course will remain open, for more information on the golf course, visit: https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=459

• The Fort Pierce City Marina will also remain open to existing tenants but will no longer accept new reservations and the gift shop is closed.

• All recreational programming is canceled including Courageous Kids and Boys and Girls Club at Percy Peek Gymnasium.

• All special events are canceled including shows at the Sunrise Theatre and private events at city facilities. For more information about the Sunrise Theatre and Black Box schedule, contact the box office, srtbox@sunrisetheatre.com or 772-461-4775.

• The Seven Gables Visitor Center is closed.

BARS, NIGHTCLUBS AND RESTAURANTS
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced new restrictions across Florida to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. Effective at 5:00 pm tonight, all bars and nightclubs throughout the state of Florida will close for the next 30 days. Restaurants must operate at 50% occupancy and should separate seated customers by a distance of at least six feet. The Governor also encourages restaurants to continue to expand take-out and delivery services. Guidance: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/emergency/

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION RESOURCES
Businesses impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to visit www.SBA.gov for additional information regarding guidance and disaster loan programs.

COMMUNICATION
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents may subscribe to receive updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website: www.cityoffortpierce.com. Archived updates are also available on the city’s website.

Today's Press Conference with Local Officials
March 16, 2020 4:58 PM

COVID-19 Update #1
City of Fort Pierce
March 16, 2020, 4:00 PM
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

The City of Fort Pierce is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our citizens and visitors. The City of Fort Pierce continues to work closely with our community partners to monitor the Coronavirus situation in our community. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in St. Lucie County.

COMMUNICATION
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents may subscribe to receive updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website: www.cityoffortpierce.com.

Residents are also advised 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.

CITY SERVICES
There is currently no change in city services. As we adapt to the recommendations and restrictions due to the Coronavirus, our citizens are encouraged to take advantage of our online services, email and phone resources. Visit our website at www.cityoffortpierce.com.

CITY COMMISSION MEETING
The City of Fort Pierce City Commission Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm will proceed as regularly scheduled.

SEVEN GABLES VISITOR CENTER
The Seven Gables Visitor Center will be closed through April 3, 2020.

EVENTS
As a preventive measure to reduce the transmission and spread of the Coronavirus, large-scale special events and all performances at the Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts and Black Box have been postponed or canceled through April 3, 2020.

The following events have been postponed or canceled.

Postponed:
• Sandy Shoes Seafood & Brew
Canceled:
• Jazz on Moore’s Creek
• Friday Fest
• Downtown Farmers Market
• Jazz Market
• Wednesday Green Market
• Dancin’ in the Streets
• Jazz Week
• Restoring the Village Diabetes Walk
• Manatee Center 5K
• Waterside Blues
• Fool’s Day 5K
• Sunrise Spotlight (March 19)
• Coffee with the Mayor (March 20)
For more information about the Sunrise Theatre and Black Box schedule, contact the box office, srtbox@sunrisetheatre.com or 772-461-4775.

FISHERMAN’S WHARF REDEVELOPMENT
The Fisherman’s Wharf Request for Qualifications is being postponed until further notice as well as the respective Pre-Qualification meeting scheduled for March 18, 2020.

SCHOOLS
The Florida Commissioner of Education announced that spring break will be extended by one week. For St. Lucie students, spring break will begin on March 16th and students will return on March 30th. All extracurricular activities, including athletics, are canceled effective Monday, March 16th.

St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services will be serving meals for students in our community, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, 2020, at the following schools:
• Chester A. Moore Elementary: 827 N 29th St, Fort Pierce, FL 34947
• Northport K8: 250 NW Floresta Dr, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
• Treasure Coast High School: 1000 SW Darwin Blvd, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34953
Child Nutrition Services Managers across the District will be staffing the open locations.

Meals will be prepped, bagged and brought to the bus loop area which will allow for parents to drive through and pick up meals with their children. Meals will be provided to children in the car 18 years of age and younger. Children must be present in the car to receive meal(s). Child Nutrition Services staff will be handing out the meals and ask families to please remain in their cars while in the pickup line.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Department at child.nutrition.services@stlucieschools.org

Please note: A more expansive and detailed food plan is in place for the extended spring break week of 3/23 – 3/27. Please follow the school district's website for more information:

For more information on St. Lucie Public Schools, visit: https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/coronavirus-updates/

FORT PIERCE UTILITIES AUTHORITY
Beginning Wednesday, March 18 at 9:00 am, FPUA’s Customer Service Lobby will be closed to the public. FPUA anticipates reopening the lobby after a period of two weeks but will re-evaluate according to recommendations from the CDC and SLC Department of Health. FPUA has also decided to suspend service disconnections beginning Wednesday, March 18 and continuing until further notice. For more information and alternative payment options, please visit: https://fpua.com/


BUSINESS DAMAGE ASSESSMENT SURVEY
Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. The survey can be taken online at https://floridadisaster.biz/
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
The Florida Department of Health has enabled a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week call center at 1-866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov. More information and updates available at http://www.floridahealth.gov/

Florida Department of Health
March 14, 2020 4:20 PM

ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS UPDATE

The Florida Commissioner of Education announced that spring break will be extended by one week. For St. Lucie students, spring break will begin on March 16th and students will return on March 30th. All extracurricular activities, including athletics, are cancelled effective Monday, March 16th.

MEALS DURING SPRING BREAK
St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services will be serving meals for students in our community, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, 2020, at the following schools:

Chester A. Moore Elementary: 827 N 29th St, Fort Pierce, FL 34947 Northport K8: 250 NW Floresta Dr, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983

Treasure Coast High School: 1000 SW Darwin Blvd, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34953

Child Nutrition Services Managers across the District will be staffing the open locations.

Meals will be prepped, bagged and brought to the bus loop area which will allow for parents to drive through and pick up meals with their children. Meals will be provided to children in the car 18 years of age and younger. Children must be present in the car to receive meal(s). Child Nutrition Services staff will be handing out the meals and ask families to please remain in their cars while in the pickup line.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Department at child.nutrition.services@stlucieschools.org

Please note: A more expansive and detailed food plan is in place for the extended spring break week of 3/23 – 3/27. Please follow the school district's website for more information:

St. Lucie Public Schools Website
March 14, 2020 4:11 PM

CITY OF FORT PIERCE CANCELS LARGE-SCALE EVENTS AS PRECAUTION

The City of Fort Pierce is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our citizens and visitors. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Fort Pierce. However, as a preventive measure to reduce the transmission and spread of the Coronavirus, large-scale special events and all performances at the Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts and Black Box have been postponed or canceled through April 3, 2020.

After careful consideration of the guidelines issued by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health, measures are being implemented to protect the public. The following events have been postponed or canceled:

Postponed:
Sandy Shoes Seafood & Brew

Canceled:
St. Patrick’s Day on 2nd St.
Jazz on Moore’s Creek
Friday Fest
Downtown Farmer’s Market
Jazz Market
Wednesday Green Market
Dancin’ in the Streets
Jazz Week
Restoring the Village Diabetes Walk
Manatee Center 5K
Waterside Blues
Fool’s Day 5K

There is no change in essential city services. As we adapt to the recommendations and restrictions due to the Coronavirus, our citizens are encouraged to take advantage of our online services, email & phone resources. Visit our website at www.cityoffortpierce.com.

For more information about the Sunrise Theatre and Black Box schedule, contact the box office, srtbox@sunrisetheatre.com or 772-461-4775.
The City of Fort Pierce continues to work closely with our community partners to monitor the Coronavirus situation in our community. If the circumstances change, strategies will be adopted and implemented in response to any modified guidelines from health officials.

As recommended by the Florida Department of Health, if you think you may have Coronavirus or are showing any symptoms, please call your doctor or local hospital before you visit. For any questions or concerns you may have regarding Coronavirus, the Florida Department of Health has a call center available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-779-6121 or email at
COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

“The most important thing you can do for yourself and your family is take personal responsibility and follow the guidelines that have been provided to you by our national and state government, and your city,” said Mayor Linda Hudson.