HOW SHOULD THE PORT EVOLVE TO EMBRACE COMMUNITY ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES?
This is the central question posed by St. Lucie County and its consultants as we embark on the update of the Port of Fort Pierce Master Plan. Join us in this important conversation about the future of your Port!
OUR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PORTAL IS NOW OPEN!
Thank you to the 250 participants taking part in our 3 virtual webcasts between July 1 and 2! If you were not able to participate, each webcast was recorded and available for viewing at the end of this webpage. The base content and presentation was the same for each meeting; audience comments varied.
There are several other ways to take part and stay involved in this important planning effort - all are provided below! Sign up for all project news and announcements. Take our survey on community priorities for the Port. Review project presentations and materials in our downloads section. Return to this website for the latest information and news.
GET IN TOUCH WITH THE PROJECT TEAM!
If you have any questions or comments that you would like addressed by St. Lucie County, please email Kori Benton: [email protected]
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Port of Fort Pierce is one of Florida’s 15 deepwater seaports. Initially created as a maritime freight and logistics center for the movement of agricultural products and other cargos from the Treasure Coast, today’s Port of Fort Pierce functions as a hybrid of working waterfront elements and community infrastructure. It is unlike most of the more traditional cargo and cruise dominant seaports in Florida.
Every five years, Florida Seaports are required to update their long-range master plan to identify, guide, and coordinate port development and ensure alignment with local comprehensive planning. This master plan update—along with ongoing investment in the new Derecktor Shipyard—marks an important milestone for the Port and its working waterfront. The Port of Fort Pierce is poised for a renaissance that holds potential to grow new economic and other beneficial impacts for the residents of St. Lucie County and the surrounding region. Charting a roadmap forward for the Port to achieve these ends is critical.
The Plan update commenced in May and will continue throughout the summer, with draft and final plans readied in September. The effort includes two public engagement opportunities, the first of which starts June 25 and lasts through July 12. Through the project website, community members can learn more about the project, participate in a short survey on community priorities, and sign-up for project email blasts. Due to health and safety issues arising from COVID-19, in-person community meetups have been replaced with online livestreaming events.