Dear Vice Mayor & City Council, City Manager & Staff, and the People of Port St. Lucie,

 

This statement serves to follow up on my previous statement of May 20, 2021, in which I announced that I would not be seeking reelection, and the statements should be considered together.

 

As my family and I came to terms with the incredibly difficult decision to not seek reelection and to instead pursue other public service employment opportunities, we had no idea what opportunities would present themselves, where, and when.  As fate would have it, something special came along much sooner than we anticipated in a place that is very special to us as a family and to me as a native Floridian and someone who loves the water and the environment.

 

In reading the recruitment for the position of Islamorada Village Manager, I felt that the recruiter, Village Council and community were speaking to me on a very deep and personal level, that I couldn’t ask for a better professional fit or a better next chapter in life for my family.  When I realized that the closing date for applying was the same day as my Mom’s birthday (we lost my Mom to cancer in 2013, but she always loved visiting me when I lived in the Keys), I took it as a sign that the universe was talking to me.  If you believe as I do, when you feel like the universe is talking to you, you listen, and then you act accordingly.  As I think you know, I went for the job, and, due to all the good work we have done here together, my amazing family, incredible references, and an abundance of good fortune, the Mayor, Vice Mayor and Village Council of Islamorada selected me as the next Village Manager.  Accordingly, this letter serves to tender my resignation as Mayor effective midnight, the night of June 30, 2021.

 

I regret that there will have to be a special election to fill my seat, but I take heart in knowing that by most objective indicators, the state of our City is at an all-time high, our reputation has never been stronger, and, most importantly, the Vice Mayor & City Council, the City Manager and hard-working City employees, and you—all of the passionate involved citizens, the Port St. Luckies out there—will keep working hard, smart, and together to keep our community’s incredible progress, and our shared commitment to continuous improvement, on track.

 

As to whom will fill my seat, I have never been one to interject myself between the voters and their candidates; but, for those who are interested in my opinion, I would share that Vice Mayor Shannon Martin has been an integral part of our great success over the last six years, and it is my hope that she will be given the opportunity to shine and to demonstrate that she is willing and able to lead our City forward.

 

The Office of Mayor is an incredible thing and among its many virtues, I believe that it simultaneously reveals who you really are while also helping you become a better version of yourself for as long as you can serve with maximum effort and purity of heart.  Thank you for allowing me to serve you as Mayor.  Thank you for all the support and well wishes.  Thank you for your help in making the world a better place, starting right here in PSL.  I hope that you’re proud of the work that we have done together.  The funny thing is…for all the improvements, for all that there is to love about Port St. Lucie today, I am certain, now more than ever, that Port St. Lucie’s best is yet to come.  Onward and upward, PSL!

 

With gratitude, I am

 

Very truly yours,

 

Greg

 

Mayor Greg Oravec and lived in Sandpiper Bay for a long time and always supported our endeavors. He has served both the city and Sandpiper Bay well and we will miss having him as our guest speaker at our board meeting every January. We wish him well in his step forward to the next part of his career.

The hope from Russ Blackburn, the City Manager is to have a byelection to fill the mayor’s position in September. In the meantime, the vice mayor Shannon Martin will take on the duties of mayor.

Some additional information from Christina Flores, Executive Assistant Office of the Mayor and City Council:

“The special election will be held on September 21st. We cannot speak to any possible candidates, only those that have filed. All persons interested in running in the special election have until 12:00pm on July 16th to file and qualify. The City will know at that date and time who the candidates are.”

As always, we welcome any questions members might have.

Thank you,

Barry G Lee

President

Sandpiper Bay Community

772 337-0151

 

We are so proud of the way you have expressed your civic minded contribution to the well-being of our Sandpiper Bay community over the past many years. Did you know that the city of Port Saint Lucie officials has expressed desires to use the Sandpiper Bay Community/Neighborhood as a model to help promote similar development with the 34 other neighborhood associations?

Unfortunately, however, we on the board are frustrated to learn that the signage at the park on Westmoreland (near Gowin) may not be changed to reflect our new name, Sandpiper Bay Community. In fact, it will even eliminate the old name, Sandpiper Bay Homeowners Association, which the city dedicated to our organization for 30 years of outstanding civic service. In addition, the organization was key in getting the city to dedicate that parcel to a park instead of a development when General Development Corporation donated the land and we paid for the sign.

It seemed like a simple request in September 2019. We want you, the residents, to know about the issue. First, the city records of dedication have not been found. Second, the Parks & Recreation Department wanted to standardize all park signs. They decided to name the park, Sandpiper Bay Neighborhood Park which is not an issue as it identifies all of Sandpiper Bay instead of the requested Sandpiper Bay Community Park. Why? Because the words “Community Park”: are used as one of their five categories of types of parks. Thirdly, city sign zoning has changed, based on a US Supreme Court Rulings and our city’s desire to avoid sign pollution, our name association on public property is being challenged. The sign was there before the Supreme Court ruling.

Sandpiper Bay Homeowner’s Association was the very first civic association in the city, starting in 1965 and incorporated in 1968, and is huge part of Port Saint Lucie history. Unfortunately, the city could not find records of the dedication in 1998, even though it was timed to celebrate the 30 years of community service rendered and that the Sandpiper Bay Community was very instrumental in getting the city to dedicate this parcel, given to them by GDC, to a park. This completely disenfranchises what is now over 52 years of civic service. The record of proof is the sign that stand there today. No other records are needed.

Under the NICE program our city government is to promote neighborhood civic associations, neighborhood identity and support resident inputs. We hope that the well-deserved 30-year effort of our association is not disenfranchised over some technicalities, especially since we have added an additional 23 years of civic service since then.

It would be very disappointing to many who have served our community to see this honor disposed and demotivating to those currently serving. It also would fly in the face of the city objectives of the NICE program. We have since provided the city with two-point papers to validate the legality and need for Sandpiper Bay Community. We hope that by working together the city is now in a position to make an equitable compromise.

Your Civic Committee and President will be meeting with the city in the very near future and want and need your input please. We want to take your responses to the meeting.

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The best way to handle a hurricane is to make a plan before the storm. Making an emergency plan can seem overwhelming, but the City of Port St. Lucie created a comprehensive planning guide complete with Federal Emergency Management Agency resources. Visit www.cityofpsl.com/hurricane to make your plan today.

With the threat of identity theft growing, the Port St. Lucie Police Department invites residents to bring their confidential documents for free and secure destruction at the City of Port St. Lucie’s Shred-A-Thon on June 5, 2021. This is an important step in protecting the community from identity theft by disposing of sensitive data securely.

Port St. Lucie residents can prevent identity theft by safely disposing of their personal documents, check stubs, credit card offers, receipts, and any other materials that might contain sensitive data. This event is expected to draw a large crowd, so please have patience. Drivers will be directed to stay in their vehicles while volunteers collect the paper from the backseat or trunk. No walk-ups are allowed. If you are sick, please stay home and send someone to dispose of the documents for you.

Residents can bring a maximum of three banker boxes full of documents to be shredded, free of charge. Please sort your documents and bring confidential papers only. Plastic or metal binders or electronic media will not be accepted.

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Wilderness Trail Meeting No. 2


Join the City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department and Captec Engineering, Inc. on Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. for an online community meeting to discuss the recent public survey results and stakeholder input to prioritize activities and amenities as they pertain to the planning efforts for a new trail at Wilderness Park.

The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Registration is required 30 minutes before attending the meeting. Residents can register here.
You spoke and we listened! Walking, hiking and paved bike trails were the No. 1-ranked facility need and priority in your 2019 Council-approved City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation 10-Year
Master Plan. The City is working to develop a network of on and off-road bikeways, trails and sidewalks and this is just the first of many more to come. For more information on trail projects,
visit www.cityofpsl.com/trails

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