Legislative Program 2019 Legislative Program - Page 5

PROGRAMS WE ARE SUPPORTING: ST. LUCIE COUNT Y ’S 2019 LEGISL ATIVE PROGR AM St. Lucie County’s 2019 Legislative Program common priorities in the areas of Economic Development, Budget & Taxation Policy, Environmental/Natural Resources, Transportation & Infrastructure, Public Safety, Health & Human Services and Education. FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TR ANSPORTATION (FDOT) WORK PROGR AM The City supports the funding of all ranked transportation projects by the FDOT in the 5-year work program. Projects include the Crosstown Parkway Extension, the widening of Port St. Lucie Boulevard, St. Lucie West/I-95 Interchange Improvements, sidewalk construction, intersection improvements, bridge rehabilitation, and traffic signal operation and maintenance. VILL AGE GREEN CORRIDOR REVITALIZ ATION Support funding for the Village Green Corridor Revitalization Project. The upgraded Village Green Corridor will connect the new Crosstown Parkway Extension bridge and U.S. Highway 1 to major economic growth opportunities, civic and neighborhood hubs, and the East Coast Greenway. EAST COAST GREENWAYS Suppor t funding for connections in the Cit y to the East Coast Greenway, a nationally significant, 3,000 -mile trail from Key West, Florida to the Canadian border in Maine. INDIAN RIVER L AGOON-SOUTH AND EVERGL ADES RESTOR ATION The City supports funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and the Indian River Lagoon-South Restoration Project (IRL-S). SEPTIC TO SEWER CONVERSION Support funding to encourage residents to convert from septic tanks to sewer systems to curb pollution that enters water bodies. Port St. Lucie would like to finalize one of the nation’s largest municipal septic sewer conversions by assisting residents. A year-long Microbial Tracking Study conducted by the City and Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute found high levels of fecal bacteria and nutrients in the Sagamore, Hogpen Slough, Elkcam, Veterans Memorial and Monterrey drainage canals. The City has just under 16,000 septic tanks in city limits, including over 4,800 within 50 feet of waterway. POLICIES WE ARE SUPPORTING: Resolutions approved by the Florida League of Cities Policy Committees on Local Self Government, Community Redevelopment Agencies, Transportation Funding, Water Supply & Water Quality, Communication Services Tax Protection and Short-Term Rentals. SOBER HOMES The City of Port St. Lucie supports legislation to regulate “recovery residence” as defined in Florida Statutes §397.311(36) as “residential dwelling unit... that provides a peer-supported, alcohol-free, and drug-free living environment.” www.CityofPSL.com/Legislative