State to Vote on Veterans Nursing Home Sept. 23

The Florida Governor and Cabinet are slated to decide on St. Lucie County's bid to be the location for the next veterans nursing home on Sept. 23.
The Florida Governor and Cabinet are expected to vote on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs recommendation to select St. Lucie County as the location of the state’s next Veterans Nursing Home on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The Florida Cabinet meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 23, starting at 8 a.m. on the ground floor of the Capitol in Tallahassee. The meeting will be televised live on SLCTV (Comcast 21 and U-Verse 99) via the Florida Channel.

St. Lucie County Commission Chair Frannie Hutchinson and the other members of the Board plan to attend the Cabinet meeting along with county staff. 
After reviewing potential sites around the state, a site selection committee from the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs recommended that a 28.5-acre site in the Tradition community of Port St. Lucie become the location of the state’s seventh veterans’ nursing home. The 120-bed facility would employ roughly 190 people.

“We are hopeful that the Cabinet will follow through with the site selection’s recommendation in choosing St. Lucie County and Port St. Lucie as the home of the state’s next veterans’ nursing home,” said Commissioner Hutchinson. “We want to encourage all businesses, veterans groups and residents that are able to make the trip to Tallahassee to show the State our community commitment and dedication in making this project a reality here on the Treasure Coast. We also encourage emails and phone calls to the Cabinet members for those that cannot travel to the Capitol.”

The state is providing funding up to $11 million, which would be matched with federal dollars, to construct at least one new veterans’ nursing home in Florida. The estimated $36.1 million construction project along with the annual budget of more than $7 million in operations would provide an enormous economic benefit to the region. The 75-mile service area for the Treasure Coast currently houses an estimated 279,971 veterans; 145,242 of whom are over age 65. The closest existing state veterans’ nursing homes are more than two hours away in all directions.

The proposed project has already generated universal support from veterans groups, local governments, businesses and residents throughout the Treasure Coast, including Tradition Land Company, LLC, which donated the 28.5 acres for the proposed nursing home to St. Lucie County.

“We strongly believe that Tradition is the ideal location for the state’s next veterans’ nursing home as did the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs leadership and its Site Selection Committee, and we look forward to a positive decision from the Governor and Cabinet that will result in a facility to serve our region’s growing population of veterans,” said Jim Anderson, general manager with Tradition Land Company.

Those that are interested in learning more about the proposed project or attending the Cabinet meeting can contact Wayne Teegardin, Veterans Services manager for St. Lucie County, at 772-337-5670 or teegardinw@stlucieco.org.

Residents interested in supporting this project are asked to contact:

Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001 (850) 717-9239
850 / 488-9578 (fax)
rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com

Colonel Mike Prendergast
Executive Director
Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
11351 Ulmerton Road, #311-K Largo, FL 33778-1630
727-518-3202
ExDir@fdva.state.fl.us

Pam Bondi Attorney General State of Florida The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1050 (850) 245-0145
Pam.bondi@myfloridalegal.com

Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0300 (850) 413-2824
Jeff.Atwater@myfloridacfo.com

Adam Putnam
Commissioner of Agriculture
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0810 (850) 617-7747
adam.putnam@freshfromflorida.com

 

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