Broaden and strengthen the economic base of the regional community by providing adequate infrastructure and development processes for mixed-use port development.
St. Lucie County is exploring strategic options for the Port of Fort Pierce. The county owns 20 acres at the Port, adjacent to 67 acres owned privately, as well as 12 acres that house the privately-owned Indian River Terminal. The Port Master Plan was updated in December 2015. The four key recommendations follow:
- Seek funding for infrastructure that may include rail/road/bridge enhancements, storm water projects and other infrastructure.
- Coordinate alignment of city and county planning and code to facilitate port development through approval of an Interlocal Agreement of governance.
- Complete reconstruction of the Port Entrance Road and utility improvements to serve future port development activities.
- Through the Harbor Advisory Committee, continue a dialogue with seaport land owners, key community groups, and city and county governance, to build alliances and advance economic development.
The county is striving to refresh the Port's vision and direction and set strategies for revitalization, as well as tackle heavy county unemployment.