History of Joint Center - City of Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County

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Joint Center


History About the Joint Center
Since 1972 the Florida Atlantic University/Florida International University Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems (Joint Center) was dedicated to helping communities and decision makers resolve urban and environmental issues through partnerships, education, and research. Under the leadership and direction of James F. Murley, we believed that South Florida and other regions could manage growth without compromising economic prosperity, environmental integrity, or quality of life. The Joint Center's mission was to work with policy-makers and the public in their pursuit of options for managing growth while preserving natural systems, promoting a strong economy and planning livable communities. Local governments, state agencies, civic and business groups, academics, and professionals are part of the broad constituency that supports, motivates, and benefits from our activities. The Joint Center achieves its mission through a combination of applied research, academic support, and community outreach. Our faculty and staff include a full-time director, nine full-time research associates and assistants, four administrative and clerical support staff, coordinators of computer applications and research information, and graduate assistants. The research staff is multi-disciplinary with expertise in planning, public policy, economics, and the social sciences. We also rely on partnerships with other entities within and outside Florida Atlantic University to maximize our resources and enhance our ability to serve the needs of a growing South Florida.

Mission Statement for Port Plan
Our mission is to develop the deepwater port master plan for the Port of Ft. Pierce. The Joint Center project team will collect and analyze data; draft goals, objectives and policies based on the data; update to comply with statutory requirements; and facilitate stakeholder meetings with direction from the County staff and elected officials. This process will be shared with all stakeholders on a community website and through community meetings. The updated Plan was presented to St. Lucie County in February, 2002 and finalized with state agencies in June 30, 2002. For further details, see the Scope of Work for this project.

Previous Project Partners

 Past City of Fort Pierce Contacts

  • Patricia Tobin - 772-460-2200 x-205 -PTobin.CFP@city-ftpierce.com
  • Ramon Trias - Director of Development
  • Dennis Beach - City Manager - 772-460-2200
  • Subcontractors to Port Implementation - Maritime Trust Company -  Contact: Tyler Jones
  • Gee & Jenson - Contact - Robert Massarelli




Port of Fort Pierce  -  Development Team




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  For Review of Planning Efforts and Documents

Click on Port Master Plan

 Current Partners for the Development of the Port of Fort Pierce

  • Don West, P.E.- Public Works Director, St. Lucie County
  • Mark Satterlee - Assistant County Administrator, St. Lucie County
  • Leslie Olsen - Planning Director, St. Lucie Count
  • Peter Jones, A.I.A. - Business Navigator, St. Lucie County
  • Rebecca Grohall - Planing Director, City of Fort Pierce
  • Jack Andrews, P.E. - City Engineer, City of Fort Pierce
  • Nicholas Mimms, P.E. - City Manager, City of Fort Pierce
  • Lauren Rand, CPM - District Seaport Coordinator, FDOT




 St Lucie County


St. Lucie County is centrally located at the junction of I-95 and the Florida Turnpike. The County is 572 square miles and contains two metropolitan areas, Ft. Pierce and Port St. Lucie. The County's population is nearly 193,000, which is 1.2 percent of Florida's total population. St. Lucie County's population is growing faster than the State of Florida as a whole, with a population increase of 28.3 percent between 1990 and 2000. The median household income is $30, 788. Over 22 percent of the population is 65 years of age and older, while over 29 percent is under the age of 18. The majority of jobs are held in retail trade, healthcare and social assistance. There are also large numbers of jobs in accommodation and food services, manufacturing and wholesale trade. Ft. Pierce, the county seat, was the center of the town's activity and gathering place for the early settlers. Spruce Bluff, located in Port St. Lucie where the first known inhabitants settled, is the site of an Ais Indian burial ground. In the western part of the county, citrus groves and cattle ranches dominate the landscape. St. Lucie County's best known asset is its spectacularly beautiful barrier islands, boasting 21 miles of bleached white beaches edging a cobalt-blue ocean and lined with sabal palms. Public beaches consist of seven miles of this coastal stretch, projecting an unspoiled, tropical tranquility rarely found elsewhere in the state.