Did you know we (Port St Lucie) has a population of 167,000? We are proud of our “small town” feel but we are a big city. We are the 9th largest city in Florida.
We have the lowest crime rate in the state. In fact, last year our crime rate dropped more than 19 percent. It was the 3rd consecutive year that Port St Lucie has had the lowest crime rate of any Florida city with a population over 100,000. It was the 10th time the city has been recognized by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for having the state’s lowest crime rate.
We are also one of the largest cities geographically. Our 116 square miles of incorporated city is larger than the cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach combined.
We have excellent infrastructure with modern state-of-the-art water and sewer utilities available to every lot in the city. This is especially important for new businesses looking to build.
With plenty room for growth, we have attracted high tech industries, with three major biotech firms moving here in the past few years. And because we now have a biotech cluster, with more to come, a 90 bed hospital is under construction to open in the fall, and a 400,000 square foot medical office plaza will soon follow.
In the past year we have had four highly recognizable national companies commit to Port St Lucie.
Bass Pro Shops is opening a retail destination here along I-95 just outside Tradition with plans to open this fall.
Burlington Coat Factory is moving into the St Lucie West area.
Also in St Lucie West, Guitar Center just opened. They have more than 240 stores nationwide. On opening night more than 3,000 customers lined up around the block to get in.
Tesla Motors, who make the most popular electric cars on the market, are planning to build a supercharging station, also in St Lucie West. The significance of this is that we are a midway point between the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area and the Orlando-St Petersburg areas. Tesla Motors see the potential here and recognize the value of being within a 2-3 hour drive of more than 11 million people. By the way, since Tesla Motors announced their Port St Lucie plan two months ago, their stock has gone up 19 percent. Tesla’s founder and CEO also started PayPal, so anytime a successful international visionary gives a vote of confidence to our community, we feel very encouraged.