Welcome to Port St. Lucie (PSL)
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Port St. Lucie's climate is tropical to sub-tropical. When building your new home here, it is important to incorporate features into your home that counter the negative effects of heat and moisture. Ceramic tile or stone are the ideal floor coverings for all seasons through out south Florida. During the summer months when Port St. Lucie's temperatures are always in the 90s and humidity is high, ceramic tile and marble flooring, because of its mass, remains cool and stabilizes room temperatures. Additionally, ceramic tile and stone flooring eliminates the health problems associated with carpeting in a humid environment. Port St. Lucie contractors understand this and you should take advantage of that knowledge.
Port St. Lucie contractors are aware that electricity in Florida is not "penny cheap!" Anything that we can do to reduce electric usage is a boon to the Port St. Lucie home owner. The use of ceramic tile on surfaces other than floors can have a major effect on Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) electric bills. Highly reflective surfaces of ceramic tile on countertops and walls reduce the need for additional lighting as well as take advantage of greater mass for stable air conditioning. Today's tiles, combined with superior installation and design skills, can create breathtakingly beautiful kitchens when ceramic tile is used on floors and as a backslash between the counter and the cabinets.
Tradition Medical Center Construction
With the country still emerging from the worst economic crisis in decades, Port St. Lucie may have finally turned the corner with a 110-million dollar hospital construction project.
Martin Health System broke ground March 14, 2012 on a new hospital at the Tradition Center for Innovation (TCI). The hospital will be located at the southwest corner of Tradition Boulevard and Interstate 95 in the west Port St. Lucie development of Tradition. Located on a 20-acre site, the hospital will be one of the largest-ever economic development projects in St. Lucie County.
The 90-bed Tradition Medical Center will provide a resource for research studies taking place at TCI. Martin Health’s newest facility will be located at TCI, a 150-acre research park in the planned community of Tradition in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The anticipated completion date for the medical center is set for early 2014 and is expected to create 400 jobs initially and another 400 jobs over the long term. During the initial construction period there will be over a thousand people involved, a pretty good dose of economic first aid for St. Lucie County residents.
A spokesman for the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County suggests that quite a few pharmaceutical companies want to locate in this area as well."
While job growth in the nation as a whole, has outpaced the recovery in Florida, Florida has seen a 1 percent job growth over the year.
Construction, however, typically a mainstay of the Florida economy, remains sluggish. The construction industry lost jobs year over year, with construction jobs down 5.1 percent from February of 2011.The drop in private construction jobs was due in part to cut backs in state government spending. But the slow housing market remains the main culprit.
Dealing with Wet Carpet
Much of the water damage to residencies in St. Lucie County has always been associated with wet carpeting. Dealing with wet carpet, especially padding, is a situation that needs immediate response for health reasons. Once mold is present in the carpet and padding, the best advice is to discard the items. Mold can and will pose various respiratory illnesses. While one may feel frustrated at the cost of removing the floor coverings, in the long run you will be much better off. The biological hazards that could be present in your old carpet will be there even after the carpet dries and will affect the health of you and your family. Mold loves to grow on items that have gotten wet and been allowed to dry naturally. The most important action taken in a flooding is to locate the source and act quickly to remove the water. The humidity, temperature, and dew point levels will determine how quickly mold will develop (24-36 hours in ideal conditions). Certain steps can greatly help to eliminate mold growth.
- Lower the humidity and temperature with the use of many commercial floor fans and dehumidifiers, while setting A/C levels to coldest settings.
- Tenting ones carpet to allow much needed airflow.
Port St. Lucie / Ft. Pierce Area Facts
The PSL / Ft. Pierce area was one of the nation's fastest growing areas, but no more. In 2007, Money Magazine rated St. Lucie County on their "Best Places to Live" listing and USA Weekend lauded The Treasure Coast as the best destination for the millennium. They may still be right, but timing is everything. Since those national reviews the housing bubble burst and residential and commercial building prices tumbled. St. Lucie County home prices have stablized, but new construction is still sluggish.
St. Lucie County has a great year-round climate, with an average annual temperature of 73 degrees, which varies only 16 degrees between normal winter and summer extremes. More than 8 million people live within a 100 mile radius of St. Lucie County.
Top Distribution & Transportation
Both the Florida Turnpike and I-95 intersect in St. Lucie County. State Road 70 transects the two and continues through the west coast of Florida. Florida East Coast Railroad maintains a rail yard in Ft. Pierce with track running north-south along U.S. Highway 1 through the county connecting to the deepwater seaport and transecting the county crossing both the Turnpike and I-95. St. Lucie County International Airport is located on 3,600 acres and offers both U.S. Customs and USDA inspections on-site.
Low Cost Of Living
The Port St. Lucie / Ft. Pierce area's cost of living index value of 97.36 is lower than all other South Florida counties. A total per capita tax rate of 14.4% or $4,550 per person ranks Florida 28th out of the 50 states. Low taxes and cost of living directly correlate to lower business costs.
Low Corporate and Personal Taxes
Florida has no personal income tax, no inventory tax and no tax on subchapter S corporations. Corporate tax is 5.5% with the first $5,000 of taxable income exempt. The overall Florida tax burden is 88% of the U.S. average. Property tax rates range from 2.18 to 2.88% of assessed value depending upon where the business in located in St. Lucie County.
Lots of Available Land and Facilities
The Port St. Lucie / Ft. Pierce Area has plenty of room to grow. Local developers are responding by increasing available office and warehouse space and build-to-suit options.