The city has three dog parks and has been certified as pet-friendly by the
U.S. Conference of Mayors working with Mars Petcare.
caps and lids saved by residents, are meant to be a place
where kids know they can safely sit alone or with a friend
during school hours. Students learned about recycling too.
The police department assists Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful
with its litter reduction efforts, hazardous materials collection
and more. Keep Florida Beautiful is a statewide chapter of the
national Keep America Beautiful.
Named one of the 11 best places to live in Florida and first
on the list of Best Places to Retire. MarketWatch, a financial
information website, chose Port St. Lucie for its school graduation
rate, its sports entertainment opportunities and research
Top honors for two building department officials. The
Building Officials Association of Florida named Joel Dramis,
the city building administrator, 2019 Building Official of the
Year. Port St. Lucie’s Louis Hatten was named Plans Examiner
of the Year.
Pet-Friendly certification. The city is now a certified Better
City for Pets by the U.S. Conference working with Mars
Petcare. Among other things, the city recently opened a new
#2 Safest Driving City in Florida; #14 in the nation. Allstate
annually produces the America’s Best Drivers Report. Port St.
Lucie is ranked second out of the 200 largest U.S. cities.
#3 Best Place to Retire. Home prices, crime and annual
cost of retirement for 50 cities were considered by GOBankingRates,
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a financial website, to come up with PSL’s ranking.
Coral Gables came in first, with Surprise, Arizona, in the No.
2 spot. The company noted that food is a bit expensive but
utility costs are fairly low.
#6 Most Affordable Beach Town. This ranking might be surprising,
considering that PSL actually doesn’t have any ocean
beachfront. But it turns out that “near the beach” and having
water available for activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking,
fishing and canoeing were acceptable to Realtor.com.
#5 Best Place People are Moving To. U.S. News factored in
each metro area’s growth due to net migration over a fiveyear
#2 Most Fun State in America. WalletHub, the personal
finance website, compared all 50 states using 26 indicators of
having a good time without breaking the bank. Florida is in >>
The Port St. Lucie Civic Center festivals helped get the city an award as one of the most fun cities to live in.