Good news is just around the corner

North Fork of the St. Lucie River
Port St. Lucie’s beautiful recreation areas, especially those along the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, are opening up again after being shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic. GREG GARDNER PHOTO

I f you are tired of all the bad news that has been hitting the airwaves, of having to decide whether to take out or eat in, or need a break from binge watching your favorite TV show, there is good news. The city and its multitude of businesses and medical centers are looking forward to welcoming back patrons and athletes to a new normal way of life.

Business leaders, medical professionals and city officials explain to writer Greg Gardner their upcoming plans to deal with the state regulations for social distancing, wearing face masks and visiting the hospitals and city recreation areas. [Page 8]

On Page 14, Susan Burgess updates the growing accolades and funding that have been bestowed on the city. This time, Port St. Lucie is being honored for its work in keeping residents informed during weather emergencies. And its daily news releases also have updated information on the pandemic.

Burgess also brings us up to speed on the construction of the new Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Tradition. She also recounts the touching efforts of Shyrell Copas, the daughter of the center’s namesake, to keep alive her father’s memory and how he won the Medal of Honor. [Page 17]

If cleaning is your thing, you might find Burgess’ story on Page 22 about the city’s Adopt-A-Street program and the people involved interesting.

When the city libraries reopen, techies should make a beeline to the Paula A. Lewis Branch Library off Rosser Road and check out its 3-D printer, computers and scanners. If technology isn’t your bag, the library also has an amazing selection of books for readers, young and old, according to writer Rachel Cuccurullo. [Page 28]

Our People of Interest section, once again, features the stories of three individuals, beginning on Page 40, and if you want to know what’s going on the region, check out Things To Do on Page 46.

Oh, and by the way, if you are curious as to which movies, classic television or reality shows people on the Treasure Coast have been watching during the quarantine, go to and check out the winners of a survey we recently conducted.

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