Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson is 2017 Home Rule Hero

 

FORT PIERCE — The Florida League of Cities has recognized City of Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson with a 2017 Home Rule Hero Award.

Mayor Hudson earned this prestigious award for her tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2017 regular legislative session.

“Our Home Rule Heroes are shining examples of local advocacy in action,” said Boca Raton Mayor and Florida League of Cities President Susan Haynie. “These dedicated municipal officials cultivate relationships with their legislators and help them understand the issues most important to their constituents back home.”

Home Rule is the ability for a city to establish its own form of government and enact ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions without prior state approval.

The Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials – elected and nonelected – who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the legislature and help give a local perspective to an issue.

“Mayor Linda Hudson is a sensational example of a dedicated local official,” said City Manager Nicholas Mimms. “The City of Fort Pierce is fortunate to have such a caring, compassionate, and selfless person lead our city. Not only does she graciously make time in her busy schedule to assist residents and businesses in every corner of our community, but she has stepped into a statewide effort with the Florida League of Cities to ensure the concerns of local municipalities are addressed. Her efforts to preserve Home Rule powers is just another instance of her tenacious effort to aid those in need of strong representation.”
 

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Fort Pierce man dies after struck by lightning last month in Martin

MARTIN COUNTY — A 46-year-old Fort Pierce man who was struck by lightning last month has died, according to officials.

Guadalupe Salinas, of the 300 block of South 21st Street, was working near an Ocean Breeze Park construction site on May 17 when he was hit by lightning, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Rescue officials.

Salinas was taken to Martin Medical Center with critical injuries, and he died early this week, said Christine Christofek, a Martin County sheriff’s spokeswoman.

Salinas’ death is the second lightning fatality reported across the nation this year, said John Jensenius, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service lightning safety specialist. The first was a 37-year-old woman riding a horse in an open field near a tree in Colorado on May 7.

Based on the past 10 years, the U.S. averages nine lightning deaths by June 21, he said. However, that number typically picks up in late June through early August.

“Although we are encouraged by the low number of lightning fatalities this year,” Jensenius said, “the peak months for lightning fatalities are still to come.”

Martin County sheriff’s deputies went to the construction site near the 3000 block of North East Indian River Drive just before 5:30 p.m. May 17 after they got a call about a man down who possibly had been struck by lightning, officials said.

The man, later identified as Salinas, worked for Prestige Gunite Inc., a concrete contractor based in Fort Pierce, and was pouring cement for a new pool at the construction site. Co-workers told deputies Salinas was sweeping about 2 feet from the edge of the pool.

Then, William Betes, who was doing plumbing work nearby, said he heard what “sounded like a bomb going off.”

Betes ran to the site, saw Salinas faceup in the empty pool under construction and helped his co-workers get him out of it.

Betes didn’t see any burns on Salinas’ body, but he did see a big black-and-blue mark on Salinas’ forehead.

The workers performed CPR on him until emergency medical services crews arrived.

Co-workers told deputies said it was raining lightly when they heard what sounded like an explosion. Showers, thunderstorms and a couple of lightning strikes moved west from the shore into Martin County at the time of the incident.


 

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/martin-county/2017/06/22/fort-pierce-man-dies-after-struck-lightning-last-month-martin/421061001/

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Fort Pierce packing house distributes Florida oranges

Fort Pierce packing house distributes Florida oranges

Lerode Geffarard (left) and Amy Altenor, both of Fort Pierce, grade Valencia oranges grown in St. Lucie, Polk and Highlands counties June 8 at DLF International’s packing house in Fort Pierce. “Florida has the best oranges in the world,” said DLF president Doug Feek. “Consumers need to… buy local. Support your local grower, support your local economy.” This crop of oranges will be sent to the Midwest and New York and Feek says the oranges being sold at local grocery stores are from California.

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Arrest made in Fort Pierce gunfire incident near children – TC Palm

At least two people were wounded by gunfire in a shooting reported early Monday at the Peacock Run apartments in Port St. Lucie.
WILL GREENLEE/TCPALM.COM

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Fort Pierce Thai Sushi restaurant forced to close its doors after …

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla – Crazy Fish on Avenue A in Fort Pierce was the only area restaurant that was forced to temporarily close its doors following a state health inspector’s visit on June 13.

The inspection report cited the Thai and Sushi restaurant in historic downtown for 25 violations including 8 high priority ones.

The report notes: flying insects in the food prep area, several live roaches crawling in the kitchen, raw fish stored over cut melon, raw chicken stored over edamame and multiple issues of foods not kept cold enough.

Among the less serious violations: encrusted material on a can opener blade, a broken cooler, food not properly date marked, cracked floor tiles, gaskets with heavy slimy mold like build-up.

When the inspector arrived a day later for a follow up, the restaurant was allowed to reopen despite some remaining basic violations including a soiled, greasy wall near the cook line.

Article source: http://www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/fort-pierce/fort-pierce-thai-sushi-restaurant-forced-to-close-its-doors-after-inspector-sees-roaches-insects

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Fort Pierce Commission OKs restrooms downtown

FORT PIERCE — The City Commission on Monday approved building public restrooms west of the Fort Pierce branch library downtown.

The commission accepted the bid of $182,750 from Hartnett Building Group LLC of Fort Pierce.

Construction is expected to start by end of July and could be completed as soon as October, depending on the weather, Public Works officials said.

The restrooms would look like those already in city parks.

City officials originally planned to build two sets of restrooms downtown, on the grassy area behind the library and at the south end of Melody Lane, and one near the T-ball fields at the PAL Park, 950 S. 21st St.

But the city decided to put restrooms near the library first because that area has the greatest demand, said Shyanne Helms, city spokeswoman. The city must decide when restrooms would be built at the other locations, Helms said.

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Fort Pierce Thai Sushi restaurant forced to close its doors after inspector sees roaches & insects

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla – Crazy Fish on Avenue A in Fort Pierce was the only area restaurant that was forced to temporarily close its doors following a state health inspector’s visit on June 13.

The inspection report cited the Thai and Sushi restaurant in historic downtown for 25 violations including 8 high priority ones.

The report notes: flying insects in the food prep area, several live roaches crawling in the kitchen, raw fish stored over cut melon, raw chicken stored over edamame and multiple issues of foods not kept cold enough.

Among the less serious violations: encrusted material on a can opener blade, a broken cooler, food not properly date marked, cracked floor tiles, gaskets with heavy slimy mold like build-up.

When the inspector arrived a day later for a follow up, the restaurant was allowed to reopen despite some remaining basic violations including a soiled, greasy wall near the cook line.

Article source: http://www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/fort-pierce/fort-pierce-thai-sushi-restaurant-forced-to-close-its-doors-after-inspector-sees-roaches-insects

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Food bank giving out free mosquito repellent at Fort Pierce site

Mosquitoes carry deadly diseases so scientists have considered trying to kill them off. Here’s what they expect could happen if we did.
USA TODAY

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Fort Pierce Lions celebrate 70 years

             The pride of the Fort Pierce Lions Club was out in force at their recent banquet held at the Pelican Yacht Club.  With celebrations, presentations and installations they had much to roar about!

              In commemoration of the Club’s 70th year of service in the local community and the centennial celebration of International Lions Clubs, several dignitaries joined the party!  District Governor-elect Betty and Lion Eduardo Berrara, a candidate for International Director Geoffrey and Lion Nancy Wade and past District Governor Roger and Lion Betsey Messer, received special recognition and enjoyed a tasty slice of birthday cake along the rest of the guests.

              Club President Matt and Lion Crystal Samuel announced this year’s Lion of the Year, Chuck Owens.

  “We seldom see each duty done.  We never hear him brag or boast,” said Lion Crystal, “But with a humble Lion heart he serves all those who need it most!”  Owens received a beautifully engraved plaque. 

              Because Club members were so impressed with last year’s scholarship recipient, Corina de Leon of Fort Pierce, they surprised her with an additional grant. 

 “She truly reflects the Lion ideals,” said Club treasurer Sharon Ortiz.

              Following the conferment of several other awards, including Community Partner of the Year to  2nd Street Bistro, 2017-2018’s newly elected officers took their oaths of office and duly installed.

       With community projects such as the three-year restoration of Old Fort Park, hundreds of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy screenings at local venues plus much, much more- it’s no wonder that the Lions remains one of the city’s oldest and mighty civic clubs.

              Happy Birthday!

              For more information, please visit e-clubhouse.org/sites/ftpierce/

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Job fair set for Friday, Saturday in Fort Pierce

FORT PIERCE — A plastic pipe manufacturer is hosting a job fair this weekend to fill positions in production, according to a news release.

Silver-Line Plastics is having a job fair 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 1030 Digiorgio Road, off Oleander Avenue.

Company managers and supervisors will be conducting interviews, said Jill Marasa, vice president of business retention and expansion for Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.

Jobs include production, quality assurance and industrial maintenance.

Silver-Line Plastics is a family-owned and -operated plastic pipe manufacturer with additional facilities in North Carolina and Oklahoma.

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