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"PSL has gone to the gutter!"


PSL has gone to the gutter! - 11/29/2006
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Kelly
Port Saint Lucie, FL

Port St. Lucie is great if your hispanic and speak only Spanish. Houses are way overpriced, property taxes are astronomical, schools are horrible! I've lived here for 21 years, developers are now controlling situations. Forget it if you plan on going anywhere! Traffic is bumper to bumper. The roads weren't planned for the population as it was a swamp land deal. You should probably call this bubble boy town because everyone here lives in a bubble not realizing everything they do impacts the surrounding areas. On the positive side, the crime rate if fairly low. Enforcement in Port St. Lucie is completely based on traffic. God help you if your tail light is out! I know I sound extremely negative, but in the past 5 years everything in this city has gone downhill. We're getting out!!!

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Larry

re: PSL has gone to the gutter! - 11/29/2006 - 4/22/2010
Well, I hope you move out soon cause we don't need people like you in the city. I think the city is great. #1 thing is crime rate is low. I love the fact that there are Hatians, Mexicans, Cubans, and anything else you can imagine here. It gives you a great mix of people, different cultures, and tons of great food. They speak English, just don't get frustrated. If they want to speak their own language to each other, thats fine, but they still speak English to me. I haven't had any problems at all. Actually, my taxes went down, and it is really low now. The schools are great! We have a new high school a few miles from my house that everyone in the county is trying to get in to, so something is being done rights there. To top that off, we have three new chater schools that were just built and opened last summer. To the other people who wrote in, if you expect to move into a city and raise your children and have them live their life and die there, you are entirely crazy. You have been spoiled living in NYC where there is every industry you can imagine. Personally, I hope ky kids go to school and get a job anywhere in the world they want to and not be so selfish to want to keep them near where I live. In fact, that is one of the things that people in PSL HATE. We wish all of the NEW YORKERS would go back to NY or someplace else. As far as traffic, well, this is not Sunny Side Acres where population is 15. It is a mid sized growing city. As such, there are going to be growing pains. I believe those have been overcome. PSL has poured tons of money into the roads in the last few years completing several very large projects on time with one more large project nearing completion. We have completed the Crosstown Parkway, a connection linking one of the busiest residential areas to I-95. We have added a FL Turnpike interchange at Becker Road, which is near the other large residential area. We have added an I-95 interchange to Beck Road as well, which makes Becker Road the ONLY road in PSL that links the Turnpike and I-95, very reminiscent of other roads like Indiantown Rd. in Jupiter and Okeechobee Blvd. in WPB. This is certainly going to be a large development area once the 4-6 lane road running between the two interchanges is complete, which is scheduled for later this year. To top that off and a kudos to the southern part of the city (between PSL Blvd. and Becker Rd.), Publix has reecently opened the largest Publix ever built and it is spectacular. PSL has also reecently finished building 3 or 4 more Fire Stations in the newly developed areas of the city, complete with new engines. Tradition has delevoped nicely beyond a recidential area with a Publix, which is what it was in the beginning. There are large shopping ares there to keep residents from the western parts of the city from having to drive out to U.S. 1. They have also brought in a Biotech Research corporation who build and opened their facility just north of Tradition on the west wide of I-95. The road is already in works and almost complete to link Tradition to Becker Road past the Biotech Research facility on the west side of I-95. This will be a great accomplishment and is going to open up the west side of I-95 to development. This is going to be great for the city. To the north of Tradition, the Crosstown Parkway I mentioned earlier has been linked on the west side of I-95 with St. Lucie west and the PGA course and hotels on the west side of I-95 at St. Lucie West. And on the subject of St. Lucie West, new shops along with a Staples and several restaurants was opened west of the Wal-mart Plaza on the north side of St. Lucie West Blvd.. There are already plans in the works to continue the Crosstown Parkway from its end, at Airoso, to U.S. 1 near the new Civic Center. Again, while we're on the subject, the new Civis Center is amazing and a great asset to the city. There are tons of activities and a very nice gym in the Civic Center. There has been other new shops and restuarants open up south of PSL Blvd. and west of the Turnpike. West moreland Blvd. construction has been completed to give relief for the U.S. 1 and PSL Blvd. traffic problem by providing an alternate route to go south on U.S. 1. A new Golden Corral has opened up on U.S. 1 just south of PSL Blvd.. It has been packed out the door since it opened. I can go on and on, but the bottom line is development in this city is booming, even thru the housing and economic crisis and that says something about the robustness of the city. The city is doing its best to keep up and in my opinion, they are doing a pretty good job at doing it. I would gladly pay even more taxes to the city if it would help develop, clean, and beautify the city even more. I feel the city does a great job with the beautification of the major corridors. The roads here are very well maintained. Re-surfacing is just about to start on PSL Blvd. and I was thinking, it doesn't need it, why are they doing it? More power to them. To many of the people complaining below about the languages and people and the cost of living etc. Well, all I can say is that you may have been to man ystates, but you apparently haven't been to many countries because just because you know a language, doesn't mean you have to speak it. I can assure you that those people speaking whatever they are speaking knows English. They just choose not to let YOU know what they are saying. Heres another idea... Why don't you close minded people get yourself some Spanish lessons and try to broaded your horizons a little. Then the next time you move into a Spanish speaking area, maybe you can get a job making more than $8.50/hour by being bi-lingual. Education is important. There are hardly any service type jobs here. Because there are already thousands of people doing those jobs. If you are coming in new, you either need to be retired, or educated or you're not going to get a job. Welcome to the age of everyone went to college. If you have a HS diploma, you should probably stay where you are at and keep your job and tell your kids about PSL once they graduate college, we would love to have them. I am an engineer, make over $100,000/yr only 4 years out of college and think its about par for the course. Florida is a unique state. There is ALOT of money in Florida. If you don't have any, you probably won't be very happy here. I hope to live and prosper here and grow with the city. Lets see, what else, well, the hospitals here are great. They have saved my life twice. One of my children was born here. I have been very satisfied with the healthcare available. As far as things to do, well, we don't have Broadway but we do have lots of small local theaters that have shows all the time. Tons of movie theaters exist. The beaches are very nice. Hutchinson Island has about 20 beaches between Stuart and Ft. Pierce, only a few of them are used frequently. This leaves the others as almost private beaches. I love that! We have nuclear power, setting an example for the entire US. Come on, lets dump dirty coal! As for the code enforcement, well, they are doing their job. If some a-hole like D below, was parking nasty cars in their yard and letting their grass grow to my knees near my home, I would hope that code enforcement stop by and pay him a visit. Code enforcement is there to protect everyone. If people run amock, their homes will have modifications that are not up to snuff, leading to fires, eetc which only spends more tax payer money due to their negligence. Thats the reason you need permits to do many repairs to your home, to make sure they're doing it right. AMEN! I know I call code enforcement every time I see grass too tall or trash laying around because it causes rodent and snakes to come around. Nobody needs that. Oh yeah, trash. Trash control is the best. The city does not want to be filthy like NYC. So, we have trash pickup twice a week, recycling pick up once a week, and yard waste pickup once a week. If you use the trash pickup, there will be less bugs and rodents hanging around because your trash won't be sitting around very long. Recycling is great, I have two overflowing bins every week so I know lots of people aren't doing it becasue I see lots of not so full bins. PLEASE RECYCLE!!! The BEST thing is that your trash bill is included in your taxes. This ensures that nobody in the city has a bunch of trash laying around because they didn't pay their trash bill. I thought this was the most wonderful idea ever when the city council voted on it and I prayed that it passed. If you don't pay, they put a lein on your house. I fully agree with that because if you can't afford your trash, you shouldn't have a house. Oh yes, insurance. Well, it is closely related to code enforcement. If your house is not built up to the latest Hurricane building code, then you SHOULD pay high insurance. Your house is much more likly to come apart and damage everyone elses stuff during a hurricane. If your house is new and up to code, I can give you an example of myself on my $350,000 property, I pay $939 per year. I think it is a great price. Have good credit and keep your home up to code and your insurance will be cheap also. As I think about it, it seems like most people are complaining that they can't slip by and pay nothing. Great, the plan is working. Keep your stuff up, work hard, do what your supposed to do and you will be good. Try to move in and slip by and not do things the right way, and you will pay. Have a great day, I know I will, its gonna be a great weekend with temps at 85. I think I'll take the boat out and catch some fresh Mahi for dinner. Signed, Very satisfied PSL resident


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Pattie

re: PSL has gone to the gutter! - 11/29/2006 - 8/18/2011
I have to agree with all you said. We came here in 9/01 and we loved it just the way it was. Now the roads are wider, for what i don't know and there's a light every few ft!!! Not good for gas at it's present price!!! The police here are not the brightest either..We have a criminal on our block who along with his gf has been harassing us and destroyed our pool and because we didn't "see" it, we couldn't do anything about it..We have told the police about all the harassment and they do nothing..We had 2 neighbors, a few feet from each other that killed themselves and we had a drive-by shooting..this all happening within 3 yrs..everything has changed in a matter of 3 yrs with tons of ppl moving in..not good ppl..but thank God, they move fast as there are tons of foreclosures..


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allan
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The worst place I ever lived - 10/4/2013

I lived in PGA Village which is the nicest community in town. Once I got outside of the community, I was confronted by a sea of rednecks, tailgaters in jacked up pick-up trucks, trailer park trash people, low life toothless and tattoo'd losers, and a negative energy that I have never experienced anywhere before. It's incredible unfriendly and there is absolutely nothing to do for an adult here. Horrible restaurants selling junk food, no decent shopping, terrible traffic for such a small city, and an overall feeling of apathy in this place. There is zero work ethic and trying to hire competent contractors to work on your house is all but impossible. The worst part of all is the NUCLEAR REACTOR WHICH RELEASES RADIATION all over this city. It's closer to the population than any other reactor in the country, has had the most unplanned shutdown, releases trillium into the reactor pond which ends up in the ground water and is a know carcinogen. Lots of brain cancers and Leukemia here. Research this yourself by searching for "dangers of st lucie nuclear reactor" The radiation plume does not extend over Stuart or Vero which are both better places to live. PSL and Fort Pierce are two disgusting pits of hell which are suitable for low life drug addicts. The police love to write tickets but I never got one. Avoid this redneck hell unless you are one of them. If you decide to move here, be prepared to drive at least 45 miles each way for decent dining and shopping.

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Reasonable Cost of Living - 9/29/2013

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Carl
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OK to visit - 5/30/2013

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Carl
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Come here - 12/14/2012

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Eric
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PSL Great Place to live - 2/1/2012

New to PSL from Charlemagne, Quebec Canada.

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eric

life is good - 11/10/2011

I just bought a house in port st.lucie and could not be happier.I live in montreal and that is a fun city to visit but to live there is not great.I pay 30 percent income tax 15 percent sales tax and 35percent more in gas than in florida.I pay 3000 dollars a year to heat my house and spend 4 1/2 months bundled up complaining about the snow and ice and minus 15 degree temperatures.We have a provincial governement that allows our construction industry to be run by members of the mob and they are so far in debt that I do not think there is any way we could ever pay it off.They lie and hide the debt as much as possible to get re-elected and we elect them again because the only other choice is the other party that wants to split our country in two and remove all english from the province.Despite all the over taxation our governement is unable to keep our roads,bridges and overpasses safe to use,we keep having pieces of the overpasses falling down and our bridges are bad enough that they would not release the saftey report because they thought we would be too scared to use it.So for me I look at port st lucie as a great place to live and as soon as my kids finish school and move out I will look at living in florida full time.A city can only be as good as the citizens in it and so far everyone i have met has been really nice and I can't wait to visit again in january.

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Pattie
Port St. Lucie, FL

Friends here are hard to come by - 8/18/2011

We moved here from Jersey and it was a culture shock..I don't know what it is but we can't seem to find anyone that we share common ground with. They are either too young or too old. Our son had no problems at all finding friends..our neighborhood was filled with boys and so life was good for him. I love the beach but there's no Boardwalk so it is a bit boring..the block we live on has extremely bizarre and nasty ppl. The only fun thing to do here is go to Thrift shops.

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Schameus
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A Taste of Enlightenment - 7/31/2011

I am going to speak from the heart here so bare with me. I could not be happier with my decision to move to Port Saint Lucie. I have lived here for 3 years now(Homeowner). Moved to Florida from Chicago about 10 years ago to get away from the Crime I.E.(Murder,Gangs,Violence,Bullets flying by your head while you sleep in your bed,Pollution,Drug Abuse,Poverty,Homeless People hanging out in front of EVERY business CRYING from hunger, asking for money, people that WILL shoot you for wearing the wrong color T-Shirt)etc. I'll stop there because I tend to Psychobabble(LOL). Anyone complaining about the educational systems lack of communication has never dealt with a government funded public school whose main focus is sending your kid home alive. ANYONE TALKING ABOUT THESE THINGS HAS NEVER HAD TO LIVE WITH THEM. PLEASE DON'T COMMENT BACK THAT YOU KNOW AND UNDERSTAND BECAUSE I ASSURE YOU, YOU DON'T. Palm Beach is an ok place to live, but they have a lot of the same problems. Needless to say that didn't work out so well 7 years later. This area is pristine in terms of condition. The air is breathable yes I said breathable (very important) and the water treatment facilities are of the best in the country (tasty water). In terms of Quality of Life. The conditions here to raise a family with Morals, Strength, Health, Happiness,Compassion,Understanding, and Equality could not be any better anywhere else. There are good people here don't let the foreigners such as myself confuse you to who actually lives here. They aren't standoffish they are protective, BIG DIFFERENCE. My neighbor is a school teacher for a local middle school I haven't met a nicer friendlier person in my life. Port Saint Lucie has SOOOO much to offer. The funny thing is that all this crime and punks we so candidly talking about are all of YOUR children. Same problem exists here as it does everywhere else, ready for it, wait for it, The Lack of Responsibility,Arrogance, no not me I'm not contributing to the problems. I'm perfect. I'm GOD. Sorry let me not continue anymore(Psychobabble from actually growing up in a BAD situation). The Moral (???MORALS???) of the story here kids is you will not find a better place to live...... Unless you go hide in the hills and the people who already live there don't want you there either. WHERES THE LOVE????? Port Saint Lucie is a PARADISE enjoy it while it lasts. Don't know what you got till it's gone..... I'm 30 years old crazy HUH? I have an IQ of 162 crazy HUH? I'm Happy here there is no REAL crime here it's Comfortable,Convenient,Nice place to live just not next door to me.

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shelley
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Hot, Hotter, Hottest - 5/23/2011

Port St Lucie in the summertime is humid and hot. Better get all outdoor activities done beore 10 am or after 6 pm.

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Steven
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Weather - 11/12/2010

I enjoy the perfect weather during the fall and winter seasons.

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Rose
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Tradition Area? - 10/30/2010

Can anyone tell me if Tradition area is any better than the rest of Pt. St. Lucie. Want to move there from CA, since it is much cheaper, but a bit fearful of the crime and rude people...

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valarie
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Hot state, not so hot living. - 9/6/2010

I have lived here my whole life, 21 years, and I hate the heat. I also can't stand the sun and the rain. It's almost as bad as Washington state.

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Jenny
Port St. Lucie, FL

Taxes and Fees - 6/26/2010

Okay, yes, it is nice here. It "looks" nice here. If you move from the Palm Beach area, up to this area, yes, it is really nice to look at. But its skin deep. A lot of the people here are in a perpetual bad mood. I can't blame them. In order to look nice this city has taxed people to high hell. Its crazy! They just dropped the property tax but the auto insurance rates keep going up on everyone. Home owners insurance had near tripled since the hurricanes which is bull crud since our home never had any damage. We didn't make a claim and only lost one stinking shingle. O.o Yeah.. its nuts. And there are no jobs. None. We're number 4 in the national list of cities with high unemployment rates. 16% I think. Its not pretty. Boy, I tell you, I can not wait to move. its going to take me at least a year to get enough money to move but we'll get out of here some how. Oh, and if you require a community health center.. for the low income people? Don't come here. They don't have that unless you're pregnant or have kids. I'm in a wheel chair and if someone would just fix my ankle and give me some physical therapy, I could get a job. We have the highest medical costs here, as well. I was in the hospital for 4 days, had a scopic (telescopic) surgery to remove gout crystals from my ankle, a chest x-ray for prep, and the hospital charged me $35,000. That's not including the anesthesiologist or the actual surgeon's fees. Don't move here. If you want to live in Florida, move to nothern Florida. You still get a bit of a season change and if you want to you can "visit" the nice pretty Port Saint Lucie. Don't move here. The only nice thing about this place, is the schools are nice... no wait, they force the FCAT, and teachers don't even do spelling for the 3rd graders till 2 months before school is out because before that its all about the freaking FCAT.

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Alan
Port St. Lucie, FL

Port Saint Lucie 2010 - 4/30/2010

I have been visiting PSL for 26 years. I retired last year and my wife and I moved here from R.I. We haven't been to PSL in the last 3 years but we figured that it was the same as before. BOY WERE WE WRONG!!! We are sorry we settled here and cannot wait to sell our home (Purchased 1-15-10). The DMV has a new law that rapes all out of state people that move here that are getting their licenses and plate tags. The city Hall stinks, you need a permit for everything...including a yard sale. And changes like fencing, water heater, house painting screening your "Florida room"...get a permit. Any structual changes will cost you $500-$700 (Plus permit costs), because you have to have an engineer draft those plans up! The low-life that has moved into PSL are a mixture of thieves rapists child molesters and just punks breaking into cars or homes or selling drugs. PSL is following in the footsteps of Miami and West Palm....TOO MUCH CRIME! So, if you want to get ripped off by the criminals or the city, stay in PSL. If you want to see what PSL is turning into...Take a ride up the road to Fort Pierce and take a left turn onto Avenue "D". I think I'm stuck here for a while. I bought a house and made some improvements right after the purchase. I will never be able to get my money back....for now anyway. To anyone thinking of living here, my advice is.... RUN FOR THE HILLS!

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Martha
Port St. Lucie, FL

Needs some work, afraid taxes will go through roof - 4/17/2010

Afraid taxes will go through roof with all the foreclosures here...what will happen? No one knows, we hope it won't turn into another Ft Pierce crime ridden city....??

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Anna
Port St. Lucie, FL

Living in Port St Lucie - 3/10/2010

I live in SW Port St Lucie - Zip code 34953. I moved here in 2000 and there is a lot of things I like and don't like . Moving from CT ....I love weather( but that is anywhere in South Florida). What I don't like is our local government trying to make PSL "perfect town" with code enforcement on every corner. Now, what I like the most......I am Real Estate Agent and I get asked this question every day and I can't answer it because of ethics- questions about crime. I hope I can say something about it here. Personally I think that there is no real crime in Port St Lucie and I know some people will not agree with me but that is my opinion.

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