Legacy Park at Tradition is site location of interest for new FedEx Ground facility
PORT ST. LUCIE — FedEx is working on plans for a new ground service regional sortation facility at Legacy Park at Tradition. The project is slated for a new 245,000 square-feet facility situated on 22 acres along Interstate 95 in the city’s job corridor.
FedEx Ground, under the confidential code name “Project Denny”, includes a capital investment of $44 million and the creation of 40 full time employees at over 120 percent of St. Lucie County’s average wage and 450 part time positions adding to employment opportunities in the City of Port St. Lucie’s Southern Grove Jobs Corridor.
The Port St. Lucie City Council on Monday approved a packet of economic development incentives for the proposed project, including certain impact fee mitigations, a limited ad valorem tax exemption and expedited site plan review and permitting. The St. Lucie County Commission is expected to review its packet of possible economic development incentives for the project on December 15th. A video of Monday night’s City Council discussion can be accessed here.
“FedEx’s interest in building this significant facility in Southern Grove is a major step in the development of Port St. Lucie’s strategic jobs corridor,” City Manager Russ Blackburn said. “We believe this site, located next to Interstate 95, is an excellent location for this project and will greatly benefit FedEx and Port St. Lucie residents alike.”
Legacy Park at Tradition is a new 3.2 million-square-foot light industrial and distribution center development led by the Sansone Group. The St. Louis-based developer entered into an agreement earlier this year with Port St. Lucie to acquire 300 acres situated along I95 and the corner of Becker Road and Village Parkway.
“FedEx Ground’s site location interest in Port St. Lucie for a state-of-the art sortation facility is further testament that Tradition/Southern Grove is rapidly becoming Florida’s premier advanced manufacturing and logistics commerce park,” said Pete Tesch, President of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County. “The teamwork of the City of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County Commission, St. Lucie EDC and the Sansone Group makes our community a winner! The EDC looks forward to welcoming FedEx Ground as St. Lucie’s newest corporate partner.”
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The 36th annual 2020 Vero Beach "Reverse" Christmas Parade was a huge success
On Saturday Dec. 5th, an estimated 7,000 viewers in their vehicles drove by over 45 floats and displays, enjoying the Christmas holiday event.
The 46 volunteers managed to keep the traffic flowing as happy faces and the many thank you’s kept coming.
When the Christmas Parade was canceled on Ocean Dr., the Sunrise Rotary decided this town needs our Christmas Parade and designed a plan that was COVID safe and family fun. With the great cooperation from our City of Vero Beach, the Vero Beach Police Dept., the Vero Beach Airport, and Recreation Dept. the plan was set in motion and in 35 days an awesome event was overwhelming attended.
A special thanks to all the volunteers, floats/displays and spectators that made this happy event.
There were over 45 entries competing in 3 categories: Organizations, Businesses and Schools.
Organization — 1st Place: Grall-Dugan Beach Party; 2nd Place: Lifeguard Association; and 3rd Place tie: Crossover Mission and Indian River Sheriff’s Association
Business — 1st Place: DuBose & Son’s Jeweler, Inc.; 2nd place: Piper Aircraft; 3rd Place tie: Dyer Auto & Rosner Motorcraft
School — 1st Place: Vero Beach High School Band; 2nd Place tie: Master’s Academy of Vero Beach and Vero Beach High School Lacrosse Team.
VERO BEACH — The Mental Health Association of Indian River County on Friday announced the resignation of its CEO, Dr. Nicholas Coppola.
"The MHA thanks Dr. Coppola for his service to the organization and wishes him well in his future endeavors,’’ a press release stated.
The Mental Health Association Board has started the process to fill the position. MHA board chair Ross Cotherman is leading a search committee that has a clear plan to find the organization’s next leader.
The MHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing immediate, affordable access to mental health care for local residents. The MHA Walk-In Center, located at 820 37th Place, in Vero Beach, offers individuals experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition, free mental health screening, crisis intervention services, and information and/or referral about how to address their mental health issues. For more information on the Mental Health Association’s Walk-In Center, call 772.569.9788
Remember Treasure Coast nonprofits
If you are in a position, consider a gift to a Treasure Coast nonprofit affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Find the needs of many area nonprofits and how to give at treasurecoastnonprofits.com
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