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4500 SE Pine Valley St
Port St Lucie, FL 34952
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I left YeeHaw Junction pretty early so I could get to the coast before the wind got too bad. On the way in I was flagged down by a woman in front of a TA who was following the trip and brought inside to meet with staff and have a cold drink.

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As I made it into Port St Lucie, a reporter that used to live in West Volusia started riding with me to do an interview. A local news station also covered the trip and I was met by several members of PSL Communications Department. Everyone was extremely welcoming and I learned that PSL was built by the same developers who did Deltona. It was uncanny how similar the layout and house designs were and interesting to see how they overcame the hurdles to commercial development that Deltona faces today.

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From there, the Assistant City Manager, Daniel and Planning & Zoning Administrator gave me a riding tour around the city. PSL does a fantastic job of embracing innovative solutions to getting projects accomplished at little to no cost to the residents. They have exploded from 40,000 residents to 170,000 and are now larger than all the other cities and unincorporated areas in the rest of the county combined. One significant feature of the area was a magnificent Botanical Gardens built with no local tax dollars.

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A bit down the road, we in at an “unofficial” park where a housing development was going to be built but has since converted into public use. There were some folks fishing nearby and I got a chance to look at the future plans and layout for a new park project being undertaken by the city to expand the boardwalk, (much to the excitement of the fishing locals) and bring in some old school heritage with antique pavillions.

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Finally we made our way to Club Med, an all inclusive resort located in Port St Lucie, the only one of it’s kind in America. Think, “Cruise Ship on Land” and you’d be pretty close to the environment. It was slam full of delicious food, bottomless drinks, young vacationers, great shows, and lively dancing. (I’m trying to figure out a way to post videos here for your enjoyment) Everything was so pristine, comfortable, and nice. I’d highly recommend this as a vacation destination for anyone looking to get away but not go super far away.

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I couldn’t be more impressed with the enthusiasm and passion of every member of the PSL team that I met and all the residents I ran into. Their hospitality was 2nd to none and their excitement for the trails and my cause was palpable. I left feeling inspired and motivated to bring some of the exciting innovations they shared back to DeBary. (and a little lightheaded from the previous night of fun)

 

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