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Home Care In Port St Lucie, FL

Home Care Port St Lucie, FL

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Peacock House and Lodge gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Port St Lucie, FL is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“I love that Always Best Care supports our veterans with the VA Community. With me personally having a ton of family within this community, I know where to turn if anyone I know needs at home health care.”

Kendall K.

“Need help with home health care...Excellent, caring people...who treat your loved ones like family. Highly recommend!”

Brenda B.

“The senior living advice given by “ Always Best” has helped me navigate around the uncertainty of what to do next if these services are needed for a friend, someone I love or another individual needing guidance. Thank you for the wonderful education!”

Kendall K.

“I had a great experience with Steve! He was incredibly clear and thorough in explaining the entire process.”


“Steve and Claudia at Always Best Care Senior Services were just awesome in how they provided at home care for my mother Carmen. Starting with the initial consultation by Steve to learn about mom's personal care needs to the follow-up visit of a registered nurse to the eventual placement of a compassionate caregiver; every step of their service was well thought out and they truly delivered on providing a level of care for mom that exceeded our families (and mom's) expectations. It can be very nerve racking to find and leave your loved one with a caregiver but this company gets that and they were just fantastic. Thank you Always Best Care!”

Mark B.

“The best senior care service!”

Nicole Z.

“The best senior care service.”

Nicole Z.

“This Always Best Care exceeded our expectations and increased my peace of mind knowing my grandmother’s adult care was superior to other services of its kind. Nannie was happy and that made me happy. I would highly recommend this stellar group. Thank you, Steve, Claudia and your team. You are THE BEST!”

Susan M.

“There are so many nursing homes to choose from, with their guidance I was able to find the right facility for my mother, right away. I would highly recommend them to any family or friends in need of their services.”

Candace K.

“ABC has provided the essential care and support my dad needed after hospitalization and chemo treatments. I have peace of mind knowing they are supporting him.”

Michelle B.

“I have been utilizing Always Best Care Senior Services for 2 years to care 24/7 for my elderly parents. I am very pleased with their services. The Owners and Office Staff bend over backwards to make sure that there is always coverage, to alert my parents Caregiver Team of any requests that I make, to advise me when there is an issue with my parents or their dog. The Caregiver Team working with my parents are all compassionate and caring, knowledgeable and skilled. Sadly, my Father passed away in the fall of 2020. Each of their Caregivers, the Owners and the Office Staff expressed to me that they would like to attend his memorial service when we are able to have it. During the weeks he was slipping away, the Caregiver team not only took care of my parents, they looked after me, gently reminding me to eat, rest or take a break. They truly care not only for my parents, but for all our family. I can’t begin to express what a comfort it has been to have them caring for my parents, especially during the pandemic when visits are prohibited. They are my eyes and ears. Working intimately with my parents, the Caregivers are very tuned in to even subtle changes. If you are in the market and looking for a senior services/home health care company, I strongly urge you to reach out to Always Best Care Senior Services. You’ll be happy you did.”

Heidi R.

“If you want quality care for yourself or your loved ones, Steve and his time are the best, don’t waste your time looking elsewhere. As an estate planning attorney, I have recommended clients to Steve who have been very happy with his team. Steve and his team went above and beyond for one specific client of mine that had a very complex situation, and I am eternally grateful to them. I only hope I can continue to work together with him - Steve and his team are dedicated to making sure you are comfortable, happy and safe. My favorite part about Always Best Care is that all of their staff are TRAINED EMPLOYEES WITH CONTINUING EDUCATION - NOT INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS!”

Aldo C.

“Always best care is a top notch senior services company. They go above and beyond with their clients and treat them as if they are family. If you are looking for a great family oriented team to help take care of your love one look no further. Give Always best care a call you will not be disappointed!!”

Forrest H.

“Highly recommended! All the staff is very professional and courteous”

Ryan N.

“Steve and his team were amazing. As my father’s Parkinson’s progress, we were in need of home health care desperately. Steve and his nurse came to our home, assess the situation, and set up a schedule to accommodate our needs. I would highly recommend them to any family or friends in need of their services.”

Claudine P.

“Steven and his team are superior in caring for aging friends and family. The most important thing is having people who you can trust with your family.”

Allison T.

“Steve and his team will take superior care of your loved ones.”

John D.

“Steve Snell and Staff of Always Best Care Senior Services have been amazingly responsive, helpful and worked diligently to make sure my clients needs were met! Can't praise them enough. The case was staffed immediately and overseen at all levels. Thank you for Always providing the Best Care!”

Karen G.

“I have worked with, and explored working with, various agencies and registries in the Palm Beach County area. I am picky. Always Best Care is qualitatively a notch above every other organization I've encountered. Responsive. Amiable. Professional. The aide, Islande, who has worked with my mom is top-notch for our needs. And . . . I have no doubt Steve (the agency's owner) and his staff would strive to find someone else, if it hadn't been a fit. If you are looking for Nursing Care, I strongly recommend giving Always Best Care a chance. BTW: It is important to understand that working with an Nursing Agency (like Always Best Care), means the staff are employees, not independent contractors (as they are when working through a Nursing Registry). An Agency is vested in having good employees, and a good agency wants you to be happy. But even all Agencies are not created equal. I worked with one (Alternative Health Care) where aides did not always show up! That was painful and incredibly stressful, and the manager and other higher-up staff didn't give a hoot.”

Liz S.

“I wish there were more that five stars. I can not say enough about the experience we have had in working with Always Best Care Senior Services. Not only were they extremely receptive to our needs, available immediately to every call, text or email, compassionate and kind...every single employee was better than the next. My Dad's recent death and my mothers recent surgery (with complications) requiring extra care was a traumatic time for our family. The care she received was beyond skilled and professional. We knew she was in trusting, caring hands. She was happy. I have recommended ABC to others and they have had the same experience. Do not hesitate to reach out to them if you are in need. I highly recommend them. I know I will be reaching out to Steven and Claudia the next time I am in need. My family and I are extremely grateful.”

Donna H.

“Fabulous experience with Always Best Care. Treated my 90 year old Father in Law with dignity and respect. We actually had fun with his aides and they were helpful and kind.”

Alicia B.

“I am very glad to have chosen ABC Senior Services to get us through a very difficult time when my parents finally reached the end of their independent lifestyles at age 96 and 97. Scheduling was difficult and sometimes changes were made last minute, but ABC came through as well as could be expected. Despite losing his wife of 37 years, my father is currently doing very well back north in an assisted living facility. Thank you ABC for the compassion you expressed throughout the 4 months you were there for us.”

Rob C.

“Always Best Care is a great company who goes above and beyond for their clients. My mother fell at my brothers home in Connecticut and I called Steve Snell for some guidance. Even though Steve is in Florida he was able to get my family connected with a representative in Connecticut immediately. Thank you Steve!”

Mike B.

“I highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services if you have a loved one that needs personal care.”

Melanie T.

“Dori, is such a wonderful person and makes such an impact on everyone she is involved with.”

Jamie W.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Port St Lucie, FL?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Port St Lucie, FL

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Oak Hammock Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local West End Grill or visit Spruce Bluff Preserve, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Port St Lucie, FL

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Port St Lucie, FL, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your FL's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Port St Lucie, FL understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Harbor Place at Port St. Lucie
  • Watercrest St Lucie West
  • A Kee To Paradise Assisted Living Facility
  • The Brennity at Tradition Senior Living
  • Bay Isles Senior Care Port St Lucie Fla
  • Wickshire Port St. Lucie
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Port St Lucie, FL 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Port St Lucie, FL

Costco to build depot center in Port St. Lucie, employing hundreds of people

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A new Costco distribution center will soon be constructed in Port St. Lucie, creating hundreds of jobs for the Treasure Coast.The Economic Development Council (EDC) of St. Lucie County said the facility will be a cold and dry storage depot located at the Legacy Park at Tradition off Interstate 95 and Southwest Becker Road.The site will eventually include two facilities totaling 1.87 million square feet and employ more than 500.The site plan for the project was approved by the Port St. Lucie C...

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A new Costco distribution center will soon be constructed in Port St. Lucie, creating hundreds of jobs for the Treasure Coast.

The Economic Development Council (EDC) of St. Lucie County said the facility will be a cold and dry storage depot located at the Legacy Park at Tradition off Interstate 95 and Southwest Becker Road.

The site will eventually include two facilities totaling 1.87 million square feet and employ more than 500.

The site plan for the project was approved by the Port St. Lucie City Council on Dec. 4. The first phase consists of a 595,000-square-foot cold and dry storage facility, which the EDC said will employ 265 people at an average wage of $55,350 plus benefits.

Officials said construction of the facility's first phase will employ 549 people.

A 1.06-milllion-square-foot dry goods distribution center will be built in the second phase, according to the council. Two future expansion areas of 60,000 square feet for cold storage and 147,500 square feet for dry storage are included in the plan, according to an EDC news release.

"This is another great economic development project in the works," Port St. Lucie Mayor Shannon Martin said in a statement. "While this is a somewhat different Costco project than our city had worked toward in the past, the reality is that the jobs this Costco depot will bring us, at well above our county's average wage, will make a huge, positive difference in the lives of 265 local families and the lives of the many others these families touch — and that's for the first phase alone."

The Port St. Lucie City Council approved an incentive package for Costco on Monday. The package includes ad valorem tax exemptions for real and tangible personal property at 100% for the first five years, then at 90%, 80%, 60%, 40% and 20% for the next five years; mobility and impact fee mitigation and an opportunity for a Job Growth Investment Grant.

The new facility in St. Lucie County will replace a current Costco depot facility in West Palm Beach. The director of real estate for Costco Wholesale said at Monday's Port St. Lucie Council meeting that their West Palm Beach site, located near 45th Street and Florida's Turnpike, will be relocated since they had "maxed out their growth."

The first phase of the project is expected to take about a year and a half to complete.

Other facilities that exist at Legacy Park at Tradition include FedEx, Amazon and Cheney Brothers.

Despite discussion about a future Costco store eventually being built in Port St. Lucie, the only Costco approved to be constructed on the Treasure Coast is in Stuart. That store is tentatively slated to open in the summer of 2025.

"Bringing in ... a company like Costco into Port St. Lucie is really amazing," Jennifer Davis, the director of the Port St. Lucie Community Redevelopment Agency. "We hope that ... at some point in the future Costco will look at this site and see the benefit of not only having the distribution jobs here but also having the retail establishment here too."

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Port St. Lucie eyes new 'entertainment district' with shopping, restaurants near Tradition

PORT ST. LUCIE — A new "entertainment district" could be built in Southern Grove, near Tradition, after the City Council earlier this month voted to begin negotiations for a land sale with Tradition Entertainment District.The potential buyer, a subsidiary of developer Piticopu, plans 100,000 square feet of shopping, entertainment facilities, restaurants and other accommodations, according to city documents.It would be at Village Parkway and Pete Hegener Drive, directly west of where Costco Wholesa...

PORT ST. LUCIE — A new "entertainment district" could be built in Southern Grove, near Tradition, after the City Council earlier this month voted to begin negotiations for a land sale with Tradition Entertainment District.

The potential buyer, a subsidiary of developer Piticopu, plans 100,000 square feet of shopping, entertainment facilities, restaurants and other accommodations, according to city documents.

It would be at Village Parkway and Pete Hegener Drive, directly west of where Costco Wholesale Corp. plans to build a 200-acre distribution depot. Piticopu would pay about $6.8 million for the 20 acres.

Bullish on Port St. Lucie

Piticopu already is developing four restaurants on a separate 5½-acre site nearby: Bonefish Grill, First Watch, Outback Steakhouse — and another not yet named — on Village Parkway at Innovation Way. Interest has been so high that "we need more space," company principal Gustavo Lumer told the council

"The whole idea is to bring more to Tradition," Lumer said. "We love the city, and we hope to do more business here."

Fits with the city master plan

The development fits within the city's initial 2018 plan and 2021 master plan for Southern Grove, Mayor Shannon Martin said.

"This is very exciting. I've got to say that, when we were doing our master plan all those years ago, this was one of the elements of the master plan that we were hoping for," Martin said.

The master plan calls for a number of large industrial and warehouse developments along Interstate 95, many of which already have been built or contracted.

It also includes mixed-use developments between those sites and Village Parkway, buffering the road and nearby housing developments from those facilities, Jennifer Davis, director of the city Community Redevelopment Agency, has said.

"They won't be industrial. Industrial is staying closer to 95, so you won't see industrial along that front corridor," Davis explained.

With property now committed for the entertainment district and Costco, there are only six available parcels left in Southern Grove, mostly along the strip intended for mixed-use development. The city is actively seeking proposals for what to do with three of the unsold lots, and expects at least five companies to apply, Davis said.

Meanwhile, Port St. Lucie will hold onto the other lots until necessary infrastructure work is completed, Davis said.

Wicker Perlis is TCPalm's Watchdog Reporter for St. Lucie County. You can reach him at [email protected] and 504-331-0516.

Florida Lottery numbers for Feb. 27: 1 wins $1 million in Mega Millions; 4 win Fantasy 5

There were five winners in the drawings held Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the Florida Lottery, excluding Cash Pop.The big winner of the evening was the person who bought a Mega Millions ticket at a 7-Eleven in...

There were five winners in the drawings held Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the Florida Lottery, excluding Cash Pop.

The big winner of the evening was the person who bought a Mega Millions ticket at a 7-Eleven in Port St. Lucie. The ticket is worth $1 million.

All four winning Fantasy 5 tickets were sold at a super market. Two were sold at Publix, one at Winn Dixie and the fourth at Sedano's Supermarket.

Games played Tuesday included: Mega Millions, Jackpot Triple Play, Cash4Life, Cash Pop and Fantasy 5.

Here are Tuesday's results:

Mega Millions results from Tuesday, Feb. 27 drawing

Second tier prize

Mega Millions is a multi-state, multi-million dollar jackpot game offered in 46 lottery jurisdictions, including Florida. The game's jackpot starts at $20 million and rolls over until all six numbers are matched. Mega Millions has nine prize levels with lower-tier prizes ranging from $2 to $1 million and up to $5 million with Megaplier.

Jackpot Triple Play winning numbers from Tuesday, Feb. 27 drawing

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Cash4Life winning numbers from Tuesday, Feb. 27 drawing

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Fantasy 5 winning numbers for midday drawing Tuesday, Feb. 27

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Fantasy 5 winning numbers for evening drawing Tuesday, Feb. 27

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Cash Pop winners from Tuesday, Feb. 27 drawing

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Costco plans to move distribution center to Port St. Lucie from West Palm Beach

PORT ST. LUCIE — Costco plans to relocate a distribution facility to Port St. Lucie from West Palm Beach and, city officials said, also may eventually open a warehouse store here.The identity of the company the city has been courting, to build on nearly 200 acres in Southern Grove, was finally revealed Monday as the City Council approved a package of tax breaks for what had been known as code-name Project Everest.Major economic-development projects often remain unnamed during negotiations, as permitted by s...

PORT ST. LUCIE — Costco plans to relocate a distribution facility to Port St. Lucie from West Palm Beach and, city officials said, also may eventually open a warehouse store here.

The identity of the company the city has been courting, to build on nearly 200 acres in Southern Grove, was finally revealed Monday as the City Council approved a package of tax breaks for what had been known as code-name Project Everest.

Major economic-development projects often remain unnamed during negotiations, as permitted by state law.

The distribution facility is expected to break ground in the next six months and be complete about a year after that, according to Jennifer Davis, director of the city Community Redevelopment Agency.

The big reveal

While there had been speculation based on the company's description, Wes McCurry, senior vice president of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, left no doubt during his presentation to the council.

"Now, with great pleasure, I'm proud to announce this company is" ? McCurry said before pausing and flipping to a slide of the company logo — "the distribution depot for Costco Wholesale Corp."

Costco's current distribution center, at 5851 45th St. in West Palm Beach, will close when the new center opens, said Eric Orren, Costo's director of real estate. It is one of just 24 regional distribution depots servicing its more than 800 stores.

"We're looking to relocate our West Palm Beach depot to Port St. Lucie because we've maxed out our growth there," Orren said.

McCurry had previously cited a number of the economic impacts the project would bring. Costco has said the new facility would create 265 full-time jobs with an average wage of $55,350 plus benefits. The Economic Development Council projects economic impact of construction at nearly $85 million, while the impact of the new jobs is estimated at about $198 million annually.

'Working on some other things'

Mayor Shannon Martin stressed that this facility is a distribution warehouse and not a Costco store, but said the city is still "working on some other things" with company, including a possible retail store.

"We're trying, very hard to get a retail establishment here, and hopefully that will happen in the future, but as for right now it's the depot," Martin said.

Orren declined to comment on the possibility of a retail store, saying that those decisions are not under his oversight.

A Costco warehouse store already is under construction in Stuart, with a target opening date of spring 2025.

The depot, in fact, may have an even greater economic impact than a Costco store, Vice Mayor Jolien Caraballo said. When the temporary construction jobs are added to the full-time figure, the total jobs created comes out to about 406, Caraballo said. That compares to about 275 part-time and full-time jobs at a retail store, according to Orren, who said about half of those usually are part-time.

"Potentially, it's even a better benefit than getting a retail establishment at this time," Caraballo said.

Land sale and tax breaks get approval

The Port St. Lucie distribution center is to be located within the city's Southern Grove manufacturing/distribution area, on the largest plot of land within that "jobs corridor." The city acquired that land in 2018. The Costco property encompasses land previously assigned to another code-named project: Project Apron.

City councilmembers, in their roles as the Government Finance Corp., earlier Monday approved sale of about 133 acres to the Costco developer. That land, combined with the land previously designed for Project Apron, make up the roughly 192-acre Project Everest property, located along Interstate 95 just north of existing Amazon, FedEx and Cheney Brothers facilities.

The land was sold by the city to developer JDN Enterprises for about $16.24 million.

The city also approved giving Costco an infrastructure credit of almost $18.7 million to facilitate infrastructure development. Costco is agreeing to pay for infrastructure improvements as part of an agreed "Road Project" in excess of that credit, and plans to borrow $11,357,156.98 to do so, according to the contract.

The city approved a number of tax breaks for Costco. In years one through five, the company would be exempt from all ad valorem taxes. In the sixth year that exemption drops to 90%, then to 80% in year seven, 60% in year eight, 40% in year nine and 20% in year 10. County commissioners are scheduled to vote on a similar incentive package Tuesday.

The city also approved a $3,500-per-new-job impact and mobility fee waiver.

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The County Commission is set to vote Tuesday on a five-year grant of $2,100 per new employee.

A quick turnaround

Conversations about bringing the Costco depot to Southern Grove began in August, said Jeff Greenwalt, Sansone Group national director of industrial development. Sansone purchased the land previously set aside for Project Apron in 2022.

"I called Jennifer Davis and said, 'Hey, we have an opportunity, but we need to move very quickly,'" Greenwalt said.

With the land's inclusion in Project Everest, Project Apron's future prospects seem to be slim. Project Apron was to be a 1.2-million square-foot distribution facility for an unnamed company. In the morning meeting Monday, Caraballo voiced hope that the company could find another site here, but Martin said she was unaware of any other available parcels that size.

"I don't think we have any land left that would fit Project Apron," Martin said. "You snooze, you lose."

Martin thanked those involved in Project Everest for moving more quickly than Project Apron had.

Wicker Perlis is TCPalm's Watchdog Reporter for St. Lucie County. You can reach him at [email protected] and 504-331-0516.

Tradition fuels rapid growth in Port St. Lucie

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. —While Florida's population has been growing since 2020 at a faster rate than any other state, one town on the Treasure Coast is doing plenty to lead the way.But it may not be the first place that comes to mind.Stay up-to-date: The latest headlines and weather from WPBF 25 It's Port St. Lucie, now Florida's sixth largest city, which is also in th...


While Florida's population has been growing since 2020 at a faster rate than any other state, one town on the Treasure Coast is doing plenty to lead the way.

But it may not be the first place that comes to mind.

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It's Port St. Lucie, now Florida's sixth largest city, which is also in the top 10 of America's fastest growing cities, among those with a population of at least 50,000. And at the heart of that expansion is a pulse provided by a town within a town — one that attracted Mary Milmore and her husband 15 years ago.

"You can call me an old timer and a historic reference person," Mary said when talking about the community of "Tradition."

Sounding like a savvy civic booster, Mary points to "friendly people, booming economy, business is moving in on a monthly basis, and (it's) still growing."

But this master-planned community was once a massive missed opportunity.

"The original developer went bankrupt and we came in along with a partnership with the city and just started investing money, developing a lot of new neighborhoods, new innovations, and we create a sense of place and a sense of community that people really just want to live here," said Dan Grosswald, a developer with Mattamy Homes.

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Make that a lot of people.

That five-year partnership has spawned shops, parks and a 20-mile nature trail, and new homes in a wide price range. There's even a driverless shuttle to get around the neighborhood. (Not so small town, right?)

"We took what was here and just made it better. The town center is the hub. It really creates a sense of place for people rather than just a large tract of homes, creating a place where people want to live, know their neighbors, have fun together, develop strong bonds."

Tradition has 5,000 homes and about 10,000 people now.

Mattamy sees another seven to ten years of building out Tradition, adding up to thousands of additional new homes, as well as more parks and public places. New schools, too.

And as the Port St. Lucie metro population rises by ten thousand people a year, that Tradition pulse is now a welcoming drumbeat.


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