Commissioners back proposed veterans nursing home to be built in Tradition area of Port St. Lucie

 St. Lucie County Commissioners are asking residents and businesses who want to show their support for the construction of a new 120-bed veterans nursing home proposed to be built in the Tradition area of Port St. Lucie to contact state officials.

St. Lucie County Commissioners last night accepted the donation of 28 acres from Tradition Land Co., LLC for the proposed nursing home, which would employee roughly 190 people annually.

“We strongly encourage all Treasure Coast residents who support this project to write the appropriate state officials,” said St. Lucie County Commission Chair Frannie Hutchinson. “St. Lucie County staff has worked at lightning speed to put together this application and we are extremely thankful for all of those who have worked with us to make this happen, including the executives at Tradition, officials with the City of Port St. Lucie, as well as the various veterans groups in the area.”

The state has provided funding up to $11 million, which would be matched with federal dollars, to construct at least one new veterans nursing home in Florida. St. Lucie County currently ranks four on the list. The estimated $36.1 million construction project along with the annual budget of more than $7 million in operations would provide an enormous economic benefit to the region.

The 75-mile service area for the Treasure Coast currently houses an estimated 279,971 veterans, 118,617 of whom are over age 65. The closest existing state veterans homes are more than two hours away in all directions.

Residents interested in supporting this project are asked to contact: Col. Mike Prendergast, executive director, Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, 11351 Ulmerton Road, No. 311-K, Largo, FL 33778-1630; 727-518-3202;

Or Gov. Rick Scott, State of Florida, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001;


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