Port St. Lucie officials hold park safety workshop in light of Sportsman's Park Shooting

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Public safety at parks is top of mind right now in Port St. Lucie, after a deadly shooting at Sportsman's Park deeply concerned families. City officials are working hard to eliminate crime at area parks so nothing like that shooting happens again. Part of that work includes a public meeting city officials held Friday night at the Port St. Lucie Community Center.

They discussed changes they want to make not only to Sportsman's park but other parks as well.

The workshop comes at the heels of a shooting at Sportsman's that shook the community, especially little league players playing baseball just yards from where a man was killed. To improve area parks, city manager Greg Oravec and park officials discussed installing 20 or so security cameras, to cut down on criminal activity.

"You get someone who's just not that intelligent, if you don't catch them in the act with that, you get them on film, and then you bust them," said Oravec. "It discourages crime and negative behavior in the park."

Most residents in attendance were for the changes.

"I think they're making great strides. It sounds like they have some real excellent ideas," said Port St. Lucie resident Debbie Harris. "We'll see how it pans out. I hope they put the plans into place really soon, and I hope they're in place before they open the courts."

City officials say they'll do what it takes to ensure the safety of the community.

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