Ft. Pierce considers water treatment plant move

Posted at 7:44 AM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 11:56:38-05

Fort Pierce commissioners favorably considered a proposal to form an ad-hoc committee charged with exploring the relocation of the city’s wastewater treatment plant; it sits on a 26-acre lot on Hutchinson Island. 

The city’s planning director suggested a seven-member committee, one representative appointed by each commissioner and the mayor, plus a Fort Pierce Public Utilities Authority (FPUA) appointee and a county appointee.

Rebecca Grohall says the committee would study all aspects of the relocation including: developing a cost estimate and exploring and pursuing different funding methods.

A FPUA spokesman said the move estimated at $105 would not be covered by the utility's customers.

A meeting held in 2012 suggested the relocation could make way for a hotel, marina, stores and housing.

A workshop Monday, commissioners said the owners of an adjacent property, proposing a marina and RV park may play an integral part in the development of the water front.

According to TCPalm, that property is up for final approval at the commissioner's meeting on Feb. 16.