Today's Buzz: January News
City offices will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019   
in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Start the New Year on the right path,
plan to attend a business workshop!
A ttend one or all of these fundamental workshops if you want to gain a better understanding of what it takes to succeed in business. These class presentations touch on the basics of starting a business and is a good review for those already in business. The next free Business Workshop is Tuesday,  January 15, 2019 at 9 a.m. in the Building Department Training Room.  Representatives from H&R Block, ACCH Insurance Agency and St. Lucie County Property Appraisers/Tangible Tax Division will be available to answer your questions.  

Please call 772-344-4238 or email to reserve your seat.  
New applicants will receive a 50% reduction on their business tax application fee for attending.

Business tax receipts expired on September 30, 2018 - a 25% late fee will be assessed if paid or postmarked on or after January 1st. Delinquent notices have been mailed.

The Business Tax Division now accepts online credit card payments for business tax renewal payments only through the City of Port St. Lucie webpage 

If you are interested in this service you will need to create a log-in profile using your email on file in the Business Tax Division and your business tax number to use this feature. Once you have completed your profile, bill payments can be made. There is no convenience fee to use this service If you have any questions, please call 772-344-4356. 

Businesses opening or relocating to a commercial location are required to obtain an "Occupancy Use and Zoning Review Permit" per the Florida Building Code and City Ordinance. Contact the Business Tax Division at (772) 344-4356 with any questions about this permit. 

From Public Works Stormwater Division

Landscape and Garden Maintenance
Soils, yard waste, and garden chemicals are pollutants that can wind up in the storm system and then enter Florida's waterways after a rain event. Fertilizers and pesticides can poison fish and contaminate ground water and surface water. Yard waste when it decomposes will absorb oxygen that fish need to survive.
For tips to prevent this pointless personal pollution read this brochure.
Know Your Stormwater Flow
If you operate a business, chances are that you're contributing to stormwater runoff pollution and not even know it. Any item that is spilled or dumped on the ground, whether it is litter, oil, soapy water, yard waste, food products or paint will be washed downstream in the next rain event. This runoff pollution is not treated, and will eventually drain into our river, estuary and ocean. These pollutants can cause damage and even death to plant and aquatic life, and contaminant ground and surface waters.
For tips to prevent this pointless personal pollution read this brochure.
Educational Brochures
If you are a contractor working in the City of Port St. Lucie, whether a painter, auto mechanic, lawn maintenance or concrete worker, there are certain Best Management Practices (BMP's) to follow that will reduce storm water runoff pollution to our local waterways. Learn more about storm water runoff pollution and how you can help reduce it and its effects on the environment by going to the following link.

Let us know how we can assist you in the success of your business, 
contact Yvonne at 772-344-4356.