The start of a new year always comes with questions. So here are some of our own on some things that we believe will continue to be in the news along the Treasure Coast in 2022.
1) Debates over vaccines, mask wear and other COVID restrictions consumed a lot of time at our local school board meetings in 2021. With a new variant on the rise, can we expect the same this year?
2) The health of the St. Lucia River and Indian River Lagoon seemed to reach a watershed (pun intended) when the US Army Corps of Engineers announced a new water discharge management plan in the environmentally sensitive waterways of Lake Okeechobee. But will the plan hold in its current form or will there be other changes before it comes into effect in 2023?
3) Port St. Lucie elected a new mayor, Shannon Martin, in a special election last year. Will Port St. Lucie’s management look or act differently this year, especially as the city moves forward with major projects such as the development of the Port district and downtown?
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4) Residents of Stuart had a heated debate over the past year over plans to a mixed-use development that includes a Costco store, apartments and retail. Was this project a one-off operation for the community or does it represent a future trend in the development of the city?
5) Plans continue to take shape for the three corners that Vero Beach has at Indian River Boulevard and 17th Street. A hotel, an open space, restaurants and a waterfront activity are on the program. But, given the ongoing nit-picking of a much-loved plan unveiled in January 2020, how willing will city voters be to give city council approval to lease the property to developers during a possible November referendum?
6) When the Fort Pierce City Commission agreed to hire Professional Facilities Management, a Rhode Island-based consulting firm, the company said it needed until the end of this month to come up with a management plan to long term for financial hardship. Sunrise theater. Will the company meet this deadline, and if so, will its recommendations help turn the tide of Sunrise?
7) Will Indian River County voters approve a new tax entity to raise money to pay for children’s services? A draft children’s trust, if put to the vote in November, would replace the County Commission Child Services Advisory Committee, established in 1990, which funded nonprofit programs for children with the approval of the commissioners.
8) Can Port St. Lucie continue to build on its recent successes in terms of job growth, or could the coronavirus slow some of that momentum?
9) After successes and failures in its efforts to repair drainage and stormwater runoff, Sebastian pays $ 700,000 to Arcadis USA come up with a plan that city leaders hope to improve significantly over the next 10 years. Will this plan lead to significant changes?
10) The Town of Fort Pierce Commission is due to review this month a revised site plan for the landing of the king, a major residential and commercial development that could transform the city’s downtown core. How will the committee vote on this project?
11) Will 2022 bring a resolution to dispute over whether Vero Beach will continue to serve Indian River Shores with water and sewer service and how much are county residents billed that are served by the county? Resolving the situation will help Vero Beach move forward with a $ 51 million plan to move its sewage plant from the Indian River Lagoon to its airport.
12) After months of complaints from local residents regarding garbage and garbage collection service, will Port St. Lucie finally get these problems under control this year? If so, how?
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