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Nuisance Abatement

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What is Nuisance Abatement?

The City of Port St. Lucie, acting through the city council and/or its designee(s), shall have authority pursuant to home rule and police powers under Article VIII, section 2, of the Florida Constitution to determine and declare the existence of a public nuisance and shall have the authority to provide for the abatement of same. Abatement of such nuisances constitutes a municipal service, which specifically benefits the property upon which the nuisance is abated and all costs incurred by the city in abating such nuisances shall be levied as a special assessment pursuant to section 170.201 Florida Statutes and/or all other applicable law.

The Nuisance Abatement Process

  1. Identify the problem property
  2. Determine the existence of a health, safety, hazard, welfare or public nuisance violation(s)
  3. Notify owner(s) of property and allow time to correct
  4. Schedule property to go before City Council for a Resolution declaring property a threat
  5. Once declared a threat the property will be scheduled for an order to show cause
  6. After the show cause the property is scheduled for a Resolution declaring a public nuisance and an order of abatement is issued
  7. City corrects the violations
  8. Cost of abatement goes on the properties tax roll as a special assessment

Powers and Duties of the Nuisance Abatement Coordinator

The nuisance abatement coordinator and his or her designees are hereby authorized to enter upon private property in order to enforce the provisions of this chapter and shall be immune from all civil and criminal liability while under the discharge of duties imposed herein.

Emergency order

Whenever, in the opinion of the city council, any nuisance in violation of this chapter is an immediate threat to life, limb, health, welfare, or property, the city council may issue an emergency order and immediately terminate or abate the nuisance.

Assessment Of Cost

The city council shall assess the entire cost of city abatement action upon the affected property as a special assessment, which assessment, when made, shall constitute a lien upon such property by the city. The lien of the city shall encompass, in addition to the abatement cost for the vacating or removal of the facility, all administrative, legal, postal and publication expenses, as well as all other direct or indirect costs associated therewith. The lien upon the property shall be superior to all others except taxes as previously set forth herein.

If you believe there is a nuisance in your neighborhood that warrants a response from the City of Port St. Lucie, please contact the Nuisance Abatement Coordinator-

Aaron Biehl
772-871-5205 office
772-344-4181 Fax
121 SW PSL Blvd Building B
Port St. Lucie, FL 34984