Possible increased fee for St. Lucie residents

By Kara Kostanich email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

PORT ST. LUCIE (WFLX) - Tropical Storm Fay dropped more than 14 inches of rain on Port St. Lucie, and, now, the city is calling on residents to pay up for the current storm drainage system. It's the same one that caused major problems during Fay.

Some resident who sustained flooding during the storm say "no way".  They're pointing the finger at too much commercial development that was built in the area too fast.

"Everybody in my neighborhood, every business I spoke to is apposed to this fee increase," said John Methvin who lives right behind Sam's Club and was trapped inside his home by flood water during Fay.

He thinks the new area businesses should be responsible for the cost because, he says, they are putting additional stress on the drainage system.

The increase would cost Port St. Lucie city residents an extra $10 a year.

The city council will vote on the fee increase on September 22.