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ZOMBIES TO INVADE DOWNTOWN JENSEN BEACH

On Thursday “Halloween” night, October 31, it is feared that downtown Jensen Beach will be invaded by Zombies!  Yes, Zombies, young and old, are expected to invade downtown Jensen Beach during the Jammin’ Jensen event from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Jammin Jensen is a downtown Jensen Beach event held every Thursday evening to raise funds for downtown Jensen Beach beautification.  

All Zombies who invade Jammin Jensen will be  judged on the best Zombie costume, the best Zombie make-up and the best Zombie walk. Three winners will be chosen and will receive VIP tickets to the upcoming Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival. There is no registration fee. For additional information call the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce 772-334-3444. Jammin Jensen, the Zombie Invasion and the Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival are Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce events.

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Hard to Say Goodbye . . .

by Cindy Alexander, Broker

As of October 1, 2013, we will be wishing farewell to Realtor JoAnne Hendrix and her better half, Steve, as they move on to new adventures in Las Vegas.

JoAnne will maintaining her Florida real estate license here with us for at least another year. Even though she will be missed, we all wish her and Steve the very best of luck.

JoAnne and I have been working together for approximately 8 years, and I blame her for making me open up AlexUSrealty.com. It may be hard to believe, but she nagged me until I finally caved in. Not only will I personally miss meeting JoAnne almost every morning at 7:30 am, I will also miss teasing & taunting her.

The best of luck to you OLD friend, and if the grass is not as green as you thought that it may be in Las Vegas, you should always know you are welcome back. 

Port St. Lucie – “State of the City” Address

Claire Sweet, Key Contact for RASL to Mayor Joanne Faiella furnished this information from her communication with the Mayor.  Recently the Mayor of Port St Lucie, Joanne Faiella, spoke at a Commercial real estate conference.  She had many interesting things to share and information that should delight most who are in the real estate industry. Here are some excerpts of her speech.
“Those of you who work in real estate are such an important part of your community.  You are the ones who sell your town – one lot a time – so I know you care deeply about the issues that affect your communities….Let me give you a few facts about Port St Lucie that you may not be aware of…
Did you know we (Port St Lucie) has a population of 167,000.  We are proud of our “small town” feel but we are a big city.  We are the 9th largest city in Florida.
We have the lowest crime rate in the state.  In fact, last year our crime rate dropped more than 19 percent.  It was the 3rd consecutive year that Port St Lucie has had the lowest crime rate of any Florida city with a population over 100,000.  It was the 10th time the city has been recognized by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for having the state’s lowest crime rate.
We are also one of the largest cities geographically.  Our 116 square miles of incorporated city is larger than the cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach combined.
We have excellent infrastructure with modern state-of-the-art water and sewer utilities available to every lot in the city.  This is especially important for new businesses looking to build.
With plenty room for growth, we have attracted high tech industries, with three major biotech firms moving here in the past few years.  And because we now have a biotech cluster, with more to come, a 90 bed hospital is under construction to open in the fall, and a 400,000 square foot medical office plaza will soon follow.
In the past year we have had four highly recognizable national companies commit to Port St Lucie.
Bass Pro Shops is opening a retail destination here along I-95 just outside Tradition with plans to open this fall.
Burlington Coat Factory is moving into the St Lucie West area.
Also in St Lucie West, Guitar Center just opened.  They have more than 240 stores nationwide.  On opening night more than 3,000 customers lined up around the block to get in.
Tesla Motors who make the most popular electric cars on the market, are planning to build a supercharging station, also in St Lucie West.  The significance of this is that we are a midway point between the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area and the Orlando-St Petersburg areas.  Tesla Motors see the potential here and recognize the value of being within a 2-3 hour drive of more than 11 million people.  By the way, since Tesla Motors announced their Port St Lucie plan two months ago, their stock has gone up 19 percent.  Tesla’s founder and CEO also started PayPal, so anytime a successful international visionary gives a vote of confidence to our community, we feel very encouraged.
And, in case you are wondering, we did not offer any financial incentives to any of these retailers.  They are coming because they like our community and they anticipate a return on their investment here.  We did offer them fast-track permitting and other rapid services, but no money.
Port St Lucie does other things to bring in and support businesses.  We keep our city looking clean and beautiful.  We provide free training for businesses on how to avoid costly startup mistakes that kill profits.  We help people going into business learn about permitting and licensing issues.
There is a lot happening in Port St Lucie.  Where else in South Florida can you find the big city amenities without all the crime, traffic, road rage, litter, graffiti and blight?
Our housing costs are relatively low by comparison, so people of modest or middle income can purchase a nice house here and experience the American Dream.
There is a wealth of economic opportunity here, as well as a clean environment, a variety of social opportunities and affordable housing for modest and upper income levels.  With so much room to grow, our population is likely to climb to 400,000 or more in the next 20 years.  That’s a lot of potential customers for any kind of business that wants to grow.  I hope you will consider being a party of that growth with us because I believe it will be profitable for you.  We are optimistic about our future.
Thank you.”  (Joanne Faiella, Mayor of the City of Port St Lucie)

New Office Opening Soon

We are opening an additional Treasure Coast office for the convenience of our St. Lucie County clients. The location is Central Park Plaza, just north of St. Lucie West Boulevard in St. Lucie West. We expect to open it  in July and hours will be by appointment only, but it will be fully equipped and furnished with two spacious conference rooms and is convenient to I-95 and Tradition.

The economy is rebounding with retail space beginning to fill up again and we are poised to fill the needs of real estate customers. Check out our new and improved main website with easier navigation and more listing information:    www.alexusrealty.com