Port St. Lucie Police Marine Unit to remove logs from St. Lucie River

Port St. Lucie Police Marine Unit to remove logs from St. Lucie River (City of Port St. Lucie)

Local crews will be working to remove logs from the North Fork of the St. Lucie River this Wednesday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., city officials said.

Crews from the Port St Lucie Police Department Marine Unit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Port St Lucie Public Works, Port St Lucie Parks and Recreation, and St Lucie County Parks and Recreation and Facilities will be conducting a joint operation to remove the navigational hazards in the river.

Since Hurricane Irma, many hazards have been found on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, according to city officials. In response, the Port St. Lucie Police Department Marine Unit has worked with other agencies to organize a "River Cleanup".

Fallen trees that have proven to be dangerous, as well as other hazardous obstacles, will be towed to area boat ramps and stored until they can be removed with heavy equipment from Port St. Lucie Public Works later that afternoon, city officials said.

The trees will be placed in dumpsters, then taken to the landfill where they will be mulched, according to city officials. Fallen trees on the shoreline will remain, but be documented and monitored in the future to prevent them from becoming hazards to navigation.

The storage and removal sites will be the Port St. Lucie Botanical Garden at 2410 SE Westmoreland Boulevard and the River Park Marina at 500 E Prima Vista Boulevard.

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