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Posted on: June 10, 2020

Statewide health emergency: COVID-19 Update #10

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Stuart, FL - As businesses continue to reopen their doors with COVID-19 related guidelines and restrictions set by Governor DeSantis, the City of Stuart urges residents and business owners to remain vigilant. Martin County and the State of Florida remain under a state of emergency as cases continue to rise throughout the state. Both face masks and appropriate social distancing should be practiced by all persons while in public.

The City reminds residents and businesses that it has compiled a central hub on the home page of the City website for resources relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. This information includes local, state, and federal resources in addition to those provided by private and not-for-profit organizations. The information hub is updated as new information is relayed to the City and as changes to operations and policies are made throughout the duration of the state of emergency. For more information on these resources and other assistance that may help you, your family, or your business, please visit www.cityofstuart.us.

Florida Updates on COVID-19:  For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Florida, please visit the Florida Department of Health’s website: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/.

CURRENT STATUS OF FACILITIES AND OPERATIONS IN THE CITY:

City Hall – All offices within City Hall are currently OPEN to the general public. The City of Stuart highly encourages all residents and customers to call us or use our 24/7 online service and payment portal, whenever possible. For all online applications, payments, and services, please visit the online Paymentus portal, which can be accessed from the convenience of your computer or mobile device by visiting: www.cityofstuart.us/eservices and selecting “Online Payments.”

City Hall Annex Building located at 101 SW Flagler Ave. in downtown Stuart will REOPEN to customer service walk-in traffic beginning Monday, June 15th, 2020. The drive-thru window remains open from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Code Enforcement: The three-hour parking limit in the downtown Stuart area is being enforced once more as businesses reopen and parking becomes more limited. A-frame signs for businesses will continue to be permitted temporarily for the purpose of advertising open business establishments during the state of emergency.

Community Services: City parks remain OPEN, but athletic fields are open for reserved play only.

Special Events in the City of Stuart continue to be evaluated on a case by case basis with considerations for COVID-19 management practices. Organizations with existing permits that voluntarily cancelled their events are being issued permit application refunds by the City. For more information please visit: www.cityofstuart.us/250/Special-Events-Permitting.

4th of July Fireworks have been cancelled due to COVID-19. This difficult decision follows those similar in other communities along the Treasure Coast, in the State of Florida, and across the nation.

10th Street Community Center: The center is OPEN to the public and all after-school childcare programs and activities regularly scheduled in the facility are suspended until further notice. Temperatures of visitors are being monitored prior to entry into the facility as a measure to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19 for all guests. Meals for seniors (aged 60 and older) are being provided as a drive-up service every Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To receive these meals, residents must be present at the 10th Street Community Center during this time frame. Athletic fields are OPEN for reserved scheduled recreational play ONLY.

Development, Building, Planning & Zoning:  All transactions with the department are encouraged and may be conducted online or by phone. Although the office is REOPEN to foot traffic, there is an in and out box located within the department lobby where applications can be dropped off or permits picked up. A new partition in the lobby now permits no more than 2 persons in the lobby at the same time as a social distancing measure. In addition:

  • There will be a delay of 3 days processing any paperwork left at the drop box as a result of CDC information identifying the length of time the virus may survive on paper.
  • Permit technicians are available by phone at (772) 288-5326 to walk applicants through application processes if they are unfamiliar with online permitting.
  • All air conditioner (A/C), water heater, and door/window inspections will be done by self-certification from the contractor on a form that will be issued to them.
  • All other inspections will be handled according to regular procedure.
  • All payments for permits or other fees can be completed by contacting the building department and using a credit card over the phone, by mailing a check to the department, or by delivering a check to the drop box located outside the department’s office.

Public Safety: The Public Safety Building located at 800 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. will REOPEN to the general public on Monday, June 15th. For all non-emergency questions or assistance, please call:

  • Stuart Police Department at (772) 287-1122.
  • Stuart Fire Rescue Department at (772) 287-1662.

Public Works: All City Utility Services (Water, Sewer & Sanitation) retain regular operational schedules. Although the utilities customer service lobby will REOPEN to the public on June 15th, utility customers may also make payments or have their service-related questions answered over the phone by calling 772-288-5317 (option 1). Service-related questions can be answered via the drive-thru or by calling 772-288-5317 (option 2). Utility payments as well as parking citation and code enforcement violation payments can be accepted at the City Hall Annex office and drive-thru window from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. or left in the payment drop box outside City Hall.

  • The City will be ‘averaging monthly billing’ (from the prior 6 months) until further notice.
  • There will be NO LATE CHARGES or CANCELLATIONS of service during this time. Please also remember – do NOT flush wipes down the toilet, even if the wipes are labeled “flushable.”

Tram Services: The City of Stuart’s Tram Service has resumed normal operations with one tram in service each day. The hours of operation are:

MondayThursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For all other information, please visit: www.cityofstuart.us.

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