To report a street light out or malfunctioning, go to FPL's Lighting Trouble Report Web page.
Are you interested in getting street lights installed on your street? On public residential streets in the City of Port St. Lucie, it is possible to make private arrangements to have FPL install a light fixture on a pole or to pursue the formation of a residential street light district. To contact FPL, please call (772) 462-0555. To pursue a residential street light district, please keep reading.
To begin the process for a residential street light area a property owner contacts the City Clerk’s Office either in person or by phone at (772) 871-5157 and requests a form to begin the process for residential street lights for their street. The form is also available online and can be submitted by mail after it is filled out.
The City Clerk’s Office receives and processes requests for residential street lighting per City Code Chapter 161 and Ordinance 09-64 during the months of January through April each year. The Clerk’s Office has an ongoing list of residential streetlight requests which are processed on a first come first serve basis working on a yearly cycle to match the mailing of the tax bills.
Requests must be signed by the property owner of record. They are verified by the listing on the current Property Appraiser Web page. Once ownership is verified a proposed lighting placement map is created by the city’s Public Works Department. The Public Works Department indicates the proposed streetlights along the roadways, using as even a spacing as possible, usually every four lots, while utilizing existing poles with transformers to minimize costs.
Notification letters and maps showing the proposed street lighting locations are then mailed to the residents. These letters notify the residents of the public hearing before the City Council to request approval to go forward with the election for street lighting and approval of the proposed lighting locations. The residential street lighting assessment area includes the properties that will be depicted along a colored line drawn on the lighting placement map you will receive in the mail.
Once approval is received, ballots are sent to all the property owners of record within the designated assessment area to give them the opportunity to vote "Yes," in favor of street lighting or "No," against street lighting on their street. Only the ballots returned are counted and a final vote of 50 percent plus 1 is needed to pass.
If the election is successful, a resolution is presented to the City Council in May for approval. Then, the successful residential street lighting areas are sent to the St. Lucie County Tax Collector for placement on the November tax roll/bill. The street lights are installed during the months of October through December by Florida Power & Light.
The City of Port St. Lucie is merely the conduit that connects you, the resident and property owner, with Florida Power & Light. The streetlight assessment area is paid for by each property owner within the assessment area. It is a yearly fee placed on your tax bill; the current tax year cost is $26. If your residential street lighting assessment area is approved by ballot, this fee will be included on the tax bill for everyone within the area.
This option is an agreement that is set up between the individual property owner and Florida Power & Light. The property owner can contact FPL at (772) 462-0555 and request an outdoor light which would be billed on a monthly basis to your FPL bill. The City of Port St. Lucie is not involved with this agreement; it is between the property owner and FPL. The current cost for an outdoor light is approximately $13 per month.
If you opt to request an outdoor light from FPL and in the future your assessment area passes a ballot election for street lighting, you have the option of discontinuing the outdoor light service with FPL. The decision is up to you whether or not you would like to continue the outdoor light service with FPL. If you decide to keep the FPL outdoor light you will continue to pay the monthly fee along with the yearly assessment fee if your area passes by ballot for street lighting.
Q. Can anyone request street lights?
A. No, only the property owner of record can request street lights for that street.
Q. Do owners of vacant properties get to vote?
A. Yes, all property owners are mailed a ballot to cast their vote.
Q. There are 20 lots on my street, does that mean I need 11 yes votes to win?
A. Not necessarily. The election results are counted based on the number of ballots returned. If only 12 ballots are returned, 7 in favor and 5 against, the election is successful. If 12 ballots are returned, 6 in favor and 6 against, the election fails.
Q. Who decides the placement of the lights?
A. The city’s Public Works Department proposes the lighting layout map using existing poles, transformers & outdoor lights where possible. Florida Power & Light has the final say when they begin installation.
Q. What if the power poles are located at rear of my property?
A. A new pole must be installed at the front of the property along the road to allow for the streetlight to be installed. The power supply will be taken from the back of the property to the front. Normally FPL will run wires in between two lots/properties in order to accomplish this.
Q. Who is responsible to trim or remove trees?
A. If there are trees needing to be trimmed to facilitate the installation of the new streetlight, FPL will contact the Public Works Department who will then contact a licensed and insured arborist to trim the necessary branches/trees.
Q. The street light was not placed where it was shown on the map. Why not?
A. FPL has final authorization for the placement of the proposed lights. If they determine a different location for the streetlight they will relocate the proposed light. FPL is not required to ask or even advise the city of said relocation. This does not happen often but does happen periodically. FPL always has the final say on light placement.
Q. The newly installed light shines directly into my window. What can be done to redirect the light?
A. The resident can contact FPL and request they come out and block the light from shining into their home. In previous instances, FPL has gone out and either put up a barrier/shield or painted the section of the light shining into the home black so that it still lights up the street but not the home.
If you have any other questions or require additional information about street light requests, please contact the City Clerk’s Office.