Florida Governor, Cabinet select Port St. Lucie for new veterans nursing home
By Margie Menzel, The News Service of Florida
Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet, Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam all republicans unanimously voted to approve the western Port St. Lucie site for the state’s seventh veterans’ nursing home over Ocala and Marion County?
State Sen. Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican and leader of the St. Lucie delegation, said the new facility would fill a service gap on the Treasure Coast.
The only dissent came from a legislative aide to Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples. He told Cabinet members Hudson believed the selection process was “not objective.”
“It still remains unclear why an East Coast county was chosen over counties on the West Coast with greater need and sites that met the established qualifications,” Hudson aide Stefano Perez said.
The state’s other veterans’ nursing homes are in Daytona Beach, Land O’ Lakes, Pembroke Pines, Panama City, Port Charlotte and St. Augustine.
Florida has roughly 700,000 military veterans over age 65, according to Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Mike Prendergast