2020 Fort Pierce Mayoral Candidate Survey

Q1

Please identify the top 3 top priorities you wish to accomplish in your first 4-year term, or your next 4-year term, as Mayor of the City of Fort Pierce?

Harold Arbury, III

Did Not Respond.

Donna Benton

  1. Bring Leadership to the FP Police department and city hall. Increase moral and create a vision of team work toward prosperity.
  2. Repair deteriorating City infrastructure and clean up City corridors to promote a beautiful and sustainable city.
  3. Lower the tax millage rate while increasing values of citizens investments, both business and residential.

Linda Hudson

Did Not Respond.

James Mason

Did Not Respond.

Richard Reed, II

  1. Restructure our Police Department.
  2. Make Fort Pierce more business friendly, transparent and efficient.
  3. Improve the quality of life for our citizens, lower taxes and expand our tax base.

Alonzo Watkins

Did Not Respond.

Q2

Please identify the top 3 challenges the City of Fort Pierce faces now and over the next 4 years and the concrete steps you intend to take to address those challenges?

 

Harold Arbury, III

Did Not Respond.

Donna Benton

  1.  Status quo at City Hall, a deteriorating city
  2.  Unemployment
  3.  Challenges facing private investment. I plan to bring leadership to City Hall to create a quality atmosphere for employees and teamwork to development a City in which citizens and business owners can get the response they need to invest in our historic neighborhoods, industrial areas and feel confident their investments are sustainable. This will promote more investment creating jobs and proactive advancement.

Linda Hudson

Did Not Respond.

James Mason

Did Not Respond.

Richard Reed, II

  1. Crime. Solution: restructure the FPPD including new leadership.
  2. Jobs. Solution : Work to improve our image as well as overcome our negative reputation and work with the private sector to create new employment and investment opportunities.
  3. Lower property taxes while increasing the tax base.

Alonzo Watkins

Did Not Respond.

Q3

Please identify the top 3 opportunities currently available to the City of Fort Pierce and share the concrete steps you intend to take to help the City realize those opportunities?

Harold Arbury, III

Did Not Respond.

Donna Benton

  1. Fort Pierce is a gem and a Tree USA City, we have the opportunity for quality growth. I plan to uphold current ordinances to ensure quality development occurs.
  2. Fort Pierce receives grants and has the opportunity to receive more. The best grant writer needs to be hired. I plan to utilize these grants to assist current businesses to become better businesses for their future, promoting jobs and sustainability. Promoting neighborhood investment with grants available and helping residents to become homeowners.
  3. Fort Pierce has the opportunity to be the next Mega Yacht facility. I intend to lobby the county to have a seat at the table on the Port Authority as the port is within the city limits and is governed by city zoning and codes. This opportunity has the ability to bring quality jobs to the area, create spin off businesses in many tiers and join IRSC in job training education.

Linda Hudson

Did Not Respond.

James Mason

Did Not Respond.

Richard Reed, II

  1. Our Communities diversity. One of Fort Pierce’s greatest strengths is our diversity. I will work to heal our differences and make Fort Pierce a greater place to live, work and play.
  2. The Port, Airport and Beaches. I will support the County in the Megayacht operation and look to expand investment in our Port and Airport to create jobs and promote tourism in conjunction with our beaches and waterways.
  3. Indian River State College. Our College provides a place for higher learning as well as technical vocation and trade schools. I will promote this training to entice private employment opportunities and investments in Fort Pierce.

Alonzo Watkins

Did Not Respond.

Q4

Please identify the top 3 things needed to improve the quality of life in Fort Pierce neighborhoods.

Harold Arbury, III

Did Not Respond.

Donna Benton

  1. Improvement of Safety in our neighborhoods is key. Residents need to feel safe walking, playing and working in their neighborhoods.
  2. Improvement of our major, neighborhood corridors and City owned property to set an example of how viable our neighborhoods are and let them know the City cares. Each neighborhood has unique qualities and challenges that need addressed for improvement.
  3. Promote homeownership in our community to increase personal pride and investment. Developing ways to increase public/private partnerships to upgrade infrastructure in our neighborhoods.

Linda Hudson

Did Not Respond.

James Mason

Did Not Respond.

Richard Reed, II

  1. Jobs
  2. Crime
  3. Home ownership

Alonzo Watkins

Did Not Respond.

Q5

Please identify 3 things you have contributed to the City of Fort Pierce or particular Fort Pierce neighborhoods over the last 4 years about which you are most proud?

Harold Arbury, III

Did Not Respond.

Donna Benton

  1. I have been involved with and worked with the Mega Yacht industry over the last five years; Creating jobs, promoting local business and suppling housing to the crews and workers.
  2. I have revitalized 11 properties in Edgartown, changing a drug infested neighborhood to young professionals residing, and working.
  3. Involved with residents and incoming citizens to promote reinvestment and quality development. Collaborating with investors to promote a long range vision for Fort Pierce.

Linda Hudson

Did Not Respond.

James Mason

Did Not Respond.

Richard Reed, II

  1. Kayak Park at Citrus Ave. & Indian River Drive.
  2. Inlet Palms and Sweeties Diner. Both investments in Fort Pierce generating taxes and creating and sustaining employment opportunities
  3. Providing 68,000 free meals since the first of March thru today at Sweeties Diner in conjunction with the St. Lucie County NAACP to those most affected by COVID-19 and its affect on our local economy.

Alonzo Watkins

Did Not Respond.