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 May 5th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Hutchinson Island residents can get re-entry placards now, according to Sheriff Mascara
 
In preparation for the storm season, St. Lucie County Hutchinson Island re-entry placards are available for island residents, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"The placards can expedite access at law enforcement checkpoints for island residents to get to their homes when it's safe to return to them after a storm," Sheriff Mascara said. "Once an island resident with a placard is sent through a check point, this system also helps law enforcment ensure that only authorized vehicles are driving on island roads. We have had this system in place for a number of years, and it works well for island residents as well as law enforcement."

Though obtaining a re-entry placard is not mandatory, it will speed up the process of going through law enforcement checkpoints, the Sheriff said. "I want to emphasize that these placards are only for residents of Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County."

Those who have a green placard do not need to get a new one.

Those who want the placards must have two forms of identification to present to deputies at these locations during normal business hours, Monday through Friday:

- St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office administrative offices, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce.

- Fort Pierce Police Department administrative offices, 920 South U.S.1, Fort Pierce.

- St. Lucie County tag office, 2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce.

- St. Lucie County tag office, 1664 S.E. Walton Road, Port St. Lucie.

- St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit, 250 N.W. Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie.

Winter residents who want to return to their seasonal homes on the island after a storm should bring with them several months of St. Lucie County utility bills to identify them as part time county residents.

Those with questions may call the Crime Prevention Unit at 772-871-5303.

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