Analysis: Drama still consumes Port St. Lucie City Council despite Oravec’s promises to end it

Eye rolling, verbal jabs and communication breakdowns have become commonplace at City Council meetings since Mayor Greg Oravec took office just a year ago. While some city leaders deny the drama, others aren't shy to acknowledge it, saying it hinders the ability to do city business. Oravec, who left his post as city manager in 2013 after revealing a rocky relationship with the council in a public release of memos, letters and emails, fought his way back to City Hall last year.

Analysis: Greg Oravec, Jeff Bremer clashed in Port St. Lucie

The relationship between Mayor Greg Oravec and City Manager Jeff Bremer had been souring for months, but began its downward spiral in the weeks immediately before budget discussions began in July, according to city documents and interviews Treasure Coast Newspapers conducted with City Council members. That bad blood came to a boil Monday during a special City Council meeting, when Bremer left his job, 3½ months before his planned Dec. 31 resignation.

Analysis: Breach of public trust led to incumbent Ron Bowen’s big loss in Port St. Lucie

An unforgivable brush with the open-government law — coupled with his opponent's popularity — apparently led to the ouster of veteran District 4 Councilman Ron Bowen in Tuesday's primary election, former and longtime city officials said Wednesday. Bowen, in office for four terms, was trounced by Jolien Caraballo, who won nearly 56 percent of the vote and claimed 28 of the city's 31 precincts.

Analysis: Port St. Lucie fighting losing financial war against VGTI

The city is waging a legal war to gain control of the defunct Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida, but it already seems to have lost the fight on virtually every financial front. Port St. Lucie taxpayers, directly or indirectly, are footing the bill for nearly every part of the legal case it brought against VGTI in May, when it asked a judge to block the biotech institute from moving out of the city and to force it to make good on a $2.6 million mortgage payment.

Analysis: Port St. Lucie City Manager Jeff Bremer staying put

City Manager Jeff Bremer apparently won't be the next top official packing his bags in the wake of City Attorney Pam Booker's firing last week by the City Council. At least not for now. Bremer was spared his job after apologizing at a special City Council meeting Tuesday for poor performance, while Booker was a casualty of what the council called a communication breakdown and lack of performance by top management.