PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Just five years ago, Port St. Lucie was America's fastest-growing large city. Then the foreclosure crisis slammed it like a hurricane.
Today it sits in one of the hardest-hit counties in the nation. Thousands of houses are empty or unfinished. Neighborhoods are littered with for-sale and foreclosure signs and overgrown, neglected yards. Break-ins are on the rise.
But one politician believes he has a unique solution: Declarea disaster area as if it had been hit by, well, a hurricane.