About 40 local residents and members of the Port St. Lucie Yacht Club expressed a desire to see a Key West-style building with social and community uses during a public input meeting Monday night.

The funds haven't been secured, but county officials wanted ideas from the public before next year's budget is approved, said Don McLam, St. Lucie County Central Services assistant director.

The new building could cost more than $1 million, but the only funds available is about $300,000 in insurance from an electrical fire last December, McLam said.

Architectural firm Edlund, Dritenbas, Binkley & Associates will design the new building, which will be about 5,000 square feet, architect Paul Dritenbas said.

The old 5,400-square-foot building was demolished last month after the County Commission declared it wasn't up to code and fire damage had made it too expensive to repair.

It was owned by the county, but the Port St. Lucie Yacht Club leased it for $10 a year, with another 10 years on the lease, said Elaine Ostrander, group commodore.

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