ABOUT SEWALL’S POINT
The Town of Sewall’s Point will strive to maintain its small town character, and continue to provide effective and efficient services designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of its residents; to provide these services in a friendly, efficient, and cost-effective manner; to actively encourage the civility, integrity and responsiveness by all town employees and ancillary staff in a peaceful, family-oriented, and safe community; and to preserve property values and the quality of its neighborhoods by encouraging attractive landscaping, maintaining public right-of-ways, and ensuring compliance with local ordinances.
Much of the charm of Sewall’s Point is derived from being uniquely situated between the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon in Martin County, Florida. The Town will endeavor to preserve and enhance the environment around and within its unique setting by striving to use “green” technology whenever practical. Additionally, Sewall’s Point is committed to maximizing both the scenic beauty as well as the recreational opportunities of its residents by implementing and enforcing reasonable measures to safeguard the local environment. Toward these goals, Sewall’s Point will continue to distinguish itself as a town known for providing a community-oriented lifestyle with high-quality governmental services public safety and aesthetics.
Some of the special features of our Town
Town Commons Park – Sewall’s Point has a beautiful park with a playground for children and several benches angled to enjoy beautiful water views. You may also enjoy fishing in the river and the water retention area. The park is located across from Town Hall. You are welcome to have parties and other events there. Please check with the Town Clerk to reserve the gazebo.
Town Events – Get to know your neighbors by participating in the many events presented by the Town and our wonderful Cultural Committee. Join us for the Winter Holiday Open House at Town Hall, the 4th of July Bicycle Parade and Family Party, the Spring Eggstravaganza, Movies under the Stars and many other fun activities. These events contribute to the feeling of community that helps to make Sewall’s Point a very special place.
Historical Markers – Sewall’s Point is full of history and even has a book written about it by local resident and historian, Sandra Thurlow. You will find historical markers in Indialucie, High Point and the Town Park; look for them as you travel through those areas. The Town of Sewall’s Point was chartered in 1957 and is named after Henry Sewall.
Trees and Wildlife – We are a nationally recognized Tree City and an Audubon Society Certified Bird Sanctuary. We love our wildlife and our trees and carefully protect them. You must have a permit to remove any tree with a caliper of 2” or more, and heavy trimming of trees (called “hat racking”) is deemed to be effective removal. Fines are heavy, so please visit the building department in Town Hall before doing any significant tree work if you have any questions.
In order to protect property values and the Town’s quality of life, code enforcement is taken very seriously in Sewall’s Point. The municipal code contains all laws in detail.
Some of the important issues are:
Overnight Parking – Overnight parking is not allowed on streets or rights-of-way.
Trucks – Trucks with a curb weight of more than 5,000 lbs. must be garaged or completely concealed from view after 5 PM.
Boats – Boats must be completely concealed from view at all times.
Construction Hours – Contractors: 8 AM to 5 PM Mondays through Saturdays. Residents: 8 AM to 8 PM Mondays through Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM. Noise levels cannot be over 80 decibels after 5 PM. Please be considerate of your neighbors when performing work during these hours.
Trash – containers can be placed curbside no sooner than 5:00 the evening before scheduled pick up on Mondays and Thursdays and must be removed no later than midnight the day of pickup. Vegetative waste must be bundled or containerized and can be curbside no earlier than 24 hours before pickup on Wednesdays.
Other important rules:
Watering Days – When irrigation of your lawn is needed, the permitted times are as follows: Residents with odd-numbered street addresses may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays; residents with even-numbered street addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays. Times for both are limited to 12 AM to 10 AM and/or 4 PM to 11:59 PM.
Building Permits – Permits are required for all construction activity. Minor repairs approved by the Building Official may not need a permit, but you should always check first with the Building Department. Permits are issued at Town Hall.
Tree Removal Permits – You must have a permit to remove any tree with a caliper of 2” or more, and heavy trimming of trees (called “hat racking”) is deemed to be effective removal. Fines are heavy, so please visit the building department in Town Hall before doing any significant tree work if you have any questions.
Pets – Each household may have no more than three animals (dogs and/or cats) that are more than six months old. Dogs must be leashed if off the owner’s property. Please pick-up the waste from your animal, it is the law! You may also register your pets at the Police Department — bring a picture so we can help recognize your pet in the event s/he is lost.
Noxious Plants – There are prohibited species of plants that must be removed due to their invasive nature; these include Brazilian Pepper, Melaleuca, Australian Pine and Carrotwood Trees. There are limited exceptions; please check with the Building Department.
Rentals – Short terms rentals (fewer than 180 days) are prohibited in Sewall’s Point. Should you decide to rent your property, the term must be for more than six (6) months, and requires registration at Town Hall. There is an initial fee of $150.00, with a renewal fee of $75.00 due for each year of the lease.