Ten Reasons to Choose Fort Pierce to live, work, learn and play, year round:
Location: On Florida’s southeast Atlantic Coast, we are the county seat of St. Lucie County, the heart of the Treasure Coast. St. Lucie County lies along the beautiful Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. Our Lagoon is wide, our beaches are uncrowded, pristine and plentiful and our waters are clear and clean.
Fort Pierce Inlet: Ranked by boaters as the safest inlet on Florida’s East Coast, the Fort Pierce Inlet is a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River Lagoon. The Port of Fort Pierce is a one of Florida’s 14 deep water ports.
History: Incorporated in 1901, Fort Pierce has redeveloped and beautified our historic Downtown, the Avenue D corridor and South Hutchinson Island.
Parks: Throughout the city, our parks have been enhanced and improved, including Moore’s Creek Linear Park, Causeway and South Beach Parks, Jetty Park, Inlet Linear Park, Maravilla Park (including a dog park) Dreamland Park, Pioneers Park. Marina Square Park and newly completed Veterans Memorial Park.
Redevelopment: Our old power plant site along Moore’s Creek has been cleaned and is ripe for redevelopment. We have restored the Sunrise Theatre, a 1200 seat performing arts venue, and our City Marina is now protected by a unique waterfront island restoration and protection waterfront system. We have added docks and enhanced the marina amenities. Nearby, the Melody Lane Fishing Pier is a new addition for residents and visitors to take advantage of the enhanced fishing created by the islands in the Lagoon.
Culture: Our cultural enhancements include the Zora Neale Hurston Trail, commemorating the noted author and anthropologist who lived her last years in Fort Pierce. The Highwaymen Heritage Trail features 26 African American speed-painters of Florida landscapes who sold their art from their vehicles along the highways of South Florida. Our museums include the newly-enlarged Florida landscape artist A.E. “Beanie” Backus museum, and the St. Lucie Regional History Museum, with its satellite Adams Cobb Cultural Museum in the P.P. Cobb Building.
Clean Water: The Fort Pierce Inlet keeps the waters of the Indian River Lagoon cleansed and adds just the right amount of salinity from the Atlantic Ocean. Marine research is conducted by the Smithsonian Marine Station, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution and the Ocean Research and Conservation Association. The newly-completed Indian Hills Restoration and Recreation Area cleans the water before it enters the Lagoon, as does the Veterans Memorial Park.
Attractions: Our most popular tourist attraction, the National UDT Navy SEAL museum, commemorates the birth of the Navy frogmen here in Fort Pierce, and chronicles the evolution of this military unit to today’s Navy SEALs. Nearby Port St. Lucie is the Spring Training home of the New York Mets. Private and public golf courses are plentiful, with the world renowned PGA courses in Port St. Lucie and our own Indian Hills Golf Course in Fort Pierce, as well as St. Lucie County’s Fairwinds Golf Course
Education: School graduation rates improved almost 12% to 86.8%, ranking 4th in Florida for improvement in 2016. Fort Pierce also has St. Anastasia and John Carroll Roman Catholic schools and St. Andrews Episcopal Academy lower and upper schools. We are proud to be the home of Indian River State College, highly ranked in regional schools in the South by U.S. News and World Report and in affordability by the US Department of Education. IRSC has twice been rated in the top ten for the Aspen prize for community college excellence.
Medical Care: : Fort Pierce is the home of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, a Level II Trauma Center hospital with many unique services. Lawnwood is a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and a Pediatric Emergency Care unit. Lawnwood is known throughout the region for its experienced cardiac and pediatric services. Nearby in Tradition, the Veterans Administration will soon build a veterans’ nursing home.
These are just ten reasons to choose Fort Pierce. It’s your turn to find your own reason. Here’s a hint: The City of Fort Pierce offers small town atmosphere, year round ideal climate and no metropolitan hassles. Just in case you miss that big city allure, visit Orlando, Tampa and Miami, all a mere two hours away.