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 pristine, not crowded, and plentiful and our waters are very clear and clean.
Fort Pierce Inlet: Ranked by boaters as the safest inlet on Florida’s East Coast, the Fort Pierce Inlet is also a short distance from the Indian River Lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean. 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 Park, Jetty Park, Inlet Linear Park, Maravilla Park (including a dog park) Dreamland Park, Pioneers Park and Marina Square Park, located along the Indian River Lagoon.
Redevelopment: The city is preparing our old power plant site along Moore’s Creek, near the Indian River Lagoon for redevelopment. We have restored the Sunrise Theatre, a 1,200 seat performing arts venue, and our City Marina is now protected by an island restoration project, a unique waterfront protection system. We are also replacing and adding docks that will restore and enhance the marina.
Culture: Our cultural enhancements include the Zora Neale Hurston Trail, commemorating the noted author and anthropologist who lived her last years in Fort Pierce, as well as the Highwaymen Trail, 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 A.E. “Beanie” Backus museum, also a Florida landscape artist and the St. Lucie Regional History Museum.
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.
Attractions: Our most popular tourist attraction is the National UDT Navy SEAL museum, which 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 city Indian Hills Golf Course in Fort Pierce, as well as Fairwinds, the St. Lucie County Golf Course.
Education: In addition to several highly ranked public schools, Fort Pierce 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 fourth in affordability in the nation by U.S. Department of Education. IRSC has 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 world-class hospital with many unique services. Lawnwood is a Level II Trauma Center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and will soon open 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.