Message from the Mayor
Welcome to the City of Fort Pierce
Ten Reasons to Choose Fort Pierce to live, work, learn and play, year round:
- Location: On Florida’s southeast Atlantic Coast, Fort Pierce is the county seat of St. Lucie County, the heart of the Treasure Coast. Our beautiful Indian River Lagoon is wide, our beaches are uncrowded, pristine and plentiful and our waters are clear and clean. The Port of Fort Pierce is one of Florida’s 14 deep water ports, set to be a hub for mega yacht repair and retrofit (MRO). The Treasure Coast International Airport (TCIA) is on track to be a thriving aviation MRO. The customs experience is ranked # 1 by private pilots.
- 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. Our City Marina has been restored and enhanced and is now protected by a unique waterfront island protection and water cleaning system. We have added docks, enhanced marina amenities, installed dinghy docks for day trippers and dredged the channel for larger vessels.
- Parks: Throughout the city, our parks have been enhanced and improved, including Moore’s Creek and Inlet Linear Parks, Causeway, South Beach, and Jetty Parks, Maravilla Park (including a dog park), Dreamland and Pioneers Parks. Marina Square, Old Fort Park and newly completed Veterans Memorial and Indian Hills Restoration and Recreation Parks.
- Redevelopment: Incorporated in 1901, Fort Pierce has redeveloped and beautified our historic Downtown, the Avenue D corridor and South Hutchinson Island. A seven-acre site located on Moore’s Creek is ripe for redevelopment. 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: We have restored the Sunrise Theatre, a 1200 seat performing arts venue. We will be reinvigorating 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 clean 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: A 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. The Indian Hills Golf Course has new management and is enjoying a resurgence in rounds played. Private and public golf courses are plentiful, including the world-renowned PGA courses in Port St. Lucie as well as St. Lucie County’s Fairwinds Golf Course. The highly-rated Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers Market is a Saturday Morning Tradition at Marina Square along with the Green Market every Wednesday afternoon.
- Education: School graduation rates improved to 91.8%, ranking in the top ten in Florida and ranked highest on the Treasure Coast in 2018. Fort Pierce has excellent private schools, including St. Anastasia and John Carroll Catholic schools and St. Andrews Episcopal Academy lower and upper schools. We are proud to be the home of Indian River State College ranked highest in affordability in Florida. IRSC has three times been rated in the top ten for the Aspen prize for community college excellence. We hope 2019 is the year it’s ranked # 1.
- 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.
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.
Linda Hudson, Mayor
Mayor Linda Hudson
City of Fort Pierce