Group Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
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Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
Physical Description: 6 v. : ; 39 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida State Advertising Commission
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: 1948-1949?]
General Note: Issued separately for Florida cities in cooperation with local chambers of commerce and varied agencies.
General Note: In loose-leaf binders.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00075576
Volume ID: VID00081
Source Institution: University of Florida
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St. Lucie County 0 T

Part A---General Information. .

1. Location:

Fort Pierce is in the Central East Coast Section of Florida. It is 225 miles
southeast of Jacksonville, 125 miles north of Miami, 121 miles southeast of
Orlando, and 59 miles northwest of West Palm Beach. It is on the Indian
River and the Atlantic Ocean. Fort Pierce's elevation is five-to 25 feet
above sea level.

2. Transportation:

U. S. Highway-1 and Florida Highways A1A, 70 and 705 pass through Fort Pierce.
The Florida East Coast Railroad provides rail service. Bus service is pro-
vided by Greyhound Lines. There is no air service at present. Application
by Florida Airways for authority to provide service is pending. Nearest
place with air service is Vero Beach, 15 miles from Fort Pierce.

3. Population:

St. Lucie County had a population of 12,958 in 1945. The population of Fort
Pierce has increased from 9,482 in 1945 to an estimated 13, 1947.

4. Climate:
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall

January 65.1 2.88 July 81.5 5.50
February 65.6 2.12 August 81.8 5.16
March 68.8 2.66 September 80,6 7.25
April 72.7 2.86 October 76.7 6.90
May 76.5 4.25 November 70.0 2.77
June 79.8 5.47 December 65.5 1.97
Annual 73.7 49.79

5. History:

The history of Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County dates back to the Seminole
wars when one of the forts in the chain marking the so-called Deadline Fence
was established. The city is names for Major B. K. Pierce who commanded a
detachment here beginning in 1838. The earliest civilian industry was trap-
ping and marketing of giant sea turtles; this was followed by a flourishing
pineapple industry that was in turn supplanted by the present citrus and
winter vegetable economy.

6. Major Sources of Income:

Citrus growing and processing are major sources of income in St. Lucie County,
which has nine large packing plants and three canneries. Vegetable packing
and canning, commercial fishing, cattle, and the growing of gladioli bulbs
are also important. State Farmers Market, a deep water port, Indian River
Refrigeration Terminal Company, Bell Bakeries, and East Coast Lumber are among
large and important industrial and agricultural factors. Citrus packers
welcome visitors in season. Tourist industry is of increasing importance.

Part B---Recreation and Entertainment

1. Special Events:

A fishing tournament begins in late winter. The county fair is usually held
in February.

2. Athletic Events:

There is a local high school football team. Golf tournaments are informally
conducted from time to time at Indian Hills Golf and Country Club.


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3. Tourist Clubs:

Tourist club headquarters are at the Community Center on Indian River Drive.

4. Recreational Clubs:

Indian Hills Golf and Country Club has a clubhouse with all facilities and an
18-hole course. Membership is available upon application. Transient greens
fee is $1.50 per day, one month's membership fee is $25 (All privileges plus
family), three month's membership fee is $45, and six month's fee is $75.
Fort Pierce Yacht Club has its headquarters at Fort Pierce Marine Park. The
Pelican Yacht Club operates at Pelican Yacht Basin. The Sportsmen's Club has
a clubhouse with limited facilities.

5. Civic Organizations:

Rotary Club meets Monday at noon. Kiwanis Club meets Tuesday at noon. Lions
Club meets Thursday night. There is also a Business and Professional Uoman's

6, Fraternal Organizations:

Elks, Masons, I. 0. 0. F., and Order of Eastern Star have chapters in Fort

7. Organized Entertainment:

On Monday and Tuesday nights local groups sponsor parties at the Community
Center for tourists. A concert series of three events has been scheduled
during the winter. The high school band plays public concerts. There are
several nice supper clubs and cocktail lounges.

8. Recreational Facilities:

Indian Hills Golf and Country Club has an 18-hole golf course. There are
tennis courts in Pinewood Park, and shuffleboard courts at Community Center
and New Fort Pierce Hotel. There are numerous parks rith playground facili-
ties. Fort Pierce has two excellent beaches. Deep sea fishing, surf casting,
fishing from jetties and causeways and fresh water fishing are popular.

9. Hunting;

Quail, turkeys, and deer are found in this section. There are unposted
hunting grounds in St. Lucie County. There are no hunting lodges or hunting

10. Fishing:

Big mouth bass, bream, and speckled perch are caught in fresh-water creeks
and canals. Salt water sailfish, bonita, albacove, amberjack, king mackerel,
wahoo, dolphin, barracuda, jewfish, bluefish, pompano, ladyfish, trout, weak-
fish, sea bass, snook, and sheepshead are caught in the Atlantic Ocean and
Indian River, There are no fishing camps or fishing guides. Captain George
Archer and Captain 1Valter Ergle have charter fishing boats. The fee is about
$40 per day. The Victory, Captain Archer's boat, will carry about six persons
and Captain Ergle's boat will carry ten persons.

11. Churches:

Baptist, Christian, Christian Science, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian and
Catholic denominations have services in Fort Pierce.

Part C---Accommodations

1. Hotels:

Now Fort Pierce, 125 rooms, European plan.
New Burston, 55 rooms, European plan.
Taylor, 61 rooms, European plan.
Sunrise, L5 rooms, rates $2.50 to $3.50 per person, European plan.
Brooks-Whitton, 45 rooms, rates $2.50 to $3.50 per person, European plan.
Fort Capron, 20 rooms, rates >3.50 per person,European plan.
7ihite House, 26 rooms, t2.50 to $3.50 per person, European plan.


*2. Tourist Courts:

Nowalk Court, 20 units, 525 S. 4th St., five blocks from center of tomn.
Colony Hotel Court, 20 units, South of town on U. S. Highway 1, one mile
from center of town.
June Court, 12 units, South of town on U. S. Highway 1, two miles from
center of town.
Bamboo Court, 10 units, South of town on U. S. Highway 1, three miles from
center of town.
Pioneer Court, 10 units, South of town on U. S. Highway 1, two miles from
center of town.
Royal Palm, 20 units, South of town on U. S. Highway 1, eight blocks from
Whispering Pines Cottages, 30 units, north on U. S. Highway 1, one mile
from the center of town.
Sunrise City Motor court, 20 units, north of town on U. S. Highway 1, two
miles from the center of town.
Padrick's Cottages, 20 units, north of tovm on U. S. Highway 1, three miles
from the center of town.
Fort Pierce Cottages, 10 units, north of town on U. S. Highway 1, two and
one-half miles from the center of town.
Riverview Cottages, 15 units, north of town on U. S. Highway 1, three and
one-half miles from the center of town.

3. Guest Homes:

Oakland Park Lodge, 535 S. 7th St.
The Harbor Home, 502 Avenue A.
The Bart Tourist Home, 616 S. 4th St.
Indian River Inn, 217 Avenue A.
Anglers Lodge, 635 N. 2nd St.
Southern Tourist Home, 312 S. Ath St.
The Bedford House, 1101 North 4th St.
Pleasant View Inn, U. S. Highway 1, four miles north of town.

4. Trailer Parks:

Floridell Trailer Park
Anglers Lodge
Fort Pierce Trailer Court

5. Specialized Eating Places:

Name Speciality

La Barba Ray Unusually excellent cuisine
Simonsen's Seafoods.
Vita Food Shop Salads

Further information on Fort Pierce can be obtained from:

P. O. Box 431
Fort Pierce, Florida


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