Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Port Saint Lucie is a city that means business. Incorporated in 1961, it is one of Florida’s fastest growing, and most promising cities. This lovely city in St Lucie County encompasses over 75 square miles and had its beginnings in 1958, when the General Development Corporation purchased the River Park property as well as an adjoining forty thousand acres. In 1959, GDC opened a bridge over the Saint Lucie River and by 1961, 250 homes were built in the developing city. The population of the City of Port St. Lucie in 1970 was just 330. As of 2019 it was 189,396.
About the Community
Port St. Lucie began as a residential bedroom community but it has changed over the years to become a dynamic and diverse city, which is determined to keep pace with the times, without losing its quality of life. It still has a low density and affordable land with only 40% build-out. No wonder it has great appeal to business owners.
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Leisure activities abound in Port St. Lucie with its sandy white beaches and navigable waterways. All forms of recreational facilities are available including fishing, surfing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and boating. If water does not appeal to you, there is plenty of tennis, golf, bowling, skating and skateboarding available at many public parks.
Vicinity of Port St. Lucie
A trolley service began in January 2006 that takes riders to the downtown area. It covers all major points of interest in Port St. Lucie, including golf courses, medical centers, parks and shopping plazas. Construction began on the long-awaited Crosstown Parkway which improves commuting and was completed in May 2020.
North Fork Saint Lucie River Aquatic Preserve is one of the last remaining freshwater/estuarine wilderness areas in this region of Florida and supports a wide variety of fish and wildlife. There are excellent schools in Port St Lucie and facilities for higher education as well. The Treasure Coast Campus of the Florida Atlantic University also conveniently situated in St. Lucie West shares its first-rate facilities with Indian River Community College.
St. Lucie West is a planned community in western Port St. Lucie and almost a city in itself. It has many businesses located here including branches of major companies, including QVC and Federal Express. Beautiful gated communities, shopping centers, and other facilities make it an attractive relocation option. St. Lucie West is the Spring Training home of the New York Mets Major League baseball team and home the Minor League Baseball team the St. Lucie Mets.