Treasure Coast News, Business and Community July 2012 - Page 8

Port St Lucie

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Sebastian

Port St Lucie is a city of approximately 165,000 people, situated between Fort Pierce and Hutchinson Island, to the north, and Stuart in the south. The city runs from just west of the I95 freeway at Tradition to the US1 highway, surprisingly, but does not meet the ocean - instead, it meets Jensen Beach at the Intracoastal waterway near Indian River Drive.

Port St Lucie is an environmentally conscious community and is a mixture of full-time residents and part-time residents who own 'winter homes', as they escape the harsh winters to the north of Florida in search of warmer weather.

Hurricane season runs from June to November and while the area does not always see hurricanes, it does see a fair amount of rain in the form of tropical storms.

With affordable housing costs, Port St Lucie has attracted residents from all over the United States and the islands giving it a cosmopolitan flavor, where cultures blend well with each other.

Eateries range from Cuban and Jamaican to French, typically ''N'awlin's" and even Bahamian.

Sebastian River Area, one of Florida's authentic Treasure Coast communities on the Indian River Lagoon and home to America's first National Wildlife Refuge, Pelican Island. The Sebastian River Area is located on the central east coast of Florida and is situated in the northernmost part of Indian River County about 15 miles north of Vero Beach and 20 miles south of Melbourne. The area is well known for the rare antiquities that have washed upon its shores. Treasure hunters continue to search our beaches for gold, jewelry, and other artifacts lost in history. Sebastian Inlet State Park is the premier saltwater fishing spot on Florida's east coast; favored by anglers for catching snook, redfish, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel from its jetties. Surfing is also a popular recreation and several major competitions are held here every year. The Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway, a nationally designated byway runs through the Sebastian River Area. The Indian River Lagoon, which is North America's most biologically diverse estuary, the St. Sebastian River, Blue Cypress Lake, and the Stick Marsh are fishing hotspots and a boater's paradise. Sebastian hosts one of the most spectacular skydiving views in the world.

Thanks to the Sebastian Chamber

of Commerce