Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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120 P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E – S P R I N G | S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 H O U S I N G & N E I G H B O R H O O D S Estuary provides a haven for more than 4,000 plant and animal species. Vero Beach is a haven for golf, water sports and fishing. Peaceful beaches, museums, nature tours and a range of hotels make Vero Beach a terrific vacation destination and an important part of the region. The city offers a selection of fine shops – both downtown and in large shopping malls – and cuisines for all tastes. Vero Beach has museums, art galleries and many parks, as well as access to the network of rivers and inlets that characterizes the Treasure Coast. Actual gold can be found on the beaches of the Treasure Coast. Eleven treasure ships of the Spanish fleet sank near the Sebastian Inlet during a hurricane in 1715, giving this area its name. To this day, Peruvian gold in the form of Escudos Lima and Mexican silver in the form of Reales from the lost fleet can be found along the coast's intertidal zone. Fans of the Caribbean pirate television series Black Sails will be familiar with the ship Urca de Lima, which is a real shipwreck off the coast of Florida near Fort Pierce. In 1987, the Urca became the first shipwreck in the Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserves, which now has 12 ships from all stages of America's maritime history in an underwater museum extending the length of the Florida coastline. The beauty of the Treasure Coast is unpar- alleled. A string of barrier islands lays like a golden necklace along the Atlantic coast- line, separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway, the boating lane that reaches 3000 miles from New Jersey to Key West and around the Gulf of Mexico to Brownsville, Texas. From one of the only areas in Florida where one can go horseback riding on the beach, to intense sport fishing excursions in the waters of the Gulf Stream, to some of the best golf courses in Florida, to the fragrant citrus groves of the Indian River, the Treasure Coast has much to offer a new resident, in some of the most beautiful natural settings in the state. P O R T S T. L U C I E St. Lucie County is one of Florida's fastest growing counties, recently reaching approximately 287,000 people, of which 175,000 live in the area around Port St. Lucie. The arrival of the Spanish in 1567 began its development as a settlement. In spite of long occupation, Port St. Lucie stands out from the rest of the Atlantic coast in that it retains an extensive 21-mile stretch of beaches in a pristine natural state (with half of these protected), and has 11,000 acres of natural parks and preserves. The St. Lucie River winds through the city and merges with the Intracoastal Waterway to empty into the Atlantic. Whether you want the beautiful ocean views and condo- minium living available on Hutchinson Island, or a home with deep water access for your boat, the Port St. Lucie area is a great choice for those who enjoy a lifestyle based on boating, fishing and marine activities. Port St. Lucie is also home to the PGA Village, owned and operated by PGA of America, and ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top 75 Best Golf Resorts. The village offers 54 holes of championship golf courses designed by Tom Fazio and Pete Dye, and the PGA Museum of Golf. With more great golf courses only a short drive up or down the coast, Port St. Lucie is a golfer's heaven. F O R T P I E R C E North of Port St. Lucie is the City of Fort Pierce, named for the fort constructed by Lt. Col. Kendrick Pierce during the Second Seminole Indian War in the 1830s. Fort Pierce has a population of over 43,000, and a rural ambiance with ranching and citrus farming being significant factors in its economy. Florida has 4 million acres of pastureland and 1 million of grazing wood- land, and is 12 th nationally in the production of beef cows. This ranching tradition remains strong in the Fort Pierce area, and it is a highly attractive location for those seeking to enter or expand a cattle-producing enterprise. The City of Fort Pierce retains its old Florida charm and scale, and in 2011 the historical Main Street Fort Pierce district received the Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Fort Pierce participates in the same county Economic Development Council as Port St. Lucie. E C O N O M Y Economically, the area has traditionally been a rich agricultural area, with the Indian River producing some of the world's highest quality citrus. Manufacturing in the county includes aircraft and components, as well as marine/boating. Along with government and university research facilities related to life sciences, agriculture, marine sciences and aerospace has come a growing health care and medical industry. The county has economic development targets in place for AgTech/ Nutraceuticals, Composite Materials for Avia- tion and Marine, Life Sciences, Information Technology and Educational Services. E D U C A T I O N St. Lucie County School District provides excellence in education to students and fami- lies. Students are given unique opportunities to work with local businesses, including the Vaccine Gene Therapy Institute, the FAU/ Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, an aeronautics academy in partnership with Embry Riddle University. The school district also offers an award winning manufacturing academy and a veterinary academy. In the past decade the district constructed nearly $800 million in new facilities, including two new state-of-the-art high schools and four K-8 schools. ST. LUCIE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT In St. Lucie Public Schools, the system of one neighborhood, one school, has devel- oped into the concept of a larger community with several schools to choose from. What was formerly an annual ritual of redrawing school boundaries and moving children from one school to another involuntarily to accom- modate growth, has been replaced with an open-enrollment system where parents select from among a variety of schools close to where they live. Once a child is enrolled in a school, parents have the assurance that their student will remain in that school through the highest grade offered unless the parent

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