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YOU SHOU LD BE H ERE

Since 1901

City of Fort Pierce

2018-2019 CALENDAR & 2017 ANNUAL REPORT

THE SUNRISE CITY

A Year in Review


#YouShouldBeHere

by Bob Bernier

ham by MaryAnn Ketc

s by Ryan Flore


NICHOLAS C. MIMMS, P.E. CITY MANAGER

CITY MANAGER’S MESSAGE It gives me great pleasure to present the 2017 Annual Report and 2018 Calendar for the beautiful City of Fort Pierce. 2017 was an excellent year for the City of Fort Pierce and it can be seen and felt in the optimism and the positive energy of our citizens, businesses, and visitors. Fort Pierce is the historic gem of the Treasure Coast and we are experiencing safer neighborhoods, bustling parks, new business development, explosive growth in tourism, and educational institutions that are among the best in the region. The City of Fort Pierce shall continue to implement improvements for our residents, businesses, and visitors with a dedicated mission to provide community leadership, quality public service, and a safe environment for all citizens, by an empowered team of employees motivated by pride in themselves and their work. Listed below is a snippet of accomplishments by this organization which would not have been possible without the spectacular employees that strive each day to provide the excellent customer service that our residents have come to expect. Under the strong leadership of a trailblazing Mayor and four passionate members of the City Commission, the City of Fort Pierce is strong and the future looks even better!!!

FORT PIERCE POINTS OF PRIDE Held the 2nd Annual City of Lights Decorating Contest sparking hundreds of residents to light up their property and prompting businesses to decorate for the joyful holiday season.

Established a productive partnership with Allegany Franciscan Ministries in an effort to spark economic development, preserve historic structures, and create sustainability in the Lincoln Park area.

Coordinated the 2nd Annual Job Fair with Career Source Research Coast engaging over 60 employers to visit the Percy Peek Gymnasium in an effort to assist the underemployed population of our community.

Developed the Peacock Arts District which is situated west of US Highway 1, east of 10th Street, and along Orange Avenue that was designed to capitalize on the rich artistic history of the City of Fort Pierce.

Hosted another wonderful and successful 3rd Annual Highwaymen Heritage Trail Art Show and Festival. Completed the construction of the Indian Hills Recreation Area in cooperation with St. Lucie County, South Florida Water Management District, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION

Completed the reconstruction of North 13th Street from Avenue E to Moore’s Creek. Completed the resurfacing of North 17th Street from Avenue I to Avenue D. Created the Fort Pierce Youth Council fostering productive interaction with the strong, diverse, and vibrant population of our community. Held the 1st Annual Unity in Our Community Festival. Coordinated the revival of the Indian Hills Golf Course which has significantly increased the quantity of rounds played at this local recreational amenity. Completed the site rehabilitation of over 7 acres of land in Downtown Fort Pierce that previously housed the electrical power generation plant.

From left to right: Commissioner Rufus J. Alexander, District 1; Commissioner Jeremiah Johnson, District 2; Mayor Linda Hudson; Commissioner Reginald B. Sessions, Distric t 1; Commissioner Thomas K. Perona, District 2


Enjoying Our Community HIGHWAYMEN HERITAGE TRAIL ART SHOW AND FESTIVAL

BIKE SHARE PROGRAM

The City of Fort Pierce has hosted 3 successful Annual Florida Highwaymen Festivals. The annual tribute to the Highwaymen artists and their contribution to the rich cultural history of Fort Pierce takes place along beautiful Moore’s Creek Linear Park, at the corner of Avenue D and 8th Street every February. The event features many of the ‘Original’ and 2nd Generation Highwaymen artists who display and sell art, tribute booths for several of the deceased artists, live jazz music, food, novelty vendors, and a kid’s zone. More information on this event is available online at https://thehighwaymentrail.com.

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Highwaymen artist , Willie Daniels

The new St. Lucie County Bike Share program provides a non-motorized transportation amenity allowing City residents and visitors the opportunity to take short trips around our popular historic downtown, public parks,` and commercial destinations without the use of automobiles. It’s a great way to exercise and experience all the wonderful activities Fort Pierce has to offer. Simple rental charges are available to City residents at $1.00 for the first hour and $2.00 per hour thereafter. Visitors are charged $2.00 for the first hour and $4.00 per hour thereafter. The station bicycles are designed to be lightweight, stable and easy to operate. All bikes have six speeds, front and rear safety lighting, adjustable seats, and courtesy baskets. The bike station rack system is easy to use where locking or accessing bikes is a one step process. Visit http://bike.zagster.com/stlucie/ to learn more.

#BikeTheFo rt


Sandy Shoes Seafood & Brew The Sandy Shoes Festival has been a Fort Pierce tradition since 1957. Throughout the festival’s 60 year history, it has grown and transformed to become one of the most popular events in historic downtown Fort Pierce. This year’s festival had a lot to offer the community with an ultimate seafood selection, a great musical lineup, competitions, kid’s zone, and food demonstrations. New this year was a Craft Beer Pavilion where guests purchased a wristband to sample 24 local different craft beers and sea plane rides provided by Fly the Whale. Sandy Shoes Seafood & Brew -

“If you get sand in your shoes, you’ll have to come back.”

T THE “NEW” COME CHECK OU INDIAN HILLS!!

The Indian Hills Golf Course (IHGC) has been the cornerstone of affordable golf in the area since 1942. The 6,555 yard layout offers fantastic greens and generous fairways to accommodate players of all ages and abilities. Built on a sand ridge, the naturally rolling terrain provides elevation changes and a “links style” feel. IHGC hosts several leagues and remains fairly busy throughout the year, but you can always get in a game if you’re by yourself! IHCG pride themselves in the pace of play and remain steadfast in maintaining a “4 Hour Round!” Indian Hills Golf Course carries a variety of golf clubs from Taylor Made, Callaway, Odyssey, and Tour Edge as well as golf balls from Titleist, Callaway, and Bridgestone. Men’s and women’s golf shirts, hats, FootJoy shoes, and souvenir pieces are also in stock. The conveniences of a Practice Range, Putting Green, and Snack Bar along with minor Club Repair and Rental Clubs are available in the event you didn’t travel with your own. With four rates throughout the day, you can tee it up for as little as $20 after 3:00 pm inclusive of a cart and tax!

Blessing of the Fleet

The first Annual Blessing of the Fleet kicked off Saturday, February 24, 2018. The Blessing of the Fleet is a time-honored tradition where vessels are blessed to mark the beginning of a safe boating season. From powerboats to sailboats, canoes to kayaks and riverside spectators, everyone had a great time. Over 50 boats participated in the Blessing of the Fleet and approximately 500 people joined for a BBQ on the beach. It was a great day to be on the water! “My husband and I took in every sight and sound possible for this first annual event. The weather was perfect as was the detail taken in the planning. THANK YOU to each and every person who donated their time and talents to the event as well as the sponsors. It was a huge success!!!! Kudos and more kudos to you. We are not “locals” so seeing and appreciating what it takes to introduce a new first annual event is a great accomplishment. Thank you for an awesome day!!!!” Dan and Jane McNally


Beautifying Our Community Hurricane Irma

Peacock Arts District "PAD" In October 2017, the City of Fort Pierce officially unveiled the first beautification project in the Peacock Arts District and honored the artists who made it happen. ABOUT THE PAD Located west of US 1, along Orange Avenue, the Peacock Arts District (“PAD”) concept was generated by the community during a public meeting and the area is now being branded with its own unique identity. Many beautification projects are currently underway, including enhanced lighting and street pole banners. POT PAINTING PROGRAM The painted pots project is in partnership with Keep Fort Pierce Beautiful and many local artists. Fifteen terracotta pots were purchased by the City to line Orange Avenue with Southern Red Cedars to infuse color and life into the corridor. To take it one step further, over a dozen local artists painted each pot with vibrant colors that capture the reinvigorated feeling of the district.

There was no doubt in our minds the City Marina would hold up despite the unsettling fear of the unknown thanks to the hurricanes of 2004. The new marina was built to withstand such a force as Hurricane Irma, bringing winds upwards of 185 mph. High gusts, white caps and storm surge could be seen beyond the islands creating serious waves and wake as the storm approached. The City was so well prepared for this storm in so many ways. From constant communication from the City Manager’s office to our Public Works, Building, Code Enforcement, and Engineering departments working in overdrive to ensure every detail throughout the city was covered. Every department rallied together to make sure the City was ready to weather the storm. The following weekend and after thorough inspections, Marina Square opened up its traditional Saturday morning Farmers Market. Restaurants and businesses also recovered quickly and opened within days. What a site for sore eyes after being cooped up looking for sunlight and a warm meal. We can be #FortPierceProud as we say on social media; not only did we come together, but we proved we are stronger together.

City Staff during Hurricane Irma


Keep Fo rt Pierce Beautiful

CLEAN AND SAFE COMMUNITY INITIATIVE

2018

In September 2017, the City Commission approved a resolution adopting a Clean and Safe Community Initiative Fee.

The Clean and Safe Community Initiative (CSI) is a program designed to address blight in the community by demolishing derelict buildings and securing structures that are in disrepair but have the chance to be rehabilitated. There is a direct correlation between blight and criminal activity and by removing the conditions that cause blight, it will remove or deter the related criminal activity that accompanies it.

A small charge is placed on the utility bill because this new initiative will be funded by residents. For $1.00 per month (12.00 per year) every resident can help make their community a better and safer place for themselves, their children and their family.

Keep Fort Pierce Beautiful, which builds and sustains a clean, green and a more beautiful Fort Pierce, hosted its Annual Great American Cleanup on April 1, 2017. All volunteers were assigned to a team to tackle various improvement projects throughout our community.

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The Arbor Day celebration honored the City’s 28th year of receiving the Tree City USA award. Our team of volunteers, Public Works Department employees, and Natures Keeper Landscaping planted a variety of shrubs, grasses and trees in the right-of-way on Sunrise Blvd. The star of the show, an icon triple stem Silver Date Palm, was planted at the roundabout at Sunrise Blvd. and Ohio Ave. Dale Cassens Educational Complex was an exciting project attracting school students and faculty to work alongside our volunteers to create new vegetable gardens plus a beautiful butterfly garden. Some volunteers also participated in rebuilding and painting eight school benches near the front entrance of the school. Other volunteers painted the Pioneer Park Pergola and South Beach Park and every year, the City runs the trolley for a special project graffiti removal team. The volunteers get a firsthand look at what is involved in removing graffiti throughout the City identified by our Code Enforcement Department.

This was a ton of f u n !!


Developing Our Community ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS GRADUATION RATES SOAR TO

SAFE CITY

5TH IN THE STATE

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is ranked fifth overall in Florida and is the highest ranking district on the Treasure Coast with an overall graduation rate of 90.1 percent. According to a report released by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), all SLPS comprehensive high schools made significant gains and four high schools boast graduation rates that exceed 93 percent (Lincoln Park Academy, 99.6; Treasure Coast High School, 97.3; Fort Pierce Central High School, 95.5; and St. Lucie West Centennial High School, 93.2). Fort Pierce Westwood High School and Port St. Lucie High School far exceeded the State graduation average and improved their graduation rates by 6.7 and 8.4 percent respectively.  

FORT PIE RCE: #6 MOST AFFORDA BLE BEAC H TOWNS

Top 100

safest community in Florida

32% DECREASE

in CRIME SINCE 2015

TOURISM ST. LUCIE COUNTY TOURISM OFFICE EXPERIENCED ITS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE RECORD-BREAKING YEAR IN BED TAX COLLECTION!


The City of Fort Pierce is actively working to diversify our local economy through expanding our targeted industries, advancing skilled labor, growing small businesses, and utilizing infrastructure and educational assets. We are pleased to welcome many new and growing businesses that are making significant contributions to the City while providing valuable services and employment opportunities. The following are just a few that have recently opened, made significant renovations, or have all of their approvals with construction anticipated soon:

The Port of Fort Pierce

Expanding Targeted Industries New manufacturing and processing businesses include: Precast Specialties, Radical Cosmetics, and Maverick Boat Group. New / Expanding retail and service businesses include: Sailfish Brewery, WaWa, Causeway Cove Marina, Chick-fil-A, Fly The Whale, Volkswagen, Pierced Cider, and Aldi.

It has been a very exciting for the growth of the Port of Fort Pierce. St. Lucie County continues to explore strategic options for the development of the Port in partnership with the City of Fort Pierce. St. Lucie County acquired the former privately-owned Indian River Terminal, along with submerged land leases, and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers permits for expansion. The County will seek proposals for the development and operation of the former Indian River Terminal, with the potential for the complementary development of its 20-acre parcel known as Harbour Pointe. The City is coordinating efforts with the County and the State of Florida for the development of Fisherman’s Wharf.

2 , 000 RESIDENTIAL

UNITS

TO BE BUILT WITHIN THE NE XT 5 YEARS!


Serving Our Community UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY

COURAGEOUS KIDS

The Fort Pierce Police Department hosted their first annual Unity in Our Community Day in July 2017, and it was a huge success! With well over 1,000 children and adults attending, Unity in Our Community was a memorable event. The day was filled with free, empowering resources, health care, bounce houses, rock painting, a photo booth, food, balloon art, face painting, a talent showcase, and a friendly dance off between the Fort Pierce Police Department dance crew and the children in the community. Many worked tirelessly to ensure the event would be successful.

The Fort Pierce Police Department’s Courageous Kids outreach program helps local children learn new skills while exposing them to a variety of ideas, places, and opportunities they may never have experienced otherwise. This past year, collaborating with the Treasure Coast Youth Sailing Foundation in the summer of 2017, police staff developed a plan for the Courageous Kids program to sponsor 12 local boys and girls in a sailing course that introduced them to wind, water and South Florida marine life in a way most students said they would never forget. “It was fun because I never had a chance to sail before,” said Monecia, 11 years old. “I learned to sail for the first time, and getting on the boats was the best memory for me.”


CITY OF FORT PIERCE JOB FAIR

COMMUNITY GARDEN Job seekers and Treasure Coast employers packed the Havert L. Fenn Center at the Third Annual City of Fort Pierce Job Fair on January 31, 2018. The City of Fort Pierce, Career Source Research Coast, St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, and the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce were partners in bringing the largest crowd yet! This fair was a “must attend� for those seeking quality jobs in the area. There were over 100 employers and 20 community service providers in attendance. Our primary goal was to promote and increase the job choices available to residents and we believe the event was a major success!

Since the Community Garden kicked off again in October 2017, there has been lots of participation from the community, churches, citizens, as well as programs promoting healthy habits in Fort Pierce. The encouragement and promotion of the Community Garden throughout Fort Pierce has been amazing and provides a beautiful landscape for the Lincoln Park area. One seed can produce a world of healthy change and Fort Pierce wants to be the leader in our community to promote it.


Engaging Our Community

SCAVENGER HUNT

CITY OF LIGHTS CONTEST & TROLLEY TOURS Christmas in the Fort was nothing short of magical. There were so many activities to enjoy during the holiday season. From the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Marina Square, to the Sights and Sounds Parade on 2nd Street, we couldn’t be more excited to see our streets filled each night. Christmas on Moore’s Creek had over 1,000 kids enjoying the festivities and an unwrapped, donated toy. It was an amazing time to be in Fort Pierce for Christmas, especially if you got the chance to take the trolley tour! This year, the City of Fort Pierce added trolley tours for the City of Lights finalists, and “Oh what fun it is to ride!” Twelve City of Lights finalists consisting of residences and businesses made up the route. Registration filled up fast, so we created more time slots to meet the demands and offer more tours for others to enjoy. The trolley tour began downtown at Marina Square where everyone met and checked in. The registration table, decorated by Kaitlyn Ballard from the City Manager’s office, hosted an assortment of holiday

treats such as, candy canes, hot cocoa and cookies while people waited to board the trolley. Our surprise guests, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, were there to help brighten the night and even made time for pictures before their big journey. The trolley was decorated from the inside out with blinking whites lights, a wreath brightened the outside while garland and jingle bells decorated the inside, inviting everyone to get into the Christmas spirit. The hosts, Shyanne Helms and Joe Sweat, entertained everyone with Christmas trivia, Santa jokes, and of course, Christmas carols; though they didn’t sing alone. One woman said “The trolley ride was like a magical, yet comical Hallmark movie.” It was an exciting time in Fort Pierce during the holiday season and we look forward to new and exciting adventures in 2018. We especially look forward to next year’s trolley tours in hopes that you will join us!

On October 30th, hundreds of people gathered downtown to embark on a little adventure to learn about our Fort Pierce history during the City’s first Historic Scavenger Hunt! Each year, the City of Fort Pierce participates in Florida City Government week, a great way for municipal governments to engage its community and residents. The journey began at Marina Square where each participant received a Fort Pierce goodie bag containing their first clue to decipher in order to move on to the next location. Eight locations were specifically selected for their unique contribution to Fort Pierce history. Some of the stops included Old Fort Park, Lincoln Theater, and P.P Cobb General Store. Over 40 City employees volunteered by passing out the next clue and helped guide each team to the next location. The final clue guided everyone upstairs to the Adams / Cobb Museum located in the P.P. Cobb building. The Jazz and Blues Society set the ambiance, doing what they do best, playing snazzy hits. Everyone was treated to hot chocolate and cookies. Special guests such as Allen Balough, author of Black Sails 1715, and of course, our wonderful Mayor Linda Hudson greeted our guests as they made their way up. Participants continued their journey of learning through City memorabilia. The event was a huge success to say the least, and everyone from children to adults had an absolute blast learning so much about our history.


FORT PIERCE YOUTH COUNCIL

The Fort Pierce Youth Council (YOCO) was established by the City of Fort Pierce to help provide a voice and an ear to the youth in our community. It is youth led, under adult guidance, with the assistance and partnership of the St. Lucie County Roundtable. YOCO meets once a month where the youth create new ways to become engaged in the community, plan monthly community projects, but more importantly, become leaders in our city.

Everyone had a great time taking selfie’s and showing off their Fort Pierce pride on City Hall Selfie day! It was wonderful to see citizens and visitors stop by to snag a selfie with the Mayor and the City Manager in front of City Hall. Fort Pierce even won an award from the Florida League of Cities for the Most Creative Selfie Day!

CITY HALL SELFIE DAY

The City of Fort Pierce is pleased to announce the launch of a new and improved website. The site, www.cityoffortpierce.com, was built with the user in mind and features improved navigation that will help visitors surf Fort Pierce with greater ease. The new design was created using analytics that place the top-visited pages prominently on the home page. Major upgrades include: a revamped navigation structure allowing users to quickly and easily access the information they’re seeking; a responsive design, optimized for viewing on any device to fit a growing mobile audience; a cleaner design to make it easier to read and find information quickly; embedded social media widgets to stay up to date on the latest posts without signing in; and a heavy focus on photos that showcase beautiful points of interest in Fort Pierce.

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In December 2017, the City of Fort Pierce debuted its brand new public access talk show called “Sunrise Spotlight.” The Sunrise Spotlight is an informational public access talk show highlighting current happenings, special events, and news in the City of Fort Pierce. The “Sunrise Spotlight” is recorded on the third Thursday of each month at 2:00 PM at SLCTV Studio with a live audience.


There’s always something to do in beautiful Fort Pierce. Check the calendar to see the list of events.

OYSTER FEST


APRIL SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Easter Sunday

City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Oyster & Sea Fest

Oyster & Sea Fest

Friday Fest

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Great American Cleanup Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Oxbow’s Earth Day Festival City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Sunrise Spotlight

Coffee with the Mayor

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Taste of St. Lucie Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

29 30

For a complete list of events, visit: www.CityOfFortPierce.com

2018


Photography by Joe Semkow The Fort Pierce Inlet has been labeled the best “all weather inlet on the east coast.� The Inlet and surrounding lagoon provide easy access to the Atlantic, spoil islands, diving / snorkeling, kayaking, and world class fishing.


MAY SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1 2 3 4 5 Wednesday Green Market

Friday Fest

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Waterfest

City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Wednesday Green Market

Mother’s Day

Sunrise Spotlight

Jazz on Moore’s Creek

US Coast Guard Fort Pierce Open House

Coffee with the Mayor

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

20 21 22 23 24 25 26 City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

27 28 29 30 31 City Hall Closed Memorial Day

BY JOHN BIO

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For a complete list of events, visit: www.CityOfFortPierce.com

2018


Photography by Suzanne Bernetti Three of the five sea turtle species, the Loggerhead, Green, and Leatherback turtles nest right here off of Fort Pierce beaches. The Green turtle (shown in picture) nests from June through late September. For more info on sea turtle watching, visit: www.fpl.com/community/turtle-program.html


JUNE SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1 2 Wednesday Green Market

Friday Fest

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

3 4 5 6 7 8 9 City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Indian Hills Junior Golf Camp

Indian Hills Junior Golf Camp

Indian Hills Junior Golf Camp

Indian Hills Junior Golf Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Performance

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

Father’s Day

City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

Sunrise Spotlight

24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

For a complete list of events, visit: www.CityOfFortPierce.com

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Performance

2018


Photography by Donald Rogers Photography Get those lawn chairs ready!! The Stars Over St. Lucie is one amazing fireworks show that you won’t want to miss!

M A K IN G M E M O R IE S


JULY SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 City Hall Closed Independence Day

City Commission Meeting

Stars Over St. Lucie

Friday Fest

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

8 9 10 11 12 13 14 FPPD Unity in the Community

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Performance

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Indian Hills Junior Golf Camp

Indian Hills Junior Golf Camp

City Commission Meeting

Indian Hills Junior Golf Camp

Indian Hills Junior Golf Camp

Wednesday Green Market

Sunrise Spotlight

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Wednesday Green Market

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Theatre Camp

Missoula Children’s Summer Performance

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

29 30 31

PHOTOGRAPHY BY INGRID ZAGERS

For a complete list of events, visit: www.CityOfFortPierce.com

2018


The vision of the Peacock Arts District (PAD) is to embrace the arts and culture of Fort Pierce. The beautification began with 15 beautiful hand painted pots and street pole banners featuring the new PAD logo.

By Bonny Arnold


AUGUST SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1 2 3 4 Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

Friday Fest

5 6 7 8 9 10 11 City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Wednesday Green Market

TC Minority Business Expo 2018

TC Minority Business Expo 2018

Sunrise Spotlight

Jazz on Moore’s Creek

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

19 20 21 22 23 24 25 City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

26 27 28 29 30 31

Wednesday Green Market

A SATURDAY MORNING TRADITION!

For a complete list of events, visit: www.CityOfFortPierce.com

2018


Each year, CeeCee Ross Lyles, a Fort Pierce native, is honored for her courage during September 11th at the Liberty Garden. Her statue overlooks the beautiful Indian River and is a reminder of her bravery.


SEP TEMBER SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 City Hall Closed Labor Day

City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Friday Fest

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Sunrise Spotlight

Coffee with the Mayor

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

30 Mayor’s Gold Hammer Nominations Due Business Tax Renewals Due

For a complete list of events, visit: www.CityOfFortPierce.com

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2018


Photography by Adams Ranch, Inc. Whether you enjoy the salt life or heading out west to get close to nature, Fort Pierce has the best of both worlds.


OCTOBER SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1 2 3 4 5 6 City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

Friday Fest

7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Columbus Day Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

14 15 16 17 18 19 20 City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Jazz on Moore’s Creek Sunrise Spotlight

Coffee with the Mayor

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Ghosts of Fort Pierce Past (Reservations required)

Ghosts of Fort Pierce Past (Reservations required)

Indian River Lagoon Science Fest Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

28 29 30 31 Halloween Wednesday Green Market

For a complete list of events, visit: www.CityOfFortPierce.com

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Photogr aphy b John Bio y ndo

2018


“Along the shore there floats a dock, where fishermen gather and pelicans flock. Come sunrise and sunset the pier is dipped in gold but its after twilight when the real adventures unfold.� - Glen Thuncher, photographer.


NOVEMBER SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1 2 3 Friday Fest

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

4 5 6 7 8 9 10 City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Reflections of the Future Art Show

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Veterans Day

City Hall Closed

Wednesday Green Market

Sunrise Spotlight

Coffee with the Mayor

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Indian Hills Turkey Shoot Out

City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

City Hall Closed Thanksgiving Day

City Hall Closed

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

25 26 27 28 29 30 Wednesday Green Market

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For a complete list of events, visit: www.CityOfFortPierce.com

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2018


Photography by Bob Bernier Fort Pierce is such a magical place during the holidays. The sights, sounds, and all the wonderful displays, light up this beautiful town.


DECEMBER SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1 Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Annual Sights and Sounds on Second Festival & Parade

City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Friday Fest

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Wednesday Green Market

Colleen Becht Holiday Art Show

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Sunrise Spotlight

Coffee with the Mayor

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

23 24 25 26 27 28 29 City Hall Closed

City Hall Closed

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

30 31

For a complete list of events, visit: www.CityOfFortPierce.com

#CITYOFLIGHTS

2018


Photography by Ingrid Zagers Take a cruise back in time at the Fort Pierce History Festival on January 12, 2019!


JANUARY SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1 2 3 4 5 City Hall Closed New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Day

Wednesday Green Market

Friday Fest

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

6 7 8 9 10 11 12 City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Wednesday Green Market

Sunrise Spotlight

Coffee with the Mayor

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

20 21 22 23 24 25 26 City Hall Closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day

City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

27 28 29 30 31 4th Annual City of Fort Pierce Job Fair Wednesday Green Market

For a complete list of events, visit: www.CityOfFortPierce.com

2019


Hundreds gather along Moore’s Creek each year to gaze upon the extraordinary work of the Highwaymen. Find out more about the Highwaymen Heritage Trail and Art Festival at www.thehighwaymentrail.com


FEBRUARY SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1 2 Friday Fest

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

3 4 5 6 7 8 9 City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Highwaymen Heritage Trail Art Show & Festival

Wednesday Green Market

Coffee with the Mayor

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Nature Fest City Hall Closed Presdients’ Day

Florida Cracker Trail City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Sunrise Spotlight

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

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Wednesday Green Market

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For a complete list of events, visit: www.CityOfFortPierce.com

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Photography by Michael Evans “Fort Pierce is like an old soul, the salt of the earth if you will. It has its own laid back, charming character - like someone you always want to be around because they’re down to earth and we love that about our little town.” - J. Sweat


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Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

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Wednesday Green Market

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Wednesday Green Market

Coffee with the Mayor

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

17 18 19 20 21 22 23 City Commission Meeting

Wednesday Green Market

Sunrise Spotlight

Farmers Market & Jazz Craft Market

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For a complete list of events, visit: www.CityOfFortPierce.com

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BOARDS & COMMITTEES: Arts and Culture Advisory Board will advise the City Commission on matters pertaining to Arts and Culture and Art in Public Places (AIPP) projects and promote outreach and involvement of the community, collaborate with other governmental agencies, volunteer organizations, etc. in the advancement of Arts and Culture planning and programming. This board is now forming and city residency is required. Board of Adjustment meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. The board reviews and votes on variance and special exception applications along with appeals. Members must be a St. Lucie County resident. Board of Examiners of Contractors meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. The board provides practical and adequate control of all contractors in the construction trades in the city. Members must be a St. Lucie County resident for at least two years representing specific fields. Civil Service Appeals Board meets as needed to hear employee appeals, conduct investigations, and enforce a code of rules. Members must be St. Lucie County residents and not an employee of the city. Communitywide Council meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. The Council reviews the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Annual Action Plan, economic development business loan applications, non-profit organizations request for funding applications, and proposed projects for recommendations to staff and City Commission. Members must represent specific targeted areas and be a city resident.

Construction Board of Adjustments & Appeals meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. This board considers decisions of building officials and applications for variance. Members represent specific fields from the construction industry. Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Its function is to study, review, and provide recommendations, guidance, and advice as to matters relevant to the purposes and goals of the Fort Pierce Redevelopment Agency. Members must be a resident within the district boundaries, own a business or be a financial executive of a business within the CRA boundaries. Fort Pierce Authentic Tours Advisory Board meets as needed. This board is an economic development initiative of the city to build capacity and sustainability for local businesses involved or related to the eco/agri/ nature tourism industry. Members must be business owners located within or focused on assets of the City. Fort Pierce Utilities Authority meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. In 1972, the citizens of Fort Pierce voted by referendum to create the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority which oversees utility services provide to city residents. Members must be a qualified elector of the City and have no business relationship with FPUA. Historic Preservation Board meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. This board handles many tasks including maintaining historic district boundaries and monitoring the upkeep of the local register of historic sites and districts. Members must be city residents or operate a business in the City.

Keep Fort Pierce Beautiful Advisory Board meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. along with the Tree Board. The board engages, educates and empowers community members to take greater responsibility for creating a clean and beautiful city through litter abatement, waste reduction, recycling, and community beautification in order to improve health and prosperity of our community. Members must be city residents or own a business in the city. There is one seat dedicated for a St. Lucie County resident. Planning Board meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. This board is essential in reviewing and influencing the management of growth in Fort Pierce. Members must be a city resident for at least two years. Police Officers Retirement Fund Board of Trustees meet quarterly. The Board is responsible for administering the trust fund and members must be a city resident. Sunrise Theatre Advisory Board meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Theatre. This Board serves as a liaison between the community and the Theater. Members must be city residents however there are seats dedicated for St. Lucie County and neighboring county representation.

to apply for Boards & Committees, VISIT: www.cityoffortpierce.com


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The 2018 Annual Calendar is here! Have a look as the City has comprised it's proud moments and yearly accomplishments in one easy to read do...