A FUTURE FOR PORT ST. LUCIE'S PAST?
The City is in very beginning stages of planning the future of a large area of land just south of the Botanical Gardens on Westmoreland Boulevard. At an October 2015 meeting, Council members approved adding proposals for this to the city's Comprehensive Plan. Three of the Council members added the caveat that it be historically oriented and convenient to the street and botanical gardens. The grant funding (est. $395,000) of moving historic Peacock Ranch buildings to the site has been approved at No. 25 of a list of 50 projects now in place for the state to fund in FY 2016-17.
The property is in the center of City history before General Development, as well as near the first homes built by the developer. It lies slightly north of the legendary Burt Pruitt Fishin' Farm and across the river from the 1890s pineapple settlement of Spruce Bluff. The site is immediately north of a large conservation property slated for nature trails.
The American Institute of Architects Treasure Coast Chapter had held a charette, in which Port St. Lucie Historical Society members took part. The architects presented the resultant plans to the Council. They were awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for their work.
Many, many details, including financing, will have to worked out before this can become a reality. But, much of Port St. Lucie was built by dreamers and many of those dreams have become realities. (Learn more about those dreams with the docu-drama DVD professionally produced for the city's 50th anniversary: City of Dreams)
Project website on City of Port St. Lucie website (includes link to multimedia presentation)
100s of students vie in annual St. Lucie County Schools History Fair
The auditeria of Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition was packed with exhibits Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, as students vied in the county History Fair to be chosen to take their presentations to the state finals in Tallahassee in May. The four other categories -- research paper, websites, documentariesand performances -- took place elsewhere in the school.
The theme this year was Leadership and Legacy in History.The rules for the entries are those of the National History Day organization.
The Port St. Lucie Historical Society was asked to provide some of the many judges for the day. Board members Jolien Caraballo, Dennis Graborn and Mary Dodge volunteered. Joining them was society member and former teacher, Beth Gessner (right).
In progress ...
- Working with the City to obtain a permanent place to house archives, displays and meetings
- Preparing for the challenge of acquiring necessary funds to develop a Port St. Lucie Historical Museum that the public can visit
- Growing our membership and volunteer base
- Planning more gatherings to share more memories
- Sharing with the public through sales of our history book, "City of Dreams" DVD and audio CD
- Increasing and improving our archives
- Striving to live up to our mission
- Continuing to cooperate with other community organizations
In the future ...
- Recruit and train volunteers to share history with the public through researching archives and creating displays
- Form a Speakers Bureau knowledgeable about various segments of our past