For more on Burt Pruitt, check out this article in the March 2015 Port St. Lucie magazine from Indian River Magazine Inc.
Developers who came in the late 1950s to what is now Port St. Lucie met Burt Pruitt, a colorful and crusty guide who owned a fishing camp on the shores of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. They probably were unaware of the violence in his, and the location’s, past.
Old newspaper articles about this local pioneer reveal more than tales of his pet alligators, visiting millionaire fishermen and a river alive with rolling tarpon. They tell of three fatal shootings and other troubling family problems.