The movie house on Avenue D in Fort Pierce was a focal point for the African-American community during the era of segregation. Now the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee is seeking funds to reopen it.
But the Sebastian to Fellsmere line never went farther west. Fellsmere Vice Mayor Joel Tyson rode it one time, in the 1940s. The train is long gone, but the site is expected to become a hiking and biking trail.
Janet Reno, attorney general in the Clinton administration, once tried to save the geckos living inside the house, including a supersized one dubbed Moby Gecko, before it was tented for termites. Her sister, former Martin County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla, tells the story.
David Gibson also grew pineapples in what's now northern Indian River County in the 19th century. Folks took note of his odd apparel, says Pam Cooper, Florida history and genealogy librarian at the Indian River County main library.