Fort Pierce

Floridays
10:39 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Life imitated art when author retreated to cattle country after 2004 hurricanes

Nancy Dale, who writes about Florida's cowboy culture,  took refuge in her travel trailer in rural Glades County after the storms destroyed her condominium on the east coast.

Floridays
3:09 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

'Anglers Paradise' gave way to military presence on Fort Pierce's South Beach during WW II

The fish house and restaurant closed  when the Navy and Army started training for invasions on local beaches. Its owner re-located to the west side of the Indian River, where she ran the Causeway Grill until the war was over.

Floridays
10:55 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Fort Pierce used to be a busy hub for the railroad

Undated photo shows pineapple packing house near Fort Pierce with FEC rail siding in front.
Florida Archives

Edward Blanton, age 90, remembers the roundhouse where Florida East Coast Railway locomotives were re-positioned. He also has vivid memories of the town's horse and buggy era.

Floridays
2:25 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Fort Pierce native recalls snook fishing, grove work, and a 900-pound goliath grouper

Tom Baumker, a professional photographer and former superintendent at Harbor Branch, says he used to eat 12 sandwiches at noontime to fortify himself when he was picking and loading citrus.

Floridays
12:18 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Group seeks to restore historic Lincoln Theatre

Reg Floyd and Margaret Benton show artist's rendering of the restored theatre. Original theatre is behind them.
Janie Gould

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. 

Floridays
11:51 am
Mon June 4, 2012

The color purple: Citrus man used the hue to make fruit look better

Assorted citrus fruit

Carl Fetzer of Vero Beach painted his packinghouse machinery purple to make his citrus more appealing to prospective buyers.