Port St. Lucie, located on the East Coast of Florida, is one of the fastest growing communities in the U.S. according to the 2005 Census Bureau. In 1961 it had 250 homes, in 1980 there were 15,000, and in 2012 the Census Bureau estimated a city population of over 168,000 (with 400,000 in the metropolitan area). Port St. Lucie Beach is located in St. Lucie County. Port Saint Lucie started as a development of the General Development Corporation and became a city on April 27, 1961. Today the city is home to spring training for the New York Mets. There are 3 institutions of higher education here including Indian River State College.
Port St. Lucie experienced three major hurricanes within 2 years: Hurricane Frances, Hurricane Jeanne and Hurricane Wilma. The affects of those storms were severe but residents are rebuilding. There are many miles of unspoiled beaches along the ocean, plus many waterways connected to the intercoastal. Located about halfway down the east coast of Florida, Port St. Lucie tends to be a bit more low-key than more famous communities to the south. The city has had to wrestle with the issue of over-development, a big problem everywhere in Florida. PGA golf course courtesy of Wikipedia and Zverzver.