USCG Station Fort Pierce
900 Seaway Dr., Fort Pierce, FL 34949
In Fort Pierce, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are short, comfortable, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 55°F to 89°F and is rarely below 41°F or above 93°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.9 months, from June 1 to September 28, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 89°F and low of 74°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from December 7 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 76°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 55°F and high of 72°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.5 months, from May 26 to October 9, with a greater than 40% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 62% on August 23.
The drier season lasts 7.5 months, from October 9 to May 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on December 30.
Cost of Living
In Fort Pierce, FL, the overall cost of living index is 91, which is 9% lower than the Florida average and 9% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Fort Pierce, FL, the city’s goods and services are 1% higher than the Florida average and equal to the U.S. average.
Getting to Know the Area
Fort Pierce is a city on the east coast of Florida. The oceanfront National Navy SEAL Museum displays weapons, vehicles and other naval artifacts. Nearby, Fort Pierce Inlet State Park has a long beach, where swimming and surfing are popular. The A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery houses paintings by the 20th-century painter, a Fort Pierce native. Heathcote Botanical Gardens features a large collection of tropical bonsai.
Fort Piece is a diverse yet neighborly community, embracing both the richness of our heritage and the promise of the future in St. Lucie County. Downtown has retained its old Florida charm and scale even while it has welcomed new development and revitalization. The historic waterfront downtown affords residents contemporary shopping, dining, great fishing and a range of entertainment and activities from the Farmers Market, Bike Night, Friday Fest, Jazz Market and the city owned and operated historic, 1,200 seat Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts.
In 2015, Fort Pierce’s downtown Main Street was named No. 1 on a consumer-advocacy group’s list of “50 Best Small Town Main Streets” in America. The honor was given by Top Value Reviews, which ranked Fort Pierce top among cities with a population of 60,000 or less. Fort Pierce was one of only two Florida cities named on the list and it beat out notable quaint small towns such as Nantucket, Mass., and Steamboat Springs, Colo. “It was a surprise to us and what an honor to be chosen over 2,000 other Main Street programs across the country,” said Doris Tillman, who has been executive director of Main Street Fort Pierce Inc. for the past 24 years. “It is not about the people who run Main Street. It is about all the people who have so much belief in bettering ourselves. It is the community and the city and the people always ready to support and help you.”
The St. Lucie County Regional History Center (stlucieco.gov) presents the history of the Fort Pierce area with exhibits illustrating early Native American life, the era of shipwrecks that gave the region the nickname Treasure Coast and the Seminole wars. Tours of the 1908 Gardner House include rooms decorated to recreate early 20th century life. During World War II, thousands of men trained as Naval Combat Demolition Units and Underwater Demolition Teams, making Fort Pierce the birthplace of the Navy frogman. The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum (navysealmuseum.com) preserves the history of the SEAL program and its predecessors. Exhibits include a Huey helicopter, Apollo training craft and support boats.
Endangered Florida manatees swim in Moore’s Creek at the Manatee Observation and Education Center (manateecenter.com). Walkways and an observation tower provide views of sea cows, dolphins and brown pelicans, and hundreds of colorful flowers at the center attract butterflies to the facility’s garden. The Smithsonian Marine Station (sms.si.edu), open one day a month for tours, studies the marine ecosystems of the Indian River Lagoon and Florida’s south coast. Scientists research the region’s habitats, including salt marshes, mud flats and oyster reefs. The Marine Ecosystems Exhibit displays six habitats, and the largest aquarium houses a coral reef.
The Fort Pierce City Marina (fortpiercecitymarina.com) offers restaurants, a tiki bar and both long-term and transient boat slips with Internet access and cable television hookups. More than a dozen charter boat companies provide guided tours and fishing expeditions. The beaches of the Fort Pierce barrier islands vary from well-developed areas with restaurants and bathhouses to strips of sand with no facilities. Fort Pierce Inlet State Park (floridastateparks.org) offers a sandy beach, fishing spots and an observation tower that provides panoramic views of the ocean. The developers of Heathcote Botanical Gardens (heathcotebotanicalgardens.org) created individual specialty gardens featuring bonsai, native plants, herbs and palms. Master gardeners present hands-on demonstrations for children and adults.