About Fort Pierce
Also known as the Sunrise City, Fort Pierce, part of the Treasure Coast is situated on the Indian River. As one of the oldest cities in Florida, the fort (1838–42), built during the Seminole Wars, was named for Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin K. Pierce (brother of President Franklin Pierce), who commanded a detachment. Permanent settlement began around the fort site in the 1860s, and the small fishing village of Edgartown and an oyster cannery were also established. In 1901 these entities were incorporated as the City of Fort Pierce. Pineapple growing was an early factor in the city’s economic growth that was later replaced by citrus farming.
Over time, Fort Pierce has maintained it's charm. In 2005, Fort Pierce was awarded the City of Excellence Award by the florida League of Cities for overall excellence in city government. in 2010, Mainstreet Fort Pierce received the Great American Main Street Award from teh National Trust for Historic Preservation in downtown. Fort Pierce is a wonderful place to live, visit and explore.