Port St. Lucie, Florida
During the 1950s Port St. Lucie mainly was an uninhabited parcel of land located to the south of White City. It was comprised of a couple of businesses and farms as well as a fishing camp close to U.S. 1. Then in 1958, with a $5 budget, the River Park development was purchased by General Development Corporation (GDC) in addition to 40,000 acres situated on St. Lucie River’s North Fork. GDC opened the first bridge across the St. Lucie River in 1959, which made Port St. Lucie directly accessible by car.
CC began development on its latest community called Tradition in 2006. This community is located west of the Gatilin Blvd. intersection of Interstate 95. Before CC started developing the area it was a cattle ranch. On the site they built a commercial area of approximately 13,000,000 square feet, along with space for more than 18,000 residences. The CC website states that Tradition is the largest completely entitled residential development from Interstate 95 up to the U.S.- Canada border. The model for Tradition was a 1950s-era town. The CC website also states that the community’s town center called Tradition Square hosts festivities year-round. It has been named one of the best 100 communities in America and was selected by HGTV to be their site for Green Home 2009.
Port St. Lucie is home of the New York Mets for spring training, and also home for the Florida State League St. Lucie Mets, and Gulf Coast League Mets rookie level team. All three of these teams play their home games at First Data Field. Port St. Lucie is also home to the semi-pro soccer team the Treasure Coast Galleons. There are two soccer clubs in the city also, with both competitive and recreational play. These two clubs are the Port Saint Lucie and Make soccer clubs. PGA Village is a golf complex that is comprised of 54 holes of golf, a historical center and learning center. In 2007 the city hosted its first PGA Tour Event, the Ginn Classic at Tesoro.