It‘s like any other coastal town anywhere.  Okay so that line has been used before, but you have to admit it’s a great opening line, isn’t it?  Whether it is true or not about the town, how could you start a place specific blurb any other way?

This particular town , in this case, is not even really its own town - it carries the same name as a real city in Florida, but to the natives it is affectionately known as "South Jetty."  Guess you would say it is a suburb of Fort Pierce - though Fort Pierce is not really big enough to have suburbs.  In fact, there are a few towns north and south that would consider Fort Pierce as their own ‘burbs.

No, South Jetty is its own unique little place, with its own unique local venues, and its own very unique residents and visitors.  It would be a good bet the majority of visitors are across the River in the city of Fort Pierce.  It has a beach village feel.  Maybe that’s it - South Jetty is not a town, it is a village.

Fort Pierce is on mainland Florida about halfway between Orlando and West Palm.  If you look at a road map of Florida, it is the only place the Florida Turnpike and I95 merge, on the East Coast.  There are probably only about 35,000 resident in Fort Pierce, its relatively very small.  There are three huge attractions to the area - the Indian River, the Ocean, and Spring Training and full year teams for the NY Mets and the Dodgers in the surrounding cities. 

From either I95 or the Turnpike, if you go east to US1, then North towards South A1A, you begin to experience downtown Fort Pierce, the first clue will be the huge building on the left called the Arcade building.  At Orange Avenue if you turn east, ease on down Second Street - check out some of the eclectic shops that this area has to offer.  Don’t forget to check out the Sunrise Theatre on Second Street - lot of history there.  On Seaway Drive and Ave A you will see a turnabout - as you go east through the turnabout you see the marina on the right and the PP Cobb building on the left.  This area was actually under water originally.  The PP Cobb building was the "Trading Post" for Fort Pierce, before it was actually Fort Pierce.  Just a cool piece of history - nothing more. 

Okay, gotta keep going can’t stop here, there is so much to show you.  You must continue North through the turnabout - at the light which is South A1A you need to turn right.  This bridge takes you to the true paradise of Fort Pierce.  On this island, there are hidden treasures and buried stories, just waiting to be found by someone. 

Crossing over the bridge takes you over the InterCoastal Waterway that stretches from New York to the end of Florida.  This portion is the Indian River.  Across the bridge, there is a park on your left.  It houses a boat ramp and swimming areas giving boaters and swimmers access to the Indian River on the Inlet side.  You will also see tucked almost under the bridge the St. Lucie County Historical Museum.  Take a  tour; it only takes about 15 - 20 minutes to walk through the whole thing.  But not today.  Over the last few years, the Smithsonian Institute has helped with the development of this area by building a museum showcasing the marine life of the area; and labs to help environmentalists tell figure out why the developing of this island would be bad.  You will also see a huge development of condos - don’t spend too much time looking at it - it is still too young to have any stories associated with it. 

As you are driving down A1A, check out Chuck’s Seafood, the Pelican Yacht Club, Summerlin’s bait shop (best smoked mullet in town), and the old Coast Guard building.  Focusing on these landmarks will help acclimate you to the old beach village feel that you will experience to the fullest in a few short minutes. 

Following the main island road around, you pass the yacht club and begin to notice "Florida" type homes.  You know the ones: one story, peaked roof, sunrooms on the front of the house, many windows, pale yellows, greens, pinks, and blues, and made of concrete to battle the weather and win.  Follow the trail of Sea Grape bushes to the end of the road - Welcome friend, to South Jetty Park.  You probably have to park on the road, by the buildings at the corner.  When you get out of your car, take a look at the lack of economic development, native Florida.  Now take a walk out to the Jetty.  In the old days, there was a gazebo at the end of it.  To the right you can view the eroding coast line.  Weather has beaten this area all to hell.  Every year, the County brings in sand; and every year, the Ocean takes it right back out to sea. 

Walk all the way out to the edge of the Jetty, but be prepared for a pure sensory experience.  You should hear the crashing of the waves; you should see the fisherman casting their lines contemplating how long before a bite; you should feel the sun beating down on you reviving you as if you were a plant; and you should smell the salt air, the sweat of many men and women spending all day in the sun fishing for the their next meal, and the rot of sun baked fish guts.  There is no sensory experience like this anywhere else in the universe.  Now, look to the left, that identical jetty over there is known affectionately as "North Hutchinson Island".  Though it is the same as south jetty, it has a more eloquent name - that’s because people don’t go there to fish, and the beaches are much nicer than on the south side of the Inlet - kind of like that whole "South side of the tracks" thing.  Look a little further to the north of the jetty - down the inlet - you see all those boats near the mangroves?  That’s called "the Cove".  That’s where all the recreational boaters congregate on the weekend, it’s a good place to anchor out near the land but out of the way of the sea lanes of other boaters. 

Let’s meander back, there are a couple of other places that need pointing out  here. 

Back at the entrance to the park on the left side (south) there is an old, close to being abandoned hotel/resort.  That poor dear place has been close to vacant for several decades - used to be great though.  Next to that, there is a storefront with Apartments above it.  And next to that is the Jetty Lounge.  You want to know history about this area? Go there, pull up to the bar, order a frozen rum runner and start asking a few questions.  Gotta be careful though, it takes the locals a little while to warm up to tourists.  Now, if you drive South ¼ of a mile, on the right hand side, you will see a sea green dilapidated building that looks like it could have been a beach bar - that’s what it is.  That is the famous "Archie‘s" - biker bar, and local bar.  Friendly crowd - but very local.  After the major hurricanes a couple of years back, Archie‘s was listed as a historical site - been around for 60 years.  Rumor has it when it was damaged by the hurricanes, FEMA tried to give the owners money, but they said "there‘s no damage here, its supposed to look like this."  It doesn‘t look too much different than it did before the hurricanes. 

Okay, this is where the tour ends, take a moment to picture the places that have just been described, feel the salt on your skin, the sun beating down, and hear the waves crashing on the jetty.