PORT ST. LUCIE – The city is asking residents to submit name suggestions for the future riverfront park that will feature waterfront dining, a children’s play area, historical structures, boardwalk, access for boaters, an amphitheater and more.
Residents can submit name ideas until Sept. 20 for the area that will be on Westmoreland Boulevard, just south of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens.
To help you think of a name, here’s some information from the Port St. Lucie Historical Society about the area.
Developers who came in the late 1950s to what is Port St. Lucie met Burt Pruitt, a colorful and crusty guide who owned a fishing camp on the shores of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. Old newspaper articles about this local pioneer reveal tales of his pet alligators, visiting millionaire fishermen and a river alive with rolling tarpon. They tell of three fatal shootings and other troubling family problems. The area of the park is near the site of his fish camp.
The North Fork of the St. Lucie River so resembled the Amazon that it was used for stunt shots in the James Bond film Moonraker, released in 1979. Star Roger Moore watched as a stuntman took his role while boats were blown up along the river. To watch the action, which lasted an estimated 30 seconds in the film, visit IMDB for the speedboat in action and the sailplane.
For more information and to submit name suggestions, go to www.cityofpsl.com/cra.html.