An innovative new land use opens fruitful opportunity. Both great products and great concepts have a way of germinating and flourishing here. For example, after generations of successful citrus cultivation, land owners and city leaders realized this area could grow something equally valuable: alternate energy and R&D. The result was the I-95 Agriculture & Targeted Employment Center, or AgTEC. Today, at AgTEC’s 1717-acre Sunrise Groves, a campus-like setting welcomes bio-tech firms, clean energy-related companies and research and development institutions in a renewed and thriving environment that supports continued agricultural operations and the pursuit of alternate energy crops. Expect an impressive harvest of ideas and advancements from these exceptional surroundings.
Florida’s only cross-state waterway is the region’s direct route to enhanced navigation and superb recreation. Beginning at the junction of the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway at St. Lucie Inlet near Stuart, the Waterway extends 154 miles west through Lake Okeechobee on its way to the Gulf of Mexico at Ft. Meyers. NASA relied on the Waterway for shipment of Saturn rockets, and today the Waterway is still the go-to shipping route for a variety of commodities and products. The U.S. Corps of Engineers maintains the Waterway’s five locks, which keep barge traffic flowing and provide year-round recreational attractions, including fishing, boating, picnicking and camping. Or just watch manatees dock at the St. Lucie lock, where a protection program keeps creatures safe and humans happy.
Forecast bright for enhanced business intelligence. Investors worldwide look to the Kiplinger periodicals and website for savvy economic forecasting and financial advice. The Kiplinger family has deep roots here as a landowner, and now they are branching out with the Martin Enterprise Park, a 300-acre development that, upon build-out, will feature more than a million square feet of space, ideally located for research and development, light industry or office needs, on sites ranging from 2.5 acres up to 100 acres. Cited as “among the most advantageously located large properties in South Florida,” Martin Enterprise Park is already attracting interest as a center for life science, energy, aerospace and aviation. An expedited permitting process is one more reason it’s a smart move for forward-thinking companies.
Leveraging a powerful combination of land-water connections, businesses in the Jack James Drive area are leaving competitors in their wake. With a prime location, between Florida’s Turnpike to the west, I-95 to the east and the Okeechobee Waterway to the north, Jack James Drive and adjoining Ellipse Way put leading companies on course for world-class competitiveness. American Custom Yachts, for example, has sped past the competition with new cold-molded wooden boats that outpace and outlast ordinary fiberglass boats. And there are plenty more winning opportunities still open. At the Treasure Coast Commerce Center, a variety of office, warehouse and showroom space is available in a well-built development featuring tilt-wall construction and excellent amenities. This is the place to power up.
A warehouse and distribution center located for speed and constructed for the long haul. Strategically situated on Route 714 only a quarter mile from the Florida Turnpike and just five minutes from I-95, the Sands Commerce Center encompasses 270 acres and currently consists of 14 buildings offering more than one million square feet of skillfully constructed space, with a build-out potential of triple the current size. Tenants enjoy the flexibility of either dock-high or grade level roll-up doors. They also appreciate the long-range dependability of tilt-up construction which is not only durable but also lowers operating costs and reduces fire insurance premiums. Local business and industrial leaders like iVox Solutions and International Wholesale Tile have found outstanding success in this beautifully landscaped, meticulously maintained center. Your company can, too.
A flourishing habitat for rare birds and a rare opportunity for humans to enjoy breathtaking views and recreation on a grand scale. “Allapattah” is Seminole for alligator, and while there aren’t many “gators” left in Allapattah Flats, a unique public partnership between county and state agencies is restoring the area to its earlier pristine beauty of vast marshes and slash pine flatwoods. The results have been impressive: A five-mile hiking trail, for example, leads to a dramatic open marsh vista where wading birds like sandhill cranes, wood storks and crested caracaras feed and bathe. Equestrians enjoy separate trails as well as a 150-acre riding area, while tent camping, fishing and seasonal hunting are also great attractions. Spend the day, sleep under the stars—a majestic getaway awaits.
Race to the top? That’s where our kids begin, in top-rated schools that are launching pads for achievement. Palm City students begin their academic careers in a county district that’s earned an “A” rating by Florida Department of Education for ten consecutive years, and which ranks among the top districts in the state in annual assessment tests. At our three elementary schools (Bessey Creek, Citrus Grove and Palm City) and at Hidden Oaks Middle School, students get a great start, with rigorous curricula that include active arts and athletics and with a variety of extracurricular enrichment. Palm City Elementary is also a cluster site for the county’s gifted education. For high school, Palm City students enjoy excellent county choices offering great college prep. Parents thinking ahead about their children’s future think Palm City schools.
A park that’s in a league of its own, with first-class facilities and popular youth lacrosse, soccer and football programs. Whether it’s the thwack of lacrosse sticks or the whoosh of a skater on a half-pipe, this busy city park always sounds like fun. Since it was built in 2005 through a community-wide effort, the Jock Leighton Park has continued to add to its roster of activities, and today youth soccer, football and lacrosse (both boy and girl) leagues practice and play games here. For kids who have a ball with a board, there’s also a smartly-designed skate park with several ramps for differing skill levels and a half-pipe for experienced skaters. Add in inviting playgrounds and pavilions, and it’s easy to see why families and visitors of all ages find this park a favorite refuge.
On the banks of the St. Lucie, the fine art and crafts of river enjoyment. Charlie Leighton Park has made a name for itself as host to the Treasure Coast Community Rowing Center and Rowing Club, which has grown since its founding by a handful of local enthusiasts to a roster of more than 60, with a booming new youth program underway. The club is positioned for speed and convenience with boathouse that sits on nearly an acre of the Park’s river frontage. Even if you don’t row, Leighton Park has plenty of other ways to float your boat, with a fishing pier, boat ramps, picnic tables and a walking path that lets you soak up the scenic river atmosphere.
In a park named for a hero, an excellent example of civic spirit and plenty of opportunities for play. Before he joined the Marines, Justin Wilson was a fun-loving young man who enjoyed playing handball at the Palm City Park. After his death from an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2009, the park was renamed in his honor, and today the flag and bronze plaque bearing two photos of Corporal Wilson serve as a wonderful reminder that excellence on the sports field can translate into character on the battlefield. The handball courts that Wilson loved are still here, 4 of them, along with 4 softball/baseball fields, a soccer/football field, 2 tennis courts, a basketball court, a nature trail and an observation tower. Justin Wilson park is a great place for recreation and reflection.
A library that reaches higher with enlightenment by designWhen its 2-story, $3.5 million wing opened in 2009, the Peter and Julie Cummings Library doubled the size of its physical facility, to 20,000 square feet while dramatically expanding its appeal as a multi-generational resource. Spacious and filled with natural light, the library invites and engages with a superb book and multi-media collection, a story-time stage, arts and crafts area, and a popular Internet café. It’s a great place to get lost in a book, or find needed information. While expansion allowed the library to reach higher, one place it didn’t reach was into taxpayer’s pockets: no local tax money was used for the project which relied on state grants and private donations of $1.4 million. A novel approach with a happy ending for library patrons and city residents.
In area industry, exceptional innovation is the rule. There’s always something new under the Palm City sun. The mission-critical technology Optima Healthcare Solutions is a provider to more than 4,000 rehabilitation centers across the U.S., and is one of only 50 Florida companies to earn the “Top Companies to Watch” award. Another tech pioneer, Awareness Technology, has brought cutting edge cost effectiveness to state-of-the-art clinical laboratory instrumentation. PAC Seating Systems is the fastest growing company in the business jet aircraft seating industry and recognized market leader in divans for OEMs and Completion Centers. B4C Technologies has developed a propriety process that replaces a carcinogen now widely used to increase hardness and wear resistance of metal products safer and stronger. Palm City industries are also showing the way forward in sustainability. Southeastern Printing Company, the state’s only printer to specialize in commercial sheet-fed and lexographic label printing, is also one of the few printers to earn a Forest Stewardship Council Certification. Palm City industry leads—the world follows.
Your ticket to ride, hunt, jump in the region’s fastest growing equestrian community. Palm City is horse heaven regardless of your skill level or interest, whether it’s English or western saddle, dressage, hunter jumper, polo, even cow sorting. The high quality and extensive range of facilities combined with economical prices make Palm City a breed apart: A versatile, vibrant community that includes a large number of elite riders as well as a diverse range of enthusiasts. For the serious-minded, Palm City offers a full season of competition right here and a location within a driving distance of all other major events. And with public trails winding all around the county, including trails on the 150-acre riding area at Allapattah Flats, horse lovers of all kinds enjoy plenty of room to roam. Saddle up.
Where rock stars of the game gather, and fairways to heaven beckon players at all levels. Some of the world’s top players make their homes around here, and it’s no wonder. The temps and the terrain make for year-round great golfing, and Palm City is right in the heart of the action, thanks to two excellently designed public courses and five private courses, several of them offering off-season play. And that doesn’t even include the rest of Martin County’s generous mix of public and private courses, approximately two dozen in all—more than 550 miles of great golfing on courses designed by the legends of the game: Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, Dye, Fazio and Chuck Ankrom. Palm City is also home to the upscale Floridian National Golf Club and Butch Harmon Learning Center. You’ll probably up your game here; you’ll definitely enjoy it more.
A playground built on a solid foundation. Constructed by PTA volunteers, the first Wildcat, the Palm City Elementary playground built in 1991, spread out over 10,000 square feet in a wonderland of play. But when the all-wood structure needed replacement, costs were prohibitive for more durable recycled plastic materials. The solution: The playground was opened to the public, private donations came in, and the entire community came together. Using blueprints created by the same company that created the design for the first Wildcat, hundreds of volunteers, adults and children, pitched in—12,000 volunteer hours—and built Wildcat II over the course of a single week. Today, the rugged, ADA-accessible playground offers a great place for play and a great lesson in civic ingenuity and environmental leadership. To date, it has been nominated for 3 environmental stewardship awards and given special mention by another eco-awards organization.
Under azure skies, a horse and rider vault with athletic grace over the obstacles of a hunter jumper course. Only a few miles away, a rower dips an oar into the serene blue waters of the St. Lucie River. A snowy egret spreads its wings over a vast marsh vista where rare avian species find a protected home; a golfer breaks into a smile as he birdies on a course designed by a legend of the game.
Meanwhile local children embark on their life’s adventure in a brilliantly expanded community library and at top-ranked schools, even as area industries speed past global competition in an environment that allows wildlife and commerce—and families—to flourish, together, and in abundance. Here, in an area with roots as a citrus growing hub, the outlook is sunnier and success is sweeter.
We’ve been blessed with extraordinary natural resources. We’ve been smart about marshalling, protecting and integrating them. In fact, it’s the way we think that really sets us apart. Our schools lead the state, our industries lead the world, and when Asian pestilence attacked our citrus farming, we re-engineered our paradigm to allow for growing innovation and ideas and alternate energy crops, so that now a wide range of stakeholders as well as incoming business and industry are reaping the benefits of this fruitful renewal.
Palm City moves into the future with significant assets for high tech development, and for corporate headquarters there’s no better home, with the atmosphere and amenities that help attract and keep high-performing team members.
So come see our strategic industrial sites and beautiful homes; take a swing on our award-winning golf courses; hike at one of our many parks and nature areas, or a gallop down the horse trails and show rings of our thriving equestrian community.
Come enjoy a taste of a city where life is sweeter and so is your success.