sawmill, none of which survived. The Port St. Lucie Historical
Society and City of Port St. Lucie are working together to see
that other historical structures do not suffer the same fate.
A house is more than bricks and boards. At some point it
becomes history, not only that of a family but of an entire
region. Quoting the city’s Riverwalk Boardwalk Extension
Project, two structures “will be restored to provide a picture
into old Florida living over the last century.”
These buildings, having been moved to Westmoreland
Boulevard near the Botanical Gardens, are the start of a historical
Society members Bob and Butch Post, left, and Dianne Aguiar are seen at
the society’s booth at the Botanical Gardens in February. With the houses
newly relocated on Westmoreland, visitors to the booth were curious about
plans for the village.
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Although the extension project is relatively new, the idea
of protecting the city’s history began almost 25 years ago.
In 1995, a group of like-minded ladies began discussing the
importance of preservation. The first official meeting of the
group that evolved into the Port St. Lucie Historical Society
took place the following year, incorporating as a non-profit
organization in 1997. St. Lucie County Commissioner Paula
Lewis, one of the founders, is still on the board.
Society board member Jack Kelly has lived in Port St. Lucie
nearly 30 years, serving as a city councilman for 12 years, as
well as the vice mayor in 2006. A cheerleader for the city, Kelly
points to its accomplishments — the state-of-the-art utility
system and soon-to-be-open Crosstown Parkway extension.
To fully appreciate where the city is today, however, it is
important to understand how far it has come. The society’s
extensive website — http:/www.pslhistory.org — is largely
the work of member Mary Dodge. Here you can enter a
virtual museum with history lessons about everything from >>
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