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    Median Age

    by catalysta Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Stuart Water Tower

    Favorite thing: The median age in Stuart is about 48.5 (as opposed to 32.4 in Anchorage Alaska), so clearly it’s one of Florida’s preferred retirement spots.
    But there is also a thriving business community, with a base that includes agriculture, custom boat & yacht building, fishing & tourism.

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    What is it!?!

    by catalysta Written Oct 24, 2004

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    You tell me!

    Favorite thing: Although convertibles are common here (of course, it’s the Sunshine State!!!), this one stood out despite its short stature. Have any of you ever seen one like this before? We thought we could ID it by reading the name on the hubs, but that just told us he uses Enkai racing tires.

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    Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge Museum

    by grandmaR Updated May 11, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The House of Refuge was built in 1876 on a rock outcropping along the Florida Coast near Ft. Pierce. It is the last remaining shipwreck lifesaving station in the US and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built on a geological rock outcropping known as the St. Lucie rocks of the Anastasia Formation, one of the most prominent geologic outcroppings along the entire Eastern seaboard.

    There were originally ten houses commissioned by the U.S. Lifesaving Service, designated as havens for shipwrecked sailors and travelers along the sparsely populated Atlantic coastline of Florida. There were no lifesaving crews. Each House was occupied by a keeper and his family, who would walk the shoreline after storms and search for shipwreck victims.

    The museum today has been restored to showcase historical lifesaving equipment and the Keeper’s living quarters as they were in 1904. There is also a model ship collection. A handcrafted reproduction of a 150-yr-old surf boat is on display outside.

    House of Refuge Museum at Gilbert’s Bar
    301 SE MacArthur Boulevard
    Stuart, FL 34996
    772-225-1875

    Hours:

    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
    Closed on Major Holidays

    Admission:

    Adults, $6.00 Style Selection
    Children (5-12 years of age), $3.00
    Children under 5, Free

    Fondest memory: Although I took some pictures here, I remember coming to this area primarily because it was a sea turtle protected area. I don't think we actually went in the buildings.

    The area can now be rented for special occasions.

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    • Eco-Tourism

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