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Home Care In Fort Pierce, FL

Home Care Fort Pierce, FL

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Fort Capron Historical Marker gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Fort Pierce, FL is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“I love that Always Best Care supports our veterans with the VA Community. With me personally having a ton of family within this community, I know where to turn if anyone I know needs at home health care.”

Kendall K.

“Need help with home health care...Excellent, caring people...who treat your loved ones like family. Highly recommend!”

Brenda B.

“The senior living advice given by “ Always Best” has helped me navigate around the uncertainty of what to do next if these services are needed for a friend, someone I love or another individual needing guidance. Thank you for the wonderful education!”

Kendall K.

“I had a great experience with Steve! He was incredibly clear and thorough in explaining the entire process.”


“Steve and Claudia at Always Best Care Senior Services were just awesome in how they provided at home care for my mother Carmen. Starting with the initial consultation by Steve to learn about mom's personal care needs to the follow-up visit of a registered nurse to the eventual placement of a compassionate caregiver; every step of their service was well thought out and they truly delivered on providing a level of care for mom that exceeded our families (and mom's) expectations. It can be very nerve racking to find and leave your loved one with a caregiver but this company gets that and they were just fantastic. Thank you Always Best Care!”

Mark B.

“The best senior care service!”

Nicole Z.

“The best senior care service.”

Nicole Z.

“This Always Best Care exceeded our expectations and increased my peace of mind knowing my grandmother’s adult care was superior to other services of its kind. Nannie was happy and that made me happy. I would highly recommend this stellar group. Thank you, Steve, Claudia and your team. You are THE BEST!”

Susan M.

“There are so many nursing homes to choose from, with their guidance I was able to find the right facility for my mother, right away. I would highly recommend them to any family or friends in need of their services.”

Candace K.

“ABC has provided the essential care and support my dad needed after hospitalization and chemo treatments. I have peace of mind knowing they are supporting him.”

Michelle B.

“I have been utilizing Always Best Care Senior Services for 2 years to care 24/7 for my elderly parents. I am very pleased with their services. The Owners and Office Staff bend over backwards to make sure that there is always coverage, to alert my parents Caregiver Team of any requests that I make, to advise me when there is an issue with my parents or their dog. The Caregiver Team working with my parents are all compassionate and caring, knowledgeable and skilled. Sadly, my Father passed away in the fall of 2020. Each of their Caregivers, the Owners and the Office Staff expressed to me that they would like to attend his memorial service when we are able to have it. During the weeks he was slipping away, the Caregiver team not only took care of my parents, they looked after me, gently reminding me to eat, rest or take a break. They truly care not only for my parents, but for all our family. I can’t begin to express what a comfort it has been to have them caring for my parents, especially during the pandemic when visits are prohibited. They are my eyes and ears. Working intimately with my parents, the Caregivers are very tuned in to even subtle changes. If you are in the market and looking for a senior services/home health care company, I strongly urge you to reach out to Always Best Care Senior Services. You’ll be happy you did.”

Heidi R.

“If you want quality care for yourself or your loved ones, Steve and his time are the best, don’t waste your time looking elsewhere. As an estate planning attorney, I have recommended clients to Steve who have been very happy with his team. Steve and his team went above and beyond for one specific client of mine that had a very complex situation, and I am eternally grateful to them. I only hope I can continue to work together with him - Steve and his team are dedicated to making sure you are comfortable, happy and safe. My favorite part about Always Best Care is that all of their staff are TRAINED EMPLOYEES WITH CONTINUING EDUCATION - NOT INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS!”

Aldo C.

“Always best care is a top notch senior services company. They go above and beyond with their clients and treat them as if they are family. If you are looking for a great family oriented team to help take care of your love one look no further. Give Always best care a call you will not be disappointed!!”

Forrest H.

“Highly recommended! All the staff is very professional and courteous”

Ryan N.

“Steve and his team were amazing. As my father’s Parkinson’s progress, we were in need of home health care desperately. Steve and his nurse came to our home, assess the situation, and set up a schedule to accommodate our needs. I would highly recommend them to any family or friends in need of their services.”

Claudine P.

“Steven and his team are superior in caring for aging friends and family. The most important thing is having people who you can trust with your family.”

Allison T.

“Steve and his team will take superior care of your loved ones.”

John D.

“Steve Snell and Staff of Always Best Care Senior Services have been amazingly responsive, helpful and worked diligently to make sure my clients needs were met! Can't praise them enough. The case was staffed immediately and overseen at all levels. Thank you for Always providing the Best Care!”

Karen G.

“I have worked with, and explored working with, various agencies and registries in the Palm Beach County area. I am picky. Always Best Care is qualitatively a notch above every other organization I've encountered. Responsive. Amiable. Professional. The aide, Islande, who has worked with my mom is top-notch for our needs. And . . . I have no doubt Steve (the agency's owner) and his staff would strive to find someone else, if it hadn't been a fit. If you are looking for Nursing Care, I strongly recommend giving Always Best Care a chance. BTW: It is important to understand that working with an Nursing Agency (like Always Best Care), means the staff are employees, not independent contractors (as they are when working through a Nursing Registry). An Agency is vested in having good employees, and a good agency wants you to be happy. But even all Agencies are not created equal. I worked with one (Alternative Health Care) where aides did not always show up! That was painful and incredibly stressful, and the manager and other higher-up staff didn't give a hoot.”

Liz S.

“I wish there were more that five stars. I can not say enough about the experience we have had in working with Always Best Care Senior Services. Not only were they extremely receptive to our needs, available immediately to every call, text or email, compassionate and kind...every single employee was better than the next. My Dad's recent death and my mothers recent surgery (with complications) requiring extra care was a traumatic time for our family. The care she received was beyond skilled and professional. We knew she was in trusting, caring hands. She was happy. I have recommended ABC to others and they have had the same experience. Do not hesitate to reach out to them if you are in need. I highly recommend them. I know I will be reaching out to Steven and Claudia the next time I am in need. My family and I are extremely grateful.”

Donna H.

“Fabulous experience with Always Best Care. Treated my 90 year old Father in Law with dignity and respect. We actually had fun with his aides and they were helpful and kind.”

Alicia B.

“I am very glad to have chosen ABC Senior Services to get us through a very difficult time when my parents finally reached the end of their independent lifestyles at age 96 and 97. Scheduling was difficult and sometimes changes were made last minute, but ABC came through as well as could be expected. Despite losing his wife of 37 years, my father is currently doing very well back north in an assisted living facility. Thank you ABC for the compassion you expressed throughout the 4 months you were there for us.”

Rob C.

“Always Best Care is a great company who goes above and beyond for their clients. My mother fell at my brothers home in Connecticut and I called Steve Snell for some guidance. Even though Steve is in Florida he was able to get my family connected with a representative in Connecticut immediately. Thank you Steve!”

Mike B.

“I highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services if you have a loved one that needs personal care.”

Melanie T.

“Dori, is such a wonderful person and makes such an impact on everyone she is involved with.”

Jamie W.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Fort Pierce, FL?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Fort Pierce, FL

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Jaycee Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local The Fort Steakhouse or visit Downtown Fort Pierce, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Fort Pierce, FL

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Fort Pierce, FL, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your FL's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Fort Pierce, FL understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • The Lynmoore at Lawnwood
  • Lake Forest Park
  • Academy Assisted Living Facility
  • Kamlake Assisted Living Facility
  • The Broadmoor ALF
  • Divine Senior Care
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Fort Pierce, FL 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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The Best Things To Do In Fort Pierce, Florida

Sunset chasers are a dime a dozen, but true nature enthusiasts know that sunrises are far superior. Seeing the black night sky slowly fade to twilight, then erupt into a flood of golden yellow and burning orange—it doesn’t get any more awe-inspiring than that. If you’ve been lucky enough to see the sun rise over the Grand Canyon or a Hawaiian island, you’ll want to add another bucket list sunrise to your must-see lineup, and it’s in ...

Sunset chasers are a dime a dozen, but true nature enthusiasts know that sunrises are far superior. Seeing the black night sky slowly fade to twilight, then erupt into a flood of golden yellow and burning orange—it doesn’t get any more awe-inspiring than that. If you’ve been lucky enough to see the sun rise over the Grand Canyon or a Hawaiian island, you’ll want to add another bucket list sunrise to your must-see lineup, and it’s in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Part of the Florida’s beloved Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce is nicknamed Sunrise City thanks to its otherworldly shows over the Indian River Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean. Another great thing about being a sunrise seeker? You’ll not only wake up to a boatload of nature-induced serotonin, but you’ll have an automatic jumpstart on your day—which is especially important in Fort Pierce. The vibrant coastal town has several stunning public beaches, an active downtown, and plenty more chances to get in touch with nature on a wildlife boat tour or aquarium visit. Here are the best things to do on a trip to Fort Pierce, Florida’s sparkling Sunrise City.

The Best Things To Do In Fort Pierce, Florida

If you start your day with a sunrise—and in the Sunrise City, it’s practically illegal to not—consider spectating from one of Fort Pierce’s many beaches or the well-traveled Fort Pierce City Marina. After, spend the morning playing in the surf or building a sandcastle at any of the 10-plus beaches that are all part of the Treasure Coast’s 21 miles of white-sand sanctuary. Beaches to check out include Fort Pierce Inlet State Park and nearby Avalon State Park, as well as smaller access points at Pepper Beach Park or South Beach Park.

More water-focused fun can be had at the St. Lucie County Aquarium, a Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit that features six different living model marine and estuarine ecosystems. Admission is under $5, but if you want the most bang for your buck, time your visit to be there at either 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. for special “feeding frenzy” tours. Another enjoyable but educational attraction, head to The Manatee Observation and Education Center to learn more about the gentle giants and see them relaxing in Moore’s Creek. Once you’ve expanded your underwater knowledge, test your species recognition skills on a boat tour of the Indian River Lagoon with Captain Chop of Indian River Lagoon and Swampland Boat Tours.

When you’re ready to trade your sea legs for walking shoes, you’ll have plenty to explore in Fort Pierce’s historic waterfront downtown. The seaside streets are filled with great shopping, dining, and architecture just waiting to be discovered. Seven downtown buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including The P.P. Cobb Building, a late 1800s general store that’s now home to a coffee-and-crepe café called Old Florida Coffee Co. Other points of interest include Sunrise Theatre (a 100-year-old venue that hosts regular music performances, plays, and comedy shows), The Arcade Building (a 1926 retail building that’s been restored to its former glory), and the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery (an art gallery featuring gorgeous Florida landscapes by native son A.E. “Bean” Backus). To learn about another famous Fort Pierce local, travel the Zora Neale Hurston Dust Tracks Heritage Trail and visit locations like the acclaimed writer’s former home, gravesite, and the site of the newspaper where Hurston once worked.

If you find yourself a little worn out from all the walking around downtown, the city’s Freebee free shuttle service runs on Thursday through Sunday and is just a call or app request away. Unfortunately, you’ll have to jump in the car to visit Heathcote Botanical Gardens, which lies just outside of the shuttle’s range but is still a less-than-10-minute drive. The gorgeous blooms and lush landscaping are more than worth the quick commute.

To learn about another famous Fort Pierce local, travel the Zora Neale Hurston Dust Tracks Heritage Trail and visit locations like the acclaimed writer’s former home, gravesite, and the site of the newspaper where Hurston once worked.

The Best Places To Eat In Fort Pierce, Florida

Fort Pierce doesn’t mess around when it comes to great places to eat. Starting with Importico’s Bakery Café, a second location for the beloved Stuart establishment where the bread is baked fresh daily and the pastry case always overflows. Grab a stuffed croissant, slice of quiche, or irresistible sticky bun for breakfast. If you’re by for lunch, order a specialty sandwich and choose from an expanded array of desserts that includes everything from cannoli to fruit tarts.

For laidback lunch vibes, you can’t beat 12A Buoy or Archie’s Seabreeze for their convivial outdoor patios, cold drinks, and excellent food. Dinner at 12A Buoy is surprisingly upscale with entrees like Australian Rack of Lamb with demiglace and crispy fried onions and Yellowtail Snapper butterflied and pan-seared then roasted in basil oil, white wine, garlic, olives, capers, tomatoes, and spinach.

If you want dinner with a great view, there’s no shortage of great places to sit back, relax, and savor the sights, sounds, and flavors of the coast. Manatee Island Bar & Grill, On The Edge Bar & Grill, Crabby’s Dockside, and Cobb’s Landing are all worthy options to consider. For something a little more unexpected, 121 Tapas serves globally influenced small plates with a great wine selection and live music. Don’t leave Fort Pierce without stopping into Sailfish Brewing Company for a pint and maybe even a hand-tossed pizza.

The Best Places To Stay In Fort Pierce, Florida

Whether you want to stay on the water or don’t mind being a little further inland, Fort Pierce has you covered. The comfortable Dockside Inn & Resort on the Fort Pierce Inlet has its own private beach and two outdoor pools. If you want something a little more luxe, The Lucie at nearby Jensen Beach on Hutchison Island might be up your alley. The boutique hotel offers oceanfront views, upscale amenities, and exceptional hospitality. If you prefer to have your own space, home rentals of all sizes are plentiful and easy to book for a long weekend or more.

King's Landing: Construction set to begin on long-awaited Fort Pierce development

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Construction is officially set to begin on a long-awaited Fort Pierce development that WPTV has reported on multiple times.King's Landing, set to be built on the seven acres of land between Second Street and Indian River Drive in downtown Fort Pierce, was first proposed in 2019 and then ...

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Construction is officially set to begin on a long-awaited Fort Pierce development that WPTV has reported on multiple times.

King's Landing, set to be built on the seven acres of land between Second Street and Indian River Drive in downtown Fort Pierce, was first proposed in 2019 and then passed in 2022.

Now, chain link fences have been put up around the perimeter of the plot ahead of 500 tons of dump trucks set to arrive to begin building any day now, according to real estate agent Brooke Harris.

Harris, the Team Leader for the Beachfront Brooke Team, is partnering with Audubon Development to sell some of the homes being constructed.

According to Audobon, the project includes:

"The skyline's going to completely change," Leah Booth, a 20-year resident of the area, said. "It's cool we're getting more housing, but will that housing be accessible?"

"I know people say that, but it was a power plant before," Harris countered. "I think this is a lot prettier than a power plant."

Harris added that housing, which includes a variety of homes at a variety of costs, is something Fort Pierce and the surrounding area needs, not to mention the amenities, like restaurants and retail included for families.

"We don’t have a lot of options like that in downtown Fort Pierce," Harris said.

She added the style and architecture of the homes will fit the charm Fort Pierce currently touts.

"No one is trying to take that away," Harris said.

"I'm excited for it," barber Earl Demery, who works at Legit Cuts next door, said. "I'm looking forward to the business that's going to come and help out the economy, bringing jobs for the locals and stuff like that."

"It’s a lot going on," barber Roberto Barrera said. "There's too much to it."

There were mixed reactions to the construction starting when WPTV spoke to business owners and residents Friday.

Lyly Irizarry, a new business owner, was excited to have an influx of customers coming in.

"Tickled pink? I'm going to paint the whole town pink!" Irizarry said.

Barrera added that after four years of waiting, he's just ready to see the change finally set in motion, whether for better or for worse.

"We are so ready for it to happen," Barrera said. "We are just excited to see what the changes are."

Harris said the project will take several years in total for completion but said the first phase could be done in about 18 months.

However, this is not the only Audubon Development project in the works in Florida.

A WPTV report also shows the company's CEO, Dale Matteson, has plans for two potential developments in the West Palm Beach area.

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Banner touts 'Brightline your next step is Fort Pierce,' but no decision made

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Banners reading “Brightline your next step is Fort Pierce,” up on the Treasure Coast have a lot of people talking.Fort Pierce and Stuart are part of the conversation on where to place the private rail companynext station.WPTV reached out to Brightline representatives who say these signs don’t mean this a done deal in Fort Pierce as applications from the two places are due Dec. 22....

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Banners reading “Brightline your next step is Fort Pierce,” up on the Treasure Coast have a lot of people talking.

Fort Pierce and Stuart are part of the conversation on where to place the private rail companynext station.

WPTV reached out to Brightline representatives who say these signs don’t mean this a done deal in Fort Pierce as applications from the two places are due Dec. 22.

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Still, the banners put up caught a lot of eyes like Protein Harbor Smoothie shop owner, Oswal Ortiz.

"Looking at it right now that’s so amazing man," Ortiz said.

Fort Pierce is looking at the old depot behind Sunrise Theater. Audobon Development President and CEO Dale Matteson has indicated his company intends to apply for a stop at King's Landing mixed-use project, TCPalm reported.

Fort Pierce will be allowed to include the county-owned courthouse parking garage on Second Street in its application.

The possibility struck a special chord with other local business owners like Staci Dunn over at The Cake Lady,” who said she wants more people to know about the hidden gem that is Fort Pierce.

"I do feel like Stuart is already on the map," Dunn said. "People know Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Stuart, Vero and Orlando. They skip right over Fort Pierce and it’s beautiful here. The fishing is amazing. We’ve got beautiful shops. The restaurants are delicious.”

The proposed Stuart location is near the intersection of Southeast Flagler Avenue and Southwest Stypmann Avenue.

Less than an hour away at the Gypsea Cottage in downtown Stuart, business owner Kristen Couperus is also excited about the possibility of a Brightline hub coming to the area.

"Why not make it easier to get here. You may have heard of Stuart. You can get off on the train right in cute little historic downtown Stuart," Couperus, said. "So I think making the city more accessible who want to see it who want to check us out, Martin County is awesome."

Locals are also excited that Stuart’s plans includes parking. Should the station come to Stuart, Martin County and city leaders reached an agreement stating Brightline and the county will split the cost of the station. Meanwhile the city will cover the cost of a garage and 54 additional spots.

Until the decision is made people in both cities have the same message, "Choose us."

Brightline said it hopes to open a Treasure Coast station by early 2028.

Brightline currently has stops in Miami, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Orlando.

On Sept. 22, Brightline extended service past West Palm Beach to Orlando.

Last week, Brightline announced it has increased service between Orlando and Miami, running 32 trains daily with 16 daily departures from Miami and Orlando.

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What's the big deal about Buc-ee's?

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — It seems to be what everyone is talking about — the possibility of a Buc-ee's in Fort Pierce.If it ever comes, it will be built near Interstate 95 and Indrio Road, making it the fourth Buc-ee's location in Florida.Benjamin Balcer, the director of St. Lucie County's Planning and...

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — It seems to be what everyone is talking about — the possibility of a Buc-ee's in Fort Pierce.

If it ever comes, it will be built near Interstate 95 and Indrio Road, making it the fourth Buc-ee's location in Florida.

Benjamin Balcer, the director of St. Lucie County's Planning and Development Services, told WPTV on Tuesday that the pre-application proposal for a "travel center/fueling station" was discussed in late July.

Although those submitting the request didn't specify whether it was for a Buc-ee's, based on the size of the project and the writing on the concept plan's bottom right corner that reads "Buc-ee's – Fort Pierce, FL," Balcer said it's safe to say that's what it's intended to be.

The Sunshine State, however, isn't the only place Buc-ee's has extended its reach. Since its launch in 1982, the chain now has dozens of locations in Texas and has expanded to at least five other states, even reaching as far north as South Carolina; bringing with it a devout following.

From Buc-ee-themed hats to t-shirts, party supplies and pool floaties with the famed beaver face plastered on it, it seems people can't get enough of the chain and its iconic mascot.

"I love Buc-ee's," Alexia Gilliam said. "I've driven to Alabama from Texas just to go to Buc-ee's," she added, chuckling. "Yeah. I've done that."

"It's better than Disney to me," Quintin Chong said.

"One of my friends just had a birthday party and it was Buc-ee's themed," Rehannon Miller added.

So what's the hype behind the mega gas station chain? WPTV asked around to find out.

"Really good beef jerky, and they have really, really good barbecue pulled pork sandwiches," Gilliam said. "I get extra pickles. That's the secret."

"I don't eat gas station food, but it was actually really good," Chong added.

"All the things they have!" Miller said.

Nicholas Pell, CEO of Gas Station Management, helps fuel stations across Florida attract customers. Pell said Buc-ee's success comes from all of the above.

"The shift in the gas station industry has combined a QSR, or quick serve restaurant-style dining with the traditional convenience store — a one-stop-shop experience," Pell said. "[Buc-ee's] kind of takes it to the next level where, you know, it's a dizzying effect when you walk into a Buc-ee's, and that's part of why they have such a cult following."

Pell said many gas stations now follow that one-stop-shop model but said Buc-ee's award-winning bathrooms flush out the competition.

"It's a fact that the cleaner the bathrooms, the more people will stop," Pell said.


"The bathrooms were super-clean," Chong added. "I've never seen a bathroom that clean before."

Pell also said the chain's iconic smiling beaver mascot advertises for itself.

"Buc-ee the mascot is what maybe I had growing up, similar to Ronald McDonald," Pell said. "The mascot draws families in. It draws kids in."

"My kids love Buc-ee's," Gilliam said.

So, is it worth the hype to people in South Florida and on the Treasure Coast?

"It's worth the hype," Chong said.

Maybe you agree, and maybe you don't, but if the chain ever does come to Fort Pierce, I guess we'll all find out.

"Yeah, and it's a good conversation starter," Gilliam said.

Balcer told WPTV it's just a pre-application proposal, meaning that to be considered, Buc-ee's still has to make a formal application, at which point the county and its Planning and Development Services would consider the pros and cons.

So for now, no plans for a Buc-ee's location are set in stone.

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Fourth Florida Buc-ee’s could be in the works for Fort Pierce

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Could another Buc-ee’s location be in the works for Florida?TCPalm is reporting that a site plan have been submitted to St. Lucie County for a potential location for the mega gas station and convenience store at Interstate 95 and Indrio Road in Fort Pierce....

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Could another Buc-ee’s location be in the works for Florida?

TCPalm is reporting that a site plan have been submitted to St. Lucie County for a potential location for the mega gas station and convenience store at Interstate 95 and Indrio Road in Fort Pierce.


CBS12 reports that the proposal calls for about 73,000 square feet of retail space, 733 parking stalls, 11 bus parking stalls, 120 fueling stations, and 20 electric vehicle charging stations on the 33-acre site.

The plan obtained by TCPalm shows “Buc-ee’s — Fort Pierce, FL” and “Buc-ee’s, Ltd,” written on it.

Buc-ee’s: Love the mega-convenience store? Here’s where the new ones are being built

While a pre-application meeting was held on July 27, St. Lucie County Commission Chair Cathy Townsend told CBS12 in West Palm Beach that Buc-ee’s has not submitted an application yet.

A Buc-ee’s official declined to give comment to TCPalm on Monday.

Townsend told CBS12 that the next step would be approval by the St. Lucie County Commission.

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A Fort Pierce location would be the fourth in Florida for the Texas-based chain.

Locals have had the chance to experience the cult like following that comes along with the beaver nuggets, brisket and homemade fudge: the first Buc-ee’s in Florida opened in St. Augustine at I-95 and International Golf Parkway in February 2021.

The following month, the second Buc-ee’s in Florida opened just about an hour south off I-95 and LPGA Boulevard in Daytona Beach.

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A location set to be built in Ocala will feature an 80,000-square-foot travel center, 120 fueling stations, and a 750-spot parking lot, complete with 28 electric vehicle spaces.

Also in Southeast Georgia, a Buc-ee’s is in the works in Brunswick.

In addition to Florida and Texas, Buc-ee’s also has locations in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Locations are planned for Colorado, Mississippi, and Missouri.

Photos: First Florida Buc-ee’s opens to fanfare in St. Augustine

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