BY ANTHONY WESTBURY
Business is booming in the wintertime at downtown eateries and bars. Cobb’s Landing, at the Fort Pierce City Marina, recently added additional seating
under the cover of a thatched roof to its waterfront restaurant. The dining area, created by Seminole Tiki Huts, was built in Seminole chickee hut style, with
cypress wood framing and a thatching of sabal palm fronds.
Downtown’s charm continues to attract
shoppers, restaurant and bar patrons
Downtown Fort Pierce, like many other historical
neighborhoods, is always in a state of flux. Businesses
come in, some succeed while others fall
by the wayside.
In recent years, the newcomers have outnumbered the
failures, although there have been a few of the latter. Fort
Pierce seems to have reached a steady-state period after
a period of heady growth. According to reports by local
merchants, shoppers are still discovering the charms of
downtown and its small, independent stores that offer
one-off boutiques, gift stores and eating and drinking
establishments not found anywhere else.
This year’s Shop Small Saturday bears out the trend.
The event, held on Nov. 26, the first Saturday after
Thanksgiving, is intended to draw shoppers to areas like
downtown Fort Pierce. >>