ST. LUCIE WEST
Tradition Field, formerly the Thomas J. White Stadium, is the home of the New York Mets during spring
training and the St. Lucie Mets in the spring and summer. The 7,000-seat stadium is the centerpiece
around which St. Lucie West was built.
A plaque on a pillar in front of the stadium
tells visitors a little about St. Lucie West
founder Thomas J. White.
In the opinion of Nancy Feldman, a 14-year resident of the
Country Club Estates neighborhood, St. Lucie West is “a little
city unto itself with a dozen or more residential areas.
Kids can go to nursery school through college here, and we
have all kinds of recreation. It’s a wonderful, very laid-back
place to live.
“Tom White was a visionary,” she said. “I-95 did not have
an exit here, and this was a cow pasture. If you can imagine
a city where there’s a cow pasture, and a not-easy-to-find
cow pasture at that, you have to be a visionary,” she said.
“Today it’s a lovely community; we have the stores to shop
in and a new shopping center opening up.”
Town Center at St. Lucie West on Peacock Boulevard opens
this summer, bringing some much-wished-for national chain
stores to the community. Beall’s opened in early May. “I’ll be
happy when Stein Mart opens,” Feldman said.