AUXILIARY’S NEW HOME
Then, in 1973, with the help and support of Station
Fort Pierce and Miami Sector, it was granted
the use of the Old Boat House/Garage on the west
side of the old station. Built in 1936, it required
major repair. It has been fully restored and is the
only restored structure from the wartime Coast
Guard Station and is the home of the Coast Guard
Auxiliary Flotilla 8.
As the nation’s maritime first responder, Coast
Guard personnel search and rescue persons in
distress, minimizing the loss of lives and rendering
aid to those in need. It is also responsible for
directing the removal and mitigation of oil and
hazardous substances from spills and releases in
the waters and shorelines of coastal zones.
Additionally, the Coast Guard develops and enforces
federal marine safety, security and environmental
regulations and can often be seen boarding
recreational vessels for safety inspections and commercial
vessels for documentation and compliance.
With its diverse scope of duties, the Coast Guard
offers exciting career opportunities for men and
women who prefer the high seas to land.
“I chose the Coast Guard because I wanted to
do something meaningful,” Harris said. “I came
from humble beginnings and through the Coast
Guard was able to complete a four-year college
degree. Every day brings a new adventure on the
water. Now I’m traveling the world and living
my dream.” Crew member Thomas Aveni checks the oil in the engine room of the USCGC Ibis.