A Celebration of the Inlet's opening

U.S. COAST GUARD

Details of inlet celebration boat parade, fleet blessing announced

A boat parade and blessing of the fleet, a tradition dating back centuries in the Mediterranean, will be the highlight of the celebration on Saturday, May 8, observing the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Fort Pierce Inlet.

A centennial celebration committee headed by Charles Hayek of Fort Pierce this week announced details of the boat parade and ...

Fort Pierce Inlet 2021

JOE SEMKOW

May celebration planned to celebrate Fort Pierce Inlet’s century

A monthlong celebration to commemorate the opening of the Fort Pierce Inlet 100 years ago is being planned for May.

The opening of the inlet on May 8, 1921, and subsequent dredging projects led to the creation of the Port of Fort Pierce and created one of the safest inlet’s on Florida’s east coast, attracting both commercial vessels and recreational boaters and pumping millions each year into the Treasure Coast economy.

A centennial committee headed by Charles Hayek of Fort Pierce and including Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson has been formed to... read more

First boats passing through new inlet

A history of the Fort Pierce Inlet

Can you imagine a land-locked City of Fort Pierce?

Picture Fort Pierce without marinas, without the forests of masts along the river, without our boating industry, without the people who love to fish, to cruise, to socialize at the Cove.

In 1910 the Sunrise City found itself without a path to the sea.

An ingress to the Ays River was shown on Spanish maps in the 1500s. For the next 300 years, it was... read more

aerial shot of the new Fort Pierce Inlet

Fort Pierce celebrates inlet’s centennial

It was the biggest party the young city had ever seen.

Almost the entire population of Fort Pierce [fewer than 2,000 people] took to the streets on May 12, 1921, to celebrate an achievement that had been more than 10 years in the making: the cutting of a new inlet that “married the ocean and the Indian River.”

The daylong celebration included the city’s first parachute jump, boat rides, parades and speeches, a community fish dinner, a big local baseball game, concerts and a street dance... read more

Madeline Davis

Fort Pierce daredevil thrilled crowd at inlet celebration a century ago

While the new inlet was supposed to be the center of attention on May 12, 1921, 24-year-old Madeline Davis stole the show.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of locals gathered to watch the daring young woman board a seaplane at Cobb’s Dock and take to the air over the water, gradually reaching a height of about 1,400 feet. Davis then slipped off the wing and floated gently to earth, tethered to her canvas chute only by a circus trapeze.

Spectators held their collective breath as Davis slid off the wing... read more