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Anna Chroscicki with RE/MAX Masterpiece
1775 SW Gatlin Blvd Ste 101
Why Name Treasure Coast?
The Treasure Coast — Martin and St. Lucie counties, sometimes Indian River — refers to the tons of treasure left at the ocean’s bottom by ships sunk in storms or other calamities. Of special interest was the treasure left by the1715 “Plate Fleet,” which sank in a hurricane. “Plate” is a distortion of plata, the Spanish word for “silver.
All of the Treasure Coast is shielded from the Atlantic Ocean by narrow sandbars and barrier islands that protect the shallow lagoons, rivers, and bays. Immediately inland, pine and palmetto flatlands are abundant. Numerous lakes and rivers run through the Treasure Coast, notably the well known Indian River, a part of the Indian River Lagoonsystem. At certain seasons of the year, bridges may impede the red drift algae flow, causing a "rotten egg" hydrogen sulfide odor in the area. The Treasure Coast is also bordered by the Atlantic portion of the Intracoastal Waterway, a stretch of closed water from Brownsville, Texas to Boston, Massachusetts.
A great amount of the Treasure Coast's population is made up of census-designated places (CDPs), with almost all of these in Martin County and Indian River County. Only one city on the Treasure Coast has a population of more than 100,000 inhabitants, which is Port St. Lucie in St. Lucie County.