The Devil’s Tree and Other Things You Should Know About Port St. Lucie
Port St. Lucie is a wonderful place to live and work. In fact, PSL is #100 on the list of America’s Greenest Cities and after a huge recent population spike is # 8 on the list of largest cities in Florida. But it wasn’t always this way. Port St. Lucie consisted of a fishing and some farmland in the 1950s. Tradition used to be a cattle ranch! Yes, Port St. Lucie is an intriguing place to live, whether you’re new in town, a snowbird, or a life-long resident. Here are a few things about PSL may have escaped your attention.
Treasure Coast Wine and Ale Trail
If you enjoy an adult beverage now and then, you may enjoy participating in the Treasure Coast Wine and Ale Trail. The Treasure Coast is home to microbreweries and wineries. You can download your treasure map or pick it up at any participating location. Visit each spot on the map and get a gold doubloon sticker. At the last location on your map, turn in your completed treasure map and get your booty. This is a fun way to support local businesses and see new places along the
The Devil’s Tree
There’s a big old oak tree in Oak Hammock Park, near the C-24 Canal known as ‘The Devil’s Tree’. Why such an ominous moniker? This spooky looking tree is where serial killer Gerard John Schaefer brutally assaulted and murdered two young women in 1973 before Oak Hammock Park in Port St. Lucie was built around the site. Once the bodies were discovered by fishermen in 1977, there have been reports of strange happenings in the park and especially around the tree. It is said that screams can be heard around the park, especially near the women’s restroom. Cameras often malfunction near the tree. When the park was being built, they tried the remove the tree with the dark history, but chainsaws malfunctioned near the tree. If you are interested in the macabre or you like getting spooked, The Devil’s Tree could be an interesting diversion for you.
The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) in Port St. Lucie includes rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. There are over 70,000 connections to the local water system. Improperly installed or unapproved piping connections can affect the quality of the water and allow pollutants in. At Cooke’s Plumbing and Septic, our plumbers are actually highly trained technicians who are intimately familiar with St. Lucie County water systems and regulations. If you have septic or plumbing needs, we’d be glad to answer any of your questions.
You want beaches? PSL boasts over 21 miles of beaches! Some are nature preserves. Walton Rocks Beach is one gem you may not have heard of yet. Take the kids to see the tide pools and explore the sea creatures that live there. Walton Rocks Beach is one of the only pet-friendly beaches in the area. (There is also a clothing optional ‘nudist’ area for those who are so inclined). There’s nothing like rinsing off after a long day at the beach.
Did you know Cooke’s Plumbing and Septic has been helping Port St. Lucie faucets run on command since 1956?