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Retire in Port Salerno, Florida?
Overview: Settled in the 1920s by Italian immigrants, amiable, suburban Port Salerno sits on the St. Lucie River Inlet in southeastern Florida and straddles the Manatee Pocket, a quiet, scenic bay. Its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean has made Port Salerno an excellent base for commercial fishing, a tradition that continues today.
Port Salerno is also a perfect base for recreational fisherman, as sea bass, grouper, kingfish, mutton snapper are particularly plentiful. The town is known for its wonderful seafood festival, which features great food, live entertainment and arts and crafts. The Manatee Pocket waterfront boasts a cluster of ship builders, marinas, fishing charter companies and seafood restaurants. It is also home to the Fish House Art Center, a company in which artists operate galleries and studios. The nearby St. Lucie Inlet Preserve Park, which is directly east of town, has white sand beaches that are important sea turtle nesting areas. The Anastasia Rock Reef extends along the Park's waters and is ideal for snorkeling or SCUBA diving. A boardwalk wanders from the Park's dock to the beach.
The Chapman School of Seamanship offers classes to professional and amateur mariners alike. Home styles are mostly frame ranch rambler, concrete block ranch rambler and Florida cracker.
Population: 10,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 50%
Cost of Living: 3% below the national average
Median Home Price: $165,000
Climate: This area has a humid subtropical climate, meaning two seasons a year. Summer and early fall are hot and humid. Late fall and winter are less humid and cooler.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Stuart, about 3 miles away, has a hospital that accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Jupiter, about 15 miles away, has a hospital that is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes, but it is limited.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: No, but Stuart, about three miles away, has a public library.
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricanes and tropical storms are always a possibility.
Notes: Port Salerno has grown by 30% within the last couple of decades and is popular with "snowbirds." Most shopping and services are in nearby Stuart.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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