Details for Fort Pierce City Marina

Fort Pierce City Marina

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Average rating 4.3 stars from 181 reviews

Address 1 Avenue A
Fort Pierce, FL 34950


After hours contact

772-979-4019 or VHF Radio Channel 16, 9 pm till 6 am.

Pro-Op message

Hurricane Irma Update: The marina will be opening for fuel and dockage 6:30 am Wednesday, 9/13.

Dredged channel to 7 feet MLW. Very competitive fuel pricing, pet friendly, library next door, Farmers Market Saturday and Wednesday. Free WiFi, downtown location, close to the inlet, restaurants, post office, downtown stores, Sunrise Theatre for named shows, street party first Friday of every month along with special events every month.

Live web-cam to view the Fort Pierce Inlet from the Fort Pierce City Marina's website.

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager

H. Dean Kubitschek



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Checks local only.

Payment discounts

BoatUS dscount $0.10 off per gallon on fuel, plus free pump out.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


The first 12 markers into the marina are floating and dive with the current, especially the greens. This makes them hard to see in early morning and evening. The current ccan be fierce and all boats will have to crab to get through. This can be difficult when meeting oncoming traffic. Once to the markers on pilings, the current abates somewhat, but remains strong throughout themarina. There is also a shoal building around the 5 and 6 floating markers. Depths of 5 feet can be encountered at low tides. This makes the current crabbing even more problematic. First timers must comtact the marina for entry assistance.

When traveling south on the ICW, right after you go under A1A bridge, immediately turn to starboard and follow the channel markers into the marina. Be careful of the strong current. Follow channel markers at bridge very carefully. Narrow opening into marina.

Main marina opening is at approximate latitude: 27°27.041'N, longitude: 080°19.314'W. Don't confuse the opening 150 yard north, this is for a few slips and boat launch ramps.

Instructions from Ft. Pierce City Marina:
When heading to Fort Pierce City Marina, be aware that the U.S. NOAA charts show the old channel of the City Marina. The old channel day markers were removed in 2005 after completion of the New Entrance Channel. Caution: You can not assume that the NOAA charts or your chartplotter are correct.

The New City Marina channel is now located to the North of the City Marina closer to the bridge where it is clearly marked by day markers. It is 100 feet wide and has the ability to accommodate a 6 ft draft vessel. We recommend you call the City Marina on channel 16 VHF prior to entering so staff can assist you with any updated information.

The entrance channel is shaped like the letter Y coming off the ICW and has a N or S tide traveling across it so you need to adjust accordingly. Stay in the middle of the channel which will turn you to the South toward the City Marina where staff will be there to assist you.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 7.5
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: 8

Other depth info: On the sailboat side only 3 slips have 5 feet of depth, the rest are 4 feet.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - YES
Floating - YES
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 175
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 274
Total: 274
Transient price: $2.25/ft (2017-09-20)

Other price info: 35 foot minimum on monthly dockage or more. 20 foot minimum on over night. $1.95 per foot with BoatUS discount.
76 foot boat or beam 19 foot or wider is $2.50 per foot. $2.25 per foot with BoatUS

LOA for transient dockage.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: Floating docks, especially L dock the main transient dock has some electrical issues. Some with inverters have experienced multiple dock breaker trips; others have seen sharp volatage swings. All, upon compaining have been moved to older docks with no electrical issues.

Some slips you need a splitter as there is only 50 amp plugin. You may be asked to take an electrical test before being allowed to use the floating docks. Apparently the ground fault system is extremely sensitive and even a slight emission results in the dock breaker tripping. It was reported that older boats and boats with inverters will have this issue. Also, some power spiking on the floating docks has been reported, with voltages jumping from low 220s to high 250s. No problems reported on the fixed docks.

Pricing info: 30 amp is $5.00.
50 amp is $9.00 per cord per night.

Monthly rate:
$65 per month for 50 amp.
$35 per month for 30 amp.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Included as a transient. Monthly water and garbage is $10 unless you are a liveaboard and then there is no charge except the liveaboard fee.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info

Yes - A fee of $100.00 per month for two people and $25 for each additional person is charged for liveaboards. Pump out on the main liveaboard dock [L] is only available at the fuel dock.


Fuel brand: Hi-speed diesel pumps and gasoline - 2 fueling locations - diesel fuel avaible in some slips.

Gas price$3.83/gal (2017-09-20)

Other price info: Up to 100 galllons $0.05 per gallon discount.
100 gallons or more $0.10 per gallon discount.
1000 gallons or more $0.15 per gallon discount.

Diesel price$2.89/gal (2017-09-20)

Other price info: BoatUS membership discounts, up to 100 gallons is $0.05 per gallon; 100 gallons or more is $0.10.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Many grassy areas to walk them.

Disability access

Yes - Access is vailable on the new floating docks, but not on most of the old docks. Not at the fuel dock.

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - Free at the fuel dock. Fast pump out.
All the floating docks; except L [the main transisent dock] have pump out at the slip.


Yes - 10lb, 25lb and 50lb bags available.


Yes - There is a dumpster in the marina parking lot and many trash cans around. Recycling bins are also provided at each location.

The new docks have trash receptacles at intervals along the docks, 2015.


Yes - 2 each in the restrooms in the marina office building. Plus showers on the northside of the marina.


Yes - 2 each in marina bathroom.


Yes - 2 laundry facilities on the north and south side of the marina


Yes - 1 block to a general store with limited items. Farmer's market every Saturday and Wednesdays. Publix is 2 miles away on US1.

7/11 Food Store located 2 blocks from the marina. Hot food, sandwiches, milk, bread, etc.and open 24 hours.

There is a Save-A-Lot grocery store at 6th St. and Delaware about 0.7 miles from the Municipal Marina, about a block from Advanced Auto Parts. It is outside the main part of town, but safe during the day. Bring your own bags or be prepared to purchase them.


Yes - Well stocked Ace Hardware store in the lumber yard 2 blocks away toward US1. Small store at the marina.

Advance Auto Parts
625 S 5th St, Fort Pierce


Yes - Two on site. Many more in town with better prices.

A boater recommends not to miss 12A Buoy at 22 Fisherman's Wharf. The restaurant looks like a joint, but the seafood is outstanding. It's an easy ten minute walk from the marina, although you will probably have to wait 20-30 minutes for a table. It's well worth the effort.

Also recommended: Captains Galley at the foot of the hi-rise bridge [2 blocks] for breakfast and lunch; Lorenzos for pizza and pasta about 4 blocks in downtown.


Yes - Tiki Bar and Cobb's Landing are both on site, plus others in restaurants.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities

Yes - Local contract labor. Marine services provided through local contractors: mechanical, canvas, fuel filtration, electronics, electrical, refrigeration, air conditioning, bottom cleaning, boat cleaning and detailing services.

All Tech Refrigeration 772-398-4428 does air conditioner repair. Chris Hill Marine Diesel 772-359-1814 for engine and generator repair.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - Minimal in marina store.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Fishing charter boats at marina.

Internet access

Yes - Free, high-speed WiFi. OnSpotwifi is available from fixed and floating docks. Generally good; but occassionally spotty, especially on weekends. 2016

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Bus and cab.

Other services

ATM machine, library next door, every Saturday Farmer's Market, Friday night festivals, Sunrise Theatre for live shows 3 block walk, bakery 2 blocks away.


Sunrise Theatre for live shows 3 blocks away. Community Center for exercise classes. Friday Fest street party the 1st Friday of every month.

Reviews for Fort Pierce City Marina
great facility great staff, 2017-09-02
Captain: , Pittsburgh (564)

We really enjoyed our time here. Local markets Wednesday and Saturday. 3 miles north is a Marine liquidator store which is a must for bargain hunters.

Almost a 5-star, 2017-09-01
Captain: , Plantation Yacht Harbor, Islamorada, Fla. Keys (4686)

Update 08/31/17: again great stay; the people are great: Dean, Ann, Becky, Karli, Carl, William, best fuel prices in area. We'll be back!

Update April 2017: we are back for a month, and electrical issues on L dock have been resolved. Still excellent staff and a warm welcome from Dean, Carl and Ann males thiis one of our favorite stops. Note that AC STILL has an old satellite photo that fails to show the addition opened in 2014.

Update October 2016: We returned to FPCM after Hurricane Matthew for an overnight and fuel stop on our way back to the Keys. The marina weather the hurricane with no problems. Fuel was cheaper than any location within days travel. Recommend FPCM for overnight, as well as long term stay.

As full-time cruisers, we enjoyed a 2 month stay in July and August 2016. This is an excellent marina and a charming town. The facilities are in good to great shape and are, for the most part, clean and well maintained. The newer floating docks, which still don't appear on the AC satellite or chart views [?] are among the best that I've seen. All the floating docks except "L" dock have slip-side pump-outs ["L" is the first floating dock that you come to, and why it doesn't have pump-out is a mystery]. The older fixed wooden docks are in decent shape, but try to get on the floating ones if you can - it's worth the trouble. Pump-out is available at both of the fuel docks if you can't get it slip-side. The wi-fi is usually strong.

The staff [Dean, Carl, Matt, Freddy, Ann] are friendly, knowledgeable and, most importantly, are available and willing to help. Due to the tricky and swift cross-current, you need to contact the dock staff for assistance in entering the channel and docking. They are eager to offer assistance with lines as well as advise how to handle the current and when the current is slackest. Note: use the Ankona, FL Station Id: 8722274 tide tables, not the Fort Pierce or Fort Pierce Inlet stations.

The town offers numerous restaurants within easy walking distance. We recommend 12A-Bouy, Captain's Galley, Tillman's BBQ, 2nd Street Bistro, Lorenzo's Pizza. On-site are Cobb's Landing and The Original Tiki Bar restaurants.

If you have a tender, The Edge Bar and Grill along the inlet has good food and as does Harbor Cove Restaurant and Bar at Harbortown Marina. Both are a nice boat ride away. If you have access to a car, Pubelo Vieja on US1 [next to West Marine] has great Mexican food, and both Archies Bar and Grill and Manatee Island restaurant have good food on Hutchinson Island across the bridge. The local 7-11 has the basic, and I mean just the basic, food stuffs. A Publix is about 2 miles away. There are several regular events at or near the marina in town including a food truck night, weekly flea market and Saturday farmer's market. During the summer there are free movies at the local Sunrise Theater, and a First Friday flea market, food truck, music event on, you got it, the first Friday of the month. All said, this is a wonderful and worthwhile stop. It would rate more than 4 stars except for the following:

1. The Tidal Current can be fierce and the entrance tricky as the first 12 markers are floating, and they dive in the cross-current, especially the greens. Also, note the shoal building from the south around marker 7. The current flows through the floating docks which are oriented parallel to the current, so docking assistance is needed except during slack times. We witnessed several cruisers with twins and thrusters having to make a second or third approach. Current is no problem at the older wooden fixed docks.

2. Grass was a constant problem for us [although note that we were here during the peak of the summer and during the horrible algae bloom that affected Stuart and the St. Lucie River]. We had to call a diver 3 times to remove the build-up from our AC strainer. And, we had to clean the strainer basket nearly every day. Even with all that, we had to blow out the intake through the seacock with a dockside water hose numerous times between diver visits. Fortunately, the dockside water pressure is strong. Grass seemed to be mostly a floating dock issue, and along the bulkhead on "J" dock where we were moved after the electrical issues.

3. Electrical issues plagued us on "L" dock. As mentioned in earlier reviews, the ground-fault system on the new floating docks is very sensitive and can result in an entire dock going dark. Marina personnel sometimes ask visiting boats to go first to the fuel dock to be checked before assigning slip position. Generally, we were told, boats with inverters have the biggest problems. Fail the test, and you will probably be assigned to the older fixed wooden docks. There are no known electrical problems on the older docks. We have an inverter, but didn't have a ground fault issue, but did experience voltage fluctuations on "L" dock. The marina moved us to "J" dock and those problems went away. But then the grass issue required another move to the T-head on "C" dock where we still had grass and also had some voltage issues. These seemed to be limited to short voltage fluctuations during the evening.

Despite all of that, we will return, and offer our 4 star recommendation to our fellow cruisers

stayed at the new docks! the electric kept turing off, had to move., 2017-05-26
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

Now they give you 20%off at bars on property. Wiifi is marginal
New Floating docks out front, protected but do have current. easily doable, nice wide fairways, great docks wierd electric. Outer docks have ground fault breaker if one boat has a problem , the WHOLE DOCK GOES DEAD
several bars, walkable, ships store, taxi ride to supplies. Try to get a slip away from the 2 Bars. Cheap fuel available by Bridge at commerical dock. . Dockhands helpful

Get the Crab Macaroni dish at the Bristo, one block west. Great!!

Great Marina, 2017-05-14
Captain: , Charleston, SC (131)

Great Marina. Easy access with resturants and stores near by.

Check your credit card for double charges, 2017-05-12
Captain: , Keswick, Ontario, Canada (31)

We bought over $600 of diesel from the fuel dock on Apr 28 which showed up on our credit card. The exact same amount was charged again on May 1st. We called the marina and they seemed helpful at first but they never called back as promised and when we called them they said that this issue was outside their control and now with the city. We have still heard no response thus we've had to raise a dispute with our credit card company. If you used a credit card with this marina then I would suggest you check your statement carefully.

Great marina, great town, 2017-05-05
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7375)

April 2017. There is an entire new section of floating docks at Ft. Pierce, but we were in the old section again. Wifi was not great. Dock staff helpful getting us backed into slip on windy day. All below still applies.

April 2012. More than pleasantly surprised to pull in for free pump out, great slip on solid well maintained dock. Helpful dock staff. Two restauants on site, many others close by. Clean restrooms/showers. Lots of room to walk your dog, poop bags provided. Lots ot activities around the marina, check ahead for schedules. Close to Manatee Observatory and downtown shopping.

good stop over and good service, 2017-05-05
Captain: , Punta Gorda, Fl (960)

We have had good expericence here each stop. Dockmaster professional and organized as to slip assignment. Docks in good shape. Fuel dock easy. Two good restaurants on sight. Bath facility secure and clean. Nice gift shop too.

Nice place to stop, 2017-04-27
Captain: , Bedford, NH (775)

Stayed for 1 night 4/19. After fueling up, we were placed on a T dock where there was a second fueling station. Docks were older and the pelicans loved them. We were close to the restaurant. Didn't use the facilities. It was a windy day but no issues with current or wind for docking. Staff was very nice and helpful. Would stay again.

Great Stop, easy in from Atlantic, great people, 2017-04-23
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (111)

Nice new floating Bellingham docks. Great people, Carl was fantastic with handling lines in the tidal current. Farmers market on Saturday was great....lots of fresh produce, bakery products, lunches to go, crafts, a band and great coffee. We will be back again for sure!

we love this place, 2017-04-13
Captain: , Las Vegas (322)

We have spent about 6 weeks in this marina since Christmas and absolutely love it. Dean, Carl, Becky and the rest of the staff are wonderful and extremely accommodating. Would be 5 stars but there are a couple of issues mentioned in other reviews like power and bathroom upgrades. New 5g WiFi is sensational. Ask about long term parking for your car; free and convenient. We will be back.

The Power Worked Fine!, 2017-04-12
Captain: , Essex, CT (1245)

We've been skipping this marina due to the comments on the power problems with their new floating docks, as we do have an older inverter as well other devices which may be problematic. We decided to take a chance as they had no room at their old docks. Ironically on our way there, the power went out in the whole area due to a serious car accident, which they nicely called us ahead to advise us. Eventually the power came back on and worked fine for us, but they insisted on not charging us for it.

The winds had increased to 20+, the current was strong and 2 other boats arrived at the same time. But rather than having anyone wait, they had all hands on deck, including several liveaboards, all rushing all around the marina to get us all in.

Wanting to fuel up upon departure, they were equally efficient getting us right in.

Very good and pleasant help all around!

By the way, the nearby bakery Importico's Bakery Cafe is very good too!

Good marina except for a couple of things, 2017-04-10
Captain: , Bristol, RI (386)

The marina has new floating docks. They are excellent. The capacity of this marina has increased many fold due to the new docks. But the facilities (restrooms, showers, carts, etc.) have not been expanded. The restrooms have not been updated in a very long time and are in poor shape. The sinks do not drain. The showers are tired.

Great facility, dockhands and power issues somewhat difficult, 2017-04-10
Captain: , Chicago (660)

We pulled into Ft. Pierce a day before our reservation in 25 mph winds. We had planned to anchor and come in the next day but the winds and the currents had us almost unable to stay in the channel. We had called ahead and gotten a voice mail confirming they did have room for us a day early. As we got in the dockhands were helping other boats tie up in the wind. We were given directions to the T-head we would be on. One of the dockhands met us there. We barely fit. We were maybe 2 feet anchor to anchor with the sailboat in front of us and our whole swim platform was pretty much in the channel. But we had to get tied up.

Then came all the issues with the power hookup. We had read about this in advance and it was indeed an issue with our 50 amp hookup. The dockhand was very rude and told us not his problem, call the electrician to deal with it. My husband had a lot of back and forth with the marina employees and the electrician. He eventually fixed it himself with the help of a friend and we were fine. We were told the inside slips are fine but we came a day early. We said fine, we'll move tomorrow. They were being unreasonable about the whole situation. After some calming down the dockhand came back and apologized and he was then quite pleasant every time we saw him after.

Saturday farmer's market was great. Both on site restaurants were quite good. The library and Manatee Education and Observation Center were great with the kids. We ended up in Ft. Pierce for a week because of high winds.

nice marina, 2017-03-31
Captain: , Spruce Head (582)

Becky called earlier, as she stated she would, to confirm our reservation and upon arrival we were greeted by a very competent dock hand named William, who tied us up properly and plugged is in. Nice, well protected floating docks with ample room to walk past the occasional cart. Friendly boaters, some long term. I might suggest entering at or near slack tide, as there is quite a current here.

Great place to spend a few days or more, 2017-03-24
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (559)

We recently spent 3 months here. Had planned to go further south, but decided against the higher prices, heat and humidity of that option. The whole marina staff was excellent our entire stay. Very accomodating and friendly people. Ft Pierce is a wonderful city with something going on all the time. Big name entertainment at the Sunrise Theater, great food and pretty much everything else you need is within walking distance. The marina itself is very nice, well maintained, with a park-like setting and the Farmer's Market there twice a week. Just can't say enough good stuff about this facility and its people. We'll be back in the fall for sure.

Best marina experience!, 2017-03-20
Captain: , Boynton Beach, FL (94)

Perfect! Great location, floating docks, staff, food, ambiance, etc.

FPCM power issues, 2017-03-18
Captain: , Pensacola FL (10)

Arrived for a 30 day visit; my Xantrex/Prosine control panel would not recognize the incoming power as "good." Thier voltage is a little high - 131 volts; I reset the parameters of acceptable power to 132V and my control panel then recognized the power as "good." No problems since.

Good Marina - Great Farmers Market, 2017-03-16
Captain: , Denver (200)

We stayed here on 3-9-17 and it was a great stop. Friendly staff, clean marina and clubhouse. Restaurants nearby and on the dock. Largest Farmers Market in Florida in the parking lot. Met friendly local people and marina staff was great.

Nice marina, Nice town, Good staff, 2017-02-09
Captain: , Chicago, Racine, Fish Creek,Wi (3189)

2 8 2017 First visit to this marina. It has nice atmosphere and seems well run. Lots to see and do and good place to stay awhile. People staying at marina friendly and helpful when docking. Will definately do a return visit. I timed our visit near slack times on way in and out which seems to be highly recomemded. Manatees and fish present added to nice atmosphere.

Captainjeff2015, 2017-02-06
Captain: , Fort Pierce (55)

Captain I appreciate your feed back and appreciate you not wanting to pay for a 19 ft Boston Whaler being towed behind your 40 trawler, which I consider to be 2 power vessels, not a dingy. A dingy is 8 to 9 ft in length which we do not charge for. My team member meet you at the dock to assist you with all your needs requested, provided free pumpout and free fill of your water tanks. I apologize that we can not do more but we do have expenses so that the facility can stay in business. Hope you have a staff Journey.

Getting Greedy, 2017-02-04
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (300)

Been going here a lot of years and today they want to charge me for my dinghy since I cant put it on the boat. They wanted to charge for my 41' trawler dockage for a 60' boat...I dock everywhere with it on the hip....sad....My LAST visit...
Went across to the anchorage...

Great marina, 2017-01-31
Captain: , Lizella GA (1826)

Like everyone else has said this is a fantastic Marina. Great staff, with all amenities and Resturant discount.

Has everything!, 2017-01-26
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (500)

Great marina and the word is definitely out since it was very busy. But even though it was busy we were given awesome customer service. Town is an easy walk away and the marina give you a 25% discount at the local on site restarurants. Very protected and the facilities are very clean.

One of the best in Florida, 2017-01-23
Captain: , big horn (10)

We entered at two hours before high tide and had no problems. 5" 9" draft. Great floating docks. Friendly boaters and staff. Lots of amenities nearby. Came for a few days but will stay for a month. I wish all marinas were as nice as this. Been coming to Florida for 20 years and it would be hard to beat this marina.

Great Marina, 2017-01-10
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (60)

We were assigned a slip in the older section with fixed docks. The rating may have been higher if we were able to experience the newer floating docks.

This is a great marina and is very well protected. Dockhands are first rate. Marina staff are friendly and helpful.

Good bathhouses on either end of the marina with good hot water pressure. Laundry faciilities ($3 wash/$1 dry) on both ends of the marina. Nice boaters lounge with TV and kitchen facilities. 2 Tiki bars on site with very good food. Historic downtown is across the street with more restaurants.

Save-a-lot is an easy mile walk for groceries.

Great Stop, 2016-11-26
Captain: , Westport CT (554)

Stayed here 11/21 on last leg of migration south. Very good dock staff...single handed and they assigned as easy a dock as possible...plenty of help getting setteled in. Has all the things needed, laundry, pump-out, extended fuel dock hours, etc. Not fancy but everything works as it should and the town is right there.

Third time here and will be back.

Great Servicee, 2016-08-23
Captain: , Tracys Landing, MD (266)

We entered in for a short stop before our hop over to the Bahamas. Quick refuel and plenty of ice. Took a short walk past the Tiki Bar and square to Cobb's General store. (You will not find a better beer selection! For after boating, of course.) Easy in, easy out of the marina and very helpful dock staff.

Easy channel with 7' draft, 2016-06-30
Captain: , Key Largo Florida (71)

We entered down the middle about an hour before high tide. Our lowest reading was 1.2' under the keel near green 7, very brief. Opens to large deep basin with easy approach to docks. The floating docks have wide slips, our beam is 18', and comfortable fairways.

Great Stop, 2016-06-22
Captain: , Houston (140)

A healthy current at the inlet, channel and docks makes the approach a little challenging, however, the staff and excellent docks makes this a worth while stop. Facilities are clean and the friendly staff completes experience to make it a 5 star review!

Easy into fuel dock with 44ft sail boat., 2016-06-19
Captain: , New Bern, NC. (903)

The dock attendent was good at helping us into fuel dock. Good turn around room. Helped us move to a near by dock for 3hrs to have lunch at the near by restaurents. They seem to be very helpful at the marina and there is dinghy docks available to use at no cost.

great operation!, 2016-06-07
Captain: , Lakeview Park Marina Windsor ON (366)

we came in at the end of a long overnight from Fort Lauderdale. incoming tide is a major event here but easily dealt with using a bit extra power. We were initially directed to the new floating docks but our electrical system wasn't compatible with their GFI connections so we relocated to the older section of the marina and problem solved. the staff are wonderfully pleasant and accommodating. restaurants on site and in town are many, varied and all good. lots of activities. I recommend the port and the marina as a must!

Friendly stop, 2016-06-05
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (40)

We arrived at night from Ft Pierce inlet. All the way up to the marina docks was well lit, depths as marked. The marina has people 24hs, so we called on the vhf and had somebody waiting for us on the dock. Everyone at the marina was helpful. The tiki bar is good, and there's Cobb's landing shop one block away for groceries. Currents should be considered, though they aren't strong.

friendly and professional, 2016-06-04
Captain: , Fremantle (20)

Good place to stop. I couldn't find the southern channel on the Garmin, so came in the north. Good facilities, there is a whole range of services if you need repairs etc. and make sure you have a look at Marine connection liquidators. They have an amazing range of boat gear. It's a short bike ride or even shorter uber ride north. Worth a stop around here just to go to that place.

Ft Pierce City Marina, 2016-05-30
Captain: , Ft Lauderdale (221)

Good location close to inlet. Straightforward approach in marina channel is well marked, some current but easily manageable. Friendly staff, met us at dock. Food at restaurant was very good, live entertainment on Friday night when we were there. Also have a 'tiki bar' style restaurant...very casual but looked fun. Purchased fuel - 10 cent discount as stated and lowest price we have seen within 100 miles either way.

Very Good Marina and Staff, 2016-05-30
Captain: , Isle of palms,sc (10)

Fort Pierce City Marina is a very reasonably priced marina for fuel and dockage. Carl was so helpful with our lines upon arrival and gave us great info for our transient stay. You do have the old Railroad Bridge that opens easily and quickly so not a big delay. Clean marina and Tiki Huts with live music for food and entertainment on site. Our 3rd stay there and will be back!

Terrific place to land after Gulf crossing, 2016-05-07
Captain: , warm waters (828)

Friendly, helpful staff. Clean, wide docks.Great farmer's market on Saturdays. Several wonderful restaurants within walking distance (get the garlic knots at Lorenzo's!).

Nice Marina, 2016-05-06
Captain: , Kemah, Texas (202)

We stayed on the old fixed docks but the new floating one are nice. Great Farmers market on Ssturday. Had a great stay.

Good Fuel Price, Nice Place, 2016-05-01
Captain: , Auburn, Maine (447)

Ft. Pierce is a nice little town, but no grocery without a ride. The Marina is well-kept, the dockhand was very helpful, the fuel price is reasonable, and no current that we noted. Good, strong afternoon breeze off the ocean, though, but nice wide fairways. Cannot recommend the Tiki bar for food, though, even with the discount coupon the Marina gives you. Just very mediocre food, and it's a shame, since the location is both convenient and scenic. Fix the restaurant and it gets 5 stars.

Worth A Stop, 2016-04-30
Captain: , Beaufort, S.C. (640)

We spent a month on the new floating Bellingham docks and despite the current and wind the boat was snug and stable making for a very comfortable stay. The staff was friendly, courteous and helpful. There is much to do within walking/biking distance. If you rent a car or are up for a long bike ride Jetty park at the ocean end of A1A is a fun place to watch the action.

Good value and nice staff, 2016-04-27
Captain: , Buffalo (832)

We came in to be tied up for some expected higher winds and purchase fuel. They put us in a finger which had access to the fuel pump, so it was convenient. Coming in, I did get confused on finding the fuel dock, but the dock master talked me through it. Getting into our slip with a 36', twin-screw, required a little patience on my part because the channels seem to be a little more narrow than what I normally see. Still, the staff was there and we were tied up quickly. We found the West Marine for electronic repairs a few blocks away and it was easily reached by bike. The noise of the Tiki Bar did not bother us because we stayed inside of the boat because of the high humidity. Fuel is 2.18 per gallon

Friendly marina, 2016-04-25
Captain: , Phoenix (100)

New docks have very fickle GFI and very strong current, making docking tricky; old docks are much more forgiving on power and no current. Laundry room adequate with 4 washers, big dryers. Nice staff, super-friendly dockmates. 1st Friday events, great market on Sat in park right at marina, easy walk to old town, other special events at another nearby park. If dockhand had given me adequate warning that the current was taking me into dock, rating would have been a 4.

Huge Marina, 2016-04-10
Captain: , Sandwich (722)

Easy access off ICW. Great welcoming staff! Facilities are clean. Beautiful waterfront park runs alongside home to the largest Farmers Market every Saturday. Enjoy a mix of shops and restaurants downtown. Receive a 20% off coupon when docking for Tiki Hut or Cobbs Restaurant. Husband had chowda and a beer at Tiki Hut and then we had dinner at Cobbs. Lobster Shrimp n'Grits yummy good and Cod Loin Fish n' home made chips awsome!

Captain: , East Falmouth, MA (1643)

The dock hands, Matt, Carl, and Fred, and Ann at the harbormasters office are not only very knowledgeable and well trained, they are also very courteous and eager to help in any situation. We have been to many marinas in our 12K mile of cruising and have met some excellent marina staff, but none better then at FPCM. In addition the new facility is very good. While the old fixed docks are a little worn, the new concrete floating docks have everything including dock side pump out. The office, grounds and wi fi are also very good with mant wi fi repeters throughout. The city is a bit old, but making a strong come back. There are many good restaurants and shopping at Publix and WM are about 1.5 miles away. Enterprise is nearby so a rental car is very close. Every Sat there is an outstanding Farmer's Market with many different booths including bakeries, ethnic food, fresh produce and crafts. Within 5 miles is the largest Marine Liquidator on the east caost which has just about anything you would need.

A Favorite Stop, 2016-04-07
Captain: , Alexandria VA (21)

Stopovers in both north/south directions at FPCM have made our winter cruise around FL a true pleasure. We prefer fixed Dock E as it provides more protection from cold & wind & is also handier for dog walking. Dockhand Matt was most helpful, pleasant & professional when directing & guiding us into our slip. The marina is well maintained & operated. My wife would like to see the laundry room updated to provide more space & seating for those wishing to stay w their laundry. Ft Myers Basin City Marina is a good model! Looking forward to our visit(s) next year!

We'll Be Back, 2016-04-07
Captain: , Annapolis (434)

This is our fourth time at Fort Pierce City Marina during our winter cruises. The floating docks are the best, the staff helpful and the surrounding amenities great. From the farmers' markets to the Tiki Bar and multiple restaurants in town, this is the place to stop. Freddie, the assistant dockmaster is the best, always ready with a smile and one of the most professional and respectful dock hands we've encountered.

Ran Aground at Old Fixed Dock, 2016-04-06
Captain: , Niceville Florida (300)

Carrying 5 feet draft we were directed to the older fixed docks to starboard as we entered. Told to watch out for other sailboat that was "tangled up" as they were attempting to dock. Turns out they carried 5 feet and were aground. Of course we then ran aground. First boat was towed away while we waited for rising tide. Tide was on full moon thus lower. Beware of using the older docks if you carry 5 feet. We then docked on the floating docks which did have fair amount of current.

A fun place to stop. , 2016-04-06
Captain: , Springfield, VA (130)

This was our second stop this year at Ft Pierce City Marina, after spending a month earlier. Ann went out of her way to find a slip for three boats during an especially busy time at the Marina with large groups.

There can be strong currents and winds, but the marina staff are very helpful and professional. If you are lucky, you will have the assistant Dockmaster Freddie helping you tie up. He is without a doubt one of the most professional, helpful and happy people we've encountered during our many stops on the waterway.

The Marina, their staff, as well as the local business area, make it easy to rate this as 5 Stars. Be sure to stop here.

After our crossing, 2016-03-28
Captain: , Strafford, NH (610)

We made our crossing and needed to do the Customs check-in and were able to bring our 7 foot draft sailboat into the marina. The marina staff had phone numbers for a taxi to get us to St Luci airport and check-in with Customs. There were other boaters doing the same so we shared a cab. We'll leave on the same mid to rising tide level.

And there is a boater's lounge!, 2016-03-17
Captain: , Roseville, MN (372)

We love the A dock! Quiet, good breezes, animal life close by. A good walk to the marina. I crowded restrooms and great laundry facility. Gym near by that allows snowbird memberships. And the 121 Tapas restaurant a block away with great food and ambiance. Boater's lounge is on the southwest corner of the marina's south building. Printer, tv, books, comfortable chairs, microwave and refrig. The Marina Plaza is cleaned every morning. Amazing place to hang!

A great place to stop, 2016-03-02
Captain: , Amelia Island, FL (507)

We came in on a Saturday and berthed in the older section with fixed wooden docks. With no tide to speak of, the wood fixed docks were just fine. A lot of the charter fishing boats were docked near us so when they came in and cleaned their catch, it was fun to watch the pelicans waiting for and fighting for the scraps. The electrical supply was solid. The WiFi signal could have been stronger but was adequate. The dockmaster and office staff were professional and more than helpful. Because we came in on a Saturday, we were treated with music from the band playing at the on site Tiki Hut. They were actually quite good; not blaring and loud, just pleasant to listen to. The docks were key gated and closed at night. The new floating docks have coded gate doors that remain closed all the time. We never had any concerns about security. The town is an easy walk from the marina, tha park and walkway next to it is very nice. When we had to delay our departure a day due to weather, the marina was most accommodating. We'd definitely stay here again if our travels take us this way.

Great & Getting Better, 2016-02-28
Captain: , Oriental, NC (114)

I write this with reservation because I don't want it to become too popular, but this place is great!

Not only is the new facility very nice, the marina staff is great, from the management to the dock staff.

The city has a reputation for being a rough city with more than its share of crime and poverty but we can tell you it's working hard to change that. From this great new Marina, to a renovated plaza and waterfront park, and one of the best farmers' markets in all of Florida. From a great restored theatre with a terrific lineup of shows to very good restaurants, Fort Pierce has all the ingredients to be a great destination.

We spent two months, December 15 - January 16 and are already planning on going back next year.

As has been mentioned, the currents are swift in the marina at peak flow, but if you plan for them and understand what they are doing to your vessel when docking, they are not a problem. You can always try to enter at slack current.

Bob & Dori
M/V Liberdade

Great Staff, 2016-02-18
Captain: , Sitka (142)

When we arrived, they were going to put is stern in. With the dog, we asked for bow in, no problem. They gave good directions and were there to grab our lines. I asked for the easiest way to get a package delivered to Fort Pierce, they said to have it delivered right to the marina. When it arrived they entered it into a log book taht we needed to sign when we picked it up. No chance of a missing package. When they came to pump out, no one was on the boat and they weren't sure where the pump out was. They called while we where in town to verify they had it right. We'll be back.

Agree with everything said by previous visitors, 2016-02-09
Captain: , Philadelphia (296)

Brand new docks, clearly marked channel, wide berth and fairways, easy in and out. 2 Helpfull dock-hands even coming in late on a Sunday ! Bathrooms ok, but clean. Tiki Bar great, a bit pricy.
FWIW: Closest liquor store pricy, smoky too. 7Eleven wine prices are better and in walking distance. Or drive to Total Wine in Port San Lucie about 4-5 miles south.

Great Location, 2016-02-08
Captain: , Racine, WI (525)

Easy to get in and they gave excellent directions to the dock and were right there to assist with lines and electric hookup. Close to everything and very good protection.

Nice facilities, 2016-02-07
Captain: , Annapolis (3379)

Buildings and grounds are nice. Tiki bars are pricy but are crowded on the weekend. The heads and showers are too few, and could be improved a bit. All of the staff were friendly and helpful.

Really nice place, 2016-02-05
Captain: , Shinnecock Bay, NY (610)

This is really nice, I'd give it 6 stars if they put in a shuttle from way out here on A dock. But the new floating docks are great. I'm sitting in a 30knt gale and hardly feel it. Lots of restaurants and shops. Ace hardware within walking distance. Publix and West Marine you need a bike. Wifi is the best I've seen. Showers and laundry are more than acceptable. Tiki bar is good, music on Saturday night but hardly hear it out here.
Watch the current coming in, very strong. But I did it so anyone can.
The charts haven't been updated to include the new section but the channel is very well marked.

Nice facility, nice staff , 2016-01-25
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (240)

We spent three days here between 12/30 and 1/2/2016. The facility is very nice, parts of it can be a longer walk from the offices/restaurants, but the flip side is, if you are on that dock you are closer to the showers. The staff was super nice and provided a 50A to 30A plug at no charge since our slip only had 50A service. The tiki bars (one attached to the Marina and the other, Cobb's) were pricey. It seems to be in a touristy area so that is to be expected. There are a few other choices nearby. Wifi was OnSpot Wifi which seems to be becoming popular with marinas which works very well. There isn't a close marine or auto parts store, but there was an ACE hardware about a mile away.

Nice marina, nice town, 2016-01-05
Captain: , Sunset Beach, NC (1146)

We loved the folks on our finger, and they even had floating docks. I thought there would be no current, but the way the storm surge mitigation islands were installed causes there to be hard to read currents, at least on the far South dock. But the town is nice, and two Tiki Bars with lively crowds while we were there just after New Years came in handy. 7-11 a few blocks away is the only place for suppplies, and a hardware store nearby as well.

Excelent Service , 2015-12-21
Captain: , PAFB Manatee Cove Marina (70)

We have stopped here for fuel, a good meal or a weekend before and the service is alway top notch. We stopped for fuel yesterday, used our BoatUS membership for the discount. The attendant was polite and personable. He reminded that he only has a hand held so only call ahead when you reach the bridge (travelling south).

Very Nice Marina - Friendly, Picturesque, 2015-12-01
Captain: , Mystic, CT (190)

Wonderfully friendly, first class marina to stop and spend some time at. Marina personnel are some of the most cordial we've experienced. They remember your name. Marina infrastructure and facilities are fairly new and robust. Very clean and picturesque. Stopped for a couple of days, but spent over a week there. We have an older boat, but did not experience any disruptions in dock power. Local restaurants are nearby, town beach is a short walk across the bridge, groceries and west marine less than a 2 mile walk. The Farmers Market on Saturday's is worth an extra day. Manatees everywhere. WiFi connections are excellent.

Cheap Rates - Accomodating Staff, 2015-11-23
Captain: , Jacksonville Beach, FL (10)

We have docked at the Fort Pierce City Marina twice and both times the staff has been very friendly and accomodating. The dockage rate is the cheapest in the Florida ICW. Several good restaurants close to the marina...and great gelato for our 5 year old son!

Great Experience - Nice Marina - Good Team, 2015-11-21
Captain: , Gloucester, MA USA (80)

We came in on a ripping tide with 20 kntz of breeze and had no trouble in our Sabre 426 navigting the well market entry. Excellent instruction from Matt on the dock who was thoughful, polite and capable.

Docks in excellent shape and we had no problems at all with the GFI breakers.

We will certainly be back. Don't miss grouper at Cobb's Landing.

Good over night or long term, 2015-11-17
Captain: , Seabrook, TX (280)

Excellent facility as described by others. Summer price specials. Winter a bit higher. Save-A-Lot within walking distance. Many close restaurants. ACE hardware with great propane price in walking distance. Farmers market, bike night, music in parking lot. Floating piers great but shore power on older boats can cause trip on ground fault.

Best Around, 2015-11-16
Captain: , Ft. Pierce (111)

A great marina with floating docks, secured gates, pump out stations reach every slip. Lots of close places to eat, drink and relax within walking distance.

new docks good and bad, 2015-11-07
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (50)

I stayed on the new docks for several months. Very calm once tied up. A lot of current, and because of the way the south breakwater is constructed the current runs crosswise to the slips. The new docks are very well constructed and nice and wide. Docking can be challenging and most would have less of a problem by waiting for slack tide. The office has the Ankona tides posted outside on a board, so if you aren't sure just call and ask. The tides can be up to 2 hours different than the N and S bridge. The WiFi is excellent. They cranked the voltage up to 125vac, a bit high for my comfort zone. The Tiki bar makes alot of noise thursday thru sunday. They have speakers mounted under the roof on the east side pointed out towards the new docks! There is alot of foot traffic in front of the Tiki bar and alot of feeding the birds and fish, which makes a big mess. There are secure gates at the entrance to each pier, so the foot traffic doesn't come down the docks. The area has alot of abandoned strip malls. The Bauchus museum just to the north is a worthwhile visit. He was a prolific painter and it has alot of info on the history of Ft Pierce.

nice new docks, but, 2015-08-29
Captain: , Key west (10)

The new docks are really nice. Big slips, floating concrete docks, long, wide fingers. Unfortunately the current is very strong. More of a problem for single screw vessels than twin screw. Best to come in at slack tide. I did not have a problem tripping the GFCI breakers, but most boats do and have to move to the old inner slips. Except for the head dock master all the staff are really nice and accommodating. Unfortunately the head dock master acts like he is head of the military and doesn't know how to treat or even talk to Marina guests. Only other issue is the Tiki bar and activities in the square can have loud music. OK for a couple days but over time can be tiresome.

Better than ever!, 2015-08-21
Captain: , Ft Lauderdale, FL (146)

We like it when we stayed here decades ago and it's nice coming back.
They have a great staff running both the older docks in the back and the new, state of the art, floating docks behind the new man-made islands out front.
We draw just over 5 feet so called on the way in for any specifics and had no issues coming in through the new chanel just at half tide. Saw no less than 7 feet so shouldn't be an issue for 5' at any normal LT.
They are doing wonderful things in the downtown area with new shops and restaurants and the old Tiki Bar is still fun. Definitely hit the 12A Buoy restaurant for fantastic seafood! Easy walk to the north at the bridge. This new and improved marina just might become our new home.

Excellent location and service, 2015-07-15
Captain: , Deep Ellum (101)

This would be a five star marina if the new pedistals were not sooo picky. We are an older boat but have a tight electrical system but their new GFCI system pops off at the drop of a hat. We entered 3 different slips and tied up completely in one only to find we'd pop the breaker after a few minutes of use. We finally went to the older docks on the north end and had a marvelous stay. We spent almost a month here and visited all the local sights. They recycle, have pump-outs, low cost fuel, on-sight restaurants and an awesome farmers' market. Couldn't ask for more.

Management response:
As mentioned before the new floating docks meet the NEW 2011 electrical codes. If your boats electrical system has stray current or a neutral going to ground and registers more than 20 mm the dock breaker will trip. The code was done to protect people swimming around the boat. What the code also does is ensure your neighbors vessel or your vessel electrical system is not eating your zincs with stray current which protects your shafts and props. If you do have a problem it can be resolved 2 ways, 1st you can contact a contractor to find the problem the second way is the Staff will relocate your vessel inside the marina where the electric meets the older codes and are not GFI protected.

Strong currents, sketchy channel, 2015-07-11
Captain: , Lake Monroe, FL (31)

The personnel were all friendly and helpful, but we won't visit again. We touched bottom on the way in through their private channel. We draw 5 feet. The current is diminished by their artificial breakwaters, but still significant inside the marina.

Updated review as of 6/19/15, 2015-06-22
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (231)

We called on Fort Pierce 6/19/15 for an overnight stay. We had last visited this marina in 2012 and were impressed with the efforts underway to upgrade the marina and the adjacent downtown area (we rated the marina highy in 2012). Three years later the results are impressive and city leadership seems to be doing all of the right things to draw boaters and related economic activity. The new floating docks are immaculate and the man-made barrier islands offer great protection. The approach channel is vastly improved, clearly marked and I saw nothing less then 8 feet at mid-tide all the way in (we draw 5). Matt was very helpful at the dock and the office staff was very friendly. The farmers market was quite an affair, complete with a band. The downtown area is coming along nicely. Adding a good grocery store would be a positive. A few more nice restaurants would help as well if the community can support them. Adding a marina pool might also help draw extended stay boaters if that's the objective. We had dinner at the marina's waterfront restaurant and enjoyed the meal. I did miss the Tuscan Chicken though. Fort Pierce is one of our favorite overnight stops, and with the continued improvements in the downtown area we'll likely make it a multi-day stopover on future trips.

Stopped only for diesel, but the upgrades are obvious., 2015-06-03
Captain: , Scottsdale (421)

Once the marina has finished the new docks, this place will be even better than it is. Easy access to the town, good facilities.

A very good marina, 2015-05-26
Captain: , Merritt Island, FL (556)

The staff are friendly and efficient. The new floating docks are protected from wave action from the waterway, but are exposed to wind and current. They also have GFI breakers on the power pedestals. I (and others) apparently had a current leak because I could not plug in without poping the breaker. The staff moved me to the old section of the marina, and all was well. The marina lounge is nice, but far from first class. This is a very good marina, in spite of a few inherent shortfalls; we always enjoy staying here. We like the farmers market, and the local restaurants.

New Docks nice but, 2015-05-25
Captain: , Neversink NY (260)

Left my cat here for 6 weeks, new docks well built very nice and excellent wifi. Staff excellent and you are in the heart of town. Down falls faculity not secure gates do not lock, yet this does not appear to be a problem noticed no one walking docks other than owners. Not dingy friendly and current runs fast at times. My bigest issue is that my prop zinc's were new when we went in there and were shot when we hauled her for a bottom job 6 weeks latter I normaly get 6 months +-.

Management response:
Thank you for your input, and I am happy to put your issues to rest. Since the Marina has only recently opened our new floating docks we have not yet had the gates keyed to the Marina. As we speak we are having the new locks put on the gates that will be keyed the same locks as the restroom and laundry facilities. This will make it easier for all involved to come and go in your weekend home. Thank you for visiting the Marina and we look forward to your next visit.

Very Dinghy Unfriendly, 2015-05-24
Captain: , Halifax, N.S. (50)

This is not a review of the marina (which based on appearances is excellent), but rather their treatment of folks who would prefer to anchor in one of the excellent nearby anchorages and dinghy ashore. Remember, this is a Municipal Marina, and as such, should provide services to all visiting yachtspeople. The dinghy dock is a disgrace. There is one ladder which is virtually inaccessable due to a large yacht tied adjacent to it. The dock construction is such that if you tie at low tide, there is no way to prevent your dinghy from getting trapped under the dock on a rising tide. Of course, this could be academic because if you can't access the ladder there is no way to climb up on the dock. Contrast this with the Vero Beach City Marina, which offers an excellent floating dinghy dock.

Management response:
Dinghy dockage is free to the boating public. We would appreciate a call on the VHF radio channel 16 and we can assist you in docking. City staff should be informed of what is perceived as unsafe conditions. In the future with the benefit of grants we will be constructing a new dinghy dock in 2016 available for the public to use while visiting the City Marina. Thank you for visiting the City Marina and your input. We hope we can make your next stay more enjoyable.

Awesome marina, 2015-05-20
Captain: , Jacksonville (40)

Ended up fueling here and then staying a couple nights due to weather. Facilities were awesome (make sure you have a 50 amp splitter if your just 30 amps). Tiki bar and restaurant convenient as well as walking to downtown; however call cab if you need West Marine store for any serious marine gear.

Great facility, excellent wifi, but current in the marina is very strong, 2015-05-19
Captain: , Annapolis (560)

Nice new docks. Stayed here a week. Most of the new slips are huge, so make sure you have long dock lines. Advised to come in and leave at slack tide if you can. Very strong current made it a real chore to back out of the slip.

port of entry, 2015-05-11
Captain: , Fort Myers beach florida (30)

notary public on staff. security, amenities, staff attentive.
taxi 2 mi to customs not a Global entry center. recommend SVRS STATUS

1st rate stop, 2015-05-07
Captain: , Knoxville, Tennessee (230)

On a schedule or would've stayed more than a night. Easy in/out, friendly staff to help you dock, pet friendly, and nice docks. We stayed on the fixed docks next to land which was handy with our dogs. Tried both restaurants on site...the tiki hut for drinks and appetizers and the restaurant for dinner. Both very good. Plan on stopping on our return trip

Awesome Marina!!, 2015-04-25
Captain: , jupiter,fl (140)

New concrete floating docks, friendly and helpful staff, easy walk to restaurants and to the farmers market.

Very nice new docks..., 2015-04-25
Captain: , Newport Beach, CA (420)

The new docks are opening up and they are state-of-the-art. Good power... GREAT WIFI. If you're staying more than 10 days, pay for a month, it's less expensive. Also, if you fuel, they'll give you a 20% off coupon for the two nearby restaurants. Don't overlook the Bistro on 2nd street, many good specials and happy hour. Pet friendly with provided pickup bags. Nice stop.

adding on slips, 2015-04-21
Captain: , Tonawanda,NY (261)

Stoped for one night, nice stay, they are adding 137 more slips.
Nice ship store and Rest.

great downtown stop, 2015-04-17
Captain: , Petoskey MI (327)

We stopped here for five nights after returning from the Bahamas. it's a great location for enjoying downtown Ft Pierce. We were on the North floating dock. The facilities were clean and very handy. When the three new floating docks are completed(should be soon) , this place will be top notch.

The downtown is seeing some renovations. Eateries are plentiful. We enjoyed Cobb's Landing and the Tiki Hut right at the marina. Our favorite spot was the 2nd Street Bistro.

One of the biggest challenges for cruising ladies is hair care and other personal attention. Nancy solved this problem in Ft Pierce. At the Bangz Salon on 1st street, she had the best haircut of the trip from owner Cheryl. Susan provided a wonderful pedicure and amazing facial. Nice to get some quality pampering at a reasonable price and only a couple blocks from the boat!

When we return to Ft Pierce, the City Marina will be on our list of top choices.

Great facility and staff, 2015-04-15
Captain: , St Petersburg, Fl (222)

We stayed here for one night. We got in late but had called ahead and received permission to stay on the fuel dock overnight. This was perfect since the night staff can fuel you after 9:30 pm so we were fueled up for an early start the next morning. Showers were clean. The southernmost new section of floating docks appeared to be complete but were not open. The marina entry channel is well marked but cross current was very strong so just pay attention when entering and you will have no problem.

Great Service/Great Location, 2015-04-08
Captain: , Wicomico Creek, MD (494)

We stopped here planning to meet up with old MTOA friends on our way north. The new marina with floating docks are outstanding, the eateries within walking distance excellent. The new channel entrance is well marked. I had a heart episode that required hospitalization. The hospital staff, service and professionalism was a big plus I didn't think I would ever need.

Best marina in Fort Pierce, 2015-04-07
Captain: , Massapequa,NY (1176)

This is by far our favorite marina in the area. Friendly & helpful staff. Very close to town.
2 restaurants on site. We ate at the Original TikiBar and the food was excellent.

Great stop, 2015-04-07
Captain: , Venice, Fl. (949)

Lovely marina with great staff. 2 restaurants on site with good food. Clean restrooms and showers. 2 new floating dock sections to open April 2oth. Lots of things within walking distance.

M/V Cadence, 2015-04-05
Captain: , Alabama (252)

GREAT marina. Very walkable city, shop N save grocery near by for groceries. Plenty of restaurants in town, all within a short walk. Marina has great docks and good wifi. Personal very nice.

Spent 2 nights here for Treasure Coast Cruisers Pre-Rendezvous Party, 2015-04-05
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (240)

Nice facility but "still in the works" and having growning pains. Couldn't raise anyone on radio until after about 10 minutes of multiple attempts. Then we were told to tie up "by a catamaran". Couldn't find out what dock nor slip and there were many cats. Asked if we went in stern first, which side should I prepare. "Port side. Yeah, that's right. SB, sorry, port side. Floating dock." Needless to say, very confusing coming in. I asked dock number/letter but they seemed to be nameless. He said he'd meet us on the dock. WHAT dock???? Was ready for floating dock with SB tie. FINALLY saw someone flailing his arms on fixed wooden dock across from fuel dock so now we're going to tee head. headOff come the fenders. Gave him aft spring and told him what it was. He said he'd put it "up there". Told him it was an aft spring and I wanted him to put it "on that cleat right there". He did and gave him couple other lines and he walked off. Didn't offer to help with power cord; no instructions as to where we should go check in which is vital if you leave the dock and hope to get back in b/c you need a key! Apparently they're training new folks and this was Good Friday so poor guy must've been the skeleton crew.

better than ever!, 2015-03-18
Captain: , Cape Coral, fl (190)

The marina has gotten huge with the expansion with more slips to open soon! Still the same great service and friendly people.

The restaurant on the back lot had 25 craft beers on tap!

Great stop, 2015-03-07
Captain: , Belleville, Ontario (410)

Floating docks are new, staff is very helpful, reasonable price, farmers market and first Friday street party is great. Showers are excellent, only down side is very poor WIFI - booster would be an asset, however without one there isn%u2019t enough signal to connect otherwise 5 star rating

Management response:
The City Marina as of Tuesday 3/10/15 upgraded its facility installing 7 new state of the art Wi-Fi antennas throughout the facility .This should provide the best possible signal for boaters in need of Wi-Fi at no charge

Getting better, 2015-03-07
Captain: , Jacksonville Fl (1550)

Improvments are ongoing. Floating docks are nice but.....they are having some electrical problems. We came in the afternoon and all worked well. Later in the evening we couldn't turn anything on without the whole dock losing power. Finally just disconnected and ran genny. Moved inside and all worked well for us however others on floating dock continued to have problems.
The docks are nice and the islands may do well to block wave action. Beware however the current still runs pretty strong especially just before getting to the fuel dock and near the shore end of the floating docks.
Still like this place and will for sure return when in the area, always has good fuel prices.
Craig and his crew are doing what they can and are looking forward to having all the kinks worked out soon.

A nice marina someday, but not yet, 2015-02-28
Captain: , Buffalo (1154)

The new floating docks are nice, but there are still problems.
Others have mentioned the electrical malfunction. It didnt affect us, but some others could not connect. No one was cleaning the bird droppings off the dock, so one had to be careful where one stepped. Dock construction continued seven days a week, but only from 7:30AM to 5:00PM. There is no security af any kind, not even a fence, so non boaters often wandered the docks. Dredging of the new channel was very uneven. There is a 20 ft deep hole, but also a 7 ft deep shallow spot. The new stone breakwater has many gaps in it. It was effective in stopping most of the wave action, but didn't reduce the one knot tidal current.

All in all, this could be a first class marina someday, but it is not there yet.

Erl, Beaufort, SC, 2015-02-26
Captain: , Beaufort, SC (50)

WARNING!! If you are heading here now, Feb. 26, 2015, the Fort Pierce Inlet is closed due to a barge that sunk and broke apart. At this time they do not know when it will open so check online for their progress in getting it reopened. This is no problem for anyone traveling on the ICW, only no admittance through the inlet for those traveling offshore.
Had a great time staying here on our way both south and north. Floating docks are great and are getting better. Unlike many mariners the noise from construction did not bother us at all as it stopped by 5 and quite frankly did not go on loud all day. Great staff, competitive gasoline prices, on Wed. there is a local market in the park just a few blocks away.

New Dock Electrical Problem, 2015-02-25
Captain: , Leesburg, FL (54)

There is one of the new docks now available, however the electrical code for new marinas allows very little in the way of ground fault. (less than 10 miliamps)
If that is not bad enough, if a boat comes in with the slightest problem and plugs in it will blow the power on the whole dock and it takes marina personel to reset it.. Dockmaster Craig Kilgore was extreamly helpful and patient. After making several attempts to connect I was forced to depart for other accomodations. I tested the ground fault on my boat and found the worst case to be the battery chargers which caused a momentary ground fault of less than 50 miliamps which soon dropped to less than 10. The place and people are great and I am looking forward to staying there when this problem is solved.

Farmers Market and Craft Fair, 2015-02-22
Captain: , Christmas Cove ME (150)

We have been here many times and aware of te Saturday morning Farmer's Market but were pleasantly surprised to see how much it has expanded. Band playing all morning, probably 100 tents of prepared food, farm goods and crafts and on this day the bonus of seeing the Florida Cracker Trail Ride arriving from Brandeton with about 40 mounts. Made for a great day!

Beautiful marina, 2015-02-03
Captain: , Clayton, NY (655)

Clean, friendly marina. Seems like there is a lot going on in the town. We missed the Saturday framers market which everyone says if wonderful. Nice Tiki bar on the premises. Good fuel prices with Boat US discount.

First Choice for good reason, 2015-02-03
Captain: , Halifax Harbor (109)

The new section is wonderful with floating docks and great power. They are very accommodating and helpful. We always stay here when in this area of Florida. you will not be disappointed. paid 2.67 for diesel!!!!

Stay 25 and 26 Jan 2015, 2015-01-27
Captain: , Colonial Beach, VA (650)

We've stopped before and will again. Great prices and fantastic facilities. Fuel prices are among the best I've seen on the waterway this trip. Restaurants and things to do around area also very good.

Stayed 2 days 1/3/2015 & 1/4/2015 Great Place to Chill Out!, 2015-01-06
Captain: , Kuttawa Kentucky (410)

Got fuel at good price. Stayed an extra day to chill out. Laundry Room and Shower Rooms were great. Craig really helped docking boat due to close quarters, and windy. Tried out a couple restaurants. Had to get cab to go to grocery store and stock up. No Couresty car available. This is one nice place to stay and will stay again if I make the trip in the future. Ann was a pleasure to meet and answered all our questions. Thanks Fort Pierce City Marina Crew.

A good marina getting better, 2014-12-16
Captain: , Palm Beach, FL (595)

Not only does Fort Pierce City Marina have some of the best fuel prices, it is a very good location and the facility is getting better.
The north floating docks are now in service as of yesterday. They are the Bellingham Floating Concrete Dock system and top notch. The staff is friendly and very helpful. When the construction of all the new floating docks is complete by May 2015, this marina will rate five stars.

Well run operation, 2014-12-10
Captain: , Cleveland, OHio (421)

Spending two nights on west dock. They gave us a straight in shot to the dock. There is current in the entrance channel which is broadside. Need to be a little carefull. Very helpful staff
Farmers market on Wed and Sat. great selection of food and other items.

Will stop here again for sure

hospitality, and getting better, 2014-08-31
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (980)

We stopped over night during Labor Day weekend. Dock master let us stay at end of fuel dock... Which really was quite. We received a coupon for 20% off our dinner, the food was good, entertainment above average. I know when we head south again we will make another stop over here.
One advisory note the current is pretty wicked coming down their marked entrance.

Great location helpful staff., 2014-07-13
Captain: , Fort Pierce (72)

Really like this marina with an easy approach and they have a pool. There's a west marine and Publix. Some of the best Italian food ever! Manatee watching from the boat is fun as well. Helpful friendly staff.

Great place to stop for any length of stay, 2014-07-01
Captain: , Edmonton (279)

Great facility close to the downtown. Two bars/restaurants right on site, with great happy hours and other offers.
Groceries are reasonably close - Publix a couple miles in either direction on Hwy1. The Save-a-lot on Delaware @ 6th is fine too.
Ace hardware is just up the street and West Marine is not too far away. Fiberglass Supply Depot and Marine Connection liquidators are a few miles north on Hwy 1. Walmart and Home Depot about 4 miles away. Just about everything is within reach by bike, and most of the large roads have bike lanes, incl Hwy 1/A1A.
Although there is a postal outlet at Mervis' Cafe (Citrus and 5th), when I called about getting mail sent General Delivery, I was directed to the main PO, which is 8 miles away in the sticks on a narrow, but busy country road.
Lots of activities with fishing tournys many weekends, Farmers Market Saturday and Wednesday, art gallery, manatee center, aquarium, beach all close by.
Overall a great place to tie up.
Staff is generally quite good at the marina, but on arrival the fellow at the fuel dock seemed reluctant to take our line - apparently sailboaters don't tip enough.

Management response:
First of all I would like to apologize if you did not receive the help you requested. Our policy is to meet all incoming boats at the dock. If this did not happen it would have been because the dock hands were helping other vessels. I believe at the time of your arrival we were in the process of training a new dock hand. As for tips... they are not required when docking at this facility. Tips in any industry are based on a good will gesture only. I can assure you we do not discriminate between a sail boat and a power boat. The ratio of sailboats vs power boats is 50/50 at our facility. If you had a problem with my staff, I wish you would have brought it to my attention so I could have dealt with the issue at the time of your arrival. Thank you for your input, and we wish you safe sailing!

Dean Kubitschek
Marina Manager

good experiance, 2014-04-30
Captain: , iuka,ms (222)

arrived early to avoid high winds forecast for afternoon, wind still blowing 15/20.. called marina and was answered immediatly by freddie, who helped us getpumped out and tied up..if i owned a marina i would try to clone about 10 freddies he really knows what he is doing..great wi-fi, pumpout and bathrooms , good choice!!

Docked on the street..., 2014-04-07
Captain: , Oriental, NC (60)

Clean restrooms, convenient to restaurants. There was a map to Ace Hardware, close by. Beyond that our slip faced a busy road. Office person who has been ther 8 years gave poor directions to Publix and liquor store.

Can't Beat the WiFi, 2014-03-22
Captain: , MV Red Head (3106)

There is a lot to like about the Ft. Pierce City Marina. It's right downtown, just a short walk to restaurants, shops, and other services. The docks are sturdy and clean. The staff is friendly and helpful. There's a nice boating community there. Do not, and I mean do not, miss the Saturday Farmer's Market. It is literally in the marina parking lot and has an abundance of items you need and want for your galley pantry. Plus there's crafts and prepared foods and entertainment.

But what really blew us away was the marina's WiFi. In 12 years of cruising it is the best WiFi we have experienced. And I'm not talking about it being fast at 2 am on a Wednesday. Just for grins, we tried streaming a movie to our Smart TV on a Saturday night with the marina full. It was terrific. This is a great stop for a night, a week, a month, or a season. They understand what boaters need and do all they can to meet those needs. As cruisers we thank you!

Fun, Fun, Fun, 2014-03-22
Captain: , Waterline Marina, Melbourne, FL (10)

2014, 03-12
Captain Ed Ferrari, S/V Lyon's Rose

We found this marina by checking with Active Captain while on a week long cruise on the ICW. We were looking for a nice restroom in an interesting place & we found much more here.
Natasha runs the gift shop & the Dock Master's chair and does a fantastic job. She told us about the flea market, where to get a good breakfast & where to pay the least for beer (7-11 up the street). Because of her helpfulness, we had so much fun and ended up staying 2 nights when we only intended to make a pit stop.
The restrooms & showers are clean & large. The Tiki Bar at the marina is fun and the drinks are good. There are lots of restaurants within walking distance of the docks. There's even a public library right across the street from the marina.
We definitely intend to return to this marina if only to see what it loolks like when the hurricane rehab is done.

Great Marina, 2014-03-08
Captain: , Cape Coral, Fl (838)

We spent here 3 days here due to weather (most of which went south of us). Staff very helpful. Enjoyed the Tiki Bar, Friday Fest and the Sat. Farmers market. West Marine and Publix about a 2 mile walk. We would definitely return here.

Loved Loved Loved, 2014-03-05
Captain: , Savannah, GA (160)

Larry & Mimi, s/v Sweet Amelia
Mostly catering to fishing vessels, Ft. Pierce City Marina welcomes sailboats, but appears to be limited room. We're 41', 5.5 draft and were tied to the end of the fuel dock for 3 days where all the amenities were most convenient. Another s/v came in and was tied to the T across from us. No problem coming into the channel just south of the bridge, well marked. Current was strong, but ceased after entering the harbor. New jetties protect the basin, more dockage looks to be on its way soon. EXCELLENT restaurant at Cobb's Landing next to the marina, part of the Tiki Bar group. Manatees everywhere - they know a good thing too!

4 stars but be careful, 2014-01-29
Captain: , Edenton, NC (887)

Stayed here twice. Once for a week. First visit on "L" dock (north side) was very pleasant and recommended. Second visit not so much. We were put on "E" dock slip number 3 which is right next to the fish cleaning station and beside Last Mango a charter fishing boat. The stench of the cleaning station was very unpleasant and when Last Mango washed down at the end of the day their spray got fish mung on our hull. (wasn't noticed for a couple days and was a pain to scrub off) Also, you are directly between the competing live music of the two tiki bars. The marina was pretty full, but we had made reservations two days in advance. As feedback to the marina, we would suggest you move Last Mango next to the fish cleaning station (and other charter boats) along that dock and provide transient slip further out on "E" dock. This would provide overnight relief from the cleaning station and tiki bar noise and place the charter boats close to the cleaning station and wouldn't present a problem as they are not occupied overnight. "L" dock was 4 star, "E" dock stay was one star.

Stayed for a month, 2014-01-23
Captain: , Clear Lake, TX (694)

A great stop for a day or two or a month or two. We stayed for a month and could not have been happier.The staff handeled all our needs and the marina is convenient to most things. In close walking distance are several good restaurants, hardware & beauty shops, library, park, churches & banks. You need a car for Walmart or Home Depot. The only drawbacks I can attest to is you have to go to the fuel dock to pump out and the WIFI was very week at times. We will deinitely stop back here whenever we are in the area.

Better than Vero, 2013-12-16
Captain: , Belhaven, NC (363)

And here's why: the water is clearer being very close to an inlet, the wifi is much better, the Verizon signal is very strong, the staff is more helpful, very few derelict boats, more and better walking distance restaurants. Out of the five previous seasons at Vero they stuck us behind the drystack building three times which obliterated the sunrise.

Great Marina!, 2013-11-26
Captain: , palm coast fl (40)

I really enjoyed our stay at this marina. The service was great and the facilities were nice and clean.

Tiki Bar - A must when in Ft Pierce, 2013-10-25
Captain: , Swansboro (674)

This is my favorite hangout while in Ft. Pierce.

Great food. Reasonable prices. HIGHLY recommend

Nice stop over, 2013-09-04
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (162)

We just spent 2 night here and enjoyed the proximity to Ft. Pierce. Marina was clean, staff was accomodating, new break walls and dredging going on, but no problem with the well marked channel. Some great stores and eateries within walkig distance and a Publix about 1 mile away. Enjoyed our couple days in Ft. Pierce here.

Enjoyed two night stay, 2013-07-04
Captain: , Englewood, Fl (351)

We were heading north in late June, so there wasn't much activity in town. The staff was excellent and we enjoyed two quite days.

4.5 would be my rating is possible, 2013-07-01
Captain: , Jupiter, FL (1306)

Only because of the strong and sometimes scary current on the approach, but once you're pass the rock jetties, you're in and all is good.
Very nice marina with good restaurants on site.
Staff folks are nice and helpful
Pet friendly
Laundry and full service bathrooms are clean and close by.
Community seems to a friendly one. Boaters are helpful and sociable.
New construction should make this a larger and better marina.
The internet was good for us because we use an antenna. Heard it wasn't so good without.

Downtown Location, 2013-06-17
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (268)

During construction the entry is scarry but when done should be excellent. Marina is great and town is easy walking. Try to be here on Saturday to attend one of the best farmer's markets i know of.

Great Stop Over, 2013-05-26
Captain: , Naples, Fl (10)

Great stopover place, Lots to do if you were going to stay for a few days. Staff was great! Ace hardware, West Marine, and Grocerys within walking distance.
WARNING electrionc charts show the old channel only, Use the channel closest to the bridge!!

great dock masters, 2013-05-20
Captain: , TIERRA VERDE (41)

High speed fuel, $3.91 w/ Boat US discount
Short walk north to 12a Buoy Dinner for some of the best food on the east coast.
We will definitely return

good dock help, 2013-05-18
Captain: , Vero Beach, FL (654)

What excitement coming into this marina nothing written can explain the chute, wind, waves, and a fast current. Once inside the harbor pretty calm. We stayed one night got plenty of help at both the gas dock and the slip. We would go back! They say once the islands their building is complete the chute should calm down or maybe speed up.

Fort Pierce City Marina, 2013-05-04
Captain: , Sandusky, OH (370)

Great help and they pro-actively adjusted the rate to monthly after we stayed past 2 weeks.
24 hour Fitness Gym just a block away as well as many great restaurants. Tiki Bar- good bar food and on the water.
Great Fish- amazing Sushi and Thai,
2nd Street Bistro great steaks and seafood.
Chucks' great seafood and on the Ft. Pierce inlet
Remeber the tides are 1.5 hrs later at Ft.Pierce inlet than show on the tide charts!! Very brisk still at reported slack tide
Coastal Fabricators did great job on a stainless rail we broke 772-595-3438
Charlie great on fixing head and general steering 772-559-0290

Comfortable City Spot, 2013-05-03
Captain: , Wickford, RI (560)

Stayed two nights enorute north. Capablr dock hands, responsive marina staff, very convenient to nice city - library, food, a few shops, hardware store. Would happily stay again.

great community atmosphere, 2013-04-28
Captain: , New Orleans (651)

we had no problem with 6.5' draft at other than low tide. We stayed 2 nights 4/25-26/2013 and enjoyed seeing the community. We enjoyed organic food at the nearby deli and more organic and baked goods at the farmer's marker where we stocked up on produce for a trip to the Bahamas. Clean restrooms. Nice laundry. Will stop again.

Double Discount On Sunday, 2013-04-05
Captain: , Edisto Island, SC (100)

Mention Active Captain & get the double Sunday night discount on transient slip. Excellent facility. Very helpful staff. Would look forward to stopping again.

Ft Pierce City Marina, 2013-04-04
Captain: , Sanford, Fl. (887)

This is now our third time here and we absolutely enjoy it! Lots of stuff going on with the Farmers market/Craft show on Saturday, Bike night everyThursday and music festivals in between. Marina staff are very professional. When we were here last we were walking to Publix for provisions (2 miles one way) We discovered a SavALot within 1/2 mile at the corner of 6th and Delaware. Not as big selection but has pretty much everything. Since we have been here they have completed dredging the channel to 8'. A lot of work has been completed on the new barrier islands, with a planned completion of July. It will be exciting to see the new marina take shape over the next year or so. I cannot say enough about the quality of the people who work here. Craig (dock master) and Anne in the office were especially helpful to us. You will not regret your stay here!

Good location and a nice BoatUS discount to boot, 2013-04-04
Captain: , Hilton Head Island, SC (377)

I second the prvious reviewer's observation about the current in the new entrance channel. We were heading at practically a 45 degree angle to our intended course so as to remain within the channel boundaries. Once inside the marina, there was no current. They put us at a T-head (actually, the fuel dock) for our one-night stay, and the dockmaster (who was very friendly and helpful) was there to catch our lines and plug us in. And speaking of fuel, their price was the best we had seen in awhile so we topped off our tank.

It is not a floating dock, but, as I recall, there was only about a two foot tidal range. Fortunately, it put us about a foot above the dock and a foot below it so it wasn't too dificult to come and go from the boat.

We were very fortunate to have spent a Friday night at the marina because on Saturday morning at the adjacent park site there is a fabulous farmer's market. It is one of the largest and best my wife and I have seen, and we are frequent farmer's market attendees.

Will be the diamond soon, 2013-04-04
Captain: , Friday Harbor, WA (490)

Ft Pierce new islland and expansion will make this even great . we love to stop. the saturday market is a MUST

The channel is now dreged and easy in. Great place to spend a few days

K-Dock Best Place to Live on a Sailboat for the Winter, 2013-03-15
Captain: , Ontonagon, Michigan (51)

Fort Pierce City Marina, Fort Pierce, Florida

The Best Place to Live on a Sailboat for the Winter

by Captain Thomas Lee

I have always wanted to take a sailboat from Lake Superior down to Florida and live on it for the winter. On August 1, 2012, at the age of 73, I untied my old C&C 27 sailboat from the dock on the Ontonagon River on Lake Superior and headed south by water to Fort Pierce, Florida. Two and a half months later I tied up at K-Dock at the Fort Pierce City Marina.

As a old librarian, I had researched where would be the best place to live on a sailboat for the winter. My conclusion was K-Dock. Somewhere up the Intracostal, Elizabeth City I think, I spoke with another captain on a small sailboat. He asked where I was going. I said, the Fort Pierce City Marina. He smiled, and said, you're going to K-Dock. You will like it. He was right.

Here are just some of the reasons I like staying on a sailboat in Fort Pierce City Marina, including some of places that I have visited and activities I have been involved with. Since my primary transportation was on a bike, the following place are within my bike range.

1.Friendly knowledgable marina staff.
2.Super clean facilities
3.Friendly captains on K-Dock
4.Everything one needs is in walking/biking distance
5.Manatee Center across from K-Dock
6.Manatee Center Gift Shop
7.7 Gables Visitor Center
8.Friday Fest in Marina Square, first friday of the month
9.Super Farmer's Market on Saturday in Marina Square
10.Craft Market every Saturday
11.Green Market every Wednesday
12.Many Music Festivals
13.Latin Festival
14.Art Walk
15.Christmas Lights Spectacular on Marina Square
16.Christmas Boat Parade
17.Fort Pierce Yacht Club, just down the street from K-Dock
18.Coffee with the Mayor once a month at old city hall
19.Backus Art Gallery, across from K-Dock
20.Famous Sunrise Theatre
21.Historic Arcade Building
22.Downtown Gazebo
23.Two story public library across from the marina
24.Uncle Carlo's Gelato (best ice cream you will ever eat)\
25.River Walk Center
26.Bagel Girls
27.Bangkok in Downtown
28.Brewer's Cafe
29.Cobb's Landing Restaurant and Bar
30.Second Street Bistro
31.S&S Takeout
32.Tiki Bar and Restaurant
33.Art Mundo Center
34.Highwaymen Gallery
35.Betty Ann's Florist
36.Ace Hardware
37.Importico's Bakery Cafe
38.Yellowtail Grill
39.Beads and Baubles
40.Nutrition World
41.Cracker Parade
42.Sights and Sound Parade
43.Smithsonian Marine Station
44.History Museum
45.P.P. Cobb General Store and Deli
46.Watch Shop
47.Pot Belli Deli
48.Law Library
49.Main Street Office in historic Backus House
50.Kingdom Christian Bookstore
51.Second Street Station
52.Tobacco Emporium
53.Undercover Skate Board Shop
54.Whimsy Clothing Boutique
55.Forbes Dry Cleaners
56.Harbor Community Bank
57.St. Lucie Restaurant Supply
58.Varsity Sports Shop

In 2011, Mainstreet Fort Pierce, Inc. received the Great American Main Street award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the revitalization efforts in the old downtown area of Fort Pierce.

I wrote a small booklet about Living on a Sailboat in the Fort Pierce City Marina. A pdf copy is available at:

An ongoing blog of my trip and my stay on K-Dock is at:

A number of stories have been written about my trip to K-Dock. Here is one by my new found friend Ellen Gillette, a freelance writer. This was published in the St. Lucie Tribune.



Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson's inaugural "Coffee with the Mayor" played to a full house at Old City Hall on a blustery Dec. 21. Serenaded by the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society, treated to gourmet java, juice and goodies, it was a great opportunity to network and get a feel for Hudson's mayoral presence.
%u2028%u2028The highlight of the morning for me, however, had nothing to do with buiness of government. As I sat and listened to the pre-music, a gentleman approached, asking if he could sit beside me. Introducing himself, he shared that he'd had come to Fort Pierce last year to "check it out," liked what he saw, and had recently sailed here from ... drum roll, please ... Lake Superior. Here for several more months before returning north, he bikes from K-dock in the Fort Pierce marina to wherever he chooses to go each day.%u2028

Nice story. But let that sink in a minute.
%u2028%u2028A man in Ontonagon, Michigan, more than 2,000 land miles away, hears good things about the Treasure Coast, and in particular, about Fort Pierce. In this case, he heard it from Roger Cook who had actually worked at City Hall at one time and met Thomas Lee in Michigan because he wanted a boat and to learn to sail it.%u2028"Lake Superior is very dangerous," Lee says, "and Cook lived, so I must have done all right."%u2028

Perhaps because of his military background or his long career as a librarian, Lee did his homework. Reconnaissance, research. At his first visit to the marina, fellow sailors offered him a beer and made him feel welcome.%u2028

%u2028"I've learned a lot more about the area since, but there was an immediate gut feeling. I know this was going to be a good place to come in out of the cold."
%u2028%u2028The trip in Windsong, a 27 footer sporting a University of Michigan flag, took two-and-half months. With all the work being done on Moore's Creek, Lee doesn't get a lot of sailing done now that he's here, but he's found plenty to keep him busy with the downtown Farmers market and other events within his biking circumference. He reads, listens to music, meets new friends everywhere he goes.%u2028

%u2028A chance sighting of the "Coffee with the Mayor" sign on U.S. 1 took him there in December, and back on January 18, where Lee presented Mayor Hudson with a book he's put together at K-dock entitled, appropriately, "Living on a Sailboat in the Fort Pierce City Marina." There was such a good response to it, he's currently working on a second edition with more information and photographs.%u2028

%u2028Oh, and by the way, if you attended the Christmas boat parade, you saw Lee and his first mate, the ever-present Sock Monkey, win first place in his division.%u2028

%u2028Those of us who've called the Treasure Coast home for many years know it's a great place to live, but we can easily get into the habit of seeing the negatives stubborn issues, elected officials struggle with, boarded up stores, foreclosures, etc We worry about how the school board will avoid cutting programs, or how the police department can stem the hemorrhage of its officers to better-paying cities. It's refreshing to here from a new fan of Fort Pierce, to see it through his eyes.%u2028

And those of Sock Monkey, of course.

Contact Information:

Tom Lee e-mail:

Great Marina, Watch out for tidal currents., 2013-03-06
Captain: , Oriental, N.C. (130)

When we were going in, we got confused by the entrance channel. They moved the channel last year so if you have an old chart or a marina guide that hasn't been updated, they may show it in the wrong place. The entrance is immediately to the west after going under the bridge heading south. During certain tidal conditons the current really rips through here. It almost swept me into a daymark.

They are also undergoing a lot of dredging and sea wall building for the expansion. Once you are in, the marina is great! They have a good deal on weekly rates, $1.20 per foot per night. Good restroom and showers but they are not heated--not a problem unless a cold snap goes through. The Tiki Bar is on site and serves good food, if a tad pricy.

A great place to stay for a while, 2013-02-11
Captain: , Bear DE (694)

Enjoyed staying here for 2 days. Friendly and helpful staff. Call in before you enter the Marina and get directions to your slip, someone will be waiting at the slip and help handle the lines. Beware of the possible strong current while entering the channel. There are two Tiki Bars located right in the Marina. If you like good Thai or Japanese Food try "Bangkok in Downtown" at 217 Orange Ave (only a 5 to 10 minute walk from the Marina). A Publix Supermarket is located about 2 miles north on A1A beside West Marine. If you need a Taxi - call early - you may have to wait 20 - 30 minutes. Will stay here again!

I Could Live Here, 2013-01-11
Captain: , Athens, AL (641)

What a sweet and classy little town (and marina). Plenty of help from the marina getting docked, nice bathrooms and extensive gift shop. Check out the manatee museum next door - walk across the street from the museum and you might see them drinking from a fresh-water pipe that drains into the water there. Pretty cool. Nice dinner at Yellowtail on 2nd street. Nice Ace Hardware about 6 blocks west of the marina. Great WIFI but not secure if that matters to you. Lots of dredging and work going on to expand the marina but did not bother us at all.

Renaisance time for Ft Pierce City Marina, 2012-12-30
Captain: , STUART, FL. (10)

Very good and geting better with extensive expansion of marina footprint and major dredging. Added seawall to east will further protect this friendly harbor.

Fort Pierce City Marina., 2012-12-28
Captain: , London (342)

Called in for fuel and found telephoning in advance that Dean was very helpful and gave clear instructions regarding the construction works and entrance channel. Some current across entrance channel and shoaling as per the chart. Very helpful staff and easy entrance into marina once past the construction barges (Dec 2012) and when completed new outter pontoon berths are planned. Marina is well located for market and out of current.

How a marina should be., 2012-12-22
Captain: , Fleming Island (36)

I stopped for fuel on a windy day and ended up staying a month. Freddy, Anne, Whitney, Craig, Ryan and Marie are the people I can remember names of who ALL went out of their way to make sure my stay was wonderful. On the weekend there is a morning farmer's market and the Tiki bar staff are all hospitable and professional. I plan to return for an extended stay in 2013.

This is how a City Marina should be run., 2012-12-15
Captain: , Wickford, RI (386)

Look carefully at the charts: many show the old entrance, whereas the new one is well buoyed and starts right past the bridge to the north.
Ft Pierce is rebuilding the docks that were taken out by a hurricane starting with a large rock breakwater that was under construction whern we stopped 12/12/12.
Lots of current and wind when we came in and it was a bit tricky getting into the slip assigned, but the dockhand was super.
The Tiki Bar is a classic. Try the loaded oysters!

Facilities nice, but the town is hurting, 2012-12-07
Captain: , Algonac, MI (1926)

Good, solid docks, but the town is hurting. Very clean, but lots of empty shops. $15 cab ride 5 miles to Navy Seal museum was quite worthwhile.

Fun marina, 2012-11-03
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (1145)

Update - The town is starting to make a come back! And the city is putting in a "breakwater" for the marina. This is a great stop!

The marina is in a great location - right downtown Ft. Pierce. Sadly, downtown Ft. Pierce is hurting. There were so many store fronts empty. But the marina has a greart tiki bar with bar(ish) food that has trivia on Tuesdsy night and another restaurant right at the marina.

Great facilities and restaurant, 2012-10-27
Captain: , Stuart (120)

Spent the night here after racing up from the St. Lucie Inlet. Friendly staff, well protected, and a great Tiki Bar.

A great stop, 2012-09-26
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2870)

The docks were great, as was the staff. It was nice having the Tiki Bar and restaurant chhoices nearby, as well as the downtown area. The only negative was the long walk from our H dock to the marina office/showers.

Friendly Place, 2012-07-30
Captain: , St Augustine, Fl (480)

We stayed on the North Dock for a week and there were a number of locals who got together every night to have a drink, they invited us to join them. The farmers market here was a welcome change for my diet..and the park is a nice area just to sit and relax at night.
The marina staff is also friendly and helpful. This has become one of my wife's favorite spots. They are currently expanding and building a barrier Island so it should be really nice when they get finished.

Excellent staging location for crossing - great staff, 2012-07-11
Captain: , Charleston, SC (101)

We have just been twice at this marina recommended by friends - going to and coming back from the Bahamas. The marina staff was very helpful, starting with alerting us to stay center on approach as we came in on low tide and solid current. In contrast to other reviewers I did find the advertised lower depth readings shortly before turning to port before the barge that is currently there.

The waterfront Tiki Bar made for excellent reentry coming back from the islands - friendly, happy place.

Staff in office and on docks were very helpful and competent. I appreciated the free pumpout with the strongest pump I have seen in a while... was a breeze.

Last but not least I found their pricing for docking and fuel very reasonable. Glad they expand, so there will be more transient docks, even though we got in on short notice twice.

Highly recommend this marina.

Great Staff, 2012-07-02
Captain: , St. Thomas, USVI (624)

We visitied this marina on our second night out on the waterway coming north. The staff was wonderful and helpful and the facility was well maintained. It was is very close proximity to town. We ate at the Tiki Bar restaurant and while it was 'rustic,' the food was good and it was full of locals on a Tuesday night - always a good sign. We will definitley be back to this marina and wholeheartedly recommend it.

With BOATUS, a good deal, 2012-06-01
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Paid $1.50 plus electric. Right downtown for easy touring. Staff is outstanding and very polite. Fixed piers are good. If you like to bow in, make sure the finger for your slip assignment is acceptable, otherwise, you may prefer to stern in. We are repeat customers, and will continue to be so.

Gre;at Marina; entry depths are not as shallow as shown, 2012-05-27
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (3132)

VERY clean, welll managed (although they DID do the "Port side, now starboard side to" trick when we arrived. Shallowest part of approach was the channel coming off the ICW, but we never had less than 8" at just before high tide AS LONG AS YOU STAY IN THE CENTER OF THE CHANNEL. The approach section right along the shoreline was VERY deep (>12 feet).

One of our favorites - hope the expansion does not spoil a good thing, 2012-05-06
Captain: , Everglades City, FL (230)

During our annual spring and fall migrations we almost always stop in for a night at Ft Pierce City Marina. The staff are friendly and helpful. The facilites are clean. The washers & driers are reasonably priced and work well. The local farmers market held each Saturday morning just south of the marina is not to be missed. The proximity to Ft Pierce Inlet is a plus. Over the next two years they will be dredging outside of the basin and rebuilding their docks destroyed in 2004. I hope the expansion does not spoil a good thing. Personally I'd rather see them put in mooring balls that an expansive dock.

Wonderful Stop!, 2012-04-08
Captain: , Cleveland (2083)

We happened in on the first Friday of the month and found Friday Fest. Food, vendors, entertainment - all right next to the marina. This is a beautiful waterfront with parks on both sides of the marina. Saturday morning's farmer's market was excellent. To top it off, Saturday was the first (of what is expected to be an annual affair) Oyster Fest - also with vendors, food and entertainment. Of course the highlight was the oysters on the half shell.

Great breakfast place 1/2 mile away called Captain's Quarters. Food and price is excellent but be prepared to wait. A bit farther along Route 1 is Allen's Diner which was also good.

This is a really nice place to ride bikes thru the downtown area. Hardward, liquor stores an easy walk away. Publix is about 1.5 miles (north on Rt 1)

We will definitely be back!!

Great Stop from the Bahamas, 2012-03-26
Captain: , Westbrook, CT (453)

Dock hand very helpful, marina great. Showers lgood, clean. Very short walk from town, great food (try the Asian Bistro).

Good stop either iCW-bound or return from Bahamas, 2012-03-04
Captain: , Monches,wi (330)

Good stop location if traveling icw or return from the bahamas. We've used this marina several times for both puropses. St. Lucie airport is just a few miles N and convenient to clear customs if retur ning from the Bahamas.
VERY good dock hands. Usually a pretty busy place.

If staying overnight,take a short walk into town and try Rinelli's Yellow Tail for dinner. Great food, huge martini list, and great service.

Booked for a night, stayed for 5 nights, 2012-01-09
Captain: , Fremantle, West Australia (1448)

Great marina, clean facilities, helpful staff. Great location in downtonw Ft Pierce. Ace Hware in walking distance, West Marine and Publix in bike distance. Plenty of City-sponsored activities eg Friday night 1st of mth festival, Saturday morning Farmers Market. Sunshine Theatre has good shows touring. Excellent bread at Importico's Bakery two blocks SW. Had a great time.

Good To Be Back Here, 2011-11-17
Captain: , Green Cove Springs FL (1394)

Spent 2 days here. Full Service Marina. We arrived earlier than 2010 visit last year when we had a slip on "F Dock' with front row seat toAnnual Christmas Parade.Great time at Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and First Friday celebration big Party in Parking Lot and Saturday weekly SUPER Farmers Market and craft show. . We arrived to early for all that in 2011, Rats! Still a great stop. We will return again . Capt Helen and Engr Bob Onboard ALLEZ!

Good views, 2011-07-26
Captain: , Hudson (274)

The marina and staff were very helpful. Restrooms and laundry facility are very clean. Location is downtown so there are several nice shops within waliking distance. People there were very friendly. Will stop here again. Found a nice watering hole with great food, called Rinellis Yellow Tail, located about two blocks from the marina. They have something going on every night of the week.

Nice marina in great location, 2011-07-08
Captain: , Beach haven NJ (510)

This marina has a polpular bar and restaurant on the premises. The tiki bar draws a local crowd and is a fun place to Hang out.

What a wonderful week!!!, 2011-06-13
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (370)

This was our first stop upon returning from the Bahamas and what an oasis! Freddie helped us to the pump-out dock and then into our slip. He was very professional and exceedingly efficient and proficient. Connie is part time in the office/gift shop and she's such an asset to this marina. Her personality is darling and she's a fun gal. Freddie and Connie will be primary reasons that we'll plan to return to this marina!

Good facility - Very helpful nice staff, 2011-05-15
Captain: , Portsmouth (372)

We headed to Ft. Pierce from West End to clear in.

When we called the dockmaster about 10 minutes out, he briefed us on the condition of the entry channel and, when we called again just before passing southbound under the bridge, he provided careful and precise guidance on how to negotiate their entry channel. Follow his guidance and you'll find plenty of water.

It's a good facility with a super-nice staff. Two restaurants essentially on the marina property. We ate at the Tiki next to the marina office and had a very nice meal.

A very good customs stop.

Marina people not knowledgeable, 2011-04-29
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (10)

We hailed them for local knowledge, told them our draft and we were told to go in through the marks where there was "plenty of water" which we did. Almost immediately we hit hard bottom, skidded, and dug hard into the sand. Again we hailed the marina and the marina guy argued with us saying that we couldn't possibly be aground and there was plenty of water. Several small power boats came to assist in vain and told us we couldn't possible get in there because the shallow bar is only about 3 ft. deep and the marina should know this. We needed TowBoatUS to get us out and a diver to assess damage. We will not go in here again and suggest many other skip it also as we feel the marina staff knowledge cannot be trusted, and they were very rude when we were clearly in danger with the bridge and the strong currents in this area.

Convenient to restaurants and bars in town, 2011-04-22
Captain: , Lansdale, PA (330)

This marina is okay. The restrooms/showers are adequate. Nice gift shop and the staff was helpful docking and lending us a splitter.

Nice addition near by, 2011-04-13
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (363)

The lumber yard 2 blocks away now has a very well stocked Ace Hardware store. In addition to the normal hardware and home supplies, they have a small marine section.

Understanding folks, 2011-04-12
Captain: , Daytona Beach, Florida (119)

Nice marina with friendly people. A welcome sight at 4am. Easy to follow path thru shallow water. Didn't charge me for the 4 hour stay.

A favorite stop, 2011-04-08
Captain: , Dallas Tx (539)

Fort Pierce City Marina is one of our must stops on our north/south Florida trips. When ever possible, we plan for a Saturday lay day to be there for the Farmer%u2019s Market next to the marina. Besides all the fruits and vegetables that you would expect, you will find fresh specialty breads, pastries, pies and cakes; art, crafts, clothing, etc. All is well laid out in the river side park next to the marina. The marina is clean, modern, well staffed, and always a great stop.

Best run city marina yet!, 2011-03-31
Captain: , Shelter Island, NY (211)

After a long passage from West End Bahamas we called the Cuty arina and spoke with very friendly staff. Our arrival was made easier because there is little or no current running through the marina. The young dockmaster could not have been nicer. Fuel was competitively priced at $4.09gal plus 6.5% florida tax. Good value for docvkager and town is steps away. Highly recommended.

Beautiful place to spend time!, 2011-03-18
Captain: , Indian Harbor Beach, Fl (40)

This marina is located in the center of town with great access to services and is an absolutely beautiful place to spend time. Great restaurants within a short walk and even a couple of very good eateries on the Marina grounds%u2026 We grab a slip here whenever we are in the area.

Very comfortable, 2011-03-05
Captain: , Nashville, TN (290)

Small marina for a 50 ft sailboat, but several T heads. we spent a week there and enjoyed it. The people are friendly, the little town of Ft Pierce is within walking distance for restaurants and a small market. The Sat morning farmers market right by the dock is a busy event with many local vendors of fresh produce and kraft booths.

Fort Pierce City Marina, 2011-02-25
Captain: , Wilsonville, AL (474)

Very friendly and helpful staff. Downtown stores are a block away. Ace Hardware is three blocks. West Marine is 2 miles. I walked there and one of the staff gave me a ride back to the marina. Since there are two restaurants on site, you will have plenty of people walking the docks and ignoring the "Boat owners and invited guests only" signs.

enjoyed our stay, 2011-02-23
Captain: , Westport,Ma (710)

nice overall if you are in the area plan on the farmers market which runs every sat. morning 8 am to 12am one of the best . many resturants and shops easy walking distance.

Fort Pierce Marina, 2010-11-17
Captain: , Mattituck, NY. (391)

Best priced deisel fuel in the area. Clean bathrooms. There are 2 restaurants on the premise. Marina manager, Dean, and all staff very helpful and friendly. A great Gelato store and lots of shops within walking distance.

Rescued by Whiticar Marine North, 2010-11-13
Captain: , Gloucester, Mass. (799)

Intended a short overnight to see TwinVee boat manufacturing facility and were surprised by a Vacuflush emergency the next morning. A call to Whiticar resulted in specialist Howard (don't know last name) arriving 0830 and repairing our head by 0930. Great job. Fair price. Whiticar Marine North: (772) 460-0660

Very nice marina, 2010-11-11
Captain: , Stuart, FL (34)

This was our second stay. Enjoyed it. Very nice marina. Dockhands very helpful and staff friendly. Stayed down from the bar but noise was not a problem. Walked to the theater for a jazz fest. Downtown area has shops and several dining options.

Pick quiet or modern side., 2010-07-05
Captain: , Westerly, RI (51)

Friendly staff. Diesel fuel $2.759 with Boat U.S. discount on July 5, 2010. North side is away from noise of bars but the showers are minimal- waiting lines and no hot water. Nice showers on south side.

Very attractive municipal area, well-run facility, 2010-01-30
Captain: , Key West, FL (758)

If you can make it here for the Saturday Farmers Market, that is the best. But, anytime, this is a very attractive and convenient stop-over. Lots of great restaurants and shopping. With six foot draft, though, we found the narrow private channel into the marina to be cause for some bumping near low tide. Soft stuff, but be warned.

Nice downtown location, 2009-11-14
Captain: , Knoxville, TN (1788)

The marina is centrally located in the heart of downtown at the waterfront park. Every Saturday at the waterfront park there is an extensive Farmer’s Market with fruits, vegetables, breads & crafts, as well as many other activities here on the weekends. The library is next door to the marina ($15 for annual visitor library card). The Tiki Bar restaurant is on the premises, as well as slightly nicer Cobb’s Landing. A few blocks away are other restaurants, including Greek, Thai, Sushi, Italian, Pizza, bakery & coffee house, and Italian Gelato. Sunrise Theatre is 2 blocks away and has many big name shows. Grocery store (Publix) & West marina located about 4 miles north. A dry Cleaners is 4 blocks away, as is the Post Office (inside Mervin’s Café).
The marina is very clean and well kept. The climate controlled laundry room with 4 washers & dryers, also has 2 small desks for working on your computer & a book exchange. The marina provides free wi-fi. Showers were clean. Staff is very friendly and helpful. The pump out is located at the gas dock and, since we were in a slip near it, they were able to pump out the boat and fuel us up without leaving our slip. Lots of grassy areas to walk your dogs (with bags to clean up after them).
We were in the marina's south section (where marina office is). The north section is on the other side of the inlet. It has its own laundry and shower house facilities, and convenient parking. This is the area for long term liveaboards. This area seems quieter and more private. Next to this side is the Manatee Center with boat ramps.

Inexpensive marina in a fun little town, 2009-08-29
Captain: , South Portland, ME (537)

The City Marina is centrally located to visit Ft. Pierce, a fun little city. Be sure to visit the farmers market on Saturday morning. Docks are in good shape although the inside docks are a little tight for larger boats.

Well Run Muni, 2009-06-08
Captain: , New Rochelle, NY (1000)

There were a total of 8 functions going on during the weekend I stayed here, besides two fun restaurants on the water. An then there's town!

Ft Pierce City Marina, 2008-11-30
Captain: , Havre de Grace (119)

Clean marina with two Tiki Bars close by. Also close to library and historic town. About a mile to Publix grocery (bike friendly).

F Dock Rules, 2007-11-14
Captain: , Fosters Point, Random Island, Newfoundland (82)

Great marina. Very helpful staff. Liveaboards on F Dock are the greatest. Hope to see them all again soon.
Rick and Eleanor (Snow Goose)

Nice Marina, 2007-04-23
Captain: , Ocala (7)

Was there for 8 months (August '06 - March '07). Nice marina, new docks, helpful staff. Two good restaurants at the marina and it is walking distance to historic downtown that is being renovated. One suggestion though is to request a slip as far away from the charter boats as possible. The pelicans are terrible. It was a constant battle to keep them off your boat and the mess they would make was a real pain. You would see boats with the fake owls and snakes and the pelicans would be roosted right beside them. Other than that it is a great location and relatively inexpensive

A great value and nice people, 2007-03-25
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (118)

New docks located downtown. Saturday farmer's market. $1.10/foot weekly rate with Boat US discount.

Not much of a restuarant selection even though it is downtown. No grocery stores nearby

City Marina, Ft Pierce, 2007-03-09
Captain: , FT PIERCE FL (7)

Very nice marina..good restaurants, shower/laundry facility. Downtown area with good walking area and fresh market every Sat morning. Theater within walking distance. pleasant environment.

great marina great restruant, 2007-02-16
Captain: , Stuart, Fl. (268)

walking distance to all sorts of things

Nice marina, 2007-02-05
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

As nice as any I have seen. Brand new docks ( Old docks destroyed in hurricane a few years back) several bars, walkable, ships store, taxi ride to supplies. Try to get a slip away from the Bars. Cheap fuel available by Bridge at commerical dock. Priced as expected, high. Dockhands helpful

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