Martin County Sinkhole Map
Last updated: 4/26/2018
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Martin County is located in the Treasure Coast of Florida, a region off the state’s Atlantic Coast with its identity woven on an 18th century Spanish treasure fleet lost in the area during a hurricane. This county was established in 1925 and named in honor of the 1925‒1929 Governor of Florida, John W. Martin.
Martin County has a land area of 543 square miles out of its total 753-square-mile territory. Stuart is its county seat and Palm City its largest community. Martin also encompasses the communities of Hobe Sound, Hutchinson Island, Indiantown, Jensen Beach, Jupiter Island, Port Rio, Salerno, and Seawall’s Point.
The water assets of Martin County, comprising an area 209 square miles in all, serve as a backdrop to waterfront homes showcased along the Intracoastal Waterway and the many lakes and rivers in the county. For residents and visitors alike, the county offers miles and miles of pristine beaches, sand dunes, and crystal clear waters from Hobe Sound to Jensen Beach.
Martin County also takes pride in its more than 77 parks which include the St. Lucie Inlet State Park. Its features include a lagoon with an ecosystem touted as the most bio-diverse in the Northern Hemisphere. The beaches of the county’s Hutchinson Island have the bragging rights too as the third highest nesting site for loggerhead sea turtles in the Western Hemisphere.
Noted for the many sailfish on its ocean waters, the county seat Stuart has earned the moniker as “Sailfish Capital of the World.” The city nestles on the banks of the St. Lucie River and is at the eastern edge of the Okeechobee Waterway, a canal built for commercial vessels to cut sailing time to and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. With this feature, Stuart is also often referred to as “The Panama Canal of Florida.”
Palm City, the county’s largest population center, is just west of Stuart and the ocean, and many waterways near the Turnpike and Interstate 95 surround this city as well. It is home to several parks including Leighton Park near the Palm City Bridge on the St. Lucie River. The park features a scenic walking path, a playground, picnic tables, grills, boat ramps, and fishing pier.
Its natural assets are not only the only strengths of Martin County. Its economy and real estate market are driven too by its proximity to four international airports, namely those in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, and Palm Beach. All are within two hours’ drive or less from the county.
As important, the Martin County Commission has adopted bold steps to create a business- friendly climate. This was accomplished by streamlining the local business permitting process; business fees reduction; increased access to resources; and nurturing a world-class educational system.
Major U.S. companies thus have chosen to grow their businesses in Martin County. These include Advanced Technologies Group, Triumph Aerospace Structures, Liberator Medical Holdings, American Custom Yachts, and American Energy Innovations.
Highlighting all of its worth as a business location and a home search destination, Martin County emerged as “America’s Happiest Seaside Town ” in a 2016 poll by CoastalLiving.com. In 2017, the CNBC named the county as the “Top State to Find a Job in America.”