Treasure Coast History

The Treasure Coast is a region in the state of Florida along the Atlantic coast comprising Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin, and in some definitions, Palm Beach counties. The region, whose name refers to the Spanish Treasure Fleet lost in a 1715 hurricane, evidently emerged out of residents’ desire to separate themselves from Miami and the Gold Coast region.

The area includes two metropolitan statistical areas designated by the Office of Management and Budget and used for statistical purposes by the Census Bureau and other agencies: the Port St. Lucie, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area (comprising St. Lucie and Martin Counties) and the Sebastian – Vero Beach, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area (comprising Indian River County).

Palm Beach County is part of the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–Pompano Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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