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Treasure Coast Essay

Megayachts in Fort Pierce

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about megayachts.  Two of them are now docked at the Indian River Marine Terminal in the Port of Fort Pierce, north of downtown.  Maybe more will come.  The port needs the business.  Fort Lauderdale to the south is full-up with exotic vessels.  Fort Pierce has space, and labor rates are about half of what they are down there.  The first to arrive was the 212-foot “Lady Lau,” to be renamed “Double Down” by her new owner.  He bought her for $44 million.  The other is “Freedom” -- 229 feet, with eight staterooms and a helicopter pad.  Both are undergoing $1.5 million in maintenance.  Local electricians, carpenters and other workers are being employed.  Fort Pierce, a place for megayachts.  Pretty cool, huh?  I’m Paul Janensch.