North Hutchinson Island
North Hutchinson Island, Florida is an Atlantic coastal barrier island, lying north of the Fort Pierce Inlet in St. Lucie County, Florida. It is separated from the mainland by the Indian River Lagoon. North of the county line between St Lucie and Indian River counties, it is known as Orchid Island. In order to avoid confusion, this article deals only with North Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County.
The community of North Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County, also known as North Beach or North Fort Pierce Beach, is entirely unincorporated and shares the Fort Pierce, Florida 34949 Zip Code with the part of Hutchinson Island lying north of Blind Creek, which is just north of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant. State Road A1A is the main north-side road on the island and is the only bridge link to the mainland of St. Lucie County. For most of its length A-1-A is known as Atlantic Beach Boulevard. The beaches to the north of the Fort Pierce Inlet jetty are some of the few accreting beaches on the east coast of Florida.
Residential development on the island
East of A-1-A the residential development is largely mid-rise condominium apartments, while west of A-1-A there is a mix of single-family houses, townhouses and low-rise condominium apartment buildings. There is also a large mobile home resort that started out as an RV park 30 or more years ago.
Some of the current residences on the island, moving south to north on State Route A1A North:
Aquanique Ocean Club-2700 N A1A; Barclay Beach Club-2800 N A1A; Atrium on the Ocean-2900 N A1A; Atrium on the Ocean II-3000 N A1A; Sands on the Ocean-3100 N A1A; Tiara Towers-3150 N A1A; Sea Palms-3200 N A1A; Grand Isle-3702 N A1A; Hibiscus by the Sea-3880 N A1A; Ocean Pearl-3920 N A1A; Visions-4000 N A1A; Treasure Cove Dunes-4100 N A1A; Oceanique-4180 N A1A; Ocean Harbour South-4230 N A1A; Altamira-4330 N A1A; Paragon-4400 N A1A Note: these residences are all east of A1A (oceanfront)
At the site of the former Radisson hotel at 2600 N A1A, the developer George Heaton, of the Vero Beach Resort and Spa, has submitted plans to the county to build a 150-room luxury hotel as well as 9 luxury oceanfront cottages. Heaton is also the developer of the successful Tarpon Flats neighborhood on the west side of A1A.
Sites of interest
Sites of interest on North Hutchinson Island include:
- Fort Pierce Inlet State Park lies on the beachside just north of the inlet.
- National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum lies on the east side of A-1-A just south of Pepper Park Beach. (3300 N A1A)
- Pepper Beach Park operated by St. Lucie County, straddles A-1-A
- Jack Island State Preserve is on the west side of A-1-A not too far north of Pepper Park.