Tradition (Port St. Lucie)

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Tradition, Florida is a master-planned community in Port St. Lucie, Florida established in 2003. It covers 8,300 acres (34 km2) in Florida's Treasure Coast, with seven residential neighborhoods surrounding a town square, neighborhood parks, lakes and a retail shopping center. A few years after its establishment, it was incorporated as an in-city town of Port St. Lucie. It is under development by Core Communities.


Tradition is located on the west edge of Port St. Lucie, at the I-95 and Tradition Parkway interchange (Exit 118) in St. Lucie County. It is near Indian River State College in St. Lucie West and the Florida Turnpike. The community has its own shopping center called The Landing at Tradition. Restaurants and shops include Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pier 1 Imports, Old Navy and PetSmart. Tradition Square hosts other stores and the community's Publix Super Market.[1]

A monthly community street celebration is held the third Friday of every month in Tradition Square, known as WestFest. WestFest has served as an entertainment venue - bands including The Beach Boys, Eddie Money and The Lovin' Spoonful have performed.[2]

The Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies announced plans in 2006 to relocate its headquarters to the 150-acre (0.61 km2) Florida Center for Innovation at Tradition research park. Since then, subsequent moves have been announced by the Oregon Health & Science University’s Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute and Mann Research Center, which plans a 410,000-square-foot (38,000 m2) campus with research and development, as well as medical office space. A Martin Memorial Health Systems campus is also planned, along with a Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel property.[3]


Tradition also is home to a K-8 charter laboratory research school, Palm Pointe, that was built in collaboration with Florida Atlantic University and St. Lucie County schools. The school is open to all St. Lucie County students through a lottery-based system.[4] It also contains Renaissance Charter School at Tradition, which is located right across from Brunetti, an elder home. Renaissance charter school is open to St. Lucie County students through a lottery system. The school is kindergarten through eighth grade.

Points of interest[edit]

First Data Field, formally Tradition Field, located on Peacock Boulevard in Port St. Lucie, is the Spring Training home field for the New York Mets and the Florida State League St. Lucie Mets in the summer baseball season.[5]


Tradition is under development by Core Communities, the Port St. Lucie-based real estate development subsidiary of Woodbridge Holdings Corporation (NYSE: WDG). Core previously developed the 4,600-acre (19 km2) St. Lucie West community and is also developing the 5,300-acre (21 km2) Tradition Hilton Head community in South Carolina.[6]


  1. ^ Tradition, Port St. Lucie, Florida
  2. ^ WestFest Performances Archived 2008-03-22 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Jim Turner. "Development leaders raise biotech ante for the Treasure Coast". TCP. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  4. ^ Tradition Charter School Archived 2007-07-26 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "The Official Site of The St. Lucie Mets - Homepage". St. Lucie Mets. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Genuine Computer Solutions - Computer and Network Services in Port St. Lucie". Retrieved 22 April 2015.

Coordinates: 27°16′08″N 80°26′17″W / 27.269°N 80.438°W / 27.269; -80.438