Just a short drive north could mean big time waves for Martin & Palm Beach County surfers!
A simulated surf park may be on its way to the Treasure Coast as part of a $595 million development plan in Fort Pierce. The “Willow Lakes” proposal would bring an estimated 800 residential homes, 600 hotel rooms and 400,000 square feet of retail space along with thousands of potential jobs.
The first phase would feature the WaveGarden and food and beverage facilities. It may also include a 150-room hotel. The surfing center itself, "Surfworks Resorts" is expected to create 139 jobs and $15.6 million economic impact annually, according to a study by the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.
The facility features a massive swimming pool-like area that creates up to 1,000 waves an hour and around 100 surfers at any moment, according to a promotional video the developers showed. Waves are of varying shapes and for a range of expertise.
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