Port St. Lucie Historical Society, Inc., Story


In conjunction with the Celebration Executive Committee, the Society announced that Nina Baranski, former Communications Officer with the City, had contracted to author a history book celebrating the city’s 50 year life; “Port St. Lucie at 50” , A City For All People.  Three businesses stepped up and said they would fund the book’s cost – Core Communities, Johnson Brothers, Inc. and Riverside National Bank.

In March, the St. Lucie County Commission first gave permission for the Society to use a 10x12 room in the County Annex on Walton Road to use as an office.

Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws were adopted at the Board’s November 25th meeting.  The documents were later filed with the Secretary of State and St. Lucie County. 

Christine Williams organized a series of “Pioneer Gatherings” where members, guests and friends shared their recollections of Port St. Lucie before, during and since incorporation.  Pictured here are members and friends of the Society at Beth Gessner’s home.

Members of the Society participated in the Santa Lucia Day celebration in Fort Pierce on Santa Lucia Day, December 13th.

The Society acquired a “Certificate of Exemption” making future purchases for the Society tax-free.


In conjunction with the Celebration Executive Committee, Chair Richard McAfoos negotiated a contract with a local production company, Treasure Coast Films, Inc., and began working on a full-length docu/drama motion picture to document and celebrate the City’s 50th Anniversary the week of April 27, 2011.

Richard McAfoos also conceived and supported work on an Eagle Scout Project for Erik Christensen to create an interactive map and photo section that will be a part of the Society’s web site.

Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Florida Secretary of State on January 12, 2009.

A plaque of appreciation was presented to former director and member Stan Hicks to thank him for his long time dedicated service to the Society.


The new Board of Directors and Special Advisor were photographed at the home of Richard McAfoos.

Left to right seated:  Vice Chair Randy Green, Secretary Joan Beyer*, Treasurer Christine Williams and Chair Richard McAfoos.  Left to right standing:  Directors Tom Minch, Marge Organ and Dianne Aguiar, and Special Advisor Dennis Grabhorn.

With the able assistance of the City’s Communications Department, the Celebration Committee adopted the following logo that will appear on all City announcements and letters between April 2010 and April 2011:

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At the City Council Meeting on April 26, 2010, Mayor Patricia Christensen presented the Society with the following proclamation from the City acknowledging the Society’s significant involvement with and management of Port St. Lucie's 50th Anniversary Celebration on April 27, 2011.  The Society’s Officers continued to head up the history book, docu/drama movie and celebration week activities.

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The Society was an active participant on the long-standing St. Lucie County Historical Commission, holding two seats, until the sun set on the commission early in 2010. The Society’s Chair and Secretary remain active with the St. Lucie Historical Society, Inc., that holds its meetings in Fort Pierce, the County’s first and largest such society.  

McAfoos addressed the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Class on Feb. 11, 2010.


* deceased