Often characterized as an old fishing village, Port Salerno is located in between Martin County’s Hobe Sound and Stuart, about 35 miles north of West Palm Beach. The area is defined by the Manatee Pocket, which contains 13 marinas, 5 waterfront restaurants and 3 boat ramps. Known as a major boating and fishing center, Port Salerno is strategically situated where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian River and St. Lucie River on Florida’s Treasure Coast.
The town of about 10,000 residents, which plays host to major sport fishing tournaments each year, is also the home of the internationally known Chapman School of Seamanship…read more
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As its located close to the St Lucie Inlet, it was considered to become a seaport or possibly a rail line hub to disperse supplies throughout. Port Salerno was always a fishing community, and during World War II it was the site of the Borden Company’s “shark factory,” which made shark repellent.
Many marinas and boat yards are also located in this community providing locals a fisherman’s dream. Today, the little fishing community has become an upscale area with the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College, Martin Memorial Medical Center South, the Morgade Public Library and a diverse shopping area.