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Stuart, Florida


stuart florida   Stuart, is the only "city" in Martin County, Florida. It is the county seat for the County Government of Martin County. In 2007, the census bureau recorded a population of 15,964 for the City of Stuart.

  The Treasure Coast area of Florida that became Stuart was first settled by non-Native Americans in 1870. In 1875, a United States Lifesaving Station was established on Hutchinson Island, near Stuart. From 1893-1895, the area was called Potsdam, the name chosen by Otto Stypmann, a local landowner originally from Potsdam, Germany. Stypmann. He and hgis brother owned the land that would become downtown Stuart.

  Potsdam was renamed Stuart in 1895, after the establishment of the Florida East Coast Railway, in honor of Homer Hine Stuart, Jr., another local landownder. When Stuart was incorporated as a town in 1914, it was located in Palm Beach County. In 1925, Stuart was chartered as a city and named the county seat of the newly created Martin County of Florida.

  The City of Stuart totals 8.5 square miles of which 2.2 square miles is mainly navigable waterways. Average rainfall is 58 inches per year yet there is also an average of 236 sunny days. The average high temperature in July is 90 degrees while the average low temperature in January is 55 degrees.

  The Stuart area was first inhabited by sailors that wrecked during hurricanes in the early 1700's. Through the years Stuart has grown and was a center for citrus and pineapple plantations.  Because of the abundance of easily accessible waterways the population soon grew and residential areas are now abundant.  Stuart was a part of palm Beach County until 1925 (formerly called Potsdam) at which time the city was incorporated and Martin County was formed.

  Now known as the "Sailfish Capital of the World," Stuart is the home of many marinas, golf courses and a wonderfully quaint downtown area. A wonderful place to call home, but visitors are also always welcomed.

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