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The Treasure Coast is the commonly used term for a region in the U.S. state of Florida stretching from south of Hobe Sound in the south to north of Sebastian in the north, including all of the coastal counties of Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin. The inland county of Okeechobee is sometimes considered a part of the Treasure Coast, although it is included in the Florida Heartland. Okeechobee is included with the three coastal counties in the Indian River State College district and in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit.[1] The Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council based in Stuart, which has jurisdiction over the counties of Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin. While it does include Palm Beach County, which is actually officially apart of the Gold Coast, it does not include Okeechoobee County.[2]

The name "Treasure Coast" is derived from a number of ships of Spanish galleons (especially those of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet) that wrecked off the coast during the 17th and 18th centuries. Artifacts from these ships have been recovered in the past fifty years, both by amateur and professional treasure-hunters.

Metropolitan Areas

The Treasure Coast is sometimes considered a metropolitan area, though it is not nearly as large as the South Florida metropolitan area to its south. The United States Census Bureau separates the Treasure Coast into two metropolitan statistical areas.

Metropolitan Statistical Areas 2005 Population
Port St. Lucie Metropolitan Statistical Area
381,033
Sebastian-Vero Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area 130,043

The Port St. Lucie Metropolitan Statistical Area includes St. Lucie and Martin counties. The Sebastian-Vero Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area includes only Indian River County. Okeechobee County is not included in either area.

Major cities

A list of major cities in the Treasure Coast and their estimated 2004 population:

References

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Treasure Coast is a region on the east coast of Florida. It is comprised of Indian River County, St. Lucie County, and Martin County.

Get in

By car

The Treasure Coast is served by Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 1.

  • Orlando International Airport (MCO), [1] in Orlando, and Palm Beach International Airport (WPB), [2] in West Palm Beach are both outside the region, but are the major airports used.
  • Melbourne International Airport (MLB), One Air Terminal Pkwy, Suite 220, Melbourne, (321) 723-6227 ext. 222, [3]. Near the north end of the region and served by Delta.
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