Main Street Fort Pierce is entering our 32nd year as an accredited Main Street program. We were proud to win the National Great American Main Street Award in 2011. Fort Pierce is a town of people who work hard together to support our community. To date, the program has raised over $15 million and restored 3 buildings; including a 1923 silent movie and vaudeville house - The Sunrise Theatre. We managed a grant to build the Manatee Observation and Education Center; bringing awareness to the sensitive environment of the Indian River Lagoon and currently one of top tourist destinations on the Treasure Coast. The Main Street Fort Pierce offices are located in the former home of acclaimed local artist A.E. "Beanie" Backus, another restoration project. Artists from The Highwaymen and author Zora Neale Hurston were fixtures for a time at the Platts/Backus house. The Downtown Business Association and Main Street Fort Pierce have partnered to continue strengthening our downtown shopping area. Together, we have participated in #ShopSmallSaturday for the last two years, with over a thousand people participating in Shop Small days. The City of Fort Pierce was incorporated in 1901 and has a rich and diverse history of art, agriculture and grit. We believe in keeping our historic buildings intact and encourage our citizens to embrace their heritage. If we were to win this prestigious award we would use the money to not only enhance our rapidly growing downtown but preserve the diverse existing history.