Almost 70 years ago, the first U.S. Navy frogmen began underwater demolitions training in the waters around Fort Pierce. Commissioned through an act of Congress and the signature of the president, the National Navy UDT–SEAL Museum now stands where these first training sessions began and documents the evolution of the first volunteers into today's Navy SEALs. Exhibits honor the predecessors to the SEAL program and display artifacts and equipment from combat, including Apollo training vehicles, a Vietnam-era ”Huey” helicopter, and the SEALs' unique water vehicles powered by hardworking seahorses. Also on display are all 10,000 pounds of the fiberglass lifeboat from the 2009 hostage rescue of Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama following its hijacking by Somalian pirates. Visitors can also view WWII training obstacles rescued from the ocean floor or take in the names of fallen heroes as they walk on memorial bricks donated by the friends and family of former SEALs. In addition to documenting and honoring past soldiers, the National Navy UTD–SEAL Museum also reaches out to living veterans through their reunions and their partnership with the Wheelchairs for Warriors program.
Lisa Fasnacht loves to see people go outside and be active—so much so that her company's web address is its own call to action, GetOutsideandDoSomething.com. Then there's her company's Facebook page, where she's just as apt to plug excursions with the local Meetup group outside-adventure club as she is her own equipment rentals, which include use of outdoor gear such as bicycles, Trikkes, standup paddleboards, and camping equipment. She also leads guided kayak tours along the Treasure Coast's waterways, giving guests occasional glimpses of wildlife such as eagles suffering from male-pattern baldness.
Archie Summerlin, part-time poet and self-proclaimed hell-raiser, opened Archie's Seabreeze in 1947 to supply beer to soldiers stationed on South Beach, and his loyal crew continues to serve up pub favorites and cold brews from its vast menu. Like an amorous sea cow's song luring fishermen to the sea, the conch fritters ($7.99), soft shell crab sandwich with fries and slaw ($10.99), and the 8-ounce bacon cheeseburger ($8.99) beckon food-laden fingers to mouths. Domestic and imported bottles ($2.75+), and draft beers such as the Florida-brewed Key West Ale ($3.25) wet whistles as quickly as a referee in a water park.
Treasure Coast Surf's instructor Andres Arroyave has ridden waves in Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, and Puerto Rico. Given this depth of international surfing experience, he doesn't have too much trouble teaching technique to beginning and intermediate riders on the East Coast. His methods see that individuals learn to stand up on the board and ride independently, while never interfering with the enjoyment and relaxation they derive from the sport.