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Fort Pierce community center to rise.

by Author | Oct 18, 2013
FORT PIERCE — Three years ago Tribe officials put shovels in the dirt at Chupco Landing and broke ground on the proposed Fort Pierce Community Hope Center...
Residents gather to launch long-awaited construction.

FORT PIERCE — Three years ago Tribe officials put shovels in the dirt at Chupco Landing and broke ground on the proposed Fort Pierce Community Hope Center. After 35 months of near inactivity, “hope” was restored when a
 bulldozer ceremoniously roared onto the job site to officially launch construction.

About 30 residents and Tribal leaders gathered for the Sept. 20 event dubbed Chupco Landing “Moving Forward.” Construction on the 17,000-square-foot building will likely begin in four to six weeks. Sally Tommie, a mover and shaker in 2008 when she served as the Fort Pierce Liaison, said leaders on each reservation were then directed to come up with a list of “needs and wants.”

At Fort Pierce, the most obvious need was a community center because meetings and functions were being held in tents or in the ballrooms of local hotels.Plans for a two-story, environmentally friendly, LEED-certified facility to house Tribal departments and a second-floor gymnasium were first stalled because of cost concerns. Later, after a 2010 groundbreaking at the lakeside site, the plan was again placed on the back burner in the midst of administrative turnover. 
Hollywood Council special assistant Alexander Tommie, who lives primarily in the Fort Pierce community, said the time to get the job done has finally arrived. “We’ve been waiting and waiting and now it’s coming to pass. It’s actually pretty awesome,” Alexander Tommie said. Sally Tommie credits Hollywood Councilman Chris Osceola, who also represents Fort Pierce, for getting the project moving again.“When I was elected, my goal was to have the building done by the time my term is over,” Councilman Osceola said at the “Moving Forward” ceremony. “I’m lucky as a Councilman to have walked in when the stars were aligned and be able to hit the ground running.”