Thumb up: Fort Pierce Police Athletic League finally gets its own permanent home

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: After 16 years of wandering around town, the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League recently celebrated a ribbon-cutting at its first official, permanent home.

Begun in 1995 as a six-member boxing club in a spare room at the YMCA on 21st St., PAL, which now serves 500 youth, has taken over all of the former YMCA facility after previous locations in a shopping plaza, vacant post office and an old factory in an industrial zone.

Fort Pierce Master Officer Paul Pearson, who founded the organization and is its executive director, estimated some 12,000 young people have gone through the program.

Nick Mimms, director of the Fort Pierce Public Works Department, who oversaw the city’s $250,000 renovation of the former YMCA building for PAL, said, “This is not on the east side, west side, north side or south side. It’s in the core of our community so everybody can enjoy it. I can’t wait for the children to fill it up so we can bring smiles to their faces.”

Well done to all involved.

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