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April 27, 2006

Treasure Coast Connector Unveils New Bench

In honor of upcoming Zora Neale Hurston festival, bench will portray Hurston's portrait

Tom Derzypolski

(Ft. Pierce, Fla.) - Saturday, April 29, 2006, marks the second annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival. In honor of this literary legend, the community transit system of St. Lucie and Martin Counties, the Treasure Coast Connector (TCC), unveiled a new mosaic art bus bench with a portrait of Hurston. The unveiling took place today at the Zora Neale Hurston Library at 3008 Avenue D at 4:00pm.

"There are so many places in the community that Zora lived and worked. We're honored that the Treasure Coast Connector chose to place a bench with Zora's portrait at the Zora Neale Hurston Library," said Susan Kilmer, Library Director, St. Lucie County. "It's icing on the cake."

A second bench will be placed in front of the Sarah's Memorial Cemetery where Hurston is buried. The cemetery is located at the corner of 17th Street and Avenue S and is walking distance from a Connector bus stop located at 17th Street and Avenue O. Both mosaic benches were designed by local artist Anita Prentice.

In addition to the benches, free transportation will be provided by the TCC for the Second Annual Zora Fest: The Mystique of Zora, Saturday, April 29, 2006. Tours of the Dust Tracks Heritage Trail will run from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The tour brings visitors to many places where Hurston worked and lived. Visitors will have the opportunity to see her grave site and to walk through the home where she continued writing until her death.

For those wishing to experience evening festivities and a concert by R & B singer Freddie Jackson, a park and ride will be set up at the St. Lucie County Civic Center at 2300 Virginia Avenue and will shuttle people to and from street festival events at Lincoln Park Academy from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.

"This is an exciting time in Ft. Pierce. Zora is a legend and a literary icon. We are happy to be providing transportation to and from this event and for the Heritage Trail," said Marianne Arbore, Transit Director. "We are also happy that residents in the community who have not yet ridden the Connector buses, will have an opportunity to try them."

The Treasure Coast Connector began operation in 2002 and now connects the communities of St. Lucie and Martin Counties with three fixed routes. Service is scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.treasurecoastconnector.com or call 722-464-8878 in St. Lucie County or 772-286-8818 in Martin County.