We stay in Vero Beach in the municipal mooring
field every Spring and Fall while transiting the area. Marina community is great, marina facilities OK. What sets it apart IMHO is that Vero Beach has lots to do (art museum, theater, good supermarket, walk to beach, and more ... did I mention free bus service
around town which stops at the marina). Also safe and clean town.
While the Fort Pierce (about 12 miles south of VB) municipal marina is nicer and has exceptional staff and better facilities ... no mooring field so a different price
point. Also Ft Pierce has direct access to the Atlantic through a "Class A" inlet. However, the town of Ft Pierce doesn't have much going for it, no public transportation that I know of, and is not nearly as safe. Indeed on New Years day a forum member
docked in FP posted photos of a 9mm bullet hole in his deck
from a stray bullet. I happened to read the local FP paper yesterday, and the crime blotter was mostly drugs and gun arrests ... more than a few. As I type this I am docked at the FP municipal marina visiting friends ... I just govern myself accordingly around town.