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 January 24th, 2008  
St. Lucie County jail inmates will paint historic Beanie Backus house in Fort Pierce at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, media welcome, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
 
The historic downtown Fort Pierce home of acclaimed landscape artist Beanie Backus gets a new coat of paint inside and outside Monday, Feb. 4, thanks to a St. Lucie County jail inmate work crew, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

Members of the media are welcome. Painting begins Monday, Feb. 4, at 8:30 a.m., at the home where Mr. Backus painted his internationally renowned Florida landscapes. The home is located at 122 A.E. Backus Ave., Fort Pierce.

“Our inmate work crew has done numerous projects throughout St. Lucie County, including downtown Fort Pierce,” said Sheriff Mascara. “We are proud to play a part in preserving the heritage of our county through this project, inmate work crew assistance with the Sunrise Theatre restoration project and many others.”

The inmate work crew’s efforts to repaint the Backus home will save about $10,000, according to Doris Tillman, Manager of Main Street, Fort Pierce, Inc. She can be reached by cell phone at 772-216-2337.

Main Street, Fort Pierce, has used the inmate work crew to prepare downtown Fort Pierce for a number of events in recent years, Ms. Tillman said.

“One of the nicest things about the inmates’ work on the Sunrise Theatre is that we have seen many of them come back with their families to show them the building and discuss what they learned while working there,” said Ms. Tillman. “They developed pride in their work and pride for their community.

Here’s a web link to a locator map of the Backus House:


http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&time=&date=&ttype=&q=122+A.E.+Backus+Avenue,+fort+pierce,+fl&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=33.489543,58.447266&ie=UTF8&ll=27.452513,-80.324113&spn=0.009159,0.014269&z=16&iwloc=addr&om=0

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