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Educating future generations.

The lives of early Martin County residents Hubert Bessey and Kathleen Dunscombe didn’t intersect –but they did share a common dream. These generous and foresighted individuals dreamed of endowing scholarships for high school seniors in Martin County, to help qualified students pursue higher education.

They chose The Community Foundation to help make their enduring legacies a reality.

Fast forward to today, and their love for community and commitment to education is still going strong. In the past five years alone, The Hubert W. Bessey Scholarship Fund and Kathleen H.Dunscombe Fund have provided scholarship

monies for dozens of high school seniors toward college and further education.

These Funds were established with us over 30 years ago, and they continue to be managed by The Community Foundation Martin-St. Lucie. We are humbled by the trust the Fund founders placed in us, and are committed to safeguarding their legacies.

The Community Foundation works with dreamers like Hubert and Kathleen every day. Today’s Fundholders embrace causes that include education, the arts, human services, health and wellness, the environment and much more. We pledge to keep their dreams alive and well, far into the future.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Barbella, President & CEO, at Elizabeth@tcfmsl.org

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On cloud nine

Every now and then in life, we meet someone who makes us feel, well, kind of boring. Okay, maybe it’s just me, but it happened recently when I met Hannah Umberger.

Hannah is 27 and lives in Fort Pierce. She’s this beautiful, petite young woman who comes across as a little shy and super sweet. But the kicker is, she flies planes. Big planes, like DC-3s. Overseas. Watching her climb up the stairs to the cockpit at our February cover shoot and imagining her flying that thing high in the sky, I suddenly felt the urge to up the interesting factor in my life. Like, I need an exciting new hobby, stat!

Hannah flies airplanes for Missionary Flights International to bring much-needed supplies to countries like Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. Flying isn’t just a hobby for her—she’s using her skills to help others, which makes her that much more amazing. She is one of the local women we interviewed for our cover feature, “Fly Girls,” which sheds light on U.S. aviation and the fact that only nine percent of FAA-certified pilots are women. To learn more and hear from some other female pilots living on the Treasure Coast, turn to page 30.

Another local resident who is a pretty fly girl herself is Chelsea Hollingsworth-Barnhill, our featured Character profile this month. Chelsea lives in Palm City and is a physical therapist by trade. When she’s not working, she’s kicking butt and taking names on the triathlon scene. Triathletes have to be equally adept at running, cycling, and swimming, making Chelsea a true triple threat, and last fall she competed in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Turn to page 24 to learn more about her.

If you’re a baseball fan, you’re probably pretty excited about the start of spring training this month. Before you head to a game at Clover Park, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, or The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, check out “Spring Training Done Right” on page 36. It’s filled with insider tips on everything from where to sit to how to score an autograph to which players to keep your eye on this season.

Peace and blessings,

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Love and support

Ihave been fascinated by the lunar cycle and enjoyed tracking the full moons ever since my son was born on a full moon back in 1997. So when I learned about the Elliott Museum’s Full Moon Sound Healing series, I was immediately interested. The Elliott explores the meaning behind each month’s full moon and its influence through sound—this month’s sound healing event is on the fourth.

February’s full moon is referred to as the “Snow Moon,” named by native tribes in homage to the snow found on the ground in much of the northern hemisphere during the month. It’s also sometimes called the “Hunger Moon” because of the scarcity of food and the inability to hunt during snowy conditions.

Fortunately, that bit of trivia isn’t applicable here in sunny Stuart, where we are lucky enough to spend much time outdoors during our mild winter months. And in February, there are a bunch of great outdoor events I’m excited to attend, including Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts February 4-5 and ArtsFest at Gazebo Park February 11-12. Stuart Magazine is a proud sponsor of these weekend festivals, and we hope to see you there! Later in the month, the Downtown Stuart Art Festival hits Osceola Street February 25-26.

On to the next happening… Valentine’s Day! I love celebrating this holiday and letting those in my life know how much I love them. My husband and I started a tradition where we order takeout sushi, light candles, decorate the table with cutout hearts, and enjoy a family dinner. Now that we are empty nesters, we don’t bother with the cutout hearts, but we keep up the takeout tradition, right down to our favorite sushi order. I hope you and yours find fun-loving ways to show your love this Valentine’s Day.

Here at Stuart Magazine, we show our love for the community by supporting and partnering with local charities. Last month, for example, we were thrilled to be the media sponsor for Place of Hope’s Paradise on the Peninsula event at the Hobe Sound Polo Club. Please reach out to me if Stuart Magazine can help support your cause in the future.

Coming up in the March issue, special marketing and advertising opportunities will include our Private Education Guide, Home Resource Guide, and Flavor Dining Guide. Shoot me an email if you are interested in being a part of these sections. And if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our Insider’s Guide newsletter via our website (stuartmagazine.com) to stay in the know about local happenings.

Have a fantastic February, and I hope to see you around town!

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Different Strokes

When you live in South Florida, playing golf is almost mandatory, and there’s no shortage of courses to choose from in the area. For those who like to have a little bit of fun on the course, head to the newly renovated PopStroke in Port St. Lucie.

Co-owned by Tiger Woods and Greg Bartoli, the site reopened in October with two 18-hole putting courses created with all ages and skill levels in mind. The Tiger Black Course and the Tiger Red Course were both personally designed by Woods and his team at TGR Design. “Since investing in the company and partnering with Bartoli, Woods and his team have been very involved,” says Tim Glita, PopStroke’s director of operations. “Each of the golf courses at all PopStroke locations is unique.”

Another popular addition at the Port St. Lucie location is the revamped dining menu. “Everything is fresh,” Glita says. “We have a wonderful homemade pizza dough, and we’ve added handhelds to the menu. The homemade Smashburger is our

new best-selling item.” There is also an on-site ice cream parlor offering 24 flavors and specialty, over-the-top milkshakes. Glita adds that the PopStroke team plans to continue expanding the guest experience over time. “We’re not a business that likes to settle,” he says. “If we can do something better, more efficiently, then we will. We make sure the standard is set very high for our guests.” popstroke.com/port-saint-lucie –Holly Martinez

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A few things to do this month

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PORTSIDE PICKUP FOR A BOATMAN’S BEST FRIEND

Most dogs may be natural swimmers, but that doesn’t mean they have their sea legs. If you’re heading out for a boat day and need to leave your furry friend behind, The Dog Stop in Stuart has you covered.

Located in the North River Shores Plaza, The Dog Stop offers a convenient amenity called portside pet pickup. Just let them know when you’re set to sail and a team member will come to the marina, pick up your pet for a day of doggie day care at its 11,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor center, and make a dockside return when you’re back.

Owner Mike Fouts started offering the concierge service in response to client need. He explains:

“Somebody called us and said, ‘I’m coming into town on a boat for a day excursion. We need care for our dog.’ It’s a niche market in South Florida. We go and pick up the dogs at the marina and bring them back at the end of day care or boarding.”

In addition to transportation, other arrangements to pamper your landlubbing pet are also available, including one-on-one cuddle sessions for dogs who are anxious or just need a break from the rest of the pack. And worry-prone owners can put their minds at ease by watching live-cam footage online to see what their pooch is up to all day. The location recently launched a new subscription model in January giving regulars the option to bring their dogs in for services as often as they want.

Additional amenities include grooming, in-home care, training, and a large retail space where you can buy food, treats, toys, and more pet goodies. “We focus on offering services that best match the needs of dog owners,” Fouts says. “What really sets us apart is the team we have in place. Our people genuinely love dogs.”

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February 1 to March 3: J.C. Leyendecker and Norman Rockwell Exhibition

The Elliott Museum, Stuart, free, hsmc-fl.com

February 1 to March 4: Kaleidoscope Exhibition

Palm Room, Harbour Bay Plaza, free, martinartisansguild.com

February 3: First Friday Art Walk

The Creek District, Stuart, free, thecreekdistrict.org

February 4-5: Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts

Downtown Hobe Sound, free, artfestival.com

February 4-5: Port St. Lucie Winter Art & Craft Expo MidFlorida Event Center, Port St. Lucie, free, floridafests.com

February 5: Market on Main

Flagler Park, Stuart, also February 12, 19, 26, free, stuartmainstreet.org

February 5: An Evening with David Foster and Katharine McPhee

Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce, $56-$80, sunrisetheatre.com

February 11: The Simon and Garfunkel Story Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce, $60-$69, sunrisetheatre.com

February 11: Annual Rose Ball – Cirque du Soleil Mariner Sands Country Club, Stuart, $150, treasurehealth.org

February 11-12: MartinArts Presents ArtsFest Gazebo Park, Stuart, free, martinarts.org

February 18: “Mania” – The Abba Tribute Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce, $44-$49, sunrisetheatre.com

February 18: Port St. Lucie Wine, Beer & Spirits Fest MidFlorida Event Center, Port St. Lucie, $15-$50, floridafests.com

February 22: The Modern Gentlemen The Lyric Theatre, Stuart, $52, lyrictheatre.com

February 23-26: The Honda Classic PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, ticket prices vary, thehondaclassic.com

February 24: “Stayin’ Alive” – A Tribute to the Bee Gees The Lyric Theatre, Stuart, $47, lyrictheatre.com

February 24-March 5: St. Lucie County Fair St. Lucie County Fairgrounds, Fort Pierce, $5-$15, stluciecountyfair.org

February 25: Treasure Coast Ballet Presents Fairy Tales The Lyric Theatre, Stuart, $47, lyrictheatre.com

February 25-26: Downtown Stuart Art Festival Osceola Street, downtown Stuart, free, artfestival.com

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The Modern Gentlemen at The Lyric Feb. 22 M. PHILIP PHOTOGRAPHY

Conservation

Cleanup Crew

New hope for combating pollution in the Indian River Lagoon comes in the form of “super clams”

Most of us are aware of the decline of the Indian River Lagoon in recent years due to excess nutrients from fertilizer, runoff, and septic tanks. This pollution promotes harmful algal blooms that kill off aquatic resources such as seagrass, a foundation of the aquatic food chain. Ultimately, that lack of food source eventually kills off marine life—like our beloved manatees. Recently, scientists are attacking that pollution with a new weapon: “super clams.”

Hard clams naturally filter water and siphon harmful algae and other pollutants. But in recent years, the population of clams in the lagoon has decreased significantly for a variety of reasons including poor water quality and overharvesting. In 2018, a team of researchers from the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory of Marine Bioscience searched the Indian River Lagoon for clams and found fewer than 50.

What YOU Can Do 4 ways you can help keep the Indian River Lagoon cleaner

• Limit or stop fertilizer usage. Excess nitrogen and phosphorus that ends up in the lagoon drives algal blooms, which are detrimental to the health of the species that live in our lagoon.

• Consider converting your septic to sewer, as the system is a large source that affects the Indian River.

• Advocate for clean water policies by contacting your local and state government officials.

• Volunteer with Florida Oceanographic Society’s upcoming clam-distribution events. Visit floridaocean.org/volunteer for information on future deployments and other volunteer work.

That number may sound discouraging, but those 50 clams gave researchers hope. If these clams could survive a harsh ecosystem, then their offspring may have a chance too. The Whitney Laboratory team got straight to work, breeding the clams and collaborating with the Florida Oceanographic Society to distribute them throughout the southern section of the lagoon.

“The clams they found in the Indian River Lagoon are somehow genetically predisposed to survive the current environment,” says

Loraé Simpson, Florida Oceanographic Society’s director of scientific research and conservation. “The Whitney took those survivors back to the lab and spawned them, those nursery-raised native clams were given to us, and we put them back into the lagoon.”

In September, Simpson and her team, along with the help of volunteers, distributed 55,000 super clams in the Indian River Lagoon near the Florida Oceanographic Society. Combined with Whitney Lab’s other collaborators throughout the Indian River area, 18 million clams—and counting—have been distributed from Martin County up to the Ponce Inlet in Volusia County since 2019.

The idea is that these new clams will help clean the water, allowing seagrass to sprout and manatees to thrive. “Clams are filter feeders, and that’s going to reduce the turbidity in the water,” explains Simpson. “They make the water a lot clearer, which helps seagrass grow, as it needs sunlight to photosynthesize. The clams clean the water, the seagrass grows, and marine life like manatees can eat.”

This spring, Florida Oceanographic Society will be leading clam-deployment volunteer opportunities focused on the Indian River Lagoon. Says Simpson: “It’s the best volunteer event because you just go out with a handful of clams and throw them into the water—and the clams do the rest of the work,” she says. floridaocean.org ❖

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—Tips provided by Loraé Simpson, Florida Oceanographic Society’s director of scientific research and conservation Super clams bred at the Whitney Laboratory are dropped into the Indian River Lagoon to help filter the water naturally.
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Iron Woman

PALM CITY’S CHELSEA HOLLINGSWORTH-BARNHILL HAS OVERCOME A LIFETIME OF KNEE INJURIES TO COMPETE AS A TOP ATHLETE, GOING TO THE 2020 OLYMPIC MARATHON TRIALS AND FINISHING AN IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP THIS PAST OCTOBER

Chelsea Hollingsworth-Barnhill isn’t one to shrink from a challenge. In October 2022, the Palm City resident competed in the

Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, an experience she says was “the hardest day I have ever experienced as an athlete.”

It’s tough enough to qualify for Kona. The course is hot, hilly, and hard and requires training for around 20 hours a week for at least a year. Never mind the actual competition part, which the 30-year-old triathlete says she is proud simply to have finished.

When you consider her journey before Kona, simply finishing is a very big deal.

Born in Texas, Hollingsworth-Barnhill was raised in North Carolina, where she grew up swimming and playing basketball. Knee injuries ended her hoops career but taught her how to be resilient and overcome physical setbacks. At age 12, she decided she wanted to become a physical therapist to help others do the same.

Still, the competitive fire that made her a force in the pool and on the court didn’t go away. In high school, a doctor cleared her to run cross-country, encouraging her to keep the muscles around her knees strong and wear knee braces as a precaution. She excelled in her new sport and ran competitively in college at East Carolina University, but injuries still troubled her.

“At the end of my college career, my coach told me I still had potential, but it was up to me,” Hollingsworth-Barnhill recalls. “He mentioned that with my swimming and running background, I might consider becoming a triathlete.”

She filed away his advice as she

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Competitive triathlete Chelsea Hollingsworth-Barnhill completed the 2022 Ironman Kona World Championship in October.

completed physical therapy school, running half-marathons whenever her schedule—and body—permitted. After graduation in 2017, she moved to Stuart, where she began working as a physical therapist and became active in the local running community. Her commitment to training paid off big time in 2020, when she qualified to compete in the trials for the Tokyo Summer Olympics U.S. marathon team. Running also led her to the man she would marry, a local triathlete and chiropractor named Kurt Barnhill.

“Some people I met [through the running community] showed him my Facebook page,” she says. “One day, I was riding my bike over a bridge when he drove by and noticed me. He did a double take and stopped at the bottom of the bridge to introduce himself.”

The couple married in August 2020 and now co-own and operate Precision Chiropractic and Rehab, which is located in Stuart near the gym and pool where Hollingsworth-Barnhill trains early mornings and during lunch hours. The couple swim together in the Intracoastal near Hutchinson Shores and bike along A1A.

Hollingsworth-Barnhill says she tends to go “all in” on her goals, but her hubby helps her keep things in perspective. “He always reminds me that I do this for fun, for the joy of it, and brings me back to a calm state,” she says.

Since the grind of Kona, HollingsworthBarnhill has been taking some time to

physically and mentally reset, something she believes is important for any athlete. But she is gearing up for her next big athletic challenges in 2023, which will include running a yet-to-be-determined marathon. Her main goal right now, she says, is to get her marathon time

down and perhaps compete in a few half-triathlons.

Considering her goals for the year, she pauses and adds: “It’s still possible I’ll sign up for another Ironman too.”

No matter what she decides, she’s sure to finish strong. ❖

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Hollingsworth-Barnhill in the Intracoastal near Hutchinson Shores

Skinny DIPPIN’

STUART FISHING GUIDE ED ZYAK TURNED TO A CUSTOM GHEENOE LT 25 TO RETURN TO THE FLATS IN SEARCH OF THE ELUSIVE TROUT

Veteran Stuart fishing guide Ed Zyak established a name for himself many years ago as the go-to guy for catching large sea trout on the lower Indian River Lagoon. As the years rolled on and freshwater discharges into the river system created a major shift in available grassy habitat, sea trout numbers declined and the good fortune necessary to tangle with the rare “gator” trout became increasingly difficult to find.

Turning his sole focus away from the declining lagoon fishery, Zyak expanded his range to include fishing along Stuart’s ocean beaches. But the pull of the early morning thump of a large trout under glassy waters never drifted too far from his thoughts. The combination of some old-school clientele requesting flat-water trips and his own desire to return to his roots led Zyak to pursue a build project that would result in the perfect low-impact

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Ed Zyak fishes the Indian River Lagoon on his new Custom Gheenoe LT 25; the stand-up center console with tilt steering and a Humminbird Solix 10 GPS sounder unit (below).
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stop and cast without making a ruckus. A tall, stand-up center console with tilt steering accommodates a Humminbird Solix 10 GPS sounder unit.

boat for chasing the elusive trophy trout.

POWER FILE

LENGTH: 16 feet

BEAM: 56 inches

DRAFT: 5 inches

WEIGHT: 270 pounds

FUEL: 6.5 gallons (remote)

MAX HP: 25 customgheenoe.com

Few skinny-water boats have the cult following a Gheenoe custom build has. Zyak, the former owner of several Gheenoe boats, has experience with the novelty of building one of these unique watercraft to spec. When it came time to spec out a new boat for a return to the flats where he originally made his mark in the industry, the Custom Gheenoe Lo Tide 25 was a logical start.

A visit to the Gheenoe website offers a base price for the hull followed by an à la carte list of options. Beginning with the bare hull, Zyak added an array of accessories that would make some larger flats skiffs blush. A 25-HP outboard for power was first, along with a Minn Kota Ulterra 80-pound thrust trolling motor. A Minn Kota 8-foot Raptor stake anchor is perfect for a quick

While putting some breakin hours on his new engine, Zyak took a few minutes to sneak into the skinniest of waters looking for any sign of his old friends. A few casts produced that familiar thump—and a flash of optimism washed over the glassy surface. ❖

ABOUT THE WRITER

Hobe Sound

The poling platform provides an elevated seat for spotting spooky trout, and a forward raised casting deck was built for elevating the angler’s perspective while housing both a dry storage compartment and a separate live bait well. The entire interior is trimmed in SeaDek, along with accents on the console dash and poling platform. Forward against the console, an Engel cooler serves as both a drink box and a seat. A padded backrest is mounted against the console face.

resident George LaBonte is an avid fisherman who has captained local charters for 40 years. He also hosts the national television series Florida Sportsman Best Boat and Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat. To book a charter with Captain LaBonte, visit edgesportfishing.com—and be sure to check out his new YouTube channel (“George LaBonte”) devoted to his many fishing adventures.

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Clockwise from top left: Zyak tosses a line from the raised casting deck; his new skiff is perfect for flat-water fishing; sea trout catch of the day; the boat is powered by a 25-HP Tohatsu (he also added a Minn Kota Ulterra trolling motor.

On the MONEY

Think “bank” and a few images come to mind: vaults, coffered ceilings, teller cages, and acres of dark wood. It’s the design aesthetic of old money, and it’s given even more gravitas when the clients are U.S. presidents.

Such is the history of the Riggs Washington DC hotel, housed in the 1891 landmarked building that was once home to the capital’s Riggs National Bank, which handled the finances of 23 presidents. This illustrious heritage did not go unnoted by Lore Group creative director Jacu Strauss, who helmed the property’s reimagining. Strauss preserved many of the original features of the Richardsonian Romanesque Revival building—one of few remaining in the city—including the iconic barrel-vaulted lobby and coffered ceilings.

Nods to the building’s past life are everywhere: A reception area recalls a teller window; decorative safes house minibars and, well, safes; and a giant medallion of the Goddess of Money looms in the lobby. One can even strike cocktail gold in the original bank vault, now transformed into subterranean bar

Silver Lyan (silverlyan.com), which is undoubtedly one of Riggs’ high points.

Mr Lyan (real name Ryan Chetiyawardana), of White Lyan and Dandelyan in London, has to be one of the most creative mixologists on the planet. Mr Lyan interprets a place’s history and culture into concoctions that have to be sipped to be believed. An example: While you wait for your Ceres Joker, the server brings you a masked-bear figurine holding a helium balloon. The bear sways creepily until the Macallan and sloe gin–based cocktail arrives. The server sets the string alight and the balloon detonates, releasing the scent of gunpowder into

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THE FORMER “BANK OF PRESIDENTS” IS REINVENTED AS A HOTEL WHOSE CURRENCY IS DESIGN
Glimpses of the Riggs Washington DC hotel, clockwise from top left: Silver Lyan cocktail bar; Riggs Suite; Café Riggs.

the drink. There are less dramatic ways to deliver a smoky cocktail, but where’s the fun in that?

The hotel’s 181 guest rooms are modern interpretations of the early twentieth century style that informed the original building. The suites are inspired by First Ladies, an idea that came to Strauss following a private tour of the White House. “I chose four lesser-known First Ladies, but each had a strong mind with regard to the atmosphere and culture they wanted to create in the White House,” he says. “I tapped into these legacies in an abstract way to avoid creating a museum-like interior.”

As with all interiors, it’s the small details that, when taken together, make a big statement. For instance, Strauss created “trophy cabinets” in Silver Lyan displaying trophies that women have received for such quirky things as a tractor-driving competition. He reiterated the building’s heritage through framed checks from Riggs National Bank (some more than 120 years old), which he’d collected over the years and installed on the wall behind the reception desk.

“Riggs came with a rich history from its time as a bank during the golden ages and the architectural expression that came with it,” Strauss says. “I wanted to contrast this with aspects that were more playful [and] surprising moments throughout the hotel.” riggsdc.com ❖

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Clockwise from top left: Riggs lobby; the Ida McKinley Suite; Ceres Joker cocktails; a Classic Room.

FLYGirls

Women represent just nine percent of all FAA-certified pilots in the United States. Here on the Treasure Coast, a group of women are breaking that barrier and hoping to close the gap.

Hannah Umberger stands in a hangar at Treasure Coast International Airport in Fort Pierce next to an airplane that is decades older than she is. After mounting the stairs to the 1943 Douglas DC-3 Preferred Turbine, the 27-year-old settles comfortably into the cockpit and begins to explain the challenges of flying a plane that was originally used for air transport during World War II.

“It’s a tail dragger,” she says, explaining how the plane slants heavily downward from nose to tail. A plane like this can be challenging to fly, she says, requiring regular corrections for wind. Umberger grabs the yoke (control column) and pulls back with effort. “The controls are heavy too, it’s a workout,” she jokes.

Twice a week, Umberger flies the 16,500-pound plane loaded with 8,000 pounds of cargo on missionary trips to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. Missionary

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Hannah Umberger at Treasure Coast International Airport in Fort Pierce with the Douglas DC-3 she flies for Missionary Flights International

Flights International, the nonprofit organization Umberger works for, transports medicine, food, clothing, tools, building supplies, and sometimes even live animals to more than 600 organizations throughout these three countries.

For the pilot, who grew up in a Christian home, flying mission trips is a dream come true—albeit one that took her close to 10 years to attain. “Becoming a pilot is a much lengthier process than I realized,” says Umberger, who lives in Fort Pierce. “I am so thankful for the 99s.”

The 99s is an organization of female pilots whose mission is “to promote the advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight.” Founded in 1929, the organization’s name comes from its original membership count of 99. Considering there were only 117 total female pilots in the United States at the time, the 99s represented the pioneers of female flight. Amelia Earhart was the organization’s first president.

Today, the 99s have thousands of members in 44 countries. The local chapter, the Treasure Coast 99s, has members from Vero Beach down to Boca Raton.

“When I started flying, there were not a lot of women doing it,” says 55-year-old Aileen Watkins, who lives in Stuart. “I was lucky to find the 99s.” The mom of two got her private pilot’s license in 1989, and currently she is a captain for Atlas Air. She flies 767s to cities all over the world for companies including Amazon, FedEx, and DHL. Says Watkins: “That Amazon package on your doorstep? It was probably on one of our planes.”

Her fascination with flight began as a teenager when, in 1985, she saw a segment on the PBS series Reaching for the Skies about a female pilot named Lynn Rippelmeyer, the first woman ever to pilot a Boeing 747. Years later, Watkins was interviewing for a scholarship and shared the story of the pilot from the show who had inspired her to fly. “Do you know who that was?” one of the interviewers asked Watkins. She then introduced herself as Lynn Rippelmeyer. “I didn’t get the scholarship, but I didn’t care,” says Watkins. “I was just so thrilled to meet her.”

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“There aren’t enough women shaping the future of aviation. I wanted to fly at 18, but it seemed an impossible thing.”
STEVEN MARTINE STEVEN MARTINE —D iana C linton Hannah Umberger flies to Haiti, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic regularly on mission trips.

According to data from the Federal Aviation Administration, at the beginning of the 1980s, only one in 4,224 U.S. pilots were women. Today, that percentage hovers around nine percent, with female pilots still vastly outnumbered by their male counterparts.

Watkins is looking to change that by mentoring young women who wish to become pilots through organizations such as the 99s and GirlVenture, a four-day camp in Oshkosh, Wisconsin sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association that introduces girls to aviation and aerospace.

“There aren’t enough women shaping the future of aviation,” says Diana Clinton. The Jupiter resident who got her FAA sport pilot license in 2021 remembers wanting to take flight ever since she was a little girl. “I wanted to fly at 18, but it seemed an impossible thing,” says Clinton, now 55. Not having any mentors around telling me to go for it was hard.”

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COURTESY OF AILEEN WATKINS Aileen Watkins and her daughter, Katalin, at home at Naked Lady Ranch in Palm City with the family plane, a 1946 Piper Cub J-3. Generations of pilots: Watkins with her father, Ed Jost, who is holding a photo of his father, Al Jost.

Putting her dream on hold, Clinton instead pursued a career as a graphic designer and started a family. In 2017, when her youngest son was 12, she decided she didn’t want to be in front of a computer anymore. She started flight training at Sebring Flight Academy (located about 90 miles west of the Treasure Coast) two years later, but the path to becoming a pilot was longer and harder than she had anticipated. “I thought it would take about six months, but it took two years,” says Clinton, who is now training to be a Certified Flight Instructor.

While she does see the industry changing, Clinton notes that more than mentorship is needed to make aviation more welcoming to women. She references things like the seat height in air force planes (“the seats are built for men”) and many of the pilot uniforms (“the ties are men’s ties; they are too long for women”) as some of the many changes needed in the industry.

Sara Rawish Harris, vice chair of the Treasure

Coast 99s, overcame numerous challenges in her quest to become a pilot. Originally from India, Harris, now 21, grew up in Saudi Arabia and always had an interest in aviation. But a career counselor almost derailed her dreams of flying. “When I first visited the counselor, I had to write down my first three career choices,” recalls Harris, who intended to pursue a mechanical engineering degree at the time. She wrote engineering, business, and pilot as her three choices, and aptitude tests indicated that the mechanical engineering field would best fit her skill set. “The counselor suggested I go for IT engineering because mechanical engineering was a male-dominated field,” says Harris. “That’s when I realized how gender biased the counselor’s summary was. She wouldn’t even consider the profession of pilot.”

Undaunted, Harris applied for flight school, and in December 2021, she started her training at Witham Field Airport in Stuart. She earned her private pilot’s license, and soon she will be headed

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Diana Clinton in flight with her son, Alexander Lowe. Clinton completed her training at Sebring Flight Academy and got her sport pilot license in 2021. Now she is training to become a Certified Flight Instructor. COURTESY OF DIANA CLINTON

to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she has been accepted into the Aviation Business Administration degree program. “I want to inspire people around me, encourage them to work hard on themselves in order to achieve their dreams, and become an excellent role model for them,” says Harris. “I believe there is not one profession women cannot do if they put their mind to it and work hard for it.”

Aileen Watkins is already grooming the next generation of female pilots—namely, her daughters. Both 14-year-old Katalin and 12-year-old Alianne are interested in aviation and have begun their journeys in the field. Katalin is learning to fly, and Alianne is studying the mechanics of fixing airplanes. The

Watkins family lives at Naked Lady Ranch, a fly-in community in Palm City where Watkins keeps a 1946 Piper Cub J-3 plane. The aircraft holds special significance for Watkins: It is the very same plane in which her grandfather had his first solo flight in 1954, followed by her father in 1956 when he was just 13.

After finding her grandfather’s flight logs, Watkins launched an extensive search for his old Cub, eventually locating it in Winter Haven. She purchased it and was thrilled to surprise her dad with a flight in the sentimental airplane. Carrying on the family legacy, Katalin completed her first solo flight on her fourteenth birthday last March. She flew a glider out of the Treasure Coast Soaring Club, a club her grandfather once frequented.

When asked what advice they would give to young women out there who dream of flying, these pilots echo similar sentiments, though Diana Clinton perhaps puts it best: “Forget anything anyone’s ever told you and just do it.” ❖

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I want to inspire people around me, encourage them to work hard on themselves in order to achieve their dreams...”
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Growing up in Saudi Arabia, Indian-born Sara Rawish Harris was told careers like engineering and aviation were not attainable for women. Today, the Stuart resident has her private pilot’s license and is headed to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. COURTESY OF SARA RAWISH HARRIS

DoneRight SpringTraining

GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS YEAR’S FLORIDA GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE PRESEASON FUN WITH THESE INSIDER TIPS

LOCAL STADIUMS

The east coast of South Florida offers three stadiums just a short drive away, where you can catch five MLB teams preparing for the season

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COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK METS COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK METS

Clover Park

Location: Port St. Lucie

Opened: 1988

Team: New York Mets

Opening Day: New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins, February 25

Fun Fact: The stadium was originally named Thomas J. White Stadium, after the real estate developer who led building it. It then went through three more names—Tradition Field, Digital Domain Park, and First Data Field—before being dubbed Clover Park in 2020.

Website: stluciemets.com

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The New York Mets train at Clover Park in Port St.
Lucie.
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Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium

Location: Jupiter

Opened: 1998

Teams: Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals

Opening Day: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington

Nationals, February 25; Miami Marlins vs. St. Louis Cardinals, February 26

Fun Fact: Thanks to Palm Beach County’s approval of a $108 million stadium renovation plan, the Cardinals and Marlins will continue training at Roger Dean in Abacoa at least through 2049. Plans include the demolition of existing clubhouses to facilitate additional outfield seating and replacement clubhouses, expanded WiFi, relocated bullpens, upgraded concessions, new group spaces, and other improvements.

Website: rogerdeanchevroletstadium.com

The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

Location: West Palm Beach

Opened: 2017

Teams: Houston Astros and Washington Nationals

Opening Day: Houston Astros vs. New York Mets, February 25; Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros, February 26

Fun Fact: The two teams that train at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches faced each other in the 2019 World Series. The last time that happened was 1942, when the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees (who both played Grapefruit League games at St. Petersburg’s Al Lange Field) met in that year’s World Series.

Website: ballparkpalmbeaches.com

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Don’t get derailed by bag policies

Stadiums have very specific requirements when it comes to bringing bags into the park. Some don’t allow bags at all, while others have precise size requirements or require items such as backpacks to be clear. If you don’t comply with their policy, you won’t be able to take your bag inside and will likely have to rent a storage locker, so check the park’s website before heading to the game.

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The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach Catch the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Abacoa.

ON THE ROSTER

There is a method to the madness when it comes to which players you’ll see during a training game

• If you hope to see some superstar players in action, be sure to get to the game on time. Starters typically play only the first few innings, while players whose status on the roster is still undecided take the field in later innings.

• As it gets closer to regular season, teams start narrowing down their rosters. If you want to see more developing, under-the-radar players, attend games earlier in the season. If you would rather get a feel for what the team will actually look like during regular season, attend the later games.

• Always grab a program on your way into the stadium. It will provide you with the names and jersey numbers of new, up-and-coming players and non-roster invitees you may not recognize.

LOCATION, LOCATION!

Where to sit for the best possible experience

First things first: If you are cheering for a particular team, you want to be on the right side of the action. Be sure to look at the stadium’s seating chart and make sure you buy tickets in your team’s section. At Clover Park, the Mets dugout is always on the third base side. At Roger Dean and The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, designated team dugouts are: Cardinals and Nationals on the first base line, Marlins and Astros on the third base line.

All three stadiums have varying levels of seating ranging from grass seats to VIP suites. If the more the merrier is how you roll, consider The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches’ Party Decks (for 50-90 people). Roger Dean has the Cassidy Cool Zone (for parties of 30 or more), which is located under a covered party deck along right field and includes a twohour all-you-can-eat buffet. The stadium’s Chido Beach (for groups of 16 or more) features four-top tables and drink rail seating behind the Cardinals bullpen with a rotating all-youcan-eat menu. Clover Park offers numerous suites, including the Sky Suite at Press Level with A/C, TV, and a catering attendant for up to 20 people. There are also two party decks: the Budweiser Party Terrace on field level next to the Mets bullpen and a First Base Party Deck on the Suite Level.

Don’t forget the sun! With many of the games in the middle of the day, the sun can be as annoying as your rival team. Roger Dean is Florida’s only spring training stadium without a roof, so try getting seats underneath the overhang from the press box to minimize the rays. The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches offers a good amount of shade, with the most all-game shade in sections 110-116. At Clover Park, the oddnumbered sections are shaded when the game starts; even-numbered seats are usually in full shade by 2:15 p.m.

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COURTESY OF ROGER DEAN CHEVROLET STADIUM COURTESY OF ROGER DEAN CHEVROLET STADIUM The Cassidy Cool Zone at Roger Dean

Signhere, please

Want to score an autograph from your favorite player? Here’s how.

Get creative. Come prepared with a Sharpie and bring a unique item for a player to sign. The more creative the item is, the more players will notice you.

Pick the right target. Identify up-andcomers beforehand and learn their names. These younger players, especially when called by name, are typically more receptive to autograph requests.

And the right day. Weekday games are typically less crowded, thus have more potential for signature success.

Get in position. At Roger Dean, the bullpens

Mr.Met 2023 Screech

MASCOT MANIA

NY Mets: Mr. Met, a character with a large baseball head Washington Nationals: Screech, a bald eagle Miami Marlins: Billy the Marlin, an 8-foot-tall marlin

St. Louis Cardinals: Fredbird, a cardinal Houston Astros: Orbit, a baseball-loving alien

are where the action is. The Marlins dugout by left field is said to be one of the most player-accessible spots at any spring training ballpark. In general, the practice fields are a great opportunity to snag autographs—the players are more relaxed, and there are fewer fans to compete with.

Beat the crowds. Workouts occur on both game days and in the weeks leading up to opening day. At Clover Park and The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, they’re open to the public and can be a great time to get up close and personal with players and potentially snag a signature as they leave practice.

Ba erUp!

Did you know you can also attend players’ batting practice? Roger Dean allows fans to watch the pregame swing action for a $5 charge. Gates typically open for batting practice one hour before general gates open. At The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and Clover Park, batting practice is included with your game ticket. Check each park’s website for specific start times.

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Be on the lookout for appearances by these crowd-amping creatures

COURTESY OF MIAMI MARLINSCOURTESY OF MLB COURTESY OF MLB

PLAYERST WATCH

Keep your eye on these prospects who will be battling for a spot on their team’s MLB opening day roster

CARDINALS: Jordan Walker

A first-round draft pick in 2020, Walker excelled in Class AA and posted a .925 OPS and a .558 slugging percentage in the elite Arizona Fall League, making him not only the Cardinals’ top prospect but also a top prospect in all of the minors. Drafted as a third baseman, the 20-year-old has since played all three outfield positions.

MARLINS: Eury Pérez

Since being drafted out of the Dominican Republic in 2019 at the age of 16 for $200,000, the right-handed pitcher, now 19, has grown 4 inches and 45 pounds. Now 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds, the young thrower is stronger than ever. His mid-80s fastballs when he was scouted have evolved to 93-96 last season, and he has averaged 12.86 strikeouts per nine innings—the most among all Marlins pitching prospects.

ASTROS: Drew Gilbert

One of the best hitters in college baseball, Tennessee Volunteers’ Drew Gilbert was selected by the Astros as their number-one pick last year. Unfortunately, after colliding with a wall during an attempted catch last August, the outfielder missed the remainder of the minor league season. Spring training 2023 will mark his return—and an opportunity for the 22-year-old to prove himself worthy of the major leagues.

NATIONALS: James Wood

One of five prospects the Nationals received in return for their trade of Juan Soto to the San Diego Padres in 2022, Wood is a former two-sport standout (baseball and basketball) who attended IMG Academy to focus on baseball before being drafted by the Padres. In the 36 games he played before being traded, the 20-year-old batted .350 with a 1.066 OPS, logging 7 home runs, 15 doubles, 33 RBIs, and 43 runs scored.

METS: Francisco Álvarez

When Álvarez, now 21, signed with the Mets in 2018, the catcher was ranked MLB Pipeline’s number-13 international prospect. He displayed impressive hitting (24 home runs in 2021) before making his major league debut as a designated hitter in a September 2022 series against the Atlanta Braves. He went hitless his first eight at bats before blasting a homer off a Nationals’ reliever at Citi Field in early October.

Why The Grapefruit League?

How Florida’s spring training franchise got its name

Hall of Fame manager Wilbert Robinson was known to frequently brag about his days playing as a catcher. While managing the Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson’s starting catcher, Casey Stengel, decided to call him out on his boastful nature by wagering that he couldn’t catch a baseball dropped from an airplane. Robinson accepted the bet, and Stengel took off with famed pilot Ruth Law, who was in town for an air show. What Stengel didn’t share, however, was that he planned to pull a prank and replace the baseball with a grapefruit. When the grapefruit landed, it covered Robinson with juice and pulp—and actually knocked him out for a spell. Stengel quipped that Robinson “just couldn’t cut it in the Grapefruit League,” and the rest is history.

Take advantage of these bonus experiences tailored to kids

Roger Dean has a designated Kids Area located along the third base side of the concourse that includes a speed pitch as well as inflatable slides.

The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches offers a free “kids run the bases” experience on Sundays. Following the game, kids ages 4-12 can go on the field and run the bases just like their favorite players do.

Visit the website for each stadium to discover promotional days, which often come with fun giveaways for young attendees.

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CORPORATE LAW

Fernando M. Fowler

The Law Office of Fernando M. Giachino, P.A. 3601 S.E. Ocean Blvd. Sewalls Point 772-266-4184 giachinolaw.com

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

NON WHITE-COLLAR

Sasha Dadan Bonna Dadan Bonna Law PLLC 201 S. 2nd St. Fort Pierce 772-579-2771 dadanbonnalaw.com

Brian H. Mallonee Law Office of Brian H. Mallonee 130 S. Indian River Dr. Fort Pierce 772-464-1991 stluciecriminallaw.com

R. Wayne Richter Richter Law, P.A. 2646 S.W. Mapp Rd. Palm City 561-286-3963 richterlawpa.com

CRIMINAL DEFENSE WHITE COLLAR

Robert J. Watson

The Law Office of Robert J. Watson 3601 S.E. Ocean Blvd. Stuart 772-288-1800 robertjwatsonlaw.com

FAMILY LAW

Russell J. Ferraro Jr. Ferraro Law Group, P.L. 3601 S.E. Ocean Blvd. Stuart 772-221-0600 ferrarolawgroup.com

Martin Kofsky

The Law Office of Joshua W. Deckard 50 S.E. Ocean Blvd. Stuart 772-286-4050

jdeckardlaw.com

Annette Newman Law Office of Annette Newman, LLC 759 S.W. Federal Hwy. Stuart 772-348-2525

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Shaun Plymale Treasure Coast Legal 100 S.W. Albany Ave. Stuart 772-238-3716

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John Edgar Sherrard Sherrard Law Group 34 S.E. 5th St. Stuart 772-283-9322

johnsherrard.com

Julie Treacy Treacy Legal Solutions, PLLC 2740 S.W. Martin Downs Blvd. Palm City 772-242-7050

treacylegalsolutions.com

IMMIGRATION LAW

Miriam Acosta-Castriz Acosta & Fraga Law PLLC 8000 S. U.S. Hwy. 1 Port St. Lucie 561-582-1888

immigrationwpb.com

INSURANCE LAW

Steven C. Simon

Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa 1660 S.W. St. Lucie West Blvd. Port St. Lucie 772-206-0041

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LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW

Angelique Groza Lyons

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

1860 S.W. Fountainview Blvd. Port St. Lucie 772-878-5767 constangy.com

LAND USE AND ZONING LAW

Noreen S. Dreyer Dreyer Law Firm, P.L. 416 S.E. Cortez Ave. Stuart 772-247-6983 dreyerlawfirm.com

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAW

Jeffrey C. Fulford

Jeffrey C. Fulford, P.A. 32 S.E. Osceola St. Stuart 772-288-5123 fulfordlaw.com

Willie E. Gary Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, PLLC 221 S.E Osceola St. Stuart 772-283-8260 garylawgroup.com

Gloria Seidule

The Law Office of Gloria Seidule 2400 S.E. Federal Hwy. Stuart 772-222-3337 glorialaw.com

MORTGAGE BANKING FORECLOSURE LAW

Robert P. Summers

McCarthy, Summers, Wood, Norman, Melby & Schultz, P.A. 2400 S.E. Federal Hwy. Stuart 772-286-1700 mccarthysummers.com

PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION

Joshua D. Ferraro

Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC 27 S.E. Ocean Blvd. Stuart 772-283-6839 lesserlawfirm.com

Linnes Finney Jr. Simmons, Finney & Winfield, LLC 145 N.W. Central Park Plz. Port St. Lucie 772-873-5900 sfwlegalteam.com

Barbara Kibbey Kibbey Wagner, PLLC 73 S.W. Flagler Ave. Stuart 772-444-7000 kibbeylaw.com

Richard V. Neill

Neill Griffin Marquis, PLLC 311 S. 2nd St. Fort Pierce 772-464-8200 neillgriffin.com

Luis A. Sosa Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa 1660 S.W. St. Lucie West Blvd. Port St. Lucie 772-206-0041 rosenthallevy.com

REAL ESTATE LAW

Nico Apfelbaum Apfelbaum Law 451 S.W. Bethany Dr. Port St. Lucie 772-236-4009 alawfl.com

Nina L. Ferraro Nina L. Ferraro, P.A. 943 S.E. Ocean Pkwy. Stuart 772-324-2006 facebook.com

Ian E. Osking

Neill Griffin Marquis, PLLC 311 S. 2nd St. Fort Pierce 772-464-8200 neillgriffin.com

Gerardo J. Rodriguez-Albizu Rodriguez-Albizu Law, P.A. 759 S.W. Federal Hwy. Stuart 772-362-3172 ralawpa.com

Richard D. Sneed Jr. Richard D. Sneed, Jr., P.A. 1905 S. 25th St. Fort Pierce 772-465-2330 sneedlawfirm.com

Thomas H. “Todd” Thurlow III Thurlow & Thurlow, P.A. 17 Martin L. King Jr. Blvd. Stuart 772-287-0980 thurlowpa.com

TAX LAW

Dana M. Apfelbaum Dean, Mead, Minton & Moore 1903 S. 25th St. Fort Pierce 772-464-7700 deanmead.com

Joseph C. Kempe Joseph C. Kempe, Professional Association 1101 E. Ocean Blvd. Stuart 772-223-0700 jckempe.com

Michael D. Minton Dean, Mead, Minton & Moore 1903 S. 25th St. Fort Pierce 772-464-7700 deanmead.com

James Spoko Kramer, Sopko, & Copeland, P.A. 411 S.E. Osceola St. Stuart 772-288-0048 ext. 200 kscattorneys.com

TRUSTS AND ESTATES

Michael D. Fowler The Estate, Trust & Elder Law Firm, P.L. 2940 S. 25th St. Fort Pierce 772-828-2588 etelf.com

Renée Marquis-Abrams Neill Griffin Marquis, PLLC 311 S. 2nd St. Fort Pierce 772-464-8200 neillgriffin.com

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Preethi Sekharan Gunster

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WORKERS COMPENSATION LAW

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Coast Dining

A Selection of Area Restaurants

MARTIN COUNTY AMERICAN

CARSONS TAVERN

This local neighborhood tavern is home to weekly live music performed by an array of eclectic musicians. Stay for the late-night menu with picks like Margherita Bar Pie and SE Ocean Beach Bread. 2883 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; carsonstav.com; 772.286.7611

CASTAWAYS GASTROPUB

As a self-proclaimed “Treasure Coast craft beer destination,” Castaways serves brews from Florida and around the world. The gastropub also offers a full menu to complement your beer of choice. 911 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; castaways fla.com; 772.618.3838

CHEF’S TABLE

Sophisticated New American restaurant offering fine wine and seasonal menus in understated, rustic digs. 2313 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; chefstable stuart.com; 772.287.5599

COLAB KITCHEN

Head to this urban farm with a café serving locavore cuisine, plus shop the market for fermented foods, bread, and more. 100 SE MLK Jr. Blvd., Stuart; colabkitchenfl.com; 772.872.6243

COURTNEY’S RESTAURANT AND ICE CREAM

Come for the selection of beef or chicken burgers,

wraps, salads, and sides, and stick around for the ice cream. 8855 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound; courtneyseatery.com; 772.546.4093

DISTRICT TABLE & BAR

Chef Jason Stocks presents his creative take on everything from dry-aged burgers to sourdough pizza in a contemporary dining space. Sustainability is also a focus: All oyster shells are recycled to rebuild local reefs and oyster beds. 4665 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; districttableandbar.com; 772.324.8357

FLANIGAN’S

South Florida chain sports bar and grill, open until midnight (or later) 365 days a year. 950 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; flanigans.net; 772.220.0039

FREDGIE’S WORLD FAMOUS HOT DOGS

If you have a hot dog craving, Fredgie’s has your fix. Enjoy a waterfront view and outside seating—and dare to try their peanut butter and chili dog. 2000 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; fredgiesworldfamoushotdogs.com; 772.209.2005

HARRY AND THE NATIVES

This longstanding family business in Hobe Sound offers a selection of traditional American favorites and a casual atmosphere. 11910 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; harryandthenatives.com; 772.546.3061

HUDSONS ON THE RIVER

Enjoy a mix of flavors translated into dishes ranging from Island River Ramen to maple-glazed pork belly to pepper-crusted tuna salad. 351 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; hudsonontheriver.com; 772.266.8061

HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS

Tropical-themed chain offering spiced-to-order wings with an array of sauces, pub grub, and a full bar. 1729 SE Indian St., Stuart; hurricanewings. com; 772.283.1201

JAN’S PLACE RESTAURANT

Grab breakfast, lunch, and freshly baked goods at this local favorite with outdoor seating. 1990 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; jansplace restaurant.business.site; 772.334.9590

KORK

Globally inspired and locally sourced small bites, dinners, and brunch with premier cocktails and courtyard outdoor seating. 11970 SE Dixie Hwy., Hobe Sound; korkhobesound.com; 772.245.8182

KYLE G’S KITCHEN

This new outpost is what Kyle G calls a “passion project” and features menu items such as the chopped steak burger to seared North Atlantic salmon. 10867 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; kylegskitchen.com; 772.807.1404

MANERO’S RESTAURANT

Enjoy steaks cooked to order, a shrimp cocktail, and more classic American dishes. 2851 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City; maneros.com; 772.220.3011

OCEAN REPUBLIC BREWING

Stuart’s family-owned and operated craft brewery known for its laid-back lifestyle and pours like Keepin’ It PC and Because Ordinary Is Boring. 1630 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; oceanrepublicbrewing. com; 772.600.5596

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OLD DIXIE CAFÉ NORTH

Classic American diner serving breakfast and lunch in a charmingly retro setting. 11189 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; olddixiecafe.com; 772.245.8587

OSCEOLA STREET CAFE

Enjoy homemade breakfasts, baked goods, and specialty sandwiches at this downtown Stuart café. 26 SW Osceola St., Stuart; osceolastreet. com; 772.283.6116

PALM CITY GRILL

Seafood, pizza, and burgers coexist at this understated, pub-style corner eatery with a following as large as its menu. 3208 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City; thepalmcitygrill.com; 772.220.4745

PHILLY DOWN SOUTH CAFE

Discover an array of Philly cheesesteaks, salads, burgers, and seafood at the café inside the Elliott Museum, under owner Jim Leary. 825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; hsmc-fl.com/philly-down-south-cafe; 772.225.1961

PINEAPPLE JACK’S BISTRO

Bring the whole family to Pineapple Jack’s and enjoy a three-course dinner or a weekend brunch in a nautical setting. 1897 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; pineapplejacksbistro.com; 772.444.3550

SAND DUNE CAFÉ

Sand Dune Café sits just 50 yards from Jensen Beach, making it the perfect aid for your beach day longevity. Leave the cooler at home and grab impressive seaside drinks and eats. 4191 NE Ocean Blvd., Jensen Beach; martin.fl.us/sanddunecafe; 772.419.2472

SCOOTERS FUN FOOD AND SPIRITS

Scooters has been an unfussy local favorite for decades. Enjoy the food and bar at good prices. 8913 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound; scootersfun foodandspirits.com; 772.546.6235

SONNY’S BBQ

Traditional, smoky barbecue including mouthwatering pulled pork and brisket. 1961 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Stuart; sonnysbbq.com; 772.283.4150

SOUTH FORK KITCHEN AND BAR

Made-from-scratch dishes, from seafood to steak, prepared by Naples native Chef Ron Kerr. 900 SE Indian St., Stuart; southforkkitchenandbar.com; 772.247.7382

SOUTHERN PIG AND CATTLE

Stop by for steaks and barbecue favorites in addition to a large salad bar. 2583 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; southernpigandcattlecompany.com; 772.324.3141

SPRITZ CITY BISTRO

Upscale American bistro featuring tapas and small plates. 61 SW Osceola St., Stuart; spritzcitybistro. com; 772.320.9100

TASTE

Taste looks just as bright and colorful as it, well,

tastes. Stop by for a chill bite; there is something for everyone. 11750 SE Dixie Hwy., Hobe Sound; tastehobesound.com; 772.546.1129

THE GAFFORD

Family-run establishment with Southern hospitality and perfectly executed plates such as Mabel’s fried chicken, a local favorite. The signature “Gafford” is a 20-ounce bone-in prime Revier rib eye that pays homage to owner Rick Wilson’s grandfather and the steaks they used to cook together. 47 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; thegafford.com; 772.221.9517

TOWNIES TAVERN

A casual yet sophisticated restaurant serving American eats and bar food in a Prohibition-era setting, with outdoor deck seating available as well. 2277 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City; towniestavern.com; 772.291.2115

ASIAN

ASIAN CHAO

Mix and match Chinese entrées, sushi, and sides from the buffet-style counter takeout. Choose from a variety of classic dishes like orange chicken, lo mein, and California rolls. 3174 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; asianchao.com; 772.692.3674

ASIAN SPICE BISTRO

Small, contemporary Asian eatery specializing in beautiful sushi plates, Thai, and boats. 1888 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; asianspicebistro. com; 772.208.5164

BANGKOK BAY

High-quality Thai fare and sushi served at a great price. 1833 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; bangkokbaybbk. com; 772.286.2141

BASIL GARDEN OF PALM CITY

Locally beloved, cozy Thai eatery offering a vast, quality menu. 2655 SW Feroe Ave., Palm City; fromtherestaurant.com/basil-garden; 772.220.1994

BENIHANA

Grab dinner and a show at this hibachi restaurant as tableside chefs prepare Japanese dishes. 3602 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; benihana.com; 772.286.0740

CAFE BOONMA

“Boonma” means good karma and that good times and things are coming—something owner and Chef Rampai lives up to at this traditional Thai spot offering wok dishes and house specials like duck with tamarind sauce. 3720 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; cafeboonma.net; 772.291.2320

EMMAN’S ASIAN GOURMET

Filipino Chef/owner Emman Eugenio creates small plates of Asian-fusion cuisine in a casual setting. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 105, Stuart; facebook. com/fusionofec; 772.888.3171

HOKKAIDO SUSHI & STEAKHOUSE

Japanese steak house offering typical Asian eats

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as well as extravagant sushi boats and hibachi dinners in a setting adorned with LED lights, plants, and traditional Japanese decor. 2867 SW Cafe Court, Palm City; hokkaidopalmcity.com; 772.283.5118

KRUA THAI RESTAURANT

Authentic Thai dishes served family-style in an eclectically themed restaurant. 3283 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; kruathaiofstuart.com; 772.600.8114

PEI WEI

Health-centric Pan-Asian food served at the counter in a casual setting. 2101 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; peiwei.com; 772.219.0466

SACHI SUSHI ASIAN FUSION

A contemporary space offering a multitude of sushi options, as well as Thai and pho selections. 3382 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; sachisushirestaurant.com; 772.219.0900

TWIN DRAGONS RESTAURANT

Conventional Chinese restaurant serving fine dining options as well as take-out, delivery, and catering. 2389 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; 772.291.2102

CAFÉ

3 BARISTAS

Organic coffee and smoothies, as well as beans in bulk and café fare such as quiches, spinach and feta sandwiches, and various baked goods. 241 SW Monterey Road, Stuart; 561.402.5976

BOMBOLONI BAKERY CAFÉ

Authentic Italian bakery and café offering pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, and coffee. 3980 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; bombolonibakery. com; 772.261.8913

BUNKHOUSE COFFEE BAR

Formerly a bunkhouse used to house WWII soldiers, this 100-percent plant-based café offers acai bowls and fresh-baked goods alongside its coffee menu. 3181 NE West End Blvd., Jensen Beach; bunkhousecoffeebar.com; 772.261.8312

COFFEE BAR BLUE DOOR

Quaint downtown coffee shop serving breakfast, bistro fare, and baked goods, with flora-focused outdoor seating that’s especially enjoyable in the late hours. 38 SE Osceola St., Stuart; facebook. com/coffeebarbluedoor; 772.221.7707

GILBERT’S COFFEE BAR

Enjoy coffee, cheese boards, smoothies, and more at this charming waterfront location. Stay for happy hour and gaze as the sun sets over the water. 615 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart; gilberts coffeebar.com; 772.214.1522

IMPORTICO’S BAKERY CAFÉ

Specializing in pastry and breads, with additional menu items like sandwiches and coffee. 3800 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; importicosbakerycafe.com; 772.286.0204

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STUART COFFEE COMPANY

Located in the heart of historic downtown, Stuart Coffee Company is the perfect spot to enjoy wraps, sandwiches, bagels, salads, and more. 55 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; stuartcoffeeco.com;

772.600.8243

THE ROASTED RECORD

An international, award-winning coffee roaster, café, and vinyl record store. In addition to its beer collaborations with Walking Tree and Ocean Republic brewing, The Roasted Record has 11 local craft beers on tap and a variety of both white and red wines. 600 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart; roastedrecord. com; 772.320.9918

FOOD TRUCK

BAGEL BOYZ

Swing by for New York–style bagels served fresh from a custom wood-fired oven. During lunch, grab a pizza, wings, or a salad. 4504 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; bagelboyzstuart.com; 561.379.3771

BROTHERS’ Q BBQ

Barbecue doesn’t get much better than Brothers’ Q. Try the Sunday smoked wings, three-cheese smoked mac, or brisket sandwich. 4480 SE St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart; 484.619.1488

ITAL BOWLS FOOD TRUCK

Right across from Stuart Beach, Ital Bowls offers organic acai bowls and cookies, smoothies, and coffees for your post-beach satisfaction. Nutritious add-ons include spirulina, CBD oil, bee pollen, and more. 650 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; italbowls.com; 772.905.7503

SMAC’S SHACK

Located at Broward Motorsports in Hobe Sound on weekends, Smac’s Shack serves up coastal New England favorites like lobster rolls and clam chowder. 38401 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; smacshack.com; 774.272.0347

SUNSET SLIDERS FOOD TRUCK

Delicious, Instagram-worthy sliders and sides with vegetarian options. 3385 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; facebook.com/sunsetslidersfla; 772.224.0893

TACO TRUCK OF STUART

Tasty Mexican fare that’s quick and convenient. Take it to-go or eat at a stool by the truck. 31 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; tacotruckofstuart.com; 772.486.6639

TAQUERIA SOLAVINO 2

Authentic Mexican tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas, gorditas, and a wide selection of meat options. 10835 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; 772.485.6994

FRENCH

11 MAPLE STREET

Where French country meets Florida. 11 Maple Street offers a dining experience with fare resembling art. Chef Michael Perrin prepares his plates with some of each season’s peak items, including locally sourced produce and humanely raised meats. 3224 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach; eleven maple.com; 772.334.7714

CAFE MARTIER

Kick back and soak in the Eurpean vibe at this

charming eclectic restaurant specializing in French casual fine dining with a speakeasy vibe in the historic post office arcade. 23 SW Osceola St., Stuart; cafemartier.com; 772.600.5025

GERMAN

SCHNITZEL HAUS

Chef Lenh offers an exciting menu featuring American fusion and German favorites such as potato pancakes, schnitzel, and sauerbraten. 5687 SE Crooked Oak Ave., Hobe Sound; ethansgrill.com; 772.210.2350

THE HOFFMANN

Enjoy traditional German and American fare while relaxing at the expansive outdoor seating and barn. 3825 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; the-hoffmann.com; 772.444.3697

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN

MR. GYROS

Treasure Coast chain serving authentic Greek and Mediterranean comfort food, including gyros, pitas, entrées, appetizers, soups, and sides. 2383 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; mrgyrosflorida.com; 772.463.3127

OLYMPIC TAVERNA

Part of the Spiro’s empire, Olympic Taverna serves traditional Greek cuisine as well as American favorites. 2951 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City; spirostaverna.com/palm-city; 772.781.8461

PORT BARNA

Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with an American and Spanish twist. 3478A NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; portbarna.com; 772.232.6738

INDIAN

BOLLY TWIST

From the owners of India Palace, Bolly Twist offers an array of Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine, including tandoori dishes, meat and vegetarian entrées, dosas, biryani, and special platters. 5563 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; bollytwist.com; 772.210.6793

INDIA PALACE

Modern interpretation of classic Indian dishes, with creative uses of fresh ingredients. Enjoy a sampling of South Indian and Indo-Chinese specialties that pair well with oven-baked Peshawari naan stuffed with raisins, nuts, and cheese. 890 SW Federal Hwy., Stuart; indiapalacestuartfl.com; 772.288.6262

NAMASTE GRILL

Nepalese and Indian cuisine inside a relaxed, contemporary space in the heart of downtown Stuart. Menu highlights range from tandoori and grilled meats to a hearty array of veggie entrées to goat curry with Nepalese spices simmered in a dark stew. 2500 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; namastegrillstuart.com; 772.283.5515

ITALIAN

18 SEMINOLE ITALIAN BISTRO

Inside this quaint, historically preserved building lies one of the area’s most intimate and romantic

atmospheres. All meals are made to order and crafted with top-quality, local seasonal ingredients. 18 SE Seminole St., Stuart; 18seminole.com; 772.463.0059

ANNA’S PIZZA

A casual pizzeria with mouthwatering pies, pastas, and subs for a laid-back experience that will leave you stuffed and satisfied. 2281 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City; annaspizza.com; 772.221.0061

CARMELA’S WINE BAR

Carmela’s offers a diverse wine list, gourmet brick oven pizza, and several classical Italian dishes. 2311 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; carmelaspizza.com; 772.286.0877

CASA BELLA

Northern and southern Italian cuisine under one roof. Expect big flavors and beyond-satisfactory Italian dishes. 512 SW 3rd St., Stuart; casabella stuart.com; 772.223.0077

DIAMOND TEA ROOM & BISTRO

Opt for the six-course high English tea, served all day, or order from an à la carte selection of teas, tea sandwiches, scones, tea cookies, and other favorites. A constantly updating bistro menu satisfies larger appetites. 3868 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; diamondtearoom.com; 772.781.5153

DOWNTOWN BENNY’S PIZZA

Authentic Italian fare and New York–style pizza are the specialties at Benny’s. Enjoy the fresh ingredients on pizzas or other menu items, ranging from wings and Philly cheesesteaks to salads and gyros. 2230 NE Dixie Hwy., Jensen Beach; downtown bennyspizza.com; 772.232.6422

DRIFT KITCHEN & BAR

This premier oceanfront restaurant located at Hutchinson Shore Resort features fresh seafood and Italian specialties in a contemporary space. Choose between the lounge/chef’s bar or the oceanfront veranda to dive into brick oven pizzas, house-made pasta, and house specialties like blue crab-crusted grouper. 3793 NE Ocean Blvd., Jensen Beach; driftkitchenandbar.com; 772.405.9215

FANTINI’S NEW HAVEN STYLE APIZZA

Known for New Haven–style thin crust known as “apizza,” Fantini’s offers old-school Italian soul food cooked fresh to order. A fan favorite is the white clam apizza. 1560 NW Federal Hwy., Stuart; fantinisapizza.com; 772.692.9980

GIGI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

With recipes passed down through generations, Gigi’s Neapolitan fare is time-tested and well worth a visit. 1322 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; gigisitalian.com; 772.225.6444

IAN & KYE’S PIZZA

Chicago–style pizza served with passion for more than 15 years. 3310 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; iankyespizza.com; 772.334.5074

LA BORGATA RISTORANTE

La Borgata has taken its patrons on tours of Italy’s famous dishes—no passport required—for more than 50 years. The menu features favorite Italian dishes such as calamari Siciliana and penne puttanesca, as well as pizza, calzones, and stromboli prepared to order. 3227 SW Mapp Road, Palm City; laborgataristorante.com; 772.288.2121

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LA FORCHETTA ITALIAN RESTAURANT

This family-owned gem is home to an extensive selection of gourmet pasta including lobster ravioli, penne alla vodka, and gnocchi Capri. Plus, hand-tossed pizza pies, a warm, Italian setting, and attentive staff. 7820 SW Lost River Road, Stuart; laforchetta.net; 772.872.7333

LUNA DOWNTOWN STUART

A local favorite and landmark offering indoor and outdoor seating as well as sidewalk window service. 49 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; lunadowntown stuart.com; 772.288.0550

MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Longstanding casual dining joint serving Italian classics with delicious and generous portions. 1924 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; mariositaliandining.com; 772.283.6660

MICHELINA’S

Modern take on classic Italian dishes and a friendly staff at this family-owned restaurant. 1835 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; michelinasrest.com; 772.286.3455

PEPE & SALE

Expect modern Italian dishes with a focused wine list in a fine dining atmosphere inside a bistrolike setting. 101 SE Ocean Blvd. Suite 103, Stuart; pepe-sale.com; 772.872.6251

PIETRO’S ON THE RIVER

Under the supervision of Chef Robert King, the kitchen puts out memorable authentic Italian dishes such as roasted Long Island duckling and swordfish puttanesca. 8735 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; pietrosontheriver.com; 772.229.7575

PUSATERI’S CHICAGO PIZZA

Thin-crust Chicago pizza topped with unique sauces and cut into squares. 221 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; best floridapizza.com; 772.288.9810

RISTORANTE CLARETTA

Authentic Italian dishes in a fine dining setting. All ingredients are imported fresh from Italy, and seafood comes straight from the Mediterranean Sea. 1315 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City; ristorante claretta.com; 772.219.9940

THE BRICK OVEN PIZZA COMPANY

Delicious brick oven pizza as well as various Italian entrées in a moody setting. 3138 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City; thebrickovenpizzacompany.com; 772.219.7747

THE GROVE PIZZA, CUCINA, WINE, MARKET & CHARCUTERIE

Home to the largest selection of wines in Martin County, The Grove is a great meeting place for friends, family, and business colleagues. Chat over enticing charcuterie boards, Italian classics, and Mediterranean dishes. 8815 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound; thegrovehobe sound.com; 772.402.5410

TWO BROTHERS PIZZA

A quaint local favorite, Two Brothers offers a wide selection of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, salads, and more. 8423 SE Church St., Hobe Sound; twobrospizzafl.com; 772.402.5056

JAMAICAN

CLASSIC JAMAICAN JERK STOP

Authentic jerk house offering fresh favorites like

beef patties with bun and cheese and jerk chicken served with rice and peas, plantains, or steamed vegetables. 2200 SE Indian St., Stuart; jamaican jerkstop.com; 772.266.8678

MEXICAN

CASA TEQUILA

Authentic Mexican cuisine from burritos to fajitas. Stop in Fridays for live mariachi band performances. 1725 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; casatequilafl.com; 772.600.5482

MERO MERO MEXICAN CANTINA

Curated, authentic menu of ceviches, street bites, tacos, and more. 950 SE Indian St., Stuart; meromerocantina.com; 772.291.2767

MR. JALAPEÑO STUART

Authentic Mexican cuisine with bold flavor. 1602 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; mr-jalapeno.com; 772.287.8161

PUEBLO VIEJO

A family-owned local chain restaurant offering Mexican fare, drinks, and a tropical mural setting. 3181 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach, 772.934.6683; 291 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie, 772.336.5050; puebloviejofl.com

RANCHO CHICO

Enjoy a range of classic Mexican platters in a warm setting with colorful folk art. 91 SW Monterey Road, Stuart; ranchochicoflorida.com; 772.288.6741

TACO SHACK

Creative, one-of-a-kind tacos prepared by owner/ Chef Julie LaFrance-Lentine. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 102, Stuart; taco-shack.com; 772.288.9696

TAKO TIKI

Come to Tako Tiki for craft cocktails, nightly live music, and a menu of small plates, sandwiches, and salads. Oh, and tacos! 3340 NE Pineapple Ave., Jensen Beach; takotiki.net; 772.208.5554

TAQUERIA LOS MEXICANOS

Authentic Mexican food and setting, offering breakfast, tacos, sandwiches, salads, seafood, and house dinners. 2425 SE Bonita St., Stuart; taquerialosmexicanos.com; 772.287.7747

TAQUERIA TORRES

Authentic Mexican fare featuring tacos and other traditional plates. 2995 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; facebook.com/taqueriatorres; 772.678.9014

POLISH

POLKA EUROPEAN MARKET AND RESTAURANT

An authentic, Mom and Pop Polish restaurant with a European market attached. 3950 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; 772.692.1112

SEAFOOD

BASIN SEAFOOD & FRESH FISH MARKET

Fresh seafood on ice available for purchase as well as dining options and charming outdoor and indoor seating. 4150 SE Salerno Road, Stuart; facebook.com/basin-seafood-fresh-fish-market; 772.287.5771

CATFISH HOUSE

A captivatingly decorated seafood joint specializing in classic fried selections. 11500 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; facebook.com/hobesound catfishhouse; 772.545.7733

CONCHY JOE’S SEAFOOD

Dive into fresh seafood items such as Conchy’s Seafood Feast or the Bahamian-inspired conch salad. 3945 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; conchyjoes.com; 772.334.1130

CRAWDADDY’S

Every day is Mardi Gras at Crawdaddy’s, where Cajun-Creole cuisine reigns supreme. 1949 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; crawdaddys jensenbeach.com; 772.225.3444

DOLPHIN BAR & SHRIMP HOUSE

A fine waterfront retreat with panoramic river views and a wide-ranging menu featuring plentiful seafood selections, wood-grilled meats, and homestyle specials. 1401 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; dolphinbar.com; 772.781.5136

FRESH CATCH SEAFOOD GRILL

Owner Eric Olson guarantees the freshest of seafood dishes and a raw oyster bar. 1411 SE Indian St., Stuart; freshcatchstuart.com; 772.286.6711

KYLE G’S PRIME SEAFOOD & STEAKS

Eclectic, seafood-centric menu that blends the freshest daily catches, highest-quality raw bar, and shellfish selections. Plus, premium cuts of meat—all with stunning water views. 10900 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; kylegseafood.com; 772.237.5461

MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL

Boasting locations in Port Salerno and one overlooking the Fort Pierce Inlet on Hutchinson Island, this laid-back spot is ideal for those who arrive by land and sea. 4817 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; manatee islandbarandgrill.com; 772.872.7288

NEW ENGLAND FISH MARKET & RESTAURANT

New England has you covered with fresh and flavorful seafood, available for purchase in their market or as a classic meal in their restaurant. 1419 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach, 772.334.7324; 3102 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City, 772.872.7355; newenglandfish.net

PIRATES LOFT AT PIRATE’S COVE RESORT & MARINA

The food rivals the fantastic views of the marina and Manatee Pocket at Pirate’s Loft. From flavorful salads to outstanding seafood, there is something for everyone on the extensive menu. 4307 SE Bayview St., Stuart; piratescoveresort.com; 772.223.5048

RIVERWALK CAFE AND OYSTER BAR

A top stop for fresh-caught seafood and drinks in a casual atmosphere. Try the oyster stew and lobster ravioli, two favorites, and see why the venue fills up so quickly every night. 201 SW St. Lucie Ave., Stuart; riverwalkoysterbar.com; 772.221.1511

SAILOR’S RETURN

Serving fresh seafood, chops, and steaks, enhanced by the most beautiful sunset on the Treasure Coast. The restaurant offers 220 seats for indoor or patio dining, two full bars, and live music seven days a week. 625 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart; thesailors return.com; 772.872.7250

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SHRIMPERS GRILL AND RAW BAR

Discover a relaxed, tropical environment and sunset specials at this waterfront gem in Stuart. 4903 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; shrimpersgrill.com; 772.220.3287

SHUCKERS ON THE BEACH

Enjoy the sea breeze and take in the view at Shuckers, located inside the Island Beach Resort. From ribs to raw oysters, every dish is perfection. 9800 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; islandbeachresort. com/dining; 772.229.1224

SNEAKI TIKI

Tiki-inspired tropical eatery outfitted with a patio to enjoy live music and everyone’s favorite seafood and tacos. 211 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 1, Stuart; sneakitikistuart.com; 772.286.0565

STRINGERS TAVERN & OYSTER BAR

Stringers captures the area’s local boating history, and its decor mimics the interior of a boat. Dive into an array of oysters served on the half shell plus surf and turf favorites. 3754 SE Ocean Blvd., Sewalls Point, Stuart; stringerstavern.com; 772.210.2876

STUART BOATHOUSE

A stunning waterfront setting, an outstanding happy hour, enticing specials, and live music all weekend make Stuart Boathouse a go-to on the local dining scene. 49 SW Seminole St., Stuart; stuartboathouse.com; 772.266.4586

THE BLACK MARLIN

Head to The Black Marlin for everything from local seafood to late-night martinis. This cozy hideaway was once the site of the oldest tavern in Stuart. 53 SW Osceola St., Stuart; theblackmarlin.net; 772.286.3126

THE MAGIC OYSTER BAR AND SEAFOOD GRILL

A wide selection of Gulf, East, and West Coast oysters paired with wine, local brews, and tropical cocktails make this casual eatery a must-visit for oyster lovers. 10999 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; themagicoyster.com; 772.877.3139

THE QUIET CRAB

Owner and Chef Jeff Goldstein brings his Rockville, Maryland roots to this restaurant that receives steamed blue crabs weekly. 6075 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; thequietcrab.com; 772.210.5154

THE TWISTED TUNA

Between the live music, waterfront views, freshcaught seafood, and sushi bar, it’s no surprise that The Twisted Tuna is one of Stuart’s most-loved dining destinations. 4290 SE Salerno Road, Stuart; thetwistedtuna.com; 772.600.7239

TIDEHOUSE

Dine from the second floor overlooking the Harborage Yacht Club & Marina. Expansive views span from the St. Lucie River to the Roosevelt Bridge. Fresh Florida seafood purchased from local fishermen, plus flatbreads, prime rib, and more. 915 NW Flagler Ave., Stuart; tidehouse.com; 772.444.3166

STEAK HOUSE

1120 PRIME STEAKHOUSE

Classic steak house food and atmosphere with fresh farm-to-table salads. 11220 SE Federal

Hwy., Hobe Sound; facebook.com/1120prime; 772.742.2856

GRIFFIN’S SURF & TURF

Enjoy quality seafood, steaks, and cocktails in this upscale contemporary setting with live piano music every night. 2621 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; griffinsrestaurant.com; 772.266.4014

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE

Classic cuts of steak in a casual, ranch-style restaurant. 2901 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; longhornsteakhouse.com; 772.692.7922

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE

Sink your teeth into steaks and seafood from this well-known Australian-themed chain. 3101 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; outback.com; 772.286.2622

PETER’S STEAKHOUSE

Fine wines and sides like Pete’s Famous Hash Browns and fried shoe-string onions accompany the succulent, dry-aged steaks at this longstanding steak house in historic downtown Jensen Beach. 3200 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach; peterssteakhouse.com; 772.225.2516

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY

3NATIVES

Florida health chain offering smoothies, acai bowls, salads, bagels, wraps, juices, and shots in a relaxed, beachy environment. 870 SE Indian St., Stuart; 3natives.com; 772.266.9431

BERRY FRESH CAFE

This Treasure Coast breakfast and lunch spot is a GMO- and preservative-free café serving healthy fare that tastes great and feels even better. 1429 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; berryfresh.cafe; 772.324.8287

FIRST WATCH

Grab breakfast, brunch, or lunch from this healthminded café chain. 2125 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; firstwatch.com; 772.220.4076

FRUITS AND ROOTS VEGAN CAFE

This 100-percent plant-based menu includes cold-pressed juices, smoothies, juice shots, oat bowls, salads, and sandwiches all made with locally harvested ingredients. 710 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart; fruitsandrootsvegancafe.com; 772.678.6627

MODERN JUICE CO. STUART

Enjoy made-to-order juice, poke bowls, and blended bowls in a quick, casual setting. 2325 SE Federal Hwy. Suite 428, Stuart; modernjuiceco.com; 772.291.2640

TABULEH CAFÉ AT PLANET OZONE

Tabuleh Café sits within the Planet Ozone market, the first “green” commercial building and gas station in Martin County. This market and café offers organic, gluten-free, Halal, and locally sourced selections, as well as fresh-squeezed juices. 1601 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; planetozone.com; 772.403.2199

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFÉ

Get a refreshing smoothie from this tropical chain and enjoy sandwiches, wraps, and supplements. 6134 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; tropicalsmoothie cafe.com; 772.283.7377

PORT ST. LUCIE/FORT PIERCE

AMERICAN

2ND STREET BISTRO

This lively bistro in historic downtown Fort Pierce highlights local produce in its delicious dishes. The extensive beer list features a brew to complement every meal. 122 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; 2ndstreet bistro.com; 772.293.9191

ARCHIE’S SEABREEZE

This island shack–style, “no shoes, no shirt, no problem” restaurant has been open for more than 70 years. Enjoy sandwiches, seafood, and drinks while live music and the beach set the scene. 401 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce; archiesftpierce.com; 772.460.3888

BONEFISH MAC’S

A comfortable, sports bar environment to catch a game and savor casual bites with friends. 662 SE Becker Road, Port St. Lucie; bonefishmacs.com; 772.344.6227

JAMMBAR WINGS

JammBar’s wings can be customized to order, whether you prefer flats or drums, soft or crispy, or one of the 17 different sauces or plain. 8031 S. Federal Hwy., Port St. Lucie, 772.237.4802; 2903 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce, 772.448.8670; jammbar.com

LINDA’S TOO CAFE

Homestyle breakfast and brunch and ever-changing specials. 10106 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; facebook.com/lindastoocafe; 722.281.2549

MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL

Manatee Island Bar & Grill offers a variety of options, from seafood to steak to veggie burgers, all filling and all fresh. 1640 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.242.8460; manateeislandbarandgrill.com

PICKLED

Flavorful eats including Wagyu sirloin, duck pot pie, truffle mac and cheese, and charcuterie boards. 201 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; pickledinthefort.com; 772.448.4239

SAILFISH BREWING COMPANY

American warehouse–style eatery offering a wide selection of beers from the taproom, as well as appetizers and dinner eats from the pizza kitchen. 130 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; sailfishbrewingco.com; 772.577.4382

SEAWAY SMOKEHOUSE

Classic and hearty barbecue served from a charming two-story space. In-store and outdoor seating available. 101 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; seaway bbq.com; 772.577.6350

SHINDIG IRISH RESTAURANT AND PUB

With decor reminiscent of an old Irish pub and a menu that embodies contemporary Irish fare, Shindig transports diners straight to Ireland without leaving the Treasure Coast. 464 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; shindigpub.com; 772.785.6202

SUNRISE CITY CAFE

Located in the heart of downtown historical Fort Pierce, Sunrise City Cafe serves breakfast and lunch with a hometown feel. 204 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; sunrisecitycafe.com; 772.242.1833

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THE S & S CAFÉ & WINE BAR

Globally inspired with an emphasis on health, the S&S offers plenty of wholesome vegan options. 148 Depot Drive, Fort Pierce; facebook.com/ thesstakeout; 772.461.8354

ASIAN

PHO DELI

Authentic Vietnamese restaurant in a casual setting with a counter-serve option and dishes from pho to bahn mi. 466 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie, 772.877.2133; 1007 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, 772.882.9584; phodelipsl.com

RAMEN HANA AND WINGS

Ramen that warms the mouth and soul. Choose between small and large plates of various ramen flavors or try the namesake wings in four flavors. 6935 Heritage Drive, Port St. Lucie; ramenhana.com; 772.444.7891

SEOUL GARDEN

Korean establishment serving the culture’s favorites: kimbap, short rib, traditional han-sik, bi-bi-bop, and house-made kimchi available for market purchase. 2510 U.S. Hwy. 1, Fort Pierce; seoulgardenkoreancuisine.com; 772.462.6588

WASABI THAI SUSHI

Stop by Wasabi Thai for good food, large portions, and a delicate ambience—plus a full liquor bar. 217 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; wasabithaisushifl. com; 772.242.1310

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN

SPIRO’S TAVERNA

Greek-American fare like gyros and sandwiches, along with beer and wine. 1738 St. Lucie W. Blvd., Port St. Lucie; spirostaverna.com; 772.879.4083

THINK GREEK

First a food truck and now a full-fledged restaurant, Think Greek offers Greek classics with an American twist. 644 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; thinkgreekfl.com; 772.800.3128

INDIAN

TAJ INDIAN

Curries steal the show at this establishment that offers a wide range of cultural favorites in addition to vegan and Halal foods. 529 NW Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie; tajpsl.com; 772.237.4567

ITALIAN

ANGELINA’S PIZZERIA

Along with mouth-watering pizzas, the family-run pizzeria also offers a variety of Italian appetizers, pastas, and salads. 1126 Colonnades Drive, Fort Pierce; orderangelinaspizzeria.com; 772.302.3591

FRANCESCA’S NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA

Come to Francesca’s for tasty pizza and even tastier appetizers in an unassuming environment. 3961 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; francescas pizzapsl.com; 772.344.4748

PIE HOLE WOOD PIZZA

Pizza pub with classic pizza, subs, wings, and salads served in a vintagestyle setting with dark wood, stone and brick walls, shuffleboard, and charming outdoor seating. 2510 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce; pieholewood pizza.com; 772.971.0120

RUFFINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND PIZZERIA

This family-owned restaurant boasts authentic Italian fare from a menu of more than 70 choices, as well as daily specials. 1145 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; ruffinos.net; 772.335.2988

TUTTO FRESCO

An elegant Italian restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating featuring upmarket entrées, steaks, and a full bar. 9501 Reserve Blvd., Port St. Lucie; tuttofrescopsl.com; 772.464.8988

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JAMAICAN

JERK CITY

Located at an unassuming strip mall, Jerk City offers diners the best of island specialties for lunch and dinner. Favorites include curry goat and chicken, with specials like curry shrimp and crab. Catering is also available. 8007 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; jerkcity.com; 772.871.2552

ONE LOVE JAMAICAN

This beloved eatery serves up delectable seafood platters and authentic Jamaican dishes. Indulge in corn, crab legs, blue crabs, sausage, boiled egg, potatoes, and more. 3453 SW Darwin Blvd., Port St. Lucie; onelove caribbeancuisineseafood.business.site; 772.985.3128

LATIN AMERICAN/CUBAN

MERVIS’ CAFÉ & GRILL

This Fort Pierce establishment doubles as a USPS contract unit and serves up one tasty Cuban sandwich that has locals coming back for more. They also offer satisfying bites like sweet plantains, croquettes, and empanadas. 402 S. 5th St., Fort Pierce; merviscafe.com; 772.462.6600

PORT SAINT WICH

Cuban café specializing in sandwiches, desserts, and Cuban coffee. 3961 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; portsaintlucierestaurant.com; 772.266.5152

THE MOFONGO KING

This Puerto Rican outpost is known for its namesake mofongo—a dish packed with fried plantains stacked high with an assortment of shrimp, tostones, and more. Bonus: Mofongo offers two-for-one draft beers every day of the week. 295 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; facebook.com/ themofongoking; 772.777.4080

MEXICAN

CASA AMIGOS AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT

A hit with the locals, visit for a dynamite meal and atmosphere. 7950 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; casaamigosrest.com; 772.204.2744

LA HACIENDITA SUPER TAQUERIA

Don’t let the quaint, unassuming atmosphere fool you—this place packs a punch with intense flavor at a small price. 3211 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; 772.801.5090

SONORA EATS

Stop by this family-owned business hailing from Hermosillo in Sonora, Mexico. The outpost offers quick-serve tacos and burritos, Sonorastyle hotdogs, plus homemade tortillas daily. 1721 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce; sonoraeats.com; 772.577.6241

TACO DIVE

Open late, Taco Dive offers craft beers with their homemade Mexican fare featuring fresh ingredients. 10501 SW Village Center Drive, Port St. Lucie, 772.345.3483; 2025 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, 772.448.8477; tacodive.com

TAQUERIA MONTANO’S

This restaurant offers small plates of Mexican fare for a quick bite of comfort food. 10786 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; taqueriamontano.com; 772.777.3406

ZAPATA’S MEXICAN GRILL

Zapata’s has eye-catching decor and even more eye-catching drinks and meals. Drop by for tasty, authentic Mexican food. 6700 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; zapatasmexicancuisine.com; 772.464.7288

PORTUGUESE

FERNANDO’S DOCKSIDE GRILLE

Take a tour along the coasts of the Atlantic with Chef Fernando Dovale, who is whipping up authentic Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine from shrimp scampi to pork Alentejana to seared scallops. 2214 SE Veterans Memorial Parkway, Port St. Lucie; fernandosdocksidegrille.com; 772.337.1110

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LUSO PORTUGUESE GRILLE

Portuguese outpost reflecting the country’s coastal heritage with a focus on seafood like octopus and shrimp cooked Mozambique-style. 10511 SW Village Center Drive, Port St. Lucie; lusogrille.info; 772.303.2400

SEAFOOD

12A BUOY

Wide array of dishes in a casual setting, leaving both stomachs and wallets happy. 22 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Pierce; 12abuoy.com; 772.672.4524

CHUCK’S SEAFOOD

From New England clam chowder to shrimp Parmesan, this eatery delivers affordable seafood to every table. 822 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; chucks-seafood.com; 772.461.9484

COBB’S LANDING

A quality waterfront dining experience, the menu features hearty servings of pasta, seafood, and meat, along with live entertainment and a buzzing mojito bar. 200 N. Indian River Drive Suite 4424, Fort Pierce; cobbs-landing.com; 772.460.9014

CRABBY’S DOCKSIDE

Enjoy fresh catches like stuffed grouper and hogfish snapper, plus other entrées including pasta, pizza, and more. Signature drinks like the rum punch— and amazing views of the inlet and lagoon—round out the experience. 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce; crabbysdocksideftpierce.com; 772.252.5672

CROCADILLOS BAR AND GRILL

Tons of outdoor seating and a stage allow Crocadillos to host events throughout the year. Combined with tasty grill eats and cold drinks, it’s a guaranteed good time. 109 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Pierce; crocadillos.com; 772.409.4495

HARBOR COVE BAR & GRILL

Located inside the Harbor Town Marina, Harbor Cove Bar & Grill seamlessly merges waterfront views and casual dining. 1930 Harbortown Drive, Fort Pierce; harborcovebargrill.com; 772.429.5303

ON THE EDGE BAR & GRILL

Thirst-quenching drinks, splendorous seafood eats, and bar and grill favorites enjoyed waterfront with sunset views—what’s not to love? 1136 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; ontheedgebarandgrill.com; 772.882.9729

PELICAN YACHT CLUB

Members can expect excellent service, beautiful sunsets, and an array of dishes ranging from herb- and pistachio-crusted sea scallops to Asianglazed short ribs. 1120 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; pelicanyachtclub.com; 772.464.2700

THE FRYING SCOT

A food truck where Scot Amanda Jones cooks up delicious fish and chips, tacos with cod fish and haddock, and delicacies like deep-fried Scotch eggs rolled in crumbs. Stop by Tradition Square on the first and third Friday of the month and J.V. Reed Park on the second Friday of the month. thefrying scotfoodtruck.com;772.341.4284

STEAK HOUSE

BUFFALO CHOPHOUSE

Backed by 20 years of experience and local farm-fresh ingredients, Buffalo Chophouse has all your steak house favorites with none of the compromise. 918 SW Gatlin Blvd., Port St. Lucie; buffalochophouse.com; 772.621.7900

MEATING STREET STEAK & SEAFOOD

The Lamarra family offers USDA Prime steaks, seafood, and indulgent sides at their Tradition outpost. 10553 SW Meeting St., Port St. Lucie; meatingstreet.com; 772.348.3805

OAK AND EMBER STEAKHOUSE

Chef Kyle G brings you Oak and Ember, an upscale classic steak house with delectable meats, sides, and craft cocktails. 848 SE Becker Road, Port St. Lucie; oakandembersteak house.com; 772.224.2553

THE FORT STEAKHOUSE

A modern take on the classic steak house executed with elegant, rich dishes and a sophisticated yet colorful atmosphere. 106 S. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; thefortsteakhouse.com; 772.882.9131

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY

BEACH BOWLS FORT PIERCE

Organic, fresh fruit blended into smoothies and bowls in the heart of downtown Fort Pierce. 217 Avenue A, Fort Pierce; beachbowlsfortpierce.com; 772.448.4097 ❖

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When/Where

November 19, 2022 | Adams Ranch, Fort Pierce

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The Event:

IMPACT100 MARTIN KICKOFF PARTY

When/Where November 11, 2022 | Elliott Museum, Stuart

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1. Amy Malaney, Terry O’Hare, Sandy Altieri, Suzi Romanik, Lorraine Popky 2. Sherri Snyder, Carrie Morgridge, Shannon King 3. Sharon McGavock, Marjie Jordan 4. Denise Gardner, Sarah Murphy, Jill Grimm 5. Lee Cotton, Patty Dapontes, Ellen Moran, Jennifer Eaton 6. Kelly McIntyre, Paula Hundt, Sue Whittington 7. Nadia Utto, Wilma Myers, Dorothy Flemming 8. Kim Roden, Kristen Konkus-Signorelli, Linda Prange, Kimberly Perron, Judy Zanchi
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LIZ MCKINLEY

Hot Shots

The Event:

TREASURE COAST ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS

NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY

When/Where

November 15, 2022

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MARYANN KETCHAM | Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club, Palm City 1. Keri Norbratten, Mindi Fetterman 2. Barbara Grimmer, Abigail Flood 3. Cher Fisher, Allison Wigley 4. Pam Gardner, Carol Holth 5. Patrick Small, Lindsey Concannon 6. Elisabeth Glynn, Andrew Treadwell 7. Carlos Valentin Jr., Carlos Valentin III, Heather Gunnell 8. Kenya Reinhardt, Will Armstead

The Event: LBU LIGHTING VIP PARTY

When/Where

November 17, 2022 | LBU Lighting showroom, Port St. Lucie

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1. Jake and Sheelagh Gersowsky, Cheryl LaRosa, Keith McElroy, 2. Kim and Greg Hollis 3. Patrick Morningstar, Mark Gersowsky 4. Paul Naylor, Andrea Williams, Don Lyons 5. Dustin Ortiz, Dave Lockwood 6. Evna Abreu, Ling Hsiung 7. Christian Rivera, Christian Leighton 8. Lauren and Lenny Snipelisky 9. Susan and Steven Schultz
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TRACEY BENSON

Hot Shots

The Event: HIBISCUS CHILDREN’S CENTER

VIVA LAS VEGAS CASINO NIGHT

When/Where

November 18, 2022 | Mariner Sands Country Club, Stuart

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1. Gary and Melinda Johnson, Senator Gayle Harrell, Scott Rodes 2. Craig and Pam Dallas 3. Michael Izzolo 4. Dana Anderwald, Diana Baker 5. Nicole Beckford, Michelle King 6. Maria Colonna 7. Jeff Lafer, Matt and Shannon Neece, Liz Bernstein, Ellie Lafer 8. Deborah Kessler, Fernando and Karen Vincenzini MARYANN KETCHAM
79 FEBRUARY 2023 | STUART Submit event photos for consideration to: michelle@stuartmagazine.com 8 2 1 3 6 5 7 4 The Event: THE SALVATION ARMY OF MARTIN, ST. LUCIE & OKEECHOBEE COUNTIES WINGS OF HOPE LUNCHEON TO BENEFIT COMPASSION HOUSE When/Where November 5, 2022 | Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa, Jensen Beach
1. Brenda Auer, Kim Johnson 2. Dawn Blair, Martin County Chief Deputy John Budensiek 3. Lori Baird, Tammy Passarelli, Holly Fisher 4. Char Meyering, Ursula Scott 5. Lori Baird, Kathy Span 6. Captains Nathan and DeAnne Jones, Barry Grant Marsh 7. Rosa Chuy 8. Doris Goll, Susan Bauhof, Marsha Cetta MARYANN KETCHAM

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GARDEN VARIETY

Green thumbs, rejoice! The second annual Jensen Beach Garden Expo will take root in Indian Riverside Park February 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exclusive vendors will be onsite with plants, trees, gardening supplies, garden art, and more. Visitors will also enjoy presentations and demonstrations by pros, who will offer tips on topics like growing trees, replanting techniques, and more. Learn more about the Jensen Beach Garden Club’s eco-friendly fete at stuartmagazine.com/gardenexpo

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ArtsFest returns to Gazebo Park in downtown Stuart for its thirty-sixth year February 11-12. Local visual artists, musicians, singers, and chefs will showcase their talents at the art-forward event, where visitors can explore the juried works of painting, drawing, mixed-media, photography, ceramics, and more. Get all the details at stuartmagazine.com/artsfest

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45th Anniversary Event Week

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