Stuart Magazine March 2022

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Contents MARCH 2022


24 Ecological Excellence

Find out how the Loxa-Lucie Headwaters Initiative is protecting plants and wildlife on 70,000 acres of local land By Linda Marx

28 Loxahatchee Love

A wild and scenic view of the river’s beautiful native flora and fauna Photography by Mark Cook

38 Protecting a Predator

Experts weigh in on the threats faced by one of our planet’s most enigmatic creatures By Kerry Shorr

44 Gypsy Soul

24 Greg Braun, executive director of The Guardians of Martin County



Subdued neutrals, boho-chic patterns, and shimmery metallics reflect the beauty of nature Photography by Nick Mele


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American Institute of Architects Treasure Coast Chapter 2020 Award Winners Lifetime Achievement Lee Ramos, FAIA

Hughes Umbanhowar Architects Honor Award Merit Award Scott Hughes

Merrill, Pastor & Colgan Architects Honor Award Chapter Award Scott Merrill

Architectural Awareness Harold Jenkins, Commissioner Martin County, District 3

Moor, Baker & Associates Architects Merit Award Peter Moor Chris Baker

Clemens Bruns Schaub Architects & Associates Merit Award Chapter Award Clem Schaub

Moulton Layne Merit Award David Moulton

N2 Architecture Chapter Award Niki Norton

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Contents 38 In Every Issue


10 Editor’s Note 12 Publisher’s Note 73 Flavor

Local dining guide

80 Hot Shots

Photos from recent events

84 Surf Report

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An outdoor fitness studio hits downtown Stuart, The Barn Theatre celebrates 50 years, and more

18 Off the Charts One local resident loves the Yellowfin brand so much he is on his fourth boat from the maker, the 39 Offshore

20 Wanderlust A comfy, carefree vacation at The Islands of Islamorada



COLAB FOOD show food dish from colab here, not the space

dance photo from calendar here GEORGE LABONTE

What’s up on


22 Wellness


The many benefits of microgreens

ON THE COVER Photographer: Mark Cook A little blue heron shot by Stuart Magazine on location on the Loxahatchee River


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Editor’s note

The great outdoors



hen it comes time to start working on our naturethemed issue each year, it’s always one of my favorite few weeks of the year at my job. Simply put, I don’t think there’s any topic I enjoy more than the great outdoors. Inevitably, as I write and edit stories, go on photo shoots, and talk to various people in the community about what aspect of the planet they’re passionate about, I come away learning something new. This year was no different. I loved chatting with Greg Braun, executive director of The Guardians of Martin County, while we were shooting his portrait in Hobe Sound on a plot of land that he had a hand in purchasing late last year as part of a preservation project called the Loxa-Lucie Headwaters Initiative. The photographer and I trudged through the swamp with Mr. Braun, and it was wonderful! Read about the initiative and what it means for our future in “Ecological Excellence,” beginning on page 24. One aspect of local nature I knew I wanted to include in this issue is the Loxahatchee River. I’m lucky to live along the river, where I can launch my paddleboard and fish for snook, and it holds a special place in my heart. When we decided to send a photographer on a canoeing adventure to shoot the beautiful fauna and flora along the river, I knew just whom to call.... Mark Cook is not only a talented photographer, but he is also a nature lover with advanced degrees in ecology and avian behavior who has focused his research for the past 18 years on the restoration and management of wetland animals in the Everglades. He’s a pretty interesting guy, and you can learn more about him and see some of the breathtaking photos from his journey in “Loxahatchee Love,” beginning on page 28. By the way, the striking photo of a little blue heron on our cover is also from this shoot—plus, you can see even more pics from the series online at Finally, one feature that taught me a whole lot this month is “Protecting a Predator” (page 38). We talked to a bunch of local experts about one of the most fascinating and often misunderstood creatures sharing our planet: Paddling the St. Lucie River at night sharks. I hope you’ll learn something from it too and learn to love these powerful, adaptable, incredibly important beasts, if you don’t already. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if there’s anything at all you’d like to share, whether that be a great idea for a story, feedback on something you’ve read, or just to say hello. Peace and blessings,

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s I write this in early February, the Treasure Coast has just experienced some of the coldest temperatures in a long time. I can’t believe I was shivering and had to turn on the heat inside my home. I am looking forward to warmer temperatures and enjoying the great outdoors. As I’ve mentioned before, our spring brings a bounty of flora like bougainvillea, begonias, gardenias, oleanders, roses, hibiscus, and camellias, so keep your eyes peeled! Florida draws many visitors this time of year, who come just to see these blooms. Before moving to South Florida, I remember anticipating the arrival of flowers in our yard from the bulbs my mom had planted the previous spring. This always indicated warmer temps— and no more snow. March is one of my favorite months because it’s the perfect time to explore our area’s parks, boat on the river, and even take a dip in our beautiful (and warmer) waters. I can’t wait to read this month’s issue centered on nature and the great outdoors and learn more about the environs of our local area. I continue to discover more about my home in each issue, as our editorial team does a fantastic job of producing features about our slice of paradise. We invite you to sit down, relax, and enjoy our March issue and also to visit While on the site, be sure to sign up for our Insider’s Guide weekly newsletter to keep up with current events and news. Thank you for your readership and for supporting Stuart Magazine. I look forward to continuing to support our local community and businesses. Please reach out to me anytime with news to pass on to our editorial team, events we might support and sponsor, or any advertising needs you may have. Hope to see you around town!


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Andrew Hunt’s motto is “to whom much is given, much is expected.” A lifelong trustee of the Roy A. Hunt Foundation established by his grandfather, Andrew is proud that four generations of Hunt family members continue what was started in 1951. Philanthropy is a vocation for Andrew and his wife, Robin. They are committed to being engaged donors, partnering with organizations that have real impact and purpose. Over the past five years, they have donated $2.7 million to more than 40 nonprofits serving primarily Martin and St. Lucie counties. Their giving focuses on youth development, youth violence prevention, and the environment through Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Roundtable, and Florida Oceanographic Society.

Andrew built his career as an entrepreneur in the high-tech specialty fitness industry. Today, he blends his love of sports and enthusiasm for youth development as founder and president of First Tee Treasure Coast. This nationally recognized and evidence-based program is about more than golf. Through a curriculum focused on Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits, First Tee helps children meet challenges and reach their full potential. The Hunts established a fund at The Community Foundation Martin-St. Lucie to tap into their deep understanding of the charitable landscape and community need. Andrew sees collective giving as a way to join forces and exponentially increase impact: Whether we lead the effort or join in, that’s real philanthropy.

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All-Outdoors Fitness founder Sarah Wickstrom (left) leads daily workouts outside Terra Fermata in Stuart.



tuart native Sarah Wickstrom has spent years playing volleyball—NCAA Division I at Florida State, NCAA All-American, and even played pro in Germany for a few years. When she returned home to Florida last year, she found it difficult to find a place where she enjoyed training, especially during the pandemic, so she started working out in local parks or in her driveway to enjoy the outdoors. That’s when she came up with the idea for All-Outdoors Fitness—Stuart’s first and only fitness facility in the great outdoors. Located outside Terra Fermata in downtown Stuart, the “studio” offers a range of intimate, personalized training classes (no more than 12 people per class) taught by 28-year-old Wickstrom.

“When people spend so much time working indoors, working out in the outdoors can really boost moods, and I wanted to encourage that and bring that back to our community,” says the trainer. Classes are offered three times a day and focus on strength and stability, resistance, cardio, and body-weight training; each 50- to 55-minute class is accompanied by mood-boosting music. “Our biggest focus is small, personalized group classes,” says Wickstrom. “I grew up training my whole life in a small team. That is where you can really focus on reaching your fitness goals.” All-Outdoors Fitness offers a complimentary class to newcomers. Visit to learn more and book your spot. —Amy Poliakoff MARCH 2022 | STUART

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Radar / BUZZ

Clockwise from left: A Chorus Line; The Barn Theatre’s interior and exterior; historical photo from when The Renegade Players troupe was founded.





with styles from former wardrobe mistress, the late Mary Lee Bell. The Barn Theatre has a rich history that began in 1969 when a group known as the Martin County Players founded an adult education drama class at what was then called the Instructional Center of Stuart. Unfortunately, the school board often didn’t allow the students to perform a show if they deemed the theme “too sensitive” (which led the group to change their name to The Renegade Players in protest). They found refuge at St. Joseph’s College for a bit and also continued at the Instructional Center, but soon grew tired of the lack of space and censorship. In 1969, they purchased an acre of land from the Bussert Rose Farm and converted it into The Barn Theatre that stands today. The first season opened in 1970 with a performance of I Do!, I Do!, and today, the theater hosts around six musicals and plays a year, beginning with a season opener in July and closing out the season in May. While The Barn had to close during the pandemic in 2020, volunteers spent that time fixing up the facilities, and it reopened last fall. Remaining shows for the fifty-first season include this month’s The Bare Truth (March 10-27) and Mamma Mia! (March 12-May 29). —A.P.



he Barn Theatre has been bringing performing arts to the Treasure Coast for half a century. Now in its fifty-first season, Martin County’s oldest nonprofit community theater is honoring that milestone anniversary by hosting a special event March 5 at the Elliott Museum ($75/ticket). Dubbed “Song & Starlight,” the celebration will feature live performances and plenty of entertainment, including ethereal stilt walkers from Florida Aerial Dance & Circus Arts and seasoned Barn Theatre performers who will take guests on a musical journey of some of the theater’s most beloved musicals of the past 50 years. “We love The Barn Theatre,” says board member (and past president) Chris Mazella. “For all of us involved, it is our passion. There is no greater joy than bringing the arts to our community.” A “wall of remembrance” will also be erected to honor the theater’s history as well as key players such as master carpenter Gus McCall, the man behind the theater’s sets. Also on display will be various costumes designed by Marcia Molinari, along


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Emily’s Picks


Green Goddess

A few things to do this month


his issue is all about nature and the outdoors, so I figured it was a perfect time to “go green” in the chicest way possible. Green is such a hot color—it always shows up on the red carpet and is the color of life and renewal. Let me be the first to tell you how hot a green kitchen is right now. I want to repaint all my white cabinets a deep forest green—but at the moment, the only green thing in my kitchen is this amazing resin charcuterie board by Happi Crafts. It’s such a statement piece, and I’m obsessed with it! Local business owner Roshelle Anderson makes these boards and other fun household items and has garnered a celebrity following for the playful brand. How about some kale to put on top of that cutting board? Well, let’s get out of the kitchen for a minute and put kale on our nails! NailKale by Nails Inc. claims to be the first “superfood polish” that promotes stronger, smoother, and healthier nails—it has actual kale in the formula, and the shade is gorgeous. In my opinion, no stone is more beautiful than an emerald. According to legend, wearing emeralds can reveal truth and protect you against evil spells. I love the selection of emeralds at JC Martin Jewelers. The modern stacks you can make with their rings are endless, and the necklace shown below is a work of art. If you’re a fan of Bottega Veneta, you’ll love these mules in stunning green—it’s my new favorite shade in this super popular (and comfy) shoe. Finally, everyone’s been talking about this new Kris Jenner Safely cleaning brand. It’s green from the inside out, and it works great too. xo Emily

CLEAN LIVING Safely Essential Home Kit, $27, EMERALD DESIRE 14-karat gold and emerald adjustable tennis choker necklace, $5,000, JC Martin Jewelers, West Palm Beach

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March 3: Keb’ Mo’ The Lyric Theatre, Stuart; $60; March 4: Comic Steven Wright The Lyric Theatre, Stuart; $52; March 3-28: MLB Spring Training Clover Park, Port St. Lucie; ticket prices vary; mets/spring-training/ballpark March 5: The Barn Theatre 50th Anniversary Gala Elliott Museum, Stuart; $75; March 5: City of Stuart Sailfish 5K/10K Memorial Park, Stuart; $30/5K, $40/10K; March 5: First Friday Art Walk The Creek District, Stuart; free; March 5-6: Treasure Coast Home Show Martin County Fairgrounds, Stuart; free; March 6: Marathon of the Treasure Coast (Boston Marathon Qualifier) Memorial Park, Stuart; registration cost varies (full marathon, half marathon, relay); March 10-27: The Bare Truth The Barn Theatre, Stuart; $30; March 12: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder The Lyric Theatre, Stuart; $50;

SPARKLY STACKS 14-karat gold diamond and emerald ring, $720, and 14-karat gold emerald eternity band, $2,100, JC Martin Jewelers, West Palm Beach

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March 12-13: Stuart Antique Show Martin County Fairgrounds, Stuart; free; stuart-antique-show March 18: Treasure Coast Ribs and Wings Festival Causeway Cove, Fort Pierce; $7/general admission, $95/ VIP; March 19: Food, Friends, and Fashion Mariner Sands Country Club, Stuart; $60;

A CUT ABOVE Happi Crafts Sparkly Charcuterie Board, $75,

March 26: Downtown Stuart Craft Fair Osceola Street Café, Stuart; free; March 26: Mutt March 5K and Festival Memorial Park, Stuart; $3/5K, $45/10K; March 26: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59 80th Anniversary Celebration Open House Sandsprit Park, Stuart; free; March 27-April 2: Ninth Annual Plein Air Festival Lighthouse ArtCenter, Tequesta; $5/nonmembers;


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Radar / OFF THE CHARTS From left: Dan Marvin, Captain Joe Dobbins, Jay Marvin, Rich Beltrand; center console of the Yellowfin Model 39 (below).



hen demand outpaces supply, a boat manufacturer who builds a quality product will invariably have a long waiting period for delivery of new models. Brisk sales and supply-chain issues the industry has faced recently have stretched the wait time for new boats to as long as three years for many brands. A few companies have been fortunate enough to log these sales numbers prior


to this booming market based more on the brand’s popularity and customer loyalty—and Yellowfin is a prime example. Offering 11 sizes, from 17 feet to 54 feet, Yellowfin boats are among the most popular performance-fishing center consoles in the history of the sport. One great example of brand loyalty is Jupiter resident Jay Marvin. Currently the owner of a Yellowfin 39 Offshore, Marvin has a history with the brand that dates




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From left: Rods and reels; the Yellowfin 39’s dual Garmin MFD units include a CHIRP Sounder and xHD2 Radar; Captain Dobbins brings in a catch as Dan and Jay Marvin look on.

back to 2009 when he purchased his first Yellowfin, a 36 Offshore. The desire to introduce his four young sons to blue-water fishing led him to the Yellowfin factory in Sarasota based on a suggestion from his guide, Captain Joe Dobbins of Jupiter. Thirteen years later, the boys are grown, and Marvin is now on his fourth Yellowfin. Incredibly, he has managed to trade into each new boat without taking any capital losses, including a pair of 36-foot models and another pair of 39-footers. His fifth model, a 42 Offshore, is in the works. POWER FILE Winter live-bait sailfish action LENGTH: 39 feet, 8 inches along with summertime crossings BEAM: 11 feet, 6 inches for live-chumming tuna in the BaWEIGHT: 13,000 pounds hamas are at the top of Marvin’s FUEL: 564 gallons MAX HP: 1,800 list, and these boats are ideal for both. The current 39 Offshore is

The group headed four miles out to sea from the Jupiter Inlet on the Yellowfin to look for sailfish.

outfitted with a pair of large live wells, at 85 and 70 gallons respectively. She features four large insulated fish holds below deck (two forward and two in the cockpit) and an easy 360-degree fish-around deck layout ideal for frequent multiple hookups. Dual Garmin MFD units include a high-performance CHIRP Sounder and xHD2 Radar for locating tuna birds, and this 50-knot, smooth-riding hull is pushed effortlessly by triple Mercury 350 Verado engines. The hallmark of the Yellowfin brand has always been how nicely the boats handle the ocean in marginal weather conditions—even on the worst days, Marvin can easily race offshore for a quick billfish release and be home bone dry in George LaBonte, time for breakfast. who writes this A December trip offshore column, has been with Marvin and his son Dan a charter fishing proved exactly how capable captain in Jupiter the 39 Offshore is when the for nearly 40 years weather turns for the worse. A ( He also has quick run to the edge to catch hosted the television series Florida a sailfish for Dan concluded Sportsman Best Boat and Florida with a sudden wind and rain Sportsman Project Dreamboat for event—one that proved no five seasons. match for this Yellowfin. ❖


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Islamorada, a compound of 22 gracious villas huddled around a private beach. From the minute your tires crunch over the gravel-and-seashell roads, you’ll feel the decompression. And as soon as you enter your villa—with its airy, bright spaces and breezeswept terraces with a view of the sea—you may just decide that island time is the best time of all. Not surprisingly, The Islands of Islamorada was developed by the Frisbie Group, one of Palm Beach’s most well-known familyowned businesses. The SARGENT PHOTOGRAPHY

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Clockwise from top: Aerial view of the villa compound; hammocks beckon throughout the property; balcony off the master suite of a four-bedroom villa.


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From top: Living room of a four-bedroom waterfront villa; sunset viewing around the firepit; the relaxing oceanfront pool; private white sandy beach.

tight-knit Frisbies are all about multigenerational gatherings, and that ethos has driven the design of the villas. With four bedrooms and more than 3,100 square feet across three levels, these homes away from home have every creature comfort imaginable (down to a fully stocked laundry room) and multiple areas for families to spread out. Best of all, they’re perched directly on the water’s edge, so access to the beach, pools, and marina couldn’t be easier. The mood here is definitely relaxed, but that’s the idea. Gather at your ground-level alfresco dining room for breakfast, then grab a paddleboard or kayak (both are complimentary to guests) and explore the shoreline. Later, play a game of volleyball or take an outdoor fitness class. At day’s end, enjoy cocktails at the Ocean House tiki bar or kick back on Adirondack chairs and watch the sunset while the kids play cornhole. If it sounds idyllic—a step back in time, even—that’s because it is. Although the temptation is to do a whole lot of nothing, active types won’t be disappointed. There’s a pickleball court

on property and a 24-hour gym for those who like to work up a sweat. An on-site concierge can help arrange fishing outings, especially when the tarpon are biting, as well as day trips to other Keys by boat, car, or seaplane. The Islands is committed to conservation and sustainability, and even offers guests eco-themed excursions like exploring Big Pine Key to see the precious, endangered Key deer. Memories, and good vibes, guaranteed. ❖


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Microgreens are not only good for your health, but they also add flavor and texture to everyday meals by ABIGAIL DUFFY


Clockwise from top: A variety of microgreens; tiny greens make for a healthy topping on avocado toast; the Stuart Green Market; Alissa Schey Mondina.

What ignited your passion for microgreens? I love the fact that they are easy to grow and rich with nutrients we all could use more of, including vitamins A, C, and K, folate, protein, beta-carotene, and more. Adding them to any dish ramps up the nutritional value.

What are some of your favorite varieties of microgreens? I love purple radish microgreens because of the added crunch and spiciness, on top of the beta-carotene and toxin-removal properties. I put them in all of my salads and sandwiches. Sunflower microgreens are also high on my favorites list. The crunchiness is out-of-this-world amazing on avocado toast, and they also give you a dose of protein. I’m also a huge fan of white pizza topped with a pile of fresh arugula microgreens.

What are some of the key benefits? Radish microgreens can remove toxins from the body, which is a benefit that is very attractive to me when I think of all the toxins we unknowingly consume day-to-day. I eat a plantbased diet, so I am also always looking for ways to add extra protein to my diet. The high protein in sunflower microgreens (6 grams per ¼ cup) fulfills that when added to any dish.

Can microgreens be grown at home? They sure can! It's fun, easy, and rewarding. You just need a container, good soil, seeds, and a sunny window. I sell a Grow Your Own Kit on my website that includes everything you need to get started including seeds, soil, compostable containers, and, most important, directions to guide you through your first grow. ❖



ike many during the pandemic, Alissa Schey Mondina occupied her free time by focusing on hobbies—like honing her green thumb. “I am passionate about gardening and spent that time experimenting with vegetables I love to eat,” she says. She decided to take her hobby to the next level by creating an online platform for the community, and A Farmer’s Daughter Microgreens was born. Mondina specializes in microgreens—the young seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs—which are big on flavor and nutrition. She sells a variety of options, ranging from sunflower to arugula, through her website and also offers a Grow Your Own Kit. Here, she shares the benefits of these tiny-but-mighty greens and their importance to our diets. (


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The Guardians of Martin County Executive Director Greg Braun stands at the site in Hobe Sound that the Loxa-Lucie Headwaters Initiative has purchased—the first step of an ambitious project.

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lean water and conservation have played a major role in Greg Braun’s life ever since he was a young boy growing up in the Midwest. Every summer, his family vacationed at Clear Lake, Indiana, not far from his Ohio home. “I remember swimming in the lake and loving it,” says Braun. “Water quality was never an issue there. I got interested in ecology after those years and now spend my life trying to improve the environment.” A resident of Jupiter Farms, Braun is the owner of Sustainable Ecosystems International, a company that performs ecological assessments and assists clients with environmental projects in areas of marine, estuarine, freshwater wetlands, and upland habitats in Florida, parts of the Southeast, and the Bahamas and Caribbean. His company consults for government agencies, public and private utilities, the conservation community, and private developers who want to design and manage facilities with a strong focus on protecting and enhancing our natural resources. As executive director of The Guardians of Martin County, he is currently involved with a local project called the Loxa-Lucie Headwaters Initiative. The initiative is a collaboration among three nonprofits—The Guardians of Martin County, the Treasured Lands Foundation, and The Conservation Fund—whose mission is to design a permanently protected ecological corridor in southern Martin County/northern Palm Beach County between the St. Lucie and Loxahatchee rivers. The ambitious effort’s long-term goal is to purchase and protect 70,000 acres of land there and create a “green corridor” connecting Jonathan Dickinson and Atlantic Ridge state parks and protecting plants and wildlife. “This important project began as a tribute to Nat Reed, whose prominent Jupiter Island family has decades of conservation experience going back to The Nature Conservancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve and the National Wildlife Refuge,” says Braun. “When he died,


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we wanted to perpetuate his legacy with a new land initiative.” Reed, who was 84 when he died in 2018, led conservation plights, spoke out against projects that threatened to ruin the environment, and helped turn the Endangered Species Act into law while he was serving as U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Interior in the 1970s. In December, the Loxa-Lucie Initiative announced that it is slowly chipping away at that 70,000-acre goal: With generous donations from more than 200 entities (both large and small, organizations and individuals), the group was able to purchase a 138-acre parcel of land on the north side of Bridge Road in Hobe Sound. This first major purchase—which cost $3.5 million—ensures the protection of a 2-mile stretch that fronts the north side of Bridge Road and extends east and west from Powerline Avenue. It is important, says Braun, because it forms the “essential keystone of the long-term vision for conservation of a landscape” spanning the nearly 70,000 acres between the two state parks. It’s a small piece of the overall goal, but it’s an uplifting start. “Our purpose is to protect the entire area from future development by either acquisition or the establishment of conservation easements,” says Braun. “We still have a long way to go, but this purchase is great news—any parcel we bring in helps us achieve our goal.”


This first acquisition, explains Braun, CALL TO will help improve water quality in the South Fork of the St. Lucie River and aid If you’d like to assist in in restoring the historic sheet-flow of reaching the 70,000freshwater that once moved from the acre goal, please visit Atlantic Ridge to the federally desigto donate what you can. nated “Wild and Scenic” Loxahatchee River to the south. “It is more important than ever to protect the remaining lands that are part of these watersheds,” he says. “Saltwater intrusion issues in the Loxahatchee, higher demand for potable fresh water, an increase in development pressure, and rising real estate values are all driving this urgency.” After graduating in 1978 with a B.S. in oceanography from the Melbourne campus of Florida Institute of Technology, Braun embarked on a diverse career in ecology. For various clients, he has conducted surveys on endangered species and performed ecological assessments on tracts of land including small inland parcels in Florida and the Bahamas and entire islands in the Caribbean. He has done wetland jurisdictional delineations and qualitative assessments, floral and faunal inventories, and worked on land management/development and habitat restoration plans. “I pick and choose what I do now since I am self-employed,” he says. “As my career advanced, I could take on the projects that I care about.” In Martin County, he chaired a 1989 committee that raised $20 million for public land acquisition of environmentally sensitive resources and recreationally important lands. He is also involved with the follow-up project, after county voters approved a 2006 sales tax to raise an additional $60 million for public land acquisition and park improvements. He has served on Martin County’s Land Acquisition Selection Committee and worked with the State of Florida on the joint acquisition and management of different parcels.



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From top: Braun scouts the newly purchased site, noting that much of the invasive non-native vegetation will need to be controlled or eliminated so that as hydrology is restored, wetland vegetation like sawgrass, pond apples, willows, and cypress can become more abundant; admiring a bird passing by.

As the leader of nonprofit The Guardians of Martin County, his goal is to educate residents about balancing natural and man-made resources to enrich the quality of life both for right now and for the future. Unavoidably, the team is often forced to make tough decisions. “We are a growth-management group and want responsible projects like Loxa-Lucie,” says Braun. “We take unpopular positions, and we win and lose battles.” The key to success with the Loxa-Lucie project is to generate money for more land acquisitions by raising public awareness of the issues and urgencies. Braun and the rest of the team spend their days speaking to various groups and letting locals know that if they want to continue to live in small-town bliss, protecting these lands, wildlife, and water quality is of paramount importance. “I am happy with the community reaction to this project, so I am encouraged,” he says. “The positive response means the prospect of getting state financing, which would be a huge boost.” “The Loxa-Lucie Headwaters team is optimistic that the completion of this first acquisition demonstrates that local residents strongly support the vision of protecting these undeveloped lands,” he continues. “As hydrologic restoration ensues to help address chronic flooding in Hobe Sound, saltwater intrusion, and water quality improvement, we’re hopeful that governmental entities will become more engaged in the project.” An avid outdoorsman, Braun enjoys boating and spending time at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Before having children, he

even hiked the challenging Appalachian Trail (which traverses 14 states). He loves the inner connection among greenways, humans, plants, and animals. He also documents plants living throughout the state for the Native Plant Society and enjoys time at his family cottage in Maine. It’s a spot that helped cement his early interest in ecology. “I eventually bought the cottage from my family, and I love going up there and seeing that beautiful part of the country in the summer,” he says. A staunch protector of nature, Braun is also a businessman—and a pragmatist. He supports genuine ecotourism and has worked with project teams to design and develop facilities (like resorts) that demonstrate the linkage between stewardship and public use of natural resources. “Projects in which financial profit is enhanced with the increased health of the environment is the win-win relationship that is too often thought to be impossible in today’s world,” he says. ❖


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ondon-born photographer Mark Cook grew up in a small rural village in Southern England, where he spent much of his youth in local woodlands, fields, and rivers. He developed an early passion for the natural world during those times, which ultimately led to a career in the natural sciences. Armed with an MSc in ecology and a PhD in avian behavioral ecology, Cook has spent his professional life working in sync with nature. He has studied arctic seabirds on remote Scottish islands and neotropical songbirds in the rainforests of Puerto Rico. He currently leads a group of research scientists at the South Florida Water Management District, where for the past 18 years he has focused on the restoration and management of wetland animals in the Everglades—including wading birds such as herons, egrets, storks, and ibises.



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“Modern society has disconnected us from nature,” says Cook, who now resides in Jupiter Farms. “But as a species, we are a part of—and remain very much reliant on—our natural environment.” He began photographing his environs to document his scientific studies and soon discovered a passion for shooting the wonder and beauty of the swamp. “Wildlife photography is a game of patience that requires long periods of quiet time within nature,” he says. “For me, it provides that essential reconnection with the world we belong to, allows for a greater understanding of nature, and affords me an artistic outlet that I don’t get in my scientific career.” For this photo essay, Cook took three canoe trips on the Loxahatchee—two solo and a third with his wife and two daughters. He went from Riverbend Park downstream to Trapper Nelson’s and back again, where enormous ancient cypress trees envelop part of the river. He traveled upriver from Jonathan Dickinson, paddling the lower reaches of the river where it is wider, more tidal, influenced by salt water, and surrounded by red mangroves and different species of wildlife. All in all, Cook covered around 8 to 10 miles over 14 hours, shooting the photos you see on these pages. One of the highlights of his journey came when he encountered a wild barred owl. “After hearing the simian-like sounds of a male owl calling to its partner, I paddled upstream, searching for about an hour for this cryptic bird until I finally located him on a low branch in the shadows of dense vegetation,” says Cook. “I hauled up the canoe, waded through the river, crawled through the undergrowth, and managed to eventually get within about 10 feet of him. I sat on a log to rest and spent 30 wonderful minutes with him in his natural environment, watching him preen, sleep, and occasionally call to his mate.” Cook is no stranger to the Loxahatchee. Living in Jupiter Farms allows him plenty of opportunities to explore in his free time. The river is one of the many “wild” areas he appreciates having on his doorstep—especially as a natural scientist who, well, definitely knows his stuff. As he so eloquently puts it: “Within just 20 minutes of paddling from the launch at Riverbend Park, one is transported back in time to a primeval Florida of towering ancient cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss, epiphytic bromeliads and orchids, and a lush tropical understory of palms and giant ferns reminiscent of the Devonian Period. Out there, one expects to see prehistoric animals, and indeed one does— in the form of sleeping alligators and colorful river turtles adorning the river banks and primitive Florida garfish cruising the backwater pools. Large predatory birds like the great blue heron, a direct descendant of the dinosaur, prowl the forested margins while the strange calls of limpkins and barred owls add to the ancient soundscape.” An ode to the Loxahatchee, in all of its wild glory. ❖



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harks are enigmatic and dexterous creatures that have lived for nearly 450 million years, survived five mass extinctions, and keep the ocean’s biodiversity balanced. Without them, our underwater ecosystems would be in jeopardy as well as food security for nations around the world. But as tough as they are—and as crucial as they are to


keeping our planet in balance—sharks are in danger. Every year, millions are wiped out because of overfishing, water pollution, loss of habitat, and other man-made threats. And today, some species are now hovering on the brink of extinction. Here, we look at three main threats to these apex predators—and what we can do to protect them.


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SPORTFISHING Overfishing, or removing a marine species at a rate too excessive for it to replace itself, is not a new phenomenon. One of the earliest examples occurred in the last century when nearly three million cetaceans were wiped out by whaling fleets.


In the 1970s, as other species became drastically depleted, shark fishing went on the rise. Since then, it is estimated that 71 percent of oceanic shark populations have taken a nosedive and one-third of all sharks are now at risk of extinction, according to a new study published in Nature that re-assesses the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species’ shark extinction risk status. A new global analysis also found that the number of threatened species has doubled since the first study in 2014, with endangered and critically endangered species more than tripling. Today, 100 million sharks are killed annually from overfishing. That is a very alarming number when you consider the fact that sharks grow slowly and take years to reproduce. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which manages the commercial and recreational shark fisheries in state waters, has implemented strict fishing regulations to boost the biomass levels of shark populations. Those regulations include bag and size limitations on harvestable sharks, gear requirements, and a prohibited species list. Anyone who wants to fish from shore or any structure attached to the shore (like


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ON A MISSION One woman’s lifelong fascination with sharks and what she’s doing to help them



Team members from FAU’s Elasmobranch Research Lab tag a blacktip shark to gather data. Opposite page from top: A bull shark swims at the bottom of the ocean; importing/exporting shark fins through Florida ports is illegal.

a bridge), must first pass an online course ( sharkcourse). Once completed, they can download the complimentary Shore-Based Shark Fishing Permit, which must be renewed annually. FIN FURY Each year, approximately 73 million sharks are killed in the name of finning for profit, the cruel and exploitive practice of slicing fins off live sharks before tossing the creatures back into the sea, where they suffocate or get eaten by other predators. Most of these fins are sent off to Asia, where shark fin soup is prized as a symbol of prosperity. In October 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Kristin Jacobs Ocean Conservation Act to combat this problem. Named after its original sponsor, Florida Representative Kristin Jacobs, who passed away from cancer earlier that year, the bill prohibits the import, export, and sale of shark fins in Florida. Fins can only be commercially traded if the shark’s head, tail, and fins are attached when processed or landed. The Fin Alliance, a Palm Beach–based ocean conservation organization, was one of the bill’s top supporters. Cofounder Cassandra Scott—along with Stefanie Brendl of Shark Allies, a California-based conservancy that helped get Hawaii’s fin trade law passed—advocated for the bill, speaking at local businesses and schools.

annah Medd is hooked on sharks. Growing up, the Maryland native and self-described water baby spent winters with her family in Florida, frolicking in the ocean. She was 10 years old when she read somewhere that the local beach was a hot spot for sharks. Hannah Medd “I asked my mother why she’d let me swim in such dangerous waters,” Medd recalls. “She laughed and asked me when the last time was I’d seen a shark, which was never. That’s when I realized things weren’t adding up.” Her fascination with sharks eventually led her to Florida Tech, where she majored in marine biology and later earned a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Cape Town. In South Africa, she researched white sharks and worked for the now-shuttered nonprofit Shark Savers, where she learned that conservancy works best when science is driving it. In 2014, Medd launched the American Shark Conservancy in Palm Beach Gardens. The nonprofit collects, analyzes, and distributes shark data that policymakers and advocates can use to push and pass better conservation laws. “We’re not a heavy advocacy group, but we want to make sure any science we do will be applied to making better policies,” she says. So far, the information her team has gathered from analyzing the diet of sharks shows that they have no hunger for humans. “We know from our data that sharks aren’t really influenced by when people are in the water,” says Medd. “Most people in Florida have been within six feet of a shark and had no idea.” Tagging and tracking, taking samples like blood, and using lasers are some of the monitoring techniques the team uses to gather shark analysis that could help with shark conservation policies. For example, she says, “you can get information on microplastics and contaminants from their blood and muscle, which was a really good tool to argue against the fin trade. From these studies, you can make the argument the trade should be shut down because shark fins are so toxic and full of mercury.” Medd is working on a study that involves local lemon sharks with skin abnormalities. “We’re taking skin samples and will test them for contaminants,” she says. “We suspect it has something to do with the water quality. We’re also talking to coral and turtle people who are seeing an uptick in certain diseases. If it’s affecting coral reefs, it’s most definitely affecting sharks too.” Another point to all of this research, says Medd, is that the more we learn about sharks, the less scary they become. “For example, did you know lemon sharks return to the same place every year to give birth, just like sea turtles?” she asks. “They’ll starve their bodies and give up all their nutrients for their babies. I can remember a time when everyone thought sharks were just these cold, steel-blue animals that wanted to eat you. But as we learn more about them, their biology and behaviors, they become more relatable.”


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ON COMMON SENSE Unless you live on Amity Island, you’re extremely unlikely to be attacked by a shark


or centuries, sharks have been typecast by Hollywood as bogeymen of the deep in films like Jaws and even on some of the shows that air as part of Discovery Channel’s popular weeklong Shark Week series that airs every summer. “By showing sharks jumping out of the water and biting seals, they’re perpetuating fear, and that’s what people get in their heads,” says biologist Stephen Kajiura, director of Florida Atlantic University’s Elasmobranch Research Laboratory. “This media coverage focuses on the sensational, the dramatic, the killer shark aspect rather than how cool they are just as themselves.” The fact is, Florida Museum’s International Shark Attack File reported just 26 (nonfatal) shark bites throughout the Sunshine State in 2021. The majority of those occurred in surf-happy Volusia County, followed by Brevard and Palm Beach. When sharks do bite, says Kajiura, “it’s because they make a mistake. We’re not their natural prey, but they may confuse a reflection on someone’s hand for baitfish or a surfer for a seal.” Sharks are always patrolling for their next meal, so they follow fish close to the shoreline—which explains why most brushes with sharks happen within a few feet of the beach. A popular time for shark bites in Florida is during the fall, when huge schools of mullet migrate along the eastern coastline in anticipation of spawning offshore. When the water is churned up, swimmers can easily be mistaken for these baitfish. To mitigate a harmful encounter, says Kajiura, follow three simple rules: Avoid murky water, don’t wear jewelry (it can attract sharks), and don’t thrash around, as sharks associate this movement with a wounded or struggling fish. Kajiura also recommends swimming in view of a lifeguard tower so that, worst-case scenario, you can get help quickly.



HABITAT DESTRUCTION The Treasure Coast’s proximity to the Gulf Stream makes it a haven for transient and pregnant sharks that use its estuarine and offshore areas for protection, hunting for food, and giving birth to their pups. It’s also home to several The late (former Florida Representative) Kristin threatened and endangered species, Jacobs and Representative Toby Overdorf including great hammerheads. But, like manatees and sea turtles, these sharks are struggling with issues like habitat loss and waters polluted with harmful toxins. Representative Toby Overdorf wants to change that. A former biologist who has worked closely with sharks, one of his most notable accomplishments was getting Bill 680 to the governor’s desk. “At the time, [then Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives] José Oliva wanted to see this to the finish line,” says Overdorf. “He recognized Kristin Jacobs had done a lot of work on the bill, but because of her health, she wasn’t able to work it as she wanted to. Oliva asked me to make it happen, so I met with Kristin and those opposing the bill, and we were able to get the bill in a good position to get passed.” Now Overdorf is focused on cleaning up the St. Lucie River and other water systems where seagrass is suffering. The submerged flowering plants make significant contributions to marine ecosystems, including maintaining water quality, preventing erosion, and curbing global warming through carbon absorption. It


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THE TAKEAWAY The bottom line, say experts, is that without sharks, ocean life would become unbalanced—and the world would be a drastically different place. “Sharks perform a great service by keeping our fish stock healthy and the seas free of sick and injured animals,” says Overdorf. Biologist Stephen Kajiura, director of FAU’s Elasmobranch Research Laboratory, agrees. “The ramifications [of the shark population being wiped out] would be terrifying because they affect the ecosystem on so many levels,” he says, noting that when fish die, they leave behind algae and bacteria that consume the ocean’s reefs, causing them to die too. ❖


Schools of sharks follow mullet along the shoreline when baitfish migrate in the fall.

TAKE THE PLUNGE Immeasurable insight can be gained from shark diving—but all dives are not created equal Get up close and personal on a (responsible) shark dive.


is also the main food source of manatees, which are experiencing their own population trauma. Collaborating with FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, Overdorf is working on a bill that would minimize the lengthy permit process to transplant seagrass in the Indian River Lagoon. A separate bill would necessitate companies to cover restoration costs for any damages their projects may cause to state-managed bodies of water like the lagoon, which substitutes as a nursery for bull sharks and many other species.


hark diving is an increasingly popular pastime, but it’s important to consider only dives that are well-managed and put safety first. “I’m in favor of shark diving because it raises awareness,” says biologist Stephen Kajiura. If a shark does swim up to a person, he says, “it usually takes a look, then swims away. We’re just not very interesting to them, which is why they leave us alone.” In collaboration with the American Shark Conservancy and the Fin Alliance, Shark Addicts in Jupiter hosts a diving experience called “Sharks and Lasers” that provides an exciting experience for divers while gathering research at the same time ($219/person, Seasoned divers are equipped with GoPro cameras that collect size, age, reproduction status, and other measurements. The information is used to implement new policies. Swimming with (some species of) sharks can also help alleviate the fear many people have of sharks—especially children. While tagging sharks in Florida’s Big Pine Key, Representative Toby Overdorf taught shark education at Newfound Harbor Marine Institute. “Kids came from around the country to understand more about our oceans and take a shark class,” he says. After they learned fundamentals like shark biology, the kids went kickboarding and snorkeling with bonnetheads, nurse sharks, and other aquatic life. “They saw that they were perfectly fine and weren’t threatened,” says Overdorf. “I was proud to be a part of changing our future generation’s thinking about sharks.”


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motorization easy, which in turn makes it less scary and more fun! We encompass a showroom that represents national brands such as Hunter Douglas, Graber, and Norman. Our displays are state-of-the-art, with beautiful draperies, valances, bedding, and upholstery pieces throughout. In the Shade represents every style of window covering, along with custom draperies and valances. Our designers are happy to help create your vision of home.



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The following section presents helpful information provided by prominent private schools in our area.

All listings include a brief synopsis of the schools’ achievements, curriculum highlights, and many important details that families look for when selecting the best education for their children. This handy resource is designed to help you make informed decisions at a glance.


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Looking for the right upper school experience for your rising 9th grader? At Saint Edward’s School, we prepare our students for careers that don’t exist yet. Mentor. Stimulate. Provoke. Engage.

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MEYER PREPARATORY Meyer Preparatory School is a state-of-the-art Junior Kindergarten through 8the grade, college preparatory and IB Jewish day school serving Greater Palm Beach. Combining academic rigor in general and Judaic Studies with top-notch arts and sports programming, Meyer Prep prepares students for lifelong achievement. Our school aims to use the Jewish ethos of hard work and study to produce graduates of the highest caliber. We are excited to announce the opening of Meyer Prep High School coming in 2024!

THE STATS YEAR FOUNDED: 1973 GRADES SERVED: Junior K - 8 CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 165 STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 6:1 GRADUATION RATE: 100% UNIFORMS REQUIRED? Yes TUITION: $14,560 - $23,910 TOP AWARDS/ RECOGNITIONS: International Baccalaureate World School • Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education • Hiddush Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards • No Excuse for Abuse Poster and Poem Contest winners 5225 HOOD ROAD • PALM BEACH GARDENS • 561.686.6520 • MEYERPREP.ORG

CARDINAL NEWMAN Campus Tours: Available and welcomed.

Founded in 1961, Cardinal Newman is a premier, Catholic collegepreparatory high school in West Palm Beach. It has a rich tradition of attracting gifted scholars, athletes, and artists who will become women and men of character, faith, and intellect. Newman’s coeducational environment allows students to grow and develop in a safe and communal setting. Every classroom promotes collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking and each student receives the support required to achieve his/ her personal best. The vision is to build life’s champions through faith, scholarship, servant leadership, and a strong family atmosphere. Among our 13,000 graduates have been war heroes, police chiefs, physicians, musicians, authors, researchers, politicians, lawyers, professional athletes, teachers, entrepreneurs, priests, and community leaders.

THE STATS YEAR FOUNDED: 1961 GRADES SERVED: Grades 9 - 12 CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 553 STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 12:1 GRADUATION RATE: 100% UNIFORMS REQUIRED? Yes TUITION: $15,465 - $16,975 TOP AWARDS/ RECOGNITIONS: National and Local Debate Team Awards • Gold, Silver, and Bronze Congressional Award Medalists • National Merit • Scholastic Art Awards • Athletic State Championships • Green School of Excellence 512 SPENCER DRIVE • WEST PALM BEACH • 561-683-6266 • CARDINALNEWMAN.COM



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An Oxbridge education goes beyond the classroom. With hands-on learning approaches, Oxbridge students tackle real-life issues in real-time. The Oxbridge experience is interactive, adaptable, relevant, and anything but ordinary. Learn more at

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JUPITER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Campus Tours: Are always available.

With 59 years of excellence in education, Jupiter Christian School provides a Christcentered college-preparatory program to more than 1,000 students in grades pre-K2–12 across four campuses. Our curriculum for elementary students develops character, communication skills, and a foundational love of learning. In lower school, small groups and differentiated instruction contribute significantly to the quality of our academic program. In middle school, students deepen their critical thinking skills, widen their perspectives, and pursue academic readiness. The high school curriculum integrates a biblical worldview to enhance the mastery of core knowledge and lifelong skills. All of life and learning at JCS flows out of our commitment to excellence in teaching the mind, reaching the heart, and inspiring servant leaders who will impact the world for Jesus Christ.



Offering grades 7-12. Discover Oxbridge Academy by arranging a campus tour. To schedule your visit, call 561-972-9826 or e-mail Oxbridge Academy is an independent, co-educational day school for grades 7-12 located on a beautiful 54-acre campus in West Palm Beach, Florida. In an environment founded on a culture of kindness and the goal of bringing together families who place a high value on fostering a love of learning, Oxbridge delivers an exceptional educational experience by teaching what is worth learning; emphasizing course rigor; fostering personal discovery; integrating academics, the arts, athletics, and community service; and focusing on character building. The result: students who are confident, compassionate, critical thinkers, and global citizens prepared to tackle 21st-century problems. Annual graduating classes receive 100% acceptance to four-year colleges and universities with 40% accepted to the Top 100 schools. Financial aid is available.

THE STATS YEAR FOUNDED: 2011 GRADES SERVED: Grades 7 - 12 CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 515 STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 9:1 GRADUATION RATE: 100% UNIFORMS REQUIRED? Yes TUITION: $26,500 (middle school), $35,000 (upper school) TOP AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS: 2020 Pathfinder Award for Computer Science • 2021 Pathfinder Award for Business • Green School Awards 2011-2021 • 2021 All-County Player of the Year in Softball and Boys Golf • Six 2021 Regional Scholastic Arts Awards Gold Key Winners and one National Silver Key Award Winner 3151 N. MILITARY TRAIL • WEST PALM BEACH • 561-972-9826 • OAPB.ORG



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Email or call us at 561-832-8815 to schedule your private tour of Palm Beach Day Academy today! Palm Beach Day Academy students experience a school culture that expects and honors personal effort, achievement, and character. Students are taught the value of sustained effort, focused thinking, open-mindedness, and consideration for others. They do not simply attend school; they gain an enduring confidence that will allow them to speak up, attempt more, show compassion, question, and adapt to all challenges in an ever-changing world. Our faculty are committed to finding the proper balance of nurturing support and challenging academics for each child. Their dedication extends well beyond the classroom to enrichment, arts, athletics, and extra help. PBDA’s motto of “Work Hard. Be Kind.” is more than a slogan; it is a belief embodied by the children, teachers, and parents at PBDA each day.

THE STATS YEAR FOUNDED: 1921 GRADES SERVED: Pre-K (2 years old) – Grade 9 CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 560 STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 6:1 GRADUATION RATE: 100% UNIFORMS REQUIRED? Yes TUITION: $15,380 - $36,930 (‘22 - ’23 school year, need-based financial assistance available for grades K-9) TOP AWARDS/ RECOGNITIONS: Florida’s first independent school • Annual recipient of FAU’s Green School of Excellence award since program’s inauguration in 2008 • Accredited by Florida Council of Independent Schools 241 SEAVIEW AVENUE, PALM BEACH • 561-832-8815 • ADMISSION@PBDAY.ORG • PBDAY.ORG

SAINT EDWARD’S SCHOOL Campus Tours: Are offered in person with an appointment. The school website has a Virtual Open House for interested families who are not ready to book a formal tour.

Saint Edward’s School is a pre-K-12 grade independent school located on the Treasure Coast. The curriculum is established in the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences, with honors offerings in all departments, more than 20 AP courses, and several independent study options. Our 26-acre, coastal campus is used as a living science lab for all ages, and our environment cultivates curiosity as the best motivator for learning. Small class sizes allow for individual attention and differentiation. Students begin Spanish language study in pre-K, and all students are encouraged to explore their talents in fine arts and athletics. SAT scores rank over 40% higher than the Florida average, and over 90% of our students are accepted to their first or second choice college.




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ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL Personalized campus tours by appointment.

St. Mark’s Episcopal School is the premier standard for PK2 through grade 8 education inspiring diverse, well-rounded, and adaptable students to achieve, serve, and lead. St. Mark’s offers a safe and welcoming community for children of all faiths. Devoted teachers cultivate the best in each child through nurture and challenge. Small class sizes allow educators to provide personal attention as well as build partnerships with school families. With an emphasis on character, leadership, faith, and service, students learn to think with their hearts as well as their minds. St. Mark’s offers a balance of enriched core academics, tradition, and innovation. A variety of electives, athletics, fine and performing arts, and a robust after-school program helps students discover their individual interests.

THE STATS YEAR FOUNDED: 1979 GRADES SERVED: PK2 – Grade 8 CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 447 STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 8:1 UNIFORMS REQUIRED? Yes TUITION: $7,366 - $20,043 TOP AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS: National, state, and local service awards • 4,400 community service hours by 8th grade class of 2021 • National, state, and local art and writing award recipients • Graduates gain admission to top area high schools 3395 BURNS ROAD • PALM BEACH GARDENS • 561-622-1504 • STMARKSPBG.ORG

THE BENJAMIN SCHOOL Campus Tours: Discover our two beautiful campuses by booking a tour today.

At The Benjamin School, we see a multitude of talents in each child and join with parents to discover, nurture, apply and celebrate each student’s unique gifts. Beginning with our 3-year-old program and continuing through Upper School, we offer a wide range of possibilities for students across broad horizons. In addition to our strong academic program, the School encourages involvement in the visual, performing and creative arts and in a robust athletic program. At the heart of our school is a commitment to teach the importance of good character.

THE STATS YEAR FOUNDED: 1960 GRADES SERVED: Pre-K (3 years old) – Grade 12 CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 1,212 STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 8:1 GRADUATION RATE: 100% UNIFORMS REQUIRED? Yes TUITION: $12,390 $32,655 TOP AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS: 17 Cum Laude Society Inductees in 2021 • Palm Beach Dramaworks Young Playwrights Winner • National Speech and Debate Association Academic All American Award • American Scholastic Press Association 1st Place Winner • Florida Scholastic Press Association All-Florida Honors in every category and overall Gold Medal 11000 ELLISON WILSON ROAD • NORTH PALM BEACH • 561-472-3451 • THEBENJAMINSCHOOL.ORG



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St. St. Mark’s Mark’s Episcopal Episcopal School School Serving ServingPK2 PK2- -8th 8thGrade Grade

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Campus Tours: Campus tours are always available. The Pine School is dedicated to providing the most robust K-12 educational offering on the Treasure Coast. Our small size and careful attention to detail allows us to develop a unique path for each and every student we have the privilege to educate. We are a school of academic innovation — with celebrated educators dedicated to developing a true love of learning. Our students graduate with tremendous communication and creative problemsolving skills, as well as an impressive empathy for the world beyond our picturesque, 174-acre campus (the largest independent campus in Florida). Our unique programming features a range of specially designed focuses including environmental education, BeyondThe-Classroom travel opportunities, inspiring arts, and competitive athletics. The Pine School’s new Arts & Athletic Complex (under construction now) - will provide a permanent stage, a beautiful art gallery, dedicated music classrooms, additional athletic space, and opportunities to host community events. The Pine School / One School. Endless Possibilities.

THE STATS YEAR FOUNDED: 1969 GRADES SERVED: Kindergarten - Grade 12 CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 370 STUDENTFACULTY RATIO: 11:1 GRADUATION RATE: 100% UNIFORMS REQUIRED? Yes TUITION: Flexible Tuition Program TOP AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS: National and local environmental awards • The only school in Florida to receive a prestigious Lemelson-MIT Foundation grant • Student-artists recognized nationally; athletic state champions 12350 SE FEDERAL HIGHWAY • HOBE SOUND • 772-675-7005 • THEPINESCHOOL.ORG


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• Meyer Prep High School Opening 2024

Now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year including our Junior K Program! Inside and outside the classroom, we motivate, challenge and support each student to set and achieve individual goals.

Why Meyer Prep? One-to-one tablet device provided for each lower school student

State-of-the-art campus features inspired learning spaces and advanced technology

Each IB Middle School student will have their own laptop

100% of graduates are accepted to their first-choice competitive high schools

Low student-to-teacher ratio

Judaic Studies curriculum based on the study of Torah and classical Jewish sources, as well as modern Hebrew curriculum

STEAM (Science, Technology,

 Engineering, Arts, Math) education All students participate in specials,

 such as music, art, drama, innovation

• International Baccalaureate Middle School • Advanced Dual Curriculum, Individualized Learning, and Personal Growth • 3 High-Tech Innovation Labs, where Students Learn Coding, Robotics, 3D Printing, Engineering and Design • Outstanding Performing Arts and Athletics • Large Spacious Campus

For more information, contact the Admissions Department

Family community events

lab, yoga mindfulness, movement

5225 Hood Road • Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418 • 561.686.6520

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Jupiter, FL Guanabanas Restaurant - 960 N Hwy A1A Jupiter, FL - 561-747-8878

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Flavor Treasure Coast Dining A Selection of Area Restaurants MARTIN COUNTY AMERICAN CARSONS TAVERN This local neighborhood tavern is home to weekly live music performed by talented musicians. Stay for the late-night menu with picks like Margherita Bar Pie and SE Ocean Beach Bread. 2883 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.286.7611 CASTAWAYS GASTROPUB Castaways serves brews from Florida and around the world. 911 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 772.618.3838 CHEF’S TABLE Sophisticated New American restaurant offering fine wine and seasonal menus. 2313 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.287.5599 COURTNEY’S RESTAURANT AND ICE CREAM Come for the selection of burgers, wraps, salads, and sides, and stick around for the ice cream. 8855 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound;; 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;; 772.324.8357

FREDGIE’S WORLD FAMOUS HOT DOGS Cure your hot dog fix at this hotspot. Sit outside and enjoy the spectacular view—and dare to try their peanut butter and chili dog. 2000 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 772.209.2005 HARRY AND THE NATIVES This longstanding waterfront family business in Hobe Sound offers a selection of traditional American favorites and a casual atmosphere. 11910 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound;; 772.546.3061 JAN’S PLACE RESTAURANT Grab breakfast and lunch (a favorite is banana pecan waffles) at this local hang with outdoor seating. 1990 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 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;; 772.245.8182 OCEAN REPUBLIC BREWING Stuart’s family-owned craft brewery known for its laid-back lifestyle and pours like Keepin’ It PC and Because Ordinary is Boring. 1630 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.600.5596 OLD DIXIE CAFÉ NORTH Classic American diner serving breakfast and lunch in a charmingly retro setting. 11189 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound;; 772.245.8587

OSCEOLA STREET CAFE Enjoy homemade breakfast, baked goods, and specialty sandwiches. 26 SW Osceola St., Stuart;; 772.283.6116 PALM CITY GRILL Seafood, pizza, and burgers coexist at this favorite pub-style corner eatery with a following as large as its menu. 3208 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City;; 772.220.4745 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 seaside drinks and eats. 4191 NE Ocean Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 772.419.2472 SCOOTERS FUN FOOD + SPIRITS Scooters has been an unfussy favorite for decades. Enjoy food and drinks at good prices. 8913 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound;; 772.546.6235 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;; 772.247.7382 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;; 772.546.1129


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Flavor THE CRAFTED KEG Where growlers, affordable bites, and beer flights unite. This brewpub serves a wide selection of craft beer, wine, and soda along with typical bar foods, flatbreads, specials, and customizable meat and cheese platters. 555 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart;; 772.600.8218



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;; 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;; 772.208.5164 BANGKOK BAY High-quality Thai fare and fresh sushi selections served at a great price. 1833 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.286.2141 BASIL GARDEN OF PALM CITY Locally beloved, cozy Thai eatery offering a vast, quality menu. 2655 SW Feroe Ave., Palm City;; 772.220.1994 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;; 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; fusionofec; 772.888.3171 HOKKAIDO SUSHI & STEAKHOUSE Japanese steak house offering typical Asian eats as well as sushi boats and hibachi dinners in a setting adorned with LED lights, plants, and traditional Japanese decor. 2867 SW Cafe Court, Palm City;; 772.283.5118 KRUA THAI RESTAURANT Authentic Thai dishes (like red curry and Samura noodles) served family-style in an eclectically themed restaurant. 3283 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.600.8114 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;; 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 diverse coffee menu. 3181 NE West End Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 772.261.8312 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;; 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;; 772.286.0204 THE ROASTED RECORD An international, award-winning coffee roaster, café, and vinyl record store. In addition to its beer collabs, The Roasted Record has 11 local craft beers on tap and white and red wines. 600 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart;; 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 pizza, wings, or a salad. 4504 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 561.379.3771 BROTHERS’ Q BBQ Barbeque 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 Ital Bowls offers acai bowls and cookies, smoothies, and coffees. Nutritious add-ons include spirulina, CBD oil, bee pollen, and more. 650 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 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;; 774.272.0347 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;; 772.486.6639 TAQUERIA SOLAVINO 2 Authentic Mexican tacos, burritos, quesadillas, 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;; 772.334.7714

GERMAN SCHNITZEL HAUS Chef Lenh offers a menu featuring American fusion and German favorites such as potato pancakes, schnitzel, and sauerbraten. 5687 SE Crooked Oak Ave., Hobe Sound;; 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;; 772.444.3697

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN MR. GYROS Treasure Coast chain serving authentic Greek and Mediterranean food, including gyros, pitas, entrées, appetizers, soups, and sides. 2383 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.463.3127 OLYMPIC TAVERNA Part of the Spiro’s empire, Olympic Taverna serves Greek cuisine as well as American favorites. 2951 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City; palm-city; 772.781.8461

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

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NAMASTE GRILL Nepalese and Indian cuisine inside a relaxed 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;; 772.283.5515

ITALIAN 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;; 772.221.0061 CASA BELLA This quaint restaurant combines northern and southern Italian cuisine under one roof. Expect big flavors and beyond-satisfactory Italian dishes. 512 SW 3rd St., Stuart;; 772.223.0077 DRIFT KITCHEN & BAR This oceanfront restaurant 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;; 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. 1560 NW Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 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;; 772.225.6444 IAN & KYE’S PIZZA Family-owned, Chicago–style pizza served with passion for more than 15 years. 3310 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach;; 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 and more prepared to order. 3227 SW Mapp Road, Palm City;; 772.288.2121 LA FORCHETTA ITALIAN RESTAURANT This family-owned gem is home to an extensive selection of gourmet pasta plus hand-tossed pizza pies, a warm, Italian setting, and attentive staff. 7820 SW Lost River Road, Stuart;; 772.872.7333

LOURÓNZO’S ITALIAN FUSION Downtown eatery offering a unique perspective of Italian cuisine, with menu items like gnocchi di zucca topped with walnut and coffee powder. 301 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart;; 772.287.3334 LUNA DOWNTOWN STUART A local favorite and landmark offering indoor and outdoor seating as well as sidewalk window service. 49 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart;; 772.288.0550 MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Longstanding, casual dining joint serving Italian classics with generous portions. 1924 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.283.6660 MICHELINA’S Modern take on classic Italian dishes. 1835 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.286.3455 PEPE & SALE Expect modern Italian dishes with a focused wine list in a fine dining atmosphere inside a bistro-like setting. 101 SE Ocean Blvd. Suite 103, Stuart;; 772.872.6251 PIETRO’S ON THE RIVER The kitchen puts out memorable authentic Italian dishes such as roasted Long Island duckling and swordfish puttanesca. 8735 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.229.7575 Gray/Brown


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Flavor PUSATERI’S CHICAGO PIZZA A “real” taste of Chicago pizza, Pusateri’s offers thin-crust pizza topped with unique sauces. 221 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.288.9810 RISTORANTE CLARETTA Authentic Italian dishes in a fine dining setting. All ingredients are imported fresh, and seafood comes straight from the Mediterranean Sea. 1315 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City;; 772.219.9940 THE BRICK OVEN PIZZA COMPANY Delicious brick oven pizza as well as various Italian entrées in a moody setting, complete with a bar and plenty of seating. 3138 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City;; 772.219.7747 THE GROVE, PIZZA, CUCINA, WINE, MARKET & CHARCUTERIE Home to the largest selection of wines in Martin County, The Grove offers a twist on Italian fare and is a great meeting place. Come with friends and chat over enticing charcuterie boards, Italian classics, and Mediterranean dishes. 8815 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound;; 772.402.5410

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 veggies. 2200 SE Indian St., Stuart;; 772.266.8678

MEXICAN CASA TEQUILA Authentic Mexican cuisine from burritos to fajitas. Stop in Fridays for a live mariachi band. 1725 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.600.5482 MR. JALAPEÑO STUART Authentic Mexican cuisine with bold flavor. 1602 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.287.8161 RANCHO CHICO Enjoy a range of classic Mexican platters in a warm setting with colorful folk art. 91 SW Monterey Road, Stuart;; 772.288.6741 TAQUERIA LOS MEXICANOS Authentic food and setting, offering breakfast options, tasty tacos, sandwiches, salads, seafood, and house dinners. 2425 SE Bonita St., Stuart;; 772.287.7747 TAQUERIA TORRES Authentic Mexican fare featuring tacos and other traditional plates. 2995 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 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; basin-seafood-fresh-fish-market 772.287.5771 BONEFISH GRILL A casual environment with seafood favorites like wood-grilled lobster and rainbow trout with just the right amount of kick. 2283 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.288.4388 CATFISH HOUSE A decorated seafood joint specializing in classic fried selections. 11500 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound;; 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;; 772.334.1130 CRAWDADDY’S Every day is Mardi Gras, and Cajun-Creole cuisine reigns supreme. 1949 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 772.225.3444 FRESH CATCH SEAFOOD GRILL Owner Eric Olson guarantees the freshest of seafood dishes and a raw oyster bar. 1411 SE Indian St., Stuart;; 772.286.6711 KING NEPTUNE Serving the finest of seafood soups, salads, and dishes, King Neptune lives up to its reputation on how to “talk fresh, local seafood.” 4795 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.287.9630 MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL Boasting locations in Port Salerno and 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;; 772.872.7288 NEW ENGLAND FISH MARKET & RESTAURANT New England has you covered with fresh seafood, available for purchase in the 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; PIRATES LOFT AT PIRATE’S COVE RESORT & MARINA The food rivals the fantastic views of the marina and Manatee Pocket. From salads to seafood, there is something for everyone. 4307 SE Bayview St., Stuart;; 772.223.5048 SAILOR’S RETURN Serving fresh seafood, chops, and steaks, enhanced by a sunset on the Treasure Coast. The restaurant offers 220 seats for indoor or patio dining. 625 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart;; 772.872.7250 SAUDER’S LANDING This small fish house with a thatched-roof patio and dining room features fresh-caught seafood like its famous crab cakes. 9815 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.229.0246

SHRIMPERS GRILL AND RAW BAR Discover a relaxed, tropical environment and sunset specials at this waterfront gem in Stuart. 4903 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.220.3287 SNEAKI TIKI Tiki-inspired tropical eatery outfitted with a patio to enjoy live music and everyone’s favorite seafood. 211 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 1, Stuart;; 772.286.0565 STRINGERS TAVERN & OYSTER BAR Located at the former Pawnbrokers Grill in Harbour Bay Plaza, this new eatery 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;; 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;; 772.266.4586 TAUSHA’S SEAFOOD MARKET Tausha’s gets all of its seafood fresh off local boats every morning. It is available for purchase in their market (along with a wide selection of side dishes) as well as on the restaurant menu. 4533 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.288.6500 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;; 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;; 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;; 772.210.5154 THE TWISTED TUNA Between the live music, waterfront views, fresh-caught 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;; 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. Enjoy fresh Florida seafood purchased from local fishermen, plus flatbreads, prime rib, and more. 915 NW Flagler Ave., Stuart;; 772.444.3166


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1120 PRIME STEAKHOUSE Classic steak house food and atmosphere with fresh farm-to-table salads. 11220 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound;; 772.742.2856 LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE Classic cuts of steak in a casual, ranch-style restaurant. 2901 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach;; 772.692.7922 MANERO’S RESTAURANT Enjoy steaks cooked to order, a shrimp cocktail, or other classic American dishes. 2851 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City;; 772.220.3011 PETER’S STEAKHOUSE Fine wines and sides like Pete’s Famous Hash Browns and shoe-string onions accompany the succulent, dry-aged steaks at this longstanding steak house. 3200 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach;; 772.225.2516 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;; 772.221.9517

3NATIVES Florida health chain offering smoothies, acai bowls, salads, bagels, wraps, juices, and shots in a relaxed, beachy environment. 870 SE Indian St., Stuart;; 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;; 772.324.8287 CITY BEETS Vegan and vegetarian options are included on City Beets’ menu, which features smoothies, bowls, juices, and café fare made with locally sourced products. 2761 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.247.7485 FIRST WATCH Grab breakfast, brunch, or lunch from this healthminded café chain. 2125 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.220.4076 FRUITS AND ROOTS VEGAN CAFE This 100-percent plant-based menu offers coldpressed juices, smoothies, juice shots, oat bowls, salads, and sandwiches all made with locally harvested ingredients. 710 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart;; 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;; 772.291.2640 TABULEH CAFÉ AT PLANET OZONE Tabuleh Café sits within the Planet Ozone market and offers organic, gluten-free, Halal, and locally sourced selections. 1601 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.403.2199 THE SOCIETY MARKET CAFE This restaurant has everything from smoothies and sandwiches to juices and wines. 320 SE Denver Ave., Stuart;; 772.247.7071 TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFÉ Get a smoothie from this tropical chain and enjoy sandwiches, wraps, and supplements. 6134 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.283.7377

PORT ST. LUCIE/FORT PIERCE AMERICAN 2ND STREET BISTRO This bistro highlights local produce and offers an extensive beer list. 122 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce;; 772.293.9191

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Flavor 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;; 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;; 772.344.6227 JAMMBAR WINGS JammBar’s wings can be customized, 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; OASIS DINER Quaint and cozy diner offering a variety of breakfast, lunch, and brunch items. 901 U.S.Hwy. 1, Fort Pierce;; 772.828.3302 PICKLED Bright and spacious restaurant with late hours and flavorful eats including Wagyu sirloin, duck pot pie, truffle mac and cheese, and charcuterie boards. 201 N. 2nd St, Fort Pierce;; 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;; 772.577.4382 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;; 772.785.6202 SPIRO’S TAVERNA Greek-American fare like gyros and sandwiches, along with beer and wine, in a casual setting. 1738 St. Lucie W. Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.879.4083 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;; 772.242.1833 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;; 772.461.8354 WEST END GRILL ST. LUCIE WEST Colorful eatery with patio space and music. 1680 St. Lucie W. Blvd., Fort Pierce;; 772.343.1146 WORLD FAMOUS NUNU’S SWEET SOUL FOOD Out-of-this-world soul food—all of the favorites you know and some you may not have tried. 3210 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce;; 772.828.3144


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; 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;; 772.444.7891 SEOUL GARDEN Korean establishment serving the culture’s favorites: kimbap, traditional han-sik, bi-bi-bop, and housemade kimchi available for market purchase. 2510 U.S. Hwy. 1, Fort Pierce;; 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;; 772.242.1310

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN THINK GREEK First a food truck and now a restaurant, Think Greek offers Greek classics with an American twist. 644 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.800.3128

INDIAN TAJ INDIAN Curries steal the show at this eatery that offers a wide range of cultural favorites in addition to vegan and Halal foods. 529 NW Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 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;; 772.302.3591 FRANCESCA’S NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA Come to Francesa’s for tasty pizza and even tastier appetizers. 3961 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.344.4748 PIE HOLE WOOD PIZZA Pizza pub with classic pizza, subs, wings, and salads served in a vintage-style setting with dark wood, stone and brick walls, shuffleboard, and charming outdoor seating. 2510 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce;; 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;; 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;; 772.464.8988

JAMAICAN JERK CITY 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;; 772.871.2552 ONE LOVE JAMAICAN This 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; 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 Street, Fort Pierce;; 772.462.6600 PORT SAINT WICH Cuban café specializing in sandwiches, desserts, and Cuban coffee. 3961 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.266.5152 THE MOFONGO KING This Puerto Rican outpost is known for its namesake mofongo—fried plantains stacked high with shrimp, tostones, and more. Bonus: Mofongo offers twofor-one draft beers every day of the week. 295 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; 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;; 772.204.2744 LA HACIENDITA SUPER TAQUERIA Don’t let the quaint, unassuming atmosphere fool you—this hole-in-the-wall packs a punch with intense flavor at a small price. 3211 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; 772.801.5090 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;


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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;; 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;; 772.464.7288

PORTUGUESE FERNANDO’S DOCKSIDE GRILLE Take a tour along the Atlantic with Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine. 2214 SE Veterans Memorial Parkway, Port St. Lucie;; 772.337.1110 LUSO PORTUGUESE GRILLE Portuguese outpost reflecting the country’s coastal heritage with a focus on seafood like shrimp cooked Mozambique-style. 10511 SW Village Center Drive, Port St. Lucie; lusogrille; 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;; 772.672.4524 CHUCK’S SEAFOOD From New England chowder to shrimp Parmesan, this eatery offers affordable seafood to every table. 822 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.461.9484 CRABBY’S DOCKSIDE Enjoy fresh catches like stuffed grouper, plus other entrées including pasta, pizza, and more. Signature drinks—and amazing views of the inlet and lagoon— round out the experience. 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce;; 772.252.5672 CROCADILLOS BAR AND GRILL Tons of outdoor seating and a stage allow this outpost to host events throughout the year. Tasty grilled eats and cold drinks guarantee good times. 109 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Pierce;; 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;; 772.429.5303 ON THE EDGE BAR & GRILL Thirst-quenching drinks, splendorous seafood eats, and bar and grill favorites enjoyed waterfront with sunset views. 1136 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.882.9729

PELICAN YACHT CLUB Expect excellent service, beautiful sunsets, and dishes like Asian-glazed short ribs. 1120 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.464.2700

STEAK HOUSE MEATING STREET STEAK & SEAFOOD The Lamarra family offers USDA Prime steaks, seafood, and sides. 10553 SW Meeting St., Port St. Lucie;; 772.348.3805 OAK AND EMBER STEAKHOUSE Local favorite Chef Kyle G brings you Oak and Ember, a classic steak house with delectable meats, sides, and craft cocktails. 848 SE Becker Road, Port St. Lucie;; 772.224.2553 THE FORT STEAKHOUSE A modern take on the classic steak house executed with a colorful atmosphere. 106 S. 2nd St., Fort Pierce;; 772.882.9131

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY BEACH BOWLS FORT PIERCE Organic, fresh fruit blended into smoothies and bowls in the heart of downtown. 217 Avenue A, Fort Pierce;; 772.448.4097 ❖



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COLAB KITCHEN PRIVATE SOFT OPENING When/Where December 1, 2021 | Colab Kitchen, Stuart




1. Gordon and Glenda Toney, Mirka Stocks, Lucas Stocks 2. Julie and Mike Collins, Dr. Yvonne and Dr. Rick Romagosa, Chessa and Vincent Zanfini 3. Clay Walker Band 4. Mayor Merritt Matheson and Chelsea Matheson 5. Gwen Le Tutour, Katie Adams, Kelly Adams, Matthew Andrews 6. Martha Freitas, Liz McKinley, Abbie Herrick 7. Terry and Trevor Lewis 8. Michael Mann, Stef Hutton 9. Bob Raynes, Karen Johnson






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GEOFFREY C. SMITH GALLERIES SEASON OPENER When/Where December 2-4, 2021 | Geoffrey C. Smith Galleries, Stuart





1. Ken Boyer, Geoffrey Smith, Rick Duffy 2. James O’Such, Joanna Hilton, Helen and Paul Paré 3. Chris Heaton, Cindy Drummer, Sue and Tom Whittington 4. Grace and H.B. Barrett 5. Nic Mader, Ellen Wilson 6. Dave and Mimi Bennett 7. Rip Fisher, Elisabeth Akel, Blyth Houghland, Caterina Akel 8. Barbie and Ken Boyer



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HELPING PEOPLE SUCCEED “PINOT & PICASSO” EVENT When/Where November 20, 2021 | Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club, Palm City 6

1. Ralph Davino, Marlene Filer, Wayne Klick, Melanie and Bob Floyd 2. Otto and Marian Vitale, Dr. Michael Carelli and Leah Carelli, Jackie Vitale 3. Suzi Beers, Bill Lichtenberger 4. Beverly Bevis Jones, Denny and Wendy Hudson 5. Tess Macklin, Dan and Jeanne Macklin 6. Audrey Crandall, Pat Hoshino 7. Susan and Bill Clifford 8. Lee Moffitt, Dianne Davant 9. Jeri and Phil Faherty LIZ MCKINLEY







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The Event: SALVATION ARMY “WINGS OF HOPE” LUNCHEON When/Where November 13, 2021 | Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa, Jensen Beach





1. Susan Travis, Dawn Blair, Lindi Giannotti 2. Diane Alexander, Gloretta Hall, Rob and Allie Lord 3. Edithy Marcellis, Daina Karol 4. Werner Bols, Stuart Commissioner (and former Mayor) Eula Clarke 5. Robert and Andrea Raffinan-Shaffer 6. Carl Hensley, Mary Baysinger 7. Janice Faulkner 8. Captain Jeff Marquis and Captain Sheena Marquis



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Go Glow

When artists collaborate, magic happens. Last month, local creatives Corina Pelloni and Jane Lawton Baldridge debuted Glimmer: A Glow Show, an immersive exhibition of works by nine local artists, at 901hub to rave reviews. Pelloni and Baldridge have their sights set on expanding the exhibition to future runs and into the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. Learn more about the duo’s plans at

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“It’s been really nice to have waves around lately, but I’m missing my turtle friends!” Jeff Biege @jeffbiegephotography

Back in January, the Elliott Museum unveiled its newest permanent exhibition, Notorious Ashley Gang—The Making of a Legend. The engaging showcase chronicles the origins and heists of the legendary Martin County crime family that wreaked havoc on the region in the early twentieth century. Read more about the exhibit before you head to Hutchinson Island to check it out in person at

Hearts of Gold

Rachel Williams, Noah Polhemus, Caden Tucker

Jensen Beach High School juniors Rachel Williams, Noah Polhemus, and Caden Tucker have put their hearts into raising awareness and funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Palm Beach-Treasure Coast “Student of the Year” campaign. While they are not the only local students doing wonderful things for the community and competing for the title, these three friends all have been personally touched by cancer in some way, which makes this cause especially meaningful to them. Meet the trio and find out how you can donate at

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Bronze, Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Painting and Photography

Martin County Open Studio Tour 10 am to 5 pm, March 5 & 6, 2022 Pick up a tour book at the Court House Cultural Center, The Palm Room Art Gallery, The Elliott Museum or Stuart Art Supply and plan you self-guided tour of any or all of the 25 artist studios open to the public. Free Event.

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