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Until recently, all I really knew about chimpanzees is that they make a lot of noise, have an eerie way of staring deep into your soul, and are pretty darn cute. I also knew that many of them get a bad lot in life, forced to live in cages and treated as nothing more than objects that might help humans live longer by undergoing beta testing for medical treatments. Or sold into the pet trade and living in conditions not meant for any living being. And I knew that it crushed me that they, like so many species in the world, had to endure that.

Thankfully, there are people out there stepping in and doing something about it. Right here in our backyard, more than 200 chimps are living out the rest of their lives in Fort Pierce at Save the Chimps sanctuary after being rescued from various research labs, the entertainment business, and the pet trade. The nonprofit was founded in 1997, and since then hundreds of chimps have gotten new leases on life and now spend their days frolicking about with other chimps on the sanctuary’s 150 acres of lush landscape. Handsome Spike on this month’s cover is a 32-year-old chimp who resides there. Read his story, and the stories of some of the other resident chimpanzees, in “Chimp Life,” a photo essay beginning on page 34. Special thanks to photographer Mark Cook for capturing the intrigue of these amazing animals.

If you love exploring the great outdoors as much as I do, you’ll want to check out the “Trail Blazers” feature on page 42. We spoke with local experts to put together the ultimate guide to hiking in the area, getting the lowdown on all of the fantastic trails nearby including spur trails like the Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail, which is an offshoot of the Florida National Scenic Trail. There’s something for everyone, whether you want to get your feet wet with a short day hike or go on a three-day excursion into the wild.

In our Character profile (page 24), we meet Seth Ray, a Stuart resident who brings clean drinking water to people around the world who are lacking this very basic necessity. He goes to places like Haiti and the Dominican Republic with his organization, Go.Build.Love., and helps communities build a better, healthier infrastructure.

Our Wanderlust column takes you to the swamp—in style. Turn to page 30 to read about this unique, luxury adventure in the Florida Everglades created by celebrated photographer Clyde Butcher.

For our Conservation piece this month (page 23), we spoke with the Environmental Resources Department of St. Lucie County to learn about the importance of sticking with native plant species in backyard landscapes. Years ago, I planted a fire bush outside and today it is thriving and absolutely gorgeous, living among other native flora like my favorite old oak tree that shades me from the hot Florida sun. (Thank you, tree.)

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Outdoor living

Last year, my husband and I did a major renovation of our backyard and have been spending most of our time outdoors on the patio ever since. We have enjoyed the beauty of our swaying palms, the sound of the water trickling over our hot tub, and the soothing up-lighting on our flora in the evening. We’ve also noticed more birds enjoying a perch on our palms. I’ve even had the treat of seeing a cardinal, which is said to be a sign of a loved one saying hello. Nishka, our Siberian husky, is also loving the pool (even when it’s cold outside!).

These thoughts lead me to the theme of our March issue: The Great Outdoors. I’m really looking forward to diving into everything our editorial team has put together, including the conservation column on native flora. My thumb isn’t exactly green, so new ideas are always welcome. And I love hiking, so I can’t wait to read the feature on all of the great local trails. Our area may not be flush with mountains or hills, but it is rich with unique nature to explore. I would not choose to live anywhere else—this is paradise!

I’d like to mention a few special advertising sections inside: The Private Education Guide lists many of our local schools and all that they have to offer (and will also run in the July/August issue). And the Home Resource Guide, which we publish seven times a year, helps readers find local businesses that cater to interior and exterior needs of homeowners.

In the upcoming April issue, we have special advertising opportunities for Chef Profiles, the Flavor Dining Guide, and the Home Resource Guide. Please reach out to me if you are interested in advertising in any of these sections. One of my goals as publisher of Stuart Magazine is to launch a new special advertising section—a Real Estate Guide with opportunities for agents to promote themselves and/or their listings. I will be reaching out to our local industry pros, and I hope we can feature you on our pages soon. Feel free to email me for more information.

Last month, Stuart Magazine was proud to support several local events, including the wonderful Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts. We are always here to support and sponsor worthy causes in the community, so be sure to let me know about any events we might be a part of. And don’t forget to visit stuartmagazine.com and sign up for Insider’s Guide, our weekly newsletter that will keep you in the know about local happenings.

Enjoy some outside time in March, and I hope to see you around town!

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Birds of a Feather

For many people, birds are easy to overlook—they are everywhere, after all. But as any avid bird-watcher will tell you, take the time to carefully observe these winged creatures and you’ll likely be in awe.

The same can be said about viewing the gorgeous bird illustrations of Stuart resident Jordan Silvia. Using colored pencil, she creates lifelike images of beautiful birds, as well as mammals, plant life, and insects, and her artwork invites viewers to pause and reflect on the natural world around them. “I’ve always been interested in art and studied art in college,” says Silvia, who holds a master’s degree in art education from the University of Florida and is now an art teacher at Jensen Beach

High School. “At the beginning of the COVID quarantine, I set out to do the ‘100-day project,’ an internet challenge that encouraged participants to do anything for 100 days in a row. I was struggling to come up with an idea and thought, ‘Let me just draw birds.’ And I really fell in love with them.”

Three years later, Silvia continues to focus on nature illustrations with the hope of someday having her work published in academic journals and other educational materials. She frequently

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Illustrations by Jordan Silvia: Great spotted woodpecker (left); buntings (right).
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showcases her art at local galleries, art shows, and at The Creek District’s Friday Art Walks. The current secretary of the Audubon of Martin County’s board of directors, she finds inspiration at Stuart’s Possum Long Nature Center, where the Audubon office is located. “We have acres of preserves that are open to the public,” Silvia says. “There are woodpeckers, songbirds, wading birds, and all kinds of osprey. Jonathan Dickinson State Park is another great place for birding. You can see the Florida scrub jay there, which is a species that only exists in Florida.”

Silvia frequently participates in Audubon’s “Keeping a Nature & Wildlife Journal,” a free workshop that inspires creativity and nature appreciation (more on this in “One with Nature” below) and plans to lead a bird-illustration workshop with the group in April. “Because of my role at the Audubon, my interest in birds has grown even more,” she says. “Now I’m known as a crazy bird lady.” jordansilviaart.com

One with Nature

We could all use a moment to slow down and reconnect with nature. For Jill Gleichman, that was the goal when she launched the Audubon of Martin County’s “Keeping a Nature & Wildlife Journal” workshop, which teaches participants how to create a nature journal full of illustrations, scientific notes, and personal thoughts. The free workshop, which is open to both Audubon members and the public, brings participants together online to review a variety of nature-journaling workbooks created by scientific illustrator Liz Clayton Fuller of the Cornell Lab’s Bird Academy. “She does tutorials and shows samples of wildlife illustrations in nature journals,” Gleichman says. “We meet online first and go over those materials, then we meet in person at a regional park or the Audubon’s Possum Long Nature Center. We spend time sitting in nature, observing what we see, and journaling. The slower pace is a really beautiful part of the program.” The next workshop is scheduled for April 19. All expertise levels are welcome, and registration is available online at audubonofmartincounty.org.

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A few things to do this month

March 1: Kaleidoscope Exhibit Harbour Bay Plaza, Sewall’s Point, to March 4, free, martinartisansguild.org

March 2: Jammin’ Jensen Downtown Jensen Beach, also March 9, 16, 23, 30, free, jensenbeachflorida.info

March 4: Paws & Claws Gala Hudson’s on the River, Stuart, $250, hstc1.org/gala

March 9: La Cage Aux Folles

The Barn Theatre, Stuart, to March 26, $15-$40, barn-theatre.com

March 11: Audubon of Martin County’s “Mission Backyard”

Possum Long Nature Center, Stuart, also March 25, free, audubonofmartincounty.org

March 12: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Downtown Jensen Beach, free, discovermartin.com

March 14: Bachelors of Broadway: Gentlemen of the Theatre

The Lyric Theatre, Stuart, $47, lyrictheatre.com

March 19: Youth Arts Celebration

The Lyric Theatre, Stuart, $10-$25, lyrictheatre.com

March 20: Demonstration Dinner with PlantBased Chef Collin Goodine from Alchemy Kai-Kai Farm, Indiantown, $85, kaikaifarm.com

March 24: Henry Cho: “Cho Time,” with Vanessa LeGrand

The Lyric Theatre, Stuart, $47, lyrictheatre.com

March 25: 26th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival

Osceola Street, Stuart, free, artfestival.com

March 25: 12th Annual Clambake

Project LIFT, Palm City, $250, projectlift.org

March 31: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.—The Aretha Franklin Story

Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce, $59-$69, sunrisetheatre.com

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From left: Jordan Silvia; the artist’s illustration of a wren. COURTESY OF JORDAN SILVIA
A free workshop at Audubon of Martin County teaches the art of nature journaling
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Native Flora

Every homeowner wants an HGTV-worthy yard full of fresh flowers and thriving plants. But selecting flora based solely on appearances isn’t the way to go if you want to help maintain the health of Florida’s natural habitats. It’s crucial to make sure those pretty new garden additions aren’t invasive species that may harm the natural environment.

“Too often, Florida’s natural ecosystems suffer the consequences of urbanization and stormwater runoff, which carries pesticides and fertilizers frequently used in non-native landscaping,” says Aimee Cooper, environmental regulations manager for the Environmental Resources Department (ERD) of St. Lucie County. “By both preserving and planting native vegetation in lieu of non-native species, there is less potential for nutrient- and pesticide-laden runoff to make its way to Florida’s cherished waterways like the Indian River Lagoon.”

The ERD not only recommends selecting native plants but also encourages locals to use Florida-friendly landscaping materials—like frog fruit, a native ground cover—and avoid lawns that requires substantial irrigation, pesticides, or herbicides. “Remove any invasive plants that might be growing on your property,” says Jennifer McGee, ERD’s senior strategic planning and restoration coordinator. “Invasive plants are not native to Florida. They prevent native species from thriving and provide no benefit to native wildlife.”

Planting native species is less work, too, since they are used to the local climate and thrive more easily Cooper and McGee recommend selecting native flora based on the natural growing conditions of your yard. For example, barrier island residents should look for salt-tolerant species like sea grape, while those who live in a sandy scrub region should explore plants adapted to drier soils, such as gopher apple. An easy rule of thumb for all South Florida residents is to select drought-tolerant, slow-growing species like saw palmetto, which requires almost no maintenance once established.

“When we clear and alter the landscape for development, we remove the natural resources on which all our lives and lifestyles depend,” Cooper says. “There are 418 endangered plant species in Florida, and of these, 104 are endemic—meaning they occur nowhere else in the world. By planting native, we can maintain a real Florida look in our landscape and put back and preserve some of what is rapidly disappearing.” stlucieco.gov ❖

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5 native beauties to add to your yard this year

Wild Coffee: This shrub produces red berries in the summer and fall, with fruit that resembles coffee beans and clusters of small, white flowers that attract pollinators.

Carnivorous

Plant Species: Florida is home to the most carnivorous plant species in the nation, including pitcher plants, sundews, butterworts, and bladderworts. These plants lure their prey with appealing scents and trap insects with their leaves and sticky fluids.

Sabal Palmetto: Although treelike in shape, the sabal palm is not a true tree and is more closely related to grass. It is Florida’s official state tree and was used in “swamp cabbage” recipes by Florida’s pioneers.

Coreopsis: Designated Florida’s state wildflower, coreopsis is drought-tolerant and often reseeds itself. Plant it once and you’ll enjoy cheerful blooms for years to come.

Beautyberry: In spring and summer, beautyberry sprouts small, pale, lavender-pink flowers that blossom into jewel-like, purple fruits by September.

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The Kindness of Strangers

WHEN A COUPLE HE HAD NEVER MET GIFTED HIM WITH ONE YEAR’S SALARY TO FOLLOW HIS PASSION, STUART RESIDENT SETH RAY USED IT TO HELP THOUSANDS OF OTHERS ALL AROUND THE WORLD

Ten years ago, Seth Ray found himself standing in a small village in Haiti and knew his life would never be the same. “I had never been out of the country, had never seen poverty,” recalls Ray, 41. “It ruined my life.”

Ray had volunteered for a mission trip through Christ Fellowship Church in Stuart. When he and his fellow volunteers arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, they were met by a local pastor who took them outside the capital city and

showed them a dilapidated building that was serving as a school. Ray noticed a chained-up water well next to the school. When he questioned the pastor about it, he learned the well was broken. “I asked how much it would cost to fix it, and he said around $100,” Ray recalls. “Then I asked how many families the well would provide water for, and he told me 2,000.”

Shocked that just $100 could impact so many people, Ray took up a collection

among the volunteers and quickly raised the money to fix the well. “Before then, I didn’t know there were places where clean water was a problem,” he says.

As he traveled on other mission trips, Ray realized that clean water was the catalyst to improving the lives of people in countless remote and rural communities around the world. He knew he had to find a way to bring clean water to people like those he had met in Haiti. But as a dad with four kids, he couldn’t exactly afford to leave his job to pursue his passion full-time.

That’s when fate stepped in. Just before Christmas in 2018, Ray received a phone call from a couple he had never met who were interested in learning more about his mission trips and desire to help people gain access to clean water. Apparently, a mutual friend had told the couple about Ray, and they were intrigued. They invited him to dinner, where they talked all about Ray’s passion. Ray then left town for the holidays, and when he returned home there was a letter waiting for him in the mail. He recalls: “It read, ‘We’re super proud of what you’re doing. Here’s one year’s salary.’” It was from the random couple he had just met.

He tried calling the couple, but the phone number was no longer in service. He emailed, but the message bounced back. Perplexed but extremely grateful,

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COURTESY OF SETH RAY Seth Ray in Haiti with Go.Build.Love.

Ray left his job that February and set off to launch his foundation, Go.Build.Love. “I thank God for them often,” he says of the generous couple. “Go.Build.Love. is what it is today because of their investment. They gave GBL wings.”

Ray and the GBL team go into communities where clean water is not available and meet with community leaders to assess their situation, asking questions like how many homes are in the community, where their drinking water is sourced, and the health of residents. They provide the community with enough GBL water filters for every family and train community leaders on distribution of the filters and how to help families use them.

Each filter has a barcode with a GIS tracking system so GBL can collect data on the families and measure the impact of clean water on their health. The data can also be reported directly to donors. “We want to connect what we’re doing with our donors,” explains Ray. “Each month, donors get info on where their filter is and the impact it is having.”

Donors pay just $70 to provide a filter for a family. If used properly, that filter can last up to 20 years.

GBL’s mission doesn’t end with clean water. Once that need has been met, the team returns to the community to find out what else they may need to thrive. Typically, community leaders ask for

vital resources like churches, schools, and clinics. GBL then raises money to fund construction of these projects. The organization also operates Rok & Wtr (rokandwtr.com), a frozen treat company in Port St. Lucie, and a portion of every sale goes back to Go.Build.Love. to help fund various projects.

Now in 12 countries, Go.Build.Love.

has distributed more than 10,000 water filters and brought clean water to more than 55,000 people all over the globe. This year, Ray projects his organization will distribute more than 15,000 additional filters. “I want to see communities that are actually changed,” he says. “I am trying to leave a legacy that matters.” gobuildlove.org ❖

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ONE OF FLORIDA’S TOP-RANKED CHARTER CAPTAINS WELCOMES 2023 WITH A BRAND-NEW CONTENDER 39 ST

Despite Stuart’s notoriety as the “Sailfish Capital of the World,” the fishing community here is a small, tightly knit group. If you’re a charter captain in a city of fewer than 20,000 residents, your reputation stays with you for better or worse. If you can thrive in the same location for a quarter century, you must be doing something right.

With old-school roots dating back to 1995 working as a mate on the legendary Boneshaker out of Sailfish Marina, Captain Scott Fawcett clearly fits this description. Fawcett worked his way up through the ranks in the industry, from mate to captain on the Boneshaker. Since 2012, he has been the owner/operator of his own vessel, Off the Chain, a Contender 31.

Solid evidence of how 25 years of “doing it right” ultimately pays off rests in a new slip at Sailfish Marina next to the original 31-foot Off the Chain in the form of a brand-new, larger Contender 39 ST

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Veteran Stuart charter Captain Scott Fawcett has a new Contender 39 ST, which he outfitted with a custom gap tower (below).
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model. Fawcett considers himself fortunate to head into 2023 with a larger, more comfortable rig while allowing a new, younger crew to continue running his original 31-foot model.

POWER FILE

LENGTH: 39 feet

BEAM: 10 feet, 10 inches

DRAFT: 24 inches

DEADRISE: 24.5 degrees

FUEL: 500 gallons

MAX HP: 1,600 contenderboats.com

The Contender 39 ST offers a number of advantages for both Fawcett and his clients. In addition to the obvious benefit of a larger and more comfortable platform, Fawcett carefully designed the layout and equipment to suit his very specific needs. From a comfort standpoint, the typical sloppy winter sailfish conditions found off the Treasure Coast are greatly softened with the addition of a Seakeeper 3 gyro stabilizer. Visibility is a key factor in Fawcett’s fishing program, and the view from a custom gap tower is a huge advantage. In a live bait–driven fishery, the ability to carry massive quantities of bait is important. The 39 ST features three 45-gallon transom wells and an 85-gallon tank below deck aft. Insulated storage for everything from multiple large tuna to food and drinks is plentiful above and below deck. The most advanced GPS charting and 3-D

side-scan fish-finding technology is included in matching 19-inch Humminbird Apex MFD units at the helm and a 13-inch unit in the tower. Comfortable seating fore and aft for guests in no way interferes with the open-deck layout for anglers. The Contender 39 ST is powered by triple Yamaha 4.2L 300-hp engines that offer better than 1.2-mpg economy, which is impressive for a vessel in this class.

The notion that Fawcett’s career has come full circle on the very same dock it began on is not insignificant. Providing the next generation of Stuart captains the same pathway to opportunity that he had while moving comfortably into his next chapter is a fitting example of how this traditional old-school trade was meant to be run. ❖

ABOUT THE WRITER

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

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Clockwise from far left: Aerial shot of the custom Contender 39 ST; the boat is powered by triple Yamaha 4.2L 300-hp engines; bait storage includes three 45-gallon transom wells and an 85-gallon tank, plus plentiful insulated bins for food and drinks.
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Not Your Average

EVERGLADES

A SUBTROPICAL STAYCATION IN THE SWAMP

Spanning more than 2,400 square miles, most of which remains impenetrable, Everglades National Park is an untamed beast of subtropical wilderness that begs an honest question from luxury travelers: Is it possible to immerse in these extreme wilds without completely roughing it?

The short answer is yes, thanks namely to Clyde Butcher, the celebrated photographer synonymous with the Florida Everglades. On the park’s outskirts but still within the Everglades’ ecosystem in Big Cypress National Preserve, Butcher invites travelers to experience the best of the region through his Big Cypress Gallery swamp rentals (explorebigcypress.com). The duo of accommodations—one a cozy one-bedroom bungalow and the second a two-bedroom, family-friendly cottage—are located directly behind

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Clockwise from right: American alligator; tricolored heron; Big Cypress Gallery bungalow; ghost orchid. PAUL RUBIO RJWILEY KAYLA OBENDORF KOPP

Butcher’s gallery (clydebutcher.com), where his blackand-white masterpieces are on display. (Many of these captivating images were snapped in the swamplands surrounding the cottages.) A standout of staying at the cottages—besides breakfast with baby gators and wading birds at your feet—is a guided swamp walk eco-tour, which entails getting up close and personal with the Everglades by slogging waist-deep through the flooded terrain.

The rentals’ prime location also puts other Everglades highlights within reach. Visit Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (corkscrew.audubon.org) to search for the likes of barred owls and ruby-throated hummingbirds while keeping watch for summerspecific spectacles like the world’s largest ghost orchid in bloom and the seasonal appearance of bioluminescent tree fungi. Head to Chokoloskee for a private photography and birding excursion across the Everglades’

Ten Thousand Islands with Everglades Boat Tours (everglades-boattours.com)

Explore a labyrinth of coastal mangrove islets and narrow channels, snapping scenes of roseate spoonbills taking flight, predatory hawks catching a snack, bottlenose dolphins leaping through the air, and rookeries teeming with just-hatched pelicans, ibises, and egrets.

Finally, indulge in memorable Everglades-to-table meals at Everglades City’s best no-frills restaurants. Try Triad Seafood

Market & Café (triadseafoodmarketcafe.com) for fried alligator tail and stone crabs fresh off the boat when in season. And be sure to check out Camellia Street Grill (camelliastreetgrill.com) for hyper-fresh blackened grouper salad and decadent peanut butter pie. (paradisecoast.com) ❖

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Clockwise from right: Big Cypress Gallery cottage; mangrove islets abound in the Everglades; barred owl; Clyde Butcher Everglades eco-tour; feast on fresh stone crabs at Triad Seafood Market & Café. BRENDA STELZER NIKI BUTCHER KAYLA OBENDORF KOPP

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Tammy, Melody, and Janice hang out on their family’s wooden climbing structure. Tammy,39, was born at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where her parents had been living in captivity since the 1960s for use in space research. After almost two decades spent as a research animal, she arrived at Save the Chimps in 2001. She is a bit silly and full of energy and likes to eat mixed nuts and dried fruit. Melody, 15, was actually born at the sanctuary, the result of her dad’s failed vasectomy. Luckily, she has never had to endure the suffering of isolation or medical experimentation. She loves to play with toys and do enrichment activities involving peanut butter. Janice, 24, was born at the Coulston Foundation and endured years of experiments at their lab, then at a lab in Maryland, and at yet another lab in Louisiana. After a long battle, Save the Chimps finally gained custody of her in 2007, when Janice was 8. She is very intelligent, and one of her favorite hobbies is spreading colorful paint on canvases, floors, and walls.

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A day with the fascinating chimpanzees living out their second act at Save the Chimps sanctuary in Fort Pierce

On a serene 150 acres in Fort Pierce, there’s an entire subcolony of residents hiding in plain sight. They spend their days much like we do: snacking, napping, engaging in hobbies (called “enrichment activities”), and hanging out with their friends. Their world is quite full and active, though most humans aren’t even aware these Treasure Coast locals are living nearby. The community here has one rule to becoming a member resident: You must be a chimpanzee.

Currently, 227 chimps live here at Save the Chimps sanctuary, where they are free to roam about and just be, well, chimps. They live in family groups on 12 separate islands within the property, each home separated by reeds and waterways to give the groups some privacy. On a recent visit, the members of one clan were playful, chasing each other around and climbing on their wooden structures, while those in another family were lazily having a snooze.

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Save the Chimps was cofounded in 1997 by anthropologist Carole Noon, a graduate of FAU and the University of Florida who sued the U.S. Air Force to gain custody of 21 chimps who had endured harsh conditions in the name of research. Along with Jon Stryker of the Arcus Foundation (who is currently board chair of Save the Chimps; Noon passed away in 2009), she purchased the Fort Pierce land, built a sanctuary, and moved the chimpanzees in.

Since then, the nonprofit has taken in more than 330 animals who were facing exploitation and endangerment. Some have come from the entertainment industry; others were freed from research labs— like the 266 chimps who were transferred to Save the Chimps by the Coulston Foundation over the course of a decade. Coulston was a biomedical research lab in New Mexico that had violated the Animal Welfare Act and was going bankrupt. Save the Chimps stepped in and, by 2011, had moved every single chimp to Fort Pierce.

At the sanctuary, these animals are experiencing a life they had been denied for years, if not their entire lives. They are able to roam free, live in groups, and be the social creatures they were born to be. Supported by 50 caregivers, 45 volunteers, and a seven-member medical team, they have climbing structures to play on, lush environs to explore, and enrichment activities like painting and food foraging challenges to keep them mentally stimulated. They receive lifelong, comprehensive medical care (the average life span of a chimp is 40-60 years) and are fed a nutritious and delicious diet. Aside from chimp staples like bananas, oranges, and corn, they are treated to special meals like their favorite stuffed peppers prepared by the onsite chef, commissary supervisor Josh Henderson.

Like humans, chimpanzees can be choosy when it comes to friends. So when a chimp first arrives at the sanctuary, the behavioral team assesses the personality and needs of the new resident to gauge which of the 12 clans is the best fit, taking into consideration the leadership styles of the family alphas. For those who have trouble vibing with other chimps, there is a special needs facility where they can reside until they have developed the social skills to live in a large family group while getting the special care they need and participating in playdates with other chimps.

On these pages, we offer a peek inside the lives of these incredible animals. If you’re inspired by their stories and would like to help support their care, you can “adopt” a chimp (for as little as $60 a year) or donate any amount you are able via the website. savethechimps.org.

Above: Angel,37, was born in a research lab and used in studies starting at just 17 months old. Rescued in 2002, she loves being outside and getting tickled by staff with a “tickle stick.” Right: Belinda,29, was born at the Coulston Foundation, where she spent seven years living in a small cage. She came to Save the Chimps in 2002. She likes to make tools from things she finds around the island and was described by Carole Noon as a “genius.” Below: Apollo, 24, was taken from his mother at Coulston just 12 hours after birth. In 2011, he came to the sanctuary, where he was reunited with his mom. The self-appointed official greeter, Apollo is the first to welcome visitors with a smile. Opposite page: Lisa Marie, 16, was forced to work in the entertainment industry in Chicago for the first eight years of her life before arriving in Fort Pierce in 2015. She is quite the character who loves drawing with crayons, putting stickers all over her body, and dressing up in tutus!

Right: Ricky, 40, is believed to have spent a decade as a circus chimp, being castrated and deteethed along the way. He then entered the pet trade and was living in captivity as a “pet” in a private garage. Rescued in 2017, he now enjoys painting, lounging in hammocks, and snoozing with cozy shirts used as blankets.

Below left: Ryan, 35, was born at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico and was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta just before his second birthday. There, he was injected with the hepatitis A virus as the subject of numerous medical studies and had part of his liver removed. He did not see the outdoors for 14 years, became depressed, and was self-harming. By the time he was rescued by Save the Chimps in 2003, he was extremely traumatized, and rehabilitation took five years (he didn’t even know how to do normal “chimp things” like climb when he first arrived). Today, Ryan is confident, social, and loves painting, exploring and climbing! Below right: Spike, 32, came to the sanctuary in 2002 after spending the first 12 years of his life used as a research chimp at Coulston. Highly respected by his peers, he is a mentor to new residents and a great mediator when disagreements arise. For fun, he likes to play tug-of-war and swing from anything he can find.

Comet, 28, was taken from her parents just two days after birth and raised in the Coulston laboratory. When she was 3, she was shipped off to another lab in Maryland, then ended up in a lab at the CDC in Atlanta. After a long, arduous road, Comet finally made it to Fort Pierce in 2006, where she gets to be with other chimps for the very first time. She is very playful and loves to hide around the island with her pals. Favorite foods include leeks and strawberries.

3 DAYS TO VISIT

The sanctuary only opens to the public for a handful of special events each year. Mark these dates in your calendar for a rare opportunity to meet the chimps.

April 1, 2023: Member Day

Tour the sanctuary by foot or tram and observe the chimps as they roam their islands, swing from climbing structures, and bask in the sun. Bring binoculars and comfortable shoes (water provided). Walking tours cover 1.25 miles, so choose the tram tour if you tire easily. Member day is open to nonmembers if space is available ($55).

December 2, 2023: Holiday with the Chimps

Join the chimps’ holiday party and watch as they open presents, feast, and serenade each other around a festive tree. After the tour, a primatologist and staff members will lead discussions about chimp communication, care, and conservation. Open to nonmembers only if space is available; tickets are limited ($60 adults/$40 kids).

February 2024 (date TBD): Chimpathon

The annual 5K/10K takes runners around the sanctuary as the resident chimps cheer them on ($50/$60).

*Visit savethechimps.org for registration info.

Wade, 23, spent the first three years of his life in a research lab before coming to Save the Chimps in 2002, where he loves to stroll around and explore nature. He is finicky about food and won’t eat bananas if there are any spots on the peel! He also loves shoes and always notices when a caregiver gets a new pair of boots—then takes the old pair and walks around with them on his back.
Kioki, 24, was used in medical research at Coulston for four years before being rescued by Save the Chimps in 2002. He’s a rowdy one, playfully banging on windows and throwing toys around. He loves his chimp friends and is a top-ranked member of his family.

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Kohei, 35, came to the sanctuary in 2002 after spending the first 15 years of her life as a research chimp at Coulston. She loves food more than almost anything and will move her pals out of the way to get first dibs on a meal. Kohei is a bit of a loner who prefers to spend time in her house, casually observing and relaxing.

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LOCAL OFFSHOOTS OF THE FLORIDA NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL PROVIDE THE PERFECT TERRAIN FOR OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS OF ALL SKILL LEVELS

Anyone who has ever succumbed to wanderlust has likely heard of (or stepped foot on) the country’s two most traversed National Scenic Trails: the Pacific Crest Trail on the West Coast and its East Coast counterpart, the Appalachian Trail. But Floridians don’t need to travel nearly as far to go for an exhilarating hike in the woods.

“Almost every Floridian is within an hour of the Florida Trail, yet no one knows we’re here,” says Jenna Taylor, program manager for the Florida Trail Association’s (FTA) central and south regions. “While we don’t have peaks, we have such beautiful sweeping views that are just as spectacular.”

One of only three National Scenic Trails contained in one state (along with the Arizona Trail and the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin), the Florida Trail spans roughly 1,500 miles from the southern

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Hike20 2021 on the Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail COURTESY OF HANNAH CAMPBELL
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The Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail is one of the Florida National Scenic Trail’s spur trails..

terminus in Big Cypress National Preserve to Gulf Islands National Seashore in the panhandle. Officially designated a National Scenic Trail in 1983, the Florida Trail allows nature enthusiasts to explore our state’s most remote and undisturbed areas, through cypress swamps and pine flatwoods, in search of ghost orchids, migratory birds, and the elusive Florida panther.

“We’re fighting a losing battle against developers, and remembering that we have these spaces is so important,” says Taylor, who, along with the U.S. Forest Service and a team of volunteers from local FTA chapters, maintains a portion of the trail and its offshoots (called spur trails) for recreational use.

While the 113-mile stretch around Lake Okeechobee is the only official section of the Florida Trail located in Palm Beach and Martin counties, several of its spur trails are much closer. Jonathan Dickinson State Park is home to the Green and White Trails, named for their corresponding trail markers. These trails bring day hikers over ancient sand dunes and through palmetto and oak hammocks and are maintained by the FTA’s Loxahatchee chapter (the Tropical Trekkers chapter maintains other spur trails throughout Martin and St. Lucie counties).

“I always caution new hikers that Florida is not just flat—there’s definitely a lot of diversity in the terrain—so they need to be prepared for that,” says Taylor, who also notes that the Florida Trail and its offshoots will likely be wet during hiking season from October to March. “The sooner you learn to embrace it and walk right through the water, the better,” she adds.

Hikers who are ready to get their feet wet should consider traversing the Florida Trail’s local hidden gem: the Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail (OTLHT). This 61-mile spur trail is marked with orange

GEAR UP!

• A small backpack or hydration pack (like a CamelBak) can carry essentials like water and snacks during day hikes; a 50-liter pack will give you plenty of room for multiday hikes. A common recommendation is to carry no more than 20 percent of your body weight—that’s roughly 30 pounds for a 150-pound hiker.

• Trail runners allow excess water to drain during wet hikes and prevent blisters (regular sneakers will work in a pinch). Avoid boots or other footwear with waterproofing materials like Gore-Tex, which can trap water and moisture.

• Trekking poles keep you from tripping over roots and rocks and provide better balance so you can look ahead, rather than at your feet. Wrap some duct tape around each pole so you have it on hand for things like tent repairs.

• Durable wool socks (like Darn Tough socks) regulate body temperature to keep your feet from sweating, add cushioning, and prevent blisters. Add medical-grade sports tape to your first-aid kit to cover hot spots on long hikes.

• A reusable water bottle or bladder is critical for day trips. Two liters should suffice for a two-to three-hour hike. For longer hikes, a water-filtration system (Iike the Sawyer Squeeze) allows you to filter water directly from backcountry sources. Add an electrolyte powder to your filtered water to enhance the taste and replenish nutrients lost through sweat.

• Sunscreen and bug spray with DEET should be applied before any hiking trip, even in overcast or dry conditions. A hat and neck buff add further protection from bugs and sun exposure.

• A sleeping pad adds much-needed support when sleeping on the ground. Cut an accordionstyle sleeping pad down to fit your specific height to save space and weight in your pack.

• An area map or trail app will keep you on track when blazes aren’t visible. The FarOut app includes the Florida Trail and the OTLHT. Don’t forget a portable phone charger!

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Find Your Trail

The best local hikes by skill level

BEGINNER

Nearly impossible to get lost, dry terrain, restrooms and water fountains available

Riverbend Park, Jupiter: This 665-acre regional park offers 15 miles of well-marked nature trails spanning pine flatwoods, cypress swamps, oak hammocks, and wet prairies. Look out for whitetailed deer, river otters, alligators, and wild turkeys as you hike along the Loxahatchee River.

Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, Hobe Sound: This family-friendly sand trail at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge traverses through hilly scrub dunes, a palm hammock, and a mangrove forest to the Indian River Lagoon. Watch for yellow-crowned night herons, osprey, and least terns along the .7-mile loop. (An all-terrain wheelchair is available for trail use at the nature center.)

Petravice Family Preserve, Fort Pierce: Originally slated for a townhome development, the Petravice family preserved this 35-acre space as public land in 2022. A wide and flat 1.5-mile loop trail leads to a bridge over the north fork of the St. Lucie River and connects to Captain Hammond’s Hammock Preserve.

INTERMEDIATE

Bring a trail map, option to camp overnight

DuPuis Wildlife and Environmental Area, Palm Beach and Martin counties: This 21,875-acre natural area is interspersed with ponds, wet prairies, cypress domes, pine flatwoods, and marsh. Choose from four hiking loops ranging from 5 to 15 miles. Campsites are available (Miller recommends Loop 4 for an overnight trip). Visit myfwc.com to check seasonal hunting dates and obtain permits for group camping.

Kitching Creek Trail, Hobe Sound: This out-and-back Jonathan Dickinson State Park trail winds through roughly 5 miles of pine flatwoods and along creeks to a primitive campsite with room for several tents. Call the ranger station in advance to obtain a backcountry permit and pick up a trail map upon arrival. (Beginner option: The Hobe Mountain Trail is a .4-mile boardwalk leading through sand pine scrub to an observation tower with 360-degree views of the park and the Atlantic Ocean.)

ADVANCED

Prepare for an hours-long day hike through varied terrain

Steven J. Fousek Preserve, Port St. Lucie: While this 494-acre park offers trails for all skill levels, a 10-mile hike through Paleo, Hackberry, and Teague Preserves will give you the best opportunity to see hickory, Florida elm, sugarberry, live oak, and several species of birds and other native wildlife. Access a map of the entire trail system at the kiosk in Paleo Hammock.

Cypress Creek Natural Area, Jupiter: Spanning both sides of Indiantown Road, this hike winds through more than 2,000 acres of hydric hammocks, dome swamps, and more. Miller recommends this trail to hikers who want to be in a wooded area but notes that some of the trails are not well-marked. Be prepared with bug spray, sunscreen, food, water, and a map.

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ALEX FREEZE Clockwise from right: Kiana Emilcar and Mark Cook walk through the Loxahatchee Slough on the Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail; Sana Ahmed on the OTLHT; Spanish moss in a Southern live oak tree hammock.

blazes and runs from Hobe Sound Beach to Lake Okeechobee, taking hikers through ecosystems that change roughly every mile. While there are several opportunities to hike short sections, FTA Loxahatchee chapter chair Janet Miller recommends backpacking (or “throughhiking”) the trail over several days.

“You don’t realize it until you’re out there, but there are so many beautiful wildflowers; there’s always something blooming,” says Miller, who has been volunteering with the Loxahatchee chapter since 2011 and is one of several volunteers who mow, blaze, and otherwise maintain the trail. “When you see the cypress trees and the bromeliads in bloom, it’s really unique and beautiful. The sound,

the smell… There’s just something about it.”

Backpackers have several options for through-hiking the OTLHT. Experienced hikers can visit loxfltrail.org for a trail map and information on camping permits, prescribed burn closures, and hunting season dates. Beginners can either use the Loxahatchee chapter’s Meetup page to sign up for a volunteer-led group

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trip (hiking and backpacking trips are free for anyone wanting to attend, though FTA membership is encouraged) or register for Hike2O, an annual backpacking trip cohosted by the FTA and Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

“There will always be people who need and want to connect to the ocean in different ways,” says Hannah Campbell, an FTA volunteer activity leader and president of Loggerhead’s education division. “We thought a really cool opportunity to do that would be to take them on a hike and introduce them to the coastal ecosystems that are intrinsically connected to the ocean.”

Now in its fourth year, the 33-mile Hike20 trek covers roughly half of the OTLHT over three days and requires participants to have their own backpack, tent, water-filtration system, and food. Nightly conservation talks led by Campbell and other Loggerhead staff and FTA trail leaders round out the long weekend, which takes place March 3-5 this year.

“We’ve created a space where participants can feel comfortable that they’re in good hands with trained and experienced people and that they’re not going to be ridiculed or shamed for having questions,” says Campbell. “It’s a good introduction to incorporate camping and backpacking into their lifestyle so they can reach some of these more inaccessible natural areas.”

Unlike other FTA-led hikes, Hike2O is a fundraiser for Loggerhead’s Oceans of Opportunity initiative, which grants

scholarship funding and support services to underserved and underrepresented students in Palm Beach and Martin counties. “It’s not just about the people who participate, it’s also about building that legacy for the next generation and creating the opportunity to engage with their ecosystem and the ocean in a meaningful way,” Campbell says.

Campbell has hiked with the FTA since childhood and loves encouraging people to test their skills and learn more about their state’s public lands on a nearby trail. “I am definitely the person who is advocating that there is legitimate and beautiful hiking in Florida,” she says, adding that taking a naturalist course or reading about local flora and fauna before any hike is a good idea.

“A lot of people are drawn to the OTLHT because they like the challenge,” she says. “It’s a physical challenge, it’s an emotional challenge, it’s an adventure—but the fringe benefit to all of those things is building a positive relationship with adults in nature. Wild Florida can seem uninspiring to the untrained eye, but its ecosystems are incredibly unique and full of life if you look closely.”

Visit loxfltrail.org or trekkers.floridatrail.org to become an FTA member or register for a hiking or backpacking trip; to learn more about Hike20, visit marinelife.org/hike. ❖

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Clockwise from top left: Participants of the 2021 Hike20 trek; scene from the stunning Florida Trail; David Crow hikes a trail in Jonathan Dickinson State Park; Jenna Taylor on the Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail. COURTESY OF JENNA TAYLOR ALEX FREEZE COURTESY OF HANNAH CAMPBELL

Leave No Trace!

The Florida Trail Association abides by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics’ seven guiding principles and encourages local outdoor enthusiasts to do the same. Please do your part to support and protect nature (lnt.org)

1. Plan ahead and prepare.

• Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit.

• Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.

2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.

• Durable surfaces include maintained trails and designated campsites, gravel, sand, or dry grasses. Camp at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.

• Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.

3. Dispose of waste properly.

• Inspect your campsite for trash or spilled food. Pack all leftover food, toilet paper, and litter.

• Utilize toilet facilities whenever possible. Otherwise, dig a 6- to 8-inch deep cathole at least 200 feet away from water, camp, and trails.

4. Leave what you find.

• Leave rocks, plants, and other natural objects as you found them.

• Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.

5. Minimize campfire impacts.

• Use a lightweight stove or established fire rings for cooking and keep fires small.

• Use only dead wood from the ground that can be broken by hand. Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

6. Respect wildlife.

• Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow, approach, or feed animals.

• Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.

7. Be considerate of other visitors.

• Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.

• Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

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Brunello Cucinelli silk surplice-neck midi dress ($5,295), October capsule silk A-line midi skirt ($2,695), Salvatore Ferragamo Studio woven leather and raffia bucket bag ($3,250), Dior J’Adior slingback pump shoes ($1,200), Saks Fifth Avenue, saksfifthavenue.com

Opposite page: Viscose bralette in black (price upon request), Broderie anglaise–trim midi skirt in custard ($1,250), Stella McCartney, stellamccartney.com; Kelly felt hat in mustard yellow with hand-embroidered flowers ($650), kailassen.com

Stella McCartney floral open-back midi dress ($1,950), Chloé leather platform high-heel sandals ($925), Saks Fifth Avenue, saksfifthavenue.com; Flora felt hat in silverbelly ($535), kailassen.com

Opposite page: Louis Vuitton caftan shirtdress (price upon request), Capucines MM handbag ($7,450), Ruby flat ankle boots ($1,590), louisvuitton.com

Fashion editor: Katherine Lande

Stylist: Zlata Kotmina

Hair and makeup: Bri Soffa

Model: Jennifer Lamb, Next Model

Management, Miami

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THE PINE SCHOOL

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.

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YEAR FOUNDED: 1969 GRADES SERVED: Kindergarten - Grade 12 CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 425 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

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OXBRIDGE ACADEMY

Offering grades 6-12. Discover Oxbridge Academy by arranging a campus tour. To schedule your visit, call 561-972-9826 or e-mail admission@oapb.org

Oxbridge Academy is a premier independent, co-educational school for grades 6-12, offering an innovative curriculum and engaging learning environment. Located on a beautiful, 54-acre campus in West Palm Beach, Oxbridge Academy’s academic approach is enhanced by an interdisciplinary philosophy that fosters the development of extraordinary leaders, thinkers, problem solvers, and world changers. Signature programs such as the Free Enterprise Institute, Aviation, Artificial Intelligence, and Independent Study, ignite students’ inner passions, strengthen individual skills, and stimulate creative thinking, uniquely preparing students for college and beyond. With an emphasis on a culture of kindness Oxbridge teaches what is worth learning; fostering personal discovery; integrating academics, the arts, athletics, while building character, resulting in confident, compassionate, global citizens prepared to be tomorrow’s leaders. Annual graduating classes receive 100% acceptance to four-year colleges and universities and 45% are accepted to the Top 100 schools. Financial aid is available.

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YEAR FOUNDED: 2011 GRADES SERVED: Grades 6 - 12

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ENROLLMENT: 560 STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 9:1 GRADUATION RATE: 100% UNIFORMS REQUIRED? Yes

TUITION: $31,500 (middle school), $38,500 (upper school) TOP AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS: 2022 Pathfinder Award for Communications

• 2022 4 x 100 Relay State Championship Track and Field

• Three 2022 Regional Scholastic Arts Awards Gold Key Winners and five National Silver Key Award Winners

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ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

Personalized campus tours by appointment.

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 heads and their hearts. St. Mark’s offers enriched core academics and a variety of electives, athletics, fine and performing arts, and a robust after school program. A St. Mark’s education inspires diverse, wellrounded, and adaptable students to achieve, serve, and lead.

THE STATS

YEAR FOUNDED: 1979 GRADES SERVED: PK2 – Grade 8

CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 476 STUDENT-FACULTY

RATIO: 9:1 UNIFORMS REQUIRED? Yes TUITION: $7,734 - $21,045 TOP AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS: National, state, and local service awards

• Middle school students and alumni served 4,723 hours benefiting the local community

• National, state, and local art and writing award recipients

• Graduates gain admission to top area high schools

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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.

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YEAR FOUNDED: 1961 GRADES SERVED: Grades 9 - 12

CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 595 STUDENT-FACULTY

RATIO: 12:1

GRADUATION RATE: 100% UNIFORMS REQUIRED? Yes TUITION: $15,960 - $17,460

TOP AWARDS/ RECOGNITIONS: National and Local Debate Team Awards

• National Merit

• Scholastic Art Awards

• Gold, Silver, and Bronze Congressional Award Medalists

• Athletic State Championships

• Green School of Excellence

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Pre-K 3 and 4 through 8th grade 1:1 technology in 3rd–8th grades Enrichment classes weekly in Music, Art, Technology, Library, Spanish, and Physical Education.

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As a current student at Yale University, I am keenly aware that the instruction, social atmosphere, and religious upbringing I received at St. Joseph Catholic School crafted me into the student, and man, that I am today.

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THE BENJAMIN SCHOOL

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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: 1,289

TUITION: $14,500$33,510 TOP AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS: Robotics team invited to compete at VEX World Championship • 8 Quill and Scroll Society inductees

STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 8:1 GRADUATION RATE: 100% UNIFORMS REQUIRED? Yes

• 39 Scholastic Art Awards

• 1 FHSAA state championship team and four individual state champions

• All-Florida rating from the Florida Scholastic Press Association

• Palm Beach Dramaworks Young Playwright winner

• 10 Cappies Award nominations

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ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Campus Tours: Available and welcomed.

At St. Joseph Catholic School, we educate the minds of our students as our dedicated teachers provide rigorous academic instruction within a challenging curriculum. We prepare our students to be productive citizens, with hands prepared for service, respectful of the dignity of each human being. Most importantly, we nurture the hearts of our students, recognizing each as a beloved child of God. We welcome you to come and see what makes our school so special.

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YEAR FOUNDED: 1961 GRADES SERVED: Pre-K (3 years old) - Grade 8

CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 324 STUDENT-

TUITION: Pre-K (3 years old) $5,100 - $7,000 (half day or full day); Pre-K (4 years old) full day, $6,099 with VPK voucher. (K - Grade 8) $10,275 (We accept Tax Credit Scholarships)

FACULTY RATIO: 13:1 GRADUATION RATE: 100% UNIFORMS REQUIRED? Yes

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Treasure Coast Dining

A Selection of Area Restaurants

MARTIN COUNTY AMERICAN

CASTAWAYS GASTROPUB

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

CHEF’S TABLE

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

COLAB KITCHEN

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

DISTRICT TABLE & BAR

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

FREDGIE’S WORLD FAMOUS HOT DOGS

If you have a hot dog craving, Fredgie’s has your

fix. Enjoy a waterfront view and outside seating—and dare to try their peanut butter and chili dog. 2000 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; fredgiesworldfamoushotdogs.com; 772.209.2005

HARRY AND THE NATIVES

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

HUDSONS ON THE RIVER

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

KORK

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

KYLE G’S KITCHEN

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

OCEAN REPUBLIC BREWING

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

OSCEOLA STREET CAFE

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

PALM CITY GRILL

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

PINEAPPLE JACKS BISTRO

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

SAND DUNE CAFÉ

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

SCOOTERS FUN FOOD AND SPIRITS

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

SONNY’S BBQ

Traditional, smoky barbecue including mouthwatering pulled pork and brisket. 1961 S. U.S. Hwy.

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SOUTH FORK KITCHEN AND BAR

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

TASTE

Taste looks just as bright and colorful as it, well, tastes. Stop by for a chill bite; there is something for everyone. 11750 SE Dixie Hwy., Hobe Sound; tastehobesound.com; 772.546.1129

THE GAFFORD

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

TOWNIES TAVERN

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

ASIAN

ASIAN CHAO

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

BANGKOK BAY

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

BENIHANA

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

CAFE BOONMA

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

EMMAN’S ASIAN GOURMET

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

HOKKAIDO SUSHI & STEAKHOUSE

Japanese steak house offering typical Asian eats as well as extravagant sushi boats and hibachi

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

KRUA THAI RESTAURANT

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

PEI WEI

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

TWIN DRAGONS RESTAURANT

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

CAFÉ

3 BARISTAS

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

BOMBOLONI BAKERY CAFÉ

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

BUNKHOUSE COFFEE BAR

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

COFFEE BAR BLUE DOOR

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

GILBERT’S COFFEE BAR

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

IMPORTICO’S BAKERY CAFÉ

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

STUART COFFEE COMPANY

Located in the heart of historic downtown, Stuart Coffee Company is the perfect spot to enjoy wraps, sandwiches, bagels, salads, and more. 55 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; stuartcoffeeco.com; 772.600.8243

THE ROASTED RECORD

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

FOOD TRUCK

BAGEL BOYZ

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

BROTHERS’ Q BBQ

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

ITAL BOWLS FOOD TRUCK

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

SMAC’S SHACK

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

SUNSET SLIDERS FOOD TRUCK

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

TACO TRUCK OF STUART

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

TAQUERIA SOLAVINO 2

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

FRENCH

11 MAPLE STREET

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

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CAFÉ MARTIER

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

GERMAN

SCHNITZEL HAUS

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

THE HOFFMANN

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

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN

MR. GYROS

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

OLYMPIC TAVERNA

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

PORT BARNA

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

INDIAN

INDIA PALACE

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

NAMASTE GRILL

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

ITALIAN

18 SEMINOLE ITALIAN BISTRO

Inside this quaint, historically preserved building lies one of the area’s most intimate and romantic atmospheres. All meals are made to order and crafted with top-quality, local seasonal ingredients.

18 SE Seminole St., Stuart; 18seminole.com; 772.463.0059

CARMELA’S WINE BAR

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

CASA BELLA

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; casabellastuart.com; 772.223.0077

DRIFT KITCHEN & BAR

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

FANTINI’S NEW HAVEN STYLE APIZZA

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

GIGI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

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

IAN & KYE’S PIZZA

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

LA BORGATA RISTORANTE

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

LA FORCHETTA ITALIAN RESTAURANT

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

LUNA DOWNTOWN STUART

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

MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

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

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; pepesale.com; 772.872.6251

PIETRO’S ON THE RIVER

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

PUSATERI’S CHICAGO PIZZA

A “real” taste of Chicago pizza, Pusateri’s offers thin-crust pizza topped with unique sauces and cut into squares. 221 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; bestfloridapizza.com; 772.288.9810

RISTORANTE CLARETTA

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

THE BRICK OVEN PIZZA COMPANY

Serving 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; thebrickovenpizza company.com; 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 and is a great meeting place for friends, family, and business colleagues. Chat over enticing charcuterie boards, Italian classics, and Mediterranean dishes. 8815 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound; thegrove hobesound.com; 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 vegetables. 2200 SE Indian St., Stuart; jamaicanjerkstop.com; 772.266.8678

MEXICAN

MERO MERO MEXICAN CANTINA

This Mexican cantina offers a small, authentic menu of ceviches, street bites, tacos, and more. 950 SE Indian St., Stuart; meromerocantina.com; 772.291.2767

MR. JALAPEÑO STUART

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

PUEBLO VIEJO

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

RANCHO CHICO

Enjoy a range of classic Mexican platters in a warm setting with colorful folk art. 91 SW

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TACO SHACK

Creative, one-of-a-kind tacos from owner Lou Lentine Jr. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 102, Stuart; taco-shack.com; 772.288.9696

TAKO TIKI

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

TAQUERIA LOS MEXICANOS

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

TAQUERIA TORRES

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

POLISH

POLKA EUROPEAN MARKET AND RESTAURANT

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

SEAFOOD

BASIN SEAFOOD & FRESH FISH MARKET

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

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; bonefishgrill.com; 772.288.4388

CONCHY JOE’S SEAFOOD

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

CRAWDADDY’S

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

DOLPHIN BAR & SHRIMP HOUSE

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

GETTIN CRABBY

A no-frills seafood house known for crabs by the pound, an array of local catch, and music performances. 4110 SE Salerno Road, Stuart; gettin crabby.me; 772.463.1166

KING NEPTUNE

Serving the finest seafood soups, salads, and dishes, King Neptune lives up to its reputation of

knowing how to “talk fresh, local seafood.” 4795 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; facebook.com/kingneptune stuart; 772.287.9630

KYLE G’S PRIME SEAFOOD & STEAKS

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

NEW ENGLAND FISH MARKET & RESTAURANT

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

PIRATES LOFT AT PIRATE’S COVE RESORT & MARINA

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

RIVERWALK CAFE AND OYSTER BAR

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

SAILOR’S RETURN

Serving fresh seafood, chops, and steaks, enhanced by the most beautiful sunset on the Treasure Coast. The restaurant offers 220 seats for indoor or patio dining, two full bars, and live music seven days a week. 625 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart; thesailorsreturn.com; 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; sauderslanding.com; 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; shrimpersgrill.com; 772.220.3287

SHUCKERS ON THE BEACH

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

SNEAKI TIKI

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

STRINGERS TAVERN & OYSTER BAR

Located at the former Pawnbrokers Grill in Harbour Bay Plaza, Stringers captures the area’s local boating history, and its decor mimics the interior of a boat. Dive into oysters on the half shell plus surf and turf favorites. 3754 SE Ocean Blvd., Sewalls Point, Stuart; stringerstavern.com; 772.210.2876

STUART BOATHOUSE

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

THE BLACK MARLIN

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

THE MAGIC OYSTER BAR AND SEAFOOD GRILL

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

THE QUIET CRAB

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

THE TWISTED TUNA

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

TIDEHOUSE

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

STEAK HOUSE

GRIFFIN’S SURF & TURF

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

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE

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

PETER’S STEAKHOUSE

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

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY

3NATIVES

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

BERRY FRESH CAFE

This Treasure Coast breakfast and lunch spot is a

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di Parma sub Fantini’s New Haven Style Apizza 1560 NW Federal Highway,Stuart,FL. 34994
to Learn More, find us @FantinisApizza CASUAL FINE DINING HISTORIC CHARM, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, AND Hours Tuesday-Saturday: Brunch: 11 am-3 pm Dinner: 5 pm-9 pm Sunday: Brunch: 10 am-3 pm Happiest Hours: 11 am–6 pm Speakeasy Happier Hours: 5 pm–7 pm Nestled in historic downtown Stuart in the charming & unique POST OFFICE ARCADE, Café Martier is independently women-owned & lovingly restored to its 1920 French Mediterranean Revival grandeur. A Hidden Treasure Coast jewel, the vintage ambiance includes an authentic 1920s Speakeasy, Chandelier-lit Hearth Room, Breezeway Piano Bar, French Terrace, Wine Garden & Skylit Fountain Gallery. CONNECT WITH US @cafemartierofficial • www.cafemartier.com 772-600-5025
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GMO- and preservative-free café serving healthy fare that tastes great and feels even better. 1429 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; berryfresh.cafe; 772.324.8287

FIRST WATCH

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

FRUITS AND ROOTS VEGAN CAFE

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

MODERN JUICE CO. STUART

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

TABULEH CAFÉ AT PLANET OZONE

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

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFÉ

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

PORT ST. LUCIE/FORT PIERCE

AMERICAN

2ND STREET BISTRO

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

JAMMBAR WINGS

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

MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL

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

PICKLED

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; pickledinthefort.com; 772.448.4239

SAILFISH BREWING COMPANY

American warehouse–style eatery offering a wide selection of beers from the taproom, as well as

appetizers and dinner eats from the pizza kitchen. 130 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; sailfishbrewingco.com; 772.577.4382

SEAWAY SMOKEHOUSE

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

THE S & S CAFÉ & WINE BAR

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

ASIAN

PHO DELI

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

RAMEN HANA AND WINGS

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

SEOUL GARDEN

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

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN

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; spirostaverna. com; 772.879.4083

THINK GREEK

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

INDIAN

TAJ INDIAN

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

ITALIAN

ANGELINA’S PIZZERIA

Mouthwatering pizzas and a variety of appetizers, pastas, and salads. 1126 Colonnades Drive, Fort Pierce; orderangelinaspizzeria.com; 772.302.3591

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; pieholewoodpizza.com; 772.971.0120

RUFFINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND PIZZERIA

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

TUTTO FRESCO

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

JAMAICAN

JERK CITY

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

ONE LOVE JAMAICAN

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

LATIN AMERICAN/CUBAN

MERVIS’ CAFÉ & GRILL

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

THE MOFONGO KING

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

MEXICAN

CASA AMIGOS AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT

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

SONORA EATS

Family-owned business hailing from Hermosillo in Sonora, Mexico offering quick-serve tacos and burritos, Sonora-style hotdogs, plus homemade tortillas daily. 1721 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce; sonoraeats.com; 772.577.6241

TACO DIVE

Open late, Taco Dive offers craft beers with its homemade Mexican fare featuring fresh ingredients. 10501 SW Village Center Drive, Port St. Lucie,

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ZAPATA’S MEXICAN GRILL

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

PORTUGUESE

FERNANDO’S DOCKSIDE GRILLE

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

LUSO PORTUGUESE GRILLE

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

SEAFOOD

12A BUOY

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

COBB’S LANDING

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

CRABBY’S DOCKSIDE

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

CROCADILLOS BAR AND GRILL

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

PELICAN YACHT CLUB

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

STEAK HOUSE

MEATING STREET STEAK & SEAFOOD

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

OAK AND EMBER STEAKHOUSE

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

THE FORT STEAKHOUSE

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

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY

BEACH BOWLS FORT PIERCE

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

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When/Where November 16, 2022 | Albany Aesthetics, Stuart

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December 7, 2022 | Kane Center, Stuart

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November 3, 2022 | The Lyric Theatre, Stuart

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Fresh air and fine art come standard at the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Plein Air Festival, now in its tenth year. The beloved alfresco celebration of local and national plein air artistry returns March 5-11, promising art-forward festivities and demonstrations by 35 lauded artists from all across the country. The artists are hitting the road to paint the most inspiring views along the Treasure Coast. Learn more about this year’s featured artists and packed festival schedule at stuartmagazine.com/10pleinair

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