Stuart Magazine March 2021

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STUART M AGA Z I N E

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NATURE LOCAL WILDLIFE, ECO-ART, AND HORSE CULTURE ON THE TREASURE COAST

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Contents MARCH 2021

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Features 26 Horse Country

Equine life on the Treasure Coast By Kerry Shorr

32 Force of Nature Floral fantasy of spring fashion in the

great outdoors Photography by Ian Jacob

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Portraits and stories of some of the amazing animals residing at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary By Michelle Lee Ribeiro

Photography by Mark Cook

JERRY RABINOWITZ

38 Beautiful Beasts

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Contents In Every Issue COURTESY OF WESTGATE RIVER RANCH RESORT & RODEO

10 Editor’s Note 12 Publisher’s Note 63 Flavor

Foodie news and dining guide

70 Hot Shots

Photos from recent events

72 Surf Report

What’s up on stuartmagazine.com

Radar 15 Buzz

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Explore the sport of archery in Port St. Lucie, art en plein air, party island-style and support the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast & more

18 Character

Palm Beach Gardens native Te’Von Coney made it to the NFL—now he helps kids achieve their dreams

Native Impressions: Pine-Cotten Blue Vessel, Lucy Keshavarz

20 Beauty

Fight harmful pollutants with these powerful skin care products

22 Arts

Eco-art projects are enhancing the area’s native landscapes and solving environmental issues

24 The Goods Embrace your sporty side with cool accessories and gear JERRY RABINOWITZ

18 ON THE COVER Photographer: Ian Jacob Location: Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound Fashion: A.L.C. top ($325) and

skirt ($495), Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens; Bay Sky scarf ($16) and Lotus ring ($84), April Daze Boutique, Stuart; earrings ($88), Coton Frais, Jupiter

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STUART M AG A Z I N E

Editor in Chief Michelle Lee Ribeiro Creative Director Olga M. Gustine

Managing Editor Melissa Puppo Fashion Editor Katherine Lande Flavor Editor Mark Spivak Web/Social Media Editor Abigail Duffy Contributing Writers Tracy Marcello, Linda Marx, Kerry Shorr

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Contributing Photographers Mark Cook, Ian Jacob, Jerry Rabinowitz

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Martin County Open Studio Tour

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

March 6th & 7th, 2021

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Come take the tour and see Martin County’s talented artists! Participating artists by Studio:

Studio 1. Ed Douglas, Carol Kepp Studio 2. Barb Bucci, James DeMartis Collection Studio 3. Laura Kay Darvill, Curt Whiticar Collection Studio 4. Lynne Barletta, Reagan Smith (student) Studio 5. Angela Krogen Studio 6. Barry Steven Greff, Renee Keil, Chris Kling, Sheryl Levine, Lynn Morgan, Sally Browning Pearson Studio 7. Katie Gianni Studio 8. Jim & Tess Dirks Studio 9. Diana Rell Dean Studio 10. Billie-Jo Thompson

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A Special thanks to our sponsors: The Elliott Museum, Women Supporting the Arts, Arts Council of Martin County, Frugal Framer, Stuart Art Supply, Tom Grissman Photography, Visionary School of Art, Rickie Report, Harbour Bay Holdings, Lighthouse Art Center, Aya Fiber Studio, Jewelry by Whiticar, Curt Whiticar Collection, License to Kiln, Diana Rell Dean, Whiticar Boatworks, Kling Galleries, Wine & Decor, Sunrise Surf Shop, Torenzo, Lynn Morgan, Sheryl Levine, Sally Browning Pearson, Eduardo Gomez Sculpture and Jane Lawton Baldridge.

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Editor’s note

Call of the wild

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f there’s one positive I hope many of us have taken from this mad year of mandates and lockdowns, it’s this: a reconnection with nature. I have to say, quarantining hasn’t really been much of a bummer for me. That’s because I love being in the one place we have been “allowed” to be, safely, throughout this whole thing—and that’s the great outdoors. A paddle out on the river, a swim in the ocean, a bike ride at Riverbend Park, a simple walk with the dog... All of it up for grabs, as long as we did it solo (or with not more than a handful of others). Of course, being in Florida has helped too; cold-climate denizens up north likely have felt a lot more “trapped” than we have. But here? Nature is ours for the taking, even in winter. A few weeks ago, I fed a bear. He ate an apple piece out of the palm of my hand. A big, wondrous, kindhearted black bear. I actually still can’t believe it happened, an intimate brush with the wild that I will not soon forget. This was at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, where we were shooting animal portraits to accompany their rescue stories on page 38. If you haven’t been there in a while, I suggest stopping by and paying these creatures a visit. Just being around their energy is a wonderful reminder that there is life way beyond Covid and catastrophe. The world is wild and beautiful and so much bigger than us. Here on the Treasure Coast, people have been coexisting with nature and living a mutually beneficial life with Earth’s non-human species for centuries, ever since the early days of the American cowboy. Today, Martin and St. Lucie counties are still rife with ranching families who are living their lives with the utmost respect for the land and all of its inhabitants. Not surprisingly, the area has become something of a modernday horse country, with equine lovers of all kinds settling in the area to take advantage of its horse-friendly terrain and plethora of services. Read all about it beginning on page 26. You’ll find much of the content on these pages is dedicated to honoring nature and the great outdoors. From art that enhances our natural landscapes while also solving environmental issues (page 22) to gorgeous spring fashion shot in beautifully raw Jonathan Dickinson State Park (page 32), there is lots to inspire you to get back to nature. And because we all know I love my literary quotes, I’ll leave you with this gem by poet Lord Byron: “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods. There is a rapture on the lonely shore. There is society, where none intrudes. By the deep Sea, and music in its roar: I love not Man the less, but Nature more” (from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, 1812). Peace and blessings,

Michelle Lee Ribeiro michelle@stuartmagazine.com

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Colorectal cancer screening: No good reason to put it off. Everyone knows that colonoscopies are a tool to detect colorectal cancer – the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and the third leading cause among women in the United States.

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New preps are easier to swallow. You may be concerned about unpleasantness and inconvenience as you prepare for the exam. But it’s time to stop worrying – continued improvements in the process have made it easier and less of a stress. It tastes better, you don’t have to take as much as you did before, and the timing has also changed to make it easier for patients. Concerned about coronavirus? While the coronavirus is still in our communities and is still contagious, Cleveland Clinic is among the safest places in healthcare today. For your safety and those around you, we have taken the following steps: • Limited and screened visitors. • Continued extensive cleaning. • Required masks for our caregivers.

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Publisher’s note

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arch is perhaps the best month for those who want to explore Florida—especially the beautiful Treasure Coast. There is so much to see and do, and the weather is unbeatable. We have a true spring season, which brings a great diversity of flowering plants throughout our great state. Some trivia for you: Did you know that bougainvillea, begonia, gardenia, oleander, roses, hibiscus, and camellia all have a huge fan base that draws people to Florida this season? I recently learned that since we have dozens of flowering plants and trees this time of year, many people make plans to visit just to see them blooming! As visitors arrive in droves to enjoy a week or two of holiday, many will come to the Treasure Coast to enjoy the golf, tennis, equestrian offerings, beaches, and amazing state parks. And, of course, they will take in all of the great shopping and dining at many of our local businesses. I feel blessed to live in a place where I have access to all of this year-round. Unlike many of our out-of-state visitors, we get to be outside most of the year. I love to ride, play golf, go for walks, and get out on the tennis court. March also brings warmer waters, and I can’t wait to swim again in our beautiful ocean. I have lived in Florida since I was 10 years old (except for a few years in New York) and cannot think of anywhere else I would want to be full-time. For this issue, I was excited to hear from our editor about some of stories she and the savvy editorial team have put together. I can’t wait to read the equine feature and to flip through the beautiful photographs of the animals at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. The edit team always finds such special aspects of our home to highlight on these pages, and we really hope you enjoy it. For more fun reads you might have missed, be sure to visit stuartmagazine.com, and while there, sign up for the weekly Insider’s Guide newsletter to keep up with current events, news, and more. I want to thank you for your readership and for supporting Stuart Magazine. Please feel free to reach out anytime, and I hope to see you around town soon.

CHASIN A DREAM PHOTOGRAPHY

Spring is here!

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Radar

BUZZ | CHARACTER | BEAUTY | ARTS | THE GOODS

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f you’ve never shot a bow and arrow, you’re missing out on an excellent pastime. Archery is an easy enough concept: You shoot an arrow at a target and earn points for each ring hit. A bulls-eye, or the inner gold ring, is worth 10 points, and each outer ring decreases by 1 point. The sport also comes with a heap of benefits: It improves mental focus, hand-eye coordination, strength, and endurance. To master the skill, visit the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie, where you can sign up for the Explore Archery Program, which includes an outdoor classroom session and range time taught by USA Archery and the Archery

Trade Association. During the course, participants learn how to use the equipment properly and get essential tips on gripping the bow, aiming, and more. For those who have successfully taken the Explore Archery Program within the same season and want to continue developing form and skills, Open Range classes are offered on select Saturday afternoons. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes, and face masks are required. Explore Archery Program, $20, Open Range, $10 (next available sessions for both are March 6 and April 3); 5400 NE St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie; stlucieco.gov; 772.785.5833 —Melissa Puppo M A R C H 2 0 2 1 | STUART

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Spotlight

Don’t Miss

Island VIBES

Get ready to party island-style during the Paws & Claws Gala, hosted by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. This year’s theme, “BowWow-Meow Luau,” taking place March 6 at the Marriott Hutchinson Island Beach Resort, promises a whole lot of leis, straw skirts, and vibrant culture. Little Moir’s Hibiscus Street Catering Co. will be serving up authentic island cuisine, while Mai-Kai Restaurant & Polynesian Show puts on an exciting performance. After the cocktail hour, guests who purchase the VIP experience will embark on a starlit cruise on the Intracoastal aboard The Island Princess, complete with fruity libations and live music. Proceeds benefit Paws & Claws, an open-access, no-kill, nonprofit animal welfare organization. $185/person, $225/VIP; hstc1.org

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s the world’s biggest and brightest in the golfing world convene at PGA National Resort & Spa for the annual Honda Classic, locals may recognize another familiar face on the green: Dr. David Kassay. The Stuart resident who owns Narson Kassay Personalized HealthCare with his wife, Dr. Michelle Narson, is 1 of 12 doctors chosen for the PGA Tour medical team. He has spent the last 20 years as a member of the tour and has covered more than 100 events. It all began when a tour player was referred to his office years ago and, after receiving beneficial results, told the tour directors to consider Dr. Kassay for the medical team. The group of physicians rotate events so they can still maintain their private practices at home. Here, the doc

Around Town

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Alfresco ART

March 14-20, keep your eyes peeled for 24 of the county’s top plein air artists, who will be painting “in open air” throughout Martin County as part of the Plein Air Festival hosted by the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art. The public is welcome to observe artist demonstrations from a safe distance, and competition pieces will be available for sale March 19 following a live-streamed awards ceremony. lighthousearts.org

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On the MEND MEET A LOCAL CHIROPRACTOR talks about some of his best memories of the game over the years. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT ATTENDING THE HONDA CLASSIC? Not having to get on an airplane to cover the event! It’s nice to be local, but specific to the Honda, I am always impressed with the community support for this event. The Honda Classic is one of the longest-running sponsors of any event on the PGA Tour schedule, and it has raised millions of dollars for charities in our local communities. I enjoy being a part of something bigger than myself. ANY SPECIAL MOMENTS WITH GOLF’S ELITE YOU CAN SHARE? Having breakfast with Arnold Palmer is a very special memory. A conversation with Ben Crenshaw helped convince me to name my son Benjamin (a name my wife loved but I wasn’t convinced of until after talking to Ben). Getting calls from Olin Browne making sure we were safe after hurricanes—knowing he cared that much was touching. Accidentally elbowing Tiger Woods coming out of the locker room at the 2003 Buick Open was not the best way to introduce myself, but needless to say, he took it in stride. Just being around the diversity of professionals is fun. WHAT ARE YOU UP TO IN YOUR DOWNTIME? I’m usually spending time with my family, at the local gym, at the ice hockey rink with my sons, or at the Muay Thai boxing ring with my daughter.

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Goodwill

An UPLIFTING Approach THIS YEAR’S NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR IS DEDICATED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF AT-RISK TEENS

our business community,” says Zaccheo. “It is our goal to destigmatize mental health through industry, and we are grateful for a business community that embraces our program.” The nonprofit has since expanded to offer a girl’s program featuring many of the same skill trades. “We empower them to consider careers that are considered nontraditional for women, as well as bring in mentors who work in fields of interest to the young women,” says Zaccheo. Most important, he says, is advocating for funding and policy change: “When I see one of our kids obtain employment outside of Project LIFT, that is the gold standard of success for me.” Each time a Project LIFT member gets a job, a bell is rung in the office. Says Zaccheo: “It’s been ringing a lot lately. That’s a good feeling.” projectliftmc.com

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etermined to find a way to help teens who are struggling with substance abuse, Bob Zaccheo decided adolescent boys needed something other than traditional therapy to help them navigate life. As a licensed psychotherapist, he found the key to their success was getting them outside to work with their hands while providing incentives to keep them motivated. He traded his desk for a pair of work boots, rented a nearby garage, and started working with patients doing auto repair. In 2010, he officially launched his nonprofit, Project LIFT. More than a decade later, Project LIFT combines vocational skills training, substance abuse treatment, group and individual mental therapy, and mentoring at its headquarters in Palm City— and it recently was named “Nonprofit of the Year” by the Business Development Board of Martin County. “As a nonprofit that is looking to affect the local economy by transforming at-risk youth into a skilled workforce, it was very valuable to get this recognition from

Explore

FAMILY TIME 3 fun ways to get sporty with the kids this spring NEXT-LEVEL ADVENTURE Get ready to work up a sweat at Urban Air Adventure Park in Port St. Lucie. Make your first stop the APEX trampolines, which cover the floor and walls, before heading to the tumble track to flip and twist down the area’s longest trampoline runways. Then it’s off to buckle up and race to the finish line on the indoor go-kart track, get some hang time at the obstacles air ropes course or the climbing wall, and enter the park’s virtual reality “Cold Clash: A Virtual Snowball Fight Adventure” and “Simurai: Futuristic Battle,” where your mission is to defend a futuristic base. urbanairtrampolinepark.com; 772.408.9349 PLAYDAY IN THE PARK Embrace our area’s wondrous outdoors with a visit to Halpatiokee Regional Park, a 65-acre varied landscape of forests and wetland preserves in Stuart.

Bring the family to explore the park’s endless miles of biking, hiking, and paddling trails, or try your hand at a round of pickleball or disc golf. Be sure to pack a lunch so you can spend the afternoon enjoying a delightful picnic. And keep an eye out for alligators, river otters, and West Indian manatees. martin.fl.us/ halpatiokee; 772.221.1419 PUTT-PUTT AND BEYOND It may not be the Honda Classic, but a round of mini golf with the family is always a fun way to spend a day. Head over to 76 Golf World in Stuart and choose between two courses: Rocky River proves to be more

challenging, while Eagle’s Nest is the easier, scenic option complete with a waterfall and cave. Additional activities include junior and Grand Prix go-karts and bumper cars. golfworld76.com; 772.220.7676 ❖

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Radar / CHARACTER

Dream Weaver

PALM BEACH GARDENS NATIVE TE’VON CONEY REALIZED HIS DREAM WHEN HE MADE IT TO THE NFL. NOW HE IS HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE ACHIEVE THEIR OWN GOALS. b y L I N DA M A R X

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or Te’Von Coney, giving back to others has been a way of life since he was a child. Growing up, his father, Tim, owned a nonprofit called Kids of Tomorrow, which distributed toys to children whose parents couldn’t afford them. “I volunteered for my dad as a young boy, handing out toys to kids at school,” says Coney, 23, who was raised in Palm Beach Gardens and now lives in North Palm Beach. “Giving is in my blood.” After graduating from high school, Coney attended the University of Notre

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Dame, where he was a star linebacker and studied philosophy and business economics. In 2019, his football dreams came true when he made it onto the Oakland Raiders’ roster as an undrafted free agent. Sadly, he was released from the team just four months later. It was a blow in more ways than one. Losing the Raiders slot also meant he no longer had the hefty NFL income to support his other dream: to start his own nonprofit. He’d had this idea to launch a foundation called Tough Choices to educate, inspire, and mentor young people in local communities. “I wanted to give back the way my dad taught me growing up,” he says. “I wanted to use my life experiences and mistakes to help others avoid making them and go in the right direction early on.” Despite the setback, he was determined to find success, both on and off the field. “From August through early December 2019, I worked very hard to improve my game,” says Coney. “And I was redrafted by the Raiders on December 11.” A month later, he was finally able to launch Tough Choices. The foundation’s mission is to help kids lead better and more productive lives, to shoot for their dreams and stay away from drugs and gangs. It’s an outreach program where Coney speaks

to kids, answering their questions and motivating them with his own life story. He also sells apparel online to help the foundation prosper. “[These kids] have big dreams and want to know how to fulfill them,” says Coney. “I love to offer help and guidance.” When football season ended, he spent the off-season in Palm Beach County, working out to improve his linebacker skills—and helping others. That February, he began a partnership with the United Way of Palm Beach County to “learn how to run a nonprofit and also engage with people to keep up with everything I needed to know,” Coney says. He traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit the United Way Worldwide. He attended a pizza party at Florida Atlantic University and spoke to students about college experiences. He traveled to churches in the county to distribute food and clothing to the homeless. He visited elementary schools to hand out cereal and canned goods. And he went into classrooms to conduct student surveys so he could learn what they hoped to achieve in life. “I want them to be the best they can,” he says. “They need to find out what they are good at and go for it.” Unfortunately, the [now Las Vegas] Raiders released Coney again last May. But he’s still optimistic about football. He continues to train and also loves to swim, go bowling, hit the beach, and hang out with his family and friends. He is focused on being a well-rounded person so he can do the most good for himself and for others. Says Coney: “I continue to dream big, and it’s my goal to make everyone’s dreams come true.” toughchoicesfoundation.com ❖

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he may not have realized it at the time, but Palm Beach Gardens resident Lucy Keshavarz was offered her first paying ecological art gig at age 12. “I was making fossil impressions out of clay in my junior high school art class, and the librarian saw them and said, ‘I’m hosting a luncheon and would love to give these to my guests,’” Keshavarz recalls. “She said she’d be happy to pay me a dollar apiece for 24 of them. For a 12-year-old, that was a big deal.” The project would later become the basis for the artist’s Native Impressions series, which she now creates using Florida native plants. The lifelong Florida resident took her earliest passions—science, environmental

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elements, and art—and ran with them. In 1999, she founded the Art and Culture Group (artculturegroup.com) to bridge the gap between the arts and the needs of local communities. More recently, she began focusing on incorporating those elements into several eco-art projects spanning Martin and Palm Beach counties. The purpose of these projects, says Keshavarz, is threefold: to bring more native foliage and wildlife to local communities, to give people a public space where they can enjoy nature, and to solve one or more issues related to the current landscape. “When you’re working in the public realm, it needs to be about the public and

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about using your talent to solve problems,” Keshavarz says of her projects, which she completes over several years with the help of landscape architects, engineers, developers, city officials, scientists, and community members. One of her more recently completed projects, Babbling Brook, transformed a dry detention area in West Palm Beach’s Westgate community by using recycled materials to pump water from a retention lake into a waterfall and brook both to improve water quality and to attract migrating birds. Since its completion in 2013, the project has received Urban Oasis Designation from Audubon Florida and a Distinguished Engineering Project Achievement Award from the Engineers’ Council. “It’s an artistled process, but it’s not about me and my work in the studio,” Keshavarz says

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of the interwoven aspects of each eco-project, compared to her other public art pieces. “It’s art, it’s science, it’s problem-solving, and it’s community. It’s very integrated.” Keshavarz is letting the community members of Old Palm City lead her current eco-art project, Ripple…as a Drop of Water Becomes a River, which began in 2014. The project spans four restoration areas along the St. Lucie River and will reconnect Old Palm City to its natural roots, create an urban oasis for native plants and wildlife, and treat runoff and improve water quality for the surrounding area. “Hold the water and clean the water— that’s the whole purpose of stormwater treatment areas,” says Keshavarz. “But how can we do that in such a way that’s beautiful and meaningful to the community?” After securing grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Martin County Office of Community Development, the Arts Council of Martin County, community members, and the design team began collaborating on an artistic vision for the 20-acre space.

“Ripple is a dream for an artist like me because it deals with community engagement, cleaning water, and restoring native plant ecosystems, as well as an end product that continues to educate and easily connect people to the natural environment,” Keshavarz says of the project, which is expected to be completed in the fall. In the meantime, community members are encouraged to participate in self-guided or scheduled “sensory” tours of the stormwater treatment area. Keshavarz also plans to lead a workshop for locals to create their own Native Impressions, which will be incorporated into the space’s final design elements. “I’m not asking [community members], ‘Would you like a tree here?’” she says. “I’m asking them, ‘What’s meaningful to you? How do you want this place to feel?’ And when you ask those questions, there’s no right or wrong answer. It puts everyone on a neutral level, and there’s a pure exchange of ideas. For art in public places, that’s what you want.” If you’d like to learn more about the Ripple project or schedule a tour, visit martin.fl.us/old-palm-city-communityredevelopment-area. ❖

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THE COWBOY WAY Long before Texas cowboys were herding cattle, kicking up prairie dust, and riding into the sunset, their forebearers had been trotting across the Sunshine State’s expansive grasslands and swamp-speckled territory for centuries. Florida, as history would write, actually spawned our country’s very first cowboys. When Juan Ponce de León arrived in Florida in 1521, he brought the first horses and Andalusian cattle with him to the United States. When Calusa Indians attacked, the Spanish explorer escaped, leaving the

animals behind. Subsequent explorers would bring with them more livestock and, by the late-seventeenth century, Florida counted more than 30 ranches with cattle and horses totaling in the tens of thousands. According to research from University of South Florida’s College of Education, by the 1800s, the Seminole Nation possessed great cattle herds. Searching for more grazing land nudged American Indians and white settlers south to areas like Alachua County and Lake Okeechobee. As an open state where steer

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Clockwise from top left: The nine-day annual Florida Cracker Trail Ride culminates in downtown Fort Pierce; champion reiner Daniela Picciotti offers lessons at Rein Maker Ranch; dressage at Art of Riding in Palm City.

roamed freely, Florida saw a prevalence of cattle rustling after the Civil War. Early cowboys would hunt and round up loose oxen using herding dogs and long bullwhips. It was the cracking sound their whips made that actually earned them the nickname “cracker.” During steamy summer months, cracker cowboys congregated near Fort Pierce and drove scrub cattle across the state to western port towns to be shipped to Cuba and Key West. The 120-mile path they followed came to be known as the

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Florida Cracker Trail. Today, the Florida Cracker Trail Association (floridacrackertrail.org) reenacts the annual Florida Cracker Trail Ride every February. The nine-day sojourn kicks off in Bradenton, crosses five counties, then culminates with a horse parade through downtown Fort Pierce. Participants ride their own horses and make pit stops at popular attractions like Henscratch Farms in Lake Placid, whose free-range chickens lay green eggs. MARE MECCA Centuries later, the Treasure Coast area remains a hot spot for horse lovers, drawn by the panoramic surrounds, idyllic weather, and plethora of professionals focused on equinerelated services. Over the years, Martin County has drawn some of the brightest stars in the equestrian constellation. Olympian Tina Konyot moved to Palm City back in 1976, and today, the retired dressage champion trains riders and horses of all levels, from beginner up to Grand Prix. At nearby Wind Chase Farm, owners David Schneider and his wife, Heather (a U.S. Equestrian Federation gold medalist), selected the bucolic setting for their commercial horse-and-carriage business, which encompasses equine programs for special needs children and driver training. Relaxed and retreat-like residences (some a short walk to town, others completely off the grid) sweetened with serene vistas and wide-open spaces are yet another draw. Dozens of communities, including Loxahatchee Groves and Trailside in Stuart, cater to the equine ideal with vast properties and attractive amenities like spacious tack rooms and outdoor arenas. Add to that the abundance of active endeavors, from riding to ranching, geared to the novice and advanced horseman alike

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From top: Florida has a long history of cattle ranching; polo school at Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee.

and it’s easy to see why so many equine families have decided to settle in the area.

RANCH LIFE Florida’s ranching heritage is in fine fettle. According to the Florida Beef Council, the state is home to nearly 900,000 heads of cattle, and nearly half of all agricultural land is connected to cattle production. Right here in our area, there is no shortage of ranching families, many of whom have been planted in the region for generations. If you’d like to get a taste of that cowboy life, take advantage of the many opportunities nearby where you can sign up for a western-style riding class or simply learn the ABCs of cattle handling at a private ranch. At Painted Quarters Farm in Indiantown, owners Greg Flewelling and his wife, Jonnie Wall-Flewelling, offer an immersive cattle-working experience at their ranch during April and October. The experience includes performing cattle roundups and separating cows and calves on horseback. They require appointments, which you can make by calling the inn (seminoleinn.com; 772.597.3777). Horsemanship Journal once described ranch cutting and sorting as “working on a knife edge between success and failure.” Over in Okeechobee, Frankie Chesler teaches these disciplines, which double as timed horse competitions, to intermediate and advanced riders (with the help of a “flag,” or mechanical cow) at her Trinity Ranch (trinityranch.net). Reining is a competitive sport few people outside the horsing community have heard of. It harkens back to when ranch horses were trained to perform fast-paced

GET IN THE SADDLE Becoming an experienced horseman begins with a lesson; remaining one is a lifelong process. Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, these four nearby riding centers cater to all levels. Art of Riding International FEI dressage rider and trainer Natalia Martin teaches the ancient sport and holds clinics year-round. Palm City; artofridingllc.com; 703.795.1975 McNally Show Horses Learn the fundamentals of hunting and jumping or take your skills up a notch with owner Michelle Anne McNally. Stuart; mcnallyshowhorses.com; 772.285.4875 Port Mayaca Polo Club Master the game of kings at Port Mayaca’s Polo School with head instructor and 5-goal professional polo player Martín Valent. Okeechobee; pmpolo.com; 772.577.9078 Sunny Time Stables Linda Sistarelli has been schooling students in western riding, hunt seat riding, and dressage for more than 30 years. She also works with children and adults with special needs. Palm City; sunnytimestables.com; 772.621.0067

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Tours on Horseback offers a variety of rides through beautiful locales, including Paleo Hammock preserve (left) and local coastlines (right and opposite page).

maneuvers, such as making fast circles at a gallop or sliding to a stop with a light rein or a verbal command. You can learn more about it and try your hand at the sport at Rein Maker Ranch in Loxahatchee, where National Reining Horse Association champion Daniela Picciotti gives lessons (rein-maker-ranch.com). RIDING HIGH Like Ocala and Wellington, The Treasure Coast attracts the equine set with its myriad offerings that range from learning the art of dressage to marveling at the great outdoors from a trusted mount. For a thrilling oceanside experience, head to Frederick Douglass Memorial Park on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, where Tours on Horseback offers relaxed beach tours (beachtoursonhorseback.com). Trot down the cerulean coastline and look out for slowly floating manatees and bottlenose dolphins at play. You can also opt in for one of their guided excursions through St. Lucie County’s state-protected wildlife areas. Bluefield Ranch Preserve, formerly a cattle ranch spread across 3,285 placid acres, and Paleo Hammock, an 80-acre preserve where ibis, white-tailed deer, and other indigenous wildlife take refuge amongst the marsh and hammocks, are top picks. Martin County’s lush parklands bring more nature closeups. Allapattah Flats, a 20,945-acre park in Palm City, has dedicated equestrian trails, a 150-acre riding area, and three parking areas for horse trailers. In Seminole, “Allapattah” means “alligator.” But don’t worry: Riders are more likely to cross paths with hogs, wild turkeys, and other game animals. Camping is an explorative activity you can share with your equine friend. Both Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound and DuPuis Management Area in Canal Point have equestrian campgrounds, where visitors are welcome to stay with their horses. Dupuis also boasts an equestrian center complete with barns and paddocks. If you prefer not to trailer in your own steed, Jonathan Dickinson stages handheld pony rides and hour-long, guided trail rides (a pre-orientation is required), which run through Easter. ❖

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Four must-know local businesses for the equine set Harbour Ridge Equine This veterinary practice is the go-to spot for horse health. The clinic uses state-of-the-art equipment and techniques and offers comprehensive services ranging from lameness and reproduction to advanced dentistry and chiropractic care. The fully air-conditioned facility includes private treatment rooms, a 2,500-square-foot barn for stabling, a breeding shed, and five acres of pasture turnout for patients. Palm City; 561.744.9026; harbourridgeequine.com Horse Cents Tack Shop The onetime consignment vendor has morphed into the area’s top retailer of English riding gear. Shine inside the ring and out with equestrian staples from Ariat, Kerrits, The Tailored Sportsman, and more. Palm City; horsecentsonline.com; 772.463.7008 West of Ole England This family-owned store has been a trusted cowboy outfitter since 1974 selling everything from western boots and jewelry to saddles and tack. Stuart; westofoleengland.net; 772.286.0099 Palmer Equine Whether you need to purchase a new saddle or want to make sure the one you’re using is the right fit for you and your horse, Palmer Equine can help you. They offer saddle evaluations and reflocking services and also carry items for sale like saddles, pads, shims, inserts, bridles, and more. Palm City; palmerequine.com; 772.224.6950

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Farm Rio dress ($275), Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens; San Diego Hat Company hat ($64), Sahira ring ($40), and Sahira bracelet ($58), April Daze Boutique, Stuart; Gas Bijoux earrings ($168), Matilda’s, Stuart Opposite page: A.L.C. top ($325) and skirt ($495), Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens; Bay Sky scarf ($16) and Lotus ring ($84), April Daze Boutique, Stuart; earrings ($88), Coton Frais, Jupiter

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Acler dress ($650), Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens; Lola Hats raffia hat ($280), Matilda’s, Stuart; earrings ($88), Coton Frais, Jupiter; Lotus ring (on index finger, $84) and Sahira ring (on middle finger, $40), April Daze Boutique, Stuart Opposite page: Alexis top ($334) and skirt ($495), Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens; Sahira earrings ($58) and Sahira bracelet ($58), April Daze Boutique, Stuart

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Beautiful Beasts PORTRAITS AND STORIES OF SOME OF THE INCREDIBLE ANIMALS WHO RESIDE AT BUSCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY By Michelle Lee Ribeiro | Photography by Mark Cook

HANNIBAL THE BALD EAGLE In 2015, a volunteer for Audubon EagleWatch had been monitoring a nest in Okeechobee County and came across an injured eagle. The eagle arrived at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, and the medical team found he was covered in scabs and had damage to his eyes, with a huge growth under one of them. After testing, they discovered he had cancer (squamous cell carcinoma). He was just 6 weeks old. Doctors removed the growth and, thankfully, the cancer has not returned. Hannibal ended up losing the eye as a result of the damage, but he is otherwise healthy and happy and living in the sanctuary’s avian ambassador mew house.

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TAHMAHLAH THE MOUNTAIN LION In 2015, after a series of wildfires in California, some people were out looking for dogs left behind when they came upon Tahmahlah. They notified wildlife officials, who took him to a hospital in California where it was determined his eyes and paws were too damaged and he could no longer live in the wild. His paws were so severely burned in the fires, he lost feeling in them. The word went out to find a new, safe home for Tahmahlah, and Busch took him in. He is around 5 years old, weighs about 122 pounds, and feasts on meat, chicken, fish, and even rats. His habitat—which includes an indoor sleeping and eating area and an outdoor yard—is situated next to Makaya the Florida panther.

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FREDDY THE ALLIGATOR Freddy came to Busch not long after it opened, back in the Eighties. A young boy had been out fishing with his dad in Miami when he wandered off and found an egg. Without telling his father, he took it home and hatched it—prematurely. He was excited to have a new baby “lizard” pet, which he kept in a shoebox under his bed. The following week, when the boy was at school, his mom was in his room cleaning when she found the baby alligator. Since the gator was underdeveloped and had spent no time with its mother to learn the ropes of being a gator, Busch deemed her unreleasable and moved her into a permanent habitat at the sanctuary, where she is now an education ambassador and fills her belly with everything from fish to chicken to rats.

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MO THE BARRED OWL In August 2020, a woman named Monique, who works for Harmony Animal Hospital, encountered an injured owl in Martin County that had clearly been hit by a car. She brought him to Busch, where doctors ended up having to remove his left eye because of the trauma. With only one eye, Mo can no longer successfully hunt in the wild, so he remains at the sanctuary, where he is an education ambassador and lives in the avian ambassador mew house. Barred owls get their name from the striped feather patterns found on their chests. Mo was named after his rescuer, Monique.

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BUCKSHOT THE CRESTED CARACARA Buckshot arrived at Busch in November 2018, after his rescuer found him in Martin County. He had been illegally shot with a BB gun, and the pellets shattered his wrist. Now an education ambassador, he resides in the avian ambassador mew with the others. Known as the “Mexican eagle,” caracaras are actually part of the falcon family and are scavengers.

Wild at Heart Visitors to the sanctuary come to admire all the animals strutting around their enclosures. But few ever see what’s going on behind the scenes, particularly in the on-site hospital. The mission of the organization is to rehabilitate injured wildlife and release recovered patients back into their natural habitats—which they did hundreds of times last year alone. Only when an animal cannot recover enough to survive in the wild does it become a permanent resident of the sanctuary, where it may become an “animal ambassador” serving in Busch’s many educational programs. The hospital comprises full-time doctors, seasonal nursery keepers, and volunteers, who treat every animal that is brought through the door. Last year alone, the hospital treated nearly 6,000 animal injuries, most of which were directly related to man-made causes like being hit by a car, illegally shot, or kept as personal pets. Screech owlets found themselves orphaned when their “home tree” was cut down by landscapers. A snapping turtle was hit by a car— carrying 23 eggs. Opossum babies came in, orphaned after their mom was strangled by a soda can ring. There are countless sad stories. The most common species people brought into the hospital last year were opossum and Eastern cottontail rabbits, but the staff treated all kinds of mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians. If you find a sick or injured animal, please call the hospital’s emergency line for assistance: 561.575.3399

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SCAR THE RAT SNAKE Scar was found in Jupiter in 2015, all tangled up in a soccer net. The netting was wound so tightly around his body, he ended up with permanent scarring (thus the name). At Busch, he lives in the sanctuary’s serpentarium, which houses about 12 various species of snakes, each in its own space. Rat snakes are nonvenomous and often kept as pets. Farmers gave them the nickname “corn snake” because of the checkered pattern on their belly that resembles an ear of corn.

EARL THE FLYING SQUIRREL Little Earl, for reasons unknown, was kept as a pet by an elderly woman for years. When the woman ended up moving into a nursing home, Earl was on his own and arrived at Busch. The staff noticed he was happiest around people when he was in the hospital, so that is where he lives full-time at the sanctuary today. He’s tiny—about the size of the palm of your hand— and très adorable! Flying squirrels sort of “glide” from tree to tree with a parachute-like membrane (called a “patagia”) and snack on fungi, nuts, berries, seeds, and even small birds.

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MAKAYA THE FLORIDA PANTHER Before moving to the sanctuary, Makaya spent her life being trotted around Ohio by humans who sold photo ops with the then cub. In 2009, someone was attempting to illegally smuggle her into Florida to sell her on the black market, but authorities discovered and confiscated her at Palm Beach International Airport. Eleven-year-old, 88-pound Makaya now lives at Busch full-time, in a habitat right next door to Tahmahlah the mountain lion. Like Tahmahlah, she also eats meat and fish, though she is allergic to chicken! Recognized as the official state animal of Florida, the panther is one of the most endangered mammals on Earth, with only about 120 to 130 estimated to be left in the wild.

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TEHYA THE BLACK BEAR Tehya shares a habitat at Busch with her sister, Kiona—two cuties with a very unfortunate backstory. In 2008, their mom was repeatedly making her way into urban neighborhoods in Apopka, prompting the State to label her a safety risk and, sadly, euthanize the poor mama bear. Tehya and Kiona were cubs at the time, and the State worried they too would become a threat to humans, having learned habits from their mom. They did not want the cubs to remain in the wild, but luckily local organizations came to the rescue. Palm Beach Zoo took them in temporarily while Busch began building a permanent habitat for the sisters. In 2010, they moved into their new digs, which include an indoor facility with two bedrooms and a kitchen, plus a 2,500-square-foot day yard with a pool and basking platforms (which is where you’ll usually find them!). M A R C H 2 0 2 1 | STUART

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NUBS THE WHITE-TAILED DEER It’s close to impossible to get anywhere near a deer in the woods—they typically run from humans. Not the case with Nubs! He’s gentle, caring, and friendly with people because he was actually kept as a pet (in a garage) as a baby. The staff at Busch says this often happens when someone finds a fawn sleeping under ground cover or a bush, assumes its mom has abandoned it, and takes it home. The reality is, a mother doe hides her babies under camouflage during the day to keep them safe while she goes off to forage. Fortunately, a neighbor who spied Nubs in the garage called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and officers confiscated the deer. Nubs now lives at the sanctuary with his deer pals, Daffodil and Moose.

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On the Move For the first time in its nearly 40-year history in the area, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is getting ready to hit the road. The organization has purchased new land in Jupiter Farms, on the southwest corner of Rocky Pines and Indiantown Road, where it will build out a brand new campus for its resident animals, education center, hospital, and more. “As we see between an 8- to 10-percent increase in animal patients every year, we realize we must expand,” says Executive Director Amy Kight. “The sanctuary is currently built on about 6 acres, and our new site is just over 19 acres, allowing us to triple our size.” For years, Busch has been leasing its current property from the Loxahatchee River District, but that agreement is set to expire. Kight says the goal is to have the new facility completed and move-in ready by March 2022: “Our build will feature larger habitats for our permanent animal ambassadors, as well as more space and enclosures to prepare our wildlife patients for a successful reintroduction to their natural ecosystems.” Busch is launching a capital campaign to help raise funding for the build—a $13 million project. You can learn more about the plans and donate to the campaign by visiting buschwildlife.org/ capital-campaign.

STU THE WHISTLING DUCK In the five years he has been living at Busch, Stu has become somewhat of an official greeter, camped out just outside the Discovery Center and “whistling” at passers-by. He’s quite the charmer! As a baby, Stu was found by a woman who raised him in her home. When he became a teenager, the woman brought him to Busch, where he was placed with another whistling duck and a couple of mottled ducks. Stu seemed to get along well with the others, and Busch released them as a group onto a private farm with a pond. Almost immediately, the mottled ducks flew away, leaving Stu and his whistling buddy behind. About a week later, Stu showed up solo at a nearby garage sale. The homeowner posted to social media about a “found pet duck,” and Busch recognized it was Stu. But when they arrived to pick him up, the woman had already given him to someone else. The next day, a Sunday, Stu visited a local church. Someone called Busch to say a duck was trying to walk into morning services. This time, the team successfully retrieved him and decided Stu would fare better living at the sanctuary. He lives by himself in a pretty sweet songbird habitat with a man-made pond, multiple raised twigs and platforms to sit on, a swing, and even a mirror to check himself out. ❖ M A R C H 2 0 2 1 | STUART

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Private 2021

EDUCATION GUIDE

The following section presents helpful information provided by prominent private schools in our area. All listings include a brief synopsis of the schools’ achievements, curriculum highlights, and many important details that families look for when selecting the best education for their children. This handy resource is designed to help you make informed decisions at a glance.

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THE BENJAMIN SCHOOL

PRIVATE EDUCATION GUIDE

-Grades: PK3 - 12th -Denomination: Independent -Tuition Range: $12,390-$32,655 -Students: 1,084 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 8:1 11000 Ellison Wilson Rd. North Palm Beach, FL 33408 561.472.3451 thebenjaminschool.org

CARDINAL NEWMAN HIGH SCHOOL

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.

GRANDVIEW PREPARATORY SCHOOL -Grades: PK3 - 12th -Denomination: Independent -Tuition Range: $12,500 - $21,850 -Students: 275 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 8:1

Founded in 1997, Boca Raton’s Grandview Preparatory School is a small, diverse community committed to the philosophy that education is a personal endeavor. Grandview pairs timeless ethics with modern thought and personal attention with global consciousness while preparing students for college and life beyond. GPS is an independent, non-sectarian, college preparatory, co-educational day school enrolling students from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.

336 Spanish River Blvd. N.W. Boca Raton, FL 33431 561.416.9737 grandviewprep.net

-Grades: 9th - 12th -Denomination: Catholic -Tuition Range: $14,500 - $16,000 -Students: 500 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 13:1 512 Spencer Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561.683.6266 cardinalnewman.com

Founded in 1961, Cardinal Newman is a premier, Catholic college preparatory 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. Among our 12,000 graduates have been war heroes, police chiefs, physicians, musicians, authors, researchers, politicians, lawyers, professional athletes, teachers, entrepreneurs, priests, and community leaders.

JUPITER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL -Grades: PK2 - 12th -Denomination: Non-denominational -Tuition Range: $10,685 - $15,667 -Students: 920 -Student-Teacher Ratio: Upper: 11:1, Lower: 10:1, East - PK2-1st: 6:1

With 58 years of excellence in education, Jupiter Christian School provides a Christcentered academic program delivered by 21st century educators in a safe and nurturing environment. A leader in early learning, the East Campus (PK2-1st) is located just 1 mile from the West Campus. On our West Campus, classrooms with small group interaction and differentiated learning allow students in the Lower School (2nd-4th grade) and Middle School (5th-8th grade) to excel, while the Upper School (9th-12th) rigorously prepares students for their post-secondary pursuits academically, socially, and spiritually.

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OXBRIDGE ACADEMY

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-Grades: 7th - 12th -Denomination: Nonsectarian -Tuition Range: $25,500 - $34,800 -Students: 475 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 9:1

-Grades: PK2 - 9th -Denomination: Non-secular -Tuition Range: $14,930 - $35,860

3151 N. Military Trail West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561.972.9826 oapb.org/visit

In conjunction with its 10th anniversary, Oxbridge Academy is adding seventh and eighth grades beginning in August 2021. Oxbridge currently offers grades 9–12. Adding a middle school expands the school’s commitment to providing a world-class education to younger students from all walks of life who have a love of learning. Oxbridge students benefit from the school’s high academic standards, a culture of kindness, and character building that prepares them to be caring, confident, compassionate, critical thinkers, and global citizens unafraid to tackle 21st-century problems. Middle school and high school students can apply for financial aid. High school students who meet the criteria can apply for merit scholarships.

(need-based financial assistance available for Grades K-9)

-Students: 482 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 6:1 PK2 - 3rd: 1901 S. Flagler Dr. 4th - 9th: 241 Seaview Ave. 561.655.1188 pbday.org

Celebrating its 100th year in the ’20-’21 school year, Palm Beach Day Academy is a top-ranked, co-ed day school that expects and honors personal effort, genuine achievement, and thoughtful character from its students. PBDA prioritizes exceptional teaching in order to create a personalized path for each student, further achieved through small class sizes. Teachers are committed to finding the proper balance of nurturing support and challenging academics for each student. 98% of PBDA graduates are accepted into their 1st choice secondary school. PBDA is located on two campuses 1.3 miles apart in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach.

THE PINE SCHOOL

ROSARIAN ACADEMY

-Grades: K - 12th -Denomination: Non-Denominational -Tuition Range: $18,800 - $29,800

-Grades: Early Childhood - 8th -Denomination: Catholic -Tuition Range: $10,150 - $19,400 -Students: 350 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 8:1

(The Pine School’s generous Flexible Tuition Program makes this investment affordable for all families)

-Students: 360 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 11:1 12350 SE Federal Hwy. Hobe Sound, FL 33455 772.675.7005 thepineschool.org

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The Pine School is the premier K-12 college prep independent school on the Treasure Coast. Founded in 1969, PINE is a vibrant and unified community bound together by a shared sense of pride in our students. Challenging academics, inspiring arts, and competitive athletics are combined with unique programming focused on environmental education. Our beautiful 174-acre campus—the largest in Florida—serves as a living classroom and our commitment to developing empowered, successful individuals is second to none. In fact, 92 percent of our graduates receive acceptance to their topchoice college. Contact us today to arrange a campus tour and learn more. Coming soon - our new Arts & Athletic Center with a stateof-the-art stage and gallery as well as additional indoor gym space. The Pine School / One School. Endless Possibilities.

Offering an accelerated education, starting in our Early Childhood Montessori Program (12 months-5 years) and through the Lower School (K-4th) and Middle School (5th-8th), Rosarian Academy has been committed to educating the whole person for life for 95 years. We foster each student’s unique spiritual, physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs at every developmental stage. Known for academic excellence, a welcoming faith-centered community, and small class sizes, Rosarian’s curriculum is enhanced with unsurpassed athletic and fine arts programs and meaningful service opportunities. STEM, coding, art, drama, 807 North Flagler Dr. Spanish, and music theory begin in kinderWest Palm Beach, FL 33401 garten. Bus service is offered throughout Palm Beach County. Conveniently located 561.345.3106 to downtown West Palm Beach. rosarian.org

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A College Preparatory Catholic High School

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ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

PRIVATE EDUCATION GUIDE

-Grades: PK2 - 8th -Denomination: Episcopal -Year Opened: 1979 -Tuition Range: $7,083 - $19,272 -Students: 439 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 8:1 3395 Burns Road Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 561.622.1504 stmarkspbg.org

St. Mark’s Episcopal School offers a balance of superior academics, tradition, and innovation, which prepares students for life in a rapidly changing world. We offer a safe and welcoming community for children ages 2 through eighth grade. Small class sizes allow us to be nimble, responsive, and provide personal attention to our students as well as build strong partnerships with our families. Learning to think with their head and their heart, St. Mark’s students gain admission to top area high schools and leave with a sound foundation for life.

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JA NUA RY 18 – MARCH 13 palmbeachculture.com/exhibitions

A CELEBRATION OF BLACK ARTISTS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

Curated by ATB Fine Art Group, Inc.

Tracy Guiteau, Hindsight (detail), 2020, Mixed media, 60 x 36 inches

Karibu (pronounced kah-ree-boo) means “welcome, come in” in Swahili. This celebratory concept of Black culture, not unlike the Southern tradition of Sunday dinner after church, invites everyone to embrace the journey of life and learn through the eyes and creativity of local Black artists. This Harlem Renaissance-style exhibition is intended to build cultural bridges (not walls) between different communities. Proceeds from artwork sales directly benefit local artists and support the Council’s mission to grow arts and culture in Palm Beach County.

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Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building 601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460

Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 5 p.m. Free and open to the public

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With notes of licorice, Thai basil is perfectly suited to East Asian dishes like stir-fries.

Flavor

Herbal Love: THAI BASIL

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hai basil is very different from the Italian basil most Americans buy,” says Tiffany Ly, manager at Sushi Yama Siam in Stuart. “It has a distinct taste that some people have compared to anise or licorice.” It’s also slightly spicy and holds up better under high temperatures than sweet basil. Sushi Yama Siam employs chefs from Japan and Thailand who grew up on farms, and they prefer to grow their own organic Thai basil for freshness and flavor. “The commercial variety grows faster, but it doesn’t produce the same taste,” says Ly. “We use it primarily in curries and stir-fries and as a garnish in soups. It pairs very well with bell peppers, which bring out the unique taste of authentic Thai cuisine.” 1520 NW Federal Hwy., Stuart; sushiyamasiamstuart.com; 772.692.8780 —Mark Spivak M A R C H 2 0 2 1 | STUART

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Flavor Clockwise from right: the dining room at Meating Street; New York strip steak; dine on the outdoor patio; crabmeat-encrusted black grouper finished in a citrus beurre blanc.

High STEAKS TWO BROTHERS TOOK A RISK AND OPENED A RESTAURANT AND MEAT MARKET IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PANDEMIC—AND PORT ST. LUCIE RESIDENTS ARE GOBBLING UP THE REWARDS b y M A R K S P I VA K

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he Lamarra brothers grew up working in restaurants, and last October, they combined their talents to bring Meating Street Steak & Seafood to Port St. Lucie’s Tradition community. Older brother Carmine focuses on the front of the house, while Pasquale—who began working in kitchens at the age of 8—describes himself as the “visionary” behind the place.

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“Tradition’s town square is filled with chains, and we’re the anti-chain,” says Pasquale. “We wanted to give people a real Manhattan-style look and taste at reasonable prices.” The brothers have delivered on that goal, serving USDA Prime steaks for less than $40. Meating Street is actually a combination restaurant and retail complex containing both a meat and seafood market, and the meat market is a key to their success. “The idea was to have a full-time butcher so we could prep everything ourselves,” says Pasquale. “There’s no waste, and we’re able to use scraps from Prime steaks and filet mignon for our ground beef, so our burgers are amazing.”

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“A Cut Above the Rest” The restaurant also reflects the current trend in steak houses toward a more balanced and inclusive menu. On the seafood side, diners have a choice of Faroe Islands salmon, diver scallops, PEI mussels, and sushi-grade tuna, as well as local snapper and grouper. You can also indulge in a classic New England lobster roll. While there’s no shortage of familiar sides—such as creamed spinach and mac ’n’ cheese—the menu is a far cry from the traditional steak-and-baked-potato model. The carefully chosen wine list contains slightly more than 100 selections and is conveniently arranged by food category. Meating Street—whose name is a play on the restaurant’s street address—is actually the second Lamarra restaurant within Tradition. In November 2019, Pasquale and his wife, Joanna, opened Pastaio (Italian for “pasta maker”), which specializes in hand-cut pasta dishes. Offering “specialties you can only get in an Italian-American home on Sundays,” the concept is currently feeding between 400 and 500 customers daily. Looking at the numbers, the area is ripe for restaurant development of all sorts. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the Port St. Lucie population at slightly over 200,000 in 2019, and that number is expected to double in the next five years. Tradition, a planned community spanning 8,000 acres surrounding the town square, is the epicenter of that growth with 80 new homes being added each month. Even so, opening Meating Street in the middle of the pandemic was a risk. “We did the right thing by the community at a time when we really had no business opening another restaurant,” says Pasquale. “But we added 60 to 70 new jobs during a very difficult time. We believed in the area, and the community has supported us in return.” 10553 SW Meeting St., Port St. Lucie; meatingstreet.com; 772.348.3805

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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; 2ndstreetbistro.com; 772.293.9191 CHEF’S TABLE Sophisticated New American restaurant offering fine wine and seasonal menus in understated, rustic digs. 2313 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; chefstablestuart.com; 772.287.5599 CYPRESS ON OCEAN Locally sourced products get a global spin at this quaint kitchen and bar. 2875 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; cypressonocean.com; 772.872.6080 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 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 PELICAN CAFE This cozy outdoor café on the St. Lucie River serves up everything from fish tacos to lobster rolls to delicious Cuban sandwiches. Bring your furry friends as well for pet-friendly dining. 351 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; pelicancafeandbeach.com; 772.283.3133 PHILLY DOWN SOUTH CAFE Discover an array of Philly cheesesteaks, salads, burgers, and seafood at the café inside the Elliott Museum, under owner Jim Leary. 825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;hsmc-fl.com/philly-down-south-cafe; 772.225.1961 SHINDIG IRISH RESTAURANT AND PUB With decor reminiscent of an old Irish pub and a menu that embodies contemporary Irish fare, Shindig transports diners straight to Ireland without leaving the Treasure Coast. 464 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; shindigpub.com; 772.785.6202 SUNRISE CITY CAFE Located in the heart of historical Fort Pierce, Sunrise City Cafe serves breakfast and lunch with a hometown feel. 204 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; sunrisecitycafe.com; 772.242.1833 THE CRAFTED KEG Where growlers, affordable bites, and beer flights unite. This brew pub, located inside a former grocery store, serves a wide selection of craft beer, wine, and soda along with typical bar foods, flatbreads, specials, and customizable meat and cheese platters. 555 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart; thecraftedkegstuart.com; 772.600.8218 VINE & BARLEY Quench your thirst with a pour of wine or a pint of beer (there are more than 20 of each to choose from) and stay for the tasty sampling of bites like cheese plates, local-made fish dip, and "brat dogs" wrapped in rosemary dough. 301 SW St. Lucie Ave., Stuart; vineandbarleystuart.com; 772.781.1717

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

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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 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; phodelipsl.com; 772.877.2133; (second location) 1007 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.882.9584

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

GERMAN ETHAN’S GRILL Chef Lenh offers an exciting menu featuring American fusion and German favorites such as potato pancakes, schnitzel, and sauerbraten. 5687 SE Crooked Oak Ave, Hobe Sound; ethansgrill.com; 772.210.2350 THE HOFFMANN Enjoy traditional German and American fare while relaxing at the expansive outdoor seating area and barn. 3825 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; the-hoffmann.com; 772.44.3697

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 entries to goat curry with Nepalese spices simmered in a dark stew. 2500 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; namastegrillstuart.com; 772.283.5515 TAJ INDIAN Curries steal the show at this establishment that offers a wide range of cultural favorites in addition to vegan and halal foods. 529 NW Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie; tajpsl.com; 772.237.4567

ITALIAN ANGELINA’S PIZZERIA Along with mouth-watering pizzas, the family-run pizzeria also offers a variety of Italian appetizers, pastas, and salads. 1126 Colonnades Drive, Fort Pierce; orderangelinaspizzeria.com; 772.302.3591 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 DIAMOND TEA ROOM & BISTRO Opt for the six-course high English tea, served all

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JAMAICAN CLASSIC JAMAICAN JERK STOP Authentic jerk house offering such as beef patties with bun and cheese and the jerk chicken served with rice and peas, plantain, or steamed vegetables. 2200 SE Indian St. Stuart; jamaicanjerkstop.com; 772.266.8678 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 to curry shrimp and crab. Catering is also available. 8007 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; jerkcity.com; 772.871.2552

LATIN AMERICAN/CUBAN DOM RICO CAFE Specializing in Puerto Rican and Dominican cuisine, this family-owned restaurant features favorites including skirt steak with chimichurri, fried mashed green plantains, and, for dessert, traditional tres leches. 1180 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; domricocafe.com;772.204.2318 MERVIS’ CAFÉ & GRILL This Fort Pierce establishment doubles as a USPS contract unit and serves up one tasty Cuban sandwich, as well as bites like sweet plantains, croquettes, empanadas, and more. 402 S. 5th St., Fort Pierce; merviscafe.com; 772.462.6600 THE MOFONGO KING This Puerto Rican outpost is known for its namesake

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day, or order from an à la carte selection of teas, tea sandwiches, scones, tea cookies, and other favorites. A constantly updating bistro menu satisfies larger appetites. 3868 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; diamondtearoom.com; 772.781.5153 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 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; pepe-sale.com; 772.872.6251 PIETRO’S ON THE RIVER Under the supervision of Chef Robert King, the kitchen puts out memorable authentic Italian dishes such as roasted Long Island duckling and swordfish puttanesca. 8735 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; pietrosontheriver.com; 772.229.7575

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

MEXICAN PUEBLO VIEJO A family-owned local chain restaurant offering Mexican fare, drinks, and a tropical mural setting. 3181 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; puebloviejofl.com; 772.934.6683; (second location) 291 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; 772.336.5050 RANCHO CHICO Enjoy a range of classic Mexican platters in a warm setting with colorful folk art. 91 SW Monterey Road, Stuart; ranchochico.net; 772.288.6741 TACO DIVE Open late, Taco Dive offers craft beers with their homemade Mexican fare featuring fresh ingredients. 10501 SW Village Center Drive, Port St. Lucie; 772.345.3483 TACO SHACK Creative, one-of-a-kind tacos prepared by owner/ Chef Julie LaFrance-Lentine. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 102, Stuart; taco-shack.com; 772.288.9696 TAQUERIA TORRES Authentic Mexican fare featuring flavorful tacos and other traditional plates. 2995 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; facebook.com/taqueriatorres; 772.678.9014

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; facebook.com/lusogrille; 772.303.2400

SEAFOOD CHUCK’S SEAFOOD From New England clam chowder to shrimp Parmesan, this eatery delivers affordable seafood to every table. 822 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; facebook.com/ chucksseafood; 772.461.9484 COBB’S LANDING A quality waterfront dining experience, the menu features hearty servings of pasta, seafood, and meat, along with live entertainment and a buzzing mojito bar. 200 N. Indian River Drive Suite 4424, Fort Pierce; cobbs-landing.com; 772.460.9014 CONCHY JOE’S SEAFOOD Dive into 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 in Jensen Beach, where Cajun-Creole fare and live music reign supreme. 1949 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; crawdaddysjensenbeach.com; 772.225.3444 DOLPHIN BAR & SHRIMP HOUSE A fine waterfront retreat with panoramic river views. A wide-ranging menu features plentiful seafood selections, wood-grilled meats, and home-style specials. 1401 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; dolphinbar.com; 772.781.5136 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

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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.net; 772.221.1511 SHRIMPERS GRILL AND RAW BAR Discover a relaxed, tropical environment and sunset specials at this waterfront gem in Stuart. 4290 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; shrimpersgrill.com; 772.220.3287 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 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 LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE Casual ranch-style restaurant serving classic cuts of steak. 2901 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; longhornsteakhouse.com; 772.692.7922 MANERO’S RESTAURANT Enjoy steaks cooked to order, a shrimp cocktail, or other classic American dishes. 2851 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City; maneros.com; 772.2203011 MEATING STREET STEAK & SEAFOOD The Lamarra family offers USDA Prime steaks, seafood, and indulgent sides at their outpost. 10553 SW Meeting St., Port St. Lucie; meatingstreet.com; 772.348.3805 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 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 Ranch 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

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY DELITEFUL KITCHEN Artisan market, community hub, and cafe boasting healthy, organic, and farm-to-table fare. 2401 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; delitefulkitchen.com; 772.324.3413 FIRST WATCH Grab breakfast, brunch, or lunch from this healthminded cafe chain. 2125 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; firstwatch.com; 772.220.4076 FRUITS AND ROOTS VEGAN CAFE Plant-based menu offering cold-pressed juices, smoothies, juice shots, oat bowls, salads, and sandwiches all made with locally harvested ingredients. 710 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart; fruitsandrootsvegancafe.com; 772.678.6627 MODERN JUICE CO. STUART Enjoy delicious made-to-order juice, poke bowls, and blended bowls in a casual setting. 2325 SE Federal Hwy. Suite 428, Stuart; modernjuiceco.com; 772.291.2640 ❖

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