Stuart Magazine September 2021

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Contents SEPTEMBER 2021

Features 30 Local Leaders in Conservation

Meet four compassionate souls doing what they can to protect our ecosystems By Tracy Marcello

and Valerie Staggs

38 The Vanishing Manatee

They’re dying off in record numbers—but scientists say we still have time to save them By Eric Barton

42 Organic Beauty

Natural fabrics, minimal accessories, and a messy bun... Sometimes, less is definitely more

Dr. Edith Widder, founder of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association



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Photography by Ian Jacob

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Contents Into the Abyss, Jane Lawton Baldridge

In Every Issue 10 Editor’s Note 12 Publisher’s Note 51 Flavor

Local dining guide

60 Hot Shots

Photos from recent events

64 Surf Report

What’s up on

Radar 15 Buzz

A new exhibition at the Elliott Museum, trending fall fashion, a championship offshore racing team in Stuart, and more


20 Necklace ($45), Tagua by Soraya Cedeno

18 Character Jupiter resident Mark Chaney invents a high-tech robotic “sommelier”

20 Arts

Jane Lawton Baldridge promotes ocean conservation through her artwork




22 The Goods

Eco beauty and fashion finds

24 Wanderlust

Unwind at a posh, far-flung Florida retreat with the family-friendly vibe of a low-key beach town

26 Vero Life

8 local sites to learn about Indian River County’s rich and colorful history

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

Managing Editor Melissa Puppo Web/Social Media Editor Abigail Duffy DESIGN Art Director Craig R. Cottrell, Jr. Digital Imaging Specialist Leonor Alvarez-Maza CONTRIBUTORS Writers Eric Barton, Cathy Chestnut, Kristen Desmond LeFevre, Tracy Marcello, Linda Marx, Valerie Staggs Photographers Ian Jacob, Jason Nuttle Social Photographers MaryAnn Ketcham, Liz McKinley Stylist Jodi Belden-Vogl Editorial Intern Anna Ward

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Editor’s note

Inspired by compassion



ne of the best things about my job, without a doubt, is getting to know so many of the truly amazing people in the area. I am constantly wowed by the level of passion some folks just seem to exude. And with September being our Conservation Issue, a topic that I’m personally passionate about, I knew I was in for some wow-worthy encounters. In our cover feature, “Local Leaders in Conservation” (page 30), you’ll meet a few of the people who really stand out for the incredible work they’re doing to protect our land and waters. Dr. Edith Widder of ORCA and Mark Perry of the Florida Oceanographic Society are both determined to make our local waterways safer for their inhabitants. Dean Lavallee, who owns a bunch of Park Avenue BBQ locations, started raising worms to help control his restaurants’ waste stream naturally. And Joe Cardenas traded a career in investment banking to start Aquaco, a company that provides sustainably farmed Florida pompano to restaurants in an effort to prevent our oceans from being depleted of the species. Speaking of protecting sea creatures, you’ve probably already heard about the rise in manatee deaths this year. But if you’d like to know what’s causing the increase, and what we can do to save these adorable aquatic mammals, turn to “The Vanishing Manatee” (page 38) for a close look at the issue. I’d like to give a special thank you to all of the compassionate individuals who are working tirelessly to raise awareness about what’s happening and hopefully fix it so that manatees may continue to thrive for years and years to come. We all have different talents and ways of expressing what’s important to us. Jane Lawton Baldridge does so through her art. Most of her paintings share a common theme—the sea. And her latest project, Ocean Phenomena: Sea Level Stories, creatively highlights the threat of coastal inundation from rising sea levels. Her artwork is currently showing at the Elliott Museum, and you can read all about her in “Inspired by the Sea” (page 20). I hope you enjoy the issue, and please feel free to reach out to me with any thoughts about the magazine, ideas, or just to say hello. Peace and blessings,

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Publisher’s note

Conserve and preserve CHASIN A DREAM PHOTOGRAPHY


learned about conservation and preservation while growing up in Florida in the small west coast town of Crystal River, known as the “home of the manatee.” As a child, it was a delight to swim with and observe these amazing creatures. Manatees thrive in the Three Sisters Springs, just off Kings Bay, and many people would visit our little town seeking an up-closeand-personal experience with a graceful manatee. In the early 1970s, marine explorer Jacques Cousteau learned of the plight of a manatee known locally as Sewer Sam, who had become trapped in the sewers of Miami. Sewer Sam was relocated to and rehabilitated in Crystal River Springs and then released back into the wild. In school, we learned about valuing and preserving manatees, thriving wildlife, bird sanctuaries, and the unique ecosystem of waterways encompassed within Crystal River and Homosassa Springs. It’s a sentiment I believe we share with Martin and St. Lucie counties. Did you know that Martin County alone manages approximately 35,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands? As such, ecological preservation and restoration must remain a priority. Indian River Lagoon, stretching 156 miles from Jupiter Inlet to Ponce de Leon Inlet, is of special interest to our community. The lagoon is home to more than 4,300 species of animals and plants, comprises five state parks, and is one of the most biodiverse estuaries in the northern hemisphere. With its beautiful beaches, world-class dining, exciting shopping scene, and incredible flora and fauna, our community is a draw for residents and visitors alike. Our natural resources must be protected for generations to come. The waterways and the animals and plants that have inhabited them long before us are what make this part of Florida what it is, and they deserve our respect and protection. In addition to the conservation stories in this issue, I am also excited to read about some of the local leaders highlighted. Next month, we’ll continue to showcase industry leaders in a special section, Faces of Martin and St. Lucie Counties (contact me if you are interested in being a part of it). We invite you to enjoy our September issue and to continue to visit While on the site, be sure to sign up for our Insider’s Guide weekly e-newsletter to keep up with current events and news. I thank you for your readership and look forward to continuing to support our local community and businesses. As always, please feel free to reach out to me anytime.

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iscover the remarkable history of the Seminole Indians’ endurance, survival, and adaptation through the Elliott Museum’s latest exhibition, Seminole People of Florida—Survival and Success. Part of the Museum of Florida History’s traveling exhibits, the show focuses on the Seminole culture during the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries and is on view through October 4. Check out artifacts from the nonprofit Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists, including various items from the Battles of the

Loxahatchee, which took place in what is now Jupiter. “Of special interest is the Seminole clothing as well as some items used by Hugh Willoughby in 1897 as he traversed the Everglades as the first white man with the aid of Seminole guides,” says curator Linda Geary. The museum’s own Seminole artifacts will also be on display, including a dugout canoe and artwork by James Hutchinson, who, in 1966 received a grant to produce 50 paintings depicting the Seminoles during the six years he spent living with one of the tribes. —Melissa Puppo SEPTEMBER 2021 | STUART

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Trend Report Palm Beach Gardens resident Alyson Seligman of the popular lifestyle and wellness blog “The Modern Savvy” ( shares some of this season’s hottest trends



This month’s hot local happenings

CUT-OUTS Cut-outs can really shape the body, in both comfortable looks and ultra-sexy pieces. Look for shoulder and collarbone cut-outs on comfy sweatshirts, while more daring looks range from slinky, midi-length dresses to two-piece sets. Indah Solana mini dress in Sky ($180); Vagabond Apparel, Palm Beach Gardens;

September 1: Martin Artisans Guild September/ October Exhibition Opening Reception Harbour Bay Plaza, Sewall’s Point; show runs through October 30; free; September 3: First Friday Creek Walk The Creek Arts & Entertainment District, Stuart; free; September 10: Treasure Coast Food Bank Out Laugh Hunger IRSC McAlpin Theater, Fort Pierce; $40; September 11-12: Port St. Lucie Home Show MIDFlorida Credit Union Event Center; free; September 17: Art Walk Downtown Fort Pierce; free; September 18: Cherish Life 10K Peace Presbyterian Church, Stuart; $35; September 18: Treasure Coast Food Bank Inaugural 5K Race & Walk Causeway Cove Marina, Fort Pierce; $35/adults, $20/children; September 18: Run for the Treasure Pirate 5K Tradition Square, Port St. Lucie; $30; September 19, 26: Stuart Green Market St. Lucie River and Flagler Park, Stuart; free;

COLOR POP Showcase a renewed optimism this fall with bright colors like hot pink, lime green, and cobalt blue. Nervous about going so bold? Accessories are the perfect way to subtly infuse pops of color. I love a hot pink purse paired with a monochromatic look. Louis Vuitton Tropa PM bag ($3,550); Louis Vuitton, The Gardens Mall;

DENIM After years of the skinny leg, denim is making a major statement with a wider leg and interesting silhouettes. Of course, you should always wear what suits your frame and makes you feel your best. But even my petite, 5’3” frame is excited to bring back my old wide-leg and boot-cut jeans. It just goes to show, it’s always worth saving some of your classics! Re/done high-rise ’90s loose jeans ($285); Saks Fifth Avenue, The Gardens Mall;

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f you’ve ever attended a local air and sea show, you’ve likely spotted Miss Geico, a 50-foot racing boat awash in lime green and blue powering through the ocean. It’s the unofficial mascot of the famous insurance company known for its cute gecko and consists of the world’s largest offshore racing team. Since its inception in 2004, Miss Geico has achieved 11 world titles and won more than 100 races. The 12-member crew recently moved its headquarters to Stuart. Here, we catch up with managing member Scott Colton. Tell us about the team’s racing schedule. The team begins to prepare each year in December. From January to April, we participate in more than 20 national boat shows. In May, we begin offshore racing, and we end with the world championships in November. We also participate in national air shows throughout the year.


The lowdown on the world’s most famous offshore racing boat

Where will the team be traveling this month? In September, we will be participating in St. Petersburg over Labor Day weekend, followed by Morehead City, North Carolina September 10-12, and concluding the month in Clearwater. Is it true that there will be a replica of Miss Geico at the Smithsonian? Yes, we were approached by the Smithsonian Institution to create a model Miss Geico for their Speed exhibit. They wanted Miss Geico because we are the most recognizable racing boat in the world. The exhibit was supposed to be unveiled in 2021, but because of COVID, the debut has been postponed until 2022. Our crew chief, Gary Stray, built the replica.




hat makes Rude Bwoy Spirits better than others? If you ask Patrick Mitchell, it’s the brand’s heritage. “We have a history for the flavors and know what rum is supposed to taste like and be made with,” he says. He’s referring to his passed-down family recipes, which date back to the early 1600s. Mitchell’s Jamaican ancestors were serial entrepreneurs who grew peanuts, onions, melons, scallions, and sugar on a 100-acre plantation. More than four centuries later, the California-bred South Florida resident is using the same tried-and-true recipes to produce Rude Bwoy Spirits alongside his business partner, James Larson. “Rude Bwoy Spirits kind of blended our love of music, the islands, and financial aspects,” says Larson, who met Mitchell through a mutual friend nearly a decade ago. They launched their line of coconut, white, and gold rums, in addition to a vodka made from sugar cane, in 2019. It’s available at ABC Fine Wine and Total Wine stores, as well as local watering holes like Blue Pointe Bar and Grill and Guanabanas. Says Larson: “Our coconut rum is very unique. It’s all-natural, pure, and different.” What inspired the name of the brand? Mitchell: Rude Bwoy, also called “Rudie,” is an endearing term [in Jamaica] for one’s brethren, friend, or mate, and is also sometimes

From left: Rude Bwoy coconut rum; coowners James Larson and Patrick Mitchell

used to identify a youth or child that is a “cool yute.” The term was born after the emergence of ska, when reggae music was starting to take over the music scene of Jamaica. So the name showcases that proud independence and style we have. It represents the region. What projects do you have coming up? Larson: [The sandal company] Bonanno is in production right now to do a Rude Bwoy beach sandal in our colors with our logo on the heel. The sandals are very prestigious because Jackie Kennedy once wore them, and they’re 100 percent handmade. How do you like to drink Rude Bwoy Spirits? Larson: I like our coconut rum on the rocks with a squeeze of lime because it’s so natural. You don’t want to tarnish it with anything else. ❖


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chemotherapy treatments,” he says. “I worked on 10 hightech ideas during that period, but the one tied to my wine cellar was the most exciting, and I wanted to produce it.” A longtime wine collector, Chaney felt he wasn’t knowledgeable enough about wine to make a sophisticated presentation to his guests. No wine-management system on the market, he found, had more than one percent of globally accessible wines in their operation. “I knew I could develop the software to close this gap and create something novel,” he says. Utilizing the robotics he had perfected at his company, WineCab was born. The wine-management system offers a “virtual” sommelier powered by artificial intelligence, temperature control, security settings, and an industrial highspeed robotic arm that loads, scans, and delivers desired bottles in just a few seconds. Facial-recognition security has the ability to lock out important bottles for discriminating users. Chaney compares the system to live-performance art, operating a bit like a ballerina. Every wine bottle is scanned with all of its original information so when a user needs to know the story behind a particular blend, it is easily accessible. “I didn’t love wine before, but I do now,” says Chaney. He envisions the wine wall— which comes in sizes ranging from 6 feet to 15 feet and sells from $180,000 to $250,000—as ideal for multimilliondollar homes and high-end restaurants. TOMAS FLINT


ark Chaney has always been a mechanical tinkerer. At age 4, he took apart his grandfather’s clock—though he never put it back together. His dad owned a carpentry shop, and his uncle had a speed shop where he built and repaired race cars. Chaney’s childhood was spent exploring these magical shops. “I always wanted to change things,” says Chaney, who was born in Daytona Beach and raised in Michigan and Rochester, New York. “I would tinker with Dad’s bikes and small inventions, but I always thought outside of the box to find something wondrous to bring to life.” After studying engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, Chaney— who now divides his time between Jupiter and Rochester—worked for a machine-building company. Eager to start his own business, he launched Calvary Robotics in 1995, which became a world leader in robotic platform design and automated manufacturing in the automotive, health care, consumer goods, electronics, and renewable energy sectors. The creative entrepreneur also started an Innovation Lab, which has developed new products like Opti-Cool (energy-efficient data center cooling equipment) and X-Cell (modular and redeployable assembly equipment). Four years ago, when the divorced father of two was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, he took the opportunity to use the “downtime” wisely. “I was told to stay home and not do anything work-related in order to recover from multiple myeloma cancer because I had undergone stem cell and

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“Robots are faster, better, and very highend luxury tech products,” he says. WineCab has a wait list of customers eager to install the innovation in their homes. One local who has already taken the plunge is Master Sommelier Virginia Philip. The owner of Virginia Philip Wine Spirits & Academy was a development consultant on the project and has a WineCab in her Palm Beach retail store. Chaney is now developing new ideas for other wine products, as well as for a robotic car wash. His hobbies of racing cars and boats and playing golf and tennis fit perfectly into his lust for challenge. He is also writing a book on leadership, encouraging others to better themselves. “I am always working on bettering my own life and becoming an improved leader and innovator,” he says. “I want others to do the same. I get the most satisfaction when I achieve my dreams and see others do the same.” ❖


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From top: Stuart Beach (2020); the artist in her studio.

Inspired by the SEA





t’s impossible to begin the story of mixed media artist Jane Lawton Baldridge without first telling a decades-old sailor’s tale. “I was sailing around the Gulf of Mexico at age 13, and that trip resulted in sailing through a hurricane,” recalls Baldridge of a 1972 sailboat race in Veracruz, Mexico that still influences her work in watercolor, acrylic, and digital media art. “Luckily, when you’re 13, you don’t understand that you could die. We sailed out [to return home to the Texas coast] and, before the night was over, we were in the thick of it. When we got out of the hurricane, we had no radio, no engine, and we had been beaten up pretty badly. Obviously, I have stories that I need to get out. My

paintings are all sea stories—they’re all about storms.” She took that experience, along with hundreds of formative memories from her childhood at sea (her mother put a bassinet underneath the seat of her sailboat when Baldridge was a baby), and combined it with her interest in art to foster a 45-year career as both a painter and a competitive sailor. She had quite the career kickoff, winning the National Scholastic gold medal for drawing in 1974 and the gold medal for sailing in the Adams


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Clockwise from top left: Southbound (2017); Child Upper Keys (2020), which reflects areas in the Keys at risk of coastal inundation; Lake Okeechobee (2021).

Level Stories, stems from a personal interest in local and national water conservation. The collection, which is part of her display at the Elliott Museum, includes a growing number of recycled mannequins she papiermâchéd with donated nautical charts and painted to create a figurative glimpse at what rising sea levels might look like in the very near future for people living in coastal towns. “Storm flooding has been a large part of my life, and now I’m in the heart of the matter,” she says of her interest in rising sea levels, beach erosion, and water pollution. “Part of it is looking out over Galveston Bay [in Texas] and wishing it looked like the beaches here in Florida. There was a period of time when I lived there that everything was dead. Those things stick with me.” Baldridge hopes her work will help inform locals interested in learning more about the waterways surrounding our area and inspire other artists to use personal experiences as their artistic muse. “If people can take away my message, that’s great,” she says. “But if they can take away their own message that touches them, that’s great too.” ❖ TOM GRISSMAN

Cup U.S. Women’s Sailing Championship just two years later. Since then, Baldridge’s water-inspired work has been shown in galleries around the world, including the Louvre Museum and the Library of Congress. Now, after roughly a decade spent living exclusively on boats in Fort Lauderdale and North Carolina with her husband, Baldridge has a home and studio space in Stuart and can focus more on her artwork, which is currently on display at the Elliott Museum. Sea Stories is part of the museum’s Portfolios exhibition (running through October 31), which showcases local artists; Baldridge’s display includes several large-scale acrylic canvas compositions modeled after the waves, streams, and rivers she knows so well. “I’ve raced offshore a lot, I’ve raced inshore a lot, I’ve been to beautiful places snorkeling, I’ve been in crystal-clear water with 10 knots of breeze on the perfect day, and I’ve also been in over-80 mph winds,” she says. “These things come out in my art; it can vary depending on what I’m experiencing in the outside world or personally.” Baldridge’s current passion project, Ocean Phenomena: Sea


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SINGLE-USE SLAYERS Part ways with disposable cotton pads and give your skin-care routine a sustainable upgrade with soft, 100 percent cotton Lemon Print Face Rounds ($18/14-pack). Use them to remove makeup or apply toner, then toss them in with your laundry to reuse, over and over again. One World Zero Waste, Tequesta;



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ARTISAN STYLE Based in Jupiter, Tagua by Soraya Cedeno’s tagua nut jewelry and accessories create a powerful impact on artisan communities in Ecuador, where the nut is sustainably harvested. Pieces like these Vero earrings ($22), crystal necklace ($45), and stackable bracelets ($20 each), are eco-friendly, fair-trade, chic, and head-turning. Evelyn & Arthur, Palm Beach Gardens, and Patchington, Stuart; HIGH TIDE What began as a mission to create an alternative to plastic grocery store bags has blossomed into a sustainable business offering designer totes, surfboard bags, and more. Handmade in Jupiter, all Tides of Jupiter products—including this reversible Navy Hibiscus Bag ($110) from the Jupiter Collection—are made with ecofriendly materials. Tides of Jupiter, located inside Modern Juice Co., Jupiter, and Carve Surf and Coffee, Tequesta;

EASY BREEZY Shoppers who buy items from the Tommy Bahama Sun Shelter Collection can opt to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar, with proceeds benefiting the Skin Cancer Foundation(applies to in-store purchases only). Try this men’s Sea Glass Breezer linen shirt ($100) or these women’s Bougainvillea joggers ($128) on for size. Tommy Bahama, The Gardens Mall;

DON’T BE JELLY Known for its rose-scented products, Carmen Sol’s array of shoes, handbags, and accessories are designed in New York City and made in Italy using vegan and cruelty-free PVC jelly. Make a statement without impacting the environment with these Maria flats in light gray ($25) and Grazie tote in violet ($165). Carmen Sol, The Gardens Mall;


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n Highway 30A in Florida’s Panhandle, with its pastel palettes and beachy kitsch, a pair of stark white minaretlike structures announce that you’ve arrived in Alys Beach, a place utterly exotic and comfortable at the same time. Sure, you’re still in Florida, but the clusters of white-washed masonry buildings that gleam under the relentless sun make you think of—where is it exactly? Bermuda? Santorini? Muscat? Guatemala? Boasting a unique mix of worldly architectures in a way that just works, Alys Beach is a serene and sophisticated spot that feels worlds away from its location on Florida’s Emerald Coast, just a few hours west of Tallahassee. Twice the size of neighboring Seaside, Alys Beach is an


idyllic New Urbanist town of 900 villas, cottages, and homes built around central courtyards. You won’t find a hotel in Alys Beach; instead, visitors are invited to live like locals and rent a private pad, making it the ideal getaway for a refined family vacation. While you’ll surely be tempted to lounge all day in your perfectly appointed


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Alys Beach is a New Urbanist town of 900 villas, cottages, and homes spread across 158 acres, all a short and sublimely walkable distance from the pristine white-sand beach. Visit to enjoy shops, restaurants, and even a 20-acre nature preserve.

accommodations (many boasting private pools, firepits, and roof decks), there’s plenty to see and do in the town beyond. Start your day with old-fashioned doughnuts and smoothies from Charlie’s Donut Truck; the converted Sunbeam bread truck parks next to the amphitheater every morning, chock-full of dough-based confections that bakers cut and glaze by hand. (The maplebacon doughnut, which is topped with a mountain of bacon crumbles, sells out daily, so get there early to snag one.) The town’s palm tree–lined alleys, cobblestone streets, and public squares make exploring via bicycle a must-do, if only for the Instagram opportunities the outing affords. Kids and adults alike will relish the slow pace of cruising around town to peep and play at the many water features and public art installations. Plus, there’s no better way to tour the

town’s 20-acre nature preserve, which includes an elevated wooden boardwalk offering the best view of your natural surroundings—from a pine and cypress forest to a coastal dune lake to a meadow of wiregrass and wildflowers. While you’re at it, bike over to George’s ( for a leisurely lunch. The menu invites guests to choose items from its spa-inspired Behave section (try the grilled salmon with red quinoa) or its more indulgent Misbehave section (the fried shrimp with hush puppies is a must-have). But at its heart, Alys is a beach town, so be sure to sample its sugary white Gulf of Mexico sand and water as clear as the Caribbean Sea. Skip hauling and setting up your beach gear; you can rent it with one call to The Bike Shop. Feeling peckish? Food and beverages can be delivered straight to your beach setup. Stay for the sunset (always sure to stun) and end the evening with a bespoke

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From nefarious pirates to industrious pioneers, Indian River County’s history is rich and colorful. Here, a list of treasured sites in Vero Beach where you can gain insight into the forces that have shaped the region.


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BRECONSHIRE MARKER In 1894, the 300-foot iron steamer S.S. Breconshire ran aground after hitting a reef in 20 feet of water, a quarter mile off Vero Beach. Today, it’s a popular snorkeling, diving, and paddling destination. A marker at the north end of the Humiston Park boardwalk details the event, and the ship’s boiler, topped with an American flag, can be seen by landlubbers during low tide. HALLSTROM HOUSE This 1909 farmhouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was bequeathed to the Indian River County Historical Society to preserve and showcase the region’s bygone way of life. The former pineapple plantation on Old Dixie Highway is surrounded by 100-plus acres being preserved for nature and green space. THE HERITAGE CENTER AND INDIAN RIVER CITRUS MUSEUM Find out how citrus seeds arrived in Florida and pioneers grew the world-famous Indian River Citrus brand. The 85-year-old downtown gem is operated by the nonprofit Vero Heritage and is also rented out for special events. VERO BEACH RAILROAD STATION & EXHIBIT CENTER In 1984, the Indian River County Historical Society purchased the abandoned Florida East Coast Railway station built in 1903 as its first preservation project. The cheery yellow building in Pocahontas Park now serves as the society’s headquarters.



Clockwise from top: Breconshire Marker is a popular dive site; the Hall of Giants at McKee Botanical Garden; McLarty Treasure Museum; vintage Indian River Citrus crate label.

LAURA RIDING JACKSON HOUSE In her later years, Laura Riding Jackson, an avant-garde poet in the 1920s and 1930s, settled into this circa-1910 “Cracker”-style house built of Florida pine. This vernacular home is “an example of a disappearing architectural style and a symbol of an older, environmentally sensitive way of life,” according to the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation. It is located today on Indian River State College’s Mueller Campus, along with a pole barn and a garden.


MCLARTY TREASURE MUSEUM AND THE SURVIVORS’ AND SALVAGERS’ CAMP Learn about the survivors of a Spanish fleet of 11 ships that wrecked in a 1715 hurricane—the reason this slice of paradise is called the Treasure Coast. The site on Orchid Island where 1,500 survivors of the disaster and the salvagers who recovered the fleet’s gold, silver, copper, and other valuables is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The McLarty Treasure Museum, located on A1A on the south side of Sebastian Inlet State Park, occupies part of the survivors’ site and shares their story through artifacts, exhibits, and an A&E Network documentary.


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MCKEE BOTANICAL GARDEN This 18-acre tropical garden listed on the National Register of Historic Places was at one time the largest natural attraction in Florida. The garden on U.S. Highway 1 features more than 10,000 native and tropical plants, with 80-plus varieties of water lilies as its centerpiece. Opened in 1929, the garden also features exhibits, educational programs, and restored buildings from various decades. OLD VERO MAN SITE/OLD VERO ICE AGE SITE “Vero Man” was the name given to a set of fossilized human bones found in 1915 and 1916 along the Main Relief Canal between Aviation Boulevard and U.S. Highway 1. Excavation and research have revealed a large collection of human remains dating back 7,000 years, as well as fossils of extinct megafauna such as mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, tapir, and sloths. ❖


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The Life Preserver Florida Oceanographic Society’s Mark Perry continues his mission to redirect water flow to optimize filtration and ultimately restore the seagrass, oysters, and reefs in our local estuaries


s one of the leading voices in water preservation for more than 40 years, Palm City resident and Florida Oceanographic Society Executive Director Mark Perry is a critical player in the fight against the algal blooms and freshwater discharge harming the St. Lucie Inlet and Indian River Lagoon. “We started seeing [algal blooms] coming into the estuary from Lake Okeechobee water releases back in 2005,” says Perry, who earned his degree in applied marine science and oceanography and began working at the Florida Oceanographic Society as a grant writer in the 1970s. “There’s a lot of concern about how to stop the nutrient loading into Lake Okeechobee from the north, which is the driving factor for these algae. Along with the right water temperature, it creates these particularly harmful microcystin.” Florida Oceanographic Society—a 57-acre nonprofit marine life nature center and research institute on Hutchinson Island, which Perry’s father helped develop in 1964—plays a large role in protecting and preserving local estuaries. It uses its property and staff of scientists to propagate new seagrass and spawn oysters to repopulate the beds and reefs that have been damaged by too many nutrients and too much fresh water. The nonprofit recycles an estimated 25 tons of oyster shells from local restaurants each year to create new reefs for oyster larvae.


“We’ve lost a lot of seagrass, we’ve lost a lot of oysters, and it’s very unfortunate,” Perry explains about the habitat that is critical for the survival of more than 300 species of crabs and fish. “Our advocacy is to send the water south from the lake. It used to flow through river grass, through the Everglades, and into the Florida Bay very slowly so it could filter out all of the nutrients. The flow used to go naturally south, so that’s what we’ve got to do.” Florida Oceanographic Society’s campus recently expanded to include an Ocean EcoCenter, Waterworks Exploration Zone, and observation bridges overlooking the 750,000-gallon gamefish lagoon to better engage its more than 60,000 annual visitors and roughly 250 active volunteers. Educational programs and internships are available to anyone who wants to help with one of the dozens of projects currently being implemented in the St. Lucie Inlet and beyond. “What’s really gratifying to me is seeing volunteers helping us with oyster reef restoration or seagrass restoration, and they’re really excited because they’re doing something that makes a difference,” says Perry, who is also president of the Everglades Coalition and the Rivers Coalition. “They’re not just writing letters to congressmen; they’re out there doing something to help restore the ecosystem, and that’s really inspiring. That’s what keeps me going.” —Tracy Marcello


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Mark Perry works with some shoal grass at the Florida Oceanographic Society on Hutchinson Island in Stuart.


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The Scientist of the Seas Deep-sea explorer Dr. Edith Widder has devoted her career to protecting our local ecosystems, first as a scientist with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and now with her own organization, ORCA


hen it comes to protecting local waterways and underwater ecosystems, St. Lucie County and Martin County locals can rest assured knowing they have a driving force in the marine science industry working tirelessly on their behalf. World-renowned deep-sea explorer and bioluminescence expert Dr. Edith Widder has spent the past 15-plus years using her unique skill set at the micro level to transform the landscape of the Indian River Lagoon through the Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA), which she founded in 2005 after a 16-year career as lead scientist at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. “This is an estuary that was once called the most biologically diverse estuary in the United States, an estuary of national importance, and it was clear that it was collapsing,” the Fort Pierce resident says. “I felt like, if I can’t help here, then I’m not going to be able to help anywhere. So we started to focus our efforts locally.” Along with a team of staff scientists and trained volunteers, Widder conducts fieldwork in the lagoon to map water pollution, monitor and restore marine life habitats, and prevent shoreline erosion, among other things. A particularly important aspect of her restoration efforts is the construction of living shorelines to provide a habitat for native plants and animals and improve water quality—two of the most critical components of fighting pollution and toxic algal blooms. “The lagoon has really deteriorated a lot, but it’s still in a state where we could turn it around,” Widder says, stressing the need for waterfront homeowners


and local officials to get involved. “A lot of it is just trying to get people informed about what a huge difference low-impact development can make in the quality of our local ecosystems. Replacing a seawall with a living shoreline is less expensive and becomes a natural filter that cleans the water and breaks up stormwater damage.” Widder says waterfront residents can help by bagging grass clippings, avoiding fertilizers that could run off into local waterways, and replacing sloping grass lawns and seawalls with swales and deep-rooted plants. They can also get involved with ORCA’s Citizen Science Initiative, a program used to train local volunteers to conduct pollution mapping and habitat restoration in the lagoon. “Volunteers go through a pretty rigorous training program, and then they help us collect data,” Widder explains. “Just the way you need a well-informed citizenry to have a healthy democracy, you need a science-literate public to have a healthy ecosystem.” Aside from her work with ORCA, Widder continues to do deep-sea submersible dives and recently published a memoir, Below the Edge of Darkness, about her bioluminescence research, her experience as the first person ever to capture footage of a giant squid, and her determination to protect the ocean and its inhabitants. “To be an explorer, you have to be an optimist, and you have to be willing to fail,” says Widder. “But we have to have a clear-eyed view of what we’re facing here. The only thing that’s going to save us is science. We have to have a much better appreciation for science and for what it takes to sustain life on an ocean planet.” —T.M.


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Dr. Edith Widder at Shepard Park in Stuart, where she conducts fieldwork including creating living shorelines to provide natural habitats and improve water quality.


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The Zero-Waste Worm Farmer


At Sublime Soil in Palm City, restaurateur Dean Lavallee is using worms to redefine how his industry handles food waste

s the owner of eight Park Avenue BBQ Grille restaurants on South Florida’s east coast, from Boynton Beach to Port St. Lucie, Dean Lavallee generates a lot of waste. “Food, paper, glass, plastic, even metal…” Lavallee is pointing out the various culprits at his Indiantown Road location. “Restaurants have a big waste stream.” It’s a reality that didn’t sit well with the Jupiter resident, who was born and raised in Palm Beach County. “My mom was the secretary of Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, so I’ve been into conservation my whole life,” he says. Eight years ago, when some of his younger employees started asking what could be done about all the garbage generated by the restaurants, Lavallee was prompted to take a fresh look at his waste stream. “Right now, waste has negative value; we’re paying someone to take it away,” he remembers thinking. “I wanted to find a way to give it value.” The solution came in a bucket of worms. Eisenia fetida (more commonly known as red wriggler worms) are often used for fishing—but the critters are also great at consuming waste. “They eat half their body weight every day,” says Lavallee. “So I bought 20 pounds of worms and started a worm farm in my backyard.” The backyard experiment thrived. The worms were eating restaurant waste and generating their own waste, called “worm castings,” which, in turn, made for excellent fertilizer. Lavallee experimented


with what to feed the worms, mixing paper waste with various food waste. He learned the hard way about the importance of getting just the right mix for the worms’ food: After a diet of too much sugar caused a fly explosion inside his guest house, he began looking for a new home for his worms. In 2014, he bought five acres in Palm City and dubbed his farm Sublime Soil. Today, the farm is home to more than 100,000 pounds of worms. (Worms double their population every 90 days.) With more mouths to feed, Lavallee has installed “masherators,” or giant blenders, in his restaurants to process food waste, which is trucked back to Sublime Soil a few times a month. There’s another benefit to all of this: The worm castings enrich the soil at the farm, helping Lavallee grow fruits and vegetables that he then ships back to his restaurants to use on the menu. He also purchased glass crushers and a kiln and repurposes beer bottles and glass containers into glass dishes and stained-glass windows, many of which are installed in his restaurants. And currently, he is working on creating a liner for the plastic buckets restaurant condiments come in with the goal of making the buckets reusable. The end goal for Lavallee is to achieve a zerowaste stream at his restaurants. “I am in a position to change one industry forever,” he says. With the help of his thousands of fat, wriggling friends, he may just do it. —Valerie Staggs


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Dean Lavallee shows off some of his waste-consuming worms at Sublime Soil in Palm City.


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The Pompano Protector Aquaco founder Joe Cardenas is bringing a sustainable supply of Florida pompano to the restaurant industry through aquaculture


t 38, investment banker Joe Cardenas made a slightly odd career move: He traded his wing tips for a pair of fishing boots and became a fish farmer. “I was bored with banking,” the Jupiter resident says with a shrug. “I wanted to get into an industry early on that had potential to grow.” Cardenas explored numerous businesses but was eventually drawn to the aquaculture industry. As a kid, he remembered fishing on Singer Island and loved the idea of raising Florida fish through aquaculture. He leased 10 acres of land just off the Intracoastal in Fort Pierce and founded Aquaco in 2015. “This all started on spreadsheets,” he says in typical banker style. “I wanted a fish that tasted good, was local, and in demand.” He settled on the Florida pompano. The flat-bodied, pan-sized fish has a sweet, mild flavor and is easy to eat whole. Prior to 1995 (when Florida imposed a net-fishing ban), the pompano, described by gourmands as the world’s most edible fish, was in danger of depletion. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission still considers it to be overfished today. At Aquaco, Cardenas provides a new source for Florida pompano, one that is wholly sustainable and has no impact on the natural supply. “These are the royalty of Aquaco,” Cardenas says as he points through the window of a large tank where full-sized fish can be seen gliding by. He explains that the females in the tank spawn eggs that are quickly fertilized by the males. The fertilized eggs float to the top, where


employees gather them for harvesting. “All of these fish are microchipped so we can build a history of viability,” says Cardenas. “Think of it like breeding cattle. You look at one of them and say, ‘That’s a big one!’ and you can track where it came from. Then you selectively breed for the perfectly sized fish.” Getting the perfect fish is no easy task. The eggs go to a hatchery for their first six weeks of life before being moved to Aquaco’s nursery for four months, where they are sorted by size. “The smallest ones are not viable commercially, so places like Loggerhead Marinelife Center use them for food,” he says. The high quality of the fish, he explains, is a wonderful snack for recovering turtles. The larger fish eventually grow to about a pound and are harvested twice a week. Trucks arrive on harvesting days to deliver the pompano around Florida, Texas, and Georgia. Cardenas sells out weekly and plans to scale up operations to accommodate the demand. “Not only are we providing a way to sustainably produce Florida pompano, but we are also giving restaurants a regular supply of fish with a taste and size that are consistent,” he says. “They can’t get that with wild-caught fish.” While Cardenas hopes to see Florida pompano on more restaurant menus, he limits his personal consumption to once a month. Too much of anything, as we know, isn’t always a good thing. “The worst thing that could happen would be if I got sick of Florida pompano,” he says with a laugh. —V.S. ❖


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At Aquaco, Joe Cardenas breeds pompano, overseeing the fish from egg through hatching, then selecting those that grow big enough to sell to local restaurants.


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generation, ask a Florida kid to name their favorite animal and a manatee might not even come to mind at all. But there is, scientists say, time to change that. James “Buddy” Powell was about 14 when he spotted a pretty strange sight on the Crystal River. At the time, Powell had a boat his grandmother had bought him, and he spent any moment he could on the water. One day, he noticed a guy in a Sears & Roebuck rowboat with a dinky three-horsepower engine. The guy didn’t have fishing poles or a cooler of beer, just a pair of binoculars and a bizarre name for his boat: Trichechus. “Finally, I just got up the courage to go over and ask what he was doing,” Powell recalls. The man was Daniel Hartman, and he was conducting the first-ever study of Florida’s population of the genus Trichechus manatus, or West Indian manatee. At the time, there were maybe 1,000 of these sea creatures left and no real effort in place to prevent them from disappearing.


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o you remember the first time you saw a manatee? You might have thought it looked like a character from a Disney movie, with its big, round beer belly and skinny pig snout that sticks up from time to time to snort in air. Sometimes it will pop up its whole wrinkled face, and you can see the catlike whiskers and upturned corners of the mouth, a smiling sea cow drifting past in the shallows. Ask any Florida kid what their favorite animal is, and the manatee is likely at the top of the list. It’s the sea’s most cuddly creature, the unofficial mascot of our local waters. That image, the ingrained opinion we all have of the adorable manatee, just might save them. Because if something doesn’t happen soon, their remaining time in our waters may be short-lived. Scientists and environmentalists will tell you the water quality has gotten so poor, manatees on this coast will either die out or leave our area in search of food elsewhere. In a

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Hartman was a newcomer to the area, so he recruited Powell to help him as a navigator. In the end, Hartman wrote an article for National Geographic that introduced the world to the Florida manatee, and his writing over the years helped cement its image as a kind, gentle creature worthy of protection. The attention helped get the manatee on the endangered species list, a designation that likely prevented the sea cow from disappearing altogether from Florida waters. Those no-wake zones you see today? They’re a product of the work Hartman and Powell did back then. And, believe it or not, those efforts also prevented people from hunting and even eating manatees— something that was actually pretty common back then.


Buddy Powell (center) tracking manatees in Belize


Powell went on to earn a doctorate in zoology at Cambridge, studied manatees from Africa to Belize, and returned home to work for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). He is now executive director of Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute and one of the world’s foremost experts on manatees. Over the years, Powell watched as the Florida manatee went from nearly extinct to thriving, with a population estimated today to be around 8,000. But now Powell worries we might be heading back to the dire days of the 1960s. In the past couple of years, manatee deaths have increased exponentially, and researchers fear a bleak future for the species. If you spend any time on the water, you probably already know the reason: Inland bays and rivers have become so cloudy and murky that manatees simply cannot survive. The problem is that seagrass, one of the main food sources for manatees, can’t grow when waters get too cloudy, says Edith Widder, cofounder of the Fort Pierce–based Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA), a nonprofit with the goal of “mapping pollution, finding solutions.” The murky waters prevent sunlight from reaching the seagrass, at first stunting its growth and eventually killing it. In some spots, Widder has found as much as 10 feet of muck suffocating the seagrass, to the point where it’s like somebody threw a tarp over the seagrass beds. Without their main food source, manatees are simply starving to death. Between January 1 and June 25 of this year, the FWC recorded 819 dead manatees across the state. That’s 10 percent of all Florida manatees, or about 1 out of every 10. By the end of 2021, we’re on


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In fact, Widder has already taken some of those steps herself. She recently had her own waterfront property relandscaped, adding a French drainage ditch that catches runoff before it seeps into the lagoon. The work cost $10,000, but it could literally be lifesaving, both for the manatee and for us. Widder says studies have shown that toxic algal blooms can lead to increased chances of liver disease, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Parkinson’s in humans. “If more homeowners made sure there was no more runoff, it would make a huge difference,” Widder says. A few years ago, perhaps it would have seemed unlikely to get the public motivated enough to make such changes. But Lighton says there has been a much-needed public outcry recently about local water quality. “People are having an awakening that if the water is so dirty that it’s killing off the manatees, what does it mean for me and my children if we’re swimming in that water?” he says. “Manatees are serving as a canary in the coal mine at this point. I’m very happy that the public has become as bothered by this problem as we are.” Powell notes that there are examples of other communities that have faced dire water-quality issues and managed to turn things around. In Tampa Bay, for example, efforts to reduce the amount of pollution and nutrients getting dumped into the water have turned over-polluted local waterways back into a healthy estuary again. “There may be a light at the end of the tunnel,” says Powell. “Well, I won’t say it’s a light yet but maybe a glimmer. People do recognize the problem. We just have to clean up the water, and we know it has been done in other places. Hopefully, there is the political will to do that.” ❖

OUT OF SIGHT! FPL’s Manatee Lagoon offers a rare opportunity to see sea cows—including local star Chessie—doing their thing


t’s fair to say Chessie is the Beyoncé of manatees. He earned fame for the first time in 1994 after rescuers took him from the Chesapeake Bay just before a cold front arrived. Since then, he has ditched trackers, flown on a C-130 cargo jet, and starred in children’s books. In February 2021, FWC officers noticed a manatee floating on its side near Manatee Lagoon, a research and education center near FPL’s power plant in Riviera Beach. The officers knew that when a manatee swims like that, it means it’s in distress. They pulled him out of the water and, using scars to identify him, figured out it was Chessie. Like too many manatees this year, Chessie was weak and sick, barely clinging to life. The officers brought him to SeaWorld for rehabilitation. Manatees have been coming to the lagoon in Riviera Beach every winter for years to soak in the warm water that comes from FPL’s plant. In 2016, the company decided to create a facility where researchers, state regulators, and the general public could come to watch manatees in the wild. The site offers interactive exhibits and classes for kids and hosts many events throughout the year. FPL closed the facility in 2020 because of COVID, but it is slated to reopen this fall with a brand new attraction: an interactive, augmented-reality display that shows why solar power is good for wildlife. This past May, researchers were able to return to the lagoon for a very happy occasion: They released a rehabilitated Chessie back into the waters he has known for 40 years.


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track to see twice the number of manatee deaths than in a typical year. Jack Lighton, who spent seven years as president and CEO of Loggerhead Marinelife Center and is now a senior advisor with the global ocean conservation nonprofit SeaLegacy (, says there’s irrefutable data to show that manatees are in crisis. “The manatee has become, like the sea turtle, our local mascot,” Lighton says. “Now they’re dying at record levels, and people are demanding answers.” Those death tolls may sound bleak, but it’s not too late. There are solutions, scientists say. And they start, quite literally, in our backyards. Widder was an internationally renowned deep-sea explorer when she founded ORCA ( in 2005. She had spent a career studying mysteries like bioluminescence, but things had become so bad here that she decided to switch her focus to her home waters. Back then, Widder recalls she spent a lot of time issuing stern warnings to anyone who would listen. “I was going on and on to homeowner associations and speaking to anyone who would have me, saying we’re reaching a tipping point,” she says. “I was warning about toxic algal blooms and how much worse it could get. Well, now it has gotten considerably worse.” Part of the reason for the decrease in water quality is the yearly discharge from Lake Okeechobee, which fills local waterways with silty muck full of nutrients that feed toxic algae, Widder says. To prevent that, we’ll need drastic action by the political powers in Tallahassee or Washington. That could prove to be a long road, but Widder says there are smaller steps we can take that can make a big difference.




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Flavor Treasure Coast Dining A Selection of Area Restaurants MARTIN COUNTY AMERICAN BONO’S BAR-B-Q & GRILL A rustic eatery serving down-home barbecue roasted over a wood-burning pit. 2290 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.283.0078 CARSONS TAVERN This local neighborhood tavern is home to weekly live music performed by an array of talented eclectic musicians. Stay for the late-night menu with picks like Margherita Bar Pie and SE Ocean Beach Bread. 2883 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.286.7611 CASTAWAYS 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;; 772.618.3838 CHEF’S TABLE Sophisticated New American restaurant offering fine wine and seasonal menus in rustic digs. 2313 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.287.5599 COURTNEY’S RESTAURANT AND ICE CREAM Come for the selection of beef or chicken burgers,

wraps, salads, and sides and stick around for the delectable ice cream. 8855 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound;; 772.546.4093 DISTRICT TABLE & BAR Chef Jason Stocks presents his creative take on everything from dry-aged burgers to sourdough pizza in a contemporary dining space. Sustainability is also a focus: All oyster shells are recycled to rebuild local reefs and oyster beds. 4665 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.324.8357 FLANIGAN’S SEAFOOD BAR AND GRILL South Florida chain sports bar and grill, open until midnight (or later) 365 days a year. 950 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.220.0039 FREDGIE’S WORLD FAMOUS HOT DOGS If you have a hot dog craving, Fredgie’s has your fix. Enjoy a waterfront view and outside seating—and dare to try their peanut butter and chili dog. 3595 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.209.2005 KORK Globally inspired and locally sourced small bites, dinners, and brunch with premier cocktails and courtyard outdoor seating. 11970 SE Dixie Hwy., Hobe Sound;; 772.245.8182 OCEAN REPUBLIC BREWING Stuart’s family-owned craft brewery known for its laid-back lifestyle and pours like Keepin’ It PC and Because Ordinary is Boring. 1630 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.600.5596

OLD DIXIE CAFÉ NORTH Classic American diner serving breakfast and lunch in a charmingly retro setting. 11189 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; 772.245.8587 PALM CITY GRILL Fresh seafood, pizza, and burgers coexist at this pub-style corner eatery with a following as large as its menu. 3208 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City;; 772.220.4745 PHILLY DOWN SOUTH CAFE Discover an array of Philly cheesesteaks, salads, burgers, and seafood at this café inside the Elliott Museum, managed by owner Jim Leary. 825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.225.1961 PINEAPPLE JACKS BISTRO Bring the whole family to Pineapple Jack’s and enjoy a three-course dinner or a fun weekend brunch in a nautical setting. 1897 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 772.444.3550 SAUDER’S LANDING RESTAURANT A five-star dining experience in Jensen Beach known for decadent meals and an outdoor Tiki hut with marina waterfront views. 9815 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.229.0246 SCOOTERS FUN FOOD + SPIRITS Scooters has been an unfussy local favorite for decades. Enjoy its array of food and bar at good prices, plus live music. 8913 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound;; 772.546.6235


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SONNY’S BBQ Traditional, smoky barbecue including mouthwatering pulled pork and brisket. 1961 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Stuart;; 772.283.4150 SOUTH FORK KITCHEN AND BAR Made-from-scratch dishes, from seafood to steak, prepared by Naples native Chef Ron Kerr. 900 SE Indian St., Stuart;; 772.247.7382 SOUTHERN PIG AND CATTLE Stop by for steaks and barbecue favorites in addition to a large salad bar. 2583 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.324.3141 SPRITZ CITY BISTRO Upscale American bistro featuring tapas and small plates. 61 SW Osceola St., Stuart;; 772.320.9100 TASTE CASUAL DINING Taste looks just as bright and colorful as it, well, tastes. Stop by for a chill bite; there is something for everyone. 11750 SE Dixie Hwy., Hobe Sound;; 772.546.1129 TOWNIES TAVERN A casual yet sophisticated eatery serving American eats in a Prohibition-era setting, with outdoor deck seating available as well. 2277 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City;; 772.291.2115 VINE AND 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;; 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;; 772.692.3674 ASIAN SPICE BISTRO Small Asian eatery specializing in beautiful sushi plates and boats. 1888 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 772.208.5164 BANGKOK BAY High-quality Thai fare and sushi (try the Stuart roll and red dragon roll) served at a great price. 1833 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.286.2141 BASIL GARDEN OF PALM CITY Locally beloved, cozy Thai eatery offering a vast menu of items such as pad Thai noodles, spring rolls, and crab rangoon. 2655 SW Feroe Ave., Palm City; 772.220.1994

BENIHANA Grab dinner and a show at this hibachi restaurant as tableside chefs prepare Japanese dishes. 3602 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 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;; 772.291.2320 EMMAN’S ASIAN GOURMET Filipino Chef/owner Emman Eugenio creates small plates of Asian-fusion cuisine in a casual setting. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 105, Stuart; fusionofec; 772.888.3171 HOKKAIDO SUSHI & STEAKHOUSE Japanese steakhouse offering typical Asian eats as well as extravagant sushi boats and hibachi dinners in a setting adorned with LED lights, plants, and traditional Japanese décor. 2867 SW Cafe Court, Palm City;; 772.283.5118 KRUA THAI RESTAURANT Authentic Thai dishes served family-style in an eclectically themed restaurant. 3283 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.600.8114 PEI WEI Pan-Asian food served at the counter in a casual setting. 2101 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.219.0466 SACHI SUSHI ASIAN FUSION A contemporary space offering a multitude of sushi options, as well as Thai and pho selections. 3382 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.219.0900 TWIN DRAGONS RESTAURANT Conventional Chinese restaurant serving fine dining options as well as take-out, delivery, and catering. 2389 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; 772.291.2102

CAFÉ 3 BARISTAS Organic coffee and smoothies, as well as beans in bulk and café fare such as quiches, spinach and feta sandwiches, and various baked goods. 241 SW Monterey Road, Stuart; 561.402.5976 BOMBOLONI BAKERY CAFÉ Authentic Italian bakery and café offering pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, and coffee. 3980 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach;; 772.261.8913 BUNKHOUSE COFFEE BAR Formerly a bunkhouse used to house WWII soldiers, this plant-based café offers acai bowls and freshbaked goods alongside its coffee menu. 3181 NE

West End Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 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; 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;; 772.214.1522 IMPORTICO’S BAKERY CAFÉ Specializing in pastry and breads, with additional menu items like sandwiches and coffee. 3800 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.286.0204 STUART COFFEE COMPANY Located in downtown, Stuart Coffee Company is the perfect spot to enjoy wraps, sandwiches, bagels, salads, and more. 55 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart;; 772.600.8243

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;; 561.379.3771 BROTHERS’ Q BBQ Barbeque doesn’t get much better than Brothers’ Q. Try the Sunday smoked wings, three-cheese smoked mac, or brisket sandwich. 4480 SE St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart; 484.619.1488 ITAL BOWLS FOOD TRUCK Ital bowls offers organic acai bowls, smoothies, and coffees for your post-beach satisfaction. Nutritious add-ons include spirulina, CBD oil, bee pollen, and more. 650 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.905.7503 SUNSET SLIDERS FOOD TRUCK Delicious, Instagram-worthy sliders and sides with vegetarian options. 3385 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 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;; 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

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

GERMAN 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;; 772.210.2350 THE HOFFMANN Enjoy traditional German and American fare (think Bavarian goulash and potato pancakes) while relaxing at the expansive outdoor seating and barn. 3825 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.444.3697

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN MR. GYROS Treasure Coast chain serving authentic Greek and

Mediterranean comfort food, including gyros, pitas, entrées, soups, and sides. 2383 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.463.3127 PORT BARNA Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with an American and Spanish twist. 3478A NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach;; 772.232.6738

INDIAN BOLLY TWIST From the owners of India Palace, Bolly Twist offers Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine, including tandoori dishes, meat and vegetarian entrées, dosas, biryani, and special platters. 5563 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.210.6793 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 stuffed, oven-baked Peshawari naan stuffed with raisins, nuts, and cheese. 890 SW Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.288.6262 NAMASTE GRILL Nepalese and Indian cuisine inside a relaxed, contemporary space in the heart of Stuart. Menu highlights range from tandoori and grilled meats

to veggie entries to goat curry with Nepalese spices simmered in a dark stew. 2500 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 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 local seasonal ingredients. 18 SE Seminole St., Stuart;; 772.463.0059 CASA BELLA This quaint restaurant combines northern and southern Italian cuisine under one roof. Expect big flavors and beyond satisfactory Italian dishes. 512 SW 3rd St., Stuart;; 772.223.0077 DIAMOND TEA ROOM & BISTRO Opt for the six-course high English tea, served all day, or order from an à la carte selection of teas, tea sandwiches, scones, tea cookies, and other favorites. A constantly updating bistro menu satisfies larger appetites. 3868 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.781.5153 DRIFT KITCHEN & BAR This premier oceanfront restaurant located at Hutchinson Shore Resort features fresh seafood and Italian specialties in a contemporary space. Choose Gray/Brown


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Flavor between the lounge/chef’s bar or the oceanfront veranda to dive into brick oven pizzas, housemade pasta, and house specialties. 3793 NE Ocean Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 772.405.9215 FAIELLA’S WINE BAR & RESTAURANT A cozy fine-dining option serving Italian dishes and a variety of wines within a warm ambience. 11970 SE Dixie Hwy., Hobe Sound; 772.546.2900 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, as well as pizza, calzones, and stromboli. 3227 SW Mapp Road, Palm City;; 772.288.2121 LA FORCHETTA ITALIAN RESTAURANT This family-owned gem is home to an extensive selection of gourmet pasta 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;; 772.872.7333 LIZZA’S PIZZA Fast, casual eating with dishes including pastas, breads, subs, and, of course, pizzas. 3359 NW Main Ave., Jensen Beach;; 772.692.9233 LOURÓNZO’S ITALIAN FUSION Downtown eatery offering Italian cuisine, with menu items like gnocchi di zucca: potato and butternut squash gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce, topped with walnut and coffee powder. 301 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart;; 772.287.3334 LUNA DOWNTOWN STUART A local favorite offering indoor and outdoor seating as well as sidewalk window service. 49 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart;; 772.288.0550 MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Longstanding, casual dining joint serving Italian classics with delicious and generous portions. 1924 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.283.6660 MICHELINA’S Modern take on classic Italian dishes and a friendly staff at this family-owned restaurant. 1835 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.286.3455 PEPE & SALE Expect modern Italian dishes with a focused wine list in a fine dining atmosphere inside a bistro-like setting. 101 SE Ocean Blvd. Suite 103, Stuart;; 772.872.6251 PUSATERI’S CHICAGO PIZZA A “real” taste of Chicago pizza, Pusateri’s offers thin-crust pizza topped with unique, flavorful sauces that are cut into squares. 221 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.288.9810 THE GROVE, PIZZA, CUCINA, WINE, MARKET & CHARCUTERIE Home to the largest selection of wines in Martin County, The Grove is a great meeting place for friends, family, and business colleagues. Chat over enticing charcuterie boards, Italian classics, and Mediterranean dishes. 8815 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound;; 772.402.5410


TWO BROTHERS PIZZA Two Brothers offers a wide selection of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, salads, and more. 8423 SE Church St., Hobe Sound;; 772.402.5056

JAMAICAN CLASSIC JAMAICAN JERK STOP Authentic jerk house offering favorites like beef patties and jerk chicken served with rice and peas, plantains, or steamed vegetables. 2200 SE Indian St. Stuart;; 772.266.8678

MEXICAN CASA TEQUILA Authentic Mexican cuisine from burritos to tacos to fajitas. Stop in Fridays for live mariachi band performances. 1725 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.600.5482 MR. JALAPEÑO STUART Authentic Mexican cuisine with bold flavor. 1602 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; 772.287.8161 RANCHO CHICO Enjoy a range of classic Mexican platters in a warm setting with colorful folk art. 91 SW Monterey Road, Stuart;; 772.288.6741 TACO SHACK Creative, one-of-a-kind tacos prepared by owner/ Chef Julie LaFrance-Lentine. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 102, Stuart;; 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;; 772.208.5554 TAQUERIA LOS MEXICANOS Authentic Mexican food and setting, offering tacos, sandwiches, salads, seafood, and house dinners. 2425 SE Bonita St., Stuart;; 772.287.7747 TAQUERIA TORRES Authentic Mexican fare featuring tacos and other traditional plates. 2995 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.678.9014

POLISH POLKA EUROPEAN MARKET AND RESTAURANT An authentic, Mom and Pop Polish restaurant with a European market attached offering goods like sausages, pickles, and cheeses. 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; 772.287.5771 BONEFISH GRILL A casual environment with seafood favorites like wood-grilled lobster and rainbow trout with just the

right amount of kick. 2283 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.288.4388 CATFISH HOUSE A captivatingly decorated seafood joint specializing in classic fried selections like catfish to sweet potato– crusted mahi. 11500 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound;; 772.545.7733 CONCHY JOE’S SEAFOOD Dive into fresh seafood items such as Conchy’s Seafood Feast or the Bahamian-inspired conch salad. 3945 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.334.1130 CRAWDADDY’S Every day is Mardi Gras at Crawdaddy’s, where Cajun cuisine reigns supreme. 1949 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 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;; 772.781.5136 FRESH CATCH SEAFOOD GRILL Owner Eric Olson guarantees the freshest of seafood dishes and a raw oyster bar. 1411 SE Indian St., Stuart;; 772.286.6711 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;; 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;; 772.287.9630 MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL Boasting locations in Port Salerno and the Fort Pierce Inlet on Hutchinson Island, this laid-back spot is ideal for those who arrive by land and sea. 4817 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.464.2700 NEW ENGLAND FISH MARKET & RESTAURANT New England has you covered with 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; (second location) 3102 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City; 772.872.7355 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;; 772.221.1511 SAILOR’S RETURN Serving fresh seafood, chops, and steaks, enhanced by a beautiful sunset on the Treasure Coast. The restaurant offers 220 seats for indoor or patio dining, two bars, and live music seven days a week. 625 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart;; 772.872.7250


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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; dining; 772.229.1224 SNEAKI TIKI A 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;; 772.286.0565 STUART BOATHOUSE A stunning waterfront setting, an outstanding happy hour, enticing specials, and live music all weekend make Stuart Boathouse a go-to on the local dining scene. 49 SW Seminole St., Stuart;; 772.266.4586 TAUSHA’S SEAFOOD MARKET Tausha’s gets all of its seafood fresh off local boats each morning. It’s available for purchase in their market (along with a wide selection of sides) as well as on the restaurant menu. 4533 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.288.6500 THE BLACK MARLIN Head to The Black Marlin for everything from local seafood to late-night martinis. This cozy hideaway was once the site of the oldest tavern in Stuart. 53 SW Osceola St., Stuart;; 772.286.3126

THE QUIET CRAB Owner and chef Jeff Goldstein brings his Rockville, Maryland, roots to this restaurant that receives steamed blue crabs weekly. 6075 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.210.5154 THE TWISTED TUNA Between the live music, waterfront views, 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;; 772.600.7239 TIDEHOUSE Dine from the second floor overlooking 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;; 772.444.3166

STEAK HOUSE 1120 PRIME STEAKHOUSE Classic steak house food and atmosphere with fresh farm-to-table salads. 11220 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound;; 772.742.2856 GRIFFIN’S SURF & TURF Enjoy quality seafood, steaks, and creative cocktails in this upscale contemporary setting with live piano

music every night. 2621 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.266.4014 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;; 772.237.5461 MANERO’S RESTAURANT Enjoy steaks cooked to order, a shrimp cocktail, or other classic American dishes. 2851 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City;; 772.2203011 OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE Sink your teeth into steaks and seafood from this well-known Australian-themed chain. 3101 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.286.2622 THE GAFFORD Family-run establishment with Southern hospitality and perfectly executed plates such as Mabel’s fried chicken, a local favorite, and the signature “Gafford” 20-ounce bone-in prime Revier rib eye. 47 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart;; 772.221.9517

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Flavor relaxed, beachy environment. 870 SE Indian St., Stuart;; 772.266.9431 BERRY FRESH CAFE This Treasure Coast breakfast and lunch spot is a GMO- and preservative-free cafe serving healthy fare that tastes great and feels even better. 1429 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.324.8287 CITY BEETS Vegan and vegetarian options are included on City Beets’ menu, which features smoothies, bowls, juices, and café fare made with locally sourced products. 2761 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.247.7485 FIRST WATCH Grab breakfast, brunch, or lunch from this healthminded cafe chain. 2125 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.220.4076 FRUITS AND ROOTS VEGAN CAFE Plant-based menu offering cold-pressed juices, smoothies, juice shots, oat bowls, and sandwiches all made with locally harvested ingredients. 710 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart;; 772.678.6627 MODERN JUICE CO. STUART Enjoy made-to-order juice, poke bowls, and blended bowls in a quick, casual setting. 2325 SE Federal Hwy. Suite 428, Stuart;; 772.291.2640 TABULEH CAFÈ 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;; 772.403.2199 THE SOCIETY MARKET CAFE Healthy, fresh, and local—what more could you want? This restaurant has everything from smoothies to sandwiches to wines. 320 SE Denver Ave., Stuart;; 772.247.7071 TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFÉ Get a refreshing smoothie from this tropical chain and enjoy an array of sandwiches, wraps, and supplements. 6134 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 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;; 772.293.9191 ARCHIE’S SEABREEZE This island shack–style, “no shoes, no shirt, no problem” restaurant has been open for more than 70 years. Enjoy sandwiches, seafood, and drinks while live music and the beach set the scene. 401 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.460.3888


BONEFISH MAC’S A comfortable, sports-bar environment to catch a game and savor casual bites with friends. 662 SE Becker Road, Port St. Lucie;; 772.344.6227 JAMMBAR WINGS For finger-licking bar food, JammBar’s wings can be customized, whether you prefer flats or drums, soft or crispy, or one of the 17 different sauces. 8031 S. Federal Hwy., Port St. Lucie;; 772.237.4802; (second location) 2903 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; 772.448.8670 LINDA’S TOO CAFE This cafe offers homestyle breakfast and brunch and ever-changing specials. 10106 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie;; 722.281.2549 PICKLED Bright and spacious restaurant with late hours and flavorful eats including wagyu sirloin, duck pot pie, truffle mac and cheese, and charcuterie boards. 201 N. 2nd St, Fort Pierce;; 772.448.4239 SAILFISH BREWING COMPANY American warehouse–style eatery offering a wide selection of beers from the taproom, as well as appetizers and dinner eats from the pizza kitchen. 130 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce;; 772.577. 4382 SEAWAY SMOKEHOUSE Classic and hearty barbeque served from a charming two-story space. In-store and outdoor seating available. 101 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.577.6350 SHINDIG IRISH RESTAURANT AND PUB With decor reminiscent of an old Irish pub and a menu that embodies contemporary Irish fare, Shindig transports diners straight to Ireland without leaving the Treasure Coast. 464 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.785.6202 THE S&S CAFÉ & WINE BAR Globally inspired with an emphasis on health, the S&S offers plenty of wholesome vegan options. 148 Depot Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.461.8354 WEST END GRILL ST. LUCIE WEST A colorful eatery with wide patio space and live music offering creative American fare. 1680 St. Lucie W. Blvd., Fort Pierce;; 772.343.1146 WORLD FAMOUS NUNU’S SWEET SOUL FOOD Get out-of-this-world soul food—all of the favorites you know and some you may not have tried. 3210 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce;; 772.828.3144

ASIAN PHO DELI Authentic Vietnamese restaurant in a casual setting with a counter-serve option and dishes from Pho to Bahn Mi. 466 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.877.2133; (second location) 1007 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.882.9584 RAMEN HANA AND WINGS Ramen that warms the mouth and soul. Choose

between small and large plates of various ramen flavors or try the namesake wings in four flavors. 6935 Heritage Drive, Port St. Lucie;; 772.444.2825 SEOUL GARDEN Korean establishment serving the culture’s favorites: kimbap, short rib, han-sik, bi-bi-bop, and housemade kimchi available for market purchase. 2510 U.S. Hwy. 1, Fort Pierce;; 772.462.6588 WASABI THAI SUSHI Stop by Wasabi Thai for large portions and delicate ambience—plus a full liquor bar. 217 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce;; 772.242.1310

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN 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;; 772.781.8461 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;; 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;; 772.237.4567

ITALIAN ANGELINA’S PIZZERIA Along with mouth-watering pizzas, the family-run pizzeria also offers a variety of classic appetizers, pastas, and creative salads. 1126 Colonnades Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.302.3591 FRANCESCA’S PIZZA Come to Francesa’s for pizzas and appetizers in an unassuming environment. 3961 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.344.4748 PIE HOLE WOOD PIZZA Pizza pub with classic pizza, subs, wings, and salads served in a vintage-style setting with dark wood, stone and brick walls, shuffleboard, and charming outdoor seating. 2510 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.971.0120 RUFFINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND PIZZERIA This family-owned restaurant boasts authentic Italian fare from a menu of more than 70 choices, as well as daily specials to fit everyone’s tastes. 1145 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.335.2988 TUTTO FRESCO An elegant Italian restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating featuring upmarket entrées, steaks, and a full bar. 9501 Reserve Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.464.8988


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JAMAICAN JERK CITY Located at an unassuming strip mall, Jerk City offers diners the best of island specialties for lunch and dinner. Favorites include curry goat and chicken to specials like curry shrimp and crab. Catering is also available. 8007 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie;; 772.871.2552 ONE LOVE JAMAICAN This eatery serves up delectable seafood platters and authentic Jamaican dishes. Indulge in platters like corn, crab legs, blue crabs, sausage, boiled egg, and potatoes. 3453 SW Darwin Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.985.3128

contract unit and serves up one tasty Cuban sandwich that has locals coming back for more. They also offer satisfying bites like sweet plantains, croquettes, and empanadas. 402 S. 5th Street, Fort Pierce;; 772.462.6600 PORT SAINT WICH Cuban café specializing in sandwiches, desserts, and Cuban coffee. 3961 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;;772.266.5152 THE MOFONGO KING This Puerto Rican outpost is known for its namesake mofongo—a dish packed with fried plantains stacked high with 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;; 772.777.4080



DOM RICO CAFE Specializing in Puerto Rican and Dominican cuisine, this family-owned restaurant features favorites like skirt steak with chimichurri, fried mashed green plantains, and, for dessert, tres leches. 1180 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;;772.204.2318 MERVIS’ CAFÉ & GRILL This Fort Pierce establishment doubles as a USPS

CASA AMIGOS AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT A hit with the locals, visit for a dynamite meal and atmosphere. 7950 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie;;772.204.2744 LA HACIENDITA SUPER TAQUERIA Don’t let the unassuming atmosphere fool you—this hole-in-the-wall packs a punch with intense flavor at a small price. 3211 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; 772.801.5090

PUEBLO VIEJO A family-owned local chain restaurant offering Mexican fare, drinks, and a tropical mural setting. 291 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; 772.336.5050; TACO DIVE Taco Dive offers craft beers with homemade Mexican fare. 10501 SW Village Center Drive, Port St. Lucie;; 772.345.3483; (second location) 2025 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.242.8635 TAQUERIA MONTANO’S This restaurant offers small plates of Mexican fare for a quick bite of comfort food. 10786 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie;; 772.777.3406 ZAPATA’S MEXICAN GRILL Zapata’s has eye-catching décor and even more eye-catching drinks and meals. Drop by for tasty, authentic Mexican food. 6700 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie;; 772.464.7288

PORTUGUESE FERNANDO’S DOCKSIDE GRILLE Take a tour along the coasts of the Atlantic with Chef Fernando Dovale, who whips up authentic Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine like pork Alentejana. 2214 SE Veterans Memorial


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Flavor Parkway, Port St. Lucie;; 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;; 772.303.2400

SEAFOOD 12A BUOY Wide array of dishes in a casual setting, leaving both stomachs and wallets happy. 22 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Pierce;; 772.672.4524 CHUCK’S SEAFOOD This eatery offers affordable seafood to every table. 822 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 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;; 772.460.9014 CRABBY’S DOCKSIDE Enjoy fresh catches like stuffed grouper and hogfish snapper, plus other entrees 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;; 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;; 772.409.4495 HARBOR COVE BAR & GRILL Located inside the Harbor Town Marina, Harbor Cove Bar & Grill seamlessly merges waterfront views and casual dining. 1930 Harbortown Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.429.5303 ON THE EDGE BAR & GRILL Thirst-quenching drinks, splendorous seafood eats, and bar and grill favorites enjoyed waterfront with sunset views—what’s not to love? 1136 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.882.9729 PELICAN YACHT CLUB Diners can expect excellent service, beautiful Treasure Coast sunsets, and dishes ranging from herb and pistachio–crusted sea scallops to Asianglazed short ribs. 1120 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.464.2700

RHUMCAY BEACH RESORT AND ISLAND GRILLE A quality beachside culinary experience that is wellcoupled with oceanfront accommodations. 110 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.882.3602

STEAKHOUSE BUFFALO CHOPHOUSE Backed by 20 years of experience and local farmfresh ingredients, Buffalo Chophouse has all your steak house favorites with none of the compromise. 918 SW Gatlin Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.621.7900 OAK AND EMBER STEAKHOUSE Local favorite Chef Kyle G brings you Oak and Ember, an upscale classic steakhouse with meats, sides, and craft cocktails. 848 SE Becker Road, Port St. Lucie;; 772.224.2553

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


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