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STUART A Gulfstream Media Group Publication

Hobe Sound Jensen Beach Port St Lucie Ft Pierce

APRIL 2019 $3.95 Vol. 19/Number 4

MEET CHRIS NORTON AND HIS WIFE, EMILY THEY’RE GIVING CHILDREN IN CRISIS A PLACE TO CALL HOME

COASTAL CHIC

THE ORGANIC PROMISE

QUESTIONS FOR RESTAURANTS THAT MAKE FARM-TO-TABLE CLAIMS

JUNO BEACH ABODE REDESIGN

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Martin Health is now part of Cleveland Clinic. By joining one of the top hospitals in the nation, we will create the next generation of world class healthcare for you, your family and our community.

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R E S T OR E

HOPE One of the “11 Top-Rated Charities That Changed The World in 2014” — Huffington Post

#1 Nonprofit for Youth Development, Shelter and Crisis Services in the nation three years in a row. — Charity Navigator

2018 Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition a non-profit is able to obtain — Guidestar

Chick-fil-A Foundation’s 2019 True Inspiration Awards winner — Chick-fil-A Foundation

Please help us rescue abused and neglected children and human trafficking victims in our region.

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Place of Hope serves those in need from the Treasure Coast to Boca Raton. Main Office: 9078 Isaiah Lane • Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 • (561) 775.7195


YOUR SEASIDE MANOR AWAITS

OCEANFRONT ESTATE HOME Luxury awaits in Sailfish Point with this custom Oceanfront estate home. The definition of opulence, with custom designer finishes, versace tile and magnificent living quarters. This immaculate residence situated on just shy of 1 acre boasts ocean views from nearly every room. With over 10,500 sqft of living space this spectacular manor is perfect for entertaining and hosting guests. The builder spared no expense constructing the custom Gourmet Kitchen, breathtaking entry stairways, and oversized bedrooms. The 2nd floor terrace creates sweeping views of the Atlantic for miles. Phenomenal outdoor living with a covered summer kitchen, lavish heated swimming pool, and private beach entry. Your winter retreat awaits in one of the most idyllic communities in the sunshine state.

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1111 LINCOLN RD, PH-805, MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139. 305.695.6300 © 2018 DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE. ALL MATERIAL PRESENTED HEREIN IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. WHILE, THIS INFORMATION IS BELIEVED TO BE CORRECT, IT IS REPRESENTED SUBJECT TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS, CHANGES OR WITHDRAWAL WITHOUT NOTICE. ALL PROPERTY INFORMATION, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO SQUARE FOOTAGE, ROOM COUNT, NUMBER OF BEDROOMS AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PROPERTY LISTINGS SHOULD BE VERIFIED BY YOUR OWN ATTORNEY, ARCHITECT OR ZONING EXPERT. IF YOUR PROPERTY IS CURRENTLY LISTED WITH ANOTHER REAL ESTATE BROKER, PLEASE DISREGARD THIS OFFER. IT IS NOT OUR INTENTION TO SOLICIT THE OFFERINGS OF OTHER REAL ESTATE BROKERS. WE COOPERATE WITH THEM FULLY. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY.

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UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

In the hopes of breaking the foster care cycle, a Port St. Lucie couple chooses to expand their family through adoption.

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INFINITE AURA PENDANT The Innnite Aura collection pays homage to the iconic chandelier while being relevant to the modern home and lifestyle. With the touch of a button on the bespoke Swarovski app “Innnite Control”, Innnite Aura effortlessly at tunes to your mood.

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CONTENTS

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66 D E PA R T M E N T S

PROFILES

F E AT U R E S

14 PUBLISHER’S LETTER

24 DINING WITH TISH

26 HAIRSTYLES AND SAVASANA

38 IS IT REALLY ORGANIC?

Get in the know on upcoming local events

29 HOME BEAUTIFUL

Debunking restaurant claims about organic offerings with advice from local chefs and farmers.

20 TRENDING LOCALLY

30 THE FISHING CHRONICLES

Meet Michael Izzolo, a yogi, philanthropist and the owner of Michael Leonard’s AVEDA Concept Hair Salon in Palm City.

49 SUN-POWERED

28 POISED PROPOSAL

22 NOW + FOREVER

34 NOMAD’S NOTEBOOK

The future is bright for Martin County residents as Indiantown welcomes another solar facility.

Words from Kim Capen

18 THINGS WE LOVE

Stylish finds in close-by boutiques Local couples tie the knot

Discover the area’s best restaurants Home design tips

Fishing advice from a seasoned angler

Kick back at Bungalows Key Largo

82 ALL ACCESS

ON THE COVER Photo by Lindsey Potter

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Mike McCarty, owner of McCarty & Associates Land Planning and Design in Stuart, strives to get the North Osceola Street extension proposal approved.

66 COASTAL CHIC

A Juno Beach property transforms into a familyfriendly abode with help from Krista + Home.

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RIVERFRONT IN CASTLE HILL

KEY WEST LIFESTYLE IN SEWALL’S POINT

Welcome to this casually elegant home, with impressive architectural features and excellent craftsmanship! Inside you’ll find quality finishes throughout the spacious floor plan and outside experience a resort style pool, sandy beach and a dock with a lift. MLS# M20012697 $2,950,000

This home just calls for a fun riverside party! Over 1900sq. ft of covered outdoor entertaining area with a summer kitchen and bar, sparkling pool, private beach and dock. Plenty of room for everyone in this 5 bedroom, 4 bath home with impressive upgrades. MLS# M20016215 $2,395,000

PRIME LOCATION IN SEWALL’S POINT Are you ready to start living your best life? Here’s the perfect opportunity to start from scratch and build the home you’ve always wanted. Ideal location with high elevation, 150 ft. of waterfront set on just over an acre. Minutes to the inlet! MLS# M20008417 $1,695,000

SOUTH SEWALL’S POINT LOT This lot is ideally located on a quiet street and is not in a flood zone! Already lined with beautiful, mature trees this .379 acre lot could be just the spot for a brand new home for your family to make memories to last a lifetime! Come join this lovely community today! MLS# M20010263 $345,000

IDEAL CONDO IN SAILFISH POINT Well maintained unit with just enough updates to still allow for your personal design tastes. This first floor condo has its advantages like additional patio space, convenience for pet owners, and in this case, incredible inlet to ocean views! Enjoy $650,000 first class club amenities. MLS# M20014632

MAJESTIC RIVERFRONT MANSION Own a piece of history right here in Sewall’s Point! Built in the 1920’s for the Carnegie family, this grand Mizner inspired home offers sophistication and charm. The 2.2 acre estate also includes a 1 bedroom guest cottage, lush gardens, white sandy beach and a deep water dock! MLS# M20003281 $3,750,000

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ED I TORI AL ALYSSA MORLACCI Managing Editor MELISSA PUPPO Associate Editor KAYLA ZIADIE Web Editor ERIC BARTON Contributing Writer CLARISSA BUCH Contributing Writer IKE CRUMPLER Contributing Writer AMY WOODS Contributing Writer DES I GN CRAIG R. COTTRELL, J r . Art Director SUSAN DORTA Graphic Artist PH OTOGRAP H Y LIZ McKINLEY Society Photographer AUSTEN AMACKER Contributing Photographer LINDSEY POTTER Contributing Photographer PRODU CT I O N KALEIGH LIPKA Production Manager ADV ERT I S I NG ACCOU N T M A N AG E R S DAVID BERGSTEIN • MARK CORBETT SHERRY GOODMAN-ASH • CYNDI HOCHBERG DONNA LEWIS • TANYA LORIGAN LAURA ZELE • NICOLE RUTH DI ST RI BU T I O N RICARDO MARTE Distribution Manager AD MI NI ST RATIO N PATTY BECK Controller ANA LUCÍA CORONEL Business Manager ADMINISTRATIVE AND MARKETING ASSISTANT KAYLA WALSH CONT RI BU TO R S JODI BELDEN • TISH BOYLE DANIEL RUSSO • NICOLE BERTKE BOARD OF D I REC TO R S ROBERT F. McCABE, Chairman • GREGG SCHLESINGER, Esq. • BERNARD McCORMICK MARK McCORMICK

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Volume 19, Number 4. Stuart Magazine is published 9 times a year by Gulfstream Media Group, Inc., 1401 E. Broward Blvd., Ste. 206, Fort Lauderdale FL 33301. Standard postage paid at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and additional offices. USPS #021-652. POSTMASTER, send address changes to: 1401 E. Broward Blvd., Ste. 206, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. For general and advertising inquiries, call 800.831.5479. Copyright 2019, Gulfstream Media Group. All rights reserved. No part of this periodical may be reproduced without the written permission of Gulfstream Media Group. Neither the publishers nor the advertisers will be held responsible for any errors found in the magazine. The publishers accept no liability for the accuracy of statements made by advertisers. Ads in this publication are not intended as an offer where prohibited by state laws.

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Help 4KIDS Treasure Coast continue to find a home for every child while having some fun in the process! Join a select team of golfers for

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letter from the publisher

A Helping Hand

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had been hearing the rumors for quite some time about a large movement out west toward some type of energy building going on. Our editorial team and I set out to hunt it down, and discovered FLP’s mission to install solar panels—and a lot of them! The Treasure Coast is home to several of 18 total centers in the state creating the 30-by-30 solar panel initiative. The plan is to install 30 million new solar panels by 2030. I was so ecstatic that clean, renewable energy was becoming a priority, and more so to see the impact it will have on the Treasure Coast. This gives us a chance to grow our economy, improve our health and protect our environment! Harnessing the sun; what better place to do that than in Florida? Check out our article by Ike Crumpler on page 49. I work out at a gym called Barwis. It’s a special gym in many ways, but especially since it specializes in helping those with physical disabilities. I find the strength of these members inspiring. I’d like to give a special shout-out to Brian Wright and Nick Lucius who specialize in working with these athletes. I met one of these amazing people, Chris Norton, and I learned more about his life. Chris is in a wheelchair after a football accident nearly a decade ago. After speaking with Chris, I wanted to tell the world his story about how he turned his accident into an opportunity to become a motivational speaker and, eventually, a foster and adoptive parent. After speaking with Chris, I knew we needed to spotlight the growing need for foster families in our area. There are currently 200-plus children in Martin County without a home. Read “Breaking the Cycle” on page 54, which discusses the climate of fostering and adoption ahead of May—National Foster Care Month. Photographer Lindsey Potter captured touching photos and Amy Woods wrote the insightful story. There’s a quote that floats around the internet: “There are no unwanted children, just unfound families.” You don’t have to foster or adopt to support the incredible work these organizations do to help children find their forever homes. We urge you to reach out and support their work.

Dianne Davant & Associates

613 Colorado Ave. • Stuart, FL 34994 Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604 Dianne Davant Moffitt , ASID • Priscilla Hyatt Councill, ASID 772.781.1400 • www.Davant-Interiors.com Photo Credit - Dan Forer

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QUARTER TO SUNSET

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Stuart/Hutchinson Island Office 660 NE Ocean Blvd. 772.225.0110


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P a r t y

Alzheimer’s Community Care Luncheon

P i c t u r e s

Hibiscus Children’s Center All That Jazz Casino Night

Arlene Reid, Leslie Evans, Christine DelVecchio and Lee Cotton

House of Hope Luncheon

Angelica Jacaruso, Nicholas Woolston and Bill and Brenda Woolston

Wave Hair Studio and Flutter Lash & Beauty Boutique Opening

Aviana Shapiro and Regan Holbert

Literacy Award Luncheon

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Fred and Terry Rieger

OPENING ACT

Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County Cocktail Reception

Photos by Liz McKinley

Eddy Taylor and Kiki Norman

John Loewenberg with Dana and George Coates

Economic Development Council Martin County Dinner

Mary’s Shelter Fashion Show & Luncheon

Lisa Smith and Tina Tripaldi Mona Salisbury and Peggy Aydelotte

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BUNFEST

Support rabbits and guinea pigs during Southeast BunFest presented by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Learn all about the fuzzy critters during the informative session on April 27 at the Kane Center. ($5, free/ages 12 and younger; hstc1.org)

GLITTER AND GLAM

The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast will present its Glitter & Glam Gala on April 13 at Harbour Ridge. Dress in classic Hollywood attire and enjoy a red carpet event featuring a cocktail hour with silent and live auction items such as vacations packages and designer jewelry. (Tickets from $175; childrensmuseumtc.org)

CHIMPATHON ST. LUCIE

Take part in a race like none other on April 14 during the fifth annual Chimpathon 16K. The course takes runners through Fort Pierce’s Save the Chimps, one of the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuaries. ($70; savethechimps.org)

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TOUCH A TRUCK MARTIN COUNTY

Held at the Martin County Fairgrounds, Touch a Truck is an interactive event for children and the young at heart. Learn all about big trucks and vehicles during the event on April 6. The event benefits Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties. ($5; elcirmo.org)

BE A HERO NIGHT Head to First Data Field on April 13 for Be A Hero Night. The St. Lucie Mets will don hero-themed jerseys that will be auctioned off online after the game. Proceeds will benefit Voices For Children of Okeechobee & The Treasure Coast. (Ticket prices vary; voicesforchildrenotc.org)

JENSEN BEACH FESTIVAL Surfers for Autism is hosting the inaugural Jensen Beach Surf & Beach Festival on April 6 at Sea Turtle Beach. Bring friends and family to watch your loved ones enjoy a day on the water. (free; surfersforautism.org)

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Courtney Jo Kilinski & Michael Frederick Wells By Melissa Puppo WHO THEY ARE: Michael, 26, is a firefighter and paramedic for

Indian River County Fire Rescue, and Courtney, 24, is a quality control inspector for Allcomm Networks Inc.

HOW THEY MET: The two met at South Fork High School through

mutual friends. As they began seeing more of one another, they realized their personalities were a great match and they shared a lot of the same interests. So, Michael asked Courtney to go on their first official date in May 2011.

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she had a number of reasons to fall in love with Michael. “The way he treated his family with so much love and respect; the way he treated my family; how he always put others first and would do anything for the people he loves,” she says. ON THE PROPOSAL: Courtney went on vacation with Michael and

his family at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort—one of their favorite places. In the evening, the whole family was supposed to go on a nighttime pontoon ride to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks show, but they slowly began dropping off due to fake sickness and other planned excuses. The couple decided they’d still go. It was during the fireworks finale that Michael got down on one knee to ask Courtney for her hand in marriage.

ON CHOOSING THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION LOCATIONS: Courtney and Michael knew they wanted to wed inside

a church and chose Covenant Fellowship Baptist in Stuart. Their pastor, Matt Price, is a family friend, whom Courtney always wanted to have at the ceremony. They found Lost Lake Golf Club in Hobe Sound as an appropriate reception venue. The indoor ballroom and bar area had recently been renovated, and an outdoor patio overlooking the golf course provided the perfect spot to watch the sunset. ON THE DECOR: Michael and Courtney’s wedding colors were navy

blue, blush and white with added touches of silver and gold for some flare. Their florist created lantern centerpieces draped with blush and white flowers and greenery. Courtney’s mom decorated their chocolate and vanilla bean cake with buttercream filling, which also featured a frosted outer layer topped with a shimmery Mr. and Mrs. cake topper. Blush roses were draped across the three-tiered cake.

ON THE SPECIAL DETAILS: While taking photos, Courtney had a close-up taken of her “something old, something borrowed and something blue,” which included two broaches. The first was from her great grandmother on her mother’s side. “My sister had worn my great grandmother’s blue and white nautical-style broach on her wedding day,” she says. “I love that we both were able to share that.” The other was of a volunteer firefighter badge, which was passed down from her grandmother on her father’s side.

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hef ’s Table is an intimate restaurant located in a freestanding building on Ocean Boulevard (next to Carmela’s Brick Oven Pizza). Chef-owner Adam Fatigate trained at the Culinary Institute of America and then worked in restaurants in New York and Italy. Fatigate serves new American cuisine for lunch and dinner and procures his raw ingredients locally whenever possible. His is one of the few restaurants in the area that offers a prix fixe tasting menu, with an option to add paired wines to each course. The menu has a selection of small plate highlights that include a buttermilk fried quail and grilled octopus. On a recent visit to the Chef ’s Table, my husband and I opted to start with the Braised Short Rib Poutine; it was gooey and rich—just right for a chilly night. There’s also a section called “Bites” featuring items like crudo (Italian raw fish), deviled eggs and mini beet burgers. We tried the fried artichokes, which were light and crisp little morsels served with a

mint aioli. The house-made pasta is where Fatigate’s talents really shine. There’s the Chitarra Bolognese with a beef and pork ragu; Gnocchi Cacio e Pepe; and Porcini Pappardelle. Half and full orders are available. We opted for the pasta special—ravioli filled with ricotta cheese and a runny egg yolk, a subtle dish with perfectly balanced flavors. Entree choices include a popular hanger steak served with braised artichokes and Swiss chard, and a Scottish salmon with a leek beurre blanc. We ordered the pan-roasted duck, which was served over a white bean cassoulet with Swiss chard and a pomegranate sauce. The duck was rosy and perfectly cooked, and the slightly bitter chard was a good accompaniment to the rich meat. Service here is excellent. Our server, Dennis, was knowledgeable, attentive and welcoming. I’ll be returning to Chef ’s Table soon; in the meantime, I’ll be dreaming about that pasta.

Chef ’s Table, 2313 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; 772.287.5599; chefstablestuart.com Tish Boyle is a food writer and the author of “Flavorful: 150 Irresistible Desserts in All-Time Favorite Flavors” (published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015). She lives in Palm City with her husband and two cats.

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What was your first experience with salons and hair care?

I had a friend whose family owned a barbershop and a salon, so I started to help out on weekends. It all just clicked, so one day I came home and told my parents I was going to cosmetology school. How did you come to own your salon?

Right after my wife and I got married, she had a lot of her family move down here. We decided to come here on vacation and casually look for a salon we could afford just the two of us. We didn’t have much luck until the very last day when my mother-in-law saw an ad in the paper for a manager-stylist in Palm City. But when we got there, the first thing they asked me was if we wanted to buy it. It was a cute little place, but nothing I was used to. It was painted green and there were plastic plants everywhere. A lot has changed since then. What sets Michael Leonard’s Salon apart from other salons?

My wife and I grew the salon from the ground up after we bought it. We brought a style of hair care that wasn’t really here at the time. We slowly hired a great staff from local hair schools, and now it’s 17 of us. We’re one big family. That’s why we focus on creating an experience for our guests, which includes offering wine and cookies. In a way, we’re welcoming them into our home, which is why we want them to feel comfortable.

Haircuts, charity and chaturanga Michael Izzolo, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, has been styling Palm City locals’ hair for more than three decades at Michael Leonard’s AVEDA Concept Hair Salon. By Clarissa Buch | Photography by Lindsey Potter

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of hair care in Palm City. As the owners of Michael Leonard’s AVEDA Concept Hair Salon, which opened in 1992, the husbandand-wife duo offers the latest trends, styles and technology with a side of wine and freshly baked cookies. In addition to hair care, Izzolo, 54, is behind an innovative device for yogis called Yogeasy, which helps reduce pain and slipping during yoga practice. He is an avid philanthropists as well, raising more than $11 million in the past 13 years.

You’re also a yogi, and the creator of Yogeasy, hand pads for a non-slip grip. Tell us about that.

After 30 years of doing hair, it’s hard not to develop some form of carpal tunnel in your hands with arthritis and wrist pain. As I practiced yoga, I realized I was slipping more than I should on the mat. That’s when I came up with the idea to create a device that stops you from slipping and reduces pain while I was practicing. So I went to Home Depot and bought a few products to create my own prototype. Four years later, I have three patents, and Yogeasy is sold on Amazon. Describe your philanthropy work.

My wife and I are very focused on helping children. We’re paying it forward. The support we’ve received with our business is unbelievable, so it only feels right. Family is big for us, too. We come from a big Italian family, and we spend almost every weekend together. That’s what counts.

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Making The Most of The Waterfront Mike McCarty’s North Osceola Street extension proposal is poised to put the rest of downtown Stuart on a path to success. By Amy Woods | Photography by Lindsey Potter

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he Florida State University graduate started his career as an environmental scientist for the Department of Environmental Protection in Tallahassee. He ended up as a project manager for Land Design South in Port St. Lucie. Then, the recession hit, and in 2009, he was laid off. “That day I formed McCarty & Associates Land Planning and Design and have been on my own ever since,” says Mike McCarty, principal and owner of the Stuart firm. “This year will be our 10-year anniversary.” McCarty, a seventh-generation Floridian raising his children in Stuart, would like nothing more than to celebrate the occasion with the approval of the North Osceola Street extension proposal. The proposal, which he designed pro bono as a board member of Stuart Main Street, seeks to recreate the historical development pattern of the downtown area on property he believes is underused.

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Were you scared when you first opened your firm?

I always knew I wanted to own my own business by the time I was 30. I had always had the comfort and security of a salary, but when the recession hit, it was a real eyeopener. I knew that it was time, and I had no choice. I needed to control my own destiny, and I never looked back. Why did you decide to raise the eighth generation of McCartys in Stuart?

I am not sure if it was an actual decision. I grew up in Fort Pierce and went to John Carroll High School. The character and small-town coastal living that Stuart has to offer fits us. It is just a great place to raise a family.

shouldn’t have a gravel parking lot there, either. Much of downtown has turned its back on the water, and so this plan offers the opportunity to focus on that. What do you think the chances are the proposal will be approved?

I hope the city and citizens are able to understand the potential before them. It is hard to say if it has a chance of approval and actually becoming a reality. I’d like to think it does, but numerous plans over the decades have been proposed and never ended up going anywhere. There’s always been the question of what to do with this property. I believe it will come down to political will of our council members and financing.

Tell us about the North Osceola Street extension proposal.

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LUXURY IS IN THE DETAILS: DUAL EVERYTHING

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uxury homes, like other luxury products—cars, jewelry, art and collectibles— make a statement about the status and position of their owners. Luxury moves beyond what is necessary to what is desired because of its incredible craftsmanship, quality, function, rarity or reputation and comes at a price afforded only to those of higher economic means. To this vain, the newest trend in luxury homes is dual everything—the ultimate status symbol. If one is good, then two must be even better, right? Yes, according to Stephanie Anton, president of Luxury Portfolio International (the largest global network of luxury real estate brokerages). Luxury homes are now being built or redesigned to improve comfort and function with many dual features. The focus has largely been on the kitchen and master bedroom. Included in this are dual dishwashers and refrigerators using top-of-the-line products and dual islands; one a dry station and one a wet station with a sink. For the master bedroom, dual, large master closets that more closely resemble a boutique store than a walk-in are becoming the norm in luxury homes. Master bedroom suites will also include dual master baths, sometimes each complete with steam showers, deep soaker tubs and a gorgeous, peaceful view. In the extreme, many homes are now going the extra step of having complete dual master suites, giving each partner their own private enclave. These suites are often side-by-side and not to be confused with the additional master suite intended for guests that will appear in another area of the home. This new trend to have dual features is at the heart of what luxury is: that which is afforded based on one’s wealth though not necessity.

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ith the often quiet and mentally recharging atmosphere that accompanies fishing comes a caveat. A day on the water can become a frantic moment of primal exhilaration. So when you take on nature and you have the upper hand, be mindful of how fragile a fish can be. We aren’t always in the frame of mind to preserve life while catching. The thrill of the hunt can overload our better common sense. Such as one spring day I was fishing with a seasoned pro deep in a Martin County mangrove line. We followed a line of mullet and cast to the outside of the school and found the proverbial “pot of gold.” It seemed as if every species of inshore sport fish was ambushing our baits with such ferocity it made me deranged with excitement. This was quickly becoming a trophy day; it was also a day of education. I got caught up in the excitement and lost my cool. I haphazardly began taking the fish off my line to get another bait in the water. And in my haste, I was given some stern yet indelible instruction in addition to an anatomy lesson. It was a humbling moment being schooled by the wiser. My lesson was to focus on the preservation of the fish, rather than scramble to catch another. When you catch a fish, handle it as gently as possible and keep it in water as long as you can. Fish are buoyant when in water but are not when taken out—the internal organs can crush easily. Plus, their gills can dry out quickly. A good rule of thumb: as long as you can hold your breath underwater, the same goes for a fish out of the water. There are many upsides to fishing. Understandably, for the fish who ends up on our table, there are very few. But for the fish that is calmly and correctly released back into the water, not only does the fish continue about his life, but the fisherman can feel a guilt-free adrenaline rush. Contact him at dano@iheartmedia.com.

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inclusive option, this property marks The Keys’ first true luxury adults-only, all-inclusive resort. It was designed by renowned hotelier Jerry Johnson who pays homage to his favorite eastern and western destinations around the world throughout the exterior and interior design details. Past the gates, the secluded 11.2-acre property is home to a network of private bungalows—135 to be exact—that include either waterfront views of the bay or a private garden oasis. Quaint

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living spaces come with verandas and outdoor soaking tubs and rainfall showers, and beach chic interiors are done in cream and gray with coastal touches like sea life artwork. The remainder of the property features bespoke aqua accents, bringing pops of color to its otherwise calming undertone. My trip began with a quick drive through South Florida (Bungalows is just 63 miles south of Miami), but future guests can arrive via helicopter or by a 35-minute seaplane ride offered from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Perhaps the best part of each day was waking up to a serene view. With sailboats anchored in the distance, it was like an oil painting had come to life. Adirondack chairs created the perfect place to enjoy the fresh breeze before a quick walk near the pier to get to Fish Tales, one of the resort’s restaurants, for a breakfast buffet complete with a bloody mary and mimosa bar. How to spend the rest of the day is never far reach from reach. There are two pools for soaking up the sun; paddleboards and kayaks for exploring nearby Pelican Island; and beach cruisers for roaming the property. And, seek out a number of Buddha statues inspired by Bali, one of Johnson’s favorite spots. There’s one that portrays a woman sleeping, which Johnson’s niece designed. His 2-year-old daughter lovingly refers to it as “lady night night.” I made an appointment at the Zen Garden Spa, complete with four outdoor treatment cabanas, a steam room and a Himalayan salt room. Black bamboo commonly found throughout Bungalows is woven into the outdoor spa’s relaxing room with yet another Buddha statue as a focal point. For avid snorkelers, the property is a short distance from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and soon, the resort will offer allday fishing and snorkeling excursions. It’s been nearly two years since Hurricane Irma rocked the Keys, and proof like the Bungalows shows things are picking back up just fine. I confirmed this to be true during an afternoon on a Duffy electric boat while zipping through the mangroves to spot dolphins and manatees in the bay. While out on a floating tiki bar, captain Glen Davis shared tidbits about Key Largo’s vibrant past. He’s quite the island man, having lived on several since the ’80s. This upper Key is dotted with crayon-colored houses and motels that have called this piece of land home for decades. Passing by locals out and about,

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IS IT REALLY ORGANIC?

ADVICE ON HOW TO SPOT THE REAL THING, AND MAYBE WHEN TO BACK OFF THAT ORGANIC PROMISE By Eric Barton | Photography by Austen Amacker

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Dean Max

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hink back a decade ago, walking through the aisles of say the Publix produce section, back to when things were a lot simpler. Maybe tucked away in the corner, under a proud green banner, you’d find a few organic strawberries or apples, marked up high, maybe even past the price point where it even made sense. Now, walk into that same store and you see those green organic labels everywhere, stamped on heads of cauliflower and wrapped around English cucumbers, sometimes barely any more expensive than their pro-pesticide cousins. Go to restaurants, meanwhile, and organics are still a generation behind what we find in the supermarket. Can you, if you try hard, fill one hand with local restaurants that use only organic items? If you’re willing to pay extra to make sure what you eat at restaurants began its life at an organic farm, read on. We spoke to our local experts about what to ask, where to go and how to know when everyone at a restaurant is lying to you—and yes, it definitely happens.

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t was, for his legions of fans, good news in the dining world when Dean Max returned to South Florida in January. Technically, he had been here all along, as a resident of Fort Lauderdale. But Max, who made a name for himself in the last generation at a series of local restaurants, including 3030 Ocean, didn’t have a local place for a few years. Instead, he had his attention on seven restaurants elsewhere, including the Bahamas and Grand Cayman. In January, Max returned with Even Keel, a raw bar and fish house in north Fort Lauderdale. Max is known for helping bring the farm-to-table movement to South Florida, but at Even Keel, you won’t find a long list of organic items. That’s because Max says it’s simply not worth the extra money to pay for organic foods when it’s not going to increase the flavor. Citrus and butternut squash, for instance, do not see improvement with the organic treatment, he says. Instead, he hunts down organic items like chicken, carrots and tomatoes—things that improve by non-pesticide farming. “We try to buy organic when it makes sense. It’s based mainly around flavor for us. Because flavor is the key,” he says. “A lot of farmers put money into organics, and then some farmers put money instead into seeds, and that’s going to produce better flavor.” It’s also unrealistic, Max says, to expect a restaurant to choose unripe or underflavored produce simply because it’s organic. Instead, diners ought to look for restaurants that use organic items smartly, where the produce is picked simply for its quality.

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Jodi Swank

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hen Jodi and Darrin Swank started the Loxahatchee farm that bears their name 18 years ago, they faced lots of hurdles. It wasn’t just the difficulty of the business, of getting a working farm going, but the distributing of all that produce that became a nightmare—a constant slog to get restaurants to continually buy their produce. Nearly two decades later, that’s still true, Jodi Swank says. Every week, she’s calling restaurants who have bought their produce for years, wondering why they haven’t put in an order yet. The problem is that produce from suppliers like Sysco is undeniably cheaper than the fruits and vegetables the Swanks grow down the road. Restaurants regularly go with the cheaper option, and—here’s what really irks the Swanks—don’t update their menus. Even though the produce isn’t from Swank, many local places are still selling dishes with the promise that they are. “My husband is out here killing himself 14 hours a day, and for them to put ‘Swank’ on the menu even though it’s not; it’s insulting,” she says.

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While Swank isn’t certified organic, the farm does grow produce without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides, Jodi Swank says. They haven’t gone through the process of getting certified because “the whole organic thing, in my opinion, is political,” she says. The fact that restaurants can simply lie about where they get their produce puts diners in a difficult spot, she admits. Even if you ask about where the restaurant is getting their produce, they simply might lie about it. Local farms like Swank have at least gotten some help lately from local health department inspectors who have begun to ask restaurants for proof of “local” claims on menus. It also helps when consumers ask questions about the source of local ingredients. Ask to speak to the chef, and ask for the specific names of the farms, Jodi Swank says. If they’re lying about it, no doubt it’ll be more difficult to do so face-to-face. “Ask, ask, ask,” she says. “Ask the chef to come out and explain where the produce is from. Just ask. Always.”

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Joey Giannuzzi

LEARN HOW TO TASTE IF IT’S REALLY ORGANIC

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ew people have been more connected with the organic and local movement than Joey Giannuzzi. Back when he started the Green Gourmet in Delray Beach in 2008, he hoped to ditch the flavorless, waxy fruits and vegetables served at most local restaurants. That wasn’t so easy, as few suppliers back then offered anything better. Since then, Giannuzzi says nearly 100 Florida farms have begun supplying restaurants with local and organic vegetables, fruits and meats. Without a doubt, Giannuzzi says, you can taste the difference. Organic chicken, for instance, is pleasantly firmer and far more flavorful than a traditional bird, which seems plasticky and pumped with water, Giannuzzi says. Beef will be more lean and flavorful, with a texture that is denser and seems somehow more real, more natural. When you suspect something isn’t what it’s purported to be, Giannuzzi says to ask the server to explain. Ask for the chef or a manager. “I do this all the time, and it drives my wife crazy,” he says. “She’s like, ‘Oh my God, leave them alone.’” In 2013, Giannuzzi and real estate developer Mitchell Robbins opened Farmer’s Table in Boca Raton. Giannuzzi says it’s now far easier for him to source local and organic ingredients, but it remains difficult to find them at restaurants elsewhere. His advice: Train yourself on tasting the difference and you’ll know when restaurants are telling you the truth. It’s really unfortunate that we have to do this, a taste test to see if something is really organic, Giannuzzi says. But too often restaurants will make stretching statements about what they’re serving. “It’s really knowing the integrity of a restaurant,” he says.

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Jackie Vitale

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s the owner of Ground Floor Farm in Stuart, you might think Jackie Vitale won’t go out to eat unless it’s an organic restaurant. But actually, she often finds herself out with friends, at restaurants with no or few organic choices. When she spots an organic item on the menu, though, Vitale will undoubtedly have questions to ask. “There are a lot of questions to ask about how the food is produced. Sometimes the wait staff knows, sometimes they don’t, and sometimes even the kitchen staff doesn’t know,” says Vitale from her urban farm, market and restaurant in downtown Stuart. Let’s say it’s a menu that promises local organic tomatoes in a caprese salad. Vitale will ask for the name of the farm, knowing few in Florida can produce organic tomatoes, especially in warm months. If they say all organic produce is local, it’s almost certainly not true, Vitale says, because it’s nearly impossible to source a menu of entirely organic produce. So if a menu promises it, ask the server how they’ve pulled it off. “Thing is, sourcing locally is really

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hard,” she says. “I spend most of my day sourcing local, and it takes much of my time.” Then, even if the restaurant can explain which farm the organic and local items came from, there are plenty of other questions to ask. Are the organic items certified? Fair trade? Any GMO items on the menu? “Don’t be embarrassed about asking specific questions,” Vitale says. Then, if the restaurant can’t come up with the answers, if they tell you things that aren’t true, what do you do? Sitting there, with a group of friends on a Saturday night at someone’s favorite spot, do you get up and walk out? Vitale says no, that you just have to live your life. “It’s too hard to feel constantly guilt-ridden about your food choices,” she says. “Do your best, be OK with it, and move on.”

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s far as national debates go, this one has a lot of mileage on it—and only relatively recently have those miles-per-gallon gotten good. Virtually every day leading up to present day since at least the oil embargo of the 1970s, the country’s conversation over energy production has consumed a lot of energy. Fortunately, it’s also resulted in a lot of progress, as well as some reservations. The U.S. Energy Information Administration, for example, anticipates America becoming a net-energy exporter by 2020 thanks to the oil shale industry. Yet some fears over fracking, which makes this domestic production of crude oil, natural gas and liquified natural gas possible, persist. The Department of Energy is aiming for wind to comprise 20 percent of the nation’s total energy needs by 2030. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Commission cites “comprehensive and statistically sound estimates” of 140,000 to 500,000 migratory bird deaths per year due to turbine collisions. So, when it comes to energy it would seem, as Jerry Garcia sang, “Every silver lining’s got a touch of gray.” Fortunately, there’s a bright spot, literally, in solar power. Now, Florida Power & Light—which along with sister company NextEra Energy Resources already comprises the world’s largest producer of renewable energy—is further expanding its solar investment locally and statewide. With the Treasure Coast already home to five of the 18 solar power plants it operates around the state, FPL is readying its first photovoltaic solar facility for Martin County. It’s all part of its ambitious “30-by-30” plan to install 30 million new solar panels across Florida by 2030. “Many Martin County residents are interested in alternative energy solutions for America,” says Ed Ciampi, chair of the Martin County Commission. “For many young people in general, this is what they expect

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of electricity-generation infrastructure for the future. This will give us a diversified power source so that we’re not going to be so reliant on fossil fuels, and offer Martin County ratepayers consistent rates so there shouldn’t be any shocking upticks.” Sweetbay, sweet deal Savings in energy and consumer costs motivate the expansion, says FPL spokesperson Stephen Heiman. “FPL’s long-standing commitment to keeping bills low and generating clean energy for customers is the backbone of this expansion,” Heiman says. Set to include more than 300,000 photovoltaic solar panels, the Sweetbay Solar Energy Center—the first photovoltaic solar facility in Martin County—will neighbor the Martin Next Generation Clean Energy Center, FPL’s 75-megawatt hybrid solar/natural gas facility in Indiantown. Upon completion, Heiman says Sweetbay will generate 74.5 megawatts of “clean, zero-emissions energy

for FPL customers.” “That’s the equivalent to the energy needs of approximately 15,000 homes,” he adds. Martin County business leaders laud the FPL investment as a unicorn of economic development projects that well suits the local public’s priorities. “It speaks volumes about what we have here in the way of economic development opportunities, especially in the fact that FPL is again electing to bring exciting innovations like this to our community,” says Joe Catrambone, president and CEO of the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce. “It’s the perfect fit for a community that’s so focused on protecting the natural environment,” says Ted Astolfi, executive director of the Economic Council. “It fits our economic goals as well as our environmental goals. It offers the opportunity for continued low-energy costs for our businesses and our residents, which is especially exciting for a community the size of ours.”

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Megawatts, mega savings Sweetbay Solar Energy Center will join five FPL solar facilities currently in operation on the Treasure Coast. These include the aforementioned Martin Next Generation Clean Energy Center, the new Interstate Solar Energy Center, which joins the Loggerhead Solar Energy Center in St. Lucie County, and the Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center and Indian River Solar Energy Center, both in Indian River County. Together, these Treasure Coast facilities currently generate 373 megawatts of energy. “The Treasure Coast is fortunate to have such a reliable, affordable electric provider that we can count on and that is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into our communities,” says Peter Tesch, president of the county’s Economic Development Council. The Interstate Solar Energy Center represents the local in the latest FPL solar-power facilities statewide—launched in late January—including Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center, Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center in

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Volusia County and Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center in Columbia County. Together, these four new plants will produce 300 megawatts of new solar capacity, creating for its customers, FPL states, a net lifetime savings of $40 million for FPL customers. All told, its 18 solar plants, in conjunction with smaller FPL solar installations, provide approximately 1,250 megawatts statewide of universal solar capacity. That’s light-years (pardon the pun), beyond FPL’s first universal solar installation—a 10-kilowatt photovoltaic facility that was commissioned in Miami in 1984. (One megawatt is the equivalent of 1,000 kilowatts.) The current goal to add 30 million more solar panels by 2030 is expected to provide 11,000 megawatts of solar capacity. FPL is complementing the effort by exploring ways to improve battery storage capabilities, Heiman says. “FPL also will be making unprecedented investments in advanced and innovative battery storage technology,” he says, “that will extend the use of clean, affordable solar

energy even after the sun has gone down.” The solar expansion is an element of FPL’s suite of renewable energy-options and integral to its goal of generating as much as 40 percent of its electricity free from emissions by 2030. It’s an especially laudable goal considering Florida’s ranking as the thirdmost populous state at 21 million. The effort earns praise from Gov. Ron DeSantis as an “important” initiative to “diversify our energy resources.” All four FPL nuclear facilities operate without generating any emissions at all. The St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant and Turkey Point in Biscayne Bay recently underwent $3 billion in upgrades, adding more than 500 megawatts—or the equivalent of two million solar panels—in carbonless capacity. A concerted effort by the company— launched in 2001—to replace oil-fired power plants with more efficient natural gas power plants reportedly reduced its reliance on foreign sources by as much as 99 percent. The company maintains that the moves saved customers nearly $10 billion in fuel costs

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and prevented the production of as many as 120 million tons of carbon emissions. The opening of its Okeechobee Clean Energy Center—which will operate on natural gas produced in the states—is set for later this year. It proceeds the FPL Dania Beach Clean Energy Center slated for 2022. Sunny jobs forecast David Powers owns Indiantown Realty with his brother, Kevin Powers. The sons of late Martin County Commissioner Timer Powers, who represented Indiantown, along with brother Brian Powers, remain active in Indiantown and committed to expanding opportunities for its residents. This latest investment is well received, David Powers says, for simple reasons. “It’s just good, clean energy expanding on what’s already in Indiantown right now,” says the past president of the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce. “FPL has been a great partner to not only Indiantown but all of Martin County. Folks are excited for the clean energy aspect and keeping things green.” Although county approvals are already secure, the dates when construction will begin remain unannounced, Heiman says. Typically, the process is completed with minimal delay, he adds, usually in anywhere from six to 10 months. “Crews work very quickly,” he says,

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“and at peak construction install about 4,000 panels each day.” The construction crews, which require laborers as well as specialized skills and qualifications, command about 200 to 250 workers, Heiman says. A recent report by The Solar Foundation ranked Florida as second in the nation in 2018 behind California in solar employment. The solar sector of employment is projected to increase by 60 percent through 2026, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. So far, FPL’s solar expansion has created about 3,000 jobs since 2016, Heiman says. “We strongly encourage our contractors to use local labor and other resources when possible and cost-effective,” he says. “We often work with local consultants and land planners as well, providing additional positive impact on local economies.” That’s comforting to Indiantown Mayor Susan Thomas. Although the project is outside the boundaries of the newly incorporated village, which just celebrated its first anniversary in March, she’s already encouraged by how FPL conducted its community outreach. “When FPL was going through the process of developing that site and developing the plan, the encouraging thing was they met with Indiantown and the neighborhood that was right next door to this project,” Thomas

says. “I found that heartening and refreshing. The neighborhood next door is positive about it. They’re looking forward to it. It’s a win-win. If we get jobs, if FPL is able to produce cleaner energy, the neighborhood will benefit.” Harold Jenkins understands the values and concerns of the fiercely independent village. The vice chair of the Martin County Commission shares county representation of the region with Ciampi. “This is an area of the county where industry should be—and they’ve run up against some hurdles in the past,” Jenkins says. “Indiantown reminds us how important home rule is—especially as a region that’s so disconnected geographically from the coastal population.” In the past, former county commission majorities rejected proposed projects that promised increased employment opportunities in the rural, largely working-class region, prompting Indiantown’s recent successful push for incorporation. “What FPL is doing is not only good for the Indiantown community, it’s good for the county as a whole,” Jenkins adds. “It reminds that they’re more than able to draw good commercial investment. Solar technology is a huge opportunity with the vast amount of vacant agricultural land that’s out in this area. Making this happen in short order is a benefit to everybody.”

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Nearly six years later, the stillyoung-and-in-love couple is celebrating one year of marriage—and new parenthood. “April 21 is our first anniversary,” Chris says. “I can’t even believe it.” In that time, their Port St. Lucie home has grown five-fold. Whittley just turned 19. Ava is 9. Liliana is 8. Isabella is 5. Ariana is 3. The newlyweds are proud parents of them all thanks to the avail of adoption. “It was all Emily,” Chris says of becoming an adoptive parent. “I was completely oblivious to all this, and she has opened my eyes. I was on the fence. I was scared. I just didn’t know what to expect. I had fear of being a father.” And for good reason. The 27-yearold was paralyzed nine years ago during a college football game. Chris was earning his bachelor’s degree in business management at Luther College and playing football for the Norse. During a game in 2010, he was catastrophically injured while making a tackle. The moment the accident occurred, he knew his life had changed. “I was told I would never be able to move again,” Chris says. “They gave me a three-percent chance.” While his body was paralyzed, his mind was not. He endured grueling rehabilitation that enabled him to walk across the stage to accept his diploma and down the aisle to marry the woman of his dreams. He parlayed his unpredictable progress into a career as a motivational speaker. His book will be published in July, and his movie will be released later this year. His mantra of encouragement helps others find their “power to stand.” “It’s really about how you make people feel and the value Chris and that you add in the Emily Norton

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face of adversity, and the same sort of thing occurred with this,” Chris says of fatherhood. “I knew I would never be able to swim with them, play catch with the football or pick them up when they’re crying, but I could communicate.” His positivity and Emily’s passion have turned them into an exemplary mom-and-dad duo. Not only have they adopted five children, they have also fostered 15—and counting. “We definitely want to continue to foster,” says Emily, who majored in family services at the University of Northern Iowa. “There are times we felt like we weren’t equipped, but God has always provided us with a way. We are on this earth for such a short time that, at the end of the day, at the end of our life, we wanted to say we did everything we can.” Their four-bedroom, two-bathroom abode is understandably cramped, so they are looking for another place with six bedrooms and at least three bathrooms to accommodate local children in crisis. “We have had to say ‘no,’ and we don’t want to have to say ‘no,’” Emily says. “There’s such a big need here. There just continues to be more and more kids coming into foster care and not enough families who are foster parents.” Karen Granger, community relations director of 4KIDS of South Florida, agrees. “There are way more children coming into the system than there are foster families licensed and trained and ready to house them and care for them,” Granger says. “It’s a dilemma.” MODERN-DAY PROBLEMS The face of the foster child has changed along with societal ills. As human trafficking, mental health issues, opioid addiction and the sex trade continue to mount, minors are being removed from their homes at higher rates. “This whole foster care thing is such a hidden epidemic,” Granger says. “There have always been orphans, and there have always been kids who are put into the foster care system for one reason or another, but in 2019, a lot of these modern-day problems are cranking out large numbers of modern-day orphans.” Tim Putman, director of 4KIDS Treasure Coast, says upward of 250 children enter the foster care system annually from Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. Of those, an approximate 150 go to foster homes, and the remainder go to group shelters. “Our philosophy is that every child deserves to have a family,” Putman says. “I don’t know anybody

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who really disagrees with that, but because there are just not enough homes, siblings and teens end up in group care.” On April 5, the agency will present a simulcast titled “Advocate 4KIDS” to shine a spotlight on vulnerable youths in the community and inspire adults to take action. Leading the talk is world-renowned keynoter Nick Vujicic, whose broadcast will air at 7:30 p.m. at Westside Church in Fort Pierce. In addition, two ongoing networking meet ups—Coffee and Conversations and Family Share and Care—educate the public about foster care and what it entails with the goal of recruiting additional families so supply can keep up with demand.

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that landed them in foster care to begin with often “What we run into a lot is some folks think, ‘Oh, repeats itself. I could never do that,’” Putman says. “Just because “Our objective is to interrupt that cycle of abuse it’s hard doesn’t mean that it’s the not the best thing and rewrite the future of these children,” Bond says. to do. The cost to society is too high. When you look “A good percentage of these kids do not have a home into the eyes of these kids individually, you can’t to go to.” just walk away.” The success stories, although few and far between, Everyone can do something to help the most inlet the agency know the importance of its mission. nocent of victims, he says. “The point is everyone can do something, and “It’s really remarkable to see them come from such whatever it is we can’t do, we should not let anything places of despair and hopelessness,” Bond says. “It hinder us from doing what we can do to improve the melts your heart to be able to actually tangibly see these lives of our vulnerable children,” Putman says. “It rekids and to hear their names and to know where they ally comes down to: When will people stop mistreating came from. With the right tools and the support system, children? When that stops, that will stop putting kids they’re absolutely capable of getting out of this.” in care, but until that happens, the community has to With the success stories come the nonsuccess step up.” stories—more than Caroline Place of Hope Treasure Vinyard, chief operating ofCoast has two orientation ficer of Hibiscus Children’s “THE POINT IS classes each month during Center, would like to see. which potential parents ask Children unable to live in EVERYONE CAN DO questions, learn what to expect, foster homes because of beSOMETHING, AND and understand that the task havioral disorders such as agWHATEVER IT IS WE they are considering taking on gression, emotional outbursts might not be an easy one. and symptoms of ADHD are CAN’T DO, WE SHOULD “We are very transparent fated with uncertainty. NOT LET ANYTHING and real,” says Jamie Bond, the “At foster homes, they’re HINDER US FROM DOING non-profit’s business developnot equipped to deal with those ment and community relations challenges being presented,” WHAT WE CAN DO TO manager. “We want to make Vinyard says. “At Hibiscus, we IMPROVE THE LIVES sure they are vetted from the are trauma responsive.” beginning. We will not license The group home has shelOF OUR just to license.” ters from Jensen Beach to Vero VULNERABLE It costs $3,370 to license Beach offering longer terms of CHILDREN” one foster family that then care and a staff of health techmust undergo 21 hours of nicians. The statistics sadly are - Tim Putman training. not favorable for teens in those “It’s our responsibility,” environments, though. Bond says. “We have to ensure “They show a relatively low we’re taking care of these children at a high-level qualsuccess rate,” Vinyard says. “Ninety percent live within ity of care.” poverty level and can never really get over that hump.” At latest count, Place of Hope Treasure Coast was In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention working with 70 children and 46 homes. Month, the center is sponsoring two fundraisers—the “Really, the problem is not enough families availBlue Ribbon Luncheon & Fashion Show on April 4 and able,” Bond says. “We have a deficiency of foster Raise the Roof for Hibiscus on April 27—that will suphomes. It’s unfortunate we are never going to be able port its $1.7 million budget. to work ourselves out of a job.” “Unfortunately, I don’t ever see this problem going away,” Vinyard says, pointing to a glimmer of CYCLE OF ABUSE hope in the recently passed Family First Prevention When foster children age out of the system, they Services Act. get a government check upon leaving a home or shelThe legislation reforms the federal child welter. It is a crude 18th birthday present. If they do not fare system by redirecting financial streams toward have affordable housing, they end up as outcasts. in-home courses that teach parenting skills. It also “These kids are going to be out on the streets, funnels state money away from group homes and into homeless, at 18 years old,” Bond says. “They are in prevention programs. unfortunate circumstances, and they deserve every “It’s about preventing child abuse, basically,” chance at life like the rest of us.” Vinyard says. “It’s about preventing the domino effect. As they make the transition, the cycle of abuse Because it really just keeps going, this cycle.”

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hey say timing is everything. Sara Balas Densen was with her client, looking at a more than 5,000-square-foot waterfront home in Juno Beach. Densen, a real estate agent with The Balas Group/ReMax, was trying to convince her client that this was one of the best homes on the market. In fact, Densen and her husband, a film producer, had spent months looking at the property online themselves, wishful thinking as the price continued to drop. “And then my client, out of the blue, turns to me and says, ‘This house is really meant for your family,’” she recalls. At first, Densen brushed off the comment. But it replayed in her mind. Densen and her husband had recently completed an overhaul of a “short sale” home purchased in 2013. The home had literally been gutted. Were they ready to start a new project? “It was not an easy decision,” Densen says. “Literally, we had put our blood, sweat and tears into our first home. But this Juno Beach home really was perfect. I was torn, do we start all over?” The first home’s design had been adroitly handled by Krista Watterworth Alterman of Krista + Home. “In the end, we made an offer, called Krista and said, ‘Here we go again,’” Densen says. Watterworth Alterman was ready. “What was really nice about working with them a second time was their high level of trust in me,” she says. “They wanted a similar vibe to their previous home, but a bit more sophisticated.”

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(above) The large cupola above the kitchen provides natural light for entertaining in the day, while the gorgeous oak detailing shines in the glow of night.

Along with the spectacular views, the house already came with solid architectural bones, including an open floor plan, a recently renovated kitchen, a 25-foot vaulted ceiling lined in oak wood and a light-filled cupola. This would not be a gut job. The challenge, though, was channeling the Densens’ casual coastal sensibilities. “We started by giving the home a modern and fresh look by adding shiplap throughout the home,” Watterman Alterman says. “And [we] built a soft neutral palette for the walls.” The living room’s relaxed feel features a Swaim Brewster sofa flanked by Lazar Soho side chairs. The inherited built-in media center was re-accessorized with carefully curated curiosities, including a spinner vase and sea urchin ceramic platters from Global Views.

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A lucite console table next to the front door is barely noticeable, but it provides the perfect spot to drop off the day’s flotsam. Opposite the living room is the open concept kitchen with white Shaker cabinets and a herringbone marble backsplash. The large center island, topped with a light gray, quartzite counter, was matched up with Duralee’s Dover stools that Watterworth Alterman covered in gray, faux-leather fabric. She also built shelves between the kitchen and pantry for extra storage. “The goal was to create a space that is timeless and comfortable, but with luxurious touches throughout,” Watterworth Alterman says. “Marble and natural stone are used in the entire home. Luxurious, high-quality fabrics are all present in the upholstered furniture, pillows and drapery. And of course, all lighting choices are upscale.” In fact, the dining room’s white beaded chandelier is perhaps Densen’s favorite objet d’art, purchased from Pineapple, Palms, Etc. Watterworth Alterman added a double pedestal dining table from Lexington with mixand-match dining chairs upholstered in bone-fabric.

Since all the main rooms of the home look out toward the backyard, the floor-to-ceiling infinity pocket doors give the home openness and plenty of natural light. In fact, the last room is more like a lanai. On one side is a sitting area with a fireplace decorated in a herringbone pattern. The room features Serena and Lily side tables, Lee Industries’ furniture in neutral colors and throw pillows in sea mist tones by Kravet. Similarly hued drapes with a swirl motif add femininity, yet keep the vibe beachy and approachable. Plenty of wood, brass and white ceramic accessories fill the shelves. On the other side of the open lanai room, Watterworth Alterman carved out a space for the kids. She dubbed it the “art room.” As the parent of two young children herself, Watterworth Alterman says she taps into what kids love when designing their spaces. “I also listen to my own inner child,” she says. A Pottery Barn work desk, Tribecca Home bookshelves and plenty of budding artists’ work complete the look. “It has become an essential part of our home that I never knew we needed,” Densen says. “A place for the kids to paint, color, do homework and entertain their

Objets d’art in neutral tones give the living room a lived-in yet coastal-chic vibe.

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The girl’s bedroom will take her from elementary to teen years.

friends and where I can keep a watchful eye.” Designing a patio that spoke to an active lifestyle was also paramount. “This family entertains a lot, and they wanted room for the children to play outside,” Watterworth Alterman says. “Since this lot was so large, it was important for us to find ways to create intimate spaces.”

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A custom ipe wood table that seats 20 was ordered. Instead of chairs, two benches create a seamless look. The Densen family also built an outdoor kitchen and a cozy fire pit flanked by Adirondack chairs. Loungers, couches, hanging cocoons and even a tire swing tied to an old oak tree fill the yard. There is also plenty of grassy land left untouched for bare-

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The sitting room, overlooking the backyard, is all about comfort and classic patterns, anchored by a herringbone fireplace.

foot little ones. The children’s bedrooms, which also take advantage of the views, maintain a sense of wonderment. “I try to design children’s spaces that will last over time, something they can grow into,” Watterworth

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Alterman says. To wit, the girl’s room features black-and-white Schumacher botanical wallpaper, lightened up with blush colored fabrics and gold accents. Panels in a black-and-white polka dot pattern tie it all together. “This is a room that can take a girl into her tween years,” Watterworth Alterman says. For the boy’s room, favorite animal considerations were pondered. Watterworth Alterman found a whale repeat wallpaper for an accent wall. The rest of the room zips with a fresh, Nantucket spin of red accents, navy-striped panels, wooden bunk beds and a sputnik, steel light fixture. As for the master bedroom, a

palette was chosen that reminded Densen of the old bedroom she left behind. “I wanted it to feel familiar,” Densen says. Upstairs, a large guest suite with its en-suite bathroom offers sweeping views. A Pine Cone Hill striped duvet and accents brought in from the old home give it a grounded feel. “Krista did such a fine job the first time,” Densen says. “I just knew I could count on her to deliver a beautiful and comfortable design the second time around. Of course, she knocked it out of the park.” As for now, Sara Balas Densen is definitely keeping this house off the market.

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2ND STREET BISTRO 122 N. Second St. Fort Pierce 772.293.9191 2ndstreetbistro.com Located in historic downtown Fort Pierce 2nd Street Bistro features delicious dishes made from local produce and is sure to become a frequented restaurant. The extensive beer list is sure to satisfy any taste bud and compliment any dish. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday 11 to 1 a.m. Saturday from 10 to 1 a.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

11 MAPLE STREET 3224 NE Maple Ave. Jensen Beach 772.334.7714 elevenmaple.com Where French Country meets Florida. 11 Maple Street offers guests a dining experience with fares that look like “works of art.” Chef Michael Perrin prepare his dishes with locally sourced produce and meat raised in humane ways to highlight some of the season’s peak items. Open Wednesday through Saturday 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

12A BUOY 22 Fishermans Wharf Fort Pierce 772.672.4524 12abuoy.com 12A Buoy offers an array of dishes in a casual setting leaving your stomachs and wallets satisfied. Open Sunday through Thursday, except Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

18 SEMINOLE ITALIAN BISTRO 18 SE Seminole St. Stuart 772.463.0059 18seminole.com Inside this quaint, historically preserved building is one of the most intimate and romantic atmospheres. All food is made to order and cooked with top quality, seasonal ingredients that are locally grown. Open six days a week for dinner.

Sunday through Thursday 4:30 through 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m. Closed Monday.

ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZA 2343 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.287.7741 acfp.com

BONEFISH GRILL

CASTAWAYS

2283 S. Federal Highway Stuart 772.288.4388 bonefishgrill.com

911 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. 772.618.3838 castawaysfla.com

Bonefish Grill serves an array of meats and seafood in a comfortable, intimate atmosphere. Open for dinner daily from 4 to 10:30 p.m.

BONEFISH MAC’S

When Anthony, co owner of Anthony’s Runway 84 in Fort Lauderdale, thought about pizza what came to his mind was New York style pizza. That sparked the idea of introducing coal oven pizza to South Floridians. Since it’s introduction to South Florida Anthony’s now has various locations around the East Coast and continues to serve its patron quality coal fired pizza. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bonefish Mac’s provides a comfortable, sports bar environment to catch a game and enjoy some food with friends. Open daily. Sunday from 11 to 12 a.m. Monday to Thursday 11 to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday 11 to 2 a.m.

BENIHANA

BONO’S PIT BARBEQUE

3602 SE Ocean Blvd. Stuart 772.286.0740 benihana.com Benihana has been a go-to dining establishment for diners for over 50 years. This family-friendly staple offers Japanese dishes prepared right before the diners’ very eyes. The Japanese farmhouse interior and colorful umbrellas added to every cocktail are what put this restaurant on the map. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday noon to 10 p.m. Sunday noon to 9 p.m.

BERRY FRESH CAFE 1429 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.324.8287 berryfresh.cafe This Treasure Coast breakfast and lunch spot is a GMO and preservative-free cafe. Berry Fresh Cafe serves healthy food that tastes “berry” good and is even better for your body. Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch; 8 a.m to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

BLUEWATER BEACH GRILL 2025 Seaway Drive Fort Pierce 772.466.0023 bluewaterbeachgrill.com

With menus titled Epic Grinds and Awesome Drinks it’s hard to resist finding out what this restaurant has to offer. Open seven days a week 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Happy Hour is served daily from 4 to 7 p.m.

662 SE Becker Road Port St. Lucie 772.344.6227 bonefishmacs.com

2282 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.283.0078 bonosbarbq.com Indulge in true Southern, pit barbecue. At Bono’s all food is cooked over a wood burning pit to enhance natural smokey flavors. Enjoy anything from smoked wings to a BBQ Po Boy. Open daily. Sunday through Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

CANTON HOUSE CHINESE 6095 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.288.1126 cantonhousestuart.com With a menu that fuses sweet and savory, it’s hard to order just one dish. Chef Jacob Liu learned the art of cooking from his grandmother and has found ways to combine traditional Chinese cooking with new and innovative techniques. Open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday 4 to 9:30 p.m.

CASA BELLA 512 W. Third St. Stuart 772.223.0077 casabellastuart.com Northern and Southern Italian Cuisine is combined under one roof. This quaint little restaurant serves some big flavors and provides diners with beyond satisfactory Italian dishes. Open six days a week for dinner, 5 to 10 p.m.

Self proclaimed “Treasure Coast craft beer destination” Castaways serves craft beer from around the world and Florida. The gastropub also offers a full menu to compliment your beer of choice. Open Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 to 12 a.m. Happy hour is available Monday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m.

CHARLIE’S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & GRILL 400 SW Parrot Circle Stuart 772.288.4326 ilovecharlies.com The menu features American staples with a Charlie twist. The restaurant’s casual atmosphere lends itself to a night full of food, games and music. Open daily from 9 to 2 a.m. Recovery hour from 9 to 11 a.m.

CHINA STAR 1501 SE Federal Highway | Stuart 772.283.8378 chinastarstuart.com Look no further than China Star for quality Chinese takeout. With its modern take on classic Chinese dishes, China Star takeout boxes will make their way into many homes at least once a month. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

CHUCK’S SEAFOOD 822 Seaway Drive Fort Pierce 772.461.9484 chucksseafood.com Ranging from New England clam chowder to shrimp parmesan, this restaurant brings affordable seafood to every table. Open six days a week. Tuesday through Thursday 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday 3 to 10 p.m.; Saturday 2 to 10 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 9 p.m.

COBBS LANDING 200 N. North Indian River Dr. Fort Pierce 772.460.9014 cobbs-landing.com For a quality waterfront dining experience look no further than this restaurant. The menu offers a hearty serving of pastas, seafoods and meats. Also, check out the signature pineapple mojito from the Mojito Bar.


Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Happy Hour served daily from 4 to 7 p.m.

CONCHY JOE’S SEAFOOD 3945 NE Indian River Dr. Jensen Beach 772.334.1130 conchyjoes.com With a seafood centric menu, Conchy Joe’s offers guests the freshest seafood. The Bahamian inspired menu features dishes such as conch salad, Conchy’s seafood feast and Alaskan King Crab Legs. Open daily. Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.

CRAWDADDY’S 1949 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. Jensen Beach 772.225.3444 crawdaddysjensenbeach.com Bringing a taste of N’awlins to Florida, Crawdaddy’s serves Cajun inspired foods. Just simply walking into the restaurant will leave diners feeling like they are part of a Mardi Gras celebration. Open daily. Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

DIAMONDS BY TERRY 3868 SE Dixie Highway Stuart 772.781.1133 diamondtearoom.com For the tea lovers Diamonds by Terry offers a selection of teas, tea sandwiches, scones, tarts, tiny cakes, truffles and tea cookies. For those feeling a little hungrier try any dish from the the constantly updating bistro menu. Open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

DISTRICT TABLE & BAR 900 SE Indian St. Stuart 772.324.8357 districttableandbar.com Cooked to order by Chef Jason, District is home to everything from lamb meatballs to quinoa. Plus, all oyster shells are used to rebuild local reefs and oyster beds. Need we say more? Open for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday. Open 5 to 10 p.m Friday & Saturday. Closed Mondays.

DOLPHIN BAR & SHRIMP HOUSE

HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS OF STUART

LOURONZO’S ITALIAN FUSION

1401 NE Indian River Drive Jensen Beach 772.781.5136 dolphinbar.com

1729 SE Indian St. Stuart 772.283.1201 hurricanewings.com/stuart

301 S. Colorado Ave. Stuart 772.287.3334 louronzoitalianfusion.com

Hanging over the river with panoramic views, The Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House has proven itself the area’s finest waterfront retreat. An across the board menu features plentiful seafood selections, wood grilled meats, and home-style specials such as Turkey Pot Pie and Beef Stroganoff. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Happy Hour from 3 to 7 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hurricane Grill & Wings is unlike any other wing restaurant’s here you can escape any time you like. Just walk in, take a seat, kick back, and experience a world of delicious food, exhilarating flavors and no worries. Open Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Happy Hour drink and food specials daily.

Formerly known as Gusto’s, the restaurant went through a facelift and remodel. The downtown eatery takes diners on a unique tour of Italy offering items like Gnocchi Di Zucca, potato and butternut squash gnocchi, gorgonzola sauce topped with walnut and coffee powder. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 to 12 a.m. on Sunday.

FRUITS AND ROOTS JUICE BAR AND VEGAN CAFE

KING NEPTUNE’S SEAFOOD

MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL

4795 SE Dixie Highway Stuart 772.287.9630 kingneptuneseafoodrestaurant. com

724 S. Colorado Ave. Stuart 772.678.6627 fruitsandrootsvegancafe.com Those looking to indulge in healthy, fresh foods look no further. Fruits and Roots plant based menu serves cold pressed juices, smoothies, juice shots, oat bowls, salads and sandwiches all made with locally harvested ingredients. Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday from 1 a.m to 4 p.m. Closed on Sunday.

HARBOR COVE BAR AND GRILL 1930 Harbortown Drive Fort Pierce 772.429.5303 fb.com/HarborCove-Bar-andGrill-1402973669951974/ Located inside the Harbor Town marina, this restaurant mixes casual dining and dinner with a view seamlessly. Open seven days a week. Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

HARRY AND THE NATIVES 11910 SE Federal Highway Hobe Sound 772.546.3061 harryandthenatives.com Located right off of U.S 1, Harry and the Natives has been a longstanding family business in Hobe Sound. Offering a selection of traditional American favorites and a casual atmosphere locals, or “natives”, have made this restaurant a Florida staple. Open for breakfast on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

King Neptune’s has got seafood down to a science. Ranging from coconut shrimp to fried clams, oysters, conch salad and seafood bisque, this restaurant lives up to its reputation of knowing how to “talk fresh, local seafood.” Open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Closed Mondays.

LA BORGATA RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA 3227 SW Mapp Road Palm City 772.288.2121 laborgataristorante.net With 50 years experience under its belt, La Borgata takes its patron on a tour of Italy with no passport required. The menu features Italian dishes we’ve come to know and love prepared to order. Open daily for lunch, dinner or both. Monday 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 4 to 9 p.m. Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday opens at 4 p.m.

LA FORCHETTA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 7820 SW Lost River Road Stuart 772.872.7333 laforchetta.net This family-owned gem is home to an extensive list of gourmet pasta including lobster ravioli, penne alla vodka and gnocchi Capri. Add hand-tossed pizza pies, a warm, Italian setting, and attentive staff— Mama Mia! Open for lunch Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Open for dinner at 4:30 p.m. Seven days a week.

4817 Dixie Hwy. Stuart | 772.872.7288 1640 Seaway Dr. Fort Pierce | 772.242.8460 manateeislandbarandgrill.com Manatee Island Bar and Grill serves tasty seafood, sandwiches and 7 for $7 deal. Nothing is better than an affordable and delicious meal. Open for lunch and dinner. Service began at 11:30 a.m.

MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1924 SE Federal Highway | Stuart 772.283-.6660 allmenus.com/fl/stuart/38540-marios/menu/ This longstanding casual dining joint serves plentiful, delicious Italian classics. You are guaranteed to leave Mario’s with leftovers for the following day. Open daily 1 to 10 p.m.

MAYA’S MEXICAN GRILL & BAR Martin Downs Village Center 3099 SW Martin Downs Blvd. Palm City 772.221.1093 Authentic Mexican food is hard to come by in Florida, we know, but search no more. Maya’s has got it taken care of whether you are a meat eater, vegetarian, or anything in between with an extensive list of quesadillas, salads and burritos. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week at 11 a.m. Closes at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


MICHELINA’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 1835 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.286.3455 michelinasrest.com A modern take on classic Italian dishes comes to life at Michelina’s. While chefs create said dishes, guests can expect service from a friendly staff in a family-owned restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner six days a week 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Sundays. Catering available.

NY CHINESE 1365 SW Martin Highway Palm City 772.463.5552 places.singleplatform.com/ ny-chinese-restaurant This quick service Chinese restaurant offers all our traditional favorites Open daily for lunch and dinner. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

ON THE EDGE BAR & GRILL 1136 Seaway Drive Fort Pierce 772.882.9729 fb.com/OnTheEdgeBarAndGrillFL A small menu that offers all the classic seafood favorites. From shrimp baskets to blackened salmon On The Edge offers its diners with simple, delicious and affordable eats. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

ORIGINAL TIKI BAR Second Ave. A Fort Pierce 772.461.0880 The Original Tiki Bar offers open air seating under a tiki thatched roof. The abundant menu and selection of beer will satisfy every tastebud. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Happy hour is everyday from 4 to 7 p.m.

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE 3101 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.286.2622 outback.com This national chain has made its way into many homes across the country. We recommend trying their ribs, steak, bread or famous Bloomin Onions. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

PALM CITY GRILL Martin Downs Village Center 3208 SW Martin Downs Blvd. Palm City 772.220.4745 thepalmcitygrill.com Where do Bambam shrimp, parmesan crusted sea bass, cheese pizza and all-American cheeseburgers all exist on one menu? The Palm City Grill. With a following as large as its menu, this understated pub-style corner eatery serves up the works.. Open for dinner seven days a week at 4 p.m. Closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy hour daily from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

PELICAN CAFE 351 SW Flagler Ave. Stuart 772.283.3133 pelicancafeandbeach.com Pelican Cafe offers its diners dinner with a view. Located on the St. Lucie River this cozy outdoor cafe serves a menu ranging from boom boom shrimp to fish tacos, lobster rolls and even Cuban sandwiches. Bring your furry friends as well. The restaurant is pet friendly. Open six days a week from 11 a.m. through dinner. Closed on Mondays during the summer. Only offers outdoor dining and subject to weather conditions.

PETER’S STEAKHOUSE 3200 NE Maple Ave. Jensen Beach 772.225.2516 peterssteakhouse.com Peter’s Steakhouse offers succulent dry aged steaks, simple sides and wine. A popular restaurant located in historic downtown Jensen, be sure to visit and discover why Peter’s is the talk of the town. Open seven days a week 5 p.m. to closing.

PIETRO’S ON THE RIVER 8735 S. Ocean Drive Jensen Beach 772.229.7575 pietrosontheriver.com Pietro’s On The River takes Italian and American cuisine to the next level. Under the supervision of Chef Robert the kitchen creates delicious Italian and American dishes such as the Roasted Long Island Duckling and Swordfish Puttanesca. Open Thursday through Sunday 4:30 to 9 p.m.

PIRATES LOFT AT PIRATES COVE Resort & Marina 4307 SE Bayview St. | Stuart 772.223.5048 Piratescoveresort.com For a great lunch or fabulous dinner, join us at the Pirate’s Loft where the food rivals the fantastic views of the Marina and Manatee Pocket. From flavorful salads to outstanding seafood, there is something for everyone on our extensive menu. Serving lunch and dinner daily.

PLANET OZONE 1601 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.403.2199 planetozone.com Planet Ozone is a space that wears many hats. Doubling as an environmentally friendly gas station convenience store, Planet Ozone promises to have any product you’re looking for. Did we mention there’s also an organic food cafe inside the market? Open Sunday through Thursday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

PUSATERI’S CHICAGO PIZZA

221 SE Ocean Blvd. Stuart 772.288.9810 bestfloridapizza.com Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza, but Pusateri’s brings Florida the “real” taste of Chicago. Pusateri’s slings THIN crust pizza doused in sauce unique to the various cities and suburbs and cut into squares. Open six days a week. Monday, Wednesday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 1 to 8 p.m. Closed Tuesday.

RISTORANTE CLARETTA 1315 SW Martin Highway Palm City 772.219.9940 ristoranteclaretta.com A restaurant that prides itself on serving authentic Italian dishes, Ristorante Claretta has been in business for almost 20 years. At Ristorante Claretta you will taste a true difference. All ingredients are imported fresh from Italy and all seafood comes straight from the Mediterranean Sea. Ristorante Claretta is an Italian fine dining experience. Open five days a week for dinner. Wednesday through Sunday 5:30 to 10 p.m.

RIVERWALK CAFE & OYSTER BAR 201 SW St. Lucie Ave. | Stuart 772.221.1511 riverwalkcafeandoysterbar.net Offering fresh-caught seafood such as shellfish, mussels and fish in a cozy and casual setting, Riverwalk Cafe is the ultimate stop for fresh seafood or even a quick drink. Try the oyster stew and lobster ravioli, two favorites, and see why the venue fills up so quickly every night. Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dinner only on Saturdays from 4 to 10 p.m. Reservations recommended.

RUFFINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 1145 SE Port Saint Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie 772.335.2988. ruffinos.net The story begins with a man and a woman falling in love and moving to Florida. There they opened Ruffino’s and the rest is history. Their love for one another is translated into their food. The result a menu full of comforting,classic Italian dishes. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday noon to 9:30 p.m.

SAKE HOUSE JAPANESE RESTAURANT 2277 SW Martin Highway Palm City 772.221.1966 sakehousejapanese restaurant.com Known in Martin County for its sushi, Sake House satisfies any craving for Asian cuisine. From vegetarian dishes to tempura platters, from rice noodles to hand-rolled sushi and sashimi, this renowned restaurant has got the power to delight your taste buds. Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner is served from 4:30 to 9:45 p.m.

SAILOR’S RETURN 625 SW Anchorage Way Stuart 772.872.7250 thesailorsreturn.com Serving fresh seafood, chops and steaks, all complemented by the most beautiful sunset on the Treasure Coast, Sailor’s Return is located on the wide river at Sunset Bay Marina & Anchorage. Boasting 220 seats with your choice of inside dining or patio dining, Sailor’s Return also offers two full-liquor bars—one inside and one outside. Open every-


MICHELINA’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 1835 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.286.3455 michelinasrest.com A modern take on classic Italian dishes comes to life at Michelina’s. While chefs create said dishes, guests can expect service from a friendly staff in a family-owned restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner six days a week 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Sundays. Catering available.

NY CHINESE 1365 SW Martin Highway Palm City 772.463.5552 places.singleplatform.com/ ny-chinese-restaurant This quick service Chinese restaurant offers all our traditional favorites Open daily for lunch and dinner. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

ON THE EDGE BAR & GRILL 1136 Seaway Drive Fort Pierce 772.882.9729 fb.com/OnTheEdgeBarAndGrillFL A small menu that offers all the classic seafood favorites. From shrimp baskets to blackened salmon On The Edge offers its diners with simple, delicious and affordable eats. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

ORIGINAL TIKI BAR Second Ave. A Fort Pierce 772.461.0880 The Original Tiki Bar offers open air seating under a tiki thatched roof. The abundant menu and selection of beer will satisfy every tastebud. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Happy hour is everyday from 4 to 7 p.m.

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE 3101 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.286.2622 outback.com This national chain has made its way into many homes across the country. We recommend trying their ribs, steak, bread or famous Bloomin Onions. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

PALM CITY GRILL Martin Downs Village Center 3208 SW Martin Downs Blvd. Palm City 772.220.4745 thepalmcitygrill.com Where do Bambam shrimp, parmesan crusted sea bass, cheese pizza and all-American cheeseburgers all exist on one menu? The Palm City Grill. With a following as large as its menu, this understated pub-style corner eatery serves up the works.. Open for dinner seven days a week at 4 p.m. Closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy hour daily from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

PELICAN CAFE 351 SW Flagler Ave. Stuart 772.283.3133 pelicancafeandbeach.com Pelican Cafe offers its diners dinner with a view. Located on the St. Lucie River this cozy outdoor cafe serves a menu ranging from boom boom shrimp to fish tacos, lobster rolls and even Cuban sandwiches. Bring your furry friends as well. The restaurant is pet friendly. Open six days a week from 11 a.m. through dinner. Closed on Mondays during the summer. Only offers outdoor dining and subject to weather conditions.

PETER’S STEAKHOUSE 3200 NE Maple Ave. Jensen Beach 772.225.2516 peterssteakhouse.com Peter’s Steakhouse offers succulent dry aged steaks, simple sides and wine. A popular restaurant located in historic downtown Jensen, be sure to visit and discover why Peter’s is the talk of the town. Open seven days a week 5 p.m. to closing.

PIETRO’S ON THE RIVER 8735 S. Ocean Drive Jensen Beach 772.229.7575 pietrosontheriver.com Pietro’s On The River takes Italian and American cuisine to the next level. Under the supervision of Chef Robert the kitchen creates delicious Italian and American dishes such as the Roasted Long Island Duckling and Swordfish Puttanesca. Open Thursday through Sunday 4:30 to 9 p.m.

PIRATES LOFT AT PIRATES COVE Resort & Marina 4307 SE Bayview St. | Stuart 772.223.5048 Piratescoveresort.com For a great lunch or fabulous dinner, join us at the Pirate’s Loft where the food rivals the fantastic views of the Marina and Manatee Pocket. From flavorful salads to outstanding seafood, there is something for everyone on our extensive menu. Serving lunch and dinner daily.

PLANET OZONE 1601 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.403.2199 planetozone.com Planet Ozone is a space that wears many hats. Doubling as an environmentally friendly gas station convenience store, Planet Ozone promises to have any product you’re looking for. Did we mention there’s also an organic food cafe inside the market? Open Sunday through Thursday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

PUSATERI’S CHICAGO PIZZA

221 SE Ocean Blvd. Stuart 772.288.9810 bestfloridapizza.com Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza, but Pusateri’s brings Florida the “real” taste of Chicago. Pusateri’s slings THIN crust pizza doused in sauce unique to the various cities and suburbs and cut into squares. Open six days a week. Monday, Wednesday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 1 to 8 p.m. Closed Tuesday.

RISTORANTE CLARETTA 1315 SW Martin Highway Palm City 772.219.9940 ristoranteclaretta.com A restaurant that prides itself on serving authentic Italian dishes, Ristorante Claretta has been in business for almost 20 years. At Ristorante Claretta you will taste a true difference. All ingredients are imported fresh from Italy and all seafood comes straight from the Mediterranean Sea. Ristorante Claretta is an Italian fine dining experience. Open five days a week for dinner. Wednesday through Sunday 5:30 to 10 p.m.

RIVERWALK CAFE & OYSTER BAR 201 SW St. Lucie Ave. | Stuart 772.221.1511 riverwalkcafeandoysterbar.net Offering fresh-caught seafood such as shellfish, mussels and fish in a cozy and casual setting, Riverwalk Cafe is the ultimate stop for fresh seafood or even a quick drink. Try the oyster stew and lobster ravioli, two favorites, and see why the venue fills up so quickly every night. Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dinner only on Saturdays from 4 to 10 p.m. Reservations recommended.

RUFFINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 1145 SE Port Saint Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie 772.335.2988. ruffinos.net The story begins with a man and a woman falling in love and moving to Florida. There they opened Ruffino’s and the rest is history. Their love for one another is translated into their food. The result a menu full of comforting,classic Italian dishes. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday noon to 9:30 p.m.

SAKE HOUSE JAPANESE RESTAURANT 2277 SW Martin Highway Palm City 772.221.1966 sakehousejapanese restaurant.com Known in Martin County for its sushi, Sake House satisfies any craving for Asian cuisine. From vegetarian dishes to tempura platters, from rice noodles to hand-rolled sushi and sashimi, this renowned restaurant has got the power to delight your taste buds. Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner is served from 4:30 to 9:45 p.m.

SAILOR’S RETURN 625 SW Anchorage Way Stuart 772.872.7250 thesailorsreturn.com Serving fresh seafood, chops and steaks, all complemented by the most beautiful sunset on the Treasure Coast, Sailor’s Return is located on the wide river at Sunset Bay Marina & Anchorage. Boasting 220 seats with your choice of inside dining or patio dining, Sailor’s Return also offers two full-liquor bars—one inside and one outside. Open every-


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LITERACY AWARD LUNCHEON

The Library Foundation of Martin County and Knight Kiplinger honored May Smyth as this year’s recipient of the Kiplinger Literacy Award during the Literacy Award Luncheon at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club. The luncheon featured Kiplinger as the keynote speaker who gave his perspective on finance and politics.

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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF MARTIN COUNTY INSTALLATION LUNCHEON

The organization held its annual Installation Luncheon at Hutchinson Island Marriott, which welcomed the 2019 board of directors as they honor the mission of YPMC: to provide a platform for young Martin County to be successful through connection, education and service.

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HIBISCUS CHILDREN’S CENTER ‘ALL THAT JAZZ CASINO NIGHT’

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Nearly 200 guests dressed in “Roaring ’20s” attire and enjoyed a casino-night themed evening at Mariner Sands Country Club. The event included a cocktail hour, casino games, dinner and a musical performance of “All That Jazz” by Jessica Santana. 

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HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE TREASURE COAST DONOR & SPONSOR APPRECIATION RECEPTION

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More than 100 of the organization’s annual donors and sponsors were recognized for their generous commitment during the annual Donor & Sponsor Appreciation Reception at Geoffrey C. Smith Galleries. Guests were also invited to attend the show “Mutts Gone Nuts” at the Lyric Theatre following the reception.

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ALZHEIMER’S COMMUNITY CARE HELLO SPRING LUNCHEON

Alzheimer’s Community Care held its annual “Hello Spring” luncheon at the Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club. The event raised more than $40,000, which will go to services for families facing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

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1. Dolores Lashkevich and Melanie Fenner 2. Janice Long, Marsha Cetta and Pat Berry 3. Kelly McIntyre, Judie Rappaport, Victoria Peyton and Jan Chase 4. Mary Barnes, Lisa and Doug Smith and Amy Bromhead 5. Pat Gage, Doris Clements, Pat Armelini and Catherine Fasano

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MARY’S SHELTER FASHION SHOW & LUNCHEON

Mary’s Shelter celebrated its ninth annual Fashion Show & Luncheon at Willoughby Golf Club with WPTV News Channel 5’s Kelley Dunn as the emcee for the program. Guests enjoyed a fashion show hosted by the Seaside Sisters in addition to auction items and vendor boutiques.

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SEMINOLE BLUFF GROUNDBREAKING

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Local dignitaries attended the groundbreaking on the banks of the St. Lucie River for Seminole Bluff, Florida’s limited-edition, luxury waterfront residences, which are officially underway in construction.

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF MARTIN COUNTY COCKTAIL RECEPTION

The Jupiter Island Club was decked out in Bollywood decor for an elegant cocktail reception and silent auction to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County. A tribute to supporter Ros Clark took place along with a live auction led by Tim Luke.

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PLACE OF HOPE’S SPORTING CLAYS FUN SHOOT

Nearly 340 people took aim during Place of Hope’s seventh annual Sporting Clays Fun Shoot at the South Florida Shooting Club. The fundraiser combined the competition of clay shooting with supporting foster children in the community.

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ECONOMIC COUNCIL OF MARTIN COUNTY DINNER

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The organization held its annual dinner at Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa where the board of directors was sworn in by Martin County’s newest judge, Jennifer Waters. Frank DiBello, president and CEO of Space Florida was the guest speaker.

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WAVE HAIR STUDIO AND FLUTTER LASH & BEAUTY BOUTIQUE GRAND OPENING

The grand opening block party for Wave Hair Studio and Flutter Lash & Beauty Boutique took place at its location in downtown Stuart. Patrons enjoyed braid designs and a fresh flower bar over wine and appetizers.

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HEARTS FOR HOPE LUNCHEON

House of Hope’s largest fundraiser celebrated its 20th year at Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club in Palm City. The sold-out event featured a gourmet lunch, complimentary mimosas, raffle baskets, a pop-up House of Hope thrift boutique and the Growing Hope farm stand.

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BEAST & BOURBON DINNER

The Port St. Lucie Sunset Rotary Club hosted its annual Beast and Bourbon Dinner at Tutto Fresco Italian Restaurant. Guests enjoyed a five-course meal pairing with specialty bourbons to benefit local veterans groups.

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MARTIN ARTISANS GUILD MARTIN COUNTY OPEN STUDIO TOUR

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Your guide to upcoming, must-attend philanthropy events.

APRIL 1 TO 30 Helping People Succeed April Showers; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; Helping People Succeed; Donations of baby items; hpsfl.org APRIL 2 Soroptimist International of Stuart Women Of Distinction; 6 p.m.; Mariner Sands Country Club; $125; soroptimistofstuart.org

APRIL 6 Surfers for Autism Jensen Beach Festival; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Jensen Beach Turtle Beach; free; surfersforautism.org

APRIL 13, 14 Downtown Stuart Craft Festival; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 26 SW Osceola St.; free; artfestival.com

APRIL 6 GFWC Woman’s Club of Stuart ‘Art is Everywhere’ Tour; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Woman’s Club of Stuart Clubhouse; $30; gfwcwomansclubofstuart.com

APRIL 13 ARC of Martin County ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’; 6 p.m.; Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa; $300; arcmc.org

APRIL 6 ‘Beauty and the Beast’; 2 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; Ticket prices vary; lyrictheatre.com APRIL 7 Northstars Homerun Derby; noon to 4 p.m.; Sailfish Ballpark; $15; cityofstuart.us

April 5 United States Sailing Center Martin County 2019 “Ports of Call” Fundraising Gala Committee

APRIL 5 United States Sailing Center Martin County ‘Ports of Call’ Fundraising Gala; 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Frances Langford Dockside Pavilion; $75; usscmc.org

APRIL 11 The Hobe Sound Nature Center ‘Whatever the Weather’ with Jim Cantore; 6 p.m.; Jupiter Island Club; $225; hobesoundnaturecenter.com APRIL 13 Thin Mint Spring Treasure Coast; 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; Halpatiokee Regional Park; free; gsgcf.org

APRIL 13 The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast ‘Kids at Heart’ Gala; 6 p.m.; Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club; $150; childrensmuseumtc.org APRIL 13 Youth Arts Celebration; 7 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; Ticket prices vary; lyrictheatre.com APRIL 15 Top Chef Martin County; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; District Table & Bar; $100, $200/VIP; hohmartin.org/topchef APRIL 24 The Noveaux Honkies; 7 p.m.; Terra Fermata; Ticket prices vary; terrafermata.com

April 25 ERAF board member Bobbi Martin with a rescue during last year’s “For the Love of Horses” Golf Tournament

APRIL 25 Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation ‘For the Love of Horses’ Golf Tournament; 8 a.m.; Jupiter Country Club; $150; eraf.org APRIL 27 Hibiscus Children’s Center Raise the Roof for Hibiscus ‘Lights Action Party’; 7 p.m.; Martin County Fairgrounds Arena; $75; hibiscuschildrenscenter.org APRIL 27 Southeast Bunfest; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Kane Center; $5/adults, free/ ages 12 and younger; hstc1. org/southeastbunfest

Note: Dates and times may change. Please contact the individual organization for the most up-to-date information.

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