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Even when markets become volatile, you can keep your retirement plan on track by staying focused and taking the time to rebalance and refresh your investments. The past eight years have been a heady time for the Dow, but recent large single-day drops have focused attention on how to protect your future if you’re planning to retire sometime soon. After a long bull market, portfolios that might have been well-balanced may now be overweight in stocks and may require reallocation toward lower-risk investments. Picture the future. If you’re concerned about market volatility, take the time to think carefully about your retirement and ask the big questions. How much will you need to retire? What sort of lifestyle do you want to maintain? Do you want to leave something to your heirs, or create a charitable legacy? Have you thought about what your healthcare needs might be in the future? According to Sal Tiano, “We need to think ahead. To stay on track, planning for a successful retirement requires flexibility and a comprehensive look at all aspects of your life.” Plan for a long retirement. Statistics show that individuals with higher incomes and healthier lifestyles tend to live longer. So if you’re over 65, you might live to 90 or even 95. Many of us underestimate the long lives we may enjoy. “We can live very long lives if we take care of
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CONTENTS Vo l u m e 1 9 | I s s u e 9 | D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 9
D E PA R T M E N T S 14 PUBLISHER’S LETTER Words from Kim Capen
18 THINGS WE LOVE
Get in the know on upcoming local events
20 TRENDING LOCALLY
Stylish finds in close-by boutiques
F E AT U R E S 27 THE FISHING CHRONICLES Fishing advice from a seasoned angler
77 ALL ACCESS
A guide to social events, dining, contests, promotions, charities, arts and more
22 NOW + FOREVER
Local couples tie the knot
24 DINING WITH TISH
30 DOUBLE DECADE OF DAZE
Discover the area’s best restaurants
26 HOME BEAUTIFUL Home design tips
April Daze Boutique owner, April Hope, reflects on her 20 years of business in downtown Stuart.
40 THE POLLINATORS
Learn everything you need to know about the honey bees in Martin County.
52 DIVINE FINDS
Set the tone for your home with contemporary, beach, rustic or vintage décor.
70 MEMORIES OF MAR-A-LAGO
A writer recalls her childhood days visiting her grandparents’ home at Mar-a-Lago.
32 RETIRING REJECTION
Floyd Devoe “Bud” Jordan, wealth manager and multi-board member, refuses to stop even at 84.
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y love of honey has grown in the past few years. I have been trying to cut sugar from my diet for some time, but I still use honey on everything. Not too long ago, I met a group of people at deLITEful Kitchen in Stuart. Owner Jessica Addams introduced me to Jennifer Holmes of Hani Honey Company and some others from the Slow Food organization here on the Treasure Coast. I sat and talked with them about the work they are doing, but was particularly fascinated by the honey bees locally and around the world. I have several friends who have beehives as well, and this encouraged me to execute an article on the honey bee situation and educate our readers on some of the essential people in the industry. I hope you will take some of their recommendations on planting more flowers and calling the right people if you find an unwanted hive, so it can get appropriately assigned to a new location. Read about it on page 40 to gain a better understanding of how severe the bee issue is. And, of course, the holidays are here! I love this festive season, and as usual, we put together a holiday gift-buying section. This year, we stepped it up a bit and included luxurious items that might interest some of you. Otherwise, it is a great excuse to check out some new stores. Be sure to also flip through our “Downtown Stuart” section—included in every issue—for more ideas of where you can go to pack in a full day of holiday shopping. As for me, I will be baking lots of treats, buying some holiday flowers for the yard to help support the bee colonies in the area, finding time to rejoice in the good in my life—and also finding ways to share what’s meaningful with others. This season, invite a friend that has no family to join yours for a holiday. Give some effort into committing random acts of kindness. Surprise yourself with how much better it feels to give than to receive. Then, strive to take this into your daily life—well beyond this most beautiful time of year. Many blessings to all of you and your families and a Happy New Year.
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PA R T Y
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P I C T U R E S
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CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BAZAAR
HOLIDAY HOME TOUR Traverse some of Stuart’s most beautifully decorated homes decked out in holiday spirit. Meet at the Woman’s Club of Stuart Clubhouse on Dec. 8 during the Holiday Home Tour. Funds raised will benefit charities of the Woman’s Club of Stuart. (Tickets from $45; womansclubofstuart.com)
COOKIES WITH SANTA
Nobody enjoys cookies more than Santa—except for kids. Have your children take part in cookie decorating, holiday crafts and more at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. Cookies with Santa on Dec. 15 also includes letters and photos with Santa, as well as storytime. (Ticket prices vary; childrensmuseumtc.org)
Roam more than 60 booths of handmade, one-of-a-kind Christmas and holiday gifts at the Christmas Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 14 at Tradition Square. Find treasures from glass art and baked goods to handmade clothes and soaps. Make it an evening as you meet local vendors, sample food, listen to live music and let your kids loose in the Kids Zone. (Free; eventbrite.com)
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CRAWL & TOY DRIVE Don your holiday apparel and prepare for a night of merriment and goodwill. The 12 Pubs of Christmas Holiday Crawl & Toy Drive on Dec. 14 is a 10.6-mile, 12 bar pub crawl; but don’t worry, buses are provided at various pickup locations. Don’t forget an unwrapped present to donate to those less fortunate this holiday season.
NUTCRACKER BALLET Tchaikovsky’s classic comes to life in the Dance Academy of Stuart’s 22nd annual DAS Nutcracker Ballet. Ballet classes of every level will showcase their talents at South Fork High School on Dec. 7 and 8 with sugarplums, toys and mice taking the stage in this classic Christmas tale. (Tickets from $10; das.ticketleap.com)
STUART CHRISTMAS PARADE
It’s time once again for the annual Stuart Christmas Parade on Dec. 6. Presented by the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, the parade’s theme will be “It’s a Green Christmas.” The route has been flipped this year, running from Monterey Road to Georgia Avenue, so don’t miss any floats as you vote for your favorite. (Free; stuartchristmasparade.com)
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afé Martier is a new and welcome addition to the Stuart dining scene. Located in the historic Post Office Arcade downtown, the restaurant is styled as a modern speakeasy and features a sprawling “vintage chic” interior with multiple dining and drinking areas. Prohibition-era cocktails are a specialty at Café Martier, and there’s live music—a piano, guitar and saxophone combo— every night. Brunch and dinner are served daily, and guests can enjoy happy hour in the piano bar every day before 6 p.m. and after 10 p.m. I came in for dinner with a friend recently and kicked things off with a Smooth Criminal, a refreshing cocktail made with watermelon, Tito’s vodka, cucumber and lime. Our server, Scott, recommended the jumbo crab cakes and the goat cheese croquettes as appetizers, and we happily followed his suggestions. The two large crab cakes were chock-full of large
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Café Martier, 23 SW Osceola St., Stuart; 772.600.5025; cafemartier.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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uxury is in the details, and nowhere is this truer than in the smallest details of a home: the finishing touches such as light fixtures, door and cabinet hardware, and faucets. As with other aspects of a luxury home, consideration should be given to the craftsmanship, quality of materials, function and rarity so the pieces further make a statement. Often overlooked, lighting is one of the most important aspects in setting the tone and mood of a space. The first step is to decide which type of lights—pendants, chandeliers, wall lights, table or floor lamps and flush mounts—will work best. Scale must also be considered. Then, liberty can be taken to choose high-quality, unique pieces that meld with the room and home’s design. Whether the space is simple and understated or heavily decorated, the door and cabinet hardware, even the hinges, should receive thought and support the home’s uniqueness. Hardware serves a functional purpose, but it also attracts the eye and can make or break the décor in a room. Styles range from handmade to vintage, and the material of the pieces can vary between brass, bronze, stainless steel, crystal or glass, to name a few. The current trend for selecting finishing touches is to mix materials, and this continues with faucets. The same materials used for hardware are used with faucets, but matching exactly to hardware and lighting can be severe. The goal is for the small details to function as needed while providing an interesting but cohesive look to the room and home. The most luxurious faucets are hand-made, designed by a classic designer, and produced with valuable materials such as precious metals. Executed properly, the home’s finishing touches can further elevate the luxury home’s appearance.
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Boutique Bliss APRIL HOPE OF APRIL DAZE BOUTIQUE IN STUART CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF OUTFITTING LOCALS. By Clarissa Buch | Photography by Lindsey Potter
n the late ‘90s, April Hope remembers spotting a small “For Rent” sign on a little storefront in downtown Stuart. After working in retail for more than a decade, she thought to herself, “Well, why not?” “I knew I could do it, so I went for it,” she says of starting her boutique, April Daze. “I opened on a shoestring budget and maxed out a few credit cards. It was scary, but worth it.” In three years, she earned back her entire investment and then some. Hope recently celebrated 20 years of running her chic boutique in downtown Stuart, which offers an eclectic line of clothing, shoes, jewelry, home decor and gifts. “The store became way more successful than I ever could have dreamed,” Hope says. “Twenty years went by in a flash. Looking back, I’ve had 20 years of fun, friendship and the most wonderful memories; I’ve curated a space that feels good and makes customers want to return.” How did April Daze begin? Was it always your dream to open a boutique? After living in England for a year with my
boyfriend, I moved to Boca Raton, Florida, in my early 20s to be near my sister. I worked at The Body Shop, the body care company from England, for almost 10 years, where I was in charge of merchandising and buying for all eight stores in Palm Beach and Miami. After a stint in Charleston, South Carolina, for a few years to be closer to family, I ended up back in Florida—this time in Stuart, where I opened April Daze.
How does it feel to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of April Daze? Right before our 20th anniversary party this past October, I woke up early and couldn’t wait to get into the store to start merchandising. That’s when I thought to myself, ‘It’s unbelievable how I still love doing this after so many years.’ It’s not always easy but it sure is gratifying.
What’s your process like for choosing items that make it into the store? I find items for the store everywhere I go. I am always on the hunt, but I have to love something to want to bring it into April Daze. With all of the competition in the world these days, you have to be aware and open to new and different things. Anyone who has been in the store knows there is something for everyone, whether you’re looking for clothing, a special piece of jewelry or a funny gift. We have a corner dedicated to joke items, where people literally stand and laugh throughout the day. It’s those little moments that make it all worth it.
When looking forward, what do you think the next 20 years will look like for the boutique? My staff and so many of my customers are my family. Without them, there is no April Daze. You know you have made it when your customers hug you and tell you they love you. They make all of this worthwhile. As for the future, I hope to keep rockin’ at April Daze and give customers what they want! And have a good time doing it.
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An Octogenarian with Office Hours FLOYD DEVOE “BUD” JORDAN WORKS FULL TIME AS A WEALTH MANAGER WHILE CONTINUING TO SERVE ON THE BOARDS OF THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION MARTIN-ST. LUCIE AND THE RIVERS COALITION. By Amy Woods | Photography by Lindsey Potter
t 84, the senior consultant for Merrill Lynch’s Jordan McGovern Group shows no signs of stopping. Floyd Devoe “Bud” Jordan, a Stuart resident since 1971, thinks about calling it quits yet never sets a date. “People keep trying to retire me,” Jordan says. “They have for a long time.” The Florida State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting puts the needs of his clients ahead of golf and travel. “We manage a lot of money, and the responsibilities are to be attuned to the market and make sure what our clients’ needs are and try to make sure they’re met,” he says. When the Montgomery, Alabama, native came to town, he became its first stockbroker, joining the firm Francis I. DuPont & Co. “I was 33,” he says. “It was a good move.” In 1985, he co-founded the Economic Council of Martin County intending to financially develop the sleepy suburb. “We needed industries and jobs,” Jordan says, noting the biggest employer was a flower farm at U.S. Highway 1 and Indian Street. He also co-founded the Martin County
Community Foundation in 1988, which has since been renamed The Community Foundation Martin-St. Lucie, to help account for and safeguard charitable giving. He recalls a client who died and left money to 17 charities, and the charities didn’t know how to handle it. That moment encouraged Jordan to set up the foundation. In what many consider his crowning achievement, Jordan founded the St. Lucie River Initiative—now the Rivers Coalition— in 1991. The Rivers Coalition and its members have launched an effort to save the river from pollution and restore its ecological health. “The intent was to identify the problem and proceed to clean up the waterway,” he says. “We naively thought it would be easy to do.” In 2017, he abruptly resigned from the Economic Council of Martin County after U.S. Sugar bought a seat at the table. “To me, that was a fox in the henhouse,” Jordan says. “As far as I know, they paid more money so that they had more than one seat.” At issue are the controversial discharges of water from Lake Okeechobee into the estuary. “The bottom line is the St. Lucie River is
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A THE GATE Custom wood signs. Available in two sizes. Prices start at $68.95. // The Shoppes at Harbour Bay • Stuart • 772.286.3636 B APRIL DAZE BOUTIQUE Sugarboo & Co. wall art with Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. Part of the “Book Collection” of handmade art prints. Small: 17”x25”. Medium: 25”x36”. Large: 35”x46”. Prices start at $299. // 308 Colorado Ave. • Downtown Stuart • 772.221.1062 C KATIE GIANNI “Flamboyant Kings.” Original Ink Painting by Katie Gianni. India Ink/Acrylic Ink on Paper. 26”x28” (including frame). $1,700. // 609.276.3744 • Katie@KatieGianniArt.com D DIANNE DAVANT & ASSOCIATES Candle and diffuser gift sets from Nest Fragrances are sure to be a Christmas hit! One of our favorites is the Birchwood Pine fragrance. Dianne Davant & Associates also offers Nest’s Holiday Scent. Pick one up for you and a friend! // 613 Colorado Ave. • Stuart • 772.781.1400 • Davant-Interiors.com E KIM RODY CREATIONS “Tandem” Blue Marlin Party Pleaser. Kim Rody’s colorful marine image “Tandem” on rectangle platter along with four matching tidbit trays. Original art applied and fired onto deluxe porcelain in artists’ Palm City kilns. The tidbits are packaged in a clear box with gold band around. Food safe, microwave safe and restaurant durable. A pair of blue marlins.... in tandem. $159. // 3371 SW 42 Ave., Unit B • Palm City • Open by appointment; contact Sophie at 772.263.0230 or email Kim@Rody.com. Promotion
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E A RARE EARTH GALLERY MOVA Globes are unique, eco-friendly decor items that use light and Earth’s magnetic field to rotate on its own (even in the palm of your hand). No batteries, no cords, no charging! // 41 SW Flagler Ave. • Downtown Stuart • 772.287.7744 • RareEarthGallery.com B JUST GOLD JEWELERS Sterling silver and cubic zirconia inside/ outside hoop earrings. Many sizes available. Starting at $150. // 2691 SE Ocean Blvd. • Stuart • 772.283.6717 • JustGoldJewelers.com C TREASURE COAST MULTIMEDIA Give the gift of preserving your family’s precious memories. $25 for any videotape or audio cassette/album converted to digital video or audio on a USB thumb drive. // Rick Miller • Downtown Stuart • 772.521.9901 • TCMultimedia.net D ANA CAPRI ACTIVEWEAR Women’s hoodie by Body Glove. $66. // 41B SW Osceola Street • Stuart • 772.266.4969 E KLING GALLERY, WINE & DÉCOR Survivor Dune, 11 x 14, oil, by Chris Kling. Named Survivor Dune because it is a naturally formed dune that has survived Florida hurricanes and civilization. A survivor we can relate to! Exquisitely framed, and just back from exhibiting in New York City. // 723 S Colorado Ave. • Stuart • 772.678.6949
A APHRODITE STYLE A unique holiday collection of high-fired porcelain and titanium serving ware. $15-$65. // 41A SW Osceola St. • Stuart • 772.781.8190 B GALLERY 36 Gift certificates for purchasing fine art and photography. Prices vary. // 36 SE Ocean Blvd. • Stuart • 772.888.3408 • Gallery-36.com C GUMBO LIMBO COASTAL CHIC Christmas wish platter from Mudpie. Ceramic platter with raised beaded scalloped rim and pine bough detail. $21. // 37 SW Osceola St. • Downtown Stuart • 772.283.1077 D SIMPLE PLEASURES The one and only Thymes Frasier Fir, now available at Simple Pleasures in all its glorious holiday aspects. // 306 S Colorado Ave. • Stuart • 772.288.3710 E PAINTING WITH A TWIST STUART/JENSEN BEACH Painting with a Twist gift cards. Prices vary. // 3579 NW Federal Hwy. • Jensen Beach • 772.210.5305 • PaintingWithATwist.com/Stuart
A MGMORIGINALS FINE ART Custom Pet Portraits. $200. // Maria G. Miele • 772.486.4229 • MGMoriginals.com • Maria@MGMoriginals.com B DIAMONDS BY TERRY Custom made, one-of-a-kind platinum. Rare Tanzanite, 19.76 ct. Pave set diamonds, VVS1-F color. 70 diamonds, tw 2.55 ct. Terry can create any design you wish! Prices vary. // 3868 SE Dixie Hwy. • Stuart • 772.781.1133 • DiamondsByTerry.com C FUNKY MONKEY For every Everglades Bracelet sold, one pound of trash will be pulled from the ocean and coastlines on your behalf. You’ll also help raise awareness about the importance of restoring this UNESCO World Heritage Site to its raw and natural state. // 12 SW Osceola St. • Stuart • 786.326.3179 D SOLARE SUNGLASSES Surprise your loved one this holiday season with a pair of exquisite designer sunglasses. Solare Sunglasses has the largest selection of designer sunglasses on the Treasure Coast, including Prada, Tiffany, Maui, Costa, Ray-Ban and much more. $30- $800. Gift certificates are available. // 4 SW Osceola St. • Downtown Stuart • 772.287.7887
E VICTORIAROSE WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE 100% fine cotton and embroidered nightwear from Jacaranda Living. Prices start at $89. // 311 Colorado Ave. • Downtown Stuart • 772.283.1242
A ARGENTO JEWELRY Sterling silver and Larimar turtle. $139. Sterling silver and cubic zirconia tennis bracelet. $89. // 27 SW Osceola St. • Stuart B KEMP’S SHOE SALON AND BOUTIQUE Festive sequin wristlets from David Jeffrey. Assorted materials and colors available. $95. // Harbour Bay Plaza • 3754 SE Ocean Blvd. • Sewall’s Point • 772.221.9973 C MATILDA’S Olivia Dar, Frangipani Earrings. Created by a Parisienne in Delhi. Handcrafted in India. $95. // 15 SW Flagler Ave. • Stuart • 772.221.8280 D SCULPTOR EDUARDO GOMEZ ROJAS Make your special memories last forever with a portrait bust of your loved one cast in bronze. Created by renowned figurative sculptor Eduardo Gomez Rojas. Size: Tabletop (3/4 life). $15,000 plus tax. Shipping additional. // 501.765.2609 • EduardoGomez.com E MASERATI STUART The 2020 Maserati Quattroporte. Available with the Ferrari-developed 424-hp, 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 in the Quattroporte S Q4 delivers amazing power in the ultra-luxury class with a sonorous, seductive exhaust sound. Soft leather, Ermenegildo Zegna silk, real carbon fiber, genuine wood and nicely finished metal are high-end detailed finishes that are very exclusive to Maserati. // 3980 SE Federal Hwy. • Stuart • 772.214.3900 • MaseratiStuart.com F ATHENA PLASTIC SURGERY From Botox® to fillers to Hydrafacials, Ultherapy & Microneedling too, Athena Plastic Surgery has everything you need to start the New Year as your best you! Complimentary consultations are available with their Vectra Surgery Simulator. // Stuart: 903 SE Monterey Commons Blvd. • Palm Beach Gardens: 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., #1105 • 772.266.5003 • AthenaPlasticSurgery.com
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BEE MANIA SEVEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT MIGHT BE MARTIN COUNTY’S FASTEST-GROWING HOBBY. b y E R I C BA R TO N photos courtesy of DELIA RARESHEID
t’s not hard to get miserable reading news about the honey bees. Responsible for the pollination of much of our food supply, the bees are under threat from pesticides, a troublesome mite and a mysterious disease. But locally, there’s lots of good news, too: Beekeeping has grown exponentially in the past few years. A few Martin County experts have begun a quest to help the bees, so the honey bee might just be poised for a major comeback. What does this mean, and should we still be worried about the apiaries? We compiled seven things you need to know about honey bees in Martin County.
Studies suggest 40 percent of bee colonies are dying every year from a combination of challenges.
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“We have more beekeepers than we ever had, and the number of hives overall has grown dramatically.” - Amy Vu
It’s the Golden Age of Beekeeping Right now in Florida, far more people are tending to far more bees than ever before. In 2009, the state had more than 1,450 registered beekeepers, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. By 2019, that number had grown to more than 4,730. In 2009, those beekeepers managed 230,000 hives, a number that today has grown to 630,000—meaning the number of beehives has nearly tripled in the past decade. In Martin County alone, 44 beekeepers have registered with the state, keeping 4,000 colonies. Amy Vu, with the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory at the University of Florida in Gainesville, says those numbers should come as good news to anybody worried about the bees. “We have more beekeepers than we ever had, and the number of hives overall has grown dramatically,” Vu says. In Martin County, the number of backyard beekeepers seems to grow every year as more people become
Jennifer Holmes maintains about 300 hives kept mostly at farms throughout Martin County.
aware of the threats to the honey bee. Jennifer Holmes, with the Hani Honey Company in Stuart, says that in the 15 years she’s been keeping bees, she has watched the local clubs and meet-ups grow in size as more people get interested in it.
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40 percent of bee colonies are dying every year from a combination of challenges they face nowadays. “People need to be concerned about this,” Vu says. “We have a huge number of colonies these days, so it’s not as bad as it could be. But yes, beekeepers are losing a lot of colonies.” The numbers this year for Holmes were hard to stomach. She took her first “Beekeeping 101” class 15 years ago and started a commercial beekeeping operation not long gulfstreammediagroup.com
after. She typically maintains about 300 hives kept mostly at farms throughout Martin County. Her largest concentration of 75 to 150 hives are kept at Palm City Farms, where her honey is sold at the retail store. In 2019, she lost half of them to a series of threats, some to a varroa mite that’s nearly impossible to eradicate. “This year, 2019, was a really tough year. It’s hard not to get emotional when you see an entire hive die,” Holmes says. DECEMBER 2019
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In addition to the mite that took so many of Holmes’ hives, there’s also the danger of colonies dying from pesticides, of the decrease in pollen-producing plants, which have been replaced by development, and a mysterious disease called colony collapse disorder, in which entire colonies die. Nationwide, things aren’t as good as they are in Florida. Honey bee colonies managed by people declined from 6 million in 1947 to just 2.5 million today, according to the USDA. Colony collapse disorder is a big factor—about a quarter of all honey bee hives died in the winter of 2006-2007. Whatever is killing the bees also threatens other pollinator populations, including butterflies. Monarchs alone have dropped by 84 percent.
The threats to bees have a serious potential impact on humans. Without bees, three-quarters of the world’s food crops would not continue to be farmed, including chocolate, coffee, avocados and most berries. With all the threats to bees these days, Holmes estimates it’s five times harder to keep honey bees alive.
Most Likely, You Shouldn’t Start Beekeeping It might seem like the easiest answer to the threat to bees was that everyone should become an apiarist. But for most people, Holmes says, it’s too much work. “Really, you have to think of it like getting a pet,” she says. “If you’re the type whose pet is their everything, then maybe this is for you. If you’re somebody who doesn’t want
Hani Honey Company registered beekeepers Jennifer and Chris Holmes.
“I get a lot of calls from elderly people, and I just don’t charge them anything. For me, it’s more about saving the bees.” - Don Sl oane
to spend a lot of time with your pet, you probably shouldn’t get a beehive.” It’s not that beekeeping is too time-consuming. For most people, it takes no more than a half-hour every two or three weeks. Then it’ll require a few hours a year to prevent the hive from swarming, where a portion of the hive will fly off to start a new colony elsewhere, perhaps in a neighbor’s roof. But for many, Vu says, they can’t dedicate the time to research the problems hives face. When it’s that time for a hive to swarm in the spring, backyard beekeepers must be able to predict the behavior and figure out the steps to prevent it from happening. “I never just jump into saying everybody should become a beekeeper,” Vu says. “The answer to the threats facing honey bees is not just simply more colonies.”
What Non-Beekeepers Can Do Among the biggest threats to bees these days are pesticides, which can be carried back on foragers alongside pollen and be passed through the hive until the entire colony perishes. To prevent that, Holmes says to reduce or avoid spraying yards with chemicals, switching instead to organic fertilizers that are safe for pollinators. Instead of spraying for mosquitos or using “bombs” that spread deadly chemicals in clouds, reduce standing water where mosquitos breed. Homeowners can also have water sources in their yards that bees can use to drink, ideally with moving water like from a fountain to prevent mosquitos. Landscaping with plants that produce pollen year-round helps bees as well, Vu says. “Just by putting pollen-producing plants in your yard,
you can do a lot to save the bees.”
Rescue Wayward Colonies If you find a bee swarm in your yard or a colony somewhere it isn’t wanted, don’t try to kill it. It’s likely the colony can find a new home elsewhere. Rescuing wayward colonies is something that’s almost always possible when bees set up their residence in trees or homes, says Don Sloane, who retired from the city of Stuart’s sanitation department two years ago and soon became an avid beekeeper. Sloane adopted the hobby after his son had a baby and no longer had time for his backyard hive. He soon became addicted to it and started rescuing unwanted hives. “It’s kind of the coolest thing I’ve ever done, to tell you the truth,” Sloane says. He estimates he saves three to four hives a week now throughout Martin County, charging people his costs on a sliding scale of how much they can pay, from $175 for an easy job to $385 for a difficult removal from a wall. “I get a lot of calls from elderly people, and I just don’t charge them anything,” Sloane says. “For me, it’s more about saving the bees.” Once the hive is safely removed, Sloane either tries to find a backyard beekeeper to adopt them or sells them to commercial honey bee companies for $150 a pop. He says his project to save the bees has to be far more of a priority. “Once the bees are gone,” Sloane says, “we’re gone.”
OK, So You Want to Become a Beekeeper If the time and the research needed for a colony isn’t daunting for you, it’s not hard to begin. Beehives can be bought online and mailed to you, and the equipment needed (protective suit, smoker, hive tool) is also available from online retailers like Amazon. All in, you should spend under $500. In addition to the online route, beehives can also be purchased through rescuers like Sloane or from commercial operations like Holmes’ Hani Honey Company. There’s a marked benefit to buying local bees, too, because they’re more likely to be acclimated to the local climate and already know the pollen-producing plants.
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Groups including the Treasure Coast Beekeepers Association have regular meet-ups to help new beekeepers solve problems in their colonies, like how to treat for mites or prevent swarming. University of Florida even offers a Bee College for apiarists, who can go on to become certified Master Beekeepers. For Holmes, beekeeping provides an endless fascination with trying to understand a creature so surprisingly complex.
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Martin County’s Honey is Legendary There are several types of honey well-known to consumers: tupelo, orange blossom and mango are among them. But one of the most popular varieties of honey in Martin County just might beat them in taste, Holmes says. Found throughout Martin County, the saw palmetto is a low-lying brush plant with sharp leaves that look like spindly palm fronds. It flowers in spring and early summer, with spindly flowers that look like rows of fluffy pipe cleaners. When in bloom, bees will swarm the saw palmetto flowers. From its pollen, they’ll make honey that Holmes says is light and mild, with a distinct flavor like no other honey, malty and caramel with a bit of spice and an amber color. Holmes should know. She’s studying honey analysis through a school in Bologna, Italy, that will give her a degree like a sommelier of honey. She traveled to Italy in October for one of her palate tests, which have required her to identify a honey’s level of salt, sweet and bitterness. Advanced lessons will require her to figure out what type of flower the bees used to make the honey and even the region, eventually going right down to blends from multiple places. Even with her internationally tested palate, Holmes still believes in the honey produced in Martin County. “I think saw palmetto honey just might be the tastiest of all the honeys,” she says. Eric Barton is a former Stuart News reporter, a freelance journalist and, for the past couple years, an amateur beekeeper. He volunteers with a honey bee rescue group called the Happy Bee Honey Club and says the rare sting is offset by that sweet backyard honey. gulfstreammediagroup.com
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CURL ON Presented in an array of gorgeous prints, like this malachite design, Jeff Trotter’s fiberglass-covered surfboards serve up a slice of iconic California surf culture that’ll have you wanting to hang 10; from $2,500; available at jefftrotterdesign.com
NEP TU NI A N E SC AP E Asked to inject a relaxed, “old beach home” vibe into this newly constructed, two-story, bay-facing home in Islamorada that also functions as a sedative retreat for her clients, Kerry Allabastro of Allabastro Designs incorporated a calming palette of soft gray and white hues accentuated by coastal pops of turquoise and deep blue. Sylvan flourishes, like the wire-brushed wood floors and a custom teak countertop from Jefferson Woodworking in Palm City, are featured liberally throughout. A pair of 15-foot sailing boards Allabastro found at a now-shuttered nautical shop in West Palm Beach were stained and suspended above the doorway that pushes out to a pool deck and private beach; allabastrodesigns.com
POSEIDON ADVENTURE Crown your crustacean collection with this colossal clamshell mirror shaped from creamy white and textured resin; $3,300; available at Hive Home, Gift & Garden in West Palm Beach; hivepalmbeach.com
WONDER WALL This beach-themed wall covering—Beach Bus by Thibaut—will add a dash of coastal whimsy to any room; $133 per roll; available at Chelsea Lane & Co. in West Palm Beach; chelsealaneco.com
DOUBLE IDENTITY Is it a table? An ottoman? The rattan Scatter table defies description, as it’s equally capable of supporting day-weary tootsies or a round of tropical tipples; $428; available at Pineapples, Palms Too in Jupiter; pineapplespalms.com SIREN’S SIESTA The Navone modular sofa was inspired by the seaside and provides a soporific escape after a busy day at the beach; from $2,021; available at RH West Palm Beach; restorationhardware.com HAPPY HEMPER Add a dash of breezy flair with this curvaceous chandelier expertly wrapped in abaca, also known as hemp; $2,185; available at Mecox Gardens in West Palm Beach; mecox.com
Contemporary Cool Realize this design style with dynamic silhouettes and “what’s-cool-now” accouterments you’ll love to look over, but never overlook. TREE POSE Amp up the “wow” factor in any room with Foscarini’s Tuareg floor lamp. Fashioned from polycarbonate and extruded aluminum, its tubular arms resemble the angular branches of a tree; from $3,733; available at Armazem Design in Dania Beach; armazem.design
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To spawn a space that felt comfortable, convivial and au courant, Susan Lachance of Susan Lachance Interior Design pulled in warm wooden details, straight and curvaceous lines, and cool, muted metallics. As they pass through the front door, guests are welcomed beneath a Brentwood chandelier with tendrils of framed lights in brushed aluminum. Further in, the living room’s custom drop-down ceiling gazes down at a TRC Lab rug from The Rug Company in stark hues of white and gray that gets the conversation started, whilst anchoring a Nathan Anthony Haus sofa from Judith Norman and a bench and velvety swivel chairs from Grafton Furniture upholstered in a mélange of complementary gray textiles. Vibrant throw pillows in yellow, orange and turquoise tie in with vivid works from Kevin McPherrin Gallery in Boca Raton that collectively nod to what’s hip and hot; susanlachance.com
DOT MATRIX Don’t be surprised if Sacha Lakic’s futuristic Bubble sofa has your family and guests calling “shotgun”; $8,890; available at Roche Bobois locations; roche-bobois.com
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Jaime Blomquist of Jaime Blomquist Interiors took inspiration from nature and found objects when designing this rustic chic kitchen in Lighthouse Point. To create an open floor plan her clients use as a central hub for entertaining and hosting casual family meals, walls were removed and plumbing relocated. Recurring marble elements—including the backsplash, countertops and the expanse beneath the custom range hood—create visual continuity and draw the eye west to the palm-edged patio and water beyond. A Ralph Lauren Roark chandelier with Edison bulbs gracefully hangs from the raised ceiling. Beams and the barn door were fashioned from reclaimed Louisiana cypress wood, and French-patterned travertine stone floors add the feeling of warmth; jaimeblomquist.com
AGRONOMIC ENTRY Barn doors aren’t just for barns anymore. These stylish sliders, including this knotty alder wood version from Dogberry Country, finished in a vintage dark chocolate hue, make sui generis alternatives to more traditional types and are ideal for space-starved settings; $469; available at Lowes locations; lowes.com
LOOSE LEAF Dress up cabinetry with hardware that purloins from nature, like Notting Hill’s lifelike, hand-tinted brass oak leaf knob; $46; available at Palm Beach Classic Hardware in West Palm Beach; palmbeachclassichardware.com
PONY UP Equine motifs are sophisticatedly realized in Alexander McQueen’s intricately handwoven Tibetan wool Pony rug; from $4,296; available at The Rug Company in Dania Beach; therugcompany.com
ON THE HUNT Oly Studio’s Scout lounge chair featuring a driftwood frame and natural hide is a reminder of exotic and far-flung locales in bygone days; $3,850; available at Mantra Furnishings in Dania Beach; mantrafurnishings.com
SLEEPY TIME Restoration Hardware’s rectilinear Cayden Campaign canopy bed in kiln-dried solid oak supplies somatic proof that sweet dreams are truly made of these; from $3,446; available at RH West Palm Beach; restorationhardware.com
RURAL RESCUE The Andara coffee table features reclaimed sal wood railroad pieces that float above a glossy, stainless-steel base to create an ultra-modern statement piece; $1,990; available at Modani Furniture locations; modani.com
Vintage Keep feet planted in the present with retro-fabulous pieces and functional acquisitions of antiquity that pay homage to the past.
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To honor the Jazz Age beginnings of this West Palm Beach home, Tracy Dunn of Tracy Dunn Design let antique store finds and fabric-refreshed vintage furnishings steal the spotlight. Aquatic blues and juicy greens, a zesty color schematic familiar to South Florida, anchor the space and provide fascinating contrast with the original hardwood floors. Side chairs from DAFA Antiques and the wing chairs, once owned by the client’s grandparents, bookend the fireplace and were reupholstered in punchy floral and ikat fabrics from Quadrille in Dania Beach. To coax the eye around the room, Chinese porcelains were perched atop the fireplace mantel, built-in bookshelves were added, in addition to the 1920s demilune table that stands sentry behind the sofa. Artwork, like the vintage beach painting on the southern wall, was kept to a minimum, while contemporary appurtenances, like the faux turtle shells hanging above the French doors, offer daily reminders of where the owners live and play; tracydunndesign.com
CENTER STAGE 19th-century center tables were typically used for dining or playing card games. This Charles X table (circa 1830) features a veined marble top and an amboyna and amaranth base edged with giltwood Egyptian sphinxes for an opulent twist; $18,000; available at Iconic Snob Galeries in West Palm Beach; iconicsnobgaleries.com
SUPPORTING ACTRESS Decorative pedestals, like these 19th-century, neoclassical Majolica porcelain ones decorated with foliage designs and dancing Grecian maidens, give plants and decorative objects a place of privilege to perch; $16,500; available at Cedric DuPont Antiques in West Palm Beach; cedricdupontantiques.com
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PURRFECTLY CLEAR Groove up a lackluster spot with a bombastic roost like this 1970s Hollywood Regency-style, lucite scalloped-back bench upholstered in a cool jungle print; $3,600; available at Mecox Gardens in West Palm Beach; mecox.com
FINNISH THIS Trip the light fantastic with this 1940s era snowflake-crowned, brass chandelier by Paavo Tynell, otherwise known as “the man who illuminated Finland;” $29,000; available at Ponce Berga in West Palm Beach; ponceberga.com
FLOOR DRESSING This vegetable-dyed wool and cotton Serapi rug from the late 1800s is the definition of antique chic; $35,000; available at Palm Beach Rug Gallery in West Palm Beach; pbruggallery.com
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ar-a-Lago and I have been involved intimately my whole life, one incarnation after another. Through a happy twist of fate, my maternal grandfather was the honorable Joseph E. Davies, and my step-grandmother was the legendary Marjorie Merriweather Post. Going to my grandparents’ was always exciting because granddaddy was more of a father than my actual father, an army general who was always traveling, at war, womanizing and not in the least fond of small children. He was good looking to the extreme, 6 feet, 7 inches and a world-class polo player, which undoubtedly added to his savoir-faire with the ladies. The first time I had a chance to explore Mar-a-Lago in depth was when we came down from Washington, D.C., early one year well before the season, which ran from Christmas until Easter. This particular year my mother, governess and I arrived in September when there was only a skeletal staff, although it would be considered gigantic by any other standard. So I had plenty of time to explore every nook and cranny of Mar-a-Lago to my heart’s content, as long as I did my homework and didn’t get in anyone’s way. At the time, I didn’t know the reason we were there early was so mother could establish residency to apply for a divorce as she’d accidentally discovered the latest women in my father’s life (there were always more than one!). Meanwhile, I was allowed to zip over to the Bath and Tennis Club to get my swimming lessons. At age 6, this made me feel extremely sophisticated and rather soigné. Of course, the reason this was possible was because Aunt Marjorie, as she disliked being called “grandmother,” had constructed a huge tunnel under AIA to protect the kiddies when they went to the beach or the B&T. Mar-a-Lago was a dream right out of “The Arabian Nights.” This was Aunt Marjorie’s second home in Palm Beach, the first being Hogarcito, or “Little Cottage,” over on Golfview Road. The name is as ironic as calling the Newport mansions “summer cottages.” Though not as lavish as Mar-a-Lago, it was still a most impressive home.
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Aunt Marjorie realized she needed something more grandiose than Hogarcito if she were to become the doyenne of the social scene. She would have to surpass El Mirasol, Lucretia Stotesbury’s famous estate. She obtained a geological survey to find the most solid coral ridge in Palm Beach to anchor the house. It would have to be on solid ground to support the home she had in mind and resist Florida’s hurricanes. For weeks, she crawled through animal paths along with the intrepid James Griffin—carpenter, caretaker and head groundskeeper—in search of the perfect location. They finally settled on a 17acre tract that went from sea to lake, hence “Mar-a-Lago.” Once again, she chose Marion Wyeth, the soft-spoken Paris educated architect who had designed Hogarcito. She wanted a different style of house this time; one that could be constructed so the main rooms and the bedrooms could be accessed from a patio or courtyard, but she wasn’t excited by any of Wyeth’s drawings. Then came a stroke of luck. While on a fishing trip to Florida in 1925, Flo Ziegfeld advised her to use Joe Urban, a Viennese arMar-a-Lago owners’ quarters chitect who had some new, exciting ideas and had designed the lavish Ziegfeld Theater, as well as stage sets for the Metropolitan Opera. He had also Whenever she balked at the expenses he served as architect to Emperor Franz Joseph and would say in his thick Viennese accent, “Oh, but Hungary’s Count Carl Esterházy. As far as Aunt Mrs. M., it is so beautiful!” Inspired from the views Marjorie was concerned, that did it. She cabled on all sides, Aunt Marjorie planned from the beginUrban immediately, and he arrived in Palm Beach ning to call the house Mar-a-Lago. The crescent10 days later. She didn’t want the typical Spanish shaped patio was girded by a curved cloister facing architecture so popular in Palm Beach at the time. that shore. From there, guests could descend to Instead, she preferred something romantic and the lawn or enter the cloister, which had staircases imaginative, and with Urban she got it. leading up to the second-story bedrooms. Because she did not want to make the house While on a trip to New York, Aunt Marjorie seem too big from the road, they decided to face the was walking on a Long Island Sound beach and house away from AIA and form it around a large discovered similarly shaped oval stones that were patio overlooking Lake Worth that would serve as about the size of bread rolls in soft, multicolor hues a centerpiece for the 115-room estate. According to and thought they would be perfect for the patio. Urban, it would be a large crescent shape HispanoShe picked up all she could carry, and the next day, Moresque structure topped by a solitary tower. He she sent a group of men (which grew in the next few alternately thrilled and horrified Aunt Marjorie days to a force of more than 600) to scour the beach by threatening to ruin her million-dollar budget, for more stones. They picked up all they could which, by the way, he did. find, sending them by rail to Florida. Despite not
BECAUSE OF THE TWO ARCHITECTS—ONE CLASSICAL AND THE OTHER ART NOUVEAU—THE HOUSE COULD NOT BE SAID TO BE OF ONE DESIGN OR STYLE, BUT WHATEVER IT WAS, IT WAS SPECTACULAR. finding nearly enough, the enterprising Jimmy Griffin began searching other Long Island beaches and with his crew found similar stones, picking them up and shipping them south until the contractor finally said they had plenty. Today, that might be a problem with the ecologists, but in those days there was no thought. As the bills continued to mount, Aunt Marjorie had to call in Wyeth, her original architect and tell him he had to come back and manage the project as, “Urban may be an artist, but he’s definitely not a practical man.” She pleaded, “He doesn’t know anything about plumbing, heating, electricity or half the other things that go into making up a house.” Finally Wyeth agreed both to manage the job and to try and control Urban’s wild flights of fancy that were proving so costly. The house was already way over budget; the final cost was more than $5 million, as opposed to the $1 million she had originally appropriated. But it would probably cost more than $500 million today. Because of the two architects—one classical and the other art nouveau—the house could not be said to be of one design or style, but whatever it was, it was spectacular. Among the other disparate building supplies that went into it, there were three boatloads of doric stone from Genoa. In the center of the living room on a slightly raised section (to make the most of the view) was an enormous window edged with stone pelicans, said to be the largest picture window ever built in the world at that time. This was my Captain Nemo window. Through it I sailed the seven seas, collecting great treasures from all over the ancient world. Wyeth added a rare collection of Moorish and Spanish tiles from the estate of New York socialite Mrs. Horace Havemeyer. Aunt Marjorie thought she was buying about 20,000 tiles, but there were more than double when the shipment arrived. One local architect at the time claimed Mar-a-Lago had more HispanoMoorish tiles than anywhere outside the Alhambra in Spain. The tiles were a real stroke of luck for Donald Trump when he bought the property, as he found a huge cache of them in the garages and was able to use them when he converted some of the garages and servants’ quarters into the spa and guest quarters, having them tie together with the main house. Inside the mansion is a 34-foot high ceiling in the living room designed around a series of tall needlework tapestries, which once hung in a Venetian palazzo. To sustain the Italian theme, the ceiling was hand gilded in a sunburst design The writer’s grandfather, Joseph E. Davies
(top) Southeast chapter of the Circumnavigators’ Club luncheon at the Mar-a-Lago in 2016 (l to r) Lori Ziebart, Jacquelyn Laird, Russel Landis, President Donald Trump, Jennifer Rahel Conover and Sally Jo Morris (above) Joseph Urban (left) One of the tower rooms
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modified from the thousand-winged ceiling motif of the Accademia in Florence. Similarly, the seven arches around the living room were decorated in a millefleur background with the armorial insignia of the Venetian Doges. Beneath that were rare gilded Spanish lanterns, a 16th-century Spanish rug and a hooded Italian gothic fireplace, which is nothing less than breathtaking. Toward the back of the living room are four marble steps
with Italian columns mounted on stone lions leading up to my Captain Nemo window where I voyaged endlessly as a child. Just beyond the fireplace is an arch leading to another small room called the monkey loggia, having stone carvings of the creatures, which somehow never appealed to me. A few years ago, I interviewed Donald Trump in New York for another article. He had no idea who I was or that I had any con-
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nection to the family or the property. Only knowing I lived in Fort Lauderdale, he said I’d have to visit Mar-a-Lago and see the additions he’d made to the property. When we finished, he asked if there was anything else I needed, so I said I’d just like to have one more party there. He was caught completely by surprise. I explained my family connection and that I’d spent part of every winter there as a child and continued to be a regular guest until Aunt Marjorie passed away. He graciously agreed, and we had an event for our cruising yacht club. When word got out about the party, we had any number of requests for new memberships. Since then, my step-cousin, Marjorie Post Dye, or Marwee (as she was known in the family), and I would meet there every year. She lived in Santa Monica in what we jokingly referred to as Mar-a-Lago West. Until Marwee’s recent death, at times during our stay we would dine with Trump or his sister.
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Whatever one thinks about Trump’s politics, he has done a fabulous job with Mar-a-Lago. He bought it furnished and has retained all of its original grandeur, tying in the additions and renovations of various spaces so they look like an original part of the property. My only reservation is that Trump has adopted our coat of arms as his own. It is carved into the hood of the fireplace with the word “Integritas” as its motto. In the beginning, he took out “Integritas” and changed it to “Mar-a-Lago,” which I rather liked and thought Aunt Marjorie and granddaddy would have liked as well. But now he has changed it to “Trump.” It is now his logo on everything; clothes, golf hats and even the towels in the men’s and ladies’ rooms. To give him credit, he probably thought it was the Post crest, but it most definitely belongs to the Davies family.
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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.
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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.
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.
BONEFISH GRILL 2283 S. Federal Highway Stuart 772.288.4388 bonefishgrill.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 662 SE Becker Road Port St. Lucie 772.344.6227 bonefishmacs.com 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.
CASA BELLA 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.
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.
CASTAWAYS 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.
911 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. 772.618.3838 castawaysfla.com 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.
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.
DELITEFUL KITCHEN 2401 SE Ocean Blvd. Stuart 772.324.3413 delitefulkitchen.com DeLITEful Kitchen is best described as an artisan market, community hub and café. Boasting healthy, organic and fresh farm-to-table meal
prep and catering, they provide plenty of options. With food that’s primarily locally grown and locally sourced, this is your place to visit if you’re looking for boxed meals, catering for any occasion or weekly meal prep services.
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 1401 NE Indian River Drive Jensen Beach 772.781.5136 dolphinbar.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.
FRUITS AND ROOTS JUICE BAR AND VEGAN CAFE 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 Mon-
day 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 SEAFOOD 4795 SE Dixie Highway Stuart 772.287.9630 kingneptuneseafoodrestaurant. com 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 Thurs-
day 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.
LOURONZO’S ITALIAN FUSION 301 S. Colorado Ave. Stuart 772.287.3334 louronzoitalianfusion.com 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.
MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL 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.
MICHELINA’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 1835 SE Federal Hwy. | 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.
ON THE EDGE BAR & GRILL 1136 Seaway Dr. | 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.
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.
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.
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 everyday for lunch and dinner, 11:30 a.m. to close. Live music 7 days a week.
SHINDIG IRISH PUB 464 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie 772.785.6202 shindigpub.com With decor reminiscent of old Irish pubs and menus that embody contemporary pubs, Shindig Irish Pubs transports its diners straight to Ireland without leaving the Treasure Coast. Open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week. Happy hour is served everyday from 3 to 7 p.m.
SHRIMPERS GRILL & RAW BAR 4290 SE Dixie Highway | Stuart 772.220.3287 shrimpersgrill.com Shrimpers Grill and Raw Bar brings a relaxed and tropical environment to Stuart. When a place serves you sunset shrimp and dinner specials it’s hard to say no. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
SHUCKERS ON THE BEACH 9800 S. Ocean Drive Jensen Beach 772.229.3006 islandbeachresort.net Enjoy the sea breeze and take in the view at Shuckers, located inside the Island Beach Resort. Choose from a menu that offers a variety of dishes such as seasoned to perfection ribs or raw oysters. Open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
SONNY’S BBQ 1961 S. Federal Highway Stuart 772.223.0077 sonnysbbq.com Surprisingly, coming by some good Southern BBQ in Florida presents quite the challenge. However, Sonny’s has brought traditional,smokey BBQ to our backyards. With a menu that offers pulled pork and brisket, it’s hard not to leave feeling a little more Southern. Open daily. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
STUART BOATHOUSE 49 SW Seminole Street Stuart 772.266.4586 stuartboathouse.com Reserve you party in our Captains Loft or on our private beach on the waterway with Events Coordinator, Paige Beauchamp. Call 772.919.1850 or email email@example.com. Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to Midnight. Happy Hour drink and food specials daily! Live music every Friday and Saturday night and Sunday day!
SUNRISE CITY CAFE 204 Orange Ave. Port Saint Lucie 772.242.1833 fb.com/sunrisecitycafe Located in the heart of downtown
historical Fort Pierce, Sunrise City Café offers breakfast and lunch with a hometown feel. Open six days a week from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
a unique take, like the BLGT Po Boy, with bacon, lettuce and fried green tomatoes. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
SUPREME MEATS & GOURMET MARKET
2026 S. Federal Hwy. Stuart 772.283.7567 Supreme Meats & Gourmet Market, purveyor’s of the finest quality meats and prepared foods since 1985. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Sundays.
TACO SHACK STUART 555 S. Colorado Ave. Stuart 772.288.9696 tacoshackstuart.com Handcrafted tacos prepared by The “Taco Queen.” The Taco Shack Stuart slings one of a kind, unique tacos to all patrons. Open six days a week, Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
THE BLACK MARLIN 53 W. Osceola St. Stuart 772.286.3126 theblackmarlin.net This seafood centric restaurant serves everything from fresh local seafood to pizza. The cozy dining room and bar make it a go to on anyone’s list. Open daily for dinner. Sunday through Thursday 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 p.m.
THE CRAFTED KEG 555 S. Colorado Ave. Stuart 772.600.8218 thecraftedkegstuart.com Where growlers, cheap bites and beer flights all come together. The brew pub sits inside a former grocery store location and serves some of the best crafted beers, wines and sodas. Open Sunday through Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
THE DECK RESTAURANT 307 NW North River Drive Stuart 772.692.12000 harborinnandmarina.com/ the-deck The Deck Restaurant, located inside Harbor Inn & Marina, is dedicated to providing diners with free sunsets and a gorgeous view of the St. Lucie River. The quaint restaurant serves classic favorites with
47 SW Flagler Ave. Stuart 772.221.9517 thegafford.com With a history rooted deep in family ties, The Gafford brings their version of southern hospitality. Their signature item “the Gafford” pays homage to owner Rick Wilson’s grandfather, and the 18 ounce ribeye they used to cook together. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 4 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m.
THE INLET GRILL AND BEACHFRONT INN 110 S. Ocean Dr. Fort Pierce 772.882.3602 A quality beachside culinary experience that is well-coupled with oceanfront accommodations. Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
THE MAGIC OYSTER BAR AND SEAFOOD GRILL 10999 S. Ocean Drive Jensen Beach 772.877.3139 | themagicoyster. com Offering a varied selection of Gulf, East and West Coast oysters, The Magic Oyster will satisfy the taste bud of any oyster lover. The casual atmosphere makes it the perfect place to unwind with friends while sipping on tropical cocktails or local craft beers. Open daily for dinner, 4 to 9 p.m.
THE TWISTED TUNA 4290 SE Salerno Drive Stuart 772.600.7239 thetwistedtuna.com Listening to live music, eating freshcaught seafood and overlooking the water? The Twisted Tuna’s got you covered. Between the $1 bucket of shucked oysters and the sushi bar, it’s no surprise that this seafood destination is one of Stuart’s best. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Monday to Thursday from 11 to midnight; Friday and Saturday from 11 to 1 a.m; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF MARTIN COUNTY OPENING DAY
In an innovative partnership between the Martin County School District and Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, 44 AmeriCorps members have committed to giving a year’s service to Martin County elementary and middle schools. The program was introduced at Flagler Place to a gathering of elected officials, community champions and other local leaders.
1. Ben Masondo and Candace Callahan 2. Joan Goodrich and Pam McLean 3. Keith Fletcher, Tracey Miller, Carol Houwaart-Diez, Joe Flanagan, Elizabeth Barbella, David Heaton, Dee Dee Brooks and Brian Mast 4. Ed Ciampi and Becky Bruner 5. Doug Smith, Elizabeth Barbella, Ed Ciampi and Scott Berry 6. Angela Hoffman and Lainey Muenich 7. Mark Robitaille and David Dyess 8. Amy Pearlstine, Cristia Li Roberts, Laurel Kelly and Cindy LaConte 9. Ebony Jarrett and Kherri Anderson
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DANCING WITH THE MARTIN STARS
Dancing with the Martin Stars presented by Martin County Healthy Start Coalition took place at The Lyric Theatre with a sponsors’ reception at Flagler Place before the event. Contestants performed in front of a full house, helping to raise $177,500. Maggie Slobasky and Travis Scott took home the first place title.
1. Suzanne Gorman with Jameson and Nancy Brownie 2. Angela Kraus, Sonia Barbuto, Anabel Mastandrea, Amy Moniz, Marianella Tober, Terry Henderson, Barbara Gilbertson, Sandy Tuff, Alma Trocchia and Doreen Davies 3. Dean and Candace Lopes and Bill West and Tina Tripaldi 4. Heather Shutte and George Gozdz 5. David Smythe and Samantha Suffich 6. Toni Ryll with Bimika and Phillip Salois 7. Travis Scott and Maggie Slobasky 8. Danny Hassett and Patti Lambrecht 9. Craig Galvin and Kim Brisky
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AMICUS MEDICAL CENTER OPENING
A grand opening celebration of Amicus Medical Center took place at its new location in Stuart. Guests enjoyed snacks, giveaways and raffle prizes.
1. Alberto Barboza and Julie Schiff 2. Sue Hedgepeth, Tania Sanchez and Pam McClain 3. Tracey Lima, Dr. Cygethia Kankam, Tania Laporte, Dr. Ebonee Johnson and Wendy Mack 4. Suraily Scozzafava, Jayme Rios, Nora Santana, Jennifer Martin, Bret Jennings, Kathy Wodraska and Steve McKenna
PINE SCHOOL GROUNDBREAKING
The Pine School community gathered to celebrate the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the school’s new Arts & Athletic Complex. The new complex will feature a permanent stage, a showcase gallery to exhibit student art, dedicated music practice rooms and specialty classrooms, as well as a gym to support the school’s popular athletic offerings.
1. Debbie Textor, Connor Mortell, Binney Caffrey, Kathleen Slater and Susan Hemmes 2. Mike Meltzer, Binney Caffrey, Steve Hooks, Debbie Textor and Dave Holzinger 3. Kelly Gordon, Kelly Hilton Green, Lainey Muenich, Eric Wesel and Cat Altschuler 4. John Boyer, Tara Martin, Sheila Levine, Allison Sanchez and Rory Sanchez 82
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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE TREASURE COAST ‘SHIPWRECKED’
The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated its annual “Shipwrecked” with a fun adults-only party. Guests arrived in pirate, castaway and mermaid attire and enjoyed island-inspired cuisine as well as live music by A Kiss By A Rose Entertainment.
1. Candace Alcorta and Jennifer Waters 2. Kathleen Wyatt, Merritt Matheson, Kristine Crall and Donna Beall 3. Wendy Jochem, Tammy Calabria, David Smythe, Katie Makemson and Megan Knott 4. David Reid, Jennelle Means, Colleen Joyce and Robert Rydzewski
DINE AROUND HOBE SOUND PROGRESSIVE DINNER
The seventh annual Dine Around Hobe Sound Progressive Dinner kicked-off at Loblolly with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Themed cuisine included “Havana Nights,” “Tuscan Feast,” “It’s 5:00 Somewhere,” “Crab Boil” and more. A dessert and nightcap after-party took place at Flash Beach Grille.
1. James Carroll, Julianne Beck, Carol Stewart, Jan Otten, Lainey Muenich, Mary Palczer, Suzan Hughes, Christine Stamper, Lucie McGuire and James Otten 2. Michele Sedge, Steve Elias and Laura Barbone 3. Chris Donley and Jen Baker with Frank and Tamara Meyer 4. Debbie Grant, Nina Gelardi and Sue Miller 5. Ryan and Hoser Dytko with Marissa and Martin Kofsky gulfstreammediagroup.com
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SAILFISH POINT GOLF TOURNAMENT
More than 100 golfers participated in the annual Sailfish Point Golf Tournament for Treasure Coast Hospice. The tournament, followed by an award reception, raised more than $160,000 to help Treasure Coast Hospice provide exceptional, quality end-of-life care to patients and their families in Martin and St. Lucie counties.
1. Michael Yokum, Donna Boyd and Ann Cooling 2. Teri Colemand with John and Shae Miedzianowski 3. Trish Repass, Linda Wiegand, Cheryl and Rem Mayes, Pam Feder, Sue Ann Saleeby, Jerlyn Johnson and Dana Kibbey 4. Robin and Rick Lynch with Jackie Kendrick and Trish Repass
HURRICANE DORIAN RELIEF EVENT
Premier Realty Group teamed up with Operation 300 for an event at Carsons Tavern. Raffles and gift baskets were auctioned with all proceeds going directly to Operation 300’s Bahamas hurricane relief effort.
1. Cheryl and Elliot Paul 2. Shannon Needham with Ronnie and Jamie DeChambeau 3. Pam and Dan McAlpin with Mark and Dara Fedele 4. David and Pat Armellini 5. Tara Baldwin and Jessica Bohner
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MOLLY’S HOUSE PIRATES AND PEARLS GARDEN BASH
Guests donned their best pirate outfits and pearls for the Molly’s House Pirates and Pearls Garden Bash. Those in attendance enjoyed music, live mermaids and pirates, craft cocktails and beers, a silent auction and Caribbean cuisine provided by The Gafford.
1. Betsy Harold and Betsy Johnson 2. Jacki Nardone, Oralea Marquardt and Agnes Palmer 3. Tony Groza, Debbie Schmidt and Caroline and John Barca 4.Tom and Kate Wiegerink with Jessica and George McClain
THE WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF REALTORS PURSE AUCTION
The Women’s Council of Realtors held its 13th annual Purse Auction themed “Diamonds and Pearls” at the Stuart Yacht and Country Club, during which a selection of 75 purses was displayed. A portion of the proceeds benefited Friends in Pink and Operation 300 (Bahamas relief funds).
1. Dinah Ciaramitaro, Bonnie Spector, Jacilyn Mikels and Nikki Leserra 2. Tara Biek and Lorna Moodie 3. Cindy Belden, Laurel Kelly, Jeri Gumbinner and Gail Kleemann 4. Jessica Zyak and Julia Sansevere 5. Suzanne Pankey, Melissa Saumure and Andi Stapels
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HISTORY IN THE MAKING LUNCHEON
CBS News Foreign Correspondent Charlie D’Agata offered guests of the Elliott Museum’s annual History in the Making Luncheon a captivating glimpse into a reporter’s life from the other side of the camera lens. Held at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa, the benefit helped to support the Museum’s many changing exhibits, fascinating collections and varied events and classes.
1. Dennis Fruitt and Brian Foss 2. Rob Steele and Charles D’Agata 3. Joyce and Gus Messineo 4. James Campo, Michelle Reilly and Fernando Giachino
MICHAEL SHIELDS MEMORIAL INSHORE OPEN
This year’s event took place at the River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp, during which guests enjoyed a paella dinner and auctions, all while learning about Project LIFT, an organization that serves young men and women. A Captain’s Party and family barbecue were also held during the weekend.
1. Megan Knott, Katie Brezinski and Brittany Biber 2. Christine Taylor with Christian and Leslie Yergens 3. Bob Zaccheo, Dr. Matt Rader, Tanya Windecker, Shaun Plymale, Greg Lentine and Jade Smith 4. Mindie Bowling, Tim McCreary and Mike Dougherty 5. Marcie Ferraro and Jen Jaques 86
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HEALTHY GLOW AIRBRUSH TANNING GRAND OPENING The first of its kind on the Treasure Coast, Healthy Glow Airbrush Tanning celebrated a soft opening at its new studio in Jensen Beach. Owner Susan Brand offers customized airbrush tanning to anyone interested in a “healthy glow.” Raffles and giveaways included contributions from many local beauty businesses.
1. Angela Lane and Janice Miles 2. Katelyn Sonnenberg and Maddie Carlson 3. Heather Gurney, Kristin Brown and Jennifer Burke 4. Susan Brand, Caitlin Richert and Kristina Amoruso
THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF MARTIN COUNTY ‘BOSS BABES’
Women gathered at the Stuart Center for Couples & Families for connections, friendship and fun. The annual all ladies after-hours focused on celebrating and inspiring “boss babes” in the community. Refreshments were provided as the women enjoyed custom wood signs, hair braiding and brow shaping stations, and shopped discounted clothes and accessories.
1. Carla Tavolacci and Olivia Renfro 2. Jennifer Lutfey and Mariah Janbou 3. Mimi Fry, Brittany Burleson and Caitlyn Rogers 4. Gabby Gregory, Gina Barca, Mary Jane Onsager, Katey Bourgeois, Wendy Conrad, Mariana Giron and Kelly Bryant 5. Heather Ivins and Leah Voss gulfstreammediagroup.com
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• An experienced medical team • 24/7 access to onsite board certified OBGYN physicians • Patient-centered and individualized, high-quality care • Childbirth, nutritional and breastfeeding classes • Access to high-quality prenatal services • Board certified lactation consultants • Private birthing and mother–baby suites
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• Accommodations for family visitation • A strong partnership with our sister HCA facility Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and access to its level III NICU and specialized medical team • Providing 24/7 coverage for neonatology and anesthesiology services