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D E PA R T M E N T S
F E AT U R E S
14 PUBLISHER’S LETTER
24 CANINE CARE
36 TREASURE HUNTER
Words from Kim Capen
18 THINGS WE LOVE
Get in the know on upcoming local events
20 TRENDING LOCALLY
Dr. Brandi Gallagher, a Stuart veterinarian, treats dogs affected by the algae bloom from the St. Lucie River.
Stylish finds in close-by boutiques
26 FRESH CATCH
22 NOW + FOREVER
John Mellaci is the man who has served fresh New England seafood to Martin County for almost four decades.
Local couples tie the knot
28 DINING WITH TISH
Discover the area’s best restaurants
29 HOME BEAUTIFUL Home design tips
30 THE FISHING CHRONICLES
Fishing advice from a seasoned angler
In the 1980s, Tommy Thompson found a fortune at the bottom of the sea.
50 TREASURE COAST GEM The Yacht & Country Club will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with a cocktail kick-off and gala.
58 ADORABLE ABODES
Six residences bursting with personality and coastal charm.
72 BOLD HUES
A home in Tequesta gets a detailed face-lift thanks to designer Gil Walsh.
34 NOMAD’S NOTEBOOK
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89 ALL ACCESS
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two-page spread in a 1969 Martin County newspaper called “Orchids to Martin County” claimed that a new development, Stuart Yacht and Country Club, would “add value to the area real estate.” Fifty years later, I’m thrilled the assessment was right. Now, after a remodel of the club, it is being highlighted as one of the premium club memberships in the area. The development was founded in 1969. Our area was untouched; acres of palm trees and swamp grass sprawled out as far as the eye could see, and this perfect piece of property would offer golf and waterfront living. As a native Floridian growing up in Palm City with my family, being one of the first to move to Lighthouse Point, I can relate to the excitement of this milestone. I’m sure my parents would tell me this was a big thing to happen in Martin County back in the day. It is a wonderful community to live in, from wonderful charity events to amazing food, and don’t forget the golf. We are excited to give you a look inside the community through some of its residents and history on page 50. Anyone who knows me knows I love interior design. Driving through our local neighborhoods, I couldn’t help but notice more homes than ever painted bright with vibrant colors and charming front porches. So, we decided to visit some of these homes and speak to the owners. We learned about their design inspiration and even some of their struggles (one homeowner moved their home here from Palm Beach on a barge). You’ll fall in love with each house and the wonderful stories on page 58. Speaking of interior design, we are excited to announce our new home design section for local interior designers that will be published in our next issue. We cannot wait to hear the great stories about our local talent, as well as see some of their work. This year, our “Before and After” feature will be on our local country clubs. All of our beautiful communities have had some amazing facelifts. As we approach the beginning of spring and look to the future, we are already preparing for our next season and narrowing down stories for our editorial calendar. Please let us know if there is someone with an exciting story to tell, or if there is an important subject you want to bring to our attention.
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Florida Oceanographic Capital Campaign Kick Off National Philanthropy Day
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Salvation Army Wings of Hope Luncheon
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PAWS IN THE PARK
Bring your furry friend to Tradition Square for the fifth annual Paws in the Park walk, presented by the Humane Society of St. Lucie County. The Feb. 9 event culminates with health clinics, a blessing of animals, contests, a K-9 demonstration and more.
Frank Valente and Jay Cashmere attend last year’s Paws and Claws Gala
PAWS AND CLAWS
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s premier fundraising event, the Paws and Claws Gala, is set to take place Feb. 9 at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa. Guests will enjoy an elegant night of wining and dining with silent and live auctions. ($275; hstc1.org/gala)
‘JOY’ Head to Willoughby Golf Club for Mary’s Shelter’s “Joy” gala on Feb. 16. Celebrate the organization’s success while taking part in a fun-filled evening with a live auction, cocktails, dinner, dancing and entertainment.
( Tickets from $185; maryssheltertc.org)
STROLL THROUGH THE STREETS
This Valentine’s Day, stray from the usual and enjoy a carriage ride offered by Wind Chase Farms. During the 30-minute ride, rare black-and-white Clydesdales will lead a tour through charming downtown Stuart. (From $120;
YOUTH OF THE YEAR Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County will present its Youth of the Year Awards Celebration on Feb. 25 at Willoughby Golf Club, during which club members who have given back to the club and community will be honored. (free; bgcmartin.org)
LET’S GET ARTSY HOBE SOUND FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS View life-size sculptures, paintings, oneof-a-kind jewels and more during Hobe Sound’s Festival of the Arts, which will also feature a green market and craft section from Feb. 2 to 3. (free; artfestival.com)
ARTSFEST The Arts Council of Martin County will host ArtsFest from Feb. 9 to 10 at Memorial Park. The outdoor event brings a juried exhibition of more than 125 outstanding fine artists and demonstrations to the area. A Culinary Chopped Competition will also take place. (free; martinarts.org)
DOWNTOWN STUART ART FESTIVAL More than 200 artists and their creations will transform Osceola Street in downtown Stuart Feb. 23 and 24 during the Downtown Stuart Art Festival. Stroll between gallery-style booths to pick out special pieces to take home. (free; artfestival.com)
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1 . M E R C E D E S S A L A Z A R raffia ball hoops in fuchsia; $172; available at Matilda’s in Stuart 2 . O L I V I A DA R sparkle heart earrings; $74; available at Matilda’s in Stuart 3 . L O U I S S H E R R Y 12-piece chocolate truffle collection; $35; available at Matilda’s in Stuart 4 . M O N K E E ’ S large crystal hoops; $20; available at Monkee’s in Stuart 5 . S H E I L A FA J L pink beaded tassel earrings; $79; available at Monkee’s in Stuart 6 . L A V I E PA R I S I E N N E crystal and gold bracelet; $79; available at April Daze Boutique in Stuart 7. L A V I E PA R I S I E N N E starburst necklace; $78; available at April Daze Boutique in Stuart 8 . L A V I E PA R I S I E N N E crystal cocktail ring; $68; available at April Daze Boutique in Stuart 9 . M A R I A N A mixed antique crystal necklaces; $289 and $208; available at April Daze Boutique in Stuart 1 0 . A R G E N T O two-tone rolling bracelet; $69; available at Argento Jewelry in Stuart 1 1 . M A B E P E A R L pearl and gold earrings; $110; available at Argento Jewelry in Stuart
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Alexandria Renee Zink & Justin Kyle Dooley By Melissa Puppo WHO THEY ARE: Alexandria, 28, is a targeted case manager at Help-
ing People Succeed in Jensen Beach and is earning a master’s in social work at FAU, and Justin, 42, owns the landscape design and maintenance company RISE Lifescapes.
HOW THEY MET: Justin and Alexandria met at Christ Fellowship in
Stuart. They were both table leaders during a four-week introduction class to the church, and during the last class, Justin introduced himself and asked Alexandria if she’d like to attend the service with him.
HOW THEY KNEW THEY’D FOUND THE ONE: Having just gotten out of a long-term relationship, Alexandria was not interested in pursuing a new relationship too soon, so they grew close as friends. However Justin persisted, and Alexandria finally agreed to let him take her on a date to her favorite sushi spot, Kaishin. “I think I always knew he was the one because he always spoke value over me and put God in the center of our relationship even when we were just friends,” she says. Alexandria was in a diving accident nearly eight years ago and shattered her C5. She was told she may never walk again. While she faced several complications following, she began a research program to assist with her recovery. In August 2017, she was able to walk pain-free and without assistance for the first time. “With my accident and disability he reminds me daily how strong I am and how incredibly proud he is of me,” she says. “I think it’s a rare quality to encourage someone like that.”
ON THE PROPOSAL: Justin popped the question during their first
date. “I basically laughed at him, [and] he told me that when I was ready to marry him, I could ask him,” Alexandria says. She told him she had a condition: he had to ask for her father’s permission. In 2017, they flew to Washington, D.C., to spend Thanksgiving with Alexandria’s family. “On our way to the airport for our flight home we pulled over to an access point on the Potomac River,” Alexandria remembers. “Justin and I got out and walked down to the river. He proposed, and I turned around to see my father taking photos. It was very special.”
ON SELECTING THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION SITE:
They chose to get married at Christ Fellowship because it is where they officially met and is “where God joined us in friendship and relationship,” Alexandria says. They opted for a reception at Port Salerno Civic Center because of its laid-back Florida vibe. ON THE THEME: They chose decor in shades of blue with accents of
ON THE SPECIAL DETAILS: At the end of the reception Justin and
Alexandria enjoyed one more dance together as the guests lined up outside the reception hall. They danced to “Simple Man” by Shinedown.
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P O R T R A I T
Caring for Canines Dr. Brandi Gallagher, a board-certified internal medicine expert, has positioned herself on the front lines treating dogs affected by the algae bloom in the Stuart area. By Clarissa Buch Photography by Lindsey Potter
t started in September. Dr. Brandi Gallagher was challenged with a case of seven dogs, all of which presented acute liver injuries. In the weeks that followed, the local veterinarian, who works as a specialist at the Animal Cancer Care Clinic, realized they all had one thing in common: exposure to water. “The patients were brought into the pet emergency room, and given the commonalities in their symptoms, we realized there was one underlying factor,” says the 38-year-old who moved to Stuart four years ago. “During that time, and even now, we’re working diligently to provide medical care for these animals.” Since the outbreak, Dr. Gallagher has been instrumental in the research of the bacteria from the St. Lucie River and its impact on animals. She also continues to help diagnose and treat pets with cancer, and in her free time she can be found taking “Johnny Utah,” her family’s furry friend, to the beach. Why pursue veterinary medicine?
When I was 6 years old, my parents had gotten me a kitten. The first time he got sick, we drove him to a vet in Jacksonville. I was fascinated with the doctor who took care of him, and that’s when I decided one day I would become a vet, too. How did you come to specialize in diagnosing and treating animals with cancer?
I’m not an oncologist. My specialty incorporates all systems of the body, giving me the chance to study complex medical problems and offer treatments. As an internist, I most often diagnose the type and severity of the cancer, and then I consult with staff oncologists on the best course of treatment and, while they are the ones to administer the chemotherapy, radiation, or perform surgery, I’m right there with them on the medical management follow-up, which could include ultrasound, X-rays, and so on.
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I’m also the physician most likely to handle the animal’s aftercare once their cancer is in remission. Tell us about the dogs affected by the algae bloom from the St. Lucie River.
They all had commonalities in their clinical symptoms. We focused on protecting the liver from infection and keeping the patients stable. It took time for us to prove our toxicity theory, which was the exposure to a microcystin toxin produced by cyanobacteria found in the water. All of the dogs were exposed to the water at some point in late August through September. Six of the seven patients actually lived on the St. Lucie River. Some were exposed to dead fish or had direct contact with the water, too. Where are you now with investigating the bacterial affects on animals?
We’re still working on collecting samples from some of the patients to study how long the bacteria has lasted in their systems. We’re also still in discussions with various scientific members of the community, sharing information in order to hopefully substantiate the problem. How can pet owners keep animals safe?
Pet owners should be aware that this event would very possibly happen again. We also know we can’t fix the problem overnight. It’s important for me to express the need for being hypervigilant when it comes to pets. If they start to act sick in anyway, such as vomiting or acting lethargic, take them to a vet immediately. Be your pet’s advocate and know that there are vets in the community who know how to treat your animals.
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Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier that year—1989—from the wreck of the SS Central America.
THE MODERN-DAY MISSING TREASURE MILLIONS OF GOLD COINS WENT MISSING IN 2010, RIGHT HERE, JUST WAITING FOR SOMEBODY TO COMB THE EVIDENCE FOR CLUES. By Eric Barton | Image by The Associated Press
ust like any treasure hunt, the details are sketchy, a modern-day version of a deserted island map, with an X marking the spot. But here’s what we know. Back in 2010, famed treasure hunter Tommy Thompson told his girlfriend to show up to a selfstorage facility in Fort Lauderdale. She had briefcases—they can’t recall how many—holding 150 pounds in gold coins. Five hundred coins, to be exact—worth at least a couple million. Thompson, now 66 and sitting indefinitely in federal prison, and his girlfriend say she passed the briefcases to someone Thompson found online, representing a company that was supposed to keep them safe. Maybe keep them in the storage facility. Maybe take them to Belize. And from there, who knows what happened with the gold? Perhaps Thompson and his girlfriend made up the story to keep the fortune for themselves. Possibly, the person who took the coins made off like a bandit. Or maybe, after continuing on with this story, by reading between the lines of Thompson’s tale, you’ll know exactly where to find the gold.
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efore you start putting Xs on a map, here is a bit of background on Thompson. It begins in the mid-’80s in Columbus, Ohio, a Rust Belt city suffering at the time from a string of major closures. Westinghouse and the Ohio Penitentiary were among the places where thousands got pink slips. Maybe after a string of bad luck, people in Columbus were ready for a get-rich-quick plan— which is what Thomas G. “Tommy” Thompson offered them. Thompson had worked as an oceanic engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute, a non-profit research group in Columbus that has developed everything from armor plating for World War II tanks to the fuel used in the first nuclear submarine. Having become obsessed with the idea of
(above) Captain Herndon went down with his ship after doing all he could for his passengers and crew aboard the SS Central America (left) A contemporary painting of the SS Central America
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AT THE TIME, THE PRESS PORTRAYED THOMPSON AS A SWASHBUCKLING TREASURE HUNTER WHO HAD COMBINED MODERN-DAY TECHNOLOGY WITH THE GUMPTION OF A PRIVATEER.
(above) “Garden of Gold” on the site of the SS Central America at a depth of 8,000 feet in 34 F water (left) In August 1991, Tommy Thompson, left, stands at the helm of the Arctic Explorer in Norfolk, Virginia.
finding sunken treasure, Thompson built an underwater robot he named “Nemo.” Showing it off to prospective investors from 1985 to 1986, Thompson convinced 161 people and companies to chip in $12.7 million to fund his plans. This wasn’t just friends and family—Thompson lured some of the city’s biggest companies at the time to invest, including the owners of the local newspaper, The Columbus Dispatch. Convincing the press to come on board would in part become his undoing. With the money, Thompson created Recovery Limited, an ocean exploration outfit. It would search for a lost fortune that others had spent more than a century trying to find. Thompson hired a crew, bought ships and headed out to deep water off South Carolina’s coast. Surprisingly quickly, they literally struck
gold. In 8,000 feet of water, Thompson discovered the wreck of the SS Central America. The ship had gone down in a hurricane in 1857. Four hundred and twenty-five people drowned. With them, 10 tons of gold that had originated in the hills outside San Francisco sunk to the ocean floor. In today’s dollars, the gold is worth $292 million. By 1989, Thompson and his crew had pulled up three tons of gold. They reported that they had spotted even more nearby, just waiting for them to return to the wreck. They had explored just five percent of the site and figured over the course of the next few years they could pull up tons more in gold. At the time, the press portrayed Thompson as a swashbuckling treasure hunter who had combined modern-day technology with the
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gumption of a privateer. Having invested in his compaInstead, Thompson ran. ny, his hometown newspaper portrayed Thompson as a hompson began his life on the run by renting a contemporary Robin Hood; someone who would spread mansion in Vero Beach, according to court papers. a fortune around Columbus. “This gold is part of the largHe brought along his former assistant-turned-girlest treasure trove in American history,” Thompson said in 1989. “But the history of the SS Central America is … a friend, Alison Antekeier. They lived like squatters, with celebration of American ideals: free enterprise and hard few pieces of furniture or clothing, they paid for everything with cash, and they hid their money in pipes buried work.” But, when he arrived back at the docks from one of in the ground. Marshals in Columbus learned in October 2012 where his trips to the wreck site, a lawsuit waited for him. Thirty-nine insurance companies that had paid out on a policy they were hiding. But Thompson and Antekeier fled days that insured the SS Central America claimed they were before they arrived. Inside the home, police found a dozowed the gold. The lawsuit became a morass of legal fil- en cell phones, a book on how to live off the grid and ings, appeals and reversed judgments. It would take a de- straps used to hold stacks of bills, stamped “$10,000.” Thompson and Antekeier then lived for a year at cade before the case was settled, with Thompson and his the Hilton Boca Raton investors awarded 92.2 Suites in Boca Raton, percent of the treasure. using a fake name for “It was a shame the registration and payinsurance companies ing in cash. When were allowed to sue marshals arrived, they him,” says Gary Kinder, found Thompson in a a Seattle author who Lincoln parked in front wrote a book about of the hotel. According Thompson. “It brought to an arrest report, he everything to a screechhad $6,500 in cash and ing halt.” four cell phones. Two years later, in Back in Ohio, a 2000, Thompson unPolice released photos of Tommy Thompson and girlfriend Alison federal judge ordered loaded his company’s Antekeier after they went on the run. Thompson to reveal gold to the California the source of the monGold Marketing Group for $52 million. Thompson has said the proceeds went ey he was using while on the run. Attorneys for his former to pay his expenses and legal fees, and some investors investors claimed he had pocketed the 500 missing gold would claim in court papers that they saw none of it. In coins. Thompson told the court the story about the self2005, The Columbus Dispatch owners and another investor sued Thompson, seeking a full accounting of his com- storage facility in Fort Lauderdale. He claimed he pany’s finances. Nine people who had worked to salvage didn’t remember many of the details. Where the gold the gold sued next, and in 2006 a federal judge ordered coins are now, that’s anybody’s guess, he said. “I wanted them to be safe,” Thompson said during Thompson to turn over a full inventory. Thompson’s company filed for bankruptcy in 2012, claiming there was no five hours of meandering testimony this past November. At one point, he claimed he didn’t know where they were money left for investors. In August 2012, Thompson was expected to show up located, but then under pressure from attorneys, he said to a court hearing in one of his many legal cases. He was he believed they were his compensation for the years he supposed to tell the judge what happened to 500 coins spent working to find the wreck. “I’m supposed to have the keys to my freedom by that were still unaccounted for; that never made it into telling where the coins are, but I don’t know where the the big sell-off of the treasure.
coins are,” he said. “I put them in an off-shore trust. The trustee can put them anywhere he wants.” In court, Antekeier said she moved the missing coins around over the course of four years, shipping them between California and Jacksonville. Antekeier testified that in 2010, Thompson told her to bring the coins to a self-storage business in Fort Lauderdale. She put the coins, weighing about 150 pounds, in four or five suitcases. She claims she handed them over to a stranger and simply walked out. In late November, a jury awarded Thompson’s investors $19.4 million in a civil case that claimed he had cheated them. Just how they will collect the money, however, isn’t clear. The federal judge in Thompson’s case, Algenon L. Marbley, has refused to believe Thompson’s claims that he doesn’t know where the missing coins went. “As long as you are content to be a master of misdirection and deceit to the court, I am content to let you sit,” Marbley said in court. The judge ordered Thompson be held in federal prison on contempt charges until he came clean about where the coins are located. In court papers, Marbley wrote that the case has a “tortured history” and “littered the dockets of so many courts, just as the Central America’s treasure once littered the floor of the Atlantic.” For every day Thompson sits in jail, the judge fines him $1,000. The daily tally is added to a $250,000 fine Thompson was already assessed for refusing to tell the court where the coins went. And that’s, at least upon this writing, where Thompson has remained. Thompson, inmate No. 07332-104, has called the low-security Federal Cor-
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Perhaps someone can scour his hundreds of hours of testimony and depositions for clues. Maybe there’s a witness out there to this secret 2010 meeting. A modern-day treasure hunter might just come up with this fortune. It just might be you.
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THE GEM OF THE TREASURE COAST THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY KICK-OFF COCKTAIL SOCIAL ON FEB. 9 WILL START THE CELEBRATION AT THE YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB. AND ON APRIL 13, THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY. By Amy Woods
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he Yacht & Country Club turns 50 this year, much to the delight of its residents. The gated community, coveted for the unprecedented boating and golfing amenities it brought to Martin County five decades ago, has been the place they call home. Built in 1969 on a swath of scrub near the Manatee Pocket, the development introduced the first golf course community in Stuart. The club attracted an upper echelon of buyers—Air Force generals, Navy admirals, titans of cor-
Ground broke on Aug. 29, 1968
porate industry and retirees from colder climes—who came to live in a little-known piece of paradise. Established on the principles of family, friendship and fun, as well as luxury and quality, the place put the sleepy suburb of Stuart on the map. “I watched the big earth movers dig it,” says Evans Crary, who out of 20 other original founding members is the last one alive. “It was both interesting, and I guess with a sense of pride to be a part of it, to have this facility become available to Martin County.” Crary, 88, invested in the concept of the club by sublimely sinking $15,000 into a project headed by Charles Martyn. The rest of the founding members did the same. “People don’t understand when you were born and raised in
The Yacht & Country Club’s bar and community spaces received a recent face lift.
Martin County, there was little opportunity for business, etc., and any development that would enhance the community and the opportunity for business was deemed by many of us to be a good thing,” the Stuart native says. “It brought people into the county.” Ground broke on Aug. 29, 1968, with dignitaries such as the city manager, the mayor and well-known insurance broker R.V. Johnson in attendance. “It almost didn’t happen,” Crary says. “One of the founding members dropped out the night before the closing. The deal supposedly was going to fall through. My brother was representing the sellers, and he convinced me to borrow the
money and become a founding member.” He moved into a four-bedroom, four-bathroom home on Crooked Creek with his family, looking forward to hitting the links. But the daily demands of his law practice prevented him from pursuing the passion. In 1983, he left The Yacht & Country Club to live in a nearby condominium. It would not stick. After the death of his wife, he eventually remarried a golf enthusiast who got him back into the game. He rejoined the club in 2006, and three years later bought another home—this one a two-bedroom, two-bathroom on the eighth fairway. Designed by Martyn, the course reportedly was to have
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ON NO. 4, HE HIT HIS DRIVE, AND HE WASN’T HAPPY WITH IT. IT WAS ONE OF THE LONGEST THREE-WOOD SHOTS I’VE EVER SEEN TO THE GREEN—VERY, VERY IMPRESSIVE.” - Evans Crary
(above) Home renderings (right) The Stamp Out Drug Abuse tournament was The Yacht & Country Club’s first of many annual private and community charity events.
been another Pete Dye product. The story goes that Martyn claimed to know more about golf course aesthetics than the notable architect and dauntlessly drew up plans on his own. “That would be Charlie,” Crary says. “He wrote a book… a very interesting tome about being one of the world’s greatest developers. He was like that. But it’s still one of the best courses in the county. When the wind blows, it seems to be on your face in every hole. That is a golfer’s lament. “I don’t suspect that there’s a turntable under it,” he laughs. “It’s a unique design.” The unique design was good enough for Jack Nicklaus, who made headlines at a 1971 charity tournament featuring Perry Como and Sam Snead. Crary remembers the occasion well. “On No. 4, he hit his drive, and he wasn’t happy with it,” he says of Nicklaus. “It was one of the longest threewood shots I’ve ever seen to the green—very, very impressive. When that ball passed by me, it sounded like it came out of a 105 howitzer.”
The pro-am raised more than $12,000 for Stamp Out Drug Abuse. In anticipation of it, the club created a new main entrance on A1A and installed a 24-hour guardhouse. Three dozen coconut palms and ficus trees were planted for curb appeal. “That was the first tournament that was played on the golf course, and everyone was all excited about it at the time,” says Cheryl Kohloff, a member who is organizing and chairing the club’s 50th Anniversary Kick-off Cocktail Social and Anniversary Gala. “Yeah, that was pretty neat,” adds Kevin Kohloff, Cheryl’s husband and the club’s board president. While the couple did not live there at the time, they know how much publicity the tournament received. More recent publicity arose when Nicole Melichar, who grew up at the club, won a Grand Slam title in the mixed-doubles championship at last year’s Wimbledon. “We had it on TV when we knew she was on,” Kevin Kohloff says. “We invited people to come watch it. We want to have her come and speak in February.” The 50th Anniversary Kick-off Cocktail Social, a
semiformal set for Feb. 9, ushers in a week’s worth of activities during the Masters that culminates with the 50th Anniversary Gala on April 13. The black-tie event includes live music, dinner and dancing. On April 6, the Tennis Club will have matches throughout the day and welcome the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast for an animal adoption event. The Yacht Club is organizing a poker run April 9 followed by a dinner benefiting the Hibiscus Children’s Center. The Mini Masters/Night of Champions Nine Hole Scramble is April 12. To recognize the milestone, 50th-anniversary golf bags, hats, shirts and other memorabilia—and a special flag—are being made. “This is the original,” Kevin Kohloff says of what has been coined “The Gem of the Treasure Coast.” “Everybody knows each other. Everybody gets along. We’re a family here. We want to move forward as a family. We’re hoping we’re here for another 50 years.” Ginny Doxanas relocated with her husband, Thomas, from Baltimore in the late 1960s, settling on Club Med Sandpiper Bay. A hotel had opened on the Port St. Lucie property, causing crowds at the course and pushing back their tee times. “My husband said, ‘No way—we’re going somewhere else,’” Doxanas says. They bought a lot on hole No. 5 at The Yacht & Country Club, chose a three-bedroom, three-bathroom floorplan and never looked back. “We knew this was it,” she says. “It was the golf, and the people were very, very nice. We developed quite a few friends, but of course a lot of them are gone by now.” The 95-year-old widow walks with a cane because of a knee ailment that has caused her to no longer be able to play golf. While in her prime, though, she nailed a hole-in-one on the third green “and then put the ball in the water on No. 4.” On another outing, she put the ball in the water on No. 9 and fearlessly
went after it. “I wanted it,” Doxanas says. “I slipped on the wood and fell in the lake.” And the ball? “I got it, oh yeah,” Doxanas says. “They still say—some people, anyway— ‘Keep away from the lake.’” The former chairwoman of the Ladies 18 Hole Golf Association now
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his bright, white home, with its vivid green shutters, expansive porch, and verdant, blooming greenery, is no stranger to flattery. In fact, its owners receive constant praise on their property, such as one man “who complimented us on the amazing restoration and wanted to know if the home was originally built in the 1920s when the neighborhood was created.” They found that funny, as the quaint cottage had been erected in 2002 along a quiet street in Hobe Sound where “people engage one another and have a kind word when passing by.” A flip-flop’s throw from the town’s sandy beaches, the three-bedroom home was inspired by Florida’s historic cracker-style house and features Norman Rockwell-esque visages and neighboring properties of equal charm. Nearly 40 different varieties of plants and trees reside around the property including fox palms, guava trees and green island ficus, as well as three types of jasmine and crotons. An arched, gated entry with angel wing begonias, plumbago, and dendrobium and phalaenopsis orchids, leads to a breezeway and a tropical-imbued pool in the backyard. The home’s heart may be in the kitchen, but its spirit lays on the front porch where the homeowners like to spend hours rocking and watching the late-summer sunsets. The airy, open living spaces inside are painted in crisp pastels and adorned with watercolors, vibrant abstracts, palette knife paintings and oil works by Caribbean, Central American and Florida artists, including Carolyn Gordon, Joseph LaPierre and Dora Woodrum.
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Canine Cool Patricia and Carlos Diaz
ometimes you pick the property and sometimes, as marvelous as it sounds, the property picks you. Case in point: While searching for a large single-level home with water views that could accommodate them and one, or both, of their mothers, a Fort Lauderdale couple happened upon the perfect property in Fort Pierce. “We pulled up, walked in, and looked at each other and that was it,” Patricia says. Everywhere their eyes paused, they saw something they loved—from the long, broad, sun-dappled porch to the sabal palms scattered around the 3.2-acre property. They knew their art and furnishings would fit in easily and envisioned the exact location their bedroom furniture would go. The only issue—and it wasn’t for them— was the 5,000-square-foot home was nestled between
two properties with dogs, and all three were invisibly fenced together. Each was wary the new residents would be unhappy with the arrangement. But once they allayed their doubts, the new owners moved into the 1936 cracker-style house in May 2015. Other than remodeling the kitchen and baths, the interiors were left untouched. The entertainment room, a baronial space with special features like a large fireplace and full bar, is their favorite room for parties and intimate get-togethers. They also love taking friends and clients out on their boat for fishing trips down the Indian River. One of their most cherished pastimes is watching the magnificent sunrises on their front porch with four or five dogs snoozing at their feet. “We are so blessed,” she says. “I just can’t even tell you how blessed we feel to live here.”
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usan Rose lived in Maine for 27 years before relocating to Stuart in 2002. An accomplished equestrian who’s spent six months every year competing in Wellington’s illustrious global dressage circuit, she recalls the first time she laid eyes on the charming cottage on Cleveland Avenue. “I had come down here with an Olympic trainer who had 30 horses,” she says. “After 12 days without a day off, I went to a real estate office that had a book with pictures and this little house was the first one in the book. I looked at it and said, ‘This is my house.’” Built in 1945, the 1,044-square-foot home was in disrepair, and brown and orange shag carpeting was everywhere. “When you live in Maine, everything has to be white with dark green trim,” she says. So she painted it purple and added gingerbread trim and a white picket fence. She removed the home’s original screen porch and replaced it with an outdoor hot tub to soothe her tired muscles. A small table with chairs is used for en plein air meals. A consummate gardener, she grows regional delicacies, ranging from arugula and red lettuce to pineapples and Meyer’s lemons, which the raccoons and opossums try to purloin. New windows and a roof were added, but the home’s bones were left untouched. In the kitchen, colorful winners’ ribbons remind her of time spent in the saddle. Most of the furnishings are a colorful hodgepodge of acquired treasures and original finds, like the living room fireplace she salvaged from Palm City Auction and restored. When asked where her stallion sleeps, she replies that he lives on a farm in Palm City. “My horse’s stall is bigger than my bedroom,” she laughs.
Palm-Studded Retreat Brittany and Ryan Huff
arely do couples end up in a home they both lived in on separate occasions. As serendipitous as it sounds, that’s exactly what happened with Brittany and Ryan Huff. After graduating from Indiana University, Ryan moved to Fort Pierce in 2005 and rented a single-level abode from Brittany’s mother. Ten years earlier, in 1995, Brittany’s parents purchased the property on Indian River Drive for family getaways. Once the two tied the knot, they bought the two-bedroom, two-bath house, and then commenced with a full remodel. In 2015, they moved in with Brittany’s three children in tow. “Other than sidewalls and the front, we pretty much knocked everything down,” Brittany says, “but we kept the cottage-looking aspect of the home.” The home’s front façade was painted a punchy lime green and they extended the back to gain extra square footage for a master bedroom suite, an additional bedroom and a home office that overlook a manicured backyard with shady palm trees and a seismic Royal Poinciana tree. At the opposite end, a pair of bedrooms, flanking the open concept kitchen and dining room, offer unparalleled views of the Indian River beyond. Walls are cast in varying shades of light gray and lined with works by local Florida artists. The majority of the furnishings were sourced from Havertys furniture. At the rear of the property, a spacious, four-car garage with fans, light fixtures, a TV and speaker system serves as a relaxed spot where family and guests can socialize and unwind between games of corn hole and darts. A new, inground pool is slated for the coming year.
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Florida Peach Jeremy and Christina Brownie
here’s no question Jeremy and Christina Brownie share sentimental feelings for their home. For instance, when the couple learned the land it stood on in Palm Beach was destined to become a two-story parking lot, they had the centenarian structure barged (yes, barged) to Palm City in 2000. The Jensen Beach natives moved in two years later, after the property had been brought up to code, a new laundry room and bathroom added, and a large back porch installed with hand-carved, pineapple railings. Jeremy, a fourth-generation family owner of Brownie Companies, had the home angled on the lot so his family could watch the rose-colored sunrises over the St. Lucie River that gently courses across the street. “It’s just a very special house,” Christina says. “When you walk in, it’s very warm and welcoming with original Sage County wood floors, vintage moldings and a wood-burning fireplace.” The kitchen was updated with granite countertops and cherry wood cabinetry, and the wall separating it from the dining room was torn down to create a more natural flow. An artist and a former art teacher, Christina had the exterior painted a cool coral hue with vibrant white and green accents. Natural sunlight filters into every room, thanks to the home’s 33 windows, including the eight in their youngest daughter’s bedroom that makes it feel like a tree house suspended in the sky. The Brownies, who reside in Long Island, New York, visit the property frequently and rent it out the remainder of the year.
Key West Calling Stephen and Deborah Dale
ike the green light that captivated Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby in the classic American novel, Stephen Dale and his wife, Deborah, often find themselves transfixed by the St. Lucie nuclear power plant’s glowing lights they can see from their placid porch. “We think they’re kind of pretty,” Stephen says. “With my background in making fuel, it doesn’t bother me a bit.” Stephen, now retired, worked for GE in nuclear fuel manufacturing in Wilmington, North Carolina, before the couple migrated south. In 2000, they purchased the sprawling, 5.47-acre estate that came with a parcel they later sold back to the state. Bestowed with a 3,600-square-foot footprint, the aqua-blue, Key West-inspired edifice was designed with comfortable open spaces, high ceilings that soar to 17 feet in the living room, and spectacular views of the Indian River. The front porch is a lovely setting for gathering with friends to watch herds of butterflies and dragonflies flit and whizz by. Using the tropical surrounds as design inspiration, Deborah mixed whimsical pineapple motifs and light fixtures with their personal keepsakes and priceless heirlooms. The 12-foot-long dining room table Stephen inherited serves as a congregation site for impromptu family dinners and festive bacchanals. In a small display room upstairs, two Siamese rescue cats named Steamy and Zippy guard Deborah’s prized collection of 800 Barbie and integrity dolls. When they’re not lounging in their hickory and palm-studded backyard, the Dales can be found on the dock across the street watching rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. “NASA used to do it every six months,” Stephen says, “but this [Elon Musk’s] company, SpaceX, is shooting things off pretty regularly.”
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hen a real estate professional asked interior designer Gil Walsh of Gil Walsh Interiors to update her home in Tequesta, she wanted a design that reflected her love for the ocean. She also requested Walsh combine some of her existing furnishings with the new design, including two orange club chairs that would set the tone for bold accent colors throughout the home. Walsh, who has offices in West Palm Beach and Martha’s Vineyard, believes every detail matters when bringing a design to life. The key to creating an outstanding design, she says, is to combine the art of listening with intuition to gain a deeper understanding of the client’s
needs, wants and lifestyle wishes. With each design, she says, she works to build rapport and trust as a foundation for a beautiful home. Originally, Walsh considered a career in fashion, but with a deep interest in art history, antiques and architecture, she realized that interior design was her passion. Her goals are to deliver comfort, timeless style and classic beauty. In addition to her design work, she is the author of “Gil Walsh Interiors—A Case for Color.” Walsh’s design of the 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom home on the Intracoastal Waterway takes its cues from the yachting world, using classical beach and nautical motifs in fresh, modern applications. She kept the beige traver-
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tine flooring but used crisp, clean white for many of the walls and furnishings to create a backdrop for punches of color and bold, graphic statements. “There are windows only on the east side of the house, and I wanted white for reflection and brightness,” she says. THE FOYER A dramatic palette of blues and oranges begins in the foyer with a simple console table finished in deep navy with chrome hardware. “I needed to lead the eye into the great room with furnishings, and the navy blue picks up the navy there,” Walsh says. Accessories on the table, including an oblong silver platter, a silver dish with a shell motif and a pure white pot holding a white orchid add visual interest. A tall lamp has a thin metal stem and a small white shade. “The furniture needed to be scaled to the size of the hallway, which is narrow,” Walsh says. “The console isn’t that deep, and the lamp’s thin post complements the scale of the console.” Above the table hangs a stunning circular mirror with a sprawling frame that recalls sea coral. A flat, woven runner on the floor in tones of cream, camel and red blends with the travertine and also picks up red in the mirror frame. In a nearby powder room, delicately patterned blue and white wallpaper sets off a simple, Shaker-style white vanity with a gray and white Carrera marble top, a dropped sink and chrome hardware. The vertical rectangular mirror above has a clean white frame, and a pair of nautical-style sconces illuminate the space.
(above) In the foyer, a mirror with a sprawling frame recalls the look of sea coral. A navy console table introduces the home’s vibrant color scheme.
GREAT ROOM In the great room, solar shades help protect artwork and furnishings from the Florida sun and work to keep the space cool. To begin, Walsh removed the dining table and chairs to create an open space. The décor needed to incorporate the orange club chairs as well as a large abstract painting splashed with deep blue, orange, yellow and red that the owner’s mother had given to her. Walsh used accent pillows to help pull the vibrant colors together. On the floor, she laid a flat, woven area rug with a marine blue background and a white Suzani medallion pattern.
A comfortable sofa is upholstered in white Sunbrella for easy upkeep, and two apothecary lamps stand behind it. White lacquer end tables add brightness. One holds a piece of blue blown glass and the other a vase filled with bright orange flowers, tying in the color scheme. The rectangular coffee table has a waterfall glass top, and between two club chairs covered in white canvas is a glass drink table with a chrome base. A white leather ottoman can provide additional seating or serve as extra table space. Another eye-catcher is a large, dramatic painting of a fish in tones of blue, orange and black set against a white background. It hangs above a raffia-wrapped chest with drawers for storage. On top is a display of blue bottles, a silver fish and a bouquet of orange flowers. An orange shade crowns a white lamp with a base that recalls a piece of driftwood. A collection of framed prints featuring horses covers a large area
of one wall. “She loves horses and used to ride a lot, so I hung the prints as a collection,” Walsh says. The homeowner also loves dogs and wanted her large papier-mâché model of a friendly canine to be part of the décor. Placed on the floor, it may not have been an outstanding focal point, but Walsh knew just how to maximize the look of the unusual piece. “We had a pedestal specially made to raise it,” she says. Since the former dining furniture had been taken away to create an open space, Walsh designed a small, informal eating area in a corner of the great room next to a glass door leading to the patio. The small white circular table has a resin (above) Vibrant hues of blue and orange set against a backdrop of white define the great room. (left) A dramatic painting of a fish is an eye-catcher in the great room.
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top and bronze metal legs. Woven wicker chairs hold blue and white pillows. On the patio, deep blue furniture that complements the interior colors blends the outdoors with the indoors. MASTER SUITE In the master suite, Walsh created a luxurious, comfortable sanctuary where the owner can retreat at the end of the day. Clean white shades open to let in light or close for privacy. A flat, woven navy and white rug with a geometric pattern adds softness to the light wood flooring, and on the wall are pictures of white coral set against a navy background. The bed’s headboard is upholstered in white canvas that resembles the fabric of sailing ships with nailhead accents around the perimeter. The white linen spread has navy blue trim, a navy and white fringed throw, and navy accent pillows that add more color and interest. White lacquer end tables have mirrored
inserts and a fretwork overlay of white circles. “I wanted them to sparkle,” Walsh says. Each table holds a blue and white Delft lamp with a rounded base and a drum shade, as well as small vases of orange flowers that provide colorful accents. In the master bath, a steeply slanted ceiling presented a challenge. To create a dramatic look, Walsh clad the ceiling, walls and floor with the same large gray marble tiles. The freestanding oval tub in the wet area provides a focal point. “It acts like a piece of sculpture,” Walsh says. The wet room also has both an overhead and handheld shower; all plumbing fixtures are chrome. Outside the wet room is a white lacquer vanity with double sinks and a gray and white Cerra marble top. GUEST BEDROOMS The nautical theme continues in the guest bedrooms, both of which have wood flooring and the same white window shades as the master. In one of the bedrooms, clean
A mirror with a dramatic fan-shaped frame creates a focal point in a guest bedroom.
A flat, woven navy and white rug with a geometric pattern adds softness to the master bedroom. A headboard upholstered in white canvas recalls the fabric of sailing ships.
white walls display framed prints of shellfish, and accent pillows have starfish motifs. Blue and white spreads on the twin beds have a paisley pattern, and headboards are stylishly contrasting brown wicker. A graceful blue and white lamp is an Asian-style design. In the third bedroom, a flat white and navy rug accents the wood floor. A lacquered headboard with a fretwork design set against white walls creates a tone-on-tone look, and the blue and white spread is patterned with a Suzani design. Above the
bed is a dark blue, framed architectural drawing of a ship. Blue and white accent pillows add color and visual interest, and since the homeowner has a beloved bulldog, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not surprising that one of the pillows features an adorable picture of a pup. A circular mirror with a wide, fan-shaped bronze frame creates a focal point above a white lacquer chest with bronze handles, while glass candlesticks and a rounded glass lamp create an open, airy look. COMBINING OLD AND NEW Walsh took the challenge of
mixing some of the homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cherished pieces with new furnishings, finding innovative ways to create a seamless, integrated interior. Walsh is not afraid of color, and the project provided her with an opportunity to make creative use of bold, dramatic hues in ways that remained true to classic, elegant design while indulging in touches of playful whimsey that personalize the spaces. The Tequesta home is now just what the owner wanted: a waterfront retreat for relaxing, entertaining friends and welcoming family.
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Hobe Sound Hero Awards sponsored by Loving Chiropractic & Recovery Insurance Adjusters • Joe Connelly of Recovery Insurance Adjusters • Fire Rescue Professional of the Year: Cpt. Mark Marzucca of Martin County Fire Rescue Station 32 • Teacher of the Year: Julie Stellman of Hobe Sound Elementary School (Pictured: Principal Memmer-Novak) • Law Enforcement Professional of the Year: Deputy Sheriff Dale Hardy, School Resource Unit of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, assigned to South Fork High School • Dr. Spencer Perna of Loving Chiropractic of Stuart Business Awards sponsored by First Citizens Bank: • Sally Byrd of First Citizens Bank • New Members of the Year: Barbara McLaughlin & George Kleine of Tees Please • Community Enhancement & Service Award: Commissioner Harold Jenkins • Ambassador of the Year: Shelly Gonyo of Stuart Family Chiropractic & Acupuncture • New Members of the Year: Sam Bruning of Morgan Stanly • The Pelican Award: Michael Ennis of Michael Ennis Construction Company • Lisa Marshall of First Citizens Bank • Trudi Onus, Volunteer of the Year (not pictured) The Pelican Award is the Chamber’s signature award, presented each year to a business leader who puts aside their own personal gain for service to the community.
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
2283 S. Federal Highway Stuart 772.288.4388 bonefishgrill.com
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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.
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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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-
day 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.
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 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.
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.
classes available. Open Monday through Saturday. Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., High Tea and Tapa from 2 to 5 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Close on Sunday.
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
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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.
55 SW Flagler Avenue Stuart 772.600.8243
THE CRAFTED KEG
Coffee, Espresso, Latte, Cappuccino, Teas, Frappes, Smoothies, Fresh Baked Goods, Breakfast, Panini, Wraps, Salads, Grilled Cheese, Acai Bowls & Smoothies, Beer, Wine, Desserts, Snacks & much more. Summer hours: open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday through Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Now offering Breakfast all day!
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.
TACK & JIBE A NAUTICAL EATERY 2621 SE Ocean Blvd. Stuart 772.210.2653 tackandjibeeatery.com Chef Proprietor Steven Strenkert is a culinary trained chef from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America with a combined 28 years of experience. Tack & Jibe serves creative, local-source cuisine. Catering, wine tasting, and cooking
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 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.
THE GAFFORD 47 SW Flagler Ave. Stuart 772.221.9517 thegafford.com With a history rooted deep in fami-
ly 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.
TOO JAYS 2504 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.287.6514 toojays.com It’s hard to resist a place that promises to serve hearty portions of beloved breakfast foods. This breakfast joint offers diners a menu ranging from chicken and waffles to meat lovers skillets to lighter fare. Open daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Your guide to upcoming, must-attend philanthropy events.
FEB. 1 Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation Love Your Lagoon Gala; 6 p.m.; Quail Valley River Club; Ticket prices vary; hboifoundation.org FEB. 2 Environmental Studies Council Grandparent’s Day Brunch; 9 a.m. to noon; Environmental Studies Center; free; escmc.org FEB. 2 SafeSpace ‘Walk A Mile In Her Shoes’; 4 p.m.; Downtown Stuart Riverwalk; $50; safespacefl.org FEB. 2 Iluminate; 8 p.m.; Sunrise Theatre; Tickets from $20; sunrisetheatre.com FEB. 2 Florida Cigar Box Guitar Festival; 11 p.m.; Summer Crush Vineyard Winery; Ticket prices vary; summercrushwine.com FEB. 7, 8 Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation Indian River Lagoon Symposium; 8 a.m.; Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute; hboifoundation.org
FEB. 16 Mary’s Shelter of the Treasure Coast Gala; 5:30 p.m.; Willoughby Golf Club; $185; maryssheltertc.org
Feb. 9 Last year’s Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation Gala Committee
FEB. 9 Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation A Midsummer Night’s Dream Dinner Dance; 5:30 p.m.; Mariner Sands Country Club; $150/person; treasurehealth.org FEB. 9 Humane Society of the Treasure Coast Paws & Claws Gala; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa; $275/person FEB. 14 4KIDS Galentine’s Day Brunch; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Santa Lucia River Club; $20; 4kids.us/tc/galentines FEB. 15 Place of Hope Sea of Hope Luncheon; 11:30 a.m.; Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club; $75; placeofhope.com/ treasure-coast
FEB. 17 Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation Horses and Horsepower - Bentleys & Rolls Royces Car Show; noon to 5 p.m.; ERAF Community Center; free; eraf.org FEB. 22 Environmental Studies Council Fundraising Gala; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Private Residence of Lehr & Paul Filipe; $150; escmc.org FEB. 23, 24 Downtown Stuart Art Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Downtown Stuart; free; artsfestival.com FEB. 23 Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot; 8 a.m. to noon; South Florida Shooting Club; $250/person; treasurehealth.org
Feb. 23 Jon and Heather Prince during last year’s Heathcote Botanical Gardens Bonsai Bash
2 p.m.; Mariner Sands Country Club; $50; gfwcwomansclubofstuart.com FEB. 23 Heathcote Botanical Gardens Bonsai Bash ‘Under the Asian Moon’; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Heathcote Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary; heathcotebotanicalgardens. org FEB. 26 Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County Youth of the Year Celebration; 6 pm; Willoughby Golf Club; bgcmartin.org
FEB. 23 GFWC Woman’s Club of Stuart ‘Food, Friends and Fashion’; 11:30 a.m. to
Note: Dates and times may change. Please contact the individual organization for the most up-to-date information.
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CELEBRATING THE ‘BEST IN GLASS’ AT THE BACKUS MUSEUM
The exquisite beauty of studio glass by Dale Chihuly, the grand master, and Marlene Rose, a Florida-based next-generation master, were on display in the A.E. Backus Museum's exhibition “Masters of Glass: Dale Chihuly and Marlene Rose.” Guests were able to meet and mingle with the designers during the event.
1. J. Marshall Adams and Shirelle Sioui 2. Joanne and Jim Ritchie 3. Katie Enns and Carolyn Huggins 4. Jamie and Don Quick 5. Marlene Rose and Lucia Rose-Coates 6. Karl Guettler, Carl Hensley, Larry Simpson and Jim Gaines 7. Nick Cascio and Janie Hinkle 8. Ruth Lentini, Martha Phelps and Alicia Quinn 9. J. Marshall, Carrie Adams and Ed Fry 10. Kathryn Hensley and Carol Dawkins Photos courtesy MaryAnn Ketcham
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‘SUPERHERO SMASH!’ CHILDREN’S BALL
The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast was transformed into a real-life comic book during its “Superhero Smash!” Children’s Ball with kids and adults dressing up for the occasion. Guests enjoyed numerous activities and raised more than $12,000.
1. Joey Ferraro and Nina Ferraro 2. Kathleen Wyatt and Laurie Thyrre 3. Kiki Hugh and Yana Hugh 4. Peggy Wood, Tammy Calabria, Rachel Plummer and Payton Hurley 5. Kerry Alabastro, Abigail Alabastro and Julie Zipsir
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF MARTIN COUNTY GREAT FUTURES DINNER
The annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County Great Futures Dinner celebrated the past, present and future with an evening filled with hope and optimism. This year’s celebration took place at the Kane Center as current club members shared personal stories.
1. Denise Ehrich and Tammy Matthew 2. Keith Fletcher, Monique Waters, Laurie Gaylord and Roland Williams 3. Dana and Andy McNiel 4. John Robitaille, Blair Wickstrom and Mark Robitaille 5. Leigh and Bob Garry 96
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THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE TREASURE COAST DONOR APPRECIATION EVENING
The Donor Appreciation Evening took place at The Chef ’s Table in Stuart. HSTC President and CEO Frank Valente and donor relations manager Taylor Gilmour welcomed and thanked guests of honor for their continued support of the organization.
2 1 1. Ben and Lori Posdal with Jessie Clifford 2. Ryan and Jodi Figman, Frank Valente and Keith and Lauren Carroll 3. Peter and Jean Sicoli 4. John Mangan and Vincent Zanfini
FLORIDA OCEANOGRAPHIC SOCIETY CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Hosted by Jack and Barbara Nicklaus at the Coastal Center, the event educated guests about the Capital Campaign for a new Ocean EcoCenter, Gamefish Lagoon Bridges, waterworks exploration zone and gift shop expansion.
1. Fred and Betty Kopf 2. Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Susan Sullivan and Nancy Perry 3. Mike and Nancy Rand with Carole and John Gregory 4. Elizabeth Barbella, Maria Dunn and Jane and Matthew Hooks 5. Elyse Mues, Linda and Michael Gambardella, Kate Howd and Karen Gonzalez gulfstreammediagroup.com
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NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY AWARDS
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – Treasure Coast Chapter hosted a special ceremony at the Santa Lucia River Club to recognize charitable giving and volunteerism by individuals and businesses in Martin and St. Lucie counties.
1. Ademil Castrillo and Joe Oliveri 2. Jennifer Ferrari, David Smythe and Gigi Suntum 3. Jaclyn Uhl, Rina Shpiruk, Meghan Vaughn and Jeffrey Pedersen 4. Karen Knapp, Roxanne Wells, Monte Kosoff and Esperanza Morales
SWINGING FORE THE ARC GOLF TOURNAMENT
The ARC of Martin County held its annual Swinging Fore the ARC Golf Tournament at Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club in Palm City. The twoday event included an evening cocktail party and auction in addition to golf festivities.
1. George Loebig and Jessica Groff 2. Glenda Rawlinson, Maria Reich, Rocio Harb and Marie Muniz 3. Sophie ad Erec Chatonet 4. Keith Muniz, Joe Acinpura, Brian Mast and Barb Flowers 5. Tom and Jennifer Tarsia, Maria and Brent Colby 98
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NEW HORIZONS DIAMOND JUBILEE
The 60th-anniversary event took place at Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club and celebrated six decades of community mental health services for children and adults on the Treasure Coast. The inaugural New Horizons Mental Health Champion Award went to CEO John Romano, who retired at the end of 2018 after serving for 30 years with the non-profit agency.
1. Brianna and Brian Mast 2. Ken and Aileen Pruitt 3. Poonam and Lalit Chaube with Shivani and Rohun Trivedi 4. Mary Baysinger, John Romano and Pat Austin
WINGS OF HOPE LUNCHEON
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary held its annual Wings of Hope Luncheon to raise funding and awareness for Compassion House, the Army’s transitional shelter for homeless women and children. The event, held at Piper’s Landing in Palm City, featured WPTV NewsChannel 5 anchor Kelley Dunn as the guest speaker.
1. Robert and Andrea Shaffer 2. Barry Grant Marsh, Clyde Preston, William Turney and Jack Myering 3. Xenobia Poitier-Anderson, Eula Clarke and Kherri Anderson 4. Diane Buchner, Jacquelyn Gallo, Amy Freese and Annette Storer 5. Ruth Pietruszewski, Kelley Dunn and Carolyn Timmann gulfstreammediagroup.com
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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF MARTIN COUNTY FUTURES LUNCHEON
Young Professionals of Martin County hosted its Futures Luncheon sponsored by Team Parks at the Wolf Center at Indian River State College. The event engaged community leaders and members in a conversation about the future of Martin County and how to best contribute to its success.
1. Ben Masondo, Andres Castellanos, Eve Samples, Tim Dougher and Michael Meier 2. Gina Barca and Dayna Izzo 3. Chelsey Matheson, Kim Ouellette and Monica Lokitus 4. Michelle Miller, Colleen Phillips and Jessica Grassi
HELPING PEOPLE SUCCEED PINOT & PICASSO
Black and white with a splash of red was the theme of the event as Helping People Succeed unveiled the 2019 Art for Living Calendar at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club. After cocktails and the silent auction, guests were seated in a formal setting for a plated dinner served with wine pairings.
1. Claire and Nick Nash 2. Herb Lichtenberger, Bob and Jan Crandall and Bill Lichtenberger 3. Michael Carelli, Marion Vitale, Jackie Vitale and Leah Carelli 4. Suzy Hutcheson with Rob and Abby Alpers 5. Dr. Mary Rose Bressman and Jeff Cafer 100
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SAMARITAN CENTER BENEFIT CONCERT
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the popular winner of the sixth season of “America’s Got Talent,” set the tone for “An Evening of Sinatra and Motown.” Proceeds from the Lyric Theatre performance benefited the Samaritan Center for Young Boys & Families, celebrating its 50th year in Stuart. Prior to the performance, Murphy mingled with Samaritan Center supporters at a Champagne reception at the Geoffrey Smith Gallery.
1. Jeff and Kassandra Schilling 2. Brandon Willard and Griffin Greer 3. Sue Kinane with Aquileo and Maria Abello 4. Susan Laibl, Landau Murphy and Ed Laibl
THE TREASURE COAST HOSPICE FOUNDATION ‘THANKS FOR GIVING’ RECEPTION The organization held its annual “Thanks for Giving” reception and dinner at Pietro’s on the River. The event recognized outstanding commitment to the Treasure Coast Hospice’s mission.
1. Cheryl and Rem Mayes with Gayle Harrell 2. Matt and Susan King 3. Murray Fournie and Dorie Bradshaw 4. Rick and Robbin Lynch 5. Scott Roads, Darcy Weir and Jim Pierson gulfstreammediagroup.com
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HOLIDAY HOME TOUR VIP PARTY
Alan Franciosi, general manager of Infiniti Stuart, hosted a VIP cocktail party to kick off the Woman’s Club of Stuart’s annual Holiday Home Tour. About 100 guests attended the party in Infiniti’s showroom.
1. Kelly Garner and Jackie McNevin 2. Dean and Laura Crawford, Christina Tucker and Joe O’Grady 3. Suzanne Northcutt, Pam Alverson and Shae Miedzianowski 4. Polly Pharo, Sharon Mason, Lisa Pinkley, Tonya Axton, Jo Baxter and Paula Rosen 5. Tom Roberts, Christine Mulrooney and Sarah and Shannon Andersen
TYKES & TEENS FESTIVAL OF TREES & LIGHTS
The annual event attracted approximately 3,000 visitors and raised more than $135,000. Funds from the week-long holiday event support direct patient care, allowing local families in need access to highquality mental health services for their children.
1. Al and Reina Bianchi 2. Ellyn Peitz, Howard Voss and Joanne Kelly 3. Cathy and Joe Connelly 4. Jason Stocks, Kelly Johnson and Merrit Matheson 5. Lorett Fribourg, Anne McCormick, Duanne Andrade and Doug Coward 102
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TREASURE COAST FASHION NIGHT
Fashionistas were invited to Flagler Place for the winter edition of Treasure Coast Fashion Night. Inspired by New York Fashion Week, the charitable event, organized by Msebenzi Masondo, real estate strategist with Engel & Völkers, benefited StarStruck Theatre.
1. Catherine Carr and Priscilla Lopez 2. Christina Baxter, Cindy Smith, Mikenzie Hodson, Michael and Ixia Sohl, Sandy Alexander, Rosa Ceballos, Shelley Alley and Milly Mato 3. Avron Lipschitz, Joanne Snodgrass, Cheryl Odell, Tabitha Adea and Melissa Garcia 4. Peter and Jennifer Jones 5. Holly and Chris Lewis with David and Kristin Lewis 6. Michelle Bowden and Ivana Nikolova 7. Oscar Maldonado, Abigail and Brendan Rogan and Steven Shultz 8. Sierra Stewart, Noel Jadon, Jordan Stewart, Julie Stagmiller and Alyssa Feck 9. Kiera and Nick Dicicco
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