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FEATURE STORY Destination: Port of the Fort LIFE CAPTURED Featured Photographers THE LOCALS Lifestyle, Art & Fashion THE SPREAD Food & Drink THE ABODE Home & Garden THE EXPLORED Nature, Travel & Sporting THE NOURISHED Health, Wealth & Happiness

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Editor’s Note This Is Us Mainland Business District Oceanside Business District Ft. Pierce Business District Eat, Shop, Play Life in the Stars

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Photography by Eileen Escarda

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I like big boats, and I cannot lie!


e are so excited to showcase Fort Pierce, known as the “Sunrise City,” in this issue of Portfolio. It was so easy to fall in love with this salty little beach town. With an old fishing village charm, you will feel like you are always on vacation, just dining at many of the local restaurants that overlook our waterways. There are so many boat-friendly destinations to dine at and explore. This beautiful city has so much to offer. It’s like a diamond in the rough. One of our favorite weekend spots has always been Little Jim Bait & Tackle. It’s located on the North Causeway and always seems to have a crowd of locals and live music. Everyone ends up at Little Jim for a cold refreshing drink, great food

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September- October 2020 Vol. 10 Issue 4 (shrimp tacos are my fav), the band and boiled peanuts. It’s open 7 days a week and is still an iconic landmark where you can come by boat, bike, or car. Derecktor is the newest addition to the port at Fort Pierce Inlet. It’s exciting to learn about how megayachts are now regularly visiting our area for major repairs and how our community will be home to the world’s largest mobile boat hoist capable of hauling boats up to 250 feet in length. Read all about their story starting on page 10. Did you know the inlet is one of the best places to catch the sunrise? Spend some time at the jetty fishing, strolling, or sitting in one of the many swings overlooking the intracoastal waterway. There is always a lot going on at the inlet! Whiticar has been around for 45 years and has recently rebranded to Shearwater Boat Yard. Their boat yard is still located at Harbortown Marina and has the ability to haul out sailboats and motor yachts up to 110 feet for repairs, storage, and many other services. If you love sailboats, you can find a variety of them in the boatyard from all over the world. Discover their new plans for the future of Shearwater rebranding, boat repairing, and many other services located right here in Fort Pierce. If you haven’t visited Fort Pierce lately, you’re missing out. From street parties, to free parking, explore the downtown marina, restaurants, and shops. The ambiance created by the illuminated quaint lights draped across the streets adds to the charm of this little city. There are so many great new things happening here. Don’t just take my word for it, come see for yourself.

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together. It’s hard to believe this year is almost over. After this issue, we only have one more publication to produce for 2020! As challenging as this year has been, it’s also been a reaffirmation that when the going gets tough, the tough get going! So thankful and proud of all the clients we call family, friends that are always showing up to support us on social media and in-person, all our new friends and followers we make each day, and most of all, for the amazing people on my team that I get to interact with daily to bring you the best publication we can. Teamwork makes the dream work and we love every minute of what we do. We are community strong and together, we can help each other grow! Now more than ever, please support local businesses! Air hugs and much love,

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Port of the Fort

Navigating Uncharted Waters from Recreational Boating to Megayachts


new wave of maritime investment will soon propel Fort Pierce into the forefront of the global marine industry. For nearly a century, the Port of Fort Pierce has served as a popular destination for recreational boating, sailing, diving, and fishing. It was the birthplace of the U.S. Navy Frogmen (now known as Navy SEALS) and has been a hub for commercial shipping to the Bahamas and beyond. While this rich history has certainly helped shape Fort Pierce into today’s vibrant beachside community we all love, new endeavors are setting the stage for an entirely different future. Derecktor Shipyards has entered into a long-term contract with St. Lucie County to operate a state-of-the-art shipyard soon to be constructed at the base of the South Causeway. It will be home to the largest mobile boat hoist in the world— 1,500-tons—where you will see megayachts—more than 250-feet in length—regularly visiting our Port. At the same time, Shearwater (formerly Whiticar Boat Works) is poised for tremendous growth since rebranding earlier this year. Rooted in tradition and now brimming with innovation, Shearwater is taking its 45 years of repairing and remodeling boats to the next level at its new location at Safe Harbor Harbortown Marina in Fort Pierce. This beautiful shipyard located on the North Causeway, offers repair, maintenance, dockage, and haul-out of vessels up to 110-feet in length. Shearwater also offers mobile repair services on almost all makes of engines. Other amenities include fuel docks, wet slips, dry storage, laundry facilities, a swimming pool, and waterfront dining. The tradespeople who work at each of these shipyards are true craftsmen who are passionate about boating. While we all love the breathtaking lines of a yacht or the sound of an outboard engine running at full throttle, we tend to forget about the folks whose hard work, sweat, muscle, and passion go into perfecting such a specialized trade. I invite you to read more about each of these new facilities and learn why they are such fixture in our community’s bright future.

Written by Penny Tranchilla Photography by Eileen Escarda

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Aerial view of Derecktor Fort Pierce. Photo provided by St. Lucie County 12

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Land-Ho! The Port of Fort Pierce Will Be Home to Megayachts and Sailing Yachts


or 73 years, Derecktor Shipyards has led the way for megayachts and sailing yacht repair work. Situated along the eastern seaboard, Derecktor has full-service facilities in three locations—New York, Maine, and Dania Beach. Now, with a fourth site set to begin hauling options in early 2021, Derecktor and its megayachts will soon cruise into our very own backyard. The Port of Fort Pierce will be home to a new state-of-the-art shipyard. Justin Beard, Derecktor Fort Pierce Marketing Manager, has been with the project since May of 2019. Beard recognizes how rare this opportunity is. “There are few shipyards in America capable of servicing the global fleet of megayachts and large sailing yachts.” Fort Pierce, it seems, is the perfect location. “This is a very exciting project to be a part of,” said Beard. Part of the buzz surrounding this venture stems from its unique spot. Originally created in 1943 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the inlet was used as a training ground for the Navy. While the look and use of the inlet has evolved over time, the USACE still maintains the inlet and has been extensively involved in the permitting process. The port is easy to navigate and provides a generous turning basin. With no bridges or power lines in the way, the entry is obstruction-free. Finally, there is the depth factor. At nearly 30-feet deep, it’s an ideal location for megayachts. “Boats are constantly getting larger,” said Beard. The larger the boat means the fewer the number of options worldwide for repair and refit. However, the Port of Fort Pierce will have something unlike any other shipyard in the world. A 1,500-ton mobile boat hoist will be the star of the operation. This piece of machinery is a game changer at Derecktor’s fourth post. “It’s the largest in the world,” said Beard. This beast of a machine will haul megayachts out of the water and onto land for repair. At 85-feet tall, 75-feet wide and 120-feet long, this lift will operate on 32-eight foot tires. Beard estimates the site will initially be able to have as many as eight 200-300-foot boats on the yard at one time. Future development at the site will accommodate as many as a dozen. “Only six or seven other yards can handle this size in Florida. No one has a 1,500-ton lift,” said Beard. Built by Italian company, Cimolai Technology, the lift will ship in 42 containers from northern Italy to the United States. Once it arrives in Ft. Lauderdale, the containers will be loaded onto a barge and shipped up to Fort Pierce where the lift will be assembled on-site. “This machine provides owners with the utmost flexibility for hauling, as well as budgeting, something no other yard can currently offer,” said Beard. Another positive associated with this site is the potential economy boost for the area. Jacques Heymann is the captain of the charter boat M/Y Titania, a 240-foot Lurssen. Heymann has used the service of Derecktor for maintenance on his yacht. “From my experience, most shipyards actually inject into the local economy,” said Heymann. Beard anticipates the shipyard will provide up to 300 direct or indirect employment opportunities. Plus, he believes visitors will find plenty to do. “The proximity to restaurants, bars, and breweries in downtown Fort Pierce, as well as the natural amenities like Fort Pierce Inlet State Park and Indian River Lagoon, makes this an ideal location for our clients to enjoy some down time during their yard period,” said Beard. As for Heymann, the opportunity to come to this area is pretty straightforward. “I love the Treasure Coast,” Heymann stated. Derecktor is located just inside the inlet at 101 Port Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 32950. Sail on over to their website for more information at

Written by Tiffany Corr Photography by Eileen Escarda

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With the yacht industry comes a significant

economic and employment opportunity for local residents to earn higher wages as highly skilled trades people.


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Derecktor has played a central role in helping establish Fort Lauderdale as the “Yachting Capitol of the World.” Now, it’s Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County’s turn. The development of the shipyard is a gamechanger for Fort Pierce, the county, and the Treasure Coast. Derecktor Ft. Pierce will have a significant impact on the local economy and how it will help to spur further redevelopment efforts at the Port of Fort Pierce.

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Coming soon to a shipyard near you. Derecktor Ft. Pierce will soon be home to the world’s largest mobile boat hoist. With a hauling capacity of 1,500-tons, the massive machine significantly increases Derecktor’s ability to service the ever-growing in size fleet of megayachts and large sailing yachts.

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A birds-eye view of the Harbortown Marina, restaurant, fuel dock, and Shearwater Boat Yard.


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Charting A New Course Harbortown Marina and Shearwater Boat Yard Offer Marine Services to All Boaters


f you’re fortunate enough to be a boater on the Treasure Coast, chances are good that you’ve spent some time at Safe Harbor, “Harbortown Marina,” as known by the locals. It’s the perfect spot for fueling your boat, enjoying a great dining experience, and caring for all of your nautical needs. For any boating adventures, the Shearwater Boat Yard team, in collaboration with the Harbortown Marina, makes this your ideal place on the water. The Shearwater brand is the new name for Whiticar Marine North, a name revered on the waterways of the Treasure Coast since its beginnings in Stuart in 1996. Shearwater Boat Yard has been operating at the Harbortown Marina since 2005. “Most of our employees have been working for the company for several years at this location,” says Jed Wood, Vice President and General Manager. “Their total years of experience give them an unparalleled depth of knowledge, over a sizeable breadth of marine topics,” Jed states. Shearwater Boat Yard is a full-service facility providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, painting, carpentry, hydraulics, running gear (shaft/strut/prop/etc.), rigging, air conditioning, refrigeration, varnish, and repower services. The team includes experienced in-house labor and outside specialists that can be called on as specific systems require. The boat yard’s unique ability to offer hauling capability up to 150-tons and a beam up to 30-feet wide allows for the hauling and servicing of catamaran and multi-hull vessels, as well. The watercraft demographic is very diversified, with a mix of sailboats and powerboats ranging from 30-feet to 110-feet, with hauling capability throughout that range. Shearwater also provides in-water support to larger boats. Through its dealership networks, Shearwater provides manufacturer’s support and service for a wide range of brands of engines, generators, A/C systems, head/toilets, and other systems. A ship’s store onsite at Harbortown gives boaters access to many suppliers, complementing the larger engine and generator store located at Shearwater Marine & Industrial in Stuart. The company works with several boat manufacturers to assist with new boat delivery. Boats are brought in by truck, offloaded, and commissioned to be fully ready for customer delivery. These same services are also provided to individual boaters with stored or trailered boats. Location, location, location! Fort Pierce is a gateway to and from the Bahamas. It’s the perfect “last stop” service and prep for island adventures. Being located inside the marina, allows Shearwater to assist its clients as they arrive back home or before they leave. Shearwater Marine is committed to building long term relationships with its clients. “Much like having a network of physicians for your own health care, every boater should have a team in place for the care of his or her boat,” says Jim Dragseth, President of Shearwater Marine. “We hope to be that team!” With his years of experience in the industry, Dragseth knows that a good preventive maintenance plan will help maximize quality boating time for the whole family. This long-term relationship has been a primary strength of the business over time. Committed to its mission to “offer support for the recreational public and commercial boating interests” while “striving to be an asset to the community, both individually and corporate,” Shearwater is involved as individuals and as corporate sponsors with many community and business-based organizations. “We live and work in our surrounding communities” says Dragseth, “and are excited for the future of Shearwater Boat Yard.” Harbortown Marina offers dockage, fuel, dry storage, and lift services. In addition, its water services can accommodate vessels from 25-feet to 125-feet for dockage. The boat yard services include dry storage for vessels over 35-feet. Harbortown’s travel lift can haul out vessels up to 150-tons and beams up to 30-feet. Together, Shearwater and Harbortown can handle every boater’s needs. We are excited about charting a new course for the future and look forward to the continued success of all of our locations on the Treasure Coast. Current management and personnel will remain the same at the locations where they currently work. For more information visit

Written by Penny Tranchilla Photography by Eileen Escarda

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Morning reflections in one of the covered work bays.


At 75 tons, the newest lift is half capacity of it’s big

brother 150. The Harbortown hauling crew stands ready for your hauling and storage needs.

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The Shearwater crew prepares to start working


on a another multi-hull vessel.


Shearwater bottom crew thoroughly cleans and preps the prop for new anti-fouling treatment.


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life captured Featured Photographer:

Eileen Escarda


y passion for light, in all its manifestations, has allowed me to excel in a multidisciplinary career within the advertising, lifestyle, hospitality, editorial, and industrial worlds of photography. I am as comfortable photographing people for advertising, hospitality, and lifestyle clients as I am with architectural photography, interiors, and food. I strive to make images that feel authentic and real. Helping others achieve their storytelling and visual goals inspires me creatively and is what guides my work. I have been fortunate to work globally for many national brands like Alcoa, Hilton, and Margaritaville. In general, I’m a joyful person who enjoys playing tennis, exploring the outdoors, making, eating, and sharing great food, inspired by works of art and literature. Mostly though, I’m an artist and I’m always needing and wanting to create and feel inspired. I prefer function over form. I really appreciate architecture and design. I love hiking anywhere from urban high-rise jungles to forests and even oceans and rivers. I love to laugh. My kids always come first. I strive for balance in life, and I create time for everything important and worthy. I’m grateful to be alive, most of the time. I enjoy being an observer of people and current events. A witness to the future of human evolution and technology. I have a nerdy side. I love to learn how things are created, work and why. I am based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where I live with my two amazing girls, Anjolie and Ellie, and our Boston Terrier, Bella. I am super flattered to collaborate with Penny and to be published in this issue of Vero Beach Portfolio Magazine. For bookings visit or follow me on @escardaphoto

Written by Eileen Escarda Photography by Andy Milne

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life captured Cover Photographer:

Andrea Boni, Hypnotized by YOU I am an Italian architect. My goal is to let my pictures speak about art, symmetry and architecture, always seeking for an utopic idea of perfection that clearly doesn’t exist. Maybe I am constantly looking for this unattainable idea to fix the interior chaos that we all perceive about ourselves. To see more amazing architectural, artistic images follow Andrea Boni on at @andreabad


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Lights, Camera, Action!

Filming The Highwaymen Project Begins in Central Florida


t’s finally happening. After years of wishing, rumors and gossip, a Highwaymen movie and documentary are now in production. The Highwaymen Project is Stars North’s feature-length film and six-part documentary series about the 26 African American Artists from Ft. Pierce and Vero Beach who created their own art movement and successful business plan in 1960s Florida and had fun doing it. Fifty years later, their Florida landscape art is “red hot,” attracting nationwide attention and selling for incredible prices. Orlando-based producer/director, Todd Thompson, is bringing the story to the big and small screen interviewing longtime collectors, dealers, museum curators, surviving Highwaymen and their families. And it’s not a moment too soon. Of the original 26 Highwaymen, there are only 10 alive today. That means many of the memories and stories of their travels, in a very different Florida, are disappearing too. It’s an incredible tale, a saga if you will, that’s filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, the rich and famous, love and murder. It’s life


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and it all happened here along the Treasure Coast. And, as the cameras roll, it continues to still play out. John Jetson, CEO of Jetson TV and Appliances, remembers when the Highwaymen began visiting his Ft. Pierce based chain trading their art for a TV or refrigerator. In fact, during one deal, Jetson picked up two paintings to bring back to his office. Unbeknownst to him (but in true Highwaymen tradition) the paintings were still wet. The colorful oil paint stained and ruined Jetson’s brand new $150.00 sky blue polyester leisure suit. When interviewed for the documentary, Jetson reminisced about the artists whom he regarded as young businessmen like himself, who were working hard to achieve the American dream.

Written by Susan Harris Photography courtesy of STARS NORTH

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Goddess Society: A Worthy Mission

The Only Brand Breaking Paradigms on the Turban Market


he word ‘goddess’ has too many definitions to be confined to a single meaning, but here is our attempt at summing one up: A goddess is a wise woman who dances in harmony with giving life and receiving love. She has thoroughly explored her inner world and has learned to value herself. She knows that her motivation and attitude towards life reflect health and beauty in her countenance. She is divinity, life, strength, and gratitude. This brand was made for her. Goddess Society emerged to support women who have lost their hair due to cancer, alopecia, or burns, with high-end headpieces inspired by the wisdom and inner beauty in each woman. Goddess Society’s mission is to motivate women to connect with their inner goddess and enter into their true beauty—that power source that propels her forward and makes her feel confident and bold. These turbans fuse fashion and wellness to break paradigms and nurture the soul. Bridging passion with purpose, this brand is the beautiful result of a partnership between fashion designer Katherine Cordero and oncologist Dr. Raul Storey. Both propose to support women most affected in their self-esteem. Since not all are willing to shave, Katherine and Dr. Storey’s idea is that each woman who wears a turban helps another who has experienced hair loss. Every time you purchase a headpiece, Goddess Society donates a percentage of the profit to First Descents, a similar organization providing life-changing outdoor adventures to those impacted by health conditions. Goddess Society’s founders note the versatile potential of their turbans. Dr. Storey’s use of them in his practices inspired Katherine to create a sportier line of beanies for men and women. Her vision is to demonstrate how a turban can be a functional accessory for different occasions and scenarios. Whether in a gala, or everyday activities, or on a casual walk on the beach or in the mountains, a turban can protect you from the sun’s rays, support a good cause, and solve a bad hair day. Become a Goddess on at @wearegoddesssociety to help promote healing, loving energy, or visit for more information.

Goddess—May we know them; May we be them; May we support them. Written and photography provided by Goddess Society


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Aquaculture Farming:

Aquaco Celebrates One Year Anniversary Growing Florida Pompano


arefulness, passion and responsibility. These three words are resonated throughout every step of the process at Aquaco. This local aquaculture farm is celebrating its one year anniversary here in Fort Pierce. Their goal is to bridge the gap by providing locally grown Florida Pompano year-round and by offering a responsible seafood choice to the community. Owner, Joe Cardenas, said, “We hope to be seen as an asset to the area in terms of how we raise food.” By visiting his operation, it was very apparent that what they are doing at Aquaco is, in fact, a huge asset to the people, fish and our environment. Aquaco is designed as one of the world’s largest grow-out facilities of Florida Pompano. It is a 100% land-based operation located on eight acres in Fort Pierce. Aquaco’s main focus is that things are done the right way and no corners are cut to ensure the fish they produce are of the highest quality. For the first year, Aquaco’s development was centered around the fish. Specifically, they focused on establishing an operation that utilizes minimal resources and is capable of growing healthy fish as quickly as possible without the use of any artificial growth stimulants or antibiotics. Florida Pompano was selected because they are a well-researched fish that grows quickly and can tolerate high density environments. Pompano are a delicious fish with white flaky meat and are in high demand at restaurants. The process begins with the purchase of fingerlings which are then raised in a series of eight nursery tanks and then transferred to eight grow tanks. The recirculation system in place is state of the art. Each tank is completely filtered and new water is circulated every 20 minutes! This ensures that the fish are never sitting in stagnant water or their own waste. On top of that, 95% of the water they bring in is recirculated, putting minimal strain on natural resources. The water is regulated 24/7 for key metrics including temperature, salinity, pH, and oxygen. This, paired with regular feedings and controlled density of each tank allows Aquaco to establish ideal growth conditions for the pompano. As a result, they are able to harvest the fish of a desired size at a much younger age (8-9 months) compared to wild caught pompano which would take a couple years to reach the same size. Throughout this past year, Aquaco experienced a 2% mortality rate which is extremely low compared to the industry standard of 8-10% experienced by other fish species raised in grow facilities around the country. Currently, Aquaco is harvesting an average of 2,000 pounds of fish per week and selling wholesale to restaurants to ensure their fish is available to the local community year-round. Due to the first year’s success and a growing demand, Aquaco is now in the process of raising $10M for expansion of their operations. The goal for this coming year is to expand the number of grow tanks so that they will be able to harvest a projected 20,000 pounds of Florida Pompano per week. They are also excited to initiate brooding and hatchery systems so that they will be able to oversee the entire process from reproduction through harvest. When asked what the key factor to their success has been, Joe responded, “my team!” He has a team of nine very skilled team members who not only have the education but also the intuition to understand the behavioral traits of the fish and help regulate ideal growth conditions. It will be exciting to 32

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watch as Aquaco grows physically in their operations but also as their name in the industry becomes a responsible seafood choice. If you haven’t tried Florida Pompano, look for it on the menu the next time you are out for dinner. Enjoy supporting a local business focused on providing sustainable and responsible seafood to our community. Joseph Cardenas is the Founder/CEO of Aquaco. Please visit their website at for additional information.

Written by Stephaine Schuldt Photography by Penny Tranchilla


Iconic Little Jim Bait & Tackle:

The Art of Selling Live Bait & Cold Beer for 75 Years for military personnel. This special little spot known today as Little Jim Bait & Tackle, was originally the guard shack and checkpoint station at the base of the bridge. In 1944, Little Jim Bait and Tackle was established on the North Causeway in Fort Pierce. After the war, the Underwater Demolition Teams “UDT” or Frogmen (today known as the Navy SEALS) abandoned the guard post and someone moved in and started selling bait and cold beer! For over 75 years, Little Jim Bait & Tackle is still doing the same. Little Jim was always a favorite hangout for the locals and former military. Today, people from all over the world enjoy the relaxing old Florida waterfront atmosphere, along with great food, ice cold beverages, and fun times. Enjoy live music five days a week, a full liquor bar, and some of the best tacos on the Treasure Coast. For more formal yet casual dining, visit our sister property, Cobb’s Landing, located at 200 North Indian River Drive on the waterfront in beautiful Historic Downtown Fort Pierce.


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The Freshest Catch:

New England Wholesale Fish & Lobster


y name is JD Cook and I am a seafood man. I first started in the industry in 1989 at Pelican Seafood, a small wholesale and retail market located in Fort Pierce. The job was being the delivery driver delivering seafood to all the local restaurants. I didn’t know anything about fish at the time. As I continued working in the industry, I learned a lot about local fish. Within a few weeks time, I started working at the retail counter. Eventually, I moved into the back to processing, where I learned how to properly filet the fish to prepare it for restaurants and retail use. As time went by, I continued to learn about all the different species of fish, how they were caught, and how they were utilized for restaurants. In addition, I have taken many classes over the years to make sure I was well educated on proper seafood handling and sanitation, cooking, keeping up on local regulations on size limits and bag limits, certified in HACCP and much more. Over the past 31 years, I have worked at six different fish markets or fish processing facilities. My current employer is New England Wholesale Fish & Lobster, Florida’s premiere wholesale seafood supplier. The company was founded in 1981 by John Mellaci. I’ve been a team member here for almost 10 years. We process seafood for local restaurants and retail markets delivering the freshest seafood available from Melbourne to Miami for five days a week. Since joining the team here at New England Wholesale, I have been on the sales team. This has been my first true sales position and I really enjoy the work. I love working with our customers and taking care of people. I think we have built a very good reputation here at New England Wholesale, and we work hard every day to keep it that way. We supply Rhonda’s Seafood on Royal Palm Point in Vero Beach with some of her fresh seafood. Stop by and pick up dinner! New England Wholesale Fish & Lobster is located at 3001 SE Gran Park Way, Stuart, Florida. For orders, visit

Written by JD Cook Photography by Penny Tranchilla


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Partnering with Vero Goes Zero:

Chelsea’s Serves Health & Happiness in Our Community


hether it be through our fresh-pressed juices, iconic acai bowls or delicious deli items, Chelsea’s Gourmet has made serving health and happiness its mission. We also embrace that our presence in the community gives us the opportunity and responsibility to effect positive change. That’s why from the coffee we brew to the pictures adorning our walls, our business runs on the belief that it’s always better to give than to receive. Our effort to be leaders in this way has brought us to our latest partnership: Chelsea’s Gourmet and Coastal Connections. Coastal Connections is a local organization dedicated to environmental protection education. Among their programs is sea turtle conservation, plastic reduction, lagoon restoration and invasive species removal is the ‘Vero Goes Zero’ initiative. To minimize single-use plastics and increase recycling, VGZ aims to get local restaurants to make a long-term commitment to offering sustainable products. Chelsea’s is proud to have been the first business to kick off the program in August. In conjunction with the Coastal Connections team, we hosted a successful and socially-distant beach cleanup to bring awareness to our new commitment. This partnership symbolizes that we’re not just simply on-board with protecting the environment, but want to lead the charge in a bigger

picture wake-up call. The plasticware we use for just a few minutes can end up in the ocean indefinitely—it does not decompose, but breaks into smaller microplastics. This is what injures marine mammals, about 100,000 of which are killed by plastics each year. On a local scale, Coastal Connections finds plastic waste in the stomachs of nearly every turtle they investigate here in Vero Beach. We hope to shed light on the huge role that restaurants—particularly those near natural habitats—can have in the condition of coastal ecosystems. That’s why the next time you stop in for a smoothie or sandwich, you’ll notice that Chelsea’s has made ‘The Switch.’ “Chelsea’s is a staple in Vero Beach and also willing to make a change. It took a bold restaurant to really make the difference, and we’re really excited to work with them and see where they lead the rest of the community. They’re willing to be a leader for others and showcase that it can be done and done well. We don’t have to have second-rate products just because they’re not plastic.” —Kendra Cope, Founder and President of Coastal Connections

Written by Emmalyse Brownstein Photography by Kyle Melanson

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veryone has that dream. The one they can’t escape when they open their eyes. The one that sneaks into every free moment and consumes most of the day. Most people never act on that dream. They get paralyzed by fear. The fear of failure or societal approval. Most people talk about this dream in terms of “someday.” Unfortunately, for many people, “someday” becomes “never.” They get stuck in the rat race, chasing the next promotion or paycheck. They define their success, happiness, and value on the accumulation of things. My advice, speaking as someone who has been there and done that…all of it…is to JUMP. COMMIT. Don’t look back. When it comes to your dream, there is no Plan B. My name is Stephanie and I spent the first 30 years of my life climbing the corporate ladder. I was tremendously successful according to society. I had the title, paycheck, and all the luxuries of the American Dream. However, I was missing the most important thing; happiness. With every promotion and increase in paycheck, I was grateful and thankful, but never fulfilled. I was in a perpetual search for what was next and never enjoying the moment. Until one day that all changed. I was sitting at my desk working from home at my beachfront condo, watching as beautiful catamarans sailed by and I caught myself saying “one day, that will be me…” something I had been saying for at least the past 10 years. Then, I asked myself the question that changed everything. “Why not now?” I had a million reasons why buying a catamaran and sailing to the Bahamas made zero logical sense, but every one of those reasons were based on either what other people would

think or based on lack of belief in myself. At that moment, I decided that none of those reasons were good enough to stop me from turning my dream into a reality. So, I went for it. I had little to no experience, no plan B, and plenty of people (almost everyone) tell me I was absolutely crazy, but I jumped. I left my corporate job, bought a catamaran with my best friend, who decided to join me on the journey, got my USCG 100 Ton Captains License (after already purchasing the boat), loaded up a few belongings and my 11-year-old pup, and sailed to the Bahamas to start living my dream. Seven months, a global pandemic, and three hurricanes later, I am here to tell you that your dream will not be what you expect it to be. It will be BETTER,

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in every regard. My dream included sailing around the Bahamas with crystal clear water, while sharing magical moments with the marine wildlife. My reality is all of that and so much more! I am now practically an expert on diesel engines, water makers, generators, solar panels, plumbing, electronics, and navigation. Life challenges you and teaches you lessons, regardless of where you are and what you are doing but the saying is true, when you are doing what you love, you never work a day in your life. This chapter of my life has just started, but if I had to do it all over, the only thing I would have done differently is to follow my calling sooner, instead of trying to live for what I thought others would approve of. Now, I teach freediving and sustainable spearfishing, while running live-aboard adventures off of my 46’ Fountaine Pajot sailing catamaran. I spend my time taking people to dive with sharks, swim with dolphins and sea turtles, sail the islands, harvest fish and lobsters, explore shipwrecks and plane wrecks, go on hikes, have beach bonfires, roll their own freshly caught sushi, and count shooting stars. My goal is to help people accomplish things they never thought were possible and push comfort zones by introducing them to the ocean and the marine wildlife. As a result, they will be inspired to not only protect the ocean but also to follow the dream that calls them every time they close their eyes. The best part of living your dream is waking up and realizing it is your reality.

Written by Stephanie Schuldt Photography by André Musgrove

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Yelitza Barrios:


Our lives move fast, sometimes too fast, and sometimes we forget the important moments which are with ourselves. Those moments where we really connect, feel, and listen to our hearts. Every piece that I create in my studio carries my inspiration, love, and an intention of peace. I want you to remember my art and pause for a minute, feel, go inside, reflect, and love yourself stronger and stronger. ~ Yelitza Barrios

Weaving Light Into Life


ife is an eternal dance of unexpected moments, sometimes pleasant and sometimes not so pleasant. Creativity has been part of women since the beginning of time. Yelitza is Venezuelan born in Caracas. Her charcoal eyes reflect the identity and naturalness of a woman who has made herself, but without forgetting to mention her beautiful mother who has inspired her to knit. A noble and valuable activity; that in our times seems forgotten or undervalued. At 48 years of age, she has managed to turn her dreams and projects into a reality that goes beyond social or economic success or what all her impeccable and honest work involves. Weaving... a skill that seems simple, but it is not and should not be taken lightly. The fabrics that only involve her hands and her infinitely creative mind have been the artistic expression of the current artist who’s lived in Miami since 2009, but her work and creativity cross to any part of the world. To have the opportunity to know her and see her work in her studio, not only lets you know that there are simple human beings with super powers, but it is really a pleasant surprise and joy to know that in this world, there are still people like Yelitza who love what they do and reflect it in their creations. Yelitza’s story not only inspires us to look for that woman that she is in ourselves, but also unites us to a greater force. That which is the adventure of a personal and individual search, and as women we simply feel part of it. This same desire to find ourselves is in every woman on this planet. The conditioning imposed by our ancestors or society, are just labels that have been placed on our identity as stones that we must learn to drop along the way. Filamentos is called the creative world of the artist where Yelitza elaborates and creates unique pieces with love and soul to provide light, warmth, and energy in any space. Each design created is unique and one-of-akind. To see more of her work or to order yours, contact Filamentos Corporation in Miami, at or follow on @filamentosart.


Written by Elizabeth Velásquez Photography by Vera Franceschi


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Nuanced Nautical:

Living the Florida Life in Style


e’ve all been to that one person’s house who has leaned a bit too far into a certain theme. The biggest offenders for us in Florida are things like shells or nautical themes. I am a huge proponent for making your home a reflection of what you love. If you are an avid beachcomber or a proud sailboat owner, I think you should display that. However, the over-the-top everything has an anchor on it look can come off as a bit juvenile. With a little restraint, you can work in your love for the Florida lifestyle with ease and sophistication. My biggest piece of advice is to try to avoid overdoing things such as fabrics that display obvious nautical symbols. Instead, I encourage you to gain the “Florida feel” through color and texture. Incorporate the colors you might see at the beach such as blue, teal, bright whites, and sandy beiges. Bring in the texture of the beach with woven items to reflect the sand or sheen and iridescent to mimic that of shells. Another great way to give a subtle nod to the nautical lifestyle is through decorative tapes and trims that can be used on pillows and upholstery. There are many options that give a rope-like texture which can allude to boating life. If you just cannot live without that shell fabric, try to use it in small areas. For example, it might make more of an impact on a throw pillow rather than on an entire chair or draperies. In addition, if you have a collection of things such as sailing memorabilia or collected shells, disperse them in small displays throughout the home rather than displaying them all together. This will allow them to be appreciated while not being overwhelming. Lastly, if you really can’t resist having a truly thematic room, please limit it to just one room. A great room to do this in would be a guest room as those visiting don’t get to enjoy the nautical style as often as us lucky Floridians. For more design inspiration, visit, or follow on @christinabruceinteriors.

Written and photography provided by Christina Bruce

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Hazel House:


What’s New Online?

new website has been at the top of our to-do list for quite a while. With some extra time, thanks in part to COVID lockdowns and many exciting additions on the horizon, we are proud to have launched our BRAND NEW SITE! Our hope is that will be easy to navigate, provide a look into everything that we do here at Hazel House and serve as a place where you can find inspiration for your next home project. In addition to our website, we encourage you to sign up for our newsletter. It is here that we will share with you an update complete with exciting news, new product features and style tips. We hope you love it as much as we do! We can’t thank our customers enough for all of their support in 2020. While it’s had its challenges, we’re so grateful to have remained busy with Interior Design and Home Staging clients along with running a retail store under the social distancing guidelines. During the month of September, we are hosting our Hazel House Loves Locals Sale. Take 30% off all in stock furniture from 8/1-8/30. Join us for our biggest event of the year.

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Houseplant Revolution:

Join the Uprising


ouseplants have been going in and out of style ever since the early Greeks & Romans started bringing their plants in from the outdoors between 500 and 400 B.C. Once considered a status symbol of wealth and luxury, the modern-day houseplant has become a symbol of beauty, wellness, and clean living. No longer just an object of décor, the houseplant is now recognized for its many benefits they provide and should be considered a necessity. The positive benefits of houseplants improve your mental and physical well-being in ways you probably never realized. Humans are wired to connect with mother nature. Harvard naturalist, Dr. Edward Wilson popularized the term “biophilia” in the 1980’s and suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek out connections with nature and other living things. There is something beautiful about being able to re-connect with nature by simply having plants inside. The symbiotic relationship created from caring for another living thing is part of the human experience. Learning to nurture a plant gives us so much in return—especially joy! Plant therapy isn’t just a buzz word- it’s a real thing! Caring for plants have shown to reduce feelings of loneliness and depression, and instill a sense of accomplishment and purpose. Potting plants and actively maintaining them helps focus on the “here and now,” while the microbes found in soil dubbed “outdoorphins” act as natural antidepressants.

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Houseplants boost mood, productivity, concentration, memory, and creativity. Just by being in the presence of plants, it has been shown to reduce blood pressure in just a few minutes. Environmental benefits were found in studies conducted by NASA. They spent a lot of time researching air quality in sealed environments, and their researchers recommend one potted plant per 100 square feet to improve indoor air quality by absorbing toxins. In addition, plants increase oxygen and help defer illnesses by acting as a natural humidifier. Through the process of transpiration, roots convert water to vapor, which increases humidity indoors. Higher absolute humidity is conducive for decreased survival and transmission of the flu virus, as well as a decrease in the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats, and dry coughs. Houseplants are also good for people with asthma because they reduce dust levels by absorbing particles in the air. Houseplants change the look and feel of any room! Plants are like living art and bring natural character to any space. Adding houseplants to almost any room in your home can make the room appear bigger, warmer, and more inviting. Fact: houseplants will change your life for the better in every single way. Aiello Landscape offers in-home or office plant care, landscaping, container gardening, consultation and design, plant sales and rentals. Reach out to me for plant care on my cell (772) 532-2993 or at the office (772) 563-0071 at

Written by Kelly Thompson, The Plant Goddess Photography by Terry Thompson



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Experience the next level of living with AR Homes™’ innovative designs, inspired by your vision for refined living. Embrace understated luxury with the stunning Shearwater Model, which exudes the natural elegance of Vero Beach living. Step into the lifestyle and visit our model home, in person or virtually. 1466 River Club Drive Indian River Shores, FL 32963 Monday – Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm (772) 492-4018

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Live Where You Play:

LifeStyle Homes Builds Beautiful, Sustainable Homes in Two Vero Beach Golf-Course Communities


or those of us lucky enough to call Vero Beach home, we know there is no shortage of opportunities to play a round of golf. Vero Beach has some of the most stellar, challenging courses in the country, each set among the backdrop of our vibrant coastal town’s idyllic landscape. Living alongside the links is a dream for many residents and retirees— and LifeStyle Homes can make that dream a reality. LifeStyle Homes is a family-owned homebuilder that has been in business for 36 years. With a concentrated focus on energy-efficient, sustainable, and solar homes, LifeStyle Homes is an award-winning builder in this arena. LifeStyle builds throughout Indian River County, including inside the gates of two picturesque golf-course communities in Vero Beach.

Bent Pine Preserve The 18-hole immaculate championship course, privatized by an enclave of pines and palms, is a true Vero Beach treasure. Residents of Bent Pine Preserve are in close proximity to Bent Pine Country Club where members are treated to an active golf club, stellar restaurant with panoramic vistas, social activities, and much more. Bent Pine Preserve is a gated and deeded community. Home sites weave around four lakes. LifeStyle Homes has opened up a brand-new, fully decorated model home—the LifeStyle Kauai—allowing future residents to envision living in this wonderful golf-course community. Call (772) 360-4991. Pine Valley at Indian River Club Seventeen estate-style properties comprise the Pine Valley neighborhood, which is situated on the 5th and 6th holes of the world-class Indian River Club 18-hole golf course. Indian River Club sits on an exceptional 300 acres which is home to well-preserved pines, a rare coastal scrub jay habitat, and 46

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pristine lakes. Members enjoy a clubhouse with vista views, as well as an on-site restaurant and bar. The community also offers residents a pool, fitness center, and a fire pit to unwind. LifeStyle Homes builds an array of high-end home plans here, as well as custom homes. The LifeStyle St. Thomas model home is open seven days a week for private tours. Call (772) 205-3980. High-Style Living In both Bent Pine Preserve and Pine Valley, homebuyers are treated to top-ofthe-line finishes including tile rooftops, high-end flooring options, stainless built-in appliances, quartz countertops, stunning fixtures, smart-home systems, and much more. For more information, visit

Written by Karen Kicinski Photography by Verola Studio

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Photography by Oliver Sjostrom

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A Smooth Ride in Manhattan:

It’s Ferry, Ferry Good, Just “Ask a New Yorker”


hat made my two-hour commute from my home on Staten Island to my college, Fashion Institute of Technology, in NYC so enjoyable, was my 25-minute boat ride on the Staten Island Ferry. The rest of my commute was via a bus ride to the St. George terminal, to board the ferry, then a subway ride uptown to my school. The bus and subway couldn’t hold a candle to the smooth ride of the Staten Island Ferry. You really got the chance to just relax and enjoy. I loved this ride, for many reasons. As an art student, I had the chance to sketch all sorts of live models, at no cost, other than their consent. As we glided towards Manhattan, many wonderful faces and situations came to life as l traveled Upper New York Harbor.


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During rush hour, the ferry ran every 15-20 minutes. The rest of the time, the schedule varied, but the ferry did run 24/7. All this for a nickel. Now the ferry is FREE. Yes, you read correctly, it is free to ride the ferry. The city of NY picks up the cost, which is over $5 dollars for every passenger. Thanks New York. Many passengers, myself included, would ride the same ferry on a daily basis. Some of us even had the same seat for years. It was not uncommon to witness a retirement party and the relinquishing of “their” seat. People coming together to celebrate all sorts of milestones. We also had strolling musicians and the constant shoe shiner shouting “shine” for those of us in need of some additional grooming. The ferry was like a floating city, with three levels and a loading area for cars; there was always something going on. People standing in line for their coffee and a buttered roll, the staple New York breakfast on-the-run. On return trips, hot dogs, pizza, nachos, beer and wine were served, making it easy to grab a quick bite and unwind. Women briskly headed to the bathroom, which was transformed into a floating beauty salon. Hot rollers, blow dryers, curling irons, and hair spray going full speed ahead, with their beauty regime. It was interesting to sit outside the restroom, and enjoy the amazing before and after fashion show, including full makeup and hair. It’s absolutely amazing what we gals can do in 25 minutes. Weather permitting, you could sit outside and wave to passing vessels. Get a great view of the Statue of Liberty and our friends on Governors Island. On my trips home from an action-packed day in the city, I enjoyed sitting outside. To me, it was the best way to de-stress after a long day of being a New Yorker. I hope on your next visit to the Big Apple, you will take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry and enjoy all that it has to offer. I can honestly say, it will make your day.

Written by Lora Connolly Photography by Stephen Valentin

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Mountain Air:

Ever Dreamed of Living Above the Clouds?


he thing about mountain air is that it lets you see things in a way that you never saw before. Whether it’s looking down on the clouds, or a field of view that’s miles wide, or providing the clarity to look inside yourself, it’s always a moving experience. Such is the case in the Blue Ridge Mountains that cover Western North Carolina. In addition to projecting a scenic tapestry of natural wonder, the Blue Ridge Mountains offer a lifetime of outdoor adventure! The countless rivers and streams offer world-class whitewater for paddlers, as well as tranquil trout streams for both fly fishing and conventional fishing tackle. There are also thousands of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, many of which are suitable for equestrian use. Perched high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains, both near to Asheville and in its own little corner, is the destination mountain community of Mountain Air. It’s so named because of its connection to its timeless setting that it merges with an inviting, year-round lifestyle designed for today’s families. A lifestyle that is both new and familiar. A destination to share with those closest to you. The ideal escape from the stresses of today. Soothing and adventurous. Communal. Inspiring. Effortless. Mountain Air offers its members and guests a true mountain golf course experience, trails, parks and a whole host of amenities that take advantage of its elevated location. Without a doubt, however, the most distinguishing feature of Mountain Air is its 2,875-foot mountaintop runway. At 4,400 feet, it’s the highest-elevation runway east of the Mississippi! Members can fly in just after breakfast for a morning round of golf, grab some lunch with friends, then fly-out for adventures unknown, having never descended to sea level. Tim Plunkett, Mountain Air member and pilot, notes, “Flying into Mountain Air is a very unique experience. As a pilot it is very exciting— coming into the mountain is not routine. All the pilots I know love that experience.” Located just steps from the runway, Slickrock Village Green serves as the centerpiece of the Club, offering a host of amenities for every member of the family along with the finest views in the community. Members and guests meet here, gather here, dine here and laugh here. Here, you can while away the afternoon outside the Mountain Market & Deli, a one-of-kind grocery/pub/deli that offers all the necessities along with comfortable seats and a welcoming atmosphere. Take a stroll over to the Nature Center to learn about the flora and fauna that share this mountain home. A visit to the Chautauqua Family Center, an inviting destination that offers a movie theater, teen room, and children’s activity center, is always a delight. Offering custom homes, homesites and condominiums, Mountain Air is now scheduling private tour visits for the summer. Schedule yours by visiting

Written and photography provided by Kristen Lee


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Save the Elbow Reef Lighthouse:

The Last Manned Kerosene Lighthouse on Earth


veryone recognizes the beautiful red and white striped Elbow Reef Lighthouse in Hope Town, Abaco. However, few know that it’s the last manned, kerosene burning lighthouse left on the planet. Without funding, the lighthouse and its complete lightstation could fall victim to neglect and abandonment, like most of the other remaining British-built lighthouses in The Bahamas. The Bahamas are a wonderful balance of tradition and change, but what happens when change hits with a speed and force that overnight profoundly shakes the status quo of a community? When Hurricane Dorian’s eye made landfall at Hope Town last summer on September 1, 2019, it destroyed, dismantled, and rearranged the lives and properties of all on Elbow Cay. As you can imagine, rebuilding the island has required reassembling money, manpower, and materials—it has also imbued patience and ingenuity. With so much personal e v a S destruction, it is just short of a miracle that anyone on Elbow lp e H f e e Cay has had time or energy to devote directly to the Elbow Reef R w o the Elb Lighthouse’s recovery. However, in a small historic settlement, ! e s Lighthou where 8th generation Abaconian residents still abound, restoration miracles are happening every day. For the lightstation, this has come in the form of a small group of hard-headed women who just refuse to give up and relentlessly press on. These talented and diverse women are known as the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society. The Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society and its predecessor, The Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society, have been the primary stewards of the lighthouse in Hope Town for nearly 30 years. This lighthouse is much more than an active aid to navigation. It is a time capsule, a way back machine, and a beloved friendly source of sweeping light throughout each dark night. For 157 years, it has embodied the best possible combination of the forces of tradition and change. Since Dorian and with the effects of COVID-19, the society’s team has remained small, but strong and dedicated to what on some days seem like a nearly impossible task. We put action behind our words and coordinate the funding and rebuilding of the mid-19th century structures at the lightstation. Abaconians are stubborn, seafaring folk, as are many of the more recent residents and second homeowners who have the same stick-to-it nature, necessary to ensure their century-and-half year old lightstation is restored. Currently, there is still no electricity on Elbow Cay. There is no bank or post office in Hope Town. It is still possible to directly fund the ongoing work at the lightstation. By doing so, you will help the entire community of Elbow Cay weather the changes of the recent past, and continue the tradition of the Elbow Reef Lighthouse’s active presence into the future. The community we all know and love cannot do this on its own. Contact about ways to donate or get involved.


Donate to GoFundMe: Support Elbow Reef Lightstation, Hope Town, Abaco Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society

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3450B Airport West Drive, Vero Beach (772) 569-8473 | Corporate Air, INC. is proud to support and host many fundraising events to benefit our local community of non-profit organizations.

Corporate Air is the premier full-service FBO and maintenance facility in Vero Beach. With over 40 years of aviation experience and more than 30 years in Vero Beach, we not only know aviation, we know how to make the most of your time on the Treasure Coast!

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Captain Sam Atwell:

Casting for the Future of Fishing


or 30 years, Vero’s native son, Sam Atwell, has been an attentive witness to all of nature. Living on our ocean, on our Indian River Lagoon and on his family’s farm in Indian River County, has given Sam the ability to see the changes in local ecology and to comment firsthand on conditions in a way that is uniquely earned. Away from other “academics,” Sam’s four-year experience at Florida State University in Tallahassee allowed him an opportunity to study the St. Mark’s and Northern Panhandle waters, broadening his boyhood territory. His personal commitment to preserve, protect and insure sustainability in Florida is contagious as anyone who has shared a day on the water with him will attest to. As the engaging two-season host of Florida Sportsman’s “Waterman’’ series, Sam traveled over other idyllic Florida waters as well, from the Keys, to Biscayne Bay, and the Gulf Coast, fishing with some of the most highly regarded fishermen and interviewing local conservation-minded people in adjacent communities. Sam speaks from experience, from what his eyes have seen and what he has held in his hands. Happiest in a boat, he also runs a highly regarded charter fishing operation that clients rave about knowing they will always be treated to Sam’s special outgoing and upbeat personality, making for a memorable day. In the next few months, you can expect the fishing to be really good. The mullet run occurs every Fall along the beaches of the Treasure Coast. This consists of billions of baitfish that migrate South for the winter, along with thousands of hungry predators, including bluefish, mackerel, jacks, snook, flounder, blacktip sharks, and the ultimate gamefish, tarpon. We can also look forward to great offshore fishing including mahi, swordfish, and resident sailfish. For inshore and offshore charter inquiries, please contact Captain Sam Atwell at, or call (772) 532-9347. You can also find him on @captsamatwell.

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Cameron Cushman How did you get into shooting for Florida Sportsman Watermen? I received an email that someone had found through my Instagram. They were looking for someone to produce season two of Watermen and I fit the bill in terms of experience and style of shooting. Have you always had a thing for photography? I have been shooting professional photography since 2008 and moved into filmmaking in 2015. When you are shooting Watermen, what is your favorite thing to shoot? It’s definitely great to get the awesome B-roll shots of fish to include the underwater shots, however I think the most satisfying moments are the personal connections between Sam and the guest hosts. Favorite camera? I shoot on a variety of camera systems, depending on the work. For Watermen, we used Sony FS5’s and their alpha series cameras. What’s was your worst day on the water? That’s definitely a tough one, as we had many challenges during the show whether it was weather, the lack of fish, or bad timing for the area. I’d say the worst day had little to do with the fishing, and was when a random tooth infection kicked in and we had to call the day short and I ended up in the hospital the next morning.

Any advice or words of wisdom to fellow watermen? If there is anything that I can leave with other anglers and watermen, is always pay attention to your surroundings, know the species you are targeting and their regulations, and try and always keep the fish as close to the water if not in the water for as long as possible, to ensure a good release of the fish. What was your favorite episode to shoot and why? My favorite episode to film was definitely the Pensacola Bay episode with Capt. Dave Yelverton. It’s about an eight-hour drive from Vero, while towing a boat; we got up there with absolutely terrible conditions with howling winds and cold rain. However, we made it work and we caught some incredible fish on that episode, and you truly could see the bond between Sam and Dave. What’s your favorite lens? I shoot with a lot of different lenses depending on the job. For the majority of my work, I shoot with prime lenses, normally a 35 F1.4. However, for the show, a zoom lens was key to ensure that you could capture various moments and reframe your shot as quickly as possible, so I used a 24-70 and an 18-105 pretty consistently for Watermen.

What was the worst weather day on the water shooting? We’ve had some pretty rough days on the water, some of them were due to extremely windy conditions, and others due to extreme temperatures, whether it was cold or extremely hot. The worst day probably was our second day filming in Islamorada, where the winds were blowing close to thirty and the temperatures were in the mid-forties. With the humidity, that makes for a miserable day.

Cameron Cushman is a filmmaker and producer living in South Florida. His work has brought him across the country and back many times. Cameron is an experienced and integrity driven professional with a demonstrated history of working in the outdoor industry. Cameron produced Florida Sportsman Watermen Season two which aired on the Sportsman Channel and Fox Sun. For inquiries, please contact Cameron Cushman at contact@cameron, (239) 849-2614. You can also find him on @cameroncush.

Are you scared of lightning? I have a huge appreciation for weather and we always are on the lookout for storm cells when on the water. No one wants to get caught in an electrical storm.

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Shut the vents. Blow main ballast—



ince 1970, Retired U.S. Navy Submarine Officer Don Kazimir recites these eight words at 9:00 a.m. on August 14. The last few years, he has sent them via email to the few select people who understand and appreciate the significance. These individuals are part of a team focused on highlighting the significance of Florida’s east coast in the development of deep-sea submersible technology related to important, and often historic, scientific research—research that has led to a deeper understanding of not only our ocean, but that of outer space. Don Kazimir was captain of the Ben Franklin/PX-15 mesoscaphe, tasked with overseeing Piccard-Grumman’s privately sponsored undersea Gulf Stream Drift Mission that departed our coast on July 14, 1969 which in a strange twist of fate was the same week that the Apollo 11 mission to the moon lifted off. This 30-day oceanographic expedition was also used to study the effects of continuous, long-term confinement, a useful simulation of long space flights that would prove critical to the success of NASA’s Skylab mission and eventually, the International Space Station. In addition, the mission was focused on demonstrating the engineering-operational concepts of long-term submersible operation and conducted other scientific oceanographic research. Don has partnered with Gene Carl Feldman, Ph.D. (Oceanographer, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center), James P. Delgado, Ph.D., RPA (Senior Vice President, SEARCH.), Kane Baker (President, The George F. Baker Trust), Palen Anderson (Executive Director, The George F. Baker Trust) and Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute to make certain that this historic, and often overlooked research mission, as well as the many others that have made Florida’s east coast ground zero, are recognized for many significant private and government sponsored developments in deep sea submersible technology and oceanographic research. In 1969, Walter Cronkite was telling Americans to look up (Apollo 11 mission), “People were looking up at the sky and not down into the water,” said Feldman. “It was just bad timing.” FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute was at the epicenter of many of these developments. Driven by Edwin A. Link’s vision and J. Seward Johnson, Sr.’s passion, the Johnson Sea Link manned submersibles were invented by Link at FAU Harbor Branch, gained international attention, uncovered new frontiers in ocean exploration and established the basis for much of the science conducted at FAU Harbor Branch today. 56

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The “Ben Franklin Team” has a vision to ensure that the rich history and significance of Florida’s east coast to our knowledge of both the ocean and outer space is not forgotten. Together, they are partnering to raise funds to significantly expand FAU Harbor Branch’s oceanographic outreach center. They envision using the center as a tool to provide students and the public a broader understanding of the history of oceanography and as a place to safely conserve, display and interpret historic retired deep-sea submersibles that are currently inaccessible to the public. Their goal is to conserve this important piece of history and inspire future generations of ocean scientists and explorers.

Written by Amanda Nickeson Photography provided by Gene Carl Feldman, Ph.D. and the Ben Franklin Image Archive

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Now more than ever, there is a critical need to understand the ocean and how to best manage this complex ecosystem for the benefit of society. FAU Harbor Branch was founded in the spirit of ocean exploration to unveil the mysteries of the deep. To this day, the Institute relentlessly pursues innovative ocean research, while providing top tier educational programs that will lead us to solve the most pressing issues facing our oceans—and us. ~ Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., Executive Director


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Get Involved:

Become a Community Partner for Clean Water What is the Clean Water Coalition of Indian River County? Clean Water Coalition of Indian River County (CWC) was created to protect and restore Indian River County surface and ground waters using the unified voice of Indian River County businesses. There are no fees or costs to join CWC and become a business partner. CWC is using the list of our partners to lobby at the local and state level for clean water in our county. Who are the CWC Partners? CWC currently has 800 business partners who have agreed to support our efforts to protect and restore Indian River County waters. Who runs CWC? Our Board of Directors consists of people who represent a wide range of experience concerning Indian River County waters including Paul Fafeita, President, Mark Yanno, 1st Vice President, Judy Orcutt, 2nd Vice President, Randy Old, Treasurer, Donna Halleran, Secretary, Richard Baker, Dan Lamson, Charlie Pope, Bryan Corrigan, Keith Drewett, Tom Ether, and Michael Walther. Our advisors, George Glenn, Wayne Mills, and Jean Catchpole, also add vast experience to our cause. Our Vision Our vision is simple. We want the waters of Indian River County, both surface and aquifer, to be clean and safe to support a healthy ecosystem for the current and future generations. Thousands of children have grown up for generations on our local waterways. Today, parents are concerned about the safety of the water for their children. It’s our goal to restore healthy surface waters and an ecosystem teeming with diverse plants and sea life. We envision a plentiful supply of clean, safe drinking water for current and future generations. What has CWC accomplished? • Helped establish a moratorium on the dumping of partially treated human waste (from the Miami area) on our local pastures surrounding Blue Cypress Lake.


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• Championed the conversion of old septic tanks to city sewer especially along our Indian River lagoon. This included supporting legislation that awarded grants for this conversion. It was proven by the water samples that the river was being contaminated by septic tank leakage. • Worked to stop visiting boats from discharging untreated sewage directly into the lagoon. • Fought to restrict annexation of the Graves 1,100 acres to the City of Sebastian without proper prior planning and environmental studies. • Lobbied local and State Representatives to implement regulations to prevent further pollution of local waters. • Supported the citizens of Sebastian in their quest to stop the City from spraying glyphosate in their canals. • Monitored each municipality as they addressed their nutrient contribution to the lagoon (Basin Management Action Plan or BMAP). How does CWC get their message out? A newsletter is emailed to every partner quarterly. We also hold a partners meeting four times per year which is open to the public. Each meeting hosts a guest speaker well versed on water related issues and answers questions from the audience. How do I join CWC? Call or email Charlie Pope (772) 567-9000 or email cdpope643@ to add you name to our partner list and share your support for clean water. There is no disadvantage to joining—it’s free! Together, as a community, we can make an impact in restoring the waters of Indian River County to their pristine condition once again. CWC thanks Portfolio Magazine for their support as a community business partner.

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Live the Boating Dream:

The New King’s Landing District at Fort Pierce City Marina


he quaint charm of Fort Pierce has caught the eye of a boutique design firm, Audubon Development, where they specialize in transforming overlooked, under-appreciated properties into highly desirable assets. One of their current projects is King’s Landing. King’s Landing District is a planned mixed use $85 million waterfront village by the sea. The architectural and construction detail will be reminiscent of Old Florida Charm, nestled among the city’s 250 slip city marina and Moore’s Creek. Residents will be able to stroll to all the downtown shops and restaurants, while being surrounded by historic buildings and quaint artistic neighborhoods. Fort Pierce is known as the “Sunrise City” and offers easy ocean access to some of the most spectacular beaches and water in the world. Detailed plans for this new development include an $85 million luxury waterfront boutique resort with over 100 rooms by Marriott. Along Moore’s Creek, there are 12 single-family, two-story Charleston Homes, estimated in the upper $500s, offering three-bedrooms and three-and-a-half-baths. In addition, the plans include building 60 condominiums, totaling 175,000 square feet, ranging from $400s to $800s, with options of one to three-bedrooms. Penthouses are available from $1.2 million. On the retail side, there will be over 42,800 square feet of ground floor retail, with an additional 13,000 square feet available for office space. Plans include 24,800 square feet of specialty restaurants, as well. So far, the response to the development of King’s Landing has been very positive! Reservations have been brisk, even more so now as big city dwellers are looking to escape to a safer, simpler, and relaxed luxury lifestyle by the sea. All it takes is a $2,500 refundable deposit to reserve your potential new home placement in the reservation system. Nearly half of the condominiums have been reserved, and there are only three Charleston homes that remain available. Residents will love strolling along the Riverwalk to catch a beautiful sunrise overlooking the yachts and sailboats. This new quaint, waterfront community will be pedestrian, pet, and bike-friendly too. Economically, King’s Landing will generate 750 new jobs and $1.8 million in annual taxes to the City of Fort Pierce. There is a lot to be excited for in 2021! For more information or to reserve your spot, visit or

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Pursuit Boats:

Passion. Innovation. Excellence.


hese words describe what goes into the creation of every Pursuit boat. They are also synonymous with the Pursuit brand. For nearly 70 years, Pursuit Boats has been building high-quality, luxury offshore fishing boats using distinct engineering and production processes championed by the Pursuit family of employees, located right here in Fort Pierce. With the expansion of the plant, Pursuit has opened the doors to many new opportunities and added nearly 500 employees to the family. From the allure of the open water, to the thrill of a big catch and the contentment that comes from time well-spent with family and friends, the award-winning Pursuit lineup of Offshore, Center Console, Sport, and Dual Console models range from 23 to 43 feet in length. These beautiful vessels will take you where you want to go. The company is on pace to launch four new boats a year, manufactured in two state-of-the-art facilities with over 400,000 square feet. Even a pandemic can’t stop the Pursuit of excellence, as they are poised to launch their newest and largest boat yet, in the coming months—Pursuit’s innovative S 428 Sport. This boat will be the flagship of the Sport Series, and it’s going to be iconic. The size, power, and amenities deem it the epitome of a legend—with the ability to fish, cruise, and entertain in unrivaled style and comfort. At Pursuit, each boat is made with the same impeccable quality, timeless style, and durable performance that reflects the Pursuit heritage. “From the captivation of the open water, the satisfaction of landing your dream catch, and the gratification of spending quality time with family and friends, we want you to be as passionate about your Pursuit Boat as we are to build them,” says Bruce Thompson, President of Pursuit Boats. Pursuit Boats is committed to providing only the best boat possible, from the smallest detail to the greatest—and with the highest level of customer service possible. It’s a passion instilled in every Pursuit employee from the bottom to the top, and alive today in everything they do. Find your next Pursuit at to locate a dealer nearest you.

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FAU Harbor Branch:

Dolphins of the Indian River Lagoon


hroughout the world, bottlenose dolphins live in coastal waters like bays, estuaries and harbors as well as deeper, offshore waters. About 1,000 of these torpedo-shaped mammals live in the brackish waters of Florida’s Indian River Lagoon and rarely, if ever, leave. Made up of seagrass meadows, mangroves forests and saltmarshes, the IRL is home to more than 4,000 plants and animals, including manatees, tarpon, sharks, and of course, dolphins. It’s an estuary, which means it’s a partially enclosed body of water where freshwater from rivers and streams mixes with saltwater from the ocean. Stretching 156-miles from along the eastern coast of South Florida, with an average depth of just 4-feet, the IRL was named an Estuary of National Significance in 1990. Scientists with Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute have been studying the lagoon dolphins since 1996. The researchers track individuals by analyzing the unique marking of their dorsal fins, and also use techniques such as aerial surveys and satellite and radio tracking to gain valuable insight into the dolphins’ livelihoods and health, as well as challenges they face. For instance, the dolphins spend almost their entire lives in the lagoon and females give birth about once every three years. Recently, researcher Gregory O’Corry Crowe of FAU Harbor Branch and a team of scientists had the rare opportunity to study nighttime behavior of the dolphins, which led to some surprising discoveries. They tagged four male dolphins and it turns out, the animals sometimes do leave the lagoon to venture into rivers, canals and even back out into the ocean. “These forays may be linked to food and give us a much more comprehensive understanding of the habitat use and habitat needs of IRL dolphins,” he says.


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The lagoon dolphins face myriad threats, including disease, habitat loss, disturbance from human activity, pollution and climate change. “While we have learned many insights into the lives of these fascinating animals in recent years, we have really just begun to scratch the surface of truly understanding this species and how it interacts with, is impacted by, and shapes its environment,” says O’Corry-Crowe. “There are many more things to discover about dolphins in the IRL and along our coasts and that challenge of discovery has an added urgency in an era of growing human pressures and ecosystem change.” While it’s illegal to approach or disturb marine mammals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, FAU Harbor Branch offers several opportunities for the public to view and learn more about IRL dolphins. To safely view dolphins, visitors can embark on a 90-minute educational boat tour of the lagoon. Additionally, the free Ocean Discovery Visitors Center in Fort Pierce gives the public a chance to learn more about the institute’s marine mammal research and conservation efforts. “Guests can visit FAU Harbor Branch to connect with our experts and learn more about the dolphins that live in our backyard estuary as well as some of our latest discoveries,” says Gabby Barbarite, director of outreach and engagement at FAU Harbor Branch. “Our goal is to bring awareness to the importance of marine research and wildlife, connect visitors with our experts and inspire people of all ages to work together to conserve our blue planet.”

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Music Therapy:

Fostering Connection & Combating Isolation


hen stay-at-home orders began to be enforced at the outset of the pandemic, a music therapy colleague in Texas (who quickly recognized that the services she provided to seniors were not going to look the same) stated: “social distancing should never mean social isolation.” Those words were relatable then and continue to resonate with me today as we continue to carry out social distancing measures to protect ourselves and others. As a Board-Certified Music Therapist, with experience working in hospice, mental health, and other medical settings, I am well aware of the adverse effects of isolation on our health. That is one of the reasons music therapists utilize music as a tool; to combat loneliness by promoting engagement, increasing socialization, and fostering connection. With this need in mind and the eagerness to serve older adults and those in need of emotional support, Limitless Harmonies, LLC, my music therapy private practice, was born. I help my clients thrive by supporting their well-being and bringing harmony to their lives through music therapy. Music therapy can help by encouraging healthy feelings and thoughts, facilitating positive mood changes, maintaining memory organization and thought-processing, and alleviating feelings of isolation. Albeit a daunting task, building a person-centered business, and offering individualized services amid a global pandemic has undeniably been rewarding.


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From individuals who in spite managing a deteriorating health condition, feel joy in reminiscing of the “good old days” and memories when prompted by familiar music, to those, who although sparse, still find ways to smile and connect with their family members or caregivers to the tune of their favorite songs. These are just some of the stories and reasons why (through virtual or in-person visits with firm health and safety protocols), I do what I do as a music therapist. Serving the community and contributing to its well-being is my mission, and my passion is doing so with music. Even though the world we know it seemed to have stopped a few months ago, what an honor it is to know that for many of us, like my clients and their families, the music never stopped. Contact information: Mabel Ortiz Guzman, MM, MT-BC Board-Certified Music Therapist

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Beyond Cholesterol:

Cardiovascular Risk Lab Tests You Should Know About


he long-held belief that total cholesterol is the best measure to assess risk for adverse cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke is about as antiquated as a rotary dial phone. Even though statins are widely used to drive down cholesterol, low cholesterol is not guaranteed to prevent heart attack or stroke. Research has shown that these events occur because of inflammation in the arteries, not solely because of cholesterol build up. To obtain the most complete picture of risk, specific cardiovascular inflammation markers must be measured in conjunction with routine lipid tests. Cleveland HeartLab’s advanced cardiovascular testing has won numerous awards and is supported by over 100 peer-reviewed articles. A study published in the Journal of Medical Economics reported that Cleveland HeartLab’s inflammation testing could reduce the average heart attack and stroke rate by approximately 10%. The labs are performed by Quest and are covered by most insurance companies and Medicare. Indian River Acupuncture & Functional Medicine has partnered with Cleveland HeartLab to offer this testing. Below are some of the important cardiovascular risk tests available now. HDL Function Panel (HDLfx Test) - new test developed from clinical research led by James Januzzi, MD, a Harvard Medical School Cardiologist. The HDLfx Test measures how effectively HDL carries cholesterol to the liver for elimination. HDL is known to be cardioprotective because it has antiinflammatory and anti-clotting properties, but simply having high levels of HDL has not proven to reduce rates of cardiovascular events. Januzzi’s research demonstrated that HDL must function properly to offer a protective benefit. ApoA1- the major apolipoprotein of HDL. It promotes cholesterol efflux, the process by which cholesterol is transported from the artery wall to the liver for excretion. Oxidized LDL - measures LDL that has been damaged by oxidative stress due to poor lifestyle habits. Oxidized LDL is more likely to invade the walls of your blood vessels and increase risk of heart disease. ApoB - the primary apolipoprotein found on the surface of LDL (the carrier of “bad” cholesterol), VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein) and Lp(a) (lipoprotein (a)). ApoB specifically regulates cholesterol influx into tissues. F2- Isoprostanes - gauges the amount of oxidative stress in the body. High levels may cause blood vessels to narrow leading to higher blood

pressure. F2-Isoprostanes can promote blood clotting which increases risk for heart attack or stroke. Lp-PLA2 - reflects inflammation levels in the arteries due to build-up of cholesterol. When LDL gets into the artery wall, the body tries to rid of it by making Lp-PLA2. Risk increases as Lp-PLA2 levels increase. Myeloperoxidase (MPO) - measures the body’s response to damaged lining of blood vessels that have become thinned, cracked and unstable due to cholesterol accumulation and inflammation. Risk for heart attack increases as MPO levels increase. To assess your cardiovascular risk through Cleveland HeartLab’s advanced testing, contact Indian River Acupuncture & Functional Medicine for a consultation. Consults can be done in-office or via Telehealth. Results of testing will be used to recommend diet and lifestyle modifications along with nutritional supplements to help reduce inflammation. Please call (772) 564-8383 for more information.

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A Lesson from

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ne of my favorite things in the world is sitting in front of the ocean and watching how the waves come and go. I find healing in the sound of the water and poetry in the symphonic way it all plays out. For a moment, I am reminded that it is all connected and in perfect synchrony. As the miracle unfolds before my eyes, I can’t help but feel moved. Nature speaks to us if we just learn to listen, and the ocean’s lesson is to flow. In my head, I run an inventory of the things that tense me up. Then, one by one, I release them with a deep breath, and imagine the water dissolves them into its depths. I continue my exercise, breathing to the tune of the coming and the going of the waves, vowing to maintain the lightness that I am feeling, even after this moment. Until I don’t. My sacred episode is interrupted by lightning and the view of a storm coming my way. I am tempted to hurry out of there, except, I stop and think, wasn’t I just internally brainwashing myself to “flow with it?” Nonetheless, I close out my mini ritual by thanking the water, the sky, the sounds, and the fresh air, for its healing powers. I thank myself for showing up, even if it is for a brief moment, to bask in nature’s offering. Before I leave, and as I observe the quick change of scenery happening before my eyes, I notice the beautiful metaphor for life itself. Sometimes calm and collected, sometimes a harrowing storm, all part of this beautiful disaster called life. Never attempting to avoid any part of the experience. A lesson from the ocean: at the other side of resistance is flow. May we continue to experience life in its wholeness, cultivate our wisdom, and move naturally with the change of the tides. Follow Soulfully: Inner Work & Meditation on @bymeditacionesdeunaloca For inquiries on 1:1 & workshop offerings contact Vicky Dominguez by email at

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Pets Love Boating Too


ets make great boating companions and love the freedom and adventure when brought along. There are some adjustments which can be made to accommodate their needs as well as safety measures to keep them happy and well. When it comes to safety, a well-fitting life jacket, a collar with name, phone number and boat name, as well as a microchip implant with up-to-date contact info is a good starting point. Here’s a few safety tips to bring them along: You want to make sure you try the vest on your pet in the water to see if the padding lifts your pet properly and comfortably. Not all jackets fit well so this is important to check in advance. For safety on deck, add netting to the side railing around the entire boat much like for toddlers, this will ensure dogs don’t slip off if they get excited and run around. For feeding, choose stainless steel bowls with splash guards. This will keep them from spilling and prevent slip spots. For elimination, an Astro turf grass pad on deck is a great system which dogs can be trained to use. After use, it can easily be cleaned by dragging it on a rope behind the boat and hung to dry. A lot of shore time may be spent on the beach. Make sure you have plenty of water to rinse sand and salt water off your dog’s skin, as saltwater can be irritating to some dogs. If entering different countries there will be hoops to jump


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through. Many require recent rabies vaccine updates, quarantines and high fees to bring your dog on land. Cats will typically not go on land and will make the boat their world. Finding a good spot for their litter box and food, in addition to keeping them tucked away in the cabin during cruising should keep them more than happy. Birds can also be a cruising companion as long as you bird proof your boat so they can’t chew through wires and cause any damage. They need a properly secured cage to be secured into while underway, as well as their wings partially clipped. This will prevent your feathered friend will not get far and can be easily caught. Lastly, if any of your pets get seasick ask your veterinarian for a prevention to bring along in advance. With good preparation, pets can easily come along on fun boat trips, short and long, and are sure to enjoy the adventure. Vero Beach Veterinary Hospital is located at 498 22nd Place in Miracle Mile. Learn more at

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anner and Haleigh grew up a few miles away from each other in Lighthouse Point and Pompano Beach. After 26 years of living in the same area, they managed to meet for the first time on a random Wednesday night at The Briny Pub in Pompano Beach. They had both recently moved back to South Florida after living abroad for several years (Tanner in Australia and Haleigh in Thailand.) The couple had so much in common and were surprised that they had lived so close to each other for most of their lives without ever meeting. The next weekend Haleigh spontaneously jumped on a boat with Tanner and his friends and went to Bimini, Bahamas and this is when their relationship began! Two years later, Tanner and Haleigh decided they were not going to let a pandemic stop them from getting married! They hopped on Tanners family boat, “Big Wednesday” a 1975 43” Merritt, and with the support of their parents, got married at sea in front of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. This lighthouse has always been home to Tanner and Haleigh. They both spent their childhood around the lighthouse on the beach doing the activities they love- fishing, surfing and diving. They got married June 18, 2020. It poured rain all day long but they did not give up hope. Around 7p.m., the sun finally came out and the ocean was crystal clear and calm! After the ceremony, they saw tarpon swimming around them in the water. As the sun set, they rode back on “Big Wednesday” to Lighthouse Point to celebrate with a few more family members and their two dogs (Atlas and Wylie), who waited for them back at the dock. It was a beautiful event and even though the odds were against them with COVID-19 and the continuous rain, they were still able to have the wedding of their dreams! No matter what uncertainties happen in life, love always wins!

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The Kanner Group at Raymond James:

Is the Next Recession on the Horizon?


he normal state of an economy is expansion—that is, growing. A recession begins when the economy stops growing (and begins contracting) and ends when the economy starts growing again. Can a recession be forecasted? We have only had 11 recessions since World War II (and just three in the past 37 years). That’s a very small sample size. The economy has evolved in significant ways over time. So, past experience may not tell us much. There are few signs that the overall economy is currently in a recession. The household sector fundamentals (job gains and wage growth) have remained strong, and consumer spending (68 percent of GDP) should provide support for overall economic growth in the near term. While we don’t see the kind of excesses that would lead to a more pronounced economic downturn, the tools for fighting a recession are likely to be constrained.

Key Takeaways • We are never “due” for a recession. However, recessions are inevitable. • The yield curve has historically been the single best predictor of recessions. It may be a year or more between yield curve inversion and the start of a recession. • There are few signs the overall economy is currently in a recession. Job gains and wage growth have remained strong, and consumer spending should provide support for overall economic growth in the near term. • Should the U.S. reach a trade agreement with China, uncertainty would decrease and that could help avoid a recession in 2020. However, if the trade war continues to escalate, the downside risks to the economy will increase. 78

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• While recessions are transitory phenomena and the prospects for longerterm expansion remain good, demographic changes will have a dominant impact on the economy in the decades ahead. To learn more about financial planning, contact The Kanner Group at Raymond James, located at 625 Beachland Boulevard, Suite 2 in Vero Beach. For more information, call (772) 205-2141.

Written by Mike Kanner, CRPS, AAMS, The Kanner Group, Raymond James Photography by Penny Tranchilla

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■ 2018 Top Next Generation Wealth Advisor ■ 2018 Forbes Best In State Wealth Advisor The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria and quantitative data. Those advisors who are considered have a minimum of seven years of experience, and the algorithm weighs factors like revenue trends, AUM, compliance records, industry experience and those who encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Out of 21,138 advisors nominated by their firms, 2,213 received the award. This ranking is not indicative of an advisor’s future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of an individual client’s experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its financial advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. Each year Investment News recognizes 40 industry professions under the age of 40 based on factors including a proven track record of accomplishment, contribution to the industry, leadership and promise. Over 1000 nominees were considered and 40 were chosen to receive the award. The nominations are read and vetted by an internal group of editors and reporters at InvestmentNews. The ranking may not be representative of any one client’s experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of advisor’s future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. InvestmentNews is not affiliated with Raymond James. SHOOK Research considered advisors born in 1980 or later with a minimum 4 years relevant experience. Advisors have built their own practices and lead their teams; joined teams and are viewed as future leadership; or a combination of both. Ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures derived from telephone and in-person interviews and surveys: service models, investing process, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations, etc.; and quantitative criteria, such as assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criteria because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC. Neither SHOOK nor Forbes receives compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. This ranking is not indicative of advisor’s future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients’ experience. Out of 5,832 advisors considered, 1000 made the final list in 2018. For more information see

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Client 1st Advisory Group:

Keep Calm and Carry On


lthough the Coronavirus caused a magnitude of economic pain and disruption in the first quarter of 2020, in the second quarter the S&P 500 rose 20%, its biggest quarterly gain since 1998. For all the turbulence, it’s worth noting that the performance of the S&P 500 as of August 2020 has benefitted the equity exposure in one’s portfolio. The advantage of keeping calm and carrying on! In comparison, this March was the 4th worst month for the market since 1950. In the event of any market downturn, it’s best to stay focused on your financial plan and goals while maintaining the discipline of a well-diversified portfolio. Stay the course. When equity markets fall and the economic horizon appears unwieldy, professional advice is one of the best tools you can have to cut through the noise and make rational decisions. The recent volatility and economic downturn can mean that your portfolio is showing some warning signs. If you are wondering if you are still on track, let’s talk. A FREE Financial Diagnostic will: • Analyze your portfolio, see if you are taking too much risk and what you should do about it. • Compare the fees you are paying. • Assess whether you are still on track for your financial goals and give you an action plan. • Evaluate your current strategies in light of the “new normal” economic situation. If we can help in any way or you would like to know more, give us a call at (772) 231-3122. At Client 1st Advisory Group, we continue to wish you health, peace and happiness.

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September kicks off with a full moon in Pisces on the 2nd which will bring a greater sensitivity and perception of our surroundings, bringing unsettling feelings of insecurity but also, incredible progress with creative pursuits! The Virgo new moon on September 17th will provide grounding energies, so we’ll be concentrating on the practical aspects of life. At the start of October, the full moon on the 1st will be in Aries, the sign of fire, action and ambition! Relationships could get significantly passionate at this time, and there will be a surge of energy to get things done—this period is followed by the new moon in Libra on October 16th providing balance, a much needed time for calm review of what has been achieved this year so far. It’s smooth sailing for you, Aries, at the start of September, with Mercury opposite your sign with positive aspects from Venus and Neptune—good news in terms of communication and progress with any home or business projects. From September 9th, Mars goes retrograde in your sign, a time for looking back at where you are in your life and to look at the bigger picture. Are there changes you feel need to be made? What do you need to remove or add in your life? There may be some frustration as the energy can force you to slow down, but it’s important to take stock. The Sun, opposite your sign as you begin October, will help you progress forward making those changes… Taurus, the past couple of months have been challenging for you—you like to feel stable and the energies have been erratic, but now you have the Sun well aspected from Virgo and although this is a small aspect, it will make you feel more grounded allowing you to simplify your life and iron out any past issues or complications. As you move into October, a “can do” positive attitude will help keep you on track—try not to worry unnecessarily, and keep calm. This is a good time to concentrate on your home life, your pets, as well as any ‘structured’ projects, perhaps DIY in the home, enjoying time in your garden or just planning a dinner party to get social with friends! You’ll feel in your element at the start of September Gemini, your self-confidence will be contagious as you’ll feel you can achieve so much. Just ensure your enthusiasm doesn’t put anyone’s nose out of joint and be aware that some may feel a little envious of your optimism and seemingly effortless success. With the Sun in Virgo running square to Mars, there could be some arguments brewing, so just go with the flow, be diplomatic and sensitive, and all will be well. October will be quite exciting, with Jupiter opposite your sign and running square Uranus—if you can keep flexible and patient, you’ll continue to move forward with leaps and bounds! You’ll really enjoy this period Cancer, as it will give you a chance to breath, re-energize and sort out anything that has been outstanding—be it home repairs, paperwork, or just clearing out the attic. This is also a wonderful time to organize activities with friends you haven’t caught up with for a while—you’ll then feel ready to move into Fall, looking forward to settling in. At the start of October, Mars simulates your sign with positive aspects to Saturn, Venus and Mercury, so a month of high self-confidence, with the enthusiasm to delve into your creative side! Do you have a long-held wish to write a novel or start a painting course? Unleash that talent! You’re on FIRE at this time Leo! You are ready to take on the world and you’ll be sought after by those who just want to bask in your fun, positive vibes and dynamic energy! You are ambitious and proactive as you begin September, with Venus and Neptune running opposite each other throughout the month. This is a perfect time to wrap up anything that has been outstanding so that by October, which will be quiet for you, you can take some R&R time and perhaps plan a weekend away with a loved one, or even for some, get to know a new love interest! Romance is high this month, so embrace your seductive side and enjoy! Happy Birthday Virgo! Mars and the Sun run together in September, so you’ll be driven and action-orientated—just ensure that with your desire to get things done, you don’t put too much pressure on others to achieve as much as you this month With Mars squaring the Sun, your expectations could run too high. October will be a time to revel in home pursuits or to spend one on one time with those you love—particularly given that Venus and Saturn are conjunct in your sign, bringing the desire to show your affectionate side. Finally, with Mercury leading all of these planets with flexibility and patience, this will be a memorable time for you! Mercury and Venus will bring in romantic energies in your birthday month, Libra! Your charm and balanced nature will be noticed, so embrace this wonderful time for love, a chance to re-light the fire with your partner or, for some, find new love! This relaxed period will also allow you to indulge in some ‘you’ time—perhaps starting a new hobby, undertaking a creative course, or beginning a new detox / fitness regime that you will carry into the Fall. Some of you will be updating your wardrobe, buying new items for your home or indulging your culinary side, trying out new recipes…enjoy this time, it’s all about life’s pleasures!

Happy Birthday Scorpio! September is a powerful month for you…a fantastic time to meet someone new or plan an exciting creative project. Be sure you’re not taking on too much, as you’re driven at this time and feeling impulsive! There’ll also be a strong desire to indulge at this time Scorpio—you are the sign of excess, whether in your career, or in terms of love. Enjoy this time, just remember to temper yourself, as your intensity could overwhelm others, particularly your desire for passion! From the 13th October, Mercury goes retrograde in your sign—so you’ll need to follow up on any promises and be clear with others to prevent any confusion. September starts with Jupiter in your sign Sagittarius, and your energy levels will be high so you’ll feel you can take on the world, keen to make your mark! Feelings will be intense with the Sun and Uranus running square with your sign—you’ll be speaking your mind (which may be shocking for some), so do remember to think before you speak, and try to see the other person’s point of view to prevent any issues, or overreacting. Powerful feelings and strong desires continue into October, with Pluto taking charge. Pluto can bring moody energies and a desire to ‘pick’ at situations, but for those who can manage their emotions, it brings focus and progress, just keep calm and you’ll be fine! You’ll glide through September effortlessly Capricorn—with the Sun, Uranus and Mercury in your sign you’ll feel the need to connect with others to help as much as you can, so those that need your warm supportive energy at this time will benefit the most. Earth signs are practical, so this is the time to do those little things that help others achieve their dreams. October will be wonderfully relaxed with no planetary issues for you to worry about, a time to contemplate what your own goals and desires are and to put plans in place. Perhaps your dream was to redecorate your home, revamp your office space or dust off a project you had been working on, just enjoy! Prepare for BIG changes Aquarius! With Neptune stimulating your sign bringing a deep analytical state of mind, you can achieve new levels of insight! You’ve dealt with some ups and downs in the recent past, but now you can review what has taken place and create a solid future plan of where you would like your life to take you! Some will be relocating, some will be deciding to retire from work, others may be meeting “the one.” This time will be a culmination of your efforts—and you’ll feel you’re finally getting somewhere. October will be much the same in terms of energy, so take a deep breath, and mark this in your diary as the start of a very exciting new chapter! An interesting, informative time for you Pisces! If you’ve felt things have been a little stagnant, you’ll feel a shift forward, which will be quite a relief, as you’ve felt a little frustrated of late—just ensure that with the Sun and Uranus running in opposition, you tame the desire to overextend yourself, as you could not only find yourself back at square one, but you could also cause yourself more stress! October will be much the same, as Jupiter is opposite Mars and square Uranus, planets that bring about forceful, deep emotions. As long as you slow down and keep your impulsive side in check, you’ll have fun this month and achieve a great deal.

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