Stuart

Designated as the Sailfish Capital of the World, Stuart can found just north of Tequesta, in Martin County. With plenty of opportunities to boat and fish, Stuart is bordered by the shimmering Atlantic Ocean, St. Lucie River, and the Intracoastal Waterway. A cultural paradise, Stuart's Historic Downtown District is home to authentic Florida architecture, galleries, a museum, and a variety of boutiques and outdoor cafes.

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Valentine's Day is a time of velvet hearts, chocolate sweets, romantic dinners, and love. It's not clear who the original Valentine was — there were several — but a saint's day with that name was established on the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar as early 1,500 years ago. There are indications that Valentine's Day may have originally been adopted in part to replace of the ancient pagan fertility festival of Lupercalia, which fell on February 13 to 15. By the time of Chaucer in the Middle Ages, the Valentine's Day had become associated with romantic love.

Many couples dream to go to Paris on their honeymoon or on Valentine's Day because the city is so well-known for its romantic walks along the Seine River, sidewalk cafe dining and the sparkling

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Now that the housing market has steadied after more than a decade of difficulties, this could be the perfect opportunity to invest in a home. It is said that South Florida is an earmarked real estate market and it’s driving the prices of real estate up. 

The Case-Shiller 20 City Index noted that home values rose 5.7%.  Leading economists think prices will continue to rise, at least in the interim. Nationally, Miami is considered one of the top 20 metropolitan cities with highest growth forecast.  Topping the list is another South Florida city, Tampa. 

The National Association of Realtors is forecasting a 4.4% increase in existing home prices and in 2017 an increase of 3.4%.  According to Miami Board of Realtors, “South Florida housing

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One of the first things many South Florida homebuyers look at when purchasing a new home is the kitchen. The kitchen can "make or break" a home.  In the Palm Beaches, indoor/outdoor living is paramount and the kitchen is the most trafficked room in the house. An upgraded kitchen can make your home stand above others and make it irresistible. 

If considering a kitchen renovation, building a new home, or just an update to your existing decor, take a look at the current design trends for 2016. Some of the hottest trends in kitchens these days, according to Forbes Magazine,  include hardwood floors, transitional styling and white in the kitchen. As a general rule of thumb, spend between 6-10% of the total

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The Stuart Air Show is a 3 day event featuring thrilling performances by nationally known performers as well as interesting and historical displays of aircrafts and vehicles. The 2016 Stuart Air Show will take to the air Friday, November 4, 2016 through Sunday, November 6, 216 at the Martin County Airport - Witham Field in Stuart, Florida. This amazing event, is made possible by hundreds of volunteers, community business partners and sponsors. There will be exciting aerobatic acts, jet demonstrations, WWII displays, a historic battle re-enactment, children's activities, and community displays that entertain, educate and capture the imaginations for everyone to enjoy. The Stuart Airshow draws 40,000 spectators annually and is the largest air show in…
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Every Sunday at the Historic Downtown Stuart Riverwalk is Rock’N Riverwalk! Rock’N Riverwalk is an open-air concert that takes place each Sunday from 1pm-4pm. Every week there is a different band playing their best tunes on the beautiful waterfront stage. 

Guests can come out to enjoy the festive live music, walk along the waterfront and eat and drink from all of the local vendors. You will find the freshest seafood served in street style and delicious hand crafted cocktails. For the kids you can stop by the Kilwin’s cart and grab a gourmet ice cream, fudge or chocolates. Not only is there amazing food and drink options but there will be tons of apparel available for sale as well. 

For more information about Rock’N Riverwalk Sundays or to see which

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Phipps Park is a beautiful and tranquil campground that rests aside the Okeechobee Waterway in Stuart, Florida. It is a small and private little park only reaching about 55 acres in size, but for what it lacks in size it makes up for in splendor. 

Unlike some of the bigger parks in the area, Phipps Park has maintained its small and close to nature feel. It offers its guests 18 RV parking sites equipped with electric, water and a dump station. Built in picnic areas are shaded by tall pine, oak and palms providing the perfect environment for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of work and business and reconnect with nature without having to leave town. 

Guests can enjoy both fresh and saltwater fishing year round, as you are only

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Palm Beach County divers have a new underwater landmark to discover. The new reef will honor a local three-time breast cancer survivor, Andrea Torrente. “Andrea's Reef”, a 60,000-pound mermaid honoring the valiant woman, has established a home just 3/4 miles east off the Lake Worth Inlet, submerged under 75 feet of water. The sculptures for the reef were deployed off Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island, August 11, 2016.

Thomas McDonald, sculptor, found the inspiration to model his mermaid after the local woman who has survived breast cancer. McDonald started work on his commissioned sculpture during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month last October. He said in a release, "I work at a women's health

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  dance Live musical performances, food, drinks, vendors, kids’ activities and Dancin' in the Streets! Stuart is gearing up for another amazing evening of live music, dancing, talent and community spirit. The 29th Annual Dancin' in the Streets music festival and street party will take place at Historic Downtown Stuart on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The event will begin at 3 p.m. and concluded at midnight. It will feature more than 20 local bands, including Public Sounds Collective, Nouveaux Honkies, and Raquel Renner and the Ramblers, along the waterfront. New to this year's festival is the addition of a sixth stage, on which national headliner The Outlaws is set to perform.   Tickets are on sale now. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at all…
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Most people associate learning with formal education at school, college, university etc.  We are all told, from an early age, that we should ‘get a good education’.  However, ‘schooling’ is only one type of learning. There are many opportunities to further your knowledge you will need throughout life.  There is no age limit on learning.  Lifelong learning can enhance ones understanding of the world around us, provide additional and enhanced opportunities and improve our quality of life.

Florida Atlantic University  Lifelong Learning Society is “dedicated to enriching the intellectual and social lives of adult learners by offering stimulating educational opportunities, taught by outstanding university faculty and guest lecturers, designed to

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 sailfish Sailfish Splash Waterpark will open its gates at no charge to Martin County residents on Thursday, August 11 from 10:30am - 5:00pm. Residents need to bring a valid form of ID that shows a Martin County address.   Sailfish Splash Waterpark is a state-of-the-art complex, conveniently located in Stuart, Florida. It provides a unique and rich setting for aquatic recreation for all ages, which has been an essential part of Martin County’s charm. Sailfish Splash Waterpark fulfills the recreation, fitness, and competitive swimming and diving dreams of the community.   Sailfish Splash Waterpark features:
• 1000-foot lazy river.
• Two four-story tall water slides, one a 253 foot closed flume “Speed Slide”.
• Zero depth entry, 7,326-square foot water…
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