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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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Stuart, Florida was just named one of the best places to retire by SmartAsset, a finance and technology company based out of New York. 

SmartAsset factored things like recreation, health care, tax rates, and percentage of other seniors when ranking cities across the country to retire in. Stuart was ranked in the top 10 in Florida at #5 and was only one of two cities on the state's east coast to make the list (the other was Vero Beach). Stuart also ranked in the top 15 communities nationally. 

The city of Stuart has a low tax rate, a lot of recreational activities, and seniors make up 28% of the population. Stuart is a great place for fishing (the Sailfish capital of the world), is surrounded by water, has beautiful real estate, a lively

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The fair is back in Martin County now through February 17th!

The Martin County Fair is actually a 501c3 non-profit organization whose goal is to entertain and promote community traditions, talents, diversity, vision, and agricultural heritage.

It is the largest event in the county attracting more than 70,000 people. The fair has been held for the past 55 years and the money raised goes to improve local facilities, scholarships to students, and programs for Martin County youth.

Entering the fair you'll see many farm animals and livestock and learn about them. Hundreds of vendors display their art, food, and much more. The Fire Department gives demonstrations, you'll pass by magic shows, pageants, dances, pig racing, and live music. If there's

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Tonight at 6 p.m. the Lyric Theatre in Stuart will be hosting a live auction with a special surprise. Be the successful bidder on a secretly selected item and win a private Superbowl party for 100 guests at the Lyric Theatre. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host a private party fully catered with an open bar and watch the game on the big screen!

The auction is tonight at the Lyric Theatre on Flagler Ave. in downtown Stuart. The winning bidder will have a Super Bowl Party to remember with up to 100 friends welcome to watch the Super Bowl LII, Sunday, February 4, 2018 at The Lyric Theatre. The private event will not be open to the public and will be fully catered with popular Super Bowl snacks and appetizers. You'll also enjoy an Open Bar

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Every once in a while, locals are lucky enough to see a spectacular sight; Humpback whales breaching the waters of the Atlantic. The mammals, which can grow to be 50 feet long and weigh 40 tons, migrate yearly, traveling from northern Canada and Greenland down to the south Atlantic around the Caribbean for the winter months. That makes now a great time to spot the whales off the coast.

Since they're such large creatures, you'll have a better chance seeing one if you head to deep water. Earlier this week, passengers aboard the Mattanza Charters, based in Pirates Cove Resort and Marina in Port Salerno, went out to the 8-mile reef off Stuart and saw a Humpback having fun in the open ocean. See the video for yourself here. 

If you'd like to

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The gorgeous Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa is new, 4-story luxury retreat right on the beach. It has 178 guest rooms, 2 ballrooms, a restaurant, fitness center, 9,000 square feet of event space, a spa, and much more. 

All rooms have large private balconies, marble bathrooms, and 52-inch flat screens. Pick an oceanfront room and watch the sunrise or a riverside room and watch the sunset. 

Their restaurant, the Drift Kitchen & Bar is an American bistro serving fresh local seafood, housemade pasta, and wood fired pizza, seating up to 200 guests for lunch and dinner. 

There are 3 bars at the resort, including 2 poolside ones. The Dune Oceanfront Bar and Reflections Bar are on the pool deck overlooking the beautiful waters of Jensen Beach.

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Skip I-95 traffic and take a plane ride overlooking the gorgeous Florida coast instead. Fly the Whale, a small commercial airline featuring small plane charter flights, is opening up a new service taking customers from Fort Pierce to Tallahassee and soon to the Bahamas. 

Starting January 8th, Fly the Whale will debut flights from the Treasure Coast International Airport on St. Lucie Boulevard. Flights will depart on Mondays at 8 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. On Thursdays flights leave at 3 p.m. and return at 5:30 p.m. The trip from Fort Pierce to Tallahassee will take 1 hour and 42 minutes... as opposed to about 5 and a half hours driving the interstate. If you live in Jupiter, it is over 6 hours to get to Tallahassee, if you wanted to watch the

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The Elliott Museum in Stuart will be presenting a new exhibit called "Art of the Bahamas." The showcase is a collaboration between the Elliott Museum and the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB). 

More than 40 paintings will be on display from the NAGB and local artists. The exhibit celebrates the creative spirit of the Bahamas and the diverse visions the beautiful islands have inspired.

The Art of the Bahamas goes on display December 15 and will be in the museum through February. Viewing times are from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. 

The Elliott Museum has a number of permanent displays including a Baseball Hall, Treasure Coast History, Maritime History, Founder Sterling Elliott History, and the infamous Wheels of Change. The Wheels of Change exhibit

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The 3rd annual Martin County Winterfest is back again! A favorite new tradition for locals is to enjoy a day full of family games and fun at the beautiful Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach followed by a Christmas movie on the lawn.

The event includes arts and crafts, family relay races and other games, bounce houses, dance performances, photos with Santa, real snow, and much more! Food and craft vendors will be set up as well as food trucks. Winterfest is a great time at Indian Riverside Park, a 63-acre park along the Indian River Lagoon. It has great amenities like a mile-long walking path and mangrove boardwalk, a 780-foot fishing pier, an interactive fountain, a beach, 4 picnic pavilions with tables and grills, flower gardens and open

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A great way to celebrate the spirit of the holidays and the beauty of Florida, the Oceanographic Society of Stuart will be creating a Winter Wonderland at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center. Located in between the Indian River Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean, the 57-acre nature center and lawn will be transformed into a beautiful wonderland with hundreds of thousands of lights. 

Strung lights, Christmas trees, decorations all over... imagine walking into a Christmas Town lit up with fish tanks too! The center has an exhibit hall with aquariums of local marine life, a 10,000-gallon Rays of the Reef tank and an interactive touch tank where you can touch sting rays and other invertebrates. There's a 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon featuring local

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The South Florida skies will be taken over by jets and planes as part of the Stuart Air Show. The air show will take place at the Witham Field Airport in Stuart this November 3rd through November 5th.

The show will be beyond your expectations. It’s not just a visual air show but it’s an interactive experience for yourself and family to enjoy.

Come and watch these incredible airplanes do amazing stunts, turns, and tricks at high speeds and high altitudes. For the first time this year, there will also be a helicopter stunt show as well.

On Friday night at the event, the planes and skydivers will perform a night time aerobatics, doing flips and turns as they make their way down to the ground. A firework display will also light the sky and kick off the

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