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Serving St. Lucie, Martin, Brevard and Indian River counties.

Covering Stuart, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Sebastian, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Rockledge, Palm Bay, Viera and Eau Gallie.

Best of the Treasure Coast 2020 contest

Now Taking Nominations

Nominate your favorite Treasure Coast restaurants, bars, tourist attractions and other businesses in our Best of the Treasure Coast contest. We are accepting nominations now through Nov. 1 and voting begins Nov. 3.

a thrip feasts on a Brazilian peppertree leaf

Latest news

Insect released at Adams Ranch will target Brazilian peppertree

Mike Adams spends $250,000 every year to manage Brazilian peppertrees spread over the family’s 40,000 acres of ranches in Osceola and St. Lucie counties, where his family has developed the Braford breed of cattle. Adams, whose family ranch was founded in 1937, recounts years when the invasive tree from South America overtook natural areas on the ranches, pushing out pasture and grasslands.

Vero Beach Bridge

Vero Beach Centennial

War on the river

There was a time when bridge tenders weren’t just maintaining the safe passage of water and vehicle traffic. Other voluntary duties came in handy when World War II broke out.

Janet Walker Anderson and others who lived in the drawbridge houses in Indian River County knew what they did to help was more than just giving access across the river. Allowing people across was an important way to help keep the lines of communication open between the mainland and the barrier island.

swimming pool

Homes of the Treasure Coast

Tranquil abundance

Riomar Bay, an elite riverfront neighborhood, is small enough to feel intimate yet graced with some of Vero Beach’s most elegant homes. At 520 Bay Drive, a special residence deals in the rare currency of equitable indoor and outdoor space, utilizing water as its natural allure. The magnificent home is currently on the market for $3,995,000.

One of the restaurant’s signature salads, the “Buddha Bowl,”

Taste of the Treasure Coast

Satisfying to the senses

In 2014, a popular fine dining establishment on Ocean Drive in Vero Beach closed its doors. Michael’s Table, the creation of chef /owner Michael Lander, was only open for two seasons yet Lander’s innovative menus and flawless dishes left fans clamoring for more.

Helen Ayers

Treasure Coast Medical Report

Homeless medicine

For people who are homeless in the tri-county area, there are a variety of places to receive immediate care for their physical and mental well-being. Non-profit organizations with hundreds of volunteers support efforts to provide medical treatment, mental health counseling and services that include meals, clothing and rides to doctors’ appointments.

Artist Barry Shapiro helps patient Antonio Jenkins

Treasure Coast Medical Report

Alternative medicine

Cancer. The word alone sends chills up and down the spine. Images of sitting in a room for hours at a time, worrying about the outcome, run through the mind. It’s part of the treatment process, but it doesn’t have to be as miserable as some think. What if one could pass that time by creating a work of art or by listening to some cool jazz? It might just make the treatment a little more tolerable.

Mum Ball

Treasure Coast Medical Report

Chrysanthemum Ball raises life-saving funds for a quarter century

The Chrysanthemum Ball, or the Mum Ball as locals call it, is one of the premier fundraising events that kicks off the social season in Martin County. Attendees come dressed to the nines at the black tie affair, anticipating a top-notch soirée. And they’re never disappointed. For 25 years, the ball has been held at numerous venues, including elegant waterfront estates. Many events feature a special theme — stunning themes like Cirque du Soleil, Night in Spain, Pulse of the Future — leaving guests feeling surprised, wowed and delighted. And for all of their fun, patrons have raised millions of dollars to provide top quality medical services at Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, formerly known as Martin Memorial.

Dr. Shamsher Singh has practiced dermatology in Port St. Lucie since 1980

Treasure Coast Medical Report


Originally from Delhi, India, where he studied medicine, a young Dr. Shamsher Singh moved to Brooklyn to complete his medical residency at the State University of New York Health Science Center. After four tough winters in the North, he made his way down to sunny Florida in 1980.

“One year, they counted only 29 sunny days for the whole year! There was not a dermatologist in Port Saint Lucie, so I decided to move my family down here and opened my office,” Singh says with a smile. “I’ve been in this current location off of Hillmoor Drive, next to St. Lucie Medical Center, for 36 years.”

Dr. Moti Ramgopal

Treasure Coast Medical Report


For Dr. Moti Ramgopal, being an infectious disease specialist is all about saving lives. He believes in improving the health of a community by taking care of it, one patient at a time. Driven by his altruism, a strong work ethic, and a lot of grit and compassion, he has been advancing infectious disease medicine for 20 years.

Ramgopal’s tireless devotion to providing quality medical care is a labor of love and has not gone unnoticed. He was awarded the Health Care Champion by Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers; the Frist Humanitarian Award from HCA Hospitals; and the FSU Guardian of the Mission Award.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Gerald Pierone

Treasure Coast Medical Report


Dr. Gerald Pierone of Vero Beach had a front-row seat to one of history’s most critical epidemics in 1986.

It was the heart of New York City at Mount Sinai Hospital, and Pierone was completing an infectious disease fellowship when the AIDS epidemic exploded. As daily patient counts climbed, Pierone and his colleagues confronted an unprecedented disease with a stark mortality rate and an unrelenting ferocity. Nearly 95 percent of those infected were dead within two years.

Vero at 100

Indian River Magazine wins statewide awards

Indian River Magazine took home two top statewide awards during the annual Florida Magazine Association’s Charlie Awards banquet held Friday at the Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg.

The magazine won a Charlie Award for general excellence in the best custom publication division for Vero at 100, a 128-page special edition on the history of Vero Beach from prehistoric times to today. The magazine was produced as part of the celebration of Vero Beach’s 100th anniversary as a city and in conjunction with the Vero Beach Centennial Committee.

Treasure Coast Business magazine

Indian River Magazine Inc. launches business magazine

Treasure Coast Business a quarterly magazine serving St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties, has begun publication, with the inaugural issue arriving this week.

The magazine was launched under a unique partnership between Indian River Magazine Inc. and the Florida Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College.


Publishers' Note

Of ships, yachts and boats

Boating, fishing and other water-related activities are among the enjoyable pursuits that attract residents and visitors to the area. In this annual boating issue, readers will discover just how important this specialty has been for our shores in the past and the present. Shipping is an essential ingredient for the Treasure Coast, which, after all, got its name from the gold coins and artifacts left scattered near our beaches and in our ocean following the tragedy of the Spanish fleet that was destroyed during the 1715 hurricane. Pirates were among the early salvagers who tried to take advantage of these lost treasures. But this was only the beginning.

Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge on South Hutchinson Island

Treasure Coast History

Beacon of romance

In Martin County, there is a historic, scenic, coastal setting that has been a beacon to lovers for more than a hundred years. Situated on a bluff of strikingly picturesque rocks at the southerly end of Hutchinson Island, the Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge looks out over a vast expanse of aquamarine water that melts into the horizon. A soothing rhythm of white-foamed waves splashing is heard on the rocky coast, while a cool sea breeze calms the senses.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen y San Antonio, originally HMS Hampton Court

Treasure Coast History

When pirates scoured the Treasure Coast

One man. One crew. One ship can take on the entire British Empire without a hiccough or regret. However grandiose Bellamy’s assertion may sound today, it was not without sincerity.

Engaging as their legends are, the true story of the pirates of the Treasure Coast was even more captivating; it is a long-lost tale of tyranny and resistance, a maritime revolt on the seas. The foundation of the British Empire was shaken by these rogues.


showpiece table for Double Down

Port's new pearl

Nothing exemplifies ultimate luxury like the mega yachts that quietly make their way up and down the Florida coast and occasionally take harbor in coves from Key West to Jacksonville. These beautiful ships may spend months crisscrossing the oceans, but eventually they must come to port.

April Price

Treasure Coast Personalities


Like father like daughter, April Price is a second-generation advocate for marine interests in Florida. She helps with the improvement and preservation of the waterways in the tri-county area.

Treasure Coast Personalities


For Nicole Mader, going to her job hardly seems like work. It’s almost a mini-vacation. As a volunteer field biologist with the Dolphin Ecology Project, she studies and monitors Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the southern part of the Indian River Lagoon down to Jupiter Inlet.

Lin Reading

Treasure Coast Personalities


Lin Reading, a 20-year survivor of breast cancer and melanoma, co-founded a cancer support organization in Indian River County called Friends After Diagnosis that, among other things, offers survivors an introduction to the sport of crew rowing to help women with cancer regain their strength.

Back Country

Late in the afternoon, sandhill cranes land in the shallow water of a sand pond to roost for the night. Later, ducks, ibises, wood storks and herrings will join them. The middle bird is a young crane almost ready to leave his parents. They have been in the fields all day hunting for insects, seeds, small mammals and small snakes. They are busy preening their feathers; most birds do this twice a day. The water protects them from predators at night.


Kirsten Kennedy, left, and Tiffani Buckley at Hazel House

Showing off

Shakespeare may have written that “all the world’s a stage,” but at Hazel House, to stage is the business at hand and it’s done with precision, not simply As You Like It.



Flying for those in need

An airborne missionary unit connects Florida with the Caribbean, ministering and bringing lifesaving provisions to people in poverty-stricken areas. Missionary Flights International is one of 32 businesses operating out of Treasure Coast International Airport and Business Park, off St. Lucie Boulevard in northern St. Lucie County.

Students in the medical assisting program at Treasure Coast Technical College

Tech advantage

Just one tiny pebble will cause a wave along the shore. The hope for the new Treasure Coast Technical College, located in the heart of Gifford, is that those who take advantage of its programs will be on that wave to their future.

Hundreds of students have gone through its doors since it opened in 2018. Although the effect on the local economy is yet to be seen, the expectation is that it will have a noticeable impact.

Stephen N. Gladwin

Treasure Coast History

'Our Soldier Boy’ of World War I'

The name Stephen N. Gladwin was a familiar one to me growing up in Fort Pierce. I first saw the name etched in the World War I memorial monument on the grounds of the St. Lucie County Courthouse, undoubtedly after seeing a movie at the Sunrise Theatre across the street.

Fort Pierce News-Tribune

Publisher's Note

Saving history one page at a time

When I was a rookie reporter at the Fort Pierce News-Tribune back in the late 1970s, I wore a variety of hats (but never a green eye-shade like you see in the old movies). As the youngest and least-tenured reporter on the staff, I was thrown a variety of assignments the senior reporters were able to avoid. Most of these involved putting together items that had templates so they could be easily or quickly written. In other words, things that didn’t require much writing talent.

Jake Owen plays guitar

Treasure Coast Personalities

Country star comes home

Jake Owen searches the world for country music talent, participates in at least a dozen charity events every year and just raised more than $1.5 million for the Jake Owen Charity Foundation to help children. And that’s just his side job.

Best of the Treasure Coast 2019

Best of the Treasure Coast

Best of the Treasure Coast

Readers choose their favorites. From Best Restaurant to Best Places to Work, Indian River Magazine and its readers reveal the best the Treasure Coast has to offer for 2019.

Sunshine Kitchen crew

Treasure Coast Business

Sizzling Affair

Chef Matt Piscitelli was having a really good day.
He opened the door of Sunshine Kitchen and there in front of him stood 4,600 square feet of gleaming new commercial kitchen space waiting for its first use. Behind him were years of making do, from renting kitchen space in restaurants to cooking in clients’ kitchens as he pursued his passion for catering.

The Sextons with Ed Massey and Roy Lambert

Treasure Coast Business

The brightest receive recognition

A distinct group of business leaders stand out from the rest on the Treasure Coast. They have made a big economic impact, showing that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in our region.

Treasure Coast Business

Institute boosts economic activity

Step into the Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneur Development Institute (EDI) at Indian River State College and you will discover a hotbed of economic activity on the Treasure Coast.

Jose Ubilla, owner of Real Stone & Granite in Fort Pierce

Treasure Coast Business

Stone Passage

Many people know Jose Ubilla as the owner of Real Stone & Granite Corp., one of the largest stone businesses on the Treasure Coast.

Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’

Trafficking Shame

African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston, who achieved prominence during the Harlem Renaissance by penning such classics as Their Eyes Were Watching God, left behind an unpublished manuscript when she died penniless in Fort Pierce in 1960.


Brightline’s Rusty Roberts answers questions from riders

All Aboard Florida’s high-speed train

When All Aboard Florida, a subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, revealed plans for high-speed passenger train service from Miami to Orlando, opponents raised many concerns. Now that its trains are on track, literally, the Treasure Coast hopes to convince the company to add a stop closer to home. Both Fort Pierce and Stuart have submitted proposals. The trains will be zipping their way through Treasure Coast counties regardless, but adding a stop is certain to positively impact whichever city is selected.

Ballet Vero Beach performance

Art of the Treasure Coast

Alluring acts for all

This season’s performing arts productions in Treasure Coast theaters are aglow with performances that plunge you into laughter, nostalgia, amazement, delight — and leave you wanting more.

Waldo in chairTreasure Coast History
We Hardly Knew Ye

As Vero Beach prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, no one figure stands taller in the city’s history than Waldo Sexton. He is Vero Beach’s most iconic figure celebrated and written about more than any other.


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