The Guitar Maker
Jeff Warner is seated atop a dog house he made from an old boat hull as he enjoys the yard with his dogs, Moogley and Mad Dog. After moving to Florida, Warner began working with local companies Maverick and Twin Vee, where he merged his loves of boats and building things. ANTHONY INSWASTY PHOTOS

The Guitar Maker

Many people find themselves lounging on the couch after a long workday, but then there’s boatbuilder Jeff Warner, who spends his free time building guitars and ukuleles. A “mad scientist” of sorts, Warner was always taking toys apart and tinkering with things from a very young age. His father fostered his interest in mechanics and restoration.

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The CITIZEN SCIENTIST
Susan Hamburger inspects a palmetto during a hike in the Ancient Oaks Preserve at Weldon Lewis Park on Oleander Avenue. ANTHONY INSWASTY

The CITIZEN SCIENTIST

After Susan Hamburger retired from academic life and moved to Fort Pierce a few years ago, she did what she describes as a 180-degree turn, pivoting from her background in English and history to a new avocation as a citizen-scientist who is passionate about protecting the environment.

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The JAZZ MUSICIAN
Gene Hull retired from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines 18 years ago. The former entertainment director moved north from Miami, landing in Fort Pierce. ANTHONY INSWASTY PHOTOS

The JAZZ MUSICIAN

For Gene Hull, it all started back in 1893, when his maternal grandfather came to America from Italy. His grandfather made and played his own mandolins and later made sure his daughter (Hull’s mother) learned to play piano.

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Saving the abandoned

Cats running loose in the neighborhood present a dilemma for residents who feel sorry for the wild animals but at the same time need order in their communities. Feral or lost cats can procreate at alarming rates when left on their own, leading to necessary capture and eventual death in many cases.

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The REVITALIZATION COORDINATOR
Caleta Scott sees community gardens, such as this one on North 9th Street in Fort Pierce, as a much more practical way to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhood residents who have limited access to large supermarkets. ANTHONY INSWASTY PHOTOS

The REVITALIZATION COORDINATOR

Fort Pierce native Caleta Scott grew up in Miami and worked in Atlanta for several years after college, but now she’s back in her hometown working on behalf of the Lincoln Park neighborhood she loves.

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The PLANT GURU
A scientist at heart, Annmarie Loveridge takes a break from tending the gardens of the Klein estate in White City. She takes care of several properties using only natural fertilizers and usually brings her beagle, Grace, to roam the grounds. GREG GARDNER PHOTOS

The PLANT GURU

After 10 years as president of the Lakelas Mint Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, Annmarie Loveridge is hanging up her garden gloves and pruning shears.

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The NAVIGATOR
Osmond C. “Pete” Peterson constructed more than 100 buildings during a 50-year career in Fort Pierce. A well-known craftsman in wood and metal, the 100-year-old Peterson lost part of his finger in a horseback riding accident. GREG GARDNER PHOTO

The NAVIGATOR

As a contractor, Osmond C. “Pete” Peterson was a major contributor to the construction of buildings and developments throughout Fort Pierce.

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