Port St. Lucie Magazine Publisher
Indian River Media Group
Assistant to the Publisher
Pattie Durham, Gaettane A. Paul
Susan Burgess, Rachel Inswasty,
Pattie Durham, Kerry Firth,
Ellen Gillette, Mary Ann Koenig,
Anthony Westbury, Bernie Woodall
Anthony Centrone, Rob Downey,
Rusty Durham, Anthony Inswasty
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M A G A Z I N E
Port St. Lucie Magazine and
St. Lucie Magazine, published
each January, March, June and
September, are publications of
Indian River Magazine Inc., a
locally owned company based at
308 Ave. A, Fort Pierce, FL 34950.
All material contained herein
is copyrighted by Indian River
Magazine Inc. Member of the
St. Lucie County Chamber
Taking care of our heroes
My family’s history is steeped in
military service. My father-in-law
was a Marine Corps captain who
served on the USS Forrester supercarrier as
an aircraft pilot and my brother-in-law was
a lance corporal who served in Beirut.
This Port St. Lucie Magazine issue focuses
on some great stories about military
service. There was a lot of buzz about a few
things and as the suggestions came in, I
thought this would be a wonderful issue to
talk about the new state VA nursing home,
a Navy SEAL who served in Vietnam and
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, who was wounded
during a deployment to Afghanistan.
One thing I stand firm on is making sure
our veterans are taken care of and the Ardie
R. Copas State Veterans Nursing Home
in Tradition will do just that when it opens.
The story behind the center, which begins
on Page 19, is touching. It’s good to know
there is a place for our local heroes should
they need it.
Writer Wendy Dwyer profiles Congressman
Brian Mast and his time on and off
foreign and legislative battlefields. In the
story, which begins on Page 13, Mast recounts that fateful day in Afghanistan when he lost
his legs in a roadside explosion. Dwyer also writes about how he and his wife and their
four children love living in the area, where he is known for his work to help keep the Treasure
Coast waterways pollution free.
There is so much to talk about our military in the area. There is Veterans Memorial Park
and the 9/11 Monument at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center, where a remembrance
ceremony will be held on Sept. 11.
There is also the National SEAL Museum where Capt. Ron Yeaw was reunited, after 45
years, with a Vietnamese interpreter who fought by his side and was wounded along with
him in a jungle confrontation. Mary Ann Koenig writes a touching first person remembrance
of the Port St. Lucie resident, who died in June. Page 25.
As most of you know, the city also has some great craft breweries. Bernie Woodall explains
how the pubs managed to survive the pandemic, beginning on Page 35. I have been
to Side Door Brewing Co. and Hop Life Brewing Co., and if you want to have a special
celebration or event these are the places to book them.
We are also launching a wedding page in this issue. We are so excited to feature a wedding
at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens. If you haven’t visited the gardens, it is a must.
We will feature a local wedding in each issue this year.
As we move on to our winter issue, I hope you will be inspired with what we are doing
in our pages. We have an exciting season coming up. We love where we live, and we want
to cover as much as possible. Please send me a note to the below email for any comments
KIM CAPEN, PUBLISHER | KIM@INDIANRIVERMAG.COM