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Clydesdale Horses coming to the Treasure Coast.

March 1, 2015

Clydesdale Horses & Eagle Lands in Stuart!

There will be several opportunities to see the Budweiser Clydesdales on the Treasure Coast starting next week and continuing through March 9.

While the famous horses featured in Budweiser commercials are booked for 10 days at the St. Lucie County Fair, they also will be making other appearances across the Treasure Coast, including for the first time in Stuart and Vero Beach. “They’re coming here for the 50th anniversary of the fair and since they’ll be here for a while we thought we’d put them out in other areas too,” said Southern Eagle Ambassador Tommy Padrick.The Fort Pierce-based beer distributor worked with the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company to bring the horses back to the fair, which starts Friday and continues through March 8.

St. Lucie County Fair Manager Jeanne Keaton said in the last 14 years, the Clydesdales have come “probably six or seven times.” “They’re very well-schooled, very well trained horses. It’s fascinating to see them maneuver,” Keaton said.

Anheuser-Busch created the iconic eight-horse team of Clydesdales pulling their brewery wagon in 1933 to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition.

“They’re big beautiful horses that are going to be walking around downtown Stuart,” said Bill Moore, owner of Kilwin’s and Stuart Coffee Company. “I’ve never seen a horse walking the streets of downtown Stuart and we’ve been there 15 years now. It’s just so different and unique and will be fun for visitors to see.”

The Clydesdales’ visit will coincide with the unveiling of the latest installment to the city’s Art in Public Places program, a bronze eagle sculpture sponsored by Southern Eagle President Philip Busch, said Jim Chrulski, the city’s legislative and economics strategy manager.

The horses will go to Vero Beach March 1. They’ll start at Riverside Park and head east on Beachland Boulevard to Ocean Drive.

They will visit Archie’s Seabreeze and other Fort Pierce spots March 5.

Padrick said the horses will have police escorts during all their visits. No roads will be closed but it will be a “slow going photo opportunity,” he said.

The horses travel with three 50-foot semis. Two carry the horses, the third transports a red, white and gold beer wagon and other equipment.

“People love the Budweiser Clydesdale horses,” Padrick said. “They just look forward to it every time we can bring them down here.”

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be at the 50th annual St. Lucie County Fair Feb. 27 to March 8 but will also make other appearances:


I just came across this column on Port St Lucie and thought I would share it.

March 30, 2012

This article is from a couple years ago but is still interesting.


The Collapse of Port St. Lucie
A dream retirement just got 50% cheaper


It’s an odd sort of luxury ghost town… A few hundred yards off Exit 121 on I-95 sits the famed PGA Village of Port St. Lucie.

In the heart of the Village is a world-class, 54-hole golf complex designed by Hall of Fame architect Tom Fazio. Set in 35 acres of lush palmetto and palm trees, it’s one of the most beautiful courses in Florida. The street names in the surrounding neighborhood read like an instruction book on golf. Names like Sandshot Court and Mulligan Circle are lined with rows of pristine townhomes. For many retirees, it looks and sounds like heaven. For many banks, it’s hell. On Mulligan Circle alone, I counted 32 properties for sale. Street after street is full of vacant homes… not a soul to be seen. You see, despite its beauty, Port St. Lucie is one of the most depressed real estate markets in the United States.


Just four years ago, Port St. Lucie was the fastest-growing area in the country. It’s no wonder… this place truly is a slice of heaven – just a few hours north of Miami on the east coast of Florida. And like most of Florida, housing prices boomed to crazy levels from 2002 to 2006. Today, home prices have cratered. But that’s the sort of stuff that often makes for incredible opportunity.


And I can tell you this: If you’ve suffered the past two years watching your investment portfolio collapse along with your dreams of a Florida retirement, you can stop worrying…

My Visit to the Treasure Coast

Florida has always been a Mecca for retirees. The warm weather and zero state income tax have drawn folks for generations. But during the housing bubble of the 2000s, growth in places like Port St. Lucie spun out of control… Between 2000-2005, roughly the years of the housing mania, the population of Port St. Lucie — a typical golf-and-retirement community 45 minutes north of West Palm Beach — exploded from 88,769 people to 151,391. Not surprisingly, the median home price shot from $88,700 to about $235,900. Since then, housing prices have collapsed, falling nearly 50% to $118,500. That kind of whiplash price drop always perks up the bargain hunter in me. So earlier this month, I first booked a flight to Florida and headed to check out real estate in Port St. Lucie, an area known as the Treasure Coast for the gold- and silver-filled ships sunk by pirates and hurricanes more than 200 years ago.

Armed with a list of foreclosures and my GPS, I visited about 75 properties a day for the next three days. Prices on the list ranged from $9,000 for a three-bedroom/one-bath dump up to a three-bedroom/two-bath McMansion on the golf course for $604,900. Of the 10 cheapest places, five were built in the 1950s. These tear-down shacks would provide lots of fun for a hardcore do-it-yourselfer with a wrecking ball – but not my sort of thing. On the other hand, of the 10 most expensive, five were built in 2006. I focused on homes in the $120,000-$160,000 range because they seemed to offer the best blend of value and newness in neighborhoods that I’d actually live. Whether you want a place near water or close to the PGA Village and shopping malls, foreclosures, short sales, and outright sales abound. For example, if you like golf as much as I do, there’s a two-bedroom/two-bath townhome next a public golf course on well-manicured grounds for only $120,000. The catch in many of these nicer locations is you can’t get financing for condominiums and townhomes. Most banks will issue loans on condominiums only if the building is more than 70% owner-occupied and less than 50% of the people are behind in association dues. Frankly, these are smart criteria, and I wouldn’t buy into a building that didn’t meet them… The reasons are simple: Owners generally take better care of their place, and if everyone is paying their association fees, you won’t have to pick up the slack or suffer a loss of services later. If you have cash and are thinking about a second home, you can find some great deals on single-family homes. In many cases, these newer homes are selling for less than $70-$75 per square foot. Some on short sale (and for cash) can be bought for $50-$60 per square foot. To compare, Miami is starting to see bids at $200 a square foot for high-rise condos. And don’t forget, first-time homebuyers (meaning you haven’t owned a home in the past three years… hmmm… that’s some good government doublespeak) can get a tax credit of $8,000. This is just like getting a $10,000-$12,000 discount on the price of your purchase. Because it’s a tax credit… This is hard cold cash you get back even if you don’t pay that much in taxes.

Do-It-Yourself Checklist

• The biggest mistake you can make in Florida is buying sight unseen. I heard many stories about investors blindly buying up “deals of a lifetime” only to find the air-conditioning unit is stolen and the refrigerator, washer/dryer, and light fixtures are missing. Not only is that upsetting for a renter, the financials might not work. • Use online services ahead of a visit to get a global view of the prices and styles of homes available. My favorites are,, and Use these sites to see pictures of properties, compare locations, and get rough figures of value. Due to the recent plummet of prices in Florida, the actual “sold” prices are often below asking prices. Focus on those sales when trying to determine values.

Try the website for immediate and accurate ideas of mortgage costs in your area. • Subscribe to a local newspaper or magazine to get even more flavor of the place… for St. Lucie, try • Look online at the website for the chamber of commerce, If you’re wondering whether the area has much “culture,” look at the calendar (found under “Community Info” along the top). The sheer number and quality of things going on in this county is amazing. • If you actually visit foreclosure properties, remember, many places lack running water or electricity – the banks are trying to save money… So at first the place may seem hot and smelly. • Contemplating a short sale? Be sure to erase the addendum that allows the bank to take forever to respond to your offer… write in a clause so the bank acts on it within 10 days. It’s a buyers market, so use that power. (Keep in mind, most things on this checklist apply no matter where you are house shopping.)

So… How Much Will It Cost?

According to the National Association of Realtors, houses in the first quarter of 2009 were as affordable as they’ve ever been. Its “composite affordability” index accounts for mortgage rates, home prices, and median income levels. In fact, mortgage rates are at 38-year lows. It’s hard to imagine a cheaper time to buy and finance a home in Florida. (And by the way, Florida has zero state income tax… none. That makes a difference when figuring out what you can afford…) Is a home in Florida for you? Is the timing right? Here’s what a $200,000, 2,300-square-foot home would cost in PGA Village, within a short wedge shot of one of the fairways:

Down Payment:
$160,000 over 30 years at 5.375% is around $900 per month
$1,350 per year or $112 per month
$1,500 per year with a 1% hurricane deductible or $125 per month
Association Dues:
$250-300 per month (which includes the Village health club)
$1,412 per month

I think Port St. Lucie is a great spot for retirees. Florida has no income tax, the beach, and the state’s homestead exemption allows you to keep your house if you get into legal trouble. But the main thing I’d like for you to take away from this month’s research is that things are tough in the real estate business right now… which makes owning a slice of retirement heaven much cheaper today than it was three years ago. If you’ve ever considered moving to Florida, it’s now more affordable than you thought.

Ft. Pierce Greek Festival this weekend at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

February 10, 2012


FORT PIERCE — The aroma of traditional Greek dishes will drift across the tent-covered parking lot of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Pierce from Friday through Sunday at the 31st annual Greek Festival.

“The Mediterranean has a reputation for fine cuisine, and it’s the ethnic food that attracts so many people to the festival,” said chairman and retired Port St. Lucie restaurateur George Stamatagianis. “We prepare all the food ourselves, and church members have been working on it for weeks.”

Volunteer Tia Mekras said she has attended many Greek festivals and none matches the food served at St. Nicholas.

“It’s the very, very best. It tastes like it came from grandmother’s kitchen,” Mekras said.

The menu will include lamb shanks, soutzoukakia, moussaka, gyros and souvlaki. Baklava, koulourakia, kataifi and diples will be among the pastries. Imported Greek wines, beers and Greek coffee will be served.

Vendors from as far as New York and Pennsylvania will sell goods imported from Greece and other countries.

“Paintings, T-shirts and religious icons will be among the items,” Mekras said. “The price range will be wide, from as little as $3 to $2,000.”

The Hellenic Band from Palm Beach will play Greek music, and youth groups in handmade traditional costumes will dance. Children’s activities will include face painting and a bounce house. Tours of the 200-member church will be available.

Mekras said the festival gives members of the Treasure Coast Greek community an opportunity to share their culture and showcase their ethnicity, language and religious heritage.

“Our festival stems from an old Greek custom,” Mekras said. “Each village has an annual celebration to show off their village, and invites people from other villages to experience the food, music and dancing. It’s a wonderful way to make and meet friends.”

The festival is St. Nicholas Church’s major annual fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit community organizations that the church supports, among them Big Brothers Big Sisters and Hospice of The Treasure Coast.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church,

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

2525 S. 25th St., Fort Pierce

Contact: (772) 464-7194


Are you ready for the Port Salerno Seafood Festival this Saturday!

January 23, 2012
Port Salerno Seafood Festival

The Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority proudly sets the date for our 6th Annual Seafood Festival, January 28th, 2012.


The festival hours are from 10:00am to 8:00pm with most food served from 11:00am to 7:00pm. We are accepting voluntary donations this year at the entrances. Your donation will help support The Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority and several other non-profit organizations in and around our community such as the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch, Port Salerno Elementary School, Keep Martin Beautiful, Treasure Coast Water Way Cleanup, The Port Salerno Christmas Jamboree, and many others.


This is the sixth anniversary and with the continued growth of the Port Salerno area this home grown event is very important to our community.


We hope that you will enjoy all the new entertainment we have in store for you this coming year and look forward to seeing each and everyone of you this January!





Stuart Air Show This weekend, November 12 and 13.

November 10, 2011

Stuart Air Show November 12 and 13

Hours: Gates open from 9 am to 5 pm, acrobatic performances from 1 to 4:30 pm

Military museum taking over Stuart air show

STUART — The Road to Victory Military Museum is assuming command of the annual airshow at Witham Field.

The museum has taken over as lead sponsor of the popular two-day event from the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, which presented the airshow for the past 10 years.

The airshow will go on as planned on Nov. 13 and 14, featuring military aircraft and spectacular mid-air demonstrations, Michael Roberts, the museum president, said Monday.

“It’s a perfect fit for the museum,” Roberts said. “There are several other air shows in the country that are being run by military museums.”

VNA Chief Executive Officer Don Crow has made the transition easy by providing expertise, documents and $40,000 in proceeds from the 2009 show that were earmarked for the 2010 show, Roberts said.

“Their mission and service to veterans is a perfect match for the air show,” Crow said. “We are very excited about their involvement and handing the torch over.”

The VNA “has achieved its goal of making the Air Show a self-sustaining entity,” according to a news release on the association’s website. “Over the last 10 years, the show has grown from 12,000 in attendance to over 60,000 and the largest event on the Treasure Coast.”

The VNA will continue to be among the show’s sponsors, the news release states.

“As a result of their hard work and dedication, the Stuart Air Show has been recognized as one of the best shows in the country,” Airport Director Mike Moon said. “We are extremely grateful for their support, partnership and creativity and now, for the opportunity to ‘pass the baton’ to another worthy nonprofit organization.”

The main difference in this year’s show will be the addition of a re-enactment of a World War II battle before the airshow. It will feature people dressed as U.S. and German soldiers, Roberts said.

“The air portion of the show is pretty locked in, the planes that are coming,” Roberts said. “But we want to do some stuff on the ground to get people to come out early and see weapons demonstrations. I’m working with the U.S. Army on bringing in some ground assets also.

“The World War II re-enactment is a big thing. We have an area where we’re planning on doing a battle that people can watch from the bleachers. You’ll see the armor coming in and firing the main guns. We have explosions going off. The battles that we do, I think they’re pretty impressive.”

The airshow brings visitors to Stuart from throughout the Treasure Coast as well as other parts of Florida, Roberts said.

This year the Stuart Air Show is being done in conjunction with the 8th Air Force Veterans Association’s reunion for World War II fliers, Roberts said.

“I think that it’s great to have these guys who flew in World War II come into Stuart,” Roberts said. “I knew they wanted to do a reunion. We want to have guys like that at the show. We said, ‘Hey, you have (the reunion) on the weekend we’re doing the air show, you’ll be invited to the show.’ They’re going to be invited guests.”

The museum will become the beneficiary of the money left over from the 2010 show that is not set aside for the 2011 show, Roberts said. The museum anticipates running the airshow for the foreseeable future.

“There are a lot of people out there that love air shows,” Roberts said. “Unfortunately, there are more and more air shows that are being canceled because of cost. I think it’s very important that we keep that stuff alive, that people see manned military aircraft and what our military does.”

Kids Entertainment
For the kids there is the kids zone with:

  • Rides
  • A climbing wall
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Miniature Golf
  • Pony Rides
  • An exhibit by NASA
  • More Air Show Acts

The Amber Leigh Band will appear at the Stuart Air Show Dirty Flight Suit Party on November 11. Wear your cowboy boots and kick up the dust to the sounds of country fiddling with a Celtic Twist. Tickets are on sale at

WHAT: A 2-day weekend event featuring aircraft and military equipment displays, children’s rides and activities and vendor/community booths. Celebrate Veteran’s Day and honor our military by seeing and appreciating their accomplishments. Educate yourself and your family about our history. It’s education and entertainment for the whole family!
WHEN: Friday, November 11, Dirty Flight Suit Party, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2011. Gates open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., aerobatic performances from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Witham Field in Stuart, FL
WHY: Proceeds will benefit the Road to Victory Military Museum and other local organizations.

Want to try a new experience in the Ft Pierce Area.

September 10, 2011
Want to try a new experience in the Ft Pierce Area.
Motorized Kayak Adventures
Imagine the pleasure of gliding across a waterway in a battery powered motorized kayak, leisurely cruising along at about 2-4 knots, and the only sounds you hear are the calls of ospreys, kingfishers, herons, and the soft gurgling noise of the passing water.

You are in complete control as you effortlessly navigate your motorized kayak under the direction of an experienced guide into an eco-system that few have witnessed. Kayaking through a densely canopied mangrove jungle is like stepping back in time. Forget your problems for at least a few hours, relax, look, see, listen. Find that peaceful connection with nature and take it with you wherever you may go.

Effortlessly glide through canopied mangrove forests
aboard a battery-powered motororized kayak. Your
naturalist guide occasionally offers insights, allowing
moments for a serene connection with the eco-system.
Nature remains undisturbed with only the calls of wading
birds and a soft gurgling of passing water while you
traverse the spectacular backwaters of the Indian
River Lagoon and St. Lucie River Estuary System.
2116 Old Dixie Highway
Fort Pierce, Fl. 34946
Fort Pierce—Ph. (772) 380-6815

Treasure Coast Music Festival September 23-25, 2011

September 7, 2011


Treasure Coast Music Festival September 23-25, 2011
Indian River Fairgrounds

7955 58th Ave
Vero Beach, FL



Bad Company Former Lead Singer Brian Howe
Dr. Hook Featuring Ray Sawyer
Molly Hatchet*Blackfoot*Pat Travers
Amanda Overmyer


The three day 3 stage outdoor music festival features 20 national, regional and local bands and will be held at the Indian River Fairgrounds in Vero Beach Florida. The Fairgrounds is located at 7955 58th ave Vero Beach, Florida 32967 with easy access from I 95 and US 1.