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Medical pot shops in St. Lucie: Eight (at most) is enough
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer were finalized mere days before a al area next to the railroad tracks such facilities could be placed. Un- dispensaries could ever set up in
[email protected] dispensary got the green light just and just down from a defunct pow- like Vero Beach, which said only in- the unincorporated portion of St.
north in Indian River County. er plant that is undergoing renova- dustrial-zoned property would do, Lucie County, given all the distance
St. Lucie County finally has rules tions to become a brewery. St. Lucie County said commercial requirements they must meet. No
in place that will allow for as many What will become the first dis- sites would be appropriate. two dispensaries may be within
as eight medical marijuana dispen- pensary on the Treasure Coast will Like Vero Beach, St. Lucie Coun-
saries to set up shop. Those rules be located in Vero Beach’s industri- ty opted to tighten down where Still, only an estimated eight CONTINUED ON PAGE A6
SKIMMING ALONG STATE-FEDERAL SPAT RESOLVED,
CLEARING WAY FOR COPAS HOME
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.
is over, and work on the Ardie R. Co-
The delays look done and shov- pas State Veterans’ Nursing Home
els could be in the ground by the will likely get started this year.
end of the year.
Sutphin added that he under-
On Tuesday, May 16, Glenn Sut- stood if they didn’t take his word
phin Jr., executive director of the for it.
Florida Department of Veterans
Affairs, told the St. Lucie County “I know you feel you’ve been
Commission that a spat between
CONTINUED ON PAGE A4
Flag football is capturing attention
Mike Santomenna of North Carolina pilots alongside William Darby of Port St. Lucie during the early heats of the Sailfish Regatta on the Indian BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent
River Lagoon last Saturday in Stuart. PHOTO: MITCH KLOORFAIN
Football’s a great game for kids,
Stalled: County, city still at odds on gas tax funds but parents are reasonably concerned
about the bashing and banging.
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer The County Commission has City of Port St. Lucie will not be Brayden Rigel
[email protected] approved its resolution to levy able to approve” an agreement That’s where flag football comes
11 cents per gallon on motor and in advance of the state’s June 1 in.
Without an updated agree- diesel fuels. How, exactly, those deadline, County Attorney Dan
ment in place between St. Luc- funds will be divvied up remains McIntyre told the Board of Coun- “With our program, speed is
ie County and the City of Port a question. ty Commissioners during a recent more important than strength
St. Lucie, the battle over gas tax and power, the brute side of foot-
funds continues. “It appears the county and the CONTINUED ON PAGE A11 ball,” Joe Greco, president of the local
i9 Sports, said. “With flag football, you
learn how to be agile. There’s a lot more
running when it comes to flag football.
Instead of moving people, you’re avoiding
And learning strategy.
The children and youths sports program
plays at South County Regional Football
Stadium at 560 NW University Drive in St.
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Haul of fame Make the most of summer at ‘Creation Station’
Gary Hedrick hauls up the top catch – a 57.8-pound BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent 7-year-old can show their 35-year-old dad “The idea of the space is you go in and
what they’ve learned about coding.” start to figure things out for yourself,” she
dolphin – that won the $10,000 first prize at the Summer vacation is time for the Creation said, although library staff is on hand to
Station. The station is part of a larger movement help with specific questions.
21st Annual Fishing Frenzy hosted by the St. Lucie within public libraries, Gallagher said.
“It is physically a space where people On tap for children and youths this
County Chamber of Commerce at the Fort Pierce come together to make things,” Maureen “The Creation Station, this one located at summer at all libraries is St. Lucie County
Gallagher, branch manager at the St. Lucie the Morningside Branch Library in Port St. Reads. It starts on June 2 and goes to Aug.
Marina recently. PHOTO: MITCH KLOORFAIN County libraries, said. Lucie, is part of the ‘maker movement’ that 5. Children and youths can keep reading
is becoming popular in libraries.” logs that they take to the libraries for prizes,
The Creation Station opened last year such as tickets to St. Lucie Mets games. The
at the Morningside Branch Library to give The maker movement is about getting grand prize at each library is a Kindle Fire,
folks a place to create all sorts of art on folks building things, making things, doing which will be awarded through drawings.
computers. things themselves. Gallagher said library
systems and branches have chosen wide The Morningside Branch Library also
“We have Mixcraft Pro Studio 7,” Enrique arrays of specialties for their maker spaces. has the Summer Science Lab on tap. “Ev-
Carmona III, technical specialist, said. ery summer for the past three years, we’ve
“In a maker space, you can do anything,” done science experiments for kindergar-
That’s a program for making music. The she said. “You can do woodworking. You ten to fifth grade,” Wilson said. “It’s very
Creation Station at Morningside has a 3D can do quilting. But ours is technology hands-on.”
art program. based.”
The labs will start on Friday, June 16, at
“That’s Blender,” Carmona said. Using the Creation Station requires a li- 10:30 a.m.
“We have Hue Animation (Studio), which brary card.
is stop-motion software,” he continued. The Morningside Branch Library is at
“We have Anime Studio Debut, so people “People can make reservations to use 2410 SE Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie.
can create their own anime.” the two stations we have for two hours at a It’s open Tuesdays to Saturdays. Also handy
The list doesn’t end there. time,” Carmona said. “If nobody is waiting, from St. Lucie West and Tradition is the Port
“We have Scratch (programing soft- they can go another hour.” St. Lucie Branch Library, at 180 SW Prima
ware),” Carmona said. Vista Blvd. By the end of the year, the Paula
That program helps youngsters learn He said reservations can be made up to A. Lewis Branch Library will be opened on
how to write computer programs. Techni- two days ahead of time by phone or email. Rosser Boulevard.
cal specialist Jesse Wilson said the Creation
Station is popular with a discriminating The three said Creation Station and oth- More about the libraries and their activi-
test market she consulted — her family. er library programs are sure to help chil- ties is at www.stlucieco.gov. Morningside’s
“My 7-year-old came in the other day dren and youths learn during the summer. phone number is 772-337-5632
with her dad and did (computer) coding Wilson said not only will children learn
and music,” she said. Wilson added, “A so-called STEM —science, technology,
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COPAS HOME ed the grant process under an older set of de- IMAGE COURTESY OF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS Gov. Rick Scott, a Navy veteran, to the signing
sign standards, those standards should apply. ceremony. Scott invited Sutphin to go with
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 The feds were adamant that the state follow one for an airier aesthetic. him.
newer design standards it had instituted in “We told the VA, this style home is not best
had,” Sutphin told the commission. “For the meantime. After the signing, Trump talked briefly with
three years, we’ve been fighting and scrap- for our veterans,” Sutphin told the commis- Sutphin, who told him about the dispute over
ping to get a home built down here.” He add- The new standards, if followed, would sion. design standards and why Florida wanted to
ed, “Now we have a chance to make things raise the construction costs from about $40 use the older one. Also in the room was the
right.” million to close to $60 million. That would One reason is hurricanes. The Florida De- newly-minted Secretary of Veteran Affairs,
raise the state’s share of construction costs — partment of Veteran Affairs doesn’t evacuate David Shulkin.
The Florida Cabinet voted to approve a something that the Florida Legislature would its veterans nursing homes during major
site-selection committee’s recommendation have to approve. The legislature meets for a weather events. It prefers to shelter residents Sutphin told the county commission that
to build the state’s seventh veterans nurs- 60-day session from March to May. in place for numerous reasons. Trump had the two secretaries discuss the
ing home in Tradition in September 2014. dispute then and there. What resulted was
The recommendation came after the Tradi- The state scrapped the design work it had Something else happened in 2016. A pres- the VA announcing a few weeks later that
tion Land Company gave St. Lucie County done and started reworking it to meet the idential election. Donald Trump became states could use the older design standards.
28 acres on Tradition Parkway to bolster the new federal standards, albeit under protest. president in January. By April he was signing
county’s bid to get the home. The new federal standards called for the facil- the Veteran’s Choice Program Extension and In a telephone interview after the county
ity to be several buildings joined to a central Improvement Act. That in itself would have commission meeting, Murray said the state
The vote had been delayed by two com- meant nothing to resolving the dispute over immediately stopped work on the new de-
peting counties’ objections. the Copas home’s construction. Except, sign standard and proverbially dusted off the
work already done on the older one to resub-
By December of that year, Steve Murray, Except the White House invited Florida mit it to the VA for the construction grant.
communications director at the state veter-
ans department, stood by the donated land During the 2017 session, the state legis-
and did a press conference in which he pre- lature added $38.7 million to the budget to
dicted groundbreaking for the new veterans build the home. At press time, the governor
home by December 2015. The announce- hasn’t signed the budget. Everyone expects
ment was a bright spot in otherwise gloomy that when he does, the appropriation for the
times for Tradition. Copas home will be included.
Port St. Lucie was still pulling out of an The Port St. Lucie County Council has
economic slump that halted development already approved the home’s site plan and
in Tradition. The gloom was worsened by the agreed to pay the building and road impact
collapse of Digital Domain and increasingly fees for it.
apparent demise of the Vaccine & Gene Ther-
apy Institute of Florida. Both were failed eco- Sutphin told the county commission that
nomic-development projects for which the the state will be able to take the home design
City of Port St. Lucie had put in big dollars. and get construction bids going when the
state’s new fiscal year begins during the sum-
The state made slow progress in 2015 to- mer. “We’ll have the contracts and everything
ward getting the home started, but it did do a ready to go July 1,” he said.
lot of design work. By 2016, that progress hit a
snag that threw into question whether there’d Assuming that goes well, Sutphin said a
be an Ardie R. Copas home at all. ceremonial groundbreaking could happen
by the end of 2017.
To build the home, the state is using a fed-
eral grant program. Under the program, the Construction is expected to take 18 months
federal Department of Veteran Affairs is pay- to two years. When done, the home will have
ing for 65 percent of the home’s construction 120 to 128 residents. In previous interviews,
costs. The federal veterans department isn’t Murray told St. Lucie Voice that, when built,
affiliated with the similarly-named Florida the home will employ about 190 and add $7
Department of Veteran Affairs. million a year in wages to Port St. Lucie, along
with another $5 million in locally-purchased
Because the federal government is paying products and services.
for 65 percent of the construction costs, the
home must meet its design and construction The state now has six veteran nursing
standards. Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. homes and a living facility. They stay at ca-
came to loggerheads over what standards to pacity. The last home the state built opened
use. in 2010. That was the Clyde E. Lassen State
Veterans’ Nursing Home in St. Augustine. It
The state claimed that because it had start- took about two years to build after ground-
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FLAG FOOTBALL Israel Carrasco, 4, emerged through a gauntlet of high-fives from a tunnel made by parents following an i9 flag football instituted in the NFL and in college
league game at South County Stadium last Saturday. At right, Al Miller coaches the young participants PHOTOS: MITCH KLOORFAIN (games) — there’s definitely a safety con-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 cern going on in football,” Greco said.
spinal and brain injuries in football can er is when he starts getting football inju- “That’s why flag football has been grow-
Lucie West. It’s been around locally since have lifelong consequences. Studies have ries, the more likely those injuries are to ing.”
2008. Greco said about 60 percent of the found that brain injuries in youth football produce chronic problems. Youth football
players — ages 4 to 17 — come from the can be as severe as in college and profes- programs, such as Pop Warner, have tak- While flag football reduces the po-
St. Lucie West and Tradition areas. All of sional games. Movies such as “Concus- en steps to reduce injurious contact. At tential injuries of the sport, Greco said
its football programs are flag football with sion” have added to the public awareness. the same time, national flag football pro- everything else is football through and
no tackling or blocking allowed. grams have gained popularity. Nationally, through, from the hike to the touchdown.
Some of the attention about football i9 has seen about a 12 percent participa- He said i9 looks out for more than just
The program will do signups for the fall injuries has gone to children and youth tion increase in recent years. physical injuries. He said children can be
season, which will run from Oct. 7 to Dec. programs. In short, emerging evidence just as traumatized away from football by
9, on Saturday, June 3. Registration is usu- seems to suggest that the younger a play- “The concussion protocols that were psychological injuries.
ally $149. Those who sign up that Satur-
day will get $30 discounts. Greco said the “For the players, the biggest reason our
registration fee is all i9 costs participating league is popular is because we don’t al-
families. low any negativity,” he said. “There’s a lot
of tension, a lot of pressure with kids in
“Parents don’t have to go out and buy sports.”
footballs, pads and all the equipment,” he
said. Greco said i9 is about fostering a love
for sports such as football in children and
Additional to the discounted registra- youths.
tions, i9 will have fundraisers on June 3 to
help a player’s family dealing with child- “If the kids make mistakes, coaches
hood cancer. don’t yell at them,” he said. “Parents don’t
yell at them.”
“The family is obviously devastated
with the news and are struggling with the What parents like, Greco said, is that
financial costs,” Greco said. the practices and games are on Saturdays.
He said plans for the fundraiser were “We do not have practices during the
underway at press time. However, Greco week,” he said. “We tell families work on
said the fundraising will definitely in- the schoolwork during the week and have
clude some food sales, such as hot dogs fun on the weekend.”
The program is open to boys and girls.
In recent years, many families have Greco said about 15 percent of the local i9
turned away from tackle football pro- players are girls.
grams for their children. It’s become
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He had been a resident of Port St. St. Lucie in 1982, where he established better meet the needs of our community.
Lucie for the past 23 years, coming from a successful practice in Nephrology and
Passaic, N.J. Internal Medicine. Licensed since 1982.
He served 27 years in the United States He enjoyed fishing, farming and Treasuring Life | To learn more,
Army. The U.S. Army awarded Angel his ranching in his spare time, and became visit TreasureHealth.org or call 866.999.4550
Purple Heart Metal for his conspicuous one of the largest distributors of pum-
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rageousness in the face of the enemy lessly on various civic causes, leading
during his service in the Korean War. several medical missions and establish-
ing dialysis centers in rural areas of the
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Philippines.
Aida Luz Alamo; one daughter, Shydin
Ines Knight, and her husband Eliphaz; Benny was also a dedicated member
one son, Angel Saul Alamo; two sis- of the Rotary Club and the Bisaya Med-
ters, Julia Alamo and Carmen Ines Lo- ical Association.
pez; three grandchildren, Tianna Marie
Cedeno, Tishante Angel Ingram and He is survived by his loving wife of
Angel Luis Alamo; and one great-grand- over 50 years, Maria Saguin Benemeri-
son, Cedrick Sterling Minick Jr. to; children, Sandra Bailey (Richard)
and Charles Benemerito (Grace); grand-
EUSEBIO BENEMERITO, 78 children, Ben, Emma, Elise and Audrey;
Port St. Lucie brothers, Justino and Paulino; and sis-
ters, Orencita and Helen.
Eusebio “Benny” Benemerito, M.D.,
78, of Port Saint Lucie passed away on He was preceded in death by his eldest
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MANUFACTURING KEYS STRONG year. Dossantos said industries that IT’S WOMEN’S
JOBS MONTH FOR CITY, COUNTY draw largely upon the same segments TGHOELPFGDAAYCLAUTB
of workers — trade, transportation and
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent 3,300 since the previous April. utilities, manufacturing and mining, PGA Golf Club – the 54-hole, flagship
The education and health services logging and construction sectors — are
Strong jobs growth continued for Port all adding jobs. That’s good, but there’s property of the PGA of America – will host
St. Lucie in April, according to a Florida sector in the MSA increased by about a cloud in that silver lining.
Department of Economic Opportunity 1,500 jobs over the year. Trade, trans- a Women’s Golf Day on June 6 that invites
monthly jobs report released last Friday. portation and utilities increased by 600. “Labor shortage is going to be an is-
Those were the two industry sectors sue,” Dossantos said. ladies of all ages to try golf for the first
“This is the fourth straight month of with the greatest job gains. Manufac-
gains in manufacturing,” Marcelo Dos- turing increased by about 300 jobs over “That’s going to start taking a toll time in a fun, non-intimidating environ-
santos, director of business service at the year. there. I think the construction is going
CareerSource Research Coast, said. to feel that soon.” ment alongside existing golfers.
Dossantos said manufacturing is an
In April, St. Lucie County had about economy watchers pay close attention The tightening labor market can also Beginning at 4 p.m., participants of all
137,000 workers. About 131,000 were em- to, because it isn’t based on speculation. affect the education and health services
ployed. That’s a 4.5 percent not-season- sector. The Port St. Lucie MSA had the ages can either receive free lessons led by
ally-adjusted unemployment rate. The “Nobody in manufacturing is going second fastest annual growth rate in the
number of workers was down slightly to put anybody on the payroll until they state in that sector from April to April. PGA professionals at various stations at
from the previous month, as was the have orders,” he said.
unemployment rate. The national and state unemploy- the PGA Golf Club Player Development
Florida’s seasonally-adjusted unem- ment rates are calculated using a variety
In March, there were about 138,000 ployment rate in April was 4.5 percent, of methods. Among them are telephone Course, or play nine holes of golf on the
workers and 131,400 had jobs. The un- down from 4.8 in March. The state’s un- interviews with workers. Those that
employment rate, not seasonally adjust- employment rate was about the same as are able to work and report not having Wanamaker Course for $33 (plus tax) with
ed, was 4.8 percent. it was in October 2007, before the first jobs, but looked for employment in the
stirrings of the Great Recession. The un- previous 30 days, are counted as unem- others who are playing for the first time or
The rate was down significantly from employment rate in April was about the ployed.
the previous April. In 2016, the county lowest it’s been since that month. have played for years. After golf, a mixer
had a 5.2 percent not-seasonally-ad- Discouraged workers – those who are
justed unemployment rate with slightly The nation’s seasonally-adjusted un- able to work and want jobs, but have not for participants will occur on the club-
more than 133,000 workers. employment rate in April was 4.4 per- sought employment in the previous 30
cent. days – are not counted in the unemploy- house patio.
Martin and St. Lucie counties make ment figure. Many call this “shadow
up the Port St. Lucie metropolitan sta- Back in the Port St. Lucie MSA, the unemployment,” and it’s inherently dif- “Women play an integral part in the
tistical area, or MSA. The MSA had mining, logging and construction sec- ficult to track due to variations for why
about 147,000 jobs in April, up about tor has added 400 jobs over the last people don’t seek jobs. sport, and this event celebrates girls and
The full jobs report is online at www. women who play it,” says Jimmy Terry,
general manager. “We encourage women
to come out and enjoy a fun-filled event
learning skills that will make golf more
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Bonz is blushing after meeting pretty Miss Pink
Hi Dog Buddies! in’ around, not barkin’ or carryin’ on. Miss Pink. titions. I’m on the road 2-3 weekends
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A few weeks ago I got a Woof-Mail from and hydrate, too. During the interview, PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD rolling doghouse when I travel. Earned
Miss Pink Wold, a Golden Retriever who humans’d come in to drop off or pick my first AKC title when I was only 7
works with her Mom and also competes in up their pooches, and Miss Pink knew “Turned out, Mom LOVES runts, AN the months old. Now I got a doghouseful of
lots of AKC shows. She wondered if I would ’em all by name. Pink Band, AN light gold dog coats. So, she awards. Last month I qualified for the
like to interview her. figured it was a SIGN! Isn’t that Totally Cool AKC National Agility Championships
The only other dog on our side of Kibbles?” at the Georgia National Fairgrounds,
“Well, SURE!” I Woof-Mailed back. We the fence was a little black and white a Very Big Deal! I got some Excellents,
met at her workplace, A Dog’s Life, which is a Spaniel. She came up to us, did a cou- “Absolutely!” but the most fun was when Mom rent-
day care and training place. Since it’s a BIZ- pla nose bumps, sniffed a little bit then “Soon as Mom brought me home, she ed a golf cart and rode me all around. I
ness, me an my assistant just walked right in. lay down to snooze. “That’s Luci,” said started takin’ me to work, an I started felt like Princess Pink!”
An this bee-oo-ti-ful pooch comes trotting Pink. “She’s my big sister. She’s 14 and learnin’ stuff right away, even though I was
up for the Wag-and-Sniff, shiny, light gold deaf and blind. Her sniffer works extra only 8 weeks old. It’s funny, Mr. Bonzo, I “Can you show me what you’ve
coat, tail waving like a flag, big smile. Dog! hard, but she still bumps into stuff, so don’t remember EVER going to training learned?”
was she ready for her close-up. I help her. We’re Besties! So, you wanna classes or ackhully workin’. I’m glad cuz,
hear my story, right?” when humans hafta go to work, they get Sad “Sure, Mr. Bonzo, watch!” She went
“Mr. BONzo, He-LOOO! I’m Pink Wold Faces. Us pooches just spend every day pla- over to her Mom and sat in front of her,
and this is my Mom, Cindy. Come’on, we’ll “Ready when you are.” yin’ and playin’ an then, alluva sudden, we very straight.
sit over here by our Reception Desk.” “Five years ago, Mom’s friend’s know how to do something. It’s a MYS-tree.
pooch, Tory, had a 4-puppy litter – my For some reason, Mom calls it Playing With “I don’t remember where I put my
I admit I was a little dazzled, and for a sec- litter. Mom’s a Dog Person, so when her a Porpoise.” cell, Pink. Can you find it?” her Mom
ond my paws were glued to the floor. I think friend told her there was this little boy “Huh? Playing with a …” I started to ask, asked.
I said something clever like, “Umm” before puppy she’d like, she decided to check then I’m like, “Oh, RIGHT! I get it.”
my Professional Poise kicked back in. it out. You know how breeders usually “Some of the stuff I picked up by watch- Pink sniffed around the room ’til she
name litters with themes, like flowers ing. I’m very smart an well-mannered. Mom located the phone under a chair. and
“Delighted to meet you. This is some or colors, or somethin’. Well, MY litter theme sets stuff up an I make MY OWN choices. brought it to her Mom. Next, her Mom
place you’ve got.” There was a great big room was Girl Bands. I was named after “Pink.” When I do something cool, Mom showers said, “Oh, Pink, will you hand me those
with the back half separated by a fence. Be- Since I was a girl, an the runt of the litter an me with hugs an says what a good girl I am. brochures?”
hind the fence a whole buncha pooches of had light-colored fur, I figured I probly didn’t Mom gives the Best! Hugs! Ever!” Same thing. All very soft-mouth, with no
all shapes and sizes were hangin’ out, play- have much of a chance. But, guess WHAT?” “I thought you worked here,” I said. slobbers.
I cocked my ears. “Oh, I don’t think of it as work. I welcome Then her Mom got a buncha trash and
the newbees an help ’em get comf-tubble scattered it all over the floor. “Pink, will you
EXTENDED GROOMING HOURS! when they first arrive. I explain how all us recycle, please?” she said. Well, I almost
different sizes and breeds still see the world woofed out loud when Pink went to each
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one-stop practice for all your best friend’s needs: That little chihuahua doesn’t see himself as around Pink. She didn’t budge, didn’t even
smaller than the labrador. Me, I went right look down. THEN, her Mom put two treats
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My Work’s at home.” I mean, I was droolin, myself, and was
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• Cancer medicine “That’s where I train for my AKC compe- Pink’s Mom gave the go-ahead and the treats
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ing doors open onto the covered patio and es and there is a half bath. Another room, shower. It is, however, the closet in the master Upstairs, there is a large, carpeted loft
look over to the lake. It’s very private and 14-by-14, could serve as a den or office. suite that stopped me in my tracks. Readers area that McDuffee noted would make a
very restful. The kitchen, at 17-by-11, is a of this column know that I am prone to closet terrific media room, with a wide-screen
chef’s delight that has been upgraded in the The master bedroom, a spacious 19-by-13, envy and have compared some to the size of television on the wall. It could also be a
last few months, with new granite counter- has a new tile floor that looks like wood. It has my first study apartment in New York. This is game room or just a place to play, and it
tops and stainless steel appliances, some of a lovely view of the water. The master bath has such a closet. It’s true you may have to share it, has a spectacular view of the lake. I can
which still have their stickers. There is a cen- dual sinks and vanities, hers with space for a but there is plenty of space. see kids taking sleeping bags and having a
ter island and lot of cabinet space, as well as stool or bench.There is a soaker tub and a stall “camp out” up there. On either side of the
good-sized pantry with shelving. The laun- loft are two bedrooms, each 13-by-12, and
dry room has commercial quality applianc- FEATURES FOR 617 SW BARBUDA BAY
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Neighborhood: Lake Charles
Year built: 1999
Size: 3,321 sq. ft.
Total square footage: 4,127
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Security: manned gate, private guard, entry card and phone
Additional features: on navigable 125-acre lake for fishing and
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TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES
TOP SALES OF THE WEEK
A solid week on the regional real estate market saw 16 single-family residences and lots change
hands from May 15-19 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week in Port St. Lucie was the residence at 9619 Fairwood Court. First listed
in March 2016 for $619,000, the 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 3.322-square-foot home sold for
$469,000 on May 15.
The best sale of the week in St. Lucie West was the house at 9001 One Putt Place. Originally list-
ed in February for $374,900, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 2,225-square-foot PGA Village abode
sold for $364,900 on May 19.
SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS SELLING
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD $469,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9619 FAIRWOOD COURT 3/28/2016 $619,000 5/15/2017 $299,900
SAINT LUCIE WEST 9001 ONE PUTT PLACE 2/25/2017 $374,900 5/19/2017 $299,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5850 NW ETHEL COURT 12/1/2016 $229,900 5/15/2017 $292,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 12251 SW WEEPING WILLOW AVENUE 11/27/2016 $310,000 5/15/2017 $231,400
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5963 NW BAYNARD DRIVE 2/23/2017 $292,500 5/15/2017 $230,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 6146 NW WILD COTTON WAY 10/19/2016 $239,900 5/15/2017 $225,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 721 SW ARUBA BAY 1/10/2017 $249,500 5/17/2017 $215,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 821 SW LAKE CHARLES CIRCLE 4/3/2017 $234,000 5/15/2017 $204,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 717 SW ARUBA BAY 4/13/2017 $215,000 5/15/2017 $199,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10090 SW CHADWICK DRIVE 4/3/2017 $205,000 5/17/2017 $182,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 7335 SEA PINES COURT 10/16/2016 $207,900 5/15/2017 $162,900
PORT SAINT LUCIE 8188 MULLIGAN CIRCLE 3/30/2017 $189,000 5/19/2017
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10280 SW STEPHANIE WAY 8 201 6/20/2016 $186,000 5/18/2017
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9001 One Putt Place, Saint Lucie West 5850 NW Ethel Court, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 2/25/2017 Listing Date: 12/1/2016
Original Price: $374,900 Original Price: $229,900
Sold: 5/19/2017 Sold: 5/15/2017
Selling Price: $364,900 Selling Price: $299,900
Listing Agent: Charles Holmes Listing Agent: Robert Yates
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12251 SW Weeping Willow Avenue, Port Saint Lucie 5963 NW Baynard Drive, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 11/27/2016 Listing Date: 2/23/2017
Original Price: $310,000 Original Price: $292,500
Sold: 5/15/2017 Sold: 5/15/2017
Selling Price: $299,000 Selling Price: $292,000
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‘THE TRAIN’ CHUGS
INTO WEST PALM
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BY SAMANTHA BAITA | Staff Writer
1 The Train is heading for
West Palm Beach. Make
that the San Francisco rock group
Train, making a stop this Satur-
day at the Perfect Vodka Amphi-
theatre in West Palm Beach on
its Play That Song Tour. Fronted
by Patrick Monahan, the pop/
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and has since sold more than 10
million albums and 30 million
tracks worldwide, according to
Wikipedia. The band broke into
the mainstream with their de-
but album, “Train,” and the sin-
Jazz musician and Grammy winner Branford Marsalis is one
of the performers on the Lyric Theatre’s 2017-2018 schedule.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIC RYAN ANDERSON
ACING IT! LYRIC STACKS THE DECK
THE TRAIN BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer The season opens Oct. 10 with “An Eve- On Nov. 12, Jay and the Americans come
[email protected] ning with John Popper: The Hits, the Sto- to the theater for two shows. Known for
gle “Drops of Jupiter” on their ries, the Experiences.” Founder of the 1990s their “blue-eyed soul,” the group made
second album took home two The Lyric Theatre has announced its up- band Blues Traveler, the Grammy-winning hits of “Conmen a Little Bit Closer,” “This
Grammys in 2002. Expect to hear coming season and there is a blend of re- musician is a harmonica virtuoso who has Magic Moment” and “Cara Mia.” They
songs from the group’s seven al- turning favorites, shows new to the Stuart performed with BB King, Eric Clapton and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall
bums, including “50 Ways to Say venue, and some old friends with new twists. John Mayer.
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TINY (AND NOT-SO-TINY) DANCERS THRIVE AT PSL STUDIO
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer there is ballet, tap, jazz, Zumba
[email protected] and even the challenging Ariel
silk for acrobatics.
Movement is so beneficial, Dancers of all ages participate in classes at St. Lucie Dance Theatre. PHOTO COURTESY OF GINA MARIE PRISCO
both for the body and the mind. Most of the classes are offered
That’s why St. Lucie Dance The- ballet at 2 ½. We get more technical, challenged. It grows their passion.” after school and on weekends,
atre, ensconced in its new stu- with the five positions. We start them In addition to ballet, the school also and there will be junior and
dio at 751 NW Enterprise Dr. in very young and it’s so amazing to watch. senior competition teams for
Port St. Lucie, offers creative They’re like sponges and they love being offers jazz, hip-hop, acro, Ariel silk and which any student can audition.
movement classes, starting at musical theater and drama. For adults,
16 months, and dance classes Summer is coming, and the
for adults as well as youngsters. school offers a Summer Dance
Camp in three-week sessions,
Gina Marie Prisco, a Port St. beginning June 5. At the end
Lucie native, is the founder of of each session, there will be a
the studio. Showcase. Classes run Mon-
day-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to
“I went to school here and 5:30 p.m., but there is early
studied dance my entire life,” drop-off at 7:30 a.m. and late
she said. “I had dual enroll- pick-up at 6 p.m. The camp is
ment at IRSC and got a bache- for those 5-15, who are placed
lor’s degree in human services in age-appropriate groupings.
for counseling.” Campers who are more ad-
vanced are not held back. “If
Prisco kept her passion for they’re ready, I want them all to
dance and taught classes at be excited and challenged in ev-
several schools. ery way,” Prisco said.
“I felt that I wanted to start Camp will start in an unusu-
my own,” she said. “We start- al way. At 8:30 a.m., and for 30
ed in 2015 and just moved to minutes, campers will have meditation,
our new location. We start at coping skills, time management and
16 moths with Baby and Me classes in even some etiquette.
creative movement. I changed the name “It will be something different and
from Mommy and Me because some fun every day,” Prisco said. “There will
students bring in aunts or dads. We do be discipline, respect, manner, theater
some ballet techniques, but we start etiquette and how to act in different
Jazz Events St. Lucie Dance Theatre is involved in
JAZZ CAMP 2017 - register online @ jazzsociety.org For musician age 13-90 the community and students perform
to raise money for a variety of causes.
Week 1•June 12-16 Advanced Jazz Camp Vocal Boot Camp On June 4, at 5 p.m. at the studio, there
will be a performance to benefit Guard-
Week 2•June 19-23 June 26-30 June 26-30 Cheryl & Jennifer ians for New Futures and the Sanctu-
Larry Brown, Director ary4Kids, a cause close to my heart as it
Mark Green, Director •10 AM - 3 PM • $175 Lisa Kelly, Director helps children removed from unsafe or
neglectful homes and gives them a safe
• 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM place to land.
• $165 “It shows the students that they need
• 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Faculty • Taught by Downbeat New Client Specials to be thankful and not take things for
• $135 each week or Larry Brown, Piano; David Einhorn, Bass; granted,” Prisco said. “It’s nice for them
Claudio Berardi, Drums; JB Scott, Brass; Award winner, Lisa Kelly to do it and they feel good about it. The
$250 for both weeks cost is $10 and a part of the proceeds
Gene Bruno, Saxophone) Custom goes to the Guardians and the Sanctu-
Color & Cut 50$ 00 a r y.”
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION Reg. $7500 The studio will also participate in the
(includes Style) Dancing with the Stars show Aug. 26 at
4861 Indianapolis Dr. Sunrise Theatre Black Box 4861 Indianapolis Dr. the Kane Center in Stuart, the Treasure
Ft. Pierce 117 2nd St., Fort Pierce Ft. Pierce Haircut & 25$ 00 Coast Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the Par-
Blow-dry Reg. $4000 ent Academy’s Lip Sync event in Sep-
Bring your lunch to all classes tember, and the Dance for Food shows
in November. At the Relay for Life, they
JAZZ JAMS Partials 55$ 00 had a booth and gave a performance.
Foils Reg. $7500 “It was awesome,” Prisco said. “Our
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True grit: DeMario’s art weds ‘beauty and breakdown’
BY ELLEN FISCHER | Columnist Lou Gehrig’s disease. Artist Gina DeMario. Her mother and stepfather (who by that
The shocking news about her father time had moved to Vero Beach) flew to
The Portuguese word “saudade” has no PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD Denver, where they stayed with DeMario
equivalent in English. In Portugal, though, made DeMario narrow down her school for about a month before bringing her back
it is used to describe a melancholic longing decision to one that would be within prox- for it: ‘You’re not doing your homework. to Vero.
for a beloved person or place separated by imity to her dad, who lived in Ohio. You should have known this has already
time and distance from the person experi- been done!’” After reestablishing herself in Florida,
encing the feeling. “So I could be closer to home when DeMario again fell gravely ill. A religious
things got bad,” she says. DeMario pauses and smiles. “I was like, person, she believes that the “power of
For Gina DeMario, who used the term ‘So – I’ve been channeling Frank Stella?’” prayer” (her own, and friends’) helped her
as the title of her current exhibition of ab- Fortunately for her, in 1995 DeMario was pull through.
stract mixed-media paintings at the In- one of only 14 students accepted by Ohio Painters whose work she has intention-
dian River County Courthouse, saudade University’s School of Art to its undergrad- ally been inspired by include those min- That, and art.
describes her feelings for her Detroit child- uate painting program. She graduated in imal masters of restraint, Brice Marden, “It was after I recovered – after about
hood that underlie many of the 28 works 2000 with a double major in architectural Sean Scully and Christopher Wool. four months of lying in bed, combing the
on view. design and painting. Sadly, her father died walls with my own thoughts – I just got on
when she was halfway through her college During her junior and senior years, De- the computer and started looking at imag-
Composed of acrylic paint, marker ink, career. Mario and a few of her friends would drive es,” she says. “It really opened up my win-
spray paint and found photos from the to Vail, Colorado, to work in its ski shops dow of creativity that had been closed for
Internet (printed in black and white and DeMario says it was an “honor and a and restaurants during winter break. The quite a while.”
collaged or otherwise transferred onto the privilege” to attend the university. She good times she experienced there induced She began taking painting classes from
canvas), the paintings present the worn found a mentor there in one of her profes- her to move to Denver – a couple hours Deborah Gooch at the Vero Beach Muse-
and battered aspects of Detroit’s inner-city sors, abstract painter Guy Goodwin. away from Vail – after graduation. um of Art, following the popular teach-
architecture as well as the spontaneous er for another class or two after Gooch
complexity of the graffiti that overlays it. “He was helpful in pointing out artists DeMario lived in Denver for 16 years, opened her own teaching studio.
that I needed to keep an eye on. Because if working at first as sale associate for a de- Eighteen months ago DeMario teamed
They range in size from 20 by 24 inch- you’re not careful, you can accidentally re- signer showroom, and then as an interior up with her mom Pamela (also an interi-
es (“Northville” and “People Movers”) to invent the wheel, stylistically. That’s what architect. or architect as well as a representational
a 72-inch wide triptych (“Verbose”). Most I did accidentally, and I was reprimanded painter in oils) to form Tan & DeMario De-
measure a respectable 48-by-36 inches in She might be in Denver yet had she not signs. Together they work to stage hous-
a vertical format. The exhibition occupies developed an infection that got out of es on the real estate market, working in
public thoroughfares and waiting areas on hand. “I was very, very sick. I couldn’t live concert with Realtors to make the homes’
all three floors of the courthouse. on my own at that point.” interiors picture-perfect for prospective
DeMario says that she has long been Decluttering and decorating in neu-
drawn to modern ruins. trals and vibrant accents are key values
in staging a home, DeMario says, adding
“A lot of the buildings in my paintings that home buyers generally make a de-
are abandoned, vacant buildings in De- cision about a house within moments of
troit,” she says, citing the 3.5-million- entering it.
square-foot Packard auto plant as one of That’s where DeMario’s paintings some-
them. times come into play. In staging an oth-
erwise vacant home, she will often hang
“That’s where I’ve always been drawn one or more of her abstract canvases in
to,” she says. “I call it beauty and the strategic spots to enliven – or as she puts it,
breakdown.” “freshen” – an unbroken expanse of wall.
That doesn’t mean she’d use all of her
Created over the past two years, the works. “I’m not going to put one of my graf-
show’s earlier works marry red, hot pink, fiti paintings in a house to be staged,” she
aqua and ultramarine passages to a basic says.
palette of black, white and gray. Her most Instead she hangs paintings that are
recent paintings eschew bright colors long on dynamism and short on decay, ur-
completely, relying entirely on texture and ban or otherwise. Works of this type can be
graphic juxtapositions of light and dark seen on the third floor of the courthouse
values for their impact. show.
One real estate client, captivated by the
DeMario employs a slash and burn tech- look of DeMario’s paintings in her staged
nique in which glimpses of photo collage or house, bought them all.
previously applied paint layers have been While DeMario was very pleased by the
not quite obliterated by subsequent over- sale, she was not particularly surprised by
paints, scribbles and stenciled or freehand it. “The work looks amazing in that house,”
areas of spray-painted calligraphy. she says.
“Sometimes I want a controlled chaos, “Saudade,” an exhibition of mixed me-
and at other times I just want chaos,” she dia paintings by Gina DeMario, continues
says of her results. at the Indian River County Courthouse
through Sept. 14. Located at 2000 16th Av-
Born in Toledo, Ohio, DeMario’s parents enue in Vero Beach, the courthouse is open
divorced when she was 4. At 8 she moved to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday
to Detroit with her mother, the present through Friday.
Pamela Tan, upon the latter’s marriage to
DeMario’s interest in art moved along
with her. “I was always an artist since I was
little,” she says.
About the time she began researching
colleges in high school, her father, Mi-
chael DeMario, was diagnosed with amy-
otrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known as
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