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
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.
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.
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.
Many people know Jose Ubilla as the owner of Real Stone & Granite Corp., one of the largest stone businesses on the Treasure Coast.
Just about every community, town or city had its origins with pioneer families who, sometime in the past, decided to put down roots in a particular location. They may have settled because nature provided a means of survival (farming, hunting, fishing), but as their communities grew and economies developed, those families diversified by providing services that catered to their neighbors. Then a second wave of settlers came with skills and enterprises further fueling the growing community.
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.
Outside becomes inside for natural setting
Eduardo Leal and Agnieszka Szymanska built their dream home on North Hutchinson Island to stand the tests of time. “He (the contractor) told us, ‘You are building a bunker here. If there is a hurricane, you can sit back and watch it,’” says Szymanska, a former ballerina with the Polish National Ballet Company and Vero Beach Realtor.
A self-named survivor whose own recovery is deeply-rooted in helping others — who share her pain — was moved to establish an organization nearly 10 years ago with just that purpose in mind.
The TREASURE SALVAGER
Much like her famous father, diver and treasure hunter Mel Fisher, Taffi Fisher Abt has experienced monumental highs and heartbreaking lows, but her relentless perseverance and indomitable spirit continue to chart her course through life.
The CAKE CREATOR
When she is not working 50 hours a week as a human resources manager and raising her teenage son, Maria Lopez Ruiz creates custom cakes for all occasions.
Homes of the Treasure Coast
Charlie and Peggy Russell can’t resist buying large homes and then completing extensive renovations, but their third home in Sailfish Point will be their last. Originally from Kentucky, the couple has bought, remodeled and sold a dozen homes and condominiums in Palm Beach and Martin counties.
Taste of the Treasure Coast
When Bobby Del Campo and Sean Tuohy met in college, they never dreamed that 24 years later their paths would intersect from across the state.
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.
Treasure 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.