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Winter 2017
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TREASURE COAST HISTORY FESTIVAL
FIRST TREASURE COAST HISTORY FESTIVAL A BIG HIT

Thousands of people attended the first Treasure Coast History Festival held in downtown Fort Pierce over the weekend and sponsored by Indian River Magazine.


 
Tropical Light The Art of A.E. Backus
BOOK SHEDS NEW LIGHT ON ARTIST

Tropical Light: The Art of A.E. Backus, the new book about the renowned Florida painter who lived in Fort Pierce, stands as a virtual gallery of his work with beautifully reproduced images of his landscapes, seascapes, portraits and small-town scenes on nearly every page.


 
12A Buoy
BEST RESTAURANT 2017

The 12A Buoy restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf is well-loved by its patrons, garnering rave reviews for its food and praise for its service, even in the busiest of times.


 
Pietro's
BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER 2017

Walking into Pietro’s on the Ocean, with its wide view of the blue ocean and lacy wavelets running up on the wet sand, you know you’ve come to the perfect place for a romantic dinner, and if you’re ready, to pop that special question.


 
Sailors Return view
BEST WATERFRONT VIEW 2017

To say the waterfront view from Sailor’s Return is magical, that it feels like stepping into a living painting of what a waterfront view should be, might come close to what it’s like to sit at a table inside or out and gaze out over rippling water of the wide St. Lucie River.


Lolas seafood
BEST SEAFOOD 2017

People who live in or near St. Lucie West are lucky. They don’t have far to go to find some of the very best seafood on the Treasure Coast. Lola’s Seafood Eatery features a New England style menu.

 

Italian Grill
BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT 2017

If you aren’t all that hungry when you walk into the Italian Grill, you soon will be. The aroma of homemade sauce and the sight of all the savory Italian food everywhere you look will have your taste buds rarin’ to go within moments.

 

Bobby's cheeseburger and fries
BEST BURGER 2017

One look at those luxuriously plump burgers that come out of Bobby’s kitchen and you’ll know exactly why the restaurant and lounge won the Best Burger award.

 

Touch of Brooklyn pizza
BEST PIZZA 2017

Pizza made from the freshest of ingredients every day can’t be beat. A Touch of Brooklyn Pizza buys only the best quality cheeses and fresh produce, knowing that it’s the best way to produce a delectable pizza and bring customers back for more.

 

VERO BEACH MUSEUM OF ART
BEST MUSEUM 2017

Experience the exhibits at the Vero Beach Museum of Art and you’ll know immediately what a gem it is.

 

MCKEE BOTANICAL GARDEN
BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION 2017

Readers say McKee Botanical Garden has everything going for it: Lush vegetation along winding pathways, sculpture exhibits that light up the eyes of adults and children, special events, a cafe and gift shop, the quirky building by Waldo Sexton called the Hall of Giants and his Spanish Kitchen.

 

GATOR BAIT AIRBOAT ADVENTURES
BEST ECO-TOUR 2017

Take a ride on the wild side! Gator Bait offers thrilling airboat rides and guarantees passengers will see alligators when they go out.

 

PIPER’S LANDING YACHT AND COUNTRY CLUB
BEST PLACE TO PLAY GOLF 2017

Golfers who play Piper’s Landing’s championship golf course sometimes like to say it feels like it’s their own personal golf course. It comes close.

 

VISION’S HAIR STYLING
BEST SALON 2017

Step into Vision’s Hair Styling and soak up that all-about-you ambience. You’ll know the minute you get inside that this is a place where you can relax, get away from the cares of the day, and be a pampered princess whose every word matters.

 

VERO BEACH OUTLETS
BEST MALL 2017

The budget is tight, the need is great, and what do you do? Head for Vero Beach Outlets, of course.

 

THE GATE
BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE 2017

Walk into The Gate in Harbour Bay Plaza with a photo of a room you’re trying to accessorize and, with the help of talented staff members, you will walk out with a plan that makes you look like an interior decorator.

 

Deck Seating
HOMES OF THE TREASURE COAST

Suzanne Varn’s four children led a charmed life growing up at the end of the St. Lucie River surrounded by water and wildlife.

 

Iris Wall
LIFE ON FLORIDA'S LAST FRONTIER

Florida’s Cracker culture is alive and well thanks to Indiantown’s homegrown celebrity Iris Wall. The 87-year-old cowwoman proudly promotes and enjoys speaking around the state about the Cracker lifestyle.

 

Sarah Prado
PHOTO LIFESAVER

Florida native Sarah Prado of Vero Beach has collected hundreds of photos over the years to the delight of a regional historian who is compiling an illustrated book about Florida’s old houses of refuge.

 

Ocean Grill Bathers
MEMORABLE IMPRESSIONS

In the dozen or so years since Italian artist Ivo David settled in Vero Beach, his work has made its way into galleries, museums and private collections along the Treasure Coast.

 

T-bone
NO BEEF ABOUT THIS STEAK

Ever since Peter Buchner bused the first table at his mother’s Austrian hillside restaurant as a 6 year old, he knew he would be a restaurateur.

 

Henry Caimotto
The RIVER WARRIOR

No one has had a louder, angrier voice in the fight for clean rivers on the Treasure Coast than Henry Caimotto, owner of the Snook Nook tackle shop in Jensen Beach and co-founder of Rivers Coalition.

 

Mary Silva
The LITERACY ADVOCATE

Mary Silva, executive director of Literacy Services of Indian River County, read Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace when she was in high school and she later became a lawyer, even though she had been dismissed as borderline mentally retarded years earlier.

 

Max Duhalde
The SOUND MAN

Although he’s not one to toot his own horn, Max Duhalde has spent his life making himself known on the local music scene.