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    Manatee Center temporarily closes Exhibit Hall and Gift Shop

Manatee Center temporarily closes Exhibit Hall and Gift Shop

n light of the escalation of positive cases of COVID-19 infections, the Manatee Observation and Education Center closed the Exhibit Hall and Gift Shop to the public effective June 29.

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This Week's Treasure Coast Business News 6/23

This Week’s Treasure Coast Business News 6/18

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June 18, 2020
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Piper Aircraft joins national effort to manufacture protective gear
More accustomed to building single- and twin-engine airplanes, Piper Aircraft Inc. in Vero Beach switched gears during the coronavirus pandemic to produce protective gear to help support the needs of Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.

Additionally, Piper donated more than 1,300 N95 masks manufactured by 3M to the hospital.

Spokeswoman Jacqueline Carlon said the N95 masks were part of Piper’s surplus supply accumulated as Piper shifted to R95 masks, which are more commonly used in manufacturing.

Piper had been exploring ways it could help the local medical community deal with the shortage of personal protective equipment.

The company’s manufacturing engineering team then... Read more >>


John’s Island Foundation Awards Grant to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy
Members of the John’s Island Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy. The Foundation awarded a total of $853,563 in grant monies to twenty-six local agencies.

“We are delighted to be a recipient of this grant,” said Phil Barnes, Youth Guidance Executive Director. “It will enable us to repair our building’s old air conditioning system. This will ensure that our kids are cool in the summer and can continue learning and benefitting from our one-on-one and group mentoring programs.”

Youth Guidance is dedicated to enriching the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem, and positive futures. Youth Guidance works with children ages 5-18. Programs are all free and children are provided with a nutritious meal before programs.

Youth Guidance serves children from low-income homes, who without guidance, may remain trapped in a cycle of generational poverty. With direction from our staff, mentors and volunteers, these children can experience a path toward a brighter future.  

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, mentor, volunteering, or learning more about Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy call 772-492-3933 or visit us at www.youthguidanceprogram.org.

Let’s stay open St. Lucie!
As Florida continues to experience daily growth in Covid-19 cases, the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce would like to remind you how important it is to continue the reopening process. Double digit unemployment is not sustainable and contradictory to a healthy economy.

Our nation is facing formidable obstacles in the fight against this global pandemic. Risky behavior could result in a backslide of restrictions. With so much at stake, we want to encourage you to maintain minimum safety standards and are asking for cooperation of courtesy. Let’s err on the side of caution. Social distance, wash your hands, sanitize, and wear a mask. In a time where many of us are feeling helpless, there is something you can do. Protect yourself, your family, your friends, and your co-workers. It doesn’t matter what you believe, or what you are fighting for, you’re doing it for others, not for yourself! Let’s stay open St. Lucie!

Disposable masks, cloth masks and sanitizer are in stock and available through the chamber. Click here.

FastSigns of Vero Beach recognizes essential workers while raising money for United Against Poverty
FastSigns of Vero Beach has been making an ongoing effort to help recognize our local, essential workers in conjunction with raising money for United Against Poverty. They designed and sold a yard sign to be displayed thanking our local heroes for $20. Owner, Gordon Sellers, donated $5 to United Against Poverty for each sign sold, while FastSigns was actually closed down themselves. Last week Gordon dropped a check off for $750 representing 150 signs sold. Signs can still be purchased by calling (772) 774-7554 in their continued effort to raise money for United Against Poverty.
Entries accepted June 15 through July 8, 2020
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Additional Prizes from our contest sponsors:
Heaton’s Vero Beach $100 Gift Certificate
Casey’s Place $50 Gift Certificate


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Biology Everywhere Virtual Book Talk and Signing
Thursday, July 9 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Virtual happy hour event, with Melanie Peffer, author of Biology Everywhere will be breaking down the science and biology of topics like fermentation, re-usability, biodiversity and de-extinction.

Pour yourself a glass, sit back and relax while learning about the book, Biology Everywhere and the science of everyday life. Attendees may purchase a book online prior or during the event at biologyeverywhere.com.

Biology Everywhere was inspired by conversations I've had with students, family, and friends about fear of science. So many times I've heard people say "I'm not good at science" "I don't think I can understand this" or my personal favorite, was the student who told me "I have learned to hate science," Melanie said, “The Biology Everywhere philosophy that is the foundation of my book and all of my outreach efforts is that when biology content is presented through the lens of our daily experiences and in connection with other disciplines, then not only is it more engaging but also helps build confidence to engage with biology. The Biology Everywhere philosophy is about empowering people to engage with science and biology, a critical skill as we as a society are faced with decisions regarding everything from COVID-19 to conservation to new policy surrounding cutting edge genetic technologies.”

Melanie will be signing and personalizing the books live. This will be an interactive virtual event with Q&A throughout the hour.

This event is FREE for ELC Members and $5 for non-member tickets. Click HERE to become a member for free admission.  Sign up online

One Nonprofit Pays it Forward
In late May, it was reported that a local nonprofit lost its delivery vehicle due to an accident in Fellsmere. The accident’s only fatality was the vehicle itself and for Ted Pankiewicz Sr, founder of For the Love of Paws, a local nonprofit that provides adoption services, peace of mind and pet food to senior citizens and their furry companions when they can no longer care for their pets, that was his singular concern. Without the large space the van offered, deliveries would run slower and take longer. This was something the CEO at the Mental Health Association in Indian River County, Dr. Nicholas Coppola could not ignore. The MHA’s mission is to provide immediate access without barriers to mental health care but, when it gets right down to it, the underlying wish is to make sure those who need help, get it. The people who depend on and look forward to deliveries from For the Love of Paws should have access to help and the men and women who dedicate their time to making sure they do will no longer not have to worry.

As luck would have it, the MHA had an extra van at the Martin County Drop-In & Recovery Center. Immediately, Dr. Coppola approached Board Members with the idea of donating the van to fellow nonprofit and it was decided that... Read more >>

Remember Treasure Coast nonprofits
If you are in a position, consider a gift to a Treasure Coast nonprofit affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Find the needs of many area nonprofits and how  to give at treasurecoastnonprofits.com
City of PSL receives $50,000 Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
The City will become a more beautiful place with the growth of Port St. Lucie’s Art in Public Places program thanks to a $50,000 grant that was approved today by the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020. Included in this announcement is an Our Town award of $50,000 to the City of Port St. Lucie to support the development of an Arts Master Plan. This is one of 51 grants nationwide that the agency has approved in this category.
 
“These awards demonstrate the resilience of the arts in America, showcasing not only the creativity of their arts projects but the organizations’ agility in the face of a national health crisis,” said Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “We celebrate organizations like the City of Port St. Lucie for providing opportunities for learning and engagement through the arts in these times.”
 
This grant is crucial to fund the development of the City’s first-ever Arts Master Plan. The City is working with a consultant to conduct a robust community engagement process and create a master plan that better connects and strengthens arts and cultural assets in our community, which is experiencing significant growth. The City of Port St. Lucie and its partners will host a pop-up arts event at the culmination of the project to celebrate the adoption of the plan. Residents can now participate in a survey to help build the plan at www.cityofpsl.com/publicart.
 
Mayor Oravec and City Councilwoman Jolien Caraballo both separately met with NEA officials to discuss the challenges the City faces in fostering arts/cultural programming within the growing community. The NEA has recommended that Port St. Lucie develop an arts and culture master plan that assesses existing assets, identifies community needs, coordinates local arts organizations, and provides a long-term roadmap for cultural development in the community. Port St. Lucie will model its arts and cultural master planning efforts on the impressive strategy developed in Decatur, Georgia, by the New York-based consulting firm Lord Cultural Resources.
 
For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

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HEALTH & REHABILITATION CENTER

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Snow Custom Cabinetry
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Harbor Place at Port St. Lucie
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INSURANCE/FINANCES

Florida Smart Insurance, LLC
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Dean Mead, Attorneys at Law
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Rapid Prototyping Services
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PRINTING/SIGNS

ABC Printing
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Fast Signs of Vero Beach
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All American Air & Electric
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Sea Coast Air

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AIRPORTS

Palm Beach International Airport
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Vero Beach Regional Airport
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ANTIQUES & HIGHWAYMEN ART

Grant Antiques
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The Castle Antiques & Collectibles
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A.E. Backus Museum
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Vero Beach Museum of Art
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ASSISTED LIVING/MEMORY CARE

Symphony at Stuart
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ATTRACTIONS

Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers Market
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The Elliott Museum
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Vero Beach Air Show
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AUTO DEALERS

Bev Smith Automotive Group
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Sunrise Ford
772.461.6000
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Sunrise Volkswagen
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AUTOMOTIVE

St. Lucie Battery & Tire
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BANKING

Center State Bank
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BEVERAGES

Natalie’s Orchid Island
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BOATING/WATERSPORTS

Central Marine
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Marine Connection
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Salty's Water Sports
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BUILDERS

GHO Homes
772.532.3630
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Helmet House Construction
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BUTCHER SHOP

A Butcher’s Shoppe & A Bit More
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CANDY/ CONFECTIONARY

Bruno’s Chocolate
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CAR WASH

Wash-N-Go Express Car Wash
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CASINOS

Seminole Brighton Casino
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CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce
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CITRUS/PRODUCE

Nelson Family Farms
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CLOSETS

Artistic Closets Inc.

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CLOTHING/SHOPPING

Aphrodite Style
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Florida Classics Books & Gifts
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Kemp’s
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Deep Six
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EDUCATION

Indian River State College
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Space Coast Education Center
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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy
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St. Lucie County Schools
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C.R. Lait
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Taylor Creek Optical
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FURNITURE

Sunshine Furniture
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GOLF

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Indian Hills Golf
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GOLF CARTS

Total Golf Cart
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GOVERNMENT

St. Lucie County Clerk
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Saint Lucie County Property Appraiser
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A Moment’s Notice Healthcare
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P & S Gutters Inc.
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Post Insurance
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LUMBER & HARDWARE

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Premier Physical Therapy
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South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
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Mental Health Association Indian River
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MUNICIPALITIES

City of Port St. Lucie
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NON-PROFITS

Family Meals, Inc.
772.210.0900
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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation
772.466.9876
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Treasure Coast Food Bank
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OPHTHALMOLOGY

New Vision Eye Center
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PAWN & JEWELRY

Best Value Jewelry & Pawn
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Lyric Theatre
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Riverside Theatre
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Sunrise Theatre
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REAL ESTATE

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Beach & Beyond Rentals
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McCurdy & Co. Realty
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Oceanside Realty Partners
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19th Hole Restaurant
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Cobalt Restaurant
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SL taxable property values increase 6.5 percent

Taxable property values in St. Lucie County increased 6.5 percent to an estimated $23.4 billion, according to Property Appraiser Michelle Franklin’s estimated taxable property values submitted to taxing authorities. The values are required to be submitted by June 1 annually under Florida law. The City of Port Saint Lucie will see an increase in its overall taxable value to an estimated $11.7 billion, an increase of 9.5 percent. The City of Fort Pierce will also see an increase in its overall taxable value to an estimated $2.6 billion, an increase of 5 percent. The Town of Saint Lucie Village will see an overall taxable value increase of 4.25 percent to an estimated $70.6 million. “During this unprecedented time, I wanted to recognize that the 2020 estimated taxable values reflect the value of property with an assessment date of January 1, 2020,’’ said Franklin. “What is currently occurring in the real estate market will not be reflected in the 2020 estimated taxable values since it occurred after January 1 of this year.’’ For more information call 772.462.1000 or visit paslc.org.

Business litigation can be a long and overwhelming process without guidance

If you haven’t been involved in litigation before, the process can be overwhelming. The term business litigation covers a wide variety of cases including breach of contract, partnership or shareholder disputes, disputes between owners of a business, real property, and even cases outside of a traditional business context like probate and trust disputes, to name a few.
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    Collegiate DECA chapter prepares members for success in the business world

Collegiate DECA chapter prepares members for success in the business world

Collegiate DECA is an internationally recognized organization that prepares students for careers in business. The Collegiate DECA Chapter of Indian River State College is heavily involved in the community. Participation in community projects provides an opportunity for members to develop a better understanding of the role civic activities have in society.

Ci’s Stork Named Entrepreneur of the Year

Robert “Bob” Stork, founder and CEO of Communications International, was named Entrepreneur of the Year for 2020 by the Indian River State College Foundation. Stork was recognized for the honor on Feb. 26 at a gala dinner at the Richardson Center at IRSC’s Mueller Campus in Vero Beach. Bank of America was the presenting sponsor of this year’s gala.

Country’s largest Gander RV and Outdoors opens in Fort Pierce

The new Gander RV & Outdoors in Fort Pierce officially opens at 9 a.m. Friday. The newly constructed dealership at 2121 S Jenkins Road is the largest Gander RV & Outdoors facility in the country. The 90,000 square-foot building sits on approximately 35 acres.