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The Dignity Food Truck now operating at Jaycee Park

The Dignity Food Truck now operating at Jaycee Park

Dignity Jonathan with Armando-Russell and Brian in window

The Seaside Grill, currently under construction in Jaycee Park in Vero Beach, has had some setbacks in their schedule to re-open for the public who enjoys being at the beach, in the park or taking their daily walks on the boardwalk.

Thanks to the City of Vero Beach and the current owners of the establishment, the popular Dignity Food Truck, owned and operated by The Source in Vero Beach, is parking their Food Truck in the parking lot behind Seaside Grill for the next several months, offering a menu of food and drink that will fill the gap in time until the restaurant re-opens.

“In an effort to help the residents and visitors of Vero Beach who have missed the opportunity to enjoy food nearby one of the best recreational areas along the beach, we have altered our schedule for one of our two Food Trucks to park there from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week,” according to Anthony Zorbaugh, Executive Director of The Source.

While food trucks are not a new phenomenon, The Dignity Food Truck has been filling the need for those looking for made-to-order food close-to-home for several years…both convenient and tasty. They succeed in that by using a google app (download “I Am The Source” from your App Store) to view a menu and order, schedule a pick-up time, pay online, and ultimately go to the Food Truck and simply retrieve their order.

“We are offering an easy alternative for those getting in their cars and driving for food while they are already spending time on the beach, playing with their children in the park or taking their daily walk. Additionally, our location in the parking lot, right behind Seaside Grill, also allows people to drive there for lunch from the Food Truck and enjoy eating in the park under one of the covered picnic areas located there,”Zorbaugh adds.

I am Ministries DBA The Source is a Christian social outreach ministry that has been empowering communities into a lifestyle of service for the homeless since 1995.Founded in Indian River County, the organization serves its homeless neighbors through core programs that include Dining with Dignity-a culinary employability training program, Dignity Catering and Dignity Food Trucks, Dignity Buses-mobile overnight emergency shelters sleeping nearly 40 nightly, Dignity Village-20 affordable housing units, as well as a myriad of programs and services that instill a sense of community. For more information on The Source please visit Interested in more information of wanting to book one of the Dignity Food Trucks at your location or special event, call Executive Director Anthony Zorbaugh, 772-564-0202, Ext. 204.


Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]

Jan. 20, 2023|

St. Lucie County Commissioners Schedule Interviews for Six Finalists for the Administrator Job

St. Lucie County Commissioners Schedule Interviews for Six Finalists for the Administrator Job

St. Lucie County Commissioners narrowed down the field of applicants to replace County Administrator Howard Tipton to six finalists, who will meet with county staff, commissioners and the community over a two-day interview process on Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27.

Tipton, who spent nearly eight years as St. Lucie County’s eighth county administrator, stepped down on Jan. 12 to become the city manager for Longboat Key on Florida’s west coast. During a special meeting on Jan. 17, St. Lucie County Commissioners, with help from consultant Colin Baenziger & Associates, reviewed more than two dozen applications for the county administrator position and agreed to interview six candidates:

  • Dale "Doc" Dougherty, city manager for Garden City, MI

  • Darren S. Gray, deputy county manager for Osceola County, Fla.

  • Derek R. Scrapchansky, town manager for Topsham, ME

  • Eric R. Johnson, city manager for Norcross, GA

  • George C. Landry, public utilities director for St. Lucie County

  • George M. Stokus, assistant county administrator for Martin County.

St. Lucie County staff will take the candidates and their spouses on a bus tour of the county on Thursday, Jan. 26, followed by a meet-and-greet event with county department directors that afternoon. County commissioners will host a community reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Havert L. Fenn Center, located at 2000 Virginia Ave., for the public to meet the candidates.

Candidates will spend the morning of Friday, Jan. 27 conducting one-on-one interviews with each St. Lucie County Commissioner, followed by a special County Commission meeting at 2:20 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, where all five Commissioners will interview each candidate as a Board.

St. Lucie County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 9 a.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Roger Poitras Annex, 2300 Virginia Ave., to decide which candidate will be offered the position of St. Lucie County’s administrator.


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Jan. 20, 2023|

Innovative employment idea matches a Treasure Coast senior community with non-profit

Innovative employment idea matches a Treasure Coast

senior community with non-profit

For decades, senior citizens have flocked to Florida to retire and enjoy their work-free lives near the ocean, under the shade of palm trees. Currently, more than 4.5 million people over the age of 65, call the Sunshine state home. And that number is steadily rising.

There are senior living communities scattered across the state. And there’s one in particular called Sandhill Cove in Martin County, that sounds like paradise on earth. This resort-style senior living community sits on the St. Lucie River waterfront, near Stuart and Port St. Lucie County. Besides the attractive views, this senior sanctuary offers a maintenance-free lifestyle, with services and amenities designed for healthy, active living.

Finding workers at Sandhill Cove has been challenging following the pandemic, so recently the community signed on to collaborate with the ARC of the Treasure Coast. ARC stands for Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged. It’s a 501 (c) (3) non-profit dedicated to empowering children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential through residential, educational, behavioral, and vocational services.

Some of ARC’s developmentally challenged adults will participate in internships of their choice at Sandhill Cove including food service, housekeeping, laundry services, groundskeeping, property maintenance, customer service, fitness, and leisure activities. This unique opportunity is part of the ARC’s newly launched Project SEARCH Adult program.

The training program is funded through the Florida Developmental Disability Council and awarded through the Florida RESPECT program. The state provides the funding and ARC’s Advanced Employment Services program, AES, provides support, and job coaching so these special folks can improve their skill set, build confidence, and develop independence through an intensive employment training program.

“This is a great opportunity for our community of developmentally and intellectually challenged adults. They get the chance to experience the dignity of work and the pride of self-reliance in a safe and accepting environment of patient and caring senior citizens,” said Keith Muniz, President, and CEO of the ARC of the Treasure Coast. “We are grateful to Sandhill Cove for this new partnership.”

While the ARC folks won’t get paid for their internships, Sandhill Cove can hire them at any time during or after the internship. If they are not hired by Sandhill Cove, then ARC Job Coaches will find employment for them elsewhere.

ARC of the Treasure Coast partners with other companies and organizations including the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Department of Education and Vocational Rehabilitation, the Florida Department of Corrections, and other public and private sector businesses to produce workers for jobs that have been difficult to fill in these challenging times. The experience benefits the workers but also the seniors who need these services to maintain a certain quality of life.

This collaboration is designed to produce long-lasting and supportive relationships for everyone involved and successful long-term employment outcomes in the healthcare industry for the individuals in the Project SEARCH Adult program. Innovative ideas that keep Florida on the cutting edge.

For more information, please contact the ARC at

Keith Muniz is President and CEO of the ARC of The Treasure Coast which was renamed on January 1, 2023, when the ARC of Martin County and the ARC of St. Lucie County merged. The ARC, (Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering children and adults with I/DD through residential, vocational, educational, behavioral, and other healthcare services.


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Jan. 13, 2023|

Are You in for the 49th Annual Stuart Boat Show?

Are You in for the 49th Annual Stuart Boat Show? 

AllSports Productions, LLC, the leading producer of sports-related events and consumer shows, is all set for the 49th Annual Stuart Boat Show, Jan. 13–15, 2023. The largest boat show along Florida’s Treasure Coast has everything from fishing to cruising to water sports in a family- friendly outdoor venue with exhibits on shore and in-water. Are you in? More than 200 exhibitors will get the ideas flowing for your next great adventure. In fact, all the onshore exhibitors’ booths have sold out. There are a couple of in-water slips available, but they will fill up quickly, and there will be no shortage of boats to consider and compare. Be sure to stop by United Yacht Sales to check out new and used boat listings from around the world. Who knows from where your next adventure may begin! Southern Lawn Equipment is generously providing the golf carts that help our staff keep the show running smoothly, and Fire Ranger is the official fire extinguisher provider. Speaking of which, does your boat have all its safety equipment? It’s worth repeating that Simply Yachts, the local repair, refit, and maintenance company, is the force behind keeping the drinks flowing at the Coco Bar. Don’t miss relaxing with a cocktail on the upper deck while enjoying a bird’s-eye view of the show. The Stuart Boat Show has consistently been named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast. Tickets are available for only $14. Visit before showtime to receive this discount.


Show dates and hours:

Friday & Saturday, January 13th and 14th from 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, January 15th from 10am to 5pm Location:
54-290 NW Dixie Hwy., Stuart, FL
FREE shuttle service available from Whitham Field and Wright Blvd./Dixie Hwy. parking lots. Admission:
$17 General Admission (at gate)
$14 General Admission (discounted advance sales online only)
$14 Veterans
$8 Children 12 and younger; infants free


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Jan. 5, 2023|

Waldo Sexton Homestead Days return Jan. 7-8

Waldo Sexton Homestead Days return Jan. 7-8

Treasure Coast residents will have a rare opportunity this weekend to visit the original 1917 homestead of Vero Beach pioneer Waldo Sexton. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7-8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The family of Mark Tripson, grandson of Waldo Sexton, are hosting Waldo Sexton Homestead Days on the property at 5000 12th St., Vero Beach.

Sexton, who arrived in Vero Beach in 1913, would go on in the next five decades to create such landmarks as the Ocean Grill, McKee Jungle Gardens, Waldo's Mountain, Driftwood Inn, Patio Restaurant and Szechuan Palace.

Sexton, also celebrated for the phrase “I’d rather be a liar than a bore,’’ claimed to begin construction on a home shortly after arriving in Vero, but it wasn’t until 1917 that he moved into the bungalow. A year later, he married Elsebeth Martens and took her to live in the house, where she found that one room served as a living area while the other was kept full of livestock feed.

Over the years, Sexton would go onto expand the house to two stories to accommodate his family of four children. When grown daughter Barbara Tripson became pregnant with her first child, he built a second home next door for her and her husband, John Tripson.

Sexton started his Vero Beach Dairy on the property, which became Tripson Dairy after Tripson took it over.

Sexton’s homestead today, purchased by Tripson and his late wife, Hildie, in 1980, is much the same way as when Sexton lived in it and features trademark use of objects such as driftwood, iron and other recognizable features from the ruins of Palm Beach mansions Sexton salvaged.  Visitors will also be able to see his secret garden and outdoor kitchen, as well as to meet members of the gregarious Tripson family. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door through 3 p.m. each day or obtained online at

Saturday and Sunday’s visitors will be able to hear the following presentations:

—11 a.m. Saturday:: paranormal investigator Larry Lawson will share results of a ghost study taken at the home and talk about other ghost lore related to Waldo Sexton.

—1 p.m. Saturday: Indian River Magazine Publisher Gregory Enns interviews Mark Tripson and other descendants who share memories of Waldo Sexton.

Saturday 2pm: Tribal Courts of the Seminole Tribe, will talk about the history and impact of the Seminoles in Florida.

Sunday Schedule to be announced: Representatives from the A.E. Backus Museum



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Dec. 29, 2022|

19th Annual Walk to Remember Draws Largest Crowd Ever

 19th Annual Walk to Remember Draws Largest Crowd Ever

The 19th Annual Walk To Remember was held on Nov. 12 to benefit the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County. Boasting one of the largest crowds ever with nearly 450 walkers, the Walk allowed participants to meander through Riverside Park, and to stroll through Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary, as well.

Pre-walk festivities included honoring our Veterans, with Moreen Burkhart singing the National Anthem while the Sebastian River High School NJROTC color guard presented the flag, followed by an energizing warm-up led by personal trainer John Sammartano.

Founded in 1982, the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association offers 40 programs to those with memory and movement disorders, and their families, all free of charge. It is not affiliated with any national organization, relying on the generosity of the philanthropic community, grants, and fundraisers. The annual Walk To Remember is the nonprofit’s signature fundraising event, and donations for the Walk are still being accepted

Thank you to these major sponsors of this year’s Walk, whose financial support laid the foundation for this year’s success. Presenting Sponsors were: Walter Borisenok Family Foundation, Este and Charles Brashears, and Coastal Concierge Services. Platinum Sponsors were George E. Warren LLC and Christine Lipski.

The mission of the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association is “to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in Indian River County who are affected by memory and movement disorders, through support, education and connection.” To learn more about the organization, call 772-563-0505 or visit



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Dec. 29, 2022|

Jensen Beach Art League awards VSOA student

Jensen Beach Art League awards VSOA student

Lynne Barletta, Founder of VSOA; Lee Ciambriello; Jennifer Ford, Jensen Beach Art League; Joe Young, President. Jensen Beach Art League; Maria Bauer, Treasurer, Jensen Beach Art League


Jensen Beach Art League recently awarded an up-and-coming student at Visionary School of Arts (VSOA) with a scholarship sponsorship to continue his studies.  Lee Ciambriello, age 13, accepted the award from Joe Young, president of the Jensen Beach Art League and other members on December 11 at the Elliott Museum.

The mission of Visionary School of Arts is to equip youth with award-winning fine arts skills, artisanship, entrepreneurship, while establishing community impact with a center for the arts and continued after-school education.

To learn how you can sponsor a student or contribute to VSOA, visit










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Dec. 23, 2022|

Florida rest stops serviced by adults with disabilities

Florida rest stops serviced by adults with disabilities




If you drive in Florida, especially on state roads like I-95, you have seen and probably used one of those rest stops along the highway. It’s where drivers and truckers can take a bathroom break, rest a bit, stretch their legs, and have a snack.

Finding workers to keep them clean and functioning can be a challenge. But thanks to Florida’s innovative thinking and willingness to partner with non-profit groups, we all get to enjoy the benefits.

You see, non-profits around the state provide workers to fill positions we all take for granted. One such partnership has developed between the Florida Department of Transportation and the ARC of Martin County.

Four rest stops Northbound and Southbound on I-95 in Martin and St. Lucie Counties are now being serviced by adults with disabilities from the ARC of Martin County.

The non-profit contracted with FDOT through the RESPECT of Florida program to provide jobs for men and women who are part of the ARC of Martin County’s Advanced Employment Services Program, also known as, AES. RESPECT of Florida is the Central Non-profit Agency for the state of Florida that creates employment opportunities for about 1,000 Floridians who are blind or have disabilities through contractual services and the production of commodities that are sold to government entities. The ARC is able to tap into this program to ensure a pathway to employment for adults with disabilities in the ARC’s AES program.

Business partners help these adults build on their strengths while they explore new employment interests and skills in a variety of industries. The work gives them functional work skills that leads to self-worth, confidence, and independence while filling employment needs across the state.

Currently, 30 adults in ARC of Martin County’s AES Program are working at the four rest stops handling janitorial services as well as taking care of the landscape, picking up trash, and essentially keeping the facilities clean.

The state’s transportation department is managed by Governor Ron DeSantis. Its business practices include organization-wide values such as integrity and respect and a philosophy that individuals with disabilities should be considered for jobs in an environment that gives them the freedom to compete on a fair and level playing field.

ARC of Martin County’s AES program works with organizations like the FDOT practicing inclusive policies that cultivate a diverse workforce. Various businesses train and support adults with disabilities by providing coaching services, resume writing, and interview preparation.

It’s a win-win for everybody!



Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]

Dec. 2, 2022|

Catch The Wave of Hope helps educate area nonprofits

Catch The Wave of Hope helps educate area nonprofits

Brandon Battle, Case Manager, Boys & Girls Clubs of MC Indiantown Club; Sarah Henry, Community Development Director of CTWH and Patricia Brown, 21st Century Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of MC Indiantown Club


Catch the Wave of Hope (CTWH), the 501(c)(3) with the mission to prevent the sex trafficking of children through awareness, education, restoration and legislation, was honored by Kiwanis Club of Stuart as its Sept. nonprofit of the month.

Sarah Henry, Community Development Director of CTWH, gave a presentation on “Sex Trafficking 101”. She shared tools on how to identify, report and be aware of this heinous issue in Martin County and how members can safeguard themselves and their children.

Henry also accepted a generous monetary donation from Kiwanis Club of Stuart.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County invited Catch the Wave of Hope to do a “Two-Minute Teach” to parents and families at student pickups. Henry talked about child exploitation and sex trafficking and distributed flyers and cards with a human trafficking hotline number and information on CWTH, its mission, vision, therapy services and how to protect their children.

Henry interacted with more than 100 families at the Hobe Sound, Port Salerno, Palm City and Indiantown Clubs.

Although most people are certain they know the telltale signs of sex trafficking, they’re often shocked when they are introduced to reality. Henry is available to speak to groups of any size and age to share the information and tips that Catch the Wave of Hope has amassed. Contact her at


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Sep. 30, 2022|

Inaugural Treasure Coast Women Who Rock awards

Inaugural Treasure Coast Women Who Rock awards

To be held Oct. 11th & 13th  in celebration of National Women’s Small Business Month



The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) has partnered with weVENTURE Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Florida Tech’s Bisk College of Business and presenting sponsor PNC Bank to host the Inaugural Women Who Rock Awards of the Treasure Coast on Oct. 11th and 13th in honor of National Woman’s Small Business Month. 

“The Florida SBDC at Indian River State College is excited to partner with weVENTURE Women’s Business Center to elevate the profile of successful women in business and recognize the economic impact they have on our community,” said Katherine Culhane Associate Director of the SBDC at IRSC. 

The community is encouraged to nominate women who live or work in Indian River, St. Lucie or Martin CountiesNominees who reside in Indian River and St. Lucie Counties will be celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 2022, at the Indian River State College, Mueller Campus, 6155 College Lane, Vero Beach, FL  32966.  Nominees from Martin County will be recognized Thursday, Oct. 13th, 2022, at the Indian River State College Chastain Campus, 2400 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997.  Both events are luncheons, taking place 11:00am-1:00pm.  

Kathryn Rudloff, Executive Director of weVENTURE WBC notes that her organization has hosted the Women Who Rock Awards in Brevard County for the last 14 years. “We are so excited to partner with the SBDC and PNC Bank to bring this popular event to the Treasure Coast,“ Rudloff stated.  

The 2022 Women Who Rock Awards categories are:

  • Small Business Owner of the Year, Presented by PNC Bank
  • Executive of the Year, Presented by Bank of America
  • Excellence in Mentorship, Presented by SBDC at IRSC
  • Women Trending in Tech, Presented by weVENTURE WBC
  • Excellence in Caregiving

The nomination period will be open until September 9th.  After evaluating nominations to ensure they meet the award criteria, finalists from each category will be announced and celebrated in promotions during the weeks leading up to the event. One outstanding nominee from each category will be recognized as a 2022 recipient of the Women Who Rock Awards.  For more information call (321) 674-7007 or to submit your nomination, send correspondence to [email protected]

Sponsorships are available for both events and include tickets to the event.  Tickets to attend either luncheon are $50 and are available for purchase online.  All proceeds benefit weVENTURE WBC and SBDC community programing. Please visit



weVENTURE Women’s Business Center (WBC) was launched in 2007 at Florida Tech, accelerates growth for entrepreneurs by providing customized coaching, business education, mentorship and networking programs. weVENTURE WBC also strives to be the leading voice and resource for professional women across all industries, providing leadership development and purposeful networking events for women on the Space and Treasure Coasts. weVENTURE WBC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, or to register for weVENTURE WBC courses and mentorship programs, visit or call 321-674-7007.

About Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Tech was founded in 1958 at the dawn of the Space Race that would soon define the Atlantic coast of Florida and captivate the nation. Now the premier private technological university in the Southeast, Florida Tech is a Tier 1 Best National University in U.S. News & World Report and one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Florida Tech is ranked among the top 5 percent of 20,000 degree-granting institutions worldwide in the 2020-21 World University Rankings and has been named a Top College and Best Value University for 2019 by Forbes. Florida Tech offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in aeronautics and aviation, engineering, computing and cybersecurity, business, science and mathematics, psychology, education and communication. Learn more about our relentless pursuit of greatness at

About the Florida SBDC Network: 

For over forty years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide existing and emerging small and medium-sized business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for Florida’s economy.

In 2019, Florida SBDCs provided 114,064 hours of professional business consulting to 12,535 client businesses, resulting in 37,966 jobs impacted; $4.4 billion in sales generated; $496.5 million in government contracts acquired; and $255.3 million in capital accessed; and 453 new businesses started. With over 40 offices statewide, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners. The Florida SBDC Network, headquartered at the University of West Florida, is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs and is a recipient of the President’s E Award for Export Service. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit

About PNC Bank

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit


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Aug. 12, 2022|