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|

Free history festival returns to downtown Fort Pierce Jan. 14

Free history festival returns to downtown Fort Pierce Jan. 14


Treasure Coast history will come alive in downtown Fort Pierce on Saturday, Jan. 14, as the 6th Annual Treasure Coast History Festival is celebrated.

This year’s festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Second Street in front of the Sunrise Theatre, 117 S. Second St.. Besides historical exhibitions outside the theater, the festival also features three presentations inside the theater, all tied to events that began in 1923, exactly 100 years ago.

Access to all events at the festival is free, compliments Indian River Media Group, publisher of Indian River Magazine, Space Coast Living, Fort Pierce Magazine and Port St. Lucie Magazine, and presenting sponsor, St. Lucie Battery and Tire. Also assisting in production of the festival are Main Street Fort Pierce, the St. Lucie County Historical Society and the Sunrise Theatre.

The first presentation inside the Sunrise Theatre begins at 9 a.m. and celebrates the centennial of the school that would become Lincoln Park Academy. Back in 1923, few black students were able to attend high school — there was no black high school south of Palatka — and local parents got together to begin a high school in Fort Pierce that would provide an education for black teenagers. The presentation features eight panelists deeply tied to the school, including former School Board member Samuel Gaines, who has written a history on the school. Other scheduled panelists are Veryl Moore, Francina Mimms, Hassie Russ, Harry B. Williams, Ernestine English, Dorothy Jackson and Dave Perry.

The second presentation, at 10:30 a.m., celebrates the Sunrise Theatre, which opened as a vaudeville theater in 1923, the fulfillment of the vision of impresario R.N. “Pop" Koblegard. Two of Koblegard’s granddaughters, Wendy Bishop and Mary Ann Bryan, will help recall the theater’s early days and transition to a movie theater while other panelists, including Main Street Fort Pierce Executive Director Doris Tillman, will share how the theater was restored and reopened to its current splendor in 2006. The session includes a video presentation of rarely seen photographs tracing the theater’s history.

The final presentation inside the theater is at 12:30 p.m. and features a Cow Creek Reunion, bringing people together featured in Indian River Magazine’s Cow Creek Chronicles series that followed the lives of C.F. Raulerson, who founded what would become the Cow Creek Ranch in 1923, and his descendants. Scheduled guests on the panel include Debra Sloan, great-granddaughter of C.F. Raulerson and daughter of Jo Ann Raulerson Sloan and T.L. “Tommy" Sloan, and several of the original Cow Creek cowboys who will talk about the early days of Florida cattle ranching and share their folk traditions that continue today.

The presentations inside the theater are emceed by Gregory Enns, publisher of Indian River Magazine and author of the Cow Creek Chronicles.

Planned exhibitions at the street festival include historical re-enactors from the Seminole War who established Fort Pierce, historical books for sale from the St. Lucie County Historical Society and the Florida Classics Library and exhibitions on the notorious Ashley Gang, a cow camp exhibition from Carlton family descendant Rick Modine, the history of the Spanish treasure fleet that sunk off our coast in 1715, the Navy SEAL Museum, the Treasure Coast Genealogical Society, the Port St. Lucie Historical Society, the Fort Pierce Art Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Fort Pierce Woman’s Club, Main Street Fort Pierce and Indian River Magazine.

The festival also features food vendors, including a genuine Summerlin family fish fry.

Access to all events is free and no tickets are required, but if you would like a guaranteed seat to the sessions inside the theater visit

For more information, call 772.940.9005 or email [email protected]


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. 29, 2022|

St. Lucie County Tourism to Host National Travel Media Journalists

St. Lucie County Tourism to Host National Travel Media Journalists


The St. Lucie County Tourism Office is gearing up to host a group of four travel media journalists on a familiarization tour beginning Friday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022. Familiarization tours, also known as “FAM” tours, are a common industry practice conducted by destination marketing organizations to provide travel media, travel agents and other influential travel professionals the opportunity to experience a destination’s tourist activities and attractions first hand. The media tour, strategically scheduled during February’s Black History Month, will focus on the rich and colorful African American cultural heritage assets that exist in the historic City of Fort Pierce, specifically the Zora Neale Hurston Dust Tracks Heritage Trail and the Florida Highwaymen Trail. The journalists participating in the tour include representatives from the TheGrioBleu Magazine, and African American Golfers Digest.

Highlights of the tour include a private tour of the special exhibition “The Highwaymen: Art / History” followed by a reception at the A.E. Backus Museum, private guided tours of the Highwaymen Trail and Zora Neale Hurston Heritage Dust Tracks Trail, a “Meet & Greet” with members of the original Highwaymen, opportunities to meet local community members who knew or study Zora Neale Hurston, and more.

“The purpose of the event is to not only show these writers the impressive African American history, art and culture that we have in Fort Pierce, but to also introduce them to local residents who are associated with Zora and the Highwaymen – it’s important to engage these journalists with the locals because they are large part of our cultural appeal,” said Charlotte Bireley, St. Lucie County’s Director of Tourism & Marketing.

The St. Lucie County Tourism Office, also known as Visit St. Lucie, serves as the county’s official destination marketing organization and is responsible for marketing St. Lucie County and its cities to generate new and repeat visitors, thereby creating a positive economic impact for St. Lucie County.


About Visit St. Lucie:

St. Lucie – home to the historic city of Fort Pierce, the vibrant city of Port St. Lucie & beautiful beaches of Hutchinson Island is located on the Atlantic Ocean along the east coast of Florida, 120 miles southeast of Orlando and 115 miles north of Miami with direct access from Florida’s Turnpike, Interstate 95 and State Road 70. The area offers an array of visitor activities including beautiful beaches, championship golf, excellent outdoor and nature adventures, a thriving arts and cultural scene, world class fishing and dozens of unique attractions. A variety of affordable accommodations such as hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, vacation condos/homes and an all-inclusive resort are available. For a full listing of places to stay in St. Lucie, go to Nearby commercial airports include Palm Beach International (PBI), Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) and Miami International Airport (MIA). For more details visit; Twitter: @VisitStLucie and Instagram: @VisitStLucie.


For more information call Charlotte Bireley, at 772-332-2105 or email [email protected].


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Feb. 14, 2022|

Treasure Coast businesses cope with a decrease in tourism dollars

Proximity to undeveloped beaches, wide-open spaces and metropolitan areas help local businesses
Feb. 22, 2021|

Social media campaign urges clean water photos

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie County’s Tourism Office has recently launched a social media campaign encouraging residents to post photos the county’s clean water as part of a photo contest with prizes supplied by local businesses.

The campaign is the county’s effort to ignite a rally to bring the social media network of county […]

Jul. 26, 2016|

Local tourism manager to serve on State Cultural Tourism Committee

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie County’s Tourism Manager Charlotte Bireley has been tapped once again to serve on a statewide tourism committee. After serving last year on VISIT FLORIDA’s Advertising and Internet Committee, the state agency has appointed Bireley to serve on the Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature (CHRN) Committee.

With an effective term […]

Jun. 13, 2016|