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Large expansion planned at Backus Museum
FORT PIERCE – If good things are worth waiting for, the expansion of the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery is going to be great. Seven years ago the museum finalized its plans for a significant expansion of exhibition space. It was awarded a $400,000 grant from the St. Lucie County Tourism Development Council and everything looked like a go, but economic downturn and delayed the project. After seven long years, the museum is now poised to break ground on its expansion. The plans have been modified with an eye to sustainability, but they are none-the-less exciting.
On a global level, the future viability of museums demands a greater connection to the community. To remain relevant, museums seek to create experiences that appeal to their longtime supporters and to cultivate supporters from millennials, “non-museum goers,” and future generations. Museums must be demystified and democratized; reaching out to people and drawing them in rather than waiting for them. The Backus’ plans recognize these overarching trends and seek to create an engaging experience, drawing the public in by bringing the art out.
Reminder: Treasure Coast Business Summit is Friday
PORT ST. LUCIE – The largest business-to-business event on the Treasure Coast returns to the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on Friday, May 20. This is the 8th year of the event that focuses on “how to grow your business in South Florida.”
The Treasure Coast Business Summit (TCBS) was created in 2009 by a small group of business owners with the goal of creating a stimulus for the local economy. The idea was to bring business owners and managers together to share ways to make their companies more profitable, operate efficiently and grow their businesses in a challenging economy.
Martin Health System surgery unexpectedly cures woman’s 20-year blindness
STUART – Martin Medical Center made national news over the weekend when patient Mary Ann Powell-Franco’s vision returned after being blind for over 20 years. Powell-Franco, who lost her sight in 1993 as a result of a car crash in Ohio. She’d needed spinal surgery to fix ruptured discs. She had a stroke on the operating table and her eyesight was completely diminished.
Powell-Franco recently re-injured her spine by falling and underwent neck surgery at Martin Medical Center in Stuart. When she woke from the surgery, she’d regained her vision. Dr. John Afshar theorizes that an artery could have been kinked during her earlier crash or surgery and when he realigned her spine, blood flow might have been reestablished to dormant nerve cells associated with vision.
The video featured here aired on the Today Show Sunday, May 14.
SEBASTIAN – Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care Community has opened in Sebastian with dozens of eager residents occupying the community within days of its opening. Watercrest Senior Living, the developer, owner and operator of the 65,000-square-foot, 89-unit senior living community, broke ground on the project last spring with Walker Construction Company after identifying a demand for desirable senior living in Sebastian.
“The community response and support has been tremendous. Sebastian, Palm Bay, and Vero Beach seniors and their families share our excitement for the opening,” says Nicole Hanna, Executive Director of Pelican Landing. “We are offering a senior living experience that delivers the highest standards of care in an environment that builds a sense of common unity and welcomes you home.”
FORT PIERCE – Mexican based Jet Rescue Air Ambulance’s CEO, Carlos Salinas, and US air ambulance pioneer James Hoehn have announced a strategic partnership, resulting in a new Florida based organization, American Jet Rescue Worldwide Air Ambulance.
Both leaders are twenty-five plus year veterans in the global jet air ambulance arena. The joint venture brings together two air medical organizations, highly respected for many years throughout the Americas, and more recently worldwide. The pairing of the two provides a one-call option for air medical transports from the tip of South America to all areas of North America and Canada, and now worldwide.
The partnership was formed with the goal of bringing next generation air medical transportation to the industry. “We have studied our operations and have determined a number of key changes and upgrades we can incorporate right now into our transport model, that greatly enhance the clinical level of care to our patients, largely unconsidered by most of our competitors,” says Salinas.
John’s Island Real Estate Company accepting food donations for UP of Indian River County
VERO BEACH – John’s Island Real Estate Company will be collecting unopened, shelf-stable food items to help United Against Poverty (UP) of Indian River County through May 20.
Seasonal residents planning to clean out their pantries before leaving for the summer, or full-time residents who are reorganizing their pantries, can help local families in need by supporting UP’s efforts to bridge the hunger gap that exists for the families of over 10,000 school-age children in Indian River County.
TREASURE COAST – Local Dollar Tree stores will, once again, be holding their annual food drive for Treasure Coast Food Bank. The event began May 13 and will continue through June 18. Customers can donate non-perishable food items when shopping.
Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Judi Miller receives community accolades
Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties CEO Judi Miller was recently nominated and recognized at the Junior League of Indian River’s annual Woman of the Year Luncheon. She was also honored at the Annual Law Day Ceremony as a person of influence in our community. She has served Big Brothers Big Sisters for 26 years.
St. Lucie County County Tourism
Showcase will be May 25
ST. LUCIE COUNTY – The 3rd annual St. Lucie County tourism showcase will be held May 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce. The event is free and open to the public.
Local tourism-related businesses will exhibit their products and services as part of an effort to promote tourism in St. Lucie County and educate local residents on all of the unique things to do and see in the county. The event will also serve as the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly business and social hour. Door prizes and a “staycation” package valued at more than $1,000 will be given away to lucky winners.
New Vision Eye Center Relay team finishes first in Triathlon
VERO BEACH – Dr. David O’Brien and Dr. Robert Reinauer of New Vision Eye Center won the LLS Conquistador’s Triathlon. The USAT Sanction Sprint Triathlon was held Sunday, May 15.
The event started several years ago by community members that had been affected by blood cancers to raise awareness of the fight against Blood Cancers. Proceeds to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The triathlon’s distance included swimming 0.5km of ocean, biking 20km on roads, and running 5km on roads.
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