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Small business grants available in SLC for economic assistance during pandemic

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — With the goal of providing some economic relief and a rapid infusion of capital to smaller businesses that were hardest hit in St. Lucie County during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new program is being launched that offers grants to local businesses. Business with up to 3 employees will be eligible for grants up to $5,000 and businesses with 4 to 10 employees will be eligible for grants up to $7,500. Read full newsletter >>

This Week's Treasure Coast Business News 7/30

Treasure Coast Business Magazine, a publication of Indian River Magazine Inc., has been named the best new magazine in the state by the Florida Magazine Association.

The general excellence award was announced July 24 during the FMA’s annual awards ceremony. Treasure Coast Business Magazine, which launched in July 2019, is produced through a unique partnership between Indian River Magazine Inc. and the Florida Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College. The magazine is published quarterly: in January, April, July and October. Read full newsletter >>

This Week's Treasure Coast Business News 7/21

After closing their doors for nearly two months during Florida’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order, retailers are rolling out the red carpet with CDC safety precautions for returning customers. While the general public appears to be eager to get out and shop, some are still hesitant to spend too much time lingering and browsing inside the stores.

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Dr. Jerry Parrish

This Week's Treasure Coast Business News 7/14

As he makes presentations from his office in Tallahassee to virtual audiences asking about the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the Florida economy and unemployment rate, Jerry Parrish always gets two questions: What signs do we look for to show life is returning to normal, and, when will be normal?

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This Week's Treasure Coast Business News 7/7

Since the end of last year, Florida and the rest of the world have been caught up in the throes of the coronavirus scare. While health is obviously the primary concern, COVID-19 presents just one more challenge for small businesses in the state.

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Manatee Observation and Education Center

Manatee Center temporarily closes Exhibit Hall and Gift Shop

FORT PIERCE — In 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. This decision was made as a precaution for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff.

During the closures, the Gift Shop will remain open for... Read full newsletter >>

What's in your salad?

Florida’s economy may run on tourism, but agriculture is next in line. Fellsmere, in northern Indian River County, is home to citrus groves, farms and cattle ranches. It is also the home of Ecotone Farm owned and operated by Jerry and Tamara Renick.

In business since 2012, its name gives a clue to its philosophy — Ecotone’s mission is to produce a high quality, nutritious product that has little to no impact on the natural environment, is pesticide free and non-GMO (genetically modified organism).

Over the years, Ecotone has expanded to produce 20,000 units of hydroponic lettuce as well as several varieties of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and more. Ecotone supplies local restaurants, country clubs and grocers and features an on-site fresh market at... Read full newsletter >>

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... Read full newsletter >>

St. Lucie 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... Read full newsletter >>

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.

“We are excited to bring Gander RV & Outdoors to the wonderful community of Fort Pierce... Read full newsletter >>

Hope Woodhouse

Burlington store reopening, Hope Woodhouse Named Hometown Hero

The Burlington store in Port St. Lucie, 1363 St. Lucie West Blvd., is reopening at 8 a.m. Friday. Prices will be marked down 50 percent.

“We have been looking forward to safely re-opening our store locations and providing extraordinary values on our wide assortment of merchandise to area residents,” said Michael O’Sullivan, CEO of Burlington Stores. “These are challenging times for all of us and the need for value is greater than ever. We look forward to welcoming our customers and associates back into our stores.”

Burlington officials said the 50 percent discount is... Read full newsletter >>

Treasure Coast coronavirus testing surpasses 10,000 mark

Coronavirus testing of people on the Treasure Coast broke the 10,000 mark today as the growth in case numbers continued to decline. Meanwhile, the Treasure Coast remained free of reports of coronavirus deaths for St. Lucie, Martin or Indian River for the eighth consecutive day.

St. Lucie, double the size of Martin or Indian River, has reported 5,336 people tested with 284 people (5.3 percent) having positive results. In Martin, 2,561 people have been tested, with 261 people (10.2 percent) having positive results. In Indian River, 2,343 people have been tested, with... Read full newsletter >>

No coronavirus deaths on Treasure Coast for 5 straight days

The Treasure Coast hasn’t had a coronavirus death on the Treasure Coast reported for five straight days, the longest stretch since the first death was reported March 27.

The deaths for the three counties has remained at... Read full newsletter >>

22 more coronavirus cases reported on Treasure Coast

An additional 22 cases of coronavirus were reported on the Treasure Coast today, the highest number since April 7.

The report comes a day after just two additional cases were reported. If the two days are averaged for 11 cases each they are in line with more recent daily reports.

Sixteen additional cases were reported today in... Read full newsletter >>

Just 2 additional cases reported today

Just two additional coronavirus cases were reported today on the Treasure Coast.

St. Lucie County reported 259 cases after being readjusted downward from Monday’s report of 260. Indian River County remained at 99 cases while Martin County had... Read full newsletter >>

2 more coronavirus deaths reported in SLC

The deaths from coronavirus of two people on the Treasure Coast were reported over the weekend while growth in case numbers continued to decline from their peaks.

St. Lucie County reported both deaths: a 73-year-old man whose case was first reported April 22 and a 76-year-old man whose case was first reported April 29. The Treasure Coast has had... Read full newsletter >>

Cases continue slow increase, but 2 more people die on Treasure Coast

Two more people died while nine more people tested positive on the Treasure Coast for coronavirus, according to today’s statistics from the Florida Department of Health.

The deaths occurred in St. Lucie and Indian River counties and were reported on the state’s COVID-19 digital dashboard. The Department of Health by 1:30 p.m. had not released its morning report which would have provided details about the victims such as age and sex.

As of today, the Treasure Coast has had... Read full newsletter >>

Half of Treasure Coast coronavirus deaths associated with longterm care facilities

About half of the 35 coronavirus deaths that have occurred on the Treasure Coast have been associated with longterm care facilities. The average age of the people who have died in the three counties is 81.

The Florida Department of Health on Thursday also reported an additional death in... Read full newsletter >>

3 more coronavirus deaths reported on Treasure Coast

The deaths of three more people, one in Indian River County and two in St. Lucie County, were reported today by the Florida Department of Health.

Information about the deaths was not available by early afternoon. So far, 33 people on the Treasure Coast have died from coronavirus: 22 people in St. Lucie County, six people in Indian River County and five people in Martin County.

The region saw an additional... Read full newsletter >>

Treasure Coast slowly hits 500 mark in coronavirus cases

The Treasure Coast today hit the 500 mark in coronavirus cases today while the documented spread of the virus in the region continues to slow down.

Today’s report from the Florida Department of Health showed St. Lucie with 236 cases, Martin with 174 and Indian River with 90 cases. The new numbers represent just an additional 26 cases for the weekend.

Also over the weekend, St. Lucie County had an additional coronavirus death... Read full newsletter >>

Treasure Coast cases declining while state returning to peak

Treasure Coast cases of coronavirus continued their slowdown today while cases overall in the state returned near peaks reached in early April.

A comparison of daytime reports from the Florida Department of Health showed that Florida’s cases peaked at 1,575 cases April 3, but cases are returning near that range, with 1,342 new cases reported today. The trend for Florida is reflected in the accompanying chart provided by the Florida Department of Health. That chart, and the accompanying ones for Treasure Coast counties, are based on statistics released in the department’s nighttime reports.

Meanwhile, the Treasure Coast continued to... Read full newsletter >>

3 more deaths reported on Treasure Coast

Three more deaths from COVID-19 were reported over the last day on the Treasure Coast, where two of the region’s counties have a higher mortality rate than the state and national averages.

The deaths occurred in all three counties: an 83-year-old Indian River County man; an 83-year-old Martin County man; and a 94 year-old St. Lucie County woman.

Florida has a mortality rate of... Read full newsletter >>

Case increases stay in single digits for third day in a row on Treasure Coast

The increase in coronavirus cases stayed in the single digits for the third day in a row on the Treasure Coast, according to the Florida Department of Health statistics released this morning.

Treasure Coast cases increased by six from yesterday. The previous daily increases had been four on Tuesday and five on Monday. The last three day increase in single digits for the Treasure Coast had not occurred since March 26.

Martin County had an additional... Read full newsletter >>

Number of coronavirus cases declining but 8 deaths reported over weekend on Treasure Coast

Although COVID-19 cases continue to decline on the Treasure Coast, an additional eight deaths in the region were reported over the weekend.

Six of the deaths were in St. Lucie County. Those who died from the virus were two men, both 86, another man 82, and women ages 92, 82 and 71. The other deaths occurred in... Read full newsletter >>

Latest deaths are in longterm care facilities

Two 91-year-olds in longterm care facilities, one a man in Indian River County and the other a woman in St. Lucie County, are the latest victims of COVID-19.

The deaths were reported Thursday night. Of the Treasure Coast’s 419 cases of coronavirus, 64 have been confirmed at longterm care facilities. Longterm care patients account for four of the nine people who have died on the Treasure Coast from coronavirus.

Today’s report from the Florida Department of Health showed an additional 13 cases of coronavirus for St. Lucie County, bringing its total to 192, four more cases for Indian River County, bringing its total to 85, and two more cases for Martin County, bringing its total to 142. Forty-four of St. Lucie’s cases are in longterm care facilities while 11 of Martin’s cases are in longterm care facilities and nine of Indian River’s cases are in longterm care facilities.

With 132 cases, Port St. Lucie... Read full newsletter >>

Slow, inconsistent decline in COVID-19 cases continues

While the trends aren’t consistent or rapid, statistics of coronavirus cases show a decline of additional daily coronavirus cases since the highs of early April.

The decline can be seen in the accompanying charts.

Today’s report was no exception. An additional 17 cases were reported today for... Read full newsletter >>

Florida statistics rise sharply while Treasure Coast continues slow climb

While the Treasure Coast continued its slow increase in cases, statistics released today showed record one-day increases statewide in deaths and the third-highest in increase in hospitalizations.

The Treasure Coast reported two more deaths from COVID-19, a 77-year-old Martin County man whose case was first identified Monday and a 65-year-old St. Lucie County woman who had recently been to New York and... Read full newsletter >>

16 more coronavirus cases on Treasure Coast

The Treasure Coast today reported an additional 16 cases and one death caused by coronavirus.

Martin County had 10 additional cases, St. Lucie County had five and Indian River County two. St. Lucie County Monday night also reported the death of 76-year-old man, the seventh death in St. Lucie from the virus.

The increase in cases... Read full newsletter >>

Treasure Coast cases continue slow climb

Cases of coronavirus on the Treasure Coast continued their slow climb, with an additional dozen cases reported today, off the high of 51 additional cases reported a week ago.

St. Lucie County reported seven additional cases for a total of 156, Martin County reported four new cases for 124, and Indian River County reported just one new case for a total of 75. Martin County Friday night also reported the death of an 81-year-old woman. Martin now has three deaths from the virus while Indian River has one and St. Lucie has six.

In terms of population, Martin County has the most cases, with... Read full newsletter >>

Numbers decline but 2 people, in Martin and Indian River, die

Although the numbers of additional cases continued to decline, two more deaths were reported today on the Treasure Coast because of coronavirus.

Indian River County reported its first death, an 88-year-old woman, and Martin County reported its second death, a 79-year-old woman. State records showed that the cases were not related to travel and that neither person had been in contact with another known case. Six people in St. Lucie County have died from the virus.

An additional 14 cases of coronavirus were... Read full newsletter >>

Additional coronavirus cases on Treasure Coast continue decline

Today’s report from the Florida Department of Health showed the Treasure Coast continuing to come off its high of additional cases achieved four days ago.

The three counties this morning reported a total of 15 additional cases, with Martin adding 8 cases, St. Lucie adding 2 cases and Indian River adding five cases. Martin County reported its first death, a 77-year-old man. Six people have died in St. Lucie County while no deaths have been reported in Indian River County.

In a comparison of daytime reports from the Department of Health, the Treasure Coast had the highest number of cases, 51, on April 6, but has reported fewer additional cases since then.

Port St. Lucie leads Treasure Coast cities in case numbers, with... Read full newsletter >>

Today’s Treasure Coast COVID-19 numbers less than previous 4 days

After a four-day run of an additional 30 or more cases of coronavirus per day, the number of new cases on Treasure Coast fell to 16, according to the daytime report released by the Florida Department of Health.

Because reporting methods for hospitals, health care providers and county health departments vary, it can’t be determined whether today’s report is a trend, and health officials emphasize that repeated declines over time can only determine that. Today’s comparison is based on daytime reports from the Department of Health, which also releases nightly reports.

Twelve of the new cases came from... Read full newsletter >>

2 more COVID-19 deaths in SLC

Two more people have died from COVID-19 in St. Lucie County, according to the daytime report issued by the Florida Department of Health.

The latest death is that of an 82-year-old man, whose case was first reported on April 5. The death of a 74-year old man was reported last night.

The death of one other man, 77, had appeared in yesterday’s daytime report. The report showed that the 77-year-old had recently traveled to the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicios. St. Lucie’s other deaths include a 59-year man and two women, ages 31 and 95.

St. Lucie County is the only county with COVID-19 deaths... Read full newsletter >>

SLC cases hit 100 as 4th person dies

The number of coronavirus cases in St. Lucie County hit 100 today as the death of a fourth person was reported, according to the daytime report released by the Florida Department of Health. Details of the person who died were not immediately available.

The report shows that 80 of the St. Lucie County cases are in Port St. Lucie, with 17 in Fort Pierce and the other three in unspecified locations. The total number of cases reported for St. Lucie County represented a 19-case increase from the day before. The four deaths in St. Lucie County are ... Read full newsletter >>

31 more COVID-19 cases on Treasure Coast

The daily report from the Florida Department of Health showed an additional 31 cases for the Treasure Coast today. Fourteen of the cases were in St. Lucie County, 14 in Martin County and three in Indian River County.

Records show 24 people have been hospitalized in St. Lucie, 11 in Martin and nine in Indian River for treatment of COVID-19 symptoms. With 60 cases, Martin has the most cases adjusted for population, one for every 2,683 people. Indian River has 52 cases, or one case for every 3,075 people. St. Lucie has 81 cases, or one case for every 4,053 people. The Treasure Coast has ... Read full newsletter >>

Florida COVID-19 cases surpass 11,000

The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida jumped to 11,111 today, up 1,526 cases from the day before. On the Treasure Coast, the number of cases rose to 162, with 67 in St. Lucie County (up from 48), 49 in Indian River County (up from 44) and 46 in Martin County (up from 37).

Adjusted for population, Indian River County has the most cases, with one for every 3,263 people, followed by Martin with one for every 3,500 people and St. Lucie County with one for every 5,899 people. St. Lucie County is ... Read full newsletter >>

Third person dies from coronavirus on Treasure Coast

As Florida edged closer to the 10,000-case mark, a third person, a 31-year-old St. Lucie County woman, has died from COVID-19 on the Treasure Coast, according to the Department of Health report released today.

Two other St. Lucie County people, a 59-year-old man and 95-year-old woman, died from COVID-19 on March 26. The three deaths are ... Read full newsletter >>

Treasure Coast has biggest one-day increase in cases

The Treasure Coast today had its biggest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases, with 18 additional cases, half of them in St. Lucie County.

In today’s Department of Health daytime report, St. Lucie County showed 47 cases, up from 38 Wednesday. The county has the largest number of cases on the Treasure Coast and 17 hospitalizations because of the virus. Two deaths have been reported in St. Lucie County. Read full newsletter >>

9 more coronavirus cases for Treasure Coast

The Treasure Coast reached 100 coronavirus cases today, up by nine the day before, according to the daytime report released by the Florida Department of Health.

St. Lucie County reported 38 cases, up from 33 the day before. Indian River County reported 33 cases, up from 30 the day before. Martin County reported 29 cases. Hospitalizations in St. Lucie County because of the virus increased to 12 from 8. Martin and Indian River reported no additional hospitalizations. Read full newsletter >>

8-year-old boy among IRC coronavirus cases

Eleven additional coronavirus cases, including an 8-year-old Indian River County boy, were reported today for the Treasure Coast, according to the daytime report released by the Florida Department of Health.

The boy is the Treasure Coast’s youngest case. Previously, the youngest person reported with the virus on the Treasure Coast was an 18-year-old St. Lucie County man. Read full newsletter >>

Florida COVID-19 cases advance by 1K for first time

Florida today had its first plus-1,000 case gain in coronavirus cases, increasing by 1,227 cases over Sunday, according to a comparison of daytime reports released by the Florida Department of Health. The state reported a total of 5,473 positive cases, and a jump of more than 10,000 people tested, for a total of 54,182 tests taken in the state. The death toll increased by 7 statewide to 63, with a total of 652 hospitalizations. Read full newsletter >>

One more death in SLC, seven more cases on Treasure Coast

The Treasure Coast on Sunday reported 66 cases of coronavirus, up from 59 the day before. One of the region's cases included a 95-year-old St. Lucie County woman who died from the disease.

Martin County has the most cases on the Treasure Coast, 26, up just one case from the day before. St. Lucie County has 23 cases, up four cases from the day before. Indian River County has 17 cases, up two cases from the day before. Read full newsletter >>

8 more coronavirus cases in Martin; 3 more in St. Lucie

With Martin County adding eight more cases, the number of coronavirus cases on the Treasure Coast rose to 59 today, according to the Florida Department of Health’s daytime surveillance report. The Treasure Coast cases are up from 44 the day before.

Martin County, with 25 cases, has the most cases on the Treasure Coast, followed by St. Lucie County with 19 and Indian River County with 15. Indian River’s cases showed no changes in the number of cases from Friday. Martin reported 17 cases on Friday and St. Lucie reported 16 cases. The Treasure Coast cases have required five hospitalizations, including three in St. Lucie, one in Martin and one in St. Lucie. One person in St. Lucie County, a 59-year-old man, has died of the disease. Read full newsletter >>

First COVID-19 death occurs on Treasure Coast

A 59-year-old St. Lucie County man became the first person to die from coronavirus on the Treasure Coast, according to a report released today by the Florida Department of Health.

Details regarding the death were not available at the issuance of this newsletter. Today’s report brings the total number of cases in St. Lucie County to 14, up from 10 yesterday. Of those cases, two have required hospitalization. Read full newsletter >>

State, Treasure Coast cases continue to rise

Florida reported 673 additional cases of coronavirus today while the Treasure Coast reported an additional seven cases, according to today’s report released by the Florida Department of Health.

Four new cases were reported in Martin County, a 47-year-old woman and three men, ages 50, 75, and 80; two in St. Lucie County, a 26-year-old woman and a 73-year-old man; and one new case was reported in Indian River County, an 81-year-old woman. Read full newsletter >>

Treasure Coast coronavirus cases rise to 21

The number of coronavirus cases on the Treasure Coast rose to 21 today, up from 13 reported during the Florida Department of Health’s daytime report released yesterday.

So far, Indian River County has 11 cases out of 100 people tested, St. Lucie County has six cases out of 113 people tested and Martin has 4 cases out of 81 people tested. The average age of those testing positive on the Treasure Coast is 57. Eight males tested positive while 13 females have tested positive. The youngest case is a 19-year-old woman and the oldest is an 84-year-old female. Only one of the cases, in Indian River County, has required hospitalization. Read full newsletter >>

13 coronavirus cases reported for Treasure Coast

The number of COVID-19 cases on the Treasure Coast has risen to 13, with 8 cases in Indian River County, three cases in St Lucie County and two cases in Martin County, according to a report released this morning by the Florida Department of Health. Only one of the cases, in Indian River County, has involved a hospitalization, the report showed.

All of the St. Lucie County cases occurred in Port St. Lucie and three of the Indian River cases occurred in Vero Beach. The report did not show which other cities in Indian River and Martin the cases occurred. Read full newsletter >>

St. Lucie County reports first case of coronavirus

St. Lucie County has reported its first case of coronavirus, according to test results released by the Florida Department of Health this morning.

The report is of a woman whose case is not believed to be related to travel. The report showed 74 people have been tested in St. Lucie County, with 67 negative results and six results still pending.

The number of cases rose in Indian River County from two on Friday to four this morning. Fifty-six people have been tested in Indian River County, with 43 negative results and nine results still pending. Read full newsletter >>

Indian River, Martin report cases of coronavirus

Two Treasure Coast counties are now reporting cases of COVID-19, with two cases in Indian River County and one in Martin County.

The Florida Department of Health’s report released at 11 a.m. today showed a total of 520 cases in the state and 10 deaths from the disease.

The report showed that one man and one woman tested positive for the disease in Indian River County. One case is that of a 69-year-old male who recently traveled to Egypt and Germany. The other case is of a 77-year-old female with no history of recent travel out of the country. Read full newsletter >>

Fla COVID-19 cases rise to 314; no cases reported on Treasure Coast

Florida’s total cases of COVID-19 rose to 314 today, an increase of 45 percent over Tuesday’s numbers, while no Treasure Coast counties have reported cases. Seven deaths in the state have been reported from the disease.

Today’s report showed that 2,493 people have been tested. Besides the 314 with positive results, 1,225 had negative results and results are pending for another 954 people. Tuesday’s report showed that 216 people had tested positive for the disease. Read full newsletter >>

Volunteers prepare to unload pre-packaged dinners for families

More closings, curtailed hours announced

No COVID-19 cases yet reported on Treasure Coast

As of 11:33 a.m. today, no cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Florida Department of Health on the Treasure Coast. St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties reported 0 cases. Social distancing recommendations remain in effect and health officials caution that the scope of the outbreak won’t be better known until more testing is done.

Florida is reporting a total of 173 known cases of the 4,661 cases reported in the United States. Another 19 people from out of state who are in Florida also tested positive. Florida has reported six deaths from the disease.

Neighboring Okeechobee County reported 0 cases of COVID-19 while Palm Beach County reported 9 and Brevard County reported 1. Read full newsletter >>

More closings, curtailed hours announced

IR Hospital announces online platform for coronavirus screening

If you live in Indian River County and are concerned you may have COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital recommends you seek care first from Cleveland Clinic’s virtual visit platform, Express Care Online at clevelandclinic.org/ECO or by contacting your primary care physician.

If you meet the Florida Department of Health guidelines for testing based on symptoms, travel and exposures, you will be advised as to how to proceed with testing.

Hospital officials say they also plan to have the capability of drive-through testing. Read full newsletter >>

IRSC moves online; theaters temporarily close

FORT PIERCE — In response to the latest guidance issued by Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health, Indian River State College will deliver all classes in an online format when it returns from spring break next week until further notice.

Classes currently being taught online will continue as scheduled on March 23.

Hybrid classes (blend of online & face-to-face) will be delayed for one week and shift to completely online on March 30. Read full newsletter >>