It's officially 2022 and I have to tell you that these last 12 months have been a whirlwind especially when it came to the city's economic growth. From new restaurants and businesses to new residents, Port St. Lucie is proving to be a great place to live and work.
Port St. Lucie has also become one of the fastest growing cities in Florida. I recently met two families, one from Texas and one from California, who moved to Tradition for the job opportunities and the amazing home prices.
Both love the cozy neighborhood feeling of the area, especially the walking distance to shops and restaurants.
In this issue, Glenn Swift writes about Tesoro, beginning on Page 12. For the last eight years, it sat dormant. Previously owned by Wellington land investor Glen Straub, it had been on the market for quite some time.
I was a member of The Racquet Club and pool club and attended many charity events there. I also had a membership at its spa in the clubhouse. I was so disappointed when it closed. However, it was purchased last year by three partners who are not here to flip this beautiful community but want to stay and make it a diamond in the City of Port St Lucie.
Anthony Westbury has written an in-depth profile of Andrew Treadwell, the new president of Indian River State College's Pruitt Campus. The youthful administrator comes with an impressive resume and even more impressive recommendations from three very powerful mentors. [Page 20]
On page 32, writer Wendy Dwyer introduces us to Francisco Ixcoy Ajiataz, owner and executive chef of Zest Kitchen and Bar, who emigrated from Guatemala in search of the American dream. And if your looking for a good read, check out Ellen Gillette's story on Polly and Allen Stottlemire's success on game shows. [Page 25]
Well, as we bring in the new year with new neighbors and new businesses, I hope this issue inspires you to plan to spend some time out in our beautiful community and remember to love where you live because addresses this special do not come around often.
Kim Capen, Publisher