Anyone familiar with Port St. Lucie commerce knows that the small business community is its heart and soul.

Now the seventh largest city in the state, Port St. Lucie boasts a population of 201,846, according to 2019 census estimates. The city has nearly 16,000 business firms, according to 2012 figures, the latest available. While that number has undoubtedly increased and many of these businesses are home-based, it nonetheless reveals…..

Although COVID abruptly ended spring training last year, Major League Baseball has taken steps to ensure that it will go on as planned this year. COVID restrictions have been set and the Mets are eager to begin training at Clover Park with new faces and strong arms. The first home game is set for Tuesday, March 2, versus Houston.

According to team officials, ticket sales dates and safety precautions have been…

As Tradition, the master-planned community, continues to expand its storefronts, housing developments and events calendar, so it does its many amenities. The area has great walking trails, parks, playgrounds and offers a state-of-the-art driverless shuttle, known by the acronym TIM [Tradition In Motion]. Sponsored by Mattamy Homes, it is maintained by Beep, an autonomous mobility solutions company based in the Orlando area.

The city continues to garner honors and awards for its continued growth and the accomplishments of its departments and citizens.

Elijah Wooten, business navigator for the city, City Manager Russ Blackburn and Tom KIndred, regional director of the Florida SBDC at IRSC
Unique partnership helps small Port St. Lucie businesses cope

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on America has been immense – almost 400,000 deaths as of January and the economic fallout from shuttered businesses has ranged from layoffs to bankruptcies.

Massage therapy, a $16 billion industry, is recognized by the medical community as potentially beneficial, far beyond easing sore muscles. For some, massage boosts sleep and immunity, reducing stress and anxiety. But in the midst of a pandemic, is getting a massage safe? Is it a luxury – a special pampering gift for a birthday or anniversary – or is it a medical necessity whose benefits outweigh possible risks?

Even in the best of times, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before scheduling a first massage. Some conditions, such as a recent accident or a skin rash, preclude the treatment. With COVID-19 numbers still relatively high, those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems are encouraged to be around others as little as possible.

It was really no surprise that Terry Roberts was nominated by pro shop manager David O’Kelley at the Saints Golf Course for the National Philanthropy Unsung Hero award. He is, after all, the first person golfers meet when they arrive at the course as he helps unload their clubs from their cars and gets them settled in their carts.

His smiling face and engaging personality energizes them for their rounds of golf and sets the tone for the rest of the game.

David Parnell has seen dreams fall apart, but instead of quitting, he redirected his goals and took a chance.

Born in Jamaica, Parnell moved to Fort Pierce when he was 5. At St. Lucie West Centennial High School, he played varsity basketball and football. Although math was his favorite subject, football looked to be his best path in life.

Sunlight shimmers off the St. Lucie River at River Park Marina, a 12-acre park off of East Prima Vista Boulevard that includes a boat ramp, a nature trail through a floodplain swamp and a dock on the river.

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