two men playing Pickleball
Pickleball’s simplicity of equipment, small court, and relatively short learning curve have made the sport increasingly popular around the country and in Port St. Lucie. KOLTER HOMES

Courting fun

 A 2022 Center Square report projects that in coming years, Port St. Lucie will be in the nation’s Top 10 fastest growing cities. It’s not surprising that the fastest growing sport in the country is one of the city’s favorite pastimes: pickleball.

How did pickleball start? During the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, three fathers, faced with bored children, came up with a new game. Using ping-pong paddles and a wiffleball, they lowered a badminton net and began experimenting.

Port St. Lucie fireworks

PSL offers safe streets, booming businesses, sports for young and old

If you didn’t already know it, Port St. Lucie is a pretty good place to live.

The city keeps racking up awards for being a great place to work, own a home or retire.

Susan Burgess updates us on the latest accolades in Safe and Sound...

Zero Waste Store

Making a difference

One single plastic bottle. After it has served its purpose, where does it go? 

Often, into the ocean.

By the year 2050, plastic will likely outweigh all the fish in the sea. Around 8 million to 10 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the ocean each year. And plastic waste makes up 80% of all marine pollution. These stats...

Vin Bellezza, owner of Vin’s Food Forest Builds

Producing produce

"As humans living in the modern world, we have lost valuable knowledge of growing practices,” Vincent Bellezza, owner and operator of Vin’s Food Forest Builds, says, “But once you get it, you get it.”

Bellezza moved to the Fort Lauderdale area from Pennsylvania in 2011. After moving to Port St. Lucie in 2017, he and his growing family began to explore gardening in their backyard in 2019...

Stuart Boat Show

Making waves

When your boat show is the largest on the Treasure Coast and deemed one of the top events in the Southeast, it’s more than a boating lifestyle you’re promoting.

The three-day Stuart Boat Show, returning for its 49th year on Jan. 13, has been built on relationships. Many will be established that weekend between boat dealers and buyers...

Calvin Heathman, the first resident of the Ardie R. Copas State Veterans' Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie

Home Sweet Home

Movie star Mae West once remarked that, “Getting old isn’t for the faint of heart.” And while the intention was humor, her wry observation rings true with most of us. Though the average life span of individuals living in the United States has dipped slightly since the pandemic, medical and technological advances give many the gift of more quality years of life...

Sunset lights the last hours of a peaceful day over Port St. Lucie

Safe and sound

Port St. Lucie keeps being honored and winning awards for its efforts to make the city a great place to live, retire and find a great quality of life. The city itself was even honored recently for being a great employer...

Terry “Pastor T” Taylor


Terry Taylor started working on the farm his family sharecropped about the time he started school. His father, also a builder and longshoreman, especially enjoyed serving as a church deacon.

“He read well but every Saturday night he had me read the Sunday School lesson to him for the next day,” Taylor says. “I appreciate that foundation...

Musician Mark Barnes


Talk to Mark Barnes and it will most likely be about the latest festival and events at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens where he is a board member. Or, he might be mulling ideas for a colorful new event poster. But he has a secret hiding behind all that. He is an award-winning composer and musician who performs live and in the studio, has numerous albums and owns many awards. His albums are on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Pandora, Amazon and more...

Joette Giorgis


Joette Giorgis was introduced to music in the fourth grade, learning to play trumpet, then piano. At 15, she bought her first guitar and is proficient at guitar and ukelele.

A professional musician who plays at local events and teaches others, she says that music has become the primary focus in her life. “I see my guitar as a friend, and I don’t go anywhere without it.”

Thomas Waterman


Thomas Waterman’s radio career spans four decades but chances are not many people have heard of him. Not by that name, anyway. 

Waterman got his start listening to WNBC as a boy in New York. Born in Brooklyn, he and his family moved to Long Island. 

“My sister and I had a pretend station that we recorded stuff and made tapes for,” he says. “WBLN. Our call sign stood for ‘We Blast Loud Noise.’” 

Things to do

Enjoy a celebration of history in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties at the Treasure Coast History Festival on Saturday, Jan. 14. The festival is free and being held on Second Street in downtown Fort Pierce, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This year features free presentations: Lincoln Park Academy Looking back on 100 years at 9 a.m.; A Century of the Sunrise at 10:30 a.m.; and The Cow Creek Chronicles: A Ranch and a Family Remembered at 12:30 p.m...

Port St. Lucie Tradition Square

Our Town

Tradition Square has an old-town atmosphere and, just like in days past, it is the site of many community events. The Tradition Neighborhood Market, an old-fashioned farmers’ market along with arts and crafts vendors, is set up on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. And on the first and third Fridays of each month, the Food Trucks and Vendors event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Bring a chair and share in the food and fun...


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