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Stuart Fl Area Information

Area Information

Stuart area Arts and Culture

Stuart its surrounding areas are definitely not a metropolis, but due to their strong economy and tourist base, the Arts are a primary here are definitely a primary part of the culture.
Stuart is home to

55 antique shops
72 art galleries
14 museums
15 live theatre, playhouses.
For upcoming events go to
The art Council for martin county is at
Performing Arts

Treasure Coast Performing Arts Center
772 335-1887 1666 SE Port St Lucie Blvd
Port Saint Lucie, FL
Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts
772 461-4884 210 S Depot Dr
Fort Pierce, FL
Martin County High School and Performing Arts. Visual Arts, Band, Chorus, Drama. Martin County High School 2801 South Kanner Highway Stuart, Florida 34994
Lyric Theatre
772 286-7827 59 SW Flagler Ave
Stuart, FL
Indian River Community College: Performing Arts Academy
772 462-7695 Fort Pierce, FL
Art Centers and museums in Stuart and within 25 miles

Stuart Heritage Museum
161 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 772-220-4600
Maritime & Yachting Museum
3250 S Kanner Hwy, PO Box 1448, Stuart, FL 772-692-1234
Art War & Peace Museum
2000 NE Jensen Beach Blvd, Jensen Beach, FL 772-225-3200
Elliott Museum
825 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 772-225-1961
A E Bean Backus Gallery
500 N Indian River Dr, PO Box 3411, Fort Pierce, FL 772-465-0630
Lighthouse Center For the Arts
373 Tequesta Dr, Tequesta, FL
Loxahatchee River Hst Museums
805 N Us Highway 1, Jupiter, FL 561-747-6639
UDT Seal Museum Assn Inc
3300 N Highway A1a, Fort Pierce, FL 772-595-5845
Burt Reynold's Museum
100 N US Highway 1, Jupiter, FL 561-743-9955
Hibel Museum of Art
1200 Town Center Dr, Jupiter, FL 561-622-1380
Hibel Museum of Art
5353 Parkside Dr, Jupiter, FL 561-533-6872
Hibel Museum of Art
5353 Parkside Dr, Jupiter, FL 561-622-5560
Music and arts

Treasure Coast Symphony
P.O. Box 4169
Fort Pierce, FL 34958
Information 561-465-0497
Trasure Coast Opera Society
1309 Indiana Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 561-465-6204
In conclusion, the Treasure coast of martin and Port St Lucie counties have lots of cultural and artistic opportunities. The relaxed atmosphere and ambience of the area is attractive to creative pursuits.
If you are the creative type such as a writer, actor, musician, photographer, painter or just want to make sure there are good cultural opportunities around you, Stuart and its areas have the answer.

A.E. Bean Backus Gallery & Museum
Exhibits of Backus’ art and other Florida artists. Open Tuesday through Sunday, September through May 15. Closed June through August.
500 N Indian River Drive, Historic Downtown Fort Pierce, FL
Academy of the Performing Arts
The Academy offers private instruction on piano, voice, guitar, violin and other instruments. The Academy also sponsors the Chamber Chorale of Palm City and the Thursday Thespians acting troupe. All activities of the Academy are located at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Academy of the Treasure Coast
The Academy of the Treasure Coast offers music classes and programs for students of all ages, 1-100 years. Private and semi-private instruction on many instruments is available by appointment Monday through Saturday.
Art Associates of Martin County
An active association of local artists that meets the second Monday of the month from Oct. through April at 7:30 p.m. at the Woman's Club on E. Ocean Blvd. in Stuart. Programs include an art related demonstration and refreshments. Send inquiries to: PO Box 1191, Stuart, FL 34995.
Atlantic Classical Orchestra
Founded in 1991, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra is a classical size orchestra with thirty-two to thirty-six professional players. The orchestra has a secure place in the cultural scene of the tri-county area, performing a series of concerts each year in Stuart and Vero Beach.
Bach's Children Music School
Bach's Children Music School is dedicated to providing music education in string instruments and piano to the children and adults of the Treasure Coast. Currently the music school offers private lessons in violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar and piano, as well as classes in chamber music for beginners through advanced students, group lessons for violin and cello for beginners, and an adult guitar class.
The Barn Theater
The Barn is a 169-seat community theatre presenting five mainstage productions September through June, and a Showcase Series of one-act plays held between mainstage productions.
2400 E Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL
Court House Cultural Center & Gallery
Managed by the Arts Council serving Stuart and Martin County, the Court House Cultural Center Gallery hosts fine art exhibitions. Designed in the art deco style and built in 1937, as a federal Public Works Administration project, the building was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1997.
80 E Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL
Duck in the Truck Puppets, Inc.
Duck in the Truck Puppets educates and entertains children through the art of puppetry, bringing original puppets and music to festivals, schools and homes. All ages will enjoy the antics of Professor O and his merry band of characters and participating in puppet making workshops.
Elliott Museum
The Elliott Museum houses one of the finest collections of American antiques, decorative arts, baseball memorabilia and vintage automobiles that celebrate the Golden Age of American creativity, as well as local and Florida history. The Elliott is also home to the Historical Society of Martin County and it's archives. The Elliott is open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sunday.
825 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL

Florida Arts & Dance Company
Florida Arts & Dance Company is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing individuals with dance education, training and performing opportunities. In addition to its regular dance and fitness classes for children and adults, FADC conducts numerous community outreach programs for under-served segments of our community. Fees vary with class.
57 SW Monterey Road, Stuart, FL
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center - 40 Acres of Marine and Nature Adventures!, Aquariums, Touch Tanks, 10,000 gallon "Rays on the Reef", Stingray Tank, "Children's Activity Pavilion", filled with interactive exhibits on Mammals, Sea Turtles, Manatees, Animal Tracks, Discovery Table and much more. Open Mon - Sat 10-5 pm, Sunday 12- 4 pm, admission $8.00 Adults, $4.00 Children ages 3-12.
890 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL
Footlites Senior Dance +
The Footlites Senior Dance Troupe entertains the community with fast-paced tap, jazzy costumes and vocals and is dedicated to making their audience tap their toes, sing along and clap their hands. Newcomers welcome.
783 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach, FL
Garden Club of Stuart
The Garden Club of Stuart is a not-for profit organization with hundreds of members. Local beautification projects include the Habitat for Humanity Homes, Possum Long Nature Center Hospices of Martin County, and Garden Therapy at ARC plus many schools and Parks. Meetings are held October - April on the second Monday of the month at 1 p.m.
Hobe Sound Fine Art League
Classes, workshops, two art shows, member gallery displays for sale, college entry art scholarships, local 4th grade art supplies, volunteers at pre-school, facility, and fund raising social activities. Monthly meetings are held the 3rd Mondays from October through April.
8879 SE Bridge Road (in the Marketplace Mall), Hobe Sound, FL
House of Refuge Museum at Gilbert's Bar
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the House of Refuge, built in 1875, is Martin County's oldest building and once served as a refuge for shipwreck victims along our rocky coastline. The House is now a museum operated by the Historical Society of Martin County.
MacArthur Boulevard, Hutchinson Island, Stuart, FL
Jensen Beach Art League
The Jensen Beach Art League is a non-profit organization of area artists. The art league's goals are to further Art Education and appreciation of the arts. Meetings are held October-April at Hoke Library on the second Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. An outdoor art show at Indian Riverside Park is held the second Sunday of the month, November-April, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Lighthouse Center for the Arts
As northern Palm Beach County's oldest and largest visual arts museum, the Lighthouse Center for the Arts is a two-building operation featuring a stand-alone school of art with classes for children and adults, beginner through professional levels; a popular summer camp for kids ages 4-16; and diverse and educational exhibits.
373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469
Lyric Theatre
For over three quarters of a century, the Lyric Theatre has played a leading role in bringing quality entertainment to the Treasure coast. Built as a silent movie house in 1926, the restored Lyric attracts more than 80,000 theatergoers annually for a full slate of concerts, shows and cultural events. The Lyric is on the National Register of Historic Places.
59 SW Flagler Avenue, Historic Downtown Stuart, FL
Maritime and Yachting Museum
3250 S Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL

Martin County Library System
Martin County Library System provides a gateway for meeting the educational, recreational, cultural and intellectual needs of our diverse communities by continuing to provide free and equal access to information, lifelong learning resources and services to people of all ages and abilities.
Public information line: 772-221-1403
Literacy Council
The Literacy Council is a non-profit organization whose volunteer tutors provide reading, writing, and/or conversation instruction to adults and young adults of all backgrounds.
Palm City Art Associates, Inc.
Palm City Art Associates, Inc. is a non-profit organization of active artists dedicated to encouraging and promoting fine arts among our members and within our community. PCAA holds an Annual Art Show & Sale; sponsors monthly Outdoor Art Shows from November - April; and educates through art demonstrations and lectures.
StarStruck Performing Arts Center
StarStruck/Peter Jones Productions is a Performing Arts Center offering classes and private lessons in: acting, singing, dancing, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, piano, guitar and musical theatre. They also present several stage productions each year.
Shiloh Theatrical Productions
Shiloh Theatrical Productions, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that offers musical productions at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Stuart throughout the year. Our mission is to offer great theatrical experiences to offer great theatrical experiences, theatre education, and a place to develop new musical works.
South East Florida Archaeological Society

St. Lucie Chorale
The St. Lucie Chorale & Orchestra is a community organization dedicated to presenting concerts of the highest quality, to performing major choral works with orchestra, and to educating and inspiring greater interest in choral singing. The St. Lucie Chorale also presents several concerts a season that highlights enduring popular, traditional and show tunes.
Stuart Community Concert Band

Stuart Heritage Museum

161 SW Flagler Avenue, Historic Downtown Stuart, FL
Stuart School of Music
1608 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL

The Dance Academy of Stuart
The Dance Academy of Stuart was founded in the fall of 1997 by Alicia Chodera whose professional credits include The Boston Ballet, The Zurich Ballet, and The Miami City Ballet. Each year The Dance Academy's students present three major performances in addition to appearances at community events, schools, and fund-raising occasions.
333 Tressler Drive, Stuart, FL
Treasure Coast Concert Association
Professional classical concert series, “Ovation Concerts” presented at the Lyric Theatre January through March. Treasure Coast Concert Association also presents many of their Ovation Concert performers in “Magic of Music” performances at school sites throughout Martin County.
Treasure Coast Community Singers
The Treasure Coast Community Singers is a 80-member community choir comprised of singers of all levels from St. Lucie and Martin Counties. They meet each Monday at 7 p.m. at North Stuart Baptist Church, 1950 N. Federal Hwy. for rehearsal.
Treasure Coast Flute Choir

Treasure Coast Music Teacher’s Association
A professional association of accredited music teachers on the Treasure Coast. Offering a variety performance opportunities including recitals and musicales in additional to master classes for students.
Treasure Coast Woodcarvers
Formed in 1983, the Treasure Coast Woodcarvers have over 150 novice to world class members. They encourage & promote woodcarving & related crafts—recognizing them as art forms. Their annual show is the largest on the east coast of Florida.

Cost of Living

The cost of living index is based on the composite price of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health care, clothing and entertainment.

Cost of living indexes will generally be higher in areas that offer access to beaches, culture, arts and recreation. In addition areas, that offer a wider variety of services such as health and education will run higher due to higher wages, and increased quality of living.

Cost of living indexing explanation
A figure of 100 points is used as an average both for the USA and Florida. For example:
Boise Idaho is ranked at a 99
Boston Mass is rated at 240
San Francisco at 217
Statewide, Florida cities come in from a low of 90 and up.
One way to compare Florida areas to salary requirements

For example-If you were relocating from Portland Oregon (whose rate 1s 94.0) to Orlando, and you currently make $50,000 per year, the formula is as follows
Take the destination index, in this case Orlando-94.0 and divide by Portland’s index-120, then multiply by a salary of $50,000. This will give you a figure of $39,166 which would be required to make in Orlando to have the same quality of life.
See comparable Florida statewide
* Re cost of living--in some areas Real Estate has went up dramatically however costs that factor in such as food, transportation, rents etc have not increased at the same rate-so in some areas, even though housing is expensive, the overall rating may still be low
2007 stats per Sperlings best Places

Boca Raton-154.74
Cape Coral-Ft Myers-108.0
Ft Lauderdale-132.0
Fort Walton-Destin-120
Jacksonville metro-94.0
Big Pine Key fl-132.46
Key Largo-146.0
Key West-168.0
Marathon fl-162.06
Miami metro-138.0
Naples Fl-250.59
Orlando metro-94.0
Palm Bay-84.56
Palm Coast-Flagler-125.01
Panama City-86.35
Pensacola metro-82.0
Tampa 94.60
Stuart 146.63
St Pete-Clearwater-91.58
Vero-Beach Indian River-122.87
West Palm Beach metro-112.05
(Population Weighted-State Average=100
See national comparisons
Cost of living (100 = nationwide average)

* New York, NY -164.50
* Long Beach, CA -135.71
* Palo Alto, CA -234.42
* Boston, MA -127.60
* Malibu, CA -492.80
* San Francisco, -187.23
* Greenwich, CT 215
* Chicago, IL -126.45
* Dallas Tx -92,94
* Atlanta Ga -112.21
For more information about cost of living go to either
Sperlings best Places
or Accra's site at

The cost of living across the city areas in Florida's Treasure Coast averaged only 98% of the national average or 20th in the state of Florida, With housing, Real Estate prices substantially below the national average,
Stuart and Martin County is a great place to live, work and play.
Ad Valorem Millage Rates (2004):
Government 5.6020
Schools 7.5920
Special 1.0692
Total 14.2632
Ad Valorem Tax Exemption: Yes
Retail Sales Tax (Local Option) 0.0
Local Communications Service Tax 1.8
As of 2004, the total Cost of living index was 99.82
Above stats from For more information about cost of living stats go to

Housing. Minimum two bedroom single family homes in Martin/St Lucie Counties.
As of August 2005, the median sold price is $267,600
For water and sewer go to
Indiantown Company
City of Stuart Water Dept.
Martin County Utilities & Solid Waste Dept.
South Martin Regional Utilities
Hobe Sound Water Company
Hydratech Utilitie
For electric go to Florida Power & Light
Gas Companies:
TECO/People's Gas
Tri-County Gas
Martin County Petroleum & Propane
In conclusion, with the recreational and job opportunities and the quality of life, mixed in with low housing costs, the Treasure Coast is a great option.

What if you never had to go back from your vacation? You can! You can live the vacation.


Small town life is definitely less stressful than a major metropolitan area.
Average commute times to work average just over 20 minutes here. In other words, a beautiful environment, great climate and numerous outdoor recreational opportunities, makes it easier to stay healthy. It’s a fact that sunshine makes people feel healthier and improves your outlook on everything. After living here 10 years, I can tell you that it’s great to wake up to a warm climate and sunshine almost year round.

Statistics for Martin County. As of 2004, there are:

9 assisted living facilities
2 major hospitals
4 adult day care centers
9 health care clinics
6 skilled nursing facilities
There are a total of 214 Health care related facilities
Statistics for port St Lucie county (Ft Pierce)

36 assisted living facilities
3 major hospitals
2 adult day care centers
10 health care clinics
7 skilled nursing facilities
There are a total of 306 Health care related facilities.
For specific information and address/phone number, please go to

Martin County Health Department

Vision: Setting the Standard of Excelence and Innovation in Public Health.

Mission: Ensuring the Health and Well-Being of Our Community by Monitoring Health Status, Assuring High Quality Services, and Developing Partnerships to Meet the Ever Changing Needs of Our Community.
Below are the major hospitals.

STUART , FL 34997 TELEPHONE#:772 223-2300

STUART , FL 34995 TELEPHONE#:772 287-5200



PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL 34952 TELEPHONE#:772 335-0400
For hospital and medical facility names and addresses in Orange County go to:
For more specific health information see the Website listed above.


Eastern central Florida has some of the best schools in the country.
There are more than 18,000 students, 800 teachers and over 20 elementary and second schools in Martin county. For schools in Port St Lucie, go to

Thank you for your interest in Martin County Schools.
Martin County is an ideal place in which to live, work, and raise a family, and we appreciate your interest in our school district. Nowhere is the spirit and vitality of this wonderful community more evident than in our schools.

Our greatest pride and hope for the future rests in our children. Our goal as a community is to focus our many and diverse resources into the best possible educational opportunities for our students. District priorities are:

* To prepare our students to succeed at the highest levels in the world that awaits them

* To use technology and community resources to expand and enhance the classroom; and

* To provide a safe, secure and supportive environment for learning and growing.

An amazing array of exploration and discovery takes place in each of our schools every day, thanks to the talents of our creative and dedicated staff and the input of parents and the community. I invite you to visit our district to explore the many opportunities which the Martin County School District can provide for your family. If you have any questions, I urge you to call my office, or any of the offices listed on our Website.
Sincerely,Sara A. Wilcox, PhD.

For a comparison of schools and school districts on a variety of criteria, view Florida School Indicators Reports at the Florida Department of Education's Web site.
Martin county school specifics:

13 Elementary Schools
4 Middle Schools
3 High Schools
5 College-Universities
3 Community colleges
4 Vocational-technical schools
8 adult schools
13 private schools
8 Other schools
33 Child care and pre school centers
For a complete listing of Schools by Region and addresses go to:


· Palm Beach Atlantic University

Hobe Sound Bible College & Academy
Barry University of the Treasure Coast
Florida Atlantic University
Northwood University
Junior/Community Colleges:

Palm Beach Community College
Palm Beach Atlantic College
Indian River Community College
Vocational/Technical Schools:

Keiser College
Indiantown Adult Training Center
Indian River Community College
Chapman School of Seamanship
For specific locations and more information-check with either the school district or your REALTOR.


Stuart’s mild, sub-tropical climate and mild breezes make sports and recreational opportunities accessible, year round.
Winter, spring and fall are filled with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the mid 70’s and 80’s.
Some statistics:

The hottest month is August, with an average high of 89.8° F and an average low of 74° F. In January the average high temperature is 74° F and the average low is 54° F.
Normal annual precipitation is 53 plus inches, with the largest monthly totals accumulating from July through September.
Stuart’s Temperature Annual high average

Month Air
January 74
February 74
March 77
April 80
May 85
June 88
July 89
August 90
September 88
October 84
November 79
December 75
Water temperatures go from 66 in January to 81 in July and August.

Other Weather Indicators

Average Wind Speed 8.55
Avg. Relative Humidity 70.
To see stats by the month, go to
*Although it looks like we have lots of cloudy days, the sun is out almost year round and the clouds are partial-not like in the Northwest (where I’m from) and it will stay overcast and dark for weeks on end.

*Although we do get rain here-it is a tropical rain and comes and goes quickly and acts as a refresher to the hot days..

To see average January temperatures across the United States go to
Compare where you live or want to live in Florida. For more specific info, look at the area you are interested in and go to the weather page.

So what about Hurricanes, the rainy season and humidity?
We are a tropical climate, so our rainy season comes in the summer. Generally it will rain hard for a half hour then subside. It does get humid then. Although not as bad as you’d think. Our water breezes really help cool us off.
Despite four devastating hurricanes in 2004, the number of Florida visitors rose 7% to an all-time high of 79.8 million last year and is on target to hit 80 million this year.
To think on:
If you live on the coast you stand the greatest chance of having one affect you. Some areas of Florida have gone fifty years plus without one but you never know.
As a resident having lived in the Keys and now in central Florida I’ve been through them.

In my opinion, the best thing you can do is buy a home that was built after Andrew-August 92 that was built to stricter building codes. Have window protection and a backup generator and make sure your insurance is up to date. If they ask you to leave, do it!

Realize-If you live in an older home that was not built up to the stricter building codes (After Hurricane Andrew-August 1992) or you live in a mobile home you stand the best chance of having major structural damage.

Living on the beach in a mobile home is asking for it. Although, you may never have a problem, you’re still definitely taking your chances. Barrier islands and open-water Ocean or Gulf front are the most prone to damage.
Having lived in California, I prefer the threat of a hurricane however as opposed to an earthquake. At least you have a warning.

For current information about hurricanes go to
For 2005 climate info by areas go to
For current weather forecasts by cities go to
*Living in a waterfront home typically means that you will pay a higher Insurance premium. The insurance is higher due to flood and wind concerns.
Part of this is also because the pricing on these homes is higher so there is more value to insure against.

Having said all this, I can’t imagine living elsewhere. It is really great to wake up and it’s sunny out.
We spend over half our lives indoors…so when you do go outside, wouldn’t it be nice if it was warm and sunny?



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