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Home Care In Palm City, FL

Home Care Palm City, FL

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Stuart Heritage Museum gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Palm City, FL is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


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Tino K.

“Steve is such a great guy! Highly knowledgeable and compassionate. Thanks to him my grandfather was able to maintain his independence and stay at home. The Medina family appreciates all you have done, thanks Steve!”

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“I am a current client of this provider lways Best Care helped our family secure free in-home care services through Veterans Affairs. VA Community Care benefits were completely unknown to us when we were looking for affordable care for mom and dad. Always Best Care helped us navigate through obtaining the caregiver benefits. Mom received free respite care to help give her a break from caregiver duties while caring for Dad. Their caregivers were kind and reliable, making our experience wonderful. Highly recommended.”


“I am a past client of this provider Steve and his team at Always Best Health Care were a blessing to me! My Father was very ill and had Parkinson's and they were there for me every step of the way. I would highly recommend them for any type of home health care assistance.”

Claudine P.

“I love that Always Best Care supports our veterans with the VA Community. With me personally having a ton of family within this community, I know where to turn if anyone I know needs at home health care.”

Kendall K.

“The senior living advice given by “ Always Best” has helped me navigate around the uncertainty of what to do next if these services are needed for a friend, someone I love or another individual needing guidance. Thank you for the wonderful education!”

Kendall K.

“I had a great experience with Steve! He was incredibly clear and thorough in explaining the entire process.”


“The best senior care service!”

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“The best senior care service.”

Nicole Z.

“The very best in home health care! Caring professional group eager to keep their patients safe and to stay in their homes. They are equipped to handle all the needs of their elderly patients. They are supportive and truly understand how to help and personalize treatment plans based on the needs of their clients!”

Brenda B.

“Always Best Care Services is actually what is sounds like. The best care possible for their clients. Steve always returns calls on a timely fashion and truly cares about the well being of his patients. Definitely would recommend them :)”

Eleni B.

“Steve and his staff have the best interest of the client in mind. They get to know the and the family and fine tune a process that gets the best care possible for the client. Always checking in to make sure the client is being taken care of with their best interest in mind. I would recommend ABC senior services to anyone looking for the best in home care around for their loved ones. Peace of mind is so important. Thanks Steve”

Ed D.

“This Always Best Care exceeded our expectations and increased my peace of mind knowing my grandmother’s adult care was superior to other services of its kind. Nannie was happy and that made me happy. I would highly recommend this stellar group. Thank you, Steve, Claudia and your team. You are THE BEST!”

Susan M.

“There are so many nursing homes to choose from, with their guidance I was able to find the right facility for my mother, right away. I would highly recommend them to any family or friends in need of their services.”

Candace K.

“ABC has provided the essential care and support my dad needed after hospitalization and chemo treatments. I have peace of mind knowing they are supporting him.”

Michelle B.

“Steve and Claudia at Always Best Care Senior Services were just awesome in how they provided at home care for my mother Carmen. Starting with the initial consultation by Steve to learn about mom's personal care needs to the follow-up visit of a registered nurse to the eventual placement of a compassionate caregiver; every step of their service was well thought out and they truly delivered on providing a level of care for mom that exceeded our families (and mom's) expectations. It can be very nerve racking to find and leave your loved one with a caregiver but this company gets that and they were just fantastic. Thank you Always Best Care!”

Mark B.

“If you want quality care for yourself or your loved ones, Steve and his time are the best, don’t waste your time looking elsewhere. As an estate planning attorney, I have recommended clients to Steve who have been very happy with his team. Steve and his team went above and beyond for one specific client of mine that had a very complex situation, and I am eternally grateful to them. I only hope I can continue to work together with him - Steve and his team are dedicated to making sure you are comfortable, happy and safe. My favorite part about Always Best Care is that all of their staff are TRAINED EMPLOYEES WITH CONTINUING EDUCATION - NOT INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS!”

Aldo C.

“I have been utilizing Always Best Care Senior Services for 2 years to care 24/7 for my elderly parents. I am very pleased with their services. The Owners and Office Staff bend over backwards to make sure that there is always coverage, to alert my parents Caregiver Team of any requests that I make, to advise me when there is an issue with my parents or their dog. The Caregiver Team working with my parents are all compassionate and caring, knowledgeable and skilled. Sadly, my Father passed away in the fall of 2020. Each of their Caregivers, the Owners and the Office Staff expressed to me that they would like to attend his memorial service when we are able to have it. During the weeks he was slipping away, the Caregiver team not only took care of my parents, they looked after me, gently reminding me to eat, rest or take a break. They truly care not only for my parents, but for all our family. I can’t begin to express what a comfort it has been to have them caring for my parents, especially during the pandemic when visits are prohibited. They are my eyes and ears. Working intimately with my parents, the Caregivers are very tuned in to even subtle changes. If you are in the market and looking for a senior services/home health care company, I strongly urge you to reach out to Always Best Care Senior Services. You’ll be happy you did.”

Heidi R.

“Steve and his team were amazing. As my father’s Parkinson’s progress, we were in need of home health care desperately. Steve and his nurse came to our home, assess the situation, and set up a schedule to accommodate our needs. I would highly recommend them to any family or friends in need of their services.”

Claudine P.

“Always best care is a top notch senior services company. They go above and beyond with their clients and treat them as if they are family. If you are looking for a great family oriented team to help take care of your love one look no further. Give Always best care a call you will not be disappointed!!”

Forrest H.

“Highly recommended! All the staff is very professional and courteous”

Ryan N.

“Steven and his team are superior in caring for aging friends and family. The most important thing is having people who you can trust with your family.”

Allison T.

“Steve and his team will take superior care of your loved ones.”

John D.

“I highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services if you have a loved one that needs personal care.”

Melanie T.

“Dori, is such a wonderful person and makes such an impact on everyone she is involved with.”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Palm City, FL?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Palm City, FL

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Pendarvis Cove Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Ristorante Claretta or visit Road To Victory Military Museum, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Palm City, FL

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Palm City, FL, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your FL's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Palm City, FL understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Grand Oaks of Palm City
  • Sandhill Cove Retirement Living
  • Water's Edge Extended Care
  • Palm City Nursing and Rehab Center
  • Sovereign Healthcare-Palm City
  • Gardens Retreat
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Palm City, FL 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Palm City, FL

Family who owns The Gafford opens new casual restaurant billed as modern New Americana

A new restaurant is filling a void in Palm City.Palm City Social has opened on Martin Downs Boulevard in the Martin Downs Village Center.It’s the second restaurant for Palm City residents Rick and Elizabeth Wilson and...

A new restaurant is filling a void in Palm City.

Palm City Social has opened on Martin Downs Boulevard in the Martin Downs Village Center.

It’s the second restaurant for Palm City residents Rick and Elizabeth Wilson and their son, Taylor. They also own The Gafford in downtown Stuart.

“We all live here,” Taylor Wilson said, adding Palm City doesn't have many restaurants, so residents have to drive to Stuart for more choices. “We tried to create a spot that we would want to go to.”

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Wilson, 34, and his parents moved 11 years ago from Dallas, Texas, to Palm City, where his grandparents had retired. His dad was regional vice president for the national casual dining restaurant company Brinker International for 25 years and, at one point in his career, had over 200 restaurants, including national chains such as Chili’s Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy.

Taylor Wilson was a chef in corporate dining when his dad asked if he wanted to move to Florida to open a restaurant.

“This is his retirement,” Wilson said — but “I don’t know if it’s retirement or not.”

At age 23, Wilson became head chef when his family opened The Gafford in 2011. Five years ago, Wilson met his wife, and they had two children.

Then Wilson and his mom pushed his dad to do more.

“I don’t want to say we were bored with The Gafford,” Wilson said, “but we kind of had a very well-oiled machine that we could take time to do something else.”

The restaurant, which opened Oct. 21, took 17 months to renovate — 13 months and $2 million more than planned, Wilson said. They took over three spaces in the Martin Downs Village Center, including the Palm City Chamber of Commerce, to build the 151-seat restaurant. They plan to add an 80-seat outdoor-dining patio.

Palm City Social is completely different than The Gafford, which is more expensive, he said. It can accommodate big parties and families with a children’s menu.

“We created Palm City Social to be more of a social gathering place, where I feel The Gafford is more of a date night,” Wilson said. “It’s more of an intimate experience, where Palm City Social is more of an open floor plan, not really a secluded area for people to dine.”

For now, a sous chef handles the day-to-day at The Gafford while Wilson spends most of his time at Palm City Social. Later, he will split his time between both restaurants.

Wilson described the restaurant as “modern New Americana.” The menu features appetizers, handhelds, salads and small-plate options — no big steaks yet. He plans to roll out a new menu next year that includes steak. Happy hour from 4-6 p.m. features only discounted drinks for now; he’ll add food later, he said.

The biggest seller is the 16-ounce Berkshire pork chop ($36) with gruyere, caramelized onion crème and wilted spinach over whipped Palm City potatoes and local vegetables. Wilson said he goes through 50 pork chops every night.

The second top seller is the chicken Milanese ($22) with crispy chicken cutlets over piquillo pepper and artichoke bruschetta, topped with a salad of vine ripe tomatoes, arugula, lemon balsamic vinaigrette and hand-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

The third top seller is the short-rib grilled cheese ($20) with crisp sourdough bread, overnight braised short rib, homemade pimento, cheddar cheese, pickled onions and chimichurri. He said the sourdough is made in New York, just for the restaurant.

Appetizers include ahi tuna cones ($15) with sesame waffle, wasabi aioli and wakame, as well as steak tartare ($26) with hand-cut tenderloin, classic accoutrements folded in, baby herbs, horseradish-garlic aioli and sourdough.

Desserts include a banana split board ($19) with Haagen-Dazs vanilla bean ice cream topped with fresh whipped cream, candied pecans, cherries, hot fudge, strawberry coulis, and caramel finished with caramelized bananas.

Wilson tries to get farm-to-table food when he can. All the fish dishes — except the Faroe Island salmon ($29) — is local from New England Seafood Market in Jensen Beach. He also works with Kai Kai Farm in Indiantown.

“It’s helping our community,” Wilson said.

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Laurie K. Blandford is TCPalm's entertainment reporter and columnist dedicated to finding the best things to do on the Treasure Coast. Follow her on Twitter @TCPalmLaurie and Facebook @TCPalmLaurie. Email her at [email protected]. Sign up for her What To Do in 772 weekly newsletter at

Amazon delivery driver bitten by 'highly venomous' rattlesnake in Martin County

PALM CITY, Fla. — A 21-year-old Amazon driver is in critical but stable condition after she was bitten by a "highly venomous" rattlesnake in Palm City on Monday.In a Facebook post, the Martin County Sheriff's Office said the driver was delivering a package in the Highlands Reserve community Monday night when an eastern diamondback rattlesnake coiled near the front door bit her. The agency later said it was 5 feet long."The driver walked to the door, put the package down and was struck by the snake," th...

PALM CITY, Fla. — A 21-year-old Amazon driver is in critical but stable condition after she was bitten by a "highly venomous" rattlesnake in Palm City on Monday.

In a Facebook post, the Martin County Sheriff's Office said the driver was delivering a package in the Highlands Reserve community Monday night when an eastern diamondback rattlesnake coiled near the front door bit her. The agency later said it was 5 feet long.

"The driver walked to the door, put the package down and was struck by the snake," the sheriff's office wrote.

The driver immediately became ill and called out for help.

Deputies arrived at the scene within minutes and found the victim on the ground outside the home.

"She was sort of lethargic in her interaction with our deputies, limited conversation," Martin County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy John Budensiek said. "It was obvious when they were walking up to ask her what had taken place, you could see the bite on her inner thigh just above the knee."

The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she's now in "very serious condition," the sheriff's office said.

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Sgt. Brian Tyson caught the snake from the front door.

"Do you get a lot of calls about snakes in that area in general?" WPTV reporter Joel Lopez asked.

"We do, absolutely, we get them quite frequently," Tyson responded.

"It was aggressive. I used a long tool, a long pole to pin the snake against the wall and took care of it."

Tyson said this time of year MCSO sees an uptick of calls about snakes and because of its size temper and the small children in the area, the snake was put down.

"I did not think that it was a smart idea to try to trap it and then release it," Tyson said. "I'm sure the citizens of that community would have been quite upset had we done that.

Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, which are highly venomous, are "very common to this area," according to the Martin County Sheriff's Office.

Amy Kight with Busch Wildlife Sanctuary said people need to remember that snakes love our tropical climate and that most of them are completely harmless.

"When you see them, the best thing to do is just leave them alone," Kight said. "Assume all snakes have the potential to be dangerous, especially if you're not good at identifying them."

Amazon spokesperson Branden Baribeau released the following statement regarding the incident:

"Our thoughts are with the driver and we hope for a full recovery after this frightening incident. Together, with the Delivery Service Partner, we're looking into the circumstances surrounding this incident and continue to make sure that drivers understand they should not complete a delivery if they feel unsafe."

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5 new restaurants open on Treasure Coast, 2 coming soon, 2 closed and 1 closing soon

Laurie K. BlandfordIn case you missed any of the articles about new restaurants that TCPalm previously posted throughout this month, here's a roundup with links to that subscriber content.Click each "read the full story" link for the name, location, hours, photos, menu highlights, signature dishes and more information about the restaurants. Some articles inclu...

Laurie K. Blandford

In case you missed any of the articles about new restaurants that TCPalm previously posted throughout this month, here's a roundup with links to that subscriber content.

Click each "read the full story" link for the name, location, hours, photos, menu highlights, signature dishes and more information about the restaurants. Some articles include exclusive interviews with the chefs and/or owners.

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Downtown grocery and cafe

A new grocery store and cafe has opened in the middle of a busy downtown. The deli offers fresh juices such as mango, ginger pear and strawberry watermelon; build-your-own tacos like Moe’s or Chipotle; fresh subs like Jersey Mike’s; and fresh salads like Panera. It also has pizza, hamburgers, ice cream and milkshakes. Read the full story.

Pizza chain opens 7th location

A local pizzeria chain has opened its seventh location on the Treasure Coast. It’s the first location in Palm City but the third in Martin County, where the local pizzeria began four years ago. The pizzeria also offers Italian dishes, create-your-own calzones and strombolis, sandwiches, wraps and hot grinders. Read the full story.

'Home of the birria' opens 2nd location

The self-proclaimed “home of the birria” has expanded with a second location on the Treasure Coast. Both locations are inside gas stations. Birria is a Mexican dish of stewed meat seasoned especially with chili peppers that’s growing in popularity on menus across the world. Read the full story.

Southern-style dessert shop

A national old-fashioned dessert shop has opened its first location on the Treasure Coast. The new restaurant is one of seven locations in Florida. It features classic Southern-style desserts, including cobbler, banana pudding, gourmet cinnamon rolls, cobbler cookies and milkshakes. Read the full story.

Sub shop reopens in new location

A longtime popular sub and sandwich shop in Indian River County has reopened at a new location just a half-mile away in a larger, standalone building with ample parking and an expanded menu. Their sandwiches stayed the same, but they've added pizza, burgers and fried items to the menu. Read the full story.


Downtown restaurant closes after 7 years

A popular downtown restaurant closed after seven years in business, but the new owner said she's going to open an even better restaurant in the location. The original restaurant was a hit when it opened in 2016, but the quality declined after it was sold to a group of owners. Read the full story.

Virtual golf closes after 6 months

A virtual golf bar and grill has closed after less than six months in business. The restaurant was run by executive chef Brent Blaha, who had created an eclectic "soup to nuts" menu with upscale bar food, salads, sandwiches, tacos, wings, pasta, steak, seafood and American classic comfort food. Read the full story.


Uptown bakery, bistro, wine bar

A local couple hopes to kickstart a new Fort Pierce destination area with their new bakery, bistro and wine bar. They are renovating a historic house in a residential neighborhood and hoping to open the cafe by the beginning of next year. Read the full story.

Downtown late-night restaurant

The new owner of a downtown restaurant took over last December and plans to reveal a new restaurant in November. She’s not revealing the new name or chef yet. She divulged it will stay open late, but wouldn't say how late. It's going to be more of an elevated gastropub-style place with small, shared plates. Read the full story.


Polish restaurant, hot dog joint

Flat Dog Diner in Vero Beach is planning to close in October, but no date has been set yet for the restaurant's last day of business. It's one of the best hot dog joints on the Treasure Coast, and it's one of only four Polish restaurants in the tri-county area.

Laurie K. Blandford is TCPalm's entertainment reporter and columnist dedicated to finding the best things to do on the Treasure Coast. Follow her on Twitter @TCPalmLaurie and Facebook @TCPalmLaurie. Email her at [email protected]. Sign up for her What To Do in 772 weekly newsletter at

Unveiling Palm City’s Newfield Farm

Community gardening is taking on new meaning in Martin County. A farm has opened near Palm City for locals to try their hand at cultivating vegetables and herbs for use in their own kitchens.Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County (BGCMC) were the first to turn soil here last March, with a ceremonial first plant of a 50-by-50-foot plot at what is known as Newfield Farm. The children planted peppers, eggplant, and herbs including rosemary, basil, and m...

Community gardening is taking on new meaning in Martin County. A farm has opened near Palm City for locals to try their hand at cultivating vegetables and herbs for use in their own kitchens.

Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County (BGCMC) were the first to turn soil here last March, with a ceremonial first plant of a 50-by-50-foot plot at what is known as Newfield Farm. The children planted peppers, eggplant, and herbs including rosemary, basil, and mint. The first harvest was in June, while Seminole pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and more were added in the fall.

A monthly farmer’s market launched at the site in August, offering fresh produce and artisanal goods from locally owned businesses. Visitors to the market can also participate in goat yoga sessions and enjoy bites from the Fork in the Road food truck, which is operated by BGCMC. The market currently hosts about a dozen vendors, with the next one taking place December 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eventually, an event barn (occupying approximately 4,000 square feet) will operate educational programming, cooking classes, demonstrations, and tastings, as well as a retail store and produce stand.

Under the supervision of Agmenity farm management company—which employs farming practices void of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers to grow a wide variety of seasonal crops and help people reconnect with the food they eat—Newfield will grow to encompass more than 100 acres of raised beds and plotted plantings. The farm will serve as the centerpiece of a new master-planned community by Mattamy Homes. “Both our residents and members of the public will have the opportunity to subscribe to a farm club and do their own gardening,” says James FitzGerald, Mattamy’s senior manager of community development.

The 3,400-acre parcel of land belonged to the family of economic journalist Knight Kiplinger, who has long promoted sustainability and conservation. For the last decade, farmer John Long of Agri-Gators has cultivated more than 1,000 acres of the parcel with corn, potatoes, and other crops.

The community will also feature more than 50 miles of trails that can be used for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, the majority of which lies in the Kiplinger Conservancy—1,000-plus acres south of Citrus Boulevard between the C-23 canal and Southwest Boatramp Avenue. FitzGerald says Mattamy’s intention is to stay true to Kiplinger’s values and protect the land, eradicating invasive species in the wetlands, thinning out the understory with controlled burns, composting, and protecting wildlife (including making sure gopher tortoises won’t be displaced from the property). “Seventy percent of the site is going to be preserved as public open space in perpetuity,” he says.

EF0 tornado touches down in Martin County with winds of 70-75 mph, NWS says

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF0 tornado touched down Monday afternoon southwest of Interstate 95 in Martin County, carving an eight-mile path.The tornado touched down to the south and west of Interstate 95 at mile marker 107 before crossing the interstate at about 4:43 p.m.The system then moved to the north-northeast into Palm City, where numerous trees were felled on properties between I-95 and Southwest Martin Highway.The circulation continued to the northeast in Stuart wh...

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF0 tornado touched down Monday afternoon southwest of Interstate 95 in Martin County, carving an eight-mile path.

The tornado touched down to the south and west of Interstate 95 at mile marker 107 before crossing the interstate at about 4:43 p.m.

The system then moved to the north-northeast into Palm City, where numerous trees were felled on properties between I-95 and Southwest Martin Highway.

The circulation continued to the northeast in Stuart where the NWS said multiple residents submitted videos of the tornado impacting portions of the Canopy Creek residential subdivision. However, the tornado caused sparse damage.

There were additional reports of downed trees along the path as it moved across Florida's Turnpike and into Stuart.

The circulation eventually produced a waterspout over the St. Lucie River that then pushed onshore and into the North River Shores subdivision before lifting and dissipating at 5:08 p.m.

The tornado produced minor damage in North River Shores, including a few fallen trees near the intersection of Northwest Pine Lake Drive and Northwest Fork Road.

No injuries have been reported from the tornado, which had a width of about 50 yards.

Second Tornado?

WPTV First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Steve Weagle said a second tornado also occurred in Martin County on Monday afternoon.

"I would estimate the second twister formed near I-95 and Becker Road around 5:50 p.m.," Weagle said, "then moved directly east toward Harbour Ridge at 5:59 p.m. and then crossing the North Fork of the St. Lucie River."

However, National Weather Service meteorologist William Ulrich said Wednesday that at this time they are unable to confirm a second tornado that was associated with the cell that moved along the St. Lucie and Martin County border between 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday.

"After analyzing the video that was provided to us on Twitter, it appears that the tornado was associated with the first system as it crossed I-95 and was not at Becker Road as initially claimed," Ulrich said in a statement. "At this time we can confirm only one tornado associated with Monday evening's event."

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