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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“Steve Snell and Staff of Always Best Care Senior Services have been amazingly responsive, helpful and worked diligently to make sure my clients needs were met! Can't praise them enough. The case was staffed immediately and overseen at all levels. Thank you for Always providing the Best Care!”

Karen G.

“I have worked with, and explored working with, various agencies and registries in the Palm Beach County area. I am picky. Always Best Care is qualitatively a notch above every other organization I've encountered. Responsive. Amiable. Professional. The aide, Islande, who has worked with my mom is top-notch for our needs. And . . . I have no doubt Steve (the agency's owner) and his staff would strive to find someone else, if it hadn't been a fit. If you are looking for Nursing Care, I strongly recommend giving Always Best Care a chance. BTW: It is important to understand that working with an Nursing Agency (like Always Best Care), means the staff are employees, not independent contractors (as they are when working through a Nursing Registry). An Agency is vested in having good employees, and a good agency wants you to be happy. But even all Agencies are not created equal. I worked with one (Alternative Health Care) where aides did not always show up! That was painful and incredibly stressful, and the manager and other higher-up staff didn't give a hoot.”

Liz S.

“I wish there were more that five stars. I can not say enough about the experience we have had in working with Always Best Care Senior Services. Not only were they extremely receptive to our needs, available immediately to every call, text or email, compassionate and kind...every single employee was better than the next. My Dad's recent death and my mothers recent surgery (with complications) requiring extra care was a traumatic time for our family. The care she received was beyond skilled and professional. We knew she was in trusting, caring hands. She was happy. I have recommended ABC to others and they have had the same experience. Do not hesitate to reach out to them if you are in need. I highly recommend them. I know I will be reaching out to Steven and Claudia the next time I am in need. My family and I are extremely grateful.”

Donna H.

“Fabulous experience with Always Best Care. Treated my 90 year old Father in Law with dignity and respect. We actually had fun with his aides and they were helpful and kind.”

Alicia B.

“I am very glad to have chosen ABC Senior Services to get us through a very difficult time when my parents finally reached the end of their independent lifestyles at age 96 and 97. Scheduling was difficult and sometimes changes were made last minute, but ABC came through as well as could be expected. Despite losing his wife of 37 years, my father is currently doing very well back north in an assisted living facility. Thank you ABC for the compassion you expressed throughout the 4 months you were there for us.”

Rob C.

“Always Best Care is a great company who goes above and beyond for their clients. My mother fell at my brothers home in Connecticut and I called Steve Snell for some guidance. Even though Steve is in Florida he was able to get my family connected with a representative in Connecticut immediately. Thank you Steve!”

Mike B.

“ABC goes to great lengths to get to know their clients in order to provide the best possible match with ABC’s in home care providers. The aides blend into the home environment with professionalism, compassion and helpfulness. They are unobtrusive but available at all times. As a primary caregiver I wish I started with them years ago.”


“Extremely friendly and professional. I was very comfortable leaving my loved one in their care.”

happy C.

“Great, helpful, supportive service! I tried others, but ANC is the beat!”


“Experiencing using ABC is the best you will find anywhere. The owners and employees are there for one reason and that is to make their clients happy with their caregivers. I have never seen such compassion from an agency. I am the client, so I know what to look for and the caregivers they recommend. Would be happy to talk to anyone with questions. Thanks”

Mimi B.

“Always Best Care's caregivers and office staff are the best I have dealt with.”

Bruce M.

“I can't say enough about how much ABC has helped both our parents and our family. Their name -- Always Best Care -- is clearly their guiding principle! From the highest level administration (Stephen and Beverly) to the amazing caregivers and schedulers -- the entire staff have been responsive and attentive from day one. They have been unfailingly respectful, caring, professional and competent. They were flexible and kind when my mother became terminally ill. And readily available and again responsive when we reinitiated services for my father. Their attentiveness and professionalism is reflected in the amazingly kind, competent and resourceful caregiving staff. Their exceptional caregivers have allowed us peace of mind, knowing that our Dad is getting great support from reliable providers who readily alert us of any matters that need attention. I highly recommend ABC!”

Carla R.

“Always Best Care has been wonderful in many ways. Steve Snell, Owner and Area Representative, and Beverly Casper, RN were patient, kind and respectful while my Dad came to terms with the idea that he really did need help. They were flexible and open and that made all the difference. My Dad's aide Fabienne is responsible and caring and now more of a companion than aide. Steve and his scheduling team has been proactive about any changes that needed to occur and very good about communicating with me both by phone and email. Having them on board has lessened the worry I feel on a daily basis. My mother had a prolonged illness and through the years we dealt with many health care agencies. The attention and care we have received from Always Best Care is, by far, the best we ever have experienced and we are very grateful to have found them.”

Linda S.

“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.”

Jamie W.
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How does In-home Senior Care in Palm City, FL work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's 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 ages, 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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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.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, 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, 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.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

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 an assisted living community. 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.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

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 to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be 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 in Palm City, FL 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.

Empowers Seniors

Affordable Care Plans

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:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

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.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

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.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

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.

Respite Care Palm City, FL

During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

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.

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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 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:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


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.

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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Martin County updates: Tropical Storm Ian impacts Thursday in Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach

Check back throughout the day Thursday, Sept. 29 for updates.TCPalm has staff in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island and Ocean Breeze to provide updates on Tropical Storm Ian’s impact Thursday to Martin County.This story will be updated live as news breaks. You can also keep up with TCPalm reporters on social media using #TCWeathe...

Check back throughout the day Thursday, Sept. 29 for updates.

TCPalm has staff in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island and Ocean Breeze to provide updates on Tropical Storm Ian’s impact Thursday to Martin County.

This story will be updated live as news breaks. You can also keep up with TCPalm reporters on social media using #TCWeather. If you missed Wednesday’s weather blog for Martin County, click here.

4:01 p.m. Bridges back to normalcy

The Roosevelt Drawbridge and Hobe Sound Bascule Bridge reopened Thursday.

On Friday, all Martin County offices will reopen and Martin County Public Transit (MARTY) buses will be back in service.

4 p.m. (More) power to the people

The number of Martin County FPL customers still without service has dropped to 4,500, or 5% of the utility's customers here. That's down from more than 26,000 who lost power Wednesday when Hurricane Ian's tropical-force winds whipped the county.

Early Thursday morning roughly 22% of FPL customers in the tri-county region were without power. By 4 p.m., that was down to 12%, the company said.

2:30 p.m. - Tropical storm warning lifted

Martin County is no longer under a tropical storm warning, according to the National Weather Service’s Melbourne office. Neither is St. Lucie.

However, the threat remains in Indian River, with wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour forecast in coastal areas.

1:46 p.m. Stuart resumes garbage pickup

Sanitation collection schedules resume Friday, city officials announced. Crews will service missed areas both Friday and Saturday to make up for Wednesday's and Thursday's missed pickups.

City Hall also is advising residents who have storm debris involving trees, limbs and branches to gather and place them neatly at the curb when weather permits.

Storm debris should not be placed in roadways, block sidewalks or be mixed with bulk items. Debris also should not be placed in gutters, over storm drains or open channels of water since this can block pipes and culverts.

1:32 FPL getting power restored

More than 6,000 Martin County FPL customers, or 7% of customers here, remain without power this afternoon. FPL has restored power to about 20,000 customers.

Early Thursday morning, roughly 22% of electric customers across the region were without power. That was down to 5% by 1 p.m. Thursday.

12:50 p.m. Martin County schools, IRSC reopen Friday

After a two-day shutdown for Hurricane Ian, the Martin County School District will reopen schools Friday.

"The district continues to carefully monitor local weather conditions alongside our partners at Martin County Emergency Management," the district said in a statement. "Teams have been working to address any individual needs that may exist for our schools and office sites."

Because of power outages across the community, the district will offer free meals to all students on Friday.

Individual schools will announce the status of events that were rescheduled because of the storm.

Officials of Indian River State College said all campuses would reopen Friday.

11:47 a.m. Just a day at the beach

While floods closed down roads and winds uprooted trees across much of the Treasure Coast, it was just another day at the beach for the dozens of people who flocked to Martin County's coast.

People walked dogs, sat on the sand and a couple even jumped in the water at Jensen Beach Park.

Ryan Smolen, of Stuart, walked into the ocean with a surfboard in hand.

He said he wanted to see if the hurricane created a swell to catch some waves.

Unfortunately, he walked out of the water with no waves high enough to surf. Smolen said he couldn’t remember the best waves he’s caught during a hurricane, but takes each day in the water as it comes.

“If it’s a good one I get it, if I don’t I miss it.”

Mauricio La Plante

11:45 a.m. - Tropical storm warning

The National Weather Service issued an advisory saying Martin County remains under a tropical storm warning.

Northwest winds, especially along Florida's northeast coast, were expected to reach 46-57 mph with gusts up to 75 mph. Tropical storm force winds are possible until early Friday.

Seas were expected to be 11 to 16 feet near shore and up to 20 feet offshore. A storm surge up to 2 feet could be seen through Sunday evening.

Strong winds are causing hazardous seas, which could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility. Mariners are advised to remain in port, seek safe harbor, alter their course, and/or secure their vessel.

10:52 a.m. Time for your coffee fix?

Many businesses are still closed, but Gilbert's Coffee Bar in Stuart was open for residents who may have had a tough night riding out the storm.

9:56 a.m. - Cleveland Clinic Martin Health to reopen

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, which operates several Martin North Hospital and Martin South Hospital in Stuart, will reopen ambulatory clinics at 10 a.m. This includes rehabilitation and urgent care centers.

Ambulatory surgery centers will reopen at noon. Patients may call 800-546-4138 for more information.

9:30 a.m. Power outages

In Martin County, about 8,600 Florida Power & Light customers were without service Thursday morning, the company reported.

Across the rest of the Treasure Coast, FPL reported more than 26,000 customers without power in Indian River County and 40,290 in St. Lucie County.

About 22% of FPL customers on the Treasure Coast are without power this morning.

More than 4,000 Fort Pierce Utilities Authority reported about 4,000 customers in the dark, the utility said.

9:05 a.m. Trees down in Stuart

Trees are down in the St. Lucie Crescents neighborhood of Stuart. City crews are busy trying to clear the aftermath.

Read about how neighbors helped neighbors, with chainsaws and rakes, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian winds:

'If they own a chainsaw, they pretty much brought it' to help remove tree in Stuart

9:03 Damage along East Ocean Blvd.

8:50 a.m. Vegetation blown near roads

U.S. 1 south of the Roosevelt Bridge to SE Monterey Road is lightly traveled and dry, unlike Wednesday when the roadway was slick from rain. Signs of blown down vegetation. Crews used heavy equipment to remove a downed palm tree in front of Martin County School District headquarters as downed palm fronds scattered in grass area in front of the building.

7:49 a.m. Stuart assessing damage

The city of Stuart was deploying crews early to determine the extent of damage across the city.

7 a.m. - Power outages rising

More than 14,600 Florida Power & Light Co. customers in Martin County are experiencing a power outage, about 15.5%.

4 a.m. - What’s closed during Hurricane Ian?

The Martin County School District is closed Thursday, along with all government facilities.

Click here for an exhaustive list of local closures and cancellations.

1 a.m. - Tornado watch ends

A tornado watch issued by the National Weather Service Wednesday afternoon has ended. Nine Florida counties, including Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River, were included in the watch.

Palm City set to get 'pre-professional' soccer league team, starting next spring | Opinion

For soccer fans already missing the World Cup, here’s a bit of good news: The Women’s World Cup starts in less than seven months.And for girls and young women on the Treasure Coast who dream of playing in that event someday, here’s some even better news: There will soon be a local team that could help them hone the skills they’ll need to get there.The United Soccer League has announced an expans...

For soccer fans already missing the World Cup, here’s a bit of good news: The Women’s World Cup starts in less than seven months.

And for girls and young women on the Treasure Coast who dream of playing in that event someday, here’s some even better news: There will soon be a local team that could help them hone the skills they’ll need to get there.

The United Soccer League has announced an expansion team, to be known as the Palm City Americanas, and will begin play in the USL W League in May.

The USL W is a pre-professional league, designed to serve as the next step on the ladder for top amateur women players who may want to pursue careers in college or professional soccer.

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Lisa Padan, USL W's communications and content manager, said the Americanas will compete in the league's southeast division, which includes teams from Caledonia, S.C., Tampa Bay, St. Johns County and two teams from the Miami area. Although the schedule hasn't been released yet, games will be held from May through July.

The USL W isn't affiliated with the National Women's Soccer League, the top tier of professional women's soccer in America. Padan said in an email: "The USL, however, has announced a professional league, the USL Super League, which will complete the full youth-to-professional pathway under the USL."

Top players from the USL W could advance to the USL Super League, which is slated to begin play next year.

The Americanas will play their home games at the Football Farm at 6155 S.W. Leighton Farm Ave., near where Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike converge in Palm City.

Christopher Corey, the Americanas' founder, said ticket prices for home games are yet to be determined.

Corey, who is also one of the partners planning to develop a massive sports complex on 37 acres along Midway Road, a little over a mile west of Interstate 95 in St. Lucie County, said the USL W expansion team is the result of an unprecedented partnership involving seven youth league teams along the Treasure Coast.

Martin United, PSL Hurricanes, Treasure Coast United, Mako Soccer Club, Indian River Soccer Academy, Jensen Beach Soccer Club and Indiantown Warriors Soccer will all provide players to the new team.

The best players who have aged out of the youth league system will be able to continue their careers with the Americanas. Also, some talented younger players might split time between their youth club teams and the Americanas.

Palm City was chosen as a site partly because the Football Farm facilities are there and partly because it's a centralized location among the communities in St. Lucie and Martin counties.

“This team is such an exciting announcement for the Treasure Coast, and now our clubs will come together to show that we are a major demographic for talent and resources in the sport,” Corey said. “There is strong demand to develop the women’s game, we are thrilled to be delivering a big step. A pre-professional league such as the USL W League is such a great opportunity for female athletes on the Treasure Coast.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Palm City Americanas to the W League,” said Joel Nash, USL's vice president of youth and pre-professional properties. “Continuing to expand our footprint here in Florida with a club that represents a collection of clubs on the Treasure Coast will create numerous opportunities for local talent and we are excited to see the impact this club makes on and off the pitch.”

To hear their leaders describe it, getting the seven youth league teams to collaborate on this project was nothing short of a Christmas miracle.

Rich Creber, president and director of coaching for Martin United, said youth teams tend to be "tribal," focusing on their own success and the individual communities they represent.

Placing players on the Americanas gives them all a common goal.

"We're all in it for the same reason: We want to help kids reach their potential," Creber said. "It (the Americanas) is a bit like a shining star, I suppose. It gives everyone a vision of where they need to get to."

Creber said buy-in from players, coaches, parents and soccer fans in the region will be critical to the Americanas' success.

"We need people who are going to be sails, not people who are anchors," he said.

The new team can provide lessons in life skills that can benefit girls and women, even if professional soccer isn't in their future.

"It kind of puts the Treasure Coast on the map as well," Creber said. "We've been losing our best players to other areas,"

Seth Duston, president of Treasure Coast United, agreed with Creber about the club teams' tendency to disagree.

"It's very territorial," Duston said. "It always has been. This has the potential, and it's always been a dream of mine, to be more collaborative."

Duston said the Americanas represent an opportunity to focus on the "greater good" of player development, not just the prosperity of individual clubs.

"To me, getting the logistics and the management and oversight in place would be an indicator of success," Duston said. "It's a unique opportunity. If we can pull this off, it'll be a coup."

Duston said the alliance could be precedent-setting in Florida, where inter-club cooperation isn't usually the norm.

Personally, as someone who dreamed of a pro soccer career until reality took hold around my freshman year in high school, I am excited about this.

The U.S. women's national soccer team has played at a higher level than our men's team since the early 1990s.

My alma mater, the University of Florida, fields a Division I women's soccer team, but no men's team. I enjoy watching its games, although the team hasn't been quite the same since the Abby Wambach years. Wambach, who later went onto stardom for the U.S. national team, was part of the Gators' only women's soccer national championship team in 1998.

I haven't seen a USL W game yet, but I got a chance to watch most of the USL League 1 Final on television a few weeks back. Tormenta, a team from Statesboro, Georgia, beat a team from Chattanooga, Tennessee, in front of what appeared to be an enthusiastic crowd. (Someone threw smoke bombs onto the field after each of Tormenta's goals, which I found distracting, but the players didn't seem too bothered.)

In light of all that, although it may be too late to be making this request, I sure wish Santa would leave an Americanas jersey under the Christmas tree for me.

This column reflects the opinion of Blake Fontenay. Contact him via email at [email protected] or at 772-232-5424.

Palm City girl who 'fought a shark and won' gets surprise visit from Steve Weagle

JUPITER, Fla. — On this first day of winter, it's ironic, appropriate and very South Florida for WPTV to have a big scoop of Italian ice with 10-year-old Jasmine Carney of Palm City.She's the young girl everyone has come to know and love after she fought off a shark on Hobe Sound Beach about a month ago."I fought a shark and won," Carney told W...

JUPITER, Fla. — On this first day of winter, it's ironic, appropriate and very South Florida for WPTV to have a big scoop of Italian ice with 10-year-old Jasmine Carney of Palm City.

She's the young girl everyone has come to know and love after she fought off a shark on Hobe Sound Beach about a month ago.

"I fought a shark and won," Carney told WPTV, shortly after the shark encounter. The shark took a bite out of her foot, forcing her to have surgery and briefly stay at a hospital.

Carney has been at home recovering and was recently able to go back to school. She uses a scooter to help her get around, as her doctors believe it will be about another month before she's fully recovered.

WPTV asked Carney how her recovery is going. "Great," she said. "I'm feeling really good. Swelling has gone down."

Carney is finding joy in modified dodgeball at school. She's also been spending time reading books about sharks, and she now has a theory on why a shark bit her in the first place.

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"The shark was chasing some food near the beach into shallow water, and then it saw my foot and bit me and thought it was a fish," she explained.

As WPTV met with Carney at Annie's Italian Ices in Jupiter, a surprise visitor showed up to meet Carney.

"The weather person," Carney said.

Carney and her family have been wanting to meet WPTV Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle since the day we first reported her story from her hospital bed.

Carney and Weagle chatted about the weather and closed a deal on a visit to WPTV.

"Can I," Carney asked Weagle.

"Yes, you can come to the station," he said.

WPTV is looking forward to Carney's visit once she's fully back on her feet.

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Shoe print made of paint offers clue on who vandalized golf course in Palm City

PALM CITY, Fla. — An investigation is underway to find who painted swastikas, racist messages and other graphic images at the Martin Downs Country Club, a Black-owned golf course in Martin County."It's just a vile, vile act. We're not going to tolerate that here in Martin County," Martin County Sheriff's Office Lt. Yesenia Carde said.News of th...

PALM CITY, Fla. — An investigation is underway to find who painted swastikas, racist messages and other graphic images at the Martin Downs Country Club, a Black-owned golf course in Martin County.

"It's just a vile, vile act. We're not going to tolerate that here in Martin County," Martin County Sheriff's Office Lt. Yesenia Carde said.

News of the graffiti has left some concerning, including Jimmy Smith, the Martin County NAACP president.

"It's saddened me because we don't want to see things like that get to that level," Smith said. "It's a nice community over there and I'm quite sure the majority of the community over there is not with that kind of behavior."

Country club owners said this is the second time the golf course has been vandalized in the same location.

"I am surprised that we still have these challenges that people feel that need, do those things and send messages, and it's kind of hurtful because we have grown so far," Carde said.

In a report by the Martin County Sheriff's Office, the act happened early Monday.

"They were on the path in the tunnel, so there was some on the wall and I believe there may have been some on the floor, spray-painted on the floor, so it just kind of spread throughout the tunnel," Carde said.

Deputies said the only access to the vandalized area is from the road by foot or golf cart, with no cameras.

"Typically, with the other incidents of vandalism that we've had have been during the holiday weekends when children have no school and sneak out at night, so we're looking at all angles," Carde said.

Deputies said a vandal left behind orange shoe prints from stepping on wet paint from the graffiti.

Based on evidence, they believe it could be a juvenile or juveniles and are asking area schools to be on the lookout for shoes with orange paint.

"We've got plenty of vandalism at the parks, the bathrooms, the causeways over by the beaches, but none with those symbols," Carde said.

Deputies said the graffiti left behind $1,000 in damages, and it'll be up to the golf course if it wants to press charges.

Stanley Campbell purchased the golf course in April 2021 at an auction.

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Florida’s Cape Club of Palm City enjoys a sparkling renovation

The Cape Club of Palm City, formerly the Fox Club Florida, is set to open on Nov. 18 following an extensive renovation to both the golf course and the clubhouse.Acquired by The Cape Club in May 2022, the 18-hole golf course and 16,500 square-foot clubhouse have undergone significant improvements since closing on July 1.Located on the Treasure Coast in Palm City, Florida, The Cape Club of Palm City layout offers quintessential Florida golf, serving as a connection between tamed and untamed nature. Originally designed by Roy Case...

The Cape Club of Palm City, formerly the Fox Club Florida, is set to open on Nov. 18 following an extensive renovation to both the golf course and the clubhouse.

Acquired by The Cape Club in May 2022, the 18-hole golf course and 16,500 square-foot clubhouse have undergone significant improvements since closing on July 1.

Located on the Treasure Coast in Palm City, Florida, The Cape Club of Palm City layout offers quintessential Florida golf, serving as a connection between tamed and untamed nature. Originally designed by Roy Case in 1989 and redesigned in 2004 by British Open champion Darren Clarke and former Walker Cup star Eoghan O’Connell, the course has been refreshed and redesigned once again in 2022 by The Cape Club Collection.

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The golf experience at Cape Club of Palm City is highlighted by strategic water features, risk/reward tee shots (tempting one with angles), creative mounding and slick, tour-quality greens often protected by signature Cape Club "Augusta White" sand. The meandering layout flanked with wetlands and preserves makes for a back-to-nature experience. Located 30 minutes north of the West Palm Beach airport, the renovated and rebranded facility will open as a premier private club.

"The excitement is reaching a fever pitch for the new Cape Club of Palm City," said Kristi Tower, the club's general manager. "We have been inundated with membership inquiries and are truly excited to unveil the club, and create lasting golf, social and culinary memories for our members and guests."

New ownership has completed extensive renovations throughout the golf course, including newly landscaped areas around the course and clubhouse, renovated bunkers with "Augusta White" sand, new coquina cart paths, as well as enhanced agronomic conditions. Clubhouse renovations include a completely renovated interior with a new dining room and an expanded back patio that runs the width of the building with fire pits, a new sound system and views of the ninth hole — formerly the 18th.

"The golf course will serve up one of the most memorable golf experiences in the region for Cape Club members and guests," said Brett Melton, Cape Club’s director of golf.

Capital improvements made by The Cape Club Collection represent a seven-figure investment in the golf course and clubhouse. Members of the rebranded and relaunched private club also have access to The Cape Club sister courses — The Cape Club of Sharon and The Cape Club of Falmouth, both located in Massachusetts.


A few shots from the site visit yesterday at Cypress Bend. This place is going to be special. Thanks to the whole team for all the hard work. pic.twitter.com/opxLLRwuK5

— Jeff Blume, ASGCA (@JeffBlumeASGCA) October 11, 2022

GLOBETROTTING GARL LANDS IN CONNECTICUTGlobetrotting architect Ron Garl is continuing renovation efforts on the Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Baltic, Connecticut. Opened in 1960 as the Geoffrey Cornish-designed Pautipaug Country Club, the course was purchased by the Mohegan Sun Casino in 2008 and renovated by Robert McNeill in 2011.

Garl, who has left his design imprint on nearly 300 courses in ten countries, including more than 100 courses in Florida, began renovations last winter. He has removed or relocated fairway bunkers that overly penalized less skilled golfers and did the same for fronting greenside bunkers to make the greens more accessible to a wider variety of players. Garl will eventually renovate every bunker on the course, including shallowing out some bunkers that were too deep for the clientele that use the course.

“We’ve made it so that people play faster, make it more enjoyable and people will want to come back," Garl told New England Golf. "That's what golf is really about today."

In the winter of '22-'23, Garl intends to build new, softer sloping greens at the par-4 third and par-4 12th holes. Work is expected to be completed by spring 2024.

WARREN REMODELS A CLASSICBenjamin Warren of Artisan Golf Design will begin remodeling Classic Golf Club in Fukuoka, Japan, in January 2023.

Warren, who was raised in North Berwick and who has worked on projects for Gil Hanse and Tom Doak’s Renaissance Design, will spearhead the transition from the traditional two-green concept common in Japan — a different grass for winter and summer play — to a single green per hole, plus effect a redesign from tee to green.

Originally designed by Shoichi Suzuki and Yuzo Tanimizu in 1990, the 27-hole layout (King, Queen and Prince nines) of the Classic Golf Club has played host to many significant professional tournaments, most recently the 2020 Japan Women’s Open Championship. Most major events are contested on a layout comprised of the King and Queen nines, which will be the first two nines to be altered according to Warren’s plan.

Among the classic accents to come in the redesign are a boomerang green at the sixth, a Cape-style hole at the 14th, a Road Hole inspiration at the 15th and a new risk/reward opportunity at the watery 18th.


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