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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 Port St Lucie, 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 Port St Lucie, 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 Port St Lucie, 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.

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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.

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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 Port St Lucie,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.

Latest News in Port St Lucie, FL

Port St. Lucie family of 6 loses everything in fast moving house fire

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. —The LaForte family just moved to Port Saint Lucie eight months ago when the unthinkable happened."It was just so fast I mean the color of the fire and the smoke, I’ve never seen that before, maybe just on TV," Jaimeelee LaForte said, describing the moments a fast moving fast fire ripped through her Dabney court home."How quick it engulfed the wall. And we were in there! I didn’t hear anything except popping noises prior to him screaming," she sa...


The LaForte family just moved to Port Saint Lucie eight months ago when the unthinkable happened.

"It was just so fast I mean the color of the fire and the smoke, I’ve never seen that before, maybe just on TV," Jaimeelee LaForte said, describing the moments a fast moving fast fire ripped through her Dabney court home.

"How quick it engulfed the wall. And we were in there! I didn’t hear anything except popping noises prior to him screaming," she said, talking about her husband Anthony coming back from his Saturday bike ride with his eldest son.

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"I took him off, put the bike down and I immediately grabbed the hose to try to put it out but it was too much," Anthony said.

Within minutes, the home was completely engulfed in flames. Fortunately, Jaimeelee, Anthony and their four kids got out unscathed, now staying with grandma and grandpa. Their 10-year-old son summed up how they all felt after they got out.

"I wasn’t that sad anymore because everyone was OK," he said.


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"I am happy that I got to wake up the next day with my whole family," Jaimeelee said.

"It suddenly just went out of control … they lost everything," neighbor Yonas said, getting choked up describing the fast-moving fire next door. "You are going to make me cry … very good family, very good kids."

In the meantime, his family went to work to help.

"My mom is gathering clothes and shoes and stuff, toys. We are going to bring it over to them," his son said.

House by house, the tight-knit cul-de-sac has joined suit, collecting supplies so the family of six can start to rebuild their lives.

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"I hope it teaches my kids something that there is not always bad things in life ... people care," Jaimeelee said.

The LaForte boys range in age from 2 to 10. They are growing and are going to need everything from scratch. So far neighbors have donated some toys, bedding and clothes. If you want to donate CLICK HERE!.

La Granja Restaurant Tradition at Port St. Lucie is Now Open, Inviting Residents to Grab a Satisfying Lunch and Dinner

Port St. Lucie residents are coming to La Granja restaurants for fajitas, chicken, steak, pork, seafood and much more.PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL / ACCESSWIRE / August 23, 2023 / La Granja Restaurant Tradition at Port St. Lucie is open.The restaurant is located at 10814 SW Tradition Pkwy, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987. Dining or ordering to go? Call ahead to ...

Port St. Lucie residents are coming to La Granja restaurants for fajitas, chicken, steak, pork, seafood and much more.

PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL / ACCESSWIRE / August 23, 2023 / La Granja Restaurant Tradition at Port St. Lucie is open.

The restaurant is located at 10814 SW Tradition Pkwy, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987. Dining or ordering to go? Call ahead to 772-801-5084.

Indulge in the delectable world of La Granja Restaurants, now boasting an impressive lineup of four locations within Port St. Lucie. With over 50 establishments spread across Florida, La Granja continues to captivate the palates of locals and visitors alike.

La Granja's commitment to authentic flavors and exceptional service has garnered a dedicated following. The four restaurants in Port St. Lucie, each with its distinct charm, offer a gastronomic journey that keeps patrons coming back for more.

Delicious meals of chicken, steak, pork, seafood and much more.

Order chicken, steak, or shrimp, or fajitas, and get ready to make the tastebuds dance with Latin flavors. Delicious side orders for everyone. Pair it with a favorite dish. Fried plantains, rice, beans, yuca, fries, tostones, salad and much more.

Dine at Port Lucie Tradition and savor the flavors of Latin America. Whether one chooses to dine-in or get their food to-go or delivered, they're covered. Order now. Enjoy hassle-free office catering with the custom menu. Experience homestyle Latin cuisine.

Discover the Nearest La Granja Restaurant

For those seeking the nearest La Granja Restaurant, the official website presents an easy-to-use "Locations" page. The user-friendly interface allows patrons to pinpoint their closest dining spot, ensuring a convenient and satisfying experience.

Culinary Delights and Menu Exploration

Explore the extensive menu offerings of La Granja by visiting the menu page on their website. From succulent rotisserie chicken to savory seafood dishes, the menu promises a variety of mouthwatering options to suit every palate.

Location Spotlight: 354 SE Port St Lucie Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34984????????????????????

One standout among the four is the 354 SE Port St Lucie Blvd location. Nestled in the heart of Port St. Lucie, this restaurant offers a charming ambiance coupled with La Granja's signature flavors. Graphics available on their Facebook page showcase tantalizing menu items that will leave one's taste buds in awe.

Delivery Options for Convenience

In an era of convenience, La Granja ensures its patrons can enjoy their flavorsome offerings with ease. Embrace the luxury of having favorite dishes delivered straight to the doorstep through platforms like UberEats or DoorDash.

Join the Culinary Journey

La Granja Restaurants' exponential growth mirrors their commitment to excellence. With over 50 locations and counting, their culinary journey is a testament to their dedication to providing unparalleled dining experiences.

For more information and to explore their diverse offerings, visit lagranjarestaurants.com. Embark on a savory adventure today.

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Will Amazon ever open Port St. Lucie fulfillment center that was supposed to employ 500?

An Amazon fulfillment center that was supposed to open in Port St. Lucie last year and generate 500 jobs remains closed with an indefinitely delayed start date, company officials told TCPalm.Although Amazon has paused, cancelled and "mothballed" many of its operations across the U.S. since COVID-19 isolation ended, the company is c...

An Amazon fulfillment center that was supposed to open in Port St. Lucie last year and generate 500 jobs remains closed with an indefinitely delayed start date, company officials told TCPalm.

Although Amazon has paused, cancelled and "mothballed" many of its operations across the U.S. since COVID-19 isolation ended, the company is committed to leasing the Midway Business Park warehouse that Seefried Industrial Properties built off Interstate 95, Amazon spokesperson Sam Stephenson said.

"Once we have a clearer understanding of the timing, we will collaborate with the local community and employment organizations in the area to onboard hundreds of employees for this facility," he said.

Two years ago, Amazon announced it would open the 1.1 million-square-foot "first-mile" center to store goods received from providers or manufacturers, then pack and ship them after customers purchase them.

Associates of Nuveen Asset Management LLC, a global investment management firm a county document lists as the building owner, declined to comment about Amazon not opening the facility yet. Port St. Lucie Mayor Shannon Martin said Amazon has not disclosed exactly why the building remains vacant.

"I cannot definitively explain the reason behind the delayed opening of that center," she said. "However, it's worth noting that across the country, Amazon has constructed several facilities that remain unopened."

Amazon continues to lease a 220,000-square-foot fulfillment center it opened last fall in Tradition's Legacy Park. But the company last year closed a 60,000-square-foot fulfillment center it leased off Kings Highway in Fort Pierce in late 2019. Amazon had said each facility would employ 200 workers making an average $15 an hour.

Amazon expanded in coronavirus pandemic

Amazon expanded its U.S. centers after the coronavirus pandemic sparked increased demand in online orders, but it may have overexpanded, CEO Andy Jassy said in a February company meeting.

"In the early part of 2022, I think we realized that … we had more capacity than we needed. And you saw us in the early part of 2022 delay some of our builds and mothball some of our facilities to try to be more economical," Jassy said, according to a statement Stephenson emailed TCPalm.

Still, Amazon increased its square footage for data, fulfillment and other miscellaneous facilities in North America to 26.6 million in 2022, Stephenson said. Despite increased operating costs from increased sales, Amazon intends to develop this network, according to its second quarterly report released Aug. 3.

Amazon manages 830 North American sites, according to its April 2022 shareholder letter.

Did Amazon receive tax benefits?

Unlike FedEx and Cheney Brothers, which built distribution warehouses off Interstate 95 in Port St. Lucie, Amazon did not receive tax benefits because its salary does not meet state requirements, according to the city's Economic Development Services department.

"Amazon did not receive incentives from the city of Port St. Lucie, so we don't have to worry about tax abatement," the mayor said.

Major employers are eligible to receive tax benefits for up to 10 years if they create a significant number of jobs, pay higher wages or make larger capital investments, either in new construction or equipment.

Property taxes help fund various city services, such as parks, transit, schools and fire departments. The two Amazon facilities, with assessed property values totaling $129.17 million, will generate over $2.9 million in property tax revenue — $2.3 million from the Midway Business Center and $638,000 from Legacy Park — according to the Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices issued this month.

Property values in both areas have increased since the warehouses were built, according to the TRIM notices. Southern Grove, home of Legacy Park, is valued at $28.05 million, up from $4.16 million last year. Midway Park is valued at $101.12 million, up from $10.68 million, said Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County spokesperson Maureen Saltzer.

Amazon plans to build or lease more fulfillment centers in Martin and Indian River counties, but has not disclosed dates or locations, Stephenson said.

"Once we have a clearer sense of timing, we will collaborate with the local community and employment organizations to facilitate hiring for these upcoming facilities," he said.

Ananya Tiwari is TCPalm’s business reporter. You can email her at [email protected] or follow her on X (formerly known as Twitter) at @Ananyati, or on Facebook at @ananyatiwarijournalist.

Raising Cane's continues Florida expansion, opens first Treasure Coast restaurant

PORT ST. LUCIE − Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers opened its doors Tuesday morning in St. Lucie West.The fast-food chain announced in February it would open eight Florida locations this year, including its first on the Treasure Coast.“It’s clear to us we have a strong presence of 'Caniacs' across the Sunshine State,” C.J. Clement, area leader of restaurants, said in a ...

PORT ST. LUCIE − Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers opened its doors Tuesday morning in St. Lucie West.

The fast-food chain announced in February it would open eight Florida locations this year, including its first on the Treasure Coast.

“It’s clear to us we have a strong presence of 'Caniacs' across the Sunshine State,” C.J. Clement, area leader of restaurants, said in a news release. “We are excited to keep the momentum going and share our 'One Love' (chicken finger meals) with Port St. Lucians."

Where did Raising Cane's begin?

What started out as a college class project in 1994 turned into a growing fast-food chain.

In 1996, Raising Cane's opened its first location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The restaurant got its name from CEO Todd Graves' pet golden Labrador retriever, Raising Cane, which frequented the first restaurant's construction site, according to the company website.

What is Raising Cane's known for?

The Box Combo is a Raising Cane's favorite, with four chicken fingers, crinkle-cut fries, one Cane's sauce, Texas toast, coleslaw and a 22-ounce drink.

What is Cane's sauce?

The signature sauce is such a hit among Caniacs that the restaurant offers it in 32-ounce cups.

While the sauce is a secret Raising Cane's recipe, copycat recipes online try to replicate it using these pantry staples: ketchup, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and black pepper.

Where is Raising Cane's on the Treasure Coast?

Address: 1549 St. Lucie West Blvd., Port St. Lucie

Phone number: 772-224-3426

Hours: 10 a.m.-midnight Sunday through Thursday; 10-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday

Gianna Montesano is TCPalm’s trending reporter. You can contact her at [email protected], 772-409-1429, or follow her on Twitter @gonthescene.

Iconic Buc-ee's travel center apparently looking at Fort Pierce location along I-95

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Those traveling on Interstate 95 through the Daytona Beach and St. Augustine areas may be familiar with Buc-ee’s, the massive gas station and convenience store that offers vast arrays of food, fudge, jerky and snacks.Signs point to St. Lucie County, specifically land southeast of I-95 and Indrio Road, as a likely locatio...

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Those traveling on Interstate 95 through the Daytona Beach and St. Augustine areas may be familiar with Buc-ee’s, the massive gas station and convenience store that offers vast arrays of food, fudge, jerky and snacks.

Signs point to St. Lucie County, specifically land southeast of I-95 and Indrio Road, as a likely location for a Treasure Coast Buc-ee’s, according to public documents.

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The county hosted a pre-application meeting July 27 for a “travel center/fueling station” on about 33 acres at the site, according to Benjamin Balcer, who directs the county Planning and Development Services Department.

While the name Buc-ee’s wasn’t mentioned at the meeting, "it was understood at the meeting what it was,” Balcer said.

A conceptual plan obtained by TCPalm states “Buc-ee’s — Fort Pierce, FL” and “Buc-ee’s, Ltd.”

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A Buc-ee’s official declined to comment Monday.

A submitted drawing includes 73,000 square feet of retail space, 733 parking stalls, 11 bus parking stalls; 120 fueling positions and 20 EV charging stations.

Where is the largest Buc-ee's?

The largest Buc-ee’s — 74,000 square feet — opened in June in Sevierville, Tennessee, and one being built in Luling, Texas, to replace an existing Buc-ee’s, will be 1,000 square feet larger.

An 80,000-square-foot Buc-ee’s announced in the Ocala area will be the largest.

Where is Buc-ee's going in Ocala?

Buc-ee's paid $8.62 million for the land on which it will build its Ocala store.

It will be on the southeast corner of Interstate 75 and Northwest 49th Street, right where a new I-75 interchange will be built. No date has been set for construction yet.

Where are the existing Buc-ee's in Florida?

Buc-ee’s locations in the Daytona Beach and St. Augustine areas are just off I-95.

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What's next for Buc-ee's in the Fort Pierce area?

If a formal application is submitted to St. Lucie County, several steps of review, including public-hearings before the Planning and Zoning Commission and the County Commission, would occur, according to Balcer.

The privately owned Buc-ee’s is known for its clean restrooms, its beaver mascot and logo, huge selection of food and enough gas pumps to almost get lost among them. They also feature clothing and gift-type items.

At the travel centers, breakfast is served 4-11 a.m. and lunch 10:30 a.m. to midnight.

The county staff made recommendations to the project's representatives, Balcer said.

“If the developer takes it under advisement and makes some changes to the preliminary plan, that remains to be seen,” Balcer said. “We don't know, because we haven't heard from them since the pre-application meeting.”

The county has not received any similar applications for a travel center/fueling station of this size and scale, he said.

The area is a “prime location next to I-95” with not much around, Balcer noted.

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