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Home Care In Stuart, FL

Home Care Stuart, 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 Burn Brae Plantation-Krueger House 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 Stuart, 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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“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.”

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“Need help with home health care...Excellent, caring people...who treat your loved ones like family. Highly recommend!”

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“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!”

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“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!”

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“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!”

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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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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!”

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“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!!”

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

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“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.”

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“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.”

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

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“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!”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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!”

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

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Stuart, FL?

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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.

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

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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.

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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 Stuart, 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 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

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 Shepard 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 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 The Chef's Table or visit Stuart Heritage 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 Stuart, 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 Stuart, 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 Stuart, 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:

  • Sodalis Stuart
  • HarborChase of Stuart
  • Inspiritás of Stuart
  • Brookdale Stuart
  • Addington Place of Stuart
  • The Pointe at Ocean Boulevard
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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

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

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Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider

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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 Stuart, 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 Stuart, FL

Controversial Costco tentatively slated to open in summer of 2025

STUART, Fla. — The developer of a new Costco being built in Stuart provided WPTV with a tentative timeline of the project Friday."As promised, we're constructing the Costco – and the connector road between Kanner Highway and Willoughby Boulevard – before any other elements of the project," Tom Cosgriff, project manager for M&M Realty, told WPTV. "Accounting for the fact that every construction project is at the mercy of various weather factors, we hope to have the new Costco complete and ready for ...

STUART, Fla. — The developer of a new Costco being built in Stuart provided WPTV with a tentative timeline of the project Friday.

"As promised, we're constructing the Costco – and the connector road between Kanner Highway and Willoughby Boulevard – before any other elements of the project," Tom Cosgriff, project manager for M&M Realty, told WPTV. "Accounting for the fact that every construction project is at the mercy of various weather factors, we hope to have the new Costco complete and ready for the public to enjoy in an estimated 18-month period."

Based on the timeline provided, the new Costco is expected to open in the summer of 2025.

M&M Realty also provided new renderings of the project, which sits on 49 acres of land east of Kanner Highway, about a block south of Martin County High School.

The project includes a 162,000-square-foot Costco store with 18 gas pumps, as well as 378 apartments, stores and restaurants.

But it's been met with opposition by some Stuart residents since the project was first proposed in 2021, citing traffic and environmental concerns.

Robin Cartwright filed a legal challenge to stop the project from moving forward that same year.

An administrative judge initially ruled in Cartwright's favor, saying the city "failed to consider the maximum development potential made available" by designating it a neighborhood special district.

"The [land-use] amendment is not supported by a professionally acceptable methodology that analyzes the availability of central water supply, wastewater services, and traffic impact on the level of service of Kanner Highway and adjacent roadways," Judge Francine M. Ffolkes said at the time.

But a state panel led by Gov. Ron DeSantis overrode the decision in January, saying the city had given the site a proper land-use designation.

Cartwright withdrew her latest appeal, and there is no ongoing litigation.

M&M Realty is moving forward with the project. Excavators were seen clearing the land at the site earlier this year.

"We issued a tree removal permit with some conditions, and we also issued the site work, which includes drainage and infrastructure," Stuart Development Director Jodi Kugler told WPTV in May.

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Treasure Coast town makes Top 20 ‘most Instagrammable’ cities in Florida. Guess which one

#StuartFlorida rules. Literally.In a list of the “most Instagrammable” cities in Florida, the city named after Homer Hine Stuart Jr. ranked No. 14.A ...

#StuartFlorida rules. Literally.

In a list of the “most Instagrammable” cities in Florida, the city named after Homer Hine Stuart Jr. ranked No. 14.

A 2018 TCPalm story credits historian Sandra Henderson Thurlow in "Stuart on the St. Lucie: A Pictorial History" for providing the story of how Stuart got its name: "Born in 1855 in Willow Tree, New York, Stuart came to Florida and eventually settled near the St. Lucie River in 1883. Why he came here, however, is unclear. Stuart eventually built a bungalow on the north side of the St. Lucie River and started growing pineapples."

But back to that Instagram-worthy title for the Florida city called Stuart.

A study from vacation rental marketplace Florida Rentals found the most "Instagrammable" cities here, with the top city seeing more than 5 million hashtags (see below). Experts analyzed the number of Instagram hashtags for 400 of Florida’s municipalities. They combined hashtags for "[place]FL" and "[place]Florida" that were used for each Florida destination to determine and rank the most Instagrammed destinations in Florida.

Together, #StuartFL and #StuartFlorida totaled 436,630 hashtags, the study found.

“Florida is generally a visually appealing and photogenic state, making its destinations the perfect backdrop for Instagram photos and other social media posts," a spokesperson for Florida Rentals said in a study press release.

Find examples of Instagram-worthy pics of Stuart below and see how it fares against the other "most Instagrammable" cities in Florida.

What is the most 'Instagrammable' city in Florida?

Orlando took home the crown as the most Instagrammed destination across the state, with an average total of 5,423,004 hashtags.

"Orlando is home to some iconic, and Instagram-worthy attractions, including Mills 50, adjacent to downtown Orlando, which has the most murals of any neighborhood across the city," organizers of the study wrote.

Orlando also is the home to several world famous theme parks, including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and sits a day trip from many beautiful beaches including Daytona Beach and Clearwater Beach.

What do the Top 5 ‘most Instagrammable’ cities in Florida look like?

The study highlighted the top five cities and their statistics. Outside of Orlando's top spot:

What are the Top 20 most 'Instagrammable' cities in Florida?

The most posted about cities in Florida are:

What is the least 'Instagrammable' city in Florida?

The data reveals the least posted about destination in the state is Belleair Shore, located south of Tampa in Pinellas County. The study found it only has 4 hashtags.

The quiet, laidback beach community has a population of roughly 109 people on it. It has about 55 private homes on it, making it one of the smallest communities in the state.

Why are Florida cities the perfect background for selfies and candid photography?

In a press release, a spokesperson with Florida Rentals explained why everyone, from tourists to locals, are eager to post their Florida pride: The Sunshine State’s vast coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, boasting some of the most beautiful, scenic beaches in the country.

Locally, the Treasure Coast − made up of Indian River County, Martin County and St. Lucie County, has 70 miles of ocean coast, not counting some of the beautiful views along its rivers.

"Florida's tropical and subtropical climate means people can enjoy warm and pleasant weather throughout majority of the year — and, of course, sunny weather is great for Instagram photos," the release states. “Whether it's due to its stunning natural scenery, vibrant beaches, beautiful architecture, or quirky food and drink hubs, Florida’s strong aesthetic appeal makes it one of the best spots for capturing that Insta-worthy snap.”

Contributing: Maureen Kenyon, TCPalm

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Residents divided over timeline for completion of Costco in Stuart

The wholesale chain's completion time is tentatively scheduled for summer 2025, and residents are divided about the time it will take to open its doors.STUART, Fla. — The Stuart Costco project has sparked controversy from the beginning.WPTV reported earlier about the developer's timeline announcement, which puts the wholesale chain's completion time in the summer of 20...

The wholesale chain's completion time is tentatively scheduled for summer 2025, and residents are divided about the time it will take to open its doors.

STUART, Fla. — The Stuart Costco project has sparked controversy from the beginning.

WPTV reported earlier about the developer's timeline announcement, which puts the wholesale chain's completion time in the summer of 2025, and residents are divided about the time it will take to open doors.

"I'm happy," Richard Merrell said. "Well, I wish it was sooner."

Gary Ober of Palm City said he was hoping the chain would open sooner, but is happy it's opening at all.

"I would love it," Ober said. "I'm a Costco supporter."

Some residents, however, are not as excited about the project and are content with its timeline.

"I think that's appropriate, maybe I can find a house elsewhere in the meantime," Lisa Mari, a Palm City resident, joked. "[It's] chaotic, way too many people coming; it's within blocks of my house."

For Robin Cartwright, hearing the timeline was expected, but also a bit like putting salt in a wound. Cartwright originally filed a lawsuit against the city in September 2021, questioning its land-use designation for the plot of land.

She won the lawsuit in April 2022 when Judge Francine Folkes filed a recommended order siding with Cartwright.

In 2023, the administration commission reversed that decision and sided with the city. Cartwright appealed but then withdrew her appeal.

Still, she told WPTV she has an issue with what was approved and what will be built that she fears will have an impact on the community. The project includes an 18-pump gas station, restaurant space, and a 378-unit apartment complex in addition to the store.

"Our roadways, our little community can only handle so much," Cartwright said. "The issue I have is with the way it was approved."

She fears the project could lead to the approval of other, bigger projects.

Martin County NAACP President Jimmy Smith had the opposite reaction. He said while the completion date is far out, getting a timeline is one step closer to getting more jobs for his community and more revenue for business owners like himself.

"I'm very excited," Smith said. "I travel south to West Palm Beach to shop for my barbecue business. I travel north to St. Lucie County. Martin County really doesn't have a wholesaler that we can afford to make a profit."

Tom Cosgriff, project manager for M&M Realty, released the following statement to WPTV, reading in full:

"In response to all the excitement and anticipation across the Treasure Coast for the new Costco in Stuart, we wanted to provide a tentative timeline on the process. As promised, we’re constructing the Costco—and the connector road between Kanner Highway and Willoughby Boulevard—before any other elements of the project. Accounting for the fact that every construction project is at the mercy of various weather factors, we hope to have the new Costco complete and ready for the public to enjoy in an estimated 18-month period."

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Guy Fieri, tequila, cigars and Treasure Coast. Where to meet Food Network star in Florida

STUART — If you like tequila, cigars and Guy Fieri, this is the week for you.Fieri will host a free signing and meet-and-greet from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday for people 21 and older at Sip Tequila, an online liquor store.On Thu...

STUART — If you like tequila, cigars and Guy Fieri, this is the week for you.

Fieri will host a free signing and meet-and-greet from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday for people 21 and older at Sip Tequila, an online liquor store.

On Thursday evening, Fieri hosts another event on the Treasure Coast. Fans can meet the Food Network star at Smoke Inn Port St. Lucie, where he'll be promoting his Knuckle Sandwich Cigars.

Flavortown in Florida?Why Food Network star Guy Fieri will be seen in Port St. Lucie

Does Guy Fieri have his own liquor?

In 2019, Fieri partnered with Santo Spirit, founded by Sammy Hagar, a former member of Van Halen.

Together Fieri and Hagar collaborated to create tequila made from 100% Blue Weber Agave. The tequila is produced in Jalisco, Mexico, by third-generation distiller Juan Eduardo Nuñez and Karina Rojo at El Viejito Distillery, and is aged for approximately 24 months.

The collection includes Santo Tequila Reposado, Santo Tequila Blanco and Santo Tequila Añejo.

Opinion:Guy Fieri's new show offers clues about the best Treasure Coast restaurants

Does Guy Fieri live in Florida?

The foodie is no stranger to Florida.

Fieri in June bought a $7.3 million Mediterranean-style house on Singer Island in Riviera Beach. It's his second home in Palm Beach County, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Has Guy Fieri filmed Food Network shows in Florida?

Yes. He has filmed his Food Network show "Diners, Drive-in and Dives" in the Sunshine State. The Flavortown website lists 88 Florida restaurants he's featured throughout 45 seasons.

Guy Fieri in Florida: Where to find 35+ restaurants seen on 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'

Has Guy Fieri visited the Treasure Coast of Florida?

Yes. In 2021, Fieri made a stop and ordered an iced Americano at Gilbert's Coffee Bar in Stuart. In January, Fieri filmed for a show in Tradition in Port St. Lucie.

Is Guy Fieri's Flavortown in Florida?

Flavortown has a mayor and website, but good luck finding it on a map.

Flavortown is a mythical place, a state of mind, where fun and food meet in perfect harmony, according to Guy Fieri on foodnetwork.com. It came to life on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Fieri said in a PopSugar interview.

Why is Guy Fieri called the mayor of Flavortown?

Fieri earned the title "mayor of Flavortown" after uttering the phrase on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." It part of his brand as a chef.

He even made a cameo appearance in a 2022 Super Bowl commercial as the mayor of Flavortown.

Fans of Fieri can purchase Flavortown merchandise online, ranging from "University of Flavortown" T-shirts and a "Mayor of Flavortown" apron.

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

Stuart residents frustrated about flooding, mayor addresses issue

STUART, Fla. — Longtime Stuart resident Dave Burdette is a Floridian and he’s used to rain."It’s the first time I’ve seen it like this," Burdette said.He and other neighbors agree there’s something different about the downpours lately, causing intense flooding in places like Baker Road and Dixie highway."When it’s raining, it’s just a torrent down here, washing away the road,” Burdette said.Other parts of Stuart saw the same.Billy Damron lives n...

STUART, Fla. — Longtime Stuart resident Dave Burdette is a Floridian and he’s used to rain.

"It’s the first time I’ve seen it like this," Burdette said.

He and other neighbors agree there’s something different about the downpours lately, causing intense flooding in places like Baker Road and Dixie highway.

"When it’s raining, it’s just a torrent down here, washing away the road,” Burdette said.

Other parts of Stuart saw the same.

Billy Damron lives near Kanner Highway and Salerno Road.

“It does like this every time the bad weather comes in and it’s just no hope," Damron said. " They've done the drains several times and it ain’t good enough, they just need to figure out a better game plan."

Stuart Mayor Troy McDonald said the city has one and has always taken storm water seriously.

"The city of Stuart goes to great lengths to ensure storm water is held on site,” McDonald said, "but I will say, when you have excessive amounts of rain, there’s only so much you can do."

In Stuart, radar indicates between eight and 12 and a half inches of rain fell over the past seven days.

Martin County staff confirmed for WPTV that measures were taken at Kanner Highway and Salerno Road as part of development in that area. They added, debris blockage caused some drainage issues. Once the debris was cleared, so was the roadway.

“Last night, we was out, pulled a few more vehicles out and down there and it was real bad," Damron said. "People think, 'oh, you know, I got a submarine, let me go through it,' but it’s just getting bad."

Meanwhile, Burdette is left wondering if his Stuart neighborhood can handle more periods of excessive rainfall.

"If it's days and days and days, I’m thinking Noah better get out here and build something,” Burdette said, "because we’re going to need a bigger boat."

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