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Stuart Named #1 “Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is pleased to announce that Stuart has been selected as #1 in Coastal Living’s fifth-annual, top-ten list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.” This is the first time Florida has won the prestigious number one spot.
“This is a huge win for our area and with our passionate residents and dedicated ambassadors were able to edge out the competition.” said Stuart Mayor Jeff Krauskopf, who also serves on the Martin County Tourist Development Council.
The top 10 finalists were selected by magazine editors’ assessments of each town’s “coastal vibe,” as well as factors including the number of sunny days, air quality, commute times, crime ratings, and standard of living.
“It is a combination of characteristics that makes a place memorable and unique this just validates what we have known all along. Martin County is a very special place, and this is why we work hard to protect and preserve what we have.” said Martin County Board of Commissioner Chair Anne Scott
The final, ranked, top 10 list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” will be featured in the May 2016 print issue of Coastal Living. The ranked towns will also be featured in an online gallery on www.coastalliving.com.
Annual Single Fin Showdown
Stuart — Stuart Beach was the location for the seventh annual Stuart Single Fin Showdown Surf and Skim Festival presented by Ohana Surf Shop for United Way. For the past six years, the Stuart Single Fin Showdown has produced a solid ground swell of support for United Way of Martin County and helped build awareness of the community’s most critical needs, while raising more than $30,000 to create long-lasting solutions to these issues.
The Stuart Single Fin Showdown has also raised more than $8,000 for Team Brooke, a charity created for Brooke Thabit, a member of the Ohana Surf Shop family and former Single Fin Showdown competitor who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in 2012. The accident left Thabit paralyzed from the chest down and funds raised help cover the cost of her rehabilitation.
What started in 2009 with a small group of surfers riding vintage single fin surfboards for bragging rights has now evolved into the largest, one-day surf and skim festival in Florida, attracting nearly 200 competitors and thousands of spectators annually.
“When we started we really had no idea how people would react or if anyone would sign up,” said Jordan Schwartz, contest director and owner of Ohana Surf Shop in Stuart. “The first year was small, but those who were part of it appreciated the ‘just for fun’ atmosphere that we were trying to create. It gets better each year and the best part is we continue to raise money for charity through surfing.”
What makes the Stuart Single Fin Showdown unique is that competitors must ride vintage single fin surfboards that are selected at random minutes before each heat begins. The challenge is to then ride their chosen single fin well enough and advance onto the next round of competition. At the end of the day, division champions are rewarded with a one-of-a-kind Single Fin Showdown embroidered sports coat and a prize pack loaded with surf related gear.
Although the entire event revolves around the Single Fin division, other divisions include Longboard, Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Invitational and the Skim Pro/Am. Competitors are welcome to compete in one or more divisions, but additional fees apply.
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