Start of the Official Season 2013

2013 season start

Monterey's ponds are full and if that doesn't turn you on, you're not from here - and the grass is thick and green and the golf course is beautiful! Returning snowbirds may not quickly recognize recent enhancements to the Palm City Road entry but do notice how good the place looks and how great it feels to be back. Once chilly mornings are the norm in northern climes, it's nearly impossible to deny the pull of the gorgeous October weather in Florida and Monterey's promise of activity and companionship. So people do what comes naturally - fly down to enjoy a few weeks in the sun before the calendar compels them to go back for holidays with the family. October/ November at Monterey has become another "season."

When you get the suitcases in the door, take a leisurely walk over to the office to "sign in". Everybody you meet on the way will smile and say, "Welcome back!" Stop and chat a bit with the people you encounter. Talk about the summer and about spouses and mutual friends. Seeing people on the first day back is the grandest homecoming you can imagine!

Just playing a round of golf is the obvious route to re-acquaintance with the landscape. Of course, it's all familiar, but that's what makes it so special! Still, you spot details...the length of the grass where your ball could hide... the new little neat rectangles for "drop" areas...the young grass on the expanded greens ...those gorgeous old trees on the seventh fairway...and that same darn squirrel bothering your bag as you stop at the drinking fountain after playing Number Six! Of course a trip to the beach, downtown Stuart, the Elliott Museum and the new Indian Street Bridge are in order to see the changes and progress since Spring

In the Main Clubhouse, stroll through the library and stop to see the picture displays on the bulletin boards. (A boat ride for everybody's favorite photographer with a rowdy crew celebrating his birthday and Mothers Day; and a more sedate group having cake with the sweet lady in Building 22 when she turned one hundred!) If you're really energetic, you can sign the list right away to play on next week's men's or women's golf day. Upstairs, in the office, Chris and Gale and Gail are happy to see you and ready with help if you need it. Can life get any better than this?

Foxwoods Rendezvous 2013

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About 38 Monterey residents from the New England and New York area met up at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut on August 21st. The NY area residents drive or take the Sea Jet ferry out of Orient Point, Long Island to meet up with the New England residents. There were also a few residents from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

We all enjoyed a morning of gambling at the Foxwoods casino and a great lunch at the Golf Club. Afterwards some of us returned to the tables and slots, or just walked around and enjoyed the native America architecture.

The DeCarmine's, Luciano's, and the Bates' organized this event quite a few years ago. It is a great "snowbird" reunion to catch up on the events since heading north for the summer.

It is a wonderful summer break and opportunity to renew our Monterey friendships prior to our return to Stuart in the fall or early next year. This rendezvous' has become a great tradition that should continue for many years to come.

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Monterey Summer 2013

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While the snow birds have fled to northern climes, the slower pace at Monterey has been relaxing, but not without activity. The permanent residents still enjoy golf whenever they want and of course, the pool gossip continues.

The golf course is in excellent shape, enhancements to the outer wall at the entrance have been added and the maintenance crews are busy with summer cleanup and repairs.

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There was a nice 4th of July luncheon at the Club House, arranged by Robbie Hart and volunteers, and of course a great Independence Day celebration at Flagger Park in Stuart with our own Bill DeNeill on drums with the Stuart Community Band, followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the St. Lucie River.

Numerous other opportunities have presented themselves for some creative photography by the local "paparazzi".

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Veterans Memorial Bridge Update - August 2013

Veterans Memorial BridgeMonterey residents should see improving traffic patterns soon. There will be a project completion ceremony around the middle of November, and the Veterans Memorial (Indian Street) bridge should be open to traffic around Thanksgiving this year. The new bridge is expected to cut the traffic across the Palm City bridge in half. The project was funded by Federal, State and Martin County with a total cost of approximately 112 million dollars. The bridge will feature six overlooks, dedicated bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways on both sides of the bridge. Intersections on both ends of the bridge have been widened for traffic control and decorative lighting and landscaping are included in the project.

St. Patrick's Day at Monterey - 2013

2013 St. Pat's 1 If the color green appeals to you, you'd have been right at home with the decor at our St. Paddy's Day party at the Yacht Club on THE day. Most of the "decor" was in constant motion, standing in as the attire of the would-be Irish folk in attendance. Every touch of green was represented. One individual managed to combine shamrocks with palm trees on his shirt in a way that was quite fetching. Others had versions of traditional hats and caps in green felt that effectively gave off strong Irish appeal.

2013 St. Pat's 2 Competition by local taverns for the corned beef business of the local populace had no effect whatever on attendance at Monterey's annual shindig. The place was jammed. The green beer ran freely. The music was fast and cheerful, bringing the patrons onto their feet and in a mood for fun. The crowd was a lovely blend of the old and the new. Anybody looking and listening in from the outside would have to admit: this was not just a party. This was a celebration!

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