Monterey 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.
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.
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".
Turning Monterey into New Orleans was just a matter of beads and masks. With piles of both at the door, Monterey partygoers were whisked away to the Mardi Gras, and the fun began. Of course, the more resourceful had purchased masks and costumes in advance, and oh! such extravagance of plumage and color! For just a moment, they actually did succeed as a disguise of personage, but only for a moment. Then the game began. All evening long, anyone answering a question with the word "no" had to relinquish a string of beads to the questioner. Certain people truly applied themselves to bead collection and ended up with a thick mass around their necks, while others blithely disregarded the competition and let the ""no's" fly freely. Even out on the dance floor, the crowd was more keyed up than usual, so apparently the spirit of Mardi Gras truly is as contagious as it is outrageous, and Monterey had caught it.
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.
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!
Some people really know how to throw a party! This distinction decidedly belongs to Monterey's Boat Club as attested by all who attended the Clubs first cookout of the season on February 6th. Early in the afternoon, 15 kayaker's took to the water and headed south on the St. Lucie river to view progress on the new Veteran's Memorial Bridge, returning just in time for a festive picnic. Plenty of food! Plenty of people! should not in themselves add up to the outcome they manage to achieve. Taking full advantage of the outdoor and indoor appeal of the Yacht Club property as well as the mix of old and new residents, the evening swelled with friendliness and movement. Even a highly anticipated but lackluster sunset did not detract from the upbeat mood. Obviously, a group that can expand from nine members to one hundred three in just three years has the leadership and drive to make things pop.