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Historic Downtown Stuart claims the 7th annual “Great Places in Florida” award

Historic Downtown Stuart claims the 7th annual "Great Places in Florida" award

Historic Downtown Stuart claims the 7th annual “Great Places in Florida” award

Stuart, Fl (treasurecoast.com)-When Stuart residents were asked to show their city some love, they did.

Historic Downtown Stuart claimed the 7th annual “Great Places in Florida” award hosted by the state’s chapter of the American Planning Association, the organization announced Wednesday.

The city beat Mill Lake Park Continuum in Orange City and Warm Mineral Springs Park in North Port for the 2020 title. Downtown Winter Haven was the award’s 2019 recipient.

The American Planning Association praised Downtown Stuart for its ongoing evolution, including projects such as:

  • Transforming the downtown area and restoring it to its former 1920s glory
  • Enhancing thoroughfares on Osceola Street and Flagler Avenue to support exposure of local businesses
  • Beautification efforts including artistic crosswalks, installation of sculptures, increased parking, new outside dining areas and additional shade trees

Originally, though, it was Downtown Stuart’s  “Old Florida” charm, laid-back coastal elegance and friendly residents that caught the attention of statewide experts overseeing the award.

Stuart has also been named “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living in 2016; ranked No. 6 among “60 charming American towns you haven’t heard of but should visit ASAP,” by Oprah’s magazine; and a finalist in Smithsonian Magazine’s 2015 “Best Small Towns to Visit”.

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