When You Grow Up In Stuart, Sailfish Memories Start During Childhood
In 1941 the Stuart Sailfish Club was founded, earning the city its slogan as the “Sailfish Capital of the World.”
As a young girl growing up in the area, I remember how prestigious it was to be featured in the local newspaper each winter for catching the largest sailfish. I'm proud to say that my father was featured numerous times. The sailfish was the first thing you saw when you walked into the foyer of our home. The official certificate from the Sailfish Club hung just below it.
With this issue, we are proud to announce the 75th anniversary of sailfishing in Stuart with our feature on the Stuart Sailfish Club. Our slogan, as the “Sailfish Capital of the World,” can be seen throughout the city—on police uniforms, the city commission chambers and even in the new marketing campaigns from Martin County. To celebrate, Sailfish Club members, along with club president Tom Dyer, are working diligently to commemorate the 75th anniversary with a gala on March 18 at the Flagler Center. The celebration also includes a family day in the park on March 19. We welcome you to join us at these events to relive our community's proud sailfishing heritage, and to learn about the club and its fishing tournaments.
This issue is also dedicated to a special person, Dempsey “Lee” Martin, who died last month at age 55. He was our “man on the street” who delivered copies of Stuart Magazine with a smile. Lee was a corporal in the Marine Corps and a proud member of the Jack Ivy Detachment League in Port St. Lucie. He was also a “Devil Dog,” a member of the “Fun and Honor Society of the Marine Corps League.” Lee was an important and dedicated part of our Stuart Magazine family. He will be missed by us and the many other people he touched.