See How Storie Is Joining the Quest for a Greener Future on the Treasure Coast

June 3, 2024 | Read Time: 4 minutes

Storie Waterfront gazebo rendering - Martin County Preservation

Located along Florida’s Treasure Coast, Martin County is a treasure trove of natural marvels. With stunning beaches, lush state parks, and endless waterways, the area has long attracted those drawn to a life surrounded by nature. Just as important as enjoying these natural wonders, however, is preserving them. This principle is at the heart of Storie, a visionary community concept designed to honor and preserve Martin County. Emphasizing clean water and open spaces, Storie aims to create a sustainable hub for the entire region. Here’s a closer look at what’s planned.

64% of Land Preserved

Although Storie would span 2,700 acres, the community concept plans to prioritize green spaces over buildings. This conscious decision to preserve and protect 64% of the existing natural landscapes could maintain and embrace the area’s natural features. By highlighting the surrounding greens and wetlands, this approach would invite Martin County residents to immerse themselves in a lifestyle intertwined with Florida’s wild landscapes. Thirty-eight miles of nature trails are planned to meander through the open spaces, offering abundant opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and more. These trails would provide picturesque views of the surrounding wetlands and waters, showcasing the natural beauty that defines Storie.

Storie's Clean Water

A Commitment to Clean Water

With watershed protection a large need for Martin County, Storie plans to be a part of the clean water solution. The community concept’s filtration system would purify up to 500 million gallons of water annually from the C44 canal, which would otherwise discharge directly into the St. Lucie River. Filtration marshes featuring natural vegetation would allow for the removal of harmful substances like nitrogen and phosphorus, while simultaneously oxygenating the water. These waterways not only would create a welcoming habitat for diverse species but also serve as a focal point for community engagement. Residents could enjoy kayaking and paddleboarding from convenient launch points, while freshwater lakes would be a hub for anglers of all skill levels.

artist rendering of Storie school

Cultivating a Pedestrian-Friendly Lifestyle

Storie would also embrace a greener future by helping residents spend less time commuting and more time creating memories. Inspired by the principles of New Urbanism, the community is planned around a large communal area, connected to residential options by a vast network of sidewalks and trails. Storie’s housing options, which may include villas, townhomes, apartments, and single-family homes, would encourage physical activity, and promote a strong sense of community among neighbors. The Village Center would serve as the community hub where daily needs are easily accessible by foot or bike. Strolling along the waterfront promenade lined with local boutiques, art galleries, stores, and restaurants would be commonplace.

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A Natural Playground Where Kids Can Learn and Play

Storie also plans to include features that would inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. A community garden and farm would provide children with hands-on experience in sustainable agriculture. Additionally, a butterfly garden could serve as an outdoor science lab, offering insights into butterfly life cycles and the importance of pollinators. Storie Regional Park would be a hub for recreation and adventure, featuring playgrounds, soccer and baseball fields, and tennis and pickleball courts. These amenities could offer children a natural playground where they can unleash their creativity and create lasting memories of outdoor play.

Supporting Treasure Coast Nonprofits

As Storie awaits the review process, the community has already begun supporting several Treasure Coast nonprofits dedicated to building a more sustainable future. In March, Storie sponsored the Citizens4H20 Water Fest, an environmental festival organized by the City of Stuart since 2012. This free outdoor expo is aimed at promoting water conservation and raising awareness about present and future water quality and supply challenges.

Storie Time Magazine Reveals Full Vision

Clean water and open spaces are just the beginning of ways this eco-minded neighborhood would bring together residents on the Treasure Coast. A vibrant community park, a K-12 charter school, an open-air amphitheater, and plentiful outdoor activities have also been planned for Storie. As Storie progresses toward finalizing the details of this community concept, additional information will be revealed in the near future. To receive a copy of the Storie Time Magazine with more details on the vision for this community, or to be among the first to see the vision video upon its release, register your interest at

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