Treasure Coast Essay http://wqcs.org en Horseback riding on the beach http://wqcs.org/post/horseback-riding-beach <p>Here’s something to put on your bucket list: Horseback riding on the beach.&nbsp; You know what a bucket list is – things to do before you kick the bucket.&nbsp;&nbsp; A horseback ride on the beach is an experience you will always remember.&nbsp; The only place you can do it on the Treasure Coast is at Frederick Douglass Memorial Park on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce.&nbsp; In fact, that’s one of the few places in all of Florida where you can do it.&nbsp; &nbsp;If you own your own horse, you can buy a permit from the St. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Paul Janensch 46287 at http://wqcs.org Environment’s friend to retire http://wqcs.org/post/environment-s-friend-retire <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It’s hard to imagine the Environmental Learning Center near Vero Beach without Holly Dill in charge.&nbsp; Dill was hired as executive director in 1989 – a year after the ELC was formed and three years before it opened its 64-acre spread on the Indian River Lagoon at the west end of the Wabasso Bridge.&nbsp; After 25 years, Dill, 60, decided it was time to retire.&nbsp; She will stay until a successor is found.&nbsp; She is a hands-on administrator.&nbsp; Always smiling.&nbsp; She makes sure the ELC offers programs for all ages and abilitie Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Paul Janensch 45948 at http://wqcs.org Beware of mosquitoes bearing viruses http://wqcs.org/post/beware-mosquitoes-bearing-viruses <p>Ordinary mosquitoes are enough of a problem on the Treasure Coast during the rainy season from June through October.&nbsp; Now we are being warned about daytime-biting mosquitoes that carry the dengue virus or the chikungunya virus.&nbsp; Both cause tropical diseases.&nbsp; Neither is usually fatal.&nbsp; But each can make you miserable for days or weeks.&nbsp; Fever, headache, nausea, extreme pain in the muscles and joints.&nbsp; Last year, 24 cases of locally acquired dengue fever were reported in Martin County.&nbsp; This year, health officials fear the chikungunya virus could also invad Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Paul Janensch 45568 at http://wqcs.org Shootings and more shootings http://wqcs.org/post/shootings-and-more-shootings <p>On average, gunfire can be heard two or three times a week in Fort Pierce, usually at night in the northwest neighborhoods.&nbsp; Often someone is shot.&nbsp; Sometimes the person dies.&nbsp; Witnesses are reluctant to talk to police.&nbsp; They are afraid of being targeted as snitches. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:52:00 +0000 Paul Janensch 45290 at http://wqcs.org Viewing sea turtles http://wqcs.org/post/viewing-sea-turtles <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="small-caps1"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; font-size: 16pt">The best months to watch sea turtles nesting on our beaches are June and July.&nbsp; And the best way is on a guided sea-turtle walk. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Paul Janensch 44960 at http://wqcs.org The suicide bomber from here http://wqcs.org/post/suicide-bomber-here <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="small-caps1"><span style="font-size:16.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Emails to me from friends and relatives around the country expressed amazement: “The American suicide bomber in Syria was from Vero Beach?!” They learned from the news media that the family of Mon<a name="_GoBack"></a>er Mohammad Abu-Salha live in Vero Beach (actually a bit north of the city), that he attended Sebastian River High School, that he loved to play basketball and that for a while he occupied an apartment in Fort Pierce.&nbsp; On Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Paul Janensch 44655 at http://wqcs.org Hobe Sound named the best http://wqcs.org/post/hobe-sound-named-best <p>Guess what?&nbsp; Hobe Sound has been named “the best beach-town housing market in the U.S.” by Reality Trac, a real estate data company.&nbsp; Hobe Sound’s Number 1 ranking was based on its warm weather, low crime rate and affordable housing.&nbsp; All of the top-20 locations are in Florida, California or Hawaii.&nbsp; Hobe Sound had the lowest average housing price -- just $191,000.&nbsp; I wonder if the analysis included Jupiter Island.&nbsp; That’s where Tiger Woods and other wealthy people own multi-million dollar estates.&nbsp;&nbsp; Actually, Hobe Sound is not a “town” with legal bou Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Paul Janensch 44343 at http://wqcs.org Hurricane season is upon us http://wqcs.org/post/hurricane-season-upon-us <p></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Paul Janensch 44013 at http://wqcs.org Tradition never graduates http://wqcs.org/post/tradition-never-graduates <p>The girls lacrosse team at Vero Beach High School has a slogan.&nbsp; “Tradition never graduates.”&nbsp; We can see that it sure did NOT graduate in 2013 because on May 4, 2014, the Vero Beach girls won their ninth straight state title.&nbsp; Playing in Bradenton, they started slow against an aggressive Ponte Vedra.&nbsp; In fact, Ponte Vedra was the first to score.&nbsp; Then, after tightening its defense, Vero Beach pulled ahead 3-2 and never looked back.&nbsp; Final score: Vero Beach 13, Ponte Vedra 6.&nbsp; The Vero Beach girls finished the year 21 and 3.&nbsp; The losses were to nation Mon, 19 May 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Paul Janensch 43682 at http://wqcs.org Here they come! The powerboats! http://wqcs.org/post/here-they-come-powerboats <p>Here they come!&nbsp; Those noisy, high-speed powerboats that skim over the water followed by a towering rooster tail.&nbsp; Some 80 teams will compete in the Stuart Sailfish Regatta on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, starting each day at 9 a.m.&nbsp; Organizers call it “the fastest event on the Treasure Coast.”&nbsp; The course is a 1.1 mile oval north of a viewing area on the Stuart Causeway and the Ernie Lyons Bridge.&nbsp; Road traffic will be rerouted to the Jensen Beach Causeway.&nbsp; If the weather is good, 20,000 spectators are expected.&nbsp; Various classes of outboards and i Mon, 12 May 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Paul Janensch 43375 at http://wqcs.org