We lucked out again. For the eighth year in a row, Florida, including the Treasure Coast, was hurricane-free. In fact, only one tropical storm – and that was Andrea -- hit the state during the 2013 hurricane season, which began June 1st and ended November 30th. The North Atlantic and Caribbean regions did record 13 named storms –as predicted by forecasters before the season began. But only two – Humberto and Ingrid – grew into hurricanes. Both were in September, and both were category 1. Neither hit the U.S.
St. Lucie County Public Safety held an emergency response training drill at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday. Find out the importance of this event and why many people were willing to take part.
The Treasure Coast has a new full-service hospital. It’s the Tradition Medical Center in western Port St. Lucie. More precisely, the hospital is in the research park called the Tradition Center for Innovation in the planned community of Tradition off I-95. It is owned by Martin Health System, a not-for-profit health-care organization, which also owns Martin Medical Center and Martin Hospital South in Martin County, plus three walk-in clinics in Martin County and two clinics in St.
Our subject today is muck. Scientists and bureaucrats may refer to it as sediment, silt or suspended solids. But most of us just call it muck. It blankets the bottom of the Indian River Lagoon and its tributaries, and it's causing damage. Muck was always down there. It consisted mostly of saturated soil from natural erosion. But when people established farms, dug canals, laid down roads and put up buildings, the soil runoff increased exponentially and so did the muck. Churned-up muck and the accompanying algae blooms block the sunlight.