Paul Janensch

Treasure Coast Essayist

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This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about toxic marine bacteria.  They are something to add to the list of hazards along our stretch of Florida, along with lightning, rip currents and sharks.  In July, a Port St.

Bring a red cooler

Aug 17, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about red coolers.  No joke.  Bring one with you when you go boating in the ocean.  It could save your life.  If the boat sinks, chances are the cooler will pop to the surface.  Red is easier to spot than white or blue from a rescue vessel or airplane.  That’s a safe boating tip offered by Palm City resident John Spatuzzi, a retired Coast Guard pilot, in a guest column that appears on TCPalm.com.  It was inspired by the search for two South Florida boys lost at sea.  Other tips: Wear a life jacket.  Bring a waterproof radio or a cell phone

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the graduate of Sebastian River High School who is believed to be the first woman to hold an NFL coaching position.  She is Jen Welter, 37, hired by the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern during training camp and the pre-season.

Hot enough for you?

Aug 3, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about our hot summer. Average high temps have been higher than usual for the season. On many days in July, the mercury rose above 90 in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin Counties. Why? Prevailing winds from the west, reaching our stretch of Florida after passing over the state’s hot interior. The ocean breeze from the east was light or nonexistent. Healthcare professionals advise us to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. Apply sunscreen and wear a hat with a wide brim. Take it easy outdoors during the hottest part of the day.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about attracting foreign tourists to our wonderful stretch of Florida.  Indian River and St. Lucie Counties recently hosted foreign travel writers.  Why not add Martin County and invite foreign travel writers to sample the attractions in all three counties?  They will encourage people in their countries to come here.  What do we offer?  State parks: Sebastian Inlet, Fort Pierce Inlet and Jonathan Dickinson.  Museums: McLarty, Navy Seals and Elliott.  Places connected to nature: Environmental Learning Center.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the McLarty Treasure Museum on highway A-1-A south of Sebastian Inlet.  It’s a great place to visit now because survivors of the Treasure Fleet disaster made camp here 300 years ago.  On July 30, 1715, eleven ships carrying gold, silver and jewels from the Americas to Spain were hit by a hurricane and went down off our shore.  That’s why Indian River, St.

  This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about (cough cough) wildfires. Last month, the Florida Forest Service responded to 23 in our three counties. Sixteen were caused by lightning strikes. Some threw off lots of smoke. Less rainfall than normal this time of year was to blame. The most acreage burned was in Martin County’s Jones/Hungryland Wildlife Environmental area. One third of Florida’s population now live in places where structures are vulnerable to wildfires.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a one-time lifeguard honored for his contributions to water safety.  More than 30 years ago, Vero Beach orthopedic surgeon Peter Wernicki watched over swimmers on the Jersey Shore.  Since then, he has pursued a second career devoted to preventing drownings.  Recently Wernicki, 56, received the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s 2015 Paragon Award.  Under his leadership, the American Red Cross and the U.S.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about sharks.  They fascinate us.  Why?  Because they are great looking.  Fast.  Relentless.  Fun to watch through the glass of a big aquarium.  But you do not want to encounter one in the water.  A shark may mistake you for a fish that is good to eat or is a competitor.  On several days in June, sharks were spotted off Treasure Coast beaches, and lifeguards ordered people out of the water.  The routine is for lifeguards to wait 30 minutes to make sure there are no further sightings.  If a shark does not leave, no swimming is allowed.  When

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  It began June 1st and ends November 30th.  The experts say this will be one of the quietest hurricane seasons in decades.  A normal season has six hurricanes.  Forecasters predict about half that many this year.  But do not get complacent.  In 1992, Hurricane Andrew clobbered Florida during an otherwise slow hurricane season.  Are your hurricane shutters and roof in good shape?  Have you assembled an emergency kit?  Water and canned goods, a manual can opener, a flashlight and extra batteries, your

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