Paul Janensch

Treasure Coast Essayist

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This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the upcoming Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival.  The Guinness Book of World Records calls it the largest frog leg festival in the world.  Shop at booths.  Go on fun rides.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Gifford, the racially diverse community north of Vero Beach.  Next Monday, January 16, Gifford will put on a Martin Luther King Day parade up Old Dixie Highway from 37th Street to 45th Street starting at 10 a.m.  Of Gifford’s 7,500 residents, more than half are African Americans.  Many families have lived there for generations.  Progress is being made on a Gifford Neighborhood Plan adopted by Indian River County and supported by the Progressive Civic League of Gifford to upgrade streets, sidewalks, drainage, playgrounds and housing. 

Biggest boat show

Jan 2, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Stuart Boat Show.  It’s less than two weeks away.  It started in the mid-70s and is now the largest boat show on the Treasure Coast.  Hundreds of boats, in-water and on the land.  Ocean-going yachts, cruisers, center consoles, speedboats, fishing boats, pontoon boats – ranging in size from 12 feet to 80 feet.  Plus personal watercraft, marine electronics, outboard motors, inboard engines, safety equipment, boat lifts, fishing gear, music, food and drinks.  When: January 13, 14 and 15.  Where: Northwest Dixie Highway on the St.

Top news in 2016

Dec 26, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the top two news stories on the Treasure Coast in 2016.  First the bad news.  Toxic blue-green algae covered our waters for months.  Beaches had to close.  Marine life was killed.  Polluted fresh-water discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie River were to blame.  The algae spread to the Indian River Lagoon and the ocean.  Now the good news – at least for Martin, St.

Mother’s Day rescue

Dec 19, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the owner of a swim school in Hobe Sound who was honored by the Red Cross for rescuing two boys from drowning.  It was Mother’s Day.  Chrstina Gillin-Theiss was walking with friends and family at Riviera Beach in Palm Beach County.  They spotted two teenage boys being swept away from shore by a rip current.  No lifeguards were nearby.  So Christina plunged in.  She is 5-foot-2 and weighs 124-pounds.  The boys were bigger.

Tiger returns

Dec 12, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Tiger Woods.  The name may ring a bell.  He has a little spread on Jupiter Island in south Martin County.  He’s also one of the most famous, most successful and richest golf pros.  After not playing tournament golf for 15 months because of back ailments, Tiger finished all 72 holes in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.  He started strong, then made mistakes and finished 15 in the field of 17.  But at least he was out there, wearing his familiar red shirt in the final round.  What’s next?  Maybe Torrey Pines in San Diego next mon

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Indian River County homeowner who is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of education.  She is Betsy DeVos, 58, businesswoman, philanthropist, Republican donor and education activist.  She is married to Dick DeVos, former president of Amway and former president of the Orlando Magic.  The parents of four grown children, they spend most of their time in Michigan but own a compound in Windsor, the gated ocean-side community north of Vero Beach.  She is an outspoken advocate of charter schools and school voucher prog

Another golf course

Nov 28, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a plan for yet another golf course in Martin County.  According to the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce, the county already is home to “35 world-class golf courses.”  TCPalm.com, reports that NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and other investors want to build Number 36.  It would cover 227 vacant acres in Hobe Sound.  The club would be exclusive and expensive, as are the nearby Medalist, McArthur and Loblolly golf clubs.  County approval is needed.  Why does Martin County have so many golf courses?  The weather, the undu

On the Forbes list

Nov 21, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a resident of our area who made the 2016 Forbes magazine list of the 400 richest people in America.  He is J.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Heathcote Botanical Gardens on Savannah Road in Fort Pierce.  This five-acre haven of subtropical flowers and trees recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.  The gardens include a Japanese Garden, a Reflection Garden, an Herb Garden, a Rainforest Display a Native Plants Garden, a Palm Walk and the country’s largest display of subtropical bonsai – or miniature trees in pots.  The name comes from Heathcote Street in Scarsdale, New York.  A plant nursery was moved from there to Fort Pierce.  Later, the property was put up for sale. 

Democracy at work

Nov 7, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the 2016 election.  Are you registered to vote in Florida?  Have you already voted early?  For many, it’s a long ballot.  Everyone on the Treasure Coast votes for president, U.S. senator, member of the U.S.

Haunted mansion?

Oct 31, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a mansion in Fort Pierce that may or may not be haunted.  Very appropriate for Halloween.  The imposing, Spanish-style structure on U.S. 1 north of 25th Street was built in the 1920s as a private residence.  I’ve driven by it scores of times.  People say it evolved into a bar, a gambling casino and a bordello.  A man visiting the bordello was shot to death by his wife on the stairway.  His ghost stayed as a resident.  Or so the story goes.  The St. Lucie County Historical Society says the legend is poppycock.

Close call

Oct 24, 2016

This is a Treasure Coast Essay by Paul Janensch about Hurricane Matthew.  Whew!  That was a close call.  My wife Gail and I were away.  But, of course, we still were worried.  Would the Treasure Coast be clobbered?  Fortunately, it was not.  Branches were blown down at our condo in Vero Beach, and the power was knocked out, as it was up and down the coast, but that was all.  Following updates on wqcs.org, we learned that Matthew – the first hurricane to hit Florida in 11 years –  wobbled to the east before heading north, where communities were devastated.  Some think weather forecasters an

Underwater eye

Oct 17, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the new high-tech holographic microscope camera.  It’s being developed at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, a division of Florida Atlantic University.  The camera will allow researchers to watch microscopic creatures and particles in 3-D and real time in the Indian River Lagoon and other bodies of water.  They will able to keep an eye on blue-green algae – where it comes from and how it blooms.  The project is funded by a $900,000 federal grant.  The camera will weigh 60 to 70 pounds and be about the size of a duff

Savannas Trail

Oct 10, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the new Savannas Recreation Trail in Fort Pierce.  Feel like going on a leisurely hike – safe and scenic?  The Savannas Recreation Trail – which opened in September -- is for you.  The walkway is paved and eight feet wide.  It stretches two and a half miles from Midway Road north to Savannah Road.  It takes you through pine woods, over scrub and wetlands and along small lakes.  You can see wildlife, such as wading birds and alligators.  Bridges keep you high and dry.  Benches are placed along the way.  Go to the Savannas Recreation Ar

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