Paul Janensch

Treasure Coast Essayist

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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

Stay fit at Big Red

Oct 3, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Big Red.  That’s what people will be calling the new Indian River County Intergenerational, or IG, Recreation Center on Oslo Road at the South County Regional Park.  The main building is bright red.  Recently opened after long delays, the $12 million facility allows young and old to participate in hardwood-court basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, martial arts, performing arts and gaming tournaments.  Exercise programs include yoga, ti-chi and zumba.  Basketball camps and clinics are planned for the fall.  Rental space is available fo

Zika threatens

Sep 26, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Zika fever. Martin County reported a case in early May.  Then more cases were reported there.  Then cases were reported in St. Lucie County.  The situation is more serious to the south.  Miami Beach has been especially hard hit.  Zika is transmitted usually by mosquitoes from one human to another.  Named for the Zika Forest in Uganda, it spread from Africa and Asia to the Americas.  For adults, the symptoms are mild.

Keep it dark

Sep 19, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a threat to loggerhead sea turtles.

Ecosystems on display

Sep 12, 2016

This is a Treasure Coast Essay by Paul Janensch about a wonderful way to experience our area’s diverse marine life.  Without getting wet!  The Smithsonian Marine Station research facility at Fort Pierce is closed to the public.  But across Seaway Drive, the Smithsonian Marine Station at the St. Lucie Aquarium welcomes visitors.  The St.

Double homicide

Aug 29, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a gruesome double homicide that has received attention far beyond our beautiful stretch of Florida.  It happened the night of August 15 on upscale Southeast Kokomo Lane at the southern edge of Martin County.  John Stevens and his wife Michelle Mishcon were stabbed to death outside their home.  Sheriff’s deputies found a man on top of Stevens in the driveway, biting the victim’s face.  It took several officers and a police dog to subdue the attacker.  Mishcon was found dead in the garage.  Austin Harrouff, 19, a Florida State Universit

Where to snorkel

Aug 22, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the best places to snorkel.  TCPalm.com – the digital edition of Treasure Coast Newspapers – asked readers to name their favorite spots for donning mask, tube and flippers and enjoying the view beneath the surface.  When algae is absent, of course.  As a snorkeler myself, I was not surprised that Bathtub Reef in Stuart was ranked Number One.  A reef forms a big bathtub at the shore line.  Inside the reef, the calm water allows beginners to see small marine life.  Outside the reef, experienced snorkelers can dive in search of rays and

Algae makes news

Aug 15, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the attention given by the national news media to the emergency facing the Indian River Lagoon.  Both the PBS NewsHour and The New York Times recently did in-depth reports on the toxic algae blooms that starve the lagoon’s plant life and threaten the entire marine ecosystem.  The PBS story was done with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.   It noted two problems – polluted fresh-water discharges from Lake Okeechobee and drainage from septic tanks.  The Times story said fertilizer run-off from agriculture and global warming

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