Let’s take a look at the most important news stories on the Treasure Coast in 2013. Because it seemed to catch the attention of virtually everyone, I think number one was the declining health of the Indian River Lagoon, on which we depend for recreation and our economic well-being. In the north lagoon, dolphins, manatees and pelicans were dying, probably because sea grass was disappearing. To the south, polluted fresh water discharged from Lake Okeechobee was wiping out marine life in the St.
This headline in the weekly newspaper Vero Beach 32960 caught my eye: “Vero Beach emerging as world pompano capital.” Not Pompano Beach down in Broward County? Nope, water is a bit too warm, say those who fish for pompano. From November to May, many pompano migrate to the stretch of ocean from Sebastian to Round Island, where the water temp averages about 70. Vero Beach is in the middle. You find easy access to the ocean at many locations, including South Beach Park, which is directly east of the 17th Street Bridge and, incidentally, only a few blocks from my condo. This time of year,
The insect is called a psyllid, from the Greek psylla for flea. It is no bigger than a pinhead. But psyllids are causing enormous damage to citrus groves in Florida, including those on the Treasure Coast. The psyllids carry a disease called citrus greening, which makes grapefruit, oranges and lemons ripen quickly, drop prematurely, look ugly and taste bitter. The fruit cannot be marketed, and the disease can eventually kill the tree. Florida’s grapefruit crop – three-fourths of which comes from the Indian River district – is expected to be down 9 percent from last season. Florida’s or
Hey, Treasure Coast Food Bank. Happy 25th anniversary! Because of the current economic slowdown, the need for food assistance in our area has never been greater since volunteers got you started in 1988. Some 100,000 people on the Treasure Coast are hungry during this holiday season. That’s about 17 percent of our population. A lot of them don’t know where their next full meal is coming from. Many have low-pay part-time jobs. Many are looking for work. The Food Bank wants to help. Newly relocated in St.