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.
Going into the BCS national championship game on January 6th, Florida State University looked good. And so did Bryan Stork, a graduate of Vero Beach High School. The star offensive lineman was one of six players from the Treasure Coast on the FSU roster.
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.
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.
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.