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.
It is probably no surprise to you that the most dangerous intersections in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties are all on U.S. 1. U.S. 1 is the oldest highway serving the country’s East Coast, stretching 25-hundred miles from the Canadian border to Key West. I bet it’s is also the busiest, with traffic signals every 20 feet -- or so it seems. Let’s take a drive south on U.S. 1. We’ll start in Vero Beach at eastbound State Route 60, Indian River County’s most dangerous intersection. This was the scene of 21 crashes in 2012, reported Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.
Halloween is only a few days off. This is when we hear and read a lot about haunted houses. Would you believe a haunted restaurant? Those who run the place don’t keep it a secret. In fact, they brag about it. The restaurant is Ashley’s on U.S.
Uh-oh, the mullet are migrating again along Treasure Coast beaches. Why uh-oh? Because close behind the mullet come the sharks The mullet, 1 to 3 feet in length, gather in large schools near the shoreline preparing to spawn. Then they head south to spend the winter in warmer waters. For the sharks its supper time. Various species of coastal sharks feed on the mullet – black tip, bull, lemon, nurse and spinner. Most are under 5 feet. But all have sharp teeth. When the wind is light and the water clear, you can see silhouettes of sharks in the surf. Check out the photos of shark sil
The Forbes magazine list of the 400 richest Americans in 2013 includes one and a half billionaires on the Treasure Coast – down from three and a half a year ago. On the list is Alfred James Clark, 85, of Vero Beach. Another on the list is H. Wayne Huizenga, 75, who is identified by Forbes as a resident of Fort Lauderdale. But he also owns a home in south St.
Last month, USA Today came out with its list of the 10 best but least-known beaches in Florida. Number 1 was Caladesi Island, a state park near Clearwater on the Gulf Coast. But second and third are on the Treasure Coast. They are Blowing Rocks Preserve in Hobe Sound and Vero Beach. Fifth is Jupiter, just south of the Treasure Coast in Palm Beach County. As a resident of Vero Beach, I was glad to see my city on the list. But --hmmm -- which part of the Vero Beach beach is my favorite? I pick South Beach Park, near our condo.
For a captivating look at Old Florida, I recommend a new novel “The River Way Home” by Mary Dawson of Palm City. It won two gold medals from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association – one for best Florida fiction and one for Florida’s best young adult book. Three young adventurers lose their boat on Lake Okeechobee and make their way through the wild Florida Jungle to the recently incorporated town of Stuart. It’s 1914. The railroad has come. Soon Florida will be flooded with tourists and new residents. Queenie is a bright black girl, Billy, blue-eyed and blond, yearns to be a