Paul Janensch

Treasure Coast Essayist

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A Christmas card

Dec 21, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay that wishes a Merry Christmas to people I talked about this year.  Such as: Gloria and Emilio Estefan, who received The Presidential Medal of Freedom and celebrated the opening of a Broadway musical based on their lives.  Bryan Stork, who played center for the New England Patriots when they won the Super Bowl.  The Indian River State College swim teams.  National champs again.  Jen Welter, the first woman to serve on an NFL coaching staff.  Top tennis pro Mardy Fish, who retired.  Country singer Jake Owen, who returned to perform two benefi

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about our 2015 sea turtle season, which ran through October 31.  It was good!  Nest numbers were high for leatherbacks, loggerheads and greens on beaches in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties monitored by Ecological Associates.  In fact, greens scooped out a record number of nests here and statewide.  But Erik Martin, scientific director of Ecological Associates, reminds us that what’s even more important is the number of hatchlings.  Comparisons are still being calculated.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about county music star Jake Owen.  The graduate of Vero Beach High School returns to his home town to perform Friday and Saturday at Riverside Theater.  The shows will benefit the Jake Owen Foundation to help children with diseases and to support youth organizations in Indian River County.  One is the Boys and Girls Club.  As boys, themselves, Joshua “Jake” Owen, now 34, and his twin brother Jarrod played sports.  Jake dreamed of being a professional golfer.  While recovering from a wakeboarding accident, he took up the guitar.  I assume he

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about an award to our own Gloria and Emilio Estefan for their service to the country.  They are among 17 recipients of The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, bestowed last week by President Obama.  Gloria is the Cuban-American pop singing star.  Emilio is her husband and manager.  They own the Costa d’Este Resort in Vero Beach and live nearby on the ocean.  Other recipients include baseball’s Yogi Berra – posthumously, of course – and filmmaker Steven Spielberg.  It’s been a big year for the Estefans.  Glori

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about megayachts.  Two of them are now docked at the Indian River Marine Terminal in the Port of Fort Pierce, north of downtown.  Maybe more will come.  The port needs the business.  Fort Lauderdale to the south is full-up with exotic vessels.  Fort Pierce has space, and labor rates are about half of what they are down there.  The first to arrive was the 212-foot “Lady Lau,” to be renamed “Double Down” by her new owner.  He bought her for $44 million.  The other is “Freedom” -- 229 feet, with eight staterooms and a helicopter pad.  Both are

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about road maintenance.  We are falling behind, according to a study by Treasure Coast Newspapers and  Potholes, cracks, bumps, ruts, grooves.  They are a nuisance.  They can damage tires and suspensions.  Sometimes they are dangerous.  Neighborhood streets are often in the worst shape because connector roads are the top priority.  Roads in Vero Beach and Port St.

“On Your Feet!”

Nov 9, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the new musical based on the life of our own Gloria and Emilio Estefan.  It’s called “On Your Feet!” from the title of one of their hit songs in the show -- the rags-to-riches story of the Cuban American pop singer and her husband and manager.  It opened on Brodway Thursday, November 5th.

Yay, St. Lucie Mets!

Nov 2, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about all those New York Mets who played down here as St. Lucie Mets.  Sixteen in all.  Two-thirds of New York’s National League championship roster.  Maybe you saw some of them play for the minor league Mets at the stadium in St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the ghost that haunts the Driftwood Resort in Vero Beach.  The spooky visitor is Waldo Sexton, who died at 82 in 1967.  He created what was called the Driftwood Inn and other Vero Beach landmarks, including the McKee Botanical Garden, the Ocean Grill and the Patio restaurant.  Halloween is Saturday.  So let me tell you about Waldo Sexton’s ghost.  Guests have heard noises coming from rooms that once were part of the original Sexton house, called Breezeway.  A security guard felt a tap on his shoulder while on his rounds.  When he turn

Down-to-earth diva

Oct 12, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the return of diva Deborah Voigt to Vero Beach.  The dramatic soprano will host the first Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Opera Foundation International Vocal Competition for young opera singers March 24, 25 and 26.  On March 23, opera lovers can spend “An Evening with Deborah Voigt.”   She has sung with Vero Beach Opera in the past and owned a condo on North Hutchinson Island.  She ducked out just before a hurricane hit her building.  Voigt, 55, will serve as a juror and present the awards.  For more about the event, go to the Vero Beach Op