Paul Janensch

Treasure Coast Essayist

Ways to Connect

  This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about (cough cough) wildfires. Last month, the Florida Forest Service responded to 23 in our three counties. Sixteen were caused by lightning strikes. Some threw off lots of smoke. Less rainfall than normal this time of year was to blame. The most acreage burned was in Martin County’s Jones/Hungryland Wildlife Environmental area. One third of Florida’s population now live in places where structures are vulnerable to wildfires.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a one-time lifeguard honored for his contributions to water safety.  More than 30 years ago, Vero Beach orthopedic surgeon Peter Wernicki watched over swimmers on the Jersey Shore.  Since then, he has pursued a second career devoted to preventing drownings.  Recently Wernicki, 56, received the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s 2015 Paragon Award.  Under his leadership, the American Red Cross and the U.S.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about sharks.  They fascinate us.  Why?  Because they are great looking.  Fast.  Relentless.  Fun to watch through the glass of a big aquarium.  But you do not want to encounter one in the water.  A shark may mistake you for a fish that is good to eat or is a competitor.  On several days in June, sharks were spotted off Treasure Coast beaches, and lifeguards ordered people out of the water.  The routine is for lifeguards to wait 30 minutes to make sure there are no further sightings.  If a shark does not leave, no swimming is allowed.  When

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  It began June 1st and ends November 30th.  The experts say this will be one of the quietest hurricane seasons in decades.  A normal season has six hurricanes.  Forecasters predict about half that many this year.  But do not get complacent.  In 1992, Hurricane Andrew clobbered Florida during an otherwise slow hurricane season.  Are your hurricane shutters and roof in good shape?  Have you assembled an emergency kit?  Water and canned goods, a manual can opener, a flashlight and extra batteries, your

Sharks to cheer for

Jun 15, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Sharks to cheer for.  No, not the sleek predators of the deep.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about dangerous rip currents along our beaches.  Rough surf generated by strong winds from the east have presented a serious threat to beach-goers in Indian River, St.

World’s best beach

Jun 1, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay taking issue with the 2015 list of the top 10 U.S. beaches from Dr. Beach.  His real name is Stephen Leatherman, a coastal expert and professor at Florida International University.  Number one this year is Waimanalo Bay in Hawaii.  Never heard of it.  Florida had the most beaches listed, with four.  They are a county park beach in Bonita Springs and state park beaches at St. George Island, Key Biscayne and Naples.  What about our beach?  If Dr.

 This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay for Memorial Day about a World War II hero from Stuart known as “Fergie,” His full name was Forest K. Ferguson Jr.  Standing 6-foot-3, he was a football star at the old Stuart High School and the University of Florida.  In 1942 he joined the Army.  On D-Day, he led his squad in a successful assault on German defenses so that American forces could move off Omaha Beach.  He was hit in the head by a machine-gun bullet.

A decade of dominance

May 18, 2015

 This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the extraordinary Vero Beach High School girls lacrosse team.  They won their 10th straight state final with an 11-to-8 victory over Ponte Vedra in Bradenton.  Can they win their 11th straight state final in 2016?  It won’t be easy.  The Fighting Indians are losing 11 seniors.  Coach Shannon Dean worked with them since middle school.  Seven of the 11 will be playing on Division I college teams next year.  So Coach Dean is faced with the challenge of rebuilding the Vero Beach program.  A lot of freshmen started playing on the club team

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about our thriving manatee population.  A preliminary count in Florida earlier this year tallied more than 6,000 of the gentle creatures.  That was 1,000 more than the previous high of 5,000 in 2010.  Biologists think warm, sunny weather prompted manatees to rest near the surface where they could be easily spotted.  The record count this year was encouraging given the die-off of more than 800 manatees two years ago in the northern Indian River Lagoon.  Each spring, manatees swim into open waters from warm enclaves, such as streams, canals a