Treasure Coast Essay
7:20 am
Mon January 20, 2014

The Treasure Coast’s top news stories in 2013

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. Lucie Estuary.  There was much talk about what to do, not much action.  Other top news stories:  In Indian River County, voters approved the sale of the city’s electric system to Florida Power & Light Company.  The long-debated sale is supposed to result in lower rates, but the city will lose revenue.  Many hurdles must still be cleared before the transaction can close.  In St. Lucie County, Martin Health System’s Tradition Medical Center opened in western Port St. Lucie, which is fast-growing and also home to major research centers.  In Martin County, Veterans Memorial Bridge over the south fork of the St. Lucie River, the second bridge between Stuart and Palm City, opened after 50 years of planning, legal challenges and – oh, yes -- actual construction.  For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.