Floridays

Floridays
11:50 am
Wed October 3, 2012

A tale of two storms

Hurricane Erin on radar in 1995

One was expected to be dangerous, and did little damage locally; the other was unexpected, and did a great deal of damage. Warren Winchester, a former mayor of Vero Beach, remembers both.

Floridays
3:56 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

19th century home, one of area's oldest, to become designers showcase site

The Captain Sewall House, built in 1891, will become an artifact of the era in Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach.
Janie Gould

The Captain Henry Sewall Home originally sat at water's edge, at the tip of Sewall's Point. Now at Martin County's Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach, it's being restored, with much of the original cypress and sturdy Dade County pine.  

Floridays
11:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Long-time resident has roots in Georgia town synonymous with sweet onions

But when Mary Owen moved to Vero Beach in the mid-1940s, she found locally grown onions that were almost as good as Vidalias.

Floridays
12:54 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Where the wild things were: Pocahontas Park zoo

Alice the bear at Pocahontas Park.
Credit Indian River County Historical Society, Archive Center, Main Library

The early attraction had alligators, monkeys and a large bear named Alice. Janice Johnson's father, Ivy Cato, took care of the park and the zoo animals.  

Floridays
12:35 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Remembering liver sausage and a mule-driven wagon

Leona Law Carlsward, who came to Vero Beach in a covered wagon in 1921, also hasn't forgotten her parents' advice about thrift.

Floridays
12:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Boy sold baby alligators to tourists for $5 each

Recently hatched gator

He caught them in canals near his Lake Worth home and sold them live to visitors from the north.  

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Floridays
10:39 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Life imitated art when author retreated to cattle country after 2004 hurricanes

Nancy Dale, who writes about Florida's cowboy culture,  took refuge in her travel trailer in rural Glades County after the storms destroyed her condominium on the east coast.

Floridays
1:11 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Ex-fish farmer lives in Indian River County's 'oldest mobile home'

Elwood Holzworth has rain barrels in his back yard.
Janie Gould

Elwood Holzworth's home actually is a two-story house built of sturdy Florida pine. It's been moved twice since it was constructed in downtown Vero Beach in 1910. With air-conditioning, Holzworth pays about $30 a month for electricity, even in the summer.

Floridays
3:19 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Gilded Age inventor, aviator helped develop Sewall's Point

Willoughby used his seaplane to travel between Sewall's Point and Palm Beach.
Elliott Museum Collection

Hugh Willoughby also is credited with building the world's first seaplane, which he named the Pelican. Stuart  researcher and writer Alice Luckhardt discusses the life of this remarkable man, who also made a  historic trek across the Everglades in 1892.

Floridays
3:09 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

'Anglers Paradise' gave way to military presence on Fort Pierce's South Beach during WW II

The fish house and restaurant closed  when the Navy and Army started training for invasions on local beaches. Its owner re-located to the west side of the Indian River, where she ran the Causeway Grill until the war was over.

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