Floridays

Floridays
12:00 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Remembering Vero Beach's 'Crackertown' community

A Vero Beach man reminisces fondly about the neighborhood east of the railroad tracks where he grew up. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sun January 2, 2011

Tuba players hit it right with male gators

Gatorland entrance in Orlando

Journalist and author Jeff Klinkenberg took two tuba players to Gatorland to test a theory that alligators  respond enthusiastically to one particular musical note.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sun October 10, 2010

Remembering sea turtles in the family's pool

Pat Smith of Vero Beach said she and other kids would sometimes hold on to a turtle and get a free ride. Her family's pool was also a popular site for full-immersion baptisms.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sat October 9, 2010

Author sheds light on hushed-up killing of black man

After 30-year-old Estes Wright was fatally beaten on a Fort Pierce street in 1935, all records of his death vanished. Now, writer Jean Ellen Wilson has uncovered some facts about what happened to him.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sun September 5, 2010

Okeechobee Livestock Market attracts buyers from all over the world

Sale day at the livestock market
Credit Janie Gould

As many as 4,000 cows are run through the market on sale day.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Mon August 9, 2010

FBI agent, now retired on Treasure Coast, kept tabs on Meyer Lansky

Meyer Lansky

The notorious mobster was living in Miami Beach when FBI agent Bill Murphy, now of Vero Beach, was assigned to watch him.  

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sat August 7, 2010

Florida's unofficial founder now virtually unknown

Pedro Menendez

No, it isn't Ponce de Leon, but rather a Spanish explorer named Pedro Menendez, who came to the New World with orders from the king to drive out the French. Renowned historian Dr. Eugene Lyon discusses Menendez' life and accomplishments.   

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sat August 7, 2010

Coyotes no longer just in the Wild West

Coyotes are considered highly intelligent.

They've been seen in New York's Central Park and downtown Chicago, and are believed to prey on sea turtle eggs on Treasure Coast beaches.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Tue August 3, 2010

Author traces changing status of manatee, from sea cow to sacred cow

Manatee is now an endangered species

Journalist and author Craig Pittman says media exposure caused attitudes about the manatee to change.  

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Floridays
12:00 am
Mon July 12, 2010

'All u can drink' orance juice stand beckoned to motorists heading south on U.S. 1

Citrus grower Ken Kennedy says some tourists would stop at his Vero Beach store and ask how far it was to "Florida," meaning Miami.

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