Local interest in the 1948 gubernatorial race was intense, because both major candidates had strong local ties. Two Vero Beach men who supported opposing candidates bet a wheelbarrow ride and ice-cream cone on the outcome.
Jim Wilson often had several dollars to spend in downtown Vero Beach after selling the tasty tropical fruit and dividing the proceeds with his mother. The family's mango tree died after the area received a dusting of snow in 1977.
The movie house on Avenue D in Fort Pierce was a focal point for the African-American community during the era of segregation. Now the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee is seeking funds to reopen it.