Treasure Coast Essay

Zika threatens

Sep 26, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Zika fever. Martin County reported a case in early May.  Then more cases were reported there.  Then cases were reported in St. Lucie County.  The situation is more serious to the south.  Miami Beach has been especially hard hit.  Zika is transmitted usually by mosquitoes from one human to another.  Named for the Zika Forest in Uganda, it spread from Africa and Asia to the Americas.  For adults, the symptoms are mild.

Keep it dark

Sep 19, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a threat to loggerhead sea turtles.

Ecosystems on display

Sep 12, 2016

This is a Treasure Coast Essay by Paul Janensch about a wonderful way to experience our area’s diverse marine life.  Without getting wet!  The Smithsonian Marine Station research facility at Fort Pierce is closed to the public.  But across Seaway Drive, the Smithsonian Marine Station at the St. Lucie Aquarium welcomes visitors.  The St.

Poet laureate

Sep 5, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Indian River County’s first poet laureate.  He is Sean Sexton, 61, appointed to the honorary position by the country commission.  Sean, a grandson of Vero Beach developer Waldo Sexton, runs a cattle business around 82nd Avenue and 37th Street.  Volusia County is the only other Florida county with a poet laureate.  Called the Cowboy Poet, Sean is known for his poems and paintings about nature and ranch life.  His poetry is not obscure but understandable.  Here are lines from Sean’s poem “Metamorphosis.”  “Then one day / you put the tra

Double homicide

Aug 29, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a gruesome double homicide that has received attention far beyond our beautiful stretch of Florida.  It happened the night of August 15 on upscale Southeast Kokomo Lane at the southern edge of Martin County.  John Stevens and his wife Michelle Mishcon were stabbed to death outside their home.  Sheriff’s deputies found a man on top of Stevens in the driveway, biting the victim’s face.  It took several officers and a police dog to subdue the attacker.  Mishcon was found dead in the garage.  Austin Harrouff, 19, a Florida State Universit

Where to snorkel

Aug 22, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the best places to snorkel.  TCPalm.com – the digital edition of Treasure Coast Newspapers – asked readers to name their favorite spots for donning mask, tube and flippers and enjoying the view beneath the surface.  When algae is absent, of course.  As a snorkeler myself, I was not surprised that Bathtub Reef in Stuart was ranked Number One.  A reef forms a big bathtub at the shore line.  Inside the reef, the calm water allows beginners to see small marine life.  Outside the reef, experienced snorkelers can dive in search of rays and

    

Algae makes news

Aug 15, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the attention given by the national news media to the emergency facing the Indian River Lagoon.  Both the PBS NewsHour and The New York Times recently did in-depth reports on the toxic algae blooms that starve the lagoon’s plant life and threaten the entire marine ecosystem.  The PBS story was done with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.   It noted two problems – polluted fresh-water discharges from Lake Okeechobee and drainage from septic tanks.  The Times story said fertilizer run-off from agriculture and global warming

Saving a life

Aug 8, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the saving of a life.  Cindy McKenna, of Port St. Lucie, was celebrating her birthday with family and friends at Pepper Park beach on North Hutchinson Island.  As reported by Elliott Jones on TCPalm.com, a young man who could not swim disappeared under water about 50 yards out.  Three swimmers brought the unconscious victim to shore.

Avoiding sunburn

Aug 1, 2016

This is Paul Janench with a Treasure Coast Essay about sunburn.  This is the time of year when we are the most vulnerable.  And I don’t mean just fair-skinned, freckly people, like yours truly, but all of us – even those with dark skin.  Sunburn is not only painful, it can cause wrinkles and skin cancer.  I love to be on the beach or on the water.  But in the summer I stay in the shade from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.  My dermatologist told me that even then I should apply lots of sunscreen.  He recommends a spray with an SPF of at least 70.  Apply it twice, letting it dry between layers

Safe driving

Jul 25, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about safe driving.  Over the summer, the office of the St.

Hot enough?

Jul 18, 2016

Hot enough?

So far it has been a hot summer, as Paul Janensch notes in this Treasure Coast Essay.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Ralph Evinrude, the outboard motor magnate and husband of singing star Frances Langford.   He is profiled by writer Donna Crary in the summer issue of Indian River Magazine.  Married in 1955, Ralph and Frances lived at her Jensen Beach estate, cruised aboard his 118-foot yacht “Chanticleer” and together owned The Outrigger resort on the Indian River Lagoon.  Ralph – an easy-going fellow – had many friends on the Treasure Coast.

That awful algae

Jul 4, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the blue-green algae oozing over our waters.  First it was a carpet on the St. Lucie River.  Then it reached the Indian River Lagoon and even the ocean.  It came through the St.

They lived among us

Jun 27, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about two men in the news from our area.  First, the Orlando shooter.  Omar Mateen spent his early years in Port St. Lucie.  He attended various schools.  He earned a degree from Indian River State College.  He worked as a private security guard.  He resided with his second wife in Fort Pierce.  He attended the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce on Military Road.  Second, the suicide bomber.  Mohammad Abu-Salha of Indian River County joined anti-government rebels in Syria.

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