Treasure Coast Essay

Zany the Zonkey

Jun 20, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Zany the Zonkey -- a new resident of Coast Stable, a 15-acre ranch in Palm City.  She is the hybrid offspring of a male miniature donkey and a female zebra named Zola.  Zany was born May 31st, and Zola seems happy nursing her.  Zany certainly looks like a cross between a donkey and a zebra.  She has the head, neck and body of a donkey and the striped legs of a zebra.  Donkeys and zebras both belong to the equine, or horse, family.  Wild zonkeys are very rare.  Most zonkeys are in a zoo or a place like Coast Stable.  Like many other an

Avoid Shark Alley

Jun 13, 2016

An ocean trench off Indian River County is called Shark Alley.  Why?  Paul Janensch tells us in this Treasure Coast Essay.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the 2016 hurricane season.  It began June 1 and goes to November 30.  Will Florida luck out again?  The last hurricane to hit the state was Wilma in October 2005.  That was more than 10 years ago – Florida’s longest hurricane-free streak ever recorded.  This season, forecasters predict up to four major hurricanes in the Atlantic, with winds over 110 miles an hour.  That’s close to normal but more than the past three years.  There is no way of knowing whether any will bang into the Sunshine State.  Don’t assume our luck will continue. 

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the new Highwaymen Heritage Trail.  Now you can take a self-guided tour by car or bicycle around the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Fort Pierce and see tributes to the 26 African American artists called The Highwaymen, so named because they sold their vivid Florida landscapes from cars parked along US 1 and State Route A1A.  Get a map at the Fort Pierce Visitors Center in the Seven Gables House on North Indian River Drive.  The trail has seven stops.  One of my favorites is the 20-foot obelisk on Avenue D that features mosaic duplicates

Lightning safety tips

May 23, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about lightning.  Yes, it’s that time of year again.  Florida is the lightning capital of the U.S., with more deaths each year than any other state.  The most dangerous months are June, July and August.  Around here, morning is the most dangerous time of day.  Rain-filled clouds pushed by westerly winds, pile up above us.  When it thunders, remember these safety tips: Avoid open high ground and isolated tall trees.  Stay away from bodies of water – the ocean, the Lagoon, lakes, even swimming pools.  Seek shelter inside a building or hard-to

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the oldest chartered church in St.

End of a streak

May 9, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Vero Beach High School girls lacrosse team.  The Indians’ stretch of consecutive state championships – 10 through 2015 – came to an end when they lost this year’s title game, 8-7, to Bartram Trail of St. Johns at Jupiter High School.  Bartram Trail dominated, but Vero Beach wouldn’t give up and forced the game into sudden-death overtime.  To come back was classy and impressive, said Vero Beach coach Shannon Dean.  Indeed it was – but not enough.

Pickleball!

May 2, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Pickleball.  What’s that?  It’s like tennis and badminton, but played with a paddle like ping pong and with a projectile like a Wiffle ball.  It is popular in Palm Beach County and is catching on along the Treasure Coast.  Pickleball shares tennis courts in Indian River County at Schuman Drive Park, Riverside Park and Pocahontas Park.  Sebastian is considering options and will decide when and where to build Pickleball courts and how much to spend on them.  Seniors love Pickleball because it calls for tennis skills but is slower and les

Turtle ride-along

Apr 25, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about my ride with a sea turtle’s best friend.  At the controls of a bouncy all-terrain vehicle was Niki Desjardin of Ecological Associates, one of the outfits that monitors sea-turtle nests on our beaches from March 1 to November 1.  We patrolled at dawn between the House of Refuge and Jensen Beach Park.  Niki marks new nests with yellow stakes to warn away us humans and checks out established nests.  If any have been damaged by predators, vandals or high tide, she will file a report and may relocate the eggs.  Niki predicts that we will h

Happiest seaside town

Apr 18, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Happiest Seaside Town in America.  For 2016, it’s Stuart – as determined by the editors of Coastal Living magazine, who reviewed nominations sent by Internet and researched communities known for good “coastal vibes.”  They called Stuart an Old Florida-style treasure that shares its waters with sea turtles, dolphins and, of course, sailfish.  The streets are tidy and landscaped.  The views are not interrupted by high-rises.  Mayor Jeffrey Krauskopf was quoted as saying, “We’re quant.”  He added that Stuart has a relaxed, flip-flop

Hero deputies

Apr 11, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about two Indian River County sheriff’s deputies who were awarded Medals of Heroism by Governor Rick Scott for extracting a woman from a burning car.  On March 23rd, Deputies Linda Nolan and Robert Sunkel responded to a three-vehicle crash at Oslo Road and 66th Avenue.  Despite smoke and flames, they managed to pull driver Cheryle Coons to safety.  Coons was hospitalized with severe burns.  Deputy Nolan suffered second-degree burns on her right hand.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about two tributes to Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and trained at Dodgertown in Vero Beach.  On Monday and Tuesday, April 11and 12, PBS will premiere “Jackie Robinson,” a documentary by Ken Burns, who said:  “Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.”  On April 15, the third annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Game will take place at what is now Historic Dodgertown to mark the anniversary of Robinson’s debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.  The following year,

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the connection between Fort Pierce and Crayola crayons.  I learned about it in the spring issue of Indian River Magazine.  The connection is Edwin Binney, born in 1866, 150 years ago, in Westchester County, New York.  In 1905, he and his business partner Harold Smith produced the first box of Crayola wax crayons.  The name is from the French words for chalk and oily.  In 1911, Binney and his family started spending time in St.

Wily coyotes

Mar 22, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about coyotes.  Yes, those lanky, howling members of the wolf family.  The name comes from the Aztec for “trickster.”  Coyotes are being spotted in all of Florida’s 67 counties, including ours.  Not content with what’s in trash cans, coyotes go after calves on farms and domestic cats and small dogs in residential neighborhoods.  They have even crossed over the Indian River Lagoon on bridges and raided sea turtle nests for eggs.  They hunt for food between dusk and dawn.  Keep your cat indoors.  Walk your small dog on a leash.  Shy when alon

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the amazing men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at Indian River State College.  It will be news when they do NOT win the National Junior College Athletic Association championships.  They did it again on March 5th at their home aquatic complex in Fort Pierce.  The men claimed their 42nd consecutive championship – the longest winning streak in college sports.  The women claimed their 34th consecutive championship.  New records were set.

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