Treasure Coast Essay

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about an award to our own Gloria and Emilio Estefan for their service to the country.  They are among 17 recipients of The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, bestowed last week by President Obama.  Gloria is the Cuban-American pop singing star.  Emilio is her husband and manager.  They own the Costa d’Este Resort in Vero Beach and live nearby on the ocean.  Other recipients include baseball’s Yogi Berra – posthumously, of course – and filmmaker Steven Spielberg.  It’s been a big year for the Estefans.  Glori

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about megayachts.  Two of them are now docked at the Indian River Marine Terminal in the Port of Fort Pierce, north of downtown.  Maybe more will come.  The port needs the business.  Fort Lauderdale to the south is full-up with exotic vessels.  Fort Pierce has space, and labor rates are about half of what they are down there.  The first to arrive was the 212-foot “Lady Lau,” to be renamed “Double Down” by her new owner.  He bought her for $44 million.  The other is “Freedom” -- 229 feet, with eight staterooms and a helicopter pad.  Both are

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about road maintenance.  We are falling behind, according to a study by Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com.  Potholes, cracks, bumps, ruts, grooves.  They are a nuisance.  They can damage tires and suspensions.  Sometimes they are dangerous.  Neighborhood streets are often in the worst shape because connector roads are the top priority.  Roads in Vero Beach and Port St.

“On Your Feet!”

Nov 9, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the new musical based on the life of our own Gloria and Emilio Estefan.  It’s called “On Your Feet!” from the title of one of their hit songs in the show -- the rags-to-riches story of the Cuban American pop singer and her husband and manager.  It opened on Brodway Thursday, November 5th.

Yay, St. Lucie Mets!

Nov 2, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about all those New York Mets who played down here as St. Lucie Mets.  Sixteen in all.  Two-thirds of New York’s National League championship roster.  Maybe you saw some of them play for the minor league Mets at the stadium in St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the ghost that haunts the Driftwood Resort in Vero Beach.  The spooky visitor is Waldo Sexton, who died at 82 in 1967.  He created what was called the Driftwood Inn and other Vero Beach landmarks, including the McKee Botanical Garden, the Ocean Grill and the Patio restaurant.  Halloween is Saturday.  So let me tell you about Waldo Sexton’s ghost.  Guests have heard noises coming from rooms that once were part of the original Sexton house, called Breezeway.  A security guard felt a tap on his shoulder while on his rounds.  When he turn

Share the road

Oct 19, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about sharing the road.  At different times, I am a motorist, a cyclist and a pedestrian.  So I can identify with those in each category.  A federal report says Florida has the highest bicycle death rate in the country.  Indian River County is better than the rest of the state but still has deaths and injuries.  Here is my advice.  To motorists: You are surrounded by metal.  Cyclists and pedestrians are not.  Give them a break.  To cyclists: The rules of the road apply to you, too.  Don’t run red lights.  Signal before you turn.  To pedestr

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the part our own Gloria Estefan played in warming up the crowd for Pope Francis.  It was at Madison Square Garden on Friday, September 25, preceding the Pope’s Mass.  The Cuban-American singer and her husband Emilio own the Costa d’Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach and live nearby on the oceanfront.  Among the other stars performing in the big arena were Jennifer Hudson and Harry Connick Jr.  Estefan sang “Mas Alla,” Spanish for “Beyond.”  “Nervous?  Of course!” she told Entertainment Tonight.

Kilroy is here!

Sep 28, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Kilroy.  Yes, Kilroy.  Are you familiar with the World War II expression “Kilroy was here?”  Well, Kilroy IS here!  It’s a sophisticated gizmo that monitors the vital signs in a body of water.  Replacement Kilroy devices are being installed in the Indian River Lagoon and St.

More sea horses?

Sep 21, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about sea horses.  Their population in the Indian River Lagoon seems to be on the rise.  That’s what researchers at Florida Tech’s Vero Beach Marine Lab and the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce told TCPalm,com.   If so, it is a sign that sea grass beds – devastated in the 2011 algae super bloom -- are on the rebound.  Sea horses spend their lives in the sea grass beds.  They feed on tiny marine life and are able to hide from predators.  Adults range in size from one to eight inches.  An organization called Project Seahorse invites u

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