Treasure Coast Essay

    

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.

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.

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