Those of us who live on the Treasure Coast or are just visiting here love the sun. But remember that the sun is like the ocean. Love it, yes. But treat it with respect. It can be dangerous. I know. I’m fair skinned and freckly, a legacy of my ancestors in northern Germany and Ireland. I spent a lot of time in the sun – on the beach and on the water. Until about five years ago, I never put on sun-blocker. I would get burned and peel and eventually tan. Actually, my tan was more of a maroon. Then I noticed a purple spot on my chest. A melanoma, said the dermatologist. It was remo
Two months ago, a woman from Germany was severely injured by a shark off Vero Beach. She survived. But it was a reminder to everyone on the Treasure Coast to exercise care when going into the ocean. It happened about 11 a.m.
Our routine on a Saturday morning is to go to the farmers market in Vero Beach on Ocean Drive across from Humiston Park. My wife Gail and I enjoy the experience. Apparently, a lot of other people across the U.S.
It looks like this will be a good year for sea turtles on the Treasure Coast. The nesting season began on March 1st and continues until September 15th. As of July 1st, researchers counted more than 6100 nests on our beaches, compared with about 4800 last year. More than 60 percent of the nests were made by loggerheads, so named because of their large head. They are the most common sea turtle in Florida. The others were made by green turtles and leatherbacks. Only about one in 5,000 hatchlings makes it to adulthood. The problem is predators – crabs, birds, raccoons, coyotes, fish and,
The National Elephant Center in Indian River County is coming along. The Treasure Coast already is home to the Save the Chimps Sanctuary, west of Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County. If all goes according to plan, up to three dozen pachyderms will reside for a while or the rest of their lives on the 225-acre spread three miles north of Fellsmere.
Mosquito season is upon us. No one is watching those pesky little critters more carefully than the scientists at the Florida Medical Entomological Laboratory along the Indian River Lagoon off Oslo Road about three miles south of Vero Beach. The lab is part of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The property takes up 38 acres and is surrounded by 291 acres of wetlands, mangrove forests and scrubby pine woods –a good environment for learning about the natural world. The scientists are on the lookout for mosquitoes carrying West Nile or St.
Her name is Sigrid George. She moved from New York and began at Stuart Middle School as a teacher of English and Social Studies. That was in 1969. Recently Sigrid received a National PTA Life Achievement Award. It is richly deserved. Sigrid rose through the ranks at Stuart Middle School as curriculum coordinator and assistant principal. For the past 12 years she has been the principal. The Life Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the National PTA. It goes to an individual who “daily lives out his or her commitment to children.” In a ceremony at Stuart Middle School,
Here’s a new unwelcome resident of the Treasure Coast. The Asian Tiger Prawn, otherwise known as the Asian Giant Shrimp – which sounds like a contradiction in terms. It joins a long list of invaders that includes the python, the wild hog and the lionfish. Two giant shrimp have been found in the Indian River Lagoon. One in Vero Beach in April, and one in Hobe Sound in September. Only two? Scientists with the University of Florida Sea Grant program at the Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce fear there could be many more. The giant shrimp grow and multiply quickly.