Treasure Coast Essay

A haunted restaurant

Oct 28, 2013

Halloween is only a few days off.  This is when we hear and read a lot about haunted houses.  Would you believe a haunted restaurant?  Those who run the place don’t keep it a secret.  In fact, they brag about it.  The restaurant is Ashley’s on U.S.

Uh-oh, the mullet are migrating again along Treasure Coast beaches.  Why uh-oh?  Because close behind the mullet come the sharks  The mullet, 1 to 3 feet in length, gather in large schools near the shoreline preparing to spawn.  Then they head south to spend the winter in warmer waters.  For the sharks its supper time.  Various species of coastal sharks feed on the mullet – black tip, bull, lemon, nurse and spinner.  Most are under 5 feet.  But all have sharp teeth.  When the wind is light and the water clear, you can see silhouettes of sharks in the surf.  Check out the photos of shark sil

The Forbes magazine list of the 400 richest Americans in 2013 includes one and a half billionaires on the Treasure Coast – down from three and a half a year ago.  On the list is Alfred James Clark, 85, of Vero Beach.  Another on the list is H. Wayne Huizenga, 75, who is identified by Forbes as a resident of Fort Lauderdale.  But he also owns a home in south St.

Last month, USA Today came out with its list of the 10 best but least-known beaches in Florida.  Number 1 was Caladesi Island, a state park near Clearwater on the Gulf Coast.  But second and third are on the Treasure Coast.  They are Blowing Rocks Preserve in Hobe Sound and Vero Beach.  Fifth is Jupiter, just south of the Treasure Coast in Palm Beach County.  As a resident of Vero Beach, I was glad to see my city on the list.  But --hmmm -- which part of the Vero Beach beach is my favorite?  I pick South Beach Park, near our condo.

For a captivating look at Old Florida, I recommend a new novel “The River Way Home” by Mary Dawson of Palm City.  It won two gold medals from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association – one for best Florida fiction and one for Florida’s best young adult book.  Three young adventurers lose their boat on Lake Okeechobee and make their way through the wild Florida Jungle to the recently incorporated town of Stuart.  It’s 1914.  The railroad has come.  Soon Florida will be flooded with tourists and new residents.   Queenie is a bright black girl, Billy, blue-eyed and blond, yearns to be a

If you are in the Principality of Monaco this week, you might want to stop by the Monaco Yacht Show to see the five new models being offered by Triton Submarines of Vero Beach.  Oh, you won’t be in Monaco?  But you are thinking about buying a submarine?  Stay tuned, and I’ll tell you how to proceed.

I did not know what dengue fever was or even how to pronounce it or how to spell it

Ahoy, yacht owners in the Jupiter area!  You are invited to take a child with cancer and the child’s family on an afternoon cruise.  It is fun for the child, takes his or her mind off cancer and gives the family a break.  The salt air, the sunshine, the breeze, the view all add up to a therapeutic experience.   The program is managed by the Freedom Waters Foundation, which has been operating on the West Coast of Florida and in the Fort Lauderdale area and the Palm Beaches.  Now it is expanding into Jupiter.

I hope it's not too late to say happy anniversary to the Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast.  Five years ago last month, the museum opened in the middle of Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach.  Since then it has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors and conducted field trips and outreach programs for more than 20,000 students. The mission of the Children's Museum is to offer children and their families a place to learn through hands-on activities. The museum has made $1.9 million worth of improvements to the building.

Early this month, a foundation named Operation 300, based in Stuart, held its second free getaway camp weekend for boys 8 to 18 who lost their fathers in military service,  Ten young campers from around the country did stuff they would have done with their dads – such as archery, surfing, horseback riding, sailing and target shooting.  Operation 300 was set up by the family of Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn.  He and 37 others were killed in 2011 when their helicopter was shot down by the Taliban in Afghanistan.  After Operation 300 got started last year, Martin County businesses and individuals imm

I’m not much for public forums.  Presentations from the dais.  Comments from the floor.  Blah-blah-blah.  Maybe you feel the same way.  But one is coming we should think about attending.  It’s a state senate hearing on the Indian River Lagoon’s declining health – and specifically the discharging of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into the lagoon via the St.

A certain Vero Beach couple are getting a lot of media attention these days.  They are Gloria Estefan, the 56-year-old queen of Latin pop music, and 60-year-old Emilio Estefan, her partner in music, business and – for 35 years – marriage.   She is on the cover of the current issue of AARP magazine, aimed at readers 50 and older.  They were recently profiled by People magazine and are getting the spotlight on various websites, such as the Huffington Post.  On August 4th, television viewers could see the Estefans interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in their Vero Beach oceanfront home.  The one-hour

When the weather turns sultry, we see and hear references to the “heat index’”  For example, this was the forecast on the Treasure Coast for Sunday, June 30th:  “Showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. High near 92. Heat index values as high as 101.”  What the heck is the heat index?  The heat index combines air temperature and relative humidity in a formula to determine how hot it feels to us.  Heat is removed from the body through evaporation – that is, perspiring.

Finding gold coins

Jul 29, 2013

I was never interested in walking the beach and sweeping a metal detector back and forth in search of something valuable.  But I had second thoughts when I learned about the discovery of 48 cold coins in just six feet of water and a mere 50 yards off Wabasso Beach in Indian River County.  The coins are worth as much as $250,000.  The state is entitled to a share of them.  At first, diver Greg Bounds, a subcontractor for a salvage company called 1715 Treasure Fleet Queen’s Jewels, came across some beer cans.   Probing with a metal detector, he found a couple of gold coins in rock crevices, t

I never heard or saw Vero Beach referred to as “Velcro Beach” until a few weeks ago.  And it was in Connecticut, of all places.  I was talking with an experienced big-boat sailor named Scott and told him about living in Vero Beach.  “Oh, yes, Velcro Beach,” he said with a smile.  “Velcro Beach?”  I responded.  “What does that mean?”  It’s a compliment, he assured me, and means you get stuck on it.  Velcro, of course, is the fabric fastener made of tiny hooks and loops.  Scott explained that boaters who cruise the Intracoastal Waterway call Vero Beach “Velcro Beach” because they feel attache

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