Treasure Coast Essay

Emails to me from friends and relatives around the country expressed amazement: “The American suicide bomber in Syria was from Vero Beach?!” They learned from the news media that the family of Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha live in Vero Beach (actually a bit north of the city), that he attended Sebastian River High School, that he loved to play basketball and that for a while he occupied an apartment in Fort Pierce.  On May 25th, Abu-Salha, 22, drove a truck to a restaurant containing Syrian government troops and detonated 16 tons of explosives

Guess what?  Hobe Sound has been named “the best beach-town housing market in the U.S.” by Reality Trac, a real estate data company.  Hobe Sound’s Number 1 ranking was based on its warm weather, low crime rate and affordable housing.  All of the top-20 locations are in Florida, California or Hawaii.  Hobe Sound had the lowest average housing price -- just $191,000.  I wonder if the analysis included Jupiter Island.  That’s where Tiger Woods and other wealthy people own multi-million dollar estates.   Actually, Hobe Sound is not a “town” with legal boundaries.  It is an unincorporated part o

The Atlantic hurricane season starts Sunday, June 1, and continues to November 30.  Will we luck out again?  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that three to six hurricanes will form in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.  That’s a bit less than average.  Intensity is expected to be less than average, too.  Florida is the U.S.

The girls lacrosse team at Vero Beach High School has a slogan.  “Tradition never graduates.”  We can see that it sure did NOT graduate in 2013 because on May 4, 2014, the Vero Beach girls won their ninth straight state title.  Playing in Bradenton, they started slow against an aggressive Ponte Vedra.  In fact, Ponte Vedra was the first to score.  Then, after tightening its defense, Vero Beach pulled ahead 3-2 and never looked back.  Final score: Vero Beach 13, Ponte Vedra 6.  The Vero Beach girls finished the year 21 and 3.  The losses were to nationally ranked out-of state-teams.  The Fig

Here they come!  Those noisy, high-speed powerboats that skim over the water followed by a towering rooster tail.  Some 80 teams will compete in the Stuart Sailfish Regatta on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, starting each day at 9 a.m.  Organizers call it “the fastest event on the Treasure Coast.”  The course is a 1.1 mile oval north of a viewing area on the Stuart Causeway and the Ernie Lyons Bridge.  Road traffic will be rerouted to the Jensen Beach Causeway.  If the weather is good, 20,000 spectators are expected.  Various classes of outboards and inboards will be racing.  They inclu

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