Treasure Coast Essay

Viewing sea turtles

Jun 16, 2014

The best months to watch sea turtles nesting on our beaches are June and July.  And the best way is on a guided sea-turtle walk.

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

Stuart turns 100

May 5, 2014

Hey, Stuart!  Happy 100th birthday!  It was on May 7th, 1914, that you were incorporated as a town.  Years before, you were named Potsdam by German settlers.  Then, after the Florida East Coast Railway came through, you were renamed Stuart in honor of local landowner Homer Stuart.  You are on the St. Lucie River where it joins the Indian River Lagoon at the St.

The Washington Post won two Pulitzer Prizes this month.  One went to the newspaper for its coverage of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance program, based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden.  The other went to reporter Eli Saslow for his series of articles on the $78 billion food stamp program to help those below the poverty line.  One article focused on a recruiter for the Treasure Coast Food Bank, which feeds about 100,000 people each week in Indian River, St.

Therapy using horses

Apr 21, 2014

Humans and horses began to bond more than 4,000 years ago.  That special relationship continues today – even though the horseless carriage has mostly replaced the horse for going from here to there.  Consider the programs of the Florida Equestrian Foundation at Scarlett Stables in Fellsmere in Indian River County.  The foundation provides horse-assisted therapy to children with autism, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, seniors having difficulty adjusting to their limitations and people of all ages with emotional problems that produce anger, over-eating or other negative behavio

Troop 772’s big day

Apr 14, 2014

On April 3rd, 11 members of Fort Pierce Boy Scout Troop 772, looking spiffy in their tan uniforms, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the daily opening of the Florida legislative session in Tallahassee.  As the scouts left the chamber, they received a thunderous round of applause and high fives.  Earlier they met with State Representative Larry Lee of Fort Pierce and Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.  According to Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Lee asked them what they want him to fight for in the Legislature.  Deshawn Mills, 13, said, “Not so many shootings.”  Troop 772 – the area

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