Treasure Coast Essay

Beautiful but deadly

Jul 23, 2014

When you hear it thunder, don’t run under a tree, as Paul Janensch tells us in this Treasure Coast Essay.

Here’s something to put on your bucket list: Horseback riding on the beach.  You know what a bucket list is – things to do before you kick the bucket.   A horseback ride on the beach is an experience you will always remember.  The only place you can do it on the Treasure Coast is at Frederick Douglass Memorial Park on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce.  In fact, that’s one of the few places in all of Florida where you can do it.   If you own your own horse, you can buy a permit from the St.

  It’s hard to imagine the Environmental Learning Center near Vero Beach without Holly Dill in charge.  Dill was hired as executive director in 1989 – a year after the ELC was formed and three years before it opened its 64-acre spread on the Indian River Lagoon at the west end of the Wabasso Bridge.  After 25 years, Dill, 60, decided it was time to retire.  She will stay until a successor is found.  She is a hands-on administrator.  Always smiling.  She makes sure the ELC offers programs for all ages and abilities.  Pontoon-boat rides and kayak excursions.  Nature walks and a large touch ta

Ordinary mosquitoes are enough of a problem on the Treasure Coast during the rainy season from June through October.  Now we are being warned about daytime-biting mosquitoes that carry the dengue virus or the chikungunya virus.  Both cause tropical diseases.  Neither is usually fatal.  But each can make you miserable for days or weeks.  Fever, headache, nausea, extreme pain in the muscles and joints.  Last year, 24 cases of locally acquired dengue fever were reported in Martin County.  This year, health officials fear the chikungunya virus could also invade our area.  A person goes to, say,

On average, gunfire can be heard two or three times a week in Fort Pierce, usually at night in the northwest neighborhoods.  Often someone is shot.  Sometimes the person dies.  Witnesses are reluctant to talk to police.  They are afraid of being targeted as snitches. Or they just don’t want to get involved.   From January 1st to June 10th, there were 41 reports of gunfire in the city, according to TCPalm.com.  Nineteen people were hit.  As of June 10th, seven were killed and one died several days later.  In all of 2013, seven were killed by guns in Fort Pierce.

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