Treasure Coast Essay

Fewer sailfish so far

Jan 7, 2013

Is Stuart still the “Sailfish Capital of the World?”  Yes, but the sailfish tournament season along the Treasure Coast is off to a slow start.  Three of the five major events already have taken place.  They are the Finest Kind Quickie, the Pirates Cove Classic and the Stuart Sailfish Club Light Tackle.  A total of 303 sailfish were caught and released in eight days on the water, compared with last year’s total of 642.  Chasin’ Tail, captained by Rob Valko, has caught 29 so far, and Showtime, captained by Wink Doerzbacher, has caught 28.  That’s not many compared to last year or the year bef

Is the Treasure Coast a college football player factory or what?  At the beginning of the 2012 season, an estimated 37 players from our high schools were on Division I rosters.  Thirteen are on teams that will play in three major bowl games.  Last time I checked, four were expected to start.   In the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, it will be Florida State versus Northern Illinois.  Fullback Lonnie Pryor from Okeechobee High School and center Bryan Stork from Vero Beach High School were expected to start for Florida State.  In the Sugar Bowl on Wednes

Our own football standouts

Dec 28, 2012

Is the Treasure Coast a college football player factory or what?  At the beginning of the 2012 season, an estimated 37 players from our high schools were on Division I rosters.  Thirteen are on teams that will play in three major bowl games.  Last time I checked, four were expected to start.   In the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, it will be Florida State versus Northern Illinois.  Fullback Lonnie Pryor from Okeechobee High School and center Bryan Stork from Vero Beach High School were expected to start for Florida State.  In the Sugar Bowl on Wednes

Our own volleyball champs

Dec 24, 2012

It will be a very Merry Christmas for the young women on the Jensen Beach High School volleyball team and for their coach, Mike Sawtelle.

She is the chairwoman of the NAACP national board of directions, and she came back to her hometown, Fort Pierce, to help turn out the vote.  Roslyn Brock was raised by her grandparents, James and Leona Pittman, in the 900 block of North 20

Getting closer to the Indian River Lagoon

Dec 10, 2012

Two new projects of the Indian River Land Trust are worth noting.  One is the 111-acre nature preserve on Bee Gum Point in Indian River Shores on the Barrier Island just north of Vero Beach.  The other is the Indian River Lagoon Greenway on the mainland in south Vero Beach.  Bee Gum Point – named for the gum trees that shelter bees -- is the last undeveloped wetland on the Barrier Island.  The point juts into the lagoon next to Lost Tree Islands and across the water from undeveloped land north of Grand Harbor.  A residential development was to be built on Bee Gum Point, but the land was pur

When you drive by it, you may wonder what they do in there.  I’m referring to the Smithsonian Marine Station on the south side of Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce.  What they do in there is study the plants and animals of the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean off Florida’s East Central Coast.  Their research must be impressive.  For the Marine Station recently was selected as one of only five sites in the world for a special study of how seagrasses and other marine life are changing.  The goal is to establish a database for measuring global warming and the human impact on marine ecosyst

A high-tech facility in southwestern Indian River County recently started generating electricity from yard waste and other non-food vegetation.  Early in 2013, it will begin selling ethanol for motor vehicles.  In America’s search for clean, renewable energy, this is a very big deal.  It was even written up in The New York Times.  The facility is called the INEOS New Planet Bio-Energy Center.  It’s a joint venture of INEOS – that’s I-N-E-O-S for international ethylene-oxide sales, a chemical giant based in Europe – and New Planet Energy of California.  The $130 million project is the first

Hey, Piper Aircraft.  Happy 75th anniversary!  For more than 50 of those years, you have been in Vero Beach.  In November 1937, Taylor Aircraft in Pennsylvania was re-incorporated as Piper Aircraft under William T.

She has been named a Philanthropist of the Year, and she is only 12.  I’m talking about Lauren Weaver of Vero Beach.  Lauren is one of five award recipients and 16 other honorees who will be recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indian River Chapter.  The event will be at 5:30 Tuesday at Riverside Theater.  Lauren will receive the chapter’s first Outstanding Youth Philanthropist of the Year award.  She began helping the homeless five years ago.  With $25 from her own savings, Lauren bought Christmas gifts for a homeless man she met in Pocohontas Park in downtown Vero Be

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