Treasure Coast Essay

The great annual migration of butterflies from northeastern North America to Mexico is nearing an end.  But in the southern half of Florida, we can see a lot of butterflies all year round.  Like many humans, they love the warm weather in the winter months and decided to stay.  People on the Treasure Coast have a special affection for butterflies.  LaPorte Farms in Sebastian has opened a butterfly house.  Visitors can walk through carrying cotton swabs doused with grape juice to attract the winged creatures.  At the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St.

“Off they go into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sun.”  In this case, the “they” are veterans who will be flown to Washington on November 3rd to visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.  They will be the guests of Honor Flight of Southeast Florida, based in Stuart.  Since it joined the national non-profit Honor Flight network in 2009, the organization has sponsored 11 flights to Washington for veterans of World War II and veterans with a terminal illness.  The program later will focus on veterans of the Korean War and Vietnam.  All expenses are covered by individu

Our own billionaires

Oct 8, 2012

The Forbes magazine 2012 list of the 400 richest Americans includes three and a half residents of the Treasure Coast.  I’ll explain that “half” in a bit.  At Number 229 is Albert Lee Ueltschi, 95, of Vero Beach with a net worth of $2.1 billion.  He created FlightSafety International, a major provider of aviation service, and supports charities that help the blind.  Also of Vero Beach is Alfred James Clark, 84, at Number 328 with a net worth of $1.4 billion.  His Clark Enterprises builds sports stadiums and other imposing structures.   New to the list is Charlotte Colket Weber, 69.

Mullet time

Oct 1, 2012

Once again, the mullet are running.  Every year at this time, these little fish migrate by the millions down the Indian River Lagoon, grazing on all sorts if vegetation including algae, which choke up our sea grass.  The mullet, in turn, are food for a wide variety of birds and fish, including sea trout, jack, red drum, flounder and tarpon.  And these fish, in turn, are food for us.  Where mullet are jumping you often see humans fishing.  Which brings up a question asked on the Treasure Coast.  Why do mullet jump?  When I go out in a kayak in September or October, they jump all around me. 

The Fort Pierce pizza guy’s 15 minutes of fame has stretched to 15 days and may go on.  I’m talking about Scott Van Duzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta.  On Sunday afternoon, September 9th, Barrack Obama, campaigning in Florida, strolled through the front door and asked, “Where’s Scott?”  The president had heard of Van Duzer’s charitable work.  The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Van Duzer embraced the 6-foot-1, 170-pound chief executive and lifted him off the floor.  The hug was captured as a still photo and video clip and flashed around the world.  The image appeared on the front page of the Ne

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It made news from coast to coast.  Twenty-two short-fin pilot whales stranded themselves at Avalon State Beach on North Hutchinson Island in St.

Classes are back in session on the Treasure Coast.  Let’s see how our schools are doing.  During the summer, the Florida Department of Education posted the grades it gave this year to the state’s 67 school districts.  For the 11th year in a row, the Martin County School District received an A.  It was ranked fifth in the state. Congratulations, Martin County!  But Indian River received a B after four years of A’s, and St.

The fall semester got under way last week at Indian River State College.  Something new at IRSC is especially interesting.  It’s the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program.  The program provides financial assistance to unemployed veterans between 35 and 60 to attend school full-time to be retrained in high-demand occupations in such fields as computers, engineering, teaching, health care and construction.  The U.S.

Neither of them won a medal, but I salute two Olympic competitors with ties to the Treasure Coast.  They are gymnast Syque Caesar and dressage rider Tina Konyot.  Syque, 21, was born in West Palm Beach, grew up in Port St. Lucie and graduated from Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce.  His parents came to the U.S.