Those of us who live on the Treasure Coast or are just visiting here love the sun. But remember that the sun is like the ocean. Love it, yes. But treat it with respect. It can be dangerous. I know. I’m fair skinned and freckly, a legacy of my ancestors in northern Germany and Ireland. I spent a lot of time in the sun – on the beach and on the water. Until about five years ago, I never put on sun-blocker. I would get burned and peel and eventually tan. Actually, my tan was more of a maroon. Then I noticed a purple spot on my chest. A melanoma, said the dermatologist. It was remo
Two months ago, a woman from Germany was severely injured by a shark off Vero Beach. She survived. But it was a reminder to everyone on the Treasure Coast to exercise care when going into the ocean. It happened about 11 a.m.
Our routine on a Saturday morning is to go to the farmers market in Vero Beach on Ocean Drive across from Humiston Park. My wife Gail and I enjoy the experience. Apparently, a lot of other people across the U.S.
It looks like this will be a good year for sea turtles on the Treasure Coast. The nesting season began on March 1st and continues until September 15th. As of July 1st, researchers counted more than 6100 nests on our beaches, compared with about 4800 last year. More than 60 percent of the nests were made by loggerheads, so named because of their large head. They are the most common sea turtle in Florida. The others were made by green turtles and leatherbacks. Only about one in 5,000 hatchlings makes it to adulthood. The problem is predators – crabs, birds, raccoons, coyotes, fish and,
The National Elephant Center in Indian River County is coming along. The Treasure Coast already is home to the Save the Chimps Sanctuary, west of Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County. If all goes according to plan, up to three dozen pachyderms will reside for a while or the rest of their lives on the 225-acre spread three miles north of Fellsmere.