Treasure Coast Essay

Enjoying art under the oaks

Mar 4, 2013

What attracts lots of people and is held in the shade of lovely live oaks?  Paul Janensch tells us in this Treasure Coast Essay.

Twenty-five years ago, a group of environmentally conscious residents of the Treasure Coast incorporated the Environmental Learning Center on Wabasso Island in the Indian River Lagoon north of Vero Beach.  The idea was to create a place to provide stimulating experiences that foster an appreciation and an understanding of the natural world.  Today the ELC offers hundreds of programs for all ages and abilities.  To mark its Silver Anniversary this year, the ELC is putting on a long list of events tied to the theme of “Life on the Lagoon” – such as a fishing tournament and a film festival.  A

Play ball!

Feb 18, 2013

Spring training in the Grapefruit League is underway, and the first games will be played this week.  The four teams on Florida’s Atlantic Coast -- all in the National League -- are paired off on Saturday.   In St. Lucie West, the New York Mets will host the Washington Nationals, who are based in Viera.  They will play at Tradition Field, named for the planned community a few miles away.  It was Tradition Field before.  Then Digital Domain bought the naming rights.  Then the animation studio closed its doors.  So it’s Tradition Field again.  In Jupiter, the St.

On Saturday, February 2nd, I popped in on the Regional Science and Engineering Fair put on by the Indian River County school district and the Education Foundation of Indian River County at Gifford Middle School in Vero Beach.  It was an exhilarating but intimidating experience.  Exhilarating because the exhibits by the secondary and elementary school students were so impressive.  Intimidating because they know so much about the scientific method.   In fact, I dare say these students know more than most adults.  Each exhibit described an experiment in words and drawings on a cardboard displa

They’re heeeeeere!  The snowbirds, of course.  I’m not talking about white pelicans and other feathered creatures who spend the winter on the Treasure Coast.  I’m talking about the snowbirds without feathers.  Most  drive down  Interstate-95 -- some trailing a boat.  A few travel by yacht on the Intracoastal Waterway.  The snowbirds are fleeing cold and snow in favor of sun and warm temps.  They are attracted to the Treasure Coast’s low-key, outdoorsy life style with a dash of culture.  Many fish.  Many play golf.  Some bring their homes with them – RVs or trailers.  Many rent a place to st

Bookmania! is coming

Jan 28, 2013

I’m a fan of crime fiction.  So I’m especially interested in the panel called “Thrills & Chills” at the 19th annual Bookmania!

What's ahead in 2013

Jan 21, 2013

What's ahead for the Treasure Coast in 2013?  The Old Farmers Almanac predicts a cool winter, a mixed spring, a rainy summer and a warm fall.  Weather forecasters predict more Atlantic hurricanes than usual.  But maybe we'll be lucky again.  In 2012, for the seventh year in a row, Florida was hurricane-free.  The economy is expected to get better.  Tourism is expected to rise.  The citrus crop is expected to drop because of dry weather and disease.  In Indian River County: Vero Beach may finally decide to sell the city's electric utility to Florida Power & Light.

Our own bowl games stars

Jan 14, 2013

Football players from the Treasure Coast looked good in three major bowl games.  Four of our high school grads started.  In the BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Notre Dame was clobbered by Alabama 42 to 14.  But Notre Dame safety Zeke Motta from Vero Beach High School was outstanding.  Motta -- son of Bill Motta, head football coach at St. Edward's -- led the Irish in total tackles, with 16.  In the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, defensive back Terell Floyd from Port St.

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