Treasure Coast Essay

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.

Be careful in the sun

Aug 13, 2012

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,

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