Treasure Coast Essay

Overdue medal

Feb 29, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a Marine veteran who finally received his medal.  Sylvester McIntosh, 68, of Wabasso, was presented with the Silver Star – our country’s third highest combat award – on January 30th at the Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary in Vero Beach.  This was lmost 50 years after he earned it.  In 1967, Corporal McIntosh was a young squad leader in Vietnam.  His unit came under heavy enemy fire.  He carried three of his buddies out of the kill zone before collapsing from a chest wound.  Paperwork for a medal to the corporal got lost.  In recent

Mother Whale

Feb 22, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a surprise visit by a pair of whales.  Little did I know, while eating lunch at a waterside restaurant in Sebastian on February 8th, that a North Atlantic right whale -- that’s R-I-G-H-T --and her calf had entered Sebastian Inlet across the Indian River Lagoon.  But many others knew about it.

Hero teen

Feb 8, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a 16-year-old hero.  At about 8:30 p.m.

Watch out for rabies

Feb 1, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about rabies – the infection that is carried by animals and can kill humans if left untreated.  In 2015, St. Lucie County recorded nine cases of rabid animals – the highest in the state.  Six raccoons, one bat, one cat and one dog.  Normally, the county has two cases a year.  Indian River County recorded one case.  And Martin County recorded two cases.  All raccoons.  Florida recorded 76 cases, mostly raccoons. 

Another invader

Jan 25, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Japanese beach vitex.  Is this fast-growing vine from Japan and Korea something else for us to worry about?  Maybe, says Indian River County Coastal Engineer James Gray, who is keeping an eye on outcroppings of the invasive plant on the beach at Castaway Cove.  The Japanese beach vitex – bright green with purple flowers – spreads rapidly under the sand, crowding out native vegetation and endangering the nesting habitat for sea turtles. It was introduced to the Southeastern U.S.

Forgotten Santa Lucia

Jan 18, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the outpost called Santa Lucia.  I didn’t know anything about it until I saw an article in Indian River Magazine.  Had Santa Lucia survived, it would be the second oldest still-occupied European settlement in the continental U.S.  St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about top local news stories in 2015.  For our entire area: All Aboard Florida was considering having its planned high-speed passenger trains stop here on their trips between Miami and Orlando.  For Indian River County: The Vero Beach municipal power plant shut down.  Electricity comes from the Orlando Utilities Commission.  Airline service started between Vero Beach and Newark.  For St. Lucie County: The Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute closed its doors in Port St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about carriage rides in downtown Stuart.  Clip clop, clip clop.  Just like Manhattan or St. Augustine.  The city granted a license to Wind Chase Farms in Palm City to conduct the rides.  Black and white Clydesdales pull carriages from just east of Haney Circle, along Ocean Boulevard, past Memorial Park, down Flagler Avenue and back.  Weather permitting, rides start at 5 Wednesdays through Sundays.  Takes about half an hour.  A carriage seats two to 10 people.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Old Vero Man Ice Age site.

A Christmas card

Dec 21, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay that wishes a Merry Christmas to people I talked about this year.  Such as: Gloria and Emilio Estefan, who received The Presidential Medal of Freedom and celebrated the opening of a Broadway musical based on their lives.  Bryan Stork, who played center for the New England Patriots when they won the Super Bowl.  The Indian River State College swim teams.  National champs again.  Jen Welter, the first woman to serve on an NFL coaching staff.  Top tennis pro Mardy Fish, who retired.  Country singer Jake Owen, who returned to perform two benefi

A Christmas card

Dec 21, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay that wishes a Merry Christmas to people I talked about this year.  Such as: Gloria and Emilio Estefan, who received The Presidential Medal of Freedom and celebrated the opening of a Broadway musical based on their lives.  Bryan Stork, who played center for the New England Patriots when they won the Super Bowl.  The Indian River State College swim teams.  National champs again.  Jen Welter, the first woman to serve on an NFL coaching staff.  Top tennis pro Mardy Fish, who retired.  Country singer Jake Owen, who returned to perform two benefi

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about our 2015 sea turtle season, which ran through October 31.  It was good!  Nest numbers were high for leatherbacks, loggerheads and greens on beaches in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties monitored by Ecological Associates.  In fact, greens scooped out a record number of nests here and statewide.  But Erik Martin, scientific director of Ecological Associates, reminds us that what’s even more important is the number of hatchlings.  Comparisons are still being calculated.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about county music star Jake Owen.  The graduate of Vero Beach High School returns to his home town to perform Friday and Saturday at Riverside Theater.  The shows will benefit the Jake Owen Foundation to help children with diseases and to support youth organizations in Indian River County.  One is the Boys and Girls Club.  As boys, themselves, Joshua “Jake” Owen, now 34, and his twin brother Jarrod played sports.  Jake dreamed of being a professional golfer.  While recovering from a wakeboarding accident, he took up the guitar.  I assume he

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about an award to our own Gloria and Emilio Estefan for their service to the country.  They are among 17 recipients of The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, bestowed last week by President Obama.  Gloria is the Cuban-American pop singing star.  Emilio is her husband and manager.  They own the Costa d’Este Resort in Vero Beach and live nearby on the ocean.  Other recipients include baseball’s Yogi Berra – posthumously, of course – and filmmaker Steven Spielberg.  It’s been a big year for the Estefans.  Glori

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about megayachts.  Two of them are now docked at the Indian River Marine Terminal in the Port of Fort Pierce, north of downtown.  Maybe more will come.  The port needs the business.  Fort Lauderdale to the south is full-up with exotic vessels.  Fort Pierce has space, and labor rates are about half of what they are down there.  The first to arrive was the 212-foot “Lady Lau,” to be renamed “Double Down” by her new owner.  He bought her for $44 million.  The other is “Freedom” -- 229 feet, with eight staterooms and a helicopter pad.  Both are

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