Treasure Coast Essay

Kilroy is here!

Sep 28, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Kilroy.  Yes, Kilroy.  Are you familiar with the World War II expression “Kilroy was here?”  Well, Kilroy IS here!  It’s a sophisticated gizmo that monitors the vital signs in a body of water.  Replacement Kilroy devices are being installed in the Indian River Lagoon and St.

More sea horses?

Sep 21, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about sea horses.  Their population in the Indian River Lagoon seems to be on the rise.  That’s what researchers at Florida Tech’s Vero Beach Marine Lab and the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce told TCPalm,com.   If so, it is a sign that sea grass beds – devastated in the 2011 algae super bloom -- are on the rebound.  Sea horses spend their lives in the sea grass beds.  They feed on tiny marine life and are able to hide from predators.  Adults range in size from one to eight inches.  An organization called Project Seahorse invites u

Our own tennis star

Sep 14, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about tennis pro Mardy Fish, formerly of Vero Beach and once ranked Number 7 in the world.  Fish, 33, had said he would retire at the U.S.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about blowing up explosives in the Atlantic a mile and a half out from southern Indian River County.  Everything went well, thank goodness.  The detonation of nine devices by federal contractors occurred on August 25 and 26.  They set up a restricted zone around the detonation area.  No boats allowed inside.  The bombs and other munitions were left over from World War II when the coast from Vero Beach to Jensen Beach was a training ground for the Navy’s underwater demolition teams, or “frog men,” the precursors of the SEALS.  The UDT-SEAL Mu

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the recovery of treasure off the Treasure Coast.  On July 30 and 31, a salvage crew found more than 350 gold coins worth $4.5 million off Wabasso in Indian River County.   The coins were from 11 ships carrying gold, silver and jewels to Spain.  The fleet was destroyed in a hurricane exactly 300 years before.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about toxic marine bacteria.  They are something to add to the list of hazards along our stretch of Florida, along with lightning, rip currents and sharks.  In July, a Port St.

Bring a red cooler

Aug 17, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about red coolers.  No joke.  Bring one with you when you go boating in the ocean.  It could save your life.  If the boat sinks, chances are the cooler will pop to the surface.  Red is easier to spot than white or blue from a rescue vessel or airplane.  That’s a safe boating tip offered by Palm City resident John Spatuzzi, a retired Coast Guard pilot, in a guest column that appears on TCPalm.com.  It was inspired by the search for two South Florida boys lost at sea.  Other tips: Wear a life jacket.  Bring a waterproof radio or a cell phone

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the graduate of Sebastian River High School who is believed to be the first woman to hold an NFL coaching position.  She is Jen Welter, 37, hired by the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern during training camp and the pre-season.

Hot enough for you?

Aug 3, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about our hot summer. Average high temps have been higher than usual for the season. On many days in July, the mercury rose above 90 in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin Counties. Why? Prevailing winds from the west, reaching our stretch of Florida after passing over the state’s hot interior. The ocean breeze from the east was light or nonexistent. Healthcare professionals advise us to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. Apply sunscreen and wear a hat with a wide brim. Take it easy outdoors during the hottest part of the day.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about attracting foreign tourists to our wonderful stretch of Florida.  Indian River and St. Lucie Counties recently hosted foreign travel writers.  Why not add Martin County and invite foreign travel writers to sample the attractions in all three counties?  They will encourage people in their countries to come here.  What do we offer?  State parks: Sebastian Inlet, Fort Pierce Inlet and Jonathan Dickinson.  Museums: McLarty, Navy Seals and Elliott.  Places connected to nature: Environmental Learning Center.

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