Treasure Coast Essay

  Reading about mold in a Martin County government building reminded me that mold can be a serious problem on the Treasure Coast and throughout Florida.  Mold was discovered in the Martin County General Services Field Operations building near Witham Field.  Patches of yellow mold were on the ceiling and a cabinet.  Black mold was oozing from behind a wall-mounted map.  In the early 1990s, the entire Martin County Courthouse was infected with mold.  Mold is a fungus that requires moisture.  Mold spores are in the air all around us.  That is normal.  But we should not let mold accumulate indo

  I propose a toast to Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company on its 25th year of producing fresh-squeezed juice made from Florida citrus.  It was in 1989 that Robert “Bobby” Sexton – grandson of Vero Beach pioneer Waldo Sexton – came up with the idea of turning out a gourmet orange juice, freshly squeezed for each order.  His wife Marygrace Sexton joined him in setting the company up in Vero Beach.  They named the juice after their baby daughter Natalie and put a young woman’s picture on the containers.

Prime time for sharks

Sep 15, 2014

  As the newspaper USA Today recently noted, Shark Week on television is over, but it is still prime time for sharks off east central Florida, including the Treasure Coast.  This is the time of the year when large schools of bait fish are migrating from north to south.  They like to spend the winter where it is warmer, just like humans.  Close behind the mullet, anchovies and herring are hungry sharks – black tip, spinner and sandbar.  The small fish like to swim in the warm shallow water near the shore line.  The sharks follow them.  Unfortunately, that is where humans like to swim and sur

Ri-o, Ri-o, Ri-o.  Will the peacocks leave our Ri-o?  The small and sleepy patch of Martin County called Rio may be in for major development in the coming years.   The post office that opened there in 1893 was called Rio San Lucie.  I assume it was pronounced the Spanish way.  It means St. Lucie River.  Later, people just called the place Rio.

Our busy summer

Sep 1, 2014

Today is Labor Day.  No matter what the calendar says, this is the end of summer.  Kids are back in school.  Parents are back at work.

Indian River County resident John Walsh is back on television tracking down fugitives.  His new series “The Hunt with John Walsh” is shown at 9 p.m.

Beware of these scams

Aug 18, 2014

Law enforcement agencies on the Treasure Coast are warning us to beware of scams over the telephone and by email.  Seniors are often the target.  Here are some scams to watch out for.  You are nearing retirement and are invited to buy into a fund that promises financial returns much higher than normal.  Remember Bernie Madoff?   He bilked investors, including many in Florida, of billions with that promise.  Just say no.  You are told that you have won a lottery, often in another country.  To claim your winnings, all you have to do is pay a fee.

A round of applause, please, for Osceola Park, a charming neighborhood southwest of downtown Vero Beach.  In the fall, a state historical marker about Osceola Park will be erected on the corner of 19th Street and 20th Avenue.  Other Indian River County markers will go up at Historic Dodgertown and the Roseland community.  There are many state historical markets on the Treasure Coast, but this will be the first to recognize a neighborhood in Vero Beach.   Osceola Park contains an impressive number of early 20th century houses.  One was the childhood home of Merrill Barber, who later served a

  If it comes to a fight between All Aboard Florida and St. Lucie Village, don’t bet against the village.  The tiny municipality north of Fort Pierce has a history of taking on powerful interests and winning.  St. Lucie Village – population 599 – is nestled between the Indian River Lagoon and U.S.

Should we add cane toads to the list of alien creatures that have invaded the Treasure Coast?  According to the weekly newspaper 32963, which serves that zip code, a resident of the Vero Beach barrier island noticed his 18-month-old English Setter named Major was foaming at the mouth and shaking his head.  The owner rushed the dog to a vet, who treated Major for venom poisoning from a cane toad.  Apparently, Major had bit a cane toad or licked it or just sniffed it.  Cane toads are big.  They squirt a milky venom from glands behind their ears that can be lethal to small mammals and harmful

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