This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about an auction of memorabilia collected over the years by movie and TV star Burt Reynolds of Hobe Sound. The auction was conducted earlier this month in Las Vegas. The 650 items from Reynolds’ life and career included the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am used to promote “Smokey and the Bandit,” the 18-karat gold antique pocket watch given to him by Sally Field when they were dating, clothing worn in his movies, awards for his acting in Hollywood and for his football playing at Palm Beach High School, and boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali. Reyno
This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about our hurricane-free hurricane season that ended November 30. We lucked out again. For the ninth year in a row, Florida was not hit by a hurricane. Not since record-keeping began in 1878, has Florida gone so long without a hurricane. Florida is supposed to be the U.S. hurricane capital, but a direct hurricane hit on the state has not occurred since Wilma in 2005. Only one major storm hit the Continental U.S.
This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about dolphin watching. The best time to spot dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon is from November to April. In the summer and autumn, rainfall runoff turns the water murky, making it difficult for us to see dolphins beneath the surface. When the water is clear, as it is now most of the time, captains of dolphin-watching tour boats take passengers to places where dolphins feed on fish. Such hot spots include the Sebastian Inlet, the Barber Bridge in Vero Beach and the Manatee Pocket in Martin County. The captains cannot guarantee you
This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the renovation of the Lyric Theatre in Stuart. Come to a show this season and check it out: New entrance, new lobby, new bar, new carpeting, new seats – with cup holders, yet – new nine-foot piano and new sound system. The theatre – at 59 South West Flagler Avenue – was built in 1926 as a silent movie house. Over the years it was taken over by various concerns – even a church. In 1987 it was reborn as a home for the performing arts. In 2005, the Lyric was expanded. Three years ago, a campaign was launched to raise money for the
This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the designation of the old Dodgers spring training site in Vero Beach as a Florida Heritage Landmark. A Historical Marker was unveiled at what was Dodgertown and is now called Historic Dodgertown. Among those participating was Historic Dodgertown Chairman Peter O’Mally, whose family owned the Brooklyn Dodgers when the team opened the facility in 1948. The Dodgers – later the Los Angeles Dodgers -- stayed until 2008 and then moved to Arizona.