Let’s keep our fingers – or our flippers – crossed. So far this year, only a few dolphins infected with a deadly virus have ventured down the Indian River Lagoon as far as Vero Beach. That is what I was told by Adam Schaefer, an epidemiologist at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute north of Fort Pierce. But this past summer, enough dolphins in the northern part of the lagoon showed signs of the virus to worry scientists. Lesions were on the dolphins’ skin. They were skinny, swam erratically and made coughing sounds through their blow holes. The virus
Ninety years ago -- on November 1st, 1924 -- the notorious Ashley Gang was wiped out at the south end of the bridge that carried Dixie Highway over the St. Sebastian River. I wonder if ghosts of the gang members will come back on Halloween to haunt places on the Treasure Coast. One of the gang's first crimes was the robbery of the Bank of Stuart in 1915. The bank was at the corner of Southwest St.
Once again, the mullet are running. Every year at this time, these little fish migrate by the millions down the Indian River Lagoon, grazing on all sorts if vegetation including algae, which choke up our sea grass. The mullet, in turn, are food for a wide variety of birds and fish, including sea trout, jack, red drum, flounder and tarpon. And these fish, in turn, are food for us. Where mullet are jumping you often see humans fishing. Which brings up a question asked on the Treasure Coast. Why do mullet jump? When I go out in a kayak in September or October, they jump all around me.
When I started coming to the Treasure Coast in the mid-1970s I got hooked on kayaking. I don’t own a kayak. I rent them and go by myself or with a group on an excursion put together by a commercial outfit or a nature center. My typical kayak adventure lasts three hours. On a group excursion, I stay close to the guide so to hear about the flora and fauna we encounter. I’ve kayaked on the Indian River Lagoon north and south of Vero Beach. I’ve been up the Sebastian River and around Pelican Island. I want to explore the waters farther south on the Treasure Coast. Once when I was paddli
I’m a sucker for lists of places designated as “the best” or “the most.” You know, like “the best places to retire.” USA Today recently named downtown Fort Pierce as one of the most “idyllic and historic main streets in the country.” The newspaper said: “Swaying palm trees line the sidewalks, and the atmosphere evokes the early 1900s when the city came into its own.” The article noted that in 2011 Fort Pierce won a Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Of course, there is no Main Street in downtown Fort Pierce. “Main Street” is meant as a