Last month, USA Today came out with its list of the 10 best but least-known beaches in Florida. Number 1 was Caladesi Island, a state park near Clearwater on the Gulf Coast. But second and third are on the Treasure Coast. They are Blowing Rocks Preserve in Hobe Sound and Vero Beach. Fifth is Jupiter, just south of the Treasure Coast in Palm Beach County. As a resident of Vero Beach, I was glad to see my city on the list. But --hmmm -- which part of the Vero Beach beach is my favorite? I pick South Beach Park, near our condo.
For a captivating look at Old Florida, I recommend a new novel “The River Way Home” by Mary Dawson of Palm City. It won two gold medals from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association – one for best Florida fiction and one for Florida’s best young adult book. Three young adventurers lose their boat on Lake Okeechobee and make their way through the wild Florida Jungle to the recently incorporated town of Stuart. It’s 1914. The railroad has come. Soon Florida will be flooded with tourists and new residents. Queenie is a bright black girl, Billy, blue-eyed and blond, yearns to be a
I’m not much for public forums. Presentations from the dais. Comments from the floor. Blah-blah-blah. Maybe you feel the same way. But one is coming we should think about attending. It’s a state senate hearing on the Indian River Lagoon’s declining health – and specifically the discharging of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into the lagoon via the St.