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.
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