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.
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.