Treasure Coast Essay

Here they come!  Those noisy, high-speed powerboats that skim over the water followed by a towering rooster tail.  Some 80 teams will compete in the Stuart Sailfish Regatta on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, starting each day at 9 a.m.  Organizers call it “the fastest event on the Treasure Coast.”  The course is a 1.1 mile oval north of a viewing area on the Stuart Causeway and the Ernie Lyons Bridge.  Road traffic will be rerouted to the Jensen Beach Causeway.  If the weather is good, 20,000 spectators are expected.  Various classes of outboards and inboards will be racing.  They inclu

Stuart turns 100

May 5, 2014

Hey, Stuart!  Happy 100th birthday!  It was on May 7th, 1914, that you were incorporated as a town.  Years before, you were named Potsdam by German settlers.  Then, after the Florida East Coast Railway came through, you were renamed Stuart in honor of local landowner Homer Stuart.  You are on the St. Lucie River where it joins the Indian River Lagoon at the St.

The Washington Post won two Pulitzer Prizes this month.  One went to the newspaper for its coverage of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance program, based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden.  The other went to reporter Eli Saslow for his series of articles on the $78 billion food stamp program to help those below the poverty line.  One article focused on a recruiter for the Treasure Coast Food Bank, which feeds about 100,000 people each week in Indian River, St.

Therapy using horses

Apr 21, 2014

Humans and horses began to bond more than 4,000 years ago.  That special relationship continues today – even though the horseless carriage has mostly replaced the horse for going from here to there.  Consider the programs of the Florida Equestrian Foundation at Scarlett Stables in Fellsmere in Indian River County.  The foundation provides horse-assisted therapy to children with autism, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, seniors having difficulty adjusting to their limitations and people of all ages with emotional problems that produce anger, over-eating or other negative behavio

Troop 772’s big day

Apr 14, 2014

On April 3rd, 11 members of Fort Pierce Boy Scout Troop 772, looking spiffy in their tan uniforms, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the daily opening of the Florida legislative session in Tallahassee.  As the scouts left the chamber, they received a thunderous round of applause and high fives.  Earlier they met with State Representative Larry Lee of Fort Pierce and Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.  According to Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Lee asked them what they want him to fight for in the Legislature.  Deshawn Mills, 13, said, “Not so many shootings.”  Troop 772 – the area

We have been hearing and reading a lot about “pillowcase burglars” on the Treasure Coast.  They break into a house when no one is home and use pillowcases to hold the loot they grab  -- cash, credit cards, laptop computers, jewelry, guns, cameras and so on.  St.

An honor long overdue

Mar 31, 2014

It took nearly 44 years, but on March 18th President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to the late Ardie Copas of Fort Pierce.

  Are you old enough and country enough to remember this Hank Williams classic?   “I heard that lo-oh-oh-ohn-some whistle blow.”  People on the Treasure Coast wonder if they will hear that lo-oh-oh-ohn-some whistle blow 32 times a day as high-speed passenger trains streak by.  A business called All Aboard Florida -- affiliated with Florida East Coast Railroad – wants to start a passenger service between Miami and Orlando.  Sixteen trains in each direction every day at speeds up to 110 miles an hour.  Trip will take three hours.  Trains will stop only in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach –

Ben Franklin said that nothing is certain except death and taxes.  We can add a third certainty: That Indian River State College will win the National Junior College Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championship.  Our men and women did it again and, appropriately enough, at the outdoor Aquatic Complex on the college’s main campus in Fort Pierce.  In the four-day meet, which attracted 16 other teams from around the country, the Pioneers won every swimming race.  For the men, it was the 40th consecutive national title – the longest unbroken championship win streak in any collegiate sp

Our own American Idol

Mar 10, 2014

Many on the Treasure Coast voted for her, but it was not enough for Kristen O’Connor, a graduate of Sebastian River High School, to make it to the next round on “American Idol.”  That is the popular TV show in which unknown pop singers compete for votes from viewers by telephone and the Internet.  Kristen, 24, is the daughter of Dan and Deidre O’Connor of Sebastian.  Her Mom and grandmother Alice Williford were in Hollywood to cheer her on.  Kristen is a petite young woman with a big voice and a dramatic style.  She was one of three “wild card” contestants added by the judges to the ten who

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