Treasure Coast Essay

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

BookMania! – always written with an exclamation point – will celebrate its 20th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at the Wanda H. Yarboro Center for the Performing Arts at Martin County High School in Stuart.  Produced by the Library Foundation of Martin County, BookMania!

Spring training is back on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.  Let’s hope it keeps coming back.  The New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, the Washington Nationals in Viera and the St.

  Valentine’s Day is Friday, February 14th.  What will you do with your sweetie?  The Treasure Coast offers many possibilities.  Assuming you have more free time on a Saturday than on a Friday, postpone Valentine’s Day to February 15th.  Start the day by watching the sun rise over the Atlantic.  You can do it anywhere that’s on the ocean.   Bring your breakfast with you – an orange, a muffin and a jug of coffee.  Then fish for pompano from the beach.  Or go kayaking on the Indian River Lagoon or one of its tributaries.  Or ride your bikes along the Fort Pierce waterfront.  Or take an eco-cr

Just like the musical Oklahoma!, the sport fishing boat Showtime! has an exclamation point at the end of her name.   And for good reason.  In the season just ended, Showtime!

A careful dig

Jan 27, 2014

You may recall the Big Dig --- the huge project that re-routed I-93 through the heart of Boston.  Well, I’m going to talk about a Careful Dig -- the excavation of the Old Vero Ice Age Site near the Vero Beach Municipal Airport.  Careful digging began in early January and will continue till May.  Archaeologists and volunteers are looking for evidence that humans lived there at the end of the Ice Age 13-thousand years ago.  Back around 1915, canal dredging at the site unearthed animal fossils and parts of human skeletons.  One set of 44 bones became known world-wide as “Vero Man.”  Scientists

Let’s take a look at the most important news stories on the Treasure Coast in 2013.  Because it seemed to catch the attention of virtually everyone, I think number one was the declining health of the Indian River Lagoon, on which we depend for recreation and our economic well-being.  In the north lagoon, dolphins, manatees and pelicans were dying, probably because sea grass was disappearing.  To the south, polluted fresh water discharged from Lake Okeechobee was wiping out marine life in the St.