Treasure Coast Essay

  This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about how non-scientists can be involved in scientific research to protect our Indian River Lagoon.  It starts with a public forum.  The theme is Citizen Science -- what non-scientists can do for the lagoon, which is so important to the Treasure Coast.

A school for umpires

Jan 26, 2015

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Umpire School at Historic Dodgertown in Vero 

Sailfish champ again

Jan 19, 2015

 This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about this season’s Treasure Coast Sailfish Championship recently decided.  For the third year in a row, the winner of the three-tournament series was Showtime! – with an exclamation point  – captained by Wink Doerzbacher.  The anglers aboard Showtime! caught and released a total of 45 sailfish in the Pirates Cove Sailfish Classic, the Light Tackle Sailfish Tournament and the Pelican Yacht Club Billfish Invitational.  The winner did not emerge until the final afternoon of the Pelican Yacht Club event.  With their 45th catch, Showtime!

 This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the top Treasure Coast news stories in 2014.  Number 1 for the entire Treasure Coast was the mostly negative reaction to All Aboard Florida’s plan for a high-speed passenger train service between Miami and Orlando, The Federal Railroad Administration held three meetings on the Treasure Coast.  More than 17 hundred attended.  Almost all who spoke opposed the $2 billion project.  In Indian River County, the sale of the Vero Beach electric utility to Florida Power & Light was jeopardized.

  This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a “hot spot,” where stockbrokers with troubled regulatory records are clustered.  The Wall Street Journal identified this hot spot as the Treasure Coast.  That’s not quite accurate.  This hot spot – one of 16 in the U.S.

Where stockbrokers with troubles cluster

  This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the awarding of Medals of Heroism by Governor Rick Scott to two St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about an auction of memorabilia collected over the years by movie and TV star Burt Reynolds of Hobe Sound.  The auction was conducted earlier this month in Las Vegas.  The 650 items from Reynolds’ life and career included the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am used to promote “Smokey and the Bandit,” the 18-karat gold antique pocket watch given to him by Sally Field when they were dating, clothing worn in his movies, awards for his acting in Hollywood and for his football playing at Palm Beach High School, and boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali.  Reyno

No hurricanes again

Dec 15, 2014

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about our hurricane-free hurricane season that ended November 30.  We lucked out again.  For the ninth year in a row, Florida was not hit by a hurricane.  Not since record-keeping began in 1878, has Florida gone so long without a hurricane.  Florida is supposed to be the U.S. hurricane capital, but a direct hurricane hit on the state has not occurred since Wilma in 2005.  Only one major storm hit the Continental U.S.

Finding dolphins

Dec 8, 2014

  This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about dolphin watching.  The best time to spot dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon is from November to April.  In the summer and autumn, rainfall runoff turns the water murky, making it difficult for us to see dolphins beneath the surface.  When the water is clear, as it is now most of the time, captains of dolphin-watching tour boats take passengers to places where dolphins feed on fish.  Such hot spots include the Sebastian Inlet, the Barber Bridge in Vero Beach and the Manatee Pocket in Martin County.  The captains cannot guarantee you

  This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the renovation of the Lyric Theatre in Stuart.  Come to a show this season and check it out: New entrance, new lobby, new bar, new carpeting, new seats – with cup holders, yet – new nine-foot piano and new sound system.  The theatre – at 59 South West Flagler Avenue – was built in 1926 as a silent movie house.  Over the years it was taken over by various concerns – even a church.  In 1987 it was reborn as a home for the performing arts.  In 2005, the Lyric was expanded.  Three years ago, a campaign was launched to raise money for the

Honoring Dodgertown

Nov 24, 2014

  This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the designation of the old Dodgers spring training site in Vero Beach as a Florida Heritage Landmark.  A Historical Marker was unveiled at what was Dodgertown and is now called Historic Dodgertown.  Among those participating was Historic Dodgertown Chairman Peter O’Mally, whose family owned the Brooklyn Dodgers when the team opened the facility in 1948.  The Dodgers – later the Los Angeles Dodgers -- stayed until 2008 and then moved to Arizona.

The Kight legacy

Nov 17, 2014

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a man named Kight – k-i-g-h-t -- whose name lives on at Indian River State College.  Alonzo Barnard Kight, a longtime resident of Palm City, died September 12th at the age of 99.

A female Highwayman

Nov 10, 2014

  What should we call a female artist recognized as one of the 26 Highwaymen?  A Highway Woman?  A Highway Person?   Strange as it may sound, let's just refer to her as a Female Highwayman.  Her name is Mary Ann Carroll.  She is 73 and for 65 years has lived in Fort Pierce, home base for the African American painters famous for their vivid Florida landscapes usually rendered in oil on Upson board and framed with crown molding.  They often sold their paintings from their cars parked on the side of a highway.  In the 1950s their work sold for $10 to $15.  People loved the stately palms, shimm

  Let’s keep our fingers – or our flippers – crossed.  So far this year, only a few dolphins infected with a deadly virus have ventured down the Indian River Lagoon as far as Vero Beach.  That is what I was told by Adam Schaefer, an epidemiologist at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute north of Fort Pierce.   But this past summer, enough dolphins in the northern part of the lagoon showed signs of the virus to worry scientists.  Lesions were on the dolphins’ skin.  They were skinny, swam erratically and made coughing sounds through their blow holes.  The virus