On average, gunfire can be heard two or three times a week in Fort Pierce, usually at night in the northwest neighborhoods. Often someone is shot. Sometimes the person dies. Witnesses are reluctant to talk to police. They are afraid of being targeted as snitches. Or they just don’t want to get involved. From January 1st to June 10th, there were 41 reports of gunfire in the city, according to TCPalm.com. Nineteen people were hit. As of June 10th, seven were killed and one died several days later. In all of 2013, seven were killed by guns in Fort Pierce.
Emails to me from friends and relatives around the country expressed amazement: “The American suicide bomber in Syria was from Vero Beach?!” They learned from the news media that the family of Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha live in Vero Beach (actually a bit north of the city), that he attended Sebastian River High School, that he loved to play basketball and that for a while he occupied an apartment in Fort Pierce. On May 25th, Abu-Salha, 22, drove a truck to a restaurant containing Syrian government troops and detonated 16 tons of explosives
Guess what? Hobe Sound has been named “the best beach-town housing market in the U.S.” by Reality Trac, a real estate data company. Hobe Sound’s Number 1 ranking was based on its warm weather, low crime rate and affordable housing. All of the top-20 locations are in Florida, California or Hawaii. Hobe Sound had the lowest average housing price -- just $191,000. I wonder if the analysis included Jupiter Island. That’s where Tiger Woods and other wealthy people own multi-million dollar estates. Actually, Hobe Sound is not a “town” with legal boundaries. It is an unincorporated part o
The Atlantic hurricane season starts Sunday, June 1, and continues to November 30. Will we luck out again? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that three to six hurricanes will form in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. That’s a bit less than average. Intensity is expected to be less than average, too. Florida is the U.S.