Treasure Coast Essay

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.

  Going into the BCS national championship game on January 6th, Florida State University looked good.  And so did Bryan Stork, a graduate of Vero Beach High School.   The star offensive lineman was one of six players from the Treasure Coast on the FSU roster.

This headline in the weekly newspaper Vero Beach 32960 caught my eye: “Vero Beach emerging as world pompano capital.”  Not Pompano Beach down in Broward County?  Nope, water is a bit too warm, say those who fish for pompano.  From November to May, many pompano migrate to the stretch of ocean from Sebastian to Round Island, where the water temp averages about 70.  Vero Beach is in the middle.  You find easy access to the ocean at many locations, including South Beach Park, which is directly east of the 17th Street Bridge and, incidentally, only a few blocks from my condo.  This time of year,

The insect is called a psyllid, from the Greek psylla for flea.  It is no bigger than a pinhead.  But psyllids are causing enormous damage to citrus groves in Florida, including those on the Treasure Coast.  The psyllids carry a disease called citrus greening, which makes grapefruit, oranges and lemons ripen quickly, drop prematurely, look ugly and taste bitter.  The fruit cannot be marketed, and the disease can eventually kill the tree.  Florida’s grapefruit crop – three-fourths of which comes from the Indian River district – is expected to be down 9 percent from last season.  Florida’s or

Hey, Treasure Coast Food Bank.  Happy 25th anniversary!  Because of the current economic slowdown, the need for food assistance in our area has never been greater since volunteers got you started in 1988.  Some 100,000 people on the Treasure Coast are hungry during this holiday season.  That’s about 17 percent of our population.  A lot of them don’t know where their next full meal is coming from.  Many have low-pay part-time jobs.  Many are looking for work.  The Food Bank wants to help.  Newly relocated in St.

Hurricane-free again

Dec 9, 2013

We lucked out again.  For the eighth year in a row, Florida, including the Treasure Coast, was hurricane-free.  In fact, only one tropical storm – and that was Andrea -- hit the state during the 2013 hurricane season, which began June 1st and ended November 30th.  The North Atlantic and Caribbean regions did record 13 named storms –as predicted by forecasters before the season began.  But only two – Humberto and Ingrid – grew into hurricanes.  Both were in September, and both were category 1.  Neither hit the U.S.

Our newest hospital

Dec 2, 2013

The Treasure Coast has a new full-service hospital.  It’s the Tradition Medical Center in western Port St. Lucie.  More precisely, the hospital is in the research park called the Tradition Center for Innovation in the planned community of Tradition off I-95.  It is owned by Martin Health System, a not-for-profit health-care organization, which also owns Martin Medical Center and Martin Hospital South in Martin County, plus three walk-in clinics in Martin County and two clinics in St.

Our subject today is muck. Scientists and bureaucrats may refer to it as sediment, silt or suspended solids. But most of us just call it muck. It blankets the bottom of the Indian River Lagoon and its tributaries, and it's causing damage. Muck was always down there. It consisted mostly of saturated soil from natural erosion. But when people established farms, dug canals, laid down roads and put up buildings, the soil runoff increased exponentially and so did the muck. Churned-up muck and the accompanying algae blooms block the sunlight.

A special lifeboat

Nov 11, 2013

Today is Veterans Day, a good time to talk about something special at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in St.

It is probably no surprise to you that the most dangerous intersections in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties are all on U.S. 1.  U.S. 1 is the oldest highway serving the country’s East Coast, stretching 25-hundred miles from the Canadian border to Key West.  I bet it’s is also the busiest, with traffic signals every 20 feet -- or so it seems.  Let’s take a drive south on U.S. 1.  We’ll start in Vero Beach at eastbound State Route 60, Indian River County’s most dangerous intersection.  This was the scene of 21 crashes in 2012, reported Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.

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