Vero Beach

3:59 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

The Blessing of the Animals in Vero Beach

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County provides an opportunity for pet owners to have their four-legged friends blessed.

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12:29 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

The model for the Coppertone baby visits Vero Beach

Cheri Brand's mother used her as a model for the commercial art for the Coppertone Baby.

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11:50 am
Wed October 3, 2012

A tale of two storms

Hurricane Erin on radar in 1995

One was expected to be dangerous, and did little damage locally; the other was unexpected, and did a great deal of damage. Warren Winchester, a former mayor of Vero Beach, remembers both.

11:55 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Citrus leader, war veteran George Hamner dies in Vero Beach at 88

A decorated soldier who fought in the Pacific during World War II, Hamner reminisced about the war in an interview with Janie Gould in 2010,  on the 65th anniversary of the war's end.  

11:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Long-time resident has roots in Georgia town synonymous with sweet onions

But when Mary Owen moved to Vero Beach in the mid-1940s, she found locally grown onions that were almost as good as Vidalias.

12:54 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Where the wild things were: Pocahontas Park zoo

Alice the bear at Pocahontas Park.
Credit Indian River County Historical Society, Archive Center, Main Library

The early attraction had alligators, monkeys and a large bear named Alice. Janice Johnson's father, Ivy Cato, took care of the park and the zoo animals.  

12:35 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Remembering liver sausage and a mule-driven wagon

Leona Law Carlsward, who came to Vero Beach in a covered wagon in 1921, also hasn't forgotten her parents' advice about thrift.

1:46 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Local couple trapped otters to raise household cash

Indian River County native Edna MacPherson and her late husband shipped otter skins to Northern markets, where they were made into coats and hats. They made enough money that way to buy a couple of appliances for their home and pay for a power hook-up from Vero Beach.

5:17 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Political wager in '48 race led to wheelbarrow parade in Vero

Dan McCarty

Local interest in the 1948 gubernatorial race was intense, because both major candidates had strong local ties. Two Vero Beach men who supported opposing candidates bet a wheelbarrow ride and ice-cream cone on the outcome. 

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4:11 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Backyard mangos became boy's cash crop

Jim Wilson often had several dollars to spend in downtown Vero Beach after selling the tasty tropical fruit and dividing the proceeds with his mother.  The family's mango tree died after the area received a dusting of snow in 1977.