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The Man Who Dried Out Vero Beach

The Man Who Dried Out Vero Beach

The new year is a time for fresh starts. Of course, the measure of newness, just like time, is relative.

January 2013
Eggnog And Elephants At Tripson’s Dairy

Eggnog And Elephants At Tripson’s Dairy

If you happen to have some holiday eggnog in your refrigerator, now would be an excellent time to pour yourself a glass.

December 2012
Indians vs Eagles: Remembering Thanksgiving In The '50

Indians vs Eagles: Remembering Thanksgiving In The '50

Like so many small cities across the country, Vero Beach has always had an obsession with local football, including a rivalry with neighboring towns that dates back to the 1920s and peaked during the ’50s.

November 2012
The Mysterious Past Of Prange Island

The Mysterious Past Of Prange Island

Amid a thicket of trees, where night-blooming Princess of the Night cacti meander over bark and root like a prickly sci-fi creature, lie suggestions of lives once lived: housing supports, stairs to nowhere, an old cistern, the remnants of a dock and, closer to another nearby shore where dolphin and mullet frolic, the foundation of a trough that might once have been used to clean citrus.

June 2012
A Home Filled With Priceless Memories

A Home Filled With Priceless Memories

One would be hard put to find a house on the barrier island that remotely resembles the aqua-colored one in Old Riomar. This rambling, multi-era “beach cottage” is perhaps best defined for what it has not: concrete block, drywall, irrigation and air conditioning. But most of what it does have is also distinctive, most notably the sash-weight windows and good heating.

April 2012
When The Peacock Showed Its Feathers

When The Peacock Showed Its Feathers

When Master Commandant Lewis Warrington awoke on the morning of April 29, 1814, the first thing he would have noted was that his ship, the U.S.S. Peacock, was riding a few miles off the shore of the Spanish colony of East Florida. No doubt he observed the low-lying land mass through his telescope and made some remark about it. “A land full of mosquitoes and Indians,” he might have said to his second-in-command, First Lieutenant John Nicolson, echoing America’s current attitude towards Florida. “The Spanish are welcome to it.”

March 2012
Forgotten In Fort Pierce

Forgotten In Fort Pierce

In the last few years of her life, broke and ailing African-American folklorist, anthropologist and novelist Zora Neale Hurston, once one of America’s most celebrated literary figures, went almost unnoticed. Fired as a librarian at Patrick Air Force Base, she left Eau Gallie, a $5-a-week rental cottage, a bird bath and a dog named Spot and arrived in Fort Pierce in 1957 in a beat-up Willys station wagon, with a typewriter that she would later pawn for groceries.

March 2012
Power To The People

Power To The People

Despite the recent, sometimes heated debate over the future of the Vero Beach power plant, there is nothing new about the supply of electricity being a matter of concern – and contention – in Indian River County.

February 2012
A Tradition Turns Twenty

A Tradition Turns Twenty

In the autumn of 1992, members of the Garden Club of Indian River County gathered to create a series of Christmas ornaments illustrating Vero Beach icons, with proceeds funding the Garden Club’s many programs.

December 2011
Unearthing Our Ice Age History

Unearthing Our Ice Age History

Sometime next year, successive waves of archeologists, paleontologists and volunteer worker bees will start descending the banks of the Main Relief Canal behind the county administrative complex for an exacting, mostly teaspoon-by-teaspoon dig in the dirt. The quest: to find fossils and artifacts to complement a dispersed collection of earlier findings from the Old Vero Site – most notably, human bones found alongside remains of extinct Ice Age animals in an excavation conducted nearly a century ago.

December 2011