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The Man Who Dried Out Vero Beach

Marvin Carter recalls how his grandfather transformed a swamp into a city.

A construction crew works on a storm sewer for the new homes being built in McAnsh Park. Leading Vero surveyor R.D. Carter and his son worked on plans for the development, which began when Andrew McAnsh purchased the land in the early 1920s.

A construction crew works on a storm sewer for the new homes being built in McAnsh Park. Leading Vero surveyor R.D. Carter and his son worked on plans for the development, which began when Andrew McAnsh purchased the land in the early 1920s.

The new year is a time for fresh starts. Of course, the measure of newness, just like time, is relative. How about when Vero Beach was new? While some of you who have just moved to our city are experiencing that adventurous joy of discovery, others think of the newness of Vero Beach from a completely different perspective.

Reflecting on stories he heard growing up about a “brand-new” Vero Beach, Marvin Carter sits back in his office chair at the 101-year-old engineering firm of Carter & Associates, located in the heart of downtown. "I wasn’t even a gleam in anyone’s eye yet," he says, laughing.

Read the entire article in the January 2013 issue