Author: John Parkyn

Remembering An Icon

In 1961, a 34-year-old attorney named Byron T. Cooksey joined forces with two other young lawyers, John Gould, who had started the first law firm on Vero’s barrier island, and Darrell Fennell.

A New Legacy For The Lagoon

Just about anyone who has lived in Indian River County these past five years can recite the misfortunes visited upon us by the Great Recession: Falling house prices, budget cuts, empty storefronts, homes languishing on the market for months or years at a time – the list goes on and on.

The First Lady Of Windsor

She comes to Windsor whenever she can spare time from her schedule as the wife of Canadian billionaire Galen Weston, the mother of two children with four grandchildren, and a professional life that includes well-documented skills in business management and philanthropy.

In Deep With Triton Subs

East of the Vero Beach I-95 exit, in a nondescript yellow building close to the Route 60 truck stop, a small team of dedicated “Davids” is busily working to thwart the ambitions of two of the biggest “Goliaths” in the mysterious, sometimes murky world of underwater exploration.

The Secrets Of Interior Renovation: Cheryl and Ken Hebert

It was water that brought Cheryl and Ken Hebert to Florida — the kind you drink. Ken, a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers back in the ’60s, now works in the water-utilities industry and had taken a job with a subsidiary of Culligan Water as vice president for sales in the Fort Pierce regional office.

Banking On The Moores

John K. Moore, the man from Detroit who would become one of Vero Beach’s most influential bankers, might never have become a banker at all if his father hadn’t suffered a severe attack of island fever.

Home On The Range

Sporting vacations have played an important role in Nicky Szapary’s life. Ten years ago, on the ski slopes of the French Alps, he met a tall, beautiful girl from Argentina named Stephanie Auersperg-Breunner. They were instantly attracted and married a year later.

Battle of the Islands

Sprinkled along the 24 miles of Intracoastal Waterway that flow through Indian River County are 55 “spoil” islands – more than in any other county on the Treasure Coast. As anyone who knows the Indian River Lagoon will tell you, they are among the prettiest and most diversely populated islands anywhere on the 156-mile waterway. They are also the most controversial.

Eve In Eden

For 30 years, Eve Johnston Siebert kept her secret. A founding member of the Vero Beach Theatre Guild, she impressed everyone with her enthusiasm for backstage work and at various times served as stage manager, costume designer and wardrobe mistress.

Walter's Rowan's Amazing Voyage

Sometimes, when Walter Rowan gazes down from the bridge of the sleek, 154-foot Roxana, he still wonders how a young necktie salesman could have ended up as the captain of one of the most luxurious yachts ever built.