Features

Fly Away Home

With a new year in the not so distant future, the search for inspired intentions and motivating mantras begins. We're shouting "Cher Ami!" in honor of one humble homing pigeon, whose bravery in the face of danger affected the course of a war.

A Remodeled Retreat

Everyone has their own "How I Came to Vero Beach" story. For the Gillmores, it includes two generations, several countries and a partnership with local firms who understood the family's vision and transformed a John's Island home into a light-filled waterfront retreat.

Living Legacies

Past and present meet as local youth sit down with members of Indian River County’s African American community and record their memories as part of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation’s Teens Listen program. The exercise not only documents oral history, it provides young people opportunities to engage with their elders while learning about life in days gone by.

Sail Away

Model sailboats date back to the Valley of the Kings in ancient Egypt. The Indian River Model Sailing Club keeps the tradition alive at Hobart Park in Vero Beach, meeting nearly every day to race boats. According to the club's commodore, "You get all the thrill of sailing without all the work!"

The Trust Factor

When Melissa and David Bowser decided to renovate the John's Island condo that had belonged to Melissa's parents, they handed over the keys to a team of carefully chosen professionals, crossed their fingers and waved goodbye. It really came down to the trust factor.

The Thrill of the Hunt

The lure of uncovering Spanish riches drew Terry Shannon onto local beaches with his metal detector. Now one of the area's most successful beach-based treasure hunters, he is often referred to as “legendary” or “the man!”