The Walls According To Waldo

Hidden away in a Chinese restaurant are some of Waldo Sexton’s most lyrical, but least-known legacies.
Lillian Tutcik included a vision of early Florida in this mural, which her daughter believes is a reference to the attempted relocation by the United States government of the Seminole tribe to Oklahoma.

Waldo Sexton’s daughter Jacqueline probably said it best, describing how history comes to be recorded. Recalling the time Marcia Littlejohn interviewed her and her siblings for a Vero Beach television program, she laughed, “We all remembered the same story, but we all remembered it differently.”

It would be difficult to dispute her father’s impact on Vero Beach, however. Waldo Sexton came upon the town during a sales trip in the second decade of the 20th century, decided to stay and had thousands of citrus trees in production while much of the world was still involved in WWI. His interest in agriculture expanded to include cattle in the 1920s, when he began the Vero Beach Dairy and ventured into cattle breeding. He was a leader in land development, real estate and tourism in Vero Beach, building the Driftwood Inn in the ’30s and working with Arthur McKee on McKee’s Jungle Gardens.

Over the years, he added the Ocean Grill, the Patio and the Turf Club restaurants to his accomplishments. In just about everything that felt Waldo’s touch is a sense of his creative mind and his delight in the eclectic.

Read the entire article in the September 2005 issue