On July 9, 2014 at approximately 8:15 AM, officers of the Fellsmere Police Department responded to Fellsmere Elementary School located at 50 N. Cypress Street, to investigate the report of a burglary and vandalism. The incident was reported by school personnel.
The investigation thus far revealed that person(s) unknown forcibly entered a storage room containing P.E. equipment and discharged a fire extinguisher. It is undetermined at this point what property, if any has been taken from the storage room as employees will need to conduct an inventory. It appears as if the incident occurred sometime over the Fourth of July weekend. More…
Marine Resources Council successfully coordinated the Lagoon Action Assembly last month that involved over one hundred community leaders in facilitated discourse about the crisis we are facing with the collapse of the Indian River Lagoon. The two-day event was facilitated at the Florida Institute of Technology. Indian River County was represented by County Commissioner Tim Zorc, Sebastian City Councilman Richard Gillmor, Pelican Island Audubon Society president Dr. Richard Baker among others. The final top ten priority actions resulting from the Assembly are as follows: More…
Editor’s Note: The following notice alerting their members to a false solocitation was jointly released yesterday by the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce and the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.
One of our members brought to our attention that an email has been distributed to members of our Chamber regarding a Vero Beach and a Sebastian website and “city guide.” Please note in the email that it says the information about your business was obtained from our Chamber’s directory. More…
Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) has named Steven Salyer as its Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective April 21, 2014, officials announced today. As COO, his day-to-day focus will be overseeing hospital operations to ensure the delivery of excellent patient care with engaged employees and medical staff.
“Steven is an experienced executive who brings the passion and commitment needed to help guide IRMC into its next chapter,” said Jeffrey L. Susi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Indian River Medical Center. “He shares our vision to improve the health and well-being of this community, and his extensive background in operations will serve our hospital and our community well.” More…
The Sebastian River High School baseball team will play host to rival Vero Beach High School on Saturday, April 5th, to benefit the Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m., with first pitch taking place at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $6, with $2 of every ticket being donated to the Scholarship Foundation of IRC.
Formerly known as Dollars for Scholars, the Scholarship Foundation of IRC is committed to serving the students of Indian River County with the dream of going to college. The Foundation awarded 96 college scholarships to 66 local students on May 23, 2013 at Sebastian River High School’s Performing Arts Center. The organization’s 48th class received $504,000 in need-based financial aid to attend 28 colleges and universities in 8 states and the District of Columbia.
Smartphone users will be able to scan QR (Quick Response) codes (similar to barcodes) on signs at the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR) to get photos, videos and descriptions about different areas within the refuge. One of Pelican Island Audubon Society’s (PIAS) Special Places is America’s first national wildlife refuge and our namesake – the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR). About forty percent of 100,000 visitors to PINWR use smartphones so many will access these innovative new signs. The videos are also on the PIAS website: http://www.PelicanIslandAudubon.org/PINWR_QR/MOBILE_video_directory.html.
Cindy Devine, executive officer of the Florida Equestrian Foundation, with Vinny Henry, who is giving 19 year old Napolean a big hug.
There is something remarkable happening in Fellsmere at the Florida Equestrian Foundation. Lives are being changed, minds are being rescued and hearts are being healed through a type of therapy work that dates back to WWII and the special gift of understanding as only a horse can give.
I just couldn’t resist commenting on a letter to the editor in the Treasure Coast daily by anti-Seven50 spokesperson, Phyllis Frey, under the heading “Message for Sebastian.” In it, she was scolding the Sebastian City Council for “bullying” her fellow red-shirted, anti-Seven50 complainants. It so happened that I was in attendance at the two City Council meetings she referred to, and as I have written previously, it was the angry somber-faced redshirts who seemed to do all the bullying.
Small group of grim red shirted anti-Seven50 protestors at Sebastian City Council meeting.
When you want people to accept your point of view on a subject, it is probably best not to start off by insulting them. That seemed to be the strategy two weeks ago and repeated last night at the Sebastian City Council meeting. During the public input portion of the meeting, Phyllis Fry, representing the county’s resident anti-Seven50 red shirts, began her presentation by saying if any of you believes Seven50 is going away because there was a three year expiration date on the consortium agreement signed by the City of Sebastian, “I suggest you find a tooth, put it under your pillow tonight and let me know how it works out for you.”
At the last City Council meeting two weeks ago, the first red-shirted speaker stormed up to the dais waving a stop watch and complaining that the previous speaker (on a different subject) had spoken more than the allotted five minutes. He then argued that moving the public input section was “a de facto attempt to silence most of the people who came to this session tonight and pay your salary.” More…
“…one has to wonder when Solari, Davis, Flescher and Zorc will stop poaching on the City of Vero Beach. It is time for local leaders to begin working together, rather than against each other.”
By a 4-1 vote, the Indian River County Commission last week approved Commissioner Bob Solari’s proposal to forgo $200,000 in rate equalization charges the County has long collected from it water and sewer customers in the City of Sebastian, the Town of Orchid and in the Baytree subdivision in the Town of Indian River Shores. This money helps pay for services for all county residents.
Solari’s $200,000 give-away, which will ultimately lead to cuts in services or a county-wide property tax increase, is either an grand act of largesse or a carefully calculated, but ill conceived, effort to force the City of Vero Beach to stop collecting some $350,000 in similar fees from its water and sewer customers in Indian River Shores, on the south barrier island and in unincorporated areas on the mainland. More…
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Democratic Congressional candidate Corry Westbrook recently sat down with Inside Vero editor Mark Schumann to discuss her campaign. If Westbrook wins against fellow Democrat Garbriel Rothblatt, of Palm Bay, in the August primary, she will face Republican incumbent Bill Posey in the November election.
Home rule has become a rallying cry in recent years against federal intrusion, but it is just as applicable to special interests trying to gain influence over local elected officials. An excellent case in point is the last Sebastian City Council meeting, where attendees witnessed home rule in action.
The overflow crowd at Wednesday’s Sebastian City Council meeting was dressed primarily in either white or red, depending on their feelings regarding two issues – whites were supporting the Council’s decision to approve a stricter fertilizer ordinance and the reds opposed the Council’s participation in the Seven50 planning effort.
Editor’s Note: The following story reporting on the Sebastian City Council’s tentatives approval of a new fertilizer ordinance was published Feb. 27.
In a 4-1 vote Wednesday evening, the Council formally approved fertilizer regulations similar to those recently adopted by the Indian River County Commission and most other municipalities in the county, including the City of Vero Beach. The lone dissenting vote was cast by Vice Mayor Jim Hill, who has a background in golf course maintenance.
Only the City of Fellsmere has yet to consider fertilizer restrictions in line with those now in force throughout the remainder of the county.
Sebastian Mayor Bob McPartlan
At Wednesday night’s standing room only Sebastian City Council meeting, Pastor Dave Newhart gave the invocation and in it prayed for “calm voices” during the meeting. In a session that was to feature a first reading of the new fertilizer ordinance and a group of anti-Seven50 protestors, the Reverend might have been asking too much.
Pelican Island Audubon Society (PIAS) has been awarded a $5,000 planning grant to work with two communities in Indian River County – the City of Fellsmere and Gifford – to develop ‘quality of life’ sustainability indicators to complement each community’s own comprehensive planning programs.
The grant is from the National Audubon Society’s Toyota TogetherGreen program. Audubon and Toyota founded Toyota TogetherGreen in 2008 to foster diversity, jump start innovation and invest in conservation leaders and projects.
PIAS began to develop sustainability indicators for Indian River County in 2009, using them to mark progress in the three key sustainability categories – environmental, social and economic. Indicators show the intertwined links between the environment, the economic and social well-being of community residents. More…
The Indian River Shores Town Council by a vote of 5-0 yesterday adopted more stringent regulations on the use of fertilizer. The Town’s new ordinance now mirrors restrictions passed recently by the Indian River County Commission and the Vero Beach City Council. More…
Fellsmere Elementary School first graders made special angel ornaments for the Indian River Habitat Home Center ReStore’s HabiTree to help make sure Habitat homeowner children will have a happy Christmas. More…
The City of Fellsmere announces it is sponsoring a “Holiday Hunt” to provide food for those in the community who are food insecure during this Holiday season. The hunt is a partnership between the City of Fellsmere and “Hunters Against Hunger,” a licensed 501c3 corporation in Indian River County since January, 2011. More…
Listening to local musician Bobby Owens sing “Money Can’t Buy Me Love” at the LOVJuice Holiday Open House yesterday, I though, curiously enough, about the recent municipal election in Sebastian. The Indian River County Executive Committee contributed $1,000 each to the three registered Republican candidates running in what was, by state law, to be a non-partisan race. As it turned out, only one of the “Republican” candidates was elected. Nope. Money can’t buy you love.
Did the Republican Executive Committee support those three candidates because they were the three best qualified to serve the people of Sebastian, or because they just happened to be registered Republicans? Was the Republican Executive Committee investing in better government, or was it simply hoping to strengthen and further expand the Republican franchise? More…
Photo By Doug Graybill
Exciting, beautiful, educational, and fun are words used by participants to describe their boating experience after their excursions on the Indian River Lagoon and St. Sebastian River with the Environmental Learning Center (ELC). The Indian River Lagoon and its tributaries have one of the most diverse environments in North America. In addition to seeing wonderful scenery, including multiple bird species, fish rising to the water surface, and various kinds of native vegetation, many lucky boaters spot dolphins, manatees, and alligators in their natural habitat. Boating is the best way to explore this environment in a close-up way.
The ELC provides several options for those who want to experience a water-based program: aboard a comfortable pontoon boat, in a canoe or in a kayak. People are urged to pick those that best meet their capabilities and interests. More…