Editor’s note: Richard Winger is a member of the Vero Beach City Council.
The next City Council meeting is Tuesday May 2nd at 9:30am. Between now and then, I need your help to rally support for the Indian River Lagoon. The City of Vero Beach must participate in the holistic approach to the Lagoon.
A formal call from me for consideration at the next City Council will be forthcoming for all City of Vero Beach Indian River Lagoon projects to be submitted to One Lagoon.
As I said at City Council April 18th, our City and our County need be whole-hearted participants in One Lagoon (formerly named the 5 county Indian River Lagoon Council). We must realize, as Senator Nelson has said, it takes each and every local government along the Lagoon, working together with state and Federal agencies, to do its part to save the Lagoon.
The small projects envisioned in “The Legacy” project, are something I support, but apart from a coordinated regional effort they will make minimal improvement. These small Legacy projects won’t help even a fraction as much as fixing the major problem of storm water runoff in the City. However, all effort helps, and will benefit the Lagoon much more if they are a part of the holistic One Lagoon effort. I am requesting at the next Council meeting that the Legacy projects be submitted to One Lagoon, and I am suggesting they be brought to One Lagoon’s STEM and Management meetings. We went over that procedure for this at the April 18th City Council.
Please share this information with your friends and everyone you know who will support the holistic approach. Small fragmented efforts are not the correct path. A united effort means the Indian River Lagoon can and will recover. One Lagoon is the only path for saving this unique environmental treasure and the City of Vero Beach needs to be a part of the total solution.
Vero Beach, Florida was named a 2016 Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 36th year Vero Beach has earned the national designation.
Vero Beach achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings, and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.
On April 28, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. the City of Vero Beach and the Vero Beach Tree and Beautification Commission will be planting a tree at MacWilliam Park located at 3361 Bridge Plaza Drive, Vero Beach, Florida, to commemorate Arbor Day. The Vero Beach City Council and the schoolchildren from Beachland Elementary School have been invited to participate. All interested parties are cordially welcomed to attend this Arbor Day celebration.
Art in Public Places announces a new exhibition, “Saudade,” mixed media by Gina DeMario (at right) now on view at the Indian River County Courthouse, 2000 16th Avenue in Vero Beach. On view through August 24th. Visit 9 am to 5 pm Weekdays.
AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE
Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever whisks you back to the 1970s, where open shirts, bell-bottoms and disco were all the rage. April 11 – 30. Tickets start at $35.
CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE CULTURAL ARTS VILLAGE GRANT
The Vero Beach Cultural Arts Village has applied for a grant with A Community Thrives, brought to you by USA Today Network to facilitate development of the infrastructure of the Village. The application is in the form of a video now on the USA Today website along with many other applicants. At Noon on Wednesday, April 12, voting for your favorite video opens and will continue through May 12th. A person may vote once a day for the one month period. The ten entries in each category with the highest number of votes will move forward to a panel of judges for review. We need your help! Please take a minute and vote for the Vero Beach Cultural Arts Village. Visit: http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60252360 to see the video grant application. Vote today for a better tomorrow! More…
Shannon Bowman, Childcare Resources of Indian River; Paul Sexton, Hibiscus Children’s Center; Suzanne Bertman, 2016-17 Impact 100 President; Peggy Cunningham, Alzheimer & Parkinson Assoc. of IRC; Dr. Edie Widder, ORCA – Photo By Phil Reid Photography
On April 19th, the membership of Impact 100 voted at their Annual Meeting to select the winners of this year’s awards. Since this year’s membership consists of 439 members, four $100,000 Impact Grants will be awarded, with the remaining $39,000 divided evenly among the three Merit Grant winners. Each year, Impact 100 awards every dollar of membership funds in grants to Indian River County nonprofits.
With today’s awards, Impact 100 will have donated more than $3.3 million dollars to non-profits in Indian River County over the last nine years.
The four winners of the 2017 Impact Grants are: More…
Editor’s note: Vero Beach City Council member Col. Tony Young issues regular updates on the work of the Council and on events happening in Vero Beach. Young released the update April 14.
Col. Tony Young
Passover, Easter Time: This week is abbreviated. Most government offices are closed tomorrow. Please take the opportunity to celebrate one of our basic liberties: Religious Freedom! Having served where that is denied, I realize we should all appreciate the privilege to practice any faith or not. Vero Beach is rich in the spiritual realm. Our houses of worship manifest the faiths we hold dear. These days are numbered so let’s use them wisely.
Monday is the second special-call meeting to address our City Vision. It is essential to look ahead and express our desires. We understand constraints. Businesses and families deal with limited means as a norm. But, goals are guideposts of life. Without them, our efforts are disjointed, and hap stance. These discussions help drive decisions. The process is the key. Along the way, we will adjust course. We can find resources, reduce our appetite, extend the horizon, or realign priorities. All are variables in the mix. Visions are part of all dynamic organizations. More…
VNA’s Camp Chrysalis provides support to local children who have experienced the loss of a loved one through a variety of interactive activities among peers who have had a similar experience.
Do you know a child who has experienced the loss of a loved one? If they are an Indian River County resident, they are eligible for VNA Hospice’s Camp Chrysalis, a one-day bereavement retreat for children. The no-cost camp will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29th at the Intergenerational Recreation Center (1590 9th St. SW, Vero Beach). The theme ‘April Showers Bring May Flowers’ will focus on the progression of the calm before the storm, the storm itself, the rainbow that signifies hope and the growth of new life.
The camp is staffed by VNA bereavement counselors and activity leaders who are trained in bereavement support. Special camp activities are designed to help children work through their grief and understand that their emotions are a normal part of the grieving process. Campers have an opportunity to interact with peers who have experienced a similar loss and discover they are not alone.
Camp Chrysalis is free of charge for Indian River County children ages 6—12, and is not limited to those who have been served by VNA Hospice. Camp Chrysalis is made possible by the Clint S. Malone Memorial Fund through the Indian River Community Foundation, Otis G. Pike Charitable Trust and Quail Valley Charities.
Application deadline is April 21st. For more information or to register a child, contact Amanda Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 772.567.5551. For more information about VNA services please visit http://www.vnatc.com.
2017 Leadership Indian River County minority scholarship recipient David Myers of D Myers & Associates Mortgage Consulting with Marine Bank President and CEO Bill Penney.
Marine Bank & Trust will support Leadership Indian River County by providing a minority scholarship for the fifth consecutive year. Marine Bank’s continued support ensures that a deserving individual can experience and benefit from the Indian River Chamber of Commerce program. This year’s recipient is David Myers of D Myers & Associates Mortgage Consulting.
Leadership Indian River County is a community leadership program that includes a seven-session training program providing a hands-on, multi-disciplinary study of Indian River County’s current infrastructure, resources and issues in order to expose potential leaders to the challenges and opportunities of the area.
“Our community is fortunate to have a leadership program of this caliber in our community,” said Bill Penney, president and CEO of Marine Bank & Trust. “Marine Bank is proud to provide a future leader with the benefits of this experience. The Leadership Class of 2017 will one day influence the future growth and prosperity of our economy and we congratulate Mr. Myers on receiving this scholarship.”
Some members of the committee gather at Riverside Theatre for a planning meeting. Left to right- Beverly Paris, Mark Wygonik and Alicia Quinn (all seated). Standing are Barbara Hoffman and Oscar Sales. Photo by Marty Paris
Since 1996, The Cultural Council of Indian River County has been recognizing individuals in the community who have strived to demonstrate support of the arts in a variety of means. To that end, an annual event has been held inviting those who have been nominated and later selected to receive this honor, in a wide array of categories that have included cultural leadership roles in business, education, philanthropy and volunteerism, as well as an award that recognized a local artist of their field who earned the respect of the community and their peers for their dedication to their art. More…
TCFB Board Chair Miguel Coty, TCFB President and CEO Judith Cruz, and Izra Brown, finance director, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Treasure Coast Food Bank has launched its new $2.4 million fresh food processing plant and fresh produce initiative, the Florida Agriculture & Nourishment Collaborative.
The multi-pronged social enterprise program is expected to channel 25 million pounds of fresh, nutritious produce from area farms into the hands of food-insecure individuals and children during its inaugural year. It also will generate up to 15 new jobs.
Dignitaries and friends celebrated the launch at the new facility on Thursday with Treasure Coast Food Bank’s board and staff. They honored philanthropist H. William Lichtenberger for his $1.5 million gift and invaluable support for the new initiative. More…
The phenomenal Russian pianist Sergey Belyavskiy, who astounded local audiences in Spring 2016 with an incredible performance before a full house at The Emerson Center, is coming back on April 21 for an encore performance.
“He plays with such tremendous passion and precision, he quickly captures everyone’s hearts,” states Amy Gallo, executive director of The Emerson Center. “His finale last year, Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody In Blue,’ started a thunderous, standing ovation that lasted for several minutes. We all remember it so well. At that moment, we knew that Sergey would be invited back.” More…
Many folks have volunteered and contributed to the success of our chapter by developing courses, leading and organizing birding field trips, writing grants for funding, maintaining our the Audubon House, initiating special events, and yes contributing money to keep projects going. At our annual meeting on March 20, 2017, we recognized the outstanding contributions individuals have made not only to our chapter but to our community. These awards highlight our activities and inspire us all to work together to improve our quality of life and make Indian River County a sustainable, environmentally, and happy place to live. More…
Gabriel DeAvila (left) and his brother Daniel demonstrate the glass vial prototype their U-Labs business created during the Entrepreneurial & Innovation Challenge at Indian River State College.
Business expansion is now possible for the student winners of the inaugural Indian River State College Entrepreneurial & Innovation Challenge. Five teams were guided through the entrepreneurship process to develop a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) product, with support funded by the National Science Foundation. Following a Shark Tank presentation, the originators of three student-developed businesses took home $6,000 in prizes. More…
Late Saturday night, the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB) took in 13 dogs rescued from several overburdened animal shelters in Puerto Rico. The island’s animal shelters are trying to help more than 300,000 street dogs known as “satos” whose typical fate is abandonment and starvation. Many dogs are left to die on Puerto Rico’s notorious “Dead Dog Beach.” Working late into the night, HSVB staff transported the dogs from Ft. Lauderdale Airport to HSVB, walked, watered and fed the dogs and let them settle in to their kennels to rest.
Robby, Bobby, Godiva, Chillah, Alaia, Luilli and Lobo are just a few of the rescued pups set to find refuge in loving homes across the Treasure Coast. “Our plan is to give these dogs a full medical evaluation right way. They’ve been through a lot so our behavior team will also help them adjust to their new lives and new families,” Director of Operations Maria Ramirez said. “Our goal is to help these dogs start happy new lives as soon as possible,” she added. According to Ramirez, the dogs will be placed for adoption as soon as they receive all necessary care. More…
Informative FREE program is part of our Florida Humanities Series…
Close to home, in nearby Ft. Pierce, a private enclave exists as home for more than 250 chimpanzees. Living on enriched island habitats with trees, hills, climbing structures, and platforms, these deserving animals are our neighbors at Save The Chimps, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary. Their unique home and the intriguing non-profit organization that supports them will be the subject of a free presentation at The Emerson Center on Thursday, April 13, at 7:00 PM.
Executive Director Molly Polidoroff and veterinarian Dr. Jocelyn Bezner will share the podium to tell about this massive facility, considered by many to be the Treasure Coast’s best-kept secret. More…
The Signature Art Gallery of Vero Beach, 4344 US Highway 1, is having a clearance sale featuring works by over 30 artists, local to internationally renowned, including paintings, photography, sculpture and prints.
The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, 500 N. Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce is exhibiting “The Best of the Best” juried show with over 100 works on display through May 19th. Artists exhibiting in this show are from as far away as Miami, Orlando and Okalawaha, Florida. See the new wing housing the Museum’s A.E. Backus collection. Visit BackusMuseum.com.
AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE
Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever whisks you back to the 1970s, where open shirts, bell-bottoms and disco were all the rage. April 11 – 30. Tickets start at $35.
“Caught in a rip current, even the most strident limited government extremist would likely welcome rescue, even if the person helping them just happened to be an employee of municipal government.”
Landscaped photographers will tell you subtle colors and striking images are often to be found looking, not directly into a rising or setting sun, but in the opposite direction. That was certainly true yesterday evening. (picture above)
This past week, I have been a guest in an oceanfront home in Castaway Cove in Vero Beach. Yesterday, I photographed that magical time when the setting sun paints the earth’s shadow across the eastern horizon in shades of purple and pink. After the show was over, I settled into a comfortable deck chair on the front porch. Dusk slowly slipped to night, as sea grape leaves rustled in a ocean breeze. All the while, a near full moon stood guard against darkness. Ocean waves rhythmically caressed the shoreline, while the soft colors of “pink time” faded into monochrome. More…
Vero Beach lifeguard Tim Capra was off duty shooting an interview with me when he was called into action. Watch as he saves two swimmers caught in a rip current at South Beach in Vero Beach.
Fishing boats, sport boats, jet skies, pontoon boats, kayaks and rowing sculls are all on display this weekend at the 34th Annual Vero Beach Boat Show being held in Riverside Park. Show hours are Saturday and Sunday 10:– to 5:00.
Several members of the Vero Beach City Council are sounding increasing hopeful of concluding a sale of Vero Electric to Florida Power and Light, perhaps as soon as April, 2018. Given their growing optimism over the proposed power deal, it is puzzling why City officials are preparing a 2017-2018 fiscal year budget that does not account for the financial impacts of the sale.
Equally perplexing is the Council’s direction to Staff to develop a 2017-2018 budget that maintains current employment levels, does not reduce the quality of municipal services, provides for capital projects, while also avoiding a tax increase. Given this approach, if the power sale is indeed imminent, a financial crisis for the City is brewing. They only question is whether this coming crisis is by default or by design. More…
Council members Laura Moss, Harry Howle and Lange Sykes have indicated a desire to sell off “surplus properties.”
Is the Vero Beach Marina soon to be for sale? Will voters approve?
Marine property lies to the north and south of the Vero Beach Yacht Club. Club representative say their organization is growing and is finding it increasingly difficult to meet parking needs. Any change in land use, they say, will impact the Club.
Acting on behalf of the Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce, Mark Mucher submitted a proclamation request to the Clerk’s Office on March 27, nearly four weeks beyond the deadline for the April 2 City Council meeting. To ensure the proclamation was place on the April 2 Council agenda, Mayor Laura Moss overrode the City Clerk’s Office.
City Code requires that requests for proclamations be submitted “at least four (4) weeks prior to the Council meeting date requested for presentation or issuance.”
Less than two weeks before intervening on Mucher’s behalf, Moss and he were seen working the crowd at an event held in Riverside Park. “Let me introduce you to the mayor of Vero Beach,” Mucher was heard saying, as he proudly introduced Moss to those who presumably had never seen Indian-River-Shores-funded campaign post cards featuring Moss’ photograph. More…
Editor’s note: In a regular newsletter titled, “Tony’s News and Views,” Vero Beach City Councilman Tony Young issued the following update March 29.
It has been way too long! We have lots to catch up on. First, I am still grateful to serve you and this great city. Yesterday was an example of what motivates me. Patriot the Palomino was returned to Pocahontas Park. Todd Biron restored the icon after it was damaged in the past hurricane. He and his wife, Julie, along with Ron Smith were aided by the city crew to place it back on the pedestal. And, I learned from another that it was first at the Palomino Hotel in Ft Pierce. This is vintage Vero! More…
Historic Dodgertown CEO, and former Dodger owner, Peter O’Malley
Significant and unique artifacts from the O’Malley family collection will be on display during the Brooklyn Historical Society’s special exhibit, “Until Everyone Has it Made: Jackie Robinson’s Legacy,” April 5, 2017-June 2018. The exhibit coincides with the 70th Anniversary of Robinson becoming the first African American to play Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
The Brooklyn Historical Society will prominently display from its permanent collection the 17-foot long 1955 Dodger World Championship banner, which was presented as a gift to the Society from Peter O’Malley in 1995. The white banner, which was first raised on Opening Day 1956 at Ebbets Field, with blue lettering reads, “World Champions 1955 Dodgers”. O’Malley said when he donated the banner, “It belongs in Brooklyn.” Robinson played on that World Series winner, the first and only one in Brooklyn. More…
On March 31, 1948, baseball legend Jackie Robinson made his Dodgertown debut and the major league Dodgers held their first spring training game on this historic property.
To commemorate this day in history, more than 60 fourth grade students from Dodgertown Elementary School in Vero Beach visited Historic Dodgertown today for an interactive history lesson, which included welcome messages by City and County officials and the District School Superintendent, plus an outdoor scavenger hunt to further the students’ education. More…
Volunteers thanked at recognition event
Actual service recipients expressed their appreciation for United Way, sharing their experiences and holding up numbers demonstrating the $3,051,063 raised through this year’s annual campaign at an event for volunteers and donors held at Grand Harbor Club, Wednesday, March 30, 2017.
“We call this a generational campaign,” explained Campaign Co-chair Debbie Morgan, “when we help a person, we help a family, when we help a family, we help a community.” United Way continues to emphasize its focus on community impact, making a measurable difference for Indian River County residents in the areas of education, financial stability and health.
Susan Adams, United Way Board Chair, welcomed and thanked guests, then introduced Andrew Weintraub, representing HealthFirst Health Plans, the evening’s sponsor. “It’s an honor to continue our relationship and support this event,” explained Weintraub. More…
Photo Caption: Top (L to R): Melody Ipolito, Melanie Coppola, Nikki Bouldin, Dorie Moore, Lourdes Soto, Ciara Golliher, Heather Reeb, Jacquline Carlon Bottom (L to R): Shelley Stuven, Pam O’Donnell, Connie Johnson Not Pictured: Patti Carter, Angela Schwerer, Rachel Gambee,
The Junior League of Indian River is proud to announce the nominees for the 2017 Woman of the Year. Local women were nominated by their peers for the important impact they’ve had in our community. The 2017 Woman of the Year winner will be revealed at the luncheon taking place on Wednesday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Oak Harbor Clubhouse (4755 S Harbor Dr., Vero Beach). Tickets for the 5th Annual Woman of the Year luncheon are $100 and can be purchased online by April 18 at www.womanoftheyear.info. More…
Featuring the songs of the Bee Gees
The Riverside Theatre will present Saturday Night Fever April 11-30.
Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, ends the 2016-2017 Season with the exciting musical, Saturday Night Fever. Performing on the Stark Stage from April 11 – 30, 2017, Saturday Night Fever is sponsored by Linda & Mel Teetz and Riverside Theatre’s Patron Producers Group. Saturday Night Fever is produced in association with the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.
Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever whisks you back to the 1970s, where open shirts, bell-bottoms and disco were all the rage. Tony Manero, a talented street-wise kid from Brooklyn, yearns of escaping his dead-end job and becoming ‘disco king’ at the local club. He meets a young lady who can help him achieve his dance dreams, but will she accept his advances and help him change his world? Packed with legendary hits from The Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever sizzles a with compelling story and explosive dance.
The film made John Travolta an icon, and revived disco music to new heights around the world. The story is based on an article written by Nik Cohn for New York Magazine, “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night.” More…
Free agent tryout to be held on Saturday, April 8
The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League return to Historic Dodgertown April 10-12 for their 2017 Spring Camp. This marks the Alouettes third visit to Historic Dodgertown for their Spring Camp, having previously come in 2014 and 2015.
Prior to Spring Camp, the Alouettes will hold a free agent tryout on Saturday, April 8.
“We are very happy to be back at the Historic Dodgertown complex, which is a great place for our coaches, players and staff to get ready for our regular season,” said General Manager Kavis Reed. “The proximity of everything makes our camp so much more functional, as does their very helpful staff. It is also very special for our organization to return to a place where the Montreal Royals, who we once shared our home field with, used to hold their training camp.” More…
AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE
The Christians through April 9. Visit RiversideTheatre.com for more information & tickets.
THURSDAY, APRIL 6
The Palm House Gallery, 3227A Ocean Drive (upstairs) in Vero Beach, is holding an opening reception on Thursday, April 6 from 5 to 8 pm for its Oil and Water Art Show featuring artists: Wendy Douglas, Dede Gilbert, Rick Kelly, Kathy Kemp, Madeline Long, Suzy Mellott, Lee Moore, Jack Staley, Emily Tremml and Janet Kipp Tribus. 10% of all sales will be contributed to Quail Valley Charities.
HairPeace will perform at the North Indian River County Library Coffee House on Friday, April 7th, from 7 to 9 p.m. This local favorite band returns with Ray and Chrystine entertaining with their original folk/rock sound. Free.
Main Street Vero Beach presents The 14th Annual Hibiscus Festival this weekend on 14th Avenue downtown. Thursday, April 6 at 7 pm with the Miss Hibiscus Pageant at the Heritage Center.
The Atlantic Classical Orchestra will perform Masterworks IV – Heart & Soul on Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 pm at the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts on Saint Edwards Campus. For details & tickets, call the ACO office at 772.460.0850. More…
We got hit with another string of overnight burglaries. Our officers are currently working six different vehicle burglaries, with reports coming in as early as 5am. The majority of the incidents are being reported along 800 Block of Flamevine; we also just received a report of one on Dahlia and one Mockingbird, as well as an earlier report on Sandfly Lane. Please go out and check your vehicles right away and call us if anything appears suspicious. As always, please ALWAYS lock your vehicles and NEVER leave any valuables inside. We will update you as more information becomes available. Please call (772) 978-4600 with any reports or information.