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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2018-12-06 15:14:28

12/07/2018 ISSUE 49


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MY TAKE Judge refuses to
dismiss charges
BY RAY MCNULTY in ‘pill mill’ case

New option is floated for
Dodgertown golf property

Earlier this fall, when contem- By Federico Martinez | Staff Writer
plating the fate of the former
Dodgertown Golf Club property, A motion to dismiss charges
Vero Beach City Council mem-
bers rejected a $2.4 million offer against defendants accused of op-
from the county and a $2.43 mil-
lion bid from a developer. erating a “pill mill” in Vero Beach

Instead, they chose a third op- was rejected by Judge Cynthia Cox
tion: They voted to keep the land.
during a three-hour hearing on
Now, City Councilman Val Zu-
dans has floated a fourth option Nov. 30.
– one he believes will allow pro-
posed commercial development Attorneys for the 12 defendants
to proceed while also satisfying
Major League Baseball, which in the high-profile case argued the
won’t agree to take over Historic
Dodgertown’s operations unless charges should be dismissed be-
the county guarantees enough
parking for big-crowd events – cause undercover detectives “lied”
which ownership of the golf club
property would provide. about their identities and engaged

“I’d like to explore getting the in extreme methods to produce
city, county and the developer to-
gether and come up with a more fake documents used to “entrap”
comprehensive solution that
satisfies everyone,” Zudans said. those charged.
“I see the value in Major League
“This is not about our clients
Dr. George Mitchell (left) and Dr. Richard Rothman with Florida State University medical student Jennifer Riche. PHOTO: LEIGH GREEN breaking the law,” said Daniel Aar-

Dr. George Mitchell named to lead the expansion of onson, a Fort Lauderdale attorney
who spoke on behalf of the other
attorneys present. “This investiga-

Indian River hospital’s medical education program tion was started for political rea-
sons and nothing else.”
Aaronson alleged that investi-

By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer available here to medical school should Cleveland Clinic choose gators for the Indian River Sheriff’s
[email protected]
graduates from around the coun- to have it here. Office began harassing Stuart Pain

Dr. George Mitchell, a long- try and abroad. “We can certainly look at it and Management Center staff and cli-

time critical care physician at All parties speak guarded- see what makes the most sense,” ents the first day the clinic opened

Indian River Medical Center, has ly about those more advanced Cleveland Clinic Florida’s CEO for business in Vero Beach in 2011.

been named the hospital’s first programs, but it’s clear that the and president Dr. Wael Barsoum He claimed the Indian River Board

INSIDE director of medical education. groundwork is being laid for told Vero hospital officials last of County Commissioners ordered

His appointment comes as the graduate medical education CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

NEWS 1-7 PETS 14 hospital launches an expansion
HEALTH 8 GAMES B13 of existing third- and fourth-year

tentially beyond the dozen or so

students who train each year at By Sue Cocking | Staff Writer

To advertise call: 772-559-4187 IRMC as part of the current pro- Along with the annual migration
For circulation or where to pick up
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sity’s Fort Pierce medical school tor arrived for Thanksgiving and the

campus. holidays: Katharine the Great White

If the incoming Cleveland Shark.

Clinic leadership agrees, and if Katharine, who is more than 14

in the weeks ahead Cleveland’s feet long and weighs 2,300 pounds,

merger with IRMC passes regula- popped up about 30-to-40 miles off

tory hurdles, future graduate res- Katharine’s satellite tag being implanted by OCEARCH. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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MY TAKE long-term lease with the county and suc- However, Zudans said he checked with chasing the parcel and building an urban
ceed former Los Angeles Dodgers own- City Manager Jim O’Connor and was told market that would include a hotel, restau-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 er Peter O’Malley in running the iconic the parking agreement, which requires no rants and office space, all in a park-like
sports complex. payment from the county, has no termina- setting in which more than 40 percent of
Baseball coming to Vero Beach and the im- tion date. the property would be green space.
pact it can have on the local economy, and “One of the requirements of the deal
the city doesn’t want to mess that up. with Major League Baseball is that the “As I understand it, the agreement ter- Zudans said his fourth-option proposal
county must provide 2,000 parking spac- minates if the city finds a better use for would allow the city to sell the land to Hul-
“But there’s a way to accommodate es for the big Holman Stadium events, so the property,” Zudans said. “When the city bert and Borcheller, as long as they agreed
those needs, using only part of the golf- we’ll need access to that property,” County bought the property, we weren’t using it for in writing to provide 500 parking spaces
course property plus the two city-owned Administrator Jason Brown said. anything, so we let the county use it when when Major League Baseball needs them.
lots on the north side of Aviation Boule- it needed to. But there’s no lease.”
vard,” he continued. “We also might be “We’re OK if the city wants to hold onto The developers already have said pub-
able to use some of the fields on airport it, because we have a parking agreement O’Connor said the developer – a part- licly they would provide the overflow park-
property and run shuttles back and forth with them to use the land when we need nership between Lakeland-based build- ing sought by Major League Baseball and,
to Historic Dodgertown. it,” he added. “Our request is that the city er Mark Hulbert and Vero Beach resident at the council’s request, agreed to remove
doesn’t sell the property to a third party.” Terry Borcheller – still is interested in pur- the residential construction in their initial
“That would still allow for the sale and plans.
development of the golf-course property,”
he added. “So the county would get ev- Zudans’ proposal includes: the city and/
erything it needs to satisfy the parking re- or developer signing an agreement to al-
quirement on their term sheet with Major low the county to use up to 500 spaces on
League Baseball, and the city gets the tax the golf-course property to accommodate
revenues it needs. overflow parking for big-crowd events at
Historic Dodgertown; and the county
“It’s a win-win for everyone.” signing a long-term lease with the city to
Well, almost everyone: Based on the use the two parking lots on the north side
scene at its Oct. 2 meeting, when it spent of Aviation Boulevard and, when needed,
four hours discussing the sale of the golf- the fields on the Vero Beach Regional Air-
course property, the council can expect port property with shuttle service to His-
strong opposition from the Keep Vero Vero toric Dodgertown.
crowd that wants to preserve the 35-acre
parcel as open space. Brown said he hoped to present to the
Also, county officials are still pushing County Commission a finalized lease
to purchase the land so they can be abso- agreement with Major League Baseball
lutely sure of meeting the aforementioned this month.
parking demands in their handshake
agreement with Major League Baseball, O’Connor said negotiating a parking
which, if the deal is finalized, would sign a deal with the county could involve the city
demanding a share of the county’s tourism
and hotel tax revenues. 



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Historic day for Vero electric customers and staff two weeks away

By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer overseeing electric utilities. negative impacts to existing customers. chance “to do something very
[email protected] Between them, they’ve kept Any future FPL rate increases would good for the people of the
things running the past three state of Florida.”
Unless something goes awry, 50 Vero years when it was impossible to need to pass muster with the PSC through
electric employees will clock-in for their find a new director who would a petitioned rate case anyway, and the Ironically, even Commis-
first day of work with Florida Power & sign on to lead a utility that was PSC would likely not allow the excess sioner Donald Polmann, who
Light on Dec. 17. in the midst of being sold. money spent to acquire Vero electric to be voted with Graham against
counted in the cost of providing service to the deal in June, was swayed
They’ll get new badges, new uniforms After he turns over the keys the rest of FPL’s system. after the October evidentia-
and new FPL fleet trucks. Then at 10 a.m., to Big Blue and the other equip- ry hearing where appellant
FPL and the city’s lawyers will host a pub- ment to FPL, Fletcher’s new The $116.2 million is essential to Vero, Lynne Larkin cross-exam-
lic ceremonial closing in City Council role will be operations leader giving the city the money it needs to pay ined Vero and FPL officials
chambers at Vero Beach City Hall. for distribution. “I will be on its way out of two long-term wholesale and experts on behalf of the
the transition team helping in- power deals partially responsible for high Civic Association of Indian
“Our attorneys in coordination with tegrate COVB/FPL system to- rates. River County.
FPL attorneys will have most if not all the gether,” he said.
signatures prior to the seventeenth,” said About $108 million will go to the Flor- Polmann said a thorough
Vero Beach City Manager Jim O’Connor. All these plans and changes ida Municipal Power Agency so Vero can case was laid out to establish
were made possible by a unanimous vote exit its membership in the power co-op. the “extraordinary circumstances” nec-
O’Connor said the closing ceremony is last week by four members of the Florida Another $20 million will compensate the essary to warrant the terms of the sale.
being coordinated by FPL’s Regional Ex- Public Service Commission sans the ab- Orlando Utilities Commission for letting “When you look at the big picture, there
ternal Affairs Manager Amy Brunjes, a key sent Chairman Art Graham, who had op- Vero out of its wholesale power supply are no issues with this being in the public
player who has been pushing for the Vero posed the terms of the $185 million deal, contract several years early. interest,” Polmann said.
electric deal since the beginning, encour- saying FPL should not be allowed to pay After all electric utility debt in the form
aging local leaders and pro-sale activists $116.2 million more than the book value In the end, the PSC staff came around municipal bonds is paid off, Vero taxpay-
to hang in there. of the Vero system. to FPL’s arguments, and to the pleas of ers are expected to have about $30 mil-
Vero’s customers. After an appeal and an lion in residual cash proceeds from the
“There will be an appreciation lun- Graham and the Florida Office of Pub- evidentiary hearing, the Commission af- sale.
cheon [after the ceremony] ... to thank lic Counsel’s office advocated for some firmed an earlier vote to go ahead with In addition, as part of the sale, FPL is
the many community leaders and cus- way of recouping that cash, possibly via the sale terms as written. Commissioner leasing the Big Blue property for $1 mil-
tomers who have supported us over the a surcharge on Vero electric customers, Gary Clark, who supported the sale from lion per year while a new substation is
years,” said Brunjes. postponing major rate relief for Vero, the start, said it was the commission’s built across Indian River Boulevard on a
county and Indian River Shores custom- portion of the “old postal annex” proper-
Vero’s Director of Electric Utility Op- ers for several years. ty. FPL will also pay tax on all of its newly
erations Ted Fletcher will be one of the acquired electric utility assets, provid-
50 employees – who know Vero’s system FPL rates plus a hefty surcharge would ing nearly $2 million in annual revenue
and customer accounts well – making have amounted to a substantially differ- where there was none under city tax-ex-
the transition from working for a munic- ent deal than what was approved, but empt ownership.
ipal-owned utility with 34,000 local cus- under the current contract, Vero will Several proposals have been made
tomers to an investor-owned utility with close its billing books on Sunday and is- about what to do with the $30 net sale
4.9 million customers statewide. sue final bills. The first FPL bills should proceeds, and preliminary discussions
be cut in late December, with later billing have taken place at city meetings, but
There will be a “welcome event” for the cycles getting their first prorated FPL bills nothing final has been decided as city
employees where they will receive their in January. leaders have been focused on getting the
new safety equipment and ID badges, regulatory approvals needed to close the
plus an “onsite benefits presentation and The terms of the deal, FPL said deal. 
enrollment,” Fletcher said Monday. throughout the PSC proceedings, were
“carefully crafted” to provide long-term,
Fletcher expanded his role after Vero’s system-wide economic benefit with no
last electric utility director, Tom Richards,
left, and O’Connor’s four decades of mu-
nicipal management experience include

MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM offer. “When we look at the landscape and they can, as long as it doesn’t infringe on our Mitchell pointed out that students from
new physicians coming on board, what we relationship with FSU.” Cleveland Clinic’s medical school may one
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 see is that there’s a lot of interest in medi- day come to Vero to train, which would
cal education,” Mitchell said. Mitchell said any programs begun at benefit patients. Studies have shown that
March. With Mitchell’s new post and the IRMC will have to be approved by FSU’s having more eyes on patients saves lives at
expansion of the program, there is hope “We have named several physicians medical school as well as its dean, Dr. Ju- teaching hospitals.
that IRMC will one day reach full teaching representing specialties like internal med- liette Lomax.
hospital status. icine, OB-Gyn and surgery, as well as phy- For now, IRMC’s medical education de-
sician assistants and nurse practitioners, Lomax was asked to join the IRMC partment doesn’t have a dedicated space
“We’ve put the bricks and mortar to- which will be an integral part of our edu- board of directors, where she now serves, within the hospital. Students and faculty are
gether for that process to move ahead cation program.” by retired hospital CEO Jeff Susi. Susi for using a medical conference room and two
smoothly,” said Mitchell, though he added years hoped IRMC would develop a rigor- training rooms in the administration wing.
that so far, physical spaces such as offices While FSU provides training for phy- ous medical education program. Mitchell hopes to use those spaces for dis-
and classrooms are being shared with oth- sician assistants, the closest institution cussion-based learning sessions that help
er departments. training advanced-practice registered Lomax said she expects her students, medical students analyze published re-
nurses is Florida Atlantic University. who learn in community-based clinics search, or to brainstorm on diagnoses and
At the same time, the interest from phy- and hospitals as opposed to training with treatment of challenging cases, much as the
sicians is proving strong, he said. Already, “We will be getting medical students from residents at a university-affiliated hospital, cancer center does with tumor boards.
some 70 physicians from Vero Beach are other medical institutions so we’re looking at will continue to get “one-on-one, appren-
on the FSU-Fort Pierce faculty. Mitchell other options right now,” said Mitchell. “But ticeship style opportunities” at IRMC. As for the new department’s adminis-
says new hires at IRMC are being asked if our commitment is strongly to FSU – to con- trative office, Mitchell the intensivist has
teaching is of interest, and those who say tinue to train and expand the training at this “The formalized medical education found a de facto home. “It’s up in the sur-
‘yes’ are increasingly getting the jobs on institution. There are students from other program that has been developed at IRMC gical intensive care unit,” he said. 
schools who want to do electives here, and will enhance our students’ learning oppor-
tunities,” she said.

4 December 7, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

KATHARINE THE SHARK animals around the world, on its website “The people of Florida seem to be So Fischer and the crew of the 118-foot demonstrating you can have an in- research ship M/V OCEARCH began tagging
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 formed, respectful relationship with great white sharks for scientists. The aim is
Katharine – named for Cape Cod native white sharks,” OCEARCH founder to learn as much as possible about the an-
Melbourne on Nov. 23, Black Friday, then Katharine Lee Bates who wrote “America Chris Fischer said. imals’ life history – where they travel, feed,
surfaced three times about 30 miles off Fort the Beautiful” – has attracted a large group mate, and give birth.
Pierce on Nov. 28. of admirers over the 36,000 miles she has Fischer, 50, of Park City, Utah – a
travelled in the past five years. With more lifelong recreational angler, former The crew catches the sharks on heavy
Her whereabouts are tracked by a satel- than 56,000 Twitter followers at @Shark_ television fishing show host, and mar- fishing lines from small tenders and brings
lite tag she wears on her dorsal fin that was Katharine, she is especially popular in Flori- ried father of three – formed his non- them aboard the ship on a platform that can
implanted by the nonprofit ocean advoca- da where she has made several trips to both profit in 2007 after learning from shark be raised and lowered into the water.
cy group OCEARCH when it caught her off the Atlantic and Gulf regions. scientists that populations of the apex
Cape Cod, Mass., in 2013. predators were in trouble, a trend that put While pumping fresh sea water through
She spent several months swimming the health of oceans worldwide in peril. the sharks’ gills, the fishermen and scien-
Whenever she surfaces, her location is around the Space and Treasure coasts in tists work with the speed and efficiency
beamed from the tag to a satellite and then 2017, and in 2014, she pinged about a quar- “As they go, so goes the system,” Fischer of an Indy pit crew – implanting satellite,
downloaded to OCEARCH computers. The ter-mile off Sebastian Inlet. Along the way, said. “They balance the system. If you don’t acoustic and accelerometer (speed and ori-
organization posts her tracks, along with she dished about her journeys and marine get things rolling the right way, then our entation) tags; taking DNA and blood sam-
those of numerous other sharks and marine conservation topics on social media. kids don’t eat fish sandwiches.” ples; conducting ultrasound examinations
of females suspected to be pregnant; and
then releasing the animals back into the
ocean – all in about 15 minutes.

They’ve learned a lot in the past decade
from Katharine and her shark colleagues,
according to Dr. Robert Hueter, senior sci-
entist at Sarasota’s Mote Marine Laborato-
ry, who serves as OCEARCH’s chief science

For example, Hueter said, Katharine’s for-
ays around Nova Scotia and Newfoundland
show that area is important to big females.
Her track out into the far Western Atlantic
past Bermuda may indicate she was preg-
nant. And Katharine’s trips to Florida in
winter and spring don’t actually mean she’s
a snowbird seeking warm waters; instead,
she likely is feeding on right whales that mi-
grate through the area, along with large fish
such as tunas.

Hueter said scientists are still trying to
figure out where white sharks mate; they
found and tagged 20 pups recently off Long
Island, New York.

Besides the scientific contributions of
Katharine and her friends, Hueter notes the
goodwill they’ve spread among humans.
“Now people are rooting for them,” he said.

Since its inception, OCEARCH has con-
ducted 33 ocean expeditions with 174 re-
searchers from 90 institutions around the

Expeditions, which usually last about
three weeks, cost about $25,000 per day. But
Hueter said ship time is free to scientists,
the costs underwritten by corporate spon-
sors and private donors.

All data generated is open-source; the
public has access to everything, anytime.
Teachers in Florida and everywhere else
are invited to incorporate OCEARCH’s work
into their STEM classes (science, technol-
ogy, engineering, mathematics). “We give
away the data,” Fischer said. “We’re includ-
ing the world in the journey.” 

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Cleveland Clinic names future president of Vero hospital

By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer named president of Indian River Medi- back to her previous position as a health- “I am excited and privileged to return
[email protected] cal Center. The publicly-owned hospital care consultant with the firm Alvarez to Cleveland Clinic Florida as the future
is expected to become Cleveland Clinic and Marsal. president of Indian River Medical Cen-
With the merger of Indian River Med- Indian River as soon as state and federal ter,” said Rosencrance. “Together we will
ical Center and the Cleveland Clinic all regulatory agencies clear the merger, ex- The move to Vero will be a return to advance access to world class health-
but a done deal, the trickle-down of tal- pected sometime in January. Florida for Rosencrance. He former- care.”
ent has already begun. Two top physi- ly chaired the Department of Internal
cians at the prestigious health system’s Rosencrance, who joined Cleveland Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Florida Rosencrance’s expertise in population
Cleveland flagship hospital have been Clinic after a long tenure at West Virgin- in Weston. Since February 2016, he has health is good news to trustees of the
tapped for leadership positions here. ia University, will replace interim IRMC chaired Cleveland Clinic’s Medicine In- Indian River County Hospital District,
President and CEO Karen Davis, who has stitute, which includes primary care, which owns the hospital on behalf of
Gregory Rosencrance, an internal led the hospital since the retirement of family medicine, pediatrics and infec- county taxpayers. The Hospital District’s
medicine doctor who heads Cleveland Jeff Susi at the end of 2017. Davis is going tious diseases among other specialties. focus is on taking care of the county’s
Clinic’s Medicine Institute, has been medically underserved communities.
District Board chairwoman Marybeth
Cunningham has met Dr. Rosencrance
and is pleased by his appointment.

“I am really excited about his lead-
ership and background in population
health as the District becomes more fo-
cused on this for our community,” she
said. “We will learn a lot from him and
look forward to a great partnership to
benefit the whole county.”

For interim CEO Davis, her expected
departure from IRMC will be “bitter-
sweet,” she said.

“My time at IRMC has been incredibly
rewarding,” said Davis, who won praise
for her initiatives in improving the emer-
gency department and other parts of the
hospital. “I am so impressed with every-
one and will miss the camaraderie I de-
veloped during this transition period.”

She cited the launch of the Vero hos-
pital’s interventional stroke program as a
source of pride, as well as the increased
collaboration with other healthcare
agencies to ease patients’ transition from
hospital to home.

Another key post affecting medical
staff at Indian River – the Florida divi-
sion chief of staff – also will be filled by
a Cleveland Clinic physician, Dr. Joseph

Iannotti, who has been with Cleveland
Clinic since 2000, currently is co-direc-
tor of Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopedic and
Rheumatologic Institute.

He maintains a clinical practice as an
orthopedic surgeon and has a joint ap-
pointment in the department of biomed-
ical engineering.

A past president of the American
Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Iannotti
has some 60 patents to his name. He has
written two textbooks on the shoulder
and authored more than 200 peer-re-
viewed papers.

He will oversee physicians in what is
expected to be a network of five commu-
nity hospitals, if all goes well with regu-
latory approval of the Cleveland Clinic
Florida expansion.

“I look forward to the opportunity to
build on and enhance the quality of care
and patient experience by extending
Cleveland Clinic care over a larger geo-
graphic area in Florida,” said Iannotti. 

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VERO ‘PILL MILL’ CASE 2017, lawyers for the defendants asked the Add beauty and
court to suppress the evidence obtained by natural light to your
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the search warrants and wiretapping based EXISTING entryway
on the argument that Flowers did not have
the investigation after attempts to stop the the authority to operate as a police officer in about an hour!
clinic from opening failed. outside of Indian River County.
• Glass patterns • Patio & Sliding
“Police began pulling people over every Cox ruled in favor of the defendants in for every style Glass Doors
day as they left the clinic and used those op- that instance, ordering the evidence be ex- and budget
portunities to search and seize” drugs, Aar- cluded, but that decision was overturned by • Framed /
onson said. the Fourth District Court of Appeals in July • Customize to Frameless
2018. The appeals court ruled that Flowers’ your style Shower Units
Investigators also created elaborate fake actions outside of his jurisdiction were ad-
identities to pose as clients and were assist- missible. • Impact Glass • Etching
ed by local pharmacies and doctors who cre- • Wood Interior/ • Schlage & Emtek
ated fake prescription histories and health Prosecutors and law enforcement have
records, the attorney added. long maintained that fraudulent pain man- Exterior Doors Hardware
agement clinics, including the now closed • Fiberglass • Mirror Wraps
“All charges are because of undercover Stuart Pain Management Center in Vero,
law enforcement efforts,” Aaronson said. broke the law by prescribing excessive and Doors
“There were never any complaints filed by unnecessary pain killers.
clients. 463-6500
Patients from as far away as the Midwest Regency Square
“Investigators created this crime.” traveled to Florida for drugs like Oxycodone,
Aaronson repeatedly argued that the de- while doctors and other healthcare profes- 2426 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart
fendants are being denied due process be- sionals made millions of dollars off their pa-
cause investigators engaged in illegal “sub- tients’ addiction and pain, prosecutors have Licensed & Insured
terfuge” and “lies.” said.
He cited more than a dozen examples of
incidents where undercover detectives vis- Prior to the hearing on Friday, defendants
ited clinics and used fake identification and and their attorneys gathered in the public
documents – including fake addresses – to lobby outside Cox’s courtroom were confi-
persuade clinic doctors to prescribe them dent of success.
the drugs requested. Undercover investiga-
tors also lied to clinic doctors about their ail- Several defendants and attorneys laughed
ments and levels of pain. loudly and high-fived each other as one at-
Aaronson also argued during the hearing torney boasted that they were going to “kick
that the defendants were victims of a mis- Prado’s (expletive)” in court. Several attor-
information campaign launched by large neys said the case would be dismissed by the
pharmaceutical companies that wanted time the hearing was over.
to increase pill sales. Staff at clinics like the
Stuart Pain Medical Center followed guide- Aaronson mocked Prado during the hear-
lines they were given in good faith, he said, ing. “Prado says she agrees with the facts of
and only later learned the guidelines that the case, but we say undercover offices lied;
got them in trouble were written by the drug she says they gave ‘false information,’” Aar-
companies. onson told Cox. “I don’t see the difference.”
State Prosecuting Attorney Priscilla Pra-
do, who said little during the hearing, did Prado responded by telling Cox that she
rebut some of Aaronson’s claims. She point- and Aaronson were going to have to “agree
ed out that investigators discovered many to disagree.”
incidents where visitors to the clinics, who
were not undercover investigators, were re- “What he calls lies and subterfuge, I call
peatedly given drugs at cheap prices even good police work,” Prado said.
though they lacked proper identification or
documents. Cox listened patiently for two hours as
She also alleged that in many cases the Aaronson presented his case for dismissal
drugs were dispensed by staff members who but eventually ruled the arguments were
were not doctors and had no medical back- better suited for presentation at a jury trial.
ground. A trial date has not yet been set.
The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office
embarked on a year-long investigation of The judge did approve two other motions
Stuart Pain Management Center in 2011. filed by attorneys for the defendants.
Those efforts led to an expanded investiga-
tion that targeted a complex web of doctors Vero Beach Attorney Brooke Butler asked
and clinics that extended from Miami to Cox to intervene because St. Lucie County
Pensacola and resulted in 14 widely publi- is billing her $500 to interview that county’s
cized arrests in 2012. medical examiner, who is a witness in the
The investigation was spearheaded by case. Cox agreed that was inappropriate,
then Indian River County Sheriff’s Detective noting that part of a medical examiner’s job
Eric Flowers. During the course of the in- is to provide depositions and take the wit-
vestigation, Flowers got search warrants for ness stand without charging a fee.
clinics outside of Indian River County and
obtained permission to wiretap clinics being “I’m kind of dumbfounded,” Cox said.
targeted. Flowers has since been promoted “As a county examiner he’s required to do
to major and now oversees the Indian River things. He is a witness and must appear in
County Sheriff’s bureau of administration. court. The county can’t demand $500.”
In earlier motion, filed in the summer of
Cox also approved the defense’s motion to
obtain Brady material from the state involv-
ing a similar case currently pending.

Brady material is evidence that a pros-
ecutor is required to disclose that could be
favorable to the accused – facts that might
negate a defendant’s guilt, reduce a defen-
dant’s potential sentence, or impact the
credibility of a witness. 

8 December 7, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

Team steers IRMC toward elite stroke-center status

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer terventionists Shhadeh, Dr. Vikas Gupta
[email protected] and Dr. Ayman Gheith to Vero Beach.

About 75 percent of strokes in this coun- Pioneers in an impressively success-
try occur in people 65 or older. That makes ful surgical approach to treating ischemic
Vero Beach with its older demographic a strokes – which constitute roughly 87 per-
‘ground zero’ for these debilitating and of- cent of all stokes nationwide, according to
ten deadly medical emergencies. the CDC – the Arubah Neuroscience team
has now brought its ‘mechanical thrombec-
“I can tell you on average we get eight to tomy’ procedure to Indian River County.
15 stroke alerts every day,” says Dr. Akram
Shhadeh of the Arubah Neuroscience In- As the Oregon Health and Science Uni-
stitute, now one of the leaders of the Indian versity’s Brain Institute explains, “if you
River Medical Center’s stroke team. have an ischemic stroke, certain doctors
can do a procedure called a thrombectomy
As Vero’s winter residents flow back into to remove the clot.
town, he warns: “Here’s the bad news: It’s
the holiday season now. [Those numbers] “The doctor threads a catheter through
will go up.” an artery in your groin up to your brain.
Once the catheter is in place, the doctor
Strokes occur when blood vessels inside uses a tiny mechanical device to break up or
the brain are blocked by a clot (ischemic remove the clot.”
strokes) or when blood vessels rupture in-
side the brain (hemorrhagic strokes), dis- Not only is this a potentially life-saving
rupting the proper flow of blood to brain procedure but at the International Stroke
cells. Either scenario can be lethal. Conference in Los Angeles this past Jan-
uary, researchers determined “a throm-
The Centers for Disease Control says bectomy can double a patient’s chances of
“stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each avoiding disability after a stroke,” even if the
year. That’s one out of every 20 deaths. procedure is done as much as 24 hours after
Someone in the United States has a stroke stroke symptoms present.
every 40 seconds. Every four minutes,
someone dies of stroke.” But there is a catch. Not just any hospital
and not just any doctor can perform this
That’s why the Indian River Medical Cen- procedure.
ter turned its eyes south and lured neuro-in-

Dr. Akram Shhadeh.


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It takes a team, and Shhadeh says he, hybrid operating suite with a neuroangiog-
Gupta and Gheith “are a comprehensive raphy machine. A significant advancement
team. We deal with very high-risk situations for the diagnosis and treatment of strokes,
and patients, and we need a lot of resourc- the neuroangiography equipment provides
es in place and a lot of other team members highly detailed three-dimensional views of
from different departments to work collab- the blood vessels leading into the brain as
oratively. And you need one leader for the well as those deep inside the brain, making
team that orchestrates everything. interventional surgeries possible.

“That’s what attracted us to Indian Riv- As the conversation continues, IRMC
er Medical Center. Every single one we met nurse practitioner Brianna Parker hands
and dealt with and negotiated with had a Shhadeh a phone. On its screen are high-res-
genuine interest in improving patient care olution images of a stroke patient’s brain
in this institution and in this area.” scans performed just moments earlier. In
this instance, and at other times, Shhadeh
Indeed, Shhadeh and his colleagues have is able to almost instantly diagnose the sit-
their sights set on nothing less than deliver- uation and relay instructions directly to his
ing an elite “comprehensive stroke center” colleagues from wherever he is.
designation for IRMC, awarded by JCAHO
– the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Without a hint of self-aggrandizement,
Healthcare Organizations. Shhadeh concludes by saying, “what we’ve
achieved here took us only 10 percent of the
While IRMC already has a JCAHO “pri- time that it took us at [Arubah Neuroscience
mary stroke center” designation, there are Institute’s previous hospital] because there
some 1500 of those nationwide, while few- was a clear vision from leadership here and
er than 200 facilities have been certified as from all the teams involved. This is what
“comprehensive stroke centers.” they want. They want to do whatever it takes
to help the community here.”
Shhadeh points out that “JCAHO accred-
itation holds us to a much higher standard” For information on the signs of a stroke,
than those set by individual states. “We go to
have all the pieces in place. If you just look at
the data and the capability, we are already If you or a loved one should experience
comprehensive, but [the actual] paperwork any of those symptoms, Shhadeh says the
needs a year or two to get through.” best thing to do is to call 911 immediately.

One of those pieces already in place, Dr. Shhadeh is with the Arubah Neurosci-
Shhadeh says, is what he calls “a biplane ence Institute at Indian River Medical Center.
room.” His office is at 3450 11th Court in Vero Beach.
The phone number is 772-448-8600. 
A biplane room is a specially designed

10 December 7, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

‘Training’ for elective surgery can reduce complications

By Leslie Quander Wooldridge But several hospitals say better prepara-
The Washington Post tion could help patients awaiting elective
surgeries – those planned in advance, such
Americans train to get in shape for mar- as hip replacements or cosmetic proce-
athons, weddings and backpacking trips. dures, rather than done in an emergency –
So why not for surgery? avoid those problems. They have designed
workout programs to help ensure patients
Tens of millions of surgeries are sched- enter surgery in the best condition possible.
uled each year in the United States, and
each can result in complications such as A preoperative program at the Indiana
shock, infection or pulmonary issues: A University Health Center “dramatically
2012 study citing hospital data from the reduced” hospital-acquired infections in
American College of Surgeons on 551,510 surgical patients, according to research
general surgery patients found a compli- published in the October Annals of Sur-
cation rate of almost 17 percent.

gery. A similar program developed at the appearing in the June 2017 issue of Surgery.
University of Michigan “decreased hospital “At the University of Michigan, we train
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that is we feel strongly that it helps peo- Steps to consider and discuss with gical complication (more common among
ple to better weather the stressors of sur- your surgeon older adults) that can initiate issues such
gery,” says Michael Englesbe, a transplant as longer hospital stays. Make sure you’re
surgeon who started the program. “The Start moving • Prepare your mind • Breathe drinking enough water and getting good
analogy I use is that if you and I were going and stop smoking • Stay hydrated and eat well nutrition, especially in the seven to 10 days
to run a 5K race, you wouldn’t do it with- before surgery, she says. Talk to your sur-
out preparing – you would prepare, you’d gram at least two weeks before surgery, health,” he says. Talk to your doctor if you geon if you have questions, and ask what
train. A two-hour operation is about as even if it’s for 20 minutes a day. Strength- need help to quit. time before your surgery you should plan
physiologically hard on a patient” as run- ening your core, arms and legs also is help- to stop eating and drinking.
ning that race.” ful. “The No. 1 thing that helps [patients] Stay hydrated and eat well: “If people
after surgery is getting up and out of bed,” are malnourished or dehydrated, they Another potential training benefit is the
Like fitness-training programs, prepar- McDonald says. So, exercising beforehand have a greater chance of getting delirium,” sense of control it can give a patient. Hugh
ing for surgery includes physical and men- can give you a leg up (literally) after the McDonald says, referring to the post-sur- Tenison, 68, of Richmond, participated in
tal components. It is particularly import- procedure. the POSH program before having back sur-
ant for older patients, patients who have gery in October and appreciated learning
“any component of frailty” (such as func- Prepare your mind: Before agreeing to that there were steps he could take to im-
tional problems or difficulty with mobil- surgery, understand the procedure, ben- prove his outcome. “All that information
ity), patients having major surgeries with efits and risks, and what recovery will be caused me to feel empowered,” he says,
extended hospital stays and patients with like, among other key points. “Getting peo- adding that he feels stronger every day. 
malnutrition, Englesbe says. ple prepared for surgical pain and the ex-
pectations around it can really help them
Because older adults, especially those have better pain care after the operation,”
with chronic conditions, are at increased Englesbe says. And because stress and de-
risk for surgical complications, Duke Uni- pression can be associated with surgical
versity Hospital in North Carolina offers complications, patients can adopt relax-
the Perioperative Optimization of Senior ation techniques – such as prayer, medita-
Health (POSH) program. Participants on tion or guided imagery – to use before and
average had shorter hospital stays, lower after surgery, according to Shelley R. Mc-
readmission rates and a greater likelihood Donald, part of the research team and an
of being discharged home, researchers assistant professor of internal medicine in
wrote in the May issue of JAMA Surgery. the geriatrics division at Duke University
Medical Center.
One key to training is establishing start
and stop dates, Englesbe says. For instance, Breathe and stop smoking: Breath-
Michigan patients usually train between ing exercises before surgery can help
two and six weeks until the day before sur- strengthen your lungs and protect against
gery. He explains that about 30 days before respiratory complications. Ask your doc-
is a “bit of a sweet spot” because it allows tor which exercises may work best for you.
for ample training time and high patient And if you smoke or use tobacco, quitting
compliance. The Indiana program can be before surgery (even for just a few weeks)
done in as few as six days, though the more can help your recovery. “Oxygen is one of
time you have to prepare, “the better you the most important things that you need to
will be,” says William A. Wooden, director heal well,” Wooden says, noting that smok-
of operative services at IU Health. ing impairs lung function and increases
carbon monoxide in the blood, along with
“I think everyone should train for sur- other harmful outcomes. “Giving your-
gery,” Englesbe says, though if you have self a smoking holiday, or, even better yet,
problems with falling, he advises consult- [stopping] smoking for good, will dramat-
ing your physician about physical activity. ically improve your recovery from surgery
and will also dramatically improve your
Here are some other steps to consider
and discuss with your surgeon – even if
your hospital doesn’t offer a formal pro-

Start moving: “People really get shocked
sometimes at how tired they are after sur-
gery,” McDonald says. To help build your
endurance, you can start a walking pro-

12 December 7, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

Worried about falls? Here are ways to prevent them

By Fred Cicetti | Columnist * Get your bones tested. Your doctor can may slow bone loss from osteoporosis. your bed.
prescribe medications that will make your * Alcohol impacts your reflexes and bal- * Use bright bulbs in your home.
Q. I’m worried about falling. What should I bones harder to break. * Keep your telephone near your bed.
do about this? ance. Elaboration is unnecessary.
* Regular exercise makes you stronger and * Get up slowly from lying and sitting to During the day, keep a portable phone with
Well, first of all, you can’t go around worry- keeps your joints, tendons and ligaments flex- you so you won’t have to walk to answer it.
ing about falling or you won’t be relaxed; that ible. Weight-bearing exercise such as walking avoid feeling light-headed.
can lead to a fall. So, you should concentrate * Avoid temperature extremes in your * Tack down all carpets and area rugs.
on employing techniques to avoid falls and * Close cabinet doors and drawers so you
then don’t let the fear take over your mind. home; they can make you dizzy. won’t run into them.
* Wear rubber-soled, low-heeled shoes. * When it rains or snows, consider using a
But a respect for the dangers of falling is jus- * Always hold the handrails on stairways. cane.
tified by the statistics. * Don’t stand on a chair to get to something. * Use a shoulder bag, fanny pack or back-
pack to leave hands free.
Among older adults, falls are the leading Buy a “reach stick,” a grabbing tool you can * Check curb heights before stepping down.
cause of injury deaths and the most com- find at many hardware stores. * When entering rooms, look for differences
mon cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital in floor levels.
admissions for trauma. Of all fall-related * Clear floors where you walk. * Insure that every room in your home has a
fractures, hip breaks cause the greatest * Never carry any package that will obstruct light switch near the entrance.
number of deaths and lead to the most se- your view of the next step. * Practice balancing. Hold onto something
vere health problems and reduced quality * Mount grab bars near toilets, tubs and such as a countertop and stand on one leg at
of life. showers. a time for a minute. Gradually increase the
* Place non-skid mats, strips or carpet on all time. Try balancing with your eyes closed.
As we age, the power of our senses, reflexes surfaces that may get wet, especially bathtubs Stand on your toes, then rock back to balance
and coordination diminishes. Maladies and and shower stalls. on your heels. Hold each position for a count
the medicines we take for them can contrib- * Let the soap suds go down the drain be- of 10.
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oporosis – a disease that makes bones more are prone to falling, use a shower chair and a
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14 December 7, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | PETS

Bonz looks up to the ‘Great’ Johnny Walker Blue

Hi Dog Buddies! ers Day Festival, and There I WJBoahlnlukneeyr every morning, when I’m
Was, onna leash, hangin’ out usually outside, an those
This week’s innerview was with a Big with a buncha kids, chill as squirrels just run right
(125 pounds), Ferocious-Looking pooch, anything. An there was this up an jump all over me.
Johnny Walker Blue Zoller, a Great Dane/ sign: ‘Free To Good Home.’
Pit mix. He looks like the kinda pooch you’d Well, Mommy an Daddy almost Doesn’t bother me a bit.
see workin’ as a bouncer in the Howlin’ couldn’t buh-LEEVE it was ME.
Hound Pub. If he hadn’t Woofmailed me a What happened was, my Dad They’re lotsa fun, ackshul-
picksure of himself wearing fluffy bunny got CAN-ser an hadda move an
ears with pink feathers, I wudda been a lid- couldn’t take me. He was a good ly. Same with the birds.
dle appreHENsive. Dad an I wish I cudda helped
him somehow. They know I’m not gonna
But, as it turned out, Johnny Walker Blue
Zoller is a cool, amiable marshmallow, who “Anyway, turns out my For- hurt ’em.
likes Tummy Rubs. ever Daddy usta have a pooch
who was even huger than me “Aside from Mommy
Him an his Mom, Stephanie, greeted me (Winston, a 140-pound Bull
an my assistant, an we got all comftubble. Mastiff), so Daddy was familiar an Daddy, my human
with Big Pooches. Him an Mommy hadda
“You can call me Johnny,” he said. “My dis-CUSH-un, an they decided to adopt Bestie is Bryant. I call
Daddy’s Michael. He’s an Air Force PIE- me, Thank Lassie! I was 3-ish then. Now
lut. He teaches ROTC, an knows a buncha I’m 10-ish.” him my Udder Brudder.
complicated space stuff, called air-uh-not-
icks.” “Woof! That was a Majorly Lucky Coinci- PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER He’s goin’ in the Air Force
dence. I think it was Meant To Be.”
“Woof!!” like Daddy pretty soon.
“I KNOW! He’s Way Cool Kibbles. I’m a “Me, too. Totally. I learned the house
Daddy’s Boy. He sometimes lets me wear rools pretty fast, cuz Dad knows how to When he calls Mommy
his dogtags! I can’t wait for him to get teach stuff so you Never Forget. I know my
home: I grab my Best Bone an run to the Boundries and I Never Touch Anything on discernable). When he began rippin’ its an Daddy, I get to talk to him, too. We do
door to greet him. It’s an o-CAY-shun!” the Counter.
Johnny has long legs, big pointy ears, extremities, his Mom removed it and ad- Phone Barks. When he lived here, he was
one blue an one brown eye, an a short coat “Whenever I hafta go outside to Do My
in silvery gray, but it’s called blue. Duty, I use my special wooo-wooo bark to monished, “Don’t rip.” my Bed Buddy.”
“So how’d you find your Forever Fami- alert Mommy and Daddy. After dark, right
ly?” before bed, I Multi-Task. I do a Perimeter “Well, poo,” he said. “I keep forgetting. “So, whaddya like to eat?”
“My first Dad was a NAY-burr. Back then, Check: walk all the way around our back-
I’d hang out in the front yard an growl at yard fence, check every nook and cran- I enjoy munchin’ my toys, but sometimes “Pizza crust! I’m a Daddy’s Boy except
the humans walking by. Of course, I would ny to secure the household AND, at the
never DO anything, I was just Protecting same time, I potty (No. 1 only), all the way I get carried away. What I REALLY love is when Mommy’s in the kitchen. Then I’m a
the Perimeter. But, well, I know I can look around.”
kinda scary …” swimmin’! Me an Daddy play Frisbee in Mommy’s Boy. If she’s not there at Supper
“You got THAT right,” I inner-jected. “That is So Smart!” I told him. “And ef-
“Anyway, when Mommy an Daddy ficient.” the pool. At the beach, I spend hours body- Time, I nudge her in, an follow her around
walked by (before they knew the Real Me),
THEY were a liddle scared, too. I always “Thank you, Bonzo! I thought of it my- surfing. (But I don’t ride in the car as offen in case she drops anything. But my abso-
thought they looked like Very Nice Hu- self.”
mans, but I had my Growly Job to do. A few anymore, cuzza Hip Issues.) Still, swim- lutely favrite snack is fat-free Fig Newtons!”
months later, Mommy an Daddy were at “What’s your day like?”
that big celebration, the Mell-burn Found- “Well, we usually go onna leash walk, min’ is Cool Kibbles! YOU’RE a Spaniel. “Fat-free Fig … seriously?”
check out the neighborhood. I usta drag
Mommy around before I learned Leash YOU know what I’m talkin’ about!” “Don’t knock ’em ’til you’ve tried ’em.
Manners. Now I walk politely, a liddle be-
hind.” “I sure do,” I agreed. “Any special pooch You might be surprised. And, for an Alpo
I noticed he was doin’ a lotta munchin’
on a soggy, stuffed animal (species un- pals?” treat, I do my rooTINE.” Johnny an his

“Not many. I don’t get a lotta chances to Mommy demonstrated. He Bowed. Sat. An

make frens, cuz most pooches are scared SPOKE! It was like he had back-up singers.

of me. My one pooch fren is Taco, who isn’t His bark was so impressive, I dropped my

the slightest bit afraid. He’s a chihuahua. pencil.”

My head probly weighs more than his en- “That’s a nice big mat you got there. Is

tire body, but I don’t think he even notices. that where you sleep?”

We have a lotta fun. He can crawl right un- “No. I have my own bed in Mommy an

der me. Daddy’s room. But, full disclosure, when

“My other pals are the Backyard Squirrel Daddy goes to work, I creep in with Mom-

Bunch. Mommy feeds ’em an the Blue Jays my.”

Heading home, I was thinkin’ how we all

DON’T BE SHY should remember not to judge anybody by
how they look. And wonderin’ if Gramma

We are always looking for pets might have a fat-free Fig Newton stashed
with interesting stories. away that I could try.

To set up an interview, email The Bonz
[email protected].

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Townhouse construction set to begin at The Strand

By Steven M. Thomas | Staff Writer PHOTOS BY LEIGH GREEN Blue oceanfront condominium project. There will be 5 townhouse buildings
[email protected] The Strand Beach Cottages LLC signed with both one-story and two-story units.
Orlando and Daytona Beach, to clear and The homes will have luxury finishes and
The developer building 21 Key West- prepare the property for construction, and a contract to purchase the townhome sec- features that include stone and hardwood
style townhouses at The Strand – a new site work is nearly complete at the develop- tion of the project a year ago and will close floors, 11-foot ceilings, high-end millwork
36-acre waterfront community in Indian ment, which borders Palm Island Planta- on the lots as needed. and an exclusive suite of high-tech Sam-
River Shores – says construction will begin tion and sits across from Yane Zana’s 8050 sung Pro-Chef appliances.
before the end of the year.
The one-story townhouses will have
“We have been pushing hard to get out of 2,328 square feet of air-conditioned living
the ground,” says the developer, who is do- space, with 2,872 square feet under roof.
ing business as The Strand Beach Cottages The two-story units will have 3,078 square
LLC. “We will start the moment we close on feet under air, with 4,131 square feet un-
the land for the first 4-unit building later this der roof. Both floorplans will include three
month. We expect to take down four more bedrooms and attached two-car garages.
lots in January to begin a second building.”
“We expect the first four units to be fin-
The townhomes, which are priced from ished in about seven months,” says the de-
about $800,000 to $1 million, come with veloper. “It will be quick because the site
memberships in Grand Harbor Beach work is already done.”
Club paid for by the developer. The homes
have been listed, pre-construction, with The Key West-style townhouses were de-
Matilde Sorensen since last summer. signed by Vero Beach architect Jeff L. Ray

“There has been quite a bit of interest
in the development,” says Sorensen. “We
have two reservations with deposits and
12 other buyers very interested. I expect
that momentum to continue.”

Besides the townhouses, which will oc-
cupy 4.9 acres at the front of the develop-
ment, adjacent to A1A, The Strand will in-
clude 47 single-family homes that will be
built by Lennar on the remaining 31 acres,
which extend back to the Indian River
Lagoon. The houses will be priced from
about $800,000 up to $2 million.

Lennar and The Strand Beach Cottages
are purchasing finished lots from The Patten
Company, a national real estate development
firm with offices in Naples and Boca Raton.
Patten bought the 36-acre tract for $5 million
in June 2017 and got an overall site plan ap-
proved by Indian River Shores last summer.

Patten hired Jon M. Hall, a surveying and
site development company with offices in

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of Atelier d’Architecture. They will be built car, side-entry garages with up to five bed- according to Leimbach. I stop by to see how things are going, it
by Phoenix Homes, a luxury homebuilder rooms and four baths. “The location and community in itself is hard for me to leave. The essence and
that has done extensive work on the island, beauty of the location are compelling. We
building the houses at Old Oak Lane, Tar- “We are in the permitting process now are the amenities,” he says. think it is going to be a home run.” 
pon Flats and other developments. for a model home that will be done by next “It is a truly exciting community. When
summer. In the meantime, we plan to list
Lennar signed a contract with Patten in homes in the MLS and offer pre-sales be-
August and will be building all of the sin- ginning in early 2019. We’ll an in-house
gle-family homes in The Strand, closing on sales office at the model and will cooper-
finished lots as needed, according to Chris ate with local brokers. Typically more than
Leimbach, vice president of sales and mar- half our sales are joint efforts, where local
keting at Lennar Palm Atlantic, a division brokers bring the buyers.”
of the mega-builder that operates between
the Space Coast and Fort Lauderdale. Leimbach says the “homes will have a lot
of very nice design features with coastal flair.”
“We will be offering one- and two-story
homes with four floorplans ranging from The Lennar homes do not include
about 2,600 to 4,000 square feet,” says Grand Harbor memberships, and there
Leimbach. “The houses will have three- will be no clubhouse in the community,
which will help keep HOA fees moderate,


By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer Warren Schwerin at the 79th St. property he gave to the Indian River Land Trust in 2015. Despite gaining residential zoning un-
der the terms of the land swap, Land Trust
The Indian River County Commission cial development Schwerin has in mind Executive Director Ken Grudens said the
held a public hearing and then approved a for the 41st Street property. Request- Trust has no intention of developing the
land-use swap at its Nov. 20 meeting. The ing a change to the comprehensive plan 79th Street acreage, which is part of the
swap opens the door for light commercial doesn’t require site plans to be submitted Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail property.
development on 11.5 acres at 41st Street and Schwerin could not be reached for
along U.S. 1 that had been zoned residential. comment. His attorney, Bruce Barkett, The 50-acre Toni Robinson parcel in-
said he had no comment on what sort of cludes an unpaved parking lot and a one-
Because the land-use swap changes development may be going in on the site. mile public trail that winds through an
the county’s comprehensive plan, it re- open canopy scrub habitat and oak forest
quires a state review. The plan will come Most of the 11.5-acre parcel along 41st to the mangroves along the river. There is
back to the board, probably in early 2019, Street will be zoned “limited commercial,” also a boardwalk and a dock that extends
with state comments that will be consid- which excludes car dealers, landscape ser- into the lagoon.
ered during another public hearing. vices, construction yards, dry cleaners,
machine shops and other heavier commer- Besides providing recreation, the Land
In a land use swap, the allowed use of cial enterprises. The remaining land will Trust property serves as a “buffer,” Grudens
a property is “swapped” with the allowed be zoned “Office Commercial Residential,” said, filtering out nutrients and other pol-
use of an equivalent piece of land. which further limits development to mostly lutants in rainwater runoff before the water
offices, as a softer transition to an adjacent enters the Indian River Lagoon. 
In this case, Warren Schwerin, retired single-family home subdivision to the north.
president of Related Properties, a com-
mercial real estate development com-
pany, owned two similar-sized parcels
along U.S. 1. Three years ago, he gave the
parcel at 79th St. and U.S. 1 to the Indian
River Land Trust, which will preserve it as
a conservation property.

That 79th Street parcel was zoned for
commercial use, while Schwerin’s other
property at 41st Street was zoned residen-
tial. The swap approved by the county
simply flip-flops the zoning.

A land-use swap is the most likely means
of changing the comprehensive plan, said
Stan Boling, the county’s director of com-
munity development, because it doesn’t
increase overall density or commercializa-
tion. About a dozen land-use swaps have
been approved in the past 10 years, he said.

It is not known what type of commer-

18 December 7, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | REAL ESTATE



November closed with a bang on the mainland real estate front, with 40 transactions reported of
single-family residences and lots from Nov. 26-30 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was in Vero Beach, where the residence at 5170 Saint Andrews Island
Drive – first listed in September for $2,620,000 – sold for the asking price on Nov. 26.
Representing the seller in the transaction was agent Beth Livers of Berkshire Hathaway Florida.
Representing the buyer was agent Diane De Francisci of Alex MacWilliam, Inc.


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VERO BEACH 3995 CHABLIS STREET SW 10/2/2018 $425,000 11/29/2018 $378,000
VERO BEACH 2225 3RD PLACE SW 8/29/2018 $398,000 11/28/2018 $368,500
VERO BEACH 860 SARINA TERRACE SW 9/25/2018 $369,990 11/30/2018 $349,000
VERO BEACH 7582 FIELDSTONE RANCH SQUARE 10/31/2018 $349,000 11/28/2018 $325,000
VERO BEACH 345 40TH COURT 8/31/2018 $374,900 11/30/2018 $294,000
VERO BEACH 4570 BRIDGEPOINTE WAY UNIT#150 10/31/2018 $289,000 11/28/2018 $288,000
VERO BEACH 5200 TOPAZ LANE 7/5/2018 $335,000 11/29/2018 $287,500
SEBASTIAN 879 VOCELLE AVENUE 7/6/2018 $294,900 11/30/2018 $272,500
VERO BEACH 5330 E 1ST SQUARE SW 8/3/2018 $285,500 11/27/2018 $268,655
VERO BEACH 3584 DIAMOND LEAF DRIVE 10/26/2018 $339,900 11/28/2018 $258,000
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Listing Date: 5/8/2018 Listing Date: 10/2/2018
Original Price: $2,245,000 Original Price: $425,000
Sold: 11/27/2018 Sold: 11/29/2018
Selling Price: $2,000,000 Selling Price: $395,000
Listing Agent: Jane Schwiering Listing Agent: Jon Carroll

Selling Agent: Berkshire Hathaway Florida Selling Agent: RE/MAX Classic

Marsha Sherry Colleen Lafferty

The Moorings Realty Sales Co. The Lafferty Group RE & Cnsltg

2225 3rd Place SW, Vero Beach 860 Sarina Terrace SW, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 8/29/2018 Listing Date: 9/25/2018
Original Price: $398,000 Original Price: $369,990
Sold: 11/28/2018 Sold: 11/30/2018
Selling Price: $378,000 Selling Price: $368,500
Listing Agent: Cheryl Goff Listing Agent: Kelly Fischer

Selling Agent: RE/MAX Crown Realty Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl

David Decker Mike Boyd

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Coming Up! U. of Tampa ensures Krupp
is the big artist on campus PAGE B2
By Samantha Baita | Staff Writer
[email protected]

1 A fun, funny (and award-win-
ning) twist on a Christmas fa-
vorite: it’s “Jacob Marley’s Christ-
mas Carol,” coming to the Vero
Beach Theatre Guild this week-
end, Dec. 7-9, as part of the Guild’s
Apron Series for Reader’s Theatre.
This “anthem to human nature
and to imagination,” says the Guild
promo, is the “back story” to Dick-
ens’ iconic “A Christmas Carol.” It
is the tale of Jacob Marley’s heroic
behind-the-scenes efforts to save
the soul of his old partner, Scrooge,
as well as his own. According to The story begins as
Marley grumps, “I have to redeem
old Scrooge? The one man I knew
who was worse than I was? Impos-
sible!” Nevertheless, he sets out
with side-kick Bogle, a mean little
hell-sprite with an agenda of his
own, on a hilarious journey that
takes them “from the Jaws of Death
to the Mouth of Hell, and beyond!”
“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”


B2 December 7, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | ARTS & THEATRE

U. of Tampa ensures Krupp is the big artist on campus

Breath of Immortality.

By Ellen Fischer | Columnist Ronald L. Vaughn stood to speak, “he talked
[email protected] about me,” she says.

“They treated me like royalty,” says Vero Not bad for a painter who never went to
Beach artist Barbara Krupp, who was hon- art school (or any college for that matter)
ored this summer at the dedication of a and whose art career began as a mother of
brand new, six-story Graduate and Health four young children in Wakeman, Ohio, who
Studies building at the University of Tampa. wanted to “play around” with watercolor.
At 91,000 square feet, it is the biggest build-
ing on campus and is now also the perma- After a few lessons and some success sell-
nent home of the largest collection of Krupp ing her paintings for $15 apiece at a local flea
paintings in the world. market, Krupp decided to buy a tent and
hit the art show circuit – which she retired
The university began to purchase from five years ago after a very successful 38
Krupp’s abstract paintings specifically for years. Her earnings made life markedly more
the building early this spring, while the comfortable for her family and put her kids
structure was still under construction. through college.
They eventually acquired 53 works for their
collection, comprised of acrylic on canvas “I have always made a good living doing
paintings from the most recent five years of art,” she says.
the artist’s career.
The UT sale is not only her biggest sale to
In addition to UT’s Office of Graduate date, it is also her most prestigious. Visitors
and Continuing Studies, the building hous- to the new building cannot miss the large
es classrooms for its nursing and physician plaque that identifies Krupp as the artist of
assistant medicine programs, health science all of the paintings on display. For those who
labs, a physics research lab, student gath- come especially to view the art, a glossy, il-
ering and study spaces, and faculty offices. lustrated checklist of the collection can be
When the building was dedicated on Aug. had for the asking at the front desk. And
31, a major part of the ceremonies revolved throughout the building, an acrylic title card
around Krupp and her art. next to each painting elevates the work from
mere decoration to ‘Art to be Looked At.’
“The heads of every department were
there,” says Krupp. “They had flower ar- “Everything is just perfect,” sighs Krupp,
rangements made for each floor to go with happily.
my paintings for the opening reception.”
The first works an art tourist will see hang
And when the university’s president, Dr. in the spacious student gathering area – part
lounge, part study hall – on the first floor. The


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Angels and Aardvarks.

Mr. Toad Is At It Again.

room’s warm gray walls, black armchairs and by the university, which, according to Krupp,
red occasional tables are a low-key backdrop was an easy taskmaster when it came to the
for two luminously colorful paintings that paintings’ themes.
hang on adjacent walls.
“I could do anything I wanted,” she says.
While all of Krupp’s other works in the Although they are as abstract as any other
building were purchased by UT from her work in Krupp’s oeuvre, the paintings con-
existing oeuvre, those two – each one 5 feet tain messages for and about the school and
high and 15 feet wide – were commissioned

B4 December 7, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | ARTS & THEATRE

CONTINUED FROM PAGE B3 ‘They make you sity of Tampa,” Krupp explains. 1 This weekend at Vero Beach
feel, they make you The forms that follow are abstract repre- Theatre Guild.
its students.
With Krupp acting as interpreter, the one think.You get to sentations of internal organs – a uterus and a CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1
decide what they kidney among them, from which ruddy blos-
titled “Breath of Immortality” can be “read” soms spill. The cascade’s spray drifts toward has played in theatres across the coun-
from the right-hand side of its long compo- are about.’ a heart, whose pulsations are implied by the try and has been broadcast nationally on
sition to the left. flame-like shapes that surround it. NPR for seven seasons. Times: Friday, 7:30
Barbara Krupp p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tick-
Executed in a palette of violet, blue, red, Beyond that traditional seat of life and ets: $12.50. 772-562-8300.
orange and ochre with black and white ac- love appears a detail from the heart of the
cents, the visual tale begins with two pea- campus, one of the onion-domed minarets 2 Batten down the hatches, wiggle
nut-shaped forms that represent swaddled of Plant Hall. Built in 1898 as a hotel, the yourself into those skinny jeans, pull
twin babies. Small squares of black, red, scar- unique structure is more than a fine example on your cowboy kicks and head for the In-
let and gold – the school colors – appear in a of Moorish Revival architecture. It is the sym- dian River County Fairgrounds Dec. 8 for
vertical row between them. bol of University of Tampa itself. the Jake Owen Foundation Benefit Con-
cert – the final stop on his “Life’s Whatcha
Those babies “will be going to the Univer- Since assuming the presidency in 1995, Make It” tour. Singer/songwriter Owen is,
Vaughn has seen UT’s enrollments nearly tri- of course, our very own hometown coun-
3 ple, its academic programs expand to more try star, born and raised in Vero Beach.
than 200 areas of study, and annual reve- Lots of us can remember an early concert
Furniture • Home Décor • Art • Glass • Jewelry • Gifts & MUCH MORE! nue increase exponentially. Vaughn has also here, when – with painted-on jeans and a
overseen $600 million in new construction zillion-kilowatt grin – he blew us all away
Don’t pay new prices when you can have on campus. with his first big hit single, “Yee-Haw!”
Along the way, he’s scored the Academy
quality pre-owned items for ½ the price! It’s no surprise, then, that Vaughn’s finger- of Country Music Top New Male Vocal-
prints are all over the selection of art for the ist for 2009; and, in 2012, the American
HUGE Selection - Lowest Prices In Area Graduate and Health Studies Building. Country Awards Breakthrough Artist of
Inventory Changes Daily the Year; and a bushel of hit singles in-
“Ron and his wife, Renée, picked all cluding “Barefoot Bluejean Night,” “Eight
20% OFF FREE We Take the artwork out,” says Krupp, who adds Second Ride” and “Something About a
Delivery Consignments “the Dabberts deserve a lot of credit. This Woman.” Now, several years and a pick-
Any One Item & Buy Estates! wouldn’t have happened without them.” up truckload of fame and fortune down
(Excluding Furniture) Any Purchase Of the road, he’ll be bringing along a trio of
Store is over Pat and Dave Dabbert are the owners of pals: special guests Joe Diffie, Chris Lane
VN 1 coupon per purchase per day. Dabbert Gallery in Sarasota, which offers and Morgan Wallen. According to Wikipe-
Expires 12/21/18 paintings and sculpture by a variety of con- dia, Diffie charted 35 singles on the Bill-
temporary artists. Krupp has been represent- board Hot Country Songs chart, five at No.
10% OFF $500 or More 7,500 Sq. Ft. ed there for the past 14 years. Nearly a year 1, including “Home,” “Third Rock from
(1 Hour Limit) Mon-Friday 10-5 ago, a social event at the gallery occasioned the Sun” and “Pickup Man,” and a dozen
Furniture the Vaughns’ first glimpse of her work. It was others made the Top 10. Coincidentally,
VN 1 coupon per purchase per day. & Sat 10-4 not to be their last. like Owen, singer/songwriter Lane has a
VN 1 coupon per purchase per day. Expires 12/21/18 twin brother. Before going solo, he front-
Expires 12/21/18 The Vaughns soon returned to examine ed the Chris Lane Band, which charted on
the Dabberts’ stock more closely, hoping to the 2012 Billboard Top County Albums.
Voted Best Consignment Store select works by several artists to enhance Solo, Lane has opened for a number of
UT’s newest building. The Vaughns pur- top bands, including Florida Georgia Line
(772)226-5719 chased 17 of the 30 Krupp paintings the on their “This Is How We Roll” Tour. Wal-
644 Old Dixie Hwy SW gallery had on hand, and informed the Dab- len has released three singles: “The Way
(Between 4th St. & Oslo) berts they had decided to go with Krupp’s I Talk,” “Up Down,” which featured Flor-
Blue Heron Plaza, Vero Beach work for the entire building. ida Georgia Line, and his current single
“Whiskey Glasses.” Gates open: 4 p.m. “The Vaughns wanted to meet me. When Concert: 5 p.m. Tickets: $45-$150. jake-
Pat and Dave phoned me to arrange a meet-
ing, they said, ‘Barbara, bring every painting
you have over here.’” 3 A satisfying and heartwarming hol-
iday tradition: Gather family and
The purchases continued over the next friends and share one of the several win-
few months. According to Krupp, Ronald ter concerts presented by area schools this
Vaughn “would have bought 100 more” of season. They’re a fine way to bolster your
her paintings, but Mrs. Vaughn held the holiday spirit, and they wonderfully show-
number to a manageable 53.

What is about Krupp’s work that so caught
the imagination of a university president
that he wanted to fill a building with it?

Krupp believes that the appeal of her
paintings is due in large part to their being
abstractions; not only of things, but also of
thoughts and emotions.

“They make you feel, they make you think.
You get to decide what they are about,” she

The students of UT are intelligent and
hardworking, says Krupp. Whether they are
taking a break in the study area or walking
down the halls to their classes, President
Vaughn “wants them to see something of in-
terest to keep their minds working in a dif-
ferent way.”

Also, “He loves the titles of the paintings.
The first painting the Vaughns bought was
called ‘The Beauty of Wisdom.’” 

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4 Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society.

2 Jake Owen Foundation Benefit Concert Dec. 8. and Ken Gustafson facing off across the
ivories, and a guest musician on percus-
sion. (Surely they, too, will be appropri-
ately and horrendously adorned). Enjoy,
as always, partying and dancing to the live
music you yourself request from the duel-
ing pianists. And don’t forget to arrive early
to take advantage of the “pre-party” party,
with chow from the outside bar and grill;
and live music under the fabled Riverside
oaks: Friday it’ll be rock and roll with John-
ny and the Blaze; and Saturday brings the
Old Hippies Trio with ’60s and ’70s rock.
Times: Live pre-party music: 6 p.m. to 9:30
p.m. Howl: 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Doors
open: 7:15 p.m. Tickets: side seats: $12; ta-
ble seating: $18-$22. 772-231-6990. 

case our community’s talented young Pierce Jazz and Blues Society’s “Christmas 772-778-5249.
musicians and vocalists. One such is the and All that Jazz” will be next Thursday,
“Winter Wonderland” Winter Concert fea- Dec. 13, at the Emerson Center. This pro- 5 Even Riverside Theatre’s wild and
turing the students of the Vero Beach High gram is part of the Emerson’s (always free) crazy Howl at the Moon Experience
School symphonic and jazz bands, chorus Humanities Series. With these respected, is getting the holiday spirit. In its own way.
and orchestras, Dec. 9-10 at the VBHS Per- experienced musicians, you can always It’s Howl at the Moon Winter Nights. And
forming Arts Center. The concert promo count on an earful of terrific jazz: Virtually this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, it’s the
describes “Winter Wonderland” as “a cel- all of them have played with some of the Ugly Sweater Bash. You are invited, urged,
ebration of warmth, joy and festivity for planet’s top jazz and blues groups, so you even dared to wear your most horrendous,
the entire family.” Time: Sunday, 2 p.m.; will for sure find yourself rocking your way awful Christmas sweater, the uglier the
Monday, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 and $15. 772- into the season with their swinging rendi- better because, explains Riverside, “your
564-5537. tions of holiday faves. And don’t go rushing crime against fashion gives you the chance
away after the music: stay and enjoy com- to win a prize for ugliest sweater!” There
4 “Back by popular demand” – always plimentary holiday refreshments. Time: 7 will, of course, be the infamous Dueling
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B6 December 7, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | SEEN & SCENE

Christmas Parade: Jolly good fun in very merry Vero

By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer holiday, snowflakes wafted from winter Archie Challenor and Charlie Challenor. Overall winner Shane Streufert and wife Brittany.
[email protected] wonderlands and miniature horses trod Jordyn King and Jemma King. PHOTOS: LEIGH GREEN Mattie Stollenwerk and Maddie Spaulding.
down the festively illuminated street.
Adorned with jingle bells and Santa
hats, it appeared as if every resident in Each group was more extravagantly
town lined Ocean Drive from Flamevine decorated than the last, many provid-
to Live Oak to watch or participate in the ing entertainment as they passed by.
34th annual Vero Beach Christmas Pa- Bagpipers piped, the Crossover Mission
rade, sponsored by the Oceanside Busi- basketball team bounced lighted balls
ness Association and the Sunrise Rotary in sync to music, the Vero Beach Karate
Club. Association showed off their skills, and
living Nativity scenes played out the mir-
More than 500 red-and-white-striped acle of Christmas.
runners kicked off the festivities, rac-
ing in the fourth annual Runner’s Depot Tractors, airplanes, helicopters,
Candy Cane 3K clad in their holiday best. swamp buggies and Jeeps carried rein-
Lighted tutus, candy cane stripes and deer, dinosaurs, pelicans and sharks,
antlers were sprinkled in among racing while local celebrities, including Miss.
elves, Santas and snowmen. Shane Streu- Hibiscus and Ms. Vero Centennial, were
fert was the overall winner with a time of joined by such holiday favorites as the
10:16 and Emily Tato was the first-place Grinch, Abominable Snowman and
female at 11:30. Snoopy. Santa Clause, the jolliest of them
all, closed out the parade riding high atop
As parade-goers watched with wide- the Dubose and Sons’ sleigh.
eyed glee, the Vero Beach High School
Marching Band got everyone in the mood The annual spectacle grows bigger and
playing jolly holiday tunes, twirlers and better each year, according to Al Benkert,
cheerleaders performing alongside them. parade coordinator with Georgia Irish,
OBA president.
Parade participants rode, tumbled,
pedaled and drove along the route, bring- “We hold the Christmas parade, the
ing smiles to the crowd as they waved and Farmers Market and the Sunset Saturday
passed out candy. Mini barristers and ad- concerts all for the same reason,” said
judicators handed down their decrees, Bankert, “to foster a sense of community
ordering one and all to have a happy and small-town America.” 

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Most Humorous:
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Most Original:
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Most Creative and Most Holiday Spirit:
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B8 December 7, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | DINING

The Tides: Still setting the standard for excellence

By TIna Rondeau | Columnist Roasted Beets and Bacon & Herb Crusted
[email protected] Root Vegetables. Local Pompano.

In looking back the other day over a de- was topped with a corn rock PHOTOS: LEIGH GREEN
cade of dining reviews, I was not surprised
to find that I had pretty much exhausted Blue Point Oysters shrimp relish. Grilled Atlantic
my supply of superlatives in describing The 2-2-2. We concluded the Swordfish.
meal with three of The you to send feedback to me at tina@verobe-
This venerable restaurant on Cardinal
Drive has been a beachside dining favorite Tides’ fabulous des-
– and arguably the island’s best restaurant The reviewer dines anonymously at
– for many years, and after a recent visit, I serts – a slice of choc- restaurants at the expense of Vero Beach
can assure its loyal fans that The Tides is 32963. 
still at the top of its game. olate cake, a piece of
While the dishes at The Tides are consis- banana cake and a Nightly from 4:30 p.m.
tently wonderful, much of this restaurant’s Beverages: Full bar
success has to do with making patrons feel crème brulee (each
like family. Address:
$10). 3103 Cardinal Drive,
On a lovely fall evening, our party of four
was warmly greeted at the door by Valerie Dinner for two with Vero Beach
Martin – host at Maison Martinique during Phone:
its glory days when her late husband pre- a modest bottle of wine, if
sided over the kitchen – who ushered us to 772-234-3966
a table in an attractively decorated inside you have dessert, will run ap-
proximately $160 before tip.
As very personable server Rainey took
our wine order, über-host Claudia Arens, As we departed on this evening, chef/
who directs the dining room staff, bustled
over to welcome us and catch up on what owner Leanne Kelleher emerged from the
we’d been doing.
crusted chicken saltimbocca ($28). kitchen to say hello. We would tell you what
Claudia and Valery spend all evening
going from table to table, making sure all All three seafood dishes were superb. we told her: For a combination of delicious
are well taken care of. Servers drop by ta-
bles other than their own to greet diners The swordfish was a thing of beauty, per- food and a great total dining experience,
remembered from previous visits. Many
other restaurants would benefit from an fectly grilled and topped with a pineapple there is no place in Vero better than The
evening spent at The Tides observing all
this. salsa. The lightly egg-washed halibut was Tides.

For appetizers on this occasion, I de- seared, served with tomato and broccoli-
cided to simply start with the house salad
($10). My husband, though, chose the oys- ni. And the plantain encrusted pompano I welcome your comments, and encourage
ters 2-2-2 ($16). One of our companions
opted for the roast carrots and beet salad
($12) and the other went for a cup of lobster
bisque ($8).

The carrot and beet salad was
as tasty as it was attractive,
with organic greens, goat
cheese and roasted al-
monds, all tossed in
a sherry wine vin-
aigrette. The lob-
ster bisque came
with a shot of
brandy on the side
that did not remain
on the side very long.

As for the Blue Point
oysters 2-2-2, this is one of
my husband’s favorite dish-
es: two oysters cornmeal flash
fried, two crab encrusted, and two oysters
Rockefeller. Decadent.

For entrées, three of us went for the eve-
ning’s seafood specials. I chose the halibut
($38); one of our guests ordered the sword-
fish ($38), and my husband opted for the
third seafood special, pompano ($38). Our
other companion had a delicious herb en-

Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | WINE December 7, 2018 B9

Vintage port is pricey, but here are some styles to enjoy

By Dave McIntyre to oxygen. It is meant to age for years and Aged tawny, labeled as 10, 20, vintage ports are favored by cigar hounds.
The Washington Post even decades in the bottle (in your cellar 30 or 40 years old as an approx- Aged tawnies cry out for custardy finales
after you pay for it, mostly) before it sheds imate average age of the wine (flan, puddings) or buttery cookies.
“There’s a risk in a few years time that its tannins and unfurls an exotic compote in the blend, is a special treat.
no one will know what aged vintage port of dried fruits. But with our modern life- A special subset of port called In fact, a bottle of port and a platter of
tastes like,” Rupert Symington said, shak- style, it’s good to know that vintage port “colheita” is a single-vintage holiday cookies would be a fine ending to
ing his head wistfully as we sipped one of is wonderful at release; just be prepared tawny. any feast this season. 
his family’s newest releases, the Graham’s for primary, upfront fruit flavors and lots
2016 vintage port. of tannin. After about four years from the White port can be hard to
vintage, they tend to close down and hi- find, but it makes a nice dry
Symington was promoting these wines, bernate until they are about 10 years old. aperitif and is useful in cock-
released only in June, but his mind was part- tails, such as the port tonic, a
ly in the future, a quarter-century or so from Ruby ports are fruitier and more supple great summer cocktail to start
now, when these new wines should reach than vintage and are intended for imme- an evening right.
their prime. “Being lucky enough to have diate enjoyment. They typically are blends
tasted a 25-, 50-, even a 75-year-old bottle of of wines from several years, meant to pro- Port of any style is an excellent des-
vintage port, I know how wonderful it can mote a house style immune to vintage sert wine, or dessert by itself. Rubies and
be,” Symington added. “The greatest wines variation. A ruby is often not labeled as younger vintage ports are great with choc-
I’ve ever tasted have been old wines.” such, but it may be called “reserve” or have olate cakes or other pastries, especially if
a proprietary name, such as Graham’s Six there is a fruit element to the dessert. Older
Times are changing. British wine mer- Grapes.
chants traditionally aged ports in casks for A Modern Diner with fresh local ingredients
years before bottling and selling them, but Late-Bottled Vintage, or LBV, is essen-
few if any are doing that today. tially a single-vintage ruby, meant to offer A Roger Lord and Chuck Arnold Restaurant
some of the character of a vintage port but
Producers rarely hold back reserves of at a fraction of the price. They are aged The Best Food In South County!
their vintage ports, preferring to capitalize longer than vintage ports before bottling,
on instant cash flow from high ratings and so they are more accessible and meant to reservations strongly suggested
the fanfare of a new release. And wine lov- be drunk right away.
ers rarely have the extensive cellars to al- 2950 9th St. S.W. #105 Open Tues.-Sun. 5pm-9pm
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decades. Today, most wine is consumed tage and ruby styles. Aged in 600-liter 772.794.7587
within days of purchase. vats called pipes, the wine is drawn off, or
racked, into large vats once a year so sed-
“People live much more rapidly today,” iment can be removed, then returned to
Symington added. “That port moment, the pipes. In the process, about 3 percent
where everyone lingers over a bottle after of the wine is lost: some in the discarded
dinner, still happens over the holidays, but sediment, the rest – the “angels’ share” –
otherwise we rarely take time to open and to evaporation. Before the final blend is
enjoy a bottle.” bottled (usually beginning six years af-
ter harvest), the pipes are topped off with
Vintage port, of course, is too scarce and younger and/or older wine to balance the
pricey (usually over $100 a bottle) to drink flavors and create a house style unaffected
every day. But luckily for us, there are other by vintage variation. Because the wine is
styles of port, more affordable and easy to exposed to oxygen in this way, it takes on a
find, that we can enjoy anytime. Here’s a browner “tawny” color and a nutty flavor.
quick primer of the various styles:

Vintage port is aged in cask for two years
before bottling, with minimal exposure

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10 9 8 6 Q53 72
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist KQ86 54 J9732
K Q 10 6 82 54
Eighteenth-century sibling authors Augustus and Julius Hare wrote, “A weak mind sinks 7 QJ8542 K 10 9 6
under prosperity, as well as under adversity. A strong and deep mind has two highest tides.”
A bridge play by declarer that often results in prosperity is leading a weak suit. The AKJ4
opponents assume declarer has values there and steer clear of it. This deal occurred during A 10
the 2016 Yeh Online World Bridge Cup. Matches were played simultaneously among four AJ973
teams in three venues: Beijing, Turin and Seattle. A3

How did Lin Rongqiang of the Chinese Contract Bridge Association play in three no-trump Dealer: East; Vulnerable: Both
after receiving a spade lead?
The Bidding:
South’s strong-club sequence promised a balanced 22-24; he rightly upgraded for the five-
card suit and excellent controls (four aces and a king). SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
West, nervous of leading a red-suit king, chose the spade 10. 1 Clubs Pass 1 Diamonds Pass LEAD:
2 NT Pass 3 NT All Pass 10 Spades
Declarer won with his jack and played two rounds of clubs. After West threw the heart six,
East won with the king and returned his second spade. South took the trick with the ace,
played a spade to the queen (East pitched a heart) and cashed the club queen. Declarer
discarded a diamond, and West shed the spade nine.

Now South threw a curve: He led a heart to his 10! West won with her queen and shifted
to the diamond king. When that held the trick, West, misled by South’s play, continued with
the diamond six. This gave declarer nine tricks via four spades, one heart, two diamonds
and two clubs. Then West discarded a diamond on the spade ace, so Lin took 10 tricks and
gained 10 international match points when South’s opening bid of one diamond was passed
out at the other table.

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ACROSS 96 Groucho’s Memoirs of a 57 Initiates a fax The Washington Post
1 Mimicking bird Mangy Lover, e.g. 60 Alley pick-ups?
4 Much more than major 62 Some runners VIOLENCE ON TV By Merl Reagle
8 Where some junk 97 Party container 63 Made a solemn promise
102 Scrumptious 66 MacArthur’s last stand
accumulates 108 Out of the way 67 The H of H & R Block
15 Where in the world is 109 Brouhaha 68 Japan’s second-largest city
111 Dr. No star’s first name 70 Drudges
Carmen Sandiego? 112 Memo opening 71 Excessive
18 Second person 113 Common veggie 72 Alcohol advisory,
19 Sepia, for one 118 Rich-dessert comment
20 From cause to effect 120 “Twas ___ was born” (Shak.) party-style
21 Lady of the haus 121 Curie and Trudeau 74 CSA supporter
22 Sandwich staples 122 Topaz author 78 Grand slam?
24 Chinese veggies 123 Shade tree 79 Dr. Seuss creature
26 Deputy 124 Priest or prophet addition 80 Isl. instrument
27 Brooklyn team 125 Moderate in tempo 81 It means “wing”
29 Big-ticket item 126 Rind lining 82 Attorney-___
30 Play section 127 Kidnapped auth. 83 Dawns
31 One way to make desserts 84 Sammy Cahn specialty
34 Common veggie DOWN 87 Rhyme scheme
38 Took the bait? 1 Unexciting drink 88 Ankle bones
39 Lorry driver’s drink 2 To have, in Le Havre 89 Host of “Monsterpiece
40 Sty cry 3 Hidden hiker
41 Decorator color 4 Common Latin abbr. Theatre,” Alistair ___
43 Texas stewpot 5 Attack, puma-style 94 The other Van Gogh
45 Severe 6 National opening? 95 Hiding place, sometimes
47 Decorator color 7 Jai alai basket 96 Highwayman
51 Dine 8 English fairy queen 97 Check recipient
53 One way to buy fruit 9 Cochise was one 98 They get hands-on
55 Never Wave at a ___ 10 My Friend of film
11 The seventh sign experience
(1952 Roz Russell film) 12 Shocking shout 99 McKinley’s Ohio birthplace
56 With me 13 Minero’s find 100 Temperatvre in a Ray
57 Emphasis word after yes or 14 They follow the nu’s
15 Plasm preceder Bradbvry title
no 16 Shirt-dyeing method 101 Preminger classic
58 Having zero dinero 17 “Wake Up” girl of song 103 Frame job
59 Second-hand caveat 21 Actress Nina 104 Certain New Zealander
61 Farm animal? 23 Great Impostor Ferdinand 105 I imply, you ___
62 Food list 25 Two-bit practitioner 106 Rock ___ music
63 Occupied a swing 28 ___ 17 107 Infection culprits
64 Cry like a dog 32 German dive bomber 110 “Fooey!”
65 Source of the violence in this 33 Dressed 114 New Deal agcy.
35 Delivery circuit 115 Sloth, for one
puzzle 36 Church support 116 Letters after a proof
69 Swift’s The Tale of ___ 37 Arrow poison 117 Abbreviated abode
73 Biblical chest 41 Wipe out 119 Bull or bear ending
75 Ye ___ Pie Shoppe 42 Well-traveled Rhodes
76 It means “within” 43 U. of Maine town
77 PlayStation maker 44 Slow in tempo
78 Sky-blue 45 Go on ___
81 Trims, as pears
83 Angry dog’s greeting (run amuck)
85 Berlin’s “What’ll ___” 46 Founder of Persian Empire
86 Fixings for a dessert 47 Major blood carriers
88 Popular sandwich 48 Quid pro ___
90 Spouses, once removed 49 Your ol’ dad’s bro
91 Bartok and Fleck 50 Stock ending?
92 Author Seton 51 Times Sq. thoroughfare
93 Byrne of Bridesmaids 52 Choice in chess
94 Fictional estate 54 Pin-bashing org.
95 Actor Gulager

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ing & Sculpture from the Permanent Collection 6 to 9 Prism Concert at Sebastian River High to benefit HALO No-Kill Rescue Shelter. $125. 7 p.m. An Evening with Jake VIP Reception &
thru Jan. 13; Made in Germany: Contemporary School, showcasing the SRHS Concert 772-589-7297 Performance at Vero Beach Country Club; Sat.
Art from the Rubell Family Collection thru Jan. 6. Bands, Jazz Band, Flag & Dance Line and the Concert at Indian River County Fairgrounds, the
SRHS Choral Program, 7 p.m. Thurs., Fri., Sat.; 2 7|8 Riverside Theatre Howl at the final stop on Owen’s “Life’s Whatcha Make It”
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Center, with entertainment, wine, hors Groves Indian River County Grapefruit Golf Pro-
DECEMBER d’oeuvres and auctions to benefit Dasie Hope 7 to 9 Jake Owen Foundation Benefit Week- Am Invitational at Vero Beach Country Club.
afterschool programs. $40. 772-589-3535 end begins Fri. 4 to 6 p.m. Singer Song-

6 A Night in the Garden, 5 p.m. at Garden Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN
Club of IRC to benefit Gifford Youth Or- in November 30, 2018 Edition 1 CREEK 2 CHARMER
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$50. 772-213-3007 9 TOM 4 HUMBUG
6|7 Holiday Madrigal Dinners pre- 11 MARCH 6 ERA
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School Choral Department, 7 p.m. (doors open 15 URGE 13 NEAR
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