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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2018-07-26 12:33:48

07/26/2018 ISSUE 30


Sargassum not too bad on
island beaches. P10
Vero aerating
Bethel Creek. P9
No change coming in

Vero nursing home ratings. P7

Cleveland Clinic For breaking news visit
CFO sees Oct. 1
close for merger Vero Electric sale suffers major setback
Requests for review
BY MICHELLE GENZ could take months
Staff Writer
The CFO of Cleveland Clin- Staff Writer
ic, Steven Glass, has appar-
ently blocked out Monday, The projected Oct. 1 closing
Oct. 1 as his hoped-for date to
celebrate the closure of Cleve- of the sale of Vero Electric to
land’s high-stakes merger with
Indian River Medical Center. Florida Power & Light ran into

In a phone interview with a last-minute roadblock Mon-
a financial publication, The
Bond Buyer, Glass said “We are day when an organization rep-
currently [negotiating] . . . a de-
finitive agreement with them resenting large commercial
and if that is successful they
will fold into the Cleveland users of electricity asked the
Clinic Health System probably
around Oct. 1.” Public Service Commission

It was the first time a top to reconsider allowing FPL to
Cleveland Clinic executive has
confirmed that date, which pass on the $185 million cost
had previously been floated
by local hospital leaders, and to its existing customers.
Glass continued to make news.
The Florida Industrial Pow-
The article quotes him as
saying he hopes to reach a MY Chained-off area of beach in front of the oceanfront home of Robert Jaffe in Summerplace. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD er Users Group contended
definitive agreement with VERO it would be unfair for FPL to
Summerplace man blocks access to portion of beach add into the bills of existing
CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 customers the $116.2 million
premium FPL agreed to pay
John’s Island hit by Vero over and above the $69
luxury car thieves
million the PSC staff said the
Staff Writer BY RAY MCNULTY away birds from agricultural the Florida Legislature’s lat- city’s electric utility was actu-
Staff Writer property or fish hatcheries, est gem: a statute that went ally worth.
In a highly unusual inci-
dent, three luxury vehicles but illegal to set them off for into effect July 1 that makes The FIPUG’s position is that
were stolen from a condo and
two homes on the ocean side Bad laws often give people recreational purposes. it more difficult for cities and if FPL wants to pay Vero $185
of John’s Island in the early-
morning hours Sunday, ac- an excuse to do the wrong Now we’re seeing it with CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 thing, especially in Florida,

where our legislators seem to

Judge rules accused killer ofspecialize in foolish legislation.
We’ve seen it with the so-

nurse will face death penaltycalled “stand your ground”
statute, which makes it legal
to kill someone, presumably BY LISA ZAHNER
in self-defense, when such Staff Writer

drastic measures might not The family of Diana Duve, the 26-year-

be necessary. old nurse killed in June 2014, may take

We’ve seen it with the some solace in last Friday’s court rulings

mostly unenforced statute affirming the State of Florida’s ability to

that makes it legal to buy fire- seek the death penalty against defendant

works – as long as you prom- CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 Michael Jones during his Vero Beach court appearance last week.

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Car thieves clined to comment on the thefts, but My Vero the new beach-access statute to be a
sources said the suspects were cap- problem here, mostly because of the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 tured on video surveillance. Capt. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 county’s participation in the Florida
Mark Shaw with the Indian River Department of Environmental Protec-
cording to Indian River Shores police. Shores Public Safety Department counties to pass ordinances declaring tion’s beach renourishment program,
Police say they believe several said officers also were able to deter- that all beaches are open to the pub- which funds up to 50 percent of those
mine the direction the vehicles took lic under the common-law doctrine of projects and imposes restrictions on
youths scaled the perimeter fence leaving town by checking video from “customary use.” beachfront property owners.
along State Road A1A sometime cameras that capture license plate
around 2 a.m. on Sunday, and tried numbers of all vehicles passing on In essence, the new law allows Just in case, though, our county
doors of cars until they found three State Road A1A. oceanfront property owners to rope commissioners voted unanimously in
that were unlocked and had keys in- off a section of beach up to the mean- February to send Tallahassee a letter
side. Sources said police believed the high-tide line and chase people away stating that all 24 miles of the county’s
youths had come from Fort Pierce. or have them arrested unless a coastal ocean beaches should remain acces-
The thieves took a Mercedes GLC As of 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, no city or county goes to court to chal- sible to the public.
300, a 2018 Porsche Convertible and arrests had been made and none of lenge the property owner’s actions.
a Toyota Land Cruiser, police said. the vehicles had been recovered.  That said, it’s still a bad law – which
Local officials say they don’t expect means it gives people an excuse to do
John’s Island security officers de- the wrong thing.

Case in point: On the day the new
law went into effect, Summerplace
resident Robert Jaffe used orange
posts and a plastic chain to block off
a small, rectangular section of the
beach immediately east of the seawall
behind his oceanfront home.

The chained-off portion extends
out about 6 feet from the seawall – to
what appears to be the mean-high-
tide line – and runs the length of his
property, which includes a wooden
stairway to his backyard.

He also posted signs warning that
trespassers will be prosecuted and ad-
vising that the area is under 24-hour
video surveillance. One of the signs
reads, “SMILE, You’re On Camera,”
and at least three video cameras are
visible from the beach.

Why is Jaffe doing this?
There doesn’t appear to be any
compelling reason. His property is
a safe distance from Wabasso Beach
Park, and few, if any, beachgoers set
up camp that far north of the county-
owned facility.
Besides, the only reason beachgoers
might want to sit so close to the sea-
wall would be to find shade and avoid
the afternoon sun. But unless Jaffe
was using his cameras, he wouldn’t
even know they were there, let alone
be annoyed or threatened by them,
because he couldn’t possibly see them
from his house or yard.
So I tried calling him at his home
and twice left messages asking him to
return my call. He didn’t.
I then called Walter Garrard, presi-
dent of the Summerplace Improve-
ment Association Inc., to see if he
knew why Jaffe chained-off that sec-
tion of the beach.
“He doesn’t talk to any of us, so we
can only speculate,” Garrard said.
“But I think he’s making a statement.”
And, apparently, that statement is:
He’s doing it because, legally, he can –
or at least he believes he can.
Garrard said he “can’t find any
proof” that Jaffe owns the area east of
the seawall that he has staked out. The
one deed he has found states that the
beach property still belongs to Sum-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 26, 2018 3


merplace Homes, the community’s Vero Electric includes some of FPL’s biggest cus- each day the sale remains in limbo
original developer. tomers and has a long history of taking past Oct. 1, the delay will also force
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 FPL to task before the PSC, the Florida changes in Vero’s city budget for the
In fact, Summerplace’s beach-access Legislature and the Florida Supreme coming fiscal year, which has been
path on E. Barefoot Place runs along million, the $116.2 million premium Court – will almost certainly delay the predicated on no longer owning an
the southern edge of Jaffe’s property should come either from FPL share- closing of the sale beyond Oct. 1, and electric utility. It also lends itself to the
to a wooden platform connected to a holders or from a surcharge on the quite possibly beyond the Nov. 6 Vero possibility of more mischief if oppo-
wooden stairway to the beach. bills of its new Vero electric customers. City Council election. nents of the sale recapture control of
the City Council in November.
That may be where the real expla- Regardless of how this issue is re- Beyond the fact that it will cost Vero
nation for Jaffe’s actions can be found. solved, the petition by FIPUG – which Electric customers $55,000 a day for CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

The path is lined with video camer- Exclusively John’s Island
as and an array of signs – all on Jaffe’s
property – citing Florida statutes and Nestled along a private stretch of peaceful Indian Lake is this 3BR/3.5BA
warning “nosey neighbors” against home. Enjoy tropical breezes, colorful sunsets and lake views from nearly every
“peeping” into his yard and stating room. The living room with tray ceiling and fireplace opens to the enclosed
that the path and platform are not for lanai, allowing ample natural light to fill the 3,946± GSF residence. A pool,
“entertainment, napping or drinking.” kitchen with breakfast area, large master suite with walk-in closets, large office
with custom built-ins, dining room, and 2-car garage complete the picture.
Then there’s the large-but-shred- 621 Indian Harbor Road : $1,595,000
ded American flag Jaffe placed on the
north side of the association’s beach- three championship golf courses : 17 har-tru courts : beach club : squash
access platform. health & fitness center : pickleball : croquet : vertical equity membership

“Somebody made the mistake of 772.231.0900 : Vero Beach, FL :
saying the platform is a good place to
watch the rocket launches at the Cape,
and he must’ve heard it,” Garrard said.
“So he put up that big American flag to
block the view.”

All of this, Garrard said, is related
to an ongoing legal dispute between
Jaffe and the association, which has
cited Jaffe for numerous community
rule violations.

Garrard said Jaffe’s first four law-
suits against the association were dis-
missed and Jaffe is working on a fifth,
purportedly alleging that his Sum-
merplace neighbors have violated his
rights and sabotaged his property.

“He says we invade his privacy when
we use our beach access,” Garrard said
of Jaffe, who purchased his Summer-
place home in 2012.

Apparently, Jaffe doesn’t want any-
one invading his beach, either. Gar-
rard said Jaffe has “gone out to tell
people to get off his beach.”

And, according to two teen girls who
were walking past the chained-off area
on the beach last week, Jaffe refused to
help when one of their friends recently
became overheated.

“We put her in the shade next to the
seawall and, when he came out, we told
him we needed water,” one of the girls
said. “He said, ‘We don’t have water.’”

If the girls’ story is true, Jaffe was
wrong – just as he was when he
blocked off that small section of beach
behind his house, seemingly for no
reason other than to annoy people
and simply because he could.

He was wrong, legally, as well, when
those orange posts, plastic chains and
warning signs were still there last Sun-
day afternoon.

Three days earlier, Florida’s governor
issued an executive order placing a mor-
atorium on any new state regulation that
could inhibit public beach access.

Apparently, the governor, who is
now running for a seat in the U.S. Sen-
ate, realized the legislature passed an-
other bad law. 

4 Vero Beach 32963 / July 26, 2018 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Vero Electric tunac – both longtime opponents of the community informed as we learn fact that what comes next could take
the electric sale. more.” much longer than anyone hoped.
Those following the proceedings Then late Monday afternoon, as of- “From what I’ve heard, the typical
The decade-long effort to get the were giving Larkin’s objection slim ficials in Vero, Indian River County and time it takes the PSC to decide what to
City of Vero Beach out of the electric odds of surviving to the next level, Indian River Shores held their breath do about these objections is 30 days,”
business and sell the utility to Florida which would be referral to a judge waiting for the 5 p.m. deadline to pass, O’Connor said.
Power & Light had seemed to be on the within the Florida Division of Admin- a much more serious protest was filed.
verge of success until last Friday. istrative Hearings, commonly referred That gets us to September. At that
to as DOAH, a clearinghouse for cer- FIPUG, represented by a Tallahassee point, the PSC would either reject the
Monday at 5 p.m. was the deadline tain disputes that arise from the ac- law firm with long history of fighting protests, or refer them to the Division of
for parties substantially affected by tions of agencies like the PSC. FPL ex- FPL, objected to the $116 million above Administrative Hearings for a hearing.
the Florida PSC’s Proposed Agency Ac- pressed hope their challenge would be and beyond the value of the Vero elec-
tion (PAA) to file a formal protest be- “resolved in the near future.” tric system that FPL offered to pay as DOAH Deputy Clerk Terri Dikko,
fore the July 2 ruling detailing the June part of the $185 million purchase price. who handles new case assignment,
5 vote in favor of the sale of the PSC The Civic Association claims to said once a matter is referred to the
would become final. have 900 members who would be im- That $116 million will cover most of agency, it is docketed the same day,
pacted by the Vero electric sale, but Vero’s costs incurred from exiting two within an hour or two. Then, one of
Two weeks passed without a peep it seemed doubtful the PSC would long-term power entanglements the the agency’s nearly three dozen judg-
from any objectors, but then two Vero see the group as credible enough to city had gotten into over the years with es is assigned to the case.
residents and an Indian River Shores launch a hearing process (see edito- the Florida Municipal Power Agency
attorney, under the guise of the Civic rial, page 30). So pro-sale city officials ($108 million) and the Orlando Utili- The judge will send out an initial
Association of Indian River County, such as Mayor Harry Howle, though ties Commission ($20 million). notice to the parties, Dikko said, de-
filed a protest claiming that the tax- frustrated at the last-minute monkey scribing the process and asking the
paying residents of Vero Beach did wrench tossed in by longtime nay- FIPUG argued that FPL’s large com- parties questions, including how long
not truly get a say in the sale, due to sayers, still had hopes the objection mercial customers will bear a dispro- they will need to prepare for the hear-
alleged deception on behalf of city of- might simply be tossed out. portionate burden of that tab should ing, and where geographically they
ficials, the influence of Political Action FPL be permitted to absorb the capital would prefer the hearing be held, as
Committees largely funding by FPL, But FPL spokesperson Sarah Gate- outlay, as the PSC voted 3-2 to allow. DOAH has courts all over Florida.
and the effect of mailings and adver- wood noted that any objection was
tising by FPL touting the expected likely to consume time. “FIPUG respectfully submits that When asked what the turnaround
benefits of the sale. FPL shareholders or COVB ratepayers time would be for responses to those
“In terms of closing, yes, this is rather than FPL’s ratepayers should initial notices, Dikko researched sev-
Former Vero councilwoman Lynne expected to cause a delay but at this fund this acquisition adjustment pre- eral notices sent out in unrelated cas-
Larkin lodged the protest on behalf time we don’t know how long,” she mium,” the filing states. “Put simply, es on file with the agency and said 50
of former Vero councilman Ken Daige said. “We hope to start saving Vero the Commission should not burden to 70 days seemed to be typical.
and former city attorney Charles Vi- Beach customers money as soon as FIPUG members and other FPL rate-
possible and will continue to keep payers with a rate increase to pay for That gets us to mid-to-late October.
the premium FPL intends to pay the Then how long until the case gets
COVB for its electric system.” heard? “That depends upon the sched-
ule of the judge. There are also rush
FIPUG attorney Jon Moyle spoke cases and non-rush cases,” Dikko said.
at the June hearing of the PSC when Thirty days plus processing time,
the matter was taken up, and page 44 plus 50 to 70 days just for the parties’
of the hearing transcripts state that attorneys to file an initial response to
Moyle was testifying at the behest of the Division of Administrative Hear-
Chairman Art Graham, who led the ings, would take ratepayers close to
opposition to approving FPL’s request the November City Council election.
to allow the $116 million premium on O’Connor said he hoped, should the
the grounds that the sale constitutes case be referred for hearing, that the
“extraordinary circumstances” and city could get a rush case, since the op-
that it resolves long-standing disputes erating budget post-Oct. 1 has been set
in the courts and before the PSC be- based upon not owning an electric util-
tween Vero and its neighbors, Indian ity, as it was expected to be sold by then.
River Shores and Indian River County. None of the payroll, benefits and
expenses of maintaining the system,
City Manager Jim O’Connor on running repair trucks and providing
Monday, after hearing of this second customer service are included in Ve-
blow to the much-lauded PSC ap- ro’s upcoming budget. 
proval, was somewhat resigned to the

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 26, 2018 5


Cleveland Clinic ter, Glass told the paper he expects what we have been able to do,” Glass of the Florida organizations it would
that hospital to have made its choice continued. bolster its strength in the market,” said
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 of partner “in the next month,” and is S&P. In August 2017, Standard & Poor’s
hoping it will be Cleveland Clinic. The Bond Buyer quoted Standard & raised its rating on Cleveland Clinic’s
Martin Health on its three hospitals Poor’s latest report on Cleveland Clin- bonds from AA-minus to Aa2, reflect-
“within the same timeframe.” “With that we will be building a very ic, which made mention of the Florida ing “the health system’s strength as an
large integrated delivery health sys- foray as well.
As for Boca Regional Medical Cen- tem in South Florida and leveraging CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
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Cleveland Clinic The notes will be under Cleveland’s tioned geographically to attract pa- its strategy and thereby support the
UK holdings company but guaran- tients from north Broward County as [higher Aa2 bond] rating in the next
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 teed by Cleveland Clinic’s U.S. system, well as southern Palm Beach County. several years,” S&P said. “While CCHS
Glass said. In late February, the health is likely to issue more debt in the next
international brand, which will allow system announced that 2017 revenues This fall, Cleveland Clinic Weston five years, we don’t expect to change
it to grow revenue outside of the con- rose to $8.4 billion, compared to $8 will open a new 180,000-square-foot the rating if CCHS achieves its overall
strained northeast Ohio market.” billion the previous year. Operating in- bed tower adding 75 more beds to forecast.” 
come rose nearly 36 percent to $330.6 that Florida facility. And at Cleveland
In fact, even as it maneuvers to make million. Clinic’s main campus in Ohio, a pedi- Accused killer of nurse
a substantial expansion into Florida, atric outpatient center is set to open in CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Cleveland Clinic is working on major Earlier this month, Cleveland Clinic September.
ventures in Europe and Asia. was in the news for its first foray into Michael David Jones if he is found
China, where it has joined in a strate- Taking over Indian River Medical guilty of first-degree murder for her
Glass was talking with The Bond gic collaborative with a medical group Center, a deal in the works since Janu- death.
Buyer about how Cleveland expects to at Shanghai New Hong Qiao Interna- ary following a selection process that
finance its expansion to London. He tional Medical Center. began last November, would seem a Judge Cynthia Cox denied nine out
said the healthcare company plans to drop in the bucket compared to the of 10 of the defense’s motions to dis-
privately place bonds in pound ster- The business journal Crain’s quoted big-bucks ventures the health system allow the death penalty. One motion
ling equal to about $530 million to Cleveland COO Bill Peacock: “As Chi- has underway. But it is hardly an in- resulted in a compromise whereby
finance a new hospital near Bucking- na plays a more significant role in the significant sum: In its proposal, Cleve- prosecutors and defense attorneys
ham Palace. It already has hospitals in global community, it is evident as an land Clinic said it expects to commit to would agree on proper jury instruc-
United Arab Emirates and in Toronto. organization that we must also play total capital funding of $200 million to tions to emphasize that the jury’s rec-
a role collaborating with China and $250 million over a period of a decade. ommendation of either death, or a life
According to The Bond Buyer, the helping local partners provide world- sentence upon conviction, is signifi-
British bond proceeds will refinance class care.” “Although the health system has no cantly more binding that just advice
a bridge loan of $375 million that plans to issue additional debt this year, to the judge.
dates to 2015, when the health system Closer to home, Cleveland Clinic it is projecting continued high capital
bought a handsome white structure Florida opened the doors July 16 to spending through fiscal 2023. It antici- Jones, 35, was initially arrested on
at 33 Grosvenor Place. The balance of its latest south Florida enterprise: pates average capital expenditures of second-degree murder charges, as the
the bond proceeds will go toward con- Coral Springs Family Health Center, a approximately $1 billion a year during state can only formally charge first-
struction costs in turning the building 78,000-square-foot ambulatory surgi- this period,” The Bond Buyer article degree murder upon indictment by a
into a 200-bed, state-of-the-art private cal center with four operating rooms, said. It went on to quote S&P: Grand Jury – a ruling that panel hand-
hospital. It is expected to begin outpa- eventually expanding to six. It offers
tient services in 2020, and inpatient 17 medical specialties and imaging “With its very strong enterprise and
services in 2021. capabilities. The center is well-posi- financial profiles we believe CCHS
has and will consistently execute on

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 26, 2018 7


ed down on Aug. 26, 2014, thus allow- pened prior to those changes, Cox Street in Melbourne and leaving her The couple had a history of vio-
ing prosecutors to ask for the death agreeing with Deputy Assistant State in the trunk of her own black Nissan lent, destructive behavior, according
penalty should he be convicted. Attorney Tom Bakkedahl that pros- Altima. to depositions from friends and co-
ecutors met all the requirements in a workers.
The case now appears to be head- timely fashion to comply with changes She was found by police after Duve’s
ed for trial either later this year or in to the law. mother reported her missing, and af- Duve’s mother, Lena Andrews, and
early 2019 after being stalled for more ter concern mounted that Duve, a her stepfather – both residents of The
than two years. Attorneys and judges Other defense challenges by Assis- Registered Nurse at Sebastian River Moorings – were in the gallery dur-
are specially trained and certified to tant Public Defender Stanley Glenn Medical Center, had missed her work ing the hearing, accompanied by a
handle death penalty cases, which are were boilerplate arguments that the shift. A multi-county investigation victim’s advocate from State Attorney
prosecuted on the assumption that death penalty is unconstitutional. was launched, with the Vero Beach Bruce Colton’s office.
they will face appeal. Police Department as the lead agency
Jones is accused of killing Duve, since the young woman was last seen As Jones was being led out of the
An investment advisor at the Ocean his on-again, off-again girlfriend, by alive at What-a-Tavern at Royal Palm courtroom, Duve’s mother, in an an-
Drive branch of PNC Wealth Manage- strangulation, then driving her up Pointe. gry outburst, yelled, “Jones, go back in
ment at the time of his arrest, Jones, to a Publix parking lot on Babcock your cage.” 
35, appeared in court last Wednes-
day with a completely shaved head No change coming in Vero nursing home ratings
and scruffy goatee in business attire
– dress pants, a blue-gray dress shirt, BY MICHELLE GENZ health inspection component of its home. The choice of a nursing facility
yellow tie and black-rimmed glasses. Staff Writer one-to-five-star ratings system for is a decision faced by many in Indian
nursing homes in February, leaving River County, where the elderly popu-
During previous proceedings held The annual Medicare rating of nurs- in place whatever rankings were as- lation stands at 31.7 percent, or more
in Fort Lauderdale for a violation of ing homes will not be updated this Au- signed based on data from previous than 48,000 people.
probation charge in which Jones was gust, so two of Indian River County’s years while it implements changes to
found guilty, and another trial in Bro- seven skilled nursing homes will con- the inspection process. The best two homes in the county
ward in which he was acquitted, Jones, tinue to carry the top Medicare rating got five stars on’s Nurs-
an attorney by training, collaborated and two will still have the worst rating Other data based on surveys and ing Home Compare, the quality rating
with his legal team in a collegial fash- possible. payroll information will continue to be website. Those are the 72-bed Grace
ion. But last Wednesday in Judge Cox’s updated but the hiatus in inspections Rehabilitation Center, which earned
courtroom, he faced front, sat silent. The Centers for Medicare and Med- is problematic for those who need to top marks for quality measures and
icaid Services temporarily froze the place a family member in a nursing
Some of the issues Cox weighed in CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
on relate to recent changes in Florida’s
death penalty laws and the fact that
the alleged crime in this case hap-

8 Vero Beach 32963 / July 26, 2018 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Vero nursing homes from’s Nursing Home and Medicaid Services, or CMS, has of the Circuit Court’s website by simply
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 Compare, but only a two-star rat- published a report card on every nursing entering a nursing home’s name.
ing – below average – from U.S. News home it certifies, switching to its current
above average for staffing; and the and World Report’s ranking of nursing star rating system in 2008. The ratings While Nursing Home Compare’s
120-bed Willowbrooke Court at Indian homes nationwide. are posted online just as those for hospi- inspection data may be frozen, state
River Estates, with five stars for both tals are on its Hospital Compare website. inspections will continue. The state
quality measures and staffing. Atlantic Care and Rehab got two stars looks at safety issues from fire preven-
from Medicare; with 110 beds, it had The information on the site, which tion to food preparation to infection
Unlike the other homes, Willow- nine health citations in its 2017 health examines 15,000 nursing homes na- control. Also considered are quality of
brooke is part of a continuing care inspection, twice the state average. tionally, is closely tied to two other life and residents’ rights.
retirement community, Indian River ratings entities: the state of Florida’s
Estates, and its nursing home com- The rehab center within Steward Se- Agency for Health Care Administra- Inspectors look at the time staff
ponent only accepts residents who al- bastian River Medical Center earned tion, which conducts the inspections spends with residents each day, es-
ready live in assisted or independent three Nursing Home Compare stars for CMS; and U.S. News and World pecially registered nurses, by using
housing there. overall but had below average scores Report, which bases its rankings on payroll-based journals that electroni-
in both health inspection and quality Medicare information but weights it cally log hours worked. The quarterly
The worst-ranked nursing homes in measures ratings. On the other hand, differently. reports, which can be audited, show
Vero each got only one star on Nurs- it got five stars for staffing. the hours of administrators and nurs-
ing Home Compare: Consulate Health With the freeze on inspections data es like, down to aides in training.
Care of Vero Beach and Palm Garden According to the senior care advo- now in effect, the last data considered
of Vero Beach. cacy group Florida Health Care Asso- in the U.S. News ratings is from August The ranking websites comb through
ciation, the county’s seven homes are 2017. looked at the two annual inspection records, that note
Consulate, which has 159 beds in among 683 licensed nursing homes in last inspections prior to Nov. 28, 2017. issues like leaving patients in hospital
Vero, is part of a large national chain; the state caring for 73,000 residents. The agency expects to end the freeze gowns instead of getting them dressed
prior reporting by 32963 showed its next spring. to get up and socialize.
Vero facility has been sued for negli- For families and friends forced to
gence of one kind or another 23 times relinquish caregiving at home to the Another website to consider is Pro- Inspectors’ notes describe witness-
since 2008, eight of those cases involv- paid professionals of an institution, Publica’s Nursing Home Inspect, up- ing staff setting meal trays down but
ing a patient’s death. Palm Garden, the the choice of where to move an ill or dated in June, that lets users compare not staying to help people eat; leaving
largest nursing home in the area with aging person is seldom made lightly. nursing homes by deficiency reports people to sleep in one position instead
180 beds, has been sued for negli- and penalties imposed over the past of shifting them to prevent pressure
gence multiple times, all listed on the Along with proximity and cost are a three years. It also allows users to ulcers, or bedsores, a serious risk for
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though there have been complaints of CITY AERATING BETHEL CREEK AS PART OF
late that the reports are more heavily CLEANUP EFFORT AFTER SEWAGE SPILL
redacted that in years past.
BY SAMANTHA ROHLFING BAITA cruise in search of food and ocean- start good bacteria that consume or-
In Florida, nursing home residents Staff Writer going yachts bob at backyard docks. ganic matter.
and the people who know them can
file complaints about care with AHCA. The city of Vero Beach has installed Scientists from the Ocean Research Human waste is harmful to recre-
If the incident happened within the 10 aeration heads in Bethel Creek and Conservation Association in Fort ational and environmentally sensitive
last year, the complaint could trigger to try and accelerate cleanup of the Pierce conducted separate, indepen- waters not only because of dangerous
an inspection. creek in the aftermath of a major sew- dent tests in April as part of ORCA’s bacteria like e-coli but also because
age spill last fall that dumped 3.2 mil- ongoing mission to study, protect sewage carries household chemi-
With one of the highest ratios of lion gallons of human waste in the and restore aquatic ecosystems in the cals and is loaded with nitrogen and
nursing homes to residents in the na- narrow waterway lined with expen- Indian River Lagoon. other nutrients that feed harmful al-
tion, Florida is making strides in safety sive homes. gae blooms that deplete oxygen levels
measures, according to AHCA. ORCA tested toxicity and nutrient and smother marine life.
The creek, which has little natural concentrations in the sediment and
In the past six years, there has been flow, smelled like a toilet for weeks af- throughout the water column, accord- The city bought 10 aeration heads
an effort to rein in the use of anti- ter the spill and residents converged ing to Dr. Beth Falls, the ORCA scientist and a compressor for $25,000, along
psychotic medications, with Florida on City Hall demanding action, con- in charge of the Bethel Creek project. with testing equipment that cost anoth-
showing one of the biggest declines cerned about possible dangers to hu- er $11,000, and the Bethel Creek aera-
in the country – 10 percent. The state man and animal health and harm to “I can say that Bethel Creek is among tion project got underway in June. It was
also ranks high for nurse staffing. In their quality of life. the worst areas we've tested along the powered up slowly at first, Bolton said,
the past legislative session, lawmak- Indian River,” Falls said. to ensure it wouldn't churn up the thick
ers added $130 million in Medicaid Rob Bolton, head ofVero’s water and organic muck at the bottom of the creek
spending for nursing home care, in- sewer department, moved quickly to With water contaminated enough and release nitrogen and phosphorous
cluding a $25-per-month boost in the repair the broken sewer pipe, and put at one point that it was dangerous to that would spark an algae bloom.
amount Medicaid provides to resi- up warning signs to alert fishermen touch and high bacteria levels persist-
dents for personal needs like clothes and boaters that the creek was con- ing for weeks after the spill, Bolton The aerators now operate daily – on
or haircuts. taminated. He also instituted a test- consulted with scientists from Florida an 8-hours-on, 4-hours-off schedule –
ing program to keep track of bacteria Institute of Technology and eventu- creating bubbly, foaming areas in the
Florida’s AHCA’s Nursing Home levels in the water, where manatees ally decided to try aeration, one of the middle of the creek. Each pump is fas-
Guide includes a watch list for homes standard methods used for treating
operating under bankruptcy or con- sewage, because oxygen helps kick- CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
ditional status in the past 30 months.
Conditional status is defined as not
meeting or not correcting on follow-
up the minimum standards at the
time of inspection. 

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Fortunately, sargassum not too bad on island beaches

BY SUE COCKING ing algae common in the Atlantic, The problem isn’t too bad on Vero’s that the Caribbean is seeing, but things
Columnist Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico that’s beaches – the Gulf Stream, which carries can get worse here too,” he added.
usually beneficial to the marine envi- sargassum north from the Caribbean, is
If you’ve plopped your folding chair ronment. further offshore here than it is further The algae floats around in the open
down at South Beach or Conn Beach south – but summer is far from over. ocean at the mercy of winds and cur-
lately, you may have had to weave your But when it comes ashore in tennis rents, and its growth is fueled by nitro-
way through thickets of stinky, maize- court-sized mats several feet thick, as “What we’re seeing now over a large gen and phosphorus from land-based
colored seaweed covering some of the it’s doing right now in several Carib- area is too much of a good thing,” Dr. sources, mainly septic systems and
sand to find a good spot. The seaweed bean countries, it can smother baby Brian LaPointe, research professor at fertilizer runoff.
washes in with the tide and doesn’t al- sea turtles emerging from their nests, Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor
ways wash out again. cause nearshore fish kills by deplet- Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort There really isn’t much that people
ing oxygen levels in the water, and Pierce, said. along the Treasure Coast can do to
It’s sargassum – a non-toxic, float- send gagging beachgoers packing. hold back the seaweed from the beach.
“We’re not seeing the massive pileup
The sea turtle nesting season, which
runs from March through October, is at
its peak right now, and raking the beach-
es with mechanical devices is illegal.

“We have no way of removing it
[during turtle season],” said Vero
Beach City Manager Jim O’Connor.
“It’s a natural phenomenon of living
on the ocean.

“One day, it’ll be bad and the next
day it isn’t. If you happen to live in a
condo and it comes up behind your
condo, then it’s a national crisis.”

O’Connor said regular beach main-
tenance using an ATV pulling a claw-
like device will resume after the turtle
nesting season is over. 

Bethel Creek


tened to a base on the creek bottom and
connected to an onshore compressor
with a total of about 10,000 feet of hose.

Since the aeration began, the city’s
weekly tests have shown some rise in
oxygen levels, according to Bolton. “We
monitor oxygen levels, salinity, temper-
ature and total suspended solids, and
we'll do some additional testing next
week,” he said. “The aeration is defi-
nitely helping.”

Bolton said the aeration will con-
tinue for nine months to a year, and,
if the oxygen levels continue to in-
crease, and “we get different ideas on
how to handle the muck, we may go to
4 hours on, 7 hours off.”

Island environmental activist Judy
Orcutt would like to see “more hard
science” during the project period to
determine whether aeration could be
used to reduce muck and the algae-
loving nutrients it contains in other
parts of the lagoon.

“We don't have that kind of data,”
says Orcutt, who’s also concerned that
the city's entire wastewater system
could be at risk from sea level rise, salt
water intrusion and failures like the
one that occurred in November, when
a rusting sewer main that runs along
State Road A1A sent a thick flow of un-
treated sewage into the creek. 

Nolan Wright and Caden Wright.



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Celestial gazing was amazing at Museum’s Star Party

Pam Sommers with Eli Balsama and TJ Balsama.

Linda and John Musselman with daughter Laurel. Maria, Benjamin and Lucas Searcy. Katherine Zimmer and Jon Bell.
Lindan Greenaway and Lainey Schlitt.
PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF through high-powered telescopes,
Michelle Isaacson with daughter Isabella. Staff Writer compliments of the Treasure Coast As-
Evan Ramos. tronomical Society.
Budding astronomers and celes-
tial photographers spent a star-stud- “Oohs and aahs” could be heard as
ded evening searching for luminous the eight-day-old Moon glowed in its
spheres of plasma at a family-friendly glory through the telescopes. It was al-
Star Party hosted by the Vero Beach most as if the planets had also aligned
Museum of Art last Friday evening. for the sky watchers, as Mars, Jupiter
and Saturn made rare appearances in
The event drew in a galaxy of astro- the summer sky.
philes, young and old alike, who also
took advantage of the opportunity to “I hope they are intrigued by the ce-
visit the museum’s Astronomy Photog- lestial outer space and inspired to take
rapher of the Year exhibit, on display photographs,” said Pam Sommers,
through Sept. 16. VBMA Youth and Family Programs
manager. She said they wanted to con-
The exhibition features roughly 50 nect the exhibition of amateur astro-
celestial photographs selected from photography to an educational inter-
the 2017 Astronomy Photographer of pretation event that would engage the
the Year competition conducted an- whole family.
nually by England’s Royal Observatory
in Greenwich, and includes ‘out-of- Activities also included star-themed
this-world’ shots of aurorae, galaxies, fun in the Art Zone, such as star-gazing
moon, sun, people and space, planets, apps and Moon-landing facts, and ar-
comets, asteroids, skyscapes, stars and tistic crafts in the atrium, where the
nebulae. children could use their imaginations
to help them take flight and, in es-
The event serendipitously aligned sence, swing on a star.
with the anniversary of the Apollo 11
Moon landing of July 20, 1969. Follow- “It’s a fun way to get the artist’s point
ing in the footsteps of astronaut Neil of view and perspective. It’s a nice
Armstrong as he took “... one small step mix of science and art,” Sommers ex-
for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” plained. “The telescopes as the actual
boys and girls posed for photos ‘on the science – learning about our solar sys-
Moon’ and got a feel for the lunar land- tem – and then the art – how the pho-
scape. tographers chose to capture that and
tell the story they see.”
Afterward, they headed outside
to take a closer look at the real thing For more information, visit vbmu- 

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Santa and his helpers spread ‘Christmas in July’ joy

BY STEPHANIE LABAFF Colleen Coppola with Sadie. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE “They get to laugh and talk, may- Indian River County Sheriff’s dep-
Staff Writer be bring some of these kids out of uty Teddy Floyd spent the morning
officers. Shopping with the officers their shell. The officers also get to coaxing passers-by to try their hand
A bit of northern frost blew in to turns that around and helps build learn about the kids that need help at soaking Maj. Eric Flowers of the
cool things off – at least in people’s trust and develop a bond. and what we can do when we’re in Indian River County Sheriff’s Office
minds – last Saturday when Santa the community,” said Penn. This in the dunk tank.
dropped by to visit during the an- way, when the children encounter
nual Christmas in July celebration the officers out in the community, “I’ve been doing this since the be-
at Sebastian’s Riverview Park. they remember the positive experi- ginning and every year it gets bet-
ence and are more likely to seek out ter,” said Floyd, pointing out that
The focus of the day was to raise help when it’s needed. the event is all about collaboration
funds to support efforts to pro- between the community and law
vide children with Christmas gifts Families enjoyed shopping, food enforcement. “In today’s society,
through the annual Shop with a trucks, a car show, a flurry of games, every time you look on Facebook,
Cop program. dancing and watching the Sebas- Twitter or something it’s always the
tian Police Department’s K-9 Unit negative, no positive. Here, people
Members of various local law show off their skills. A splash zone are having a good day.”
enforcement groups host the sum- provided an area for children and
mertime holiday hoopla so that in officers alike to cool off with water “Shop with a Cop is one of my fa-
December officers can take about balloons, squirt guns and a frozen vorite days of the whole year,” add-
150 children Christmas shopping at T-shirt contest. ed a sodden Flowers. “Anything to
Walmart. The funding enables each raise money to be able to give kids
child to spend $100 on their spree Santa was escorted to the scene a good Christmas every single year.
with a little help from their own by the Sebastian Police Depart- We’ll do whatever it takes to make
personal shopping buddy. ment, sirens and lights flashing, that happen. It’s such a positive
and received a warm welcome from time for kids to interact with law
According to Ashley Penn, Sebas- boys and girls anxious to chat with enforcement. It’s a pivotal minute
tian Police Department officer and the jolly old fellow and inform him and if we can just capture those few
the event’s coordinator, social me- of their Christmas wishes well in minutes with the kids, we can really
dia has made a negative impact on advance. show the good in the world.” 
society’s view of law enforcement

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Anna Bissonette with Cora and Grace Dowd. Sebastian K-9 Unit demonstration. Jim Belanger and Officer Ashley Penn.

Dep. Teddy Floyd, Meg Johnson and Jera Torres. Emily Patton and Santa. Paige Stoll and Chasidy Holtz.

Madison Pope. Veranda

Jensen Penn.

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Fundraiser salutes progress of Cultural Arts Village

BY MARY SCHENKEL Downtown Vero Beach Arts District
Staff Writer is at the eastern edge of the Edge-
wood neighborhood they are work-
A sold-out crowd gathered last ing to revitalize into a mixed-use
Tuesday evening at Post & Vine to residential area, replete with histor-
support and learn more about the ic homes, artists’ studios and shops.
Vero Beach Cultural Arts Village,
a project of the Cultural Council of Attendees perused an enviable as-
Indian River County. The new open- sortment of donated silent-auction
air restaurant on 14th Avenue in the items, including what Barbara Hoff-
man, Cultural Council executive

Ross Power and Holly Brennan with Lynne and Jim Edgar. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

director and chair of the CAV lead- “What I see here in our Edgewood
ership committee, said was more district is something that is much
than $20,000 worth of artwork, while softer and more community based;
enjoying cocktails and a delicious a gentle arts community that peo-
buffet dinner before hearing from ple can come in and experience,”
a number of individuals involved in said Power. “Everything is being de-
the project. signed to keep the nature of the his-
toric quality.”
In addition to Hoffman, speakers
included Edgewood resident Travis “Vero Beach is a gem and a fantas-
Beckett, owner of Wild Thyme Ca- tic place to live,” said Van Cotthem.
tering, one of five ‘block captains’ “The Edgewood neighborhood was
who will assist police with crime part of the original town made by
watch and code enforcement issues; the founders.”
architect/realtor Luis Van Cotthem,
chair of the CAV zoning committee; That original design, he said, was
realtor Samantha Irvin; landscape/ laid out with purpose, explaining
urban designer Neil Sickterman, that in addition to beautiful tree-
chair of the infrastructure commit- lined streets and porched homes,
tee; artists and Edgewood residents there are also alleys, which reinforc-
Dawn Miller and Ross Power; and es its superior urbanism.
photographer Phil Reid.
“If we wanted to preserve and en-
“I invested in the neighborhood 15 hance the town and those original
years ago and I envisioned the area neighborhoods, we needed to do
becoming an artists’ community. I deliberate measures and actions the
chose the Edgewood area because same way the founders of the town
I felt it was the right location to at- did them,” said Van Cotthem, not-
tract other artists,” said Power, who ing their wish to uphold the found-
credits Hoffman with turning the ers’ specific intentions. Adding that
concept into a reality. while some people feel that if noth-
ing is done, things will still fall into
“Because of all her hard work, place, he asserted “that is not the
Barbara took my vision for this art case. If we do nothing we would
community and fine-tuned it into destroy what is there. We needed
the Cultural Arts Village, which is to embrace the project and take ac-
very brilliant, very refined, and also tion.”
much more than I ever conceived.”
Additional plans for the revitaliza-
Power, who is currently creating a tion of Edgewood, which stretches
piece at his Edgewood-based studio west from 14th Avenue to 20th Av-
commissioned by Next Generation enue and from 18th Street to 20th
Veterans to be installed at Memorial Street (Route 60), include such im-
Island, said he was also involved in provements as landscaping, light-
the creation of Miami’s famed Wyn- ing, colorful murals, vintage street
wood Art District, now home to mul- signs and pocket parks.
tiple galleries, museums, art com-
plexes and studios. For more information, visit vero- 

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Dawn Miller, Michael Rechter and Barbara Hoffman. Annie Wettlaufer, Leonard Markir and Luis Van Cotthem. Cliff and Michele Henry.

Palmer Cooksey, Stephany and Byron Cooksey, Delaney Cooksey and Cole Ripple. Travis Beckett, Leah and Bruce Cady and Barbara and Phil Reid.

Neil Sickterman and Christine Pokorney Amanda and Luke Steadman.
with their daughter Quincy.

Theo and Helena Perry. Bette Nielsen and Carole Casey.

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Brilliance and resilience define Ballet Vero Beach

BY MARY SCHENKEL Adam Schnell. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE sional dancers with its sister company, “They’re building them a theatre,
Staff Writer American Midwest Ballet (formerly studios and they’re giving a certain
ment to their Annual Fund. called Ballet Nebraska). amount of funding for administrative
“What has been remarkable for me is “The pitch was, we’ve gotten to this support over the next few years,” says
that we’re starting season six, and that “And, of course, that exploded with Schnell. It has also equated to an in-
in itself is a huge feat for any arts orga- point; we’ve shown you what we can do adding ‘Nutcracker on the Indian Riv- crease in salaries, workers’ comp and
nization that started from zero,” says with this fabulous new production and er,’ because it had more of our danc- health insurance.
Adam Schnell, founder and artistic di- we really need help matching what has ers here at once,” says Schnell, of the
rector of Ballet Vero Beach. been generated in ticket sales with do- expense of flights, hotels, rental cars “For me, there was definitely an ‘oh
nations,” says Schnell. Their success- and per diems for the 23 professional no’ moment this past spring, because
“I have seen time and time again ful campaign made up for the grant dancers. it was a substantial increase. It was a 25
things move faster than I thought they loss and doubled their Annual Fund percent increase in what I was paying
would. You can put a goal out there income. The impetus behind the American for payroll. For a young organization it
like, ‘Oh, we’re going to do ‘Nutcracker’ Midwest Ballet name change is its was a big deal,” he says. “But, we have
in year five.’ And then when you start “So that’s been great. What is some- alignment with an organization work- always wanted to present the best side
working on it and people are respond- times hard for me to articulate is that ing to revitalize Council Bluffs, Iowa, of professional dance and that means
ing, you realize, it’s actually happening it’s not just great, it’s necessary,” he across the Missouri River from Omaha. paying a living wage. It may have hap-
and now we have to do it.” says. pened a little faster than we wanted,
but it’s a great thing and a great chal-
In fact it was to great acclaim that Ballet Vero Beach shares its profes- lenge for us to rise to.”
Ballet Vero Beach launched its out-
standing original production of “Nut- Their Education and Outreach pro-
cracker on the Indian River” this past gram includes a ticket donation pro-
December, at the conclusion of its fifth gram that provides free performance
season. At the same time, the organi- tickets to 12 local social service non-
zation has also been strengthening its profits. A student matinee series,
various other focus areas, thanks to which presents one free performance
generous donors. each to all third- and fourth-graders,
has mushroomed to upwards of 700
When Gov. Rick Scott and the Legis- students.
lature slashed state arts funding by 90
percent this spring, that donor support A third growth aspect, he says, per-
became even more critical. Florida is tains to presentations that advance a
now ranked No. 48, two spots from the broader view of the dance community
bottom of the barrel in terms of arts as a whole.
funding. Indian River County is even
worse – it’s one of only a few counties “That grew last year with our Wendy
where arts allocations are a big goose Whelan event,” Schnell says, speaking
egg. of a visit by the former New York City
Ballet principal dancer. “That has sort
With their anticipated $25,000 state of snowballed this year in that Wendy
grant reduced to zero, Schnell said he has recommended a small company
and the board opted to ask supporters from New York that will come down in
to make a three- to five-year commit- the fall and have a residency in the stu-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 26, 2018 19


dio with Camilo (ballet master Camilo Camilo Rodriguez. seen an increase in kids asking about around and we saw all these organiza-
Rodriguez) to create new work that will schools where they could go away and tions that were credibly producing pro-
then be performed.” the Indian River,” there are now two finish their training.” fessional art in this town and we said,
opportunities for aspiring young danc- ‘we want to do that for dance.’ We are
That performance, “konverjdans ers to interact with quality profession- To those who voice a preference for giving the very best quality that we are
with Camilo A. Rodriguez” takes place als. This past season, local dancer Kat- big city ballet, he says the same could able.”
Nov. 7 at the Vero Beach Museum of erina Schweitzer moved to Nebraska to be said of any of our cultural arts orga-
Art. join the company after completing her nizations – Riverside Theatre, Atlantic And he continues to be thrilled with
training. Classical Orchestra, Vero Beach Opera, audience’s reactions to their perfor-
“So the presentation aspect has the Vero Beach Museum of Arts, etc. He mances.
grown, the company has grown and “That was really a cool thing. All of adds that people with that philosophy
the educational component has this – the Dance Festival, Ballet Vero are missing out on the cultural identity “People who walked into ‘Nutcracker
grown. People want more, but more Beach – has finally led to someone who that is unique to this area. on the Indian River’ had no idea what
costs more. So that’s going back to why had a passion for it and grew up here they were in for, and they left blown
we need to increase ticket sales and being able to dance as a career. That “Why can’t we have our own bal- away. And that is always my intention;
we need to increase donations,” says was a very proud moment for us for let company with its own identity? I to exceed people’s expectations,” says
Schnell. sure.” think that has been a fun challenge Schnell.
for us from the very beginning,” he
“But it’s a good problem to have. I am Some of their current students re- says. “When we started this, we looked For more information, visit balletver-
excited to see what the second half of member when Schweitzer performed 
our first decade holds. When you start with them. As a result, he says, “I’ve
something like this you think, ‘we’ll
just see where it goes,’ and all of a sud-
den we’ve just hit year five. And that’s
pretty cool.”

Schnell is also pleased with the
growth of the annual Riverside Dance
Festival, an intensive summer dance
study program presented in partner-
ship with Riverside Theatre.

“Now in its seventh year, Schnell ex-
plains, “We have brought small com-
panies from all across the country – a
different company every year – to work
with the kids.”

Professional dancers are here for
two weeks, teaching classes and cho-
reographing a show that students then
perform. The visiting company also
presents two professional shows on
the Stark Stage as the start of the BVB

This year features the Atlanta-based
CORE Dance, with two ticketed perfor-
mances at 8 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4. The free
student showcase takes place at 2 p.m.
Aug. 4, following the RT Star Back to
School event at Riverside Theatre.

With the addition of “Nutcracker on

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‘A special place’: Fond St. Ed’s memories for Cooper

BY RON HOLUB a lot of fun for us. assisted in a much more important
mission by guiding their coaches
Correspondent “Mr. (Scott) Mohr through a successful pregnancy.

Carter Cooper began and ended was our assistant Cooper was the Pirates Offensive
the K-12 phase of her education at St. Player of the Year as a freshman. She
Ed’s, but after experiencing two inter- coach, and he would was All-Area Honorable Mention as
ruptions during those years, she was a junior. As a senior she had 12 goals
ultimately able to secure a stable and protect her on the and 11 assists despite missing a half-
comfortable landing as a junior, se- dozen games due to injury or illness.
nior and, finally, a 2018 graduate. sidelines. Coach Mohr
“Carter is a phenomenal soccer
“I was here in pre-kindergarten, left, couldn’t run with us player,” Jaclyn Mohr told us. “She
and then came back in ninth grade was constantly an offensive threat,
for high school,” Cooper explained. “I at practice like she as well as a sound defender. She has a
left again for a year to go to boarding clear understanding of the game, im-
school in Tennessee, and then I came had done in the past, peccable skills and amazing vision.
back for 11th and 12th grade, basically Her ability to play the game can’t be
because I thought the school was so but that didn’t mean taught. She will truly be missed, but
great.” we know she will be successful play-
we ran any less. She ing at the next level.”
This was a clear example of absence
making the heart grow fonder. Soccer was more of a direc- That next level will be D-3 soccer at
was without a doubt one of the prima- Sewanee – the University of the South,
ry dimensions in her ability to settle tor out there, which off I-24 atop the Cumberland Plateau
back in for the final two years of high between Nashville and Chattanooga.
school. To spice it all up, these past was out of character She will catch up with her sister, a ju-
two soccer seasons have been among nior lacrosse player, in beautiful sur-
the most fascinating that any high for her, because she roundings, explore her creative side,
school player might experience. and leave with appreciation for what
really likes to get in- just transpired.
The sport has been a constant in her
life for a long time, and that pattern volved. It was hard for “I want to go into liberal arts. I re-
will definitely not be disturbed any ally like art history and writing, so I
time soon. her.” wanted to go to a place where I could
try all sorts of different things.
“I’ve been playing soccer since I was Circumstances like Carter Cooper. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
4 years old, and it has always been a “A lot of my friends are diehards,
big part of my life,” Cooper said. “It that can’t help but they have been here forever and say
was really great to have a chance to they can’t wait to get out of Vero. It’s
play for and represent St. Edward’s. bring a team together. In addition to marked the fifth consecutive year that different for me because I moved
We’ve always had a great group of around a ton for my whole life. I guess
girls, especially this past year when witnessing the Mohrs go through the HTE bounced St. Ed’s from the district it’s a unique thing to like your high
coach (Jaclyn) Mohr was pregnant. It school, but for me this is a really spe-
was kind of a hassle for her, but it was process of adding daughter Taylor tournament. Cooper and her Pirate cial place.” 

to their family, the girls soccer team teammates were not about to be de-

gave birth to a district championship nied when they were reunited the fol-

the year before, but only after going lowing season.

through some long, difficult labor “We beat them 5-0 in the district fi-

pains. nals last year, and that was really awe-

“We had some pretty good teams some, because we did it against HTE,”

in the three years I was here,” Cooper Cooper had no trouble recalling.

said. “In my freshman year we lost to “They had been our rival for so long,

Holy Trinity Episcopal, 5-2, for the dis- and beating them 5-0 was like scoring

trict championship. I was so excited one goal for each year they beat us. It

just to be there, playing high school was a total blowout. It was something

soccer and looking up to the rest of that we had been building toward,

the girls.” and we finally got it done.”

The following year while she was This past season St. Ed’s was

away at boarding school, St. Ed’s was blanked in the district championship

again defeated by HTE for the dis- game 2-0 to – you guessed it – HTE.

trict championship, this time 1-0. It However, Cooper and her teammates


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40 years of Foosaner: ‘Look’ while there’s still time

BY ELLEN FISCHER in this show, including a room devoted lection and, with the help of profession- Executive Director Carla Funk.
Columnist to paintings and etchings of ballerina al museum staff, administer programs
Anna Pavlova by German Impression- there for the benefit of FIT students and PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD
On the local museum scene, ’tis the ist Ernst Oppler; a constructivist (and faculty and the Brevard community at
season for permanent collection exhib- gender neutral) painting of Adam and large. Soon thereafter, a $1 million gift
its. At the Florida Institute of Technol- Eve by Missourian Joe Jones done, evi- from the Foosaner Foundation – the last
ogy’s Foosaner Art Museum, executive dently, before he became a darling of it would make before ceasing operation
director Carla Funk dipped into the American Regionalism; and a 200-plus- – was presented to FIT to operate the
5,000-piece collection and emerged year-old portrait of Catherine the Great museum for the following decade.
with a group of paintings, prints and by an unnamed Russian workshop. If it
mixed-media works that are on display weren’t for the glittering breastplate of Now in its seventh year of responsi-
in the museum’s galleries now through diamonds the tsarina wears, you’d think bility for the museum, FIT announced
Nov. 3, 2018. she was Aunt Bee, rosy cheeked from earlier this year
baking cookies for Opie.
Titled “A Look Back: 40 Years of the
Foosaner Collection,” the exhibition Those objects are but a tiny portion of
focuses in large part on U.S. artists of the Foosaner’s wide-ranging collection.
regional and national importance, in- Not on view in this show are its collec-
cluding paintings by George Snyder, tions of East Indian metal work, Inuit
formerly of Melbourne; Rick Piper of artifacts, Spanish Colonial bronze stir-
Cocoa Beach; and René Guerin of Vero rups and Roman oil lamps, not to men-
Beach. The big American names include tion a carved African elephant tusk and
Jim Dine, with a 1996 intaglio bathrobe a small seascape by Edward Hopper,
image titled “Red Sitting with Me”; John aged 17.
Chamberlain, with his 1977 Welding Se-
ries of five lithographs; and prints from Prior to July 1, 2011, when the muse-
the 1972 “Peace Portfolio” by Richard um merged with the Florida Institute of
Anuszkiewicz, Claes Oldenburg, Mari- Technology, the Foosaner Museum was
sol and Robert Rauschenberg. called the Brevard Art Museum. It was
believed that FIT would own and main-
There are more than a few surprises tain the museum’s building and its col-

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Melbourne’s cultural heritage
for future generations. When
the Foosaner Art Museum
shuts its doors forever, will
these works remain with Flori-
da Tech or be donated to other
Florida institutions who will
value them? Or will they be dis-
posed of by sale to the higher

What’s going to happen
with this collection? “That’s a
great question,” says Funk.

“I’m trying to educate the ad-
ministration about what needs
to be done, so we can find a
good home for everything.” 

that it will dissolve the museum, sell its ballet and, in particular, prima balle-
real property and “relocate” the Foosan- rina Anna Pavlova.
er’s collection in 2021. This is because
FIT’s administrators and board of trust- The subject of most of the Oppler
ees determined the operation of the art works on display is Pavlova in “The Dy-
museum to be “financially unsustain- ing Swan.” Only four minutes long, the
able for the university,” according to a solo piece was choreographed for her
Feb. 9 press release. by Mikhail Fokine in 1905. It is set to
French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’
“Over time, it’s just become an unten- “The Swan” from “Carnival of the Ani-
able situation to continue to pour mon- mals.” Pavlova performed it to acclaim
ey in with very little outside support. We throughout her career, famously say-
hope that the community will step up ing on her deathbed, “Get my ‘Swan’
to preserve this community asset,” said costume ready.” A video monitor in the
Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay. gallery shows her dancing the role in a
1925 film, as the gentle sorrow of the
The founding of the museum back Swan’s solo cello fills the room.
in 1978 was a grassroots movement,
says Funk. Ernst Oppler died in Berlin in 1929.
In the following decade his survivors,
“The community raised the money,” fleeing from the Nazis, had the op-
she says. portunity – and forethought – to take
all the works remaining in Oppler’s
“Some of the remaining founders studio with them to safety. Melbourne
still come to our openings and are still resident Susan Oppler Wood, the art-
strong patrons of the museum, but they ist’s grandniece, inherited the works,
are very few,” she adds. which she donated to the Foosaner in
1986. For this show she generously lent
It seems that the fate of this commu- an oil portrait of Pavlova by Oppler that
nity asset, along with its collection, is remains in her collection.
again in the hands of the community.
The Foosaner Art Museum is also the
Funk says that the strength of the col- repository for some significant works
lection is its prints and works on paper. by Frits Van Eeden. Born in the Neth-
erlands in 1944, Van Eeden first studied
The room containing the work of art as a boy under private teachers in
Ernst Oppler testifies to that. The Hague. As a teen he went to Am-
sterdam for study at Gerrit Rietveld
“He was a master printer. We have Academie. Returning to The Hague, he
lots of works on paper by him,” she became a member of that city’s Pulchri
says, noting that the Foosaner Art Mu- Studio, a Dutch art society.
seum has the largest collection of Op-
pler’s work in the world. Van Eeden arrived in Brevard Coun-
ty in 1979 and has become well-known
According to Funk, the second larg- and avidly collected by Space Coast art
est Oppler collection is in Germany. In lovers. As an art instructor in the Renee
the U.S., the prolific artist’s work is also Foosaner Education Center since its in-
held in New York’s Metropolitan Muse- ception, Van Eeden has taught several
um and the National Gallery in Wash- hundred students over the years.
ington, D.C., among others.
Van Eeden is particularly esteemed
Born in Hanover in 1867, Oppler took for his paintings and sculptures of hors-
his education at the Academy of Arts in es. A muscular painting of a horse is on
Munich and afterwards moved to Lon- display in the current exhibition, as well
don to study the work of James Abbott as two untitled abstract figural paint-
McNeill Whistler. After his return to ings from 1985.
Germany, Oppler joined the Munich
Secession, an association of young art- Many of the objects in the Foosaner’s
ists who protested the conservatism of permanent collection are the substan-
that city’s existing artists’ organization. tial gifts of donors who wanted to enrich
When he moved to Berlin in 1904, Op-
pler concurrently became part of the
Berlin Secession, as well. It was in Ber-
lin that he became obsessed by Russian

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Coming Up: Get up for Aerial Antics shows at St. Ed’s

BY SAM ROHLFING BAITA Riverside Theatre’s year-round themed thought about comedy. “These guys
Staff Writer weekend series (it’s always a let-your- owned the stage like rock stars! You
hair-down party) – this is a great time never knew what was going to happen
1 A tradition in Vero Beach for more to do it because it’s the last weekend for next!” His goal, says the show promo,
than four decades, the Aerial An- the month of July’s very popular “Vegas is to make you laugh uncontrollably,
Nights,” Las Vegas-style casino parties striking close to home, sometimes silly,
tics Youth Circus is coming to town (St. with live entertainment. You can try sometimes hard-hitting, always funny.
your luck at blackjack, craps, roulette Hortman, according to his bio, credits
Edward’s School) this coming Thurs- and poker, or challenge the one-armed- his fifth-grade teacher with encour-
bandit. You play with Riverside’s funny aging his urge to entertain. Earning
day, Aug. 2, through Saturday Aug. 4. money and, if luck’s being a lady, you good grades, but constantly distract-
might win a cool prize. On Friday and ing his classmates with his jokes, his
With the many hundreds of local youth Saturday, there’s free live music and wise teacher gave him time at the end
plenty of food and beverages all set up, of class to do “his show” as long as he
who’ve participated over the years, you outside “Live On the Loop,” then you behaved for the first 45 minutes. Hort-
can head inside for the Comedy Zone man likes the humor of Martin Law-
might well have kids or grandkids who show. Friday night the music’s by clas- rence and Bill Cosby, especially their
sic rock ’n’ roll trio Radio Days; then, ability to tell jokes without profanity
have, or perhaps you yourself are an on Saturday, it’s acoustic rock with Red and represent the “little guy,” thus his
Hot Rooster. Making funny this week- routine consists of profanity-free ban-
Aerial Antics alumnus or alumna. This end will be Comedy Zone comedians ter, with “pointed observations about
Jim Holder and Rahn Hortman. As an everyday people that leave no one
week, more than 250 young people from 18-year veteran of stand-up comedy, safe.” Free Live in the Loop concert,
who headlined comedy clubs from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Comedy showcase
3 to 25 will soar, tumble, leap and twirl, coast-to-coast, Holder is still standing times: 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: 1 Aerial Antics this Thursday at St. Ed’s.
up and headlining. When he was get- $12 to $22. 772-231-6990.
sharing with the community the gym- ting his start at the Comedy Workshop day at the King Center’s Studio The-
in Houston, he saw one of the “Texas atre, when a pair of top flight sax men,
nastics, dance and aerial skills they’ve Outlaw Comics,” Bill Hicks, perform, Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole, take the
and it forever changed the way he stage. According to,
honed in the Vero Beach Recreation Cole’s first album out of the gate, “Stay
Awhile,” scored a pair of No. 1 hits and
Department programs, year-round, nabbed the Oasis Smooth Jazz Award
for best new artist. And he just kept
including nine intense weeks of sum- bringing it. Cole has performed/re-
corded with fellow luminaries like Ju-
mer camp. “In light of all the negativ- nior Wells and Buddy Guy; soloed with
the City of Prague Orchestra and the
ity in the world,” say circus organizers, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and is a
founding member of the jazz trio The
it seemed fitting to choose this year’s Sax Pack, with Marcus Anderson and
Kashiwa. According to,
circus theme, “It’s Time to Inspire.” Kashiwa’s career got a kick start with
his Radio & Records chart-topping
Show time: 7 p.m. all three days. Tick- “Hyde Park (The Ah, Oooh Song),” and
the Seattle native endeared himself to
ets: adults, $8; children and seniors, $7. smooth jazz fans worldwide as a mem-
ber of the Rippingtons for a decade.
772-567-2144. Ripps recordings like “Welcome to the
St. James Club” and “Curves Ahead,”
2 If you love, or want to check out, a 3 How much fun is this! A troupe and solo recordings “Remember Cata-
weekend favorite in these parts – of students, 8-13, fresh out of Riv- lina” and “Walkamile,” are just a few
of his many jazz fan faves. Several
erside Theatre’s iRascals Broadway years back, Disney hired him to teach
its young band members, and today,
Camp, performing Broadway hits with between gigs, he continues to teach.
Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: start at $54.
energy, moxie and no small talent. 321-242-2219. 

“iRascals Broadway” showcases these

young performers in hits from Broad-

way shows this Friday, July 27, at 2 p.m.

and 7 p.m. If you attend the 7 p.m. show,

here’s a thought: Stick around to grab

some dinner at Live in the Loop, and

enjoy the live (free) music (see above).

Show tickets: $10. 772-231-6990.

4 An evening of jazz sax: There’s
just something so engaging about

the saxophone. Mellow. Smoky.

Spirited. Relatable. One saxman even

likened his sound to “a 6-cylinder

Porsche engine chewing on granola,

with a dollop of soft kitty fur.” You can

pick your own adjectives this Satur-

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The Queen’s Swan Marker, David Barber,
leads traditional wooden row boats up the

River Thames, counting and measuring
Queen Elizabeth II’s swans.


BY WILLIAM BOOTH | WASHINGTON POST A team of Dyers restrains a cygnet while one of the Vintners scoops up an adult swan. Marker to Her Majesty the Queen, a
hearty 68-year-old bloke named David
STAINES-UPON-THAMES, England – Barber, who sells boat engines, they
row up the Thames and wrangle the
By ancient law and custom, the queen swans to shore for inspection, mark-
is entitled to claim ownership of any ing and counting.
wild swan paddling in her vast realm.
This is because mute swans were As far as poultry tourism goes, watch-
viewed as royal birds, symbols of high ing Swan Upping cannot be beat: These
status, and once-upon-a-time aristo- snowy white beasts, with their long
crats enjoyed roasting the young ones curved necks, are truly elegant water-
for Christmas feasts. Yum! fowl. They’re also super-territorial and,
despite the official name of the species,
Much has changed since 1186 – the anything but mute. They hiss and snort
goose has swapped places with the and holler.
swan on the holiday carving board –
but one ritual that has survived into This week, as the queen’s swan wran-
the 21st century is the annual Swan glers made their way past Penton Hook
Upping, the atavistic, bizarre but won- Lock, the watermen cried out “All-Up!”
derful count of the mute swan popula- signaling they’d spotted a pair of adults
tion along the Thames River. – he a cob, she a pen – with a half dozen
downy gray cygnets.
Each year, in the third week in July,
grown men in white pants squeeze In quick order, the skiffs surround-
themselves into brightly varnished ed the swans and herded them toward
skiffs, and, commanded by the Swan shore. The crew members grabbed the

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birds by the necks and torsos, plucked Crews raise a toast to the queen on the first day of Swan Upping, July 16, 2018. The lucky few who were granted per-
them from the river one by one and, mission, and paid fees, marked their
while steadying the swans against the decessor, Capt. John Turk, was memo- In olden times, the upping took swans’ beaks with nicks of a sharp knife
floor of the boats, tied the birds’ legs rialized with a riverside bronze statue. place all over England, with hundreds – hieroglyphs of triangles, crosses, dots
behind their backs with lengths of of boats and gamesmen plying all the and bands, which were recorded on
shoe lace. The oarsmen – some representing major rivers and tributaries. rolls of vellum.
the queen, the others from the old
This operation is not for the timid, trade organizations of the Vintners Swans likely populated England af- By 1378, there was an Office of the
and best done with speed and deci- and Dyers – rowed past Windsor Cas- ter the last ice age. The bones of mute Keeper of the King’s Swans. By 1405, no
siveness. tle, through the various locks, along- swans can be found here in trash heaps one could own a swan unless given per-
side stubborn bits of remnant wild from the Roman conquest. From the mission by the crown. By 1547, it was il-
At The Swan pub, one of the oarsmen, land and the reeds the swans need for 12th century, there began an elaborate legal to mow the grass within 40 feet of
Roger Spencer, 54, was hoisting a few their nests. system of ownership, with the crown a nest, according to Arthur MacGregor’s
pints before luncheon, when he told me granting special license to landed lords research published in the journal Antro-
that an adult that morning had gnashed It is called the Swan Upping, Barber and special institutions, such as the pozoologica.
him on his belly with a claw, which pro- explained for the thousandth time, universities, abbeys and livery compa-
trudes from the bird’s webbed feet. “because we row up the river and pick nies, to husband the swans. Miscreant yeomen who poached a
up the swans.” swan egg, or harassed nesting swans,
“It’s the claws you watch for,” he ad- or – heaven forbid – ate a swan could
vised. be punished by a year and a day in jail.

You might think it’d be the powerful Now the upping is limited to six boats
wings or the honking big beak, but no. and a 79-mile stretch of the Thames Riv-
er between Sunbury Lock and Abing-
“They eat grass. There’s nothing to don Bridge, and nobody eats the birds.
the beak. A little serrated edge,” Spencer
said. “They might nibble you a bit, but “It’s all about education and conser-
that’s it.” vation today,” Barber said.

The swans, surprisingly, were pretty This all takes place a 45-minute train
chill after they were caught. The young ride west of central London, in exur-
made anxious piping noises, but the ban fringe villages, Theresa May coun-
adults – famous for their fierce guard- try, which exudes the simulacra vibe of
ianship of the brood – remained regal ye olde England – populated by quaint
and unruffled. Mostly, they voided riverside pubs, arthritic Labradors and
their bowels, sat patiently in a pile of garden fetishists. A few miles away
their own poop and allowed venture- are dreary auto shops and dying high
some children to pet their feathers. streets. Above is the 24/7 roaring flight
path of nearby Heathrow Airport.
The queen’s swan man, bedecked in
a scarlet jacket embroidered in gold, “So glad to be here and see it,” said
took extra care not to soil his splendid Richard Poad, 70, a retired airline pilot
uniform. “I’ve got enough gold braid who lives nearby aboard his house-
that if I fell into the river, I’d drown,” boat, Otto.
said Barber, who had tucked a large
swan feather into his naval cap. He ap- “The tradition is wonderful and
plied for this job 25 years ago. His pre- it’s important to educate the young,”


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Poad said, remarking that the swans Studies of swan mortality by Per-
have been harassed by “the hooligan rins and colleagues discovered that
element” armed with air rifles. the small lead pellets used by fisher-
men to weight their lines were being
He was impressed by professional- consumed by the swans and slowly
ism of the uppers. He recalled that a poisoning them.
generation ago, the annual count was
“was more of a drunken pub crawl.” After a lead ban in the late 1980s,

Last Monday, opening day, a press
boat accompanied the upping. At Rom-
ney Lock, the crews hoisted their glass-
es for a photograph, drank a tot of rum
and hailed, “The queen!”

They counted 33 cygnets in eight
broods by the time they reached Eton
College. “Not bad at all,” Barber said.

On the lawns, the teams laid the
trussed birds side by side, weighed
them and gave them a quick inspec-
tion. (The most common problem for
the swans is becoming entangled in
plastic trash or fishing line, and the
uppers can usually free them on site.)

Then the swans were divvied up be-
tween those belonging to Queen Eliza-
bethIIandtheVintners and Dyers guilds.
The crown usually claims half of the new
cygnets. And so, on this first day, 17 of 33
of the juveniles went to the queen and
remained unmarked, the others went
to the guilds and were awarded a num-
bered ring on their webbed feet.

The whole ritual is aided by Oxford
professor Christopher Perrins, the
queen’s Swan Warden.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 26, 2018 29


the swans rebounded and the popula- avian flu, which decimated some of the turies, probably saved the birds. He pair regal swans in the castle moat or
tion doubled in size. Now the numbers Windsor Castle flocks. praised the system as “one of the most manor lake could afford them. “It is
have mostly leveled off, though Perrins interesting experiments in combined rare to preserve such a big edible, eas-
warns the swans are still threatened An earlier authority on swans, Nor- bird protection and aviculture that ily caught bird in a heavily populated
by aggressive dogs, habitat loss, non- man Ticehurst, observed in 1926 that England has produced.” area,” he said. “If it weren’t for the snob
native mink, reckless boaters and, for the royal license required to keep appeal of owning swans, we probably
the first time this year, a nasty strain of swans, alongside the annual upping, The Oxford professor agrees. The wouldn’t have them.” 
conducted and recorded over cen- aristocrats craved the status that a

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Former Vero City Council member Ken Daige Lynne Larkin Charles Vitunac Larkin: Your only questions are
Lynne Larkin – blessedly absent from
the public stage since the 2004 Estefan titles of President, Secretary and Treasur- Q. Could I please get a list of your 900 about our organization, nothing about
benefit concert debacle except for pe- er, the Civic Association has two other di- the facts of the case. Sorry to hear that
riodic polemics published in the Press rectors: Ken Daige and Charles Vitunac. members, and a list of your Board of Di- you not only haven't heard of us but
Journal – last week forced her way back rectors? How many of your members know nothing of our involvement in this
into the headlines as a final obstacle to Hmmm. Seems like we’ve heard these live within the City of Vero Beach? How issue since it began in spite of legal pres-
the sale of Vero Electric to FPL. names before. Wasn’t Daige one of the many, like yourself, live in Indian River ence in all regulatory aspects of the issue,
members of a Vero Beach City Coun- Shores or outside the City ofVero Beach? as well as speakers at all levels of govern-
Just as most residents of the area cil that got us deeper into the electric ment by a variety of Board members.
were getting used to the idea that they mess? And Vitunac, one-time Vero city – On what date did your Board of Di-
soon would be saving on air condition- attorney: Hasn’t he been dodging ques- rectors meet to vote to file this objection As your coverage of this issue has been
ing bills following FPL’s scheduled fall tions for years about insertion of a $20 with the PSC? Could I please get a copy lacking in facts … my guess is it won't
take-over of Vero Electric, Larkin asked million “poison pill” penalty against his of the agenda? How often do you meet – matter in the slightest who we are or
the Florida Public Service Commission own city into the Orlando Utilities Com- monthly, or quarterly – and how do you what we do.
to reverse its approval of the sale. mission contract? notify your members of meetings?
Q. The questions I asked speak di-
She petitioned the PSC on behalf of Now this last-ditch obstructionist ef- – Do your members pay annual dues?
the “Civic Association of Indian River fort to block the sale begins to add up. If so, how much? Does the organization rectly to whether your group meets the
County,” a moribund group founded have a website or an active Facebook requirements of the three-prong test
a half-century ago which Larkin took But the key question was whether page? Do you have a copy of a program provided by the PSC legal staff, to es-
over a couple of years back from long- the Civic Association of Indian River from your most recent Annual Meeting? tablish standing to proceed as outlined
retired Vero Council member Caroline County actually has “standing” to inter- Or an Annual Report? in the Division of Administrative Hear-
Ginn, now 87. This organization today vene in the Vero Electric docket. Until ings’ rules of procedure.
appears to exist only on paper. a group representing large industrial – Any information, meeting minutes
electric users also filed just before the or publications you could provide, Larkin: I'm aware of the require-
But in her filing with the PSC, Lar- deadline, Larkin’s mysterious Civic As- about your membership or activities
kin – who doesn’t even know how old sociation seemed the last big obstacle in the community? ments, and if they come up in the PSC,
the organization is; she told the PSC it to the sale. I'll respond to them. I always respond to
was formed in 1970, and it actually was I have searched my email archive real news media. Maybe you'll read your
founded in 1968 – asserted that the Civic So pursuing the question of whether from the past nine years that I have answers there.
Association represents “approximately this group remains anything other than been covering Vero Beach and Indian
900 members” inVero Beach and Indian a legal fiction, our reporter Lisa Zahner River County for Vero Beach 32963 and Sadly, Larkin doesn’t even seem able
River County. emailed some questions to Larkin. Here have never received a press release or to keep her stories straight about whom
are salient excerpts from the questions announcement from the Civic Asso- she regards as “real news media,” or
Nine hundred members? We were and Larkin’s answers. ciation about a meeting, event, service where she read the news about the PSC
astonished to see that claim, since it project, fundraiser or candidate forum. decision she decided to challenge.
would make the group – which in re-
cent years has been invisible – one of Her filing to the PSC starts:
the largest civic organizations in Indian “Petitioner Civic Association of In-
River County, more than three times the dian River County, Inc., [hereafter “Civic
size of the Indian River Taxpayers Asso- Association”] received notice of the issu-
ciation. Wow! ance of the Final Order of the PSC on July
12, 2018, through an article in a local
So we set out to see what we could Vero Beach publication “32963” which
learn about this group. The only infor- is mailed weekly to beach side residents.
mation available from the state was that Wish she wasn’t reading 32963. 
in additional to Larkin, who claimed the

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Just to be clear: “The Secret History physics and nature. Rather our pleasure comes from could be secretly turned off or on. As all theatrical
of Magic” isn’t a book about shamanism, pagan sor- knowing that we are about to be deceived and then, professionals know, presentation is everything.
cery, the occult tradition or Wicca. If you’re inter- despite our close attention to what is going on, find-
ested in those aspects of magic, you should visit the ing ourselves deceived anyway. A good stage magi- The young magician Erich Weiss initially so re-
anthropology and New Age sections of your local li- cian leaves us astonished, not trembling that he or vered Robert-Houdin that he paid homage to him
brary or favorite bookstore. Some of the titles found she possesses satanic powers. through his own stage name: Houdini. However,
there will be scholarly, such as works by Mircea Eli- the great escapist receives only a few pages here –
ade, Frances Yates, Ioan Culianu, Carlo Ginzburg and If Penn and Teller are today’s most famous conjur- there are many books about Houdini – and we learn
Ronald Hutton, while others will be credulous and ing duo, the co-authors of this book are their schol- instead more about other late Victorian and early
partisan, like those by Eliphas Levi, Margaret Mur- arly equivalents. Peter Lamont is a historian and modern masters such as Joseph Buatier de Kolta,
ray, Montague Summers and Gerald Gardner, but all psychology professor at the University of Edinburgh, Johann Hofzinser, Wiljalba Frikell, the Davenport
of them share one common element: They approach a former magician and the author of “The Rise of the brothers (whose act took inspiration from contem-
magic as a system of belief. Indian Rope Trick,” the engrossing and witty “biog- porary spiritualism and involved a “Spirit Cabinet”),
raphy” of this eerie legend. Jim Steinmeyer has not John Nevil Maskelyne, who transformed London’s
Not so Peter Lamont and Jim Steinmeyer. Their fo- only designed illusions for Doug Henning and Da- Egyptian Hall into the world’s most famous theater
cus is on what their subtitle describes as “the decep- vid Copperfield, but also written numerous books of magic and, not least, Maskelyne’s even more gift-
tive art,” in other words, conjuring, stage illusions, on his craft, most notably “Hiding the Elephant,” an ed partner David Devant. We also learn about the
card tricks, mind-reading and all those seemingly account of how magicians learned to make people, franchising of tricks and the publication of how-to
impossible feats – from pulling a rabbit out of a hat animals and even the Statue of Liberty disappear. Of books, including “The Expert at the Card Table,”
to sawing a woman in half – that make us ask our- course, as the two authors coyly remind us here, “the by S.W. Erdnase, an author about whom nothing is
selves, “Now, how did they do that?” As the authors impossible is never easy.” known except that his name is E.S. Andrews spelled
stress, at magic shows we never seriously believe backward. It was this book that became the bible of
that the performer is actually violating the laws of In essence, “The Secret History of Magic” surveys the outstanding practitioner of modern close-up
what one might call show-business wizardry from magic, Dai Vernon. Other chapters look at the influ-
the Renaissance to the 20th century. Throughout ence of music hall, radio and movies.
this period, magicians would rely on dexterity of
hand and misdirection, but also on the latest sci- In the course of their history, the co-authors share
ence and technology. Perhaps the most extensive a number of memorably phrased observations about
analysis in the book re-examines 19th-century ma- the ideals of stage magic. For example, Robert-
gician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin’s celebrated visit Houdin neatly declared that “the conjurer is an actor
to Algeria at the behest of the French government. playing the part of a magician.” Advising against ob-
Lamont and Steinmeyer reveal how much this epi- vious dexterity, Erdnase recommends that a card ma-
sode, and much else in the magician’s memoirs, has gician “conceal, as far as possible, the possession of
been distorted and romanticized. Still, there’s no de- digital ability.” The contemporary artist Banksy adds
nying the simplicity and effectiveness of the French- yet a third maxim: “Become good at cheating, and
man’s first “proof” of his unearthly powers before an you never need to become good at anything else.”
audience of Algerian chieftains.
Though a bit repetitive and diffuse, this fine book
Robert-Houdin boldly announced that he could is as much a philosophical apologia as it is a history.
render even the strongest warrior as weak as a little The magician stands before us and elicits “a particu-
child. To prove this, he placed a small box on the stage lar kind of wonder.” For a few blissful moments, we
and asked an Arab volunteer to pick it up, which the can actually “experience the impossible without be-
man did with ease. But then the magician made a lieving that it is real.” 
mysterious gesture and challenged the man to lift
up the box again. This time it proved impossible to THE SECRET HISTORY OF MAGIC
budge, despite much huffing and puffing. You can
probably guess the trick’s secret: The box contained THE TRUE STORY OF THE DECEPTIVE ART
a plate of steel and located just under the flooring
was an exceptionally powerful electromagnet that BY PETER LAMONT AND JIM STEINMEYER | 357 PP. $28


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By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist K

A.N. Onymous said, “A winner listens; a loser just waits until it is their turn to talk.” AKQ5

Bridge winners know that some losers cannot wait; they must be eliminated immediately. 875
In today’s deal, how can South avoid four losers in his four-heart contract after West
leads the spade three? Also, what were West’s more-effective leads, and what do you WEST EAST
think of the auction? 87643
2 52
I agree strongly with South’s two-heart positive response. Here, over three hearts, North J983
would have done best to sign off in three no-trump, but that could have been really silly AJ2 AJ93
because the club suit might have been wide open.
Given the trump break, West would have defeated the contract by leading the club ace
(or her low heart, but that would not be recommended). Then East could have sat back 10 9 6 3
and waited for three trump tricks to fall into her lap.
West led a spade in the optimistic hope that her partner could ruff in quickly. She chose
the three as a suit-preference signal for clubs, the lower-ranking of the other two side 9
Q 10 8 7 6 5 4
Now, though, declarer led a second high spade at trick two and discarded one club
loser. Then South played a third spade. East would have done best to ruff with her heart 10 7
ace and shift to a club, but she ruffed low. South overruffed, crossed to the board with
a diamond and led another spade: ruff, overruff. Now declarer played a trump and got KQ4
home with an overtrick, his only losers being the rounded-suit aces.
Dealer: North; Vulnerable: Both

The Bidding:

2 Clubs Pass
2 Hearts Pass 2 Spades Pass LEAD:
3 Hearts Pass 4 Hearts All Pass 3 Spades

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The Telegraph ACROSS DOWN
1 Limb (3) 1 With pH over 7? (8)
3 Tipsy (5) 2 Night shiner (8)
6 One for the road? (3) 3 Wretched conditions (6)
8 Is aware of (5) 4 Hoi polloi (6)
9 Cold (7) 5 Frothy (6)
10 Generous quality (10) 6 Film excerpt (4)
12 Up until now (3) 7 Hindu melodic formula (4)
15 Uncluttered (4) 11 OK (3)
17 Hit hard; woollen item (4) 13 Mobile home owner? (8)
18 Cat (3) 14 Artist (8)
22 Temperature controller (10) 16 Dram (3)
25 Hymn (7) 19 Run-down area (6)
26 Smart; stylish (5) 20 Noble (abbrev.) (6)
27 Sticky fruit (3) 21 Dishevel (hair) (6)
28 Form of oxygen (5) 23 I doubt it! (2,2)
29 Shell-like; corn (3) 24 Problem (4)

How to do Sudoku:

Fill in the grid so the
numbers one through
nine appear just once
in every column, row
and three-by-three

The Telegraph

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 26, 2018 37


ACROSS 73 The study of the 12 “Louder!” 77 Prefix meaning The Washington Post
1 Zenith ear 13 Mangel-___ “ferment”
5 Plots
12 Darling 75 Edna Ferber’s (big beet) 80 In shape
18 Old exclamation birthplace 14 Patron saint of 83 Earned
21 Don, as galoshes 85 Carefree
22 J.D. Salinger 78 Manhattan sailors 88 Sadat’s
Project product, 15 Prufrock’s creator
story briefly 16 Toy truck predecessor
23 Stoat 89 Nero’s tutor
24 L.A. Law lady 79 Related to company 90 Bury
25 Part of “snafu” regulations 17 Sam of golf 91 California city
26 Upbeat tune 19 First family,
27 Rocket launcher 81 Old World tree heard in gag train
(anagram of 1841-45 announcements
or TAINT) 20 Square dance on The Jack
bubblegum Benny Show
28 Dwell 82 Part of TVA: abbr. partner 92 Ninth day, before
30 Louis, McCarthy, 83 Fun house 22 Yalta conferee’s the ides
and Tex 93 One way to go
31 Thomas Hood’s features inits. 95 Swamp denizen
“___ and a Fairy 84 Diplomat’s place: 27 Ostentatious, 96 Hunter in the sky
Boat” 98 Dustin in
33 Wee bit abbr. homewise Midnight Cowboy
34 Tank feature 86 Actress Persson 29 “Perjurer!” 99 Bishop-led
36 Normally 87 Former 30 Hinged CD church: abbr.
38 High range 89 Shopping places 100 Hot time, to Hugo
41 Inculcate 91 Designer Taylor holder 102 Prefix with
42 Belly-flopper 94 Evidence of 31 Drivers may go “physics”
sound 103 Snooze
44 Emerald City coffee for it 104 Blink
princess grinding 32 Composer 107 Pumpernickel
48 Nobelist in 95 Hits the road ingredient
physics, 1933 97 Access Schifrin 108 Type of cake or
50 Uprising 101 Adjusts for a 35 Actor Calhoun meal
52 Book by 22 closeup 36 Singer Guthrie 109 Metric distance
Down, 103 Fix holes 37 Ages measure: abbr.
___ Way 104 Place a stake 38 Cutting tool 110 Olive product
53 Class time 105 Suitable 39 43 Down, for one
devoted to 106 Cause of 50 40 Animalcule WILD IN THE CITY By Merl Reagle
“creature Across 42 Author of One
features,” 107 1950s puppet
perhaps show Flew Over the
55 “___ distressed” 111 Seat for three Cuckoo’s Nest
(I Sam. 28:15) 112 Birthplace of 43 Born Free
57 Unabridged actress Stella character
58 La ___ Tar Pits Stevens: abbr. 45 Snazzy threads
59 Amahl’s visitors 113 ___ as nails 46 Wall in
60 Oolong 114 Adjective for 47 Yard, e.g.
61 The study of Rome 49 Pipe material
wine 115 Alliance 51 Ice mass or
63 1960s folksinger DOWN composer
and 1 Have no 52 Pi preceder
activist differences 54 Mr. Ohm
66 Show ___ 2 Seeks divine 56 1960s nightclub-
68 Bird genus that guidance sign word
sounds like a 3 Glasgow night 59 Part of Riyadh’s
word meaning 4 Kane’s estate skyline
“crevices” 5 Recyclable item 62 Exaggerates
69 Common verb 6 Commerce 63 Fuel blocks
70 Outfits leftover 64 It means “blood”
7 Harriet’s guy 65 Most cozy
8 Some cigarettes 66 Gravy dish
9 Sweep’s target 67 Beatles song,
10 Peewee guitar “Let ___”
11 Mind field: abbr. 69 Spinning top, e.g.
71 “Pieces of the
pie”: abbr.
72 Carriage
74 Alphabet center
75 Destiny
76 Stub ___

The Telegraph

38 Vero Beach 32963 / July 26, 2018 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Mom tries to make sense of her daughter’s reticence

BY CAROLYN HAX obviously cares about, problematic though he
Washington Post may be.

Hi, Carolyn: My daughter and space between what you know and what you think And, you may actually be wrong. That he’s con-
her boyfriend moved into my house you know is where all the hard feelings collect, trolling seems to make sense but isn’t the only
a few months ago because they and where defensiveness can take root. Voice your possible explanation.
were having financial difficul- concern that he’s controlling, for example, or even
ties and I wanted her to be able to that you just suspect or fear he might be, and you If instead you stick only to what you see, then
finish her degree, which she did in invite your daughter to feel (a) dense or naive or you can’t be wrong and don’t leave room for any-
May. I started noticing how little she wanted to com- embarrassed or ashamed for missing it herself; (b) one to argue with you. “I noticed something the
municate with me, but I thought she was just busy resentful that you think she’s too dense or naive to other day. You have been quiet lately. In the car
and stressed. have noticed this herself, or too inept to choose a on our trip, though, you were really talkative – like
Her boyfriend has anger issues that I have seen ex- good boyfriend; (c) protective of this person she you used to be (I had a really nice time, by the way
posed at various times. …). Anyway, when we got home, you withdrew
This past week we drove out of town to go to the into your cocoon with [boyfriend] and got quiet
funeral of a family friend, just the two of us, and she again. I’m mentioning it because it’s something
talked the whole time. She was open and friendly just people tend not to see about themselves.”
like the girl I knew growing up. When we returned
home, she grew silent again and a little rude, and Again – don’t draw conclusions. Note this word-
once again just stayed in her room with her boyfriend ing doesn’t assign any blame: Not “He changes
much like before. you” or “You change for him” – just “Your behav-
Now I’m considering that he is controlling of her, ior changes.” Say what you see.
and I’m wondering how to handle this. Do I give her
my thoughts? Where are the lines drawn between in- If she pushes back, then articulate your intent:
terference in her life and my concerns? “I’m not saying who or what or why – just that I
notice a difference. If you’re in a good emotional
– Concerned Mom place, then that’s what matters.”

Concerned Mom: The line falls between what Because it is, for one. And, conveniently, it’s also
you observe and what you conclude. the hardest thing to fake if it’s not true. She can
trust her own taste in men, she can explain her
What you observe is yours, and powerful. mood changes, she can defend his anger issues,
What you conclude is speculation, and the she can rationalize whatever stress she is under
right now – but the sensation of someone weigh-
ing her down is hard to deny forever, if that indeed
is what’s going on. Please be patient enough to al-
low her to connect her dots to yours. 


40 Vero Beach 32963 / July 26, 2018 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Cancer patient grateful for the quality of her care

BY TOM LLOYD ond-most common cancer diagnosed Dr. Jason Radecke with
Staff Writer among U.S. women, with some 252,710 patient Sharlynn Hewitt.
new cases reported just last year.
Vero Lake Estates resident Shar- PHOTOS BY DENISE RITCHIE
lynn Hewitt knows a lot about breast It’s also the second leading cause
cancer. She ought to. She’s been deal- of cancer death among women in this
ing with the disease since 2015. country.

And she’s far from alone. Upwards of 40,000 women will die
According to Breast Cancer Statis- from breast cancer this year.
tics, a biannual publication for cancer
clinicians, breast cancer is the sec- Hewitt, however, has no intention
of adding to that total. She’s a fighter
– and she has friends. Friends that in-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 26, 2018 41


clude medical all-stars Dr. Starleen tected, the less radical the surgical tomy because, as she puts it, “I didn’t Treasure Coast is blessed with.
Schaffer, an internal medicine spe- solutions can be – although there is want [cancer] to come back. I didn’t “I tell you this area is just amaz-
cialist, fellowship-trained surgeon no “one-size-fits-all” breast cancer want to go through it again.” But
Dr. Jason Radecke, and longtime Vero treatment regimen. there are other, less radical surgical ing,” says Radecke. “The Treasure
Beach oncologist Dr. Noor Merchant. options available including “lumpec- Coast attracts some really high-qual-
For example, different people react tomies.” ity physicians. I believe that our radi-
What Hewitt calls her “cancer jour- differently to chemotherapy drugs ologists, our medical oncologists and
ney” started “when Dr. Schaffer rec- and radiation treatments. Radecke says “I did a lumpectomy our radiation oncologists are all very
ommended both Dr. Merchant and yesterday. We call it a quadrantectomy. well trained.”
Dr. Radecke and they all got together Hewitt, who moved to the Trea- In essence I took the entire upper inner
and set up a plan for me.” sure Coast over 40 years ago, says she quadrant of this woman’s breast, but Dr. Jason Radecke is with the River-
“took six different chemo drugs. My cosmetically, it’s going to do really well side Surgical & Weight Loss Center and
And if there’s such a thing as love at immune system has been wonderful. because it will fill up with fluid and the Steward Medical Group at Sebas-
first sight in cancer care, Hewitt says They say I’m awesome as far as my look just like the other side.” tian River Medical Center where he is
she found it then. immune system.” the assistant chief of surgery. His of-
The key to any breast cancer plan fices are at 14430 U.S. 1 in Sebastian.
“The first time I met Dr. Radecke, I Others, however, aren’t so lucky. Or is having the best possible team and The phone number is 772-581-8003. 
was with my husband, my daughter, determined. Or strong. Radecke says that’s something the
my wound nurse and one of my best
friends so I had really good people Hewitt opted for a double mastec-
around me. But Dr. Radecke, I just fell
in love him. When I came in here, I
just knew that he had God on his side.
And I believe in faith over fear.

“It was hard to make that decision
to cut my breasts off,” says Hewitt,
who ended up having a radical mas-
tectomy, “but I’d rather be alive.”

The engaging Radecke doesn’t claim
a divine connection but he does have
experience that belies his youthful
appearance. He performs “hundreds
and hundreds” of surgeries each year
and proudly adds, “I work with people
like [Vero Beach’s] Dr. Raul Storey and
[Melbourne’s] Dr. Rahul Chopra be-
cause they are the best.”

Radecke also has a very personal
connection with his breast cancer
patients. He carries the “BRCA” gene
in his DNA – a gene makes him 12
times more likely to develop breast
cancer than other men and roughly
as likely as any woman.

In fact, Radecke’s twin brother has
just undergone a bilateral mastecto-
my. So has an uncle and a cousin.

In other words, empathy for any-
one facing this disease comes natu-
rally to this father of three. He knows
what his breast cancer patients face.

Despite the dangers of the disease,
he’s also full of optimism, pointing
out that breast cancer death rates
dropped nearly 40 percent between
1989 and 2015.

“What’s happening is that our
diagnostic modalities like mam-
mograms, 3D mammograms, ultra-
sounds and MRIs are all getting bet-
ter, and we have more women coming
for screening tests.

“Two generations ago,” Radecke
continues, “we just didn’t talk about
these things. You got a big lump in
your breast so you just didn’t talk
about it, and it would grow huge,
start getting red and pus-out and you
didn’t talk about it until you were fi-
nally sick and then you told your doc-
tor. By that time it was too late. Now
we have a record number of women
getting their mammograms at 40 or
even earlier.”

And the earlier breast cancer is de-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Style Vero Beach 32963 / July 26, 2018 43

Why terra cotta is the color of the summer - and how to wear it

BY OLIVIA BUXTON SMITH both Australian actress Nathalie Kel-
The Telegraph ley and Victoria Beckham, is a match
made in heaven. In the same way that
Orange might not be a color you’ve pale pink looks lovely with red, and li-
previously considered incorporat- lac lends itself well to navy, light blue
ing into your wardrobe. Its boldness (think cerulean, powder and baby) is
can be a little intimidating, after all. ideal paired with a rich shade of orange.
But Pinterest has witnessed a 95 per-
cent increase in saved images for the Summery accessories are your friend
search term ‘terra cotta’ in the last 6 Given that terra cotta, rust et al. are
months, indicating a surge in popu- fairly grown-up hues, you can afford
larity for the earthy hue. to go playful with accessories, particu-
larly in the height of summer. Think
Terra cotta’s allure isn’t a perplexing shell necklaces and earrings, tasseled
one. Somewhere between burnt orange sandals, pom pom-laden straw bags
and chalky red, it is in summer what and statement cat-eye sunglasses. The
brown is in winter: chic, grown-up and combo of scorched orange and jazzy
modern. Not to mention that similar accoutrement is spot on for summer in
shades like cinnamon, rust and brick the city.
are all far easier to wear and more uni-
versally flattering than their brighter, Adhere to a utilitarian aesthetic
nearly-neon counterparts. Terra cotta is for orange what khaki
is for green. It’s grown-up, yes, but also
Here are 5 tips to keep in mind, if allows for a laid-back, cool ensemble
you’re planning on adding these dusty that’s stylish and also just the right level
hues to your sartorial repertoire. of polished.
What’s more, like khaki, it lends itself
Go tonal well to a utilitarian aesthetic; oversized
Terra cotta and its cousins lend them- cuts, XL pockets and shirts buttoned all
selves very well to tonal dressing. Pair the way up to the top.
rust with a brighter shade of orange, à la
Tibi spring/summer ’18, if you dare, or Invest in outerwear
alternatively tone it down by teaming it While the current heatwave means
with chocolate brown or pastel pink. that shopping for outerwear is likely
The key is to keep skirts and dresses not something at the forefront of your
below the knee, and silhouettes lan- mind, lightweight jackets and coats in
guid. Anything too short or too tight a variation of terra cotta are a worthy
will detract from the colors’ understat- investment. Not only are they impossi-
ed appeal. bly chic, but they won’t look out of place
over a floaty maxi dress. 
Pair it with blue
Blue and terra cotta, as proven by

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Which summer style tribe are you?

BY CHARLIE GOWANS-EGLINTON affordable price tag (for Céline, any- when you’re hosting dinner. have had an Hermès bag named after
The Telegraph way). Maybe you’ve cut your hair into her, but it was a basket she carried ev-
a long bob and discovered the merits The Virtue Signaller erywhere. And to go with yours? One of
When you’re a child, one of the great of the BaByliss Big Hair tool (if not, this season’s linen dresses, or a button-
joys of summer holidays is not having then add to basket – it’s a revelation). It was the straw – the single-use plas- through shirt dress, worn with stacked
to wear your school uniform. But as an Life was simpler pre-’Gram, when no tic straw – that broke the camel’s back. patent sandals. Obviously you’d be cy-
adult? The summer stretches ahead of one would know if you recycled out- Since then, straws are becoming pa- cling to the market in Provence, so a
you, a blur of play dates, day trips to fits, but it was also so much harder to per only or stainless everywhere, and few flyaway hairs add to the effect, and
the seaside and the zoo (and then, in shop. Now you’ve discovered five new you’ve instated meat-free Mondays, it’s far too hot to even think about us-
desperation, maybe even the water brands and ordered Otiumberg’s gold Tuesdays and Wednesdays, though ing a hairdryer.
park) – calling for a whole new kind of hoops before lunch. Thursday is still build-your-own-fajita
off-duty wardrobe. night or you’d be dealing with a revolt. The Barre Fly
The Second Homer The irony isn’t lost on you when you
Figuring out what to pack for that slot your reusable cup into the holder At first it was only during class,
week in Greece is challenge enough, While everyone else turns up to din- of your SUV, but has anyone tried do- then a quick change at the gym. But it
but then comes the question of what ner in the same Zara homage to Gre- ing a family food shop on a bicycle? Un- seemed silly to spend time changing –
to wear on staycation. Not that floaty cian glamour, you prefer the real deal, til someone invents eco-cling film, it’s no one sweats during barre! There’s a
kaftan you’d throw on for the beach, especially since kaftans are so cheap small changes, and trying to resist the Spanx-like magic to Lululemon’s high-
but not smart work stuff, either. No, in Mykonos. You greeted the shell- call of the mall. Obviously, it’s so much waisted leggings, so much more flat-
the solution is to find your style pack. jewelry trend with a knowing nod, but more ethical to shop with longevity in tering than jeans. And really comfort-
You may have some inclination al- while others find their beachcombed mind, and besides, Veja’s vegan trainers able! More practical than a floral dress,
ready of where you belong ... treasure on Net-a-Porter, yours was a are the new Stan Smiths. and you can’t throw one of those in the
tenth of the price a stone’s throw from tumble dryer, can you? Plus, no sweat
The Insta-mom the villa. Ditto the flip-flops that every- The Market Dresser marks or creases. Perhaps you do wear
one thinks are Ancient Greek Sandals Lycra a bit often, but who’s to say you’re
If you’ve been ogling Réalisation – though in a way they’re exactly that, Yes, you could just take a reusable not going to a class during the kids’ play
Par’s leopard-print skirt (as worn by since the family of artisans that makes grocery bag to the shops – you’ve cer- date later – reformer Pilates is mostly
everyone on your feed), odds on you’re them has been going for generations. tainly got enough under the sink – but laying down anyway. And you’ve got so
an Insta-mom. Perhaps you self-gift- And your locally made crockery situa- a raffia basket filled with lemons, or many more steps in since you bought
ed Céline’s alphabet necklace: your tion is getting out of control, but then, a baguette protruding from wicker – those adidas Yung 1 trainers – 14,576
last chance to buy a piece of Phoebe everyone is always envious of the table that’s irresistibly Provençal, even if you today, and counting. 
Philo’s legacy, but with an almost- do live far from Paris. Jane Birkin might

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‘Mamma’ will inspire your most stylish holiday wardrobe

The Telegraph

Look, I wasn’t expecting to find style when it comes to a pale trouser, fit is in- hair perfection. It caused me to consid- this, I don’t think our holidays need to
notes from a film hinged on the joie de trinsic, therefore worth spending more, er that as we edge up to the end of our be concerned with glossy, perfect locks.
vivre and inclusion of extraordinarily in my honest opinion. own decade, are tonged loose curls the Like Colin Firth’s vocal range, some
pertinent Abba lyrics and music, but biggest fashion take-away? In spite of things are best left on screen. 
you find it where you find it. So here we Where you don’t have to spend much
are. First though, if you haven’t booked is on a cotton kaftan (you’ll be keen for
tickets for “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Julie Walter’s pretty patterned version).
Again” – do it now. Do it before you read I mean you can spend A LOT. Really, I
any further. Until you’ve watched Cher think we all know that the best beach
glide down a staircase, in full Jewish- chuck-ons are ones found in a back-
Nana-metallics, serenading Andy Gar- alley shop, along the street, round the
cia with Fernando … well, in the words corner from the good olive stall at the
of Belinda Carlisle, heaven really is a market in the town you can’t remem-
place on earth. ber the name of … Failing a visit to
that cherished haunt, Pink City Prints
You back? Great. I think the first les- is worth your time. Everything is (ethi-
son to take is that the Seventies is really cally) made in Jaipur (hence the brand
the starting point of what I would pin- name), it’s kaftan-style printed dresses
point as The Core Look of Summer: a are exquisite, and I think rather reason-
peasant-y embroidered top and denim able for their provenance. Plus they’ll
shorts; something wafty in an Indian work very well in town, for the office
cotton; floppy hats, plentiful embroi- etc. Of course, a glamorous kaftan will
dery … I mean, obviously, there are never not afford you the benefit of do-
exceptions. But let’s gloss over the fact ing a good Gloria Swanson poolside im-
that it was the decade that ultimately pression (off-decade I know).
holds responsibility for the unsightly
mess that is “Coachella style.” And yes, Espadrilles are an absolute summer
flicking through some of the fringed necessity for me, but if you’re bored of
offerings for sale, it is, to paraphrase the cheap supermarket ones falling
my mother on recent temperatures – apart as soon as you get home, con-
“worse than 1976.” But, somewhere be- sider a posher version. Drilles, set up by
tween Stevie Nicks and Karen Carpen- fashion journalist Amy Williams, has
ter is our sweet spot. quite beautiful, soft leather versions in
an array of pretty colors, all handmade
Now, the narrative of the film is split in Spain. I’m also taken with Soludos,
between the Seventies and present a New York bit-of-a-buzz brand. These
day. Yes, I’m getting to the clothes. Lily tan sandals are a cut above, it’s also got
James (playing Meryl Streep the young- some very fun designs with elephant’s
er and quite the singer, as it turns out, bottom embroideries and all sorts. Take
who knew!) flits about in a blouse that I a look if you like a bit of whimsy with
could easily snap up from this season’s your evening passeggiata.
Chloé if I had a spare grand or so … her
burnt orange, tiered skirt with dark gray One more thing from the film that re-
T-shirt is also good. She knots the T- ally made me feel, well, jealous: James
shirt up to crop it, which we shall ignore and Seyfried’s tonged, tousled flaxen
for our purposes, but it’s a look that the
fashion flotsam on Instagram will be
itching to steal. Let’s do it first.

As the film flits back between the
polyester past and the here and now, it
is a study of the perfect holiday ward-
robe. For one: Amanda Seyfried does a
very good “what to wear to look smart
and work-y efficient in the heat” – in
an excellent white and blue vertically
striped shirt with an off-white jean. I
loved it! Note the off-white jeans. Bright
white, I mean look, if it’s your thing, it’s
your thing, and I’m sure it doesn’t mat-
ter how many pictures of Nineties-era
Liz Hurley I bring up, you’re wedded to
them and that’s that.

But … if you’re toying with the idea
but aren’t quite ready for that full
bleach-bum commitment, a dusky
cream is very chic. I would counsel that

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Vincent’s Ristorante: 40 years on and still going strong

Pork Shank over Burrata with Poached Peaches
Risotto. and Pickled Beets.


Grilled Mahi with a
Sweet Potato Puree.

BY TINA RONDEAU Sautéed Shrimp from what otherwise would have been
Columnist with Zucchini and
Grape Tomatoes. a perfect evening. Late in the meal,
When I began writing this dining
column 10 years ago, Vincent’s Ris- my husband spotted another table be-
torante on Miracle Mile had just cel-
ebrated its 30th anniversary. ing served some sumptuous looking

Somehow, in the years since, we homemade garlic rolls.
never got around to reviewing it. We
would stop there from time to time It says right on the menu these have to
to take home a
be ordered separately, and I was aston-
Caprese Pizza.
ished earlier that he had missed them.

But now that he knows, I am confident

we won’t be waiting 10

Sicilian Pizza. more years to

Sicilian pizza Cavatelli Pasta with bit too sweet of a taste to the shrimp. pay anoth-
after learning through word-of-mouth Sausage, Asparagus and My husband’s little neck clams were er visit to Vincent’s.
that its thick, almost focaccia-like I welcome your comments, and en-
crust is the best in the area. However, Roasted Red Peppers. extremely tender, and were served in courage you to send feedback to me at
we never really thought of Vincent’s as a wonderful garlic, oil and white wine [email protected]
a place to go for a sit-down dinner. large garden salads, but I opted for a cup sauce. Both of our friends were very en- The reviewer dines anonymously at
of the Italian wedding soup. I loved it! thused about their parms. restaurants at the expense of Vero Beach
But any restaurant that makes it to Absolutely delicious. 32963. 
its 40th anniversary in the same loca- The ravioli alla vodka sauce was beau-
tion under the same family ownership Then for entrées, I ordered the “shrimp tifully presented, with the raviolis per- Hours:
obviously has a lot going for it. It de- Vincent’s” ($19), my husband had the lin- fectly cooked al dente and served with 11 am to 9 pm
serves a review! guini with little neck clams ($17), one of a light creamy marinara with a touch of (10 pm Friday and Saturday)
our companions went for the chicken vodka. And finally, the personal pizza Closed Sundays
So last Friday, a group of six of us parmigiano ($16), another picked the – a Napolitano-style thin crust pizza – Beverages: Beer and Wine
presented ourselves there at 7:45 (you ravioli alla vodka ($15), a third chose the was pronounced crisp and delicious.
wouldn’t want to arrive much earlier veal parmigiano ($18), and the fourth Address:
unless you want to stand in line), and opted for the 9-inch personal pizza with For dessert, a couple of our friends 510 21st Street, Vero Beach
soon were settled in at a round table in pepperoni and black olives ($8). had just enough room to try the tiramisu
mid-dining room for a family-style Ital- and the cheesecake. They declared it a Phone:
ian dinner. In my dish, the shrimp were served perfect ending. (772) 569-4333
with fresh tomatoes and arugula in a
To start, we decided to share a couple garlic, tomato and Madeira wine sauce, In fact, only one thing was missing
of orders of calamari fritti ($11) and also all tossed with penne.
thought we would try a special spinach
artichoke dip. The cheesy dip, served I enjoyed the veggies and pasta, but
with colorful tortilla chips, was flavorful thought the Madeira sauce imparted a
though rather dense, but the calamari
were light and tender, perfectly comple-
mented by a marinara sauce.

We then moved to the soup and salad
course, which is included with entrées.
Most of the members of our party had

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Tired of rosé? Here’s what else to drink this summer

BY DAVE MCINTYRE and is often spritzy with carbonation
for extra refreshment. And it’s usually
The Washington Post cheap – often less than $10 a bottle –
making it a potential competitor for
A friend recently asked me for advice rosé, which has crept up in price as it
on wines to drink during summer as has soared in popularity.
the heat bears down. She had enjoyed
several rosés but was looking for a way German Riesling, especially from the
to spruce up her experience beyond Mosel region, and fresh, young Austri-
pink. Her favorite chardonnay seemed an gruner veltliner are excellent choices
a bit plodding in the hot weather. when the mercury soars. And they are
exceptionally friendly with a wide vari-
After resisting my initial impulse to ety of foods, including meats.
tell her to double down on rosé, I of-
fered her three suggestions for jazzing Don’t give up on the wines you love
up wine in summer: to drink, though. If chardonnay is your
white of choice, look for racier, unoaked
Try a wine cocktail. Start your eve- versions, such as Macon-Villages from
ning – and welcome your guests – with France. And there are any number of
something simple. My favorite is a port New World Chardonnays fermented
tonic, which can be mixed in about as and aged in stainless steel or concrete.
much time as it takes to pull a cork. Ask your retailer to recommend a few.
Popular throughout Portugal, a port
tonic is the aperitif of choice in the Chill your reds. As I’ve written here
Douro Valley, the home of port wine. It’s several times, we need to get away from
essentially a riff on gin and tonic, with the idea that red wine should be served
lower alcohol. at room temperature. That’s especially
true in the summer. Serving it cooler
Just pour one part white port and brings out its fruit and often helps the
two parts tonic water over ice and wine taste more balanced.
garnish with your favorite citrus
fruit. My favorite garnishes are a We routinely chill some lighter-style
slice of lime and a sprig of mint. A reds – lambrusco, Beaujolais and bar-
highball glass is traditional in Por- bera, for example. These versatile wines
tugal, but you can use a tumbler in- are great for summer fare. But caber-
stead. The tonic and citrus provide a net, merlot, zinfandel and other heftier
refreshing foil for the white port and wines also benefit from some time in
help invigorate your palate for the the refrigerator door, or in an ice bucket
meal to come. or one of those chiller sleeves you keep
in your freezer.
There is a problem, however: White
port can be hard to find. Fonseca and If you forget about it and the wine
Sandeman are good producers. (Sande- gets too cold, don’t worry. It will warm
man has several cocktail recipes on its up. Taste it while it does, and you will
website, including one made with fino see how the wine changes with the tem-
sherry and tonic. And yes, Sandeman perature. 
makes a very nice fino.)

Explore lighter styles of wine. Vinho

classic, is

verde, alcohol ideal
another wines for
It’s lower in
than most

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