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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2018-06-07 15:12:36

06/07/2018 ISSUE 23


Vero veteran’s legacy: Lifetime
of service to America. P12
Prizes lure anglers
to Blue Water Open. P16

Controversial victims’ rights
amendment on November ballot. P8

Stalled restaurant For breaking news visit
project hunts far
and near for tenant Power surcharge
strongly opposed
by local officials

Staff Writer Staff Writer

Vero Beach-based commer- Brightline’s hopes of running trains through Vero en route to Orlando got a boost from the federal government. Details, Page 8 Days before the Florida
cial realtor Billy Moss has taken Public Service Commission
over the listing for a stalled res- Top water official says county facilities polluting lagoon put the Vero electric sale on
taurant project under construc- trial this past Tuesday, local of-
tion on Ocean Drive, marketing BY KATHLEEN SLOAN into the Indian River Lagoon, which is supposed to treat ficials lodged emphatic objec-
the site to potential tenants Staff Writer but now a top water official mineral-rich effluent from the tions to the PSC staff’s stance
from Miami to Los Angeles. says the facilities are actually county’s north water purifica- that Vero customers would
The county spent millions increasing the flow of harmful tion plant and clean nutrients need to pay a cost-recovery
“I was in the restaurant busi- building two artificial marsh- chemicals into the ecologi- out of lagoon water that is surcharge on their electric
ness in Las Vegas, Chicago and es intended in part to reduce cally sensitive estuary. mixed with the effluent, was bills to make Florida Power &
California, and this is what I the amount of pollution going Light’s other 4.9 million rate-
do,” said Moss, who specializes The 67-acre Spoonbill Marsh, CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 payers whole after the $185
in selling and leasing restaurant million acquisition.
properties. “I’m reaching out to
people all over the country. Though the PSC staff rec-
ommended approving the ac-
“We’re approaching some quisition of Vero’s 34,000 cus-
nationally known chefs, and a tomers and expanding FPL’s
lot of awesome people are look- current service territory to
ing at the location,” he added. encompass all of Vero Beach,
“Of course, we’re also enter- Indian River Shores and un-
taining talks with local people. incorporated Indian River
County, the staff also said
“It’s very important to the $185 million was too much
owners that we get the right for FPL to pay for Vero’s lines,
The property, located across


Judge Cox to rule whether Stand Your Clearing for The Strand,
Ground can be applied retroactively new community next to
Palm Island, underway

BY BETH WALTON from more than three years ago. Aerial view of land being cleared for The Strand. PHOTO BY BRUCE CADY BY STEVEN M. THOMAS
Staff Writer Judge Cynthia Cox, who Staff Writer

A circuit court judge is presides over the felony court After 14 years and three
likely to weigh in on wheth- bench in Indian River County, developers, work is finally
er Florida’s evolving Stand has granted Mark Deffendall underway on a new subdi-
Your Ground statute can be and his attorney, Assistant vision that will occupy the
applied retroactively as she Public Defender Alan Hunt, a
revisits an alleged fratricide second chance to apply Flor- CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


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Surcharge on bills opposed culations not included in the backup how that utility sets its rates or offers the time to give us a review of the his-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 for the agenda item was unclear. its services.” tory behind the proposal, how the af-
fected customers have experienced the
poles, equipment and customer base. Shores Mayor Tom Slater explained Florida Senator Debbie Mayfield also existing situation, and your insights
Any dollar amount above what is the plight of the Shores customers. wrote a letter defending the $185 mil- about the PSC staff recommendation.”
lion deal: “The acquisition was pains-
fair for the system infrastructure and “The acquisition would resolve a takingly negotiated by FPL, City of Vero Former Vero Mayor Pilar Turner,
ongoing business of a utility with unique and complex problem that has Beach, and other stakeholders to re- contractor Toby Hill, Vero City Coun-
34,000 customers would need to be re- beleaguered our Town for decades. solve unique electric utility issues that cil member Val Zudans, South Beach
couped via a cost-recovery surcharge Currently, the territorial boundary line have plagued my area for decades,” utility activist Steve Faherty and Vero
or “rider,” the staff says in its report. between FPL and Vero Electric splits Mayfield wrote. “The acquisition has Mayor Harry Howle also wrote letters
our Town. Some of our residents are statewide benefits and I urge you to ap- over the past week, Howle taking a
The PSC staff did not enumerate how served by FPL, others by Vero Electric. prove the transaction as it was carefully hard line with the PSC staff.
much it proposed for this surcharge This results in my constituents being structured by the parties.”
or “rider” to make FPL whole, leaving served by two different utilities, with “I am writing to express my strong
that to the commission to determine. vastly different rates and levels of ser- Mayfield’s and Slater’s letters got disappointment with the PSC staff rec-
Whether the staff provided commis- vice. Moreover, our residents currently similar responses from PSC Chairman ommendations pertaining to the sale
sioners with supporting analysis or cal- served by Vero Electric are completely Art Graham on commission letterhead, of Vero Electric to Florida Power and
disenfranchised and have no say in saying, “We appreciate that you took Light,” Howle said. “While your staff
suggested that you approve Dock-
et No. 20170235-EI and Docket No.
20170236-EU, they also suggested that
stipulations be placed on this sale that
I believe are short-sighted, unfair, and
will prove to be insurmountable.”

Turner pointed out the time and toil
that has gone into the sale. “I have had a
front-row seat to the hard work so many
of our concerned citizens have invested
in the effort to bring the sale of our elec-
tric system to FPL to completion,” Turn-
er said. “As you may be aware, it has
been a long struggle, but one I believe is
worth it because of the enormous value
it will bring to our residents.”

County Commission Chairman Pe-
ter O’Bryan and Vice Chairman Bob
Solari both also penned letters to the
PSC. The letter from Solari, a long-
time Riomar resident, was a straight-
forward plea from the pocketbook.

“There is no single thing that can be
done in Indian River County to [more
greatly] improve the lives of our resi-
dents than for all of its residents to have
the benefit of FPL’s low rates. There will
be an immediate economic benefit for
all citizens and these benefits will con-
tinue to ripple through our commu-
nity for years to come,” Solari wrote.
“Please, approve the sale and with as
few additional hurdles as possible.”

The challenge for the PSC in estab-
lishing a fair market value for Vero’s
electric system is that municipal utili-
ties just don’t go on the block that of-
ten, so the only “comp” to speak of is
26 years old, and FPL’s legal team is
expected to argue the facts of that case
are dissimilar to the Vero transaction.

The Sebring electric utility, accord-
ing to Florida Supreme Court records,
was in serious trouble when its utility
authority brokered a deal with Florida
Power Corporation. Court records say
Sebring had $85 million in outstanding
bonds, and was in default on its bond
payments because its rates – which
were 39 percent higher than neighbor-
ing Florida Power Corporation – were
insufficient to cover debt payments.

A 1993 Florida Supreme Court ap-
pellate ruling states, “Sebring’s rates
compare most unfavorably to those

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / June 7, 2018 3


of its nearest neighbor, Florida Power customers. This was understandable customers. Consequently, a surcharge Vero Mayor Howle and utility activist
Corporation. Customers of Sebring since Florida Power believed then that has never been part of this carefully and CPA Glenn Heran all traveled to
presently pay $110 per 1000 kilowatt its acquisition of Sebring – as that deal structured solution. To try to insert Tallahassee to speak against the sur-
hours (kwh) of electricity, while their was structured – would not provide one now most certainly would doom charge, on behalf of Vero’s customers.
neighbors served by Florida Power net benefits to its other customers. this very good deal. In any event, you The PSC was set to consider and likely
Corporation pay $71 per 1000 kwh of But that is not the case here. In stark don’t need to be a lawyer or a utility vote on the Vero sale and proposed sur-
electricity. Decades of territorial con- contrast to the Sebring transaction, expert to see that the Sebring acquisi- charge after Vero Beach 32963 went to
flict and competition have left the two expert testimony in this matter shows tion is very different from what we are press. For reports from the meeting
utilities’ service areas entwined and that FPL’s acquisition will provide over dealing with here.” in Tallahassee, go to our online sister
confused, emphasizing the rate dis- $100 million in benefits to FPL’s other publication 
crepancy between the two utilities.” Shores former Mayor Brian Barefoot,

The dilemma was either to sell, or to
hike rates even more – an estimated 37
percent – to make ends meet. Sebring
sold, but was saddled with a substan-
tial surcharge or “rider” for 15 years.

An entity called The Action Group
sued the PSC alleging that the Com-
mission did not have the authority to
require that Sebring customers pay a
surcharge to make Florida Power Cor-
poration’s existing customers whole,
but the Florida Supreme Court unani-
mously upheld the PSC’s ruling, a
precedent the PSC staff is attempting
to cite now as justification for impos-
ing a surcharge on Vero ratepayers on
top of the base rates that are also peri-
odically set and approved by the PSC.

At least three men involved with the
Vero electric sale don’t need to dig into
the PSC or Florida Supreme Court ar-
chives to recall the facts of the Sebring
sale. They were in the room when it all

Indian River Shores’ former rate
consultant Terry Deason was chair-
man of the PSC at the time. Vero’s
transactional attorney Nat Doliner of
Carlton Fields represented the buyer,
Florida Power Corp. and Indian River
Shores’ utility attorney Bruce May of
Holland and Knight represented the
seller, the Sebring utility. Deason has
also filed testimony with the PSC on
behalf of Florida Power & Light in the
Vero sale docket.

That firsthand experience from the
Shores counsel is evident in the clos-
ing of Slater’s letter to the PSC outlin-
ing what was expected to be argued
by attorneys on Tuesday when the
PSC convened – or possibly on appeal
should the PSC vote to impose a sur-
charge or rider:

“I’m sure staff was trying to do its
job, but the recommendation seems
to be preoccupied with a prior pro-
ceeding involving a completely dif-
ferent utility’s acquisition of Sebring
Utilities – an acquisition that took
place more than a quarter-century
ago. Ironically, the PSC order in that
earlier proceeding specifically cau-
tioned that the Sebring case has no
precedential value. I’ve been advised
by our counsel that the petition in
the Sebring transaction, which is on
the PSC’s website, shows both Florida
Power Corporation and Sebring ex-
pressly asked the PSC to impose a sur-
charge (rider) on the former-Sebring

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County facilities polluting the marshes, have turned a blind eye “The plants don’t lie,” Gunter said. signed both marshes for the county.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 to the alleged pollution. Vero Beach “For the last 15 years that’s the first He argued there is no problem at ei-
32963 asked all five commissioners to place we hit with herbicides. They ther facility.
built north of Grand Harbor in 2008. comment on Gunter’s allegations, but need sun, water and nutrients. If we
The West Regional Wastewater Treat- only one responded. don’t remove them they stop the water The aquatic plants don’t need to
ment Facility marsh, built in the 1990s, from flowing.” be harvested because they are re-
is intended to remove nutrients from Since the county and FDEP are in the moving nutrients by turning them
treated sewage effluent before it flows business of not polluting, “understand- The second factor contributing to into gases, according to Swindell,
into the 8th Street Canal, which leads ably, they don’t want to hear about the the pollution, besides a failure to har- emitting them into the atmosphere
to the lagoon. pollution, or test for it,” Gunter said. vest plants, is that neither the levee in a process called transpiration. At
that separates the sewage treatment Spoonbill, most of the transpiration
But David Gunter, who has been Gunter says there is a twofold prob- facility from the 8th Street Canal nor is through mangroves, he said. At the
superintendent of the Indian River lem at the wastewater treatment the 13 ponds where the nitrogen-rich sewage treatment facility, most of the
Farms Water Control District for more marsh. First, the county has failed to plants grow were lined with clay to transpiration is through coontails, a
than 40 years, says both marshes are harvest aquatic plants in the marsh keep them from leaking. rooted aquatic plant, “that decom-
malfunctioning and leaking large that are intended to absorb nitrogen poses so fast there are no nutrients,”
amounts of algae-producing nitrogen from the effluent. Unharvested, the Gunter says the weight of the wa- Swindell said.
into the lagoon. A series of massive plants die and sink to the bottom of ter – millions of gallons a day – going
algae blooms has decimated the estu- the marsh, adding more nutrients that into the interconnected ponds at the Swindell answered concerns Spoon-
ary in recent years, killing seagrass and seep into the water table, eventually treatment facility is pressing down on bill is seeping nutrients into the la-
aquatic animals. ending up in the lagoon. the unconfined lake bottom, which is goon by stating the nitrogen there is in
higher than the canal, and forcing pol- a form not absorbable by algae.
In a nutshell, Gunter says that due Over time, Gunter said, the settling luted groundwater into the canal.
to faulty design or construction, the ponds have built up a mucky bottom He said he will investigate the situa-
marshes are seeping nitrogen into the that holds life-killing bacteria that de- Carter Taylor, a longtime member of tion at the West Regional Treatment Fa-
ground water that ends up in the la- pletes oxygen in the water. the Indian River Neighborhood Asso- cility, but doubts its nutrients are seep-
goon. “If you add up all the nutrients ciation’s lagoon committee, says seep- ing into the canal. “I walked the length
from tributaries and canals into the The “telltale signs” the lake has a age at Spoonbill Marsh has a similar of the canal facing the marsh and
lagoon, the nutrients in the lagoon are dead, oxygen-less bottom, Gunter said, cause. Along with Gunter, he contends didn’t see one single seep area coming
higher,” Gunter said. “There is another is the rotten-egg smell, gray spider- Spoonbill’s confining capstone was through the levee,” Swindell said.
source of nutrients – groundwater – web like growth on vegetation along breached when the large holding pond
seeping into the lagoon.” that part of the canal and the ammonia was built, enabling chemically-laden Bob Solari, the only commissioner
spike in recent samples taken. water to seep into the lagoon without who responded to inquiries about
So far, the County Commission going through the marsh for purifica- lagoon pollution, refused to address
and the Florida Department of Envi- Another indication of leaks is the tion as intended. Gunter’s groundwater-seepage argu-
ronmental protection, which permits rampant growth of plants in the 8th ment. “It is beyond my ken,” he said.
Street Canal near the treatment facil- Chip Swindell, owner and head en-
ity, which he said is fed by nitrogen gineer at Ecotech Consultants, de- Solari both agreed and disagreed
coming from the marsh. with Gunter’s harvesting argument.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / June 7, 2018 5


“Harvesting hydroponic plants – removed from Spoonbill Marsh was a of hot spots in the canal system.” That argument seemed not to ac-
we agree – the county has long un- form of harvesting. Concerning Spoonbill Marsh, Solari count for the fact that millions of
derstood it is supposed to be harvest- gallons of water are pumped into
ing,” Solari said, but did not state that Asked if the county will conduct said that because the marsh’s shore- the lagoon at the location each day,
any action would be taken. He also tests to find out if the sewage treat- line is only a tiny fraction – about “0.3 something that does not happen
suggested that storm-downed man- ment facility marsh is seeping nutri- percent” – of the total shoreline, the along other similar stretches of the
groves the county has on occasion ents, Solari said, “the County does notion it is having an effect on the la- lagoon. 
not believe [the marsh] is the cause goon “is almost silly.”


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Stalled restaurant project Vero Beach City Council last year to “This place is going to have a tre- required by the city code. There were
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 build a 2,685-square-foot, 143-seat mendous impact in Vero Beach,” Moss no restrictions against serving lunch
restaurant on the site, where Parent said. or breakfast.”
from Bobby’s Restaurant & Lounge, is Construction is nearing completion of
owned by Sony Investment Real Es- the building’s shell. The impact, though, is what wor- During public meetings, members
tate Inc., the Miami-based company ries some island residents and nearby of both the P&Z board and City Coun-
that also owns the buildings to the im- Moss said the shell should be com- business owners, who voiced their cil asked about the possibility of limit-
mediate north and south, on the west plete next month. The tenant will help concerns about an already-challeng- ing the new restaurant to dinner-only
side of Ocean Drive, between Acacia design the building’s interior. ing parking situation along that stretch service to keep from making the park-
and Banyan roads. of Ocean Drive, especially during Vero ing problem worse.
“All I know is that it’s going to be Beach’s busy winter season.
Moss, who took over the listing a restaurant,” Paul Parent, president Barkett said Sony would not agree to
from the Rita Curry Real Estate Team of Parent Construction, said shortly Sony’s Vero Beach attorney Bruce any such restriction, which would’ve
in April, said Sony is seeking a tenant after breaking ground on the project Barkett initially identified The Tides been unenforceable under the city
that will sign a five-year, triple-net in October. “The interior is a sepa- as the new restaurant’s tenant dur- code, anyway. 
lease for the restaurant – the tenant rate project, and that will be up to the ing a Vero Beach Planning and Zoning
would pay all taxes, insurance and tenant. We’re not even putting down Commission meeting in March 2017. The Strand
maintenance expenses that arise from a slab inside.” However, The Tides owner and chef
the use of the property – with rent of Leanne Kelleher backed out of the CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
$12,000 per month. Moss said it’s likely the future ten- project shortly afterward.
ant will serve both lunch and dinner, last large development tract in Indian
He said the owners are hoping the with most business being done dur- Kelleher’s departure increased the River Shores.
restaurant will be open for business ing the evening hours. angst felt by residents and business
next winter. owners – because The Tides serves The Shores Planning, Zoning & Vari-
“Everybody has a different take,” only dinner and would not have had ance Board approved a master plan
“That’s what we’re shooting for,” Moss said of potential tenants. “The much impact on daytime parking in for The Strand in May, and the Patten
Moss said. “Once we get a tenant un- owners are very much involved in the the area. Company is now clearing the 34-acre
der contract, the build-out for the res- process and they’d like to see a res- site that extends from Highway A1A to
taurant’s interior should take only 60 taurant that serves fine food and pro- A different tenant, needing more Jungle Trail between Palm Island Plan-
to 90 days.” vides a fun place for people to dine revenue to cover the stiff lease ex- tation and Indian Trails.
and socialize.” penses, might opt to serve lunch, too,
However, when asked if any poten- which almost certainly would add to According to the master plan, The
tial tenant was close to signing a lease, In fact, Moss said the owners – Sony parking congestion. Strand will include 47 single-family
he replied, “Nothing I can report yet.” president Jose Valle owns a home on homes and 21 townhomes in five
Vero’s South Beach – recently flew in “We approved the site plan,” City buildings.
Sony received approval from the a prospective tenant from Miami to Planning Director Tim McGarry said.
show the property. “The applicant met all the conditions

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / June 7, 2018 7


The townhomes will be situated builder program, so that we will be deposits on new homes, but the real estate development firm with offices
near the community entrance, with able to offer several different models estate the market began to slow before in Naples and Boca Raton, closed on
houses further back from the road, to buyers.” construction began and McGough put the tract last summer, paying $5 mil-
arranged around a small lake that the project on hold. lion for the 34 acres in a transaction
will serve as a park-like water fea- Building officials at the Shores said brokered by the O’Dare, Boga, French
ture as well as a stormwater reten- they recently met with representatives The land lost value in the downturn team at Premier Estate Properties.
tion pond. of Lennar, which has a luxury homes and Beachlen Development, a compa-
division, and that Lennar was think- ny owned by Philadelphia billionaire “Vero has always been on our radar
The townhomes were listed with ing of buying a large number of lots Brook Lenfest, snapped it up in 2012 as a strong market in Florida,” Dob-
Dale Sorensen Real Estate on May at The Strand, but Dobbins said she for $10.95 million, creating Charleston bins said after the purchase. “We have
21 and company co-owner, Matilde could not say whether Lennar will be Estates Vero LLC as a holding compa- looked at other properties with Clark
Sorensen, said the units are now for building homes in the subdivision and ny for the project. French in the past and contacted him
sale. Lennar did not immediately respond again after seeing this listing in an
to inquiries about its interest in the The company talked about build- email.”
“People can put down a refundable property. ing large estate homes priced at more
$10,000 deposit and choose the unit than $5 million on the property but Dobbins said the development rep-
they want,” Sorensen said. A subdivision on the site has been a never firmed up those plans. Len- resents “a once-in-a-lifetime opportu-
long time coming. fest’s development focus shifted back nity” for Patten.
Pre-construction prices for the to Philadelphia where he is building
townhomes range from $799,000 to The property – originally part of a two high-rise hotels, and the property “It is extremely rare to find a large
$995,000, according to Pat Mays, man- 41.5-acre ocean-to-river parcel – was went back on the market. parcel available in a developed and
aging broker at Sorensen’s Cardinal assembled from grove land in 2004 as high-end area like Indian River
Drive office. She said the company the real estate boom was ramping up Three years ago, in October 2014, Shores,” she wrote in an email to Vero
will put a staffed sales trailer on site as and sold to McGough, a construction island businesswoman Katherine Beach 32963. “The recreational op-
soon as utilities are installed. and development company head- McConvey bought the oceanfront portunities really make this project
quartered in St. Paul, Minn., for $16.5 part of the tract, paying $7,250,000 special. There will be private beach
Details about the price range of the million. for seven acres on the east side of A1A access across the street, boat docks
single-family homes and who will be where she hoped to build an ultra- on the Indian River, biking and jog-
building them were not available at McGough hired Orlando planning luxurious modernist condo complex ging on the Jungle Trail as well as all
press time. Patten Vice President of and architecture powerhouse The Ev- with 18 homes priced around $3 mil- of the nearby shops and restaurants
Acquisitions Katherine Dobbins, who ans Group to design a high-end island lion each. that make this area so popular.”
bird-dogged the property and man- community called Providence that
aged the purchase, said last year the would take full advantage of the gold- That left the western portion, which Dobbins said “the community will
company “will be selling lots as well plated barrier-island location. has 620 linear feet of river frontage have a coastal contemporary style that
as finished homes and is actively seek- along the historic Jungle Trail. should blend with our existing neigh-
ing local builders to join our preferred Plans for the development were ap- bors.” 
proved and buyers were putting down The Patten Company, a national real

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All Aboard Florida gets time to sell bonds for Orlando stretch

BY BETH WALTON The tax-exempt bonds were allo- The train, which travels at speeds County and advocacy group Citizens
Staff Writer cated in December and set to expire up to 110 miles per hour, launched a Against Rail Expansion in Florida fil-
May 31. So far, investors have not West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale ing a lawsuit in February in attempt to
All Aboard Florida got another rushed to buy the bonds. The seven- line in January and extended service prevent the train’s planned expansion
break from an indulgent federal gov- month extension through the end of to Miami last month. along the Treasure Coast.
ernment last week when the U.S. De- the year was granted on the condi-
partment of Transportation granted tion that the company continue to The final stretch of the proposed The complaint, filed in the U.S. Dis-
the company more time to issue seek alternative financing. Miami to Orlando service, which will trict Court of the District of Columbia,
$1.15 billion of Private Activity Bonds travel through Martin, St. Lucie, Indi- names the U.S. Department of Trans-
to finance the second phase of its The rail company’s access to Pri- an River and Brevard counties without portation and the Federal Railroad
high-speed passenger rail service. vate Activity Bonds, which are sub- making a stop, is still at least two years Administration as defendants.
sidized by the government and offer away, Brightline officials have said.
“This propels our project as we ex- tax-exempt interest rates to inves- It alleges the DOT ignored safety,
tend Brightline to Orlando, develop- tors, remains a source of contention The project is set to run 30 high- maritime and environmental prob-
ing a transportation network that will as counties along the Treasure Coast speed trains through the Treasure lems and improperly subsidized the
benefit the entire state,” said Bright- fight to keep Brightline trains from Coast daily and will require millions of Brightline trains with tax exempt
line President Patrick Goddard. traveling through their communities. dollars in safety upgrades. bonds, while violating the National En-
vironmental Policy Act. 
Indian River County joined Martin


BY BETH WALTON clutters up the state’s constitution and tims’ rights measure called Marsy’s Law. Family members of Marsy Nicho-
Staff Writer could violate the rights of defendants, The initiative was conceived and las, who had not been notified that
according to opponents. the man accused of killing her was
A victims’ rights constitutional has been pushed nationwide by Cali- out on bail, ran into the man at a
amendment Floridians will vote on On the ballot in November, bundled fornia tech billionaire Henry Nicho- grocery store just a week after her
this fall that sounds like a good idea on confusingly with questions about the las, after his sister, Marsalee “Marsy” death. Clearly defined victims’ rights
the surface is actually a bad idea that judicial retirement age and the power Nicholas, was stalked and killed by could have avoided their trauma,
of administrative law judges, is a vic- her ex-boyfriend in 1983.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / June 7, 2018 9


advocates for Marsy’s Law argue. dressed victims’ rights and there is no den of proof must fall on prosecution the 19th Judicial District, agrees that
Florida’s proposed Marsy’s Law, ap- need for a constitutional amendment, beyond a reasonable doubt. victims’ rights are already extensively
said Solari. covered by Florida law.
proved by the Constitutional Revision He further noted, there is no legal
Commission this month, presents vot- Such policies are better made as laws victim until a jury finds a defendant But he disputed Metcalf’s argument
ers the opportunity to change the state’s by the legislature, he said. “What we’re guilty or a plea deal is made. Family that the scales of the justice system
charter document to include victims’ doing [with constitutional amend- members “are accusers . . . not victims,” will be tipped if victims are given addi-
rights, such as the right to be notified ments] is calcifying government. You until a case is settled in court, Metcalf tional leverage. He said higher courts
of all criminal proceedings, the right to just make the whole constitution so said. “No matter what we know, or have ruled that a victim’s demand for a
confer with the prosecutor before a plea rigid and inflexible that government be- what we think, or what we read in the speedy trial must take a back seat to a
agreement is offered, and the right to comes rigid and inflexible, and I think paper, we have to wait for the process. defendant’s needs.
discuss matters of criminal restitution. that leads to bad governance over time.” That’s what [this country] believes in.”
“The victims have input, not the fi-
State Attorneys, with the counsel of The process was also highly politi- A California billionaire should have nal say,” Colton said.
alleged victims, could also demand a cal, Solari added. Advocates for Marsy’s no say in what goes in Florida’s consti-
speedy trial regardless of a defendant’s Law held press conferences outside tution, Metcalf added. “It’s pure poli- “We always try to comply with vic-
wishes, and the provision would limit committee meetings. tics. It’s unfunded and it doesn’t do tims’ wishes when we can,” the pros-
the time allowed for appeals. what it purports to do.” ecutor said. “[A Marsy’s Law amend-
“It is certainly my belief this is going ment] won’t hurt anything. It will likely
Indian River County Commissioner to lead to multiple lawsuits down the Bruce Colton, State Attorney for improve things in some ways.” 
Bob Solari, one of three members of the pike further clogging the judicial system
Constitutional Revision Commission to which is going to hurt everyone,” he said.
vote against Marsy’s Law in March, and
Vero Beach Attorney Andrew Metcalf, a Metcalf said places like South Dako-
past president of the county bar associ- ta that have Marsy’s Law on the books
ation, say the amendment is a bad idea. are struggling to pay for it and are try-
ing to pass repeals.
Changes to the state constitution
should be made sparingly and directly Groups like the American Civil Lib-
related to helping shape government, erties Union also oppose Marsy’s Law,
said Solari, one of 37 people selected for arguing such measures present fed-
the commission which proposes state eral constitutional challenges, such as
constitutional changes every 20 years. the right to a fair trial and the right to
confront an accuser.
The committee’s recommendations
go directly to the ballot – no chance What happened to the Nicholas
of gubernatorial veto, congressional family is tragic, but the system is set
override or judicial review. up to protect the presumption of in-
nocence, Metcalf said. A defendant’s
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Stand Your Ground timony from several people, including ment before his brother turned violent. Mark was afraid his brother was go-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the Deffendall, his family and friends, Eric, he testified, grabbed him by the ing to get a gun, so he followed Eric
Cox said he failed to prove his case. down the stairs. He says he doesn’t re-
ida’s Stand Your Ground statute to his neck, slammed him to the floor and member what happened next.
defense. The brothers had been engaging in “pummeled” him. “Mark tried to pro-
physical fights since childhood, ac- tect himself by covering up, hitting back Eric was found by his father, face
Deffendall, 43, was arrested in October cording to Cox’s summary of testimo- and getting away. [He said] it felt like down and unresponsive, in the living
2014 after police say he shot and killed ny from the first hearing. Mark, some- it went on ‘forever’ but Mark does not room, according to an arrest affidavit
his brother, Eric, at their father’s home times the instigator, would often lose know how long it went on,” Cox wrote. filed in the case. He was pronounced
and airplane hangar on De Havilland because he was smaller. He was also dead at the scene.
Court in Vero Beach. Months after his ar- an aggressive drunk, but his brother “Mark was injured – he had a gash
rest, Cox denied Mark Deffendall’s initial was known as a scrapper, someone in his head, his nose and mouth were When his father asked him what hap-
request to have his case dismissed under not afraid to throw a punch. ‘busted,’’ the judge recalled. pened, Mark replied, “Eric would not
Florida’s Stand Your Ground statute. give it up, he wouldn’t stop,” Detective
The two had stayed up drinking and Mark claims he then ran into his Chris Cassinari wrote in the report. Mark
The burden of proof at the time was partying in the hangar the night be- father’s house and grabbed a gun for did not answer when his father asked if
on the defendant to show the act was fore. Mark said he couldn’t remember protection. He says he was upstairs he was the one who shot his brother.
in self-defense, and after hearing tes- what they started fighting about, but when his brother started charging
claimed it began as a verbal disagree- after him. Mark shot from the top of Police charged Mark Deffendall
the stairs and Eric began to retreat. with first-degree murder. The case has
yet to go to trial and the defendant re-
mains in jail without bond.

Deffendall offers no explanation as
to why he continued to shoot at his re-
treating, unarmed brother, Cox wrote
in her April 2016 order. He testified
that he does not remember what hap-
pened, but the court is not in a posi-
tion to speculate, she said. Therefore,
the defendant failed to prove that
he reasonably believed shooting his
brother was necessary to prevent im-
minent death or great bodily harm.

This month, however, despite the ob-
jection of prosecutors, Cox decided to
give Deffendall a second chance to argue
self-defense. Florida lawmakers amend-
ed the StandYour Ground statute in June
2017, reversing the burden of proof and
requiring the state to demonstrate a de-
fendant is not entitled to immunity.

The law now requires prosecutors to
prove a defendant is not in fear for his
life. It also eliminates a mandate to re-
treat before shooting.

Cox said she was offering the hear-
ing out of an “abundance of caution,”
according to court filings. At the time,
an appeals court had yet to rule on
whether the new law could be applied
retroactively. Cox said she would re-
view the prior hearing transcripts, al-
low additional testimony and revisit
the case under both legal standards.

But on May 4, just one day after Cox
ordered a new hearing, the state’s Sec-
ond District Court of Appeals weighed
in. Their findings concurred with Cox’s
decision to revisit the Deffendall case.
The amended Stand Your Ground Stat-
ute can be applied retroactively to de-
fendants awaiting trial, justices wrote.

Within a week, however, on May
11, the Third District Court of Appeals
came to a different conclusion. Justices
there found constitutional challenges
to the application of a new law to old
allegations and said motions to retro-
actively use the amended Stand Your
Ground defense should be denied.

The move prompted prosecutors to
again try to keep Deffendall from get-
ting a new hearing. Cox, who is bound
by neither court, has yet to reply. Argu-
ment is set for June 22. 

Edward Zaluski.


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Vero veteran’s legacy: A lifetime of service to America

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF Philip Moyer. PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE “I studied civil engineering be-
Staff Writer cause I never wanted to work in-
ing. side,” Moyer says.
Each Memorial Day, Vero Beach “When I
resident Philip Moyer, a former Although no longer in the mili-
World War II B-17 bomber pilot and was a kid I tary, his new career was rife with
decorated war hero, joins fellow would go to governmental projects. One of his
Americans as they pause in recog- the local air- first was at the Pinetree Radar Site
nition of the men and women who port to watch developing the DEW Line, the first
have lost their lives in service to our the planes Aircraft Control and Warning Sta-
nation. and built tion built, which eventually ranged
model air- from Newfoundland, Labrador to
Unlike so many of his comrades- planes. I re- Alaska.
in-arms who made the ultimate ally wanted to
sacrifice to secure the freedoms f ly.” “This was the first line of defense
we enjoy, Moyer, who f lew 35 mis- to warn of an invasion,” explains
sions in the European theater, was After being called up for service, Moyer. “During the Cold War, they
one of the lucky ones. At the age of he initially intended to enlist in the were concerned the Russians would
94 he is a walking, talking timeline Navy, impressed by the snappy ep- attack by air, approaching North
of events chronicled over the past aulet-adorned uniform of a neigh- America over the North Pole.”
century that have shaped the coun- bor.
t r y. Other government projects
“He looked like the cat’s meow,” followed,
Moyer was born in Doylestown, says Moyer. Realizing that as a among them
Pa., in 1924, just before the start poor swimmer, the Navy might not jet bomber
of the Great Depression. One of be the best choice for him, he re- design up-
four boys, he grew up in a bucolic calls, “I envisioned myself floating grades, NATO
setting, digging for worms in the around in the Pacific and I said, ‘Oh air bases, a
greenhouses where his father grew no.’ I changed my mind and went 600-foot U.S.
roses and daydreaming about fly- over to the Air Corps.” Navy radio
antenna, an
As with many veterans, he is armored divi-
somewhat reticent to talk about his sion canton-
time in the military, ruefully re- ment and a
membering that there was a high 200-billion-
casualty rate among pilots. electron volt
proton syn-
After the war, Moyer took advan- chrotron.
tage of the opportunity to attend According
college; graduating from Lehigh to Moyer, his
University with an engineering most signifi-
degree. He would later return to cant project
school to become an architect. was the de-
sign and con-

struction of the Vehicle Assembly
Building, the largest single-story
building in the world. Located at
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at
Cape Canaveral, the building was
built to house the Saturn V rocket
for the 1960’s Apollo program.

In an April 24, 1965 - Saturday
Evening Post article, journalist
James Atwater described the build-
ing as: “A cosmic room to stag-
ger the mind. Far and away the
mightiest structure in the world,
the Apollo project’s VAB has doors
big enough to admit skyscrapers, a
room so vast that it could breed its
own weather.”

The VAB, arguably Cape Canaver-
al’s most iconic building, is still an
integral part of ongoing research
and space exploration at the Ken-
nedy Space Center. His group also
constructed the launch control
center buildings before the pro-


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The Vehicle Assembly Building located at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.

gram was moved to Houston. ible experience; I am ecstatic that
“The VAB was the most challeng- the flying club thought of me,” says
Moyer, whose previous visits had
ing project I worked on. Kennedy been to appraise monuments from
said ‘We’re going to the moon by an architectural standpoint. “It was
1970.’ If we had flunked out on that very interesting to me to get to see all
job, we probably would have never of them again at this stage in my life.”
gotten another job.”
Moved by the trip and the number
Chuckling, Moyer adds, “Even the of people interested enough to volun-
model of the building was huge at 12 teer their time to make it happen, he
feet in height. I had trouble carrying says, “the American people need to
it around.” have a deeper appreciation for those
that built this country and the Honor
The undertaking was as massive Flight gives veterans and civilians
as the structure itself, involving a the chance to express themselves.”
multi-agency task force which Moyer
oversaw; he spent a great deal of time Brian Becker met and bonded with
traveling between New York and Moyer through their love of flying
Florida. and accompanied him on the trip,
where they were met by a cheering
“My first visit to the Cape was in a crowd at the airport and received a
jeep with a captain from the Jackson- full police escort into Washington,
ville District of the Army Corps of En- D.C.
gineers. He took me out and showed
me Cape Canaveral. It was a jungle; “It’s a part of history that we tend
there was nothing there but an ea- to gloss over. Our lives are so fast. We
gle’s nest. We worked night and day don’t take enough time to reflect back
toward the end to have everything on our forefathers, grandfathers and
ready. Then our job was finished and the people who made a difference,”
it was time for the astronauts to take says Becker. “Driving up the hill to
over.” Arlington and the Tomb of the Un-
known Soldier, there are thousands
Moyer recalls anxiously follow- of white tombstones as far as you can
ing the progress of the first shuttle see. It gives you an appreciation for
launch, listening to the radio from the magnitude and the cost in lives.”
his office in New York, but notes that
there were more failures than suc- “We don’t emphasize what hap-
cess with spaceflight in the early pened in the war and I think every-
years. one should have a much greater ap-
preciation about what these people
His own passion for flying was went through. It’s easy for guys like
never far away and, after eventually me to sit around and talk about it but
retiring and making his way to Vero to me, to give your life, to stop living
Beach, he joined three flying clubs: because of a war, there’s no greater
the Experimental Aircraft Associa- sacrifice,” stresses Moyer.
tion, Florida Aero Club and the Quiet
Birdmen. The Southeast Florida Honor
Flights include visits to the World
It was through these affiliations War II Memorial, Marine Corps Iwo
that earlier this year, Moyer made a Jima Memorial, Arlington National
pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. as Cemetery, Korean War Memorial,
part of the Southeast Florida Honor Vietnam War Memorial, Air Force
Flight, which applauds the actions of Memorial, Pentagon 9/11 Memorial,
military veterans by conveying them Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and
to Washington to visit memorials Navy Yard and Navy Museum. 
honoring their service and sacrifices.

“The Honor Flight was an incred-

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Memorial Day Ceremony: Honoring America’s best

Alejandros Sierra and Andrew Moyer. Ross Power and Sanjay Patel with Eliegh Williamson
and Spc. Patrick Williamson. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF erans groups to celebrate her son’s life Indian River-St. Lucie County Chapter 350 marines and sailors in response to
and honor his service, noting that the of American Gold Star Mothers, lost the 1983 barracks bombing in Beirut.
Staff Writer time spent with veterans and fellow her son Army Spc. Jordan Schumann
Gold Star Families helps to keep her on July 5, 2011, in Paktya Province, Af- “Today we recall with reverence
The Vero Beach High School Per- son’s memory alive. ghanistan. and a great deal of thanks, the ex-
forming Arts Center overflowed with traordinary sacrifices that were made
patriotic pride last week as people Wanda Johnson spoke with pride of “We take over their service to the by American men and women on the
gathered on Memorial Day to pay her brother, Army Pfc. James Ohlinger, country as Gold Star Mothers,” said fields of battle in the air and on and
homage to the American servicemen who was killed in Vietnam on Nov. 19, Schumann. “We’re just moms trying to under the sea,” said Winglass. “Thou-
and women who died while serving 1966, recalling that in the last letter give back in our sons’ name in honor of sands of young, heroic and courageous
our nation as members of the armed she received, he had confided plans to them.” American youngsters really paid a
forces. propose to his girlfriend. tremendous price, and they paid that
Lt. Gen. Robert Winglass, USMC Ret., price for you and for me and for Amer-
The threat of thunderstorms caused “Remember the ultimate sacrifice readily accepted the opportunity to ica.”
this year’s annual Memorial Day Cer- that so many have given and do what speak, noting “patriotism just swells”
emony, typically held at Veterans Me- you can to make our community a bet- in Vero Beach. The former chief of staff Noting that service personnel have
morial Island Sanctuary, to be moved ter place for our veterans, returning for installations and logistics at Marine faced anti-aircraft fire, missiles, small
indoors, but it in no way diminished troops and their families,” said John- Corps headquarters, retired after a 35- arms fire, landmines, booby traps and
the sentiment behind the sacred day. son, imploring attendees to support year military career, during which he at mortar fire, he added, “in the words
local veterans groups. times commanded units with as many of Gen. George S. Patton, ‘We should
“All across our nation and around as 10,000 service people. Winglass led thank God that such men lived.’” 
the world, our citizens and veterans Linda Schumann, president of the
are gathering to honor America’s fin-
est, the men and women who gave
their lives in combat,” said retired U.S.
Army Col. Darryle “Sam” Kouns in his
welcome address. “All gave some and
some gave all.”

A moving performance of the Na-
tional Anthem by U. S. Army Spc. Telly
Antona set the tone for the morning,
followed later by a patriotic medley
played by the Vero Beach High School
Band and “Amazing Grace” sung by
The Dolls. Adding to the poignancy
of the ceremony, Michael Hyde, who
served in the Merchant Marines,
played the bagpipes and bugler Duke
Scales added a military cadence with

As attendees arrived, they passed
by the Boots on the Ground Memorial
organized by the Vero Beach Veterans:
Next Generation, a display of 300 boots
representing the 6,959 military lives
lost since 9/11.

Three Gold Star Family members
shared emotional recollections of
loved ones who made the ultimate

Michelle Dale spoke of her son,
Army Cpl. Dale Kridlo, who was killed
in action in Kunar Province on Nov. 7,
2010. She now works with various vet-

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Catch prizes lure eager anglers to Blue Water Open

BY STEPHANIE LABAFF Michael Natale and Eva Chapman. glers headed back to Capt. Hiram’s, ties to become better places to live
Staff Writer where their catches were weighed through three Programs of Service:
As participants baited their hooks and measured. Members of the Boy Americanism, youth programs and
Saturday morning dawned brightly and dropped their lines, the shine Scouts Venturing Crew were on hand community service, with the preven-
as 145 boats headed out in the early- of the fish scales this year was am- to help the weary participants un- tion of child abuse at the core of the
morning hours laden with anglers, plified in celebration of the tourna- load their heavy catches programs they support.
each aspiring to reel in the biggest ment’s silver anniversary.
catch during the Exchange Club of The top boat weighed in at 63.55 Natale cited a new Youth Guidance
Sebastian’s 25th Anniversary Blue After a long day on the ocean, an- pounds, the first-place grouper was program focused on child abuse pre-
Water Open Charity Fishing Tourna- 57.85 pounds and there was a wahoo vention, adding, “the Exchange Club
ment. at 51.15 pounds. also fully funded the first year of the
radKids program (Resisting Aggres-
Capt. Hiram’s served as tourna- “It was nice and flat out there to- sion Defensively) in Sebastian.”
ment headquarters for the event, day. We saw a lot of action,” said Shari
which kicked off Friday evening with Eggen of Team Easy Drinking, as she Natale said he was hooked on the
a Captain’s Party filled with fish tales turned in her 23.35-pound kingfish. organization after the first tourna-
about the one that got away and a ment he fished in, adding, “after that
bucket of good-natured ribbing about The Exchange Club of Sebastian first fishing tournament I found out
who would bring in the biggest fish members cast their net wide in hopes what the Exchange Club was really all
and earn their share of the $19,000 that the tournament would reel in about and I joined the club.”
purse. $65,000 this year.
To get the next generation’s feet
“Afishionados” enjoyed raffles, “We’ve had a fantastic response wet, their club also hosts the Junior
auctions and drawings before turn- and we’re on track to exceed this Blue Water Open each October.
ing in early, making sure they would year’s goal,” said Michael Natale,
be in peak form for the offshore chal- event co-chair with Eva Chapman. “We take 40 to 50 kids out fishing
lenge. There were Main Board pay- for the day, usually from the Boys and
outs for top boat, junior and lady Since the tournament’s founding Girls Club. It’s one of the other ways
anglers, and for the biggest grouper, 25 years ago, the club has donated we like to give back as a club,” said
kingfish, wahoo and dolphin. more than $567,000 to local charita- Natale.
ble organizations.
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Diana Best, Jessica Schmitt, Angela Dickens, Cathy McGrail and Keith Cannon with Lynda Robinson and Bill McGrail.
Michael Natale and Dan Dickens.

Kathy Burns and Leigh Swanson. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Team Reely with a 51.5-pound wahoo. Marilyn Waldis, Warren Dill and Karen McElveen.

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Reel-time adventure at ‘Take a Kid Fishing’ event

BY MARY SCHENKEL Key Club members from local high
Staff Writer schools to lend out rods, untangle
lines, cut up bait shrimp, measure
One of the coolest spots in town Kadi Crawford. PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE and mark catches, and remove hooks
last Saturday morning – weather-wise from the wriggling creatures before
and as an angling adventure – was at tossing them back.
the 28th annual Take a Kid Fishing
Tournament, hosted by the Kiwanis As usual, newcomers were a little
Club of Vero-Treasure Coast. unsure about the “icky” parts, but
seasoned anglers had no qualms.
Youngsters peered excitedly over And while some anglers had bites
the railing of the Barber Bridge’s shad- soon after dropping their lines in the
ed fishing catwalk, laughing with glee water, others quickly learned that
as they caught fish after wiggly fish; fishing can be a waiting game.
crying out with expressions such as “I
got one!” “It’s a stingray, a big sting- “It teaches them patience; it’s not
ray!” and, of course, “What do I do??” that instant gratification that every-
one expects these days,” said Staffan
“The catches have been bigger than Lundberg.
I ever remember,” said event chair
Jim Wolfe. “A black drum was so big “The best part is seeing the kids
it broke the line; it would have needed with a fish on their hook; they’re all
a net.” so excited about what they caught.
And then, of course, everybody en-
“We’re going to add a new prize – joys a good cookout. They may not
too big to land,” said George Fetterolf. catch a fish, but they can get a hot-
The new prize will join others award- dog.”
ed in two age brackets. “It was prob-
ably about 24 inches and 15 pounds; Children and their families were
the biggest I’ve ever seen here.” all treated to burgers, hot dogs, chips
and assorted sodas immediately af-
Each year, the club sends flyers to ter the festive fishing frenzy.
schools and youth-oriented nonprof-
its, inviting children ages 5-12 and “To incorporate the natural envi-
their families to attend the free event. ronment of the ocean and marine
life into a day of action and partici-
“The local tackle shops give us a pation for the children of Vero Beach
lot of support; they provide hooks, and surrounding area, makes us all
sinkers and prizes,” said Wolfe, refer- very, very happy,” said Carolyn Mac
encing Professional Outfitters, Man Evoy.
O War Fishing Company, Discount
Tackle and the Pipe Den. “And Vero The Kiwanis Club sponsors a va-
Tackle provides all the shrimp for riety of community service and fun-
bait.” draising events throughout the year
and annually provides college schol-
Kiwanis volunteers were joined by arships to high school seniors. 

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WINNERS: Kevin Brown, Tim Wright and Chester Clem. Carolyn MacEvoy, Milt Thomas, Doug Vitunac and Herb Hinkle.
Jeff Meyer, Walt Cullen, Preston Horner and Beckett Horner.
William Nesper, most fish (16) Audrey Elliott with a snapper fish.
Elijah Dantel, ugliest fish (blowfish)
Kayden Wilson, smallest fish (3 inches)

Jayden Clayton,
biggest fish (25-inch stingray)

Eric Stevens,
most unique fish (hog snapper)

Colin Antoshia,
the one that got away
(2-foot black drum)

Ages 10 to 12
Isaac Garcia, most fish (13)
Ashlin Kline, ugliest fish (puffer)

Charlie Phillips
ugliest fish (star gazer)

Richard Hite
smallest fish (4-inch snapper)

John Clayton,
biggest fish (23-inch stingray)
John Clayton, most unique fish (shark)

Ethan Laboda,
most special fish (drum fish)

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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 Joe Barbre with Haley and Jaxson Barbre. Caleb Wilkinson and Colin Antosian.
Aileen Garcia and Said Garcia with a puffer fish.

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Tea time: After St. Ed’s success, twin forging own path

BY RON HOLUB of outstanding accomplishments in ev- will be biochemistry,” Tea said. “There
Correspondent ery area of school life. Both will enter a are a lot of research opportunities there,
pre-med curriculum in college. Aspir- and the sciences are my thing. I may go
It’s beyond axiomatic that identical ing to be medical doctors has a genea- into psychology ... But overall I will be
twin sisters Tea and Trisha Tee share a logical component as well. Their father on a pre-med track. The goal is to be a
lot in common. In addition to coming is a cardiologist. medical doctor.”
into this world just minutes apart, they
started at St. Ed’s in kindergarten and Arriving at a crossroads in life, the The twins were highly motivated in
made it all the way through high school sisters decided to up the ante. Knowing athletic activities as well. They were to-
as best friends. that the next chapter was about leaving gether on several varsity lacrosse teams,
the comforts of home, they decided it but Trisha drifted toward volleyball and
Also well-established is a dual legacy was time to separate, fully aware that soccer, while Tea took to cross country
and basketball.
“Basketball is definitely my favorite,”
some hurt would be involved. Tea said. “I like the quick pace, it’s fluid,
“We actually considered going to col- and you have to get into that mindset.
I started playing in sixth grade with
lege together,” Tea said. “But when we Maya (Jenkins). She encouraged me to
looked at what we wanted to see in a play because she wanted a buddy.”
school, we saw ourselves going in differ-
ent directions. It wasn’t intentional that Notably, in the ensuing years under
we didn’t want to be together. It’s just head coach Paula Robinson, the Maya
that we didn’t have the same college life Jenkins/Tea Tee combo resurrected a
in mind.” girls basketball program that was on
the verge of collapse. While basketball
Both applied to Georgetown and Bos- was always No. 1, Tea keeps cross coun-
ton College, and were accepted at BC. try and lacrosse in the discussion.
When they realized that being togeth-
er would be the main reason for going “I definitely want to keep up with all
there, it just didn’t seem right. the sports that I’ve done,” Tea said. “For
basketball and lacrosse I definitely want
“We thought it would be better to go to do something like club or intramu-
to different schools so we could learn rals. For cross country I will just go on a
more about ourselves – and how to be bunch of nice runs around campus.
independent,” Trisha said.
“I always thought that cross country
The upshot is that Trisha will be going was a solo sport, which was something
north to McGill University in Montreal I wasn’t used to. You learn a lot about
while Tea is going south to the Univer- yourself because it is all in your head.”
sity of Miami. Trisha wants to be a car-
diologist like her father. The pathway Tea went out in style as a senior. She
ahead for Tea is still emerging at this averaged just under 11 points and four
point. “Right now my major at Miami steals per game while constantly dis-
rupting her opponents with tons of en-
ergy on the basketball court. She con-
tributed nine goals and three assists for
the 13-1 lacrosse team.

To cap it off, the Treasure Coast
Sports Commission recognized the top
male and female student-athletes from
20 area schools. Tea Tee received the fe-
male award this year at St. Ed’s. 


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Just beachy! Island artists settle in on Ocean Drive

BY ELLEN FISCHER chrome in palette. In each, the ultra- gazing placidly in our direction. Boathouse Series, named for objects
Columnist marine blue-and-white color scheme is “We say she’s working her way that might be found in such a struc-
relieved by a sliver of light brown at the ture: hinges, eye hooks, a weathered
On a recent spring day in Florida, bottom edge, where white foam meets through the alphabet – birds, boots patent medicine bottle and a rusty eel
members of Vero’s newest combined sea-dampened sand. and cows,” laughs Goembel. spear – in addition to the organic trea-
art gallery and studios gathered to dis- sures of Goembel’s continuing Coastal
cuss their recent move from a store- Lazar is known for her paintings of Geary is an abstract painter, who Memories theme.
front in Sebastian’s Village Square to a animals; her medium is acrylic on can- is currently working in oil on canvas.
second-floor suite at 3349 Ocean Drive. vas. She is currently working on a Shore Her 4-foot square painting, “Easter The popular success of her assem-
All beachside residents (three of the Birds Series; on view are three paint- Morning,” is one of the first things blages is surely on Goembel’s mind as
quartet live in the same subdivision), ings of ibises dabbling at the ocean’s you see upon entering the gallery. The she speaks of going in a new direction
Gayle Fayerweather, Elise Geary, Mar- edge. On an easel, a work in progress painting’s atmospheric blue ground is with her art. While she still has “about
garet Goembel and Andrea Lazar work depicts a flock of royal terns, resting on marked by scattered clouds of color. 20” assemblages in progress, she looks
well together as studio mates. the beach and facing, as is their habit, forward to focusing on her work in pa-
all in the same direction. On the adjacent wall hang seven per collage this summer. Goembel has
The aesthetic outlook of all of the other paintings by her; among them a store of papers she has pre-painted
women is nature-based. “We just work Lazar has recently branched out an abstract that suggests the ocean’s in vivid colors for the purpose; she in-
in different ways,” says Geary. into the human form – at least in part. ceaseless flux. tends to combine them with a selection
Each of the three paintings in her Boot of Asian papers she purchased on a trip
Fayerweather, who was not present Series, titled “Mounted Boot,” “Dusty “I didn’t want to paint rocks, I didn’t to Seoul, South Korea, last year.
for this interview, is represented by Boot” and “Calf Roping Boot,” shows want to paint waves; I wanted to give
three seascapes in the gallery; all show the denim-encased calf and spurred the feeling of the force of waves hitting Ocean Drive Gallery is comprised
her interest in semi-abstract composi- boot of a cowhand at work. rocks,” Geary says of the Turneresque of three rooms. The first is the gallery
tions with low horizons and vast skies. painting she calls “Force of Nature.” itself, which can be accessed by stairs
A painting on canvas and two smaller A fitting companion piece hangs from the west side of the building or
works on paper are almost mono- nearby. Titled “The Stare Down,” the Nature played its part in producing by a small elevator on the building’s
painting depicts a trio of brown steers the materials Goembel uses in her as-
semblages of seashells, coral branches
and driftwood. On display is her recent

Margaret Goembel. Elise Geary. Andrea Lazar.


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north (Beachland Boulevard) side. bastian was fun and productive, they Like the entrance to Palm House, very much worth the effort.
The gallery room serves as a com- have more buyers coming into the shop which is reached through an arcad- Ocean Drive Gallery is open from 1
from Ocean Drive than they did off U.S. ed passageway and a flight of stairs,
munal exhibition space as well as a stu- 1. When they first began to think about finding the Ocean Drive Gallery is p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sun-
dio for Lazar and Fayerweather. At the relocating their gallery last fall, the art- day afternoons, or by appointment. 
east end of the gallery are two smaller ists initially thought of moving into a
rooms with doors; these are Geary’s larger space at Village Square that had
and Goembel’s studios. Each has a recently been vacated by photographer
window that overlooks Ocean Drive. Greg Hills.

It is hard to imagine that the doors It was Geary who suggested that
to the studios of Geary and Goembel “if we are going to move, let’s move,
are ever closed; there is so much to see move,” meaning that the trouble of re-
there. In Goembel’s room hang recent locating would be the same whether
assemblage pieces, including “Yellow they moved across the street or to an-
Sea Fans” and “Horseshoe Crabs.” On other part of the county. So why not
one long wall hang 10 white-framed look around?
paper collages, each composed around
a different color note: orange, indigo Geary credits Fayerweather for find-
and moss-green. Shelves in the room ing their current home away from
hold baskets and clear glass vases full home.
of different-sized shells, coral branches
and driftwood. “Gail was the one who said we need-
ed to move either to a location like
In Geary’s room an easel holds pride 14th Avenue in downtown Vero, or we
of place. A long counter to its right holds needed to move somewhere on the is-
a glass palette, a tray of brushes, and an land. She was the best bird dog ever.
array of solvents and tubes of paint or- She looked into for-lease signs every-
ganized in open wood boxes. Against where and we followed up, visited a few
the walls, completed paintings hang or places. Then she found this.”
lean in stacks. On this visit a commis-
sioned work stood on the easel. “We just jumped at it,” says Lazar, to
which Goembel adds, “It just spoke to
Measuring 36 inches high and 48 us when we walked in.”
wide, the painting is a horizontal ver-
sion of a Geary seascape that hangs just The artists were delighted that the
inside the gallery’s door. That painting, suite’s walls were already painted
“Transition,” shows a blaze of light at white; its light-colored floors were an-
the horizon of a dark blue sea; the sky other bright plus.
above is a luminous haze of pink, blue
and gold. The neighbors are also to their lik-
ing. The artists of Ocean Drive Gallery
No matter how much space each art- hope to share an open house or two
ist occupies in the gallery, all agree that each season with fellow artists down
while their three-year tenancy in Se- the street at Palm House Gallery & Stu-

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Coming Up: A splendid Sunday of ‘Brahms and Beethoven’

BY SAMANTHA ROHLFING BAITA ell, are band directors, music teachers,
Staff Writer freelance musicians and student musi-
cians from the Space Coast, Treasure
1 A lovely coda to the 2017-18 season Coast and Palm Beach areas – amateur
and an inspiring prelude to the and professional musicians who meet
each spring for several intense rehears-
Summer Solstice will be “Brahms and als in preparation for their “spectacular
one-night-only” annual engagement.
Beethoven: A Chamber Concert,” pre- Concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is
free. 772-564-5413.
sented as a string chamber concert by

the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra

this Sunday afternoon at First Presby-

terian Church. According to Wikipedia,

Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in B major, 3 Summer doldrums? No way, says
Riverside Theatre, the summer
Op. 18, was composed in 1860 and pre-

miered in Hanover. Today’s audiences 1 Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Sunday at First Presbyterian Church. weekend place to be in Vero. Join the

may recognize this work, which has fun this Friday and Saturday at Riv-

been used frequently in movies and erside’s dueling pianos music party,

television, including the “Star Trek: The Daniel Cortes, viola; Paul Fleury, cello; “Second Suite in F for Military Band”; Howl at the Moon, a wildly popular
and Isaac Moorman, cello. Concert Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Toccata
Next Generation.” Beethoven’s Quin- time is 3 p.m. Admission is free, and no Marziale”; and “Sun Paints Rainbows” all-request, multi-genre company
tickets are required. 855-252-7276. by David Bedford. A smaller assem-
tet in C Minor, says the concert promo, blage of chamber winds will perform that performs at venues nationwide.
“Trevelyan Suite” by Malcolm Arnold
began as a set of piano trios which, a and “Homages Concerto for Piano and Riverside audiences are loving this
Winds” by Edward Gregson. Piano vir-
quarter-century later, he premiered for tuoso Jacob Craig, director of music and no-set-agenda format, as they help
arts at First Presbyterian Church, will
string quintet, whereupon it became 2 Or this could be your cup of (musi- be the featured soloist. The members pick the songs for a unique experi-
cal) tea: The Treasure Coast Wind of the Treasure Coast Wind Ensemble,
one of the composer’s most popular under the baton of Colbert Page How- ence every time. This weekend, Katie

chamber works, “filled with freshness, Ensemble’s one-night-only annual con- Pinder Brown and Ken Gustafson will

youthful zest and energy.” Featured cert promises to be an exciting one as face off across the 88s on the Waxlax

musicians for “Brahms and Beethoven: a “British Invasion” takes the stage at stage. Dueling Pianos show times:

A Chamber Concert” include concert- the VBHS Performing Arts Center this 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission:

master Carey Moorman, violin; Joni Friday. The program will feature works general reserved, $12; reserved tables,

Roos, violin; Michael De Jesus, viola; by British composers: Gustav Holst’s $18, $20, $22. 772-231-6990. 

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Stage is set for spectacular season at area theaters


Couldn’t get to Broadway to see award- mer with the annual reunion of five er it is a literal home in ‘The Wiz’ or the of belonging is foremost to the story.”
winning musicals? Then head instead to Southern women in the comedy “The home of simply being comfortable with Opposite of that, she said, both “Bon-
Vero Beach and Melbourne theaters for Dixie Swim Club.” Another delightful yourself and your public persona as in
both old chestnuts and the fresh stuff – group of belles closes the season with ‘Red.’ In shows like ‘Willy Wonka’ and nie & Clyde” and “West Side Story” can
mysteries, quirky comedies, dramas and “The Savanah Sipping Society.” One of ‘Tarzan,’ the search for home and place show the effect not belonging can have
musicals rest on the drawing boards for its freshest offerings is Steven Dietz’s on people. 
area theaters next seasons. contemporary play “Yankee Tavern,”
in which 9/11 conspiracy theories run
Vero Beach has the big kahuna – Riv- rampant in a New York City bar. The
erside Theatre. It is, of course, a pro- whodunits continue with “The Games
fessional regional theater which holds Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays.”
auditions in New York City. Equity ac-
tor Warren Kelly, an audience favorite Rounding out the season are Broad-
at Riverside, said actors line up around way’s eternal farce, “A Funny Thing
the block to audition for Riverside be- Happened on the Way to the Forum,”
cause of its sterling reputation. The and the lighthearted comedy “Miracle
actors will soon have an added bonus on South Division Street.”
– enjoying rooms at the theater’s own
Star Suites by Riverside Theatre, which Just a short drive north of here, Mel-
is scheduled to open early next year. bourne theaters also have plenty on
tap. “We at Melbourne Civic Theatre
The shows scheduled for next sea- have everything you need in our 2018-
son include two Broadway blockbuster 2019 season,” said managing and artis-
musicals – “Evita,” and “My Fair Lady.” tic director Peg Girard, “music, laugh-
Riverside launches the season with the ter, soul-searching and suspense.”
rousingly rockin’ revue “Smokey Joe’s
Café” and closes with the upbeat musi- The season begins with an audience-
cal comedy “Legally Blonde.” The only pleasing musical, “Dirty Rotten Scoun-
play on the main stage this season is drels.” MCT’s straight plays – a theater
“The Last Romance,” a romantic com- term for non-musicals – include the
edy centered on love among the Medi- entertaining mystery “Sleuth,” and the
care crowd. off-beat comedy “Sylvia.” On the other
side of the spectrum is the classic Hen-
With the success of the musical rik Ibsen drama “Hedda Gabler.”
“Drood” last season, the theater is
mounting another contemporary mu- The Henegar has a season filled with
sical – “Next to Normal” – in its second big musicals and a couple of dramas for
stage theater, the Waxlax Stage. The its intimate second stage, Upstairs at
other Waxlax production is the enter- the Henegar. Its overarching concept is
taining drama “Ghost-Writer.” the subject of “Home.”

The play-reading committee at Vero “Home is the most important place
Beach Theatre Guild chose a wide in all our lives so this season we are in-
range of theater genres for the upcom- viting everyone to ‘Come Home to the
ing season, with shows that appeal to Henegar,’” said Amanda Cheyenne Ma-
ladies who lunch, solid holiday fare, nis, Henegar’s artistic director, “wheth-
musical comedies and mysteries.

No need to wait until the fall – the
season actually kicks off this sum-

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Bonz becomes best mates with CC the Boat Cat

Hi Dog Buddies! but one of the liitter had already found CC, the Calico Cat.
good homes. The only kitten left was The PHOTO BY
Since expanding my Potential Inter- Runt. Me! A tiny liddle fuzzball. I mean, I
viewee Pool to include Pets of the Feline could fit into teacup and still have room GORDON RADFORD
Pursuasion, I’ve learned a buncha stuff for the lemon slice. You can imagine how
about, you know, Cats, an I’m not quite as Totally Irresistable I was, right?” back into the water. Dad hadda scoop with admiration.
nervous as I usta be. But still … me out. THAT was embarrassing!” “Well, I just did what any cat would do.
I heard that CC (Calico Cat) Hand- “Dad was NOT a Cat Person,” she “I’ll bet!” I said, trying not to laugh. An Dad’s the one who ackhully pulled
ley had a pretty inneresting tail to tell, grinned. “It only took me about 2 seconds “Now I hafta stay in the boat, which is ’em up the ladder.”
so I looked her up and scheduled an to fix that. I was a liddle timid for only a fine with me. I HATE bein’ wet.”
innerview. CC’s a Boat Cat (which I’d couple days, just checking things out an “So, what’s this I hear about you bein’ “But still, that’s Super Pawsome!”
never heard of before), so I was 9 parts getting my Sea Paws. Me an Dad have a hero?” “Aww, thanks, Mr. Bonzo. That’s so
lookin’ forward to meeting her, an only been together ever since. I’m a Total Boat “Oh, that. So, it was a Dark an Stormy sweet. Dad did give me a whole can of
1 part nervous. Cat. We hang out here mostly. We also Night. Real windy. I was quietly hanging tuna as a reward. He says I owe him 37
have an actual house in Orlando. It’s OK, out with Dad, snoozin,’ watchin’ TV. Sud- cents for the tuna. (I know he’s just teas-
When me an my assistant were but this is my favorite.” denly I was startled by this faint sound ing.) Now Dad’s pals call him Capt. Kitty.
walkin’ up to the boat, I couldn’t help but “Any pals?” that made me leap up and run over to the An I’m First Mate CC.”
remember that, even though pet cats are “I’ve gotta great famly. There’s my sis- window. Dad didn’t hear it, so I kept me- Heading home, I was thinking how
cute an fluffy an do that soft liddle purr ter Brittany (she’s in college), an her friend owing an meowing. Dad tried to shush more and more dogs an cats are getting
thing, they’re related to lions. An tigers. Zack an her pooch Molly, a mini-Yorkie. me, but I kept on meowing (cuzza my along just fine with one another, even
An poo-muhs. We get along great. Ackshully, I get along IN-stinks). Finally Dad came over and though they’re different species. That
real good with dogs. I never did see that looked out. Then he heard what I was makes me hopeful.
“Get a Grip, Dog!” I told myself sternly. big a difference, ’cept I’m called a ‘cat.’” hearin’: this faint voice hollarin’ ‘Help
Since CC’s boat was being spiffed up, “Whaddya do for fun?” me!’ over an over.” Till next time,
we met on the dock, outside Capt. Hirams “I love ridin’ in the car. I snuggle in “Wooof!” I exclaimed.
in Sebastian where it was moored. Well, Dad’s lap an snooze. Whenever Dad goes “Turns out, it was a human (15 people The Bonz
turns out CC was totally cute an real, real to work, I watch Animal Planet. When years) struggling in the water. Dad called
frenly. I felt like a Doof for bein’ nervous, the weather’s nice, we go in our boat. 911 like humans are ’spose to do when Don’t Be Shy
and hoped she hadn’t noticed. (Dad calls it ‘Dewers and Lures,’ painted there’s TROUBLE, an pulled the boy
She came right over for a liddle sniff. right on the side. Isn’t that silly? Humans aboard. The boy told Dad his uncle was We are always looking for pets
“Mr. Bonzo, it’s a pleasure! A real plea- are always namin’ their boats funny still in the water, so Dad got him, too. with interesting stories.
sure! I’m CC Handley, an this is my stuff like that. I wonder why.) Anyway, Turns out, their boat hit something and
Dad, Capt. Jim. I’ve never been innerv- we go to the Sand Bar at the Inlet, or that was sinking. Dad says if it wasn’t for me, To set up an interview, email
iewed before so you’ll have to tell me pretty island across from Mulligan’s, an he woulda never heard the boy hollarin.’” [email protected].
how it works.” just hang out. Those pine needles are “Woof! CC, you’re a HERO!” I told her
“The pleasure is mine, Miss CC,” I said like a big thick rug. An I watch the birds,
suavely, opening my notebook. “You can an bugs an stuff. Dad fishes. Back at the
just tell me about how you an your Dad dock, me an my pelican pals hang out an
met, an what your life’s like, livin’ on a get scraps from the humans cleaning the
boat. An about the Recent Exciting Event fish. They even made me an Honorary
I heard about. Just start at the beginning.” Pelican. Cool, huh?”
She curled her tail around her front “Totally! Do you swim?”
paws an began. “Back nine years ago, “Well, I CAN, but I don’t LIKE to. There
my Dad’s lady friend wanted a pet com- have been a few times, as I was leaping
panion for when Dad was Away. Soon with catlike grace from boat to boat or
after, coincidentally, Dad was driving boat to dock, I slightly miscalculated, and
by a house on Indian River Drive with a landed, well, in the water. Then, when I
‘Free Cat’ sign in the yard. Perfect timing, tried to climb back up the pier, I sorta slid
right? An the price was right. Turns out all

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BY KEVIN SIEFF gling from construction cranes. They wildlife has suffered immensely in than 40 percent since 1993. There are
The Washington Post were carried into white metal storage recent decades. Over 90 percent of fewer than 1,000 mountain gorillas in
containers, with the occasional el- the continent’s elephants have van- the wild. There are only two female
Two decades ago, this patch of ephant trunk peeking out. Then they ished over the last century. The lion northern white rhinos in existence.
Malawian forest in the Majete Wild- crisscrossed southern Africa in com- population has crashed by more
life Reserve was almost emptied of mercial planes and flatbed trucks. African Parks, the nonprofit orga-
wildlife. The last elephants had been nization that arranges the shipments
poached. The lions had been caught By almost any measure, Africa’s of the animals, aims to restore popu-
in snare traps. Other species died off lations that once existed in some of
as their range was diced by ma- the world’s most remote places. It has
chete-wielding farmers. trucked 520 elephants across Malawi.

Now the animals have It flew 20 black rhinos from South
returned in a modern- Africa to Rwanda. This month, it
day Noah’s ark – a bold started bringing rhinos back to
attempt by private Chad, where they were wiped out
philanthropists three decades ago.
and environmen- And in southern Malawi, on a
talists to move recent overcast morning, Craig
wildlife from Reid dragged the carcass of a ga-
other parts of
the continent. zelle across a grassy enclosure in
Liwonde National Park, north of
Hundreds Majete. Three cheetahs growled at
of miles from him from about a foot away, showing
this dense their teeth.
forest, the
animals were “Craig, what are you doing?” Reid’s
scooped up in wife, Andrea, asked nervously, as the
harnesses dan- cheetahs inched closer.

Two weeks later, the enclo-
sure would be filled with
imported lions,

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the next set of animals in shipping since he was a 13-year-old in Zim- curing the parks requires its own Majete was established in 1955
crates, part of an experiment in turn- babwe, where he pushed his school massive investment – the group now and Liwonde in 1973 by government
ing back the clock to a time of greater to establish a 2,000-acre wildlife has the largest counter-poaching authorities in this former British
biodiversity. After that, rhinos were reserve. After working for South Af- force of any private organization on colony. Both lacked fencing, so el-
expected. rica’s national park service, where he the continent, around 1,000 rang- ephants wandered freely, destroying
focused on expanding the govern- ers. But it has a substantial pipeline crops of nearby farmers and killing
African Parks isn’t the first organi- ment’s reserves, he turned his sights to the world’s wealthiest donors. dozens of people. There was nothing
zation to translocate wildlife, a prac- to the rest of the continent. He found- Last year, Britain’s Prince Harry was to stop poachers, either. When Af-
tice that is decades old and brought ed African Parks in 2000. named its president. In 2016, the rican Parks assumed management
gray wolves into Yellowstone National group raised nearly $25 mil- of Liwonde in 2015, rangers found
Park from Canada in the 1990s, and Forging relationships with govern- lion, mostly from European 27,000 wire snares used to capture
reintroduced the giant pandas to Chi- ments, and flying wild animals across benefactors. wildlife. Just after the group took
na in 2011. the continent, can pose an enormous over the park, a rhino was trapped
challenge. In Chad, the rhino opera- After the surge of poach- and eventually died.
Other groups have moved animals tion took months of negotiating, piles ing and environmental de-
across the continent, but the orga- of import paperwork and a team of struction over the last few “It gives you a picture of how com-
nization is the first to do it on such a lawyers and logisticians. The work re- decades, some of the conti- pletely overrun the park was,” Reid
large scale – while managing parks in quires rare skills; the biography of one nent’s most important parks said.
some of the most violence-plagued of African Parks’ veterinarians, Andre were left empty. Majete and Li-
countries in Africa. It operates Uys, reads: “Andre has immobilized wonde offer a window into the col- Before African Parks could start
Chinko National Park in the Central tens of thousands of animals in 13 lapse of conservation importing wildlife, it first had to
African Republic, where a conflict African countries.” in Africa. construct the basic infrastructure of
has left thousands dead and forced a park. In both Majete and Liwonde,
displaced families into the wildlife Translocation is also enor- the group erected hundreds of miles
refuge. It runs Garamba National mously expensive, and se- of fencing; trained large forces of
Park in Congo, a nation scarred by armed wildlife rangers; installed
a brutal civil war. Last year, four of vast surveillance networks of cam-
the park’s rangers were murdered eras and sensors; and placed satel-
by poachers, who hack off elephant lite collars on some of the most vul-
tusks that can fetch $1,000 a pound in nerable species.
the ivory market in China.
“Very simply, if a park is not being
Amid the destruction of species managed then it will be lost,” Fearn-
across much of Africa, some subpop- head said.
ulations have nevertheless thrived
in certain areas. In South Africa, for Then came the imports, with all of
example, where the majority of the
wildlife live on relatively secure pri- CONTINUED ON PAGE 32
vate conservancies, a number of spe-
cies have flourished, including lions.
In Malawi, where the government has
turned its attention to conservation,
in part to expand its tourism industry,
the elephant population has surged.

“We can use these thriving popu-
lations to seed other areas,” said Pe-
ter Fearnhead, 49, the CEO of African
Parks, which is based in Johannes-

Fearnhead has been in-
volved in conservation

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their complications. How strong a sed- Crews load lions onto a truck in proach. In countries where we could
ative do you need to ship an elephant Majete Wildlife Reserve in February. allow for the large-scale migration of
across southern Africa? (One 10,000 animals, that’s the more natural ap-
times as potent as morphine.) How far Chimwala sleeps in his proach,” said Bas Huijbregts, African
ahead should the cheetahs arrive be- crate before his journey species manager at the World Wild-
fore the lions? (A few weeks, at least.) to Liwonde National Park. life Fund.
What kind of paperwork do you need
to arrive with a lion at a commercial Malawi offered a relatively easy
airport in Malawi? (A lot.) place to try to revive the wildlife pop-
ulation – a peaceful nation with a gov-
Overall, the organization’s track ernment amenable to working with
record has been good, according to conservation groups, and commu-
wildlife experts. Of the 520 elephants nities receptive to an anti-poaching
it transported across Malawi, only message — assuming the elephants
two died in transit. But problems have would finally stop trampling their
sometimes come after the animals ar- crops and their relatives.
rive, if it turns out that the parks are
still not very safe. “For years, this park was like a thorn
in the flesh, with animals causing
Starting in 2008, African Parks havoc in our village,” said Maria Ndal-
translocated several lions to Liuwa ama, 50, who lives just outside of Li-
Plain, a park it manages in Zambia. In wonde. “Finally they built a fence that
2012, one was killed by poachers, and keeps the elephants at bay, and we’re
another fled through porous fencing grateful for that.”
into neighboring Angola, where it, too,
was probably slaughtered. African Parks is now embarking on
riskier projects. In Chad, for example,
Many conservationists praise the it is flying rhinos to one of the poorest
translocations, but some suggest that regions in the world, where rampant
the model of establishing fenced-in poaching led to a 95-percent decline
parks falls short of the ideal solution, in the elephant population between
allowing species to migrate freely. 2002 and 2010. It recently began man-
aging Pendjari park in Benin, which
“These fenced-off places are a good the country’s government said was
start, and they should be part of a “dying a slow death” due largely to
toolbox but should not be the only ap- mismanagement.

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INSIGHT COVER STORY million operating budget, for exam-
ple, came from tourist fees.
In the long term, the organization Rangers practice an anti-poaching drill
hopes that revenue from tourists will in Liwonde National Park “We have two options,” said Fearn-
help sustain the costs of managing head. “One is we allow these places to
parks. In places like Liwonde and disappear. The other is we make our
Majete, that’s still a long way off. Last own plan. 
year, only 10 percent of Liwonde’s $3

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BY BECKWITH COOPER to keep my husband (and all of the other clists appreciate it when motorists move speeds, it can be very difficult to stop
cyclists) a bit safer, here are some things to the left a bit and give them a wider quickly. If you are a motorist and are
Correspondent that everyone should know about cycling. margin - provided, of course, that there crossing the bike lane to get onto or
is no oncoming traffic. off of A1A, don’t assume that you will
The other morning, my husband had Motorists: be moving faster than a bicycle just
three near-death experiences in less 1. Florida law grants cyclists all of 4. The bike lane is designated for the because you are in a car. Take a deep
than 2 hours. the same rights and responsibilities exclusive or preferential use of bicy- breath and allow the cyclist to get past
as a car. Bicycles have as much right clists. If you are on a bike, having the you before turning.
1. He was nearly sideswiped by a driver to be on the road as cars, but they are “right-of-way” doesn’t mean anything
who pulled halfway into the bike lane. expected to obey the same traffic laws if the motorist doesn’t see you. Impa- 7. Finally, one of the scariest scenarios
and signals as well (though admittedly, tient drivers who pull into the bike lane for cyclists is when a car coming from the
2. He had to slam on his brakes to avoid some don’t). to drive around another car, or to see other direction decides to pass slower
being hit by a garbage truck crossing from 2. Bikes must travel with the flow of around a line of traffic, pose a real dan- cars. To a cyclist, this is a car headed di-
Ocean Oaks East to West. traffic, not against it. This gives motor- ger to cyclists in the bike lane. Don’t pull rectly at him. Even when it is legal to pass,
ists plenty of time to be aware of a cy- into the bike lane for ANY reason unless be aware that it can be VERY difficult for
3. He nearly crashed into a car that had clist up ahead, and it gives cyclists time you have triple-checked that there is not motorists to see a bicycle approach-
raced ahead of him in order to turn into to see cars that are behind them (with a cyclist coming up on your right. ing from the opposite direction until it
the 7-Eleven parking lot. the use of a rearview mirror). However, is too late. If you decide to pass on A1A,
if you are on a bike, you live in constant 5. There is always sand, glass, yard de- check for oncoming cars and then check
If you think that’s unusual, you clearly fear that the driver coming up behind bris and even land crabs in the bike lane. TWICE for oncoming bicycles.
have never cycled in the bike lane of A1A. you is texting and distracted. When you Any of these can cause a flat tire or a bike
Florida leads the nation in cyclist deaths see a cyclist ahead, it is more impera- wreck. Cyclists are allowed, by law, to leave And Cyclists: Help the motorists out by:
every year, but there are still hundreds of tive than ever to keep your hands on the the bike lane to avoid hazards. Unfortu- 1. Use flashing lights at all times- even
cyclists who consistently use the 28-mile wheel and your eyes on the road. nately hazards often can’t be seen until the during daylight hours.
stretch of bike lane from the Sebastian In- 3. Florida law mandates that cars al- last second, so motorists should be aware 2. Wear bright colors or white, never
let to Pepper Park. low 3’ distance from cyclists. In reality, that a cyclist might need to swerve out of grey or black.
when you are on a bike, a car that is only the bike lane at any moment. 3. Always ride in single file.
Every one of these bicyclists has stories 3 feet away still feels REALLY close. Cy- 4. Always obey traffic laws and signals.
about cars cutting them off, driving in the 6. Good cyclists can be traveling as 5. Don’t use headphones while riding.
bike lane, and even clipping their bikes. fast as 25 or 30 miles per hour. At such 6. Make sure that you have a rear-
view mirror that allows you to see cars
In light of this, cyclists generally think behind you.
of motorists as rude, disrespectful or hate- 7. And for goodness sake, when a mo-
ful. But this morning, when my husband torist is nice and allows you to go first or
got home from his bike ride and was tell- waits until you have passed, give them a
ing me (using words that our kids aren’t little wave of thanks.
allowed to say) about his three different At the end of the day, this is all about
close calls, I began to wonder… both cyclists and motorists, being a bit
more respectful and patient with each
Why, in our small town, would people other. Vero Beach is a lovely place to live.
who smile often, speak politely to one an- Let’s take care of each other out there. 
other and are generally very nice sudden-
ly turn into jerks when they get behind the Beckwith Cooper is a resident of the bar-
wheel of a car? rier island. The views here do not necessar-
ily reflect the views ofVero Beach 32963.
That just doesn’t make sense. What
does make sense is that unless you are a
cyclist, you probably don’t know the bi-
cycle laws or recognize the hazards that
cyclists face every time they get out on
the road.

In an effort to help us all get along, and

HEALTH CARE WORKERS AT YOUR SERVICE, “Food service ambassadors” deliver food and act as good will repre-
In many towns, hospitals are one of the largest employers. In addition to FACILITIES AND ENGINEERING
hundreds of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, those pro-
viding non-clinical services – about half of a hospital’s employees—are Keeping facilities sparkling clean and running optimally is the job of the
also vital members of your health care team. environmental (housekeeping) staff and the facilities and engineering
Today we’ll highlight some of the people you may not normally think crew. The facilities and engineering team also helps plan and develop
of as health care workers but who are crucial to making your hospital new construction projects.
experience pleasant, safe and effective—the non-clinical staff.
Hospitals are like a city within a city. Most towns have the sheriff, the ADMINISTRATION
bank, a restaurant or two, the facilities department, city planners and
community groups. So do hospitals. The executive team includes a CEO and operations, physician, nursing,
SECURITY legal and financial leaders who work in tandem with a board of di-
In addition to hospital security officers employed by the hospital, many rectors. They are responsible for planning, developing strategies and
hospitals employ off-duty sheriff’s officers to keep their emergency overseeing hospital operations.
rooms and other facilities safe for patients, families, visitors and staff.
A hospital’s business office starts with pre-registration if you are having a
planned procedure or hospitalization. If coming unannounced, registra- A hospital’s community relations and foundation staff (if it has a foun-
tion staff works with you to obtain all important information when you dation) work closely with the community, sharing new advances and
arrive. If you don’t have insurance, when appropriate, staff offers as- plans, and garnering support. Through the media, and by meeting
sistance in determining if you may meet criteria for financial assistance. with groups or one-on-one, staff members develop relationships that
After discharge, if you have questions about your bill, the billing depart- encourage input and feedback to constantly improve and enhance
ment is available to answer questions. The accounting department pro- services.
cesses payment for hundreds of vendors that supply equipment, tech-
nology and services. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Feeding employees and visitors, cafeterias are staffed by chiefs, cooks One of the most critical areas is the information technology (IT) de-
and servers. For inpatients, some hospitals provide room service with partment. As technology advances, this team works day and night
patients selecting what they’d like (in compliance with any dietary re- providing access to data for doctors, staff and patients
strictions from their doctors) and when they would like to be served. Next time we’ll conclude this series with a discussion of health care
professionals who help patients once they leave the hospital, includ-
ing home health agencies and rehabilitation hospitals. 

Your comments and suggestions for future topics are always welcome.
Email us at [email protected].


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At times like the pres- tues of another concept that has been presidency served up less excitement than a 128-min-
lost in the current maelstrom: an in- ute tweetstorm by Trump. Though this was a virtue of
ent, when our angry stinct to preserve the center. He draws the Ford presidency, it is a downside for a book about it.
his book’s title from the famous Yeats
and polarized political line “the center cannot hold,” and even Rumsfeld exacerbates this problem by seeming con-
the quotes from the century-old poem tent to plumb the shallows of Ford’s policies rather than
discourse is stoked by a seem to rebuke our current Washing- trying to go deep. His book is aided by his inclusion of
ton clime: “The best lack all convic- some contemporary memos he wrote, but he does not
dark and divisive leader, accompany them with any historical research or even
tion, while the worst/ Are full of pas- an effort to read most of the memos and memoirs of
it is useful to remember sionate intensity.” other players.

that we have survived Ford played center on the Univer- For example, one of Ford’s most significant acts was
sity of Michigan football team, and to declare in a speech, as Saigon was about to fall and
such periods before. Rumsfeld uses that as a metaphor Congress had decided not to send it more aid, that
for how he served when “our coun- the Vietnam War “is finished as far as America is con-
In 1954, after the ex- try was urgently in need of its ‘cen- cerned.” He expressly decided not to let Secretary of
ter.’” He worked with his Democratic State Henry Kissinger, who wanted to continue battling
cesses of Sen. Joe McCar- friends from his days in the House, Congress on the issue, know about the line. It was an
and he even appointed one of them important case of Ford asserting his practical, sensible
thy were defused by the and calming disposition on a divisive issue. Kissinger
to serve as his senior counselor in and others later detailed the genesis of the sentence
calm Dwight Eisenhow- the White House. Both in his gover- and what it said about Ford’s instincts, but Rumsfeld
nance and in his campaigning, he seems unaware of the complex backstory and treats
er and the mainstream shied from excess partisanship. the stir caused by the sentence as mainly due to a lapse
This book has, intentionally or not, three layers. in speechwriting procedures. The result is that despite
press led by Edward R. The first is its narrative of the Ford years. The second his desire to celebrate Ford, Rumsfeld actually seems to
is its implied criticism of our current dark politics and underappreciate him at times.
Murrow, Albert Einstein of a president who does not readily accrue descrip-
tions like kindness, politeness, honesty and “willing- Nevertheless, Ford’s basic goodness sweetly suffuses
wrote a letter to his son ness to put other people’s interests ahead of his own.” this book and makes it a welcome tale and worthy par-
The third and most intriguing layer is that of Rumsfeld able. Rumsfeld approvingly reports how, after Saigon
saying that Americans casting himself as a champion of the center and humil- fell, Ford felt a moral duty and compassionate urge to
ity. For those of us who remember the hawkish and as- resettle in the United States more than 100,000 refugees
seemed to be blessed with sertive role that he, alongside his Ford-era deputy Dick from South Vietnam. On the right, especially in places
Cheney, played in the George W. Bush administration, such as Texas, there was vocal opposition, and Congress
a political gyroscope. “Ev- this may seem somewhat out of character. But it is refused to appropriate some of the necessary funding.
nevertheless welcome to have those who once exalted Ford decided to go around Congress and, with help
erything, even lunacy, is boldness and brashness recognize that times like these from volunteers and civic groups, find ways to make
should make us want to celebrate virtues that are more sure the refugees could come. “To ignore the refugees
mass produced here,” he Ford-like. in their hour of need would be to repudiate the values
The nice thing about the Ford presidency was that we cherish as a nation of immigrants,” he later wrote,
wrote. “But somehow they manage to return it was generally unexciting, at times even pleasantly “and I was not about to let Congress do that.” 
boring. Even its most momentous events, other than
to normality.” Ford’s pardon of Nixon, now seem eminently forget- WHEN THE CENTER HELD
table: the Mayaguez incident, the Solzhenitsyn snub,
After Richard Nixon’s unhinged behavior caused re- Whip Inflation Now buttons and the Vladivostok sum- GERALD FORD AND THE RESCUE OF THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY
mit with Leonid Brezhnev. Remember the Glomar Ex-
sponsible Republicans led by Barry Goldwater to push plorer? Neither can most of us. The 128 weeks of Ford’s BY DONALD RUMSFELD | FREE PRESS. 331 PP. $28
him to resign, Democrat Tip O’Neill credited divine

providence for bestowing upon America this ability to

right itself. “God has been good to America, especially

during difficult times,” he said. “At the time of the Civil

War, he gave us Abraham Lincoln. And at the time of

Watergate, he gave us Gerald Ford.”

Gerald Ford? Yes, Gerald Ford. A Midwesterner

graced by Rotarian decency and an Eagle Scout’s mor-

al compass, he helped restore calm after a stormy na-

tional nightmare.

Donald Rumsfeld, who served as Ford’s chief of staff

and then defense secretary, has now written a slight

but worthy book praising him and his short tenure. He

portrays Ford’s character and common sense in ways

that not only contrast him with Nixon but also seem an

implied rebuke of President Trump. “Ford’s kindness,

midwestern politeness, and willingness to put other

people’s interests ahead of his own were so distinctive,”

he writes, lauding his “honesty, integrity, and basic hu-

man decency.”

Rumsfeld also uses his praise of Ford to extol the vir-


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10 Relating to the kidneys (5) 5 Mountain in Egypt (5)
11 Untruth (3) 6 Great pleasure (7)
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ACROSS 69 Check-out time, 5 Lyon leftovers motorcycle race? The Washington Post
1 Humidifier output often 6 Works to get 72 Iraqi port
6 Get the lumps 73 Scratched (out),
70 Stonewort loose as a living
out of specimen 7 Pull on 74 Spoils
12 Wrap in 8 Big game roar 81 Doing zilch
71 Singer-turned- 9 Poet with a 82 Actor on a
bandages private eye?
18 Rubs the wrong device for lifting meditation
75 A heck ___ guy sculptures? voyage?
way 76 Wolf’s eye 10 Way out of Rome 83 Ride’s former
20 Paper size 77 Neighborhoods 11 Ex-Saturday employer: abbr.
21 Feeling more like 78 Record-breaking Night Live 85 Like current
regular Dunn events?
a snake racehorse of the 12 Ascot, for one 86 Clio candidates
22 Author of The St. 1960s 13 Existed once 87 Austin or Boston
79 Morse E 14 Composer who 88 Nemesis of
Valentine’s Day 80 Director with an needs to change Spartacus
Massacre? obstruction? something under 90 Most uniform
24 Kodak guy 84 “Golden Girl” the hood? 93 He’s Yogurt in
25 Where grazie Getty 15 Delay Spaceballs
means 86 Consented 16 Maketh whole 95 ___ of steak
something 89 Filmed anew 17 That darn puzzle knives
26 Big hole in 91 Gin flavorers bird 96 Roster
Oregon 92 Roxanne 19 Sharp rebukes 99 Helps (a felon)
28 Wallet skin portrayer 21 Spotted 100 Mexico City kitty
29 Composer of 93 Chagall and 23 Jesus of baseball 102 Hospital rheums?
“Last Man Off de Connelly 27 Elect. day 103 Frosters
Train”? 94 Little duct 29 Auto chore that’s 106 Guffaw à la
31 Rolled out, as 97 Dawn goddess really draining Benny Hill
Old Glory 98 Jetsonesque 30 ___ Under the 107 (Turn the page)
34 Getting slower, in 101 Singer who Sun 109 Spanish adj.
mus. sprang a leak at 32 Monthly bill ending
35 The bottom line, the Indy 500? recipient, e.g. 110 Johnson or
often 104 Language ending 33 PD VIP Jonson
36 Carter’s 105 Cat of moviedom 34 What Bannister 112 Backwoods
Secretary of 108 Albee’s Zoo did in 3:59 gamboler
State Story, e.g. 37 Gobel or Stang 113 ___ culpa
39 Outpouring 109 “You’re on!” type 114 Financing abbr.
40 Guys (gambler’s 38 Like Dickens’s 115 Dagwood’s
42 Fish or mouse exclamation) Mr. Murdstone wood-sawing__
44 Dexterity 111 TV host who’s 40 Very little
46 Clique a big crossword 41 Fa followers DON’T GET ME STARTED By Merl Reagle
49 Arkansas senator fan? 43 Bakker’s undoer
who joined a 116 “Have I not ___ 44 Light rain
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club? 117 Keeps up the goal
51 Dead End Kid’s grass 47 “___ none of
negative 118 Great Lake port, that, thank you!”
52 Major moocher in addresses 48 Ate
54 ___ grudge 119 Merlin and Ole 50 Serious spleen
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music? dent Julius Caesar,
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Texas DOWN 56 Take ___ at
60 Author of 1 Rewind/search (examine)
“The Singin’ mach. 57 Minibiographies
Chipmunk”? 2 “I see!” 58 Upper houses
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Does once a cheater necessarily mean always a cheater?

BY CAROLYN HAX speculation about what he could be thinking, For some reason, the question I get asked over
Washington Post and therefore it’s somewhat remote. It’ll be more and over again is whether a one-time cheater is
persuasive if you can come to an understanding always a cheater.
Dear Carolyn: based on your own emotional experience. As an
Is it really true that “once a adult human being, you’ve probably done at least I’m not asked to parse “Once a backstabber al-
cheater always a cheater,” even one terrible thing in your life. Right? ways a backstabber,” “Once a curfew-breaker al-
when the cheater didn’t cheat on ways a curfew-breaker,” “Once an opportunist
you? OK. Have you done this terrible thing more than always an opportunist,” “Once a person who cuts
A few years ago, I left my hus- once? Have you done it more than once because out early on Friday always a person who cuts out
band after I found out he was a serial cheater. We the mere fact of your being capable of it once early on Friday.”
are now divorced. I have been seeing someone new, means you’ll never stop yourself from doing it
and he seems like a great guy. However, he is also again? Might be interesting, but never happens.
divorced, and it’s because he cheated on his ex- People grow and change and learn – or they don’t.
wife. Whether this guy you’re interested in is from Group
He was very honest with me about this. He did A or Group B is something you need to figure out
not attempt to lie about or hide it. Instead of mak- for yourself, using his words and deeds and using
ing up an excuse for what he did, like, “She didn’t your judgment. It’s not a perfect system and some
do the dishes when I asked, and if she really loved people get hurt. But, blanket judgments aren’t the
me she would have, so she deserved it” (which was remedy for the system’s imperfections.
literally one of the reasons my ex-husband gave for Meanwhile, you’re someone who got burned by
why he cheated), he told me he had “made a mis- a cheater. So, once burned always burned?
take” and that he regretted it. It’s a valid question, even though the same
Our relationship is otherwise fantastic and I Group A/B possibilities exist for you.
don’t want to miss out on what could be something What you need to think about, carefully, is
great just because of my own hang-ups. But in the whether your emotional comfort zone, your taste
back of my mind I can’t help but think, “He did it to in men, and your blind spots draw you to manipu-
her, what’s to stop him from doing it to me?” lative, dishonest, narcissistic, charismatic people
– Dating an Ex-Cheater – as in, the ones inclined to cheat and blame you
for it. If you’re (still) a sucker for those, then you’d
Dating an Ex-Cheater: Having paid a heavy be wise to be wary, of yourself as well as your
emotional price for cheating could deter him (or dates. Therapy often helps.
anyone) from ever cheating again. But that’s just Otherwise, trust yourself. There’s something
to be said for two people who know exactly how
wrong they can be. 


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Polypharmacy poses peril for millions of seniors

BY TOM LLOYD No one knows that better than
Staff Writer Theresa Tolle, president and phar-
macist at Sebastian’s Bay Street
America has a drug problem and Pharmacy.
it’s not the one you see on the nightly
news. What is polypharmacy?
According to the U.S. National Li-
This problem is called “polyphar- brary of Medicine, polypharmacy
macy,” and seniors are far more is the chronic or continued use of
likely to fall victim to it than anyone five or more prescription medica-
else. tions. The problem arises because

Owner and pharmacist Theresa Tolle at Bay Street Pharmacy. PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE

some drugs interfere with the action with certain blood pressure medi-
of other drugs or combine to create cines. So, we have to be very, very
unintended and often dangerous ef- careful. It’s very common to see a
fects. sulfa antibiotic come over or a Cipro
antibiotic and [those drugs] can in-
“Certain antibiotics,” Tolle cites teract badly with drugs the patient is
as an example, “don’t interact well

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / June 7, 2018 45


already taking. They can cause heart at places like Publix, says Tolle, of- As Tolle puts it, “If you think and make sure it’s not a problem.”
problems with the medicines that ten don’t show up on pharmacy [a supplement] is strong enough
they’re already on … a heart arrhyth- computers because they don’t go to help you, then it’s also strong No matter which pharmacy you
mia … so we’ll call the doctor and say: through insurance company da- enough to hurt you.”
‘Do you want to change this antibiotic tabases. Using multiple different choose to use, that’s sound advice.
to something that doesn’t cause that?’ pharmacies for multiple different “One thing,” Tolle says, “I pride
And that happens a lot. Multiple, mul- drugs can further compound the myself on that we do at Bay Street It’s entirely possible that you need
tiple times a week.” problem. Pharmacy – that a lot of pharmacies
don’t do – is we go out and talk to five or more prescription drugs, but
Millions of seniors potentially are at Further, says Tolle, while the use patients on every new prescription
risk due to polypharmacy. A Harvard of over-the-counter supplements they have filled with us. since medications, dosages and
Medical study that was conducted like fish oil or vitamin E may ben-
from 1999 through 2012 reported 40 efit a patient, it is vital that those “We are looking at their profile conditions can and frequently do
percent of all Americans over the age supplements be included on a com- while we are talking to them so we
of 65 were exceeding that five-pre- prehensive list of medications that can see what [drugs] we know they change, it’s also essential for se-
scription drug threshold – and that seniors should insist all their doc- have. That gives us a chance to ask
study didn’t even include the sky- tors review. Frequently. if there are medicines that aren’t niors to keep a detailed and con-
rocketing number of over-the-counter showing up so we can double-check
supplements many seniors now take. stantly updated list of the drugs and

Today the National Institutes of supplements they’re taking.
Health says “elderly Americans now
consume one-third of all the prescrip- After all, it’s not your doctors who
tion medications prescribed each
year, yet they comprise less than 13 are swallowing all those pills. It’s you.
percent of the population.”
Theresa Tolle is at Bay Street Phar-
On the surface, that might seem
understandable. With advancing age, macy, 7746 Bay Street in Sebastian. The
multiple chronic diseases including
hypertension or high blood pressure, phone number is 772-589-2043. 
diabetes, arthritis, chronic heart dis-
ease, renal diseases and others be-
come far more commonplace and to-
day’s senior consumers are far more
likely to see multiple specialists than
any previous generation.

Unfortunately, as NIH points out,
“elderly people are at a greater risk for
adverse drug reactions [than young-
er people] because of the metabolic
changes and reduced drug clearance
associated with aging. This risk is fur-
ther exacerbated by increasing the
number of drugs being used.”

In other words, the more medica-
tions anyone takes – and seniors in
particular – the greater the chance of
adverse effects.

The New York Times confirms the
problem, reporting that polyphar-
macy and inappropriate prescriptions
are now at “disturbingly high levels
among older adults.”

Another highly authoritative
source, the Journal of the American
Medical Association, concurs: “We’re
not paying enough attention to the in-
teractions and safety of multiple med-
ications” in today’s seniors.

Tolle nods in agreement and says
“all day, every day, we are making
phone calls to question a prescription
that was sent over.”

Unfortunately, many accomplished
and skilled medical specialists appear
willing to leave it to pharmacists like
Tolle to sort out the conflicting medi-
cations and dangerous interactions
that come with widespread polyphar-
macy. And those pharmacists often
face hidden roadblocks.

For example, mail order pre-
scriptions, drugs purchased from
Canada, “free” medications offered

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‘Well-done’ food may be recipe for higher blood pressure


Now there is another thing to wor-
ry about, apparently.

While almost everyone knows
that what we eat can affect our risk
of high blood pressure, a new study
out of Harvard suggests that how
“cooked through” our food is may
also influence the risk.

The researchers analyzed the data
of over 100,000 men and women who
took part in one of three studies that
collected information on how much
meat and fish participants con-
sumed each month, how these foods
were cooked, and their levels of “do-

At the beginning of their study
participation, none of the men or
women had high blood pressure.
At the end of the follow-up period,
which averaged 12 to 16 years, more
than a third had developed the con-

The research team, led by Gang
Liu, Ph.D., of the Department of


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Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan tive stress, which reduces the ability tures. Harvard’s Liu says HAAs and would like to see a study which has
School of Public Health in Bos- of the body to detoxify.” other chemicals produced by high- controls for variables such as the
ton, found that participants who temperature cooking may lead to person’s weight, their fruit and veg-
ate grilled, broiled or roasted beef, High blood pressure (hyperten- oxidative stress, inflammation and etable intake, and overall health.”
chicken or fish at least 15 times each sion) occurs when the force of blood insulin resistance, which can raise
month were 17 percent more likely that pushes against the wall of the the risk of high blood pressure. While the research team acknowl-
to develop high blood pressure than arteries becomes too high. In 2017, edges their study cannot prove
those who ate these foods fewer than the American Heart Association and Lynch says “it’s important to know cause and effect, Liu says “our find-
four times per month. the American College of Cardiology the smoke points of the oils we cook ings suggest that it may help reduce
revised the definition of high blood with. The smoke point is the cook- the risk of high blood pressure if you
But the real news out of the study pressure from 140/90 or higher to ing temperature at which a fat or oil don’t eat these foods cooked well-do-
is this: Among participants who re- 130/80 or higher. “Normal” blood begins to break down and degrade. ne and avoid the use of open-flame
ported preferring their meat, poul- pressure is 120/80; a top (systolic) When we eat food cooked past the and/or high-temperature cooking
try and fish well-done, the risk of number between 121 and 129 is smoke point, harmful compounds methods, including grilling/barbe-
high blood pressure was increased now considered “elevated.” The new begin to circulate in our bodies, cuing and broiling.”
by an additional 15 percent, com- guidelines eliminate the category of leading to inflammation and oxida-
pared with those who preferred “prehypertension.” tive stress, which reduces the ability Lynch offers this additional ad-
those foods prepared less well-done. of the body to detoxify.” vice: “Use unrefined, cold-pressed
This finding was not affected by the Under the new definition, it’s es- and/or unfiltered cooking oils, as
type – or how much – food the par- timated that almost half of adults An oil has reached its smoke point they are the least processed and
ticipants consumed, only how well- in the United States have high blood after it starts to smoke and burn have the best nutrient profile. Opt
done it was. pressure, with the associated in- when heated. The estimated smoke for the lowest heat application pos-
creased risk of stroke, heart attack point of common cooking oils can sible when cooking to minimize the
Samantha Lynch, MS, RDN, LDN, and heart disease. Vero’s Lynch says vary greatly depending on the qual- ingestion of harmful compounds.
a registered dietitian and nutrition- “under these new guidelines, the ity of the oil, but Lynch shared the Olive oil is fine for lower-heat cook-
ist with a private practice in Vero prevalence of high blood pressure is following guidelines: ing and finishing, but with polyun-
Beach, is familiar with the study. expected to triple among men under saturated fats such as nut and seed
She says “it’s important to know the age 45, and double among women  Butter: 350°F oils (like flaxseed oil), it’s best to
‘smoke points’ of the oils we cook under age 45.”  Extra-virgin olive oil: 325°F avoid heating at all; save these for
with. The smoke point is the cook-  Sesame oil: 350°F dressings.”
ing temperature at which a fat or oil The link between hypertension  Coconut oil: 350°F
begins to break down and degrade. and the “doneness” of food may have  Grapeseed oil: 420°F Samantha Lynch’s office is located
When we eat food cooked past the to do with something called het-  Ghee: 485°F at 4445 A1A, Suite 239, in Vero Beach.
smoke point, harmful compounds erocyclic aromatic amines (HAAs),  Avocado oil: 520°F She can also be reached via her web-
begin to circulate in our bodies, potentially harmful compounds A caveat: “It is important to note site: www.samanthalynchnutrition.
leading to inflammation and oxida- produced when meats, poultry, and this study identifies a trend, not a com. 
fish are cooked at high tempera- cause and effect,” says Lynch. “I


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Don’t worry ... focus on
the joys of the moment

BY REV. DRS. CASEY AND BOB BAGGOTT its critics. Some people thought it fear are some of the negative emo- Why not stop? Why not cultivate
Columnists unduly glamorized frivolous hap- tions that contribute to wear and some of the emotional vitality that
piness and encouraged denial of tear on the body and ultimately in- researchers claim benefits our health
Remember the song popularized the true harshness of reality. What crease our chances of such problems and well-being? Why not become
by Bobby McFerrin from the 1980s do you think? Is encouraging hap- as heart disease, stroke, diabetes more positively engaged in the world
called “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”? It piness irresponsible? Is worrying a and atherosclerosis. around us? Why not strengthen re-
quickly ran up the charts and filled better course? lationships with family and friends?
the No. 1 slot. But it wasn’t without That seems reason enough not to Why not discover a faith community
Professors at the Harvard School worry. But the Harvard research- of people to challenge, support, and
of Public Health have been study- ers claimed living without excessive encourage us? Why not find some
ing that question, which has become negative emotions is only half the ways to take our minds off the wor-
a field of inquiry called the biology answer to promoting better health. ries of an uncertain future and con-
of emotion. In the winter of 2011 the Cultivating positive emotions, in- centrate on the joys of the moment?
HSPH published an article called cluding happiness, is the other and Why not dance, sing, jog, write, serve,
“Happiness and Health,” which equally significant component. Such meditate or pray? Why not strive to
noted there is now a vast body of sci- qualities as happiness, optimism, do our very best and then simply en-
entific literature that demonstrates hopefulness and enthusiasm seem trust the rest to God?
how negative emotions harm the to provide protection against certain
body. Chronic anger, toxic stress, illnesses. One of the most stirring texts of
long-term depression and persistent the Gospels advocates the develop-
What’s your emotional outlook? If ment of trust in God as a way of mini-
you weighed your emotions on a scale mizing worry and stress and helping
with your tendency toward negativity us to focus life more constructively
on one side and your positive outlook and faithfully. From Matthew’s gos-
on the other, to which side would the pel come Jesus’ words: “And can any
scale tilt? We’d probably all like to im- of you by worrying add a single hour
prove our fund of positive emotions. to your span of life? And why do you
Not only does it feel more pleasant to worry about clothing? Consider the
be happy than to be sad, but we now lilies of the field, how they grow;
know it’s far healthier to rid ourselves they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell
of negativity. Yet achieving happi- you, even Solomon in all his glory
ness is not necessarily easily accom- was not clothed like one of these.”
plished. Many of us have fallen into (Mt. 6:27-29)
stubborn patterns or adopted habits
of worry, pessimism, fault-finding or Why worry? There’s so little to be
bitterness that we feel are justified. gained by it, and so much to lose.
We may defend our negativity as “re- Consider the loveliness of the world
alistic,” given the cards life has dealt around you, the gifts that sustain
us, even though maintaining such a you, and the life you’ve been granted.
negative outlook only harms us. And be happy. 

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Style Vero Beach 32963 / June 7, 2018 49

How Gucci’s cultural influence led us to a graveyard

The Telegraph

Five years ago, few labels bothered scured by clouds of dry ice but that motely do the show justice. You had to
to put their cruise collections on a seems to be neither here nor there. be there. The fact that most of Gucci’s
catwalk. Then an arms race broke out. The pictures, transmitted across both millions of fans couldn’t merely seems
The big names now compete to outdo social and traditional media, don’t re- to stoke their appetites. 
each other in exotic locations. Gu-
cci’s Graveyard show in the South of footwear. Then there was the painted-
France – at Arles’s stupendously lovely harlot face stocking, complete with se-
Roman cemetery – has just sprinted quined eyelids. It’s all varying degrees
into the lead. of weird – just what fashion needs to
stop it atrophying into a fossilized
Naked flames, dry ice, 114 models, a heap of bland sportswear.
number of them amateurs (one, Har-
ris Reed, a student at Central St. Mar- Intriguingly – and perhaps chilling
tin’s, had a moment when he thought to those suspicious of brand power –
his brocade floor length kimono had since Michele took over three years
caught fire), a private after-show con- ago, Gucci hasn’t merely seen sales
cert from Elton John … this was not surge but watched its campaign and
done on the cheap. There were owls show imagery exert enormous social
and hair-trigger timings to ensure the and cultural influence, particularly
night sky was the right shade of inky. on millennials, who strongly identify
with its multicultural, ungendered,
As graveyards tend to, it provided open-hearted embrace of different
a spine-tingling experience, reminis- kinds of beauty.
cent, as many of the veteran fashion
journalists there remarked, of Alex- Most of it was at least partially ob-
ander McQueen’s early shows, which
were similarly fixated on the romance
of necromancy. Unlike McQueen,
Michele doesn’t really do menace,
however. His imagined cemetery was
one where lavishly dressed widows
peeped into the coffins of dead rock
stars, aristocrats and, as the program
notes quaintly put it, “ladies who
aren’t really ladies.”

This translated into a cortege of
spectacularly eccentric looks: a white
feathered ball-dress with A Draught-
sman’s Contract wig and trainers;
pleated librarian skirt-suits and chif-
fon pussycat blouses accessorized
with gilt laurel leaf crowns, oversized
knitted cardigan-jackets with neon-
pink tights, Biggles sunglasses and
an archive-print silk scarf worn Law-
rence of Arabia style. One referenced
a Restoration rake, another the punk
rock musician, Billy Idol. Young skin-
ny boys came down the grave-walk
wearing floaty dresses. Young skinny
girls appeared in plus fours. After a
while you gave up trying to ascribe
gender. It’s so 2012.

So much money is lavished on the
show, it’s easy to be cynical. True the
layer of dark anarchy is as thin as silk
net. Each look, from the grave-stalking
widows to P.G Wodehouse and Joan of
Arc, is a walking tableau of commer-
cial product. Gucci-monogrammed
canvasses, Prince of Wales-checked
tailoring, sequined spiky drainpipes,
huge fake furs (Gucci’s new thing)
coats, cameo jewelry and so-ugly-the-
line-for-it clunky rubber soled, webbed

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Six flattering dress shapes – for each and every figure

BY LISA ARMSTRONG ist Martha Ward, for whom no dress
The Telegraph can be too romantic, frilly or Picnic
at Hanging Rock-y (dammit she looks
It’s still early days, but The State- good in them, whereas some would
ment Frock is proving to be a sneaky look as though they were in night-
scene-stealer for summer 2018. You ies) has just designed a collaboration
may recall a wedding in Windsor two of charming dresses in the Hanging
weeks ago where it performed highly. Rock vein for Queene and Belle.

Of note-worthiness there, were the Putting my PHD in Dressyotics to
multiple guises, fabrics, silhouettes good use, I’d say Ward gets away with
and lengths – from the TV present- it because her slightly deshabille look
ers’ silk coat-dresses (more Camilla is meticulously put together and actu-
than Camilla) and Carey Mulligan’s ally very precise: always lovely, neat
casual-but-fabulous Erdem tea-dress accessories, no make up (so she never
to Serena Williams’s Stella McCartney looks like a Victorian doll) and femi-
blush pink bodycon. nine, colorful shoes. It’s not an opera-
tional manual for every woman, but
Of yet more interest to those who’ve it merits scrutiny because it demon-
always considered the dress too pro- strates how specifically each of us can
scriptive, was the range of projected adapt a dress and make it our own.
dress-aided emotions. Victoria Beck-
ham’s navy body skimming silk said Cannes has given us gorgeous State-
Serious Minimalist. Amal Clooney’s ment Day Dresses too. Martha Hunt in
Stella McCartney tailored banana- a delightfully breezy peony spattered
colored form-fitter with side swoosh halter neck maxi dress (at least I think
said Seriously Rich and Expensive they’re peonies, even though they’re
Dentistry (only someone with very blue) aboard a yacht at the Lark and
white teeth should ever take on that Berry launch party; the wonderful
degree of yellow). looking Ava DuVernay, in green floral
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