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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2017-12-07 15:14:18

12/07/2017 ISSUE 48

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Keep it down! P2 Jaguar joyride. P6 Disney’s magic touch!

Beachside town will use sound Quick-thinking cop puts brakes on
meters to help enforce noise rules. teens after stolen-car escapade.

Dining: Vero Resort even more
special during holidays. PAGE 8

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017 | VOLUME 02, ISSUE 48 www.melbournebeachsider.com | NEWSSTAND PRICE $1.00

WHY SUPPORTING Eau Gallie goes ‘wall’ in Wily or not,
SMALL BUSINESS coyotes make
IS SO IMPORTANT Tim Shubert puts the finishing touches on his mural as part of the Eau Gallie Art District’s presence felt
massive Anti-Gravity Mural Project to beautify bland buildings. See Page 10. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
STORY BY LISA ZAHNER COMMUNITY EDITOR STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER
[email protected] NEW TOWN MANAGER: I’M A GOOD FIT HERE [email protected]

My son and I love movies. Melbourne Beach Town Manager Bob Daniels settles in. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD STORY BY RUSTY CARTER STAFF WRITER Like it or not, beachside
Not a little. We love movies a residents need to learn to live
lot. Almost as much as we love Bob Daniels doesn’t exactly need his new around an urban coyote popu-
books. job. He just likes the challenge. lation that is here to stay.

We almost always go to The new town manager of Melbourne That’s the message present-
Satellite Cinemas because it’s Beach settled into his office early last week. ed last week in Satellite Beach
five blocks from home and At about the same time he and his wife were at a workshop by the Florida
we support local, small busi- settling into their new home. Fish and Wildlife Conservation
nesses. Commission (FWC) for which
“I just like the challenge of working in mu- all residents were mailed an
Sometimes, like last nicipal government,” Daniels said in an in- announcement postcard with
Wednesday at the 4:50 p.m. terview with the Melbourne Beachsider on the question, “Have you seen
showing of “Wonder,” we were his third day on the job. coyotes in your neighbor-
the only people in the theater hood?”
Although Daniels’ career has been primar-
EDITORIAL ily rooted in police work, most of it in Florida, The workshop, held Nov.
he also has the chops to run a local govern- 29 at the Satellite Beach Civic
for this fabulous movie. Other Center, was designed to pro-
times, there are a handful CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 vide the public with general
of other families or couples. information about coyotes in
Hardly ever a full house. Florida. Stations covered spe-
cific topics including coyote bi-
Sometimes no one shows ology, pet safety, coyote hazing
up for the late movie and they and deterrent techniques, and
have to lock up early.
CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
But if you’re the only ones
who arrive for a 9 p.m. or 9:30 TRAGEDY SHOCKS
movie and have your tickets BEACHSIDERS Page4
in hand before the previews
start, they will usually stay
open just for you while they
clean up and do the book-
keeping.

I wonder – and worry –
about how they stay open. My
son and I would really miss
our hometown theater if it
was gone.

We bet you would, too.
We know beachside fami-
lies are going to the movies
often. We know the massive

CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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Sound meters on way as noise beefs come in loud and clear

STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER March in a tangle of legal and criminal addressing the noise problem. “The original is so strict that if you
[email protected] disputes involving its owners. “There was nothing we could do hear it, it’s a violation. Now we’re say-
ing it has to be over a certain decibel
Sound meters to be purchased by In- Complaints from nearby residents, about it. That started the wheels in mo- level. It gives them a very specific mea-
dian Harbour Beach will help enforce some of them outside the city in the tion to explore doing the noise ordi- sure other than I can just hear it. We
new noise ordinance rules – but the multi-jurisdictional area, reported nance using a noise meter,’’ he said have never had that before. We had to
business that prompted the crackdown that the business had been opening its issue a warning. Now the officer can go
did not survive long enough to have to doors at 11 p.m. or midnight with a live The current noise ordinance, expect- ahead and fine them right then, but in
follow the new rules. band or loud amplified music, said City ed to be amended with a new chapter most cases they probably won’t. This
Manager Mark Ryan. Dec. 14, is very general and only speci- will be better. It gives the officers a lot
Noise complaints were common in fies any noise audible off the premises more credibility. Our guys want to be
the month-long tenure of Hops and Police would respond, but were frus- of a business from an amplified source reasonable,” he said.
Dough, 630 E. Eau Gallie Blvd., Indian trated because they faced a lengthy and from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. For residential
Harbour Beach, which ended mid- complicated enforcement process in properties, there was no specified pro- Problems areas which should im-
hibited time, meaning, in essence, if the prove include in condos, construction
sound could be heard off your property, noise, barking dogs and landscaping
it was too loud, said Indian Harbour noise, especially early in the morning
Beach Police Chief David Butler.

Angeline Scotten of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission speaks about coyotes. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER

COYOTES ing to go away. We need to learn to live
with them,’’ said Indian Harbour Beach
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 City Manager, who was faced with a
flare-up of the coyote problem in Glea-
coyote trapping and removal options. son Park about a year ago.
FWC biologists regularly conduct
Trapper Leo Cross of Merritt Island
such outreach and education events with Florida Wildlife Trappers and Res-
specifically related to coyotes. Since cue Inc. was able to trap a coyote in
January 2017, staff have conducted 30 Gleason Park, which is not an easy feat.
events reaching over 1,600 residents,
said FWC Senior Wildlife Assistance Bi- “They are difficult to trap because
ologist Catherine Kennedy. they can smell human scent on the
traps. I leave mine out for months be-
The FWC regularly receives reports of fore I use them,’’ he said.
coyote observations throughout Flori-
da. Coyotes are found in all of Florida’s Some of the coyotes seem to be mi-
67 counties including several barrier grating south in search of food – feral
islands. They are well-adapted to a va- cat colonies – by traveling along the
riety of habitat types, whether rural or beaches. They also target sea turtle
urbanized. nests, Cross said. To reduce the risk of
human-wildlife conflicts, experts sug-
Since Jan. 1, the FWC has document- gest removing attractants such as pet
ed 769 calls statewide related to coy- food or unsecured garbage, not feeding
otes. In Brevard, Melbourne has had the wild animals, keeping cats indoors, and
most with five reports, followed by Sat- walking dogs on a short leash.
ellite Beach and Indian Harbour Beach
with two each. Receiving one report in If a coyote approaches too closely
that period were Cape Canaveral, Indi- there are ways you can use to deter it
alantic, Palm Bay and Titusville. and frighten it away. Hazing the animal
by making loud noises and acting ag-
The main concern of residents is pet gressively or throwing sticks near (not
safety as evidenced by numerous social at) it can be effective but must be con-
media posts on NextDoor.com giving tinued or the coyote may return.
accounts of cats and small dogs at-
tacked by coyotes in Satellite Beach and Coyotes in the wild help maintain
Indian Harbour Beach. balanced ecosystems by controlling
the populations of rodents and small
“Coyotes have not disappeared. They predators, such as foxes, opossums and
are still in the area. People are con- raccoons. 
cerned about them but they are not go-

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during hot weather. Other specific noise Bowl on TV and there’s a touchdown Harbour Beach state that noise is sound it was very generic, basically just one
enforcement problems under the old and everybody screams. Because it that exceeds 10 decibels above ambient paragraph. We’ve certainly gone more
rules sometimes involved exuberant could be heard, it was technically in vi- sound level and that a maximum of 65 in depth. With the new amended ordi-
fans watching sporting events, Butler olation, but when we would get there it decibels is declared to be loud and ex- nance it’s going to have to be over a cer-
said. would be quiet. This sets how loud and cessive in most districts. Residential ar- tain decibel level. The meters are really
for how long,’’ he said. eas have a maximum of 60 decibels. going to be helpful in those situations,’’
“We would get called out if there was Ryan said. 
a group of friends watching the Super Generally, the new rules for Indian “The way the ordinance was before

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Shock as body of local dentist found on beach TOWN MANAGER

STORY BY RUSTY CARTER STAFF WRITER The body of Dr. Frederick Banks, inset, was discovered near his South Beaches home. PHOTO: JULIAN LEEK CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

When Melbourne Beach resi- Beachsider but declined son Dental Care in Massachusetts. ment. Initially hired as police chief in
dents woke up to reports Friday to give her name said He was licensed to practice in Flori- 2010, he spent nine months as interim
morning of a “gunshot victim” Banks had been in her da, Maryland and New York. town manager in North Bay Village, a
found on the beach in a quiet resi- home the previous eve- small island community in Biscayne
dential area, it sounded scary. But ning. She said there was nothing He wrote periodically, with his Bay northwest of Miami Beach.
as police investigated and details unusual about his behavior. work appearing in several dental-
unfolded, it turned out to be just a According to a curriculum vitae related publications. Most of his Most recently Daniels, 61, served as
very sad story. posted online, Banks was in his writings were published in 2007-08. an investigator for the Insurance Fraud
early 60s. The most recent was titled “Team Division of the state’s Department of
The body of a Satellite Beach He opened his Satellite Beach Playing Tips” and appeared in Mod- Financial Services. He handled white-
dentist, Dr. Frederick Banks, was cosmetic and general dentistry ern Hygienist in August 2008. collar crime cases as well as drug cases
discovered in the surf about 7 a.m. practice, The Dental Makeover involving opioid abuse.
near his South Beaches home after Center, in 2009. Prior to that Banks Dentistry has the second highest
an apparent suicide. was a clinical associate in 2006-09 suicide rate among medical profes- It was in North Bay Village that Dan-
for FoxCare Dental Associates in sions, according to a January 2015 iels got a taste of conflict. Then-Village
Deputies from the Brevard Coun- upstate New York. post on the blog Mental Health Dai- Manager Frank Rollason fired Daniels,
ty Sheriff’s Office cordoned off a Banks also spent 25 years as pres- ly – second only to medical doctors but made it clear there was no derelic-
100-foot-wide stretch of beach and ident and general dentist for Hud- – with dentists nearly 1.67 times as tion of duty. The two clashed on mana-
put up a privacy tarp while detec- likely to take their own lives as the gerial styles.
tives conducted their investigation. general population. 
But still, curious neighbors gath- Daniels revealed that he was offered
ered. the option to resign, but allowed the
termination to take place to protect his
Deputies on the scene would not health benefits at group rates under the
divulge how Banks died, except to 1985 Consolidated Omnibus Budget
say that they did not sus- Reconciliation Act (COBRA) law.
pect any foul play.
The irony is that North Bay Village
A woman who identi- later turned to Daniels to serve as in-
fied herself as Banks’ wife terim manager. It gave him a chance
to a Beachsider photog- to hone his managerial skills, helping
rapher said she thought negotiate a new labor contract, over-
the body might be that seeing completion of a major sewer
of her husband, adding line and a beautification project, and
that he had locked his of- improved communication within the
fice door, something he wouldn’t government and the village’s commis-
normally do. She spoke with a de- sioners.
tective, breaking into sobs. Claudia
Fortunato Banks worked alongside “It’s a constant learning process,”
her husband as a Certified Dental Daniels said.
Assistant.
“You critique yourself. And you learn
“My wife Claudia and I, we really from it. I don’t have grandiose aspira-
enjoy helping people. We take a sin- tions for myself.”
cere interest in doing good things
for other people. We want to make High on Daniels’ to-do list in Mel-
as many people as we can as happy bourne Beach is stormwater mainte-
as possible,” Banks said on a video nance. To no surprise, runoff has been
about his practice. identified as a leading contributor
to pollution in Indian River Lagoon.
A neighbor who spoke to the Stormwater management, or lack of it,
in the town, became a campaign issue
in November’s Melbourne Beach Town
Commission election.

In fact, Daniels, noted, town commis-
sioners were set to hold another work-

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shop on the topic this past Wednesday sixth hour, they publicly declared it was best hire for the future. I want someone Simmons. Simmons has said he wants
with an engineer. Daniels they wanted. who will find it hard to leave.” to end the turnover experienced in the
past so Melbourne Beach can move for-
How Daniels got the job is its own “Let’s make a decision,” Mayor Jim Later that day, Mayor Jim Simmons ward.
story. Privately he was a clear favorite Simmons pushed his colleagues. “We had a contract sent to Daniels, and the
of a majority of the Melbourne Beach have a strong town staff. We have a $86,000 deal was completed within a Hopefully, Daniels is the right leader
commissioners, and as a marathon late strong building department. Don’t few days. Daniels agreed to the con- at the right time to do that. “I feel I’m a
November meeting churned into its make the best hire for today, make the tract without changes, according to good fit here,” Daniels said. 

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INDIALANTIC COP NABS TEENS AFTER JOYRIDE IN JAGUAR

STORY BY RUSTY CARTER STAFF WRITER Teens’ joyride in a stolen Jaguar came to halt on the front porch of a Palmetto Place home. PHOTO: JULIAN LEEK they’ll leave it someplace, then look
for another car to steal,” Casey added.
A veteran Indialantic police officer “Huge, horrific, loud crash,” is how known as the “Brown Team” – a nod
playing a hunch put an end to a dan- Hugus described the impact to a tele- to their ethnic diversity – “has hit Bre- The teenagers, ages 14 and 15, will
gerous joyride Tuesday night, captur- vision station. “I heard no brakes. vard hard.” The teens almost exclu- likely face charges – and a repair bill
ing two teenagers who an hour or so There was a car right here.” sively steal cars whose owners have for any damage that occurred from
earlier had stolen a red Jaguar. left the vehicle unlocked and with a the crash, both to the house and to the
The teens may be part of a local set of keys inside. luxury car. As customary for minors,
The chase played out mostly on U.S. trend that has seen car thefts on the the defendants’ names are being with-
1 after the pair stole the car in Merritt rise. Casey explained that a group “When they’re done with the car, held.
Island and headed south at speeds es-
timated at 70-80 mph. It ended on the According to Brevard County Sher-
front porch of a home in Indialantic iff’s Office spokesman Deputy Tod
after the teens lost control of the car Goodyear, the Sheriff’s Office de-
while trying to elude police. ployed a helicopter, which tracked the
stolen car as it drove east across the
Indialantic Police Chief Mike Casey Melbourne Causeway into Indialantic.
credited Sargent Scott Holstine, a 17-
year member of the force, with locat- When deputies attempted to stop
ing the teens. “Everyone else had giv- the pair, the teens instead attempt-
en up, figuring the teens were gone,” ed to outrun police. That backfired
Casey said in an interview Thursday. when the pair turned right on River-
“Scott knew that sometimes fugi- side Drive, a winding road bordering
tives will lie low, staying still until its the Indian River Lagoon that threads
safe to move. He spotted them about through a residential section of Indi-
a street over from where the car alantic.
crashed. They didn’t attempt to run.
He had them.” Before losing control of the car at
Hugus’ home, the teens collided with
Jennifer Hugus, on whose Palmetto another vehicle on Route 192. When
Place front porch the Jaguar came to police saw the car on Hugus’ front
a halt, was inside eating dinner when porch, officers set up a five-block pe-
the car broke through a fenced gate. It rimeter, going door-to-door in search
stopped inches from the front door. of the teens. 

SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES example, I like butter on my pop- Our kids will bring their friends or it was miles of dark, vacant buildings.
corn and my son does not. If we get their own families back home to the We’d also love it if you let our ad-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 a bucket or big bag of popcorn, and I South Beaches someday and want to
ask them to please pour off some for take them to all their favorite haunts. vertisers know you saw them in the
multiplexes in Viera and West Mel- my son before they put the butter on, Or to revisit the scene of their first Beachsider and that you appreciate
bourne have a few more bells and they just scoop him up a bag fresh. date. How sad would it be to find those their support of our hometown paper.
whistles than our little theater. But No charge. places shuttered? We’re a small business, too.
Satellite Cinemas every single week
brings the barrier island four first-run Over the holidays, when you plan The Melbourne Beachsider en- We are not and will never be owned
movies – without the need to go over a movie outing, please don’t over- courages our readers to support all by, or our reporting controlled by, a
the bridge or fight traffic to get there. look a small business right in your of our local mom-and-pop island big media conglomerate like Gannett.
back yard. And before you spend businesses and restaurants as you We exist only because the business
They also hire our local high school hundreds of dollars on chain-store shop for Christmas and Hanukkah community recognizes the impor-
and college students, giving them gift cards, remember that local shops gifts, as you plan holiday parties, and tance of solid, intelligent and truly
valuable job experience and some and restaurants also sell gift certifi- as you dine out. It would be a grim local journalism. We want to grow our
cash to pay for gas and car insur- cates or gift cards to give to friends sight indeed if A1A was lined with publication to bring even more local
ance. The employees are always very and family. They need your dollars to big-box stores and chain restaurants news and interesting feature stories to
friendly and helpful. They know remain viable. and looked like U.S. 192. Or worse, if more local mailboxes on the island in
the importance of great service. For the coming year. 

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Revelers with a cause at
Margaritas for Mangroves

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Revelers with a cause at Margaritas for Mangroves

STORY BY CYNTHIA VAN GAASBECK CORRESPONDENT Debbie Ashley, April and Dennis Desousa and Tina Boland. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER
[email protected]
sources Council has been around for
Melbourne BMW normally show- 30 years and we have a bunch of sci-
cases the Ultimate Driving Machine, entists and researchers. A lot of times,
but last Friday evening the dealership working behind closed doors, they’re
was the setting for a holiday party not the best communicators. So we’re
with a purpose. trying to be more public with what
we’re doing,” said Steven Sharkey,
Light from within the enormous MRC enterprise and events director.
steel and glass structure spilled out
onto U.S. 1 with a festive glow.

Inside, more than 250 guests of the
dealership and the Marine Resources
Council mingled amid the sleek and
powerful machines at the MRC’s
Second Annual Margaritas for Man-
groves fundraiser.

In keeping with the theme, organiz-
ers offered two unusual ways to raise
money while helping to heal the Indi-
an River Lagoon: a margarita tasting
challenge, and the sale of mangrove
propagules to plant along shorelines.

The partnership between a high-
end dealership and an organization
of scientists intent on saving a local
treasure may not be initially appar-
ent. But it makes sense.

“This night is more about con-
necting with people. The Marine Re-

Though the party is a fundraiser, cranberry special margarita and a
it’s really more about introductions, classic margarita,” he said as guests
he said. test-drove samples.

“BMW has been a tremendous At the MRC’s mangrove-decorat-
supporter of ours for the last couple ed table, lead scientist Caity Savoia
of years and our groups of people offered patrons a cranberry Key
are very similar. This event is to Lime margarita. It is the recipe of
merge our two networks so that we the MRC’s own executive director,
can introduce our lagoon people to Dr. Leesa Souto.
help get the BMW owners involved,”
Sharkey explained. The night’s cause is personal for
Souto, too.
Sean Dunn, general manager of
the dealership, lives in Melbourne “It’s a magical estuary,” she said. “I’m
Beach with his wife, Jane. The two a biologist and I appreciate life and
spent the night before helping Shar- there’s more life in that lagoon than
key and his team turn the show- there is anywhere else in the United
room into a wonderland. States, or there was. It’s a magical
place. But I’ve watched it go downhill.”
For Dunn, this cause is personal.
“I’m an avid fisherman and hunt- She explained why the dealership
er. Offshore and inshore fishing is a wanted to partner with the MRC:
big thing and I live on the lagoon,” “They are right here on the lagoon.
he said while stepping away from That’s their sentiment. They look at it
the party for a few moments. every day and they felt a certain sense
But this night is about having fun of responsibility to take action to pro-
and the guests are loud, a good sign tect it.”
for the hosts. One of the main at-
tractions is, of course, the margari- The MRC is on the verge of releasing
tas. the first-ever ecological health assess-
Sponsor Dan Smith, owner of ment of the 156-mile lagoon. Spoiler:
Paddleboard Paradise in Mel- “It’s terrible,” Souto said.
bourne, shows off his margarita
setup: “This is a stand-up paddle- “I’ve been here since 1994 and I’ve
board that we’re using for the bar watched the lagoon go down, down,
and we’ve got a pomegranate and down. But I do think it can be saved.
It’s the most awesome body of wa-
ter in our state, as far as I’m con-
cerned,” she said. 

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Jane Priebe and Melinda Casto. Caity Savoia with Jared McNally. Kirk Barnes and Kate Zehnder.

Sean Dunn General Manager Melbourne Laura Canada with Satellite Beach
BMW and Leesa Souto, MRC Director. Councilwoman Courtney Barker.

Roxanne Coates and Sasha Adamson. Sondee Lima with Claire Stagg.

Erica Holzer, D’jon Peppaj and Crystal Canina. Rhonda and Dennis Mayo.

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Anti-Gravity Mural Project goes ‘wall’ in with art

Tim Shubert puts the finishing touches
on his mural. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD

Danielle Henn paints an exterior Casey Klein helps prepare a wall
wall at the Salty Dog. behind the Horn Section.

The Eau Gallie Arts District wound up its massive, 10-day Anti-Gravity
Mural Project this past weekend, with artists recruited from across Flori-
da, and as far away as London and Amsterdam to enliven previously bland
buildings with innovative art.

Events launched on Black Friday as the Christmas shopping season be-
gan in earnest along the artsy, historic Highland Avenue corridor, with
evocative mural installations developing before the public’s eye.

“The project aims to elevate our outdoor spaces, generate positive com-
munity energy, and showcase the Eau Gallie Arts District as the growing
epicenter of innovation on the Space Coast,” organizers said. 

SUN-SATIONAL!
‘ANNIE’ AWESOME
AS EVER AT HENEGAR

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Sun-sational! ‘Annie’ awesome as ever at Henegar

STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH CORRESPONDENT morrow,” “It’s the ing and dancing. Direction there
[email protected] came from music director/conduc-
Hard Knock Life” Katie Hjortsberg as Annie. PHOTO BY: DANA NIEMEIER PHOTOGRAPHY tor Ryan Kasten and vocal direc-
After being cast 13 times in the and “Easy Street,” tor Sarah Germain. Leading them
same show, the sun has finally come in the dancing was choreographer
out for father/daughter duo Kenneth it’s pretty hard to Amanda Cheyenne Manis.
and Katie Hjortsberg of Melbourne
Beach. believe that this “The musicians are flawless,” Ka-
tie said. “The crew is very helpful
Thanks to being cast in “Annie,” year, “Annie” turns and is always there when you need
running through Dec. 17 at the Hen- them. The cast has been so loving
egar Center, the two actually find 40. and supportive. I couldn’t be Annie
themselves in a scene on stage to- without them.”
gether. After having
Those feelings are reciprocated,
The moment comes when Annie, its pre-Broadway said director Beth Shestak, a Vero
played by Katie, runs away with her Beach resident and former instruc-
dog, Sandy. A policeman, played by tryout in 1976 at tor/director for Riverside Children’s
Kenneth, finds Annie, confronts her Theatre.
and takes her back to Miss Hanni- Connecticut’s sto-
gan. “Katie and her dad have been an
ried Goodspeed absolute joy to work with,” Shestak
“The best thing is that we finally said. “Katie has an unbelievable tal-
a scene together with dialogue,” she Opera House, ent and it has been amazing to see
said. “That has never happened be- her grow as a performer and sim-
fore.” “Annie” the mu- ply shine on stage. She and her dad
make a great team both on and off
Of course, that is only one tiny sical opened on the stage.”
moment in a show saturated with
enough warmth and optimism to Broadway in 1977 For sure, it has taken a lot of time,
melt the coldest of hearts out there but it did not disrupt the Hjortsberg
and even turn political adversaries and garnered household because, as Katie said, “a
into allies. performance schedule is a normal
seven Tonys, which was very re- pression. It begins in 1933 at a girls’ schedule for us.”
And, with enduring songs like “To-
markable at the time. Among the orphanage run by the brassy Miss “It’s mainly late nights and sleepy
mornings,” Kenneth said.
awards, it won Best Musical, Best Hannigan, played at the Henegar
And being in “Annie” is worth ev-
Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best by Karen Monks of Cocoa Beach. An ery sleepy morning for Katie.

Original Score (Charles Strouse and army of little girls help Annie “es- “I love it because it is a story of
hope filled with real emotion,” she
Martin Chamin). Interestingly, the cape” the orphanage so she can find said. “I think people will like this
production. Everyone has worked so
Annie in the tryout became the un- her parents. She eventually falls into hard to tell the story. Plus, everyone
loves a cute dog.”
derstudy for Andrea McArdle, who the graces of kindly billionaire Oli-
“Annie” runs through Dec. 17 at
was nominated for a Tony. ver Warbucks, played by Rob Kenna the Henegar Center, 625 E. New Ha-
ven Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $26
Based on Harold Gray’s comic of Vero Beach. general, $23 adults and military and
$16 students. There is a $3 service fee
strip “Little Orphan Annie,” the A plot twist or two later, she’s sing- per ticket. Call 321-723-8698 or visit
Henegar.org. 
musical is set against the Great De- ing “Tomorrow” for Franklin D. Roo-

sevelt, played by Terrence Girard of

Palm Bay. We won’t go further for

fear that there must be some reader

out there has never seen the musical.

Anyone?

Indeed, even 11-year-old Katie has

seen the movie and the stage musi-

cal. Her father has not only seen the

show, but was in a production of it

about 25 years ago, ironically play-

ing the same roles as he’s playing at

the Henegar.

The cast of 20 orphans have been

rehearsing since September. The

cast of 20 adults started rehearsing

mid-October.

As with any musical, the rehears-

als include not only learning your

lines and blocking, but also sing-

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ARTS & THEATRE

‘Santaland’: Elf-centered holiday laughs for adults

STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH CORRESPONDENT tello turned the essay into a one-man fessional regional and community “The Santaland Diaries” plays at
[email protected] show and opened it Off-Broadway in theaters around the country. 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Satur-
1996 starring Timothy Olyphant. day, and at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Stu-
Get ready. It’s Crumpet the Elf as “Doing this show has stretched me dio Theater on the second floor of the
Since then, according to the Wash- as an actor in ways I think I never ex- Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven
described by the irascible David Se- ington Post, Sedaris has taken to pected,” Clinton said. Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $26 gen-
calling his stories “real-ish” after a eral, $23 for military and seniors and
daris in his underground phenom, fact-checking story ran in the New “Still, when I think about opening $16 for students, plus a $3 handling
Republic. night, I kind of want to vomit a little fee per ticket. The show is not suitable
“The Santaland Diaries,” open- but I’m also really excited for people for children. Call 321-723-8698 or visit
Nevertheless, “Santaland Diaries” to see the amount of work and heart Henegar.org. 
ing Thursday (Dec. 7) and running continues to be an NPR favorite and Pam and I have put into this little
the play has become a favorite of pro- show.”
through the weekend at the Henegar

Center in the venue’s second-floor

Studio Theatre.

Intended for a more sophisticated

crowd, perhaps one that enjoys a

soupcon of cynicism in their eggnog,

“The Santaland Diaries” is a late-

night adult treat. The curtain is 10

p.m. (except for Sunday, which has an

8 p.m. curtain).

The show stars Orlando actor/di-

rector BeeJay Aubertin Clinton (and

is directed by this writer).

While using martinis to tend his

parched throat, Crumpet the Elf goes

into detail about the motley crew

forming the cast of elves; the awful

behavior shown by many adults; the

army of Santas; and the ignominy of

someone fabulous having to wear a

perky green cap.

There is language. There is snarky

attitude. There is too much informa-

tion. There is “Oh no you didn’t!” You

might call it a holiday palate cleanser.

“I made the trip out to Melbourne

to audition

for the show,

not really sure

what to ex-

pect,” Clinton

said.

Then he

read the script.

Then he got

the call.

BeeJay Aubertin Clinton Clinton de-
plays Crumpet the Elf in
scribes his
‘Santaland Diaries.’ luck as Crum-

PHOTO BY: BENJAMIN THACKER pet himself
might have.

“When I received the call that I got the

role, I simultaneously wanted to cheer

and vomit.”

The one-man show is based on a

story Sedaris presented as actual ex-

perience working as an elf in Macy’s

Herald Square Santaland in New

York City.

Raised in North Carolina, Sedaris

moved to New York in hopes of being

an actor. Out of work, he decided to

do something to pay the bills, hence

the elf gig at Santaland.

Sedaris eventually went on to be-

come a celebrated humorist and pop-

ular author. His essay “Santaland Di-

aries” was his breakthrough moment

on National Public Radio’s “Morning

Edition.” Broadway director Joe Man-

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ARTS & THEATRE

Coming Up: Tekalli Duo to perform in Indialantic

STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER America, Europe and Asia, from the
[email protected] Kennedy Center in D.C., to Seoul Arts
Center in Korea. Together their recit-
1 The internationally acclaimed als combine standard classical reper-
sibling musicians Suliman tory with newer works by composers
of their heritage, and their own tran-
Tekalli, violinist, and Jamila Tekalli, scriptions of classical and contempo-
rary. The concert is sponsored by the
pianist, Americans of Japanese and Space Coast Symphony orchestra and
begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in ad-
Libyan descent, perform together as vance at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.
org, $25 at the door, and free for those
Tekalli Duo, and will bring their ele- 18 and under, or with student ID.

gant, high-intensity concert of Tchai-

kovsky, Prokofiev, Corigliano, Mo-

zart and more to the Treasure Coast

in a single performance Thursday,

Dec. 14, at Eastminster Presbyterian

Church in Indialantic. Jamila Tekalli

is an active chamber musician who 2 “Christmas Baroque: From Ven-
ice to Versailles,” a Christmas
has performed internationally and

concert coming

to the King Center A Garfield Christmas.

this Saturday, will by the 125-member Brevard Com-
munity Chorus. Soloists will be Beth
present a pair of Green and Tee Rockwell, sopranos;
Eliza Dopira, mezzo-soprano; Norton
thrilling baroque Christenson, tenor; and Sean Chris-
topher Stork, bass. Musicians from
works composed the Brevard Symphony Orchestra even sing along to the ones you know.
will provide accompaniment, all un- Curtain is Sunday at 2 p.m. and Mon-
by two masters of der the direction of Dr. Robert Lamb, day at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $28 for
professor of music, director of choral adults and $12 for people 12 and un-
the era: “Gloria” by activities, and member of the Depart- der. Everyone, says the King Center,
ment of Performing and Visual Arts even “infants and toddlers,” have to
Italian composer for Eastern Florida State College. All have a ticket. Got it.

Antonio Vivaldi this baroque splendor gets
under way at 7:30 p.m.
(a personal favor- Tickets are $20 for adults,
$15 for seniors and active
ite), and “Messe military, and $5 for chil-
dren and college students
de Minuit pour with valid student ID.

Noël” by French-

man Marc-Antoine

Charpentier. These

The Tekalli Duo. dazzling works

holds a doctorate in performance will be performed
from the University of Miami, among
others. She has directed several mas- 3 For a fun, holiday-
terclasses and piano workshops, and fueled, laugh-filled,
performed as a soloist and chamber
musician at festivals including Boston great-for-all-ages cou- ‘Christmas With the Marksteins.’
University’s Tanglewood Institute,
Bowdoin International Music Festi- ple of hours, “A Garfield
val, Keyboard Institute at Mannes,
and the Banff Centre. Suliman Tekal- ‘Christmas Baroque: From Venice to Versailles.’ Christmas” should more
li’s performing career has taken him
throughout the U.S., Canada, Central than fill the bill, as it hits 4 How about this: a lovely, infor-
mal afternoon of pop and clas-
the King Center stage this

Sunday and Monday. The wisecrack- sical holiday-themed music for string

ing, lasagna-slurping feline welcomes quartet in a location you might not im-

the Christmas season with paws wide mediately think of as a concert venue

open, ready to scoop up all the pres- – the Catherine Schweinsberg Rood

ents he’s expecting. But, observes the Central Library in Cocoa. This Sunday

show promo, Garfield is (at least) a few at 3 p.m. the popular Markstein String

gifts short of true Christmas spirit. Quartet will do their part to shut out

Happily, with the help of his hapless all the holiday hustle and bustle for a

owner, Jon; Jon’s dopey pooch Odie; while, and let that BP drop a bit, as they

you, the audience; and Garfield’s new present “Christmas With the Mark-

holiday buds (Nutcracker, Rag Doll, steins.” In a chamber setting, you’ll

Teddy Bear and Angel-from-the-top- enjoy traditional Christmas and Cha-

of-the-Christmas-tree), an “enlight- nukah music, including the ”Sinfonia”

ening” lesson is learned. As Garfield from the J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio,

shifts from moody to merry, there’ll the string arrangement of Leroy An-

be lots of songs: “Jingle Bells,” “We dersen’s well-known “Christmas Fes-

Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Deck tival,” and more. “Christmas With the

the Halls,” and four originals. You can Marksteins” is free. 



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YOUR HEALTH

Shhhhweet: Sebastian hospital has a quieter MRI

STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER Matt McGill and
[email protected] Jennifer Baumgardner.

Anyone who has ever had magnetic PHOTOS BY DENISE RITCHIE
resonance imaging (an MRI) knows
one thing for certain: Those oversized
doughnut-shaped devices are really,
really loud.

How loud?
Case Western Reserve University
declares the noise they make is rough-
ly the equivalent to sound of a jack-
hammer pounding concrete 10 or 15
feet away.
Now, however, the Sebastian River
Medical Center is offering an alterna-
tive: a “quiet” MRI.
MRI technologist Jennifer Baum-
gardner and Matt McGill, senior di-
rector of operations for this Steward
Healthcare Group facility, are eager to
get that word out.
Not familiar with MRIs? Then may-
be a little background information
might be in order.
First of all, MRIs are not a type of X-ray.
The National Institute of Biomedi-
cal Imaging and Bioengineering ex-
plains: “MRIs are a non-invasive im-
aging technology that produce three

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Our quiet scan At the heart of the Sebastian hos- “the top-of-the-line 1.5T scanner.” tific literature suggests that neonates
brings [the noise pital’s MRI program is their Siemens Perhaps best of all, its software is may have an increased response to
Magnetom Aeta 1.5 Tesla open bore acoustic noise,” and continues by say-
level] all the MRI platform: a large space age-look- upgradable, which is precisely what ing that anyone – from pediatric to
way down to 64 ing device with a circular hole in the allows the hospital to now offer quiet geriatric patients – “may also become
[decibels] where it middle. And while there are at least a MRIs. confused due to high MRI acoustic
was 90 [decibels]. half dozen manufacturers of MRIs in- noise.”
cluding General Electric, Toshiba and The scanner itself is two years old
– Jennifer Phillips, Baumgardner says, “Siemens but the software that now allows qui- That’s the last thing McGill and
Baumgardner allowed us the most room to grow and eter scans was only installed a few Baumgardner want for people having
expand our services. It’s kind of cut- short weeks ago and, according to an MRI at the Sebastian River Medical
ting edge.” Baumgardner, that update is already Center.
paying dividends. “It helps,” she says,
McGill adds, “We like the Siemens “keep [patients] happier.” Quieter, they believe, is clearly better.
brand. We’ve had it before this partic- To schedule an appointment, call the
ular scanner for 17 years. It’s reliable That’s a big plus given the wide age Sebastian River Medical Center’s diag-
[and they offer] good service.” Siemens range of those who are scanned and nostic center at 772-589-5000 or ask
itself calls SRMC’s Magnetom Aeta can sometimes become disoriented your doctor to make an appointment
during a regular MRI. for you. 

NIH says “evidence from the scien-

dimensional detailed anatomical
images without the use of damaging
radiation. They are often used for dis-
ease detection, diagnosis and treat-
ment monitoring. They are based on
sophisticated technology that excites
and detects the change in the direc-
tion of the rotational axis of protons
found in the water that makes up
living tissues [by] employing power-
ful magnets which produce a strong
magnetic field that forces protons in
the body to align with that field.”

Or put a bit more simply, Ohio’s
Wooster Hospital says “MRI scans use
powerful magnetic fields and radio
frequency pulses to produce detailed
pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone
and other internal body structures.
Differences between normal and ab-
normal tissue is often clearer on an
MRI image than a CT scan,” without
any potentially harmful exposure to
radiation.

MRIs, however, are not for every-
one. The FDA warns that people who
have implanted medical devices –
such as stents, knee or hip replace-
ments, pacemakers, or drug pumps
– may not be good candidates and
people with tattoos or drug patches
can risk skin irritation or even burns.
The medical team at Sebastian will
assesses patient risk before any scan
is attempted.

Meanwhile, Baumgardner quickly
quashes one potential misunder-
standing in advance by saying SRMC’s
quiet MRI is not a completely silent
MRI; but she says it is a huge improve-
ment over the jackhammer models.

“Our quiet scan,” Baumgardner ex-
plains, “brings [the noise level] all the
way down to 64 [decibels] where it was
90 [decibels].” That’s nearly one-third
less noise, which is important because
patients are “in there for 15, 20 or 30
minutes.”

The National Institutes of Health
agrees: “Objective and subjective as-
sessment of acoustic noise levels con-
firm [quiet MRI software] does signifi-
cantly reduce sound levels.

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YOUR HEALTH

Today’s primary care includes healthy dose of acronyms

STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER overall healthcare costs, according to
[email protected] Modern Healthcare’s website.

Primary care physicians – or PCPs That’s a tall order for anyone, but
– are, simply put, the keystone that Dr. Cassi Jones and Dr. Miciara Her-
holds the ever-widening arch of mod- nandez, along with family nurse
ern healthcare together. practitioner Tamsin Blanchard, are
taking on the challenge at their prac-
Primary care doctors are charged tice across the street from the Sebas-
with the delivery of preventive care, tian River Medical Center.
as well as lowering “rates of mortal-
ity, emergency room visits and hospi- Today, their field is absolutely jam-
tal admissions,” while also reducing packed with acronyms most people

Cassie Jones, DO., ARNP Tamsin Blanchard, and Dr Miciara Hernandez. PHOTO BY DENISE RITCHIE

srmc2 wouldn’t recognize if their lives de- er medical “records” have become an-
pended on it. And, as it happens, in other lynchpin in modern healthcare.
many cases their lives might well de-
pend on it. President Barack Obama’s Afford-
able Care Act mandated the switch
That alphabet soup includes AWVs from paper to electronic medical re-
(annual wellness visits); EMRs (elec- cords, or EMRs. That single move has
tronic medical records); ACOs (ac- probably saved more lives than any-
countable care organizations); SGRs one ever imagined at the time.
(sustainable growth rates); FFSs (fee-
for-service models); and, as of January You don’t have to look any further
1, 2017, MACRA (the Medicare Access than your own backyard to see why.
and CHIP Reauthorization Act).
As early as 2004, Dr. Dennis Saver
Regarding one of the most impor- of Primary Care of the Treasure Coast
tant acronyms in the evolving medi- noted that through electronic medi-
cal landscape, Dr. Hernandez says, cal records, a simple keystroke could
“For us, it’s not a huge a change. Dr. “show me all my patients who have di-
Jones and myself and Tamsin are very abetes who are taking a certain medi-
pro-preventive medicine [and] we try cation.” Saver then added, “That’s ba-
to get our patients here every year to sically impossible with paper charts.”
have their [Medicare-mandated] an-
nual wellness visits, so that’s not go- Today the capabilities of EMRs have
ing be a huge change for us. We have grown exponentially.
been doing this since we started.”
Physicians like Hernandez and
Jones concurs, explaining, “In our Jones can now, almost instantly, spot
training we were already seeing this potentially dangerous drug interac-
and were already focusing on Medicare tions. When one specialists prescribes
annual wellness visits to make sure our drug A for one of their patients while
patients] get all their preventative mea- another already has that same patient
sures. We were trained that way.” taking drug B and taking both A and
B together poses a problem, these pri-
Maybe no one looks forward to mary care doctors know it immediate-
the list Hernandez then rattles off, ly. And so will the specialists.
including colonoscopies, mammo-
grams, PAP smears, rectal exams and That’s why Jones, Hernandez and
prostate cancer screenings included Blanchard insist on updating every
in those AWVs, but the cold hard facts patient’s records on every drug or sup-
are that those tests do save lives, as plement being taken on every visit.
well as billions of dollars, by finding
diseases earlier rather than later. And the rest of that alphabet soup?
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reau-
Jones adds, “I would say the only thorization Act or MACRA went into ef-
thing that’s different for the patient fect just this year. It transitioned away
now is, before, you could have your from the old fee-for-service (FFS) ap-
annual wellness visit kind of mixed proach with the aim of incentivizing
in with one of your regular follow-ups healthcare providers to deliver lower-
on blood pressure [or other chronic cost care.
conditions], whereas now, an an-
nual wellness visit is a separate visit Jones, Hernandez and Blanchard col-
where we do most of your preventa- lectively say they are “all in” on helping
tive screenings and get caught up on to provide better care at a lower cost.
all your records.”
Dr. Miciara Hernandez, Dr. Cassi
With the exception of the actual pri- Jones and nurse practitioner Tamsin
mary care provider, those shot and oth- Blanchard are currently accepting new
patients. Their office is at 13840 U.S. 1
in Sebastian. The phone number is 772-
581-0334. 



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INSIGHT COVER STORY

BY PATRIK JONSSON ing, sweating, and bolting underscores a disaster relief bill that forgave $16 “The problem is we are good at
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR a personal shift in priorities caused by billion in debt owed by NFIP. The pro- looking at the last disaster – seeing the
a historic storm season – and a sense of gram was already more than $20 bil- need and how to help – but we are not
Outwardly, David Satterfield’s quiet creeping threat from the ocean. lion in the hole before a series of strong very good at thinking strategically” to
neighborhood on the southern tip of hurricanes shook the mainland, Puerto minimize the impact of the next one.
Tybee Island, a barrier island 18 miles “It’s the risk you take” living on a bar- Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, caus-
east of Savannah, looks pretty much rier island, says Satterfield, whose fami- ing more than $200 billion in damage. Since its founding in 1968, the Na-
like it always does. But Mr. Satterfield ly’s company was recently inducted into tional Flood Insurance Program has
says the veneer is false. In fact, his the Towing Hall of Fame. “At the same Back-to-back disasters are one part had a mission: Protect home and busi-
world was shattered this fall. time, there’s only so much money.” of the insolvency. But Congress, wary ness owners from disaster events, but
of offending coastal interests, has also also discourage foolhardy develop-
The final lashes of hurricane Irma Amid a record year of costly hur- hamstrung the agency’s ability to set ment by creating detailed flood maps
colluded with a full-moon “king tide” to ricane strikes, Congress has until this premiums commensurate with risk. that allow insurers, underwritten by
flood large parts of Tybee Island for the Friday to fix a federal flood insurance the US Treasury, to charge varying rates
second time in less than a year. Much program that Bob Hunter, its former The question is whether Congress depending on risk.
of the island is already up on eight- administrator, tells the Monitor “is fail- will truly address what House Free-
foot stilts. But rooms below a home’s ing in every way.” dom Caucus member Rep. David Now, sea rise and coastal erosion have
“freeboard,” or bottom floor – many of Schweikert (R) of Arizona has called “a complicated and delayed the mapping
them turned into recreation rooms or To be sure, many coastal dwellers – moral hazard” in the design of the NFIP. process. In Texas’s Harris County, which
man caves – were hit along with entire including Jason Buelterman, the may- To him, this includes a vexing lack of includes Houston, Rice University and
homes sunk in three feet of storm surge. or of Tybee Island – are skeptical that clarity on risks to not just household Texas A&M researchers found that
Congress can summon the political wealth, but the U.S. Treasury. FEMA’s flood maps for southeastern
For Mr. Satterfield and hundreds of fortitude to fundamentally reform how Harris County missed about 75 percent
other homeowners, that means TVs, the country battens down its hatches. “Where do you draw the line as to of the damages from hurricanes Ike, Al-
stuffed chairs, and other furnishings what is too much money on the front lison, and three other storms.
were lost to flood waters that rose to At the same time, experts say the lines, especially when you look at the
heights not seen for more than 80 years. sheer numbers of homes destroyed basic promise [of NFIP]: protecting as- At the same time, as witnessed by
by worst hurricane season in US his- sets and livelihoods when there wasn’t a Harvey’s impact on Houston, runaway
In response, Satterfield is spending tory have brought the inadequacies of free market solution for doing that?” asks development has placed more and
a fall afternoon building shelves – to the nearly 50-year-old National Flood Jeff Schlegelmilch, deputy director of more assets in the danger zone. Only
put his prized belongings above any Insurance Program (NFIP) into stark Columbia University’s National Center 15 percent of flooded homes in Hous-
future inundation. His flurry of saw- relief. for Disaster Preparedness, in New York. ton were insured for flood damage.

On Oct. 27, President Trump signed

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Meanwhile, FEMA has struggled to – combined with the fact that many New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D) rates on properties that have repeat
fulfill NFIP’s promise, sometimes cre- of the costs are not primarily climate this summer co-sponsored a bill that claims, though capping annual pre-
ating perverse incentives – including change related but, rather, can be would provide low-interest loans for miums at $10,000 even for the riski-
subsidizing the rebuilding of frequent- blamed on flawed risk assessments homeowners to invest in flood miti- est homesteads. The House did not
ly flooded homes and businesses. address President Trump’s demand
Kevin Davis tries to pump water out of his flooded home. that Congress ban new construction
“The incentive was the subsidy – from the federal program in order to
that was the carrot – and the stick was Susan Wimberly looks out at the flood waters that surround her home. balance its books.
they would impose tough maps [high-
er rates for more flood-prone areas],” and incentives for those who choose gation projects. That bill is co-spon- The measure then moved to the
says Mr. Hunter, the former adminis- to live and work close to the water. sored by Republican Sen. John Neely Senate, faced opposition from Loui-
trator. “But FEMA lost control of the Kennedy of Louisiana. siana, especially, where some 500,000
program.” Yet there are some subtle signs of people who currently pay below-
deeper political shifts. For one, rather On Nov. 14, House Republicans market rates under a grandfathering
As Irma flooded Tybee, driftwood than R or D, this fight is between low- passed the 21st Century Flood Re- provision would likely see their rates
artist Jay Altman looked out his win- landers and highlanders. form Act, which would allow raising increase. A lot of coastal dwellers argue
dow and saw the marsh waters swell- that it is not fair that they are facing
ing onto land and pressing on his rate increases for factors beyond their
doors and into his house. control – including climate change.

He looked up and down Lewis Av- The legislation, if enacted, is expect-
enue, worst-hit by the storm, and real- ed to increase revenues into NFIP by
ized the core of the problem: severe re- $187 million through 2027, in part by
petitive loss. While repeatedly flooded steering more homeowners to private
homes make up just 2 percent of the insurers, which are currently barred
program’s 5 million policies, they ac- from offering anything but the federal
count for roughly 30 percent of flood insurance package.
claims – about $17 billion – paid over
the program’s history, according to That runs counter to what flood in-
the Federal Emergency Management surance advocates want: a broader risk
Agency. pool that would bring in more premi-
um cash flow to offset claims. The bill
These are for the most part blue- does allow municipalities to draw their
collar folks: fishermen, artists, carpen- own flood maps, which could increase
ters. The average value of a frequently the accuracy of risk assessments. But
flooded home, FEMA says, is $110,000. expanding mitigation efforts – like pay-
ing for levee projects, new dunes, and
Mr. Altman was living under a tarp in house-lifting grants – would require a
his front yard while rebuilding. broader effort in Congress

“Unfortunately, I think we have to “I’m more of a Republican than any-
reconsider whether all of us can stay thing, and [resistance to reforming the
in these homes,” he says. “I hate to say program] infuriates me because we’ve
that, but these storms have shown that got to spend money on mitigation” like
it’s true.” sand-dune fortification and helping
homeowners raise their homes, says New
“It’s not just about this house and Jersey resident George Kasimos, whose
this flood insurance program, but experience with FEMA after superstorm
about the whole continuum of sus- Sandy in 2012 set him on a course of
tainable development that we’ve been coastal advocacy. “If we don’t do that,
potentially ignoring as a nation, that is then were done. The program is going to
being borne out in the damage to this get worse and worse in the hole.”
home [and] … to this family,” says Mr.
Schlegelmilch, at the Columbia disas- “It’s about doing what’s best not
ter research center. “With every dollar only for Tybee Island and across the
of relief funding comes an ounce of country but how to make ourselves
human suffering and pain that could more resilient and less reliant on the
have been prevented – that’s the mes- federal government,” he adds.
sage.”
Those sentiments have echoed
But will it be heard in Washington? through the Republican Party, as well,
Up until now, there has been little especially as they try to reconcile
interest in mitigation. When Mr. Buel- proposed tax cuts with years of com-
terman spoke in front of a House com- plaints about a growing national debt.
mittee about more funding to build
sand dunes in order to stave off future “You’ve got to have an honest con-
disaster relief, only half the committee versation,” Representative Schweik-
was present and two members were ert, the Arizona Republican, told
talking on cell phones. The Hill. “The subsidizing of putting
Congress has other reasons to sim- homes in harm’s way, it’s not really
ply forgive the debt and move on. After great for society.”
all, every $27,000 spent by Washington
on disaster relief earns one vote for lo- For Mayor Buelterman, the chal-
cal representatives. Spending money lenge to his island involves not just
on mitigation ahead of storms earns house values but also the permanence
little to no such electoral credit, politi- of culture, life style, and responsibility.
cal scientists have found.
That political reality is only further “I’ve just about given up on Con-
fanned by a broader debate over the gress” helping the island address its
role of climate change in rising costs growing predicament, he says. “But
maybe I’m wrong.” 

HOSPITALISTS, PART II WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING DO HOSPITALISTS HAVE? © 2017 Vero Beach 32963 Media, all rights reserved
Most hospitalists are board-certified general internists who un-
Hospitalists are physicians who primarily dedicate their practic- dergo a 3-year residency in internal medicine.
es solely to the care of the hospitalized patient. Today, more and
more medical centers use hospitalists exclusively to care for their WHAT OTHER SUBSPECIALISTS MAY BE CONSIDERED HOSPITALISTS?
hospitalized patients. While the majority of hospitalists come from an internal medicine or

Last time we outlined some of the advantages of a hospitalist family practice background, other types of physicians may also limit their
program for patients who are hospitalized, such as: 24/7 accessi- practice to the care of hospitalized patients. Pediatricians, intensive care
bility, familiarity with hospital systems that helps streamline care, specialists, pulmonologists (lung doctors), infectious disease specialists,
and expertise at diagnosing and treating disease. Doctors’ office and even members from cardiology and gastroenterology group practices
patients also benefit. Doctors who no longer need to visit the hos- can be considered hospitalists. Some physician practices (such as cardi-
pital once or twice a day on rounds have more time, with less in- ologists and gastroenterologists) assign a member of the group to rotate,
terruptions, to spend with their office patients. usually on a weekly basis, inside the hospital to provide inpatient care.

WHAT DO HOSPITALIST DO? As these doctors work together every day, professional relation-
Hospitalists typically manage most aspects of patient care after ships develop that also contribute to more expedient, efficient and
admission – not only providing medical care but also organizing sub- streamlined care.
specialty services, palliative care, and social services, when neces-
sary. BOARD CERTIFICATION
Typically, each hospitalist cares for an average of 18-25 patients The American Board of Internal Medicine is in the process of devel-
per day. Because hospitalists usually work 7 days on/7 days off, they oping a possible board certification program for the field of hospital
have an opportunity to build close relationships with patients and medicine. Such subspecialty certifications have been created in the past
their families. One of the most valuable aspects of hospitalist care for emergency medicine, critical care medicine and family practice.
is the detailed oversight they provide. As specialists are called in to In summary, the next time you or a loved one needs to be hospi-
evaluate and treat the patient, hospitalists see the big picture and talized, it’s likely your care will be managed by a group of physicians
make adjustments in the care plan accordingly. called hospitalists. These expert diagnosticians will work closely with
Some hospitalists may be assigned to work in the hospital’s ER, you, your family, specialists and hospital staff to deliver the best clin-
seeing and/or admitting patients who require additional time in the ical outcomes possible. 
hospital for work up and treatment of their acute illness. Your comments and suggestions for future topics are always wel-
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What is more American than re- posedly couldn’t tell a lie, rated Spiritualism by secretly crack- his imaginary Grand Guignol past;
invention? After all, only a keystroke but rather showman P.T. ing their toes. Communication with Stephen Glass courts fame (and ex-
separates “making it” from “faking Barnum, who brazenly ex- the Other World then led to “spirit posure) by cranking out magazine
it.” Change your name, rewrite your hibited an old black woman photography,” which purported to stories that are too good, or rather
past, hobnob with the right peo- as Washington’s 161-year-old show the astral bodies of our dead too lurid, to be true. Attempting to
ple and occasionally murmur “old childhood nurse. loved ones hovering near us. Mean- justify his own rank betrayals, Jay-
sport,” and bingo, Jimmy Gatz, that while, gullible scientists examined son Blair later claimed he was just
poor kid from the Midwest, is now Any great humbug, Young the skeletons of those manufactured sticking it to his white bosses at the
the debonair and diamond-studded tells us, relied on chutzpah. marvels, Piltdown Man and the Car- New York Times when he fabricated
New Yorker Jay Gatsby. Old-time hucksters and diff Giant. stories about Washington’s Beltway
flimflam artists scarcely sniper without even bothering to
Given our fluid identities, little cared if you believed them As the author of “The Grey Album: leave his Brooklyn apartment.
wonder that Americans stew about or not. What mattered was On the Blackness of Blackness,” Young
authenticity. Is image all? for you to come away feeling frequently underscores the racialist As Young stresses: “The various
that you’d had your money’s character of many deceptions and forgers, frauds, and fabulists that
During dark Phildickian nights of worth. Maybe the carnival’s frauds, including the phony scientific journalism has endured in recent
the soul, everything can start to seem Missing Link was authentic, data that undergirded theories of years have only hurt the idea of re-
mere sham, all the world a stage-set, or maybe only a put-on, just black inferiority. He deftly peels away porting as an essential part of de-
men and women merely players. In a black guy dressed up in a the layers of racism in sideshow mer- mocracy. The healthy skepticism
“Bunk,” Kevin Young exhaustively weird ape outfit. Either way, maids, “Feejee” savages and Circas- that is the journalist’s chief tool has
tracks our longtime ambivalence to- you had a good time, espe- sian beauties. Yet he also takes time lately succumbed to a contagious
ward “hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, cially when your sweetie to glance at Arthur Conan Doyle’s cynicism about journalism itself, if
phonies, post-facts, and fake news.” screamed and clutched you naive belief in fairies, peer at the art- not an outright mistrust of the me-
In these pages our founding father tighter. work of the notorious forgers Elmyr dia as a whole. The First Amend-
isn’t George Washington, who sup- de Hory and Han van Meegeren, and ment shall be last.”
Of course, the barker’s skim briefly over some classic poetry
wink and grandiloquent hoaxes, notably Chatterton’s “discov- Despite its many merits, including
patter already give the game ery” of works written by the medieval a terrific annotated bibliography,
away: Hoaxing is all about bard Thomas Rowley and Australia’s “Bunk” may strike some readers as
performance, coupled with Ern Malley affair, which revealed overlong and somewhat ramshackle.
what that notorious pla- how readily magazine editors can be While usually clear and journalistic,
giarist (and immortal poet) Samuel fooled by claptrap presented as mod- Young’s prose constantly shifts reg-
Taylor Coleridge called our own ernist verse. isters, sometimes veering into cul-
“willing suspension of disbelief for tural theorizing, at other times opt-
the moment, which constitutes po- Despite all this plenty, the first ing for sassily hip street talk. This
etic faith.” Today nobody over the half of “Bunk” serves largely as the tonal restlessness certainly adds a
age of 9 seriously believes that “real- warm-up act to Young’s main attrac- variety and richness to the book, but
ity TV” is an unscripted slice of life. tion: the celebrity cheats and liars also reinforces the impression that
Truth can be elusive, so we settle for of our own era. What a lineup! Clif- Young can’t stop talking and can’t
“truthiness.” Suckers, as Barnum ford Irving forges the autobiogra- bring himself to leave anything out.
knew, are born every minute. phy of reclusive billionaire Howard Still, excess hardly matters when
In the early chapters of “Bunk,” the Hughes; Jerzy Kosinski messily blurs there’s so much to enjoy and learn
multitalented Young – a poet, teach- fiction and nonfiction; Janet Cooke from in this encyclopedic anatomy
er, cultural essayist and, as of this makes up a young heroin addict for of American imposture and chica-
year, the New Yorker’s poetry editor “Jimmy’s World,” which earns her, nery. 
– zeroes in on newspaperman Rich- briefly, a Pulitzer Prize; Lance Arm-
ard Locke’s 1835 Great Moon Hoax, strong repeatedly swears that he BUNK
in which the New York Sun reported never took dope to win the Tour de The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies,
the existence of winged humanoids France; the sexually abused mem-
on the lunar surface. Sales of the oirist JT LeRoy turns out to have been Post-Facts and Fake News
paper skyrocketed, which was, after a “persona,” created by writer Laura By Kevin Young
all, the point. He relates how, later in Albert; James Frey temporarily fools
the century, the Fox sisters inaugu- the world, and Oprah Winfrey, with Graywolf. 560 pp. $30
Review by Michael Dirda

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PETS

Bonz says George and Trigger are happy as can be

Hi Dog Buddies! sive detection canines all secure in the car.

This week I got to yap with two Su- for law enforcement. We were Very Good
per Cool Kibbles Labradors, George
Ludwig an Trigger McGarry, who We learn important Travelers. Made lotsa
had great Tails to Tell. They’re both
officially Yellow Labs, but George is stuff, an also help the potty stops, an gave
ackshully white. They’re not litter
brothers but they act like it. (George is prizzners learn how Dad Helpful Direc-
9 People Years an Trigger’s 8.)
to Con-TRIB-ute to tions. It took two days.
After the Wags-an-Sniffs, when we
got all settled down, George an Trig- suh-SIGH-ity an to Now we love it here!
ger innerduced their Mom an Dad,
Jim Ludwig an Kathy McGarry. have HOPE an PRIDE. ’Specially the beach!

“It’s a real pleasure,” I said, opening I was just 8 weeks old An the POOL! I’m not
my notebook. “Let’s start with you,
Trigger.” when I went to prison. into toys, ’cept for my

“OK! I’m ready! Well, when Mom’s I lived with my as- floaty pineapple.”
son Michael was 13 he got di-uh-BEE-
dees, so Mom did a buncha research signed prizzner for “I love toys! I have
an found out Labradors are good at
helpin’ people with di-uh-BEE-dees, about 2 years. When I a buncha balls in all
cuz they can be trained to be Di-uh-
BED-ic Alert Dogs. See, every human came out, I was a Gov- colors,” Trigger inter-
has Special Smells, an the pooches
learn to use their super sniffers to tell ernment Certified Ex- jected. “An we both
if their human needs medicine.
So Mom went to Wild Rose Ken- plosive Detection Ca- enjoy walks. I am
nels in Mississippi where they
train puppies to be Di-uh-BED- nine.” Very Good Off Leash.
ic Alert Dogs. An she picked ME.
I was just 8 weeks old, an me an “No Woof?” I know how to ‘come’
Mom started the training with
about 14 other puppies.” “I Woof you not. an ‘heel.’ George, not

“Woof! So, how’d that go?” Then I got assigned to so much. We have
“Ackshully, Bonz, it kinda didn’t.
I guess I just wasn’t up for it. I sorta a team that was going our names and phone
flunked out. But, thank Lassie, they
decided to keep me anyway, an me to Afghanistan, so I’m number on our col-
an Michael got to be Best Buddies,
even though I wasn’t sniffer trained. getting ready to ship lars so the neighbors
I was even gonna go to college with
him but they had some silly ol’ rools, over there, tryin’ to get can call Mom an Dad
so I stayed with Mom an Dad.”
“How about you, George? What’s my affairs in order, ya when George goes
your story?” I inquired.
“I’m a New Yorker, but My pooch know.” zooming off.”
Mom and Dad were from Northern
Ireland. They were hunt and field I gulped. “Yeah, well, all the
trained. Big deal stuff.”
“Cool Dog Biscuits,” I commented. “But, as it neighbors like me.
“But let me tell you about the time I
spent in prison.” An anyway, you’re
I didn’t know what to say. I just sat
there like a doof. Trigger McGarry, yellow lab, and a Momma’s Boy,”
“When I was a young fluffball,” George Ludwig, white Lab. PHOTO BY: GORDON RADFORD George retorted. “I
George continued, “I went through a hear the Call of the
program called Puppies Behind Bars.”
“Sounds sorta scary. Did you chew Wild an I hafta an-
one too many shoes?”
George laughed. “No. It’s ackshully swer. After all, once
a pretty Cool Kibbles program. See,
Puppies Behind Bars teachers human you’ve spent time in
prizzners to raise service pooches for
wounded war veterans or to be explo- prison, you always

Ya never know what’s lurking under wanna be FREE.”

all those socks an stuff.” “Makes sense,” I commented. “So

“I hear ya. So how’d you guys get to- what’s your dinner and bedtime rou-

gether?” tine?”

“Mom an Dad met in New York,” “We have matching beds by the

said Trigger. “Ackshully, I met Guin- back door. And we eat regular ol’ kib-

ness first. Then, when he went to Dog bles plus, sometimes, Overwoofs, like

Heaven, Mom an Dad introduced me chicken soup an pasta and egg san-

an George. WE met outdoors. Checked wiches,” said Trigger.

each other out. We got our food side- “Overwoofs?”

happened, there by-side that day, too. An stayed in “You know. Any extra food your hu-

was this NYPD cop, a retired canine our crates, with the doors open, at mans didn’t eat.”

handler, lookin’ for a pooch partner first. Then, like Dad says, we started Heading home, I was thinking how

cuz his other pooch partner, Guin- to ‘pack up,’ cuz of our dog in-stinks. exciting George’s career as an Explo-

ness, was Very Sick. An guess what? It We’re both Alphas, but I’m ackshully sive Detection Canine seemed. An

turned out to be DAD! So he got me, the leader.” how glad I was not to have a job like

an I got a reprieve. Me an Dad were “I humor him,” said George, with a that. An how my chances looked for

partners. We worked in Lower Man- big Labrador grin. “So, we were livin’ scoring some Overwoofs at dinner to-

hattan, in the financial district, for in upstate New York with six acres to night.

a private security company, MSA. It -The Bonzplay in. It was like our own park. Then,
was All Business, too. Dad an me an
my Sniffer checked bags and trucks last January, Mom and Dad decided
an stuff for explosives. Real Impor- to move down here. We didn’t wanna.
Dad made us harnesses so we’d be
tant Work. Lotsa stress. An we hadda
get certified every 2 people years. I Don’t be shy!
wasn’t considered a pet back then.
No fluffy wuffy, slurpy stuff. But I
am now! Except for the laundry bas-

ket. Whenever I see it, I go back to my We are always looking for pets with interesting stories. To set up
explosive detection days an attack it. an interview, please email [email protected]
I just don’t trust that laundry basket:

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A MODERN BID FALLS TO GOOD SIGNALING NORTH
K 10 7 4
Susanne Langer, a philosopher who was well known for her theories on the influences WEST Q65 EAST
of art on the mind, said, “A signal is comprehended if it serves to make us notice the 6 932 52
object or situation it bespeaks.” A72 A85 K 10 9 8 3
8764 KQJ
At the bridge table, a good defender signals to his partner, but, obviously, a signal will 10 9 7 3 2 SOUTH QJ4
only serve him well if partner comprehends it. In today’s deal, West leads the heart ace AQJ983
against four spades. What happens after that? J4
A 10 5
North’s three-heart advance is called a “mixed raise.” It showed four-card support and K6
7-9 high-card points. It is also usually made with a nine-loser hand, so North’s call was
an overbid because he had 10 losers, given the probable uselessness of the heart Dealer: East; Vulnerable: Neither
queen after East’s opening bid. But if North had settled for two spades (or a pre-
emptive three spades, which would also have been debatable with 4-3-3-3 distribution), The Bidding:
it would have ruined a good story.
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
West led the heart ace, and East signaled encouragingly with the 10. If West had 1 Hearts
started with only two hearts, East wanted his partner to continue the suit. However, 1 Spades Pass 3 Hearts Pass LEAD:
West had three hearts and he knew that East’s play denied the heart jack, because East 4 Spades Pass Pass Pass A Hearts
would have signaled with the top of his touching cards. If West had led a second heart,
shortly thereafter declarer would have discarded a diamond loser on dummy’s heart
queen. Instead, West shifted to the diamond eight.

South took East’s jack with his ace, drew trumps ending in the dummy and led the heart
six, but East won with his king and cashed two diamond tricks to defeat the contract.

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ACROSS specializing in 24 Not Neet? 90 Great pot?
1 Bad report card ensembles? 29 Dick Tracy’s wife 91 Bard baddie
5 Home of 94 Phone 31 Pressed for time 92 Monarque
attachment? 32 Tunesmith 93 Sunny saison
swallows? 97 Chorus syllable 34 Re 95 Haranguers-on
11 English horn 98 Daytime fare 36 Composer 96 Old draft status
99 Japanese VIP of 101 Breathless
cousin WWII Schifrin
15 Shoot the breeze 100 Slipping into 37 Work hard director
19 Scatter’s first something 38 Vet 102 Actress Woodard
comfortable? 39 TV Tarzan 103 Superior ability
name 104 Post-joke query 41 A day in Durango 104 Hoover and
20 Brand name for a 105 Revival prefix 42 ___ avis
106 “Pay” addition 43 A dog’s dog Tolson
versatile fashion? 107 Small amount 44 Czarina of the 108 Where Aesop
22 Flavor from the 109 Salads with salsa
114 Saluted symbol 1700s shopped
garden 117 Bill’s predecessor 45 Science show 109 Something to do
23 Being a student 122 Poker stake 46 Mix of blanc et 110 The ___ and
123 Shop frequented
of fashion? by noir Future King
25 Stick-figure organ grinders? 48 Changed, in a 111 Order to Benji
127 Ahab’s mark 112 On ___
smiles 128 Shop specializing way
26 IRS personified in parkas? 51 Enjoy a potlatch (very similar)
129 NFL team 53 Absorb 113 Play Wheel of
27 Scotch diluter 130 Isles hit by
28 Ideologue’s Georges effortlessly Fortune
131 Fleming villain 54 Shirts next to 115 Motet part
drama 132 Honda rival 116 Pass, as time
30 Egyptian 133 Plus skirts 118 New Orleans
DOWN 55 It gets owed fast
goddess 1 Fedora fabric 61 Underwear vegie
33 Singer Sumac 2 Shih Tzu invader 119 Not plastic
35 Amazonian with 3 Linen source fabrics 120 Places to play
4 Where cotton 62 Ancient
amps comes from, e.g. indoors
36 One in Father 5 Abby and Ann Sumerian city (or 121 Exxon, before
6 Bird with a house a big dent 124 Latin lover’s word
Damien’s care 7 Joplin piece in a Peugeot?) 125 Back again
40 Fitting room 8 Leftovers 63 Latin abbr. 126 A Rocky foe
9 Seuss’s Horton 65 Jack Horner’s
taboo? Hears ___ prize The Washington Post
47 Ice maneuver 10 1960s T-shirt 66 Compass pt.
48 Craze style 68 Data to be FASHION YOUR SEAT BELTS By Merl Reagle
49 The Joy Luck 11 Finder’s cry entered: abbr.
12 Rum cake 69 Safeguard
Club author 13 First name of against
50 Boring event fashion overstepping, in
52 Undress? 14 Famed cow and the
56 Routing word others shot-put
57 City council 15 1992 Robert 72 Run for it
Downey Jr. role 73 Curling-iron user,
enactment: abbr. 16 Munich Mr. e.g.
58 Erwin and others 17 Chevron rival 74 Fashionable and
59 Bath beverage 18 Cough syrup then some
60 No fewer than amt. 78 Conductor
64 High spars 21 Piccadilly Ozawa
67 Farewell piece vehicles 79 Boon to alfresco
70 Squealer banking,
71 Fashion-shop familiarly
80 Secular
smoking rule? 81 Suffix meaning
75 Work with “ruler”
76 Vintage cars 82 Italian wine
77 Sheet fabrics center
79 Tree-lined walk 84 Crosby film, The
83 August sign Bells ___ Mary’s
85 People pieces, 87 Jam

briefly
86 Provence

preposition
88 January

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Introvert about to get up-close dose of the in-laws

STORY BY CAROLYN HAX THE WASHINGTON POST I am fighting the urge to flee the area myself. The ideal time to bring this up was when you
– Good Fences Make Good In-Laws? first joined the family, but the parents’ move
Hi, Carolyn: My husband is opens a small, natural window to speak up now.
extraordinarily close with his Good Fences Make Good In-Laws?: As much as
siblings and parents. They visit I sympathize as a fellow introverted reader in the Consistency is what makes a message like yours
with one another at least four neighborhood park, I’m going with this as a good feel true. Be warm, be confident your ways are per-
times a week. I feel pressure to at- development. fectly normal, and – on your terms – be present:
tend but usually politely decline. Choose a fair visit frequency, then stick to it.
This prompts questions about my Possibly even great – and you can nudge it there
whereabouts and “we never see by taking overdue steps toward owning who you The room for greatness lies in the helpful drop-by.
you” comments. are. “Here’s your mail, need anything else? ’Kay, gotta
run.” It’s for close neighbors only and an introvert’s
Frankly, so much sweet togeth- Meaning: No more excuses. dream. Five friendly minutes and out. 
erness freaks me out. I grew up in a small, intro- They never belonged in this relationship any-
verted family with few gatherings and a whole lot way. The aw-gee-sorry-stuck-at-work stuff is
of conflict. My parents moved us 4,000 miles away strictly for occasional use and/or with people you
when the local family got to be too much. I have a don’t see often enough to warrant the effort to ex-
sound relationship with my parents now and am plain yourself. (If that; fibbing is hardly ideal.)
perfectly happy with bimonthly visits. By using that approach constantly with your
in-laws, you’ve left them to (a) conclude there’s
So you can imagine my panic when I learned my some bigger reason you’re not coming, obviously,
parents-in-law are moving across the street from us. and (b) fill in the blanks themselves. This invites
them to think the worst: “She hates us,” “She’s
My husband isn’t thrilled, but acknowledges the cold” or some unholy blend of the two.
home suits their needs. He has told them to keep The truth is that you do like them and aren’t
their expectations low in terms of visits and home saying no because of who they are; you say no be-
projects. One of my siblings-in-law may move to the cause of who you are. So say that.
neighborhood as well. “I am an introvert. I love you guys; I just need
more alone time than most people. That’s why
How should I set new boundaries now with you see me only about 1 visit out of 4.”
dwindling excuses to miss a hangout? I feel I can Deputize your husband to reinforce this mes-
say no only so many times before offending, and the sage in and about your absence. “You know how
excuse of being stuck at work won’t cut it when I’ve she is, social in small doses.” Follow-up version:
been spotted reading in the neighborhood park. “She says ‘hi’ and will see you Friday.”

I get along well with everyone; I’m just the only
partner who needs this distance. The others hap-
pily join these regular gatherings.

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FINE & CASUAL DINING

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort: Truly magical at Christmas

REVIEW BY LISA ZAHNER STAFF WRITER to bring Charcuterie Tray. PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD
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Warm Pretzel my son and white tablecloths. der 3 years old. The resort also has
There are things Florida natives take Bread. back Saturday We both thoroughly a special pirate-themed dinner on
for granted, like living by the ocean, flip- enjoyed the food and Christmas Day. Reservations are
flop weather 11.5 months of the year, for Goofy’s Beachfront the characters, espe- strongly advised.
and Disney. Thinking back, I’ve spent cially Goofy, who is a
nearly two full months of days at Dis- Breakfast in the Seagrape shameless flirt and a We encourage you to send feed-
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If you have relatives in town for who dines anonymously at res-
Christmas and you want to show them gift shop and bought a baseball cap fea- All you care to eat break-
around, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, just fast, costs $20 for adults taurants at the expense of this
a scenic 30- to 45-minute drive south turing Mickey, Goofy, Donald and Pluto and kids age 10 and up, newspaper. 
on A1A in Wabasso, is well worth the $12 for kids age 3 to 9
trip. We visited twice recently to check so he could get Donald and Goofy to sign and free for kids un- RESTAURANT HOURS
out two different experiences – Goofy’s Green Cabin Room
Beachfront Breakfast, and The Green next to their embroidered likenesses. 4 to 11 p.m. daily??
Cabin Room pub. The resort also has Character Breakfast
a restaurant called the Wind & Waves Though Goofy and Donald are the
Grill, plus a market and bar, but this 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays
time we just nibbled at the edges of main event, breakfast was a winner. BEVERAGES
what’s available. Full bar
Everything on the buffet was fresh, ap- ADDRESS
The whole property has a nautical,
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ful homage here and there to the rich Vero Beach
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A massive Christmas tree graces the and Mickey waffles with warm syrup.
lobby, rising nearly 30 feet high. When
I asked a cast member exactly how tall Plus unlimited juice, milk, coffee and
it was, he answered “It’s 332 fairy
wings tall. We measure in fairy soft drinks served to your table. Adults
wings here.”
can find a Mimosa or a Bloody Mary at
About halfway up the tree,
The Green Cabin Room is an the poolside bar if you’re in the mood for
easy one-flight climb on the
grand staircase, where you’ll something stronger.
find friendly service, and an
amazing view of the Atlantic Seagrape is a nice banquet room, dec-
Ocean from the patio. The inte-
rior feels like a cozy captain’s quar- orated for Christmas, with cloth napkins
ters, as it was inspired by a 1618 Spanish
Galleon, a treasure ship wrecked just
offshore. We sat outside and enjoyed the
sea breeze, Samuel Adams Winter Lager
($8.50) and appetizers.

The Charcuterie tray ($15) offers three
savory, Italian meats served with cros-
tini, pickled red onions and guava jam.
The key here is to layer all the flavors.
The crunchy bread spread with the jam,
then the onions and the cured meat
makes a complex, textured and tasty
snack. The Warm Pretzel Bread with
IPA-Cheddar Fondue and Apple Mustar-
da ($9) was the perfect accompaniment
to the spicy, amber beer. Soft and salted,
the stout sticks of bread dipped into the
sharp, melted cheese and the intriguing
sweet and tangy mustard was very sat-
isfying. The pink and blue sunset with
puffy clouds served as dessert.

On the way out, I made reservations

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Please send calendar information grounds, www.beachtownfestival.com. a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wickham Park Pavilion, 3745 9|16 Candlelight Shopping in Down-
at least two weeks prior to your Wickham Road, Melbourne. All well-behaved town Melbourne, 5 to 9 p.m.
9 Reindeer Run/Walk 5K and 1-Mile Kids Fun dogs welcome. Bring a donation of dog or cat with Santa Claus, Carolers, Horse and Carriage
event to Run, 8 a.m. from Cherie Down Park, Cape food for the Space Coast Kibble Kitchen, and get 5 and more. www.downtownmelbourne.com
[email protected] Canaveral to benefit Brevard County Sheriff’s Of- free raffle tickets. www.woofwagandwiggle.com
fice Police Athletic League. Runningzone.com 10 Special Taste of Thailand event, 9:30
ONGOING 9 Grand Opening of Beachside Seafood, a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Melbourne Bud-
9 Sensory Pictures with Santa presented by with live music, car show and giveaways, dhist Thai Temple, 4490 Aurora Road.
Satellite Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 4 the M.O.R.G.A.N. Project as part of the An- 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 1220 N. Hwy A1A #101, Indi-
p.m. Thursdays at Pelican Beach Park nual Traditions of Childhood Series, 15-minute alantic. Ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. 10 Christmas Cantata, annual Christmas musi-
appointments available from 10 a.m. to 3:45 cal during the 10:30 a.m. service at Chapel
Wholesale Music Instruments will host a p.m. at CIP Brevard, 4020 Hammock Drive, Mel- 9 Second Annual Festival of Lessons and by the Sea, 8240 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.
free concert with featured musician Don Sadler bourne. Free event, but donations are welcome. Carols, in the King’s College Christmas tra-
to benefit Friends Of Children of Brevard Coun- Call (321)506-2707 for an appointment. dition, by the Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy 10 Brunch with Santa, 10:30 a.m. to 2
ty every Friday in December from 11:15 a.m. to choirs, string ensemble and advanced band, 7 p.m. at Meg O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 812
12:45 p.m at 3000 W. New Haven Ave. in Mel- 9 Woof Wag and Wiggle 2017, formerly the p.m. at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts, E. New Haven Ave, Downtown Melbourne.
bourne. All tips and donations will go to the Boxer Bash, a holiday party for your dog, 11 Free event. www.htacademy.org www.megomalleys.com
charity. Call-(321)751.1439.
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Airy pool home is ideal
example of Florida living

165 Mar Len Drive in Melbourne Beach: 3-bedroom, 3-bath, 2,168-square-foot pool home near the
beach offered for $545,000 by Mike Rogers of Premium Properties Real Estate: 321-372-7046

34 Thursday, December 7, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

REAL ESTATE

Airy pool home is ideal example of Florida living

BY GEORGE WHITE Averill Farms subdivision, which has its ample screened space under roof to of height and gives a more finished look.
Staff Writer own private gated entrance to the beach have a small dining or seating area Opening onto the pool deck and
on the other side of State Road A1A. protected from the weather.
The open-floor-plan, three-bed- adjacent to the fully functional sum-
room, three-bath home at 165 Mar Custom built in 2000, the main The living room offers good views of mer kitchen with barbeque grill is a
Len Drive in Melbourne Beach – sur- house has two bedrooms, two full the pool and patio through an extended guest suite with full bath with enough
rounded by a half acre buffer of es- baths and an office overlooking the lanai opening of floor-to-ceiling glass room to add a small kitchen to make it
tablished landscaping – has a layout pool that could be converted to a li- doors which can add to the living space a functional apartment.
highlighting the best of Florida living brary, den or nursery. Floors are a mix of the home during good weather.
with a swimming pool and hot tub, of tile and hardwood. “It was originally built to be an
“The pocket doors open all the way apartment but instead they made a
The eat-in kitchen has a center is- and slide into the walls,” said listing guest suite. It could be easily con-

large covered patio, and an outdoor land with Silestone countertops and agent Mike Rogers, of Premium Prop- verted,’’ Rogers said.
summer kitchen. stainless appliances, including a built- erties Real Estate of Melbourne Beach. The master bedroom, which also ac-
in microwave oven and gas range.
Conveniently located just a mile There are high ceilings throughout cesses the pool area, has a bathroom
north of the Driftwood Plaza shop- For entertaining outdoors, there the home, with some that gain addi- suite with both a shower and an over-
ping center and eight miles south of is pass-through window with small tional height with “tray ceilings,” a re- sized soaking bathtub, twin sinks and
Melbourne Beach Town Hall, this tile- countertop from the kitchen to the cessed area in the center of the room his-and-her closets. The second bed-
roofed home is one of five houses in the covered pool patio. The patio has with ceiling fan which adds about a foot room in the main house features a bay-

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, December 7, 2017 35

REAL ESTATE

VITAL STATISTICS
165 MAR LEN DRIVE,
MELBOURNE BEACH

window like wall with views into the indoor laundry room with a gas dryer. maintained,’’ Rogers said. Neighborhood:
well maintained back yard with land- “The owner has been retired since The home, which is only a few hun- Averill Farms Subdivison
scape buffer. The back yard is fenced.
he lived here and he’s a handyman so dred feet from the beach, is being of- Bedrooms: 3
Other interior features include an this home has always been very well fered for $545,000.  Bathrooms: 3
Square footage:
2,168 square feet under air;
2,759 square feet under roof
Construction:
Concrete block, stucco
Year Built 2000
Roof type: Tile
Acreage: 0.5 acres
Additional features: Full
summer kitchen, guest suite
apartment with full bath, high
vaulted tray ceilings , pool
heated by solar or electric, is-
land eat-in kitchen with pantry,
master bath with dual sinks, tub
and shower.
Listing agency:
Premium Properties Real Estate,
3830 Highway A1A, Suite A5,
Melbourne Beach: 321 372-7046
Listing agent: Mike Rogers,
Realtor: 321-508-7661
Listing price: $545,000

36 Thursday, December 7, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

REAL ESTATE

How to design a home office that gets the job done

STORY BY AUDREY HOFFER WASHINGTON POST institutions around the world. His think if one works at home, you have perfect to work down there,” she said.
40-foot-high bronze doors, etched in to separate your places and be dis- Lauer has been weaving, caning and
Working from home has become as Latin verse from the first page of Gen- ciplined. Now that Brendan is home repairing antique chairs for 40 years.
ordinary as having a job in the first esis in the Gutenberg Bible, form the more often, he’ll barge in and say,
place. No one blinks at a request to go entrance to the new Museum of the ‘Let’s have lunch.’ But I don’t want “I set up a large shop across the
remote part time, because traditional Bible on Fourth Street SW. lunch. My idea of lunch is to stand at basement. At the back end is a sink.
separations between work and home the kitchen sink, eat half a sandwich In the middle is a large table and lots
are softening. He conceives these works in a light- and not dirty any utensils so I don’t of chairs. I have a TV because some
filled double garage-sized studio – de- have to worry about cleaning up.” of my work is time-consuming and
But what if you must live and work signed by architect Michael Lee Beidler tedious,” she said. “I watch movies to
under the same roof full time? If you – that joins his Northwest Washington Edmond van der Bijl, an entre- keep me company.”
need a work surface the size of a ping- house with translucent glass pocket preneur, innovator and artist who
pong table, or you need running wa- Some people don’t even try to sep-
ter, or your boss at the headquarters doors. “So I keep the light between the paints, sculpts and creates video, also
out of town just plain doesn’t want two spaces,” Kirkland said. contends with family at home arate work from home. Lauer is one.
to pay rent for your office anymore? “My work is always around. Custom-
How do you meld your working space The rectangular studio is bookend- Occasionally, he rents a studio, but ers call me all the time, evenings,
with your home? ed by walls of paned windows and mostly he works from the Northwest weekends, holidays and occasion-
doors that face a porch on one side house he shares with his wife, Arian- ally at 7:30 in the morning,” she said.
Jerry Zremski, bureau chief for the and a yard on the other. na, and two small children. “I’m super-disciplined. I get up and
Buffalo News and a former National start working. But I like my work, so it
Press Club president, confronted this “The space is magnificent for my “I try to set up a little corner in a doesn’t bother me. And I have an ac-
reality. private working world and our home room that’s dedicated to me, where tive social life.”
life,” he said. Kirkland lives with his I can lock the door. But it’s not a pri-
“For years, we had a two-reporter, partner, Brendan Doyle. “We trans- vate office or a cocoon. People walk Zremski tries to demarcate the end
plus intern, bureau in the National form it for dinner parties and holiday through,” he said. of a working day with a distinct break.
Press Building, but in March 2010, meals. We had Brendan’s retirement He goes to the gym or meets friends.
I started working at home. My em- party here. That was the bar,” he said, “As we speak, I can hear my son cry- “It’s difficult to really make the sepa-
ployers felt it made financial sense,” pointing to the drafting table piled ing, and it’s killing me. Parenthood ration between work and home, espe-
he said, sitting behind his spacious with drawings and books. makes your life less comfortable, but cially when the commute between my
white desk. artistry isn’t about being comfortable. bedroom and desk is 10 seconds. The
A huge eggshell-colored metal lay- It’s about stretching your creativity and unavoidable result is that the personal
“It was a big sacrifice. This was a out table on wheels dominates the powers of observation and getting com- blends with the work,” he said.
guest bedroom,” he said gesturing space and is Kirkland’s primary work- fortable with things not being perfect.”
around the 10-by-12-foot bright and ing area. They roll it onto the porch “I try not to come into my office
airy room. “Now I give up my bed- for their 30-person Thanksgiving A current project, “Once Around when I’m not working, but if I need
room for guests.” dinner. Now it’s covered with pieces the Block,” is a video interview series the recipe for Thai basil chicken I
of the bronze doors, slabs of engraved he conducts with friends, acquain- can’t help it,” he said, because his rec-
Years ago, Zremski renovated his granite and a model for an addition to tances and random meet-ups on ipe folder is on the computer. Then, of
two-bedroom Logan Circle condo. So the D.C. Superior Court. street corners around the globe (on- course, he checks email.
he brought back Natalya Mumzhiu ceatb.com). “I create practically the
with NM Design Studio and asked her The giant 9-foot-high, 18-foot- entire piece on my phone – shoot the The evolving state of workplaces has
to rethink the second bedroom. long wall behind the layout table “is video, produce the segment, photo- led to a remote-friendly culture, a lot of
my pin-up wall. In the future, when edit – then finish it at home on my give-and-take and self-imposed rules.
“I wanted it to look like an office, we sell the house – I know we won’t computer,” van der Bijl said.
because if it was just me and my lap- live here forever – a family can open Van der Bijl said: “The entrepre-
top at the kitchen table, it wouldn’t up the space with a fireplace or win- Ann Lauer works in the basement neurial nature of working out of the
feel like work,” he said. dows,” Kirkland said. of her Baltimore house. “I require a lot house forces you to make the most
of tools – chisels, razor knives, awls – of situations that aren’t always ideal,
“Jerry called and said he was moving Roommates, partners, even spous- plus water, rolls of cane, rush, cord, but hustling to be creative elicits the
his office into the house,” Mumzhiu es can sometimes be problematic. “I rattan and wicker. It’s messy, so it’s best of people.” 
said. “I also work from home and know
how important it is to have a pleasant,
organized and professional space.”

She placed the desk perpendicular
to the windows “so he could look out-
side all the time with just a turn of his
head,” she said.

“I told her I needed a lot of room for
files, and she said, ‘I’ll invent some-
thing,’ ” Zremski said.

She made a desk from an Ikea kitch-
en countertop and set it over three
file cabinets. She built wood shelves
onto the walls and covered cabinets
with frosted glass doors. “Glass cre-
ates a peaceful atmosphere and tricks
the eye, making the space look bigger
than it really is,” she said.

“This is an office 100 percent. If you
looked just at this room, you’d see an
office and never guess it was in a con-
do,” he said.

Artist Larry Kirkland designs mon-
umental site-specific installations for

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, December 7, 2017 37

REAL ESTATE

Lenders make mortgages easier for first-time buyers

STORY BY KENNETH R. HARNEY WASHINGTON POST Debt-to-income changes are at the deal. In cases where mortgage appli- on conventional mortgages. FHA still
top of the list. Under previous rules, cants are covered by income-based requires 3.5 percent. A handful of
Here’s an important question for your total monthly debt load could reduced-repayment plans and their lenders are offering 1 percent or ze-
anyone who is hoping to buy a home not exceed 45 percent of your monthly artificially low payment is listed on ro-down conventional loan options,
next year but who isn’t quite confident household gross income. Under the their credit reports, lenders now have where they provide gifts – guaranteed
about qualifying for a mortgage: Is new rules, your total monthly debt the option of qualifying them on the nonrepayable with no hike in interest
it true that lenders have eased up on can now go to 50 percent. With Fed- basis of that reported amount. rate or fees – for certain borrowers,
certain key requirements, making it eral Housing Administration (FHA) typically those with solid credit histo-
simpler for first-time buyers and oth- loans, you can push it even higher – to About 5 million Americans partici- ries. One large Midwestern bank made
ers who can’t pass all the strict tests to 55 percent or 56 percent – provided pate in reduced-repayment plans. Un- a splash last month with a zero-down
get approved? that other aspects of your application der previous rules, lenders were forced mortgage plan that also includes a gift
are strong. to impute payment terms for bor- of up to $3,500 toward closing costs.
The good-news answer is yes. A re- rowers using these plans. Even when
cent survey of banks and mortgage The net effect of the debt-ratio pol- credit reports indicated the borrowers What about credit scores? Any eas-
companies by giant investor Fannie icy change? were paying little or nothing, lenders ing going on there? Not so much, but
Mae found that a record number of computing debt ratios were required you have to look below the surface of
lenders report that they have relaxed “This is huge,” Paul Skeens, presi- to factor in monthly payments equal the reported statistics to see what’s re-
at least some requirements for mort- dent of Colonial Mortgage Group in to 1 percent of the outstanding bal- ally happening.
gage clients. Waldorf, Md., told me recently. “It ance on the student debt.
makes it much easier for a lot more The takeaway: Be alert to the
In recent months, standards on people to qualify.” Often they’re Say the reduced-repayment plan changes underway. Standards are
debt-to-income ratios, minimum younger buyers carrying the typical cut the required payment to $75 or to not necessarily as strict and exclusive
down payments and student loan burdens of starting new households zero. Instead of adding 1 percent of as you may assume. It all depends on
debt have been made less stringent. and coping with heavy student debt. the student loan balance to the appli- what your application looks like in
Fannie Mae and fellow mega-investor They’re also families who have sur- cants’ monthly debt calculation, lend- total. If you’ve got solid “compensat-
Freddie Mac – which are key to the vived challenging economic times ers can now use the actual amount ing factors” – maybe a low debt ratio
mortgage market because they set the and are paying off lingering credit being paid under the plan – zero if the or a higher-than-typical down pay-
guidelines and buy vast quantities of card balances and other bills. credit report says zero. ment or reserves – your subpar credit
the mortgages originated by banks score may not be the deal-killer to a
and mortgage companies – have taken Fannie Mae’s recent change in the Down-payment minimums also home purchase that you assumed it
steps to accommodate a wider swath way it handles student loans for cal- have been slashed, with many lend- would be. 
of home buyers. culating debt ratios is another big ers now requiring just 3 percent down

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REAL ESTATE

Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: Nov. 24 to Nov. 30

Real estate activity was relatively quiet the last week of November in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and
32937. Melbourne Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, and Satellite Beach each had 4 sales, with Indialantic
reporting 3.
The top sale of was of a canal-front home in Windward Cove in Indian Harbour Beach. The home at
152 Windward Way was placed on the market Nov. 13 for $875,000 and the sale closed 16 days later for
$855,000.
Both the seller and the purchaser in the transaction were represented by Linda Coleman of Coldwell
Banker Paradise.

SALES FOR 32951

SUBDIVISION ADDRESS LISTED ORIGINAL MOST RECENT SOLD SELLING
ASKING PRICE ASKING PRICE PRICE

$490,000
MELBOURNE BEACH S 218 CHERRY DR 8/2/2017 $495,500 $495,500 11/28/2017 $390,000
SUNNYLAND BEACH S3 310 BEVERLY CT 5/7/2017 $434,900 $399,000 11/28/2017 $350,000
WILCOX MELBOURNE BEA 422 3RD AVE 11/8/2017 $350,000 $350,000 11/30/2017

SALES FOR 32903

SANCTUARY PHASE 2 T 461 MALLARD LN 11/1/2017 $618,888 $618,888 11/27/2017 $618,888
STUART TERRACE 120 URANUS CT 7/26/2017 $340,000 $324,900 11/30/2017 $320,000
OCEAN PARK 2ND ADDN 2155 N SHANNON AVE 9/15/2017 $175,000 $175,000 11/30/2017 $187,770

SALES FOR 32937

CRISTAL CONDO PHS 1 1919 HIGHWAY A1A 405 3/17/2017 $549,900 $499,000 11/30/2017 $470,000
OCEAN WALK CONDO 2225 HIGHWAY A1A 308 5/5/2017 $399,000 $399,000 11/29/2017 $365,000
INDIAN HEAD ACRES S3 508 RONNIE DR 10/12/2017 $335,000 $335,000 11/30/2017 $345,000

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, December 7, 2017 39

REAL ESTATE

Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Sea Dunes Park, Address: 265 Sea Dunes Dr Subdivision: Melbourne Beach S, Address: 218 Cherry Dr

Listing Date: 6/30/2017 Listing Date: 8/2/2017
Original Price: $385,000 Original Price: $495,500
Recent Price: $365,000 Recent Price: $495,500
Sold: 11/28/2017 Sold: 11/28/2017
Selling Price: $345,000 Selling Price: $490,000
Listing Agent: David Settgast Listing Agent: Katherine Conrad

Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Selling Agent: Conrad Realty Group LLC

David Settgast Cynthia Forstall

Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc

Subdivision: Sanctuary Phase 2 T, Address: 461 Mallard Ln Subdivision: Stuart Terrace, Address: 120 Uranus Ct

Listing Date: 11/1/2017 Listing Date: 7/26/2017
Original Price: $618,888 Original Price: $340,000
Recent Price: $618,888 Recent Price: $324,900
Sold: 11/27/2017 Sold: 11/30/2017
Selling Price: $618,888 Selling Price: $320,000
Listing Agent: Amanda Gonnella Listing Agent: Kevin Hill

Selling Agent: RE/MAX Alternative Realty Selling Agent: RE/MAX Alternative Realty

Amanda Gonnella Not Provided

RE/MAX Alternative Realty Not Provided

Subdivision: Gleasons Replat, Address: 408 Parkside Pl

Listing Date: 4/14/2017
Original Price: $273,500
Recent Price: $249,900
Sold: 11/29/2017
Selling Price: $245,000
Listing Agent: Paul Frommann II
& Elizabeth Frommann
Selling Agent:
Coldwell Banker Paradise

Brenda Teter

Keller William Realty

Subdivision: Ocean Walk Condo, Address: 2225 Highway A1A 308

Listing Date: 5/5/2017
Original Price: $399,000
Recent Price: $399,000
Sold: 11/29/2017
Selling Price: $365,000
Listing Agent: Carola Mayerhoeffer
& Renee Winkler
Selling Agent:
Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl

Jackie Griffin

Florida Lifestyle Realty

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