Walking the walk. P2 She’s ‘A’ big plus. P10 Seeing the Big Picture
11 new pedestrian crossings Sea Park Elementary’s Ena Leiba
planned for Indian Harbour Beach. named Brevard’s principal of year.
Meet muralist Monahan. Page 8
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Brevard Public Schools
plans to spend $1.7 million of The typical resident on
state money on student men- Brevard County’s barrier is-
tal health services next year, land will see a reduction this
under the guidelines of the fall of about 6.35 percent in
Marjory Stoneman Douglas the property taxes they pay
High School Public Safety Act. for most county services, ac-
cording to County Manager
The School Board voted Frank Abbate’s proposal to
unanimously for the plan July the County Commission.
10, and it must now go to the
state for approval. If approved, That’s part of Abbate’s $1.29
the state will fund the plan as billion proposed spending
part of a $69 million pledge plan for the 2018-19 fiscal
to help districts establish or year, which starts Oct. 1. Ab-
expand school-based mental bate submitted his proposal
health programs. July 13 to county commis-
The state law, passed in the
wake of the February shooting They were scheduled July
at Marjory Stoneman Doug-
las High School in Parkland, CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
Fla., dictates that the bulk of
the money be spent on direct Indialantic to try
mental health services such electronic kiosks
as diagnosis, intervention and
treatment, as well as direct STORY BY JENNIFER TORRES CORRESPONDENT
employment of mental health
STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER been anticipated for months and is the result It seems you
CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 [email protected] of hundreds of hours of effort including re-
trieving information from paper records. can never find
PHOTO: JENNIFER TORRES The first long-range assessment of the ail-
ing Indian River Lagoon being gleaned from Just don’t call it a report card, said MRC ex- change when
Code enforcement 20 years’ worth of data will soon be available ecutive Director Leesa Souto. It’s the Indian
starts with a smile online and in print, setting the bar on solu- River Lagoon Health Update. you need it.
tions now in the works to see which option is
SEE STORY, PAGE 4 working best. Rather than a report card-like grade of A Now you won’t
through F for 10 geographic areas in the la-
The Marine Resources Council (MRC) has goon, the report – to be compiled annually have to.
completed and soon will print the important – uses numeric scores ranging from 0 to 100.
state of the Indian River document on the Following
156-mile lagoon that extends from Ponce De “With letter grades it takes a 10-point im-
Leon Inlet in the north to Jupiter Inlet in the provement to change grades to see progress. the success of Indialantic will
south, and is home to 3,500 species. It has The numbers will show a more refined gradi- Cocoa Beach’s install electronic
implementa- kiosks like this.
CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
tion of elec-
tronic parking kiosks that re-
placed the aged, traditional
coin meters, the town of In-
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11 new pedestrian crossings planned for A1A in Indian Harbour Beach
STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER ings with a safety spot midway are be- to give pedestrians a refuge to go half- provide comment,’’ said FDOT spokes-
[email protected] coming the norm on A1A in Brevard way across the road and wait for traffic man Jessica Ottaviano.
County, with several already under to clear before continuing to the other
A long-awaited plan to build safer construction in Satellite Beach. The side. The final plans for the project are
pedestrian crossings on State Road A1A goal of these projects is to minimize scheduled to be completed in March
in Indian Harbour Beach will be pre- pedestrian conflicts. The DOT project will modify one ex- 2019, with letting for construction
sented by Florida Department of Trans- isting pedestrian mid-block crossing scheduled for July 2019, she said.
portation on Tuesday, July 31, at the St. The section of the DOT project to be and add 11. The existing crossing, lo-
Marks United Methodist Church, 2030 discussed July 31 is currently in design cated south of 2nd Avenue, will get ad- The origin of the new crossings goes
N. SR A1A with a public meeting start- and covers the area on A1A from U.S. ditional safety features. Of the 11 pro- back to a Pedestrian Safety Study con-
ing at 5:30 p.m. and a formal presenta- 192 north to Eau Gallie Boulevard. Cur- posed crossings, five are proposed to ducted in 2015 by Traffic Engineering
tion at 6 p.m. rently there are no raised medians or be Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons Data Solutions, Inc., which looked at
defined areas in Indian Harbour Beach (RRFBs). Those locations are: South the locations where there were conflicts
Officially marked pedestrian cross- of 2nd Street, North of Watson Drive, and recommended where the cross-
North of Flugg Avenue, North of Terrace walks were needed.
Shores, North of Poinsettia Street.
In a related matter, the DOT, at the
“The initial plans for this project have request of Indian Harbour Beach City
been submitted. The public meeting is Manager Mark Ryan, is looking at
being held to provide the public an op- whether an additional crossing might
portunity to view the initial design and be warranted at a mid-block location
south of Atlantic Avenue, where earlier
ELECTRONIC PARKING KIOSKS
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
dialantic hopes to have its own kiosk Electronic parking kiosks will replace these old parking
system in place soon.
meters in Indialantic’s Nance Park. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
The Indialantic Town Council chose
Nance Park as the initial site for two Cocoa Beach currently charges
new electronic kiosks. If the project $2.50 per hour for parking.
proves successful, they plan to update
other locations throughout town in “The benefit is a much friendlier
phases. and current way to collect parking cost
without running back and forth to de-
The estimated cost for the entire posit quarters every two hours,” Berk-
system is $140,000. man said. “I should also note that this
project will be no cost to Indialantic
Indialantic Mayor Dave Berkman tax payers.”
says the idea was first addressed sev-
eral years ago, but at the time officials As manager of the Original Bizzarro
didn’t feel confident in the technology Famous New York Pizza, which is lo-
and durability. cated adjacent to Nance Park, Angelo
Bizzarro is happy about the new ki-
“Since then Cocoa Beach has been osks, but also a little concerned that
through several years of trials and salt water may have a negative effect
we are purchasing the same systems. on the machines.
They have proven to work well,” Berk-
man said. “Our current coin-operated “Our feeling at the Original Bizzarro
meters have seen their day and don’t is that the kiosk machine would be a
support any payment methods besides great idea; however, with that being
coins. These new ones will be cash, said, there are concerns such as the
coin, credit card or app payment.” maintenance on them,” Bizzarro said.
“Will the salt water affect the machine
Cocoa Beach paid approximately and card skimmers? We surely think
$300,000 to IPS Group for 60 active that the town is capable of doing this
meters covering 1,327 spaces in the and it will serve great in the commu-
Lori Wnek, the parking account ad- Wnek says Cocoa Beach took main-
ministrator for Cocoa Beach, says the tenance issues into consideration.
city is pleased with the kiosks and they
plan to add more. “When the city was looking for new
meters they specifically choose meters
“Due to these new meters taking that were as weather resistant as pos-
credit card payments, our revenues sible,” Wnek said.
increased significantly,” Wnek said.
“Roughly 92 percent of our sales are “I can’t say that we don’t have any
credit card sales. This reduces our issues with salt or sand, but the issues
costs for collecting and counting coins are more cosmetic.”
and making coin deposits.”
The town council approved raising
the meter fee 25 cents to help raise
funds for the project, from $1 to $1.25
per hour. A second public hearing will
be held on the increase in August.
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, July 26, 2018 3
this year an accident occurred involv- generators and attractors in the vicin- If it is deemed appropriate by DOT, Causeway, includes six mid-block
ing a bicyclist and a car. ity, sidewalk connectivity on both sides that intersection would be addressed crossings to be added near the inter-
of the road, nearest existing/proposed as a separate, future project, she said. sections of Satellite Avenue, Sunrise
When evaluating a potential cross- crossing locations, and planned and/or Avenue, Magellan Avenue, Royal Palm
ing location DOT looks at crash data, potential future developments near the The current FDOT construction proj- Boulevard, Ellwood Avenue and Grant
turning movement counts including location, Ottaviano said. ect on A1A, running from U.S. 192/Fifth Avenue.
pedestrian and bicycle, pedestrian Avenue in Indialantic north to Pineda
4 Thursday, July 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
IN MELBEACH, CODE ENFORCEMENT STARTS WITH A SMILE
STORY BY JENNIFER TORRES CORRESPONDENT Jennifer Kerr. PHOTO: JENNIFER TORRES bilities of the town’s building official
– and later taken on by the previous
From an overgrown lawn to an town manager.
unsecured pool gate, the code viola-
tions found in a typical community Current Town Manager Robert
can run the gamut, from unsightly to Daniels says finding the right person
downright dangerous. for the job was essential.
As Melbourne Beach’s new code “Having a code enforcement offi-
enforcement officer, Jennifer Kerr cer gives us the ability to work with
understands some residents may be residents to comply with the stan-
leery of someone checking for peel- dards that the community has set
ing paint or unkempt lawns, but she through the code of ordinances,”
is quick to assure that she’s here to Daniels said.
work with people and not against
them. “The key is having the right indi-
vidual who has effective commu-
“I always come at this with a nication skills, the sense of com-
smile,” Kerr said. munity, and the ability to educate
our citizens on the requirements to
“People here have been very nice maintain the quality of life in Mel-
and it’s a really wonderful commu- bourne Beach.”
Daniels says the town averages
Prior to arriving in Melbourne about 15 code enforcement com-
Beach, Kerr spent over 20 years work- plaints per month, with substandard
ing for Brevard County in both ani- yard maintenance as one of the most
mal services and enforcement, and common violations reported.
as a lead code enforcement officer.
She earned her MBA from Florida Kerr’s position is part-time. She
Institute of Technology and is pro- works 15 hours weekly, consisting
fessionally certified by the Florida primarily of nights and weekends.
Association of Code Enforcement.
The schedule allows her to per-
While code enforcement is not form random surveys at various
a new position in town, in the past times, making it hard for potential
it was combined with the responsi- violators to plan around them.
LAGOON HEALTH UPDATE or parameters that have regulatory know what they say, you have to hit er than have it only exist online, Sou-
targets associated with them or range rock bottom and you go up from to said the reports will make a good
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 associated with them,’’ she said. there,” Souto said. collection as a permanent record of
ent and show smaller increments of Unfortunately, the initial assess- “We’re at a point in history where
progress,’’ she said. ment in many areas of the lagoon everybody has kind of joined forces “There’s a segment of our society –
under those criteria would be con- in a positive way. There’s a lot of focus and I consider myself included – that
In addition to a massive amount sidered a flunking grade under any on the lagoon and the political will is prefers to see things in print. It will all
of information collected for the standard. However, Souto looks to a there. be digital as well but there’s a need to
document, the data often had to be wave of new projects and increased have that history.
“cleaned” or translated into similar interest as part of the Save the Indian “Everybody’s got a different idea as
format and only uses data measures River Lagoon effort as the reason the to how to go about it, but everybody is “We want this to be something that
of chlorophyll, nitrogen, phosphorus, situation may soon improve. legitimately it seems to me interested you can have a collection of them
seagrass depth and the turbidity of the in trying to bring the lagoon back. It’s from year to year to see how things
water as an aspect of water quality. “What we show with the report is very hopeful,” she said. change overtime. They will have a
that things are pretty bad but you shelf life,’’ she said.
“We can only look at measurements As to why print the document rath-
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A five-member Code Enforcement “By doing so, the community will more citations is not the goal. “By once again having a dedicated
Board is also being organized. benefit by higher home values, a re- “She and I believe that her pri- code enforcement officer, we can
newed pride in their properties, and ensure our residents consistent and
“The desire of any code enforce- an increase in the quality of life.” mary responsibility will be to work proactive enforcement and there-
ment program is to gain voluntary with residents to achieve compli- fore, fair application of our codes,”
compliance of the municipal code,” Melbourne Beach Mayor James ance with citations being only a last he added.
Daniels said. Simmons insists that generating resort,” Simmons said.
6 Thursday, July 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
PROPERTY TAXES tect land from development. lion budget the commission ap- bined proposed tax rates to support
The others are all based on specific proved last fall. Half of that increase, the general fund, the Library District,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 he said, comes from $60 million in the Mosquito Control District and the
geography, such as road and bridge revenue from the half-cent sales tax Environmentally Endangered Lands
24 to consider the proposed new tax construction and recreation. And the for Indian River Lagoon cleanup management and debt service add
rates, of which those affecting the law enforcement and fire-rescue dis- projects. up to about $4.69 for every $1,000 in
barrier island are but a portion of the tricts cover all the county except its taxable property value. That’s a 6.2
25 taxing districts the county over- cities, which have their own police Overall, the budget calls for spend- percent drop from $5 this year.
sees. and fire agencies. ing $240 million on general govern-
ment operations, up 3.38 percent The typical home on the barrier is-
The only taxing units that cover the Following the July 24 meeting, the from $232 million the current year. land is valued at $227,000, according
entire county are the general fund, commission is to hear public com- Those expenses are to be matched by to the county Property Appraiser’s
for services such as the county jail, ments at two meetings in September similar amounts in various taxes and Office. Subtracting $50,000 in home-
the Library District, the Mosquito before taking final action. fees. But $148.6 million would come stead exemption, that home would
Control District, the Environmental- from property taxes, up from $143.2 be taxed at $830 to support the five
ly Endangered Lands management In his report, Abbate noted his million this year. taxing units. That’s a 6.2 percent de-
program and its debt service, which $1.29 billion proposal, despite its crease from $885 the current year.
repays bonds used to buy and pro- reduced tax rates, is actually a 10.25 For the barrier island, the com-
percent increase from the $1.17 bil-
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
providers. Most of Brevard’s budget –
some $929,000 – will be used to hire 16
additional social workers.
“That alone, that is so many more
students being reached and helped,”
board member Tina Descovich said.
There is also $116,000 in the propos-
al for four social workers from Lifetime
Counseling, which is already contract-
ed with the city to provide services at
Cocoa High School, as well as Endeav-
our, Saturn and Cambridge elementa-
ry schools. The 16 new social workers
will be assigned to high risk schools as
determined by the district.
The rest of the proposal includes
four more school psychologists in ad-
dition to the 35 already on staff, five
instructional assistants to provide ad-
ministrative help to guidance coun-
selors, plus training and contracted
counseling services for emergency cri-
BPS had already implemented in-
creased mental health programs be-
fore the Parkland shooting, including
seven more social workers who were
hired last year, increased training for
teachers and staff and contracts with
several outside social services and
youth services agencies.
This is the first time, however, that
the district has had a dedicated mental
Board members lauded district
staff’s efforts, but pointed out that the
$1.7 million from the state is just a
“We need to still talk to our Legis-
lature about adequate funding to do
a more in-depth job of mental health
services,” Andy Ziegler said.
He and board member Misty Belford
both pointed out that the state alloca-
tion is still less than what is being spent
on school resource officers.
“We’ve said all along that the fund-
ing for school resource officers is one
part of the response to student safety.
This is a critical part of that as well, in
my opinion,” Belford said.
Principal Ena Leiba
is ‘A’ big plus for
8 Thursday, July 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
SEEN & SCENE
Muralist Monahan sees – and paints – the Big Picture
STORY BY ANNETTE CLIFFORD CORRESPONDENT Cody Monahan. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD is available at Rain Tree Gifts vari-
[email protected] ety shop at 862 E. New Haven Ave. in
sance art – Leonardo Da Vinci and Downtown Melbourne, co-owned
The new outside mural adorning Rembrandt among them. “I studied by Chris and Melanie Ryba. The
the east wall of Beachside Pawn & their techniques and then found my clothing is made of a 45 percent cot-
Jewelry at 800 E. Eau Gallie Blvd. in own way,” says the Eau Gallie High ton, 55 percent hemp blend, and the
Indian Harbour Beach is a bold ex- School graduate, who also studied company’s philosophy emphasizes
ploration of sea-life – a giant turtle, at Eastern Florida State College and organic concepts and sustainable
striped fish and a menacing shark the University of North Florida. products.
painted in bright blues, greens and
yellows, swimming in the deep. There’s also family influence Monahan is hardly the only Flori-
in Monahan’s career path. He de- da artist out there creating outdoor
Mural artist Cody B. Monahan, a scribes his grandfather as “an murals, and Brevard County has a
28-year-old resident of Melbourne, amazing architect and artist in significant number of examples of
created the display during a two- Rhode Island,” and his mother is an the increasingly popular form of
and-a-half-week stint at the behest art teacher. street art. In a recent controversial
of Beachside Pawn owners, in cel- stir about a mural on the north wall
ebration of their 30th anniversary in His graphic design talents have of the Cross Fit Rise Above building
operation. The entertaining 68-foot- also led to a sideline in an ecofriend- in the Eau Gallie Arts District, some
wide, 14-foot-tall panorama is vis- ly, UV-protective clothing company, criticized the style of the piece, ti-
ible to drivers heading west on Eau under the name Hemp Life, which tled “Guernica Reconstructed,” as
Gallie Boulevard and to custom- Monahan founded in 2009. The line being inappropriate for family audi-
ers at the newly opened Starbucks ences. Painted by Los Angeles artist
across the street. Matt Gondek, the mural features
“exploded” interpretations of car-
Monahan is a seasoned indoor toon characters such as SpongeBob
and outdoor muralist for both com- SquarePants, Homer Simpson and
mercial and residential clients, and Hello Kitty.
counts four existing murals in Bre-
vard County, several more in the Supporters of the project, includ-
works, as well as pieces in Tallahas- ing fellow-muralist Monahan, op-
see. Not limited to sea-themed art, posed censorship or removal of the
Monahan has also made pieces de- Gondek piece, and the Melbourne
picting Buddha, a patriotic, blinded Planning and Zoning Board voted
scales-of-justice indoor mural of a in June to retain the mural as it is.
female figure with roots in ancient
Roman art, portraits and diverse “I think a lot of people didn’t know
other creations. A new project at the it was his [Gondek’s] interpretation
TIAA Bank Field, stadium home of of a Pablo Picasso painting, ‘Guer-
the Jacksonville Jaguars, will be 30 nica,’” Monahan says. “I like it. It’s a
feet wide and 20 feet tall. good composition with lots of color.
I like to see art win. It’s been pushed
He also participated in the 2017 aside a lot.”
Anti-Gravity Project in Melbourne,
contributing a statue of David, fash- Fans of Florida street murals may
ioned after Italian artist Michelan- not know there is a project devoted
gelo’s famous work. Interestingly to the public art form, known as
for a young artist becoming well the Florida Mural Trail. Sponsored
known for his outdoor work, Mona- through the Visit Florida tourism-
han cites his greatest influences and marketing agency at www.visit-
artistic inspiration as coming from florida.com, the trail spotlights
just such great masters of Renais- hundreds of noted murals state-
wide and dozens in Space Coast
cities and neighborhoods such as
Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Downtown
Melbourne and the Eau Gallie Arts
District. Many reflect beach scenes,
but historical and cultural themes
are also prominent.
There’s no doubt that trail could be
expanded to include more beachside
and South Beaches mural locations.
As for Monahan, he’s happy to be
part of the mural trend, but sees his
future as exploding along many dif-
ferent paths. “I’d like to develop a style
that takes off from where the Renais-
sance left off and take it to the new
generation. Picasso went through his
Blue Period. Mural painting could end
up being my aquatic-life period.”
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, July 26, 2018 9
SEEN & SCENE
Cody B. Monahan
10 Thursday, July 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
SEEN & SCENE
Principal of Year Ena Leiba ‘A’ big plus for Sea Park
Sea Park Elementary Principal Ena Leiba. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER
STORY BY JAN WESNER CHILDS CORRESPONDENT communities across Florida. out and do things to encourage par- to go up this year.
[email protected] “During the Great Recession, ents to come back.” “This week alone we’ve registered
Sea Park Elementary principal compounded locally by the shut- The school has a series of en- several new families,” she said Fri-
Ena Leiba has been named Brevard down of the Space Shuttle program, richment programs and STEM ac- day.
County principal of the year. Sea Park’s enrollment dropped as tivities, including a program that
families moved out of South Patrick lets kids stay after school on early- “We are growing again, the fa-
“Sea Park’s reversal of fortune Shores,” Reed said. release days for activities ranging cilities are looking great, we have
during Ms. Leiba’s tenure is remark- from “Ninja Warrior” training to a wonderful PTO, and our garden
able,” Brevard schools spokesperson That led to a ripple effect at the cooking, and everything in be- club. So we are moving forward in
Matt Reed said. school. tween. the right direction and hoping that
our classrooms fill up to capacity
Five years ago, Sea Park was on “The grade decline that happened Leiba said another reason the again.”
the verge of closing, targeted by the I think was one of those things where school was able to survive was be-
school district because of low en- there was a shift in population,” Lei- cause of its close ties to military Leiba was selected principal of
rollment. The decline continued, ba said. “We had some challenges families on nearby Patrick Air the year after being nominated by
hitting a low in 2016 when the school that were going on at the time, some Force Base. The base childcare cen- her peers. She was named one of
received a “C” grade from the state. changes with personnel.” ter runs a bus to the school, and four finalists, who were interviewed
some military families choose Sea by a selection panel before the final
Fast forward to today, and enroll- She led the School Advisory Coun- Park over their own neighborhood decision was made.
ment is on the rise, and Sea Park re- cil and the Parent Teacher Organi- schools because of its proximity to
ceived “A” grades in 2017 and 2018. zation in its efforts to turn things the base. “I was totally surprised because
around. there were lots of excellent other prin-
Leiba was there through all the Sea Park’s enrollment was 325 cipals that were nominated,” Leiba
school’s recent highs and lows. She “We had parents that didn’t want last year, making it still one of the said. “But I felt very honored and
became assistant principal at Sea their kids to come here because the smallest schools in Brevard County. blessed to have been selected to rep-
Park in 2001, and principal in 2006. first thing they would ask is ‘We Leiba said she expects that number resent this wonderful diamond in the
The decade since has been a chal- thought you were closing?’ rough, Sea Park Elementary.”
lenging time for many schools and
“So we had to try and get the word
12 Thursday, July 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
ARTS & THEATRE
40 years of Foosaner: ‘Look’ while there’s still time
STORY BY ELLEN FISCHER COLUMNIST Foosaner Art Museum
Executive Director Carla Funk.
On the local museum scene, ’tis
the season for permanent collection PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD
exhibits. At the Florida Institute of
Technology’s Foosaner Art Museum,
executive director Carla Funk dipped
into the 5,000-piece collection and
emerged with a group of paintings,
prints and mixed-media works that
are on display in the museum’s galler-
ies now through Nov. 3, 2018.
Titled “A Look Back: 40 Years of the
Foosaner Collection,” the exhibition fo-
cuses in large part on U.S. artists of re-
gional and national importance, includ-
ing paintings by George Snyder, formerly
of Melbourne; Rick Piper of Cocoa Beach;
and René Guerin of Vero Beach. The big
American names include Jim Dine, with
a 1996 intaglio bathrobe image titled Those objects are but a tiny portion of seum for the following decade. “Some of the remaining founders still
“Red Sitting with Me”; John Chamber- the Foosaner’s wide-ranging collection. Now in its seventh year of responsibil- come to our openings and are still strong
lain, with his 1977 Welding Series of five Not on view in this show are its collec- patrons of the museum, but they are very
lithographs; and prints from the 1972 tions of East Indian metal work, Inuit ar- ity for the museum, FIT announced ear- few,” she adds.
“Peace Portfolio” by Richard Anuszkie- tifacts, Spanish Colonial bronze stirrups lier this year that it will dissolve the mu-
wicz, Claes Oldenburg, Marisol and Rob- and Roman oil lamps, not to mention a seum, sell its real property and “relocate” It seems that the fate of this communi-
ert Rauschenberg. carved African elephant tusk and a small the Foosaner’s collection in 2021. This is ty asset, along with its collection, is again
seascape by Edward Hopper, aged 17. because FIT’s administrators and board in the hands of the community.
There are more than a few surprises of trustees determined the operation of
in this show, including a room devoted Prior to July 1, 2011, when the muse- the art museum to be “financially un- Funk says that the strength of the col-
to paintings and etchings of ballerina um merged with the Florida Institute of sustainable for the university,” according lection is its prints and works on paper.
Anna Pavlova by German Impressionist Technology, the Foosaner Museum was to a Feb. 9 press release.
Ernst Oppler; a constructivist (and gen- called the Brevard Art Museum. It was The room containing the work of Ernst
der neutral) painting of Adam and Eve believed that FIT would own and main- “Over time, it’s just become an unten- Oppler testifies to that.
by Missourian Joe Jones done, evidently, tain the museum’s building and its col- able situation to continue to pour money
before he became a darling of American lection and, with the help of professional in with very little outside support. We “He was a master printer. We have lots
Regionalism; and a 200-plus-year-old museum staff, administer programs hope that the community will step up of works on paper by him,” she says, not-
portrait of Catherine the Great by an un- there for the benefit of FIT students and to preserve this community asset,” said ing that the Foosaner Art Museum has
named Russian workshop. If it weren’t faculty and the Brevard community at Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay. the largest collection of Oppler’s work in
for the glittering breastplate of diamonds large. Soon thereafter, a $1 million gift the world.
the tsarina wears, you’d think she was from the Foosaner Foundation – the last The founding of the museum back in
Aunt Bee, rosy cheeked from baking it would make before ceasing operation – 1978 was a grassroots movement, says According to Funk, the second largest
cookies for Opie. was presented to FIT to operate the mu- Funk. Oppler collection is in Germany. In the
U.S., the prolific artist’s work is also held
“The community raised the money,” in New York’s Metropolitan Museum
she says. and the National Gallery in Washington,
D.C., among others.
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well as German expressionism, Euro- Funk of the artist’s unpredictable – but
pean influences that are characteristic never dull – methods.
to Van Eeden’s overall style. The surface
textures on these works intrigue. Many of the objects in the Foosaner’s
permanent collection are the substan-
“He mixes pastel and acrylic. Some- tial gifts of donors who wanted to enrich
times he uses oil, sometimes he just Melbourne’s cultural heritage for future
throws coffee on the canvas,” says generations. When the Foosaner Art Mu-
seum shuts its doors forever, will these
works remain with Florida Tech or be do-
nated to other Florida institutions who
will value them? Or will they be disposed
of by sale to the higher bidder?
What’s going to happen with this col-
“That’s a great question,” says Funk.
“I’m trying to educate the adminis-
tration about what needs to be done,
so we can find a good home for every-
Born in Hanover in 1867, Oppler took – and forethought – to take all the works
his education at the Academy of Arts remaining in Oppler’s studio with them
in Munich and afterwards moved to to safety. Melbourne resident Susan Op-
London to study the work of James Ab- pler Wood, the artist’s grandniece, in-
bott McNeill Whistler. After his return herited the works, which she donated to
to Germany, Oppler joined the Munich the Foosaner in 1986. For this show she
Secession, an association of young art- generously lent an oil portrait of Pavlova
ists who protested the conservatism by Oppler that remains in her collection.
of that city’s existing artists’ organiza-
tion. When he moved to Berlin in 1904, The Foosaner Art Museum is also the
Oppler concurrently became part of repository for some significant works
the Berlin Secession, as well. It was by Frits Van Eeden. Born in the Neth-
in Berlin that he became obsessed by erlands in 1944, Van Eeden first studied
Russian ballet and, in particular, prima art as a boy under private teachers in
ballerina Anna Pavlova. The Hague. As a teen he went to Am-
sterdam for study at Gerrit Rietveld
The subject of most of the Oppler Academie. Returning to The Hague, he
works on display is Pavlova in “The Dy- became a member of that city’s Pulchri
ing Swan.” Only four minutes long, the Studio, a Dutch art society.
solo piece was choreographed for her
by Mikhail Fokine in 1905. It is set to Van Eeden arrived in Brevard County
French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ in 1979 and has become well-known
“The Swan” from “Carnival of the Ani- and avidly collected by Space Coast art
mals.” Pavlova performed it to acclaim lovers. As an art instructor in the Renee
throughout her career, famously saying Foosaner Education Center since its in-
on her deathbed, “Get my ‘Swan’ cos- ception, Van Eeden has taught several
tume ready.” A video monitor in the gal- hundred students over the years.
lery shows her dancing the role in a 1925
film, as the gentle sorrow of the Swan’s Van Eeden is particularly esteemed for
solo cello fills the room. his paintings and sculptures of horses. A
muscular painting of a horse is on dis-
Ernst Oppler died in Berlin in 1929. In play in the current exhibition, as well as
the following decade his survivors, flee- two untitled abstract figural paintings
ing from the Nazis, had the opportunity from 1985.
The latter exhibit traces of Picasso as
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ARTS & THEATRE
Coming Up: Jazz stars Kashiwa, Cole bring sax appeal to King
STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER worldwide as a member of the Ripping-
tons for a decade. Ripps recordings like
1 An evening of jazz sax: There’s just “Welcome to the St. James Club” and
something so engaging about the “Curves Ahead,” and solo recordings
“Remember Catalina” and “Walka-
saxophone. Mellow. Smoky. Spirited. mile,” are just a few of his many jazz fan
faves. Several years back, Disney hired
One saxman even likened his sound to him to teach its young band members,
and today, between gigs, he continues
“a 6-cylinder Porsche engine chewing to teach. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: start at
on granola, with a dollop of soft kitty
fur.” You can pick your own adjectives
this Saturday at King Center’s Studio
Theatre, when a pair of top flight musi-
cians, Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole, take
the stage. According to artistecard.com, 2 (Not quite 76) trombones will
star this coming Wednesday and
Cole’s first album out of the gate, “Stay
Awhile,” scored a pair of No. 1 hits and Thursday when the Melbourne Munici-
nabbed the Oasis Smooth Jazz Award for pal Band presents “Bad to the ‘Bone”
best new artist. And he just kept bring- at the Melbourne Auditorium. The last
ing it. Cole has performed/recorded concert of this season’s popular Not-
with fellow luminaries like Junior Wells in-the-Park Picnic summer series will
and Buddy Guy; soloed with the City show a lot of brass, showcasing the
of Prague Orchestra and the Chicago Band’s trombone section with a dash
Symphony Orchestra; and is a founding of trumpet as well. You’ll also get to en-
member of the jazz trio The Sax Pack, joy some exciting young talent, as grads
with Marcus Anderson and Kashiwa. of the MMB’s excellent Summer Youth
According to yamaha.co, Kashiwa’s Band will join in two numbers. Con-
career got a kick start with his Radio & ductor Staci Rosbury Cleveland says
Records’ chart topping “Hyde Park (The you’ll hear “Over the Rainbow,” “Slidin’
Ah, Oooh Song),” and the Seattle native Down the Mississippi,” “Begin the Be- 1 Steve Cole and Jeff Kashiwa at King Center’s Studio Theatre Saturday.
endeared himself to smooth jazz fans guine” and “Witchcraft,” among oth-
ers. Oh, and here’s the Not-in-the-Park most – rock music and dancing – are
Picnic part: Instead of regular concert banned, thanks to the influence of the
seating, there’ll be long tables for a ca- town’s Bible-thumping minister. Ren
sual “dinner and show” experience, a meets a “lovely blonde and her jealous
picnic with no bugs and no sweltering boyfriend” and, with the senior prom
heat. You provide your picnic. (No al- just around the corner, he tries to per-
cohol, though.) If you just don’t feel like suade his classmates to join him in get-
putting together your own foodstuffs, ting rid of the ban. Ultimately, the re-
not to worry: Hot dogs, hamburgers, pressed town spirit is invigorated and,
snacks, sodas, bottled water and ice will according to the show promo, every-
be available for purchase. And, if you one realizes “the wisdom of listening
simply aren’t hungry at all, you can sit to young people, guiding them with a
in regular concert seating at the front warm heart and an open mind.” Thurs-
of the auditorium. Easy peasy. Doors day and Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
open: 5:30 p.m. Show time: 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: $18 to $21. 321-723-
Admission: free. 8698.
3 Celebrate the exuberance of 4 Your kids won’t be the only ones
youth with “Footloose.” The ex- loving this show: You’ve really
plosive Tony- and Oscar-nominated got to see Darci Lynne Farmer, the
show will be on stage at the Henegar 13-year-old ventriloquist, singer and
Center this coming Thursday, Friday Season 12 winner of “America’s Got
and Saturday, Aug. 2-4, presented by Talent,” who’s bringing her show,
the gifted young thespians of the Feller “Darci Lynne and Friends Live,” to the
Theatre Academy’s High School Sum- Dr. Phillips Center Walt Disney The-
mer Theatre Workshop. This fast-paced atre this Saturday, July 28. If you’re an
drama tells the story of teenage rebel- AGT fan, you’ll no doubt remember
lion, according to the show’s Facebook the shy 12-year-old Oklahoma na-
page, with an irresistible combina- tive who, says the show promo, “used
tion of such now-famous hit songs as ventriloquism to overcome her stage
the title track and “Let’s Hear It for the fright,” then brought the crowd and
Boy,” joyful choreography and really the judges to their feet with her sur-
touching characters. Plot: Streetwise prising singing act. It’s a terrific fam-
Ren McCormack moves with his family ily show, and it’s just the one night.
from Chicago to a small Midwest town Show time: 7 p.m. Tickets: start at
where he’s in for major culture shock $29.75. Meet-and-greet: $99.75. 877-
when he discovers that what he loves 582-9297.
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INSIGHT COVER STORY
POOP AND CIRCUMSTANCE
The Queen’s Swan Marker, David Barber,
leads traditional wooden row boats up the
River Thames, counting and measuring
Queen Elizabeth II’s swans.
COUNTING THE QUEEN’S SWANS
BY WILLIAM BOOTH | WASHINGTON POST As far as poultry tourism goes, watch- pints before luncheon, when he told me plied for this job 25 years ago. His pre-
ing Swan Upping cannot be beat: These that an adult that morning had gnashed decessor, Capt. John Turk, was memo-
STAINES-UPON-THAMES, England – snowy white beasts, with their long him on his belly with a claw, which pro- rialized with a riverside bronze statue.
curved necks, are truly elegant water- trudes from the bird’s webbed feet.
By ancient law and custom, the queen is fowl. They’re also super-territorial and, The oarsmen – some representing the
entitled to claim ownership of any wild despite the official name of the species, “It’s the claws you watch for,” he ad- queen, the others from the old trade or-
swan paddling in her vast realm. This anything but mute. They hiss and snort vised. ganizations of the Vintners and Dyers –
is because mute swans were viewed as and holler. rowed past Windsor Castle, through the
royal birds, symbols of high status, and You might think it’d be the powerful various locks, alongside stubborn bits
once-upon-a-time aristocrats enjoyed This week, as the queen’s swan wran- wings or the honking big beak, but no. of remnant wild land and the reeds the
roasting the young ones for Christmas glers made their way past Penton Hook swans need for their nests.
feasts. Yum! Lock, the watermen cried out “All-Up!” “They eat grass. There’s nothing to
signaling they’d spotted a pair of adults the beak. A little serrated edge,” Spencer It is called the Swan Upping, Barber
Much has changed since 1186 – the – he a cob, she a pen – with a half dozen said. “They might nibble you a bit, but explained for the thousandth time, “be-
goose has swapped places with the downy gray cygnets. that’s it.” cause we row up the river and pick up
swan on the holiday carving board – the swans.”
but one ritual that has survived into the In quick order, the skiffs surround- The swans, surprisingly, were pretty
21st century is the annual Swan Up- ed the swans and herded them toward chill after they were caught. The young In olden times, the upping took place
ping, the atavistic, bizarre but wonder- shore. The crew members grabbed the made anxious piping noises, but the all over England, with hundreds of
ful count of the mute swan population birds by the necks and torsos, plucked adults – famous for their fierce guard- boats and gamesmen plying all the ma-
along the Thames River. them from the river one by one and, ianship of the brood – remained regal jor rivers and tributaries.
while steadying the swans against the and unruffled. Mostly, they voided
Each year, in the third week in July, floor of the boats, tied the birds’ legs their bowels, sat patiently in a pile of Swans likely populated England af-
grown men in white pants squeeze behind their backs with lengths of their own poop and allowed venture- ter the last ice age. The bones of mute
themselves into brightly varnished skiffs, shoe lace. some children to pet their feathers. swans can be found here in trash heaps
and, commanded by the Swan Marker to from the Roman conquest. From the
Her Majesty the Queen, a hearty 68-year- This operation is not for the timid, The queen’s swan man, bedecked in 12th century, there began an elaborate
old bloke named David Barber, who sells and best done with speed and deci- a scarlet jacket embroidered in gold, system of ownership, with the crown
boat engines, they row up the Thames siveness. took extra care not to soil his splendid granting special license to landed lords
and wrangle the swans to shore for in- uniform. “I’ve got enough gold braid and special institutions, such as the
spection, marking and counting. At The Swan pub, one of the oarsmen, that if I fell into the river, I’d drown,” universities, abbeys and livery compa-
Roger Spencer, 54, was hoisting a few said Barber, who had tucked a large nies, to husband the swans.
swan feather into his naval cap. He ap-
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The lucky few who were granted per- Crews raise a toast to the queen on the first day of Swan Upping, July 16, 2018. remained unmarked, the others went
mission, and paid fees, marked their to the guilds and were awarded a num-
swans’ beaks with nicks of a sharp knife said, remarking that the swans have College. “Not bad at all,” Barber said. bered ring on their webbed feet.
– hieroglyphs of triangles, crosses, dots been harassed by “the hooligan ele- On the lawns, the teams laid the
and bands, which were recorded on ment” armed with air rifles. The whole ritual is aided by Ox-
rolls of vellum. trussed birds side by side, weighed ford professor Christopher Perrins, the
He was impressed by professional- them and gave them a quick inspec- queen’s Swan Warden.
By 1378, there was an Office of the ism of the uppers. He recalled that a tion. (The most common problem for
Keeper of the King’s Swans. By 1405, generation ago, the annual count was the swans is becoming entangled in Studies of swan mortality by Per-
no one could own a swan unless giv- “was more of a drunken pub crawl.” plastic trash or fishing line, and the up- rins and colleagues discovered that
en permission by the crown. By 1547, pers can usually free them on site.) the small lead pellets used by fisher-
it was illegal to mow the grass within Last Monday, opening day, a press men to weight their lines were being
40 feet of a nest, according to Arthur boat accompanied the upping. At Rom- Then the swans were divvied up be- consumed by the swans and slowly
MacGregor’s research published in the ney Lock, the crews hoisted their glass- tween those belonging to Queen Eliza- poisoning them.
journal Antropozoologica. es for a photograph, drank a tot of rum beth II and theVintners and Dyers guilds.
and hailed, “The queen!” The crown usually claims half of the new After a lead ban in the late 1980s,
Miscreant yeomen who poached a cygnets. And so, on this first day, 17 of 33 the swans rebounded and the popula-
swan egg, or harassed nesting swans, They counted 33 cygnets in eight of the juveniles went to the queen and tion doubled in size. Now the numbers
or – heaven forbid – ate a swan could broods by the time they reached Eton have mostly leveled off, though Perrins
be punished by a year and a day in jail. warns the swans are still threatened
by aggressive dogs, habitat loss, non-
Now the upping is limited to six boats native mink, reckless boaters and, for
and a 79-mile stretch of the Thames Riv- the first time this year, a nasty strain of
er between Sunbury Lock and Abing- avian flu, which decimated some of the
don Bridge, and nobody eats the birds. Windsor Castle flocks.
“It’s all about education and conser- An earlier authority on swans, Nor-
vation today,” Barber said. man Ticehurst, observed in 1926 that
the royal license required to keep swans,
This all takes place a 45-minute train alongside the annual upping, conducted
ride west of central London, in exur- and recorded over centuries, probably
ban fringe villages, Theresa May coun- saved the birds. He praised the system
try, which exudes the simulacra vibe of as “one of the most interesting experi-
ye olde England – populated by quaint ments in combined bird protection and
riverside pubs, arthritic Labradors and aviculture that England has produced.”
garden fetishists. A few miles away
are dreary auto shops and dying high The Oxford professor agrees. The
streets. Above is the 24/7 roaring flight aristocrats craved the status that a pair
path of nearby Heathrow Airport. regal swans in the castle moat or manor
lake could afford them. “It is rare to pre-
“So glad to be here and see it,” said serve such a big edible, easily caught
Richard Poad, 70, a retired airline pilot bird in a heavily populated area,” he
who lives nearby aboard his house- said. “If it weren’t for the snob appeal
boat, Otto. of owning swans, we probably wouldn’t
“The tradition is wonderful and it’s
important to educate the young,” Poad
HOT VS. COLD FOR INJURIES, injuries to warm the muscles and increase there are no signs of inflammation. Apply
PART II flexibility. cold for 10 minutes, followed immediately
METHODS TO APPLY COLD by 10 minutes of heat. They believe this
Last time, we learned that cold therapy To ice an injury, wrap ice in a thin towel and causes massive increases in blood flow to
should be started immediately for an acute place it on the affected area for 10-20 min- damaged tissues. Blood flow provides en-
injury and heat therapy is best used after utes. Allow the skin temperature to return to ergy and nutrients that the body uses for
swelling and pain from an acute injury are normal before icing again. Or, you can use a repair.
under control, and for chronic injuries. bag of frozen peas, an ice massage with wa- CON:
Cold treatment helps reduce pain and in- ter frozen in a paper cup (peel the cup down Other sources, however, believe alternating
flammation; hot treatment relaxes muscles as the ice melts) or a bag of ice. between cold and hot is counter-productive.
and releases strain on the injured tissue. METHODS TO APPLY HEAT They propose that cooling has one function
You can apply heat to an injury 15-20 min- – to reduce pain and inflammation by caus-
SOME GENERAL PRINCIPLES utes at a time. Be sure to use enough layers ing vessel restriction to reduce blood flow
Blood flow is the most critical element in between your skin and the heating source and deaden the nerves. Cooling does not
rapid recovery for injuries of the ligaments to prevent burns. Moist heat is best. You contribute to the healing process once pain
and tendons. can use a hot wet towel or purchase special and inflammation have subsided. Heating
The more you stimulate blood flow, the athletic hot packs or a heating pad if you also has one function – to relax the muscles
more you stimulate the healing process. use heat often. Never leave heating pads on and remove strain from injured tissue. This
While cold/ice cannot help you heal, it for more than 20 minutes at a time or while group believes that alternating hot and cold
does reduce inflammation and pain. sleeping. only results in one therapy overpowering
Ice therapy is usually used to treat an CONTRAST THERAPY the purpose of the other.
acute injury. (ALTERNATING COLD AND HEAT) The bottom line regarding alternating hot
The only time ice therapy should be used PRO: and cold…ask your primary care physician.
on chronic injuries is after exercise, to reduce Some medical experts advise alternating
any residual swelling. cold and heat around 3-5 days after an acute Your comments and suggestions for future topics are
Heat therapy treats chronic injuries; it injury occurs, but only if bleeding stops and always welcome. Email us at [email protected]
can also be used prior to exercise in chronic
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Just to be clear: “The Secret History cian leaves us astonished, not trembling that he or instead more about other late Victorian and early
of Magic” isn’t a book about shamanism, pagan sor- she possesses satanic powers. modern masters such as Joseph Buatier de Kolta,
cery, the occult tradition or Wicca. If you’re inter- Johann Hofzinser, Wiljalba Frikell, the Davenport
ested in those aspects of magic, you should visit the If Penn and Teller are today’s most famous con- brothers (whose act took inspiration from contem-
anthropology and New Age sections of your local li- juring duo, the co-authors of this book are their porary spiritualism and involved a “Spirit Cabinet”),
brary or favorite bookstore. Some of the titles found scholarly equivalents. Peter Lamont is a historian John Nevil Maskelyne, who transformed London’s
there will be scholarly, such as works by Mircea Eli- and psychology professor at the University of Ed- Egyptian Hall into the world’s most famous theater
ade, Frances Yates, Ioan Culianu, Carlo Ginzburg inburgh, a former magician and the author of “The of magic and, not least, Maskelyne’s even more gift-
and Ronald Hutton, while others will be credulous Rise of the Indian Rope Trick,” the engrossing and ed partner David Devant. We also learn about the
and partisan, like those by Eliphas Levi, Margaret witty “biography” of this eerie legend. Jim Stein- franchising of tricks and the publication of how-to
Murray, Montague Summers and Gerald Gardner, meyer has not only designed illusions for Doug books, including “The Expert at the Card Table,”
but all of them share one common element: They Henning and David Copperfield, but also written by S.W. Erdnase, an author about whom nothing is
approach magic as a system of belief. numerous books on his craft, most notably “Hiding known except that his name is E.S. Andrews spelled
the Elephant,” an account of how magicians learned backward. It was this book that became the bible of
Not so Peter Lamont and Jim Steinmeyer. Their fo- to make people, animals and even the Statue of Lib- the outstanding practitioner of modern close-up
cus is on what their subtitle describes as “the decep- erty disappear. Of course, as the two authors coyly magic, Dai Vernon. Other chapters look at the influ-
tive art,” in other words, conjuring, stage illusions, remind us here, “the impossible is never easy.” ence of music hall, radio and movies.
card tricks, mind-reading and all those seemingly
impossible feats – from pulling a rabbit out of a hat In essence, “The Secret History of Magic” surveys In the course of their history, the co-authors
to sawing a woman in half – that make us ask our- what one might call show-business wizardry from share a number of memorably phrased observa-
selves, “Now, how did they do that?” As the authors the Renaissance to the 20th century. Throughout tions about the ideals of stage magic. For example,
stress, at magic shows we never seriously believe this period, magicians would rely on dexterity of Robert-Houdin neatly declared that “the conjurer
that the performer is actually violating the laws of hand and misdirection, but also on the latest sci- is an actor playing the part of a magician.” Advis-
physics and nature. Rather our pleasure comes from ence and technology. Perhaps the most extensive ing against obvious dexterity, Erdnase recommends
knowing that we are about to be deceived and then, analysis in the book re-examines 19th-century ma- that a card magician “conceal, as far as possible, the
despite our close attention to what is going on, find- gician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin’s celebrated vis- possession of digital ability.” The contemporary art-
ing ourselves deceived anyway. A good stage magi- it to Algeria at the behest of the French government. ist Banksy adds yet a third maxim: “Become good
Lamont and Steinmeyer reveal how much this epi- at cheating, and you never need to become good at
sode, and much else in the magician’s memoirs, anything else.”
has been distorted and romanticized. Still, there’s
no denying the simplicity and effectiveness of the As Steinmeyer and Lamont themselves reiter-
Frenchman’s first “proof” of his unearthly powers ate: In magic “there is always more going on than
before an audience of Algerian chieftains. we think.” Audiences naturally suspect the use of
trapdoors, mirrors and wires, but this doesn’t mat-
Robert-Houdin boldly announced that he could ter so long as the spectators fail to grasp, as they are
render even the strongest warrior as weak as a little watching, what is actually happening. To show that
child. To prove this, he placed a small box on the there was nothing hidden up their sleeves, magi-
stage and asked an Arab volunteer to pick it up, cians would sometimes publicly pull them up – and
which the man did with ease. But then the magician use that very action as a way of secreting an object
made a mysterious gesture and challenged the man in those sleeves.
to lift up the box again. This time it proved impos-
sible to budge, despite much huffing and puffing. Though a bit repetitive and diffuse, this fine book
You can probably guess the trick’s secret: The box is as much a philosophical apologia as it is a history.
contained a plate of steel and located just under The magician stands before us and elicits “a partic-
the flooring was an exceptionally powerful electro- ular kind of wonder.” For a few blissful moments,
magnet that could be secretly turned off or on. As we can actually “experience the impossible without
all theatrical professionals know, presentation is ev- believing that it is real.”
THE SECRET HISTORY OF MAGIC
The young magician Erich Weiss initially so re-
vered Robert-Houdin that he paid homage to him THE TRUE STORY OF THE DECEPTIVE ART
through his own stage name: Houdini. However,
the great escapist receives only a few pages here – BY PETER LAMONT AND JIM STEINMEYER | 357 PP. $28
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Arthur Conan Doyle
Even now, it is said, people still send letters to Horror awaited: Gilchrist’s alytic
Sherlock Holmes, asking for the great detective’s head had been smashed into powers of a Sherlock Holmes to
help in solving a crime or righting an injustice. In the bloody pulp. Strangely enough, blast holes in the crown’s case. But by this time, the
past, some of these requests would be addressed to none of the valuables and cash establishment had closed ranks, staunchly refusing
his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, who was frequently in plain sight were taken; only to reconsider the verdict despite new evidence and
thought to be the “real” Holmes. Chivalric and pub- one diamond brooch was miss- revised testimony. Only after Slater had served nearly
lic-spirited to the core, Conan Doyle – whose grave- ing. Soon after the investiga- 18½ years was his conviction overturned on what
stone is tellingly engraved “Steel true, blade straight” tion began in earnest, the police amounted to a judicial technicality. He died in 1948
– championed many causes, most notably bringing learned that Oscar Slater – who at the age of 76.
public attention to the wrongful imprisonment of had been on their radar for some Notwithstanding Conan Doyle’s admirable deter-
two men guilty of nothing except being outsiders in time – was trying to sell a redemp- mination to see justice done, Fox notes that even he
early-20th-century Britain. tion ticket for a pawned diamond disapproved of Slater the man. So she aims to reha-
brooch. He immediately, almost bilitate Slater’s character by quoting extensively from
The peculiar case of George Edalji – slightly fic- reflexively, emerged as the mur- his tender correspondence with his mother and sis-
tionalized in Julian Barnes’ excellent novel “Arthur der’s chief, indeed only, suspect. This didn’t ters in Germany. She also suggests that prison might
& George” – focused on a purblind young lawyer of change even when the pawned brooch turned out to have left Slater slightly unhinged, which may explain
South Asian ancestry accused of mutilating farm ani- be Slater’s own; it had never belonged to Gilchrist. No why he stiffed Conan Doyle for his legal fees, despite
mals. His conviction, followed by a sentence of seven matter. Glasgow police knew a killer when they saw having received a considerable financial reparation
years of penal servitude, resulted solely from racial one. Why, just look at him … another of those damn from the government.
prejudice. Through Conan Doyle’s efforts, Edalji was foreigners, an immigrant Jew who could hardly speak Fox’s book isn’t the first devoted to the Slater case,
freed and even invited to attend the writer’s wedding. recognizable English. No steady employment, either, but it is written with authority and panache. To en-
plus it was rumored that Slater got his money from large her scope, Fox allocates several chapters to
The case of Oscar Slater involves a far graver pimping. Murder would mean nothing to someone Conan Doyle’s life, the early history of detective fic-
miscarriage of justice. In her artful and compelling like him. tion, the origins of Sherlock Holmes and contempo-
“Conan Doyle for the Defense,” Margalit Fox – who rary theories of criminology. Still, she always retells
was until recently the senior obituary writer for the As it happened, the unfortunate Slater – on his way even familiar stories in clever ways, and her nar-
New York Times – emphasizes that the Slater case, to a business opportunity in California – sailed to rative momentum never flags. As a result, “Conan
too, revolves around the period’s xenophobia, cou- America almost immediately after the Gilchrist mur- Doyle for the Defense” will captivate almost any
pled with anti-Semitism. Just as today’s Muslims and der. Aha! He was really fleeing from justice. When the reader while being pure catnip for the devotee of
African-Americans suffer from profiling, so Oscar Lusitania landed in New York, the “fugitive” was ar- true-crime writing.
Slater – a dandyish German Jew and gambler, who rested, then extradited to Scotland. Slater’s defense
kept an apparent prostitute as a mistress – was tai- attorney then proved well-meaning but inept; the CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE
lor-made for any crime the Glasgow police wanted to judge regarded the accused with undisguised con-
pin on him. Why not the beating death of the elderly tempt; and the police and prosecution apparently BY MARGALIT FOX | 319 PP. $27
Marion Gilchrist? coerced witnesses into changing their cautiously REVIEW BY MICHAEL DIRDA, THE WASHINGTON POST
tentative identifications of Slater into absolutely
In 1908 the wealthy Gilchrist kept lots of expensive positive ones. He was sentenced to be hanged, but
jewelry in her home but feared robbery so much that this was later commuted to life imprisonment with
she installed three locks on the entrance door to her hard labor.
apartments. Nonetheless, one afternoon the family
residing below heard loud crashing sounds above, The whole affair was utterly shameful. Fox persua-
followed by three knocks. The latter sent Arthur Ad- sively contends that the police didn’t so much identi-
ams rushing upstairs, since this was an agreed-upon fy Gilchrist’s murderer as “construct” him. The pseu-
signal if his neighbor were ever in trouble. Adams doscience of the day classified the facial and physical
reached the locked door, pounded on it, got no re- characteristics of criminal types – and Lord help any-
ply. In short order, though, Gilchrist’s maid returned one who happened to be swarthy or low-browed or
from her shopping – she had only been away for 10 Jewish.
minutes – and used her key to open the door. After
she did so, a man inside calmly walked past her and Once Conan Doyle committed to re-examining the
Adams, then hurried down into the street. supposed evidence against Slater, he used all the an-
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, July 26, 2018 21
Are trash cans disappearing from hotel rooms?
STORY BY CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT THE WASHINGTON POST from its properties. A representative amount of time it takes to service a something away,” says Lindsly, a New
said the company has “no plans” to room, or persuade your hotels and ho- Orleans-based travel blogger.
What happened to all the trash remove or decrease trash cans from tel guests to generate less garbage.
cans? DoubleTree rooms or any other Hilton I asked InterContinental Hotels,
brand. The hospitality industry is also flirt- which owns the Holiday Inn brand,
They’re disappearing from some ing with the Green Building Council’s about the Savannah trash can deficit.
hotel rooms lately. Guests like Jon There are no national standards Zero Waste certification to divert all Trey Newstedt, a spokesman, said he
Martin want to know why. “There when it comes to hotel trash cans. end-use material from landfills, in- was unaware of any recent removal.
seem to be fewer and fewer trash cans The American Hotel & Lodging As- cinerators and the environment. Sev- “We do not have anything to add on
in rooms,” says Martin, who works for sociation’s guidelines on recycling eral hotel chains, including Disney trash cans at this time,” he says.
a college athletic association in Sioux that encourage members to reduce and Radisson SAS Group, are report-
Falls, S.D. Martin contacted me while their waste. The organization notes edly at the forefront of reducing waste. Haussman points to the bottom
staying at a DoubleTree property in that a 300-room hotel can generate as line: Removing trash cans can make a
downtown Atlanta to report an ab- much as three tons of waste per day, The hotels association did not re- hotel more profitable. It might take a
sence. “The only trash bin in the en- but that 60 percent of it is recyclable: spond to questions about its trash can housekeeper only a minute to empty
tire room is in the bathroom,” he says. “That means a property could poten- standards. a second receptacle, but if you multi-
“Is this a trend?” tially cut waste pickup in half.” The ply that time savings over 300 rooms,
implication is unavoidable. Either add The question is, in their efforts to it can save time and money.
Martin is not alone – I’ve also no- recycling bins, which can increase the reduce waste, are hotels leaving their
ticed a lack of trash receptacles in my guests without a place to dispose of Can or no can, liner or no liner, you
rooms. More to the point, I’ve noticed trash? don’t have to trash your room when
trash piling up during hotel stays be- you stay somewhere. I’ve started trav-
cause there’s no place to put it. Mallory Lindsly thinks so. She re- eling with an extra roll of large gar-
cently stayed at a Holiday Inn in bage bags. In an overflow situation, it
Glenn Haussman, who hosts No downtown Savannah, Ga. Her “King comes in handy, and hotel housekeep-
Vacancy, a podcast about the lodging Leisure” room had no trash can. After ers seem to appreciate a tidier room.
industry, says his own observations three calls, an employee brought her
and conversations with hotel industry one. “I would say that a hotel room If you check into a hotel and can’t
insiders suggest that trash cans are a with two people needs at least two find a trash bin, just ask. A quick call
vanishing breed. Most guests haven’t trash cans – one for the restroom for to the front desk can ensure that you
noticed yet, he said. “Trash cans just any paper waste that can’t go down have all the cans you need during your
aren’t on guests’ radar,” he says. the toilet and one for the main room, stay. But don’t wait too long. Because
because who wants to barge in on – if it catches on – this is one lodging
I asked Hilton, which owns Double- someone in the bathroom to throw trend that will truly stink.
Tree, if it had removed any trash cans
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Bonzo meets Reagan, a bundle of fun and energy
Hi Dog Buddies! “I can tell,” I said. “That is so Cool Reagan.
Kibbles! What IS your official job?” PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
This week I innerviewed Miss Rea-
gan Link Hall. She’s a three-anna- “Well, I guess you could say it’s season ticket. Only six more
half-month-old Pembroke Corgi, a Attitude Adjustment an Stress Re-
12-pound puppy with 2 thousand lief.” “I’m from Minne-so-duh. weeks ’til season. See my collar?” She
pounds of personality an another ton
of energy. “Say what?” So are Mom an Dad. But they’d moved tilted her head.
“Humans just seem to like me. I
Reagan an her Mom an Dad, Jane guess cuz I’m real frenly, an waggy down here when they got me. Their Yep. Purple an gold.
an Bob, own an oil an gas business in an I have liddle legs, an huge ears
Vero, an right from when she joined an a large smile. I’m very cuddly, partner up there had an office Atti- “Snazzy,” I said.
the famly she started working. also. So if cus-tummers come in with
problums, or maybe they’re a liddle tude Adjustment Dog, Evie, my older “I love goin’ to a fishin’ lodge way
Reagan and her Mom were right grumpy; or if the office or service hu-
there to greet me an my Assistant at mans are havin’ what they call “one of half-sister. She does such a good job, far up north. We hafta take a boat to
their busy office. She zipped confi- those days,” I just go up to ’em an let
dently up for the Wag-an-Sniff. She ’em know I’m glad to see ’em, an they that’s how Mom an Dad decided on get all the way there. I wear my life
had a super stylish coat, black an red almost always feel Much Better.
an cream an white. Her legs were “I’m also Mom an Dad’s Right Hand a Corgie for their office Attitude Ad- jacket. We fish an I get to chase chip-
Real Short – I’m pretty sure they were Pup when they fly to their other busi-
shorter than my ears – but woof! could nesses: one in Minnesota like this justment Dog down here. Me an Evie munks an squirrels. I can zoom all
she move. We did introductions, then one; an a golf course, with horses an
got comftubble at a round, important- goats an cows. The horses are my fa- Woofmail an Face Time, and I’ve over the place. It’s my an Dad’s favrit
looking table. Reagan sat on her Mom’s vorite. They have the softest noses
lap. Her Dad was Busy Elsewhere. EVER. been up to visit her once. place. We swim, too. I hafta paddle
“We fly four or five times a month.
“I’m glad you woof-mailed!” I told It’s Pawsome Dog Biscuits. I pay the “I’m named after a president of the super fast to keep up.”
her. “You sure have had a lotta adven- regular pet fare, an I’m a Delta Fre-
tures for a puppy!” quent Flyer. Mom pulls me through United States. I was gonna be named “It’s been so fun yappin’ with you
the airport in this pawsome roller
“I KNOW! Mom an Dad are busy bag. I have to go through security just Queenie for Queen Elizabeth, cuz I’m Miss Reagan,” I told her, preparing to
people an they wanted a pooch who like Mom an Dad. By myself. I wait ’til
was energetic an Very Very Frenly … the security person calls my name, Queen of the Office, but, thank Lass- leave.
speakin’ of … ’scuse me for a minute.” then I just trot through. I’m not even
nervous or ANYTHING,” she said ie, Mom and Dad went with Reagan.” She jumped down and immedi-
She leaped off her Mom’s lap an with pride. “PLUS, I don’t hafta take
zipped (she never walked, she zipped) my shoes off.” She giggled. “An guess “Got any pooch pals yet?” ately began chasing her fluffy tail.
over to a human guy wearin’ a uni- what? There’s a Delta Pet Relief Sta-
form. He gave her a buncha ear frif- tion in the airport.” “Oh, woof, yes! Our neighborhood She did a few twirly circles, and then
fles an a pat on the head. She wagged “A what?”
head to tail. Back on her Mom’s lap, “It’s where us pooches can Do Our has, like, millions of pooches. I love – ackshully caught it.
she said, “That’s my pal Terry. He’s Doodie. It’s aMAZing. There’s real
one of our service guys. Didja see his grass, anna ackshull fire hydrant we my fellow dogs. Most of ’em are res- “Wook, Mifter Bodzo! Ah CAW
tattoo? I wanna get one when I’m old- can USE. Anna sink, an poop bags so
er. A picksure of Rin Tin Tin. Wouldn’t our humans can tidy up after us.” cues, Mr. Bonzo. Isn’t that wunner- did!!”
that be cool?” “Now I’ve heard EVERYthing!
Where are you from originally?” I ful? I go kiss ’em on the nose to make She was still happily munching as
“Um …” I mumbled. inquired. “An how did you get that
“All the humans who work here are pretty name?” frens. There are a few of us purebreds, we drove off.
my frens. I love them, an they love me
too, but we’re totally NOT Snob-nos- Heading home, I was picksuring lid-
es.” dle Reagan spreading slurps, wiggles
Reagan leaped from his Mom’s lap an happiness far an wide. An wonder-
and zoomed off to say hi to another in’ where in the name of Marmaduke
service person. Then she zoomed she planned to put that tattoo.
back. “’Scuse me. I’m gonna be riding
with him today. Makin’ service calls.
-The BonzVery important.”
“Whaddya do when you're off
“We go to Vikings games. I’ve got a
Don’t be shy!
We are always looking for pets with interesting stories. To set up
an interview, please email [email protected]
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, July 26, 2018 23
INSIGHT GAMES BRIDGE
LOSE THOSE LOSERS LICKETY-SPLIT A K Q J 10
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist K
A.N. Onymous said, “A winner listens; a loser just waits until it is their turn to talk.” AKQ5
Bridge winners know that some losers cannot wait; they must be eliminated immediately. 875
In today’s deal, how can South avoid four losers in his four-heart contract after West
leads the spade three? Also, what were West’s more-effective leads, and what do you WEST EAST
think of the auction? 87643
I agree strongly with South’s two-heart positive response. Here, over three hearts, North J983
would have done best to sign off in three no-trump, but that could have been really silly AJ2 AJ93
because the club suit might have been wide open.
Given the trump break, West would have defeated the contract by leading the club ace
(or her low heart, but that would not be recommended). Then East could have sat back 10 9 6 3
and waited for three trump tricks to fall into her lap.
West led a spade in the optimistic hope that her partner could ruff in quickly. She chose
the three as a suit-preference signal for clubs, the lower-ranking of the other two side 9
Q 10 8 7 6 5 4
Now, though, declarer led a second high spade at trick two and discarded one club
loser. Then South played a third spade. East would have done best to ruff with her heart 10 7
ace and shift to a club, but she ruffed low. South overruffed, crossed to the board with
a diamond and led another spade: ruff, overruff. Now declarer played a trump and got KQ4
home with an overtrick, his only losers being the rounded-suit aces.
Dealer: North; Vulnerable: Both
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
2 Clubs Pass
2 Hearts Pass 2 Spades Pass LEAD:
3 Hearts Pass 4 Hearts All Pass 3 Spades
24 Thursday, July 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
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ACROSS 73 The study of the 12 “Louder!” 77 Prefix meaning The Washington Post
1 Zenith ear 13 Mangel-___ “ferment”
12 Darling 75 Edna Ferber’s (big beet) 80 In shape
18 Old exclamation birthplace 14 Patron saint of 83 Earned
21 Don, as galoshes 85 Carefree
22 J.D. Salinger 78 Manhattan sailors 88 Sadat’s
Project product, 15 Prufrock’s creator
story briefly 16 Toy truck predecessor
23 Stoat 89 Nero’s tutor
24 L.A. Law lady 79 Related to company 90 Bury
25 Part of “snafu” regulations 17 Sam of golf 91 California city
26 Upbeat tune 19 First family,
27 Rocket launcher 81 Old World tree heard in gag train
(anagram of 1841-45 announcements
or TAINT) 20 Square dance on The Jack
bubblegum Benny Show
28 Dwell 82 Part of TVA: abbr. partner 92 Ninth day, before
30 Louis, McCarthy, 83 Fun house 22 Yalta conferee’s the ides
and Tex 93 One way to go
31 Thomas Hood’s features inits. 95 Swamp denizen
“___ and a Fairy 84 Diplomat’s place: 27 Ostentatious, 96 Hunter in the sky
Boat” 98 Dustin in
33 Wee bit abbr. homewise Midnight Cowboy
34 Tank feature 86 Actress Persson 29 “Perjurer!” 99 Bishop-led
36 Normally 87 Former 30 Hinged CD church: abbr.
38 High range 89 Shopping places 100 Hot time, to Hugo
41 Inculcate 91 Designer Taylor holder 102 Prefix with
42 Belly-flopper 94 Evidence of 31 Drivers may go “physics”
sound 103 Snooze
44 Emerald City coffee for it 104 Blink
princess grinding 32 Composer 107 Pumpernickel
48 Nobelist in 95 Hits the road ingredient
physics, 1933 97 Access Schifrin 108 Type of cake or
50 Uprising 101 Adjusts for a 35 Actor Calhoun meal
52 Book by 22 closeup 36 Singer Guthrie 109 Metric distance
Down, 103 Fix holes 37 Ages measure: abbr.
___ Way 104 Place a stake 38 Cutting tool 110 Olive product
53 Class time 105 Suitable 39 43 Down, for one
devoted to 106 Cause of 50 40 Animalcule WILD IN THE CITY By Merl Reagle
“creature Across 42 Author of One
features,” 107 1950s puppet
perhaps show Flew Over the
55 “___ distressed” 111 Seat for three Cuckoo’s Nest
(I Sam. 28:15) 112 Birthplace of 43 Born Free
57 Unabridged actress Stella character
58 La ___ Tar Pits Stevens: abbr. 45 Snazzy threads
59 Amahl’s visitors 113 ___ as nails 46 Wall in
60 Oolong 114 Adjective for 47 Yard, e.g.
61 The study of Rome 49 Pipe material
wine 115 Alliance 51 Ice mass or
63 1960s folksinger DOWN composer
and 1 Have no 52 Pi preceder
activist differences 54 Mr. Ohm
66 Show ___ 2 Seeks divine 56 1960s nightclub-
68 Bird genus that guidance sign word
sounds like a 3 Glasgow night 59 Part of Riyadh’s
word meaning 4 Kane’s estate skyline
“crevices” 5 Recyclable item 62 Exaggerates
69 Common verb 6 Commerce 63 Fuel blocks
70 Outfits leftover 64 It means “blood”
7 Harriet’s guy 65 Most cozy
8 Some cigarettes 66 Gravy dish
9 Sweep’s target 67 Beatles song,
10 Peewee guitar “Let ___”
11 Mind field: abbr. 69 Spinning top, e.g.
71 “Pieces of the
74 Alphabet center
76 Stub ___
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INSIGHT BACK PAGE
Mom tries to make sense of her daughter’s reticence
BY CAROLYN HAX obviously cares about, problematic though he
Washington Post may be.
Hi, Carolyn: My daughter and space between what you know and what you think And, you may actually be wrong. That he’s con-
her boyfriend moved into my house you know is where all the hard feelings collect, trolling seems to make sense but isn’t the only
a few months ago because they and where defensiveness can take root. Voice your possible explanation.
were having financial difficul- concern that he’s controlling, for example, or even
ties and I wanted her to be able to that you just suspect or fear he might be, and you If instead you stick only to what you see, then
finish her degree, which she did in invite your daughter to feel (a) dense or naive or you can’t be wrong and don’t leave room for any-
May. I started noticing how little she wanted to com- embarrassed or ashamed for missing it herself; (b) one to argue with you. “I noticed something the
municate with me, but I thought she was just busy resentful that you think she’s too dense or naive to other day. You have been quiet lately. In the car
and stressed. have noticed this herself, or too inept to choose a on our trip, though, you were really talkative – like
Her boyfriend has anger issues that I have seen ex- good boyfriend; (c) protective of this person she you used to be (I had a really nice time, by the way
posed at various times. …). Anyway, when we got home, you withdrew
This past week we drove out of town to go to the into your cocoon with [boyfriend] and got quiet
funeral of a family friend, just the two of us, and she again. I’m mentioning it because it’s something
talked the whole time. She was open and friendly just people tend not to see about themselves.”
like the girl I knew growing up. When we returned
home, she grew silent again and a little rude, and Again – don’t draw conclusions. Note this word-
once again just stayed in her room with her boyfriend ing doesn’t assign any blame: Not “He changes
much like before. you” or “You change for him” – just “Your behav-
Now I’m considering that he is controlling of her, ior changes.” Say what you see.
and I’m wondering how to handle this. Do I give her
my thoughts? Where are the lines drawn between in- If she pushes back, then articulate your intent:
terference in her life and my concerns? “I’m not saying who or what or why – just that I
notice a difference. If you’re in a good emotional
– Concerned Mom place, then that’s what matters.”
Concerned Mom: The line falls between what Because it is, for one. And, conveniently, it’s also
you observe and what you conclude. the hardest thing to fake if it’s not true. She can
trust her own taste in men, she can explain her
What you observe is yours, and powerful. mood changes, she can defend his anger issues,
What you conclude is speculation, and the she can rationalize whatever stress she is under
right now – but the sensation of someone weigh-
ing her down is hard to deny forever, if that indeed
is what’s going on. Please be patient enough to al-
low her to connect her dots to yours.
Cancer patient grateful
for the quality of her care
28 Thursday, July 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Cancer patient grateful for the quality of her care
STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER journey” started “when Dr. Schaffer
[email protected] recommended both Dr. Merchant
and Dr. Radecke and they all got to-
Vero Lake Estates resident Shar- gether and set up a plan for me.”
lynn Hewitt knows a lot about breast
cancer. She ought to. She’s been And if there’s such a thing as love at
dealing with the disease since 2015. first sight in cancer care, Hewitt says
she found it then.
And she’s far from alone.
According to Breast Cancer Statis- “The first time I met Dr. Radecke,
tics, a biannual publication for can- I was with my husband, my daugh-
cer clinicians, breast cancer is the ter, my wound nurse and one of my
second-most common cancer diag- best friends so I had really good
nosed among U.S. women, with some people around me. But Dr. Radecke,
252,710 new cases reported just last I just fell in love him. When I came
year. in here, I just knew that he had God
It’s also the second leading cause on his side. And I believe in faith
of cancer death among women in this over fear.
Upwards of 40,000 women will die “It was hard to make that decision
from breast cancer this year. to cut my breasts off,” says Hewitt,
Hewitt, however, has no intention who ended up having a radical mas-
of adding to that total. She’s a fight- tectomy, “but I’d rather be alive.”
er – and she has friends. Friends
that include medical all-stars Dr. The engaging Radecke doesn’t
Starleen Schaffer, an internal medi- claim a divine connection but he
cine specialist, fellowship-trained does have experience that belies his
surgeon Dr. Jason Radecke, and youthful appearance. He performs
longtime Vero Beach oncologist Dr. “hundreds and hundreds” of surger-
Noor Merchant. ies each year and proudly adds, “I
What Hewitt calls her “cancer work with people like [Vero Beach’s]
Dr. Raul Storey and [Melbourne’s]
Dr. Rahul Chopra because they are
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In other words, empathy for any- have more women coming for screen-
one facing this disease comes nat-
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, July 26, 2018 29
The Treasure Coast attracts some Hewitt opted for a double mas- Radecke says that’s something the
really high-quality physicians. I tectomy because, as she puts it, “I Treasure Coast is blessed with.
believe that our radiologists, our didn’t want [cancer] to come back. I
medical oncologists and radiation didn’t want to go through it again.” “I tell you this area is just amaz-
oncologists are all very well trained. But there are other, less radical sur- ing,” says Radecke. “The Treasure
gical options available including Coast attracts some really high-qual-
– Dr. Jason Radecke “lumpectomies.” ity physicians. I believe that our radi-
ologists, our medical oncologists and
Radecke says “I did a lumpectomy our radiation oncologists are all very
yesterday. We call it a quadrantec- well trained.”
tomy. In essence I took the entire up-
per inner quadrant of this woman’s Dr. Jason Radecke is with the River-
breast, but cosmetically, it’s going to side Surgical & Weight Loss Center and
do really well because it will fill up the Steward Medical Group at Sebas-
with fluid and look just like the other tian River Medical Center where he is
side.” the assistant chief of surgery. His of-
fices are at 14430 U.S. 1 in Sebastian.
The key to any breast cancer plan The phone number is 772-581-8003.
is having the best possible team and
tions ago,” Radecke contin-
ues, “we just didn’t talk about these
things. You got a big lump in your
breast so you just didn’t talk about
it, and it would grow huge, start get-
ting red and pus-out and you didn’t
talk about it until you were finally
sick and then you told your doctor.
By that time it was too late. Now we
have a record number of women get-
ting their mammograms at 40 or
And the earlier breast cancer is
detected, the less radical the surgi-
cal solutions can be – although there
is no “one-size-fits-all” breast can-
cer treatment regimen.
For example, different people
react differently to chemotherapy
drugs and radiation treatments.
Hewitt, who moved to the Trea-
sure Coast over 40 years ago, says
she “took six different chemo drugs.
My immune system has been won-
derful. They say I’m awesome as far
as my immune system.”
Others, however, aren’t so lucky. Or
determined. Or strong.
30 Thursday, July 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
The Healthy Senior
Loss of taste can sometimes
signal more serious problems
COLUMN BY FRED CICETTI COLUMNIST our physical and mental health. Our people who lose their sense of smell to
sense of taste is especially important if say that food has lost its taste. This is
Q. Do we lose our sense of taste as we we have to stay on a diet. If food loses incorrect; the food has lost its aroma,
get older? its appeal, we may eat improperly and but taste remains. Loss of taste occurs
put ourselves at risk for heart disease, less frequently than loss of smell in
In general, sensitivity to taste gradual- stroke and diabetes. Loss of taste can older people.
ly decreases with age. But there are some lead us to overeat, under-eat, or add
whose taste isn’t affected by getting older. too much salt or sugar to our food. When an older person has a prob-
lem with taste, it is often temporary
The ability to taste food and beverages While taste is important, we recog- and minor. True taste disorders are
means a lot to seniors. Let’s face it: We nize flavors largely through our sense uncommon. When a problem with
lose a lot of the pleasures of our youth, but of smell. Try holding your nose while taste exists, it is usually caused by
eating well isn’t usually one of them. eating. Smell and taste are closely medications, disease or injury.
linked in the brain. It is common for
Taste also has a major impact upon In some cases, loss of taste can ac-
company or signal a more serious con-
dition, such as diabetes or some degen- disorder is important because once
erative diseases of the central nervous the cause is found, your doctor may be
system such as multiple sclerosis. able to treat your taste disorder. Many
types of taste disorders are reversible,
There are several types of taste dis- but, if not, counseling and self-help
orders. You can have a persistent bad techniques may help you cope.
taste in the mouth, a condition called
dysgeusia, or a reduced ability to taste, If you cannot regain your sense of
which is called hypogeusia. Others taste, there are things you can do to
can’t detect taste at all, which is called ensure your safety. Take extra care to
ageusia. People with taste disorders avoid food that may have spoiled. If
experience a specific ageusia of one you live with other people, ask them to
or more of the five taste categories: smell and taste food to see if it is fresh.
sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory. People who live alone should discard
food if there is a chance it is spoiled.
The most common complaint is
“phantom taste perception,” which is
tasting something that isn’t there.
If you think you have a taste disorder,
see your doctor. Diagnosis of a taste
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, July 26, 2018 31
FINE & CASUAL DINING
First Bites: Señor Loco Tacos and Tequila
REVIEW BY LISA ZAHNER STAFF WRITER Two Amigos Verde Fajitas Molcajete. (like 15 minutes) and I never got the tor-
[email protected] and Colorado Chile. tilla soup I ordered. We were not charged
PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD for the soup, but it never materialized.
It seemed like this place was “Coming while. Molcajete is like fajitas, but a larg-
Soon” forever, but it finally opened last er portion with a combination of steak, Drink: You will find all your favor- Prices: Señor Loco’s prices are maybe
month just before I went on vacation, chicken and shrimp stir-fried in a tasty ite Mexican (non-hipster) tequilas and buck or two more than the two tradition-
so we’re playing catch-up just getting sauce with onions, peppers and toma- beers here and the cocktails are tasty. al cantina-style Mexican places on the
around to visiting Señor Loco Tacos and toes. It’s served with a special sauce and We ordered the house Margaritas ($6.99) island, but the portions are generous and
Tequila. cheese on top. It’s really large enough to made with Cuervo Gold, on the rocks the quality is good.
share, but when we asked for more flour and they were large and just the right
Headline News: The barrier island tortillas for a third member of our party strength to balance the tartness and the Initial impression: When we showed
has a good variety of Mexican eateries, who showed up, we were charged $1.25 tequila. up at 4 p.m. last Friday, which during
and each one has its own unique fla- for two steamed tortillas wrapped in foil. summer should be the cusp of happy
vor. Señor Loco definitely holds its own All the food was nicely plated and gar- Service: Friendly and helpful – abso- hour, there were two guys at the bar and
against both the more established, and nished. Lots of bright colors, everything lutely! Speedy, not particularly. Our serv- absolutely no one seated at tables. That
the trendy places. tasted fresh and looked tempting. er was very sweet. She answered all of worried us a bit, but our concerns were
our questions and was attentive. But the totally unfounded. By 5 p.m. locals were
Look & Feel: One thing that makes Se- bar was really slow with our margaritas streaming in and by 6:30 p.m. there were
ñor Loco distinct is the sheer size of the even a couple parties waiting for tables.
dining area. It is huge, plus covered out- Word has apparently spread about the
door seating on the patio. Don’t hesitate food and the atmosphere.
to bring a large group here. That square
footage makes it feel more open than We encourage you to send feedback to
most of the cramped-up Mexican spots. [email protected]
Even if there are people three-deep at
the bar and it’s a full house, you won’t The reviewer is a Brevard resident who
be tripping over other patrons getting to dines anonymously at restaurants at the
your table. This also makes Señor Loco a expense of this newspaper.
bit quieter, so you can enjoy a conversa-
tion along with your tacos. RESTAURANT HOURS
11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Mon- Thurs
Food: First of all, with the caveat that 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Fri and Sat
salsa is a very personal thing and every-
body likes it a different way, in our opin- 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sunday
ion the salsa is delicious and made from BEVERAGES
scratch. And yes, it’s complimentary and Full Bar
served automatically. My companion ADDRESS
raved about her Señor Ceviche ($11.95),
that the seafood was the perfect firm- 630 East Eau Gallie Blvd.,
ness and texture, and the dish overall Indian Harbour Beach
had a wonderful, slightly tangy flavor. PHONE
She also enjoyed her Pina Loca ($17.99), (321)610-1867
which was basically a half a fresh pine-
apple hulled out and filled with the mak-
ings for chicken fajitas.
I ordered a dish – a stone cauldron to
be exact – of Molcajete ($18.99) that I saw
a photo of on Señor Loco’s social media.
I like my food served hot and I’m a slow
eater so it’s great when it stays hot for a
32 Thursday, July 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
FINE & CASUAL DINING
For American wine lovers, caveat emptor. Or caveat rosé
STORY BY DAVE MCINTYRE they surveyed were selling Spanish French counterpart goes for more than ture and economy has long made it
THE WASHINGTON POST wine that was either fraudulently or twice that. Restaurants could be espe- susceptible to fraud. In 2010, a French
misleadingly labeled as French, ac- cially vulnerable, with by-the-glass wine broker was convicted of pass-
Lovers of French wine are suddenly cording to Le Parisien, which broke programs. Tourists enjoying their pi- ing off merlot and syrah as more ex-
seeing red. the story. chet of rosé along the boardwalk in pensive pinot noir for E&J Gallo’s Red
Nice or St. Tropez might never suspect Bicyclette brand. A defense given in
Earlier this year, they feared they It is unclear whether any of the they weren’t drinking local. court: American consumers didn’t
wouldn’t have enough of their beloved fraudulent wine was exported, though complain.
rosé to get them through the summer, investigators think some bottles likely Here’s how this could happen: That
because Americans are buying it all. came to the United States. giant sucking sound over the past few This year, according to the Tele-
Now it seems much of the vaunted years was U.S. consumers discovering graph of London, ordinary table wine
French pink they’ve been consum- Some wines were falsely noted as they love rosé and buying and drink- was passed off as Chateauneuf-du-
ing the past two years has in fact been “Vin de France,” a generic table wine ing as much as they could. Demand Pape, and a Bordeaux chateau was
cheap Spanish rosado. designation, while some were labeled soared, and the rosé market boomed, caught adding sugar to its 2016 wine.
as coming from a prestigious IGP with many more labels appearing on The winery said it was an accident.
France’s consumer fraud author- (protected geographic designation, a U.S. shelves, and earlier in the year
ity confirmed last week that over the new nomenclature for appellation). than ever before as brands competed There are two lessons for Ameri-
past two years, unscrupulous wine Others portrayed French-looking for shelf space. can consumers from this story, and
merchants have passed off as many as chateau or even the fleur-de-lis, the no, one of them is not that the French
70,000 hectoliters – the equivalent of national symbol, on their labels with Prices rose, and shippers tried to can’t be trusted. First, read the label,
10 million bottles – of cheap Spanish tiny print revealing the wine’s Span- send as much as they could to take especially the small print, and know
wine as more-expensive French rosé. ish or “European” origin. Often these advantage. It takes three or four years the labeling laws. Second, if you care
wines were marketed in the section for new vineyards to be planted and about the quality and authenticity of
French consumer fraud investiga- with French rosés and priced accord- produce wine, so we tend to get lesser the wine you buy, pay attention to im-
tors said they became aware of the ingly. wines to fill in the gap in the inexpen- porters who deal with family-owned
“Frenchification” of Spanish wine in sive range that has been created by the wineries. Be willing to pay a dollar or
late 2015, then began canvassing stores The potential profits are enormous. inf lat ion. two more for wine that genuinely ex-
and restaurants to verify the authen- Spanish rosé sells on the bulk market presses its terroir.
ticity of wines being sold. They found at about 40 cents per liter, while its Wine’s importance to France’s cul-
that 22 percent of the establishments
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, July 26, 2018 33
FINE & CASUAL DINING
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34 Thursday, July 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Please send calendar information and Much More! If you are interested in being
at least two weeks prior to your a vendor, please call (321) 425-4189 or email
[email protected] There is no charge
event to for a vendor booth, just a basket to raffle off.
[email protected] 7 National Night Out and Back to School Bash.
5 p.m. Indian Harbour Beach Rec - Gleason
ONGOING Park · Indian Harbour Beach. Celebrate with In-
dian Harbour Beach Police Department, City
Satellite Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 4 Employees and the Staff and Students of Ocean
p.m. Thursdays at Pelican Beach Park Breeze Elementary to ask our community to take
a stand against criminals by turning on the porch
The New Neighbors Club of South Brevard August 15 | Daytime Dig Turtle Walks. 30 New Neighbors of South Brevard lights, locking the house up and joining us for an
Beaches is holding their annual New School Beaches plays MAHJONGG at Papa- evening of fun and laughs. Face painting, corn
Shoes Drive for local shelter children. Please Center, 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne. Per- gallo’s in Satellite Beach each Monday at 12:15 hole competition, Dunk-A-Cop (in a dunk tank), a
consider supporting this effort by sending formances, dancing, picture opportunities. Kids pm. For information on joining the club contact pie eating contest, Police Simulator for adults and
your tax deductible check to New Neighbors can come dressed in their princess and prince best Toni Hanussey at [email protected] a movie in the park! We will have a K-9 demon-
of South Brevard Beaches to Mary Gallo, 761 for the royal wedding. Tickets $20-$36 available on stration by Kato and Ofc. Swenson, police vehicles
Poinsette Dr, Satellite Beach Fl 32937. For more Eventbrite. Refreshments and snack available. 30 To August 3 -Space Coast Crew Middle on display and local vendors will have tents set up
information, call (301)752 5059 or email mer- School and High School Learn to Row for information. http://m.onelink.me/3ccdfb51
[email protected] 28 Christmas in July at Green Gables, noon Camp, open to all Brevard County stu-dents ris-
to 3 p.m. Get a glimpse of Christmases ing grades 7 to 12, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Oars and 11 Beachside Indialantic Dunkin Donuts
Beach Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tues- past at the historic house and grounds, 1501 S. Paddles Park in Indian Harbour Beach. Camp Dog Days of Summer Car, Truck and Bike
days at Oceanside Pizza, 300 Ocean Ave. #6, Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne. Victorian Christmas participants must know how to swim and submit show, 8 to 11 a.m. at 1120 N.Highway A1A, Indi-
Melbourne Beach. www.melbeachrotary.org trees, Christmas treats, decorated rooms and swim test signed off by lifeguard prior to camp. alantic, one-half mile north of 192 Causeway. All
tours by docents. Suggested donation $20. www.spacecoastcrew.org. Years Classic, Antique Muscle Cars Trucks & Bikes
JULY Welcome. Contact Bill Antonetz (321)725-3648.
28 Christmas in July Sip & Stroll in Historic AUGUST
26 Family Night Out at Satellite High Pool, Cocoa Village, 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets sold 11 The Eau Gallie Arts District ever-popular
use the diving board, lap swim and by Eventbrite. 4 Paws for Veterans Grand Opening Celebra- Eighth Annual Dog Days of Summer, 4 to
bring your inflatables from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays tion, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 63 Ocean Blvd., 8 p.m. at the Eau Gallie Square and on Highland.
through July 26 for $5 per family. A parent must Satellite Beach, Food, Drinks, Vendors, Raffles, Event is free and open to the public. This year’s
stay with children at pool. Bounce Houses/Water Slides for Adults and event will feature food and beverage vendors, and
Kids, Dunk Tank, Music, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, fun for dogs and their humans, our traditional Fun
27 Totally 80s Party at Whiskey Beach 28 Sea Turtle Conservancy Tour de Turtles Dog Contest, music, Camp Bow Wow and Woofa-
Pub, 1132 Hwy A1A in Satellite Beach, kickoff featuring hors d’oeuvres, re- Crossword PPaaggee 2431 (ALTAR’D STATES) palooza for dogs, and a VIP K9 Cool Zone for $25
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. freshments, live music and a silent auction, 6 to which includes two drinks per human and free de-
8 p.m. at the Barrier Island Center, 8385 S. Hwy signer water bar for dogs. www.egadLIFE.com
28 PHoto Punzie’s Wedding and Princess A1A, Melbourne Beach. Tickets cost $30 in ad-
Ball, 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Azan Shriners vance at www.conserveturtles.org. 15 Registration is now open for our Day-
time Dig Turtle Walks. The walks will
Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN be conducted most Wednes-day and Saturday
in July 19, 2018 Edition 1 INNER 2 IMPOSE mornings from 8 to 9 a.m. August 15 - Septem-
4 SCENTS 2 NATTY ber 8 at the Barrier Island Sanctuary, 8385 S.
9 PETUNIA 3 RANK Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach. www.carrrefuge.
10 LATIN 5 COLLAPSE org/turtle-walks
11 STYX 6 NOTHING
12 EXAMINE 7 SINGER 18 Vegan Takeover of the Downtown Mel-
13 WOK 8 DALEK bourne Farmer’s Market at Riverview
14 FLEA 13 WATERLOO Park, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
16 SAGE 15 LAPWING
18 SEE 17 ERASER 19 Siren Salon and Spa at 3270 south
20 REPLETE 18 SENSE Highway A1A, Ste 104 in Melbourne
21 ACHE 19 CELERY Beach will host a Jolyn Swimwear Trunkshow
24 STILL 22 CAIRO from 4 to 7 p.m., plus complimentary Zumba w
25 SEASIDE 23 BACK Lorraina from 7 to 8 p.m. All are welcome and
26 REGION food and drink will be provided. Call 321-614-
27 KOOKY 7706 for more information.
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BREVARD INDIAN RIVER
Beautiful contemporary home
overlooks Indian River
10910 S. Tropical Trail on Merritt Island: 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 3,234-square-foot contemporary home on a .58-acre
riverfront lot listed for $849,000 with Realtor Kevin Hill of Remax Alternative Realty, Inc. in Indialantic: 321-308-2270
36 Thursday, July 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Beautiful contemporary home overlooks Indian River
STORY BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER CORRESPONDENT
The home at 10910 S. Tropical Trail is
a choice property for anyone who seeks
beautiful contemporary design in a se-
rene setting. Built in 1998, the 3-bed-
room, 3.5-bath, 3,234-square-foot Mer-
ritt Island home is listed for $849,000
with Realtor Kevin Hill of Remax Alter-
native Realty, Inc. in Indialantic.
The home’s circular driveway el-
egantly frames the impressive two-
story house with side-entry two-car
garage. Lush, manicured landscap-
ing shields this tropical retreat from
the street and provides privacy on all
sides of the property.
The grand two-door entry opens French doors from the great room walls and cupboards. Black applianc- room with folding table, sink and
into the great room, which combines open onto the immense patio, a tiled es complete the sleek look, including large closet. A large half bath is in this
living and dining areas under soaring screened-in space with wet bar and a large side-by-side refrigerator, wall area, as well, handy from the garage
vaulted ceilings. The expansive living room for a summer kitchen, eating oven, cooktop, built-in microwave and entrance.
area features a huge arched picture area and conversational space facing superb Bosch dishwasher.
window with a western view across the Indian River. Off the dining room, a short hall-
the lawn to the Indian River. That The entertainment bar, part of the way leads to two bedrooms, each
view is also seen from the kitchen A sophisticated modern kitchen with kitchen décor, faces the kitchen from with a large closet and ample room
and a comfortable conversation area hardwood flooring and recessed light- the entertainment area of the great for queen or king beds and space for
that is accented by a woodburning ing, features large cabinets in a pleas- room and comfortably seats four. a reading area. One of the two bed-
fireplace. ing soft, neutral shade. Black granite Just off the kitchen is the large pan- rooms has its own private bath with
countertops accent the light, bright try, a built-in desk area and laundry walk-in shower.
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, July 26, 2018 37
REAL ESTATE VITAL STATISTICS
10910 S. TROPICAL TRAIL,
Year built: 1998
Lot size: 25,265 sq. ft.
Home size: 3,234 sq. ft. total
Additional features: Intercoast-
al on Indian River with deep
water dockage, wood-burning
fireplace, dramatic vaulted ceil-
ings, immense screened patio
with wet bar.
Remax Alternative Realty, Inc.
Realtor Kevin Hill
Listing price: $849,900
38 Thursday, July 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Off the foyer is a striking carpeted for a fitness area, a library or office. tiled master bathroom with separate “The home was completely rebuilt
staircase to the second-floor master The large carpeted master bed- water closet is appointed with double to the foundation in 1998 and became
suite and loft. sinks, makeup vanity, jetted garden a feature in the Modern Spaces maga-
room features his and her walk-in tub, walk-in glass-walled shower, un- zine in 2007,” said Hill, showing im-
Extremely generous in size, the closets and French doors opening to der counter lighting, a linen closet ages of highlighted rooms in a copy of
carpeted loft overlooks the great a charming balcony overlooking the and even a built-in ironing board. the magazine.
room, making it an excellent choice front lawn and the Indian River. The
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, July 26, 2018 39
MORTGAGE RATES BARELY
BUDGING THIS SUMMER
The double-car, extended-length for two Jet Ski lifts, making the plea- STORY BY KATHY ORTON WASHINGTON POST which has been the theme in the
garage has an expanded work bench sures of the river a part of daily life. last two months. That’s good news
along with space for a boat/recre- Ocean access via boat is just minutes Once again, mortgage rates were for price-sensitive home shoppers,
ational vehicle. away. stagnant this week. given that this stability in borrowing
costs allows them a little extra time
A private dock includes deep-wa- To view this home, contact Hill at According to the latest data re- to find the right home.”
ter anchorage and a covered area 321-308-2270 or [email protected] leased last Thursday by Freddie
Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average For much of the summer, rates have
slipped to 4.52 percent with an aver- barely budged. The 30-year fixed rate
age 0.4 point. (Points are fees paid has hovered between 4.55 percent
to a lender equal to 1 percent of the and 4.66 percent with incremental
loan amount.) It was 4.53 percent a increases and decreases each week.
week ago and 3.96 percent a year ago.
“Mortgage rates trended slightly
The 15-year fixed-rate average lower over the past week and are well
slid to 4 percent with an average 0.4 below their recent highs reported
point. It was 4.02 percent a week ago in mid-May,” said Aaron Terrazas,
and 3.23 percent a year ago. The five- senior economist at Zillow. “The
year adjustable rate average ticked decline was likely driven by geopo-
up to 3.87 percent with an average litical concerns, as incoming data,
0.3 point. It was 3.86 percent a week including inflation and retail sales,
ago and 3.21 percent a year ago. as well as comments from Federal
Reserve officials all point to higher
“Manufacturing output and con- rates. Several housing market met-
sumer spending showed improve- rics are scheduled for release over
ments, but construction activity the coming week, and although
was a disappointment,” Sam Khater, these data do not typically move
Freddie Mac’s chief economist, said markets, they will face growing
in a statement. “This meant there
was no driving force to move mort- CONTINUED ON PAGE 43
gage rates in any meaningful way,
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fireplace. All hurricane impact windows and from every room of this 5 bed 5 bath luxurious
40 Thursday, July 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: July 13 to July 19
The real estate market had another strong week in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937. Satellite
Beach led the way with 10 transactions, followed by Melbourne Beach with 9 sales and Indialantic with 6.
Our featured sale this week was of a home with ocean views from the second and third floors in
Melbourne Beach. The residence at 7617 Kiawah Way in Maritime Hammock was placed on the market
May 29 with an asking price of $889,900. The sale closed July 16 for $870,000.
The seller in the transaction was represented by Renee Winkler and Carola Meyerhoeffer of Treasure Coast
Sotheby’s. The purchaser was represented by Jackie Griffin of Florida Lifestyle Realty.
SALES FOR 32951
SUBDIVISION ADDRESS LISTED ORIGINAL MOST RECENT SOLD SELLING
ASKING PRICE ASKING PRICE PRICE
NONE 4570 S HIGHWAY A1A 4/29/2018 $1,375,000 $1,375,000 7/18/2018 $650,000
NONE 8356 S HIGHWAY A1A 8/4/2017 $895,000 $799,000 7/13/2018
MARITIME HAMMOCK 7607 KIAWAH WAY 5/29/2018 $650,000 $650,000 7/17/2018 $425,000
SALES FOR 32903 $280,000
SANCTUARY PHASE 2 T 472 PEREGRINE DR 6/5/2018 $450,000 $450,000 7/16/2018 $445,000
STUART TERRACE 169 CORAL WAY E 2/22/2018 $358,000 $338,000 7/13/2018 $435,000
OCEAN SHORES RESUBD 2072 SEAWIND CT 3/3/2018 $249,900 $279,900 7/16/2018 $400,000
SALES FOR 32937
DE SOTO PARK UNIT 2 498 KINGSTON RD 6/1/2018 $439,000 $439,000 7/19/2018
MONTECITO PHASE 1A 439 MONTECITO DR 4/12/2018 $449,000 $449,000 7/16/2018
EMERALD ISLES PHS 2 687 N HEDGECOCK SQ 5/18/2018 $424,900 $409,800 7/17/2018
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Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.
Subdivision: Maritime Hammock, Address: 7607 Kiawah Way Subdivision: None, Address: 4570 S Highway A1A
Listing Date: 5/29/2018 Listing Date: 4/29/2018
Original Price: $650,000 Original Price: $1,375,000
Recent Price: $650,000 Recent Price: $1,375,000
Sold: 7/17/2018 Sold: 7/18/2018
Selling Price: $650,000 Selling Price: $1,230,000
Listing Agent: Renee Winkler Listing Agent: Laura Dowling Roy
& Carola Mayerhoeffer
Selling Agent: Selling Agent: Premier Properties Real Estate
Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl
Laura Dowling Roy
& Carola Mayerhoeffer Premier Properties Real Estate
Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl
Subdivision: Stuart Terrace, Address: 169 Coral Way E Subdivision: Ocean Sd Vil P2, Address: 46 Calcutta Ct
Listing Date: 2/22/2018 Listing Date: 2/16/2018
Original Price: $358,000 Original Price: $220,000
Recent Price: $338,000 Recent Price: $214,900
Sold: 7/13/2018 Sold: 7/17/2018
Selling Price: $318,000 Selling Price: $213,000
Listing Agent: Audra Farley Listing Agent: ELizabeth Kittel
Selling Agent: Coldwell Banker Paradise Selling Agent: Premium Properties Real Estate
Jessica Walker Erin Meloni
RE/MAX Aerospace Realty Exp Realty LLC
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Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.
Subdivision: Cove S Bch Cndo P1, Address: 36 Cove Rd 36-H Subdivision: None, Address: 405 La Costa St
Listing Date: 12/15/2017 Listing Date: 4/5/2018
Original Price: $294,000 Original Price: $299,000
Recent Price: $230,000 Recent Price: $289,000
Sold: 7/13/2018 Sold: 7/16/2018
Selling Price: $225,000 Selling Price: $275,000
Listing Agent: Laura Downey Listing Agent: Claudine Sloms
Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl
Dawn Klotz James August
Island Pace Realty Melbourne Realty, Inc.
JUST LISTED IN THE CLOISTERS! Subdivision: Montecito Phase 1A, Address: 439 Montecito Dr
Waterfrontbrevard.com Listing Date: 4/12/2018
Original Price: $449,000
THE HOUSING MARKET IS MOVING FAST - DON’T GET LEFT BEHIND. Recent Price: $449,000
BUYING OR SELLING Selling Price: $435,000
WE’LL GET YOU WERE YOU NEED TO GO. Listing Agent: Matt Canina
25 PINEHILL DR • INDIALANTIC, FL 32903
Selling Agent: Florida Elite Real Estate
JUST LISTED! - $669,000
4 BEDROOM / 3 BATHROOM 2,715 SF
.47 ACRES GATED PROPERTY • SPARKLING POOL
CLOSE TO THE RIVER AND THE BEACHES
Get Your Home Value Today, Visit: value.myckhome.com
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 39 REAL ESTATE ing to the latest data from the Mort-
gage Bankers Association.
scrutiny as markets search for early
signals of a general economic slow- The market composite index – a
down in housing data.” measure of total loan application
volume – decreased 2½ percent from
Bankrate.com, which puts out a week- a week earlier. The refinance index
ly mortgage rate trend index, found that rose 2 percent, while the purchase
three-quarters of the experts it surveyed index fell 5 percent.
say rates will remain relatively stable in
the coming week. Elizabeth Rose, sales The refinance share of mortgage
manager at Nations Lending, is one who activity accounted for 36.5 percent
predicts rates won’t move much. of all applications.
“Steady seems to be the word,” “Not much changed coming out
Rose said. “Mortgage bonds have of the [Fourth of July] holiday, as
been steady, trading in a tight range the market is still being held back
and unable to break a move in either by a lack of inventory,” said David
direction. Fed Chair [Jerome] Pow- Stevens, MBA president. “Given that
ell believes the U.S. is on course for FHA purchase volume did increase
years more of steady growth and low while conventional application vol-
inflation. For the week ahead, I see ume dropped, it’s safe to say that
bonds continuing a steady pattern.” some first-time buyers are clearly
entering the market.”
Meanwhile, mortgage applica-
tions were down last week, accord-