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01/04/2018 ISSUE 01


SatBeach Volt jolt. P2 New cat-astrophe. P4 Artist’s higher calling

Town investing in electric auto Drifter who swiped tabby now
and two-car charging-station. eyed in pet-hospital vandalism.

Illustrations bring Bible
classes to life. PAGE 12


Eau Gallie Arts District backers win fight for more funds

STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER Street organization received Funded by a small portion Street program officials suc- apparent and gaining mo-
[email protected] its $55,000 allocation for 2018, of additional taxes gained in cessfully argued to the CRA mentum in the district, so
continuing an eight-year pro- the district as a result of revi- board of directors that the its funding should continue
After being grilled about its cess to revitalize the Old Eau talization in the Community process is working. to fully realize its potential
purpose and usefulness, the Gallie area of Melbourne. Redevelopment Area, Main
Eau Gallie Arts District Main They said progress is both CONTINUED ON PAGE 4



STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER dential neighborhoods where short-term rentals from being
[email protected] they all the sudden have a turn- prohibited in any city or coun-
over of residents every week,’’ ty, beyond any ordinances or
Attention, all Indian Harbour Ryan said. zoning regulations that were
Beach homeowners involved already on the books when the
in short-term or vacation rent- The Florida Legislature in
als of your homes, including 2011 passed a law keeping CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Vacation Rentals by Owner,
STORY BY RUSTY CARTER STAFF WRITER tectors, the Florida Insti- HomeAway and Airbnb: Your Neighborhood goes with the glow!PHOTO:BENJAMINTHACKER
tute of Technology. rules are about to change dra-
Mucked up. matically. Sally Davis and Dorian Horn stand among the lights in Verbenia Court, a Satellite Beach
That’s the crass, yet ac- The more-than-150-mile neighborhood that has gained fame for its holiday lights display. See story, Page 8.
curate summation given to coastal estuary is host to The Indian Harbour Beach
the Indian River Lagoon by more than 3,000 species of City Council is in the process
one of its most fierce pro- of considering an ordinance
CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 to identify and regulate short-
term rentals, many of which
cropped up after lower-priced
homes were bought up dur-
ing the economic downturn of
2008, said City Manager Mark
Ryan. The ordinance will be
considered on second and fi-
nal reading at the regular city
council meeting Jan. 9.

“We don’t know how many
short-term rentals we have or
where they are. We’re getting
complaints in established resi-

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2 Thursday, January 4, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Satellite Beach creates eco buzz with purchase of electric car

Josh Pritt, found- STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER ered engine, said software engineer
er of the nearly [email protected] Josh Pritt, founder of the nearly 100
member Space Coast EV Drivers and
100-member Satellite Beach is looking down himself a Volt driver. Also being con-
Space Coast EV the road to future energy expenses sidered for the purchase by the end
Drivers, discusses by purchasing a pre-owned Elec- of the year is a previously-owned
his Chevy Volt tric Vehicle (EV), likely a Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf.
and creating a two-vehicle City Hall
automobile. charging station rather than spend- The use of EV vehicles in Bre-
ing $30,000 budgeted for a regular vard County started around 2011,
PHOTO: BENJAMIN gas burning vehicle for the Commu- with Melbourne leading the way by
THACKER nity Development Department. installing a charger – the most ex-
pensive and fastest of three types of
The purchase approved by the charges – at City Hall. The Satellite
City Council supports the city’s Sus- Beach chargers at City Hall, like the
tainability Action Plan and two of its one at Pelican Beach Park, are the
specific Green Achievement Targets middle range of the three types, tak-
(GATs), namely that the city install ing hours rather than minutes for a
at least one EV charging station at a full charge.
municipal building and ultimately
replace all its fossil fuel city admin- It may come as a surprise to some
istrative vehicles. that the least expensive charger type
plugs right into a wall outlet, but
The city currently has a similar but takes several hours to use.
single EV charging station at Pelican
Beach Park. “People need to realize that 99
percent of the time the EV driver
The change to a Volt, expected to starts from home with a full charge
be on the road in January, will result by plugging in overnight, and that
in cost savings of electricity over gas, doesn’t require anything more than
and the operation of the vehicle will a regular outlet,’’ Pritt said.
be cleaner.
The city vehicle for Satellite Beach
Also, there will be maintenance will mostly stay within city limits but
savings by not having to change oil may travel to Orlando or Tallahassee.
very often in the small gas-pow-

SHORT-TERM RENTALS cationers. Also, regular residents are
familiar with safety issues such as
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 hurricane evacuation plans, garbage
collection days, closest hospitals and
state pre-empted authority over vaca- emergency phone numbers, all of
tion rentals. That law was amended in which under the new ordinance will
2014 to allow for some limited regula- have to be prominently posted similar
tion of short-term rentals, but not the to what you see in hotel rooms.
duration of the renter’s stay, or how fre-
quently the homeowner could rent out A land-line telephone also will be
the property. required in each home to aid with 911
The proposed ordinance was
prompted by Ryan’s service on the “It will be a tool in the tool belt to help
Florida League of Cities’ Municipal us protect the quality of life in the es-
Administration Committee, where he tablished neighborhoods,’’ he said.
has seen the issue of short-term rent-
als come up several times across the The city has no idea how many
state. Communities want the power to short-term rentals are being utilized as
control transient rentals in quiet, resi- additional income for residents living
dential neighborhoods, but well-fund- in the city. Under the new rules, those
ed lobbying efforts in Tallahassee and homeowners would have to register
property-rights advocates fight every and post the rules inside the homes
legislative session to maintain a free such as no parking on the grass and no
and open market for vacation rentals. pool parties at 2 a.m., he said.

“Other cities face this, some more “It’s intended to provide some safety
so than us. For whatever reason, this for the (temporary) tenants who are
community did not adopt a measure there and some quality of life for the
prior to 2011 prohibiting them. Now, I neighbors,’’ Ryan said.
can’t prohibit them, but I can regulate
them. We don’t have any regulations Finally, the ordinance would require
for them now so anything we adopt is homeowners with short term rentals
going to be an improvement,’’ he said. to collect and pass on bed taxes to the
county for use by the Tourist Develop-
The main problems with short-term ment Commission and other purposes.
rentals are complaints from estab-
lished residents about the additional The measure will go into effect after
parking and noise caused by the va- a phase-in period for homeowners with
short-term rentals to get registered,
Ryan said. 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, January 4, 2018 3


Pritt earlier appeared before the rier island community in Brevard to not located in local ing credit cards for payment, usually
Satellite Beach Sustainability Board make the move, following up on its car dealerships include one at Flor- less than $2 to fill up with a charge,
to give advice on the purchase of a larger efforts toward sustainability, ida Tech in Melbourne, one at the Pritt said.
used EV as a city vehicle. “We drive including soon adding electricity- Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa
the things every day so we are the generating photovoltaic solar panels and one at Manatee Sanctuary Park The Volt is perhaps preferable to a
ones to ask,’’ he said. for the roof of City Hall. in Cape Canaveral. Some of the char- Leaf because, as a hybrid, it cannot
gers are free, while others require us- become stranded from running out
Satellite Beach is the first bar- Other Brevard chargers listed on of a charge away from a charger. 

4 Thursday, January 4, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Drifter who stole cat now eyed for vandalism EAU GALLIE ARTS DISTRICT

STORY BY LISA ZAHNER COMMUNITY EDITOR The window at the Aloha Adoptions office after a vandal smashed it with a hammer. PHOTO: JULIAN LEEK CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
[email protected]
and smashed the window with the never thought he would be violent, as a location for new businesses and
Police are still searching for a scrag- hammer – presumably in an attempt she added. other redevelopment.
gly drifter who in early November to “free” the five or six cats in the cat
nabbed a tabby cat from Aloha Pet room at the time. Now she’s afraid of what else The $55,000 will be used for ad-
and Bird Hospital and who came back the suspect might do to anyone he ministration, including the $44,000
last week and smashed the plate-glass Schrage said she shouted for the thought was imprisoning and animal. compensation for Executive Direc-
window to the cat adoption room staff to lock the doors and that the tor Lisa Packard, a $2,500 seasonal
with a hammer. whole incident was very upsetting, As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the Mel- lighting project and normal activi-
not only for the cats in the cat room, bourne Police Department, which is ties “consistent with the CRA plan”
The stolen cat, a tom named Floun- but for clients at the hospital with the lead agency on the case as Aloha such as façade improvement grants.
der, was found eight days later roam- their pets, including two children. Adoptions is located in the sliver of
ing the streets in Indian Harbour the barrier island within the City of Special events and festivals – one
Beach and that story had a happy Police responded and with a K-9 Melbourne, said they have no suspect of the funding questions brought up
ending as Flounder recently found a went looking for the suspect, who at and have made no arrest. at the Dec. 12 meeting – are finan-
good home, but the perpetrator was the time was wearing a gray hoodie cially self-sufficient and therefore
never caught. After the Flounder in- and “multi-colored yoga pants” but Fortunately this time, Aloha has do not need any of the CRA funding.
cident, Aloha Adoptions, a nonprofit the tracking was unsuccessful. The several eyewitnesses who can identify However, events can be problem-
animal rescue and rehoming organi- suspect is rumored to be homeless the suspect, plus the video camera atic as a main source of fundraising,
zation which operates out of the Alo- and living on the beach between In- footage. Packard said.
ha animal hospital, installed security dian Harbour Beach and Indialantic.
cameras and changed the lock code Once he is caught, the man would With the 2018 allocation, “it’s real-
on the “cat room,” a bright, cheery Aloha staff said the same man has likely face felony charges, as the win- ly business as usual: we will do what
room filled with kitty condos and cat been involved in other efforts to free dow that was smashed was valued we’ve always been doing but now we
toys where adoptable cats mingle animals, including trying to unhook at $1,200, making the second crime know we need to find ways to bring
with potential new families. dogs from their leashes at the Canova much more serious, in the eyes of the more money in. That’s the goal for
Beach dog park, cutting fishing lines law anyway, than the cat-snatching in any Main Street program, to be self-
The man, who was described by while people were surf fishing and November. sustaining,’’ Packard said.
witnesses as tall and gaunt with even dumping a live-bait bucket.
long, unkempt dirty-blonde hair and Anyone having information about The reason events are not the best
a brown beard and mustache, had “I think his intentions are prob- the suspect’s whereabouts should call fundraisers is because they cost a lot to
stuffed Flounder in a duffel bag and ably pure, but he’s not thinking it all the Melbourne Police Department’s put on and, if outdoors, they are risky
raced out with him, and according through,” Schrage said. “He’s defi- non-emergency line at 321-608-6731 with the often fickle Florida weather
to front desk manager Nina Schrage, nitely mentally unstable.” But she and refer to Case#17-85198. 
that’s what he hoped to do again last All it takes are strong winds, rain
Tuesday night. Around 7:15 p.m. she or even the threat of rain to have art
said, the suspect came in and tried to shows and other outdoor events fall
get into the cat room. She explained flat and barely break even, even if
that they’d changed the code, be- well-planned.
cause of him.
An example of the new and hope-
“Then I said something about our fully more stable direction in EGAD
cat and he got upset,” Schrage said, Main Street fundraising will be an in-
explaining that the man said that door themed party on Saturday night
a living, breathing animal can’t be in conjunction with the annual April
owned. Agitated, he left and came in Paris event on the first Friday in
back with a hammer. From outside April, she said.
the cat room window, according to
witnesses, he put his hand in a bag “Main Street programs are all
about redevelopment of the area;
that’s the saving grace of Main Street,
but it all starts with the events and
getting people to understand the
progress in the area.

“Now it’s up to our side to take it to
the next level in fundraising to make
the program self-sufficient,’’ Packard


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Melbourne City Manager Mike will ultimately benefit from recent and will require all involved to “keep than being fundraisers) is to bring
McNees said in just five years he has zoning changes enabling new devel- the long view” and take incremental in new eyes and vitality to the area.
noticed an increased viability in the opments to get a toe-hold in the up- steps, including putting on quality People who normally might not
EGAD Main Street area, even though and-coming area. events, to make substantive progress normally have come to the area see
the money generated through the tax toward the goal of increased devel- what’s going on and they come back
increment financing there is rela- He suggested that the big payoffs opment and self-sufficiency. and that supports the businesses. It
tively small. He does expect the area for the CRA and Main Street pro- all feeds on itself,’’ he said. 
gram in Eau Gallie may be years off “The point of the events (rather

6 Thursday, January 4, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


MUCK IN THE LAGOON discharged into an Indian Harbour system. A power outage at a sewage up, some by individuals and small
Beach canal, and into the lagoon, treatment center in Fort Pierce was groups, and even schoolchildren.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 rather than having raw sewage back responsible for a 1.25 million-gal-
up into homes and neighborhood lon spill last October. And a broken Marti Veatch is among those work-
plants and animals, though indus- streets. wastewater pipe in Vero Beach is the ing to help improve the health of the
trial and recreational impacts have culprit for a November spill of 3.1 lagoon. She’s a Melbourne Beach
led to what scientists have deemed a Over time, notes Florida Tech’s million gallons of sewage. Those are resident who is also a member of the
half-century of neglect. website, “there’s been a huge build- the most recent episodes. In 2016 an town’s Environmental Advisory Board.
up of what FIT scientists simply de- algae bloom led to a massive fish kill
Marine life is at risk, impacted scribe as ‘muck,’ a blend of nitrogen in Brevard County. Veatch said she and a few friends
by fertilizer run-off and planned and phosphorus that resembles tar.” have launched a grassroots effort,
emergency wastewater discharges As the muck builds, it kills seagrass The recent spills have prompted a one that so far includes plantings
required when the system becomes beds, fuels algae blooms, suffocating fresh examination of how to clean up near the town’s pier, installing bat
inundated with groundwater. seagrass beds and marine life. the Indian River Lagoon, but citizens houses to help control the mosquito
aren’t waiting for the bureaucrats to population, and placing oyster mats
Hurricane Irma and the Oct. 1 There’s plenty of blame to go act. Grassroots efforts have popped to encourage new marine life in the
floods resulted in nearly 20 mil- around, up and down the estuary lagoon.
lion gallons of raw sewage being
The group is modeling its efforts
after Satellite Beach, which in May
2017 adopted a nearly 50-page Sus-
tainability Action Plan that focuses
on five areas: Built Environment;
Land and Water Systems; Energy and
Transportation; Community Out-
reach; and Quality of Life.

For each category the plan iden-
tifies stressors that have a negative
impact, and recommendations to
remedy the problem.

“The simplest way to help is for
people to pick up after themselves,”
Veatch said. “Leaves. Debris. Gar-
bage. It all leads to standing water.
We’re trying to keep our community
free of debris.”

In addition to awareness spread-
ing about lagoon-friendly practices,
there are at least 42 separate projects
meant to help clean up the lagoon.

To do the work, the Brevard Board
of County Commissioners approved
$25.87 million from a special half-
cent increase in the sales tax. Com-
pleting all 42 projects will cost $68.77

Within Brevard alone, projects
include muck removal, upgrades to
waste water treatment plants, up-
grades from septic systems to sew-
ers, and storm water projects. In
addition, the work is expected to
reduce nitrogen in the lagoon by
nearly 97,000 pounds annually, and
phosphorous would be reduced by
more than 10,000 pounds a year.

Meanwhile, Michigan-based Green-
field Resources launched a pilot pro-
gram in Indian River County in July
to show that it could remove pollut-
ants from water entering the Indian
River Lagoon by shocking it with

Greenfield tested raw water in Ve-
ro’s Main Relief Canal for 10 different
contaminants, then treated it, then
tested again.

In all 10 samples, the level of con-
taminants was reportedly reduced.
In three of those samples the con-
taminants (aluminum, boron and
nitrites) were no longer detectable.
In others, the reductions ranged as
high as 67 percent and as low as less
than 20 percent. 

Curtain closing
on dazzling
Verbenia light show

8 Thursday, January 4, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Curtain closing on dazzling Verbenia light show

[email protected]

What goes up must come down.
Normally reserved for issues in-
volving gravity, the phrase in this
case alludes to the dismantling of
one massive holiday display.
Chances are, most beachside
residents have heard of Satellite
Beach’s Verbenia Court winter won-
derland, and may have even driven
or walked through it at least once. If
not, load the car up with kids need-
ing one last Christmas hurrah and
take them to the hometown Who-
ville to be dazzled by thousands of
lights, dozens of displays and an
abundance of goodwill. Last chan-
cers have until Jan. 6, when all the
bling gets unplugged, packed up
and stored until next Christmas.
The neighborhood off Desoto
Parkway and within hearing dis-
tance of the Atlantic surf has been
dressing up for the holidays since
1981. It all began when Sally Davis
placed a few luminaria – small bags
weighted with sand and lighted
with candles – along her driveway

36 years ago, and it all just snow- down. Sometimes I’ll get up early
balled from there. in the morning and she may just be
finishing but she gets it all done,”
“She started it! The year we got she said.
married,” said her husband, Paul
Davis. “It’s a little later than 12:01 be-
cause we do ring in the new year.
“But not to the degree that it is We celebrate, we have our family
now. I did my driveway and the front gathering and we have our cham-
of my house first. And then the next pagne and we do our grapes. I lived
year we did the whole street and it in Spain, and in Spain you eat 12
has just evolved,” Sally Davis said. grapes at the start of the year for
good luck. So we do the grapes,
Verbenia Court’s holiday display champagne, celebrate and then
is a street-wide act of neighborly things kind of wind down in the
love and includes a party across the house and I go outside.”
16 houses on the cul-de-sac. The
dismantling is less intense and not What began as a mean act of van-
quite as interesting. Removing two dalism 10 years ago when some
grand arches over the road takes a Scrooge broke her sidewalk arches
group effort and is scheduled for has become a tradition for Horn as
Jan. 6. Other than that, there is no she spends the night removing dec-
organized cleanup. orations.

“The takedown is pretty simple, “I found it very relaxing. It’s very
just take it down. Everybody does quiet, nobody’s out. It’s very quiet
their own thing, at their own pace,” but it’s all lit. I take them down and
Sally said. I put them away in the boxes.”

There is one story, however, that Is it sad when the decorations
may be surprising, and it involves have to come down?
their neighbor Dorian Horn.
“It’s dark. It’s so festive and then
Famous for hosting Santa’s all of a sudden it’s dark on the street.
Christmas Eve visit on her lawn, That’s kind of sad. People stop com-
Horn takes her holiday decorating ing,” Sally said.
seriously. She takes her undecorat-
ing just as seriously. She thought for a moment and
said: “There was a little girl who
Sally calls it the 12:01 Takedown walked up while we were sitting on
as her friend starts clearing the way, the driveway. She said, ‘This makes
literally, for the new year. my heart so happy.’ That’s why we
do it.” 
“She goes out there right after
12 o’clock. She’ll start taking them

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, January 4, 2018 9


Walker and Richard Cummins.

10 Thursday, January 4, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Yoga class with baby goats? You can’t bleat it!

Students participate in this wildly popular yoga class with baby goats Skylar Lintz. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER
at the Yoga Garden in the Gallie Arts District.

Tammie Clark. Kerry Olohan.

Artist’s ‘labor of love’
enlivens Bible study classes

12 Thursday, January 4, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Artist’s ‘labor of love’ enlivens Bible study classes

STORY BY CYNTHIA VAN GAASBECK CORRESPONDENT Renee Heinbuch. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD was previously an art teacher, so this scene for the stories to come.
[email protected] was just great to be able to use what I “We don’t cover the whole stage but
coordinator of the series, must have had trained for to help other people,”
Bible study class. been impressed. “She sort of moved Heinbuch said on a quiet afternoon in we have a focal point. And I have an
Go ahead and imagine a group of me along and helped me to grow. I the deserted Roy M. Terry Center for area that changes from time to time
people leaning into their well-worn Christian Fellowship. with whatever we are going through.
copies of the best-selling book of all Like one time we had a diner theme
time. Picture them poring over ev- Back during the hurricanes of 2004, and it was called ‘Savoring the Psalms.’
ery word, every reference, every nu- the Terry Center was damaged and the
ance. growing group decided to start meet- “I would do an object lesson and I
Some might call it dry, even, ing in the Melbourne Beach Commu- would take one aspect out of what Pat
dare we say, a tad boring – but that nity Center, where they still meet. was going to speak about that day and
doesn’t mean it all has to be serious I would embellish it and make a visual
business. The Bible offers wonder- “It’s really large and we wanted to representation of it. And the ladies
ful opportunities to bring scripture create a smaller atmosphere. The big seem to love it. It breaks the ice and
to life, and it helps to have some problem was there was a stage and makes you feel comfortable. It also
of the flock of faithful artistically big desks are bolted to the floor so you gives you a picture image to remem-
blessed. could not move them. We wanted to ber.
Enter Renee Heinbuch, 70, an put a focus on the podium and where
artist, retired teacher, children’s Pat would be speaking to the women, One might say it’s community the-
author, book illustrator and slight but without a lot of distraction,” she ater on a very small scale.
ham. said.
For the past 13 years, Heinbuch “My object lesson often has some-
has been bringing her sense of hu- Heinbuch put her talent to work thing funny. I get into the charac-
mor and creative mind to the Com- creating trifold backdrops that set the ter of whoever is talking and carry it
munity Women’s Bible Study in through. Maybe I just like to show off!”
Melbourne Beach. she said with a laugh.
The current six-week series,
which begins Jan. 25, is titled “Writ- Heinbuch, who graduated with a
ings of Solomon: Proverbs, Ecclesi- degree in art education from Kent
astes, Song of Songs.” The series it- State University in Ohio, is also an au-
self is organized by the Community thor and illustrator of two children’s
Chapel of Melbourne Beach and is books. “Lulu’s Rainbow,” published in
attended by anywhere from 60 to 90 2013, and “Always, Psalm 121,” pub-
women each week. lished this past September, are avail-
While not disparaging serious able on Amazon. According to Ama-
study of the Bible, as there is a need zon, the first book reflects her love of
for academic debate, these well- teaching elementary school art and
attended and quite social sessions the second reflects her love of scrip-
feature fun themes and interesting ture.
ways to explain sometimes-com-
plex wording and ideas. “I wanted to get the word of God in
Heinbuch, in her role as object the hands of children,” she said of “Al-
lesson presenter, can drive home a ways.”
session’s points with art and humor,
props and high energy. This year, the bible study theme
“My job was just to pour cof- and visuals are based on birds. Titles
fee,” she said of her initial attempt of the sessions are: “Who Me, A Wise
to make a difference. Pat Secret, Ole Gal?” “The Golden Egg-cess,”
“How Time Flies!” “My Fine Feath-
Steer, Mercer & Co. ered Friends,” “Leaving the Nest” and
Gary Steer, Certified Financial Planner TM “Love Birds.”
Adam Mercer, Senior Accountant
“The backdrop we are going to
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blue sky I wanted and I didn’t real-
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I believe your money should be easily accessible Heinbuch said with a smile.
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She and Pat, whose husband John
through active risk management. Secret is pastor of Community Cha-
pel, fine-tune the presentation during
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time consuming but there is a lot of
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“This is all a labor of love with ev-
eryone who participates.” 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, January 4, 2018 13


Coming Up: Surfside Players wade into ‘On Golden Pond’

STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER a heart attack, he and Ethel know composers and lyricists as Rodgers,
[email protected] time is against them, “but the years Kern, Hamlisch, Bernstein, Porter,
have been good and, perhaps, an- Webber, Hammerstein and Hart,
other summer on Golden Pond still you should plan on doing a lot of
awaits.” Show times are Fridays, 8 humming under your breath. Who
p.m.; Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 doesn’t know at least some of the
p.m. Tickets, $25; students and mili- melody and lyrics to “You’ll Never
tary, $22. Walk Alone,” “Seventy Six Trom-
bones,” “Some Enchanted Evening”
2 The wonderful Space Coast and “Impossible Dream,” to name a
Symphony Orchestra welcomes few? I’ll bet you can even name the
shows these iconic numbers were
the brand-new year with the “Best in. Wielding the baton as principal
guest conductor will be Michael
of Broadway” this Saturday evening Hall, the newly appointed music di-

at the Scott Center in Melbourne. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

With unforgettable music from the

Great White Way by such stellar

1 Surfside Players present “On Golden Pond.”

1 Community theater continues for the 49th year. Says Wikipedia: In
alive and vibrant, and the Surf- spite of heart problems and a failing
memory, Norman remains “as tart-
side Players enter the new year with tongued, observant and eager for life
as ever,” while Ethel takes pleasure
a treasured, evergreen production, in all the small things that continue
to enrich their lives. Their middle-
“On Golden Pond,” opening next aged daughter Chelsea and her fi-
ance visit, then head for Europe,
Friday for a three-weekend run, Jan. leaving his teenage son behind for
the summer. When Norman suffers
12-28. Ernest Thompson’s play is a

love story: retired professor Norman

Thayer, nearing 80, and his 10-years-

younger wife Ethel, are returning to

their summer home on Golden Pond

14 Thursday, January 4, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


rector of the Prince George Sympho- her eclectic musical style to the King
ny Orchestra in British Columbia, Center’s Studio Theatre for a single
Canada, and, from 2007 to 2012, mu- performance this Sunday. Expect it
sic director of the Southwest Florida to be a moving experience. According
Symphony. Joining the symphony on to Wikipedia, Lavette made her first
stage will be sopranos Claire Tendl record at 16, gaining intermittent
and Beth Green, and baritones Sean fame until 2005, when she released
Christopher Stork and Shawn Jesse- her album “I’ve Got My Own Hell to
man. Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets are Raise.” Lavette’s music combines el-
$19.99; free for those 18 and under. ements of soul, blues, rock and roll,
funk, gospel and country, and she
3 Soul singer/songwriter Bettye has been called “an interpreter of
Lavette was recording during the highest order.” In addition to re-
cording for numerous labels, Lavette
the birth of soul music in the 1960s worked alongside Charles “Honi”
Coles and Cab Calloway in the Tony
and continues to create, record and

perform today. Lavette will bring

2 Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents “Best of Broadway.”

for Best Contemporary Female Blues
Singer, performing a critically ac-
claimed version of “Love Reign O’er
Me” at the Kennedy Center Honors
in a tribute to The Who. The more
intimate atmosphere of the Studio
Theatre will allow Lavette’'s voice to
be the center of attention, enabling
you to fully appreciate her unique
talent and interpretive skill. She has
long maintained that “just a voice
and one instrument is all you need
to sell a song.” Show time is 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $43.

4 Capt. Hiram’s, on the shore
of the Indian River lagoon in

Sebastian, is just a pleasant drive

down the road, and you’ll always

find live music and a laid back, toes-

in-the-sand ambiance. Music this

Friday is by the Beardos, an acoustic

duo serving up classic rock starting

3 Soul singer/songwriter at 3:30 p.m. Then, at 7:30 p.m., it’ll
Bettye Lavette.
be pop rock with the popular four-
Award-winning Broadway musi-
cal “Bubbling Brown Sugar” in the some East Harbor. Saturday brings
role of Sweet Georgia Brown. Other
awards include the 2004 W.C. Handy Top 40 favorite from Greg and Brian
Award for “Comeback Blues Album
of the Year”; a prestigious Pioneer at 3:30 p.m., followed into the eve-
Award by the Rhythm & Blues Foun-
dation; and the Blues Music Award ning hours by Luna Pearl, playing

covers from the ’70s and ’80s to to-

day’s hits, that’ll keep you rockin’

though the night with rock and roll,

pop, punk, metal, reggae, country,

jazz and blues. 

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Waking up to the new high blood pressure guidelines

[email protected]
Most Americans went to bed on
a recent Sunday night in November
thinking their blood pressure was

By that Monday morning, however,
tens of millions of them suddenly
found themselves catapulted into the
“high blood pressure” or hyperten-
sive category.

In essence, the American Heart
Association, the American College
of Cardiology and the National Joint
Committee on Prevention, Detec-
tion, Evaluation and Treatment of
High Blood Pressure moved the goal
posts overnight.

As that Monday morning dawned,
almost half of all U.S. adults and a
whopping 80 percent of those 65 and
older found themselves classified as
having high blood pressure.

Dr. Cassie Jones, a board certified
internal medicine specialist with the
Sebastian River Medical Group and
Steward Healthcare, calls the change
one of the “flipsy-flopsies” of medicine.

For years, the target for systolic

Experience the fusion of blood pressure – the first of the two loss if one is overweight or obese; and
traditional values and numbers used – was 140. In 2013, that no more than two alcoholic drinks per
target was “relaxed” to 150 for pa- day for men, and one for women” – all
modern dentistry. tients over the age of 60. things that really work.

Collins & Montz In November, however, “normal” (For more information on the DASH
systolic blood pressure for most peo- diet, see
DCOESMNETTICI&SFTAMRILYY ple suddenly plunged to between 130
and 120. It’s then that Jones broaches a topic
At Collins & Montz, DMD, rarely heard in heart health conver-
“Now they’re saying ‘we want sations: dementia.
we will focus on improving every people no greater than 140 over 90,’”
aspect of your smile for optimal says Jones. “We really want you at 130 “We’re not really paying attention
appearance, function, and over 80, and if you can do 120 over 80 to the dementia that’s related with
comfort through our general that’s even better.” statins,” says Jones, adding, “we need
family dentistry, and restorative people to really change their lifestyle
procedures such as dental Since high blood pressure is second so that we don’t require them to be on
implants. Our comprehensive only to smoking as a preventable cause statins. And if they are on statins, we
range of services and dedication of heart attacks and strokes, the new [need to] get them on the lowest dose
of quality set us apart. Call today guidelines – based on a huge 2015 study possible, instead of putting out all
to schedule your appointment. first published in the New England these high-intensity statins.”
524 OCEAN AVENUE, MELBOURNE BEACH, FL 32951 Journal of Medicine – were splashed
across the headlines and TV news. The good news is that despite the
(321) 725-6565 • MELBOURNEBEACHDENTISTRY.COM new, lower blood pressure guidelines,
But what may have gone unnoticed Harvard Medical School and Jones
is the fact that the study’s recommen- agree that “simply changing what
dations for lowering blood pressure you eat can bring down systolic blood
do not revolve around more medi- pressure by as much as 11 points and
cation or higher doses of statins like each additional healthy habit you
Lipitor or Crestor. adopt can bring it down another four
to five points.”
The Harvard Medical School joins
Jones in pointing out “for elevated Physicians like Jones are ready, will-
blood pressure, medications are ac- ing and able to help. The guidelines,
tually not recommended; rather, a she says, are “a wake-up call that says
long list of evidence-based, non-drug we need to get better control on this.”
interventions are.
Dr. Cassie Jones is with the Sebas-
“What are these interventions? tian River Medical Group and Stew-
A diet high in fruits and vegetables ard Healthcare. She has office hours
(such as the DASH diet which is natu- at 13840 U.S. 1 in Sebastian and 8000
rally high in potassium); decreased Ron Beatty Blvd. in Barefoot Bay. The
salt and bad fats; more activity; weight phone number is 772-581-0644. 

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Psoriasis severity linked to big rise in type 2 diabetes risk

STORY BY MARIA CANFIELD CORRESPONDENT to malfunction isn’t fully known, but and epidemiology, who says “we know area (BSA), which, as its name implies,
researchers believe that genetics and psoriasis is linked to higher rates of gives the percentage of the body that is
Though it is not widely known out- environmental factors both play a role. diabetes, but this is the first study to affected by the disease.
side of the medical community, peo- specifically examine how the severity
ple with psoriasis are at a higher risk The chronic inflammation caused of the disease affects a patient’s risk.” The results, published in Journal of
of developing type 2 diabetes. Now, by psoriasis is the most significant the American Academy of Dermatol-
new research from the University of factor increasing the risk of type 2 dia- For their study, the researchers ogy, were dramatic. The team found
Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of betes. Psoriasis can also affect the im- used data on two groups of adults – that people with psoriasis who had a
Medicine in Philadelphia shows that mune system in ways that have been 8,124 with psoriasis and 76,599 with- BSA of up to 2 percent had a 21 per-
the risk rises dramatically based on associated with insulin resistance and out. The data came from a survey of cent higher risk of developing diabetes
the severity of the psoriasis. type 2 diabetes. general practitioners in the United (compared to those without psoriasis),
Kingdom and included a measure of and people with a psoriasis BSA of 10
Dr. Patrick Ottuso, M.D., a Vero The Penn team was led by Joel M. psoriasis severity called body surface
Beach dermatologist and Fellow of the Gelfand, a professor of dermatology CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
American Academy of Dermatology, is
familiar with the Penn study and has
observed the link between psoriasis
and type 2 diabetes in his own prac-
tice. He says that psoriasis is also as-
sociated with “metabolic syndrome,” a
cluster of conditions (high blood pres-
sure, high blood sugar, excess body fat
around the waist, and abnormal cho-
lesterol or triglyceride levels) that in-
crease the risk of heart disease, stroke,
and diabetes.

Although psoriasis most typically
evidences itself in the skin, it is actu-
ally a disease of the immune system,
in which T cells – a form of white
blood cell – are overactive, produc-
ing too many skin cells. These skin
cells move to the outermost layer of
skin too quickly, building up in thick,
scaly patches. What causes the T cells

Dr. Patrick Ottuso.


18 Thursday, January 4, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 ate, about 10 percent of sufferers – 1.5
million people – have a psoriasis BSA
had a 64 percent higher risk of devel- of 5 percent or more.
oping the disease.
Penn’s Gelfand says “psoriasis and
Those with a BSA of 20 had an 84 diabetes share similar genetic muta-
percent increased risk, and those with tions, suggesting a biological basis
a 30 percent BSA were at a 104 percent for the connection between the two
higher risk – more than double the risk conditions we found in our study.” He
of those without psoriasis. also says that healthcare professionals
should help people with psoriasis un-
The researchers drew their conclu- derstand their risk of developing type
sions after making adjustments in 2 diabetes, and educate them about
their data to account for other diabe- diabetes prevention, especially if their
tes risk factors, such as age, gender, psoriasis BSA is 10 percent or higher.
and weight.
Vero’s Dr. Ottuso says that an earlier
In the United States, approximate- study, conducted by the same Penn
ly 7.5 million people have psoriasis.
While most cases are mild to moder-

researchers, resulted in an even more If it’s suspected that a medication is
alarming conclusion: the higher the causing flare-ups, alternative are like-
BSA, the greater the risk of death. Over ly available, whether it’s a lower dose
the course of four years, Gelfand and or a different medication altogether.”
his team found that – after adjusting
for demographics and risk factors such • Prevent skin injuries. In some
as smoking, obesity, and major medi- people, injuries to the skin – such as
cal conditions – people with a BSA of sunburn and scratches – can trigger
over 10 had almost double the risk of flare-ups. While spending time out-
death than those who did not have doors, psoriasis suffers should use
psoriasis. sunscreen, wear a hat, and apply bug
spray. Long sleeves and gloves should
While psoriasis cannot be cured, be worn when gardening.
flare-ups can be controlled. Some tips
on reducing the frequency and sever- • Avoid infections. Infections can
ity of flare-ups: trigger psoriasis because they put
stress on the immune system, causing
• Reduce stress. Stress is particu- an inflammatory reaction. It’s impor-
larly problematic for people with tant to seek treatment right away if you
psoriasis, as stress tends to cause an think you have any sort of infection.
inflammatory reaction in the body.
While psychotherapy can help, there • Eat foods that reduce inflamma-
are other everyday activities that can tion. Foods that may reduce inflam-
be effective stress-reducers, including mation include fatty fish such as
yoga, meditation, and relaxation tech- salmon and tuna, flaxseeds, pumpkin
niques. seeds, walnuts, almonds, and green
leafy vegetables such as spinach and
• Avoid certain medications. Dr. Ot- kale. Foods to avoid include red meat,
tuso says beta blockers (a type of blood dairy, high-fat foods, processed foods,
pressure medication) and steroids can refined sugars and citrus fruits.
trigger a psoriasis flare-up. He says
“people should talk to their doctor Dr. Ottuso’s practice is part of Vero
about any prescription or over-the- Beach Dermatology, located at 1955
counter medications they’re taking. 22nd Ave; the phone number is 772-
299-0085. 

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When Andréa Grottoli peered at the corals grow- That’s a question that many coral reef biologists ecosystem, is that if you have disease propagate
ing in tanks on Hawaii’s Coconut Island earlier this are grappling with. As it becomes increasingly evi- through and everything is the same species and it’s a
month, she breathed a sigh of relief. Some still lived. dent that reefs of the future won’t continue to contain disease that targets that species, you lose everything,”
their characteristic biodiversity, scientists are forced Grottoli explains. “With low diversity, you lose that
They all should have died. weigh two of their highest values, biodiversity and ecosystem-level resilience” even if reefs still exist.
For the past two years, Professor Grottoli and her ecosystem resilience, against each other. But the two
colleagues had subjected these corals to some truly are also tangled together, as diversity is seen as key to Grottoli and others are on a mission to find so-
harsh conditions, the kind that climate models sug- long-term resilience of an ecosystem. called super-corals that are particularly resilient to
gest could become the new normal by the end of the the extreme conditions predicted with anthropo-
21st century. This tension isn’t limited to coral reef science. genic climate change.
When she harvested them from reefs around the Ecologists across fields contemplate the same ques-
Hawaiian island of Oahu, Grottoli had hoped that tion: Is it possible to have ecosystem-wide resilience Some of these super-corals are indeed quite “su-
some would acclimate to the excessively warm and without biodiversity, and to maintain both when a per.” In one of Grottoli’s experiments, she found
acidic waters of the tank, but “there was a real risk system is bombarded with threats? some corals in the Gulf of Aqaba in the northern Red
that they were all going to die after two years,” the Sea that can be heated to 6 degrees C above their nor-
Ohio State University coral researcher says. Coral reefs thrive on three distinct layers of di- mal summertime temperatures before they release
Indeed, some of the corals had bleached under versity – and each has its own relationship to resil- their symbiotic algae and bleach.
their new conditions. But a couple held their char- ience. Reefs support thousands of marine organisms,
acteristic color. The team still has to examine the from fish to marine worms to algae, and more. This But not every population of a species is necessar-
surviving corals in the laboratory to see if and how splendid biodiversity is what captivates tourists and ily resilient. One of these super-coral species in the
they truly acclimated to the new conditions, but “I’m nature photographers from all over the world. There northern Red Sea, Pocillopora damicornis, was also
glad they didn’t all die,” Grottoli says. “I’m glad that are also hundreds of distinct species of coral globally. one of the species that Grottoli collected in Hawaii.
we have survivors and we have a story of resilience.” And within each coral species there is also thought to And the Hawaiian population died in their tanks with
The apparent resilience of even a few specimens of be broad genetic diversity. just 2 degrees C of warming. This distinction suggests
coral offers marine biologists a hint of hope that reefs that something might be at play on a more minute
will exist long into the future, despite rapidly warming A rich diversity among any species is thought to level as well: adaptation to local conditions.
temperatures, rampant overfishing, and persistent promote overall ecosystem resilience. If one species
ocean pollution. in a diverse ecosystem is wiped out, there’s probably The idea is that under different conditions (on op-
But a few surviving corals dominating a mono- another species that can step in and perform the posite sides of the globe, in this case), certain traits
chromatic reef isn’t the same as a thriving reef. So is same ecological function. In the case of reefs, many will be favored differently within the same coral spe-
it an environmental win if reefs persist but biodiver- coral species can build the stony structure that other cies. This can happen in a few different ways, says
sity is lost? animals call home. So as long as some stony corals Robert Toonen, a coral biologist at the Hawai’i Insti-
survive, so too can reefs. tute of Marine Biology in Kaneohe and Grottoli’s col-
laborator in Hawaii.
“The risk with low diversity, and this is true in any
Classic evolutionary adaptation could be at play,

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as genetic traits that are more advantageous in which we can spend, but it will not last forever. A recent modeling study found that the lar-
distinct environments could be selected for over The income is slow, we cannot spend it too fast,” vae from a handful of small, healthy reefs could
a generation or two. Some scientists are also in- he says. “The genetic diversity existing right be carried on ocean currents to replenish many
vestigating whether there is some sort of epigen- now is basically buying us some time to come to dead or dying reefs across the Great Barrier Reef.
etic mechanism at play, with heritable changes in our senses and stop global warming. If we don’t
gene function rather than the DNA itself. Or per- do this, things will eventually collapse.” “There is a capacity for recovery that we were
haps an organism has particularly plastic traits unaware of,” says Peter Mumby, a leader of that
that can be expressed differently in different en- Still, some ecologists see a glimmer of hope: if study and a marine spatial ecologist at the Uni-
vironments, making it possible to adapt to a new some reefs survive, they’ll be able to help others versity of Queensland in Australia.
habitat in its lifetime. Better understanding the regenerate, too.
mechanisms at play could help coral scientists Despite such hopeful hints, we may have to
better understand how well the world’s diverse change how we think of reefs.
reefs will survive into the next century.
“All the world’s reefs aren’t going to be gone” in
Diversity plays a key role with all these mecha- the next century, says John Bruno, a marine ecolo-
nisms, particularly when it comes to heritable gist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
genetics. Hill. “There’ll be high-latitude reefs, there’ll be
reefs in places that just don’t warm for whatever
“Genetic diversity within a species is basically reason, but there’ll be far, far fewer than what
fuel for adaptive evolution,” says Mikhail Matz, a we’ve got right now, and they’ll be different.”
coral geneticist at the University of Texas at Austin.
A broad variety of genetic mutations provides more As an ecosystem, whether or not you consider
options for adaptation in the face of changing envi- coral reefs resilient may be somewhat of a mind-
ronmental pressures, he explains. set, Toonen says. “I don’t believe that coral reefs
will cease to exist,” he says. “I think that they will
So if that genetic diversity exists, adaptation can look very different, but I think that we will con-
happen quite quickly, even within a generation, tinue to see corals and something that we can call
thus adding resilience to the overall system. a reef.”

But there’s a catch. It takes a long time to build up Whether or not you see a reef as resilient with-
such diverse mutations in a population.With the ex- out biodiversity will depend on how you define
treme selection pressures of rising global tempera- a reef, he says. Right now, the spectacular biodi-
tures, the weakly adapted organisms will be selected versity that reefs support make them iconic and
out quickly, leaving a smaller population made up of draw large crowds of diving and snorkeling tour-
a significantly diminished pool of genetic diversity. ists. But reefs also support coastal fisheries, and
This will eventually create a bottleneck of genetics, the stony structure of reefs protect coastlines. A
as a species or population will have less variety to single species of stony coral, or even concrete,
draw from and will therefore be less resilient. might still yield a similar effect in some cases,
Toonen suggests.
Dr. Matz likens it to saving money. “Right now
we have accumulated some genetic currency Professor Mumby agrees.“We will have to change
our expectations of what reefs do for us.” 

Occurs when a blood vessel in the brain breaks leaking
What is a “brain attack?” Similar to a heart attack which occurs blood into the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes account
when blood flow and oxygen to the heart are blocked, a brain attack for 13 percent of all strokes, yet are responsible for
occurs when vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain are cut off. more than 30 percent of all stroke deaths.

A brain attack is a stroke. A stroke can happen to anyone at any WHAT IS A TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACK (TIA)?
time, regardless of race, sex or age.
Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are “mini-strokes” that occur
SOME STARTLING STATISTICS when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted.
A TIA occurs suddenly and lasts only a few minutes. Most symp-
In the United States… toms disappear within an hour, although they may persist for
 Approximately 795,000 strokes will occur this year, one up to 24 hours. The prevalence of a TIA increases with age. Up
every 40 seconds, taking a life approximately every four to 40 percent of all people who suffer a TIA will go on to experi-
minutes ence a stroke.
 Strokes kill nearly 130,000 people each year, and are a
leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability SYMPTOMS OF STROKE AND TIA
 Approximately 55,000 more women than men have
a stroke each year Symptoms of stroke and TIA can include:
 African Americans have almost twice the risk of a first-  Numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especial-
ever stroke ly on one side of the body
 There are an estimated 7,000,000 stroke survivors in the  Confusion or difficulty in talking or understanding speech
U.S. over age 20  Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
 From 1997 to 2007, the annual stroke death rate fell  Difficulty with walking, dizziness, or loss of balance and
34 percent, and the number of deaths fell 18 percent coordination
 The estimated direct and indirect cost of stroke in 2010
was $73.7 billion TIME IS BRAIN

Source: American Stroke Association Recognizing symptoms and acting FAST to get medical atten-
tion can save a life and limit disabilities. “Time is brain.” Call 9-1-1.
Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke, in-
creasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. Few Americans know the signs of stroke. Learning them –
and acting FAST when they occur – could save your life or the
TYPES OF STROKE life of a loved one. Remember that stroke strikes FAST and you
should too.
There are two types of strokes:
ISCHEMIC STROKE Next time we’ll share a clever way to remember how to recog-
Occurs when arteries are blocked by blood clots or by the nize and respond to the signs of a stroke. 

gradual build-up of plaque and other fatty deposits. About Your comments and suggestions for future topics are always
87 percent of all strokes are ischemic. welcome. Email us at [email protected].

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Here is a book that will burn your A century has passed since Twenty-thousand pounds of phos- to slow down and ponder what had
nostrils and make your throat close. the United States entered the gene, a choking gas, were produced happened in that moment of pure si-
Its main characters are asphyxiants Great War – the last surviving daily in Niagara Falls, N.Y. In Gun- lence just before he pushed down the
and vesicants – mustard gas, chlo- veteran died in 2012 – and there powder Neck on the Chesapeake Bay, plunger on the detonator. When the
rine and other chemicals deployed in has been enough ensuing hor- shells were filled with chemicals be- projectors roared and sent six hun-
World War I – and author Theo Em- ror on the battlefield to bury fore being shipped across the Atlan- dred pounds of gas at the Germans,
ery describes in vivid, bronchial lan- its particulars in the collective tic. Lewisite, a blistering agent, was he felt he was in the war at last.”
guage how they sowed agony through memory. The atomic bomb, made in Willoughby, Ohio. Helium
the fields and forests of Europe, and a generation later, multiplied came from Texas, cyanide from Ten- Back in Washington, Fries told
how they afflicted soldiers, scientists the horror of combat by a mil- nessee, mustard from Rhode Island, Congress that chemical warfare “is
and innocent bystanders on the home lion. Vietnam became short- gas masks from Long Island. the most humane” kind of com-
front. Another kind of agent is at play hand for military folly scented bat but then lobbied on behalf of its
here, too, and it’s as insidious as any with napalm and Agent Or- This enterprise was possible only ghastliness: “If we could make war so
poison fog: the bureaucracy that en- ange. Over the past few years, through the bureaucratization and terrible that there would not be any
sured that the United States, late to the regime of Bashar al-Assad industrialization of pain and death. chance for it to last more than five or
the war, throttled its way to chemi- has practiced the dark sorcery “Hellfire Boys” shows how the United ten minutes, then they would stop all
cal supremacy, damn the cost, risk of sarin gas and chlorine bar- States, and the world, brought scien- wars.” Emery, in a rare but judicious
and moral peril. Emery’s “Hellfire rel bombs, which were “the tific sophistication and mechanical editorial aside, notes the absurdity
Boys: The Birth of the U.S. Chemical original chemical weapon of efficiency to the barbarism of war. and “convoluted logic” of a man be-
Warfare Service and the Race for the the twentieth century,” as Em- Emery toggles among appropriators holden to industry above humanity.
World’s Deadliest Weapons” may lack ery calls it, first used in 1915 in in the halls of Congress, chemists on
suspense, but it brims with shock and Belgium. noxious proving grounds, and shiv- Chemists helped to make war ter-
surprise. ering soldiers in Flanders Fields who rible in new ways, but these ways
Though squarely a crackling had to fight with and defend against were not terrible enough to stop
history, “Hellfire Boys” is also new and frightening weapons. The it. “Hellfire Boys” is the story of a
a relevant primer on the past book overflows with characters, and Rubicon crossed, a Pandora’s box
100 years and on a kind of total Emery wisely provides a dramatis opened. The United States, goaded
warmaking that continues to personae at the start of the book. Two by its foes, flouted conscience and
haunt us – sometimes from another individuals stick out: Harold “Higgie” the conventions of war to ensure
hemisphere, sometimes in our own Higginbottom, a 21-year-old chemist victory and achieve peace. This
back yard. and early recruit to the First Gas Reg- Faustian bargain, Emery writes, was
Emery’s introduction opens on iment, and Amos A. Fries, an engi- prologue to the next world war; the
Spring Valley, a leafy upper-class neer who became chief of the Army’s U.S. Chemical Warfare Service was a
neighborhood abutting the campus nascent gas forces and a cheerleader dry run for the Manhattan Project 15
of American University in Northwest for chemical warfare. years later, when physicists took the
Washington. There, in 1993, the U.S. baton on innovating weaponry. In
military disinterred 144 pieces of These men, a grunt on the front a world where whole towns had al-
World War I-era munitions, includ- lines and a savvy bureaucrat in the ready been poisoned by “the devil’s
ing unexploded mortar rounds: the halls of power, embody the fasci- perfume,” the notion of incinerat-
remains of the government’s chemi- nating spectrum of this war effort, ing a city seemed like just another
cal effort to fight fire with fire against an undertold story in a nation more scientific pursuit, just another do-
the Germans. With the university’s fluent in the heroics and horrors of or-die tactic for securing victory and
permission, the area had been used World War II. Emery’s reporting is achieving a more complicated and
as a giant laboratory to make and test vast and meticulous, and his story- precarious peace. 
some of mankind’s nastiest concoc- telling is focused and clean. He gath-
tions. ered a wealth of materials, including HELLFIRE BOYS: THE BIRTH OF THE
“Hellfire Boys” is a story of collabo- Higginbottom’s detail-rich diaries U.S. CHEMICAL WARFARE SERVICE AND THE
ration, of public-private partnership, and letters, which put the reader in RACE FOR THE WORLD’S DEADLIEST WEAPONS
of a marriage between science and the muddy trenches as thousands of
industry. Many corners of the coun- shells fly through the sky. BY THEO EMERY
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The Plott thickens as Bonzo learns Chet’s story

Hi Dog Buddies!

This week I yapped with Chadleigh Chet, the Plott Hound. PHOTO BY DENISE RITCHIE
Plott Bullock, one of the shiest pooch-
es I’ve ever met but, at the same time, German Short-haired Pointer
a great raconteur. As you mighta sur-
mised, Chadleigh, or “Chet” (he said to rescues for, like, 300 Dog Years, for Lass- walk with Chuck an I went
call him Chet), is a Plott Hound, which
I thought was a real coincidence, since ie’s Sake, an he’d just lost his most re- barkin’ nuts. Chuck had my mugshot on I said so in my Very Big,
I’d met my very first Plott Hound only
a coupla weeks ago. Did you catch the cent Pointer, Daisy, in a tragic accident. posters all over the place, an on lost dog Very Loud and (apparently) Very Scary,
Maggie Hamilton column?
PLUS, he’d just had double knee surgery websites. He even had a search posse an 3-county Baritone Voice. Didn’t know I
So, anyway, Chet sent me an intro-
ductory Woof-mail with a buncha Cool an couldn’t walk me, even if I sat still to a BOLO put out. But I wouldn’t let any- had it in me. Well, BK Got With The Pro-
Kibbles phodos of him an his cat, BK.
Yep, he has a pet cat. I KNOW, Right? get my leash on, which I didn’t. I’d freak body near me til I stopped to say hello gram, hasn’t laid a paw on me since. We

Chet and BK live in a pretty neighbor- out at basically everything. I pretty to a coupla liddle kids. (I love liddle don’t snuggle or anything, but we hang
hood, around a liddle lake. When me an
my assistant drove up, Chet was in the much had the personality of a turnip. I kids.) Then Chuck’s faithful friend Greg out, walk around the pond together,
front yard with his human. The usual
Wag-an-Sniff was more of a Gingerly- was a total headcase. I didn’t mean to swooped in an grabbed me.” then wait patiently for The Doorman to
Approach-and-Size-Up. So I said, in my
calm an polite voice, “Good afternoon. cause trouble, but everywhere I looked, “Woof!” I managed. “How did BK get let us in. (That’s what we call Chuck.)
You’re Chadleigh, I presume. I’m Bon-
zo the Columnist and I’m delighted to there was something that scared the in the picksure?” Chet’d been sitting docilely on the
meet you.”
Dog Biscuits out of me. ‘A big lump of “Oh, Dog, that about did both me sofa. Suddenly there was this knock
“Oh, yes, Mr. Bonzo. Do call me Chet.
I am a great admirer. I have no wish to a dog,’ Chuck called me. But this nice an Chuck IN! BK’s original name was on the door an BOOM, he sprung off
be rude. It’s just that I have some linger-
ing ang-ZY-utty issues, stemming from lady at the Humane Society, Heather, Sweetie cuz she’s this petite liddle Rag- that sofa like it was on fire and let out
when me an my litter spent our first
4-5 years indoors, mostly in the dark who Really Unnerstands Dogs, kept doll. Chuck got special permission for one of those Baritone Barks. He was All
and totally isolated. So I have very few
inter-canine skills. But I digress. This tellin’ Chuck he should adopt me. He Sweetie to live with her nice human Business, protecting his domain. I was
is my human, James Bullock. I call him
Chuck. My cat BK’s around here some- didn’t wanna, but Heather knew stuff lady in a special MEM-ree care facility. impressed. And a liddle startled. Only
where. So, come’on in.”
we didn’t. So finally Chuck said, ‘FINE But then, the lady couldn’t take care when Chuck assured him it was a Good
“Thanks, Chet. An please call me
Bonz.” then.’ of her any more an, TWO DAYS after I Guy (the electrician) did he stop that

Chet hopped onto the sofa, an set- “Well, that first month together started livin’ with Chuck, we hadda take very effective rumbly grrrr-ing.
tled in. He was a good-lookin’ pooch. A
Buckskin Plott, I learned: short, golden was pretty doggone weird. If I peeked in Sweetie. WELL, Sweetie took one look “Woof! THAT was SOMEthing, Chet!”
coat; silky hound ears, dark eyes an
sniffer, chiseled muzzle. around the corner and spotted Chuck, at me an The Kibbles Hit the Fan! Bein’ a I told him.

“I though you Plotts only came in I’d flee. He’d set food out for me but I mysterious feline, she sensed my para- “I KNOW!” he grinned. “Ya know,
Brindle,” I said. “How’dja find out you’re
a Plott anyway?” mostly didn’t eat it cuz of bein’ so NERV- noia an transformed from a docile kitty Bonz, even though I still have a ways to

“Chuck had my DNA tested. I have us. If I was outside and he came out, I to a four-pawed attack vehicle. She’d go, I wouldn’t trade my life here for any-
absolutely no clue what that means, but
it’s nice to know who I am, you know? hid in the bushes. Finally, he removed ambush me every chance she got. If it thing. Chuck takes The Best care of us,
We come in so many paint jobs they
hafta give us numbers. I’m 007-111, ALL the vegetation, including two 12’ wasn’t for Prozac, I’d never have made it. and patiently puts up with my issues.
Buckskin With White Markings. Sounds
like a secret agent, but I’m just a plain ol’ birds of paradise and a 6’ fern, so he That’s when we changed her name from He’s ackshully proud of how far I’ve
Plott with what looks like a sprinkling
of plaster dust an bad, rock band eye could find me. Sweetie to BK. The K’s short for ‘Kitty.’” come. So I’m tryin’ real hard to over-
“One time I ran away for almost four “Ah, so,” I commented discreetly. come my fears.”
I laughed. “I’m ready to hear your
story.” days. Something startled me on a leash- “Anyway, finally I’d had enough, and “I’m sure you’re gonna be successful

“Like I mentioned, me an my sibs Don’t be shy! real soon,” I assured him.
had an extended, over-sheltered puppy- Till next time,
hood, until we found the Humane So-
ciety. But I was SO timid and shy I got We are always looking for pets with interesting stories. To set up -The Bonz
adopted out an returned two times be- an interview, please email [email protected].
fore me an Chuck met. An even THEN,
he was re-LUCK-tent. He’d had ONLY

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Mark Twain claimed: “Necessity is the mother of taking chances.” J 10 6

We have chances in bridge: for example, the chance that the contract will make. With AJ53
finesses, what are the chances that one, or one out of two, or one out of three will
K 10 6 5
In today’s deal South has finesses available in all three side suits. However, because 93 J8732
he is in a small slam, he cannot afford to take two that lose. How should he play in six K742
hearts after West leads a trump, and East follows suit? 10 8 7 6

The bidding followed a modern path. Two no-trump was the Jacoby Forcing Raise, 9853
guaranteeing game-going values with at least four-card heart support. Four no-trump
was Roman Key Card Blackwood. North’s reply showed the trump queen and two key Q96
cards (two aces, or one ace and the trump king). Five no-trump announced that all six
key cards (four aces, the trump king and trump queen) were held and that South was SOUTH
thinking about a grand slam. Six hearts denied a side-suit king.
Declarer drew trumps ending on the board, then played a diamond to his queen. Sadly,
it lost, and a diamond came back. Now South needed to maximize his chances in the K 10 8 5 4 2
black suits. He won with his diamond ace, cashed the club king, played a club to the
ace, discarded his last club on the diamond jack and ruffed a club. Here, the queen AQ
appeared to establish dummy’s jack, so the contract was home. But if the queen had
not been seen, declarer would have crossed to dummy with a trump and tried the spade K42
Dealer: South; Vulnerable: Neither
The percentages on those finesses are basically 50, 75 and 87.5.
The Bidding:

1 Hearts Pass 2 NT Pass
4 NT Pass 5 Spades Pass LEAD:
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8 Concentrate (5) 4 Astonished (6)
9 Missed (7) 5 Wonderful (8)
10 Appear (4) 6 Asian country (5)
11 Their age (anag.) (8) 7 Misery (7)
13 Thespians (6) 12 Shields (8)
14 Spurts (6) 13 Beasts (7)
17 Recognise (8) 15 Coast (7)
19 Numerical facts (4) 16 Assume (6)
22 Piece (7) 18 Go in (5)
23 Offence (5) 20 Vigilant (5)
24 Types (5) 21 )Blemish (4)
25 Hill (3)
The Telegraph 26 Consume (3)

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ACROSS Dolly tableau 65 Last box on a The Washington Post
Wright 127 “Wine-dark” questionnaire
1 Hsydrogen ___ 65 Canadian prov. WE INTERRUPTS THIS PROGRAM By Merl Reagle
(gas that smells 66 Sinking signal places 68 Mirror-breaker’s
like rotten eggs) 67 Interrupted show 128 Some grains bad-luck span,
about prune- 129 Lives briefly
8 Flop loving private
12 Florence sits on it eyes? DOWN 69 A concrete
16 Something to 72 Detour abbr. 1 Bait-and-switch, amount
75 “You betcha”
stand on 76 Letterman’s time e.g. 70 Crusades crusher
19 Beaver’s last 77 Hawaiian tuna 2 Arm bone 71 Part of a circle’s
78 Supermodel who 3 Interrupted actor
name wed area
20 Soprano’s David Bowie in who’d been sitting 72 Demetrius’s
1992 around too
neighbor 82 Awakened, in a long anyway? workplace
21 Turn sharply way 4 Clan: abbr. 73 Slot machine fruit
22 Resident of San 84 Bust bottom 5 A paler shade of 74 Classic Ford,
85 Frankenstein white
Simian? neck feature 6 Don’t mention it, familiarly
23 Cup-shaped 87 Jannings and in Durango 79 Interrupted show
Gilels 7 Previously,
flower 88 With 96 Across, to the Bard about lawn-care
24 Interrupted film the other 8 Diet restrictions crimefighters?
Tammany Hall 9 Skin cream herb 80 ___ of one’s own
about Southern scandal? 10 Pianist José medicine
farmers? 90 “Too much!” 11 Attach firmly 81 Salamanders
27 Military or music 91 Opposite of sud 12 Mary Kay rival 83 “That ___
abbr. 92 Golfer Hogan 13 Boxer separator religion”
28 Made tracks 93 Auction gesture 14 Starting-over goal 84 See 59 Down
29 Pianist Rudolf 94 Ark of the 15 Maker of Tater 85 Sierra Club sci.
30 Whitman’s Covenant, e.g. Tots 86 Baby’s need, for
dooryard 96 See 88 Across 16 Aa or pahoehoe short
bloomers 103 Oft-dedicated 17 Roots was one 88 Word in a Joe
31 Half-wild, poetry 18 Hair goos McCarthy
half-domesticated 104 ___-Contra 25 Guesser’s plea question
canine 105 Jousting title? 26 Tin is one 89 Biol. blueprint
34 Gide’s good 106 Muscadet wine 32 Ring cheer 92 Pet
35 Conceal city 33 Bask successfully 95 Weed yanker
36 A step ahead of 108 A Musketeer 35 A living nightmare 97 Watch sites
the MPs 111 Take to a higher 36 Incendiary crime 98 Some snakes
38 Interrupted blue- authority 37 “___ not amused” 99 Dog in old RCA
collar spinoff of 114 Sizable: abbr. 39 Heaps logos
Dallas? 115 Geometry proof 40 Luau accessory 100 Gorgeous, to a
45 Rise up abbr. 41 Linden and girl
47 Darned spot 118 Interrupted series Roach 101 More subdued
48 Barrister’s quaff about a cramped 42 Casablanca role 102 V-8, for one
49 Mr. Kazan flying saucer? and namesakes 107 Gray’s Anatomy
50 Laid orbs on 120 Blend 43 Mislead et al.
51 Interrupted 122 Parent co. intentionally 108 Baksheesh
aerobics-show of Universal 44 Elihu and Linus 109 Top 40 format
theme? Pictures 46 ’60s mindbender 110 Fired, as a
57 Photographer 123 Glass coloration 52 Go downhill torpedo
Adams 124 Anarchist 53 Settle 111 Mound dwellers
58 Oligocene critters Goldman 54 “A big fat hen” 112 Pinnacle
(literally, “toothed 125 Hop on an iron preceder 113 Poetic pastures
mountain horse 55 Recipient 116 City or canal
dwellers”) 126 Astronomer’s 56 Unseat 117 Hibernation
60 Last gasps for 57 Italian wine city stations
gamblers 59 JFK’s spy hero 119 ___ big way
61 Plutocrat’s digs 61 Caruso or Fermi 121 Angle or cycle
62 Mount that Moses 64 ___ Teen-age preceder
climbed Werewolf
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Little things starting to ruffle lovebirds’ feathers

BY CAROLYN HAX every new couple does “back in the time,” when
Washington Post they first figure out they’re nuts about each other.
They minimize the flaws, dismiss them as small
Hi, Carolyn: My husband prices to pay.
and I met in college and have
been married now for six Evoke that forgiving climate, and restore it by
years. I love him and can’t example. Choose not to say something harsh, con-
imagine living my life with- sciously, even if it means you “lose” the battle at
out him. The problem is that hand. Choose to say, “I’m sorry for snapping at
we are taking each other for you.” Be warm again, be vulnerable again, count
granted and becoming in- to 20 and wait.
creasingly harsh with the words we say. It’s the tiny
things that set us on edge these days. I know we are Hi, Carolyn: A couple of years ago, I was in a re-
toughest on those we love the most because we ex-
pect so much from them. How do I begin to love my lationship for a couple of months that didn’t end
husband the way he deserves to be loved, and bring
us back to the time when we were always there for very well. It was going OK, but I decided she just
each other?
wasn’t right for me. I’ve never been good with talk-
– College Sweetie
ing about issues like that, or anything emotional, so
College Sweetie: Stop expecting so much from
him. And take the cliche about being toughest on I simply stopped calling and spoke with her online
those we love most and give it the porcelain swirl.
less and less. I never gave her an explanation, and
The people we love deserve our lightest touch,
and that means expecting him to be, allowing him I still feel guilty about that. Would it be appropri-
to be and loving him for nothing more than him-
self. And it means expecting the same forgiveness ate to send an email about how I’m feeling; write a
from him. It’s the only thing any of us can reason-
ably, and justly, expect of anyone. letter; call?

That’s the philosophical angle, at least. The moan. You left the cap off the toothpaste, you’re – Conflicted
practical one will probably serve you better: Ex- late again, that chicken suit isn’t amusing.
pect him to be the perfect housemate, and every Conflicted: I’d just ignore your question, but I
day he’ll give you a day full of “tiny things” to be- Accepting him as is, on the other hand, releas- crave closure.
es you from having to pick at him every time he
disappoints you, because he’ll stop disappointing The rule on out-of-the-blue apologies is that you
you; you’ll simply expect that he’s always 10 min- should only undertake one if it’s to ease her pain,
utes late and the toothpaste will never be capped. not appease your guilt.
All you have to do is remind yourself you love the
person who has the good traits that happen to The other rule is, no one ever has any idea how
come with the bad ones. the other person feels.

Bad ones that didn’t always bother you so much, So, do it. Good practice. Plus, it’s a kind gesture;
right? Not coincidentally, that’s something almost even if the gesture fails, the kindness still counts.
And email sounds fine to me. 

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Café Coconut Cove: Great authentic German food


Having lived for some years in Mu- Jäger Schnitzel, Bratwurst and Spice Rubbed Potato
nich, from time to time I need a German Sauerbraten Combination Plate. Beef Shoulder. Pancakes.
food fix. And there’s no place along the
central Florida coast that rivals Café PHOTOS GORDON RADFORD you find inside the restaurant and the Weisswurst Plate.
Coconut Cove in Melbourne Beach. good German food are hard to beat.
The owners of this restaurant are Liver Pâté. I welcome your comments, and en- Tuesday through Saturday,
a German restaurant family that courage you to send feedback to me at
came here a quarter century ago from with vanilla ice cream. Can there be a [email protected]. 5 pm to 9 pm
Aachen, and the menu in this attractive better way to end a German meal? BEVERAGES
hideaway on the Indian River lagoon is The reviewer dines anonymously at Beer and Wine
definitely Deutsche. To accompany your dinner, Café restaurants at the expense of Vero Beach
Coconut Cove offers a very reasonably 32963.  ADDRESS
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Dinner for two at Café Coconut
For starters on our most recent visit, Cove, together with a nice bottle of
we decided to try the potato pancakes wine, comes in for well under $100 in-
($8), the homemade liver pâté ($8) and cluding tip.
the mushroom toast ($8).
Café Coconut Cove also has a hand-
The potato pancakes, served with ful of outdoor tables, right on the In-
sour cream and an apple compote, were dian River. On a mild winter evening,
wonderfully crispy. The pâté, present- or in the fall and spring when there is
ed with crackers and bread, was gone a breeze, the outdoor tables provide a
in a flash. And the sautéed mushrooms, perfect setting for a predinner sunset
served with grilled bread and a horse- drink while waiting for a table.
radish dill cream sauce, were very tasty.
The combination of the riverside set-
Then we proceeded to the small but ting, the old-world European charm
excellent German mixed salads which
are included with each meal.

It’s with the entrées that the decision-
making gets really tough.

Café Coconut Cove offers a choice of
a half-dozen schnitzels including, in
deference to Florida, a seafood schnit-
zel; a half-dozen wurst plates including
one featuring rouladen; a half dozen
grill plates; and even a couple of dishes
for vegetarians.

I was sorely tempted to have one of the
wursts with red cabbage, but wound up
ordering the chicken chef ($21). My hus-
band opted for the peppercorn schnit-
zel ($26) and our companion decided to
try the goulash ($20).

My breaded chicken breasts were
served with a yummy mushroom and
onion gravy, and were accompanied by
veggies and a potato puff. My only re-
gret was that I didn’t order a side of that
red cabbage ($3).

My husband’s breaded and sautéed
veal cutlet was served in a wonderful
creamy peppercorn sauce, and also
was accompanied by veggies and a
potato puff. Our companion gave high
marks to the goulash, a mildly spicy
Hungarian beef and pork stew served
with spaetzle.

For dessert on this evening, we
passed on the homemade Black Forest
cake – a delicious confection we have
enjoyed in the past – and went for the
homemade apple strudel ($6) topped

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Please send calendar information 13 Sandy Paws Beach Cleanup in associa- 25 League of Women Voters of the 26 Red Ginger Chinese Restaurant 17th Anni-
at least two weeks prior to your tion with Keep Brevard Beautiful, 9:30 Space Coast Timely Topics luncheon versary Gala to benefit the Children’s Hun-
a.m. at Canova Beach Dog Park, 3299 S. Hwy “Civics Education and Students’ Right to Pro- ger Project and its effort to provide a reliable food
event to A1A, Melbourne beachside. Supplies provided. test” with guest speaker, Brevard Schools source for Brevard’s neediest school children, 6 to 9
[email protected] Superintendent Desmond Blackburn, 11:30 p.m. at Melbourne Square Mall, 1700 New Haven
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in the scene. Cash prizes. Go to www.Brevardrar- 25 Opening session of 13th Annual Wom- 27 Annual Sanctuary Island Golf Classic at
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bourne Beach. Scripts available 7 p.m. Dec. 28 at ledge Country Club, $15 for guests, students
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STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER top Village Condos development lo- by removing walls and added an is- entire unit to help with the cost effi-
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ral area, the value-priced two-story ments – and will always remain From the kitchen there is a view room suite with walk-in closet are lo-
condo at 6310 Treetop Drive in Mel- so – because they are surrounded into the bright living room with high cated on the bottom floor. The main
bourne Beach gives you the feel of by Maritime Hammock Sanctuary, vaulted ceiling. Several windows give staircase leads up to two ample-sized
being in a barrier island wilderness, a county-owned property funded light into the living room from a cov- bedrooms and a full bath.
even though it is just a few miles from through the Environmentally Endan- ered and screened porch that runs
The home has double pane storm

shopping and restaurants in Mel- gered Lands Program. the length of the unit. windows with ample parking – two
bourne Beach to the north and close The unit being offered for $200,000 There is a separately screened back reserved spaces and plenty of spaces
to the great fishing and surfing at the for guests to park as well.
Sebastian Inlet to the south. by Treasure Coast Sotheby’s broker portion of the porch with room to
associate Gibbs Baum was given a have outdoor meals. Taking advan- This beachy condo is close to the
The three-bedroom, two-bath- brighter and more open feel during tage of easy access, the seller during fishing, surfing, camping and con-
room condo built in 1986 is part of a an extensive 2010 remodel done by the renovations had insulation blown certs at Sebastian Inlet; has access to
four-unit building in the small Tree- the seller, who opened up the kitchen in from below the porch under the the beach along the Atlantic Ocean

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, January 4, 2018 35


Treetop Village Condo

Year built: 1986
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2

Home size: 1,332 square feet
Additional features: Island
kitchen with breakfast bar,
vaulted ceiling in living room,
covered and screened wrap
around porch overlooking
natural area, ample storage
upstairs, walk in closet, double
pane storm windows, boat/RV
storage, two reserved parking
spaces, community heated pool
Listing agency: Treasure Coast
Sotheby’s International Realty

Listing agent:
Gibbs Baum, 321-432-2009

Listing price: $200,000.

36 Thursday, January 4, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

and the Indian River shoreline. The REAL ESTATE
Treetop Village Condos are walking
or mountain biking distance from
a vast network of hiking trails that
wind along the shoreline of the Indi-
an River Lagoon Preserve State Park.

The gated community completes
the checklist of features needed for a
true beachside living experience with
a heating swimming pool with resort-
style deck and an area set aside for RV
and boat storage.

“Considering where it is located
this has got to be one of the best
three-bedroom two-bath condos for
the money in Melbourne Beach,’’ said
listing agent Gibbs Baum. “They real-
ly improved it during the renovations
by opening up the space.’’

The condo is offered for $200,000. 


STORY BY KATHY ORTON & AARON GREGG WASHINGTON POST as on the fundamental economics. and a number of Midwestern cities. tor into their sales prices.
Bonnie Casper, a real estate agent Mark Zandi, chief economist at A report by the housing website
The steady increase in housing
prices in many of the nation’s priciest with Long & Foster in Bethesda, Moody’s Analytics, a research firm, Zillow has found that 44 percent of
markets, including the Washington Maryland says the new rules will estimates that in the New York metro- homes are worth enough that it makes
region, is expected to slow in coming put a lot of prospective home buyers politan region, some counties could sense for a homeowner to itemize de-
years, analysts say, as the Republican in wait-and-see mode, which could see prices 10 percent below where ductions. Under the new law, the per-
tax law begins to reshape a major part prompt a slowdown in the market. they would have been without the tax centage drops to 14.4 percent.
of the U.S. economy. bill by the summer of 2019. The me-
“If they’re not going to have a tax dian U.S. county will see a decline of Beyond cutting the mortgage inter-
For generations, the tax code has benefit, maybe they’ll go rent and not 0.8 percent, he predicted. est deduction and state and local tax
subsidized homeownership, particu- buy,” Casper said. The tax overhaul deduction, the tax bill also doubles
larly for people in the upper middle “could hinder first-time buyers, in “House prices suffer under the tax the size of the standard deduction to
class and beyond. The Republican tax particular, and then have a cascading plan,” Zandi wrote in a recent anal- $24,000 for a married couple. Taxpay-
legislation, however, pushed in the effect.” ysis. “The impact on house prices ers have the option of taking itemized
opposite direction, scaling back sub- is much greater for higher-priced deductions or the standard deduc-
sidies once thought untouchable. Edward Pinto, a housing expert at homes, especially in parts of the tion.
the American Enterprise Institute, country where incomes are higher
To pay for other tax cuts benefiting says lower housing prices will prove and there are thus a disproportion- In the past, the value of the hous-
corporations and some individuals, attractive to first-time home buyers ate number of itemizers, and where ing deductions may have nudged
the GOP tax plan trims the mortgage who might have felt exasperated by homeowners have big mortgages and people into buying homes even when
interest deduction and property tax the rapid increase in home values in property tax bills.” they have been happier renting, Pinto
deduction, which combined allow recent years. said. Now people have more options.
some homeowners to take tens of “The biggest impact is probably the
thousands of dollars off their taxable “Existing homeowners have ben- psychological impact on buyers,” said “They get to make a choice about
income. efited from that on the backs of first- Lindsay Reishman, a senior vice pres- how to spend their money,” he said.
time home buyers,” Pinto said. ident with the real estate firm Com-
The law allows interest to be de- pass. “We might see fewer transac- Others argue that reducing public
ducted on mortgages only worth up Housing prices have been increas- tions, a little less activity for a while.” support for homeownership could
to $750,000, instead of the previously ing by about 6 percent a year over the have broad social consequences.
existing $1 million limit (people who past five years nationally, according In general, economists say, the tax
got loans before Dec. 15 are grand- to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller breaks have tended to boost the price “This is one of the shortcomings
fathered into the $1 million limit). It index. Economists now expect these of homes in the past because they ef- of the tax bill. Ordinarily, you want
also put a $10,000 cap on the amount areas to see some slowdown in com- fectively made it cheaper to afford a there to be ownership, especially of
of state and local taxes, including ing years, particularly in pricier re- bigger mortgage and a bigger house, real estate,” said Greg Smith, a cer-
property taxes, that can be deducted gions like the Northeast Corridor, which homeowners would then fac- tified financial planner at the Wise
from the federal return. parts of the West Coast and Florida, Investor Group at Baird. “There is a
civic good that comes from owning
Economists and housing experts rather than renting.”
broadly agree the changes will slow
price increases in expensive hous- Still, Smith says home buyers and
ing markets – though nobody expects homeowners should not get carried
housing values to decline, given the away with calculations over the im-
overall strength of the economy and pact of the tax bill.
the fact that there are relatively few
houses for sale in top markets. “It’s easy to be short-term orient-
ed,” Smith said.
Still, experts are debating who wins
and loses from the changes, and the re- “If you’re buying a house, hope-
ality may turn as much on perception fully you’re buying a house because
you’re going to be there for at least
five years, and a lot can happen in
five years.” 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, January 4, 2018 37


Mortgage rates rise sharply during holiday week

STORY BY KATHY ORTON WASHINGTON POST growth and inflation. That sentiment lenders mostly quiet between the this pattern can last long into 2018.”
is driving long-term bond yields low- Christmas and New Year’s holi- The Mortgage Bankers Association
Mortgage rates have soared to their er and home loan rates higher. Mort- days,” said Aaron Terrazas, a senior
highest levels in several months. gage rates tend to follow the same economist at Zillow. “Despite three did not release data on mortgage ap-
path as the 10-year Treasury. When interest rates hikes by the Federal plications this week because of the
According to the latest data re- holidays. 
leased last Thursday by Freddie yields rise, home loan rates usually Reserve over the past year, mort-
Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average move higher. gage rates are ending 2017 about
climbed to 3.99 percent with an aver- 20 basis points below where they
age 0.5 point. (Points are fees paid to “There is little major economic ended 2016 – largely driven by a flat-
a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan news on the schedule for this week tening yield curve. It’s unlikely that
amount.) It was 3.94 percent a week to impact rates, with markets and
ago and 4.32 percent a year ago.

After being stuck in a rut since Oc-
tober, the 30-year fixed rate rose to its
highest point since mid-July. None-
theless, it remains well below its his-
torical average.

The 15-year fixed-rate average
jumped to its highest level since mid-
March, rising to 3.44 percent with an
average 0.5 point. It was 3.38 percent a
week ago and 3.55 percent a year ago.
The five-year adjustable rate average
grew to 3.47 percent with an average
0.3 point. It was 3.39 percent a week
ago and 3.30 percent a year ago. The
five-year ARM hasn’t been this high
since May 2011.

The passage of the tax bill has in-
vestors anticipating more economic

38 Thursday, January 4, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: Dec. 22 to Dec. 28

The final week of the year saw real estate activity slow a bit in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937.
Satellite Beach led the way with 8 sales, followed by 4 each in Indian Harbour Beach, Indialantic and
Melbourne Beach.
The top sale of the week was of an oceanfront home in Pelican Beach at Aquarina. The home at 7433
Highway A1A was placed on the market May 7 for $1.695 million. The price was subsequently lowered to
$1.65 million. The sale closed Dec. 22 for $1.55 million.
Both the seller and the purchaser in the transaction were represented by David Settgast of Treasure Coast



SUNSET BAY SUBD 538 SUNSET BLVD 10/25/2017 $629,000 $629,000 12/22/2017 $485,000
OCEAN RIDGE II OF BR 273 SANIBEL WAY 10/20/2017 $515,000 $515,000 12/22/2017 $405,000
NONE 421 6TH AVE 10/24/2017 $429,000 $429,000 12/28/2017


RIVER SHORES 1ST ADD 1901 RIVER SHORE DR 11/4/2017 $1,199,900 $1,199,900 12/22/2017 $1,176,000
THE BARRINGER CONDO 1835 N HIGHWAY A1A 503 12/2/2017 $679,000 $679,000 12/27/2017 $679,000
CORAL REEF 1177 N HIGHWAY A1A 602 11/15/2017 $525,000 $525,000 12/27/2017 $525,000


TORTOISE ISLAND P2U2 754 LOGGERHEAD ISLAND DR 8/15/2017 $1,299,000 $1,249,900 12/27/2017 $1,175,000
TORTOISE ISLAND P3U1 577 HAWKSBILL ISLAND DR 10/11/2017 $849,000 $849,000 12/28/2017 $825,000
THE OCEANS CONDOMINI 1085 HIGHWAY A1A 1202 7/12/2017 $730,000 $675,000 12/27/2017 $545,000

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, January 4, 2018 39


Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Ocean Ridge II of Br, Address: 273 Sanibel Way Subdivision: None, Address: 421 6th Ave

Listing Date: 10/20/2017 Listing Date: 10/24/2017
Original Price: $515,000 Original Price: $429,000
Recent Price: $515,000 Recent Price: $429,000
Sold: 12/22/2017 Sold: 12/28/2017
Selling Price: $485,000 Selling Price: $405,000
Listing Agent: Erika & Michael Rogers Listing Agent: Scott Schuetz

Selling Agent: Premium Properties Real Estate Selling Agent: Hoven Real Estate

Laura Dowling Roy Sherry Dever

Premier Properties Real Estate Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl

Subdivision: River Shores 1st Add, Address: 1901 River Shore Dr Subdivision: The Barringer Condo, Address: 1835 N Highway A1A 503

Listing Date: 11/4/2017 Listing Date: 12/2/2017
Original Price: $1,199,900 Original Price: $679,000
Recent Price: $1,199,900 Recent Price: $679,000
Sold: 12/22/2017 Sold: 12/27/2017
Selling Price: $1,176,000 Selling Price: $679,000
Listing Agent: Michelle Mckinney Listing Agent: Dwight Bell

Selling Agent: RE/MAX Interactive Selling Agent: Dwight Williams Bell

Theresa Callinan Donna Thompson

National Realty of Brevard RE/MAX Aerospace Realty

Subdivision: Tortoise Island P2U2, Address: 754 Loggerhead Island Dr

Listing Date: 8/15/2017
Original Price: $1,299,000
Recent Price: $1,249,900
Sold: 12/27/2017
Selling Price: $1,175,000
Listing Agent: Julia Dreyer

Selling Agent: Dreyer & Associates R.E. Grp.

Julie Meyer

RE/MAX Solutions

Subdivision: Tortoise Island P3U1, Address: 577 Hawksbill Island Dr

Listing Date: 10/11/2017
Original Price: $849,000
Recent Price: $849,000
Sold: 12/28/2017
Selling Price: $825,000
Listing Agent: Lourdes Sliwa & Elizabeth Findley

Selling Agent: Curri Properties

Coastal Home Team

Curri Properties





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