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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2018-01-25 15:03:31

01/26/2018 ISSUE 04


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Who will take over Speed bumps, but
Indian River hospital? no road blocks, for
Final vote Tuesday Vero electric sale

By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer Panhandlers on the Northwest corner of 20th Street and U.S. 1. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer
[email protected] [email protected]
Number of panhandlers on mainland increasing
Marriage metaphors are getting No barricades have been
a workout as Indian River Medical If you regularly drive around MY TAKE Work” – asking for a handout. thrown up yet to block the sale
Center officials gear up for a final the Vero mainland, you’ve prob- You may want to help them. of Vero Beach electric to Florida
vote this coming Tuesday, Jan. 30, ably seen panhandlers at cer- BY RAY MCNULTY Power & Light, but a handful of
to pick one of four heathcare sys- tain busy intersections – U.S. 1 You probably can afford to part Vero’s sister cities in the state-
tems vying to take over Vero’s hos- and 17th Street, U.S. 1 and 20th something or reclining on the with a few dollars, and they look wide power co-op may act as
pital – but, so far, no one has used Street, and U.S. 1 and Aviation ground. Almost always, they’ve like they could use the money. speed bumps as the city rushes
the term ‘bridezilla’ in the two- Boulevard. got some sort of sign – often with But if you are like me, you may to exit the electric utility busi-
month intensive courtship. the hand-scrawled words “God also be uncomfortable. Panhan- ness for good.
Sometimes they’re standing. Bless” or “Please Help” or “Need dlers hanging out along the road
Hospital leaders intend to keep it Sometimes they are sitting on Nineteen equity member
that way after a key adviser warned CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 cities in the Florida Municipal
that weary suitors could get cold Power Agency must approve re-
feet. leasing Vero from its long-term
obligations to the co-op in ex-
Key to averting that outcome change for $108 million.
is the pace of the process, a time-
frame so tight it had officials visit- After tedious negotiations –
ing eight hospitals in four days. which saw the FMPA’s chief le-
gal counsel put 4,000 miles on
“Time is your enemy,” said Ju- his vehicle traveling around the
piter Advisory’s Jamie Burgdorf- state with CEO Jacob Williams
er, who has shepherded the two selling the Vero exit plan to the
boards – IRMC and the County cities’ elected boards – more
Hospital District – through the
partnership process since August. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

Last week there were some Plea deal for Heaton
last-minute jitters about those in Vero Beach Hotel
boards having only two days to re- financing scheme

CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 By Beth Walton | Staff Writer

INSIDE Vero approves extra $200K for emergency beach repairs George Heaton, developer of the
Vero Beach Hotel and Spa, faces up
NEWS 1-8 PETS 14 to five years in prison after enter-
DINING B11 ing into a plea deal last week to a
HEALTH 9 GAMES B16 single felony charge of conspiracy
CALENDAR B19 to make false statements to a fed-
REAL ESTATE 15 erally insured institution.
ARTS By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer Heaton, 74, thus escaped more
[email protected] serious charges, punishable by up
To advertise call: 772-559-4187 to 30 years in prison, for his role
For circulation or where to pick up Hurricane Irma’s appetite for Ve- in a complex scheme whereby he
your issue call: 772-226-7925 ro’s dunes at Conn Beach and Hu- deceived banks about the sale of
miston Beach Park, on the heels of condo units at the Vero Beach Ho-
© 2016 Vero Beach 32963 Media LLC. All rights reserved. her sand-chomping predecessor PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
Matthew in 2016, is proving to be CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
costly for Vero Beach taxpayers.

The City Council last Tuesday ap-
proved a $200,000 change order ex-
panding the scope of a post-Matthew
dune repair project to shore up those


2 January 26, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

MY TAKE “I’ve seen them myself, and my officers anything they believe will be defensible county, but it occurs mostly in shopping
have seen them,” Currey said. “Cars will be in court. “You can’t prohibit people from center parking lots, such as those at the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 stopped at an intersection and people are standing on the sidewalk,” O’Connor said, Wal-Mart on State Road 60 and the Publix
waving a few dollars at them. But that’s why adding, “We’ve talked to other communi- at U.S. 1 and 12th Street. There also have
don’t seem to belong in Vero Beach. This is they ... are out there. ties that are dealing with the same issue, been complaints about panhandlers at the
not Tampa or Fort Lauderdale. and every one of them is saying the same intersection of State Road 60 and 58th Ave-
“As long as people give them money, thing – that the problem seems to be get- nue, as well as near the base of the I-95 en-
But it turns out they have a right to be they’re going to continue to do it,” he add- ting worse. trance and exits ramps in Vero Beach and
there, holding up their signs and asking for ed. “They’re not going to stand there or sit Sebastian.
assistance, because Vero Beach does not there all day long if it’s not productive. But “But they’re all struggling to come up
have a law that prohibits panhandling at if they keep getting, they’ll keep coming with a way to stop it.” “We have our share of panhandlers, too,
intersections. back.” but it’s not as big an issue for us as it is for
In July 2016, the city of Sebastian passed the city,” Sheriff’s Maj. Eric Flowers said.
“It’s not illegal,” Vero Police Chief Da- Vero Beach officials are aware of the an ordinance that prohibits panhandling at “People do seem to be noticing more this
vid Currey said. “If they’re on a sidewalk, panhandling problem, City Manager Jim 12 intersections, including those at Coun- past year, but I don’t know why. We’ve been
not disrupting the flow of traffic and not O’Connor said, and they’ve had numerous ty Road 512 and U.S. 1, Barber Street and dealing with it for years.”
accosting people, they’re not breaking the conversations about adopting a city ordi- U.S. 1, and County Road 512 and Roseland
law. In fact, we have to be careful not to vio- nance to prohibit the practice. Road. Both Flowers and Currey said it’s difficult
late their constitutional rights. to track the number of complaints about
But they’ve been unable to come up with The ordinance makes it unlawful “for panhandlers because they’re logged as
any person to solicit money for any cause” “suspicious person” calls.
at the city’s “busiest and most dangerous
intersections,” where “drivers need to be “If you do see a problem with panhan-
most alert and more aware of their sur- dlers, I’d encourage you to call us,” Flowers
roundings ...” said. “We’ll go out and talk to them.”

It further states: “People walking outside Currey said many businesses, especially
of the pedestrian crosswalks and between
lines of temporarily stopped vehicles in
an effort to solicit money . . . create an un-
necessary distraction and pose an unac-
ceptable heightened risk and danger to the
public health, safety and welfare.”

Why hasn’t Vero Beach adopted a similar

O’Connor said he has discussed Sebas-
tian’s solution with City Attorney Wayne
Coment and, “We’re not sure it’s legal.”

Panhandling is also a problem people
complain about in the unincorporated

Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS January 26, 2018 3

those along U.S. 1, have filed trespass affi- REPAIRS TO VERO’S BEACH ment Agency, but “the allocation of FEMA residents and businesses rely upon regu-
davits with his department, which gives po- funds for dune restoration is not certain at lar influxes of sand to protect property and
lice the authority to remove transients and CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 this time,” according to O’Connor. promote a healthy tourist economy.
potential panhandlers from the property
without the owner or customers having to two beaches, even though there is no mon- Operating on a separate track, the coun- Howle is the most recent in a series of
call in specific complaints. ey in the 2017-18 budget for the repairs and ty is scheduled to refurbish the city’s beach- Vero mayors to try to get funding out of In-
the expenditure will eat up nearly a quarter es, deemed Sector 5 in the county’s beach dian River County to help pay for repair of
That’s why you no longer see panhan- of the city’s emergency fund. plan, in late 2018 or early 2019, provided city beaches.
dlers operating at the drive-thru exits at the that funding from the state is available and
McDonald’s on U.S. 1 and 19th Place. The matter was approved on the coun- the project is deemed eligible. In the mean- Previous mayors Jay Kramer and Dick
cil’s consent agenda with no discussion, time, the city is on its own. Winger took an adversarial approach with
“We can’t keep them off the sidewalks, bringing the total cost of emergency sand the county over the bed tax, but Howle said
but they can’t be within 30 feet of an exit for Matthew and Irma up to $272,000. Vero is prohibited from using tax funds he’s trying to accomplish the same goal via
or entrance,” Currey said. “And if they’re When asked his feelings about spending for large-scale beach replenishment diplomacy.
blocking the drivers’ view or distracting unbudgeted money for emergency sand, such as the county has planned due to a
drivers as they’re trying to pull out onto a Mayor Harry Howle said he would prefer 1980s-era referendum. Those who oppose “It certainly is worth noting the vast ma-
busy corridor, it becomes a public safety is- not to spend $200,000 on beach replenish- beach replenishment mostly object to jority of tourism dollars come from COVB.
sue and we can act.” ment, but that it is a necessary to retain one paying dearly for what they deem to be a Being sure Vero gets a fair shake is always
of the top amenities and biggest tourist at- futile fight against nature, but oceanfront something we keep in mind and would like
O’Connor said the city is considering tractions in Vero. to explore further in the future.” 
posting signs to discourage panhandling,
but there are legalities to contend with “Moving forward I’d like to see the Coun-
there, too, and, “I’m not sure how much ty and the City working in tandem [to fix the
good it would do.” beaches],” Howle said, referring to ongoing
efforts by the city to get bed-tax money
Currey said he isn’t sure if there has been from the county for beach repair.
an increase in panhandling around the city
or whether the panhandlers have simply The Conn Beach boardwalk routinely
become more visible because, as a result becomes unsafe after a tropical storm or
of the trespass affidavits, the major inter- series of rough Nor’easters chew into the
sections are their only remaining good op- dunes, and scientists say beaches within
tions. Vero’s city limits are some of the most criti-
cally eroded in the county. It will take 3,560
“There might be more evidence of it be- tons of sand trucked onto the beach from
cause you see them at the only places they an inland sand mine to replenish the dunes
can be,” the chief said. “We’re trying to be and get the boardwalks and dune crossings
proactive, but most of these people are ready for another storm season this sum-
harmless. In some cases, they’re our eyes mer.
and ears on the streets. Some of them even
have homes.” Permits from the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection have been se-
When panhandlers are arrested, he add- cured and the beach repair work will begin
ed, it’s usually for “nuisance crimes,” such immediately so work can be completed by
as trespassing, having an open container March 1, when all equipment will have to
and disorderly intoxication.” be off the beach ahead of sea turtle nesting
Many of the panhandlers do leave be-
hind litter at their intersections. Some uri- There’s no money in the 2017-18 budget
nate in public, behind buildings. A rare few for these repairs, and Vero does not share in
harass or distract drivers. the funding Indian River County receives
from various sources – including the bed
Mostly, though, they simply stand there tax – to pay for dune and beach repair proj-
with their signs and wait for people to wave ects.
them over and give them money.
City Manager Jim O’Connor said the
“The main complaint we get is, ‘They’re money would come out of the city’s $827,509
there,’ “ Currey said. “People want us to tell emergency reserve fund set aside for things
them, ‘You can’t be out here.’ But we can’t like hurricane damage. Approximately 75
legally do that.” percent of the costs may eventually be reim-
bursed by the Federal Emergency Manage-
At the moment, there seems to be only
one way to make the panhandlers who
make you uncomfortable disappear.

Don’t give them money. 

4 January 26, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

VERO ELECTRIC SALE board last Thursday in session at its Or- documents needed to OK Vero’s exit. The Fort Pierce Utility Authority, which
lando headquarters approved a docu- Just as Vero’s attorney Wayne Coment has still yet to vote, also brokered a side
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ment clarifying that for Lake Worth. deal with Vero and FPL for some transmis-
or Indian River County’s attorney Dylan sion equipment it wanted on the shared
than two-thirds of the cities had voted in Another city that had already voted to Reingold must sign off on documents southern border of the Vero system, and
the affirmative as of press time. approve the Vero deal, but whose FMPA before they are placed on the agendas City Manager Jim O’Connor said that ar-
representative would still need to cast a of those boards, Alachua and Clewiston rangement was a win for all concerned.
Four cities – Lake Worth, Alachua, vote along with the full board, brought up cannot vote on the FMPA Vero electric Vero’s closest neighbor Ft. Pierce, O’Con-
Clewiston and Fort Meade – raised a va- an issue related to the purchase of bulk sale item until their respective attorneys nor said, is not expected to be a problem.
riety of issues or concerns, but both Wil- power, but O’Connor said CEO Williams are satisfied and give the go-ahead from a
liams and Vero leaders believe those can told him that he believes he has the Fort legal perspective. Jacksonville Beach City Manager
be successfully addressed. Meade issue taken care of. George Forbes was perturbed that Fort
O’Connor said Williams and the FM- Meade, or any other city, might be us-
The City of Lake Worth earlier this That’s two down. PA’s chief attorney Jody Finklea have been ing their straggler status as a bargaining
month approved documents paving the Two other cities might end up causing working to make Alachua and Clewiston’s chip. Last week at the FMPA meeting, he
way for Vero’s exit, but did so contingent the formal FMPA vote approving Vero’s attorneys comfortable with the docu- accused some members of trying to play
upon the FMPA issuing some extra as- exit to be postponed until March. The ments by putting them together with mu- “Let’s Make a Deal” because they know
surances that Lake Worth would not be city attorneys in Alachua and Clewiston nicipal attorneys from cities that have al- how critical the timing is for approval.
assuming any additional risk. The FMPA had yet, as of press time, to sign off on the ready vetted and approved the deal.
Williams downplayed this, saying he
would tackle the big and small concerns
one at a time until everyone was satisfied
and ready to vote a resounding yes. Wil-
liams has been a game-changer in Vero’s
efforts to get out of the FMPA.

The new leader is politically savvy and
realizes the value of putting the all-con-
suming Vero Beach controversy in his
rear-view mirror.

The deal also infuses much-needed
cash into the FMPA’s coffers at a time
when it is finally making progress dig-
ging out of decades of debt, and relaxes
the pressure Vero and Indian River Coun-
ty were putting on state regulators to in-
crease oversight of the co-op.

The FMPA is set to meet on Feb. 15, and
if all the cities have voted on Vero’s exit, it
will take the matter up at that meeting, or
possibly at a special call meeting later in
February, or in March.

FPL and Vero officials hope to close the
sale on or before Oct. 1 – provided all reg-
ulatory and legal approvals are in place.
“We’re still marching in the same direc-
tion and expect to have this concluded
in a timely manner,” O’Connor said on

The Florida Public Service Commission
approval process has already begun, with
the PSC conducting an audit of FPL’s val-
uation of the Vero electric utility. FPL on
Jan. 16 submitted seven pages of respons-
es to the PSC staff’s detailed questions
about the transaction.

It’s the PSC’s responsibility to make
sure that the $185 million FPL is paying
for the Vero system, plus the $23.5 million
in inducements FPL has brokered with
OUC and the capital outlay for FPL to
build a state-of-the-art, storm-hardened
substation off the river in Vero so Big Blue
can be dismantled, are fair and equitable
to FPL’s existing 4.9 million ratepayers.

Of the $185 million cash proceeds, the
FMPA will receive $108 million and Or-
lando Utilities will receive $20 million
in penalties for Vero to exit a wholesale
power contract six years early. Another
$26 million will go to pay off Vero’s out-
standing electric utility bonds. Legal fees
also will be paid out of the closing, leav-
ing the city with the decision of what to
do with the slightly more than $30 million
remainder. 

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KEY VOTE ON HOSPITAL LOOMS ness development fund.
“The more that comes up with this, the
worse it looks to me,” muttered Solari.
view the final proposals. The financing details Solari seems sur-
But once an accord is reached on a finalist
prised by have come up in multiple District
this coming Tuesday – or later, if the boards meetings since last February, when the de-
can’t agree – the pace should slow, at least cision to partner was made. But until now,
for the boards. IRMC officials will produce a few if any county officials have shown much
non-binding letter of intent and the partner interest, despite county taxpayers owning the
of choice will have exclusive rights to begin hospital campus, valued at more than $160
negotiations in earnest, typically for 90 or 120 million.
days. That means a binding definitive agree-
ment should be reached by late spring. Hospital District Board Chairman Mary-
beth Cunningham says neither Solari nor
There also were concerns that only sum- any other county official asked to read the
maries and not the full proposals would be potential partners’ preliminary proposals,
made public in advance of Tuesday’s deci- received in November. By contrast, the board
sion. In addition, there has been some late- of the hospital as well as the unpaid trust-
to-the-game grumbling within the Indian ees of the Hospital District have been pour-
River County Commission about self-insur- ing hours and hours of time into the search.
ance costs rising under new hospital manage- Both boards include former top executives
ment. And at least one commissioner – Bob of national and international firms, and
Solari – wasn’t happy about the county miss- many have multiple decades of experience in
ing out on some substantial sale proceeds, healthcare related fields.
if, as expected, the hospital deal involves an
amended lease, not an outright sale. Last week, trustees of the Hospital District
Board learned from Burgdorfer that despite
A 2012 law pushed by Gov. Rick Scott, who the intense interest shown in IRMC during
wants to get rid of public hospitals in Flori- the courtship, their four suitors – HCA, Or-
da, would in the case of a hospital sale divide lando Health, Adventist Health System and
the proceeds evenly between the Hospital Cleveland Clinic – may be tiring of the pro-
District, which uses tax money to underwrite cess.
medical care for the poor, and a fund for
businesses involved in healthcare that would With public scrutiny intensified under the
be administered by the County Commission. Sunshine laws, an unusual circumstance in
hospital deals, the health systems have been
If the IRMC property is leased by the new peppered with constant queries. “We’re call-
operator, no money will go to a county busi- ing them almost daily,” said Burgdorfer.

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public and not one but two governing boards, Sunshine laws. “This county should be ec- enemy. I can’t emphasize that enough,” he hours a day of reading them and calling the
the suitors have spent considerable time and static, absolutely ecstatic, that we have four cautioned. “Time is our enemy both in terms suitors trying to make sense of them, from
money selling themselves to Vero’s hospital suitors, all very different, that we can talk of dealing with the market and untoward the evening of Jan. 22 until we finish our re-
officials. Now they have had to put their best about, debate and decide on.” things that can happen, and there are a lot of port.”
offers in writing, an arduous process with te- them.”
dious detail, and not one they would relish Last Monday night, Jan. 22, the final pro- That report – Juniper’s summaries – will be
publicly debating, Burgdorfer warned. posals of the four takeover candidates arrived Zudans’ failed motion had asked that the presented by Burgdorfer and his Juniper as-
in Juniper’s inbox. And there they remain, the proposals also be released to the public on re- sociates, Jordan Shields and Barry Sagraves,
“I would say we are pushing them very object of intense scrutiny by Juniper – and no ceipt, though state law requires they become this coming Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m.
hard. We are asking them to do a lot, to take a one else until the weekend. public only after a decision is reached, or That’s when the seven District trustees, 18
lot of time and care and spend a lot of money 30 days after receipt, whichever comes first. hospital board members and any interested
when they don’t know if they’re going to be District trustees and the hospital board of Instead, Juniper’s summaries of the propos- citizens head to the huge new Intergenera-
your partner of choice,” said Burgdorfer. directors will first lay eyes on the proposals als will be available to the public at Hospital tional Center on Oslo Road for two to three
this coming Sunday, Jan. 28, two days ahead District offices this coming Monday before hours of proposal review.
When on Thursday, District Trustee Tracey of the vote to pick a partner. Zudans wasn’t the vote. “The proposals are difficult for the
Zudans read aloud a motion to release the the only voice asking for more time; trustees suitors to write and they’re technical and full After that, the boards will meet separately
complete proposals to both the public and Michael Weiss and Allen Jones also expressed of minutiae,” said Burgdorfer. “But they are starting at 1 p.m. to debate their final choice.
the boards upon receipt, Cunningham coun- concern. not particularly illuminating. It will take us 20 With luck, the boards will agree on a single
tered with an impassioned plea to leave the suitor. 
carefully constructed process in place, just But Burgdorfer disagreed. “Time is your
the way advisers planned it.

Her fears were twofold. “The very worst
that can happen to this county is that we do
nothing,” she said. “We have a responsibili-
ty to our residents and that’s why we started
this whole process because looking down the
road, we knew we would be unable to sustain
high quality healthcare for this community.”

Her second concern was that the process
would be disrupted to the point that it “would
cause suitors to walk away.”

“We are difficult to start with because we
are a board of the hospital and a board of
public District trustees, public officials that
are elected,” Cunningham said, referring to
the District’s required transparency under



tel to obtain the money he needed to finish

He also was ordered to pay some $263,000
in forfeiture to compensate for the financial
crime, and could well be forced to reimburse
banks for the estimated $3.5 million federal
prosecutors said they lost in the scheme.

During the real estate slowdown a decade
ago, Heaton needed to show a certain num-
ber of condo sales in order to get construc-
tion financing released for the luxury hotel
and condo property on Ocean Drive.

Had the case proceeded, prosecutors said
they would have been able to prove that mil-
lions of dollars in buyers’ incentives for sales
contract deposits, rebates and cash-to-close
paybacks were not disclosed to the banks
that financed the condominium units.

The defendant and his co-conspirators
– an accountant and a lawyer – provided
false information to four banks at least eight
times, records show.

Deborah Baggett, 55, an accountant who
worked for Heaton, pleaded guilty the previ-
ous week to the same charge for her role in
the scheme. Baggett and Heaton, as part of
their plea deals, agreed to help prosecutors
and presumably testify against Vero Beach
attorney and escrow agent Eric Granitur,
60, who handled the closings on the condo-
minium units.

Granitur’s trial is scheduled for February,
but it could be delayed until summer.

Heaton will be sentenced when the trial is
over. 

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome now seen as physical disorder

By Maria Canfield | Correspondent relieved by a full night’s sleep. Other
[email protected] troubling symptoms of CFS can include
chronic muscle pain, headaches, fre-
It seems that chronic fatigue syndrome quent sore throats, dizziness, and prob-
(CFS) is finally getting the recognition it lems thinking and concentrating.
deserves as a physical –not psychologi-
cal – disorder. Vero Beach neurologist S. James Shafer
says “there is no specific test that leads to
Up to 2.5 million Americans suffer a CFS diagnosis. A doctor needs to con-
from CFS, characterized by overwhelm- nect the dots by looking at the constel-
ing fatigue that lasts 6 months or lon- lation of symptoms and ruling out other
ger. The fatigue, which is not associated conditions.”
with any other medical condition, often
gets worse after even the most minimal An understanding of the data on CFS
physical or mental exertion, and is not


12 January 26, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 about CFS,” Dr. Shafer says. “Several de- algic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue miRNAs) that turn protein production on
cades ago, there was the same stigma syndrome (ME/CFS). Myalgic simply or off. Interestingly, this same change in
is also important; while it is not direct- about MS – it was thought to be a dis- means muscle pain, but encephalomyeli- brain chemistry was seen in those suffer-
ly associated with any other condition, order imagined by melodramatic young tis refers to an inflammation of the brain ing from Gulf War Illness (GWI), which
there are conditions that tend to co-ex- women.” and spinal cord. Dr. Shafer prefers the has many of the same characteristics as
ist in people with CFS, such as migraine term CFS to ME/CFS, saying “it’s a leap CFS.
headaches. In CFS, Dr. Shafer believes some to say that the central nervous system is
combination of genetics and environ- involved. We need a better understanding Senior investigator and professor of
For decades, CFS was considered to mental factors causes an inflammatory of CFS before we can say that.” medicine James N. Baraniuk, M.D., says
be psychological in nature. Those diag- response, resulting in the symptoms so the study lays the groundwork needed
nosed were told to get more sleep, exer- familiar to sufferers. The environmental Although fewer and fewer medical pro- to understand these disorders in order to
cise, eat better and undergo psychother- factors are currently unknown; Dr. Sha- fessionals continue to view CFS as a psy- diagnosis and treat them effectively. He
apy; their frustration and suffering only fer says “it could be anything. And what chological condition, those who still do adds, “This news will be well received by
deepened when none of these things triggers an inflammatory response could may be swayed to revise their thinking by patients who suffer from these disorders
worked, or – in the case of exercise – be different for each person.” recent findings that the syndrome is often who are misdiagnosed and instead may
made their condition worse. accompanied by immune system “disrup- be treated for depression or other mental
CFS is sometimes referred to as my- tions,” such as chronically high levels of disorders.”
“Unfortunately, there is still a stigma cytokines (substances secreted from the
immune system) that can cause inflam- The Georgetown findings were pub-
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er conditions, such as insomnia, sleep ap- “neurostimulation,” a method of therapy
nea, anemia, depression or anxiety. that uses electrical stimulation to relieve
chronic pain.
While anyone can be affected by CFS,
it is most common in people between the The CDC is currently formulating re-
ages of 40 and 60. CFS is diagnosed far vised guidelines for managing CFS. Vero’s
more often in women than men, in an ap- Dr. Shafer sees this as significant, saying
proximate ratio of 4:1. “it will bring more attention to the disor-
der, paving the way for more research and
This heavily-female prevalence is simi- funding than there is currently. It would be
lar to other inflammatory conditions, such great if a clinical trial were conducted on
as lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheuma- treatment approaches for CFS.”
toid arthritis.
Dr. Shafer sees patients and conducts re-
While CFS is not curable, it is manage- search at the Vero Beach Neurology and Re-
able. In his practice, Dr. Shafer prescribes search Institute, located at 1040 37th Place,
anti-inflammatory medication or medi- Suite 201, in Vero Beach. The phone num-
cations used to treat fibromyalgia, such as ber is 772-492-7051. 
Lyrica or Cymbalta. He may also suggest

14 January 26, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | PETS

Bonz falls head over paws for delightful Duchess

Hi Dog Buddies! plain ol’ Family Dog. So the kennel put ’em breeze, inhalin’ all those cool morning one of those Wile E. Coyote/Roadrunner
on The List. smells. Then I pick up the paper and too- cartoons, like I’m onna trampoline. Well,
This week I innerviewed Duchess David- dle into the TV room where Daddy is, with you better buh-LEEVE those pheasants
son, an English Springer Spaniel (like me). “Finally (it was ’09) the kennel called an his cuppa coffee. He takes the paper an take off like their tailfeathers are on fire.”
An I just wanna say … WOOF! I mean, she’s said they had the perfect liddle girl. ME! gives me a Treat.
got it Goin’ ON! She was right there at the See, I couldn’t be a Show Dog cuz of not “Pawsome!” I exclaimed, relieved to
door to greet me an my assistant, an she havin’ a Full Collar, which means my fluffy “Another thing I love (you can probly re- learn that flush didn’t mean what I had
trotted over politely for the Wag-an-Sniff. white fur didn’t go all the way around my late, bein’ a Springer, too): Flush- thought it meant. “Any favorite food?”

“WELLcome, Mr. Bonzo! I’m so very PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD Duchess “Well, Mr. Bonzo, I must admit this one
pleased to meet you in The Fur. I love your little food thing: Dead Sea Creatures. I find
column. This is my Mommy, Wesley, an neck. ’Cept for that, I was perfect. So Dad- in’ Pheasants. Didja ever flush a pheasant?” the aroma irrresistubble. Mommy an Dad-
my Daddy, Sandy. Please, make yourself dy picked up my human sister, Leigh, at “Ackshully, no. Not yet,” I managed. dy make sure I don’t ackshully EAT any, but
comf-tubble. Can I get you anything? Wa- college (she LOVES dogs) an they drove up I’ve come close. I’m tryin’ to get over it. It
ter? A liddle snack?” to the kennel. Well, they took one look at “Umm, they’re birds, right?” helps when Mommy gives me a peanut
me (not to brag, but I was an Irresistubble “Of course, silly!” she laughed. “You butter Kong. I also enjoy hors d’oeuvres.
She led us into the living room. Liddle Fluffball) an they Totally Melted. An When we have a party, I love hangin’ out
“Um, I, er …” I stammered. Her coat was I KNEW I’d found my Forever Famly. When MUST try it. When we go to Fishers Island, with the humans. If, perchance, there’s an
soft as a bunny, snow white, an a pretty col- we got here, I met Mommy, an my human on Long Island Sound, me an Daddy go hors d’oeuvre at the edge of the coffee ta-
or humans call ‘liver,’ but I’m thinkin’ dark brother, Graham. He was a great Big Broth- lookin’ for pheasants. Not to hunt. Just to ble, I sneak up on it: I casually move in, ap-
chocolate. She had a cool haircut, the back er. Helped me get used to my new home, flush. We wouldn’t hurt ’em. The pheas- proaching the table sideways. Then, when
short, tummy, chest an legs longer an wavy. the rools an stuff. He’s in Heaven now. I still ants are scwunched way down in the un- the moment’s right, I NAB it!”
And when she walked away, it was like she miss him.” derbrush, hopin’ we won’t notice ’em. But
was wearin’ dark chocolate pantaloons an I always do. Stealthily I creep closer, then, “Rock on, girl! Any pooch pals?”
fluffy white boots. Uh-DOR-ubble. Pretty “I totally understand, Miss Duchess,” POW! I spring straight up in the air! My ears “At the beach, I run around with Eddie,
face, too: big brown eyes, dark chocolate I told her. “So, tell about your life these fly straight up, too. Mommy says I look like he’s a terrier. Up at Fishers Island, me an
nose, an a beauty mark, like that human days.” my cousins Birdie an Rory hang out. Most-
model lady. Her tail was bobbed, an her DON’T BE SHY ly, though, I’m a People Pooch. When we’re
long, wavy ears were all different colors, “Mommy says I was the Perfect Puppy. on walks, people are always stoppin’ to say
with natch-rull highlights. I didn’t whine, or chew stuff I shouldn’t. We are always looking for pets how pretty I am. Same in the car. I sit in
OK, I admit it. I was staring. Fiddling PLUS, I’m affectionate. An puh-lite. An with interesting stories. the front seat in my halter, lookin’ out the
with my notebook, telling myself firmly to smart. Me an Daddy have this morning window. I specially love drivin’ through the
snap out of it. routine: Daddy says, ‘Get the paper.’ I go For a questionnaire, email Shenandoah. There’s cows an silos an stuff.
“Right! So! Miss Duchess, tell me about out to the front yard an stand over the [email protected]. But, when I see Daddy puttin’ on his loaf-
your journey.” paper an Check Out the Day: nose to the ers, that means they’re goin’ Out To Dinner
“Well, up in New York state, Mommy an an I hafta Stay Home. Which Isn’t FAIR. I lie
Daddy had Daisy, a German Shorthaired on the couch an POUT. I won’t even look at
Pointer, an a Beagle named Duke. (All ’em, cuz my feelings are hurt. But don’t get
their dogs’ names start with ‘D.’) They’re me wrong, I’m a totally lucky girl. Yummy
up in Dog Heaven now. Then Mommy food, lotsa toys. Cozy nests to nap in. Rib-
an Daddy moved here. Their frens had bons for my ears.”
Springer Spaniels, which Mommy an Dad- I couldn’t buh-leeve how fast the time
dy thought were Totally Cool Kibbles, so had passed. Heading home, I couldn’t stop
they decided that’s what their next pooch thinkin’ about bunny-soft fur, an those big
would be. Their frens told ’em about Kens- brown eyes. Sigh.
ington Spaniels, in Hilton Head. Mommy
an Daddy called an told ’em they wanted Till next time,
a liddle girl puppy, not a Show Dog, just a
The Bonz

Millennials snap up pair of
Royal Harbour townhomes

16 January 26, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | REAL ESTATE

Millennials snap up pair of Royal Harbour townhomes

By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer business parks and shopping malls, like to Club began building a hotel and restaurant unit by design. “We also limited the number
[email protected] live, work and play in the same walkable facility at the end of the point. That clubby to ensure a first-floor master suite, which is
neighborhood. enclave has since been completed, offering very important to the luxury market,” Nel-
With the busy selling season just getting dining, lodging and ferry service to Quail’s son said.
underway, two of the four luxury townho- The two remaining 2,900-square-foot island River Club, and bringing a new influx
mes at 21 Royal Harbour on Royal Palm homes with private docks and river views One of the two remaining units was on
Pointe have sold to millennial boaters who are available for approximately $2.1 million
can take to the water in moments, walk and $2.15 million, according to Premier Es-
down the street for an exercise session or tate Properties broker associate Kay Brown,
yoga class followed by a spa treatment and with the unit closer to the mouth of the ca-
hair appointment, and then get a meal at nal fetching the higher price.
one of the many nearby restaurants.
Project developer Bob Nelson recognized
Millennials, unlike Baby Boomers who luxury townhomes would do well in the up-
created circumscribed gated communities, scale, canal-side location when Quail Valley

Richard Boga and Cindy O’Dare at an open house (left) and Page Franzel (right). PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD

Ryan and Melissa Weaver, Agency Owners of people and energy to the neighborhood. display at a well-attended open house last
Ryan Weaver Insurance Inc. is a locally owned “They have close to 1,000 members,” Nelson Tuesday.
and operated independent agency. Located in the said, “and I thought some of them might be
CenterState Bank Building, just off of Miracle Mile interested.” Besides the master suite, the first floor of
and across from Classic Car Wash in Vero Beach. the home also has a den, expansive kitch-
Nelson has 40 years’ experience and de- en/dining room space and great room over-
Serving Vero Beach for over 10 years! veloped several properties on Hutchinson looking the waterfront terrace and swim-
All lines of commercial or personal insurance available. Island, such as Tiara Towers, Visions, Para- ming pool. There are two en suite bedrooms
gon, The Breakers and Harbor Cove. upstairs, for a total of three bedrooms and
four full baths. The den, which has a full
He and silent partners bought the .60- bathroom adjacent, could easily be con-
acre parcel for $1.9 million December 2015, verted to a fourth bedroom. The upstairs
tearing down the extant office building. bedrooms have front and back balconies,
making them as light-filled as an osprey’s
Nelson interviewed several architects aerie.
before hiring Jeffrey L. Ray of Atelier d’Ar-
chitecture of Vero Beach, finding his design Ray had worked previously with Page
sense superior. “He’s designed a lot of luxury Frankel of Page 2 Design, whose business is
homes. I liked his perception of people and also on Royal Palm Pointe. Nelson took his
what they would like.” recommendation Frankel’s firm be hired to
select the interior and exterior finishes. “I
“I chose a more Georgian-type architec- love doing the ‘hardscapes,’” Frankel said.
ture because it would be familiar to those Her team also furnished two of the townho-
in Vero Beach,” Ray said. “And the style is mes to demonstrate the use of the space to
timeless.” prospective owners, one in a contemporary
and the other in a traditional style.
Although city code would have allowed
them to build eight units, Nelson and Ray Frankel accomplished the design feat of
limited the project to four, consisting of two,
two-unit town homes, each being an end-

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keeping the palette to atmospheric tints ger canal, a two-minute cruise from the In- other buyer, who also has a 23-foot boat,” Nelson brought Brown and Premier bro-
without losing definition. The distinctive tracoastal Waterway, they are being heavily Nelson said. ker associate Cindy O’Dare of Premier Estate
exterior brackets and metal gates are the marketed to boaters. Properties on board to market the property.
ephemeral color of sea foam, but their The rock solid concrete-block construc- “Premier sells more multi-million-dollar
enamel finish gives them the ceremonial Nelson hired Summerlin’s Marine Con- tion homes are on a structural-concrete homes than anyone in the county,” he said.
weight of a Japanese tea house. The brack- struction of Fort Pierce, “in business for 50 slab foundation. The walls have steel-rein- “And I met Kay 20 years ago.”
ets will long remain in the mind as the sym- years,” to build the private docks that come forced concrete tie beams and bond beams
bol of home. with each townhome. He said the canal is and the second floor is also concrete. The The four homes comprise the member-
150 feet wide and the docks can accommo- roofing is concrete tile. All windows are ship of the homeowners’ association, which
Ray’s coffered ceiling on the first floor date a boat 50 feet long with no problem. high-impact and the two-bay garage door is takes care of individual lawns and pools at a
is another stunner, Frankel emphasizing hurricane rated. cost of $343 a month. 
“If it’s docked parallel, it can be longer,”


the sculpted space by contrasting satin Nelson said. “One of the buyers has two Neighborhood: Royal Palm Pointe • Lot size: .15 acres
and matte finishes. The two-piece custom boats, one 48 feet and the other 23 feet. Home size: 2,900 square feet under air; 4,400 square feet
crown molding throughout the house also We’re building a finger dock perpendicular under roof with two-car attached garages and covered terraces
delivers warm and cool air from the HVAC to the canal and one boat will be on either
systems, the space between them called a side. We’re building a lift for the 23-foot and balconies
“slot lineal diffuser,” Frankel said. boat.”
Construction: Concrete block • Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 4
Because the elegant homes are on a fin- “We’ve already built a finger dock for the Additional Features: Attached townhome in a great, walkable
neighborhood, attached two-car garage, private gated entry

with five-foot concrete wall, private dock overlooking Intra-

coastal Waterway with deep dockage and space for two boats,

pool, security system, marble, limestone and oak floors, con-

crete tile roof, cypress patio and balcony ceilings, sound-buff-

ered walls, natural gas on-demand hot water supply, kitchen

range and optional pool heater, high-impact windows

Listing agency: Premier Estate Properties
Listing agents: Kay Brown, 772-321-8626,

and Cindy O’Dare, 772-713-5899

Listing price: $2,099,000 for unit D, $2,149,000 for unit B

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Activity picked up on the mainland real estate front last week as 24 single-family residences and
lots changed hands from Jan. 15-19 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week in Sebastian was the home at 11188 U.S. 1. First listed in November
for $699,900, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 1,828-square-foot abode sold for $350,000 on
Jan. 18.
The top sale of the week in Vero Beach was the residence at 6550 35th Lane. Originally listed in
December for $368,000, the 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom sold for $350,000 on Jan. 19.


SEBASTIAN 11188 US HIGHWAY 1 11/29/2017 $699,900 1/18/2018 $350,000
VERO BEACH 6550 35TH LANE 12/16/2017 $368,000 1/19/2018 $350,000
VERO BEACH 5157 KIPPER WAY 11/17/2017 $360,000 1/16/2018 $350,000
VERO BEACH 386 33RD AVENUE SW 10/19/2017 $379,000 1/19/2018 $320,000
VERO BEACH 1185 AMETHYST DRIVE SW 5/16/2017 $350,000 1/18/2018 $285,000
VERO BEACH 3354 63RD SQUARE 10/25/2017 $295,000 1/16/2018 $284,500
VERO BEACH 6005 46TH LANE 12/12/2017 $273,900 1/17/2018 $270,000
SEBASTIAN 1574 PENLYNN STREET 12/4/2017 $279,900 1/16/2018 $235,000
VERO BEACH 5570 DOMINICA STREET 10/13/2017 $239,500 1/18/2018 $222,800
VERO BEACH 529 6TH STREET 10/20/2017 $225,000 1/16/2018 $222,500
SEBASTIAN 361 PINE STREET 10/6/2017 $229,000 1/16/2018 $219,000
VERO BEACH 1640 AYNSLEY WAY 8/15/2017 $259,900 1/17/2018 $219,000
VERO BEACH 5060 8TH PLACE 7/27/2017 $219,000 1/19/2018 $215,000
VERO BEACH 1746 71ST COURT 11/10/2017 $219,900 1/17/2018

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6550 35th Lane, Vero Beach 5157 Kipper Way, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 12/16/2017 Listing Date: 11/17/2017
Original Price: $368,000 Original Price: $360,000
Sold: 1/19/2018 Sold: 1/16/2018
Selling Price: $350,000 Selling Price: $350,000
Listing Agent: Bill Lynch Listing Agent: Angela Pate

Selling Agent: Alex MacWilliam, Inc. Selling Agent: Alex MacWilliam, Inc.

Vance Brinkerhoff David Riley

Coldwell Banker Paradise Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl

386 33rd Avenue SW, Vero Beach 1185 Amethyst Drive SW, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 10/19/2017 Listing Date: 5/16/2017
Original Price: $379,000 Original Price: $350,000
Sold: 1/19/2018 Sold: 1/18/2018
Selling Price: $350,000 Selling Price: $320,000
Listing Agent: Kelly Fischer Listing Agent: Rebecca Bazyler

Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl

Ashley Harris Steven Rennick

Berkshire Hathaway Florida Rennick Real Estate

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Coming Up! Savor exquisite offerings
by Vero’s Opera and Ballet
Adam Schnell.
By Samantha Baita | Staff Writer
[email protected] PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

1 For six decades, the Vero
Beach Theatre Guild has had
its thumb on the pulse of Vero’s the-
ater-going crowd, so, no surprise,
for its three-week Theatre Festival
fundraising bash, Feb. 1-18, they’ve
got some not-to-be-missed enter-
tainment planned, and you can
pick some or all. First on the bill is
“Celebrate 60,” which the Guild is
calling one big, fun-filled, enter-
taining “musical romp.” To be pre-
cise, a talented four-thespian Guild
cast will take audiences romping
through more than three dozen of
the biggest, glitziest musical hits
(and a few misses) from Broadway
and the Guild, via solos, duets and,
of course, production numbers.
Plus, you’ll get the inside scoop on
some of the juiciest, funniest an-
tics, actual facts and fun moments
through those six wonderful de-
cades of great community theater.
“Celebrate 60” show times are


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Savor exquisite offerings by Vero’s Opera and Ballet

By Samantha Baita | Staff Writer Clockwise from top left: “Madama Butterfly”
[email protected] performed by the Vero Beach Opera. Marie
Antunez and Martin Nusspaumer as Mada-
The cultural opportunities in our small ma Butterfly and U.S. Naval officer Pinkerton.
city have long been impressive: the diversi- Tiziana Lahey (in hat) portrays Pinkerton’s
ty, excellence, sophistication and support far “real American wife.” Marie Antunez with
exceeding the norm for a city of our modest
size. Excellent examples this past week were Drew Alexander Upton as Sorrow.
Vero Beach Opera’s “Madama Butterfly” and
Ballet Vero Beach’s “All Rodriguez,” both PHOTOS BY J. PATRICK RICE
staged at the Vero Beach High School Per-
forming Arts Center.

A staple of the operatic repertoire world-
wide, Puccini’s tragic masterwork about a
U.S. Naval officer, Pinkerton, and the young
Japanese geisha he marries “for convenience”
is, arguably, Vero Beach Opera’s most impres-
sive, virtually flawless, fully staged production
to date.

Performing for the first time with the Vero
Beach Opera (hopefully the first of many col-
laborations) was the highly respected Atlantic
Classical Orchestra, under the baton of Met
veteran and Grammy winner Caren Levine, a
petite, charismatic powerhouse, who made a
daunting responsibility look easy. Even fun.

The opera-savvy, full-house audience was
engaged from the moment the curtain rose
on the gorgeous, exquisitely lighted set: a
house and garden overlooking Nagasaki Har-
bor. Acting and singing were equally excel-


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lent, and the flow, curtain to curtain, belied ki, beautifully sung by mezzo soprano Mabel Camilo Rodriguez. music and the choreography to shine. In the
the almost three-hour length. Ledo, stood on a ledge amidst heaps of blos- first segment, “Divertissement Nostalgique,”
soms, gazing at the Harbor, awaiting Pinker- PHOTO DENISE RITCHIE with music by local composer Paul Gay, Alys-
Experience and numerous contacts at ton’s ship. Upton, who was to fall asleep, sa Grimsley and Alexandra Hoffman on point,
the apex of the opera world have served remained so for a good long while. Finally, company has just come off a hugely success- moved through the music, in sync, counter-
VBO Artistic Director Roman Ortega-Cowan enough was enough, and he studiously began ful season opener, “Nutcracker on the Indian point and solo, evoking pure, elegant classical
and President Joan Ortega-Cowan well as, brushing the blossoms off the ledge, totally in River,” and this performance was the perfect combinations, showcasing each dancer, in
through the years, they have transformed the character and totally adorable. “next show.” tulle, then tutus, then simple leotards.
all-local Vero Beach Opera Guild of the 1980s
into a professional company with sufficient “Madama Butterfly” received aloud, Camilo Rodriguez is the company’s ballet The second segment, “The Swan,” recalled
clout to draw top international stars. lengthy, well-deserved standing ovation, and master and principal dancer. He began his the Les Ballets Trockadero. To Saint-Saens’“Le-
the audience’s exit conversations were filled ballet career in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Cygne,” in classic white swan attire all lovers of
The strong, well-chosen cast of “Mad- with superlatives. honed his skills touring internationally. With the dance recognize, drag has never looked so
ama Butterfly” included a husband and the famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte feathery, as Rodriguez entered gracefully on
wife: Uruguayan soprano Marie Antunez Ballet Vero Beach presented what turned Carlo he discovered his gift for parody. In “All point, scattering hundreds of feathers across
as Madama Butterfly, and Uruguayan tenor out to be a completely delightful evening of Rodriguez” the dancer also showcased an un- the stage from an apparently molting tutu and
Martin Nusspaumer as Pinkerton. Antunez not-your-grandma’s-ballet: “All Rodriguez.” expected talent: choreography. sending the audience into hysterics.
was able to maintain the geisha physicality In its fifth season, the uber-talented young
while projecting the broad, emotional vo- Against a simple drop, which changed col- In “Afternoon in the Paddock” to DeBussy’s
cal dimensions the story demanded, and ors throughout the evening, the dancers, in “Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun,” Rodriguez
Nusspaumer was an excellent match, a simple black or white leotards, allowed their employed his elegant uber-disciplined danc-
charming cad, able at once to convey blithe uber-disciplined, dance-honed physicality, the er’s body to own the compelling music, as he
affection and careless cruelty. transformed into a faun, or perhaps a colt,
exploring and frolicking in a dappled mead-
The cast included local resident Tiziana ow (one viewer’s interpretation). It was quite
Lahey, who more than held her own after mesmerizing.
suspending an opera career to raise a family.
Lahey, a soprano, portrayed Pinkerton’s “real The final segment,“Sheer Vibration,” to mu-
American wife” Kate, whose return to Na- sic by Grieg, was originally part of the Interpre-
gasaki with Pinkerton three years later, after tive Dance Series at the Vero Beach Museum of
Butterfly has faithfully awaited his return to Art, and featured Grimsley, Hoffman and Mat-
her and their young son, Sorrow, impels But- thew Carter, moving together, then separately,
terfly’s tragic and dramatic suicide. in a playful mix of styles and combinations.

Sorrow is typically a scene-stealer, and In an hour and a half, Rodriguez had re-
preschooler Drew Alexander Upton certain- vealed a quite exceptional, very distinctive gift
ly was, performing with 4-year-old charm: for choreography, which one hopes he’ll con-
there was a rather lengthy segment in which tinue to nurture and share. 
Sorrow, Butterfly and her companion Suzu-

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tire Audience. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m.

1 “Celebrate 60” from Feb. 1-18. 2 Sean Sexton. the music will reach the rafters. This celebra- 4 Here’s a mood-lifting way to kick-start
tory concert will include acclaimed vocalist the week and get your mind off the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 celebrate its 25th anniversary: with the Bre- Michelle Amato, who has worked with Quin- news for couple of hours: a nice big helping
vard Symphony Orchestra in its annual pops cy Jones, Liza Minnelli, Sandi Patty, Donna of Big Band music from some of the cra-
Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday and concert, “Broadway Our Way,” next Friday at Summer, Michel McDonald and Yanni, and zy-talented young musicians of our middle
Sunday at 2 p.m. It’s a show the whole family Community Church, that’s how. Fabulous has been featured soloist with the Memphis and high school jazz bands. This Monday
will enjoy. The following two weeks of the favorites from an almost overwhelming ar- Symphony and the South Florida Pops. And and Tuesday nights it’s Vero Beach High
Festival include a Dinner Gala and Silent ray of Broadway blockbusters – “An Amer- here’s something you don’t see every day: at School’s annual Big Band Bash, a high-en-
Auction; the annual Open House; and five ican in Paris,” “Gypsy,” “Hamilton,” “Jesus intermission, there’ll be a Special Anniversa- ergy concert featuring the high school jazz
readers’ theater productions over four days Christ Superstar” and “West Side Story” (in ry Reception with refreshments for The En- bands playing Big Band standards and
performed by 35 Guild actors. Call or visit celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th an- contemporary numbers. Also appearing at
the Guild box office, 772-562-8300, for show niversary), and that’s not even all. You know the Tuesday concert will be the Jazz Bands
details and ticket information. from Gifford, Storm Grove and Oslo middle
schools. Toe-tappin’ starts at 7 p.m. both
2 This Thursday, Jan. 25, you have a quite nights. Tickets are $10 and $12.
special opportunity to meet one-of-
kind artist, poet and rancher Sean Sexton, 5 Opera fans will want to get tickets in
scion of one of Indian River County’s pioneer hand pronto for the Vero Beach Op-
families and the county’s first poet laureate. era’s next exciting program “An Evening
Flametree Clay Art Gallery is hosting the eve- With Verdi” (the 19th century Italian opera
ning, during which Sexton will read from his composer who, says Wikipedia, became
latest collection of poems, “Descent.” You’ll one of the pre-eminent opera composers
also be able to enjoy the gallery’s current ex- in history). Performing some of the world’s
hibition, “Lay of the Land,” a collaboration operatic favorites at the VBHS Performing
featuring the ceramic art of Sexton and fel- Arts Center next Saturday will be the in-
low artist Jordan Hyde. Wine and light hors ternationally acclaimed dramatic soprano
d’oeuvres will be served. The poetry reading Susan Neves and baritone David Pershall,
begins at 7 p.m. I will see you there. a rising star in the world opera pantheon. A
Met artist, Neves’ repertoire includes some
3 No doubt about it, the Indian River of the most daunting roles written for so-
Symphonic Association knows how to prano, and she has brought audiences to
their feet in such lauded opera houses as
Paris’ Opera Bastille, Deutsche Opera Ber-
lin, Vienna State Opera, Gran Teatro del
Liceu in Barcelona, and many throughout
Italy. Pershall debuted at the Metropolitan
Opera in 2015 as Figaro in “The Barber of
Seville,” and the following season sang
Schaunard in “La Bohème” and Lord Cecil
in “Maria Stuarda.” Of his Figaro, miam-
iARTzine raved that Pershall “fleshed out
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Jokes are wild in ‘Funny Money’ and ‘Sister Act’

By Pam Harbaugh | Correspondent when you’re looking for funny farces, MCT di- with a funny gene.” “I look at the talent of my cast and I use all
[email protected] rector Peg Girard has the same well-deserved Like Cooney’s other farces, such as “Out my favorite madcap moves,” she said.
reputation for being the go-to person when
Parking should be tight on weekends you’re looking for farces that are well done. of Order” and “Move Over Mrs. Markham,” Currently, there are about 100 seats left
through February in Downtown Melbourne. Cooney’s play “Funny Money” is awash with for the entire run, said box office manager
Indeed, over the years, Girard has mount- slamming doors, mistaken identity and rising Kathy Kett. The theater is considering added
That’s because two new comedies, one of ed at least one farce, usually more, per sea- confusion. performances throughout the week, which is
them a musical, are drawing audiences to son. By this time, her comedy shows are half becoming a recurring motif for the very suc-
Melbourne theaters. sold out before they even open. It gives audiences a “comic spectacle,” Gi- cessful Melbourne Civic Theatre.
rard said.
“Funny Money,” a comedy by farce-meis- That’s the case with “Funny Money,” for While Girard has a long track record in
ter Ray Cooney, runs through Feb. 25 at which tickets started becoming scarce be- The story revolves around milquetoast Brevard community theater, Dominic Del
Melbourne Civic Theatre; and “Sister Act,” a fore its first curtain. Currently, only 100 tick- accountant Henry Perkins (Steve Costner). Brocco has gained a following with not even
stage musical based on the 1992 movie, runs ets remain for the entire run. It begins when he picks up the wrong brief- a handful of Brevard community theater
through Feb. 4 at the case. It is filled with money. shows to his directorial name.
Henegar. Although Girard hates talking seriously
about herself, she did allow that “Honestly, Assuming the money comes from some Del Brocco has directed before, but his di-
Just as Cooney I think I was just born no-good activity, Henry decides to keep the rectorial debut here was with the Henegar’s
has a well-de- money. However, he also is smart enough to high school age production of “Singin’ in the
served reputa- Steve Costner as Henry Perkins. realize his briefcase is now in the possession Rain.” Then, he moved into the regular main
tion for being of the person he assumes is a criminal. stage with a highly regarded production of
the go-to person PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THOMAS “Sweeney Todd.”
So he decides to leave town and head to
Barcelona with his confused wife, Jean (Vic- Now, he’s onto “Sister Act,” a musical origi-
toria Smith). A sudden doorbell announces nally produced in London, in part, by Whoo-
the arrival of the police (Randy Caldwell and pi Goldberg.
Terrence Girard) and the beginning of Hen-
ry’s chaotic attempt to weave a complex tale. Based on the screenplay by Joseph How-
ard, “Sister Act” the musical was written by
Other featured characters include Hen- Cheri and Bill Steinkellner with music by
ry’s friends, Vic and Betty (Peter Olander and Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater.
Sarabeth Dawson).
Like the movie, it revolves around night-
Girard, who grew up watching Lucille Ball club singer Delores Van Cartier witnessing a
and Carol Burnett, works her cast to keep the murder and being put into witness protec-
play clipping along. Her farce credo is “pace
and energy.” CONTINUED ON PAGE B6

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Benjamin Benya, Donnie Gethers
and Anthony Santiago.

Karen Monks as Mother Superior
with Lillie Thomas as Delores.


CONTINUED FROM PAGE B5 egar, there are a few on stage who are quite In addition to a big cast, Del Brocco also has And although he never lets anyone sees
well known to Henegar audiences. to deal with frequent big scenic shifts. In fact, him sweat, Del Brocco had quite a day before
tion program. She is sent to the Queen of An- that’s the show’s biggest challenge, he said. opening: Not only did he have to serve jury
gels convent, a dilapidated spot run by nuns Karen Monks, who most recently was duty, he also had to jump onstage for an extra
who struggle to keep it open. grouchy Miss Hannigan in the Henegar’s The show has a false proscenium and who had to suddenly drop out.
popular production of “Annie,” takes on the large set pieces that use up “every ounce of
Delores takes on the identity of Sister Mary role of the doubtful Mother Superior. And space that we can,” he said. “They’re just two quick cameo scenes,”
Clarence and brings her showbiz know-how Brevard’s legendary actress Joan Taddie, who he said. “Hopefully you won’t even notice.
to the convent’s choir, creating a community has made multiple appearances both on “There are so many changes within the I’ll be watching like the rest of the audience,
appeal so strong that even the pope comes to stage and as director at the Henegar, is Sister first act that are very cumbersome,” Del run up there and do my little thing and get
see a service. Mary Lazarus, the crass and outspoken nun Brocco said. “But (the tech crew is) able to back to enjoying.”
who learns a new skill from Delores. execute them effortlessly.”
Meanwhile, of course, the murderer, who “Sister Act” runs through Feb. 4 at the
happens to be Delores’ boyfriend, pursues her. “Everybody will be pretty amazed at (Tad- Ironically, his favorite moment does not Henegar Center, 817 E. New Haven Ave., Mel-
die’s) ability to rap,” Del Brocco said. employ a big scenic shift. bourne. Tickets are $26 general, $23 seniors,
Del Brocco cast Lillie Thomas into the military and students and $13 for children. A
lead role of Delores. He’s worked with her Men who hate the idea of going to see a “While the big show-stopping numbers $3 handling fee applies to all tickets. Call 321-
before when they were in “Rock of Ages” at show filled with women in habits need not are flashy and upbeat, for me, I think, my fa- 723-8698 or visit
Titusville Playhouse. She was a backup sing- fear. “Sister Act” also has significant male vorite part of the show is a song Delores sings
er in that show. Del Brocco is thrilled that roles so husbands won’t have to grouse to called ‘Sister Act,’ which is a ballad that fol- “Funny Money” runs through Feb. 25 at
he could offer her a role that shows off her their wives (who usually have to sit through lows a disco dream sequence. Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge
“beautiful voice.” plenty of shows with predominantly, and Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $29 and $31. Call
sometimes only, male characters). “For all the over-the-top, big bulky scenes, 321-723-6935 or visit 
While this is the first time Thomas, an Or- my favorite is when she’s just at a desk in the
lando resident, has performed at the Hen- light singing her song.”

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Tidal wave of creative talent at ‘Art by the Sea’

By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer niors and donations of art supplies to local
[email protected] elementary and middle schools and vari-
ous art classes.
Art-lovers were afloat in a sea of talent
last weekend during the 30th annual Art The show continued through the week-
by the Sea exhibition and sale presented by end with viewers casting a vote for their
the Vero Beach Art Club at the Vero Beach favorite pieces to determine the People’s
Museum of Art. The judged show, featuring Choice Award winner, who was announced
nearly 225 pieces by members of the VBAC late Sunday.
or the museum, opened to a packed house
at the Friday evening cocktail reception The Vero Beach Art Club will host Art on
and awards ceremony. the Island, its annual three-dimensional
art show, Feb. 9 to 11 at the Marsh Island
“For 30 years we have been doing this Clubhouse, beginning with a cocktail re-
and I swear that each year the art seems ception on Friday evening. 
to get better and better,” said Anne Mals-
bary, VBAC president, before introducing Vanetta and George Beckman with his
co-chairs Judy Rixom and Sherry Haaland, Best of Show piece. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
who announced the show’s winners.
A new President’s Choice Award intro-
Participants could enter one piece of art- duced this year went to sculpture artist
work, completed within the last two years George Paxton for his bronze sculpture,
and not exhibited at a previous Art by the “Pensive.”
Sea show. Independent judge Nancy Dillen
selected the winners in the categories of On Friday, many guests took advantage
oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, pas- of a first opportunity to purchase the vari-
tel/graphics, sculpture/3-D, film/digital ous works. A portion of the proceeds from
photography and jewelry. each sale supports the Vero Beach Art Club
and its educational outreach programs,
George Beckman was presented with the including scholarships for high school se-
Mary Mazur Memorial Best of Show Award
for his kinetic sculpture, “Dancing Spirit,”
which was enhanced by its graceful mo-

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Goal-oriented soph sensation propels Vero soccer

By Ron Holub | Correspondent Madelaine Rhodes en route to scoring one of three goals against Heritage. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD business for this team. After talking to coach-
[email protected] es and players you come away with the im-
tice, every sprint.You play tic-tac-toe with her that, and recognizing the value of teamwork pression that everyone simply enjoys playing
Powered by a record-setting performance and she would want to win – and be mad if was without a doubt at the very top of her list. the game and being with each other. They are
from striker Madelaine Rhodes, the Vero she didn’t. That’s what drives her. having fun.
Beach High varsity girls soccer team had a full “I’ve played with (current VBHS team-
head of steam going into the district playoffs “She grew in her vision and ability as the mates) Kate Hassell, Brie D’Elia and Lauren “We goof off all the time,” Rhodes said. “It’s
this week. The Fighting Indians closed the year went on. She blends in well with the Barkett since we were little,” the soft-spoken fun for all of us.We have team dinners and we
regular season at 14-4-1 overall and went un- other players and now she has a leadership Rhodes told us. “We all have great chemistry. are all good friends. What we have is just one
defeated in District 10-5A play. role. There’s also the team aspect to it. The Brie and I see eye-to-eye on everything. big, goofball family.”
strength of some of the other players allows
By securing the top seed with that 10-0 her to be more successful because opponents “The freshmen on our team are really While that looks to be the case from the
slate, Vero had the inside track to an eighth can’t just defend her.” good. They have all played together for ages. outside, there is a fire burning inside some-
straight district title. The only loss in the last We all just work so well together.” where. School records of this magnitude ar-
10 regular season games was 4-3 on the road Rhodes would probably agree with all of en’t achieved accidentally. Rhodes started
to a Montverde team ranked 19thnationally. This is not all about attending to serious playing soccer when she was 5. She joined
the Brevard Soccer Alliance club team at age
Rhodes scored all three goals at Montverde 12 and credited two BSA coaches – Dave Luna
in still another display of her seemingly un- and Donny Spielman – with “taking her game
canny ability to hit the back of the net. The to the next level.” Rhodes and many of her
regular-season barrage victimized oppo- Vero teammates play soccer year round, with
nents of every caliber and enabled the soph- a slight break during the summer.
omore to finish with 49 goals in 19 games. She
eclipsed the previous school record of 48 set Still, we were curious how she reached
by Alana Hockenhull in 2012-13. And that al- the level that surpasses so many others. Was
ready remarkable total will likely increase this there a special drill or workout routine that
postseason. she cared to tell us about?

“It’s her determination,” head coach Dan “I don’t practice the specifics,” she allowed.
Dickens said of his star player. “She is a play- “I just like to go out there and score goals.”
maker first and foremost. The goal is to al-
ways have your best players be your hardest The goals came in bunches. She smashed
workers. That’s what she is. the school record with seven tallies in two
games after we met last week. And she’s just
“She wants to win every game, every prac- a sophomore. 

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Hands-on cooking classes in a spectacular kitchen at sea

By TIna Rondeau | Columnist
[email protected]

Like most foodies, I love to cook. On
evenings when I am not checking out a
restaurant for this column, I generally can
be found in the kitchen, preparing that
night’s dinner. I often conclude the day
reading cooking magazines as I watch TV
cooking shows.

I have always loved cooking classes.
I took them for years in Washington at
L’Academie de Cuisine – one of the top
cooking schools in America which Fran-
cois Dionot sadly closed in December after
a 41-year run – and I have attended a few
on vacations (yes, I enjoy them that much).

I also have been intrigued by the grow-
ing number of cooking classes and demon-
strations offered on cruise ships. Some in-
clude celebrity chefs as well as those from
the ship’s own kitchens. Oceania, Holland
America, Celebrity – they all are getting in
on the act, some with a broad curriculum
of impressive culinary courses, others with
demonstrations that I haven’t found par-

ticularly useful. Each participant has her own top-of- that was open and inviting to snapper on wilted greens with mint lab-
But on a cruise earlier this month on the-line induction cooktop, stainless steel experienced and not-so-ex- neh, wasabi-encrusted grouper, and Flor-
sink and collection of cooking essentials. perienced cooks alike. ida shrimp with snow peas, glazed apple
Regent Cruises’ Seven Seas Explorer, I had In these classes, you get your hands into and mustard crema. Yum.
an opportunity to take a couple of class- the food; watching a partner do the work is “You’re here to have fun,”
es in the ship’s spectacular Culinary Arts not an option. she told the class. “The way it works, I’m go- Alas, the cruise came to an end before
Kitchen – a facility that rivals any cooking ing to lay out the ingredients step by step, I could sign up for any of the seven other
school on land. The first class I took was called “The the way they are laid out in the recipe. sessions (a course promising to impart the
Foodie’s New World.” secrets of Argentine-style master grilling
This may well be the most amazing set- “After that, I will demo the first dish, sounded particularly interesting).
up at sea – 18 fully-equipped, state-of-the- Led by chef/instructor Brenda Lanoue, then you will go back to your station where
art cooking stations that allow attendees who has taught at the Culinary Institute the team will have laid out everything you But the Seven Seas Explorer will be sail-
to take 90-minute cooking classes during of America in the Napa Valley and is one need, and you’ll prepare the dish. Then ing 10-night cruises out of Miami until late
which they prepare dishes, which vary of several chefs recruited by Kelly to lead you will come back up and I will demon- March when it heads to the Mediterra-
from day to day, under the guidance of a classes at sea, this course focused on pre- strate the second dish.” nean. So let’s see, if I take two classes per
veteran chef. paring such dishes as spicy gazpacho, gin- cruise . . .
ger-spiced chicken, and my husband’s fa- It was indeed fun, and I also picked up
The program is run by chef Kathryn Kel- vorite, “drunken sailor cake” – a very easy some useful tips. I welcome your comments, and encourage
ly, a creative food mastermind who devel- to make rum cake. (I’ll post the recipe on- you to send feedback to me at tina@verobe-
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sea a half dozen years ago on a couple of a second session, and as good luck would
Oceania’s ships. One very big difference is Supported by two sous chefs and a have it, a spot opened up in “Floribbean:
that in classes on the Seven Seas Explorer, pot-washer (wish I had one of those at Florida meets the Caribbean.”
there’s no sharing. home), Lanoue had a very pleasant manner
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1 Murder, She 77 Adjutant, e.g. 6 Maroon 81 Out caller
78 Director 7 The cop in It’s A 82 Math homewk.
Wrote 84 Butler’s last
network Grosbard Wonderful Life
4 Delighted cries 79 Counterpart of 8 Kent’s love word, 1939
7 Unoriginal 9 Integra maker 85 Disneyland prefix
11 Holding tanks, in dim., 10 Dress line 86 Sufficient, old-
a way in music 11 Gray wolf
17 Small branching, 80 Spent 12 Quitter’s motto style
of a sort 83 Sexy subject 13 AT&T rival 87 Aphorisms
19 Dave Garroway’s 88 Race for Alain 14 Market types 89 Ghostlike
signoff Prost 15 Shoo-fly pie 91 Chef Potts?
20 Supernatural 90 With 4 Down, 95 Sucker
21 “Did ___ the one whose cow? ingredient 96 Ben and
about ...” 92 ___ handstand 16 Charon’s river
22 Spectacle 93 Actress Merkel 18 Stage: abbr. Gertrude
pioneers 94 Champaign’s 19 Invention 98 Of a continent
24 Basic sister 99 Design a garden
26 Director Howard 95 Sees or sites protection 103 Easter is one
27 Some salmon 97 Adjusted 22 Kukla’s creator 105 Kite’s props
28 Wall St. hotshot opening? 23 Florida wrecker 106 ___ off
29 Pyrite, e.g. 100 Altercation
30 Whistle-wetter in 101 Actress Patricia of 1992 (intermittently)
Watford 102 Actress Peeples 25 Lethal wrapper 107 Ultimate, in a
32 “___ in ‘Tom’” 104 1948 Oscar tune 31 British inc.
34 Fred’s neighbors, 108 Little marvel 33 Gulf E of Djibouti way
on TV 110 Rejuvenation 34 Turkey 109 Detector’s find
40 A pair, in Paisley station 35 Old Nick’s thing 111 James Garfield’s
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Letitia Landon, a 19th-century English poet and novelist, wrote, “How disappointment AK54
tracks the steps of hope!”
All bridge players have had to suffer disappointing results. But in some cases, the loss K 10 8 5 2 EAST
was self-inflicted, declarer being unduly optimistic and running into an unfavorable Q J 10
distribution of the cards, one that would not have been fatal to the contract if he had J9 AQ
played more carefully. K76
In this week’s deal, South is in five clubs. What should he do after West leads the heart
queen, taken by dummy’s king? As a secondary issue, how would three no-trump have Q 10 8 7 2
An inexperienced player would have bid three no-trump with that North hand and
been very disappointed when West knew enough to duck the first round of clubs and SOUTH
restrict declarer to a pair of club tricks. If South has seven winners, as his pre-empt at
unfavorable vulnerability suggests, North has the four tricks that justify leaping to five 9
Declarer should see that he has three potential losers in his hand: one spade, one heart
and one club. He has only 10 top tricks: two hearts, two diamonds and six clubs. 63

An optimist would run the club nine at trick two. However, if West is in midseason form, A Q J 10 8 4 3
he will take the trick and return a trump to kill the contract.
Dealer: South; Vulnerable: North-South
South must ruff his heart loser on the board. He should cash the heart ace, then exit
with a spade to open up a communication line to his hand. East does best to take the The Bidding:
trick and shift to his trump, but declarer wins with his ace, trumps his last heart, ruffs a
spade in hand and sets about drawing trumps. SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
3 Clubs Pass 5 Clubs All Pass
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