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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2017-11-24 00:00:07

11/24/2017 ISSUE 47


November 24, 2017 | Volume 4, Issue 47 Newsstand Price: $1.00

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mainland from becomes new
new home prices mayor of Vero

By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer Clockwise from top left: Adventist’s Florida Hospital, Orlando Health’s ORMC, Cleveland Clinic and HCA’s Lawnwood Regional. By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer
[email protected] [email protected]
By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer port; faith-based Adventist Health System, which
Island buyers are used to homes [email protected] owns Orlando’s Florida Hospital among its 44 McAnsh Park resident Harry
priced at half a million dollars or hospitals nationally; Orlando Health, a nine-hos- Howle will be Vero’s mayor for
more, but mainland buyers are now The dance card of potential partners for Indian pital Florida chain that includes Orlando Regional the next year, making him only
seeing those kinds of prices too. River Medical Center was narrowed to four suit- Medical Center; and HCA, largest hospital chain in the fourth mainland resident to
ors last week, and to the governing boards of the the U.S and owner of Lawnwood Regional Medical serve as mayor in 17 years, the
If you’re wondering how high stand-alone, cash-strapped hospital, they were a Center in Fort Pierce. last one being A. Craig Fletcher
new-home prices have gone good-looking lot. in 2012. Central Beach resident
around town, take a drive to the All will have a chance to visit and be visited by Lange Sykes will back Howle up
western – particularly the south- The contenders are the Cleveland Clinic, ranked as vice mayor.
western – sector of the Vero Beach second in the country by U.S. News and World Re- CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
area. And be prepared for sticker Howle was sworn in Monday
shock. morning, along with local oph-
thalmologist Val Zudans, after
You’ll find new homes selling the duo finished as the top two
from $400,000 to $600,000 in gated vote getters of six candidates
communities under construction vying for two seats on election
west of 43rd Avenue. night. The huge margin of vic-
tory these two pro-electric sale
“I know people would like to see candidates enjoyed is being
lower-cost housing, but it’s getting viewed as yet another clear voter
harder to do that,” said Bill Han- mandate for the city to complete
dler, president of GHO Homes, the $185 million deal to sell Vero
the county’s most prolific builder. electric to Florida Power & Light.
“We’re trying to provide homes
for people in a variety of price Councilman Tony Young
ranges, but it’s difficult to find the
$200,000s. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

“The $300,000s has become the Vietnam vets reach out to homeless vets rousted from camps



NEWS 1-12 PETS 18 By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer camps, making them more diffi-
DINING B7 [email protected] cult to locate. “They’re cracking
HEALTH 13 GAMES B12 down more because real estate is
CALENDAR B15 Tim Nightingale and Vic Diaz, at a premium again,” said Diaz.
REAL ESTATE 19 co-founders of Vietnam Veter-
B1 ans of Indian River County, went Two weeks ago, Diaz and
ARTS into the woods last week looking Nightingale had better luck, lo-
for homeless vets to get them cating and bringing in fellow
To advertise call: 772-559-4187 signed up for services and into Vietnam veteran Danny Wagon-
For circulation or where to pick up housing. They did not find any. er, signing him up for medical
your issue call: 772-226-7925 services and a pension, and giv-
The homeless “point-in-time” ing him a bed in one of the three
© 2016 Vero Beach 32963 Media LLC. All rights reserved. count last January identified 29 houses they have built for home- Vietnam Veterans’ Tim Nightingale at deserted homeless camp. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
homeless veterans in the coun- less vets with the help of Every
ty, but sheriff’s deputies recent- Dream Has a Price.
ly rousted the vets and other
homeless people out of their CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

2 November 24, 2017 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

MY Vero Beach not nearly as seasonal as it used to be

By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer To this day, I vividly remember going out closer to 10 percent, appealing place to live year-round, espe-
[email protected] for lunch at noon, walking across U.S. 1 – the Which makes sense. cially to retirees and empty-nesters from the
stretch between 17th Street and State Road “In a growth trend, such as the one we’re Northeast and Midwest.
Now that Thanksgiving is upon us and 60 – and not seeing a car on the road.
winter residents and seasonal visitors have in, there are still peaks and valleys, but the “As much as I love the mom-and-pops,
begun to return to our seaside patch of par- Obviously, a lot has changed since then. valleys aren’t nearly as deep and we’re peak- out-of-state folks like to see the franchise
adise, allow me to take you on a nostalgic Vero Beach still has its “season,” as we lo- ing from a higher base,” Matson said. names,” said Helene Caseltine, economic
journey back to an earlier era when Vero cals call it, and the postcard-perfect winter development director at the county’s Cham-
Beach’s year-round population didn’t need a months continue to produce a surge in pop- “That also makes the peaks look not quite ber of Commerce. “Those places make it
calendar to mark the time. ulation, traffic and business for our hotels, as high as they really are, but that’s only be- easier to live here year-round now. Whatev-
restaurants and merchants. cause, as Vero Beach continues to grow, the er you’re looking for, we can accommodate
Allow me to take you back to 1980, when But the disparity between our busy sea- summer valley can actually be higher than you.”
I was fresh out of Washington & Lee Univer- son, which now begins as early as October the winter peak from the previous year,” he
sity and embarking on a newspaper career and runs into May, and the offseason isn’t added. Conversely, Caseltine said these nation-
that has endured well into its fourth decade, nearly as noticeable as it was 30-plus years al chains are doing their due diligence and
bringing me back to the place where it be- ago – or even 10 years ago. “In reality, though, the seasonal peaks wouldn’t be moving here if there weren’t a
gan. According to census statistics provided keep getting higher.” full-time population large enough to sup-
by Phil Matson, staff director of the county’s port their businesses on a year-round basis.
Allow me to take you back to my first Metropolitan Planning Organization, sea- In other words: The Vero Beach area is still
summer in town. sonal residents account for just 22 percent attracting noticeable numbers of seasonal “The calls for service have been pret-
of the island population and only about 8 residents and visitors, but more people are ty much consistent throughout the year,”
There was nobody here. Well, almost no- percent of the mainland population. living here on a year-round basis, too, as the Sheriff Deryl Loar said. “I used to see a no-
body. The mainland community does see an in- county’s population has doubled in the past ticeable increase during the winter months,
crease in traffic congestion, diners and retail 30 years. but not anymore.
The snowbirds, as they are affectionately customers, but most of that can be attribut-
known, had already migrated north, most of ed to tourists, short-term vacation renters Stan Boling, the county’s community de- “With the economy improving and the
them having departed shortly after the Los and the barrier island’s winter residents. velopment director, said the transformation county’s population continuing to grow,
Angeles Dodgers finished that year’s spring Florida Department of Transportation of the Vero Beach area’s population into a we’re going to see those numbers go up,” he
training and headed west. statistics for 2016 showed that traffic along less-seasonal, more full-time community added. “If the economy stays strong, you’re
U.S. 1 and State Road A1A was 20 percent has been a “gradual change.” going to see residential development west of
And those seasonal folks were a sizeable higher during the busy season. The season- I-95 in the next decade.”
segment of the community: If my memory al increase on the mainland, however, was As the U.S. and local economies contin-
serves me correctly, the circulation of the ue to rally from recession, the county’s pop- If the recent trend continues, more of the
then-local Press Journal, which was deliv- ulation continues to grow – it now exceeds people moving here will be year-round resi-
ered to about 70 percent of the county’s 150,000 – and is attracting more national dents – or seasonal residents who choose to
homes, plummeted from 20,000 during the chain stores and restaurants. stay longer. 
winter months to 13,000 in the summer.
That, too, has made Vero Beach a more

Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS November 24, 2017 3

MAINLAND HOME PRICES divisions are just giving those people what Three Holiday spec homes, however, are got people coming down from up north.
they want. selling for $418,000, $400,000 and $378,000. We’ve got people coming up from South
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Two Maronda specs are selling for $400,000 Florida. Housing prices in both places are a
“Still, we need to be very conscious of and $370,000. lot higher than they are here, especially on
norm,” he added. “The $400,000s is the next our costs and be careful that we don’t go too the mainland, so they’re willing and able to
tier up.” far with our pricing,” he added. Boosting those prices are Harmo- pay them.
ny Reserve’s amenities, which include a
And the $500,000s? “It’s one thing to build high-end homes 13,000-square-foot clubhouse, swimming “Whatever pent-up demand there was
Those homes are available, too, as are a that people want, but we don’t want to get pool, pickleball complex and bocce lawn. In during the recession, people are now acting
few priced at $600,000 and up – all of them to a point where we’re an elitist community, fact, every buyer pays a one-time $7,000 fee on it,” he added, “and they have the means
loaded with options and upgrades, most of where a lot of people can’t afford to buy a to cover the cost of the clubhouse, though to do so.”
them built on oversized and/or waterfront new house.” Holiday includes that cost in the price of its
lots. homes. Mechling said some prospective buyers
Many of the higher-priced, west-of-43rd Mechling is consulting at Harmony Re- also are coming from the barrier island,
homes are being built and sold in GHO’s serve, the 55-and-over community under “Obviously, there’s a market for these up- where some homeowners have retired or
Lake Sapphire (mid-$400s to $500s), Four construction on 33rd Street, west of 58th Av- per-end homes and communities on the become empty-nesters and want to down-
Lakes (mid-$300s to low $400s) and Berkley enue, where Holiday Builders and Maronda mainland,” said Stan Boling, the county’s size to a maintenance-free community.
Square (mid-$300 to mid-$400s) communi- Homes are building houses at base prices community development director. “We’ve
ties. ranging from the low $200s to the mid-$300s. West of 43rd Avenue. 
Those are base prices that don’t include
some desired options and, in many cases,
the cost of the lots.
There’s currently a spec home selling for
$533,000 at Lake Sapphire, located on Fifth
Street Southwest. Homes have sold for more
than $600,000 at Four Lakes, located on 13th
Street Southwest, south of Oslo Road.
GHO is building homes with base prices
that reach the mid-to-high $300,000s in the
Summer Lake, Eagle Trace Estates, Hun-
tington Place, Ashley Lakes South, and Lake
Mandarin at Citrus Springs communities.
All are located west of 43rd Avenue.
The builder also is selling homes for un-
der $300,000 in several of those communi-
ties, but those houses are usually smaller,
with fewer upgrades and on smaller lots.
“The prices now are even higher than they
were during the building boom in 2004 and
2005, but a lot of that was driven by the easy
financing and people spending money they
didn’t have,” said Phil Matson, staff director
for the county’s Metropolitan Planning Or-
“Now, they’ve got the money,” he added.
“The economy has turned around and peo-
ple up north or down south are able to sell
their homes for a lot of money and buy here
at a lower price point. So the demand that
disappeared during the recession is there
“But I’ve talked to developers and land
owners, and they told me the cost of produc-
ing a home has gone way up, too.”
Chuck Mechling, a local real estate devel-
opment consultant, said rising land values,
stricter building codes and, more recent-
ly, increased competition for construction
sub-contractors have driven up the cost of
developing lots and building houses in the
Those costs get passed along to the home
“If you add $10,000 to the cost of devel-
oping a lot, that’s going to be included in
the price of the home,” Mechling said. “And
every time you increase the cost to the con-
sumer – even if it’s only $5,000 or $10,000 –
you take someone out of the market.
“That said, there are people who want
these higher-priced, energy-efficient, new
homes with impact-glass windows and larg-
er lots, and they’re willing to pay for them,”
he continued. “The builders in those sub-

4 November 24, 2017 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

HOSPITAL SUITORS Trustees of the Indian River Hospital Dis- taxpayers, rather than attempting to buy Adventist Health System, proposed
trict listened as a Chicago consultant hired the facility outright, the proposals for tak- acquiring the IRMC hospital business
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 to help the hospital find a suitable partner ing over the hospital business varied. through what is called in the non-prof-
presented acquisition proposals on Friday. it hospital world “member substitu-
IRMC officials in the coming weeks with an Two of the finalists, Cleveland Clinic and tion,” a model in which the larger hos-
eye toward taking over the hospital. Eight proposals from nonprofit and pital group takes on the liabilities of
for-profit healthcare chains were reviewed. the smaller hospital, makes a commit-
Whether that takeover is in the form of a The proposals were received last week after ment to spend capital, and becomes
purchase, a lease or some hybrid of the two, consultants put out feelers to 33 companies the corporate member of the acquired
the goal is to put the hospital’s future into in August. organization.
the hands of a much larger operation, one
healthy enough to fund a $270 million ren- They were the first glimpse at outsiders’ The other two finalists, Orlando
ovation while withstanding ongoing tur- notions of what IRMC might be worth to a Health and HCA, instead proposed ac-
moil in healthcare industry. partner. quiring the IRMC hospital business by buy-
ing some or all of its assets.
In a crowded room at the hospital nor- While all eight bidders envisaged trying Because of the different approaches,
mally used for training, members of the to work out a deal with the Hospital District comparing the size of the offers was a bit
IRMC board of directors and the elected to continue leasing the hospital buildings, like comparing apples and oranges, but
which are owned by Indian River County what certainly caught the eye of everyone
in the Powerpoint presentation were the
figures for total financial consideration
which ran as high – in the case of healthcare
giant HCA – as $415 million including gross
proceeds and 10 years’ worth of promised
capital expenditures.
Additional prospective partners were not
ruled out in Friday’s four-hour session, led
by associates of Juniper Advisory, a Chica-
go-based firm specializing in the complex
business of healthcare systems. After hear-
ing explanations of the various proposals,
the two boards separated to hash out their
top three picks for further consideration.
“We’re delighted that you’ve got good
options, and it’s going to be hard to whittle
them down,” said Juniper’s Barry Sagraves
as he charged the hospital board with nar-
rowing the field.
The debate among each board resulted
in choices that nearly meshed: The Cleve-
land Clinic got the nod from both boards,
as did Adventist. The District Trustees vot-
ed to consider HCA, while the hospital
board opted for Orlando Health.
That mix likely pleased the consultants,
who had urged hospital leaders not to rule
out for-profit companies, and not to limit
themselves to their first pick – Cleveland
Clinic – on the chance things don’t work
The nonprofit faith-based Adventist
Health System, with more than $8 billion
in revenues, owns 25 hospitals in Florida,
the best known among them being Florida
Hospital. Interestingly, IRMC’s best known
surgeon, Dr. Cary Stowe, was lured to Vero
from Florida Hospital.
Adventist’s competitor in the Orlando
Market, Orlando Health has nine Florida
hospitals including the downtown giant
Orlando Regional Medical Center. A non-
profit, it has a good reputation among doc-
tors, according to Vero doctors present Fri-
day, but its revenues of only $3 billion gave
some board members pause.
Sagraves was particularly bullish on
HCA. That behemoth stepped up with
pockets bulging, its $41.4 billion in annual
net revenue backing the best financial offer
of the eight submitted to IRMC.
Since the partnering process began,
boards of both the hospital and the coun-
ty’s elected Hospital District Board have
envisioned a cash-rich healthcare system

Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS November 24, 2017 5

taking over the Vero hospital, currently in likely pick prior to Friday’s meeting, but Among the eight suitors, it was more than Cleveland Clinic standard.” It would pay
urgent need of a $270 million upgrade of its it was quickly shelved by the IRMC board clear to the IRMC board that the Cleveland whatever it took to bring IRMC up to snuff.
patient rooms and other facilities. due to its small size – net revenues of $1.5 Clinic was the prize catch. Referred to by Cleveland Clinic won the vote of both
billion. Hockmeyer and others as “world-class,” the boards.
Not surprisingly, HCA, with 226 hospi- nonprofit healthcare system is ranked sec-
tals, 49 of them in Florida, has an uneven Orlando Health’s revenues were about ond nationally (after Mayo) by U.S. News Vero hospital leaders will meet with the
reputation among its vast portfolio. Long- twice that number but even those num- and World Report. Its revenues hit Hock- finalists this month and next and will visit
time residents of Indian River County recall bers struck some as low. Nevertheless, Or- meyer’s $8 billion threshold while main- their hospitals, including some that have
the good and the not-so-good reputation lando Health made the cut with the hos- taining only 10 hospitals. recently been acquired by the four chains
of nearby HCA-owned Lawnwood over the pital board and into the final round, even in the hopes of hearing how the transac-
years. Today, though, with a heart institute though it didn’t get the vote of the Hospital However, Cleveland Clinic was also nota- tions went and how transitions are going
and stroke center, the hospital has grown District Board. bly vague in its proposal. It declined to give now.
into a regional Level II trauma center and any indication of how long it would com-
the pediatric hospital of choice along the “It was a very civil discussion and a very mit to keeping IRMC until the two parties Final proposals will be submitted in Jan-
Treasure Coast. HCA also runs St. Lucie high level of discussion,” said longtime Vero reached a definitive agreement. uary with the hospital and District boards
Medical Center in Port St. Lucie. attorney William Stewart, who has worked voting on their choice of partner that
with IRMC and sat in on the Hospital Dis- Under capital expenditures outlay, it month. Whatever deal is finally negotiated
There were also deep concerns about trict’s session as a member of the public. simply offered this promise: “TBD: The is expected to close in August 2018. 
considering a for-profit partner and HCA
was the only for-profit chain among the
four selected for a second look. The fear is
there might be negative consequences for
patients and staff alike if Vero’s small home-
town hospital, the buildings of which have
belonged to taxpayers since the 1950s, is
turned into a profit center for a vast public-
ly-traded company.

And there have been serious concerns
about a for-profit hospital putting an end
to Vero’s tradition of hospital philanthropy
– no more named “centers of excellence” to
stand as tribute to Vero’s wealthiest donors
unless the partner that is picked is a non-
profit, able to take donations.

And at least one doctor in on the debate,
Dr. John Lindenthal, believes that Lawn-
wood may be geographically too close for
comfort – that if HCA acquired IRMC, it
would cause one to cannibalize the other
rather than offer duplicate services at both.

Still, HCA’s whopping offer – a purchase
price of $150 million plus a promise of $265
million in capital expenditures – got some
pulses racing at last Friday’s afternoon
meeting. In addition, HCA said it would not
re-sell IRMC for 15 years.

In the consultants’ view, HCA needed
at least a second look. The chairman of
the hospital board, Dr. Wayne Hockmeyer,

“I personally think size matters,” Hock-
meyer said. “If you’re not generating $8 bil-
lion in annual revenues, you’re not of a size
that will be sufficient for the future.”

That figure – $8 billion – is the estimate
total net revenue of the for-profit Steward
Health Care System, one of the hospital
companies not selected. Steward’s offer
was almost as generous as HCA’s, yet it was
hardly mentioned Friday.

Steward earlier this year acquired Se-
bastian River Medical Center as well as two
hospitals in Brevard County. The concern
was that Steward will be wrangling the fi-
nancials of its latest acquisitions for some

Another for-profit chain with revenues
similar to Steward, the publicly-traded Uni-
versal Health Services, also did not make
the cut on Friday. Nor did a much smaller
group, RCCH Healthcare Partners.

The not-for-profit Health First was
back-burnered as well. Health First oper-
ates Holmes Regional Medical Center in
Melbourne and had mustered buzz as a

6 November 24, 2017 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS


By Steven M. Thomas | Staff Writer major stormwater drain that empties “We are grateful for the call,” Bolton unusually high tide and water table that
[email protected] into the lagoon. said on Friday. “We found a heck of force- continually flooded the excavation site
main break that we were unaware of.” He along A1A.
At least 100,000 gallons of raw sewage The spill came to light on Thursday said he did not know how much sewage
poured into the Indian River Lagoon at when readers contacted Vero Beach had been released but estimated it was He said the cause of the break, which
Bethel Creek last week after a pressurized 32963 to complain of a foul odor along more than 100,000 gallons. will cost between $25,000 and $50,000 to
sewer main ruptured near Jaycee Park. Bethel Creek, an inlet that connects to repair, has not been determined, and he
And the volume may have been much the lagoon near the city marina north of A repair crew of city employees and was not sure how long the pipe had been
higher than that. the Merrill Barber Bridge. contract workers hired to help with the leaking before the rupture was discovered.
emergency worked all day Friday until
The 12-inch pipe, which carries waste After a reporter called the city to check after dark, trying to get at and repair the “We may be able to figure out when the
water from Indian River Shores and Vero on the cause of the smell, Water and Sew- ruptured pipe. break occurred by going back and look-
neighborhoods to the city sewage treat- er Department chief Rob Bolton investi- ing at changes to the flow coming into
ment plant, broke where it intersects a gated and discovered the broken line. Bolton said work was hampered by an our plant,” Bolton said.

MEDICARE ADVANTAGE Mike Johannsen, who lives on Bethel
Creek Drive on the west side of the creek,
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ation actions with the possibility of fines
or other penalties for damages as defined
by statute and deemed appropriate.”

The spill occurred near the recently
completed Surf Club townhouse devel-
opment and Bolton said it is possible
heavy equipment and excavation on that
site may have had something to do with
the broken sewer main, but that more
investigation is needed to know if that is
the case. 

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He had been living in wooded areas Vietnam veteran Dan Wagoner moved into the Indian River County woods in 1985. He is now living in a house with nine other veterans. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
around Vero for 30 years.
It’s not societal rules that prevent many to help with last week’s effort, which was left behind in a hurry. “It’s likely the sher-
Originally from Melbourne, Wagoner veterans from coming in from the woods, coordinated by the Treasure Coast Home- iff’s office split the tents so they can’t
was drafted in 1972 when he was 18. He Nightingale and Diaz said. It’s a mistrust less Services Council, found two home- come back,” Nightingale said.
signed up for the Navy to avoid the Army. of authority. less veterans during the search, but those
As a radio operator he didn’t see much ac- men preferred to remain in the woods. Besides police, the Veterans Adminis-
tion, but his life fell apart anyway when “They’ve been rousted out of so many tration has contributed to the mistrust
he got back in the states. He lost his job, places, instead of being asked if they need The outreach search revealed numer- felt by homeless vets, Diaz said.
wife, children, house, cars, “everything.” help,” Nightingale said. ous abandoned camps, including the one
where Wagoner lived before his arrest, Nightingale, who suffers from
“In 1985 I moved into the woods,” Wag- Another pair of veterans – Doy Demsick with tents slashed, and all worldly goods post-traumatic stress disorder, among
oner said. “I lived off the land, trapping and Patrick Williamson – who teamed up
or shooting raccoons, squirrels, possums, CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
but no armadillo.” They carry diseases, he

In one of his latest camps, where he
lived with others, “We had everything, so-
lar panels, a dock to fish off of, and run-
ning water.”

Then, about three weeks ago, the camp
was discovered by sheriff’s deputies and
he was arrested for trespassing, spending
20 frightening days in jail.

He had lived in the woods with a fellow
veteran for three years, and he knew that
Nightingale and Diaz had found that vet
a place to live, so he asked them for help.

Wagoner said he had no idea he might
be eligible for veteran benefits. “It never
occurred to me.”

Living now in a house with nine other
veterans “is different. There are a lot of
rules, but they make sense.”

8 November 24, 2017 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

We Have It All!

By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer carrier on the tower are “highly likely,” ac-
[email protected] cording to Curt Jones, president of Datapath
Tower, the firm in charge of the tower proj-
Just as work was about to get under- ect.
way digging the hole for the foundation
of the Shores’ eagerly-awaited cell tow- Jones did not name AT&T but it’s no
er, engineers discovered the soil behind huge secret that “the second major carri-
Town Hall will have to be reinforced with er” in talks with the Shores is the company
a special clay compound – one more that some long-time customers have been
hitch in the long-drawn-out effort to get with since it was called BellSouth Mobility.
a decent phone signal for residents of the
island community. Mayor Brian Barefoot did name AT&T,
saying he was happy to hear that AT&T was
But there is good news, too. While the near executing a lease for transmission
problem will cost the town an additional space on the tower. “It’s really a defensive
$40,000, it turns out that stabilizing soil play because they’re going to lose custom-
at the site that was saturated by this sum- ers to Verizon,” he said.
mer’s historic rainfall should not signifi-
cantly delay completion of the project. The Shores’ Public Safety Department
communications equipment operates on
With Verizon contracted to use the tow- the Verizon system, so that carrier was a
er and negotiations moving forward with priority, but the Town Council made it clear
AT&T, barrier island residents should see to Datapath when the company was en-
much-improved cell service in and around gaged to design, permit, market and con-
the Shores by this coming spring. struct the tower that they needed to secure
at least the two leading carriers in the mar-
Crews are still expected to begin clearing ket, with T-Mobile, Sprint and other com-
the site this week, with construction sched- panies on the wish list, too.
uled to begin Dec. 11. Even better news is
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NEW MAYOR spot, taking over for exiting mayor Laura
Moss, while Sykes changed seats to serve
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 at Howle’s right hand.

quickly nominated Howle, with Sykes Citizens hoping to pop into City Hall
seconding that nomination. No compet- to wish Howle well won’t find him in the
ing nominations were offered, but Howle mayor’s office until sometime next week,
also nominated himself. He said after the as he said he wanted to give Moss the
meeting he uttered the superfluous nom- week and the holiday weekend to wind
ination “to prevent a draw,” had there things up and move at her leisure.
been another nomination. Vero in the
past, he said, has had some very confus- Moss, who publicly stated that she very
ing voting procedures requiring multiple much wanted a second term as mayor, is
votes and paper ballots, so he wasn’t tak- credited with using her position to push
ing any chances. the electric sale forward, but she was
also a polarizing figure and the council
“I’m humbly honored that the city seemed ready for new leadership.
council chose me as the next mayor of
the City of Vero Beach. I look forward to After a briefing on Florida’s open meet-
doing the best job I can do to represent ings and open records laws, the council
the citizens,” Howle said. “My goal is to adjourned, but reconvened Monday af-
help resolve some of the issues that have ternoon for its first regular council meet-
lingered and to run the meetings as effi- ing. One of the first actions the newly
ciently as possible.” configured council took was to approve
a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries
Howle moves up from the vice mayor within the city, with Moss and Sykes vot-
ing against the ban. 

Expires 11-30-17 Vero Beach City Clerk Tammy Bursick swears in Harry Howle, center, and Val Zudans. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
Expires 11-30-17
Expires 11-30-17 SHORES CELL TOWER then],” Jones said. “You’re at 100 percent
water table right now.”
After further testing, a material called
Jones explained that the major car- Bentonite will probably be applied to a
rier (AT&T) had another tower deal fall hole under the cell tower site to stabilize
through, moving the Shores project to the the soil. “We’re doing this to prevent a cave-
top of the decision-makers’ list to enhance in under the concrete slab,” Jones said.
local coverage.
Bentonite is described in a memo to the
It could take a month or two for carriers council as “an expensive, clay-based chem-
to get their signal-broadcasting equipment ical that helps prevent collapse during
up and running after the stealth monopine drilling in areas with high water tables and
tower is completed. (The Shores opted for a fine/sandy soils, absorbs many times its
structure meant to resemble a 115-foot pine weight in water, and acts as a seal on the
tree.) walls of the hole during drilling to prevent
water from leaking back into the hole.”
To construct the tower without guy
wires, a concrete foundation must be sunk The additional work, which will cost the
deep into the ground – ground that Jones town $40,000 more than had been budget-
said is not in the same condition now as ed, will be funded out of reserves derived
when engineers previously examined it. from the sale of a five-acre ocean-side par-
cel, which netted the town nearly $4.5 mil-
“When the geotechnical survey was lion. The council unanimously approved
done, the water table was low [but] you’ve this change order to get construction un-
had an extraordinary amount of rain [since derway. 

12 November 24, 2017 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | SPORTS

Judge: Drug, mental health courts are highly effective

By Beth Walton | Staff Writer percent to 11 percent as compared to 70 passes Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and inmate, Cox told the crowd. Hundreds of

Speaking Friday to a crowd of nearly 100 percent in a traditional court setting, said Okeechobee counties. Services include millions of dollars have been saved by alter-

at United Against Poverty’s Symposium on Cox, who handles almost all of the felony drug court, veterans court and mental ing the approach to public safety with the
M E D I C A R E A D V A N T A G EPoverty and Justice Reform, Circuit Court cases in Indian River County. “For every health court.
use of problem solving courts.

Judge Cynthia Cox said problem-solving dollar you spend on a problem – substance Unlike traditional court proceedings, Together, with the help of the Office

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providing an important part of the solution cents back.” tation, Cox said. Participants are connected pushed for the opening of a drug court in

“People come from all over the state to to services as they meet their obligations the 2002. Later, programing expanded to
observe our mental health court,” Cox said. to the court and encouraged to better their include mental health and veteran’s courts.
lives. Hundreds of defendants have since bene-
There are 16 specialty court programs fited from the programs.
to many of society’s most pressing prob-
lems. Cox’s remarks came after a morning of
discussion at the Vero Beach campus of
BlueMedicare means moreStatistics back her up: Recidivism rates the Indian River State College. Speakers in- problem-solving courts range from 7 in the 19th Judicial Circuit, which encom- “It’s totally different from the regular cluded former convicts, an analyst from the
court where you are punishing someone – Charles Koch Institute, and an attorney at
you are encouraging them to do well, pro-
viding them with incentives and or sanc-
tions,” Cox said. “It’s an opportunity to help
make the person independent.”

About Health Cox, who had formerly practiced fami- the Bronx Defenders in New York City.
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‘VeriStrat’ test may be a revolutionary cancer diagnostic

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer created by pharma company Biodesix
[email protected] comes into play.

Dr. Kali Freeman, hematopathologist and Bloomberg describes Biodesix as “a mo-
medical director at the Indian River Medi- lecular diagnostic company that discovers,
cal Center’s pathology department, isn’t develops and commercializes cancer tests
prone to hyperbole. that help patients and their doctors to make
informed decisions about treatment based
So, when she starts using words like “in- on a patient’s unique molecular profile.”
credible” and “exciting” and “impressive”
about a new kind of diagnostic test, it’s prob- The company’s VeriStrat test was ap-
ably time to start paying close attention. proved by the FDA in June 2016.

For the record, the American Associa- “It’s called a liquid biopsy,” says Freeman,
tion of Medical Colleges calls hematopa- “and it’s incredible.”
thologists like Freeman “truly the doctor’s
doctor,” because they are board-certified “For patients with lung cancer,” Freeman
in both clinical and anatomical pathology continues, “in order to make a diagnosis [and
and, it says, “they form the basis of every then determine a course of treatment] we
physician’s thinking about the patient and have to go into the lung with a bronchoscope
that patient’s treatment.” or with a CT-guided needle and take a biopsy.
Then after we get the biopsy and pathology
So what triggered Freeman’s initial out- and process it, we do our specials stains and
burst of enthusiasm? A newly-approved then we send it out for molecular studies.”
blood-based genetic test that may very well
revolutionize the way cancer in general – All of that takes time; usually at least a
and non-small-cell lung cancer in particu- month and sometimes longer before treat-
lar – is treated. ment can begin. Until now.

As the American Lung Association points Almost gleefully, Freeman points to a re-
out, “lung cancer (a non-small-cell type of cent case at IRMC using the VeriStrat liquid
cancer) is the nation’s leading cause of can- biopsy.
cer deaths and every year 11,943 Florida res-
idents are diagnosed with the disease.” “We had a patient recently in the emer-
gency room who was found to have a mass
That’s where the “VeriStrat” blood test – a lung mass – and within 11 days that pa-
tient was able to start [targeted] chemother-

Dr. Kali Freeman.


apy. Eleven days. I think right now the medi- side of cancer patients and starting treat-
an national time from diagnosis to therapy ment sooner rather than weeks later can
is 30 days.” make a big difference in outcomes with ag-
gressive cancers.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE A14 “Right now we still have the traditional if they have the bio-markers to get special it’s also clear she expects that to change, too.
mentality of thinking the patient needs to chemotherapy. So, it’s speeding up the pro- “There are people who are investing a
Freeman shares a personal story which – have imaging and then needs to have a bi- cess from diagnosis to therapy.”
in no small part – explains her enthusiasm for opsy and then it goes to pathology and that lot of money into liquid biopsies,” she says,
the rapid diagnosis allowed by the new test. whole process can take weeks,” Freeman “It is important to understand,” Freeman and someday in the not too distant future,
says, “but with [these tests] the patient can concludes, “that at this point we can’t use a simple blood test may, indeed, replace bi-
“I’m very passionate about this,” she says. have their bronchoscopy today and three [these blood tests] to diagnose [the exis- opsies and a host of other tests for finding,
“When I was in medical school my mom days from now they could potentially know tence of] cancer. It’s only to identify muta- diagnosing and most effectively treating
was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and tions that will lead to targeted therapy,” but virtually all types of cancer.  
it literally took her probably two and half
months to start chemotherapy. She died a
month and a half later.”

So what does this new VeriStrat test do?
In short, tumors have their own DNA and
“shed” tiny pieces of that DNA into the blood-
stream. “Capitalizing on that,” Freeman ex-
plains, “the VeriStrat blood tests finds those
little fragments of DNA, amplifies them and
then looks for targetable mutations.”

Depending on the test results, the pa-
tient may be started on a program of Tarce-
va, a drug which interferes with the activ-
ity of a specific protein called “epidermal
growth factor receptor,” or that same pa-
tient might be started on specialized che-
motherapy or on some other gene-specific
targeted therapy.

Again, it’s a time-saver and way of target-
ing cancer most effectively. The goal – in es-
sence – is to avoid putting patients into ther-
apies and treatments which, statistically, do
not fare well against that patient’s specific
type of cancer.

“I think it’s incredible,” Freeman repeats,
but … “I think it’s going to take a couple years
for the medical community to kind of adapt
to it, because it’s a new way of thinking.”

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In a first, scientists edit patient’s DNA inside his body

By Ariana Eunjung Cha | The Washington Post this is really a first step to being able to treat invention of the CRISPR tool that allows for sues beyond the disease the patient started
children.” more precise editing of the genome. with. Among the biggest risks, Topol said:
Scientists have attempted to cure a pa- “you could unleash a genome to start a can-
tient with a rare genetic disorder by rewrit- Macrae said Madeux has returned home Madeux’s treatment involved a similar cer process.”
ing the DNA inside his body, in a first-of-its- and that he understands the patient is do- technology known as zinc finger nucleases
kind therapy they hope could one day be ing well. Madeux’s doctors will follow up in (ZFNs). A third type of editing called tran- Right now, Topol said, we can deliver
applied to numerous other conditions in- the coming weeks to see whether enough of scription activator-like effector nucleases new genes into only a few parts of the body,
cluding hemophilia and sickle cell disease. the enzyme is being produced and whether (TALENs) is also being tested for medical which limits the types of diseases we can
any tissue damage is being reversed. Doc- applications. treat. These are the eyes, blood and liver.
The procedure, which took place last tors will also look for improvements in the Madeux’s treatment targeted the liver to
week at the University of California at San patient’s walking ability and respiratory Eric Topol, a geneticist and cardiologist at stimulate production of the needed en-
Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital in function. the Scripps Translational Science Institute, zyme.
Oakland, Calif., involved sending into the called the new trial “a very important mile-
patient’s body what the Associated Press de- Gene editing is one of the most exciting stone.” A growing number of scientists, includ-
scribed as “billions of copies of a corrective and active frontiers of medicine, and there ing those at Sangamo, are trying to figure
gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a are no fewer than 12 trials in progress using “I’ve been following medicine over 30 out how to modify genes in the brain. Mac-
precise spot.” different techniques to treat diseases of the years. I’ve never seen anything move at rae is excited as he explains how this would
eye, blood and metabolism, according to this velocity,” Topol said of the gene thera- open up the possibility of treat devastating
These edits are designed to enable the scientists in the field. py treatments that have moved into human conditions including Alzheimer’s, which af-
patient, 44-year-old Brian Madeux, to pro- testing in recent years. fects 5.5 million Americans.
duce an enzyme that would counteract a Until recently, the field had been almost
metabolic disease he suffers from known as at standstill after the death of a clinical tri- But Topol cautioned that “we are in the But, Macrae said, “before we all get
Hunter syndrome. al volunteer named Jesse Gelsinger after a earliest days” and that patients will have to overexcited, we have to see this first step
gene therapy procedure. But momentum be carefully monitored for years for safety. through.” We should know in a few months
While there have been a few cases of doc- has built up in the past few years with the Among the biggest risks is “off-target” edits whether Madeux’s treatment worked. 
tors modifying a patient’s genes in a lab and that could lead to a whole host of other is-
then putting them back into the patient,
this is the first to attempt to edit them in-
side the body.

“This is opening up a whole new field of
medicine,” said Sandy Macrae, president of
Sangamo Therapeutics, which funded the
trial. “You can imagine all the diseases that
now become possible to treat when you can
put in a new copy of the gene, or turn it up or
turn it down.”

Symptoms of Hunter syndrome often
appear around the time a baby turns 1 and
are progressive. Those who suffer from the
disease are not able to break down certain
substances that can lead to damage to the
lungs, heart, brain and nervous system.
Those with the most severe form die by their
teenage years.

Macrae said the company’s goal is to be
able to treat children with the disease and
that, if progress is satisfactory, tests could
begin as soon as next year.

“In older patients, some of those changes
from the disease would be already locked in
and wouldn’t change by this treatment,” he
said in an interview with The Washington
Post. “There would be some benefits, but


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Bonz’s heart warmed by Puerto Rican pooches’ rescue

Hi Dog Buddies! Finally the nice lady brought out this itsy to charter the plane
little chihuahua with Super-sized ears, and
A while back I got a woof-mail about a big gold-colored hair that stuck out in every di- AN fill it with more
buncha pooches who were livin’ in Puerto rection. I had to smile. “I’m Rafael. I’m going
Rico with their humans, when that hurry- on 1. I have been chosen to be Spokespooch.” than 3,000 pounds
cane, Maria, came along and pretty much
blew everything away, an the humans and “I’m honored to meet all of you, and I of food an water an
pooches lost their homes, and hundreds of can’t wait to hear about your adventure,”
pooches lost their families and didn’t have I told him, adjusting my notebook, pencil medicine! For US!
even any food or anything. They were in poised. Rafael began.
Dire Straits. A bunch of rag-
“We were still scared to pieces from goin’
Anyway, with lotsa help from really nice through the hurrycane, thinkin’ we were gedy-muffin Puer-
humans, the Puerto Rican pooches got res- gonna get blown or washed away. We didn’t
cued. The humans gathered ’em all up, put know it then, but the lady who’s the Boss of to Rican pooches
’em onna plane an flew ’em to Fort Pierce! All here, Miss Jacque, heard about us hurrycane
62 of ’em! THEN, guess what, they all got de- orphans and knew she hadda Do Something. they didn’t even
livered to HALO, that shelter up in Sebastian. When she found out there were already lotsa
supply trucks stuck at the airport in Puerto KNOW.”
I wanted to talk to one of ’em and get the Rico and couldn’t even get to the humans,
story first-paw, an I thought you pooches never mind the animals, she got real deter- “Woof!” I re-
would be innersted, too. So I got permission mined, like humans do sometimes.
to do an innerview. peated, getting
“Us pooches were scattered around a
All the Puerto Rican pooches were in a town called Rincon, in several small rescue a little sniff-
special big room, each in their own little places, and even more of us, around 700,
cage, cuz they were all still in QWAR-un- were livin’ in a big sanctuary, Santurario ly-nose. “That’s VnoelwunatrereirvsalAs mfraonmdaPuJeersstoanRdicoJ.onPHJOoTOnBYeGsORhDOeNlRpADtFOhRDe
teen, which means they have to be sure Canita, and nobody had food or water or a lotta pounds of
they’re not sick or have ang-ZI-utty or any- medicine. We were all hungry an thirsty, stuff.”
thing like that. Plus they hadda get over all some were sick and lots Didn’t Make It. That
the scary stuff they’d been through. was a scary, Dismal Dog Biscuits time for us, “The rescue
buh-lieve me.”
First I was introduced to Beba, a little gal, trip started on Tuesday,
wiggly and slurpy, who appeared well uh- “Woof,” was all I could say.
JUS-ted. My assistant got to hold Beba, who “Then,” Rafael continued, “Miss Jacque Oct. 24. HALO’s private charter, loaded with us. Now we’re all tidied up and eat-
gave her lots of frenly slurps. found out from this buncha humans called
Guardians of Rescue that they could help with food and supplies, took off for our ing right again and making sure to hydrate,
“Ola, Senorita Beba. Como estas,” I in- HALO charter an ackshull AIRplane for much
quired. less money than usual that could bring food little island. Soon as it landed, a buncha an getting’ used to bein’ in Florida. Then,
and medicine and other stuff all the home-
“Bien. Muy bien,” she replied, “But, Senor less pooches needed, then load up with as human volunteers started handing out when we’re ready, we can start looking for
Bonzo, we all speak English. Puerto Rican many pooches as possible an fly back to here.
puppies – humans and dogs – are required “An here’s the really cool kibbles part.” the stuff to the shelters in need. Then – I’ll our Forever Families. That’s what I’m most
to learn English.” Rafael got quiet, then said, “Honestly, Se-
nor Bonzo, I was never a big fan of humans, never forget the date, Thursday, Oct. 26 – excited about now.”
Next a human brought out a chocolate I mostly fended for myself, was never, like,
colored puppy, looked like a Lab, only 4 pals with one. But I’m lookin’ at things dif- 62 of us were chosen for a Freedom Flight “Rafael, I don’t think I’ve ever heard such
weeks old. “I’m only 4 weeks old but I’m not ferent since I heard what the HALO humans
scarda NUFFIN’! I didn’t even do my duty on an frens did.” on the plane back to the states. I can’t even a dramatic story,” I told him. “It been a real
the big ol’ plane like some other puppies did, “Why? What did they do?”
an I only whined once.” “They got busy and donated enough money describe, Senor Bonzo, how it felt when a pleasure yapping with all you courageous

“You’re one brave puppy,” I said, with human picked me up an put me in a little canines, and I wish you muy buena suerte
great admiration.
crate for the flight. I was afraid to even be- in your new life.”

lieve it was true. We were ackshully going Heading home I was hoping all those

to have a chance for a new life. During the homeless pooches would quickly find lov-

flight, several of us were talkin’ about it ing homes, and I was looking forward to see-

and we all felt pretty much the same way. ing my Grandma and Grandpa, and givin’

Like it was dream. ’em extra snuggles to show ’em I know what

“But it was REAL! At about 5 p.m., our a lucky dog I am.

plane landed at the Fort Pierce airport. There

was a real efficient, pooch-frenly team of Till next time,

HALO volunteers and frens, an a real kind The Bonz
dog doctor and assistant on the ground to
welcome us and make sure we were all muy

bueno. One by one, our crates, with us in ’em, Don’t Be Shy
were unloaded an handed down the line. We

all had to go through the airport check-in, We are always looking for pets
then we were loaded into three vans for the with interesting stories.
drive to HALO. It was the same when we ar-
rived here. We were all sorta nervous, but the To set up an interview, email
humans are real kind an gentle an patient [email protected].

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Grand Harbor condo offers resort lifestyle, many amenities

By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer Other levels of membership include use and the big community swimming pool be temporarily transferred to the renters.
[email protected] of two championship golf courses with golf are also on offer. No wonder there are over This is a pet-friendly community allowing
pros available for lessons and twice-week- 900 members. up to two furry friends.
The Grand Harbor master plan from ly men’s and women’s golf events and a
the air looks similar to one of Gauguin’s yearly championship for members. What’s more, Grand Harbor’s pictur- The owner of the Harmony Island con-
Tahiti masterpieces, the islands, lakes, golf esque marina has 144 deep-water slips, so dominium rented her property “and did
greens, roads, paths and pools all inter- Club members have access to 10 clay bring the yacht. very well, with a strong rental history,” said
twined into an organic whole that offers tennis courts, also with pros available for listing agent Ashley Harris, who is part of
Obviously ownership at Grand Harbor

endless diversions and meanderings with- upping your game. Three dining rooms is just as much about lifestyle as it is real the Sand & Land Team with Berkshire Ha-
in its refined nature preserve. will satisfy all palates. Classes, lectures, estate, and both give great value. There is thaway Home Services.
special and regular events and activities no reason to leave the unit idle while trav-
A one-bedroom condominium in the will thrill the socially active. If golf or ten- eling or living at a home up north during The Harmony Island homeowners’ as-
Harmony Island neighborhood, at 5030 nis aren’t your sports, a fitness center, boc- the off-season; renting – for a month or sociation provides cable TV, a pool, mas-
Harmony Circle, No. 102, offers 900 square ce courts, trails, kayaking, bird watching more – is allowed. Club memberships can ter insurance, pest control, roof and other
feet of choice real estate within the luxury exterior maintenance, security and trash
community. Grand Harbor, although begun removal, “for a lock-and-leave lifestyle,”
over 30 years ago, is still growing, its vast Harris said.
domain spreading between Indian River
Lagoon and Indian River Boulevard, with a No. 102 at 5030 Harmony Circle is a first-
Beach Club on the island to give members floor unit, very near the pool that’s just for
an ocean-front playground. Harmony Island. It comes with a covered
parking space, which has a storage unit at
The Beach Club is a separate member- the back. The screened patio is big enough
ship and comes with beachside umbrellas for a hammock, settees and tables and
and chairs, poolside cabanas, two dining overlooks the 18th hole on the champion-
rooms and social events. ship golf course.

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The kitchen has quartz countertops and ture extends throughout Grand Harbor, FEATURES FOR 5030 HARMONY CIRCLE, NO. 102
matching table that look like marble and including Harmony Island’s three-floor
a tile floor. The handsome stainless-steel condominiums, with lovely walkways, Neighborhood: Grand Harbor’s Harmony Island
appliances are durable as well as attrac- archways and columns gracing the stucco Year built: 1988
tive, same as the washer and dryer in the buildings roofed in red-clay tile.
small laundry room, which clean up from Home size: 900 square feet
a day at the beach a snap. The Harmony Island community was Construction: Concrete block and stucco
built in 1988 and continues to gain value,
The half- and full-bath also have tile Grand Harbor having an established rep- Bedrooms: 1
floors and quartz counters. The soaking utation for top-notch building, mainte- Bathrooms: 1 full bath and 1 half-bath
tub with shower head offers two bathing nance and management. Additional features: Gated community with high level of
options. Closet and storage space are ful- security, various levels of club membership available for full
some. The location is central, also contribut- recreational, social and dining experiences, deep-water harbor,
ing to a carefree lifestyle, keeping driving pool, covered parking, storage unit, laundry room, stainless
Warm, Mediterranean revival architec- time to a minimum.  steel appliances, tile floors, quartz counters, rental allowed,

pet friendly

Listing agency: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Listing agent: The Sand & Land Team,

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A furiously busy week on the mainland real estate market saw a smashing 49 single-family resi-
dences and lots sold from Nov. 12-16 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week in Vero Beach was the home at 11 Dolphin Drive. Originally listed in Sep-
tember for $675,000, this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,683-square-foot house sold for $625,000 on
Nov. 17.
In Sebastian, the week’s top sale was the residence at 9440 52nd Court. First listed in August for
$525,000, the 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 1,601-square-foot home fetched $470,000 on Nov. 17.


VERO BEACH 11 DOLPHIN DRIVE 9/20/2017 $675,000 11/17/2017 $470,000
SEBASTIAN 9440 52ND COURT 8/10/2017 $525,000 11/17/2017 $390,000
VERO BEACH 717 FORTUNELLA CIRCLE SW 8/14/2017 $390,000 11/16/2017 $380,000
SEBASTIAN 745 S EASY STREET 7/26/2017 $399,999 11/15/2017 $360,000
VERO BEACH 5680 CORSICA PLACE 9/13/2017 $379,900 11/15/2017 $333,000
SEBASTIAN 592 BISCAYNE LANE 10/6/2017 $339,900 11/13/2017 $325,000
VERO BEACH 1170 AMETHYST DRIVE 3/31/2017 $369,900 11/16/2017 $319,900
VERO BEACH 2232 BONITA AVENUE 7/17/2017 $329,900 11/17/2017 $298,500
SEBASTIAN 660 BRUSH FOOT DRIVE 10/16/2017 $309,000 11/17/2017 $282,500
VERO BEACH 4467 56TH LANE 9/29/2017 $289,000 11/15/2017 $281,500
SEBASTIAN 141 ASHBURY BOULEVARD 10/23/2017 $259,900 11/13/2017 $278,000
VERO BEACH 1935 HEDDEN PLACE 9/28/2017 $285,000 11/14/2017 $273,000
VERO BEACH 6372 LENNOX LANE 3/20/2017 $285,000 11/14/2017 $270,000
VERO BEACH 4147 W 16TH SQUARE 10/24/2017 $289,000 11/17/2017 $270,000
VERO BEACH 5151 4TH PLACE 8/7/2017 $279,000 11/15/2017 $265,000
VERO BEACH 4667 56TH LANE 9/25/2017 $269,000 11/15/2017 $255,000
VERO BEACH 1876 34TH AVENUE 9/6/2017 $262,000 11/13/2017 $255,000
VERO BEACH 565 W FOREST TRAIL 10/18/2017 $255,000 11/15/2017 $247,500
VERO BEACH 7880 14TH LANE 3/27/2017 $254,900 11/15/2017 $238,000
VERO BEACH 905 17TH AVENUE 9/26/2017 $239,000 11/15/2017 $230,500
VERO BEACH 6505 OXFORD CIRCLE UNIT#104D 9/29/2017 $299,900 11/15/2017 $224,000
SEBASTIAN 881 WILLIAMSON AVENUE 8/29/2017 $259,000 11/13/2017 $222,500
SEBASTIAN 662 FLEMING STREET 2/10/2017 $232,500 11/13/2017 $219,000
VERO BEACH 955 52ND AVENUE 8/23/2017 $225,000 11/17/2017 $218,500
VERO BEACH 4943 CORSICA SQUARE 9/20/2017 $230,000 11/15/2017 $214,000
VERO BEACH 4765 48TH AVENUE 10/9/2017 $219,000 11/16/2017 $210,000
SEBASTIAN 707 GLENCOVE STREET 10/5/2017 $215,000 11/14/2017 $209,000
VERO BEACH 422 LEXINGTON AVENUE SW 9/22/2017 $214,500 11/14/2017 $207,500
VERO BEACH 3398 63RD SQUARE 9/21/2017 $218,900 11/13/2017 $200,000
VERO BEACH 5855 34TH STREET 10/12/2017 $199,900 11/14/2017 $185,000
VERO BEACH 181 21ST AVENUE 10/4/2017 $215,000 11/13/2017 $180,000
VERO BEACH 635 24TH PLACE 10/17/2017 $175,000 11/17/2017 $170,000
VERO BEACH 1817 POINTE WEST WAY 7/21/2017 $174,000 11/14/2017 $155,500
VERO BEACH 925 18TH AVENUE 9/29/2017 $159,000 11/16/2017 $150,000
VERO BEACH 5060 FAIRWAYS CIRCLE UNIT#F201 10/13/2017 $155,000 11/13/2017 $139,900
VERO BEACH 675 TENNIS ALLEY COURT UNIT#102 10/7/2017 $139,900 11/15/2017 $138,450
VERO BEACH 955 HIGHLAND DRIVE SW 10/11/2017 $139,900 11/15/2017

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Original Price: $525,000 Original Price: $390,000
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Coming Up! Beast in show:
Replica animals
FANS OF FINE ART roam McKee ‘Jungle’

By SAMANTHA BAITA | Staff Writer
[email protected]

1 Fine Art this Saturday:
Ahh, The Season. So ex-
citing every year, and so rich-
ly filled with art in its many
forms and fashions. Among
these is the Sebastian River Art
Club’s annual schedule of fine
art shows in one of the pretti-
est riverside locations in the
county, Sebastian’s Riverview
Park. Kicking off the 2017-2018
monthly November-to-April Art
by the River Fine Art Show sea-
son this Saturday, club members
will bring their works for display
(and purchase) along the park’s
winding, oak-shaded pathways.
If you have not attended one
of these shows, you might find
yourself very pleasantly sur-
prised at the variety and artistry
you’ll discover. Media include
pottery, wood carving, paint-
ing, art glass, sculpture, jewelry
and mixed media. The artists


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Beast in show: Replica animals roam McKee ‘Jungle’

By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer Since reopening in 2001, the garden,
[email protected] now concentrated on 18 acres in south
Vero, has been visited by life-size, fiber-
Wild animals from Africa are roaming glass dinosaurs; big bugs made from trees,
McKee Botanical Garden for the It’s a Jungle branches and saplings; and even fauna
Out There exhibit, which opened earlier this made from LEGOs. Now, metal sculptures
month at the historic garden on south U.S. 1. of wild animals that typically call the jun-
gles of Africa home will graze among the
The wild bunch includes replicas of an- 10,000 native and tropical plants.
imals rumored to have spent some time at
the original 80-acre hammock known as The weld art, using reclaimed materials
McKee Jungle Gardens. People recall seeing discarded from the automotive industry, was
monkeys, an elephant, chimpanzees, a baby created by otherwise unemployed artisans
lion and even a bear among the tropical flora from impoverished villages in Africa. The ex-
during the early 1900s and into the 1950s.

Workers place the zebra
sculpture at McKee Gardens.

hibit includes 24 metal sculptures handcraft- be self-sustaining. The paid apprentices are
ed by Wildlife Garden Creations, an artist co- taught design, metal cutting, welding, paint-
op developed by head artist Moses Ochieng ing and molding, providing the skills needed
in Nairobi, Kenya. to better their quality of life. With commis-
sions in Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain,
Ochieng started the collective to train arti- Sweden and the United States, their work has
sans from local villages and empower them to

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New sculptures for the “It’s a Jungle Out There” exhibit. PHOTOS BY: GORDON RADFORD

begun to garner international recognition. weathered character to the sculptures.
“This is only the third exhibit of these The animals were selected because they

sculptures in the United States. Ripley’s Be- were either a part of McKee’s past, or the staff
lieve It or Not in Orlando has one of the gi- felt they would blend into the Garden’s jun-
raffes and the Wildlife Animal Sanctuary in gle-like environment. Cranes, owls and an
Keenesburg, Colo., has several sculptures,” eagle were included in the exhibit, giving a
says Christine Hobart, McKee’s executive di- nod to the types of creatures that call McKee
rector. “We are very excited about this one-of- home today, according to Hobart.
a-kind exhibit which was designed exclusive-
ly for McKee.” “The first thing that attracted us to these
sculptures was that several of them remind-
The life-sized metal figures have settled ed us of McKee’s history when it was McKee
into 17 locations around the garden, com- Jungle Gardens and elephants, monkeys and
ing into visitors’ view at each new turn of alligators roamed the Garden and greeted the
the path. visitors,” says Hobart.

The giraffes are hard to miss. Standing 14 “This is the first exhibit the Garden has
to 16 feet tall, they tower among the treetops purchased,” she continues. “We felt this was
looking lifelike enough nibble on the leaves. special as the sculptures were chosen by us
directly and made especially for McKee. Also,
Among the heavy hitters in the group is a because the sculptures were coming all the
family of elephants. While the male elephant way from Africa, it was more cost-effective
is off foraging, the matriarch watches over for us to purchase and ship them rather than
two young elephants. rent and return them. We can keep them on
display as long as we like, then choose to sell
A full-size hippopotamus has found a spot a few or all of them.”
near the pond to bask in the sun, and the
rhinoceros stands watch in the Royal Palm Hobart points out that the animals blend
Grove, ready to charge. beautifully among McKee’s jungle-like land-
scape. “In addition, each of the sculptures
Elsewhere, a lioness stalks a zebra as it was made from recycled metal and oil bar-
takes a drink from the pond. Tread carefully, rels, which also supports McKee’s philosophy
because her mate isn’t far away looking for of preservation of our natural environment.”
his own meal in the brush near the Bamboo
Pavilion. Given the typically unyielding medi- After the order was placed, it took eight
um of metal, the attention to detail is impres- weeks for the artists to create the animal
sive: the lion’s mane is a mass of curled metal menagerie. Once completed, the sculptures
and his whiskers, a bushy grouping of nails. traveled by truck from Nairobi before being
loaded onto a ship in Mombasa to make the
Two of the installations include a sound two-month, 8,000-mile journey to McKee.
feature, adding to the life-like experience. As
guests wander through the garden, they may Setting up the exhibit was no small feat.
startle at the trumpet of an elephant or the The Horticulture Department staff placed all
guttural grunt of the gorillas, two of which 24 sculptures in 17 locations on the grounds.
guard the Main Jungle Trail. One ape ponders The smaller sculptures were moved via util-
a potential snack of ants from a log while the ity carts and trailers, but the staff had to use
other watches for unsuspecting guests with a a tractor for the more substantial sculptures.
mischievous grin.
Two McKee volunteers researched the an-
It’s not unusual to see reptiles scurry imals to create interpretive signage including
among the foliage in the garden but it does educational information, scientific names
come as quite a shock to find four croco- and a fun fact that will accompany each of
diles on patrol, their leathery skin and sharp, the installations.
pointed teeth adding to the ominous look
peering out from dark eyes. Miniature versions of some of the animals
are available for purchase in the gift shop.
To add a bit of color to the exhibit, a zebra The Garden is open Tuesday. through Satur-
and one of the giraffes are painted, rendering day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from
them virtually indistinguishable from their noon to 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through
live counterparts. The rest of the animals in mid-April. 
the collection boast only a clear sealant al-
lowing the original metal patina to lend a

B4 November 24, 2017 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | ARTS & THEATRE

Ceramic-centric Vero welcomes new clay studio

By Ellen Fischer | Columnist Eric Olson. March,” he says.
[email protected] Olson knows how hard the clay bug can
Students prepare their clay during a class at the Vero Clay Center.
If you haven’t yet realized that a ceramic bite the student potter. He was 32 and oper-
art renaissance has been underway right here PHOTOS: GORDON RADFOR ating the greenhouse business he owned in
in Vero Beach, it’s time to wake up and smell Madison, Wisconsin when he signed up for a
the coffee in a locally crafted cup. er Eric Olson has his way, the studio will be a Olson knows a successful venture when he potting workshop.
beacon not only for clay artists, but their pa- starts one. As the sole proprietor and artist
Utilitarian ware, fine craft objects and trons, too (more about that later). behind Common Ground Pottery, Olson spe- “I knew the first night I put my hands on
ceramic sculpture abound in galleries cialized in Arts and Crafts Revival vases that clay, that’s what I was going to do for a living,”
along downtown Vero’s 14th Avenue. These Becoming a member artist of Vero Clay is look right at home on a Gustav Stickley side- he says.
include Flametree Clay Art Gallery, which simple, as long as you meet its minimal re- board next to a Christopher Dresser tea ser-
focuses exclusively on homegrown clay art, quirements, says Olson. vice. His work in that vein sells for hundreds Six months later he sold his business and
as well as The Artists Guild Gallery, Tiger of dollars at auction. embarked on the life of a studio potter. To
Lily Studios and Gallery 14, each of which “First you have to know how to work with support himself while he made a name for
consistently exhibits its members’ ceramic clay, because the memberships don’t include Being a self-supporting artist is not easy. himself with his work, he taught classes. Ol-
works alongside art in other media. Earli- any instruction. I do a short interview with Olson says that although his retail sales paid son started selling his work at art fairs be-
er this month the annual Samaritan Cen- people to get an idea of what they know, how the bills for many years, his expenses began fore moving on to the big time: collectors’
ter Soup Bowl event reminded us for the much they know. And then it’s a matter of to encroach on his income after the great shows. After moving to Vero he changed his
25th time that local clay artists are a force paying for the membership.” recession of 2008-09. Olson, who moved to focus from vases and chargers (large, deco-
for good in Vero. Many of those artists first Vero Beach in 2010, closed his private studio rative plates) to handmade art tile and cus-
got their hands muddy in clay classes at the The studio has space for 13 members, in January 2017. tom sink bowls. He also formed a band that
Vero Beach Museum of Art School. says Olson, who proudly notes that six art- plays American Roots music (a mix of folk,
ists have signed on with Vero Clay since its “I sold some of my equipment and put blues and country) at weekend gigs. The
The clay concern in our city has recent- Oct. 16 opening. the rest in storage. Then I taught three class- four-member Low Key band features Olson
ly expanded to include a facility aimed at es at the art museum between January and on rhythm guitar and vocals.
artists who want to share a spacious clay With 28 years of professional experience
studio equipped with work tables, slab roll- in creating, marketing and selling his work, Earlier this year Olson’s teaching stint
ers, wheels and kilns. Aptly named The Vero at the Vero Beach Museum of Art School
Beach Clay Center (“Vero Clay” for short), the introduced him to students who wanted
membership-based workspace is located in to spend way more time in the clay studio
an unremarkable office plaza at 1174 South than their allotted class and lab time al-
U.S. 1. Vero Clay is easy to miss in the rush of lowed. Olson recognized in them the insa-
traffic just south of Oslo Road, but if found- tiable bite of the bug.

That’s when he decided to open a cooper-


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ative where he and his fellow sufferers could COMING UP and dance, with the Concert Bands, al for months and months, and there is
spend as much time with clay as they wanted. Jazz Band, Flag and Dance Line, and the a great deal of extra excitement this year
At present the studio is open 42 hours a week; CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 SRHS Choral Program. Holiday themes because the ballet will have a live orches-
Olsen is its sole employee and monitor. and comedy will be part of the evening tra for the first time. Brought together
are a fun bunch, as well, and they’ll be as well. Be sure to tuck some tissues specifically for this glittering presenta-
“Maybe I’m crazy, maybe I’m stupid, there, happy to chat with you. The show into your pocket or purse because the tion will be professional musicians from
maybe I’m just not afraid of taking a risk,” is free; hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; rain Grand Finale will feature the full cho- several counties and advanced student
says Olson, who was encouraged in his de- date is Sunday, Nov. 26, same hours. The rus, the adrenaline-stirring drum line musicians, under the baton of VBHS Or-
cision to open a cooperative clay studio by club, BTW, just turned 80 this past Octo- and the entire 250-member Marching chestra Director Matt Stott, who studied
one of the founders of Flametree Clay Art ber. Its home base, class/meeting rooms Sharks Band. I get shivers just picturing conducting at Julliard, and has overseen
Gallery, Maria Sparsis. and galleries are located at 1245 Main St., it. Prism Concert shows will take place the VBHS orchestral program grow from
Sebastian, next to City Hall, and are open at the school’s Performing Arts Center six to more than 150 orchestral musicians;
After shopping around for a large studio Tuesdays, Thursday and occasional Sat- Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday and the school’s orchestras have consis-
space, Olson began to seek equipment with urdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. tently been rated ‘Superior’ by the Florida
which to furnish it. To find enough afford- Tickets are $25 and $30 for upper mez- Orchestra Association at both district and
able electric potting wheels to satisfy his SRHS Annual state levels. Tickets are $11 to $22. Show
projected membership of 13 clay artists, Ol- Prism Concert. zanine; $15 and $20 for lower times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
son hit the road, driving over 6,000 miles to mezzanine; $5 for students un-
pick up the used wheels he’d advertised for 2 Sebastian River High School’s big, der 18 (Sections A and D only). 4 Christmas (and music) will be in
over social media. annual Prism Concert is coming The Prism Concert is always a the air and S. Claus has plans to
this weekend. I never cease to be amazed great way to start the holiday swoop in for a little pre-Christmas ho-
Most of the wheels cost him a fraction of and heart-warmed at the musical abili- season with your family. ho this Friday during Vero’s popular
their $1,200 retail price new. Some people ties of our young people, and the Prism Downtown Friday Street Party, smack
gave him wheels gratis, as well as kilns and a Concert, this Thursday through Sun- 3 The 10th annual Vero in the heart of the Historic Downtown
slab roller. Olson’s quest took him to Dayton, day, is one of the very best showcases for Classical Ballet presen- District at 14th Avenue and 20th Street
Ohio, before he was forced to return toVero to these talented kids and the school music tation of the treasured Christ- (aka State Road 60). This family- and
prepare for Hurricane Irma. department’s big, annual fundraiser, un- mas classic, Tchaikovsky’s pooch-friendly event is free, and there’s
der the direction of Ashby Goldstein, the Nutcracker Ballet, will offer always a nice balance of food, bever-
“Two and a half weeks after Irma, I took off school’s director of bands and Fine Arts two fully staged performances ages, shopping, gallery browsing and
to Minnesota to pick up four wheels there,” Department chair. The concert’s name this Saturday at the VBHS Per- dancing opportunities, all to the live
he says. Olson’s diligence rewarded him with was chosen because, explains the show forming Arts Center. The young music of the band-du-mois. Bringing
10 electric wheels. promo, “the word ‘prism’ is symbolic of dancers have been in rehears- the music this month will be Collins
what happens when a single ray of light and Company, a popular, high-energy
There are a few activities at the studio hits a glass prism and reflects in multi- Tchaikovsky’s group that’s always kickin’ it up some-
for which Olson assumes full responsibili- ple beautiful individual color bands.” Nutcracker Ballet. where on the Treasure Coast. The par-
ty, and working the pug mill is one of them. Although groups of student musicians ty’s from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Olson also does the potentially hazardous and dancers perform during the school
jobs of firing kilns and mixing glazes for year, the Prism Concert provides an op- 5 The works
the studio members. portunity to showcase smaller groups of artists
and individual presentations of music
Only a month into his brave new enter- Judy Stach and
prise Olson is planning for the future, He
wants to rent the unit adjoining the studio, Gallery 14. Ruth Martin are
which would add an additional 2,500 square inspired by the
feet for Vero Clay’s use. He envisions install-
ing a gallery in part of the space. out-of-doors and are currently displayed

“That would be the draw to the public. It at Gallery 14 in the exhibition “Coastal
would be all clay center work, there wouldn’t
be any other work allowed,” he says. Living, A Different Perspective – Impres-

After being away from creating in clay for sionist Realism.” A New Jersey native,
the past 10 months, Olson is starting to think
about getting back to his own work. Stach is founder of the Plein Air Painters

“I’ve got projects in my head, but I haven’t of the Jersey Coast, and winters in Vero.
started to work on them yet because I’ve been
tweaking little things around here every day,” Her seascapes and landscapes come alive
he says.
with romping children, sailboats skim-
“Typically I’ve been a wheel potter. I want
to do more hand-built sculpture projects. The ming the waves and gardeners lovingly
nice thing is I don’t have to sell a single piece
to keep the doors open.”  tending flowers. Vero Beach artist Martin

pulls inspiration from Canada’s lakes and

Florida’s ocean and waterways. 


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B6 November 24, 2017 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | SEEN & SCENE

Autumnal awesomeness at St. Helen’s Harvest Fest

1. Jennifer Moscrip with daughter Madeline.
2. April Thompson with daughter Charlotte.
3. Sue Dempsey and Sherry Rothe.
4. Andrew and Brittany Corr with son Mason.
5. Tanya Hyde with daughters Lucy and Charlee
and G. Ellen Marques. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD




The 53rd Annual St. Helen’s
Harvest Festival once again
lived up to its promise of ‘All
American, old-fashioned, family
fun in the sun’ last weekend at
Historic Dodgertown. Some
came to enjoy the assortment
of yummy festival foods at the
four-day celebration, while
for others it was all about the
thrilling carnival rides from
Deggeller Attractions of Stuart.
St. Helen’s parishioners and
friends had toiled tirelessly for
many months to provide creative
midway games and amass
items for folks to do some early
Christmas shopping at the Lady
Bug Boutique. Proceeds benefit
the education and community
outreach programs at St. Helen
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Maison Martinique: Fine dining with a Caribbean flair


There’s good news at Maison Martinique, Bacon Wrapped Smoked Salmon Mojo Marinated
the onetime premier island dining spot Sea Scallops. Bruschetta. Chicken and Shrimp.
where good news has been in short supply
in recent years. PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD to do fine dining with a Caribbean flair.’ Caribbean Shrimp
“But there are still a couple of dish- Cocktail.
After years of trying, with only limited and pecans ($12), and my husband finished
success, to emulate the French haute cui- with an espresso ($4.50). es on the new menu that are taken from Pretzel Crusted
sine of the late chef Yannick Martin, the the past. We’re going to take baby steps Caramel Cheescake.
restaurant finally has decided to go in a Dinner for two, with a couple of glasses as we add Caribbean – like a Caribbean
different direction and feature a more con- of wine each, would run about $150 before Chateaubriand for two with a nice orange Hours:
temporary American cuisine with a Carib- tax and tip. sauce, grilled pineapple, grilled fruit – but Wednesday - Saturday,
bean flair. I’m excited about it, I really am,” he con-
Our server, Steven, was extremely at- cluded. So are we. 5 pm to 9 pm
That would seem to make compelling tentive, and toward the end of the evening Beverages: Full bar
sense in a restaurant housed in a boutique the new chef, Glenn Schmitt, came out of I welcome your comments, and encour-
hotel with the name Caribbean Court. the kitchen to see how we had enjoyed our age you to send feedback to me at tina@ Address:
meal. 1601 South Ocean Drive
And the good news is that a visit to Mai-
son Martinique last week, only a short time “There’s really going to be some great The reviewer dines anonymously at restau-
after the new menu (and a new chef) had things here,” he said. “When I came, I said, rants at the expense of Vero Beach 32963. 
been put in place, found the preparation of ‘We’ve got this beautiful Caribbean hotel.
the dishes up to the high standard people Let’s go Caribbean here. And the French
once expected of this classy restaurant. stuffy stuff is out the window. We’re going

With escargots no longer on the appetizer
menu, for starters on this evening my hus-
band chose the bacon-wrapped smoked sea
scallops ($13), I decided to go with the beet
salad ($13), and our companion opted for
the seared blackened ahi tuna ($18).

The beet salad was an extremely tasty
mix of field greens, served with a raspberry
orange vinaigrette and fresh fennel, with
roasted beets, heirloom tomatoes, and
roasted red peppers. Our companion’s dish
was a beautiful array of perfectly seared
rare tuna accompanied by Asian coleslaw,
with a choice of peanut sauce, wasabi, and
sweet soy.

But my husband’s two jumbo scallops
were simply gorgeous, smoked and grilled
to perfection, wrapped in Applewood ba-
con, and served with a cucumber salsa
tossed in a sweet chili sauce. Amazing.

Then for entrees, we decided to forgo
the highly recommended prime rib, and
I ordered the sea scallops ($38), my hus-
band had the blackened swordfish ($32)
and our companion picked the veal mar-
sala ($30).

My pan-seared diver scallops, finished
off with a touch of a honeyed beurre blanc
and bacon, were served with a parmesan
risotto, and accompanied by haricot verts.
Our companion’s tender slices of veal were
served in a marsala sauce with a touch of
cream atop parmesan risotto, and again ac-
companied by fresh veggies.

My husband’s swordfish, absolutely
perfectly prepared, was drizzled with a ci-
lantro lime sour cream, and accompanied
by a rice pilaf, roasted corn salsa, and the
haricot verts.

For dessert, we shared an order of Carib-
bean-style pineapple and banana coconut
bread pudding ($10) and a slice of New York-
style cheese cake with chocolate ganache

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8 Jargon (5) 2 Business agreements (5)
9 Gauche (7) 3 Routine (7)
10 Settle, conclude (7) 4 Journey (6)
11 Lawn flower, weed (5) 5 Bare (5)
12 Whole (6) 6 Visualise (7)
14 Plan (6) 7 Light-headed (5)
18 Precious gem (5) 13 Shoe for sports (7)
20 Vague (7) 15 French country home (7)
22 This evening (7) 16 Factor (7)
23 Shun (5) 17 Edible pulse (6)
24 Farmer (13) 18 Type of flatbread (5)
19 Reasoning (5)
21 Japanese porcelain (5)

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ACROSS 77 Toward the front 11 Getting 101 81 “Elvira, ___ of The Washington Post
79 Hesitation Across the Dark”
1 Type of wolf, not
shark indication 12 Hindu writings 82 Stubborn ones
82 Hard drive 13 Common verb 86 “We ___ in our
5 Casino equipment 14 (“Boo-hoo-hoo”)
9 Tropical fruits measure 15 Bridge bid streets”
15 Like a giant 83 House mbr. 16 Stereo’s precursor (Lamentations)
84 Author Levin 17 Fondly 88 Bilko, for one:
squid? 85 Independent abbr.
21 First law of remembered 89 Deli bread
group Douglas planes 91 Evita role
astrodynamics, 87 John Cusack, to 18 Tres preceder 92 Vietnamese
made simple? 19 Tucson campus, holiday
23 Make a minister Joan familiarly 93 Like crosswords,
24 Sends out 88 Sweetened 20 Shortly to fans
25 ___ nutshell 90 The Idi Amin 22 ___ school 98 Release
26 One for their side 29 Move obliquely 99 Sirens
27 Ansel’s orig. Hall of Fame? 31 My, to Maigret 100 Erminelike
28 Rejections 94 Bounce 32 Regular animals
30 Devil’s tail? 95 Teen’s adjective alternative, once 101 “Lustrous ___ of
31 Canned soup 96 Salt Lake player 33 Testing room sun”
ingredient 97 Western star Jack 35 The Bering, for (Walt Whitman)
32 African antelope 101 40, as opposed to one: abbr. 102 Hard on the ears
34 Mine matter 37 Western 103 Chan’s creator,
36 Gambler’s last 39 Hemisphere Earl ___ Biggers
resort 104 Explosive alliance: abbr. 104 “By ___ was really
38 Cheer, or type of 105 Took off 39 Tout’s concern mad ...”
beer 107 Hardly any taste 40 The same, on the 106 Eager
40 Greek’s H Seine 108 Sno-cones
41 Those !@#$%*! at all? 42 Devastation 109 Novelist John
people 110 Lilly of drug fame 43 Actress Verduco Cowper ___
next door? 111 Future perch 44 Dieter’s request 112 Bit or jot
49 Slaves 112 A personal 45 The Roscommon 113 Italian TV network
51 Ref. tome people 114 A ways away
52 Wagon question 46 Shoot 116 Tim Daly’s actress
53 Member of the 113 Oscar de la ___ 47 Naturally followed sister
pod squad 115 Monroe’s Niagara 48 Goofball 118 Puppy’s bite
54 Wrath 49 Stalwart 119 Noted
55 Neckline shape co-star performers hydroelectric proj.
56 Intro to Nova? 117 What one well- 50 Ruled 120 Chant sounds
58 Woozy 54 German pronoun 121 Never, to
59 Mind game timed 56 Voice of Daffy Nietzsche
60 Nixon’s Chuck power surge 57 Addis ___
62 Jabbering jabber, could do to 61 Frequent flyer, DOUBLE BILLS, THE SEQUEL By Merl Reagle
once Manhattanites at familiarly
63 Spike Lee’s breakfast time? 62 Hubbub Certified Collision
Get on the ___ 122 Film sequel about 64 Handle Repair Center
65 Serengeti a chauffeur who 65 Navel wear?
stampeder talks incessantly? 67 “Friend,” to early
66 Real-life reason 123 Barbecue sites New England
for some high- 124 Time gone by Indians
level indictments 125 Collections 68 Haitian dance
in 69 On ___ (busy)
the late 1980s? DOWN 70 Viking in the
68 Swatter’s goal? 1 “Vatican Rag” comics
72 S.F. time 71 Slangy assent
73 Spectacular span singer Tom 76 Backtalk
74 Wartime prez 2 Nervous 77 Can’t stand
75 Descendant of an 3 Zola novel 78 Turkey
ark passenger 4 Field Marshal 80 Workplace
76 Kareem, before watchdog
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6 Off the job
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Marcus Buckingham is an English author who bases most of his writing on extensive 98653
survey data from interviews with workers in countries around the world. He said, “When
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Start the process, even if it’s just a simple step, and don’t stop at the beginning.”
This is last week’s deal rotated by 90 degrees. Then, East was in five spades after South 72
had led his singleton diamond. To make the contract, East won the first trick in the K 10 5 K Q J 10 9 8 6 5
dummy, led the heart king and discarded his singleton club to stop North from getting K 10 7
on lead — a textbook scissors coup. Today, South is in five hearts doubled. After West Q J 10 7 6 —
leads the spade seven, what should declarer do?
South might have opened four hearts, but that would have risked missing a slam if his
partner had a useful hand. After North responded one no-trump, East jumped to four 2
spades, of course. Now South felt that he had to bid five hearts, which West was happy
to double. East thought about overruling his partner and pulling to five spades, but SOUTH
eventually chose to pass.
It is easy to overlook the danger to this contract. Suppose South wins with the spade
ace, ruffs his second spade and plays on trumps. West gets in with his king and leads AQJ97632
a diamond to partner. Then a spade through declarer promotes West’s heart 10 as the
setting trick. 2

Instead, South, after ruffing the second spade, should lead a heart to his ace, 85
then play three rounds of clubs, discarding his sole diamond to cut the defenders’
communications — another scissors coup. Dealer: South; Vulnerable: North-South

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Horrors through Nov. 26. tropical Santa and canoeing a mangrove winter Last Men Standing, 6 p.m. reception, 7
25 Holiday Open House with Santa, 11 wonderland. p.m. showing at Majestic 11 Theatre in com-
Vero Beach Museum of Art - DeWitt Boutelle af- a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vero Beach Book memoration of World Aids Day. Free; limited
ter Thomas Cole: The Voyage of Life thru Jan. 7 and Center, with stories, sing-alongs, a craft and re- 30 to December 3 - Sebastian River High seating. 772-925-8200
Masters of American Photography thru Jan. 14. freshments. Free. School Prism Concert at SRHS PAC, 7
p.m. Thurs. & Fri., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Sat., and 2 1-30 Holiday Nights, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
McKee Botanical Garden - It’s a Jungle out 26-30 Citrus growers team up for p.m. Sun. showcasing Concert, Jazz and March- weekends at Riverside Theatre
There Exhibition thru April 29. 20th annual Citrus Sale, 9 ing Sharks bands, Flag & Dance Line and Choral - live music, full bars, food service and holiday
a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at and to benefit Unit- program. 772-564-4315 lights. Free admission.
Downtown Vero Beach – monthly 5 to 8 p.m. ed Way of Indian River County, selling navel or-
First Friday Gallery Strolls. anges or ruby red grapefruit in 2/5 ($35) and DECEMBER 2 Vero Beach Art Club’s Art Trail - tour of 10
4/5 ($50) boxes. Price includes shipping; no car- member artists’ home studios, 10 a.m. to 4
NOVEMBER ryout. 772-203-5766 1 Sebastian Chamber of Commerce Light Up p.m. self-guided tours. $25 & $30. 772-231-0303
Night, 5:30 to 8 p.m., with food, refresh-
23 Tenth annual Thanksgiving Day Trot 30 To December 2 - Sunset Holiday Lights ments, holiday décor, prizes and give-aways at 2 Ballet Vero Beach presents Tea Up for the
Against Poverty, 5K Walk/Run followed Canoe Trips, 5 p.m. Thurs. & Fri. at En- Nutcracker to benefit BVB’s new production
by free sweet potato pancake breakfast, 7:30 a.m.
at Riverside Park (7:15 free children’s ¼-mile) to Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN
benefit United Against Poverty. 772-770-0740 in November 16, 2017 Edition 1 BONFIRE 1 BANGERS
23 11th annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner, 8 NAILS 3 INSPIRE
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First Church 9 EPISODE 4 ENERGY
of God. Free to all. 772-562-2256 10 EVENING 5 SWISS
24 Main Street Vero Beach Downtown 12 SYSTEM 7 ENEMY
Friday Street Party, 6 to 9 p.m. on 14th 14 DEPTHS 13 STARTER
Avenue. Free. 772-643-6782 18 BLAME 15 ELASTIC

25 Art by the River Fine Art Show hosted by Sudoku Page B12 Sudoku Page B13 Crossword Page B12 Crossword Page B13 (THE LOST FILMS OF JERRY LEWIS)
Sebastian River Art Club, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(rain date Sunday) at Riverview Park in Sebastian.

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Nutcracker on the Indian River, 12 Noon at Oak 2 Run Vero’s Candy Cane 3K, 5:15 p.m. 2 Holiday Fika Pause (coffee/tour), 2 to 3:30 7 Senior Resource Association Silver Tones
Harbor Club – luncheon, fashion show and auction, along Ocean Drive preceding the Vero p.m. at historic Hallstrom House hosted Holiday Concert, Christmas USA: North,
children’s fun zone with games and visits from San- Beach Christmas Parade to benefit Oceanside by IRC Historical Society. 772-778-3435 South, East and West, 7 p.m. at First Presbyteri-
ta and Nutcracker characters. 772-905-2651 Business Assn. 772-569-7364 an Church. 772-569-0760
2 Rod MacDonald at Sebastian Inlet State Park
2 Sunset at the Sanctuary marks the 20th 2 City of Sebastian’s annual Christmas and Night Sounds concert series, 7 p.m. at Coconut 8 Center for Spiritual Care Benefit Lun-
anniversary of Save the Chimps, 3 to 6 Holiday Parade, 6 p.m. along Indian River Point pavilions. Free with park entry fee. 772-388-2750 cheon, 12 p.m. at Grand Harbor Golf Club
p.m. at the Sanctuary with walking tour, cham- Drive to Riverview Park, where Santa and his to help underwrite its programs and services
pagne reception, music and hors d’oeuvres. helpers will visit with children. Free. 772-589- 3 Holidays in the Wild at Vero Beach Mu- such as art exhibits, seminars, wellness events
$250. 772-971-6292 5969 seum of Art, 1 to 4 p.m. with free family and support groups. $50. 772-567-1233
friendly activities. 772-231-0707
8|9 Beach Town Music Festival at Indi-
3 Christmas Road Trip-themed Holiday Dra- an River County Fairgrounds featur-
ma presented by Vero Beach Recreation ing Jake Owen, Clare Dunn and Edwin McCain.
Dept. Aerial Antics Youth Circus, 2 p.m. and 6
p.m. at Vero Beach High School PAC 9 Girls on the Run 5K Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m.
at South Beach Park. 772-202-8015
7 Annual Candle Light Vigil to remember
victims of homicide in IRC, 6 p.m. behind 9 80+Legends Tennis Tournament (men’s
Indian River County Courthouse, hosted by IRC and women’s round robin), 9 a.m. to
Victims’ Rights Coalition. 772-226-3304 Noon at Sea Oaks to benefit Mardy Fish Chil-
dren’s Foundation. Open to all 80+ players in
7 Indian River Medical Center Auxiliary’s Flor- Vero area. $50. 772 234 3664
ence Booms Celebration of Lights interfaith
ceremony, Christmas Tree and Chanukah Meno- 9 Christmas at the Airport, 10 Noon
rah lighting and refreshments, 6 p.m. on IRMC hosted by Vero Beach Regional Airport,
grounds. Memorial Light donations benefit Wom- with Santa Clause flying in at 10:30 a.m., holi-
en’s Health Care team. 772-567-4311 x1133 day music by Oslo Middle School, and light re-
freshments. Free.
7 Indian River Medical Center Auxiliary’s
Florence Booms Celebration of Lights in- 9 A Gala in Gold to benefit Hibiscus Chil-
terfaith ceremony, Christmas Tree and Chanu- dren’s Center, 6:30 p.m. at the Moorings
kah Menorah lighting and refreshments. Me- Yacht & Country Club – black-tie dinner dance
morial Light donations benefit Women’s Health with live entertainment and auctions. $250.
Care team. 772-567-4311 x1133 772-299-6011 x 313



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