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06/29/2017 ISSUE 26

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House of the week. P36 Itching for relief? P28 Laughter is a habit

Affordable, spacious home Study sheds new light on Holy comedy! ‘Nunsense II’ at the
beckons in Indialantic by the Sea. the treatment of hives. Cocoa Village Playhouse. PAGE 14

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Dog park backers Murder amid
have their say in seedy world of
Satellite Beach drugs, drifters

STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER Melbourne Beach is hoping a state grant will offset the $60,000 cost of re-decking its historic pier. PHOTO BY DENISE RITCHIE STORY BY BILL SOKOLIC STAFF WRITER
[email protected] [email protected]
Cost questions linger as Melbourne Beach
While Indialantic strug- moves ahead with pier re-decking project Police reports surrounding
gles to get the votes to even the Oct. 19, 2014 murder of
discuss a dog park, Satel- STORY BY BILL SOKOLIC STAFF WRITER A vaction rental home. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN THACKER Scott Hyatt paint a picture of a
lite Beach has become even [email protected] neighborhood north of Indial-
more dog friendly with a new antic with its share of pill pop-
committee and plans to im- On June 17, Melbourne pers and miscreants, transient
prove and expand its newly Beach Town Manager Tim drifters selling drugs, staying
sodded facility. Day made a pitch before the here, staying there.
Florida Inland Navigation
Before the recent sod project District, seeking a grant to In this milieu, the theft of
completed two months ago, offset a portion of the cost of a bottle of Dilaudid pills led
the Satellite Beach park was re-decking the historic Mel- to the death of Hyatt and
mostly sand, and some dog bourne Beach pier. The grant the critical wounding of his
owners had moved from the seeks $30,000 to help with the friend, Robert Mell, in a house
official dog park near the city $60,000 price tag. on East Riviera Boulevard.
skate park to a fenced area at
the DeSoto ballfields. But whether approved or Amid the cast of charac-
not, the township will still ters, Piero Soracco stands
The group started caus- out, if only because he re-
ing complaints when some CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 sided in the house at the time
members failed to clean up the shooting took place. Pete,
afterwards. as he is known, told Brevard

“We were illegally in there CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Town grapples with
vacation rental issue
Felony charges
trump squatter’s STORY BY BILL SOKOLIC STAFF WRITER
bizarre behavior [email protected]

STORY BY BILL SOKOLIC STAFF WRITER Melbourne Beach Mayor
[email protected] Jim Simmons lives on a block
with 12 single-family homes,
On June 20, the state filed one-third of which he says
five charges against a Kissim- are rented to vacationers.
mee woman who broke into a
Melbourne Beach home last In a town which prides it-
month. Franchesca Pacheco
tasted the good life for a few CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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NEWS 1-6 GAMES 23-25 PEOPLE 7-12 ‘Radically relaxed’ business plan
ARTS 13-16 HEALTH 27-30 PETS 33 helps Long Doggers restaurants
BOOKS 21 INSIGHT 17-26 REAL ESTATE 35-40
DINING 31 survive and thrive. PAGE 8

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2 Thursday, June 29, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

NEWS

VACATION RENTALS ted the town needs to get a handle on MURDER HOUSE PHOTO BY BENJAMIN THACKER
the situation, and added, “I am not in
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 favor of renting rooms to a drifter. But CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 around 4 a.m. on the day of the shoot-
someone buying a house and renting it ing to find the two men, and a third
self on not allowing motels or hotels and out to vacationers; maybe they’ll take County Sheriff’s Office homicide man with multiple tattoos, standing
imposes strict standards on bed and better care of it.” agent Nicholas Walker he was in a in the garage. He saw the tattoo guy
breakfasts, the idea of a proliferation of bedroom adjacent to the one where around the neighborhood but didn’t
vacation rental houses has become wor- Resident Marty Remark said, “I live Joseph Milman shot Mell three times know his name. Soracco asked what
risome. close to an Airbnb.We do not know these and shot Hyatt in the head. Mell also was going on and the reply was they
people walking up and down the street.” lived in the house. were waiting.
Unchecked, the increase in rentals
can open the door to a host of problems Town Manager Day said renters can Authorities arrested Milman three “Being intuitive,” Soracco said, he
that can change the residential nature get out of hand. “It’s something to be days after the shooting and charged understood that meant they were
of the neighborhoods. Equally troubling concerned about. At least hotels have him with first-degree felony murder, waiting for the “dope man” to bring
is what to do to fix the problem. Those security and monitors.” attempted first-degree felony murder, the “hard,” street slang for crack co-
discussions came up at Wednesday’s robbery with a firearm and posses- caine.
commissioners meeting with no easy The VRMA isn’t a hard-liner when it sion of a firearm by a convicted felon.
answer. comes to municipal or county oversight, They also arrested Justin Howard, Later, Mell and Hyatt walked in
and it employs several effective lobby- who faces similar charges for pro- from the garage; Hyatt stayed with
“I get emails asking me what we are ists in Tallahassee. viding the murder weapon. Milman’s Mell that night. Soracco fell asleep
going to do about it,” Simmons said. “It trial begins Aug. 7. Howard is set to be only to be awoken by Mell slamming
may be next year or the year after, but “We believe communities have the tried in November. pots around 9:30 a.m. He tried to talk
we may have a growth in short term right to reasonably regulate vacation to him, but Mell was in a bad mood.
vacation rentals and lose control of the rentals as long as they do not outright Soracco’s part of the story began He returned to his bedroom where he
town.” ban the practice and treat the property when he moved into the house owned stayed until 1:30 p.m., when he heard
like other residential properties,” Hol- by Mary Anne Scarcella. She let Sorac- arguing coming from Mell’s room.
The fix is hampered by a June 2011 comb said. “Rules that overly burden co live rent free if he agreed to pay the
state law that precludes communities property owners and small businesses electric bill. Because he failed to pay Soracco heard the pop, pop, pop
from banning short-term rentals, in- by increasing the cost of renting, con- the bill the previous month, Scarcella of gunfire, and jumped out the bed-
cluding frequency and duration of stay. structing and maintaining are not con- intended to evict him, according to room window, leaving his two dogs
But the law grandfathered in those gov- sidered reasonable.” police reports in the case file. It didn’t behind to fend for themselves. He
ernment entities which already had an help that she discovered Soracco hid behind the shed waiting to make
ordinance on the books. Brevard County Tourism Develop- doctor-shopped, getting prescription a stand, in fear for his life. But police
ment Council executive director Eric drugs from various physicians and showed up instead. On orders from
Melbourne Beach had no specific va- Garvey said hoteliers and other lodg- selling them to get the money for the Walker, deputies detained Soracco
cation rental ordinance to grandfather ing operators want a level playing field. electric bill. for questioning.
in. “If a local ordinance does not allow for
short-term rentals in certain areas, this Scarcella also told police Soracco “I know it sounds weird to you, me
A 2014 amendment allowed mu- should be enforced. With hotels, if laws got into an argument with Mell once being an ex-addict, but I am being
nicipalities and counties to regulate are violated there may be serious finan- and cold-cocked him. Mell did not completely honest. Who isn’t going to
the industry but still not the frequency cial penalties. We would like to see a re- press charges. be scared with gun shots going off in
and duration of stays. With the locales quirement to post license numbers on your house,” he told Walker.
grandfathered in, the law “created two all advertising to ensure compliance.” She suspected Soracco’s illegal activ-
classes of communities, confusing ities were behind the shootings at her In a photo lineup, Soracco identi-
property owners,” said Greg Holcomb, For Melbourne Beach, rules and regu- house. Investigators also wondered fied Milman as the tattoo guy. He also
government relations manager for the lations are down the road. what role Soracco played. He admit- confirmed that Hyatt kept a bottle of 8
Vacation Rental Management Associa- ted he used to sell and use drugs, but mg Dilaudid pills in his pocket.
tion (VRMA), the industry group. Clifford Repperger Jr., the municipal was going clean, determined to go on
attorney, cited a Flagler County ordi- the straight and narrow. When Walker walked through the
A bill to repeal the existing state stat- nance which survived a court challenge crime scene house, he noticed the
ute to permit local law to prohibit such from a vacation rental agency. Flagler In an interview with Walker, Sorac- mini-blinds covering the window
rentals did not pass during the 2017 leg- had experienced a large increase in con- co, 36 at the time, said Hyatt and Mell Soracco said he climbed out drawn
islative session. struction of short-term vacation rentals crushed pills and injected them like and not disturbed. When asked about
which the county deemed incompatible heroin the night of Oct. 18. He awoke the observation, Soracco said despite
To Simmons, a single-family resi- with established neighborhoods. The the stress he remained calm and able
dence is for a single family, not for va- county argument was that such growth to slip out the window without mak-
cation rentals. But others hold varying created disproportionate impacts relat-
views. “I never saw a police report with a ed to size, lack of proper facilities, park-
disturbance at a vacation rental,” Com- ing nightmares, excess noise and lower
missioner Steve Walters said. property values. 

Commissioner Sherri Quarrie admit-

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, June 29, 2017 3

NEWS

ing noise so the shooter wouldn’t hear. exam found no evidence to bolster again in May for trespassing, pos- reachable for comment.
Walker didn’t buy the explanation. his involvement. session of marijuana and drug para- Since this three-year-old homicide,
phernalia.
Soracco denied any involvement Since that weekend, Soracco did the area of the shooting is no longer
in the shootings. Yet it took the not stay on the straight and narrow As for the two dogs he left when he considered a high-crime area, accord-
threat of a search warrant to con- completely. In 2015, according to the jumped through the window, they were ing to Sheriff’s Office Commander
vince him to consent to a forensic Brevard County Sheriff’s Office re- turned over to family members. Dan Singleton, and records provided
examination of his cell phone. The cords, he got arrested in March and by the department. 
Neither Scarcella nor Soracco were

4 Thursday, June 29, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

NEWS John Seling with dog Baxter and Alan Dillon with dog Smokey.

PHOTO BY BENJAMIN THACKER

DOG PARK cerns and suggestions and while they ment fund to be considered in the have citizens come to the city and ask
were at it, spearheaded by commit- upcoming 2017-2018 city budget and for improvements. We’re not down
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 tee member Ruth Ellen Peipert, they staff has applied for a non-matching there walking our dogs. We don’t know
decided to request the city council to grant for up to $15,000. what it’s like down there because we’re
but it was so sandy (at the existing dog consider expansions. not down there to see it. It’s nice that
park) that we wouldn’t go there,’’ said Dillon said he is known by city staff our citizens are brave enough to ask
Alan Dillon, now a member of an ad- The committee on June 21 request- for being vocal when pointing out staff. This is good progress I think for
visory dog park committee, who has a ed the City Council to enlarge the cur- constructive criticisms for needed our city,’’ said Vice Mayor Steve Osmer
very energetic 2-year-old dog named rent acre and a half dog park by creat- city services. “When it got to be a safe- before the unanimous June 21 vote.
Smokey. ing a 250-foot large north-south dog ty issue at the dog park, that’s when I
run meeting the existing fence. There became very vocal. And we had to get “Our citizens are very brave, I can tell
Dillon lives on a deep water canal also are plans to expand to the east grass in here. They’ve been good about you that,’’ said City Manager Courtney
with virtually no back yard. The dog to add area to both existing large and working with us and we’re moving for- Barker at the meeting. “They have no
park is key to Smokey getting exercise, small dog runs. ward on this thing,’’ Dillon said. problem telling me what they want.’’
he said.
The city staff has so far been respon- The park, considered Brevard Fellow committee member John Sel-
“I was walking five or six miles a day sive to the maintenance requests and County’s first off-leash dog park, will ing brings his dog Baxter to the park
and he didn’t get enough,’’ he said. the City Council approved the slate of be renamed for former city council twice a day. “I wonder why other cities
improvements and expansions. Fund- member Lorraine E. Gott, who was in- don’t allow them in the parks or have a
With the new sod in place, the dogs big ing will be provided a $10,000 alloca- strumental in its creation. dog park. They let dogs in the restau-
and small are back at the city dog park. tion from the city capital improve- rants around here a lot,’’ he said. 
“This is the way it should work: to
The dog park committee devel-
oped a long list of maintenance con-

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Grilling and chilling key
to Long Doggers’ success

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SEEN & SCENE

2

CAPTIONS

1. Al Steiginga and LJ Burr. 2. Gina and Bobby Myers.
3. Kitty and Jared Deyo. 4. Anne Burns and Diane Schullstrom.

PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER

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Grilling and chilling key to Long Doggers’ success

STORY BY CYNTHIA VAN GAASBECK CORRESPONDENT to work, if you’re going to be in the Melbourne. They worked restaurant bought a defunct Dunkin’ Donuts
[email protected] restaurant business,” Steiginga said jobs before, during and after their in Indialantic. That was then, this is
while relaxing on the deck one recent schooling and learned precisely what now, and the company owns loca-
Surfers in boardshorts and flip- evening at the Indialantic location. works for them and what doesn’t. tions in Satellite Beach, Cocoa Beach,
flops. Beer, probably lots of it. Bikinis, “We give paid vacations. We have a Melbourne, Palm Bay and Viera and
beach bikes and low ambitions. Christmas party and give Christmas Although Steiginga embarked on employs 300 people. “We can remem-
bonuses to all our staff. All the wait- a career teaching science, Burr knew ber the day when we gave each other
The cliches and stereotypes can resses work as one big unit and the he wanted to work in the restaurant high fives when we got $1,000 in a
run rampant when the subjects have money goes into one bucket and they industry. His father had sold hot dogs day,” Burr said. “We used to do $1,000
made their fortunes serving up cook- all split it,” he continued. in a carnival and extended members a day; now we do $1,600 an hour.”
out-style foods in a beach town. But of his family were restaurateurs. Burr
a closer look at the former college The guys are throwing themselves himself worked at a Bennigan’s as When asked about further expan-
friends who nurtured Long Doggers, a birthday party and Brevard is in- well as a card shop and ... a hot dog sion, Burr answered: “We are always
the “Radically Relaxed Grill & Brew,” vited. With a budget of $100,000, this stand. Steiginga worked as a trainer looking.” Steiginga countered, “My
from a fledgling hangout into a Bre- may be THE beach bash of the de- and bartender at a Chili’s, was a one- partner is always looking! We are 50
vard County landmark reveals two cade. The 20-year anniversary party time nightclub owner and sold com- years old now, so, it would have to be
men who plowed dozens of job ex- is July 29 at James H. Nance Park in puter software. Both seemed to be in a really prime location.”
periences into a business plan that Indialantic. “It’s a freebie for Brevard a holding pattern until the time was
would make their grandmas proud. County. We are going to close every right. Burr explained: “We try and make
restaurant on a Saturday,” Burr said. sure whoever works here is enjoying
Make no mistake, Albert Steiginga, Gates open at 2 p.m. and there will be “I was teaching at the time and their day. You have to enjoy your life.
“Al,” and John Burr, “LJ,” run the six- live bands, including Beebs and Her Burr said, ‘Do you want to do some- But you have to be able to get up and
restaurant chain with a steady hand, Moneymakers and headliners Com- thing?’ I’m like ‘yeah, sure, what do do it. So, it’s about running great res-
but they are guided by the Golden mon Kings, as well as prizes and food you want to do?’ We bounced around taurants, not running lots of restau-
Rule when it comes to interacting trucks. a couple of ideas,” Steiginga said. Just rants. We never open up restaurants
with employees, vendors and cus- like that, in 1997, Long Doggers was if we want to make more money.
tomers. Simply put, Al and LJ treat Both men are 50 and both studied born and now it needed a home. Money just comes as a byproduct of
others as they wish to be treated. at Florida Institute of Technology in doing a good job.” 
With $40,000 in hand, the two
“I like to say there’s no better place

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CAPTIONS

5. Rob “Wizz” Whisenhant, Steven and Stephanie Goebel. 6. John Scott, Joseph Pellettiere, Roy Amos
and Tyler Pearce. 7. Mike, Astrid and Mindy Gibson. 8. Erikson Jaquays, Dan Hamblin. 9. Nancy Donahue,
Emma Curran, Courtney Shiffrin. 10. Colin, Stephanie, Nick and Elin Thron. 11. Kevin Kirin with Pepper.
12. Corey and Nicole Huau.

10 Thursday, June 29, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

SEEN & SCENE

Downtown favorites ‘Craft’ a fun food-and-beer event

STORY BY LISA ZAHNER STAFF WRITER Marty and Marianne DiFrisco. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER
[email protected] Angela and Steven Martin.

Craft beer and great food sounds Jimmy DiFrisco and Andy Pinkerton. Matt Nugnes and Don DiFrisco. Mary Jo and Rex Gibson.
like an awesome way to escape the Kyle and Iris Graham.
heat and get through the mid-week
summer blahs, and that’s exactly what
a dozen lucky ticket-holders to Craft-
ed, hosted by Hell’n Blazes Brewing
Company and Matt’s Casbah, did last
Wednesday night.

The event was something of a sum-
mer experiment, according to owner
Don Di Frisco, a Chicago transplant
turned island-dweller who, with his
lovely wife Clare, lives on South Tropi-
cal Trail. “We’re thinking about trying
it again during season when the snow-
birds are here,” he said.

This time around Hell’n Blazes set
up tables in the historic Vault, the
pub’s cozy private party room, but if
the idea catches on, they might need
to expand it out to the main lounge
area. When you add it up, five cours-
es of Chef Matt Nugnes’ food, paired
with six flights of craft beers brewed
on-site, are actually a bargain at $65
per person.

After a reception and “welcome
pints” of Northern Flow American La-
ger, Di Frisco told guests about the rich
history of the building, dating back to
the mid-1890s. Before Di Frisco and
his business partner bought it and
started renovating about two years
ago, the building had been a Christ-
mas Cottage store, various hardware
stores, a bank, and a part-time mor-
tuary. Yes, the building is haunted,
according to paranormal experts, but
that just adds to the charm, and the
ghosts don’t drink much, so there’s no
extra overhead.

Di Frisco showed photos from sev-
eral points in the structure’s history,
pointing to the 1940s iteration for sty-
listic inspiration for the exterior. “We
tried our best to preserve the past and

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brewery, and turned out some won-

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Shark in the Park 5K reels in 481 enthusiastic runners

STORY BY CYNTHIA VAN GAASBECK CORRESPONDENT Lisa Faucett, Kelly Beckstron and Kristen Wells. Kelly Semenko, Waverly and Tracy Dutra. Melissa Taylor, Jennifer Absher and Dina Viselli.
[email protected]
Kayla, Stephanie and Amy Yalden. Victoria Salmon, Krista Kihlande and Grayson Hall. Stephanie Buche and Don Piercy. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER
If awards were given for race names,
Shark in the Park would surely win a Sreekameh Karanam, Hari Santosh and Preetham Setty. Amadeus and Kaisha Deo. Marta Reidel and Kristin Cusimano.
medal for cleverest use of an odd oc-
currence. is the next beneficiary along with the Harbour Beach, finishing in 19:26.8. with a time of 1:38:28.6.
Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Closing out the race was Roberta Official results are posted at run-
Three years ago, a 3 1/2-foot bull Chapter.” Osterling, 82, of Satellite Beach, ningzone.com. 
shark astonished residents, wildlife
experts and Indian Harbour Beach of- Among the 481 runners was a group FREE MEDICARE
ficials with her presence in the murky of 13 women in purple tank tops who
waters of the Gleason Park pond. Af- cooled off under the shade of oak INFORMATIONAL SEMINAR
ter two days of wrangling that drew trees. Their post-race sugar loading
bemused crowds, the shark was cap- drew curious stares as they passed April 11th & Oct 10th @ 6:00 PM
tured and examined, then released to around dessert plates of strawberry
the slightly-less-murky waters of the shortcake and flutes of pink cham- • Turning 65? • In Open Enrollment? • About to retire?
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be a surprise 40th birthday party for
Though long gone, the little park their friend, Lisa Girard. “My husband • You NEED to understand ALL of your Medicare options!
shark lives on as the mascot of the and kids and I run lots of races so we • An Uneducated Decision Could Be Costly $$$!
city’s 5K charity event that each year were coming to run the race and they
runs on the weekend of her capture. all came to surprise me! They became Questions: Please Call Or Text:
a team specifically for this birthday Kim Adkinson-Cowles • Local Resident • 321.305.2554
“It was a community event, whether party surprise,” she said. Seminar to be held at The Melbourne Beach Library
we wanted the publicity or not. We 324 Ocean Ave • Melbourne Beach, FL
made the best of it and it ended up Overall male champion was Daniel
making national news,” said Indian Moore, 23, of Melbourne, with a time This is not a Sales Presentation!
Harbour Beach Recreation Director of 17:21.8, and overall female cham-
Kristin Cusimano. pion was Melissa Taylor, 39, of Indian

As organizer of last Saturday’s race,
Cusimano could promise there would
be no hazards from the briny deep
but that didn’t mean the 5K would be
a walk in the park. “It’s hot and we do
the best we can. This year, because
it’s been so hot, I’ve put ice towels
and bottles of water just a little past
the halfway mark,” she said, adding,
“I think that the runners appreciate
that.”

Melbourne resident Katy Mulligan
brought her daughters, Eileen, 7, and
Abby, 3, for their first Shark in the Park.
“I’m part of Moms Run This Town. We
have 500 members and there are prob-
ably 10 of us running today,” Mulligan
said as she pushed Abby in a sport
stroller toward the starting line.

With 8,400 residents living in not
quite 3 square miles of area, one may
think there is no room for small-
town spirit. But bonds are strong and
Shark in the Park shows what can be
achieved in the name of community.
Each year an organization or individ-
ual with ties to Indian Harbour Beach
takes the spotlight as event benefi-
ciary.

“The first year was Ocean Breeze El-
ementary School. They were looking
to get a new playground,” Cusimano
said. “Last year was Bryton Up But-
tercup. Amber Saxon is a local resi-
dent whose daughter, Bryton, passed
away from cancer. So they are raising
money for kids with cancer and help-
ing them brighten their days. And
this year, Marta Reidel, who is a dear
friend of mine suffering from lupus
and waiting for a kidney transplant,



TWO FUNNY: ‘NUNSENSE’
BECOMING A HABIT
AT THE PLAYHOUSE

14 Thursday, June 29, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

ARTS & THEATRE

Two funny: ‘Nunsense’ becoming a habit at Playhouse

STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH COLUMNIST erend Mother ride,” Thompson said.
“The nuns give us all an opportunity to
It might seem like déjà vu. share the joy we all feel when we per-
The comical antics and pun-tastic form. The show is silly fun that gives us
quips emanating from the stage-struck all a much-needed break to let go of our
nuns ring familiar, but this time, it’s troubles and have a good laugh.”
“Nunsense II: The Second Coming.”
The comedy, written by Dan Goggin, Also returning to the stage in their
runs through Sunday at Cocoa Village same roles are: Mary Jo Marzilli-Men-
Playhouse. Nearly all the cast appeared dola (Sister Robert Anne); Taylor Chang
in the first “Nunsense” last season. (Sister Leo); and Brevard’s Rita Moreno
That show left audiences holding (Sister Hubert), a very popular area
their sides with laughter last year, actress who has appeared on multiple
and Playhouse director Anastacia stages here.
Hawkins-Smith says the same thing is
happening this year. New to the “Nunsense” franchise,
“The first ‘Nunsense’ last year was so if you will, are Whitney Baldwin (Sis-
ter Amnesia) and Callie Martin (Sister
Hubert), who stepped in last weekend

Taylor Chang (Sister Leo), Callie Martin (Sister Hubert), Tracy Thompson (Mother Superior),
Mary Jo Marzilli-Mendola (Sister Robert Anne) and
Whitney Baldwin (Sister Amnesia) in “Nunsense II.”

from the Little Sisters of Outer Critics Circle Awards. It claims to
have been performed in 26 languages,
Hoboken gather on the set grossing more than $500 million from
worldwide productions.
of a high school production
In all there are seven sequels in the
of “Grease” for a fundraiser goofy series:

variety show. They need “Sister Amnesia’s Country Western
Nunsense Jamboree,” which is set at a
money for burials of some stop on the nuns’ tour promoting their
new album.
sisters who had been killed
“Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christ-
by tainted vichyssoise made mas Musical,” which is a behind-the-
scenes glimpse of the nuns as they
by Sister Julia, Child of God. gather in their basement to do a public-
access TV show ending with a spoof of
You meet individual nuns, the Tchaikovsky ballet.

Whitney Baldwin is Sister Amnesia. hear their backstories and “Meshuggah-Nuns!” set on a cruise
ship, where the nuns fill in for the sea-
PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER rejoice with them when the sick cast of “Fiddler on the Roof”

funds appear like manna “Nunsensations: the Nunsense Vari-
ety Show,” which is set in Las Vegas.
from heaven.
“Nunset Boulevard: The Nunsense
well received and we had so much fun when Moreno was out of town. Con- In “Nunsense II: The Second Com- Hollywood Bowl Show,” which does
we said what the heck, let’s do ‘Nun- not bring the nuns into the famed out-
sense II,’” Hawkins-Smith said. ductor Bob Barone takes a turn as ing,” the same group gathers but this door venue, but instead into the caba-
ret in a bowling alley.
After securing the rights, the first Brother Bob and Lawrence Mazza, a time it is six weeks after the first fun-
thing she did was to reach out to last And if that’s not enough, there are
year’s cast to see if they’d commit to popular area actor with an impressive draiser and is set against the scenery a couple of spinoffs – “Nunsense A-
the next iteration in the Goggin’s “Nun- Men!” and “Sister Robert Anne’s Caba-
sense” cycle, in which there are seven resume, makes an appearance as the for the high school production of “The ret Class.”
shows, two spinoffs and an attempted
television series. stage hand. Mikado.” Hearing this list of possible “Nun-
sense” that could still be produced in
Because Cocoa Village Playhouse is While there is plenty of humor at the While the sisters are doing the show future Playhouse seasons, Hawkins-
up to its wimple in shows – it recently Smith laughed.
closed “Mary Poppins” and is current- nuns’ collective expense, the genesis as a thank-you for those who helped in
ly full steam on the Summer Musical “I’ll just pretend I didn’t hear you say
Theater Project with the King Center – of it all is love. Goggin, the playwright, the earlier fundraiser, they begin to be- all that,” she said. “The nuns live on.”
it was even more important to get the
same cast. They only spent two weeks has said he wrote the first “Nunsense” lieve that a talent scout is in the audi- “Nunsense II: The Second Coming”
in earnest rehearsal. runs through July 2 at Cocoa Village
out of a deep respect and affection for ence. Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa.
“They were such a cohesive group, Tickets are $16 to $24. Call 321-636-5050
they were automatically tied together,” the nuns who helped shape his life. “Some of the jokes are adult, but they or visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com. 
said costume designer Dan Hill.
Thompson has the same attitude go over a child’s head,” Hawkins-Smith
Tracey Thompson returns in her role
of Mother Superior. An accomplished about the show. said. “But some of it is so funny. There’s
actress with skills in both drama and
comedy, Thompson was quick to say “Mother Superior brings back a lot of a can-can number, a number on roller
“yes” to Hawkins-Smith.
good memories of my days going to St. skates, an Elvis number – it’s difficult
“The role is just good fun and really
has taught me to just enjoy the Rev- Mary’s Catholic School,” she said. “Back getting through rehearsal. We always

then the convent was still there and the crack up, especially when the nuns are

nuns were our teachers. Sr. Joan Grace drinking what they think is water but is

is the one responsible for getting me actually sake.”

interested in singing. She sang herself, “I told the ladies if they can capture

taught choir and looked for opportuni- that in the show, that’s what ‘Nun-

ties for me to share my gift.” sense’ is all about. They were rolling on

While you don’t need to have seen the floor cracking up.”

the first “Nunsense” in order to enjoy Goggin, the playwright, began his

the sequel – or, rather, the first sequel – “Nunsense” franchise in 1985 at the

a little catch-up can help. Cherry Lane Theater in New York City’s

In the first “Nunsense,” five nuns Greenwich Village where it won four



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ARTS & THEATRE

Coming Up: Smooth sounds at King’s ‘Night of Romance’

STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER decades and is still going strong, accu- ‘Pink Collar Comedy Show.’
[email protected] mulating three Gold albums, two Plati-
nums and 11 top-of-the-chart singles.
1 For a little nachtmusik of the ro- Their biggest hits include “You Are the
mantic kind on a summer’s eve- Woman,” “Goodbye I Love You,” “Cin-
derella” and “Just Remember I Love
ning, the King Center in Melbourne of- You.” Al Stewart is best known for his
hit, the smooth and slinky “Year of the
fers “Night of Romance with Ambrosia, Cat,” and scored platinum recognition
for his album of the same name and
Firefall and Al Stewart” Friday at 7:30 his follow-up album, Time Passages.
According to Wikipedia, the Glasgow-
p.m. Like the fruit salad of the same born Brit became known as part of the
legendary British Folk revival of the
name, the California rock band Am-

brosia, formed in 1970, blends different

“shades, textures, colors and styles,”

resulting in a style of music, accord-

ing to Wikipedia, with a blues and R&B

soul, as well as “progressive, classical

‘Night of Romance with Ambrosia,
Firefall and Al Stewart.’

and world influences.” Among their ’60s and ’70s, merging folk-rock tunes blushing – as Orlando stand-up comic ends are easy-peasy, with a laid-back
hits: “You’re the Only Woman,” “The with stories of people and events from Jeff Jones and his “gal pals” hit the stage vibe and lots of music along The Strip
Biggest Part of Me” and “Holding on history. After 40 years, he remains - and do they have some stories to tell (Indian River Drive) on the banks
to Yesterday.” Three of the six current prominent on the British music scene. you. Jones’ gaggle of gals includes Miss of the beautiful Indian River. Check
band members are from the original Carol Lee, from Orlando, who’ll share out Capt. Hiram’s, where you’ll get
group. The band Firefall was named “twisted tales” of some big names you sand in your shoes, rum in your cup
by original band member Rick Roberts, only thought you knew. Another Orlan- and music in your ears. On Friday at
after the Yosemite Firefall, a summer- do native, Miss Addison Taylor, is billed 6 p.m., it’s Mike Burns from the Co-
time tradition of dumping a cascade as a “gender bending ball of fire with no coa Beach band General Eyes, doing
of flaming embers off Glacier Point in boundaries and a healthy appetite for a solo acoustic gig. Then, from 7:30
California’s Yosemite National Park. fun.” Well known in Central Florida, p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Katty Shack takes
Firefall has been performing for four Miss Trixie Deluxxe made a name for the stage. This four-piece band out
herself as co-host of WDRQ’s morning of Satellite Beach plays ’80s faves
gig with Jay Towers back in the ’90s. So, “from Journey to Michael Jackson
leave your inhibitions at home and en- and everything in between.” On Sat-
joy a racy, laugh-filled evening. Show urday, it’s the Metalucious ’80s Party
time is 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. (’80s hair rock) from 7:30 p.m. till
12:30 a.m. Think about spending the
Babz Lupoli. 3 The Fifth Fourth of July with the Captain, as
Avenue well, when the Flutie Brothers Band
brings the music, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
2 You’ve heard of the Blue Collar Art Gallery, in Sound familiar? That’s because it’s
Comedy Show, right? Well, for- Heisman Trophy winner/NFL star
M e l b o u r n e ’s Doug Flutie and his band, which in-
cludes his brother, Canadian Foot-
get it. This Saturday at the King Center popular Eau ball League Hall of Famer Darren.
The band plays high-energy (the only
it’s the Pink Collar Comedy Show, an Gallie Arts Dis- way they know) rock ’n’ roll covers.

evening in which the worlds of stand- trict, opens a

up comedy and drag hilariously col- new exhibit

lide. There’ll be a lot of laughing – and this Wednes-

Funk’s Antiquary day, July 5: “The

Stripes Run

Through Us,” by 5 A bit farther south on Indian
River Drive you’ll discover the
Babz Lupoli. Lupoli is an experimental

mixed-media artist who retired from a Tiki Bar and Grill, a popular locals

career in elementary education. With hangout. On Friday, Three-Ring Cir-

a vivid palette, her richly textured col- cus will entertain with rock covers

lages are big, bold and energetic. She from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday it’ll

says she paints intuitively and often be Randy Beaumont from 1 p.m. to

integrates recycled paper and “tidbits 5 p.m., followed by rock ’n’ roll and

of life” into her works. “When I create blues from the Sebastian band Big Bad

abstract art, it feels as if I’m connected Murphy from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cel-

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INSIGHT COVER STORY

THE AS-YET-UNNAMED RITZ- THE SHIP’S DESIGN IS A RADI-
CARLTON YACHT IS BEING CAL DEPARTURE FROM TRADI-
PLANNED AS ONE OF THREE TIONAL CRUISE SHIPS, INSIDE
SISTER SHIPS – THOUGH THE AND OUT. SEEN HERE IN A
COLLECTION MAY EVENTUALLY RENDERING, ITS EXTERIOR IS
EXPAND TO FIVE. MEANT TO CAPTURE “THE
MASERATI EFFECT,” WHICH
BEGS ONLOOKERS TO SEE
WHAT’S INSIDE.

Ritz-Carlton, Marriott International’s five-star This, combined with company-supplied data “We wanted a look that was very slender, long,
hotel brand, has announced plans to launch three claiming that 400,000 Ritz-Carlton guests are cruis- and elegant,” said Johansson. “Most ships in port
small, ultra-luxury ships with laid-back itineraries ers, means there’s both a built-in customer base and look the same – but this won’t. I’m looking for the
and spacious, open-concept design schemes that a solid marketing opportunity at play. Maserati effect. I want people to see it and wonder
flip the traditional cruise experience on its head. how stunning it is on the inside.”
So how will Humler compete with established
The maiden vessel will pull out of the shipyard ultra-luxury players such as Crystal Cruises, Sea- He thinks of the 623-foot vessels as hybrids be-
late in 2019, with bookings opening next May – bourn, Silversea, and Regent Seven Seas? By build- tween ultra-luxury small ships and yachts. If small
marking the first time that a hotel company hits the ing the anti-cruise ship, he says – with an emphasis cruisers carry about 650 passengers, on average, and
high seas. on space, privacy, and flexibility – something he’s a typical superyacht can hold a couple dozen, these
worked to perfect over the course of 12 years. are right in between, with 298 passengers in 149
“You have to diversify your business,” Ritz-Carl- suites – comparable only to Ponant’s 132-room ships.
ton Chief Executive Hervé Humler told Bloomberg Fredrik Johansson, owner and executive project
during an exclusive preview. After successful expan- director of Tillberg Design of Sweden, has designed Compared with Ponant, though, Ritz-Carlton’s
sions into branded residences and six-star resorts quite a few ships. But the Ritz-Carlton project rep- ships are about 200 feet longer, to accommodate
(which Ritz-Carlton operates under its ultra-pre- resents the first time he’s designing a cruise line’s enormous staterooms and an abundance of dining
mium Reserve emblem), Humler says there were maiden ship and creating design standards from options, amenities, and public spaces – at least as
ample data to support a cruise venture. scratch, “a groundbreaking opportunity,” he says. many as what you’d expect to find on a much-larger
“We’re designing these ships to turn heads.” 600-passenger ship. The end product will offer more
One key statistic, he says, is that the cruise sector choices, more places to hide away (both public and
has expanded by an average of 8.5 percent each year To that end, he drew inspiration from supery- private), and the utmost flexibility in your day-to-
since 1981. For all that rise in demand, there have achts such as Azzam, Eclipse, and Nauta – as well day schedule.
been few new ships on the ultra-premium spectrum. as Maserati cars – rather than from his competitors.

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Johansson is confident that these factors will put break from that pattern and head toward the South Off-ship excursions will follow suit. Although the
his ships in a class of their own. “We tried to design Pacific. partnerships have yet to be cemented, onshore ac-
the ship to be everything that a traditional, large tivities will likely be organized by the same high-end
cruise ship is not,” he said. “It’s a place where you go Douglas Prothero, managing director of the Ritz- outfitters that luxury travelers would call to organize
with no queues, no crowds, no disturbances – just a Carlton Yacht Collection, says that the pace of the a land vacation. (Pricing will be announced at a later
beautiful backdrop for beautiful people.” date; itineraries will be “targeted at the 1 percent of
Rendering of the ship’s aft marina, guests can get some sun or launch water toys. global travelers.”)
Due to fire and safety regulations, most cruise
ships’ common spaces are subdivided and sec- A rendering of the “living room,” one of many lounges and sitting areas. In many ways Ritz-Carlton is building on existing
tioned off, with walls dividing restaurants from trends rather than reinventing the wheel – a ma-
bars and lounges and casinos. A look at a rendering of the owners’ suite onboard Ritz-Carlton’s first ship. jority of luxury cruise companies, for instance, are
trending toward extending hours in port and are
For the as-yet-unnamed Ritz-Carlton ships, Jo- The Marina Bar, a feature that will appear throughout the Ritz-Carlton Yachts. bringing in guest lecturers from relevant destina-
hansson is pioneering an open-concept floor plan tions to entertain their crowds.
that will be “fluid and transparent” and will “break itineraries is another differentiator: It’ll be slow-
down the traditional boundaries between dining er, with less time at sea and more time to explore. But by enlisting unpaid consultants, such as Val-
and drinking areas.” And no, there won’t be casi- “We’ll do four ports in seven days, not seven ports in erie Wilson, whose namesake company is among
nos. seven days.” With each new destination, local chefs, the 30 largest travel agencies in the U.S. and moves
artists, dignitaries, and guest lecturers will come more than $300 million in travel inventory, they
Dining and drinking venues will be small and aboard for a constantly rotating roster of talent and are ensuring that all the small details will add up
intimate, perhaps seating only a couple of dozen entertainment options. to something truly unique. “Its suites will be larger
passengers at a time, and all will be open around than anything its competitors can offer,” said Wil-
the clock, without the assigned seats or prescribed son, “and it’s almost mind-boggling that they’ll have
dining times – or buffets – so common in the cruise five restaurants for less than 300 people.”
industry.
From an industry perspective, though, this will be
“Everything will be like a yacht experience in that the first time guests can combine cruise and land
respect,” said Johansson. “The service will appear vacations with a single operator, by booking pre-
from nowhere, seamlessly, as opposed to traditional and post-hotel stays with Ritz-Carltons in port cit-
show cooking that’s loud and noisy.” ies. And more than likely, Marriott Rewards will be
a perk of sailing with the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collec-
Other shared spaces will include a yacht-like ma- tion.
rina platform, where glass doors open to a sweep-
ing staircase that leads to a pool deck on the ship’s Currently the official messaging from Marriott
stern; it’ll be a place to have drinks and snacks or indicates that the yacht collection will have its own
launch water toys such as kayaks and paddleboards. unique loyalty program, the details of which are still
There’ll also be a massive, open-air penthouse being finalized. (Ritz-Carlton’s hotels have their own
space with a retractable roof and 270-degree pan- loyalty program, too, but guests’ points are linked
oramic views of the sea: It’ll be an al fresco lounge with their Marriott Rewards or Starwood Preferred
by day and a nightclub after sundown. Guest status.)

Accommodations will be called suites, not state- According to Humler, though, “It would be key to
rooms, and all of them will have verandas and the success of the cruise line to extend the loyalty
above-average ceiling heights. Certain hallmarks program.” Doing so, he said, would help the brand
will be straight out the Ritz-Carlton design play- “understand what [guests] like and what they want
book. “It specifies all sorts of details, from how big and cater an experience.”
the writing desks should be and how many cushions
should be on the beds,” said Johansson. Ritz-Carlton’s investment in the yacht collec-
tion is undisclosed, and much of it is financed by
Not all of them lend themselves to a cruise ship, Oaktree Capital, a global investment manager with
though. Double sinks? They’re a Ritz-Carlton bath- experience in the hospitality and maritime sector.
room mandate – but they’d never been installed in a But there are indications – based on Spanish ship-
standard cruise stateroom before now. yard reports that match the first yacht’s description
and name Ritz-Carlton – that each vessel is costing
Most small luxury ocean liners that are currently $200 million to build. And that doesn’t include the
sailing – the Silversea Muse, the Regent Explorer, cost of drawing top executives, such as Silversea’s
Seabourn’s Encore, Ponant’s Le Lyrial yacht, for in- ex-chief financial officer, Victor Cai, from competi-
stance – are being built as expedition ships or re- tors.
configured to meet the demand of a burgeoning ad-
venture cruise sector. They’re largely heading to the With occupancy on cruise ships averaging 86
polar regions of Antarctica and Greenland and the percent to 90 percent industrywide, compared to
Scandinavian fjords. 78 percent occupancy across Ritz-Carlton hotels
last year, Humler and Prothero are confident what-
So Ritz-Carlton saw an opening in the market: ever the investment, especially as vessels can be
small-ship cruising along the Mediterranean, the repositioned to respond to changing regional de-
Caribbean, and New England. mand.

They’re classic destinations that are popular with “We think it can go to five ships,” said Prothero,
cruisers – yet they’re almost exclusively serviced by who sees the product as appealing to a fast-growing
mega-ships that overwhelm the regions’ biggest demographic of young, high-net-worth cruise skep-
ports. tics. And with the third ship sailing the Pacific Rim,
the pair hopes to target Chinese and Japanese trav-
“I don’t want to stop in Marseilles – it’s a huge elers – two other burgeoning groups with plenty of
commercial port. Instead I can stop in St. Tropez,” dispensable income.
he said, pointing to the type of small berths that
his ships will be able to slip into – and that larger Don’t expect yachts to be the last word in Ritz-
cruise ships cannot. “Commercial boats cannot go Carlton’s brand evolution, either. “With the yachts,
to places like Mykonos, to Portofino, to St. Barths,” we wanted to think about where else we could
he added. But his are small enough to manage it. take our customers,” said Humler. “In the next few
months, I will work on taking our customer to air,
The first vessel will sail the Caribbean, New Eng- too.” 
land, and Europe starting late 2019. In early 2021, a
second ship will start sailing on similar routes. The
third ship, which comes online in early 2022, will



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INSIGHT BOOKS

Growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, us not to take our freedom from either a dead or a weakened version of children at Letchworth Village, an in-
I suffered through chicken pox and infectious diseases for granted. the virus they were meant to protect stitution in rural New York.
measles, like millions of other Ameri- against. In live-virus vaccines, choos-
can kids, and belonged to the first In this meticulously researched ing the right strength and strain of Its director reportedly sought pa-
generation to receive the brand-new history of the high-stakes race to the virus was a challenge. If it was too rental permission because, he said,
polio vaccines in national campaigns. develop effective vaccines against strong, the vaccine might cause full- “I realized we would never get official
My parents had friends permanently polio, rubella, rabies and other vi- blown cases of the illness; if too weak, permission from the state.” Babies
paralyzed by polio; the mother of a ruses, science writer and physician it might not produce lasting immunity. born to women imprisoned at Clinton
schoolmate gave birth to a baby who Meredith Wadman tells the story Live-virus vaccines are used today to State Farms in New Jersey were given
was deaf, nearly blind and suffering a of these near-miraculous medical protect against certain infections, in- an experimental polio vaccine over
severe intellectual disability from ru- achievements of the post-World cluding measles, mumps, rubella and a five-year period in the late 1950s.
bella (“German measles”) contracted War II era. “The Vaccine Race” also chicken pox. Newer vaccines against The prison’s popular female warden
during pregnancy. details the risks posed by some some other diseases are genetically en- and medical director “were extremely
of the early products – risks that gineered to contain only proteins from helpful in obtaining permission” from
Within a half-century, vaccines arose, in part, because to make the coat of the virus. Thus, they cannot the mothers, the researchers later not-
have made these and other once-com- the vaccines, researchers first had cause the infection. ed.
mon viral diseases so rare in the Unit- to invent techniques for growing
ed States that doctors being trained viruses such as polio or rubella In the postwar decades, research- Wadman relates this fascinating his-
today may never see cases of them, in living cells, without knowing ers and drug companies competed tory as lived by a handful of scientists
and some parents worry more about what other viruses those host cells intensely to be the first to license vac- at the center of it all, especially Leon-
the small or hypothetical risks of vac- might harbor. Even when a coura- cines against certain diseases. The ard Hayflick, an indefatigable cell biol-
cinating children than about the risks geous government scientist, Ber- need was urgent. Polio paralyzed an ogist who refined techniques for grow-
of leaving them unprotected. It takes nice Eddy, and colleagues showed average of 15,000 Americans each year. ing, maintaining and infecting human
events such as the 2015 measles out- that monkey cells used to produce Rubella epidemics occurred every few cells with viruses to make safer, better
break among visitors to Disneyland in the Salk polio vaccine and other years and were devastating for women vaccines, and Stanley Plotkin, a pedia-
California or the recent emergence of vaccines contained a virus, SV40, infected during pregnancy: The na- trician and vaccinologist who studied
the Zika virus – so dangerous to the that could cause malignant changes tionwide epidemic of 1964-65 caused the rubella virus and developed a safe,
brain of a developing fetus – to remind in human cells, government officials about 6,250 miscarriages or stillbirths, highly protective vaccine against it.
at first discounted the evidence and 2,100 deaths among newborns, and
allowed such vaccines to remain on 20,000 cases of congenital birth defects. At almost 400 pages of text plus
the market. By 1963, when the federal An additional 5,000 pregnant women abundant endnotes, this book is so
Division of Biologics Standards began obtained abortions after contracting rich in scientific anecdotes, histori-
to require that polio vaccines be free rubella. Rabies, considered the most cal detail and quirky characters that I
of SV40, 98 million Americans had re- deadly of all infections in humans, was can’t do it justice in a short review. She
ceived the Salk vaccine, indisputably on the rise in wild animals in the early conveys the era’s no-holds-barred ap-
preventing tens of thousands of cases 1960s, and the existing vaccines for proach to science, as well as the altru-
of paralysis from polio. But between people bitten by infected animals were ism of individual scientists and doctors
10 million and 30 million of them may dangerous or insufficient. at a time when no one had yet thought
have received a dose contaminated by of patenting a gene or a living cell. Her
the SV40 virus. Whether such exposure At the time, government standards dissection of the role played by abor-
increased their likelihood of develop- on the ethics of human research were tion in vaccine development provides
ing cancer remains uncertain. The In- rudimentary to nonexistent. As Wad- valuable context for understanding to-
stitute of Medicine “concluded in 2002 man describes, vaccines were tested day’s abortion politics, and her chapter
that although studies that followed in circumstances shocking to a reader on the stirrings of entrepreneurship
vaccine recipients over the decades today. Experimental vaccines were among biologists and universities is an
provide no evidence of increased can- given to newborn or premature ba- enlightening primer on the birth of the
cer risk, these studies were ‘sufficiently bies, to prisoners, and to mentally or biotech industry. 
flawed’ that the question … couldn’t be physically disabled residents of insti-
answered,” Wadman writes. tutions, often without the consent of THE VACCINE RACE
Early vaccines against viral diseases patients or parents, and with minimal Science, Politics, and the Human Costs
were designed to stimulate the im- institutional oversight. The first hu-
mune system by giving the recipient mans to receive a live polio vaccine, in of Defeating Disease
1950, were 20 intellectually disabled By Meredith Wadman
Viking. 436 pp. $30
Review by Susan Okie
The Washington Post

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He’s sweet, but clueless about the division of labor

STORY BY CAROLYN HAX THE WASHINGTON POST Dear I’m Already Tired: upkeep); you get the idea. If instead of just split-
Your understanding of the “mental ting chores, you two divvy up leadership of the
Dear Carolyn: I love my partner. load” has changed since your partner various silos, based on each other’s strengths,
He recently moved in. I’ve had so moved in. So, give him a chance to change then you share the mental loads they entail.
many roommates over the years his understanding, too.
(I’m pushing 30, so think 12-13 For him and for anyone else wondering Try it. Road test whether your partner can carry
years of various roommate situ- what we’re talking about, I offer the comic half of the weight without prompting from you.
ations) and I’m so tired of people by Emma, “You Should Have Asked.” One
who won’t clean up after them- excerpt as summary: “When a man ex- If not, though, then listen to yourself – “I’ll …
selves and leave it until I do it. pects his partner to ask him to do things, hate myself for being a miserable nag” – and rec-
he’s viewing her as the manager of house- ognize no amount of love will make it healthy for
I made it very clear to my part- hold chores.” you to stay. 
ner before he moved in that it was Management plus chores equals a
important to me, and I thought it would be easier double workload to his single one, which
because I can ask him to do things that wouldn’t you’re right to refuse. But just as you
be appropriate to ask of a roommate. But I’m al- didn’t enter this arrangement as an indi-
ready tired of asking and I’ve been reading about vidual untouched by cultural forces, nei-
“the mental load.” Like last night: I was stressed ther did he.
and headed to my second job and he asked what And his “sweet!” offer to contribute says
he could do to make me feel better (sweet!) so I said, he’s not (fully?) comfortable letting you
get wrapping paper and a card and wrap your sis- carry the household while he reaps all
ter’s wedding present. And when I got home later, the benefits of your management skills.
he had! So reopen the conversation while talking
But. The box was left out instead of recycled, the is still talking – as in, not yet a wrenched-
couple of dishes I used to feed us before I went to open hydrant of pressurized resentment.
work weren’t done, the living room was a mess … A practical suggestion for dividing the load:
he just doesn’t see it. Like he didn’t “see” the emails Unless you thrive amid inefficiency and dys-
his sister was sending about wedding activities. function, someone has to lead. However, the
Like he didn’t remember to buy her a present until same person doesn’t have to lead everything. A
I reminded him three times. household has some naturally occurring silos:
I can see down this road. I’ll resent him and hate food (purchase, preparation, cleanup); clothing
myself for being a miserable nag. (purchase, upkeep, storage); calendar (social, ap-
Is there any way to fix this? We’ve talked about pointments, occasions); finances; home, indoors
kids and he wants more than one, but I just can’t (decor, upkeep); home, outdoors (landscaping,
picture it as anything but a trap. Help?

— I’m Already Tired

New chief nurse is
a ‘major’ addition
at IRMC P. 29

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YOUR HEALTH

Itching for relief? Study sheds new light on hives

STORY BY MARIA CANFIELD CORRESPONDENT Dr. Patrick Ottuso. ial. Sufferers know well that hives are years. Although hives are considered
[email protected] welts; pink swellings that can appear chronic if they last more than six
PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE on any part of the skin, and even in weeks at a stretch, studies have shown
Up to 20 percent of people suffer the eyes or mouth. that many people with the condition
at least once from hives, and the in- community about the role of pred- have hives for months or even years
tense itching caused by the condition nisone in the treatment of an acute In an outbreak, an individual hive on end.
sends many sufferers to the emer- case of hives – the type of attack that lasts a few hours, fades away without
gency room in search of relief. Once can precipitate a visit to the ER. Some leaving a trace, and is replaced with CU affects about 1 percent of the
they get there, they are often treated studies indicate that prednisone can new hives. While usually small, hives population. Dr. Ottuso says the con-
with a prescription antihistamine help boost the effect of antihista- can join together to cover broad areas dition is exceedingly frustrating for
and the steroid prednisone. But a new mines; even those studies express of skin. In addition to the often in- both the sufferer and their derma-
study of emergency room patients, re- caution about the use of prednisone, tense itch, hives can sometimes burn tologist – in part because the vast ma-
cently published online in the Annals due to its many side effects. or sting. jority of cases are “idiopathic,” mean-
of Emergency Medicine, asserts that ing a cause cannot be determined. In
adding prednisone is no better than In a fact probably known to very Hives are very common; one in five many of these idiopathic cases, the
an antihistamine alone in the treat- few outside the healthcare profession, people have at least one episode in best guess is that the sufferer’s im-
ment of hives. the medical name for hives is urticar- their lifetime. A single attack of hives mune system is overactive – it is at-
is often due to a virus or an infection; tacking normal tissues of the body,
The finding is important because repeated attacks can be triggered by resulting in hives.
prednisone is a powerful drug with a an allergic reaction to certain foods
long list of severe and even potentially – including nuts, chocolate, fish, to- While the cause of CU is mysterious,
fatal side effects, including glaucoma, matoes, eggs, fresh berries or milk. Dr. Ottuso says it’s still a good idea for
cataracts, high blood pressure, os- Vero’s Dr. Ottuso says other causes of a medical work-up to occur: a medi-
teoporosis, suppressed adrenal gland attacks are many and varied, includ- cal history should be taken, along
hormone production and increased ing allergens (pollen, dander, insect with a physical exam that includes
risk of infections, according to Mayo- stings), environmental factors (heat, blood and urine tests and a skin bi-
clinic.org. The most severe side ef- cold, sunlight, exercise, emotional opsy. This can show if any underlying
fects occur with long-term use. stress), and almost any type of medi- medical issue is present which may
cation. be contributing to the hives – such as
In the study, a follow-up assess- thyroid or liver problems, sinusitis or
ment two days after treatment found Some people suffer from chronic skin conditions.
62 percent of patients treated with a urticarial (CU), which is when the
combination of levocetirizine (a pre- hives persist for a long period of time If no cause of CU can be deter-
scription antihistamine) and predni- or recur repeatedly over months or mined, treatment has tradition-
sone had an “itch score” of zero; how- ally consisted of antihistamines and
ever, 76 percent of those who received NSAIDs. In a newer approach, an in-
levocetirizine and a placebo achieved jectable drug called Xolair is some-
the same zero itch score. times prescribed. Xolair is a “mono-
clonal antibody,” meaning that it is
Additionally, the study showed manufactured to mimic the natural
that the addition of prednisone to the antibodies found in the human body.
treatment did not help prevent a re-
currence of the hives, as 30 percent of There is agreement in the medical
patients in the prednisone group re- community that prednisone has no
ported relapses, compared to 24 per- place in treating CU. Dr. Ottuso says,
cent in the placebo group. “The many side effects of predni-
sone are well known, and commonly
Dr. Patrick Ottuso, M.D., a Vero include nausea, vomiting, heart-
Beach dermatologist and fellow of the burn, trouble sleeping, and excessive
American Academy of Dermatology, sweating.” More serious side effects
is familiar with this study and others can also occur, including those list-
that have preceded it. He says there ed above and others such as muscle
is some controversy in the medical pain, irregular heartbeat, swelling of
the hands and feet, and even seizures.
And people with diabetes have to be
particularly careful, as prednisone
can cause a spike in blood sugar.

Dr. Ottuso’s words of advice: “If you
are having hive-like reactions that
occur often, see a dermatologist or an
allergist for a full evaluation. And if
you are experiencing any swelling of
the mouth, tongue or throat, get to an
ER or call 911, as those reactions can
interfere with your ability to breathe
and could potentially be life-threat-
ening.”

Dr. Ottuso’s practice is part of Vero
Beach Dermatology, located at 1955
22nd Ave; the phone number is 772-
299-0085. 

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YOUR HEALTH

New chief nurse is a ‘major’ addition at IRMC

STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER – even to the casual observer – Wal- to look at the whole continuum as we medicine and geriatrics at the Uni-
[email protected] ton appears to have those qualities in manage those patients that are having versity of Wisconsin Hospital in Madi-
spades. joint replacements.” son, as well as its director of nursing
When the Indian River Medical services, chief nursing officer and vice
Center started searching for a new “We’re always looking for opportu- “That really does take teamwork,” president of patient care services be-
chief nursing office, retired U.S. Army nities where we might achieve centers Walton says. fore returning home to Florida.
Major Linda Walton’s resume stood of excellence. We’ve [already] put a lot
out. of focus and effort into those clinical It also takes experience, and in Vero After just three months of the job,
areas that are important to this com- Beach, experience in geriatric medi- Walton has no doubts she made the
Not only had Walton served her munity – like cancer care and heart cine is another definite plus. right move – by not actually moving at
country as the assistant chief nurs- care – and we are working on an ini- all – and signing on with IRMC as its
ing officer for the 21st combat sup- tiative now around orthopedic care Walton has that, too. new chief nursing officer. 
port hospital in Mosul, Iraq, she also After her military career, she be-
served at the U.S. Military Academy came the clinical nurse manager of
at West Point as well as at hospitals in
Seoul, South Korea, Fort Hood, Texas,
and Fort Sill, Okla., during her 20-year
army career. Most recently she was
chief nursing officer at South Lake
Hospital in Orlando.

On top of all that, Walton actually
began her medical career right here in
Vero Beach, when she worked as can-
dy striper at the county hospital.

“My nursing career,” Walton con-
firms, “really started at Indian River
Memorial Hospital. I graduated from
high school here in Vero Beach and
while I was in high school, I was trying
to figure out and kind of hone down
what I really wanted to do. So, I volun-
teered at the previous hospital to this
one in the mid-1970s.”

“I had the opportunity to see what
nurses did firsthand here in our com-
munity,” she says with a smile, “and
that really shaped my decision to pur-
sue this career path.”

Then, the former candy striper-
turned U.S. Army major-turned CNO
unabashedly admits, “the opportu-
nity to return home where my family
lives and be able to serve in this com-
munity is really quite an honor for
me.”

With roughly 680 nurses of vari-
ous stripes – including 550 registered
nurses, 115 certified nursing assis-
tants and 14 licensed practical nurses
– already on staff at IRMC, Walton is
now leading a battalion-sized team in
potentially life-saving missions every
day, right in her own hometown.

That might be quite a challenge
some folks, but this Operation Iraqi
Freedom veteran doesn’t seem at all
rattled by the prospect.

And it appears Walton has already
found a kind of kindred spirit in
IRMC’s chief medical office, Dr. Kathy
Grichnik.

“Kathy and I both approach what
we do from the same central point,”
says Walton, “and that’s the patient.
At the end of the day, my responsibil-
ity, just like hers, is to keep the patient
safe. That’s really our ultimate goal.”

Still, no one rises to the rank of ma-
jor without drive and ambition and



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FINE & CASUAL DINING

Melbourne Chart House: An oldie but very goodie

REVIEW BY TINA RONDEAU COLUMNIST fish ($33), and our companion Wicked Tuna.
[email protected] picked the savory shrimp
pasta ($29). PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD
For 35 years, the Chart House – an
upscale seafood restaurant that can be The fresh grilled Mac Nut Mahi.
found at two dozen dazzling seaside grouper was topped
and waterfront locations on both the with a tomato-
U.S. east and west coasts – has occupied based sauce
a picturesque spot at the mouth of Mel- f lavored
bourne’s Crane Creek overlooking our with veg-
Indian River Lagoon. etables,
olives and
Last Saturday, we made one of our in- capers, and
frequent visits to the Melbourne Chart was accom-
House – and agreed it was even better panied by broc-
than when we first encountered it three coli and a small
decades ago. pyramid of rice. My
husband’s swordfish,
Arriving 20 minutes ahead of our 7:15 simply grilled with olive
reservation, we were nevertheless gra-
ciously and quickly seated in an other-

Mediterranean
Hummus Tasting.

wise packed restaurant. Dry Ice with Godiva liqueur, drawing raves. [email protected]
Our table was one row removed from Shrimp Cocktail. The Chart House has never been in- The reviewer dines anonymously at

the huge windows, but virtually every oil, was perfection. And a large side of expensive. Dinner for two with a mod- restaurants at the expense of this news-
table in the Chart House has a great steamed asparagus ($4.99 up charge) est bottle of wine is likely to come to paper. 
view of the water. was as tender and tasty as it gets. $130 before tax and tip.
HOURS
Gerry, our very efficient server, Our companion’s savory shrimp One of the changes over the years at Monday-Friday, 4 pm to close
quickly brought a basket of bread, and pasta completed the trifecta of good the Melbourne Chart House is it now
took our order for a bottle of Mer Soleil entrées. The al dente pappardelle, in has an outside deck ideal for al fresco Saturday, 4:30 pm to close
chardonnay. a butter and garlic sauce, would have dining on fall or spring evenings. Sunday, 11 am (brunch) to close
been a fine dinner even without the de-
While the Chart House still has an licious jumbo shrimp. But whether you dine inside or out, BEVERAGES
excellent salad bar (rekindling mem- or decide to pass up dinner and instead Full bar
ories of the salad bar era of the ’80s), While our waiter tried his hardest to try their Sunday brunch, we suspect
we decided to order salads and ap- talk us into the Chart House’s signature you will thoroughly enjoy this oldie but ADDRESS
petizers from the menu. For starters, hot chocolate lava cake (which needs goodie. 2250 Front Street
our companion chose a Caesar salad to be ordered at the start of the meal),
($8.50), I opted to try the gazpacho we decided to decline – though we later We welcome your comments, and en- Melbourne
($7.50), and my husband went for the spotted a couple of them at a neighbor- courage you to send feedback to lisamel- PHONE
lobster bisque ($8.50). ing table, with molten centers made
(321) 729-6558
The Caesar salad was a classic rendi-
tion – crisp romaine, shaved Parmesan,
croutons, anchovies – and a very large
portion, easily enough to be shared.

My gazpacho with sour cream was
excellent, and my husband gave high
marks to the Chart House’s lobster
bisque, which was filled with nice
chunks of lobster claw meat.

Then for entrées, I settled on the At-
lantic grouper with a Veracruz topping
($40), my husband ordered the sword-

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PETS

Bonz learns Lhasa ’bout Tibet from Daisy Cookie

I was 8 weeks old. When Amanda got

home from high school that day, there

Hi Dog Buddies! I was, in all my fluffy adorable-ness! It

This week I had a very interesting was a total surprise! Cuz of my royal
yap with a Pure Bred Lhasa Apso, Dai-
sy Cookie Lim, who’s descended from background, I knew right away how to
royalty in Tibet, an has Papers. As we
knocked, I was wondrin’ if she’d be be polite an behave. It’s my responsibil-
snooty cuzza being descended from
royalty an all. But she wasn’t. She was ity to uphold the family’s reputation.
the opposite of snooty.
We moved to Florida when I was 8. Now
She was right there at the door all
waggy and frenly, with her Mom and a I’m 10. Mom usta comb my hair out ev-
little terrier-lookin’ pooch.
ery day. It went all the way to the floor.
“Sà-wàt-dee kâ, Mr. Bonzo. I am
Daisy Cookie Lim. This is my Mom You couldn’t even see my feet. I looked
Pam and my friend Chi. We’re havin’
a play date. My Dad’s Albert. like a fluffy hovercraft. But it’s way too

He’s workin’.” hot for that here, so I get a nice short
Her hair was real silky, brown and
black, long an wavy on her head, ears clip, ’cept for my tail and ears.
an tail, cropped short everywhere else.
She had a ponytail on top of her head, Daisy’s Mom showed us Daisy’s fold-
so she could see out. “It’s a pleasure,
Miss Lim,” I told her. “I didn’t quite get er of Important Papers. There was this
what you said at first, though.”
She laughed and tossed her wavy serious-looking chart with a buncha
ears. “Oh, I just said ‘Hello’ in Thai. My
Mom taught me Thai, cuz she’s from lines that shows her family tree from
Thailand. You can call me Daisy. My
human sister Amanda named me af- wa-ay back. “Lhasa is the capital of
ter Daisy Buchanan in that book, ‘The
Great Gatsby.’” Tibet, and Apso means ‘bearded.’ My
I nodded and tried to look like I had-
da clue. Already, I was intrigued. “I’m Mom was Kashi of Kathmandu
eager to hear your story, Daisy,” I told
her, opening my notebook. and my Dad was
She jumped onto the couch, stretched
out, and crossed her paws gracefully. “I Makulu of Everest.
was born in Seattle. That’s way up in
the other corner. My Mom had had a Our ancestors served
Lhasa Apso in college whose name was
Cookie, so my middle name’s for her. the Buddhist monks.
My human sisters, Amanda and Jordan
(mostly Amanda), had been wanting an They were called
wanting a dog. Finally, Mom decided
The Time Was Right. So she got ME. Lion Dogs and they

guarded the palace

and the temple of

the Dalai Llama, Daisy Cookie, the Lhasa Apso. PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER
a Very Important called
Job.” body

“Woof! Cool Dog Matthew. I never found out who that shore. But

Biscuits!” I ex- was, but I had a blast in the hotel. I’m after, Dad says I gotta have a shower,

claimed. “So, got pretty brave and laid back, but light- cuz of the sand. I get all droopy, but I

any pooch pals? Fa- ning an fireworks scare the Woof outta feel better when I’m sand-free.”

vorite toys?” me. In Seattle, Dad’d put me an my Daisy’s Mom had gone to the kitch-

“Oh, yes. All us neighbor- Lambchop in the car, in the garage, en, and returned with A Bag of Treats.

hood pooches know each other from with music playin’ when there was a She shook it and said to Daisy, “Ma

our morning walks. There’s Chi, of scary storm. Now I hide in the closet.” dong nee.”

course (who was snoozing under the “Me, too,” I nodded. “Do you have Daisy cocked her head and didn’t

table). Milo lives down the street, he’s any special outfits or bandanas or any- move. “I’m just not feelin’ it, you

a Yorkie; Jake’s a Labradoodle; Fin’s thing?” know?” she said to me.

a Labrador; Cinnamon’s a Labrador, “Just one. For Halloween I have a Her Mom repeated, “Ma dong nee.”

too; an Tessie, she’s a Golden Retriev- cool costume. It’s an Iwok, from ‘Star Daisy just sat there. Then Chi popped

er, lives right next door. I go over and Wars.’” off the mat, trotted over to Daisy’s

scratch on her door so she can come “Oh, yeah, I remember them. They Mom and sat hopefully, ears up. In

play. She hides her toys in her big bed, look sorta like bear cubs.” a flash, Daisy was right there next to

and I always find ’em and drag ’em out. Daisy’s Mom went out again, and him. Her Mom held up a treat and said,

My own favorite toy is Lambchop. I’ve came back with the Iwok costume. She “Why gon.”

had a few over the years. I’ll show you.” put it on Daisy, and I burst out laugh- Daisy sat right up on her caboose

She raced off and came back with ing. “Oh, for Lassie’s Sake, it’s Perfect! with front paws waving. She and Chi

a big Lambchop. “I sleep with Lamb- You totally look like an Iwok!” both got a treat. “I gezz I jus neebud uh

chop,” she said. “I snooze on it for a “I KNOW!” Daisy said. “Isn’t it Paw- libble mo-duh-BAY-shud,” she said, as

road trip, like when we drove here from some?” she munched.

Seattle. I love road trips. Dad made me It was. “I see you have a nice pool.” Heading home, I was thinkin’ about

a special platform so I can see out. One “Yes, but I don’t like to swim in it. all the intresting stuff Daisy knows.

time we drove to Clearwater cuz we I’m not a fan of baths, either, but I do I made a note to Google Tibet an that

hadda eVACuate, on account of some- like splashin’ in the ocean, right by the llama named dolly, oh, an also that

Don’t be shy! Gatsby book. It’s fun learnin’ new
stuff, doncha think?

Till next time,

We are always looking for pets with interesting stories. To set up -The Bonz
an interview, please email [email protected]





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REAL ESTATE

Affordable, spacious home in Indialantic by the Sea

BY GEORGE WHITE A big 35-foot by 12-foot screened a Ralph Lauren East Coast feel. It Room is 10 feet by 19 feet and the eat-
Staff Writer porch has a dramatic vaulted ceiling, brightened the place up dramatical- in kitchen is 21 feet by 15 feet.
and all the bedrooms are located on ly, and turned it into a place where
The four-bedroom barn-style beach the first floor, making for convenient you have lots of space to hang art “I loved the office and my wife liked
cottage at 445 11th Avenue with an open, access. work. It was really a cozy house for the wide open kitchen with the high
versatile design is being offered for only us and it was really kid-friendly,’’ ceilings,’’ Dugan said.
$399,000, an affordable price in the desir- “We’ve lived a lot of places and Dugan said.
able community of Indialantic by the Sea. we’ve always bought unique proper- While the home appears to be a
ties and that one is truly unique,’’ said The large office features a bay win- wood frame structure, the first floor
is actually concrete block.

Built in 1975, the two-story home the seller, commercial pilot Mike Du- dow and plenty of room for a library. “It’s really built well. It’s a great
features a wood-burning fireplace, gan, now of Huntsville, Ala. The office is located behind to the loft beachside house and we always like
an oversize office/library, two large with windows looking outside and that it’s dramatic inside,’’ Dugan added.
master bedroom suites with walk in Dugan’s family moved from Wash- into the porch area.
closets, and a spacious 17-foot by 14- ington, D.C. into the home four years The location on a cul de sac street
foot loft overlooking the living area ago and painted the cypress wood in- With large living spaces a theme in Indialantic by the Sea is ideal for a
and eat-in kitchen. terior white. throughout the home, the living young family, close to good schools,

“We painted the inside to give it

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Overall he has single handedly closed over 300 transactions which equals
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Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, June 29, 2017 37

REAL ESTATE

VITAL STATISTICS
445 11TH AVENUE

Neighborhood:
Indialantic by the Sea

Year built: 1975
Home size: 2,647 square feet
under air, 3,161 square feet total
Construction: Combination

concrete block, frame
Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half-bath
Lot size: .23 acre

Additional features: Oversized
office, wood burning fireplace,

2-car garage, eat-in kitchen,
two master bedroom suites,
located adjacent to bike path
to Orlando Park, all bedrooms
on ground floor, high ceilings,

oversize screened porch.
Listing agency: Treasure Coast
Sotheby’s International Realty

Listing agent: Cindy Walker,
Realtor: 321-505-3085
Listing price: $399,000

starting with Gemini Elementary “We looked further down Mel- why we chose that house over a lot of Melbourne Beach and You’re right on
School in Melbourne Beach, and near bourne Beach but if you have a kid other ones. You can’t beat the loca- the running path to Orlando Park,”
beachside shopping and the Mel- you will be in a car all day long taking tion: in just minutes you’re in Mel- Dugan said.
bourne Causeway. them to school and to practice. That’s bourne and in two minutes you’re in
CONTINUED ON PAGE 39

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REAL ESTATE

Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: June 16 to June 22

The real estate market had a good summer week in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937. Indialantic
and Indian Harbour Beach led the way with 7 sales each, followed by Melbourne Beach with 6 and Satellite
Beach with 4.
Our featured sale of the week was of a new home in Matanilla Reef, an enclave of Mediterranean style
residences in Aquarina Country Club. The home at 7471 Matanilla Reef Way was placed on the market
June 27, 2016, with an asking price of $649,900. The transaction closed June 16 for $783,900.
The seller in the transaction was represented by Renee Winkler and Carola Mayerhoeffer of Treasure Coast
Sotheby’s. The purchaser was represented by Silvia Mozer of RE/MAX Elite.

SALES FOR 32951

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

$1,030,000
PELICAN BEACH AT AQU 7425 HIGHWAY A1A 9/8/2016 $1,150,000 $1,099,000 6/16/2017 $297,500
ISLAND SHORES OF MEL 511 HIBISCUS TRL 6/5/2017 $297,500 $297,500 6/19/2017 $212,000
SUNNYLAND BEACH 305 BEVERLY CT 2/16/2017 $199,500 $199,500 6/19/2017 $320,000
FLORIDANA BEACH 5TH 6880 ANGELES RD 3/29/2017 $375,000 $350,000 6/21/2017 $471,000
NEW MELBOURNE BEACH 5085 PALM DR 4/21/2017 $499,000 $499,000 6/22/2017

THE CLOISTERS P2B 385 NORMANDY DR SALES FOR 32903
ATLANTIC GARDENS RES 282 FAY DR
INDIALANTIC HGHTS 2 430 SEABREEZE DR 4/18/2017 $639,900 $639,900 6/16/2017 $595,000
VILLAGER CONDO 877 N HIGHWAY A1A 907 2/24/2017 $228,900 $218,900 6/16/2017 $229,000
INDIALANTIC VILLAS C 1145 N SHANNON AVE 7 3/24/2017 $389,700 $384,900 6/16/2017 $382,000
NONE 290 PARADISE BLVD 80 4/12/2017 $400,000 $400,000 6/16/2017 $395,000
SANCTUARY THE 521 NIGHTINGALE DR 5/18/2017 $152,000 $152,000 6/20/2017 $147,500
2/16/2017 $230,000 $210,000 6/22/2017 $210,000
THE GARDENS OF INDIA 737 PALM SPRINGS CIR 5/1/2017 $485,000 $485,000 6/16/2017 $488,000
INDIAN HRBR BCH S5 108 WIMICO DR
INDIAN HRBR BCH S5 202 WIMICO DR SALES FOR 32937
HARBOUR ISLES 2ND AD 507 BAHAMA DR
HARBOUR VILLA SEC 1 113 KRISTI DR 4/30/2017 $213,000 $213,000 6/20/2017 $203,000
INDIAN HRBR BCH S12 1256 SEMINOLE DR $279,000 6/16/2017 $259,000
LANTANA OCEANFRONT 1811 N HWY. A1A HWY 2206 5/5/2017 $294,000 $300,000 6/17/2017 $295,000
AMHRST GRD SEC 1 280 CARISSA DR 11/26/2016 $345,000 $589,000 6/16/2017 $577,000
BUCCANEER CONDO APTS 1175 HIGHWAY A1A 806 6/6/2017 $589,000 $179,000 6/20/2017 $175,200
SEA VILLA CONDO 1425 HIGHWAY A1A 110 5/5/2017 $169,900 $293,500 6/20/2017 $283,000
TORTOISE ISLAND P2U2 947 LOGGERHEAD ISLAND DR 6/20/2017 $293,500 $629,500 6/21/2017 $615,500
1/1/2017 $629,500 $339,000 6/16/2017 $324,000
4/19/2017 $339,000 $309,900 6/16/2017 $305,000
2/10/2017 $324,900 $229,900 6/22/2017 $229,000
$475,000 6/22/2017 $465,000
12/5/2016 $279,900

6/5/2017 $475,000

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, June 29, 2017 39

REAL ESTATE

Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Pelican Beach at Aqu, Address: 7425 Highway A1A Subdivision: The Cloisters P2B, Address: 385 Normandy Dr

Listing Date: 9/8/2016 Listing Date: 4/18/2017
Original Price: $1,150,000 Original Price: $639,900
Recent Price: $1,099,000 Recent Price: $639,900
Sold: 6/16/2017 Sold: 6/16/2017
Selling Price: $1,030,000 Selling Price: $595,000
Listing Agent: Julia Dreyer Listing Agent: Janice Basile

Selling Agent: Dreyer & Associates Selling Agent: BHHS Florida Realty

Henry Saunders Jonathan Krauser

Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl J. Edwards Real Estate

Subdivision: Harbour Isles 2nd AD, Address: 507 Bahama Dr Subdivision: Sea Villa Condo, Address: 1425 Highway A1A 110

Listing Date: 6/6/2017 Listing Date: 12/5/2016
Original Price: $589,000 Original Price: $279,900
Recent Price: $589,000 Recent Price: $229,900
Sold: 6/16/2017 Sold: 6/22/2017
Selling Price: $577,000 Selling Price: $229,000
Listing Agent: Cindy Walker Listing Agent: Michael Artelli

Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Selling Agent: RE/MAX Solutions

Pamela Vanderveer Bea Linda Jaffe

Vanderveer Properties Coldwell Banker Paradise

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and it’s in a great location,’’ said list-
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