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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2017-09-21 14:11:56

09/21/2017 ISSUE 38


Woman claims she was fired for
reporting porn at school. P8
Stocking UP at a
post-Irma party. P20
Six candidates running

for Vero Beach City Council. P4

Island man, called For breaking news visit
‘mini-Madoff,’ is
facing life jail term Shores set to buy
security camera
for Jungle Trail

Staff Writer Staff Writer

A Vero Beach island resident, When cameras were installed
who has been described as the
“mini-Madoff” of the Connect- on A1A at the northern and
icut Gold Coast, faces up to 50
years in prison after pleading southern boundaries of Indian
guilty Sept. 11 to two federal
counts of wire fraud in U.S. River Shores last year to track
District Court.
vehicles entering and leaving
John DiMenna, who owns
a home with his wife on En- the town, some made referenc-

CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 es to Orwell’s Big Brother, but

Abbott’s Frozen the vast majority of residents in
Custard victim of
eminent domain the small town want even more

BY BETH WALTON surveillance, says Public Safety
Staff Writer
Director Richard Rosell.
If you are one of the de-
voted fans of Abbott’s Fro- Hurricane Irma photos. Special Hurricane Section. Page 11 DRONE PHOTO BY BRUCE CADY Rosell will ask for $36,000
zen Custard, a century-old during budget discussions this
New York creamery with a
Fewer homes for sale than usual on oceanfront month to install a third security
CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 camera and license plate scan-
ner near the Jungle Trail, which is
a kind of backdoor into the town.

BY STEVEN M. THOMAS TV show, they are the ones that lower than usual going into If approved, the move would
Staff Writer would be featured. Homes on the busy selling season that ensure every way in and out of

the beach command the most gears up as snowbirds return the upscale island community

Oceanfront properties are attention and highest prices in the fall and winter. is watched.

the stars of the island’s thriving when they go on the market. CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

real estate market. If there was a But the number of ocean-

Steve Mulvey, passionate founder of“Million Dollar Listings 32963” front homes on the market is
Quail Valley Golf & River Club, dies

Vero’s outpost of the beloved Abbott’s Frozen Custard. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD BY RAY MCNULTY
Staff Writer

Those who knew Steve Mul-
vey best will tell you that the
resounding success of the
Quail Valley Golf & River Club
meant as much to him – and
probably more – than any of
his previous ventures.

Because he did it here.
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Steve Mulvey the community. Something worthy of has become imbedded in the social, sadness to members and employees
Vero Beach. business and philanthropic fabric of alike, would not affect the club’s day-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Vero Beach – especially on the island to-day operations.
As Kevin Given, Mulvey’s Quail Val- he called home.
much so that he made it his adopted ley partner and the club’s chief operat- Both said Mulvey’s widow, Kathy, is
home town,” Quail Valley member- ing officer, put it: “Steve always talked “Steve was the visionary and driving committed to Quail Valley and that the
ship director Martha Redner said of about putting footprints on life, leav- force behind the creation and devel- club would not be sold.
Mulvey, who also owned a home in ing an impression . . . He had a passion opment of Quail Valley,” Given wrote
Rye, N.Y., but spent most of his time for doing that here.” in an email sent to the club’s members “That’s a logical question and I un-
here. “He began coming to Vero as a on Sept. 13, shortly after Mulvey died. derstand why some might wonder
boy because of his family’s connec- And he did. When Mulvey suc- “Much of our success and prominence about that, but, other than emotion-
tion to the Dodgers, and when he cumbed to a heart attack last week at in the private club industry was due to ally, this will not impact what we do,”
came back later in life, he wanted to the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in his passion, focus, determination and Given said. “Twenty-seven of our 30
do something special.” White Plains, N.Y., where he was re- overall leadership.” founding members are still here, and
covering from a stroke that damaged our 13 department heads have all
Something significant. Something his throat in July, the 65-year-old en- Given and Redner said Mulvey’s been with us for 10 years or more. So
that would leave an indelible mark on trepreneur left behind a wildly popu- death, which came as a shock to the we’re in this for the long haul.
lar, three-campus country club that Quail Valley community and brought
“My role might need to change some,
but we’re going to continue to honor
and uphold Steve’s vision,” he added.
“I’ve lost not only a business partner,
but also a best friend. Steve was a big
brother to me. But Kathy is like a sister,
and we’re on the same page.”

Still, Quail Valley was “Steve’s baby,”
as founding member Gary Kitchell de-
scribed it, and Mulvey’s presence there
and in the community will be missed.

“It seems surreal that Steve has
passed,” said Andrew Kennedy, a Quail
Valley member and manager in charge
of business development and market-
ing for Proctor Construction, which
built the River Club in 2003 and Quail’s
Royal Palm Pointe hotel and restau-
rant complex in 2016.

“The community has lost a rare
breed,” he added. “The what-you-see-
is-what-you-get personality is so rare
and, to me, that was Steve Mulvey.”

Mulvey was born in Brooklyn and
grew up in Rye, an upscale suburb of
New York City. He received a Catholic
school education, went on to attend
the University of Notre Dame and was
a lifelong Fighting Irish fan.

His Vero Beach roots ran deep, reach-
ing back to his family’s ownership share
of baseball’s Brooklyn and then Los
Angeles Dodgers: Mulvey’s maternal
great-grandfather, Stephen McKeever,
and great-uncle Edward McKeever, pur-
chased 50 percent of the then-Brook-
lyn-based team for $500,000 in 1912.

Stephen McKeever was a construc-
tion contractor and, with his brother,
helped build Brooklyn’s famed Ebbets
Field. He also served as the team’s pres-
ident from 1925 until his death in 1938.

The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles
in 1958, and Mulvey’s family retained at
least a one-third share of the team until
selling out to Walter O’Malley in 1975.

It was those ties to the Dodgers that
first brought Mulvey to Vero Beach,
where the team conducted spring
training from 1948 through 2008. In
fact, Mulvey’s godfather was Dodgers
great Gil Hodges.

“I was born in 1952 and came here
every year until my family sold its share
of the team,” Mulvey said in an April
2015 interview with this publication,
“so Vero has been a big part of my life.”

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / September 21, 2017 3


It became an even bigger part in top,” he added. “When he decided to Occasionally, Mulvey could come “A lot of the young people who work
2000, when Mulvey, who had been in build Quail Valley, he bit off a lot, but across as gruff and curmudgeonly, so here saw him as a father or grandfa-
the golf business since 1974, began he made it work.” much so that Given sometimes would ther figure, and he had the utmost
exploring the possibility of building wonder: How does someone like that respect and admiration for them,” he
a golf club here that would be unlike Mulvey, whose unyielding demand work in the hospitality business? added. “And with the members, es-
any other in Florida. for excellence and fierce attention to pecially as he got older and saw the
detail set the tone for his staff, made it “I think he reveled in that image a club’s success and the effect we were
Mulvey brought in Given – who work because he was willing to work. little bit, particularly in the early years having on the community, he got
had spent more than 20 years as the when he wasn’t sure how this was go- more comfortable in his skin.
general manager at the Orchid Island He often would tell people he had ing to all work out and he didn’t want
Golf & Beach Club before moving to one standard – “I want the best” – and to make things too personal,” Given “When people here heard about
the Belfair Plantation in coastal South he refused to put his name to anything said. “But he was really a teddy bear.
Carolina – to run the operation and, that wasn’t first-class. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
together, they hired Redner.
Exclusively John’s Island
The Quail Valley Golf Club, located
west of 66th Avenue at 69th Street, Nestled along the North Course on a generous .48± acre corner lot is this
opened Jan. 21, 2002, with a challenging, beautiful 4BR/4BA family retreat. Located in the heart of John’s Island on a
championship-caliber course and spec- quiet, cul-de-sac street, this 4,575± GSF home enjoys spacious living areas
tacular, Shinnecock-style clubhouse. and private pool views. Features include an expansive living room with fireplace
adjoining the lanai, wet bar, gracious island kitchen opening onto the breakfast
From the outset, though, Mulvey’s area, large master suite with sitting room, and a detached cabana with kitchenette.
plan was to add an in-town social club 380 Llwyd’s Lane : $1,875,000
that he hoped to locate on the beach.
He had a contract to buy property on three championship golf courses : 17 har-tru courts : beach club : squash
Ocean Drive in the Central Beach area health & fitness center : pickleball : croquet : vertical equity membership
but backed out when he was unable to
get the permitting he needed and real- 772.231.0900 : Vero Beach, FL :
ized parking would be a problem.

It was during those negotiations
that he learned the Riomar Bay Yacht
Club was for sale. Seeing that the
beach deal was doomed, he shifted
his focus to a river club, negotiated an
agreeable price and bought it.

“We bought the place in ’03, spent
nine months knocking down every-
thing that was here and then rebuilt
the club the way we wanted it,” Mul-
vey said in that 2015 interview. “We
opened the River Club in ’04 and, as
things turned out, this gave us more
opportunities than we would’ve had
at the beach club.”

Then, in November 2014, Mulvey
and Given paid $3.5 million for the
1.02-acre, waterfront property on
which the Lobster Shanty rested and,
a year ago, added Quail Valley at the
Pointe. The 47,000-square-foot, mem-
bers-only compound at the east end
of Royal Palm Pointe has two dining
areas, an outdoor deck and a hotel.

Quail Valley’s membership has
reached its capacity (1,015) with 315
golf members and 700 social/tennis
members, and there are wait lists for
both membership categories.

Given said their partnership has
spent $80 million in the construction
of new buildings for its three facilities
and now has 250 full- and part-time
employees. Quail Valley Charities has
donated more than $5 million to local
non-profit organizations that focus on
children and their education.

“Steve was a hard-nosed Irishman
like me; he was a very competitive
guy,” said Bobby McCarthy, owner
of Bobby’s Restaurant & Lounge, the
island establishment where Mulvey
would often socialize with friends. “He
had an aggressive personality, and he
wasn’t afraid to take a risk.

“Most of the time, he came out on

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Steve Mulvey vey is being planned for the late fall in That doesn’t mean Mulvey didn’t a sister (Keelyn) and his beloved St.
Vero Beach. have a sense of humor and he enjoyed Bernard (Truman).
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 some good-natured fun with Quail
Kitchell said a big part of Mulvey’s Valley members. When he wasn’t working, Mulvey
his stroke, he got 800 cards and texts appeal was his straightforward, no- enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well
from members and employees. Some nonsense, John Wayne-like demeanor. Kennedy recalled one evening when as supporting his wife’s success as an
members went to visit him in the he and his dad were dining at the club amateur golfer who has won multiple
hospital.” “He made it easy to be a friend be- when Mulvey walked over and said, “I club championships.
cause there was no pretense, no false see you and your father are spending
Several Quail Valley members and diplomacy,” Kitchell said. “He was a big tonight for dinner. What, are you He was a member of the National
some of Mulvey’s friends from Vero man’s man. He’d look you in the eye, splitting a baked potato?” Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited
Beach flew to New York to attend Mon- shake your hand and listen to what and, according to his obituary, “many
day afternoon’s viewing and Tuesday you had to say. If he agreed with you, “I will miss giving him the awkward organizations committed to balancing
morning’s funeral Mass in Rye. They he’d let you know. If he didn’t, he’d let man-hug or getting ribbed,” he added. land conservancy and wildlife.”
then attended a noon reception at you know that, too. “He will be dearly missed.”
the Westchester Country Club, where In his email to members, Given
Mulvey was a lifelong member. “You knew exactly where he stood, Several of Mulvey’s friends gath- said he, Redner and the rest of their
and where you stood with him,” he ered in his honor at Bobby’s one night staff would honor Mulvey’s legacy by
Given said another service for Mul- added. “He was never going to take last week. “committing ourselves to keeping his
crap from anyone.” spirit alive at Quail Valley.”
“He’s gone too soon,” McCarthy said.
In addition to his wife, Mulvey, who Those who knew Mulvey best know
had no children, is survived by three how much that would’ve meant to
brothers (Kevin, Patrick and James), him. 

Six candidates running for
Vero Beach City Council

BY RUSTY CARTER Councilman Lange Sykes in moving
Staff Writer the sale to FPL forward.

November’s City Council election VAL ZUDANS is another pro-sale
is shaping up to be a contentious – candidate. CEO of Florida Eye Insti-
and consequential – contest, with six tute, he is a board-certified diplomate
candidates vying for two seats and of the American Board of Ophthal-
the fate of the electric utility sale pos- mology. Zudans has in past months
sibly hanging in the balance. taken aim at Councilman Dick Winger
and his vacillation on the electric sale.
Running are incumbent Harry Winger says he’s for it on the cam-
Howle, seeking a second term; former paign stump, but votes against every
council members Jay Kramer, Randy effort to sell. Winger did not file to run
Old and Brian Heady; ophthalmolo- again, leaving a seat open, presum-
gist and former hospital board mem- ably in hopes his old buddy Jay Kram-
ber Val Zudans; and political activist er will fill the void.
Megan G. Hoots.
RANDY OLD was elected to the City
The current council has a 3-2 ma- Council in 2013 but lost his re-election
jority favoring a sale of Vero Electric bid in 2015. He has indicated he would
to Florida Power & Light. With two like to see Vero out of the electric busi-
of the pro-sale councilmembers still ness, but has voiced concern over how
having a year to serve on their terms, the city will manage financially with-
election of one additional pro-sale out the money it takes in from electric
candidate would keep the $185-mil- customers. When Old served on the
lion deal on track. council and represented Vero on the
board of the Florida Municipal Power
On the other hand, if two anti-sale Agency, he frequently complained that
candidates are elected, FP&L’s purchase the complex decision-making required
of Vero Electric could be in jeopardy. to run an electric utility was way be-
yond his level of comprehension.
Here is a quick look at the candi-
dates and where they stand on the JAY KRAMER served three terms
electric issue. on the City Council but decided not
to seek re-election in 2016, when he
HARRY HOWLE says he got in- ran unsuccessfully against Commis-
volved in local politics because “I was sioner Bob Solari to represent Vero,
tired of paying high electric bills,” and Indian River Shores and the south
was elected to the Council in 2015 as barrier island on the county commis-
a pro-sale candidate. An insurance sion. He has a history of obstructing
agent and self-professed fiscal con- the sale of Vero Electric.
servative who says he understands
the plight of Vero’s small businessper-
son, Howle has stood shoulder-to-
shoulder with Mayor Laura Moss and

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / September 21, 2017 5


BRIAN HEADY, a perennial candi- Heady was on the council that voted the offered $185 million as nowhere Light deal, but anticipates the deci-
date for local office, was elected to to invite FPL to the table to talk about near a fair price. Heady is a complete sion will be made prior to the elec-
one term on the City Council in 2009 a sale, but his positions are as high- question mark. tion. Hoots chairs the Indian River
but has won no other races before or ly volatile as his votes were on the County Chapter of the Florida Young
since. He calls current council mem- council, his recent statements rang- MEGAN HOOTS is a newcomer to Democrats. 
bers “liars, cheats and thieves,” and is ing from telling the council to “just local politics. She says she would
sharply critical of the deal with FPL. turn over the keys to FPL” to decrying vote to approve the Florida Power & Staff Writer Lisa Zahner contributed
to this report.



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Abbott’s Frozen Custard according to real-estate lawyer Mickey planned to expand the intersection, Adjudication in the case so far in-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Barkett, who is representing the build- said Deputy County Attorney Bill De- cludes a stipulation that a $567,700
ing owner in the negotiations. Con- Braal. The project got delayed during deposit be made with the Registry of
couple of shops in Florida, you may siderations such as space for parking, the recession, but now that funding is the Court to secure any compensation
soon have trouble getting your regular landscaping, outdoor features like pa- available, it is moving forward again. entitled to T.D. Bank for 2,403-square-
fix of the tasty cold treat. tio seating or a drive through must be feet of its space. An additional $298,100
taken into account. There will be additional turn lanes, deposit will be made for 3,102-square-
The Vero Beach shop, a franchise, through lanes and a widened bridge feet of STFU Holdings’ space.
could lose its home on Route 60 at 43rd In response to the state’s petition for over the main relief canal that will im-
Avenue next spring after the Florida the land, lawyers for TD Bank, STFU prove the flow of traffic, DeBraal said. During a second legal phase, the
Department of Transportation exercis- Holdings and Abbott’s argued that the businesses have the right to challenge
es its power of eminent domain on the state’s construction plans had not been Eminent domain takeover is relative- the deposit amounts set by the state
property where the business is located. made clear, that it wasn’t obvious the ly rare in Indian River County and can and seek additional compensation. If
proposed project is necessary for the be contentious, according to DeBraal, an agreement can’t be made through
Thick frozen custard, made with a public good, and that the estimated de- who is closely following the land trans- a settlement or mediation process, the
special machine and denser than tra- posit amount to compensate them for fer. There have only been a handful of issue will go before a jury. 
ditional ice cream, has a cult of loyal their property was not a valid appraisal. cases in the last decade, when property
fans, especially among transplanted was needed for infrastructure and road ‘Mini-Madoff’
residents of Rochester, N.Y., the site of “(Abbott’s Frozen Custard) has been improvement projects, he said.
the original Abbott's. in continuous operation on the prop- CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
erty sought to be acquired for a period “[Eminent domain cases] are some
In addition to the yogurt shop, a of more than five years,” Orlando-based of the only cases beside a capital mur- glewood Court in Bermuda Club,
bank and STFU Holdings also will attorney Felecia Ziegler wrote the court. der case that necessitate a 12-person scammed investors and lenders in
be impacted by the eminent do- “The proposed taking will severely jury,” DeBraal added. “It’s a very impor- Connecticut out of $69.6 million be-
main taking, which was approved by damage or destroy the business.” tant matter when the government takes tween 2001-2016, according to the U.S.
Nineteenth Circuit Court Judge Paul the property of private citizens and the Attorney’s Office in New Haven.
Kanarek on Aug. 29, after the state an- Despite those objections, Kanarek court ensures that they are afforded as
nounced its intention in mid-June. said it appeared the state had given ap- much due process as possible.” The 74-year-old man waived his
propriate notice to the defendants and right to indictment this month after
Abbott’s, a tenant of STFU Holdings, others claiming interest in the property. Condemning authorities have broad being charged in an extensive real es-
was provided a nine-month extension The Florida Department of Transporta- discretion regarding what property is tate investment and financing scheme,
to continue operations on the property. tion exercised its authority properly and necessary for the public good, Marcie according to a statement made by the
its estimates were made in good faith McDonie, an attorney for the Florida agency. He was released on a $250,000
The parties are now in the process based on a valid appraisal, he said. Department of Transportation argued
of determining if it will still be possible in an August memorandum to the
to do business once the land is taken, Indian River County has long court supporting the takeover.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / September 21, 2017 7


bond pending sentencing. His next ers like Citizens Bank, Cedar Hill Capi- understate expenses and use falsified Knowing they would be marketing
court date has not been set. tal and Israel Discount Bank of New financial statements and tax returns ventures to potential investors, he
York in exchange for mortgage and se- to lure and maintain support, the U.S. armed his associates with false sales
Reports from Connecticut said 131 curities interest. Attorney’s Office said. He also sold contracts, bogus lease commitments
members of the Wee Burn Country equity in projects that were fully sub- and other erroneous documents con-
Club in Darien, where the DiMen- DiMenna was responsible for man- scribed and thus not eligible for re- cerning the status and prospect of in-
nas had a home, were investors in his aging the money, while his two busi- ceiving more investment, it added. vestments in order to booster sales,
commercial real estate and develop- ness partners oversaw new and ongo- according to prosecutors.
ment projects, and that 18 Wee Burn ing investments. “During the relevant time, DiMenna
members “lost everything.” and his business partners, through No other arrests have been made in
Between 2010 and 2016, DiMenna various entities, purchased or held connection to this case, said Thomas
Reached by phone, his wife, Lynn lied about the true cash value of the approximately 12 large commercial Carson, spokesman for the U.S. Attor-
DiMenna, would not comment on the projects he oversaw and often bor- real estate properties with a worth of ney’s Office in Connecticut.
plea agreement or legal process. rowed money from prospering entities over $150 million,” court documents
to make improvements and pay inter- note. “While a number of the above- “The government contends that,
“We are grateful to our family and all est on other failing ones, according to mentioned investors received distri- through this scheme, victim inves-
our friends who have been so support- the U.S. Attorney’s Office. butions during the relevant time, most tors lost approximately $28 million
ive during this very difficult time,” she lost money on their investment.” and victim lenders lost approximately
said in a text message. “During the course of the scheme, $41 million, for a total combined loss
DiMenna knew that certain of his prop- DiMenna regularly doctored accu- of $69,617,685.38,” the agency’s state-
DiMenna used various entities such erties were not cash positive,” court rate statements prepared by his own ment notes.
as Seaboard Realty, Seaboard Stamford documents note. “Rather than disclose accounting manager to make figures
Investment Group and Seaboard Prop- that fact, DiMenna used funds from appear stronger, according to the U.S. DiMenna worked in construction
erties Group to secure millions of dol- legally separate cash-positive entities Attorney’s Office. He even created his and real estate for 40 years, before
lars in capital for the purchase, reno- to support capital improvements, con- own report template with fictional fi- the Federal Bureau of Investigation
vation and construction of hotel and struction, and operating expenditures nancials and provided that informa- started tracking his work, court docu-
large multi-tenant apartment projects. in other LLCs that needed the cash. tion to potential and current inves- ments stated. He started out in his
tors. DiMenna would inflate operating family’s construction business and
Court documents show DiMenna, “In addition, DiMenna began us- projections by as much as 20 percent, then branched into real estate devel-
together with two associates, managed ing funds from cash-positive entities court documents note. opment. He later began managing in-
a portfolio that included a nine-story to continue to make required interest vestment properties.
Marriott Courtyard in Stamford and an and preferred returns to investors of DiMenna entered into financial agree-
upscale 129-unit condominium build- any entity that he managed, regardless ments without his business partners’ According to the plea agreement, Di-
ing called The Clocktower in Norwalk. of the true available cash that an entity knowledge and at times forged their sig- Menna fraudulently executed a $1.972
might have to fund such payments.” natures, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. million wire transfer Sept. 9, 2014,
They would sell membership inter-
ests to investors to secure capital and DiMenna would overstate income, CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
obtain funds from institutional lend-

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‘Mini-Madoff’ Menna is subject to millions of dollars
in fines, restitution payments, court
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 fees and interest.

from First County Bank in Connecticut The plea agreement requires him
to First American Trust in California. to pay $87.8 million payment in res-
On April 30, 2014, he also wired with titution to his victims for both fraud
fraudulent pretenses, $500,000 from and non-fraud losses and prohibits
Bankwell Bank in Connecticut to TD him from appealing his conviction as
Bank in New Jersey. Both transactions long as his sentence does not exceed
passed through the Federal Reserve. 10 years in prison, five years of su-
pervised release and fines of no more
In addition to potential jail time, Di- than $350,000. 

Woman claims she was fired
for reporting porn at school

BY BETH WALTON in lewd activity with another boy no
longer at the school. According to the
Staff Writer warrant for his arrest, Buckhaulter
lives on campus.
A former staff member at a non-
profit Christian school for boys in He was “weird,” one child told police.
Vero Beach filed a lawsuit Aug. 28 that He “constantly makes sexual remarks
contains explosive information about about situations and has asked children
pornography being shown to children about their penises,” documents state.
at the school, and alleges she was fired
for reporting the illegal activity. One of the boys also told police
Buckhaulter recently asked him if he
Lawyers for Sherry Anne Petty, who wanted to see “some titties.” He said
was an administrator at Global Teen Buckhaulter showed him a photograph
Challenge’s Ranch for Boys at 801 154th on his phone of a blond female laying
Avenue, claim a student told Petty that on a bed with her breasts exposed.
a teacher showed pornography to a
12-year-old at the school. They say she There were other children and school
reported the allegations to the state, employees in the cafeteria when this
and subsequently was fired. took place, but the boy said none of
them witnessed what Buckhaulter
Documents obtained by Vero Beach showed him, according to warrant doc-
32963 show Indian River County uments filed Aug. 18.
Sheriff’s detectives responded to the
boarding school July 14 after receiving Buckhaulter denied inappropriately
a report that a teacher at the school touching any children and initially
was inappropriately touching chil- claimed he had not shown pornogra-
dren and showing them pornography phy to boys at the school, records show.
on his cell phone.
But, when a search of his phone
The Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant turned up a similar image to the one
for Whitney Buckhaulter’s arrest Aug. described, he said it’s possible the boy
18 for the felony offense of transfer- looked at his phone after he left it un-
ring or displaying obscenity to a mi- attended in the cafeteria. Buckhaulter
nor. Buckhaulter, 29, was picked up by said his phone was not password pro-
Polk County authorities the next day tected and that he had it out to show
and later posted a $2,500 bond. He the students a country music video.
was due in court Wednesday.
The boy told police he never touched
The Ranch for Boys is a 15-month Buckhaulter’s phone.
accredited boarding school for at-risk
youth. Besides educational programs, Children at the Ranch for Boys are
it offers recreational activities and not allowed to have or use cellphones
mental health support to students, ac- and staff members are not supposed
cording to its website. to leave their property unattended,
the warrant notes.
The school is a member of the Asso-
ciation of Christian Schools Interna- A program assistant at the Ranch
tional and accepts students ages 12 to for Boys told the detectives the touch-
17 at a cost of $3,650 a month. ing allegations had been investigated
by the school and wrongdoing had
Detectives talked to at least six stu- not been found. There is a policy that
dents at the school, according to re- staff members are not supposed to be
cords provided by the Sheriff’s Office. alone with the children, he said.
None said they had been inappropri-
ately touched, but one said there were It is unclear if the school reported
rumors Buckhaulter had engaged the students’ allegations to the state.

A 2012 law requires that any indi-
vidual in Florida who suspects child

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abuse must report it to the Depart- in 32963 are priced from a little over is looking for in number of bed- Sorensen and O’Dare don’t have much
ment of Children and Families. Sus- a million to nearly $30 million, so a rooms, the lot size, the age of the to show potential buyers.
pecting abuse, but failing to report it, buyer whose budget is $2 million, for house and other factors, your 44
is a felony. example, has fewer than 20 homes to homes becomes four or five houses “With low inventory, it is a chal-
choose from. pretty quickly.” lenge to find oceanfront buyers a
Global Teen Challenge operates home that meets all their needs,” said
more than 1,200 centers around the Factor in buyers’ preferences in The scarcity of homes for sale on Dale Sorensen.
world. The nearest regional office is terms of location on the island, archi- the ocean is good for home sellers – in
in Columbus, Georgia. Officials there tectural style and key amenities and theory, at least. Island brokers hope more sellers
did not respond to a request for com- the number of homes a given buyer will emerge as the busy season gets
ment about Buckhaulter’s arrest or has to look at keeps contracting. “We don’t have much to sell, which going. Knowing that inventory is low,
Petty’s wrongful termination lawsuit. is good for sellers,” said O’Dare. homeowners may have more motiva-
“If you have an oceanfront buyer tion to put their homes on the market
Local administrators also did not who says they want to live south of “Low inventory should drive up with expectation of a quick sale.
respond to a request for comment. 17th Street, for instance, there isn’t prices and create urgency for buyers,
Online the school promises a “safe ha- much,” said Sorensen Real Estate who will feel they have to act fast or “Listing typically do increase in Sep-
ven” for boys with “out-of-control or Managing Partner Dale Sorensen Jr. lose the house they want,” said Matil- tember thru December,” said O’Dare.
at-risk behaviors.” “Once you consider what the buyer de Sorensen.
“This is a good time to list,” said
In her civil complaint, Petty says her But the downside is that brokers like Matilde Sorensen. 
supervisor was out of town when she
heard the student’s allegations about
Buckhaulter and made the report to
the state.

Petty said that, upon his return to
the office, her boss made a remark
about insubordination and going over
his head.

She was fired soon afterward, said
her attorney, John Rhodeback, with
the Rooney & Rooney law firm on 20th
Street in downtown Vero Beach.

Florida statue prohibits an employ-
er from taking any retaliatory action
against an employee providing infor-
mation to a government affiliated in-
vestigative agency.

Petty moved from Tennessee to
Florida to work as a school adminis-
trator and class monitor for Global
Teen Challenge, Rhodeback said. She
had been with the company at its Vero
Beach school for nearly a year.

She is suing in circuit court for
damages in excess of $15,000. She is
asking for compensation to account
for her missing wages, emotional
pain and attorney fees.

Global Teen Challenge has yet to
respond to her complaint. According
to court documents, it has 20 days
from the Aug. 28 summons to reply
to the court. 

Oceanfront homes for sale

“Oceanfront inventory is way
down,” said Cindy O’Dare, a broker
associate at Premier Estate Proper-
ties who counted just 36 oceanfront
single-family homes on the market at
the beginning of September.

Matilde Sorensen, co-owner of Dale
Sorensen Real Estate, counted a few
more, approximately 44, but even that
number is down 20 percent from the
number of oceanfront homes on the
market last year at the same time. And
the aggregate numbers only tell part
of the story about how tight inventory
is for oceanfront buyers.

Oceanfront homes on the market

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Jungle Trail camera says the barrier island’s unique shape
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 makes Indian River Shores an ideal
spot for this type of high-tech policing.
“This is the only entrance and exit left “The main value is that of a deterrent,”
in Indian River Shores that is not covered he said. “The criminal community gen-
by a camera,” Rosell said. “Overwhelm- erally knows [the cameras] are there.
ingly, the people in my town, the feedback
I have gotten, are in full support of it.” Ever since the installation of the se-
curity cameras on A1A was announced
Indian River Shores’ FY17-18 bud- to the public last year, there has been
get, including funding for a third cam- more traffic on the Jungle Trail, Rosell
era, is expected to pass at the Sept. 28 said. The Indian River Shores Depart-
town meeting, councilman Robert F. ment of Public Safety believes this is
Auwaerter said. because some people, especially those
intending to commit a crime, don’t
Auwaerter helped secure funding want their whereabouts watched.
for the first two cameras last year and
The cameras have the ability to read
license plates and interface with state
and federal criminal databases. If a
plate is flagged in the system as be-
longing to someone with an outstand-
ing warrant, for instance, an alert goes
out to patrol officers in the field.

Last October, officers got an alert
for a car with a stolen license plate.
As they pursued the vehicle, a chase
ensued down Old Winter Beach Road.
The driver was able to make it to the
county’s jurisdiction, but crashed be-
hind the Sea Oaks community.

Investigators later found ski masks
and weapons in the car. “They were
going into the Shores for a home inva-
sion or a robbery,” Rosell said. “If we
didn’t have that software, and if [the
officer] wasn’t paying attention, some-
thing bad would have happened.”

Installation of the cameras on AIA
has not only thwarted criminal be-
havior, helped solve crime and recover
stolen property, it has also improved
community policing by allowing po-
lice to identify a high number of In-
dian River Shores residents who are
unknowingly driving with outdated
registrations, licenses or insurance.

The community has many older resi-
dents and there were issues like one
spouse driving their deceased spouse’s
car without updated papers, Rosell said.

Instead of issuing citations, officers
partnered with the tax collector’s office
to help people solve these problems.

“We could use the system to come
down heavy handed on the public and
write citations all day long, but I don’t
want to do that, especially in the in-
stance where it is obvious somebody
doesn’t know they are violating the
law,” Rosell said.

These cameras are tracking every-
one who comes in and out of Indian
River Shores on A1A and apprehen-
sion about such surveillance is under-
standable, he added.

But, the Public Safety Department
takes its responsibility to protect and
serve seriously, Rosell said. “There is
a zero chance that I would ever abuse
[the camera system] nor would I ever
allow anybody to abuse it,” he said.
“The fears are legitimate, but it’s not
going to happen.” 


We were lucky!

Irma’s damage
much less
than we feared.


< 39 mph 39-73 mph 74-95 mph 96-110 mph 111-130 mph 131-155 mph 156+ mph


BY MILTON R. BENJAMIN rendous damage to Caribbean islands near-hurricane-force 68 miles an Moorings, John’s Island, and along
Staff Writer and in the Florida Keys, the storm hour, Irma toppled light poles on Ampersand Beach – caused by Hur-
caused far less destruction here than the 17th Street bridge, felled trees, ricane Matthew (story, page 16).
The most remarkable thing about Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in and downed power lines, leaving 80 And unlike 2004, driving the length
this six-page special section on 2004, or Hurricane Matthew which percent of our homes in the dark. of 32963, from the Sebastian Inlet
Hurricane Irma is that there are passed just off our coast last year. to Round Island Park in the days af-
no dramatic photos of catastrophic The angry seas stripped sand ter the storm, there was nary a blue
damage. As it turned out, the outer bands from the island’s beaches and wiped tarp to be seen.
of Irma that swirled across our area, out hundreds of turtle nests (story,
We’re really happy about that! bringing hours of gusty winds and page 18), and the 14 inches of rain Our staff photographers, Gordon
We’ve got great photographers, and torrential rains, caused greater dam- recorded here overflowed swales Radford and Denise Ritchey, put
if there had been scenes of devasta- age both in St. Lucie County to our and caused minor flash flooding in a few hundred miles on their cars
tion on our island, you’d be seeing south and Brevard County to our a number of locations. before, during and after the storm,
those photos here. north. and as these photos show, our is-
But Irma did not wreak anything land largely was spared. We were
But we got very lucky. That’s not to say the storm did not like the damage to docks on this lucky indeed. 
While Hurricane Irma caused hor- affect us. With gusts that peaked at side of the Intracoastal – in the

The angry seas
stripped sand from the

island’s beaches and
wiped out dozens of
turtle nests, and the 14
inches of rain recorded
here overflowed swales
and caused minor
flash flooding in a
number of locations.

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Irma did relatively little damage to docks on island

Staff Writer

Even though Hurricane Irma The dock at Royal Palm Pointe Park damaged due to Hurricane Irma. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
brought higher winds and lasted lon-
ger than Matthew, it did not do nearly A damaged dock at Riverside Café. water. We had seaweed and mud on
as much damage to island docks and the floor. We’ve been power-washing
other waterside structures as last Oc- nificant dock damage, according to The main damage on the island side for days. It’s very clean now. We were
tober’s storm. Building Official Wayne Eseltine. He of the lagoon was at Riverside Café, closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and
noted that the Sebastian Yacht Club which was flooded and lost one of its Wednesday. We opened 4 p.m. Thurs-
Matthew created a major storm was just built and the Main Street two main docks. “Only the two piers day,” Lane added
surge and high waves that scoured the Dock is still being rebuilt and consists we put in after Hurricane Matthew
eastern shore of the lagoon, wrecking of concrete pilings. “There’s nothing held,” said owner David Lane. Vero Tackle, located in front of the
millions of dollars’ worth of docks, to be damaged,” he said. café, lost four finger piers that extend-
piers and walkways from the Sebas- “The restaurant was 1-foot-deep in ed from Lane’s surviving main dock.
tian Inlet south to the county line,
hitting Ambersand, John’s Island and The replacement for the lost dock
The Moorings hard. “will be built higher so this doesn’t
happen again,” Lane said. “It will cost
This time around there was much $25,000 to $50,000, but insurance is
less damage overall and most of it was covering everything.”
on the western, or mainland, side of
the lagoon. The Vero Beach City Marina, locat-
ed a short distance north of Riverside
That is because Matthew passed by Café, came out mostly unscathed. The
to the east, 40 miles out at sea, while docks were deluged, but only one pier
Irma’s eye was about 130 miles west was canted and will have to be reseat-
when it came parallel to Vero Beach, ed, said dockhand Ryan Miller. “There
creating winds that pushed in the op- were 56 boats on moorings and they
posite direction as those that blasted were all still there after the storm.”
the area in October 2016.
The Vero Beach Yacht Club next
National Weather Service Hydrolo- door had only minor damage, Miller
gist Peggy Glitto said “the direction of said.
the winds would have been pushing
the water west to northwest and that Indian River County instituted a
would have resulted in more damage new standard after Hurricane Mat-
to the docks on the west side.” thew, requiring pilings to be set 6 feet
In keeping with Glitto’s assessment,
the city-owned pier at Royal Palm County Building Official Scott Mc-
Pointe Park lost planks and some pil- Adam said his department will in-
ings that will cost about $70,000 to spect docks in the county to see if the
repair and replace, said Monte Falls, deeper pilings made a difference. 
Vero’s director of public works.

On the south side of the Royal Palm
Pointe peninsula, a dock at Quail Val-
ley’s new restaurant and hotel was
broken up and a boardwalk behind
the Royal Palm Pointe condos was
washed away. A dock behind the Ren-
nick building was damaged, too.

In Vero Isles, south of Royal Palm
Pointe, homes along the canals run-
ning west from the lagoon had water
rise above their sea walls and docks,
according to Robert Grice, who lives
on McKee Lane.

Many of the lower-built docks got
lifted and slammed down by waves,
and will require new pilings and
planks. Most boats remained safe on
their lifts, but at least one fishing boat
ended up on dry land, the bow poking
through trees lining Vero Isles Drive.

Gifford Dock, at the end of 45th
Street and on the west side of the la-
goon, built fairly high, survived the
storm with no damage, as did Grand
Harbor’s marina, about a mile north.

The City of Sebastian had no sig-

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70% of marked turtle nests washed away by Irma

Staff Writer

About 70 percent of the marked tur- About 70 percent of the marked turtle nests in Indian River County
tle nests in Indian River County were were washed away by Irma’s high tides and pounding surf.
washed away by Irma’s high tides and
pounding surf, but Kendra Cope, the More than 1,500 hatchlings called “washbacks” were rescued from Indian River and Brevard beaches and brought to the Brevard Zoo.
county’s turtle education expert, says
the turtles will rebound. er Lane. “We lost the staircase off the few days,” according to Cope. But, she overcome this challenge,” Cope said.
newly repaired dune crossover and added, “over 150 nests made it through “They lay four to six nests per season
“In my eyes our beaches fared between 200 and 400 cubic yards of the storm and 10 new nests have been so they don’t ‘put all their eggs in one
pretty well and so did our turtles,” sand in that location.” laid since Sept. 12.” basket,’ so to speak. Green turtles
Cope said. “We will continue to see also nest higher on the beach to avoid
new nests until the end of October. It Stabe said the sand loss created a Another bright side of the story for storm damage since they nest closer
has been a record year for our Green 6- to 8-foot escarpment. He said the many of the turtles is that volunteers, to the peak of hurricane season.”
turtles, with over 2,300 nests, and a Town’s insurance should pay for re- environmentalists and agency em-
record-breaking number overall, with pairing the staircase. ployees were able to rescue more than If anyone comes across more wash-
over 8,000 nests this year.” 1,500 hatchlings called “washbacks” outs as other storms make waves,
“I have heard some private develop- from Indian River and Brevard coun- Cope said they should call the Florida
“Indian River County beaches fared ments have already contacted James ties and get them into good hands at Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
better than expected,” agreed County [Gray] to get emergency sand replen- the Brevard Zoo. mission. “If dead, they will give per-
Coastal Engineer James Gray, who on ishing permits. I got one for the Town mission to bury it by dune; if alive,
Monday afternoon was finalizing a Friday in case no-one else does so we Zoo personnel examined and cared they will direct those folks to the
beach erosion damage assessment for can ... [do repairs that will enable] the for the baby turtles in tanks and plas- nearest drop box. We have a hatch-
the Board of County Commissioners. Public Safety Department to have tic swimming pools for several days ling drop box in Indian River County
access onto the beach in case of an before transporting them to South located at the Shores Public Safety of-
“In general, moderate dune ero- emergency.” Florida on Thursday. They did not re- fice.”
sion and beach profile lowering was lease them in Brevard and Indian Riv-
observed. The greatest impacts are Mother Nature also put her own er where they were found because of Cope said people should not move
between Turtle Trail Beach Park and creatures in peril as Irma swiped In- Hurricane Jose churning up surf and or touch turtles without permission
Humiston Beach Park, and in South dian River County near the height of rip currents along the coast. from FWC or from permitted person-
County near Porpoise Point.” green turtle nesting season. nel, because the animals are protected
“Sea turtles have evolved around by law from human interference. 
Gray added that Hurricane Irma “There have been a number of live storms and have many adaptations to
erosion compounded damage done and dead hatchlings found these last
by Hurricane Matthew last October
and “increased the potential for addi-
tional beach and dune impacts from
future storms.

“We will be working with the state
and federal agencies to document this
erosion in the event funding for beach
repair becomes available,” he said.

“Jaycee Park lost sand that will cost
about $130,000 to repair and replace,”
said Vero Beach Public Works Director
Monte Falls, “but we didn’t lose any
parking – the water didn’t get under
the paving this time – as it did with

Individual home and business own-
ers faced with precarious shorelines
who don’t want to wait for months un-
til the county can muster permits and
funding to dump sand on beaches can
get emergency permits for small-scale

“The State of Florida has issued an
Emergency Final Order which allows
local governments to issue emergency
fill permits to address dune erosion
from Hurricane Irma,” Gray said.

There are no fees for these per-
mits, which can be requested through
Gray’s department, the Indian River
County Coastal Engineering Division.

In Indian River Shores, Town Man-
ager Robbie Stabe said the major in-
frastructure damage was to the public
beach access at the end of Beachcomb-


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Kendra Cope, Cana Bamberg, Fenia Hiaasen, Sherri Davis, Joe Remkus and Lori Moore.

Geoff Moore, Annabel Robertson and Chad Olson. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

Winding down – and stocking UP – at post-Irma party

BY STEPHANIE LABAFF bits were lined up and everything had a lot of people dropping off baby food,” explained Annabel Robertson,
was organized. The stress of the hur- turtles at the house. I kept them and UP executive director. “Sadly we lost
Staff Writer ricane is enough; you don’t want to then released them at night when 422 pallets of food in the electrical out-
have the added pressure of finding they had a better chance of surviv- ages. That’s almost 200,000 pounds of
Spirits were high last Friday eve- things. Hopefully I’ll never have to ing.” food.”
ning as folks gathered for a Hurri- use any of the stuff again, but at least
cane Irma After-Party at the Costa I have it.” Having hosted a Hurricane Mat- Product partners have offered 25
d’Este Cabana Bar, bringing with thew after-party last year, Costa trucks of food, but the transportation
them donations and canned food to Kendra Cope, Indian River Coun- d’Este General Manager Chad Olson cost to get them here will cost the non-
benefit United Against Poverty of In- ty’s sea turtle coordinator, said she said they recognized it as a way to profit roughly $60,000.
dian River County and restock its UP was mesmerized by the power of the encourage people to give back to the
Emergency Food Pantry. impending hurricane, adding, “We community. “Over the last couple of days, we’ve
went back and forth across the bridge been able to raise $27,000 of that,”
A far cry from the howling hurri- about six different times before Irma “Costa’s had a longstanding relation- said Robertson. “That’s a big need. We
cane-force winds of a few days earli- hit.” ship with United Against Poverty, so lost part of our roof and so we’ve had
er, the evening’s gentle ocean breezes they instantly popped into mind. Most some campus issues as well, but noth-
were complimented by music from Although 70 percent of the un- people have not suffered substantial ing is as important as getting that food
steel drums. The only hurricanes in hatched turtle eggs were destroyed losses in our area, but the losses that here. Over the past two days, we’ve
sight were the cool drinks sipped by by the storm, she said that fortunate- are there are real. Things that we take served over 1,000 families, both with
clusters of guests as they noshed on ly the majority of eggs laid this sea- for granted, like power, water and emergency food and through the sus-
delicious appetizers and swapped son had already hatched. “We had a food,” said Olson. tainable food program at the member
Hurricane Irma stories. record year even with the eggs lost in share grocery.”
the hurricane.” “I think everybody was in need of a
“We invested in impact windows, reprieve so having a cocktail and de- She noted that for those families liv-
so we watched the hurricane like a Fenia Hiaasen, a member of the taching from the chaos the last two ing paycheck to paycheck, the loss of
show in the darkness,” said Anna Turtle Team, said her family re- weeks have brought us was something as much as $400 worth of groceries in
Valencia-Tillery with a laugh. “I said mained at their barrier island home everyone would enjoy.” their refrigerators creates a huge finan-
to my husband, ‘Look at the beauti- during the storm and afterward she cial burden.
ful blue and green glow.’ He said, was able to save about six hatchlings The services provided by UP are
‘Darling, that’s a transformer.’ Fast- with help from others. geared toward empowering people to “We’re looking at 40 percent of our
forward a week and we still have no lift themselves out of poverty and into neighbors who are really struggling
power. But it was beautiful.” “It was bad, but we made out so self-sufficiency through counseling, right now; it’s those types of financial
well. We have impact resistant win- nutrition, education, job training and emergencies that can throw a family
“After the past few hurricanes, I dows and the storm came at night so placement. into a financial tailspin,” said Robert-
made sure I was ready ahead of time I went to sleep. After the hurricane, I son.
this time. I had all the supplies and went down to the beach and evalu- “Our biggest thing is ensuring that
tools I needed,” said Aric Attas. “Drill ated the situation,” said Hiaasen. “I people who are the most economi- Visit for more information
cally insecure have access to nutritious or to make a donation. 

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Joe Chiarella, Anna Tillery and Brian Holmes. Jane and Jim Gunnin with Chris Reid. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
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Go Fish! Foundation redoubles efforts to get kids fit

Staff Writer

The Mardy Fish Children’s Foun-
dation is entering into a second
decade of empowering children to
live healthy lives by providing them
with opportunities to participate in
impactful fitness, nutrition and en-
richment programs.

The Mardy Fish Children’s Foun-
dation was founded by former Vero
Beach resident Mardy Fish, then
a top-ranked tennis player, who
wished to positively impact the lives
of children in Indian River County.
The first MFCF afterschool program
launched at Pelican Island Elemen-
tary School in the fall of 2007.

“This is such a special community
and Mardy has gotten so much sup-
port from the people here over the
years. Ours is a small town with a big
family feeling to it. We want to give
back and contribute in our small
way; to make it an even better com-
munity,” shared Mardy’s father, Tom


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Fish, MFCF chairman. “We had no 12-year-old girl considered to be one
idea how much need there was. You of the best players in her age group
just live in your own little bubble and in Florida. He added, “She trains ev-
then as you get out more and more ery day after school and her family
you realize there are a lot of people can’t afford the cost of that as well
that need a lot of help.” as traveling throughout the country.
We’re providing her with scholar-
The program has grown over the ships to go to the next level. She’s go-
years and currently serves more ing to be in the top 10 in the country
than 2,500 school-aged children someday.”
through its funding of afterschool
programs that fall within the aus- Wilson explains that the scholar-
pices of healthy lifestyle activities. ship program is need based, noting,
“No child will be turned away due to
According to a report by the Trust lack of funds. Any child that wants
for America’s Health and the Robert to participate can; finances are not
Wood Johnson Foundation, “Across a reason to not participate. We do
the United States one in six children mostly partial scholarships, because
(ages 2-19) are obese.” With that in having some kind of financial ‘in’ for
mind, the MFCF has renewed its the participants creates more own-
commitment to combat childhood ership of the program. So there’s a
obesity by streamlining its program- lot of value that comes with it. Even
ming to reach even more children. if they pay $20 for the month, they
are more likely to attend and have
“We want to make sure the money respect.”
goes to the programs we feel would
be most effective to help these kids. The restructuring has eliminated
We feel very strongly that afterschool all paid positions except Wilson’s,
programs are critical for children, enabling the nonprofit to maximize
especially with obesity being what funding to in-school programs that
it is today. The numbers are ridicu- meet their mission of fitness and
lous,” explained Joe Pappalardo, wellness, healthy bodies and minds,
MFCF board member. character and teamwork.

“We put a lot of effort into this be- In addition to tennis, they have
cause we feel so strongly about how funded Fit to Soar, a program to get
effective we’ve been the last few kids moving that also focuses on
years, making some critical changes behavior management, social and
in how we impact the kids with pro- emotional skills. Others include gar-
grams that matter. We’re supporting dening, art, cheerleading, music and
programs that not only impact chil- dance activities. Mardy’s Six Healthy
dren, but also can change the out- Habits (Get Sleep, Drink Water, Eat
comes of health and fitness in their Healthy, Exercise Daily, Brush and
life. As Tom Fish says, ‘Tennis is the Floss, and Make Friends) remain at
classroom for us to teach the chil- the core of both the Kids on Court
dren more about the importance of and Kids in Motion programming.
healthy habits.’”
“The sky is the limit for a school.
Whereas previously MFCF paid If there is something they want to
tennis professionals to provide af- do that somehow relates to health,
terschool tennis lessons at local fitness or nutrition, just ask for the
elementary schools, their Kids on money,” said Wilson.
Court program will now be central-
ized. Elementary-age children will “We don’t want to hire people; we
learn the fundamentals of tennis at want to fund programs that have
Grand Harbor under the direction parallel visions. We’ll have a better
of LOTA Sports tennis professionals impact with programs that really do
Marco Osorio and Ana Paula de la matter,” said Pappalardo. “Health
Peña Rosas. and fitness are for all children. We
focus on helping kids that have very
“Our partnership with LOTA few resources and have a feeling of
Sports (at Grand Harbor) and hav- hopelessness in their lives.”
ing a centralized location for Kids
on Courts will make After School “We are beyond fortunate as a
Tennis available to kids year-round, foundation to be led by such a strong
something we have never had the and knowledgeable team as our
ability to offer,” explained Kristen board of directors,” shared Fish.
Wilson, MFCF director of communi- “Our family is honored to continue
cation. offering programs and support to
the community, promoting our mis-
“By centralizing the program sion to provide children the oppor-
and utilizing the talents of the for- tunities to participate in safe and
mer Mexican Davis Cup player and impactful fitness, nutritional and
coach, we’ll be able to help more enrichment programs, empowering
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Garden hearty: McKee weathers the storm well

BY MICHELLE GENZ a bad back into spasms. For Andreas day. The 18-acre garden that is a pre- area were around 14 inches. There was
Staff Writer Daehnik, who lives in the McAnsh Park
neighborhood, it was worse than sticks. cious part of Vero history made it no structural damage of note.
The winds from passing Hurricane A fallen tree was blocking his driveway
Irma had unwound into a steady fresh and he had an 8 a.m. meeting at work. through Irma remarkably intact. Not that that week-long cleanup
breeze, the slathering rains diminished
to a sudden spritzing out of blue skies. Daehnik, the director of horticulture “It’s Mother Nature’s way of pruning,” wasn’t intensive. Within hours of crews
at McKee Botanical Garden, fired up
When Vero’s sleep-deprived storm his chainsaw, sliced through trunk and said McKee executive director Christine arriving, a long berm of debris began
warriors stepped out of the dark of their shoved the thing out of his way.
shuttered homes, the sight of stick-lit- Hobart. “It’s just a brutal one.” Clearly to form along the edge of the parking
tered yards alone was enough to send As it turns out, that fallen tree was
about the worse damage he faced that relieved, she had met Daehnik at the lot. Traveler palms and white bird of

gate that morning and taken inventory paradise had to be trimmed of their

as they walked the garden paths togeth- windblown fronds, shredded into sand-

er. They quickly made plans to reopen colored fringe. Perennials had their

this past Tuesday, just eight days later. burned tips snipped. Mowers in short

order turned a million leafy

twigs to mulch. And blowers

blasted back a vast thatch of

bamboo leaves.

Only a few trees were lost,

including one in the front

parking lot, the roots tearing

up the asphalt as the tree fell.

Another crashed down on a

back acre designated as a fu-

ture children’s garden. Turns

out, the tree was destined

to be removed anyway. That

garden, envisioned 20 years

ago when a master plan was

Flooded areas at McKee Botanical Gardens. laid out for the restoration of
McKee, will include a forest
PHOTOS BY: DENISE RITCHIE of giant mushrooms and a lily

pad the size of a minivan. Its

most notable feature, a pirate

ship with tattered sails, will

harken back to another hur-

Damage from Hurricane Irma at
McKee Botanical Gardens.

“My guess is it won’t even look like a Volunteers Lori McGowan with
hurricane hit it.” Sue and Stan Murrell.

As they walked, Hobart and Dae- ricane, the 1715 storm that took out a
hnik breathed sighs of relief see- fleet of Spanish galleons off Vero. In the
ing orchid blossoms poke through garden’s fantasy, the storm wedged the
the dense foliage, unscathed. Along ship’s hull into the stump of a huge ban-
with its legendary water lily collec- yan tree.
tion, the largest in the southeast,
McKee’s orchids are a point of pride,
having tripled in number in the past
two years, Hobart estimates. While
those orchids attached to trees and
naturalized had to fend for them-
selves through Irma, many had been
stashed inside, among the hundreds
of potted plants that were moved
when the storm approached, at
points aiming straight for the Trea-
sure Coast as a Category 4, a prospect
that would have made even the cy-
press knees knock.

As it turns out, maximum winds at
McKee were likely in the range of those
at city hall, where gusts were reported
at 64 mph, considerably less than hur-
ricane strength. Rainfall totals in the

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That historical reference to hurri- Bards, we asked thee: To flee, or not to flee …
canes was dreamed up by Emmanuel
Didier, a Denver-based landscape ar- BY MICHELLE GENZ Cross, who spent seven years act-
chitect born in Marseille and educated Staff Writer ing in New York, grew up in Florida, so
at the University of Virginia. His design Irma was hardly her first hurricane. It
for McKee is intended to complement “Calling all theater nerds!!” wrote may have been the hardest to predict,
the garden’s distinctive low canopy, its our arts writer Pam Harbaugh on her though; even her alma mater, Florida
jungle-like atmosphere and its rustic Facebook page, the Friday before Hurri- State University, where she studied mu-
buildings left over from original owner, cane Irma staged its own tempest Sun- sic, was rescheduling football games.
Waldo Sexton, who built the Ocean Grill day night. “Finish this: TO EVACUATE
and the Driftwood Inn. OR NOT TO EVACUATE, THAT IS THE Another well-known actress and
QUESTION ...” newspaper columnist, Christine LaFor-
Fundraising for the children’s gar- tune, produced this Shakespeare knock-
den is part of a $7.5 million campaign Harbaugh, a playwright and director
currently underway to make improve- herself, has curated a particularly liter- CONTINUED ON PAGE 28
ments to restrooms and parking areas ate and witty chorus of friends on the
as well as boost the garden’s endow- social media site. Her challenge struck a Jennifer Frandsen. PHOTO BY: BENJAMIN THACKER
ment. With McKee approaching the nerve among those in the path of Irma,
halfway mark in that total, Irma’s coop- who no doubt had been wrestling with
eration was very much appreciated. the very question of whether to leave
their homes.
“It’s very, very fortunate,” says Ho-
bart, noting that it took two years to What issued from them were argu-
raise enough money to restore the gar- ments pro and con, far more fun to lis-
dens after massive hurricanes Frances ten to than the loop in so many people’s
and Jeanne in 2004. minds.

Last fall’s Hurricane Matthew, a Cat Margaret Cross, an actress and caba-
3 that mercifully stayed 40 miles off- ret singer who directs the choir at Mel-
shore as it passed Vero’s coast, still bourne’s Palmdale Presbyterian Church,
caused staff to dip into McKee’s “rainy swapped Hamlet’s voice for Henry V’s,
day fund,” considerably more than it then changed a word or two to turned
will for Irma. the famous St. Crispin’s Day speech into
a relevant, winking jab.
“Matthew left a lot more debris. This
was a rain event for us,” says Hobart, We few, we happy few, we band of
who on the third morning after the brothers;
storm still hadn’t been able to reach
the depths of the garden due to flood- For he to-day that boards his house
ing. The installation of a pump forc- with me
ing water into a reservoir area was
expected to drain the mucky areas by Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
this week. This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in Georgia now a-bed
By November, when McKee Garden Shall think themselves accursed they
mounts its newly acquired African an- were not here,
imal sculptures of recycled steel, Irma And hold their manhoods cheap whiles
will be a distant memory. The ani- any speaks
mals, custom-built in Nairobi, spent That hunkered with us upon Saint Ir-
the storm in the shelter of a shuttered ma’s day.
storage area. And while hurricane sea-
son doesn’t officially end until Nov. 30, Georgia, of course, is where tens of
Hobart is convinced the lions and gi- thousands of Floridians had fled, only to
raffes will be able to stay outdoors. find themselves smack in the center of
the weakening Irma’s cone.
“There isn’t going to be another
hurricane,” she says, laughing with
conviction – and the slightest scowl of
warning. 


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off by the next morning, as a Cat 5 Irma friends, and fine forms regularly at the Brevard Renais- Or to take up wood against a storm of
was smashing across Cuba’s northern Distilled spirits. For when my heart is sance fair, most recently as Peter Quince the ages
coast. in the Bard Lite staging of “Midsummer
o’ercome Night’s Dream.” And by enduring it: To thrive, to keep
Whether ’tis wiser in the end to suffer At the height of Irma’s blustering ram- Our homes, and by to thrive, to say we
The wind and shrapnel of the raging This year, well before Irma hung that win
cyclone page, fateful right turn, Frandsen got the dis- the struggle, and the pounding mete-
Or to take refuge from the furious tem- In hushed tones I’ll whisper, “Happily appointing news that she would not be oric storms
pest, debuting her latest costume creation that Florida is heir to? Tis a destiny
By crossing o’er the causeway. We know would I give at the third annual Space Coast Com- despised and accepted. To Thrive, to
we’ll sleep All my fame for a pot of ale and safety.” ic Con, which was to have taken place keep
No more, ’til Nature’s tantrum has Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Instead, To keep, perhaps to improve, aye,
passed. LaFortune understands the subtleties she’ll be donning the steampunk witch there’s the rub
But through the passionate sturm und of parody: She played Sonia in the Chek- doctor costume for Orlando’s Imagina- For in that file of claim, what deduct-
drang we’ll find hov send-up “Vanya and Sonia and Ma- rium this Saturday. ibles may come,
Welcome shelter in the company of sha and Spike” at Melbourne Civic The- When we have submitted all the paper-
atre last year. Frandsen, who moved to Palm Bay work,
in the mid-1990s, endured hurricanes Must resubmit anew. Where’s the pa-
Costume designer Jennifer Frandsen Frances and Jeanne, and lost half her tience
was a natural for the contest – she per- roof in Matthew last year. That experi- That sees us through the appraiser’s re-
ence, and the battle with her insurance port:
company in particular, served as inspi- For who would bear the cost of home
ration when she checked Facebook last repairs,
weekend and saw Harbaugh’s prompt. To replace only half of a roof storm
“I thought about last year, and said, The pain of depreciated value, the long
oh, I got this one!” she says. delays
The insolence of office, and the quotes
An avid fan of Shakespeare, Frandsen which in themselves add insult to dam-
says her own poetry tends to be in sonnet age
form. With phrases like “Must resubmit inflicted by the winds?
anew,” she quaintly nailed the 21st cen-
tury lose-lose proposition of evacuating This time Frandsen faced the storm
a storm that, when you return, turns out with a much stronger house: a new roof
to be only the beginning of the trauma. and impact windows, installed in incre-
ments as she could afford it. “The insur-
To Flee or not to flee, that is the ques- ance company would only pay for half
tion: the roof, so I paid for the rest with my
income tax refund.” 
Whether it is wiser in the mind to en-

The trials and tensions of unmoving

Coming Up: Symphony’s ‘suite’ treat

BY SAMANTHA BAITA orchestral music with live dance
Staff Writer and newly remastered footage from
the wonderful classic film starring
1 Gershwin’s masterpiece, the Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. The toe-
iconic ballet suite from the tapping favorite “I’ve Got Rhythm”
will be performed by pianist Marius
musical film classic “An Ameri- Tesch. Then, renowned Seattle-based
tap dancer Alex Dugdale joins the or-
can in Paris,” headlines the Space chestra for a breathtaking version of
Gould’s “Concerto for Tap Dancer.”
Coast Symphony Orchestra’s con- Next on the bill is a performance
by special guest and principal bal-
cert this Sunday at the Vero Beach lerina for the Orlando Ballet, Kate-
Lynn Robichaux. She’ll perform one
High School Performing Arts Center, of ballet’s the most iconic solos, the
Dying Swan, dancing the classic 1905
in what looks to be one of the most Mikhail Fokine choreography made
famous by the great Anna Pavlova,
exciting programs in the orchestra’s to music from Saint-Saen’s “Carnival

strong 2017-18 season. Who can for-

get what the show promo calls Ger-

shwin’s “rich blue harmonies” juxta-

posed with the vibrant city’s blaring

taxi horns? Under the baton of Aaron

T. Collins, Gershwin’s love letter to

the City of Lights will combine the

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 /September 21, 2017 29

of the Animals.” For the final perfor-
mance in this amazing evening, the
orchestra gets its jazz on with Duke
Ellington’s lush and sophisticated
“Three Black Kings.” Showtime is 3

Maurice Sendak.

Thomas Cole.

2 Who isn’t captivated by “Where
the Wild Things Are,” the whim-

sical and enchanting work of Maurice

Sendak? The Vero Beach Museum of

Art is opening “50 Years, 50 Works, 50

Reasons, Maurice Sendak: the Memo-

rial Exhibition,” this Saturday, com-

memorating the half-century anniver-

sary of the artist and author’s beloved,

highly acclaimed, award-winning

book. The exhibition includes origi-

nal illustrations from the book, as well

as several works from other irresist-

ibly rendered picture books Sendak

created during his six-decade career,

including “In the Night Kitchen” and

“Little Bear.” The endlessly creative

author and illustrator also enjoyed a

second career as a costume and stage

designer. You shouldn’t miss this joy-

ful exhibition, especially if you have

children, or grandchildren, or neigh-

bor children or are, yourself, a child

at heart. “50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Rea-

sons, Maurice Sendak: the Memo-

rial Exhibition,” runs through Dec. 30.

While you’re at the museum, be sure to

check out the other exhibitions as well,

among them: “Masters of American

Photography,” and “DeWitt Boutelle

after Thomas Cole: The Voyage of Life

From the Manoogian Collection.” 

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Cold political truth
emerges in Arctic

BY DAN LAMOTHE Ensign Ryan Carpenter and Ensign Taylor Peace navigate the USCGC Healy on July 31 in the Arctic. the vessel, a feeling that Arctic rook-
The Washington Post ies often find unnerving.

ABOARD THE USCGC HEALY IN Carpenter is part of an increasingly
THE ARCTIC OCEAN – Coast Guard pointed U.S. strategy to prepare for
Ensign Ryan Carpenter peered competition – and possible conflict
north through a front window of – in what was once a frosty no man’s
this 420-foot-long ship, directing land.
its bright-red hull through jagged
chunks of ice hundreds of miles north The warming climate has creat-
of Alaska. ed Arctic waterways that are grow-
ing freer of ice, and with China and
It was only the second time that Russia increasingly looking toward
Carpenter, 23, had driven the 16,400- the region for resources, the United
ton USCGC Healy, one of the U.S. States is studying how many new
military’s two working polar ice- icebreakers to build, whether to arm
breakers. He turned the ship slightly them with cruise missiles, and how to
to the left in the sapphire-blue water, deal with more commercial traffic in
and a few seconds later, the ship’s an area that is still unpredictable and
bow rumbled through the crusty deadly.
white ice floe at about 10 mph. Me-
tallic shudders rippled throughout Adm. Paul Zukunft, the Coast
Guard commandant, recently warned
that Russia and China are already en-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / September 21, 2017 33


The Healy’s route is recorded on a nautical chart July 28 during a voyage to the Arctic Ocean.

croaching on Arctic waters over the new icebreakers in 2015, citing the patrolling in both the Arctic and cause of the reinforced hull and robust
extended U.S. continental shelf. The warming seas and concerns about Antarctic. engines needed to operate in ice, but
region is about the size of Texas and Russia’s intentions. But the effort to Zukunft said he thinks it will be less.
rich with oil, minerals and other re- do so has gained new attention in The Healy was commissioned A report by the National Academies of
sources that could be extracted as recent months. Despite President in 1999, but the other working Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
technology improves. Trump’s skepticism about climate polar icebreaker, the USCGC published in July recommended that
change, he marveled at the power Polar Star, is more than 40 years a single class of four heavy icebreakers
Zukunft said last month in Wash- of polar icebreakers during a May old. It deploys each year to Ant- be purchased in one block buy to save
ington that the situation in the Arctic 17 commencement speech at the arctica, but crew members have money and suggested that time is run-
could someday resemble the conten- Coast Guard Academy and prom- resorted to searching eBay for ning out to do so.
tious disputes in the South China Sea, ised his administration will build some parts because they are so
where China has built man-made is- “many of them.” “The nation is ill-equipped to pro-
lands and military installations over hard to find, according to Healy tect its interests and maintain leader-
the objections of its neighbors. Russia Zukunft said that a fleet compris- crew members familiar with ship in these regions and has fallen
already has made contested claims ing three new medium icebreak- the sister ship. behind other Arctic nations, which
that stretch to the North Pole and ers and three heavy icebreakers have mobilized to expand their ac-
possesses more than 25 icebreakers, would allow the service to retire The cost of the new icebreak- cess to ice-covered regions,” the re-
with more on the way. its older ships and keep one ers is uncertain at this point. port said.
icebreaker per- Estimates are often reported
The next generations of Russian petually A Washington Post reporter and pho-
icebreakers aren’t being built just to to be about $1 billion tographer sailed on the Healy from July
transit polar ice but to fight in it. One each be- 28 through Aug. 6, arriving on a Coast
kind of ship in the works, the 374-foot Guard helicopter off Alaska’s Cape Lis-
Project 23550-class, is designed to burne and departing on a small sea-
be nimble in this environment while craft in the port of Nome, Alaska. In
carrying naval guns and cruise mis- between, the ship meandered at least
siles. The Kremlin also has disclosed 230 miles northeast of Point Barrow,
plans to build or expand numerous the northernmost point in the United
bases along the northeastern Russian States, before turning back.
coastline, north of the Arctic Circle,
including on Wrangel Island, Kotelny The Healy, which travels annu-
Island and at Cape Schmidt. ally to the Arctic, deployed this year
on June 27 from its home port in Se-
Meanwhile, China also has arrived attle with about 85 Coast Guardsmen
in the Arctic, sailing research and ex- and 40 scientists. It will make several
ploration vessels while arguing that trips to and from the Arctic Circle this
no nation has sovereignty over these summer, with stops in Alaskan port
waters and the natural resources be- cities such as Seward to swap out sci-
low. Chinese military officials have entists and gather supplies.
said that sovereignty disputes in the
Arctic could require the use of force, Missions on the Healy vary, based
according to an assessment written on what the scientists aboard need.
for the Naval War College Re-
view. On this trip, the ship carried
members of the Coast
The Obama Guard Research and
administration Development
proposed Center as
building they test-
ed un-

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manned boat systems among the Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Randle Groves, center, participates in a joint Coast Guard-Navy dive operation. “No one flipped out,” said Peace.
ice floes, including an oil skimmer, “You just keep trying. All you’re doing
a quadcopter and a 10-foot yellow is waiting for the wind to change di-
vessel that was named the “Minion,” rection so it can relieve the pressure,
after the popular cartoon characters. or so you can at least make five inches
in an hour.”
Scot Tripp, the chief civilian scien-
tist on the mission, said that when he The harsh environment was on full
started coming to the Arctic in 2012, display July 29, as the Healy carried
there was ice nearly all the way south out two consecutive missions on the
to Alaska’s northern shores until June water in a smaller sea craft. In the first,
or July. That is no longer the case, the Healy lowered a small landing
prompting the service to evaluate craft carrying members of the scien-
what kind of new equipment it might tific team to examine the usefulness
need if a crisis emerges. of the Minion and other equipment
as the drone boat bounced between
“There was no need for the Coast craggy ice floes. The banana-yellow
Guard to be up here,” Tripp said. “This

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Arciello, a boatswain’s mate, slings an anchor to tether a small
boat during dive exercises July 30 in the Arctic Ocean.

Ryan and Melissa Weaver, Agency Owners was frozen, and now it’s not. So now vessel, carrying solar panels and a
Ryan Weaver Insurance Inc. is a locally owned there are waterways and cruise ships camera, got stuck only after its bat-
and operated independent agency. Located in the coming up, so you run into the pos- tery died, prompting the crew to tow
CenterState Bank Building, just off of Miracle Mile sibility of disaster with one of those.” it back to the Healy.
and across from Classic Car Wash in Vero Beach.
Even with the warming climate, “This is a good chance to try it in a
Serving Vero Beach for over 10 years! the Arctic environment is unforgiv- harsh environment, coming out here
All lines of commercial or personal insurance available. ing. The summer water and air tem- to work these vehicles,” said Jason
peratures are about 30 degrees, and Story, a Coast Guard naval architect
Contact any one of our winds often howl at 30 to 40 mph. who designed the Minion.
professional agents for a quote! Coast Guard members work the decks
855 21st Street – CenterState Bank Building in thick snowsuits, steel-toed boots Winds picked up and fog thick-
and hard hats, and anyone leaving ened during the second mission of
2nd Floor – Vero Beach the Healy on a smaller seacraft used the day as divers marked a return to
(772) 567-4930 - [email protected] for exploration must wear a winter something that had not occurred in
suit with a rubberized shell to extend the Arctic since Aug. 17, 2006: Coast how long they can survive if they fall Guard ice diving. The long hiatus
in the water. followed the deaths of two Healy
crew members – Lt. Jessica Hill, 31,
Officers piloting the Healy said that and Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven
they do their best to avoid ice, but in Duque, 26 – during an ice dive that
areas where it is inevitable, it is con- a service investigation found was
sidered safer to use the reinforced poorly supervised.
front of the ship to punch straight
through it, rather than “shouldering The Coast Guard subsequently
it” and taking a glancing blow. Even started its own ice-diving school and
then, sticky situations still emerge. made diving a primary occupation,
rather than a collateral duty. The div-
Ensign Taylor Peace, 23, who is ers can perform maintenance on the
on her second Arctic tour, said that ship, assist other vessels that are in
last summer, the Healy spent four trouble or perform salvage operations
days wiggling out of an ice floe that involving ships that have sunk.
wouldn’t let go of the ship.
“When we deploy to the Arctic,

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / September 21, 2017 35


there is no bench strength nearby,” less risk there is to a deployment.” of ice on the ocean’s surface. “It’s like diving in outer space,” said
said Capt. Greg Tlapa, the Healy’s On a bone-chilling afternoon, The divers marveled at the clear- one of the divers, Chief Petty Officer
commanding officer. “No one is Chuck Ashmore. “I think that’s the
coming to save us. So, the more self- teams of two divers dove among the ness of the water and the crystallized closest comparison I could make.
sufficient you are in terms of under- floes while a third diver sat ready in ice – about 85 percent of the sea ice You’re seeing some just incredible
water inspection and hull repair, the case his help was required. The sea floating in the Arctic is beneath the structures down there.” 
craft was anchored to a hulking piece surface.

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Why do we keep telling ourselves we can beat nature?

BY DIANE ROBERTS the tornadoes – and the hurricanes. Es- through the Upper Keys and southern ricane: We could all watch as palm
pecially the hurricanes. Dade and Collier counties, dumping 14 trees bent to the ground and three
The Washington Post inches of rain, ripping out 70,000 acres or four feet of Atlantic brine coursed
My family arrived in Florida in 1799. of trees in the Everglades, and destroy- down Brickell Avenue.
Florida is a place founded on hype They’ve made it through a lot of hurri- ing a private reptile facility, which bust-
and hubris, half in the Global South, half canes, to say nothing of three Seminole ed a slew of Burmese pythons out of jail, The truth is, once we return from our
in the Deep South, as diverse as Califor- wars, yellow fever, the Civil War, the col- freeing them to forge new, fast-breeding short exile, we’ll probably forget and go
nia, full of people from anywhere pre- lapse of the cotton market, the influenza lives in the River of Grass. back to our self-destructive ways, drain-
pared to swallow anything – especially if epidemic of 1918, the Great Depression, ing and paving the wetlands that might
it’s unlikely. the property boom of the 1950s, the They may never have heard of Don- protect us from climate change and
streaking craze of 1974, the pastel men- na, Dora, Opal, Charley, Eloise or the hurricane harm.
In 1994, the Virgin Mary appeared ace of the 1980s and the 2000 recount. great hurricane of 1928, in which more
in Fort Lauderdale on a grilled cheese than 2,500 people died. The 145-mph Here in Florida, I’m sensing a certain
sandwich. Three springs in three towns We didn’t evacuate for Irma this wind “woke up old Okeechobee and petulance taking hold. Even though
claim to be the Fountain of Youth. month or for any of the other storms. the monster began to roll in his bed,” the Federal Emergency Management
There’s a street in Lake Wales where as Zora Neale Hurston described it in Agency, the first responders, the various
things roll uphill. Of course, we are as susceptible to “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Soon state agencies and good old ordinary
Florida fabulism as everyone else: My “the sea was walking the earth with a humans all seem to have done a fine
The nice doctor in West Palm Beach first Florida ancestor was an on-the- heavy heel.” job coping with the storm, and we all
promises he can sculpt your aging car- make Frenchman named François enjoyed the images of Florida heroism –
cass into a simulacrum of a 25-year- Brouard who acquired a lot of land in Incited by Irma, the sea certainly the Busch Gardens flamingos marching
old’s. And there’s always a piece of Spanish East Florida. stomped all over Barbuda, St. Martin, single-file to safety: the intrepid boaters
swampland going cheap: You could the BritishVirgin Islands and other parts rescuing stranded pregnant ladies and
build a theme park or a strip mall or a Once it became clear that Andrew of the Caribbean. Florida was lucky that old people; the Key West street roost-
gated community, name it after whatev- Jackson and the Americans were going Irma crashed into Cuba and weakened. ers wrapped in newspaper, ready to be
er bits of the ecosystem you killed when to harass, annex, invade or otherwise Even so, 75 percent of Floridians lost evacuated in the back seat of a car – per-
you clear cut it, and make your fortune. take Florida, Brouard reinvented him- power during the storm. haps it’s only natural to wonder why we
self, anglicized his name to Broward and can’t avoid this hassle altogether.
Reality rolls off Florida like water off a became a respectable gent. But there’s only so much you can do in
manatee. Remember, our most famous a place with an ocean, a gulf, and thou- It’s the 21st century! We have smart
resident is a large talking mouse. We One of his descendants, Napoleon sands of lakes, springs and rivers. I won- houses and self-driving cars and robots!
embrace fantasy. Perhaps it’s a survival Bonaparte Broward, smuggled guns der if Irma is the storm that will finally It’s not reasonable that some alchemy of
mechanism, some Darwinian adapta- to Cuba before becoming governor in change us. Will it force us to remember? warm water, cool air and thunderclouds
tion that allows us to keep living on this 1905, at which point he decided Flor- can just rear up and disrupt all human
brittle spit of damp limestone brack- ida should drain the Everglades. He If not the epic floods in Miami and life for hundreds of miles. I mean, who’s
eted by rising seas and slapped by high did not, thank God, succeed. If he had, Jacksonville or the devastation in the the boss around here?
winds. the damage from Irma would be even Keys (where 25 percent of the homes
worse: The Everglades, like all of Flori- have been destroyed), then the sheer Short answer: not us. We aren’t the
No matter how often they happen, da’s wetlands, filter pollution and help discomfort of staying – sloshing around boss. We’ll never be the boss. The
we dismiss Florida’s meteorological control storm water. your ruined living room in Bonita environment, however much we de-
tantrums, just as we shrug at the myr- Springs, looking at gators swimming grade it, rules.
iad ways Florida seems to be trying to Most Floridians don’t think much down your street? Or the irritation of
kill us: the pit vipers, the fire ants, the about marshes or mangrove swamps evacuating – crashing on the floor of Diane Roberts is the author of “Dream
coral snakes, the alligators, the bears, or where the water goes; most Florid- some middle school gym or spending State,” a historical memoir of Florida,
the sinkholes, the rip currents, the golf ians – nearly two-thirds – are from hours in frozen traffic on I-95? and teaches at Florida State University
course lightning strikes, the toxic algae somewhere else. in Tallahassee. 
in the rivers, the Zika virus, the floods, Irma’s our first big social-media hur-
They may not have been here in 1992
when Hurricane Andrew chewed its way

THE POWER OF A SECOND require a second opinion before a procedure is • Your health plan requires a second opinion.
OPINION, PART I approved. For these plans, you will pay a high-
er percentage of the cost of treatment if you HOW TO ARRANGE FOR A SECOND OPINION
Most people trust their doctor to provide an don’t get a second opinion. You have a right to request a second opinion.
accurate diagnosis and don’t want to second- The goal is to get two opinions that say the Just be honest and straightforward with your
guess his or her judgement. But if your doctor same thing. If the first and second doctors doctor. Most physicians welcome a second
recommends surgery or a major procedure or don’t agree (and keep in mind that the second opinion.
treatment, it’s smart to get a second opinion. opinion is not necessarily the right opinion),
An opinion from a different expert will help many insurers, including Medicare, allow even Ask your doctor for the name of another ex-
you confirm that your diagnosis and treatment a third opinion. pert, someone with whom he or she is not
plan are accurate and appropriate, and give WHEN SHOULD YOU ASK FOR A SECOND closely connected. You can also contact your
you peace of mind. OPINION? insurance company, a local medical society or
And, unless it’s a life-or-death situation— A second opinion may be a good idea if: the nearest university hospital for assistance.
like an accidental injury, acute appendicitis, • You don’t feel completely confident about
a blood clot or aneurysm—you usually have your diagnosis or recommended treatment. To get a second opinion about cancer, an excel-
time to learn more about your medical condi- • You’ve been told you have a rare or life- lent resource is hospitals that are accredited
tion and evaluate options. threatening condition. by the American College of Surgeons Com-
WHAT IS A SECOND OPINION? • The recommended treatment is risky, toxic, mission on Cancer. These hospitals offer what
A second opinion is when a doctor other than invasive, controversial or experimental. are called tumor board reviews at which your
your regular doctor gives you his or her view • You have a choice of treatments or medical primary care physician or specialist can pres-
about your health problem and how to treat it. tests that vary widely in cost. ent your case to oncology (cancer) specialists.
It can help you make a more informed decision • You’re not responding to a treatment as ex- Radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, hematol-
about your care. pected. ogists, medical oncologists, radiation oncolo-
Most health insurance plans will pay for a sec- • You have several medical problems. gists and other healthcare professionals re-
ond opinion, but be sure to contact your plan • Communication with your physician is not view test results and make recommendations.
beforehand to confirm coverage. Some plans optimal.
• You need more information about your op- —To be continued—
Your comments and suggestions for future topics are always
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At a museum, do you ever wonder Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1893. Although her family tried to scandalous nude statue of Diana that
where those grand portrait subjects born in Manhattan and keep up appearances, Lucia barely twirled atop Stanford White’s plea-
go when they step out of the canvas long frozen out of New scraped by. Palmer, Chanler and sure palace, Madison Square Garden
back into their lives? Let’s follow a England society, astounds Gardner inherited and maintained – and his winged bronze angel Amor
few and find out. Boston Brahmins with her their fortunes, but money didn’t Caritas, meaning ‘love is charity,’
private museum. spare their families the ravages of though Gussie, the artist’s deaf and
Elsie Palmer, daughter of a rail- untimely deaths, physical and men- cranky wife, might not have thought
road-baron father, is trapped “like Like characters from the tal ailments, suicides, war and other so.”
some fairy-tale princess impris- writings of Edith Whar- tragedies. Merciless out-of-the-blue
oned” in her family’s Rocky Moun- ton, these women were infections, a spine-snapping toss Gardner provides Lucey with par-
tain castle. Lucia Fairchild Fuller, smart, passionate, willful, from a horse, an aviator’s fatal plum- ticularly picturesque material. At the
a beloved member of the Cornish adventurous and strik- met at the hands of a World War I unveiling of her museum home in
art colony in New Hampshire, sac- ing-looking – particularly German gunner – these are just a few 1903, Belle, as she was called, “wel-
rifices her health for her family and when immortalized by of the myriad misfortunes battering comed her opening-night guests from
her artistic ideals. Elizabeth Chan- John Singer Sargent. Their these lives of privilege. a landing at the top of a curving stair-
ler, fabulously wealthy but hobbled enticing collective mini- way. She was a regal presence in black,
by a damaged hip, helps watch over biographies make up “Sar- The era prescribed the social grac- slathered with jewels: a ruby, pearls
her siblings while her youth and gent’s Women: Four Lives es for these women, but their well- (149 of them), and two enormous dia-
marriage prospects melt away. And Behind the Canvas,” by educated minds and yearning tem- monds named ‘Rajah’ and ‘Light of
Donna M. Lucey. We learn peraments urged them toward social India,’ which she wore atop her head
something of Sargent’s revolutions. Sargent’s sensitive ren- on gold spiral wires so that they’d bob
personality, his technique derings of these maverick souls may and sparkle as she talked.” They don’t
and his circumstances, have been enhanced by his own un- make ’em like that anymore.
but Lucey primarily uses conventional circumstances: The
him as a portal through convivial and workaholic artist was Even after strokes had taken away
which to glimpse these as- drawn partly or wholly to men; he most of her movement, at 82 she in-
sertive spirits of the Gild- was, at the least, cagey about his per- spired Sargent to paint “Mrs. Gard-
ed Age. sonal life. ner in White” (1922). Unlike the con-
troversial, brassy oil portrait of her
In Fuller’s case, the au- Lucey’s prose is invitingly con- that he had created decades before,
thor performs an eyebrow- versational and quick-flowing. Her this watercolor “was a work of peace,
raising sleight of hand, for it is Lucia’s character sketches are colorful and a heartfelt tribute to the woman he’d
sister Sally whom Sargent painted in she is not, thank goodness, above grown to love and admire.” She died
his well-known blue-veiled portrait. conveying some wonderfully catty soon after. And the next year so did
But Lucia is by far the more inter- gossip. he, in bed at his London home, a
esting of the two, and Sargent was copy of Voltaire’s “Dictionnaire phi-
an inspiration to her own work. Ul- For instance, as Lucia’s marriage losophique” beside him.
timately, we forgive this bait-and- to the talented but astonishingly
switch as we grow infatuated with self-centered artist Harry Fuller Perhaps in his last hours Sargent
the endearingly openhearted and crumbled in the New Hampshire stumbled upon this musing from
bohemian Lucia. arts colony, fellow Cornish residents, that compendium: “People have de-
We’re tempted, at first, to regard the painter Maxfield Parrish and the claimed against luxury for two thou-
each of these women only as poor lit- sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, sand years, in verse and prose, and
tle rich girls. We are soon reminded, carried on affairs with their favorite people have always delighted in it.” 
however, that in a situation such as models.
Fuller’s, a stormy market can devour SARGENT’S WOMEN:
wealth in an instant. Her father’s Saint-Gaudens even “had his own Four Lives Behind the Canvas
railroad and real estate investments shadow family, conceiving a child
were destroyed in the depression of with model Davida Clark, his vision By Donna M. Lucey
of ethereal beauty who posed for sev- W.W. Norton. 336 pp. $29.95
eral of his most famous works: the Review by Alexander C. Kafka

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George Eliot, a 19th-century English novelist whose real name was Mary Ann Evans, WEST A J 10 6 EAST
wrote, “Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that KQJ 10 5 3 10 3
modify the being.” 5 4 72
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West leads the spade king. South wins with his ace, draws trumps in two rounds (West A65
discarding a low club), and returns a spade. After East completes a high-low with his KQ9843
doubleton, what should West do? AJ
In the bidding, North’s jump to three hearts was pre-emptive. With game-invitational
values (or more), he would have cue-bid three clubs. East’s raise to four clubs was Dealer: South; Vulnerable: North-South
brave (especially given that he had no singleton or void), but the vulnerability was in his
favor. Then, when South bid game, West sacrificed in five clubs. Since South did not The Bidding:
have a short suit, probably he should have doubled. If South had obtained a diamond
ruff (which would have been a tough assignment), the contract would have gone down SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
three. 1 Hearts 2 Clubs 3 Hearts 4 Clubs
4 Hearts 5 Clubs Pass Pass LEAD:
At trick five, West was not sure what to do. If East had the club ace, leading that suit 5 Hearts Pass Pass Pass K Spades
would have likely resulted in down two. Here, though, it would have cost the contract.
Instead, West shifted to a diamond, which gave the defenders two spades and one
diamond. But if it turned out that South had the ace-queen of diamonds, when West got
in with his spade queen, he would have tried a club. Assuming East had the ace, this
defense would have cost only an undertrick.

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ACROSS in an omelet, renderings Superman into the The Washington Post
perhaps 8 Rich salad star of filmdom’s
1 “This looks like a 81 U.S. broadcast in 9 Sister of Teddy Superman? JUST A SUPER GUY, TOO By Merl Reagle
___ for Superman” Eur. 10 Philip who played 69 Fisherman, at
82 Carnival characters times
4 Andy’s young un, 83 It means “false” Master Kan on 71 Something wrong
casually 84 Hourly, in Rome Kung Fu 74 Arizona’s zone:
86 Raison ___ 11 Barbara’s Beaches abbr.
7 Floor for axels 88 Superman’s 26 costar 76 Take to court
10 “Rock-Hard ___ in Across can’t 12 List of events 77 Room guarded by
penetrate it 13 With 130 Across eunuchs
Just 8 Weeks!” 89 Idle, as a machine in mind, what 78 Group of whales
13 Ex-Clinton Cabinet 92 Halting word Superman might 80 ___ Lanka
94 The NeverEnding do as an encore? 83 Pocket protector
member Story author 14 Hellenic H item
17 Gold in them there 96 Assassin Princip 15 Small drink 85 “Do you have
was one 16 Snoopy’s WWI Prince Albert ___?”
cerros 97 Chills persona (old phone gag)
18 Pronto 98 A Yale song 20 907.18 kilograms 87 Oil or coal, e.g.
19 Flagstaff AZ contains a lot of 21 Janet, Jean, and 90 ___ generis
them Kelly (unique)
campus 100 Harbor scooper 24 Role(s) for Joanne 91 Poetic time of day
20 Jon Lovitz cartoon 104 Waif 25 Lavish affection 92 Pugilistic org.
106 No. 1 (on) 93 Half of a chocolate
series 108 Old Chinese weight 27 More land drink
22 Decline 110 Mauna ___ 31 House mbr. 95 Carson’s
23 What Superman’s 111 Tense 32 Superman’s first carcinogen
112 Going by Lois at urge every time he 96 Some promgoers
tailor might spend? the Daily Planet? comes to a door? 99 Beggar boy in a TV
26 Man of Steel 115 Peek, Superman- 33 Opposite of long. opera
style? 34 Pinkerton symbol 101 Where David met
ability? 119 Cat’s dog 35 Escher and Goliath
28 Run distance 122 Matchbox toys Hammer 102 Bust, as an
29 Slangy sailor 123 Broadcast 36 Mugful for attorney
30 Put into effect, 124 Giant standout Muggeridge 103 Like pre-electricity
125 Nev. neighbor 37 Impatient words lamps
as a law 126 Vostok launcher from Lois to 105 Formal insult fests
31 Fold twice 127 Vacation time, a colleague? 107 Summer ermine
35 Big leagues in Paris 39 Leonard, Myron, 109 Wildebeest
38 Homer’s home 128 Inalienable items: and William 112 Movie ratings
40 Sermon coda, abbr. 43 Sans date 113 All-purpose army
129 Leak sound 44 Mantilla wearers folks: abbr.
“Let ___” 130 Superman is lifting 46 Nancy Hanks’s kid 114 Big picture?
41 Siskel and Ebert one on the cover of 49 Arms assn. 115 Mustangs’ campus
Action Comics No. 50 Two hours before 116 Canon camera
sample 1 (1938) prime time type
42 Largemouth 51 “___ wise guy!” 117 Wynn et al.
45 Gem from Australia DOWN 52 Chamois’s perch 118 Text ending?
47 Rodin’s thinker? 1 Superman 54 U2 Incident figure 120 Nabokov work
48 Florida Stater 57 Hearing aid 121 It kicks the L out of
50 June 1998 marked co-creator Shuster company “glory”
(with Jerry Siegel) 59 Do nothing
Superman’s ___ 2 Royal symbol 60 British composer
birthday 3 Hope and Hoskins Thomas
53 Major port of 4 Roughly even 61 Rocky eminence
Mozambique 5 Actor who seems 62 Hilltop
55 Strand perfect to play 65 Something
56 Actress Cates Superman? Superman doesn’t
58 Friend of Fran 6 Pitcher do, since they just
61 Show woe 7 Illustrator’s bounce off?
63 Krypton’s is 36: 67 How to make the
abbr. star of TV’s
64 River and WWI
65 Military region
66 Hud director Martin
68 Mainz man
70 Offed, in the Bible
72 Main Mongol
73 “Ain’t That” this
75 He had morals
79 Number of huevos

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Should she tell hubby to take a hike (with other woman)?

STORY BY CAROLYN HAX THE WASHINGTON POST Should trust be absolute? Or can logic come to bear out my wife. Nothing untoward has ever happened.
— in this case, on his assertion that “there’s noth- But I’d never take a social-only trip or meal alone
Dear Carolyn: My husband ing there between them”? with another woman.
and I are apparently at very dif-
ferent points as to the shape op- They don’t know that yet because they don’t And my wife wouldn’t with another man. Hiker
posite-gender friendships take. know each other yet. Not in person. hubby is not being cool.
He is an avid, hardcore hiker. He
met a woman (also married) on a And you haven’t seen them together yourself, – Liberal Married Guy
hiking forum and wants to take obviously, which
a week-long hiking trip with her is the way peo- Re: Drawing lines: My husband has a female best
to an extremely isolated location. ple figure out friend. She is also a dear friend of mine and he and
whether they I talk about everything, and I trust them implicitly.
He says that since there’s noth- feel comfortable He also has other female friends I have no problem
ing there between them, it’s fine to take a trip like or threatened. with him spending time alone with. I’d STILL be
this. I feel uncomfortable and think it’s weird to He’s flying blind, upset if he said he wanted to spend a week alone in
take an extended, super-isolated trip with an oppo- and pushing you a remote location with a woman I’d never met and
site-gender friend. I’ve never met this woman and to board. No fair. probably never would.
probably never will, as she lives across the country.
So this isn’t a pal whom I know and who knows me. Re: Hiker: Hik- – Anonymous
Thoughts? er wife should
express interest in Re: Hiking: I truly would not mind if my hus-
– Drawing Lines going along. His band wanted to do that. 1) I trust him, and 2) if he
reaction would wanted to [cheat], then he’d find a way.
Drawing Lines: Make sure it’s not the Appala- tell a lot.
chian Trail. What would bother me most is that – Would Not Mind
my husband put me in this position to begin with. As a liberal guy
Maybe it’s all the most innocent progression ever, married 30 years, Re: Hiking: It should be with someone he knows
from the moment they laid pixels on each other. I’d never ask any- he can depend on and has his back. What if he re-
But he’s asking for such an outsize degree of trust thing even re- alizes she’s a flake an hour after meeting her?
that in a way you can’t win. You say no and you’re motely similar of
possessive, jealous and distrustful. You say yes my wife for the – Backup Plan
and you’re a rube. reasons expressed here. I have traveled internation-
ally with (married and unmarried) women other Backup Plan: Different but excellent point,
If I presented it to him that way and he didn’t see than my wife for work. thanks. 
my point, then I’d start thinking hard about what I take business-related meals (lunches and din-
we owe each other in the form of comfort vs. trust. ners, with alcohol in moderation) with women with-


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Take heart from benefits of moderate drinking

BY TOM LLOYD Daniel Wubneh, DO. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE ease, both the World Health Organiza- cancer and colorectal cancer, according
tion and the National Toxicology Pro- to the National Cancer Institute, can all
Staff Writer ing – a stern warning echoed by all the gram of the U.S. Department of Health be linked to alcohol consumption.
sources named above. and Human Services now list all alco-
Here’s a little something you won’t holic beverages as human carcinogens. That applies to beer, wine and dis-
find in the history books. “It is also known,” says the tall, genial tilled spirits – and that’s just the tip if
Wubneh, “that heavy or excessive alco- In other words, they can cause can- the ice cube. Or the iceberg.
When the 21st amendment repealed hol consumption has many, many del- cer.
14 years of prohibition in this country eterious or negative effects.” As Wubneh points out, as we age, we
back in 1933, America’s heart health For example, head and neck cancers, metabolize everything we put inside
very likely started getting better. For example, while light or moderate esophageal cancer, liver cancer, breast our bodies – alcohol, prescription medi-
alcohol consumption has been shown cations, even food – differently than we
At least that’s the conclusion WebMD to reduce the risk of cardiovascular dis- did when we were younger. Moreover,
reports in an article from August of this he continues, “medications for blood
year that reiterates the known benefits pressure and diabetes and certain an-
of alcohol for cardiovascular health. tibiotics,” along with a variety of anti-
anxiety medications, “should not be
Some of the biggest names in medi- used in conjunction with alcohol.”
cine – along with local cardiologist Dr.
Daniel Wubneh of the Scully Heart Cen- And while WebMD defines light
ter – agree. drinkers as “those who had fewer than
three drinks per week while moderate
“A large study published this month,” drinkers had more than three drinks
says WebMD, “showed that light to but no more than 14 for men [per week]
moderate drinkers lowered their chanc- and seven for women per week,” it’s not
es of an early death by about 20 percent merely a matter of averages.
compared with nondrinkers. Their risk
of dying from heart disease dropped As Harvard clearly states, “What you
even more dramatically.” drink doesn’t seem to be nearly as im-
portant as how you drink. Having seven
The Mayo clinic adds that moder- drinks on a Saturday night and then not
ate alcohol consumption can “reduce drinking the rest of the week isn’t at all
your risk of developing and dying from the equivalent of having one drink a
heart disease; possibly reduce your day. The weekly total may be the same,
risk of ischemic stroke (when the ar- but the health implications aren’t.”
teries to your brain become narrowed
or blocked, causing severely reduced The WebMD article also points out
blood flow) and possibly reduce your that people who exceed that 14-drink
risk of diabetes.” weekly total (moderate drinking) for
men or seven drinks a week for women
The Harvard School of Public Health “have a 27 percent higher chance of dy-
has hopped onto the bandwagon, too, ing of cancer and an 11 percent higher
reporting that “more than 100 prospec- chance of dying early from any cause.”
tive studies show an inverse association
between moderate drinking and risk If you do drink, it may well be doing
of heart attack, ischemic (clot-caused) your heart good, but the best way to find
stroke, peripheral vascular disease, out for sure is to have an honest discus-
sudden cardiac death and death from sion with your cardiologist or primary
all cardiovascular causes. The effect is care physician.
fairly consistent, corresponding to a 25
percent to 40 percent reduction in risk.” Dr. Daniel Wubneh is with the Scully
Heart Center in Vero Beach. His office is
Yet while a possible 40 percent de- at 3450 11th Court, Suite 102. The phone
crease in potentially fatal heart prob- number is 772-778-8687. 
lems might sound like a dream come
true, Wubneh is quick to issue a warn-

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Whirlwind of activity at county hospitals during Irma



Staff Writer

Indian River County’s two hos-
pitals kept their heads above water
during Hurricane Irma, continuing
to admit and treat patients, deliver
babies and perform operations while
the weather swirled around their

While Irma’s quixotic path baffled
the “experts” on the Weather Chan-
nel, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and
countless local TV channels across
the state, nearly 200 people were able
to find their way to the Indian River
Medical Center during the days right
before, during and after the storm.

Roughly half of them were admit-
ted to the Vero Beach hospital.

That nearly doubled the number of
patients already checked-in.

The hospital delivered four babies
during the course of the hurricane.
One, born at just 32 weeks on Sat-
urday, was promptly transferred to
Nemours Children’s Hospital in Or-

Another expectant mother was
brought to the hospital by Vero Fire &
Rescue on Sunday – at the very height
of the storm – and her baby was born
early Monday morning.

The word “operational,” which
described IRMC’s status, was some-
thing of a double entendre as at least
13 surgeries were performed at the
Vero hospital during the storm, in-
cluding cardiac, vascular, orthope-
dic, pediatric, back and urologic pro-

IRMC doctors Clark Beckett,
George Fyffe, David Halie, Mark
Malias, Michael Munz, Derek Paul,
Marc Rose and Christopher Talley
performed the operations while the
wind howled and rain poured.

And the hospital’s emergency room
was even busier.

From Saturday through Monday,
some 181 ER patients were seen and
almost 100 of those were admitted to
the hospital.

Fifty-five physicians and physi-

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cians’ assistants, 124 registered went out again so IRMC continued
nurses and nearly 190 additional staff to employ its emergency generators
members were on duty throughout even after full power was restored on
Irma and its immediate aftermath. Tuesday in order to prevent the pos-
sibility of power surges that could
One of those staff members – have negatively impacted sensitive
IRMC’s director of facilities services medical equipment or delicate pa-
Matt Depino, the man responsible for tient procedures.
keeping the entire 332-bed health-
care facility safe and secure whenev- It wasn’t until Wednesday that
er Mother Nature sends life-threat- IRMC finally shut the generators
ening weather events Vero Beach’s down and tapped back into its nor-
way – had his hands full. mal power supply.

The hospital lost power Saturday Meanwhile, 15 miles to the north,
evening and operated on its emer- Sebastian River Medical Center
gency generators throughout the also remained open and operation-
storm. al “throughout the duration of the
storm,” according to SRMC president
Its largest backup generator, a Kelly Enriquez.
1,500-kilowatt behemoth, was raised
to about 16 feet above sea level and Enriquez praised her team for
encased in a structure designed to “continuing to deliver high-quality
withstand the force of a Category 5 care to everyone who arrived [at
storm just over two years ago and it SRMC] in need,” and took the time
functioned flawlessly during Irma. to thank “the first responders in the
community for their tremendous ef-
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What it takes for your kids to have healthy bones

BY CASEY SEIDENBERG in the morning, and he wants to have Bones are made of the minerals cal- world is lactose intolerant, which can
The Washington Post strength and energy for them. cium, magnesium, zinc, copper, man- cause digestive distress, and others
ganese and potassium, as well as vita- who consume milk experience conse-
For the first time in his 14 years, my While experiencing some pretty in- mins D and K. Calcium is your body’s quences such as acne.
oldest son brought home the bacon tense growing pains, he asked about most abundant mineral, with 99 per-
with two paid summer jobs. Boy, did he his bones. I explained that although cent found in your bones and teeth, Instead of dairy, try alternative
relish the reward of the paycheck. He bones appear to be hard and static, they and the all-important vitamin D helps sources of bone-building nutrients.
has always spent whatever money he are made of living tissue that is con- your bones and teeth absorb it. In fact, Leafy greens such as spinach and kale
acquired through birthdays or allow- stantly changing. Little pieces of older studies show that only 10 percent to 15 are good options, as well as broccoli,
ance on the newest baseball glove, the bone are continually being replaced by percent of the calcium in food is ab- artichokes and other green vegetables.
hottest pair of basketball shoes or, dare newer, healthier bone. His bones are sorbed without vitamin D. Zinc regu- Nuts and seeds provide calcium and
I say it, candy. kind of like that bank account he has lates a hormone that supports bone zinc. Homemade bone broth, which
been building with paycheck deposits; growth, and vitamin my daughter drank from her baby
But this summer, he said there was throughout his childhood and adoles- K (found in leafy green
something about devoting long days to cence, he will deposit healthy tissue vegetables) activates bottle, is a flawless
work that made him want to save his into his bones. Skeletal development proteins that deposit bone-building food.
pennies. peaks in the 20s, so ideally he should calcium into your Beans such as chick-
make as many nutritional deposits as bones and teeth while peas, navy beans and
At the same time, he hit a growth he can now to build a strong skeleton keeping it out of places edamame are a great
spurt, and comparable to how the for adulthood. it doesn’t belong. source of calcium.
paycheck changed his perspective on Blackstrap molasses,
money, his rapid growth altered his In fact, according to the National Although the milk delicious in oatmeal,
perspective on health. He is much more Institutes of Health, osteoporosis has mustache has led makes a bone-healthy
interested in what will keep him on been called “‘a pediatric disease with many of us to believe breakfast. Salmon,
this upward trajectory. He used to eat geriatric consequences,’ because the that milk is the magic bullet of bone sardines and other oily
without thinking, but now he is making bone mass attained in childhood and health, there are better ways to build fish are good foods for bones because
the food-health connection when he adolescence is an important determi- bones. Cow’s milk is a good source of they help reduce inflammation while
chooses what to eat. nant of lifelong skeletal health. The calcium and is often fortified with vi- also providing vitamin D and other
health habits your kids are forming now tamin D, yet milk has downsides for nutrients. Inflammation can strip
As an athlete, he is more committed can make, or literally break, their bones some people. A large portion of the minerals such as calcium from the
to eating a healthy breakfast. He has as they age.” bones, weakening them. 
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Bonz meets Pearl, who’s blind, deaf … and all heart

Hi Dog Buddies! Pearl Roberts, Great Dane. “Why’s that bad?” I wondered. an Finn and me took a liddle Test Walk.
“She says it’s cuz a buncha of An I had a FAMly.
I had great new experience this week PHOTO GORDON RADFORD puppies in the litter are always
when I interviewed Pearl Roberts, a deaf an blind an …” “Finn started takin’ care of me right
2-year-old Great Dane. Pearl lives with how it happened, but it just did, we Finn pawsed. away. He guided me all over til I knew
her human Mom and Dad, Linda and could communicate! And she has no Pearl gave him a liddle slurp my way around. He watches over me
Ron, and her big brother Finnegan, a idea she’s what humans call ‘handy- on the nose, an he continued, at the dog park, an lets me flop right up
Harlequin Great Dane (an one of my capped.’ She knows she can always real serious. “She says the bad against him when we’re snoozing.”
pooch buddies). count on me cuz I make her feel se- humans sell the pretty-colored
CURE, an she’s the best little sis a pooch puppies for lotsa money an … Pearl began pattin’ an sniffin’ my
Pearl is super pretty, tall and long-leg- could ask for.” an,” he shook his head. “An the notebook, an I gave her some liddle
gedy, bein’ a Great Dane an all. She’s al- blind and deaf puppies get Put nosebumps. “So, what’s homelife like?”
most totally white, just a few small black We were all three sittin’ right together, To Sleep, unless nice humans I asked Finn.
patches on her caboose, and one black an Pearl was real interested in my note- find out an rescue ’em.”
eyebrow; an pink skin, including her book: every so offen she’d friffle it with I was speechless. Every dog “Lots of fun!” he said. “Pearl’s a smart,
sniffer (which is all pink ’cept for three her paw or sniffer, and lick the pages. knows about ‘Put To Sleep.’ happy liddle sis! When she feels bouncy,
black polka dots). She looks kinda magi- Finn continued. “Pearl says, ‘I she kinda goes crazy on the rug (cuz the
cal, ackshully. “Could you tell her I’d like to know tile’s real slippery). Mom calls it Zoomy
how she found you guys,” I asked Finn. was a lucky dog, Time. Her toes can tell by the texture
Her Mom met me an my assistant at cuz humans when she accidentally steps on the tile.
the door, with Pearl right behind and All during the innerview, we’d stop for from a South She can open all the doors, too, could
Finn waiting in back. If I didn’t already nosebumps, growly stuff and paw pats. Florida Great even reach the garage door button to let
know (cuz Finn had told me), I wudda Pearl gave me a frenly nosebump, an Dane Rescue herself out, so Mom an Dad hadda go
never realized that Pearl is Totally Deaf Finn began. “Pearl says, ‘I’m happy to saved us just in High Tech. Mom says Pearl’s like a pack
and Blind. Has been since birth. Finn tell you my story. It began in Texas. Be- time. They knew of toddlers. She climbs up on the dining
said soft little growly things and did lieve it or not, Mr. Bonzo, there are some Mom an Dad room table in case there’s something
nosebumps and paw pats with Pearl, humans who want Great Danes with were Big Great yum on it.
then Pearl came over, sniffed me an my unusual coloring SO MUCH that they do Dane Fans so
assistant and gave us some nose bumps, something they should Never Do. They they asked “Mom teaches her stuff, sit an lie
a coupla slurps, an more soft little grow- breed two pooches with the same Merle whether they’d down an stay, by touch. It’s amazin’! It
ly things. She moved very daintily and coloring and patterns.’” consider adopting a pooch who couldn’t was sorta hard at first so Mom watched
sniff-sniff-sniffed constantly. hear or see. So Mom, Dad an Finn came that Helen Keller movie about a zillion
down to meet me. A buncha us Great times an learned a lot about patience
“Good seein’ you, Bonz!” said Finn. Danes were in a big fenced-in pen with an per-suh-VEER-ence. An love. We
“Like we discussed, I’ll be your woof- a trailer. I was back by the trailer when have The Best family EVER! Oh, an Pearl
terpreter. Pearl’s official name is Helen I got This Feeling. I followed my Sniffer wants you to see this.”
Pearl Keller, an Mom an Dad call me An- over to the fence and there was a lady
nie Sullivan. Do you know the story of there. It was Mom, which I didn’t know It was the pink heart-shaped ID tag on
those two humans?” at the time, but I could sense she was a her collar. It said, “I am deaf and blind. I
good human and I wasn’t scared at all. feel with my heart.”
I nodded. I put my paws up on the fence and she
“Ever since Pearl first joined our fam- patted me and friffled my ears. I’d never Heading home, I was feeling a lotta
ly (I was around 5 and she was only 15 felt that comftubble before. stuff with my heart, too.
months), we’ve had a special relation- “Then a man with another dog came
ship. I showed her around right away, over with the Rescue Human an asked The Bonz
an it didn’t take her long to map out where the blind an deaf dog was. It was
the house, usin’ Careful Paws an a lotta Dad an Finn. Mom an Dad didn’t even Don’t Be Shy
Nose. After a while, I don’t know ’zackly REElize the pooch Mom was pattin’ was
ME. (Finn knew. He’s amazin.’) So Dad We are always looking for pets
with interesting stories.

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