In this issue:

Picturesque views fill every window in this riverfront home on the barrier island, augmented by plenty of open-air spaces and decor that brings the outdoors in. Photography by Jessica Glynn

Inside a Couple’s One-of-a-Kind Island Retreat

A couple retires to the Vero Beach barrier island home of their dreams, with views from every room
Seining at five different habitats in the salt marsh yields many species worth recording and studying

Joy of Discovery with Young Explorers

Local students from the ecology class at Saint Edward’s School join the ranks of lagoon explorers, present and future
Six Blue Angel pilots carry out stunning precision maneuvers in their F_A-18 jets

The Blue Angels Are In the Wings

Next month, the Blue Angels will wow spectators and inspire the next generation of service members and aviators at the Vero Beach Air Show
Barbara du Pont at home. Photo by Sam Wolfe

Golden Opportunities with Barbara du Pont

For the local photographer, unforgettable photographs are born of patience and light
Kris Trustey and Sean McGraw developed a shared vision for the property next to their home that turned it into a place of peace and reflection. Photo by Lauren Rubenstein

Playland with a Purpose

A couple’s seaside cabana welcomes what they value most: family, nature, and philanthropic causes

Explore the Area

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A Passion for Patients

Donating her medical services comes naturally to Dr. Nancy Baker.
Kristen Johnson makes time to give this lucky pooch some love

Everyday Miracles at Local Animal Shelters

Shelter workers face many challenges, but they wouldn’t trade jobs with anyone
McKee Botanical Gardens waterlilies. Photos by JPR Images 2

Waterlily Celebration Returns to McKee Botanical Garden

Enjoy the garden’s 80-plus waterlily varieties and vote for your favorite entry in the Seventeenth Annual Waterlily Photo Contest on June 18
Propelled by an Atlas V rocket, an environmental satellite soars into space just after its 2016 launch from Kennedy Space Center. A joint venture of NASA and NOAA, it sends weather-related images back to Earth. The photo was taken from the end of Gifford Dock Road in Vero Beach. Photo by Sam Wolfe

Living Space on the Treasure Coast

Proximity to Cape Canaveral’s launchpads makes Treasure Coast residents gravitate toward all things NASA and astronomy
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Opening Doors

Sometimes uncertain times require a fresh approach, even to fresh produce. Brittany Swartz, manager of the Farmers Market Oceanside, created the Farmers Market drop off program to ensure that local artisans could get their products to customers, without anyone having to leave the safety of home.
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Cycling and Recycling

Cycling is an excellent way both to explore and get exercise. In the Vero Beach community, it also provides the opportunity to give back.




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Fashion Forward with Jen Fourmont Brannen

What does a woman do when her values are increasingly at odds with her career? When she seeks, but cannot find, high-quality swimwear that...

World of Glass

Meet Karen LaMonte, the artist behind the sculpture "Reclining Dress Absence" in the VBMA's permanent collection at VBMA.


Secret Recipe at Dignity Food Trucks

Dignity Food Trucks are serving up opportunities for a better life

Creative Union at the Green Marlin

Self-taught chef Lou Kolbauer blends his own inventions with ideas from his staff


Green Thumb in the White Sand

The key to successful gardening in Florida is to cooperate with nature

A Slice of Paradise

These Connecticut empty-nesters found the perfect spot to build their dream home in John's Island. "We love the people and the relaxed, low-key vibe; we really just fit in here," Nancy Ozizmir says.


Exploring History

The discrepancy in where Juan Ponce de Leon landed is significant — about 150 miles. Of interest to Indian River County residents is that, instead of four counties away, 20th century historian and navigator Douglas Peck estimates that the historic landing took place in the southern stretch of neighboring Brevard County, just a few miles north of what is now the Sebastian Inlet.

The Gang’s All Here

Over the years, while Vero Beach has been become home to thousands of solid citizens, it appears that it was also home to a few bad apples of the gangster variety also walked our streets decades ago. “Entrepreneurs” John J. Williams and Harry Roberts leased what would later become the Ocean Grill, but they hailed from the Chicago nightclub scene and its organized crime-affiliated gambling establishments.