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Windsor residents Rob Long, Bob King, Jeff Zimmer, and Jon Rubinstein stand in the wine cellar established by the Weston family. Photo by Verola Media

Take a Tour of Windsor’s Wine Cellar

Windsor’s Wine Cellar is a 2,000-square-foot journey around the world
Artists’ renderings offer a preview of the exterior of the East Coast Zoological Society’s planned Aquarium and Conservation Center, set to open in 2027

A New Aquarium and Conservation Center on the Horizon

The Brevard Zoo is set to be joined by a sister facility to the north: the Aquarium and Conservation Center
Some of the local spots Mizerek frequents for inspiration while painting en plein air are McKee Botanical Garden, Jungle Trail, and the balcony of his home at Village Spires

Inside the Paintings of Leonard Mizerek

Having painted in Venice, Paris, and New York City, plein air and maritime artist Leonard Mizerek has found anchorage in Vero Beach
Blue Spring State Park. Photo by Teresa Lee Rushworth

Add a Spring to Your Step

Just two counties away, the cool, clear waters of Blue Spring beckon
Winner: Indian River Lagoon

Winners of the 2023 Photo Contest

Images poured in for our annual photo contest; now it’s time to soak up the splendor

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.


Plate as Palette with Chef Rico Hosena

The chef at the helm of Grand Harbor’s Beach Club brings his own creative flair to classical European cuisine

The Art of the Board with Tasteful Grazings

With entertaining season on the horizon, the art of charcuterie brings variety and panache to social gatherings


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.