In this issue:

Gene Lollis, manager of Buck Island Ranch, checks stock in the field. Photo by Haoyu Li

Ranching and Research at Archbold Biological Station

Cowboys and scientists are teaming up for conservation
Local vendors are at the Vero Beach Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon. Photo by Jared Blais

Local Farmers Markets Go Virtual

Virtual farmers markets make it easier than ever to eat healthy, locally grown food
BK Adventure Florida hosts evening bioluminescence tours out of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in the Indian River Lagoon. Photography by Sam Wolfe

Space Coast Adventures

Within a day trip’s distance of Vero Beach and a stone’s throw from the launchpads of Kennedy Space Center, the natural beauty of Old Florida beckons
Winner of Streets & Neighborhoods, photo by Bob Joy

2022 Vero Beach Magazine Photo Contest Winners

In our second annual photo contest, 113 entrants took 230 photographs that show there’s more to Indian River County than meets the eye
Grateful for the opportunities afforded him in his adopted homeland, Edward Bok intended the Singing Tower and surrounding gardens as a gift to the American people. The site was dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge on February 1, 1929

Inside the Bok Singing Tower

Edward Bok left a legacy of beauty that continues to rank high on Vero Beach residents' destination list.

Explore the Area

Dr. Nancy Baker

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.
Cycling And Recycling Jungletrail

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.

LOCAL FLAVOR

Secret Ingredient with Scott Varricchio

The local chef at the helm of Citrus is driven by a passion for community and cuisine

Sea for Yourself

It’s all about relationships at Joey & Kimmy’s Seafood Market & Restaurant

HOME GARDEN

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.

Ain’t Life Grand?

Members of Grand Harbor Golf and Beach Club claim the people are the heart and soul of the club. Now those people are the club's owners, and it's a bright new day. Member Kathy Tonkel notes, "We are very optimistic and pleased with the direction the club is going."

LOCAL HISTORY

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.