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The Trans-Florida Central Railroad Trail is a popular place for runners and cyclists to exercise

Visiting the History of Fellsmere

The Kitching Switch Trailhead, Marsh Landing Restaurant, and Marian Fell Library tell of Fellsmere's past and present
Amanda Hendry and Jack Foster are moving up in the ranks of national pickleball players. Photo by Steven Martine

Pickleball’s Power Couple

Whether it was love at first dink or a shared passion for America's fastest growing sport, Jack Foster and Amanda Hendry are rising stars on the pro pickleball circuit
The McKee ponds are cleaned regularly by garden staff. Weeds are removed daily along with duckweed and blooms that have died off. Photo by Martina Tannery

A Splash of Color at McKee Botanical Garden

June is the peak month for water lilies, and McKee Botanical Garden is the place to see them in abundance
Anna Artigas, adopted from a Chinese orphanage at age 4, is now a voice of hope for people around the world enduring a rare medical condition. Photo by Kelly Rogers

From Hardship to Hope with Anna Artigas

A Vero Beach teen living with a rare condition serves as a role model for families across the world
Madalyn works with third grade teacher Noelle Grantham during a reading period that includes a section on space. Anthony and Zuri look on. Photography by Kim Bottalico

Reading at Full Blast

The Learning Alliance's Moonshot Moment is serving as a booster for elementary school literacy levels

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.


Fattoria Poggio Alloro’s Tuscan Roots

In the rolling hills outside of the medieval town of San Gimignano sits a family farm that blends tradition and innovation

Spirit of Culinary Exploration

At the helm of Quail Valley's culinary ventures, Chef Joe Faria draws on his Portuguese heritage


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."


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.