In this issue:

Having served in the U.S. military for over two decades, including eight deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, retired Army Ranger Kevin Klepac understands the impact of PTSD and strives to help fellow veterans who are struggling. Photo by Kelly Rogers

Saltwater Therapy

A Vero Beach military veteran is devoting his life—and his boat—to helping other vets
Dolphins are known for their playfulness, intelligence, and curiosity. Their apparent joie de vivre places them among the most beloved marine creatures. A remora tags along for the ride with this breaching dolphin. NOAA NMFS LOC #23069

Dorsal Detectives

Well known for their marine research, Harbor Branch scientists also rush to the aid of imperiled dolphins, whose individual identities they often know
Mark Castlow and Ryan Stark wet test Dragonfly’s 15-foot DGB skiff in Edisto, South Carolina

Born in the Water

Dragonfly Boatworks, brainchild of Mark Castlow, creates custom fishing skiffs right here in Vero Beach

Fashion Forward with Jen Fourmont Brannen

What does a woman do when her values are...
Architect Ed Weber rotated the living area of the house on its cul-de-sac lot to take advantage of the river view. Photo by Aric Attas

One Good Turn in Vero Isles

Bob and Nikki Moses build a contemporary riverfront residence with a twist---literally

Explore the Area

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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A Stable Environment

Winston Churchill famously said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Those who have experienced that special bond with an equine companion, like the team at BG Equestrian, would certainly agree.
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Outlining the Inlet

It's hard to imagine a time when the Sebastian Inlet didn't connect the Indian River Lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean. Today's peaceful waters belie the inlet's storied past.

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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.