Art, Theatre, Ecology and more in Vero Beach


RIVERSIDE Theatre presents myriad musical and dramatic shows every season in the larger audience Stark Stage and another series in the intimate Waxlax Theatre in-the-round.  Both venues feature equity theatrical professionals.   Riverside also offers celebrity, concerts, and comedy series, as well as other special events.  The theare is on the island at 3250 Riverside Park Dr, Vero Beach 32963.  Visit online at riverside theatre.com or call 772.231.6990 for reservations. 
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The McKee Botanical Gardens’ old growth lush native landscaping is famous as the second oldest tourist attraction in Florida.  Special events throughout the year.  Hans Frabel flamework glass creations are featured through April 30, 2013.  Located at 350 US Hwy One, Vero Beach 32962.  For visitor information, call 772.794.0601.
 
The Environmental Learning Center is a haven for ecologically minded adults and children of all ages.  Canoe excursions, nature trail guided tours, touch tanks, story hours  and classes are popular local residents and seasonal visitors.  Summer camps are especially popular. Follow the signs posted on the south side of the road the Hwy 510 Causeway on mainland just before the bridge to 255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach 32963. Call 772.589.5050 or online at discoverelc.org



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The Vero Beach Museum of Art is the largest cultural arts facility of its kind on Florida's Treasure Coast. This accredited art museum is a precious gem that is admired, visited, and appreciated by more than 72,000 visitors annually. The Museum offers national and international art exhibitions, studio art and humanities classes, gallery tours, concerts, workshops, seminars, cinema studies, library, lectures, special events and cultural celebrations. Come, Celebrate Art.



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'Taste of Vero' Event
One of our favorite events in Vero Beach is 'Taste of Vero' where we graze along Ocean Drive to enjoy sumptuous samples of delightful entrees, specialty dishes and sweet treats presented by the area restaurants.  A ticket entitles one to eat well and at the same time contribute to a worthy cause, the Treasure Coast Food Bank.  Tickets are limited to 350 people.

Treasure Coast Air Among Cleanest in the Nation! 
According to the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" released on Thursday, that measured ozone air pollution in the Treasure Coast counties that includes Indian River, St Lucie and Martin counties are among the cleanest in the nation.  Researchers explain that the prevailing winds tend to blow off any pollution out over the ocean allowing Treasure Coast residents to enjoy the honor and pleasure of breathing cleaner air.  By contrast, areas on the west coast, such as Pensacola and Tallahassee, suffer the worst air pollution in the state of Florida. 

The Heart Center and Cancer Center at the Indian River Medical Center 
Duke University recently sent congratulations to the Duke affiliated Heart Center at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Florida.  As reported by the respected Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The Heart Center performed 200 cardiac surgeries this year and exceeded expectations with no mortalities and significantly better than national average results.   Our small town medical community proudly strives for and achieves medical excellence.  Accolades for the Cardiac Surgery Team!   The Indian River Medical Center is a general medical and surgical hospital in Vero Beach, FL, with 220 beds. Survey data for the latest year available shows that 55,661 patients visited the hospital's emergency room. The hospital had a total of 13,347 admissions. Its physicians performed 3,623 inpatient and 2,619 outpatient surgeries.

Rankings and Recognitions

The U.S. News analysis of hospitals includes data from nearly 5,000 centers across multiple clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on a variety of patient outcome and care-related factors, such as patient safety and nurse staffing. Hospitals are ranked nationally in specialties and regionally in states and major metro areas. U.S. News assigns a rating to hospitals in a handful of common procedures and conditions, including hip replacement and COPD. This hospital achieved the highest rating possible in 4 procedures or conditions. Read more about how we rank best hospitals.

Regionally Ranked Hospital
#18 in Florida
Recognized in Southern Florida
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The 36,000 square-foot Scully-Welsh Cancer Center houses radiation therapy, chemotherapy, genetic counseling services, education, a resource library, support services and the Dr. Richard Milsten Patient Care Navigator program, assisting patients and their families through their cancer journeys.

The ongoing transformation of IRMC’s cancer program also includes new cancer surgical operating rooms and renovation of inpatient rooms where cancer patients are treated.

Further, our oncology team collaborates with eminent physicians from Duke Health’s renowned cancer program, known to be thought leaders who provide individual alliances for all types of cancers, constantly reviewing and updating care protocols. This means offering the absolute latest treatment options from around the country and even globally, right here at the Scully-Welsh Cancer Center.

Our patients will have access to important clinical research trials, making them often among the first to benefit from new treatment options and state-of-the-art technology.  

Costa d'Este Hotel in Vero Beach, Florida  
Gloria and Emilio Estafan announced the opening of the new luxury oceanfront Costa d'Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach, Florida recently at a New York City gala for travel professionals and travel media representatives.  The hotel Oriente Restaurant features Cuban-infusion cuisine.  Costa d'Este is located in the heart of the appealing Vero Beach island shops and restaurants and near the Vero Beach Art Museum and Riverside Theatre.  The managers Benchmark Hospitality International is accepting reservations for the 94 guestrooms and suites at 772-562-9919 and http://www.costadeste.com/

PIPER AIRCRAFT WILL STAY in VERO!   - April 28, 2008
After many, many months of mostly closed door negotiations, the Indian River County Commission voted unanimously this morning to offer Piper the financial incentive package that Piper acknowledged will keep the aircraft company here in Vero Beach, Florida.  This means that we will retain the nearly 1,000 current jobs and the agreement also commits Piper to build the new Piper-Honda personal jet and other new projects such as Matrix here in Vero Beach.  Piper will add at least 400 new jobs to receive the incremental payments of $12 million local funds and $20 million additional state funds. 
The formal announcement of Piper's acceptance of the offer appears to be only a formality at this point awaiting Piper Board of Directors final approval,  and a formal announcement and celebration will occur with all dignitaries present, including Florida Governor Crist before June 30, 2008. 
 
Because I personally attended the meeting this morning in Vero Beach, Florida at the Indian River County Commission where the Commission voted to approve the State of Florida Financial Incentive Package, I took these photos to document this auspicious occasion!  Piper employs about 1,000 currently here is Vero Beach.  The company is committing to add at least 400 additional jobs over the next few years in order to receive the incremental payments from the $32 million fund.  That's me taking the photo.
 
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SPECIAL CALL MEETING:
Details about the Financial Incentive Package were presented to the County Commission this morning April 28, 2008 prior to the unanimous approval of the long anticipated results of the Piper Aircraft, Indian River County and the state of Florida negotiations.  This Special Call Meeting in Vero Beach, Florida announced the agreement between the Indian River County Commission and Piper Aircraft at 9 am this morning.  Commissioner Gary Wheeler made the motion to accept the agreement and Sandra Bowden seconded the motion.  Commissioners Joseph Flescher and Peter O'Bryan joined to vote for the proposal.  Commissioner Wesley Davis had to call in his vote in favor of the proposal as he was being towed into shore by the Coast Guard.  Apparently his early morning fishing trip was not completed quite as planned.   
 
Payment One:  Details about the Financial Incentive Package were presented to the County Commission this morning April 28, 2008 prior to the unanimous approval of the long anticipated results of the Piper Aircraft, Indian River County and the state of Florida negotiations.  Below is an explanation about what must occur prior to Piper Aircraft receiving the first payment:
1.  Public announcement  that Piper will remain in Vero Beach
2.  Affidavit of 75 confirmed PiperJet orders and deposits of $5 million
3.  Retention of 963 jobs
4.  $15 million in product development
5.  51 new full-time employees
 
Payment Two:  Details about the Financial Incentive Package were presented to the County Commission this morning April 28, 2008 prior to the unanimous approval of the long anticipated results of the Piper Aircraft, Indian River County and the state of Florida negotiations.  Below is a photo of Slide 3 of the presentation that explains the requirements for Piper to receive the second payment. 
1.  $10.7 million investment in capital equipment
2.  Public announcement of proof of concept for PiperJet or alternate project
3.  152 new full time jobs
4.  Commitment to invest $10.7 million additional capital
Payment Three:  Details about the Financial Incentive Package were presented to the County Commission this morning April 28, 2008 prior to the unanimous approval of the long anticipated results of the Piper Aircraft, Indian River County and the state of Florida negotiations.  Below is a photo of Slide 4 of the presentation outlining the benchmarks to be achieved prior to the third payment of the Retention Agreement to keep Piper in Vero Beach, Florida. 
1.  $21.3 million Piper investment in capital equipment
2. $20 million Piper investment in product development
3.  19 new full time employees

 
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