Local News for Vero Beach, Florida

01/14/2021

Coronavirus in IRC, Jan. 14 update

Afternoon update, Jan. 14, 2021 Indian River County verified 99 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, along with six new deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health county report. This raises the total number of county cases to 8,483, while the death toll increased to 184. The numbers in the reports are provisional and subject to READ MORE.
01/14/2021

‘Coastal Cleanup’ crews remove litter, restore glitter

There was a bustle of activity in and just south of the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area last Saturday morning, where more than 100 volunteers took on the colossal collaborative effort to clean up the property’s undeveloped coastal hammocks, scrubby flatwoods and estuarine wetlands. The Coastal Cleanup was sponsored by Indian River County Parks and Recreation, READ MORE.
01/14/2021

Lasorda’s death brings coda to our Dodgers era

On Friday night, hours after news of Tommy Lasorda’s death began making headlines around the baseball world, I sat at the bar at Bobby’s Restaurant & Lounge, hoping to hear stories about the former Los Angeles Dodgers manager’s annual spring-training stays in our community. “This,” said Bobby McCarthy, the Ocean Drive establishment’s owner, “was Tommy’s READ MORE.
01/14/2021

Get ‘swept’ up in Ballet Vero’s return to stage

Ballet enthusiasts have something to cheer about. It’s been nearly a year, but Ballet Vero Beach finally performs to a live audience this weekend. The group will perform “Chamber Music: Sweeping Dance,” which comprises four different dances. The performance will be set to popular chamber music by Beethoven, Bach, Saint-Saens and Dohnanyi. Just as you READ MORE.
01/14/2021

COVID-19 cases shatter pandemic records for county

The past week saw more pandemic records shattered here with 874 new coronavirus cases – including 71 new cases on the barrier island -and 16 deaths from complications of COVID-19. With an average of 125 new infections daily, the weekly case total was 8.7 percent higher than the previous week. For comparison, an average of READ MORE.
01/14/2021

Antibody treatment available here for high-risk patients

A COVID-19 treatment that may help high-risk patients avoid having to go to the hospital has arrived in Vero Beach just as hospitalizations are approaching record levels in the county. The monoclonal antibody treatment with a tongue-twister name – bamlanivimab – is now available in Indian River County through a Vero clinic that participated in READ MORE.
01/14/2021

‘Teens Listen’: All ears as veterans detail military life

Active listening is the basis of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation’s Teens Listen program, which was launched three years ago from a collaboration prompted by Jonnie Mae Perry, CEO of the Gifford Historical Museum and Cultural Center. In that venture, students interviewed Gifford Pioneers, some of the oldest members of the community. Louise Kennedy, LRJF READ MORE.