While some facets of the 1715 treasure fleet disaster remain a mystery, one thing is certain: coins and artifacts continue to wash up on Treasure Coast shores.
People who scrounge the beaches with metal detectors hope to recover some of those precious fleet treasures and anything of monetary value.
Members of the Treasure Coast Archeological Society, founded in 1988 by a group of metal detectorists, are driven by a variety of reasons.
Mitch King, the organization’s vice president, has found two silvers rings from the 1715 fleet, but he considers some of his best finds, the rings he’s been able to reunite with people who have lost them.
Photo Caption: Al Zilinsky (left) and John Zias (right) from Unlimited Devotion, a Grateful Dead tribute band performing at Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville earlier this year. (PROVIDED)
First and foremost, Al Zilinsky considers himself a businessman.
But when he was younger, his life revolved around the Grateful Dead. His main focus was on how to get tickets to their concerts.
“I didn’t even worry about food,” Zilinsky said. “Now I’m more balanced.”
Today the 52-year-old’s life centers around his family and his career, but he remains a deadhead for life. In his spare time, he is the rhythm guitarist for Unlimited Devotion, a Grateful Dead tribute band that performs all around Florida. They played June 20 at Terra Fermata.
Zilinsky has been to approximately 250 Grateful Dead concerts, his first was 1977 in Tampa.
The guitarist will be one of the many Florida “Deadheads” attending Grateful Dead reunion shows June 27 and 28 in Santa Clara, California, and July 4 through 6 in Chicago.
“These will be some of the most popular concerts in history,” Zilinsky said of the shows that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band and feature four of its surviving and original members.
He’s been spotted in Hollywood, outer space and jungle safaris. Now you can search for him in Vero Beach.
The Vero Beach Book Center wants everyone to find Waldo, not in the familiar children’s books, but around town.
The character, known for his red and white strip shirt and black-rimmed specs, will be hidden in 25 local businesses such as the book center, Majestic 11 movie theater, ACT Computers and Chive restaurant during July.
PHOTO CAPTION: Treasure Coast Comic Con attendees enter the inaugural event Saturday morning at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. (CHRISTOPHER ARNOLD/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)
The thousands of people dressed like their favorite fictional characters who swarmed into the Port St. Lucie Civic Center over the weekend helped make the Treasure Coast’s inaugural Comic Con a success, according to organizers.
John Mangan, CEO of South Florida Event Management, said more than 10,000 attended the two-day event. He estimates 50 percent were locals and said 25 percent of ticket sales came from Vancouver, Canada.
Mangan said there was a need for a fun, different event, catering to a younger crowd and it was reflected in the attendance.
There were a few snags in ticketing and getting people in the venue as quickly as they would have liked, but the event organizers said Comic Con was a huge success. “We knocked it out of the park,” Mangan said.
PHOTO CAPTION: Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson (12) runs against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of their NFL football game in Kansas City, Missouri, on Dec. 14, 2014. Wilson, a Port St. Lucie High School graduate, will be in Vero Beach June 27 for a charity event. (REED HOFFMANN/AP FILE PHOTO)
It was never a question of whether or not Albert Wilson was going to be successful, it was more about how he would one day give back to the community that has helped him become who he is today.
“He was very driven and strong willed,” said Hilary Poole, his high school football coach, “one of the most focused people I have ever come across. Once he set his mind to something, that was it.”
As a student at Port St. Lucie High School, Wilson, the current wide receiver of the Kansas City Chiefs, wondered how he could make a difference. He asked one of his mentors, Marylin Richardson-Pryor for her advice.
“Make good choices and give back to your community,” said Richardson-Pryor, who was a school-based social worker at the time. “Seek the right path and choose a productive life.”
Taking her wisdom to heart, Wilson will return to Indian River County July 27 for a charity fashion show hosted by Moral Value Love Sincerity Trust, Inc., run by four women, including Richardson-Pryor.
PHOTO CAPTION: The building on Orange Avenue in downtown Fort Pierce, which houses Art Mundo and Anytime Fitness recently was acquired by Steve Tarr and his company, OneEleven LLC. (CRYSTAL CHEW/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)
The changes have already begun.
The building on Orange Avenue in downtown Fort Pierce, which houses Art Mundo and Anytime Fitness, was bought in May by developer Steve Tarr.
His goal is to include the building in a plan to make Fort Pierce Florida’s next big arts destination.
The building is approximately 35,000 square feet; about 5 percent is used for gym space and the remainder is for art. Art Mundo has a downstairs loft and third-floor gallery space with studios for rent.
“We’re going to create a brand for the building,” Tarr said of the acquisition he calls the OneEleven building.
Photo Caption: David FitzSimmons, freelance photographer and writer, has a childbook’s series, Curious Critters. The third book, Curious Critters Marine is shown in photograph.
When David FitzSimmons was in elementary school, his mom, a high school English teacher at the time, would take him to a children’s literature conference at Ohio State University. It was there the landscape and wildlife photographer’s love for books grew.
FitzSimmons’s dad was an outdoor educator and would often bring home such animals as snakes, turtles and lizards. His love of nature grew.Now, the 45-year-old author hopes to spread that love through his series of “Curious Critters” children’s books, which he will present at the
Now, the 45-year-old author hopes to spread that love through his series of “Curious Critters” children’s books, which he will present at the Vero Beach Book Center June 9.
Photo caption: Two-time Grammy nominated song writer and country blues musician Lee Roy Parnell performed May 16 at Terra Fermata in Stuart. (HOBIE HILER/ SPECIAL TO TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)
Regulars at Terra Fermata, the live outdoor music venue in Stuart, might have noticed some changes since its opening in early 2013.
The establishment on Sixth Street, just off Colorado Avenue, plays live music every night and the featured artists have been slowly transitioning from local bands to more national acts like The Original Wailers or festival favorites, Donna the Buffalo. Lee Roy Parnell, a two-time Grammy and three-time Country Music Award nominated artist performed last weekend.
“We are keeping up with our aggressive agenda of attracting national touring bands,” said Ronald Hart, owner of Terra Fermata, who recently booked Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Leon Russell to perform July 23.
To Hart, booking Russell is a huge deal, especially since booking national music acts was his original goal all along.