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Zoom depositions set in YNW Melly capital murder case; Pre-trial discovery continues in 2021

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Corey Arwood
 
| Treasure Coast Newspapers

VERO BEACH — Jamell Demons’ next court appearance — a status hearing where prosecutors and attorneys will discuss the progress of the Gifford rapper’s double homicide capital murder case, possibly by Zoom — is scheduled Jan. 28, 2021.

Despite messages of “Free Melly” from YNW Melly fans, and the 21-year-old incarcerated artist’s tweets saying he’ll “be home soon,” prosecutors said even without the COVID-19 pandemic, homicide cases regularly take “more than a couple years” to reach trial.

Yet, fueled by social media gossip and online clickbait, speculation persists on the status of the rapper’s case and his incarceration.

The Broward County State Attorney’s Office said Demons’ case isn’t going to trial anytime soon, and without bond, Dem...

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No discharges from Lake Okeechobee to St. Lucie River for now, Army Corps of Engineers say

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Tyler Treadway
 
| Treasure Coast Newspapers

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The Army Corps of Engineers won’t discharge Lake Okeechobee water to the St. Lucie River for now, Col. Andrew Kelly, the Corps commander for Florida, announced Friday.

Discharges are still likely, Kelly added in the phone-in news conference.

“It is likely we’ll have to send water to the estuaries before the (rainy) season is over,” Kelly said. “We don’t want to, but if we have to, we will.”

More: Corps could delay Lake O discharges because of king tides, algae

The discharges, which Kelly had warned might be coming, were postponed because the Corps and the South Florid...

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Three new City Council members take office in Sebastian after contentious recall election

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Janet Begley
 |  Special to TCPalm

SEBASTIAN — After 10 months of chaos and confusion, a recall election brought three new members to the City Council Wednesday night.

Frederick Jones, Bob McPartlan and Christopher Nunn were sworn into office to serve out the unexpired terms of Damien Gilliams, Charles Mauti and Pamela Parris, who were removed from office through a recall election Sept. 15.

More than 31 percent of registered voters cast ballots, one of the largest numbers in recent history.

More: Three Sebastian City Council members removed in recall vote

Jones, a former state trooper; McPartlan, a manager for the Florida Department of Children and Families; and Nunn, a computer analyst, took their places on the dais immediately after the oath of office was administered by City Cler...

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COVID-19 on Treasure Coast: What you need to know Thursday, Sept. 24

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Cheryl McCloud
 
| Treasure Coast Newspapers

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To provide our community with important public safety information, our newsroom is making some stories related to the coronavirus free to read. To support important local journalism like this, please consider becoming a digital subscriber.


The Florida Department of Health reported 76 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths Thursday.

The total number of cases on the Treasure Coast increased to 15,887. The cumulative death toll increased to 527. Two new deaths were reported in St...

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Power plant loser for Vero Beach? You haven’t seen Kessler’s Plant Riverside | Opinion

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Laurence Reisman
 
| Treasure Coast Newspapers

This is the first of two columns on this topic.

It’s been one thing to see urban designer Andres Duany’s amazing plans and hear him talk about possibilities for what Vero Beach could do with its old power and sewer plant sites along the Indian River Lagoon.

It was another to speak the other day with a visionary behind a new waterfront “entertainment district” in Savannah, Georgia.

There’s some similarity. Plant Riverside District is anchored on 4.5 acres of an old power plant about a quarter the size of Vero Beach’s old electric plant site on the southwest side of the Alma Lee Loy Bridge.

“I wanted to do something as a gift to the city for something it really needed to get to the next step in its tourism,” Richard Kessler, a Sava...

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Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie rank in Top 20 ‘Oldest Cities in the U.S.’ by median resident age

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Catie Wegman
 
| Treasure Coast Newspapers

Florida’s year-round tropical climate and award-winning beaches are hard to resist when considering retirement.

So, it may not come as a surprise that 11 Florida towns were ranked in the Top 20 ‘”Oldest Cities in the U.S.”

Vero Beach — with a median resident age of 54.5 — and Port St. Lucie — at 48 years old —ranked 4th and 20th, respectively, in a Coventry Direct study. The analysis used U.S. Census Bureau data across 50 major cities nationwide to analyze the population age ratios.

The Villages took the No. 1 spot, as residents averaged 67.5 years old. Other Florida cities included:

  • Punta Gorda  (No. 2)
  • Homosassa Springs   (No. 3)
  • Sebring   (No. 7)
  • Sarasota  (No. 8)
  • Naples   (No. 10)
  • Ocala     (No. 15)
  • Fort Myers    (No. 17)
  • Key Wes...
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‘It’s a blessing’: Food truck drives 13 hours to feed Pensacola residents impacted by Sally

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Carryout boxes loaded with hot dogs, baked beans and potato chips provided more than just nourishment for residents of Oaklodge Mobile Home Park on Wednesday afternoon. 

The warm meals — distributed for free by Dignity Food Truck out of Vero Beach — offered a few moments of stability and a break from the mental anguish west Pensacola residents are experiencing after getting hit particularly hard by Hurricane Sally on Sept. 16. 

“It’s a blessing,” said Oaklodge resident Rachell Breeze on Wednesday, as she waited outside the truck for a boxed lunch, which came with a drink. “It lets you know there is human compassion out there.” 

The Dignity Food Truck made the 13-hour trek from Vero Beach to serve Pensacola’s mos...

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Former Indian River County Sheriff Roy Raymond: A look through the years

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COVID increases boating, but some Treasure Coast boat ramps are closed, damaged

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Ed Killer
 
| Treasure Coast Newspapers

Three or four times a week, Capt. Rufus Wakeman of Jensen Beach tows his 26-foot Pathfinder to the Jensen Beach Boat Ramp on Indian River Drive.

The launch ramp, just minutes from his home, makes it an ideal location to put his boat in the Indian River Lagoon. The ramp provides immediate access to the lagoon, one of the most biodiverse estuaries in the United States and home to world-class fishing.

Only it hasn’t, since Aug. 28.

That’s when Martin County closed it, locking the gates and posting a sign explaining the closure was necessary to conduct needed repairs to both ramps.

Boat ramp closed

To many, a closed boat ramp in a Treasure Coast county may not seem like a big deal...

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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 24, 2020

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Treasure Coast Newspapers

Sad to see the building of four-story housing on the riverfront

I read with interest and sorrow the proposed building of four-story units on the riverfront in Stuart. Some history would include the original proposal of four-story-max buildings in the city. It happened in 1972 and at the same time density was limited to 15 units per acre. The county adopted like rules. It truly makes our area special.

There was objection from development interests, but the public was supportive. We had commissioners who objected but the rule survived by majority.The proposed development would not be allowed today because of density limits had the original limitations not been compromised in later years by changes in Stuart’s comp plan...

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