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Best Photo Bomb Contest Winners

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Marley Had Other Plans.

by Rebecca
Votes: 137   |   Views: 150

1st Place

Value: $207

River King Cruise: Four (4) River King Cruise Tickets, valued at: $128. Riverside Theatre Comedy Zone: Four Tickets to any Comedy Show, valued at: $64. The Buggy Bunch: One (1) 2018 Buggy Bunch Discount Cards, valued at: $15.



Yep, Oscars, Twitter, Me, Ellen

by Bonnie Owings

Votes: 69   |   Views: 92

2nd Place

Value: $132

Pink Pelican Florist: 1 Custom Bouquet of Flowers Delivered, valued at: $75. Eminence Hair Design: 1 Gift Certificate for a Mens or Womens Haircut (Sebastian), valued at: $57.



The Mad Bomber – She Jumped In Front Of The Camera And Then Was Mad About The Flash

by Rebecca

Votes: 69   |   Views: 215

3rd Place

Value: $120

Vero Beach Karate Association: One Month of Karate Lessons, Includes Uniform, valued at: $120.



Deer, What Deer, Where, What???

by Linda
 

Votes: 43   |   Views: 63

4th Place

Value: $60

Main Street Vero Beach: A City Scapes Drawing, Unframed, valued at: $35. Baci Trattoria: 1 Gift Certificate, valued at: $25.

Raffle

Value: $31

Beach Soul Boutique: Handmade Sea Glass Bracelet, valued at: $16. The Buggy Bunch: One (1) 2018 Buggy Bunch Discount Cards, valued at: $15.



Help Me!!!! It’s Chewbacca!!!!

by Lana Rae
Votes: 47   |   Views: 175
 

Most Creative

Value: $25

Chive: 1 Gift Certificate, valued at: $25.

What'SUP Vero Beach

What’SUP Vero

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Vero Beach

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Have you noticed all the long surfboards people are carrying about in Vero Beach? To the uninitiated, it might seem that Vero is a haven for Long Boarders or an old surfers haven. There are positively “Two Girls for Every Boy” in this town, actually more like four. Just ask any young woman you know. That’s a whole ‘nother story.

What we are witnessing is the infancy of a sport known as Stand Up Paddleboarding, SUP for short. What is happening is that people are letting go of their fears and giving it a go. And when fears are banished the free go far.

Vero Beach is blessed to be at the center of two incredible assets, the Fort Pierce Inlet and the Sebastian Inlet. If you’ve read “A Land Remembered” you will note that the Fort Pierce Inlet played a major role in Florida’s Citrus history as the New England market’s access to our crops. Sebastian Inlet has a much rowdier and perhaps tawdry history wrapped up in Local, State and then Federal politics making for a good many tales of epic proportion. Let’s explore that sometime.

What these inlets do is allow a continual resurgence of open ocean currents to enter and retreat from the Indian River providing the life for of the “lagoon”, an estuary of international impact. They also provide a magnet for the marine life in the river and a synergy of life along the coastline of the Atlantic. The unique reefs offshore of Indian River County combine with this flow of life from the Gulf Stream to produce an environment for a renewal of species up and down the food chain including our own.

This is the backdrop of the incoming tide of the SUP’ers here in Vero. Many locals have been involved for a long time. In fact, we are home to the manufacturer of a highly specialized line of paddleboards. Mark Castlow and company at Dragonfly Boatworks began making versions of paddleboards that incorporates proprietary designs from their successful flats boats and more. Because of their expertise in the flats, their paddleboard has caught on and been shipped worldwide with Dubai as one of the more interesting drops. And they have had a very satisfied client in Jimmy Buffet who loves to use his for Bone Fish excursions.

Breconshire Shipwreck SUP

So where is everyone paddling? The answers are as varied as the paddlers themselves. It will depend upon their interests, what they want to see and experience. For our oceanfront visitors and hotels guests at Disney, Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, Holiday Inn, Coste d’Este, and Waldo’s the Breconshire Wreck is the first stop. They will easily see the exhaust pipe, the hull’s outline and a bit of a reef on calm, clear days. From there, it is best to head south to the Rio Mar reefs for the best views of sea life and reef formations.

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What is hugely important for this and every paddle is safety. Some if not all of the outfitters will include a leash in the rental and this is key. When you are in the ocean or river you will be subject to wind and currents. You do not want to get separated from your board or your paddle. The second critical piece of equipment would be a personal flotation device or PFD. It seems ridiculous since you may be leashed to your board but it is key especially for the novice paddler. The U.S. Coast Guard requires you to have one on the board at least if you will be outside of the surf zone. Yes, there is an entire world of Surfing SUP capabilities, again for another story. Watch out for Murphy’s Law when it comes to water sports, have safety top of mind.

For the Indian River start with Round Island’s Riverside Park, a crowd favorite. There is a SUP/ Kayak drop off circle and a safe sandy beach to launch from. Again, have your safety equipment on your board and use a leash every time. It is actually more important in the river because you can easily become complacent about safety as you enter a state of calm along the way. You will think that you have found paradise; the quiet and easygoing vibe will be all the more heightened because you are literally floating away.

After a while try your skills at other launch sites in the area. The obvious ones are found in other parks in the city and County. MacWilliam Park Boat Ramp is a terrific place to launch with access to the City Marina and islands north of the launch site. The Vero Beach Rowing Club has installed a great floating dock that is also available for launching but watch yourself when standing up too close to the dock. You may also want to launch from Riverside Park and again watch yourself standing up only after you have pushed away from the shore or ramp. The south end includes Memorial Island and much more.

This is a snippet of the adventures you can have with a SUP adventure on the water here in Vero Beach. As with any water activity know your craft, skills and safety equipment. To that add local shore and water knowledge such as bottoms and tides. Always, always, and ALWAYS… Feet First if you need to enter any body of water. Some people will wear waterproof shoes or booties; there will be obstacles in the cushy sand below. Don’t get lulled into feeling too safe. My hope is that everyone who puts off from shore will return safely. And never paddle alone. Next time let’s see where to rent SUP equipment and what they offer for their guests.

Paddle on.

Paddles by the Sea

Paddles by the Sea

If you are looking for tours or rentals please visit Paddles by the Sea. They have two locations one beachside at the Holiday Inn and riverside at Riverside Cafe.

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Vero Beach Paddle Board RentalsVero Beach has even more options for renting paddle boards. Click photo to read more.

Vero Beach Foodie Summer Specials

Vero Beach Summer Specials

 

Here we have compiled a list of the Restaurant Summer Specials in Vero Beach, Sebastian and Indian River County.


Pizzoodles

Welcome to Pizzoodles! We are Vero Beach’s finest and most fun family owned pizza and pasta restaurant. We are located on Royal Palm Pointe on the Indian River in Vero Beach Florida. Come in for lunch or dinner today!

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Tuesday

2 for $25.00

Winey Wednesday

Half Off Bottles of Wine

Thursday Wine & Dine

Complete Dinner For $50.00

Dine Time

Daily 4-5:30

Bogo ½ Off Entrees Only

To Go Only

Tuesday – Thursday

All Day Buy A Specialty Pizza Or 1 Topping Pizza Save $7.95 On Your 2nd Pizza

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The Italian Cousin 

Available 4 pm – 9 pm

Monday Night Twinners

Get an exact twin of your dinner for one price! Dine in only!

Steak & Spaghetti Tuesdays – $16.95

Hand Cut 12oz NY Strip with Spaghetti Marinara…additional steak options available

Red & White Wednesdays – $16.95

Cold Water Clams or PEI Mussels with Linguine…Red or White

4 for $40 Thursdays – 4 Choices, 4 People = $40.00 Total!

Includes Salad & Bread – Menu Changes Weekly! Dine in Only!

2 for 1 Wines Saturday

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Capt’n Butchers Seafood Grille & Marina

Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Takes Reservations, Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For, Groups, Good For Kids, Take Out, Catering, Waiter Service, & Outdoor Seating.

A Complimentary Chef’s Appetizer or Drink with a purchase of $20 or more

One per table, up to a $10 value.  May not be combined with any other offers or discounts. Not available on holidays or with special menus. Offer valid only at Capt’n Butcher’s restaurant. Tax & gratuity not included. 

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Johnny D’s Market & Bistro

Welcome to Johnny D’s Market and Bistro, located on Vero Beach’s beautiful barrier island. Whether you’re looking to feed 1 or 100 the Amelio Family looks forward to accommodating all of your culinary needs, using only the finest ingredients around. Stop by today to see what’s new and exciting here at Johnny D’s.

Offered all Night

Prix Fixe $16 Entrees

$5 Select Glasses of Wine

Includes Free Gelato, Any flavor

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Di Mare

Two can dine for $49 with a Bottle of Wine

Meal includes soup, salad and choice of: fresh veal, fresh fish, eggplant, shrimp or liver. Add $10 per person and get a 6 oz. filet mignon with cognac sauce.

Di Mare Vero Beach serves only the finest in gourmet French and Italian cuisine. Fly across the seas of the Atlantic and Mediterranean with the tastes of Paris to Milan and Venice to Nice.

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The Tides

The Tides has been defining Treasure Coast cuisine since March of 2000. Leading a team of classically trained culinarians is Chef Leanne Kelleher graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. With her distinctively Floridian style, Chef Leanne, uses only the freshest seafood, locally grown, organically raised vegetables and the finest meats to create masterful presentations of both flavor and form.

Sunset Menu $17

Available Daily 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

$5 House Wine & Well Drinks

Choice of Tides’ House Salad, Caesar Salad, or BLF Iceberg Wedge

Entrees:

Pork T-Bone, Chicken, Scottish Salmon, Steak Marsala, Fettuccini & Shrimp

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Bistro Fourchette

Bistro Fourchette was opened in November 2015 by Chef Stéphane and his wife, Loretta.  Chef Stéphanedisplays his talent and skill on every plate served at Bistro Fourchette.  His love for French cuisine is evident in his menu and daily specials.

Tuesdays – ½ Off Select Wines

Prix Fixe – 5:30 – 6:15

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Captain Hiram’s Blackfins 

Blackfins Riverfront Grill offers Sebastian’s best riverfront dining. Grab a table on our scenic riverfront deck for the freshest seafood.

$8 Burgers on Mondays

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Green Marlin Restaraunt & Raw Bar

The Green Marlin Restaurant and Raw Bar serves up high-end seafood in a casual, Irish pub atmosphere. Join us for happy hour today!

Happy Hour – Offered Daily

4 pm – 7 pm & 9 pm –  Close

½ Price Select Drinks

Early Bird Menu

4 pm – 5:30 pm Monday – Thursday

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Trattoria Dario

3 Courses for $29 Per Person

Appetizers

Cozze All’Arancia, Prosciutto E Melone, Carpaccio Di Pomodori

Entrees

Fettucine Al Salmone, Pollo Asiago, Medaglioni Di Maiale, Mahi-Mahi Francese

Happy Hour

4 pm – 6 pm and 9 pm – Closing

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The Wave Kitchen & Bar Vero Beach

Early Bird Dinner

Three Courses $22 Per Person

Sunday – Thursday 5 pm – 6 pm

$12 Lunch Menu

Monday – Friday

Endless

Bloody Mary’s or Mimosas + Entrée Combo for $30

Happy Hour

Daily: 4 pm – 6 pm

½ Off Appetizers

$4 Draft Beer

$5 House Wine

$6 House Cocktails

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