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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Representative Bill Posey has been recognized by a national animal welfare group for his work on behalf of animals.

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TREASURE COAST — With manatees on the move due to changing water temperatures, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is urging boaters to slow down, especially in marked manatee zones.

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FELLSMERE — In President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, about $360 billion is earmarked to help state and local governments mitigate the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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VERO BEACH — The Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal District is partnering with Southeast Secure Shredding and Waste Management to bring residents free paper shredding services on April 17 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Southeast Secure Shredding in Vero Beach.

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VERO BEACH — The Vero Beach City Council has chosen former mayor Dick Winger, 83, to fill the council seat formerly held by Joe Graves. Mr. Winger was previously a councilmember for six years. Mr. Graves resigned on March 5 because he had moved out of the city.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Thanks in part to the generosity of Hometown News readers, the third annual Vero Beach Sock Drive for the homeless was an overwhelming success.

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VERO BEACH - Sea turtle nesting season in Indian River County is March 1 through Oct. 31. The non-profit organization Coastal Connections invites everybody to celebrate the season at their inaugural Tipsy Turtle 2 Mile run/walk on Sat., April 10 from 8-11 a.m., rain or shine, at Sexton Plaza…

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FLORIDA – AAA - The Auto Club Group, is urging drivers to focus on the road ahead of them and not on their smartphones in April which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

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FLORIDA - As of March 29 water temperatures off Key West were around 81.5 degrees Fahrenheit, about five degrees above normal. That does not bode well for the 2021 hurricane season, according to the meteorologists at AccuWeather.

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FLORIDA - The number of Florida law enforcement officer killed this year has now risen to 11 and more than half of the deaths are the result of violent attacks on police officers. Only 2 two line-of-duty deaths had occurred during the same time period last year.

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VERO BEACH - The story, "A Cup of Friendship" will come to life when a saxophone quartet from the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents another installment of the popular Once Upon an Orchestra musical series for children.

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VERO BEACH - The Vero Beach City Council will hold public hearings concerning the long-planned Cultural Arts Village in the Edgewood neighborhood west of downtown Vero Beach. The hearings will be held on April 6 at 8:30 a.m. and April 20 at 5 p.m.

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VERO BEACH - Diamond Drinks, a Pennsylvania-based company that bottles and distributes a variety of beverages, has applied to Indian River County for a jobs grant and a tax exemption to aid their upcoming expansion into Indian River County. County staff has recommended approval of a jobs gra…

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VERO BEACH - On March 17, Treasure Coast Food Bank launched Market Fresh on the Move, a healthy food access program to make it easier for low-income families to obtain nutritious food by bringing a mobile grocery store to their neighborhoods.

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VERO BEACH - Piper Aircraft announced March 22 that Simon Caldecott will retire effective April 2, 2021 after nearly ten years as the company’s president and CEO and 47 years in the aviation industry.

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FLORIDA – A measure to encourage private developers to help restore seagrass in Florida's coastal estuaries has cleared the Florida State House Environment, Agriculture and Flooding Subcommittee.

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FLORIDA - As the latest round of standardized college entrance examinations gets underway, the Attorney General's office is advising parents to beware of emerging standardized test preparation scams.

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FLORIDA – The Attorney General's office has issued a Consumer Alert warning Floridians about an increase in phone calls from impostors posing as Florida law enforcement officers.

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FELLSMERE - The Fellsmere City Council has voted to apply for a $600,000 grant from the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection for improvements to the North Broadway median.

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FLORIDA – The arrival of spring brings increased energy usage, especially since many of us continue to spend more time at home.

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FLORIDA – A bill that would help the Florida tourism industry recover from the ongoing pandemic has been re-introduced in the U.S. House by Florida Representatives Bill Posey (R-FL) and Charlie Crist (D-FL).

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FLORIDA - U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-Florida) and Charlie Crist (D-Florida) reintroduced the American Space Commerce Act, H.R. 1369, in support of American leadership in space.

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FLORIDA - A Consumer Alert has been issued warning Floridians of the possibility that scammers will renew efforts to get a piece of the millions in stimulus money being distributed by the federal government this month.

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FLORIDA - The State of Florida has joined with 14 other states in a lawsuit against Google for what the complaint claims is the internet search giant's multiple violations of federal and state antitrust and consumer protection laws.

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VERO BEACH - Vero Beach City Councilmember Joe Graves has resigned. The city council, which will choose his replacement, is soliciting applications.

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VERO BEACH - The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is halfway through their schedule of adult writing workshops, but there is still time to sign up for any or all of the final three classes.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - There was a rare standing ovation at the Indian River County Commissioners meeting on March 16, when commissioners passed a resolution supporting construction of a new, privately-funded cultural center in Gifford. The center may include a library, studios, galleries, co…

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VERO BEACH - Riverside Theatre for Kids has announced its class schedule for Spring 2021. Director of Theatre Education Kevin Quillinan will lead an all virtual slate of eight-week classes March 29 through May 19. The theater hopes to resume in-person summer camps and classes in June.

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VERO BEACH - Artist Pamela Pike Gordinier, a part-time Vero Beach resident, will present a unique exhibition intended to provoke “soul searching” about race. The exhibition, called “3 Steps Forward – 2 Steps Back”, will premier at Raw Space Gallery in Vero Beach from April 2 - 30. The openin…

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Rhonda DuBord, who is a member of the Freedom Boat Club of Ft. Pierce, landed this permit game fish on April 6 off the second buoy from the Ft. Pierce Inlet. It measured 31-inches and weighed in at 17 pounds!  "It was heavy to hold!" said Rhonda. Nice catch!

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Laura Nan Robertson of Palm Bay told us she hadn't been fishing for 20 years. Then her son Doug took her out off Cocoa recently and she caught the biggest fish ever. A 20 inch 5 pound Bass. Nice catch Laura!

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Joe Helle caught this Crappie in Port St. Lucie on Presidents Day. It weighed in at 1.5 pounds! He told us he's visiting from St. Louis Missouri where it was -3 degrees! Welcome to Florida Joe! Nice catch!