Good to see these signs!

Finally, Vero Beach has decided to do something to discourage panhandling.

The number of panhandlers in Indian River County mushroomed in 2017. They can be found at several high-traffic intersections inside the city limits.

The city started putting up signs on Feb. 2.

Read more about the signs in this week’s issue.

Big believer in the FBI

Major Eric Flowers is the 11th person from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office to graduate from the FBI National Academy, a 10-week training program in Quantico, Virginia.

The names of the local graduates, which includes former Sheriff Roy Raymond, are on a plaque in Flowers’ office.

The only local graduate currently working for the Sheriff’s Office is Capt. Anthony Consolo.

With the FBI being the target of bias claims by President Donald Trump and his supporters, I wanted to get Flowers’ perspective of the FBI. Check out this week’s issue.

The pride of Florida’s 67 counties

Who is the most famous person in each of Florida’s 67 counties?

In this week’s issue of Lemmon Lines, I mentioned this article that was found on the website of Miami TV station WPLG.

I’ll admit, I was surprised by the person listed under the Indian River County heading. (Upon further review, though, I couldn’t come up with anyone more “famous.”)

Check it out.

Business from a bygone era

If you’ve driven on southbound U.S. 1 between Oslo Road and Highland Drive, you’ve probably seen the sign for Vero Typewriter.

Believe it or not, it’s a business that still services and sells typewriters.

In the photo above, Eddie Nugent (whose parents started the business in 1969) is surrounded by vintage typewriters.

See this week’s issue for more about this one-of-a-kind business.

Keen interest

The Vero Beach Book Center didn’t receive copies of “Fire and Fury” (Michael Wolff’s new book about the Trump White House) until this week. Who knows how many copies it could have sold over the weekend, but the shipment had not arrived.

The book was originally scheduled to be released today (Jan. 9), but the publisher moved things up by four days because of the intense publicity.

I was there shortly after 9 a.m. on Friday just to see how much interest there was in the book. Two customers had already asked for the book, and workers were fielding several calls.

Lunch with mom

One thing I love about Vero Beach is the small-town feel. It was neat to walk into C.J. Cannon’s recently and see Pat Cannon and her son, Chuck, having lunch in the lobby.