The Vero Quality of Life
Cradled by the Atlantic Ocean, Vero Beach has been described as "a charming seaside village". The city of 15,000 residents encompasses 11 square miles of sandy beaches and shaded oak tree-lined streets. Vero Beach is the county seat of Indian River County, which has a population of approximately 150,000 residents. The low-rise architecture and uncrowded atmosphere is the result of smart building restrictions (no more than 3-stories on the beach) and concern for the diverse local environment.
Vero Beach is geographically divided by the scenic Indian River Lagoon with the land east of the lagoon referred to as the beachside, and the land west of the lagoon, the mainland. The beachside offers quaint restaurants, specialty shops and boutiques, the nationally recognized Vero Beach Museum of Art and Riverside Theater, banking, professional services, doctors' offices, churches and gourmet food markets without traveling over either of the two bridges to the mainland. The Indian River Medical Center is located just over the bridge off Indian River Boulevard.
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A Little History: The Treasure Coast
The Treasure Coast is the commonly used term for a region in the U.S. state of Florida stretching from south of Hobe Sound in the south to north of Sebastian, including all of the coastal counties of Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin. The name "Treasure Coast" is derived from a number of ships of Spanish galleons (especially those of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet) that wrecked off the coast during the 17th and 18th centuries. Artifacts from these ships have been recovered in the past fifty years, both by amateur and professional treasure-hunters. It is estimated though, that only 30% of the wreckage has been found.