Vero Beach Lifeguard Association Monthly Beach Report January 2018

Our Mission:

To promote lifeguarding and water safety in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities






Total Park Attendance 40,430

Preventative Actions 735

Minor Medicals 8

Major Medicals 0

Rescues 0

Average Water Temperature 70

Beach Erosion Fluctuating

Stinging Marine Life Moderate


General Conditions


Colder temperatures and windy conditions kept most people off the beach for much of January. There were no reported rip current rescues or major medical emergencies in or outside the lifeguarded parks. Water temperatures are slowly rising into the low 70’s. “Shore break” occurs when waves crash on the shoreline in a few inches of water and a “drop off” is formed when the water depth quickly increases after entering the water. These two conditions are common at our beach. Swimmers should be aware of these potential hazards before entering the water. All swimmers are advised to pay close attention to beach condition signs and flags, swim near lifeguard towers and avoid swimming during non- guarded hours.


Areas of Progress


The City of Vero Beach is restoring the protective dune at Conn and JC beaches. The Humiston protective dune is scheduled to be restored as well. All dune restoration is scheduled to be completed by March 1 st, the start of turtle nesting season.


Areas of Concern


With a heavy shore break along our beaches, some swimmers turn their backs on the large, crashing waves. Serious injury can result using this technique. VBLA recommends swimmers avoid the water during heavy shore break but if you must enter the water, dive or duck under the breaking waves, arms first to avoid head, neck or back trauma. As beach attendance grows, more and more people are outside the guarded areas posing a challenge for lifeguards. Dog owners continue to bring dogs on the beach violating City ordinances. The blue recycle bins have not been placed back on the beach since Hurricane Irma. 




Park Attendance: includes areas immediately north and south of each park

Preventative Actions: stopping potential incidents before they occur

Minor Medicals: a medical incident which is treated on-site by lifeguard/EMT


Major Medicals: a medical incident that required Emergency Medical Services


About VBLA


This report is furnished by the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association, a non-profit, 501C3 organization. Its mission is to promote water safety and lifeguarding in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities.

Contact us at or (908)797-8725. Visit us at Donations are appreciated. Monies raised are used to purchase equipment, supplies, staffing and training for the lifeguards from the city of Vero Beach. Please send donations to: VBLA, 1351 White Heron Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32963.

Vero Vine Top 9 Seafood Joints

Living on the Treasure Coast we have access to some of the best seafood around! We’ve compiled a list of local restaurants that are serving the freshest of the fresh! Let us know what your favorite spot is in the comments below!

The Green Marlin Restaurant and 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!

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The Wave

Every detail of The Wave Kitchen & Bar was designed to make you feel like you are attending a cozy dinner party in a friend’s home.

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Heatons Reef

Casual Bar & Grill open to the public right on the beach at the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

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The Patio Seafood Tavern

The Patio Seafood Tavern is located in a historic building in downtown Vero Beach offering some of the finest fresh seafood served in an inviting atmosphere.

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Mulligans Beach House

Our restaurants are open 7 days a week, 365 days a year to serve breakfast, lunch & dinner. Mulligan’s offers an array of daily drink and food specials. Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill is fun and family-oriented.

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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.

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Joeys Seafood Shack

Serving the finest fresh seafood on the Treasure Coast! Owners Joe Fenyak and Kimmy Coveny invite you to visit Joey’s Seafood Shack Specialty Seafood Market and Restaurant! We offer a wide variety of northern and local fresh seafood, delivered daily. Salmon, Flounder, Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Lobster, Shrimp, Oysters, Clams, Crab, Stone Crabs, Blue Crabs (seasonal), Boutique Wines, Artisan Breads, Brooklyn Pasta, Seasonings, specialty products and more We also feature a wide selection of homemade prepared Meals & Soups To-Go.

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Riverside Cafe

The Riverside Cafe opened before we can remember. In fact, we like to think it has always been and will always be here, sitting pretty alongside the Indian River in Vero Beach, Florida.

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Ocean Grill

The landmark restaurant, Ocean Grill, is known for its consistent food and its precarious perch over the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, FL.

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Vero’s Beach Lifestyle Photo Contest Winner

The Wall
by Justin Price
Votes: 286   |   Views: 114

1st Place

Value: $800

Stacey Morabito: An original Highwaymen painting (unframed) from Stacey Morabito of Dale Sorensen Real Estate, valued at: $800.

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