If Frances Langford was alive I’m pretty sure she would have been a River Warrior. She loved Martin County and loved this corner of the universe I live in.
Everything around here has her name on it. She had died a few years before I got here but she was everywhere here on the ancient sand dunes where we all share sacred ground.
This is a special place.
Frances Langford and her first husband Jon Hall In 1948, donated , 20 acres of land near her estate in Jensen Beach, Florida, to the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, which named it Langford Hall Park. Located at 2369 N.E. Dixie Highway, just south of the Stuart Welcome Arch, it is known today simply as Langford Park and is one of the county’s major parks.
After leaving Hollywood life, she kept up her pastimes of boating and sport fishing. As a nightclub singer in 1955, she married Outboard Marine Corporation President Ralph Evinrude. They lived on her estate in Jensen Beach and built a Polynesian-themed restaurant and marina on the Indian River they named The Frances Langford Outrigger Resort, where Langford frequently performed. Locals and celebrities flocked to the site. Evinrude died in 1986. In 1994, she married Harold C. Stuart, who had served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Affairs of the United States Air Force (1949-51) under President Harry S. Truman. They spent the summers in Canada on Georgian Island and journeyed to the Island from their home in Florida aboard their 110-foot yacht “The Chanticleer”, which was a popular tourist attraction when moored at the Outrigger Resort. Stuart survived Langford (who had no children) and died in 2007 at the age of 94.
Langford was a supportive member of the Jensen Beach community and constantly donated money to the community. She was a great philanthropist and her generosity to the Florida Oceanographic Society located on Hutchinson Island, Stuart, Florida was well known. The site provides education and research of the ocean, reefs and environment in the Florida area.
She died at her Jensen Beach home at age 92 from congestive heart failure. According to her wishes, she was cremated and the ashes strewn off the coast of Florida near her residence. In 2006, the Frances Langford Heart Center, made possible by a bequest from her estate, opened at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Florida.”
“Once owned by philanthropist and old-Hollywood actress Frances Langford, the St. Lucie River waterfront property is zoned low-density residential with a maximum 1.4 units per acre. Other than six existing houses, the land is vacant, according to Martin County Growth Management.
Commissioner Sarah Heard on Tuesday said the project has the potential to be a “beautiful property we can all be proud of,” but urged the developers to keep the environment in mind.
“(Ten) acres is all we’re guaranteed?” Heard asked about a designated preserve area. “It would be a crime to get rid of some of these old-growth oaks and so forth.”
The crime has been committed. The developer’s have no respect for Frances, the people of Martin County, the heritage, or the history.
They are rapists of the land.
Destruction at Langford’s Landing Photo: Rebecca Fatzinger
Every tree pulled out photo by Julie Williams
Total destruction photo by Julie Williams
Here are all the amazing things she did for Martin County.
So according the news John Michael Janaskas, who was court ordered to drug rehab in Jensen beach, was dropped off at a Walmart because the rehab center “didn’t want the heat.” The news reported that “Martin County sex offender” was taken to another rehab in Miramar. We still have lots of questions.
I want to be very clear. I am very much for good treatment. Our citizens do not have the option of a special treatment houses. They have nothing. Our mentally ill end up in jail. Or they get 15 minute at New Horizens to get their prescription refilled. I worked on a great CD unit in Ft Lauderdale. In order to work there I had to be credentialed. A few months ago I had an issue with urinating for my urine test. I had to pay 250 dollars for a blood test and I was happy to do so. But I (The RN with no record is guilty and has no to proven innocent). These guys are just innocent and through some loop hole they do not have to obey the same laws and rules as the rest of us.
Why won’t our legislators do something about this?
How does a person who is a sex offender get court ordered to Jensen Beach to a licensed drug rehab around the corner from me and then get dropped off at Walmart? Do these people have the good sense to do business and keep the the rest of us safe?
The news reported they could not say which recovery center because it was protected by HIPAA. People are protected by HIPPA not buildings. Rehabs, sober houses etc are a matter of public record.
So yesterday I heard a bunch of things. I was told these places cannot be regulated. This place can and is regulated under the laws of the State of Florida which means it follows the rest of the rules that we all do. They will be investigated but we still have not answered the question as to why are people being ordered for treatment in Florida a state with such an incredible huge drug problem. This is like the issue of the Lost dogs of South Carolina. Why are we bringing more dogs to a state that has a huge amount of homeless dogs that are being euthanized.
So someone needs to find out about this. How does this work?
The treatment center dropped him off at Walmart and not the Martin County Sheriff’s office because “They didn’t want the heat.”
So in fact, the people that put us in danger was the treatment center and the person in question found his way to another treatment center because he knew he was in deep doodoo.
Apparently, when he got kicked out of the treatment center he reached out to the outreach coordinator at the facility in Jensen Beach who got him here in the first place. This person got him into the center in Miramar. Where was the person when the BOLO went out? Did this person call the police explain the situation?
So the treatment center has a lot “splainin to do.
And they will. They have lots of people to answer to.
The good news is this issue has put this issue front and center. I wrote last week about motels being bought up and turned into treatment centers, sober homes, half ways houses for the people up north is really coming to light. The fact Martin County has allow these place to sprout up everywhere in our neighbors it seems they have a lot of “splanin to do.
Instead of repeating the same thing over and over again there are things that can be looked at. There is a difference between a “sober home” and a licensed facility.
The sheriff himself confused calling this a sober home when it’s not. It’s a licensed drug rehab. So someone please educate him as to the difference.
“A lot of people have reached out to me this week which is great. What I heard is this: “They are popping up everywhere and people are worried. One person said she is constantly calling the police and no one is doing anything. I heard the problem is Epic is Rio. That MCSO has no interest. There is drug abuse and distribution and break ins.”
Which is why I laugh when some guy want’s to build some massive yuppie land in Rio. Who is going to buy these places between the drug issues and the train horns and the filthy dirty stinky water? A lot of people. Want to know why? All this will get sweep under the rug. It won’t get dealt with.
We know this happens because we see it. I see it in FIsherman’s Haven. I see it at the corner store when someone asks me for money to buy pot. Everyday it get scarier over there.
“For years, the proliferation of sober houses has been a source of frustration for city leaders and neighbors.
Both groups groused about the lack of regulation in place to govern sober houses, which are group homes that shelter people recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.
“It’s the wild west,” Delray Beach Mayor Gary Glickstein said.
Sober houses dot the landscape in several Broward and Palm Beach county communities, including in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach.
But now two proposals aim to bring order to what many say is a chaotic situation.
A proposed state law under consideration in the annual Florida legislative session would impose regulations on the facilities.
“Unfortunately, there are houses popping up everywhere which are “addiction counseling” houses. Some on my very street. When I asked what I can do about it, the city basically said “Follow your instinct. We can’t refuse because it is an ADA compliance.”
The measure would require registration with the state, including disclosure of the number of people served at each site, and implement background checks. Operators would have to show proof of fire, safety and health inspections and compliance with local zoning ordinances. And felons convicted of violent crimes wouldn’t be allowed as owners and operators.
Neighbors seethe over unsupervised residents congregating in and around the homes and city officials complain they’re powerless to do anything, even in the face of problems, because people recovering from addictions are protected under federal fair housing and disability laws. Clemens, Glickstein and Hager said government officials don’t know who’s staffing the homes, what kind of people are residing in them, or even basic numbers about how many exist and how many residents are there.
“Unregulated sober homes are popping up in the middle of neighborhoods and in many cases essentially changing the character of those neighborhoods,” Clemens said. Hager said the sober homes “have been plaguing our cities and our residents.”
Glickstein and state Rep. Gwyndolen “Gwyn” Clarke-Reed, D-Deerfield Beach, said the number of sober homes increased during the real estate meltdown, during which foreclosed houses were bought cheaply and turned into sober homes.
“Something definitely has to be done,” Clarke-Reed said.
Not so fast, said James Green, a West Palm Beach lawyer who has repeatedly and successfully challenged cities’ attempts to restrict sober homes in South Florida. He said people in recovery are a protected class under the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.
“It’s a problem that’s motivated by hostile neighbor prejudice against people in recovery,” Green said, urging people to substitute blacks or Jews for people in recovery. “If there was neighborhood opposition to people who belong to other protected groups, we’d be saying that they were racist or anti-Semitic.”
Efforts to impose restrictions amount to politicians pandering to “the voices of intolerance,” he said. “It’s more easy to demonize than understand.”
He said the model of having people “who are committed to sobriety” living and working together is a successful way to help people stay away from drugs and alcohol.”
This is great but it’s not what is happening.
The issue I have with Mr Green is this. I understand what he is saying. but we have no idea who the people are that are running these places. Are they even licensed mental health counselors. We are all for recovery. What we are not for is becoming alcoholic/drug center of the universe. There is no regulation. I’m a nurse and in order to work with people who are protected under the American’s Disabilities Act I have to be credentialed. Finger prints. urine tests, FBI background checks, physicals, tb tests, cpr and more. It cost’s me a fortune to stay credentialed. If a person is protected under the American’s Disabilities Act then the people taking care of them need to be credentialed. It’s not intolerance. It’s keeping the people safe.
This is Florida. Land of the Scam. If there is a loophole it will be found and only until something tragic happens will something maybe be done.
Again and again the people of Martin County are not protected. We are the Cassidaga of drug addiction. Send us your heroin addicts. We don’t have enough of our own.
So these are the big ticket items that we need to know about.
Who is running these sober homes? Are they credentialed under the State of Florida?
Why are people getting court ordered from Florida? How does that work?
Is there a limit to how many facilities can go into a county.
Why are these places even here and our citizens do not have any services? (Who does that)
Are the police going to clean up Rio and other areas where drug abuse, drug distribution is rampant
This morning there is nothing on the new about John Michael Janaskas. Why is that?
In the Hood: Worse than I thought. Rapist on the loose.
Just last week I wrote this blog post about Motels being bought and turned into drug rehabs.
Not one or two but many. Not for our citizens but for people from out of state. As far as I can tell there is no regulation. This happened
From the Martin County Sheriff’s office
“CITIZEN’S BOLO, ABSCONDED SEX OFFENDER, PLEASE SHARE
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about 29-year old, John Michael Janaskas. Janaskas is a registered sex offender, who recently relocated from Pennsylvania to a alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility in Jensen Beach.
Over the weekend, representatives from the facility transported Janaskas to the Stuart Walmart, where they dropped him off. No further contact, or forwarding information was taken. Due to federal HIPAA Laws, we cannot disclose the name of the facility. The circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.
(I don’t think that’s true. It the patient that is protected not the building.)
Janaska’s crimes include the rape of a child under 14. He is a known drug user, and is considered to be a danger to the public. If you see him, or have information on his whereabouts, you are asked to call the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.
Florida law requires sex offenders and predators to register with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, so our detectives know, at all times, where they can be located. Janaskas did not register, nor were we notified that Janaskas was dropped off at this public venue, in Martin County without forwarding information, until today.”
This unknown protected HIPAA place took two days to report this. Two days. Two days they have let a known rapist into our community.
Yesterday I was told that nothing could be done because these criminals that are being imported from up north are protected by law. I’m pretty sure not any other state takes rapists into their communities.
Yesterday My friend Victoria found that one company is buying up all these places. They are also the people who are importing criminals from up north. I don’t have all my facts but when I do I’ll put them here UNLESS the news and the police actually do it first. I won’t hold my breath.
Enough is Enough.
You have not protected us from anything. Not the discharges. Not the trains. Not criminals and rapists. nothing.
Our beautiful Stuart and Jensen Beach are being destroyed bit by bit.
In the Hood: Motels turn into rehabs for people out of state.
So this morning I saw this email from a friend of mine.
“JUST SAYING- Monterrey Inn and Marina closed now too. It has become a half way house with the same owner from my understanding. It seems like a number of motels have turned into rehabs or half way houses. It must be very profitable because they’re popping up everywhere. Someone told me that Blue Heron might also be doing the same. I have not confirmed that and I’m wondering if that’s what is going to happen to Jensen Beach Waterfront Inn which is closed for remodeling but nothing seems to be happening there since it was sold.”
So very interesting and has a lot of connotations.
First of all I’m psych nurse with years of experience in adult and adolescent drug abuse and alcoholism. So I’m totally for treatment. But I have some questions.
Did these motels close down because they had to because of water being so disgusting? Is this what happened? The Economic council of Martin County and Jensen Beach Better Business Association has totally ignored the pollution. Is the end result our friends and neighbors going out of business?
Why are these services not being offered to our own citizens who really have nothing unless they have money to pay for it? I do know these places exist. When I worked in Ft Lauderdale we had a lot of people flown in for detox and then sent to fancy rehabs in Boca Raton.
I knew I felt this change. People shooting up in the corner store. This guy in front of me upset because he had to spend his four quarters on gas when instead he needed to buy his marijuana. People asking for money to buy pot. I had to point out how stoned this guy was to the cashier. The time I asked the police about anything was a few years ago when these people were walking up and down the street knocking on doors during the week and peaking into windows. I found some local police at their speed trap hangout and asked them and they were not too interested in this. They totally rolled their eyes.
I just told someone last week that I thought there were a lot of addicts around here. More than I have ever seen. Out or proportion for such a little county. Drugs everywhere.
I was told people come down from NY and New Jersey. They pay cash. Someone said that some are run by people who are still actively using. Some one else said if they fail the program they are released out to our community.
“Christie is dealing with a full-blown crisis of heroin and prescription drug abuse in New Jersey. According to the state attorney general’s office, there were 449 overdose deaths from heroin and morphine — an opiate that heroin sometimes appears as during an autopsy — in New Jersey in 2012”
It say’s a lot people are send their children here because there is no place in New Jersey to send them.
“ know someone who owns one…interesting fact ..he said the reason that there are so many in Florida now is because NY and NJ won’t accept their addicts recovering in their state..insurance won’t cover it or something ..so they send them to Florida..and my friend says only 8% of addicts stay clean..and most of the rest of them stay in Florida cause they were in a bad situation where their from and don’t want to go back..and Florida is awesome so they don’t leave..so we end up with a lot of addicts.”
( see article above. They only get so much treatment in NY. Down here they can pay in cash.)
Here are some other places that were mentioned.
Caribbean shores-female rehab
Jensen beach waterfront in
Eden lawn plantation
A place in Rio on Kubin.
My friend also said that she has been approached in the past to do the same thing with her motel.
All these people are imported from other places into out neighborhood with out any guarantee they will go home afterwards or stay here, go on Medicaid, food stamps and use our local services that our own people do not have any access to.
It takes a long time to be seen at New Horizons. If your mentally ill around here you’ve got nothing. If your bipolar and your escalating you’ve got no choices really but jail. If you have a person in a mental crisis you have a better chance of winning the lottery to get the instant care you need. I have no idea how many of these people end up in jail but I bet it’s a lot.
I have friends with a Bipolar daughter and they tell me there is no halfway houses for them. No safe place to go. No help. No support. Yet, we have people invading us from up north that get luxury accommodations because they have cash.
My friend also said
“What is really needed are housing for mentally ill women. there are no specific shelters for bi-polar women who need housing. They can’t stay in hospitals and if they are criminally inclined they don’t go to jail either. They end up homeless and victims of abuse from men and cops. I think we need more specific shelters around Jensen Beach or Stuart. just my 2 cents.” (From a parent)
If your 65 and on Medicare there is no place to go. You might be able to go to Port St Lucie hospital but in all likelihood you’ll get put on the geri unit and not get the benefit of what you need because you’ll be in a mixed unit and not necessarily have the staff who specializes in CD.
If you want services Martin County is not the place to live. It is what it is. There are hardly any buses. I think it was Sara Heard who said “People drive their cars.” Totally unaware that there are elderly people who are literally shut ins because they cannot drive. I’ve called to make an appointment for people on MTM bus. Those people need lessons in customer service. Most of the people I know that live here are ok with that. They understand. This is their home. But to have these services for people from out of state who their families have sent to us and don’t want back. Well, that’s a different story.
Remember when we all yelled tourism and no one listened?
Who let this happen?
Who is keeping tract of the recidivism and where these people are going?
Island police and mayors direct heroin addicts to Chicago and other cities with promises of housing and treatment.
April 10, 2015
Over the summer Angel and Manuel lived together in an empty house near 51st and Throop, an area where vacant homes are common.
It all started about a year ago when I began noticing more homeless men in the Chicago neighborhood where I work. Back of the Yards is a community that faces some of the city’s toughest problems: joblessness, crime, drug use.
Many of these men would be sitting in doorways or shuffling along, many times asking for money.
One day, I asked one of them: “Where are you from?” He told me a story that I later heard again and again and again.
The men told me they were from Puerto Rico. They were addicted to heroin and they ended up in Chicago because someone in Puerto Rico drove them to the airport and put them on a plane with a one-way ticket to Chicago.
Just again to set the record straight. I’m all for treatment. But not for a few things.
Literally being surrounded by treatment centers
Having people come and use up our resources when we have very little without even a discussion on how to get mental health services for our citizens.
The destruction of our Rio/Jensen beach motels/hotels. Just follow this ball. All these places close down and we loose a whole of rooms that can be counted so new people can come in build because they will say we don’t have enough hotels rooms. Like the guy that wants to annex the land to Stuart to build a new hotel or the people that want to build their little place on the river. Have you been to the St Lucie RIver? This past weekend I took my dog for a walk thru the nature center and had to leave because the stink was so bad.
So this is all I have right now. If anyone has any information please let me know. There is lots to talk about here and it’s conversation time.
“I live in the sugar hill subdivision of Jensen Beach Florida in the 3600 block of sugar hill ave. Behind my house is a cemetery with graves dating back to the 1800s. One night I was in my pool in the backyard at dusk.
I looked through my screen and saw a small child peering at me in my pool. The child appeared to be about 6 or 7 years old. A little girl in a white and blue school dress with shiny black shoes. I was startled.
I looked again and she was gone. A few days later I saw her again. She was wearing the same clothes standing by the screen holding a small knife. I freaked out and got my husband. He ran out to the pool and just as he got outside she vanished and the knife dropped to the ground.
We went over to the screen and she had used the knife to cut a long vertical slit in the screen. It was a warm evening but it was very cold where she was standing. I picked up the knife and brought it in the house.
The next day I went in the kitchen to get the knife and show it to my neighbor but it was gone. My neighbor in sugar
hill too had seen the same little girl who mysteriously vanishes. A few days later I saw her again and I bolted out after her.
She ran through my backyard and ducked under my fence running into the graveyard. She ran across the cemetery and then vanished. When I walked over to where she vanished there was a grave there of a girl born 1921 and died 1929.
She died from scarlet fever. Needless to say I put my house up for sale. The ghosts of sugar hill live on…”
Here are some of the spooky things that have happened in nearby cities and towns.
Port St Lucie: Everybody has heard of the infamous Devil’s Tree here in PSL, where two girls were sadistically murdered by an insane police officer in the 60s. He hanged them from the tree and left them there for dead.
. Palm City: On Bessey Creek there is said that a girl around 10 disappeared rowing her fathers rowboat, if you go there at midnight you will see her….
The Leach mansion was built in 1936 when the leach family first moved to the area. The building was purchased by the Florida Institute of Technology in 1972 but closed down in 1986, the property stood vacant for over a decade until it became the site of Indian River Side Park with the first phase opening to the public in 2001. It remains as such to this day.
There are many ghost story’s about the mansion, some tales of hauntings include, extreme cold spots in the hallways, and huge amounts of orbs throughout the building. Also shadows of people have been seen in all areas of the building when there has been no one there.
The auditorium is said to be one of the most haunted areas, reports of piano music and the sound of a young boy singing are experienced frequently.
One unique report from this location is when entering through the double doors a very strange feeling can be experienced, it has been described by some as feeling like entering another world. The other most common report is to experience the feeling as if your being watched, some have claimed to feel the presence of another person, as if they were being followed around the building.
“Comment by Dlr: In the early 80s my brother and I saw a bloody lady in a white dress walking down the road in Golden Gate. I went up and asked if she was OK and she just kept walking. I turned to my brother who was in a ditch and turned back and she was gone! I forgot about this until I read your post! I was 8 at the time and my brother was 10 and we were outside playing army with the neighbors! Got chills when I read your post!.”
Old Jupiter Elementary, Jupiter Lighthouse, Trapper Nelsen’s at Jonathan Dickinson State Park Fort Pierce
Old Antique Store
Pace Center for Girls
Hilltop House Restaurant
Port St Lucie
Oak Hammock Park
Oak Hammock Park-The Devil Tree
Vero Beach http://www.ghostsofamerica.com/3/Florida_Vero_Beach_ghost_sightings.html
I was staying at the Driftwood with my son and some friends we heard it was haunted so at 12 went outside to look at the beach it was completely dark. We saw a shadow that looked like Waldo Sexton (the founder of the Driftwood) then we went back to bed and heard creeks and footsteps. All night the kids couldn’t sleep; if you want to stay in a haunted hotel here it is. Submitted by Nancy
I was staying with my three cousins overnight (and they lived in like the middle of nowhere). I had heard stories of someone being buried in the woods behind there house (not by them) but I never believed them.
One night one of my cousins left the room to get something. I looked out the window and looked out onto the dock (which was well lit) and I saw a dark human like figure standing there. It’s eyes were blood red.
It stayed like that for almost an hour until it just faded away. By far the scariest thing in my life.
his actually happened a number of years ago and I’d almost forgotten about it. I was walking briskly on a dirt road before the area became very built up as it is now. I reached the end of the road and gazed off into the field which was actually a citrus grove and then suddenly I heard the noises of people’s voices speaking rapidly in hushed tones, and then when I looked up again there was no grove but I saw a tall Native American woman walk by me very briskly carrying a basket of what appeared to be food and she actually looked at me.
It seemed that she was actually looking through me and didn’t really see me standing there. I could see her face very clearly and she appeared to be frightened of something. There were many people running, all of them appeared to be natives wearing native type clothing, but most were fairly tall.
There was something green on the woman’s shoulder but it happened so fast it was hard to make out what it was. As rapidly as it happened the whole scene disappeared and the citrus grove was there as it had been before.
Submitted by Charlene” http://www.ghostsofamerica.com/3/Florida_Sebastian_ghost_sightings.html
“My parents moved us here to Sebastian where we purchased a house in a mostly deserted community. We have repeatedly witnessed a ghostly black dog in the house. I keep hearing footsteps on the stairs at night.
On one night while staying up late reading I heard my door creak open. I looked back and it wasn’t our cat. Then all of the sudden it slammed shut. After that one night we went on a walk. I saw a face with bright yellow eyes and with blood on it in the brush along the road.
I was scared as we walked home and want to move back where we came from but my parents insist we stay here.”
“Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.
Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed
Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on the holiday. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only U.S. President to have been born on Independence Day.”
A few years back I spent the 4th in Guatemala and I had a great time but it was really weird.
Today I thought I’d share some photos of some of my favorite July 4th spots.
Here we are at the beginning. Only kidding.
right near here the best concert ever! Pops goes the 4th.
Sebago Lake , Maine My Happy Place
Sitting on a sailboat in Elliot Key
Happy 4th of July!
AMERICA (1924) — D.W. Griffith, Neil Hamilton, Carol Dempster, Lionel Barrymore
Starring: Neil Hamilton, Carol Dempster, Lionel Barrymore, Louis Wolheim
Directed by D.W. Griffith