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a community is born

Between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, on a barrier island just north of the small, laid-back Florida town of Vero Beach, lays one of the most enviable places to live and play on the eastern seaboard. From the beginning, John’s Island was envisioned as a very private, family-oriented club community that took full advantage of its barrier island location. The community’s plans laid out by the legendary developer, E. Llwyd Ecclestone, Sr., called for strategically placed homes in the shadow of majestic live oaks and careful preservation of the pristine natural environment.

Since its inception in 1969, John’s Island has grown and evolved. It has seen both the original golf and beach clubhouses replaced and first class recreational facilities added. But one thing has remained constant since Ecclestone’s heirs sold the Club to its members in 1986. John’s Island remains one of the only private clubs in the nation with vertical membership, allowing three, even four generations of a family to fully utilize everything the Club has to offer under one membership.

Who was John? John’s Island was named after an early settler, John La Roche, who started farming in 1880. An 1890 land survey put the name on the map. 32963 John’s Island zip code is the third wealthiest in


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Where the tropics begin That’s how Vero Beach has described itself since the 1920s. The area lies in a unique transitional climate zone. Visitors are often startled to see live oaks dripping with Spanish moss next to towering palm trees. Local vegetation is as lush and exotic as anything you’d see in the Far East. Much of the area’s biodiversity can be attributed to the Indian River Lagoon, North America’s most diverse estuary with thousands of different species of animals, fish, and plants. The Lagoon also has one of the most diverse bird populations anywhere in America. Gentle manatees live or migrate through the Lagoon seasonally. And the law protects sea turtle nesting areas on local beaches.

Florida. For the birds President Theodore Roosevelt designated Pelican Island, in the middle of the Indian River Lagoon, the country’s first wildlife refuge in 1903.

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To say that John’s Island Club members relish life would be an understatement. With so many activities — social, recreational and cultural — available, no one here sits on the sidelines. There’s so much to do whether it’s organizing a golf tournament, exploring a new cuisine, attending an enriching lecture, or doing good works in the community through the John’s Island Foundation or the John’s Island Community Service League. But more than anything else, club life is dominated by friends and family, often several generations of the later. And that’s what memories are made of.

1986 Members purchase the Club from the developer. Top Talent John’s Island Club GM named Nationa

named National Club Manager of the Year in 2008. The right stuff John’s Island is a safe, secure community whose Club is well governed and financially sound.

WHen Citrus was king

Indian River County and Vero Beach owe their development to the citrus industry, which began in earnest when Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railway reached the area in 1893, allowing quick transport of fruit to Jacksonville and on to rest of the country. The Indian River name became synonymous with the sweetest tasting citrus. Wealthy grove owners were prominent members of the community and contributed to its institutions and infrastructure. Citrus has left an indelible mark on the area.

1925 The state legislature in Tallahassee approves the creation of the new county of Indian River, formed from part of St. Lucie County.

What began as a naval air station during WWII has proven pivotal through the years. Servicemen who were stationed here during the war returned, fueling a population boom in the 50s. And in 1957, Piper Aircraft moved the production of its Cherokee aircraft here from Pennsylvania. Piper remains in Vero Beach, where it shares the runway with a flight school and private aviation, a real convenience for John’s Island residents who own private planes. In 1949, the Brooklyn Dodgers established a spring training camp known as Dodgertown adjacent to the former naval air station where they remained for 60 years. Today, high school and college baseball teams use the facilities. .

$10, one grapefruit! The Japanese so prize the taste of Indian River


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McKee Botanical Garden:

It’s a jungle out there In 1929, local businessmen Arthur McKee and Waldo Sexton, with the help of prominent landscape architect William Lyman, opened what was called McKee Jungle Garden, a celebration of lush tropical vegetation. By the 1940s, it was one of the most popular tourist attractions in Florida. By the 1970s, theme parks pulled visitors away and the gardens were closed in 1976. Years later the Indian River Land Trust raised $9 million and redeveloped and reopened the property in 2001.

grapefruit, they pay premium prices. Only the most perfect, blemish-free fruit is selected by stores in the Far East.

2014 Piper will introduce its first jet aircraft.

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If ever there were a place that is quintessential small-town America, it’s Vero Beach. Don’t just take our word for it. Vero Beach is #1 ranked as “the best small town in Florida and 12th in the nation” by America’s Guide to Small Towns. First-time visitors are delighted to discover genuine friendliness accompanied by a slower pace of life and considerable civic pride. If it isn’t Andy Griffith’s Mayberry, it could be. Combine this with a truly blessed physical environment and Vero Beach is hard not to fall in love with.

3 miles The stretch of the Treasure Coast John’s Island Club members have exclusively to themselves.



Get out there! The area offers so many recreational options beyond water sports and beach activities. n

Polo on world-class polo grounds,

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Rowing on the calm waters of the C-54

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World-class skydiving at acclaimed

Skydive Sebastian where learners and pros are welcome n

Fly-fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, Indian

River Lagoon and back country lakes n

Cycling on nature trails, country back

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CEOs Vero Beach is home to more Fortune 500 CEOs than any other location in the world. No high rises! So the barrier island enjoys open skies and low density.

Competitive Bridge via the Vero Beach

Bridge Center is available daily

Big city amenities that’ll surprise you

Bravo for the arts! Few towns of this size can boast of two high caliber cultural institutions. Riverside Theatre is a unique partnership between a homegrown local company of artists and craftsmen, talent designers, directors and actors from Broadway and beyond and local patron-producers committed to quality theatre. The result is Broadway musicals on a scale almost unprecedented in American region theatre. And audiences love it. Smaller works are performed on the Riverside’s second stage, and it nurtures young theatre talent at the associated Riverside Children’s Theatre.

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Vero Beach Museum of Art is the principle visual arts facility for the region. Through its permanent collection, exhibitions, educational outreach, and accredited art school and metal foundry, it has earned its rightful place as a cherished cultural institution in Vero Beach. An opera company, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and countless smaller arts organizations provide rich resources for residents. Vero Beach has unique shopping and dining along a charming stretch of Ocean Drive and the national names you know along the Rt. 60 corridor. Life is, indeed, good in Vero Beach.

Art Smart Vero Beach was voted one of the top 10 art towns in the country. Hit Parade Riverside Theater’s 2009-2010 season performance of the Tony Award-winning musical, 42nd Street, runs five weeks and


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The Good Life is right here Don’t expect to just ‘make do’ in Vero Beach. The facilities and services you’ve come to expect in larger cities are here, too. n

Excellent medical care centers around

the Indian River Medical Center and its board-certified physicians. The Heart Center at IRMC is now affiliated with the prestigious Duke University Health Systems.. n

Top-notch spas and salons abound


Unique fashion, accessory and home décor

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Gourmet market and culinary shops, the

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breaks all attendance records.

All That Jazz The Vero Beach Museum of Art’s Jazz in the Sculpture Park is a new event enthusiastically embraced by residents.

An outstanding independent bookstore

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