This week on Treasure Coast Happenings Mike will be speaking to Carol Houwaart-Diez about Martin County’s Covid 19 Relief Fund. There is $1.75 million dollars available in the “CARES” act fund to assist Martin County residents with mortgage, rental or utility payments. Learn more this week on Treasure Coast Happenings.

museum photos provided; artwork by Tania Ortega-Cowan

The American Alliance of Museums just surveyed 760 museums and they found that one-third are not confident about their survival over the next 16 months, due to COVID-19.

We checked in with two beloved museums here on the Treasure Coast – the Vero Beach Museum of Art and the Elliott Museum in Stuart, to find out how the pandemic is affecting them.

RS: We made lemonade out of lemons.

This is Rob Steele.


Mon Aug 3, 2020                     FULL AUGUST MOON

This week on Treasure Coast Happenings join Mike Fitzgerald as he speaks to Bill West and Pete Tesch.  St Lucie County is currently providing economic relief and an infusion of capital to smaller business' that were hard hit in the county during this Covid 19 pandemic.  Find out if your small business qualifies this week on Treasure Coast Happenings.

photo provided; artwork by Tania Ortega-Cowan

Thanks to COVID-19, the high school class of 2020 has had an experience like no other before. We wanted to hear firsthand and that’s when we learned about two local students chosen as Bank of America’s 2020 Student Leaders.

BS: My name is Bryce Shevak. I am a graduate of John Carroll High School this year.

CM: Hello. I’m Claudia Magne. I just graduated from Treasure Coast High School. I was top ten.

This week Mike speaks with the American Red Cross about shelters, the corona virus, and flood zones!  Do you know which zones on the Treasure Coast are considered flood zones?  Are you ready to evacuate as we enter the busiest part of the 2020 hurricane season?  Don't miss Treasure Coast Happenings this week on 88.9 WQCS.

American Red Cross

So, as we planned for our annual hurricane season check-in with our local Red Cross, we noticed something else going on: an increase in house fires.

JD: With more people staying home, we have seen a pretty significant increase.

This is Jennifer Durrant.

JD: And I am the executive director of the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross.

COVID-19 has more people at home, cooking, maybe smoking in the house.


This week Mike speaks with Curtis Paulisin about the upcoming Veteran Golf Tournament and Business Expo with all proceeds going towards locating and relocating homeless veterans and assisting veterans in need. For information about the golf tournament visit or call 772 794 0005


It is often said that out of great pain comes great art.

Putting that idea to the test, the board of the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation, a non-profit writers’ organization, decided to hold a poetry contest. The subject: COVID-19.

SS: We had an incredible response.

This is Sean Sexton. He is the Poet Laureate for Indian River County and grandson of early area Treasure Coast pioneer Waldo Sexton.

SS: We had people from Kenya, and we had people from the British Isles send poems.


Virtual Town Hall Meetings planned for St.Lucie County

Jul 16, 2020

This week on Treasure Coast Happenings you can Join Mike Fitzgerald with special guest Sheila Thomas as they discuss virtual Town Hall meetings for St. Lucie County, this will offer you the opportunity talk with candidates, submit questions all while safely distancing yourself during this Covid 19 pandemic.   To sign up to attent these forums contact Sheila at

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We’re now four months into the pandemic here on the Treasure Coast. This week, the number of cases and hospitalizations we’re seeing is mind-blowing, and the complete picture of our economic fallout is yet to be seen.

BM: You know, we’re still seeing customers coming in, but a lot less.

This is Bill Moore.

BM: Hello!

He’s the owner of Kilwin’s Chocolates and Ice Cream in downtown Stuart and he’s president of the downtown Stuart Business Association.

Skywatch for the week of July 13, 2020

Jul 14, 2020

Mon Jul 13, 2020    PRINCIPIA