The Driftwood Inn, Ocean Grill, The Patio, McKee Gardens are all local landmarks built by eccentric entrepreneur Waldo E. Sexton, who first came to Vero Beach in 1914. Sexton had a penchant for wood, wrought iron, tile and collectibles that he bought by the truckload from several sources. Without an architect or plans, Sexton built and decorated the Hall of Giants and the Spanish Kitchen at McKee Botanical Gardens using cypress milled in Florida, salvaged materials and his bell collection. His eclectic creations have attracted visitors and historians to Vero Beach since the 1930s.
The next time you are visiting one of these local favorites, take the time to really look around and view Sexton’s unique collections that set these structures apart from all others in our beach town!
Locations of Waldo Sexton’s famous landmarks in Vero Beach:
Driftwood Inn and Restaurant & Waldo’s Bar & Grill at the Driftwood, 3150 Ocean Drive.
McKee Botanical Garden, 350 US Highway 1.
Ocean Grill Vero Beach, FL, 1050 Beachland Blvd.
The Patio Seafood Tavern, 1103 21st Street.
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