In 1968 Jack Vetter came to Florida and found a little bit of paradise when he arrived in Vero Beach. He bought property on the beach and started to build custom homes. In 1974 he he started the business John Vetter & Sons, Inc. along with his wife Elaine and son John.
We came from Long Island where the business, Atlantic Roof Truss Company, was founded by Jack in 1955. While on Long Island he built and designed most of the bowling alleys in Suffolk County. He was known for solid, long-lasting structures. In the ’60’s eastern Long Island was famous for their potatoes, but they had a storage problem with the freezing winters. Jack Vetter designed an agricultural storage facility that could be built economically, prevent the potatoes from freezing and keep them stored until early into the next year when the farmers could sell them at a higher price. Jack was most famous for building the Church in Rocky Point that resembled a fish, a whale and a bird. He won the New York City Architectural Building Award. He was growing tired of the snow and cold winters and wanted to move to Florida.
In Vero, John Vetter & Sons worked all phases of construction. Having the model on 27th Ave and the famous "purple van", we had the opportunity to build homes for many customers who became friends. We remodeled the Blue Dolphin Motel into a retail/office operation that houses Chelsea’s today. Our flagship building was for Bernie Grall and his office, Tara Plantation, on Route 60.
In 1995 John Vetter took the business in a new direction, that of insurance restoration, and changed the name to Vetter Construction of Vero Beach. Restoration is a fast paced business where we helped hundreds of people each year get them back to their normal daily lives and routines. Vetter Construction was sold after Hurricane Frances came to town, but John Vetter & Sons continued in the construction business doing inspections.
Being a second generation builder, with over 40 years experience in construction in