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Mar 28, 2017Spring Fling River Paddle III 2017


Club Scrub PO Box 2263 Jupiter FL 33458


I work with Club Scrub, a non-profit organization that is promoting paddling events in Hobe Sound/ Jupiter, FL.

Club Scrub is a Sub-Committee of The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park - a 501(c)(3) Organization. Club Scrub builds and maintains 10 miles of Mountain Biking Trails in Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Our club’s main mission is to promote outdoor activities. We have over 2500 outdoor enthusiastic members.

We hosted our first 2 river paddle events last summer, both were a huge success.
Our last one in August had over 300 paddlers and 50 support staff paddling from Jupiter to Hobe Sound. There was a lot of community buzz about this event as it was the largest paddle event ever hosted in our area.

We will be hosting Club Scrub Spring Fling River Paddle III on Saturday, April 22. We will launch from JD Park and paddle to a refreshment stop along the way on to the Jupiter Sandbar where will have a party with lunch & drinks for a few hours, then paddle back to JD Park.

This event will draw over 450 paddlers and will be a one of a kind and potential historic paddle event celebrating the splendors of The Loxahatchee River and Jupiter.

See details below for publication.

Club Scrub Spring Fling River Paddle III &
Jupiter Sandbar Party !
Saturday, April 22 9 am
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Swim Beach River Area 16450 SE Federal Hwy Hobe Sound
Register at Clubscrub.org
Limited Entries Register Today!

Join us for the Spring Fling River Paddle & Jupiter Sandbar Party, Saturday April 22, 2017
This is the biggest paddle event ever held on the Treasure Coast. Our last paddle in August had over 300 paddlers paddling along the Loxahatchee River from Hobe Sound to Jupiter & back.

Grab your Kayaks, Paddleboards & Canoes!! (Discounted Rentals available - local outfitters listed on registration page.) Reserve Today! Outfitters sold out quickly!
Start at Jonathan Dickinson State Park River Area and Paddle with the current down the NW Fork of the Loxahatchee River to the Jupiter Sandbar (approx. 5-miles) & back.

Visit our floating Refreshment Stops with drinks and snacks to refuel along the way.
We will stop at the Jupiter sandbar for our “Paddle Party” with lunch & beer!
Paddle back “with the current” to Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

See manatees, fish, birds & other wildlife as we explore mangrove islands & estuaries along the way.

Paddles up at 9-9:15 am!

Registration Fee Club Scrub Members $35 thru 4/8; $40 after
Non-Members $40 thru 4/8; $45 after

It includes your park entry, a “Rocking Sandbar Party" with Lunch & a Beer at the Jupiter sandbar, along with floating refreshment stops, and paddle support (boats and guides). Non-Paddling Kids under 8 $12

Don't Paddle? But want to join us. We have added a Pontoon Ride,
that will tour with us & take you out to the sandbar party & back to JD. Cost for pontoon ride is $ 50 per person. We need a min. of 20, if not we will refund you fee.

Buy an unlimited beer wristband in Advance for $10; or Day of Event $15

For videos and photos of our last year’s events go to clubscrub.org. River Paddle II Video

If you have any questions. Please feel free to contact me
Event coordinator Juliana Catalfumo julianac@clubscrub.org 561-313-7250

Club Scrub is A Sub-Committee of The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park
a 501(c)(3) Organization






 
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Mar 28, 2017WEICHERT(r) Affiliated Offices in the Stuart Area Welcome New Team Members
WEICHERT(r) affiliated offices in the Stuart area have recently added the following individuals to their team.

* Betty Brill joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at WEICHERT,
REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, located at 101 Sw Monterey Road in Stuart.
Contact Andrea LaFavor at 772-212-2660 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

* Jacqueline K. Bruno joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at WEICHERT, REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, located at 101 Sw Monterey Road in Stuart. Contact Andrea LaFavor at 772-212-2660 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

Each Weichert(r) franchised office is an independently owned and operated affiliate of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.

About Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.: Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has grown steadily since Jim Weichert, president, chairman and CEO of Weichert, Realtors, launched the company's franchise division in 2001. The affiliate division was created to offer a business model for franchisee ownership candidates described as "a clearly defined operating system for marketing and managing a real estate business."
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. announced its first affiliate in 2002, was ranked as one the top traditional residential real estate franchises in Entrepreneur's 2017 Franchise 500 and is identified in 2017 by Franchise Business Review as one the top U.S. franchises. Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has offices serving over 300 markets in 39 states.
For more information about Weichert, visit Weichert.com or for information on franchise opportunities visit WeichertFranchise.com.

Each WEICHERT(r) franchised office is independently owned and operated.



 
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Mar 28, 2017Public invited to attend April meetings on Savannas Regional Restoration Project
The public is invited to attend meeting to learn about the Savannas Regional Restoration Project and to assist Martin County in identifying and prioritizing areas of localized flooding, water quality issues and habitat restoration issues in and around the larger 22,000 acre watershed of the Savannas Preserve State Park in St. Lucie and Martin counties. Martin County is developing a hydrological model of the watershed in order for municipal, county and other stakeholders to adequately understand how the system currently operates and where opportunities are available for optimized water operations, restoration needs, water quality improvements and flood level of service projects. A presentation of the project goals and objectives will be provided. Discussion will follow along with maps of the watershed for the public to assist the County in identifying areas of opportunities, problems and improvements.

Meeting details are as follows:

Martin County Public Meeting:
Savannas Regional Restoration Project - Maps on the Table Meeting
April 12, 2017
5:00-7:00 pm
Jensen Beach Community Center
1912 Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

St. Lucie County Public Meeting:
Savannas Regional Restoration Project - Maps on the Table Meeting
April 17, 2017
5:30-7:30 pm
Port St. Lucie Community Center
2195 S.E. Airoso Boulevard, Port St. Lucie

The Savannas Regional Restoration Project is a phased project focused on alleviating community flooding, optimizing water management operations, improving natural habitats and improving water quality in the Savannas and the associated Indian River Lagoon watershed. Phase I of the project is the Water Management and Natural Systems Evaluation. The Savannas Preserve State Park and associated watershed encompasses 6,800+ acres that extends from Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County to Jensen Beach in Martin County.

The system has three major outfalls: 1) The northern outfall to the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserve (an estuary of national significance and an Outstanding Florida Waterbody), the western outfall through Hog Pen Slough and terminating in the North Fork St. Lucie River Aquatic Preserve (an Outstanding Florida Waterbody) and the southern outfall through Warner Creek and terminating in the St. Lucie River Estuary. The basin area is influenced by over 22,000 acres of area that will be impacted in the analysis. Local government agencies have been working together on and off since the 1990s to resolve restoration, flooding and water quality issues within the Savannas Preserve State Park watershed.

Phase I of this restoration project will build an existing condition hydrological model, in an effort to identify and define areas deficient in typical level of service standards; delineate hydrologic watershed and sub-basins; identify current operational schedules and develop alternatives for operational flexibility; define habitat restoration, hydrologic and water quality needs; will provide model simulations on proposed scenarios for improvements to the regional system; and will prepare preliminary cost estimates and evaluations for each alternative plan. Specifically, in the Phase I component, the Water Management and Natural Systems Evaluation report, will allow Martin County and the other stakeholders to adequately understand how the system currently operates and where opportunities are available for optimized water operations, restoration needs, water quality improvements and flood level of service projects.



 
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Mar 28, 2017NCIS TV SHOW TO CAST PRIMETIME SPOTLIGHT ON HONOR FLIGHT
Anyone who’s ever flown, or knows anyone who’s flown with Southeast Florida Honor Flight has undoubtedly experienced the life-altering sense of pride and gratitude shared by all for the service of our senior war heroes. On Tuesday, March 28, at 8 p.m. EST, viewers of CBS-TV’s top-rated primetime drama, NCIS, will get a glimpse into the Honor Flight world, and the remarkable men and women they seek to honor.

NCIS writer Gina Lucita Monreal found her inspiration for the episode in her grandfather-in-law’s Honor Flight experience, and the renewed sense of pride and purpose with which he returned home after his day of honor in Washington, D.C. While the episode’s storyline is fictional, the deep and meaningful connections established among travelling veterans, and the passion of Honor Flight’s volunteers, shine through true and clear.

This unprecedented nationwide exposure provides an invaluable opportunity to move closer to the Honor Flight goal of personally thanking every local area WWII and Korean war veteran with his or her long-overdue day of honor. The one-day trip to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices is, by most veterans’ accounts, one of the best days of their lives.

There are more than 20,000 World War II, Korean and Vietnam war veterans on Honor Flight waiting lists, nationally. Southeast Florida Honor Flight, based in Stuart, FL, serves Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. They have honored over 2,000 of our senior-most veterans since 2008 and currently have more than 240 deserving heroes on their waiting list. The numbers are daunting, and time is not on their side, but Southeast Florida Honor Flight and Honor Flight hubs across the country are working tirelessly to meet the challenge. They are exceedingly grateful to loyal volunteers, who dedicate countless hours to plan, prepare and execute a single flight, and to donors who, from modest personal gifts to the underwriting of fundraising events, make it possible for Southeast Florida Honor Flight to be as impactful as possible in the lives of local veterans. Moving forward, they are looking to the support of individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations that share America’s gratitude for the contributions of our senior-most veterans, to continue honoring these heroes for years to come.

Those interested in supporting Southeast Florida Honor Flight can visit www.honorflightsefl.org or
call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838) to:
• Donate – No veteran or veteran’s family pays a penny toward the hero’s one-of-a-kind journey to Washington, D.C. Southeast Florida Honor Flight raises funds for the flight costs which include chartering an American Airlines A320, motor coach transportation with police escort in Washington, DC, three meals and Honor Flight hats and t-shirts for the day, for four flights annually. Approximately 95 cents of every dollar donated to Southeast Florida Honor Flight goes directly toward the veterans’ day of honor.

• Volunteer – With a modest staff size, Southeast Florida Honor Flight relies heavily on the contributions of our volunteers.

• Refer a Veteran – If you know a WWII, Korean or Vietnam war veteran who has not yet received his or her well-earned day of honor, please direct him or her to our website to complete a veteran application. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is now taking Vietnam War veteran applications.


 
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Mar 28, 2017A Celebration of Horses and Horsepower
What: Celebration of Horses and Horsepower
When: April 2nd, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: ERAF Community Center, 6450 SW Martin Highway, Palm City Florida 34990
Admission: $5 donation requested

MORE: The Rolls-Royce Foundation joins the Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation in a fundraiser featuring the world’s finest cars and most fortunate horses! Join us for a tour of ERAF’s facility and see the amazing results of our work with abandoned, abused, rescued and rehabilitated horses from South Florida.
Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles will be on display for your enjoyment and food and beverages will be available for purchase!

We will raffle a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud for a $100 donation. Only 500 tickets will be offered and they are going fast so get your ticket today!

To purchase your raffle ticket for the Rolls-Royce or to make a tax-deductible donation go to: eraf.org or call Denise LeClair Robbins at: (772) 579-1500 or go to: rollsroycefoundation.org or call Bonnie Hake at (800) 879-7762.
Credit card, Pay Pal, check and cash accepted.
See you there!


 
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Mar 28, 2017Martin Youth LEADERship: Students Get a Head Start on Career Planning!
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 36 students of this year’s Martin Youth LEADERship Program held their eighth monthly session of the 2016-17 school year: CAREER DAY.

The Career Day Program Chair, Linda Fitzpatrick from Keiser University, kicked-off the day at the impressive Pine School’s Hobe Sound campus with an orientation overview. JoAnn Faiella, C.O.O. of Treasure Coast Urgent Care, followed up with a workshop on attending job fairs and interview tips.

Orientation was followed by the first break-out session led by Leslie Haviland, Associate Director of Student Activities at Keiser University. Ms. Haviland reviewed proper resume formatting and tips, and students took a group quiz to learn the dos and don’ts of resume writing. The advice was particularly useful, as students had an opportunity to attend a job fair immediately afterwards. Students were given the opportunity to search for summer jobs, summer internships and volunteer opportunities with the following employers:


Alpine Mechanical Services
Career Source
Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
Keiser University Flagship Campus
Manpower
Junior Achievement
Martin County Sheriff’s Office
Straticon Construction
The First Tee
Treasure Coast Builder’s Association
Waterblasting Technologies


Many thanks go to Cheree Ramirez from Manpower for coordinating the Career Fair.

Students rotated the rest of the morning between presentations from local experts in their fields. Emily Maas and Trish Brown from Indian River State College gave a presentation on budgeting, particularly during the college years. Kat Deusterhaus, from the Social Butterfly Agency, discussed social media and how students can brand themselves based on the way they post and use social media, such as Linked In, Facebook, etc. Both sessions were eye opening for most of the attendees.

A delicious lunch was provided courtesy of The Pine School. The Pine School, a co-educational, all-faith Independent day school for students from kindergarten to grade 12, has been a part of Martin County for nearly 50 years. Boasting a 100% college matriculation since the school opened its doors to include high school students in 2005, The Pine School offers an array of AP classes where technology is woven into the fabric of the curriculum and opportunities in the arts and athletics are available to all students. Small class sizes allow close relationships between faculty and students. The Martin Youth LEADERship program is particularly grateful to Beth Lettengarver, Director of Admissions, for her help with logistics for the day.

The afternoon session started with a fashion show of “What to Wear vs. What Not to Wear” to a job interview and was presented by Amy Moyer. Six MYL students enthusiastically modeled clothing provided by SteinMart. The fashion show, complete with runway carpet, music and commentator, included a take home brochure on the dos and don’ts, including pictures and suggested looks for a young job seeker’s first interviews.
The Martin Youth LEADERship Program for high school students is in its 20th year. The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application, and been accepted into the program. The current Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply, and only 40 or fewer are selected to participate in this comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County. Upon completion, these young Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment and are eligible for a scholarship provide by Martin LEADERship. Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on Covey’s Effective Habits and other leadership enhancing activities. Every effort is made to select a racially, gender diverse class representing various levels of leadership experience.
For more information about Martin Youth LEADERship, and how you too, might become a sponsor, donor, event coordinator or advisory board member or obtain a student application for 2017-18, please see the group web site at: http://www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp, or contact Chair, Diana Bruton, at MartinYouthLeadership@gmail.com or at (772) 215-3613.


 
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Mar 28, 20172nd Bi-Annual Healing Hearts Event: An Indian Night to Remember
On Saturday, March 4, 2017, more than 120 guests attended the 2nd bi-annual event to raise funds for Bart’s Blue Star Foundation: An Indian Night to Remember.

Co-chaired by Leila Tauil Kallop and Jennifer Soffan, the gala was held at the exclusive and tropically lush Jupiter Island Club. Guests enjoyed friendly bidding on an array of luxury items during the silent auction, however, the attention turned to several very special gifts during dinner and the live auction. None other than C. Hugh Hildesley, from Sotheby’s New York, did the honors of auctioning off a 7 day/6 night getaway to a triplex penthouse in Lima Peru, as well as one to an Italian Tuscan Villa located on the famous estate of Villa d’Arceno (setting of the Hollywood film, “Stealing Beauty”). For those less interested in travel, and more so in fine jewelry, a lovely pair of green amethyst and diamond earrings in 18K gold, donated by Tresor, were also available. Those who were not successful in bidding had opportunities to donate to the cause at every level from $100 to $5000, and did so enthusiastically, especially following the presentations given by both the Founder of Bart’s Blue Star, Ginny Luther and DJ Batiste, whose life’s story gave living testimony to the benefits of the programs funded by the Foundation.

Before hitting the dance floor for a night of Indian and American tunes, guests were treated to a show by the Bhangra Dance Team of the University of South Florida, who performed a traditional Indian dance ceremony. Henna tattoo artists and other forms of entertainment rounded out the evening.

This was the second Healing Hearts event hosted by Bart’s Blue Star. Proceeds from the first one, held at a private residence on Jupiter Island in 2015, enabled the BBS Foundation to provide scholarships for training to many teachers, families and non-profits in the Martin and Palm Beach communities. Bart’s Blue Star was founded by Ms. Luther following the violent murder of her son Bart at Fort Hood in 2008. With her background as a life-long teacher and trainer with the national movement Conscious Discipline, Ms. Luther was able to transform her personal tragedy into a foundation which continues to benefit at risk and traumatized children, teaching them the skills to overcome obstacles, solve problems and succeed in their young lives.

A detailed list of the Foundation’s current initiatives is available at www.bartsbluestar.org. For more information about the Foundation and how you too might become a sponsor, donor, advisory board member or obtain a grant application for the 2017-18 funding cycle, please see the group web site at: http://www.bartsbluestar.org or contact Jack Luther, President at 772-486-5788 or Jeanne Dunn, Secretary at (772) 486-4695.


 
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Mar 28, 2017Lake Okeechobee Levels Below 12 Feet Will Require Lock Closures
Boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, please be advised that if drier-than-average conditions persist and the levels of Lake Okeechobee are further reduced, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will close navigation locks on the north shore for safety reasons. Personal injury and lock damage could occur when boats pass through these structures at water levels below any of the designated safety limits.

Today, the water level in Lake Okeechobee is 12.77 feet. However, if the lake falls below 12 feet, locks along the north shore will be closed. The locks potentially affected are:
• Martin County: S-135 structure, J&S Fish Camp
• Okeechobee County: G-36 structure, Henry Creek
• Glades County: S-127 structure, Buckhead Ridge
• Glades County: S-131 structure, Lakeport
• ***Okeechobee County: S-193 structure, Taylor Creek, will close if lake levels fall below 11 feet.***
Despite these other possible closures, the S-310 lock on the south shore at Clewiston in Hendry County will remain open even as low lake levels continue. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the locks leading from the lake to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

To get the latest information on Lake Okeechobee's water volume, including daily levels, visit SFWMD's website at www.sfwmd.gov/science-data/levels.

To get the latest information on navigation through SFWMD structures and waterways, visit www.sfwmd.gov/navigation.


 
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Mar 28, 2017Florida Chamber Education Update
The Florida Chamber of Commerce believes a quality education system is the best way to ensure our students can get the skills and training they need to compete in a rapidly changing global economy. That’s why we are fighting hard to make sure Florida's entire education system continues to improve. Here's a recap of this week's education discussions in the Florida House and Senate:

• Excellence in Higher Education (HB 3, Rep. Bryan Avila) - This bill, which passed out of the House Post Secondary Education Subcommittee on Monday, would establish tuition and fee incentives through a block tuition policy, promote on-time student graduation, and responsibly increase student financial aid and tuition assistance. It also establishes a world-class faculty and scholar program and a university professional graduate degree excellence program in order to promote the prominence of Florida's graduate schools. Finally, it links education to job opportunities by providing internship opportunities to students. HB 3 is the House's companion bill to SB 2, a priority of Senate President Joe Negron, which previously passed off the Senate floor on March 9.
• Voluntary Prekindergarten Education (HB 757, Rep. Byron Donalds) - This bill, which passed out of the House Pre-K Innovation Subcommittee on Tuesday, promotes better identification and enhanced focus on struggling readers from Pre-K to third grade and offers additional training to teachers, reading coaches and school principals. The bill also proposes additional accountability to the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program.
• K-12 Student Assessments (SB 926, Sen. Anitere Flores) - On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee held a workshop on this bill. This legislation requires the Commissioner of Education to review nationally-recognized college entrance exams to determinte alignment to Florida's standards, provides teachers more time to teach by moving the state assessment window to the last three weeks of school and requires easy-to-understand, parent-friendly score reports to be utilized.

Take Action Now
For more information about where the Florida Chamber stands on these and other education-related issues, click here or contact me at bhunt@flchamber.com.



 
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Mar 28, 2017Florida Chamber Education Update
The Florida Chamber of Commerce believes a quality education system is the best way to ensure our students can get the skills and training they need to compete in a rapidly changing global economy. That’s why we are fighting hard to make sure Florida's entire education system continues to improve. Here's a recap of this week's education discussions in the Florida House and Senate:

• Excellence in Higher Education (HB 3, Rep. Bryan Avila) - This bill, which passed out of the House Post Secondary Education Subcommittee on Monday, would establish tuition and fee incentives through a block tuition policy, promote on-time student graduation, and responsibly increase student financial aid and tuition assistance. It also establishes a world-class faculty and scholar program and a university professional graduate degree excellence program in order to promote the prominence of Florida's graduate schools. Finally, it links education to job opportunities by providing internship opportunities to students. HB 3 is the House's companion bill to SB 2, a priority of Senate President Joe Negron, which previously passed off the Senate floor on March 9.
• Voluntary Prekindergarten Education (HB 757, Rep. Byron Donalds) - This bill, which passed out of the House Pre-K Innovation Subcommittee on Tuesday, promotes better identification and enhanced focus on struggling readers from Pre-K to third grade and offers additional training to teachers, reading coaches and school principals. The bill also proposes additional accountability to the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program.
• K-12 Student Assessments (SB 926, Sen. Anitere Flores) - On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee held a workshop on this bill. This legislation requires the Commissioner of Education to review nationally-recognized college entrance exams to determinte alignment to Florida's standards, provides teachers more time to teach by moving the state assessment window to the last three weeks of school and requires easy-to-understand, parent-friendly score reports to be utilized.

Take Action Now
For more information about where the Florida Chamber stands on these and other education-related issues, click here or contact me at bhunt@flchamber.com.



 
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Mar 28, 2017Florida Chamber Tax Legislation Update
The Florida Chamber of Commerce supports efforts to lower the burden of taxation for Florida’s job creators and families. That’s why we are fighting hard at the Capitol to make sure Florida continues to have one of the best tax climates in the nation. Below is a quick recap on Florida Chamber tax-related bills that saw legislative action this week.

• Reversing Course on the Insurance Premium Tax Credit (SB 378, Sen. Anitere Flores) – This is a bad-for-business bill that would increase the tax burden on over 300 insurance companies, despite the fact that they remit both the corporate income tax and insurance premium tax to the state. In an unsuccessful move designed to split the business community, the Senate filed an amendment this week that would apply savings from removing the tax credit to the business rent tax. The Florida Chamber remains opposed and testified in opposition this week prior to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax voting Tuesday to pass the bill. To the Senate’s efforts to increase taxes on one industry while reducing taxes elsewhere, Florida Chamber President Mark Wilson told POLITICO Florida, “Small businesses need the Legislature to begin phasing out the business rent tax. If the Senate is looking for new revenue, we suggest taxing trial lawyers who push frivolous lawsuits.”
• Business Rent Tax/Tax on Tax (SB 704, Sen. Rene Garcia) – This Florida Chamber-backed bill passed Wednesday in the Senate Community Affairs Committee. It would eliminate the sales tax on the property tax portion of rent for Florida businesses, reduce the cost of leases for small businesses by lowering taxes and makes a first step in eliminating portions of the business rent tax.
• Limitations on Property Tax Assessments (HB 21, Rep. Colleen Burton) – This Florida Chamber-backed bill passed the Florida House 110-3 on Thursday. The Senate companion, SB 76, still has two committee hearings remaining. HB 21 proposes an amendment to the Florida Constitution that would continue the 10 percent assessment cap that passed in 2008 and prevent the property value for tax purposes from increasing by more than 10 percent annually.


 
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Mar 28, 2017The Twisted Tuna Remains in the Top 1% of All US Restaurants for Second Year in a Row
According to CHD Expert (chd-expert.com), a firm that tracks data on more than 699,000 restaurants in the United States, less than 1% of American restaurants earn over $5 million in annual sales. As The Twisted Tuna enters its third full year in operation, it will report annual sales far in excess of $5 million for the second year in a row.

With over 10,000 square feet of indoor space on two levels, The Twisted Tuna is the largest family owned and operated restaurant in Martin County Florida. Perfectly situated on the water in the Manatee Pocket, The Twisted Tuna is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating to watch the boats go by. There is live music nightly on their floating barge and a happy hour from 3:30pm till 6:30pm every day.

"We have an extensive and diverse menu that has something for everyone. Of course winning several awards and cooking competitions last year did help bring more awareness to the restaurant, but I believe it's the basics of great food, service and value that make up the key ingredients for success in this business." said Kenny Gibbs.

Mr. Gibbs and his wife Rachelle have owned and operated several restaurants and bars throughout Florida and each have more than 25 years of experience in the biz. Their son Billy is also an owner and manager at the popular eatery and he helps maintain the expansive waterfront property.

"With as many people as we have here on a daily basis, coupled with the fact that we're on the water, it can be a challenge at times to keep everything in good working order. Our goal is for every guest to feel like they are in a beautiful, clean and very well taken care of environment." said Billy.

The Twisted Tuna employs about 100 people at its Stuart location and actively donates and participates in several local charities and events throughout each year.

"We couldn't do it without our amazing staff. We affectionately refer to our employees as Team Tuna and our Tuna Family because when it really counts, we all come together to help each other. And we have an amazing group of regular customers as well. We enjoy being a part of our local community and creating lasting friendships and memories from all of those special occasions." said Rachelle.

Plans for expanding The Twisted Tuna brand and concept to new locations are already underway. For more information please contact the restaurant directly.

The Twisted Tuna 4290 SE Salerno Rd Stuart FL 34997
772-600-7239
www.thetwistedtuna.com



 
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Mar 27, 2017Library conducts Annual Satisfaction Survey beginning April 9
The Martin County Library System encourages all library patrons to participate in our Annual Satisfaction Survey, starting April 9 and remaining open for four weeks.

The Martin County Library System values the feedback of its patrons, which upholds our commitment to optimal public service based on a clear understanding of the needs and desires of the community.

The survey will be available in both print and digital formats. Print copies will be available at all library locations. A digital version will be accessible on the Martin County Library System website, www.library.martin.fl.us, which will allow users to complete the survey online (including from within any library location). Respondents will have the opportunity to rate the library system based on customer service, online resources, facilities, collection quality, program relevance, and usefulness.

For more information, call 772-221-1403 or visit www.library.martin.fl.us



 
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Mar 27, 2017NCIS TV SHOW TO CAST PRIMETIME SPOTLIGHT ON HONOR FLIGHT
Anyone who’s ever flown, or knows anyone who’s flown with Southeast Florida Honor Flight has undoubtedly experienced the life-altering sense of pride and gratitude shared by all for the service of our senior war heroes. On Tuesday, March 28, at 8 p.m. EST, viewers of CBS-TV’s top-rated primetime drama, NCIS, will get a glimpse into the Honor Flight world, and the remarkable men and women they seek to honor.

NCIS writer Gina Lucita Monreal found her inspiration for the episode in her grandfather-in-law’s Honor Flight experience, and the renewed sense of pride and purpose with which he returned home after his day of honor in Washington, D.C. While the episode’s storyline is fictional, the deep and meaningful connections established among travelling veterans, and the passion of Honor Flight’s volunteers, shine through true and clear.

This unprecedented nationwide exposure provides an invaluable opportunity to move closer to the Honor Flight goal of personally thanking every local area WWII and Korean war veteran with his or her long-overdue day of honor. The one-day trip to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices is, by most veterans’ accounts, one of the best days of their lives.

There are more than 20,000 World War II, Korean and Vietnam war veterans on Honor Flight waiting lists, nationally. Southeast Florida Honor Flight, based in Stuart, FL, serves Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. They have honored over 2,000 of our senior-most veterans since 2008 and currently have more than 240 deserving heroes on their waiting list. The numbers are daunting, and time is not on their side, but Southeast Florida Honor Flight and Honor Flight hubs across the country are working tirelessly to meet the challenge. They are exceedingly grateful to loyal volunteers, who dedicate countless hours to plan, prepare and execute a single flight, and to donors who, from modest personal gifts to the underwriting of fundraising events, make it possible for Southeast Florida Honor Flight to be as impactful as possible in the lives of local veterans. Moving forward, they are looking to the support of individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations that share America’s gratitude for the contributions of our senior-most veterans, to continue honoring these heroes for years to come.

Those interested in supporting Southeast Florida Honor Flight can visit www.honorflightsefl.org or
call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838) to:
• Donate – No veteran or veteran’s family pays a penny toward the hero’s one-of-a-kind journey to Washington, D.C. Southeast Florida Honor Flight raises funds for the flight costs which include chartering an American Airlines A320, motor coach transportation with police escort in Washington, DC, three meals and Honor Flight hats and t-shirts for the day, for four flights annually. Approximately 95 cents of every dollar donated to Southeast Florida Honor Flight goes directly toward the veterans’ day of honor.

• Volunteer – With a modest staff size, Southeast Florida Honor Flight relies heavily on the contributions of our volunteers.

• Refer a Veteran – If you know a WWII, Korean or Vietnam war veteran who has not yet received his or her well-earned day of honor, please direct him or her to our website to complete a veteran application. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is now taking Vietnam War veteran applications.


 
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Mar 24, 2017Meet Your Match at the IRSC Job Fair
Hello,

Businesses seeking educated and highly skilled employees are encouraged to participate in a Job Fair at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce on Wednesday, April 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. IRSC student and alumni job seekers from over 50 programs and industries will attend to fill full-time and part-time job opportunities.

“With Commencement right around the corner, our students are eager to meet employers and begin discussing their futures,” said Teri Smith, Career & Transfer Services Coordinator at IRSC. “They’ve worked hard to achieve their educational goals. Now they’re ready to employ their knowledge and skills in support of local business.”

There is a $25 registration fee for companies to participate in the Job Fair located in the Gymnasium on the Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Ft. Pierce. Interested employers are required to register online by April 12 at www.irsc.edu/careerservices. For additional information or to speak with an IRSC representative, contact Teri Smith at (772) 462-7448 or tdsmith@irsc.edu. A flyer is attached for reference.


Kelly Hogan
Public Information Specialist
Institutional Advancement
Indian River State College
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Phone: 772-462-7270Fax: 772-462-4428
E-mail: kmhogan@irsc.edu www.irsc.edu
3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596



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Mar 23, 2017Seafood Experts to Discuss Future of Aquaculture during Workshop at FAU Harbor Branch
American Seafood Consumption Contributes More than $11.2 Billion
Annually to U.S. Trade Deficit

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (March 23, 2017) – Statistics from NOAA Fisheries show the United States is the leading global importer of fish and fishery products. With 91 percent of the seafood consumed originating abroad, American seafood consumption contributes to the trade deficit by more than $11.2 billion annually. This week, aquaculture experts from across the nation will gather at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute to discuss and prioritize the critical challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. marine food fish aquaculture industry in accordance with the 2014-19 National Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research.
The press is invited to attend a Q&A session with workshop participants on Friday, March 24 at noon, at Harbor Branch’s Exploration Command Center, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce.
“Based on the presidential administration’s goal of reducing the trade deficit, aquaculture has become a topic of conversation in Washington and across the nation,” said Anton Post, Ph.D., Harbor Branch executive director. “Also, the popularity of seafood as a healthy food option is on the rise – people want to know where it’s coming from and that it’s sustainably sourced. This workshop will help address these issues and some others that are key to the future of the industry.”
The objectives of the workshop are to identify critical needs for research and knowledge gaps in current technologies for the production of marine food fish, as well as develop short-term and long-term goals for meeting the needs of the U.S. aquaculture industry.
For more information, contact Carin Campbell Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Mar 23, 2017A.C.T. Studio Theatre celebrates the Treasure Coast’s Gay Pride Month with Chad Beguelin’s comedy “Harbor”
Celebrating family diversity in the new millennium, A.C.T. Studio Theatre presents Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin’s comedy “Harbor.” Contemplation over prospective parenthood inspired Mr. Beguelin to create this 2013 Off-Broadway play about two attractive, newly-married preppy men living in the affluent Long Island Hamptons. When extended family drops in on the couple's beautiful Sag Harbor home, the bonds between kith and kin are tested in this incisive, touching comedy about the shifting nature of family.

Mr. Beguelin writes, “ . . . While the characters and situations in the play are fictional, the issues that sparked the play are very real to me. I knew I wanted the play to be as honest and raw as possible. Oh, and funny. That, too.” Director Stuart Mohr adds, "One of the things that attracted me to this play is the shifting definition of ‘family’. The gay community has made such strides in the last decade, but what does it mean to be a family? . . . The play is timely, funny and touching, and shows that--no matter how different we may appear on the outside--we are all the same inside."

Starring Joe Pierson, Tyler Sloan, Megan Pollak and Stevie Fondacaro, “Harbor” will be presented at A.C.T. Studio Theatre on April 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. A.C.T. Studio is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call 772-932-8880. Group sales and student pricing are available by calling the box office.



 
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Mar 23, 2017Local SWAT Youth make a BIG difference in Martin County
Local SWAT Youth are kicking off 2017 with a bang! They have been hard at work participating in programs and activities throughout Martin County, making a BIG impact to counteract BIG tobacco.

The Murray Middle School SWAT Club was busy this January doing a “Campus Clean-up.” With disposable PolyGloves on their hands, they cheerfully and enthusiastically picked up litter all around their campus at Murray Middle School. The campus looks great and they got a great feeling of accomplishment. Along with advocating a healthy lifestyle by being tobacco free, they also advocate a healthy and clean environment.

Three Clubs – Stuart Middle School, Murray Middle School, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County – headed to the Martin County Fair this February to spread the word on Through With Chew Week. Through With Chew Week, which took place February 19-25 this year, is a national activism effort that helps spread awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco. SWAT Youth took to the fair to distribute information on the event, where they setup a display with handmade posters, educational displays and more.

The artistic talents of SWAT Youth reached new levels this quarter as well – with bookmarks designed and drawn by a talented student at Martin County High School getting their first run in print. The outstanding designs were reviewed by tobacco prevention staff around the state, and the first design selected for a trial run featured the dangers of smokeless tobacco, with a man’s toothless grin and the words “Not a Face Your Mother Would Want to See.” Several other designs will be printed and distributed in local schools to help promote tobacco free social norms and warn youth of the dangers of tobacco use.

The SWAT program aims to empower, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against Big Tobacco. SWAT is a movement of empowered youth working together to de-glamorize tobacco use. Their efforts aim to shape tobacco-free norms, make tobacco less desirable, less acceptable, and less accessible. To learn more or to join a SWAT Club, contact Kim Nash at KNash@QuitDoc.com.

 
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Mar 23, 2017The 9th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit Addresses Growth On The Treasure Coast
St. Lucie County, Fla. -The 9th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit will be held
at the Port St Lucie Civic Center on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 from 10am to 4pm.
This year’s Summit and Expo is hosted by local business leaders Dana Trabulsy
and Lynette Marraffa, and in collaboration with the Peter W. Busch Family
Foundation. The Summit is also recognized as a City of Port St. Lucie endorsed
event.
The Treasure Coast Business Summit is the Treasure Coast’s largest business-tobusiness
summit and expo, providing a networking and educational experience
which will include a unique opportunity to meet other business leaders and
professionals, learn about current opportunities, and establish relationships. This
combination of information and networking will help business owners and
entrepreneurs identify their inner strengths, and provide the tools and resources
necessary to implement positive growth in their business. The TCBS will offer a
comprehensive agenda of regional and local speakers. In addition, attendees will
benefit from small panel group discussions facilitated by local leaders on the
Treasure Coast.
The theme of this year’s summit is “Growth & Expansion on the Treasure Coast.
Keynote speaker, Jeff Manley of the Cathy Family Foundation / Chick-fil-A
Corporation, General Manager of The Rock Ranch, and past president of The
Georgia Agritourism Association will speak about values, self-sustainability and
going the second mile; which is the premise behind their one of a kind customer
service.
Proud Sponsors include: WBPF 25 News, The Peter W. Busch Family Foundation,
Martin Health Systems, Dyer Chevrolet, Dex Media, The St. Lucie Mets, CPA
firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram f.k.a Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, P.A., Tobacco
Free Florida, St. Lucie County Schools, Bank of America, St. Lucie EDC, Bonner
Mobile Bar, Traxx Entertainment, All Things Treasure Coast along with founding
Summit Partners DLF Media and The Pharus Group.
Sponsor, Dyer Chevrolet, will present their monthly Dyer Difference Award for
Indian River and St Lucie Counties in an exciting fashion at the summit. The Dyer
Difference Award salutes a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization making a difference.
For more information on the Dyer Difference Award or to nominate an outstanding
non profit visit: http://www.dyerdifference.org.
Sponsorships as well as vendor packages are currently available and will sell out
quickly! Act now to reserve your space today for the 9th Annual Treasure Coast
Business Summit. www.tcbizsummit.com

 
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Mar 23, 2017Treasure Coast Hospice Palliative Care Sr. Medical Director Recognized as Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Bernice Burkarth, M.D., senior medical director of palliative care at Treasure Coast Hospice, was recently recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. This distinction, which is achieved by physicians whose professional activity is devoted to the practice of hospice and palliative medicine, was awarded at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly in Phoenix last month.

“I am honored to receive this recognition,” said Burkarth. “Caring for patients at the end of life is truly rewarding work; I am grateful for this acknowledgement of my professional commitment to the field of hospice and palliative medicine.”

Dr. Burkarth received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, after which she completed her neurosurgical residency at Albany Medical Center. She practiced general neurosurgery before dedicating herself to the practice of hospice and palliative medicine and has worked as a full-time physician in the field since 2005. Dr. Burkarth also holds a hospice medical director certification.

Nationally, Dr. Burkarth serves as the section leader of the Physician and Advanced Practice Provider section of the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and this month completes a two-year term on the ethics committee of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization National Meeting and at the Center to Advance Palliative Care National Meeting.

Treasure Coast Hospice is a non-profit community organization of caring professionals and dedicated volunteers whose mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive, high-quality care for our patients and those who share their lives in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Services are available to anyone regardless of their ability to pay. Treasure Coast Hospice palliative care, hospice and grief support programs are made possible through the generous support of our community.


 
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Mar 22, 2017April 2017 ~ Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for April 2017. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding are entitled, at no cost, to the provision of certain assistance. This does not include transportation to and from the meeting. Please contact the County ADA Coordinator at (772) 221-1396, the Office of the County Administrator at (772) 221-2360, or in writing to 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL, 34996, no later than three days before the hearing date. Persons using a TDD device, please call 711 Florida Relay Services.

An agenda of items to be considered will be available to the public in the Administrator's Office, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida. Items not included on the agenda may also be heard in consideration of the best interests of the public's health, safety, welfare, and as necessary to protect every person's right of access.

If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at the meetings or hearings of any board, committee, agency, council, or advisory group, that person will need a record of the proceedings and, for such purpose, may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record should include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
April 11 & 25, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The April 25 meeting will include Comprehensive Plan Amendments (transmittal).
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WORKSHOP MEETINGS
April 11 & 12, 2017 - to begin after the regular meeting on the 11th and at 9:00 am on the 12th, if necessary.
Location: Commission Chambers
Regarding: Capital Improvement Plan Workshop.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE - joint meeting
April 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

AIRPORT NOISE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 27, 2017 at 10:00 am
Location: Airport Maintenance Building, 1895 SE Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
April 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE
April 19, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
April 3 & 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
April 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
April 19, 2017 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

GOLDEN GATE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Cassidy Center, 2895 Fairmont Street, Stuart

GOLF COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

HEALTH FACILITIES AUTHORITY
April 13, 2017 at 3:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
April 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: New Monrovia Schoolhouse, New Monrovia Park, 4455 SE Murray Street, Port Salerno

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

JOINT MEETING WITH THE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE, CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE, TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
April 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
April 6 & 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION POLICY BOARD
April 17, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

OLD PALM CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
April 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

PORT SALERNO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Port Salerno Civic Center, 4950 SE Anchor Avenue, Stuart (Port Salerno)

RURAL INDIANTOWN REVITALIZATION ADVISORY BOARD
April 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Location: Indiantown Non-Profit Housing Office, 15516 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD
April 7, 2017 at 10:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers

This notice dated: March 22, 2017.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.

This notification can be reproduced in an alternative format upon request by contacting the County ADA Coordinator (772-221-1396), the County Administration Office (772-288-5940) or Florida Relay 711.


 
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Mar 22, 2017IRSC NAMED ASPEN PRIZE FINALIST WITH DISTINCTION Indian River State College Honored at Aspen Award Ceremony in Washington D.C.
Indian River State College was recognized today as one of the top three community colleges in the nation as a Finalist with Distinction for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. IRSC President, Dr. Edwin Massey was presented with the honor at a ceremony in Washington D.C. The College will receive a $100,000 award for excellence.

“The selection of Indian River State College as a 2017 Aspen Prize Finalist with Distinction is a tremendous honor recognizing the exceptional commitment to student success and results achieved by our college’s faculty, staff and administration. Above all else it’s the perseverance of our students that inspires us to continuous improvement,” said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President. “IRSC was particularly commended as an example of outstanding responsiveness to business and community needs.”

IRSC was selected from more than 1,000 state and community colleges following a rigorous review of data, strategies and outcomes related to student learning, degree and certificate completion, high rates of graduate employment, earnings for graduates, and exceptional access and success for minority and low-income students.

“IRSC is a natural leader in workforce preparation,” said Joshua Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “What they do most exceptionally is provide high-quality education geared towards real economic opportunities for students. They make sure students have the technical skills and also critical thinking and communication abilities to excel after they graduate, whether they go to transfer or go into the workforce. Indian River is really a force for student mobility but also for economic strength in its region.”

This marks the second Aspen cycle in which IRSC excelled, placing as a Top Ten Finalist in 2015. Presented every two years, the Aspen award is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.

“This is so exciting! IRSC has had such a huge impact on my life and the lives of so many students, we are really IRSC proud. IRSC provides a wonderful supportive environment that helps every student reach their potential,” said Campus Coalition Government President, Manuel Rubio.

IRSC’s recognition as a Top Ten College was based on the following achievements:

• Student success – IRSC increased the number of degrees and certificates awarded by almost 20% from the 2014/15 school year to 2015/16. This increase is the result of continuous focus on quality of instruction, student services, academic support, learning environment and innovative technologies to ensure students complete a degree or certificate, as well as exemplary work developing guided pathways to degrees and jobs.

• Extreme affordability – Recognizing that the majority of IRSC students come from counties with a relatively low average income, IRSC takes an extremely proactive approach to keep college affordable through low tuition rates, assistance obtaining financial aid, and exceptional scholarship support. As a result, IRSC has ranked as the 3rd Most Affordable College in the nation, and 1st in Florida by the U.S. Department of Education for the second consecutive year. Further, through careful financial planning, IRSC has not raised its tuition rate for the past five years.

• Workforce readiness - Over 90% of IRSC students are employed or continuing their education soon after graduation. Students are job-ready through internships, capstone projects, and service learning in the community developed by IRSC in partnership with over 400 businesses, industries, schools, public agencies and medical facilities.

• Industry partnerships – IRSC is taking a lead in training for emerging industries through establishment of industry/college partnerships in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM.) IRSC has been selected by the National Science Foundation as the lead institution for three Regional Centers: Nuclear Energy, Laser/Fiber Optics, and Photonics (co-lead) bringing together over 119 colleges/universities and over 4,600 industry and agency partners to develop industry-standard training programs that will fuel economic development and a highly skilled workforce.

Indian River State College is a public comprehensive college in Florida with convenient community-based campuses in Fort Pierce, Okeechobee, Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Vero Beach and a statewide and national reputation for quality, innovation and responsiveness, IRSC inspires over 30,000 people to enroll in courses annually. Tuition is affordable and IRSC students benefit from many opportunities for scholarships and financial aid. IRSC is ranked as the 3rd Most Affordable College in the country by the U.S. Department of Education and has been selected as an Achieving the Dream Leader college based on its strong commitment to student success. For more information visit, www.irsc.edu ro call 1-866-792-4772.

The Aspen Prize is funded by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and Lumina Foundation.

The Aspen College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices, policies and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the New College Leadership Project and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org/college-excellence. The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington D.C. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.


 
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Mar 22, 20172017 Classic at the Beach


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Mar 22, 2017Empty Bowls raises enough for more than 50,000 meals
FORT PIERCE, Fla. March 21, 2017 - Hundreds of patrons are the proud owners of new handmade ceramic bowls created by St. Lucie County public and private school students, and Treasure Coast Food Bank will be providing more than 56,000 additional meals as a result of the 2017 Empty Bowls project.
The event took place on Saturday March 18, 2017 at the Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers’ Market where visitors who made a $15 donation to Treasure Coast Food Bank selected the bowl of their choice and received a meal of soup and bread. The event also featured a silent auction of bowls autographed by celebrities from the entertainment and sports world. Among the most popular were those signed by New York Mets Pitcher Jacob deGrom, and entertainers Kenny Rogers, Jay Leno and Johnny Mathis.
“We want to thank everyone who made the St. Lucie County Empty Bowls such a huge success,” Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO Judith Cruz said. “Special thanks to Heather Blackmon-Gordon, who coordinated all the schools’ participation and to all the other teachers and students who contributed their artwork and culinary talents to the event.
“We’re also grateful to Anne Satterlee from the Sunrise Theatre and Kasey Blair with the St. Lucie Mets for assisting us in getting the autographs,” Cruz said.
Special thanks go to those who sponsored the 2017 Empty Bowls project: Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, The Educational Foundation, Dominic Scotto, William and Laura Stanton, Crist Construction, Stanley and Nancy Bredemeyer, and William H. Hood, M.D., PA.
The St. Lucie County Empty Bowls project celebrated 10 years in support of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s fight against hunger. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots movement to help end hunger. Although beautifully decorated, the soup bowls are a reminder that many people don’t always have enough food to eat.
A small number of bowls still are available for purchase at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s offices, 401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce. Those who were unable to attend the event may stop in to purchase one of the remaining bowls.


 
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Mar 22, 2017Empty Bowls raises enough for more than 50,000 meals
FORT PIERCE, Fla. March 21, 2017 - Hundreds of patrons are the proud owners of new handmade ceramic bowls created by St. Lucie County public and private school students, and Treasure Coast Food Bank will be providing more than 56,000 additional meals as a result of the 2017 Empty Bowls project.
The event took place on Saturday March 18, 2017 at the Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers’ Market where visitors who made a $15 donation to Treasure Coast Food Bank selected the bowl of their choice and received a meal of soup and bread. The event also featured a silent auction of bowls autographed by celebrities from the entertainment and sports world. Among the most popular were those signed by New York Mets Pitcher Jacob deGrom, and entertainers Kenny Rogers, Jay Leno and Johnny Mathis.
“We want to thank everyone who made the St. Lucie County Empty Bowls such a huge success,” Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO Judith Cruz said. “Special thanks to Heather Blackmon-Gordon, who coordinated all the schools’ participation and to all the other teachers and students who contributed their artwork and culinary talents to the event.
“We’re also grateful to Anne Satterlee from the Sunrise Theatre and Kasey Blair with the St. Lucie Mets for assisting us in getting the autographs,” Cruz said.
Special thanks go to those who sponsored the 2017 Empty Bowls project: Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, The Educational Foundation, Dominic Scotto, William and Laura Stanton, Crist Construction, Stanley and Nancy Bredemeyer, and William H. Hood, M.D., PA.
The St. Lucie County Empty Bowls project celebrated 10 years in support of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s fight against hunger. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots movement to help end hunger. Although beautifully decorated, the soup bowls are a reminder that many people don’t always have enough food to eat.
A small number of bowls still are available for purchase at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s offices, 401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce. Those who were unable to attend the event may stop in to purchase one of the remaining bowls.


 
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Mar 22, 2017Martin County hosts month-long tire recycling effort; ramping up mosquito control in advance of spring showers
The rainy season is quickly approaching, and more rain means more mosquitoes. In preparation for mosquito season, Martin County is ramping up efforts to reduce Zika mosquito breeding sites throughout the county. As part of this initiative, and in honor of Earth Day, Martin County is hosting the inaugural "Tire Recycle Mania." This month-long effort is being held every Saturday beginning March 25 through April 29 (with the exception of April 15) from 8 a.m. -1 p.m. The specific locations and dates are as follows:
• March 25- Lamar Howard Park, 2824 SE Ellendale St. in Stuart
• April 1- Langford Park, 2369 NE Dixie Hwy. in Jensen Beach
• April 8- New Monrovia Park, 4453 SE Murray St. in Stuart
• April 22- Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus St. in Hobe Sound
• April 29- Post Family Park, 15700 SW Warfield Blvd. in Indiantown
Martin County hopes to collect as many tires as possible before mosquito season starts. During the event, Martin County residents can drop off up to 10 tires per family at the locations listed at no cost.

Tires are capable of breeding large numbers of Zika mosquitoes since they collect water, organic matter and retain heat. The goal of this event is to promote tire recycling within the community, while simultaneously reducing mosquito breeding sites. This event is restricted to residential passenger vehicle tires only. No commercial tires or tractor tires will be accepted.

"Tire Recycle Mania" is collaboration among Martin County's Mosquito Control Division, Utilities and Solid Waste Department, Parks and Recreation Department and the Florida Department of Health in Martin County. For additional information call Martin County Mosquito Control at (772) 419-6974 or visit our website at www.martin.fl.us/mosquitocontrol.


 
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Mar 21, 2017For sixth year in a row, Thrivent named a 'World's Most Ethical Company'
Thrivent Financial announced today that it has been recognized again by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company®.
The World's Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes those organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.
For six years in a row, Thrivent's commitment to operating with ethical business standards and practices has been highlighted by this honor. This continued recognition ensures long-term value to members, employees, suppliers, regulators and investors. Thrivent is one of only seven companies in the Financial Services category honored this year.
“For the last six years, Thrivent has been honored to be named a World’s Most Ethical Company,” said Brad Hewitt, CEO of Thrivent Financial. “As we serve our members and strive to be an ethical company through our actions and business practices, we are honored to be recognized as leaders.”
“Thrivent lives out its mission of helping Christians be wise with money and live generously every day in the ways they manage their business, serve their members, invest in their communities, and engage with their employees,” stated Ethisphere's Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “Congratulations to everyone at Thrivent for being recognized as a 2017 World's Most Ethical Company.”
The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient® (EQ) framework which offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.
Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.
The full list of the 2017 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/ .

Thrivent Financial is looking for talented individuals to join the organization. Those interested in a career with Thrivent Financial can visit www.thrivent.com/careers.

Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by Amy Whitlach and Mark Valinote. They have offices at 367 NE Baker Road in Stuart and can also be reached at (772) 408-0771.


 
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Mar 21, 2017Public invited to screening of MCTV's newest documentary; film explores the history of early farming in Martin County
Explore the days of early farming of Martin County! Martin County Television (MCTV) and the University of Florida IFAS present Early Agriculture of Martin County, a documentary film project chronicling the rise and fall of early farming in Martin County.

Join us for a screening of Early Agriculture of Martin County on Wednesday, March 29 at the Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road in Stuart from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The screening schedule for the March 29 event is available here.

Early Agriculture of Martin County is a feature-length, multi-part series and documents the history of crop, cattle, citrus, flower and dairy farming in Martin County. View MCTV's promotional video for Early Agriculture of Martin County by clicking on the video below.


 
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Mar 21, 2017WATERFORD HOTEL GROUP HONORS COURTYARD STUART DURING ANNUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Waterford Hotel Group honored the Courtyard by Marriott in Stuart, FL with the Housekeeping Team of the Year Award during the company’s recent Annual Leadership Conference and Awards Celebration. The property features 120-guest rooms and conveniently located in the heart of the Treasure Coast of Florida. Courtyard Stuart is one of 18 properties professionally managed by Waterford Hotel Group, a national hotel and convention center management company.
“The Housekeeping Team at the Courtyard Stuart has extraordinary teamwork, strong communication skills and a great care for their customers and their workplace,” commented Rob Winchester, President and COO for Waterford Hotel Group. “We are proud to recognize housekeeping team’s commitment to presenting a quality product to the hotel’s guests, and their drive to achieve perfection.”
Waterford Hotel Group’s 2017 Annual Leadership Conference celebrated the company’s top performing properties. Nearly 60 managers and associates attended the three-day conference at the Marriott Hartford Downtown. The annual conference provides attendees with important informational sessions and a forum to share ideas for the future, as well as an opportunity to celebrate the successes of the past year.


 
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Mar 21, 2017Public input sought on local mitigation projects
Martin County Fire Rescue/Emergency Management will be facilitating a Local Mitigation Strategic (LMS) Working Group meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 10:15 a.m. at the Martin County Emergency Operations Center, located in Fire Rescue Administration at 800 SE Monterey Road in Stuart. Projects to be submitted for the Hurricane Matthew Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and funding availability from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be discussed.

Martin County's Unified Local Mitigation Strategy provides the tools for the County and its municipalities, as well as non-governmental agencies and residents, to continue in ongoing efforts to reduce vulnerabilities to disasters and provides for mitigation priorities and eligibility for mitigation funding when it becomes available. In order to receive federal funding, the County is mandated to have a current LMS. The LMS was updated and approved in December 2015 and may be viewed here.

The public is invited to attend and provide comments. If you wish participate in the LMS project review, please join us for the meeting or contact the Emergency Management Agency at 772-287-1652.


 
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Mar 21, 2017FEMA Update of Flood Hazard Information Continues for Coastal Communities in East Coast Central Florida
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Office in Atlanta is performing a coastal flood risk study for the East Coast Central Florida Study Area (Brevard, Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties) to provide people who are living and working in coastal communities in these counties with a more accurate picture of their flood hazard and associated risk.
Since the project began in October 2011, the FEMA-led Project Team has held technically focused outreach meetings to share interim results from the coastal analyses with community floodplain administrators (FPAs) and other interested community officials at key milestones. FEMA has scheduled another set of technical outreach meetings, called Flood Risk Review Meetings, as follows:
• Brevard County, March 30, 2017
• Indian River County, March 28, 2017
• Martin County, March 29, 2017
• St. Lucie County, March 28, 2017
Following the March meetings, FEMA will provide Preliminary copies of updated Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports to community officials for review and will schedule Consultation Coordination Officer (CCO) Meetings with community officials and Flood Risk Open Houses for the public. Based on its current schedule, FEMA anticipates holding the CCO Meetings and Open Houses during late spring or early summer 2017.
Information on past and future meetings as well as the process for making the updated digital FIRMs, FIS reports, and associated products available to community officials, residents, and other stakeholders is provided in a Fact Sheet titled “Coastal Flood Risk Study Meetings.” That Fact Sheet is accessible through the Information for East Coast Central Florida Study Area page on the FEMA Region IV Coastal Analysis and Mapping Web Portal.
To learn more about the methodology being applied and the progress of the coastal flood risk study, visit the dedicated page cited above and other portions of the Web Portal, which is accessible through www.southeastcoastalmaps.com. The Web Portal provides access to an extensive array of useful information and resources for community officials, residents, and other stakeholders in floodprone coastal areas.
When completed, community officials will be able to use the FIRMs, FIS reports, and other flood hazard information to improve local planning activities. Builders and developers will be able to use the information to make decisions on where to build and how proper construction can reduce flood risk. Insurance agents, insurance companies, real estate agents, and lending institutions will use the information for insurance rating purposes and to help residents better understand how flood hazards affect their property. Property owners and renters will be able to use the flood hazard information to help make better financial decisions about protecting their homes and businesses.





 
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Mar 21, 2017Humane Society’s pet therapy teams make friends at Lyric Theatre
The Lyric Theatre and the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast recently formed the perfect partnership: A dog-related show called Mutts Gone Nuts and volunteers from Misty’s Pals, the HSTC’s pet therapy group.
The volunteers greeted guests in the lobby before two shows and attracted the affection of kids and adults alike. The pet therapy volunteers were Mary Christopher and her dog Kate; Christine Apted and Maggie; Joe and Nancy Wertheim and Karma; Laurie Volpe and Luke, Nancy Bowden and Sydney; Joan Hewitt and Lilli; and Joan Dutton and Sparticus.
“The Lyric was thrilled to have the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s pet therapy group greeting our patrons,” said Lyric Theatre Executive Director Kia Fontaine. “It was a perfect partnership as the amazing canine performers of Mutts Gone Nuts are all adopted from shelters and rescues. The creators, Scott and Joan Houghton, are dedicated to spreading the positive message of animal rescue and adoption.”
Jessie Clifford, the shelter’s humane education director, echoed Fontaine’s sentiments.
“This type of partnership is representative of our community outreach and we thank The Lyric Theatre for giving us this opportunity,” she said. “Our pet therapy volunteers visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities, participate in our Paws to Read program, where kids read with a dog at their side, and much more.”
The HSTC’s humane education department also offers shelter tours and obedience and agility classes to the public and organizes a number of educational programs. For more information, visit the website, http:www.hstc1.org.


 
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Mar 21, 2017Stuart Sailfish Regatta tickets on sale now
Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Stuart Sailfish Regatta, coming to the Stuart Causeway Sat., May 20 and Sun., May 21.

The Stuart Sailfish Regatta is a tradition rich in local history, having begun in the late 1960s and continuing through the mid-1980s. The races successfully returned to Martin County in 2012, and organizers look forward to many great years to come.

The much-anticipated Stuart Sailfish Regatta draws thousands of spectators to the Stuart Causeway to watch high-performance vessels race at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. Last year, thousands of dollars were raised benefiting local charities.

The 6th Annual Stuart Sailfish Regatta promises more excitement and action than ever on Sat, May 20 and Sun., May 21. The event will be kicked off with a VIP Party on May 19, followed by the high-speed races all weekend long at the Stuart Causeway.

Tickets are on sale now for $15 in advance and can be purchased online at StuartSailfishRegatta.com.

Plus, anyone who purchases a ticket to the Stuart Sailfish Regatta between now and March 20 will automatically be entered into the running to win a prize package that features a 2 night stay at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina, two free Friday night VIP Party tickets and two free VIP passes for both days of the Regatta. The winner will be announced by March 22 on the Stuart Sailfish Regatta Facebook page.

Tickets at the gate will be $20 each.

One of the event’s top priorities each year is the protection of the Indian River Lagoon. Each year, spectators are able to take advantage of recycling receptacles onsite, a cleaning crew ensures the Lagoon and Causeway are left in better condition than they were prior to the Stuart Sailfish Regatta and marine life spotters are contracted to successfully prevent any marine life from being harmed.

For more information or for 2017 sponsorship opportunities visit StuartSailfishRegatta.com or call 772-284-3007.


 
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Mar 21, 2017West End International boat races kick off April 21
Event organizers are planning for the inaugural West End International race day April 22 and 23 at West End Village.

The high-speed boat races will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Sat., April 22 and Sun., April 23 with a kickoff party Friday night, April 21, at the Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour.

Racers from all over the world will compete at the West End International, with hydroplanes, Jersey skiffs and power boats hurtling up to 170 m.p.h. speeds in the high-paced, high-energy events.

In addition to the races, the event will feature food, drinks, music, vendors, shopping and activities for the whole family.

"We're very excited to host the first ever West End International," said Betty Bethel, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) Director for Grand Bahama. "The event promises fun and excitement for our residents and visitors alike, and we are very excited to host them at the beautiful Old Bahama Bay and the surrounding resorts on West End."

General admission to the races is free. VIP tickets for the races are $60 and the Friday night VIP kick-off party is $75. Tickets are on sale now at WestEndBoatRaces.com. Information on accommodations at West End is also available on the website.

West End is the oldest town and westernmost settlement on the Grand Bahama Island, and is the island's capital city.

Sponsorship opportunities for the race are available. To learn more about sponsorships, contact Suzanne Davis at (561) 635-8075.

The West End International is powered by The Islands of the Bahamas, Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour, Island Coastal Charters and Environmental Manufacturing Solutions.



 
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Mar 21, 2017FDOT Travel Survey
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Mar 20, 2017Lincoln Day Dinner


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Mar 20, 2017WORKING TOGETHER FOR VETERANS
The comradery of shared service unites veterans in a special way. We have a common experience and common healthcare challenges as a result.
It's important for veterans to come together and for the VA to establish and maintain expertise in providing our unique healthcare needs. Unfortunately, too many VA facilities have lost their hunger to provide our care. A passion to meet the individual needs of veterans has become too much of a rarity.
This week, veterans came together in West Palm Beach and the result was a change in policy at the national level. When I started receiving calls from local veterans that our VA didn't have portraits of the Commander in Chief and Secretary of Veterans Affairs hanging where they should have been, I went to the VA to hang them myself.
First, they were happy to hang them. But then, after we left, they took them back down. That's when we took our case to Washington and secured a directive from the VA.
This just goes to show: when veterans see a problem, they take action to fix it and they get the job done. That's just how we were trained and how we live our lives.
But this isn't a one-off problem. This exemplifies problems at the VA across the country. That's why I also helped pass three bills this week to help our veterans:
• We passed the VA Accountability First Act on Thursday to allow the Secretary of the VA to remove, demote or suspend VA employees who aren’t doing their job. The bill also provides improved protections for whistleblowers at the VA and takes other steps to improve accountability at the VA.

• We also passed the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act to prevent veterans 2nd amendment rights from being taken away without due process. If you’ve fought for our country – used a firearm to protect the United States – it is not justified to take away your right to bear arms unless there has been due process and a specific determination by a judge. Veterans who served this country so honorably should never be arbitrarily placed on a roll with criminals; it is insulting and unconstitutional.

• Finally, we passed H.R. 1367 to provide the VA with the tools they need to hire and retain a top notch work force. This is just common sense - if we’re going to give the VA the authority to fire employees who are not doing their job, we should also make sure they have everything they need to get the best, most highly-motivated employees who go to work every day with the goal of serving veterans to the best of their ability.


 
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Mar 20, 2017Spring Shopapalooza Sidewalk Sale hits Downtown Stuart April 8 and 9!
STUART, Fla. – The Downtown Stuart Business Association and Stuart Main Street present the Spring Shopapalooza Sidewalk Sale – a not-to-be-missed shopping extravaganza in Historic Downtown Stuart. This year’s shopping event will take place on Sat., April 8 and Sun., April 9 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Shopapalooza Sidewalk Sale takes place at participating downtown shops and includes special sales, gifts with purchase deals, and much more! Bargainistas are sure to find plenty of steals, while enjoying the new Spring and Summer merchandise at the dozens of unique and special retailers in downtown Stuart.

"We're excited to showcase fabulous Historic Downtown Stuart shops, boutiques and galleries and offer amazing deals to the community at this year's Spring Shopapalooza," said Patty O'Connell, Downtown Business Association committee member and owner of Gumbo Limbo Coastal Chic and Gumbo Limbo Coastal Kidz.

Free shuttles for the special sidewalk sale event will be running from the Osceola, Sailfish and Kiwanis parking lots.

For more information, visit www.HistoricDowntownStuart.com, http://www.stuartmainstreet.org, find Stuart Main Street and Downtown Stuart on Facebook, or call 772–286-2848.


 
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Mar 17, 2017Boat Tour & Dinner down the Loxahatchee River to Trappers Nelson’s
Nelson’s preserved homestead at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound. Saturday April 8, 2017 at 4pm.
Hop Aboard and enjoy Local Historian & Author Jim Snyder, while he shares his knowledge of the area as you cruise down the ever curving and winding Loxahatchee River, Florida’s first National Wild and Scenic River. Arrive at Trapper Nelson’s Home, to hear all about the” Man of the Jungle”.
After the boat tour, enjoy dinner catered by Burrito Bros. in the Beer Garden overlooking the Loxahatchee River. (cash bar for beer & wine)
Price includes your Park Entry, Boat Tour, Appetizers,
Dinner & Soft Drinks. Cash bar available for beer & wine.

Cost members $ 45 before 3/18 after $ 50
Non-members $ 55 before 3/18 after $ 60

Contact for More Details
The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Ellen 561-629-4514 stewart.ellen@gmail.com or Link Registration: http://conta.cc/2miXq9g



 
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Mar 17, 2017Motorized Vehicles BEWARE of Wildfire Danger!
As the grasses and vines with shallow roots green-up with the recent rainfall, the Florida Forest Service, Okeechobee District wants to remind residents to be vigilant with wildfire prevention. According to the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, inadequate rainfall has depleted the moisture content in deeper rooted fuels, such as shrubs and trees. Larger diameter trees will take a longer time to regain moisture compared to shallow rooted grasses. In addition, most of Florida’s native plants have oils and resins that contribute to the susceptibility for burning. Moderate drought has created a fuel condition that supports fires of longer duration and more extreme fire behavior than would normally be expected.

The Florida Forest Service, Okeechobee District is asking for your help in reducing vehicle caused wildfire starts. Dead fuels, such as leaves, sticks and twigs, hold far less moisture and pulling off to the side of the road into dead vegetation can ignite a wildfire. The most common way is when the dead vegetation touches the vehicle exhaust system, including the catalytic converter which can reach up to 1,400 degrees. With the right weather conditions, all forms of motorized vehicles including cars, golf carts, motorcycles, airboats, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or side by side (UTVs) can be fire starters.

Tips to Reduce Vehicle Wildfires
1. A loose safety chain or muffler striking a rock or pavement will send a shower of sparks into dry vegetation. Ensure all parts of your vehicle are secure and not dragging.

2. Driving on an exposed wheel rim throws sparks. Poorly lubricated wheel bearings can overheat and ignite, and worn out brakes can drop hot material into the grass. Take the time to check your tire pressure and look for indicators of wear and tear on a tire.

3. Engine compartments can collect debris and ignite a spark. Worn-out catalytic converters can degrade and cast off extremely hot pieces of material. A faulty spark arrestor can shed hot metal. Take the time to maintain and clean exhaust systems and spark arresters.

4. Avoid driving your vehicle off the road when it's hot and dry because that will increase your chances of a fire starting from a vehicle. If you drive an off-road vehicle, such as an ATV/UTV or airboat, the sparks can fly out through the exhaust system. The key here is to equip the vehicle with spark arresters.

5. Oil and transmission fluid are highly flammable and if you notice your vehicle leaking, then it’s time for a maintenance check.

The Florida Forest Service wants to remind you to have a fire extinguisher with you and know how to use it. Dead leaf litter/grass wildfires are very dangerous because they burn at an accelerated rate due to the fact that the fuel is so small and fine. If you do accidently ignite the grass on fire, call 911!

We can all make a difference in reducing human-caused fires during this dry season.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests, provides management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests, while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FloridaForestService.com.

For questions about burn authorizations and wildfire prevention, please contact your local Florida Forest Service:
Martin County (772) 221-4045; Saint Lucie County (772) 468-3915; Indian River County (772) 778-5085;
Glades County (863) 674-4000; Highlands County (863) 655-6407; Okeechobee County (863) 467-3221

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Mar 16, 2017Good Posture, Better Mood?
While grandma may have nagged you about your posture, she may not have realized the other benefits of sitting or standing up straight with your head up and shoulders back. Mood. That’s right. Various studies reveal that maintaining good posture can also help boost your mood and slash stress.

A Simple Yet Effective Action

According to research from San Francisco State University Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Ph.D., individuals who walk with a slumped, or downcast posture can have feelings of depression or diminished energy.

This research also revealed, however, that those feelings of depression can be reversed simply by walking in a more upright manner. Imagine being able to boost your mood and even your energy level with this easy action.

Standing in an expansive posture of confidence, even if you don’t feel particularly confident, can impact testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain. Adopting such “power poses” may even affect one’s chances for success.

If you’re having a bout of the blues, take a quick assessment of how you’re sitting and standing. Adopting better posture just may improve your mood, boost your confidence and give you more energy to take on your everyday tasks and more.


 
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Mar 16, 2017SafeSpace Honors Margaret and Joe Temple with Chrysalis Award
Couple Shares a Passion for Helping Victims of Domestic Violence
Stuart, Fla. - For their extraordinary work in forwarding the mission of SafeSpace, the Treasure Coast’s non-profit provider of domestic violence services, Margaret and Joe Temple were awarded the organization’s prestigious Chrysalis Award at the “Steppin’ Out for SafeSpace” dinner dance on March 4.
In presenting the award, SafeSpace CEO Jill Borowicz described the breadth and depth of Margaret’s work in building awareness of SafeSpace throughout the Treasure Coast. “She’s an amazing woman,” says Borowicz. “We’re so grateful for the profound impact she’s had on the people we serve.”
Margaret has served as a SafeSpace volunteer for nine years, six of those as a Board Member and Board President, and brought the many skills honed in her successful marketing career to the non-profit. The direct mail pieces she has designed have raised close to $1 million. As Chair of the organization’s Capital/Comprehensive Campaign, Margaret developed all of the collateral materials that led to raising more than half of the $2.5 million campaign goal.
The story then took a personal turn. Joe Temple met Margaret after reading an appeal she wrote to help in building the comprehensive financial sustainability plan for SafeSpace. He had been unaware of the magnitude of the problem, “like so many others,” he says. Hearing from Margaret the startling statistic that “one in three women have been or will be affected by domestic violence in her lifetime,” Joe became seriously interested in helping SafeSpace.
Joe made the decision to give a transformational gift to SafeSpace to ensure the longevity of its services to victims on the Treasure Coast. He pledged a $500,000 matching gift with the understanding that SafeSpace would work to match that amount within a year. That effort was successful, and SafeSpace now has the foundation for a sustainability program that will secure the provision of its programs and services to victims and their children for years to come.
Joe became more convinced that domestic violence can truly hit close to home when, upon sharing how successful SafeSpace’s operations are with his family, he learned from his daughter-in-law that she had been a victim of domestic violence in her first marriage and had not shared her story. Joe had further discussions with Margaret about how challenging it is for victims to find an organization like SafeSpace that provides immediate 24/7 housing and access to the programs and services that will help victims and their children become survivors.
Joe Temple and Margaret Richebourg took another more personal step together that reflects the mutual passion they share in support of SafeSpace and its future. What started as a conversation about SafeSpace’s future works turned into a decision to get married and join in their continued support of SafeSpace together! At the “Steppin’ Out for SafeSpace” dinner dance, together they accepted the thanks of SafeSpace’s supporters during the presentation of the Chrysalis Award.
The Chrysalis Award is a sculpture with a piece of lilac quartz designed by noted Italian sculptor Giulio Manfredi. It represents the larva stage just before transitioning into a butterfly, much as a victim becomes a survivor with the help of organizations like SafeSpace. The Chrysalis is wearable art and transitions in color from yellow to red as a reminder of the energy and power of life.
The award ceremony was also an opportunity for SafeSpace to celebrate its successes over the past year. The only Certified Domestic Violence Center on the Treasure Coast, SafeSpace served more than 4,000 victims and children in its last fiscal year with education and support for victims and their families, community outreach programs, 24/7 crisis hotline, and supportive living for those in need of longer-term housing. Its emergency shelter provided more than 15,000 safe nights to women and children in imminent danger. A new program, Injunction for
Protection, now provides crucial legal assistance to victims who need to seek an injunction against an abuser. Fully licensed attorneys are able to provide legal advice at no cost to SafeSpace program participants. More than 30 injunctions have already been filed in the first few months of the program.
The SafeSpace Hotline is available in Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 772-288-7023.

 
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Mar 16, 2017Calling All “Foodies”: 3rd Saturday Gourmet Returns to Hobe Sound
The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce and the Gourmet Truck Expo are pleased to announce the return of 3rd Saturday Gourmet in downtown Hobe Sound on Saturday, March 18, 2017. A free family event, 3rd Saturday Gourmet will feature food trucks & craft vendors from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm starting next to Taste Casual Dining. Patrons can park along Dixie Highway and peruse the local galleries and shops as they walk to the vendors located on Mars and Apollo Streets.

Unique food trucks from all over south Florida will be in Hobe Sound including; Sweet Daddy's BBQ, Philly Grill, Empanada Top, Tio'z Urban Dominican Food, Island Buzz, Bea's Heavenly Wings, Larry's Landing, Dr. G's Grilled Foods, CheeseZilla, Mobile Culinary Kitchen, Churrasco Grill, and Firehouse Creamery. 3rd
Saturday Gourmet is a monthly community event that will continue through May 20, 2017.

Event Dates:
Saturday, March 18
Saturday, April 15
Saturday, May 20

This month’s, 3rd Saturday Gourmet will welcome DJ Dan on Mars Street, Bob Swinton of Music Ala Carte performing on Apollo street and Kidsbounce4fun will host a face painting tent and dunk tank.

The dunk tank will be run by the Hobe Sound Boys and Girls Club in an effort to raise money and awareness for their teen programs. Local Celebrities will be in the tank, ready to be dunked to raise funds for the Club. Local celebrities include Commissioner Harold Jenkins; Harry MacArthur, owner of Harry & The Natives; Pete Morello, owner of the Hobe Sound UPS Store; Thomas Courtney, owner of Courtney’s Stuffed Burgers and Jef Otten, Champion Toastmaster and Dancensound DJ. Superintendent of Schools Laurie Gaylord will be stopping by the tank for a chance to dunk her friends.

Bring your own lawn chairs to listen and eat comfortably during the event. Visit boutiques, Hobe Sound Art Gallery, jewelry stores and other businesses. Bim’s Boutique will feature a new line of children’s clothing, Buster Brown, and will have a 50% off sale of all earrings. Make an entire evening of it and visit Taste Casual Dining for cocktails & entertainment.

You’ll be sure to see and taste something new in Hobe Sound for 3rd Saturday Gourmet!

For GPS Directions – Please use Juno Shoe Girls’ address in your GPS, 11766 SE Dixie Highway, Hobe Sound.

For more information please call the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce at 772-546-4724.

Thank you Bingman’s Painting Services, Strategic Reality Services, Skin Serenity Spa, and Kidsbounce4fun for sponsoring this event!


 
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Mar 16, 2017EARTH DAY
Come out and celebrate the Earth, our home on Saturday, April 22! Scheduled activities include our annual “Hook Kids on Fishing Clinic,” co-sponsored by Anglers for Conservation from 9-11 a.m. The clinic is open to all kids ages 6-12 with a parent and reservations are required. Students receive fishing poles, tackle and attend mini-sessions to learn fishing basics from local experts. Their newly acquired skills are then put to good use by fishing along the banks of the Indian River Lagoon. Reservation Required.


During the afternoon starting at 12:30 p.m., Explore the Seagrasses” with hand nets and seine. Participants will catch and release small marine animals that call the estuary home. This popular get wet activity is recommended for ages 4 and up. Reservations Required.

Join us for face painting and stained glass crafts All Day! Come Rock Earth Day and Martin County by making your own hand crafted rocks. The Center’s exhibits and gift shop will also be open all day for this free event. Contact us for reservations and details! Call (772) 546-2067 or Book a Reservation Online at www.hobesoundnature.com. The Hobe Sound Nature Center is a private, non-profit organization, located at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, 13640 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound.


 
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Mar 16, 2017Behind The Scenes at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival!
Something truly wild and amazing is coming back to Jupiter this April! The third annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival (WSFF), one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America, returns April 8, 2017, from 6:00 PM- 9:30 PM at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.

“We’ve picked sixteen short films that show how we can individually and as a group be more connected to the earth through our recreation, hard work and thoughtful living,” says Kathleen Glover, JILM Assistant Director and WSFF-Jupiter Coordinator. “People from all walks of life share their experiences, feelings and accomplishments in and around their oceans, lands, and communities in these mesmerizing films. We are proud to join over 150 other museums and organizations presenting these stories that give us a sense of place and what it means to be responsible stewards of the earth.”

Here is a sneak peek at a few of our favorites.

Selah: Water From Stone tells the story of a former fast food chain owner who sells his successful business and devotes his life to restoring a dry, neglected and overgrazed ranch in the Texas hill country. He took the worst piece of property he could find and transformed over 5,000 acres into a lush green paradise preserve. Now with full aquifers and overflowing with natural springs, the land is brought back to life for future generations to enjoy.

Then there is the upbeat look at the not-so-upbeat topic of dead coral. It’s an ecological nightmare, but marine biologists (heroes actually) have come up with a very creative solution. Coral Reef Rescue explores the problem and the accidental discovery that led to a brilliant new idea of accelerating the growth of coral in labs. This discovery is now used to repopulate reefs with healthy coral nurseries. And it’s working! With college and high school students getting involved with coral reef rescues, the future of world-wide coral reefs has hope.

Two young Navajo girls sing songs and call to their long-deceased ancestors to let them know they are arriving into the sacred Arizona canyon that whispers back to them and anchors them to their past. The Canyon de Chelly is alive and echoing with rich traditions and teachings for these young folks, learning to balance modern life with the “Navajo Way.” Canyon Song, our opening film, beautifully reveals the inextricable link between their identity and the land. It has lessons for us all.

“These unique films tell the bigger story of our history, who we are as a people, and our symbiotic relationship with our planet. They are short films that make a big impact on the viewer, inspiring personal action. They encourage us to take time to immerse ourselves in the soothing comfort of nature and learning to love it. We have one home planet and each one of us can see ourselves as the ‘Keepers’,” states Glover.

Film Festival gates open at 6:00 pm with live music of the StratOlites, a bit of DJ music, and a raffle. Snacks, beer and wine will be sold along with those beloved burritos from Burrito Bros and BBQ, who will be preparing meat, chicken and vegetarian options. Film-goers can visit participating local recreational and environmental organizations during the festival and learn how to get involved in the local community helping our planet and the places we love.

The films begin at 7:45 pm and will be shown outdoors on a giant screen at the water’s edge in front of the Lighthouse. Guests should bring a beach or lawn chair; no coolers or pets will be permitted. The wind can be chilly even with warmer temperatures so guests may wish to bring a sweater as well.

The Loxahatchee River Historical Society will also be awarding its third annual Outstanding Stewardship Award, honoring those who have had a significant impact on our community in the areas of heritage and our natural environment.

Tickets are $10 per person, and available online now at www.jupiterlighthouse.org. Additionally, ticket holders purchasing a Lighthouse Membership during the event on April 8th get $10 off their membership fee. Tickets purchased by phone at 561.747.8380 x101 will be held in Will Call only.

National Sponsors for the WSFF are Patagonia, CLIF Bar, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Klean Kanteen, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, KEEN and Orion Magazine. Presenting local sponsors are Best Version Media, The Holtec Center and local event sponsors and partners include Jupiter Courier Newsweekly, Stuart News/TCPalm.com, 97.9 WRMF, 103.1 WIRK, Sunny 107.9, X 102.3, Beatz 96.3, 850WFTL, FoxSports 640AM, Pratt & Whitney, Minuteman Press Jupiter, Florida Sugar Cane League, Burrito Bros and BBQ, Microwgraphics, Whole Foods Market and Tidy Coast Event Services.

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum also like to recognize the following program partners: Bureau of Land Management, Conservation Lands Foundation, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County and the Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County.

You can follow our social media updates and sneak peeks on twitter.com/JupiterLH and facebook.com/jupiterinletlighthousemuseum.

As stewards of the dynamic heritage, and sensitive natural systems of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area and the Loxahatchee River region, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum invites you and your family to join us for these amazing films! Visit our web site at www.jupiterlighthouse.org for future programs and updates. #WSFFJUPITER


 
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Mar 16, 2017FEMA Update of Flood Hazard Information Continues for Coastal Communities in East Coast Central Florida
As the Outreach Lead for the coastal flood risk study project for the East Coast Central Florida (ECCFL) Study Area, I am sending this message on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to you and other chambers of commerce in the ECCFL Study Area (Brevard, Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties).
FEMA undertook the project as part of a regionwide coastal analysis and mapping effort in the Southeastern U.S. BakerAECOM, LLC, is the FEMA Production and Technical Services (PTS) provider for this project.
As mentioned in a previous email message, project-related technical outreach meetings, called Flood Risk Review Meetings (see attached “Coastal Flood Risk Study Meetings” Fact Sheet), were scheduled to held during the first quarter of 2017. Those meetings with community floodplain administrators (FPAs) and other community officials have been set for March 28, 2017, for Indian River and St. Lucie Counties; March 29, 2017, for Martin County; and March 30, 2017, for Brevard County.
Following the Flood Risk Review Meetings, we will provide Preliminary copies of the updated Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report to community officials for review and will schedule Consultation Coordination Officer (CCO) Meetings with community officials and Flood Risk Open Houses for the public. We anticipate holding the CCO Meetings and Open Houses, which also are discussed in the attached Fact Sheet, during late spring or early summer 2017.
In the meantime, for additional information on the project, we encourage you and other members of your organization to visit the Information for East Coast Central Florida Study Area page on the FEMA Coastal Analysis and Mapping Web Portal (www.southeastcoastalmaps.com). Later this month, we will post PDF versions of the PowerPoint presentations used during the Flood Risk Review Meetings to the above-referenced web page.
For your convenience, we have prepared the attached announcement to share with other members of your organization via email, newsletter, or posting to your organization website. If you or your staff have any questions regarding the attached announcement, please email me at rwild@mbakerintl.com or call me at 703-317-6222.
Thank you in advance for making this information on the study available so that other members of your organization may learn more about the FEMA effort to better identify coastal flood hazards and risks for the ECCFL Study Area.
Thanks,

Dick

Richard A. Wild, CFM
BakerAECOM Coastal Outreach Lead
Office: 703-317-6222
Mobile: 571-239-4951
E-Mail: rwild@mbakerintl.com


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Office in Atlanta is performing a coastal flood risk study for the East Coast Central Florida Study Area (Brevard, Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties) to provide people who are living and working in coastal communities in these counties with a more accurate picture of their flood hazard and associated risk.
Since the project began in October 2011, the FEMA-led Project Team has held technically focused outreach meetings to share interim results from the coastal analyses with community floodplain administrators (FPAs) and other interested community officials at key milestones. FEMA has scheduled another set of technical outreach meetings, called Flood Risk Review Meetings, as follows:
• Brevard County, March 30, 2017
• Indian River County, March 28, 2017
• Martin County, March 29, 2017
• St. Lucie County, March 28, 2017
Following the March meetings, FEMA will provide Preliminary copies of updated Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports to community officials for review and will schedule Consultation Coordination Officer (CCO) Meetings with community officials and Flood Risk Open Houses for the public. Based on its current schedule, FEMA anticipates holding the CCO Meetings and Open Houses during late spring or early summer 2017.
Information on past and future meetings as well as the process for making the updated digital FIRMs, FIS reports, and associated products available to community officials, residents, and other stakeholders is provided in a Fact Sheet titled “Coastal Flood Risk Study Meetings.” That Fact Sheet is accessible through the Information for East Coast Central Florida Study Area page on the FEMA Region IV Coastal Analysis and Mapping Web Portal.
To learn more about the methodology being applied and the progress of the coastal flood risk study, visit the dedicated page cited above and other portions of the Web Portal, which is accessible through www.southeastcoastalmaps.com. The Web Portal provides access to an extensive array of useful information and resources for community officials, residents, and other stakeholders in floodprone coastal areas.
When completed, community officials will be able to use the FIRMs, FIS reports, and other flood hazard information to improve local planning activities. Builders and developers will be able to use the information to make decisions on where to build and how proper construction can reduce flood risk. Insurance agents, insurance companies, real estate agents, and lending institutions will use the information for insurance rating purposes and to help residents better understand how flood hazards affect their property. Property owners and renters will be able to use the flood hazard information to help make better financial decisions about protecting their homes and businesses.


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Mar 15, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Supports U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Restoration
The commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, briefed the media today on his support of Everglades restoration and the timeline of projects known as the Integrated Delivery Schedule (IDS). Below is a portion of the Corps' statement and a supporting response from the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Chairman:

"We have a strong partnership with the South Florida Water Management District and the state of Florida. The IDS was developed through public dialogue and discussion between the partners in the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Program. It is the optimal sequence of restoration activities." - USACE Col. Jason Kirk

"Heard. Understood. Acknowledged. And Appreciated. The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board is extremely grateful for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' reiteration today of its commitment to the Everglades restoration partnership and schedule of projects known as the Integrated Delivery Schedule (IDS). The Corps' approach is the logical way to restore the Everglades. Attempting to allocate billions of dollars to a single project, outside of the publicly vetted and approved IDS sequence, would set restoration efforts back and provide more uncertainty for currently requested funding. The Corps and SFWMD Governing Board are maintaining their commitment to begin the study of an Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir in 2021, the timeframe set by the IDS. Built on science, the Everglades restoration plan and its timeline to complete projects is the right strategy to get the job done." - SFWMD Chairman Dan O'Keefe




 
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Mar 15, 2017Stuart Main Street to Mark 30th Anniversary at March Mornings on Main Street Breakfast
Bowman Consulting to Host Downtown Networking Breakfast Celebrating Past, Present & Future of Downtown Revitalization Program

Who: Anyone who loves Downtown Stuart and wants to shape its future!
What: Bi-monthly networking breakfast Mornings on Main Street presented by
Stuart Main Street. This month’s focus: 30 Years of Stuart Main Street
When: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 8:00 a.m.
Where: Bowman Consulting, 301 SE Ocean Boulevard, Suite 301, Stuart, FL 34994
How: Call 772-286-2848 for more information

STUART, FL – March 14, 2017 – Stuart Main Street is pleased to announce its next bi-monthly networking breakfast, Mornings on Main Street, will celebrate the non-profit group’s 30th anniversary. Topics of discussion will focus on the past, present, and future of the downtown preservation and revitalization group. Stuart Main Street will hold the popular FREE networking breakfast at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the offices of sponsor, Bowman Consulting, 301 SE Ocean Boulevard, Suite 301. Coffee sponsor is Stuart Coffee Company.
Mornings on Main Street is a bi-monthly FREE networking event held the fourth Thursday of January, March, May, July, and September and the third Thursday in November. This “must attend” event focuses on Downtown Stuart with real information on current topics and an opportunity to meet like-minded people with a shared concern for Downtown Stuart. For more information, call Stuart Main Street at 772-286-2848.


 
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Mar 15, 2017Florida’s Indian River State College Named One of Top Three Community Colleges in America by Aspen Institute
Indian River State College recognized as one of two Finalists-with-Distinction and awarded $100,000 prize for achieving outstanding outcomes in: learning, degree completion, minority and low-income student success, and employment and earnings

Washington, DC, March 14, 2017 – The Aspen Institute announced today that Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida is a Finalist-with-Distinction of the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s preeminent recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges and a benchmark for community college reform.

Awarded every two years since 2011, the $1 million Aspen Prize recognizes institutions for their outstanding outcomes in four areas: student learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

Selected from more than 1,000 public community colleges nationwide, 2017 Aspen Prize winner Lake Area Technical Institute will receive $600,000 in prize funds. Two Florida colleges, Broward College (Fort Lauderdale) and Indian River State College (Fort Pierce) were named Finalists-with-Distinction. Aspen also recognized two top ten finalists with the “Rising Star” award for rapid improvement in student completion: Odessa College (Odessa, TX) and San Jacinto College (Pasadena, TX). All four will receive $100,000 prizes. (See full list of Top Ten Prize Finalists below and read more information about them at http://as.pn/1kr.)

“Indian River State College excels at providing a top-notch education for its students that is deeply aligned to the needs of employers in its region,” said Joshua Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and author of What Excellent Community Colleges Do. “The college has an exceptionally culture of student success which in recent years has enabled incredibly quick progress in building clear pathways for its students, both those who aim to transfer to a four-year university and those aiming to enter the workforce right after graduation.”

Indian River State College may be the only higher educational option for 60 miles on a remote stretch of Florida’s east coast, but it has become one of the best college options in the area, serving 24,000 students at multiple campuses. With the goal of continuing to increase student completion rates, Indian River is deeply focused on what students need to complete classes, graduate and transfer to a four-year school or head directly into the workforce. With world class training facilities, Indian River offers bachelor’s degrees on campus and programs -- from laser and nuclear technology to public safety and emergency response training -- that deliver the skills regional employers demand.

Indian River State College stands out as one of the nation’s top community colleges for many reasons, including:
• Strong three-year graduation/transfer rates for all students (49%, compared to 39% nationally) and underrepresented minorities (43%, compared to 34% nationally)

• Ranked third most affordable college in the nation by US Department of Education

• Exemplary work developing guided pathways to degrees and jobs
The Prize winner and finalists were announced at an event at the Newseum in Washington, DC, by Aspen Prize Jury co-chairs Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University and former Governor of Indiana, and former Representative George Miller (D-CA).

Community colleges today enroll more than 40% of all US undergraduates – 6 million students – working toward degrees and certificates. These include growing numbers of lower-income and minority students. While nationwide, under 40% of all community college students graduate, Aspen Prize finalist institutions demonstrate that community colleges can help students achieve higher levels of success while in college and in completing a degree that leads to well-paying jobs and careers after college.

For more information about the 2017 Aspen Prize Winner, Finalists-with-Distinction, Rising Stars as well as information and lessons learned from the all of the Prize Finalists listed below, please visit: http://as.pn/1kr

2017 Aspen Prize Winner - Lake Area Technical Institute (Watertown, SD)

Finalists-with-Distinction
Broward College (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Indian River State College (Fort Pierce, FL)

Rising Star Award
Odessa College (Odessa, TX)
San Jacinto College (Pasadena, TX)

Finalists
Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Coon Rapids, MN)
Chaffey College (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
Northeast Community College (Norfolk, NE)
Pasadena City College (Pasadena, CA)
West Kentucky Community and Technical College (Paducah, KY)


 
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Mar 15, 2017Florida Chamber News - The Florida House Approves Bill That Threatens Tourism Industry
Florida's Tourism Industry Creates Economic Opportunity...
and Effective Marketing Plays a Vital Role

Register Today
Join the Florida Chamber's Statewide Board of Governors
for a Discussion About the Future of Florida's Tourism Industry

Florida Chamber's Board of Governors Webinar & Conference Call
Monday, March 27, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EST)
REGISTER


Florida is arguably the tourism capital of the world. In 2016, Florida welcomed over 112 million visitors from other states and countries and, in many ways, that success is due to effectively marketing what Florida has to offer. However, recent legislation sends a signal that Florida's Legislature is no longer an active partner in‎ job creation, diversifying our economy or supporting our important tourism industry.

When visitors come to Florida, they pay more than $11 billion in state and local taxes each year, which helps keep Floridians from having to pay an income tax. In fact, visitors to Florida pay in taxes the equivalent of $1,535 per Florida household. Florida tourism also creates jobs. For every 85 visitors, one new job is created in the hospitality industry.

Please join the Florida Chamber's Statewide Board of Governors for an in-depth discussion on the importance of marketing Florida's tourism sector, the negative impact current legislation may have and the role YOU can play in identifying potential solutions.

This month's webinar will include the following presenters:

• Ken Lawson, New President and CEO of VISIT FLORIDA, will discuss the latest changes that have taken place at VISIT FLORIDA and the path forward,
• William Talbert, CDME, Chair of the VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors and President and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, will discuss the challenges the tourism sector faces this legislative session and how you can assist in efforts to protect one of Florida's leading industries,
• Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, will deliver his President's Report, and provide perspective on the current Legislative session, and
• Dr. Jerry Parrish, the Florida Chamber Foundation's Chief Economist, will review the most recent job numbers, and discuss discuss some of the overlooked benefits to Florida's economy of expanding tourism.
Effective marketing of Florida's vibrant tourism sector is key to our state's future economic growth. Florida's business community must unite to ensure this important marketing tool does not go away. Do not miss this opportunity to LEARN, ENGAGE, and be a part of the SOLUTION. Register today!


We encourage you to invite members of your management team, Board of Directors, local Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Councils who would benefit from this valuable discussion. Click here to have them added to the guest list.


Drive the Discussion
Do you have specific information you would like covered in this or an upcoming call? Send your suggestions to Carolyn Gosselin at cgosselin@flchamber.com.


More from the Florida Chamber
• Legislation Eliminating Economic Development Will Make Florida Less Competitive
• Join us for the Florida Chamber's 2017 Capitol Days March 21-23 in Tallahassee.



 
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Mar 15, 2017Florida Chamber News - Florida House Approves Anti-Economic Development Bill


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Mar 15, 2017Florida Chamber News - Florida's Tourism Industry Creates Economic Opportunity... and Effective Marketing Plays a Vital Role


Register Today https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6708307738935006721

Join the Florida Chamber's Statewide Board of Governors
for a Discussion About the Future of Florida's Tourism Industry

Florida Chamber's Board of Governors Webinar & Conference Call
Monday, March 27, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EST)
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6708307738935006721


Florida is arguably the tourism capital of the world. In 2016, Florida welcomed over 112 million visitors from other states and countries and, in many ways, that success is due to effectively marketing what Florida has to offer. However, recent legislation sends a signal that Florida's Legislature is no longer an active partner in‎ job creation, diversifying our economy or supporting our important tourism industry.

When visitors come to Florida, they pay more than $11 billion in state and local taxes each year, which helps keep Floridians from having to pay an income tax. In fact, visitors to Florida pay in taxes the equivalent of $1,535 per Florida household. Florida tourism also creates jobs. For every 85 visitors, one new job is created in the hospitality industry.

Please join the Florida Chamber's Statewide Board of Governors for an in-depth discussion on the importance of marketing Florida's tourism sector, the negative impact current legislation may have and the role YOU can play in identifying potential solutions.

This month's webinar will include the following presenters:

• Ken Lawson, New President and CEO of VISIT FLORIDA, will discuss the latest changes that have taken place at VISIT FLORIDA and the path forward,
• William Talbert, CDME, Chair of the VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors and President and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, will discuss the challenges the tourism sector faces this legislative session and how you can assist in efforts to protect one of Florida's leading industries,
• Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, will deliver his President's Report, and provide perspective on the current Legislative session, and
• Dr. Jerry Parrish, the Florida Chamber Foundation's Chief Economist, will review the most recent job numbers, and discuss discuss some of the overlooked benefits to Florida's economy of expanding tourism.
Effective marketing of Florida's vibrant tourism sector is key to our state's future economic growth. Florida's business community must unite to ensure this important marketing tool does not go away. Do not miss this opportunity to LEARN, ENGAGE, and be a part of the SOLUTION. Register today!


We encourage you to invite members of your management team, Board of Directors, local Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Councils who would benefit from this valuable discussion. Click here to have them added to the guest list.


Drive the Discussion
Do you have specific information you would like covered in this or an upcoming call? Send your suggestions to Carolyn Gosselin at cgosselin@flchamber.com.


More from the Florida Chamber
• Legislation Eliminating Economic Development Will Make Florida Less Competitive
• Join us for the Florida Chamber's 2017 Capitol Days March 21-23 in Tallahassee.



 
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Mar 14, 2017HOBE SOUND 3RD SATURDAY GOURMET SE MARS STREET / SE APOLLO STREET ROAD CLOSURE
On Saturday, March 18, 2017, the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a gourmet food truck expo. This event will result in the closure of SE Mars Street and SE Apollo Street between SE Old Post Office Alley and SE Dixie Highway Service Road between the hours of 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Motorist and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and seek alternate routes.

The Martin County Road Conditions Map is available via any mobile device or desktop with internet access to view all county lane/road closures: https://conezone.martin.fl.us


This notification can be reproduced in an alternative format upon request by contacting the County ADA Coordinator (772-221-1396), the County Administration Office (772-288-5940) or Florida Relay 711.


 
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Mar 14, 2017EARTH DAY
Come out and celebrate the Earth, our home on Saturday, April 22! Scheduled activities include our annual “Hook Kids on Fishing Clinic,” co-sponsored by Anglers for Conservation from 9-11 a.m. The clinic is open to all kids ages 6-12 with a parent and reservations are required. Students receive fishing poles, tackle and attend mini-sessions to learn fishing basics from local experts. Their newly acquired skills are then put to good use by fishing along the banks of the Indian River Lagoon. Reservation Required.

During the afternoon starting at 12:30 p.m., Explore the Seagrasses” with hand nets and seine. Participants will catch and release small marine animals that call the estuary home. This popular get wet activity is recommended for ages 4 and up. Reservations Required.

Join us for face painting and stained glass crafts All Day! Come Rock Earth Day and Martin County by making your own hand crafted rocks. The Center’s exhibits and gift shop will also be open all day for this free event. Contact us for reservations and details! Call (772) 546-2067 or Book a Reservation Online at www.hobesoundnature.com. The Hobe Sound Nature Center is a private, non-profit organization, located at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, 13640 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound.



 
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Mar 13, 2017COMBATTING ANTI-SEMITISM
This is scary: there have now been at least 100 threats made against more than 75 Jewish community centers across the country. These threats - and recent vandalism of Jewish cemeteries - are absolutely unacceptable. Community centers of all faiths should be a place to find peace, not to feel targeted for your beliefs.
One of my first acts as a new Member of Congress was to join the Bipartisan Taskforce to Combat anti-Semitism. Our group works across the aisle to combat global anti-Semitism. And I also have co-sponsored the Combatting European anti-Semitism Act, which instructs the Secretary of State to track anti-Semitism in Europe.
But we must do more at home as well. As a nation, we must demonstrate that we will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of religion and we will do everything within our power to prevent future threats and stop potential attacks. This week I spoke on the House Floor about the steps we must take - working together - to combat these horrific acts.

To learn more about my work on your behalf, please visit my website:
https://mast.house.gov/

 
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Mar 13, 2017Bathtub Reef Beach Renourishment Project

Bathtub Reef Beach will undergo renourishment during the spring of 2017, with 86,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed on the beach, borrowed from the Sailfish Point Navigational Channel. The first step in the six-week project is the fusing and laying of pipes. Beginning Monday, March 13, a small portion of the southeast Stuart Causeway parking area will be closed intermittently through March 25 while pipes are placed in the water.

During the renourishment process, partial beach closures will be in place, although the parking lot and pavilion will remain accessible. The area for renourishment runs from the north end of Bathtub Reef Beach and south into Sailfish Point. Martin County has contracted with Ferreira Construction for the project, and the beach portion of project is scheduled for completion by May 1.

The renourishment of Bathtub Reef Beach is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hurricane Recovery Project. Information about beach and parking lot closings, beach access, construction and restoration updates will be provided in a timely basis here on the County website and on Facebook.

About Bathtub Reef Beach

Martin County’s Atlantic beaches span nearly 22 miles along our coast and include Jensen Beach, Stuart Beach, Sailfish Point, St. Lucie Inlet State Preserve, Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, and the Town of Jupiter Island.

These beaches are an integral part of the quality of life in Martin County, generate considerable revenue to the economy of Martin County, and support homes, businesses and related infrastructure (roads, utilities) for many residents and visitors.

Bathtub Reef is located just offshore at Bathtub Beach Park, 1585 SE MacArthur Blvd., Stuart, and is a popular spot for snorkelers due to the large numbers of marine creatures and fish that congregate there. Its presence is also a key factor in creating the “bathtub effect” of very shallow waters during low tide that make it such a favorite swimming location for families with young children.

Bathtub Reef is a fascinating reef system, created by tiny tube-building Sabellariid sea worms. It is not only an incredibly unique system, but also an extremely fragile one. The worms cement sand grains together, creating a vast network of tube dwellings. Colonies build on top of one another over time and create a reef system that helps break waves and reduce beach erosion. This habitat is used by more than 500 marine species including endangered sea turtles that forage on and around the reef.


 
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Mar 13, 2017Let the Countdown Begin: Stuart Readies for ButterBurgers and Fresh Frozen Custard
Stuart, Florida (Grassroots Newswire) 3/13/2017 -- The Stuart community is preparing to welcome a new Culver’s restaurant. Known for its famous ButterBurger® and creamy frozen custard, the restaurant serves fast casual food cooked-to-order.

An official opening date is scheduled for the new restaurant located at 2501 S. Kanner Hwy on Monday, May 22, 2017.

"We’re thrilled to bring handcrafted, high-quality meals and desserts to the community of Stuart," says Dale Deakin, franchise owner. "We think it’s a wonderful area and we are excited to become a contributing and active member."
When completed, the restaurant will have dine-in seating, drive-thru and take-out service. After ordering at the front counter, guests seat themselves and relax while their food is cooked-to-order and delivered quickly to their tables.
"At Culver’s, hospitality is something we hold near and dear to our hearts," added Deakin "Our promise is that every guest who chooses Culver’s leaves happy. We invite everyone in Stuart to come experience Culver’s hospitality, and delicious food for themselves when the restaurant opens May 22, 2017.
Deakin began his career at Culver's in Wisconsin as a teenager working the grill. Through his hard work and dedication, he worked his way up in the company culminating with owning Culver's of Stuart, FL. "I bleed blue as we say at Culver's. I believe in the brand and live by our core values," say Deakin.
Culver’s signature sandwich and guest-favorite, the ButterBurger®, is made with 100 percent fresh, never frozen, U.S. beef and topped with a lightly buttered and toasted bun. Cooked-to-order favorites include the Bacon Deluxe and Mushroom and Swiss ButterBurger.
Culver’s Fresh Frozen Custard gets its legendary creamy decadence from high-quality, fresh Wisconsin dairy. Each batch is hand crafted throughout the day. In addition to making their own creations, guests can customize their desserts with more than 30 mix-ins and toppings. Every day Culver’s offers three flavors of Fresh Frozen Custard: vanilla, chocolate and a Flavor of the Day.
The restaurant also features many other delicious choices, including real Wisconsin cheese curds, a dairy land delicacy, fresh garden salads and North Atlantic Cod Filet sandwiches. Kid’s meals are also available.
Connect with Culver’s of Stuart via eClub and Text Club. Sign up at www.culvers.com/connect for delicious coupons and menu news, plus receive a special treat for joining!
About Culver’s:
For over 30 years, Culver’s guests have been treated to cooked-to-order food made with farm-fresh ingredients, served with a smile. The ever-expanding franchise system now numbers more than 570 family-owned and operated restaurants in 24 states. The restaurants’ nationally-recognized customer service is based on small-town, Midwestern values, genuine friendliness and an unwavering commitment to quality. Signature items include the award-winning ButterBurger®, made from fresh, never frozen, beef, and Fresh Frozen Custard, including the famous Flavor of the Day program. For more information, visit http://www.culvers.com, http://www.culvers.com/facebook, http://www.twitter.com/culvers, https://plus.google.com/+culvers or http://www.instagram.com/culvers.
All trademarks belong to Culver Franchising Systems, Inc.


 
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Mar 13, 2017Martin County to host Extreme Recycling Roundup; residents can safely dispose of household hazardous waste for free
As residents begin the annual routine of spring cleaning, there's no better time to look around the house and uncover the many hazardous items that are hiding in the garage, kitchen and laundry room. While they may seem harmless, items such as old paint, forgotten electronics, used motor oil and broken light bulbs contain potentially hazardous components and require special care when disposing of them. The Recycling Roundup is an easy and no-cost way for Martin County residents to safely dispose of this type of waste.

Martin County residents can stop by the Extreme Recycling Roundup on Saturday, March 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Martin County Fairgrounds (south end) and drop off up to 100 pounds of household hazardous waste at no cost.

"We encourage our residents to take advantage of this easy and free Martin County recycling program to help keep hazardous items out of the regular waste stream," explained Wendy Parker, Martin County's Utility & Solid Waste Program Manager. "Any item that is potentially harmful to people, pets or the environment is considered a household hazardous waste and those items should never be disposed of curbside or poured down the drain because they can be harmful to worker's safety, as well as our waterways and environment," added Parker.

Common household products often are labeled with the words toxic, danger, poison or flammable and are the type of item the county is encouraging residents to bring to the Recycling Roundup. Aerosol cans, paint, cleaners, lubricants, oil, antifreeze, pesticides, batteries, fertilizer, fluorescent light bulbs, electronics, computer equipment, fax machines, cell phones and TVs are all considered hazardous waste.

The Recycling Roundup is for residential items only. The following items will not be accepted at the Roundup: gasoline, propane tanks, flares, fuel, large appliances, pressurized gases, tires, drums, or business waste.

If you miss this event you can still drop off your hazardous materials at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center located at the Martin County Transfer Station at 9101 SW Busch St. in Palm City or check the schedule for the HazMobile (Martin County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection vehicle) to see when it is in your area.

For more information about Martin County's Recycling Roundup, the Household Hazardous Waste Program and the HazMobile's schedule, call 419-6940, check out the Martin County HazMobile Facebook page, email Wendy Parker at wparker@martin.fl.us or go to the County's website at https://www.martin.fl.us/hazardous-waste.

About Martin County Solid Waste

Martin County's Solid Waste Division provides safe and sanitary waste disposal for the residents of Martin County, making the best use of land and resources while protecting the environment. The Solid Waste Division also provides efficient and cost effective solid waste collection services to all residents and businesses of unincorporated county areas and recycling collection services to single and multi-family units countywide, in conjunction with promoting waste reduction. For more information, visit www.martin.fl.us or like the Martin County HazMobile on Facebook facebook.com/martincountyhazmobile.



 
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Mar 13, 2017Dry Conditions Continue in February; SFWMD Governing Board Urging Conservation
West Palm Beach, FL - February saw some scattered rainfall throughout South Florida, but rainfall continues to be well below average during this dry season. A total of 1.13 inches of rain fell District-wide in February, representing 56 percent of average, or 0.88 inches below average for the month.

On Thursday, SFWMD Governing Board members adopted a resolution urging all South Floridians, businesses and other water users to heighten water conservation efforts. All residents are urged to follow year-round landscape irrigation rules, which can be found at www.sfwmd.gov/mywateringdays. Those within the driest areas are encouraged to voluntarily cut back on irrigation, which can account for about half of residential water use. The main areas of concern for dry conditions include Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties, along with Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties.

"Water conservation is important all year, but especially now during the dry season to help sustain our regional water supply," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "With several more months left in the dry season, all residents, businesses and other water users can implement some easy steps to help conserve water."

Most of the rainfall this past month fell on Feb. 22, the single heaviest rainfall since October's Hurricane Matthew. The month of November was the driest since record keeping began in 1932.

SFWMD meteorologists reported this week that rainfall has been 46 percent of average from the start of the dry season in November to date. Only 3.77 inches fell District-wide, representing 46 percent of average, or 4.43 inches below average.

All basins in the 16-county area saw below average rainfall for the dry season to date:
• Southwest Coast: 41 percent of average
• Martin/St. Lucie: 43 percent of average
• Eastern Palm Beach: 50 percent of average
• Lake Okeechobee: 33 percent of average
Water managers are operating the system to save as much water as possible and will continue to make adjustments as needed. No additional water shortage rules are in place at this time.


 
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Mar 13, 2017Tickets on sale now for 4th Annual Shamrock Fest
STUART, Fla. – Get in touch with your Irish Side at the 4th Annual Shamrock Fest March 17 in Gazebo Park. Tickets for this much-anticipated event are now on sale at all Martin County Seacoast Bank branch locations.
The mother of all Saint Patty’s Day parties promises music, fare, and St. Patrick’s Day fun for the whole family from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17 in Gazebo Park. Guests will enjoy live Irish music, Irish Step Dancers, Bagpipers, Cold Green Beer, an Irish Whiskey Bar, and delicious Irish fare, including corned beef cabbage and sheppard's pie with soda bread, by Holly Reith Catering.
The title of King and Queen of the Green will be awarded to the best-dressed male and female at Shamrock Fest. Each winner will take home their own pot of gold - a $100 cash prize from Orange Theory Fitness in Jensen Beach.
Admission is $6 in advance and $10 at the door, and tickets can be purchased at KaleidoMinds.com and at all Seacoast Bank locations in Martin County. All advance tickets also include a free green beer!
Shamrock Fest is presented by KaleidoMinds Marketing and powered by Stuart Downtown Business Association and Stuart Main Street. The event is sponsored by Seacoast Bank, Treasure Coast Legal, Coast 101.3, Orangetheory Fitness, Reynolds Pest Management, Lance P. Richard, P.A., Brandster, Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC, Big Slice Pizza & Wings, Hometown News, The Lotus Room and Treasure Coast Newspapers/TCPalm.
For more information, visit KaleidoMinds.com or call 772-284-3007.


 
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Mar 13, 2017BRIAN MAST TO ATTEND “SHOOT FOR THE MOON” EVENT TO COMBAT DRUG ADDICTION
Congressman Brian Mast will be in attendance at the inaugural “Shoot For The Moon” sporting clays competition to be held at the South Florida Shooting Club on March 31. The event is sponsored by the Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation, a local non-profit organization established to provide educational scholarships to qualified individuals who are seeking to resume their educational pursuits after battling back from substance abuse.

The “Shoot For The Moon” sporting clays competition will raise funds to sustain and expand the Scholarship Fund of the Foundation. “We have seen undeniable evidence that pursuing one’s educational goals is a powerful incentive for long term recovery from substance abuse”, said Erica Garwood, President and Founder of the Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation. “This epidemic has derailed the lives of so many young people, and our Foundation is committed to giving them hope, support, and a sense of purpose toward a sober and productive future.” Since its inception in 2014 following the tragic death of her son from the effects of opioid addiction, the Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation has awarded over $50,000 in financial aid to nine qualified recipients.

“Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding opioid addiction often makes it that much harder for people struggling with this illness to get their lives back on track,” Congressman Brian Mast said. “That’s why this cause is so critical in helping people in our community to not only survive but also to thrive.”

More information about the event and team registration information can be found at “shootingforthe moon.org”, or by contacting John Garwood at 305-742-3883.



 
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Mar 13, 2017World Cultural Celebration Comes to the Arts Council
STUART - A delightful new series debuts in April, as the Arts Council of Martin County introduces World Cultural Celebrations.
Japan will be spotlighted on April 7-8, with a kickoff celebration scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, April 7 and a festive day-long schedule of events set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.
Laura Daniel, Fund Development & Marketing Manager of the Arts Council, says that the World Cultural Celebration will showcase a variety of activities and an in-depth look at the art of Bonsai. In collaboration with Heathcote Botanical Gardens and the Treasure Coast Bonsai Society, The Arts Council will host an exhibit of exquisitely rendered bonsai trees which will represent a range of specimens with the goal of introducing guests to the aesthetics of bonsai.
During the Friday evening event, in addition to the breathtaking Bonsai exhibit, you will be able to sample Japanese cuisine and sake will be available to top off your cultural enjoyment. Benihana Restaurant will sponsor delicious sushi appetizers.
On Saturday, the celebration continues with family-friendly activities which include live bonsai demonstrations throughout the day by artists who will discuss the aesthetics of bonsai, the basics of caring for trees and the history of bonsai. Enjoy a live performance by flutist Ashley Alarcon, who will perform selections of traditional Japanese flute music. Haiku poetry written by local students will be on display, with live poetry readings by select students. A demonstration of origami in giant format will be created inside the gallery. Stuart Ceramics Studio will offer a bonsai pot making workshop for interested participants to discuss the criteria of this important artistic component of bonsai. Guests will be invited to create their own bonsai pot for a small fee. Renowned local artist Kim Rody will display her collection of Japanese Saki Box sets, Sushi Plates and other dinner accessories, which attendees will have the opportunity to purchase.



 
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Mar 9, 2017Message from VISIT FLORIDA's President & CEO
This week, the Florida House of Representatives advanced HB 9, a bill that would jeopardize Florida's tourism industry and kill VISIT FLORIDA's ability to remain competitive. Rest assured, we are still fighting every day in Tallahassee to ensure that this bill does not become law.

The next stop for HB 9 comes tomorrow when the bill will be considered on the floor of the Florida House. We expect this bill to be up for a final House vote this Friday. Although there is no companion bill in the Florida Senate, we are taking this attack on tourism very seriously and communicating with legislators every day about how this bill will kill jobs.

We need you to do the same. Please consider contacting your local legislator to tell them why they need to vote down HB 9.

Florida's tourism industry has shown its influence over the last few weeks, and we still need to demonstrate to the Florida Legislature why the jobs tourism supports are important. You can find everything you need to effectively advocate at TourismWorksForFlorida.org. Thank you for continuing to stay involved.

As we continue to press forward in our mission to break more visitation records, I'm glad to announce new roles for three people within the VISIT FLORIDA family. First, Nelson Mongiovi will be serving as Chief Marketing Officer on an interim basis. Nelson has been with VISIT FLORIDA since 2013, serving most recently as Director of Marketing Operations.

Staci Mellman will now be serving as interim Vice President, Global Brand. Staci began working at VISIT FLORIDA in 2011 and has been serving as Brand Director.

Last, Meagan Chiamardas will be assuming Staci's former position, Brand Director, on an interim basis. Meagan has been with VISIT FLORIDA since 2008, most recently serving as Associate Brand Director.

Nelson, as part of his new role, will be reaching out to Chief Marketing Officers across the state to gain their input. In consultation with me, he has decided to host a webinar with interested CMOs to explain the steps VISIT FLORIDA is taking going forward. Details on this webinar will be shared soon.

Please join me in welcoming these three into their new roles. I am confident that Nelson, Staci and Meagan will help increase the value that we provide to Floridians every day.



 
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Mar 9, 2017Update: Small Businesses Saved from Over Regulation
Last year the Florida Chamber fought back against an emergency rule that would have unnecessarily shifted the burden of pollution notifications to the public, the media and elected officials from the Florida Department of Environmental protection (DEP) to Florida companies that may not be equipped to handle such requests.

As soon as the rule was public, the Florida Chamber of Commerce led a coalition effort to raise concerns on potential regulatory uncertainty, vague reporting thresholds, and the burdensome media reporting requirement with Florida DEP leadership.

Yesterday, SB 532, filed by Senator Bill Galvano, which would once again ensure the regulated community is not forced to become the regulator when it comes to reporting spills to the public, passed its first committee stop.

The Florida Chamber believes that the core function of the Florida DEP is to use its expertise and judgment to provide appropriate notice and recommendations to the public and we commend the Florida Legislature for making it clear that small businesses should not do the job of the Florida DEP.



 
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Mar 9, 2017Modeling Shows Northern Reservoir and ASR Storage Reduces Damaging Estuary Releases by 60 Percent
Lake Okeechobee Watershed Planning Project's
recoverable water storage features north of Lake Okeechobee show enormous potential reduction of estuary discharges

West Palm Beach, FL - Today, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) engineers and scientists published the latest detailed modeling of proposed water storage alternatives as part of the ongoing Lake Okeechobee Watershed Planning Project (LOWP). Among those alternatives are a 250,000 acre-foot above-ground northern reservoir, alongside 110 Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells. When combined with already authorized components, these recoverable water storage options reduce the total discharge volume to the estuaries by more than 60 percent.

"Publishing the results of alternatives is a key step in our public planning process that accounts for the views of every interested party," said SFWMD Hydrology and Hydraulics Bureau Chief Akintunde Owosina, P.E. "These latest results reaffirm our optimism about the future of these projects, as a team of engineers and scientists work to determine the most effective plan for restoring our estuaries and the Everglades."

In addition to reducing total damaging discharges to the estuaries, these alternatives demonstrate additional positive results related to reducing the frequency of years in which damaging discharges occur. The models show that a 250,000 acre-foot northern reservoir and 110 ASR wells will decrease the number of years with damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee by more than half, giving the estuaries additional time to recover.


These model results, the product of expert engineers and scientists, honor the realities of South Florida's present day water management system. Today's facts highlight the effort of the LOWP Project Delivery Team (PDT), comprised of SFWMD, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other state and federal agencies. The PDT's goal is to deliver cost-effective projects that significantly reduce damaging estuary discharges, aid in achieving Lake Okeechobee water quality standards and enhance water supply and wetland habitats.

SFWMD engineers and scientists will continue to publish progress on LOWP, contributing to effective decision-making based on sound science.


 
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Mar 9, 2017The Republican Club of Martin County will have as guest speaker, City of Stuart police Chief Dyess.
Our boys in blue and the City of Stuart have both been hot topics in the news lately. The Republican Club of Martin County will have as guest speaker, City of Stuart police Chief Dyess.

When: March 28 at 5:30pm

Where: Twisted Tuna (upstairs at 4290 SE Salerno Rd. Port Salerno) The Twisted Tuna is handicapped accessible….AND PLEASE VALET PARK…IT’S FREE!

No RSVP is necessary but you can call Darlene for further information at 772-285-7447.


 
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Mar 9, 2017Register for Martin County's inaugural Pickleball Championships
Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the United States, is taking Martin County by storm! The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Treasure Coast Pickleball to organize the first annual Martin County Pickleball Championships. This premier inaugural event will take place on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at beautiful Halpatiokee Regional Park located at 8303 S.E. Lost River Rd. in Stuart.
Matches begin at 11a.m. and play will consist of the following:
• Men's and Ladies Doubles 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0
• Men's and Ladies 65+ Senior Doubles 3.0 and 3.5
Event registration includes paddle bag, lunch, awards and FUN COMPETITIVE PLAY!

Registration Fee: $35.00 per participant. Registration is now available at www.treasurecoastpickleball.com or www.pickleballtournaments.com.
Find more information on Parks and Recreation's programs, facilities and events at www.martin.fl.us/parksandrec or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.


 
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Mar 9, 2017Emergency meeting of Martin County Board of County Commissioners on Friday, March 10
On Friday, March 10 at 9:00 a.m., the Martin County Board of County Commissioners will convene for an emergency Commission meeting regarding a resolution to support the legislative efforts for the incorporation of Indiantown and Hobe Sound.

The meeting will be held in Commission Chambers at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart.

This meeting is televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), on Channel 99 (U-verse) and online at www.martin.fl.us/watch-mctv.


 
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Mar 9, 2017WE WANT YOU! To be apart of the buffalo wild wings community day event! Buffalo wild wings is happy to once again announce its community day event on April 13th
This event supports or local boys and girls club of America and helps to raise awareness and funding to keep kids in our community active! Our mission during this event is to bring local business and kids together helping them fund their futures and give them the tools they need to succeed! The team at buffalo wild wings Jensen beach is asking for any donation! We are looking for kids prizes- door prizes - raffle prizes and silent auction items!
This items can be anything from candy and small toys as prizes for kids during our event. When they play games and participate in an action packed sports themed event we would like to hand out a prize!
Door prizes and raffle prizes can be labeled merchandise from your business, cups, shirts, hats etc. We not only want the kids to benefit but also give an opportunity for your support to be recognized. We can stream banners on our tv’s or hang your banners during our event showing your support for the boys and girls club!
Silent auction items we are looking for could be tickets to a sporting event or concert, autographed items ,sports memorabilia ,certificates for sports lessons ,specialty items , gift baskets , group activities etc.
Any help or donations are greatly appreciated and are for the kids of saint lucie county boys and girls club. ALL proceeds will be given straight to the club along with buffalo wild wings contributing 10% of our daily sales back to the club! We would also like to give the opportunity to all contributing companies and sponsors to be acknowledged at our event and hand out items or hang banners, or set up tents!
Please contact your buffalo wild wings representative Zachary Hansman for any details or questions at 523@buffalowildwings.com or call 772-692-0465


 
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Mar 8, 2017Proctor, Crook, Crowder, & Fogal Joins Top 25 CPA and Advisory Firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI)
Local CPA firm Proctor, Crook, Crowder, & Fogal is now part of top 25 CPA and advisory firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI). All locations now operate under the CRI name, and the personnel join a team of more than 1,600 professionals serving clients from locations across the Southern United States.
Proctor, Crook, Crowder, & Fogal has been providing accounting, auditing, wealth management, and business valuation services to clients in Palm Beach and along the Treasure Coast for more than 40 years. The team has been recognized for its growth and employment retention by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), CareerSource Research Coast, and the Human Resource Management Association of Martin County.
“Joining CRI enhances our commitment to excellence and serving clients since we can now offer a greater range of specialty services to meet their needs,” stated Gordon Proctor, managing partner at Proctor, Crook, Crowder, & Fogal. “Additionally, our access to the CRI Leadership Academy – a proprietary, cascading set of “soft skills” courses designed to strengthen the firm’s accountants in time management, business writing, and other professional abilities – provides a new and unique way to invest in our people. We are happy to join a team that shares our values.”
CRI, currently ranked as the 21st largest accounting firm nationally, now serves 27 markets throughout nine Southern states – including 10 markets in the state of Florida. The firm has a presence throughout the Panhandle, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Orlando, Tampa Bay, and now Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast.
“We proudly welcome the Proctor, Crook, Crowder, & Fogal team to CRI,” said William H. Carr, chairman and managing partner. “With our super-regional firm’s resources, we
are able to expand the services available to their clients while continuing to execute on our shared philosophy of excellent client service.”
About Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
CRI is located in 27 markets throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. CRI’s industry specializations include construction companies, governmental entities, financial institutions, healthcare entities, insurance companies, not-for-profit organizations, and manufacturing and distribution companies. CRI also offers specialized services including business consulting, forensic accounting, IT audit and assurance, SEC compliance, and tax. Additionally, CRI’s portfolio companies deliver service organization control (SOC) reports, transaction advisory services, and wealth management. CRI is nationally ranked in the top 25 largest accounting firms. For additional information, please visit CRIcpa.com.

 
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Mar 8, 2017SPRING CLEANUP AT RIO NATURE PARK
All are welcome to help trim vegetation and

clean up Rio Nature Park on Saturday,
March 25 from 8:30 till 11:00 AM.

If possible, please bring gardening gloves,
clippers and loppers.

Some gardening tools and gloves
will be available. Refreshments, T-shirts
and insect repellent are provided by
Keep Martin Beautiful and the
Rio Civic Club. This event qualifies
for community service hours.


Come see the osprey baby and parents
on the Eagle Scout pole nest!

Rio Nature Park is at 150 NW Alice Street in Rio
on the north shore of the St. Lucie River
next to the marine facility.
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For information call Julie Preast at 772-692-1163


Please share this message with others. Thank you!


 
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Mar 8, 2017NEIL SIMON'S "CHAPTER TWO" AT THE BARN THEATRE
NEIL SIMON'S TONY AWARD WINNING ROMANTIC COMEDY "CHAPTER TWO" OPENS THIS FRIDAY AT THE BARN THEATRE IN STUART, FL. IT RUNS FROM MARCH 10TH - MARCH 26TH. EXTRA SHOWS HAVE ALREADY BEEN ADDED TO ACCOMMODATE TICKET DEMAND. JOIN US FOR OUR OPENING NIGHT WINE AND CHEESE PARTY. A MASTERFULLY WRITTEN PLAY, A WONDERFUL CAST, AND WAIT TILL YOU SEE THE SET. DON'T MISS THIS WINNER!!! FOR TICKETS, VISIT OR CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT 287-4884 OR VISIT THE BARN WEBSITE AT WWW.BARN-THEATRE.COM. STUDENT AND GROUP DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE.

 
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Mar 8, 2017SFWMD Co-Hosts 15th Annual Broward Water Matters Day
March 8, 2017

SFWMD Co-Hosts 15th Annual Broward Water Matters Day
This year's event highlights the latest innovations in water efficient irrigation technology



(Click on the image to learn more about the 15th Annual Broward Water Matters Day.)

WHAT: South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board Member Clarke Harlow will speak at the 15th Annual Broward Water Matters event co-sponsored by SFWMD, Broward County, Broward County Public Schools and others. The event focuses on water conservation and how water managers are planning to meet future water needs. Those in attendance will receive tips on water conservation, find out about rebates and other incentives for upgrading to water-conserving devices, while learning how to create "Florida-friendly," drought-tolerant landscapes.

Harlow, a lifelong Broward County resident and the owner and founder of Southeast Landscape Management, will speak about water conservation as a shared responsibility, as well as alternative water supply and other projects that ensure the future of South Florida.

WHEN: Saturday, March 11, 2017
TIME: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Tree Tops Park
3900 SW 100th Ave.
Davie, FL 33328
COST: The event is free but admission to the park is $1.50. Children 5 and under are free. For more information, call (954) 519-1270 or visit Broward.org/WaterMatters.



 
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Mar 8, 2017WQCs 35 Year Anniversary
Join WQCS as we celebrate our 35th Year Anniversary sponsored by Florida Eye Institute & Nightingale Private Care, Thursday March 30th from 8am to 4pm. Located on the main campus of Indian River State College Fort Pierce, we are inviting all our loyal listeners and a number of special guests. Meet WQCS on air personalities, program hosts, and staff. There will be food and opportunity to meet your favorite host throughout the day. WQCS 88.9 FM NPR for the Treasure Coast celebrating 35 years as your “Trusted Source”. Visit wqcs.org for more information

 
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Mar 7, 2017Anti-Economic Development & Tourism Bills Advance Despite Vocal Opposition
A few moments ago, the Florida House Rules and Policy Committee voted by a 15-3 margin to advance HB 7005, a bill that would end economic diversification efforts in Florida, including eliminating the economic development toolkit, international programs, marketing and small business assistance.

The same committee also voted, by a 15-2 margin, to support HB 9, sponsored by Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast), which restricts the operations of VISIT Florida, reallocates funds originally intended for tourism marketing and reduces collaboration.

Despite overwhelming opposition from citizens in attendance and several thousand emails sent to lawmakers by Florida Chamber members opposing the bill, the conversation of eliminating Enterprise Florida and drastically reducing the funding of VISIT Florida will now move to the Florida House Floor.

The Florida Chamber believes the state must continue to fund initiatives that support diversifying the economy and attracting visitors and businesses to our state. HB 7005 and HB 9 has already generated national media attention and sends a signal that Florida's state legislature is no longer an active partner in‎ job creation, diversifying our economy and supporting our important tourism sector.
Looking ahead, your efforts and comments will continue to be needed. So please, “stay tuned” for additional announcements on how you can help. We hope you will continue to join our fight to oppose any efforts to dismantle the state’s necessary and results-proven role in economic development and tourism marketing.

What's Next?
As indicated below, both HB 7005 and HB 9 are going to the House Floor for their next vote.


 
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Mar 7, 2017ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE JENSEN BEACH
On Sunday, March 12, 2017 the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a St. Patrick's Day Parade, which will result in the closure of CR 707A (NE Jensen Beach Boulevard) and NE Ricou Terrace, from NE Pineapple Avenue to CR 707 (NE Indian River Drive). The closures are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. and will reopen by 4:30 p.m. Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect delays through this area.

The Martin County Road Conditions Map is available via any mobile device or desktop with internet access to view all county lane/road closures: https://conezone.martin.fl.us

This notification can be reproduced in an alternative format upon request by contacting the County ADA Coordinator (772-221-1396), the County Administration Office (772-288-5940) or Florida Relay 711.



 
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Mar 7, 2017SIXTY WWII VETERANS TO LEAD DELRAY BEACH ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
For the second year in a row, sixty local WWII veterans will lead the Annual Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade through the streets of Delray Beach, on Saturday, March 11th, beginning at 12:00 pm.

The annual parade, which has long been dedicated to the men and women of emergency services who protect Americans on a daily basis, will this year again, also honor those who served when America and the world needed them most. All sixty WWII veterans have been confirmed through a partnership with Southeast Florida Honor Flight, and almost every one of these veterans has experienced an Honor Flight to Washington, DC to celebrate their service.

The WWII veterans will roll through the parade route in wheel chairs, escorted by uniformed police, firefighters, and rescue personnel. One of the largest in the nation, the Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade welcomes uniformed emergency service personnel from across the United States and the world, to pay tribute to their service. Personnel will attend and march from many countries including Belgium, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, and France.

“As our WWII veterans are becoming rarer, we are lucky to have this number with us today. It will be a sight to see,” says Janet Hoose, Vice-Chair of Southeast Florida Honor Flight. “Our World War II heroes being escorted by today’s heroes—both are generations of men and women who put their lives on the line for freedom and safety.”

The parade is run by a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Code 3 Events, Inc., and has over 30 other nonprofit groups and organizations showcased in the parade. Besides emergency personnel, veterans and nonprofits, the parade also highlights local businesses, schools and civic organizations.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, part of the National Honor Flight Network, is based in Stuart, FL and serves Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. Their mission is to fly American veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.



 
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Mar 7, 2017Hunting with Wildfire Safety in Mind
As spring gobbler hunting season progresses, the Florida Forest Service is urging caution for those participating in hunting and other outdoor activities to avoid sparking a fire. Just one small spark/ember from a muzzle of a gun or a hot exhaust pipe on a vehicle can ignite the dry grass.

With that in mind, here are a few suggestions to help not only hunters, but all outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen trying to avoid sparking a wildfire:

• When shooting close to the ground, be sure there is no dry grass or tinder in front of your muzzle. Though rare, it’s not impossible for a shot to ignite a fire.

• Keep a bucket, a shovel, and a fire extinguisher in your vehicle and at your camp.

• Be careful where you drive or park, and stay on designated trails. Avoid parking on dry brush or grass. Your exhaust system can ignite the plant material.

• If you drive an off-road vehicle, such as an ATV or airboat, the sparks can fly out through the exhaust system. Equip your vehicle with spark arresters to prevent sparks from igniting a wildfire.

• Keep water nearby when welding on stands.

• Be aware that steel core ammo can cause sparks when striking a rock, and potentially start a wildfire.

• Exploding targets and tracer ammunition create an explosion that can catch the dry vegetation on fire.


Okeechobee and Glades Counties have established a county-wide burn ban that prohibits the burning of yard trash, campfires, bonfires and burn barrels. Outdoor burning that requires an authorization from the Florida Forest Service is exempt from the ban.

Please keep wildfire safety in mind so we can all have a safe and memorable hunting experience.
One less spark means one less wildfire!

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests, provides management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests, while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FloridaForestService.com.

For questions about burn authorizations and wildfire prevention, please contact your local Florida Forest Service:
Martin County (772) 221-4045; Saint Lucie County (772) 468-3915; Indian River County (772) 778-5085;
Glades County (863) 674-4000; Highlands County (863) 655-6407; Okeechobee County (863) 467-3221


 
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Mar 7, 2017Tykes & Teens to Host Free Workshop for Parents
Martin County, FL, March 7, 2017- According to the Search Institute, the Developmental Assets are 40 research-based, positive experiences and qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become caring, responsible, and productive adults. Studies show that the more assets that young people have, the less likely they are to engage in high-risk behaviors and the more likely they are to succeed socially and academically.

On Tuesday March 21, experts from Tykes & Teens will host two sessions of Building Successful Kids: A Crash Course in Developmental Assets. The first session, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. will be for staff of funded programs of the Children's Services Council of Martin County. An evening session will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and is recommended for parents of kids of all ages, or anyone who interacts with youth. The workshop will be held at the Children's Services Council of Martin County, 101 S.E. Central Parkway in Stuart.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required by calling Dr. Agnieszka Marshall, Prevention Director for Tykes & Teens at 772-220-3439, or emailing Agnieszka@tykesandteens.org.



 
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Mar 7, 2017Hobe Sound Nature Center - Volunteer Needed
The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center have a variety of volunteer opportunities. The Hobe Sound Nature Center is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to environmental awareness and education. Volunteer opportunities available include becoming an exhibit hall docent, assist in the gift shop or with the daily animal care.Volunteer duties can be designed to fit any schedule.We are open Mon-Sat 9:00-3:00. Contact us to discuss putting your talents to work.


If you are interested in volunteering, contact us at (772)546-2067 or via www.hobesoundnaturecenter.com. The necessary forms can be found on our website under Volunteer Opportunities. The Nature Center is located at 13640 SE Federal Highway in Hobe Sound, 2 miles south of Bridge Road. Special group, Eagle Scout projects and internships may also be arranged. Visit The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center to learn more about volunteering opportunities.



 
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Mar 6, 2017Governor Rick Scott Names Constitutional Revision Commission Appointees
This morning, Gov. Rick Scott appointed 14 members to the upcoming Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC), a 37-member body that convenes every 20 years to review the Florida Constitution and has the power to place proposed amendments directly on the ballot. Included in the Governor’s appointments was Belinda Keiser, Vice Chancellor of Keiser University and a long-serving member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Keiser also serves as the Talent Supply and Education Pillar Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Council.

In addition to the 14 individuals appointed by the governor, Carlos Beruff, a Bradenton real estate developer and a 2016 U.S. Senate candidate, was named as the Chairman of the Commission, with broad powers over the rules and agenda for the Commission. Jeff Woodburn, as the Executive Director of Commission, will oversee the commission staff and handle day-to-day operations of the CRC.
Governor Scott's appointees are:

• Dr. Jose Armas, Miami physician
• Lisa Carlton, former State Senator and Representative
• Timothy Cerio, Tallahassee attorney and former General Counsel to Gov. Scott
• Emery Gainey, Director of Law Enforcement, Victim Services & Criminal Justice Programs with the Office of the Attorney General.
• Brecht Heuchan, Founder and CEO of ContributionLink, LLC
• Marva Johnson, Regional Vice President of State Government Affairs for Charter Communications
• Darlene Jordan, Executive Director of the Gerald R. Jordan Foundation
• Fred Karlinsky, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig's Insurance Regulatory and Transactions Practice Group
• Belinda Keiser, Vice Chancellor of Keiser University; Member, Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
• Frank Kruppenbacher, Orlando attorney
• Dr. Gary Lester, Vice President for Community Relations of The Villages
• Jimmy Patronis, Commissioner on the Florida Public Service Commission
• Pam Stewart, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Education
• Nicole Washington, State Policy Consultant for the Lumina Foundation



 
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Mar 6, 2017Hobe Sound Public Library offers limited services March 19 through April 3
HOBE SOUND, FL - The Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, will be offering limited services due to renovations and improvements from Tuesday, March 19 through Monday, April 3. Renovations and improvements include the implementation of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to improve the speed and accuracy of circulation, providing more time for Library staff to interact with and assist patrons. All regular Hobe Sound Public Library patrons are encouraged to visit any of the five other Martin County Library Locations while these exciting improvements are made.

For the convenience of patrons, the following services will be offered in the Hobe Sound Public Library's Community Room:
• Holds pickup
• Materials checkout and return
• Staff available to answer questions

For more information, call (772) 288-5702 or visit the library website at library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Mar 3, 2017House of Hope to Host Top Chef - Martin County
STUART- House of Hope will host its first ever Top Chef - Martin County fundraising competition on April 29, 2017. The sizzling battle will start with five amateur chefs and five surprise baskets of ingredients commonly found in House of Hope’s Client Choice pantries and nutrition gardens.
The competitors will have 45 minutes to transform the basket of ingredients into a decadent dish proving their culinary skills are worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef. A panel comprised of local notables and professional chefs will then judge the crafted cuisine. Winning categories will include “Best Prepared Meal,” “Top Fundraiser” and the coveted “Top Chef of Martin County.”

“We are very excited for the first-ever Top Chef – Martin County as it will not only be a very entertaining event, it will also encompass so many themes from our new empowerment and enrichment programs at House of Hope.” House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri offers, “A huge component of our nutrition gardens and Golden Gate Center for Enrichment aims to educate local residents about the benefits of nutritious cooking, meal planning, family budgeting and healthy habits. This competition will showcase what can be done with typical items provided by our pantries and nutrition gardens and how it takes less than an hour to create something exciting and tasty!”

The competition will take place in the brand-new state of the art kitchen at St. Joseph’s Family Center. There will be a festive viewing party to cheer on the participants while the spirited battle is simulcast live in the dining hall. Guests will enjoy gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, exciting raffle prizes, music, dancing and more.

Tickets to Top Chef – Martin County are $75. Sponsorships are also available. To apply to be a Top Chef - Martin County contestant, buy tickets or to become a sponsor, please visit topchefmartincounty.com. For more information, contact Dawn Abate at (772) 286 - 4673 ext. 1002.


 
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Mar 3, 2017Help Martin County residents overcome hunger and hardship during library's Food For Fines week, March 5 - 11
The Martin County Library System (MCLS) is offering an opportunity for patrons to clear late fines in exchange for food donations for House of Hope.

During Food For Fines week, March 5 - 11, patrons may return overdue materials along with non-perishable food items to any MCLS location during regular hours of operation. All fines accrued for items that have been returned late will be forgiven. This offer does not include fees for damaged or lost library materials.

* Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart
* Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave. in Indiantown
* Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Hwy. in Hobe Sound
* Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way in Jensen Beach
* Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave. in Palm City
* Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Drive in Stuart

On average, the equivalent of over 2,500 meals has been collected during past years of Food for Fines. House of Hope is a non-profit agency that provides food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance and case management services to Martin County residents in need.

For more information about Food For Fines or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call
772-221-1403.

For more information about House of Hope, visit www.hohmartin.org or call 772-286-4673.


 
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Mar 3, 2017Stuart Community Concert Band to perform songs from the "Good Times Of Our Lives"
Take a trip down memory lane. Get ready to sing, dance, clap your hands, and maybe tap your foot to the beat of the music as the Stuart Community Concert Band performs tunes from the "Good Times Of Our Lives," a concert that will feature selections such as "Beguine Festival," "Baby Elephant Walk," "Instant Concert," and many more.
The concert will be held at the Charles & Rae Kane Center, located at 900 S.E. Salerno Road south of Stuart, beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 12th, 2017. Other tunes you will likely hear include "Americans We," "The Symphonic Gershwin," "Toccata For Band," favorite songs from "The Wizard of Oz," "Armed Forces Salute," and other selections.
"Good Times Of Our Lives" pays homage to those special, memorable events in people’s lives that brought a smile to your face, touched your heart, made you happy. A walk on the sandy beach, a trip to the county fair, a family picnic, an old-fashioned dance, a song at a wedding, or just kicking back with a few great reruns of shows from yesteryear.
Admission tickets for "Good Times Of Our Lives" are $10.00 each ($8.00 for Kane Center members). For more information about concert tickets, or to purchase tickets, contact the Kane Center at 772-223-7800. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.kanecenter.org. Or you can get tickets at the door.
The Stuart Community Concert Band is under the direction of Mr. Jim LeBon, who serves as the band director for Southport Middle School. The community band consists of dedicated volunteer musicians of all ages, ranging from high-school students to retired residents in their late eighties, who get together and play for the love of music.
Everyone is welcome! The band has members from all walks of life, ages, and professions who happily donate their time and talents to create quality music. Bonded by our love for music, we gather every week with our instruments to play, rehearse, and practice. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the North Stuart Baptist Church on U.S. 1, north of the Roosevelt Bridge. If you are interested in joining the band or just coming out to play, we'll be happy to see you!
The Stuart Community Concert Band is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. For more information about the group and ways to help support your local community band, you can visit their website at www.stuartcommunityconcertband.org. And please remember to support the Stuart Community Concert Band during the Great Give event on May 17, 2017. (Visit www.greatgiveflorida.org and call 1-844-giveday on May 17, 2017.)
In addition to playing concerts at the Kane Center, the Stuart Community Concert Band also performs for many community celebrations, holiday events, and other special occasions. The band recently performed at the Martin County Fair.
Following "Good Times Of Our Lives" will be another concert at the Kane Center entitled "Popular Music Through The Years," scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2017. "Popular Music Through The Years" is just that. Think of an era… 1940 Big Bands, 1950 Hoagy Carmichael, 1960 Henry Mancini, Ray Charles, 1970 Earth, Wind and Fire, Journey. You get the idea. Whenever you were born, we’ve got music that was the best from that era.
This year the Stuart Community Concert Band will perform a special concert in honor of Independence Day. The band's "July 4th Celebration" will take place beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 1st, 2017, at the Blake Library in Stuart. This Fourth of July performance for the community is free and open to the public.



 
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Mar 2, 2017St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant to conduct quarterly siren test March 2
Martin County's Emergency Management Agency, St. Lucie County's Public Safety Department and Florida Power & Light (FPL) will conduct quarterly testing of the outdoor warning sirens for the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Thursday, March 2 at noon.

The test will involve a one-minute sounding of all 90 sirens within the 10-mile St. Lucie Plant emergency planning zone. Before and after the sirens sound, a message will be broadcast on the sirens' public-address system stating: "This is only a test." FPL, Martin and St. Lucie counties regularly test the siren system to improve public awareness of its function and ensure its operability.

In the unlikely event of an actual emergency at St. Lucie Plant, the sirens would sound for at least a five-minute period. Official instructions or information would follow on local radio and television.

For more information on Martin County's emergency plan, please visit the following website: https://www.fpl.com/clean-energy/nuclear/safety-planning.html.


 
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Mar 2, 2017Public input sought for future of Martin County Golf Course
The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department encourages residents, golfers and other interested parties to attend a public meeting to garner input for planning the future of the Martin County Golf Course.

The meeting, facilitated by the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, will begin at 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 27 in the upstairs Dockside Pavilion at Indian RiverSide Park, 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach.

The meeting will include a presentation of the opportunities available for this unique community asset. Representatives from the Martin County Golf Course Advisory Committee will be on hand to collect input from attendees.



 
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Mar 2, 2017Prehistoric Pottery
Join the Florida Public Archaeology Network at Jonathan Dickinson State Park for “Archaeology Works: Prehistoric Pottery” on Saturday, March 4th from 10am-12pm.

Hobe Sound, FL-Pottery was a vital part of life in Florida for the past 3,000 years, but is also an important clue for archaeologists today. Learn to identify different prehistoric pottery types from Florida and the ways archaeologists use them to learn about people in the past.

This is an all ages event that has presentations and hands-on components.

The Florida Public Archaeology Network is a statewide organization whose mission is “To promote and facilitate the stewardship, public appreciation, and value of Florida's archaeological heritage through regional centers, partnerships, and community engagement.”



 
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Mar 2, 2017Martin Youth LEADERship: Students Focus on Health and Wellness!
Stuart, FL– On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 38 students of this year’s Martin Youth LEADERship Program held their sixth monthly session of the 2016-17 school year: HEALTH AND WELLNESS DAY,

The Health and Wellness Day Program Co-Chairs, Barbara Faehnle (Senior Sales Executive at Hustons Commercial Interiors), Julie McHenry (Division Manager for the City of Stuart) and Janice Maier (ALTOSS Coordinator at Tykes and Teens), kicked-off the program by welcoming Tykes and Teens’ Executive Director, Jeff Shearer who provided the class with a lively and inspiring Motivational/Positive Thinking presentation on mental fitness and dream interpretation. Tykes and Teens generously provided their location at 724 E. 10th Street in Stuart and underwrote all of the fees for the session.

Mary Beth Pena, Nursing Program Specialist, then supervised the group in food knowledge, food safety, food preparation, and of course, a sampling of the students’ own creations. This hands-on cooking activity demonstrated the direct relationship between what one eats to one’s health and how much more cheaply and healthfully a student can create food at home than on the go. Knowledge in hand, students made fruit and yogurt parfaits, “eggs in a basket” brunch, fruit kabobs and fruit flavored spritzers.

It was time to work off those calories with an energizing introduction to basic fitness principles and exercises, supervised by Roz Neilen of Rosalind Fitness. Lunch followed with a health conscious menu of salads, wraps and fruit, provided by Publix

Students were then given a sobering message from Sue Helmke, a mother with her real-life tragedy in a Dangers of Drug/Alcohol Use presentation. Sue shared the story of the loss of her son to a drug overdose, with the underlying message that this kind of tragedy happens also to those brought up in a loving, educated family with strong community and religious ties. The dangers of addiction are insidious and often hidden until it is too late to help the victim. She urged students to never stand by silently, but to seek help for themselves or friends in similar situations.

The day concluded with a yoga experience, supervised by certified yoga instructor Caitlin Plummer.
Not only did Caitlin introduce students to poses, breathing techniques and tenets of yoga, but she demonstrated the connection between learning how to de-stress from our often hectic pace to find our inner voice. The students were truly disappointed when the day came to an end.
The Martin Youth LEADERship Program is designed for high school sophomores and juniors in Martin County, and is in its 20th year. The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application, and been accepted in the program. The current Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school students to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply, and no more than 40 are selected to participate in this comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County. Upon completion, these young Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment. Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on Covey’s Effective Habits and other leadership enhancing activities. Every effort is made to select a racially, gender diverse class representing various levels of leadership experience.
For more information about Martin Youth LEADERship, and how you too, might become a sponsor, donor, event coordinator, advisory board member or obtain a student application for 2017-18, please see the group web site at: http://www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp, or contact Jeanne Dunn, Program Coordinator, at MartinYouthLeadership@gmail.com or at (772) 486-4695.


 
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Mar 2, 2017No shortage of environmental, community improvement activities through local Great American Cleanup
PALM CITY, Fla. – What do hazardous waste recycling, water conservation and revitalization of a historic cemetery all have in common? From March 1 through the end of April, these activities are considered part of Martin County’s 2017 Great American Cleanup. The national initiative, coordinated locally by non-profit Keep Martin Beautiful, mobilizes volunteers throughout the county to pick up litter and marine debris, create community gardens, beautify neighborhoods, recycle household hazardous waste properly and become more educated about environmental protection and water conservation.

Entering its nineteenth year, the Great American Cleanup is the country's largest annual community improvement program that takes place in more than 20,000 communities across the nation.

“'People from all walks of life join together to participate in our local Great American Cleanup activities, from civic clubs and schools groups, to businesses and homeowner associations to families and retirees,” explained Keep Martin Beautiful president, Craig Ahal. “Our goal is to give volunteers many different opportunities to take action, create positive change, and have a lasting impact in their own neighborhoods.”

This year, one of KMB’s signature GAC community improvement events is the revitalization of the historic Gomez Cemetery in Hobe Sound. Keep Martin Beautiful is partnering with Allen Temple A.M.E. Church to revitalize the cemetery which is in critical need of attention. KMB volunteers and church volunteers will work together to refurbish the cemetery – the first phase, taking place on March 11 beginning at 10 a.m. will be to remove the debris and excessive vegetative waste. The second phase will entail repairing grave markers, laying new mulch, and planting flowers and adding other landscaping features. Volunteers will enjoy an appreciation lunch sponsored by the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church following the cleanup. To register, contact Jordan at (772) 781-1222 or email events@keepmartinbeautiful.org.

Other ways volunteers can participate in Great American Cleanup activities in Martin County:

• HazMobile “Go Green” Block Party - March 17, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by Keep Martin Beautiful's office at 1211 SW Sunset Trail in Palm City to drop off your household hazardous waste at the HazMobile - Martin County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection vehicle. Visit www.martin.fl.us/hazardous-waste for a list of items you can bring to the HazMobile.

• Extreme Recycling Roundup - March 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Martin County residents can stop by the Extreme Recycling Roundup at the Martin County Fairgrounds (south end) and drop off up to 100 pounds of household hazardous waste at no cost. Aerosol cans, paint, cleaners, lubricants, oil, antifreeze, pesticides, batteries, fertilizer, fluorescent light bulbs, electronics, computer equipment, fax machines, cell phones and TVs are all considered hazardous waste. Items that will not be accepted at the Roundup include: gasoline, propane tanks, flares, fuel, large appliances, pressurized gases, tires, drums, or business waste.

• ColorFOOL Fun Run - April 1, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Keep Martin Beautiful will bring the first ever “color run” to Martin County with its inaugural ColorFOOL Fun Run on April Fool’s Day—marking the midpoint of the Great American Cleanup. Participants will run or walk through the beautiful, 4K nature trail at the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center (8626 SW Citrus Blvd. in Palm City) while having a great time getting doused with color. Following the fun run, participants will be encouraged to walk through the Wildlife Center and learn more about nature and wildlife in our community and the steps the Wildlife Center is taking to preserve it.

• H2O Water Fest - April 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coordinated in partnership with the City of Stuart and Students4H2O, the H2O Water Fest will be held on Earth Day in Memorial Park in downtown Stuart. This prominent educational fair will showcase many of Martin County’s environmental non-profit organizations, while raising awareness about water conservation initiatives. Walk4Water, raffles, photo bus, games and hands-on demonstrations are just a few of the amazing activities planned for this special Saturday in the Park!

In addition, Keep Martin Beautiful encourages Martin County residents to coordinate a cleanup of their own as a part of the ‘Clean Your Block Party’ national initiative. Any cleanup project that occurs from March 1 through the end of April can receive recognition as part of the Great American Cleanup. Volunteers will be provided with trash bags, gloves and water (while supplies last).

For more information call Keep Martin Beautiful 772-781-1222, email events@keepmartinbeautiful.org, visit www.keepmartinbeautiful.org or Facebook message us at facebook.com/KeepMartinBeautiful.

Keep Martin Beautiful appreciates the generous sponsors and community supporters of the 2017 Great American Cleanup, which include: Bowman Consulting; Captec Engineering; City of Stuart; Cook Electric Inc.; Ecological Associates Inc.; The Firefly Group; FDOT; Jenkins Landscape; Martin County; The MilCor Group Inc.; Sailor’s Return; Wallace Nissan; and Whiticar Boat Works.


 
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Mar 2, 2017IRSC RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING PREPARATION OF SKILLED WORKFORCE
FORT PIERCE, FL, March 1, 2017 – Indian River State College is filling the growing need for well-prepared nurses and getting national recognition for it! The Aspen Institute for College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation have commended IRSC for outstanding preparation for in-demand jobs, naming Maximilian Clemons and Nicole Orozco as Siemens Technical Scholars for achievement in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program. Siemens Technical Scholars are chosen from colleges ranked as Top Ten Finalists for the Aspen Prize for College Excellence, a ranking achieved by IRSC in 2015 and 2017.

“Speaking with Siemens Technical Scholars and the educators who helped them learn makes clear that these exceptional students are benefiting from a first rate education,” said Joshua Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

Clemons, 27, of Fort Pierce, graduated in 2016 and is employed as an RN in intensive care at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, while continuing his education in IRSC’s Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing program. Orozco, 21, of Port St. Lucie will graduate in May and is already employed with Martin Health System. Both students will be awarded $3500 scholarships for continued education or loan payment.

“I feel really well prepared for my job. The teachers at IRSC were great and the program was affordable,” Clemons said.

IRSC’s nursing program was cited for high employment and earning rates, including 92% employment for students one year after graduation and $51,724 annual earnings of graduates, higher than the median earnings in the region.

“IRSC maintains over 400 partnerships with health care facilities, business and industry to ensure that students receive the real-world training they need to qualify for high-demand jobs and to provide employers with a productive, highly-skilled workforce,” said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President. “We are very proud of Max and Nicole for their outstanding performance in our nursing program.”

The Aspen Institute and Siemens Foundation awarded 51 current and recent students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields with more than $200,000 in scholarships.

“These are fields that offer satisfying careers and immense earning opportunities and yet so many jobs are going unfilled,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “We need to make sure that students, parents and college guidance counselors understand the value of STEM community college programs as a pathway to job security and financial success. Community colleges are essential to extending such opportunity to more students while meeting current and future employer demand.”


 
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Mar 2, 2017“MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS” IS MARCH 23 AT MARTIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
Stuart, Fla.-The Martin County School District will sponsor the 43rd Annual “Music in Our Schools” program on Thursday, March 23 at 7pm. The free event will be held in the gymnasium at Martin County High School and will feature performances by hundreds of students from all grades and music levels.

The program is in recognition of the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Music In Our Schools Month®.

All 12 of the District’s elementary schools will have their choruses perform as one, as will the five middle schools. The choruses and bands from the District’s three high schools will also perform as a dynamic group. In addition, there will be a performance by the county-wide chorus, “FRIENDS.”

This year’s theme is “Music Inspires” which is NAfME’s way of encouraging schools and communities around the country to get busy with activities and initiatives to raise awareness of the benefits of learning music and the ways that music can empower and enrich lives.

“’Music in Our Schools’ is one of the most emotional and inspirational events hosted by our school district,” says Janice Mills, one of the co- organizers of the event and principal at Spectrum Junior High School.

“Arts education is such a vital part of our curriculum and to be able to share the talents of our students with the community is an awesome reward,” she adds.

Co-organizer Joe Flanagan, the assistant principal at Anderson Middle School, will serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. He has been involved with Music in Our Schools since 1988, when he was the band director at South Fork High School.

The Education Foundation of Martin County is a co-sponsor of the event and has provided a grant that has supplied sheet music to the District’s elementary, middle, and high schools over the past three years.

The public and the media are invited to attend this incredible evening of musical entertainment. The program will provide a special opportunity for members of the community to understand, support, and become aware of the on-going processes of music education the District’s schools.

Martin County High School is located at 2801 South Kanner Highway in Stuart.


 
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Mar 2, 2017“MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS” IS MARCH 23 AT MARTIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
The Martin County School District will sponsor the 43rd Annual “Music in Our Schools” program on Thursday, March 23 at 7pm. The free event will be held in the gymnasium at Martin County High School and will feature performances by hundreds of students from all grades and music levels.

The program is in recognition of the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Music In Our Schools Month®.

All 12 of the District’s elementary schools will have their choruses perform as one, as will the five middle schools. The choruses and bands from the District’s three high schools will also perform as a dynamic group. In addition, there will be a performance by the county-wide chorus, “FRIENDS.”

This year’s theme is “Music Inspires” which is NAfME’s way of encouraging schools and communities around the country to get busy with activities and initiatives to raise awareness of the benefits of learning music and the ways that music can empower and enrich lives.

“’Music in Our Schools’ is one of the most emotional and inspirational events hosted by our school district,” says Janice Mills, one of the co- organizers of the event and principal at Spectrum Junior High School.

“Arts education is such a vital part of our curriculum and to be able to share the talents of our students with the community is an awesome reward,” she adds.

Co-organizer Joe Flanagan, the assistant principal at Anderson Middle School, will serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. He has been involved with Music in Our Schools since 1988, when he was the band director at South Fork High School.

The Education Foundation of Martin County is a co-sponsor of the event and has provided a grant that has supplied sheet music to the District’s elementary, middle, and high schools over the past three years.

The public and the media are invited to attend this incredible evening of musical entertainment. The program will provide a special opportunity for members of the community to understand, support, and become aware of the on-going processes of music education the District’s schools.

Martin County High School is located at 2801 South Kanner Highway in Stuart.


 
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Mar 1, 2017Martin County hosts pre-school sports program
Martin County Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with Ignite Sports is offering a pre-school sports program at Halpatiokee Regional Park located at 8303 SE Lost River Road in Stuart. This is a developmental, non-league instructional program. Programs are open to children ages three through five. The programs will be held on Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:30 p.m., weather permitting. Registration is only $80.00 per child for a six week program which teaches fundamentals of the selected sport in a non-competitive, conducive for teaching environment. For more information call 772-221-1419 or 772-349-5522. Visit www.ignitesportsfl.com/program/martin-co-programs to register or view more information on scheduling.

Come join us for our next program - Kickball! Similar to baseball, this playground favorite is played with traditional baseball rules with a few extra, quirky rules mixed in. Instead of a bat and ball, children kick, catch, and dodge a lightweight 8 inch playground ball. Anyone can play and enjoy kickball regardless of ability or experience. All children get to participate and get lots of exercise while having fun. It is great for team building as well.

Kickball - March 8 to April 12, 2017
Multisport - April 26 to May 31, 2017
Basketball - June 21 to July 26, 2017

Find more information on Parks & Recreation's facilities and activities at www.martin.fl.us/parksandrec or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.


 
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Mar 1, 2017MCTV to air Fred Moyer Jazz Trio performance
Martin County Television (MCTV) is proud to air a performance by the Fred Moyer Jazz Trio titled "The Great Jazz Pianists" recently presented at the Blake Library to a full house.

Through note-for-note transcriptions of historic moments in piano jazz by such giants as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock, the Fred Moyer Jazz Trio is keeping music alive that would otherwise live on only in recordings. Pianist Fred Moyer, bassist Peter Tillotson and drummer Bob Savine create a score by transcribing every note of a favorite jazz performance and then interpret the music in their own way, while staying true to the style. The end result is an entertaining and swinging celebration of the best in jazz.

"The Great Jazz Pianists" will air on MCTV on the following dates:
• Tuesday, February 28 at 10:00 pm
• Friday, March 3 at 9:00 pm
• Saturday, March 4 at 10:00 am and 9:00 pm
This program will continue to run at various times throughout the schedule. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99 and streams live at www.martin.fl.us.


 
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Mar 1, 2017Music at the Mansion Concert Series begins March 5
The Music at the Mansion Concert Series will kick off March 5 at the Mansion at Tuckahoe, located at Indian RiverSide Park in Jensen Beach. This free, family-friendly event takes place the first Sunday of the month from March- December. The lineup includes:
• Fresh Catch - March 5
• Nouveaux Honkies - April 2
• Bobby and the Blisters - May 7
• Sierra Band - June 4
Bring the whole family, your lawn chairs, blankets and get ready for our own "Sunday Funday" in Jensen Beach.

Follow us on Facebook for more information and event details at https://www.facebook.com/MyMCParks/. Interested in being a vendor or a featured band? Contact Deanna Deakins at ddeakins@martin.fl.us.

About Martin County Parks & Recreation

Martin County is located on the Atlantic Coast in the State of Florida in the area known as the "Treasure Coast." Martin County Parks & Recreation services 77 parks including Martin County Golf Course, Sailfish Splash Waterpark, The Mansion at Tuckahoe and Phipps Park Camping Ground.

Martin County is governed by five commissioners - each elected to serve a four year term. The Board meets on most Tuesdays each month and all meetings are open to the public. For more information visit: www.martin.fl.us.


 
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Mar 1, 2017Rooney Statement on WOTUS Executive Order
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to reevaluate the Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, which was an unprecedented expansion of the EPA’s authority to regulate our local streams, ponds and waterways.

“President Trump’s actions today are a welcome relief for Florida farmers, business owners and local governments, who ultimately would be on the hook for the billions it would cost to comply with WOTUS’ unnecessarily broad regulations,” Rooney said. “Floridians have a unique understanding and respect for our waterways and I am proud to represent a district that’s made real progress because of the successful cooperation of ranchers, farmers, conservation groups and state and local governments to protect our state’s vibrant ecosystem. The federal government should respect these functioning dynamics taking place at the state level, rather than impede our state’s economic growth and our farmers’ ability to feed the nation.”

The Waters of the U.S. rule is a classic example of federal government overreach. In 2015, the Obama administration rule broadened the definition of the type of water body that would fall under the EPA’s jurisdiction to include ditches, farm ponds and puddles. Rooney represents one of the largest agriculture districts east of the Mississippi River and has adamantly opposed the rule since its enactment. In October 2016, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report detailing findings from a two-year investigation into the WOTUS rulemaking process. The report found that the White House and the EPA accelerated the rule based on politically-motivated timelines, the EPA made no effort to ensure the rule was based on sound science, and the agency did not fully review public comments before drafting the final rule.


 
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Mar 1, 2017Latest edition of MCTV's Destination Treasure Coast features Jensen Beach
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is proud to share the latest installment of MCTV's Destination Treasure Coast.

This edition of Destination Treasure Coast takes us to Jensen Beach, known a century ago as the "Pineapple Capital of the World." Today, the iconic tropical fruit's imagery can be seen all throughout this quaint waterfront community. Join host Bob Hogensen as he takes viewers on a tour through downtown Jensen Beach showing why this charming area has become a prime destination for families and friends looking for a relaxing and entertaining outing.

Destination Treasure Coast airs daily at 8:30 A.M. and Sundays at 6:00 P.M., Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99 and streams live at www.martin.fl.us.


 
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Mar 1, 2017IRSC RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING PREPARATION OF SKILLED WORKFORCE

Nicole Orozco and Maximilian Clemons Named Siemens Technical Scholars

FORT PIERCE, FL, March 1, 2017 – Indian River State College is filling the growing need for well-prepared nurses and getting national recognition for it! The Aspen Institute for College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation have commended IRSC for outstanding preparation for in-demand jobs, naming Maximilian Clemons and Nicole Orozco as Siemens Technical Scholars for achievement in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program. Siemens Technical Scholars are chosen from colleges ranked as Top Ten Finalists for the Aspen Prize for College Excellence, a ranking achieved by IRSC in 2015 and 2017.

“Speaking with Siemens Technical Scholars and the educators who helped them learn makes clear that these exceptional students are benefiting from a first rate education,” said Joshua Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

Clemons, 27, of Fort Pierce, graduated in 2016 and is employed as an RN in intensive care at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, while continuing his education in IRSC’s Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing program. Orozco, 21, of Port St. Lucie will graduate in May and is already employed with Martin Health System. Both students will be awarded $3500 scholarships for continued education or loan payment.

“I feel really well prepared for my job. The teachers at IRSC were great and the program was affordable,” Clemons said.

IRSC’s nursing program was cited for high employment and earning rates, including 92% employment for students one year after graduation and $51,724 annual earnings of graduates, higher than the median earnings in the region.

“IRSC maintains over 400 partnerships with health care facilities, business and industry to ensure that students receive the real-world training they need to qualify for high-demand jobs and to provide employers with a productive, highly-skilled workforce,” said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President. “We are very proud of Max and Nicole for their outstanding performance in our nursing program.”

The Aspen Institute and Siemens Foundation awarded 51 current and recent students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields with more than $200,000 in scholarships.

“These are fields that offer satisfying careers and immense earning opportunities and yet so many jobs are going unfilled,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “We need to make sure that students, parents and college guidance counselors understand the value of STEM community college programs as a pathway to job security and financial success. Community colleges are essential to extending such opportunity to more students while meeting current and future employer demand.”



 
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Mar 1, 2017Archaeology Works: Prehistoric Pottery
Join the Florida Public Archaeology Network at Jonathan Dickinson State Park for “Archaeology Works: Prehistoric Pottery” on Saturday, March 4th from 10am-12pm.

Hobe Sound, FL-Pottery was a vital part of life in Florida for the past 3,000 years, but is also an important clue for archaeologists today. Learn to identify different prehistoric pottery types from Florida and the ways archaeologists use them to learn about people in the past.

This is an all ages event that has presentations and hands-on components.

The Florida Public Archaeology Network is a statewide organization whose mission is “To promote and facilitate the stewardship, public appreciation, and value of Florida's archaeological heritage through regional centers, partnerships, and community engagement.”

Learn more about us at: http://fpan.us/

Who: FPAN and Jonathan Dickinson State Park
What: “Archaeology Works: Prehistoric Pottery”
Where: JDSP, Kimbell Education Center, 16450 S.E. Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, 33455
When: Saturday, March 4, 10am-12pm
More info: KGidusko@Flagler.edu


 
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Feb 28, 2017MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING COURSES EXPANDED IN FORT PIERCE

The Corporate and Community Training Institute at Indian River State College is now offering a Medical Billing for Outpatient Hospital & Professional Services course that introduces participants to medical billing systems used to report physician and hospital services within health care organizations. The course is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays starting March 21 to May 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce.

This is an ideal course for those looking to advance their careers within the medical field and for anyone seeking to enhance their knowledge in current coding and billing.

Students will be taught the medical billing process including various payer rules for Medicare, Medicaid, Workman’s Compensation and commercial carriers. Proper use of CPT and HCPCS modifiers, the Correct Coding Initiative, LCD and NCD medical necessity guidelines and other billing requirements will be reviewed in detail. Upon completion of the class students may sit for any of the following National outpatient billing certification exams: CPB, CMBS, RMB, CMIS and CMRS certifications.

The cost of the course is $1,598 and includes all books and materials. Businesses interested in sending their employees to this training may be eligible for the Employed Worker Training (EWT) Grant provided by CareerSource Research Coast. Businesses interested in finding out more about the EWT Grant for their employees can contact Michelle Glass 772-475-2201 ext. 620 or email mglass@careersourcerc.com.

For information on this course and the newest Medical Coding Classes or to register call 1-888-283-1177 or visit www.irscbiz.com.


 
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Feb 28, 2017SW MAPP ROAD INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
Beginning Monday, March 6, 2017, Felix Associates of Florida will be installing storm pipe under SW Mapp Road in conjunction with the All American Water Quality project. This work will necessitate intermittent lane closures on SW Mapp Road, just north of SW All American Boulevard during working hours. All sidewalks will remain open during construction. This work is anticipated to be complete by Friday, March 17, 2017. Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and seek alternate routes.

The Martin County Road Conditions Map is available via any mobile device or desktop with internet access to view all county lane/road closures: https://conezone.martin.fl.us



This notification can be reproduced in an alternative format upon request by contacting the County ADA Coordinator (772-221-1396), the County Administration Office (772-288-5940) or Florida Relay 711.


 
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Feb 28, 2017MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING COURSES EXPANDED IN FORT PIERCE
The Corporate and Community Training Institute at Indian River State College is now offering a Medical Billing for Outpatient Hospital & Professional Services course that introduces participants to medical billing systems used to report physician and hospital services within health care organizations. The course is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays starting March 21 to May 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce.

This is an ideal course for those looking to advance their careers within the medical field and for anyone seeking to enhance their knowledge in current coding and billing.

Students will be taught the medical billing process including various payer rules for Medicare, Medicaid, Workman’s Compensation and commercial carriers. Proper use of CPT and HCPCS modifiers, the Correct Coding Initiative, LCD and NCD medical necessity guidelines and other billing requirements will be reviewed in detail. Upon completion of the class students may sit for any of the following National outpatient billing certification exams: CPB, CMBS, RMB, CMIS and CMRS certifications.

The cost of the course is $1,598 and includes all books and materials. Businesses interested in sending their employees to this training may be eligible for the Employed Worker Training (EWT) Grant provided by CareerSource Research Coast. Businesses interested in finding out more about the EWT Grant for their employees can contact Michelle Glass 772-475-2201 ext. 620 or email mglass@careersourcerc.com.

For information on this course and the newest Medical Coding Classes or to register call 1-888-283-1177 or visit www.irscbiz.com.


 
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Feb 28, 2017Composition – A Photography Class Dedicated to Creating Dynamic Artistic Compositions

- Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park -

Hobe Sound, FL – March 18, 9:30 a.m. – 1200 p.m. Take the next step in your journey learning how to compose interesting, everlasting, and creative images. This class is aimed at advancing the knowledge of all 2D (painting, photography etc.) artists, and has been presented to art leagues and photography clubs. The class is led by local photographer Bruce Bain. Bruce teaches and presents at various locations in the Palm Beaches. In addition to Bruce’s photos having won awards domestically and internationally for Best of Show, Best of Category and Honorable Mention work has appeared in National Geographic stories. His work is also published and sold by various home decor agencies and other online sites.

“Composition” covers topics on subject matter and centers of interest, the rule of thirds, horizons, space management, depth, framing, perspectives, landscape and portrait considerations, and other techniques for effective composition.

Proceeds from the event also benefit the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization. The Friends organization promotes the historical, educational, and ecological enhancement of Jonathan Dickinson State Park and is directly responsible for funding many park programs and improvements.

The 2 ½ hour program is $40 per person and includes park entry, class instruction and handouts. All levels are welcome. For registration visit www.friendsofjdsp.org or visit us on Facebook, Friends of JDSP. Email friendsjdsp@gmail.com or contact the park’s Kimbell Education Center, 561-745-5551.

The program will take place at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Kimbell Education Center, 16450 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL 33455.


 
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Feb 27, 2017Martin County avoids additional litigation and expense by resolving the Lake Point Public Records Case
On January 4, 2017, Circuit Judge William Roby ordered the Plaintiffs and Martin County to participate in non-binding arbitration regarding the public records portion of Lake Point Phase I, LLC and Lake Point Phase II, LLC v. South Florida Water Management District, Martin County and Maggy Hurchalla (Case No. 2013-CA-1321) and the arbitrator issued a non-binding decision on February 15, 2017. After reviewing the arbitrator's non-binding decision during a private attorney-client session on February 17, 2017, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners voted at the immediately following open meeting to not object to the decision in order to resolve the Plaintiffs' public records claims. By doing so, Martin County avoids further protracted litigation over the public records claims and the threat of greater attorney's fees and costs on such claims. Instead, Martin County believes those resources would be better served improving its existing policies concerning the public's access to "public records" under Florida Law.

The law and rules of procedure dictate that the arbitration decision remains sealed and confidential until it is accepted by both parties. Martin County anticipates that Circuit Court Judge William Roby will issue a judgment in the coming days implementing the arbitrator's decision as authorized by law.


 
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Feb 27, 2017NEIL SIMON'S AWARD WINNING COMEDY/DRAMA “CHAPTER TWO” HITS BARN STAGE
Neil Simon's critically acclaimed comedy/drama, “Chapter Two,” hits The Barn Theatre stage from March 10th – March 26th. The plot is simple. Recent widower George Schneider is encouraged by his younger brother, Leo, to start dating again, which sends George into even greater depression after a series of bad matches. Then Leo comes up with Jennie Malone and she is a keeper, but it's still a bumpy ride on the road to dating for these not-so-long lovers. The wonderful thing about this play is that Neil Simon masterfully finds humor in their grief, divorce and rocky relationships. Indeed, Simon is once quoted as saying, “My view is how sad and funny life is. I can't think of a humorous situation that does not involve some pain. I used to ask, 'what is a funny situation?' Now I ask, 'what is a sad situation and how can I tell it humorously?” Well, Simon hits a winner with Chapter Two, and the audiences will enjoy the emotional rollercoaster.

“Chapter Two,” which is directed by veteran playwright and director Howard Brown, features Meredith Osborn, Susan Haase Carnasiotis, Tony Richards, and Michael Beecher. Brown directed Meredith, Susan and Tony in last season's highly successful Barn production of “Sex Please, We're Sixty,” which sold out every performance.

For tickets, visit or call the Barn Box Office at 772-287-4884 or visit the Barn's website at www.barn-theatre.com. Group rates are available.


 
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