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Jul 25, 2016Historic Preservation Board Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Historic Preservation Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, August 19, 2016. For an application, please call 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITION: a Realtor. Appointments shall be in the sole discretion of the Board of County Commissioners. Each member of the Board shall be a resident of Martin County. This term will expire in February 2018.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
Adopt or amend rules of procedures not inconsistent with the LDR or Chapter 267, Florida Statutes; Designate individual sites, districts, and archeological zones pursuant to Section 4.13.4; Approve historical markers and issue Certificates of Designation; Establish procedures for the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness and Certificates to Dig; Recommend zoning and building code amendments to the proper authorities; Promote an awareness of the benefits of historic preservation and its benefits to the community; Perform periodic updates to the historic architectural survey; Perform periodic updates to the archaeological survey; Record and maintain records of the Board's actions and decisions; Provide an annual report to the Board of County Commissioners; Review, develop, and recommend ordinances to the Board of County Commissioners that promote the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings; Seek out worthy projects for matching grants-in-aid from sources which have as their purpose the preservation for public benefit of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, and culture; Review applications for all buildings, properties, and site in unincorporated Martin County nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places; Establish criteria and procedures for the expedited review of certain projects by staff; and Seek expertise on proposals or matters requiring evaluation by a professional or a discipline not represented on the Board.

Meetings are typically held every other month on the second Monday of the month at 4:00 pm at the General Services Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart. The next meetings are scheduled for September 12 and November 14.

If any member fails to attend three consecutive meetings in one year without cause or prior approval of the Chair, the Historic Preservation Board shall declare the member's seat vacant.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla Stat.


 
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Jul 25, 2016Library Board of Trustees Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, August 19, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

To be eligible to serve, all members must be a resident of Martin County and shall not be public office holders nor shall members be employed in the County library or be related to a library employee. These are three year terms.

The Library Board of Trustees shall have the following duties, functions, and responsibilities: To serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners and the County Administration through the Director of Library Services as follows:
(a) Should the Library Director position become vacant, the County Administrator will provide the Trustees with the top three candidates being considered, their application and resumes. The County Administrator will solicit comments from the Trustees on each of the candidates and discuss possible rankings of the candidates prior to making a final determination. The final decision will be the responsibility of the County Administrator with confirmation by the Board of County Commissioners.
(b) Develop library policy with the advice and counsel of the library director, especially concerning library hours, book selection, use of meeting rooms, etc.
(c) Make continuing studies of all existing and future needs of the County in respect to public facilities and services.
(d)Review the financial position of the library system and make reports and submit recommendations regarding sound and feasible budget financing.
(e) Keep constantly aware of public library standards, trends, regulations, and legislation.
(f) Formulate or recommend actions to raise the quality of service and utilization of financial assistance from state, national, and other sources.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 pm at the Blake Library and various public library locations. The next meetings are scheduled for August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16, and no meeting in December. Members shall be required to attend two-thirds of the regularly scheduled meetings in any 12-month period or they shall be dropped from membership.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.


 
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Jul 25, 2016CAMP BARN THEATRE PRESENTS “MR. R” AND “ELLA’S SHOE”
Camp Barn Theatre will present two original one-act plays – Mr. R and Ella’s Shoe – Friday and Saturday, August 5th and 6th at 7pm and Sunday, August 7th at 2pm. The plays were written by local college student Samantha Knight.
The plays are hilarious spoofs of the classic fairy tales, Rumplestiltskin and Cinderella. The action in both plays takes place after the events of the original tales. In “Mr. R,” Rumplestiltskin seeks the assistance of a girl with “a heart of pure intent” to help him lift the curse that got him into trouble in the first place. They go on a zany adventure in search of all the ingredients needed for the potion that will work on the curse. In “Ella’s Shoe” Ella’s fairy godmother comes looking for the glass slippers that she claims to have only “loaned” to Ella. Unfortunately, Ella gave one of the slippers to her evil stepmother, so they attempt to get it back.
The plays will be performed by summer campers who range in age from 10 to 15. All the campers will also work behind the scenes to get the production off the ground. The performances will be the culmination of a 4-week intensive theater camp. Campers have been learning all the basics of theater – acting, directing, set design, stage crafts, stage management, and even about the business of theater – all while rehearsing for the grand production.
According to the former Barn Theatre Board President, J. Pat Montgomery, participation in the performing arts has always nurtured self-confidence, creative expression, and leadership qualities in our youth. In fact, many former Camp Barn participants have gone on to become leaders in high school, college and in their careers.
Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Barn Box Office at 287-4884. You may also visit the Barn's website at www.barn-theatre.com for more information about the show. The Barn Theatre is located at 2400 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996.


 
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Jul 25, 2016Community Foundation Awards $1.2 Million in Community Impact Grants to Nonprofits in Palm Beach and Martin Counties
“Educating and equipping citizens with opportunities to help themselves” is one of the guiding principles of the grantmaking at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The Foundation’s board of directors recently approved $1.2 million in community impact grants to 23 nonprofit organizations in the two-county region. Collectively, the Foundation provided over $8.94 million in grants and scholarships in its 2015-2016 fiscal year.
“We believe in building a more vibrant community where neighborhoods are healthy, housing is affordable and all people can develop to their full potential,” said Brad Hurlburt, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Our funding priorities for this year’s competitive grants included affordable housing, arts and culture, foster care needs, education and special needs assistance to help empower our residents to lead their best life.”
Grants were awarded through several charitable funds at the Foundation, including the MacArthur Foundation Housing Initiative; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund; The Environmental Fund; and the Hans and Mary Stratmann Fund. The grant cycle opened last fall and the process includes letters of inquiry; invitations for full proposals; site visits; committee evaluations and scoring; and final recommendations to the Community Foundation board in May.
Competitive and responsive grants are only one part of the Foundation’s annual grantmaking. Most grants are directed by donors to the causes they care about. The Foundation also has more than 100 scholarship funds, making it one of the largest providers of scholarships in the two counties. This year, the organization awarded more than $1 million to 123 local high school students.
For more information on the grants program, or about establishing a charitable fund at the Community Foundation, please call 561-659-6800 or visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.


 
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Jul 25, 2016THE RIVER REPORT


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Jul 25, 2016"Treasure Coast Harmful Algal Bloom Situation Analysis"
presented by
Ian D. Walsh, Ph.D.
Director of Science & Senior Oceanographer
Sea-Bird Scientific and WET Labs, Inc.

Johnson Education Center, FAU Harbor Branch
5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL

Wednesday, July 27, 1:30-2:30 p.m

Dr. Walsh will provide a perspective on the recent algae crisis based on the data broadcast from the St. Lucie Estuary (SLE) by FAU Harbor Branch's Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network of Environmental Sensors (IRLON). IRLON consists of Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO) units and weather stations at 10 sites througout the Indian River Lagoon, including 5 sites in the St. Lucie Estuary. IRLON provides real-time data that minimizes the often lengthy time between data collection, analysis and response. This new capability gives scientists, water quality managers and the public the ability to observe present conditions and plan for the future. Dr. Walsh has relied upon the expertise and work of Harbor Branch Drs. Brian Lapointe and Dennis Hanisak in developing this analysis, demonstrating that live data serves as a coalescence mechanism for team building during a crisis.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with
Dr. Walsh and FAU Harbor Branch scientists.

Dr. Walsh is located in Philomath, Oregon and assembled the data for this analysis from FAU Harbor Branch's LOBOVIZ website: http://fau.loboviz.com/cgi-lobo/lobo. His research interests include particle dynamics, carbon fluxes and fates, and calibration and QA/QC of optical data sets.


 
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Jul 25, 2016Expediting Efforts To Send Water South To Florida Bay
Last week, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) submitted a request to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to authorize the reconstruction of L-31West levee, along with the construction of a 500-foot long weir in Miami-Dade County. This request is part of SFWMD's plan to restore essential flows and deliver additional water to Florida Bay.
Along with average annual rainfall, the expedited plan will double the flow of water directly into Taylor Slough by as much as 6.5 billion gallons more freshwater per year. This additional water will meet stringent water quality standards and serve the bay year-round. These actions will be the first steps to help save the bay by promoting the recovery of seagrasses killed during a severe drought in 2015.
Required features of the plan include:
• Connecting two canals to directly deposit water through the L-31 West Canal into Taylor Slough.
• Sending additional water through the S-328 structure into the L-31 West Canal directly to the headwaters of Taylor Slough.
• Modifying a weir and adding plugs along the L-31 West Canal to encourage the flow of more water towards Taylor Slough and keeping more water in Everglades National Park.
• Rebuilding a levee and removing flapgates at the S-332i Pump Station to promote more flow.
Supplemental features of the plan that will also help deliver water include:
• Installing several plugs in the L-31 West Canal to reduce drainage from Everglades National Park and to promote overland flow of water into Taylor Slough.
• Modifying a weir at the S-332D structure to promote overland flow of water to the detention area into headwaters of Taylor Slough.
• Increasing the pumping capacity at S-199 and S-200 pump stations, which will send more water flowing towards Taylor Slough and Everglades National Park, ultimately reaching Florida Bay.
• Removing vegetation to increase the quantity of water flowing through the detentions areas into Taylor Slough.
The proposed improvements will cost taxpayers less than $3.3 million and should be completed before the start of the next dry season in November if the Corps approves the necessary permits expeditiously.


 
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Jul 25, 2016Martin County encourages businesses affected by water crisis to access state and federal resources
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners encourages businesses affected by our local water crisis to visit the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Business Recovery Center (BRC) located at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Since its opening on July 13, 40 local businesses have visited the BRC seeking information on applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan for disaster-related working capital needs. SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and provide help in completing the SBA application. The Center is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, and will operate until further notice.

Small businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million, with interest rates of 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for small businesses. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than Nov. 16, 2016.
In addition, the County encourages businesses to access state resources as well. Businesses are urged to complete the business damage assessment survey at http://flvbeoc.org (select the "Lake Okeechobee Discharge-Algal Blooms" event). The information provided in this survey will be shared among various state and local agencies to expedite implementation of appropriate disaster relief programs for businesses. This survey assists the State with determining if relief services for businesses should be activated.


 
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Jul 22, 2016Back To School!


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Jul 22, 2016Club Scrub River Paddle II & The End of Summer Jupiter Sandbar Party !
Saturday, August 27 8 am

Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Swim Beach River Area
16450 SE Federal Hwy Hobe Sound
This is a fundraiser that will benefit JDSP Camp Murphy Mountain Bike Trails maintained by
Club Scrub, a Sub-Committee of The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park - a 501(c)(3) Organization.
Register at Clubscrub.org
Limited Entries Register Today!


This is the biggest paddle event ever held on the Treasure Coast.
We had over 175 paddlers at our first Club Scrub River Paddle in June.

For videos and photos of our last event, check out our Facebook page ClubscrubJDSP River Paddle Photos or Club Scrub River Paddle Videos

Join us for Club Scrub Guided River Paddle II & End of Summer Sandbar Party!
Bring your Kayaks, Paddleboards & Canoes!! (Discounted Rentals available - local outfitters listed on event page)
Paddle the Loxahatchee River from Jonathan Dickinson State Park to the Jupiter Sandbar (and back)!

Paddle with the current down the NW Fork of the Loxahatchee River to the Jupiter Sandbar (approx. 5-miles).

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.

Registration Fee $35 until 8/17 (after $40):
includes a “Rocking Party" with Lunch & Beer at the Jupiter sandbar, along with floating refreshment stops, and paddle support (boats and guides).

The park opens at 7 am. Standard Park Entry Fees Apply.
(Single $4; Carload of 2–8 ppl $6) * or use you Club Scrub Membership Card which entitles you to 12 FREE park entries!
Join Club Scrub Today for $40 and use one of your FREE entries for the event. www.clubscrub.org
Arrive at River Swimming Area at 8 am; Paddles “up” by 9 am!
Check in at the Swim Area beach; adjacent to the River Pavilion in the back of the Park.
We ask that you arrive early so there is plenty of time for you to drive to the back of the park to unload your equipment, park & register.

There will be an unloading area. Please move your vehicle after you unload and then proceed to registration / check-in. PADDLES UP at 9 am!

All proceeds will benefit JDSP Camp Murphy Mountain Bike Trails maintained by
Club Scrub A Sub-Committee of The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park - a 501(c)(3) Organization


 
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Jul 22, 2016The River Report


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Jul 21, 2016Commissioners approve proposed tax cut in 2017 Tentative Budget
After three days of deliberations during budget workshops, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has agreed on a proposed tax cut for next year. Commissioners tentatively approved the FY17 budget today of $403.5 million. Homeowners will not see a tax increase on their tax bill in 2017.

Commission Chair Anne Scott said, "Through careful review, debate and consensus, we were able to minimize the impact to taxpayers while addressing many pressing issues."

Per BOCC direction, the 2017 Tentative Budget was developed to prudently address the need to maintain existing infrastructure. A major portion of this year's increase ($9.7M) is for implementation of a comprehensive program to address the County's deferred maintenance for County infrastructure: roads, bridges, and drainage; and a septic-to-sewer conversion program for those communities and neighborhoods where continued use of septic systems negatively impacts our water quality.

The FY17 Tentative Budget presents a continuation of challenges from prior years: modest increases in the tax base and in major operating fund revenues. Departmental budgets were prepared to stay, where possible, at current levels of funding; noting requests for increases are minimal.

The BOCC last year, and in the FY17 Tentative Budget, is beginning to address major maintenance needs. Health, safety, and services improving the quality of life and welfare of the public are a priority. The requested additions for the FY17 Tentative Budget are based upon prior BOCC direction, state mandates, and departmental assessments of their priorities.

An electronic copy of the 2017 Tentative Budget is available on the County's website here.



 
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Jul 21, 2016Walk with us in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Take the first step and be inspired by all the footsteps that fall into place behind yours. Find a Walk near you and sign up today.
Time:
Registration at 8am
Ceremony at 9am
Walk at 9:30am
Location:
Indian RiverSide Park
1707 NE Indian River Drive
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
Contact:
Tricia Williams
561-967-0047
twilliams@alz.org

 
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Jul 21, 2016Open Meet & Greet for McNicholas on Friday
The Committee of Responsible Persons for the
Michael J. McNicholas for Judge Campaign and hosts:
Michael and Kelly Carbonaro
Invite You to Join Us for a Meet-and-Greet Event
with 19th Circuit Court Candidate
Michael J. McNicholas
Thursday, July 21
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Stillery
2196 SE Ocean Blvd. Stuart, FL 34997
RSVP appreciated!
mcnicholasforjudge@gmail.com

 
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Jul 21, 2016Commissioner Anne Scott to host town hall meeting in Tequesta July 27
The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting on Wednesday, July 27 hosted by Martin County District 3 Commissioner Anne Scott. The Commissioner invites residents and business owners to have an open discussion and address any issues they feel she should know about.

The meeting will be held:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Sheriff Sub Station
18339 County Line Road in Tequesta
5:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. If you would like additional information regarding this meeting, please call 772-221-2357 or email Sherilyn at sscrader@martin.fl.us.


 
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Jul 21, 2016THE RIVER REPORT


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Jul 20, 2016Six LeadingAge Florida Members Earn Prestigious Gold Seal Awards for Excellence
The Agency for Healthcare Administration recently announced 11 Gold Seal Award winners - six of the awardees are LeadingAge Florida member communities.

The six LeadingAge Florida communities earning the Gold Seal Award from the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care include:
• The Commons at Orlando Lutheran Towers
• Florida Presbyterian Homes, Inc.
• River Garden Hebrew Home for the Aged
• Sunnyside Nursing Center
• Vicar's Landing
• Village on the Green
Recipients included one new award and five renewals. River Garden Hebrew Home and Village on the Green have been recognized with their eighth Gold Seal Award. Both have continuously held this recognition since it was created in 2002. This is the seventh time Florida Presbyterian Homes and Sunnyside Nursing Home have earned the award. This is Vicar's Landing fifth time receiving the Gold Seal Award. This is Orlando Lutheran Towers first Gold Seal Award.

LeadingAge Florida President & CEO Steve Bahmer congratulated the awardees for this high accomplishment and honor, “The Gold Seal honors the best in nursing home care, and I congratulate these outstanding LeadingAge Florida members for their unwavering commitment to quality.”

The Gold Seal Award recognizes nursing home communities for providing excellent in long-term care in Florida. The Governor’s Gold Seal Award recognizes nursing homes that demonstrate the highest standards of quality of life and care for their residents.


About LeadingAge Florida
Established in 1963, LeadingAge Florida is the only statewide association representing the full continuum of care for seniors; serving more than 250 mission-driven communities trusted with providing quality care and services. LeadingAge Florida promotes practices that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.


 
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Jul 20, 20168 Weeks to Deadline- Non- Profit Eco Fund Could Lose 100 Million in Upgrades to St Lucie and Martin County Businesses.
Who- St Lucie County Based non-profit P.A.C.E. Program (Facilitated by the S.E.L.F. 501(c)3)
What- Currently Lending ability $700,000 (approx.) in zero down, friendly commercial financing for eco-friendly upgrades (Compliant with EISA 2007) i.e., LED --- High Efficiency A/C --Tank lss Water Heating—Roof and insulation improvements—structural envelope improvements.
When- Deadline Approaching in 8 weeks. Processing applications takes up to two weeks.
Where- St Lucie County ONLY – (FUTURE FUNDING FOR PROGRAM IN JEOPARDY!!!!!!!!!).
Why- PACE indicates that ONE VIBLE APPLICATION over the next 8 weeks would ensure additional funds available to our area in the amount of 100 MILLION DOLLARS.
How- Private Lending Fund has made available friendly financing to businesses amounts up to respective equity amounts in applicant’s commercial enterprise. For approval applicant must be current with previous three years property tax bills. $700,000 available for immediate lending with $100,000,000 slated for availability contingent upon current program utilization.
Local Example- One St Lucie business with extensive outdoor lighting was approved for a zero down loan to upgrade to LED. The upfront cost for the upgrade was $70,000! Their energy savings was calculated at $40,000 a year. In two years the saving would exceed the loan amount, yielding hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings over the remaining life of the warranty on the new high efficiency LED lights.
Zero down- 5%- Hundreds of thousands saved.





P.A.C.E./S.E.L.F. Key points of interest-
• Privately funded Energy Conservation Program with intended benefit to upgrade homes and businesses to high efficiency eco-friendly; LED interior/exterior lighting, high efficiency air conditioning, and high efficiency water heaters, and more.
• Funding of phase one lending is available for St Lucie County Commercial Entities.
$700K available now. Martin County approval for residential lending is now in effect with commercial approval anticipated in the near future.
• Continued commercial funding of 100 million dollars is contingent upon the utilization/success of phase one.
• Program validation period ends in eight weeks.
• What resources can be mobilized within our respective spheres of influence to obtain firstly, “friendly financed $700,000” and ultimately secure $100,000,000 in local community funding and business development?
• Make a short list of everyone with a vested interest in securing $100,000,000 for Treasure Coast economic development.

Notes Friday 7/15/16 10:30 am: Introduction to SELF marketing team.
Prior to meeting with the SELF staff located at 2400 Rhode Island Ave, Port St. Lucie, FL, I (Ryan Murray, Electrical Connections) reviewed the organizations website. Included in the researched items were testimonials, participating contractors, 2015 fiscal report, video explanation of program by Exec Dir Doug Coward, and additional ancillary pages.

The staff responsible for outreach and community development, in both commercial and residential sectors, had yet to create a working and effective marketing model. They both expressed difficulty finding quality leads as well as consistent conversion matching their anticipations. Often their outreach attempts were met with contempt and misunderstanding. Given the extremely favorable conditions of their offering many found it “too good to believe.” Accordingly, a new application for funding has not occurred in the commercial sector for several months. This absence of program participation jeopardizes future program funding to the tune of 10 million dollars. Local support and mobilization of resources is urgently needed.
When asked the total amount required to produce satisfactory results to ensure future funding, the answer was shocking. One application, even for a modest sum would be sufficient to make an actionable difference in the ultimate success of the program. The funds available could be procured at low interest (5-7%) for flexible durations (2-10 yrs. or possibly more?) The average loan amount was about $8K with a virtually indistinguishable upper limit entirely based on property owner’s equity position. There were no upper or lower income parameters governing the lending. Even poor credit could be accommodated for with reasonable justification and intention.

Two effective local contractor participants were mentioned:
An air conditioning contractor, saw a 20% increase in business by financing people through the SELF program. Those normally not able to afford their services represent 3.2 mil in sales over the last 5 yrs.
A roofing contractor, obtained over 1 million in SELF financed sales in 2 yrs. of participation.
St Lucie County is the only county available for commercial funding with Martin County possibly finalizing approval later this year. Commercial lending through the administration of the PACE program is in place in 32 states.
PACE program is in 32 States-
One Ohio Recipient was mentioned: Interestingly enough, PNC bank, a major contributor (*see website 2015 financial report) to the PACE program has also been the recipient of nearly 3 million in actual loans through the program on a singular high rise project. Estimated yearly energy savings was $187K a year!

Commercial funding has not written up an application in months. An estimated $700K is available to qualifying commercial entities in St. Lucie County. It was indicated upon examination that the program had very favorable terms with few restrictions. Customers could borrow sums matching up to whatever equity value was held in the property. An energy savings analysis is also a required component of approval. Additionally, three years’ tax returns were required.
Participating contractor list on the website was extensive. Rules for involvement were simple. Contractors are required to attend quarterly training (this Wed at 2400 Rhode Island Ave, Port St. Lucie), as well maintain a positive reputation through transparent and satisfactory business practices.
Conclusion:
The staff would welcome any and all assistance offered. They are available for any presentations, education, seminars, and private informational appointments. Their attitudes are positive and sincere. It is my opinion that this represents a unique and extremely vulnerable resource worthy of extreme mobilization of as many resources as possible to secure the $100,000,000 future funding of the program.


 
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Jul 20, 2016Stuart Main Street to Highlight Dancin’ in the Streets at the July Mornings on Main Street
Stuart Main Street is pleased to announce the popular Downtown Stuart networking breakfast, "Mornings on Main Street" coming to Aycock Funeral Home July 28, 2016. Topics are to include Dancin’ in the Streets lineup, where to purchase presale tickets, a special Lyric Theatre show, and ticket giveaways.
“Mornings on Main Street” is hosted by Stuart Main Street, a non-profit community membership organization that focuses attention on the downtown corridor and making it user friendly and fun. The FREE networking and social breakfasts are a Downtown Stuart “must attend” with real information on current topics and an opportunity to meet like-minded people with a shared concern for downtown – plus breakfast from our local businesses. Aycock Funeral Home is this month’s sponsor. Coffee and a light breakfast provided by Stuart Coffee Co.

Where is Main Street?

Main Street is an organization, not a place. It’s an idea. It reflects and expands the spirit of downtown residents and businesses. It includes people who love and are inspired by Historic Downtown Stuart! It’s everywhere local business owners and residents are! Our mis¬sion is simple, yet vital: to improv¬e the appear¬ance and eco¬nomic sta¬bil¬ity of His¬toric Down¬town Stuart through historic preservation, downtown improvements and community events.
Embracing the Future While Preserving the Past
Build a brighter economic future for Downtown Stuart. Preserve Stuart’s heritage and historic attractions. Beautify the streets, businesses and public spaces downtown. Help create new partnerships between community organizations, government entities and individual citizens. Be a part of Stuart Main Street!


 
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Jul 20, 2016MAST for Congress Releases New TV Ad
Republican congressional candidate Brian Mast released his campaign's first television advertisement. The campaign ad details Brian Mast (R-FL) long track-record of accomplishment in defending America - including 12 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Army. Mast served as an explosive technician and served under the Joint Special Operations Command. Mast is a double amputee combat veteran who fought on the battlefield to defeat Islamic terrorists. Mast for Congress TV Ad will air on all platforms (network, cable, and digital) across the 18th District – Northern Palm Beach County, St. Lucie County and Martin County beginning this week July 18, 2016.

 
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Jul 20, 2016Brian Mast for Congress Endorses Trump for President
Republican congressional candidate and former explosive specialist under the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and Department of Homeland Security, Brian Mast (R-FL), issued the following statement regarding the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Brian Mast said: “As the Republican candidate to be the next Congressman from Florida’s 18th District, I am proud to support and endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States. And, as someone who has sacrificed and served this country on the battlefield and in war zones, I agree with Trump’s veterans’ plan that exhibits the type of “anytime and anywhere care” needed for our veterans.”

“I stand with my district and fellow Floridians in getting out the vote to make Donald J. Trump the 45th President of the United States,” Mast continued. Mr. Trump’s stance on veteran healthcare is one of the biggest issues affecting my district. These issues are near to my heart and I look forward to working with the future President Trump when the good people of Florida elect me to the 115th Congress in January of 2017. ”


 
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Jul 20, 2016Brian Mast for Congress Endorses Trump for President
Republican congressional candidate and former explosive specialist under the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and Department of Homeland Security, Brian Mast (R-FL), issued the following statement regarding the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Brian Mast said: “As the Republican candidate to be the next Congressman from Florida’s 18th District, I am proud to support and endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States. And, as someone who has sacrificed and served this country on the battlefield and in war zones, I agree with Trump’s veterans’ plan that exhibits the type of “anytime and anywhere care” needed for our veterans.”

“I stand with my district and fellow Floridians in getting out the vote to make Donald J. Trump the 45th President of the United States,” Mast continued. Mr. Trump’s stance on veteran healthcare is one of the biggest issues affecting my district. These issues are near to my heart and I look forward to working with the future President Trump when the good people of Florida elect me to the 115th Congress in January of 2017. ”


 
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Jul 19, 2016When Your Spouse Won't Let You Retire
I can't begin to tell you how common it is when I am working with a retiring couple, going through their retirement income plan, and it becomes apparent that the elephant in the room is not whether they have enough assets to retire on comfortably. It is rather - can they live with each other if they are both home together all day?
Let's face it; retirement is a drastic lifestyle change! It is a new chapter in people's lives that takes some getting used to. Habitual daily schedules get disrupted and many times the mere thought of how this will affect each partner's lifestyle can be a tremendous source of anxiety.
Most retirement questions are financially related, such as: How will we make up for the loss of income? When should we take Social Security? Other times the questions have nothing to do with the financial equation and relate more to the social or lifestyle changes that will occur. Questions like - Do I really want him around the house all day? Or, will she approve of my weekly golf obsession?
Retirement planning can be more than just a financial issue. It's also a social issue that must be talked about openly if it's going to be a successful transition. Many times the help of a caring and understanding financial advisor can help to draw the social or relational issues out on the table for discussion. When the chemistry is good, the presence of an unbiased 3rd party in the room can have an alleviating effect on both spouses and actually help move each other towards a consensus. Anyone who is married knows that convincing a spouse, in one's own words, is sometimes to no avail. A good financial advisor - that is worth his weight in salt - knows how to be the advocate of both spouses. This intangible quality or ability, I believe, is one of our highest and best uses.
Because of advances in healthcare, it's possible that you and your spouse could spend up to 30 years in retirement! Not only does this epiphany make it essential that you have an understanding of your financial ability to retire, it also makes it equally as important that you and your spouse are on the same page relationally for this new chapter in your lives.
For more information on Retirement Planning visit our website or contact us for an appointment.


T. Payton Collins, CRPC®
Wealth Management Advisor
PCC Financial Advisors, LLC
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Jul 19, 2016Martin County Classrooms Need Your Help
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Your sponsorship will help to offset the costs associated with making these programs possible for all students and teachers in Martin County public schools.

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Jul 19, 2016STATE BOARD MEMBER VISITS SUMMER READING CAMP
Stuart, FL –The Martin County School District was pleased to host State Board of Education member, Michael Olenick, to Martin County on Friday, July 8. Mr. Olenick along with Superintendent Laurie Gaylord and Deputy Superintendent Ginger Featherstone were able to visit the Summer Reading Camp being held at Crystal Lake Elementary.

“We were honored to have Mr. Olenick visit our Summer Reading Camp. The students have worked hard this summer and it was valuable to visit their classrooms and observe their development over the past four weeks. We are delighted anytime we are able to host someone from the state level to showcase the important work being done by our students, teachers and administrators,” says Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent.

The Summer Reading Camp was held for students in first and third grades. The Florida Department of Education requires third grade summer reading camp for students scoring Level one on the English Language Arts portion of the Florida Standards Assessment. Third grade students are given additional time and intensive instruction to address reading deficiencies. The third grade camp concludes with the administration of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills to assist in student progression decisions.. This year, the District offered a first grade camp to students who would benefit from additional time and instruction in the area of phonics, phonological awareness and oral language. Literacy coaches helped to determine criteria and curriculum to ensure greater success in the area of phonological awareness and phonics. Approximately, 200 students participated in the camp.



 
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Jul 19, 2016Stacey Hetherington - for State Committeewoman
I am pleased to announce, at the urging of local leaders, I am seeking to represent you as your next Republican State Committeewoman for Martin County in the upcoming primary election on Aug. 30. Many of you may not be aware of the State Committeewoman's role or even that it is an elected position in the primary. Every county in the state has a committeewoman position to act as the party's liaison throughout the state. As your committeewoman, I will bring a unifying voice to the party in these times of evolution and change.

I chose to run because I believe now is a crucial time for our party and I am concerned for the future of my sons. The Republican Party is the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. It's a party that has been made great by people who believe in the strong conservative principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and protection of our Constitutional rights. I believe that unity must begin at home with teaching our children our principles.
As a native of Martin County, I have always been engaged in our community. I will bring the following qualifications to represent you:
• Graduated University of Florida with a BS in Journalism and Public Relations.
• 20 years of experience on the Treasure Coast as a marketing professional.
• Florida Licensed Realtor at Sailfish Realty
• Member of the Republican Executive Committee
• Board member of Healthy Start Coalition of Martin County
• Members of FL Shore and Beach Preservation Association, Associated General Contractors, FL Marine Contractors and RPAC chair of the Realtors Assoc. of Martin County.
This is a pivotal time for our county and our country, and I would be honored to represent you as State Committewoman and humbly ask for your vote On Aug. 30.
Best Regards,
Stacey Hetherington

For more information on Stacey Hetherington's candidacy for State Committeewoman, call 7722630025, email hetheringtonstacey@gmail.com


 
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Jul 18, 2016Commissioner Anne Scott to host town hall meeting in Hobe Sound July 20
The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 hosted by Martin County District 3 Commissioner Anne Scott. The Commissioner invites residents and business owners to have an open discussion and address any issues they feel she should know about. The town hall meeting will be held:
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Hobe Sound Community Center
8980 S.E. Olympus St. in Hobe Sound
5:30 p.m. (followed by the Neighborhood Advisory Committee meeting at 6:00 p.m.)

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. If you would like additional information regarding this meeting, please call 772-221-2357 or email Sherilyn Scraders at sscrader@martin.fl.us.


 
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Jul 18, 2016Martin County receives results from water quality tests
Martin County has received results from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry on July 14, 2016. The results indicate that on July 5, 2016 there were microcystin toxins at high levels at four locations in Martin County. The sites were Leighton Park in Palm City, a marina in North Stuart, Central Marine in Rio, and Sandsprit Park. Martin County officials are not surprised by these results, this is what we anticipated. Hobe Sound and Bathtub Reef Beach were also sampled, and no toxins were detected. The samples were taken by Coastal Eco-Group Inc. under contract to Martin County in areas where algae has accumulated in high densities.
Martin County conducted this monitoring as an additional investigation on the state of our local waters. This supplements the ongoing monitoring by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Research Institute. Martin County continues to rely on the State's monitoring efforts as a primary source of information to help protect and inform our citizens.

Martin County has conducted air quality tests and results are pending.

Martin County continues to advise residents to avoid contact with the water if algae is present. For more information on water conditions, visit www.martin.fl.us.


 
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Jul 18, 2016“Dancing with the Martin Stars” is coming back, bigger and better than ever!
Julia Sansevere, Realtor at Coldwell Banker in Stuart for 11 years, honored to be named Martin County’s Realtor of the Year for 2015, has now been doubly honored by being asked to be a “Dancing Star” in the 2016 production of “Dancing with the Martin Stars”, Healthy Start Coalition’s major fundraiser that is now in its sixth successful year. The show is always a sellout, and with a larger than ever cast this year of 9 dancing couples, tickets will surely go fast, so be sure to get your tickets as soon as they go on sale in late July at the Lyric Theatre which is where all the fun will be happening this year on September 24, at 7 PM.
Martin County Healthy Start’s mission is to ensure that all babies in Martin County are born healthy. The agency works to guarantee that all pregnant moms enter prenatal care during their first trimester. Once born, the agency will work with the child until 3 years of age; thus helping to provide a “healthy start” for all babies. Eligibility is based on the mother and child’s risk factors, not on income.
The winning “Star” will be determined not only on their dance performance, but by how much money they raise for this worthwhile cause through ticket sales, sponsorships, program ads and direct donations. In other words, you will be “voting” for Julia to win with every dollar that you donate on her behalf. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Julia says, “Vote! And vote often!” as she would appreciate all the “votes” she can get so she can WIN on behalf of all the babies in Martin County.
Donations can be made online at www.mchealthystart.org or by checks written out to Martin County Healthy Start Coalition, and sent to 101 SE Central Pkwy, Stuart, FL 34994.
If you’re a Facebooker, please “Like” and “Share” her Facebook Page – Julia Sansevere, Dancing with the Martin Stars. Check out her frequent video posts and updates on her dancing adventures, learning the Latin Hustle with her professional dance partner, Eliott Acosta. Use #DancingForBabies to find her postings and help her “go viral”.


 
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Jul 18, 2016New Radio Show Host in Town!
Julia Sansevere, at Coldwell Banker in Stuart for 11 years, Realtor of the Year for Martin County 2015, and selected to be a “Dancing Star” in “Dancing with the Martin Stars” for 2016, is delighted to announce she has added hosting a radio show to her repertoire, in support of the “Dancing with the Stars” event. The title of her show is “The Martin County Difference with Julia Sansevere, Your Dancing Realtor!” Her first broadcast aired on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 to rave reviews and will air every Wednesday 7-8 PM on 1450-AM throughout the summer. It is simulcast live via the studio webcam on www.wstu1450.com and can be viewed online any time after airing.
Her program’s focus will be to highlight what that “difference” is in “The Martin County Difference”. She believes it is the PEOPLE and organizations who give so freely of their time and talent to make it a better place for all. Julia says, “I’ve got an exciting list of guests lined up in the coming weeks who certainly more than qualify and play an integral role in our ‘Martin County Difference’,”
It’s a fast-paced fun-filled hour of casual conversation consisting of information about her guest’s organizations and their events and projects and how they help the community, a section devoted to “Dancing with the Martin Stars”, and last but not least, a real estate section with tips and information on issues that are important to home buyers and sellers.
With all the negative things happening in our world, it’s refreshing to have a program that focuses on the good that people are doing in our community that gives it its “difference.” Tune in Wednesdays, 7-8 PM on WSTU-AM 1450 for an uplifting hour that will entertain you and inform you about our wonderful county and meet the people who are the unsung heroes, making Martin County a great place to live.


 
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Jul 18, 2016Humane Society invites public to participate in Pup Crawl
Treasure Coast Kickball is hosting the second annual Pup Crawl to benefit the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. at Spoto’s Oyster Bar, 131 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart, on Sat., Aug. 6, and will continue through 10 p.m. For $20, participants 21 years and older will gain VIP access to four bars in the downtown district. This includes a free domestic draft beer, house wine or well drink at each stop along the way. Raffles and contests will take place throughout the evening.
The Pup Crawl begins at Spoto’s and then heads to Sneaki Tiki, Crafted Keg and then ends at Terra Fermata. This year’s event is dog-friendly but dogs must remain on lead and the owner must be responsible for their pet at all times.
Two people lead the crowd and participants stay at each restaurant for about an hour.
“The Pup Crawl is a great way to socialize with friends while supporting a great cause,” said Community Events Manager Courtney Zanetti. “We hold a 50/50 raffle and also give away prizes for those best dressed appropriately to the theme – The Stuart Olympians.”
The Pup Crawl is sponsored by Spoto’s Oyster Bar, Sneaki Tiki, Crafted Keg, Terra Fermata, Intox-Detox and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
For more information, call Courtney Zanetti at (772) 600-3211.


 
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Jul 18, 2016SFWMD Helps Florida Bay

Today, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) submitted a request to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to expedite one of several authorizations necessary to immediately implement a plan to start restoring Florida Bay.
The improvements will double the flow of water directly into Taylor Slough by as much as 6.5 billion gallons more freshwater per year. The additional water reaching the bay during dry season and wet season meets stringent water quality standards. These actions will be the first steps to help save the bay by reducing salinity levels and promoting the recovery of seagrasses killed during a severe drought in 2015.
Required features of the plan include:
• Connecting two canals to directly deposit water through the L-31 West Canal into Taylor Slough.
• Sending additional water through the S-328 structure into the L-31 West Canal directly to the headwaters of Taylor Slough.
• Rebuilding a levee and weir and adding plugs along the L-31 West Canal to encourage the flow of more water towards Taylor Slough. This will also keep more water in Everglades National Park.
• Removing flapgates at the S-332i Pump Station to promote more flow.
Supplemental features of the plan that will also help deliver water include:
• Installing several plugs in the L-31 West Canal to reduce drainage from Everglades National Park and to promote overland flow of water into Taylor Slough.
• Modifying a weir at the S-332D structure to promote overland flow of water to the detention area into headwaters of Taylor Slough.
• Increasing the pumping capacity at S-199 and S-200 pump stations, which will send more water flowing towards Taylor Slough and Everglades National Park, ultimately reaching Florida Bay.
• Removing vegetation to increase the quantity of water flowing through the detentions areas into Taylor Slough.
Some of the improvements require Corps permitting. Today, the SFWMD requested the authorization to degrade about 250 feet of a weir to allow more water to flow through the S-332D Detention Area into Taylor Slough. Click here to read the letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requesting permits to begin helping Florida Bay. All of the proposed improvements will cost the SFWMD less than $3.3 million and could be completed before the start of the next dry season in November if the Corps approves the necessary permits quickly.

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Randy Smith | rrsmith@sfwmd.gov | Office: 561-682-2800 | Cell: 561-389-3386



 
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Jul 18, 2016Come out to the 9th Annual Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup


Summer is in full swing and so are the organizers of the 9th Annual Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup. "Being Green, not seeing green," is the moto for this year's event. This summer's cleanup effort is conducted by the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast (MIATC) and sponsored by the Florida Inland Navigation District. "Since 2007, we have engaged more than 6,700 volunteers, who together have removed more than 66 tons of trash from the waterways of Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties,' says Event Coordinator, April Price. "Last year we saw our largest number of volunteers (1,165), who combined, removed 6.75 tons of trash.




The counties and municipalities of the Treasure Coast will proclaim July 17th-23rd, as Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup Week. This designation takes on a special meaning this year due to water quality issues. "This is not the first time we've dealt with algae blooms," says Price. "I am fielding many phone calls asking if our cleanup will be canceled and the answer is "No". We have protocols in place and will evaluate each site on Monday (July 18th), prior to the cleanup, to determine what sites we will need to abandon this year. Volunteers who registered for those sites will be directed to new locations. We will be notifying folks via phone, email and Facebook.

This year's volunteers will receive an event t-shirt. Watercraft participants will also receive a commemorative burgee. Volunteers will be recognized at a "Thank You BBQ" on a Sunday in August (the date to be announced). To register, just go to www.TCWaterwayCleanup.com or show up at one of our designated sites on the day of the cleanup. The event runs from 8:00am-12:30pm.

"There are several coastal cleanups that take place throughout the Treasure



Coast which are vital to the health of our beaches and shore line. However, this cleanup specifically concentrates on the waterways, spoil islands and area canals," says Steve Haigis, Marina Manager of Loggerhead Marina and past president MIATC. "This is our chance to involve the entire Treasure Coast community in an industry that is vital to our economic well-being. We get to give back and educate folks on the importance of keeping our waterways clean."

For more information regarding our sponsors, or to view photos, visit the web site at www.tcwaterwaycleanup.com or contact April Price, (772) 285-1646.


 
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Jul 18, 2016Brightline, city attorney and Garlic Fest updates

Jul 12th 2016


All Aboard coming aboard

Residents of Boca Raton and Delray Beach now can see that Brightline is coming.

Brightline is the passenger train service that is scheduled to begin operating in mid-2017 between Miami and West Palm Beach. Eventually, the company plans to expand service to Orlando. Thirty-two trains—16 each way—will run on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks.

For that to happen, the company must install a second track, as happened on the CSX corridor to accommodate the Tri-Rail commuter line. You can see the double-

tracking work all along the line in Boca and Delray. Even if the work appears to be complete, however, it may not be. Once the rails are positioned, they must be threaded.

With the double-tracking are coming upgrades at grade crossings. When complete, the upgrades will prevent drivers from crossing when the gates are down. Engineers thus won’t have to blow their horns, creating what planners call a “quiet zone” between West Palm Beach and Miami.

The work will require closings. The crossing at Hidden Valley Boulevard in northern Boca was closed from last Friday until Monday. The crossing at Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach will be closed from Sunday until Thursday. Other closings this month will be Northwest 28th Street and Northeast Second Street in Boca Raton and Southeast Second Street in Delray Beach. More closings in both cities will come in August.

A spokeswoman for All Aboard Florida, Brightline’s parent company, said 60 percent of the double-tracking and grade-crossing work between Miami and West Palm Beach is complete. There are 12 crossings in Delray and 10 in Boca. The spokeswoman said All Aboard Florida expects to finish the work in “a few months.”

The company has to obtain permits from cities for work at each crossing, which means that both sides must approve agreements for each project. According to a Boca Raton spokeswoman, coordination is now happening more quickly. The cities want to make sure that residents have as much notice as possible.

All Aboard Florida is paying to upgrade the crossings. The spokeswoman notes that under current agreements between the rail owner—Florida East Coast Industries— and the cities, the cities would be financing the improvements. Cities will pay to maintain the crossings. That’s a fair deal, given the complaints Boca and Delray officials have heard from residents about the new, louder horns on freight trains that will be silent once the company finishes the upgrades.

Obviously, cities also will have to deal with 32 more train crossings and gate closings each day, though the closings likely won’t last more than a minute. The main opposition to Brightline has come from north of West Palm Beach, where residents see only hassle from the service, not benefits. In this area, though, there is optimism that Brightline will bring a very big benefit. Here’s an update:

Brightline benefits

That benefit is commuter rail on the FEC, which the double tracking will allow. Planners wanted to begin Tri-Rail in the eastern corridor when the service began in 1989, but the FEC then was uninterested.

Tri-Rail has been reasonably successful—the Boca Raton station is the busiest on the Miami-Mangonia Park network—but many stations are too far from large employers and/or don’t have adequate shuttle bus service. Again, Boca is an exception. Employers even help pay for the service to and from the Yamato Road station.

The FEC line, however, goes through historic downtowns in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and cities to the south. It goes through Boca Raton’s new, developing downtown. South Florida’s many urban condos and apartments have created a new market for mass transit. That appeal likely will grow once the Florida Department of Transportation extends toll lanes on Interstate 95 north through Broward County and to Linton Boulevard.

Palm Beach County Commissioner and former Boca Raton Mayor Steven Abrams chairs the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which operates Tri-Rail. The project to start a second commuter line is called the Coastal Link. It would run between Miami and Jupiter. Abrams told me that the agency and Florida East Coast Industries “want it to happen,” which will mean overcoming “obstacles.”

Happily, the parties have overcome one obstacle. Agreements finalized this year will enable Tri-Rail to connect with Brightline’s station in Miami. Seven groups had to approve that $70 million deal.

The service also will require two crossovers—in Pompano Beach and West Palm Beach—between the CSX and FEC tracks. Past West Palm Beach, the CSX tracks run to the northwest. Abrams said money for both has been designated through a federal grant.

One major obstacle, Abrams said, is the New River Bridge in Fort Lauderdale. It doesn’t have the capacity for the new service. Critics of Brightline also say the new bridge closings for the 32 trains will harm Fort Lauderdale’s high-end yacht industry. The bridge’s normal position is raised. There must be a new bridge.

The other big challenge, of course, is money. Abrams said cars actually are the easiest to finance. The big-ticket items would be operations and maintenance. Tri-Rail also would have to pay what Abrams calls “an access fee” to use the tracks, as it pays to use the CSX tracks.

For now, plans are for 28 stations on the Coastal Link. The tentative location in Boca Raton is Northeast Second Street near the downtown library. That site is a quick walk from City Hall, Mizner Park and other downtown points, though building there might displace the community garden east of the library.

Not surprisingly, planners envision the Delray Beach station to be near Atlantic Avenue. Neither city has done any formal study on a station site, though officials in both cities support the Coastal Link. Abrams said the expectation is that cities “would help pay” for the stations.

Despite those obstacles, the sentiment is that the Coastal Link will happen, perhaps by 2020 for the whole system with service between Miami and northern Dade County starting sooner. So when you see those new sections of rail, know that the work could be part of a profound change in how we get around.

CRA and city project sharing

Before tonight’s Delray Beach City Commission meeting, the commission will hold another in its series of meetings with the Community Redevelopment Agency. The topic at the 4:30 p.m. workshop again will be how much money the CRA can contribute toward projects in the city’s next budget and the city’s capital improvement plan.

City Manager Don Cooper said in an email, “We will be discussing the CRA sharing (their portion) of a very extensive (capital improvement plan) which will occur over multiple years. . .” Last week, I reported that the plan comes to $250 million over 12 years. Cooper said the amount is correct, but that the work could last longer, given the city’s big backlog.

Cooper also said, “The discussion may focus on the request (from the city) to fund the tennis tournament.” As Cooper notes, that would be “a major change from previous requests.” I don’t know if this one will happen, but the commission continues to push for major changes in the financial relationship between the city and the CRA.

City attorney

At its regular meeting, the Delray commission probably will approve the proposal for firms and individuals seeking to be city attorney. Based on last week’s discussion the proposal will state a preference for firms that have an office in Palm Beach County or will have one when the firm starts work. The deadline for applications will be Sept. 9.

To judge from that discussion, the commission remains divided on whether to hire a firm or try again to hire an individual. Mayor Carey Glickstein and Commissioner Jordana Jarjura, both lawyers, remain skeptical that a firm could provide quality work for the same price or better. Glickstein said such a hybrid approach —the city has three lawyers on staff, and openings for the top job and another assistant—remains “a steep climb for me.” Mitch Katz and Shelly Petrolia remain more open to hiring a firm. The commission’s third lawyer, Al Jacquet, may be the swing vote. If he shows up.

New home fro Garlic Fest

Two days after telling the Delray Beach City Commission that she would not seek to hold Garlic Fest downtown next February, Nancy Stewart-Franczak announced that Garlic Fest would move to John Prince Park west of Lake Worth. The dates will be the same as Stewart-Franczak wanted in Delray: Feb.10-12.

As breakups go, it doesn’t rise to the level of Dwyane Wade leaving the Miami Heat for the Chicago Bulls, but it may come to represent a milestone for Delray Beach.

Garlic Fest is moving because the commission believed that Delray Beach has become successful enough to say no, even if that risked losing a popular event. Garlic Fest could have asked for a different date, but Stewart-Franczak chose not to do so.

City Manager Don Cooper said in an email, “We tried working with (Festival Management Group) to find a suitable location on Congress (Avenue) and other areas within the city.” Delray wants to encourage redevelopment of Congress. But organizers and property owners couldn’t work out a deal.

At least week’s meeting, the commission heard from a man who said he has been a vendor at Garlic Fest. Cancellation of the event would mean losing 10 percent of his income. The man, however, lives in Loxahatchee. The commission asked for a stricter special events policy on behalf of those who live in Delray Beach and believe that festivals have squeezed them out.

Nor do commissioners or administrators have to apologize for Delray “losing” Garlic Fest. The city included Stewart-Franczak in discussions of the new policy. Commissioner Jordana Jarjura tried to give Stewart-Franczak a one-time exception to the new policy so she could hold Garlic Fest downtown next February. Stewart-Franczak didn’t reciprocate to what Commissioner Shelly Petrolia called “olive branch after olive branch.”

For all the rancor, this breakup could work out. Delray Beach could gain more control of downtown during event season, and Garlic Fest could thrive at a new location. Endings can lead to beginnings.

 
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Jul 18, 2016LeadingAge Florida Member Earns First Gold Seal Award
LeadingAge Florida member, The Commons at Orlando Lutheran Towers, received its first prestigious Gold Seal Award from the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care.

LeadingAge Florida President & CEO Steve Bahmer congratulated the first-time awardee for consistently applying the highest standards of care to the residents they serve. “I would like commend The Commons at Orlando Lutheran Towers for achieving this honor. Recipients of the Governor's Gold Seal Award provide exceptional service to seniors. The Gold Seal honors the best in nursing home care, and I congratulate The Commons at Orlando Lutheran Towers on their first recognition for this tremendous accomplishment.”

The Gold Seal Award recognizes nursing homes for providing the best Long-term care in the state. The Governor’s Gold Seal Award honors communities that demonstrate the highest standards of quality of life and care for their residents.


 
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Jul 18, 2016Martin County launches interactive financial transparency platform
Martin County has launched a new digital platform powered by OpenGov that provides residents, elected officials, and staff unprecedented access to the County's finances and performance information. The OpenGov platform transforms complex financial data into an interactive, digital format that enables better analysis and understanding of the County's finances. The intuitive design makes it easier to explore how taxpayer money is collected. The platform may be accessed at https://www.martin.fl.us/financial-transparency or direct from Martin County's homepage at www.martin.fl.us.

The OpenGov platform displays government spending and revenue detail in a user-friendly portal. Users can view historical revenue and expenditure trends over time and explore multiple views of financial data, including by fund, department, expense, or revenue type. The data can be instantly searched and filtered according to specific detail such as vendor name, date description and even dollar amount.

County Administrator Taryn Kryzda led the initiative to make the County's finances more transparent and understandable. "By making our financial data easily accessible in an intuitive, digital format, Martin County is demonstrating our commitment to not just efficient, but transparent, data-driven and open government."

Martin County joins a growing list of more than 1,000 leading cities, counties, state agencies, school systems, and special districts across the country that leverage OpenGov technology.


 
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Jul 15, 2016Moving Water South Into Florida Bay


SFWMD Governing Board Approves Operational Plan to Help Ecosystem in Need


The plan will deliver more water through Taylor Slough to balance salinity and help seagrasses in Florida Bay
West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today approved an innovative plan to deliver more fresh water to Florida Bay.

The changes are estimated to double flow of water into the headwaters of Taylor Slough by as much as 6.5 billion gallons more freshwater per year on average that would reach the thirsty bay. This will help save the bay by reducing salinity levels and promoting the recovery of seagrasses killed during a severe drought in the summer of 2015. The plan involves using canals, weirs, pump stations and other structures to promote direct flow into Taylor Slough and sheet flow through the S-332D Detention Area into the slough, which connects to Florida Bay.

"We will put water where it is desperately needed to help this delicate and rare ecosystem recover from the impact of last year's drought in Florida Bay," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Daniel O'Keefe. "These solutions, devised by our world class innovative staff, will become a major part of saving the bay. This is a win for Monroe County, a win for the environment and a win for all Floridians."

The improvements, some of which require permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will cost the SFWMD between $1.8 million and $3.3 million and could be completed before the start of the next dry season in November.

Required features of the plan include::
• Connecting a flow way from the S-200 Pump Station to the L-31 West Canal to send more water towards Taylor Slough.
• Rebuilding a levee and weir and adding plugs along the L-31 West Canal to encourage the flow of more water towards Taylor Slough. This will also keep more water in Everglades National Park.
• Removing flapgates at the S-332i Pump Station to promote more flow.
• Pump additional water through the S-328 structure into the L-31 West Canal reaching Taylor Slough.
Supplemental features of the plan that will also help deliver more water include:
• Installing several plugs in the L-31 West Canal to reduce seepage from Everglades National Park and the S-332D Pump Station into the C-111 Canal and to promote overland flow of water into Taylor Slough.
• Modifying a weir at the S-332D structure to promote overland flow of water to the headwaters of Taylor Slough.
• Increasing the pumping capacity at S-199 and S-200 pump stations, which will send more water flowing towards Taylor Slough, the Aerojet Canal and Everglades National Park, ultimately, reaching Florida Bay.
• Removing vegetation to increase the amount of water flowing through the detentions areas into Taylor Slough.
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Media Contact:
Randy Smith | rrsmith@sfwmd.gov | Office: 561-682-2800 | Cell: 561-389-3386







The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.


 
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Jul 15, 2016Martin County launches interactive financial transparency platform
Martin County launches interactive financial transparency platform

Martin County has launched a new digital platform powered by OpenGov that provides residents, elected officials, and staff unprecedented access to the County's finances and performance information. The OpenGov platform transforms complex financial data into an interactive, digital format that enables better analysis and understanding of the County's finances. The intuitive design makes it easier to explore how taxpayer money is collected. The platform may be accessed at https://www.martin.fl.us/financial-transparency or direct from Martin County's homepage at www.martin.fl.us.

The OpenGov platform displays government spending and revenue detail in a user-friendly portal. Users can view historical revenue and expenditure trends over time and explore multiple views of financial data, including by fund, department, expense, or revenue type. The data can be instantly searched and filtered according to specific detail such as vendor name, date description and even dollar amount.

County Administrator Taryn Kryzda led the initiative to make the County's finances more transparent and understandable. "By making our financial data easily accessible in an intuitive, digital format, Martin County is demonstrating our commitment to not just efficient, but transparent, data-driven and open government."

Martin County joins a growing list of more than 1,000 leading cities, counties, state agencies, school systems, and special districts across the country that leverage OpenGov technology.



 
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Jul 15, 2016Herbert Hoover Dike Repair and Rehabilitation
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Media Relations, South Florida Water Management District
DATE: 7/14/16
SUBJECT: Herbert Hoover Dike Repair and Rehabilitation





The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board today unanimously approved a resolution advising the U.S. Congress to appropriate emergency funding necessary to complete repair and rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee as soon as possible. With emergency funding to accelerate the last half of long-needed dike repairs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be able to store more water in the lake and reduce harmful discharges into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries that have contributed to massive algae blooms.
• Read the full Resolution No. 2016 - 0711
http://www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xrepository/sfwmd_repository_pdf/gb_resolution_2016_0711.pdf

Media Contact:
Randy Smith | rrsmith@sfwmd.gov | Office: 561-682-2800 | Cell: 561-389-3386





 
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Jul 15, 2016Memo: Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee Cleanup Initiative
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Media Relations, South Florida Water Management District
DATE: 7/14/16
SUBJECT: Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee Cleanup Initiative





The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board today unanimously approved a resolution encouraging the Florida Legislature to adopt Gov. Scott's proposed Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee Cleanup Initiative. This voluntary 50/50 matching grant program will encourage Floridians with septic tanks to either replace faulty units or connect with sewer systems in order to curb pollution that is currently fueling algae blooms.

• Read the full Resolution No. 2016 - 0712
http://www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xrepository/sfwmd_repository_pdf/gb_resolution_2016_0712.pdf

Media Contact:
Randy Smith | rrsmith@sfwmd.gov | Office: 561-682-2800 | Cell: 561-389-3386







The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.


 
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Jul 15, 2016Arts Outreach for Children: Catch the Wave of Hope!
Catch the Wave of Hope!

Bringing restoration of self esteem, life skills, creativity, & opportunity


Catch the Wave of Hope is a program through Visionary School of Arts that is completely unique in it's ability to reach youth who have been abused, trafficked or underprivileged. Through fine art, life coaching and demonstration, tremendous teaching and training is not only possible...it truly works!. Documented positive impact is growing as this program expands to go into poor neighborhoods, homes for trafficked children, young women, and abused children.

Current Programs since 2012:

2012 to present: Award winning Banner Lake Club Fine Art Program teaching elementary age children from poor neighborhoods a full scale fine art semester course and summer program in drawing, painting, sculpting and more. Full scholarship and transportation to Visionary School of Arts for one student per year.

Singapore 2015: 12 day art events ,murals and working with children to raise funds for Dayspring, Home for Abused Girls in Singapore

Belize Home for Trafficked girls 2016 / Fine art program implemented for residents with life skill training

North Carolina Home for Trafficked girls 2016 Fine Art Program implemented for residents with life skill training

Martin Girls Academy 2016: Mural project with fine art training and life skill training of 30 girls ages 13-20 (many have been trafficked and abused. They have all committed crimes) Documented improvement and impact is underway

Rescue and relocation for abused women and their children since 2001 / Life Skill Training with Inner Healing programs

Community events and large scale murals to raise awareness and funding

As the Executive Director of a non-profit cultural organization that schedules speaker events, ten months ago the thought would not have crossed my mind that I would be working with abused and trafficked girls today. However, opportunities came my way as a part of the Catch the Wave team.

Lynne Barletta was invited this year to complete a large mural through the Florida Council of Crime and Delinquency on behalf of Martin Girls Academy in Stuart, FL, a Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) prison for girls. Many of the girls have been trafficked and most have been abused. I have joined her as part of the Catch the Wave team teaching life principles, drawing and painting to the girls at MGA.

I was invited to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize July 3 - 9, 2016 to share a message of transformation with abused girls.

I left home with a huge suitcase to check, and two good size carry ons. My checked bag had six of Lynne Barletta's beautiful artwork, which she donated to the SHINE program, which stands for Shaping Healthy Identities through Nurturing and Empowerment.
I came to the island to work with a home for trafficked girls. There are times that the staff there is under threat of attack from those who make their living by human trafficking.

I taught the girls to draw with the right side of their brain upside down. It was thrilling to see what they had completed. They were in awe and the walls around their hearts came down. I was able to immediately speak to them about making good decisions, not following their emotions, (DECISIONS MAKE BETTER LEADERS THAN FEELINGS) letting God transform them by hard work and speaking positive words into their lives (WORDS HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE.)

We sometimes went out in the town and one night we went to a place for smoothies. A woman whose name is Alexis, approached us selling jewelry. To me, she looked to be 45 years old, but she is only 20. One of the team members asked her about scars on her wrists. She said a man tied her with a rope, raped her repeatedly, then threw her in the bushes when he was done with her. I asked if the man had been prosecuted, her response was that the police are corrupt there and nothing was done. Sadly this is often the case in other countries as well. In the United States, It is shocking that the AVERAGE age of a prostitute is a mere 13 years old.
I was able to leave about 5 bags of items with her, including almost all of my clothes that I went with, plus bless her with funds to continue what she is doing. She has to raise her own support, and it was my joy to help her.





I know that there is great work to be done to not only bring awareness to what is happening to this younger generation. I am one person that has raised my hand and said whatever I can do, I am willing to do it. I am especially amazed going into the Martin County Girls Academy, seeing their countenance change in the two hours that we are there. They go from looking very sad, to huge smiles on their faces and their self-confidence soaring!

Barbara Anderson
Executive Director of Palm Beach Round Table
Board Member Visionary School of Arts / Visionary Centers International


Donate now to Catch the Wave of Hope :
at visionaryschoolof-arts.org
We have many outreaches planned in 2017!



 
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Jul 15, 2016Florida Chamber Foundation: Environmental Permitting Summer School Only a Few Days Away!
Environmental Permitting Summer School Only a Few Days Away


Florida Chamber Foundation Environmental Permitting Summer School
July 19-22, 2016
Marriott World Center, Orlando

There are only a few days left to register for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 30th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, in Orlando. Don't miss this opportunity to receive the latest instruction available with 75 unique course offerings taught by over 300 of Florida's top experts on the environment, energy and growth management. https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?OID=130&EID=ATTE95E

Register today to enjoy numerous opportunities to network with the leadership of Florida’s environmental community. https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?OID=130&EID=ATTE95E


 
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Jul 15, 2016SFWMD Approves Construction to Store More Water at Ten Mile Creek Reservoir in St. Lucie County
The project also cleans water for the St. Lucie River and Estuary

West Palm Beach, FL - The Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District this week approved a construction contract to repair the Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area and increase its capacity to provide water storage and treatment for the St. Lucie River and Estuary.

"Fixing the Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area is what we mean when we say existing projects must get done," said SFWMD Governing Board Vice Chairman Kevin Powers. "It is the only way to ensure years of planning become the necessary water storage and treatment to benefit our community."

SFWMD made initial repairs and began using the problem-plagued, long-idle federal facility during the 2015 wet season to provide some storage, holding one foot of water at the site. This year, SFWMD took full control of the project in May. Construction repairs to reduce seepage and boost the security of the reservoir embankment will increase the project's capacity to store water from one to four feet.

Once repairs are complete, the project will provide significant benefits, including:
• Improving the timing and quality of freshwater flowing into the North Fork of the St. Lucie River
• Providing timely water supply
• Assist in reducing flooding during high rainfall events
With an investment of $5.8 million, which was significantly under budget, the project is scheduled for completion in June 2017 at the beginning of the wet season. Once complete, the 526-acre reservoir will be able to hold 2,500 acre-feet of water.

Background:
The Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area is located at the outlet of the 30,682-acre Ten Mile Creek Drainage Basin in St. Lucie County, situated immediately south of State Road 70 and west of the I-95-Florida's Turnpike intersection. The project was designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2006 to improve the timing and volume of water deliveries to the North Fork of the St. Lucie River by capturing, storing and treating stormwater runoff from the Ten Mile Creek Basin. The project was a failure, subject to litigation and placed into SFWMD control by Congress in 2015.

Secondary benefits of the project included reduction of fine sediment and nutrients flowing to the St. Lucie River, increased freshwater recharge into the aquifer and capability to make releases back to Ten Mile Creek for water supply when needed.

Timeline:
• 1996: Project was authorized by Congress as a joint effort between SFWMD and the Corps budgeted to cost up to $50 million.
• 2006: Construction was completed by the Corps.
o During operational testing, design and construction deficiencies were identified that rendered the project unsafe for operation.
o The project remained non-operational for several years while court proceedings took place. Eventually, the Corps settled the case and received money from the contractor who built the project.
• August 2014: SFWMD asked to take control of the facility and make repairs so that the project could start providing benefits to the community.
• June 2015: SFWMD was authorized by the Corps to make improvements to store one foot of water at the site to provide benefits while the request to take over the project was pending in Congress.
• December 2015: Following Congressional action, the president signed into law a bill that allowed the SFWMD to take control of the project. The District already owned the land.
• May 2016: SFWMD Governing Board formally took over the project and is moving forward with work to make it operational.
Media Contact:
Randy Smith | rrsmith@sfwmd.gov | Office: 561-682-2800 | Cell: 561-389-3386



 
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Jul 14, 2016SFWMD Continues Actions to Address Blue-Green Algae

Since Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency because of blue-green algal blooms in South Florida waterways, the South Florida Water Management District has been pursuing actions to address the impact of the blooms. These actions include storing additional water in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes north of Lake Okeechobee and Florida Power and Light Co. agreeing to the use of their cooling pond at the Martin Clean Energy Center for additional storage. The District is also timing releases based on tides into the West Palm Beach (C-51) Canal to give the Lake Worth Lagoon time to naturally dissipate any algae that may be contained in those releases.

The District is also implementing the Governor's executive order by accelerating the use of private properties to store additional water. The Florida Legislature and Gov. Scott appropriated approximately $47.8 million for that purpose last session.

A good example of a private landowner stepping forward to help with the state of emergency is Consolidated Citrus Limited Partnership, which has volunteered the use of its 1,700-acre Sunrise Grove property near the C-23 Canal in Martin County. Today, Consolidated Citrus began pumping in additional local stormwater that will be stored in the property's vast network of ditches. This will allow the storage of up to 1,000 acre-feet of water, keeping it out of the St. Lucie Estuary.

If drier conditions persist, Lake Okeechobee levels will continue to drop this week. Furthermore, the increased demand for water supply will allow for additional discharges of water. As of today, Lake Okeechobee's water level stands at 14.82 feet. A week ago the water level was more than an inch higher at 14.94 feet.

The District will continue to explore practical operational steps that can be taken to address the algal blooms. In addition, the District is continuing to sample waterways as it has been doing and is coordinating with other state agencies that are responsible for algae response.
• For more information on the District's responses to blue-green algae and facts about algae please visit the District's website at http://sfwmd.link/AlgaeResponse.
• For information on the Department of Environmental Protections response to blue-green algae visit the DEP's website at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/bgalgae/index.htm.
• For more information about blue-green algae visit the Florida Department of Health's website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins/_documents/cyano-faqs-pio.pdf.


 
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Jul 14, 2016JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES LEAD GIFT TO BUILD DEDICATED PEDIATRIC WING IN EMERGENCY ROOM

Honda Classic Cares and Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation Provide Significant Gift to Improve Emergency Services for Families in Palm Beach County

Jupiter Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital announced today that a $1 million donation that the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation received from Honda Classic Cares will serve as the lead gift in development of a dedicated pediatric wing in the center’s emergency room.
The funds generated by Honda Classic Cares on behalf of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation are donated annually to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to advance pediatric care in the Palm Beach community. This year, Nicklaus Children’s has designated that the funds go to the Jupiter Medical Center pediatric emergency room project.
“We continue to reimagine the way we deliver health and wellness to our community each and every day, and it is partners like Honda Classic Cares, Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital that make this possible,” said Jupiter Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, John D. Couris. “We have provided emergency care to the children of our community since we opened our emergency room. Through our partnership with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital we added pediatric specialist consults in the ER using telehealth technology and dedicated pediatric emergency room doctors at peak hours. This new endeavor to build a dedicated pediatric unit in the emergency department will give families their own waiting area as well as eight pediatric treatment rooms with a child-friendly environment to reduce anxiety for our smallest patients.”

“The pediatric wing of the emergency room is the logical next step in the evolution of our commitment to the Palm Beach community and our partnership with Jupiter Medical Center to advance top-quality pediatric care in the region,” said Dr. Narendra Kini, CEO of Miami Children’s Health System, parent organization of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. “We are most grateful to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Honda Classic Cares for their continued support of our Nicklaus Children’s pediatric programs.”
The entire project will cost an estimated $5 million to construct. This generous $1 million commitment kicks off a campaign to raise funds to complete the project.
“The work that Jupiter Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s have done and continue to do dovetails with our true mission of giving back to children,” said Kenneth R. Kennerly, executive director, The Honda Classic. “The Honda Classic PGA TOUR event provides Palm Beach County with a premier and globally televised professional sporting event that raises millions of dollars each year that is donated to hundreds of community organizations and directly impacts the lives of local children. We’re thrilled to help families in Palm Beach County by supporting the expansion of Jupiter Medical Center’s pediatric services in their emergency room.”

Nearly three years ago, Jupiter Medical Center named Nicklaus Children’s Hospital its pediatric partner, and in February of this year, the De George Pediatric Unit opened. The unit features 12 inpatient rooms, two state-of-the-art pediatric surgery suites, pediatric therapeutic services, a children’s playroom, and a room for resting called the “Bear’s Den,” a name inspired by Jack Nicklaus, who is widely known as the “Golden Bear.” Patients benefit from the collaboration of local pediatricians, Jupiter Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, which work together to implement patient-centered care and proven pediatric clinical protocols.
“We were so proud to be a part of establishing the pediatric inpatient unit at Jupiter Medical Center earlier this year, and now we’re helping to ensure that families in our area who need pediatric emergency medical assistance can get the very best care, tailored to their needs,” golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara said in a shared statement. “The Honda Classic has been a source of pride and, in many ways, a gift to the communities in and around Palm Beach County. Now, through their continued generosity, they are giving the gift of improved pediatric care to the families in these communities.”
Since partnering with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Jupiter Medical Center has also implemented telehealth technology, enabling Nicklaus Children’s Hospital physicians to interact with Jupiter Medical Center’s physicians and patients remotely in order to review images, lab results and more as a means of enhancing treatment options. Additionally, Jupiter Medical Center has dedicated pediatric ER physicians during peak hours and also offers pediatric imaging services, pediatric inpatient and outpatient surgery services and pediatric therapy services.

A photo of the following is available upon request: Kenneth Kennerly, Executive Director, The Honda Classic; Patty McDonald, President and CEO, Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation; Jack and Barbara Nicklaus; Liv Vesely, President, Jupiter Medical Center Foundation; John Couris, President & CEO, Jupiter Medical Center; Lucy Morillo, President and CEO, Miami Children's Health Foundation; Nancy Humbert, Executive Vice President of Ambulatory Services & External Affiliations, Miami Children's Health System.


About Honda Classic Cares
The mission of Children's Health Care Charity is to contribute funds to South Florida 501(c)(3) organizations. Through our primary beneficiary Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, CHC supports activities that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders. We also support not-for-profit programs and projects aimed at pediatric health care and health-related services. More information about the excellent work of the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation can be found at www.nchcf.org.

About the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation
Jack and Barbara Nicklaus founded the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation in 2004, in an effort to provide families access to world-class pediatric healthcare in their own communities. Collaborating with pediatric hospitals across the country, the Foundation has made a tremendous impact by supporting innovative programs focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood illnesses. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly Miami Children’s Hospital) continues to be the main beneficiary. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.nchcf.org.

About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital – part of Miami Children’s Health System – is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 740 attending physicians and over 220 pediatric subspecialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016-17, by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.

About Miami Children’s Health System
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, part of Miami Children’s Health System, is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 740 attending physicians and over 220 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed nonprofit hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine and routinely has many programs ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. The organization has grown and evolved into the Miami Children's Health System (MCHS) which includes Miami Children's Health Foundation, the organization's 501c3 fundraising arm; a network of 10 nonprofit outpatient centers situated in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties; Pediatric Specialists of America, a nonprofit physician practice subsidiary; a management services organization, and an ambulatory surgery center, as well as an e-commerce line of children's wellness and safety products that support the hospital's mission of serving the region’s pediatric population. MCHS is the region’s only Health Care system exclusively for children.

About Jupiter Medical Center

A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.
Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,600 team members, 600 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top ten percent of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call 561-263-2234 or visit www.jupitermed.com


 
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Jul 14, 20162016 Best Places to Work in Martin County
Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, CPAs & Associates has been named one of the BEST PLACES TO WORK IN MARTIN COUNTY for 2016 by CareerSource Research Coast and its partners, the Business Development Board of Martin County, the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce and the Palm City Chamber of Commerce.

CareerSource Research Coast presented Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, P.A. with this award for excelling in the areas of employment attraction and retention at their twelfth annual prestigious award ceremony and luncheon on June 23rd.

The Best Places to Work is a national program that was developed to provide a confidential forum for local employers to participate in an evaluation of various local workplace best practices and programs. This program provides an opportunity for employers to compare themselves to other employers of a similar size in Martin County.

Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, P.A. is honored to have received this accolade for the second time since 2012 and will continue to set an example for workplace initiatives and best practices.

For more information on working for
Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal
visit our website at:
www.pcc-cpa.com/Firm-Profile/Careers


 
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Jul 14, 2016Providing Martin County students with the Tools for School
With an estimated 5830 students in Martin County needing assistance in preparing for the upcoming school year, House of Hope is partnering with local businesses, organizations and residents for its third annual Tools for School supply drive in fulfilling the needs of as many students as possible.

Nearly 6,000 individuals are assisted monthly by House of Hope with roughly one-third being children. To many of these households the rising expense of school supplies make them unattainable. House of Hope is preparing to assist these households by offering them backpacks filled with the essentials as well as gift certificates for items such as haircuts and new shoes.

To be eligible to receive backpacks families must be enrolled for Project Hope services at any of the four House of Hope pantry locations in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach or Indiantown.

Items needed include: pocket folders, erasers, glue sticks, scissors, colored pencils, highlighters, flash drives, hand sanitizer, tissue, composition books, backpacks, markers, spiral notebooks, calculators, binders, pencils, pens, pencil cases, crayons and lined paper.

The school supply drive will occur from now until July 26, with distribution to the students being scheduled before the start of classes on Aug. 15, 2016.

The community can help our local students in many ways:
• Plan a school supply drive for school supplies at local businesses, church groups, or other organizations.
• Donate supplies at one of the many drop-off sites.
• Make a monetary contribution. This is the best way to help the most children; House of Hope can buy supplies in bulk to maximize the donation’s impact.
• Volunteer to stuff backpacks with the students’ essentials.

Tools for School official drop off sites include:
• All House of Hope locations
• First American Title Insurance 729 S. Federal Highway., Suite 103, Stuart
• Martin County Farm Bureau 2604 SE. Willoughby Blvd, Stuart
• Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce 11954 SE. Dixie Highway, Hobe Sound
• Price Wealth Management 309 SE. Osceola St #105, Stuart
• The Firefly Group 1211 SW. Sunset Trail, Palm City
• Ranch Feed and Pet Supply 6213 SW. Citrus Blvd, Palm City
• Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast 1707 NE. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach

For more information about conducting a drive or donating contact Dawn Abate, donor relations, at (772) 286-4673, ext. 1002 or dawn@hohmartin.org

To volunteer contact Lauren Mustelier, volunteer coordinator, at 772-286-4673, ext. 1004 or lauren@hohmartin.org

About House of Hope

House of Hope touches the lives of nearly 6,000 Martin County residents per month with services that include basic needs -- food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance -- and long-term case management that helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.

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



 
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Jul 14, 2016June Rainfall is Average for South Florida

Western parts of the region saw highest rainfall totals for month


(Click on the map to enlarge and view SFWMD rainfall totals.)

West Palm Beach, FL - Rainfall across South Florida was about average in June, but basin-specific totals varied significantly around the region, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) meteorologists reported. A total of 8.63 inches of rain fell District-wide, representing 105 percent of average, or 0.38 inches above average.

As is typical for June, the wettest parts of the District's 16-county region were in the western part of the peninsula. Basins covering parts of Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties each received more than 11.6 inches of rain for the month. The Western Everglades Agricultural Area in Hendry County was the highest above average with a 3.51-inch rainfall surplus, representing 143 percent of average.

On the east coast, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties had rainfall deficits for the month. Eastern Broward County saw the lowest total with 5.78 inches of rain, representing 69 percent of average, or 2.65 inches below average. Eastern Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties received 72 percent and 80 percent of their monthly averages, respectively.

Other rainfall totals included:
• Lake Okeechobee recorded 7.87 inches of direct rainfall, representing 110 percent of average, or 0.73 inches above average.
• Martin and St. Lucie counties received 7.17 inches of rain, representing 104 percent of average, or 0.25 inches above average.
• Rainfall totals in the Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) were below average. WCAs 1 and 2 received 6.16 inches of rain, representing 82 percent of average, or 1.35 inches below average. WCA 3 received 8.2 inches of rain, representing 96 percent of average, or 0.36 inches below average.
• The Upper and Lower Kissimmee basins were near their averages for the month. The Upper Kissimmee received 7.61 inches of rain, representing 96 percent of average, or 0.3 inches below average. The Lower Kissimmee received 8.3 inches of rain, representing 109 percent of average, or 0.7 inches above average.
South Florida Wet Season Facts
On average, South Florida's wet season begins around May 20 and ends around Oct. 13, lasting for about 21 weeks.
• Typically, about two-thirds of annual rains fall during the wet season, or approximately 35 inches out of 52 inches.
• June is usually South Florida's wettest month.
• The wet season has three general phases:
o Memorial Day weekend through July 4 weekend, which are typically the wettest six weeks of the year.
o Early July through mid-August, which are hotter and often drier.
o Late August through October, which are characterized by highly variable rainfall mainly due to tropical activity and cold fronts.
More information is available at:
• SFWMD Weather/Rainfall Data


 
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Jul 14, 2016Get the Facts: CERP Funding
Recent claims have been made that the State of Florida and the South Florida Water Management District have not contributed their fair share to Everglades restoration through the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).

Florida and the District have outspent the federal government on CERP projects that will improve water storage and quality throughout South Florida. Congress needs to match Florida's commitment to Everglades restoration to fully realize the benefits of these projects.

Here are the Facts:
• CERP is a framework for restoring, protecting and preserving the water resources of central and southern Florida. The plan is a 50-50 cost-sharing agreement between Florida and the federal government.
• Under CERP, the District's role as local sponsor is, among other things, to acquire land needed for project construction and operation and to perform design and construction to meet its 50 percent share of the total project. The federal government is responsible for project design and construction.
• To date, the federal government has spent approximately $1.1 billion on design and construction of CERP projects. In comparison, Florida has outspent the federal government by investing approximately $2 billion in land acquisition, project design and construction.
• As federal funding for CERP projects has lagged, the District has repeatedly stepped in to expedite construction of key projects, including components of: the C-44 and C-43 reservoirs, the C-111 Spreader Canal and Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands.
• Despite the imbalance in spending, the federal government only recognizes about half of the substantial investment made so far by Florida and the District. Inexplicably, the federal government only credits spending on CERP projects that have a project agreement in place.
• Congress could expedite completion of congressionally authorized CERP projects by appropriating enough money to erase the difference between state and federal funding.
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The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.


 
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Jul 14, 2016Florida Chamber Insider
Mark Wilson, President and CEO Florida Chamber of Commerce, demonstrates The Florida Scorecard during the Florida Chamber's annual Learners to Earners Education Summit.

In June, our state and nation were reminded how fragile lives, our freedoms and our future really are. Yet, as the news poured in regarding the attack on Orlando, so too did the news reports of Floridians stepping in to help. Whether it was by waiting hours in line to give blood or providing financial donations to help those impacted, Floridians have proved something- by sticking together, we can overcome tragedy.

As we come back from a weekend of celebrating our freedoms, and those who once fought and continue to fight for them, I am reminded that our fight for free enterprise continues and grows ever stronger. Just as there are groups that hate our freedoms, there are individuals and special interests who oppose free enterprise.

Since last month's letter to you, the Florida Chamber team has been all over Florida, fighting for you and your business:
• In an effort to begin putting our 2017 legislative agenda together, the Florida Chamber met with business leaders and elected officials in every region of Florida. More dates will be scheduled for our Regional Meetings and I encourage you to reach out to Frank Ryll at fryll@flchamber.com to learn how you can get involved in our regional membership meetings.
• Our Chief Economist, Dr. Jerry Parrish, provided an analysis on the impact to Florida's economy Britain's exit from the European Union could have, which appeared in more than 20 news outlets, from Bloomberg and The Orlando Sentinel to outlets in Australia and Hong Kong. I encourage you to read our analysis here.
• The Florida Chamber's International Program held a statewide webinar on transportation and infrastructure needs for Florida that included: Rob Palmer, Planning Group Leader, RS&H; Chair, Florida Chamber Trade and Logistics Institute, Douglas J. Callaway, Senior Policy Advisor, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and Toy Keller, Vice President of Programs and Planning, Florida Ports Council. Learn why international matters to Florida's economy by watching our Florida Wins video here.
• Thank you to Governor Rick Scott for inviting us to be a part of the Degrees to Jobs Summit. The Florida Chamber Foundation also held its annual Learners to Earners Education Summit, where more than 250 business and education leaders shared their thoughts on how we can help turn today's learners into tomorrow's earners. We were honored to have Harris Rosen, President and CEO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, on stage discussing his personal story and the impact businesses can have on changing the trajectory of the lives of those less fortunate than we. Watch our newest FloridaWins.org education video here and be sure to share it with your staff or on twitter by tagging @Florida_Wins.
• Carolyn Johnson, Director of Business, Economic Development & Innovation Policy, for the Florida Chamber, spoke at the Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate's forum against assignment of benefits (AOB) insurance fraud. Click here to read why AOB reform is crucial to continuing to move Florida forward.
• Small businesses continue to cite federal regulations and overreach as an issue when trying to grow their business, according to the Florida Chamber's recent Small Business Index Survey. Click here to learn more.
• I recently spoke at Leadership Florida's annual meeting on how Florida's business community can help Floridians break cycle of generational poverty. Did you know 1 in every 6 Floridians live in poverty? Click here to learn how you can get involved in our fight to use free enterprise to create upward mobility for millions of Floridians.
• A recently announced 19.6 percent workers' comp rate increase might force small businesses to choose between paying higher workers' comp rates and hiring new employees. Be sure to share your voice and join the Florida Chamber's Workers' Comp Taskforce webinar on Monday, July 11. Click here to register or contact Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@flchamber.com for more information.
• The Florida Chamber continues to keep our members involved with our Economic Development Taskforce. In fact, we recently hosted another round of calls for members to participate in. If you would like to be a part of these calls or become a member of a taskforce, contact Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@flchamber.com today.
Before the next newsletter, here are a few of our upcoming plans:
• Did you know that Florida's military and defense industry contributes nearly $80 billion to Florida's economy? Join us on August 17 for the Florida Chamber Foundation's Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit in St. Petersburg and join the discussion.
• Registration is now open for the Florida Chamber's Annual Insurance Summit, held February 1-3 in Miami. You can take advantage of a discounted early bird rate until September 1.
• Each year, hundreds of Florida's most influential thought leaders join us for the annual Florida Chamber Foundation's Future of Florida Forum. Will you help drive the conversation this year? Click here to learn more.
• We've mounted a statewide worker's comp effort to ensure job creators are heard, and that the spirit of free enterprise isn't crushed under the weight of expected rate increases. I invite you to join our efforts. Please contact Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@flchamber.com to get involved or click here to register for the call on Monday, July 11.
For more events, visit us at www.FloridaChamber.com/Events. As always, your support is what makes us so strong. Please feel free to contact me at mwilson@flchamber.com or 850-521-1209 to share your thoughts and ideas on how we can make Florida more competitive.
My best,


P.S. SAVE THE DATE: Be sure to join us for the Florida Chamber of Commerce's July Board of Governors Call Focusing on the Future of Florida's Economy on Monday, July 25, 2:00 p.m. No one knows your business like you do, and your insights are essential.

Good News from Florida Chamber Members
Florida Chamber members are making it happen in Florida. You are hiring,
innovating and making Florida more competitive and we are honored to share your news. The facts are clear- Florida is headed in the right direction because of you.

We want to hear about your good news!
If you have important news you believe other chamber members should know about, please share it with the Florida Chamber's Communications office. Simply email Kat at kbustamante@flchamber.com or add us to your distribution list so we can share your news.

A Special Thanks
In the midst of tragedy, it gives us great hope to see Florida Chamber members stepping up to the plate and supporting their communities. A special thanks goes to the Orlando Magic, Publix Super Markets, Darden Restaurants, JP Morgan Chase, The Walt Disney Co. and so many others for donating to the OneOrlando Fund.
Florida thanks each and every person and business that donated untold resources.
Congratulations to B/E Aerospace for winning an award from a major international airline, which will be the launch customer for B/E's new Aspire wide-body main cabin seating platform.

Click here to read the full release.

Congratulations to Carnival Corporation for welcoming their newest ship in four years! Click here to read the USA Today exclusive sneak-peek.


Happy 15th birthday to Orbitz Worldwide! Thank you for continuing to advocate for a better, brighter Florida future.
BankUnited recently closed a $47.2 million loan to Miami-Dade County for a capital grant to the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

"BankUnited's $47.2 million loan for this important project underscores our commitment to serving Miami-Dade County and communities throughout Florida as a major lender to public sector, not-for-profit and corporate clients," said BankUnited State President of Florida Thomas M. Cornish. Click here to read the full release.

"We had $60 cash in the drawer, and if it didn't work that first day, we'd be in trouble."

When you think of firemen, do you think of subs?

Click here to read the Fortune Magazine feature on the Sorensen brothers, firemen who founded Firehouse Subs.
Congratulations to ScottsMiracle-Gro for once again earning a spot on Forbes' list of 100 most reputable companies in America. Click here to read the full release.

Quest Diagnostics began offering the first commercial Zika test in the United States in May. With more than two dozen South Florida patient service centers, this blood screening test will allow Floridians more opportunities to feel safe.

Read the full story, which appeared in the Sun Sentinel, here. For Zika specific information, visit Quest's website here.

Congratulations to Research Park at Florida Atlantic University for being recently honored with the Innovation in Marketing Award for its 2015 Report to the Community by the 2016 Florida Economic Development Council.

Thank you for your continued commitment to innovation in our state! Click here to read the full release.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems was one of four Florida companies that recently received research money from a partnership that included Space Florida. Click here to read the full article.


Congratulations Dr. Raj Garg for being appointed as the new President and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global, Inc. (CTCA). We look forward to working with you and CTCA to help secure our state's future.
We are proud of the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine for being recognized by the The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) with the ASPIRE-to-Excellence Award in Social Responsibility. Thank you for working to create a better state, and a better world. Click here to learn more.

Congratulations to Florida Polytechnic University for being awarded "Candidacy for Accreditation" status. We are proud of the tremendous work you have put into your community, our state and more importantly, Florida's students.

We look forward to continuing to work with you to create a better future for our state. Click here to watch the video of Florida Poly President Dr. Randy K. Avent and the Vice President of the accrediting body.

Congratulations to William Crenshaw, recently retired CEO of Publix Super Markets, for being honored with the Hall of Achievement Award from the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Congratulations to Fisher Phillips' Fort Lauderdale partner Charles Caulkins, for being ranked among the nation's top attorneys in Chambers USA 2016. Thanks for continuing to support our mission to secure Florida's future and for your commitment to free enterprise!
When companies get involved in their communities, great things happen.

Take Ameris Bank's Jacksonville Marathon later this year. The marathon, voted one of the fastest in the U.S., helps support high school athletic programs in Duval County. Click here to learn more.

Welcome to our newest Board of Governors Members:
Intrexon Corporation
Founded in 1998, Intrexon is a biotechnology company focused on collaborating with companies in Health, Food, Energy, and Environment to create biologically based products that improve quality of life and the health of the planet.

Tampa General Hospital
Named the Best Hospital in Tampa Bay by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized as one of Americal's Best Hospitals for 2015-2016 in six specialties, TGH is also a Magnet hospital- the highest recognition a hospital can receive for nursing excellence.

Welcome to our newest Florida Chamber Foundation Trustees:
Julie Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer of All Aboard Florida
All Aboard Florida develops innovative multi-use community spaces that incorporate a unique transportation service and is a part of Florida East Coast Industries, parent company of successful operations in real estate, transportation and infrastructure. All Aboard has also recently launched Brightline, a new express train service.
100 Years of Securing Florida's Future

As the Florida Chamber celebrates its 100 years, we also take the time to honor the companies that have helped shape our state and have moved Florida in the right direction.



 
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Jul 14, 2016Tickets on sale now for Dancin’ in the Streets and The Outlaws
Tickets are now on sale for the Dancin' in the Streets music festival, presented by Stuart Main Street and Downtown Stuart Business Association, and The Outlaws concert at The Lyric Theatre.

The largest music festival on the Treasure Coast will take place on six stages with over twenty bands from 3 p.m. - midnight on Sat., Aug. 20. National headliner The Outlaws will also be performing at The Lyric Theatre.

For 40 years, The Outlaws celebrated triumphs, endured tragedies and survived legal nightmares to remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Now, the Southern Rock legends return with new music, new focus and an uncompromising new mission: It’s about a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road.

Tickets for The Outlaws include admission to Dancin' in the Streets and can be purchased for $45 at The Lyric Theatre Box Office or online at lyrictheatre.com.

The Dancin' in the Streets lineup also promises to impress with local favorites and national headliners, including Ben Prestage, Public Sounds Collective, Nouveaux Honkies, The Humdingers, JessLee, The Sierra Band, Sister Baby, Nashville recording artist Raquel Renner and the Ramblers, Ladies of Soul, Relapse Band, Bryce Allyn Band, Smoking Section, Morning Fatty, Moska Project, Cassidy Diana, Chris King, 10k Hours, Deal James and Summer Gill, Sting Assassins and Ryan & Friends. Tony Solomon’s Eastman School of Music will also present local amateurs and up and comers on stage four.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at Seacoast Bank locations in Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach and Indian River counties, Earthtones, Kilwin's Chocolates & Ice Cream, Sneaki Tiki, Terra Fermata or online at lyrictheatre.com. Tickets will be available at the gate for $20.

“Every year Dancin' in the Streets brings incredible energy and fun to historic downtown Stuart,” said event chair Bill Moore. “This year promises to continue the tradition and deliver an amazing evening of live music, dancing, talent and community spirit.”

Dancin’ in the Streets is presented by the Downtown Business Association and Stuart Main Street and is sponsored by Courthouse Commons, LLC, Seacoast Bank, Coast 101.3, Mulligan’s Beach House, Sneaki Tiki and Budlight.

For more information, visit StuartDancinIntheStreets.com or facebook.com/stuartdancininthestreets.



 
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Jul 14, 2016Friday Night Food Fights!


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Jul 14, 2016I'm All Aboard Updates - I'm All Aboard Coalition Members in the News
Don't forget to tell your neighbors to sign up at ImAllAboardFlorida.com for updates and information about the project, and opportunities to voice your support.

BOCA MAGAZINE: Brightline's Benefits and the History (and Future) of Commuter Rail
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Boca Magazine's Randy Schultz interviewed Commissioner Steve Abrams as they discuss some of the benefits the Brightline will bring to Southern Palm Beach County and the history of commuter rail in the area.

Randy explains that local "planners wanted to begin Tri-Rail in the eastern corridor when the service began in 1989...the FEC line goes through historic downtowns in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and cities to the south. It goes through Boca Raton’s new, developing downtown. South Florida’s many urban condos and apartments have created a new market for mass transit."
Read more at imallaboard.com



If you donated to one of the local organizations opposing All Aboard Florida and want to know how your money was spent, we have two words for you:

Good luck.

Unlike Indian River and Martin counties, which have done an excellent job documenting and disclosing expenditures in their legal fight against the Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail project, there's not much of a paper trail for donations to Citizens Against the Train, Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida and Florida NOT All Aboard.

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None of the groups referenced above is a registered, tax-exempt organization. One — Citizens Against the Train Fund — describes itself as such. However, Treasure Coast Newspapers found Citizens is a fictitious name of the tax-exempt Guardians of Martin County, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to maintain "the environmental integrity of Martin County's urban boundary."
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Here's the bottom line: Transparency is largely voluntary for these organizations.

...The private groups fighting All Aboard Florida should provide detailed information about their contributions and expenditures.

The editorial board would be shirking its responsibility as a community watchdog to ask for less.





 
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Jul 14, 2016SBA Press Release: SBA Opens Business Recovery Center; Working Capital Loans Available (To: FL Chambers by County)
Good morning,

Please see the attached press release that states: SBA announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Martin County Fairgrounds to help businesses impacted by the algae bloom, excessive rain, flooding and the water released from Lake Okeechobee on Jan. 3 – 29, apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan for disaster-related working capital needs.

Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture or private nonprofit organizations in the following Florida counties are eligible to apply: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Saint Lucie and Sarasota.

SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and provide help in completing the SBA application. The Center is located as indicated below, and will operate until further notice:

Martin County
Martin County Fairgrounds
2616 SE Dixie Hwy, A Building
Stuart, FL 34996

Opened: Wednesday, July 13 at 9 a.m.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Saturdays and Sundays

Thank you for your continual support of our programs and partnership. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Kathy Cook, Public Affairs Specialist
Communications Department
U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of Disaster Assistance – FOCE
101 Marietta Street, NW suite 700
Atlanta, GA 30303
office: (404) 331-0333 x2181
cell: (404) 387-8670
email: mary.cook@sba.gov



The information in this transmittal is privileged and confidential and is intended only for the recipient(s) listed above. If you are not the intended recipient(s) for the delivery of this transmittal, you are hereby notified that any unauthorized distribution or copying of this transmittal is prohibited.



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Jul 14, 2016SBA Opens Business Recovery Center; Working Capital Loans Available Due to Algae Blooms, Flooding, and Water Releases in Florida
The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Martin County Fairgrounds to help businesses impacted by the algae bloom, excessive rain, flooding and the water released from Lake Okeechobee on Jan. 3 – 29, apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan for disaster-related working capital needs.

Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture or private nonprofit organizations in the following Florida counties are eligible to apply: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lee, Martin,
Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Saint Lucie and Sarasota.

SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and provide help in completing the SBA application. The Center is located as indicated below, and will operate until further notice:

Martin County
Martin County Fairgrounds
2616 SE Dixie Hwy, A Building
Stuart, FL 34996

Opened: Wednesday, July 13 at 9 a.m.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Saturdays and Sundays

SBA’s low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans have several advantages:

• Loan amounts and payment terms are based on SBA’s analysis of each applicant’s financial situation. The maximum length of the loan is 30 years.
• SBA disaster loans are not from a bank and there is no cost to apply or obligation to take all or part of the loan if offered.
• Small businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million, with interest rates of
2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for small businesses.
• These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits. Eligible industries include but are not limited to the following: fishing guides, commercial fisherman, charter boats, crabbers, bait and tackle shops, marinas, restaurants, retailers, wholesalers, farm implement dealers, and feed and seed stores.


Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than Nov. 16, 2016.


 
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Jul 14, 2016MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT., MCDONALD’S® TEAM FOR COFFEE WITH A COP BUILDING COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS ONE CUP AT A TIME
McDonald’s and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office are inviting community members to Coffee with a Cop. The informal events, hosted by local McDonald’s in July and August, aim to help build relationships between officers and the communities they serve. (See locations, dates and time below.)

Coffee with a Cop provides an opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in their neighborhoods. It breaks down barriers and allows for relaxed, one-on-one interaction, with no speeches or agenda. That’s important since contact with law enforcement typically happens during an emergency, and some community members may be reluctant to approach officers on the street.

“We encourage community members to stop by, get to know their local officers, and enjoy a McCafé® coffee as our treat,” said Ricky Wade, one of the Martin County McDonald’s owner operators participating in the program. “We want guests to feel comfortable asking questions or talking about concerns in a relaxed, convenient setting.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are held across the Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast, as local law enforcement departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between officers and community members, one cup of coffee at a time.

COFFEE WITH A COP LOCATIONS
All events 8 A.M. – 10 A.M.

July 20 Indiantown 15438 SW Warfield Blvd
July 21 Stuart 5960 SE Federal Hwy/ Cove Road
July 22 Hobe Sound 11671 SE Federal Hwy
July 27 Jensen Beach 3546 NW Federal Highway
July 28 Palm City 2900 SW Martin Downs Blvd.
Aug.11 Stuart 3600 SW Federal Hwy. Wedgewood Commons

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held around Florida and across the country, as local departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.


 
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Jul 13, 2016DINNER DANCE FUNDRAISER
August 5, 2016
5:00 — 7:00 P.M.
Kane Center 900 SE Salerno Road Stuart Live entertainment by Daryl Magill
Menu by Chef Christopher Collier old-fashioned meatloaf and mashed potatoes, salad, and dessert.
Cash bar available.
• 50 / 50 • Reservations req. by 8/02/16
Tickets $12/person • Corporate table special $80 / table for 8
FOR MORE INFORMATION & TICKETS CONTACT:
KANE CENTER @ 772.223.7800
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE CORPORATE SPONSORS


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Jul 12, 2016Parks and boat ramps under Causeways closed to the public for triathlon Sunday, July 17
The Treasure Coast Triathlon will take place on Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. beginning at the south end of the Jensen Beach Public Beach parking lot. The cycling portion of the event will temporarily close the Jensen Beach Causeway Park and boat ramp on Sunday, July 17 from 6-10 a.m. and the East Island Park and boat ramp under the Stuart Causeway from 6-11 a.m. Vehicles and trailers under the bridge at the time of the closure will be towed at the owner's expense.

The Causeways will remain open to traffic throughout the weekend, subject to heavy traffic controls.

Alternative boat ramps are at the following locations: Owen K. Murphy Boat Ramp, 4973 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; Charlie Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Ave., Palm City; Hosford Park, 7474 SE Gaines Ave., Stuart; Jimmy Graham Park, 8555 SE Gomez Ave., Hobe Sound; Phipps Park, 2175 SW Locks Rd., Stuart; Sandsprit Park, 3443 SE St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart; Timer Powers Park, 14100 SW Citrus Blvd., Indiantown.



 
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Jul 12, 2016MARINE BANK & TRUST HIRES TIM BROOKS AS PERSONAL BANKER
Marine Bank & Trust has hired Tim Brooks as a personal banker at the Bank’s mainland location at 1450 U.S. Highway 1 in Vero Beach. As a personal banker with more than 12 years of financial services experience in the local community, Tim is responsible for meeting the financial needs of his clients, growing the bank’s customer base and raising awareness of the bank in Indian River County.
Prior to joining Marine Bank, Tim was named a top ten producer in the state of Florida by his previous employer in 2011 and 2012.

“Marine Bank is committed to recruiting and retaining to best people,” said Bill Penney, President and CEO of Marine Bank. “We know that’s the most effective way to deliver an optimum experience for our customers. Tim is certainly an example of that.”


 
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Jul 12, 2016Free Movie Summer Proudly Sponsored by Michael & Marie Braid!
Chinatown
Saturday, July 23 at 3pm; Sunday, July 24 at 5pm

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. Winner of 1 Oscar. Starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.

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The Usual Suspects
Saturday, July 23 at 6pm; Sunday, July 24 at 2pm

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After a number of people are killed and a cargo ship set on fire, Roger 'Verbal' Kint is questioned by U.S. Customs Agent Dave Kujan. Reluctant at first, Verbal begins to tell them what happened starting with when he met four men, all criminals, sharing a holding cell for a few hours. Together, they join forces to successfully hijack a jewel shipment and head to Los Angeles to lay low. There they are contacted by a lawyer, Kobayashi, representing the much-feared international criminal Keyser Söze who wants them to do a job for him. The result is the attack on the cargo ship. Verbal refuses to give evidence in the case and is set free. Only then does Kujan realize what's really happened. Winner of 2 Oscars. Starring Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne and Chazz Palminteri.

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Gone with the Wind
Saturday, July 30 at 2pm; Sunday, July 31 at 2pm

G | 222 min | Drama, History, Romance

This tale of the Old South from the start of the Civil War through to the period of reconstruction focuses on the beautiful Scarlett O'Hara. Before the start of the war life at the O'Hara plantation, Tara, could only be described as genteel. She is very much looking forward to a barbecue at the nearby Wilkes plantation as she will get to see the man she loves, Ashley Wilkes. She hears that he is to marry his cousin Melanie Hamilton. Now living in Atlanta, Scarlett sees the ravages that war brings. She also becomes re-acquainted with Rhett Butler, whom she had first met at the Wilkes barbecue. She still pines for the married Ashley and dreams of his return. With the war lost, she returns to Tara and faces the hardship of Tara being sold at auction to collect the taxes. She has becomes hardened and bitter and will do anything to ensure she will never again be poor and hungry. With its magnificent cinematography and sweeping score, this proves to be a cherished classic. Winner of 8 Oscars. Starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.

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The Manchurian Candidate
Saturday, August 6 at 3pm; Sunday, August 7 at 5pm

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

Major Ben Marco is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He served valiantly as a captain in the Korean war and his Sergeant, Raymond Shaw, even won the Medal of Honor. Marco has a major problem however: he has a recurring nightmare, one where two members of his squad are killed by Shaw. He's put on indefinite sick leave and visits Shaw in New York. Shaw for his part has established himself well, despite the misgivings of his domineering mother, Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin. She is a red-baiter, accusing anyone who disagrees with her right-wing reactionary views of being a Communist. Raymond hates her, not only for how she's treated him but equally because of his step-father, the ineffectual U.S. Senator John Iselin, who is intent on seeking higher office. When Marco learns that others in his Korean War unit have nightmares similar to his own, he realizes that something happened to all of them in Korea and that Raymond Shaw is the focal point. Nominated for 2 Oscars. Starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh.

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Saturday, August 6 at 6pm; Sunday, August 7 at 2pm

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama
Frank Capra's classic comedy-drama about government and the American spirit. Jimmy Stewart is an idealistic senator who tries to stem the tide of graft he finds around him. Claude Rains is a corrupt colleague, Jean Arthur a jaded secretary who joins Stewart's crusade. Political heavyweights decide that Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), an obscure scoutmaster in a small town, would be the perfect dupe to fill a vacant U.S. Senate chair. Surely this naive bumpkin can be easily controlled by the senior senator (Claude Rains) from his state, a respectable and corrupted career politician. Director Frank Capra fills the movie with Smith's wide-eyed wonder at the glories of Washington, all of which ring false for his cynical secretary (Jean Arthur), who doesn't believe for a minute this rube could be for real. But he is. Capra was repeating the formula of a previous film, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, but this one is even sharper; Stewart and Arthur are brilliant, and the former cowboy star Harry Carey lends a warm presence to the role of the vice president. Bright, funny, and beautifully paced, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is Capra's ode to the power of innocence--an idea so potent that present-day audiences may find themselves wishing for a new Mr. Smith in Congress. The 1939 Congress was none too thrilled about the film's depiction of their august body, denouncing it as a caricature; but even today, Capra's jibes about vested interests and political machines look as accurate as ever.

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Casablanca
Saturday, August 13 at 3pm; Sunday, August 14 at 5pm

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick's surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick's one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan.. Winner of 3 Oscars. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman.


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An American in Paris
Saturday, August 13 at 6pm; Sunday, August 14 at 2pm

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Jerry Mulligan is an ex-serviceman who stayed on in Paris after the war. He's now a struggling artist trying to sell his paintings on the sidewalk. He's had little luck until the rich Milo Roberts sees him. She offers to help him with his career but is clearly more interested in Jerry than his work. She rents a studio for him and plans his first exhibition. For his part, Jerry falls for a lovely young French woman he sees in a nightclub, Lise Bouvier. She however is being pursued by Jerry's friend, entertainer Henri Baurel. When Baurel gets the opportunity to tour in the US, he wants Lise to marry him so they can go together. She is in love with Jerry but feels she can't abandon Henri who saved her during the war. She has only a short time to decide. Winner of 6 Oscars. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant and directed by Vincente Minnelli.


 
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Jul 12, 2016Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast Elects New Board
During the past few months The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast held nominations and had an election for their officers for the 2016-2017 term. The new officers are President, John Yudin of Guy, Yudin & Foster; Vice President Butch Olsen of Pt. Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority; Secretary, Artie Olson of Vero Marine Center; Treasurer, Gail Byrd of Coastal Realty of Stuart ; Past President, April Price of April Price & Associates, Senior Director, John Hennessee of Fish House Art Gallery; Directors, Bill Biggs of Riverwatch Marina, James Anaston-Karas of Keith and Schnars, Mike Kiefer of Kimley-Horn & Associates, Mike McGuigan of Jones Lumber & Export Company and Debbie Skidmore of Seacoast National Bank,

John Yudin spoke to the membership at a recent dinner meeting and expressed that his goal for the next year is to increase awareness of the local and state association. He wants the MIATC to be the place to call when you have any questions about recreational boating. We are looking forward to an exciting year, hope to see you on the water.

The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast, Inc. a non-profit association whose mission is to protect and promote the marine industries.



 
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Jul 12, 2016JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES LEAD GIFT TO BUILD DEDICATED PEDIATRIC WING IN EMERGENCY ROOM
– Jupiter Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital announced today that a $1 million donation that the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation received from Honda Classic Cares will serve as the lead gift in development of a dedicated pediatric wing in the center’s emergency room.
The funds generated by Honda Classic Cares on behalf of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation are donated annually to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to advance pediatric care in the Palm Beach community. This year, Nicklaus Children’s has designated that the funds go to the Jupiter Medical Center pediatric emergency room project.
“We continue to reimagine the way we deliver health and wellness to our community each and every day, and it is partners like Honda Classic Cares, Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital that make this possible,” said Jupiter Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, John D. Couris. “We have provided emergency care to the children of our community since we opened our emergency room. Through our partnership with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital we added pediatric specialist consults in the ER using telehealth technology and dedicated pediatric emergency room doctors at peak hours. This new endeavor to build a dedicated pediatric unit in the emergency department will give families their own waiting area as well as eight pediatric treatment rooms with a child-friendly environment to reduce anxiety for our smallest patients.”

“The pediatric wing of the emergency room is the logical next step in the evolution of our commitment to the Palm Beach community and our partnership with Jupiter Medical Center to advance top-quality pediatric care in the region,” said Dr. Narendra Kini, CEO of Miami Children’s Health System, parent organization of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. “We are most grateful to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Honda Classic Cares for their continued support of our Nicklaus Children’s pediatric programs.”
The entire project will cost an estimated $5 million to construct. This generous $1 million commitment kicks off a campaign to raise funds to complete the project.
“The work that Jupiter Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s have done and continue to do dovetails with our true mission of giving back to children,” said Kenneth R. Kennerly, executive director, The Honda Classic. “The Honda Classic PGA TOUR event provides Palm Beach County with a premier and globally televised professional sporting event that raises millions of dollars each year that is donated to hundreds of community organizations and directly impacts the lives of local children. We’re thrilled to help families in Palm Beach County by supporting the expansion of Jupiter Medical Center’s pediatric services in their emergency room.”

Nearly three years ago, Jupiter Medical Center named Nicklaus Children’s Hospital its pediatric partner, and in February of this year, the De George Pediatric Unit opened. The unit features 12 inpatient rooms, two state-of-the-art pediatric surgery suites, pediatric therapeutic services, a children’s playroom, and a room for resting called the “Bear’s Den,” a name inspired by Jack Nicklaus, who is widely known as the “Golden Bear.” Patients benefit from the collaboration of local pediatricians, Jupiter Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, which work together to implement patient-centered care and proven pediatric clinical protocols.
“We were so proud to be a part of establishing the pediatric inpatient unit at Jupiter Medical Center earlier this year, and now we’re helping to ensure that families in our area who need pediatric emergency medical assistance can get the very best care, tailored to their needs,” golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara said in a shared statement. “The Honda Classic has been a source of pride and, in many ways, a gift to the communities in and around Palm Beach County. Now, through their continued generosity, they are giving the gift of improved pediatric care to the families in these communities.”
Since partnering with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Jupiter Medical Center has also implemented telehealth technology, enabling Nicklaus Children’s Hospital physicians to interact with Jupiter Medical Center’s physicians and patients remotely in order to review images, lab results and more as a means of enhancing treatment options. Additionally, Jupiter Medical Center has dedicated pediatric ER physicians during peak hours and also offers pediatric imaging services, pediatric inpatient and outpatient surgery services and pediatric therapy services.

A photo of the following is available upon request: Kenneth Kennerly, Executive Director, The Honda Classic; Patty McDonald, President and CEO, Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation; Jack and Barbara Nicklaus; Liv Vesely, President, Jupiter Medical Center Foundation; John Couris, President & CEO, Jupiter Medical Center; Lucy Morillo, President and CEO, Miami Children's Health Foundation; Nancy Humbert, Executive Vice President of Ambulatory Services & External Affiliations, Miami Children's Health System.


 
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Jul 12, 2016Martin County residents and non-profits encouraged to participate in community needs survey
Martin County residents and non-profits are encouraged to participate in a community needs survey intended to gather information from the public on needed community facilities and services. The information will be used to establish priorities for recommendations and for federal funding applications. The survey can be found at www.slchousing.org and will be available now through July 24, 2016.

Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties together form the St. Lucie HOME Consortium, with St. Lucie County as the lead agency. This partnership has brought federal funding from the HUD HOME Investment Partnerships Program to these three areas which would have otherwise been unavailable due to population size. Each year the Consortium is required to submit an annual action plan which identifies priorities and strategies to be undertaken utilizing HOME funding for the next fiscal year.


 
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Jul 12, 2016SFWMD Continues Actions to Address Blue-Green Algae
Since Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency because of blue-green algal blooms in South Florida waterways, the South Florida Water Management District has been pursuing actions to address the impact of the blooms. These actions include storing additional water in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes north of Lake Okeechobee and Florida Power and Light Co. agreeing to the use of their cooling pond at the Martin Clean Energy Center for additional storage. The District is also timing releases based on tides into the West Palm Beach (C-51) Canal to give the Lake Worth Lagoon time to naturally dissipate any algae that may be contained in those releases.

The District is also implementing the Governor's executive order by accelerating the use of private properties to store additional water. The Florida Legislature and Gov. Scott appropriated approximately $47.8 million for that purpose last session.

A good example of a private landowner stepping forward to help with the state of emergency is Consolidated Citrus Limited Partnership, which has volunteered the use of its 1,700-acre Sunrise Grove property near the C-23 Canal in Martin County. Today, Consolidated Citrus began pumping in additional local stormwater that will be stored in the property's vast network of ditches. This will allow the storage of up to 1,000 acre-feet of water, keeping it out of the St. Lucie Estuary.

If drier conditions persist, Lake Okeechobee levels will continue to drop this week. Furthermore, the increased demand for water supply will allow for additional discharges of water. As of today, Lake Okeechobee's water level stands at 14.82 feet. A week ago the water level was more than an inch higher at 14.94 feet.

The District will continue to explore practical operational steps that can be taken to address the algal blooms. In addition, the District is continuing to sample waterways as it has been doing and is coordinating with other state agencies that are responsible for algae response.
• For more information on the District's responses to blue-green algae and facts about algae please visit the District's website at http://sfwmd.link/AlgaeResponse.
• For information on the Department of Environmental Protections response to blue-green algae visit the DEP's website at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/bgalgae/index.htm.
• For more information about blue-green algae visit the Florida Department of Health's website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins/_documents/cyano-faqs-pio.pdf.


 
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Jul 12, 2016A.C.T. Studio Theatre’s Summer Entertainment: Richard Dresser’s “Rounding Third” and Shakespeare Summer Workshop
A.C.T. Studio Theatre’s summer programs will take audiences from little league baseball to Shakespeare! Always exploring new themes and varied material, Stuart’s Off-Broadway style venue will present Richard Dresser’s “Rounding Third” July 29 to Aug. 7 and Shakespearean performances Aug. 12 to 21.
“Rounding Third” premiered Off-Broadway at the John Houseman Theatre in New York City in 2003. The play follows a Little League season, beginning with head coach Don's initial (and reluctant) meeting with new assistant coach Michael. Don is a jock--a “man’s man”--whose son is the star pitcher. Michael is an executive type who has volunteered as assistant coach but whose son can’t hit, throw, catch or run. Don belongs to the ‘winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing’ school of sportsmanship; Michael prefers a bonding experience with his son and focuses on the boys having fun, win or lose. The audience is the stand-in for the team as the coaches diverge in opinions tempered by comic quips, displaying the passion, joy and pain of competitive sports.
“Rounding Third” is directed by Dennis O'Donovan, A.C.T. co-owner (with wife Karen), who directed last season's "Agnes of God," "Match" and "A Tuna Christmas." “In keeping with our vision for this black-box theatre,” Mr. O’Donovan said, “we are always looking for chamber-sized stage works which feature outstanding writing and indelible character portrayals. For us ‘Rounding Third’ meets these goals, with a mix of humor and wry observations on our society's dueling emphases on competition and political correctness.” Appearing on stage are Stuart Mohr as head coach Don and Tim Busby as assistant coach Michael. The performances are July 29, 30, 31 and August 5, 6, 7. Friday and Saturday evening shows are at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.
The next show in the August lineup is a Shakespeare Summer Workshop, a compilation of scenes and monologues from some of the most famous Shakespearean plays. One of the founding principles of A.C.T. is to bring unique theatrical experiences to the Treasure Coast theatre-going community, and this production is being mounted to add Shakespeare to the cultural mix. At the same time, the structure of the show is meant to combine a "greatest hits" sampling of Shakespeare's writing with delightful scenes from Shakespeare's comedies and a powerful mix of monologues from Shakespeare's histories and tragedies. Play excerpts include “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar,” “Richard III” and, of course, “Romeo and Juliet,” among others.
A.C.T.’s Shakespeare Workshop is directed by Howard Brown, who recently directed local productions of "Bus Stop", "God of Carnage" and "Sex Please We're Sixty!" “We've been looking for the right way to introduce Shakespeare to our actors and our audiences, and we think Howard's project is a perfect fit!" said Mr. O’Donovan. The performance dates for Shakespeare are August 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21. Friday and Saturday evening shows are at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.
A.C.T. Studio Theatre is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25 for “Rounding Third” and $12 for the Shakespeare Summer Workshop. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call 772-932-8880.


 
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Jul 12, 2016Sailfish Splash Waterpark FREE to Martin County residents on Wednesday, July 20
Because of the algae crisis impacting our waterways and the resulting advisories to avoid contact with the water, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will open its gates at no charge to Martin County residents on Wednesday, July 20.

"We want to do something for the community," said Kevin Abbate, Director of Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation. "This seems to make sense for Martin County families who want to cool off without worrying about water quality."

Park staff will admit Martin County residents (and their minor children) who present a valid photo identification card showing a Martin County address. At any point in time, should the Waterpark fill to capacity, staff will defer additional admissions until patrons enjoying the Waterpark depart.

Sailfish Splash Waterpark operates from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.


 
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Jul 11, 2016FLORIDA FOOD POLICY COUNCIL SETS JULY 16 MEETING IN TALLAHASSEE
The Florida Food Policy Council (FFPC) announces its 2nd Membership Meeting to be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 9:30am to 3pm in Tallahassee at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Viticulture and Small Fruit Research Center, 6505 Mahan Drive (US Route 90), Tallahassee, FL 32317, just west of I-10 Exit 209A.
The Florida Food Policy Council provides an opportunity to participate in the state's rapidly developing local food movement, supporting efforts to develop more sustainable and just food systems. All segments of the food chain should be represented in these meetings. Membership is required which encourages engagement and helps support the effort.
The July membership meeting is the only one of three scheduled for 2016 that will be available through videoconference at specific UF/IFAS County Extension offices around the state. Sites will be announced as they are confirmed on the FFPC website at flfpc.org. The first membership meeting was held April 3 in Fort Myers.
The event is sponsored by Winter Park Foundation, Health Foundation of South Florida, Florida Blue Foundation, FAMU and the University of Florida, Institute of Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS.)

FLFPC Membership is $25 annually, which includes admission (either in person or virtual) to this event and other events throughout the year. Lunch options will be available for purchase. Please visit flfpc.org to join/register or email flfpsteering@gmail.com for more information.
UF/IFAS Collier County Extension Office
14700 Immokalee Drive
Naples, FL 34120
Contact: Tish Roland or Vanessa Bielema

UF/IFAS Martin County Extension Office
2614 SE Dixie, Hwy.
Stuart, FL 34996
Contact: Jeffrey P. Gellermann

UF/IFAS Seminole County Extension Office
250 W. County Home Rd.
Sanford, FL 32773
Contact: Hannah Wooten

UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension Office
3740 Stefani Rd
Cantonment, FL 32533
Contact: Christina Walmer or Libby Johnson

For those unable to participate in either the April or July meetings, the 3rd Membership Meeting of 2016 will be held on Sunday, September 11th, 2016 in Orlando following the Florida Local Food Summit. Details will be announced following the July meeting in Tallahassee.
The Florida Food Policy Council (FLFPC) announces its 2nd Membership Meeting to be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 9:30am to 3pm in Tallahassee at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Viticulture and Small Fruit Research Center, 6505 Mahan Drive (US Route 90), Tallahassee, FL 32317. Please visit flfpc.org to join/register or email flfpsteering@gmail.com for more information.


 
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Jul 11, 2016Martin County appreciative of Governor's action on resolution request
Soon after receiving a historic resolution passed by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Wednesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott took action on the first item, and requested President Barack Obama declare a federal state of emergency for Martin County in response to the algae crisis. Martin County is appreciative the Governor moved forward quickly with this critical request. If a federal declaration is made, full resources of the federal government would become available to address the harmful effects caused by the discharges of water from Lake Okeechobee.

The BOCC's comprehensive resolution requests additional support from state agencies, including staff, funds, emergency water management operations and other available mechanisms, to protect the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Estuary, and other areas impacted by excessive blue-green algae. Among the BOCC's requests:

* State coordination and implementation of air and water quality testing as well as testing that assesses recreational exposure at waterways and beaches and other locations where mats of algae have accumulated and have the potential to be inhaled/aerosolized;
* Continuation of surveying for offshore blooms by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and to include in marine mammal necropsies an analysis for Microcystin toxin in the livers or other organs of recovered animals;
* State continued monitoring for blue-green algae and toxicity levels where algae is present. Additionally, long-term research on identifying algae lifecycles, impacts on people, fish and wildlife and develop and implement preventive actions and recovery measures;
* Creation of a map on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection website showing monitoring for water, air and wildlife, the type of monitoring equipment and parameters being used;
* South Florida Water Management District store more water north of Lake Okeechobee in Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, work with partners to explore opportunity to increase water flowing south from Lake Okeechobee, store additional water, utilize temporary pumps and publish project milestones and completions in a timely manner;
* State solicit proposals for technologies to remove or render harmless the blue green algae in Lake Okeechobee and the C-44 Canal prior to freshwater discharges through St. Lucie Lock and Dam;
* State and federal partners expedite the implementation of Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, including full implementation of the Indian River Lagoon South project and use Amendment 1 or other appropriate funds to acquire additional land for water storage and treatment south of Lake Okeechobee, to redirect water that would normally be discharged into the estuaries;
* Immediate and long-term funding from State to provide crisis and post-crisis funding for grants, marketing and other programs to repair the negative fiscal impacts to Martin County's economically essential industries, including tourism, marine, fishing and real estate.

Other significant developments occurred this week related to Martin County's response to the algae crisis. A local state of emergency was extended for another seven days.

Martin County is fully engaged in providing for public protection due to the widespread and unprecedented blue-green algae blooms throughout our waterways, including coastal ocean and beaches. Martin County has invested in additional independent testing to have a better understanding of the conditions and impacts. Those results will be made available as soon as the analysis is completed.


 
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Jul 11, 2016FAU Harbor Branch Releases Recommendations for Improving Distribution of Indian River Lagoon Data
In the midst of the algae crisis, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) will release recommendations on how to properly use the research conducted on the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). The recommendations will be presented by Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., HBOI research professor and IRL Observatory director, at the IRL Council Board of Directors on Friday, July 8 at 9:30 a.m. at Sebastian City Hall, 1225 Main St., in Sebastian.
This workshop is the first organized effort to address where IRL data is housed, what types of data are collected, how the data is used and whether or not scientists and agencies can do a better job of collecting, organizing, translating and sharing the data.
“We need to answer these questions,” said Hanisak. “If we do, then we may be able to understand how we can all work better together to share the knowledge and make changes in how we manage the Lagoon in the future.”
The recommendations are based on input from scientists, policymakers, developers and other stakeholders that were given during a recent workshop. All the findings will be outlined in the report “Connecting Users to IRL Data.” Funded by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation and the River Branch Foundation, this provides the first formal IRL-wide inventory of organizations and agencies collecting data.
“The release of this report is very timely as the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program addresses an updated management plan for the IRL and responds to continuing algal blooms throughout the IRL system,” said Duane De Freese, IRL Council executive director. “We are looking forward to discussing these important recommendations and next steps.”
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Jul 11, 2016Weichert Fast Track Training Offers Competitive Edge For Local Real Estate Professionals
Weichert Real
Estate Affiliates, Inc. is proud to announce that the following Weichert
affiliated agents have successfully completed its Fast Track training:

* From WEICHERT, REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, located in Port Saint
Lucie: Associate James Cianfrocca. For more information contact Andrea
LaFavor at 772-398-6400 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

* From WEICHERT, REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, located in Stuart:
Associate Millie Peirson. For more information contact Andrea LaFavor at
772-398-6400 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.


The training helps quickly bring new Weichert affiliated agents, as well
as current agents interested in taking a refresher course, up to speed on
the latest information and technology available to real estate
professionals so they can better communicate with clients to offer the
best service available.

"Our Fast Track program is designed to offer a rapid learning experience
through a series of interactive training sessions to give Weichert agents
the necessary business skills and techniques so they can begin serving
clients in their community," said Martin J. Rueter, president of Weichert
Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. "The courses cover everything a real estate
professional needs to know to start out on the right track."

Program participants learn how best to get started in the real estate
industry, find sellers, capture a buyer's attention and list properties to
sell quickly. Agents that complete the Weichert Fast Track training also
gain the confidence and competitive edge to succeed in real estate.

Each Weichert affiliated office is independently owned and operated.


About Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.: Weichert Real Estate
Affiliates, Inc. has grown steadily since Jim Weichert, president,
chairman and CEO of Weichert, Realtors, named Martin J. Rueter as
president. The two collaborated in 2001 to create 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
the #2 traditional residential real estate franchise in Entrepreneur's
2016 Franchise 500, and is identified in 2016 by Entrepreneur magazine as
one of the fastest growing 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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Jul 7, 2016Parks and boat ramps under Causeways closed to the public for triathlon Sunday, July 18
The Treasure Coast Triathlon will take place on Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. beginning at the south end of the Jensen Beach Public Beach parking lot. The cycling portion of the event will temporarily close the Jensen Beach Causeway Park and boat ramp on Sunday, July 17 from 6-10 a.m. and the East Island Park and boat ramp under the Stuart Causeway from 6-11 a.m. Vehicles and trailers under the bridge at the time of the closure will be towed at the owner's expense.

The Causeways will remain open to traffic throughout the weekend, subject to heavy traffic controls.

Alternative boat ramps are at the following locations: Owen K. Murphy Boat Ramp, 4973 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; Charlie Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Ave., Palm City; Hosford Park, 7474 SE Gaines Ave., Stuart; Jimmy Graham Park, 8555 SE Gomez Ave., Hobe Sound; Phipps Park, 2175 SW Locks Rd., Stuart; Sandsprit Park, 3443 SE St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart; Timer Powers Park, 14100 SW Citrus Blvd., Indiantown.

Visit https://www.martin.fl.us/parksandrec for complete information on facilities and activities. Find us on social media at MyMCParks.


 
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Jul 6, 2016Martin County officials extend state of emergency - FPL agrees to temporarily store Lake Okeechobee water
Update: Tuesday, July 5th: Martin County holds briefing on blue-green algae situation
Martin County officials extend state of emergency - FPL agrees to temporarily store Lake Okeechobee water
Source: Channel 25 http://www.wpbf.com/news/martin-county-extend-state-of-emergency/40367872

Martin County officials announced today that they will extend the state of emergency for one more week as algae concerns continue.

Florida Power and Light Co. agreed to temporarily store about 2.2 billion gallons per month of Lake Okeechobee water withdrawn from the C-44 canal in the cooling pond at the FPL Martin Clean Energy Center near Indiantown in western Martin County. Storage of the water will begin today and continue for three to four months.



 
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Jul 6, 2016PROCTOR, CROOK, CROWDER & FOGAL, CPAs & ASSOCIATES RECEIVES RECOGNITION AS 2016 BEST PLACES TO WORK IN MARTIN COUNTY
Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, CPAs & Associates has been named one of the BEST PLACES TO WORK IN MARTIN COUNTY for 2016 by CareerSource Research Coast and its partners, the Business Development Board of Martin County, the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce and the Palm City Chamber of Commerce.
CareerSource Research Coast presented Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, P.A. with this award for excelling in the areas of employment attraction and retention at their twelfth annual prestigious award ceremony and luncheon on June 23rd.
The Best Places to Work is a national program that was developed to provide a confidential forum for local employers to participate in an evaluation of various local workplace best practices and programs. This program provides an opportunity for employers to compare themselves to other employers of a similar size in Martin County.

 
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Jul 6, 2016Media advisory: Martin County to hold briefing on blue-green algae situation
Martin County will be hold a comprehensive briefing with elected officials, county staff and partners regarding the blue-green algae situation today, July 5, at 1:30 pm at the Martin County Emergency Operations Center, located at 800 SE Monterey Road in Stuart. Media representatives will be allowed access to the media room for obtaining film coverage of the meeting and a press update will be held in the media room immediately following the meeting.

 
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Jul 6, 2016Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Provides $250,000 in Matching Grant Funds for Ten Nonprofit Endowments
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties provided $250,000 in grants from the John T. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund at the Community Foundation for the Forever Arts & Culture Endowment Challenge. Each organization received a dollar for dollar matching grant of $25,000 to establish a permanent endowment at the Community Foundation. Winners include:

Center for Creative Education
Centre for the Arts at Mizner
Elliott Museum/Historical Society of Martin County
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loxahatchee River Historical Society
Palm Beach Symphony Society
Sandoway House Nature Center
The Arts Council, Inc.
Young Singers of the Palm Beaches
Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches


 
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Jul 6, 2016BARN THEATRE ELECTS NEW OFFICERS & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
At its general membership meeting on Sunday, June 19, 2016, members of The Barn Theatre elected a new board of directors and board officers. The officers and board members were officially installed at the Annual Barnie Member and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner held at the Dolphin Barn and Shrimp House in Stuart on June 25th. Francine Beckstead, a philanthropist and Rotarian, was elected the new president. Rounding out the slate of officers are Administrative Vice President Robert A Jennings, attorney at law; Theatrical Vice President Jeanette Mazzella; a philanthropist; Marketing Vice President Chris Mazzella, former FBI official and Inspector General of Miami-Dade County; Volunteer Vice President Teresa Hartman, philanthropist; Secretary Kathleen Weaver, Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County; and Treasurer J. Pat Montgomery, retired engineer. The Barn also welcomed two new board members Marsha Molinari and Mary Kay Vettel, and Bryan Childe, all have vast theatrical experience.

At the installation dinner, Ms. Beckstead said, “We will insure that The Barn Theatre continues to present only the finest main stage productions, those kinds of shows that made this past year so memorable setting box office records. Ms. Beckstead also said, “We also must come to terms with the fact that The Barn Theatre, now entering its 46th season, needs to invest substantially in capital improvements.” Ms. Beckstead announced that The Barn has undertaken a fund raising drive to raise money to repave its parking lot and to purchase new air conditioners for the theater, noting that the air conditioners are over 20 years old.

Several distinguished awards were presented for unique achievements. The Ambassador Award was presented to Susan Rivera. Susan is a volunteer member who travels around the community promoting The Barn Theatre. Upon receiving this award, she said “Everyplace I go I am welcomed. Everyone loves The Barn” Other notable awards were presented to Bryan Childe for Exceptional Service, Lily-Belle Conant for the Technical Apprentice of the Year, and Marsha Molinari for Outstanding Costuming. Dinner attendees were also entertainment by Barn actors who performed songs characterizing the upcoming season shows. At the end of the festivities, Ms. Beckstead urged all the members to continue to support The Barn's commitment to helping the arts and the community through its programs, especially those encouraging our next generation to follow their dreams.


 
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Jul 6, 2016July Practice Newsletter | Grassam Family Chiropractic
How Stress Contributes to Back Pain

Did you know that stress is a leading cause of illness? While stress can cause anxiety, depression and sleep difficulties, it can also trigger physical pain, particularly in the back. How? Certain emotional and psychological factors can contribute to muscle tension, and back pain is often a result of this mind-body connection.

If neglected, back pain can become chronic, limiting your ability to engage in physical and social activities, degenerating bones, muscles and ligaments. Isolation can set in as well as depression and additional stress, becoming a vicious cycle.

What’s the best way to reduce emotional, physical and chemical stress in your body? Break the cycle by reducing stressors in your life. Talking to a trusted friend, taking the time to relax, exercising, deep breathing, eating right and choosing chiropractic care are all positive ways to manage stress while improving nerve disturbances in your body.

5 Ways to Banish Your Inner Slouch Potato



Like brushing your teeth and getting adequate exercise, standing up straight is all but required for a happy and healthy life. But from time to time, we’re all guilty of poor posture here and there. Consider these five tips to help keep your spine straight!

1. Avoid leaning towards your computer, which often results in forward head posture. Instead, increase the font size if you find yourself squinting and make sure the screen is level with your eyes.

2. Stay hydrated. When you have back or leg pain, your posture can be compromised. Hydrated tissue heals faster than dehydrated tissue.

3. Keep moving. Exercise each day and avoid sitting for long periods of time.

4. Build self-confidence. Your posture is the first thing others notice, influencing your confidence and energy level.

5. Can’t figure out why you’re a slouch potato? Determine the underlying cause with chiropractic care.

Pregnancy Doesn’t Have to Be a Pain



While exciting and life-changing, pregnancy can also be a pain in the derriere, literally. Pregnancy often reveals spinal distortions or pre-existing weaknesses in the spine brought on by the developing baby pressing on the sciatic nerve– the largest in the body. Sciatic pain can be felt in the lower back or buttocks, down the leg and into the foot. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to decrease the discomfort.

Avoid lifting heavy objects and reduce the amount of time you stand. When lying down, try the side that’s not affected. Swimming and other exercises that increase circulation may help, while massage therapy can prove to be a great option as well.

Many of our pregnant mothers report that chiropractic care is a natural way to alleviate pressure and ensure their nervous system is functioning optimally. Spend more time preparing for your bundle of joy and less time in pain!

 
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Jul 5, 2016Who’s to blame for algae mess? Experts say urban growth, not Lake O
Pollution from population growth and urban development — not water releases from Lake Okeechobee — is the primary cause of the foul-smelling slime turning many waterways in Martin County a bright blue-green, an expert in algae blooms said Thursday.

Still, in response to mounting outcry over massive water releases from Lake Okeechobee, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday said it planned to reduce the amount of lake water it sends to the St. Lucie Estuary and Caloosahatchee River.

Beginning today, the Corps said it would cut releases into the St. Lucie Estuary to 756 million gallons per day — a 35 percent drop from Thursday’s level when the discharges totaled roughly 1.1 billion gallons per day. Water releases into the Caloosahatchee River on the west coast of the state also will be reduced, the Corps said.

Gov. Rick Scott also took action late Thursday, extending a previously declared state of emergency for the algae bloom for Martin and St. Lucie counties to include Palm Beach and Lee counties. That's in addition to a Wednesday local state of emergency declaration made by Martin County officials.

“It has been a challenging year for South Florida,” Col. Jason Kirk, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District Commander said in a statement released Thursday. “Our water managers have dealt with such large quantities of rain and runoff entering the lake that it would cover the entire state of Delaware in 2 feet of water. However, after visiting with local elected officials in Martin County yesterday and viewing the algae firsthand, we felt compelled to take action, even though we need to remain vigilant in managing the level of Lake Okeechobee.”

Brian LaPointe, an expert in algae blooms and a research professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, questioned whether slowing the discharges would help much. He said septic tanks, sewage systems and other nutrient-laden pollutants have fueled the widespread algae blooms invading Martin County waters.

“It is not the lake,” LaPointe said Thursday. “It is really the human activities on the watershed. The algae is just the ecological response to excess nutrients. Lake Okeechobee is easy to point your finger at, but the reality is that it is coming from many, many sources.”

On Wednesday, the South Florida Water Management District issued a news release that also made the same argument.

“The nutrients and fresh water that can fuel growth of naturally occurring blue-green algae also comes from local stormwater runoff and septic tanks,” the district wrote in the release.

Also called cyanobacteria, the algae are caused by tiny organisms naturally found in water. It sometimes produces toxins that can cause health problems in humans and pets.

The blooms are fueled by warm weather and by water enriched with nutrients, such as those found in septic tanks and stagnant water. There is no effective treatment to stop the algae or remove it from the water.

The algae were first discovered last month in Lake Okeechobee. Since then, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection has been monitoring blooms across the Treasure Coast and South Florida.

Martin County residents have blamed the blue-green algae outbreak on nutrient-rich water releases from Lake Okeechobee.

The Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the earthen dike around the lake, has been flushing lake water down the St. Lucie Estuary and Caloosahatchee River since last year because high water levels in the lake threaten the fragile dike around it.

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson called on the Corps to route the lake water to the south rather than to the east. Nelson met in Martin County with officials and the media at a marina where the water was thick with the algae.

The stench of the algae forced reporters to cover their noses; some wore paper masks.

“You’re smelling the rotting algae,” Nelson said at the dock. “If you put too many nutrients into the water, this is what’s going to happen.”

The long-term fix is that “you have to reverse the diking and draining that occurred over three-quarters of a century,” Nelson said.

“The short-term fix here so that we stop the algae bloom in the St. Lucie is that you hold the water back from going into the lake on the north side of the lake, and release as much water as you can, without polluting the Everglades, to the south. That’s what we’re trying to get the Corps of Engineers to do on a temporary basis,” the senator said.

Bill Louda, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University’s chemistry department, said diverting water south into the Everglades would be devastating.

“They can’t or they’ll kill the Everglades,” Louda said.

LaPointe agreed.

“There are a number of reasons why you can’t send that volume of water south,” LaPointe said. “It would have very damaging effects on the Everglades and Florida Bay.”

Instead, LaPointe said legislators should focus on regulations for septic tanks and require sewage treatment facilities to reduce the amount of nitrogen in the effluent. Water contamination caused by sewage and septic tanks is like “MiracleGro” for the algae, allowing the blooms to rapidly expand, he said.

“This is something that our Legislature in Tallahassee really needs to get ahold of,” LaPointe said. “They really need some leadership up there to realize that Florida’s economic future really depends on us controlling this problem and getting ahead of this.”

Tequesta resident Marvin Steiding, who runs Reel Candy Sportfishing Charters, has seen the economic damage firsthand. The company is normally completely booked for the Fourth of July holiday, but Steiding said business has slowed as news of the algae blooms has spread. Some customers, he said, have been reluctant to book charters because of concerns about the water quality.

“Almost 30 percent of my calls are people are concerned about the water and whether the fish are good to eat,” he said. “It is definitely affecting business.”

The state declaration of emergency gave South Florida water managers the authority to reduce the amount of water flowing into Lake Okeechobee from the north, ultimately allowing the Corps to send less water to the St. Lucie Estuary and Caloosahatchee River, officials said.

The change also calls for release into the St. Lucie Estuary to be in a pulselike manner to mimic rainfall, replacing the continuous flow of water that was being sent through the St. Lucie Lock near Stuart.

“This should bring some degree of relief to the estuaries,” Kirk said.

On Thursday, the lake stood at 14.9 feet, up more than a foot since May 17 when it hit its lowest level of the year.

 
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Jul 5, 2016Free Movie Summer Proudly Sponsored by Michael & Marie Braid!
Chinatown
Saturday, July 23 at 3pm; Sunday, July 24 at 5pm

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. Winner of 1 Oscar. Starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.

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The Usual Suspects
Saturday, July 23 at 6pm; Sunday, July 24 at 2pm

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After a number of people are killed and a cargo ship set on fire, Roger 'Verbal' Kint is questioned by U.S. Customs Agent Dave Kujan. Reluctant at first, Verbal begins to tell them what happened starting with when he met four men, all criminals, sharing a holding cell for a few hours. Together, they join forces to successfully hijack a jewel shipment and head to Los Angeles to lay low. There they are contacted by a lawyer, Kobayashi, representing the much-feared international criminal Keyser Söze who wants them to do a job for him. The result is the attack on the cargo ship. Verbal refuses to give evidence in the case and is set free. Only then does Kujan realize what's really happened. Winner of 2 Oscars. Starring Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne and Chazz Palminteri.

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Gone with the Wind
Saturday, July 30 at 2pm; Sunday, July 31 at 2pm

G | 222 min | Drama, History, Romance

This tale of the Old South from the start of the Civil War through to the period of reconstruction focuses on the beautiful Scarlett O'Hara. Before the start of the war life at the O'Hara plantation, Tara, could only be described as genteel. She is very much looking forward to a barbecue at the nearby Wilkes plantation as she will get to see the man she loves, Ashley Wilkes. She hears that he is to marry his cousin Melanie Hamilton. Now living in Atlanta, Scarlett sees the ravages that war brings. She also becomes re-acquainted with Rhett Butler, whom she had first met at the Wilkes barbecue. She still pines for the married Ashley and dreams of his return. With the war lost, she returns to Tara and faces the hardship of Tara being sold at auction to collect the taxes. She has becomes hardened and bitter and will do anything to ensure she will never again be poor and hungry. With its magnificent cinematography and sweeping score, this proves to be a cherished classic. Winner of 8 Oscars. Starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.

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The Manchurian Candidate
Saturday, August 6 at 3pm; Sunday, August 7 at 5pm

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

Major Ben Marco is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He served valiantly as a captain in the Korean war and his Sergeant, Raymond Shaw, even won the Medal of Honor. Marco has a major problem however: he has a recurring nightmare, one where two members of his squad are killed by Shaw. He's put on indefinite sick leave and visits Shaw in New York. Shaw for his part has established himself well, despite the misgivings of his domineering mother, Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin. She is a red-baiter, accusing anyone who disagrees with her right-wing reactionary views of being a Communist. Raymond hates her, not only for how she's treated him but equally because of his step-father, the ineffectual U.S. Senator John Iselin, who is intent on seeking higher office. When Marco learns that others in his Korean War unit have nightmares similar to his own, he realizes that something happened to all of them in Korea and that Raymond Shaw is the focal point. Nominated for 2 Oscars. Starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh.

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Saturday, August 6 at 6pm; Sunday, August 7 at 2pm

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama
Frank Capra's classic comedy-drama about government and the American spirit. Jimmy Stewart is an idealistic senator who tries to stem the tide of graft he finds around him. Claude Rains is a corrupt colleague, Jean Arthur a jaded secretary who joins Stewart's crusade. Political heavyweights decide that Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), an obscure scoutmaster in a small town, would be the perfect dupe to fill a vacant U.S. Senate chair. Surely this naive bumpkin can be easily controlled by the senior senator (Claude Rains) from his state, a respectable and corrupted career politician. Director Frank Capra fills the movie with Smith's wide-eyed wonder at the glories of Washington, all of which ring false for his cynical secretary (Jean Arthur), who doesn't believe for a minute this rube could be for real. But he is. Capra was repeating the formula of a previous film, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, but this one is even sharper; Stewart and Arthur are brilliant, and the former cowboy star Harry Carey lends a warm presence to the role of the vice president. Bright, funny, and beautifully paced, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is Capra's ode to the power of innocence--an idea so potent that present-day audiences may find themselves wishing for a new Mr. Smith in Congress. The 1939 Congress was none too thrilled about the film's depiction of their august body, denouncing it as a caricature; but even today, Capra's jibes about vested interests and political machines look as accurate as ever.

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Casablanca
Saturday, August 13 at 3pm; Sunday, August 14 at 5pm

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick's surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick's one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan.. Winner of 3 Oscars. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman.


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An American in Paris
Saturday, August 13 at 6pm; Sunday, August 14 at 2pm

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Jerry Mulligan is an ex-serviceman who stayed on in Paris after the war. He's now a struggling artist trying to sell his paintings on the sidewalk. He's had little luck until the rich Milo Roberts sees him. She offers to help him with his career but is clearly more interested in Jerry than his work. She rents a studio for him and plans his first exhibition. For his part, Jerry falls for a lovely young French woman he sees in a nightclub, Lise Bouvier. She however is being pursued by Jerry's friend, entertainer Henri Baurel. When Baurel gets the opportunity to tour in the US, he wants Lise to marry him so they can go together. She is in love with Jerry but feels she can't abandon Henri who saved her during the war. She has only a short time to decide. Winner of 6 Oscars. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant and directed by Vincente Minnelli.


 
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Jul 5, 2016Brightline gears up with first engine install
emens is building the latest generation high-speed train service in Florida. Historically dubbed the All Aboard Florida, and transformed into the Brightline, the route will transport commuters between Orlando and Miami, a distance of 235 miles, with connections in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. According to an article in Wired magazine, the train is part of a collection of trains considered "some of the most modern, high tech, high speed trains to hit US rails."

At an expected speed of 125 miles per hour (mph), compared to Amtrak’s 80 mph, the train will feature large picture-type windows built at the level of each seat for better viewing. Other features include high-speed Wi-Fi connections, reclining seats, and lots of power outlets, promising to whet the appetite of the long-distance commuter who will be able to put his car in the garage and get some work done on the train. To accommodate other demographic groups in the ridership profile, such as families with children, and retirees, the trains will feature wide aisles and overhead luggage storage.

Service is expected to commence this time next year.

 
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Jul 5, 2016Tax Collector’s office goes “LIVE” with another new Convenience


We CARE about YOUR time! In order to better serve you, we continue to bring you more services online. Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski , Martin County Tax Collector, has put Tourist Development Tax payments online. You now have the ability to manage your money easier and access your account quickly, viewing it at a glance anytime from anywhere. You now are able to control, track, and review payments and your payment history online. It’s faster, easier, and safer than the check-and –stamp method. Personal information is much more vulnerable to theft if it’s on paper and physically moving through the postal system. It’s our job every day to put people first-where YOU are number one!
http://taxcol.martin.fl.us/TDTabout.aspx


 
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Jul 5, 2016SFWMD Taking More Action to Address Blue-Green Algae Emergency

This week Gov. Rick Scott and the Martin County Commission declared a state of emergency because of blue-green algal blooms in the lakes, rivers and canals of South Florida. Since then the South Florida Water Management District has been pursuing several actions to address the impact of the blooms. This includes holding additional water in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes north of Lake Okeechobee to reduce the volume of water flowing south into Lake Okeechobee.
The District has begun requesting the use of private properties to store additional water. In response, Florida Power and Light Co. (FPL) confirmed it can temporarily store approximately 2.2 billion gallons per month of Lake Okeechobee water withdrawn from the C-44 canal in the cooling pond at the FPL Martin Clean Energy Center near Indiantown in western Martin County. Storage of this water will begin today and continue for approximately three to four months.
"On behalf of our Governing Board, I would like to thank FPL for responding so quickly to this water storage request after the governor's declaration of emergency," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Daniel O'Keefe. "Each of us has an important role to play, including the private sector. FPL has proven to be a great partner with its actions today."
The District will implement the Governor's executive order by accelerating the use of private properties to store additional water. The Florida Legislature and Gov. Scott appropriated approximately $47.8 million for that purpose last session.

The District will continue to explore practical operational steps that can be taken to address the algal blooms. In addition, the District is continuing to sample waterways and is coordinating with other state agencies that are responsible for algae response.
• For more information on the District's responses to blue-green algae and facts about algae, please visit the District's website at http://sfwmd.link/AlgaeResponse.
• For information on the Department of Environmental Protections response to blue-green algae, visit the DEP's website at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/bgalgae/index.htm.
• For more information about blue-green algae, visit the Florida Department of Health's website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins/_documents/cyano-faqs-pio.pdf


 
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Jul 5, 2016Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show West Palm Beach September 23-25, 2016
West Palm Beach, Florida…Don’t miss the Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show September 23-15, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida 33411

The Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show will be held at the South Florida Fairgrounds the perfect venue for this event. Its close proximity to upscale downtown and its central location in the biggest county east of the Mississippi.

Marine, wildlife and nature artists and craftsmen will be exhibiting and selling their work. Photography, acrylic and oil paintings, serigraphy, watercolor, jewelry, clothing, pottery, woodcarving, quilting, metalwork, leatherworkers and furniture will be exhibited and sold.

The Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show has been awarded a feature listing at www.FestivalsInsider.com.

The Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show is also held in conjunction with the Florida Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival, visitors can go to two marine events on the same weekend at the same location, for information on the nautical flea market go to the websitewww.FLNauticalFleaMarket.com

Visit the Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show websitehttp://www.MarineWildlifeArtFestivalCraftShow.comfor more information, discount tickets, vendor applications, special hotel rates and specific driving directions contact Under the Sun Promotions, Inc. at 954-205-7813, FAX: 561-395-5389.contact Under the Sun Promotions, Inc. at 954-205-7813, FAX: 561-395-5389.


 
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Jul 5, 2016EVERYONE HAS A VOICE AT GULFSTREAM GOODWILL INDUSTRIES’ DEAF FORUM
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries’ Deaf Services Program held a second Deaf Forum on Wednesday, June 22 at the agency’s headquarters in West Palm Beach. Nearly 50 individuals from the Deaf and hard of hearing community attended the forum to discuss progress and future plans for the program.

Topics addressed were the need for stronger compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the areas of housing, municipal communication and transportation, rent vouchers, employment and job coaching, and programs for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

“Eighty percent of people who are deaf are not working across the United States … and living on Social Security,” said Gulfstream Goodwill Industries Deaf Services specialist Allan Karp.

As for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, while Florida has one of the highest Deaf populations, the state has only one school for the Deaf, located in St. Augustine. There is a lack of programs for deaf children in Palm Beach County.

“I’m concerned that there is not enough [of a] kid-friendly Deaf community. I’d like to encourage for more events for the Deaf/hard of hearing children to get involved,” said Deaf Forum attendee Ivy Berry.

At the close of the Deaf Forum, participants shared their concerns, hopes and success stories.

Gulfstream Goodwill Industries plans to host ongoing Deaf Forums to engage the Deaf community by offering a third Deaf Forum in early 2017.


 
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Jul 5, 2016Tech-focused 'idea lab' Grand Opening at Elisabeth Lahti Library July 9
The Grand Opening of a new idea lab will occur on Saturday, July 9 with a ribbon-cutting at 2:30 p.m. at Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave. in Indiantown. The public is invited to come and explore the space in action. This lab was made possible with district funds by Martin County Commissioners Anne Scott and John Haddox.

The idea labs at the Martin County Library System offer residents exposure and access to technology, information, and assistance creating an environment of digitally literate citizens. These labs are spaces to learn, create and connect through exploration, hands-on learning, computer classes, and special events. The library offers a wide variety of technology, advanced software, and unique experiences through idea labs, identifying ways to diversify and empower the community.

The Elisabeth Lahti Library's idea lab will invite users to get hands on exposure to create, play, work, and connect with technology. Lahti's idea lab focuses on serving all ages and all members of its community from STEM programming for youth, to content creation, digital music exploration, gaming, and lifelong learning with a language learning station and life skill resources.

For more information, pick up a Library Events newsletter at any Martin County Library location, visit: www.library.martin.fl.us or call (772) 221-4651.


 
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Jul 5, 2016Activation of FLVBEOC Business Damage Assessment Survey Site-Lake Okeechobee Discharge-Algal Blooms
In response to frequent discharges of harmful flood waters and the increased number of algae blooms resulting from Lake Okeechobee in Martin, Lee, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach Counties, the State Emergency Response Team through its Emergency Support Function-18, Business, Industry, and Economic Stabilization has activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) to assist in assessing the impact that the discharges and algae blooms are having on local businesses. Affected businesses are being requested to complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey that can be obtained at: http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda (select the “Lake Okeechobee Discharge-Algal Blooms” event). The survey results will be shared with various federal, state and local agencies to expedite implementation of appropriate disaster relief programs for affected businesses.

Your assistance is kindly requested in sharing this announcement with businesses, business support organizations, and your affiliated organizations in Martin, Lee, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach Counties.

Attached are copies of recently issued Executive Orders related to this event.

Thanks in advance for your assistance and support.

Larry J. McIntyre
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Emergency Coordination Officer: DEO/ESF 18
(850) 921-3323 Office
(850) 294-7414 Mobile



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Jul 5, 2016Sports Physical Summer Special
June 1, 2016 to September 1, 2016

Physicians Immediate Care would like to take this opportunity to support our local schools and educate our community on the importance of an EKG for children participating in athletic programs. Physicians Immediate Care is offering a sports physical summer special price of $45 at all five locations. For each student that has a sport’s physical performed at one of our offices, we will give $5 back to their school’s athletic department and the Education Foundation will match the donation amount given to each athletic department. Please bring in your $5 PIC Bucks and hand it to one of our friendly staff members when checking in so we can make sure to give back to your school.

One in 500 people are affected by hypertropic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a thickening of the heart muscle that forces the heart to work harder to pump blood. It is the number one cause of sudden cardiac death among children and young adults.

Visit one of our 5 convienent locations with no appointment necessary, click here.

Since 2003, Physicians Immediate Care has been crusading to raise awareness of the importance of including an EKG with a sports physical. An electrocardiogram, or EKG, is one of the ways to detect potential causes of heart trouble. Protect your child and help raise awareness of the importance of getting an EKG with a sports physical while allowing us to give back to your child’s school.



 
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Jul 5, 2016Torrey Pines Institute’s Dr. Lawrence Toll and Dr. Akihiko Ozawa Award $2.1 Million Grant
Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies’ Dr. Lawrence Toll and Dr. Akihiko Ozawa have been awarded a $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This grant will fund research to study “NPQ/Spexin the Endogenous Ligand for the Galanin Receptor 3”.
The prohormone preproNPQ was discovered by Dr. Toll, using novel computational methods. Peptides derived from this prohormone have been demonstrated to have central nervous system as well as renal and cardiovascular actions and have now been shown to activate the Galanin receptor 3 (GALR3). Galanin and its receptors have been implicated in many biologically diverse functions including pain, waking and sleeping regulation, appetite, regulation of blood pressure, as well as a number of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Drs. Toll and Ozawa plan to carry out studies to examine the functional interaction between the peptide and receptor, to evaluate the activity of NPQ peptides as potential analgesics, and to identify small molecule agonists that activate GALR3, using the TPIMS chemical libraries developed over the past 25 years. These experiments will define the actions of a newly identified neuropeptide system and potentially provide another target for development of medications for pain-related disorders.
Dr. Toll, Director of Neuropharmacology and Full Member at Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, is a biochemist with expertise in neuropharmacology. Dr. Toll earned his Ph.D. at UCLA in 1978, where he continued at a postdoctoral fellow in Biological Chemistry through 1979 at which time he accepted a second postdoctoral fellowship in Pharmacology and Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore Maryland. In 1981 Dr. Toll joined SRI International in Menlo Park, CA where he ultimately became the Senior Director of the Neuropharmacology Program. Dr. Toll joined Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in 2011 as a Full Member and Director of Neuropharmacology. In addition to the discovery of NPQ, he is internationally recognized as the co-discoverer of the endogenous neuropeptide, nociceptin. Dr. Toll’s work has been chronicled in over 120 publications.
Dr. Ozawa, a Senior Scientist at TPIMS, received his Ph.D. from Ehime University in Japan. Prior to joining TPIMS in 2012, he performed his postdoctoral studies to understand the regulatory mechanisms of secretory proteins’ activity, especially for neuropeptides and peptide hormones in Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc., the Louisiana State University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. His current research interests are to understand how the neuropeptide systems including its cognate receptors are mechanistically regulating pain perception in the brain, the spinal cord and the peripheral tissues by utilizing molecular biological and anatomical approaches.


 
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Jul 1, 2016What's new on MCTV-Health Matters
MCTV's latest Health Matters features mosquito prevention tips and easy-to-use free resource, 211 Martin County Television (MCTV) is proud to present its fifth episode of Health Matters. In partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Martin County, the show features local segments on how to stay healthy. The show's mission is to provide important health and safety information for local residents.
In this edition of MCTV's Health Matters, we visit Port Salerno Elementary School and show what school nurses are doing to keep your children healthy and in class. We will also take you to the Martin County 211 resource call center to share all the
helpful information you can get from dialing 2-1-1. We’ll also tag along with Martin County Mosquito Control as they show us how to keep pesky mosquitos from breeding on your property.
Health Matters airs on MCTV. The channel is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streams live at www.martin.fl.us. This edition is also available on Martin County's YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/m2j7KoJwAFs.


 
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Jul 1, 2016PUBLIC NOTICE MARTIN COUNTY UTILITIES
PUBLIC NOTICE MARTIN COUNTY UTILITIES, THE CITY OF STUART AND SOUTH MARTIN REGIONAL UTILITY (SMRU)
FREE CHLORINE MAINTENANCE

Martin County Utilities, City of Stuart and South Martin Regional Utility (SMRU) will temporarily change the method of chlorinating potable water to insure the future safety of the water. The Utility water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during the period of July 3, 2016 – July 16, 2016.
These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if you are on kidney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special instructions concerning this matter. If you have tropical fish or aquatic animals, you should contact your local tropical fish store for advice and take appropriate action to insure that you have properly treated the water before adding it your aquarium.
The hydrant flushing during this period may cause the water to become cloudy and discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last more than a few hours. We sincerely regret any inconvenience you may experience during this time. Please keep in mind that this is necessary to provide safe water for our customers.
For more information contact Martin County Utilities Customer Service at (772) 221-1434, the City of Stuart Customer Service at (772) 288-5317 or (772) 288-5318 or South Martin Regional Utility (SMRU) Customer Service at (772) 546-2511.


 
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Jul 1, 2016Local Boys Give Back Through Eagle Scout Projects
Local Boys Give Back Through Eagle Scout Projects
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Boy Scouts from Troop 823 and Troop 832 recently chose Treasure Coast Hospice as the beneficiary of their Eagle Scout projects. Connor McAlpin installed a playhouse for children visiting hospice to play with and Conner Osborn created a peaceful arbor overlooking the water next to the Mayes Center for Hope.

Both scouts completed their projects as a heartfelt way to give back for the hospice care received by family members.

Connor McAlpin was inspired to make his Eagle Scout project after speaking with his mother, Pamela McAlpin of Stuart, who has been a patient visitor volunteer at Treasure Coast Hospice for two years. Pamela began volunteering after her father passed away on hospice service in California in April of 2014.

"Hospice turned something that could have been awful into something beautiful," said McAlpin. "I felt the need to give back."

Connor decided he wanted to make a place where children could play and do a project in honor of his grandfather.

Conner Osborn decided to make an arbor overlooking the pond at the Mayes Center for Hope in March of 2015.

This "heartfelt" project was done in honor of Conner's grandfather, Tony Raffa, who received care from Treasure Coast Hospice six years prior.

"Treasure Coast Hospice helped put him at ease at a very trying time," said Chase Osborn, Conner's father. " Everyone was very friendly and empathetic."

A poem about remembrance is inscribed on the bench next to the arbor.



With Love Brings Comfort and Healing to Community

On Thursday, June 2, Treasure Coast Hospice Counseling Services (TCHCS) and The Morning After Center for Hope and Healing (TMAC) came together to bring healing and harmony to the community through a special event called With Love.

Members of the Fort Pierce community who had lost a loved one gathered at the Love Center on 13th Street in Fort Pierce, bringing t-shirts, photos and other cherished memorabilia.

TCHCS lead the group in a ribbon ceremony where the name of a loved one was written on each ribbon. During the ceremony, each person passed their ribbon to the person next to them, saying the name of the honored individual while giving the ribbon “with love.” The ribbons were gathered together in a chain to demonstrate how the community is connected. The chain is on display at TMAC.

Annette Brown, TMAC Director of Programs, shared a message of help, hope and healing with the crowd. The evening ended with a performance by Masac Dorlouis and Presley Isaac of “We are the City,” an original song about Fort Pierce,





 
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Jul 1, 201619.6% Workers’ Comp Rate Increase
19.6% Workers’ Comp Rate Increase Might Force Small Businesses to Choose Between Paying Higher Workers’ Comp Rates and Hiring New Employees

It’s time for a legislative solution.


Today, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) announced a recommended 19.6 percent workers’ comp rate increase, proposed effective beginning October 1.

If the rate filing is approved as filed increasing rates by 19.6 percent, Florida will have the highest premiums in the Southeast.

The increase results from two recent Florida Supreme Court rulings that deemed Florida’s attorney fee provision unconstitutional (Castellanos v. Next Door Company), and declared the current cap for temporary total disability (104 weeks) unconstitutional (Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg). According to the release by NCCI, “NCCI estimates that the impact of Westphal will be an increase in overall Florida workers compensation system costs of +2.2%.”

The Florida Chamber believes the Florida Legislature must address this rate increase to avoid harming Florida’s growing economy and private-sector job growth.

GET INVOLVED:
The Florida Chamber’s Workers’ Compensation Task Force has been engaging Florida’s highest elected leaders since last year, preparing them for this outcome, and advocating for a legislative solution. We need your voice to help find a solution. Click here to learn how you can join the Florida Chamber’s Workers’ Comp Taskforce.


LEARN MORE:
• Read the Florida Chamber’s full release on today’s workers’ comp recommendation.
• Read Mark Wilson's, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber, article in the Naples Daily News, Let’s Keep Florida’s Workers’ Comp System Working.



 
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Jun 30, 2016Martin County’s Longest Running Street Party & Music Festival!


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Jun 30, 2016Local State of Emergency declared in Martin County; Commissioners urge Governor to act
The Martin County Board of County Commission stands with citizens who are demanding swift action about the impacts associated with the damaging freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary. Commissioners have proceeded with declaring a local State of Emergency and are urging Florida Governor Rick Scott also declare a State of Emergency, and request a federal State of Emergency be declared by President Barack Obama to address the potential hazardous health, safety and welfare considerations that exists and are likely to continue.

This all comes just hours following a special, emergency meeting convened by County Commissioners to discuss the rapidly deteriorating water conditions and devastating blue-green algae bloom in the St. Lucie River and Estuary, on our coastlines and in the ocean. Approximately 250 people; among them residents, parents, property and business owners and elected officials, filled Commission Chambers and spilled into the lobby where it was standing-room only, offering public comment, which lasted well over three hours.

In the letter to Governor Scott, District 4 Commissioner Sarah Heard wrote, "...help us protect the health and safety of our residents, and save our local economy and ecosystem... We ask you declare a renewed State of Emergency before we see a complete collapse of our ecosystem and economy, and implore the federal government to exercise all options to move water away from the estuaries."

Our local water conditions have worsened in the last several months. The current discharges from Lake Okeechobee have contributed to toxic algae blooms throughout the water system. Over the weekend, the County was forced to fly double red flags at four popular beaches to direct beachgoers to avoid contact with the water.

Additionally, Martin County has requested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers immediately suspend Lake Okeechobee discharges through the St. Lucie Lock until the algae bloom conditions approve. The County believes this unprecedented action will provide some relief.

Martin County has formally invited Governor Scott to visit the area and witness the devastation firsthand. The County will also be inviting President Obama. The County pledges its support to finding solutions to these most critical issues.


 
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Jun 30, 2016Myth vs. Fact: Blue-Green Algae and the SFWMD
June 2016

Blue-Green Algae and the SFWMD

• The South Florida Water Management District is not doing anything to help lessen lake releases or address blue-green algae concerns.

• The District took extraordinary measures to decrease lake releases including storing more than 2.7 million gallons of lake water in the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin.


• The South Florida Water Management District is responsible for managing blue-green algae blooms.

• The South Florida Water Management District samples water. For more information visit sfwmd.link/AlgaeResponse.



• The South Florida Water Management District is responsible for Lake Okeechobee releases.

• The District advises the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers but the Corps is solely responsible for authorizing and conducting lake releases to coastal estuaries for flood protection.


• Lake Okeechobee is the sole contributor to blue-green algae blooms.

• The nutrients and fresh water that can fuel growth of naturally occurring blue-green algae also comes from local stormwater runoff and septic tanks. Algae blooms have occurred in past years such as 2014 when there were no lake releases.


• Large blue-green algae blooms can be treated or removed from South Florida's waterways.

• No effective large scale treatment method exists to remove blue-green algae blooms. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission does not recommend any form of treatment because it may release toxins.


• The algae bloom seen this summer in South Florida water bodies is an unusual occurrence.

• Blue-green algae naturally occurs in water bodies all over the world. Large blooms have also occurred in South Florida in the past.


• Blue-green algae has been proven to cause neurodegenerative disease.

• No proven connection has been found between cyanobacteria and neurodegenerative disease. For more information from the Florida Department of Health, click here.



• Purchasing thousands of acres of land in the Everglades Agricultural Area south of Lake Okeechobee and building a reservoir would have prevented this year's bloom and will prevent future blooms.

• The proposed purchase of agricultural land for a reservoir would have taken billions of dollars away from needed restoration projects and was a bad deal.
• Even if the land had been purchased, a reservoir could not have been built yet due to a ten year operating lease.
• Any reservoir on that land would not have eliminated all need for lake releases and all possibility of algae blooms.
• Other projects already in the works will store water, allow more water to be moved south and reduce lake releases.





The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.



 
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Jun 30, 2016Local State of Emergency declared in Martin County; Commissioners urge Governor to act


The Martin County Board of County Commission stands with citizens who are demanding swift action about the impacts associated with the damaging freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary. Commissioners have proceeded with declaring a local State of Emergency and are urging Florida Governor Rick Scott also declare a State of Emergency, and request a federal State of Emergency be declared by President Barack Obama to address the potential hazardous health, safety and welfare considerations that exists and are likely to continue.

This all comes just hours following a special, emergency meeting convened by County Commissioners to discuss the rapidly deteriorating water conditions and devastating blue-green algae bloom in the St. Lucie River and Estuary, on our coastlines and in the ocean. Approximately 250 people; among them residents, parents, property and business owners and elected officials, filled Commission Chambers and spilled into the lobby where it was standing-room only, offering public comment, which lasted well over three hours.

In the letter to Governor Scott, District 4 Commissioner Sarah Heard wrote, "...help us protect the health and safety of our residents, and save our local economy and ecosystem... We ask you declare a renewed State of Emergency before we see a complete collapse of our ecosystem and economy, and implore the federal government to exercise all options to move water away from the estuaries."

Our local water conditions have worsened in the last several months. The current discharges from Lake Okeechobee have contributed to toxic algae blooms throughout the water system. Over the weekend, the County was forced to fly double red flags at four popular beaches to direct beachgoers to avoid contact with the water.

Additionally, Martin County has requested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers immediately suspend Lake Okeechobee discharges through the St. Lucie Lock until the algae bloom conditions approve. The County believes this unprecedented action will provide some relief.

Martin County has formally invited Governor Scott to visit the area and witness the devastation firsthand. The County will also be inviting President Obama. The County pledges its support to finding solutions to these most critical issues.


 
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Jun 29, 2016Humane Society provides pet safety tips during fireworks
Palm City, Fla. — While fireworks can bring smiles to the faces of people celebrating the 4th of July, the sights, sounds and smell can strike fear in the hearts of some pets. The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) sees an increased number of animals at the shelter following this holiday because they often stray from the noise, bright lights and smell of sulfur from fireworks. The HSTC offers the following guidelines to ensure pets are comfortable during this time.

* Leave pets at home and indoors if possible. Close all doors and windows, and play background music to muffle the sound of fireworks. Close curtains and blinds to block the flashing lights.
* If pets must come along, keep them on a leash or in a crate. Make sure they have proper ID tags with current information in case they get away. Keep them away from matches, open fires and fireworks. Do not let pets eat or sniff fireworks, especially since pet hair can easily catch fire.
* Try to distract pets at home with toys and games or get them to play with another pet.
* Before the fireworks begin, be sure the pet has eliminated. Many animals are too frightened to go once the fireworks begin, which could lead to accidents later on.
* If there is time, desensitization techniques, such as playing a CD with sirens, thunder or trains, may help pets get used to uncomfortable sounds.
* For pets with noise phobias, talk to a veterinarian about suitable medical options.

For more information about keeping pets safe from fireworks, contact the HSTC at (772) 223-8822.

About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations, including the Best Friends No More Homeless Pets organization. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason because the HSTC believes that is the humane thing to do. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.


 
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Jun 29, 2016WM of Martin County Quarterly Enewsletter
Dear Valued Customer,
I’m Jason Vanderloo, and after four years in a corporate role supporting the field, I’m pleased to be starting a new role as Sr. District Manager of Waste Management in Martin County. My wife Stacey and I, and our 18-year-old daughter Marisa, look forward to joining you in calling this beautiful area “home”. I also look forward to serving you, our valued customer.

At Waste Management, we strive to be a good corporate citizen. We are pleased to be honored for the 9th year in a row as one of the world’s most ethical companies by Ethisphere and named to Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens list.

As always, we look forward to giving back to our communities and continuing to serve you with safe, reliable and professional environmental services every day!


Have a great day!

Jason Vanderloo
Sr. District Manager
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WM in the Community
WM Sponsors breakfast for 200 at the St. Lucie County Keep Fort Pierce Beautiful project!

Landfill Supervisor Billy Dees and wife Melissa Dees.
Girl Scouts Think Green!

WM Public Affairs Manager Teresa Bishop teaches Jensen Beach Girl Scouts about recycling right. Girl Scouts took home information for parents, a coloring book with recycling tips and a WM toy truck.
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Thank you to Martin County Sheriff's Office!
Martin County Sheriff’s Office assisted WM employees when the drivers noticed smoke in the vehicle from a combustible item that had been discarded. Quick actions by our drivers and deputies protected residents, our employees, and saved the truck.

Please help protect our drivers by safely disposing of household hazardous materials that may cause a vehicle fire.

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Waste Management Honored for Corporate Responsibility and Ethics
For the ninth straight year, Waste Management has been named one of the world’s most ethical companies by Ethisphere Institute and has also been named to Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens.

Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes companies who align principle with action, work tirelessly to make trust part of their corporate DNA, and in doing so, shape future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices today. Waste Management is the only company to be honored in the environmental services category.

“This achievement means a lot to Waste Management’s Florida team,” said Tim Hawkins, Area Vice President of Waste Management Inc. of Florida. “We are committed to sharing an unwavering dedication to the highest ethical standards from employees at every level of our organization”.

Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranks public companies based on outstanding corporate responsibility performance.

“We are honored to be recognized among CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens,” added Hawkins. “Our 3,500 employees throughout Florida are committed to providing professional, safe and reliable environmental services to our customers every day while giving back to the communities in which they work and live.”

WM demonstrates its commitment to corporate responsibility in numerous ways, including:
• Recycling over 15 million tons of material destined for landfills annually
• Generating enough energy from collected landfill gases to power more than 500,000 homes
• Dedicating 25,000 protected acres to wildlife habitat
• Supporting non-profit organizations throughout the communities it serves
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Save $10 on your next Bagster Service
Remember to reuse and recycle whenever you can, and here’s a $10 off coupon for Bagster service, too!

Waste Management of Martin County
7700 S.E. Bridge Road, Hobe Sound, FL 33455
(800)824-8472 cssouthfl@wm.com
www.wmmc.wm.com

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Jun 29, 2016No transit services on July 4th holiday
Martin County Public Transit will not be in operation in observance of Independence Day Monday, July 4, 2016. For information on Martin County Public Transit schedules call 772-463-2860 or visit https://www.martin.fl.us/public-transit.

 
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Jun 29, 2016Oldies Night kicks off concert series @ Mansion at Tuckahoe
Martin County Parks and Recreation will host "Music at the Mansion," Oldies Night on Friday, July 1, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mansion at Tuckahoe, sponsored by David Golden, P.A. and Bonner Mobile Bar. Enthusiasts will groove through the musical time warp for free, enjoy food and beverages from on-site vendors and indulge in shopping.

David Golden, P.A. is sponsoring the "Music at the Mansion" series. With this underwriting, Golden, an aficionado of local arts and music and patron of community events, renews his collaboration with the Parks and Recreation Department to bring music to the public.

This inaugural production of the family-friendly, "Music at the Mansion" concert series combines the breathtaking views of The Mansion at Tuckahoe with the sweet sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s performed by The Showcase Band. Popular at local venues around the Treasure Coast, the group delivers a harmonious blend of three voices with a five piece ensemble.

In addition, "Music at the Mansion" encourages car enthusiasts and collectors to showcase their favorite classic vehicle. The owner of the car voted best in show will win a foursome of golf at Martin County Golf Course and four day passes to Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

Vendor spots and sponsorship opportunities remain available for this and all concerts in the series. To showcase your business at "Music at the Mansion," contact Jill Rodriquez, Special Events/Volunteer Manager at 772-463-2882 or Jrodriqu@martin.fl.us.


 
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Jun 29, 2016Become a FLASHER to keep you “In-the-know” & “On-the-go”!
FLASH is expanding into Stuart-Martin County and we will be printing 10,000 community events calendars starting in August. This will coincide with the roll-out of our FLASH APP. Together the calendar and app will help keep everyone in-the-know.

FLASH started in Vero Beach five years ago and has been extremely successful with a profound commitment to community. FLASH will quickly becoming the ultimate resource in Stuart for staying in-the-know and with the APP it will be even easier to stay in-the-know while on-the-go! FLASHERS will also enjoy many discounts from local businesses that are promoted on the app. It’s quite simple…all you have to do is FLASH the app to get the discount.

Vero Beach FLASH owner, Valerie Watkins, says, “This expansion is quite exciting and I can’t wait to bring the community of Stuart together through our focus and promotion on everything local! We will promote not only the large special events, but also ongoing events like open group/club meetings, support groups, library programs, and more. If you want to get involved or be active in the community; FLASH is where you will turn to find out what is going on. Everyone is invited to submit information. It’s super easy. Just send an email to jstrahl.stuartflash@gmail.com.

Jeffrey Strahl, President of the new, Stuart FLASH, comments, “I’m very excited to bring FLASH to Stuart to showcase community events in an easy-to-use way. It will include: our printed version, which starting in August, you will find all over town, the Stuart FLASH APP, FB page and website! I’m looking forward to the support of local area businesses to become the leading source to know anything about everything here in our Stuart!”

Stuart FLASH launches August 1, 2016.


 
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Jun 29, 2016CANCELED: Humane Society to present new Doggy Paddle and Sail Event
Dog owners and their furry companions are being
given an opportunity to celebrate the 4th of July with a new event being
presented by The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. From 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. at the U.S. Sailing Center, 1955 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen
Beach, the brand new Doggy Paddle and Sail event, which offers a variety
of activities, will be held. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for dogs
and children 12 and under.

Dog owners can take their pooch on a paddleboard ride or they can
choose to sit back with their four-legged friend and relax on a sailboat
ride. Attendees will operate individual paddleboards while skippers from
the U.S. Sailing Center will captain the boats. Participants also can
enjoy a finger-lickin' barbecue lunch provided by P.A. BBQ & Grille for
an additional $5. There also will be a pie-eating contest, field games,
a 50/50 raffle, mobile adoptions and more.

"This event is designed to be fun for the whole family and their furry
friends," said Courtney Zanetti, HSTC director of community outreach.

The event sponsors are the U.S. Sailing Center, Flying Fish Paddle
Sports, Periwinkle Environmental Boat Rentals and Crary Buchanan,
Attorneys at Law.



 
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Jun 29, 2016Summer Newsletter 2016
Splash into summer with Brightway, The Barletta Agency!
Thank you for trusting Brightway, The Barletta Agency with all of your insurance needs. Whatever your plans this Summer, we’re here to make sure you enjoy total protection.
If you have a question about your current policy, the insurance professionals in my Service Department are available at 888-254-5014. If you need a new policy, call my Sales Team at 772-872-7800.
Thanks again for choosing Brightway, The Barletta Agency. I hope you enjoy this Summer Edition of our newsletter.
Tony Barletta
Brightway, The Barletta Agency
772-872-7800
tony.barletta@brightway.com

Is your roof prepared for summer storms?
Your roof is among the most important parts of your home. Think about it--it is the only thing standing between you and whatever is falling from the sky. Depending on where you live, that could be rain, hail or snow.
Watch this video from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety for tips to make sure your home is protected against damage


I’m renting out my home this summer. Does my Homeowners policy provide the coverage I need?


Renting out a home is a great way to earn extra income, and thanks to popular sites like VRBO and Airbnb, it’s easy to do.
While some insurers may allow short-term rental of your primary home under your Homeowners policy, others may require additional coverage. For longer rentals, you may need a Landlord or Rental-Dwelling policy. This might cost a little more up front but can ensure you’re properly protected against property damage and liability.
If you’re renting the property on a regular basis, you may need a Business policy similar to the coverage a Bed & Breakfast would carry.
If you’re considering renting your home, drop me an email at tony.barletta@brightway.com or give me a call at 772-872-7800. I’d be happy to help you figure out which policy will best protect your investment.


Keep your cool with these helpful apps


I've got your insurance needs covered. From sunscreen application to pro packing tips, these apps have your summer fun covered.
Wolfram Sun Exposure Reference App
Save your skin with this app by Wolfram. Calculate your sun exposure based on location, time of day and SPF. The app will let you know how long you can stay in the sun before you're likely to burn. Waze
Enjoy the open road with the Waze app, a crowd-sourced navigation app that's perfect for your next road trip. The app allows you to check for road hazards and accidents, and provides turn-by-turn navigation that will take travel conditions into account.
Peek
Painlessly plan your next adventure with the Peek app. This app offers suggestions for fun experiences in major tourist destinations. You can even book things straight from the app. Search categories like “what to do if it rains” for inspiration.
PackPoint
Don’t leave home without it. Plug in the details of your trip and this app will figure out exactly what you should bring based on weather, destination and agenda. It will also save your lists for future trips.



 
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Jun 29, 2016Boatlines June 29
Update - Martin County Board of County Commissioners
Emergency Meeting to Discuss Local Water Issues

At yesterday's emergency meeting held by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, the board unanimously approved staff to request a declaration of disaster at the state and federal levels. If you are a business impacted by the current water conditions, please contact their office as they are compiling a list of affected businesses. Their efforts are to maintain direct communication with you and provide information on resources that become available to assist you during this difficult time.

Please share this information with any businesses that may be in need of assistance. If you have any questions or wish to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact them at the Business Development Board of Martin County 772.221.1380 | jill@bdbmc.org



Tourism officials launch #protectourparadise campaign

The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing, in partnership with Stuart Main Street, is launching #protectourparadise, the second part of its "tourism advocacy" campaign. Officials are calling on residents and visitors to advocate for clean water and support our local businesses that depend on tourism.

Show us why you're so passionate about protecting our paradise. We ask that you share images of our local scene with the hashtag #protectourparadise at www.protectourparadise.com. Here are some photo ideas to get you started: Enjoying a cup of coffee at an outdoor café, listening to live music, exploring our parks and conservation lands, visiting galleries and museums, shopping our local stores and, of course, relaxing at our beautiful beaches.

The top ten finalists in the photo contest will receive a limited edition Martin County Tervis Tumbler. The grand prize winner will receive an overnight stay for two in Downtown Stuart, a $250 downtown shopping spree and VIP tickets to Dancin' in the Streets.

"Historic Downtown Stuart and our waterways are inextricably linked. This community grew here because of the river, and its future remains linked to the river's health. We're working together with the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing to protect our local economy and our local ecology, so we all thrive," said Stuart Main Street's Thondra Lanese.

Nerissa Okiye, Martin County's Tourism and Marketing Manager said, "As residents, we understand first-hand the frustration and feelings of helplessness as circumstances beyond our control that are affecting our home. We know that freshwater releases can have a serious and detrimental impact on the natural ecosystem of the St. Lucie River and Estuary. However, we also know the important role tourism plays on the health of our local economy. We are delighted to partner with Stuart Main Street and the Downtown Business Association on this project. We want to show the world what we are fighting to protect. We want our visitors and residents to share their memorable experiences so we can help showcase why we work so hard to #protectourparadise."

Okiye and her team have created two digital marketing campaigns anchored by short videos to spark advocacy about the best of Martin County. The latest video outlines the #protectourparadise concept. "Share the videos, take part in our campaign and showcase to what we are all fighting to protect," Okiye added.

Calendar Events


June 30th ~ The Treasure Coast Builders PAC invites you to Meet the Martin County Candidates from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at Pirates Cove Resort & Marina, 4307 SE Bayview St, Stuart, FL.

July 5th - July 8th ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - Intermediate Youth. For more info, call 772-283-8130 .

July 5th - July 8th ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - Youth 2. For more info, call 772-283-8130 .

July 8th - July 9th ~ 10th Annual Fishing Tournament at the Twisted Tuna, 4290 SE Salerno Rd, Port Salerno, FL 34997. For more info, visit their website.

July 12th - July 15th ~ Basic Marine Electrical & Corrosion Mitigation in Miramar, FL. For more info, contact Sandy Brown at sbrown@abycinc.org or at 410-990-4460 Ext 101.

July 16th ~ The Perry J. Cohen Foundation & US Coast Guard Auxiliary / Flotilla 59 presents FREE ABOUT BOATING SAFETY (ABS) from 8:30am to 4:30pm. A one day in-depth boating safety course that will give you the knowledge to receive the Florida Safety Education ID upon completion. $10 registration course fee (refunded upon course completion) must be paid upon registration. Register at www.flotilla59.org. Seating is limited to 40.



 
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Jun 29, 2016Recent Activity from Small Business Majority
Letter From Rhett Buttle
As many of you know, after two years in the Obama Administration, I rejoined Small Business Majority in February as President and Managing Director and quickly got to work on the top issues facing small businesses. My first few months here have been busy – especially since we held our second Small Business Leadership Summit soon after I started from May 8-11 in Washington, D.C.

At the Summit, more than 150 small business owners joined policymakers, members of the media and issue experts to discuss how small business owners can better make their voices heard in the media, at the ballot box and in the legislature. And small business owners were able to put these lessons to work at the Summit through meetings at the White House, conversations with industry experts and Q&A sessions with senior policy advisors for presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

We also launched a new website this spring, with features like a section for small business owners who want to get involved with Small Business Majority and state sections to highlight our regional work.

We’re planning to carry the momentum from the Summit into the summer and keep small business owners at the front lines of policy debates – especially as the 2016 election rolls around. We look forward to continuing to work with you to create opportunities for hard-working entrepreneurs. You can contact us and get updates on our activity anytime at www.smallbusinessmajority.org.

Small Business Leadership Summit
At our Summit, we had more than 50 speakers, interactive panels on more than 10 issues and small business owners from nearly 30 states and D.C.

Participants heard from keynote speakers including Senator Jeff Merkley, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Ann O’Leary, Senior Policy Advisor for Hillary Clinton, Dr. Sam Clovis, Chief Policy Advisor for Donald Trump, Senator Jon Tester, Karen B. DeSalvo, Assistant Secretary for Health at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Jessica Milano, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Small Business, Community Development, and Housing.

Small business leaders participated in interactive panels and roundtable discussions on issues like access to capital, asset building, the freelance economy, women and minority entrepreneurship, the value of prescription drugs and more.

You can learn more about the Summit by checking out our Storify or visiting www.sbmleadershipsummit.com.

Entrepreneurship Program


Running a small business is no small feat. Entrepreneurs may have great ideas, but they can’t turn those ideas into profit unless they have the right resources and information. That’s why Small Business Majority launched a comprehensive Entrepreneurship Program to provide small businesses with the tools they need to run a successful business – from securing that first loan to setting up a smart retirement plan.

The Entrepreneurship Program helps entrepreneurs explore options and make decisions on healthcare and benefits, retirement security and access to capital. As part of the access to capital portion of the Program, we’ve launched a national weekly entrepreneurship webinar series dedicated to helping small business owners sort through funding options and separate good lenders from bad lenders. This series is also part of our 2016 Commitment to Action with the Clinton Global Initiative.

As part of an additional Commitment to Action, we’ve also launched a webinar series on retirement security for small businesses. This series focuses on how small businesses can find retirement policies, practices and programs that work for them. You can read more about retirement webinars and resources here: http://smallbusinessportal.org/retirement.

New Report on Small Businesses and National Monuments
On April 6, we released a new report, completed by BBC Research & Consulting, analyzing the economic impact of national monuments on small businesses. The report found that 10 monuments designated by President Obama have an annual economic impact of $156 million and have created more than 1,800 jobs. This benefit is significant – especially to the entrepreneurs in the small towns that tend to surround these natural attractions.

We released the report at a press conference with New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich, Nevada Senator Harry Reid and three small business owners who shared how their businesses have benefitted from national monuments. We also held a panel discussion on public lands at our Small Business Leadership Summit – and panel speakers continued to spread the word on how national monuments help small businesses through news articles like this one.

Recent Research From Small Business Majority
Two-Thirds of California Small Business Owners Support Retirement Savings Program

On February 24, Small Business Majority released a survey with AARP finding that two-thirds of small business owners in California support a state retirement savings program, like the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, that would help small businesses and their employees save for the future. Nearly three-fourths of respondents think offering such a program would give their business a competitive edge.
Colorado Small Businesses Strongly Oppose Raising Loan Interest Rates
On May 4, Small Business Majority released a scientific opinion poll finding 90 percent of Colorado small business owners oppose proposed state legislation that would allow lenders to increase the interest they can charge on a $3,000 consumer loan from 28 percent a year to 30 percent a year and allow increases based on inflation for each subsequent year.

The legislation was ultimately defeated, which is good news for the state’s small businesses. We also launched a letter that small business owners can sign to say no to predatory lending: www.co4betterbizloans.com.

Small Businesses Say No to Discrimination Against LGBT Employees & Customers
This spring, North Carolina’s state legislature passed HB 2, a discriminatory law that repeals local protections for the LGBT community. HB 2 is having a serious negative impact on the local business community – in the city of Charlotte alone, the bill has cost $285.5 million from canceled events, lost tourism and other factors. For small businesses, and especially small businesses that rely on business from visitors, this financial loss is devastating.

We’ve helped small business owners speak up against this law and tell the media why it’s bad for business by helping them attend press conferences and write letters to the editor. If you’re a North Carolina small business owner who wants to speak up against this law, fill out our spokesperson form.

Supreme Court
Sign-On
Some members of the U.S. Senate are refusing to do their job and hold a hearing to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Without a full court, key issues impacting small businesses will remain undecided and small business owners will be left in limbo. Add your name to our pledge to tell the Senate to do its job and hold a hearing: www.holdthehearing.com.
Supreme Court
Sign-On
Some members of the U.S. Senate are refusing to do their job and hold a hearing to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Without a full court, key issues impacting small businesses will remain undecided and small business owners will be left in limbo. Add your name to our pledge to tell the Senate to do its job and hold a hearing: www.holdthehearing.com.




 
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Jun 29, 2016Play better golf shots more often
Play Better Golf, Have More Fun!
www.judyalvarez.com | Tel: 772-834-6711

Greetings from Judy Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Every time we go out to play, there’s a shot that meets our dreams. It feels sweet. It sounds sweet. And it looks sweet.

In my opinion, the reason to practice and to invest in improvement isn’t to lower your handicap or to win championships or matches. It’s to put yourself in the position where you experience the feeling of a great shot more often.

It’s also the reason to make sure you’re playing with equipment that perfectly suits your game. How many times might you have had a swing with the perfect or near perfect path and plane, but an incorrect lie angle causes the heel to make contact with the turf first causing the face to twist?

Play better golf. If you want to have the best chance, play with the right equipment. Contact us if you think we might be able to help.

Regards,
Judy


Watching the ball check and stop quickly on a greenside shot is great fun. It also gives you more control. The search for more spin on greenside shots:


Is your Wedge helping you to control the golf ball? You might have been fit for your Irons, but were you fit for your Wedges? Does the design of your Wedges help make your short-game easier and more effective? Why not book in for a scoring club assessment?


There is a lot of confusing information written about the bunker shot, yet with the correct technique, this is an easy shot to play well. If you’re at all unsure of how to play this shot (beyond the words) or you’re struggling from greenside bunkers, then come and see us now.


 
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Jun 29, 2016Vote for a Charity campaign for Celebrities Fore Kids
Good afternoon Friends of Celebrities Fore Kids.

Please take a moment and Vote for Celebrities Fore Kids . . . .Vote Daily!

Thank you for your vote! Our children battling cancer on the Treasure Coast needs your help today.

Your Vote each day in July gives us the “Edge” to be the Charity of Choice for a donation from Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning.


VOTE FOR CELEBRITIES FORE KIDS!
During the month of July, you can make a donation to CFK without even opening your wallet. Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electric has started a new program called "Vote for a Charity" and each month they choose three different local charities to feature. All month long they promote those charities via Facebook and Instagram and whichever charity has the most votes at the end of the month will receive a generous donation from Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning.

All you have to do is visit
http://jupiter-tequesta.com/charity
during the month of July and choose Celebrities Fore Kids
as your charity of choice. Your vote can mean CFK receives a generous donation from Jupiter-Tequesta.

The more times you vote, the better chance we have to be their charity of choice!

All donations to CFK go directly towards helping children with
cancer and other life-altering illnesses or a parent undergoing
treatment while raising children under the age of 18.

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Thank you to everyone who votes to help “children battling cancer” on the Treasure Coast!!


Louise Murtaugh

Louise A. Murtaugh, APR
Executive Director
Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc.
LMurtaugh@celebritiesforekids.org
772.781.7943 ext 102
P O BOX 186
50 SE Kindred Street, Ste 311
Stuart, FL 34995

Helping children with cancer and other life-altering or life-threatening illnesses and their family during a difficult time by providing financial assistance for daily living needs. For more information visit our website at www.celebritiesforekids.org Make a donation today to help local children and families on the Treasure Coast.



 
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Jun 28, 2016HBK Business Valuation Newsletter | June/July 2016
Discounted Cash Flow: Handle with Care
Finding the Value of a Noncompete Agreement
Lost Profits Damages Must Be Reasonable
Benefit-of-the-Bargain vs. Out-of-Pocket

Click here to view newsletter: http://hbkcpa.com/images/uploads/newsletters/Valuation-June-July-2016.pdf


 
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Jun 28, 2016Florida Chamber: DYK 77 Percent of Florida’s General Revenue Comes from Sales and Use Tax?
July 1 marks the beginning of the State of Florida’s fiscal year and the implementation of the state’s $82.3 billion budget, which is Florida’s largest budget to date. Do you know where your state tax dollars come from or how they are spent? Click here and here to find out.

Did you know:
• 77 percent of general revenue comes from sales and use tax,
• Almost $1 in every $4 goes to education spending,
• 42 percent of funding goes to health and human services,
• Unlike some other states, Florida has a balanced budget, and
• Florida's growth has allowed us to make more investments, even while we have instituted tax cuts over the last five years.
Would future savings in tax dollars make a difference to your household or your business?

Get Involved:
To learn more about business climate and competitiveness and the other factors that will drive Florida’s future economy, join us at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum on September 28-30, in Orlando. Click here to reserve your room today.


About Florida Wins:
When Florida’s budget is in line with the needs of the state, Florida wins. Share this email to ensure that Florida remains the best place to live, work, play and learn. Visit FloridaWins.Org to learn more.



 
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Jun 28, 2016Martin County modernizes trash collection at beaches
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is modernizing trash collection at County beaches. Bigbelly© solar-powered trash and recycling compactors have been placed at Bathtub Reef Beach, Stuart Beach and Jensen Beach. These bins can hold as much as five times the amount of trash as a normal trash can and keep trash from blowing in the water and on the sand, keep critters out of the garbage, reduce odors and are visually appealing. Additional Bigbelly© compactors will be deployed to the beaches in the coming weeks.
"We are proud to be able to implement this cutting-edge, green technology on our beaches. These bins which will help us keep our beaches clean and help protect these environmentally-sensitive natural spaces we all enjoy," said Kevin Abbate, Director of Martin County Parks and Recreation.

The addition of the Bigbelly© bins at popular beaches comes as Martin County experiments with a solid waste management strategy in its passive (less-used, lower intensity) parks. Martin County Parks and Recreation is currently piloting trash-free strategies at some passive park locations by removing trash receptacles from all or sections of a park. This pilot program modernizes litter control, reduces waste in parks, educates the public and save taxpayer dollars in the process.

While this program is still in its infancy, patrons may still see trash receptacles in certain locations. Abbate added, "Our goal is to develop a carry in, carry out mentality among our park users that reduces litter, odors and pests within parks, increases recycling at home and saves public tax dollars."

While there may not be trash receptacles at some passive facilities, staff will be pick-sticking litter daily to ensure aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly parks. This is an increase in the past from only once per week as this method will lead to a higher success rate in litter control.

Similar programs have been successful even at the most utilized public places in America such as the National Parks System. This program helps the park visitor and County resident in many ways, including:
• Fostering a partnership between visitors and the park by encouraging people to take an active role in maintaining a clean park.
• Encouraging people to adopt a carry in, carry out principle.
• Encouraging people to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
• Reducing odors in picnic areas.
• Increasing visitor safety by reducing the number of stinging insects, rodents, and other wildlife in the picnic area.
• Allowing staff time and funds spent on trash collection to be applied to other projects and improvements within the park (these projects include facility and grounds maintenance and resource preservation).
• Reducing the amount of litter in the park.
• Establishing a commitment to park sustainability and responsible park use that will carry on to future generations.
For more information, please find us on social media at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks or @MyMCParks.


 
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Jun 28, 2016Annual BBQ – Picnic

Dear Candidate:
The Martin County Republican Executive Committee will hold our Annual Family BBQ on Sunday, August 14th, 1 to 4 PM in the Dockside Pavilion at Indian Riverside Park located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach.
The Martin County REC, as you know, maintains the headquarters here in Stuart in order to support Republican issues and candidates. By having a permanent office, we are able to maintain a website www.martingop.org, and Facebook page, have a place for volunteers to meet, maintain databases, and Get Out The Vote. The Martin County REC receives no financial support from the national or state party. Our annual BBQ is a major fundraiser and source of community awareness for our headquarters and political party! This is especially important as we proceed to our August 30th primary and November General Election.
As a Republican Candidate and Supporter of the REC, we are asking that you help in this event by becoming a sponsor and promoting your campaign at the event. Available options are listed below. Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to participate. Table location will be on a first come, first choice of location. Inclusion on our website and Facebook pages will begin immediately and sponsor boards will go to the printer on 1 August. Additional tickets for your family and staff are $25 per ticket. We request that those not sponsoring, refrain from active electioneering at the event.

If you would like to take advantage of a sponsorship opportunity:
$500 $250 $100
Hang banner at event Name on sponsor board Name on sponsor board
Name on Sponsor board Introduction from podium Introduction from podium
Introduction and short address table, 2 chairs and 2 tickets 1 ticket
Table, 5 chairs and 5 tickets
We look forward to hearing from you as soon as practical, but no later than July 29th. Thank you for your on-going support.
Sincerely,
Martin County Republican Executive Committee
Finance Committee
1111 SE Federal HWY • #130 • Stuart, FL 34994-0501 • 772.286.0615 • www.martingop.org

 
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Jun 28, 2016Treasure Coast Square Seeking Exhibitors for Back-to-School Bash
School is almost back in session and to kick-off the season, Treasure Coast Square, the area’s leading fashion destination, will host a special “Back To School Bash” on Sat., Aug. 6th, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. near the JC Penney Courtyard. All companies and organizations are invited to participate in the event, which will connect families with area businesses and engage shoppers in an afternoon of back-to-school shopping, fashion presentations, style guides, mall-wide discount offers and more.

The “Back To School Bash” will showcase various family-friendly services and organizations that will help kick-off the new school year. Examples of vendors include extra-curricular and after-school programs, healthcare providers like pediatricians, chiropractors, dentists and orthodontists, nanny services and more.

“The beginning of a new school year is both an exciting and busy time for families,” said Amy Morris, director of mall marketing and business development at Treasure Coast Square Mall, “We invite area companies and organizations to get involved in this year’s event and reach our shoppers on one of the center’s busiest weekends.”

Treasure Coast Square’s “Back To School Bash” is one of more than 50 events happening at various Simon malls across the country. The events, which are geared toward ‘tweens and teens’, include various elements to give students the social shopping experience they seek while families prepare to get back to class.

To participate in the “Back To School Bash” or to receive more information about the event, please contact Amy Morris at 772-692-9401 or email amy.morris@simon.com.


 
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Jun 28, 2016Martin County establishes hotline for beach conditions information


Know before you go. Martin County has established a hotline for the public to obtain information on water conditions at local beaches. Call 772-320-3112 to obtain daily information on beach conditions. This information will be updated every morning by Martin County Ocean Rescue staff.

Over the last several days, blue-green algae has been observed at Martin County beaches. At this time, Ocean Rescue is flying double red flags at all four guarded beaches in Martin County: Hobe Sound, Bathtub Reef, Stuart and Jensen. Beachgoers are being advised to avoid contact with the water until further notice.

Click here for more information on blue-green algae from Martin County Engineering Department Ecosystems Restoration and Management Division or visit Martin County's Speak Up for the St. Lucie Facebook page for updated information on local water conditions.


 
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Jun 28, 2016Martin County establishes hotline for beach conditions information
Know before you go. Martin County has established a hotline for the public to obtain information on water conditions at local beaches. Call 772-320-3112 to obtain daily information on beach conditions. This information will be updated every morning by Martin County Ocean Rescue staff.

Over the last several days, blue-green algae has been observed at Martin County beaches. At this time, Ocean Rescue is flying double red flags at all four guarded beaches in Martin County: Hobe Sound, Bathtub Reef, Stuart and Jensen. Beachgoers are being advised to avoid contact with the water until further notice.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BLUE‐GREEN ALGAE
Source: Martin County Engineering Department Ecosystems Restoration and Management Division
 What is blue‐green algae?
* Blue‐green algae, or “cyanobacteria,” are natural to the environment’s food chain and are found all
over the world. They are actually a type of bacteria but, like plants, they can use sunlight to grow.
* Blue‐green algae are a group of organisms that are among the oldest on the planet. They can be
found in marine waters as well as freshwater and brackish habitats.
* Some – not all – blue‐green algae can produce toxins that can contribute to environmental problems
and affect public health. Those blue‐green algae that are known to produce toxins do not always do
so. Little is known about exactly what environmental conditions trigger toxin production.
* Blooms can float on the surface and be several inches thick or they can lie below the surface of the
water. Blooms can disappear from view or move to different parts of a waterbody.
 What causes blue‐green algae blooms?
* Blue‐green algae multiply quickly in water bodies with high nutrient levels such as phosphorous or
nitrogen, and particularly when the water is warm and the weather is calm. That's why blue‐green
algae are most common in Florida in the summer and early fall, with its high temperatures and
abundant sunlight, although they can occur at any time.
* Waters that flow slowly with low turbulence – such as impounded rivers, dams, or water storages –
are at particularly high risk of algal blooms.
* Blue‐green algae growth can become seemingly explosive when lots of nutrients are present,
providing a rich feast that can then cause “blooms” that may look like floating carpets of blue‐green
algae turning the water green.
* Increased nutrient loading in our waterways has likely contributed to increased frequencies of
blooms in our freshwater systems.
 How long do the blooms last?
* Blooms can last days, weeks or months, depending on conditions. Scientists cannot predict when or
where blooms will occur or how long they will last; the blooms run their course and dissipate
naturally.
 Can blue‐green algae blooms be treated?
* No. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission does not recommend treatment because
it may release the toxins.The Bureau of Invasive Plant Management does not favor, and does not
issue permits for, the application of algaecides to treat blue‐green algal blooms in surface waters of
the state. Such treatments are generally not very effective and would need to be repeated
frequently, potentially resulting in unacceptable levels of algaecide in surface water bodies.
 Are large blue‐green algae blooms harmful to lake/river ecosystems and cause fish kills?
* Blooms of blue‐green algae that last more than a few months can be harmful to lake/river
ecosystems and cause fish kills because of the decrease in oxygen levels and direct ingestion in the
food chain. Persistent blooms block sunlight that feeds plants growing on the bottom of lakes,
resulting in the loss of rooted aquatic vegetation, which is valuable fish habitat. Intense blooms can
cause extreme fluctuations in daytime and nighttime water oxygen levels, due to the oxygen
produced during the daytime photosynthesis and the oxygen consumed during the nighttime
respiration. The nighttime respiration as well as the decay of the blue‐green algae, can consume
much of the oxygen in the water, causing fish to die.
 Who can I contact to report a blue‐green algae bloom or to get more information about water
quality?
* There are several toll‐free hotlines available for people to report fish kills or illness associated with
blue‐green algae.
* Blue Green Algae Blooms (Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Ft. Pierce Office)
772‐467‐5572
* Fish Kill Hotline (Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission)
800‐636‐0511
* Human Illness (Florida Aquatic Toxin Hotline)
888‐232‐8635

 
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Jun 27, 2016DRUG & ALCOHOL ABUSE AWARENESS COMMITTEE VACANCIES


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Drug & Alcohol Abuse Awareness Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 22,2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Positions: two private citizens; a Treatment Representative, and a youth member (non-voting).


Powers & Duties:
This is an advisory committee to the Board of County Commissioners regarding substance abuse issues and provides suggestion with regard to direction the Board of County Commissioners could consider assisting the community in combating use/abuse of drugs/alcohol and gives direction regarding the expenditure of Drug Abuse Trust Fund dollars and grant initiatives and subsequent funding expenditures.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

Meetings are held quarterly at 3:30 pm at the Community Services Conference Room, 435 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. The next meetings are scheduled for September 7 and December 7.


 
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Jun 27, 2016Tourist Development Council Vacancy


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Tourist Development Council. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 22, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Position- owner or operator of a motel, hotel, recreational vehicle park, or other tourist accommodation that is subject to the tourist development tax. All members must be registered Martin County voters. This term will expire in July 2019; terms may be renewed at the decision of the County Commission.

Members of the Council shall be automatically removed for lack of attendance - failure to attend three consecutive meetings and failure to attend more than one-half of the meetings scheduled during a calendar year. Participation for less than three-fourths of a meeting shall be the same as a failure to attend a meeting.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL:
Conduct public hearings to receive information from the public with respect to the effectiveness of the existing tourist development efforts by both public and private agencies, organizations and businesses and the need for additional or different tourist development efforts. Recommend a method of coordination of existing tourist development efforts by both public and private agencies, organizations and businesses and of new or additional tourist development efforts to obtain maximum economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the tourist development efforts in and for Martin County. Create, prepare, and submit to the Board of County Commission a Tourist Development Plan in the manner meeting the requirements of F.S. 125.0104 and, from time to time thereafter, make recommendations to the Board of County Commission for changes to the Tourist Development Plan.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

Meetings are held every other month at 3:00 pm in the Commission Chambers. The next few meetings are scheduled for: September 14 and November 30.


 
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Jun 27, 2016Homeland Security Starts with Hometown Security
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) closely monitors attacks on public gatherings and public places to constantly enhance the Nation’s security. During both steady state and times of heightened awareness, DHS engages closely with our private sector and community partners to provide expert counsel and recommendations about protective measures they can implement to protect facilities and venues. DHS provides free tools and resources to communities because the Department recognizes that communities are the first line of defense in keeping the public safe and secure.
The Department encourages businesses to Connect, Plan, Train, and Report. Applying these four steps in advance of an incident or attack can help better prepare businesses and their employees to proactively think about the role they play in the safety and security of their businesses and communities.
CONNECT: Reach out and develop relationships in your community, including local law enforcement. Having these relationships established before an incident occurs can help speed up the response when something happens.
•Develop relationships with local law enforcement and businesses in your area. Invite local lawenforcement to tour your business.
•Connect with community security and preparedness organizations such as the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation’s public-private partnership program “InfraGard.”
•Contact the local DHS Protective Security Advisor who is available to support your efforts.
•Communicate with your customers and let them know about the security measures you are taking toensure a positive experience and to maintain public safety.
•If your business is located at or near a Federal facility, connect with DHS’s Federal Protective Service at1-877-4FPS-411.
PLAN: Take the time now to plan on how you will handle a security event should one occur. Learn from other events to inform your plans.
•Be aware of current threats related to your geographic region or impacting your business sector.
•Develop plans, including security, emergency response, emergency communications, and businesscontinuity plans, while considering the protection of your employees and customers, access control,closed-circuit television, signage, suspicious activity reporting, and parking security.
•Evaluate your security requirements and design a monitoring, surveillance, and inspection program that isconsistent with your business operations.
•Develop evacuation and shelter-in-place plans, and ensure that multiple evacuation routes are clearlymarked with appropriate signage and that rallying points are available.
•Develop and implement a security plan for computer and information systems hardware and software.
•Engage local first responders (police, fire, medical) in all of the above efforts to ensure your efforts are insynergy with theirs.
TRAIN: Provide your employees with training resources and exercise your plans often. The best laid plans must be exercised in order to be effective.
•Train employees on identifying and reporting suspicious activities, active shooter scenarios, and what todo if they suspect an improvised explosive device (IED). Ensure they understand security basics,emergency response, business continuity plans, and increased awareness of potential threats.
•Exercise your emergency communications plan.
REPORT: “If You See Something, Say Something™” is more than just a slogan. Call local law enforcement.
•Post details on reporting suspicious activity and encourage employees, tenants, and visitors to reportsuspicious behavior to property management security or local law enforcement. Things to considerinclude unattended vehicles; repeat visitors or outsiders who have no apparent business in non-publicarea; abandoned parcels, suitcases, backpacks, and packages; and other unusual activity.
•Get involved with the Department’s “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign.
DHS Programs, Resources, and Tools You Can Use
Protective Security Advisors proactively engage with government partners and the private sector to protect critical infrastructure. For more information or to contact your local PSA, e-mail NICC@hq.dhs.gov.
The Ready Campaign provides help with planning for businesses at http://www.ready.gov/business.
DHS Active Shooter resources are available at http://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness.
“If You See Something, Say Something™” http://www.dhs.gov/see-something-say-something.
Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) information is available at https://nsi.ncirc.gov/. SAR training for private sector partners is located at https://nsi.ncirc.gov/hsptregistration/private_sector/.
Counter-Improvised Explosive Device information and resources are available at www.dhs.gov/tripwire.
Information on DHS cybersecurity programs is available at www.dhs.gov/cyber. To find out more about the Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign, go to http://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect. For tips from the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team, go to https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips. InfraGard is a public-private partnership between the FBI and the private sector that represents individuals from businesses, academic institutions, State and local law enforcement, and fire and EMS agencies, as well as other participants dedicated to sharing information, education, and intelligence. Please go to www.infragardmembers.org and https://www.infragard.org.


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Jun 27, 2016DOMESTIC ANIMAL CONTROL TASK FORCE VACANCY


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Domestic Animal Control Task Force. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 22,2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Position: Veterinarian.

Powers & Duties:
The Task Force shall have the duty and responsibility to advise/make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding the ordinances, policies, and contracts as these pertain to animal care and control within the jurisdiction of the Board.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

Meetings will be held at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. Meetings of the Task Force shall be held as needed to develop a recommendation for consideration by the Board regarding the ordinances, policies, and contracts as these pertain to animal care and control within Martin County. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum.


 
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Jun 27, 2016NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE VACANCIES


The Martin County Board of County Commission is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Neighborhood Advisory Committees (NAC). The Committee makes recommendations to the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) regarding implementation of each area's Community Redevelopment Plan.

To qualify, you must be an individual who is either:
i. A resident of the respective Community Redevelopment Area, as evidenced by being a registered voter in the respective Community Redevelopment Area for at least one year, or
ii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who is also a business owner of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
iii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least two years, who is also a senior manager of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
iv. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who also owns real property within a half mile of the respective Community Redevelopment Area. No more than two members of any respective Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be appointed from category iv. above.
These are four year terms to begin in September.

Golden Gate meetings are held quarterly (first Monday of the month) at 6pm at the Cassidy Community Center at Golden Gate.
Hobe Sound meetings are held quarterly (third Thursday of the month) at 6pm at the Hobe Sound Civic Center.
Indiantown meetings are held monthly (second Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Indiantown Civic Center.
Jensen Beach meetings are held quarterly (first Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Jensen Beach Community Center.
Old Palm City meetings are held monthly (third Monday of the month) at 6pm at the Palm City Community Center.
Port Salerno meetings are held quarterly (third Thursday of the month) at 6pm at the Port Salerno Civic Center.
Rio meetings are held quarterly (third Thursday of the month) at 6pm at the Rio Civic Center.

All members are expected to attend each and every meeting of the committee. If a member is absent from three meetings of the Committee within a twelve month period, said member is automatically removed from the Committee but may apply for re-appointment by the Board.

Florida Law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 22, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Jun 27, 2016VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD VACANCY
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Value Adjustment Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 22, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Citizen Position: The citizen must own homestead property within the County, may NOT be a member or an employee of any taxing authority, and may NOT be a person who represents property owners in any administrative or judicial review of property tax. The term for this position will begin August 23 and end when the Board completes their functions for 2016.

Powers & Duties:
The Value Adjustment Board hears petitions relating to assessments, hears complaints relating to homestead exemptions, hears appeals from exemptions denied or disputes arising from exemptions granted, and hears appeals concerning ad valorem tax deferrals, classifications.

Meetings are typically held twice a year, during the daytime, at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The Organizational Meeting will be held on August 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Administrative Center.

Florida Law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.


 
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Jun 27, 2016Tourist Development Council Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Tourist Development Council. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 22, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Position- owner or operator of a motel, hotel, recreational vehicle park, or other tourist accommodation that is subject to the tourist development tax. All members must be registered Martin County voters. This term will expire in July 2019; terms may be renewed at the decision of the County Commission.

Members of the Council shall be automatically removed for lack of attendance - failure to attend three consecutive meetings and failure to attend more than one-half of the meetings scheduled during a calendar year. Participation for less than three-fourths of a meeting shall be the same as a failure to attend a meeting.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL:
Conduct public hearings to receive information from the public with respect to the effectiveness of the existing tourist development efforts by both public and private agencies, organizations and businesses and the need for additional or different tourist development efforts. Recommend a method of coordination of existing tourist development efforts by both public and private agencies, organizations and businesses and of new or additional tourist development efforts to obtain maximum economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the tourist development efforts in and for Martin County. Create, prepare, and submit to the Board of County Commission a Tourist Development Plan in the manner meeting the requirements of F.S. 125.0104 and, from time to time thereafter, make recommendations to the Board of County Commission for changes to the Tourist Development Plan.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

Meetings are held every other month at 3:00 pm in the Commission Chambers. The next few meetings are scheduled for: September 14 and November 30.


 
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Jun 27, 2016NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE VACANCIES
The Martin County Board of County Commission is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Neighborhood Advisory Committees (NAC). The Committee makes recommendations to the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) regarding implementation of each area's Community Redevelopment Plan.

To qualify, you must be an individual who is either:
i. A resident of the respective Community Redevelopment Area, as evidenced by being a registered voter in the respective Community Redevelopment Area for at least one year, or
ii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who is also a business owner of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
iii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least two years, who is also a senior manager of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
iv. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who also owns real property within a half mile of the respective Community Redevelopment Area. No more than two members of any respective Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be appointed from category iv. above.
These are four year terms to begin in September.

Golden Gate meetings are held quarterly (first Monday of the month) at 6pm at the Cassidy Community Center at Golden Gate.
Hobe Sound meetings are held quarterly (third Thursday of the month) at 6pm at the Hobe Sound Civic Center.
Indiantown meetings are held monthly (second Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Indiantown Civic Center.
Jensen Beach meetings are held quarterly (first Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Jensen Beach Community Center.
Old Palm City meetings are held monthly (third Monday of the month) at 6pm at the Palm City Community Center.
Port Salerno meetings are held quarterly (third Thursday of the month) at 6pm at the Port Salerno Civic Center.
Rio meetings are held quarterly (third Thursday of the month) at 6pm at the Rio Civic Center.

All members are expected to attend each and every meeting of the committee. If a member is absent from three meetings of the Committee within a twelve month period, said member is automatically removed from the Committee but may apply for re-appointment by the Board.

Florida Law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 22, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Jun 27, 2016All Aboard’s Brightline gets first steel delivery for Miami station
All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service said Thursday it has received the first delivery of steel beams that will be used to build the company’s massive transportation hub and train station in downtown Miami.

Brightline said seven trucks delivered a total of 150 tons of structural steel beams over a two-day period. The beams will serve as the main structural element at the MiamiCentral station.

The structural steel was trucked to the site from Montana, Brightline said.

The 11-acre development in the heart of downtown Miami will include two sites: a nine-acre transportation hub in downtown Miami just east of the Miami-Dade County Hall, and a two-acre site in Historic Overtown, which will include retail, commercial and parking spaces. The station is set to open in mid-2017.

Last month, All Aboard released the first details about the planned “urban marketplace” set to open at the station.

+All Aboard’s Brightline gets first steel delivery for Miami station photo
View of a Brightline locomotive under construction at the Siemens plant in Sacramento, Tuesday June 7, 2016, in Sacramento. (Jeff Ostrowski ... Read More
The 50,000-square-foot marketplace, dubbed Central Fare, will feature a group of celebrity chefs including Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Richard Hales of Blackbrick Chinese, and Andres Barrientos and James Bowers of Miami Smokers. Central Fare will feature six restaurants and more than 20 food and retail businesses.

In May, officials with MiamiCentral released the names of the two tenants set to anchor the development’s flagship office building. Ernst & Young LLP, which specializes in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, and Regus, a provider of flexible workplaces, are set to move into the station’s office tower, officials said.

Meanwhile, work on the company’s trains continues. Siemens is building the locomotives and train cars at a facility in Sacramento, Calif.

+All Aboard’s Brightline gets first steel delivery for Miami station photo BILL INGRAM
A rendering of what the trains — now called Brightline — will look like. (Provided)
Brightline plans to begin service between downtown Miami and downtown West Palm Beach in mid-2017. The rail line plans to extend service to Orlando International Airport.

 
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Jun 27, 2016VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD VACANCY


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Value Adjustment Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 22, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Citizen Position: The citizen must own homestead property within the County, may NOT be a member or an employee of any taxing authority, and may NOT be a person who represents property owners in any administrative or judicial review of property tax. The term for this position will begin August 23 and end when the Board completes their functions for 2016.

Powers & Duties:
The Value Adjustment Board hears petitions relating to assessments, hears complaints relating to homestead exemptions, hears appeals from exemptions denied or disputes arising from exemptions granted, and hears appeals concerning ad valorem tax deferrals, classifications.

Meetings are typically held twice a year, during the daytime, at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The Organizational Meeting will be held on August 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Administrative Center.

Florida Law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.


 
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Jun 27, 2016DOMESTIC ANIMAL CONTROL TASK FORCE VACANCY
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Domestic Animal Control Task Force. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 22,2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Position: Veterinarian.

Powers & Duties:
The Task Force shall have the duty and responsibility to advise/make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding the ordinances, policies, and contracts as these pertain to animal care and control within the jurisdiction of the Board.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

Meetings will be held at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. Meetings of the Task Force shall be held as needed to develop a recommendation for consideration by the Board regarding the ordinances, policies, and contracts as these pertain to animal care and control within Martin County. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum.


 
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Jun 27, 2016DRUG & ALCOHOL ABUSE AWARENESS COMMITTEE VACANCIES
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Drug & Alcohol Abuse Awareness Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 22,2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Positions: two private citizens; a Treatment Representative, and a youth member (non-voting).


Powers & Duties:
This is an advisory committee to the Board of County Commissioners regarding substance abuse issues and provides suggestion with regard to direction the Board of County Commissioners could consider assisting the community in combating use/abuse of drugs/alcohol and gives direction regarding the expenditure of Drug Abuse Trust Fund dollars and grant initiatives and subsequent funding expenditures.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

Meetings are held quarterly at 3:30 pm at the Community Services Conference Room, 435 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. The next meetings are scheduled for September 7 and December 7.


 
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Jun 27, 2016Care FL Update


Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE) continues to actively pursue all possible legal, political and public communication channels to stop the ill-conceived All Aboard Florida (AAF)/Brightline rail project that threatens the public safety and current way of life of communities throughout the Treasure Coast.




Federal Lawsuit. A court date is scheduled in Washington, DC for Thursday, June 30 in the federal lawsuit filed by Martin County, Indian River County and two CARE members that is focused on violations of federal environmental law and the illegality of the private activity bond (PAB) approval. Leading up to this court date, the Counties’ attorneys have been working hard to ensure that all—or as much as possible—of this important hearing is open to the public.

We will have more to report following the June 30 hearing, in our July update to you.

FDFC Issues. On June 10, a state court ruled against Indian River County’s administrative law challenge to the Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC) PAB approval proceedings of August 2015. While AAF wasted no time in using this development to claim victory and further lead Treasure Coast communities to believe any efforts to stop AAF are futile, CARE could not disagree more.

CARE—along with Indian River County and Martin County—continues to have serious concerns regarding the questionable procedural, substantive, ethical and legal nature of the 2015 FDFC proceedings. These questionable proceedings included multiple ex parte communications between FDFC Board Members and AAF prior to the vote, prejudgment evidenced by including in its budget (before the August 5 approval) an allocation of a $1.8 million payment from AAF, and continued voting by unconfirmed FDFC Board Members.

As a result of these concerns, Martin County and Indian River County filed different, well-documented lawsuits against the FDFC action, and with the June 10 dismissal, this means that state courts have dismissed the County lawsuits, despite the well-documented and serious legal and ethical issues.

CARE reminds its supporters—and the Treasure Coast communities as a whole—of these egregious legal and ethical shortcomings that AAF and the FDFC repeatedly demonstrated throughout 2015 leading up to the August 5 bond approval. We continue to strongly believe that the FDFC and AAF should be held accountable for these actions. Read our statement released on June 15th.

Nuclear Power Plant Concerns. CARE recently made public the letter it sent to three federal agencies and two state agencies in April 2016, regarding concerns that the AAF project could have a serious impact on the operation of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant. The nuclear plant sits less than two miles across the Intracoastal Waterway from the proposed AAF tracks.

CARE’s letter to the regulatory agencies outlines two points—the impact the project will have on evacuation routes and the potential of chemical releases or explosions due to a freight rail accident that could affect the nuclear plant. Attached to our letter were “plume” maps that are not being released to the public. These maps were created using standard software programs from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that are utilized by firehouses across the country, and they demonstrate potentially catastrophic events, such as a propane explosion or a release of chlorine or anhydrous ammonia.

In the two months since that letter was sent, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been the only office to respond. In fact, instead of responding, state agencies have asked local counties to address the issues instead. CARE was appreciative of the NRC’s thoughtful, substantive response and careful consideration of our concerns, and we continue to urge the other agencies to take the time to read and respond to our concerns.

The Federal Railroad Administration’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in particular has shown a pattern of behavior in ignoring our concerns, as they have also failed to respond on numerous other occasions to other letters and inquiries sent by CARE and the Counties. We continue to question the intent behind the silent treatment from these government bodies.

Permitting and Rulemaking. In coordination with the Counties, CARE continues to monitor the permitting and rulemaking actions of other federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and the Florida Water Management Districts, and is considering legal actions on these permitting issues at the local, state and federal levels. Please read Martin County’s press release for additional information.

CARE Public Relations Update. We have continued to respond to media inquiries that have resulted in several in-depth stories about AAF, its public safety challenges and other impacts to the Treasure Coast and N. Palm Beach regions. We also developed and distributed a candidate questionnaire that poses a series of questions relevant to CARE and the concerns it has with the AAF project. We included local races, state races and candidates seeking federal Congressional District 18. We also released a statement on the US Army Corps of Engineers response to AAF’s application request. Additionally, we commented on Congressman Bill Posey’s letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation regarding questions surrounding the company/consultant that performed AAF’s ridership study that claims AAF will have lots of passengers paying lots of money for their tickets. More recently we released a statement regarding the dangerous impact the AAF project may have on the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in the event of a rail accident. CARE’s statements were reflected in Florida Politics, the Stuart News, and Sunshine State News.

Despite the PR campaigns by AAF and others who continue to try and claim victory, we remain committed in our fight against this misguided rail project. We need the residents of the Treasure Coast communities who have the most to lose from this project to continue to stand with CARE and oppose AAF. But support for our cause is expanding as our message reaches out beyond the Treasure Coast to other communities in South and Central Florida. Our voices are being heard and our concerns are being shared by many of our fellow Floridians from Orlando to Miami. It’s clear our efforts our making a difference.




 
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Jun 27, 2016Tunes at Tradition Concert at Tradition Town Square
97.1 Ocean FM along with Hometown Communications will be presenting “Tunes at Tradition” on Wednesday June 29th from 6pm-9pm at the Tradition Town Square in Port Saint Lucie.

The free concert will feature music by the Sunrise Party Band and features upbeat music from many generations and genres. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, coolers and their entire family to enjoy an evening of music and fun.

97.1 Ocean FM and Hometown Communications are owned by Mitchell Rubenstein and Laurie S. Silvers who also own Hollywood Media as well as other media interests; they previously founded the Sci-Fi Channel.


 
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Jun 27, 2016The Barca Benson Team Achieves Chairman’s Circle Platinum
Local realtors Caroline Barca, Marcia Benson and Jorie Rottman with the Stuart office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty were recently named to the prestigious Chairman’s Circle Platinum for 2015. This award recognizes the top one percent of the Berkshire Hathaway’s approximately 40,000 sales professionals nationwide.
In addition to this outstanding achievement, they also were ranked #15 of all teams for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Florida. “We are proud of Caroline, Marcia, and Jorie. Achieving the Platinum Level of the Chairman’s Circle Award is truly impressive. It attests to their commitment and professionalism not only within the company, but also in their Martin County community.” said Rei L. Mesa, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, President, CEO.
The Barca Benson Team have consistently been recognized for having one of the highest sales volume locally, in Florida and nationally.
When asked about the key to their success, Marcia noted, “Our team has a long history of success. We focus on building lasting relationships and paying attention to the unique needs of each client. As a result, much of our business comes from referrals and repeat business. We greatly appreciate their loyalty.”
Caroline explains, “We have almost 35 years of combined experience and have stayed ahead of the evolving real estate industry by developing new and creative ways to sell properties. We identify and take advantage of the changing trends.”
Jorie adds, “Buying and selling can be filled with uncertainty. We work side-by-side with our clients to help navigate the complexities of each transaction and exceed their expectations.”
The Barca Benson team lives on the Treasure Coast and knows this market, but more important they understand their clients and how to best serve them.
The Barca Benson Team can be reached by email at BarcaBensonTeam@realtor.com. On the web at www.barcabensonrealestate.com or contacting Caroline at 772-485-2216, Marcia at 772-528-0837 or Jorie at 772-631-0226.


 
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Jun 27, 2016Parks & Recreation begins trash free park program
In an effort to modernize litter control in Martin County Parks, the Parks and Recreation Department has developed a trash free initiative to reduce waste in parks, educate the public and save taxpayer dollars in the process.This program reduces the number of trash receptacles within parks that do not generate their own waste such as beaches without concessions and parks with no concession stands.

While this program is still in its infancy, patrons may still see trash receptacles in certain locations. According to Parks Director Kevin Abbate, "Our goal is to develop a carry in, carry out mentality among our park users that reduces litter, odors and pests within parks, increases recycling at home and saves public tax dollars."

While there may not be trash receptacles at select facilities, staff will be pick-sticking litter daily to ensure aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly parks. This is an increase in the past from only once per week as this method will lead to a higher success rate in litter control.

"By initiating a "Trash Free Park" program like this, it is our hope that visitors take the trash generated while visiting the County's parks, with them. We have found through research that most people will do just that (approximately 80 - 95 percent of visitors) and it has been successful even at the most utilized public places in America such as the National Parks System," says Abbate. This program helps the park visitor and County resident in many ways. A trash free program has many benefits, including:
• Fostering a partnership between visitors and the park by encouraging people to take an active role in maintaining a trash free park.
• Encouraging people to adopt a carry in, carry out principle.
• Encouraging people to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
• Reducing odors in picnic areas.
• Increasing visitor safety by reducing the number of stinging insects, rodents, and other wildlife in the picnic area.
• Allowing staff time and funds spent on trash collection to be applied to other projects and improvements within the park (these projects include facility and grounds maintenance and resource preservation).
• Reducing the amount of litter in the park.
• Establishing a commitment to park sustainability and responsible park use that will carry on to future generations.
For more information please view our Trash Free Park Program FAQs or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks or @MyMCParks.


 
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Jun 27, 2016County Commissioners call on state leaders to increase water storage north and south of Lake Okeechobee
In letters sent this week to Florida Governor Rick Scott, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson and South Florida Water Management District Executive Director Peter Antonacci as well as members of our State Legislative Delegation, Martin County Commissioners call on state leaders to increase water storage north and south of Lake Okeechobee, and to explore all options to reduce, and eventually eliminate damaging discharges to the estuaries east and west. The letters, signed by all five County Commissioners, send a powerful message to Tallahassee, as Martin County continues to advocate for solutions for the health of our waterways.

Since January, the St. Lucie Estuary has been inundated with billions of gallons of untreated, polluted Lake Okeechobee water which is causing damaging ecological effects. Commission Chair Anne Scott writes, "The St. Lucie Estuary represents the foundation for our local economy and quality of life in Martin County, and it is dying...We need to explore all options, including land acquisition, conservation easements, and any other proposal that will increase water storage both south and north of the Lake so that we can save our community."

The 2015 University of Florida Water Institute Report, commissioned by a State Senate Select Committee lead by Senator Joe Negron, concluded that relief to the estuaries and the ability to move more water south of Lake Okeechobee can be accomplished through enormous increases in storage and treatment of water both north and south of the Lake. Martin County supports these findings.

Planning for significantly more storage must be accelerated to begin immediately so that we can determine the most cost-effective means of providing the required storage and the best locations to move water south. Furthermore, Martin County advocates for accelerated funding and completion of authorized Everglades Restoration projects, and planned projects like CEPP, and allow for adaptive management to adjust our priorities as new technical data becomes available.

Commissioners urge state leaders to explore all options for sufficient water storage in future policy decisions and use available funds for land acquisition through Amendment 1 and the dedicated revenue source established by the Legacy Florida Act.

Martin County has a history of being proactive and accountable on improving water quality. The Board of County Commissioners has adopted a strict fertilizer ban, strong wetland protections, partnered with the state of Florida to complete $63 million in water quality improvement projects and has taken action to pursue mandatory assessments for septic to sewer connections in areas that are known sources of pollutants to the St. Lucie Estuary. Our citizens have also demonstrated their commitment to environmental preservation and conservation raising $75 million through three voter-driven referendums to invest in regional Everglades restoration.



 
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Jun 27, 2016Incomplete All Aboard Florida construction plans and the absence of right-of-way permits limit Martin County's ability to provide a complete analysis
The latest design plans received in April from All Aboard Florida (AAF), which were billed as "100 percent construction plans," are still incomplete, preventing Martin County from being able to conduct a thorough review of those plans. As a result, the County, as stated in its June 23 letter to AAF, was still only able to provide general comments.

Martin County's comments reiterated concerns that were shared with Michael Reininger, President of AAF Operations, more than a year ago in response to the project's "Draft 90 percent construction plans." The County never received a response to those comments.

"Martin County will only be able to perform a detailed review of the construction plans after receipt of a Right-of-Way Use Permit Application for each crossing and a complete set of plans," explained Martin County Engineering Department's Deputy Director Terry Rauth.

The County provided a laundry list of comments that should already be addressed when AAF submits the Permit Application. Once Martin County receives the application, it will take at least two months to review the construction plans, given the sheer number of crossings, the impacts to the County's road network, the specific construction proposed within road right-of-ways and the multiple bridge and culvert crossings that will be affected.

Upon initial review, however, the most glaring issues identified in AAF's current plans are: no track construction or track grading plans; no preliminary railway signal plans or fiber optic plans; and no floodplain approvals. Additionally, Martin County has consistently requested additional, often utilized safety features to protect the public but that AAF continues to omit from its plans. These include sealed corridor-level improvements at all crossings regardless of proposed speeds as well as additional sidewalks, fencing and bike lanes at various crossings.

The County is very concerned about pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists who will not be used to trains traveling at 80 to 100 plus miles per hour - nearly triple the speed of current freight trains that people are used to seeing on the tracks. People will have difficulty judging this new speed, especially around curves and in other places where the view may be impeded.

Martin County will continue its work to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public as it relates to the AAF project. For more resources and information on the many local and regional issues of concern relating to the proposed AAF passenger rail project, including presentations, studies, letters of concern to state and federal agencies and more, visit www.martin.fl.us. In addition, please visit the County's social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, for updates.


 
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Jun 27, 2016Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
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Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter

June 2016


The Rivers Coalition meeting is Wednesday, June 29th at 6:00 pm at Stuart City Hall. The meeting is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking available. Coffee and cookies will be provided.

The presentation topic for the June meeting is:

Future of the Indian River Lagoon Ecosystem

Our guest speaker this month will be:

Duane De Freese, Ph. D, Executive Director Indian River Lagoon Council & Indian River Lagoon National Estuary

Current Action Items

Algae Blooms/Government Officials Email and Call Blitz*/Other Business

Duane De Freese, Ph. D

For over 3 decades, Dr. De Freese has been a champion of science-based, common-sense ocean and coastal conservation in Florida. He is recognized for his ability to “see and communicate the big picture” by integrating environmental, economic and social considerations into a vision for Florida’s future.

Duane holds a B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of Rhode Island (1976) and M.S. (1982) & Ph.D. (1988) degrees in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology. He holds special course certificates from the Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College (2002); Duke University, School of the Environment (Conservation Land Acquisition, 1991); and Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, MA. (Mariculture, 1983).

Duane was instrumental in helping to secure U.S. EPA National Estuary Program designation for the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) in 1990. In September 2015, his career came full circle when he was named Executive Director of a new special district of the state of Florida (Indian River Lagoon Council) that will serve as the host of a reorganized IRL National Estuary Program. In this new role, Duane is working with federal, state and local government agencies, scientific research organizations, academic institutions, elected officials, industry and the general public. The goal is to develop a restoration strategy for one of the nation’s most threatened estuarine ecosystems.


Agenda for Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Meeting Wednesday June 29th, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994

Please Silence Your Cell Phones!


Business Matters
• Chairman’s Comments, Call to Order, New Members: Mark Perry
• Current Action Items: Algae Blooms; Government Officials Email and Call Blitz*/Other Business
• Special Presentation:
"Future of the Indian River Lagoon Ecosystem"
Duane De Freese, Ph. D
• River Kidz of Martin County: Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
• Speakers Bureau: Todd Weissing
Government & Agency Progress Reports
• Martin County: Deborah Drum/Don Donaldson
• South Florida Water Management District: Kathy LaMartina
• FDEP
Coalition Reports
• Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality: Mark Perry
• WRAC “Water Resources Advisory Commission”: Mark Perry
• Indian Riverkeeper Update: Marty Baum
• Federal & State Issues-CERP/IRL & Lake Okeechobee: Kevin Henderson / Dr. Paul Gray
*Government Officials' Contact Information

Florida Department of Health (850-245-4444) www.floridahealth.gov
Environmental Protection Agency/ EPA (800-424-8802) www.epa.gov
Florida Department of Environmental Protection/ FDEP (850.245.2011) www.dep.state.fl.us



Martin County River Kidz

Calling All River Parentz and River Kidz!!!

If you would like to have your child involved in River Kidz, please go to our website, Riverscoalition.org, under the River Kidz tab and sign up today! You will receive email blasts notifying you of events and happenings.


See the flyer below for an exciting River Kidz event coming soon!
And as always, 'like' us on Facebook for all of the updated information. Thank you!

Mangrove Park
contributed by: Kevin Henderson

Mangrove Park is the latest phase of a long-term watershed and water quality improvement project in Stuart. The City has been a leader in constructing stormwater management projects, and has now retrofit every watershed in town during the past 20 years.

The Rivers Coalition has been an active partner with the City since 1998. Three years ago, the River Kidz became involved in Mangrove Park. Nic Mader assisted with the design of the Project with the idea that River Kidz could help build it.

Finally, on June 18th, we had a chance to plant the first island in the Mangrove trail, with a horde of River Kidz, parents and friends. Over 200 Spartina and Red Mangrove plants were placed in one day. We christened the first island in the trail “River Kidz Island”.

The Project is not open to the public yet, but when it is, it will present a water quality improvement project within Poppleton Creek with an information kiosk and public trail for visitors. The native uplands and wetlands plants will also provide wildlife habitat and viewing opportunities.

The River is in tough shape right now, due to forces outside our control. But taking action when we can, will show our community how to care and contribute. Thanks River Kidz!

Speakers Bureau

On May 21st, Darrell Brand and Todd Weissing addressed the gathering at the Lost River Fishing Tournament and Chili Cookoff. This tournament and live auction raises money for charities and the Rivers Coalition has been fortunate to be the recipient for the last number of years. Darrell and Todd briefly discussed the local river issues and thanked everyone for their support.

If your group would like the Rivers Coalition to speak at an upcoming gathering, please contact Todd Weissing at ctodd_weissing@ml.com or info@riverscoalition.org

Get informed, be active and be part of the solution to help our river!


May 26th Rivers Coalition Meeting Highlights

Dr. Edie Widder from Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA) presented "Anatomy of a Fish Kill" at the May meeting. She and Gary Goforth, gave highly informative presentations to Rivers Coalition members in May.

Nic Mader presented a donation towards the Kilroy water monitoring devices and a t-shirt on behalf of the River Kidz.


2016 Meeting Schedule
The 2016 meetings will be held at
City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34994

Wednesday, June 29th 6:00 pm

Thursday, July 28th 11:00 am

Thursday, August 25th 11:00 am

Wednesday, Sept 28th 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 27th 11:00 am

Meetings will not be held in November and December


For updates you can visit our Facebook Page
Rivers Coalition Facebook Page





Thank you for all your support.

Editors: Katherine Luger & Jill Pinkham

PO Box 2627
Stuart, Fl 34995

772-225-6849
www.RiversCoalition.org




 
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Jun 27, 2016Fall Enrollment, Camps & Awards
Enroll Now for our Fall Semester to ensure student placement in classes

Show supply free will be discounted $25
if you register before July 15.

Classes begin the week of August 15

Call to enroll or for information
772-283-4888

This fall we will be creating a magazine
featuring ALL of our students!

We will also be preparing ideas for spring events.
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e will be continuing the SAVE OUR RIVER project with new ideas.

...and, of course our Rising Star show!

Call for Adult Class information
772-486-3534

Realism with Mike Nolan

Watercolor with Sally Browning Pearson

Digital Art With Daniel Keller


NEW NEW NEW

Book an art party at your office and our teachers will come to you and teach your staff about the right side of the brain and creative entreprenurial ideas! Great for team building! This has been wildly successful with corporate Martin County!

Lynne Barletta has been speaking and presenting for Leadership Martin County for 5 years. She will be speaking with art demonstration at Blake Library on September 8th.
Subject is the title of her new book:
No Stress Zone
Creative Ideas from a Place of Peace

Call Blake Library 772-288-5702 for reservations
Seating is limited

Visionary School of Arts began in a small office above the Martin County Chamber of Commerce in 2010 with 5 young children.

Today, over 150 students have enjoyed the summer camps and semester courses offered at VSOA, with many more participating in outlying classes, outreaches, Art After Dark for adults, workshops and senior living facility classes.

Our current staff of 12 includes top notch professional artist teachers, creative design experts and administrators, who work together to raise up and launch artists from ages 5 and up.

Lynne Barletta
772-283-4888
1724 SE Indian St
Stuart, Fl 34997
VisionarySchoolofArts.org




 
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