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Jun 24, 2016eBulletin - June, 2016
Explore the Mariana Trench with Harbor Branch and NOAA


Dr. Shirley Pomponi (center), science team co-lead, discusses the mission during a ship tour of local stakeholders and resource managers.
How would you like to catch a glimpse into what's been called the "Grand Canyon" of the sea - the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench? You can right now, thanks to a NOAA-funded expedition that is being broadcast live online and includes scientists from FAU Harbor Branch! This week, Dr. Shirley Pomponi, Executive Director of the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (headquartered at Harbor Branch) joined leg 3 of the mission to serve as biology lead. Watch the dives by clicking here (choose camera 3 for the most action).
Scientists and students are participating in the expedition from Harbor Branch's Exploration Command Center, one of only a handful in the nation. The facility allows for real-time access to all of the action via telepresence. High-definition cameras capture video imagery from the ocean floor that is transmitted in real-time via satellite from the ship back to Harbor Branch's command center, as well as eleven others across the country. Researchers and students can also communicate with the scientists aboard ship via chatrooms and teleconference during the dives. The ECC will be activated now through the end of the expedition in mid-July.


Bubblegum coral is one of the many fascinating things scientists have seen during leg 3 of NOAA's Mariana Trench expedition. Click on the image above to view a video of the find! (*Images courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.*)

Ajemian Featured on Discovery Channel's "Shark Week"
FAU Harbor Branch Assistant Research Professor Dr. Matt Ajemian will be featured on the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" for a project he participated in involving Mako sharks. The work was conducted during his time at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in conjunction with the Harte Research Institute and included tagging and studying massive Mako sharks that inhabit the waters off the coast of Southern California. The project will be featured on "Return of Monster Mako" which will air on Sunday, June 26 at 9 p.m.
Harbor Branch Welcomes 2016 Summer Interns


The 2016 Harbor Branch summer interns
A tradition more than four decades in the making continues this month, as Harbor Branch welcomes the latest crop of summer interns for 2016. Students from universities all around the world are spending their summer working alongside scientists and engineers here, conducting research that will be presented at a symposium on August 4. This year's sponsors include the Link Foundation, the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation and the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology. This year's interns come to Harbor Branch from a variety of schools including: Florida Atlantic University, University of Miami, Wake Forest University, University of Kentucky, Louisiana State University, United States Coast Guard Academy, Main Maritime Academy, Kiel University - Germany, Florida International University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, University of Illinois, Boston University, Wingate University and Lindsey Wilson College.
Harbor Branch Welcomes Veterinarian to Marine Mammal Rescue Team
Annie Page-Karjian, DVM, Ph.D. recently joined FAU Harbor Branch's Marine Mammal Research and Conservation program, serving as veterinarian for the group. Page-Karjian received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia in 2011. During her D.V.M. program, she underwent extensive training in aquatic animal medicine and pathology, including preceptorships at the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, University of Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Florida and North Carolina State University. During 2013-2015, she gained more than 100 hours of clinical experience as a volunteer veterinarian at Zoo Atlanta, and worked as an assistant diagnostician for the Georgia Marine Mammal Stranding Network for over 2 years.
World Oceans Day Celebrated at Harbor Branch


From left: Nancy Pham Ho - Florida Tech's Vero Beach Marine Laboratory, Dr. Maia McGuire - Florida Sea Grant Extension Program at the University of Florida, Steve Burton - FAU Harbor Branch Marine Mammal Rescue, Barbara de Vries
Wednesday, June 8 marked World Oceans Day, the recognized day of ocean celebration and action for the United Nations. Renowned fashion designer and conservation advocate Barbara de Vries came to Harbor Branch and explained to more than 100 attendees how she came to use ocean plastic to create jewelry, clothing and art pieces. Her talk was followed by a panel discussion on ocean plastic pollution which included experts from Florida Sea Grant Extension Program at the University of Florida, Florida Tech's Vero Beach Marine Laboratory and Harbor Branch (pictured, above).
The theme for 2016 was "Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet," and individuals and organizations worldwide promoted prevention of plastic ocean pollution through special events such as the one held at HBOI.

FAU Harbor Branch's Ocean Discovery Visitor's Center will be closed July 1 through September 30 for renovations.

Mission Ocean Discovery public outreach programming, including Immersion Tours, Lectures, the Brown Bag Lunch Series and Children's Camps, will be on hiatus over the summer months and will reconvene in the fall. Stay tuned for more info on upcoming events!



 
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Jun 24, 2016Danforth Creek Bridge
On Thursday, July 14, 2016, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will host an informational Open House for the bridge repair project at Danforth Creek Bridge (State Road 714).
The Open House will be held from 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM at the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce, 1650 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994. The Chamber is not sponsoring this event. Project personnel will be on hand to discuss the scope of work, construction schedule, and address questions and comments one-on-one. No formal presentation will be made.
This project is expected to begin July 18, 2016, and is anticipated to be completed by early 2017, weather permitting. The cost for construction is $1.18 million. Work will be performed by Morrison-Cobalt JV, with FDOT overseeing the project. Work on this project includes: providing slope protection/channel lining to prevent further erosion, repairing the bridge slabs to prevent rotational movements, and repairing the existing sidewalk on the south side of the bridge.
Maintenance of Traffic: In order to do this work safely, it will be necessary for travel lanes to undergo an around-the-clock full closure. Work will be done in phases to minimize impacts to residents, businesses and the motoring public.
Phase I: Late July 2016 through October 2016 - Eastbound travel lanes on Martin Downs Boulevard between Mapp Road and Immanuel Drive will be closed. Eastbound traffic will be diverted to the westbound travel lane, reducing traffic to one lane in each direction. During this time the eastbound sidewalk will be closed and pedestrians must cross Martin Downs Boulevard at Matheson Avenue or Mapp Road.
Phase II: October 2016 through January 2017 - Westbound travel lanes on Martin Downs Boulevard between Mapp Road and Immanuel Drive will be closed. Westbound traffic will be diverted to the eastbound travel lane, reducing traffic to one lane in each direction. During this time the westbound sidewalk will be closed and pedestrians must cross Martin Downs Boulevard at Matheson Avenue or Mapp Road.
For additional information regarding this upcoming construction project, please contact Kathleen Dempsey, Project Public Information Officer, at (772) 359-5118, kdempsey@corradino.com, or visit www.d4fdot.com.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. If you need special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or require translation services (free of charge) please contact Kathleen Dempsey, Project Public Information Officer, prior to the meeting. She can be reached by phone at (772) 359-5118 or email at kdempsey@corradino.com

Danforth Creek Bridge Rep
 
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Jun 24, 2016MCTV’s Your Florida Yard highlights issues facing Indian River Lagoon
In the latest edition of MCTV’s Your Florida Yard, UF IFAS Extension Agent Fred Burkey and friends cruise the Indian River Lagoon in Martin County and visit environmentally-sensitive areas along the way. Burkey also addresses the issues facing the 156-mile waterway, one of the most diverse estuarine habitats in North
America. View Your Florida Yard and other MCTV programs on the County’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/MartinCountyFL.

This program is running at various times on MCTV. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streams live at www.martin.fl.us.

MCTV’s program schedule can be found here. https://www.martin.fl.us/content/martin-county-television-mctv


 
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Jun 24, 2016FREE CHLORINE MAINTENANCE
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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Jun 24, 2016COMING SOON! Photo contest July 1-31

As part of National Parks & Recreation Month in July, we will be holding a photo contest all month long!
Contest runs July 1-July 31
To Participate:
Take photos of Martin County “Weekly Featured Parks”.
Use Park Finder to locate parks: http://geoweb.martin.fl.us/parkfinder/
Submit high resolution photos and names of parks via email to jrodriqu@martin.fl.us
Photos of “Featured Parks” submitted during the ‘featured’ dates are eligible to win.
Each week a winner gets a prize!
Weekly Featured Parks:
Week 1: July 1-9 Halpatiokee Regional Park, JV Reed Park, Post Family Park, Wojcieszak Park
Week 2: July 10-17 Sailfish Splash Waterpark, Doc Myers Park, New Monrovia Park, Langford Park
Week 3: July 18-24 Indian RiverSide Park, Big Mound Park, Citrus Grove Park, Peck Lake Park
Week 4: July 26-31 Timer Powers Park, Pineapple Park, Sandsprit Park, Cove Road Park
Prizes:
Weekly winners will receive a pair of ‪#‎LoveMCParks‬ neon sunglasses.
At the end of the month, one grand prize winner will get a cabana for a day at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.
All winners will be notified by email. Parks & Rec staff make sole and final determination of winners.

 
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Jun 24, 2016County reminds residents to stock up on hurricane supplies

There have already been three named storms for the 2016 hurricane season. Now is the
time to stock your disaster supply kit if you haven’t already done so. Martin County Fire
Rescue Department’s Emergency Management Agency reminds local residents about the
importance of being prepared for the Atlantic hurricane season, which extends until the
end of November.
Recommended items for a disaster supply kit include:
 One gallon of water per person, per day for five days
 Enough non-perishable food for the household for at least five days
 A non-electric can opener; cooking tools and fuel; paper plates and towels
 Toiletries, such as toothpaste and brush; deodorant and soap; shaving equipment;
personal hygiene supplies; shampoo; wash cloth and towel; and toilet paper
 Garbage bags, resealable plastic bags, and tarps
 Supplies for infants, including diapers and formula
 Supplies for senior citizens, including special dietary considerations
 At least a two-week supply of prescribed family medicines, as well as a typical
first-aid kit with bandages, antibiotic cream, headache medicine, and antacids
 Blankets, pillows, and extra clothing
 Battery-powered NOAA weather radio and flashlight with extra batteries
 A waterproof container with extra cash and important documents such as
insurance information, bank accounts, and Social Security cards
 A list of important phone numbers including the family’s local pharmacy, doctors,
and designated contacts the family can call in case of an emergency
 Camera to record damage to property
 Rain gear and hard sole shoes
 Cleaning supplies and equipment
 Pet supplies including food, water, and medicines
For more hurricane preparation information, call the Martin County Emergency
Management Agency at (772) 287-1652 or visit our website at www.martin.fl.us.
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Jun 24, 2016FY2016-17 St. Lucie River Issues Team Grant Application
Hello All!

It is that time of year again and the St. Lucie River Issues Team Grant Application for Fiscal Year 2016-17 is attached.

Please review the application as it has changed from last year.

The applications are due July 29, 2016.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Good Luck!

Kathy

Kathy LaMartina, PMP
Regional Representative
Martin & St. Lucie Counties
South Florida Water Management District
421 SW Camden Ave. #1
Stuart, FL 34994
(772) 221-4060 x26
Cell: (561) 602-8407


IssueTeamGrantApplication
 
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Jun 23, 2016Join Coastal Living in Historic Downtown Stuart for the Official “Happiest Seaside Town” Celebration
Who: Local business owners, Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing, City of Stuart, Stuart Main Street, the Downtown Business Association of Stuart, and Coastal Living
What: The official public celebration of Stuart’s recognition as “America’s Happiest Seaside Town.” Coastal Living writers and editors will spend the weekend in Stuart and the surrounding area to see and taste why Stuart is the first city in Florida to win the title.
When: Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Stuart Green Market - 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 4th Annual Pet Festival and Dog Wash - 1:00-4:00 p.m. Rock’n Riverwalk FREE Outdoor Concert featuring Ryan and Friends
Where: The Riverwalk Stage and City Hall Annex Parking Lot 300 St. Lucie Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994
Why: Stuart and the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing welcome Coastal Living to Stuart. We know the best way to experience Stuart’s “Old Florida Charm” is in person! Residents and visitors are invited to join Coastal Living in Downtown Stuart as we celebrate winning “America’s Happiest Seaside Town”!
STUART, FL – June 23, 2016 – The Martin County Office of Tourism and the City of Stuart join with Stuart Main Street and the Downtown Business Association of Stuart to welcome Coastal Living for the official celebration of Stuart’s designation as” America’s Happiest Seaside Town.” Writers and editors from Coastal Living will spend the weekend in Martin County, broadcasting from Coastal Living Radio and www.facebook.com/CoastalLivingMag as they discover Stuart

 
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Jun 23, 2016Citizens’ Rate Increase Proposal Latest Evidence of Need for Assignment of Benefits Reform


Citizens Property Insurance Corp.’s recommendation to raise rates an average of 6.8 percent statewide underscores the immediate need for state lawmakers to stop Assignment of Benefits (AOB) abuse.

Citizens’ board of directors, in approving the 2017 rate package proposal today, said the increases are necessary because of skyrocketing non-weather-related water loss claims in South Florida, a trend that is spreading statewide. Many of the claims are fueled by abuse of AOB, which allows unscrupulous home repair vendors and trial attorneys to take control of a homeowner’s policy, inflate a claim and sue an insurance company that disputes the bill.

“Citizens’ decision to recommend rate increases for homeowners across Florida should sound the alarm that Assignment of Benefits scams have reached a critical level,’’ said Florida Chamber President Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, which spearheads the coalition. “What started out as a South Florida problem has become a statewide crisis that no longer can be ignored and left to fester. We have to act now to put these bad actors out of business.’’

The Florida Chamber and its Consumer Protection Coalition has been a leader in pushing for AOB reform, warning that AOB abuse hurts homeowners, erodes Florida’s business-friendly environment and threatens the stability of the state’s insurance market. In fact, last week I personally testified at the Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate’s forum on Florida’s water loss crisis and advocated for solutions.

In recommending the higher rates, Citizens said the surge in non-weather-related water losses has increased its claims payments and litigation costs, reducing the financial progress the agency has gained from going a decade without a hurricane. Given the latest data, rates in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties would have nearly tripled because of all the water claims but, by law, can’t go up more than 10 percent.

Last year in South Florida, more than 55 percent of claims submitted involved an AOB or had legal representation before the claim was even reported to Citizens. Claims with an AOB cost more than twice the amount of a claim without an AOB.

The Florida Chamber and Consumer Protection Coalition support efforts by Citizens to curb AOB abuse, which include encouraging policyholders to call Citizens first after sustaining damage. In addition, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation recently approved administrative changes allowing Citizens to inspect the property before


 
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Jun 23, 2016Do you want a better short game or more distance off the tee?
Greetings from Judy Thursday, 23 June 2016

It's tough to play a championship on greens so slick that the ball can be rolled again by what wasn't a strong wind, after coming to a stop. Consequently there was a very interesting statistic after the 3rd round of the US Open.

Shane Lowry held a big lead despite not being in the top 20 for fairways found or greens in regulation. He was however #1 with the putter and #2 with the wedge. This is yet another indication of what can be achieved with a great short-game.

In the end the congratulations must however go to Dustin Johnson. He’s not known for being a gifted wedge player, but he is the most powerful driver of a golf ball.

I’ve been chasing you to set your improvement goal. Which was your priority? A better short-game or more distance off the tee? Book a lesson today so that we can get you started on your journey to better golf.

Regards,
Judy


 
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Jun 22, 2016Tourism 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.


 
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Jun 22, 2016Hampton Inn & Suites Stuart-North Awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award
Hampton Inn & Suites
Stuart-North has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality
businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on the online
TripAdvisor site over the past year. To qualify, a business must maintain
an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a
minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at
least 12 months.

“We are proud to be recognized by TripAdvisor with a Certificate of
Excellence Award,” said Becky DeCesare, general manager of Hampton Inn &
Suites Stuart-North. “This honor is a testament to our dedication to
exceptional customer service. We appreciate our guests giving us excellent
ratings on this site and helping us to achieve this recognition.”

Located at 1150 NW Federal Highway in Stuart, Hampton Inn & Suites
Stuart-North offers amenities including On the House breakfast each
morning and Hampton’s On the Run™ Breakfast Bags, available Monday through
Friday. Additionally, it provides free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center
with complimentary printing and a fitness center.

Each guestroom includes the brand’s signature Clean and fresh Hampton
bed®. Inviting suites are also available, offering additional space and a
comfortable sleeper sofa. Designed as an extension of the guestroom,
properties feature a Perfect Mix Lobby, with a variety of seating and
lighting options for both leisure and business travelers.

Hampton by Hilton properties participate in Hilton HHonors®, the only
hotel loyalty program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® on the
same stay and No Blackout Dates on reward stays. HHonors members always
get our lowest price with our Best Price Guarantee, along with HHonors
Points, digital check-in and no booking fees only when they book directly
through Hilton.

To make reservations, visit www.hampton.com and to read more about Hampton
by Hilton, visit www.news.hampton.com.


 
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Jun 22, 2016Tourism 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.


 
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Jun 22, 2016July 2016 ~ Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for July 2016. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
July 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during this meeting as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS BUDGET WORKSHOP MEETINGS
July 18, 19 & 20, 2016 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
Regarding: Fiscal Year 2016/2017 Budget Workshop.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
July 26, 2016 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will also include Comprehensive Plan Amendments (adoption).
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during this meeting as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AIRPORT NOISE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 28, 2016 at 10:00 am
Location: Airport Maintenance Building, 1895 SE Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
July 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE
July 27, 2016 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
July 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
July 20, 2016 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
July 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Location: Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
July 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

OLD PALM CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
July 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MASTER PLAN SUB-COMMITTEE
July 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

SPECIAL BICYCLE, PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Regarding: East Coast Greenways Alignment.
July 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
July 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

This notice dated: June 22, 2016.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us


 
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Jun 22, 2016FORCE / 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 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

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.

Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved!

Missed a past meeting? Go to our Youtube channel!

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
• 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

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.



Mangrove Park
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


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 21, 2016Sarah’s Kitchen Announces New Executive Director
Sarah’s Kitchen of the Treasure Coast, Inc., an organization serving those in our community who are hungry and struggling financially since 2009, has announced the selection of Julie A. Summers as its new executive director.

"We are very pleased to announce this appointment. After reviewing numerous applicants, we decided on Julie because of her commitment to our area, broad experience, history of collaboration, and knowledge of nonprofits and business management at all levels. Julie will bring creativity to the soup kitchen’s programs. Her passion to give back has been demonstrated through previous work with the United Way of St. Lucie County and Mustard Seed Ministries,” reported founder and board member, Bob Carey.

According to Summers, with the closing of the QVC Contact Center, she was blessed to have the option to look for a position that gave back and helped those in need.

“My personal mission statement is to make a difference in someone's life each day. Working with Sarah's Kitchen allows me to do that and so much more. I have enjoyed every minute so far. It is an honor to work with our volunteers, guests and the homeless persons we feed through our mobile units. I am dedicated and committed to this mission of ending hunger in our community!” Julie shared heartily in a statement.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead such a well-respected organization. Sarah’s Kitchen not only nurtures the body, but clearly the human spirit, as well, and I will endeavor to build upon the foundation shaped by our previous leaders," Summers continued.

Julie’s resume includes over 31 years of business administration, excellent communications and customer service experience. She is a cultural advocate with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), International Business specialty and a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX.

“I look forward to continuing to serve and partner with the area’s nonprofit organizations in this new capacity,” remarks Julie.

The idea for Sarah’s Kitchen began January 2009, during the recession. A group of spiritually motivated laymen and clergy from seven congregations started planning a way to feed the hungry in St. Lucie County, FL., where the unemployment rate was then over 15%. The first night Sarah’s Kitchen served 36 meals. In 2015, they served over 62,000 meals and they anticipate their numbers to increase in the coming year.

Sarah’s Kitchen feeding sites are open from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Mondays - First United Methodist Church: 260 SW Prima Vista Blvd, Port St Lucie 34983.
Tuesdays - St Paul's AME Church: 1405 N 27th St. Fort Pierce, 34947.
Wednesdays - First Congregational Church: 2401 SE Sidonia Street, Port St Lucie 34952.
Thursdays - First Bethel Baptist Church: 506 N Eleventh St, Ft Pierce 34950.
Fridays - Notre Dame Catholic Mission: 217 N Highway 1, Ft Pierce 34950.

Visit SarahsKitchen.org to learn more.


 
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Jun 21, 2016KANE CENTER TO HOLD SENIOR SUMMER SOCIAL BASH ON JULY 15
Calling all Seniors! You’re invited to celebrate the lazy hot days of summer in the cool comfort of the Kane Center in Stuart when the Kane hosts a Summer Social Bash on Friday, July 15 from noon to 3 p.m. The beach-themed event will feature hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn and more, in the Kane Center’s Frances Langford Theatre and Auditorium. Listen to steel drum music, take “selfies” in front of a beach-themed backdrop, compete in trivia and luau contests, and get the chance to win one of several great raffle prizes. What better way to have fun while you beat the heat?

All-inclusive tickets for the Bash include refreshments, entertainment and a raffle ticket, and are just $8; Kane Elite and Premier member tickets are discounted to $7. Tickets are available at www.kanecenter.org, or by calling 772-223-7800. The Kane Center is located at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart. The Summer Social Bash is sponsored by Humana, Stuart Lodge Assisted Living and TenderCare Services.

The mission of the Council on Aging of Martin County is to help seniors live well at any age by remaining independent, healthy and living in their own homes. The Kane Center, the home of the Council on Aging of Martin County, is a multi-generational facility offering a wide range of services for seniors, their families and caregivers, and the greater Treasure Coast community.

The Kane Center is designed to serve all seniors in Martin County, from the active to the frail, through social, wellness, medical, nutritional, educational and cultural programming. Intergenerational events for the general public are also offered. The on-site Frances Langford Theatre and Auditorium, the Town Center and other spaces are available for rent for special events. The Kane Center is owned and operated by the Council on Aging of Martin County. For information on Council on Aging services, or to learn how you can support the Council and be a part of the Kane Center, call 772-223-7800 or visit www.kanecenter.org.



 
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Jun 20, 2016STEP INTO THE HUGE FACTORY FORGING AMERICA’S FANCY NEW TRAINS
THE SIEMENS FACTORY near Sacramento, California, is building some of the most modern, high tech, high speed trains to hit US rails. It takes 6,000 work hours to build just one coach from scratch, but a team of welders, electricians, painters and engineers is pumping them out at the rate of four per month. In a country hardly known for its trains, this rolling stock will deliver high-end, feature-packed comfort.

The trains are the centerpiece of Brightline, a privately-funded venture in Florida that will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando starting this time next year. They will carry commuters and tourists over the 235-mile route at up to 125 mph. That will disappoint those familiar with European and Asian high-speed rail, but thrill anyone used to Amtrak’s typical 80 mph.

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“The idea of being able to connect downtown Miami to Fort Lauderdale in 30 minutes”—which is more like a 50-minute drive, even without traffic—“really changes the way that we think people are going to move about,” says Michael Reininger, Brightline’s president. His line will be the first express, intercity service in the US to run without any public funding.

To acquire the necessary trains for that vision, Brightline turned to Siemens, whose 600,000-square foot factory produces many of the streetcars, light rail, metros, and high- and low-speed trains running across the US. Brightline’s speed may not match European standards, but the carriages will be familiar to anyone who has taken a rail trip on the continent. Company execs looked there for inspiration on how to improve the US rail experience, as well as at the problems with American trains. “A lot of smart people said these are things that always bugged us, and in the next generation of trains we need to fix them,” says Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rolling Stock.

That translates to things like extra-large “picture windows” that align with each seat for the best views. Passengers get access to Wi-Fi (which is promised to be the actually useful high-speed variety), tons of power outlets, and reclining seats. To accommodate those traveling with children and luggage as well as older, mobility-impaired passengers—demographics that make up a large part of the anticipated Florida ridership—the trains offer wide aisles and overhead luggage storage.

The drivetrain is one of the latest available—a Cummins diesel-electric locomotive. The 42,000 pound powerplant’s 16-cylinder engine operates purely as a electric generator. 42 miles of cable feed electric motors for movement, as well as for the lights (and laptops) in the passenger carriages. This efficient configuration means the engine meets the Federal Railroad Administration’s tough Tier IV clean air standards.

Inside the huge warehouses in Sacramento, Siemens welders cut and join bare metal to form shells, mount them on bogey undercarriages, paint them, fit them with interiors, and eventually check them out on a short section of test track. And they need to move quickly—the initial Brightline service from Miami to West Palm Beach starts in just a year.

 
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Jun 17, 2016County reminds residents to stock up on hurricane supplies


There have already been three named storms for the 2016 hurricane season. Now is the time to stock your disaster supply kit if you haven't already done so. Martin County's Emergency Management Agency reminds local residents about the importance of being prepared for the Atlantic hurricane season, which extends until the end of November.

Recommended items for a disaster supply kit include:

* One gallon of water per person, per day for five days
* Enough non-perishable food for the household for at least five days
* A non-electric can opener; cooking tools and fuel; paper plates and towels
* Toiletries, such as toothpaste and brush; deodorant and soap; shaving equipment; personal hygiene supplies; shampoo; wash cloth and towel; and toilet paper
* Garbage bags, resealable plastic bags, and tarps
* Supplies for infants, including diapers and formula
* Supplies for senior citizens, including special dietary considerations
* At least a two-week supply of prescribed family medicines, as well as a typical first-aid kit with bandages, antibiotic cream, headache medicine, and antacids
* Blankets, pillows, and extra clothing
* Battery-powered NOAA weather radio and flashlight with extra batteries
* A waterproof container with extra cash and important documents such as insurance information, bank accounts, and Social Security cards
* A list of important phone numbers including the family's local pharmacy, doctors, and designated contacts the family can call in case of an emergency
* Camera to record damage to property
* Rain gear and hard sole shoes
* Cleaning supplies and equipment
* Pet supplies including food, water, and medicines

For more hurricane preparation information, call the Martin County Emergency Management at (772) 287-1652 or visit our website at www.martin.fl.us.




 
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Jun 16, 2016Charity Navigator rates Humane Society of the Treasure Coast with the highest possible ranking
Charity Navigator, America's premier and largest independent charity evaluator, has announced that the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) has maintained its coveted 4-star rating — the highest rating possible — under a new rating system that utilizes an enhanced financial methodology. The new system uses seven financial health rating metrics, which are designed to help charitable givers make wise decisions in choosing the charities that are most worthy of their donations. No other animal-related charity on the Treasure Coast received a 4-star rating.

The Humane Society’s overall ranking of four stars includes a four star ranking specifically in the areas of financial management and accountability and transparency. Using an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system, Charity Navigator helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the financial health and accountability and transparency of roughly 8,000 mid-to-large sized charities that garner about 50 percent of all private contributions made in the USA each year (not including houses of worship).

According to Charity Navigator, receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that the HSTC adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 20 percent of the 8,000 charities rated by Charity Navigator have received two consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates the HSTC from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.

“We are proud of the fact that we have been rated 4 stars six out of the last eight years, and never below 3 stars,” said HSTC President and CEO Frank Valente. “As for fiscal transparency, we have always been rated 4 stars, which means our donors can trust that we are using their contributions wisely to help the shelter animals.”

Charity Navigator reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its website for each of the charities it evaluates. The nonprofit organization accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. For more information, visit www.charitynavigator.org.



 
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Jun 16, 20162016 HUD Bed Bug Guidelines
HUD believes that bed bug infestations have reached alarming proportions in HUD-insured, multifamily housing and assisted properties throughout the country. Complying with HUD’s bed bug control and prevention regulations is now a cause for serious compliance headache for property owners and agents.
HUD has released two notices and much written information on this issue and owners/agents must be certain that they are carrying out all of the agency’s requirements.
Join this session How to minimize Bed Bugs infestations: Complying with HUD on Thu, June 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CTby expert speaker Debbie Hixon for best practices, tips and strategies on tackling the bed bug menace from a chemical, physical and behavioral viewpoint. Be equipped with the latest information and resources for complying with HUD guidelines. Understand how and with whom you should collaborate to achieve successful results and overcome the barriers to fighting this problem. This session will help you make certain that you’re carrying out all HUD regulations on bed bugs prevention and control.
In this session, you’ll get answers to some very important questions, such as:
• What change has HUD made to inspectors when conducting a REAC inspection?
• Do we notify our residents if there is an infestation in our building? If so, how?
• What is the responsibility of owner/agents upon discovering there is a problem with bed bugs?
• What are some of the major challenges to success with this problem?
• What are potential solutions to these challenges?
• What training tools can we use and how?
Who should attend: All HUD-insured or assisted housing staff
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Jun 16, 2016SFWMD Highlights Progress on Caloosahatchee River Reservoir
SFWMD Highlights Progress on Caloosahatchee River Reservoir
Massive storage project will provide significant benefits for river and estuary
Fort Myers, FL - This month the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board heard a staff report highlighting the significant progress the District has made building the Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir.

When completed, the reservoir will hold approximately 170,000 acre-feet of water from the Caloosahatchee River. During dry periods, this water will be used to maintain a desirable minimum flow of fresh water to the Caloosahatchee Estuary to balance salinity levels and maintain the health of the estuary. During the rainy season, the reservoir will capture and store excess stormwater runoff and regulatory releases from Lake Okeechobee, helping to prevent excessive freshwater flows to the estuary.

"This project is crucial to the District's plan to restore the health of the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary," said SFWMD Governing Board Member Mitch Hutchcraft.

Contractors have been doing preliminary site work for reservoir construction for the last several months. The work includes:
• Demolishing existing agricultural features across the 10,000-acre reservoir site.
• Constructing seven above-ground earth mounds to support future structures.
• Moving approximately 1.8 million cubic yards of fill for the mounds.
• Preparing the foundation to build a 16-mile dam surrounding the reservoir.
Earlier this month, the Governing Board also awarded a contract to build a pump station necessary for the operation of the reservoir.

The first phase of the reservoir project is expected to be completed by February 2021, and the District is working to expedite construction of the rest of the project.

See photos of C-43 Reservoir construction.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sfwmd/sets/72157666842501303

 
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Jun 16, 2016Human Resource Training
Earn the New Standard in HR Certification
at IRSC Corporate & Community Training Institute's

SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP Certification Preparation Course
This is an exciting and pivotal time in the HR profession. Now, more than ever, HR teams are required to assume a greater leadership role, contributing to the strategic direction of their organizations. The profession is no longer just about what you know - but how you do your job.

The SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™) credentials are poised to become the new standard for HR professionals worldwide, as they are among the first HR certifications that focus on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to excel in their careers today, including knowledge, skills and behavioral competencies.

Ensure you're prepared with IRSC - Corporate & Community Training Institute's SHRM CERTIFICATION, designed for SHRM credential candidates. This intensive program combines expert instruction with the SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP, so you will learn faster, retain more knowledge and stay on track for success on the exam.

Let Us Guide You to Success.

Our course is based on the NEW 2016 SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP. Comprised of comprehensive learning modules teaching the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™), and online resources, these study materials streamline study time, accelerate learning and build confidence for passing the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam. Expand and test your knowledge and practical, real-life competencies in areas critical for HR career success.
By attending our course, you'll benefit from:
• An experienced, certified instructor
• The SHRM Learning System, historically ranked the #1 HR certification prep tool.
• A structured learning experience that keeps you on track.
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Class Dates: September 15 - December 8, 2016
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Jun 15, 2016Learn How YOUR Community's Economy/Job Growth May Be Impacted
Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg Ruling
Learn How YOUR Community's Economy/Job Growth May Be Impacted

REGISTER TODAY for the Florida Chamber of Commerce Workers' Comp Task Force Webinar
to Learn More.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Workers' Comp Task Force Webinar
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (EST)



The latest Florida Supreme Court ruling has dealt another blow to Florida's job creators. The high court's ruling in the Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg case declared the current system for temporary total disability (104 weeks) unconstitutional.

Join Florida Chamber's Workers' Comp Task Force co-chair, Steve Knopik, CEO, Beall's, Inc., for this informative discussion on the Florida's workers' comp system and hear from:

• Mark Delegal, Partner, Holland & Knight, LLP, and a member of the Florida Chamber's Government Affairs team, will provide a quick summary of the Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg ruling and explain the material impact of the ruling, and
• Carolyn Johnson, Director of Business, Economic Development & Innovation Policy, Florida Chamber of Commerce, will update webinar participants on the Florida Chamber's efforts since the last Workers' Comp Task Force webinar, and how YOU can get involved.
Florida's workers' comp system must be repaired. Join the Florida Chamber in the fight to ensure Florida remains a great place to create and grow businesses. Do not miss this opportunity to LEARN, ENGAGE, and be a part of the SOLUTION. Register today!


Drive the Discussion
Do you have specific questions you would like covered in the upcoming call? Send your questions to cjohnson@flchamber.com.


More from the Florida Chamber
• Did You Know Florida's Military Installations Account for Nearly 775,000 Jobs?
• Join us at the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Future of Florida Forum in Orlando, September 28 - 30.


 
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Jun 15, 2016New and improved Bathtub Reef Beach reopening to public June 18
Serving as a popular destination for local families and out of town visitors, Bathtub Reef Beach is well-known as one of Martin County's fondest local treasures. In January 2016, the beach was closed for a major restoration effort to restore it to its former splendor after hurricane damages sustained in 2012 and other erosion had taken its toll. The County is pleased to announce that just in time for summer; a bigger and better Bathtub Reef Beach will reopen to the public on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

The County and its contractor, Ferreira Construction, have completed the dredging and sand replenishment work. All equipment that had been staged on the beach has been removed in time to allow turtle nesting to begin.

One hundred parking spaces were restored in the parking lot which had been lost over the last several years as the beach eroded and sand was piled up in the parking area. The restored parking lot, which includes 100 spaces, will be open when the beach reopens to the public on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

Martin County wishes to thank State Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart) for securing nearly 40 percent of the total project cost through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Beach Management Funding Assistance Program. Martin County and Sailfish Point each paid 50 percent of the remaining project cost.

Senator Negron said, "Bathtub Beach is one of the jewels of our community, especially for families. I enjoyed working with Martin County and our legislative delegation to secure this important beach renourishment funding."

Martin County Commission Chair Anne Scott added, "Senator Negron's support was pivotal. The project's rapid completion, from turning dirt in January to returning the beach to the public in June, represents what can be accomplished with successful partnerships like this one."

Key features of the Bathtub Reef Beach/ Sailfish Point renourishment project include:
* The addition of more than 325,000 cubic yards of sand to the beach
* New restroom facilities (to be complete January 2017 or earlier)
* Renovated pavilion
* Restored parking lot with 100 spaces
* New vegetated dunes

"We look forward to reopening Bathtub Reef Beach just in time for local families and visitors to enjoy their summer and make some new memories at this popular Martin County beach," said Martin County coastal engineer Kathy FitzPatrick.

About the Bathtub Reef Beach/Sailfish Point Renourishment Project

The restoration effort was performed in the most cost-efficient as well as the most environmentally sensitive manner. Sand was dredged from the flood shoals and the impoundment basin of the St. Lucie Inlet located immediately south of these beaches to help maintain the safety and navigability of the Inlet for local boaters. The sand was then piped to the beach and distributed from that point across 4,900 feet of coastline, from just north of Bathtub Reef Beach and extending south into Sailfish Point. This approach created a high quality recreational beach, increased storm protection and is designed to protect the integrity of the fragile Sabellariid worm reef that serves as both a critical marine habitat and protective barrier at Bathtub Reef Beach.

About Bathtub Reef Beach

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

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

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

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


 
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Jun 15, 2016CELEBRATING CASTLE’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY
CELEBRATING CASTLE’S
35TH ANNIVERSARY
of Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
through Education and Awareness
Friday, September 9, 2016
6:30 – 9:30pm
Cost: $125 per person
Limited VIP LOUIS XIII experiences available.
Visit http://bit.ly/CASTLE35th to RSVP today!
For more information, contact Elena Trowell
at 772-465-6011 x225 or email info@castletc.org
Tuckahoe Mansion • 1707 NE Indian River Dr. • Jensen Beach, FL 34957

 
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Jun 15, 2016Join the CASTLE Team For A One Hour Informational Tour
Interested in joining the Advisory Board, an event Committee, volunteering, or simply learning more about CASTLE's program? RSVP Today! Info@castletc.org or call 772-465-6011 Ext 225

June 21st 12:00PM-1:00PM - Lunch Provided
CASTLE- 3824 S.E. Dixie Hwy, Stuart, Fl 34997

 
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Jun 15, 2016New and improved Bathtub Reef Beach reopening to public June 18
Serving as a popular destination for local families and out of town visitors, Bathtub Reef Beach is well-known as one of Martin County's fondest local treasures. In January 2016, the beach was closed for a major restoration effort to restore it to its former splendor after hurricane damages sustained in 2012 and other erosion had taken its toll. The County is pleased to announce that just in time for summer; a bigger and better Bathtub Reef Beach will reopen to the public on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

The County and its contractor, Ferreira Construction, have completed the dredging and sand replenishment work. All equipment that had been staged on the beach has been removed in time to allow turtle nesting to begin.

One hundred parking spaces were restored in the parking lot which had been lost over the last several years as the beach eroded and sand was piled up in the parking area. The restored parking lot, which includes 100 spaces, will be open when the beach reopens to the public on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

Martin County wishes to thank State Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart) for securing nearly 40 percent of the total project cost through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Beach Management Funding Assistance Program. Martin County and Sailfish Point each paid 50 percent of the remaining project cost.

Senator Negron said, "Bathtub Beach is one of the jewels of our community, especially for families. I enjoyed working with Martin County and our legislative delegation to secure this important beach renourishment funding."

Martin County Commission Chair Anne Scott added, "Senator Negron's support was pivotal. The project's rapid completion, from turning dirt in January to returning the beach to the public in June, represents what can be accomplished with successful partnerships like this one."

Key features of the Bathtub Reef Beach/ Sailfish Point renourishment project include:
* The addition of more than 325,000 cubic yards of sand to the beach
* New restroom facilities (to be complete January 2017 or earlier)
* Renovated pavilion
* Restored parking lot with 100 spaces
* New vegetated dunes

"We look forward to reopening Bathtub Reef Beach just in time for local families and visitors to enjoy their summer and make some new memories at this popular Martin County beach," said Martin County coastal engineer Kathy FitzPatrick.

About the Bathtub Reef Beach/Sailfish Point Renourishment Project

The restoration effort was performed in the most cost-efficient as well as the most environmentally sensitive manner. Sand was dredged from the flood shoals and the impoundment basin of the St. Lucie Inlet located immediately south of these beaches to help maintain the safety and navigability of the Inlet for local boaters. The sand was then piped to the beach and distributed from that point across 4,900 feet of coastline, from just north of Bathtub Reef Beach and extending south into Sailfish Point. This approach created a high quality recreational beach, increased storm protection and is designed to protect the integrity of the fragile Sabellariid worm reef that serves as both a critical marine habitat and protective barrier at Bathtub Reef Beach.

About Bathtub Reef Beach

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

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

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

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

For more information about the Bathtub Reef Beach restoration project visit http://www.bathtubbeachmartin.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/BathtubBeachMartin or email coastal@martin.fl.us.


 
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Jun 14, 2016Green Market Pet Festival and Dog Wash Fundraiser to benefit shelter animals
Stuart Green Market’s 4th Annual Pet Festival & Dog Wash is being held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sun., June 26, in downtown Stuart by the riverwalk to benefit the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. This year’s event is being sponsored by The Stuart Green Market managers, Natalie Parkell and Kevin Osburn, the Downtown Business Association, Barkin’ Bones Bakery and Rock’n Riverwalk.
The public is encouraged to bring their dogs to enjoy the fun and sun and get bathed by HSTC staff and volunteers under a tent set up in the cul-de-sac. Donations are appreciated and will go toward the care of the HSTC’s shelter animals. Vendors will be on site with a variety of goods including “after bath” treats for the pampered pups. Also, there will be a Kids’ Corner courtesy of Stuart Ceramics, free live music all day, a benefit raffle of a “Green Market” basket worth over $250 in merchandise plus a pet basket raffle.
“We encourage those perusing through the Green Market to stop by in the morning, while those heading downtown that afternoon to enjoy Rock’n Riverwalk, a free open air concert, can ‘paws’ to get their canine clean,” said HSTC Community Events Manager Courtney Zanetti. “This is a free, family-fun event.”


 
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Jun 14, 2016Secretary Detzner Designates Stuart Main Street as Florida Main Street Program of the Month
Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that Stuart Main Street has been designated the June 2016 Florida Main Street Community of the Month. Communities are selected based on their developmental achievements and participation in the Florida Main Street Program. This program was designated in 1987, displaying 29 years of public/private reinvestment totaling $4.2 million, with over 137 projects that has created over 168 net new jobs to its Main Street area.
“Coastal Living magazine recently named the City of Stuart the nation’s ‘Happiest Seaside Town’,” said Secretary Detzner. “This recognition is the result of local public and private entities working together to make their city a wonderful place for locals and tourists.”
As the county seat of Martin County, Stuart was known as Potsdam until one of the first settlers, Homer Hine Stuart Jr. purchased land in the area in 1870. A portion of Stuart’s property was donated for use as a depot stop for Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railway. In return for Stuart’s generosity, the railway stop was named after him. The town’s first tourists came to fish and hunt. Fishing flourished thanks to the bountiful population of sailfish off the coast of Martin County. Today, the city of Stuart still prides itself on being the “Sailfish Capital of the World,” and welcomes thousands of tourists into their beautiful coastal town each year.
“In addition to recognition as the Happiest Seaside Town, Stuart Main Street has just been named one of 25 semifinalists nationwide for America’s Main Street,” says Executive Director Thondra Lanese. “Our community works hard to preserve our historic assets. Bringing nationwide attention to our city is exciting and strengthens our economic vitality. One of our current projects includes the adaptive reuse of the historic Stuart Bank, creating a restaurant to reactivate the southwest corridor of Osceola Street.”
For more information about Stuart Main Street or the Florida Main Street program visit stuartmainstreet.org or floridamainstreet.com or facebook.com/FloridaMainStreet.


 
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Jun 14, 2016Martin County Commissioners to cut ribbon on newly restored Bathtub Reef Beach
The media is invited to join the Martin County Board of County Commissioners and dignitaries as they cut the ribbon on the newly restored Bathtub Reef Beach. This ribbon-cutting event will take place on Thursday, June 16 at 9:00 a.m. The park will not be open for public access until Saturday, June 18.

In January 2016, Martin County began a major restoration effort to restore Bathtub Reef Beach after hurricane damages sustained in 2012 and other erosion had taken its toll. Key features of the Bathtub Reef Beach/Sailfish Point renourishment project include the addition of more than 325,000 cubic yards of sand to the beach, a renovated pavilion, restored parking lot with 100+ spaces, new vegetated dunes and new restroom facilities (to be completed January 2017 or earlier).

Senator Joe Negron, President-Designate of the Florida Senate, secured nearly 40 percent of the total project cost through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Beach Management Funding Assistance Program. Martin County and Sailfish Point each paid 50 percent of the remaining project cost.

Who: Martin County Commissioners and dignitaries
What: Bathtub Reef Beach Grand Reopening event
Where: Bathtub Reef Beach, 1585 SE MacArthur Blvd., Stuart
When: Thursday, June 16 at 9:00 a.m.


 
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Jun 14, 2016Florida Chamber Pushes for Assignment of Benefits Reform
The Florida Chamber of Commerce and its Consumer Protection Coalition today attended the Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate’s forum on Florida’s water loss crisis to stress the need for Assignment of Benefits (AOB) reform.
During the forum, we testified that Assignment of Benefits abuse is hurting Florida’s homeowners and businesses and must be stopped before it leads to higher insurance costs for policyholders statewide. Additionally, we delivered 1,000 petitions signed by residents, business owners and other interested parties urging state leaders to add protections to ensure homeowners stay in control of their policies when they seek emergency repairs for such things as a broken kitchen pipe or a roof leak.

“Assignment of Benefits abuse is a scam that causes consumers to lose control of the insurance policies they bought and paid for, fueling costly lawsuits and taking money out of the pockets of hardworking homeowners,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “State legislators and insurance regulators have received clear evidence for four years now that this scam is growing and spreading statewide. We can’t ignore it and think it will go away on its own. We have to take action now.’’
The forum, titled “Troubled Waters: Finding a Balanced Approach to Florida’s Water Loss Crisis,’’ was organized by Insurance Consumer Advocate Sha’Ron James to gather information from various stakeholders about water loss claims abuse. It included presentations by several industry and trade groups that have joined the Florida Chamber’s Consumer Protection Coalition, including the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association. Consumers who have been victimized by AOB abuse also attended the forum to tell their stories.
“When you’re standing ankle deep in water in your home, the first thing you want to do is get rid of the water. You’ll sign anything to get the work done, and you don’t think about what could happen down the road,’’ said Eleanor Posner of Delray Beach, who signed an AOB and later discovered the water remediation company sued her insurance company over what she considered excessive charges. “Companies should not be able to prey on people during a crisis to boost their profits and increase insurance rates for everyone. People need to be aware of this abuse and take steps to prevent it.’’

JOIN THE FLORIDA CHAMBER’S CONSUMER PROTECTION COALITION:
This broad-based coalition advocates for changes in AOB laws, which currently allow unscrupulous home repair vendors and trial attorneys – often working in tandem – to take control of an insurance policy, then inflate the scope and cost of repair work and file costly lawsuits against insurers who dispute the charges. Visit FightFraud.Today and add your name to growing list of Floridians concerned about AOB fraud and abuse.


 
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Jun 14, 2016Florida Chamber Pushes for Assignment of Benefits Reform


The Florida Chamber of Commerce and its Consumer Protection Coalition today attended the Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate’s forum on Florida’s water loss crisis to stress the need for Assignment of Benefits (AOB) reform.
During the forum, we testified that Assignment of Benefits abuse is hurting Florida’s homeowners and businesses and must be stopped before it leads to higher insurance costs for policyholders statewide. Additionally, we delivered 1,000 petitions signed by residents, business owners and other interested parties urging state leaders to add protections to ensure homeowners stay in control of their policies when they seek emergency repairs for such things as a broken kitchen pipe or a roof leak.

“Assignment of Benefits abuse is a scam that causes consumers to lose control of the insurance policies they bought and paid for, fueling costly lawsuits and taking money out of the pockets of hardworking homeowners,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “State legislators and insurance regulators have received clear evidence for four years now that this scam is growing and spreading statewide. We can’t ignore it and think it will go away on its own. We have to take action now.’’
The forum, titled “Troubled Waters: Finding a Balanced Approach to Florida’s Water Loss Crisis,’’ was organized by Insurance Consumer Advocate Sha’Ron James to gather information from various stakeholders about water loss claims abuse. It included presentations by several industry and trade groups that have joined the Florida Chamber’s Consumer Protection Coalition, including the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association. Consumers who have been victimized by AOB abuse also attended the forum to tell their stories.
“When you’re standing ankle deep in water in your home, the first thing you want to do is get rid of the water. You’ll sign anything to get the work done, and you don’t think about what could happen down the road,’’ said Eleanor Posner of Delray Beach, who signed an AOB and later discovered the water remediation company sued her insurance company over what she considered excessive charges. “Companies should not be able to prey on people during a crisis to boost their profits and increase insurance rates for everyone. People need to be aware of this abuse and take steps to prevent it.’’

JOIN THE FLORIDA CHAMBER’S CONSUMER PROTECTION COALITION:
This broad-based coalition advocates for changes in AOB laws, which currently allow unscrupulous home repair vendors and trial attorneys – often working in tandem – to take control of an insurance policy, then inflate the scope and cost of repair work and file costly lawsuits against insurers who dispute the charges. Visit FightFraud.Today and add your name to growing list of Floridians concerned about AOB fraud and abuse.


 
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Jun 13, 2016$2.5 billion railway is being built for Florida...in California
Florida Gov. Rick Scott visited California in May, hoping to lure away dissatisfied business owners from high-tax California to the low-tax Sunshine State.

Now, a company in Florida behind the first privately funded U.S. high speed railway is manufacturing its trains ... in California.


The company building the railway is Brightline, owned by Fortress Investment Group. It's taking a huge gamble that high speed rail is a concept whose time has come. "Everybody loves trains," said Brightline President Mike Reininger.

Reininger might seem an unusual guy to be running a railroad. His resume includes 12 years at Disney, where he spent much of his time developing resorts. Another Brightline executive came from MGM Resorts. Their goal with the new railway is to create a "hospitality experience" that will mix state-of-the-art transportation with attractive train stations offering retail and other amenities.

"The train literally reaches out to greet you at the platform."
-Brightline President Mike Reininger
Brightline cars will be decked out with comfortable seats, large windows, aisles twice as wide as those on airplanes, hands-free bathrooms cleaned regularly, outlets everywhere, free Wi-Fi, and something called a "gap filler," which allows you to walk onto the train without stepping up or down. "The train literally reaches out to greet you at the platform," said Reininger. The train will travel up to 125 mph to get you from Miami to Orlando in three hours.
Brightline raised $1 billion in equity and debt to launch the first phase of the rail service, which will start next year between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. It will use existing rail corridors, and the company is building stations on land it already owns. A second phase to send trains to Orlando will cost another $1.5 billion.
Reininger believes Brightline can capture at least 1 percent of the estimated 500 million annual car trips between cities in South Florida and Orlando. Ticket prices have not yet been revealed, but he said they will be competitive with the cost of driving. "At the end of the day, we know we've got to do one thing. We have to change your behavior a little bit. We have to convince you to get out of your car and get into what we consider a smarter way to travel."
If the concept works in Florida, Brightline might look at other markets in places like Texas or California.

Speaking of California...

Brightline chose Siemens USA to build and maintain the first five trains, though it won't disclose how much it paid. Siemens is doing that work in Sacramento. California happens to be trying to build its own high speed rail, funded by taxpayers, with a total price tag that could top $68 billion, nearly 30 times the price of Brightline's Florida train.

The Siemens USA plant stands a few miles away from the California state Capitol, where the political climate appears increasingly antagonistic to manufacturing. That doesn't bother Michael Cahill, president of Siemens USA's rolling stock division. He said the company has been in the Golden State for 30 years.
"One of the great things about California is the positive spirit," said Cahill. "In California there is an enthusiasm here that is unmatched anywhere else in the country."
In fact, Siemens USA increased its 600,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Sacramento by 20 percent because of the Brightline contract. The locomotives they're building for Florida will run on clean diesel, and the passenger cars are made of stainless steel to make them resistant to rust.
There are also a lot of other locomotives and rail cars being built inside the Sacramento plant for other cities and states, from San Francisco to Calgary, Washington to Illinois. "Our production is growing," said Cahill. "We've added, compared to last year, about 150,000 man hours of work in the factory."
Cahill said another advantage of remaining in California is the sun. "Up to 80 percent of the power we use is generated by solar panels."
One of the challenges, though, is the lack of skilled labor. Welders are in high demand, so Siemens has started its own training program to develop new talent.
That new talent includes 23-year-old Denise Robertson, who could be seen welding a new train car this week. Robertson used to solder metal for jewelry, but she heard about the welding training program and decided to sign up. "It opened up a whole new world for me," she said. "I learned you could actually make a pretty good career in welding."



 
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Jun 13, 2016Treasure Coast Food Bank
Monterey Auto & Tires, LLC is collecting food for fellow Chamber Member, Caliber Collision for their 5th annual Rythym Restoration Food Drive. All food items will be donated to the Treasure Coast Food Bank.
Please drop off any non- perishable food items to donation boxes located at

Monterey Auto & Tires, LLC Caliber Collision
705 SE Monterey or 757 SE Monterey Rd
Stuart FL, 34994 Stuart FL 34994


Caliber Collision is also hosting a fund raiser Car Show on Saturday June 18th from 2-5 at
230 Business Park Way
Royal Palm Beach FL 33411


 
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Jun 13, 2016Sewage Sludge Storage Areas Could Cause Green Algae In Florida’s Freshwater

Sewage Sludge Storage Areas Could Cause Green Algae In Florida’s Freshwater
What happens to the solid waste that leaves your toilet?

Most people don’t know, and don’t really care, as long as it goes away - and stays far away from their home. But county governments all across Florida have a dirty little secret they are hiding from the pubic that causes big problems for the Florida waterways, lakes and estuaries - Your discarded dried-up poop get’s put along the permitter of Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades National Park.

The dried-up human waste is politely called a ‘biosolid’ but many scientists consider it a biohazard. It’s commonly referred to as Sewage Sludge.

Sewage sludge is the solid waste material that is left over after the contents of all of the toilets in a county gets flushed into a ‘treatment facility’ where it’s separated into either a solid or a liquid. The leftover liquid usually gets pumped back into the local waterways, but the poo is a problem.

It smells bad, it attracts insects and it contains many harmful heavy metals and nutrients that have been attributed to causing disease, green algae blooms - and Valley Fever. Most municipalities export their human waste to another county, or state, to get it out of their own back yard.

Former Florida Department of Environmental Protection administrator for Martin County, Gary Roderick, considers the sewage sludge to be the largest contributor to Indian River Lagoon pollution. Roderick said, “This is like a sleeping giant that’s causing a silent scream in the lagoon. It’s the 5,000-pound gorilla that’s not saying anything right in the middle of the room. Spreading sludge on rural lands may pose a long-term risk for the lagoon and other Florida waterways. While it’s uncertain how much nitrogen and phosphorus from sludge reach the lagoon, the amount could be significant. Utilities are 'banking' the two nutrients on the watershed. That, in the long-term, get deposited to the lagoon, the St. Johns River and other waters. They’re all using it, and we don’t know it. It’s a shell game.

”County sewage treatment facilities process the poo slurry into several categories of solid waste material. After processing, the dried sludge gets rated at either AA, A or B grades of contamination, depending on the quality of each county’s sewage facility. AA rated waste has most of the hazardous heavy metals removed but still contains dangerous pathogens and levels of phosphorus and nitrates that cause green algae blooms in Florida’s freshwater environments. Class A an B sludge is the most dangerous form of treated human waste and it is routinely discarded throughout the interior of Florida and throughout the northern watershed where the tainted runoff water ultimately flushes into Lake Okeechobee and all of the waterways downstream of the disposal sites.

In a research report from 2009, the Florida Audubon group found that “Class AA and B biosolids contain an average of 5.5 percent of nitrogen and 2.2 percent of phosphorus” - which are the main ingredients for the formation of green algae, along with sunlight and oxygen.

According to the Department of Environmental Protection biosolids report, Osceola County, which is located directly above Lake Okeechobee, has seven sewage sludge storage areas that cover over 17,000 acres. In 2013 alone, over 51,000 tons of class B sewage sludge was deposited on Osceola county land. Brevard county, along Florida’s east coast, has only one processing plant but it still produced 244 tons of sewage sludge in 2013. The county spreads the dry fecal matter on cattle ranches between State Road 520 and the county’s northern border, and they give it away for free to anyone who wants it.

In Titusville, the Osprey sewage plant deposited 213 tons of class B sewage sludge on 200 acres of rural land west of Interstate 95 in 2013, the last year the DEP report was available, and the county dumped another 44 tons of sludge on 85 acres in Port St. John. Palm Bay, along the Treasure Coast, also deposited Class B sewage sludge in the rural areas around their community - 1,875 tons of it. Each county in the state has to find a way to dispose of their own sewage. Until mandates are put in place to modernize sewage treatment facilities on a mass scale, throughout the entire state, each county will continue to contaminate the environment.

Maggy Hurchalla, a lagoon advocate from Martin County is concerned about all of the misinformation being propagated about the causes of algae in the estuaries. She blamed green algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee and elsewhere in the state on the 300,000 dry tons of sewage sludge being deposited on land in the center of the state, which she contends contributes to about 33 million pounds of nitrogen and more than 13 million pounds of phosphorus into the state’s waterways each year - far more than agricultural crops or cattle pastures could ever produce.

Jessica Boyd, a spokeswoman with Department of Environmental protection, believes the state is doing what they can to limit the amount of algae causing nutrients into the ecosystem. She stated, “there will be trace quantities of nitrogen and phosphorus leaving the treatment site, but the state laws and rules act to minimize nutrient migration.

”The 2013 biosolids report detailed some of the Sewage Sludge Storage Areas that are located on the east side of central Florida, near some of Florida’s most protected and endangered estuaries. They include:

Osceola County:
3,603 tons of sewage sludge on 513 acres on the Cecil Whaley Ranch
10,628 tons of sewage sludge on 1,105 acres on the Clay Whaley Ranch
905 tons of sewage sludge on 665 acres on the Crescent J Ranch
13,517 tons of sewage sludge on 5,735 acres on the Deer Park Ranch
10,700 tons of sewage sludge on 2,394 acres on the Deseret Ranches
10,791 tons of sewage sludge on 4,513 acres on the Hayman 711 Ranch
1,575 tons of sewage sludge on 2,551 acres on the Kenansville Ranch

Brevard County:
169 tons of sewage sludge on 200 acres in Jakubcin
44 tons of sewage sludge on 85.5 acres in Port St. John

Volusia County:
374 tons of sewage sludge on 115 acres on the Hart Property

Indian River County:
4,072 tons of sewage sludge on 2,336 acres on the Corrigan Ranch
1,365 tons of sewage sludge on 651 acres on the Flying L Ranch
1291 tons of sewage sludge on 432 acres on the Ox Creek Ranch
5,744 tons of sewage sludge on 3,059 acres on the Pressley Ranch

Imagine how much poo is piled throughout the rest of the Sunshine State.



 
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Jun 13, 2016The Barn Theatre's Summer Camp, July 11th - Aug 8th
NEWS, NEWS, NEWS!!!
The Barn Theatre's Summer Camp, by popular demand, has been expanded to include kids entering the 4th thru 10th grades. The camp, both for beginners and advanced, runs from July 11th thru August 8th, with camp performances on the Barn's main stage the weekend of August 5th - 8th. Register while there are still openings. Contact Rosemary Knight, Camp Director, at 772-341-9439, or visit the Barn's website at www.barn-theatre.com for info and registration form. Watch your child gain self-confidence and learning skills.


 
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Jun 13, 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® - Integrity Group, located in Stuart: Associate
Sandra Bellantoni. For more information contact Andrea LaFavor at
772-398-6400 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

* From WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Integrity Group, located in Stuart:
Associate Osvaldo Carbonell. For more information contact Andrea LaFavor
at 772-398-6400 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

* From WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Integrity Group, located in Stuart: Guest
Debi Hiatt. 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® franchised office is independently owned and operated.


 
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Jun 13, 2016Allegretti Affirmed
Christopher M. Allegretti, CPA, has been re-elected to the position of Managing Principal/Chief Executive Officer of HBK CPAs & Consultants. The announcement was made at the firm’s annual Principal Meeting, which was held in its Columbus, Ohio last month.
“I’m humbled and grateful that my peer group continues to show confidence in my ability to help lead this incredible team of professionals,” he said.
Allegretti, a native of Meadville, Pa., has been with HBK since 1985 and was named one of its Principals nine years later. Having fulfilled many staff, supervisory and management roles over the years, he was instrumental in the firm’s 2000 merger with The Sorce Financial Group, the Erie-based financial advisory firm to form HBKS Wealth Advisors. The latter is now the financial services arm of the HBK family of firms, of which Allegretti serves as Chairman.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Edinboro University and has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Personal Financial Planning from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is active in professional and civic organizations, from state and national CPA associations to local youth sports. He has been a member of the BDO Seidman Alliance Advisory Council, a director on the CAP Pro Advisors and Edinboro University boards and the First National Bank Advisory Board.
In HBK’s 67 year history, Allegretti is the only Principal to serve as its MP/CEO, a designation which he earned after being nominated for the position in May 2004. He was elected by a unanimous majority and has served in the role ever since. Allegretti’s current term ends this August. His next term begins September 1, 2016 and continues through August 31, 2020.
“It sounds trite but this is truly the highest professional honor; confirmation from one’s colleagues that your commitment to the firm’s best interests are acknowledged and appreciated. It means so much to me and is a privilege,” he said.


 
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Jun 10, 2016June Updates Habitat For Humanity of Martin County
What to give the man who has everything?

This Father's Day, consider making a gift in honor of, or in remembrance of, a special person in your life. Give a gift that will help a family and a community for generations to come.
You can help more families in Martin County achieve this dream by making a gift in honor of someone that gave you shelter, education and wonderful memories that you will always carry; memories of home, family and love.

Click the Donate Now button to make a donation in honor of that special someone this Father's Day. On the donation page, tell us who this gift is in honor of and we will send them a card notifying them of the gift!


A Big Thank you to the Realtors Association of Martin County!

Realtors Association Golf to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Martin County With special appearance and warm wishes by Chi Chi Rodriquez
STUART, Fla., June 2, 2016 –Prestigious businessmen and women, related to the real estate profession donated their time and talent at the third annual Realtors Association of Martin County Golf Tournament benefiting Habitat's Neighborhood Revitalization programs. The sold out event was held Thursday, June 2nd at Mariner Sands Country Club, in Stuart. Players enjoyed lunch and an awards celebration with auction following. Players were excited to be greeted by Chi Chi Rodriquez before they teed off. Mr. Rodriquez reminded everyone, “It doesn’t matter how well you play today, what matters is what you are doing to help others.”
“I’m always touched to see so many familiar faces participating in this event, and we are extremely grateful to the Martin County Realtors that are our greatest advocates and friends in the community. They understand our missions and truly want to be a part of the affordable housing solution,” said Margot Graff, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County.



 
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Jun 9, 2016Dump the pump and ride transit free on June 16
Try transit and ride free across the Treasure Coast from Stuart to Sebastian June 16, 2016 in support of National Dump the Pump Day. Martin County Public Transit is offering free fixed route service to the public for the day! National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving personal vehicles) and save money.

Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) members who are currently receiving services through MTM can get a ride free to their nearest bus stop.

Participants will also have a chance to win a gift card or discount bus pass.

Gift cards and transfers are donated by MV Contract Transportation, MTM and Palm Tran.

For information on Martin County Public Transit schedules call 772-463-2860
or visit www.martin.fl.us/transit

For information about MTM, call 772-266-4971.

For information on Palm Tran schedules call 7-877-930-4287 or visit www.palmtran.org

For more information on Dump the Pump Day, go to www.ridetreasurecoast.com.


 
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Jun 9, 2016Summer Matters!

Pencils are down, the books are packed away and children are celebrating because school is out and long summer days are ahead of them. Camps, vacations, pools and anything fun and playful are what most children look forward to over the summer. For others, especially families with lower incomes, it's a time of struggle and hardship trying to find and afford food to eat and a safe place to be.

Children from lower income families are also at risk to loose many of the achievement gains they've accomplished over the previous school year. This learning loss is known as the Summer Slide, which is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate.

The Children's Services Council along with our partnering agencies have been working to prevent the Summer Slide by keeping kids active, engaged and reading during the summer months. Research shows that kids who don't read over the summer lose reading skills and will be two years behind classmates by the end of 6th grade.

There are many community summer reading programs aimed at keeping our children reading this summer.

The Martin County Library System is offering.....
On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! The program offers materials, activities and events geared towards preventing the dreaded "summer slide." Kids can earn free books, prizes and an invitation to a special party! Visit MCLS for more information.

Barnes and Noble is offering kids a free book this summer if they complete a reading journal. Find out more at BarnesandNoble.com

Need a book? Visit one of the Little Free Libraries housed in over 75 organizations in Martin County. To view the list of locations for the Free Little Libraries visit
http://www.cscmc.org/martinreads


Summer Learning
Matthew Boulay, Board Chairperson for the National Summer Learning Association, shares his
Top 10 "Easy Summer Learning Tips" for Parents

1.Read, Read, Read! Encourage your child to read anything and everything.

2.Have Fun with Numbers. Find creative ways to practice math. Ask your child to help tally a bill at the grocery store or help measure ingredients for dinner.

3.Turn off the TV and Devices- Limit the screen time.

4.Make Art! Kids love art projects, let them draw, paint or produce a play.

5.Experiment! Do Science! Play with magnets, collect rocks or plant a garden.

6.Eat Smart. Eat Healthy. Keep plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables around for children to snack on.

7.Get Outside. Take a hike, go for a bike ride, play in the sun or visit a park.

8.Go to a Museum. Find a local museum and visit or go online for a virtual visit.

9.Read a Poem. Google "Funny Poems for Children" and see which one your child enjoys.

10.Finally...... Go to Sleep! Keeping a bedtime routine is important, even if bedtime is a little later during the summer.


 
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Jun 8, 2016How will you work in Retirement?
We have all heard the saying "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". This little proverb is an old battle cry for kids and overworked adults seeking a bit more fun in their daily schedule. Interestingly, as little Jack reaches retirement age and has all the time in the world to play, the opposite can be true; all play and no work makes Jack a dull old man! It is saddening when we hear the news that Morley Safer, of 60 Minutes, worked until age 84, then passed away a week after his retirement. Warren Buffett, one of the world's richest men, gets up and goes to work everyday. Whether or not we realize it, to most people - work is important!
I have found that work flexibility in retirement is the goal of most Americans, more-so than avoiding work altogether and living a life of leisure. For most of us, staying busy with some sort of vocation that brings us joy are some of the brightest hours of each day. Work gives us fulfillment, meaning and significance, even if it's just household projects, volunteering at a local charity, or building a tree house for the grandkids.
If you think about it, there are only three ways we can spend our time - vocation, recreation, and education. We all have our recreational pursuits targeted, and our mind feeds mostly in that space as we think about our Golden Years. We may even have ideas for education, like learning a new skill such as baking or carpentry. But have you thought much about what retirement means for your next vocation?
One of the keys to a happy and successful retirement is finding out what it is that you enjoy doing to fill this need for "work" and having the financial flexibility to pursue it on your own terms.

T. Payton Collins, CRPC®
Wealth Management Advisor
PCC Financial Advisors, LLC
pcollins@pcc-cpa.com
772-283-2356 Ext 2148


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Jun 8, 2016The Mission. The Vision.

Greetings!
We wanted to share what we've been up to the past month. We are proud to announce that at the end of May, our entire firm went on a company retreat in order to serve YOU better! We are excited that we walked away from that meeting with a new company mission and vision that we'd like to share with you:

MISSION
Protecting & rebuilding lives while enhancing our community.

VISION
To be the community's most trusted personal injury law firm.


Attorney Chad Hastings Leads Most Successful Fundraising Campaign in United Way of Martin County's 44-year History!


United Way of Martin County Campaign Chair Chad Hastings kicked off the festivities with exciting news that United Way is on pace to exceed its 2015-16 goal of $2.7 million upon conclusion of the campaign on June 30.

"We are grateful to receive support from the compassionate individuals and organizations transforming our community for the better," Hastings said. "These are the visionaries and true leaders in our community. Their passion, generosity and hands-on participation is pivotal to United Way's mission to change lives here in Martin County."

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


Check Out Our Newest Published Works!

We have been blogging like crazy to bring important info to YOU! All of our attorneys periodically sit down to provide information about different types of cases, what to do and how to prepare yourself. You'll find new articles on our Facebook page every Tuesday morning about what to do in an emergency, how to make sure you have a strong case, what rights you have in Florida, auto insurance advice and more.
Our newest blogs are posted weekly, sometimes more, HERE.



Our Attorneys in the News
Managing Partner Gary Lesser was recently interviewed for a nationally distributed news story recently regarding the dangers of golf carts and the types of accidents and injuries that commonly occur. He said many states don't have a minimum age for driving a golf cart or require any safety precautions, and many states' laws should be reexamined. Click the image below for the full story.



About Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith is a third generation law firm that has grown to 10 attorneys with more than 265 years of combined experience and three offices, located in West Palm Beach, Stuart and Boca Raton. Established in 1927, the firm has been serving the community for nearly 90 years, focusing on personal injury and wrongful death matters. The firm and its partners are all board certified and AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating in ethics and legal ability. The firm provides personal, "hands on" service for clients, carefully walking them through every step of the legal process while working tirelessly to achieve a positive outcome.



Let's Get Social!

We have three offices to best serve you: West Palm Beach, Stuart and Boca Raton. Please call us to schedule a free consultation.





 
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Jun 8, 2016Press Release - Treasure Coast SCORE Announces New Officers
Treasure Coast SCORE Names New Officers
The Treasure Coast Chapter of SCORE is pleased to announce new officers as follows for our upcoming Fiscal Year which will
begin October 1, 2016 and end September 30, 2017:
Chapter Chair – George Greenstein
Vice Chair – Marketing – Dick Arnold
Vice Chair – Administration & Secretary- Ruth Fite
Vice Chair – Membership - Ken Koziol
Vice Chair – Finance & Treasurer - Bob McCabe
Vice Chair - Client Services -Frank Tidikis
SCORE provides no-cost, confidential business counseling with expertise in a wealth of business and business-related areas,
such as: business start-ups, manufacturing, high technology, insurance, public relations, retail operations, textiles,
pharmaceuticals, legal, banking, finance, tax, distribution, information technology, materials, auto parts & repairs, engineering,
sales & marketing, customer service, commercial leasing, electrical contracting, health & nutrition, human resources, specialty
retailing, hospitality, acquisitions, turnarounds, divestitures, business valuations, public relations, turnarounds, and non-profits.
SCORE also offers free & low cost workshops in such areas as: How to Start a Small Business, Cash Management, Financial
Recordkeeping, Marketing, Florida Sales Tax, All About Non-Profits, Commercial Insurance, Business Law, Commercial
Credit, Business Planning, Corporate & LLC Reporting & Recordkeeping, & Personal Credit/Identity Theft.
For the Fiscal Year to Date as of May 30, 2016 Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 has 461 new clients face-to-face & 61 new
clients through email counseling. In addition we have held 77 workshops with 1,168 attendees. Total services provided to clients
and workshop attendees were 2,759 YTD May 31, 2016.
For the Fiscal Year ended September 30, 2015 Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 served 636 new clients face-to-face & 180
new clients through email counseling. Also we held 122 workshops with 1,382 attendees. Total services provided to clients and
workshop attendees were 4,387.
SCORE Chapter 308, has its main office in Ft. Pierce and satellite mentoring locations in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City,
Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Vero Beach and Sebastian.
SCORE Chapter 308 is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration and covers Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River,
Glades and Okeechobee Counties on the Treasure Coast.
Please phone our office at 772-489-0548 to make an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an experienced
volunteer SCORE counselor.
Our website www.treasurecoast.score.org can also be used to make an appointment at any of our eight (8) locations for face-toface
counseling and also to register for any of our workshops.

 
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Jun 8, 2016Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies Selected as a Specialized Center within Experimental Therapeutics (NExT) Program Chemical Biology Consortium
Port St. Lucie, FL – June 7, 2016 – Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies (TPIMS) announced today that the non-profit institute has been selected as a Specialized Center in the Chemical Biology Consortium in the Experimental Therapeutics (NExT) Program, centered at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research.

The Frederick National Lab, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, is managing the expansion of the Chemical Biology Consortium to 22 sites around the country with world-class expertise in high-throughput screening, structural biology, medicinal chemistry, compound profiling, cancer cell biology, and animal models for oncology. Torrey Pines is participating in the consortium via a research subcontract from Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., prime contractor for the national lab.
The Chemical Biology Consortium is the discovery engine for the NCI Experimental Therapeutics (NExT) Program and works to advance clinical practice and bring improved therapies to patients with cancer by supporting the most promising new drug discovery and development projects. The NExT program accepts applications with exceptional science with a clear path to the clinic or potential benefit to patients.
Over the past 25 years, TPIMS has developed multiple compound libraries containing approximately 10 million small molecule compounds and billions of peptides, peptidomimetics, and cyclic peptides. TPIMS has also developed the technologies that allow rapid screening of these libraries in any assay. This technology formed the basis for the Florida Drug Discovery Acceleration Program (FLDDAP), which began in July 2013 with support from the state of Florida. The FLDDAP has initiated collaborations at 15 universities and institutes with 49 principal researchers throughout Florida. The goal of every program is to generate lead compounds with therapeutic potential to treat human, animal, or agricultural diseases. To date, the FLDDAP has contributed to the receipt of >$10M in federally-funded research awards and six joint patents have been filed. The NExT Program will continue to build upon the success of the FLDDAP by providing access to TPIMS libraries and technologies to cancer researchers throughout the United States.

Richard A. Houghten, President, Founder, and CEO of TPIMS said, “We are very pleased and excited to have been selected as a Specialized Center within the NCI Experimental Therapeutics (NExT) Program. This will allow TPIMS to expand our technologies and seek to advance therapies to treat cancer. TPIMS is honored to be the first institute within the state of Florida to have been selected for this distinction.”

Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec stated, “To have Torrey Pines PSL selected into the NExT Program is a testament to the quality of its work and also to the importance of sustained effort and collaboration. In many ways, the Torrey Pines Institute’s involvement in NExT is a progression of its innovative approach to making its chemical libraries available to research partners throughout Florida via the Florida Drug Discovery Acceleration Program, which was funded thanks to State support. Obviously, the City, the State and now the nation are counting on the Torrey Pines Institute to continue its award winning science and its collaborative approach in order to improve cancer outcomes.”


 
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Jun 8, 2016Treasure Coast Food Bank's June 2016 E-Newsletter

June E-Newsletter 2016


We are a country that prides itself on power and wealth, yet there are millions of children who go hungry every day. It is our responsibility, not only as a nation, but also as individuals, to get involved. So, next time you pass someone on the street who is in need, remember how lucky you are,
and don't turn away.
~ Lesley Boone




Help Us End Summer Hunger

On June 6th, TCFB kicked off our Summer Feeding Program. For more than 50,000 local children, summer can be stressful. Days of missing the breakfast and lunch provided at school can lead to impaired growth and development to low-income kids. For many, summer means being hungry.

Last summer, generous donors helped us close the hunger gap for many of these children. Our Summer Feeding Program prepared and delivered an astounding 200,000 healthy breakfasts, lunches and snacks to a network of feeding sites throughout the community. Last year's efforts included a committed group of staff and volunteers who rose before dawn, ensuring kids in need had the nutrition they needed during the summer break to be ready and nourished by the time school resumed.

"We see the demand for food skyrocket every summer once schools close and children no longer have access to the school cafeteria for meals," said Treasure Coast Food Bank Chief Executive Officer Judith Cruz.



Preparing healthy summer meals at TCFB

Sadly, the need is even greater this summer. Our goal for this is year is to reach even more children in need by providing 300,000 meals to hungry kids in our region. You can access the list of sites here.

You can help us ensure no child goes hungry this summer by donating online at or calling our office at 772-489-3034.


2nd Annual Out Laugh Hunger

Want to support TCFB and receive some high impact exposure at the same time? Sponsorships are available for our 2nd Annual Out Laugh Hunger comedy event at the historic, downtown Fort Pierce Sunrise Theatre Black Box venue on Friday, August 19th at 7 pm. We offer a variety of levels that can offer your business a unique platform and high visibility in the community. Contact Rhonda Blakey, Director of Donor Relations, at 772-489-3034 or via email at rblakey@tcfoodbank.org to secure your spot.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.sunrisetheatre.com.


Hunger Action Month 2016
September 1st - 30th

September is Hunger Action Month™, when Feeding America and member food banks ask everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community, all month long. Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more Treasure Coast residents than ever before.


There are many ways for you to participate to help TCFB raise awareness of hunger affecting our community.


• "Go Orange" for hunger relief by wearing orange and sharing a picture or lighting your building, church or home in orange. Learn more about "Going Orange" here.
• Pack the House is our 24 hour volunteer event with food, music & fun. Learn how you can get involved here.
• Restaurants can participate with a menu item in Eat, Drink & Give for Hunger Action Day (Sept. 1st) or for the entire month. Learn more about Eat, Drink & Give here.


Volunteer, learn, sponsor and help solve hunger!


Child Nutrition Re-authorization Bill

The Feeding America network of food banks is joined by other national organizations in an effort to urge Congress to pass a good bill this year. This re-authorization holds an important opportunity to make small but critical improvements to the child nutrition programs, in particular summer meals, after-school programs, WIC, USDA farm-to-school, school equipment grants, and more. To ensure a good bill moves forward we must also ensure that harmful policies do not weaken the programs. Changes to CEP, block grant proposals, and changes to the verification process that would impact access to school meals, are not acceptable in a final CNR bill.

TCFB is joining partners across the country to voices our opposition to the block grant pilot included in the House's CNR bill that passed out of Committee on May 18th. Please consider adding your organization's name to this statement and sharing it broadly with your networks.

Cool Off at Sailfish Splash Waterpark

From May 16th through September 8th, Sailfish Splash Water Park (931 SE Ruhnke Street,Stuart, FL) is donating a percentage of its proceeds to TCFB from ticket sales! Click here or you can enter promo code StopHunger when checking out through the normal webpage. Purchase your tickets today to help those in need while having some fun in the sun!



Upcoming Events

Our monthly Food For Thought tour is scheduled for Friday, June 24th at 10 am. This informative, 45-minute tour is an eye-opening experience about the work we do. Space is limited so please RSVP to Jordan Rupp at 772-489-3034 or via email at jrupp@tcfoodbank.org.

Once again, Dollar Tree stores will be holding a food drive from May 13th - June 18th. Look for TCFB food bins and donate non-perishable food items.

Join us every Monday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm (through October) for Monday Bingo at the iconic, Archie's Seabreeze in Fort Pierce, FL. The pots are big and the drinks are cold! Best of all, a portion of the proceeds benefit TCFB.

Cruise Planners presents: Cruise For Hunger, June 24th - 27th on the Norwegian Sky. This is a weekend cruise leaving from Port of Miami for 3 days of fine dining, unlimited cocktails and first class entertainment all-included. Cruise Planners are generously donating 30% of their commission and an additional $25 for each reservation to TCFB. Click here for details and booking. Don't miss this opportunity for a fantastic weekend that will benefit our neighbors in need. You can book directly or call Cruise Planners at 516-547-9292 or 772-577-3439.

The Great Treasure Coast Raft Race takes place Sunday, July 3rd from Noon to 10 pm, at Tradition in Port St. Lucie. TCFB is proud to be the charity partner for this fun, family event. Enjoy music, great food and watch unique, handcrafted vessels race on the lake. If you would like to volunteer for this event, we have shifts available. Contact Gary Porter at 772-489-3034 or via email at gporter@tcfoodbank.org for more information. If you are interested in registering a team to race, visit www.treasurecoastraftrace.com.

Our 2nd Annual Out Laugh Hunger will take place Friday, August 19th at 7:00 pm at the Sunrise Theatre's Black Box venue, in downtown Fort Pierce. We expect this year's Out Laugh Hunger to be just as successful as our sell-out event was last year. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please click here to learn more or contact Rhonda Blakey at 772-489-3034 or via email at rblakey@tcfoodbank.org. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $50 for VIP (includes 2 drinks) and may be purchased online at www.sunrisetheatre.com.

We are always looking for volunteers!
To sign up, visit stophunger.org
or call our office at 772-489-3034.

Treasure Coast Food Bank | 401 Angle Rd, Fort Pierce, FL | 772-489-3034
stophunger.org




 
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Jun 8, 2016JOB CREATORS BEWARE:
Florida Supreme Court Ruling Could Potentially Push
Workers' Comp Rates to Near Record Levels of Early 2000's
Even though your business' workers' compensation rates decreased over recent years, a Florida Supreme Court ruling is reversing that trend - potentially pushing your rates toward the near record levels of the early 2000's absent a legislative remedy.

The high court's recent action threw out Florida's attorney fee structure - a system that was put into place to stabilize out-of-control workers' comp rates which at the time were among the highest in the country. In this particular case, justices agreed that a plaintiff trial lawyer should receive $38,000 in attorney fees for a case in which the injured worker was awarded only $800.
Let's Keep Florida's
Worker's Comp System Working
As Florida's advocate fighting to keep workers' comp working, the potential impact of the high court's ruling could threaten Florida's improving business climate. That's because job creators now face a 17.1 percent workers' comp rate increase - a rate filing proposed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. In a state in which two of every three jobs is created by small businesses, a rate increase this significant can have a damaging impact on job creation and the economy.

Prior to 2003, Florida's workers' comp claims cost on average 40 percent more than the rest of the country when an attorney was involved.It was during 2003 that a united business community joined with the Florida Chamber of Commerce in successfully urging state elected leaders to address cost drivers like outrageous, higher-than-the-national-average plaintiff attorney fees and delays in getting employees the quality healthcare they needed and deserved. Those reforms resulted in behavior changes: employees were able to receive important healthcare to return to work more quickly, while attorney fees became a bit more reasonable.
In the last 13 years, we have led efforts to help lower workers' comp rates by nearly 60 percent. Cases were settled faster, allowing injured workers to get the benefits they needed, and injured workers returned to work faster on average by 10 days.

At the Florida Chamber, we remain laser focused on ensuring workers receive quality healthcare so they can return to work quickly, and that job creators aren't stuck with a 17.1 percent plaintiff trail lawyer tax on workers' comp.

We fully anticipated Florida's activist court would rule in favor of plaintiff trial lawyers, and against workers and job creators. As a result, our Workers' Compensation Task Force has been engaging Florida's highest elected leaders since last year, preparing them for this outcome and working with top legal minds to develop the right solution. In addition to task force meetings, six regional membership meetings (with more to come) have already taken place, and our local chamber federation is actively engaged - assessing the impact it will have on local businesses, and joining efforts toward solutions.

At the Florida Chamber, we believe that putting job creators and injured workers first is the right thing to do to keep Florida's workers' comp system working.
Join the Florida Chamber's Workers' Comp Task Force

Do you believe that putting job creators and injured workers first is the right thing to do to keep Florida's workers' comp system working? Contact Carolyn Johnson at (850) 521-1235 to join the Florida Chamber's Workers' Comp Task Force today.


 
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Jun 7, 2016A.M. Best affirms Thrivent Financial’s A++ (Superior) rating with stable outlook

Agency cites favorable trend of operating earnings, market presence, and growth of life insurance in-force

MINNEAPOLIS (June 6, 2016) – A.M. Best has affirmed Thrivent Financial’s A++ (Superior) rating as well as its stable outlook. The A++ (Superior) rating is the highest of the ratings agency’s 16 ratings categories.

A.M. Best cited Thrivent Financial’s prominent market presence within the Christian community, favorable trend of operating earnings, superior risk-adjusted capitalization, and growth in life insurance in-force. Thrivent’s high quality capital structure, which utilizes no debt and full retention of all product-related risks on its balance sheet, was also cited. Ratings from agencies like A.M. Best are indicative of Thrivent’s financial strength and ability to meet policyholder obligations.

“I’m proud to be part of an organization that consistently receives high ratings from agencies like A.M. Best,” says Mark Valinote, a financial representative with Thrivent Financial. “This rating demonstrates our organization’s strength and stability, as well as its ability to fulfill promises to Thrivent members.”

The ratings reflect Thrivent Financial’s overall financial strength and claims-paying ability, but do not apply to the investment performance of investment products.

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

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its more than 2.3 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thrivent Financial is the marketing name of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent. For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.


 
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Jun 7, 2016Realtors Association Golf to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Martin County
STUART, Fla., June 2, 2016 –Prestigious businessmen and women, related to the real estate profession donated their time and talent at the third annual Realtors Association of Martin County Golf Tournament benefiting Habitat's Neighborhood Revitalization programs. The sold out event was held Thursday, June 2nd at Mariner Sands Country Club, in Stuart. Players enjoyed lunch and an awards celebration with auction following. Players were excited to be greeted by Chi Chi Rodriquez before they teed off. Mr. Rodriquez reminded everyone, “It doesn’t matter how well you play today, what matters is what you are doing to help others.”

“I’m always touched to see so many familiar faces participating in this event, and we are extremely grateful to the Martin County Realtors that are our greatest advocates and friends in the community. They understand our missions and truly want to be a part of the affordable housing solution,” said Margot Graff, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County.

About Neighborhood Revitalization

Neighborhood Revitalization is a Habitat for Humanity International program that encourages entire communities to make an impact by building homes, making repairs, addressing weatherization and critical repairs together. Neighbors helping neighbors

About Habitat for Humanity of Martin County

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since its inception as a not-for-profit organization in 1986, Habitat has built 121 homes and over 200 ‘A Brush with Kindness” repairs in Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno and Stuart. Learn more at www.HabitatMartin.org or call 772-223-9940.



 
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Jun 7, 2016Get up-to-date, Martin County-specific information during hurricane season
The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and extends until the end of November. The Martin County Fire Rescue Department Emergency Management Agency would like to remind residents that knowing where to get up-to-date information before, during and after the storm is critical. Martin County has designated specific times on local radio when residents can tune in to get information for our area from the Emergency Operations Center.

During a declared emergency, residents can obtain Martin County-specific information by tuning to WQCS-88.9 FM, the Emergency Alert System radio station designated by the State of Florida, at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Citizens can also listen to WSTU 1450 AM throughout the day or log on to www.martin.fl.us for up-to-date information on the web.

For more hurricane preparation resources, including our hurricane guide, evacuation and shelter maps, information on special needs and emergency alert sign up, call the Martin County Emergency Management Agency at (772) 287-1652 or visit our website at www.martin.fl.us.


 
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Jun 7, 2016COUNCIL ON AGING OF MARTIN COUNTY HOLDING “CUPCAKES FOR CAREGIVERS” FUNDRAISER THROUGHOUT JUNE
STUART, FL (June 7, 2016) – The month of June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, and the Council on Aging of Martin County wants to give encouragement and support to those dedicated families who are caring at home for their senior loved ones with cognitive issues. The Council offers services and respite care for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive diseases through its Adult Day Program at the Kane Center in Stuart.

You can help sponsor a day of respite care for a needy senior by donating to “Cupcakes for Caregivers,” which runs throughout the month of June. Buy a cupcake for a caregiver for $35 and donate a half-day of respite care at the Council’s Adult Day Program; $65 underwrites a full day of care. Donations can be made online at www.kanecenter.org by clicking the DONATE NOW button in the upper right corner and clicking on “Caregiver Cupcakes” in the Gift Information dropbox.

Cupcakes will be delivered to the caregivers on July 1. If you like, you can also write a note of encouragement and support to be delivered to the caregiver with your cupcake. More information can be found online at www.kanecenter.org, or by calling 772-223-7846. Cupcakes for Caregivers is sponsored by Nightingale Options, Inc.

The mission of the Council on Aging of Martin County is to help seniors live well at any age by remaining independent, healthy and living in their own homes. The not-for-profit Council provides programs in support of this mission, including Meals on Wheels, Kane Cuisine, an adult day program, senior-focused primary medical care at the Kane Clinic, care management and caregiver support. The Council, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014, is the longest standing organization in the county dedicated to serving our senior population.

The Kane Center, the home of the Council on Aging of Martin County, is a multi-generational facility offering a wide range of services for seniors, their families and caregivers, and the greater Treasure Coast community. The Kane Center is designed to serve all seniors in Martin County, from the active to the frail, through social, wellness, medical, nutritional, educational and cultural programming. Intergenerational events for the general public are also offered. The on-site Frances Langford Theatre and Auditorium, the Town Center and other spaces are available for rent for special events. The Kane Center is owned and operated by the Council on Aging of Martin County.

For information on Council on Aging services, or to learn how you can support the Council and be a part of the Kane Center, call 772-223-7800 or visit www.kanecenter.org.



 
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Jun 7, 2016Final Department of Labor Overtime Rule Released

On May 18th, 2016 the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule that radically increases the thresholds for overtime rules, expanding the number of employees eligible for overtime pay.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees who work more than 40 hours in a week are entitled to overtime pay, unless they meet the requirements of certain wage and duties tests. The new rule doubles the minimum salary threshold from $455 per week to $913 per week (which amounts to $23,660 annually to $47,476 annually) and raises the exemption level for those considered to be "highly compensated employees" from $100,000 to $134,004 annual salary.

HBK CPAs & Consultants understands that the DOL rule may impact major business decisions such as hiring, expanding services, offering new benefits and/or more flexible work arrangements for employees, and may possibly even require reductions at your company. Companies will have until December 1, 2016, to make determinations on which employees to reclassify as nonexempt and implement the changes.

We can help you in assessing the effects of the new overtime-pay rule and our team has the expertise to guide you through this change as you plan for the future. Contact us today (or call 800-733-8613) with questions on the DOL Overtime Rule.


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Jun 7, 2016Local Robotics Team Needs Support

Your support will take the RoboStallions Robotics Team from Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School to the Global Innovation Award Finals in Alexandria, VA.

Every dollar counts! Please consider donating today!

This team is one of twenty semi-finalists from around the world to be selected to present their invention at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in hopes of winning the Global Innovation Award Championship!




As part of the Education Foundation of Martin County’s Robotics Program, sixteen local school teams participated in this season’s Trash Trek challenge in local, regional and state FIRST ® LEGO® League competitions. Over 233,000 participants, on 29,000 teams, representing 80 counties competed this season.
One local team is making its mark!
FIRST® LEGO® League just announced 20 semi-finalist teams would advance to the Sixth Annual FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE®. The RoboStallions robotics team, from Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School, in Stuart, FL, was selected from entries from 23 countries for their outstanding innovative project solution, Chipsulation, which demonstrated originality while having the potential to add significant value in the world.
The team will travel to Washington, DC, from June 20-22 to present their innovation to expert judges.
All semi-finalists will participate in a two day, hands-on innovation event at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which culminates in the awarding of the top prize of $20,000 USD from presenting sponsor XPRIZE® to continue work on their inventions; two runners-up will take home $5,000 each.
We need your help!
You can support this team of ambitious and innovative, engineer-minded middle school students and their coaches, by making a donation to offset the cost of their continued product development and their trip to the Global Innovation Awards.
Please make your check payable to the Education Foundation of Martin County, at PO Box 291, Stuart, FL 34995.
Online donations can be made here.
Thank you for your support of tomorrow's leaders!
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Thank You!

Thank you to all of our amazing supporters...

• Florida Power & Light Company
• An Anonymous Donor
• Seacoast Bank
• James Crocker
• Tina McSoley
• Sheryl Wyckoff
• Lee Vickers
• David Moss
• Bill Stuck
• Daina Winn
• Christine Schwartz
• IBEW Local Union 627
• The Albury Family
• Donna & Andy Watts
• JBD and RAD
• Just Gold Jewelers
• Susan and Randy Arnold
• Lisa and Rick Rhodes
• Sandra Theriaque
• Winco, Inc.
• Key Mart, Inc.
• Brent A. Wood Architecture
• LaRhonda Brown
• Bruce and Kim Wall
• Timothy Chartier
• Kenneth Stephan
• Sands Construction Co., Inc.
• Frank Sapienza
• Bryan Gillen
• Christia Li &Paul Roberts
• Sonny's BBQ
• DiMeo Family Dental



 
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Jun 6, 2016Brightline is in the news!
CFNEWS13 6/2/2016 11:16:18 PM: ...different route heading from the terminal to state road 417. right now, the aport is building a new south terminal, with a new parking garage. and they are also installing rail lines for their new people movers, and for the future use of that rail line for sunrail and all aboard florida. "this is really step one in getting the traveling public both to and from the new future south terminal complex." once again ... the new southbound road from the airport to 417 opens on june 8th so drivers need to be advised of the new route which we were told will be marked. we have a full break down for other construction timelines . on our website at my news 13 dot com. impact lead one of the last undeveloped sections of land along i-4 in central florida could soon have hundreds of new homes, businesses and offices. seminole county news 13's reporter jeff allen has reaction to a new proposal in lake mary. impact tag jozef nikollaj stays busy servinglots of customers at giovanni's in lake mary. "we're doing very well."but soon ... giovanni's could be getting several hundred newneighbors. just across the road, there are plans to develop a nowwooded area into hundreds of new homes, retail shops and officescalled new century town center. the area sits between i-4 and rinehartroad just north of primera boulevard. "that's i-4 and thosewoods on the other side of the interstate are where the plans callfor dozens of specialty shops and more than a thousand offices. whilethe plans allow for office buildings as tall as 140 feet, city officialsand developers say it's unclear at this point if any office buildingswill be that tall. the plans are still in the early stages. thedeveloper - crescent communities out of orlando is asking the city oflake mary to rezone the more than 150-acres to allow for thedevelopment which would be built in three phases. nikollaj says he'll bekeeping a close eye on the plans as they unfold. "if they don't balancethe retail with the residential, if they don't balance it correctly ifthey put more retail than residential it might hurt us." but nikollajis optimistic the new development will bring in more customers. "newdevelopment is always a good thing. it shows the economy here in floridais doing great./so overall it's a good thing as long as they keep thatbalance." in lake mary, jeff allen, news 13. lake mary's planning and zoning board is expected to consider the new development plans sometime this summer.

 
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Jun 6, 2016Entertainment Lineup announced for 2016 Dancin’ in the Streets
STUART, Fla. – Stuart Main Street and the Downtown Stuart Business Association have announced the 2016 lineup of musical acts for the 29th Annual Dancin’ in the Streets! The largest street party and 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 in Downtown Stuart.

Anchoring the festival will be national headliners The Outlaws in a limited seating special performance at The Lyric Theatre. Rounding out this year's lineup will be Ben Prestage, Public Sounds Collective, Nouveaux Honkies, The Humdingers and JessLee on stage one. Stage two includes The Sierra Band, Sister Baby, Nashville recording artist Raquel Renner and the Ramblers, Ladies of Soul and Relapse Band. Bryce Allyn Band, Smoking Section, Morning Fatty and Moska Project will perform on stage three. Tony Solomon’s Eastman School of Music presents local amateurs and up and comers on stage four. And stage five includes performers Cassidy Diana, Chris King, 10k Hours, Deal James and Summer Gill, Sting Assassins and Ryan & Friends.

“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.”

Limited tickets for this special indoor performance by headliner The Outlaws will be available starting in July at The Lyric Theatre box office and online at www.lyrictheatre.com. General admission tickets will be available starting in July at Seacoast Bank locations in Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach and Indian River Counties, at Sneaky Tiki, and at Kilwin’s Chocolate and Ice Cream in Downtown Stuart.

Every year, the streets of Downtown Stuart shut down and the community comes out for a day of live musical performances, food, drinks, vendors, kids activities and of course – dancing in the streets! It all began in the Summer of 1987, when a call was made to community leaders from the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce to brainstorm a fundraising event that would keep the newly established Stuart Main Street program alive. Twenty-nine years later, Downtown Stuart is still Dancin’ in the Streets! Today, the event is presented by the Downtown Business Association of Stuart and Stuart Main Street. It continues to be Downtown Stuart’s biggest fundraising event, drawing thousands of people to the area each year. Funds from Dancin’ in the Streets support downtown revitalization efforts like outdoor dining, the Riverwalk expansion, and free community events including Hobgoblins on Main Street, Rock’n Riverwalk and Christmas on Main Street. In the past decade alone, Dancin’ has brought nearly 65,000 people downtown and raised almost a half-million dollars.

The event also supports volunteer groups from community non-profits. In 2015 contributions were made to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, the Stuart Police Explorers Program, Road to Victory Military Museum, House of Hope and Martin Volunteers.

Dancin’ in the Streets is sponsored by Coast 101.3, Courthouse Commons, LLC, Bud Light, Seacoast Bank, The Boat House, and Mulligan’s Beach House. For more information, visit StuartDancinIntheStreets.com or facebook.com/stuartdancininthestreets.


 
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Jun 6, 2016Martin County Parks & Recreation offers youth sports summer camps
The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department and USA Sports Institute will be hosting several youth sports camps throughout the summer at Halpatiokee Regional Park, 8303 SE Lost River Rd. in Stuart for children ages 3 - 12 years old beginning June 27, 2016. Camps include multi-sport options as well as recreational soccer. The camps are as follows:

TOTAL PLAY MULTI SPORTS: Experience over 16 different sports from around the world including, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, disc-golf, cricket, floor hockey and many more. All activities will take place in an atmosphere which promotes good sportsmanship, teamwork and most of all, fun. Campers will receive technical instruction, have the chance experience the sport in a realistic game situation, and will participate in the exciting USSI World Cup Competition. All participants will receive a t-shirt and certificate. This is the only sports camp truly dedicated to children of all abilities. June 27 to July 1 & Aug. 1 to 5, Ages 6 to 12, 8:30 am to 2 pm, $170.00/week

TOTAL SPORTS SQUIRTS: This camp introduces children to a variety of sports such as soccer, basketball, lacrosse, hockey and T-Ball and more! All classes will take place in a safe, structured environment which is sure to encourage learning and skill development. Games and drills are designed to capture each child's imagination. Whether it is trying to find Nemo, sending Shrek into a spin or capturing jellyfish with Sponge Bob Square Pants, there's fun to be had by all. All activities promote hand-eye coordination, movement, balance and most importantly Fun, Fun, Fun! June 27 to July 1& Aug.1 to 5, Ages 3 to 5, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, $50/week

FIRST PLAY SOCCER: Experience the excitement of the world's most popular sport. Children will thrive on the exciting and enjoyable atmosphere generated by highly qualified, international coaches. Participants will engage in a variety of fun games and challenges designed to enhance basic soccer skills; dribbling, passing, shooting and field awareness. Each day culminates in a World Cup tournament, where players have the chance to put their skills to the test in small sided and regular soccer scrimmages. The sole focus is on developing a basic understanding of the game and experiencing the excitement of soccer through the freedom of play. July 11 to 15, 8:30 am to 2 pm, Ages 6 to 12, $170/week

SOCCER SQUIRTS: Often imitated, but never duplicated, this camp provides an introduction to the beautiful game of soccer in a fun filled, safe environment. The program is a 5 day mini-camp, comprising of enjoyable and imaginative games and scrimmages. Soccer Squirts is designed to develop motor skills, balance and coordination within a low pressure social environment. The camp schedule includes a range of games based upon, short passing, dribbling, turning and of course shooting. As well as not forgetting the most important aspect... FUN, FUN, FUN! July 11 to 15, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, Ages 3 to 5, $50/week

Call for more information 772-221-1419 or sign up online http://econnect.martin.fl.us.

Visit https://www.martin.fl.us/parksandrec for complete information on facilities and activities. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks or on Twitter @MyMCParks.


 
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Jun 6, 20165th Anniversary Stuart Sailfish Regatta a huge success
STUART, Fla. – You could “hear the roar and feel the rush” of hydroplanes skimming the water surface at the 5th Annual Stuart Sailfish Regatta May 21 and May 22 at the Stuart Causeway.

This year's Regatta included more activities than ever before: a KidsZone sponsored by the YMCA of the Treasure Coast, free trolley rides over the bridge, VIP Experience Packages, driver’s meet and greet/VIP party hosted by Marriott Resort, new sponsors and the chance to win a ride on a Jersey Skiff.

The much-anticipated Stuart Sailfish Regatta drew thousands of spectators to the Stuart Causeway to watch high-performance hydroplanes and the ever-popular Jersey Skiffs race at speeds of more than 130 miles per hour. Thousands of dollars were again raised for local charities, including the Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast and the US Sailing Center of Martin County.

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

Winners of this year's Regatta included the SST 120 race with Jeff Reno - first place; Fred Durr – second place; and Tom Ludwig – third place. In the popular SE class, Katelyn Shaw took home the honors with her first place finish, Joel Jones in second place and closely followed by Jeff Clauss in third place. The Flamboyant Jersey Skiffs delighted the spectators both on shore and those anchored along the northern side of the back straightway with leaps and bounds along the one-mile race course. In the final heat is was Clyde McFarland in first place, Dave Greenlaw in second place and Bill Darby with a close third place finish.

For the 2.5 Litre Stock class, Al Thompson was first place, Alexis Weber took second and Philppe Billetle took third place.

Not to be outdone by his sister in her SE win, in the hotly contested 5 Litre class John Shaw showed a packed field of competitors that he was the boat to beat and he enjoyed a first place win, Paul Barber was second with Dona Allen in third place.

The Big Guns were all in force at the Regatta – both US and Canadians, twelve in all - for the “winner take all final” in the mighty Grand Prix class. The supercharged 1500 hp monster V8 engines on pure methanol make for a sheer adrenaline rush for all spectators! This is the big finale – it’s get on your feet and “feel the rush, hear the roar” time! When the rooster tails ended, Bert Henderson showed all that he continues to be the force in Grand Prix hydroplane racing with his first place victory, Tom Pakradooni roared to second place and Marty Wolfe had a close third place finish.

The racers weren't the only competitors over the weekend, with the annual Bikini Contest determining the 2016 Miss Regatta. This year's title winner Miss Regatta was Cheyenne Lee, and Angelica Albanese was in second place with Samantha Murray in third place. Suzanne (Susie Q) Deuser, organizer of this event won the "Bee Well" award.

This year's Regatta also included several special guests. Patrick and Kevin Hughes returned to Stuart for the Regatta, an event that holds a special history for the brothers.

It was twenty-six years ago when Kevin Hughes competed and won his first Stuart Sailfish Regatta. Since then, he's completed two tours of duty in the military and raised a family. But this year, he returned to his boat racing roots and joined the competitors of the high-paced, action-packed Stuart Sailfish Regatta.

Racing is a Hughes family tradition, and Kevin's brother Patrick has competed for years. This year, he was the voice behind the racers, serving as the official 2016 Stuart Sailfish Regatta announcer.

"Kevin and I were excited to return to Stuart to a race that has so much history, for both the community and our family" said Patrick.

Jacqui Kapinowski, a Paratriathlon National Champion currently working towards the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, participated in this year's opening ceremony with the Treasure Coast Rowing Club and was onsite for meet-and-greets and autograph signings.

The Stuart Sailfish Regatta is sponsored by EMS, Captec Engineering, Island Coastal Charters, Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour, Coast 101.3 FM, Elite Gas, Florida Outdoors, Treasure Coast Sports Commission, Sundance Boats & Marina, Seacoast Bank, Heartland Energy Group, SPS/Flint Tech., Hometown News, Flanigans, WSTU, BMG Creative, Storm Tight Windows, The Porter Law Firm, Flamingo Signs, Dragon Fly Graphics, The VNA, Teleperformance, Milano Bail Bonds, Twisted Tuna, Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast, Four Fish Inn, Southern Eagle Distributing, Greenway, Motor Cars of Stuart, City of Stuart and Martin County.

Chick-fil-a and Papa Johns generously fed the many Regatta volunteers, officials, staff from the Sheriff and Martin County Fire Rescue and Marine Patrol, as well as the marine observers dive rescue personnel and boat captains throughout the weekend.

For more information, visit stuartsailfishregatta.com.


 
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Jun 6, 2016Martin County Master Gardeners to host “Taste of the Tropics” at the Martin County Fairgrounds
Did you know the jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is the world’s largest tree-borne fruit? Individual fruits weigh from 10 to 60 pounds (4.5-27.3 kg). The Jackfruit originated in Southeast Asia, most likely India. While not widely cultivated in the Western Hemisphere, it can be grown successfully in southern Florida. If favorable conditions prevail, the Master Gardeners hope to offer samples of this and more at the "Taste of the Tropics", an educational event sponsored by the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardeners on Saturday, June 25th from 9 am to 12 noon at the Martin County Fairgrounds.

Martin County Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about various fruit and horticultural topics, and tropical fruit will be available and ready for tasting. Come to learn more about tropical fruits and vegetables, such as the jackfruit described above, and also about herbs and spices, beekeeping, and much more at the educational tables that will be located throughout the event venue. Bring your unsolved gardening questions to the volunteers from the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Volunteer Help Desk. Intrigued by one or more of the universal truths of tropical fruit horticulture? Had a taste of a sweet and unusual banana or mango that you just can’t live without? Tropical fruit tree vendors will have their wares available so that attendees whose taste buds have been awakened can indulge in growing their own.

If you’re curious about the Master Gardener program, and you would like to consider becoming a volunteer, now is your opportunity! The application period for the 2016 UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener volunteer training and certification program is now open. Visit our website at http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu/master_gardener.shtml for more information and application instructions. Applications are due by 5 p.m. July 1, 2016 to the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Office, located at 2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart 34996.

For more information, visit http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu or call 772-288-5654.


 
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Jun 6, 2016Introducing the Go Hometown News Mobile App - Download it for free now!

After much planning and company-wide training, Hometown News is pleased to announce the launch of our newest digital feature, the Go Hometown mobile app!
It can be downloaded for free via the Apple App Store or Google Play. Just search for "Go Hometown News Florida."
The Go Hometown app will help you discover the best local deals and events throughout the Treasure Coast with a single click! Use our easy-to-navigate search to find exactly what you're looking for.
Enjoy savings on dining, shopping, family fun and a variety of other categories, tailored to the Treasure Coast area. You will even have access to the best doctors, child care, pet care, salon services and more - all at your fingertips. Once you find the deal you're looking for, simply redeem your coupon with one click and show it to the business, directly from your phone. It doesn't get much easier than that!
Be sure to check out the app details for a list of all of its exciting features. It is a work in progress, so check it often, as we will be adding new businesses and savings all the time.
As we continue to provide you, each week, with the hard-copy publication that you love, we are always looking for ways to enhance your experience with digital features that keep you connected to the community you call home.

Want to see your business featured in our mobile app, or have questions?
Call 772.465.5656 or email sales@hometownnewsol.com.


 
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Jun 6, 2016SFWMD Prepares for Rain Related to Tropical Storm Water managers closely monitoring weather forecasts
While South Florida is not in the forecasted path of Tropical Storm Colin, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has readied the regional flood control system for potential heavy rainfall associated with the storm.

With up to several inches of rain forecast, water levels have already been lowered to maximize storage and discharges for stormwater runoff to reduce flooding where possible. Water control structures such as gates and spillways will open as needed to maintain canals at levels that will enhance the ability of local drainage facilities to route excess runoff into SFWMD's canal system.

Depending on the storm's path and rainfall received, water managers will make adjustments to structures as necessary. Water levels and flows are monitored around the clock by field staff and SFWMD's Operations Control Room in West Palm Beach.

Pre-storm preparations by the District also include:
• Inspecting key parts of the flood control system
• Ensuring adequate fuel supplies for pump stations and other equipment
• Readying staff and equipment for storm assignments
The District is in a condition of increased readiness and is coordinating information with the state Emergency Operations Center as well as local drainage districts that connect to SFWMD canals.

Throughout the year, the District carries out a robust program to ensure the regional flood control system operates at its full potential. The program includes inspection and maintenance of water control structures, clearing canals of debris and exotic vegetation, strengthening canal banks and other improvements.

For updates in case of an emergency, residents and visitors can follow the District's Twitter feed (@SFWMD) and its list of weather and emergency management tweets related to South Florida (@SFWMD_EM).


 
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Jun 6, 2016SFWMD Prepares for Rain Related to Tropical Storm Water managers closely monitoring weather forecasts
While South Florida is not in the forecasted path of Tropical Storm Colin, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has readied the regional flood control system for potential heavy rainfall associated with the storm.

With up to several inches of rain forecast, water levels have already been lowered to maximize storage and discharges for stormwater runoff to reduce flooding where possible. Water control structures such as gates and spillways will open as needed to maintain canals at levels that will enhance the ability of local drainage facilities to route excess runoff into SFWMD's canal system.

Depending on the storm's path and rainfall received, water managers will make adjustments to structures as necessary. Water levels and flows are monitored around the clock by field staff and SFWMD's Operations Control Room in West Palm Beach.

Pre-storm preparations by the District also include:
• Inspecting key parts of the flood control system
• Ensuring adequate fuel supplies for pump stations and other equipment
• Readying staff and equipment for storm assignments
The District is in a condition of increased readiness and is coordinating information with the state Emergency Operations Center as well as local drainage districts that connect to SFWMD canals.

Throughout the year, the District carries out a robust program to ensure the regional flood control system operates at its full potential. The program includes inspection and maintenance of water control structures, clearing canals of debris and exotic vegetation, strengthening canal banks and other improvements.

For updates in case of an emergency, residents and visitors can follow the District's Twitter feed (@SFWMD) and its list of weather and emergency management tweets related to South Florida (@SFWMD_EM).


 
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Jun 3, 2016Martin County’s fertilizer restrictions are in effect; time to go cold turkey on the fertilizer
Use of fertilizer in unincorporated Martin County is restricted June 1-September 30.
The summertime restrictions are part of Martin County’s strong fertilizer ordinance, which the Board of County Commissioners approved in 2014 and serves as a model for other communities along the Indian River Lagoon.
Beginning June 1, fertilizer containing phosphorus and nitrogen is banned. Vegetative material, including grass clippings, cannot be washed, swept, or blown into stormwater drains, waterbodies or impervious areas. Adhering to the summertime application ban is one way our citizens can be a part of the solution to protecting our water resources - one lawn at a time.
The fertilizer restrictions aim to reduce the amount of harmful nutrients entering local water bodies, a crucial step towards improving and maintaining water and habitat quality. Fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorus cannot be used on turf, sod, lawns or landscape plants during the period of the ordinance, which extends during the four-month rainy season.

Print and download this handy information card on the ordinance or check out these FAQs for the rules.
Nutrients—primarily nitrogen and phosphorus—are key ingredients in lawn fertilizer. When it rains, lawn fertilizer can wash into nearby storm drains and canals that empty
into the St. Lucie River and contribute to the growth of algae blooms. Once in our waterways, excess fertilizers fuel the growth of algae blooms that block sunlight from reaching seagrasses, rob the water of oxygen and threaten underwater life.
Municipalities and governments that are located within watersheds of impaired waters must meet regulatory limits on total phosphorus and total nitrogen entering the water from all sources, especially stormwater runoff. Storm sewer system retrofits
(improvements to the system) to remove phosphorus from stormwater can cost millions of dollars per system. The St. Lucie River is an impaired water body.
The ordinance applies to anyone - personal or professional - landscaping in unincorporated Martin County. The fertilizer ordinance includes exceptions for agriculture, golf courses, athletic fields and for lawns that soil tests have indicated a
need for phosphorus.
Tips on creating a Florida-friendly yard can be found on the website http://befloridiannow.org/ under the Floridifying tab.

www.martin.fl.us 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida 34996
Contact: Dianne Hughes, Engineering Dept., 772-219-4980
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Jun 3, 2016Congratulations to all of the 2016 Graduates in Martin County!
Job Well Done!
Don't forget to visit the Habitat ReStore for some great deals on college dorm or apartment needs!

Show us your 2016 Graduation Tassel at either one of our ReStore locations and get 25% off!
(Excluding Appliances)
Offer valid Saturday June 4 through Saturday June 11

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County
2555 S.E. Bonita Street
Stuart, Florida 34997
(772) 223-9940, phone
(772) 223-9970, fax
info@habitatmartin.org

ReStore Stuart
2555 S.E. Bonita Street
Stuart, Florida 34997
(772) 223-8991
restore@habitatmartin.org

ReStore Jensen
2090 NW Federal Highway
Stuart, FL 34994
(772) 223-8991
restore@habitatmartin.org

ReStore Bonita Street Hours:
Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ReStore Jensen Hours
Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


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Jun 3, 2016June 2016 E-Newsletter
Sports Physical Summer Special

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 Read More





Dates to Remember


• National Safety Month
• June 5th: National Cancer Survivors Day
• June 19th: Fathers Day
• June 21st: Summer Begins
• June 30th: Social Media Day




Final Farewell: Bernard Kurecki, MD



Bernard Kurecki, MD bids a final farewell to Physicians Immediate Care and his Treasure Coast patients. After nearly 30 years as a primary physician in our area, Dr. Kurecki has decided to relocate out of the state of Florida. We want to thank him for the outstanding care that he has provided to Physicians Immediate Care patients as well as those who followed him throughout his many years of practice. We appreciate his medical insight and he will be greatly missed by many.




Recognizing Our Countries Heroes
Ben Crespo, HR Director & Serving Florida Air National Guard



Benjamin Crespo, Human Resources Director of Physicians Immediate Care is an active member of the Florida Air National Guard. Ben Crespo previously served our country in the United States Air Force from 2010 - 2014 as a medical technician. Our national guard is an integral part of our military services, they are not only mobilized during war times but are always ready and on standby to defend our citizens at home in the United States.

Physicians Immediate Care thanks Benjamin Crespo for read more





You're Invited! Early Bird Educational Session with Sally Swart, ARNP



We invite you to join Physicians Immediate Care for an informative educational session on heat exhaustion, sun exposure and dehydration with one of our leading providers Sally Swart, ARNP, Q&A immediately following. Light refreshments will be available. RSVP to Hannah@immedcare.com is appreciated but not necessary. We hope you can join us for this session!

Topic: Heat Exhaustion, Sun Exposure & Dehydration
Speaker: Sally Swart, ARNP

Date & Time: June 14, 2016 at 7am
Location: Physicians Immediate Care
Eastern Location
1900 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952





April 2016 Employee of the Month
Judy Hawken



Congratulations to Judy Hawken, our April 2016 Employee of the Month. Judy, one of our Patient Service Representatives, is very knowledgeable in all areas of her job. She always has a smile on her face and speaks with each patient as if they were family. We are very grateful the Judy has made a home with us at Physicians Immediate Care. Congratulations again Judy!




Treasure Coast Business Summit 2016




We had a fantastic time at the Treasure Coast Business Summit hosted by Pharus Group and DLF Media. We were able to learn about many new businesses that have opened in our area and strengthen the relationship we currently have with other local businesses. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!




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Jun 2, 2016The Arts Council of Martin Country Welcomes New Staff Member
The Arts Council of Martin County welcomes Laura Daniel as the new Development and Marketing Manager. The Arts Council, located in historic downtown Stuart, serves the community as the local arts agency of Martin County with the mission of inspiring participation in and a passion for the arts. Laura Daniel will be directly involved in working with the dynamic team at the Arts Council to continue its mission by cultivating local involvement in the arts by provide various programs, events, and projects that celebrate and support the arts in our community.
Laura Daniel is thrilled to become the newest staff member to serve the Arts Council. Her professional background includes a degree in Art History and Curatorial Studies with continued education in Art and Antique Appraisal from the Rhode Island School of Design. A MArties Award nominee for best Visual Artist and grant recipient by Women Supporting the Arts, Daniel looks forward to working with and giving back to the organization which has supported her artistic endeavors as well as those of countless others.

The Arts Council is the designated local arts agency for Martin County. The Arts Council provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public and strives to instill a passion for and participation in the arts. For more information, please call 772-287-6676 or visit www.martinarts.org.


 
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Jun 2, 2016Weichert Leadership Training Helps Local Real Estate Professionals Sharpen Business Management Skills
Port Saint Lucie, FL (Grassroots Newswire) June 2, 2016 - Weichert Real
Estate Affiliates, Inc. is proud to announce that the following Weichert
affiliated agents have successfully completed a multi-day leadership
training for Weichert(r) brokers and managers.

* From WEICHERT, REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group located at 345 SE Port St
Lucie Blvd in Port Saint Lucie: Jeff Binner - Associate. For more
information about WEICHERT, REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, contact Andrea
LaFavor at 772-398-6400 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

* From WEICHERT, REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group located at 101 Sw Monterey
Road in Stuart: Andrea LaFavor - Broker/Owner. For more information about
WEICHERT, REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, contact Andrea LaFavor at
772-398-6400 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

The "Sharpen Your Saw" program focuses on identifying key behaviors for
business success and creating action plans to help brokers and managers
recruit top-notch agents while maximizing the strengths of current staff
members.

"Our leadership training provides invaluable insights and business
management techniques to help brokers and managers build a
high-functioning office to better serve the real estate needs of their
community," said Martin J. Rueter, president of Weichert Real Estate
Affiliates, Inc. "This training was not only designed to be impactful,
it's meant to be a game-changer in the real estate industry."

The concentrated program emphasizes budgeting, building agent equity,
steering the career development cycle and expanding Weichert generated
sales leads. Participants are also given the opportunity to learn about
management systems in place at other successful Weichert affiliate offices
across the country. Brokers and managers must successfully complete the
five-day Weichert Management Academy in order to attend the Sharpen Your
Saw leadership training.

Each Weichert affiliated office is independently owned and operated.


 
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Jun 2, 2016As water conditions worsen, Martin County Commissioners travel to Washington D.C. to advocate for solutions
As water conditions worsen, Martin County Commissioners travel to Washington D.C. to advocate for solutions

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners traveled to Washington, D.C. in May to advocate for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and continued funding of critical projects including the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area. Commissioners Anne Scott, Sarah Heard and Doug Smith participated in the trip, along with County Administrator Taryn Kryzda. Commissioners communicated their concerns about water conditions moving forward into the 2016 wet season and recent observations of blue green algae in Lake Okeechobee, around the S-308 structure, and in the St. Lucie Estuary. These blooms have a high potential to result in toxic conditions in our local waterways and estuary. The situation is crippling to our community, with significant environmental and economic impacts.

While in D.C., the Commissioners met with agency heads at the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior and with members of the Florida Congressional Delegation including Senator Bill Nelson, Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Patrick Murphy and Congressman Curt Clawson to thank them for their support of the Indian River Lagoon-South Restoration project and to advocate for continued funding and additional storage to reduce discharges needed for the health of our waterways. Just before leaving for the Capitol, the Senate approved more than $100 million for Everglades restoration, including $53.3 million allocated for the continued construction of the C-44 project.

Martin County is committed to identifying solutions to the water crisis, in addition to providing significant investments in land acquisition, environmental stormwater projects and conversion of septic tanks. Martin County has acquired 45,000 acres for various CERP projects, the funding for which has been voluntarily assessed by the residents of Martin County, generating $75 million for land acquisition costs, including $27 million for the C-44 Reservoir Project and leveraging those funds with matching state dollars.

"Success requires a balanced federal and state partnership," said Commissioner Anne Scott, Chair of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. "We need federal help to continue funding the Indian River Lagoon-South Restoration Project, including the C-44 project already under construction in western Martin County. We also need federal funding to continue rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike and restoration of the Kissimmee River. We need Congress to pass the Water Resources Development Act."

Scott continued, "We also need state help to continue funding for the Indian River Lagoon-South (IRL-S) project and to purchase critical land to fully implement IRL-S." The Martin County Board of County Commissioners strongly supports The Legacy Florida Act, signed into law on April 7, 2016, which provides a dedicated funding source from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund necessary to stimulate Everglades restoration and advance critical projects.

The Board of County Commissioners stands with our residents, tireless advocates of our waterways, and is a grateful and proud partner with our federal and state government agencies to identify solutions to save the most biodiverse estuary in North America.



 
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Jun 1, 2016Maddie’s Fund gives grant to Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
Palm City, Fla. (May 31, 2016) — The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is among the qualifying organizations that will be receiving a $1,000 Maddie’s Fund grant for participating in Shelter Animals Count.

In a congratulatory letter sent to the HSTC, Tammy Fiebelkorn, manager, Shelter Services of Shelter Animals Count: The National Database Project, stated, “I know you all will make great use of those funds, and help countless animals!”

“We are proud to be members of Shelter Animals Count and the other national and statewide initiatives involving animal welfare groups dedicated to saving more lives,” said HSTC President and CEO Frank Valente.

Shelter Animals Count is a new, collaborative initiative with broad representation from the animal welfare community. By creating standardized reporting and definitions for shelter statistics including intake, adoptions, return-to-owner, transfers, euthanasia and shelter deaths, the organization hopes to increase live outcomes for shelter animals nationwide.



 
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Jun 1, 2016Steve Weagle's Ride for the Red Cross 2016
West Palm Beach, FL May 27th, 2016 — For the 17th year, WPTV5 Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle will be making his annual Ride for the Red Cross beginning May 30 to June 3.
For five days Steve will be riding a bicycle donated by Wheels of Wellington. His trek will take him across two Red Cross Chapters ranging from Sebastian to Boca Raton to mark the beginning of the 2016 hurricane season and raise awareness of the need to prepare.
“Since 2003, I have had the privilege of working with Steve on this event. I look forward to this 17th Ride,” said Sarah Ruwe, Executive Director of the Florida’s Coast to Heartland Chapter of the Red Cross South Florida Region. “The funds raised at this event will not only help us ensure that residents are prepared, but will allow the Red Cross to respond and assist when need arises.”
“Our deepest gratitude to Steve and our sponsors for coming together to help us bring awareness to
the importance of hurricane preparedness,” said Robin Hicks Nunley, Executive Director of the Greater Palm Beach & Martin County Chapter of the Red Cross South Florida Region. Steve’s Ride for the Red Cross Wrap-up Party will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday June 3, 2016 at The Dubliner Irish Pub, Mizner Park 435 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. Tickets are $20, and includes a dinner buffet and two beverages.
We graciously thank our sponsors:
Greater Palm Beach and Martin County Chapter Florida’s Coast to Heartland Chapter
Harry and the Natives Captain Hiram's Resort
Marc Gaylord Board Chair Waldo's
Guanabanas Zachry Industries
Christian Penner Mortgage Team Ineos Bio Fuel
Waterway Café Seacoast Bank
Panera Bread Natalie's Orchid
Marble of the World
Duffys
Marty Bugs Pest Control
EAU Palm Beach Resort
Lan Info Tech
Caffé Luna Rosa
Hurricane Coffee & Tea
Artis Senior Living
Merrill Lynch
Welcome to Boca
Lang Realty and Lang Management
The Dubliner Irish Pub
ADT
Wheels of Wellington
The Lee Pearlson Steinberg Foundation
BE RED CROSS READY
VOLUNTEER People can become a Red Cross volunteer by visiting RedCross.org/Volunteer. They can also help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 66,000 other disasters every year and most of these are home fires.
DOWNLOAD THE RED CROSS EMERGENCY APP With hurricane season just days away, people should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts, tips and information about what to do in case of tornadoes and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or at redcross.org/apps.

 
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Jun 1, 2016Treasure Coast Food Bank offers free summer meals for kids
Treasure Coast Food Bank will serve meals to kids 18 and under throughout the summer beginning Monday, June 6. The goal of the Summer Meals program is to ensure that kids whose families don’t always have enough food and who rely on the school system for meals during the school year won’t go hungry in summer.
“We see the demand for food skyrocket every summer once schools close and children no longer have access to the school cafeteria for meals,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz. “Our goal with Summer Meals is to provide fresh, nutritious food that is accessible to children in their communities, so we partner with churches, community centers, youth development organizations, and any agency that can offer a place to feed kids.”
More than 50,000 students on the Treasure Coast are eligible for free and reduced price meals. Only about 6 percent participate in a Summer Meals program. Treasure Coast Food Bank’s goal is to continually increase that number. This year’s goal is to provide 300,000 meals over the 10-week period to children in need. Last year, Treasure Coast Food Bank and its partners provided 200,000 meals.
The food is available to all kids 18 and under at no cost to them. There are 35 sites offering the program, and each will offer two of three options: breakfast, lunch, or a snack. The meals will feature fresh-made sandwiches and wraps, hand-made salads, and fresh cut fruits.
The program is supported in part through donations. Anyone wanting to support Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Summer Meals Program can make a donation through www.stophunger.org.
Treasure Coast Food Bank continues to look for additional sites to offer the program. More information is available on the website about the requirements for becoming a Summer Food Service Program site.
The Summer Meals program will run every week day from June 6 through Aug.12. Parents looking for a site convenient to their home can visit www.stophunger.org and click on the Summer Feeding Program under the “Programs” tab.


 
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Jun 1, 2016The Arts Council of Martin Country Welcomes New Staff Member


The Arts Council of Martin County welcomes Laura Daniel as the new Development and Marketing Manager. The Arts Council, located in historic downtown Stuart, serves the community as the local arts agency of Martin County with the mission of inspiring participation in and a passion for the arts. Laura Daniel will be directly involved in working with the dynamic team at the Arts Council to continue its mission by cultivating local involvement in the arts by provide various programs, events, and projects that celebrate and support the arts in our community.
Laura Daniel is thrilled to become the newest staff member to serve the Arts Council. Her professional background includes a degree in Art History and Curatorial Studies with continued education in Art and Antique Appraisal from the Rhode Island School of Design. A MArties Award nominee for best Visual Artist and grant recipient by Women Supporting the Arts, Daniel looks forward to working with and giving back to the organization which has supported her artistic endeavors as well as those of countless others.

The Arts Council is the designated local arts agency for Martin County. The Arts Council provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public and strives to instill a passion for and participation in the arts. For more information, please call 772-287-6676 or visit www.martinarts.org.

The Arts Council is sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment of the Arts, the City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.


 
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Jun 1, 2016June Practice Newsletter | Grassam Family Chiropractic
5 Do’s and Don’ts to Reduce Back Pain

Got back pain? You’re not alone. Consider these do’s and don’ts to help you get through and out of injury.

DO: Strengthen your core. Regular exercise strengthens important core muscle groups including obliques, pelvic floor and deep abdominals.

DON’T: Sleep on your stomach! Stomach sleepers put the largest amount of pressure on their spine, head and neck leading to pain throughout the day.

DO: Keep hydrated. Because most of our body is water, it needs proper, steady intake to keep it functioning properly.

DON’T: Sit for long periods of time. Do you work behind a desk all day? Set a reminder to get up and move once each hour.

DO: Visit our practice to get checked. You shouldn’t have to live in pain, and chiropractic care works to correct the underlying issue. Give our practice a call today.

Exercise into Your Golden Years



Aging means celebrating the best years of your life with the ones you love. For some, it might mean travelling. For others, relaxing. Whatever it means to you, making time for exercise well into your elder years is crucial.

To start, it’s important to condition the mind to accept the challenges that may come with physical exertion.

Don’t do this by setting out to run five miles after a year of inactivity. Do this by setting small goals like adding a quarter-mile to your walk each day until you feel like you’re back in the workout groove. This will also help you avoid unnecessary injury.

To improve balance and lower the likelihood of falls during activity, consider making an appointment with our practice for an adjustment. The health of your spine plays a vital role in your physical wellness!

3 Ways to Snack Smarter



As chiropractors, our job isn’t just to get you healthy—it’s to help keep you healthy, too. Sometimes, this goes beyond adjustments and into your diet. Admit it or not, everyone snacks—but not always healthily. We’d like to offer our input with a few tips to help you snack smarter.

1. Keep chewing! Did you know that a fully chewed bite can mean moving your teeth up and down 40 times? Studies show that people who chew thoroughly feel fuller than those who skimp on chewing.

2. Fill gaps with snacks. Finding it hard to fit in the recommended servings of fruits and veggies each day? Consider snacking on frozen grapes or celery with peanut butter to fill nutritional gaps in your diet.

3. Plan your snacks. The brown-bag approach never fails! Pack your snacks yourself so you aren’t stuck running to the vending machine when hunger strikes.

 
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Jun 1, 2016June at FOS: Half-Price Admission Days, Volunteer Opportunities and More!
/2 Price Admission Days in June!
June 8 and June 16

Help us celebrate World Oceans Day (June 8) and World Sea Turtle Day (June 16) with 1/2 price admission to the Coastal Center!


Dine at PB Catch on World Oceans Day
Proceeds support Florida Oceanographic Society

Join us for dinner on June 8 at PB Catch Seafood & Raw Bar in Palm Beach. For each Triggerfish, Red Porgy and Sheepshead dish sold, PB Catch will donate $5 back to FOS - and $10 for every Lionfish dish!

Go online or call (561) 655-5558 for reservations

Coastal Center wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award!

We're thrilled to announce that we received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award! Thank you to everyone who's visited and left such fabulous reviews!

Summer Camp Scholarships Still Available, ages 12-16!

Registration is FULL for our Summer Programs (with the exception of one week), but scholarships are still available!

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Phil & Gerry

Once a week, this couple serves as a water quality testing tag-team. It's a weekly service the couple has been performing for 18 years!

Buy Gas on Turtle Tuesdays at Mobil!

$.01 of every gallon of gas purchased from Mobil on Tuesdays directly supports Florida Oceanographic Society! Located at 2995 SE Dixie Highway in Stuart (at the corner of Indian Street).


Research Volunteers Needed!
• June 24: Oyster Shell Bagging
• June 24: Seagrass Survey
Want to Volunteer? Contact Rosemary at (772) 225-0505 ext. 109.


Nighttime Sea Turtle Walks - July dates still available!

Don't miss the opportunity to witness a nesting loggerhead sea turtle up-close! June dates are all full, but there are still a few spots left in July.


HOURS OF OPERATION


Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
See our daily schedule for program times



ADMISSION


Adults: $12
Children (3-12): $6
Children under 3: FREE
Members FREE






 
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May 27, 2016UPDATE: Keeping You Informed on Increased Workers’ Comp Rates
KEEPING YOU INFORMED:
Florida Chamber of Commerce Update on Workers' Comp Rates Increase

New, and higher, workers' compensation rates could be released as early as tomorrow by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the industry's provider of workers' comp analysis and rates. The Florida Chamber of Commerce is closely monitoring this issue, and will alert you as soon as more details are released.

STAY TUNED for additional updates from the Florida Chamber throughout the day Friday. As details become available we'll provide details on what businesses can expect, and how job creators can join the Florida Chamber's efforts in fighting back.

Drive the Discussion
Do you have specific concerns regarding the workers' comp rate increase? Please send your thoughts to cjohnson@flchamber.com.


 
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May 27, 2016eBulletin - May, 2016
Celebrate World Oceans Day with FAU Harbor Branch
"Every single action causes an effect, and every single person can make a difference." This is the premise behind the work of award-winning fashion designer Barbara de Vries (pictured, left). This effect is not only evident in the 10 million pounds of plastic that ends up in the oceans each year, but also in what we do about this manmade environmental scourge, said de Vries, who has used her stature as a designer to create awareness of plastic pollution of the oceans by incorporating beach plastic in her designs and her art.
In recognition of World Oceans Day, FAU Harbor Branch will welcome de Vries for a special event on Wednesday, June 8 at the Johnson Education Center Auditorium.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m., when de Vries will discuss her work and participate in a panel discussion on the dangers of plastic in the ocean. A cocktail reception will immediately follow. The lecture and panel discussion are free and open to the public, and no registration is required.
Treasure Coast residents also are encouraged to clean up their favorite beach that day to support the World Oceans Day initiative, which is the recognized day of ocean celebration and action for the United Nations. The theme for 2016 is "Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet," and individuals and organizations worldwide are promoting prevention of plastic ocean pollution through special events such as the one being held at HBOI.
Best known for creating the CK brand for Calvin Klein in the 90s, de Vries most recently won the Barneys New York Best New Sustainable Design Competition. Her work has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, Ecouterre, as well as many other notable publications. She has given a TED talk and is featured in the Sundance documentary, One Beach. Click here for a portfolio of de Vrie's work.
For more information on the World Oceans Day events, contact the Ocean Discovery Visitor's Center at 772-242-2293 or tcamargo@fau.edu, or visit www.fau.edu/hboi.

Old Vero Archaeological Project Receives National and International Media Coverage
The Old Vero archaeological site, led by FAU Harbor Branch in partnership with the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee, has received national and international news coverage in recent weeks. Archaeologists discovered the bones of an extinct species of bison, estimated to be 13,000 to 14,000 years old, just ten feet below the surface at the site. The find was the subject of reports featured by a variety of news outlets, including the Vero Beach Press Journal, WPTV and WPBF in West Palm Beach, YahooNews, Australia's MyInforms.com, the Nature World News, the UK's DailyMail.com, YahooIndia and Science Daily.
Additionally, FAU Harbor Branch's post on Facebook about the find was one of the most popular ever, with more than 10,100 views, 152 likes and 71 shares.
Pomponi to Join NOAA Expedition in Mariana Trench in June


The remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer surveying the 14-meter hydrothermal chimney. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.
FAU Harbor Branch will again be participating in a NOAA-funded expedition to the "Grand Canyon" of the sea - the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. On June 20, Dr. Shirley Pomponi, Executive Director of the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (headquartered at Harbor Branch) will be joining leg 3 of the mission to serve as biology lead. Watch the dives by clicking here (choose camera 3 for the most action), and click here to watch video of an active hydrothermal vent that was imaged for the first time during leg 1 of the Marianas expedition when Harbor Branch scientist Dr. Deb Glickson served as geology lead.
FAU Harbor Branch Coral Reef & Ecology Lab Explores Reefs in the Gulf

Members of FAU Harbor Branch's Coral Reef and Ecology lab, led by Dr. Joshua Voss, recently embarked on their tenth research cruise in the northwest Gulf of Mexico aboard the RV Manta. The work comes as part of a partnership with NOAA through the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology, based at FAU Harbor Branch. The team conducted field operations within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary as part of an ongoing reciprocal transplant experiment, and also traveled to McGrail andBright Banks with two major research objectives.
First, both McGrail and Bright Banks are being proposed for additional protection under the Sanctuary's Expansion Plan. Therefore, additional images, video, mapping and data to characterize these sites can help to not only determine the extent of coral reef resources available, but also to support the proposed expansions plans.
Second, they began work broadly assessing ecological connectivity at multiple spatial scales in order to understand the underlying biological processes that structure communities and to provide data that supports effective management strategies.
The coral samples collected during the technical dives and on previous ROV missions are being used to determine ecological connectivity using a suite of molecular techniques. Similarly, comparisons among these corals can provide information on the relative physiological status of corals over time from different banks and at different depths.
Click here to view more incredible images from the cruise!


There's a lot to Learn at Harbor Branch - Just Ask Our Volunteers!
Curiosity over a lecture about breast cancer is what brought Yale Goldberg to FAU Harbor Branch. Having lost his wife to cancer in 1993, he says he's lived with endless questions about whether or not he did everything he could to save her. "Listening to Dr. Dan Flynn's lecture provided some closure for me. I've never heard the disease put into terms like that - it was so easy to understand."
Yale was so impressed and inspired by the lecture that he decided to explore ways to become more involved at Harbor Branch. Yale is now a volunteer in the Mission: Ocean Discovery program, assisting with Immersion Tours and helping out in the Ocean Discovery Visitor's Center.
"The tours are so exciting - the Indian River Lagoon tour is my favorite! I learn so much every time I come to Harbor Branch...and you're never too old to learn. I feel accomplished by helping others, and Harbor Branch provides a great platform for me to do that."
Volunteers like Yale provide invaluable support to the programs and research at FAU Harbor Branch. To find out more about volunteering opportunities.


 
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May 26, 2016JONATHAN’S LANDING CARES MAKES GENEROUS DONATION TO MYCLINIC
Donation in Honor of Jonathan’s Landing Volunteer of the Year, Bill Mattison

JUPITER, FLA. (May 25, 2016) – MyClinic, the free medical clinic in Jupiter, Florida, is pleased to announce a generous $10,000 donation from Jonathan’s Landing Cares, a group of Jonathan’s Landing residents who regularly volunteer for a wide array of charitable causes, which was presented to MyClinic on March 30, 2016. The contribution will be used to expand the hours of MyClinic’s medical interpreter and data entry/electronic health scribe, which will increase efficiency at MyClinic and allow doctors to see more patients.
MyClinic, which currently operates out of a modular building, is located at 6405 West Indiantown Road B Jupiter, Florida 33458, recently kicked off a capital campaign to raise $2.5 million to support the construction of a new permanent facility. The funds from the campaign will help to build a permanent building twice the size of their current location. With over 1,400 registered patients and new patients coming in to seek care, the clinic continues to thrive.
The donation was made in honor of Bill Mattison, Jonathan’s Landing Cares’ “Volunteer of the Year.” Bill has volunteered with many organizations for approximately 10 years. At Jupiter Medical Center, Bill volunteers each week as a dispatcher, answering phone calls and managing scheduling to ensure that patients safely get to and from their medical appointments. In addition, Bill provides pastoral care as part of a 30-person volunteer team to help the spiritual needs of the patients. With the Diocese of Palm Beach Prison Ministry Team, Bill provides spiritual counseling and guidance to inmates housed in prisons and jails in South Florida.
“There are many patients in need that would otherwise go without medical care in Jupiter and our surrounding communities. This donation makes a difference in their lives,” said MyClinic Board Chair, Dr. Ron Surowitz. “It’s the volunteers and those who are willing to assist us financially that impact those in need in our community.”
As an independent, not-for-profit, free clinic, providing primary medical care to low-income uninsured adults, MyClinic relies on the support of its volunteers to fulfill its mission and remains grateful for the donation and the continued efforts of its volunteers and small staff to continue serving the health and wellness needs of the community.
Please see the attached picture of Tom Dwyer (JL Cares), Dr. Duke Gocke (MyClinic Volunteer of the Year) Rudy Monlinet (MyClinic volunteer nurse), Diane Williams (MyClinic Patient and Volunteer Coordinator), Amy Pepper (MyClinic Board Secretary and Acting Director), Doug Brown (MyClinic Board Member), Bill Mattison (JL Cares Volunteer of the Year). A site plan of MyClinic can be provided upon request.


 
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May 26, 2016Habitat for Humanity tops BUILDER 100 list for private U.S. home builders
Stuart, FL May 25, 2016 – BUILDER magazine has ranked Habitat for Humanity as the No. 1 private home builder on BUILDER 100, its annual listing of the largest U.S. home builders. This is the second year in a row Habitat’s work across the country has been recognized as a top builder of affordable housing in the U.S.

Each year, BUILDER compiles data from U.S. builders and ranks them by the number of closings for BUILDER 100. With 3,237 closings in 2015, Habitat topped the private home builder list and placed No. 16 on the comprehensive list.

“We are very proud of our families who are determined to build their own home, and provide stability for their children. Our homeowners are also teaching their children self-reliance. We currently build about a dozen homes a year in Martin County, however the need for affordable housing is constant.” said Margot Graff, Executive Director.

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is one of nearly 1,400 Habitat organizations in the U.S. and has worked in Martin County for 30 years, helping families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future for themselves through decent and affordable housing. In fiscal year 2015, 54 families partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Martin County to build or improve places they can call home.

“We are honored to be recognized as the top private home builder on this year’s BUILDER 100,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This is a wonderful achievement for us and it could not have been accomplished without the support of our donors and volunteers, who help us empower families through shelter in every community we work in throughout the U.S.”


 
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May 26, 2016Martin County's Solid Waste Division reminds residents about yard waste collection to ensure safety during storm season
The six-month hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and this year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active season. With 14 named storms, of which three to eight have the potential to become hurricanes, preparedness today can make a big difference during a future storm or severe weather event.

Ensuring your yard is hurricane-ready can decrease the amount of dangerous debris that scatters during and after severe wind and weather storms while increasing the safety of your family, your home and your neighbors' homes. Download and print this handy flyer about proper yard waste disposal during storm season. Here are some important steps that should be taken before, during and after a storm:

Pre-hurricane maintenance

* Remove any items - such as weak trees and branches - that could become flying debris in a storm and cause damage to your home or business. Cutting back or thinning foliage so that wind can blow freely through branches will decrease the chances of uprooting trees or plants. For residents of unincorporated Martin County, this yard waste can be placed curbside either containerized or in small piles for collection on Wednesdays.

* Grass clippings, branches, limbs, pine needles, pine cones, palm fronds and any other small vegetative waste should be containerized in biodegradable containers such as paper bags, boxes or garbage cans. Vegetation of any kind should never be placed in plastic bags.

* Yard waste placed curbside should be no larger than six inches in diameter or longer than six feet in length, and cannot weigh more than 50 pounds per item. For bulk yard waste items that meet these specifications, residents should call Waste Management at 772-546-7700 to schedule a bulk waste pickup.

"We are asking that residents take these precautionary steps now, before a storm is approaching. If residents wait until the last minute and collection is no longer available, items such as palm fronds - and even pine cones - can become dangerous projectiles in the midst of a high-speed hurricane," Solid Waste Administrator Pat Yancey said. "Also, if there is less yard waste out on the curb after a hurricane or severe storm, it makes cleanup efforts much easier and faster."

Stay put during a storm

During a storm watch or warning period, don't attempt to do any of the maintenance tasks you should have done before the storm was approaching. Do not cut down trees or do major yard work. Don't place materials at the curb or take them to the landfill, as services may be suspended due to storm preparation activities. For information on the status of services, residents should contact Martin County Utilities and Solid Waste at 772-419-6940.

Once the storm has passed

After a storm has passed, keep household garbage, recycling, vegetation and storm debris separate. Be sure to secure all household garbage in plastic bags or cans and place at the curb on your scheduled collection day. Following a storm, the Martin County Solid Waste Division's number one priority is the collection of household garbage. Uncollected garbage attracts pests and contributes to the spread of disease.

Be sure to stay informed about storms being tracked and make sure you and your family are prepared if, and when, a storm hits. Visit www.martin.fl.us for Martin County's emergency information alerts.


 
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May 26, 2016St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant quarterly siren test on June 2
Martin County Emergency Management Agency, St. Lucie County Department of Public Safety and Communications, and Florida Power & Light Company, will conduct quarterly testing of the outdoor warning sirens for the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant at noon on Thursday, June 2.

The test will involve a one-minute sounding of all 90 sirens within the 10-mile St. Lucie Plant emergency planning zone. Before and after the sirens sound, a message will be broadcast on the sirens' public-address system stating, "This is only a test."

FPL and Martin and St. Lucie counties regularly test the siren system to improve public awareness of its function and ensure its operability. In the unlikely event of an actual emergency at St. Lucie Plant, the sirens would sound for at least a five-minute period. Official instructions or information would follow on local radio and television.


 
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May 26, 2016Local Entrepreneur Appears on Prestigious Panel to Discuss Impact of Social Robots
Amy Stapleton, co-founder and CEO of local start-up Hutch.ai, appeared this week on a keynote panel at SpeechTek 2016 in Washington, D.C. SpeechTek is an influential technology conference covering voice recognition, artificial intelligence, and intelligent assistant technologies.

Hutch.ai provides a platform for creating and distributing content to the new generation of talking devices. These devices include the popular Amazon Echo, as well as other soon to be released social robots and toys that will converse with people in their homes, cars, and places of work.

Stapleton spoke on a panel that included other technology luminaries, including Peter Krogh of Jibo and Leor Grebler of UCIC. The panel discussed topics such as how families will interact with conversational robots in the near future, what people may talk to robots about and where robots will get their content, as well as privacy concerns.

Stapleton also presented during the conference on "Talking Toys: Technology and Outlook."

To learn more about Hutch.ai, you can reach Amy at amy@hutch.ai.


 
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May 26, 2016Artful Color: The Artistic Expression of Color & Energy
STUART - The art show that has come to define summer in Martin County is back! “Artful Color: The Artistic Expression of Color & Energy” offers the work of members of Art Associates of Martin County, Hobe Sound Fine Arts League, Jensen Beach Art League, Palm City Art Associates and The Arts Council of Martin County.
The imaginative and colorful creations will be on display from June 10-August 12, with a not-to-be-missed opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. on June 10 at the Courthouse Cultural Center. A donation of $5 per person is suggested.
Since this is a juried show, you can be assured you’ll be seeing the finest works of these talented artists.
Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and the Court House Cultural Center is located at 80 S.E. Ocean Blvd. in Stuart. For information, call 772-287-6676 or visit www.martinarts.org.


 
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May 26, 2016Thrivent Action Team announces results from the end of the year ice cream party.


A Thrivent Action Team from Palm City hosted an end of the year ice cream party for second graders at Hope Rural School.

The event took place on Wednesday, May 25.

Hope Rural School in Indiantown, Florida, benefitted from the Thrivent action team's project of an end of the year ice cream party for the second grade. The students were thrilled to be able to keep the "Live generously" T shirts and were excited to have the "banana split" sundaes with second helpings and small favor gifts. This service activity resulted in spreading generosity to God's children and a greater awareness in the community of Thrivent's “live generously” movement.

This event was hosted by a Thrivent Action Team, a local group led by a member of Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Action Teams allow members to quickly identify a need, receive resources and put a plan together to help others in their community. The mission of Thrivent is to serve members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

Thrivent Action Teams are member-led projects – fundraisers, one-time service activities or educational events – that can be completed within 90 days.

To learn more about Thrivent Action Teams visit Thrivent.com/actionteam.


 
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May 26, 2016Thrivent Action Team announces results from the end of the year ice cream party.
Indiantown, FL (May, 26, 2016) – A Thrivent Action Team from Palm City hosted an end of the year ice cream party for second graders at Hope Rural School.

The event took place on Wednesday, May 25.

Hope Rural School in Indiantown, Florida, benefitted from the Thrivent action team's project of an end of the year ice cream party for the second grade. The students were thrilled to be able to keep the "Live generously" T shirts and were excited to have the "banana split" sundaes with second helpings and small favor gifts. This service activity resulted in spreading generosity to God's children and a greater awareness in the community of Thrivent's “live generously” movement.

This event was hosted by a Thrivent Action Team, a local group led by a member of Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Action Teams allow members to quickly identify a need, receive resources and put a plan together to help others in their community. The mission of Thrivent is to serve members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

Thrivent Action Teams are member-led projects – fundraisers, one-time service activities or educational events – that can be completed within 90 days.

To learn more about Thrivent Action Teams visit Thrivent.com/actionteam


 
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May 26, 2016Florida Chamber Insider
Mark Wilson, President and CEO Florida Chamber of Commerce, discusses the importance of international trade and logistics efforts during the Florida Chamber's 2016 International Days event in Tallahassee.
One hundred years ago, the Florida Chamber of Commerce began serving as Florida's voice of business. In the beginning, we protected Florida's main industry, agriculture, through the Florida Cattle Tick Eradication Committee, working to fight a parasite that threatened Florida's economy. While many of you have heard our story before (in fact many of you shared in our celebrations in Tallahassee with Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam in January), I would like to once again thank the men and women who, 100 years ago, knew our state could do more and be more if we stood united as a business community.

While the cattle tick was the beginning of our story, 100 years later our mission remains the same - to lead Florida to a new and sustainable economy. While Florida's economy is fragile, and while Presidential Candidates and dozens of special interest groups want us to be more like France and Greece, you have my commitment that we will always fight to make Florida more competitive for your business.

As we keep an eye on the future, we are also looking to next year's legislative session. We recently released our How They Voted publication which displays the 2016 Legislative Session grades of all 160 legislators and reports on what issues passed and what issues need a closer look in 2017. We also announced House Speaker Steve Crisafulli as the Florida Chamber's 2016 Most Valuable Legislator. Please join me in congratulating him for his commitment to securing Florida's future. I look forward to your input into our 2017 competitiveness agenda. As is often said, the Florida Chamber is the non-profit fighting to make sure that you don't become one too. Our agenda comes from your input and I look forward to receiving it.

Ensuring workers' compensation rates are affordable and available is a battle the Florida Chamber has long championed. And thanks to your support of these efforts, workers' comp rates have dropped nearly 60 percent over the last 13 years. But a recent Florida Supreme Court ruling that deemed Florida's attorney fee provision unconstitutional is expected to significantly increase rates. Just as we've taken on trial lawyers who seek to increase workers' comp rates in an effort to make more money, the Florida Chamber will not back down. We've mounted a statewide 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 Drew Preston at dpreston@flchamber.com to get involved.

The Florida Chamber has also launched an Economic Development Task Force. The Task Force, co-chaired by former Florida Chamber Chair, former Orlando Mayor and former Secretary of State Glenda Hood, as well as former Florida Chamber Chair and former President of RS&H Engineering Leerie Jenkins, will examine Florida's current and future competitiveness using the "Six Pillars" as its framework, including talent, innovation, infrastructure, business climate and costs of doing business, government systems, and quality of life. I encourage each of you to be involved as we look at Florida's future competitiveness. Please contact Drew Preston at dpreston@flchamber.com and learn how you can get more involved in the Florida Chamber's Economic Development Task Force.

Since last month's letter to you, the Florida Chamber has been all over Florida, Washington, D.C., Asia and we are currently in Mexico, fighting for you and your business. Here's a sample of what we've been up to:
• The Florida Chamber met with businesses leaders and elected officials in Jacksonville, Pensacola, Tampa Bay and Naples in order to learn the opportunities we have as a state to continue to create jobs and economic opportunity. Our Regional Meetings will continue throughout the next few months, and I encourage you to reach out to Frank Ryll at fryll@flchamber.com to learn how you can get involved.
• David Hart, Executive Vice President, and Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach, traveled on an economic Trade Mission to South Korea and Taiwan, where they shared the Florida story and continued to build strong global relationships for Florida Chamber members. The Florida Chamber was joined by Doug Wheeler of the Florida Ports Council and Jim Plyburn of Port Everglades. This week, Alice is currently in Mexico City, Mexico, to further strengthen Florida's competitive edge in the global economy by expanding trade opportunities between Florida and Mexico.
• Our Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish traveled to Miami for the International Economic Forum of the Americas conference, which convened global leaders to discuss issues impacting international trade and the global economy. The Florida Chamber also held the International Trade & Investment Conference in Miami on May 17, where we convened leaders to discuss why international efforts mean jobs for Florida.
• Our Chair, Tracey Duda Chapman, and I were both at the Palm Beach Agriculture Summit, co-hosted by the Florida Chamber Foundation, where hundreds of attendees learned how one of Florida's foundational industries is innovating.
• The Florida Chamber traveled to Washington. D.C. this month to meet with members of Florida's Congressional Delegation and federal agencies to urge support of job creators and push back against burdensome regulations. Several partner organizations joined us including, the Central Florida Partnership, the Tampa Bay Partnership, the Florida Ports Council and the Florida Transportation Builders Association.
Before the next newsletter, here are a few of our upcoming plans:
• The Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) began its first round of Candidate Interviews earlier this month in Jacksonville. FCPI's Candidate Interviews are a great opportunity for members to meet candidates, hear about their campaigns and discuss pertinent issues. If you would like to join the remaining scheduled interviews, please contact Hannah Kaplan at hkaplan@flchamber.com.
• With one-half of today's careers and occupations expected not to exist by 2030, the Florida Chamber Foundation's Education Summit on June 2 will focus on turning today's learners into tomorrow's earners. Harris Rosen, President and CEO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, in a rare speaking appearance, will deliver a keynote address on his efforts to improve prosperity and economic mobility in Orlando's Tangelo Park and issue a call to action for other businesses to improve their communities through educational investment and involvement. Click here to learn more and to register to attend this event.
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 June Board of Governors Call Focusing on the Future of Florida's Economy on June 20, 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.

Congrats to Michael Myhre, Florida SBDC CEO and Network State Director, and Debbie Bernard, International Trade Specialist for the FSBDC at Palm Beach State College, for being presented with the President's "E" Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, DC.

Endoscopy Replacement Parts, Inc. also received the 2016 President's "E" Award for Exporting.

The President's "E" Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

Congratulations to the Florida Small Business Development Center and to the team at Endoscopy Replacement Parts, Inc. for all your hard work to secure Florida's future. Click here to read the full release.

Congratulations to Florida International University on making the Forbes' America's Best Employers 2016 List.

From the entire team at the Florida Chamber, we thank you for your commitment to creating jobs and economic opportunity in Florida. Click here to see the full list.

Congrats to TD Bank for receiving the highest ranking in Florida for overall customer satisfaction in Retail Banking, according to the 2016 J.D. Power U.S. Retail Ranking Study.

Thank you for all you do to help Florida families work toward a brighter
future!
"I said, 'Look, if I fail, at least I tried.' But we need to give it a shot."

Read more on Jackson Health System President and CEO Carlos Migoya, and how his commitment has turned Jackson Health around.


Thank you Mayo Clinic, for committing to creating jobs and opportunity in Florida. Click here to read more about Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville expansion and how Florida benefits.

Duke Energy is providing more than $1 million in grants to 33 Florida-based educational programs through its Duke Energy Foundation.

More than 100,000 students will benefit directly from the grants, which will help fund projects in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields.

Thank you for your continued commitment to Florida's students! Click here to read more.

Kamm Consulting Group, LLC, a U.S.-based company that specializes in implementing German-style apprenticeship programs in communities across America, recently presented their solution to improving workforce training in America during this year's Hannover Messe, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology.

GAP (Germanic Apprenticeship Programs) seeks to align key stakeholders from industry, government and education, with forward-thinking, and pro-active German occupational apprenticeship standards that best suit the workforce training needs in order to create a stronger talent pool and workforce in the U.S. Click here to learn more.

"As far as the workforce talent here in Florida, we have very loyal and dedicated employees, some who have been part of the company for as long as 25 years."

Congratulations to new Tervis Tumbler President, Rogan Donelly. The company is one of the largest employers and manufacturers in the Sarasota-Venice region. Thank you for remaining committed to creating jobs in the region. Click here to learn why Enterprise Florida calls them "An American Original."

Congratulations to Boeing on their seven year, $319 million deal from the Air Force for the C-32A and C-40BC planes, which are used to transport the vice president, cabinet members and military commanders among others. Click here to read the full article.

State Farm recently awarded a $50,000 grant to the Florida Education Foundation to fund the Florida Reads Best initiative, which supports the development of strategies to improve student achievement in early grades reading.

"Reading is the cornerstone for learning, and it is essential that students cultivate this essential skill from the very beginning to ensure they have the greatest chance of future success," said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. Click here to read the full release.

Thank you State Farm, the Florida Education Foundation and the Florida Department of Education, for your commitment to Florida's early learners.
In an age when many businesses operate digitally, IBM now has one more solution to help tackle cyber crime. Eight universities will help train IBM's cognitive system, Watson for Cyber Security. Click here to learn more about this innovation.

Congratulations to Broward Health for being recognized as one of America's 50 best hospitals for cardiac surgery care. Click here to read the full release.

Expedia.com recently launched the "Dream Adventures" initiative with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to raise awareness and funds through a first-of-its-kind, immersive virtual reality campaign.

Expedia dispatched a team of employees, each armed with a 360° camera and live-streaming technology, to capture travel experiences for four St. Jude's patients in order to bring an immersive travel experience in which each child was able to explore, direct the actions of the on-site trekker and immerse themselves in the experience. Click here to read about this innovative program.

Congratulations to Seaboard Marine for being named "2016 Firm of the Year" by the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (FCBF). Click here to view the full release.

Thank you to J.J. Taylor Companies for your commitment to creating jobs in Florida.

"To quench the thirst of a fast-growing population, beer distributor J.J. Taylor Cos. is building a warehouse and distribution facility that will be the size of three football fields." Click here to read the full article in Business Observer.

Thanks to their innovations in medicine, Nemours Children's hospital successfully shrank a rare tumor that was unresponsive to surgery or chemotherapy on a 6-month old patient by 90 percent. Click here to read the incredible story.

Welcome to our newest Board of Governors Members:

OUTFRONT Media is the largest out-of-home advertising company in the United States with more than 400,000 displays in the top 25 markets. Florida has more than 4,100 prime assets including bulletins, digital displays, walls and posters as well as several municipal transit advertising contracts. OUTFRONT services the state from the Georgia line to the Florida Keys and operates out of Jacksonville, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona-Melbourne, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Bradenton, and has more than 100 employees throughout the state.

Welcome to our newest Florida Chamber Foundation Trustees:
Deborah Curry, President and CEO of the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA)

Founded in 1905, the FICPA is a Tallahassee-based, statewide, professional association representing member-CPAs throughout Florida. With a membership of more than 18,000 CPAs, the Institute's mission is to promote the value of its members and serve their diverse needs; enhance members' competency and professionalism; support professional standards; and advocate on behalf of the profession.
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.

Did you know, the terms "real estate broker" and "real estate salesperson" were adopted and delineated by the Legislature, providing clarity for the profession and the public, in 1925?
Click here to view the significant impact the Florida Realtors has had in our state as they celebrate their 100 years.
Small Business Corner

SBA Disaster Loan Deadline is June 6 for Florida Severe Storms,Tornadoes
The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters in Florida of the June 6 deadline to submit low-interest disaster loan applications for the physical damages caused by the severe storms and tornadoes on either Feb. 15 or Feb. 23-24, 2016. Click here to apply or to learn more.

Did you know, a recent study by Wallet Hub has identified 2016's Best Cities for Hispanic Entrepreneurs. Of the 150 cities named, 11 Florida cities make up the top 100, including:
4. Pembroke Pines
6. Hialeah
15. Miami
22. Fort Lauderdale
32. Tampa
34. St. Petersburg
38. Jacksonville
49. Orlando
55. Cape Coral
64. Port St. Lucie
100. Tallahassee

Quote of the Month
"At the Florida Chamber, they work every day to make Florida the best place for business."
Governor Rick Scott, during the
Degrees to Jobs Summit


 
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May 26, 2016Get the Facts: Saltwater Intrusion and Water Supply
A mayor in Miami-Dade County recently expressed concerns about a perceived lack of information regarding what is being done to help South Florida address the potential future impacts of saltwater intrusion on drinking water supplies. For decades, the South Florida Water Management District has aggressively worked with utilities and local governments to ensure adequate future water supply.

The Facts:
• One of the District's core missions is to assure there is sufficient water supply to meet South Florida's needs through the regulation of water use.
• The District controls water use permitting and has used this permitting to prevent overuse of the Biscayne Aquifer for water supply. Overuse of that shallow aquifer can exacerbate the pace of saltwater intrusion.
• The District's strong regulation of water use is helping to limit use of the Biscayne Aquifer and slow the pace of saltwater intrusion.
• The District operates its regional water management system using coastal salinity control structures to prevent the intrusion of saltwater into the coastal aquifers and to promote groundwater recharge areas.
• The completion of key Everglades restoration will deliver more freshwater to the Everglades. These projects are countermeasures to the effects of saltwater intrusion on South Florida's drinking water supply.
• In 2008 the District adopted a strong regional water availability rule which limits withdrawals from the Biscayne Aquifer and requires water reuse and conservation measures. This stringent rule has also required utilities to seek alternate water sources such as the deeper Floridan Aquifer.
• The District periodically maps underground saltwater intrusion into coastal aquifers. U.S. Geologic Survey mapping from 1984 to 2014 in Miami-Dade County has shown little inland movement of saltwater into coastal aquifers.
• The District leads regional water supply planning in cooperation with utilities and local governments in Miami-Dade County. These District plans ensure enough future water supply for all South Florida residents to meet demand for the next 20 years. The plans, which the District updates every five years, account for sea level rise and saltwater intrusion.
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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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May 26, 2016Thrivent Action Team announces results from Trains for Teens.
A Thrivent Action Team in Port St. Lucie hosted an evening for a group of boys who are students at The Samaritan Center for Young Boys and Families, a local residential program that provides a Christian early intervention program for boys and families in trouble to visit The Railroad Club museum and learn more about what the Railroad Club enthusiasts do.

The event took place on Monday, May 23 at 6pm at the museum on Becker Road.

Five young men and their teachers came out and met with 10 Railroaders, ate dinner and dessert together and were educated on the history of the club and how to run the model trains. There were many discussions throughout the night on the boys’ plans for their futures and fun was had by all.

This event was hosted by a Thrivent Action Team, a local group led by a member of Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Action Teams allow members to quickly identify a need, receive resources and put a plan together to help others in their community. The mission of Thrivent is to serve members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

“This event not only helped the boys learn about a potential hobby for them to direct their talents and time towards in the future, but also gave me more faith in teens again, said Rolland Ford, a member of Thrivent Financial and a Railroad Club enthusiast. “We’re proud to be able to serve our community and are grateful for Thrivent’s support.”

Thrivent Action Teams are member-led projects – fundraisers, one-time service activities or educational events – that can be completed within 90 days.

To learn more about Thrivent Action Teams visit Thrivent.com/actionteam.


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


 
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May 26, 2016Our donors are GREAT! Thank you!
Thanks to your generosity, our online giving day was a GREAT success!
Together, we celebrated the spirit of giving in our community, increased awareness for many important local causes and raised more than $3 million to benefit 504 nonprofits in Palm Beach and Martin counties.
The Education Foundation of Martin County secured the highest number of donations in Martin County and raised $8,235 + bonus and matching funds.
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Your voice has been heard and your votes have been counted...
Congratulations to our latest round of GRANT WINNING SCHOOLS!
Felix A. Williams Elementary School - $5,000
Jensen Beach High School - $3,000
SeaWind Elementary School - $1,500
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THANK YOU to all who gave during the GREAT GIVE!
Your support is providing world-class learning opportunities to 19,000 students in Martin County.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


 
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May 26, 2016A Wonderful Wonderland Tea!
Over 100 were in attendance at A Wonderland Tea Party at the Pelican Yacht Club on May 14 for tea and a whimsical time. The event raised over $4,000 in support of Treasure Coast Hospice’s Little Treasures Pediatric Care Program.

Guests were treated to tea and refreshments with wonderland-themed cupcakes from The Cake Lady and also enjoyed a spring fashion show presented by Sea Salt Boutique. Alice in Wonderland characters from the St. Lucie Ballet joined in the fun, taking photos with participants before the afternoon ended with exciting raffle drawings.

The Little Treasures Pediatric Care Program offers care to families with children suffering from serious illness. This pediatric team surrounds the family with support through intensive pain and symptom management guidance and advocacy. They also provide music therapy from a music therapist and child specific counseling and support from the team's child life specialist.


 
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