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May 25, 2016Area Artists Turn White Shirt Night Into a Colorful Evening


Ever thought of local artist Dan Mackin sharing his popular water scenes on a “painted” apron or Sharon Ferina sketching an alligator on a ball cap. There is also Kevin Hutchinson’s Royal Poinciana tree overlooking the Indian River Lagoon or Susan Roberts turtles on a tote bag.

Those are just a few tropical scenes that will be available for painting at Helping People Succeed’s White Shirt Night. Twelve noted artists will be on hand on Saturday, June 11 to welcome guests at Taste Casual Dining in Hobe Sound.

Tickets for general admission between 6 and 9 p.m. are $50 per person and include a drink, hors d’oeuvres and a t-shirt. A VIP Meet and Greet with the artists between 5 and 6 p.m. will include two drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a selection of one of the White Shirt wearable items “painted” by an artist. Guests may RSVP at 772.320.0773 to Margie Johnson at Helping People Succeed or online at www.hpsfl.org.

For the second year, funding from the White Shirt Night will benefit Camp Success, an eight-week therapeutic summer program for students between 6 and 12 years old with behavioral problems. The program will offer classes with instructional services, arts and crafts and a number of field trips throughout the area.

Artists on hand for the evening so far will be Dan Mackin, Sharon Ferina, Carol Kepp, Sue Winocur, Ginny Jones, Cristina de la Vega, Kevin Hutchinson, Julia Kelly, Sue Ann Mosley-Saleeby and Susan Roberts.

Turn your white t-shirt, a special white apron, your favorite tote bag or even a popular ball cap into a colorful display of Treasure Coast and Florida tropical scenes as the artists paint their unique designs into wearable, autographed art.

In addition to the t-shirts, aprons, tote bags and ball caps, Helping People Succeed will offer a set of four napkins to be “painted” by several of the artists. The napkins will be $40 per set. All of the art will be signed by the artists.

Taste Casual Dining, owned by our hosts Craig and Karen Kingston, is located at 11750 SE Dixie Hwy in Hobe Sound. Helping People Succeed is a nonprofit organization in business for 50 years and serving more than 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.


 
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May 24, 2016WEICHERT® Affiliated Offices in the Port Saint Lucie Area Welcome New Team Members
Port Saint Lucie, FL (Grassroots Newswire) May 23, 2016 -- WEICHERT®
affiliated offices in the Port Saint Lucie area have recently added the
following individuals to their team.

* Osvaldo Carbonell joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Integrity Group, located at 345 Se Port St Lucie
Blvd in Port Saint Lucie. Contact Andrea LaFavor at 772-398-6400 or
BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

* Peter Cacoperdo joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Integrity Group, located at 101 Sw Monterey Road in
Stuart. Contact Andrea LaFavor at 555-555-5555 or
BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

* Deborah Hiatt joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Integrity Group, located at 101 Sw Monterey Road in
Stuart. Contact Andrea LaFavor at 555-555-5555 or
BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

* Joan Zedowski joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Integrity Group, located at 101 Sw Monterey Road in
Stuart. Contact Andrea LaFavor at 555-555-5555 or
BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

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

About Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.: Weichert Real Estate
Affiliates, Inc. has grown steadily since Jim Weichert, president,
chairman and CEO of Weichert, Realtors, 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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May 24, 2016Martin County Master Gardeners to sponsor the Florida Wildlife Corridor and a screening of “The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida”
The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener program, in cooperation with the Martin County Library System, present the Florida Wildlife Corridor’s Program Manager Maddie Southard, with a special screening of “The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida!”, a film by Grizzly Creek Films. The screening will take place on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Blake Library in Stuart, Florida.

This film tells of the story of the 2015 Florida Wildlife Corridor Glades to Gulf Expedition, a 1,000-mile, 70-day journey from Central Florida to the Gulf Coast, through the Big Bend, and across the Panhandle all the way to Alabama, concluding at the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The journey highlighted stories of ecological importance, including Longleaf Pine restoration and the health of the Gulf fishery, expanding the statewide corridor vision west to Alabama.

Following in the footsteps of a wandering Florida black bear, three friends leave civilization and become immersed in a vast and unexplored wildlife corridor stretching from the Everglades to the Florida-Alabama border. The rugged thousand-mile journey by foot, paddle, and bike traverses Florida’s Forgotten Coast – a wilderness that has the potential to change the way we see the natural world.

This free event is sponsored by the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener volunteers, and light refreshments will be served. Donations to The Florida Wildlife Corridor education and outreach will be accepted. Additionally, The Florida Wildlife Corridor project will be offering books and other merchandise for sale to support their mission.

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


 
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May 24, 2016Martin County Master Gardeners to sponsor the Florida Wildlife Corridor and a screening of “The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida”
The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener program, in cooperation with the Martin County Library System, present the Florida Wildlife Corridor’s Program Manager Maddie Southard, with a special screening of “The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida!”, a film by Grizzly Creek Films. The screening will take place on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Blake Library in Stuart, Florida.

This film tells of the story of the 2015 Florida Wildlife Corridor Glades to Gulf Expedition, a 1,000-mile, 70-day journey from Central Florida to the Gulf Coast, through the Big Bend, and across the Panhandle all the way to Alabama, concluding at the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The journey highlighted stories of ecological importance, including Longleaf Pine restoration and the health of the Gulf fishery, expanding the statewide corridor vision west to Alabama.

Following in the footsteps of a wandering Florida black bear, three friends leave civilization and become immersed in a vast and unexplored wildlife corridor stretching from the Everglades to the Florida-Alabama border. The rugged thousand-mile journey by foot, paddle, and bike traverses Florida’s Forgotten Coast – a wilderness that has the potential to change the way we see the natural world.

This free event is sponsored by the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener volunteers, and light refreshments will be served. Donations to The Florida Wildlife Corridor education and outreach will be accepted. Additionally, The Florida Wildlife Corridor project will be offering books and other merchandise for sale to support their mission.

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


 
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May 24, 2016Sailfish Splash Waterpark awarded Florida Green Building certification
On April 29, 2016, the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) awarded Sailfish Splash Waterpark the "Florida Green" Commercial Building certification. To qualify for this accolade, the facility satisfied 69 "Green Achievement" standards.



The Florida Green Building Coalition awarded Sailfish Splash Waterpark the "Florida Green" Commercial Building certification. Photo credit: Martin County Board of County Commission

The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a nonprofit Florida corporation dedicated to improving the built environment. The organization provides a statewide green building program that defines, promotes, and encourages sustainable efforts with environmental and economic benefits.

In its report "The Business Case for Green Building" (http://www.worldgbc.org/activities/business-case/), the World Green Building Council identifies compelling benefits of green building including:
* Lower design & construction costs
* Improved facility appeal
* Increased marketability
* Rapid return on investment
* Lower operating costs
* Lower maintenance costs
* Enhanced expansion opportunities
* Increased employee productivity
* Visitor health and well-being

Suzanne B. Cook, CAE, IOM, Executive Director, Florida Green Building Coalition, noted that Sailfish Splash Aquatics Center is, "a great resource for the community."

Accenting the award, the FGBC featured the aquatic center in the "Project Spotlights" section of its newsletter, http://www.floridagreenbuilding.org/featured-projects.


 
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May 23, 2016MiamiCentral announces two new office tenants, taps H3 to lease retail


Project is aiming for a mid-year 2017 opening date
May 18, 2016 12:45PM

All Aboard Florida just brought on another pair of office tenants for its MiamiCentral mixed-use development in downtown Miami, and the company also announced it’s hired H3 Hospitality to lease out the project’s retail spaces.
Global media company Cisneros and general contractor Moss & Associates both reserved spaces at Two MiamiCentral, the project’s 10-story office tower that will sit above MiamiCentral’s train tracks. Cisneros agreed to a 30,000 square feet lease — the building’s biggest yet — and 4,000 square feet for Moss.
With these two new leases, the 190,000-square-foot tower has reached about 60 percent occupancy. Other recently announced tenants include accounting firm Ernst & Young, flex-workspace provider Regus and All Aboard Florida’s parent company Florida East Coast Industries.
While the project has announced a handful of anchor tenants for its office space, All Aboard has also revealed a slew of restaurants and food hall tenants.
Rendering of the project's retail portions
Rendering of the project’s retail portions
Azucar Ice Cream Company, Blackbrick Chinese, Doggi’s, Miami Smokers, Romanicos Chocolate, Rosetta The Italian Bakery, and Toasted Bagelry & Deli have all signed agreements to open locations at the development, and chefs Brian and Michael Voltaggio are planning to open a new 10,000-square-foot restaurant concept there named Monger.
H3 Hospitality, headed by Seth Gadinsky and Justin Schultz, is handling leasing for the retail and restaurant spaces.
All Aboard broke ground on MiamiCentral in early 2015 and has since gone vertical on the 11-acre project. Outside of the commercial portions and its 800 residential units, MiamiCentral’s main draw is the upcoming Brightline commuter service that will run between downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando.
Train service, and the development as a whole, is aiming toward a mid-year 2017 delivery date
- See more at: http://therealdeal.com/miami/2016/05/18/miamicentral-announces-two-new-office-tenants-taps-h3-to-lease-retail/#sthash.2wkvdlof.dpuf

 
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May 23, 2016TREASURE COAST YOUTH SYMPHONY AWARDS NEARLY $14,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony’s highly successful twenty-eighth year culminated in the awarding of nearly $14,000.00 in scholarships and grants to member musicians at the annual end-of-season celebration dinner.

Shannon Murphy (clarinet) and Charlotte Strohl (flute) received the Director’s Award for leadership and musicianship for wind instruments. Erick Lora (cello) and Kelsey Tesalona (violinist) were recipients of the Director’s Award for leadership and musicianship for string instruments. This year’s Concerto Competition Winner featured in a solo performance accompanied by the orchestra was violinist, Brooke Gunter.

Music education grants were awarded to Abby Bracken, Sophie Bracken, Jacob Boykin, Sarah Davidson, Devyn Garton, Ava Gunter, Brandon Gunter, Zachary Hoffman, Rebekah Laflin, Kyla Marquardt, Ethan Nell, Amy Nicholas, Emma Niemczyk, Zoe Olson, Reese Perretta, Catherine Sager, Phebe Sager, Cameron Slack, Gabrielle Small, Adam Savage, Megan Savage, Shane Savage, Katiana Soto Villegas.

The orchestra’s season included performances at the The Lyric Theatre in Stuart, the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College, and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Tequesta. This year’s concerts were DANCES in the Fall and MAGIC AND MAKE BELIEVE in the Spring.. The season also included a sold out performance by the popular Beatles tribute band, McCartney Mania, with the Academy Orchestra, the youth symphony’s own mentoring orchestra.

The mission of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is to provide challenging experiences in orchestral and individual performance for student musicians, to broaden their technical skills and artistic expression, to instill professionalism, and to enhance enjoyment of the musical talents individually and for their audiences. Thanks to the focus and dedication of the young musicians of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, a repertoire of the world’s greatest music, the excitement and enthusiasm of local audiences, the generosity of private individual, business, and organizational benefactors, and the many hours of volunteered professional time by the conductors and administrators, this thriving organization is able to continue its mission as one of the finest performing arts organizations for youth on the Treasure Coast.

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is an all volunteer, nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization and is composed of the most talented student musicians from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach counties. The conductors of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony are Dr. John Enyart (founder), conductors Ben Enyart and Thomas Servinsky. To help support the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony or for more information, contact the TCYS at http://www.treasurecoastyouthsymphony.com or by tcys@treasurecoastyouthsymphony.org.



 
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May 23, 2016Feds say no red snapper for 2016

RICHARD HUNT caught this 26-pounder caught earlier this month and released by Capt. Richard Hunt of Little Adam charters in Fort Pierce, have been protected from harvest (mostly) since 2010. Thursday, officials with NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service announced there will be no harvest allowed in 2016.
RICHARD HUNT/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Red snapper, like this 26-pounder caught earlier this month and released by Capt. Richard Hunt of Little Adam charters in Fort Pierce, have been protected from harvest (mostly) since 2010. Thursday, officials with NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service announced there will be no harvest allowed in 2016.

Federal fishery managers ruled Thursday there will be no limited harvest season for red snapper in South Atlantic waters in 2016. The move is frustrating and surprising to many charter boat operators on the east coast of Florida who have been catching and releasing the prized game and food fish on the same reefs where they are trying to target grouper, mangrove snapper, and to the south, mutton snapper.

"It's frustrating," said Capt. David Albritton of Gatorfan charters in Fort Pierce. "I did a charter trip Sunday and could have caught red snapper to 25 pounds all day long."

Red snapper is a species of fish that lives in 75 to 200 feet of water along the continental shelf of the United States between North Carolina and Florida about as far south as St. Lucie Inlet in Stuart. It can grow to more than 30 pounds, the state record is 54 pounds, and is highly prized on the dinner table. It is caught by commercial fishermen, too.

Recreational anglers and commercial fishermen have not been able to openly harvest red snapper in Atlantic waters since Dec. 31, 2009. That was when federal fishery scientists determined that red snapper stocks were "overfished" and the Magnuson-Stevens Act, first signed into law in 1976 and reauthorized in 2007, said that all harvest must stop for any fish stocks that are overfished. There were brief limited open seasons in 2013 and 2014, but none since.

Roy Crabtree, administrator for the Southeast Region of the National Marine Fisheries Service, said based on dockside intercepts (interviews) with recreational fishermen, the number of red snapper caught and released in 2015 was too high, even though those fish were released.

"Researchers have determined that a pretty high fraction of those released actually die anyway," Crabtree said. Fish brought up from depths over 25 or 30 feet often suffer barotrauma where their swim bladders inflate with gases as they near the surface. The fish, like red snapper and grouper, must be properly vented to allow those gases to escape before the fish can return to the coral reef on the sea floor.

Based on interviews, an estimated 276,000 red snapper were removed from the fishery instead of 114,000. Crabtree said the red snapper stock assessment has been completed and will be presented to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council at its June 13-17 meeting at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, 1550 N. Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach.

Capt. Rick Marchetti of Surf Rider charters out of Mulligan's Beach House in Sebastian was hoping to book charters to target red snapper, even if on a limited two weekend basis, as happened in 2014.

"I hoped they would have as many days as last time, if not more," he said. "Darn tree huggers."

Albritton is not happy either.

"The feds only gave us eight days in 2014, and we all caught double what the managers projected. They should have told us the stocks were healthier than they predicted."

Capt. Rich Kluglein of FINS charters out of Fort Pierce City Marina said the reef fishing in 75 feet of water off Fort Pierce has been "silly" lately with the red snapper.

"It's absolute garbage — just like the rules on goliath grouper," Kluglein said. "But it's ok for the feds to destroy the estuaries. I could take them out and show them how good the fishing is for red snapper, but they'd only shut the place down."

The press release sent out Thursday afternoon reads: "NOAA Fisheries announces red snapper will remain closed to commercial and recreational fishing in South Atlantic federal waters in 2016. Red snapper remains closed as the total number of red snapper removed from the population in 2015 exceeded the allowable catch level.

"In 2013, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council developed, and NOAA Fisheries implemented, a standardized process that specifies harvest may only occur in a given year if total removals (landings plus dead discards) in the previous year were less than the number allowed for population rebuilding. The total removals allowable for 2015 were 114,000 fish. After evaluating landings and discard information for 2015, NOAA Fisheries determined the estimates of total removals were 276,729 fish; therefore, the fishery remains closed in 2016.

"NOAA Fisheries will utilize the same process identified by the South Atlantic Council to determine if the fishery can sustain a 2017 season."

For additional sources of information, including Frequently Asked Questions, details of the standardized process, and the report of 2015 estimates of red snapper total removals in the South Atlantic Region go to http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2016/red_snapper/index.html

 
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May 23, 2016Martin County Fair organizers pick new venue site, but can it be obtained?

The Martin County Fairgrounds pictured on Feb. 11, just before the start of the nine-day event. In addition to rides and food stands, the fair offered livestock competitions, concerts, and a Mardi Gras parade. (TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS FILE PHOTO)
The Martin County Fairgrounds pictured on Feb. 11, just before the start of the nine-day event. In addition to rides and food stands, the fair offered livestock competitions, concerts, and a Mardi Gras parade. (TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS FILE PHOTO)
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By Lidia Dinkova of TCPalm

MARTIN COUNTY — Organizers of the Martin County Fair have picked a new site for the fairgrounds, but getting permission to relocate there could be difficult.

The fair wants to move to 107 acres of county-owned land north of Citrus Boulevard and east of Indiantown Airport in western Martin.

It would allow for expansion of fair operations and it’s closer to where the majority of fair patrons live, said Jay Spicer, Martin County Fair manager.

But there’s an issue that might block a move to that site: It’s outside the urban-service district, according to the Martin County Property Appraiser's website. An urban district is an area where denser development is allowed and that has utilities such as water and sewer service.

For the fair to move, the county must expand its urban-service district, a move that requires the County Commission’s OK.

Commission Chairwoman Anne Scott on Tuesday said she would vote against expansion of the district.

“They (the fair) are expecting the county to change its service boundary and give them land? I can’t imagine why the county would do that,” she said.

Commissioner John Haddox said it’s too early to say how he’d vote.

“I don’t know if I’d be willing to go that far right now,” he said, referring to a service-district expansion. “If that’s the only site that works, then I would be receptive to looking at it.”

For his part, Spicer said, a new fairgrounds would require only a minimal expansion of the service district since the site is only about 1,300 feet from existing water and sewer lines. County staff declined to comment how far the site is from utilities.

The fair wants the site at low- to no cost, Spicer said. It could cost millions to relocate the fairgrounds, he said, including about $200,000 to extend utilities.

Relocating the fair has been an ongoing discussion for about 20 years, Spicer said.

Just this year, seven sites suggested by a county-hired consultant were considered.

None would work because they are either too small, too far outside the service district, too expensive and, in some cases, not for sale, he said.

The fair now is on 12 acres at 2616 S.E. Dixie Highway. It has 10 years left on its lease with the county. The site, across from Witham Field, lacks adequate parking.

A bigger site would allow the fair to expand and include facilities such as a civic center that can house large crowds and heritage museums, Spicer said.

Moving the fair to west Martin also would be beneficial because it would bring it closer to the county’s agricultural community, said Brian Powers, an Indiantown Chamber of Commerce member who didn’t speak on behalf of the chamber.

“Fairgrounds are largely about maintaining a connection to our agricultural roots,” he said, “and that particular area is surrounded by agriculture.”

FAIRGROUNDS RECOMMENDATIONS

A consultant suggested seven sites for the Martin County Fair. None is feasible, the fair said. They are:

59 acres at the southeast corner of Interstate 95 and Citrus Boulevard, and another that’s about 300 acres east of there.
91 acres comprised of two parcels just west of Florida’s Turnpike
Part of the Kiplinger family’s 3,000 acres, roughly from the turnpike west to Citrus Boulevard and from Citrus north to the canal
36 acres between the turnpike and High Meadow Avenue, owned by the Sands family
154 acres between the turnpike and Citrus Boulevard, north of Martin Highway, owned by the Sands family
28 acres, roughly between the turnpike and High Meadow Avenue, owned by Nemec Limited Partnership

 
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May 23, 2016MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM
The Summer Food Service Program of the Martin County School District ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The District will provide free meals to children during the months of June, July and August 2016. This summer, meals will be served at several school locations for any child under the age of 18. There are no income requirements or registration.
“Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child's need for healthy nutrition,” said Laura Roberts, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Martin County School District. “The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals and snacks to help children get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, throughout the summer months when they are out of school.”
Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. Children who are 18 years and younger are eligible for meals at no charge.
For more information, please contact Tina Jensen in the Martin County School District Food and Nutrition Services Department at 772-223-2655 Ext. 110.

2016 Summer Food Program
 
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May 23, 2016MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM
Stuart, FL – The Summer Food Service Program of the Martin County School District ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The District will provide free meals to children during the months of June, July and August 2016. This summer, meals will be served at several school locations for any child under the age of 18. There are no income requirements or registration.

“Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child's need for healthy nutrition,” said Laura Roberts, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Martin County School District. “The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals and snacks to help children get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, throughout the summer months when they are out of school.”

Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. Children who are 18 years and younger are eligible for meals at no charge.

For more information, please contact Tina Jensen in the Martin County School District Food and Nutrition Services Department at 772-223-2655 Ext. 110.


 
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May 23, 2016Congressman Posey's questioning of firm used by All Aboard Florida for its ridership/revenue study is appropriate and appreciated
Martin County and other entities have in litigation questioned the validity of All Aboard Florida's (AAF) ridership and revenue study. Recent information sent to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) by U.S. Congressman Bill Posey, regarding the Louis Berger Group, Inc. - the firm used by AAF to conduct the study - would appear to justify the public's concerns. Martin County appreciates Congressman Posey's leadership in drawing attention to what he describes as the documented "illegal and unethical" practices of the Louis Berger Group.

Congressman Posey's May 10 letter to DOT includes a compelling listing of public findings of the behavior of the Louis Berger Group including being "debarred by the World Bank for 'corrupt practices,' and notes that the firm also 'pled guilty to conspiring to defraud the U.S. Agency for International Development in a scheme that involved overbilling the U.S. government."

Congressman Posey questions DOT: "Given its history of defrauding the U.S. government, do you feel ...the Louis Berger Group can be a responsible and reliable contracting partner with the DOT?"

The Louis Berger Group's questionable ridership and revenue study for AAF was used by the DOT to determine eligibility for a $1.75 billion private activity bond allocation, and may be used as a basis for approving a $1.6 billion federal loan for the project. In 2015, these projections were refuted by Dr. John Friedman, a Brown University professor and former White House advisor, who concluded AAF will generate annual losses of more than $100 million.

The County urges the DOT to closely review this documented history of the Louis Berger Group before AAF receives hundreds of millions or billions of dollars in federal subsidies.
For more resources and information on the many local and regional issues of concern relating to the proposed AAF passenger rail project, including presentations, studies, letters of concern to state and federal agencies and more, visit www.martin.fl.us. In addition, please visit the County's social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, for updates.


 
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May 23, 2016Lionfish Social
This past Tuesday evening, the MIATC held their social event at the Twisted Tuna in Port Salerno. We were honored Dr. Zack Jud, Director of Education & Exhibits of the Florida Oceanographic Society did a presentation for us on Lionfish. The presentation from Dr. Zack, definitely left us with more knowledge about how the lionfish are invading our waters, the lifecycle, their venomous spines and what we could do to help. We also enjoyed the taste testing of Lionfish, which we can describe as a white flaky fish, moist, tender and with a firm texture to it. The way the lionfish was prepare was by grill with light seasonings, which made it simply delish!

Florida Oceanographic Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1964 with the mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida's coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy. Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is getting ready for their upcoming Summer Camp programs, starting in June and have scholarship applications now available. Please feel free to check out the links below for additional information:

http://www.floridaocean.org/uploads/docs/blocks/222/2016-half-day-coastal-disc-registration-packet.pdf
http://www.floridaocean.org/uploads/docs/blocks/222/2016-spec-imm-registration-packet.pdf
http://www.floridaocean.org/uploads/docs/blocks/735/scholarship-application-packet-for-8-11.pdf
http://www.floridaocean.org/uploads/docs/blocks/735/scholarship-application-packet-for-teens.pdf


We also had the privilege of special guests from outside the MIATC, who attended our social event which; included, Crystal Lucas, running for Florida House District 83, Darlene Fuggetta is running for Martin County Commissioner, District 3 and Brian Mast running for US Congress. Thank you for joining us and for all the information that you provided and questions you asked during the social.

We would also like to thank the Twisted Tuna for their appetizers and setup for our MIATC social. You and your staff where great and we appreciate it!


Members of the St. Lucie River Power Squadron are preparing packets of safe boating information for National Safe Boating Week. The packets will be distributed at Martin County boat ramps, as well as to area marinas, boat dealers and marine supply stores as reminders of the importance of boating safety. St. Lucie River Power Squadron offers basic boating classes and advanced courses to include on-the-water training.

St. Lucie River Power Squadron is joining area boating safety minded organizations in recognizing National Safe Boating Week, this year being celebrated May 21-27. The local squadron is one of more than 400 squadrons in United States Power Squadrons, the nation's oldest and largest non-profit safe boating organization.

"More than 70 percent of last year's boating fatalities involved boat operators who had never taken a boating safety course," said Lt/C Gordon Girvin, executive officer of St. Lucie River Power Squadron. "This is absolutely unacceptable," he continued, "especially with the frequent availability of locally taught courses."

The St. Lucie River squadron regularly teaches America's Boating Course, 3rd Edition, in two formats, a weekend course and an 8-hour, twice a week series of classes. Course material includes an overview of "Rules of the Road," seamanship, navigation, and other family boating safety tips and tactics. Completion of the course qualifies the student for a Florida Safe Boating ID Card necessary to operate a vessel on Florida waterways.

Those interested in further information and registration for an upcoming class should contact Lt/C Mike Knapp at warmrainfl@aol.com or (772) 283-4816. Another source of useful information is the squadron's website, www.slrps.org.

In preparation for the upcoming National Safe Boating week, members of the St. Lucie River Power Squadron have prepared packets of safe boating information for distribution to area marinas, boat dealers and marine supply stores, as well as at Martin County boat ramps.

Lt/C Girvin reminds boaters that St. Lucie River Power Squadron also provides complimentary Vessel Safety Checks, a top-to-bottom survey of one's boat and its onboard safety equipment. "It's a very thorough overview to ensure a boat measures up to all checklisted safety items," he said. The local squadron has been serving boaters in Palm City, Stuart, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound and elsewhere throughout Martin County since 1970. Active in the community, the squadron also participates in the Stuart Boat Show, Port Salerno Seafood Festival, and Stuart Boat Parade.

St. Lucie River Power Squadron provides patrol boats for the Blessing of the Fleet and is actively involved in the Reef Restoration Program and Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup. Earlier this year, the squadron was among the Top 10 finalists in the Boat/U.S. Civic Service Award competition. According to Lt/C Girvin, the squadron always strives to live up to the national organization's slogan of "Come for the Boating Education...Stay for the Friends."





Calendar Events

May 21st - May 27th ~ National Safe Boating Week.

May 23rd ~ MIATC Board Meeting at Cobb's Landing 200 N. Indian River Dr, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 from 5:00PM to 6:30PM.

May 26th ~ Indian River Chamber of Commerce State Delegate Luncheon at the Executive Courthouse starting at 11:45am. For more information, click here.

June 3rd - June 4th ~ 6th Annual Lionfish Round-Up at Jupiter Pointe Marina, . For more info, visit their website.

June 4th ~ 23rd Annual Blue Water Open Offshore Charity Fishing Tournament. For more info, contact Eva Chapman 772-783-5822 or Michael Natale 772-664-0525 or visit their website.

June 5th - June 7th ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - ASA 101. For more info, call 772-283-8130 .

June 6th - June 15th ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - OUPV. For more info, call 772-283-8130 .

June 9th ~ MIATC Annual Dinner from 5PM to 8PM at the Marriott Hutchinson Island, 555 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL. Cocktail Hour (Cash Bar), Dinner and Ceremony to follow. For more info, contact Michele Miller at mmiller.miatc@gmail.com. REGISTER NOW





 
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May 20, 2016SIGN UP BY NOON SATURDAY - MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
HELLO ALL

IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY SIGNED UP FOR THE PARADE, PLEASE SEND IN YOUR FORM NO LATER THAN THIS SATURDAY (5/21) AT NOON. AT THAT TIME WE WILL BE FINALIZING OUR LINE-UP. You can still sign up by Wednesday, May 25th, but your organization will not be noted in the program.

Attached is our form…Or you may visit our website www.stuartparades.com (you can print out the flyer from the website under “application form” and send directly to us).

Once line-up is finalized, we will add it to our website as well as send in a mass email.

Please consider donating to the Veterans Council of Martin County. Our parades are free to the public, which means those who make this parade possible (many of us are volunteers) need assistance in providing our Veterans with access to parade services, i.e., transportation, etc. For how you can help out, please contact Tony Reese at (772) 288-5448.

Thank you,

Laura Girlando
Assistant to Coordinator
Stuart Parades
www.stuartparades.com



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May 20, 2016CALL TO ACTION: Please attend 5/24 BCC meeting re EcoGen Martin Biomass facility
Friends of Indiantown,
We need your support this Tuesday, May 24 at 1:45 at the Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting when Commissioners will be voting on an agenda item regarding the proposed EcoGen Martin Biomass facility (EcoGen Martin). The EcoGen project would bring hundreds of jobs and significant new tax revenue to our community while also creating new opportunities to use fallow citrus land to grow energy crops.
The proposed site is located in Indiantown and ideally suited in the midst of other industrial, power generation and agricultural activities, in between FPL’s power facility and the Indiantown Cogen plant. Once built, EcoGen Martin would use sustainably harvested Eucalyptus trees grown on local plantations along with other clean, woody biomass to produce energy that will be sold to FPL as part of a long-term power purchase agreement with the utility.
A favorable vote on Tuesday would merely enable EcoGen to go through the Comp Plan Amendment review process NOW for a simple land swap request on the proposed site where the facility would be built. EcoGen will pay for all application fees and must still go through a rigorous site plan public review process. In Martin County, Comp Plan amendments are only considered once a year. If EcoGen misses this cycle and has to wait until next year, they won’t be able to construct the facility in time to begin generating energy to meet their agreement with FPL. EcoGen would need to find a site in another county to build it.
So why should you consider supporting this project and attending the County Commission meeting on May 24?
There are many reasons. Among them:
• Significant Tax revenue. EcoGen Martin would be one of the highest paying tax generators in Martin County. The company will be making a direct investment of $240 million towards the construction of the facility. Once operational, the ongoing annual economic impact of the facility on the local economy will be about $20 million, with more than $4.1 million of new tangible personal property tax revenue
• Job Creation – short and long term. During construction, which will take between 26 and 30 months, the project will create about 375 jobs spanning nearly every construction trade ranging from site, underground, and utility contractors to electricians, pipe fitters, welders, and others providing a wide range of opportunities for local residents and subcontractors.
• Permanent jobs: Once complete, the EcoGen Martin facility will create nearly 160 new direct and indirect jobs and a total recurring annual labor income of $6.8 million, including about 35 full-time, energy related positions with an average wage of $45,000 and 55 new, full-time agricultural related jobs with an average wage of $40,000
• Helping agricultural landowners keep farming. The EcoGen Martin facility needs about 10,000 acres of Eucalyptus Tree plantations, creating opportunities for agricultural landowners to have a new, financially viable crop to grow on their fallow citrus lands. Growing a biomass fuel crop will generate a long-term guaranteed revenue stream from their land and help them remain in agriculture.
• Environmental. EcoGen Martin’s carbon-neutral project will have state-of -the art emission controls, dry cooling technology to significantly reduce water consumption and the use of compressed natural gas in its truck fleet.

EcoGen Fact Sheet (https://www.dropbox.com/s/3a5o8xiu1ntvfn7/US_EcoGen_Fact_Sheet.pdf?dl=0) to learn more about the facility, the Eucalyptus tree plantations and many other benefits of the project.
What can you do to help?
Please attend the Commission meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at 1:45PM. Just your presence in the room will be helpful. If you are willing to speak during public comment, even better. If you can’t make the meeting, please consider sending an email or calling your County Commissioners to share your thoughts:

Anne Scott, Chair ascott@martin.fl.us 772-221-2357
John Haddox, Vice Chair jhaddox@martin.fl.us 772-221-1357
Doug Smith dsmith@martin.fl.us 772-221-2359
Sarah Heard sheard@martin.fl.us 772-221-2358
Ed Fielding efieldin@martin.fl.us 772-221-1357
Taryn Kryzda, County Administrator tkryzda@martin.fl.us 772-288-5939
Michael Durham, County Attorney mdurham@martin.fl.us 772-288-5925

Email all Commissioners and the County Administrator at once using one email: comish@martin.fl.us

For more information please feel free to call or email:
Rick Melchiori, U.S. EcoGen, 772-473-0841or rick.melchiori@usecogen.com
Kevin Powers, Indiantown Liaison, 772-260-6898 or kpowers@itspeed.net
Stacy Ranieri, Community Outreach, 772-260-5483 or stacy@fireflyforyou.com



 
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May 20, 2016May 2016 Market Update
Home sales accelerated in March, rebounding from February’s slight decline and outpacing the same time last year. Buyers were out in full force, despite a mixed market in terms of both price growth and inventory levels. Those searching for starter homes faced the tightest inventories as well as increases in price, while the luxury market experienced higher inventory levels and modest price gains.

Interest Rates
Interest rates ticked down slightly from the month prior and remain at historically low levels. The Federal Reserve refrained from raising interest rates in April. Rates will likely remain low, but may begin to trend upward as the next Federal Reserve meeting in June approaches.

Home Sales
The National Association of REALTORS® reported home sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.3 million homes during the month of March. This was an increase of 5.1 percent from February, and an increase of 1.5 percent from March of last year. Currently, 2016 is projected to outpace 2015 by approximately 720,000 total home sales.

Home Price
The median home price was $222,700 in March, which was up 5 percent from February and up 5.7 percent from last year. The median home price has increased by approximately $12,000 in the past year alone.

Inventory
There was a 4.5-month supply of housing inventory in March, up from 4.4 months in February. The total number of homes for sale in March increased by 2.3 percent to 1.98 million homes nationwide, but that was still 30,000 fewer listings than March of last year.



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May 20, 2016GENERAL MANAGER ANNOUNCEMENT
STUART HAMPTON INN AND SUITES

Please join me in congratulating Kristy Byrick as the General Manager for the Hampton Inn and Suites in Stuart, FL.
Kristy joined the Chartwell family in February of 2015. She brings several years of operations leadership experience to this role from three Hilton brands. In addition to her operations background, Kristy gained valuable sales experience as the Director of Sales for this hotel. This provides a robust skill set for her new role. Her clients appreciate that their relationships will continue and this will be important to the success of the hotel as we add a new sales leader.
Kristy is originally from Indiana and moved to Florida in 2001 from New Jersey. She and her husband Gregg have two terrific children, son Garrett (7) and daughter Sydney (5).
When she is not at the hotel, Kristy loves to travel and spend time with her family. She especially enjoys travel to some of Florida’s finest attractions (Disney, SeaWorld, and Universal).
Congratulations and Best Wishes!

Dennis Barber
Regional Manager

Sales Manager position available. For more information, please go to http://www.hospitalityonline.com/jobs/875325-sales-manager






 
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May 19, 2016Elisabeth Lahti Library L.E.A.P. ends, great after-school activities continue
INDIANTOWN, FL -
The Martin County Library System (MCLS) has announced that L.E.A.P. (Library Educational After-School Program) will officially end at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave., Indiantown, after Wednesday, June 1. This structured program was made possible by The Library Foundation of Martin County and a Thomas Trust grant that has been expended. In L.E.A.P.'s stead, after-school programming at Elisabeth Lahti Library will be planned and facilitated the same way as all other MCLS Library locations, while incorporating creative technology activities, using existing volunteers, and utilizing the homework helper program. Funding of after-school programming at the Elisabeth Lahti Library and all other Library locations is provided by The Friends of the Martin County Library System.

The Elisabeth Lahti Library will continue to be a great place for diverse after-school activities. The Library remains committed to provide afterschool resources, activities, and events for kids of all ages.

For more information, pick up a Library Events newsletter at any Martin County Library location, visit: www.library.martin.fl.us, or call (772) 219-4969


 
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May 19, 2016Force Newsletter - May 2016
FORCE
Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter

May 2016

The Rivers Coalition meeting is Thursday May 26th at 11:00 am at Stuart City Hall. The meeting is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking available. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.

The presentation topic for the May meeting is:

Anatomy of a Fish Kill

Our guest speaker this month will be:

Dr. Edie Widder, Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA)

Current Action Items:
Gary Goforth, P.E., Ph. D.
Dr. Edie Widder

Edie Widder is a MacArthur Fellow, a deep-sea explorer and ocean conservationist. A specialist in bioluminescence, she has been a leader in developing new ways to explore the deep sea. Her innovations have produced footage of rare sharks, squid, jellyfish, and crustaceans, as well as led to the first recordings of the giant squid, Architeuthis, in its natural habitat.

In order to help save and protect the ocean she loves, in 2005 Edie helped found the Ocean Research and Conservation Association, also known as ORCA. ORCA is the world’s first technology focused, marine conservation, not-for-profit, which is utilizing cutting-edge science to find pollution and stop it at its source. ORCA’s tagline, which is Mapping Pollution, Finding Solutions, describes a results-driven approach to meeting some of the greatest challenges our ocean planet is currently facing.


Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved!

Missed a past meeting? Go to our Youtube channel!

Agenda for Thursday May 26th, 2016
Meeting Thursday, May 26th, 2016
11:00am - 12:30 pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994

Please Silence Your Cell Phones!


Business Matters
• Chairman’s Comments, Quorum & New Member Vote: George Jones
• Current Action Items: Gary Goforth, P.E., Ph. D. and NEP
• Special Presentation
"Anatomy of a Fish Kill"
Dr. Edie Widder
• 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


Martin County River Kidz

Calling All River Parentz and River Kidz!!!

Hi Parentz! 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.

Also, like us on Facebook for all of the updated information. Thank you!


River Kidz at the U.S. Sailing Center of Martin County with Nat Osborne.

Youth Driven Cinema 2016: K-12 Student Film Fest

Over 200 attendees supported The Youth Driven Cinema event on April 29th at the Lyric Theatre. This event raised $2,329.29 which is being donated to the Environmental Studies Program.
Over $6,000 in prizes were given to the winning videos.

A big thank you goes to the Knopf Foundation and the Guardians of Martin County for their generosity in supporting this fantastic event.






















Click here to view a copy of the Marty the Manatee Workbook!

10 Things Every River Kid Should Know!
Click here to view/download the PDF

How to Become a RiverKidz Member!
Click here to become a member

Follow RiverKidz on Facebook!
Click here for Facebook



Speakers Bureau

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!


April 28th Rivers Coalition Meeting Highlights

Deb Drum from Martin County Board of County Commissioners and Kevin Henderson, President of Evergreen Engineering, gave presentations at the April Rivers Coalition Meeting.

Their discussions were focused on Local Government's role in monitoring and making sure "clean water" enters the St. Lucie River Estuary and Indian River Lagoon
















Join us this weekend!

Saturday May 21st
Lost River Fishing Tournament
Click Here: Lost River Fishing Tournament





SATURDAY MAY 21ST
LOST RIVER FISHING TOURNAMENT

An event benefiting the Rivers Coalition
Volunteer Opportunities Available!! Call 772.225.6849

Fun, Music, and Friends!
The Party starts at 4pm at the Lost River Club house/Marina.
• Huge Raffle with tons of prizes
• DJ and awards celebration
• Kids Fishing Contest – Register at LOST RIVER FISHING TOURNAMENT
• PREPARE YOUR BEST CHILI AND ENTER THE CHILI COOKOFF – REGISTER AT CHILI COOK-OFF
• Bounce House and Massive Water Slide (good for the adults too!)
• Non-alcoholic Drinks, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers provided by Lost River HOA
• Ready to use large grill for all to use – BRING YOUR FAVORITE FOODS FOR GRILLING
• Attend with your friends & family and have A BLAST
Contact the Rivers Coalition if you would like to volunteer at our booth for this fun filled event:
772-225-6849
info@riverscoalition.org



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

Thursday, May 26th 11:00 am

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, click below:
Rivers Coalition Facebook Page





Pass this Newsletter on!
Use the buttons at the bottom of the newsletter to pass this on to a friend, to subscribe or unsubscribe.

Thank you for all your support.

Editors: Katherine Luger & Jill Pinkham

PO Box 2627
Stuart, Fl 34995

772-225-6849
www.RiversCoalition.org

River Kidz at the U.S. Sailing Center of Martin County with Nat Osborne.

Youth Driven Cinema 2016: K-12 Student Film Fest

Over 200 attendees supported The Youth Driven Cinema event on April 29th at the Lyric Theatre. This event raised $2,329.29 which is being donated to the Environmental Studies Program.
Over $6,000 in prizes were given to the winning videos.

A big thank you goes to the Knopf Foundation and the Guardians of Martin County for their generosity in supporting this fantastic event.

Join us this weekend!

Saturday May 21st
Lost River Fishing Tournament
Click Here: Lost River Fishing Tournament





SATURDAY MAY 21ST
LOST RIVER FISHING TOURNAMENT

An event benefiting the Rivers Coalition
Volunteer Opportunities Available!! Call 772.225.6849

Fun, Music, and Friends!
The Party starts at 4pm at the Lost River Club house/Marina.
• Huge Raffle with tons of prizes
• DJ and awards celebration
• Kids Fishing Contest – Register at LOST RIVER FISHING TOURNAMENT
• PREPARE YOUR BEST CHILI AND ENTER THE CHILI COOKOFF – REGISTER AT CHILI COOK-OFF
• Bounce House and Massive Water Slide (good for the adults too!)
• Non-alcoholic Drinks, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers provided by Lost River HOA
• Ready to use large grill for all to use – BRING YOUR FAVORITE FOODS FOR GRILLING
• Attend with your friends & family and have A BLAST
Contact the Rivers Coalition if you would like to volunteer at our booth for this fun filled event:
772-225-6849
info@riverscoalition.org


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

Thursday, May 26th 11:00 am

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, click below:
Rivers Coalition Facebook Page







 
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May 19, 2016TMDL Water Quality Restoration Grant Opportunity
Application Deadline is July 1, 2016 (5:00 pm EST), for electronic or hard copy version to be submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Nonpoint Source Management Program for inclusion in the July 2016 review.

Three times a year (March, July and November) funding is awarded for the implementation of best management practices (BMPs) designed to reduce pollutant loads to impaired waters from urban stormwater discharges. This funding is administered by the Department through the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Water Quality Restoration Grant, which is set out by rule in Chapter 62-305, F.A.C. and authorized by Section 403.890(2), F.S.

Application(s) can actually be submitted at any time to the Department. However, they are not reviewed until the next review date (March, July or November). More than one project application may be submitted at a time. Please note that there is a TMDL Supplemental Information Page that will also need to be completed and submitted with each project application.
• Applications and their corresponding Supplemental Information Pages can be submitted electronically via e-mail to Katherine.Britt@dep.state.fl.us
To view information on the grant eligibility requirements, criteria, and the overall grant information go to the TMDL Water Quality Restoration Grant Website.

• Download the Application Documents, Evaluation Form, and Supplemental Form (opens FTP site) ftp://ftp.dep.state.fl.us/pub/outgoing/Nonpoint%20Source/July%202016%20TMDL%20Grant%20Solicitation/

• For more information contact Katie Britt at 850-245-2938

Nonpoint Source Management
Division of Water Restoration Assistance
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 3570 (mailing)
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, 4th Floor (physical)
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000
850-245-2836


 
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May 18, 2016Food Fights!


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May 17, 2016Martin County Master Gardeners to host “Taste of the Tropics” at the Martin County Fairgrounds
Tropical vegetables are naturally adapted to South Florida's climate and many grow well during the heat of our late spring, summer and fall seasons. One tropical vegetable with an exotic origin and appearance is the Winged Bean, thought to be native to Papua New Guinea. The Winged Bean is a tropical legume with delicate twining vines, beautiful edible sky blue flowers and frilly pods. To learn more about this and many other tropical vegetables and fruits, please join us at the Taste of the Tropics, a free educational event sponsored by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Martin County Master Gardener program on Saturday, June 25th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Martin County Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about various fruit and horticultural-related topics, and tropical fruit will be available and ready for tasting. Come to learn more about tropical fruits and vegetables, such as the winged bean described above, and also about herbs and spice, beekeeping, and much more at the educational tables that will be located throughout the event venue. You can also 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.
For more information, visit http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu or call the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Office in Stuart at (772) 288-5654.


 
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May 17, 2016All Aboard Florida permit application from Army Corps held in abeyance pending request for more information
In a response to All Aboard Florida's (AAF) permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for construction of its proposed passenger railroad, on May 12 the Corps notified AAF that there are extensive deficiencies in its application and AAF has 30 days to provide additional information or its permit request can be denied or deactivated.
In its letter, the Corps noted the numerous letters of objection received during the public comment period for the permit application as well as Indian River and Martin counties' identification of data gaps in the dredge and fill plans and wetland delineation maps provided by AAF in its application.
Martin County believes that given the breadth of new information that will need to be submitted by AAF, the Corps should open a new public comment period after the new information from AAF is made public, and that comment period should be no less than 30 days. This would provide a reasonable amount of time for experts to review the new information and offer meaningful comments for further consideration.
The Corps acknowledged objectors' assertions that there are flaws in AAF's Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), notably the Alternatives Analysis section which is how AAF claimed that the Florida East Coast (FEC) tracks were a better alternative than other options such as the western CSX tracks. The Corps also stated in its letter that objectors "cited increased noise, increased vibration, reduction in public safety, and property value reduction" as key areas of concern. Additionally, during its permit application review, the Corps identified discrepancies in "the impact assessment figures, functional assessments, indirect impact analysis, and compensatory mitigation."
To avoid denial or deactivation of the permit application, AAF must provide extensive additional information within 30 days including:
• Providing revised functional assessments, impact analysis and other discrepancies in information discussed during a permit application review meeting between AAF and Corps staff on April 18, 2016
• Addressing the public comments submitted by Martin and Indian River counties and other objectors
• Substantiating why the FEC tracks are the least environmentally damaging alternative when compared to CSX tracks
• Providing specific scientific and factual information that supports AAF's claims
The County is pleased that the Corps has requested this additional information from AAF and will continue to work to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public as it relates to the proposed AAF project. For more resources and information on the many local and regional issues of concern relating to the proposed AAF passenger rail project, including presentations, studies, letters of concern to state and federal agencies and more, visit www.martin.fl.us. In addition, please visit the County's social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, for updates.


 
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May 17, 2016Stamp Out Hunger delivers tons of food to House of Hope
This year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive delivered more than 61,000 pounds of food to House of Hope -- the equivalent of about 50,000 meals for Martin County residents in need.

The drive, conducted May 14, is organized annually by the National Association of Letter Carriers and is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

In Martin County, the drive helps to stock House of Hope’s four food pantries – Stuart, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach and Indiantown -- with staples such as canned vegetables, soup, tomato products, rice, pasta, cereal, peanut butter and jelly, etc.

The influx of food is especially vital during the summertime when children are not receiving school lunches and many workers have their hours cut back because of the lull in seasonal employment.

"Thanks to all involved for their hard work and planning leading up to the big day, especially our local letter carriers and post offices,” House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri said. “And thanks for all of the effort on Saturday. This is yet another great example of the power of our volunteers and the good they do for House of Hope and our community.”

House of Hope has many groups and individuals to thank, starting with the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1690 and the thousands of residents who put food by their mailboxes to contribute to the drive.

About 200 people volunteered to help sort and transport food on May 14, including dozens of people who regularly volunteer at House of Hope.

Volunteers from the following groups were among the helpers: Martin County High School football team, Martin County High School AFJROTC, Wells Fargo, Edgewater Property-Realty, Leaders United from United Way of Martin County, Hobe Sound Community Presbyterian Church, the Treasure Coast Rowing Club, YMCA Indiantown and Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce.

The process of moving and weighing all that food was made easier by the donation of trucks and equipment by Grainger Foundation, Bob & Jan Crandall, Palm City Presbyterian Church, and Jim & Ann Schuster. Several UPS drivers volunteered their time to help with trucking food from the post offices to the fairgrounds for sorting.

Sponsors who helped offset costs incurred during the food drive, such as additional truck rentals, fuel and supplies, included Hooks Construction, St. Joseph Catholic Church, The Firefly Group and Whiticar Boat Works.

Plus, several in-kind donors provided equipment and materials at no cost or a deep discount:
• Waste Management (dumpster).
• Publix Super Markets (bulk containers).
• Stuart Auto Body (tow truck for transporting fork lift).
• Habitat for Humanity (pallet jack).
• United Way of Martin County (pallet jack and shopping carts from the White Doves Holiday Project).
• Eventmakers (fans).
• Nestle Waters North America (600 bottles of water).
• Cassidy’s Ice (ice).
• Brooklyn Joe’s (pizza).
• Crary Buchanan (digital billboard).
• Impressive Click (website design).
• Fisheye Graphics (banner).
About House of Hope

House of Hope has been helping people overcome hunger and hardship in Martin County since 1984. Today, the agency touches the lives of about 6,000 people per month with services that include basic needs -- food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance -- and long-term case management that helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.

Information about House of Hope is available online at www.hohmartin.org or by calling (772) 286-4673.


 
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May 16, 2016Florida Have a New Train Service To Whisk Passengers Between Miami and Orlando
Florida have a new train service to whisk passengers between Miami and Orlando.

Brightline trains to connect Miami and Orlando.

A rendering of the Brightline train that will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando along a 235-mile route. All Aboard Florida.

A privately owned and operated passenger rail service is on track to begin connecting travelers in four major Florida cities by mid-2017.
Today, All Aboard Florida is slated to reveal that the new express inter-city train travel service, which will cost more than $3 billion to build, will be called the Brightline.

Brightline trains will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando along a 235-mile route. The stretch from Miami to Orlando will last three hours, comparable to what it takes to get to the airport, go through security and fly, developers say.

The trains, designed by the Rockwell Group, are being built in Sacramento by Siemens. Construction has begun on stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach and on connecting urban centers that developers hope will become dining and shopping destinations. Another station will be next to Orlando International Airport.

All Aboard Florida is a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, which is involved in a range of infrastructure, transportation and real estate businesses. The project is being funded by private investors through the issuance of $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds and directly from the parent company. The company expects to become profitable in the first couple of years as its adds more trains and ridership increases.

All Aboard Florida and tourism officials say the trains and their stations could transform travel throughout Florida, one of the country’s most populous states. Providing trains as an alternative could ease congestion on the roads and alleviate pressure on crowded airports.

“Half of our business is international,” says William Talbert, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. “To connect Miami and those other three communities by train makes it convenient, affordable, clean and safe to travel. It gives the visitor options that we haven’t had before.”

Trains were the primary mode of transportation in the USA until after World War II, when cars and airlines took over the roads and skies. Federally funded Amtrak has remained the predominant interstate passenger train system, but it does not offer the kind of high-speed service found in Europe and Asia.

The closest thing the USA has to high-speed trains is Amtrak’s Acela on the northeast corridor, which can go as fast as 150 mph. Brightline trains will not be high-speed, but its express service will be able to go up to 125 mph.
High-speed rail “takes more money and fully dedicated track and electrification,” says Andy Kunz, president and CEO of the U.S. High Speed Rail Association.

There’s been a recent resurgence in interest in trains, particularly among younger travelers, says Jim Wallington, a train expert at America by Rail, which promotes train travel.
“This younger generation is less car prone,” he says. “They are not buying cars like we used to, and they are demanding that there be alternate transportation.”

President Obama’s 2009 stimulus bill proposed billions of dollars in funding to create a true high-speed rail system across the nation. His efforts have stalled amid political opposition.

Privately led efforts are underway to create high-speed rail systems in Texas and between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. A publicly led high-speed rail system is under construction in California. That will eventually connect Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.
Unlike other privately led projects, All Aboard Florida won’t lease rails. Its sister company, Florida East Coast Railway, owns the existing freight corridor. All Aboard Florida owns the right of way to run passenger rail along that corridor. In some areas, the company is installing second tracks that it owns.

“Every metropolitan region across America is highly congested, and it’s all continuing to grow worse as our population continues to grow,” says the High Speed Rail Association’s Kunz. “They’re really not building any more major highways or new roads, so this leads to ever-growing congestion. The only way out of this downward spiral is to move thousands of people out of cars and into fast trains.”

Mike Reininger, president of Brightline, says it’s not just about speed. The experience matters, too. The company plans to blend train travel and hospitality in a way that hasn’t been done since the heyday of passenger rail service in the 1940s and ’50s.
“Everything from how you communicate with us — whether on the computer or mobile device — to the experience in our stations that we are building and operating, … the seats, the tables, the bathrooms, the food and beverage are one continuous experience bathed in this hospitality overlay”

The company is still working out specifics of what the experience will be like. But there will be free Wi-Fi and multiple power outlets at every seat. Reserved seating will be available in various configurations, including single seats and tables for groups of four. Ticket prices have not been set.
Various food and beverage options will be available both at the stations and on the train, including grab-and-go meals. The service will be pet-friendly, allowing travel with dogs and cats.

Even the train’s look is intended to bring the fun back into travel. In a nod to its name, each train will be painted in one of five different bright colors — red, orange, green, blue or pink — and a yellow locomotive will lead the way.
Amtrak makes stops in the cities Brightline will serve, but Reininger says his company will provide more frequent stops. Also, he says, Amtrak trains typically run at slower speeds in Florida.

Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods says the company would welcome Brightline’s debut.

“Expansion of intercity passenger rail is a positive step to ensure the mobility and connectivity needed to drive the country’s economic growth”

Not everyone is on board with the new train service, however. Citizens Against Rail Expansion, a coalition of residents and community leaders in South Florida, argues that the rail system will compromise public safety. A number of hospitals along the route are on one side of the tracks while first responders are on the other, says Stephen Ryan, an attorney representing CARE.



 
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May 16, 2016LAST WEEK TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS:

Apply now through May 20 for
Local Cooperative Funding Program
.
Apply for one-time funding for stormwater management, alternative water supply or water conservation projects

The South Florida Water Management District is continually looking for cost-effective strategies to protect the region's water resources. Partnering with local governments and other entities is an important and effective way to accomplish this.

In February, the SFWMD Governing Board approved a $9 million one-time Cooperative Funding Program as a way to support local stormwater management, alternative water supply and water conservation projects.The program combines our existing cost-share efforts into a single, streamlined application process.

With contracts scheduled to be awarded in October, we are looking for eligible projects throughout our 16 counties that are proposed for construction/implementation from Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2018. Our goal is to identify projects that are construction-ready or ready-to-implement conservation technology programs that can provide the most immediate benefits. The application process is open through Friday, May 20, 2016, at 6 p.m. To apply, click here.

For more information, please go to the SFWMD Cooperative Funding Program webpage at www.sfwmd.gov/coopfunding or contact your SFWMD Regional Representative. These representatives will assist with the application process and will coordinate technical support from District staff to help you participate in this program.

The South Florida Water Management District looks forward to partnering with you on projects that offer solutions to our shared flood control, water supply, water quality and ecosystem restoration challenges.

Thank you,

Rod Braun and Mark Elsner
Cooperative Funding Program Project Managers
South Florida Water Management District
www.sfwmd.gov/coopfunding


 
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May 16, 2016Scott Moves Up Governor Approval Rankings
Rick Scott gets solid marks in a new poll after another survey released this week found him upside down.

Morning Consult released its Governor Approval Rankings and it showed the Florida governor moving up in the polls with 49 percent of Florida voters approving of him and 41 percent disapproving of him. Back in November, a Morning Consult poll had Scott upside down with 47 percent of those surveyed disapproving of him while 44 percent approved of him.

This places Scott in the middle of the gubernatorial pack when it comes to approval. Morning Consult found Republican Charlie Barker of Massachusetts as the most popular of any governor followed by Republicans Larry Hogan of Maryland Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, Brian Sandoval of Nevada and independent Bill Walker of Alaska. Republican Sam Brownback of Kansas is the most unpopular governor followed by Democrat Dan Malloy of Connecticut and then Republicans Rick Snyder of Michigan, Chris Christie of New Jersey and Paul LePage of Maine.

“More than 66,000 registered voters across America have evaluated the job performance of key elected officials on Morning Consult’s weekly online national polling from early January 2016 through May 5, 2016,” Morning Consult noted in its methodology. “Morning Consult obtained population parameters for registered voters from the November 2012 Current Population Survey (CPS) and applied post-stratification weights based on gender, age, educational attainment and race. Thus far, the median state includes a total of 883 respondents, the state with the most respondents is California (n = 5,968) and the state with the least respondents is Wyoming (n = 165).” The sample of Florida voters had a margin of error of +/- 1.5 percent.

A poll from Quinnipiac University released earlier this week had Scott underwater with 49 percent of Florida voters disapproving of him and 40 percent approving of him.

While he has endorsed Donald Trump, Scott has said he has no interest in being his running mate. Scott is generating buzz as a potential Senate candidate in 2018 when Democrat Bill Nelson’s third term is up. Nelson has said he plans to run for a fourth term.

- See more at: http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/rick-scott-moves-governor-approval-rankings#sthash.NCduKcrd.dpuf

 
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May 16, 2016STUART SAILFISH REGATTA ERNEST LYONS BRIDGE- SR-A1A (OCEAN BLVD) CLOSURE
On Saturday, May 21, 2016 and Sunday, May 22, 2016, the American Power Boat Association will host the Stuart Sailfish Regatta. The Ernest Lyons Bridge - SR-A1A (Ocean Blvd) will be closed between NE Sewall's Point Road and NE MacArthur Boulevard beginning at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 20, 2016 and will reopen at 11:00 pm on Sunday, May 22, 2016.

Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and and to expect delays through this area.



 
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May 16, 2016Red Cross & U.S. Sugar Announce Partnership
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – April 12, 2016 – U.S. Sugar, based in Clewiston, Florida, has joined forces with the American Red Cross to drive awareness and promote the lifesaving Red Cross initiative, Home Fire Campaign in both Palm Beach and Martin County.

“We are extremely grateful to U.S. Sugar for their dedication and ongoing support of the Red Cross mission,” said Robin Nunley, Executive Director. “Over the next year, this partnership will allow us to work in some of the most critical areas to help save lives and reduce injuries in a home fire.”

With generous support from U.S. Sugar, the Red Cross in collaboration with local fire departments and community partners will install fire alarms in homes across Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

“The safety and security of our families and our communities has always been a priority for U.S. Sugar,” said Judy Sanchez, the Senior Director of Communication and Public Affairs for U.S. Sugar. “By partnering with the American Red Cross, we can help ensure that more families are protected from dangerous home fires.”

Now in its second year, the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is a sleeves-up, feet-on-the-ground effort that involves Red Cross workers, volunteers and partners going door-to-door in at-risk communities to install smoke alarms and teach families about key fire prevention and safety actions.

About U.S. Sugar:
U.S. Sugar is a farming company that grows sugarcane, citrus and sweet corn. Since the beginning, the company's success has been rooted in traditional farming values and respect for the land. The company farms more than 215,000 acres in Glades, Hendry, Palm Beach and Martin counties and is a vital part of these rural communities, employing 2,500 people and donating generously to local causes. For more information, please visit www.ussugar.com or www.facebook.com/ussugarcorp.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/southflorida or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.


 
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May 16, 2016ROLLICKING COMEDY CLASSIC ON STAGE AT THE BARN
Stuart, Fl. So you want to be Jewish. Well, join us at the Barn Theatre in the delightful critically acclaimed comedy “The Convertible Girl” and find out what it all entails. Ron, who is Jewish, has been living out of wedlock with a much younger gentile woman for about a year. The primary reason he won't marry her is because his Jewish mother, who is deeply religious, would never stand for him to marry a gentile. Never to worry. The gentile lady decides she will convert to Judaism so that she can marry Ron, and allay his mother's concerns. The ensuing comedy shows her trying to master the rituals, and, guess what, becoming even more Jewish than Ron himself. But if that's not enough, after her examination before the Rabbis, in comes Ron's mother to announce she is eloping to Vegas, and who, as it turns out, isn't very Jewish after all. Well, you can take it from there. Hey, does this sound like your family. Well, whether Italian, Irish, or otherwise, you'll find “The Convertible Girl” has universal appeal.

The “Convertible Girl” features a strong acting ensemble including Rob Lastovica, Rachel Davis, Greta Goldstein, Paul Ivice, Dennis McGeady, Dan Beuscher, and others. It is Directed by Francine Beckstead and Produced by Jeanette Mazzella. The Stage Manager is Kathleen Weaver. The show runs from May 27th to June 12th. Tickets are only $20 and group rates are available. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Barn Theatre at 2400 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, Fl, or by calling the box office at 287-4884. You can also purchase tickets by visiting the Barn website at www.barn-theatre.com.


 
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May 16, 2016Humane Society of the Treasure Coast invites public to BunFest
Stuart, Fla./May 13, 2016 — BunFest is an event devoted to rabbits, guinea pigs and the people who love them and will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., May 21, at Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave. in Stuart. Admission is $5 per person; kids 10 years old and younger are free.
Activities will include a critter spa, bunny playground, Flip Flop Critter Lounge, a Hop and Flop Shop (specialty items for rabbits and guinea pigs), adoptable critters, glamour photos, a kids’ zone, raffles and silent auction and a Rainbow Bridge Memorial Wall.
For a small contribution, those looking for a “Bunny Glamour Shot” can have a professional photo taken using props and a fun background.
Pet owners are invited to bring their healthy bunnies and/or guinea pigs to the event but they must be in a pet stroller, pet carrier or carried in a proper harness at all times. Pets are not permitted to run loose. Rabbits and guinea pigs will be checked for fur lice/mites prior to entry. Owners are responsible for their pet’s safety, care and comfort. No other animals are permitted to attend BunFest.
For more information, call Sara Kornegay at the HSTC at (772) 708-9668 or e-mail Skyle@hstc1.org, or visit www.hstc1.org.


 
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May 16, 2016Old Palm City 'Ripple' Eco-Art Project recommended for national arts grant
This week, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced 64 awards totaling $4.3 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA's Our Town program. Martin County's Old Palm City "Ripple" Eco-Art Project, a project located within the Old Palm City Community Redevelopment Area, has been recommended for a grant award of $50,000 to support design.

Martin County will reconnect the Old Palm City neighborhood with the St. Lucie River at three distinct sites using a series of artist designed elements such as rain gardens, hydro sculptures, and other devices to manage polluted stormwater. The project is a partnership between Martin County Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) and the Arts Council of Martin County, and will engage artist Lucy Keshavarz of Art & Culture Group to develop the project with significant citizen input and community outreach. These art features will create green infrastructure, public spaces and improve community education about the importance of our waterways in Old Palm City. The project will improve the quality of this CRA community through providing opportunities for public interactions, water quality improvement, and improved wildlife habitat.

"The Old Palm City Neighborhood Advisory Committee looks forward to working on developing a project that both helps our environment and is aesthetically pleasing for the residents of our community," said Mark Palazzo, Chairman of the Old Palm City Neighborhood Advisory Committee.

"Ripple" will make visible the community's connection to water and the water quality impact of humans on the St. Lucie River, which is part of the larger Indian River Lagoon system, the most diverse estuarine environment in North America. For decades, the estuary has been affected by factors including natural system alterations, population growth, leaky septic tanks, and the timing and quantity of freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee.

The NEA Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. The NEA received 240 applications for Our Town this year and awards range from $25,000 to $100,000.


 
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May 16, 2016Local Businesses Donate to Hope Center for Autism
During the April 16 grand opening celebration for Custom Pool and Spa Mechanics, Inc. new headquarters on Waaler Street in Stuart, half a dozen local businesses came together to support the Hope Center for Autism. Throughout the event, raffle tickets were sold to attendees for chances to win an assortment of pool and spa systems, vacuums, and a free pool resurface. Larry Calarco, CEO of Custom Pool and Spa Mechanics, Inc., announced his company would match the money raised from raffle ticket sales during the grand opening event. Local business owners in attendance at the event included Ronnie Kirchman with Kirchman Construction Co. and John Savarese with Cold Stone Creamery who likewise agreed, individually, to match the proceeds from ticket sales. Also present were local philanthropists Robert and Marie Renna who stepped forward with another offer to match all monies raised. Treasure Coast Liquidators and Florida Falls Stone Company generously contributed as well to round out the $10,500.00 donation. Custom Pool and Spa Mechanics, Inc. new neighbor, Eventmakers, kindly contributed to the event in the way of free rentals on the tent, tables, and chairs for guests. All of the donated funds will go directly to the classrooms at the Hope Center for Autism.

The Hope Center for Autism’s mission is to open doors for people affected by autism and related disabilities. The school accomplishes this through providing the support and services necessary for people with autism to reach their full potential. The Hope Center for Autism, located in Stuart, Florida, is a non-profit, tuition-free public charter school within the Martin County School District.


 
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May 16, 2016ReStore Volunteer Opportunities
The Habitat ReStore operates on volunteer power! We need friendly and helpful people who want to participate in our mission. Knowledge of building materials and mechanical systems a plus. Team members are needed in the following areas:
• Donation pick-up assistant: assist in loading and unloading donations
• Appliance repair: clean and test appliances, identify model numbers.
• Furniture construction and repair: clean and recondition furniture
• Salvage artist: create unique items from wood scraps and other materials
• Sales: assist customers with purchases
• Stock specialist: maintain store inventory, create descriptive signs
• Merchandise detective: figure out donated items’ age, material, value
• Display maintenance: photographing ReStore items together in a display
• Deconstruction craftsman: remove fixtures from homes pre-demolition
• General Assistance: painters, flyer distributers, general gophers
The Habitat ReStore offers you an opportunity to interact with people and to assist working families striving for home ownership.
We appreciate the efforts of each and every volunteer who contributes to our mission.
For more information about volunteer opportunities at the ReStore, call 223-9940 ext 2226 or email Volunteer@HabitatMartin.org


 
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May 16, 2016SFWMD Governing Board Set to Revitalize Project to Protect St. Lucie River and Estuary
May 12, 2016

The Ten Mile Creek facility will store and clean excess stormwater

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today signed an agreement that will transform the Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area into a functional water storage and water quality improvement project for the St. Lucie River and Estuary.

Taking control of the project from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allows SFWMD to make repairs to fill the long idle federal reservoir with four feet of excess stormwater that would otherwise flow to the St. Lucie River. A wetland at the site in St. Lucie County will clean that water before it reaches the river.

"Today's action literally required an act of Congress, and significant credit goes to South Florida's Congressional delegation and St. Lucie County officials for their steadfast efforts," said SFWMD Governing Board Vice Chairman Kevin Powers. "We will now work without further delay to repair and operate the 10 Mile Creek project to finally provide tangible benefits for the St. Lucie River and Estuary and Treasure Coast families."

Construction bid requests are scheduled to go out in July, with a contract award in September and project completion in June 2017. Once complete, the reservoir will be able to hold 2,500 acre-feet of water.

Background:
The Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area is located at the outlet of the 30,682-acre Ten Mile Creek Basin in St. Lucie County, situated immediately south of State Road 70 (Okeechobee Road) and west of the I-95-Florida Turnpike intersection. The project was designed by the Corps to improve the timing and volume of water deliveries to the North Fork of the St. Lucie River by capturing, storing and treating stormwater runoff from the Ten Mile Creek Basin.

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

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







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 16, 2016The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County Honors Community Leaders for Their Work on Local Tobacco Prevention Issues
On May 11, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County presented their annual Tobacco Prevention Awards to local community leaders at the organization’s quarterly meeting.

The Tobacco Prevention Awards are presented each year to groups or individuals who have made an exceptional contribution towards the goals of the Tobacco Free Partnership.
The City of Stuart and Martin County were both recognized for their support this in passing Proclamations for Through with Chew Week and Tobacco Free Florida Week this year.
Sandhill Cove and Martin County were recognized as a Community Partners of the Year for their work in creating the new, comprehensive language for their Tobacco Free Grounds and Workplace policies. The Gehring Group was also recognized for their assistance in implementing tobacco free policies at the City of Stuart and other Martin County workplaces.
Shannon Nazzal with Martin County Parks and Recreation was recognized as a Community Partner of the Year. As a Tobacco Free Partnership member, Nazzal has been instrumental in assisting community youth sports leagues in adopting tobacco free policies for their young athletes, coaches and spectators.
Dr. Anita Cocoves and Sharyn Krim from Martin County were recognized as Community Partners of the Year for their assistance in a year-long surveillance program with Counter Tools, a program designed to counteract tobacco marketing to youth at local retailers.
Awards were also given to Maureen Ryan, Community Advocate of the Year, and Renay Rouse, Media Partner of the Year for their successful efforts to promote and grow the tobacco prevention program in Martin County through earned media and word of mouth communications.
A longtime partnership member, Jim Vojcsik, executive director of the United Way of Martin County, was recognized as a Lifetime Community Partner in recognition of his many contributions to the tobacco prevention program. Vojcsik will be retiring this summer.
Each year, The Tobacco Free Partnership recognizes key leaders from the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Program. This year, outstanding leaders that were recognized included Carlos Garcia from South Fork High School, Quincy Clark from Murray Middle School and Amy Hiltibidal from Stuart Middle School.
Yadira Lopez-Morales, a student at Anderson Middle School, was named 2016 SWAT Youth of the Year. Lopez-Morales was a key leader at her school’s club, spearheading several club projects and encouraging and motivating her peers at Anderson Middle School.
Heather Greenwood, the SWAT Advisor from Stuart Middle School, was named 2016 SWAT Advisor of the Year. Ms. Greenwood has one of the most active Middle School SWAT Clubs in Martin County. Her students promote several anti-tobacco events and observances campus wide throughout the year, and several of her students created an anti-tobacco public service announcement that took Second Place in a local Radio PSA Contest and First Place in the Video PSA Contest.
The Murray Middle School SWAT Club, led by Ms. Cynthia Bishop, was named the 2016 SWAT Club of the Year. Their Club participated in outreach efforts throughout Martin County this year, walking in the Hobe Sound Christmas Parade and working with local elementary school students, in addition to raising awareness of anti-tobacco social norms among Murray Middle School students with several educational projects throughout their campus.
The work of the Tobacco Free Partnership would not be possible without the support and the effort of all of its members. This year’s award winners once again demonstrated a special commitment to tobacco prevention that is continuing to make a positive difference in Martin County.

For more information on the work of the Tobacco Free Partnership, or to become a member, contact Kim Nash at knash@quitdoc.com, or visit tfp-martin.org.


 
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May 16, 2016Martin County Master Gardeners to host “Taste of the Tropics” at the Martin County Fairgrounds
Tropical vegetables are naturally adapted to South Florida's climate and many grow well during the heat of our late spring, summer and fall seasons. One tropical vegetable with an exotic origin and appearance is the Winged Bean, thought to be native to Papua New Guinea. The Winged Bean is a tropical legume with delicate twining vines, beautiful edible sky blue flowers and frilly pods. To learn more about this and many other tropical vegetables and fruits, please join us at the Taste of the Tropics, a free educational event sponsored by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Martin County Master Gardener program on Saturday, June 25th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Martin County Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about various fruit and horticultural-related topics, and tropical fruit will be available and ready for tasting. Come to learn more about tropical fruits and vegetables, such as the winged bean described above, and also about herbs and spice, beekeeping, and much more at the educational tables that will be located throughout the event venue. You can also 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.
For more information, visit http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu or call the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Office in Stuart at (772) 288-5654.

All programs and related activities sponsored, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons without discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. Florida Cooperative Extension Service/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/University of Florida/Dr. Nick Place Dean and Director for Extension.


 
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May 16, 2016You're invited to the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast

2016 Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony
All members are invited to celebrate the closing of another successful and productive year! Enjoy dinner and network with your fellow members..
Cocktail Hour (cash bar) 5:30-6:30 PM

Full Dinner and Ceremony to follow

Sponsorship opportunities

Meet the 2016 - 2017 Board of Directors
Be sure to introduce yourself to the new incoming officers and don't forget to say "Thank you" to the retiring officers. You will also get a chance to hear the goals and objectives of
the incoming President.
Learn about our scholarship program
You will be able to meet this year's recipients. You can also bid on our silent auction prizes. Information will be available on the new options for all scholarship applicants.
Local Accommodations
Marriot Hutchinson Island
Here is the link to make online reservations, it is open now, and reservation must be made by May 20, 2016. The special rate of $125 per night is avail from June 5 - 10 if you would like to stay longer. Book you group rate for Marine Industries. If you need assistance making reservations, please call 1-800-775-5936 and as for grou code MITMITA. Directions

For More Information
Contact Michele Miller at mmiller.miatc@gmail.com



Register Now

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ecial7k3df7d27a0&oseq=&c=&ch=



 
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May 13, 2016Martin County Firefighters battling to help find a cure
Martin County Firefighters and Paramedics are helping to raise funds and awareness for those battling Cystic Fibrosis. On Friday, May 13 at Indian Riverside Park, as a part of the Great Strides 5K Walk, the Firefighters will be competing against the Martin County Sheriff’s Department in the 2nd annual “Heroes for a Cure.”
These two teams will compete in numerous events such as a “Dummy-Drag,’ an obstacle course as well as the big finale – a tug of war. “This is a great family night out and a great way to teach kids about taking that little extra step to help others” said Colette Beland, Development Director of the Palm Beach Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “We are so grateful for the relationship that we have built with the Sheriff’s and the Firefighter’s. We know that they are Heroes every day, but the competition between the two teams is a great way to get to see them in a more personal way for the entire community.”
Another part of the competition is fundraising; the team with most money by the time of competition will win 10 points. This year, the firefighters were proud to present CFF with a check for $500 at a local event, and will tally their total fund raising efforts the night of the walk.
In addition to the competition and the picturesque 5K, the Sheriff’s Grill Team will be cooking BBQ, we will have a DJ, and Kids Zone and lots of fun-family activities. Registration will begin at 5:00pm and the walk starts at 6:00pm. There is not a registration fee, but all donations will go towards the mission of CFF to help find a cure and also to enhance the lives of those living with CF.
The Great Strides Walk is the largest national fundraising eve4nt for Cystic Fibrosis. The Treasure Coast walk has been happening for over 15 years and we are striving to make this the best year yet. CF is a fatal genetic disease that afflicts 30,000 children and adults in the United States. It ravages the lungs and digestive system and causes debilitating lung infections leading to premature death. Funds raised through Great Strides have spurred dramatic progress in the lives of those who have cystic fibrosis. Fifty years ago, most children did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today people with CF are living into their 30’s & 40’s and beyond.
We would like to thank both the Martin County Sheriff’s Department and the Martin County Firefighters and Paramedics along with Illustrated Properties Real Estate for being our corporate partner for Great Strides. We would also like to thank Group One Safety & Security for donating the food and Jackson’s Army for their continued support.
For more information about the Treasure Coast Great Strides walk http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/GreatStrides/33_Florida_Palm_Beach?pg=entry&fr_id=4987 please call 561-683-9965 or contact Colette Beland at cbeland@cff.org.


 
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May 12, 2016May 12 to 26th Panera Bread’s Flip Flop Cookie Campaign
Panera Bread’s Flip Flop Cookie Campaign
Participating Panera Bread bakery-cafes will donate 100 percent of every
Flip Flop cookie sold May 12th-26th to The Hibiscus Children’s Center!


(May 12th, 2016) - Today, Panera Bread kicks off a fun Flip Flop cookie promotion benefitting the Hibiscus Children’s Center in 5 bakery-cafes in the Stuart area of Florida. From May 12th-26th, participating East Coast Panera Bread bakery-cafes owned by Covelli Family Limited Partnership will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from every Flip Flop shaped cookie purchased to the Hibiscus Children’s Center.

In addition, all contributions donated into Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nation Community Bread Boxes in the 5 participating cafes throughout May also will go to the Hibiscus Children’s Center. The freshly baked all-butter shortbread cookie is shaped like a Flip Flop and decorated with icing and topped with a beach ball sugar disc.

Find a participating Panera Bread neighborhood bakery-café at www.paneraeastcoast.com.

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About the Hibiscus Children’s Center
The mission of Hibiscus Children’s Center is to maintain a safe shelter for children who are abused, abandoned, and neglected by providing prevention, residential, assessment, and recovery programs. Hibiscus Children’s Center also prepares our children for their future by constructing programs so that our children acquire an education, attain emotional and physical well-being, achieve career readiness, and gain independent living skills.
For additional information visit www.hibiscuschildrenscenter.org.


About Covelli Enterprises/Covelli Family Limited Partnership
Covelli Enterprises owns and operates more than 260 Panera Bread Bakery Cafes in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida and Ontario, Canada. Headquartered in Warren, Ohio, Covelli Enterprises is the largest franchisee of Panera Bread and the 4th largest restaurant franchisee in the United States. In the past year, Covelli Enterprises has donated more than $20 million in unsold bread and bakery products to local food banks and hunger relief agencies. Locally, Covelli Family Limited Partnership operates over 75 Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Tampa Bay, Orlando, and along the east coast of Florida. The franchise was awarded 1st Place in the Corporate Philanthropy Awards 501+ Employees Category and was presented with the 2014 Judges Choice Award. To learn more, visit www.paneraeastcoast.com.

About Panera Bread
As of September 29, 2105, there are 1,946 bakery-cafes in 46 states and in Ontario, Canada operating under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co. ® or Paradise Bakery & Cafe® names. We feature high quality, reasonably priced food in a warm, inviting and comfortable environment. With our identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, we are committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. Nearly all of our bakery-cafes have a menu highlighted by chicken raised without antibiotics, whole grain bread, and select organic and all-natural ingredients, with zero grams of artificial trans-fat per serving, which provide flavorful, wholesome offerings. Our menu includes a wide variety of year-round favorites complemented by new items introduced seasonally with the goal of creating new standards in everyday food choices. In neighborhoods across the United States and in Ontario, Canada, our customers enjoy our warm and welcoming environment featuring comfortable gathering areas, relaxing decor and free Internet access. Our bakery-cafes routinely donate bread and baked goods to community organizations in need. Additional information is available on our website, http://www.panerabread.com.


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May 12, 2016Best Places to Work is an Annual Program & All Companies Are Welcome to Participate
No company is too large or too small to participate

This is a wonderful program with so much opportunity for our local companies to learn about best practices, workplace initiatives and corporate cultures…
no matter the size of the company or whether they are a non-profit or for-profit, there is always a takeaway from the information shared!
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS… 2016 Best Places to Work Martin County!
Best Places to Work is an annual program providing a confidential forum for local employers to participate in an evaluation of workplace best practices. Participating companies receive a complimentary benchmarking report summarizing survey responses. This valuable tool provides a blueprint on workplace initiatives and best practices in our community. All companies are welcome to participate…no company is too large or too small, and
for-profit and non-profits are eligible to participate.
There is no cost to participate, and companies identified as Best Places to Work will be honored at a prestigious awards luncheon in June.
We are pleased to partner on this program with CareerSource Research Coast, Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce, Indiantown/Western Martin County Chamber of Commerce, Palm City Chamber of Commerce, Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce and the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce.

CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE
http://careersourcerc.com/services-for-employers/bptw-mc/

We look forward to seeing you in June!!



 
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May 12, 2016Stuart Causeway Park and Boat Ramp closed to the public for Stuart Sailfish Regatta May 18-23
The 5th Annual Stuart Sailfish Regatta will take place the weekend of May 21-22, 2016 at the Stuart Causeway. Set-up for the event will close the park and boat ramp to public use beginning Wednesday, May 18 and will reopen to the public on Tuesday, May 24. Vehicles and trailers under the bridge at the time of the closure will be towed at the owner's expense.

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

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


 
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May 12, 2016Australia’s Thunder From Down Under September 17th at 5pm & 8pm
The PERFECT Girl Night Outback!
Australia's HOTTEST Export – Thunder from Down Under
Grab your girlfriends and get ready for the Thunder From Down Under “Outback Fantasy 2016 Tour.” Voted the best male revue show on the Las Vegas strip, Australia’s Thunder From Down Under features chiseled bodies, seductive choreography, saucy humor, and some boy-next door charm. Every performer takes a unique female fantasy and brings it to life in this interactive girls-night- out show. Featured on a special episode of the popular television show Project Runway, the boys from Australia’s Thunder From Down Under have amazed audiences for years with their commanding stage presence and irresistible moves.

Get ready to get up close and personal! Throughout the show, select ladies are asked to join the dancers on stage for a performance that will have you laughing, cheering, and clapping the whole night. Perfect for bachelorette parties, divorce parties, or girl’s night out getaways, Australia’s Thunder From Down Under features all the hottest Aussies. This season at The Lyric Theatre - the boys from the outback come back for a visit!


 
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May 12, 2016SFWMD Governing Board Set to Revitalize Project to Protect St. Lucie River and Estuary

SFWMD Governing Board Set to Revitalize Project to Protect St. Lucie River and Estuary
The Ten Mile Creek facility will store and clean excess stormwater

West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today signed an agreement that will transform the Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area into a functional water storage and water quality improvement project for the St. Lucie River and Estuary.

Taking control of the project from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allows SFWMD to make repairs to fill the long idle federal reservoir with four feet of excess stormwater that would otherwise flow to the St. Lucie River. A wetland at the site in St. Lucie County will clean that water before it reaches the river.

"Today's action literally required an act of Congress, and significant credit goes to South Florida's Congressional delegation and St. Lucie County officials for their steadfast efforts," said SFWMD Governing Board Vice Chairman Kevin Powers. "We will now work without further delay to repair and operate the 10 Mile Creek project to finally provide tangible benefits for the St. Lucie River and Estuary and Treasure Coast families."

Construction bid requests are scheduled to go out in July, with a contract award in September and project completion in June 2017. Once complete, the reservoir will be able to hold 2,500 acre-feet of water.

Background:
The Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area is located at the outlet of the 30,682-acre Ten Mile Creek Basin in St. Lucie County, situated immediately south of State Road 70 (Okeechobee Road) and west of the I-95-Florida Turnpike intersection. The project was designed by the Corps to improve the timing and volume of water deliveries to the North Fork of the St. Lucie River by capturing, storing and treating stormwater runoff from the Ten Mile Creek Basin.

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

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







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 12, 2016SFWMD Governing Board Set to Revitalize Project to Protect St. Lucie River and Estuary

SFWMD Governing Board Set to Revitalize Project to Protect St. Lucie River and Estuary
The Ten Mile Creek facility will store and clean excess stormwater

West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today signed an agreement that will transform the Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area into a functional water storage and water quality improvement project for the St. Lucie River and Estuary.

Taking control of the project from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allows SFWMD to make repairs to fill the long idle federal reservoir with four feet of excess stormwater that would otherwise flow to the St. Lucie River. A wetland at the site in St. Lucie County will clean that water before it reaches the river.

"Today's action literally required an act of Congress, and significant credit goes to South Florida's Congressional delegation and St. Lucie County officials for their steadfast efforts," said SFWMD Governing Board Vice Chairman Kevin Powers. "We will now work without further delay to repair and operate the 10 Mile Creek project to finally provide tangible benefits for the St. Lucie River and Estuary and Treasure Coast families."

Construction bid requests are scheduled to go out in July, with a contract award in September and project completion in June 2017. Once complete, the reservoir will be able to hold 2,500 acre-feet of water.

Background:
The Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area is located at the outlet of the 30,682-acre Ten Mile Creek Basin in St. Lucie County, situated immediately south of State Road 70 (Okeechobee Road) and west of the I-95-Florida Turnpike intersection. The project was designed by the Corps to improve the timing and volume of water deliveries to the North Fork of the St. Lucie River by capturing, storing and treating stormwater runoff from the Ten Mile Creek Basin.

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

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







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 12, 2016Honor Flight
Visitors invited to welcome home Southeast Florida Honor Flight with more than 85 World War II and Korean War vets returning from D.C. after touring War Memorials.
WHAT: Honor Flight Operation Homecoming: This Saturday, Southeast Florida Honor Flight will take more than 85 World War II and Korean War veterans from around the Southeast Florida region to Washington, DC on a one day trip to visit the Memorials that stand in their honor.
Visitors and the public are welcome to join our vets for their homecoming from their Washington D.C. trip.
WHEN: Saturday, May 14th 2016. American Airlines flight #9436 arriving PBI 8:20pm
WHERE: Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). The public Meet and Greet area will be located outside of Concourse A/B on the 2nd level. The Honor Guard will be at this location. Additional arrival Meet & Greet area will be 2nd level Atrium. Water Cannon Salute by ARFF. PBI will provide parking vouchers for level 7, short term parking garage to the first 150. Patriot motorcycle riders are directed to park level 1, west end commercial lane.
ONSITE CONTACT: Richard Shine. Cell: 772-528-2656. *All attending organizations please check in with Richard upon arrival. http://www.honorflightsefl.org/

 
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May 11, 2016Renowned ‘Plastic is Forever’ Designer and Conservation Advocate to Speak at FAU Harbor Branch
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (May 11, 2016) – “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. 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 Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) will welcome de Vries for a special event on Wednesday, June 8 at the Johnson Education Center Auditorium, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce.
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. A portfolio of de Vrie’s work can be found at https://barbara-devries-iyg6.squarespace.com/
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.


 
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May 11, 2016Weichert Fast Track Training Offers Competitive Edge For Local Real Estate Professionals
Port Saint Lucie, FL (Grassroots Newswire) May 5, 2016 - WEICHERT,
REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, located in Port Saint Lucie, is proud to
announce that Associate Brittany Odom successfully completed the Weichert
Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. Fast Track training. The training helps
quickly bring new Weichert(r) 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(r)
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.

WEICHERT, REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group is an independently owned and
operated Weichert affiliated office. For more information about WEICHERT,
REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, please contact Andrea LaFavor at
772-398-6400 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.


 
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May 11, 2016The Business Development Board of Martin County and IRSC Join Sandhill Cove
The Business Development Board of Martin County and IRSC Join Sandhill Cove in the Distribution of Scholarships for Employees and their Children\
Palm City, FL – (May 10, 2016) Eighteen (18) employees of Sandhill Cove Retirement Community will be honored on May 11, 2016 for receiving scholarships, set up by SHC residents. Awards total $61,000 for employees and their children.
Recipients of the scholarships are: Evan Albury, Taylor Arendt, Matthew Burgos, Mary Beth Brown, Kerry Ann Daley, Cheyenna Durden, Kerry Exantus, Demetrius Johnson, Carly Legere, Claudia Lizarraga, Alexis Mitchell, Elmanny Mondesir, Linda Prevalon, Joshua Reynolds, Alejandro Saez, Archelie Rene, Jonathan Spircoff and Lianed Velez Colon.
The Scholarship Committee that interviewed and helped select the recipients were Peggy Sheldon (Chair), Liz Swanson, Anne Wheeler and Curt Coutts.
Those attending the ceremony from the SHC Foundation Inc. Board of Directors, Mr. Fritz and Steve Weitz (owners SHC), Ms. Sarah Weitz, Ms. Jolynn Kae Whitten (Executive Director SHC), Mr. John Haddox (Martin County Commissioner District 5), Mr. Tim Dougher (Executive Director of Business Development Board of Martin County), Emily Mass of Indian River State College, administrative staff and residents of Sandhill Cove.
Jack Brauntuch, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SHC Foundation Inc. said, “The genuine caring relationship which exists between the residents and the employees contributes to the quality of life we all enjoy.” Thirteen of the scholars will attend Indian River Community College and five will attend other Florida institutions. They will be enrolled in degrees for Nursing, Clinical Psychology, Information Technology, Sports Medicine, Business Administration, Graphic Design, Health Science, Health Care, Pediatrics and Trucking.
Eleven (11) recipients are employees and represent departments of maintenance, wait staff and front desk. Seven (7) recipients are children of employees from housekeeping, laundry, marketing, dietary service, certified nurse assistant, director of nursing and licensed practical nurse.
Sandhill Cove Foundation Inc. has received over 141 donations from residents since its inception in August, 2015. The Foundation plans to give out scholarships each spring. The Foundation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable educational purposes under the meaning of Section 501C (3) of the Internal Revenue Service. For additional information call 772 283 7775.
About the BDBMC
The Business Development Board of Martin County is the county’s official economic development organization, and Enterprise Florida, Inc. partner. More information about the organization can be found by visiting www.bdbmc.org.
About Sandhill Cove
A family owned corporation operated by Fritz and Fred Weitz of Sandhill Cove Properties, Inc., Sandhill Cove has been dedicated to the well-being of seniors for more than 45 years. The Weitz family takes a responsive and pro-active approach, regularly visiting with residents and staff to fine-tune and enhance the community. Sandhill Cove has been refining a refreshing, sun-drenched lifestyle since 1993. Senior living expertise and worry-free living contribute to a holistic approach to healthy living, enviable dining and cruise-style services and amenities with ownership and management by the nation’s most experienced and successful senior living professionals, Life Care Services.



 
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May 11, 2016AOB Fraud Forces Policy Changes at Citizens Property


In Florida, there’s a rapidly growing scam in which shady home repair vendors pressure homeowners to sign away the rights and benefits of their insurance policies as a condition of performing work. This practice has led to grossly inflated claims and an explosion of Assignment of Benefit lawsuits against insurers, which is driving up the cost of homeowners’ coverage for consumers.

As a result, Citizens Property Insurance, the state’s largest government insurer, recently announced policy changes that will impact the handling of claims – especially claims for emergency repairs. These changes, which will take effect on or after July 1, 2016 for new or renewed policies, are designed to help curb AOB fraud and abuse.

Policy changes include:
• The policyholder must take emergency measures to prevent further damage, and the policy includes only what is reasonable and necessary up to $3,000 or 1 percent of their coverage limit, unless Citizens approves additional measures.
• Citizens can inspect and adjust the claim. Permanent repairs cannot take place until 72 hours after Citizens has been notified, or the loss is inspected by Citizens, or verbal or written approval is given by Citizens property insurance.
• These policy changes have only been approved for Citizens Property Insurance by the Office of Insurance Regulation. However, we anticipate other insurers soon might follow suit.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce and its Consumer Protection Coalition continue to fight for solutions to AOB fraud and abuse – particularly addressing one-way attorney fee provisions.

Join our efforts by signing this petition, and stay tuned for additional updates as we continue pushing back against billboard trial lawyers.


 
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May 11, 2016Boatlines May 10th


Summit Discusses Global Importance of
Florida's Agriculture Industry

More than 1,000 business leaders, agriculture industry experts and students convened last week at the Palm Beach International Agricultural Summit, in West Palm Beach. The event, which was co-hosted by the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and the Florida Chamber Foundation, highlighted the importance of Florida's agriculture industry and its impact on the state economy and the world's food supply.

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam delivered a keynote address on the historical role agriculture has played in Florida's economy.


Additional topics included overcoming water challenges, an economic report on the agriculture industry, agribusiness and agriculture technology, an address from Florida Chamber of Commerce President Mark Wilson on the diversity of Florida's economy
and a presentation on the business of farming by Tracy Duda Chapman, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of A. Duda & Sons, Inc. and Chair of the Florida
Chamber of Commerce.

"It's exciting that we're having this summit to really drive home to the business community what a great partner the agriculture industry is to the Palm Beach County area," said Duda Chapman.

Get Involved
To be part of the conversation on agriculture, join the Florida Chamber Foundation's Infrastructure & Growth leadership Caucus today.







US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59 to encourage others to "Wear Your Life Jacket to Work" Day on May 20, 2016

Coast Guard Flotilla 59 announced today its support of "Wear Your Life Jacket to Work" Day on May 20, 2016. Flotilla 59 joins boating professionals and boating enthusiasts to heighten awareness of different life jacket types that are available, including inflatable life jackets, and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work.

The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) serves as a fun, educational element just prior to National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27, the official launch of the 2016 North American Safe Boating Campaign.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59 will be stopping by the businesses in downtown Stuart, FL on that day (May 20th) to remind you to wear your life jackets. At noon, (Friday), a group photo will be taken at the band shell on the water with anyone that joins us.

Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of life jackets has been a main focus on the North American Safe Boating Campaign. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in 70% of recreational boating fatalities in 2011, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

The National Safe Boating Council is asking all participants to take a picture of themselves in their life jacket while at work and post it to the "Ready, Set, Wear It!" Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/ReadySetWearIt) or submit directly to the NSBC at outreach@safeboatingcouncil.org.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59 in Sandsprit Park has been serving the boating community on the Treasure Coast for almost 75 years. The Flotilla can be reached at 3443 SE St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart, Florida 34994. Their phone # is 772-288-0509 and e-mail address is www.cgaux59.org.

For the serious skipper and the week-end boater, there are more aspects of seamanship that can be learned from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary's Recreational Safe Boating classes taught each month at Flotilla 59's facility in Sandsprit Park, Stuart.

Remember, boating season never ends on the Treasure Coast.



Job Opportunity

The US Sailing Center Martin County (USSCMC has a new position available for a full time dock hand and boat maintenance worker.
Hours are 10AM - 6PM on Wednesday - Sunday.

To view the job description and application form, click here




Calendar Events


May 11th - May 13th ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - ASA 103. For more info, call 772-283-8130 .

May 13th - 14th ~ 20th Annual Fishing Frenzy at the City Marina in Ft. Pierce. This offshore Dolphin fishing tournament offers $16,000.00 in cash and prizes, with a $10,000.00 Grand Prize for the heaviest Dolphin. COST: Boat Entry fee is $250.00 before May 2nd and $275.00 after May 2nd. To register, click here.

May 14th - 15th ~ ABC3 America's Boating Course, 3rd Edition at St. Joseph Parish Life Center Rm 7 from 9am to 4pm. Cost is $50 and includes instruction and materials. For more info, contact Mike Knapp at 772-283-4816 or email at warmrainfl@aol.com.

May 17th ~ MIATC Lionfish Social at Twisted Tuna, 4290 SE Salerno Rd, Stuart, FL 34997 from 5:30 - 7:30PM. Please join us for an evening of networking with other marine professionals Guest speaker on Lionfish Invasion, Dr. Zack Jud of the Florida Oceanographic Society will be joining us. There will be a Lionfish tasting. Appetizers and Cash Bar will also be available. Register Now!

May 21 ~ The Perry J. Cohen Foundation & US Coast Guard Auxiliary / Flotilla 59 presents FREE ABOUT BOATING SAFETY (ABS) from 8:30am to 4:30pm. A one day in-depth boating safety course that will give you the knowledge to receive the Florida Safety Education ID upon completion. $10 registration course fee (refunded upon course completion) must be paid upon registration. Register at www.flotilla59.org. Seating is limited to 40.








 
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May 11, 2016I'm All Aboard Neighborhood Coalition: We Agree! Safety Design Approval Represents a Victory

Last week, the Federal Rail Administration approved the upgraded safety modifications for the treasure coast.

Prominent rail opponent Susan Mehiel went on CBS 12 WPEC to declare the approval represents a victory.

Wait?!? What???

Last week CBS 12 WPEC News interviewed Ms. Mehiel, as well as Len Suscy, another anti-rail activist, and the station declared that "a happy medium has been reached," and the railroad is "welcome along this route."

Len Sucsy seemed pleased that "they [All Aboard Florida] have been told by the federal railroad administration they must put in sidewalks for pedestrians as well as the sealed corridor crossings as well."

Safety has always been important, and members of the coalition have long highlighted the business and safety benefits rail expansion will bring to our communities.

I'm All Aboard Neighborhood Coalition Member Bill Coulson from Hobe Sound wrote in the TC Palm last June: "We face pollution, crumbling infrastructure, lack of good jobs, and impossible transportation. So what do Treasure Coasters do? Not only do they oppose All Aboard Florida's $3 billion infusion of private capital to address these problems, they are actually wasting tax dollars in an ill-fated effort to sue and block the project."

We've wasted enough time arguing. This highlights that there are areas we can agree on. The Safety Design approval is a big step forward and its time to work together.








 
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May 11, 2016Governor and Cabinet Proclaim May as Florida World Trade Month

Florida Chamber, Trade Partners Champion Trade’s Role in Florida’s Economy

Governor Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet today declared May as World Trade Month in Florida, presenting a resolution designating this honor to the Florida Chamber of Commerce.


Florida Chamber Executive Vice President David Hart accepts the Florida Cabinet's Florida World Trade Month Resolution
on behalf of Florida's international business community.

Global trade means high-wage jobs and economic prosperity, and increasingly, is one of Florida’s top strategies for economic diversification and long-term growth. From small business exporters and manufacturers to global service providers, Florida wins when we remain committed to Florida’s trade future.
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TRADE:
• International business accounts for about 16 percent of Florida’s economy,
• International trade supports more than 2.5 million Florida jobs, and
• 61,000 companies in Florida export products or services.
We will be discussing these economic impacts and more at the Florida Chamber's Florida International Trade & Investment Conference in Miami on May 16-17. Be sure to register today and join international leaders as they discuss what businesses in Florida need to know to remain globally competitive.



 
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May 11, 201676 Golf World Event
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May 11, 2016Get the Facts: C-43 Reservoir
Today, the Caloosahatchee River Watch group is holding what was advertised as a public forum to discuss the C-43 Reservoir project. However, this "forum" will consist solely of one-sided detractors in pursuit of an agenda without facts to support it.
Caloosahatchee River Watch did not contact the South Florida Water Management District that designed and is building the reservoir, to invite any of the agency's noted scientists and engineers to explain its benefits.
Any complete and fair discussion of this reservoir must include relevant facts.

The Facts:
• Projects designed by these experts undergo rigorous testing and scrutiny before construction. The C-43 Reservoir was preceded by test cells at the Hendry County site to evaluate seepage, water movement and water quality, and the results were incorporated into the final design.
• The C-43 Reservoir is designed to keep water moving to avoid stagnant water. This design will hinder excessive algae growth and prevent the algal blooms that detractors have falsely claimed could plague the reservoir without any sound scientific basis.
• When complete, the C-43 Project will hold approximately 170,000 acre-feet of freshwater from local stormwater runoff and releases from Lake Okeechobee. It is not designed to completely eliminate all lake releases. The reservoir's primary purpose is to store freshwater during the wet season and release it to the Caloosahatchee River Estuary during drier months to help balance salinity.
• Like all projects in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan approved by Congress, operational and design changes can be made to the C-43 Reservoir to accommodate future developments and ensure its benefits are realized.
• When the project is completed, the C-43 Reservoir, alone, will resolve more than 70 percent of the times where the river does not meet the minimum flows and levels necessary for a healthy ecology.
• The project is just one crucial component of the overall solution to restore the river, which includes a Basin Management Action Plan, water quality improvements, a facility for testing and developing new water quality treatment methods, storage that includes dispersed water management around Lake Okeechobee, science-based watershed protection plans and operational changes to the water management system.
• For more information about the C-43 Reservoir click here: Splash Sheet.
• For more information about District efforts to protect and improve the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary click here: Just the Facts.


 
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May 11, 2016ACC INSIDER

THE MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER OF ALZHEIMER'S OMMUNITY CARE


As you read through our newsletter this month, you'll find a common theme of "all things new." Whether it be our new website, our new spring quarterly publication, a new grant or even an article from The "New" York Times, we are happy to share with you...what's new with Alzheimer's Community Care.


MAY 2016




On April 19, Impact 100 Palm Beach County selected Alzheimer's Community Care as one of five finalists to receive a $100,000 grant. Impact 100 Palm Beach County is a women's charitable organization funding local nonprofit initiatives in partnership with the Community Fund for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. It is comprised of a growing number of women (532 members in 2016) who donate $1,000 annually, pool their funds and vote to award multiple $100,00 high impact grants to benefit the residents of Southern Palm Beach County.

During the Grand Awards Ceremony, Kathleen Herd, our VP of Grants & Fund Development, had the opportunity to describe our work, our vision and what the high-impact grant would mean for Alzheimer's Community Care
and the community.
Special thank you to Impact 100 for this wonderful grant.
We are truly appreciative!


Alzheimer's Community Care has a new look! In April, our new website went live at alzcare.org, and we invite you to take a look around and let us know what you think!


ACC Salutes Volunteer Dale Bruhn

On April 28, the Town of Palm Beach United Way honored Mr. Dale Bruhn with the 2016 Nettie Finkle Award in recognition of his volunteer roles and years of service since 2009 at Alzheimer's Community Care. The 12th annual award was presented by Mayor Gail Coniglio to Mr. Bruhn, who at the age of 91 exemplifies volunteerism. His commitment to bringing hope, promise and opportunity into the lives of others has left a lasting, positive impact to the community.
Alzheimer's Community Care thanks Dale for his continued and tireless work for our organization. We are so grateful to
have you!

Our 2016 Spring Quarterly Publication is here! We have had a variety of events and happenings to highlight, so we invite you to read our most recent magazine.


Readers' Responses to a Woman's Journey
Living With Alzheimer's
There are so many personal stories about Alzheimer's disease, and we encourage you to read some of them from a recent article in The New York Times. The readers' comments stem from a New York Times article about Geri Taylor, a 72-year-old woman with Alzheimer's who is learning to adjust to her worsening condition.


Thank you to our generous supporters for your donations to the Great Give 2016 on May 3rd & 4th. With your help we were able to double our gift from last year and we raised $3,845!
We appreciate all of you and let's double it again next year!



Upcoming Events
5/19/2016 - Fundraiser at David Yurman, Gardens Mall
6PM - 8PM
6/16/2016 - Fundraiser at Relish & More
5:30PM - 8:30PM


 
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May 11, 2016STUART PARADES
See attached

Memorial day parade sign
 
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May 9, 2016Fitch upgrades Thrivent Financial to AA+ (Very Strong) rating with stable outlook
Agency cites extremely strong capitalization enhanced by growth in surplus, consistently solid profitability, and favorable position within Lutheran market and growing franchise within broader Christian community

MINNEAPOLIS (EMBARGOED) – Fitch Ratings has upgraded Thrivent Financial’s Insurer Financial Strength rating to AA+ (Very Strong), the second-highest of Fitch’s 19 categories, and given the organization a stable outlook.

Fitch cited Thrivent’s extremely strong level of capitalization, which was enhanced by the material growth of surplus in recent years. The organization is committed to maintaining statutory capital levels in excess of rating guidelines. As part of the upgrade, Thrivent was also recognized for its consistently solid profitability and favorable position within the Lutheran market as well as its growing franchise within the broader Christian community.

“As a membership organization, we know that our members count on us to fulfill our promises, allowing them to be wise with money and live generously,” said Randy Boushek, chief financial officer for Thrivent Financial. “This ratings upgrade from Fitch recognizes our commitment to serving our members from a position of strength and stability.”

These ratings reflect Thrivent Financials’ overall financial strength and claims-paying ability, but do not apply to the investment performance of investment products. The ratings were affirmed May 6, 2016.

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 nearly 2.4 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/why. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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 disclosure information, please visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.


 
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May 9, 20162016-2017 Tickets on Sale to Members May 31st Become a Member Today!
tickets in advance per Lyric Theatre presentation.**

Family $50
Opportunity to purchase up to four (4) tickets in advance per Lyric Theatre presentation.**

Patron $100
Opportunity to purchase unlimited tickets in advance for each show presented by the Lyric Theatre.**

Includes the prestigious “Patron Privilege Card,” which offers a variety of discounts at many local restaurants and shops.
(see Patron Privilege Card Participants Here)

Plus, acknowledgement in our quarterly magazine

Silver $500
All Patron benefits plus invitations to private receptions.

Gold $1,000
All Silver Benefits plus concierge service.

Director’s Circle $2,500+ :
Five-year annual gift commitment of $2,500 to $25,000 or more.

Recognition on the Lyric Donor Wall for the total gift amount. Individual or corporate sponsorships available.

Director’s Circle donors will also receive invitations to exclusive Director's Circle events, acknowledgment in The Lyric annual magazine, and concierge service at the box office. The concierge service puts you in direct touch with The Lyric’s ticketing manager, who will help you to secure the best seats for the shows of your choice. Concierge level advantages include full no-charge cancellation and exchange privileges, and assistance with local dining reservations and ticketing for other venues in the area.

To learn more about the Director’s Circle, or to arrange for a personal presentation, contact John Loesser, Artistic Director, at 772-220-1942, extension 208.

59 S.W. Flagler Avenue
Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: (772) 286-7827 www.LyricTheatre.com


 
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May 9, 2016DHSMV RELEASES NEW MILITARY LICENSE PLATES
~Six new special license plates are now available to veterans and active military ~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Veterans and active military now have six new special license plates from which to
choose. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has released six new
military special license plates: the Combat Action Ribbon, Distinguished Flying Cross, Woman Veteran, Air
Force Combat Action Medal, Navy Submariner and World War II Veteran.
Military license plates differ from specialty license plates in that each has unique requirements that must be met,
such as proof of service in the armed forces. Forms and documentation are required for each plate and fees for
the plate are assessed according to the weight of the vehicle. Some of the new special license plates can also be
personalized.
To order one of the new military special license plates, customers should visit a location nearest them. The
World War II Veteran special license plate is only available in Tallahassee. However, local DHSMV and tax
collector’s offices can order this license plate on behalf of the customer.
DHSMV now offers 36 military license plates. The designs can be viewed on the department’s website at
http://www.flhsmv.gov/specialtytags/miltags.html along with links to forms, requirements and a fee schedule.
In 2015, there were 90,456 military special license plates issued statewide.




 
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May 9, 2016Goombay Bash 15th Anniversary
July 23, 2016
7 - 11 P.M.
Fair Wind Air Charter
Stuart

Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Tickets on sale June 1, 2016

This year's Goodmbay Bash committee is at work planning a memorable event that will bring together the entire community including, full-time residents, young professionals, corporate sponsors, executives, and physicians in support of Martin Health System. This Year's Goombay Bash will feature ample food stations, themed entertainment, and more.

Since its inception, Goombay Bash has raised more than $1.2 million for infant, pediatric and family programs at Martin Health System including the mother-baby home visitation program. Martin Health is the only health care system in the area offering this unique in-home check-up for mother and baby one week after birth.

Please consider supporting this signature event by becoming a sponsor. Your participation will make a difference in the lives of your families, friends and neighbors for years to come. For more information please contact Chelsea Turner at chelsea.turner@martinhealth.org or 772.223.5693

 
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May 9, 2016Free Senior Exercise Expo
May 25 - 10 a.m. to Noon



900 SE Salerno Road
Stuart, FL 34997

Celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day by trying out exercise classes at the Kane Center! You can participate in any or all classes, or simply observe. Plus, enter drawings to win a free week of Zumba Gold classes and more!

10:00 a.m. Zumba Gold
10:30 a.m. Line Dancing
11:00 a.m. Total Body Workout

Complimentary services available that day:

Blood pressure checks
Balance testing
Chair massages
Samples of Kane Cuisine

The expo is free, but we ask that you bring a donation of toiletries for seniors in need. (Recommended items: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, and body soap or body wash.)

For more information, visit www.kanecenter.org or call 772-223-7800.


 
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May 9, 2016UF/IFAS Extension Martin County presents 2016 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program
The application period for the 2016 University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Martin County Master Gardener volunteer training and certification program is now open. If you enjoy learning, volunteering, and sharing horticultural knowledge with your community, the Master Gardener program may be a good fit for you! To apply, please print and complete the on-line Sprouting Kit at http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu/mg_training.shtml and return it before 5 p.m. July 1, 2016 to the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Office, located at 2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart 34996.

The 2016 volunteer training program will be held weekly at the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Office from September 7, 2016 through November 3, 2016, with most classes held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The registration fee of $175 includes required reference materials and handouts. Classes, which are taught primarily by UF/IFAS Extension Agents and UF State Specialists, cover a wide range of horticultural topics, such as basic botany, soils, fertilizers, vegetables, citrus, turf grasses, ornamentals, entomology, pesticide safety, plant pathology and related topics. The course includes classroom lectures, field trips, labs, and other activities. Class materials are based on a state-wide curriculum developed by UF/IFAS Extension faculty. While demanding and intensive, the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener training program is also a fun and stimulating way to learn about horticulture and best management practices to protect water quality in our home landscapes.

Since 1984, the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Program has provided volunteers with extensive education in home horticultural principles, including Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM practices to protect water quality. Participants who complete the program are certified as Master Gardener Volunteers by the UF/IFAS Extension Service. Once certified, Master Gardeners are required to volunteer 75 hours within the first year following their training and 35 hours each year thereafter, to maintain their active status. Here in Martin County, our UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteers answer gardening questions from the public at the Extension office and the Elisabeth Lahti Library, mentor community organizations in starting their own gardens for beautification and education, work with 4-H youth through the Junior Master Gardener Program, present educational lectures and exhibits, and engage in other activities to educate homeowners on environmentally-friendly horticultural practices. Many Master Gardener Volunteers far exceed the required service hours and most continue in the program beyond the first year, because of their passion for learning and willingness to help others in their community. The learning process never ends for Master Gardeners! Continued training is offered throughout the year, to keep volunteers up-to-date on the latest horticultural information. So if you have a desire to help others and a personal commitment to complete the training and volunteer service hours, please send in your application today!

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

Article contributed by Yvette Goodiel, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Sustainability & Commercial Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator
Photo caption: Master Gardener 2014 trainees are led by UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Volunteer, Ann McCormick, on a tour of the House of Refuge Coastal Garden to learn about Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM practices.
Photo credit: Yvette Goodiel, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Sustainability & Commercial Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator


 
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May 9, 2016Treasure Coast Rowing Club Adult Learn to Row Camp
Treasure Coast Rowing Club is happy to announce its summer Adult learn to row
program. The program is designed for people who have zero rowing experience who
want to learn the sport. There are two camps offered, and both camps will row together,
along with our current Masters Rowers, on Saturday Mornings.
● Learn to row sculling boats, from singles to quads
● Get in Shape
● Be apart of a team
● Opportunity to compete
● 16 coached sessions
Tuesday/Thursday Camp
● Starts Tuesday June 14th
● Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays
● 6:40pm8:
15pm
● Saturday Mornings 5:45am7:
45am
Wednesday/Friday Camp
● Starts Wednesday June 15th
● Meets Wednesdays and Fridays
● 6:40pm8:
15pm
● Saturday Mornings 5:45am7:
45am
What to bring: Workout attire, may have to go into water up to knees, sneakers, crocs/flip flops, plenty of
cold water/gatorade, sunglasses, croakies, hats, light colored clothing.
Cost: $275 per rower
Contact Coach Richie at 7724446006
or tcrcjuniors@gmail.com to sign
up today.
www.treasurecoastrowingclub.com

 
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May 9, 2016Stuart Sailfish Regatta offers new experiences for kids and adults
STUART, Fla. – This year's Stuart Sailfish Regatta offers something for everyone with a schedule jam packed with new experiences and activities.

This year's KidZone is sponsored by the YMCA of the Treasure Coast and is filled with interactive experiences, like tumbling, games, races and more.

Adults can enjoy the day in style with new VIP Experience Packages offered for only $60 each race day, which will give them front row seating, food, two free drinks and a discounted full bar. Tickets for the VIP Experience are available online at StuartSailfishRegatta.com.

New this year - make a $10 donation online for the chance to win a ride on a Vintage Jersey Skiff! Winners will be announced at the event and the proceeds will benefit the Vietnam Veterans of Martin County. For your chance to win, visit StuartSailfishRegatta.com and click on tickets.

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

This year's races will take place on Sat., May 21 and Sun., May 22 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Stuart Causeway.

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

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.

Tickets are on sale now for the VIP Party, happening Friday, May 20 at the Marriott Hutchinson Island Resort and Marina, and the Regatta at StuartSailfishRegatta.com. For more information visit StuartSailfishRegatta.com or call 772-284-3007.

You can also meet the racers of the Regatta at upcoming Regatta Rally Parties! The parties will be held at Twisted Tuna on May 14 from 5 - 8p.m., at the Inlet Bar on May 15 from 4 - 7p.m., at Sneaki Tiki on May 16 from 5 - 8p.m., at the Harbour Bay Plaza on May 17 from 6 - 10p.m., at Terra Fermata on May 18 from 5 - 8p.m. and at Flanigans on May 19 from 5 - 8p.m.

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, Motorcars of Stuart, 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, Martin County and the City of Stuart.


 
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May 5, 2016Winners!! State & Local
WINNERS!!!!!

MIA GIFFORDstate winner!!
2015-2016 Florida PTA Reflections
"Let Your Imagination Fly"

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Congratulations MIKA FOWLER
recipient of Women's Club of Stuart scholarship for fall of 2016



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KIMBERLY LOCKE
CAROLINE LOCKE
Sailing Center Auction
Raised $750 with their paintings

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Congratulations to MADISYN DERITA, a winner of the 2016 Color Me Patriotic contest for high school students in Martin County. Contest Sponsored by Vicki Davis, MartinCounty Supervisor of Elections.

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Women Supporting the Arts in the Children's Mental Health Awareness Art Contest
Congratulations to ELLE KING! Her art has been selected to be displayed at the Osceola Street Cafe during the month of May.
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Audubon of Martin County
My Favorite Bird Essay & Art Contest
Congratulations to AVA LEDON,
4th grade 3rd place essay and 2nd place 4th grade. Teacher Alicia Posluszny Jones
Congratulations to MIA GIFFORD, 2nd place 5th grade. Teacher Alicia Posluszny Jones
and CLARE INNES, 3rd place
Congratulations to ADDISON BOYER, 1st place 4th grade. Teacher Alicia Posluszny Jones

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Save Our River

Congratulations to MICHAEL MIKATI and TREVOR SHPIRUK
who recently sold giclees of their paintings to customers of the Harbor Community Bank!

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Summer Camps
10am-3pm
Ask about Extended Day!
9am-5pm



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NEW NEW NEW COMMUNITY EVENTS

NEW NEW NEW

Book an art party at your office and our teachers will come to you and teach you staff! Great for team building! This has been wildly successful with corporate Martin County!

Call 772-283-4888!


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OUTREACH PROGRAMS

The Kane Center
and
The Stuart Lodge Assisted Living
Grand Oaks Assisted Living
B.L.A.S.T. program Banner Lake



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

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

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


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Raising Up and Launching Artists of all ages!

Invite your friends!

Looking forward,

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


 
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May 5, 2016Parks & Rec. hosts all new, family-friendly adult softball & kickball league
Martin County Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting a new "Family Friendly" adult softball and kickball league. Games will start on May 16. All games will be played at Halpatiokee Regional Park, 8303 SE Lost River Road in Stuart. Cost is $450.00/team for softball and $265.00 for kickball. Come join the fun!!!

For details contact:
Steve Washington at 772-634-0176, washrag@live.com or
Dave Gladding at 772-221-1419, dgladdin@martin.fl.us

Register 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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May 5, 2016Fishing Tournament
It’s fishing tournament time on the Treasure Coast, and the ARC of MC presents one of the most popular, when the 3rd Annual KDW Tournament to benefit the non-profit takes place on June 11. With more than $5,000 in cash and prizes for kingfish, dolphin and wahoo, and your choice of three locations from which to embark, you won’t want to miss this one. The Captain's Meeting takes place at 6 p.m. on June 9 at the Twisted Tuna, 4290 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart.
The tournament, itself, kicks off with a Gentleman’s Start 7 a.m. on June 11 from the St. Lucie Inlet, Jupiter Inlet or Palm Beach Inlet. Weigh-in takes place between 2-4 p.m. at the Twisted Tuna, followed at 5 p.m. with an Awards Dinner at the same location.
Entry is $250 per boat before May 27 and $300 thereafter.
Register online at www.arcmc.org. For information, call Tracy Howse at 772-283-2525


 
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May 5, 2016Successful Recycling Roundup collects over 14,500 lbs. of household hazardous waste from residents
By all accounts, Martin County Utilities and Solid Waste Department's third Annual Recycling Roundup held in March at the Martin County Fairgrounds was a tremendous success. Thanks to nearly 400 residents who participated, an estimated 14,500 pounds of household hazardous materials, electronics, and old medications were collected and properly disposed of. From the moment the event began at 9:00 a.m., vehicles were lined up in a queue to unload everything from old fertilizer, used motor oil and paint cans, broken light bulbs and expired, prescription medications. Martin County Utilities and Solid Waste personnel worked nonstop for five hours to remove the items from vehicles, and sort them for proper disposal by approved hazardous waste haulers.



Successful Recycling Roundup collects over 14,500 lbs. of household hazardous waste from residents.
Photo credit: Martin County Board of County Commissioners
Of the 18,000 total pounds of waste collected, about 80 percent of it was household hazardous waste. There were about 2,000 pounds of electronics including old televisions, printers and small electric appliances. The Martin County Sheriff's Office collected and safely disposed of 79 pounds of expired or unwanted medications. In addition, All Points Mobile Shredding collected 3,500 pounds of paper to be shredded and recycled.

"We are so proud of our environmentally conscious residents who took advantage of this opportunity to help keep hazardous items out of the regular waste stream and dispose of them safely," explained Wendy Parker, Martin County Utilities and Solid Waste Program Manager. "Our goal is to educate citizens about the proper disposal of hazardous waste and we believe it is working. As residents clean out their kitchens and garages to dispose of their hazardous waste properly, they will need to use our hazardous waste collection services with less frequency."

If you missed Martin County's Recycling Roundup, you can still drop off your hazardous materials at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center located at the Martin County Transfer Station at 9101 SW Busch St. in Palm City or check the schedule for the HazMobile (Martin County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection vehicle) to see when it will be making stops in your area. The HazMobile collects residential waste only. Business waste and other items are not accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center and the HazMobile.

For more information about Martin County's Recycling Roundup, the Household Hazardous Waste Program, and the HazMobile's schedule, call 772-419-6940 or like the HazMobile on Facebook at www.facebook.com/martincountyhazmobile, email Wendy Parker at wparker@martin.fl.us or go to www.martin.fl.us/hazardous-waste.

To dispose of your old medications any time of the year, contact the Martin County Sheriff's Office at 772-220-7000.

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


 
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May 5, 2016Special Guest Speaker at the Heritage Museum
Tuesday, May 10th at 7 p.m. will be a program presented by the Thurlow Family. The program is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave. in downtown Stuart. This is the last monthly program for the season. The next one will be Tuesday, Sept. 13th.

 
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May 5, 2016Panera Bread’s Flip Flop Cookie Campaign

Participating Panera Bread bakery-cafes will donate 100 percent of every Flip Flop cookie sold May 12th-26th to The Hibiscus Children’s Center!


(May 12th, 2016) - Today, Panera Bread kicks off a fun Flip Flop cookie promotion benefitting the Hibiscus Children’s Center in 5 bakery-cafes in the Stuart area of Florida. From May 12th-26th, participating East Coast Panera Bread bakery-cafes owned by Covelli Family Limited Partnership will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from every Flip Flop shaped cookie purchased to the Hibiscus Children’s Center.

In addition, all contributions donated into Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nation Community Bread Boxes in the 5 participating cafes throughout May also will go to the Hibiscus Children’s Center. The freshly baked all-butter shortbread cookie is shaped like a Flip Flop and decorated with icing and topped with a beach ball sugar disc.

Find a participating Panera Bread neighborhood bakery-café at www.paneraeastcoast.com.

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About the Hibiscus Children’s Center
The mission of Hibiscus Children’s Center is to maintain a safe shelter for children who are abused, abandoned, and neglected by providing prevention, residential, assessment, and recovery programs. Hibiscus Children’s Center also prepares our children for their future by constructing programs so that our children acquire an education, attain emotional and physical well-being, achieve career readiness, and gain independent living skills.
For additional information visit www.hibiscuschildrenscenter.org.


About Covelli Enterprises/Covelli Family Limited Partnership
Covelli Enterprises owns and operates more than 260 Panera Bread Bakery Cafes in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida and Ontario, Canada. Headquartered in Warren, Ohio, Covelli Enterprises is the largest franchisee of Panera Bread and the 4th largest restaurant franchisee in the United States. In the past year, Covelli Enterprises has donated more than $20 million in unsold bread and bakery products to local food banks and hunger relief agencies. Locally, Covelli Family Limited Partnership operates over 75 Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Tampa Bay, Orlando, and along the east coast of Florida. The franchise was awarded 1st Place in the Corporate Philanthropy Awards 501+ Employees Category and was presented with the 2014 Judges Choice Award. To learn more, visit www.paneraeastcoast.com.

About Panera Bread
As of September 29, 2105, there are 1,946 bakery-cafes in 46 states and in Ontario, Canada operating under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co. ® or Paradise Bakery & Cafe® names. We feature high quality, reasonably priced food in a warm, inviting and comfortable environment. With our identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, we are committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. Nearly all of our bakery-cafes have a menu highlighted by chicken raised without antibiotics, whole grain bread, and select organic and all-natural ingredients, with zero grams of artificial trans-fat per serving, which provide flavorful, wholesome offerings. Our menu includes a wide variety of year-round favorites complemented by new items introduced seasonally with the goal of creating new standards in everyday food choices. In neighborhoods across the United States and in Ontario, Canada, our customers enjoy our warm and welcoming environment featuring comfortable gathering areas, relaxing decor and free Internet access. Our bakery-cafes routinely donate bread and baked goods to community organizations in need. Additional information is available on our website, http://www.panerabread.com.


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May 5, 2016Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and Hill’s Pet Nutrition call on pet families to become prepared

Hill’s Partners with Local Shelters to Promote Pet Safety Tips for Emergencies

Palm City, Fla. — (May 5, 2016) In recognition of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 14, 2016, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and Hill’s Pet Nutrition are joining with its network of animal shelter partners to get the word out and encourage pet parents to fully consider their pets in their emergency planning.

In times of crisis, pets are often separated from their families and left to fend for themselves. During natural catastrophes such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and wildfires, as well as man-made disasters such as hazardous chemical spills and terrorism, people are often told to leave their homes for a “short time,” only to find that they cannot return for days or even weeks. As a result, community animal shelters are overwhelmed with lost and separated cats and dogs in the wake of these events.

In 2010, to help alleviate this burden, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated the second Saturday in May as National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, to help pet families focus on the importance of having a family disaster plan that also includes their pets.

“The best thing a family can do in the case of an emergency is be prepared, and that includes having a plan in place for your pets,” said Arnaud Brel, director of Hill’s Pet Nutrition Food, Shelter & Love® program. “We hope that families take into account some simple steps that will help them feel ready should disaster strike so they do not have to leave their pets behind.”

HSTC President & CEO Frank Valente and his team of those who work at the shelter know first-hand the importance of such planning.

“Too often we have seen families get separated from their pets due to a lack of planning,” said Valente. “We want pet owners to know that there are steps they can take now, before a disaster strikes. Being a part of this program is important to help spread the word and teach families that advanced planning can help them feel confident when responding to a disaster.”

Hill’s annual campaign is aimed at educating pet families on ways that they can stay safer and be better prepared to survive a disaster. This year, Hill’s enlisted the HSTC’s help and other shelter partners in its Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program to help raise awareness on the importance of becoming pet-prepared. More than 60 shelters across the country are helping educate their local communities on ways that families can bolster their emergency planning.

“You never know when a disaster might strike so taking the time now to put an emergency plan in place, and having a bag packed and ready to go, can cut down on the stress often associated with an emergency,” said Dr. Ellen Lowery, director of U.S. Veterinary and Professional Affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition. “The more prepared you are, the faster you can move the whole family, including your pets, to safety.”

Hill’s suggests families build a Pet Emergency Go-Kit and store it with the rest of the family’s emergency preparations, which include basic first aid supplies; a three-day supply of bottled water and the pet’s preferred food, held in a waterproof container; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and a copy of the pet’s medical records; a list of veterinarians and local pet care organizations; a list of the pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues; and comfort items, such as a blanket or favorite toy, to help keep the pet calm and comfortable

Hill’s also recommends the following tips to help ensure your pet’s safety in an emergency:
• Ensure your pet’s identification by using a microchip or collar ID tag, and make sure that your contact information is up-to-date.
• Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
• Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when frightened. Finding your pet quickly will help you evacuate faster.
• Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
• Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
• If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safekeeping.

For more information, call the HSTC at (772) 223-8822 or visit the website, www.hstc1.org.

Hill’s Disaster Relief Network: In the event of an emergency, the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network is positioned to quickly respond and aid impacted areas by supplying pet food to communities hit by disasters. The first-of-its-kind network was established in 2013 as an extension of the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program. Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® has donated more than $280 million worth of Hill’s® Science Diet® brand pet foods to over 1,000 shelters in the United States and helped more than 8 million pets find new homes.

In the last three years, the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network delivered free food to more than 60 different shelters and veterinary clinics across the country in response to 25 major incidents – including floods in Colorado, fires in Idaho and Arizona, the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, the mudslide in Washington state and tornadoes in the central and southern regions of the country. In 2015, the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network assisted with three incidents, including the severe tornado damage in Moore, Oklahoma.

Families looking to learn more about disaster preparedness and safety, as well as the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network, can visit HillsPet.com/PetPrepared. To request assistance during an emergency, shelters can contact DisasterRelief@hillspet.com or

About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations, including the Best Friends No More Homeless Pets organization. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason because the HSTC believes that is the humane thing to do. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.
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May 5, 2016Can We Help is hosting a workshop!

“GETTING AHEAD IN A JUST GETTIN’ BY WORLD” If
you know of anyone struggling to break out of
POVERTY, please let them know about the class we
are offering the months of June and July!
There is a 12-person minimum, and every class
must be attended! Each attendee will receive a $25
Walmart gift card each evening they attend, along
with dinner and if childcare is needed, it will be
provided.
Please share the flyer and have them call Can We
Help 772-486-8150 for a phone interview to see if
they qualify for this wonderful workshop!

 
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May 4, 2016Rowers represent Treasure Coast well at state championships
On Monday afternoon, a day after the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sweep Championships in Sarasota were completed, area youth rowers were back on Treasure Coast waters.

No rest for the weary — or eager.

Crews from Sebastian River High School, St. Edwards School and Vero Beach High School, all based in Indian River County, and Treasure Coast Rowing Club Juniors and Intrepid Rowing Club, both based in Martin County, wrapped up successful weekends while competing oar to oar with the fastest teams in the state of Florida.

More than 1,200 high school athletes from 41 clubs rowed in a 1,500- meter sprint format in 28 events at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.

The two best-finishing boats from the three-county area were from Vero Beach High School under the operation of the Indian River Rowing Club.

The Fighting Indians entered seven boats, placing six in the finals and collecting a silver and a bronze medal.

Vero Beach High School's girls varsity pair of sophomore Ellie Weibel and senior Graysen Pensch rowed the course in 6 minutes, 12 seconds for the second-place finish.

The pair will next compete in two weeks at the Southeast Regional Championship, also in Sarasota.

The VBHS girls lightweight eight was third, earning bronze, but was first among the scholastic entries earning Vero Beach its second scholastic state championship.

The eight boat consisted of freshman Grace Dooley, senior Mary Garavagalia, senior Katie Kolb, sophomore Stella Buckley, sophomore Olivia North, junior Caroline Granitur, sophomore Iris Hollinger, and sophomore Emma Brownstein.

Sophomore Sarah Garavagalia was the coxswain.

That boat now will compete in the Stotesbury National Championship in May in Philadelphia.

"For being such a young program — no one has been rowing for more than two years — these are better results than we could have hoped for, and it really shows promise for the future of rowing in Vero Beach," said Gary Marra, director of rowing at Indian River Rowing Club.

Sebastian River High School coach Tom Lange was proud of his rowers, too.

"We just missed out on some medals, but we accomplished one of our goals which was to get all 18 or our girls qualified for nationals," Lange said.

Three boats — the girls lightweight eight, varsity four and junior four — will be attending the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Nationals regatta May 27-28 in Zanesville, Ohio.

"Florida has incredibly fast crews, so it's been great to see how this area continues to grow and be competitive on the state level," said Lange, who started the Sharks rowing program in 2006, the same year St. Edward's School began its program.

St. Edward's entered three events with the boys varsity finishing eighth.

Treasure Coast and Intrepid, both made up of students from Jensen Beach, Martin County and South Fork high schools, Clark Center for Advanced Learning, The Pine School, Hidden Oaks Middle, Stuart Middle, Jupiter High School, Oxbridge Academy, The Benjamin School and St. Andrews School, each entered five events.

Treasure Coast's girls pair and girls junior eight both placed fifth, the boys pair placed sixth, and the girls freshman eight and girls junior four both placed eighth.

"They are a determined, young crew competing against older rowers, but they went out there each time and rowed their hearts out," said TCRC women's head coach Stefanie Falkner.

Intrepid Rowing Club's boys freshman eight and boys lightweight eight placed fifth, the girls freshman four placed seventh, the boys junior eight placed ninth and the girls junior eight placed 11th.

"Our boys lightweight eight was just 14 seconds off podium if it was in the varsity race and tat's with six sophomores and two juniors," said Intrepid head coach Tolly Allen.

Intrepid will row at regionals in Sarasota in two weeks.


 
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May 4, 2016Recognizing Our Countries Hero Mike Dolnick

Physicians Immediate Care is proud to employ our countries heroes past, present and future! Our highest gratitude goes out to all military service members but most of all to “our own”. This is the first in a series of stories about our Physicians Immediate Care “Family” team members who have proudly served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Mike Dolnick, Paramedic in civilian life began working for Physicians Immediate Care in 2007. Mike also serves our country in the United States Navy Reserve as a hospital corpsman since 2003. He has served 2 deployments; first from August 2008-August 2009 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany where he took care of the wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan. His second deployment took him to Kandahar Afghanistan from January 2013-September 2013 where he worked with a trauma team at the NATO Roll 3 combat hospital caring for NATO forces from the battlefield. Mike re-enlisted in 2015 and is currently attached with Navy Medicine and Education and Training Command where he helps teach trauma skills to Navy personnel.

Navy Reservists are highly motivated men and women who are dedicated to the defense of the nation and who reflect the diversity of the nation in so many ways. There are individuals of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. There are people with high school diplomas and people with college degrees. There are those who are working toward higher education at all levels and those working as professionals in all kinds of career fields. And you can be a member whether you've had military experience prior to joining or not.

In general, Reservists have the same duties as their Active Duty counterparts. They provide invaluable expertise, experience and leadership. They deliver critical support to global operations and planning. And they earn the same respect as those serving on Active Duty.
Specific responsibilities depend upon basic factors like:

Designation as an Enlisted Sailor or a Commissioned Officer
Occupational specialty in any of the professional areas offered in the Navy Reserve
Navy Reserve service is generally associated with part-time service. What all Reservists have in common is a commitment to serving a minimum of one weekend a month plus two weeks a year. There are flexible drilling options that can enable service on weekdays or in an extended mission capacity to meet annual commitment requirements.
Read more at: https://www.navycs.com/navy-jobs/hospital-corpsman.html

 
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May 4, 2016Study: Leaky septic tanks contaminate St. Lucie River
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - Water quality on the Treasure Coast remains a hot topic locally and nationally but now there are renewed efforts for a closer look at a major contributor to pollution.

“Even if discharges stop completely you’re still going to have a problem because there is local contamination that has to be addressed in the long term," say Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

Local contamination, he speaks of, has long been considered a problem but now fresh evidence is stirring up the water in the north fork of the St Lucie River. It is a body of water so pristine at one time that has now become a murky mess.

“It's heartbreaking, it's heartbreaking,” says local waterfront resident Suzy Dibartolo.

For 40 years she has lived here watching a slice of paradise slip away. Proactively she sold her boat and stored her kayaks.

“I wouldn't dare go in it, I really wouldn't,” she says.

A problem has been seeping quietly from 32,000 backyards in martin county especially those next to the shoreline. Dr. Brian Lapointe of FAU Harbor Branch took hundreds of water samples from the St Lucie River last year and discovered an eye opening revelation.

“We found very high concentrations of fecal bacteria coming from septic tanks,” says Lapointe.

He says sewerage is seeping into the river day by day and has been for years. Only now are the effects so devastating. It’s a massive issue shadowed by the impact of Lake Okeechobee discharges which have gained all the bad publicity as of late. Lapointe’s evidence proves septic tanks are equally to blame.

“What we've seen is this problem has grown worse year by year to the point now parts of the St Lucie River on the north fork you can't touch the water,” says Lapointe.

Data and evidence from his septic tank study were handed over to Martin county. Commissioners have already begun a multimillion dollar solution. Move each community from septic tanks to sewer lines thus eradicating the problem.

“It's a full time job,” says Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith.

Smith has been spearheading the massive septic to sewer project which is underway in three areas: North River Shores, Golden Gate and one in Palm City. It costs each homeowner roughly $8,000 and that’s cheap considering grants and funds have dropped the price from $15,000. The time it could take to complete could be ten years.

“The river is the key component, if it’s not healthy, if it’s not clean then people won't come they won't stay,” says Smith.

Nor will the wildlife like pelicans, seagulls, manatees and dolphins which have all vanished. A clear sign the future of this water lies in a dark cloudy mess.

“I refuse to give up on it, I love it, this is where I want to stay until they drag me out dead really,” says Dibartolo.

To view Dr. Brian Lapointe’s study conducted in 2015 which produced samples of water and helped lead to the changes underway,
http://media2.wptv.com/image/2015%20Martin%20County%20Septic%20Project%20Final%20Report.pdf?_ga=1.114122244.225815334.1437140781

 
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May 4, 2016Study: Leaky septic tanks contaminate St. Lucie River
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - Water quality on the Treasure Coast remains a hot topic locally and nationally but now there are renewed efforts for a closer look at a major contributor to pollution.

“Even if discharges stop completely you’re still going to have a problem because there is local contamination that has to be addressed in the long term," say Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

Local contamination, he speaks of, has long been considered a problem but now fresh evidence is stirring up the water in the north fork of the St Lucie River. It is a body of water so pristine at one time that has now become a murky mess.

“It's heartbreaking, it's heartbreaking,” says local waterfront resident Suzy Dibartolo.

For 40 years she has lived here watching a slice of paradise slip away. Proactively she sold her boat and stored her kayaks.

“I wouldn't dare go in it, I really wouldn't,” she says.

A problem has been seeping quietly from 32,000 backyards in martin county especially those next to the shoreline. Dr. Brian Lapointe of FAU Harbor Branch took hundreds of water samples from the St Lucie River last year and discovered an eye opening revelation.

“We found very high concentrations of fecal bacteria coming from septic tanks,” says Lapointe.

He says sewerage is seeping into the river day by day and has been for years. Only now are the effects so devastating. It’s a massive issue shadowed by the impact of Lake Okeechobee discharges which have gained all the bad publicity as of late. Lapointe’s evidence proves septic tanks are equally to blame.

“What we've seen is this problem has grown worse year by year to the point now parts of the St Lucie River on the north fork you can't touch the water,” says Lapointe.

Data and evidence from his septic tank study were handed over to Martin county. Commissioners have already begun a multimillion dollar solution. Move each community from septic tanks to sewer lines thus eradicating the problem.

“It's a full time job,” says Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith.

Smith has been spearheading the massive septic to sewer project which is underway in three areas: North River Shores, Golden Gate and one in Palm City. It costs each homeowner roughly $8,000 and that’s cheap considering grants and funds have dropped the price from $15,000. The time it could take to complete could be ten years.

“The river is the key component, if it’s not healthy, if it’s not clean then people won't come they won't stay,” says Smith.

Nor will the wildlife like pelicans, seagulls, manatees and dolphins which have all vanished. A clear sign the future of this water lies in a dark cloudy mess.

“I refuse to give up on it, I love it, this is where I want to stay until they drag me out dead really,” says Dibartolo.

To view Dr. Brian Lapointe’s study conducted in 2015 which produced samples of water and helped lead to the changes underway,
http://media2.wptv.com/image/2015%20Martin%20County%20Septic%20Project%20Final%20Report.pdf?_ga=1.114122244.225815334.1437140781

 
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May 4, 2016May Practice Newsletter | Grassam Family Chiropractic
Build a Better Body with Morning Stretches

After a good night’s sleep, waking up refreshed is one of the best feelings you can ask for. Your body feels rested, your mind is sharp and your muscles are…tight!

Spending 10 to 15 minutes stretching each morning is effective at helping you wake up, loosens your muscles for the day ahead and is considered a form of exercise.

A.M. stretching is also helpful for improving your posture. How? If you’re one of the millions of people worldwide that works behind a desk, slumping toward a computer and excessive sitting can result in tight chest muscles and an overstretched back. Implementing morning stretching into your daily routine isn’t just effective for loosening tight muscles, but helps them to become more flexible. Overtime, you’ll notice a positive change in your posture.

Improving and maintaining your health is our goal. If you haven’t seen us in a while, schedule an appointment today.

Sneak Movement Into Your Day



Sitting is the new smoking, which is why getting up and moving is more important than ever. But if you don’t have time for the gym, don’t worry. Fitting in the recommended 10,000 steps a day isn’t only doable, but can be fun as well by using a simple pedometer or fitness tracker to monitor your steps.

Incorporating movement into your workday can be as easy as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking during phone calls. Divide your workday with a quick stroll during your morning and afternoon breaks. Have a pet waiting for you at home? Ending your day with a breath of fresh air outside and a lap around the block won’t just please your furry friend—it’s good for your body, too.

Regular chiropractic care can also help you stay active by keeping your spine healthy! Give us a call to schedule your appointment.

Backpack Safety Checklist



Each year hospitals treat thousands of children suffering from backpack-related injuries. Many of these result from carrying too much weight. Is your child using a backpack that is incorrectly sized? Is it configured properly?

When it comes to picking out the right backpack, here are four questions to ask yourself:

• Are the shoulder straps adjustable?
• Is the backpack padded?
• Are there interior compartments to hold items in place?
• Is the backpack the right size for my child?

If the answer is “yes” to each question, you may have found the perfect backpack. Go a step further and teach your child how to properly pack them by positioning contents for little movement and making sure the entire pack weighs less than 10% of their body weight.

Wondering what else you can do? Feel free to schedule an appointment at our practice for a quick loaded backpack evaluation with your child.

 
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May 3, 2016ARC Great Give Party
The ARC of Martin County is hosting a Great Give networking party on Tuesday, May 3rd. The party will have Beer, Wine and Food from Anthony’s Coal Fire Grill. There will be door prizes and other fun items. This is a networking party to get people familiar with the ARC of Martin County and also allow them to meet some new people. The party is 5:30 to 8:00pm at the ARC 2001 S. Kanner Highway. The cost is free!

The Great Give has matching dollars and any monies that will be donated on May 3rd will be matched this year. Come cheer the ARC on as our numbers go up. The ARC is doing this in replacement of the Hurricane Stock Up Party. So come out and see the ARC’s facility and meet new friends.

Contact Tracy R Howse at 772-283-2525 for more information and confirm your spot.


ARC Great Give Poster 201
 
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May 3, 2016Get the Facts: Everglades Modeling
In a recent letter to the Fort Myers News-Press, former Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah inaccurately alleged flawed scientific modeling was used in Everglades restoration planning.

The science of computer modeling used at the South Florida Water Management District to design, build and operate projects that are restoring the Everglades is among the most advanced in the world. In fact, the models are continuously updated and improved as new science and data become available.
Here are the facts:
• The best available scientific modeling in the late 1990s was used to develop the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). Expansive environmental data covered 31 years, from 1965 to 1995, and contained a broad range of rainfall conditions, from very wet to very dry.
• Modeling was updated for the Central Everglades Planning Project, which adds to CERP water quality and storage benefits. The update relied on a 41-year period, from 1965 to 2005.
• As projects are planned and designed, the models are updated with up-to-date rainfall, topographic and land use data.
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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 3, 2016April Rain Falls Far Below Average All South Florida basins experienced rainfall deficits
April rainfall was less than half of average across South Florida. South Florida Water Management District meteorologists reported today that only 1.19 inches of rain fell during the month, representing 45 percent of average, or 1.43 inches below average.

Eastern Broward County and Water Conservation Areas 1 and 2 were the driest basins in the area, with 12 percent and 10 percent of average rainfall, respectively. The dry conditions were helpful in the ongoing emergency effort to lower water levels in Water Conservation Area 3 in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Water Conservation Area 3 received 1.10 inches of rainfall, representing 38 percent of average, or 1.80 inches below average.

Other rainfall totals included:
South Florida's Dry Season
• November - May
• About 18 inches of rain is the average
• May and October are important transition months
• March, April and May have the highest evaporation rates and lowest rainfall
• Lake Okeechobee received 0.87 inches of direct rainfall, representing 39 percent of average, or 1.36 inches below average.
• East Caloosahatchee received 1.03 inches of rain, representing 39 percent of average, or 1.62 inches below average.
• Martin and St. Lucie counties, along with the Upper Kissimmee Basin, received the most rainfall in the area, but were still below average for the month. Martin and St. Lucie counties received 1.74 inches of rain, representing 64 percent of average, or 0.99 inches below average. The Upper Kissimmee Basin received 2.24 inches of rain, representing 88 percent of average, or 0.32 inches below average.
More information is available at:
• SFWMD Weather/Rainfall Data



 
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May 3, 2016Florida Chamber Endorses 2 Treasure Coast Area Candidates for Florida House
Today the Florida Chamber of Commerce made its first round of 2016 candidate endorsements.
While there are already 292 candidates running for 120 house seats, today the Florida Chamber is announcing endorsements in the first 10 seats. Additional rounds of House and Senate endorsements are planned in the coming months.
The Florida Chamber’s first round of endorsements includes two Treasure Coast area candidates for the Florida House:
• Representative MaryLynn Magar
• Representative Larry Lee Jr.


Important Election Information:
Florida Chamber members and their employees can now receive voter registration information, key election dates and other important election information by visiting www.FloridaWins.org.





 
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May 3, 2016Date announced for 2016 Dancin’ in the Streets
STUART, Fla. – The 29th Annual Dancin’ in the Streets street party and music festival returns to Historic Downtown Stuart on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The longest-running music festival in Martin County will take place on five stages with over twenty bands and a national headliner (to be announced) from 3 p.m. - midnight. Tickets will be available beginning in July at Seacoast Bank.

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 – dancin’ 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 continues to be Downtown Stuart’s biggest fundraising event, and draws more people downtown than any other promotional activity. Funds from Dancin’ in the Streets support free community events year-round, including Hobgoblins on Main Street, Rock’n Riverwalk and the annual Downtown tree lighting festival. In the past decade alone, Dancin’ has brought nearly 65,000 people downtown and raised almost a half-million dollars.

In 2015, funds were also raised for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, the Stuart Police Explorers Program, Road to Victory Military Museum, Martin Volunteer, and House of Hope.

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

Dancin’ in the Streets is sponsored by Courthouse Commons, Seacoast Bank and Budweiser.

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


 
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May 3, 2016MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT RESPONSE TO DEATH OF STUDENTS
Stuart, FL – The Martin County School District has experienced a tragic loss of four students on April 30. We offer sincere condolences to the Julian-Solis family, friends and loved ones.

Children may experience strong feelings in response to this tragedy, including sorrow and depression, as well as anger and fear. We have arranged for grief counseling from Treasure Coast Hospice, school psychologists and school counselors to provide onsite support for our students, parents and staff. We will continue to provide services to students as long as they are needed. In addition, parents may contact the schools directly to request services for their son or daughter if they feel they are needed.

We are sensitive to and respect the privacy and needs of the family during this difficult time.

Laurie J. Gaylord
Superintendent
Martin County School District


 
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May 3, 2016Martin County Mosquito Control performs record number of household inspections
Martin County Mosquito Control has significantly increased the frequency and intensity of household inspections in order to target Aedes aegypti, the suspect vector of Zika virus. More than 120 household inspections have been completed thus far in 2016 (January-May), compared to 60 inspections for the same time frame last year. Mosquito Control is also educating residents on how to keep mosquitos from breeding around their homes. To schedule an inspection of your home and property for mosquitos, call Martin County Mosquito Control at 772-288-5657.

Martin County works closely with its partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health in Martin County. The agencies are in routine contact, sharing information and working together to reach out the public. Here's what you can do to prevent disease-carrying mosquitos from breeding:

DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying
• Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
• Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
• Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
• Protect boats and vehicles from rain withtarps that don't accumulate water (bail out the bilges, weekly).
• Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
COVER skin with clothing or repellent
• CLOTHING - Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who work in areas where mosquitoes are present or for those who spend time outside.
• REPELLENT - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
o Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.
o Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house
• Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.
For more information on preventing mosquitos, visit www.MartinCountyHealth.com.

Questions about the Zika virus can be directed to the Florida Department of Health Zika Information Hotline: (855) 622-6735.




 
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May 3, 2016FAU Harbor Branch Archaeologists Uncover Major Find at OVIASC’s Old Vero Site
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (May 3, 2016) – Just 10 feet below the ground’s surface, archaeologists from FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) have discovered what they believe are bones from an ancient, extinct species of bison, likely 13,000 to 14,000 years old. The discovery was made during the final stretch of excavation efforts for 2016 at the Old Vero Site in Vero Beach. The archaeological dig is led by HBOI and FAU’s Department of Anthropology within the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, in partnership with the Old Vero Man Ice Age Sites Committee (OVIASC).
“We couldn’t have asked for a better representative species from that era,” said Andrew Hemmings, Ph.D., lead archaeologist.
Members of the press are invited for a photo opportunity on Thursday, May 5 at 11 a.m. at the site, 1801 27th St., Vero Beach - at the northeast corner of the Indian River County Administration Complex.
“This finding is especially significant because of the meticulous documentation that has been involved,” said James M. Adovasio, Ph.D., principal investigator. “Along with the fact that bones like this have never been found on land as part of a calculated archaeological effort. Others like this have all been found underwater, in sinkholes or streams.”
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu, or visit www.fau.edu/hboi.


 
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May 3, 2016You're invited to a Community Allies Forum on racism and segregation in Martin County public education.
On Thursday, June 9th, join us at Ground Floor Farm at 6pm for a discussion of how race and racism impact education here in our community. The evening will feature a panel discussion with Laurie Gaylord, superintendent of the Martin County School District, Dr. David Anderson, retired school board member and educator, and Marian Carpenter, retired principal of Port Salerno Elementary. Small group discussion will follow. A free, light dinner will be served beginning at 5:30pm.

This is the fourth installment in our series exploring definitions of racism, and how it is made manifest within our own community. Please invite your friends, family, and colleagues! We look forward to a respectful and fascinating discussion.


 
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May 2, 2016A Trip Down the Loxahatchee, Art Exhibition and Book Signing
HOBE SOUND – On Friday, May 13, at 6:00 p.m. the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park will host a reception for artists represented in the book, A Trip Down the Loxahatchee.

The reception features a book signing by local historian and author, Jim Snyder. Jim’s most recent coffee table book truly represents the beauty of the National Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River through the magnificent works from 52 local artists and accompanying historical narrative. The exhibition features over 30 pieces of artwork, including pieces by well-known photographer Clyde Butcher, and will be on display May 7 - June 10. The majority of proceeds benefit a fundraiser by the Friends of the park to purchase an off-road wheel chair for mobility impaired park visitors.

The reception will include wine and hors d’oeuvres, and will be held in the Kimbell Education Center in Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Park entry is free with a suggested $5.00 donation at the door. RSVP is requested.

For more information, please contact friendsjdsp@gmail.com, 561-745-5551, or visit www.friendsofjdsp.org.

The reception will take place:
Friday, May 13
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Kimbell Center
16450 SE Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, Florida 33455
(12 miles south of Stuart on U.S. 1)


 
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May 2, 2016Battle of the Gospel a Hit for Gertrude Walden Child Care Center
STUART - If you were anywhere in the vicinity of Jensen Beach High School on April 23, you may have heard magnificent music filling the air, as the 3rd Annual Treasure Coast Battle of the Gospel to benefit Gertrude Walden Child Care Center took place in the sold-out venue.
Soloists, duets, trios, praise teams and choirs participated in the joy-filled evening, and the children served by Gertrude Walden stole everyone’s hearts when they performed.
Winners included Tasha Elijah & Son – Solo, Duet, Trio $1,000.00; Lady Elaine Nelson & One Love – Praise Team $1,000.00; and First United Methodist Church – Choir $1,000.00.

To learn more about Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, visit www.Gertrudewalden.org.

CONTACT - Jackie Holfelder
772-579-3061


 
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May 2, 2016JONATHAN DICKINSON STATE PARK NATIVE GARDEN PLANTING
Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, FL, Saturday May 14th, 9:00am-12:00pm. Get your garden gloves on and be a part of something great by participating in a native garden improvement, planting indigenous plants that are great for native wildlife and a creating a place for park visitors to learn about the benefits of native plants.
Beginning at 9:00 am park staff and volunteers will meet at the Elsa Kimbell Education Center Native Plant Garden to plant a variety of approximately 100 native plants that are beneficial to butterflies, birds, bees and other native wildlife found in the park. A water refill station and Gatorade will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to come prepared with gloves, hats, sunscreen, closed toed shoes, and a water bottle. Registration is requested. Call the Kimbell Center at 561-745-5551 or email libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us.
The native plant garden is great way to benefit park wildlife and serves as an educational tool for future programs and park visitors. Park programs and events are sponsored by the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc., a community based, non-profit organization that advocates for the historical, educational and ecological enhancement of Jonathan Dickinson State Park. For more information, or to learn about becoming a member, visit www.friendsofjdsp.org.

The event takes place at:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 SE Federal Hwy
Hobe Sound, FL 33455



 
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May 2, 2016Martin County citizens benefit from successful lobbying programs
Martin County recognizes the value of our lobbyists, both at the state and federal level, and the access and opportunities they provide to advance our legislative priorities. The County has been fortunate to be represented by one of the State's premier government relations firms, Ballard Partners, for the last decade. Utilizing a team approach, Martin County staff works with our Legislative Delegation and lobbyists to accomplish goals. The cross connections and networks of our lobby team are what make our legislative program successful over the long-term.

Ballard Partners has been instrumental in helping Martin County secure hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding for projects that improve our local environment, economy and quality of life. You can find these projects in neighborhoods across the County. Here is just a sampling.

In the 2016 Session, key legislative and budgetary accomplishments worked on by Ballard Partners included funding for Everglades Restoration Projects critical to Martin County (C-44 - $60 million) and vital funding components associated with Legacy Florida, $1.7 million for the Britt Road Bridge Project and $700,000 for the All-American Ditch Stormwater Quality Retrofit Project for Palm City.

In 2015, Ballard Partners helped Martin County secure $49 million for C-44 and $2.8 million for Bathtub Reef/Sailfish Point Beach Renourishment Project and $1.5 million for septic-to-sewer conversions in North River Shores. And in 2014, Ballard Partners obtained funding for the Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin, which made recommendations to improve the environmental and economic health of the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon. The final State budget that year incorporated more than $231 million for these waterways and $3.18 million to fund maintenance (dredging) of the St. Lucie Inlet.

There was never a conflict of interest with Ballard Partners in 2013 and 2014, in fact at that time Martin County was advocating for Amtrak passenger rail on the Florida East Coast tracks. County Commissioners felt this type of service would improve our economy (via a potential stop and a tourism draw) and reduce the wear and tear on our aging transportation infrastructure. At the same time, the Board of County Commissioners asked both the Federal and State governments to provide funding for safety enhancements as required by the project, explore further enhancements such as replacement of the Railroad Bridge, provide funding to cover the cost of all crossing upgrades, maintain existing lease cost levels for local governments and explore other partnerships. All of this was requested so Martin County residents and visitors might directly benefit from the proposed service. Additionally, County Commissioners asked that broadband access be provided to local governments along the corridor.

In 2015, after it became clear that All Aboard Florida (AAF) would not stop in Martin County or on the Treasure Coast, and the project would negatively impact our community, the Board of County Commissioners took a position against AAF and allocated $1.4 million to fight the project through litigation. At that time, Martin County assigned another member of our lobbying team to monitor legislative and budgetary issues that could negatively impact the County's position on AAF.

In addition, in February 2016, County Commissioners asked staff to return with information on establishing a contract with a public affairs specialist/lobbyist to add to our lobby team to enhance and expand the County's ongoing opposition to AAF, in concert with our legal and public relations strategies. Staff is preparing this item and plans to bring it to the County Commission for consideration in May.

We have a long, trusted relationship with our lobbyists, including Ballard Partners. We retain Ballard Partners to work on other important issues for the County and we are proud of their proven track record, delivering success after success for the citizens of Martin County.



 
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May 2, 2016Katherine Mish, esq. joins Treasure Coast Legal
STUART, Fla. – Katherine Mish, esq. has joined the team at Treasure Coast Legal.

Attorney Katherine Mish received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University, and her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Katherine was a legislative intern in the Florida House of Representatives.

Licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and in the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, Mish focuses her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, debt defense, foreclosure defense, and estate planning and probate.

Katherine was raised in Fort Pierce and is excited to return home and join the team at Treasure Coast Legal. Treasure Coast Legal is a local litigation firm handling personal injury law, bankruptcy, foreclosures, real estate law, family law, civil litigation and criminal defense.

"Katherine is a great addition to our team, helping guide our clients through high stakes financial transactions," said Shaun Plymale, managing member of Treasure Coast Legal. "Katherine is a long-standing resident on the Treasure Coast and we're lucky to have her back representing our community and lending her expertise and experience to our firm."

To learn more about Treasure Coast Legal, visit www.treasurecoastlegal.com.


 
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May 2, 2016Mornings on Main Street
Downtown Networking Breakfasts
If you live in, work in, or just love Downtown Stuart, these FREE breakfasts are for you!

Next Breakfast: 8:00 A.M., Thursday, May 26, 2016
Stuart Heritage Museum
161 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart, Fl 34994

This Month:
Celebrate Historic Preservation Month!
- Downtown Stuarts Historic Buildings
- Taking a History Tour
- Preserving Historic Building -- Where to turn for answers

For More Information: 772-286-2848

 
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May 2, 2016GULFSTREAM GOODWILL’S 5TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER A HOLE-IN-ONE
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Nearly 100 golfers gathered at the newly renovated Ironhorse Country Club in West Palm Beach on April 22, 2016 for Gulfstream Goodwill Industries’ 5th Annual Golf Tournament presented by Max Davis Associates, Inc. This event, chaired by Amy and Bruce Testa, raised more than $25,000 benefitting the non-profit agency’s more than two dozen health, human and social services programs.

As in previous years, Schumacher Auto Group offered a 2016 Volvo XC90 from Volvo of the Palm Beaches to whoever could make a hole-in-one.

“The 2016 Gulfstream Goodwill Golf Tournament at Ironhorse [Country Club] was a blast. I will 100 percent be back next year,” said committee member and golfer Philip Staff.

Gulfstream Goodwill Industries would like to thank the following sponsors of the 5th Annual Golf Tournament: Presenting Sponsor Max Davis Associates, Inc.; Awards Sponsors South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc.; Lunch Sponsors Gator Electric & Communications, Inc. and Valley National Bank; Breakfast Sponsor SunTrust Bank; Par-Tee and Play Sponsors DataPrint, Noble Properties and Sapoznik Insurance; Corporate Sponsors Forte Interactive, Inc., Hyvac Mechanical Services, Iventure Solutions, Regent Bank, Roger Dean Stadium and UBS Financial Services, Inc.; and Golf Cart Sponsors Patrician Capital and United Water Restoration Group, Inc.; Official Vodka Sponsor Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Official Rum Sponsor Code Rum; the Garden’s Mall; Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Leyenda Cubana Cigar Store.

To see photos from the 5th Annual Gulfstream Goodwill Industries Golf Tournament visit gulfstreamgoodwill.org/photo-gallery.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Brian Edwards, Vice President of Marketing and Development
Office: (561) 848-7200, ext. 3250
Mobile: (561) 373-8149
Email: bedwards@gulfstreamgoodwill.org
Website: gulfstreamgoodwill.org



 
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May 2, 2016A.C.T. Studio Theatre presents David Mamet’s compelling drama “Oleanna.”
Directed by Arlette Eulo
Featuring Stuart Mohr as “John” and Rachel Swanzy as “Carol”
“Oleanna” is on stage May 20 - June 4
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets $24. Call 772-210-5373 or order online at www.actstudiotheatre.com


Written by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony/Oscar nominee David Mamet, “Oleanna” is an edge-of-your-seat drama covering the challenges of political correctness, sexual harassment, power and manipulation. We witness what seems to be a simple situation: a struggling student engaging in a series of meetings with her professor to discuss her grade. Innocent enough? As these meetings progress, they build into a battle of dominance and power heading toward shocking and destructive consequences.
The audience will flip back and forth on “Who’s right?” Will they side with Professor John, a man of letters and educational integrity? Or will they side with Carol, a struggling student overwhelmed by authority and collegiate stability? The crackling dialogue illustrates how words can be misconstrued from intentions, intentions from feelings and feelings from the perception of truth.

“Oleanna” by David Mamet. You choose who is right . . .

A.C.T. Studio Theatre
Cedar Pointe Plaza
2399 SE Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, FL 34996
actstudiotheatre.com
(772) 210-5373


 
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May 2, 2016America’s Main Streets Contest Names Stuart Main Street Quarterfinalist
Support Stuart Downtown Revitalization by Voting Today
STUART, FL – May 2, 2016 – The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, today announced that Stuart Main Street is one of 25 quarterfinalists in the 2016 America’s Main Streets contest. As the lifeblood of our cities and towns, Main Street programs like Stuart Main Street play a vital role in the long-term success of their communities, help to build economic vitality, community spirit, and a sense of place. Stuart Main Street was chosen by online voters from 253 nominees nationwide. Semifinalist voting begins May 2 at MainStreetContest.com and runs through May 29. The winner of the 2016 “America’s Main Streets” contest, and a $25,000 grand prize, will be announced June 3.
“Wherever you are on the southern Treasure Coast, if you say you are “going downtown,” you mean you are going to Stuart!” said Thondra Lanese, Executive Director of Stuart Main Street. “We are very proud of the mix of independent businesses, culture and entertainment, and recreational opportunities we have here. Downtown Stuart is the center for community life for residents, business, and visitors.”
At the heart of the revitalization of Downtown Stuart is Stuart Main Street. Since 1987 the nonprofit group has been "Embracing the Future While Preserving the Past." The group works to maintain Downtown Stuart’s distinctive appearance, strengthen and retain businesses, and market the district. Stuart Main Street was behind the seating platforms that allow downtown diners to enjoy meals outdoors. It enabled the extension of the Riverwalk boardwalk. And the group brings Downtown Stuart alive with festivals like Dancin’ in the Street, art shows, and the FREE weekly Rock’n Riverwalk waterfront concerts. They also promote Shop Local|Shop Smart, a campaign to teach consumers the community benefits of supporting independent shops, restaurants and services.
“The goal of this inaugural Independent We Stand ‘America’s Main Streets’ contest is to promote the importance and strong economic benefits of Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive,” says Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. “We are so pleased to see how passionate people are about their Main Streets. It’s evident by the broad range of nominations we saw representing 44 states in the first round. Now, it’s time to rally and vote again for these terrific quarterfinalists.”
Contest prizes include a commemorative plaque and $25,000 cash grand prize; gift certificates for STIHL, Tire Pros, Do it Best Corp., and PPG Pittsburgh Paints; a small business social media “Neighborhood” on Alignable.com; and public relations and social media recognition.
The quarterfinalists in alphabetical order are:
• Ames Main Street Cultural District, Ames, Iowa
• Cedar Lee Business District, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
• Corning's Gaffer District, Corning, N.Y.
• Dover-Foxcroft Downtown, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
• Downtown Brookings, Brookings, S.D.
• Downtown Development Authority of the City of Tifton, Tifton, Ga.
• Downtown Laurel, MS, Laurel, Miss.
• Downtown Lynden, Lynden, Wash.
• Doylestown, PA, Doylestown, Pa.
• Gateway to the Great North Woods, Millinocket, Maine
• Grapevine Historic Main Street, Grapevine, Texas
• Historic Downtown Franklin TN, Franklin, Tenn.
• Jacksonville Main Street, Jacksonville, Ill.
• Main Street Greenville, Greenville, Ohio
• Main Street Libertyville, Libertyville, Ill.
• Main Street Madison Indiana, Madison, Ind.
• McKinney Main Street, McKinney, Texas
• Moultrie Main Street, Moultrie, Ga.
• Sterling Main Street, Sterling, Ill.
• Stuart Main Street, Stuart, Fla.
• Third Street, Beaver, Pa.
• Venice Main Street, Venice, Fla.
• Water Street, Gardiner, Maine
• Wellsboro Main Street Pennsylvania, Wellsboro, Pa.
• Woodstock, Georgia, Woodstock, Ga.
About Stuart Main Street
Stuart Main Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1987 to protect and promote His¬toric Down¬town Stuart through historic preservation, downtown improvements, economic opportunity, and community events. The group is part of the Florida Main Street program and is nationally accredited by Main Street America. Stuart Main Street meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, visit stuartmainstreet.org or call 772-286-2848.
About Florida Main Street
Florida Main Street is a program administered by the Division of Historical Resources under the Florida Department of State, which currently oversees 45 communities throughout the state. By implementing the National Main Street Center’s Four-Point Approach®, Florida Main Street encourages economic development within the context of historic preservation through the revitalization of Florida’s downtowns – the community’s heart and soul. Since the program’s inception in 1985, the Florida Main Street programs have cumulatively created 24,604 jobs, 7,337 new businesses and produced $2.5 billion in reinvestment.
About Main Street America
Main Street America TM has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. It is the leading voice for preservation-based economic development and community revitalization across the country. Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, Main Street America represents the broad diversity that makes this country so unique. Working together, the programs that make up the Main Street America network help breathe new life into the places people call home.
About Independent We Stand
Independent We Stand is a movement of independent business owners across the country dedicated to informing their communities about the importance of “Buying Local” and how these efforts bolster their local economy. This movement supports all local and national causes committed to boosting local economic development projects. The Independent We Stand movement is co-sponsored by STIHL Inc. and FCA US LLC. www.IndependentWeStand.org


 
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May 2, 2016May banner specials from Northern Lights Display.
Take 15% off all catalog and custom light pole banner orders placed by 5/31/2016 which includes your choice of text imprint!
Visit our website for ideas or call for FREE catalog.
SPECIAL SUMMER BANNER OFFER - BUY 10 & GET 2 FREE
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10 - 30" x 60" @ $102 = $1,020 plus 2 FREE
Ends: May 31, 2016


 
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May 2, 2016Nominations being accepted for mARTies
Stuart - Nominations are being accepted through June 1 for the 2016 mARTies Awards, presented by the Arts Council of Martin County. Awards will be presented October 25.

Nominations are accepted in five categories: Performing Artist, Visual Artist, Student (anyone due to begin his or her senior year of high school in August 2016) Performing Artist, Student Visual Artist, and Volunteer in the Arts (all ages). Nominees must be Martin County residents.

If you know an adult or student who deserves to be nominated, please download the nomination form at MartinArts.org or contact the Arts Council (772-287-6676). Nominating is easy and requires only basic contact information and a 150-word paragraph about your nominee. Student recipients of the mARTies Award also receive a $500 scholarship.

“Each nominee is reviewed by our judges for artistic quality as well as for their civic engagement and will be honored during the evening’s festivities. All student nominees are invited to perform or display their art making the evening of the mARTies an entertainment-filled, magical night, not to be missed!” stated Nancy Turrell, executive director.

Opportunities to help us celebrate the mARTies are available for sponsors and volunteers. Please contact the Arts Council of Martin County if you are interested in being a part of the event. Tickets will go on sale in mid-September.

Since 2003, the mARTies have been the premier celebration of the arts – performing and visual, and the people who help make them alive in our community. It takes a mix of artists, philanthropists, volunteers and leaders to weaving together giving the community a more vibrant, rich and colorful texture. The mARTies are a signature event of the Arts Council of Martin County honoring outstanding artistic, voluntary and philanthropic achievement in Martin County which inspire a passion for and participation in the arts in our community. Funds raised at the mARTies support the on-going efforts of the Arts Council of Martin County to promote and support the vibrant arts community in Martin County.

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.



A list of past recipients and photos of past events and recipients is available on request.

Thank you!


 
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Apr 29, 2016eBulletin - April, 2016
FAU Harbor Branch Scientists Explore "Grand Canyon" of the Sea...the Mariana Trench

Two FAU Harbor Branch scientists are lending their expertise during a NOAA-funded expedition to what's been called the "Grand Canyon" of the sea...the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. Deborah Glickson, Ph.D., associate director of the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT), located at HBOI, is currently the geology science lead on Leg 1 of the cruise, which runs through May 11 aboard NOAA's Okeanos Explorer. Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., executive director of the CIOERT will be the biology science lead on Leg 3 of the scientific cruise from June 20 through July 11.
The mission, sponsored by NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, is to characterize unknown and poorly explored areas of the Monument by mapping the seafloor and searching for undiscovered biological and geological features such as hydrothermal vents, mud volcanoes, fish and coral reef habitat, and deep-dwelling organisms.
Researchers and students are following along and participating in the cruise from Harbor Branch's Exploration Command Center, a facility that 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 HBOI'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.
You too can follow along on the cruise by clicking here and watching the live stream from the Okeanos Explorer!

Ocean Drone Identifies Grouper Mating Calls

Just as the sun begins to set, for just a couple of months, hundreds to thousands of groupers gather at their favorite hangouts along the shelf breaks in the southeast United States, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Basin to spawn - and luckily they're pretty vocal about it, providing vital data on their reproductive behaviors as well as their favorite mating spots.
A team of scientists from FAU Harbor Branch and the University of the Virgin Islands' Center for Marine and Environmental Studies have developed a novel sensing approach using a water drone or robot to listen in on groupers mating. The sensor package and grouper acoustic recognition computer algorithms, developed by FAU Harbor Branch, have been installed on a Liquid Robotics Wave Glider, which is the first readily available ocean drone of its kind.
Spawning season for many commercially important groupers including the Nassau, Warsaw, black, yellowfin and red hind groupers are concentrated within a couple of months each year. The concentrated nature and short duration of their spawning season makes them especially vulnerable to heavy fishing and as a result, many of the spawning aggregations have disappeared or shrunk in the abundance of spawners. Overfishing at these sites can reduce grouper populations significantly, and findings from this study are helping to inform fisheries managers where protective measures are necessary.
"Each grouper species is identified through the unique sounds that are produced by muscles contracting against their swim bladder," said Laurent Cherubin, Ph.D., associate research professor at FAU's Harbor Branch. "These sounds can best be described like that of a boom on a beating drum. Often, the fish make these sounds in territorial defense or during courtship of females ready to spawn eggs."
Click here to read more, listen to the mating calls and watch video of the Wave Glider!

50 Years of Ocean Engineering at FAU Made Possible by the Link Foundation
It was the first of its kind in the country five decades ago, and this month, Florida Atlantic University's Ocean Engineering program celebrated its 50th anniversary. The program got its start through a generous grant to FAU from the Link Foundation. As part of the celebration, organizers recognized Marilyn C. Link, former managing director of Harbor Branch and special advisor to the foundation. She was presented with the "Engineering Owl" award, dedicated to the Link Foundation.


From left: Dr. Karl Von Ellenrieder - administrator of The Link Foundation Intern program, Dr. Javad Hashemi - Chairman of the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Mohammad Ilyas - Dean of the College of Engineering, Marilyn Link, Douglas Briggs - first Link Foundation Intern and former FAU faculty member

Harbor Branch Communication Team Wins Top Award
FAU Harbor Branch Associate Director of Communication Carin Smith and Specialty License Plate Coordinator Conlan Kennedy were recognized by the Florida Public Relations Association's (FPRA) Treasure Coast Chapter for their online marketing campaign of Harbor Branch's specialty license plate program. They won an Image Award and also top honors in their category for their entry, "Support Ocean Science for a Better World."
(Pictured from left: FPRA Executive Committee Member Suzanne Sparling, Carin Smith, FPRA Treasure Coast Chapter President Erick Gill)
Three Decades Since Harbor Branch Helped Recover Space Shuttle
April, 2016 marks thirty years since Harbor Branch's Johnson Sea Link submersible crew helped to locate and recover a section of the rocket booster believed to be responsible for the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986. That work is still commemorated today at Harbor Branch with a memorial located on site, created by sculptor Herk Van Tongeren (pictured, left).


 
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Apr 29, 2016Latest edition of MCTV's Destination Treasure Coast features Palm City


The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is proud to share the latest installment of MCTV's Destination Treasure Coast.

The sixth episode of Destination Treasure Coast takes us to the Palm City. While the area is often thought of as the "residential" part of Martin County, our new host MCTV's Bob Hogenson discovers there are plenty of activities for visitors and residents alike. Watch as Bob learns to row at the Treasure Coast Rowing Club, saddles up to explore Palm City's equestrian side and enjoys a meal at one of Palm City's favorite restaurants, Manero's. Be sure to watch all the way through the credits for some silly outtakes.

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

This episode is also available right now on Martin County's YouTube Channel at https: https://youtu.be/SH_McXLIW3k.


 
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Apr 29, 2016Martin, Indian River counties request time extension for comment period for Army Corps permit for All Aboard Florida


Martin County joins Indian River County and Congressman Bill Posey in requesting a time extension for the comment period of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) permit application for the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF aka Brightline) high-speed passenger rail project.

In a letter sent to the ACOE last week, Martin County requested an additional 30 days to comprehensively review the materials and provide substantive comments in response to AAF's permit application. As outlined in the letter, the sheer breadth and size of the application and its materials and exhibits would make it impossible to properly evaluate it by the May 2 deadline. Martin County is seeking this extension so that staff can review the environmental as well as the engineering implications of the application.

The County has also requested the additional time in order to physically validate the proposed improvement and its impacts within the roughly 40-mile corridor and to address potential discrepancies and compare the 100 percent plans for highway/rail crossings that were recently received by AAF to the plans submitted to ACOA. The latest plans reportedly address many safety comments made by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and could result in substantial deviations from the original application submitted to ACOE.

Martin County believes recent modifications to the highway/grade crossing plan have also altered the overall environmental impacts of the project. Martin County referred to a December 16, 2015 letter from FRA to AAF that indicates AAF made efforts to avoid and minimize safety requirements causing concern that there may be negative impacts to cultural and environmental resources that will also require further review and evaluation.

More time would also enable the County to evaluate and verify AAF's water quality assessment and propose remedies to ensure they do not harm environmentally-sensitive local water bodies, wetlands and threatened and endangered species. There are roughly 20 at-grade crossings, an estimated five jurisdictional creek crossings and numerous culvert connections that all need to be tested, observed and validated.

Additionally, Martin County has asked that ACOE hold a public hearing on the application to address the many concerns raised by Martin County and other entities in an open forum so that impacted parties can have the opportunity to be heard. Martin County is joined in these requests by Indian River County and Congressman Bill Posey (R-Melbourne), as well as others. In an April 22 letter to ACOE, Congressman Posey requested ACOE give "full and fair consideration" to the counties' request for an extension. Martin County understands ACOE will render its decision on the requests for an extension by May 2.
For more resources and information on the many local and regional issues of concern relating to the proposed AAF passenger rail project, including presentations, studies, letters of concern to state and federal agencies and more, visit www.martin.fl.us. In addition, please visit the County's social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, for updates.


 
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Apr 29, 2016Martin County looks forward to second public records trial


On April 27, 2016, a hearing was held between Lake Point Phase I, LLC and Lake Point Phase II, LLC (Lake Point) and Martin County (the County). Lake Point consists of two companies located near Lake Okeechobee and the mouth of St. Lucie Canal. The Lake Point property is a private rock mine. The latest issue raised by Lake Point is whether the public records trial of Martin County Commissioners Sarah Heard and Ed Fielding should be re-tried. The first trial took place in August 2015, which Lake Point lost. Now, Lake Point seeks to introduce evidence concerning Commissioner Chair Anne Scott. Lake Point's argument was based, in part, on a case issued by the Florida Supreme Court just last week that addresses the approach taken by trial courts in deciding whether to award attorney's fees to plaintiffs in public records trials, where the government has acted in good faith.

Today, Circuit Court Judge, F. Shields McManus, granted Lake Point's motion and ordered a new public records trial to consider Lake Point's "new evidence." It is anticipated that the new trial will address whether Lake Point's "new evidence" necessitating a new trial is, in fact, new evidence that would have actually changed the outcome of the first trial Lake Point lost. A new hearing date has not been set. Martin County looks forward to reaching a final resolution of these public record issues.


 
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Apr 29, 2016Great Give Martin County
Dear Friends of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County,
Your GREAT GIVE donation will help a local family – like the Burkhardts - build their Habitat home. Mom Courtney and her two children currently live in a cramped two-bedroom apartment. They qualified for the Habitat Homeowner’s program and are now working alongside Habitat volunteers to build their home in Hobe Sound. The payments on their interest-free Habitat mortgage will be less than the rent they are currently paying. “Words can’t express how grateful we are to everyone helping us,” said Courtney. “The kids are very excited about having their own bedrooms and a yard to play in,” she added. Your gift – whatever amount - will have a lasting, meaningful outcome by helping Habitat homeowners like Courtney achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for their families.
You can help! Here’s how
To donate to Habitat for Humanity of Martin County click on this direct link HERE or call 1.844.GIVE.DAY (1.844.448.3329) to make a secure and tax deductible donation.
On behalf of the Burkhardts - and all of our local Habitat Homeowners – thank you for all you do to help hardworking families improve their lives.

Blessings to you and your family,
Margot Graff
Executive Director
mgraff@habitatmartin.org

For more information, go to www.habitatmartin.org or call 772-223-9940.

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE OR BY VISTING www.800helpfla.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.



 
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Apr 29, 2016A.C.T. Studio Theatre presents David Mamet’s compelling drama “Oleanna.”

Directed by Arlette Eulo
Featuring Stuart Mohr as “John” and Rachel Swanzy as “Carol”
“Oleanna” is on stage May 20 - June 4
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets $24. Call 772-210-5373 or order online at www.actstudiotheatre.com


Written by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony/Oscar nominee David Mamet, “Oleanna” is an edge-of-your-seat drama covering the challenges of political correctness, sexual harassment, power and manipulation. We witness what seems to be a simple situation: a struggling student engaging in a series of meetings with her professor to discuss her grade. Innocent enough? As these meetings progress, they build into a battle of dominance and power heading toward shocking and destructive consequences.
The audience will flip back and forth on “Who’s right?” Will they side with Professor John, a man of letters and educational integrity? Or will they side with Carol, a struggling student overwhelmed by authority and collegiate stability? The crackling dialogue illustrates how words can be misconstrued from intentions, intentions from feelings and feelings from the perception of truth.

“Oleanna” by David Mamet. You choose who is right . . .

A.C.T. Studio Theatre
Cedar Pointe Plaza
2399 SE Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, FL 34996
actstudiotheatre.com
(772) 210-5373


 
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Apr 29, 2016A.C.T. Studio Theatre presents David Mamet’s compelling drama “Oleanna.”

Directed by Arlette Eulo
Featuring Stuart Mohr as “John” and Rachel Swanzy as “Carol”
“Oleanna” is on stage May 20 - June 4
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets $24. Call 772-210-5373 or order online at www.actstudiotheatre.com


Written by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony/Oscar nominee David Mamet, “Oleanna” is an edge-of-your-seat drama covering the challenges of political correctness, sexual harassment, power and manipulation. We witness what seems to be a simple situation: a struggling student engaging in a series of meetings with her professor to discuss her grade. Innocent enough? As these meetings progress, they build into a battle of dominance and power heading toward shocking and destructive consequences.
The audience will flip back and forth on “Who’s right?” Will they side with Professor John, a man of letters and educational integrity? Or will they side with Carol, a struggling student overwhelmed by authority and collegiate stability? The crackling dialogue illustrates how words can be misconstrued from intentions, intentions from feelings and feelings from the perception of truth.

“Oleanna” by David Mamet. You choose who is right . . .

A.C.T. Studio Theatre
Cedar Pointe Plaza
2399 SE Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, FL 34996
actstudiotheatre.com
(772) 210-5373


 
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Apr 29, 2016Latest edition of MCTV’s Destination Treasure Coast features Palm City

The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is proud to share the latest installment of MCTV’s Destination Treasure Coast.
The sixth episode of Destination Treasure Coast takes us to the Palm City. While the area is often thought of as the "residential" part of Martin County, our new host MCTV’s Bob Hogenson discovers there are plenty of activities for visitors and
residents alike. Watch as Bob learns to row at the Treasure Coast Rowing Club, saddles up to explore Palm City's equestrian side and enjoys a meal at one of Palm City's favorite restaurants, Manero's. Be sure to watch all the way through the credits
for some silly outtakes.
Destination Treasure Coast airs daily at 8:30 A.M. and Sundays at 6:00 P.M., Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streams live at www.martin.fl.us. This episode is also available right now on Martin County's YouTube Channel at https: https://youtu.be/SH_McXLIW3k

 
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Apr 29, 2016Martin County Water Ambassador Program IV

Wed, May 4 at 8:30 AM, stuart, Florida

By: UF/IFAS Martin County Sea Grant Agent JP Gellermann


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Martin County Water Ambassador Program IV

Wed, May 4, 2016 at 8:30 AM - Stuart, Florida

Are you interested in saving our Lagoon? Are you interested in what you can do to make a difference? Martin County, UF/IFAS Sea Grant Extension have partnered to now offer the Water Ambassador training program to help you change your practices and to educate your friends and neighbors to meet this goal. This unique training program creates knowledgeable and motivated volunteers ready to make a difference.


What is the Martin County Water Ambassadors?

The Martin County Water Ambassadors is an education in action program that unites and empowers residents and volunteers who have an interest in protecting local waterways and giving back to their communities.

The program provides a way for motivated individuals to connect personal decisions with information about lagoon friendly practices.


Program Structure

Including orientation, program participants will attend a six hour course that combines group discussions, presentations by local experts, and resource materials for an interactive and informative program. Participants will be provided with educational materials, and lunch. Participants will learn about:
•Community Importance & Reasons for Saving the Lagoon
•Florida’s Drainage History
•Nine Principals of Florida Friendly Landscaping
•Estuary Friendly Living
•How and Why to Reduce Stormwater Runoff from Your Property
•Martin County Fertilizer Ordinance- From ‘A’ to ‘Z’ Your Complete Guide


Martin County Water Ambassador - Your Commitment

As a Water Ambassador graduate, you take on the role of educator and activist within your community. Water Ambassadors work in the following areas to advance the message of reducing stormwater and encourage residents to answer the call to help protect our local waterways!

Water Ambassadors may:
•Give Educational Programs to the Public
•Support Youth Activities (K-12)
•Participate in Local Outreach Events


When Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar . WhereMartin County Extension Office - 2614 SE Dixie Hwy, stuart, Florida 34996 -

 
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Apr 28, 2016I'm All Aboard Updates - I'm All Aboard Coalition Members in the News
I'm All Aboard Coalition Members Correct the Record on TCPalm.com:

All Aboard Objectors Continue to Mislead Treasure Coast Residents

Robert Webster corrects the record about why All Aboard Florida will Benefit the Treasure Coast - Apr 23

...Apparently, like so many others, she has been duped by fear-mongering objector claims that have no merit.

May I remind everyone that getting a permit means fulfilling the requirements for receiving the permit. It is not a political opportunity for objectors to meddle in the process...

Again, Townley makes the assumption that AAF will lead to "our destruction" when the real consequence of AAF will be an improvement of safety, quality-of-life, and property values for little cost to local residents.

Those are benefits, not elements of destruction.

Rich Campbell is correct when he observes commissioners are fighting AAF to gain votes from an uninformed public. They have misrepresented their constituents by pandering to specious objector claims as their basis to oppose AAF. Meanwhile, they hide their own commissioned safety report from public exposure because that report riddled many of their alleged concerns for public safety.

Davis' "property disaster zone" is an absurd piece of fiction because it is predicated on false claims. In the real world, quieter trains, less crossing delay time than existed ten years ago, no train horns, much safer road crossings, and the potential for a future transit station are considered benefits that improve both quality-of-life and property values. Reports to the contrary are based on objector claims that have zero credibility when examined in the light of facts.

Martin County's study is based on false premises. Consequently, it's conclusions are bogus. Garbage in, garbage out.

Requiring real estate agents to propagate fiction serves nobody. It is also dishonest and reprehensible.
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Michael Goodfellow Points out Rail Safety Study Paid by Opponents shows "No Adverse Impacts" - Apr 23

People are against the train yet they don't seem to know why. For months, we've read outrageous claim after outrageous claim. Heck, even certain candidates are pandering to voter fear.

One of the outspoken critics of the train called me stupid for living near the tracks without fear or being against AAF. There are enough other things in life to worry about than the train so I just won't let the train bother me.

A study was commissioned by Indian River County regarding rail crossing safety.

Of course, this study didn't receive much coverage, if any, since such coverage goes against what many people want to hear.

The report (here: http://www.ircgov.com/Public_Notices/Rail/Rail-Crossing-Safety-Evaluation.pdf ) concluded "there is no Adverse Safety impact to IRC from AAF." The report also suggested improvements that could be made to the crossings then stated, "If he proposed upgrades actually occur, they will improve the safety factors that exist today."






Despite Obstacles, Tri-Rail Coming to Downtown Miami in 2018

...After the downtown station is up and running, Tri-Rail has long-term plans to continue adding stations going north along the FEC corridor near U.S. 1 — traveling through the Design District, Aventura, downtown Hollywood, and ultimately all the way up to Jupiter in Palm Beach County.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article73396717.html#storylink=cpy

Read the full story by Michael Vasquez in the Miami Herald


 
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Apr 27, 2016Ka-Pow! Come on out and show off your Super dance moves
Mother-Son Dance May 7th
Tickets: $20 per Mother-son couple
$5 for additional son

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Apr 27, 2016Martin County defends Comprehensive Plan Amendments to State Administrative Commission
Martin County defended amendments to its award-wining Comprehensive Plan today in front of the Florida Administration Commission, comprised of Governor Rick Scott and members of the Cabinet. The Commission takes final action on processes relating to comprehensive plans or plan amendments. The issue is whether Martin County Comprehensive Plan Amendment 13-5, adopted in 2013, is in compliance with Florida Statutes. The amendment is currently being challenged by a local landowner, Midbrook 1st Realty Corporation.

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners was represented by Chair Anne Scott. In a prepared statement, Commissioner Scott said, "...The Martin County Commission takes our Comprehensive Plan very seriously. We work hard to make sure it reflects and protects growth and development goals of our citizens. The amendments before you today are a small part of a large package adopted August 2013. There were other challenges that were resolved quickly and amicably, by settlement with language revisions. This case is all that stands between Martin County and putting the amendment package into effect. We look forward to your decision and implementing our amendments. Please know that the County spent many hours deliberating these amendments. We heard testimony from dozens of interested citizens and stakeholders. We hope you take that into consideration as you deliberate today..."

The Administration Commission's final order will implement all the Comprehensive Plan Amendments adopted in 2013 except for three items: splitting the urban service district; the calculation of multi-family in the residential capacity analysis; and the requirements of a 4-1 vote by County Commissioners for plan amendments that affect the pillars of the plan.

The first two issues can be corrected quickly with remedial amendments. On the super majority issue, the Administration Commission said the County could have a super-majority provided it is supported by data and analysis.

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners will have this matter placed on an upcoming agenda whereby they will have an executive session for a briefing by their legal counsel, and then will have a public deliberation prior to a final determination.


 
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Apr 27, 2016Australia’s Thunder From Down Under September 17th at 5pm & 8pm
The PERFECT Girl Night Outback!
Australia's HOTTEST Export – Thunder from Down Under
Grab your girlfriends and get ready for the Thunder From Down Under “Outback Fantasy 2016 Tour.” Voted the best male revue show on the Las Vegas strip, Australia’s Thunder From Down Under features chiseled bodies, seductive choreography, saucy humor, and some boy-next door charm. Every performer takes a unique female fantasy and brings it to life in this interactive girls-night- out show. Featured on a special episode of the popular television show Project Runway, the boys from Australia’s Thunder From Down Under have amazed audiences for years with their commanding stage presence and irresistible moves.

Get ready to get up close and personal! Throughout the show, select ladies are asked to join the dancers on stage for a performance that will have you laughing, cheering, and clapping the whole night. Perfect for bachelorette parties, divorce parties, or girl’s night out getaways, Australia’s Thunder From Down Under features all the hottest Aussies. This season at The Lyric Theatre - the boys from the outback come back for a visit!


tickets on sale beginning May 12th

 
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Apr 27, 2016Force Newsletter - April 2016
Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter

April 2016

The Rivers Coalition meeting is Thursday April 28th at 11:00 am at Stuart City Hall. The meeting is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking available. We'll even provide coffee and doughnuts.

The presentation topic for the April meeting is:

Local Government's role in monitoring and making sure "clean water" enters the
St. Lucie River Estuary and Indian River Lagoon

Our guest speakers this month will be:

Deborah Drum
Manager, Ecosystem Restoration & Management System
At Martin County Board of County Commissioners

Kevin Henderson
President of Evergreen Engineering, Inc.

Sam Amerson
City of Stuart

Deborah Drum

Deborah Drum graduated from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science with a Masters in Marine Affairs in 1993. She received her BA in Marine Science Affairs from the University of Miami in 1991, where she was the President of the Outdoor Recreation Club Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. Deb is a member of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals.

In 2012, Deb began working with the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. She is currently the Manager of the Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division. From 1994-2012 Deb worked at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Prior to her 18 year career at SFWMD, Deb was the Director at Battelle in West Palm Beach for one year. Her other career experience includes working as an Assistant Biologist and Biologist for Miami Dade County.

Kevin Henderson

Kevin Henderson attended the University of Florida where he received his Bachelor's and Masters' Degrees. His school and work history includes many areas of community involvement and recognition some of which are:Outstanding Local Elected Official in Florida (1996), Florida Association of City and County Managers, Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, International Who’s Who Business Professional Category, Water Conservationist of the Year (2006), Florida Wildlife Federation, Conservationist of the Year (2007) TC Chapter, and Coastal Conservation Association

Kevin has over 35 years of work experience in Engineering. He is currently the President of Evergreen Engineering. He also has an extensive career in Public Service, he is currently a Chair with the Rivers Coalition Defense Fund. Previously Kevin has worked as a Mayor and Commissioner, City of Stuart; Chairman, Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments; Chairman, Metropolitan Planning Organization of Martin County;
Chairman, Watershed Action Committee of Martin County; Stormwater Utility Advisory Committee, Martin County
Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Florida League of Cities; Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
Martin County Business Development Board; Planning and Zoning Board, City of Stuart; Chairman, Martin County Conservation Alliance and various other service organizations.


Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved!

Missed a past meeting? Go to our Youtube channel!



Agenda for Thursday April 28th, 2016
Meeting Thursday, April 28, 2016
11:00am - 12:30 pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994

Please Silence Your Cell Phones!


Business Matters
• Chairman’s Comments, Quorum & New Member Vote: Darrell Brand
• Special Presentation:
"Local Government's Involvement "
Martin County and City of Stuart
Deborah Drum/ Kevin Henderson/ Sam Amerson
• 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

New Business
Lost River Fishing Tournament Promotion


Everglades Day
On Everglades Day, April 7th, the community celebrated the Everglades habitat of South Florida. This day promotes awareness, appreciation and understanding of the Everglades ecosystem.

Rivers Coalition Members were among those who supported this event at the Riverwalk Stage in downtown Stuart



Special Recognition of Environmentalist John Marshall
John Marshall (1941-2016)

It is a great loss to our south Florida environmental community to hear of John’s passing. He was incredibly dedicated to keeping alive his Uncle Art’s astute and vanguard vision for the Everglades. May his legacy be that those of us left behind soldier on to realize an ecologically sound restoration of the Everglades, which includes a flow way south.

He and Nancy’s dedication made a huge difference to the spread of Everglades ecoliteracy. It’s probably impossible to calculate the number of children and adults who now understand and care about the Everglades that would not have encountered it before the ARM’s efforts.

John was very important to me, personally. I served as mentor for the Foundation’s inspiring College Summer Intern Program for several years, and discovered the deep commitment John and Nancy had to empowering the next generation to take their places in protecting and saving the Everglades. Without exception, I think I can say, the interns had a life changing experience, enriched beyond their expectations.

John was also keen on understanding the “Big Picture” as his Uncle Art had been, and, like Art, was keen on interdisciplinary approaches to solving problems. He took a liking to my work because of his open-mindedness and I will forever be grateful for his willingness to expand horizons when he saw that was necessary. For one example, in recognizing the connection of the Everglades with the problems of rising seas due to climate change, the ARM created the Rising Seas Conference, organized by the ARM Foundation.

We’ve lost a leader. But we have gained so much from his dogged determination to do what he could to further the work. May we also be blessed with such fortitude.

Contribution by Shari Anker, Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie Co., Inc.



Martin County River Kidz

Calling All River Parentz and River Kidz!!!

Hi Parentz! If you are interested in signing your children up for River Kidz, please go to our website, Riverscoalition.org, under the River Kidz tab and sign up! You will receive any email blasts notifying you of events and happenings. Please like us on Facebook too! Thanks!

River Kidz at the Earth Day Celebration at Environmental Studies Center

The River Kidz helped celebrate Earth Day at the Environmental Studies Center by helping attendees with face painting, crafts and other Earth Day games and activities.



Youth Driven Cinema 2016: K-12 Student Film Fest

The Youth Driven Cinema event takes place April 29th at the Lyric Theatre and tickets are on sale now. Tickets can be bought online or at the box office. They are $10 for adults and $5 for kids with 100% of ticket sale proceeds going to camp scholarships at Environmental Studies Center. Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Indian Riverkeeper.

Youth Driven Cinema is the first event of its kind in Martin County and will be held at The Lyric Theatre April 29th, 2016 (doors open at 6:00).

Tickets may be purchased at The Lyric Theatre or follow this link: Online Tic


Speakers Bureau
On Monday, April 18th Marty Baum and Todd Weissing represented the Rivers Coalition for a meeting with the Savanna Concerned Citizens. The presentation included the history of Lake Okeechobee, up to and including current issues and solutions for those issues.

If your group would like the Rivers Coalition to speak at your meeting, 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!


March 30th Rivers Coalition Meeting Highlights

Thank you Bob Voisinet and the Cocoanut Point Yacht Club for their
generous donation to the Rivers Coalition!


Shannon Estenoz and Bob Johnson from the Office of Everglades Restoration Initiatives gave an informative presentation to members about 2016 Management Measures to Increase Flow to Everglades National Park.


Save the Date: Saturday May 21st
Lost River Fishing Tournament


SATURDAY MAY 21ST
LOST RIVER FISHING TOURNAMENT

An event benefiting the Rivers Coalition

Fun, Music, and Friends!
The Party starts at 4pm at the Lost River Club house/Marina.
• Huge Raffle with tons of prizes
• DJ and awards celebration
• Kids Fishing Contest – Register at LOST RIVER FISHING TOURNAMENT
• PREPARE YOUR BEST CHILI AND ENTER THE CHILI COOKOFF – REGISTER AT CHILI COOK-OFF
• Bounce House and Massive Water Slide (good for the adults too!)
• Non-alcoholic Drinks, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers provided by Lost River HOA
• Ready to use large grill for all to use – BRING YOUR FAVORITE FOODS FOR GRILLING
• Attend with your friends & family and have A BLAST
Contact the Rivers Coalition if you would like to volunteer at our booth for this fun filled event:
772-225-6849
info@riverscoalition.org

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

Thursday, May 26th 11:00 am

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


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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Apr 27, 2016PARADE IS ABOUT A MONTH AWAY - SIGN UP NOW


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Apr 26, 2016SPRING INTO A WEEKEND BOATING SAFETY COURSE
WHAT: ABC3 America's Boating Course, 3rd Edition
Presented by St. Lucie River Power Squadron
Complete course focuses on family boating safety to include
"Rules of the Road," seamanship, navigation and more.
Course completion qualifies for Florida Safe Boating ID Card.

WHEN: May 14-15, Saturday-Sunday, 9 am-4 pm

WHERE: St. Joseph Parish Life Center (Room 7)
1300 E. 10th Street, Stuart
(Parking across from Parkway Drive on eastern side of campus)

COST: $50, cash or check made payable to SLRPS - includes instruction and materials. Families may share materials - $10 fee for each additional family member

FURTHER INFORMATION And REGISTRATION: Mike Knapp, warmrainfl@aol.com, (772) 283-4816, St. Lucie River Power Squadron website: www.slrps.org


 
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Apr 26, 2016Treasure Coast Rowing Club Summer Camps
Learn to Row Camps Begins May 16!
1st session: May 16 — 21
2nd session: May 23 — 28
Schedule: M, T, R, F 4—6:30 pm, Sat 8—10:30 am
3rd session: June 6 — 11
4th session: June 13 —18
Group A: M, T, R, F 7:30—10 am, Sat 7:30—10:30 am
Group B: M, T, R, F 4:40—7 pm, Sat 7:30—10:30 am
Summer Conditioning Camp Begins June 20!
Focus: Race at the 20th Annual Halifax Regatta July 24
More information on the camps will be posted on our
website soon.
Since 1991
treasurecoastrowingclub.com
Treasure Coast Community Rowing Club
771 SW 28th St, Palm City, FL 34991

 
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Apr 26, 2016Discounted Presale Tickets - Just $10 - Limited Time Only!
ACT FAST!
$10 Tickets Available for a Limited Time

Enjoy the Stuart Air Show?

Then you don't want to miss this great opportunity to grab your tickets for just $10 each.

Yup, just $10 each!

Great for families, groups or even if you're flying solo!


Buy your $10 tickets today!

Opportunity ends May 9 at 11:59pm!

Don't miss this amazing deal!


 
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Apr 26, 2016Martin County Commission to proclaim May Historic Preservation Month
During its May 10th meeting, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners will proclaim May as Historic Preservation Month in Martin County. To mark this special designation, Martin County will join hands with its Partners in Preservation (the City of Stuart and the Town of Sewall's Point, among others) to celebrate the special places and people that have made Martin County so unique.

"In proclaiming May as Historic Preservation Month here in Martin County, we recognize the important role that historic preservation plays in our lives," said Board Chair and District 3 Commissioner Anne Scott. "During this special month, residents will be able to celebrate the contributions made by the dedicated individuals who have helped to preserve the unique heritage that has shaped us."

It is the Martin County Historic Preservation Board's (HPB) eighth year of coordinating Historic Preservation Month events with its Partners that are intended to increase public awareness of our historic resources. According to HPB Member, Joette Lorion Rice, "Historic Preservation Month is a great way to celebrate the local historical treasures that add to our sense of place here in Martin County."

The festivities will Kick-Off on May 2nd at 5 pm at the Stuart Heritage Museum, housed in the historic Stuart Feed Store (1901), where preservationists will gather to celebrate Historic Preservation Month 2016. Other activities will include: tours of the historic Seminole Inn (1926) every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1 pm during the month, and tours of the Mansion at Tuckahoe (1938) the first and third Wednesday. The Lord Baltimore Chapter of the Colonial Dames will dedicate an historic marker at the Captain Sewall House (circa 1889) on May 4th.

Every Wednesday, historian Sandra Thurlow will tell the story of Captain Sewall's home (with Bruce and Barbara Osborn portraying Captain and Mrs. Sewall on May 4th). Attorney and author Rick Crary will conduct a tour of the historic Crary House. There will be an Open House at the Salerno Colored School (Martin County's only surviving one-room schoolhouse) with a screening of the new MCTV documentary: Mrs. Williams School. Local historian Alice Luckhardt will give a video lecture entitled, "The Story of the Notorious Ashley Gang" and the House of Refuge will host an open house and a talk on Native Plants of Historical Significance. Author and HPB Chair, Nathaniel Osborn, will give a lecture entitled: The St. Lucie River Crisis in Historical Perspective. Other lectures on Martin County history include: Pioneer Life and Places is Early Jensen and Stuart; Fishing Heritage of Port Salerno, History of the Thurlow Family, and the History of the Clifton Possum Long Nature Center. There will even be an archeological tour of Mount Elizabeth.

On May 21st, two important Historic Preservation Month events will take place in Indiantown. At 10 am, there will be a plaque dedication at the Seminole Inn (1926), which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006, to commemorate its placement on the Martin County Local Register of Historic Landmarks. At 11:45 am, there will be a luncheon at the Inn to honor the Preservationist of the Year, Harold Markey, General Services Director of Martin County who has done so much to preserve its historic treasures. The Wall family, who were honored last year for their loving restoration of the Seminole Inn, will present the award (the plaque presentation is free, and the luncheon cost is $15).

According to Ms. Lorion, "Historic preservation is about more than saving old buildings. It is about protecting places that tell the stories of our past. By being good stewards of our historic resources, we preserve our heritage for future generations. The HPB invites the community to join us as we celebrate our rich history."

For more information, or a detailed Schedule of Events, contact: 772-221-1329 or visit www.martin.fl.us.


 
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Apr 25, 2016New Treasure Coast jobs from Rocla plant – and from All Aboard Florida prospects
Michael Fort, Jensen Beach

Letter: New Treasure Coast jobs from Rocla plant — and from All Aboard Florida prospects

Of the roughly 285,000 residents in St. Lucie County, 5.7 percent are unemployed. That's around 16,000 residents — enough to fill a college basketball arena.

TCPalm reports on the opening of the Rocla Concrete Tie plant, which will employ 40 full-time workers, earning an average annual wage of $44,000 plus benefits. That's significant. This is also a direct result of the positive economic impact that All Aboard Florida is already having on our area.

Despite what the naysayers would have us believe, before the first shovel has broken ground in St. Lucie County we are seeing a tangible benefit. Those employees will now be able to buy houses, eat meals, buy gas, pay taxes and contribute to our economy in general.

I thank the leaders who had the foresight to recruit Rocla to St. Lucie County, I thank Rocla for employing 40 residents. Most importantly, I thank the folks from All Aboard Florida for not giving up despite the lawsuits and nasty letters to the editor.

I know we have yet to join our neighbors to the north and south of us in lawsuits against AAF, and I would like to make an appeal to our local leaders to continue to stay out of that fight, especially given the recent jobs that were created by Rocla.

 
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Apr 25, 201624th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive set for May 14
FORT PIERCE, April 25, 2016 – Once a year, letter carriers across the Treasure Coast and nationwide deliver something more precious than the mail. They deliver food. The 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive takes place on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

The national event is the largest single-day food drive in the world and helps local food banks, including Treasure Coast Food Bank, feed the one in six Americans who struggle with hunger. That day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable food items that residents leave in or near their mailboxes.

“Stamp Out Hunger plays a significant role in helping us and our partner agencies feed the more than 100,000 people on the Treasure Coast who don’t always know where their next meal is coming from,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz. “This food drive will help us fill the shelves of our warehouse just in time for summer when the need for food assistance is at its highest. It’s also an event in which the entire community can join in the effort to fight hunger. Because all the food stays in the community in which it’s collected, people can feel confident that they’re truly helping their neighbors.”

During summer when children are out of school, many families’ food budgets don’t keep them fed through the entire month, and more people turn to Treasure Coast Food Bank and its partners for assistance.

Soon, letter carriers will be delivering to each mail box specially marked bags supplied by Publix for the annual food drive. Food collection bins already are at area post office branches, so anyone heading out of town prior to May 14 can drop off food before leaving.

On Wednesday, May 11, at the Martin County Fairgrounds and in partnership with House of Hope, there will be a kickoff for Stamp Out Hunger from 2 to 5 p.m., and Treasure Coast Food Bank will hold a Mobile Pantry food distribution during the kickoff. Representatives from Publix and the City of Stuart will be on hand.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to encourage communities to come together in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks and pantries nationwide. The event is held on the second Saturday of May each year. The annual event has brought in more than 70 million pounds of food in each of the previous three years, and organizers with the NALC expect to collect that much again this year.

Locally, Treasure Coast Food Bank is hoping to see the event bring in enough food for 170,000 meals, which would be enough for 50,000 more meals than last year’s drive.

“We’re proud to be a part of Stamp Out Hunger and very grateful for the work that the letter carriers, their families, and other volunteers do to make this happen each year,” Cruz said. “We encourage everyone to participate.”

Volunteers are still needed to help sort the donated food at select local post offices in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Individual volunteer shifts are listed on the website, and those interested in volunteering can register online at www.stophunger.org.


 
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Apr 25, 2016Upcoming ribbon-cutting event
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Department of Transportation invite you to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the SW Martin Highway Widening Project on Friday, April 29 at 1:30 pm.

2700 S.W. Martin Highway
772-288-5677

 
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Apr 25, 2016Dance Me a Story: Tangled
The Florida Arts & Dance Company and the Martin County Library System present "Dance Me a Story - Tangled" at the Cummings Library on Saturday, April 23 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. This program brings books to life through dance and narration. For details, call 288-2551.

 
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Apr 25, 2016Free adult swim lesson this Saturday
Sailfish Splash Waterpark will offer a free, adult swim lesson on Saturday, April 23 from 11:00 to 11:30 am. In addition, the first four adults who show up and sign-up to participate in the event will receive a set of 8, free 30-minute swim lesson sessions. Remember, parents who learn how to swim aren't only protecting themselves.

 
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Apr 25, 2016Get the Facts: Everglades Water Quality
A recent article in the Key West Citizen perpetuated erroneous facts about the quality of water flowing into Everglades National Park and Florida Bay.

Water in Everglades National Park is cleaner than it has been in generations and meets water quality requirements. Water sent south to restore historic flows into Everglades National Park and Florida Bay, which desperately needs freshwater, is clean.
Here are the facts:
• Florida invested $1.8 billion to develop the science and the infrastructure to move clean water into Everglades National Park. Notably, the South Florida Water Management District constructed 57,000 acres of Stormwater Treatment Areas. These vast expanses of wetlands are highly successful in using plants to clean nutrients from the water before it reaches the Park and the Bay.

• Under Governor Rick Scott's Restoration Strategies plan, an additional $880 million is being invested to construct another 6,500 acres of treatment wetlands, along with several vast storage areas and other projects, to allow more water to be cleaned and sent south.
• No Lake Okeechobee water has been sent to Everglades National Park or Florida Bay that is not clean. This water meets water quality requirements and is continually monitored under a strict science program.
• Brown water seen flowing into Everglades National Park near the Tamiami Trail is actually very clean. The brown color comes from natural plant tannins and is not harmful at all.



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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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