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May 22, 2017Media advisory: County Commissioners cut the ribbon on Salerno Road Sewer Enhancement Project on Wednesday, May 24 at 10:00 am
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners invites you to attend the ribbon-cutting event celebrating the completion of the Salerno Road Sewer Enhancement Project on Wednesday, May 24 at 10:00 am. This project included sewer system improvements with a master lift station, roadway reconstruction, on-street parking, landscaping and other improvements. Due to the close proximity to Salerno Creek and the Manatee Pocket, the sewer component of the project was a critical need to transition businesses on Salerno Road off aging septic systems.

What: Salerno Road Sewer Enhancement Project Ribbon-cutting

Where: On Salerno Road at Commerce Avenue in Port Salerno

When: Wednesday, May 24 at 10:00 am



 
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May 22, 2017Palm Beach International Airport and Silver Airways announce new service to Key West and Tallahassee.
Silver Airways has announced new non-stop service between West Palm Beach (PBI) and Key West (EYW) commencing May 25, 2017.

Silver Airways flight 146 from West Palm Beach (PBI) to Key West (EYW) will operate 1x daily, 5x weekly; Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All flights will be operated with SAAB SF 340 propeller plane with a total flight time of 1h:20m. Booking is currently available.

Silver Airways has announced new one-stop, through service between West Palm Beach (PBI) and Tallahassee (TLH) commencing May 25, 2017.

Silver Airways flight 50 from West Palm Beach (PBI) to Tallahassee (TLH), through Tampa (TPA), will operate same plane service 2x daily, 5 times weekly; Monday through Friday. All flights will be operated with SAAB SF 340 propeller plane. Booking is currently available.

“The addition of non-stop service to Key West and same plane Tallahassee service gives our passengers the ease and convenience of PBI and great, new destinations. We are excited to expand our partnership with Silver Airways and happy to offer more options for our travelers,” said Bruce Pelly, director of Airports for Palm Beach County.

Silver Airways currently operates daily service to Tampa (TPA) and the Bahamas: Bimini (BIM), Nassau (NAS) and Marsh Harbour (MHH). All Silver Airways flights are operated with its fleet of 21 highly reliable and fuel-efficient 34-seat Saab 340B Plus turbo-prop aircraft. For more on Silver Airways and to book travel, please visit: silverairways.com. *Schedules subject to change.


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May 22, 2017DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES GRADE 3 ELA TEST RESULTS
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES GRADE 3 ELA TEST RESULTS – MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ABOVE AVERAGE

Stuart, FL – The Florida Department of Education released standardized test results from the Grade 3 English Language Arts (ELA) Spring testing administration. Results show that the Martin County School District is above the state average in Grade 3 ELA with 60 percent of students showing proficiency in reading, an increase of seven percentage points from last year. The Grade 3 Reading assessment is essential for students to show satisfactory reading proficiency to progress to the fourth grade.

“We are very pleased with the increased proficiency rates for our schools, particularly the Title 1 schools that demonstrated double digit growth,” says Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent, Martin County School District. Our schools have worked very hard to improve academic achievement for students. They have certainly demonstrated their commitment to our mission of educating all students for success.”

Overall, the Martin County School District increased seven percentage points over last year’s scores, almost twice the average increase for the state. Nearly all the elementary schools demonstrated growth from last year with four schools displaying a double digit increase (including two Title 1 schools): Jensen Beach Elementary showed 21 percentage points growth; Crystal Lake showed 14 percentage points growth; Warfield Elementary showed 12 percentage points growth; and JD Parker showed 11 percentage points growth. In addition, 75 percent of Martin County elementary schools exceeded the state average in proficiency. The top scoring schools are Citrus Grove Elementary with 82 percent proficiency; Bessey Creek Elementary with 81 percent proficiency; and Jensen Beach Elementary with 75 percent proficiency.
Grade 3 ELA Proficiency Percentage: Year to Year Comparison
2017 2016
Bessey Creek Elementary 81 74
Citrus Grove Elementary 82 75
Crystal Lake Elementary 69 55
Felix A. Williams Elementary 70 70
Hobe Sound Elementary 58 59
J.D. Parker Elementary 54 43
Jensen Beach Elementary 75 54
Palm City Elementary 68 64
Pinewood Elementary 51 49
Port Salerno Elementary 28 19
Seawind Elementary 60 54
Warfield Elementary 47 35
District 60 53
State 58 54

The Martin County School District (MCSD) is an Academically High-Performing School District in Florida and is fully accredited by AdvancED, the parent organization of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. More information about MCSD can be found online at www.martinschools.org.


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May 22, 2017HBK Principal Audits University of Florida Scholarship Pageant
Having the right auditor on your team is crucial; just ask the cast and crew of “La La Land” -- and “Moonlight,” too.

PricewatershouseCoopers, the accounting firm which has been responsible for counting ballots and providing winning envelopes to announcers at the Academy Awards for the past 83 years, took a major hit for the fiasco that occurred after Faye Dunaway announced 2017 Academy Award for Best Picture.

So, when Craig Steinhoff, CPA, CITP and Principal-in-Charge in the Sarasota, Florida office of HBK CPAs & Consultants (HBK), was asked to audit the 61st annual Miss University of Florida Scholarship Pageant earlier this year, he wanted to steer clear of any such errors.

“I didn’t want to have a Warren Beatty or Steve Harvey fiasco!” Craig jokes, referring to this year’s Oscar’s blunder, as well as Harvey’s announcement of the wrong Miss Universe in 2016.

The pageant has been organized by Florida Blue Key, a student-run honor/service organization at the University of Florida (UF) since 1956. Florida Blue Key is affiliated with the Miss America Organization. It consists of five parts: a private interview that occurs prior to the event, a brief onstage Q&A segment, a talent competition, an evening wear contest, and lifestyle/fitness swimwear competition. The students compete for university scholarship monies as well as an automatic qualifying spot in the annual Miss Florida pageant.

This year’s pageant was held in February at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on the UF Campus with 13 students competing for the title of “Miss UF.” Craig was one of two auditors responsible for tallying the scores of a panel of judges.

Jenai Ferguson, a sophomore Finance major, took the top prize and said she was honored to be named Miss UF. Ferguson said she is looking forward to competing at the state level. The Miss Florida pageant will be held from June 27, 2017 through July 1, 2017

“The entire process was fun, although it was a bit more stressful than I had imagined,” says Craig, who noted that he hopes to audit similar events in the future.

 
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May 22, 2017DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES GRADE 3 ELA TEST RESULTS – MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ABOVE AVERAGE
The Florida Department of Education released standardized test results from the Grade 3 English Language Arts (ELA) Spring testing administration. Results show that the Martin County School District is above the state average in Grade 3 ELA with 60 percent of students showing proficiency in reading, an increase of seven percentage points from last year. The Grade 3 Reading assessment is essential for students to show satisfactory reading proficiency to progress to the fourth grade.

“We are very pleased with the increased proficiency rates for our schools, particularly the Title 1 schools that demonstrated double digit growth,” says Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent, Martin County School District. Our schools have worked very hard to improve academic achievement for students. They have certainly demonstrated their commitment to our mission of educating all students for success.”

Overall, the Martin County School District increased seven percentage points over last year’s scores, almost twice the average increase for the state. Nearly all the elementary schools demonstrated growth from last year with four schools displaying a double digit increase (including two Title 1 schools): Jensen Beach Elementary showed 21 percentage points growth; Crystal Lake showed 14 percentage points growth; Warfield Elementary showed 12 percentage points growth; and JD Parker showed 11 percentage points growth. In addition, 75 percent of Martin County elementary schools exceeded the state average in proficiency. The top scoring schools are Citrus Grove Elementary with 82 percent proficiency; Bessey Creek Elementary with 81 percent proficiency; and Jensen Beach Elementary with 75 percent proficiency.
Grade 3 ELA Proficiency Percentage: Year to Year Comparison
2017 2016
Bessey Creek Elementary 81 74
Citrus Grove Elementary 82 75
Crystal Lake Elementary 69 55
Felix A. Williams Elementary 70 70
Hobe Sound Elementary 58 59
J.D. Parker Elementary 54 43
Jensen Beach Elementary 75 54
Palm City Elementary 68 64
Pinewood Elementary 51 49
Port Salerno Elementary 28 19
Seawind Elementary 60 54
Warfield Elementary 47 35
District 60 53
State 58 54

The Martin County School District (MCSD) is an Academically High-Performing School District in Florida and is fully accredited by AdvancED, the parent organization of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. More information about MCSD can be found online at www.martinschools.org.


 
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May 22, 2017Maryanne Van Vonno Joins WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Integrity Group
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Integrity Group is proud to announce Maryanne Van Vonno has joined their Port Saint Lucie office. Van Vonno joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Integrity Group, who bring many years of combined real estate expertise to their clients.

WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Integrity Group, located at 345 Se Port St Lucie Blvd, is an independently owned and operated affiliate of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. For more information, please contact Andrea LaFavor at 772-398-6400 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.


About Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.: Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has grown steadily since Jim Weichert, president, chairman and CEO of Weichert, Realtors, launched the company’s franchise division in 2001. The affiliate division was created to offer a business model for franchisee ownership candidates described as “a clearly defined operating system for marketing and managing a real estate business.”
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. announced its first affiliate in 2002, was ranked 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 22, 2017A reminder to residents about yard waste collection to ensure safety during storm season
The six-month hurricane season officially begins on June 1, and preparedness today can make a big difference during a future storm or severe weather event. Ensuring your yard is hurricane-ready can decrease the amount of dangerous debris that scatters during and after severe wind and weather storms while increasing the safety of your family, your home and your neighbors' homes. Here are some important steps that should be taken before a storm:

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

• Grass clippings, branches, limbs, pine needles, pinecones, palm fronds and any other small vegetative waste should be containerized in biodegradable containers such as paper bags, boxes or garbage cans. Vegetation of any kind should not be placed in plastic bags.
• Yard waste placed curbside should be no larger than six inches in diameter or longer than six feet in length, and cannot weigh more than 50 pounds per item. For bulk yard waste items that meet these specifications, residents should call Waste Management at 772-546-7700 to schedule a bulk waste pickup.

• Note: If you are having trees removed or trimmed by a contractor, tree company or landscaper, please be sure to have them remove the debris. Place yard waste materials six feet from the curb and do not place on vacant lots, sidewalks, roadways, someone else's property, under cable or power lines, or next to cable or electric boxes. In addition, do not place yard waste in swales or drainage areas as it could cause drainage issues.
"We are asking that residents take precautionary steps now, before a storm is approaching. If citizens wait until the last minute and collection is no longer available, items such as palm fronds - and even pinecones - can become dangerous projectiles in a high-speed hurricane," Solid Waste Administrator Pat Yancey said.

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 division also provides efficient and cost-effective solid waste collection services to all residents and businesses of unincorporated areas of Martin County 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.


 
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May 19, 2017SUPERINTENDENTS CALL UPON THE GOVERNOR FOR VETO
Florida superintendents stand united in calling upon Governor Rick Scott to veto
HB 7069 and the Florida Education Funding Program (FEFP) in the General Appropriations Act.
Superintendent’s primary concern is the devastating impact this legislation will have on Florida’s public
schools.
“Florida superintendents cannot support HB 7069 or the budget due to the negative impact on public
education,” states FADSS President and Escambia County Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. “The budget fails
to meet the basic funding needs of Florida’s nearly 2.8 million public education students, and despite some
good education policy in HB 7069 the overall damage to public education far outweighs the good,” adds
Thomas. “With a united voice, we call upon the Governor to veto HB 7069 and the FEFP in support of Florida
public education,” states Thomas.
The issues of greatest concern include:
Budget
The FEFP includes only a $24.49 or .34% increase in per student funding or about $69.14 million
statewide, two factors negate that increase: the Base Student Allocation (BSA) and the proposed rate
increase to the Florida Retirement System (FRS).
1. The cut to the BSA – which is the basic per student revenue that funds programs that serve Florida
students – results in a negative $27.07 or a -0.65% decrease. Due to the decrease to the BSA, many
school districts will experience an overall cut in per student funding despite the modest FEFP
increase.
2. The proposed rate increases for the FRS are projected to consume about $54 million of the $69
million projected by the FEFP increase, leaving roughly $5.32 per student for districts to address all
other increased costs of providing services to students.
Additionally school districts are facing increased health care, utility, fuel, and other operational costs. Yet
when compared to the funding provided in the budget 10 years ago, the essential core of the operating
budget remains below pre-recession levels, despite the fact that our state is experiencing a greatly improved
economy.
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HB 7069
 Title I – The Title I provision in HB 7069 threatens to put district-wide services at risk, particularly
impacting students in poverty. Title I is a federal program that provides funds to school districts to
serve economically disadvantaged students. The current proposal would limit the ability of school
districts to provide district-wide services and would place undue restraints on a district’s ability to
target specific services to support the needs of Florida’s most vulnerable students.
 Capital Outlay – HB 7069 changes the language regarding the sharing of the discretionary capital
outlay millage, basically rendering it a requirement rather than a local decision. The 1.5 discretionary
millage is the major non-voted source of revenue for school districts to pay for the maintenance and
repair of schools, transportation and school bus purchases, and property casualty insurance. While
some school districts already have local agreements to share a portion of their millage with charter
schools, those decisions were made at the local level as they should be. This new requirement forcing
school districts to automatically share the capital outlay millage with charter schools regardless of
need and void of a locally-driven process, will severely impact a school district’s ability to meet the
ongoing transportation and building and maintenance needs of Florida public schools.
 Process
K-12 education policy should not be buried in a $419 million, 278-page piece of comprehensive
legislation that is conceived through a process void of transparency and dropped on the last day of
session. While HB 7069 includes some good K-12 policy that superintendents do support, the
majority of “bad” K-12 education provisions embedded in HB 7069 – many of which did not go
through the required vetting process – are clearly detrimental to Florida school districts.
The negative implications of HB 7069 and the FEFP will have very real consequences for Florida
schools and the students they serve. A veto of both HB 7069 and the FEFP will minimize the negative impact
on our schools and will enable school districts to better meet the educational needs of their students.
As Constitutional officers charged to oversee the education of Florida’s nearly 2.8 million public
education students, Florida’s superintendents are committed to the ultimate goal of educational success for
each and every student – and that starts with good K-12 education policy and sufficient funding to
implement those policies in order to meet the education needs of Florida public school students.
To that end, Florida superintendents stand united in calling upon Governor Scott to veto HB 7069
and the FEFP in the General Appropriations Act in support of Florida public education.

 
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May 18, 2017Marty announces Memorial Day closing
MARTY, Martin County's public transit service, will not be in operation on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. Normal service will resume on Tuesday, May 30. For schedule information, visit https://www.martin.fl.us/transit.

 
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May 18, 2017SFWMD Governing Board, U.S. Army Corps Make Tremendous Progress on Kissimmee River Restoration Project
A crucial undertaking generations in the making, the Kissimmee River Restoration Project is now within sight of the finish line.

"The Kissimmee River is part of the heart of Florida and key to the restoration of America's Everglades," said South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "Through our partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, we are restoring the river and protecting it for the enjoyment of generations of Floridians to come."

The Kissimmee River Restoration Project was first devised in 1976 after channelization of the naturally curving river for flood protection had the unintended consequence of eliminating crucial floodplain wetlands and degrading the ecosystem along the river. The SFWMD Governing Board and Army Corps entered an equal cost-sharing partnership in 1994 to backfill 22 miles of the C-38 Canal and reconnect 44 miles of river channel to mimic historic flows.

"The on-the-ground benefits we are delivering with the Kissimmee River Restoration project truly exemplify the power of our federal-state partnership," said Col. Jason Kirk, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District Commander. "Together, we are successfully restoring the Kissimmee River to provide essential ecological and operational benefits to South Florida and together, we will bring this project to completion."

So far, 14 miles of the canal have been backfilled, 6 miles of river channel have been re-carved and 24 miles of river channel re-established. In total, more than 15,000 acres of habitat have been physically restored. The Reach 2 construction contract, which includes backfilling 6.5 miles of the C-38 Canal and removal of the S-65C water control structure, is currently underway.

Work on the final phases of construction, including construction of the
S-69 Weir, is expected to begin later this year, and construction on the entire project is expected to be completed by 2020. Upon completion of construction, a new regulation schedule will be implemented for water control structure S-65 in the Upper Chain of Lakes that feeds the Kissimmee River. The new regulation schedule will increase water levels in lakes Kissimmee, Cypress and Hatchineha to provide water volumes required for delivery downstream to meet river restoration goals once construction is completed.

Environmental monitoring, approved by the SFWMD Governing Board and conducted by SFWMD staff, shows that the work is already having an enormous benefit on the ecosystem. In Reach 1 of the restoration project, which was completed in 2001, concentrations of dissolved oxygen, a key measure of the health of the river for the recovery of fish and aquatic organisms, continue to meet or exceed expectations. Monitoring has also shown the growth and recovery of native bird communities along the river, including the white ibis, great egret, blue heron and waterfowl.


 
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May 18, 2017Hundreds of Volunteers Stamped Out Hunger for Fellow Martin County Residents
This year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive delivered over 64,000 pounds of food to House of Hope — the equivalent of nearly 54,000 meals for Martin County residents in need. The drive, conducted May 13, 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 Client Choice pantries—Stuart, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach and Indiantown — with much-needed items such as canned vegetables, soup, tomato products, pasta, cereal, etc. The timing is critical for local residents who are experiencing seasonal unemployment or decreased hours as well as school lunch programs ending for the summer.

House of Hope has many groups and individuals to thank, starting with the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1690 and the thousands of local residents who put food by their mailboxes to contribute to the drive. The participating Letter Carriers collected thousands of donated bags of food from their routes while also delivering the mail. Two shifts of Stamp Out Hunger volunteers were stationed at the Palm City, Stuart and Stuart Annex, and Hobe Sound postal offices to load the collected food into trucks transported by volunteer drivers to the Martin County Fairgrounds. At the fairgrounds hundreds of volunteers including the following groups sorted over 32 tons of donated non-perishables: Baird Private Wealth Management, Edgewater Property-Realty, Martin County High School Football Team, Martin County High School Cheerleaders, The Chinese Club from Jensen Beach High School, The Church of Latter Day Saints, United Way of Martin County’s Leaders United Class of 2017 and current House of Hope volunteers.

Macs Burke, a running back junior at Martin County High School remarked, “I remember my first time [volunteering for Stamp Out Hunger as a freshman] I hadn’t pictured how big of a deal this was, but you know, I find it to be a really rewarding experience and I will definitely be back again next year.”

In addition to the hard-working volunteers, the daylong event could not happen without support from community-minded sponsors including Amerisweeps, Ready Refresh, Hooks Construction, Waste Management, Impressive Click, Cassidy’s Ice, Stuart Auto Body, Crary Buchanan Attorneys at Law and Brooklyn Joe’s Italian Restaurant.

More information about House of Hope is available online at hohmartin.org or by calling 772-286-4673.

About House of Hope
Founded in 1984, House of Hope now touches the lives of about 6,000 per month with services that include basic needs -- food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance -- and long-term case management that helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.
For more information about House of Hope, visit hohmartin.org or schedule a tour (772) 286 - 4673.


 
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May 18, 2017SUPERINTENDENTS CALL UPON THE GOVERNOR FOR VETO
Florida superintendents stand united in calling upon Governor Rick Scott to veto
HB 7069 and the Florida Education Funding Program (FEFP) in the General Appropriations Act.
Superintendent’s primary concern is the devastating impact this legislation will have on Florida’s public
schools.
“Florida superintendents cannot support HB 7069 or the budget due to the negative impact on public
education,” states FADSS President and Escambia County Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. “The budget fails
to meet the basic funding needs of Florida’s nearly 2.8 million public education students, and despite some
good education policy in HB 7069 the overall damage to public education far outweighs the good,” adds
Thomas. “With a united voice, we call upon the Governor to veto HB 7069 and the FEFP in support of Florida
public education,” states Thomas.
The issues of greatest concern include:
Budget
The FEFP includes only a $24.49 or .34% increase in per student funding or about $69.14 million
statewide, two factors negate that increase: the Base Student Allocation (BSA) and the proposed rate
increase to the Florida Retirement System (FRS).
1. The cut to the BSA – which is the basic per student revenue that funds programs that serve Florida
students – results in a negative $27.07 or a -0.65% decrease. Due to the decrease to the BSA, many
school districts will experience an overall cut in per student funding despite the modest FEFP
increase.
2. The proposed rate increases for the FRS are projected to consume about $54 million of the $69
million projected by the FEFP increase, leaving roughly $5.32 per student for districts to address all
other increased costs of providing services to students.
Additionally school districts are facing increased health care, utility, fuel, and other operational costs. Yet
when compared to the funding provided in the budget 10 years ago, the essential core of the operating
budget remains
HB 7069
 Title I – The Title I provision in HB 7069 threatens to put district-wide services at risk, particularly
impacting students in poverty. Title I is a federal program that provides funds to school districts to
serve economically disadvantaged students. The current proposal would limit the ability of school
districts to provide district-wide services and would place undue restraints on a district’s ability to
target specific services to support the needs of Florida’s most vulnerable students.
 Capital Outlay – HB 7069 changes the language regarding the sharing of the discretionary capital
outlay millage, basically rendering it a requirement rather than a local decision. The 1.5 discretionary
millage is the major non-voted source of revenue for school districts to pay for the maintenance and
repair of schools, transportation and school bus purchases, and property casualty insurance. While
some school districts already have local agreements to share a portion of their millage with charter
schools, those decisions were made at the local level as they should be. This new requirement forcing
school districts to automatically share the capital outlay millage with charter schools regardless of
need and void of a locally-driven process, will severely impact a school district’s ability to meet the
ongoing transportation and building and maintenance needs of Florida public schools.
 Process
K-12 education policy should not be buried in a $419 million, 278-page piece of comprehensive
legislation that is conceived through a process void of transparency and dropped on the last day of
session. While HB 7069 includes some good K-12 policy that superintendents do support, the
majority of “bad” K-12 education provisions embedded in HB 7069 – many of which did not go
through the required vetting process – are clearly detrimental to Florida school districts.
The negative implications of HB 7069 and the FEFP will have very real consequences for Florida
schools and the students they serve. A veto of both HB 7069 and the FEFP will minimize the negative impact
on our schools and will enable school districts to better meet the educational needs of their students.
As Constitutional officers charged to oversee the education of Florida’s nearly 2.8 million public
education students, Florida’s superintendents are committed to the ultimate goal of educational success for
each and every student – and that starts with good K-12 education policy and sufficient funding to
implement those policies in order to meet the education needs of Florida public school students.
To that end, Florida superintendents stand united in calling upon Governor Scott to veto HB 7069
and the FEFP in the General Appropriations Act in support of Florida public education.

 
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May 18, 2017Parks and Rec offers Multi-Sport Summer Camp
Ignite Sports LLC., in partnership with the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department, is offering a Multi-Sport Summer Camp at Halpatiokee Regional Park, located at 8303 SE Lost River Road in Stuart. This developmental, non-league instructional camp is open to children ages 3 through 12. Classes will be broken into age brackets of 3 to 6 and 7 to 12 years old. Registration is only $95 per child per week. Camp will be held the weeks of June 19 - 23, June 26 - 30 and July 10 - 14.

This Multi-Sport Summer Camp is the perfect way to discover your child's sporting passion. Children will not participate in just one sport; they will learn the fundamentals of a wide range of different sports in a fun, pressure-free environment that will help them find which sport is their favorite.
Camp will include the following sports:
Soccer, Cricket, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Flag Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Yoga, Kickball, Track & Field, Softball, Basketball and Boot Camp (obstacle course challenge)

For more information and to register, please visit www.ignitesportsfl.com/program/martin-co-programs or call 772-221-1419 / 772-349-5522.

Find more information about Parks and Recreation facilities, programs and services at www.martin.fl.us/parksandrec or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.


 
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May 17, 2017More than 15,000 lbs. of household hazardous waste collected at County's Recycling Roundup
Hazardous waste comes in many shapes and sizes. From old paints and batteries to aerosol cans and motor oil, these items can be found lurking in homes, sheds and garages. Martin County Solid Waste Division's fourth annual Recycling Roundup took aim at collecting these materials and disposing of them properly. Based on the more than 15,000 pounds of household hazardous materials that were "round up" by nearly 400 residents, this year's event was a huge success.

When the gates at the Martin County Fairgrounds opened at 9 a.m., vehicles were already lined up to drop off everything from old fertilizer to used motor oil and broken light bulbs to expired prescription medications. Martin County Solid Waste and Utilities staff worked nonstop to remove the items from vehicles, and sort them for appropriate disposal by certified hazardous waste haulers.

More than 1,500 pounds of electronics including old televisions, printers and small electric appliances were collected. The Martin County Sheriff's Office also gathered and safely disposed of 70 pounds of expired or unwanted medications. Additionally, more than 1,000 pounds of paper were shredded and recycled onsite by All Points Shredding.

The Recycling Roundup isn't the only way residents have been properly disposing of their household hazardous waste. During the past year, there has been a 32 percent increase in household hazardous waste collected at the Collection Center within the Martin County Transfer Station in Palm City, as well as on scheduled HazMobile collection days.

"Our goal is to educate citizens about the proper disposal of hazardous waste. As residents clean out their kitchens and garages and have a better understanding of how to dispose of their hazardous waste properly, they will eventually need to use our hazardous waste collection services with less frequency," said Wendy Parker, Martin County's Utility and Solid Waste Program Manager. "We think our outreach efforts are working."

If you missed this year's Recycling Roundup, you can still drop off hazardous materials at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center located at the Martin County Transfer Station at 9101 SW Busch Street in Palm City. No business waste will be accepted.

For more information about Martin County's Curbside Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Programs, as well as 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.


 
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May 16, 2017Bathtub Beach open to the public 2017 renourishment project completed
Bathtub Reef Beach is once again open to the public.

The 2017 beach renourishment project fronting the County park has been completed, and the beach, parking lot and pavilion are fully open for residents and visitors to enjoy. During the project, high quality sand dredged from shoals was deposited on the beach to improve storm protection for the park and MacArthur Boulevard. The renourished sand also provides a good nesting beach for sea turtles, just in time for annual turtle nesting season. This work will also restore an incredibly popular recreational destination just in time for the calm 'summer ocean' days.

"We're grateful for the community's patience while we completed this important work on a unique and much-loved beach," said Kathy FitzPatrick, Martin County Coastal Engineer. "We were able to take advantage of federal funding to repair damages to the beach from Hurricane Matthew, and restore an important environmental resource, enhance a recreational jewel, and strengthen the beach in advance of future storm seasons."

For more information, contact Kathy FitzPatrick, Martin County Coastal Engineer, at 772-288-5429 or email coastal@martin.fl.us. Project updates are available at www.martin.fl.us/BathtubReefBeach or www.facebook.com/BathtubBeachMartin.



 
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May 16, 2017Papa John's of the Treasure Coast fed over 50 hungry people
Papa John's of the Treasure Coast fed over 50 hungry people in need last Thursday at LAHIA! They are now giving you the opportunity to help this great organization by simply feeding your own family!
Order Online at www.papajohns.com from 5/15/17 - 5/21/17 and use Promocode: YMPLAHIA & Papa John's will donate 40% of your order back to this great organization to help them continue to help those in our community!

Check out our facebook event and let us know you'll be involved!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1913795135503198/

We look forward to seeing you!


 
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May 16, 2017Dancin' in the Streets selected as top event
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing, Stuart Main Street and the Downtown Business Association of Stuart are proud to announce that Dancin' in the Streets has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for 2017 by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS). Premier events from all across the southeastern United States compete to receive a Top 20 designation. The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing and the Arts Council of Martin County collaborated on the application for this prestigious designation.

Dancin' in the Streets will be returning to downtown Stuart on Saturday, August 19. This beloved music festival attracts people from all ages to downtown Stuart. "For the past thirty years Dancin' in the Streets has been a beloved tradition in Stuart and Martin County, bringing the community together for the ultimate block party on the streets of historic downtown Stuart. This year we are honoring our roots and going back to the beginning with a down home street party full of music, food and fun for everyone," said Thondra Lanese, Executive Director of Stuart Main Street.

The STS Top 20 Events program has highlighted events and festivals around the Southeast since 1985. Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: EscapeToTheSoutheast.com and Travel Media Press Room. The events are promoted quarterly to over 1,600 media outlets including web, magazines, radio, TV stations, publications and newspapers.

"Presented by Stuart Main Street and the Downtown Business Association of Stuart, this is an event you do not want to miss! Martin County events are consistently selected to appear in the Top 20 listing, and accolades such as this allow us to better promote our signature events," said Nerissa Okiye, Tourism and Marketing Manager for Martin County.

The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing was established in 2014 and strives to work as a proactive, effective and efficient division within the Department of Administration. The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing creates collateral, programs of services and promotions that inspire travelers to visit Martin County.


 
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May 16, 2017Treasure Coast Hospice Names Parent Organization Treasure Health
Treasure Coast Hospice announced today that it is changing its parent organization name to Treasure Health. The name change reflects the organization’s growth and expanded family of services, including palliative care, pediatric, and grief support programs, beyond its cornerstone hospice care. Along with the name change, the organization launched its new website, treasurehealth.org, and a motion graphic (animated video) that emphasizes the importance of having conversations about healthcare wishes.
"The new name – Treasure Health – more accurately describes the breadth of services that our care teams deliver to patients and families in our community every day,” said Susan de Cuba, president and CEO of Treasure Health. “We will remain dedicated to providing unsurpassed care through our flagship program, Treasure Coast Hospice. At the same time, we will continue to expand our expertise in providing palliative care, grief support and other services that improve quality of life in the Treasure Coast community.”
In addition to the organization’s 35-year hallmark program, Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health services include Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support. The physician-lead Palliative Care team helps patients and families dealing with serious illness navigate and clarify their healthcare choices while also providing expertise in pain and symptom management. Treasure Health’s specialized pediatric program focuses on the needs of children, teens and their families facing a serious illness. Certified counselors in the Grief Support program work with individuals and families to find hope and healing after the loss of a loved one whether through a sudden tragedy or a long-term illness. Grief support is available to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one even if that person was not on hospice care.
“We are grateful to the founders who had the insight to bring hospice care to our community thirty-five years ago,” said Rick Lynch, chairman of the board for Treasure Health. “Our understanding of the many ways we can provide care has advanced over the years. Today, as a leader in the field, Treasure Health is uniquely positioned to respond to the evolving needs of the patients and families we serve.”
In conjunction with the name change, Treasure Health launched its new website treasurehealth.org. The new site was designed to emphasize the family of Treasure Health services that support the continuum of care. With a contemporary new look that’s easy to navigate as well as mobile and tablet responsive, visitors will be able to quickly access information and learn how they can receive the full benefit of Treasure Health’s many care programs.
The website also introduces a motion graphic that encourages conversations about healthcare wishes. The innovative platform was designed as a way to encourage people to talk to those they love about what matters most to them when making healthcare choices.
"We know the importance of having these conversations early, before a health crisis,” continued de Cuba. "Our vision is to build communities that allow people to drive their own destinies for the highest quality of life in every health circumstance.”
About Treasure Health
Treasure Health is a non-profit community organization of caring professionals and dedicated volunteers whose mission is to enable well-being through compassionate patient and family-driven care, professional support services and life-enhancing education. Founded in 1982 as a hospice organization, Treasure Health has grown to serve 3000 patients annually in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Today, thanks to the generous support of our community, Treasure Health offers an expanded family of services that includes Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support.


 
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May 16, 2017HOBE SOUND 3RD SATURDAY GOURMET SE MARS STREET / SE APOLLO STREET ROAD CLOSURE
On Saturday, May 20, 2017, the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a gourmet food truck expo. This event will result in the closure of SE Mars Street and SE Apollo Street between SE Old Post Office Alley and SE Dixie Highway Service Road between the hours of 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Motorist and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and seek alternate routes.

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


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


 
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May 16, 2017MAY 20TH HONOR FLIGHT VETERANS TO RECEIVE TWO COUNTIES’ FIRE RESCUE & LEO SALUTES
Local firefighters and police officers are volunteering for a very different call to duty in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 20th. Fire Rescue and Law Enforcement personnel from both Palm Beach and Martin Counties will simultaneously escort and display honorary salutes to the WWII and Korean War veterans on board buses headed to Palm Beach International Airport. Few will see this tribute so early in the morning, but for those it is meant, the veterans on board, it will have a most meaningful effect. It begins a day or honor for these veterans flying to Washington, DC on their Honor Flight.

From the southern rally point in Palm Beach County, the tribute begins in Delray Beach at 3:45 a.m. These veterans will not only receive a four to six-unit PBSO motorcade escort fit for a 4-star General, but also salutes of honor from uniformed Fire Rescue personnel standing at attention in nine locations on I-95 overpasses and intersections along the bus route to Palm Beach International Airport. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Delray Beach Fire Rescue, Boynton Beach Fire Rescue, Boynton Beach Police Department, Lantana Police Department and Delray Beach Police Department will contribute to the massive display of respect.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight is proud to have the support of Honor Flight volunteer Samuel Eaton, also a Battalion Chief for PBCFR, who has coordinated the tribute efforts. “Having been on twelve Honor Flights, I have seen how these men and women get very emotional at the outpouring of support and long due appreciation for their willingness to risk all for America and the free world,” states Sam Eaton. “Many of them have no clue how much America remembers and appreciates what they did. When they see it openly displayed as we do, it has a profound and lasting impact that they speak of for years to come.”

From the northern rally point in Martin County, also at 3:45am, veterans board their bus in Stuart. Veterans departing Martin County for their trip of a lifetime have long enjoyed VIP treatment from the fire department and law enforcement community there. Since the hub was founded in 2009, Martin County Fire Rescue, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, City of Stuart Fire Rescue, and the Stuart Police Department have honored the veterans as they rode the buses out of town, headed towards PBIA. “Martin County’s public safety community has been loyal and patriotic supporters of our Honor Flight veterans for many years”, said Todd Tucker, Chairman of Southeast Florida Honor Flight and a Martin County Fire Rescue Lieutenant. Deputies and officers provide a police escort, while the firefighters stage the fire trucks, and stand at attention at each intersection to salute the veterans as the buses travel towards I-95. “The veterans are often in tears before they even get to the airport”, Tucker said. In addition to the roadside displays of respect, at least eight Martin County firefighter-paramedics are on each Honor Flight, volunteering their time to care for the aging warriors.

These Greatest Generation and Korean War veterans will receive the same Fire Rescue and Police tribute escort and route-lined salute for the veterans’ ride home to conclude their journey around 9:30 p.m. the evening of May 20th.

The veterans aboard Saturday morning's bus rides will join other veterans meeting at PBIA and will be flown to Washington, DC for a day dedicated to honor them and to visit and reflect at the memorials built to commemorate their service and sacrifices. This Honor Flight is the second of four regularly scheduled trips to Washington, DC per year for Southeast Florida Honor Flight, based in Stuart, FL.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, along with the 133 other hubs in the nationwide Honor Flight Network, is dedicated to flying America’s veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. With America’s WWII veterans now in their later years of life, predominantly in the 90’s age range, Honor Flight is truly in a race against time to honor these veterans by bringing them to see their memorials, especially the WWII memorial, which was not completed until 2004. The next Southeast Florida Honor Flights are scheduled for September 23rd and October 28th, 2017.


 
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May 15, 2017'Build A Better World' this summer at the Library
Martin County, FL - Beginning Saturday, May 27, readers of all ages can win prizes this summer as Martin County Library System presents the "Build A Better World" Summer Reading Program. Children ages birth through fifth grade are eligible to track their reading with a log and earn free books, prizes, and an invitation to our finale party. Teens can submit book reviews to earn volunteer hours and a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Adults can also enter to win a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card upon completing a "Tic-Tac-Toe" game sheet. This program and its special events are sponsored by The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. will occur throughout the summer; highlights include:

Fun With Music (Confidence, coordination, & concentration)
June 1, 2-2:30 p.m.
Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart

Busch Wildlife Show June 3, 2-3 p.m.
Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue in Indiantown

Building a Better World: Building the Best You!
(Parent/Child life skills workshop) June 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Drive in Stuart

Put Your Best Face Forward (Healthy eating and skin care)
June 9, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way in Jensen Beach

Family Art June 10, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue in Palm City

Discover Science @ Your Library: Reptile Discovery June 17, 2-3 p.m.
Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Highway in Hobe Sound

For more information, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Events Newsletter at any library location, or visit the library website at
www.library.martin.fl.us


 
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May 15, 2017Public invited to hop over to Bunfest
One of the most popular events for rabbit and guinea pig owners is coming soon. Bunfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., May 20, at Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave, in Stuart. Admission is $5 per person, kids 10 and under are free. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

Among the highlights will be a talk by Dr. Susan Kelleher, who hosts “Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER” on the National Geographic Channel. Each TV episode features Kellher and her staff dealing with a variety of unique exotic animal care cases. When she’s not involved with her TV program, she’s operating a busy exotic animal care practice in South Florida.

Humane Society volunteers Tracie Harrie, Rosalie Goebel and Valerie Cucco have been busy planning additional special events and activities, which will include a critter spa, bunny playground, blessing of the rabbits, a kids’ fun zone, raffles, a silent auction, adoptable critters, educational seminars and more.

For a small contribution, rabbit owners can have a professional photo taken of their bunny using props and a fun background in the “Bunny Glamour Shot” area. There also will be light bites and refreshments available for purchase.

The Silvester Foundation and Angler’s Landing Marina are the event’s presenting sponsors. Additional sponsors are the Smyth family, Gainesville Rabbit Rescue and Treasure Coast Legal. The Smyth family’s sponsorship is in memory of Ringo and in honor of their new additions to their rabbit warren, Jetson and Buster.

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 (772) 600-3208 or via email, skyle@hstc1.org or call Courtney Zanetti at (772) 600-3211 or via email, czanetti@hstc1.org.



 
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May 15, 2017Governing Board Declares Water Reuse Week May 14-20
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board passed a resolution Thursday declaring May 14-20, 2017 as Water Reuse Week in Florida. The resolution urges local governments, utilities and businesses to implement water reuse programs to help protect future water supply of 8.1 million South Florida residents.

"The water reuse operation as a crucial program is no more evident than right now as South Florida is in the grip of a severe drought," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "As a responsible Governing Board, it is our duty to do everything in our power to encourage utilities and citizens to reuse as much water as possible. Every gallon reused is a step in the right direction."

Water reclamation facilities in our communities receive wastewater from homes and businesses, treating it until it achieves high quality standards. Next this water is sent through purple pipes for irrigation of residential lots, golf courses and other green space, industrial uses, groundwater recharge and other beneficial purposes. The SFWMD Governing Board continues to partner with utilities to expand their water reuse capabilities. One of these efforts was last year's Cooperative Funding Program, approved by the Governing Board, which gave approximately $9.1 million to municipalities and utilities to implement alternative water supplies including water reuse, conservation and stormwater management projects.

The amount of water reuse District-wide has increased dramatically from


 
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May 15, 2017MARVIN S. CONE 31ST ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL JURIED ART SHOW (2017)
The Arts Council is proud to announce the award recipients for the Marvin S. Cone 31st Annual High School Juried Art Show. These awards recognize the artistic talents of our high school students and were presented on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Court House Cultural Center. Awards were presented for the Best of Show as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each of five mediums: sculpture, drawing, photography/digital prints, painting, and mixed media. Nine students received Purchase Awards resulting in having their works purchased for the collections at Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, South Fork High School, The Pine School, Clark Advanced Learning Center, the Martin County School District Superintendent’s office, Elliott Museum, Martin County Supervisor of Elections, and Zweben Law Group. Many thanks to our sponsors: Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Bush, Goldman, Waters, Robison, van Vonno, and McCluskey L.L.P.; Publix Super Market Charities, Palm City Art & Frame, Women Supporting the Arts, Karen L. Barnes, Vianne Nichols, and the City of Stuart.

The works will be on exhibit at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show continues through Friday, May 26, 2017. For more information, please call 772-287-6676 or visit www.martinarts.org

Awards List – Marvin S Cone 31st Annual High School Juried Art Show (2017)

Honorable Mention Awards (across category):
1) “Window” by Hannah Gershowitz
2) “Love is Blind” by Ryan Chimelis
3) “Old Machine” by Calvin Adams
4) “Colors” by Alyssa Macchia
5) “Safe Haven” by Juliette Afshar
6) “Autumn Blaze” by Christopher Vitale
7) “Bubble” by Adrienne Lourens
8) “House of Refuge” by Brook Mejias
9) “Unmourned Death of Acquiescence” by Lauren Cook
10) “Resilience” by Priscila Ambrocio

For Drawing:
3rd Place: “Gold” by Brynn Johnson
2nd Place: “Family Dogs” by Heidi Neff
1st Place: “Purr-gatory” by Mackenzie Comp

For Mixed Media:
3rd Place: “Inner Light” by Zackary Archer
2nd Place: “Glimpse into the Artist’s Mind” by Mayble Bright
1st Place: “Youthforia” by Jimmy Mendez

For Painting:
3rd Place: “Il Soffio Della Vita” by Lia Lobosco
2nd Place: “Bridge” by Sarah Wetterer
1st Place: “Aunt Lou” by Theresa Legein

For Sculpture:
3rd Place: “Eye Dude” by Rachel Maunus
2nd Place: “Lines, Signs, and Rhymes: by Stephanie Wildes
1st Place: “I Love Rock and Roll” by Tierney Henkel

For Photography/Digital Prints:
3rd Place: “Make Music Not War” by Ryan Chimelis
2nd Place: “Sisterly Love” by Phillipa Parnevik
1st Place: “Eyes: by Macy Washer

For Best of Show: “Wildebeest Cousins” by Adelle Bunandt, Jensen Beach High School


PURCHASE AWARDS:

Superintendent’s Purchase Award: “Orchids” by Anastasiya Valevski

Jensen Beach High School Purchase Award: “Stripes” by Christopher Vitale
“Lady of the See” by Stephanie Wildes
Martin County High School Purchase Award: “Emergence” by Emma Turner
“State of Mind” by Ivy Beaton
South Fork High School Purchase Award: “Youthforia” by Jimmy Mendez
“Apothocary” by Hannah Toth

Clark Advanced Learning Center Purchase Award: “Window” by Hannah Gershowitz

Pine School Purchase Award: “Eyes” by Macy Washer

Supervisor of Elections Purchase Award: “House of Refuge” by Brook Mejias

Elliott Museum Purchase Award: “Lines, Signs, and Rhymes” by Stephanie Wildes

Zweben Law Group: “The Wait” by Olivia Dodge


 
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May 15, 2017Celebrities Fore Kids new Public Relations/Marketing Assistant
Celebrities Fore Kids announced that Paige Scollard has joined Celebrities Fore Kids as Public Relations/Marketing Assistant. Ms. Scollard has recently graduated from Florida Atlantic University where she focused her studies on Marketing and Hospitality/Tourism Management. She also received a certificate in Meeting and Event Management. During her time in school she took part in an internship at the Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter where she worked as their marketing and special event intern. She found her love for nonprofits during the course of her semester based internship.

Paige was born in Stuart, Florida where she resided for eight years. Since than she has been living in Palm City, Florida and attended Martin County High School in Stuart, FL. During her schooling at MCHS she decided to dual enroll into Indian River State College where she earned fifty college credits before graduating High School. During her high school career Paige co-owned and co-operated a housecleaning company where she cleaned upscale homes throughout Martin and Palm Beach County. Throughout that time she also was an assistant event coordinator where she used her marketing and event planning skills to promote a large three day event.
“Celebrities Fore Kids is delighted to have Paige on our team,” stated Louise Murtaugh, Executive Director. “She has a great understanding of event management, social media and adept in all aspects of public relations.”

Celebrities Fore Kids provides daily living support for children and their family while in a medical crisis dealing with cancer or other life-altering or life-threatening illnesses on the Treasure Coast/S. Florida. Contact Celebrities Fore Kids directly if you are caring for a child battling cancer or other life-altering or life-threatening illnesses or as adult with cancer with children under 18 years of age to quality for assistance.
For more information visit the website at www.celebritiesforekids.org or contact 772.781.7943.


 
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May 15, 2017PROJECT SEARCH TO HOLD GRADUATION CEREMONY ON MAY 19; PROGRAM IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR
Project SEARCH, a one-year, high school transition program offered through the Martin County School District that provides training and education leading to possible employment for students with disabilities, will hold its 2017 graduation celebration on Friday, May 19. The event will take place in the conference center at Martin Health System in Stuart at 1 pm. Ten students will be recognized for their completion of the program.

Project SEARCH serves as a workforce alternative for students age 18-21. Each student applies to the program and is accepted through an interview process by a panel of committee members. Selection of new interns takes place at the end of each school year and applications for the 2017-18 program are now being accepted. More information on the entrance requirements can be found on the Project SEARCH web page.

“The cornerstone of Project SEARCH is total immersion in a large business,” says Andrea von Stralendorff, Project SEARCH Teacher. “Each day, students report to the host business, learn employability skills in the classroom and job skills while participating in three internships/experiences throughout the year. It helps students define their career goal and plan necessary steps to achieve that goal.”

Project SEARCH is based on a partnership that includes Martin Health System, Martin County School District, Helping People Succeed (HPS), ARC of Martin County and Vocational Rehabilitation. All partners are vital to the success of the program. Martin Health System provides a training classroom, a business liaison and rotational internships for on-the-job training. The school district provides the teacher and paraprofessional. HPS and ARC provide a job coach to work with students on their internships, job development and supervision for Vocational Rehabilitation eligible students.

Supervisors at the internship sites work with the Project SEARCH instructor and job coaches to support the Interns. Interns get continual feedback from the internship supervisor, co-workers and Project SEARCH staff. Interns end their day by reflection, problem solving, planning and journaling their key learnings. The ultimate goal upon program completion is competitive employment utilizing the skills learned on the internships and throughout the program.

For additional information about Project SEARCH and the application process, please contact Andrea von Stralendorff, Project SEARCH Teacher, at 772-223-5945 x11454 or vonstra@martin.k12.fl.us.


 
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May 15, 2017MARVIN S. CONE 31ST ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL JURIED ART SHOW (2017)
The Arts Council is proud to announce the award recipients for the Marvin S. Cone 31st Annual High School Juried Art Show. These awards recognize the artistic talents of our high school students and were presented on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Court House Cultural Center. Awards were presented for the Best of Show as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each of five mediums: sculpture, drawing, photography/digital prints, painting, and mixed media. Nine students received Purchase Awards resulting in having their works purchased for the collections at Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, South Fork High School, The Pine School, Clark Advanced Learning Center, the Martin County School District Superintendent’s office, Elliott Museum, Martin County Supervisor of Elections, and Zweben Law Group. Many thanks to our sponsors: Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Bush, Goldman, Waters, Robison, van Vonno, and McCluskey L.L.P.; Publix Super Market Charities, Palm City Art & Frame, Women Supporting the Arts, Karen L. Barnes, Vianne Nichols, and the City of Stuart.

The works will be on exhibit at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show continues through Friday, May 26, 2017. For more information, please call 772-287-6676 or visit www.martinarts.org

Awards List – Marvin S Cone 31st Annual High School Juried Art Show (2017)

Honorable Mention Awards (across category):
1) “Window” by Hannah Gershowitz
2) “Love is Blind” by Ryan Chimelis
3) “Old Machine” by Calvin Adams
4) “Colors” by Alyssa Macchia
5) “Safe Haven” by Juliette Afshar
6) “Autumn Blaze” by Christopher Vitale
7) “Bubble” by Adrienne Lourens
8) “House of Refuge” by Brook Mejias
9) “Unmourned Death of Acquiescence” by Lauren Cook
10) “Resilience” by Priscila Ambrocio

For Drawing:
3rd Place: “Gold” by Brynn Johnson
2nd Place: “Family Dogs” by Heidi Neff
1st Place: “Purr-gatory” by Mackenzie Comp

For Mixed Media:
3rd Place: “Inner Light” by Zackary Archer
2nd Place: “Glimpse into the Artist’s Mind” by Mayble Bright
1st Place: “Youthforia” by Jimmy Mendez

For Painting:
3rd Place: “Il Soffio Della Vita” by Lia Lobosco
2nd Place: “Bridge” by Sarah Wetterer
1st Place: “Aunt Lou” by Theresa Legein

For Sculpture:
3rd Place: “Eye Dude” by Rachel Maunus
2nd Place: “Lines, Signs, and Rhymes: by Stephanie Wildes
1st Place: “I Love Rock and Roll” by Tierney Henkel

For Photography/Digital Prints:
3rd Place: “Make Music Not War” by Ryan Chimelis
2nd Place: “Sisterly Love” by Phillipa Parnevik
1st Place: “Eyes: by Macy Washer

For Best of Show: “Wildebeest Cousins” by Adelle Bunandt, Jensen Beach High School


PURCHASE AWARDS:

Superintendent’s Purchase Award: “Orchids” by Anastasiya Valevski

Jensen Beach High School Purchase Award: “Stripes” by Christopher Vitale
“Lady of the See” by Stephanie Wildes
Martin County High School Purchase Award: “Emergence” by Emma Turner
“State of Mind” by Ivy Beaton
South Fork High School Purchase Award: “Youthforia” by Jimmy Mendez
“Apothocary” by Hannah Toth

Clark Advanced Learning Center Purchase Award: “Window” by Hannah Gershowitz

Pine School Purchase Award: “Eyes” by Macy Washer

Supervisor of Elections Purchase Award: “House of Refuge” by Brook Mejias

Elliott Museum Purchase Award: “Lines, Signs, and Rhymes” by Stephanie Wildes

Zweben Law Group: “The Wait” by Olivia Dodge


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May 15, 2017STUART SAILFISH REGATTA ERNEST LYONS BRIDGE- SR-A1A (OCEAN BLVD) CLOSURE
On Saturday, May 20, 2017 and Sunday, May 21, 2017, 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 19, 2017 and will reopen at 11:00 pm on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

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

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




 
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May 15, 2017Treasure Coast Hospice Names Parent Organization Treasure Health
Treasure Coast Hospice announced today that it is changing its parent organization name to Treasure Health. The name change reflects the organization’s growth and expanded family of services, including palliative care, pediatric, and grief support programs, beyond its cornerstone hospice care. Along with the name change, the organization launched its new website, treasurehealth.org, and a motion graphic (animated video) that emphasizes the importance of having conversations about healthcare wishes.
"The new name – Treasure Health – more accurately describes the breadth of services that our care teams deliver to patients and families in our community every day,” said Susan de Cuba, president and CEO of Treasure Health. “We will remain dedicated to providing unsurpassed care through our flagship program, Treasure Coast Hospice. At the same time, we will continue to expand our expertise in providing palliative care, grief support and other services that improve quality of life in the Treasure Coast community.”
In addition to the organization’s 35-year hallmark program, Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health services include Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support. The physician-lead Palliative Care team helps patients and families dealing with serious illness navigate and clarify their healthcare choices while also providing expertise in pain and symptom management. Treasure Health’s specialized pediatric program focuses on the needs of children, teens and their families facing a serious illness. Certified counselors in the Grief Support program work with individuals and families to find hope and healing after the loss of a loved one whether through a sudden tragedy or a long-term illness. Grief support is available to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one even if that person was not on hospice care.
“We are grateful to the founders who had the insight to bring hospice care to our community thirty-five years ago,” said Rick Lynch, chairman of the board for Treasure Health. “Our understanding of the many ways we can provide care has advanced over the years. Today, as a leader in the field, Treasure Health is uniquely positioned to respond to the evolving needs of the patients and families we serve.”
In conjunction with the name change, Treasure Health launched its new website treasurehealth.org. The new site was designed to emphasize the family of Treasure Health services that support the continuum of care. With a contemporary new look that’s easy to navigate as well as mobile and tablet responsive, visitors will be able to quickly access information and learn how they can receive the full benefit of Treasure Health’s many care programs.
The website also introduces a motion graphic that encourages conversations about healthcare wishes. The innovative platform was designed as a way to encourage people to talk to those they love about what matters most to them when making healthcare choices.
"We know the importance of having these conversations early, before a health crisis,” continued de Cuba. "Our vision is to build communities that allow people to drive their own destinies for the highest quality of life in every health circumstance.”


 
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May 12, 2017SW TIBURON WAY NORTH ENTRANCE / TIBURON DEVELOPMENT
Beginning Monday, May 15, 2017, Felix Associates of Florida will be installing storm pipe along SW Mapp Road in association with the All American Ditch Water Quality retrofit Project. This work will necessitate a road closure on SW Tiburon Way, the north entrance into the Tiburon development. The south entrance into the Tiburon development, SW Catalina Street will be open. This work is expected to be complete by Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and seek alternate route.

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

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


 
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May 12, 2017SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HONOR FLIGHT READY TO SALUTE 82 LOCAL WWII & KOREAN WAR VETERANS ON MAY 20TH
Two area airports will see a flurry of red, white and blue activity as two local Honor Flight hubs fly to Washington, DC on Saturday, May 20th. Southeast Florida Honor Flight, based in Stuart, FL and serving Indian River to Palm Beach County, will be flying 18 WWII veterans and 64 Korean War veterans out of their normally scheduled airport, Palm Beach International. South Florida Honor Flight, based in Ft. Lauderdale and serving Broward and Dade Counties, will fly their local veterans out of Miami International Airport. Both Honor Flight hubs will take their respective veterans on the trip of a lifetime to Washington, DC for the day to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight’s trip is the second of four regularly scheduled flights per year and as always, begins early in the morning with veterans and guardians arriving at Palm Beach International Airport about 4:00am. After checking in and boarding the chartered American Airlines Airbus 321, the flight arrives at Reagan National to a welcoming crowd cheering their gratitude to the arriving veterans. With a police escort throughout the day, four motor coaches will transport the group to visit the U.S. Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

The May 20th Southeast Florida Honor Flight will fly veterans in the following numbers by service branch—Air Force/Army Air Corps (12), Army (45), Coast Guard (3), Marine Corps (3), Merchant Marines (1) and Navy (18). Every veteran Southeast Florida Honor Flight takes to Washington, DC is celebrated as an integral part of military and American history, as men and women who offered up their time and lives in service to our Nation. And every job is important, contributing to the success of the overall mission. These particular veterans served at home and overseas in various capacities, including just a few: aviator, cannoneer, code breaker, draftsman/designer, radar builder, combat medic, machine gunner, ship commander, torpedo man, rifleman, aerial radio operator, C-47 maintenance, B-26 turret gunner, flight engineer, hospital corpsman. And they served wherever their mission commanded, with many participating in battles such as the Battle of the Bulge, Anzio Beach, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Leyte, Luzon, Heartbreak Ridge, Punch Bowl and Outpost Harry.

In Honor Flight tradition, the public is invited and encouraged to attend “Operation Homecoming” at Palm Beach International Airport, the evening of May 20th to welcome home the veterans from their day of honor.

Operation Homecoming is always an emotional event for both the veterans and the crowd. Come be part of the welcome home! People from the local community, including members of the military, community and civic groups, family and friends, gather in the airport to await the veterans’ arrival to give them a true welcome home, a greeting that most never received years ago. Between cheering well-wishers, emotional family and friends and thankful citizens, the veterans receive hundreds of grateful handshakes, topping off a day that most veterans say is one of the best days of their lives.

Signs of thanks, flags, cheers and handshakes are encouraged. Operation Homecoming takes place at Palm Beach International Airport, Level 2, Concourse A/B. The Honor Flight will arrive at PBIA at 7:20PM. Early arrival is recommended. Bring your family and friends to be part of this heart-warming evening!

For more information on Operation Homecoming, please call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).

As no accessible official veteran database exists with the federal government, Southeast Florida Honor Flight relies on word of mouth, public education via presentations and civic and veteran groups to find WWII and Korean War veterans to sign up for their Honor Flight. If you are, or if you know of a WWII or Korean War veteran who would like to take their Honor Flight (and has not already done so), please either call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838) or fill out the veteran application online at www.honorflightsefl.org. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is now taking veteran applications from Vietnam veterans, who will soon be the next group of veterans to be honored.

Every veteran is assigned a guardian as an escort for the day. It is an honorable and life-changing experience to act as guardian for a veteran. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is always taking applications for guardians for their four scheduled flights per year. For those interested, please visit www.honorflightsefl.org and complete the online guardian application. It is an extremely meaningful day for both guardian and veteran.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, along with the 133 other hubs in 46 states, is part of the nationwide Honor Flight Network, dedicated to flying America’s veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. With America’s WWII and Korean War veterans now in their later years of life, Honor Flight is truly in a race against time to honor these veterans by bringing them to see their memorials, especially the WWII memorial, which was not completed until 2004. Top priority continues to be given to WWII veterans and terminal veterans of any war.

After the May 20th flight, the next scheduled trips for Southeast Florida Honor Flight in 2017 are: September 23rd and October 28th.



 
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May 12, 2017PROJECT SEARCH TO HOLD GRADUATION CEREMONY ON MAY 19
PROJECT SEARCH TO HOLD GRADUATION CEREMONY ON MAY 19; PROGRAM IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

STUART, FL - Project SEARCH, a one-year, high school transition program offered through the Martin County School District that provides training and education leading to possible employment for students with disabilities, will hold its 2017 graduation celebration on Friday, May 19. The event will take place in the conference center at Martin Health System in Stuart at 1 pm. Ten students will be recognized for their completion of the program.

Project SEARCH serves as a workforce alternative for students age 18-21. Each student applies to the program and is accepted through an interview process by a panel of committee members. Selection of new interns takes place at the end of each school year and applications for the 2017-18 program are now being accepted. More information on the entrance requirements can be found on the Project SEARCH web page.

“The cornerstone of Project SEARCH is total immersion in a large business,” says Andrea von Stralendorff, Project SEARCH Teacher. “Each day, students report to the host business, learn employability skills in the classroom and job skills while participating in three internships/experiences throughout the year. It helps students define their career goal and plan necessary steps to achieve that goal.”

Project SEARCH is based on a partnership that includes Martin Health System, Martin County School District, Helping People Succeed (HPS), ARC of Martin County and Vocational Rehabilitation. All partners are vital to the success of the program. Martin Health System provides a training classroom, a business liaison and rotational internships for on-the-job training. The school district provides the teacher and paraprofessional. HPS and ARC provide a job coach to work with students on their internships, job development and supervision for Vocational Rehabilitation eligible students.

Supervisors at the internship sites work with the Project SEARCH instructor and job coaches to support the Interns. Interns get continual feedback from the internship supervisor, co-workers and Project SEARCH staff. Interns end their day by reflection, problem solving, planning and journaling their key learnings. The ultimate goal upon program completion is competitive employment utilizing the skills learned on the internships and throughout the program.

For additional information about Project SEARCH and the application process, please contact Andrea von Stralendorff, Project SEARCH Teacher, at 772-223-5945 x11454 or vonstra@martin.k12.fl.us.



 
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May 12, 2017FY2018-19 St. Lucie River Issues Team Grant Application
Hello Everyone,

Please see the attached FY2018-19 St. Lucie River Issues Team Grant Application.

The Issues Team is expediting the grant process this year to accommodate the early Legislative Session. The application(s) will be due no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017. The Presentation date is set for Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

We are asking that you submit an electronic PDF of your application(s) to me at klamart@sfwmd.gov and 15 Hard copies of the application to the address below. Please do NOT staple the applications and please make sure that they are 3-hole punched.

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

Good Luck!

Kathy

Kathy LaMartina
Regional Representative
South Florida Water Management District
Martin & St. Lucie Counties
421 SW Camden Ave. #1
Stuart, FL 34994
(561) 602-8407 cell


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May 12, 2017Don't Forget...Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Tomorrow!
Be a part of Stamp Out Hunger on May 13th!

Gather non-perishable items from your pantry, or make a special trip to the grocery store to support a neighbor in need.

Dedicated letter carriers will be working tirelessly tomorrow as they pick up bags near their mailboxes Saturday morning while delivering the mail. Over 200 volunteers and staff from Treasure Coast Food Bank will be working with them to help sort and transport all the food so it will be available to those who don't always have enough to eat.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, nearly 250,000 pounds of food was collectively donated last year. We need your help to make this year even better!

Treasure Coast Food Bank applauds letter carriers everywhere for their compassion and commitment to making this a great day of hope for those in need.

Items most needed:
Cereal
Peanut butter
Pasta & sauce Canned fruits & vegetables
Canned meals (soup, chili, etc.)
Canned proteins (tuna, chicken,etc.)

*Non-perishable items only




Be a Part of Something Great!

24 hours can change our community!

Mark your calendar. Set a reminder.
Support Treasure Coast Food Bank on this GREAT day of giving!

On Wednesday, May 17, Treasure Coast Food Bank will be participating in the 4th annual
Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties, a 24-hour online giving event led by the United Way of Palm Beach County, Achieve, Nonprofits First and United Way of Martin County. Great Give 2017 is designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in just one day!

This community-wide event celebrates the spirit of giving and the collective effort it takes to strengthen our community while raising critical funds for hundreds of local nonprofits serving every need.

Help provide meals for children on the Treasure Coast by supporting
our Summer Feeding Program.
Make an online donation to Treasure Coast Food Bank through
GreatGiveFlorida.org on Wednesday, May 17!
(Minimum donation: $20)

Each donation made during the 24-hour period will be amplified by
bonus pool dollars and hourly prizes!


Thank you for supporting Treasure Coast Food Bank!

Together we can solve hunger.



 
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May 11, 2017County efforts to fight All Aboard Florida's use of taxpayer subsidized bonds pays off
Over two years ago, Martin and Indian River Counties filed federal lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to stop the inappropriate use of taxpayer subsidized bonds to construct All Aboard Florida's (AAF, aka Brightline) passenger rail project. Following the August 2016 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper in favor of the Counties, AAF and DOT announced in a court filing their decision to withdraw the $1.75 billion Private Activity Bond (PAB) allocation for the project. This was a critical victory for the Counties.

This PAB allocation withdrawal was a direct result of Martin County's diligence and investment in the legal battle to protect its citizens.

Judge Cooper's August 2016 ruling stated: "The Court thus finds that removing PABs from the equation would significantly increase the likelihood that AAF would be unable or unwilling to proceed with Phase II, thereby averting Plaintiffs' claimed injury." Therefore, the withdrawal of the $1.75 billion PAB allocation appears to leave AAF with no clear path of funding for Phase II, the portion of the project that would negatively impact the safety and way of life of Martin County residents and citizens throughout the Treasure Coast.

Judge Cooper has dismissed the case filed by Martin and Indian River Counties because DOT had withdrawn the $1.75 billion PAB allocation challenged by the Counties and that the challenged unlawful action was not reasonably expected to recur. The decision to dismiss the case at this time does not diminish the significant victory of the Counties as the Court issued a stern warning to DOT should it issue another PAB allocation to the project without first complying with the nation's environmental laws, stating "if DOT were to do so, Plaintiffs could readily call it to the carpet by renewing their lawsuits in this Court."
"This is a success story and a hard-fought win for our community, and it confirms our thoughtful litigation strategy was successful," said County Attorney Sarah Woods.
In addition to the forced withdrawal of the $1.75 billion PAB allocation that was intended to fund both phases of the AAF project-Phase I, running from Miami to West Palm Beach, and Phase II, running from West Palm Beach to Orlando, through Martin County-the November 2016 filing also made public that AAF had applied for, and DOT had approved, a "new" $600 million PAB allocation intended to finance only Phase I of the project. This is only one-third of the prior $1.75 billion allocation.
The County is assessing its next legal steps, as well as any new efforts from AAF to apply for PABs that inappropriately use taxpayer dollars for Phase II of the 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 11, 2017Premier Realty Group Welcomes Experienced Realtor Andrea Pearson
Andrea Pearson has joined Premier Realty Group as a sales professional. Originally from New York, Andrea moved to Stuart two years ago. After receiving her BS in International Business, Andrea launched her career in New York City, where she focused on providing marketing services for various industries and businesses.

Andrea chose to bring her sales and marketing experience to the world of real estate. Her creativity and negotiation skills will benefit your real estate transactions and her professionalism and work ethic are top notch! She has helped others relocate to the Treasure Coast permanently, as well as helped many northerners secure seasonal rentals on beautiful Hutchinson Island. Andrea looks forward to helping you with your real estate needs and is excited to be a part of the Premier Realty Group family.

Premier Realty Group (www.PremierRealtyGroup.com) is a family owned, full service real estate company proudly serving the Treasure Coast since 1958. Please feel free to stop in for more information at 2 North Sewall’s Point Road, Stuart, FL 34996, or call 772-287-1777.


 
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May 11, 2017Stuart Sailfish Regatta promises fun for the whole family May 20-21
STUART, Fla. – The Stuart Sailfish Regatta will roar into town May 20-21, offering fun for the whole family and lots of new and exciting opportunities.

If you've dreamed of riding on a high-speed Jersey Skiff, now is your chance! The Stuart Sailfish Regatta is offering one lucky winner the chance to experience the thrill of riding aboard a Jersey Skiff at this year's race. To win, participants can purchase a raffle ticket for $10 - all proceeds of which will benefit the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041.

"We're very excited to raise funds for the Vietnam Veterans in our community this year," said John MacDonald, founder of The International Boat Racing Association and Vice President of the Stuart Sailfish Regatta Board of Directors. "The work they do to assist veterans who have sacrificed so much is incredibly worthwhile, and we look forward to supporting their efforts."

Spectators also have the chance to win their choice of a 2017 Indian Scout Motorcycle or $5000 thanks to Treasure Coast Indian Motorcycle. Tickets are available for a donation of $20 or 6 tickets for a $100 donation, and proceeds will help support the Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast and the Martin County US Sailing Center.

Raffle tickets for both giveaways are available online at StuartSailfishRegatta.com and the drawing will take place Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at the Regatta.

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

The 2017 Regatta races will take place on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. The event will be kicked off with a VIP Party on May 19 at the Riverwalk Stage in Downtown Stuart with live music by Drey-C, followed by the high-speed races all weekend long at the Stuart Causeway. Tickets for the VIP Kick-Off Party are available for $75 per person.

Adults can also enjoy the day in style with 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.

Tickets are on sale now for the VIP Party and the Regatta at StuartSailfishRegatta.com and at all Martin County Seacoast Bank branches. 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 Jumby Bay on May 11 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Inlet Bar on May 12 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Treasure Coast Indian Motorcycle on May 13 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Twisted Tuna on May 13 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sneaki Tiki on May 15 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Harbour Bay Plaza on May 16 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Terra Fermata on May 17 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Flanigans on May 18 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Stuart Sailfish Regatta is sponsored by EMS, Treasure Coast Indian Motorcycle, Elite Gas, IBRA, iHeart Radio, City of Stuart, Martin County, Seacoast Bank, Southern Eagle Distributing, County Cardboard Recycling, Coast 101.3, Treasure Coast Sports Commission, Flamingo Signs, Old Bahama Bay Resort, Stuart Boatworks, Flanigan's, Heartland Energy Group, Captec Engineering, Island Coastal Charters, EventMakers, Papa Johns, Chick-fil-A, WSTU 1450, Dragonfly Graphics, BGM Creative and Florida Pro Prints & Signs.

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.


 
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May 11, 2017COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT STUART HONORED AS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE BRAND
The Courtyard by Marriott in Stuart, Florida was recently honored at Marriott International’s 2017 General Managers Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The awards event honored specific properties in the Courtyard brand for their various achievements including customer service, breakfast quality, and social activities.
The Courtyard Stuart was awarded the prestigious Diamond Circle Award. This recognition is awarded to hotels that are in the top 5% of overall guest satisfaction ratings of all Courtyard branded hotels in North America. The 120-room Courtyard Stuart is managed by Waterford Hotel Group, a national hotel and convention center management firm.
“Each member of the Courtyard Stuart team plays a key role in earning this recognition,” commented Rob Winchester, President and COO of Waterford Hotel Group. “This group goes to great lengths for their guests to ensure a memorable hotel stay, and they should be very proud of this prestigious recognition.”
About Courtyard by Marriott Stuart
The four-story, 120-room Courtyard by Marriott Stuart, a Marriott International Diamond Circle Award recipient, is located at 7615 SW Lost River Road and represents the next phase of the nearly 18-acre 95 Riverside planned unit development on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Just six miles from downtown Stuart and 12 miles from area beaches, the hotel offers guests convenient access to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, the Elliott Museum, Lyrick Theatre and the House of Refuge Museum. The hotel features 630 square feet of meeting space, high-speed wireless internet access, an outdoor swimming pool with whirlpool spa, fitness center, guest laundry, business center, the Bistro restaurant, and a full-service Starbucks on-site.
About Waterford Hotel Group
Waterford Hotel Group is one of the nation's leading hotel and convention center management companies. The company operates 19 properties in 7 states, representing more than 2,800 total rooms and 630,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. The collective expertise of the team and track record of success has earned Waterford distinction as an approved operator for the leading hotel brands. Whether the involvement begins at conception or during operation, Waterford Hotel Group strives for successful performance and profitability of each managed property, while maintaining the highest standards of quality, service, and cleanliness. For more information, visit www.waterfordhotelgroup.com.


 
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May 11, 2017Treat Mom Like a Queen by Fortifying Her Home Against Wildfire


Good home fortification doesn’t require a full castle moat and a mangled barbed wire fence ringing your lawn. Creating a secure home can be accomplished by creating multiple layers of defense that will slow down or stop an oncoming wildfire assault. Find out what the experts from the Florida Forest Service know about the best way to make your home safer.

Layer 1 - The outer grounds:
Your preliminarily line of defense from a surface fire taking the fast lane to your home would be to remove dry, dead vegetation, such as pine needles and leaves from gutters, roofs, under decks and within 30-feet of your home. Keep petroleum tanks, cars, and woodpiles outside this safe zone.

Layer 2 – The (court) yard:
Replace landscaping mulch bedding by laying a six-inch swath of decorative rocks closest to the home. This rock border, which serves as your castle’s moat, helps repel insects, such as termites, (bugs like wood) and facilitates rain water drainage.

Close to the castle, plant less flammable vegetation that is free of resins, oils, and waxes that easily burn in fire. Water plants regularly (within water restrictions) so they stay healthy and green.

Layer 3 – Fortified roofs and walls
Most homes are damaged or destroyed by a shower of floating embers touching down on a roof, gutter, in a vent, under a deck, or on a porch and igniting leaves and debris. Keep gutters, porches, and lawns free of debris, leaves, and fallen branches. Wood shingle roofs are the most flammable, but most roofs are made of materials like asphalt, metal, tile, stone, or other fire-resistant materials that provide good protection if they’re in good repair and free of dead leaf litter.

Radiant heat from a wildfire melts vinyl siding. Fire-resistant or non-combustible siding like stucco or brick provides the best protection against fire. Make sure your siding is in good repair, because if the plywood or insulation is exposed, the home is more vulnerable to flames.

Layer 4 – Have an escape route
If a castle was under siege, the family escaped through the tunnels. If a wildfire is on its way have an evacuation plan worked out with your family.


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

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


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May 11, 2017SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HONOR FLIGHT READY
SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HONOR FLIGHT READY TO SALUTE 82 LOCAL WWII & KOREAN WAR VETERANS ON MAY 20TH
Sister Honor Flight Hub Also Making Trip on May 20th

Stuart, FL (May 11, 2017) Two area airports will see a flurry of red, white and blue activity as two local Honor Flight hubs fly to Washington, DC on Saturday, May 20th. Southeast Florida Honor Flight, based in Stuart, FL and serving Indian River to Palm Beach County, will be flying 18 WWII veterans and 64 Korean War veterans out of their normally scheduled airport, Palm Beach International. South Florida Honor Flight, based in Ft. Lauderdale and serving Broward and Dade Counties, will fly their local veterans out of Miami International Airport. Both Honor Flight hubs will take their respective veterans on the trip of a lifetime to Washington, DC for the day to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight’s trip is the second of four regularly scheduled flights per year and as always, begins early in the morning with veterans and guardians arriving at Palm Beach International Airport about 4:00am. After checking in and boarding the chartered American Airlines Airbus 321, the flight arrives at Reagan National to a welcoming crowd cheering their gratitude to the arriving veterans. With a police escort throughout the day, four motor coaches will transport the group to visit the U.S. Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

The May 20th Southeast Florida Honor Flight will fly veterans in the following numbers by service branch—Air Force/Army Air Corps (12), Army (45), Coast Guard (3), Marine Corps (3), Merchant Marines (1) and Navy (18). Every veteran Southeast Florida Honor Flight takes to Washington, DC is celebrated as an integral part of military and American history, as men and women who offered up their time and lives in service to our Nation. And every job is important, contributing to the success of the overall mission. These particular veterans served at home and overseas in various capacities, including just a few: aviator, cannoneer, code breaker, draftsman/designer, radar builder, combat medic, machine gunner, ship commander, torpedo man, rifleman, aerial radio operator, C-47 maintenance, B-26 turret gunner, flight engineer, hospital corpsman. And they served wherever their mission commanded, with many participating in battles such as the Battle of the Bulge, Anzio Beach, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Leyte, Luzon, Heartbreak Ridge, Punch Bowl and Outpost Harry.

In Honor Flight tradition, the public is invited and encouraged to attend “Operation Homecoming” at Palm Beach International Airport, the evening of May 20th to welcome home the veterans from their day of honor.

Operation Homecoming is always an emotional event for both the veterans and the crowd. Come be part of the welcome home! People from the local community, including members of the military, community and civic groups, family and friends, gather in the airport to await the veterans’ arrival to give them a true welcome home, a greeting that most never received years ago. Between cheering well-wishers, emotional family and friends and thankful citizens, the veterans receive hundreds of grateful handshakes, topping off a day that most veterans say is one of the best days of their lives.

Signs of thanks, flags, cheers and handshakes are encouraged. Operation Homecoming takes place at Palm Beach International Airport, Level 2, Concourse A/B. The Honor Flight will arrive at PBIA at 7:20PM. Early arrival is recommended. Bring your family and friends to be part of this heart-warming evening!

For more information on Operation Homecoming, please call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).

As no accessible official veteran database exists with the federal government, Southeast Florida Honor Flight relies on word of mouth, public education via presentations and civic and veteran groups to find WWII and Korean War veterans to sign up for their Honor Flight. If you are, or if you know of a WWII or Korean War veteran who would like to take their Honor Flight (and has not already done so), please either call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838) or fill out the veteran application online at www.honorflightsefl.org. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is now taking veteran applications from Vietnam veterans, who will soon be the next group of veterans to be honored.

Every veteran is assigned a guardian as an escort for the day. It is an honorable and life-changing experience to act as guardian for a veteran. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is always taking applications for guardians for their four scheduled flights per year. For those interested, please visit www.honorflightsefl.org and complete the online guardian application. It is an extremely meaningful day for both guardian and veteran.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, along with the 133 other hubs in 46 states, is part of the nationwide Honor Flight Network, dedicated to flying America’s veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. With America’s WWII and Korean War veterans now in their later years of life, Honor Flight is truly in a race against time to honor these veterans by bringing them to see their memorials, especially the WWII memorial, which was not completed until 2004. Top priority continues to be given to WWII veterans and terminal veterans of any war.

After the May 20th flight, the next scheduled trips for Southeast Florida Honor Flight in 2017 are: September 23rd and October 28th.



 
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May 10, 2017Governor Scott Signs Florida Chamber-Backed Ridesharing Bill Into Law
Florida Governor Rick Scott today removed a major road block to ridesharing technologies by signing into law a Florida Chamber of Commerce-backed bill that embraces innovation, strengthens job growth and provides ridesharing opportunities for Floridians and the 112+ million annual visitors to Florida.

“The Florida Chamber thanks the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott for sending a strong signal to innovative companies that they are welcome in Florida,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Innovation leads to economic development and competition, and statewide access to ridesharing increases transportation options in our communities and transforms the way they move and do business.”
Sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes (R- St. Petersburg) and Representative Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater), HB 221 creates consistent and responsible statewide regulations for transportation network companies. By setting reasonable insurance standards, the newly signed law not only helps ensure safety for riders and the public in general, it encourages innovation in the growing ridesharing sector – and the jobs and economic activity they bring with them – to move to Florida.

WHY IT MATTERS:
Florida Chamber Foundation research shows that by 2030, Florida’s population will grow to approximately 26 million, an addition of six million new residents. Long-term forecasts predict Florida will have more than 160 million annual visitors by 2025. Consistent regulations like those provided by the passage of this bill are an important step toward ensuring Florida’s transportation infrastructure can accommodate population growth and help the state remain economically competitive well into the future.


 
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May 10, 2017Local agencies urge Martin County to Stamp Out Hunger this Saturday
House of Hope and several collaborative partners held a press conference May 9 at 10 a.m. to enlighten the public about the current statistics of Martin County residents experiencing hunger and hardship. The timely information was presented days before the Stamp Out Hunger food drive commences throughout the country Saturday, May 13.
The annual nationwide food drive is organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and locally it typically delivers about 60,000 pounds of food for House of Hope’s Client Choice pantries and partner agencies. Each year, on the second Saturday in May, residents are encouraged to leave bags of non-perishable food donations by their mailboxes for their letter carriers to collect. The influx of food donations comes at a critical time as many local residents experience seasonal unemployment, offseason reduced income and school lunch programs closing throughout the summer.
United Way of Martin County’s CEO, Carol Houwaart-Diez, explained that “over 41 percent of Martin County residents fall into the ALICE population. These people are the Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed.” She stressed the importance of the food drive in supporting pantries such as House of Hope as they provide food to these households, freeing up resources to cover other expenses such as utilities. Carol added, “50 percent of Martin County children are receiving free or reduced cost meals at school. What’s about to happen? School is about to let out. Where are parents going to go to get nutritious food for their children? They’re going to come to House of Hope and other pantries across our community.”
Patricia Badini, a letter carrier of 25 years and local Stamp Out Hunger organizer remarked that letter carriers “see the faces of hunger seven days a week” and it keeps the annual food drive a hot topic within their organization months before Stamp Out Hunger. She added that for those who’d like to participate May 13 but have central mail boxes or other mailbox situations, NALC has created collection sites in some neighborhood clubhouses as well as area post offices. Donations can also be dropped off at the Martin County Fairgrounds this Saturday or any House of Hope location.
House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri offered a list of non-perishable foods that are in shortest-supply at this time including tomato products (sauce, paste, whole, diced, etc.), pasta, canned fruit and boxed cereals. He assured “the food collected in Martin County, stays in Martin County, helping to empower residents to overcome hunger and hardship.”
Organizations represented at the press conference included the National Association of Letter Carriers, House of Hope, United Way of Martin County, Florida Department of Health, LAHIA, Children Services Council, Hobe Sound Community Chest and the Martin County Community Foundation.
More information about House of Hope and Stamp Out Hunger is available at www.hohmartin.org or by calling (772) 286-4673.
About House of Hope
Founded in 1984, House of Hope now touches the lives of about 6,000 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.


 
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May 10, 2017Culver's ButterBurgers and Fresh Frozen Custard Arrive in Stuart
The wait is over: Culver’s® of Stuart will open its doors on Monday, May 22, 2017 with a ribbon-cutting event at 9:00am.
Franchise owner, Dale Deakin, Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, Joseph A. Catrambone, chamber representatives and local city officials will be on hand to cut the ribbon to the new restaurant.
"We’re thrilled to bring handcrafted, high-quality meals and desserts to the community of Stuart and the Treasure Coast," says Deakin. "We think it’s a wonderful area and we are excited to become a contributing and active member of the community."
The restaurant serves fast casual food cooked-to-order. Hours of operation are 10:00 am to 10:00 pm with the exceptions of a few holidays.
Deakin began his Culver's career in 2010 in Wisconsin where the franchise was founded. He started working on the grill in the kitchen and worked his way up to ownership. Deakin and his finance are proud to call beautiful Stuart their new home.
Culver’s signature sandwich and guest-favorite, the ButterBurger®, is made with 100% fresh, never frozen, U.S. beef made cooked-to-order and topped with a lightly buttered and toasted bun.

Culver’s Fresh Frozen Custard gets its legendary creamy decadence from high-quality, fresh Wisconsin dairy from which every batch is crafted throughout the day. In addition to making their own creations, guests can customize their desserts with more than 30 mix-ins and toppings. Every day Culver’s offers three flavors of frozen custard: vanilla, chocolate and a Flavor of the Day.
The restaurant also features many other delicious choices, including real Wisconsin cheese curds, a dairy land delicacy, fresh garden salads, chicken sandwiches and fish dinners. Kid’s meals are also available.
"Culver’s was founded on the idea of providing excellent service and high-quality food made with the best ingredients," added Deakin . "The outstanding people who serve our guests behind the counter have helped us earn our reputation, and we’re excited to have team members from the surrounding Stuart community as part of our team."
Connect with Culver’s of Stuart via eClub and Text Club. Sign up via www.culvers.com/connect and look forward to delicious discounts, coupons, menu news and a special treat for becoming a member.

About Culver’s:
For over 30 years, Culver’s guests have been treated to cooked-to-order food made with farm-fresh ingredients, served with a smile. The ever-expanding franchise system now numbers more than 600 independently owned and operated restaurants in 24 states. The restaurants’ nationally-recognized customer service is based on small-town, Midwestern values, genuine friendliness and an unwavering commitment to quality. Signature items include the award-winning ButterBurger®, made from fresh, never frozen, beef, and Fresh Frozen Custard, including the famous Flavor of the Day program. For more information, visit http://www.culvers.com, http://www.culvers.com/facebook, http://www.twitter.com/culvers, https://plus.google.com/+culvers or http://www.instagram.com/culvers.
All trademarks belong to Culver Franchising System, Inc.


 
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May 9, 2017It's Time to Book Your Mother's Day Class!
Mother's Day Week at Painting With a Twist! Treat Mom to a very special Mother's Day! Register now: www.PaintingwithaTwist.com/Stuart. It's the perfect gift she never expected! Bring all the kids for Mommy & Me! Or Join us for a Mother's Day
Mom-mosas and free coffee and doughnuts. Register today, and let us do all the planning for the Mother's day she will always remember!



 
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May 9, 2017Martin County issues burn ban in response to dry conditions


Today, Martin County Fire Rescue executed a Declaration of State of Local Emergency in Response to the Threat of Wildfires. The declaration bans the usage of fireworks, sparklers, campfires, backyard and burning in a barrel, etc. This burn ban was implemented due to the extremely dry conditions that are being experienced at this time. Though the ban does not regulate backyard grilling, citizens are strongly encouraged to never leave a fire unattended and ensure the fire is out when leaving.

Since March 28, 2017, Martin County Fire Rescue had stopped all permits for backyard, residential burning. This was further expanded on by the Florida Forest Service to restrict commercial and agricultural burning in April. Below are some safety tips on how to be fire safe and prepared:
• Practice wildfire safety
o Do not discard cigarettes from moving vehicles.
o Do not park a hot car or operate all-terrain vehicles on dry grass.
o Check lawnmowers and farm equipment for properly working spark arresters.
o Extinguish fires when cooking outdoors, and never leave fires unattended.
• Protect your home
o Design and landscape your home with fire safety in mind. Allow a 30-foot buffer of non-combustible material around your home.
o Use non-combustible materials on your roof and learn your roof and gutters regularly.
o Teach family members how to use a fire extinguisher.
o Test smoke detectors regularly.
o Inspect chimneys twice a year and clean them once a year.
o Rake leaves and dead limbs and twigs. Clear any flammable vegetation.
o Have a garden hose long enough to reach any area of your home and property.
• When wildfire threatens
o Listen to the media or weather radio for civil emergency messages about where the danger is. Martin County citizens can sign up for emergency notification online. Go to www.martin.fl.us and type "CODERED" in the search bar.
o Prepare your family, pets and supplies in case you have to evacuate. For more information on the "Ready, Set, Go!" program, click here.
o If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
o If evacuating, tell someone you are leaving and where you are going. Drive away from fire hazards and listen to public safety officials.


 
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May 9, 2017Martin County issues burn ban in response to dry conditions
Today, Martin County Fire Rescue executed a Declaration of State of Local Emergency in Response to the Threat of Wildfires. The declaration bans the usage of fireworks, sparklers, campfires, backyard and burning in a barrel, etc. This burn ban was implemented due to the extremely dry conditions that are being experienced at this time. Though the ban does not regulate backyard grilling, citizens are strongly encouraged to never leave a fire unattended and ensure the fire is out when leaving.

Since March 28, 2017, Martin County Fire Rescue had stopped all permits for backyard, residential burning. This was further expanded on by the Florida Forest Service to restrict commercial and agricultural burning in April. Below are some safety tips on how to be fire safe and prepared:
• Practice wildfire safety
o Do not discard cigarettes from moving vehicles.
o Do not park a hot car or operate all-terrain vehicles on dry grass.
o Check lawnmowers and farm equipment for properly working spark arresters.
o Extinguish fires when cooking outdoors, and never leave fires unattended.
• Protect your home
o Design and landscape your home with fire safety in mind. Allow a 30-foot buffer of non-combustible material around your home.
o Use non-combustible materials on your roof and learn your roof and gutters regularly.
o Teach family members how to use a fire extinguisher.
o Test smoke detectors regularly.
o Inspect chimneys twice a year and clean them once a year.
o Rake leaves and dead limbs and twigs. Clear any flammable vegetation.
o Have a garden hose long enough to reach any area of your home and property.
• When wildfire threatens
o Listen to the media or weather radio for civil emergency messages about where the danger is. Martin County citizens can sign up for emergency notification online. Go to www.martin.fl.us and type "CODERED" in the search bar.
o Prepare your family, pets and supplies in case you have to evacuate. For more information on the "Ready, Set, Go!" program, click here.
o If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
o If evacuating, tell someone you are leaving and where you are going. Drive away from fire hazards and listen to public safety officials.


 
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May 9, 2017It May Be Time to Swim in a New Direction with Research Tax Credits
The PATH Act, signed into law in late 2015, extended many business and individual tax provisions. A few of the changes, which can first be applied in 2016, are extremely beneficial for companies incurring research and development expenditures. Some of the qualifying business activities that may indicate a research tax credit possibility are:
•concept developing;
•designing;
•engineering;
•developing software;
•experimenting with new materials;
•designing tools, molds, and fixtures; or
•prototyping and testing of products and manufacturing processes.

In addition to making the research credit permanent, this law also created two lucrative enhancements to the research credit specifically for small businesses and/or start-up companies. These enhancements are first effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2015 (i.e., first available in 2016 for calendar year businesses). Therefore, some companies that still assume taking the research credit to be similar to swimming upstream may need to reconsider after reading up on these two research credit enhancements.

1. Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Relief for Small Businesses

Small businesses now have the ability to use research credits to offset their AMT. Prior to this change, small businesses that may have been able to take research credits to offset regular tax were dissuaded because taking the credits meant potentially getting hammered by AMT.

Prior year research credits are still subject to the AMT limitation. However, any credits carried forward will be used before any current year credits. Therefore, businesses can first utilize the carryforward credit to the minimum tax amount, and then the research credits generated post December 31, 2015 are applied against the minimum tax.

CRInsight

For purposes of this AMT enhancement, an eligible small business is defined as either a non publicly-traded organization, a partnership, or a sole proprietorship whose average gross receipts for the prior three years is less than $50 million.

2. Payroll Tax Relief for Start-up Companies

Start-up companies are typically in growth mode, when it is common to generate losses since expenses often exceed revenues. While the start-up companies may be incurring much in research expenditures, they don’t get as much “bang for their buck” in research credits due to their overall net loss.

This enhancement alleviates this problem by allowing start-up companies to use their research credits to offset their payroll tax liability. The payroll tax credit is limited to $250,000 per year for no more than five years. A taxpayer makes an annual election specifying the amount of its research credit that will be applied to its payroll tax—not to exceed the $250,000 annual limitation.

The taxpayer makes the election on or before the due date of its originally filed return, including extensions. The payroll tax is allowed as a credit in the first calendar quarter beginning after the date in which a taxpayer files its tax return for that taxable year. The credit may not exceed the tax liability for a calendar quarter, but the excess can be carried forward to subsequent calendar quarters until the entire credit amount is used.


 
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May 9, 2017Martin Youth LEADERship: Locals Students Immerse Themselves in Arts & Culture




Stuart, FL– On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the 40 students of this year’s Martin Youth LEADERship Program held their eighth monthly session of the 2016-17 school year: ARTS & CULTURE DAY.

The group began the day at the Apollo School in Hobe Sound where Kathy Spurgeon presented its history as the only surviving two room schoolhouse in Martin County. Ms. Spurgeon, an alumnus of the school, also donated the space for students to participate in Martin County Rocks. Martin County Rocks, a movement which began only in November locally, encourages people to find painted rocks placed all over the county and replace or add to them with their own creatively painted rock. Jay Spicer, Executive Director of the Martin County Fair and Chairman of Arts & Culture Day, came up with the idea, which was greeted enthusiastically by students.

The next stop was to the Port Salerno Dock Authority, where students were shown a video about the fishing culture in South Florida. The video was followed up by a brief Q&A about South Florida’s fishing industry and a tour of the docks, courtesy of April Price and her colleagues. Students then boarded a bus to downtown Stuart.

In Stuart, students were treated to tours of both the Stuart Feed Supply Museum and the Lyric Theatre. Museum Director Mary Jones and her volunteers gave students a tour of the Museum, presenting photos and other memorabilia that represents the colorful history of Stuart. The Lyric’s Executive Director Kai Fontaine Hamill likewise presented a tour, both onstage and backstage, of the theatre and regaled students with theatre lore, superstitions and stories.

The next stop was the Barn Theatre in Stuart, where President Francine Beckstead and Technical Director Bryan Childe welcomed the group for lunch and a tour of the Barn Theatre. Following the tour, students were given improvisational assignments to present to their group, and learned how difficult improv can be. They also learned about many career options available in the world of live theatre, from acting, to choreography, to lighting, to directing and more.
The Martin Youth LEADERship Program for high school students is in its 20th year. The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application, and been accepted into the program. The current Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply and only a maximum of 40 are selected to participate in this comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County. Upon completion, these young Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment. Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on Covey’s Effective Habits and other leadership enhancing activities. Every effort is made to select a racially, gender diverse class representing various levels of leadership experience.
For more information about Martin Youth LEADERship, and how you too, might become a sponsor, donor, event coordinator, advisory board member or obtain a student application for 2017-18, please see the group web site at: http://www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp, or contact Chair, Diana Bruton, at MartinYouthLeadership@gmail.com or at (772) 215-3613.



 
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May 9, 2017Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County is participating in Great Give
Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County is participating in Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties, a community-wide online giving event taking place from
midnight to midnight on May 17. Donations made during the 24-hour period will be amplified by bonus pool dollars.

Martin County families are struggling. Many club members live in single parent homes with annual incomes below $20,000 annually. Boys & Girls Clubs help. Last year, in five Clubs throughout Martin County,
• 39,563 meals & 85,932 snacks were served,
• 1,163 kids were helped with homework assistance,
• 494 kids benefitted from programs teaching them how to avoid negative behaviors and live happier, healthier lifestyles,
• 214 kids participated in diversity programs, and
• 106 teens benefitted from career preparedness programs



We can't do it without you! So save the date and donate to Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County during Great Give to help children in need.

Your donation will strengthen families in Martin County. We hope you will consider donating to Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County at Great Give BGCMC on May 17, and please remember
24 hours CAN change our community!


 
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May 3, 2017Rooney Secures Millions For Citrus In Spending Bill
Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17), co-chair of the Congressional Citrus Caucus, secured just over $61 million in funding to combat citrus greening disease in the 2017 Consolidated Appropriations bill that will be voted on in the House of Representatives this week. Florida’s citrus industry employees 75,000 people and accounts for $9 billion of the agriculture industry’s total economic impact.

Rooney is one of three members of Florida’s Congressional delegation to sit on the prestigious House Appropriations Committee and he is the only Florida member serving on the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. In that capacity, he has worked on behalf of Florida’s citrus growers and producers to secure critical funding for citrus disease research programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill includes $7.5 million to sustain the Huanglongbing Multiagency Coordination Group’s (HLB-MAC) recent research gains in early detection, greening management strategies, and therapies to treat infected trees and $53.8 million for the USDA’s Citrus Health Response Program (CHRP). CHRP is a nationwide effort to protect the U.S. citrus industry from invasive pests and diseases, like HLB, and funds for this program allow the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to partner with states and local entities to develop a cure for citrus greening disease.

“I represent the largest citrus-producing district in the country and my growers have experienced firsthand how greening disease decimates Florida’s citrus industry,” Rooney said. “Since we first saw citrus greening surface in Florida in 2005, citrus crop has declined precipitously and is expected to hit all-time low for the 2016 to 2017 season. Since I was elected in 2008, one of my top priorities has been finding a cure for citrus greening and this money will help to get us there. This $61 million investment is urgently-needed to sustain progress on research and development of a cure for citrus greening and to prevent the American citrus industry from becoming extinct. In Florida, and especially my district, citrus isn’t just a crop, it’s a way of life.”


 
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May 3, 2017Funding Available for Indiantown Projects
The Indiantown Community Trust Fund Special Advisory Committee will accept applications for funding for projects which benefit the Indiantown community and have a general synergy with the Indiantown Cogeneration Project. Applicants must be private non-profits, for profit entities, community associations or governmental entities. Funding is yet to be determined for the FY18 fiscal year but will be limited for this round of applications.

On May 5, 2017, applications will be available at the following locations listed below or online at www.martin.fl.us under the Growth Management Department.

Indiantown:
Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue
or
Indiantown Chamber of Commerce, 15935 SW Warfield Blvd.

or

Stuart:
Martin County Administrative Center
2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart
Front Lobby Reception Desk
and
Growth Management

Digital submissions are encouraged. Email to peggyj@martin.fl.us.

Applications are due on Friday, May 26, 2017 by 4:30 PM. Applications must be submitted to either Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown, Florida 34956 or to the Growth Management Department, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida 34996. Incomplete proposals or proposals received after 4:30 PM on May 26, 2017 will be ineligible for funding.


 
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May 3, 2017Scouting for Lightning Caused Wildfires
In the past 24-hours, an abundance of lightning was associated with precipitation. In areas without significant rainfall reaching the ground floor, the Florida Forest Service Okeechobee District anticipates new lightning caused wildfires in the next couple of days often in remote areas.

Scouting lightning ignitions is the responsibility of the Florida Forest Service’s fixed-wing firefighter pilot. “Using a lightning map, I will make a flight plan to concentrate on positive lightning strikes, says Sanne Esque, Airplane Pilot, Florida Forest Service. “It’s commonly believed that the positive strikes, which are 5-10 times stronger than the negative strikes, are responsible for most wildfires.”

Sanne continues, “As I fly, I have up to 25 miles of visibility in our Forestry aircraft. It’s a very efficient way to spot the beginnings of a smoldering wildfire.” Sanne covers six counties along her route and radios to Florida Forest Service’s dispatch the location of the wildfires. Dispatch relays the information to State Wildland Firefighters in firefighting bulldozers and local fire departments to extinguish the fire.

A lightning strike has a potential to reach temperatures of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightning can instantaneously cause a wildfire on dry vegetation or lightning ignitions can smolder for days before they start to show visible signs. Lightning is a natural source of wildfire ignitions and historically causes a substantial portion of large wildfires.

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

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




 
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May 2, 2017Join Treasure Coast Food Bank at kickoff party for 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Treasure Coast Food Bank invites the community to join in a kick-off party for the 25th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The kick-off takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, May 8 at Your Plate, 1203 Orange Avenue.
Pick up some fresh produce and enjoy music while learning about Stamp Out Hunger and other programs to fight hunger and poverty across the Treasure Coast. The event also includes several family-friendly activities – a hula hoop contest, rock-painting, and smoothies created on Treasure Coast Food Bank’s own Smoothie Bike in which the rider pedals to power the blender. Treasure Coast Food Bank also will be distributing bug spray to everyone to help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses.
The 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive takes place on Saturday, May 13th. It is the nation’s largest one-day food collection event, and helps replenish the shelves at Treasure Coast Food Bank and food banks in every community across the country. That day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable food that residents leave in or near their mailboxes.
Last year, the event collected a record 80 million pounds of food, including more than 248,731 pounds, enough for more than 200,000 meals on the Treasure Coast. All food stays in the community from which it was collected. Letter carriers ask that on May 13th, everybody place nonperishable food in a bag and leave the bag in or near their mailbox. The letter carriers collect all the food, and distribute it to the food banks in each community.
“By placing food by your mailbox on May 13th, you are directly impacting the lives of the more than 100,000 individuals along the Treasure Coast struggling with food insecurity.” said Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO Judith Cruz. “Stamp Out Hunger helps fill our shelves just as summer arrives and the need for food assistance is at its highest. Please join us at the kick-off party on May 8, and please remember to donate on May 13.”


 
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May 2, 2017A.C.T. Studio Theatre presents “Three Viewings” by Jeffrey Hatcher
Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher takes us to a funeral parlor in a small midwestern town for three darkly funny and touching short plays. Despite its setting, "Three Viewings" is far from morbid—and offers a bit of fun too. In “Tell-Tale,” we enter the private thoughts of a respectable married mortician, lost in passion for a beautiful Real Estate broker who markets to the bereaved. In “The Thief of Tears,” the attractive daughter of an upper-class family steals jewelry from corpses. And in “Thirteen Things about Ed Carpolotti,” a middle-aged widow of a wheeler-dealer with ties to organized crime learns that her late husband owed several hundred thousand dollars in loans she had innocently cosigned.

Hatcher’s charming characters bring a lot of humor to a play that, not unexpectedly, deals with loss and despair. Every time you think you are settling into a predictable path, Mr. Hatcher throws in a zinger. Director H. G. Brown writes, “’Three Viewings’ shares the wit, drama, twists and surprises of “A Picasso,” another Jeffrey Hatcher gem that A.C.T. presented this past November.”

Starring DV Carr, Jennifer Sade and Sonia Martinez Ortiz, “Three Viewings” will be presented at A.C.T. Studio Theatre on May 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. A.C.T. Studio Theatre is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call 772-932-8880. Group sales and student pricing are available by calling the box office.




 
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May 2, 2017Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and Hill’s Pet Nutrition help families become “pet prepared”
PALM CITY, Fla. — In recognition of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 13, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is joining Hill’s Pet Nutrition and its network of animal shelter partners to encourage pet parents to fully consider their pets in their emergency planning.
In times of crisis, 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 following a disaster.
Hill’s annual campaign is aimed at educating pet families on ways they can stay safer and be better prepared to survive a disaster. This year, Hill’s enlisted the help of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and other shelter partners in its Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program to help raise awareness on the importance of becoming pet prepared.
The Humane Society and Hill’s are recommending that families build a Pet Emergency Go-Kit and store it with the rest of the family’s emergency preparations. The kit’s contents should 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
• comfort items, such as a blanket or favorite toy to help keep the pet calm and comfortable.
To ensure a pet’s safety during an emergency, pet owners should ensure their pet’s identification by:
• using a microchip or collar ID tag and making sure their contact information is up-to-date
• displaying a pet rescue decal on their front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house; including their veterinarian’s contact information
• knowing where their pet likes to hide in their house when frightened so evacuation can take place quickly
• identifying a location to take their pet if they need to leave their immediate area and the hurricane shelter for people doesn’t allow pets
• carrying a picture of their pet in the event of separation
• taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping in case of evacuation
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is the designated hurricane shelter for pets in Martin County. Pet owners who intend to use the local shelter during a hurricane can pre-register for the 2017 hurricane season starting June 1 by stopping by the main shelter, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave., Palm City. During the last hurricane threat in 2016, the HSTC’s shelter housed more than 400 pets with more than 150 belonging to emergency operations center employees and evacuees.
The Hill’s Disaster Relief Network is positioned to respond quickly and supply pet food to communities in need. The first-of-its-kind network was established in 2013 as an extension of the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program.
About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 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. 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. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.


 
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May 2, 2017PINECREST LAKES NEIGHBORHOOD RESTORATION INTERMITTENT LANE & DRIVEWAY CLOSURES
On Monday, May 8, 2017, the Martin County Engineering Department will be performing drainage and roadway restoration work within the Pinecrest Subdivision. The restoration work includes removing and replacing existing pipe in the ground, replacing effected sidewalk, and resurfacing the existing pavement. This work will require lane closures throughout the duration of the project with intermittent driveway closures for safety measures. All residents shall have adequate means of ingress and egress within the subdivision. This work is expected to be complete by December 2, 2017. Motorist and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution.

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

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


 
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May 2, 2017JRC Consulting to Sponsor 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
STUART -As the June 3 date of the 7th Annual JRC Consulting Group Charity Golf Tournament draws closer, John Carr President of the JRC Charitable Foundation is delighted to announce that Venture Construction Group of Florida will return as Presenting Sponsor.
We are very proud to partner with John and his foundation on this golf outing to benefit Quantum House and Molly’s House,” says Steve Shanton, President of Venture Construction Group of Florida. “We give back to the communities we serve in many ways and as a company that puts homes and businesses back together after storms and other disasters, it makes perfect sense for us to assist these organizations that assist so many families in a time of need.
This year’s outing takes place at the upscale Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club in Palm City. Registration starts at 7 a.m. and includes a continental breakfast. Entry fee will be $125 per golfer or $425 per foursome.
JRC Charitable Foundation will donate a portion of the proceeds to Molly’s House and Quantum House. Molly’s House, the hospital hospitality house, is located in Stuart and has been keeping families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients since 1996.
Quantum House, located in West Palm Beach, is a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition.
John Carr, CEO of the JRC Charitable foundation stated, “We are excited to be helping Quantum House and Molly’s House. These are two organizations that help so many families in need - they can use our donations to continue to provide the important services they offer.
For information, call 561-623-9901.


 
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May 2, 2017UF/IFAS Extension Martin County presents Regional Agri-Tourism Conference and Farm Tour
Thursday, June 15 - Farm Tour via bus departing from and returning to UF/IFAS Extension Martin County, 1:00-7:30 pm. We will visit agri-tourism operations with specialty crops in Martin County and hear directly from the farmers about their challenges and successes. The tour will include a reception and wine tasting at Summer Crush Winery in St. Lucie County, with presentations by local agri-tourism operators and an opportunity for discussion. Refreshments will be provided.
Friday, June 16 - Conference, 8:30-4:00 pm, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Auditorium. Presentations will be offered to assist new and existing agri-tourism operations with navigating regulations, business planning, marketing your agri-business, awareness of consumer preferences, and resources available to fund your operation. We will also have a panel discussion focused on regulations and insurance needs specific to agri-tourism businesses. A catered luncheon and refreshments will be provided.
The Regional Agri-Tourism Conference and Farm Tour was developed as a result of input from agricultural producers and policy-makers, many of whom have expressed an interest in learning more about the possibilities for creating or expanding agri-tourism opportunities in our county. A team of Extension and County staff at the University of Florida and here in Martin and St. Lucie Counties, along with local grower, Carl Frost of Kai Kai Farm, and Farm Bureau Martin County Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee Co-Chair David Hafner have been working together to organize the event. Topics to be covered were determined based on surveys of agri-tourism stakeholders across the region. Funding is provided in part by a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services specialty crop block grant awarded to the University of Florida as part of a state-wide effort to support agri-tourism.
Who should attend? The event is primarily geared toward farmers considering or already pursuing agri-tourism and policy-makers.
Registration: The registration fee covers program materials, farm tour bus transportation, refreshments, and the conference luncheon. Early registration is $75 thru June 8. After June 8, 2017 the registration cost will increase to $90. Please register online at: https://mcagritourism.eventbrite.com. Contact UF/IFAS Extension Martin County at 772-419-6962 for more information.


 
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May 1, 2017Best Places to Work Participation Survey
CareerSource Research Coast offers your organization an opportunity to find out if your company is one of the “Best Places to Work” in Martin County.
Gerry Hoeffner, owner of Personnel Dynamics Consulting developed the “Best Places to Work” program. Over the past years, the program has garnered national attention educating employers by recognizing the best HR practices in business communities throughout the U.S. It provides an opportunity for employers to compare their companies to other similar in size in the area and is a valuable tool for human resource strategic planning.
By participating in this confidential survey, you will receive at no cost a report covering 37 different areas of employment, such as turnover, compensation, benefits and various specialized programs offered by other businesses in the county. Average completion time of the survey is between 30-60 minutes. The best part is there is no cost to participate!
Eight local companies will be recognized for this honor at the awards event in June. By collaborating with Best Places to Work, you will receive a final report that can be used as a strategic planning tool.
Complete the survey at http://careersourcerc.com/bptw/ no later than Monday May 12, 2017.


 
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May 1, 2017Research Update From the Florida Chamber Foundation
The Florida Chamber Foundation is continuously researching and analyzing data about Florida and your community. Take a moment to review the below and consider what this information means to your chamber's members and region. Should you have any questions, please contact me at gblose@flchamber.com


Economic Diversification and Job Creation in Your Region
Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish has scoured the latest Department of Economic Opportunity jobs report to provide an exclusive map detailing how many jobs each county has created (or lost) in the past year. View the attached PDF to see how your county is performing on job creation.

Equally important to job creation facts is understanding the economic diversification of your region. Is your region reliant on a small number of industries, or do you have a broad base of industries represented? The attached slide from Dr. Parrish answers that question by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).

How Many Children Under Age 18 In Your County Are Currently Living In Poverty?
The Florida Chamber Foundation this week released its Less Poverty, More Prosperity: Florida's Fiscal Cliffs Report as part of its Florida 2030 research. The report shows 3.129 million people in Florida live in poverty. In other words, 15.8 percent of all Floridians, nearly 1 in 6, live in poverty.
Of that number, 944,415 are under the age of 18 — meaning Florida currently has a 23.4 percent poverty rate for those under age 18. Where does your county stand?
Where Does Your County Stand on Job Creation?
During the Florida Chamber Foundation’s recent By The Numbers, the Florida Chamber Foundation takes a closer look at job numbers found on TheFloridaScorecard.org.
Interested in how you can help fill valuable jobs? The Florida Chamber Foundation Internship Program helps match businesses with qualified individuals with disabilities to be placed in internships. Matching talented interns with businesses throughout Florida will help meet the long-term goal of closing the gap on the unemployment rate of Floridians with disabilities.
The Florida Chamber Foundation has two slots available for businesses who are interested in promoting diversity and inclusion in their workplace. If you would like to get involved, please contact Whitney Harris at wharris@flfoundation.org or 850-521-1237.

Florida 2030 Research
The Florida Chamber Foundation is happy to report that the Florida 2030 project is well underway. We could not be as successful as we are today, if not for for the assistance you have provided to help us reach each of Florida’s 67 counties.
With your help hosting or participating in the town halls meetings, we have heard from nearly 7,800 Floridians about their concerns and ideas for the future of the Sunshine State. And we’re not done listening. You can share your voice by joining us on May 22 for a joint call between our Florida 2030 research teams and Florida’s business leaders.
With your help hosting or participating in the town halls meetings, we have heard from nearly 7,800 Floridians about their concerns and ideas for the future of the Sunshine State. And we’re not done listening. You can share your voice by joining us on May 22 for a joint call between our Florida 2030 research teams and Florida’s business leaders
The Next Chamber Federation Conference Call:
The next Florida Chamber Federation conference call, the final one of the 2017 regular Legislative Session, is scheduled for Monday, May 1, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. EST. The conference call details are below:

Florida Chamber Federation Conference Call
Monday, May 1, 2017
10:30 a.m. EST
1-866-909-3218
PIN: 1886581#



 
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